Matthew 4:4 Watercolor

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This piece was created as a memory aid for our youth group.

In Matthew 4, Jesus is tempted by Satan. Matthew 4:4 contains Jesus’ response to the temptation to create bread to satisfy His hunger – a hunger cultivated over 40 days of fasting. At this crucial time, where Jesus turns is significant. He aims His heart and mind to the Words of God. Matthew 4:4 reminds us of the sufficiency of God’s Word. We have been given everything we need for life and godliness through the true knowledge of Him (2 Peter 1:3). God is not unknowable. He has mercifully revealed Himself to us in His Word and He has provided a way for us to boldly approach His throne. That Way is Jesus. Jesus’ righteousness can be ours if we submit to His lordship (Romans 10:9-10).

Jesus then becomes our Mediator. Our High Priest. And He is a high priest who understands temptation and made it through without sin so we can boldly approach God’s throne.

 Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens—Jesus the Son of God—let us hold fast to the confession. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tested in every way as we are, yet without sin. Therefore let us approach the throne of grace with boldness, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us at the proper time. – Hebrews 4:14-16 HCSB

Prints of this original artwork are available here.



Send the Light Bible Cover

There’s a call comes ringing o’er the restless wave, “Send the light! Send the light!” There are souls to rescue, there are souls to save, Send the light! Send the light!

Send the light, the blessed Gospel light; Let it shine from shore to shore! Send the light, the blessed Gospel light; Let it shine forevermore!

From “Send the Light” by Charles H. Gabriel

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This song brings images to my mind. Images of old-school missionaries homesteading on foreign soil. I see men in khaki pants and dark-rimmed glasses and women sporting skirts with sneakers and hair buns. I picture odd juxtapositions of cultures like peering through the window of a thatch-roofed hut to see a flowered cotton tablecloth under a white porcelain collider. Or plaid cotton shirts brushing against jungle foliage as they hang from a clothesline strung between two palms.

Such cultural transplants still happen. As I write this a dear sister in Christ prepares to pack her own “trunk” and head into the unknown culture of Papua New Guinea with her husband and three little ones. But missions have changed. A missionary is no longer just a foreigner. No longer just a cultural transplant. Missions work is being done by indigenous people all over the world.

It makes sense. If the believers are to be “witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth” (Acts 1:8 HCSB), then wherever Christians are, the Gospel should be shared. Many believers worldwide are focused on evangelizing in their “Jerusalems” and “Judeas.”steeplehousestudio Send the Light Bible cover details

The Light of the Gospel is being spread on the continent of Africa in this way. The Conservative Grace Brethren Churches International (CGBCI) has been working to help the church in Africa grow under men of God who were born and raised among the people they shepherd. They know the language, they know the culture, and they know the Gospel. They have asked for more training. These men desire to fulfill the Great Commission from Matthew 28:19-20. They want to share the Gospel in their country and teach people to observe all that Jesus commanded.

You can help. A portion of each sale of my “Send the Light” Bible cover (pictured below) will go to aid the spread of the Gospel and the equipping of believers in Africa. Click here to learn more about the CGBCI’s work in Africa. If you want to purchase a cover, click here to visit my shop or click the images.

This cover can be made in a richly textured linen/cotton blend (pictured) or a deep indigo denim. A vibrant African textile creates a growing ray of color across the cover’s surface and the continent of Africa is embroidered in the corner. The cover features a back pocket, spine pen pocket, and inside flap pocket.


Bunker Gear Bible Covers – Now In Stock

Bunker Gear Bible Cover Style One
Bunker Gear Bible Cover Style One

I hadn’t anticipated receiving requests for these Bible covers after I sold out around Christmas time. Fortunately, I have received some more retired bunker gear and these Bible covers are now in stock once more.

Bunker Gear Bible Cover Style Two
Bunker Gear Bible Cover Style Two

Two styles are available. They both feature retired veteran bunker gear. Because this gear has been used by a working fireman, some wear and stains should be expected. Do think of these things as flaws. Think of them as battle scars.

Gear varies in appearance and wear so when you order one, yours may vary slightly from the ones pictured here.

I make these covers to fit your Bible so work begins after the order is placed. Learn more about Style One here and learn more about Style Two here.







Bunker Gear Bible Cover Style Two

Bunker Gear Bible Cover Style Two

In response to continued requests for the orginal Bunker Gear Bible Cover, I designed this cover. It also features worn, battle scarred bunker gear, grey canvas, and embroidered firefighters’ cross. It’s a bit more streamlined and looks sharp with a last name embroidered in the upper right corner.

A slim pocket on the front is a great spot to stash pens and the pocket on the back comes in handy as well. This cover is fully lined with cotton fabric.

Click the photo above or click here to order one.

Bunker Gear Bible Cover Style One

The original.

Bunker Gear Bible Cover Style One

This cover was designed at the request of my brother-in-law the firefighter. It features retired bunker gear, grey canvas, metal clasp, and embroidered firefighter cross. This cover is fully lined and includes a pen holder and back pocket.

Because this cover features veteran fire gear, expect worn spots, tears, and stains – or battle scars as I like to call them.

Click the photo above or click here to order one.


Rough Wood Textured Bible Cover

The alligator-like texture of charred wood is fascinating. Its deep fissures are sobering proof that something has been irreversibly altered. Fire turning wood to ashy dust.

This texture inspired the embroidery on my Rough Wood Textured Bible Cover. As I worked on designing the embroidery, I noticed that some of the cracks formed little crosses. When I filled in a small section with red, a cross peered out amid the chaos. So poignant. So apt. Because that’s just what the Gospel does.

We are irreversibly altered by sin. We have deep wounds and hurts. We are surrounded by noise and chaos. But there is hope. At the cross, Jesus paid for those sins that mare us. There He was wounded for our healing. And there He took the punishment so we can have peace with God in this chaos. This is said so beautifully in the book of Isaiah.

But He was pierced because of our transgressions,
crushed because of our iniquities;
punishment for our peace was on Him,
and we are healed by His wounds. Isaiah 53:5 (HCSB)