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I’ve been reminded recently that I really don’t have enough of the Word of God in my heart. So last week I committed to memory 5 verses, and I wanted to write them down somewhere so I wouldn’t forget what I worked on.

Monday
“Therefore, I urge you brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to Him — this is your spiritual act of worship.”
“그러므로 형제들아, 내가 하나님의 모든 자비하심으로 권하노니, 너희 몸을 하나님이 기뻐하시는 거룩한 산 제사로드리라. 이는 너희 드릴 영적 예배니라.”
– Romans 12:1

Tuesday
“Because He Himself suffered when He was tempted, He is able to help those who are being tempted.”
“자기가 시험 받아 고난을 당하셨은즉, 시험받는 자들을 능히 도우시느니라”
Hebrews 2:18

Wednesday
“For Christ died for sins, once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring us to God. He was put to death in the flesh but made alive in the Spirit.”
“그리스도께서도 한 번 죄를 위하여 죽으사, 의인으로서 불의한 자를 대신하셨으니, 이는 우리를 하나님 앞으로 인도하려 하심이라. 육체로는 죽임을 당하시고, 영으로는 살리심을 받으셨으니.”
1 Peter 3:18

Thursday
“Therefore, my dear brothers, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.”
“그러므로 내 사랑하는 형제들아, 견고하며 흔들리지 말며 항상 주의 일에 더욱 힘쓰는 자들이 되라, 이는 너휘 수고가 주 안에서 헛되지 않을 줄 앎이니라.”
1 Corinthians 15:58

Friday
“I am not ashamed of the Gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile.”
“내가 복음을 부끄러워하지 아니하노니, 이 복음은 모든 믿는 자에게 구원을 주시는 하나님의 능력이 됨이라. 첫째는 유대인에게요 또한 헬라인에게로다.”
Romans 1:16

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I thought this illustration deserved a quick blog post. Last year, I took an Intro to Illustration course out of a desire to develop my craft and immerse myself in a new creative environment (The course did not offer any credit, unfortunately :/). Admittedly, I was somewhat disappointed because I was expecting to learn specific drawing techniques, but the course was focused more on the process of illustration from idea to execution. One of the lessons I’m proud to have learned is to appreciate illustration in all forms. There was a part of me that had always felt that “true” illustration had to be hand drawn from start to finish, and I do think that in the design community there is a bit of pride associated with fully hand-drawn artwork.

While I fully appreciate the meticulousness and skill that goes into a fully hand-drawn artwork, through this course I found a new personal freedom of expression that allowed me to create this piece you see here. It is a mix of hand-drawn icons,  digitally-generated icons, and digital texture and lighting effects. I think the result is a really compelling artwork that meshes that illustrated look with a pop of realism (by the way, I am a BIG fan of this kind of stuff: http://colinhesterly.com)

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On a side note, I think I’m due for a professional rebranding of my identity. I can feel my tastes moving towards this intersection between straight-edged, Swiss-inspired design and something more expressive and tangible. Stay tuned, world…

In the pinch of the campaign up there, when everybody seemed panic-stricken, and nobody could tell what was going to happen, oppressed by the gravity of our affairs, I went to my room one day, and I locked the door, and got down on my knees before Almighty God, and prayed to Him mightily for victory at Gettysburg. I told Him that this was His war, and our cause His cause, but we couldn’t stand another Fredericksburg or Chancellorsville. And I then and there made a solemn vow to Almighty God, that if He would stand by our boys at Gettysburg, I would stand by Him. And He did stand by your boys, and I will stand by Him. And after that (I don’t know how it was, and I can’t explain it), soon a sweet comfort crept into my soul that God Almighty had taken the whole business into his own hands and that things would go all right at Gettysburg.

Abraham Lincoln, in 1863, when asked about the Battle at Gettysburg