Friday, December 6, 2019

Worship into the Week- Behold

Worship into the Week-
Matthew 21
The Triumphal Entry
Advent 1-
the beginning of Advent.
It may seem odd to read 
the entry of Jesus into Jerusalem
 as the start for Advent, 
but it is truly about the coming of our King.
Humble as a child, 
humble as a triumphal king,
and humble in his fulfillment 
of his earthly journey.
 As I start this Advent Journey, 
may I begin this new year in prayer.
To remember my King, who comes for me.

Visual Faith Worship into the Week
Watercolor pencils
Magazine cutouts
Junk Mail
Fine-point Sharpie pen

Monday, December 2, 2019

Scripture Doodles- November

Scripture Doodles- November.
One word or phrase a day
from my daily Portals of Prayer 
devotional reading.
Four colored pencils.
The visual for the journey.
This month's devotions were written by 
Jennifer Babisak of Forney, Texas.

Thursday, November 28, 2019

Worship into the Week- O Give Thanks

 Worship into the Week-
 Thanksgiving Day
Luke 17: 11-19
Jesus Cleanses 10 Lepers
On the way to Jerusalem.
In that place called Samaria.
The unclean made clean.
We are all unclean.
We might think we would 
have been the one to return.
But, day in and day out-
we forget to give thanks.
What am I thankful for?
So many things.....
I have to keep a daily list.
Because I forget.....
just like that leper.
Thankful that Jesus has mercy on me.
Every Day. All Day.
And Tomorrow.

Visual Church Year Printable
 Colored Pencils
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Magazine cutouts
Junk Mail

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Worship into the Week- Christ the King

Worship into the Week-
 Luke 23: 27-42

Christ the Ling Sunday
 Last Sunday of the Church Year

Truly, I say to you, 
today you will be 
with me in Paradise."

More hope for today's world 
than we can understand 
with our human capabilities.
Our lives are transformed 
because this changes everything.
Yes, Jesus died on the cross for me-redemption.
But, He also rose again-
and transformed both my earthly life
 and my heavenly promise.
We must never stop telling the truth
 of what Jesus has done for EACH of US.

Visual Church Year Printable
Colored pencils
Junk Mail
Magazine cutouts
Fine-point Sharpie pen

Sunday, November 24, 2019

LCEF Leadership Conference

 Things in Texas are well-
 Texas style.
At the Marriott Marquis downtown.
Right across from Minute Maid stadium.
For the Nationals fans-
 we didn't win here- but we did win it all.
I don't know too much about football,
 but this Heisman Trophy winner was humble and
The Leadership Conference always
 has great and inspiring speakers.
Kechi, an AGT Golden Buzzer standout
 was super. 
Then as we moved into the lobby,
 we were standing right by Kechi and her mom.
We were able to visit a minute 
and offer a prayer of blessing over them.
 Saturday evening was a fun experience 
to see the Houston Zoo lights.
Good to be together
 and see family and friends.
Serving together in the Kingdom.
Tim Tebow is a great story teller and presenter.
Encouraging to live with a Big God.
Once again - 
a blessing to be present at the 
Lutheran Church Extension Fund- 
Leadership Conference.

Friday, November 22, 2019

Worship into the Week- The Word Endures

Worship into the Week-
Luke 21:5-28
Jesus Foretells Destruction of the Temple
Jesus Foretells Wars and Persecution
Jesus Foretells Destruction of Jerusalem
The Coming of the Son of Man
These readings are hard to go through-
challenging, scary, and pointing
 to a really challenging future.
If not in our own generation, 
these predictions
 shadow one to come.
 "And then they will see the Son of Man
 coming in a cloud 
with power and great glory. 
Now when there things begin to take place, 
straighten up and raise your heads,
 because your redemption is drawing near."
Hope returns.
 Seeing Beyond 
what is right in front of me.
Added a tip-in because it goes along
 with the next section of Scripture-
The Lesson of the Fig Tree.
v. 31-"Truly, I say to you, this generation
 will not pass away until all has taken place. 
Heaven and earth will pass away, 
but my words
will not pass away." 
 Found a section of a Lutheran Witness article
 that connected these 2 sections with a bit of history.
 We rest on our Baptism promise, 
claimed and marked with His Word.
"Heaven and earth will pass away, 
but my words will not pass away."
This is from the One 
who must keep His promises.
The "end" of the church year-
also pulls back the curtain on the beginning
 of the waiting of "the coming."

Visual Church Year Printable
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Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Galveston,Texas Takes

 Some great seafood in T
exas on Galveston Island.
Fun antique shops to poke around in too.
The one shop had interesting pieces
 of memorabilia history. 
There was a prostitution license issued to Rosita
 for $2.50 and sign by Marshall Wyatt Earp.
He issued multiple documents in 1876.
There are cool old buildings on 
The Strand in Galveston.

We had fun waving to all the cruisers on this 
Carnival cruise ship headed out on a journey.

 We also got a glimpse of Tall Ship Elissa.
Quite the contrast at almost the same pier
 for sailing on the ocean a century and half apart.
Galveston Historical Foundation brought ELISSA,
 an 1877 square-rigged iron barque, 
from a scrapyard in Piraeus Harbor, Greece 
to Galveston to begin restoration work in 1978.
 By 1982, GHF staff and volunteers completed restoration 
and transformed this rare, historic vessel into a floating museum 
that would actively sail. Today, the 1877 Tall Ship ELISSA 
is one of only three ships of her kind in the world
 to still actively sail and welcomes over 40,000 visitors annually. 
There are many great ocean houses to view
 on this beautiful island.
Even though we were there for a
record setting streak of cold, 
it was a wonderful couple days of respite.