Tuesday, February 24, 2009
I normally find my posts through a combination of seeing what the other portals are covering as well as surfing the net and discovering sites for myself. Upon one such search through my Behance Network, I happened upon a photographer, Rengim Mutevellioglu, who I noticed the other day is now getting a lot of exposure from some of said portals.
Her photographs are truly beautiful... something ethereal and fantastic captured in every frame. If you'd like to peruse a quality body of work; be sure you click right, here. Swimming with Fishes and Moules are two of my favourite sets.
Photo by: Emery_Way
A friend shared in church the other day a story that quite nicely describes the relationship that we share with God. Paul - for that's my friend's name - has a Jack Russel by the name of Asterix - no Obelix in sight yet, though he did name his daughter, Ruth.
Now as anyone who's ever owned a Jack Russell can tell you, these things have an energy supply that'll put a nuclear power station to shame. The other day, Asterix had been playing all day out in the rain and mud and, once he'd had enough, wanted nothing more than to bound inside the the house and jump up onto Paul for a good piece of affection. But Paul booted him out the house!
As much as he loves his dog, he went on to relate, there was just no way he was going to allow a wet, dirty, mud-strewn animal jump all over him and his clean house until the dog himself was clean... And that's kind of how God sees us.
What Paul shared was that, God wants us to have an intimate relationship with him. He loves us greatly, and want's nothing more than to lavish attention and love on us. But He is clean - Holy, perfect and pure - and we are filthy dirty because of our sin... As much as He wants us to be with Him, unless we ourselves are clean, we will not be allowed into His house, and into His presence... despite His great love for us!
But that's the good news... that because God does love us so much, He sent His only Son, Jesus Christ, to make a way for us to be made clean through his sacrifice on the cross of Calvary. Think of it as a holy bubble bath that makes us right in God's sight. And all we have to do is jump in ourselves, because God's not going to force us to bath... we have to do it willingly.
So which will it be for you?
Suds or seperation?
Thursday, February 19, 2009
I know they've been out for a while now, but I only recently came across the Swatch 007 Villain collection. What Swatch have done is take 22 of the most memorable villains - both old and new - from the James Bond franchise and imagined what their personalized watches would look like. A great idea, I think. My personal favourite? The skull watch of Baron Samedi. Would love to try and get one for myself...
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Ric Frazier is a multi-award winning underwater photographer and director that has redefined the art of underwater photography, shooting everything ranging from people, props and sets, to ocean life.
Be sure to check out some of his photos, but especially the film section of his site that includes an Alanis Morissette music video Ric and Matt Docter directed for the Elevate Film Festival. I'd never seen this video before and love the concept!
Friday, February 13, 2009
It's normally unusual for me to upload so many pics of an artist's work, but I find Raphaël's work just amazing. Especially since his comments on society speak to me on the futility of life without a relationship with Christ. It might not be that his messages come from the same place as mine... but that's why it's called "art".
I changed the borders from black to white as I couldn't stand the sharp contrast against the blogger background... I was finding it very distracting. Much better, now!
Thursday, February 12, 2009
Friday, February 6, 2009
John Hardy's jewelery history began in the workshop of a master artisan whose ancestors were goldsmiths to the former royal court of Bali. Today, the Bali flagship design studio is the heart of an international company supporting an established luxury brand.
Not only is their jewelery exquisite, but I love the photos in their latest catalogue. I couldn't figure out who took them, so if anyone knows...
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
“Son of man, say to the land, ‘You are a land that has had no rain or showers in the day of wrath.’ There is a conspiracy of her princes within her like a roaring lion tearing its prey; they devour people, take treasures and precious things and make many widows within her. Her priests do violence to my law and profane my holy things; they do not distinguish between the holy and the common; they teach that there is no difference between the unclean and the clean; and they shut their eyes to the keeping of my Sabbaths, so that I am profaned among them. Her officials within her are like wolves tearing their prey; they shed blood and kill people to make unjust gain. Her prophets whitewash these deeds for them by false visions and lying divinations. They say, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says’ – when the Lord has not spoken. The people of the land practice extortion and commit robbery; they oppress the poor and needy and mistreat the alien, denying them justice.
“I looked for a man among them who would build up the wall and stand before me in the gap on behalf of the land so I would not have to destroy it, but I found none. So I will pour our my wrath on them and consume them with my fiery anger, bringing down on their own heads all they have done, declares the Sovereign Lord.”
In this passage, God is talking to the people of Israel through the prophet Ezekial; so the initial setting for this particular context is thousands of years ago. But just change wherever the text says “land” to whatever suburb, town or country that you’re from… and it could just as easily have been written for today’s age. How many similarities can you see here between what was happening in those days – and what is happening in the world today?
God knows that there is no-one who can stand and be the gap between Himself and our wretched nature. No man or woman ever could fulfill this role. And since no human being could possibly do it, God made the plan - before the world had even been created - that Jesus Christ would be the one to do this. That He would be the one with the necessary qualifications to link a Holy God and a depraved humanity; that we would be able to be forgiven and reconciled with our Heavenly Father; able to enter into His presence with bold assurance, because of what Jesus had done for us in our stead.
As deserving of wrath we as a world are, a Holy God still reaches down to us with outstretched arms, to spare us from the fate we have brought upon our own heads…!
How great and loving is that?! The invitation is there. All we need do is grasp it.