Just as you have it on the background would have been better, the 45 degree turn lends to the "no smoking" circle/slash symbol thingy.. :o) ..nice job, looks comfortable.
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I like this a lot. Though, I think you might want to try a different texture. This one seems a little heavy for the design. Might be interesting to see DEATH - IS DEAD - as I think that might balance out the design a little more. Agreeing with Troy though, you've made amazing improvements!
Nice work, Charles! You're really coming along in your skills. Compare this to your early submissions. I'm actually liking the background a lot. With the popularity of skulls in apparel, it would be a great addition to a Christian shirt with a message like this. Here's a thought, what if you add a paraphrase of verse 57? "We have victory through our Lord Jesus Christ." (Either below this or written in the circle...?) Great design nonetheless! Proud of you, man.