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The Storm Painter

The painter of the storm had a mission. He had painted many a dark sky with thunderclouds before, but from a distance. He had painted the storms from the shore in the shelter of his studio where he was safe from all the elements of destruction. Today would be different. Artist Joseph Turner chose to view this storm outside his comfort zone.

He wished to paint what a storm looked like to him from the inside. This wasn’t to be just any April Showers moment. This storm would be a major blizzard, a rogue storm. Yet not just a bad snowstorm, but a snowstorm at sea. He wanted to view the storm from a boat while the waves threatened to sink his ship.

The seas were tumultuous, the waves high and rolling hard. There was no way he could stand on the deck and not slide off…

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The Soaring Eagle

2015.03.27“The Lord turned and looked straight at Peter. Then Peter remembered the word the Lord had spoken to him: “Before the rooster crows today, you will disown me three times.” And he went outside and wept bitterly. The men who were guarding Jesus began mocking and beating him.”

(Luke 22:61-63)

Many years ago a friend of mine was the Rector of a church in an area that was caught up in the national violence and political unrest. There was a great stand-off between the young people of the area and the police. For a considerable time it seemed that the people would charge the police lines, resulting in bloodshed and the possibility of civil war. He was trapped with his family within his house and not allowed outside. I asked him afterwards what would have made a difference to them. His reply was that, although he knew that the…

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Karina's Thought


Today, my yearly Bible reading reached to the book of Matthew 8 and I am interested to share a bit what I have learned from the Centurion of Capernaum in verse 5 to 13. Even though this passage talks about faith of the centurion, I got another important lesson from this centurion.  There are three important things we could learn from this passage. Let’s have a look together.


When Jesus had entered Capernaum, a centurion came to Him, asking for help for his paralyzed servant at his home. (Matthew 8:6 NIV) The centurion came to Jesus not because he is sick but he felt so sorry with his servant’s suffering. As a leader, would be so easy for him to cast away his servant and find a new one. But let’s see, he was willing to spent his time and try hard to meet Jesus. Here we could…

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We Proclaim Him

If it were up to me, I’d spend 6 or more hours each day in God’s word.  Seriously.  It is that exciting to me.  There is so much there to learn and so much that displays future events and God’s glory.  It is a treasure hunt and I love it.  I’ve been studying the Bible now for over 25 years.  Because I have often been a stay at home mother, I’ve had more time than many and taken more time than most to read God’s word; so this isn’t a new venture for me.

I had the opportunity a few years ago while on a mission trip to speak to a group of prospective pastors – Biblical studies students – in Nicaragua.  I told them that I have a great education – two degrees – but that the most important book in the world to study is the Holy…

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