Wednesday Wallpaper: Then I am Strong


Strength is found in Christ.

There is no doubt that the Apostle Paul was a strong man. He endured terrible troubles and countless calamities. If it were not for God, he would have died time and time again. Furthermore, Paul was one of the most educated of the disciples and well-known among the people. Yet, it was during times of weakness that he found himself strongest. In these moments, the power of Christ was revealed through him. Let this design remind you that strength is found in Christ. For when you are weak, He is strong. This design was requested by Guy Wolfe.

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong. (2 Corinthians 12:9-10)

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Wednesday Wallpaper: Enter the Sabbath Rest


Enter Jesus and enter rest.

To the Old Testament Israelite, rest was found in a place. To the New Testament Christian, rest is found in a person—Jesus Christ. We can have rest in Him because He has completed the work to please God on our behalf. We can rest from worry, guilt, pressure, anxiety, and all other concerns of pleasing God ourselves (Heb. 4:10). The peace available to us—peace with God won by Christ—can be enjoyed in our hearts today, developed in our lives over time, and fully realized in the future when we see our Lord face-to-face. But, we must believe. Heed the prophetic words of David and the writer of Hebrews: “Today, if you hear God’s voice, do not harden your hearts,” but “strive to enter that rest” (Heb. 4:7, 11). Let this wallpaper remind you to enter Jesus and enter rest.

For if Joshua had given them rest, God would not have spoken of another day later on. So then, there remains a Sabbath rest for the people of God, for whoever has entered God’s rest has also rested from his works as God did from his. Let us therefore strive to enter that rest, so that no one may fall by the same sort of disobedience. (Hebrews 4:8-11)

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Wednesday Wallpaper: The Builder of All Things is God


Jesus is superior to Moses.

The name “Moses” was enough to grab the attention of any Hebrew. He was the greatest leader in their history. He took a ruined, oppressed people and formed a thriving nation. He was God’s leader for God’s people. Yet, Jesus is superior to Moses. In Hebrews 3 the writer describes the Israelite people as a house that Moses built and faithfully stewarded. For this, he is worthy of some glory. But Jesus, who is called the builder of all things (including Moses and the Israelite identity), is “worthy of more glory than Moses.” Moses is a created man. Jesus is the creator of man. Moses is the servant in the house, but Jesus is owner. Let this design remind you of Jesus’ superiority over all things.

“Therefore, holy brothers, you who share in a heavenly calling, consider Jesus, the apostle and high priest of our confession, who was faithful to him who appointed him, just as Moses also was faithful in all God’s house. For Jesus has been counted worthy of more glory than Moses—as much more glory as the builder of a house has more honor than the house itself. (For every house is built by someone, but the builder of all things is God.) Now Moses was faithful in all God’s house as a servant, to testify to the things that were to be spoken later, but Christ is faithful over God’s house as a son. And we are his house if indeed we hold fast our confidence and our boasting in our hope.” (Heb. 3:1-6)

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Wednesday Wallpaper: In the Beginning, God


God created everything for anything to exist.

In the first words of the first chapter of the first book of the first testament, we learn that God created everything needed for Him to make all things that He made. Sound confusing? Try this, God created time (“in the beginning”), space (“the heavens”), and matter (“the earth”) which is the necessary elements in which all things created exist. If any do not exist, nothing will. This is our great big God. He is all wise, all powerful, all knowing, all present. Let this design remind you of God’s transcendent nature.

“In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.” (Gen. 1:1)

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Wednesday Wallpaper: Highway to Our God


The Messiah has come.

Isaiah’s prophetic exhortation announces the Lord’s glory in the coming of the Messiah. Israel is to get ready, make her ways straight. He says that every the Messiah is coming to change it all up. He will make sinful hearts pure and crash the earthly righteousness of those who feel no need to repent. Jesus, the coming Messiah, will be the one who is the living Word of God. Let this remind you to continue to prepare the way and making straight the highway for our God by proclaiming His glroy.

A voice cries: “In the wilderness prepare the way of the LORD; make straight in the desert a highway for our God. Every valley shall be lifted up, and every mountain and hill be made low; the uneven ground shall become level, and the rough places a plain. And the glory of the LORD shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together, for the mouth of the LORD has spoken.” (Isaiah 40:3-5)

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God Was Already There


“In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.”

It was neat when my son memorized his first scripture. It happened to be the first verse of the first chapter of the first book of the Bible. First things first, I guess.

I studied Genesis 1:1 for a while using Henry Morris’ The Genesis Record. It was an insightful look into the science of creation by way of biblical commentary. Admittedly, this doesn’t appear to be the author’s intent in writing Genesis, but you can’t help but draw some of these inferences from the text.

Contemporary Americans are scientific people. We want facts and statements. Give us good ole’ dry data and we’re happy. This is where Morris’ writings really struck me. Genesis is a truthful narrative aimed at developing the identity of the Israelite nation. But the divinely inspired words do more than that.

Among the other pagan traditions of creation, the Genesis account stands alone in a supreme, eternal God who created all things from nothing. “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth” (Gen. 1:1). There were no gods who toiled and fought, spilled blood forming humanity, and separated spoils forming the waters. There was only One who eternally existed before all things that exist. He competes with no one. “In the beginning, God.”

This was the biggest shock to the ancient world.

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Wednesday Wallpaper: Star Names


God’s understanding is beyond measure.

God’s wisdom and power is beyond description. It is fitting for us to recognize and praise His loftiness. In this postexilic psalm, the Jews were celebrating the rebuilding of Jerusalem and God’s unending involvement in their nation. He had gathered them back from exile and returned them to their land where He dwells.

God invests in the lives of His people because all creation was made by Him and no intricate piece in this vast formation is beyond His understanding. As we look up at the stars at night, we should remember the Lord’s involvement in this world. Like the stars, He knows each of us more than we know ourselves. He lifts up the humble.

“Praise the LORD! For it is good to sing praises to our God; for it is pleasant, and a song of praise is fitting. The LORD builds up Jerusalem; he gathers the outcasts of Israel. He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds. He determines the number of the stars; he gives to all of them their names. Great is our Lord, and abundant in power; his understanding is beyond measure. The LORD lifts up the humble; he casts the wicked to the ground.” (Psalm 147:1-6)

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Trust and Lean


“Last night, Darth Vader came down from planet Vulcan and told me that if I didn’t take Lorraine out, that he’d melt my brain.”

George McFly had a way of simplifying life, didn’t he? Sometimes, I wish Darth Vader would come down and tell me what to do. It would just make things easier. But, since Vader only exists in the imaginations of motion picture, I’m forced to improvise. No, I’m forced to trust and lean.

Trust and lean. It sounds simple. It’s not.

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Wednesday Wallpaper: I Am the True Vine


Jesus is the true vine.

In the Old Testament, the vine is frequently used as a symbol of Israel, God’s chosen people. However, they failed to produce fruit and were subjected to divine judgment. In contrast, Jesus is called “the true vine” because His followers abide in Him and produce fruit. Let this wallpaper remind you to abide in Christ, the true vine. This design was requested by Rachel.

“I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in me that does not bear fruit he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit. Already you are clean because of the word that I have spoken to you. Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. If anyone does not abide in me he is thrown away like a branch and withers; and the branches are gathered, thrown into the fire, and burned. If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit and so prove to be my disciples. As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Abide in my love. If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love. These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full.” (John 15:1-11)

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Serious Ministry Stirs Serious Meditation


The nation of Israel was continually shaped by the history of the Exodus. “Remember this day in which you came out from Egypt, out of the house of slavery, for by a strong hand the LORD brought you out from this place,” Moses commanded them (Ex. 13:3).

As believers, we should also remember the great salvation that came through the work on the cross. Jesus, being obedient to the Father, humbled Himself to be like us in order to die for us. How do we remain mindful of His work today?

“Do this in remembrance of me” (Lk. 22:19). Communion immediately comes to mind, but unfortunately the routine of it can sometimes lead to dullness, instead of resonance—often due to our familiarity with God’s goodness and the reluctance to tread deeply in it.

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