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September 28, 2007

 

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January 16, 2021

 

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www.eds-art.net

Casting Art to the Net

Purpose:

Provide an uplifting website following God's guidance through Spirit and Scripture 

Galatians 6:1-10

Design:

Page 1. Workings

drawings, paintings, exposition, Bible references

 
Page 2. Writings
Bible inspired compositions, cultural comments 

Page 3. Diversionings
motorcycle poem and adventure highlights
 
Page 4. Meanderings
wacky noodle inner and outer space anecdotal humor
 
Page 5. Meetings
brief bio, bipolar disorder account 

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Introduction:

This privately owned, self-published Christian and Art based website is free browsing for you and features a spiritually engaging collection of aesthetic works and compelling words that help celebrate God's truth, beauty and goodness. 2 Corinthians 10:12-13

Art is a celebration of God's gifts, both in our minds and in the rest of His Creation.

Sleepy Morning "Cloud"

An Artist finishes their work, and an audience completes it.

Thank you for browsing by! I hope you enjoy your visit here. My aim is that you find this website uplifting and spread the word and Word.

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Credits:

Glory belongs to God!

God's incredible Art and Word awakens our senses and heals our soul. Isaiah 53:5

God is the reason I have survived, the reason I have a loving family and is the only reason I have this art to display to the Net. God inspires and helps me every step of the way. And Jesus Christ is the only reason I will survive the new heaven and new earth

Special thanks to my Internet resources and ongoing support highlighted at Special Links.

Contents:

Art & Exposition

Artwork highlights over the years with brief descriptions

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Log Cabin Church is the pinnacle work from my pre-retirement era

Inspired words from my heart and brain with illustrative images

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The Road series is a spiritual journey of a Christian kind

Inspired motorcycle poem and adventure images with brief accounts  

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Call of the Wind was inspired by two wheeled highway fun

Twisted Cosmics

Featured science funnies and not so deep thoughts with various images

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My wife says if we are invaded by space aliens that I will have a family reunion

Brief self bio with images, poetry and contact form

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Bipolar Awareness is a firsthand account of bipolar disorder

 

For illustrated effects and some battle strategies see Manic Depression

Ed Caldwell (Bear)
Canton, Georgia USA

Photo credit: Phoebe Chen

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Casting Art to the Net

Light in Darkness

Good ultimately prevails over evil...

God's bridge between darkness and light painted with morning color!

darkness seeps... 
only 'til light casts it back to the deep

We Need God

If we are mentally without God, we are spiritually alone and left to our own designs and conclusions. Without God we have to explain away our world so that the universe conforms to our man made rules... And without God our rules are imperfect leaving us with an artificial sense of purpose or no sense of purpose at all. Without God we become our own flawed god and remove ourselves from the great goodness and reward that comes from seeking a relationship with our Creator. Without God we easily hate and raise ourselves above others since we perceive ourselves as the highest authority. We need God because we cannot grow properly without Him. Without God we are like lost or spoiled children living without supervision pretending to successfully fend for ourselves. We need God so we can more readily overcome evil. And all of us need God's love! We need God because without Him we become self-righteous. Even us good intentioned Christians can act with self-righteousness by uninvitedly imposing our own belief doctrine onto non-Christians. We need God's Word to guide us into properly loving others to celebrate that we are all different. 1 Peter 3:15

 

God Loves Us

 

God communicates with everyone and everything at the same time without blinking an "eye"... mind boggling to us... routine for Him! I love God with all my being. Sometimes, I realize there’s a message that He’s been sending me for a long time. He’s so patient! I don’t always grasp the messages right away. I wish that wasn’t true. I can be so slow on the uptake that I’m amazed He doesn’t give up. I deeply love His patience and especially appreciate His sense of humor. I cannot fathom His degree of understanding, but I know it’s there. When I’m actually able to finally listen, I hear unimaginable compassion for all of us. He let’s me know that He loves me deeply and knows I love Him too! 1 John 4:16

 

Light Prevails

 

Problems we face usually work out for the good, even the difficult ones when we persevere. Jesus tells us not to worry about our lives. Matthew 6:25-34 I know that trusting in His goodness and light is what He wants us to do, especially in trying times. Not all of us are equipped to battle evil at the same level, but all of us can certainly trust in God... Evil can win a battle but it cannot win a war... In time, goodness and light will prevail. Revelation 21:1-8

The Road

A single perspective, path and purpose...

"Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will." Romans 12:2 NIV

We are all traveling a spiritual journey. We are constantly making "steering wheel" decisions. Our destination is determined by our interaction with others which is a reflection of our relationship with God. Matthew 7

The Road Ahead

Blue Ridge Parkway

"There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.1 John 4:18 NIV

Just like the Blue Ridge Parkway, our country is divided... that’s well documented and the division is stark. The Conservative side is basically Christian in nature... a life starts at conception. The Liberal side is basically not Christian in nature... a life is disposable. 

 
In the above BRP photo,  we are heading north. North is up. Up is toward Heaven. In my imagination I can see a pareidolia of a cross in a tree that’s up and around the bend on the horizon. I enjoy finding subtle messages from God like that. It’s affirmation for me because that’s what I choose to see.
 
I know that God loves me... I know that God loves all of us... that’s why He gave us free will... so we could choose on our own to love Him back. The reward is beyond words. But if we deny God, there is no reward... only the second death.

God is reflected in everything. (see White at Log Cabin Church) - In the above BRP photo, the reflection of the sun on the camera lens is another pareidolia that I choose to see... God explains to us in His Word and when we study the intricacies of life and the universe that He is beyond our understanding. He loves when we seek Him and He rewards us infinite times over what we deserve when we do... I see the sun reflecting on the lens (apparently pointing at the pareidolia tree forming a cross) as God beaming with pride in His Son Jesus Christ who died on the cross as a human for OUR sins.
 

God in Christ Jesus sacrificed His human mortal life so that we would be able to live in His holy presence as Jesus's followers. John 11:25 This will physically happen for those of us who are still living our mortal life - when Jesus returns for the second time after His resurrection (the Rapture). Thessalonians 4:17 God's home will be among us. We will live our second life eternally in His incredible, wonderful Holy presence... without pain or sorrow... all things will be new. Isaiah 65:17 Knowing that helps ease the struggles in this life. Those that had already passed and followed Christ's teachings will have been with God in Heaven "waiting" for us. We will live eternally outside the dimensions of time and space after we pass. After Jesus was resurrected, He demonstrated that for us. John 20:26 Therefore, we enter Heaven at our time of passing.

Road to Second Death

 
Living with Christ in our spirit is rewarding beyond words, but this life is not without challenges. This world is not Heaven. We battle evil every step of our mortal way. God’s good plan for us is in our individual futures. If, for example, we lie and cheat throughout our mortal life... we face a second death instead of Heaven. But if we repent, we can overcome the second death. All it takes is seeking a relationship with Him by following Jesus Christ's teachings.

Road to Heaven

 

If you don't and decide that you do want a relationship with God, I recommend beginning with the Bible book of Job. Some Bible scholars believe Job is the oldest writing in Scripture. Job teaches us a fine lesson in humility... a good preparatory introduction into meeting with God. If you want to find God, you will... and you will be amazed by how loving and receptive He is and at how prominent He is reflected in everything.

The Road Behind

Jesus replied, "No one who puts a hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God.Luke 9:62 NIV

I would love to know more about the writers of Scripture. I expect they would be fascinating people to meet. Much of the Old Testament prophet Isaiah's writing is beautifully and emotionally charged. John had a special relationship with Christ. James grew up with Jesus and although she probably didn't write about it, Mary would most certainly have more stories to tell about Jesus's childhood. I'm looking forward to living outside time constraints.

God exists both inside and outside our space time continuum. That is demonstrated by Christ’s appearance to the disciples in a locked room after His resurrection. John 20:26 God knows all that has happened and all that’s going to happen. God loves all of us but it’s up to each one of us to love Him back... we get to decide that for ourselves. Faith in God means we shouldn’t worry and that we should keep a positive eye on the future.

The Road We Travel

The Right Path

It is my belief that each of us is inspired daily by what goes on around us. And that each of us have a choice as to how we react to those inspirations. God gave all of us independent thought. We can choose to be inspired by the abundant miracles in life we encounter or we can pick our inspiration from a perceived single endpoint of death... everything points from and to nothing. If we choose death as an end, we won’t mind lying, cheating and disrespecting others. That destructive road is well traveled.
 

But if we choose to focus on life, then we will want to respect others and take inspiration from even the simplest things that God has provided. The living road leads to God’s plan for us to meet Him in His loving and peaceful presence... for the rest of eternity. Do the research. Job is a good beginning > then keep reading...

 

"My ears had heard of you but now my eyes have seen you. Therefore I despise myself and repent in dust and ashes.” Job 42:5-6 NIV

The Road's End

There’s strengthening power in the realization that after Jesus’s next return, life for Christians will dramatically improve. That knowledge helps us overcome this world’s evil.

God teaches us how to behave through the writers of Scripture. Matthew 7 God also tells us that He loves us through Scripture (1 John 4:16) and His love is also revealed to us by the Natural World/Universe He created around us. God's signature "fingerprints" are everywhere. So we are without excuse. Romans 1:20 He explains through Scripture (Job 36:26) and we learn through our own scientific study that we cannot fully understand Him or explain life's intricately designed detail without Him. Job 37:5 

 

Like a good parent, God lovingly teaches us how we can die or else live renewed in His truth, beauty and goodness for eternity. Galatians 6:8 

 

No one but God knows when this world will end. Mark 13:32-33 God has always known... He knows EVERYTHING! We do well to listen. When we listen, we realize that God works everything out in His good and final earthly purpose. Revelations 21:1-8

Glory belongs to God!

Ed (Bear)

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Freedom is not Free!

Politics and the people...

"[God] makes nations great, and destroys them; He enlarges nations, and disperses them." Job 12:23 NIV

I love my country and the hard working friendly people that support and uphold our Constitution. But freedom of expression allows our citizens to protest and politically work toward inhibiting or eliminating our constitutional privileges. We must recognize that fundamental threat to our democracy and support political candidates that likewise support our Constitution. Maintaining our liberties depends on us to vote for what is right in God's eyes. Not following God’s direction takes us down a destructive path.

Freedom's Ring

In God We Trust

Freedom's Ring... It does not come from political power... it comes from the farmer, front line worker, soldier, grocery store clerk, steel worker and millions of other hard working American patriots that make up the foundation of our great country. Our founding fathers designed in our founding documents that this country would be powered not from the top down but from the ground up. President Lincoln's words “of the people, for the people and by the people” are sacred to us.
 

Why would the majority of citizens not see the stark difference in the two 2020 presidential candidates and vote for the one who is on the people’s side? How could the majority of citizens actually see Biden as a stronger and better leader? Evidence indicates that the election was rigged for Biden by the enemies of the people... the seekers of power.

The Democrats spent three and a half years trying to impeach President Trump by using a lie to try and cheat him out of office. They should have rallied behind our duly elected President but instead they and their mainstream media cohorts chose to perpetually harass him. President Trump represented the working taxpayers of America, not special interest groups like China or CNN.

 
I expect that the Democrats used fraudulent mail in voting and voting machine manipulating software. The Washington D.C. establishment has been clearly exposed as self serving and power hungry by Trump’s outsider infiltration and his careful interest in the American people. I’m betting if the mainstream media had been posting truth all along instead of their liberal political agenda, many honest citizens who voted for Biden would have instead voted for President Trump.
 
The most evil tactic of all from the Democrats was to use the pandemic as a political weapon. Although the mainstream media helped promote that unfair attack on President Trump, I am most ashamed of the American people that went along with that terrible unfair and morally wrong strategy allowing fear to dictate their vote instead of common sense. The pandemic is pure evil to be fought by all, not weaponized by corrupt politicians. Weaponization feeds the evil and incriminates the ones politicizing the virus.

1. Why did the pandemic come from China? Lab "accident"?
2. Why does China like Biden? Trade "deals"?
3. Why did the virus start when it did? "Unfortunate" circumstance?

It’s difficult to come to grips with the level of corruption and communistic political bias personified by many of the liberal Democratic Party, especially the fake news mainstream media. When I was growing up, Democrats and newscasters were more American and less polarized.
 

The liberal side today believe conservatism is culturally "backward" and that their liberal agenda is culturally "forward". In truth, the conservative side may be more stable and should be credited with more social and economic growth. The liberal side may be actually "backward" by lowering the value of a life to zero, plus threatening our economy and Constitutional privileges. People don't see that because mainstream media is on the liberal side and only report what they want people to know instead of the truth. Communism is real and is being practiced inside our country by the media and left wing liberals. Without proper voting, it's just a matter of time before we have a dictator.

Somewhere between Liberals and Conservatives is our cultural reality. Globalization might be a pivotal point. Liberals promote "one world" politics and Conservatives promote "taking care of ourselves first" politics. Maybe that's our political polarization in a nutshell. 

If we learned anything from President Trump, it's that our country is made better by focusing on our own cultural and economic health FIRST. And that we're better off with a sharp businessman as president.

 

Time will tell how well Biden works out. I look forward with HOPE to a POSITIVE outcome. That will require some legal pushback against the methodical removal of constitutional privileges by the oppressing liberal businesses and politicians.
 

President to be, Biden needs to work towards uniting the country like he promised. So far, he is doing the opposite. We need our courageous leaders to step up to the plate. Some are doing just that. But some leaders just keep fanning the flames of division.

Keep Moving Forward

If our country is operating optimally, we ALL rally behind our President. Or at least allow the duly elected President to do their job un-harassed (maybe some complaining... but only impeached if they break the law!)
 

It's time to put our collective eyes on the well-being of our great land and focus on our children's future! What legacy do we want to leave them? 
 

1. We came together and compromised to resolve our differences.

2. We broke out into civil war causing great hardship and heartbreak.

 

I hope you love your family like I love my family. If you do you will want them to have a free and happy life going forward - able to pursue their dreams. That's exactly what God tells us if we listen! We ALL are God's family! 
James 1:19

Paths have two different directions... so does life, most roads and American politics. Here inside the USA we have, in the mainstream... Democrats and Republicans, liberals and conservatives, division and unification, self-serving and self-sacrificing... and so on. 

We need to create a balance of political power not later, but right now! All of us can choose to improve our behavior. Peaceful debate is how we maintain the back and fourth, up and down motion of political policy balancing and keeping our country intact. We must keep the seesaw moving in order to prosper. If the seesaw goes out of balance, the fun ends and the end begins!

We consciously choose our guidance between God (life) and Satan (death). Claiming to follow God without doing so is a sure-fire death sentence. Revelations 21:8

First Amendment 

It’s our constitutional privilege to express ourselves as long as we are not harming anyone or anything. The riots disguised under "protests" are criminal acts and should be prosecuted. Peaceful protests are a privilege but harming others or property is a crime.
 

The Liberal Left wants to control what we can say and believe. Cancel Culture is insulting to EVERYONE! For example, Facebook and Twitter take it upon themselves to police postings if they don’t agree with the content. That is an anti-American communistic censoring practice. Facebook and Twitter are using their technical power to try and control what we say, read and think. They are evolving from free social media platforms into propaganda engines of the communist dictatorship acting Left.

Fortunately for me I have a very small following on Twitter and small group of friends on Facebook. That puts me under their radar so I'm not an annoyance to them. I only annoy my friends! But I have earned the Facebook "dispute badge" banner but I see that on my friends posts too... so maybe it's not so special.

The Democratic events unfolding since the CRIMINAL break-in to Congress on Jan 6 at 1 PM by the “protesters”, seem well orchestrated. From Vice President Biden’s uncharacteristic speech on that afternoon to Speaker Pelosi's rapid call for President Trump's impeachment to Big Tech quickly shutting down Parler and banning certain conservative Twitter clients, the most prominent of whom is President Trump. (His Twitter account has been terminated and he can no longer express himself on their platform.)

 

The Democrats and Big Tech are accusing President Trump of inciting the January 6 violence at the Capital. President Trump was not defeated in a fair fight. Our voting integrity is questionable. Weighted circumstantial and physical evidences point to a rigged election. We are all guilty of asserting our beliefs. That's why we have peaceful debates. President Trump believes that he was cheated and so do I. 

 

I do NOT believe that President Trump wanted violence to break out. I am certain that he was rallying a peaceful protest and simply encouraging the gathering. Nothing he said should have incited violence. Those of us that believe the election is fraudulent are expressing our thoughts which is our right. Some of President Trump's supporters AND the opposing liberals obviously have the wrong idea about how to go about making America great. It's through a balance of power. Not the annihilation of the other side.

 

I believe the people who broke the law and committed the violence are the actual ones to blame. So impeach them. They deserve jail time. The Democrats want to get rid of President Trump by making him a scapegoat and are using the January 6 violence as a weapon to do that. The Democrats say that they want to unite the country. But their actions speak otherwise. They've been trying to annihilate President Trump since before he took office. The liberal Democrats need to make restitution for that unhinged behavior.

 

Big Tech and Liberal Democrats do not respect different views from theirs. Big Tech is private business and currently operate in a capitolistic, free society. They provide a social service at no cost or restriction, but only if you agree with their views. They do not respect everyone. They've become a public town hall over the years and should not be terminating and buffering conservative accounts and yet allowing liberal accounts to run free. They cannot be allowed to crush their competition with blatant misuse of power and disregard for fair practices in business. Their attack on Parler is criminal.

 

People need to react appropriately to communist acting Big Tech Facebook and Twitter because of their anarchical behaviors. Businesses need to look for other service resources outside Google and Amazon servers. No company should be allowed to eliminate their competitor in such a blatant manner. Or treat the leader of the free world so offensively.

 

Parler is/was growing at a rapid rate because Big Tech is driving some of their clients away with anti-Conservative practices. The big difference in Parler is that they allow different views. There are obvious liberals on Parler that voice their thoughts uncensored. I applaud their support of freedom of expression. Big Tech is claiming Parler violated their contract but obviously just want them out of the way. 

 

It's just a matter of time before we have a communist dictator if we don't react and vote properly. We need alternatives to Twitter and Facebook such as Not the Bee. Businesses need alternatives to Google and Amazon such as 1&1 IONOS. We ALL need a NEW voting mechanism, one that is SECURE such as fingerprints, face recognition, retina scan, valid identification and a pulse!

Freedom of Expression

You can express yourself and communicate with your friends over the Internet outside of big tech social media! 

 

Starting your own website is not as difficult as you probably think. Your own website will be YOURS and insulated from Big Tech if you use an independent host like 1&1. Of course, a personal website is not exactly the same as a free account with the social media platform applications. Mainly because there's usually a hosting fee to post your own website and technical communication with your friends is done via your website (contact form, comments form, blog, etc.), and email, phone or texting. A blog may be the closest equivalent to posting in Twitter and Facebook.
 

With your own website you will be an independent voice over the internet and able to share whatever you deem appropriate with whoever you want to share your web address with. My website is not restricted and has visitors from around the globe, but you can limit your audience to your friends by requiring credentials to log in to your site. The 1&1 website will explain your options better than me... they are the experts!
 

Don't be intimidated by this beautiful Eds-Art.Net website... I'm a very blessed artist. But you don't have to be a talented artist to build a pretty website. Web hosts offer good-looking templates and other easy to use tools to help you publish a site you can be proud of. And the cost is not as difficult as you probably think either. Nothing that's free is free... except browsing Ed's Art Net of course. I pay a small fee and get a loving audience in return! Not your normal artist and audience relationship! But I get plenty of personal reward from my labor of love ❤️

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Second Amendment 

I want to believe that this country follows truth and corrects wrongs. Our rigged election is a disgrace. It’s insane that those involved from the Left think that it’s okay to cheat our country out of a legitimate election, defund the police and control gun ownership among law abiding citizens. The Left is fueling violence against America’s conservative heritage. The riots in the Democratic run cities and the rigging of the election are clear messages that the Left will do whatever it takes to get the power they want. The extreme level of voting corruption is embarrassing to the world. The insider attack on our constitutional privileges is deeply disturbing. No one is safe. We must be able to defend our families and our Constitution. Criminals do not obey the law.

Socialism

Some people in public office obviously get the wrong idea about their job security. The folks in the working public sector are expected to earn a profit or else loose their job. Some of our government officials apparently have gotten the idea that they are exempt from that requirement. Seems they have grown accustomed to getting paid regardless of the job they are doing. This “paid for poor performance” no matter the conditions of their governed communities creates a very “dangerous for the people” situation. Crime increases and morale decreases. These spoiled incompetent government officials now think that “everyone” should receive benefits from other people’s resources just like they do! Henceforth, the birth of Socialism and the death of Capitalism. Now “everyone” wants to get paid regardless of performance so production everywhere suffers. The only way to rectify this problem is to vote incompetent politicians out of office.

Communism

Sometimes our “spoiled” government officials get delusional and believe that they know what everyone else should be doing. Again, rectification could not be more clearer... vote them out or if it’s an emergency situation, petition them out. We are still (for now) a Democratic government run of, for and by the people. If we loose that, America has fallen.

Ed (Bear)

Casting Art [and sometimes politics] to the Net

In God We Trust

"A man dies when he refuses to stand up for that which is right. A man dies when he refuses to stand up for justice. A man dies when he refuses to take a stand for that which is true." 

Martin Luther King, Jr.

 

"Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same." 

Ronald Reagan

 

"We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope." 
Martin Luther King, Jr.