Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Challenge #186 - Anything Goes/Family Friendly

Welcome back, creative friends!  First, I want to apologize to all of our friends who play along via Splitcoast Stampers.  I haven't been able to sign on for quite some time, and haven't been able to leave comments for you.  Please know that it's not because I'm not trying.  I greatly appreciate EVERY entry we receive, and I thank God for you taking the time to share your talents with us.  Our Design Team loves stopping by your blogs to see your beautiful entries.  Thanks for playing along with us.  Also, please welcome Natalie Houston as our newest full-time Design Team Member, and Jennifer Dunn as our June Guest Designer.  They would love to have you stop by their blogs to say hello, and we're sure you will be blessed by their beautiful art.

This week, our word art/scripture file is from Hebrews 13:8, and it tells us that "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, and today and forever."  I know that the Jehovah's Witnesses have doctrine that changes "as the light gets brighter", (their doctrine has completely flip-flopped over the years, and will continue to change); and I also know that another popular "religion" has doctrine that changes as the words of living "prophets" supersede the past words of dead "prophets".  In fact, this "religion" claims that "it is loath to proclaim doctrine", and that's simply because they don't want to be bound to anything permanently.  They will change  doctrine with the times, and allow people to hear what they want to hear, or what society tells us is accepting, popular and compassionate.  Even some Christians claim that true Biblical doctrine is outdated, and that our thoughts and beliefs need to change with the times.  Well, DON'T BELIEVE IT!  Jesus Christ, God the Father, IS the Word, and He is the same yesterday, today, and forever.  His principles, doctrines and authority are NEVER-CHANGING.  Living a righteous life will NEVER be out-dated.   It's not uncool, old fashioned, or closed minded to believe on the unchanging Word of God.  It's actually a huge blessing to know that God's Word, and our Lord in general, will NEVER change.  We don't have to keep up with the changing trends.  His Word will stand FOREVER, and we can count on it to always be the same.  The Bible clearly tells us what is sin.  So, if something was originally deemed wrong in the sight of our perfect God, it will always be wrong in His eyes.  What's right and wrong doesn't change just because society wants it to.  Our standards need to be the very same - unchanging!  Does that mean that we (as Christians) think we're better than anyone else?  MOST CERTAINLY NOT!  It simply means that we understand and accept all sin as being wrong; and that we recognize our need for Jesus Christ, the ONLY perfect and worthy payment for our sins.  I know for sure that I'm FAR from perfect, and that I sin a lot more than I'd care to admit.  But I also know that I am accountable for ALL my sin, and that if Jesus Christ hadn't paid the price, by giving His perfect life as a sacrifice on the cross, I couldn't be forgiven.  PRAISE GOD that His doctrine will NEVER change.  In this crazy world where so many things are uncertain, it's great to know that the doctrine of Jesus Christ is the ONE THING we can always count on to never change.  He is the same yesterday, today and FOREVER! 

As always, you are welcome to save this week's free scripture/word art file to your computer, but are not required to use it in order to play along in our challenges.   We welcome you share your art with us; remembering that Anything Goes as long as it's family-friendly, and uses an encouraging or uplifting sentiment. This includes any type of altered or digital art (not just limited to cards).  You may link up to five (5) projects each week. The more you enter, the more you increase your odds of winning.  It is our desire that God's Word will be a blessing and encouragement to you each week. If you have any questions about the rules, be sure to read the complete list of rules under our page tab for "Challenge Rules".  Because our ultimate goal is to honor God, we have no other choice but to delete any entries that do not adhere to our guidelines.  Let us know if you have any questions, and thanks for your understanding and participation!

Here's this week's scripture/word art file.
We hope it will be a blessing to you.

Here are this week's AWESOME sponsors:
Crafty Individuals is a new sponsor for us.
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One person will win some Cutting Café
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AND NOW.......Two More Lucky Winners:
Docerela Stamps is offering a lovely
stamp set to this lucky person
Entry #87 - Diana L. of DL Art
Our Digital Sponsor this week is new to us.
Barbara of The Peacock Eye Etsy Shop
has GORGEOUS images.  She is offering
one lucky person $29 worth of gorgeous product
(which is equivalent to six graphics) from her shop
to Lucky Entry #63 - Emelin K.
WINNERS:  Please email Karen THIS WEEK
to claim your prize!  Thanks.
May God bless all our amazing sponsors.
We appreciate them all SO very much!
Here's Some Inspiration to Get You Started

JoAnn Atterbury


Ustvarjalni utrinki Tamara P. said...

Congrats to bouth ladies,
and great new week to all of you
blessings Tamara

Arnoldo L. Romero, MLA said...

Amen to this week's Scripture!

Gail said...

Thank you for another challenge and for the DT inspiration as well as for the lovely scripture

Ginny Maxam said...

Wow, What a devotion for today!! Karen did you hear me Amening from MA? Thank you for writing this statement on the Immutability of God. We live in a day where the world wants us to change everything from our nail color to our gender and totally disregard The Plan Purpose and Authority of the Living God. What a scary day and age we live in for those who do not live and stand for biblical truth. Surely these must be the end days in which mankind has lost it's ability to discern good from evil. Thank you Word Art Wednesday Team for once again bringing us Meat and Manna and helping us to send the WORD of life around the world on paper and in our blogs and emails. My prayers are with you all!
Ginny M

Tricia Coffin said...

These are beautiful cards on display.

Migdalia said...

Congrats to both winners!! Thank you for another wonderful challenge as well as the scripture.
Have a wonderful day,
Crafting With Creative M

Eemeli said...

Oh wow. I see my name as the other winner. Yippiii! Lucky me.
I just sent an e-mail to Karen couple of mins ago...

Congrats to my fellow winner Diana!


Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

Ah this verse has been a grea two fort from my youth as it was one of first I was taught at Beach Mission as a child where I came to know the LORD... Our God never changes ever Faithful He will be.

You have written a truly great, clear post which be God blessed I know, thanks too for being unyielding where God and His word stand.

thank you also for providing such a GREAT resource of KJV digis. We are so blessed in the ministry of all who are in leadership and working behind the scenes on this blog. I love you in the LORD. praise HIM!!
Shaz in Oz,x

Karen said...

Such a wonderfully written post hun.

And such lovely creations again.. It always brightens my day stopping by to say hello to you all.


Bunny said...

What a great verse. I love it and the DT creations. Thank you for the challenge.

Diana Lynn Martin said...

Awesome DT creations, as always! Thanks for another inspiring challenge & verse!

Diana ♥
Leelee Card Designs

Cynthia said...

Great verse this week! Thanks so much for the challenge and the inspiration each week.