Friday, 23 February 2018

Charlotte Reihlen - The memory of the Just is blessed

A significant date
The 21st of January 2018 was very significant, but it passed without my knowing until a few
days later while I was catching up with my website, the date - exactly 150 years since the
designer of the picture - A Mrs Charlotte Reihlen of Stuttgart passed into Eternity.  Somehow
I don't think this is a coincidence…  For along time I had not visited my website...Plus,
I had been unable to update the site…. But this same week I was able resolve this. So for
me this is very significant.  So I decided  to make a picture as a tribute to Charlotte Reihlen.  
But I am thinking perhaps I should make an illustrated book ….. 150 year ago the world
was a very different place but the picture still has a very up to date message to tell!
Charlotte Reihlen
Do we want to change the world for the better? If we do, then it may be helpful to understand
how God changed the world in the past through His people. .... and still impacting around
the world today, 150 years later.  January 21st 1868 Charlotte Reihlen passed from this
world to the next. She died relatively young - 63 years. Little did she know that a picture
she commissioned in the last years of her life on earth would have such an impact. Her
prayers and sincere desire to share the Gospel through the picture - became a wonderful
reality.  The image was the culmination of a life dedicated to serving Christ and His Kingdom.
Charlotte along with her husband Friedrich were used by God to begin many good works in
their native city of Stuttgart, Germany, helping the poor, rescue houses for needy children
and starting Christian initiatives that still exist today.

Charlotte was not an artist, but she had a good idea of ​​what she wanted to say through art.
When she met a pious artist by the name of Conrad Schacher. She was then able to transfer
her message to the world through the image he created. This started an incredible story -
as no sooner had she passed away. The image fell into the hands of an English preacher
named Gawin Kirkham, Secretary of the "Open-Air Mission." He was so impacted when he
first saw the picture and understood the message - He saw it as his life's calling to preach
the message of the picture, and commissioned 3 large paintings, copies of the picture, each
one bigger than the previous, the largest being 9ft x 12ft for open air preaching - in the
streets, public squares and churches up and down the British Isles. During his lifetime he
preached well over 1000 times in public - Even travelling to the United States and the
Continent, and even visited Israel taking the message of the picture.

Over a 100,000 copies of the picture were printed, and went to the four corners of the earth,
translated into several languages. The picture is by far the most well known and sought after
of it's type - even today 150 years later.  By all accounts Gawin Kirkham was a  formidable
open air preacher, a dynamic personality who raised an army of a street preachers in the UK
and beyond during his active years as the Secretary of the Open Air Mission Society whose
ranks swelled to over a thousand.  Today,  the image still has a lot of fascination, although
not without criticism, some complain for theological reasons or ridicule as old fashioned ...
But the image has a testimony and a history that we do well to ponder and respect ..... It
was used by the Lord for good, making wise to salvation a generation during the Victorian era.   
Anyone who studies the history of the picture and its message can not deny,  the picture
brings eternity into sharp focus with a message that is not negotiable - it is for every
generation to believe and seek the Lord while He may be found .... It's the message  
Charlotte Reihlen wanted to speak to the world, and Gawin Kirkham took up the baton to
make known.    And is the same message we too are entrusted with.

Thursday, 22 February 2018

"Put On Your White Sombrero"

"Put On Your White Sombrero"  

Put on your white sombrero
Saddle your horse my dear
And ride off into the sunset
You'd better go
For there is no
Place for you here

Like an old fashioned hero
You stood before me
You think your life is a movie
My faith is real
I live and feel
And I can do, without you

Put on your white sombrero
Your red bandana too
Think of this day as a showdown
Goodbye false friend
This is the end
For me and you

Now be a bold vaquero
I don't care about your feelings
I won't cry while you're disappearing
Into the night
All dressed in white
All chained up and...... without me

Put on your white sombrero
Like all the cowboys do
Go find a sweet senorita
Somebody chic
Who'll never speak
Harshly to you
You're such a caballero
Proud, never bending

I serve someone who will take me
Just as I am,
the Son of Man
Who is the Word of God
For this time.

I serve someone who will take me
Just as I am,
the Son of Man
Who is the Word of God
For this Time.

As I listened to the song "Put On Your White Sombrero"  by ABBA,  I heard as it
were the Bride of Christ singing the song too - it was glorious!  This is as it were a prophetic
declaration! I rewrote the song partly so others may understand….
The true Bride of Christ will never accept false religion or what is phony.   Over the
years the powers of Hell, have sent the Church - The Bride of Christ, false
teachers and false teaching and many would be suitors to deceive and enslave her,
trying to neutralize true believers…..especially the last 50 years or so - Wealth,
prosperity, false teaching, a safe comfortable Gospel - a false Gospel!….
“Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches” Revelation 2:29

I was reminded of the parable of the ten Virgins - 5 who were wise and 5 who were
foolish.  The foolish ones never knew the Bridegroom, but they had all the looks of a Bride.
but neglected to bring the oil for their lamps!

“At that time the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and
went out to meet the bridegroom.  Five of them were foolish and five were wise.  The
foolish ones took their lamps but did not take any oil with them.  The wise ones, however,
took oil in jars along with their lamps.  The bridegroom was a long time in coming, and
they all became drowsy and fell asleep.
“At midnight the cry rang out: ‘Here’s the bridegroom! Come out to meet him!’  “Then
all the virgins woke up and trimmed their lamps.  The foolish ones said to the wise,
‘Give us some of your oil; our lamps are going out.’ “‘No,’ they replied, ‘there may not be
enough for both us and you. Instead, go to those who sell oil and buy some for yourselves.
“But while they were on their way to buy the oil, the bridegroom arrived. The virgins who
were ready went in with him to the wedding banquet. And the door was shut. “Later the
others also came. ‘Lord, Lord,’ they said, ‘open the door for us!’  “But he replied, ‘Truly
I tell you, I don’t know you.’ “Therefore keep watch, because you do not know the day
or the hour. Matthew 25: 1-13

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Paintings produced at Church's

Paintings produced at Church's - August - October 2017

Each Church we visit receive a picture as a gift after the service.  A picture can be finished 30 mins -1 hour depending on the subject. I work closely with a theme or scripture. Prayer and preparation is a priority. A short explanation is given when a picture is finished

To book a visit for a Church service, Outreach Events, Conferences and Camps. Please ask for details. 

Monday, 16 October 2017

The Giant Redwood - Sequoia

The Giant Redwood - Sequoia 

A giant Redwood forest can teach us much about the Kingdom of God and our relationship with Christ.  Even though the seeds of a giant redwood are very small......contained within that one tiny seed is the potential to grow to heights of over 350 ft and have a circumference of 26 ft. The mighty Sequoia is the largest tree in existence and the oldest. There is even a sequoia estimated to be around 3,500 years old! Its normal - The creator designed them for this.

What Church should be like......

Some amazing facts Giant Redwoods are relational...there root system curiously does not go too deep only 6 - 12 ft but the roots go out in all directions and entwine in the root systems of all the other sequoias....making for an incredibly strong base for each tree. They stand strong unified supporting each other.  When storms and high winds occur they pass by leaving the sequoia unchanged. The trees literally hold each other together. Only redwoods have the strength to support other redwoods.

Trials and testings.....

Forest fires that pass through from time to time....bring new life and benefit the trees clearing the forest floor for new growth. A true sequoia will withstand the heat.....other types of trees are burned.   The heat actually open up sequoia cones lying on the forest floor, releasing  seeds to take root and grow.

Being what God created us to be....

One of the most amazing aspects of these amazing trees is they actually change the environment where they grow by being what they were meant to be. The church has this potential when its members live out their calling in Christ - They change the world around them by being what they were meant to be.
Create their own environment

On a  really hot day those who have walked through a forest of Redwoods know the quiet majestic presence....the satisfying coolness. While outside only exists heat, wind and noise. But within this forest, sequoias have their own environment - the reality of who they are.

From a distance these majestic trees beckon us to consider our calling in Christ.....

Potential for growth

In Christ we have all been born again to become more than we could ever imagine - to be what we were meant to be should be our dream and longing.  The plan God had all along for our we live in the good of this?  - Have we pursued it with all our hearts and searched for it like gold till we will find it? Do we get diverted?   If we seek God, study the scriptures and obey His word we will be on course to find what God always intended for our lives.


Throughout the history of the church, we see ordinary Christians do extraordinary things - and blessed the world over through Christ - Even today we live in the shadow of their influence, they changed their environment by being who God created them to reach their full stature in Christ. William Tyndale, Hudson Taylor, William Cary, General William Booth, George Muller, Amy Carmichael, Corrie Ten Boom. To name just a few.....They lived exceptional lives that made a difference...and that is what God wants and longs for each one of us. We can start by accepting the plan God has for our lives if we are willing to accept.  Through prayer and seeking God - Give up our plans and ambitions and embrace His - The one who is worthy of our lives - the Lord Jesus Christ.

Not reaching our full stature in Christ

Bonsai trees, those tiny miniature trees cultivated and developed to grow in shallow pots. They need  constant care. Just the right amount of water. and constant trimming. They have to grow in a controlled environment artificially....These trees always had the potential, the same capacity to reach the height and breadth they were meant to be...Even a sequoia placed in a bonsai pot can remain a miniature. But if these trees were suddenly placed in their natural environment they would quickly wilt and die…...

Pot bound - We may limit ourselves by not believing what God says about us in Christ. (If we are in Christ. If in doubt check what the scriptures say about being a Christian)  If we substitute His Word for our own expectations instead of Christs expectations for our life we have already fallen short. Our family expectations, our peers expectations...even religious expectations, traditions and passivity can interfere and cause us to stumble. Being bound by fear can cause us to miss out on God's best.   God destined us in Christ to make an impact in this change the world and lives for the better. If we are not.... then why not? Study the scriptures, pray and seek God..... and find out!   

Take a look at those stately sequoias let them speak to us of our destiny in Christ  - Being who God always intended us to be in Christ.

"Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ" Ephesians 4:13

Tuesday, 3 October 2017

Live Art

I have been doing live art during preaching here in Brazil for a couple of months.....We think it is going very well....each church where we go, gets the finished picture as a gift to bless them. 

A picture can be finished 15 -1 hour depending on the subject. I can work closely with a theme or scripture a speaker is giving. Prayer and preparation is a priority

Some photos of last Sunday at a local Baptist church - the picture was done within 40 - 1 hour. The preaching was from John 9 - Jesus healing the man born blind. 

Also a short video of another project we are developing

Best wishes and God bless 

Peter N Millward

Sunday, 13 August 2017

JOCUM PRAIA - Saturday Children's Club- The Lion and the Lamb

We had a Lion and the Lamb themed event for our children's saturday morning club. I prepared a picture before hand to practice speed painting to music.  My wife Josi did a short introduction to the Lion and the Lamb, explaining the significance of the Lion and Lamb in scripture.  After this I produced a much bigger picture for the event performed to music. Afterwards the children were able to paint a Lion and Lamb themed panel on the wall....a bit like the famous Bayeux Tapestry. But ours tells the amazing victory of the Lion and the Lamb in scripture.