Today’s Bible passages are: 2 Chronicles 36, Revelation 22, Malachi 4, and John 21

By Rebecca Jean

Revelation 22

(Medium: Watercolor and Ink)

Today’s art is a response to Revelation 22:

Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, bright as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb through the middle of the street of the city; also, on either side of the river, the tree of life with its twelve kinds of fruit, yielding its fruit each month. The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. No longer will there be anything accursed, but the throne of God and of the Lamb will be in it, and his servants will worship him. They will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads. And night will be no more. They will need no light of lamp or sun, for the Lord God will be their light, and they will reign forever and ever.

 

And he said to me, “These words are trustworthy and true. And the Lord, the God of the spirits of the prophets, has sent his angel to show his servants what must soon take place.” (Revelation 22:1-6, ESV)

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Today’s Bible passages are: 2 Chronicles 35, Revelation 21, Malachi 3, and John 20

revelation 21By Hannah Anderson

In less than two days, we’ll turn the calendar on yet another year. A year that started full of promise and expectation, but slowly, as its pages turned, a year that seemed to grow tired and worn by the week-in, week-out work of moving toward its end. And suddenly, before any of us realized it, we were done. 12 months. 52 weeks. 365 days under out belt. During this last week, there is a natural packing up and putting away, a shelving of all that has happened and a desire for the freshness of the coming year.

I’ve never known anyone to resist this process. I’ve never met anyone who wants to hold onto the past year even if it was a good one. Instead, every year, we experience a bit of a thrill as December turns to January. It’s an odd sense of liberation as that final page of the calendar comes off and a new one goes up. So that even if, like me, you’re not one to make resolutions, there’s something unmistakably exhilarating about a fresh slate. We’re drawn by the sheer possibilities; we’re drawn to the fresh and new.… Continue Reading

Today’s Bible passages are: 2 Chronicles 27-28, Revelation 14, Zechariah 10, and John 13

revelation 14By Christie Purifoy

The routine has stayed the same for years now. A question about homework. Some tucking in of blankets. A short prayer.

The prayer has stayed the same, too. I always pray God would open her ears to hear his voice.

She doesn’t ask her question every night, but she asks it often enough that I have it memorized. I could ask it for her.

“What does his voice sound like?”

My answer is always the same: “like the roar of many waters” (Rev 1:15).

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In my heart, I am a poet. My skill with language is no match for that title, but I carry the word with me, regardless. It is the best way I know to describe my love for metaphor. Few things speak as clearly to me as poetic imagery and wordplay.

And yet, I think I understand the discomfort some have with metaphor.

I see it in my daughter’s face when I talk about a voice like water. She thinks metaphor is a failure of language. Though she can’t quite put her frustration into words, I am sure she sees her mother’s metaphors as a symptom of the limits of our understanding and the limits of our language.… Continue Reading

Today’s Bible passages are: 2 Chronicles 13, Revelation 3, Haggai 1, and John 2

By Kelli Campbell

Revelation 3
Today’s art is a response to Revelation 3:

‘And to the angel of the church in Sardis write: ‘The words of him who has the seven spirits of God and the seven stars.

“‘I know your works. You have the reputation of being alive, but you are dead…”

He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.’ (verses 1-2, 6)

‘And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write: ‘The words of the holy one, the true one, who has the key of David, who opens and no one will shut, who shuts and no one opens.

“‘I know your works. Behold, I have set before you an open door, which no one is able to shut. I know that you have but little power, and yet you have kept my word and have not denied my name….”

He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.’ (verses 7-8, 13)

‘And to the angel of the church in Laodicea write: ‘The words of the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of God’s creation.

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Today’s Bible passages are: 2 Chronicles 10, Revelation 1, Zephaniah 2, and Luke 24

By Julie Chen

Revelation 1

Today’s art is a response to Revelation 1:

John to the seven churches that are in Asia:

Grace to you and peace from him who is and who was and who is to come, and from the seven spirits who are before his throne, and from Jesus Christ the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of kings on earth.

To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood and made us a kingdom, priests to his God and Father, to him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen. Behold, he is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see him, even those who pierced him, and all tribes of the earth will wail on account of him. Even so. Amen.

“I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.” (Revelation 1:4-8, ESV)

Today’s Question: How can God’s might encourage or strengthen you today? (Respond in the comments.)

JulieC_200Julie Chen dreamed of being an artist and missionary since the age of six.… Continue Reading