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Happy New Year!!

Purple flower by Mick Hales
Purple flower by Mick Hales

Christine did a series of four illustrated talks for the Church of the Redeemer on ‘Art in the Church’ up to 1600s. They were mostly viewed on line and You Tube has been carrying them as well. It is a fascinating subject, how Art was affected by the split between the Eastern and Western Churches. The Eastern remained more God centered and mystical utilizing icons where as the West became more humanistic and pointed towards man and his achievements. Christine is very interested in where art’s function is in contemporary Christianity; especially how that relates to the fundamentals of iconography in the American Christian culture today. She has been exploring a post graduate study in this subject, possibly in London.

Christine Hales
Christine Hales

Here are the you tube links for the talks- they are great!!

First Talk: https://youtu.be/Vr3QAYxUdS4 Second Talk: https://youtu.be/Omt6QrIZj-k

Third Talk: https://youtu.be/vm08il91LBo Fourth Talk: https://youtu.be/qcZo2blc0Rg

Mick Hales, Hibiscus
Mick Hales, Hibiscus

Michael’s Ministry

Michael, continues with his chaplaincy work in the local hospital when specific terminal calls come in. The Covid transmission is expanding again and inevitably the deaths are increasing too. Spending even a small amount of time around the nurses and patients on the front line of this pandemic, there is no doubt that to downplay the seriousness of Covid 19 is an arrogant deception, as some news stations have purposely and tragically successfully done. 

Mick Hales shells
Mick Hales shells

Thank God, that within nature we can also be reminded of the creative hand of God. In deed that is so significant at this extremely pressured time to turn our eyes onto what is good, as Philippians 4:8 always reminds us. 

Christine Hales, Sarasota
Christine Hales, Sarasota

‘Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is 

pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.’

Also to seek the truth, not be led by deception away from focusing on Christ but swimming in the spirit of politics, which has surrounded the recent election, as 2 Corinthians 11:3 warns.

‘But I am afraid that as the serpent deceived Eve by his cunning, your thoughts will be led astray from a sincere and pure devotion to Christ.’

Mick Hales, Christmas
Mick Hales, Christmas

So my prayer is that we keep eyes on God and the Blessings he continues to pour into our lives through this New Year, filled with new opportunities for the church.

Sending you all our love and prayers for a blessed, healthy and Happy New Year!

Michael and Christine Hales

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The Eagle Has Landed!

Recently Christine and I were swimming in our communal pool, close to sunset, and we had a visitation from a bald eagle. It swept into a tree close by, then decided to come and perch directly above our pool, on a low oak bow. We watched it and it watched us. We prayed and sang in tongues. It watched us. We treaded water and swam, it kept watching us. Half an hour later we finished swimming and the eagle was still there.

Mick Hales
c. Mick Hales

Biblically, eagles are associated with Old testament prophets. They are also symbolic of spiritual victory. They are one of four faces of the cherub, along with humans, lions and eagles. They are often described in flight because that is where their beauty, speed and power is really evident. They are also very caring and nurturing for their young.

Flora.MickHales
Flora

In June 20th 1782 the bald eagle was adopted as the American national emblem and appears on many forms of coinage, bills and national insignia. The eagle represented leadership and freedom. At this moment America is poised at possibly the most significant political election of our lifetime. Which direction the eagle flies will determine the kind of world we live in.

Mick Hales
Mick Hales plant

America, for many, was known, as a ‘great melting pot’, where people of all kinds, color or social standing could join in, with grit and desire, to form an extraordinary blending of multiple talents. This blending was unique in its vision of and for freedom. Unfortunately, that vision has fallen into multiple layers of divisive misinformation. The real truth about America is hard to identify, but that has become our work of the future. The ‘truth and reconciliation’ programs which have led many nations and communities out of extreme division and destruction, could be explored here. However, that route functions not through a spirit of politics, of domination and contrition. It has to come through the Holy Spirit, of truth and forgiveness.

Flower.Mick Hales
Flower.Mick Hales

The church, in its collective nature, needs to focus not on the realm of politics, but on the Holy Spirit and Kingdom of God.  

John 8:31-32  “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, 32 and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

The church has handed it’s work over to politicians and politicians have run with that power for their own gain. We need to really find the truth behind the deep roots of division and disparity of race, employment, incarceration and health within America.  The church is the only body capable of doing that. 

Plants.Mick Hales
Plants.Mick Hales

So, I am praying, for righteous leaders to start searching for truth and reconciliation, from within the church. To come forth to lead a unified church, not from the fallen platform of politics, but through the living body of Christ. It has worked in the past and with prayer it can happen again here, ‘in the land of the free.’

I hope that is a prayer you could join with me in.

Sending Love and prayers,

Michael and Christine Hales

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