The Hands of Jesus

There’s a painting upon a wall,
Of my Lord, Jesus Christ,
Etched in paints and colors,
Depicting a man of light.
To each the painting means something a little different,
To some a foe a myth,
But to the Christian a Savior and friend.

To many they see his eyes,
Warmed by the love the painter tries to show,
While others they notice his blood,
Horrified by the gruesome death and gore.
Yet others notice his skin,
How it’s not historically correct,
But when I see this painting of Jesus,
I can’t help but to be drawn to his hands. Continue reading

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“One Small Step” and Other Stories

Sometimes, there are powerful emotions within us which can be triggered by the art form of animation, with Pixar being a prime example of this truth. It’s amazing the stories they can tell and the talent that is shown through their displayed creativity and storytelling. Stories of fighting for a dream, of letting go, and of not letting others define one’s identity. These themes and more can be seen in the short films below, within “One Small Step” and other stories:

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Confusing God

Did you know, that we have a very ancient problem within our modern society?

Actually, we have many ancient problems, for though technology changes, man has struggled with the same problems and questions from generation to generation. However, the one which I’d like to take the time to address here, is perhaps one of the most deadliest. That is: We Confuse Who God is.

Now, understanding God can be confusing/complex, such as the concept of the Trinity. Additionally, we’ll never fully understand God; otherwise, if we could, that means we would be greater than Him and He would not truly be our God, for that which is lesser than another, can be understood by the one who is greater. Therefore, since we cannot put God into a box, it’s one evidence which proves that God is truly who He says to be. However, that doesn’t mean we don’t try to believe that there is a box around who we think our God is. Continue reading

Heroes: Batman~Beware the Darkness

Batman is one of DC’s most popular characters. And if there’s any doubt, just take a peek in the DC section of any store that sells comics. On average, at least half of their content contains Batman materials, with Superman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, and the other characters of DC combined filling the other half of the shelves. Yet, though Batman is perhaps the bread and butter of DC, he’s also one of the darkest. Therefore, why does Batman have such a following?

For some, they admire Batman, because he is just as human as they are, yet he is able to stand his own against foes that cause even Superman strife. Additionally, his cleverness, quick wit, and detective skills have made him a beneficial asset to the League in their mission to provide justice to all. However, there are also many who admire the Dark Knight, because he is more risqué than the other heroes. Continue reading

Facebook Posts: Matt Johnson

I’ve always been one of the “no Christmas music until after thanksgiving” people. But I also start longing for it once the temperatures start dropping. It’s something I’ve never really figured out, until the past couple weeks. While listening to it (through my earbuds, as to not make some upset at the untimely music), I started to evaluate the feelings it was evoking. It gave me a sense of longing. A longing for the colder weather, the food, the snow. But especially the time of family gatherings. Christmas is about the only time my family all gets together, and it’s a special occasion that I love and look forward to every year, and Christmas music helps me to get through those last couple months. Just an insight for those saying it’s too early for the music and the decorations in the stores. For some, its an emotional thing, and provides some sense of happiness in their lives.
Just thought I’d put that out there.

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The Spirit and the Dove

There are many themes that are seen throughout the Bible, such as how God tries to draw close to humanity as man distances himself again and again from his Creator (ex. Adam and Eve choosing to eat the fruit to ‘become like God’ instead of obeying His one rule, the people of Israel choosing Moses to represent them before Yahweh instead of having a personal relationship with Him themselves, and the people of Israel choosing a king to govern them so they could be like the other nations, instead of recognizing Yahweh as their king), or how the Lord uses water to save His people again and again (ex. the Flood, the Red Sea, and baptism). It’s neat how parts of the Bible from book to book or testament to testament connect so intimately. With that said, there may be one small theme that is also present within the words of Scripture; however, with little evidence, it’s hard to know for sure. Nevertheless, I’ll present this idea for your consideration. Continue reading