Christian First and Foremost.
Welcome visitors! It has been a long journey before
I declared my self a Christian first and foremost. Now I delight in
God. If you are not sure that there is a God, let me give you one
bit of advice, I have found this to be true: "Seek God, and he will
reveal himself to you." If you have not become aware of the presence
of God, it is because you have not really looked. Once you find Him,
you will find a delightful, loving, awesome being. God wants to know
you, no matter who you are or what you have done. Jesus was God in
Human form. He paid the penalty on the cross for our sins so we would
not have to. When you accept Jesus and His death on the cross, you
are made pure again in God's eyes. Ready to know God? Say this simple
prayer, (but you have to really mean it): Dear God, I realize that
I have messed up and am separated from you. I realize that I can't
fix that on my own and need Jesus. I accept Jesus' life and give him
mine. I surrender my life to you, I ask you to come into my life and
save me. Amen.
An artist second.
An artist second. I have always, since I was a child,
loved classical art. It is quite a challenge to pursue this style,
but it has always been a dream of mine to paint in the Baroque style.
I made a point of trying to make Jesus look
more Jewish for a couple reasons. In studying the Bible and taking
in God's love for people, I grew in my love for people. I look at
all people as being created beautiful. I think the way the light plays
off the skin of people of color is fascinating. Most of the historical
paintings of Jesus show Him with blue eyes and blond hair. Since He
was from the Middle East, I think this was probably not the case.
I think he probably had brown skin and very dark hair. It is interesting
how God worked that out... in a sense Jesus was neither black nor
white... he was right in the middle, he was a man with some color.
In being involved in evangelism, I would sometimes hear from African
American Muslims that "Christianity is a white man's religion" one
of my points is that Jesus had some color, and came for everyone.
Jesus' eyes are closed because he is cuddling and loving the sheep.
Just as when you are in a deep embrace with someone you love, you
may close your eyes just to feel the comfort of that embrace. Below
is an article that appeared in the 2000 issue of the Saginaw News.
Please note that Jesus was a shepherd figuratively, and this is not
the best side of me. ;) Click to see larger image: