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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picturesofJesuscoverYesterday, my book Pictures of Jesus launched and I felt very blessed by all the people who downloaded it and hope they will share it with many people and that God will use it to bring people to Jesus and to challenge the rest of us to honor and glorify God.

One comment on social media intrigued me. Someone made the comment that there are, thankfully, no pictures of Jesus. I think I may get where the commenter was going, but I respectfully disagree.

I think Pictures of Jesus are everywhere…

…and I’m not talking about all the artists renditions out there. Most of those are probably inaccurate. After all, most of us who render Him want to honor Him, so we tend to make Him handsome, bordering on beautiful. I get that, He did something beautiful for us in laying down His life to set us free, but Scripture says, “He had nothing in His appearance that would draw us to Him…” Which makes me believe that the only person in human history who had some say in how he would look, may have chosen not to be attractive in the eyes of the world, so we would look at his heart and do the harder work of emulating that instead.

When I talk about pictures of Jesus, I am not talking about art, yet I am talking about masterpieces. I am talking about hand crafted works of beauty, yet so much more. I’m talking about us, humans, you and me. You see the Bible says we’re created in God’s image. 2 Corinthians 5 calls us who believe to be His ambassadors, His representatives. This is the point of the book. To the rest of the world, Jesus looks like us. We, who call ourselves Christians, are pictures of Jesus to the rest of the world. Are we flawed pictures? Yes, but our job is to represent Him well. This is what the book is about.

What kind of picture of Jesus are you?

The Kindle version of the book is available free through tomorrow July 2. Please download it and share it and if you feel so inclined, post a review on Amazon. This will help the book get to more people. There is also a print version available. The print version is not free because full color printing is a fairly costly process.

picturesofJesuscoverI love what I get to do. My speaking/painting ministry is one of the most fulfilling things I have ever done, at least as far as my “work life” is concerned (birth of my kids, wedding day, my salvation and a lot of other family type of things are still ranking higher, but this is pretty great!) Of all the things I do in my speaking/painting ministry, my favorite thing to do is present Pictures of Jesus. In it I do five live paintings combined with storytelling, video, I even act a little. It has just been great, but there has always been a problem. Someone will always come up to me after the presentation and say, “I wish (so and so) would have seen it.” I finally decided to fix that by writing it as a book.

For the next three days, the Kindle version of the book is FREE at Amazon. Click here to download it. Here’s how you can help.

1. Download the book.
2. Share the link with other people who will download the book.
3. Share the book with people who need to see this book.
4. If you like it, take a minute and review it on Amazon.

Why is your help so urgent? This book contains some great stories, but more than that, it contains a strong, clear presentation of the Gospel. I put it up for free, because I want as many people as possible to download it. This will propel it up the ratings on Amazon which will get it highlighted at several places on the site, which more people will see it, which will, Lord willing, get more people to read it and share it, which will hopefully get the Gospel to more people, which has always been my ultimate goal.

My prayer is that God will use this book to introduce people to Jesus and help those of us who already know Him to follow Him more closely and represent Him better to the world around us.

Please, Please, Please download read and share this book. It’s a quick read, and quite short only 50 pages, but I believe it will help a lot of people. There is also a print version available. It is full color, which is quite a bit more expensive, but color printing is expensive.

I had to take a moment to mention the passing of one of the great bassists in rock music, Chris Squire of Yes. Back in the day, I had visions of being a rock and roll bass player, and when I first heard Chris Squire play, my mind was blown. He passed away from Leukemia Sunday. This guy is one of a handful of musicians who reinvented his instrument and took it way beyond what was intended. Check out this amazing solo.

I’m not exactly sure what to call this post. To be honest, I’m not sure of much these days, but that God is still God, that God is still good and that Jesus is still Lord. We live in a world where discourse has been reduced to memes on social media. If it can’t be said in 140 characters or less, it won’t be heard. Disagreement is now hatred and tolerance, something that used to mean we could disagree, maybe even vehemently, and still respect and maybe even love each other, has been reduced to forced agreement with the status quo. Meanwhile I’ve seen Hitler mentioned on many occasions as an example of a Christian. For the record, no one who killed 11,000,000 million people is a Christian, period. This much is clear, we Christians have fallen out of favor. How should we react?

Well first of all, none of this should surprise us. Jesus told us people would hate us because of Him. Now if they hate you because you’re being a jerk, that’s on you, but if they hate you because of Him, that’s something different altogether. He went a step further in John 16 “All this I have told you so that you will not fall away. 2 They will put you out of the synagogue; in fact, the time is coming when anyone who kills you will think they are offering a service to God. 3 They will do such things because they have not known the Father or me. 4 I have told you this, so that when their time comes you will remember that I warned you about them.” He’s been right about everything else, chances are He’s right about this, too.

The church will not always be a help to us either. Scripture reminds us “For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear.” (2 Timothy 4:3) A word of caution here, we can’t throw this verse at everyone who disagrees with us. Instead we must do what we have always been supposed to do, compare what we hear from pulpits and preachers (and the media, and the government, and everyone else) with the Word of God and live according to what the Word says.

So what do we do? We do what we’ve been called to do all along. We love others. We love everybody, even those who disagree with us, even those who may persecute us (and by the way, negative memes are not persecution). We pray for our leaders. We speak the truth in love. We help and bless and care and serve. We “Live such good lives among the [world] that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us.” Being reproached is no excuse to live anything but above reproach. We love because He first loved us. We do unto others as we would have them do unto us, regardless of what they actually do unto us. We follow Jesus, regardless.

Nothing has changed. Jesus is still Jesus. He will never steer you wrong. Everyone else… Well, not (always) so much.

If you’ve been reading this blog for any length of time, you may remember that I got my call to ministry at a Promise Keepers Event called Stand in the Gap… It’s been nearly 20 years since that day in 1997 and I am thinking we may need to revisit it. See if any of this sounds familiar. From Ezekiel 22, my devotional reading this morning…

26-29 “‘Your priests violated my law and desecrated my holy things. They can’t tell the difference between sacred and secular. They tell people there’s no difference between right and wrong. They’re contemptuous of my holy Sabbaths, profaning me by trying to pull me down to their level. Your politicians are like wolves prowling and killing and rapaciously taking whatever they want. Your preachers cover up for the politicians by pretending to have received visions and special revelations. They say, “This is what God, the Master, says . . .” when God hasn’t said so much as one word. Extortion is rife, robbery is epidemic, the poor and needy are abused, outsiders are kicked around at will, with no access to justice.’

30-31 “I looked for someone to stand up for me against all this, to repair the defenses of the city, to take a stand for me and stand in the gap to protect this land so I wouldn’t have to destroy it. I couldn’t find anyone. Not one. So I’ll empty out my wrath on them, burn them to a crisp with my hot anger, serve them with the consequences of all they’ve done. Decree of God, the Master.”

Who will stand in the gap? Maybe it’s time for our art to get prophetic. Not in the wildly symbolic sense, because while that’s great and I love it, a lot of people don’t get it and so they make it mean what they want it to mean. No, I’m talking more blatant, in your face, straighten up and fly right art, that challenges people to holiness and righteousness.

Who will stand in the gap?

Almost all of us fingerprinted when we were kids. Iris Scott takes it to a new level and reminds us once again, Picasso was right, “All Children are artists, the problem is to remain one as one grows up.

Here, Iris explains how she got started.

Hi everyone,
I know my posts have been a little more sporadic of late but I have to tell you, I have really been excited about some of the things that are coming out.

A Night AMOK: Pix of JCFirst up, I just finished writing something I have wanted to do for a very long time. It is the book version of Pictures of Jesus. So many people have come to my presentations and said, “I wish so and so could have seen this.” I decided to create this book as a way to keep the message moving. When it’s finished it will contain full color photos. I’m hoping to release within a week or two because I really want to begin taking this book with me on my presentations.

kickerslogoCreativity Kickers is also nearing completion. This has been a pet project for a while. It’s got over 500 creativity kick starters. I’ve been wrestling with how to release it. It’s something of a card file, but there was no affordable way to release it, so eventually I settled on putting it out as a book that can be cut apart into the cards, downloaded as a pdf and printed on card stock or just kept in tact as a book. The idea is to use these cards as prompts on days when you feel blocked creatively.

createbetterFinally, Create a Better Life. Yes, I know I have been breaking a lot of my ow rules on this one. I am way past deadline, but those are the dangers of creating a project live online. I have run into a couple snags setting up the webinar. I recently signed up for a course to help me move this project along. Sometimes one simply has to admit they don’t quite know what they’re doing and get some help. I am sorry for the delay but I do want it to be the best resource I can possibly generate. Of course the other side of this delay has been a really good thing. The bookings are rolling in for speaking engagements for AMOKArts. I will be out at least 11 times in July and I’ve already logged eight for August. This made projects like the Pictures of Jesus book a greater priority.

I really hope these projects bless you and I look forward to seeing you on the road.