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Tuesday 28 November 2023


Elisabeth Owen - Epitaph to her Son - Harcourt Owen 1899 - 1918

 Harcourt Owen 1899 - 1918

For Rembrance Sunday - A poem by a mother, Elizabeth Owen whose son died during the 1914-18 war.
My heart is filled with longing
For my beloved boy.
My Benjamin of the family
He was my help and joy.
Yes Harcourt was well loved by all
So full of life and fun
Just nineteen years scarce saw he
Before his task was done.
Who nobly laid his young life down
Willing to do his share.
He counted not the awful cost
His country for to spare.
And now he is with Jesus
His life’s sand quickly run
Just help me from my heart to say
Dear Lord thy will be done.
Life’s course nobly run
Last task nobly done.
The above poem was found written inside a presentation book - A Dictionary Of Eminent Welshmen 1700-1900, presented to Harcourt Owen in 1911 at Glandwr CE School, Llanidloes, Wales. Sadly, Harcourt was later to die in what became known as the Great War, 20 June 1918, France, he was just 19 years of age. It is an extremely poignant poem. Most war poetry was made by soldiers, so this is very rare to find something from the perspective of a mother. So for this years Rembrance Sunday, I decided to make a picture about this as it sums up so much. It made me think about Harcourts, mother, Elisabeth.....and maybe she was even there that day the book was presented, so I sketched the presentaton and placed her sitting there in the foreground, clapping. Books have special meaning so for this to be written inside on the flyleaf, it must have been very special indeed....with so many memories, a tribute and prayer and also some kind of closure. There is very little information and no photos of Harcourt, although Harcourt does have a service record, his regiment was the 2/5th Lancashire Fusiliers. There are no known living relatives, but maybe the poem and picture will find a connection and jog someones memory.

The very beautiful and poignant epitaph, was indeed surprising to find........may well have been unseen for years. A mother's grief buried in her son`s school presentation book... I wonder if the family knew of this? ....when older people pass away, their books can hold so much - as in this case. Elisabeth Owen must have kept that book by her when she had the difficult task of going through her deceased sons belongings. - the book must have meant so much, and most likely she sat during the book presentation at school, and of course we can only imagine all the memories that accompany this.

Thomas Harcourt Owens parents - David and Elisabeth Owen

Friday 24 March 2023


The Grace and Glory Clock

The Grace and Glory Clock.

Designed by C. M. Clarke.

Another fascinating old picture, this one called the Grace and Glory Clock. I am trying to date this but so little information about it and its designer. But must be close to when Charles H Spurgeon passed away, as there is reference to the late CH Spurgeon in the explanation that goes with the picture. I thought the reference to Holy Hands on the clock face was very original, in fact there is much to recommend and to like about this thought provoking clock. Full of scripture references, we can only summise the designer must have spent many happy and blessed hours meditating with his Bible and listening to the tick tock of an old grandfather clock. These old clocks may have gone out of fashion, but the message of this clock is right up to date, in fact all other clocks do well to be adjusted to the Grace and Glory Clock... a clock which tells the correct time at all times of our life even better than the Royal Observatory in Greenwich, London. Because the Grace and Glory Clock tells us how to be ready not just for time, but Eternity. I include the explanation text below for anyone interested:


The design of this Clock is to exhibit in a brief, simple, and pictorial manner the plan of Salvation; also that it may serve as a spiritual gauge by which the Believer may test his experience in the Divine Life, and illustrate the wealth of God's grace in man's redemption from grace to glory.
Observe, then, first of all. The door once closed and barred against the Lord Jesus, now flung wide open to Him Who for years had been standing by and saying : " Behold, I stand at the door and knock." Here is represented the complete and absolute surrender of the will to God. When this is done, the old deceitful heart of sin and unbelief is taken away, and through faith in the Blood of His Cross, God gives A Clean Heart, also imparting to the soul a Peace which passeth all understanding, together with a joy unspeakable and full of glory. No longer self-centred, but moving with compassion towards the perishing sons of men, ticks its solemn message. The time is short. Therefore, Now is the Day of Salvation and - After Death, the Judgment.

But that it keeps correct time, going neither too fast, by reason of the flesh and fanaticism, nor too slow, through indifference and sluggishness, it is essential it be weighted on one side by the Spirit of God, and on the other side by the Word of God.
Then, as it is kept wound up with the key of Prayer and Praise, does it Redeem the Time by Gathering up the Fragments that nothing be lost.
Next, note, though the works are invisible, yet they are working, as seen in the finger pointing out the way of happiness by Searching the Scriptures.
So is the Christian's life hidden with Christ in God, and with Paul can testify,
Christ liveth in me, not only to keep the heart and life clean, but to make the hands holy, that they may point the unsaved to the Lamb of God which taketh away the sin of the world.
It will be observed that time advances from I to XII (the midnight hour). Printed on the dial between the hours are gospel texts for the child of God to mark his growth in grace, and to see how near he is approaching in spiritual stature to Christ Jesus, Who is the Rose of Sharon, the Lily of the Valley, and the Light of the World.
If conscious of defeat and failure, let him seek with a contrite heart the power of the Holy Spirit, who, under the form of a Dove, is nigh at hand to bless with all grace and empower with all might. The believer, filled with His Presence, will become a Pillar of Strength and Beauty in the Church on earth, and afterwards a Pillar in the Church Triumphant.
Behold the Riches of His Grace in those glorious words by which the late C. H. Spurgeon was converted to God. "Look unto Me, and be ye saved." Be sure, reader, not to look to anything or anyone for salvation, save Jesus only. Then you will realize that God is Love to save, keep, and bless. Also, God is Light—to guide and protect through this wilderness. Lastly, at the bottom of the clock is a Fountain, and from it is springing up clear, living water to quench and satisfy the thirst of the drooping and dying. Here is a type of Him Who said, and is still saying : "If any man thirst, let him come unto Me and drink."
Connected with the Fountain of Life is the last but wonderful invitation given in the Bible to the sinner to be saved. Note the 3 Comes, with that all-embracing word Whosoever. Full, deep, rich, overflowing grace is here writ large, that none may despair of Mercy.
Grace to save the vilest, Grace to keep the weakest, Grace in plenty or poverty, Grace in trial and temptation; Grace, free, sovereign Grace, all the way from earth to heaven, till glory shall end what Grace has begun. See that no man take thy Crown.
Good Reader, Where will you spend Eternity ? Heaven or Hell ? Choose you THIS DAY whom ye will serve.

Wednesday 26 October 2022


Just as I am - Charlotte Elliott


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An old picture, faded and forgotten from 1876, what a joy to restore! - It illustrates the text of the famous hymn "Just as I am" by Charlotte Elliott. (1789 - 1871) with scripture -"Him that cometh unto me I will in no wise cast out." John 6:37 Charlotte Elliott's background was of a wealthy evangelical family, and was highly educated and refined. Her maternal grandfather, was the Rev. Henry Venn of the famous evangelical Clapham Sect. Even with growing up with such a an adult she had become a popular member of a social circle where religion was not mentioned. She was a writer of humerous verse and a gifted portrait artist. But 32 years of age her health broke down so severely, she faced a very different future. Now distant from worldly friends and influence, faced with the challenges of her health - the need of the Saviour and the Gospel came into sharp focus. During this time a Rev. Dr Cesar Malan of Geneva, came to visit her father's home, and while there Charlotte met Dr Cesar Malan, and during conversation the Dr asked her whether she was at peace with God?" The story goes she was not too pleased with this line of question and resented it. But some days later Charlotte returned to Dr Cesar Malan, and apologised, she had wanted to make her life clean first before becoming a Christian. At which Dr Malan replied "Come just as you are," and that day Charlotte committed her life to Christ. The story how Charlotte came to Christ, later resulted in this amazing Hymn being written. and the rest as one would say - is history. Translated into many languages it has gone throughout the world, and when Charlotte Elliott passed away a great many letters were found in her home, which had been sent from those who over the years had gratefully acknowledged how the words of this hymn was instrumental in their own profession of faith and coming to Christ. Her illness and physical weakness continued throughout her life, which prevented her from doing much more than stay home......but Charlotte was a prolific writer and wrote many poems and was through her pen she was to reach the world for Christ. But it was for the hymn "Just as I am" Charlotte Elliott is remembered. Dr Billy Graham wrote that during evangelistic crusades when they called people to come forward to commit to Jesus Christ it was invariably this hymn "Just as I am" they would use since it presented " the strongest possible Biblical basis for the call of Christ" Isnt this such an amazing story how God would use Charlotte, in spite of her illness and limitations of health, to reach the world for Christ! "But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty" 1 Corinthians 1:27. Dont ever think you are too weak, frail or insignificant to be used by God....According to the Bible you are well qualified for His service! As it is written by the Apostle Paul, 2 Corinthians 12 : 9 - "And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me."

Charlotte Elliott - Colorized from a photo from book "Selections from the poems of Charlotte Elliott" 1873

* Some further thoughts, The artwork I found very fascinating, its unusual becuase I havent seen anything quite like it before, it depicts furnishings and decorations of the temple in Jeresalem. Ark of the Covenant, Menorah, the Altar of Incense, with decorations of flowers and gourds on both sides. Enclosed in all this a banner with the wonderful words of scripture John 6:37 and Charlotte's wonderful hymn. Hanging below from the banner, a row of bells and pomegranates. So much symbolism and Biblical themes here to reflect and meditate on. And to think the blood of the Lamb of God, Jesus Christ has made this all possible for us to come into His presence - Just as I am.

Monday 21 March 2022


The Divided City - W C Miles

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 The Divided City - W C Miles. Republished and Digitally restored. 

A fascinating picture, full of Bible references - The title, The Divided City, not much is known or how the picture came about. But is definetly a picture to study the Bible with. The city depicted isnt named but with a river running through it could easily apply to London but a spiritual version. What is is noticable the difference between the two sides of the river with many city scenes in the picture, reflecting life, both good or bad, with warnings to avoid the bad streets and roads and encouragement to follow the narrow path called "Pilgrim's Walk" to get to Pilgrim's Walk one has to leave the bad side and its activities to cross bridges to go in the right direction. Once on the other side, a traveller will encounter various streets and roads with Christian activities/meanings, also warnings. It is to be noted and significant - There is only one entrance into "Pilgrim's Walk" and a narrow gate. Two destinies Heaven or Hell await all who travel through life in the Divided City, which path will we take?. In the Victorian era. it would definitly appeal to many Christians living in London. But indeed it could be applied to any major city too. Since the picture has no written explanation. This is just speculation, but it maybe there was a message preached about a "Divided City" at the time which inspired the picture. For those interested - I created a Video - a city tour of the Divided City and brief explanation. With music - The Windmills of your mind, as a way of introduction to the many scenes of this mysterious Victorian picture.

A picture designed by William C Miles, exact date this chromolithograph picture is not known. But was being advertised in the magazine - The Railway Signal, or Lights along the Line in 1915. Looking at the various scenes in the picture, there are no motorcars illustrated, which could mean the design was created pre motorcar era, 1880s - 1890s. Artwork often depicted motorcars when they came into use, much like trains did. If anyone has any further information about the picture, please contact me. 

Detail from picture below - A House of Prayer is featured at the end of a road with No Thoroughfare. Telegraph or telephone lines can be seen attached to the roof - Symbolising prayer. 
Detail from picture - Some roads lead away from Pilgrim's Walk, with scripture as a warning. At first they look as though they could be leading to the narrow way......but the scriptures help to see the side roads are where pilgrim's are in danger of wandering off. To the right what looks like a park where various people stopped travelling along Pilgrim's Walk and now occupied with other activities. . 

The Divided City - W C Miles. Republished and Digitally restored. Private Collection - Peter N Millward

W C Miles, also designed a number of evangelical pictures in a similar vein, which are perhaps more well known, like the Gospel Compass or the Up and Down Lines. 

This picture was published through  R J Masters & Co, 32, Wilton Road – Victoria Station, London. A Christmas advertisement below shows RJ Masters advertising in the Westminster & Pimlico News  November 29, 1895. 

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Tuesday 1 March 2022


The Second Coming of Christ - Phil Saint

The Second Coming of Jesus Christ - Phil Saint
The Second Coming of Christ

When I first saw Phil Saints picture - The Second Coming of Christ a few days ago, (See photo below) I thought how amazing even though the photo was black and white/sepia. I thought it was so remarkable - I decided to make it in colour! During these days of turmoil in the world - There is only one safe option and that is putting your faith and trust in the Lord Jesus Christ - He is coming again, In Glory! Are you ready? Check out the Bible - its all there to read about.

Oil painting The Second Coming of Christ, by Phil Saint. - the original is understood to be in colour, but no colour photos were available - only black and white/sepia

I have seen alot of depictions of the Return of Christ over the years - but to me this is how it should be painted!
I remember after I was converted years ago - the first picture I wanted to paint as a new Christian was the Return of Jesus Christ. Revelation 6:15-17 was a verse of scripture God used to convict me of unbelief... and the Return of Jesus Christ was very much upon my mind, but I was only a young artist then, still learning...and I struggled over a month or two trying to compose and make the picture....I gave up in the end. So I decided to concentrate on learning and studying art more. But when I saw this picture a few days ago, it was so amazing to see and how topical this subject is with all that is going on in the world today!. The late Phil Saint (1912-1993) the artist who made this amazing picture was brother of Nate Saint, (martyred in Ecuador along with four other missionaries) Phil Saint was a missionary in Argentina for many years along with his family. Phil's ministy and art has touched many lives in USA, Argentina - A pictures really does speak a thousand words and even though Phil has gone to his heavenly reward! today his art contunues to speak to lives all over the world!

Another work of art by Phil Saint can be found at the link below - Way of the Cross,  Original painted by Phil Saint.  circa 1966 - The Way of the Cross

Tuesday 11 January 2022


The Pilgrim's Journey to the Celestial City

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The Pilgrim's Journey to the Celestial City.

Published by Mrs Gawin Kirkham, widow of the late secretary to the Open-Air Mission – Mr Gawin Kirkham. The picture is not so well known as the Broad and Narrow Way picture which Gawin Kirkham had preached from and had published. But was produced as a companion picture, which is stated on the print beneath the title. "A companion picture to the Broad and Narrow Way."

It is a chromolithograph print, which will mean it is somewhere late 1800s and early 1900s it was printed  But the exact date the artwork was created is unknown, but must be sometime after 1892 - the year Gawin Kirkham passed away.  

For anyone familiar with Pilgrim's Progress, it should be quite easy to follow the picture - John Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress starts lower right with Christian fleeing from the city of Destruction, meeting various characters who either encourage him or try to discourage him. He reaches the Cross in repentance and seeking forgiveness from the Lord Jesus Christ, where his burden of sin falls off. He continues on his journey encountering blessings, trials and temptations, and battles too. Making friends and enemies along the way until he reaches the gates of the Celestial City in triumph through obedience and faith in Jesus Christ.  

One other version of this picture was produced with scripture texts in the old style roman numerals. (I have made an updated version at the link above with normal scripture texts for easier understanding for anyone unfamiliar with old style roman numerals. The picture contains a total of 38 scripture texts to guide one through the picture and study the Bible, excellent for anyone curious as to the meanings of various scemes in the picture.)


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Saturday 18 December 2021


Who is He in Yonder Stall?


Who is He in Yonder Stall?

A picture for Christmas and also picture puzzle - can you find where the Lion of the tribe of Judah and the Lamb that had been slain in the picture? (Answer further down page)
I was praying what picture to make for Christmas, then later the words of the Hymn "Who is He in Yonder Stall" came to me... I pondered why the Lord announced the birth of Jesus to the Shepherds...then a friend posted a photo of a stone food or water trough/manger the type that would have been used in the days of Jesus in Israel, the post explained various things about this. Which are different than the cosy wooden type of mangers popularly depicted in pictures. In Biblical times when the Temple in Jerusalem made sacrifices, priests kept sacrificial lambs in stone troughs in a blanket for protection, unblemished perfect lambs waited to be examined before sacrifice. For the Shepherds visiting Bethlehem to see what the angels announced, finding a baby wrapped in cloths lying in a "stone" trough would have been a powerful testimony, they would have understood as they were familiar with rearing sacrificial lambs. If we study scripture we see the significance of the title John the Baptist gave Jesus - “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world" John 1:29. And in the book of Revelation we see. "and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as it had been slain" Revelation 5:6.
Who is He in yonder stall,
At whose feet the shepherds fall?
’Tis the Lord! oh wondrous story!
’Tis the Lord! the King of glory!
At His feet we humbly fall,
Crown Him! crown Him, Lord of all!
Who is He in deep distress,
Fasting in the wilderness?
Who is He the people bless
For His words of gentleness?
Who is He to whom they bring
All the sick and sorrowing?
Who is He that stands and weeps
At the grave where Lazarus sleeps?
Who is He the gathering throng
Greet with loud triumphant song?
Lo! at midnight, who is He
Prays in dark Gethsemane?
Who is He on yonder tree
Dies in grief and agony?
Who is He who from the grave
Comes to succor, help, and save?
Who is He who from His throne
Rules through all the worlds alone?
’Tis the Lord! oh wondrous story!
’Tis the Lord! the King of glory!
At His feet we humbly fall,
Crown Him! crown Him, Lord of all!
Words by Benjamin Russell Hanby (1833-1867)

Friday 29 October 2021


The Secret of England's Greatness.

Secret of England's Greatness

A few days ago I was reading an old had much fascinating reading and information and then I came across something which stopped me in my tracks and made me reflect on times past and how "God fearing" the population of the British Isles used to be and what a difference it made upon the world... In the book - the author had written ...."When an African Prince asked Queen Victoria the secret of England's greatness, she handed him a Bible and said the secret was to be found therein." My apologies to the rest of the British Isles.....the prince probably would have meant the British Isles, but I am quoting from the book......Afterwards I went searching - and found old black and white engravings which also recount the same story and others suitable to put together to make into one picture and colorized....The text underneath the Bible in the centre of the picture ...."the throne is established by righteousness." Proverbs 16:12.
I also discovered elsewhere - Reading accounts of Queen Victoria's Coronation - We note how much reverence and importance was placed upon the Bible and the role it has played, as had been the custom in previous Coronations since Edward the VI. ( It is a remarkable story, one I shall return to - why the Bible has such a pre-eminent place at coronations of the Kings and Queens of Great Britain) Below is something which was written from another book in 1838 and gives us some idea of the gravity and influence of the Bible has had upon Queen Victoria's life and reign:
"This custom, my dear Friends, has been continued to the present day. The Presentation of the Bible to the Sovereign forms a very touching part of the service, and it will be particularly interesting to you to know, that on the present occasion, our beloved Diocesan has been employed in carrying the Bible immediately before the Queen in the Procession. The Archbishop presents it to her, saying,
Gracious Queen, we present you with this Book ; the most valuable thing that this world affords. Here is wisdom ; this is the royal law ; these are the lively oracles of God.
Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this book, that keep and do the things contained in it . For these are the words of eternal life, able to make you wise and happy in this world, nay wise unto salvation , and so happy for evermore, through faith in Christ Jesus ; to whom be glory for ever ." From the book "God save the Queen. A sermon preached in Godalming Church on the occasion of the coronation of our most gracious Queen Victoria the 1st." by the Rev. W. R. Fremantle, A. M. 1838.

* While researching the above anecdote "The Secret of England's Greatness" and Queen Victoria. There is another picture, a more famous one painted during Queen Victoria's reign which now hangs at the National Portrait gallery Below are comments written on their website underneath a photo of the painting. What do we make of it when they cannot prove the anecdote to be untrue, but dismiss it anyway.?

"The scene depicted is based on a popular but unfounded anecdote current in the 1850s. This stated that, when asked by a diplomatic delegation how Britain had become powerful in the world, 'our beloved Queen sent him, not the number of her fleet, not the number of her armies, not the account of her boundless merchandise, not the details of her inexhaustible wealth … but handing him a beautifully bound copy of the Bible, she said 'Tell the Prince that this is the Secret of England's Greatness'." National Portrait Gallery.

It is sad sign of our times. I also came across other websites too, which question the validity of the anecdote. Most view the story cynically while claiming many things, they do in fact appear more biased and flawed than the history and characters they are supposed to treating unbiasedly. Wisdom and fairness should always determine how history is presented and portrayed. We also note today there is widespread hostility towards anything connected favourably to the Bible. Why is that?.

Should we really accept the opinions of historians and experts when their obvious bias disqualifies them? Rather should we not challenge them and hold them to account.

With all that is happening today because of cancel culture, and unfavourable narratives about Britain's history and culture. Now more than ever we should be seeking wisdom and fairness to be the final arbiter when looking at British history.

So I have made what I consider important points to remember when reading this subject of this anecdote. We must note - Non of those commenting negatively or questioning the anecdote mention this.
  • The first which doesn't prove anything, but indeed shows the curious way the question is phrased is likely someone from outside the British Isles - The question "What is the secret of England's greatness." Naming "England" is a common mistake many foreigners make when applying the name "England" to the whole of Great Britain, which was made up back then of Scotland, Wales, England, and the whole of Ireland. 
  • Queen Victoria herself was no doubt well aware of this pictures existence and story. Given the great level of public awareness and interest in the picture throughout Britain, as it toured the British Isles. Neither the Queen nor her courtier's ever cast doubt on the veracity of the story behind the picture. It very much appears this was accepted at the time and there is no record of any one questioning it.
  • Without Queen Victoria herself challenging the story of the picture during her lifetime, or anyone else at the time....we can only conclude it very likely did take place.
  • With no evidence to disprove the anecdote, it should be presented from a neutral standpoint and the public allowed to make up their own minds without being swayed by personal opinions or bias of historians.
  • By all accounts Queen Victory was regarded as a truly committed Christian. It is well known she had a strong Christian faith. A visit to the Billy Graham website is just one example of stories shared about the life of Queen Victoria.
  • Would this story seem out of character with what we come to understand of Queen Victoria's faith?
  • Reading accounts of Queen Victoria's Coronation - We note how much reverence and importance was placed upon the Bible and the role it played, as had been the custom in previous Coronations since Edward the VIBelow is something which was written in 1838 and gives us some idea of the gravity and influence of the Bible upon Queen Victoria's reign......."This custom, my dear Friends, has been continued to the present day. The Presentation of the Bible to the Sovereign forms a very touching part of the service, and it will be particularly interesting to you to know, that on the present occasion, our beloved Diocesan has been employed in carrying the Bible immediately before the Queen in the Procession. The Archbishop presents it to her, saying,
    Gracious Queen, we present you with this Book ; the most valuable thing that this world affords. Here is wisdom ; this is the royal law ; these are the lively oracles of God.
    Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this book, that keep and do the things contained in it . For these are the words of eternal life, able to make you wise and happy in this world, nay wise unto salvation , and so happy for evermore, through faith in Christ Jesus ; to whom be glory for ever ." From the book "God save the Queen. A sermon preached in Godalming Church on the occasion of the coronation of our most gracious Queen Victoria the 1st." by the Rev. W. R. Fremantle, A. M. 1838.

  • One has to note non of the various websites which have articles written disparaging the anecdote ....Make mention of any background information shared above.....And one has to ask why?  Is there a political agenda the way they want to present Britain's history to the public?. 
  • I will let all who read this draw their own conclusions......

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Tuesday 7 September 2021


Be Alert and of Sober Mind

In the picture we will notice a Christian standing on an open Bible in full armour, armed to the teeth - with the sword of the Spirit - The Word of God, resisting a lion. We will also note the bones of those scattered about who did not make the Lord their strong tower or put their trust in His Word ....not even their staff and mitres could save them! In the distance, sublime cathedrals and a humble country church - a tranquil scene in contrast to the life and death struggle witnessed in the foreground. What does the scripture tell us about being a Christian and the life of faith?

"Be sober-minded and alert. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in your faith and in the knowledge that your brothers throughout the world are undergoing the same kinds of suffering. 1 Peter 5:8.

And "Finally, be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can make your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this world’s darkness, and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore take up the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you will be able to stand your ground, and having done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness arrayed, and with your feet fitted with the readiness of the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. And take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. Ephesians 6:10-17

Monday 9 August 2021


Lilias Trotter - Many Beautiful Things

In Algeria 1928, an elderly missionary surrounded by friends and fellow workers lay dying at a Mission she founded 40 years previously, her mind was still clear and spirit still strong even after weeks of suffering. As the end drew near, she looked out of the window, and exclaimed - ”A chariot and six horses!”   Someone close by asked ‘You are seeing beautiful things,” and this dear missionary looked up with joy and said - “Yes, many, many beautiful things!”  Those remarkable, amazing last words were spoken by Lilias Trotter.  

The Bible says  "Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his faithful servants." Psalm 116:15. 

Lilias Trotter lived a remarkable life, pouring it out in service to her Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, and Lilias, modeled what it is to be a true follower an example of someone who lived in the light of Eternity. Her amazing story only really coming to the attention of the wider public in the last 6 years or so. Lilias was also a gifted painter, and may well have become an acclaimed artist if the famous art critic, John Ruskin had succeeded persuading her. But Lilias had another vision for her life -   A very wonderful documentary and film has been made and released in 2015, which shares the story of this remarkable lady, her journey, mission and art. A link to the film  - Many Beautiful Things 

* The tribute picture was created after reflecting on those last words of Lilias, I also wanted to include some of Lilias' artwork in the picture.  So chose some birds/flowers Lilias made, and placed in the window top left corner - the original illustrations can be found at

Tuesday 13 July 2021


John Wesley Preaching at Gwennap Pit. 1762 - 1789

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John Wesley Preaching at Gwennap Pit

John Wesley Preaching at Gwennap Pit.  A hollow piece of ground which was said to have been formed from a collapsed mine working. Wesley found it was a superb place to preach. and called it ‘the most magnificent spectacle this side of heaven’.  Wesley preached there eighteen times between 1762 and 1789. The structure is said to be able to seat about 1500 people comfortably but on one occasion Wesley's preaching attracted 32,000 people!. The first use of Gwennap Pit was in September 1762 and John Wesley himself recorded the occasion: ‘The wind was so high that I could not stand at the usual place at [the village of] Gwennap; but a small distance was a hollow capable of containing many thousands of people. I stood on one side of this amphitheatre towards the top and with people beneath on all sides. I enlarged on those words in the gospel for the day Blessed are the eyes which see the things that ye see….hear the things that ye hear.’  

Today the Gwennap Pit can still be visited  - in about the year 1806. 12 terraces had been cut into the sides to create seating that still exists today. A group of local mine captains and a mining engineer had decided to preserve the pit as a memorial to John Wesley and his message.

Let us reflect on the amazing spiritual legacy John Wesley left behind and what God did through the Wesley brothers over 200 years ago. Today, many churches and denominations have since fallen away, turning their backs upon God. But they certainly do well to remember just how God blessed His faithful servants in times past, who were obedient and zealous for God and His Word.  And at the same time reflect on what will happen to those who refuse to listen and reject Him?  - A day of reckoning is fast approaching.   

Sunday 16 May 2021


New Film - History of the Broad and Narrow Way Picture

Some weeks ago I discovered that I could transfer text to voice...realising the potential and having the text already prepared with the Broad and Narrow Way picture it was an incentive to try....for a few years I already had some sketches prepared for a book, so I just needed to finish. Video is a fascinating departure for me artistically speaking.  Its been an enjoyable challenge, especially translating to other languages. If anyone is interested in a particular language and would like to help, please share and I will see what I can do.   Please send feedback about the videos is always appreciated!


 Portuguese translation below


 German Translation below


 French Translation below


Thursday 11 March 2021


Sadhu Sundar Singh

Sadhu Sundar Singh

Sundar Singh lived at the turn of the last century, his life was both remarkable and challenging, a disciple of Jesus Christ who chose the life of a Sadhu, (An Indian Holy man).

One time Sadhu Sundar Singh was travelling on foot with a Buddhist monk in Tibet, it was a bitterly cold afternoon and a real danger of freezing to death if they did not reach their destination, a monastery before nightfall. It was getting late when the two travelers heard a cry, it was another traveler who had slipped off the path and injured himself….. The monk said, “Do no stop. God has brought him to his fate. He must work it out himself.” Sundar Singh replied, “No, my brother. God has sent me here to help this man. I cannot abandon him.” But the monk hurried away along the path. Finding himself alone in the fading light Sundar Singh, undaunted went down to where the man lay, put him on his back with a blanket he turned into a sling, then struggled back up on to the path. It was a difficult business walking through the snow and there’s no record how long he walked, But eventually Sundar Singh saw some lights in the distance – it was the monastery……But as he walked further he came across an object partially buried in snow on the path – it was the frozen body of the monk who had left them, he had succumbed to the freezing cold. Sundar Singh eventually arrived at the monastery with the injured man, they had both survived - The physical exertion from simply carrying the injured man had generated enough heat to keep both their bodies from freezing.

A scripture to ponder this story - "For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it." Matthew 16:25

Friday 5 March 2021


Dive into the Bible - A Very Deep Pool!

Dive into the Bible - A very deep pool, no one knows it's full depth, only God, yet its safe for toddlers to paddle and fact learning to swim in the Bible pool is the best thing children can do growing up, with eternal blessings for all who enjoy its benefits and find the Pearl of Great price found within its depths. Many wise merchants have been known to sell all they possess, that they might obtain this one unique precious pearl. Have you swam in this pool of no regrets? Whatever situation you are in, take a swim in the Bible pool, don't give up, when you find this precious and valuable pearl, seek to obtain it - because you wont regret it! “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant seeking beautiful pearls, who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had and bought it. Matthew 13:45-46.   
Recently we did an outreach at the local Mangroves near where we live in Caucaia - Some photos of our time, bringing a little joy to a very needy area. We had some presentations and Bible stories also food. Also took my easel and paints and revisited a subject, placing a huge Bible as a swimming pool in the scene of the mangroves. I painted a similar picture many years ago around 2004 helping an outreach to a very needy area in Fortaleza. The photo below is from the outreach in 2004 - How time flies!

Carol Coppens from Canada also saw the recent picture on Facebook painted at the Mangroves and made a poem inspired about diving into the Bible pool, and came up with a poem below. So I decided to share it here, alongside a similar picture I did years ago in 2003 when experimenting with Bryce 3D Software. Thank you Carol for sharing your wonderful poem and words! Click on the image below for posters and cards available
Dive into the Bible Pool
Dive into the bible,
It is a deep pool,
All wisdom and knowledge
Contained in its whole.
Each page tells the story,
Of God's plan for men,
To rescue from sin,
And restore us again.
Our sin holds us captive,
God's will we defy,
We hate being told,
To the world we must die.
We know we're unable
Our sins to deny,
God must grant to us faith,
To see Him with our eye.
The story's all there,
In clear black and white,
Press on through its pages,
'Til God grants you sight.
Without living faith,
Heaven's closed to our pleas,
So give God what He's due,
And submit, on your knees.
Dive into the bible,
Its waters are deep,
Pray His grace to convert you,
And your soul to keep safe.
Carol Coppens 2/9/21