Posted: March 15, 2012 in Uncategorized
It’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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Posted: September 16, 2014 in Great Artist in Action, Thoughts on art ministry and life
Tags: amok, amokarts, art, arts, creative, creativity, God's blessings, God's creation, ministry, murmuration
It happens nearly every morning. I go out on my morning prayer walk and I see a fascinating phenomenon, not just once but several times. It’s called a murmuration. You kind of have to see it to believe it so I am posting a video at the end of this to show a much larger example. Here’s what happens. As I walk I see a flock of about 100 blackbirds sitting on the electric wires along the road. The closer I get, the more skittish they become until all at once they fly. As soon as they leave the wire, they form a swirling mass. It’s called a murmuration. If you saw the smoke monster on LOST, that’s kind of what it looks like. It is an amazingly intricate pattern, a the birds swoop and swirl among themselves. It’s a major feat of aerial navigation. Scientists believe this is a way of confounding predators because it makes it difficult for a predator to pick out a single target among the mass.
I’m pretty sure they don’t know all that, after all they’re birds. This is a behavior hard wired into them by a loving Creator, who seems to delight in His creation. So why do I post this as to one of God’s blessings? Well today as I walked I began to wonder why the birds fly when hey see me. After all They are 15 to 20 feet above the ground. I am no threat to them whatsoever. And then it hit me. I walk, they fly, but they don’t go far. They’ll fly, give me a show, an amazing murmuration, then land a couple hundred feet later. As I approach, they do it again. I will sometimes see this behavior, something I love to see, four or five times during my walk. And then it hit me. Maybe it’s not about bird-brained birds being terrified of harmless little me. Maybe this is a little blessing that God orchestrates just for me.
I know it might sound a little out there, or a little arrogant, but I believe God loves me that much.
He loves you that much too. Look for His blessings in your day to day life, then go out and be a blessing.
Posted: September 15, 2014 in books
Tags: amok, amokarts, art, arts, books, chuck stecker, creative, creativity, men of honor, ministry, women of virtue
When does one become an adult? Go to the movie theater and they’ll tell you 12 if you’re paying for a ticket, but 17 if you want to see an NC17 movie. The DMV says 16. You’re able to join the military, buy cigarettes and vote at 18 but the Liquor Control Board says you’re not an adult until you’re 21. It’s no wonder people are confused. When does one become an adult?
Author Chuck Stecker says we become an adult when we are physically able to reproduce (13) and he makes a compelling argument. Chuck wrote Men of Honor Women of Virtue. Now I know what you might be thinking. “That’s crazy. No way is a 13 year old is an adult.” He goes to great length to delineate between adulthood and maturity and sets forth a path for parents and churches to help it’s young adults to grow in depth and maturity. I believe his concept of rites of passages for our young people could be a vital part of stemming the tide of people leaving high school and the church simultaneously. By welcoming our youth into adulthood and fostering intergenerational ministry and relationships in our congregations, we establish connections for our young people that will last beyond the last day of youth group.
Think about our mission to train up our children in the way that they should go, bringing them up to love serve and follow the Lord. I think Chuck Stecker makes some fantastic points that the church needs to embrace.
Folks we are losing a generation. It’s estimated that as few as three percent of this generation will remain in the faith as they grow up. Consider the ramifications of a world where 97 percent of the population does not follow Jesus Christ (not to mention the eternal destiny). We need to act now to turn this tide. This book is a must read because it offers great solutions. I wish I had this book when my sons were children, because while I believe them to be good men, it would have made me a much better father.
Read this book.
Posted: September 14, 2014 in Great Artist in Action
Tags: amok, amokarts, art, artist, arts, creative, creativity, inspiration, ministry, paul smith, typewriter, what can you do?
If I had a dollar for every time someone looked at some art thing I do and said “I could never do that…”, well, I’d have a lot of dollars. I wish I would have answered what the artist in the video below does. “What can you do?”
This is the story of Paul Smith. Warning, watching this clip will make you question all those times when you lamented your limitations. This is awesome and inspiring.
What CAN you do?
Posted: September 13, 2014 in Thoughts on art ministry and life
Tags: amok, amokarts, art, arts, creative, creativity, go into the arts, kurt vonnegut, ministry, quote
Writer Kurt Vonnegut once said something that I believe are words to live by:
“Go into the arts. I’m not kidding. The arts are not a way to make a living. They are a very human way of making life more bearable. Practicing and art, no matter how well or badly, is a way of making your soul grow, for heaven’s sake. Sing in the shower. Dance to the radio. Tell stories. Write a poem to a friend, even a lousy poem. Do it as well as you possibly can. You will get an enormous reward. You will have created something.”
Is he right? I think so. Will you make a living in the arts? I don’t know, but I do know this, when we faithfully use our God-given gifts we find ourselves in a sweet spot. Doing what we were created to do. Start where you are, give it your best and share it with the world. Then tomorrow…
Do it again!
Posted: September 12, 2014 in books, Church Art Ministry Video
Tags: a million little ways, amok, amokarts, art, arts, book, creative, creativity, emily freeman, ministry
I love it when I find people who say what I’ve been trying to say better than I say it. Emily Freeman, author of A Million Little Ways posted this video that is highly worth your time. Check it out then go find a way to serve God and others. There are a million little ways.
I’m really looking forward to reading this book.
Posted: September 11, 2014 in Thoughts on art ministry and life
Tags: amok, amokarts, art, arts, Christ, creative, creativity, Jesus, salvation, september 11, terrorism, terrorist
Today is the 13th anniversary of one of the most heinous crimes ever launched against the U.S. I’ve been reading reports that jetliners have been stolen from Libya in an attempt to do it again. Whether or not that is true remains to be seen. Terrorism is a horrible thing and every fiber of my being longs for a permanent solution to this problem. I have no idea what to do about it, but this I do know… None of our man-made solutions will work.
Today I want to look at another terrorist. Actually the ultimate terrorist and master of all terrorists. He launches a daily assault on humanity, killing roughly 151,000 people a day in our world. That’s 6292 people an hour, 104 a minute, almost two people a second, all day every day all over our world. Many of those people dragged off into an eternity separated from God. This terrorist is the enemy of our souls. Since his fall, he has had only one objective, to kill and destroy what God loves most, humanity, you and me.
While there is precious little we can do to thwart yet another terrorist attack, there is something we can do to thwart the plans of the ultimate enemy. We can pray. We can share the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We can speak the truth that sets people free. We can fight this battle where it actually is fought. You see Ephesians 6:12 reminds us, “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” Our God is powerful and this fight is His. Salvation is found in Christ alone and when we share His Gospel, and people receive it, the enemy’s plan is thwarted.
In this day, stained by the shadow of hate, the ultimate solution is found in sharing God’s love in Jesus Christ.
Posted: September 10, 2014 in Church Art Ministry Video
Tags: amok, amokarts, arts, creative, faith, good-o-meter, Jesus, jrace, ministry, salvation, video
A friend posted this to Facebook and I know I have seen it before. Some might find it a little dated, but this is a really great explanation about what salvation by grace alone means.
How would you creatively express this topic?
(By the way, This clip can be downloaded at www.worshiphousemedia.com.)