Worship, Create, Dream

Be free to Worship God. Create with abandonement because He is the Creator. Let's discover our Dreams together.


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FREEDOM TO CREATE

 

FREEDOM TO CREATE!

In recent posts I have  challenged your creativity.

I even asked you the question : WHY CREATE?

in three separate posts.

 

As you read these blogs, I hope more than one issue came to mind.

Ponder these  two  definitions of “ to create” as per the dictionary:

1 .to cause to come into being, as something unique that would not naturally evolve or that is not made by ordinary processes.

2 .to evolve from one’s own thought or imagination, as a work of art or an invention.

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Now comes another step in your creative process.

Soul-searching!

I put these next queries to  free your inner being so you can create from a deeper level. They are not to be taken lightly. Do not answer them quickly.  Allow yourself  time for each question and write your answers  down.

 

  • Who are you creating for? (Maybe the proper grammar should be: for whom are you creating?)
  • What are you creating for?
  • Did God put a cause on your heart at one time but you did not know how creativity and art could connect? Do you go to an article concerning that cause if it comes in the paper? i.e trafficking, ecology,  pain,.
  • Is justice for a certain group of people crying out to be heard, but you wonder if  you can express what you feel through art? You want to be challenging but not do you need to sound  angry? i.e.senior citizens, abused children, racism.
  • You know God calls us to serve, but creating is your passion. Are they opposites?
  • Do you spend time in God’s presence? Do you seek His heart for the inspiration to create? Do you listen as He calls you to create? Is there obedience to His voice in life and art?IMG_2677

 

As artists, we draw out truth, we live truth. That is where we have the freedom to create. As artists with a relationship with Jesus,  we are able to not only have an honest, intimate connection with Jesus; we can express that relationship through our art in truth. We are also called to serve. We are able to take this reality to a world defined by another signature. The world needs to know a deeper truth. Art that touches the soul, and is lived out by the artist speaks volumes.  Jpeg

 

This will not come automatically.

  • Knowing who you are IN HIM will bring you a freedom to create.
  • Developing the creativity He has called you into will bring you a freedom to create.
  • Living in a community that loves supports and pursues the Heart of God can bring you freedom to create.
  • Don’t be afraid of rejection or what is happening in the world. This may open a door to your freedom to create.

 

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April is National Poetry Month. Here are a couple of links to challenge your FREEDOM.  Until recently, I would not have tried my hand at poetry. I realized even if the work is not published, this type of word construction in its various forms is a fantastic way to free your mind. You are able to express anything concerning everything. —–

                  Love

                               Pain

                                             Joy

                                                        Death

 

Check out these links:

April is National Poetry Month  This link is for grade students k-12.

National Poetry Month  This link goes to the official poetry website to find out how to get involved.

Some of my poetry and photos are combined on Instagram: sandicreate

Try out your own poetry.

 

We are given the FREEDOM TO CREATE.Be free to worship as you were created

You are welcome to share your challenges if you wish or your thoughts on how creativity/art can positively affect bringing the reality of Jesus to a world in turmoil.If is is happening in your town, your suggestions may help another reader. Thanks.

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Dare to Create

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I was in the middle of creating a wonderful post. Great references to a new podcast artist I discovered. There was information containing deep mighty meat to help free you to worship as you were created.

The writing for the post was smooth. The content was inviting.  Tragedy to a computer creator occurred:  Not only did the writing for the post become a ghost in cyber space, so did the notes from the writer’s group concerning this artist, the poem and his podcast. :(.

Stepping up to the plate, I shook off the frustration and continued.  I determined  not to allow the pain of the  circumstances to write my story.  Instead,  I am rewriting the story with the tools I have been  given. March ON

 

The challenge of each podcast I have listen to dares you to create with the gifts God has  has you. Are you willing to take your creativity and yourself to a deeper level?

The artist, the creative  has a dual  calling upon her  life. One is to live a life with a view  through God’s lens, so she can be willing to see  the world through His heart.

The other calling is to create through God’s lens.  This may not always mean the picture is pretty but  to look through the eyes of Jesus, is to see Victory.  This is not a wimpy, limpy, no contact Jesus who has never experienced hardships.

This is the Beaten Unmercifully,

Arm Outstretched, Hands Nailed to  the Cross,

In Love for You and Me

but

Three days later Victoriously RISES FROM THE DEAD

JESUS!

With this thought in mind I challenge you to DARE TO CREATE!

 

Dream past the experience of pain.

   Appreciate that God calls you to feel what He feels.

      Rare Gift.  Humbly take this rare gift and

         Express!! Once you walk in the very Heart of God, You cannot keep it inside.

 

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To CREATE!

 

The person who hears this call will allow God to wash away everything keeping her from hearing His voice. The artist who has this calling deep inside will not allow the cares of this world to blind side her from seeing who she is in God’s love. No better and no worse than any other person.

The writer, painter, photographer, creative, will work on her skills to enhance her craft. She does not become sloppy in her field. Her craft is always calling out to the next improvement. She needs to keep from being sucked  into the  newest craze and  media prompt, but also  keeps her muscles from becoming limp and out of touch with the world.

Why keep in touch?

The world needs to receive what God has to offer.  He has given wonderful Gifts to His children. He is the Gift to Share!

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After you read  Matthew 25 :14-28, think about your craft. Do you, can you put your creative gift in this scripture? How are you tending what God has given to you?

Dare to create and

BE

FREE

TO

WORSHIP

AS

YOU

WERE

CREATED!

 

 

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Engage in the discussion with comments how you feel God is calling you to a deeper level of co-creating with Him as He calls you to live and share the gifts He has given you.

Remember, we are all on this journey together.


The podcasts I am referring to are  Makers and Mystics

 

 


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Creating is a Challenge

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Reading books by noted authors depicting their challenges (emotional and physical ) may cause you to second guess if being creative is actually what  you want to sink your teeth into.  The encouragement you were looking for, the kudos, the high fives to satisfy an unmet need might be smacked with their own angst describing  their own stress while trying to complete a project.

A short book  “THE WRITING LIFE” by Annie Dillard is a great read describing the normal non glorious life in the actual procedure of being a writer.  To accomplish your literary art you need to do two things.-

  1. Sit Down.
  2. Put words on the screen or the paper.

Does that sound very exciting? What if the words do not come? What if the line of words you put down one minute look horrible the next and you wasted half of an hour of your  time? (the dishes are calling to be washed).

You have been called to express. It is part of your inner being. If the life you live has also said “Yes” to Jesus, you have  said yes to  bringing His Kingdom to earth as it is in Heaven.  Your calling is to Create for the Kingdom.

You NEED   to create ( I am not limiting this to writing. Put whatever God is calling to you to do)

These quotes  from Annie’s book can apply to all creatives.

 “’One of the few things I know about writing is this: spend it all, shoot it, play it lose it all, right away, every time.’ 1

‘The impulse to save something good for a better place later is the signal to spend it now.’ 2

‘Anything you do not give freely and abundantly becomes lost to you.’” 3

What is creativity to you?

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Is it putting words on paper? Any student in a sophomore English class can do that to pass a class. Taking pictures with a point and shoot camera?  All the aunts coming to the summer reunion can do the same thing.    A creative has a deep desire to take a rough path expressing life through words, will embark on an artistic adventure with the canvas,  will  see through a lens and  express what they see with their souls.

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The two book, I mentioned in my last post,  The Creative Call  by Janice Elsheimer and a million little ways by Emily p. Freeman  have been great helps in freeing my creative thinking process.  I am going to propose to you a statement simultaneously approached in both books.   This statement does not deal with a certain technique or style. It does not give you tips on building your platform. This connects you and your creativity.

In the comment line below, feel free to finish this statement:

The words that reflect how I feel  in/when creating are:

Be as candid as you wish. If you are honest, the response may surprise you.

I will share a few of my own to get you going.

Humble, (I get to play in God’s  Kingdom  )

Awestruck (This is fantastic)

WOW ( Did I write that? Did that come from my camera? COOL)

Excited( Ideas, Feelings, Emotions, flows around  my head. With typing and writing , a tangible essence appears)

Worshipful (Taking the beauty I receive both  easy or harsh.  I make a tangible sacrifice of praise.)

Full of wonder!

Fearful (Am I really supposed to be doing this?)

Guilty (This is not really serving.)

Not good enough.  Not bringing in money –( Comparing my work to others so the time and money I spend is really  a waste.)

With thoughts such as these, no wonder the full creative flow of many people is being hindered.

In the artists, when the the burning fire of creativity is hindered by frostiness of negative emotions, nothing can flow.

Where are you in your creative process?  As you have allowed the reality of creativity to be come alive within you, do you see God taking you on a path of deeper freedom?  Not “only to make, but also to create”

To be an artist is a challenge.Another-view-of-frozen-Goos

Life and creativity is a challenge

Allow God to gently pull back the carpet in areas He wants to bring healing.  The feelings of guilt, comparison, not good enough, and even “this is a waste of time and money” may be a result of how you feel about yourself. Does God want to set you free concerning deeper issues?

Take time ,#goslow. What is God doing to make you become more the creative He intended for you in the first place? Annie Dillard states that sadly we can limit the freedom God wants to express through us.

Engage in what God is doing in you!

The artist, writer, creative He has called you to be has a purpose in His Kingdom. The more we are free of the junk clogging our pipes, we are able to receive and flow with joy in the gifts God gave to us.

10 “All who are skilled among you are to come and make everything the Lord has commanded.

                                                                                            Exodus 35: 10 NIV

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Be

Free

To

Worship

As

You

Were

Created!

Two extra  thoughts to ponder

  • Are you limiting yourself in creating with total abandonment because of inner fears i.e.  rejection, comparison, or past family comments?
  • Do you keep from completing projects for the same reasons or have you just lost your dream?

Feel free to leave your thoughts on this subject. We are all this road to discover and release our creativity together.

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1Annie Dillard, THE WRITING LIFE, ( New York :Harper Perennial )  ©1990  p.78

2Dillard, THE WRITING LIFE,p78

3Dillard, THE WRITING LIFE, p79


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Comes at a Cost

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To be a creative will come at a cost.  

  • The monetary price in buying equipment to showcase more clearly what you see in your mind.
  • Classes online or at the local community college to further educate yourself to better express the freedom poured inside.
  • Workshops offered by local artisans in your field.
  • Small groups in your special field of creativity that gather in person or online to challenge and encourage you to go further your art.
  • Taking what is in your mind and transforming to a physical form.

 This will cost money and time.  As these items pass before your eyes does an emotional challenge pass in front of your heart?

 

  • “ I am not a professional.
  • Who reads or even cares what I post?
  • Does anyone even care that I create in the first place?
  •  Is this just a waste of my time?
  • Do I have the RIGHT to spend family money on this foolishness? 
  • Is all of this just pride filled actions pointing to me anyway?” 

 

Investigate my heart Oh God!

Do any of the previous statements tap dance on your heart, making it difficult to freely express what God has poured inside for you to share?  These statements are from Satan (the enemy of creatives). These statements are not the truth God says about you or about me.

 How can we go beyond the barriers we put around ourselves? Where did these lies start?  Do you see your creativity through this lens? Do you see yourself through this lens?

 Investigate my heart Oh God!

If you truly allow God to investigate your heart, concerning creativity, this process may go beyond the top layer of putting out a weekly blog, writing a newsletter, shooting a photo or putting paint to canvas.

Who is in control of your creativity?  Are you free to slow down and listen to God for:

  • Who you create?
  • What you create?
  • How you create?

 

As I write this post, I hear God share these words to all who are reading this:

You are precious to me.

 

Unless you slow down and allow God to investigate your heart to reveal your deep needs, you will function and produce, but will you really create?  Will you be limited in your expression of creation and possibly life because you have not allowed God to release you from lies?

King David was willing to place his heart before God. His desire was to serve God with with no boundaries.  If there was anything blocking  that path, David said, “show me, guide me, release me, so we can walk together”.

 

23-24 Investigate my life, O God,

find out everything about me;

Cross-examine and test me,

get a clear picture of what I’m about;

See for yourself whether I’ve done anything wrong—

then guide me on the road to eternal life.

                                                                                                   Psalm 139 The Message

 

Questions you can ask are :

  • Do I listen to God’s guidance in pursuing His calling for me?
  • Have I listened to lies said about my work? Have I taken those lies as labels for ME? ( Therefore, not listening to God’s Truth and Love for me).
  • Have I listened to lies said about me? Have I taken them as labels for ME? (Also not listening to God’s Truth and Love for me).
  • Does Fear or Comparison control my freedom to worship God through my Creativity? What will it cost to confront those beasts?

We are given a great opportunity to share the heart of the One who loves us so much.  In seeking freedom, are you willing to allow God to point to areas you are trying to keep hidden?

If you say “yes” to an honest investigation to God, the opening of your heart may lead you to creating in exciting wonderful ways you did not expect.

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God is a LIGHTHOUSE as we travel in the dark, new places. The Creator of the Universe is walking among us.  On that path, we are able to not only confess our fear, but take His hand to finish the creation in us He began. Then, we in turn can share that love in a variety of creative stories.

21. Whoever pursues righteousness and unfailing love will find life, righteousness, and honor.

                                                                                       Proverbs  21. New Living Translation

We will continue to confront specific barriers and their strongholds in future posts. Share in the comments what counting the cost means to you, and how you have allowed God to investigate you heart to open doors for your creativity.

Is “counting the cost” a strange concept to you? Feel free to share your ideas concerning that as well. We are on this creative road together.

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                         Be

                                      Free

                      To

                                            Worship

                      As

                                       You

                            Were

                                                Created!


 

I am going through two books right now. Tidbits from each one will be helping us walk the path in becoming Free-er as a creative artist and as a person. The titles are : The CREATIVE CALL  by Janice Elsheimer and A MILLION LITTLE WAYS by Emily P. Freeman.


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BE FREE TO WORSHIP AS YOU WERE CREATED!

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That is the by- line that ends all these posts. When you come to my writer’s Facebook page, you are greeted with this encouraging phrase.  I need to ask you an important question.  Can you  truly walk in this freedom when you don’t recognize the barriers, lies, or labels you   knowingly or unknowingly take on keeping you inside an invisible cage?

 33 Exalted to the right hand of God, he has received from the Father the promised Holy Spirit and has poured out what you now see and hear.  Acts 2:33 NIV

The Holy Spirit has poured out to all who have ears to hear and eyes to see and a desire to express the heart of God.

If we are willing to recognize this as truth,  what keeps us from freely flowing  creatively  from His Heart?

This year (2018) I want to  delve  into some  areas:  the chains, labels lies keeping you from being all your heart cries out to be. Please don’t expect complete answers, but the questions I have asked myself were ones I did not even know existed. These questions have opened doors to freedom in my life which have affected my creativity and worship.

Your response to this may be, ” I don’t have a problem with my creativity.  I flow very easily, very freely.”  That’s great. We are all cut from different molds.  A chain surrounding me might be nothing more than a simple thread around someone else’s finger.

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My approach my seem emotional as I am a Type 4 from the Enneagram Study

The Sensitive, Introspective Type:
Expressive, Dramatic, Self-Absorbed, and Temperamental1

Worship is living. A creative cannot have a separate life from their creative worship. Our lives are a sweet incense offered in love and joy to the One who loves us beyond the galaxies. What limits this exuberant joyful type of living and relating  between you and the Father? That free, deep, intimate relationship  will be revealed through your creative expression.IMG_0701img_1518

Come and join the discussion. What labels have you taken on?  Has life grabbed you in a chaotic fashion so you do not take the time to hear God’s voice. God put wonderful gifts in each of us.  He blessed us with creative delights to enjoy and  to pour through us. Slow down and take time to see what He is saying.

This process is painful at times.  There are labels we have become very comfortable wearing. Were there choices we made or ones made for us that were not in our  best interest.? Challenges and growth may be necessary if we are serious about expressing God’s heart in the manner a little voice has always been telling us, (but we have denied).

I am looking forward to discovering where God is leading us. I believe He will take our hand down a path where junk can be discarded so when January 2019 comes around we will:

BE FREE (er) TO WORSHIP AS WE WERE CREATED!

The heart of a creative is willing to listen and allow God to move within that person however God desires. How does your life reflect this truth? What you are wanting to say through your art cannot help but reflect the truth of what you are wanting to say through your life. Enjoy a new year of discovery where you allow God to touch and release you in both areas. 🙂

 

Free to worship


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This Little Gift

The Magi slowly lumbered toward the stable. A shining star led them to the quiet Jpeg

little stable.

The animals swayed back and forth as if to an inner rhythm. The men themselves looked grander than anything ever seen in this area before.  The caravan was filled with unique sounds and smells.

 

  • Bells jingling from ornate blankets strewn  across three huge camels, each carrying one of the royal visitors.
  • Pack animals of various sizes loaded  with food supplies unrecognizable to this land.
  • One  designated beast carried  special cargo. The Gifts! A box of precious gold. The oil of frankincense is in an exotic container. The aroma of myrrh can be detected from a third beautifully crafted pot.

 

The Magi traveled a  great distance for one purpose!

TO WORSHIP AND ADORE THE BABY!

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Another visitor to the stable that night is  referred to in a certain Christmas carol, although his story maybe fictional.   For the purpose of this post, I am taking poetic license.  😃

 

Picture a small boy about ten years of age.  In contrast to the Magi’s  royal finery,  this boy’s garb is ragged.   Jacob (my name for the boy),  is attending the sheep with other shepherds on a still quiet evening.  Suddenly the sky opens.  Hosts of angels unable to contain themselves,  explode in joy.  ” Come Adore The Newborn King! Join us in the celebration.” (Angels We Have Heard On High.)

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In obedience to the angels’ words, Jacob and the other shepherds go to the manger..

 

Upon arriving, Jacob could not believe his eyes. The huge beasts, their odd noises, the numbers in the caravan caused Jacob to stare. He saw three men in royal robes, with  exquisite gifts humbly ask if they may enter the stable to see the Baby. The Mother and Father nod.   In reverence, the men  slowly entered, knelt and worshiped.

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Jacob’s shoulders sagged. What did he have to offer the this Special  Baby?  Jacob only had his small  drum. He was very poor.  At night, when the sheep were restless, he played and sang.  Jacob’s quiet voice  and soft drumming had a peaceful,  soothing effect  against the anxieties of the day for both sheep and shepherd.  This little gift was God’s gift in him.

 

“I have nothing to share as these  royal gifts. The men are dressed so elegantly.  They are dressed fit for a King. Their gifts are fit for a King. I am small, poorly dressed boy. I would dearly love to worship this wonderful Baby, but I don’t feel worthy. I will peek in and then leave”. Jacob sadly resolved.  His heart was heavy..

 

The animals began to cause a commotion outside the stable. The journey took its toll.   Beasts and the attendees were tired and hungry.  The chaos outside made it  difficult for the baby to fall asleep. The smells were different than the ones in the stable. Too much noise.  The young mother was still uncertain how to  handle a baby. Nothing prepared her for this.

 

Jacob  walked closer to the stable as he dared to peek inside. Tentatively,  he asked the wearied  young mother,” Shall I play for Him on my drum?”

 

The Baby’s mother looked up and nodded. Jacob entered past the sheep and cows to the where the baby lay.  He swung the drum to the front of his small body and drew out two wooden sticks. As  Jacob looked at the Baby, his heart filled. The simple tune he offered were a perfect lullaby so filled with love.  Jacob received a warm smile from The Baby just before the  tiny eyelids finally closed into restful slumber.

The Little Gift Jacob gave to the baby  was God’s Gift  in  Jacob.
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http://www.songlyrics.com/christmas-carols/little-drummer-boy-lyrics/

Comparing  my writing, the number of likes, how big, or creative other blogs are, causes me to to see through a skewed lens possibly even  a dirty one. If I compare, I do not look at another gift through the lens of “what a glorious beautiful offering” or “what can I learn to improve my blessing”.?

 

Destruction to myself and a loss to the world comes when I weigh my gifts  the same way Jacob weighed his gift to the gifts of the Magi.  Jacob saw the beautiful, colorful, expensive  items and smelled the wonderful aromatic gifts beside the baby.   He looked at his drum. The pain in his heart at the smallness of his offering  caused him to reject his gift. “ It is not good enough!” Jacob’s heart moaned.  Jacob  compared through a worldly lens instead of  looking through God’s lens.

 

God created wonderful gifts in each of us. How do you see your gift? Do you see other  writers,  painters,  creators bringing a gift to the manger  that look far more developed and advanced than yours?  Has the enemy lied to you saying your gift really has no value to anyone so why continue?  As you compare to others, have you chosen not even bring your gift to the altar? Are you negating  opportunities  to express His heart and bless others.?

 

Allow yourself to go past the limitations  keeping your gift from flowing.

 

Take time to go slow. Reflect in the joy and simplicity of Our Savior.

 

Follow the star to the manger.JpegIMG_2677  Reflect on the words of the angels to come and adore Him  with the gifts in your heart.

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Be

Free

To

Worship

As

You

Were

Created!

 

Merry Christmas!!


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Joy To The World

HE rules the world with truth and grace and makes the nations prove the glories of His Righteousness and the Wonders of His Love.
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The time comes to us every Christmas where we are free to proclaim the reality of Jesus’ authority, even though He came to earth as a soft,  unobtrusive baby. The Son of God,  who set the prisoner free and restored righteousness to the world was born in a stable and wrapped in swaddling clothes.
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It is so easy to become trapped, caught up in the whirlwind of  the season? Do you forget  to BREATHE?  Does the  season end up  becoming  another “to do item” on a long list of comparing or wanting to please?

The angels burst out that night in a GLORIA IN EXCELSIS DEO  (Latin for “Glory to God in the highest”) across the sky for those who had ears to hear. They could not keep quiet for the sheer excitement of what was taking place for mankind. We can enjoy the same experience, if we take the gift offered to us with open hearts and receive.

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Go slow.

Grab a cup of something warm, light a candle and blissfully enjoy your favorite worship-filled Christmas hymns. Open your mind and heart as if they were physical hands to receive the message being shared.

OH HOLY NIGHT, WHEN CHRIST WAS BORN!


Enjoy God’s Gift!
Joy to the World

BE

FREE

TO

WORSHIP

AS

YOU

WERE

CREATED!