I don't know what "season" it is in your church, but at my home church, St. Stephen Church, Louisville, Kentucky, it is Men's Month. No matter what time of the year it is, it is always good when the Christian community takes time to support and encourage hard-working, gifted, Christ-centered young men who are striving to make a difference in the world. It is through our support and encouragement, they they get strength for today and hope for tomorrow.
From all the powerful men of history, to the blessed men that serve the church today, we stand on the shoulders of powerful role models like St. Augustine of Hippo of North Africa, scientist and inventor, Benjamin Banneker, pastor and civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and so any others. These great men have inspired all of us to become workers for the Lord.
I would like to encourage one young brother who is doing it big for the Lord. As you can see, this picture cannot contain his amazing gift of artistry. His name is Charles Rice and he is 32 years old. Charles was featured recently in The Man Issue of Today's Woman Magazine in a section entitled, "Men Who Make Things Women Love." The full article is attached below. In it Charles talks about his passion for artistry and who inspired many of his pieces: his mother. "Most of my work is very spiritual and nurturing," he says. "I had a strong mother, and so I've done a lot of mother and child pieces."
In addition to having his own company, Artbyrice.com, Charles is on staff at St. Stephen Church. His artwork is displayed prominently throughout our church on signs, programs, ministry materials, and websites. What I love about Charles is his humble, gentle spirit. I love that "signature" that his uniquely his, too. I can't describe it. I just know it when I see it, soft and feminine, yet bold and masculine. It speaks to you without saying a word! I praise God that the big gift that is within Charles Rice cannot be hidden under a rock, nor contained within the confines of any canvass.
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