Genesis 1 Painting Series

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One of my favorite artists I’m sure you will enjoy!
Can’t wait to see this particular collection.
“In the beginning God created…”
Enjoy!

Rick Rietveld Art

I finished my depiction of Genesis Day 1 based on the scripture from the Bible; 1:1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.

1:2 And the earth was formless and void, and darkness was over the surface of the deep; and the Spirit of God was moving over the surface of the waters.

This painting is a 48″ X 60″ Oil on canvas done in the traditional renaissance style of the old masters using layered glazing techniques.

This first painting of the series was commissioned by one of my collectors Greg Dillion and I thank him for the inspiration to do all 7 days of creation. Although God rested on the 7th day he created animals on the 6th and at the end of the 6th day he created Man and Woman so I will do a painting of the animals for the 6th and the…

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two who give

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There were two men:

The first man made every effort to give and give when ever there was a need and when he could be seen.

Yes, he wanted people to see what he did.

Why?

He knew it was good to give and that if people saw him giving he would be considered good…maybe? why not?

Actually when this man gave and people saw, they would tell him “You are a good man!”

That made this man feel good and so he would give again, to be seen and to be told “You are a good man!”

The second man also gave but no one saw. How do I know?  Trust me when I tell you, there is a second man who gives and no one sees…except God.

This man gives for a different reason.

No one sees so know one can respond to his giving to tell him he is a good man. In fact He gives and gives again, but why?

Jesus said,  “Be careful not to practice your righteousness in front of others to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven.” (Matthew 6:1)

I know we all love to give and some will see our giving but what if we were careful to give? How we give?

Would you prefer to be told how good you are and receive your acknowledgement from  mere men, society, the world?

Maybe even receive a plaque from the City?

Or…

Have Almighty God bestow upon you…yes, God give you a reward from Him!

“No eye has seen, no ear has hear, no mind can conceive that which God has prepared for those who love Him” (I Corinthians 2:9)

Shhhh,  and lets give

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What if…

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Mom would tell me that “if” was the biggest word in the world!
What if…
The word itself, only two letters yet brings with it gigantic proportions of:

  • Regret… “what if I hadn’t done…” or “… had done…” “Can I get a do over?”
  • Possibilities… “What if I go for it and it works or happens or does the trick?!”
  • Options… There is a choice to make and some decisions to think through. If I do this… or If I do that…

The choices we make will have certain affects on our life and future for sure.

These stir the imagination and our faith, right?

With Easter here I cannot help but think, “What if…”

What would the world be like if Jesus didn’t come?
What would people do to become right with a Holy God?

What if Jesus did come but didn’t die on the cross, maybe just spoke really good stuff, do some good deeds then lived to be an old guy and just died…

What if there was no cross for Jesus to bear or the resurrection?
Hmmm, that cross?

The Resurrection?!

But then again, What IF He really did come and live an amazingly perfect life, spoke brilliance from Heaven, healed the blind and the sick, set people free from demons, ate with sinners and forgave sins. What IF this marvelous man died a criminals death though He was without sin!
What if after he was buried in a tomb, He actually did rise from the dead!

What if…
Jesus made a way for sinners to be made right before a Holy God by accepting the just punishment for our sins!

What if…
Jesus defeated the greatest foe we face, death, thus proving everything He said, true!

Jesus said things like: I have come to set the captives free, give sight to the blind, bring peace and joy, even life abundant. All who believe in me though he dies will live forever!

What IF it’s all true!

Jesus said, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?” (John 11:26-27)

I believe this, do you?

Today I will decide to live by faith.

“Without faith it is impossible to please God” (Hebrew 11:6)

Have a great Easter celebration.

He has risen, He has risen indeed!

“Let” it happen

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He began this work… He started it all and i am so thankful yet I forget it’s Him who will see me through to the end. I was in a CR meeting the other day and heard a young man say this was a life verse for him: James 1:2-4 “Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness.  And “let” steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.”  Life is hard and the trials of life I would not volunteer for yet they happen right? They have made me stronger and I have seen God through them and yet if I’d have know what I needed to go through to get to where I am today I would have said “no thanks” When I heard this young man reference this verse I was struck by that word “Let” as if I might be in the way, somehow stifling and holding back maturity. Somehow this “Steadfastness” or “patience” (depending on the translation you read) was going to have a life of it’s own, to have it’s full affect. Let me get this straight, no pun intended, if I am “patiently steadfast” (my interpretation) then I will become mature, complete, lacking NOTHING?

The original langue of this passage is greek and the word for patient is “hypomonē” and does actually speaks of  a man who is not swerved from his deliberate purpose and his loyalty to faith and piety by even the greatest trials and sufferings. (BLB) Hold it…I think I get it!

If I am faithful, patient and persevere in my walk of faith then I can see and will experience this promise!

One step in front of the other…

One day at a time.

I need to LET this happen,  

I’m reminded of the other “Let” exhortation Col 3:16a  “Let the message about Christ, in all its richness, fill your lives. Teach and counsel each other with all the wisdom he gives.”

I’ve heard it said that if a man knew he had to do anything for the rest of his life it might crush him, but one day at a time he can do anything.

Let Him, who began this work, complete it by walking with Him.

He will do it!

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Runaways

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Runaways

Family conflict is the #1 reason for runaways. When we look at the breakdown in families, divorce, absent fathers, addictions, latch-key kids, distractions and distortions of loving, caring relationships then add in ‘keeping up with the Jones…’ we see many reasons for conflict. When these lost souls run they are looking for something to end those conflicts, right? However the runaway becomes even more at risk. victimization, addictions and prey for predators. (Note attached link) As the song goes, “looking for love in all the wrong places” Join me in praying for those who long for The Father’s love even a home where they can be accepted and encouraged. Seems so simple doesn’t it? Simple but not easy, however this is what the Church is meant to be a safe loving encouraging place for people to receive The Father’s love.

In a recent study of Luke 15, Jesus tells a story of a Father who lets one son go to squander his inheritance only to return willing to be a servant. The Father insists “My son, welcome home!”  

Are you running away?

Do you know the Father? 

Come home!

A simple prayer can begin the transformation towards restoration and reconciliation. Simply pray “God, I want to come to your loving kindness, a place where I can be accepted and loved and find hope for this life. Lord lead me and help me to have courage to follow you, Amen”