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DISCOVERY ART FALL 2017 ART SHOW – Metaphors of God,

 met·a·phor  met-uh-fawr, -fer :  A figure of speech in which a word or phrase literally denoting one kind of object or idea is used in place of another to suggest a likeness or analogy between them, figurative language.  Also, an image which suggests similarities between two different ideas, without implying that they are identical.


From Genesis to Revelation, metaphors are used in the Bible to help us better relate to kingdom principles. (Examples: Jesus is the light of the world; God is our rock and our fortress, etc.)


The Manifestation of The Sons of God – Romans 8:18 – 23 (Vicki Mundy)

Mixed Media Collage

“For the earnest expectation of the creation eagerly waits for the revealing of the sons of God …For we know that the whole creation groans and labors with birth pangs …”

I believe there is a day approaching when believers will truly manifest the heart of our Good Shepherd, Jesus. This piece represents God’s creation existing in a variety of life stages all the while longing – knowingly or unknowingly – to be reconnected to what was lost. Jesus re-established the connection and mandated His followers continue His work throughout the earth. A happy day it will be when His church outwardly exhibits His transforming love. The shepherd with lamb represents the heart of God believers will manifest on this earth before His return that will draw all unto Him and usher in His eternal Kingdom. What a glorious day that will be!

Procession to The King – 1 Thessalonians 4:17 (Vicki Mundy)


“Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air; and so shall we ever be with the Lord.”

I was inspired by the words of a song I love that tells of the great catching away of the saints up to our King Jesus. My painting depicts every race, tongue, and tribe throughout all the ages being caught up into that great event which will culminate the end of this present age. I can only imagine the total awe we will experience in that twinkling of an eye! I particularly wanted to portray the message that disunity will be no more. We will see each other as He sees us. At long last, we will be one in Christ together. Glory!

Rain (Johna Barnes)

Batik on Muslin Mounted on Bark

The subject of rain has both negative and positive connotations in Scripture. Are we as God’s children willing to embrace the negative as well as the positive? Are we willing to accept the death, letting go of so much so that we may see resurrection?


Living Water (Debby Nyhof)


 Jesus and the Samaritan woman is one of my favorite Bible stories.  Jesus, tired and thirsty, asks a Samaritan woman for a drink from the well she was drawing from.  She was surprised by his request since Jesus was a Jew and she a Samaritan.

Jesus responds, “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.” John 4:10

When I visualize living water I see a picture of the Holy Spirit springing up in me with new life.  This water is a source of eternal power and cannot be contained.

“Whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst.  Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”  John 4:14


PEACE (Robin Meacham)


 As I was trying to decide what to paint, the Lord gave me this picture.  The lower part represents chaos, confusion, hurt, anxiety, a place where there is no peace.  He showed me that as we enter His presence, the Prince of Peace pours his peace over us.  He pours out His peace that surpasses all understanding.  As He blankets us with His peace, represented by the light blue and turquoise paint, it covers us, comforts us, calms us, and soothes us, like a cool ointment covering and soothing an open sore.  Come into His presence and let the Prince of Peace pour out His peace upon you.

You Were Darkness (Rick Sorenson)


The title is taken from Ephesians 5:8. But the picture is based on Isaiah 9:2 “The people who walk in darkness have seen a great light; those who dwell in the land of deep darkness, on them has light shown.”

As I contemplated the subject of metaphors, I began to have a clearer understanding of darkness, where we once were in darkness and brought into light.


You Are Light (Rick Sorenson)


The title is taken from Ephesians 5:8. “For at one time you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord.” This Scripture is the bases of the picture as well. I used crayon because most people see it only as something children use, but by using it then we will look at this metaphor in a fresh way.


Are You Thirsty? (Melisa Pearson)

Watercolor, Pen and Silver Leaf

“For my people have committed two evils: they have forsaken me, the fountain of living waters, and hewed out cisterns for themselves, broken cisterns that can hold no water.”   Jeremiah 2:13

“On the last day of the feast, the great day, Jesus stood up and cried out, ‘If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink.’” John 7:37

“But whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again.  The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” John 4:14

The first requirement to receive Jesus’ never-be-thirsty again offer is thirst.  Are you thirsty?   What are you thirsty for?  Where is your fountain?  Is it satisfying?  Jesus’ offer is for all who are thirsty and turn to Him.  He’s not surprised at how thirsty you are.  His fountain is never ending, thirst quenching, and overflows in us as a spring.

A Sweet Fragrance (Melisa Pearson)


 And walk in love, [esteeming and delighting in one another] as Christ loved us and gave Himself up for us, a slain offering and sacrifice to God [for you, so that it became] a sweet fragrance.” – Ephesians 5:2 AMPC

The sweet fragrance enjoyed by God at Jesus’ death is the same fragrance we emit as we love one another.

Unity (Marvin Nelson)


This piece reminds me of the body. As in Ephesians 4:16 “From Him the whole body, joined and held together by ever supporting ligaments, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.” In the piece each individual part is plainly seen. However, it is as each does its work that the function of the whole is realized. It was also interesting that during the construction the function appeared but it was ugly. As the craftsman worked the pieces, then the beauty of the piece showed up. So it is with God’s hand in the church.


The Potter and the Clay (Judy Holsclaw)


 “But now, O LORD, You are our Father;

We are the clay, and You our potter;

And all we are the work of Your hand.”  Isaiah 64:8

My inspiration for this painting started several years ago while visiting a model of a medieval village.  Watching the potter carefully shape the clay into a useful vessel, I was reminded of how God designs and creates each one of us.  While the potter’s hands are shaping the bowl, leaving finger prints on it, her eyes are focused on the inside of the container.  So it is with our Father; even as He holds us, our hearts are His focus.


Untitled (Edi Ross)

Marker and Pencil

Me and my friend Rebecca were at a playdate and we found a couple of metaphors and this metaphor spoke to me that without God you would be nothing.


Heart Set on Pilgrimage (Donna Emidy)

Photo Transfer

On May 20, 2001, in Ashford, Kent, UK, Psalm 84:5 was highlighted to us as a direct word.  We were to trust God and set our hearts on pilgrimage.  Since then many scriptures, events, and people confirmed this word.  We accepted the word, not knowing its full meaning, yet we knew God would guide us.  The following scriptures motivated me recently that God is our Guide.  Psalm 48:14 “For this is God, Our God forever and ever; He will be our guide even to death.”  Isaiah 58:11 “The Lord will guide you continually, and satisfy your soul in drought, and strengthen your bones; You shall be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters do not fail.”  So many events during 2016 confirmed our move, and on 2/24/17 we departed Mississippi.  We arrived in Idaho on 2/26/17.  God is our Guide and the pilgrimage here begins…

Wind, Breath, Spirit (Donna Barker)

Linoleum Block Print

The Greek word pneuma, meaning both wind and spirit, is used in John 3:8 to describe the presence of the Spirit in the life of a believer. Jesus says “The wind blows where it wishes and you hear the sound of it, but do not know where it comes from and where it is going; so is everyone who is born of the Spirit.”

In John 20:22 Jesus releases the presence of the Spirit into the disciples lives. “And with that he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit.”

The swirling lines in this linoleum print suggest movement and life, just as the metaphors of wind and breath illustrate the Spirit. Yielding my life to the movement of the Spirit often takes me out of my comfort zone, but always leads to a deeper relationship with the Lord.

Living Water (Brooklyn Wells)

Watercolor and Colored Pencil

 I love the ocean and had been studying in John where it says that Jesus is the living water when I heard about this show in youth group.  The ocean seems to represent God well because it is so big and powerful and seems to go on forever when you are looking from the shore.


Flaming Fire (Donna Barker)

Fused Glass

“For the Lord your God is a consuming fire, a jealous God.” Deuteronomy 4:24

“There the angel of the Lord appeared to Moses in the flame of fire from within a bush.” Exodus 3:2

Fire provides warmth and comfort. It also cleanses and purifies. The beauty and intensity of color in this swirling red glass is my abstract impression of the Bible’s metaphorical description of a holy, all consuming God, who poured out His own life/blood/love for all humanity.

“The Lord is my Portion” Psalm 119:57 (Brandon Kindelberger)

Colored Pencils (Photograph of Bible Art)

The Power of reading the Word of God is like catching a mighty wave into an individual serving size. I’m always inspired by Psalm 119 to be in the Bible and to delight in its truth. What a privilege it is that The Lord Almighty, maker of Heaven and Earth, in All of His depth, awe, and power, allows us to know Him so intimately, personally like a cool, refreshing glass of water.

My Life (Janet Strong)


Writing is my art and I think about Hebrews 12:2 as God the author of our faith. I used paper and words to craft how He orders our days.  I chose to leave the flaw because we are not perfect yet just redeemed.

Ps 139:13    Gen 1:1     Rom 6:23     Ps 23:4     Rom 8:32 – 39     Rom 6 – 5     Lam 3:22 – 23

He is My Lighthouse (Erin Fulghum)


Psalm 27:1 is my inspiration.  At first I was confused on what metaphor to choose, but then I remembered reading verses about God being like a lighthouse, and so I painted an original lighthouse.


Thy Word a Lamp (Psalm 119:105) (Bev Wibbels)


 I’ve always been fascinated with lighthouses and love their history—thus I’ve had the fabric for several years.

Psalm 119 is another favorite, as it focuses on the power of God’s word.  Psalm 119:105 “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path” seemed to fit right in with the lighthouses’ purpose.


SPRING INTRO TO CERAMIC WORKSHOP –  facilitated by Donna Barker

During this 2-Session DC Art workshop, attendees learned about the history and different types of ceramics and glazes.  The group had and opportunity to form, texture & glaze clay objects.

 Let us know if you’re interested in joining in on our next clay workshop.

Pictures from the Last Work Shop



Email Melisa Pearson for more information about the Arts Ministry of Discovery Church.