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The Mission

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The Prayer

The Prayer by James Seward ~ "The Prayer of the upright is His delight." PROVERBS 15:8

Artist James E. Seward is an ordained minister whose career has led him from illustration of religious books to preaching and back to painting for the Lord. This is one of his favorite pieces, and it touches all who see it.

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Three Wise Men In A Boat

“These three are obviously on an important mission,” says James Christensen, “dressed in their finest clothes and all very serious, even the camel. We’re not sure who they are but they each appear to be carrying a special gift.”

Their magical golden boat, complete with Moorish-inspired stone arches and a filigreed rudder, sports a “lateen” sail common around the Mediterranean Sea and other Mideast coastal waters. Is this ship floating or has it run aground? Perhaps they are near Bethlehem . . . but it looks a lot like northern Europe. Then again, this journey in a spectacular vessel of imprecise ancestry across a Flemish landscape might just be a jewel of a metaphor for life itself.

“These three wise men are taking a shortcut,” says the artist with a twinkle in his eye.

“There’s only one camel on deck. The other two are below because they get seasick.”

This holiday-inspired image from the professor of the imagination, James C. Christensen, is a treasure for your home year round.

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Tibetan Prayer

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Touching The Hem Of God

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Virtue Words

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How often do we find ourselves too preoccupied within our own little worlds to realize when something truly momentous is happening outside of them? Are we paying enough attention to those around us to really hear what they are saying? Jim Christensen created this series “Winged Words” to poke fun at people (using barbed wire) and get them to realize, “Yeah, I do that, too.” In this extreme example, a very self-important individual, in all his pomp and finery, fails to realize the heavenly nature of his visitor because he’s just not listening. In Latin, the angel says, “I am dead.” The man’s response to his rather uncommon occurrence, “How do you like my clothes?” underscores how little he is paying attention. The pear in the man’s hand, one bite taken—bordering on the over-ripe, is a reminder that we may not have all the time we think we do to amend these failures in communication.

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Walk Of Faith

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Watchers In The Night

Designer of numerous U.S. commemorative stamps, former head illustrator at the prestigious Godbold/Richter Studio and creator of the award-winning Ebony Visions® sculpture collection, Thomas has earned acclaim for his spiritual imagery-the often allegorical and always passionate expressions of his faith. With Watchers in the Night, he says, he hopes to "touch the soul" of everyone who sees it. We can´t imagine anyone unmoved. Stretched size: 26"w x 21"h, published from the artist´s original acrylic painting. 2500 signed by the artist and consecutively numbered.

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White Dove Of The Desert

The Mission San Xavier del Bac, built circa 1783 south of Tucson, Arizona, is affectionately called “The White Dove of the Desert.” This most famous of the missions founded by Father Eusebio Francisco Kino still ministers to the Papago Indians.Wiggins says, “I tried to capture the spirit of the mission by representing Father Kino passing a dove to a Papago Indian boy.The dove represents the peaceful nature of this tribe. Storm clouds swirl above as a reminder of the struggles these gentle people faced. Not only did they battle nature, but the mission became their only refuge against the constant attacks by the fierce Apache Indians.”The mission, home to statues draped in real clothing and brightly painted carvings, is open to the public every day as well as those on pilgrimage.

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Word Of God

By the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, Christian missionaries had been in China for several hundred years, which meant that many Chinese immigrants had encountered Christianity before they ever set foot on American soil. The women and children (known as “easy believers” by missionaries) at the center of Word of God devote their attention to the preacher. The men stand near the edges of the crowd, distrustful and unwelcoming of the stranger in their midst and perhaps envisioning a future surrounded by such strangers. The exquisite paintings of award-winning artist Mian Situ provide an evocative window into a point in history when the collision of East and West impacted the future, not only for the men, women, and children involved, but for entire cultures. Individual original paintings by Situ have recently sold for over $250,000, but with a Greenwich Workshop canvas you can afford to bring home the work of this modern-day master. Word of God recently received a Benny award, the highest hon

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You Are What You Eat - Her's

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You Are What You Eat - His's

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Young Women Values - Choice And Accountability

Choice & Accountability
In the parable of the Ten Virgins the Lord speaks of a wedding feast in which ten virgins are invited to wait for the arrival of the newly married couple. Knowing that the wait might stretch into the night each virgin brings a lamp, but only five bring extra oil.

The wait for the Lord stretches longer than anticipated and the five foolish virgins run out of oil. They hurry to the market to buy more, but while they are away the Savior comes and goes in to the feast with the five wise virgins who brought extra oil. When the foolish virgins return from the market they find the door shut and call out to the Lord to open. He replies, "I know you not."

The oil represents our preparation to meet the Lord. We become prepared by making good choices. We alone are accountable for our choices. We may choose to follow Jesus and add precious drops of extra oil, or we may choose to spend our time in other more foolish pursuits. Either way, the time will come when the Lord returns and our choices will determine if we go in with the Lord to feast or stand outside the door hearing His words, "I know you not."

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Young Women Values - Divine Nature

Divine Nature

Never in the history of the world have their been more messages calling out to us. Messages about how we should look, how we should dress, and what it takes to be important and valuable. All too often these messages crowd out the still small voice that whispers, "You do not need all of that stuff to be valuable. You are already valuable because you are a daughter of God."

Within each of us is a spark of divinity. Our Spirits were created by our Heavenly Father and as His daughters each of us have a spark of divinity. We were truly born to greatness. Our divine natures mean we were born to do great things, born to lift others, born to find joy, and born to become like our Father.

This picture reminds me that no matter how old or young we may be, we are still children of a loving Father in Heaven.

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Young Women Values - Faith


While Jesus was on the earth, there was a woman who had been sick for many years. Because of her illness she had been forced to leave her family and home. Hurting and alone, she prayed for help. She was convinced that if she could just touch Jesus' robe she would be healed. Although she knew the penalty for going into public with her illness was death, her faith in Jesus made her willing to risk her own life to see Him. One day as Jesus was walking through a nearby city, the woman made her way through the crowd and reached for the Savior. Her faith was not in vain and when she touched Jesus' robe she was immediately healed.

This woman is not so different than each of us. We each have left our heavenly home and come to earth. We each experience loneliness and sorrow while we are here, and we each pray that the Lord will hear our prayers and help us. Like this woman, we must have the faith to reach out to the Savior and when we do we too will find our faith rewarded, our pains eased, and our loneliness lifted through the healing power of Him who said, "I have seen thy tears [and] I will heal thee." - 2 Kgs. 20:5

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Young Women Values - Good Works

Good Works

“Jesus…beheld how the people cast money into the treasury: and many that were rich cast in much. And there came a certain poor widow, and she threw in two mites… And he called unto him his disciples, and saith unto them, Verily I say unto you, that this poor widow hath cast more in, than all they which have cast into the treasury: For all they did cast in of their abundance; but she of her want did cast in all that she had…” – Mark 12:41-44

It can be easy to do good things when everything in our lives is going well. The true test is what we do when we are struggling ourselves. Do we choose to focus inwardly, telling ourselves we will do good when things get better. Or, do we choose to follow the widow's example and perform Good Works even when life is difficult? It is only as we forget ourselves in doing good that we will understand Jesus promise, " He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it." - Matthew 10:39

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Young Women Values - Individual Worth

Individual Worth

Jesus once taught, "What man of you, having an hundred sheep, if he lose one of them, doth not leave the ninety and nine, and go after that which is lost?" – Luke 15:4.

Sometimes we may feel like we are one of the ninety and nine who are doing what they should and feel safe and loved. At other times we feel like the one that wandered off and became lost . We may feel totally alone thinking no one understands us. This painting reminds us that the Lord is our Good Shepherd who knows and loves us. So great is our Individual Worth to Him that He promises us He will never stops seeking after us until He has found us and carried us home.

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Young Women Values - Integrity


Integrity means doing what is right even when it seems difficult or even impossible. No where is this value more clearly seen than in Mary. Mary was a young girl when the angel appeared to her and told her she would be the mother of Jesus.

She was unsure of her ability to carry such an awesome responsibility and asked the angel how she could do something that seemed impossible. He replied, "...with God nothing shall be impossible." - Luke 1:37

Though she was afraid and unsure, Mary choose to follow God no matter how difficult or impossible it seemed and accepted the role God had chosen for her. Each of us are faced with trials that seem difficult to overcome. We may be tempted to think that choosing the right is impossible. May we be like Mary and in perfect integrity choose to follow the Lord in all things, and at all times, and in all places.

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Young Women Values - Knowledge


In the story of the woman at the well, the Savior invites the Samarian women to drink of the living waters. She mistakenly thinks Jesus is speaking of the water dripping from her jar. It is only as she sits at his feet and listens to His words that she comes to know Jesus is speaking of spiritual waters of knowledge.

Each of us has come to earth to learn and grow. We cannot be saved in ignorance. We must each make study a part of our daily lives. Only as we study the Lord's words can we hope to find the living waters that Jesus spoke of when He said, "But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life." - John 4:14

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