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Paint – and – Pen is the blog and website of Lori and Nicholas Vafiades. Lori has been an artist and art pastor for over 20 years, and has a number of various ministries she is involved in in her local church and community, as well as ministering to believers in various venues across the US and around the world. Nicholas has been a writer and editor since his days of serving with Focus on the Family, and now ministers to people around the world through his personal blog at averagechristiannet.net, as well as producing writing and editing projects for Christian workers.

Latest Posts

Sparkling Gems from the Greek — 1 Peter 5:8

Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour. Some good insights here. For instance, the word “alert” here is the kind of alertness that is a continual and perpetual alertness. From Crosswalk.com…………….

Psalm 90: A Brief Life, Our Eternal God, and Unending Joy

This article wades a little deeper into Psalm 90, to show us some important points for us to take to heart: our lives are short; God is eternal; so, it is best for us to seek God’s favor now, and to enjoy Him forever after our short lives are over. From Knowable Word………………

WHEN PEACE AND UNITY SEEM IMPOSSIBLE 

The title for this article alone drew me in, because it certainly seems these days that peace and unity are really hard to come right now. In fact, I am a fan of the Denver Broncos, and I had to endure through a summer of arguments between the fans who were split between the two […]

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