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Texas church creates 17,000-square-foot Jesus visible by planes
Beaumont Enterprise ^ | 18 April 2014 | Craig Hlavaty

Posted on 04/19/2014 6:23:29 AM PDT by Gamecock

A church in Grapevine, Texas, is getting into the Easter spirit this week by creating a giant chalk-portrait of Jesus Christ in their parking lot.

Fellowship Church is led by Pastor Ed Young, who started the evangelical Christian church in 1990 with about 150 people in Irving. They now have 10 church campuses worldwide. His father is Dr. Ed Young, the head of Second Baptist here in Houston.

According to church spokesman Andy Boyd, the 17,000-square-foot drawing of the face of Jesus took 700 volunteers over 9,100 man-hours to create. They also used 6,700 individual pieces of chalk and 125 bags of charcoal, for the black parts of the drawing. The creation is little under half the size of a football field.

The project was only days in the planning stages, Boyd says. Pastor Young woke up with the idea and set out to make it a reality.

"He got the idea a week ago to create the world's largest chalk Jesus," Boyd said. One week later, volunteers showed up to make it happen.

"Work began at 7 a.m. on Wednesday morning and worked until the sun went down that night," says Boyd. It took a little over 12 hours to create.

It can be seen from planes flying into and out of nearby Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport.

It's a part of the church's Art of Easter celebration, based on the pastor's current sermon series, which runs through this weekend. Boyd said Young will be painting as a part of his sermons this weekend.

Easter and Christmas are the two biggest holidays when people who don't have a relationship with a church go looking for one, Boyd said. The drawing is a way to create interest in the church.

Local stores let the church buy the chalk at below sale price, he said.

Is the church worried about rain washing away the drawing?

"It actually rained a bit yesterday, and we are expecting some rain on Sunday," says Boyd. "If that happens we'll just have the world's largest abstract portrait."

Boyd said the church is rather unique in the fact that they have embraced projects like this and they have also keyed into social media with their flock.

'We have Selfie Sundays where we encourage church members to take pics of themselves in church," Boyd says.


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1 posted on 04/19/2014 6:23:29 AM PDT by Gamecock
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To: Gamecock
The illustration.


2 posted on 04/19/2014 6:26:59 AM PDT by alancarp
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To: Gamecock

3 posted on 04/19/2014 6:27:44 AM PDT by Gamecock (If the cross is not foolishness to the lost world then we have misrepresented the cross." S.L.)
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4 posted on 04/19/2014 6:30:01 AM PDT by Gamecock (If the cross is not foolishness to the lost world then we have misrepresented the cross." S.L.)
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To: Gamecock

The google satellite photo of their building has a large logo for the church....they ARE working the technology.


5 posted on 04/19/2014 6:32:26 AM PDT by libertarian27 (FreeRepublic Cookbooks 2011 & 2012 - Click Profile)
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To: Gamecock

The graven images crowd will be along shortly...


6 posted on 04/19/2014 6:35:07 AM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Qui me amat, amat et canem meum.)
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To: Gamecock
Millions of lost souls in this country, many in their own neighborhoods. And they do this idiotic publicity stunt.

Duuuuude...you go to that church that made gnarly huge picture of that bearded dude? WOW! That's righteous...dude.
Can I go to church with you sometime?

(Yeah...right)

7 posted on 04/19/2014 6:40:12 AM PDT by mountn man (The Pleasure You Get From Life Is Equal To The Attitude You Put Into It)
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To: Gamecock

I have visited Ed Young’s church. He gives a salvation message. What’s the problem with Ed Young?


8 posted on 04/19/2014 6:41:09 AM PDT by stars & stripes forever (Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord.)
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To: alancarp

Looks like Jim Messina. Why would they want people in planes to see Jim Messina?


9 posted on 04/19/2014 6:43:46 AM PDT by AppyPappy
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To: stars & stripes forever

Did I say something is wrong with Ed Young? I report, you decide.


10 posted on 04/19/2014 6:45:00 AM PDT by Gamecock (If the cross is not foolishness to the lost world then we have misrepresented the cross." S.L.)
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To: Gamecock
If anyone's driving I-40 across the Panhandle, a stop at Groom, TX to visit this is well worth it.


11 posted on 04/19/2014 6:46:58 AM PDT by ErnBatavia (The 0baMao Experiment: Abject Failure)
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To: Gamecock

I report, you decide...

Giant-sized chalk etching in honor of Jesus or “museum worthy” piss-Jesus, you decide. A picture is worth a thousand words.


12 posted on 04/19/2014 6:49:04 AM PDT by stars & stripes forever (Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord.)
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To: Gamecock

“He got the idea a week ago to create the world’s largest chalk Jesus,”

Yeah...and Christians wonder why the faith isnt being taken seriously anymore?


13 posted on 04/19/2014 6:50:30 AM PDT by VanDeKoik
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To: Gamecock

It would be awesome if they could set all of the dark areas on fire(including the eyes), and took pics of it from a plane or satellite!


14 posted on 04/19/2014 6:50:41 AM PDT by KoRn (Department of Homeland Security, Certified - "Right Wing Extremist")
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To: AppyPappy

I dunno more like Kenny Loggins to me.


15 posted on 04/19/2014 6:50:41 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: dfwgator

A little like a cross between Dan Fogelburg and Tim Weisberg. Like if they were twins sons of different mothers.


16 posted on 04/19/2014 6:54:37 AM PDT by AppyPappy
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To: AppyPappy

As Robin Williams said, “When Jesus comes back, he’s not going to look like Ted Nugent....he’s coming back as Charles Bronson and he’s going to be [ticked off].”


17 posted on 04/19/2014 6:58:14 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: mountn man

They mocked Jesus before He was crucified . . .now where are they?

This chalk portrait is a testimony. It represents Light in a dark country. People that can’t stand to look at a portrait of Jesus must be in darkness.


18 posted on 04/19/2014 6:58:47 AM PDT by Maudeen (Jesus is the Answer. . .now what is the problem?)
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To: AppyPappy; dfwgator

I always picture Jesus as a young Billy Crystal.


19 posted on 04/19/2014 6:59:35 AM PDT by Hoodat (Democrats - Opposing Equal Protection since 1828)
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To: Gamecock

better that it Be Jesus than Obie!


20 posted on 04/19/2014 7:03:34 AM PDT by MeshugeMikey ( "Never, never, never give up". Winston Churchill)
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To: Gamecock

This sounds like a case of “ministry envy”

At least these people weren’t sitting on a bar stool soaking up the suds for those hours.

The chalk drawing got people “talking about Jesus”. . .unfortunately on this particular thread there are some posts “talking about Jesus” in a mocking way.


21 posted on 04/19/2014 7:23:34 AM PDT by Maudeen (Jesus is the Answer. . .now what is the problem?)
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To: ErnBatavia

Drove by this just the other day....Impressive!....Joyful!


22 posted on 04/19/2014 7:32:22 AM PDT by Guenevere
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To: Gamecock

You know that is really cool.

I wonder if they used equipment like when you chalk endzones and such or if they hand did the whole thing.


23 posted on 04/19/2014 7:40:21 AM PDT by wonkowasright (Wonko from outside the asylum)
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To: Maudeen

I am pretty sure this isn’t a portrait of Jesus. I don’t think this is how He
looks now. (Most probably not how He looked before He was crucified either.) It does however look like a graven image to me.


24 posted on 04/19/2014 7:41:20 AM PDT by Ramonne
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To: Gamecock

According to church spokesman Andy Boyd...

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We have Selfie Sundays where we encourage church members to take pics of themselves in church,” Boyd says.

Easter and Christmas are the two biggest holidays when people who don’t have a relationship with a church go looking for one, Boyd said. THE DRAWING IS A WAY TO CREATE INTEREST IN THE CHURCH.

Churches who need ‘spokesmen’ that use the word ‘selfie’ to describe a worship service for the One who told us to deny our ‘selfies’ each day, well they have a different messiah than I do..

I would stay far away from that social club flock and whoever is shepherding them.they have a substitute message and messiah..


25 posted on 04/19/2014 7:45:56 AM PDT by delchiante
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To: Maudeen
OK, I'll play.

That is a blasphemous attempt to make money by a prosperity driven church.

Jesus is not glorified by this nonsense.

At least these people weren’t sitting on a bar stool soaking up the suds for those hours.

Because that is the only other thing that people not drawing a "chalk Jesus" could be doing, right? </sarc>

26 posted on 04/19/2014 7:47:00 AM PDT by Gamecock (If the cross is not foolishness to the lost world then we have misrepresented the cross." S.L.)
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To: Joe 6-pack

Those darn sticklers for God’s law. What are they thinking?


27 posted on 04/19/2014 7:47:41 AM PDT by .45 Long Colt
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To: ErnBatavia

Is this Catholic? It seems the stations of the cross are portrayed on the outside circle. Just curious.

CC


28 posted on 04/19/2014 7:47:52 AM PDT by Celtic Conservative (tease not the dragon for thou art crunchy when roasted and taste good with ketchup)
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To: VanDeKoik

Well said. Jesus’ concept of the church was to “make disciples” so that those folks could go make more disciples. They don’t stay in. They go out. The attraction ought to be who Jesus is and what He’s done for us, not some gimmick.


29 posted on 04/19/2014 7:49:09 AM PDT by kpbruinfan ("Time, if nothing else, will do its worst so do me a favor and tell me the good news first." - Peart)
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To: Celtic Conservative

Nope. Evangelical Prosperity Megachurch.
Generally speaking the YBPDLNPL avoids Roman Catholic issues. One exception was the Roman Catholic Church purchasing the Crystal Cathedral.


30 posted on 04/19/2014 7:53:41 AM PDT by Gamecock (If the cross is not foolishness to the lost world then we have misrepresented the cross." S.L.)
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To: Gamecock

At least Aaron’s idol was made of gold.

Ed Young, Jr. needs to familiarize himself with historic Baptist thought or stop masquerading as Baptist. Spurgeon’s sermon “A Jealous God.” would be an excellent place for to start.

http://www.biblebb.com/files/spurgeon/0502.htm


31 posted on 04/19/2014 7:58:15 AM PDT by .45 Long Colt
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To: ErnBatavia

A bunch of us stopped there when on a bus tour years ago.

That place is amazing and very inspiring.


32 posted on 04/19/2014 8:14:22 AM PDT by Syncro (Benghazi-LIES/CoverupIRS-LIES/CoverupDOJ-NO Justice--Etc Marxist Treason IMPEACH!)
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To: stars & stripes forever
Adherents of more formal, liturgically oriented churches appear to enjoy being aghast at the ticky-tacky exuberance of more informal evangelicals, particularly the “mega-churches.”

As long as they're Biblically sound and preaching salvation, I see no problem, myself. To each his own, a different style attracts different people.

33 posted on 04/19/2014 8:22:26 AM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: .45 Long Colt

Icons, Graven Images and the Church
by. Dr. C. Matthew McMahon

http://www.apuritansmind.com/the-christian-walk/the-tract-series/icons-graven-images-and-the-church-by-dr-c-matthew-mcmahon/


34 posted on 04/19/2014 8:37:02 AM PDT by .45 Long Colt
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To: Celtic Conservative

I think it’s non-denominational, but it looks to me, also, to have a Catholic tilt............


35 posted on 04/19/2014 8:44:18 AM PDT by ErnBatavia (The 0baMao Experiment: Abject Failure)
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To: .45 Long Colt
"Those darn sticklers for God’s law. What are they thinking?"

I would think the sticklers for God's law would be aware of calumny, and yet they accuse others of "worshipping images," when such is not the case.

36 posted on 04/19/2014 8:50:57 AM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Qui me amat, amat et canem meum.)
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To: ErnBatavia
http://bigdawgimages.net/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/GroomTX.2011-0865.jpg

My first thought was the cross at Effingham, Ill-i-noise. It looks just like this one.


37 posted on 04/19/2014 8:51:15 AM PDT by Lee N. Field ("He will swallow up death forever")
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To: dfwgator

Che?


38 posted on 04/19/2014 8:52:18 AM PDT by csmusaret (Will remove Obama-Biden bumperstickers for $10)
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To: Joe 6-pack

American’s are too sophisticated to bow down before something like this. But they’ll spend 9,100 hours drawing it!


39 posted on 04/19/2014 8:55:29 AM PDT by Gamecock (If the cross is not foolishness to the lost world then we have misrepresented the cross." S.L.)
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To: Gamecock
"But they’ll spend 9,100 hours drawing it!'

If an artist, singer, architect, plumber, electrician, or ditch digger for that matter uses their God given talents and skills to the best of their ability to give glory to god in the best way they know how, I don't see a problem with 9,100 hours or 91,000 hours.

40 posted on 04/19/2014 8:59:44 AM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Qui me amat, amat et canem meum.)
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To: Gamecock

Ed Young’s church in Grapevine is a fine one and he is a solid Pastor. Biblically based.


41 posted on 04/19/2014 9:13:41 AM PDT by buffaloguy
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To: RegulatorCountry

I think their real concern is that someone is having fun in church. Frosts their cookies, ya know......


42 posted on 04/19/2014 9:18:34 AM PDT by buffaloguy
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To: Ramonne
According to Colton Burpo (the little boy of Heaven Is For Real) he looked like this:


43 posted on 04/19/2014 9:19:19 AM PDT by mc5cents (Pray for America)
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To: Celtic Conservative

My Baptist church has had the stations of the cross for the last two Easters and a huge number of people go through it. It is wildly popular.

The pastor is Ed Young Sr., btw.


44 posted on 04/19/2014 9:28:33 AM PDT by buffaloguy
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To: buffaloguy

He must be good!

Why else would he have a corporate jet and and 8,000 square for mansion?


45 posted on 04/19/2014 9:34:29 AM PDT by Gamecock (If the cross is not foolishness to the lost world then we have misrepresented the cross." S.L.)
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To: Gamecock

Well, all you killjoys are decrying this really clever testimony, but the bottom line is that we are now talking about Jesus in a public forum.

Pretty good outreach.


46 posted on 04/19/2014 9:36:47 AM PDT by buffaloguy
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To: buffaloguy

No. We are talking about megachurch pastors and what they are doing.


47 posted on 04/19/2014 9:39:19 AM PDT by Gamecock (If the cross is not foolishness to the lost world then we have misrepresented the cross." S.L.)
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To: Gamecock

If it makes people think of Jesus from picture then while thinking say a pray with meaning. It is a good thing. I asked when I was young for God if he is really there could he show me where I will know that I know for sure he exists. The things that preceded after that were miraculous. Just amazing. The littlest pray with conviction can lead to Heaven . Amen. Praise be to Jesus.


48 posted on 04/19/2014 9:41:29 AM PDT by johngrace (I am a 1 John 4! Christian- declared at every Sunday Mass , Divine Mercy and Rosary prayers!)
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To: Gamecock

Then find out what they are doing. Most mega churches are conservative and that is why they are popular, not because the teach a prosperity gospel. They don’t.

They are also filled with Christian activists who are coming up with new outreach projects, some of which a a lot of fun.


49 posted on 04/19/2014 9:50:50 AM PDT by buffaloguy
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To: buffaloguy
Oh? Explain.
50 posted on 04/19/2014 9:54:35 AM PDT by Gamecock (If the cross is not foolishness to the lost world then we have misrepresented the cross." S.L.)
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