Stories from the Sea

Sickleback

Sickleback

Not to be confused with the popular Pampano fish, the Permit is a rare and quite sought after catch for anglers alike. During my time of study, I learned that its name means sickleback. Their dorsal and anal fins look like that of a sickle tool -  a farming device used for harvest or reaping. Immediately, I pictured in my mind a man swinging this large tool back snd forth cutting down that which was harvested. Then I thought about the Bible. How God’s word is sharper than a double edge sword -- dividing asunder of soul and spirit. {Hebrews 4:12} In Paul’s letter to the...

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Six

Six

1 Peter 5:8The ocean is a majestic and beautiful habitat, yet it also has a visceral and scary side. This life we live is also filled with beauty and pain, joy and suffering. To quote Capt. Peter Peterson in a recent article he wrote about a Barracuda he caught and I witnessed. “The brutal reality of predation is a well-known concept by saltwater fishermen, as they often observe exactly how powerful nature can be during one of these life and death encounters. I was just about ready to grab the big fish for a photo when out of the corner...

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PayBack

PayBack

1 Peter 3:8-12 NIV Finally, all of you, be like-minded, be sympathetic, love one another, be compassionate and humble.  Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult. On the contrary, repay evil with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing. For, “Whoever would love life    and see good daysmust keep their tongue from evil    and their lips from deceitful speech.  They must turn from evil and do good;    they must seek peace and pursue it. For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous    and his ears are attentive to their prayer,but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.”

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Colors of Life

Colors of Life

“In the beginning the Word already existed. The Word was with God and the Word was God. He existed in the beginning with God. God created everything through him and nothing was created except through him.” John 1:1-3Here is where creation began. He created the heavens and the earth where the Holy Spirit hovered over the waters.On the fifth day of creation the first reproductive creatures were given life. The waters swarmed with creation. The air was filled with birds and the ocean saw the biggest creatures in existence. On that day he created the biggest and smallest creatures. The...

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Switch

Switch

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” 2 CORINTHIANS 5:17 This painting is called “Switch”. I had painted it after hearing the story of a band called “Switchfoot” that went to my old church in Poway, California. The band came up with the name because of the switch we make when we follow Christ and how He does the work of making us a new creation. They were surfers and the term “Switchfoot” is a surfing term meaning you switch your footing to gain a new perspective. When...

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