The Artist in You: Expressing Faith in Beautiful, Creative Ways

  “He is the greatest artist, and we are his masterpieces.” –Johan Umana, Visual Arts Pastor, Calvary Church   You are God’s Masterpiece Inside of each of us is a beauty that God wants to display to the world. We are God’s masterpiece. And we have been shaped by his own hands to become a radiant light of hope to the world. As Scripture states, we have been fearfully and wonderfully made. His works are wonderful, I know that full well (Psalm 139:14)! But how often do we actually live as if these words are true? In our hearts, do we truly believe that God did something remarkable when he created us? That he has set a special radiance inside of us that illustrates his Read More

Climbing the Hill

Climbing the Hill I ran up a hill today. And I didn’t even stop at the top. No, I just kept on running. That’s simply not like me. I do enjoy a nice walk in the morning. But I’m not a huge fan of running up hills while my heart pounds wildly and sweat rolls down my back. That’s just not my favorite thing in life. So as far as I can tell, it must have been the hand of God that started pushing me up that hill because I had no idea my legs were going to kick it into high gear. With an energy I didn’t know I had, I just took off running. After a few seconds of utter shock, I thought to Read More

Is Christ Knocking On The Door Of Your Heart?

Is Christ Knocking on the Door of your Heart?  Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me. Revelation 3:20   Is God knocking at the door of your heart, asking you to let him fully in? How long has he been knocking? For weeks, months, even years? Many of us hear him tap-tapping on our hearts, calling us to a life of complete surrender, yet we never fully open the door. We crack the door open, put one eye up to the opening, and peer cautiously toward the Savior of our life. In the depth of our souls, we long to fling Read More

What to Lose: My Self-Righteousness

A Series by Jill Holler – Part 7 Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it, Prone to leave the God I love; Here’s my heart, O take and seal it, Seal it for Thy courts above. –Robert Robinson, “Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing”   Invincible Sometimes as a Christian, I feel invincible. I feel as if nothing can touch me…as if nothing can hinder my faith. When I feel the power of God fall upon me and His presence fills my soul, I feel unstoppable. I start to believe that no scheme of the enemy could ever penetrate my faith. That somehow I am in an untouchable realm, where sin cannot reach me and the temptations of this world could never affect me. As Read More

What to Lose: My Worldly Perspective

A Series by Jill Holler – Part 6 If you died with the Messiah to the elemental forces of this world, why do you live as if you still belonged to the world? Colossians 2:20 HCSB The message of this verse brings anguish to my heart. It cuts through every ounce of greed, lust, and pride inside of me, laying bare the thoughts and attitudes of my heart (Hebrews 4:12). Like a double-edged sword to my heart and soul, this verse opens up all of the hidden, deceptive thoughts inside of me and reveals them plainly before my eyes. Yes, the word of God has an astounding way of cutting through everything false in me to reveal the corruption of my own heart. Desperately I Read More