Buy t-shirts, mugs & gifts from my shop.

Jesus No Other Name – Acts 4:12

Jesus No Other Name Acts 4:12

What’s the one thing you can’t live without? This question was asked of me not long ago. I know I’m supposed to say a toothbrush or something like that, but I gave it a lot of thought, and the answer became very clear to me, salvation.

Because without salvation there would be no hope, and without hope, there would be no future of an afterlife in heaven.

How can we receive salvation and the hope for a future that comes with it? Acts 4:12 makes it very clear that salvation comes from no other name than Jesus.

Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.
                                                                                       Acts 4:12

Jesus is the door that we must enter through if we want to receive the free gift of God’s grace and it is only through the blood of Jesus that we are saved. Jesus, Himself, said “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me” John 14:6.

If we want to get to heaven, faith in Jesus is the one and only way to get there. But salvation is so much deeper than just getting to heaven. It is the beginning of an ongoing and lasting relationship with the one true Savior of the world, Jesus.

Jesus is the door that we must enter through if we want to receive the free gift of God’s grace and it is only through the blood of Jesus that we are saved.Click To Tweet

Because of this relationship, we can turn to Jesus in any circumstance. When life gets difficult, He is our refuge against the storm, protecting us from the wind and rain. When life is going well, He is our champion, cheering us on toward the goal He has set for us.

Jesus is always there. He is always faithful. Even when we are not.

I’m not perfect. I make mistakes and I don’t always do everything right. That’s why I need a Savior. Even though I don’t deserve it, God sent His Son to save me. Because of my faith in His Son, God has given me His grace and forgiveness of sins. He has made a way for me to spend eternity with Him. He did it because of His great love for me.

Jesus is always there. He is always faithful. Even when we are not.Click To Tweet

I’m so grateful for all that God has done. And I’m so thankful for a loving Savior who wants to have a real and meaningful relationship with me. Salvation comes from no other name than Jesus. And it is definitely the one thing I can’t live without.

For those of you who are already saved, today I pray that you will be encouraged and comforted by the name of Jesus!

For those of you who don’t know Jesus as your Savior, I pray that you will see the love that Jesus has for you. And I pray that you will find the hope in Him that is waiting for you.

To find out what it means to be “saved” and about how Accepting Jesus as your Savior will change your life, click on the Accepting Jesus tab at the top of this page.

artwork titled Jesus No Other Name by Master's Hand Collection

Popular Posts from Master’s Hand Collection!

Jesus Name Above All Names Philippians 2:7-9
A Reason to Rejoice Psalm 118:24
art book Jesus Name Above All Names by Master's Hand Collection

2 Older Comments.

there

12/6/2017 12:07:18 pm

Connie, your art work intrigues me. Are you a deaf interpreter?

I came up with another answer to your question. But by the end you had me convinced that Salvation is was better than my answer.

Connie from Master’s Hand Collection

12/6/2017 01:55:07 pm

Hi!
Thank you for your encouraging words. I’m not a deaf interpreter but I grew up in a church that had a deaf ministry and my childhood best friend had parents who were deaf. Sign Language has always fascinated me. My goal in creating this artwork is to share with other Christians how important it is to share the gospel with the deaf community. They are a very overlooked group of people and they need Jesus too. Thanks again and God bless!
P.S. What was your answer? What is it that you can’t live without?

By | 2018-10-02T17:08:05+00:00 October 2nd, 2018|Jesus|2 Comments

Inspiring Bible Verses about God’s Hands

There are so many Bible verses about God’s hands! Each one reminds me that God is present in our lives, even when we can’t feel His loving touch. That truth has inspired me to create Master’s Hand Collection, a series of Christian artwork that uses sign language to depict God’s hand guiding us through life. As you might already suspect, I spend a great deal of time thinking about hands. How to pose, photograph, and place them into my artwork. Hands are a constant in my life. But it’s more than just hands, they are God’s hands that fill my mind. Every scripture I read about God’s hands inspires me to create and to be creative. Each one encourages me to delve deeper and deeper still into my relationship with the One True God. As I look back over my life I can see God’s hands guiding me to this moment in time, a time such as this. Knowing without a doubt that His hand is present in my life humbles me, brings me to my knees in grateful praise and makes me want to share His loving touch with everyone else. So, today I would like to share with you some of the many inspiring Bible verses about God’s hands that have helped me along life’s path and have inspired me in my artwork. I pray that theses scriptures will inspire and encourage your heart the same way that they have mine.

There are so many Bible verses about God’s hands! Each one reminds me that God is present in our lives, even when we can’t feel His loving touch. That truth has inspired me to create Master’s Hand Collection, a series of Christian artwork that uses sign language to depict God’s hand guiding us through life.

As you might already suspect, I spend a great deal of time thinking about hands. How to pose, photograph, and place them in my artwork. Hands are a constant in my life.

But it’s more than just hands, they are God’s hands that fill my mind.

Every scripture I read about God’s hands inspires me to create and to be creative. Each one encourages me to delve deeper and deeper still into my relationship with the One True God.

As I look back over my life I can see God’s hands guiding me to this moment in time, a time such as this. Knowing without a doubt that His hand is present in my life humbles me, brings me to my knees in grateful praise and makes me want to share His loving touch with everyone else.

So, today I would like to share with you some of the many inspiring Bible verses about God’s hands that have helped me along life’s path and have inspired me in my artwork. I pray that these scriptures will inspire and encourage your heart the same way that they have mine.

artwork titled Love One Another by Master's Hand Collection

“Love One Another”

artwork titled God of Hope by Master's Hand Collection

“God of Hope”

artwork titled Greater Is He by Master's Hand Collection

“Greater Is He”

We are in God’s hand!

See, I have inscribed you on the palms of My hands;

                             Isaiah 49:16

God’s hand is with us!

 

Fear not, for I am with you;
Be not dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you,
Yes, I will help you,
I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.

                          Isaiah 41:10

 

Then the LORD stretched out His hand and touched my mouth, and the LORD said to me, “Behold, I have put My words in your mouth.

                        Jeremiah 1:9

 

Your right hand, O Lord, has become glorious in power;
Your right hand, O Lord, has dashed the enemy in pieces.

                        Exodus 15:6

Jesus is at the Right Hand of God!

 

I have set the Lord always before me;
Because He is at my right hand I shall not be moved.

Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoices;
My flesh also will rest in hope.
For You will not leave my soul in Sheol,
Nor will You allow Your Holy One to see corruption.
You will show me the path of life;
In Your presence is fullness of joy;
At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.

                           Psalm 16:8-11

 

Who is he who condemns? It is Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us.

                         Romans 8:34

looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

                      Hebrews 12:2

 

who being the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high,  having become so much better than the angels, as He has by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they.

                      Hebrews 1:3-4

artwork titled Jesus No Other Name by Master's Hand Collection

“Jesus No Other Name”

artwork titled Jesus Name Above All Names by Master's Hand Collection

“Jesus Name Above All Names”

artwork titled My Redeemer Lives by Master's Hand Collection

“My Redeemer Lives”

As you read these Inspiring Bible Verses about God’s hands, I pray that they spoke to your heart and reminded you of a time that His hands were “visible” in your life. And I truly hope that they have inspired you to seek a closer and more meaningful relationship with Him. May God’s loving touch be on you today and always!

Please leave a comment below and let me know which of theses verses spoke to you today.

Don’t Miss these Posts from Master’s Hand Collection!

Bible Verses About Joy that will fill your heart with Gladness
Jesus is our Firm Foundation - Matthew 7:24-27

Available Now!

art book Jesus Name Above All Names by Master's Hand Collection
Buy the Book!
By | 2018-09-04T15:23:14+00:00 September 4th, 2018|Bible Verses, Christ, God, Jesus|4 Comments

Living Water – John 4:10

Living Water John 4:10

Is the summer heat making you feel thirsty, tired or maybe even a little burnout? Are you yearning for a cool drink of Living Water?

It seems like summer has flown by fast, but August is just beginning. And that means soaring temperatures are still in the forecast, at least for a little while longer. So, as the mercury continues to rise, we look for ways to keep the heat at bay. We know the drill…stay inside with the AC on when possible, wear sunscreen when we go outside, and most importantly drink plenty of water. If we don’t, we just might find ourselves lacking the proper hydration and in need of some serious refreshment.

August is also the time when our thoughts turn to all of the obligations the coming fall season will bring. Our lives are about to heat up with the new school year, work, family and friends, church activities and so much more. Honestly, it’s a lot to handle. With each new thing we add to our list, we pour a little more water out of our figurative cup. Before we know it, we’re caught in the day to day feeling spiritually dehydrated with a cup that has run completely dry. We feel depleted and crave spiritual refreshment. Or as the psalmist so beautifully puts it…

 

My soul longs for You like a thirsty land.  Psalm 143:6

and

 As the deer pants for the water brooks, So pants my soul for You,       O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.  Psalm 42:1

These two verses speak so eloquently to the craving of a thirsty soul, searching for what will restore and renew. So, the question becomes, how can we fill ourselves with Living Water every day? The good news is, we don’t have to look far to find it. Here are three tips to stave off spiritual thirst when life gets too hot.

 

#1 Go directly to the Source.

“If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, ‘Give Me a drink,’ you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water.” 

“Everyone who drinks of this water will thirst again;  but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him shall never thirst; but the water that I will give him will become in him a well of water springing up to eternal life.”

                                                          John 4:10; 13-14

Close to where I live, there is a quaint little town called Eureka Springs. It’s a beautiful place located in the majestic Ozark Mountains. It began as place of refuge for the sick. People in Victorian times believed that the many natural springs in the area had healing properties and would go directly to the water source to be healed. Today, the springs are still flowing, they can’t be stopped. And people still flock to the town to bathe in their natural waters.

This is how I see Jesus, He is the source of living water in our lives. He has the power to heal whatever ails us. And He is like one of these natural springs. An unending flow of living water springing up and a force of nature that cannot be stopped. The deep spiritual thirst inside of us can only be quenched by knowing Him. So, He offers us the gift of living water which is eternal life. And it’s not just a little drip every now and then, through Him we have an unlimited amount of living water springing up directly from the source and flowing through us.

#2 Draw from the wells of salvation.

Therefore with joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation.

                                                            Isaiah 12:3

 

Digging a well is no small feat. You’ve got to get in there and dig down, deeper and deeper until you find the water shelf where the fresh water lies. But once you hit pay dirt, the well is there for you to draw from every day.

When our lives become like a barren wasteland, we thirst for the joy of our salvation. And sometimes we have to dig deep to find it. But the wells of salvation have already been dug for us, all we have to do is draw the water from them.

#3 Drink the Water.

“If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.”

                                                          John 7:37-38

Our physical bodies need drinking water every day to survive. Without it we become thirsty and parched. Then, we get cranky and cotton mouthed. Eventually, we will die. That kind of thirst is a terrible thing. And in the middle of a crisis like that nothing could possibly taste better than a tall, ice cold glass of water.

As much as our bodies need water to survive, our spiritual selves need living water every day to flourish. Without it we will wither away. But we don’t have to thirst because our belief in the Son of the living God creates rivers of living water that flow out of our hearts. Faith is the key to keeping our cups full. In the midst of our thirst, Jesus calls out to us, “come to Me and drink.” There is no need to thirst or want. He is there ready to pour living water into our empty cup and fill it full to the brim, renewing our spirits and refreshing our minds.

I truly hope and pray that you will be blessed by these scriptures as you drink the Living Water of Jesus. Have a happy and safe rest of the summer!

Artwork from Master’s Hand Collection

artwork titled Summer by Master's Hand Collection

“Summer”

artwork titled Jesus Name Above All Names Spanish by Master's Hand Collection

“Jesus Name Above All Names”

artwork titled My Redeemer Lives by Master's Hand Collection

“My Redeemer Lives”

Don’t Miss these Posts from Master’s Hand Collection!

How to Overcome Doubt Matthew 14:31
salt of the earth, salt and light, Matthew 5:13

Did you know that only 2 percent of deaf people have “heard” the good news of Jesus?

When you purchase any Master’s Hand Collection item, 10 percent of all proceeds are donated to deaf ministries around the world. THANK YOU for helping to spread the gospel to this under served community.

May God bless you greatly!

art book Jesus Name Above All Names by Master's Hand Collection
By | 2018-07-31T15:43:09+00:00 August 1st, 2018|Christian Life, Jesus|4 Comments

Monday Motivation – Hebrews 12:2

Do you wonder… Why did Jesus die on the cross? The simple answer is, He died for you! You are the reason Jesus endured the agony of the cross. He died because He loves you and He wants to spend eternity with you. So, focus your eyes on Jesus and trust in Him. He has already done the hard part. All we have to do is believe. If you still have questions about what it means to accept Jesus as your Savior, click on the picture below and it will take you to a page that will get you started. Blessings to you!

Jesus died for you Bible verse

A Popular Post from Master’s Hand Collection

Jesus Name Above All Names Philippians 2:7-9

Artwork from Master’s Hand Collection!

artwork titled Jesus Name Above All Names by Master's Hand Collection
artwork titled Love One Another by Master's Hand Collection
artwork titled God of Hope by Master's Hand Collection
By | 2018-06-16T13:13:23+00:00 June 25th, 2018|Jesus, Monday Motivation|0 Comments

Summer is Near… – Matthew 24:32

Summer Is Near, parable of the fig tree, Matthew 24:32

I fully intended to write a lighthearted blog post this week about the carefree days of summer. All of the fun activities we look forward to all winter long while we’re stuck inside, swimming, hiking, boating, grilling. But Jesus just wouldn’t let me do it. The longer I tried to write that post, the more He pulled at my heart. When I started this blog a few years ago, I worried that I wouldn’t know what to say or that my words wouldn’t be good enough. I compared my writing to all of those other blogs out there whose writers have beautiful, flowery words that I don’t have. I spent a lot of time praying about how I should approach writing this blog and God’s answer was very clear to me. He said “You don’t need flowery words, you need honesty.” His words set me free and I began writing with a new found confidence. I will always write the truth about God’s word even when honesty is hard. His truth isn’t carefree, it’s straightforward and in your face. We all have times when we don’t want to hear the truth because it holds a mirror up to us that isn’t always pretty. But the truth is what we need to hear and it is what God has asked me to write. So with that I mind, I yield to His plan for this blog post.

The Parable of the Fig Tree

People often ask, ”Why did Jesus teach in parables”? And the answer is simply this, we can all relate to these parables. After two thousand years, the meaning is still the same. No matter where we come from or what stage in life we are in, the story is something we can all understand.

Jesus Christ is coming back! And the Parable of the Fig Tree is a call to all Christians to be ready when He does. Just like we would prepare ourselves for a summer vacation by booking a flight and packing our bags, there are things we can do to prepare for the second coming of Jesus:

#1 Recognize the Signs.

Now learn the parable of the fig tree: When its branch has already become tender and puts forth leaves, you know that summer is near. So you also, when you see all these things, know that it is near—at the doors! Assuredly, I say to you, this generation will by no means pass away till all these things take place. Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away.
                                                               Matthew 24:32-34

When we see the leaves budding on the trees and the flowers blooming, we know that summer is just around the corner. If we are familiar with Scripture and know what to look for, we will recognize the signs that Jesus is just around the corner too. We should be immersing ourselves in God’s word every day. And when we do that, the signs that the coming of Jesus is near should be as plain to us as the coming of summer.

Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away. Matthew 24:32-34 #Summer #BibleVerses Click To Tweet

#2 Watch.

Watch therefore, for you do not know what hour your Lord is coming. But know this, that if the master of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would watched and not allowed his house to be broken into.
                                                               Matthew 24:42-43

We should always have an eager expectation that Jesus could come back at any moment. And that expectation should be reflected in our lives. If we knew that someone was getting ready to break into our house and take everything we have worked so hard for, we wouldn’t just go to bed and pretend that the thief wasn’t coming. We would be sitting up all night waiting, ready to catch him in the act. This is the kind of eager expectation we should feel for the second coming of Jesus. We should be sitting up waiting for Him to come through the door like a thief in the night. It’s easy to become complacent and forget that He is coming soon. We get caught up in other things that seem so important at the time. But we can take this time to refocus and start watching for Him to come back because it could happen at any moment. While we’re watching and waiting for Jesus, we should be telling other people about Him, so that they could be saved too.

#3 Be Ready.

Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.
                                                               Matthew 24:44  

We don’t know when Jesus is coming back. It could be today, or it could be years from now. It doesn’t matter when it happens, just that we are ready for Him when He comes. What will He see when He gets here? Will He be pleased by how we are living our lives? Are there things that we need to change to make our lives acceptable to Him? These are the questions that I am asking myself today.

Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect. Matthew 24:44 #Summer #BibleStudyClick To Tweet

This blog post is about my heart and mind as much as it’s about yours. Today God hit me with a hard truth. Am I ready to see Jesus coming? What do I need to change in my life? I know that I need to be better prepared… to understand the Bible fully, to be ready to answer any question about my faith and to be watchful of His return. I pray that you will take the time to become prepared for Jesus to come back and that God will bless you greatly for it. Be well friends, and God bless you!

artwork titled Summer by Master's Hand Collection

Popular Posts from Master’s Hand Collection!

Spring Forth Isaiah 43:18-19
The Path of Life Psalm 16:11

Did you know that only 2 percent of deaf people have “heard” the good news of Jesus?

When you purchase any Master’s Hand Collection item, 10 percent of all proceeds are donated to deaf ministries around the world. THANK YOU for helping to spread the gospel to this under served community.

May God bless you greatly!

art book Jesus Name Above All Names by Master's Hand Collection
Buy the Book!
By | 2018-06-20T11:52:24+00:00 June 20th, 2018|Jesus, Summer|1 Comment

Monday Motivation – 2 Corinthians 5:21

Bible Verses about Jesus, 2 Corinthians 5:21

Have you read this post from Master’s Hand Collection?

Finding God's Favor Psalm 5:12
Experiencing Jesus in the Chaos of Life by Master's Hand Collection

Does it feel like chaos surrounds you? Does it seem like you will never break free of it?

In the midst of life’s chaos, Jesus is calling us to experience Him in our everyday lives.

So how can we experience Jesus in the chaos of life? Through this FREE 7 Day Devotional we’ll examine seven aspects of Jesus and learn how to calm the chaos and focus our eyes on Him.

Please join me for In the Studio and receive your Free copy today!

By | 2018-05-06T20:19:25+00:00 May 14th, 2018|Jesus, Monday Motivation|0 Comments

Jesus is our Firm Foundation – Matthew 7:24-27

Jesus is our Firm Foundation - Matthew 7:24-27

My family lives in an old farmhouse. We love it’s character and charm. But as much as we love our house, the truth is older homes need more care and maintenance.

Recently we decided it was time to replace the window in our laundry room. We had overlooked it for a long time while we focused on other projects around the house. But that window suddenly became a priority when I began to smell a musty odor while doing the laundry.

It seemed like a pretty straight forward repair. Just take the old window out and put the new one in. We thought it would take a day or a weekend at most. But when we got the darn thing out we realized that our little project had suddenly become a major renovation. We had put off the repair for far too long and the damage was extensive. The entire exterior wall would need to come down so it could be reframed and rebuilt. It was a huge undertaking!

Once the wall was finally down, we could see exactly where the problem had started. The foundation of the wall, the 2×4 footer board, was completely rotted and had been reduced to sawdust. I could see straight through the board on either side! It was a pitiful sight and really it’s a wonder that that the wall didn’t fall down all by itself.

I felt like I was on one of those house flipping shows where nothing goes right. It was a hopeless feeling standing there staring at a huge gaping opening into our house. And to be perfectly honest the idea of sleeping in a house with one wall missing was a little bit scary. But until the foundation of the wall was rebuilt we couldn’t close up the rest of the wall and feel safe in our own home.

We had neglected our laundry room wall to the point that it was built on sand.  And as I stood there contemplating the deteriorated wall and the huge gaping hole that had become our house, I was reminded of these words of Jesus.

Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock.

But everyone who hears these sayings of Mine, and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it fell. And great was its fall.

                                                                                                                                                   Matthew 7:24-27

Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock... Matt 7:24 #bibleverseClick To Tweet

Just like our laundry room wall, sometimes our lives need to be rebuilt too. It’s easy to become distracted by everything we have to do. And it’s easy to veer off the path God has for us. We keep going and going until one day we realize we’ve neglected our relationship with Jesus and somehow we’ve built our spiritual house on sand. We didn’t mean for it to happen, it just did.

But if you find that you have built your house on sinking sand, don’t be discouraged. We’ve all been there. And we’ve all had to rebuild our house from time to time, (myself included).

So how can we rebuild our home on the rock instead of sand? Jesus said that those who hear His words and do them will be like the wise man that built his house on the rock. That means if we put our faith in Jesus, pray, read the Bible and then actually follow through and do what He says, we will be founded on the rock.

It sounds simple and really it is, but I know that hopeless feeling of being in a place you never intended to be and thinking that there is no way out. I have been in the sinking sand of life, in a house of my own making. But I want to encourage you…Don’t be afraid to turn around and go back to the basics.

Jesus is our firm foundation! He is our rock! When we build our foundation on the truth of Jesus and who He is, then we are on unshakable ground. When the storms of life rage all around us we will not fall down. He will keep us from sinking. Because there is no storm too great and no circumstance too big for Jesus to overcome.

I read a bit of wisdom recently that I would like to share with you. It has so much simple truth within it, it took me by surprise.

Don’t be in crisis, be in Christ!

Wow! That really blew me away! It seems that we all live in a state of crisis. But we don’t have to. When the storms of life threaten to knock us down, we can put a stop to the crisis by building our house on the rock right now. We don’t even have to wait for the mortgage to go through, our house has already been bought and paid for by the blood of Christ.  We can simply be in Him!

With that I will leave you with one last thought…

From the end of the earth I will cry to You,
When my heart is overwhelmed;
Lead me to the rock that is higher than I.

                                                Psalm 61:2

If your heart is overwhelmed, cry out to God and allow yourself to be lead to the Rock. No matter what you are going through right now, Jesus will be your firm foundation and your unshakable ground. May God bless you as you stand on the rock that is higher!

artwork titled Rock That is Higher by Master's Hand Collection

Related Posts from Master’s Hand Collection

Does God Seem Far Away? Psalm 61:2
Path of Life Psalm 16:11
Experiencing Jesus in the Chaos of Life by Master's Hand Collection

Does it feel like chaos surrounds you? Does it seem like you will never break free of it?

In the midst of life’s chaos, Jesus is calling us to experience Him in our everyday lives.

So how can we experience Jesus in the chaos of life? Through this FREE 7 Day Devotional we’ll examine seven aspects of Jesus and learn how to calm the chaos and focus our eyes on Him.

Please join me for In the Studio and receive your Free copy today!

Yes, I want my FREE Devotional!
By | 2018-05-02T12:09:34+00:00 May 2nd, 2018|Jesus|2 Comments

Jesus Name Above All Names – Philippians 2:7-9

Jesus Name Above All Names Philippians 2:7-9

but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross. Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name.

                                                                   Philippians 2:7-9

 

As I sat in church, I felt like I was just going through the motions. I’d had a lot on my mind lately and it was hard to focus on the reason I was in church, to begin with. Then, God spoke to my heart and gently reminded me why I was there.

Jesus. He is the reason. He is the One who gave His life for me. And He deserves my awe!

There is no one else like Jesus. He alone is the Son of God, the Savior of the world, and the Name Above All Names. He is the only One worthy of His title. The Father has exalted Him above all else, and I must do the same!

There is no one else like Jesus. He alone is the Son of God, the Savior of the world, and the Name Above All Names.Click To Tweet

Sometimes it’s easy to forget and get caught up in the mundane things in life and lose focus. So, today I ask myself, has Jesus become commonplace in my life? Am I giving credit where credit is due? Do I live my life in a way that brings glory to Him? Am I in awe of the One who died to save me?

Jesus understood what He was facing when He came to earth. He knew He would be separated from the Father as He never had been before. And He realized that a brutal death reserved only for the worst of criminals awaited Him.

It’s true, Jesus could have saved Himself from such a painful death. If He had simply said, I’m not the Son of God, I’m just the son of a carpenter they would have let Him go. Likewise, He was capable of calling upon all of the angels in heaven to come down and defend Him. With their power and might the earth would have easily been destroyed.

But Jesus didn’t do either of those things. Instead, He did as the Father asked, left behind the glory of heaven, humbled Himself and became a servant. He did it for you and for me, so we could live with Him forever. Because of His great love for us, He gave Himself! And for that sacrifice, God has exalted Him and given Him the name which is above all names. He alone is worthy of our praise!

Today, my prayer is that you will know the love of Jesus. May His peace and glory fill your heart and mind as you focus completely on Him.

Have you accepted Jesus as your Savior? If not, I ask you to please read the Accepting Jesus page. Many of the answers to your questions can be found there.

Together let’s celebrate Jesus, Name Above All Names!

Please leave a comment below and share the great things Jesus has done in your life.

artwork titled Jesus Name Above All Names by Master's Hand Collection

Popular Posts from Master’s Hand Collection!

Abide in the Love of Christ John 15:9-11
Carry or be Carried Matthew 9:2-8

Did you know that only 2 percent of deaf people have “heard” the good news of Jesus?

When you purchase any Master’s Hand Collection item, 10 percent of all proceeds are donated to deaf ministries around the world. THANK YOU for helping to spread the gospel to this under served community.

May God bless you greatly!

art book Jesus Name Above All Names by Master's Hand Collection

2 Older Comments.

Rebecca L Jones

11/22/2017 10:17:40 am

Such truth in your post, cares of the world, lust for other things, how easily it sneaks in on us. I love the artwork. Happy Thanksgiving.

Connie from Master’s Hand Collection

11/22/2017 11:12:02 am

Thanks so much! I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

By | 2018-09-10T13:26:49+00:00 November 22nd, 2017|Christian Life, Jesus|2 Comments

Your Labor is Not in Vain – 1 Corinthians 15:58

Your Labor is Not in Vain 1 Corinthians 15:58

Does it seem like no matter how hard you work nothing ever changes? Are you worn out from the demands of daily life? Believe me, I feel your pain. We’ve all been there and sometimes we just need a little inspiration to get through it.

No matter how weary or exhausted you feel right now, God doesn’t want you to remain there. He wants you to be energized and ready to take on the world. So, He gave us some much needed inspiration for a time such as this. Here’s His promise for a worn out, down-right tired heart.

Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.
                                                                                                                                         1 Corinthians 15:58

Let’s break this down into bite sized pieces and find out exactly what Paul meant when he wrote these words.

My beloved brethren…

Like many of the promises within the Bible this one is meant for us, the body of Christ and not the whole world. God has so much that He wants to give us, but we must be a believer first in order to be partakers of His promises.

as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue, by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.
                                                                                    2 Peter 1:3-4

Steadfast…

We are to be focused on Jesus, and to continue focusing on Him even when life throws us a curveball. At times, it can seem to be a hard task, but if we remain steadfast we will see a real change happening. Instead of the daily chaos of life, that steadfast attitude will turn into a peace that stays with us.

And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
                                                                                  Philippians 4:7

Immovable…

Many people have called me stubborn over the years and I’m sure they didn’t mean it as a compliment. 😉 While being stubborn about silly things that don’t matter is not the right way to be, stubbornness in Godly things is always good. The Apostle Paul is calling on us to not be wishy washy, but instead to stand our ground and keep the faith when it really does matter. We know that God does not change, His ways are always the same. Likewise, we are to be, stubborn, single-minded and immovable in the ways of Christ.

God is in the midst of her, she shall not be moved.
                                                              Psalm 46:5

Always abounding…

As I read this verse, the catchphrase, “under promise and over deliver comes to mind”. It’s about an abundance of love for our fellow man that flows out of us and covers them with the love of Christ. And it’s about going that extra mile even when we’re tired and exhausted because we want them to understand exactly who Jesus is and what He means in their life.

But do not forget to do good and to share, for with such sacrifices God is well pleased.
                                                                                   Hebrews 13:16

Work of the Lord…

The work of the Lord is wide and varied. It can mean different things to each one of us. So the question becomes, what has God asked of you specifically? At home? At work? At church? And in any other area of your life? If you are unsure of God’s plan for you, simply ask Him. He will tell you. Then when you have the answer, you can put it into practice in a way that is pleasing to Him.

equip you in every good thing to do His will, working in us that which is pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be the glory forever and ever, Amen.
                                                                                   Hebrews 13:21

Not in vain…

Whatever we do for the kingdom of God, it will not be in vain. God has promised to reward us for our efforts. That reward may come in this life, and wouldn’t that be great? But if not in this life, our reward will definitely be waiting for us in the next.

And behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to give to every one according to his work.
                                                                                  Revelation 22:12

When we labor for the Lord we lose nothing and gain everything. He has promised to equip us with what we need for the work He has given us. And He has promised to repay us a hundredfold for our sacrifice. So, my dear friend and fellow laborer, my prayer for you today is that you will not lose heart when fatigue sets in and that God will energize you for the work ahead. May God bless you and give you rest!

artwork titled Victory B&W Graphic by Master's Hand Collection

Featured Products…

Master's Hand Collection Tote Bag Victory B&W Graphic
Master's Hand Collection Note Card Victory B&W Graphic
Master's Hand Collection Coffee Mug Victory B&W Graphic

Related Posts from Master’s Hand Collection

Victory In Jesus 1 Corinthains 15:57
Carry or be Carried Matthew 9:2-8
By | 2018-09-02T15:24:35+00:00 September 20th, 2017|Christian Life, Jesus|0 Comments

Carry or be Carried – Matthew 9:2-8

Carry or be Carried Matthew 9:2-8

We like to compare ourselves to the people from the Bible. But it’s usually the strong, noble ones that we look to for inspiration. Like Esther and her unwavering faith in the face of adversity, or Paul’s resolute attitude about his imprisonment. They did amazing things for the kingdom of God. And sometimes we are like them, empowered and ready to fight the good fight. But other times we are more like the paralyzed man in Matthew 9 who had to be carried to Jesus. At first glance his story seems like a sad one and not someone we would want to be like. But God’s word is clear that this man and his friends had faith in Jesus and what He could do.

Then behold, they brought to Him a paralytic lying on a bed. When Jesus saw their faith, He said to the paralytic, “Son, be of good cheer, your sins are forgiven you.”

And at once some of the scribes said within themselves, “This Man blasphemes!”

But Jesus, knowing what was in their thoughts, said, “Why do think evil in your hearts? For which is easier, to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven you,’ or to say ‘Arise and walk’? But that you may know that the Son of Man has power on earth to forgive sins”- then He said to the paralytic, “Arise, take up your bed, and go to your house.” And he arose and departed to his house.

Now when the multitudes saw it, they marveled and glorified God, who had given such power to men. 

                                                                                                                        Matthew 9:2-8

#Jesus is the goal of every believer. And to experience His healing touch when we are weak is what we need most.Click To Tweet

Jesus is the goal of every believer. And to experience His healing touch when we are weak is what we need most. Within this story, I see two ways for us to get to Him.

First, we are like the paralytic man who needed to be carried to Jesus. He had faith that Jesus could heal him if only he could find a way to get to Him. But he couldn’t do it on his own, so his friends carried him to Jesus. Just like this man, we all have times of weakness. It may be a physical, emotional, mental or spiritual pain. Whatever the cause, we need a friend to carry us to the Savior, because we are not strong enough to get to Jesus on our own. In our pain, they are the light that leads us to Jesus, the only One who can heal us of our hurt.

Second, we are like the friends of the paralytic man. They too had faith that Jesus could heal their friend. So, they made a plan, put their friend on a bed and carried him to Jesus to be healed. Sometimes, the roles are reversed and our loved ones are weak and need us to carry them to Jesus. It’s our turn to be the light pointing the way to Jesus. As much as we may want to fix whatever is hurting them, the best thing we can do, is to be a friend who will take them to Jesus so that He can heal their pain.

We are not always strong, sometimes we’re weak. But that’s okay. Because #Jesus said, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” 2 Corinthians 12:9Click To Tweet

We are not always strong, sometimes we’re weak. But that’s okay. Because Jesus said, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” 2 Corinthians 12:9 If we are willing to accept that God can use us even in our weakness, then a whole new world of opportunity opens up for us to serve in God’s kingdom. We can display the same kind of faith that the paralytic man and his friends showed by taking our hurts to Jesus. Then, when we allow Jesus to work through us, even when we are weak, we are strong. The next time we find that we are weak or that a friend is in need, let’s remember that Jesus is the only One who can truly heal us. Carry or be carried, either way, just get to Jesus and be healed by His grace and power!

artwork titled Jesus No Other Name by Master's Hand Collection

Don’t Miss these Posts from Master’s Hand Collection!

A Random Text Habakkuk 3:17-19
Saved By Grace Ephesians 2:8

Did you know that only 2 percent of deaf people have “heard” the good news of Jesus?

When you purchase any Master’s Hand Collection item, 10 percent of all proceeds are donated to deaf ministries around the world. THANK YOU for helping to spread the gospel to this underserved community.

May God bless you greatly!

Picked Just For You…

Master's Hand Collection Tote Bag Jesus No Other Name
Master's Hand Collection T-shirt Jesus No Other Name
Master's Hand Collection Coffee Mug Jesus No Other Name
art book Jesus Name Above All Names by Master's Hand Collection
By | 2018-09-18T18:27:50+00:00 September 18th, 2017|Christian Life, Friends, Jesus|4 Comments

Why is Jesus the Good Shepherd? – John 10:11

Why is Jesus the Good Shepherd? John 10:11

I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives His life for the sheep.  John 10:11

Recently, I was asked the question, “Why is Jesus called the good shepherd?” Truthfully, I never gave it much thought. I simply accepted what I was taught as a child. But it’s an intriguing and important question, so I did a little research.

In John 10, Jesus calls Himself the good shepherd many times. Today I’d like to explore four of the different aspects of what Jesus was talking about.

#1 Jesus is the door.

Most assuredly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep.  John 10:7

I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture.  John 10:9

In ancient times, the shepherd kept the sheep safe at night by laying down to sleep in front of the door of the sheep’s pin. He did this to keep the sheep safely inside of the pin and to keep predators out.

Jesus is the door that we must enter through, if we want to see God the Father. Jesus said in John 14:6 “No one comes to the Father except through Me.”  When we accept Jesus as our Savior, the door is opened to the Father. Then Jesus becomes not only “the Good Shepherd” but our shepherd. He keeps us safely in the fold and protects us from the predators of a Christian life.

#Jesus is the door that we must enter through, if we want to see God the Father.Click To Tweet

#2 Jesus is the Leader

…and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. And when he brings out his own sheep, he goes before them: and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice.  John 10:3-4

A shepherd doesn’t follow his sheep, he leads them. The shepherd would go out in the front of the fold and the sheep would follow behind their shepherd.

Jesus has lead the way for us. His life is the example for us to follow. Everything He did and everything He said was to teach us how to live. Our path is to follow the example set by our leader and shepherd, Jesus.

#3 Jesus is the One We Know

Yet they will by no means follow a stranger, but will flee from him, for they do not know the voice of strangers.  John 10:5

I am the good shepherd, and I know My sheep, and am known by My own.  John 10:14

When the shepherd called to his sheep, they could easily recognize his voice and they would come to him. But sheep are timid and scared animals and they will run and hide from someone they don’t know. Sheep may be timid, but they are smart enough to tell the difference between a stranger’s voice and the voice of their shepherd. They would never follow a stranger even if the stranger called to them the same way that their shepherd would call.

We can recognize our shepherd too. Because we have accepted Jesus as our Savior and because we have an intimate and personal relationship with Him, we can easily recognize His voice. There are many competing voices out there in the world and they all want our attention. But just like the sheep, we shouldn’t listen to or follow anyone other than our shepherd, Jesus.

#4 Jesus is the Savior

I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives his life for the sheep.  John 10:11

Therefore My Father loves Me, because I lay down My life that I may take it again. No one takes it from Me, but I lay it down of Myself. I have the power to lay it down, and I have the power take it again.  John 10:17-18

I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives his life for the sheep. John 10:11Click To Tweet

A shepherd takes care of and protects his sheep no matter what the cost. If just one sheep goes missing, he will go out to find that missing sheep. And the shepherd will put his own life at risk to find his sheep and bring it back into the fold.

How fortunate we are, that we have a Savior and Shepherd who died for us! Jesus willingly gave up His life as a sacrifice for us. Then He took it back up three days later because He has the power to do so!

Jesus is the Good Shepherd because He is our door and way to the Father. He is our leader and example. He is the voice that we know. And above all else He is our Savior.

Your Turn
Do you have a story to tell about how Jesus has been the Good Shepherd in your life? Please leave a comment below.

artwork titled He is Risen! by Master's Hand Collection

Don’t Miss These Posts from Master’s Hand Collection!

Victory In Jesus 1 Corinthains 15:57
What is the Joy of the Lord? Nehemiah 8:10
art book Jesus Name Above All Names by Master's Hand Collection
By | 2018-02-12T17:22:21+00:00 July 5th, 2017|Jesus|0 Comments

How the Trinity Helps Us – Romans 8:26-27

How the Trinity Helps Us Romans 8:26-27

Life is going great, until it isn’t anymore. An unforeseen catastrophe hits you out of the blue and leaves you feeling blindsided. You don’t know what to do or where to turn.

But there is help on the horizon if we know where to look. As Christians, the help we are looking for comes from the Trinity. God knew that we would face hard times and He has not left us alone to face the crisis by ourselves. When we understand how each part of the Trinity helps us in our trouble, we can overcome any curve ball life throws at us.

Holy Spirit

Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weakness. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Holy Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. Now He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is because he makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God.
                                                                                   Romans 8:26-27

We know we should pray. But there are times when the hurt is too deep and the crisis so overwhelming, that words just don’t come. We’ve all been there and that feeling of helplessness can leave us paralyzed. But this is when the Holy Spirit takes over and prays for us. On our behalf, the Holy Spirit approaches, God the Father, and seeks His will for our lives. This is the gift that Jesus gave to us, the Holy Spirit, as our Helper and Counselor. When we no longer have the strength to pray and the words don’t come, the Spirit does it for us.

Jesus, the Son

It is Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us.
                                                                                   Romans 8:34

When Jesus died on the cross, our forgiveness of sin was secured. But now, as our risen Savior, He is seated at the right hand of the Father interceding on our behalf. Every day it seems that there is a new crisis in my life to conquer. And sometimes it leaves me feeling just plain worn out! So, when hard times hit and I feel weak, there is nothing more encouraging than to know that my Savior is interceding for me right now!

It is Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us. Romans 8:34 #JesusChrist #BibleVerseClick To Tweet

God the Father

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.
                                                                                  2 Corinthians 1:3-4

God the Father is the source of our comfort. He is not blind to our plight. He knows our hearts and He sees our pain. God wants to comfort us and show us His mercy when we are hurt or troubled by the circumstances of life. When we go through a hardship we learn a lot about God’s compassion for us. Then, when we see other people who are facing similar circumstances, we are able to comfort them.

When we are hurt, weak or feel like we can’t go on anymore, the Trinity is there to comfort us, intercede on our behalf and pray for us when we are not able to. They are the place for us to turn to for strength when our strength is not enough. The love that the Trinity has for us is undeniable! No matter what you are facing today, the Father, Son and Holy Spirit are on your side. They will help you.

Don’t Miss These Posts from Master’s Hand Collection!

Abide in the Love of Christ John 15:9-11
Peace of Christ Colossians 3:15
art book Jesus Name Above All Names by Master's Hand Collection
By | 2018-04-10T23:27:42+00:00 May 24th, 2017|God, Holy Spirit, Jesus|0 Comments

A Risen Savior – Mark 16:6

A Risen Savior Mark 16:6

     

He is risen! He is not here.
                                Mark 16:6

What an exciting statement! Jesus has conquered death and has risen from the grave!
All over the world Christians are preparing to celebrate Easter. This is our holiday! It’s a time to reflect on the fact that Christ has saved us from our sin by His resurrection. No other religion worships a risen Savior as we do. Jesus Christ is alive and well!

Jesus suffered great pain and humiliation on the cross. But this suffering turned to victory when He rose again. Because of Jesus’s resurrection we have hope for a future life after death with Him. Without the resurrection all hope of heaven would be lost. The apostle Paul wrote about our hope in Christ and the futile nature of hope without the resurrection.

Now if Christ is preached that He has been raised from the dead, how do some among you say that there is no resurrection of the dead? But if there is no resurrection of the dead, then Christ is not risen. And if Christ is not risen, then our preaching is empty and your faith is also empty.
                                                                                    1 Corinthians 15:12-14

The resurrection is the central component of our Christian faith. It is essential to our belief in Jesus and without it our faith would be empty.

But our faith is not empty. It is based on these facts:

#1 Jesus lived a sinless life so that He could pay the price for our sin.

For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.
                                                                                    2 Corinthians 5:21

#2 Jesus died on the cross in our place.

Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us ( for it is written, Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree.)
Galatians 3:13

#3 Jesus rose from the grave on the third day.

He is not here; but has risen! Remember how He spoke to you, when He was still in Galilee, saying, The Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and on the third day rise again.
                                                                                    Luke 24:6-7

He is risen! He is not here. Mark 16:6 Click To Tweet

#4 Jesus’s resurrection was witnessed by over five hundred people.

He was seen by Cephas, then by the twelve. After that He was seen by over five hundred brethren at once, of whom the greater part remain to the present, but some have fallen asleep. After that He was seen by James, then by all the apostles. Then last of all He was seen by me, as one born out of due time.
                                                                                   1 Corinthians 15:5-8

#5 Jesus spent forty days on earth before His ascension to heaven.

to whom He also presented Himself alive after his suffering by many infallible proofs, being seen by them during forty days and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God.

                                                                                       Acts1:3

These facts, or infallible proofs as Paul called them, are not happenstance. God planned the death and resurrection of Christ very carefully so that we could have complete confidence in our faith and salvation. Because of Jesus’s death we have forgiveness of sin. Because of His resurrection we have eternal life in Him. Praise the Lord, we serve a Risen Savior!

artwork titled He is Risen! by Master's Hand Collection

Don’t Miss these Posts by Master’s Hand Collection!

What is the Meaning of an Easter Egg? John 11:25
Spring Forth Isaiah 43:18-19
art book Jesus Name Above All Names by Master's Hand Collection
By | 2018-03-20T13:39:52+00:00 April 12th, 2017|Easter, Jesus, Savior|0 Comments

Peace of Christ – Colossians 3:15

Peace of Christ Colossians 3:15

The alarm goes off and immediately I’m struck with a feeling of dread. There’s so much to get done today and not enough time to do it all. Stress takes over and fills my heart with worry.

We’re all running the race against the clock. Work or school, church obligations, finding time to spend with family and friends, that emergency that pops up in the middle of an already busy day and a million other little things. There just never seems to be enough hours in the day. Somehow we manage to get most of it done. Maybe not everything, but the most important priorities get checked off the to-do list. The rest will be waiting for us tomorrow when we get up and do it all over again.

Does this sound like your life? Are you at the end of your rope? Are you wondering how you’re going to make it through yet another crazy, busy day?

There’s a better way. Instead of that stressful, chaotic day, we can have a peaceful day. Peace may be the last thing we’re thinking about when its crunch time. But at the end of the day, when our head hits the pillow, peace is what we all want.

And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts.
                                                            Colossians 3:15

And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts. Colossians 3:15 #Peace Click To Tweet

I must have read this verse a thousand times over the years. But this time, when I read it, God whispered something to me. It hit me like a ton of bricks. “What rules your heart?”

Unfortunately, for me, the answer always seems to be stress and worry. I guess I’m a bit of a worry wart. But all of that worry gets me nowhere fast. It makes me feel like a hamster on my little hamster wheel and there’s no way off. And the worst part is, all that stress and worry keeps me from experiencing the lasting peace of Christ.

And which of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life’s span? Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; but I tell you, not even Solomon in all his glory clothed himself like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass in the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, how much more will He clothe you? You men of little faith!
                                                                      Luke 12:25-28

When Jesus spoke these words, He knew that I would be a worrier. He knew that I needed to be reminded of God’s love and peace. So, why am I worrying and stressing when God has promised to take care of me? I don’t know! It just happens and then I have to take a step back and realize that I don’t need to worry. I can trust God. If He cares about the grass and the flowers, then surely He’s going to get me through today.

Maybe for you it’s not worry but something else that is keeping you from having the peace of Christ. It could be family drama, work problems, troubled relationships, fear of failure, a longing for something different in life or one of so many other things that pull us apart. Whatever it is, Jesus wants you to have the peace that only He can offer.

So, how can we find peace?

If you are a Christian, then you already have peace in the person of Jesus Christ. Jesus Himself is peace! And He gives us His peace! The Amplified Bible describes this kind of peace as “an inner calm”. Isn’t that what we all want? To have an inner calm when life hits us hard? To feel peace in the midst of chaos? This peace is a spiritual peace that comes from the confidence of knowing Jesus.

Emotional peace, that feeling of peace we are looking for in the chaos of life is more elusive. But we can find it by doing these two, simple things.

Pray

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your request be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
                                                                 Philippians 4:6-7

Read the Bible

Your word I have hidden in my heart.
                                                             Psalm 119:11

It seems so simple, yet, when we’re in the thick of it, it’s so hard. We get caught up in everything else that we need to do and forget to make time to spend with Jesus. But if we want to experience the peace of Christ we need to choose to make Jesus the focus of our life and walk with Him every day. When we do that, the peace we are looking for will come.

artwork titled Peace B&W Graphic by Master's Hand Collection

Don’t Miss these Posts by Master’s Hand Collection!

A Heart of Grace 2 Corinthians 12:9
Joyful Psalm 16:11

Did you know that only 2 percent of deaf people have “heard” the good news of Jesus?

When you purchase any Master’s Hand Collection item, 10 percent of all proceeds are donated to deaf ministries around the world. THANK YOU for helping to spread the gospel to this underserved community.

May God bless you greatly!

art book Jesus Name Above All Names by Master's Hand Collection
By | 2018-04-24T19:56:28+00:00 March 29th, 2017|Jesus, Peace|0 Comments

Victory In Jesus – 1 Corinthians 15:57

Victory In Jesus 1 Corinthains 15:57

But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
                           1 Corinthians 15:57

What do you think of when you hear the word, Victory? Maybe you think of gladiators entering the arena with one goal in mind… total victory. They fight hard, overcome obstacles, and if they are victorious, win their freedom.

Or maybe you think of a Civil War soldier marching through a field, his rifle raised as he faces a brutal battle. His future is uncertain and he doesn’t know if he’ll see home again, but he’s fighting for the glory of the cause he believes in.

I can only imagine how Jesus must have felt as the Romans led Him up to Golgotha. He was facing the pain and agony of the cross, but He was also promised victory over death. He had prayed for this cup to be taken from Him, but He chose to die a sinner’s death in our place anyway. On the cross, death and sin were conquered. And just as God the Father had promised, when Jesus rose again, He had the victory!

But Jesus doesn’t keep this victory all for Himself. He gives it to those of us who believe in Him. As Christians we are active participants in the victory of Jesus! All we have to do, is to claim that victory as our own. Let’s take a look at some verses that show us how to have victory in Jesus.

As Christians we are active participants in the victory of Jesus! #BibleStudyClick To Tweet

Have Faith

And this is the victory that has overcome the world- our faith. Who is he who overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?
                                                                        1 John 5:4-5

To have victory in Jesus, we must accept Him as our Savior. When we do, we no longer live our life for or take comfort in the things of this world. If we believe that Jesus is the Son of God and that He died for our sins, then our faith in Him has already given us the victory we are looking for. If you have not put your faith in Jesus, now is the time. Do it right now and claim the victory! If you are already saved, then be encouraged, you have victory over death and sin through your faith in Jesus.

Believe that God is on your side

for the Lord your God is He who goes with you, to fight for you against your enemies, to save you.
                                                                       Deuteronomy 20:6

In this life we will always have hardships. If you are not currently in a crisis, then you soon will be. It may be financial, emotional, physical or spiritual, but you can bet your bottom dollar that you will wake up tomorrow facing some kind of conflict. But no matter what this world throws at you, God will be there with you, fighting the battle for you. He is on your side and He will see you through it. He has already won and He will give you the victory!

Prepare for Victory

The horse is prepared for the day of battle,
But the victory belongs to the Lord.
                                                                    Proverbs 21:31

A soldier gets ready for the battle. He puts on his armor, readies his weapon and prepares his horse to ride out onto the field. Just like the soldier, we should also prepare ourselves for the battle ahead. Praying, reading the Scriptures and seeking God’s will, these are the weapons we use as Christians in our spiritual battle. But no matter how many preparations we make or how confidant we are in our abilities, we must always remember that true victory belongs to God. We can only achieve victory by placing our trust in God’s Son, Jesus.

A victorious Christian life is not a perfect life. We make mistakes and we have pain and hurt sometimes. But we keep moving ahead, fighting the good fight. Because we know that we have already won the battle. We have victory in Jesus!

Keep fighting. Don’t give up. We are victorious!

artwork titled Victory B&W Graphic by Master's Hand Collection

Featured Products…

Master's Hand Collection Tote Bag Victory B&W Graphic
Master's Hand Collection Coffee Mug Victory B&W Graphic
Master's Hand Collection Victory B&W Graphic Canvas Print

Don’t Miss These Posts from Master’s Hand Collection!

Jesus Name Above All Names Philippians 2:7-9
Peace of Christ Colossians 3:15

Did you know that only 2 percent of deaf people have “heard” the good news of Jesus?

When you purchase any Master’s Hand Collection item, 10 percent of all proceeds are donated to deaf ministries around the world. THANK YOU for helping to spread the gospel to this underserved community.

May God bless you greatly!

art book Jesus Name Above All Names by Master's Hand Collection
By | 2018-05-07T13:25:38+00:00 March 1st, 2017|Jesus|0 Comments

The Blood of Jesus -Luke 22:20

The Blood of Jesus Luke 22:20

Recently, I was asked, “Why do you sing songs about the blood of Jesus in church?” Isn’t it a little bit macabre to sing about blood? I admit, this question jolted me out of my “Christian bubble”. It seems so normal to me. It’s something that I don’t even think about anymore.

Today, I’d like to look at some of the many Bible verses that shed light on the importance of Jesus’ blood. The first is from the Old Testament when people lived under the Law of Moses.

For the life of the flesh is in the blood, and I have given it to you upon the altar to make atonement for your souls; for it is the blood that makes atonement for the soul.
                                                                                                          Leviticus 17: 11

So, why do we talk so much about the blood of Jesus, even celebrate it, and why is His blood so important to us?

Because, Blood equals Life!

In order to have salvation, God has given blood a significant role to play in our lives. It has the power to atone for our sin. If there is no blood, then there is no life. Just as it is true that without blood in our bodies we will die physically, the same is true, that without a blood sacrifice we will die spiritually.

Blood equals Life! In order to have salvation, God has given blood a significant role to play in our lives. #JesusSavesClick To Tweet

Not with the blood of goats and calves, but with His own blood, He entered the Most Holy Place once for all, having obtained eternal redemption.
                                                                                                         Hebrews 9:12

Before Jesus came to save us from our sins, people were required to sacrifice animals to atone for their sin. But this redemption was only temporary and another sacrifice was required to stay within the grace of God. This is why Jesus was sent to be our sacrifice. He died once and saved us from our sin permanently.

This cup is a new covenant in My blood, which was shed for you.
                                                                                                         Luke 22:20

When Jesus died on the cross a new covenant between God and people was formed. We no longer live under Old Testament law and we no longer need to sacrifice animals for our sins. Our salvation comes from the blood sacrifice of Jesus, because His blood has the power to save us eternally!

For by one offering He has perfected forever those who are being sanctified.
                                                                                                       Hebrews 10:14

Because Jesus is perfect, His sacrifice is also perfect. It doesn’t need to be repeated over and over again. It is His selfless sacrifice on the cross that gives us salvation of our sins and eternal life with Him. His blood is the only way to salvation. All you need to do to have this salvation is, to believe that Jesus is the Son of God, that He died for your sin and accept Him as your Savior. He has already done the rest!

If you are not a believer in Jesus yet, then I pray that you will understand His great love for you and the sacrifice He made for your sins on the cross. If you have questions concerning what it means to accept Jesus as your Savior, please click on the Accepting Jesus tab at the top of the page. I hope that you will find the answers to your questions there. I also encourage you to talk to a minister at a church in your area. They will be happy to explain anything that I may have left out.

If you are saved, then I rejoice with you that your sins are forgiven and washed away by the blood of our Savior, Jesus! I hope that you will be encouraged and uplifted today by a reminder of what Christ has done for you.

Popular Posts from Master’s Hand Collection!

How the Trinity Helps Us Romans 8:26-27
How to Resist the Devil 1 Peter 5:8
In the Studio with Master's Hand Collection
By | 2018-03-20T14:54:06+00:00 October 26th, 2016|Halloween, Jesus|0 Comments

Greater Is He -1 John 4:4

Greater Is He 1 John 4:4

Greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world.
                           1  John 4:4

This past Spring I went for a walk in the park with a friend. She wanted to get out into the sunshine and I wanted to take pictures of the tulips that were in full bloom. We had a lovely time together, chatting about silly TV shows and snapping pictures. Later that night, the pain started. It was radiating from my low back down my leg. Every time I moved it felt like electricity shooting down to my foot. Now, I’ve injured my back a couple of times before so I knew the drill, rest, ice, heat, stretching and strengthening. I did it all and slowly the pain subsided. Just a few days ago I was amazed to discover that I could walk and sit without pain and the strengthening exercises were getting much easier.

Then I woke up with my allergies going haywire. I should have gone to the doctor right then, but I didn’t. I thought I was tough and I could get through it on my own. Oh, how wrong I was! I had a terrible sneezing fit and I felt my back go out immediately. I knew I was in big trouble when I couldn’t get out of bed the next morning and I was dragging my foot as I walked again.

I don’t write this so you’ll feel sorry for me. By the grace of God, I’m going to be okay. I write this with the hope that you will be encouraged. We all have setbacks in life. They usually come at the must inconvenient times. But it’s just a setback, not a permanent destination. No matter what obstacle we face God is greater than it. For me the obstacle is an old back injury rearing its ugly head. For you, maybe it’s different, a divorce or bad breakup, the loss of a loved one, problems at work or a feeling of despair that you can’t put into words. Whatever you’re facing I want you to know that God has you covered! He loves you, He will see you through it and He is definitely greater than any setback we face!

Isaiah 43:2 says:
When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;
And through the rivers, they will not overtake you.
When you walk through the fire, you will not be scorched,
Nor will the flame burn you.

I love this verse and I come back to it often. The meaning is simple but the words are so powerful. We are going to have trials in our lives. But God doesn’t take us into a trial just to drop us off and leave us there. He promises that He will be right there with us. He knows that we will emerge from the flames stronger and better equipped for whatever the next obstacle may be.

Are you facing a setback right now? If so, then I pray that you will be encouraged by knowing that God is with you. He will use this time in your life to lift you up and show you His love and compassion. You may not be able to see it now, but you will emerge on the other side of this trial stronger and with more resolve to live for Him.
Setbacks will always come and go, but our loving Father will be with us through it all because He is greater! Until next time, God bless!

P.S. A little update on my back injury just in case you were wondering…
It’s been almost a year since I reinjured my back and I’m finally feeling better. God has used this time to teach me a few lessons, patience which is an ongoing journey for me and also humility. (Oh, humility! I’ll write a post about that one soon.) As I reread this post I was struck by one thing. “But it’s just a setback, not a permanent destination.” When I wrote these words it was hard to see the light at the end of the tunnel and it felt like my setback would be permanent. It’s been a long, painful road both physically and spiritually. But God has shown me just how great He is! He didn’t take me into the trial and drop me off, He stayed there in the fire with me the whole way. And I’m exceedingly grateful for His presence in my life! He got me through this trial, now on to the next one! 😉

artwork titled Greater Is He by Master's Hand Collection

Don’t Miss These Posts from Master’s Hand Collection!

A Heart of Grace 2 Corinthians 12:9
When You Feel Lost Isaiah 43:18-19
art book Jesus Name Above All Names by Master's Hand Collection
By | 2018-02-06T13:30:23+00:00 September 21st, 2016|Jesus, Spring|0 Comments