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Tychicus Faithful Helper Award

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Introducing the 2016 Biblical Character Awards

The Biblical Character Awards are my way of featuring a handful of readers and recognizing them for their contribution to my life and ministry.


“They have been a wonderful encouragement to me, as they have been to you. You must show your appreciation to all who serve so well” (1 Corinthians 16:18).


Meet Tori Deaux

Tori Deaux


I have an artist-friend who doesn’t like a lot of recognition but Tori Deaux (pronounced “doe”) has helped me in both personal and professional ways. This year she has begun re-designing some of my book covers so we can see if that helps increase sales. But it’s not like she has nothing else to do. Tori is known for her case full of Quirks, her personal brand of creatures that are part penguin and part elephant (or something like that!). The Quirks help her talk about difficult subjects with a whimsical interface.

Speaking of whimsical, her paper plate doodles are a favorite among fans of her art. The plates often convey a nearly Dr. Seuss-like quality. They are like creative sparks from one artist that somehow ignites a creative spark in others. It goes beyond whimsical to almost magical.

For all the time she has donated to helping me and for her ongoing encouragement of my personal, spiritual, and professional growth despite overwhelming obstacles for me, I am pleased to honor her with the Tychicus Faithful Helper Award. (PLUS, THIS IS HER BIRTHDAY WEEK AND I WANTED TO SURPRISE HER WITH THIS.)


Tychicus Faithful Helper Award

The Apostle Paul gave credit to Tychicus for being a faithful helper who served with him in the Lord’s work. Tychicus was more than a servant or co-worker; he was a beloved brother to Paul. For this reason, the Tychicus Faithful Helper Award goes to someone who goes above and beyond in helping others, not out of duty but out of a faithful heart bound to others in love and devotion.

Tychicus will give you a full report about how I am getting along. He is a beloved brother and faithful helper who serves with me in the Lord’s work (Colossians 4:7).


Tychicus Faithful Helper Award

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