"For one human being to love another; that is perhaps the most
difficult of all our tasks, the ultimate, the last test and proof,
the work for which all other work is but preparation." Rainer Maria
"Love and pity and wish well to every soul in the world; dwell in
love, and then you dwell in God." William Law
"Love . . . the essence of God." Ralph Waldo Emerson
"The world is a dangerous place to live; not because of the people
who are evil, but because of the people who don't do anything about
it." Albert Einstein
"Poetry is just the evidence of life. If your life is burning well,
poetry is just the ash." Leonard Cohen
"We Christians must simplify our lives or lose untold treasures on
earth and in eternity. Modern civilization is so complex as to make
the devotional life all but impossible. The need for solitude and
quietness was never greater than it is today." A.W. Tozer
"Do all the good you can, in all the ways you can, to all the souls
you can, in every place you can, at all the times you can, with all
the zeal you can, as long as ever you can." John Wesley
"In the majority of our meetings there is scarcely a trace of
reverent thought, no recognition of the unity of the body, little
sense of the divine Presence, no moment of stillness, no solemnity,
no wonder, no holy fear." A.W. Tozer
|ONE OF MY FAVORITE PHOTOS OF DEBI|
I shot this photo of debi enjoying her morning tea at Les Pesques, our
quaint B & B in Paliminy, France.
debi at Les Pesques
|REALIZING FRUIT AS AN ARTIST|
“Being an artist means not numbering or counting, but ripening like a
tree, which doesn't force its sap, standing confidently in storms, not
afraid that summer may not come.” (Rainer Maria Rilke)
“Why don't you think of Him as the one who is coming, who has been
approaching from all eternity, the one who will someday arrive, the
ultimate fruit of a tree whose leaves we are?” (Rainer Maria Rilke)
|WHAT A GREAT WEEK!|
We realized a number of miracles during this past week.
1) Jesse & Carla returned home safely from a trip to Texas.
2) While Jesse & Carla were gone, debi & I cared for our 7-month-old
granddaughter, Cora Vine, a miracle herself.
3) God has opened the doors for us to collaborate with WRNO Worldwide
Radio, the 3rd most powerful short-wave radio station in the world.
4) A tremendous time of fellowship & brainstorming with a pastor & the
businessmen we are working with at the Valley Event Center in Fountain, CO.
5) Fresh commitments from both the Colorado Springs Gazette and The
Denver Post to cover debi's Ancient Future Art Exhibition of May 8 - 29
at the Tri-Lakes Center for the Arts.
6) An open door for Taikos.com to work with Shoji Tabuchi, who utilizes
Taiko drums in his amazing show at his Branson theater.
7) A renewal of the invitation to take a team of Christian artists from
Colorado Springs to Florence, Italy.
8) An invitation to join Dr. Charles Travis, President of Logos
University, on his trip to Rome, where he will be meeting with the Pope.
After 37 years of living by faith, it just keeps getting better and even
more exciting with each passing day.
|MINISTERING AT NEW LIFE CHURCH|
I have enjoyed the privilege of ministering during arts conferences at
New Life Church in Colorado Springs. The following is a comment by
Byron Spradlin, president of Artists in Christian Testimony, who
attended a breakout session debi & I hosted called, "Right Brain, Left
Brain, or Down the Drain."
"Engaging, encouraging, biblical, envisioning, delight-filled. debi
painted an entire giant panel right before our eyes. Most of us have
never seen a real artist paint in their presence. Dr. Michael & Dr. debi
Story Maddox energized me with all these dynamics through their
inspiring workshop on the role of Visual Arts in life and ministry. They
also helped me deepen my longing to become more creatively close to the
Lord and more fully alive and creative in the way I live for Him.