To the Hypocritical believers in Jesus

Many proclaim belief in Jesus Christ, yet continue living sinful lives. To those who do this, I share this Scripture passage with you, that you may fear God and repent, for He calls out hypocrites, and commands all who follow Him to be holy:

“For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age, waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works. Declare these things; exhort and rebuke with all authority. Let no one disregard you.” (Titus 2:11-15)

If there’s sin in your life that you are justifying, when the bible claims God hates and condemns sin, you may be honest in your declaration of belief in God, but belief alone will not send you to heaven.

Sin is a crime against God, and He “judges all wrong doers.” Each of us have done wrong—lied, lusted, hated, used God’s name as a cuss word, stole—therefore each of us are rightfully judged by God. If we face Him with our sinful track-record, He will rightfully close the doors of His holy eternal dwelling place and say, “Depart from Me, worker of iniquity, I never knew you.”

But you know what God did for us so we don’t have to be judged by Him according to our sins?

He sent His perfect, holy Son to live a perfect and sinless life, then had Him die a bloody, excruciating death on a cross in our place, that those of us who forsake our sins and put our trust in Jesus may be forgiven of all unrighteousness and become children of God, by the gift of His Holy Spirit who lives in believers, and receive eternal life. Not by our own good works apart from Christ, but by Christ’s perfect sacrifice on our behalf.

In order to be made right with God we need to be forgiven by Him. The great news is God is a forgiving God, but the way to forgiveness is through His Son. If you try to face the Holy Creator in your sinful, unrepentant state, He will deny you. But if you come to Him after turning away from your sins and embracing His Son, you will likewise be embraced and have your name written in His book of life.

Will you choose today to say goodbye to your sins and the things/people that help cause you to sin, and choose to follow Christ? You have nothing but hell to lose, and everything that’s heavenly to gain.

Praying for you,

Natasha

Christians justifying suing each other? Seriously?

Has this Scripture passage become void?

“Dare any of you, having a matter against another, go to law before the unrighteous, and not before the saints? Do you not know that the saints will judge the world? And if the world will be judged by you, are you unworthy to judge the smallest matters? Do you not know that we shall judge angels? How much more, things that pertain to this life? If then you have judgments concerning things pertaining to this life, do you appoint those who are least esteemed by the church to judge? I say this to your shame. Is it so, that there is not a wise man among you, not even one, who will be able to judge between his brethren? But brother goes to law against brother, and that before unbelievers! Now therefore, it is already an utter failure for you that you go to law against one another. Why do you not rather accept wrong? Why do you not rather let yourselves be cheated? No, you yourselves do wrong and cheat, and you do these things to your brethren! Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites … (I Corinthians 6:1-9 NKJV)

I am saddened by self-proclaiming Christians suing each other. Does not the bible teach the total opposite? We are not to fight amongst ourselves, we are not to stir up strife, we are actually BLESSED if we suffer wrongfully for our Lord! Yet we demand vengeance and justice as if it is ours to wield. What pride! And here there are self-proclaimed Christians puffed up and taking pride in other believers suing each other. Seriously?! How unlike Christ and fleshly! He suffered wrongfully but He prayed about it, He did not take His accusers to court. Are we not to follow Christ’s footsteps? Who do we think we are? Are we God? Are we not to focus our efforts on loving and building up the brethren, rather than wasting our energy and precious time on costly lawsuits? How foolish! How bizarre! We should be broken over our pride, not cheering each other on because of it!

I pray we as true disciples would follow Christ’s humble example and this truth:

“Beloved, I beg you as sojourners and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts which war against the soul, having your conduct honorable among the Gentiles, that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may, by your good works which they observe, glorify God in the day of visitation. Therefore submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord’s sake, whether to the king as supreme, or to governors, as to those who are sent by him for the punishment of evildoers and for the praise of those who do good. For this is the will of God, that by doing good you may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men— as free, yet not using liberty as a cloak for vice, but as bondservants of God. Honor all people. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the king. Servants, be submissive to your masters with all fear, not only to the good and gentle, but also to the harsh. For this is commendable, if because of conscience toward God one endures grief, suffering wrongfully. For what credit is it if, when you are beaten for your faults, you take it patiently? But when you do good and suffer, if you take it patiently, this is commendable before God. For to this you were called, because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that you should follow His steps: “Who committed no sin, Nor was deceit found in His mouth”; who, when He was reviled, did not revile in return; when He suffered, He did not threaten, but committed Himself to Him who judges righteously; who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness— by whose stripes you were healed. For you were like sheep going astray, but have now returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.” (I Peter 2:11-25 NKJV)

Bad Circumstances Are Just Opportunities To Serve, Witness, Or Grow

Beloved,

Hubby and I are going through a tough time financially. Actually, we have been for most of our marriage. But something our Kind Father is teaching me is that every instance is an opportunity to either serve, witness, or grow.

When something isn’t put away, it’s an opportunity to serve him or her by putting it back for them. If I’m challenged by a tough circumstance, it’s an opportunity to show others the amazing peace Christ gives, and it’s always an opportunity to mature in my Christ-likeness.

The bible has several commands regarding how we are to deal with our mind. You know what that means? It means we can and are expected to control our thoughts. So when our enemy entices us to think anxiously, doubtfully, lustfully, bitterly, or anything ungodly, we actually can choose what and how we think. We, by the power of the Holy Spirit, and through knowledge of the Scriptures, can set our minds on Christ and meditate on things that are pure, holy, good, praiseworthy, or perfect.

We don’t have to have bad thoughts. We can control our mind.

So, here’s some Scriptures to encourage you.

If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth. (Colossians 3:1, 2 NKJV)

Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things. The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you. (Philippians 4:8, 9 NKJV)

For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ, (II Corinthians 10:4, 5 NKJV)

Therefore, with your minds ready for action, be serious and set your hope completely on the grace to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. (1 Peter 1:13 HCSB)

Do not be conformed to this age, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may discern what is the good, pleasing, and perfect will of God. (Romans 12:2 HCSB)

If the enemy can get to your mind, you’re done for. Trust in and lean on God’s understanding by studying and reading His Word daily and meditating on it throughout the day (speaking it). Train yourself to see every instance the way Jesus would see it. Then, you’ll walk in peace and joy through everything.

Praying for you saints,

Natasha

Is My Calling Distracting Me From The Call?

*When I speak of our “calling” in this post, I’m speaking about our career or artistic talents.*

Could it be that we’re so concerned with our “calling” that we’re actually distracted from doing God’s will? Isn’t our “callings” just a part of God’s will, but in no way the whole? Isn’t God’s will made plain in the Scriptures? If we abide in and obey His Word, won’t He direct our paths?
Aren’t we commanded not to worry, but instead to pray? Aren’t we taught not to fret, but to simply trust God?
I think sometimes we overthink being a disciple of Christ. Instead of just loving Him and others, enjoying Him and enjoying the fellowship of our brothers in the Light, we get in control-mode and stress over what our calling is. But we shouldn’t let our calling distract us from doing God’s will.

May we be at peace with the fact that in Christ we are significant, that it isn’t our calling that makes us significant. Nor let us think that in order to accomplish God’s will and advance the kingdom we must be walking in our calling. Sometimes it takes years—decades—to begin to walk in your calling. Are you going to just wait for that season and neglect all those God has placed around you to love and disciple?

What matters to God is the fruit we produce. We can work extra hard on perfecting our gifts that tie into our calling, and saving money or studying and planning ahead for that calling, but that doesn’t produce much fruit in the meantime does it?

Me sitting alone at my computer for hours typing my book will produce fruit later, but it very well may get published five years from now, and all the hours I invested in it everyday could have been cut considerably so I can instead love, encourage, and pray for my husband and those around me, or invest in calling a sister and building up her faith. All of our work will be tested by fire in the end, and if what we’ve built turns to ashes, God’s not going to be very pleased.

I want to make sure my husband and those I disciple enter the new city’s pearly gates and receive imperishable crowns.

I’m not saying you become lazy and don’t work on cultivating the spirit of excellence, but I think time is scarce so we must be as shrewd as serpents with what little of it we have.

I don’t want God to play back the reel of my life and then I see thousands of times I was working diligently on my books, but my husband or mother or sister was enduring spiritual attacks alone and greatly needing backup. That will be humiliating and disheartening and I’m certain I’ve already done this plenty of times before.

May we be alert in prayer as the Scriptures command, rather than too busy crafting our gifts.

This I know, we’re all called to make disciples, and we don’t need to write books, lead worship, make films, or be rich to do it. We just need to love those around us.

Agreed?

I’m A Parent Who Encourages My 13-Year-Old To Have Sex

Parents are naive, or in denial.

To allow your thirteen-year-old to listen to sexually promiscuous music, have a boyfriend or girlfriend, permit them to go to their house, video chat with he or she in the bedroom with the door closed, and have a lock on their iPhone is in my opinion, highly encouraging sexual activity.

How can you expect your child to abstain from sex if you don’t do your job as a parent by teaching and protecting them?

Is responding to the issue with, “They’re going to do whatever they want,” really good parenting? Are not children to obey? And if they don’t, could it be possible that you have trained them to get what they want by not disciplining them thoroughly and setting boundaries?

I’m not a parent, but I have taught, taken care of, babysat, and mentored young people for a total of eight years. Though I have yet to have children, I listen to father and doctor, Bob Barnes of Sheridan House ministries on Parenting Today weekdays at 2:45pm to 3pm via ReachFm, and more parenting talks on Family Life Today and other Christian programs, and have observed the parenting of those with highly obedient and well-behaved children. I only share with you what I’ve learned from them and what I know to be true about many teens since I was there and still mentor them today.

I get emails from tempted fourteen-year-old girls. When they’re that young and in a relationship, I always encourage them to stay single and focus on their relationship with Jesus. I tell them not to consider dating (I actually teach on courting), until they’re of age or maturity to begin considering marriage. To be in a relationship before this time is to tempt oneself into sexual immorality. Hormones are blazing and it only takes some affection from your child’s crush to release the flood waters.

So I write this out of love and concern. I hear the tragedies of teen pregnancy and abortion. I know of the STD epidemic. I’m sure you parents do as well.

Please set up boundaries and restrictions for your child until they’re out of your house and on their own. The culture we live in is saturated with sex. Practically every song on secular radio is about dating and having sex. Nearly every PG-13 and R-rated movie have sexually suggestive material, and the magazines your child is confronted with in the grocery checkout isle shout for your daughter to be a sex-guru. Have you read some of the titles? I flip over those magazines and others that have half-naked women on them. But this is the day your child lives in. Sex-messages are everywhere, and that is why you have to be all the more diligent in protecting them.

Do you really want media teaching your children what sex is and when it should be experienced? Public schools are actually having a field-day teaching your children about all the ways they can be sexually active and then passing out condoms like candies.

Please guard over your precious children. They just want someone to look up to, but if you’re too busy or too tired from work to invest time in teaching your children, they will reap what you’ve sown.

I’m A Christian, But I Leave My Christianity At Church

Dare I take this election lightly. Would I lodge this High Calling beneath my bed like a box of old goods, never to be utilized again?

But you are his chosen people, the King’s priests. You are a holy nation, people who belong to God. He chose you to tell about the wonderful things he has done. He brought you out of the darkness of sin into his wonderful light. (1 Peter 2:9 ERV)

How can I so spit upon the loving mercy and lavish grace of my Lord, whose greatest desire is to conform me to the image of His Son? How can I selfishly resist this transforming process from glory to glory, and refuse to share His love and grace with others?

Do I seize His forgiveness and—like Smeagol and the ring of power—horde this precious gift for my self and never share it? Or is this the second greatest call of my election—to preach the gospel?

Our King treaded the earth, likely with blistering feet, many times hungry and in great thirst so that the gospel of His saving grace may be made known to those in darkness. Every day He answered that call, and out of His mouth came the very words, “For this is why I have come.”

If this relentless preacher of the gospel so lives in us, how can we lack zeal? How can we be bound by fear? How can we bite our tongues?

It is sin.

O, how I pray that whatever darkness is keeping us from passionately proclaiming the truth of our precious Savior is forsaken, is thrown out like the blackened water it is! May the poison of sin be extracted from our hearts that it may no longer pollute the holy blood that has previously cleansed us.

Beloved, you know what sin you hold in your right hand, and I beg of you to release it. Then you will be strengthened from on High, revived by the flames of Love Himself, that you may go out and be a blazing beacon of the very Truth that has set you free. If you are in Christ yet enslaved to sin, it is only because you are choosing to be. And if you love your sin more than you love our Savior, is His Holy Spirit truly still in you?

If you love sin, how can He who hates it truly dwell in you?

Repent and be renewed as King David was resurrected from the death His sin brought upon him. Turn aside from your sin and cry out to Jesus. He will deliver all who call on His name. And you will walk in the greatest callings: conformity to Jesus Christ, and bringing the good news of salvation to others; becoming holy and worthy of the call, and rescuing souls from eternal darkness. There is no greater cause than these.

May you be made whole, and may we meet in the new city of our King in the next life.

Much love,

Natasha

The Epic Battle of Christian Knights, Midian and Valor

I will die without it. Another slew of a thousand flaming arrows soared overhead as Midian crawled across the desert terrain. Blood-coated dust seeped into his helmet. He breathed in the coppery smoke, his dry throat screaming for a single drop of water.

Leather boots guarded by golden armor appeared on his right. Valor.

“Midian,” he shouted as a mob of Black Knights bounded toward him, “keep going! You’re almost there!” Valor raised a three-foot-sword, its golden blade reflecting the brightness of the sun beaming from overhead. He swung it and decapitated three of his foes.

One of their heads landed in front of Midian. The ebony helmet clanked against the dusty ground and off the beast. Lifeless black eyes and a mouth agape with blood-soaked fangs managed to freeze Midian in his place.

“What are you doing?” Valor impaled a Black Knight and kicked it off his blade before slicing another cursed beast in half. “You mustn’t stop now!”

Midian forced his limbs to crawl onward, wincing as he pushed aside the terrifying head.

His worn tent stood twenty yards away.

He glanced back. Thousands of Black Knights rode in from the south on ebony stallions, racing toward Valor. He could only hold them off for so long.

A fiery barb pierced Midian’s exposed thigh. The flames quickly engulfed his leg and waist. He wailed as he rolled from side-to-side to douse the fire.

A quaking struck the ground.

Midian stopped rolling.

At the tent’s entrance, Leviathan towered a thousand feet high, his crimson scales flaring like his blazing irises. He roared and a stream of fire surged Midian’s way.

Valor leapt in front of him, his golden shield lifted. The armor deflected the raging flames. “Go!” Valor charged at the enemy with his sword.

Midian pushed on, his searing blisters scraping against the dust. Fire rained down like a hellish storm.

Valor dodged and countered the enemy’s blows, leading him away from the tent.

Midian dragged himself toward the small entry. With each move closer, pangs and quivering amplified. His elbows locked, and the little strength he had left seeped out of his limbs like his bleeding wounds.

Slowly, his vision darkened.

A bellowing roar echoed from behind.

The ground jumped, tossing Midian up and then tumbling back down. He tried to blink away the blackness, but it only worsened.

Armored arms swept beneath his torso and raised him out of the dust. In seconds, he descended onto cushions.

A strong hand forced his mouth open, and cool liquid poured inside. It washed over his parched tongue and replenished his weak muscles.

Midian’s eyes opened. His bloody burns had begun to close, and the hilt of his rusty sword rested in his hand.

Again, he had barely survived an ambush.

Valor stood at Midian’s bedside, clutching a crystal canister of sparkling water. His bright eyes peered down on him. “What would have happened if I too had left my sword in my tent?”

Midian squeezed his hilt, shame choking his words.

“I cannot keep fighting without you, Midian. Either you fight with me in this war, or you perish alone on the battle field.” Valor chugged from the canister and marched back outside, the hooves of the Black Knight’s horses fading to silence.
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Midian represents the lukewarm Christian, the Christian who forgets or chooses to not read the Word of God daily. Because of which, his only offensive weapon, his sword of the spirit, grows rusty and he becomes weak, parched without the living water of the Scriptures—Jesus Himself.

When satan and his demons attack Midian, he falls and needs the aid of his stronger brothers in Christ to help pick him up again.

Valor, on the other hand, forgets not the Word of God. He meditates on it day and night. He drinks of it daily, consuming moderate amounts before the day’s end. Thus, he is always ready for battle. When the enemy strikes, he strikes back with his all-powerful weapon, the Word of God. His sword is ever at his side and he is able to not only stand for himself, but rescue others who are losing the fight.

The Church needs more Valors. Will you pick up your sword and become a Knight of such value and honor for the kingdom of heaven’s sake?

The choice is yours.

Our War, Our Victory, Our Destiny As Knights For Jesus Christ

I pray for you knights of Christ every day, that you would grow and endure. Please do keep me in prayer also. For these days are only going to get worse: more evil, more corrupt, more saturated with lies.

And that is why we must stay in the bible every single day, multiple times a day, at least day and night. This is our only weapon, soldiers, it is the Sword of the Spirit.

I promise you the battle in the heavenly realm is real! We can’t see it, but we are in it every day! When satan rebelled, it unleashed war in heaven. The arch angel Michael fought and overpowered the devil, and he was thrown out and cast down to earth where he now prowls like a blood-thirsty lion, seeking whom he may devour.

The devil has literal weapons: a bow with flaming arrows that he fires at our heart to defeat our faith. He literally plans and schemes our destruction and downfall and makes bets with God, accusing us, while Jesus sits on the throne and intercedes for us.

So may we not get lazy and let our swords get rusty. I believe our generation lives in the hardest time spiritually. Jesus said the last days would be like the days of Noah, when in all the world, only eight people lived righteously and feared God. May we be part of the few who stand strong upon the firm foundation of God’s Word.

If you ever doubt, or you’re overwhelmed and need prayer, know that you can cry out to God, and you can call on the saints for prayer support. We’re in this war for Christ together! I’m here for you. Again, may this truth encourage you, warriors of Light. May you clap and shout and sing and dance over this astounding truth. Whenever you get discouraged or tired of this life, remember this and look forward to it, for this is the hope, the destiny of those of us who remain faithful to our King until the end!

Then I looked, and there was a large crowd of people. There were so many people that no one could count them all. They were from every nation, tribe, race of people, and language of the earth. They were standing before the throne and before the Lamb. They all wore white robes and had palm branches in their hands. They shouted loudly, “Victory belongs to our God, who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb.” The elders and the four living beings were there. All the angels were standing around them and the throne. The angels bowed down on their faces before the throne and worshiped God. They said, “Amen! Praise, glory, wisdom, thanks, honor, power, and strength belong to our God forever and ever. Amen!” Then one of the elders asked me, “Who are these people in white robes? Where did they come from?” I answered, “You know who they are, sir.” And the elder said, “These are the ones who have come out of the great suffering. They have washed their robes with the blood of the Lamb, and they are clean and white. So now these people are before the throne of God. They worship God day and night in his temple. And the one who sits on the throne will protect them. They will never be hungry again. They will never be thirsty again. The sun will not hurt them. No heat will burn them. The Lamb in front of the throne will be their shepherd. He will lead them to springs of water that give life. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.” (Revelation 7:9-17 ERV)

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If You’re A Christian, You’re Also A Knight

Saturated. This world we live in is saturated with lies. Lies about relationships, lies about sex, lies about marriage, lies about God, lies about products, lies about science—lies, lies, lies.

And we’re disciples of Christ.

We’re disciples of Christ?

Are we renewing our minds daily, washing away the lies all around us by bathing in the pure water of God’s Word?

This earth and heaven itself will pass away, but the Word of our King endures forever.

Are we too busy to wield our Sword? Are we too tired to grasp the holy hilt and carry it at our side to the workplace, to our school, to our bedroom, to our parent’s house?

We are knights defeated, we who put on our armor, but forget our Sword at home, or leave it at church.

We are dead commanders leading squadrons, we who stand at the pulpit and speak man’s words rather than God’s.

The war is real. The battle begins each morning. Our eyes open, yet our enemy’s are never closed. He wields bow and arrow, shooting flaming barbs at our very hearts, but do we have a golden shield that deflects those arrows of temptation and doubt, a shield that has been wrought from the faith given by God’s Word? Or do we have a shield made of straw that is utterly consumed by those flaming barbs the moment they strike because we have been too busy or too tired to read our Bible?

We creep forward at a snail’s pace on the battle field with quaking knees and feeble hands and no Sword strapped to our hip. All around us, enemies await in ambush with ready weapons, weapons forged thousands upon thousands of years ago, weapons that have slain the greatest men of God in times past.

And there we are. Surrounded and unarmed.

This is reality. This is not a mere metaphor. In the spiritual realm, this is how those of us who do not prioritize God’s Word in our life look: an easy target, ready to be trampled.

But there are others. Legends. Heroes of the faith. They ride into battle on stallions with Swords raised high. The enemy fires many an arrow, desperate to defeat these mighty, but they are too powerful. Their swords slice the fiery arrows in half, and their golden shields deflect every blow. They gather the wounded as the enemy flees, and heal them.

People cheer and shout, with banners lifted, rejoicing in the salvation of these legends, of these victorious.

So there you are. Standing in the midst of the mighty. One of them reaches his hand to you, light gleaming off his golden armor, a reflection of his inner glory. He says, “Come, and I will disciple you. I will train you to be a victorious warrior, useful to our King.”

Will you take his hand?

To see more on how literal this war is; the weapons used, the armor worn, and the battles that have and continue to take place in the realm unseen, check out Matthew 11:12, Ephesians 6:10-18, 2 Corinthians 10:4, revelation 6:2, revelation 12:7-9

I’m a Christian, But Why Does My Art Fall So Short Of Excellent?

“And whatever you do, in word or in deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.” (Colossians 3:17)

For us Christian artists, that means every project we make or are apart of, we do it with Christ in mind. We do it for Him, and make it known that it is being done for Him.

If we don’t accept this, and want to keep the reason for why we do what we do, “on the low,” we are either ashamed of Christ and thus denying Him before man, or we are living to please man, and that means we are “no longer a servant of Jesus Christ.”

Being honest about our faith will cost us something. But denying it will cost us everything:

“But whoever denies Me before men, I will also deny him before My Father in heaven.” (Matthew 10:33)

Doing everything in Christ’s name also means we do everything in excellence. If we commit a song, book, film, or even a simple blog to the Creator of this incredibly beautiful and grandiose universe and declare that to the world, how can we present anything short of excellent? I’m preaching to myself too here.

“Whatever you do, do it enthusiastically, as something done for the Lord and not for men, knowing that you will receive the reward of an inheritance from the Lord. You serve the Lord Christ.”(Colossians 3:23, 24)

To speak the truth in love, I say to Christian film-makers, why aren’t your films done in excellence? Why do you settle for mediocre acting and writing? Are you truly making these films for the Lord? Does not our King operate in a Spirit of excellence, and do we not have this same Spirit within us? Was not the temple built in astounding beauty and excellence, and were not the singers that sang unto our King utterly superb?

You desire to reach the lost, but who desires to spend money watching a poorly made film? I know I sure don’t. Why, if we have the treasures of wisdom and knowledge that are hidden in Christ, and if we are anointed by the Almighty, do we produce art that isn’t beautiful and moving?

I pray we repent and work diligently to produce only works of excellence for our Savior and King. He deserves nothing less, and we are not serving the people in love if we give them something that will have no affect on their soul.

“God gave these four young men knowledge and understanding in every kind of literature and wisdom. Daniel also understood visions and dreams of every kind. The king interviewed them, and among all of them, no one was found equal to Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah. So they began to serve in the king’s court. In every matter of wisdom and understanding that the king consulted them about, he found them 10 times better than all the diviner-priests and mediums in his entire kingdom.” (Daniel 1:17, 19, 20)

May we put forth art that is 10 times better than those who do not yet know Jesus Christ as Lord, that He may be glorified and His name all the more magnified on earth as it is in heaven. Amen.