Friday, June 29, 2018

Matthew 19, all of it, with a focus on verse 26
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In order to have a real relationship with Jesus, we need to understand our own sinfulness. There’s no other way, because without understanding how far we’ve fallen, there’s no way we can know how deep His love reaches. Like we see in this passage, we can never crawl our way our by ourselves; we’re literally holding ourselves back. Yet, God loves us so much, that in comparison, the depth isn’t scary any more. We don’t have to reach our own salvation; He is reaching down to us.
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Thanks to @kkismyinitial on Instagram for the passage suggestion!
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Thursday June 28, 2018

Meditation: Why art? (see Philippians 3:12-21 and 1 Corinthians 13:8-13)
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Whenever I look at a painting, especially one that I like a lot, after enjoying its aesthetic qualities, I am sooner or later overcome by a sense of lack. To see is one thing, but where do I go from there? What’s the point of the art beyond a spontaneous visual appreciation, that at best lasts a few minutes? C. S. Lewis, in his essay “The Weight of Glory,” expresses a similar idea, referring to beauty in general: “We do not want merely to see beauty, though, God knows, even that is bounty enough. We want something else which can hardly be put into words—to be united with the beauty we see, to pass into it, to receive it into ourselves, to bathe in it, to become part of it.” On earth, we are plagued with an inability to truly commune with beauty–a glass wall appears in front of our fingers when we reach too close. This longing I believe comes from a longing for God, the source of beauty, who we are meant to experience fully, though sin blocks that in this life. The good news is that that glass wall (or should I say temple curtain) was broken by the death and resurrection of Jesus, so that one day, in our own resurrected and glorified bodies, we will be able to truly unite with Beauty, in a way that will never leave us lacking.
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Thanks to @w_ilcoxk_w_ on Instagram for sending me the essay that inspired this, which can be found here https://ift.tt/2KggP9Y. Also shout out to “Happy Drawings” on Youtube, whose video taught me how to draw a rose, cuz roses are hard. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DnR_PGKEEGc
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Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Jeremiah 29, all of it, but with a focus on verse 11 (with Isaiah 42:3 for context)
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Here we come to one of the most oft-quoted verses in the Bible, typically found adorning some sort of inspirational mug or other knickknack. In reality, Jeremiah 29:11 means something different than we often think, but is nonetheless still inspiring when kept in context with God’s plan. This was written to Israelites in exile, a people terrified, wondering if they’d ever see their home again, living day-to-day in fear. In the face of this fear, God tells them to put down roots and invest in the communities of their exile. Then, seemingly in opposition to this command, He tells them to look forward to the day when they will be brought out of exile–“a hope and a future.” However, the takeaway for us is that, in both of these situations, God was in full control, and the Israelites could rest on Him. Like we see in Isaiah 42:3, in times of pain, God is gentle with His children. Jeremiah 29:11 promises hope and a good future, but it does not say it won’t be painful getting there, or even in the midst. What it does promise is that God, a tender and ever-loving father will go with the Israelites, and with us.
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Thanks to @kkismyinitial for the passage suggestion!
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Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Jeremiah 33
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This is a really cool passage, because it juxtaposes and brings together ideas of both wonder and assurance. Typically, these don’t go together; the former implies a mystery, a sense of unknowing, while the latter implies a knowledge, even a routine. Yet, our God embodies both of these. He is constant, never changing, and dependable; as He makes clear here, His promises stand, no matter what happens. He is also beyond our imagining, and always full of new discoveries. We have two choices when faced with this knowledge: we can worry that we may one day find something we don’t like, or, we can consider what we know for sure, that our God loves us, and that love will never change, and embrace the mystery.
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Thanks to @mgfrias_art on Instagram for the passage suggestion!
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Monday, June 25, 2018

Acts 17, with a focus on verses 6-7 and 16-31
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As some of you know, up until just recently, I ran an arts ministry collective called InterACT; this passage was our focus. Myself and my partner, Victor, had both been invested in artistic circles for years, and had been both inspired and troubled by what we saw there. We saw friends, peers, and role models who had such great, life-affirming ideas, some so close to our own Christian worldviews that they could nearly quote the Gospel–just missing Jesus. Of course, without this key part, it all falls apart in the grand scheme of things, so we set about providing a space for Christians and non-Christians to come together safely and discuss the “unknown god,” the true source of all beauty, Jesus. In our lives, we can see the evidence of God’s grace even in the lives of those who don’t know Him; some Christians can be the most arrogant and hateful, where some non-Christians can be the most humble and caring. We can’t be the type of people who think of others as less than ourselves. Their beauty is real, as is ours, and their brokenness is real, as is ours. As Christians, we must strive to meet our friends with humility, celebrating the beauty that they make and are, and recognizing that, in an eternal worldview, we are all as broken and lost–we are all begging for that which we lack; as Christians we can point the way to the bread of life, and the well that will never run dry.
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Thanks to @kpunton on Instagram for the passage suggestion! Very timely :p
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Sunday, June 24, 2018

Psalm 119ס (verses 113-120, particularly 114)
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When do you feel the most safe? Interestingly enough, ever since I was a kid, I have been anti-claustrophobic: getting in small spaces generally gives me a sense of calm and safety, which I think stems from all the nights spent hiding under my bed sheets, reading by the light of a flashlight, and pretending I was asleep if my parents came to check on me. More often than not, I got caught, but the coziness remains. As big as God is, He is also more than capable of wrapping us in a tight embrace–the safest imaginable. When things get too much, crawl into His arms.
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Friday, June 22, 2018

Meditation: Joy & Praise (see Psalm 71:23-24)
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Thus illustration started with me just wanting to draw a whale, because I really like whales. I wasn’t particularly in the mood for anything profound; I just wanted to draw a whale. Yet as I sat down to draw said whale, and threw on some worship music to enliven the mood, the two came together in a sense of joy. I love that God made worship, which we so often mistakenly think is selfish, a way to bring joy to us as well. I love that God lets us worship in doing the things that bring us joy. Even in the darkest, hardest, or simply most banal time, worship is always available.
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If y’all are interested, the specific songs I was listening to were “Death was Arrested” (North Point), “Relentless” (Hillsong), and “O Praise the Name” (Hillsong).
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Also if you look closely, the whale is smiling too.
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