promophotoIt’s not JUST about the art… 

AMOKArts is about PASSION
It’s about a passion to know Jesus and make Him known.

AMOKArts is about VISION
It’s about helping people to find God’s plan and purpose for their lives, to find and use their gifts to glorify God, serve others and make the world a better place.

AMOKArts is about MISSION
It’s about helping churches to empower their people to be all God intended them to be so the church can fulfill the mission God has given them.

I want to help people and churches to have a passion for Jesus, live their vision and accomplish their mission. Art is the tool, but it’s all about Jesus. I’d love to come to your church, participate in your program, paint and call and help people find and use their gifts to serve the Lord. Contact me today!

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I saw this video and I think it bears repeating.

I had someone ask me once if I thought the internet was the beast of Revelation. I don’t think that. I know it has allied me to connect with people all over the world and as such it could be a mighty tool for the Gospel, or it could be really misused. I’m of the belief that technology is ambivalent. It can go either way. It’s a tool. It’s how we use it that’s important. There are great times to use it and there are times to unplug. I am trying to use this as a rule of thumb andI fail at it a lot. If I am with another person face to face, I want to be present with them not looking at a screen. This past summer, I unplugged for a week when we were on vacation. It was one of the best vacations I ever had because we were all fully present.

Of course the other consideration that we need to look at is if we’re always plugged in, when do we connect with God? If we can’t disconnect for another human who we can see, home many things do we miss from the invisible, but ever present God.

There’s a time and a place for everything. Sometimes though we do need to unplug.

MISSPOSSI know this is a drum I beat a lot, and I pray you’re not sick of hearing it, but I feel like I have to express it. I’m doing a series of revival meetings this week and as usual they center around using our gift to spread the Gospel, practicing what I preach by using mine. The church is wonderful, the people are wonderful and I feel the Spirit of God moving as I share from my heart. This is my passion, my calling and I love what I get to do.

The one thing I really want to be sure to express though is I am not trying to make the people I speak to into artists. If they’re already artists and I can inspire them to dedicate that gift to the Lord, great, but I’m not trying to make them artists. Instead I am trying to get them to look at why they have been gifted to do and find a way to use it to serve God. So in a sense, while I am not trying to make them artists, I am asking them to be creative. I believe we a children of the ultimate Creator, we all have creativity and it is imperative that we put that creativity into the hands of God and put it to use. We are on a mission and that mission is urgent.

Here’s why: When I first started as an artist, I would create a work of art, copy it and send it out to 10-100 companies, depending on the creation. I would then run to my mailbox every day to see what would come of my efforts. Usually this would amount to a string of rejection letters. The more letters, the harder it was to start the next project. There was nothing else I could do. Working as an artist, getting my work to the masses depended on my ability to get past the gatekeepers and get a deal and a contract. Most of the time it was really disheartening. I don’t do that anymore.

Now I have the internet. I can have all the distribution I can handle and share my work with the masses. I can have my own publishing company with the largest retailer in the world (and I do). I can create a piece of art and have prints for sale in minutes (I have that). I can design and sell T-shirts with my art on it all over the world (I have that too). I can even have my own broadcast channel (ditto). I even have a communication channel where I can share my thoughts with people all over the world (you’re reading that right now). I can do all of that stuff and I do without ever once facing a gatekeeper to tell me I’m not good enough. Most of it costs me NOTHING but time. It’s amazing but there is a catch. Everyone else can do it to. Where before my message had to compete with hundreds or thousands, now I compete literally with billions for the attentions of an already media saturated world. To make a message stand out in that playing field demands creativity.

Friends, the Gospel is just one of those messages. We know it is the most important message, the greatest story ever told. We know it is anointed by the power of God, it also faces more opposition than most of the messages out there from a power whose sole purpose is to resist the Gospel and the salvation is brings. Church, we are up against tremendous odds, admittedly backed by a greater power, but I believe this is God’s mission for our time. I believe this is why He is raising up creatives in the church to find new and powerful ways to take the unchanging message of the Gospel to an ever changing world. If you are a creative in the church. I believe this is your time, our time.

Creatively taking the message of the Gospel to an ever changing world is our mission.

Do you choose to accept it?

Stay tuned!

I run into so many people who say they’re not creative. Here’s the truth!

If you have a pulse, you’re creative!

Enough said!

I worked up a sketch for an upcoming presentation. The verse is Isaiah 55:11 “so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.” IN other translations, “God’s Word will not come back void.” God uses His Word to accomplish His purposes. As such our work, inspired by the Word and the Spirit, can accomplish very much because God empowers it. I’ll be parallelling that verse with John 1 which refers to Jesus as the Word and talks about all the great things Jesus, God’s word made flesh, has and will accomplish. I am convinced that this is the fulfillment of the Isaiah passage. Jesus, being the Word made flesh, can accomplish all things and, submitted to His will, we can be a part of His work in the world.

This is how I expressed that passage visually.

How would you do it?

I was listening to one of my favorite bands from way back when, Kansas. They did some truly great music and while they were never a Christian band, spirituality was clearly evident in a lot of their music. The song in particular that I listened to was called The Wall. A video of a fairly recent live performance can be found below. Check out the lyrics:
I’m woven in a fantasy
I can’t believe the things I see
The path that I have chosen now
Has led me to a wall
And with each passing day
I feel a little more like something dear was lost

It rises now before me
A dark and silent barrier between
All I am, and all that I would ever want be
It’s just a travesty
Towering, marking off the boundaries
My spirit would erase

To pass beyond is what I seek
I fear that I may be too weak
And those are few who’ve seen it through
To glimpse the other side
The promised land is waiting
Like a maiden that is soon to be a bride

The moment is a masterpiece
The weight of indecision’s in the air
Standing there, the symbol and the sum of all that’s me
It’s just a travesty
Towering, blocking out the light and blinding me
I want to see

Gold and diamonds cast a spell
It’s not for me I know it well
The riches that I seek
Are waiting on the other side
There’s more than I can measure
In the treasures of the love that I can find

And though it’s always been with me
I must tear down the wall and let it be
All I am and all that I was ever meant to be
In harmony
Shining true and smiling back at all who wait to cross
There is no loss

There are walls in all of our lives. Things that stand between us and our dreams. Sometimes they’re imposed by others and sometimes they’re self-iinflicted. I am not talking about healthy boundaries here and I’m certainly not talking laws of men, God or even decency, I’m talking about the things that stop us from being who God created us to be, doing what God create us to do and living the dream God dreamed when He knit us together in our mother’s wombs. That wall is big and imposing, but it’s just a travesty and it needs to be torn down.

What’s your wall?

Today’s post is a tough one. It’s about choices. Is there any sin God cannot forgive? Beyond rejecting Jesus, I believe the answer to that questions is no. There is forgiveness and grace that comes with repentance at the foot of the cross, but that’s not what I am talking about here today. I am talking about the choices we make that change the course of our lives in a negative way and leave us disqualified from serving in certain capacities. In some cases even areas where we’ve done great good.

Moral failures, criminal choices and the like may be able to be forgiven by God but in some cases, they leave us unable to continue to serve, no matter how gifted we may be. Our choices are important and they can be catastrophic. The more good you’ve done, the wider the swath of the casualties. I know this post sounds incredibly pessimistic but it’s not, it’s a warning. Certain choices you don’t come back from, in this life, even with repentance.

Be careful. Be wise. Don’t be disqualified.

I can’t really ever say I’ve watched Dr. Who. Not even once, but someone posted this clip and it touched my heart in big ways. If the clip does not appear, click here.

Vincent Van Gogh was an artistic genius. His paintings sell for tens of millions dollars and are regarded as some of the greatest works of art in the history of the world. Tragically all most people know about him was the part where he cut off his ear. Pity. He was also very prolific. He painted over 900 paintings in a ten year period. for work at his level, that is phenomenal. The real tragedy though is in spite of their current value, he only sold one of those paintings before he died, allegedly by his own hand, at the age of 37. What a tragedy.

I think that is why I love this video. What if he could have hopped aboard the Tardis and seen how people regard his work today? Would it have made a difference? Would it have saved him? Would we today have many more of Van Gogh’s work in our galleries? Would his story have had a happy ending? We’ll never know. But here’s what I do know. Today in your corner of the world is someone in pain, someone needing encouragement, someone of immense value to God and our world who is buying the lie of their own worthlessness.

Folks there is no Tardis, no time machine, and all we really have is today, this moment. Encourage someone. Do a random act of kindness. Take the time to care. Don’t assume people know their value or know how you feel or any of that.

Say the words! You never know what good you will do!