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Against The Wind

When Peter saw the Savior walking on the water he cried out, "Lord…bid me come unto thee."

"Come." was all He said.

Filled with faith, Peter stepped from the safety of the boat on to the stormy sea. But as the winds picked up and the waves grew stronger Peter’s faith turned to fear. As he began to sink, Peter cried out, "Lord, save me."

Two thousand years later, Christ is still calling to us. As we step from the safety of self-reliance on to the stormy seas of discipleship, like Peter we pray, "Lord, save me."

With perfect calmness He stills the winds of our doubt, reaches down from heaven and saves us.

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All Were Satisfied

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Blind Man Sketch

Too often we look at others and pass judgment that they brought on themselves their problems. The disciples upon seeing the blind man asked "Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind?"

Jesus answered, "Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him." The Savior then healed his physical blindness. The Pharisees soon questioned the man trying to force him to deny the miracle and the divinity of the Savior. When he would not, they cast him out.

Then comes my favorite part of the story where Jesus, as He does with all of us, heals the spiritual blindness, "…he said unto him, Dost thou believe on the Son of God?...Who is he, Lord, that I might believe on him? And Jesus said unto him, Thou hast both seen him, and it is he that talketh with thee. And he said, Lord, I believe. And he worshipped him." – John 9

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Changing Water Into Wine

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Get Thee Hence, Satan

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He Anointed The Eyes

In this painting, Rane emphasizes the actual healing process rather than who is performing the miracle. The focus is upon the two sets of hands: Christ's lovingly stretched forth in tenderness, the blind man's twisted and anxious while being healed, thereby capturing the blind man's hope of being released from a pitiable condition. Rane used sandpaper to scrub out the background to eliminate distractions so the viewer focuses on the two main figures.

Original: oil, 20 x 35 inches, 1991.

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Healing Hands

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I Am The Resurrection

In the story of Lazarus, Martha tells the Lord he is too late and her brother has already died. Christ reassures her that her brother will rise again. She replies, "I know that he shall rise again in the resurrection at the last day." With perfect clarity he declares, "I am the resurrection." – John 11

For most of us the thought of death is far distant, but for those whose trials come through physical illness and disability the reminders of mortality are not easily ignored. For them, and for my son, I pray the Savior will come quickly and bring the promised resurrection and an end to their pain.

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It Is I: Be Not Afraid

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Lamb Of God

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Lord, I Believe

“Lord, I Believe”

This painting has special meaning to me. My son was diagnosed with diabetes when he was seven years old. I have watched the disease ravage his body always knowing in the back of my mind that one day it would overtake him, I just didn’t know it would be so soon. When I heard that his eyesight was failing my heart sank. I pleaded with the Lord asking for more time. I wanted desperately for him to see his children grow up.

As I painted this piece I was reminded that although the Lord does not always give us the answers we beg for, He does give us the eyes to see. There are times it feels like He leaves us reaching in the darkness, not sure of the ending. Yet even in our spiritual blindness we feel His hands, holding on to us, healing us. And with new eyes we see Him more clearly and know that even though the miracles may not come as we expect, they will come.

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Peace Be Still

"And He arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace be Still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm."- Mark 4:39

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Peace! Be Still!

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Raising Lazurus From The Dead

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Ten Lepers

"And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, and with a loud voice glorified God, And fell down on his face at his feet, giving him thanks: and he was a Samaritan. And Jesus answering said, Were there not ten cleansed? but where are the nine? There are not found that returned to give glory to God, save this stranger. And he said unto him, Arise, go thy way: thy faith hath made thee whole." Luke 17:15-19 As he did with The Widow´s Mite, James Christensen interprets one of the Bible´s more powerful stories and presents us with an image of elegance, grace and beauty. At the same time he engages us in one of the higher promises of art: provoking thought. In fact, the art of reflection is at the core of the painting´s message. The Ten Lepers were a group of men cured of their disease through one of Christ´s miracles. Their tattered wrappings suggest what was, until this moment, their illness. Of the ten, nine are too preoccupied celebrating their new lease on life to think of anything else, much yet thank him. The tenth, at this moment, grasps truly what has occurred. He is the only one that returns to acknowledge the Master. This image provides an inspiring reminder to take a moment from our fast-paced world and reflect on what we have to be thankful for. And, just as importantly, to take the time to show this gratitude.

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Trust In The Lord

She was considered “unclean” and forced to stay away from others. This means for twelve years she had not had so much as a hug. She knew the risk of going out into public. If discovered she could have been stoned to death.

Yet her faith led her forward. She had heard of the Savior and the miracles He had already performed. She reached for the Savior with faith that He could heal her, and he did.

This is not so different than each of us. We spend our time on this earth apart from our heavenly home, longing for the company of our Father. We venture into the unknown with little more than hope that the Savior that He can heal our pains. Like this quiet sister we reach for Him, and catching hold of Him we too are healed.

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Why Weepest Thou?

How fitting that one of His most devout disciples was the first to see him after He had risen. Mary Magdalene knew Him well. She had followed Him throughout His ministry and loved Him deeply, yet in her grief she didn’t recognize Him. Was it her tears that blurred her recognition? Perhaps it took a moment to recognize Him because of the glory of his resurrected body. We don’t know.

Aren’t we all a bit like Mary? When we struggle the most, we are reluctant to look up and see His face and let Him bring us peace and comfort and direction. Possibly one of the greatest lessons we can learn in life is to know He is there and to go to Him immediately.

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