Art has Meaning, a Message, Mirrors People

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Song Lyrics  . . .

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. . . entertainment, casual banter and typical behavior reveals a society’s or culture’s morality, sense of justice and respect for fellow citizens – or lack of respect. Glorifying, encouraging or promoting hate, abuse of others or a lack of respect for authority erodes the peace and tranquility of a society.

Psalm 105:2 ESV

Sing to him, sing praises to him; tell of all his wondrous works!


SONG: Chris Tomlin – Lord I Need You

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_rR_Rdb1CTE


The Written Word . . .

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Mine Kumpf (My Fight) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mein_Kampf by Adolph Hitler, The Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx and the Holy Bible are three of the most influential books.  Of course I refer to the blessings derived from GOD’s word as the main message of this blog.

2 Timothy 3:16 ESV

All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness,

Hebrews 4:12 ESV

For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.

Music . . .

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Music and songs can stir us in our hearts and minds: Taps at funerals, The Star Spangled Banner, Classical music, Christian Hymns and a myriad of popular songs and music – good, bad and meaningless.

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Ephesians 5:19 ESV

Addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart,


Amazing Grace

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CDdvReNKKuk


 

Psalm 126:2 ESV

Then our mouth was filled with laughter, and our tongue with shouts of joy; then they said among the nations, “The Lord has done great things for them.”

Visual Arts, Dance, Theater and Cinema ..

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The grand spectacles Gone with the Wind, The Ten Commandments  and the more recent The Passion of the Christ the artistic license for drama not withstanding, are moving nevertheless. Strange visual effects as used in the latter part of 2001 a Space Odyssey ,  harsh language and explicit sex are all tools used to attract and move the audiences. This art form can be used to teach as well as fill our hours with empty eye candy. Museums filled with paintings, statues and oddities can give historical and social clues about the time in which they were made. Dance can offer folk traditions as well as modern expression.

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Psalm 149:3 ESV

Let them praise his name with dancing, making melody to him with tambourine and lyre!


Moses Parts the Sea – The Ten Commandments (6/10) Movie CLIP (1956) HD

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OqCTq3EeDcY


Humor at the expense of others is a misuse of art forms (at least in my opinion).


The Fat Boy Chronicles: Clip – Teacher Scolds at Jimmy

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=alR26IrBvvI


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In the Image of GOD

 

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In the Image of GOD?

Genesis 1:27 ESV

So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.

A photograph is a two-dimensional representation of something – perhaps you. A movie is a series of these two-dimensional representations. These are images not the real thing or the real you. They can give a number of important clues about you: hints of your character, how you looked at the moment of photographing or filming. Over time and with the study of many images one may assemble a better more accurate understanding about the subject or you but, this will never add up to “it” or “you”.

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“Image of God” (Christa Wells and Nicole Witt) – worship video

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qTRSDxEjYeU


So what is the Image of GOD?

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Colossians 3:10 ESV

And have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator.

Many opinions undoubtedly existed, exist and will exist but none can completely reveal GOD and how we are created in the image of GOD.

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Do Not Despair we can can understand enough.

2 Corinthians 3:18 ESV

And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.

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We can assemble the “big picture” as the cliché’ implies by studying the Bible and paying careful attention to all the bits of information that reveal The Nature of GOD and how we are to live and reflect the image of GOD.

 

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Ephesians 4:24 ESV

And to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.

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Healthcare is a Blessing from GOD

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Take a moment to remember the victims of the terrorist attacks on 9/11/2001
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Jesus, Apostles and Saints of old healed people

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Matthew 10:1 ESV

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And he called to him his twelve disciples and gave them authority over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal every disease and every affliction.

‘Mended’ – Powerful song of healing by Matthew West

https://www.godtube.com/watch/?v=Y7DW6PNX

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Today humans have acquired knowledge and skill so that doctors and surgeons can provide corrective care and, chemists and biologists can provide medicine for healing. GOD has equipped modern humans for the tasks at hand. This and other beneficial abilities improve the lives of millions  of people.

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1 Corinthians 12:9 ESV

To another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit,

The Nurses, Technicians and Hospital Workers all add to this effort

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It is not only the higher level professional healthcare provider that makes a significant difference but the next lower tier of workers too. In some ways this tier of workers provides more detailed and long-term care than doctors and surgeons.  Where would we be without them in the hospital, emergency room, nursing homes or even in home care?

Psalm 41:3 ESV

The Lord sustains him on his sickbed; in his illness you restore him to full health.

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It is important to give GOD credit and thanks for this ‘good’ provided

God is the source of love, knowledge and the skills needed for people to take care of one another: Thank You Father in the Name of Jesus who brought so much good to the world.

Matthew 9:35 ESV

And Jesus went throughout all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom and healing every disease and every affliction.

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We Do Not Live Alone

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We need others and others need us

Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 ESV

Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up! Again, if two lie together, they keep warm, but how can one keep warm alone? And though a man might prevail against one who is alone, two will withstand him—a threefold cord is not quickly broken.

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The world is a complex web of connected economies, food supplies, medical expertise and knowledge: we may fool ourselves and deny this but we can not ignore these truths for long, for if we do we will surely discover negative affects.

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The Bible as a handbook for societies

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The precepts espoused within the Biblical Scripture go beyond spiritual matters and enter into the realm of the interaction of humans in social environments. Some of the truths are: sharing a defense including law and order; sharing a food supply; safeguarding the vulnerable members of society and defining and insuring justice for all.

Romans 15:4 ESV

For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.

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I have written blog articles of these issues separately but,  the Bible as a whole is able to instruct humans living in a society without other helpful sources when all else fails.

SONG: “United” – Church Unity Worship Song By Dan Loewen (Lyric Video)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RsMAXhc0QTs

Hebrews 10:25 ESV

Not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.

There are a small number of people who have lived, live and will live in isolation to one degree or another but, this proves nothing about humanity’s need for one another as a whole. Global trade, International Law or disaster assistance after calamity are not achieved by isolated individuals suddenly able to function as participants. Society is constantly practiced, corrected and  improved by a conscious effort. The Bible is a marvelous guide for running a society and giving a framework for this.

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Christians benefit from The Bible’s practicality . . .

. . . but we gain more than that: we get to know GOD, insure our eternity through Jesus and how to live as Christians in a world froth with challenges.

Hebrews 4:12 ESV

For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.

Church revival and church growth starts with you and, you will make a difference in a troubled world if you do; demonstrate the Love of GOD teach others about Jesus and Salvation.

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