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, July 20, 2022

Scripture Series: That We Receive a Full Reward/Nuts 'n Bolts 'Bout You Note Cards---Join our Inspirational/Anything Goes Challenge at Word Art Wednesday!

Hi everybody!  So sorry for the delay in posting this project I made for our previous Challenge at Word Art Wednesday (WAW).  The new Challenge is coming out today and you can surely join the fun and possibly win a prize in a couple of weeks.  I have to skip this new Challenge but I am bringing this very late posting of what could have been published two weeks ago highlighting the Scripture from 2 John 1:8 which says, “Look to yourselves, that we lose not those things which we have wrought, but that we receive a full reward.”
The book of 2 John emphasizes on remaining in Christ's truth and love, obedience to God's Word/teachings and to warn us against false teachers.  From the time of Adam to this day, the serpent otherwise known as Satan had used a powerful technique to capture mankind by way of deception!  If there is any created being that knows the Word of God, it's no other than the devil himself. In order to deceive, he uses a measure of God's truth and cunningly pervert it with lies to achieve his evil purpose.  He takes advantage of man's weaknesses (lust of the flesh, lust of the eyes and the pride of life) to stir up their emotions/curiosities to convince them that their selfish actions are justified.  Luke 4:1-13 showed us the audacity of the devil to come after  the Savior, Jesus Christ, thinking he could manipulate Him to turn against God's truth.  What did Jesus used to defeat Satan?  It's the authority that comes from the pure truth of God's Word.  

I believe that Jesus' encounter with the enemy in the wilderness at the start of his earthly ministry was written for all believers (Born-again, John 3:3) as an example on how we can keep our minds pure from the winds of deceitful doctrines that devours many people these days.  More than anything, we have to be certain WHO is the source of our faith, the subject of our attention, the treasure of our hearts.   Any other answer besides JESUS makes the person vulnerable. Deuteronomy 6 revealed the greatest commandment God gave humanity.  Verse 5 says, "You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength."  The very similar message was recorded in the Gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke.  Every believer is commissioned by God to represent Him and speak of His Truth to this fallen world.  For we were once a part of the darkness and are now translated to God's kingdom of light simply by placing our faith in the finished work of Jesus Christ at the Cross.  We have an important work to do and that is to declare in words and in deeds the truth of God's Word! We are to testify of God's love for the lost and the importance of obedience to stay wise as to avoid the enemy's deceptive trap.
The trouble with some so called ministers today is that they have exchanged the glory of the One True God with fame, status, riches, connections and many other temporal things.  They became people pleasers, self centered individuals who uses the Church (Ekklesia, Body of Christ) as their platform to gain popularity and increased their members.  But the sad thing is when they are asked tough questions in their stance with Homosexuality, Abortion, Hell, Salvation and many other Church thinning topics, they sounded uneducated, confused and undecipherable in the Word of God.  I was sad and frustrated to see a well-renowned minister (whom I respected for many years) struggled to answer in an interview recently.  I don't believe he doesn't know what God's Word says but he was refusing to offend many.  In an attempt to sound moderate and pleasing to people, questions answerable by a simple yes or no weren't clearly conveyed.  In fairness, the interviewer seemed to be in an attack mode but if we are true to the Word of God, we are going to tell the truth no matter what it takes. By all means, we are to speak truth in love but without compromise.  As a matter of fact, truth will always be offensive to the unrepentant.  Let's face it, everyone that hates the truth would hate God and everyone that follows God.  Matthew 16:24-26  tells us, "Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it. What good will it be for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul?"  I love what shared regarding this passage and would loved to share it. It says, "When Jesus carried His cross up Golgotha to be crucified, no one was thinking of the cross as symbolic of a burden to carry. To a person in the first-century, the cross meant one thing and one thing only: death by the most painful and humiliating means human beings could develop. Two thousand years later, Christians view the cross as a cherished symbol of atonement, forgiveness, grace, and love. But in Jesus’ day, the cross represented nothing but torturous death. Because the Romans forced convicted criminals to carry their own crosses to the place of crucifixion, bearing a cross meant carrying their own execution device while facing ridicule along the way to death. Therefore, “Take up your cross and follow Me” means being willing to die in order to follow Jesus. This is called “dying to self.” It’s a call to absolute surrender. After each time Jesus commanded cross bearing, He said, “For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will save it. What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, and yet lose or forfeit his very self?” (Luke 9:24-25). Although the call is tough, the reward is matchless."  
So, I will end this post by saying that do not get your "truth" from just anyone else.  Nothing wrong with listening to ministers of the Word but nobody should just take their word for it.  Everyone should subject their teachings to the magnifying glass of the Word of God to make sure we are not being deceived.  My Life Application Bible wrote a nice comment related to our highlighted verse in this post.  It says, "The term translated "deceivers' can also be translated as "impostors"; it carries the idea of leading another astray. The great danger of deceitful leaders is that they seem so sincere and believable.  They are not easy to spot in the crowd.  Usually they are winsome and attractive; otherwise, how they would gather people to themselves?  We do not want to become paranoid and suspicious about everyone we meet, but we do need to be wise in evaluating the character and conduct of those who would seek to influence people.  The way your teachers live shows a lot about what they believe about Christ.  So to be "rewarded fully" in 2 John 1:8 refers not to salvation but to the rewards of loyal service. All who value the truth and persistently hold to it will win their full reward.  Those who live for themselves and justify their self-centeredness by teaching false doctrines will lose that reward (Matthew 7:21-23).

For this note cards, I used an image from Stampendous Mini Clear Stamp Sets and colored the image with my Prismacolor markers.  The base is white CS, cut and scored to make a 4-inch square card.  I fuzzy-cut the images, added some Washi Tapes from Tape Works and Recollections, printed the Scripture Word Art sentiment on one of the cards. The other sentiment I used on the other card is from the stamp set where the robot came from.  I made some envelopes and stamped a sentiment from one of the images in another set.  I think they came out so cute.




This Card is entered into the following Challenges: 
A Place to Start---ATG/Balloons/Flowers
Cutie Pie---Little Cuties
We Love Stamping---Anything Stamped/Hot Sunny Colors
Taylormade Cards---ATG/Holidays in July
Fairy and the Unicorn---Anything Fantasy
Critter Crazy---ATG with Featured Critter
2 Sisters---ATG
Crafty Animals---Anything with Animals
Creatalicious---ATG/Christmas in July
Let's Craft and Create---ATG/Fun in the Sun
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Saturday, July 2, 2022

Scripture Series: Ye Shall Be Free Indeed Card---It's Anything/Inspirational Goes at Word Art Wednesday!

 A wonderful day, everyone!  More than a week ago, we started another bi-weekly Anything Goes/Inspirational Challenge at Word Art Wednesday (WAW)You still have a few days to join the fun and possibly win a great prize.  As always  I featured a card below with our Scripture Word Art that comes from John 8:36 that says, "If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed."
Since the Fall of Man through disobedience in the Garden of Eden, every man born into this world inherited the Sin Nature which originated from the very heart of Satan.  This alliance with the enemy brought forth Death (spiritual, physical and eternal deaths) as mankind's spiritual connection with God was severed as we became slaves to the Sin nature that defaulted  us to rebel against the Holy God that created us.  We were hopeless on our own, our bodies would soon decay  and we're set to spend eternity in the state of damnation.  It was a curse that no mortal man would be able to escape from.  But God (in His omniscience) knew this would happen before time even existed.   Because of His great love for humanity,  He knew He would be sending His One and Only Son, Jesus Christ, to redeem man from Satan's hands.  He who had no Sin took all the sins of the world and nailed it to the Cross---once and for all, so that anyone who placed their faith in His death, burial and resurrection (The Gospel/Good News) will live in freedom from the bondage of Sin.  Apostle Paul told us in Galatians 2:20, "My old self has been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. So I live in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me."  Wow, "Christ lives in me!"  That's how every Born-again believers would overcome this world ruled by Satan.  Jesus, the Son of the living God, defeated Sin and Death at the Cross and His victory is our victory. He is with us in navigating this earthly life and His promise of eternal life awaits every believer.  Sadly, the unrepentant, proud and rebellious at heart will suffer everlasting torment.  From the very beginning, the devil used lies in order to tempt man to disobey God and he hadn't change his strategy.   Jesus told us in John 10:9-11, "I am the gate. If anyone enters through Me, he will be saved. He will come in and go out and find pasture. The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I have come that they may have life, and have it in all its fullness. I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down His life for the sheep."   He also proclaimed in John 14:6, I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me."  God provided the ONLY WAY for us to get back into His presence---that is trusting in Jesus Christ alone. 
On June 24, 2022, I greatly rejoiced in the Supreme court ruling that ended Roe v. Wade (Abortion Rights) on a federal level here in America. For fifty years, people were deceived to believing that the US Constitution has a place for this kind of barbaric acts which resulted in killing of over 63 million babies.  Even before I came to know Christ, I knew deep down my core (conscience) that regardless of the stage of development , a baby is a baby from the time of conception.  Just like I knew when our dogs were pregnant, we had new puppies after a few days/weeks.  I never thought anybody would be so stupid to think they can dehumanize a baby at any stage.  But for the sake of convenience, not willing to accept the consequences for their actions, they'd rather be called fools!  On the other hand, I give glory to God for He answered the cry of His people who'd been fighting for year against the shedding of innocent blood in this nation.  However, the end of Roe v. Wade doesn't mean that our fight for life is over.  The decision for Abortion is just passed on to the voters of each state.  Some of these states had been strongholds of Satan and his party that radically supports killing babies to minutes after they're born. Savages!  Truthfully, there was never a constitutional right to Abortion/Murder to warrant a federal protection---not then, not ever!  Satan have used many of the rich, powerful and influential leaders throughout history to destroy humanity.  In Matthew 2:16-18, just after Jesus was born, King Herod ordered the killing of male children two years old and under in Bethlehem and all that region to prevent the prophesied Messiah from coming.  In the Old Testament before Christ came, babies are burned as a sacrifice to Baal/Molech by their parents for economic reasons (for rain to water their crops and fertile agriculture). Today,  babies are sacrificed by their parents through barbaric abortions in the "altar of convenience" (career, future, status etc.) while Abortion facilities are lining up their pockets by selling aborted baby parts.  Now and then, they have one thing  in common---they're all murderers! That includes everyone who supports them.  For what kind of people would devise a plan to kill their own child whether it be in or out of the womb? And what kind of monsters are those that condones and aides these murders?  These savages are now acting like possessed demons raging with violence because they didn't get their way.  They can't deny who they truly worship, none other than the ancient serpent, their father Satan! Their violence is shown in their hatred for babies and they demonstrate that same violence to their opposition when they don't get their way.  They belong to the party of Death!  There's two very helpful articles about this topic here and here).  
Now more than ever, true believers must pray for our nation!  There is power in prayer and nothing is impossible with God!  The deceived will continue to be deceived and our fight will intensify as the days go by.  But we have the power of God living inside of us.  Through faith in Christ, we were set free to be Salt and Light at such a time as this.  Put on the whole armor of God and let's fight and stand for truth! I would like to share what My Life Application Bible shared about our highlighted Scripture in this post.  It says, "Sin has a way of enslaving us, controlling us, dominating us,  and dictating our actions.  Jesus can free you from this slavery that keeps you from becoming the person God created you to be.  If sin is restraining, mastering, or enslaving you, Jesus can break its power over your life. Jesus himself is the truth that sets us free.  He is the source of truth, the perfect standard of what is right.  He frees us from continued slavery to sin, from self deception, and from deception from Satan.  He shows us clearly the way to eternal life with God.  Thus Jesus does not give us freedom to do what  we want, but freedom to follow God.  As we seek to serve God, Jesus' perfect truth frees us to be all that God meant us to be."

For this Card, I used a rubber stamp from Inkadinkado that I partially colored using The Creative Expert markers. The base is white CS, cut and scored to make a 5.5 inches square card.  I added some white nail head gems from Imaginisce. a bit of glitters from Stickles (Crystal) at the center of the flowers and incorporated the Scripture Word Art below the image. Lastly,  I did some fancy and regular stitching for added dimension.  It's simple but I love it!




This Card is entered into the following Challenges:

Ching-Chou Kuik---Just Colour It
Creatalicious---ATG/Lots of Layer
DL Art---ATG
Mix It Up---ATG/CAS
Crafting Challenge---Taste of Summer
Taylormade Cards4u---ATG/Holiday in July

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Monday, June 6, 2022

Scripture Series: That He May Please Him/Kindness Cards---It's Inspirational/Anything Goes Challenge at Word Art Wednesday!

Hi there, friends! This is a very late post for our current challenge and you have a day left to join but a new one is starting this Wednesday at Word Art Wednesday (WAW).  As always, we are featuring a Scripture Word Art that you can download for free at the WAW site and while there, view all the wonderful cards/projects the DT's made using the featured Scripture.  For our existing challenge, our highlighted Word comes from 2 Timothy 2:4 which says, "No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier."
I hope you all noticed that we are living in an environment of deception where many no longer recognize wrong from right and right from wrong. Isaiah 5:20-21 says, "Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter! Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes, and shrewd in their own sight!" Without Jesus, His Word and our obedience to His instruction leading our lives, we would all fall in the trap of this world's blanket of deception.  Let's take for example the recent Robb Elementary school shooting in Uvalde, Texas.  Like similar incidents that happened in the past, the social media deceivers/influencers of our day went after the weapons rather than the motive and mental condition of the attacker. It's like clock work.  I never heard a thorough discussion/news/reporting by the mainstream media on the background, lifestyle, orientation of the criminal and how to spot people with lunatic tendencies and effectively secure our schools from them and their kind.  Instead, they have to go after our second amendment right to bear arms with the intent to strip every lawful gun owners the right to protect themselves from harm that could come to their homes or their communities (including their schools) from the lunatics, criminals or government overreach.  They argued that "guns are the problem."  My challenge to them is this:  Show me a gun that would fire itself!   Truthfully, I can live peacefully in a gun warehouse for as long as no one with an evil intent breaks in and uses any of the weapons to harm me.  Likewise, a kitchen knife will not cut and prepare cooking ingredients by itself  unless utilized by a cook with the motive to prepare a good meal for his family or his customers.  I hope it is clear with us believers in the Lord (Born-again, John 3:3) that it is the intent/motive of a person that causes harm or good and not merely the objects.  God showed us that while a rock is used by Cain to kill Abel, God didn't vanish the rocks from existence, did He? He however dealt with Cain.

So, what is the significance of a clear understanding of the Scripture with regards to our attitude towards such despicable attacks to our communities and our second amendment right to bear arms?  While we comfort victims/families and do whatever we can to help people in their time of grief, we however can't allow ourselves to be emotionally overtaken as to give up logic and the protection secured for us by our constitutional amendments.  Satan's agenda involving stealing, killing and destroying (John 10:10) is actively carried out by his demonic armies since the beginning of time and it uses darkened minds to advance their master's goal.  They don't mind "killing" the vulnerable so they can "steal" the rights of the lawful and God-fearing citizens in order to "destroy" everything that God started in this beautiful land.  But aside from their bad and fake acting of concern, you will know them by their fruits!  For it's the same party that shouts injustice on the killing of school children are the same party that demands "abortion" in and out of a selfish mother's womb.  Behind all of them is Satan and they don't have a bit of concern for any of our children.  They fight to expose children from such a young age to every manner of perversion till they lose their minds and commit despicable things.  Ask the Lord to open your "true" eyes.  They're the new breed of predators out to kill and use our children like perverts.  If you cannot see the true agenda there, then I can only pray for God's mercy to touch you that you may see again.  
For telling the truth, I have been insulted, cursed, mocked and called many names.  But I set aside all emotions and I continue to walk boldly into the enemy's camp because I have a clear understanding of the goal,  purpose and the victory that awaits everyone redeemed by the blood of Christ.  I speak when God wants me to speak and withhold when God wants me to withhold.  I'm far from perfect but I know God can use me.  I also know that when God calls me, He equips me.  The only issue is whether I would allow myself to be slowed down by my fear or emotions.  As a soldier in the mighty army of God, I can't!  There's just too much at stake.  I would like to share what My Life Application Bible imparted with regards to our highlighted verse today.  It says, "As Timothy preached and taught, he would face suffering, but he should be able to endure. Paul used a comparison (2 Timothy 2:3-7) with soldiers, athletes and farmers who must discipline themselves and be willing to sacrifice to achieve the results they want.  Like soldiers, we have to give up worldly security and endure rigorous discipline.  Like athletes, we must train hard and follow the rules.  Like farmers,  we must work extremely hard and be patient.  But we keep going despite suffering because of the thought of victory, the vision of winning, and the hope of the harvest.  We will see that our suffering is worthwhile when we achieve our goal  of glorifying God, winning people to Christ, and one day living eternally with Him."
For these Cards, I used an images/sentiments from our sponsor, Stamp Simply called "Delighful Dahlias" and "Pretty Poppies." The white A7 card base is from Paper Studio that comes with an envelope.  The DP's are also from Paper Studio, the nail head gems are from Imaginisce and I ran it through my sewing machine for added dimension.  




This Card is entered into the following Challenges:

Get Creative---At least  two Patterned Papers
Allsorts---ATG/Sun, Sea, Sand
Taylormadecards4u---ATG/Red, White and Blue
Beyond the Blue---Flowers
Cards 4 Galz---Two or More Patterned Papers
Krafty Chicks---Stamp Act

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Saturday, May 21, 2022

Scripture Series: Possible with God Easel Card---It's Inspirational/Anything Goes Challenge at Word Art Wednesday!

 Hello there, Crafty Peeps!  This post is very late but there's still a few days left to join  our current Word Art Wednesday (WAW) Challenge.  You can use the Scripture Word Art that you can download for free from the WAW site.  You may use it in your projects you link to our Challenge (not mandatory) or as a wonderful inspirational message for your projects.  I have featured it in my card today and it comes from Luke 18:27 which says, "And he said, The things which are impossible with men are possible with God." 
This is such a profound scripture that tells us how there's still hope at the end of man's abilities.  When we have done everything humanly possible to no avail, we can trust God for the impossible!  But as a believer in Christ (Born-again, John 3:3), I'm learning to entrust God both the possible and the impossible.  That simply means that in every situation I encounter in life, I rely upon Him from the very beginning instead of my last resort.  

Our Father in heaven does not want us to walk this earthly life alone.  We are supposed to be in total dependence on Him every step of the way.  It's impossible for us to achieve anything on our own efforts for in reality, none of us have any control over our own lives.  We'd like to think so but no---God is the very breath that keeps us alive in this earthly existence.  Job 12:10 clearly tells us, "In his hand is the life of every creature and the breath of all mankind."  So left alone in our fallen state (in Adam's rebellious and Sinful nature), we will never understand and appreciate the realm of the impossible where God dwells and operates. It's is accessible through "faith" alone in the finished work (death, burial and resurrection) of Jesus Christ at the Cross.

Just like the rich young ruler that asked Jesus, "What must I do to inherit eternal life?" in Luke 18:18-30, we are all aware that this life would be over.  Sooner or later, we would face eternity (no matter how many denied such existence).  Upon hearing Jesus' response, he became very sad because it would mean letting go of his wealth (which was his idol) to follow Christ.  Sad to say but we have the same reaction to this day.  Though it may be in different forms, we are all guilty of idolatry which hindered us from following Jesus.  Many times, we think that the things of God are extremely difficult to accomplish and I can say there's truth to that matter. It's truly impossible to do it on our own but if we allow God to take over our lives and use us for His divine purpose, we can walk and achieve the impossible.  For it is no longer us working but Jesus Christ in us!  
I would like to share My Life Application Bible's explanation about our highlighted verse today for it surely blessed me.  It says, "Peter and other disciples had paid a high price---leaving their homes and jobs---to follow Jesus.  But Jesus reminded Peter that following him has its benefits as well as its sacrifices.  Any believer who has had to give up something to follow Christ will be repaid in this life as well as in the next.  For example, if you must give up a secure job, you will find that God offers a secure relationship with Himself now and forever.  If you must give up your family's approval, you will gain the love of the family of God.  The disciples had begun to pay the price of following Jesus, and Jesus said they would be rewarded.  Don't dwell on what you have have given up; think about what you have gained and give thanks for it.  You can never outgive God."

For this Card, I used a Stamping Bella image called "Planty Dandy" that I watercolor using Distress Inks.  The base is Kraft CS, cut and score to make a 5.5 inches square easel design. The DP's are from Paper Studio, the leaves are punched by Fiskars punch and the rose is from Recollections.  I added some glitters (Stickles-Crystal) to the leaves and I ran several panels for some wonderful stitching to enhance this project.  Love the result!



This Card is entered into the following Challenges:

Alphabet---D is for Die-Cuts
Cut It Up---Out in the Country
Little Red Wagon---With a Little Help from our Friends
Simon Says---Layer It Up
Paper Funday---ATG/Family
A Place to Start---ATG/Lilies/Lace
Double Trouble---Let's Brown Bag It
Incy Wincy---Die-Cuts and/or Punch

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Wednesday, April 20, 2022

Scripture Series: He Died for All Card---Join our Inspirational/Anything Goes Challenge at Word Art Wednesday!

 Hi there, Crafty friends! We are on our second week of our Challenge happening at Word Art Wednesday (WAW). As always, we feature a Scripture Word Art that you can download for free at the WAW site. Our highlighted verse today comes from 2 Corinthians 5:15 which says, "And that he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again."

Just a couple of days ago, we celebrated Resurrection Sunday---the greatest day ever for all of us who placed our faith in the eternal salvation brought about by the Cross of Christ.  When Jesus uttered "It is finished" (His final word) before dying at the Cross in John 19:30, He declared the truth that the payment for Sin and Death had been fully satisfied and settled by the blood of the perfect God  and perfect Man---Jesus Christ!  The time of sacrificing animal's blood as a temporary covering for one's sin ended that day.  Behold once and for all,  the blood of the Lamb promised by God to wash away the sins of the world  was wholeheartedly poured and that everyone who believed and received His gift of salvation will have eternal life. Jesus clearly tells us in John 10:14-18,  “I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me— just as the Father knows me and I know the Father—and I lay down my life for the sheep. I have other sheep that are not of this sheep pen. I must bring them also. They too will listen to my voice, and there shall be one flock and one shepherd. The reason my Father loves me is that I lay down my life—only to take it up again. No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down and authority to take it up again. This command I received from my Father.”  Though Jesus knew the intense suffering He would have to go through, He looked beyond the torture of the Cross including the indescribable pain when the Father turned His face away from Him. He endured it all because He knew what was at stake---the fate of all mankind!  He bore the Sin of the world upon His shoulder as He cried out in agony in Matthew 27:46, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”  My friends, Jesus willingly went through it all for the high price of sure victory---a glorious outcome of liberating us from our bondage to Adam's Sin into the newness of life in Christ Jesus sealed by the power of His resurrection.

Jesus demonstrated to every believer (Born-again, John 3:3) that just like Him, we have a purpose for being on earth.  We are to faithfully follow God's Word and point others to the Gospel (death, burial and resurrection) of Jesus Christ just like His early disciples and followers showed us in the Scripture. We are entrusted with God's truth and miraculous power to shine the light of the Gospel in this last of the last days.  We are not to live for ourselves but we are to take on the same burden Jesus had for the perishing souls so they too may find forgiveness and benefit from the power of His resurrection.  So I would like to impart to you what My Life Application Bible shared with regards to our highlighted verse in this post as it truly blessed me.  It says, "Everything that Paul and his companions did was to honor God.  Not only did fear of God motivated them (Matthew 5:11), but Christ's love compelled their actions. The word for "compels" means "to hold fast."  In other words, the love of Christ was constraining them to certain courses of action. They knew that Jesus, out of His great love, has given up His life for their sakes.  He had not acted out of His own self-interest, selfishly holding on to the glory of heaven that He already possessed (Philippians 2:6).  Instead Jesus had willingly "died for all."  Because Christ died for us, we also are dead to our own lives.  Like Paul, we should no longer live to please ourselves, we should spend our lives pleasing Christ. Christians are brand new people on the inside.  The Holy Spirit gives them new life, and they are not the same anymore.  We are not reformed, rehabilitated, or reeducated---we are re-created (new creations), living in vital union with Christ (Colossians 2:6-7).  At conversation, we are not merely turning a new leaf; we are beginning a new life under a new Master.

For this Card, I used an image from Gina K. Designs called "Friendship Blooms" that I colored using my Promarker and Hobby Colour markers.  The base is a white A7 pre-cut cards from Paper Studio.  The DP is also from Paper Studio, the butterflies from Recollections and the nail head gems are from Imaginisce.  To finish it, I added a bit of glitters (Stickles-Crystal) to the butterflies and ran it through my sewing machine for some fancy stitching.  I think it turned out great.



 This Card is entered into the following Challenges:
Crafty Gals Corner---Spring/Easter 
Creative Moments---Things with Wings
Fab n Funky---Feature a Creature
Little Red Wagon---What you Made for Easter
Simon Says Stamps---Rain or Shine
Paper Funday---ATG/April Showers
Ike's World---ATG/Animal/Crazy Critter
Unicorn---Include an Animal
A Place to Start---ATG/Key it Simple
Get Creative---Springtime
Incy Wincy---Easter and/or Animals
Pammie's Inky Pinky---Easter/Animals
Dragonfly Dreams---Spring/Easter
We Love Stamping---Favourite Stamps
Crafty Calendar---Anything But Square
Di's Digi---Spring
Taylormade Cards---ATG/Great Outdoors

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Friday, April 8, 2022

Scripture Series: He is Risen Card---Join Our Anything/Inspirational Goes Challenge at Word Art Wednesday!

Hi there, Crafty friends! It's the second week of our bi-weekly Challenge happening at Word Art Wednesday (WAW). As always, we feature a Scripture Word Art that you can download for free at the WAW site.  So, our inspiration Scripture for this Challenge that I featured in my card below comes from Matthew 28:6 which says, "He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay."  

For those who placed their faith in the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ, the resurrection of our Lord and Savior sealed the completion of our victory over Sin and Death brought about by the redemptive work of God's One and Only Son.  Every religious founders known to man that promised their own way to God have come and gone for no human being tainted by the fallen nature of Adam can break the power of Sin (nature of Satan) and Death (spiritual, physical and eternal).  We can't help but be a part of Adam's fallen nature the moment we're born into this world.  And if God had not fulfilled His promise in Genesis 3:15 pertaining to the "Seed" of the woman Who would crush the head of Satan, every single one of us are destined for eternal wrath. 

But the Word of God became flesh and dwelt among men in the perfect time ordained by God.  The promised "Seed" and Savior did everything His Father predestined Him to do so that everyone who believes (faith, trust, depend, rely) in His finished work at the Cross (death, burial and resurrection) would be saved and have eternal life.  Because we are one with Christ in His resurrection, we are one with the Lord in His victory. We are so blessed to be alive at this time when we have both the writings of the Old and the New Testament. For what was concealed in the old is now revealed in the new.  What was then a mystery is now our reality!  Wow, I can just imagine the mix reactions of the women who first saw what the angel of the Lord revealed to them when they visited Jesus' tomb.  And how they witnessed with their own eyes---Jesus was no longer there, He's alive!  Matthew 28:2 says, "There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it."  It is important to point out that the angel didn't roll the stone for Jesus to get out but to allow people to see that Jesus indeed rose from the dead just as He promised them before He died on the Cross.  Here, God is showing His disciples the value of trusting (faith) His Word and the exceeding joy that follows in the validation (tangible proof) when His promises are fulfilled.  A week after Jesus resurrected, He  appeared before his disciples including Thomas who strongly doubted the news of His resurrection at first.  It's only upon seeing Christ and His crucifixion wounds that day that he began to acknowledge that Christ truly resurrected.  For somebody who followed Christ for many years and saw firsthand the powerful and miraculous ministry of Jesus Christ, it is very sad to point out how he could still be shrouded with unbelief.  Although the Lord had been gracious to Thomas, there was a gentle rebuke in the Lord's response to Thomas in John 20:29 which says, "Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”  For faith is the currency in God's kingdom and you cannot do anything without it.  The worldly mindset says "to see (physical) is to believe" but Jesus wanted us to believe His Word though we haven't physically seen its manifestation.
Hebrews 11:6 tells us, "And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him."  Believers of old were looking forward to seeing the Messiah, our Savior and Conquering King while contemporary believers (Born-again, John 3:3) comprising the Body of Christ (Ekklesia, Church) are celebrating and experiencing the benefits of His victory at the Cross and sharing the same Good News to the world while awaiting through faith the coming of the Bridegroom and our earthly reign with Him following His Second Coming.  Till then, we will continue to live by the faith of Christ deposited in us through the working of the Holy Spirit.  I would like to share with you the exhortation from My Life Application Bible surrounding our highlighted verse today about Jesus' resurrection for it truly blessed me.  It says, "The angel who announced the good news of the resurrection to the women gave them four messages: (1) Do not be afraid.  The reality of the resurrection brings joy, not fear.  When you are afraid, remember the empty tomb.  (2) He is not here.  Jesus is not dead and is not to be looked for among the dead.  He is alive with his people.  (3) Come and see.  The women could check the evidence themselves.  The tomb was empty then, and it is empty today. The resurrection is a historical fact.  (4) Go quickly and tell.  They were to spread the joy of the resurrection.  We too are to spread the great news about Jesus' resurrection.  Jesus' resurrection is the key to the Christian faith.  Why?  (1) Just as he promised, Jesus rose from the dead.  We can be confident, therefore, that he will accomplished all he has promised.  (2) Jesus' bodily resurrection shows us that the living Christ is the ruler of God's eternal kingdom, not a false prophet or imposter. (3) We can be certain of our resurrection because he was resurrected.  Death is not the end---there is a future life.  (4) The power that brought Jesus back to life is available to us to bring our spiritually dead selves back to life. (5) The resurrection is the basis for the church's witness to the world.  Jesus is more than just a human leader, he is the Son of God."

For this Card, I used images from  Stampers Anonymous and colored each one using my Distress markers.  The base is white CS, cut and scored to make a 5.5 inches square card.  I used my Corner Chomper to round the top edges.  I made my own colorful background using the stencils that came with the stamps using several distress markers.  I fuzzy-cut the images and placed it right beside the computer generated Scripture Word Art featured for this Challenge.  I decorated the inside and added some glitters (Stickles-Crystal) and this project was done.





This Card is entered into the following Challenges:

Pattie's Creations---ATG with Digital or Stamped Image
Krafty Chicks---Stamp Act
Crafty Gals Corner---Add Flower/s
Double D---Easter
Mod Squad---ATG
Bastel Traum---Spring 
Country View---Spring is Coming
Digi Doodle Studios---Easter/Spring
DL Art---ATG
Happy Little Stampers---Use Stencil
Let's Craft and Create---ATG/Beautiful Butterflies
Mix It Up---ATG/Fancy Fold
Scribbles Designs---Flower Power
Stamplorations---ATG/Use Stencil
Crafting Challenge---ATG/Easter
Four Seasons---Spring

Make sure you join us at WAW Challenge.  You can use the free Word Art in your creation and link it to our Challenge but is not a requirement.  As long as it's family-friendly, uplifting and inspirational, you can enter up to 5 times each week.  Great prize package to be won from our wonderful sponsor---Crafty Individuals Stamp Co. (prize package).  Always remember the true significance of Resurrection Sunday.  Let us do away with the pagan rituals that is designed to veer us away from the truth.  Because Jesus Christ rose again from the dead, our faith is not in vain.  That is what's truly important!

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