Painting as a Form of Worship

by Margaret Fischer

Painting as a Form of Worship

 
Take a moment with me.
Sit back a second and reflect on the character of God.
Consider who He is; what He has done.
Ponder His love for you.
Now answer this question, “What does that look like?” Not in words, rather in a picture.
What does He LOOK like?
 
Worship is the feeling or expression of adoration and reverence to God. These feelings or expressions can come out in many different ways. Most often we see it in words through song in church on Sunday morning. Worship is also mentioned in the Bible through bowing, shouting, dancing, and playing musical instruments.
 
One of the ways that I choose to worship is through art. The very first sentence in the Bible is, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” God is the ultimate creator; the original artist. And we, the culmination of creation. We not only see the beauty of His creation all around us, but we see it in His word. Just read the detailed instructions for the tabernacle, the place God would dwell with the Israelites (Exodus 25-27). It was ornate and majestic.
 
When I use art to worship, I first spend time in prayer and in the Word. I contemplate the things He is showing me; the truths I am learning and living in. And then I turn those thoughts and emotions into colors and pictures. Sometimes my paintings are of specific things (I paint a lot of trees), but a lot of time it is abstract colors and shapes. Regardless of what ends up coming out on the canvas (He’s not expecting you to recreate the tabernacle), the important part is the process. It’s about the time spent with your heart turned towards the Lord, loving Him, worshiping Him.
 
“Declare His glory among the nations, his marvelous deeds among the people. For great is the Lord and most worthy of praise … the Lord made the heavens.” 1 Chronicles 16: 24-26


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Kevin Rusack – The Father Heart of God

by Nichole Anderson

At the end of each year, we ask our students which teachings really impacted them. One answer we hear continually is Kevin Rusack’s (founder of Kairos) talk on The Father Heart of God. This year we asked some of our students to briefly tell us what they had learned. Here are their responses.
 
“For me to say that this teaching about the Father Heart of God was good would be an understatement. The truth is that God used it to change my thoughts and beliefs about who God is as my Father. In turn, that has changed my life. I look back to see how I compared my earthly father to my Heavenly Father. Although that’s not always bad, I now realize how false of a picture that can be at times. I now view my Heavenly Father as completely different than my father on earth in many ways. He’s the perfect Father, holy, and always desiring me to draw into intimacy with him. My Father is so personal and relational with me and that is constant. He was highly intentional in choosing me to be His child. Even the simple truth of Him being inclined to me despite my unworthiness and feelings of inadequacy at times, has been a new profound reality to me. I am incredibly thankful for the impact that God made on me through the teaching of the Father Heart of God!”
 
“Before Kairos, the Father Heart of God was never something that I really thought about or understood. After learning about the Father Heart of God, my view of my Heavenly Father is so much richer than before. I understand better now how God sees us. He is inclined to us, He delights in us, He wants to spend time with us, and He likes us. God didn’t begrudgingly save me only to keep me at arm’s length, but He adopted me so that He could call me His own. He delights not because of anything that I do but because of who He is. I feel like these truths have brought me closer to God by helping me to better understand in my heart who God is and how He thinks about me. I never have to feel like I have to work for His love or fight for His attention. He is my perfect father, and He is always there for me.”
 
“The teaching on the Father Heart of God was both eye opening and rewarding As we learn God has ultimately adopted us through the sacrifice of his son Jesus Christ, it paints the foundation of the biblical understanding of God’s first love. When God created Adam and Eve in Genesis, we fell short of the glory of God. We fell into an individualized mentality that subjects God’s divine will in a conniving way. What’s more fascinating about His love is His sacrificial love. He continues to pursue us in adoption. As we were deep in our sin, and we so deserved the crucifixion God said, “No I will send my son because I want you.” The Father Heart of God is the ultimate picture of God’s character. He loves us!”
 
“I realized how much God delights in me. I am fully known by Him, and He likes me! I know that He really cares about me. God will take care of me and provide what I need. Therefore, I can confidently expect the best, and I can seek and delight in Him as well. I know that His love precedes performance: I don’t need to prove anything to Him. Thus, I can choose to do things with God and not for God. The biggest take away for me would be this: ‘I know that I am loved, adopted forgiven and free, and that I have nothing else to prove.”
 
“Kevin Rusack spoke on the Father Heart of God. I took his teaching to heart. Seeing God as the Father is not my common mindset. I used to think of God as being the condescending judge that will scrutinize every action. This is a horrible representation of how the Father sees His children. When He looks at us, He doesn’t see a criminal awaiting conviction. Instead, God sees His perfect son Jesus when He gazes upon us even though we are impure. Not only does the Father love us, He likes us and enjoys us as His children. All we must do is accept His love.”


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Meet Nate!

by Grace Horst

Kairos’ Student Highlight – Meet Nate (Minneapolis)!


 
What is one way you’ve seen yourself change this past year at Kairos?
 
“One way I’ve really changed is maturing in my faith and really being a better leader. I feel like I’ve been led well here at Kairos, and I feel like I’m better equipped now to lead others.”
 
What is one thing that has helped in your leadership development?
 
“One thing was the Boundary Waters trip that we just got back from. That really helped me see what a leader has to do, how they prepare things, etc.. I feel like after that trip I gained a ton of respect for leaders that are leading me – seeing all the behind the scenes stuff of what happens. I appreciate and respect them much more now that I’ve seen all that they do.”
 
What has been the primary theme of what God has been teaching you this year?
 
“Something I’ve really learned is how we have to have our desires after God. We can’t live our faith without Him. We can’t try to do it on our own. We have to truly just want God more than the things of the world to be able to live out our faith. With the things that our sinful nature wants, we really have to want God more than those things. I’ve been convicted with that more this year than I ever have. Am I loving God more than the things of the world? So, that’s something I’m really going to take away from this year.”
 
Now that you are about to graduate, what are you most looking forward to outside of Kairos?
 
“[I’m] looking to disciple. I feel like I’ve been discipled through this whole season. I just feel like discipling others is something I’m really excited for – just being able to use what I’ve learned to be able to teach others. One of the scripture verses talks about now that you’ve heard all the teachings, now go out and teach others what God has already commanded us. That’s something that has just really stuck with me, and I think I will really take away from the year as well.”


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