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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Prayer Request

Posted: October 26, 2014 in Prayer Request
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Hi everyone,

I haven’t said a lot about this, but I am struggling with a health issue. I don’t believe it to be life threatening and all of the tests I have had so far have had very favorable results. Tomorrow (10/27/14), I will be having a minor surgical procedure to eliminate the last possibility. It should be really minor, but I will be under anasthesia, which has only happened twice in my life. I’m not scared, and I’m okay but I would appreciate your prayers.

God bless,

Dave


Today is my 51st birthday. In these 51 years, God has brought me through a lot and has been faithful, whether I have returned the favor or not. God has always been good to me. I believe He has created me in part to create so in honor of my birthday, here are 51 works of art, he has blessed me to create over the years.

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2.pix of Jesus

3.isaiah5511

4.mondrianjesus

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6.smileysheep

7.dragon

8.digitalman

9.200207123-001

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11.just make art

12.notmymonkeys

13.amokteethclr

14.stories logo colorSM

15.Jesuspainting21

16.plantingpic

17.the spirit and the bride

18.goodsamlive

19.thefather'sview

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21.doveheartfirepainting

22.11bags

23.fahrney1

24.submission

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27.anigghtamoklogo

28.CREACHERMEME5

29.1225

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31.SHADOW

32.makeart

33.curryvillepaintings

34.TOASTtonguetiedCOLOR

35.popartcreatures

36.overflow

37.whatif

38.7dayscolor

39.LINEARFACESM

40.

41.crown2

42.gardener

43.every flower

44.storypaintingsblog

45.sweet copy

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47.cube-o

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49.wool

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Looking forward to seeing what he has for me to create next. Thank you Jesus for a great life.


My son Chris sent me this video of cast members from the recent movie version of Annie in the streets of New York doing a little conspiracy of kindness. I have to admit, this inspired me.

Did you see the way the people were affected by people sharing a little joy? Here’s the thing, if the joy of the Lord is our strength, if we really believe that to be true, then shouldn’t spreading joy be a huge part of what we do as believers?

I confess right now to having a lot of random ideas about how to do this.

What would you do to spread joy?


I was chatting with a friend the other day. She is about to preach her first message at church. While preaching is a new thing for her, she is a gifted teacher who has been teaching in the church for years. I have to admit I was taken aback a little when she asked me, “What is the difference between preaching and teaching?” I wasn’t taken aback because the question was weird. I was taken aback because after all these years of preaching and teaching, I really didn’t have an answer.

I always saw them as synonymous. My pastor is an awesome teacher and most of my favorite preachers are the ones from whom I learn a lot. The Bible seems to link them together. For example, in Ephesians 4, in the passage about the five fold gifts pastor and teacher seem to be linked. James also seems to link teaching with ministry leadership when he writes, “Not many of you should become teachers, my fellow believers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly.” So to some degree maybe they are one in the same and yet there are some differences.

The first thing I thought of in my chat with my friend is that teaching seems to desire interaction. When I go to teach in a workshop, class or seminar, I don’t want to lecture for an hour. I want to ask questions and I want to get answers. While I still have an end point to get to, a truth to be shared, I want to help people arrive there through dialogue and discussion. In preaching it’s different. Preaching, at least to me, is a monologue. The questions are rhetorical, something to be thought through rather than discussed. I’ve prayed, I have a message, I have worked hard to make it clear and concise and it is to be delivered without interruption. It’s less about discussion and more about “Thus sayeth the Lord.” I’ve experienced times where someone has tried to turn a sermon into a discussion, into a conversation, and it fell apart quickly. So perhaps that is the difference.

But then I had another thought, and this one is admittedly flawed. Teaching feels like it is more about information, while preaching is about inspiration. Now again, I know this is flawed. Some of the best teaching inspires and some of the best preaching gives great information, but I have also sat under teaching that had very little information and preaching that had very little inspiration. Both were highly disappointing. At its core, for me at least, when I teach, I want you to learn something and when I preach, I want you to do something. If my teaching makes you go beyond learning and do something, great! If, in my preaching, you learn something new, also great!

Ultimately though up to this point in this post, I have taken a human approach to it. What I HOPE happens based on MY efforts. The reality is, that is a really small part of it. The largest part is what the Holy Spirit does in the hearts and minds of the congregation. It’s truly Him that inspires both the learning and the doing. My job is faithfulness, to pray and the really listen and then to deliver what I have been given. After that, it’s all up to Him and to God be the glory!

At the end of the day, we never know what is going to touch hearts and minds. We never know what word or phrase, or action or creation is going to resonate. Our best bet is to trust Him, listen, create and deliver, whatever the format.


Francesca Battistelli is one of those musicians who tells great stories. This song really ministered to me today. So often we get caught up in the small stuff, let little things ruin our days, making us forget how blessed we really are. This is a wonderful concept that could be dealt with a lot more in our society.

How would you show this concept to a world that desperately needs it?

Get Creative!


the-walters-art-museum-logoOur trip to Baltimore took us to another wonderful art museum, The Walters Art Museum. Where the Baltimore Museum of Art yielded more contemporary art, the work at the Walters felt more historical. This was a journey back in time. As we viewed the various galleries, I was amazed at how much I saw the Bible brought to life. Many of the artifacts on the lower floors were from peoples and places mentioned in the Old Testament. It was fascinating.

When we arrived on the third floor though, the focus changed. The doors of the elevator opened to reveal a life-sized sculpture of Christ on the cross, surrounded by a magnificently painted altar piece portraying Christ’s passion. Most of the work on this floor was from the church, depicting saints and biblical scenes. This should be no surprise, there was a period in history where the primary patron of the arts was the Church.

the-walters-art-museum This piece was among my favorites. It’s another altar piece. At one point this mammoth sculpture/carving adorned the front of a church in France. It’s intricately carved and depicts the various scenes of Christ’s last days on earth, His arrest, trial, death, burial and resurrection. In a time where most of the population was illiterate, pieces of art like this helped people to see and understand the story. This art, these pictures tell the illustrated story of Jesus and pointed people to their creator.

And that’s when it hit me. This is still our calling as believing creatives. Oh our society is very literate and highly educated, but we’ve drifted from the Gospel, our minds clouded by a plethora of other information. Maybe we need to go back to go forward-back to a time where artists illustrated the greatest truths for the world to see. I believe we’re called to use these gifts we’ve been given to point people to the Truth that will set them free.

I’m not saying we need to make pictures of Jesus or write books (or plays, or music) about Jesus. I’m saying, as believing creatives we need to submit our gifts to the will of the Father, seek Him in prayer, follow His Spirit and do the work He created us to do. Maybe we were born and gifted for such a time as this, to use these “whatever gifts” to spread the Gospel to the end of the earth.

I believe it is time for the church to get creative and to support it’s creatives. To become a patron and supporter of the arts again. To minister to creatives and to empower creatives to do the work the Lord is calling them to do, not just on Sunday morning, but all week long, not just in the Church but in the world beyond, utilizing the arts in the life of the church and in the marketplace to the glory of God.

What would happen if the Church got creative? The answer lies in the heart of God, but I believe it will be spectacular.

Who’s with me?


I am someone who is really protective of children. I hate to see anyone harm or mislead them. So does Jesus. So when the IllustrationFriday.com word of the week was trouble, I knew I had to do something on Matthew 18:6 This one is short and to the point. Don’t mess with children. Teach them His way, based on what He said and realize they are a sacred trust-a trust He does not take lightly. Neither should we.

MILLSTONE

Sometimes our art is meant to make things beautiful. Sometimes it’s supposed to make us think and every once in a while you just have to call something out.