Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Challenge #216 - Anything Goes

Welcome everyone!  Can you believe that this is our final challenge of 2015?  When we return next week, we will be announcing our new (and VERY exciting) sponsors for 2016.  You will be as excited as we are once you learn of all the wonderful things God is doing here at Word Art Wednesday, and we invite EVERYONE to be a part of it.  But for right now, let's get started with Challenge #216 - our last challenge of the year with two wonderful 2015 sponsors.

This week's word art/scripture is 1 Corinthians 6:20, and it says "For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God's".  The first part "for ye are bought with a price" tells us that the blood shed by Jesus Christ on the cross was paid as a ransom (by the love of God in Christ Jesus) for our redemption.  While God took OUR obligation for the punishment for our sins, He left us with a new obligation to be obedient to Him.  So, if we accept Jesus Christ as our way to God (and we accept His payment for our sins); we MUST also accept the fact that He is now our King.  And as our King, He FULLY has the right to demand our obedience as He rules over us.  This simply means that we can't deny God the right to demand obedience from us, and we can axpect to be chastened (punished) when we don't.  By accepting the gift He has given us through Jesus Christ, we automatically acknowledge this debt of obedience to Him; and we should want to do it willingly and with a right spirit (not ever with a bad attitude).  By allowing God to control our body and our spirit, we honor our King - the One who paid a very high price for us because He loves us so very much.  Here's a cold hard fact, my friends.....there is absolute truth that exists in this world.  "All roads (DON'T) lead to Heaven", so don't beileve it when Hollywood tells you that "we all take different paths, but they all lead to Heaven".  Those are LIES from the enemy (Satan).  Absolute truth dictates that because we are born sinful, we CANNOT and WILL NOT get to Heaven on our own accord.  There is a price that must be paid, and there is nothing we can do, in and of ourselves, to satisfy that debt.  God knew this; and because He loves us, He provided a way to satisfy that debt.  There had to be a PERFECT, SINLESS sacrifice.  The ONLY way was for God to satisfy that debt Himself.  He chose to satisfy our debt by coming to Earth in human flesh to shed His perfect sinless blood in atonement for our sins.  Let's each go into this new year making a conscious effort to practice obedience and submission to our King for the wonderful gift He has given us in Jesus Christ.  Your year will surely be off to a great start by making this effort.  This is our prayer for everyone, and if you have any questions; please don't ever hesitate to let us know.  May God bless you all as we head into this new year together.

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 is this week's word art.  We hope
that it will be a blessing to you.

Here are this week's AMAZING sponsors:
Verses Rubber Stamps is a WONDERFUL
stamp store, and one lucky person
will win $20 in wood or cling stamps.
Fresh Brewed Designs is an ADORABLE
digital shop, and one lucky person will
win three (3) images of choice from this
WONDERFUL digital shop.

AND NOW, More Lucky Winners!!!!
Classy Cards 'n Such is a FABULOUS
shop with great stamps, dies, ribbons,
and goodies of all sorts!  Guess who
has won a $15 Gift Certificate
to Classy Cards 'n Such
It's Lucky Entry #207 - Carrie Sheridan
QKR Stampede was our sweet digital sponsor
last week, and one lucky person has won
three (3) of their images to play with!
It's Lucky Entry #261- love paper crafting
As I mentioned last week, there are extra winners
this week who will receive a sweet little prize
from Karen.  Those lucky winners are:
Entry #16 - AJ Bodine 
Entry #172 - Marsha Drain
Entry #212 - Diana Lynn Martin

AND, Our Top Three Are:
Entry #226 - Evi
Entry #230 - Gracie
Entry #22 - Sara's Closet
Please email Karen or leave a comment
if you'd like a Top 3 Badge for your blog.

May God bless all our AWESOME sponsors.
We appreciate them all SO very much!
Here's Some Inspiration to Get You Started

Using a Sponsor Image


Marsha said...

How fun to be one of the winners. Thanks Karen. Looking forward to next year's challenges.

Helen Gullett said...

Jo Ann, thank you so much for leaving me an encouraging verse on my blog!
I am looking forward to play with this week challenge :)

Helen G.

Gail said...

Happy New Year 2016~! Thank you DT for your lovely work - you all did a nice job on creating for the inspiration - thanks for another challenge and happy dance to the winners - the devotional was inspiring as usual

KT Fit Kitty said...

Beautiful DT samples! I enjoy your challenges - thank you! Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!

D- said...

Thanks for sharing everyone. Wishing you all a new year filled with love and laughter.
Crafty hugs,

Karen P said...

Thanks for all the fabulous challenges, your hard work over this past year and for the fantastic inspirations too, all of you and your hard work are very much appreciated Karen xx

sarascloset said...

Thank you for a wonderful devotional, and for the fantastic inspiration from the Design Team and Autumn and Birgit, your wonderful December's Guest Designers. Thank you for choosing to list my card as one of the Top 3! I am thrilled and so honored! I am happy to say my friend and her family loved the card as well! Hugs and Blessings to you! I would love to display your badge on my blog!

Cynthia said...

Thank you for the wonderful scripture and DT inspiration!

Unknown said...

Love all the DT Creations! Love Autumns.. Just beautiful! Love the flower, love the layers. Just wonderful!
Thanks for another fun challenge!

- Susan, {Scrap A Thousand Words}
{Sentimental Susan}
{Open-Minded Crafting Fun Challenges}

Graciellie Design said...

Happy new year to everyone on WAW! Thanks for choosing my card! Honored really. Blessings throughout 2016!

Beebeebabs said...

Very nice work as always Dt - Happy New Year!!!

eva said...

Thank you Dear DT ;)
I wish you a lot of love, peace and blessing for New 2016 year.

I would love to display your TOP 3 badge on my blog.

lovecraftingpaper said...

Hello, dear ladies!
Thank you very much for picking my wooden box! I am very happy.
Congratulations to the other winners!
I wish you all a great new year!