08/2/12
Underground Church Hainan China - Photo by Surfing The Nations

Underground Church Hainan China

Underground Church - Hainan China

Underground Church Hainan China – Photo by Surfing The Nations

Underground Church Hainan China

Photo by Michael J Photography

This photo speaks volumes even without words.  A young mother brings her infant child with her to an underground church meeting in Hainan China.  She knows the danger she faces now, and she knows the danger her child will likely face later if the child also chooses to become a follower of Jesus.

Yet, she also knows the dangers of not bringing her child up in the faith, and so she makes the only decision she can.  For the sake of her child, she will do all she can to make sure that Christ is honored in their home, and in their hearts.  She realizes that the worldly powers can harm the body, but they can’t touch the soul.  She and her child will ultimately be safe in the arms of Jesus, and will experience life in God’s Kingdom now and for all eternity.  She may be oppressed for a time, but she’s not a victim – she’s a Christian, a child of God, a follower of Jesus, a citizen of the Kingdom of Heaven.

She prays for the real victims – those who are still under the influence of the enemy, those who are waging war against Christ, her Lord, her Savior and King.

The above comments reflect what I see when I look at this photo.  What do you see?

Original photo posted by Surfing The Nations can be found at:

http://foter.com/f/photo/4057363560/f47808ddcf/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/surfingthenations/4057363560/

 

07/24/12
Italian Chapel Orkney - Photo by John Haslam

Italian Chapel Orkney

Italian Chapel Orkney - Photo by John Haslam

Italian Chapel Orkney – Photo by John Haslam

Italian Chapel Orkney

Photo by John Haslam

When I saw this photo I was immediately drawn to it.  I love the design of this church.  It reminds me of something I’ve seen before, but I’m not sure what.  Perhaps it brings back memories of our trips through various Scandinavian villages, or of something I’ve seen in a movie or television show.  Whatever it is, there is something about the appearance of this church that attracts me and doesn’t let go.  I even like the red trim, and red is not even close to being one of my favorite colors!

According to information on the photo’s flickr page, the Italian Chapel was constructed at Lamb Holm in Orkney, Scotland during the years1942 to 1945, by Italian prisoners of war captured in Africa during World War II.  A bit more information can be found here, and is well worth the few seconds it takes to read.

Original photo and additional information can be found at:

http://foter.com/f/photo/2926632589/b6e102c162/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/foxypar4/2926632589/

About the photographer:

http://www.flickr.com/people/foxypar4/

 

07/23/12
Celestial Church Benin - Photo by Dietmar Temps

Celestial Church Benin

Celestial Church Benin - Photo by Dietmar Temps

Celestial Church Benin – Photo by Dietmar Temps

Celestial Church Benin

Photo by Dietmar Temps

This wonderful photo by Dietmar Temps succeeds royaly in capturing the expression of sheer joy in the faces of these female worshipers; choosing it for inclusion in our main banner was, for me, a no-brainer.  Just looking at the photo causes me to want to go to Benin, Africa, to visit this church, talk with these women, meet their families, and learn all about their lives and their faith.  That visit, unfortunately, will have to wait for another day, so for now I’ll simply enjoy this marvelous photo, and hope that you will enjoy it too.

Original photo and additional information can be found at:

http://foter.com/photo/celestial-church-benin/

Dietmar Temps has many other amazing photos on Flickr.  They can be found here:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/62845223@N00/

A Wikipedia article on Celestial Church Benin can be found here:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Celestial_Church_of_Christ

 

 

07/22/12
Antigua Guatemala Church - Photo by Pedro Szekely

Antigua Guatemala Church

Antigua Guatemala Church - Photo by Pedro Szekely

Antigua Guatemala Church – Photo by Pedro Szekely

 Antigua Guatemala Church

Photo by Pedro Szekely

This is one of my all-time personal favorites.  I’m not sure why, but there’s something about this picture that draws me to it.  It might have something to do with the sense of community I see, with the Church as the focal point, and the outer church courtyard as an extension of the community street.  The stormy clouds in the background, and the filtered sunlight in the foreground, gives a sense of protection, as if God Himself is keeping the storm at bay.  Or perhaps it’s something else.  But whatever it is, I absolutely love this photo!

I originally found this on foter.com, but have since discovered that it’s on Wikimedia Commons as well.  As I don’t know which is the original source, I’m crediting both.

Original photo and additional information can be found at:

http://foter.com/f/photo/4138984549/36a71a44df/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Antigua,_Guatemala.jpg

Incoming search terms:

  • _Guatemala church
07/21/12
Wedding Kiss - Photo by Priscilla Starling

Wedding Kiss

Wedding Kiss by Priscilla Starling
Wedding Kiss – Photo by Priscilla Starling

Wedding Kiss

Photo by Priscilla Starling

This looks like it was a beautiful outdoor wedding.  We can’t tell from the photo how many guests were present, but it seems obvious that the wedding was enjoyed by at least two people!  Hopefully the marriage will be as beautiful as the wedding and the two will have many wonderful years of happiness together.

I don’t have any information on the type of church or denomination.  The person officiating appears to be clergy, and the book in his hand looks like a Bible, but it could also be a magistrate reading from any book, sacred or otherwise.  If anyone thinks they can tell more from the dress or decor or any other clue, please leave a comment and share your best guess with the rest of us.

Original photo and additional information can be found at:

http://freephotos.com/img/mixed-plants-trees-wedding-kiss-2818

 

Incoming search terms:

  • wedding kiss in outdoor church
07/21/12
Relic Church with Two Towers - Photo by Jay Jay

Relic Church with Two Towers

Relic Church with Two Towers by Jay Jay

Relic Church with Two Towers – Photo by Jay Jay

Relic Church with Two Towers

Photo by Jay Jay 

I don’t know what church this is or where it’s located.  If anyone thinks they know, please leave a comment.  It is certainly a magnificent looking structure.  Each of the two main towers is surrounded by four smaller towers, one at each corner, and each is topped with a cross that appears to be reaching up to the heavens.  The large circular window in the center reminds me a bit of the wheel and rose windows on the Worms Cathedral in Germany.

And the sky… that beautiful blue sky… what a perfect day for a photo.

Original photo and additional information can be found at:

http://freephotos.com/img/churches-church-6470

07/21/12
Barcelona Sagrada Familia - Photo by Micchele Parent

Barcelona Sagrada Familia

Barcelona Sagrada Familia by Micchele Parent

Barcelona Sagrada Familia – Photo by Micchele Parent

Barcelona Sagrada Familia

Photo by Micchele Parent 

According to Wikipedia, the Sagrada Familia ” is a large Roman Catholic church in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain, designed by Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí (1852–1926).”

Original photo and additional information can be found at:

http://freephotos.com/img/general-europe-barcelona-sagrada-familia-723

06/19/12

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