Divine Design No. 3

This week’s design example comes from a lesson I presented several months ago. A passage from Second Chronicles 32 was on my mind and a lesson grew out of some study within that passage. King Hezekiah says in verses 7-8 to the captains he put in charge of his soldiers:

Be strong and courageous; do not be afraid nor dismayed before the king of Assyria, nor before all the multitude that is with him; for there are more with us than with him.  With him is an arm of flesh; but with us is the Lord our God, to help us and to fight our battles.

As I studied, I couldn’t help but think about how destructive cowardly behavior is to the Church. I was disheartened to study and meditate on all those who had left the faith because of the world’s attacks and felt motivated to strengthen the backbone of those within my congregation. A sermon entitled “Cowards” grew out of that desire.

When it came to the design part of the process, my thoughts immediately when to ideas that represent cowardice. Eventually, I found this vector image from Vectorstock that truly encapsulated my thoughts. It’s a chicken, an animal that visually represents cowardice in a subtle, non-threatening way.

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After some editing, I was able to remove the words from the vector and produce this blank slate for text and content.

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Narrowing down a font was actually straightforward. The image contained a rough, weathered look so an appropriately rough font was necessary. I settled on ChunkFive Print which can be downloaded for free by following this link. Applying the uppercase font with a 9-degree tilt gave the image this look.

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While I liked this look, I wasn’t completely satisfied with it, so I added a yellow filter on top of the image and text which left the final look as you can see below.

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After that edit, the visual component of this lesson reflected the color and animal most symbolic with cowardice. That made a ton of sense to me and hopefully to those observing from the crowd. When it came to content slides, I stuck with the ChunkFive Print font for Bible verses, observations, and quotes. As I typically do, I also minimized the main logo and put it in the far right corner to carry-on the visual connection of a chicken and the title, Cowards.

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In the end, I was very pleased with this simple design. It casually reflected my thoughts while enhancing the message. It wasn’t overwhelming or bombastic, which could have been easy to do when delivering a message that really irritates you as a speaker. I certainly believe my message was uplifting for those who stand to fight and motivational for those who are fearful.

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