THE BLESSINGS OF CREATIVITY...

I thank the LORD JESUS for each day that is given me to create wonderful projects...As always, I give Him all the glory.


Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Scripture Series: Jesus Christ the Same Card---I'm GDT at Inky Impressions Plus Join Us for a Family Friendly Challenge at Word Art Wednesday!

Hi there, guys! It's another Wednesday and I'm here to bring you my creation for both Word Art Wednesday (WAW) Challenge and as GDT for Inky ImpressionsIt features the free Scripture Word Art (download at the WAW site) which comes from Hebrews 13:8 and it says, "Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever."  As I asked God on what to share here regarding this verse, He led me to a commentary at GodVine which can best explain the "Immutability of God" (that He does not change).  It spoke profoundly in my heart and I want to share it with you.  It says, "Jesus Christ the same yesterday ... - As this stands in our common translation, it conveys an idea which is not in the original. It would seem to mean that Jesus Christ, the unchangeable Savior, was the end or aim of the conduct of those referred to, or that they lived to imitate and glorify him. But this is by no means the meaning in the original. There it stands as an absolute proposition, that "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever;" that is, that he is unchangeable. The evident design of this independent proposition here is, to encourage them to persevere by showing that their Savior was always the same; that he who had sustained his people in former times, was the same still, and would be the same forever. The argument here, therefore, for perseverance is founded on the "immutability" of the Redeemer. If he were fickle, vacillating, changing in his character and plans; if today he aids his people, and tomorrow will forsake them; if at one time he loves the virtuous, and at another equally loves the vicious; if he formed a plan yesterday which he has abandoned today; or if he is ever to be a different being from what he is now, there would be no encouragement to effort. Who would know what to depend on? Who would know what to expect tomorrow? For who could have any certainty that he could ever please a capricious or a vacillating being? Who could know how to shape his conduct if the principles of the divine administration were not always the same? At the same time, also, that this passage furnishes the strongest argument for fidelity and perseverance, it is an irrefutable proof of the divinity of the Savior. It asserts immutability - sameness in the past, the present, and to all eternity but of whom can this be affirmed but God? It would not be possible to conceive of a declaration which would more strongly assert immutability than this."   

It is so comforting to know that we serve a God who never changes.  What He said and done before still holds true to this day---no more, no less!   In this fallen world we're in, history showed us how people are affected (shaped) by religion, culture, traditions, fashion, technology, leadership, laws, media hype, among others.  These changes were either for the better or for the worse of humanity.  Let's take for example the propagation of the Theory of Evolution as laid out by Charles Darwin through his book "The Origin of Species" in 1859 convinced a lot of people that Man evolved from apes.  Some people  may not even find it harmless but little did they know that it plunged humanity's place in God's creation from being God's masterpiece (according to the Scripture) to being like animals who comes and dies, having just survived their existence and gone to nothingness.  Hence, they succumb to the idea of "let us drink and be merry for tomorrow, we die!"  If there is no meaning and purpose for living, then what would be the use of let's say "The Ten Commandments."  It takes away accountability which in turn, plunged people into immorality of every shape and size.  This is why those who are into the lifestyle of sodomy, fornication and addiction, among others, have denied the existence of God.  But the truth is, them denying God does not in anyway mean they are not going to be accountable to Him for their existence.  They just chose to blindfold and deafen themselves so as not to hear His voice calling them to repentance.  The day they take their final breath or in the Lord's Second Coming (whichever comes first), their eyes and ears will not have any choice but open up to the Truth.  I tell you as God said,  on that day, there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.  While the Scripture tells us in Genesis 1:26-27, "Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.” So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them."  We are also aware that we have been given a brain together with the many organs in our body that works harmoniously to keep us alive and functioning.  Each one of them are complex but with a closer look, made to perfection!  So, the suggestion by anyone to demean and reduce the true identity of Man as outlined by His Creator is an absolute travesty!  It is a LIE meant to DESTROY Man so that he misses out on His true purpose and destiny.  Satan used/uses blind and rebellious human beings  to carry out His plan of destruction for all humanity.  Not everyone who seemed to be helping people, using flowery words, charisma, a sob story are genuinely concerned about people's welfare.  Oftentimes, their outward conduct is motivated and tainted with selfish ambition aiming to deceive others to carry out a sinister plan.  Godly agenda is selfless, powered by servant-hood and thinking less of oneself and more of others, seeking first and foremost to glorify God.  And no one can operate under Godly leadership without being under the Lordship of Jesus Christ.   Those without Him are subject to the wiles of the enemy, the Devil!  They may dress up in sheep's clothing but inside are ferocious beasts.  Therefore, we need to be careful and be discerning of everyone who desires to lead us.  They not only have to follow and confess Godly principles in their leadership but has to have proven record that they really do.  We cannot bow down to deceitful agenda of "tolerance or conformity" being forced down on us by so-called leaders, liberal actors and media, who tells us that times have changed.  For we serve a God who is unchanging!  That simply means that what He declared Truth in the past will always remain Truth in our present and eternity.  What is an abomination to Him from the beginning of Creation is still the same abomination to this day.  And His standard of righteousness is still the same righteousness to this very moment.  God the Creator laid up His principles to His creation and no created has the means, the right nor the power to change it. He is Sovereign and His complete victory is going to be witnessed by everyone in the face of the earth as His Word declares---in the fullness of time!  Glory and praise forever to His Name!  (More wonderful readings on the "Immutability of God?"  Go HERE). You'll be blessed!

For this Card, I used an image I got from Inky Impressions called "Wishing Well" which I colored with my ProMarker/Prismacolor markers.  The base is Kraft, cut and scored to make a 5.5 inches square card.  The DP's are all from Paper Studio "Barnyard Pretty" collection, the white brads from Recollections and the touch of glitter is from Stickles (Crystal).  Lastly, I did some fancy and regular stitches in this project.  I am honored to be invited as GDT at Inky Impressions and the theme is "Male."  I hope this project shows not only masculine characteristic but most importantly, spiritual inspiration.  Glory by to God!


JESUS CHRIST THE SAME CARD:


JESUS CHRIST THE SAME CARD LAYERS:


 JESUS CHRIST THE SAME CARD INSIDE:


JESUS CHRIST THE SAME CARD WITH ENVELOPE-BOX:


This Card is entered into the following Challenges:

Pile It On---Focus on the Coloring
Sweet Stampin'---Father's day/Special Man
OLLCB---Circles and Squares
Wags 'n Whiskers---Seeing Spots
Penny's Paper-Crafty---ATG
Sister Act---ATG
Corrosive---ATG
Craftyhazelnut's---Patterned Paper
Digi Designs---2 or More Patterned Paper
Creative Moments---ATG Inside and Out
TTCRD---ATG
Crafting from the Heart---ATG
Craft Your Passion---ATG
Simon Says---Masculine
Art by Miran---ATG
Simply Papercraft---ATG
Crafting by Designs---ATG
Crafty Creations---All Creatures Great and Small
DoubleClick---Father's Day or Male Project
Inspiration Destination---ATG
Little Red Wagon---Use It Up! (Lots of DP)
Moo-Mania---ATG
Wonderful Wednesday---ATG
Cardz 4 Guyz---Birds
Clear It Out---ATG and Stash: Patterned Paper
Digi Choosday---Use Kraft
Loves Rubberstamps---ATG
Papertake Weekly---ATG


I hope you'd take the time to join us at our WAW Challenge.  It's Anything Goes as long as it's family friendly with uplifting and inspirational messages, you can link up to 5 projects.  Our sponsors this week are Crafty Individuals and The Cutting Cafe.  Also visit the Inky Impressions Challenge for more chances of winning.  I can't wait to see your projects this week and leave you some lovin' on your Blogs.  Have a blessed day and I pray that you take the time to study God's Word. It will open your eyes to your true identity in God's perspective.  That you may know the glorious future that only faith in Jesus Christ can provide.  His Name be praised forever!  

37 comments:

  1. Your card is beautiful! Love the design and coloring! Thanks for all of your encouraging words - they are truly appreciated. God's blessings to you!! To God be the glory, always!

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  2. Ahhhh - what a wonderful affirmation of the soverignty and solidity of God - Thank you Jo Ann, that was so refreshing. :-). Love your card - the image of a stone well reminds me of the permanence of our God.
    Blessings
    Maxine

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  3. Beautiful card its a beautiful design Thank you for joining us at Crafting by Designs good luck love and hugs Carole x DT

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  4. Stunning creation- thank you for sharing with us at Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenge.
    Amy-DT

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  5. A wonderful card and thoughful verse...the image is a perfect pairing. Thanks for sharing with us this week at Loves Rubberstamps, hope you'll join us again soon.

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  6. Wonderful! Thanks for joining us at Moo Mania and More, Valerie

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  7. Great card thanks for joining the challenge at
    http://craftingfromtheheartchallengeblog.blogspot.co.uk. Good luck x

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  8. An AMAZING card project!
    Thank you for showing at Moo Mania & More!
    Happy weekend to you!

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  9. Beautiful design!
    Thank you for joining us at Digi Choosday! Jane (DT) xxx

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  10. This is such a sweet image paired with a serene sentiment.
    Thanks for sharing with us at Cardz4Guyz. :)

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  11. As always, simply gorgeous! Thanks so much for joining us at our new blog! If you’ve not had a chance to become a follower, please do so as soon as you can. To be a winner, one must be a follower. If you’ve already followed us, thank you so much and thanks for sharing and joining us today at Inspiration Destination Challenge Blog. Hope to see you again next week and good luck!
    Ema
    IDCB Owner

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  12. Beautiful card. Thanks for joining us at Sweet Stampin'
    Cass xx

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  13. This card is absolutely gorgeous! It's actually made me all teary eyed...it is very comforting that He stays the same. No matter how much we change as a person He is there. Loving us every step of our journey. You have done a phenomenal job on this. I love that the inside and the envelop are decorated to match. Thank you so much for entering our ATG challenge at Through The Craft Room Door this week. Looking forward to see you again next challenge.
    Hugs,
    Tina
    TTCRD DT
    Toadally Love To Craft {My Blog}
    Through The Craft Room Door
    ttcrd.blogspot.com

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  14. A lovley design. So pleased you joined us atCardz 4 Guyz. Caz

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  15. A beautifully designed and coloured card, thanks for sharing it with us at OohLaLa, Jx

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  16. So gorgeous. Thanks for joining us this week at Little Red Wagon for our "Use It Up" Challenge.

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  17. Lovely card, thanks for joining us at Inspiration Destination Challenge Blog and good luck. Wendy DT x

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  18. Fabulous card.

    Thanks for sharing at Sweet Stampin'.

    Susan

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  19. Thank you so much for joining my Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper June challenge with your delightful crafting - hope to see you again soon x

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  20. Fabulous card.

    Thank you for joining us at MOO MANIA & MORE

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  21. Thanks for sharing your card in Di's Digis "2 or More Designer Papers" challenge. Hope to see you in our latest challenge to use die cuts too, Donna ☺

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  22. love your card! thanks for joining DoubleClick Connections challenge-past guest dt-Rhonda

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  23. Lovely card thank you for joining us at Ooh La La Creations Sue DT xx

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  24. Your cards are always such perfection! All the layering, the coloring and the patterned papers are all so lovely. Such a wonderful job! Thank you for joining the DoubleClick Masculine Challenge!
    Beth, GDT
    Beth's Beauties

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  25. Gorgeous card! I love the wonderful image and how the papers compliment the scene so well!

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  26. Totally beautiful, your coloring and layout/layers here are amazing Thanks for joining us at LovesRubberstamps this week, hope to see you again!
    Jennifer, DT!

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  27. Fab card, so well put together. Thanks for joining us last week at Sweet Stampin - we hope to see you again this week for the new challenge! Wedgie xxx

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  28. Sweet card, love all the layers

    Thanks for playing along at Cardz 4 Guyz this week x

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  29. This is AWESOME and so spiritual and touching!! Love the wishing well that has been colored so perfectly!! And all the wonderful texture and layers that you have added!! You show great talent in matching up different DP's - I am just so impressed with the dynamic styling and design of this card!! Super incredible!!! And, yes, Glory be to God, for He is GOOD!!! So glad you joined us over at DoubleClick Skittles for the Father's Day/Man card challenge!!

    Taunya Butler(daisiesgirl.com) Doubleclick DT

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  30. Beautiful card!!! Love all the layers. Thank you for joining us at Digi Choosday Challenges. Good luck. Monica.-DT

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  31. Absolutely lovely card and great use of Kraft card. Thanks for entering the Digi Choosday Use Some Kraft Card challenge (DT)

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  32. Fabulous card with lovely colors and design. Thanks for sharing with us at Creative Moments Agnieszka DT

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  33. A lovely creation. Thanks for sharing with us at Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenges.
    Mags
    x

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  34. Great make. Thanks for joining us in our Use some Kraft Card challenge at Digi Choosday
    Anjie (Senior DT Team Leader)

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  35. such a pretty card- I love your stitched panel on the inside too :) thank you for playing a long with us at simon says stamp wednesday challenge!!

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  36. Oh this is so fabulous, love it. Thanks for playing with us over at Loves Rubberstamps!!!

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  37. This is beautiful.. love the sentiment and your layout.. Thank you for joining our Anything Goes Challenge #33 at Art by Mi Ran Blog.. Hope to see you again in our next challenge.. and good luck at the draw ;)

    hugs,
    ~RoRa

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