Encouragement for Creators: Passover Power; Easter Inspiration!

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We all go through trials. And creators, especially, struggle against rejection and misinterpretation; with the limitations of time, energy and opportunity; along with all the other trials of everyday life. Many face the continual battle to balance their artistic endeavors with their “day jobs”!

Sometimes there’s so much adversity you may feel like you can’t go any further. But today, as we begin the historic celebration of Jewish Passover, and look forward to a weekend that holds Easter Sunday (Resurrection Day), we want to share a couple of simple but important truths:

All creativity comes from God, the creator of the universe!  “He existed in the beginning with God. God created everything through Him, and nothing was created except through Him.” (John 1:3 NLT) The “He” to whom the Apostle John refers is Jesus Christ, “The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!” (John 1:29 NLT)

He created each of us:  “…The LORD God formed man of dust from the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being.” (Genesis 2:7 NASB)  Therefore, we each have this same creative power within us! In fact, all inspiration comes from God. How so? The word inspiration actually means “God-breathed,” as in the verse you just read. Here’s another example: “All Scripture is breathed out [inspired] by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness….” (2 Timothy 3:16 ESV)

We have God’s creativity and inspiration within us!  He made us in His image — to have all things in common with Him! (Read Genesis 1:27) Also: “This High Priest of ours [Christ] understands our weaknesses, for he faced all of the same testings we do, yet he did not sin.” (Hebrews 4:15)

He has overcome every adversity known to us!   “These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33 NASB)

Because of Christ’s death on the cross, followed by His RESURRECTION (celebrated on Easter Sunday), death now continues to PASSOVER all who put their faith in Him. Here’s the chorus from Bill and Gloria Gaither’s wonderful hymn “Because He Lives”: Because He lives, I can face tomorrow, Because He lives, all fear is gone; Because I know He holds the future, And life is worth the living, Just because He lives!”

 Celebrate with us! Here’s Anthony Evans’ impassioned tribute to our Lord!

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Hump Day Hope and Humor!

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Why God Created Cats and Dogs:

“Lord,” said Adam one day. “You used to always walk with me in the garden. Now I hardly see you anymore. I’m lonely and it’s hard to remember just how much you love me.”

God said, “No problem! I’ll create a companion for you that will be a reflection of my love for you. This animal will accept you just as you are and will love you just as I do, regardless of how selfish or childish or unlovable you get.”

So God created a new animal to be a companion for Adam. And it was a good animal, and God was pleased. And the new animal was pleased to be with Adam and he wagged his tail profusely.

But Adam complained, “Lord, I already named all the animals and I can’t think of a name for this new one.”

God said, “No problem! I created this new animal to be a reflection of my love for you, so his name should also be a reflection of my own name. Call him DOG.”

Woof! (“Like, you are SUPER, man!”)

And Dog loved Adam and the man was greatly comforted. God was pleased; and Dog was happy and wagged his tail a lot.

After a few days, Adam’s guardian angel came to God and said, “Lord, we gotta problem. Dog absolutely worships the man! Now Adam is so filled with pride that he struts around and preens like a peacock. Dog has indeed reminded Adam that he’s loved, but perhaps too much.”

Again, the Lord said, “No problem! I’ll create for Adam another companion who’ll see him as he really is, one that will remind him of his limitations.” And God created CAT.

But Cat would not obey Adam. And when Adam gazed into Cat’s eyes, he knew that he was definitely not the supreme being. Then Adam learned humility.

“Purr-fect!”

God was pleased. Dog was happy. But Cat didn’t give a hoot one way or another!

(Disclaimer: it’s just a joke, guys.)

“The greatest pleasure of a dog is that you may make a fool of yourself with him and not only will he not scold you, but he will make a fool of himself too.” (Samuel Butler)

“I wish I could write as mysterious as a cat.” (Edgar Allan Poe)

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