Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Sunday Sermon Series July 29, 2018 -- Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus

Good day everyone, I hope you are well. I see that my last entry here was March 5th. The reason for the long delay between posts is that the good Lord has blessed our family once again. On March 6th Benjamin David Loghry was born. We have been extremely busy to say the least and this prevented me from taking the time to create a post.

Today I have an illustration for you from a sermon by Pastor Shaun Hart. Shaun was preaching on Matthew 5:8, which reads: "Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God."

As you can see I created a loose cartoony sketch based on one comment by Pastor Shaun which you can clearly see quoted in the illustration. As Christians we don't seek holiness to win our salvation. Instead we choose to look to God in what we do and say because we love God.

We sang this hymn often when I was a kid at Trinity Baptist. These words mean a lot to me, more now than they did when I was a child. They are true, and so much more important than all the garbage we spend a lot of time thinking and talking about. And I think they perfectly encapsulate the struggle so many face in life, and the beautiful rescue plan God has put in place for us:

Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus
written by Helen Howarth Lemmel

O soul are you weary and troubled?
No light in the darkness you see?
There's light for a look at the Saviour,
And life more abundant and free:
Turn you eyes upon Jesus,
Look full in His wonderful face;
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim
In the light of His glory and grace.

I would normally post a link to the audio version of the sermon (so that you might listen to a much better speaker in Shawn), but the file on the church website is not worth listening to as at about 13 minutes in the audio cuts out every couple of seconds (which is annoying), and then cuts out for good(which makes it pointless).

This pencil sketch was done with a Pentel .7mm P207 mechanical pencil in a Pentalic Sketchbook on 70lb paper. It was scanned and then colorized in PhotoShop. I hope you enjoyed this post, and that it encouraged you, made you think, or challenged you. God bless, and have a great day! --Ryan