The title of this site comes from Ephesians 2:8-10, but it especially focuses on the word “workmanship” found in verse 10, “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.” The word for “workmanship” has a rich meaning, that can refer to any type of creative work. So, like a painter with his painting, a sculptor with his statue, or a writer with his poem, so God invests in us until we are a masterpiece He loves and treasures. This site celebrates the creation God is making us to be and seeks to help us learn how to live the second half of that verse out: to step out faithfully into all the good works God has planned in advance for us.
I’m Stephen Ritchie. I recently graduated Messiah College with his English Bachelors Degree with a concentration in writing. Throughout my time in college it stood out to me how Jesus taught through metaphors and parables, and how God’s primary way to communicate with His people is through a story, the Bible. Since then I have felt called to help others come to know God in a deeper way through my writing. I work as a middle school English and Bible teacher at a Calvary Chapel School.
This portion of our blog is looking to God’s word for how we can be disciples of Christ who are committed daily. Life as it is can be crazy, let alone adding the reality of a spiritual battle being waged alongside the physical events we witness more easily every day. It can seem overwhelming, near impossible, to find a way to be faithful disciples in every area of our lives, not just when in church. Yet that is what being a disciple who daily takes up their cross requires. So, this blog is devoted to seeking God’s guidance in how to live in certain common situations, and how we as Christians should respond to the events the world is facing. We hear so much advice from so many voices, but the one voice we need is God’s still small voice. The best place to hear it, is from the Bible.
Every Knee Will Bow
Nowadays, we are blessed with access to many great stories, from many genres, both in books and movies. However, many of these can have themes and messages either contrary to Biblical truth, or a twisting or tainting of it. Are we as Christians supposed to disregard, or not enjoy secular books and movies? I don’t think that is the answer, however, Christians should appreciate film and literature in a unique way than the world does. Augustine, a founder of Christian thought, believed that Christians should search for the truth in secular philosophy and art. He compares it to how the Israelites took gold and silver idols from Egypt, and repurposed them, some of it even becoming the silver and gold that would be used in the building of the tabernacle. This portion of the blog will help us learn Biblical truths by examining well-known books and movies. It will be an exercise in taking every thought captive and looking ahead to a day when every tongue will proclaim and every knee bow before Christ as Lord.
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