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!

The Blog starts below!


Image  —  Posted: April 25, 2018 in cartoons
Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,

Image  —  Posted: April 24, 2018 in cartoons
Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,

Image  —  Posted: April 23, 2018 in cartoons
Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,

Image  —  Posted: April 22, 2018 in cartoons
Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,

I decided to do something a little different this week, and it will be difficult to post for a few days, so I thought I would share a few memes from a new character I am working on. I call him “smART alec.” Enjoy, and if you like them, share them!

Dave Weiss here checking in. Where usually I post articles about all things God, church and creativity and usually the intersection of all of the above, today I am seeking answers. I need to understand the rhyme and reason of who is coming here, and what draws you in. I’ll tell you why. I usually seem to get about 30 of you hitting this site on a daily basis. While I’d love to have millions, I am exceedingly grateful to and for all of you who come on here and check in on what’s going on. Lately though I have been noticing a phenomenon. About once every two weeks or so, all of the sudden one day my traffic will skyrocket (well for me anyway) to about 300. Needless to say that makes me pretty happy, but I have no idea why. It’s not like there are specific topics people are hitting. It all feels pretty random—like their’s no rhyme or reason to it.

Now to be sure, I am excited any time anyone hits this site and takes the time to read what I’ve written. That is a true blessing. And perhaps it may also be a blessing that I can’t spot the trend that causes this, because it may tempt me to be more formulaic, in an attempt to replicate results. I try to be a little more spirit led than all that, and just write what I feel led to write about.

I guess what I am asking today is what makes you stop by to read these posts? Are you sharing them to other sites? If you are, THANK YOU! I’m trying to get a handle on how to make this site as helpful as possible, because I really and truly believe that God is moving in the arts and creativity in His Church, and I want to be a faithful servant to Him and to this movement. Any insights into the rhyme and reason of this would be most helpful.

And again thank you for tuning in. You are more appreciated than you will ever know.

I’m working through a sermon series right now on the Sermon on the Mount. I call it The Greatest Sermon (Series) Ever, which might seem to be odd considering the title of this post, so maybe I better explain it. I have no illusions of preaching the greatest sermon series ever. Far better people have come before, and to be even think about being the greatest in so great a company would be the extent of hubris. No, the title is just a way to pique people’s interest. In actuality, the series is based on the greatest sermon ever, preached by the greatest preacher ever, Jesus Christ. I am loving the preparation and creation of this series.

I recently preached a message on what some scholars believe to be the text for Jesus message, a passage called the Beatitudes. Beatitude means blessing and these are some of the most interesting blessings of all time. The reason for that is simple. They look completely upside down, but the things is they’re not. The beatitudes look upside down because our world is upside down.

One of the most interesting ones to me is Blessed are the meek for they shall inherit the earth. No, they’re not most interesting because they’re the only lyrics to the Overture on my favorite band Rush’s magnum opus 2112, but think about it, do we really believe the meek will inherit the earth. In our world, it’s the rich and the powerful that seem to be the most likely to succeed at inheriting this earth we live in. But Jesus says something else. He says it’s the meek and He modeled that for us, specifically when He rode into Jerusalem on the colt of a donkey. He didn’t come with a lot of fanfare. He didn’t ride in on His white stallion. He came as a king coming in peace on the meekest, most unassuming creature imaginable. He was meek and yet He reigns.

The people expected something different. They expected Messiah to be the conquering hero and one could argue that their response changing from Hosanna on Sunday to Crucify on Friday, may be the result of their disappointment. They didn’t want a meek savior, they wanted yet another conqueror to overthrow yet another world empire and in the process they missed the real miracle that meekly stood before them.

The meek really will inherit the earth, Jesus said it and I believe in, but in the creative world, meekness seems to be no more prized than it was in Messiahs. We need to toot our own horns if we want to get ahead. We have to do as much shameless self promotion as we possibly can. It’s what people expect from us. They expect us to be outlandish, out there, and maybe even a little weird. They expect us to dance through this world saying “Hey look at me.” At the end of the day, will that really get us where we want to be. Is there room in this world for a meek, gentle Christ-like creative. I think there is, and I think maybe, just maybe, that’s what Jesus wants from us. So I thought I’d pose the question today. How would it look for us to be meek, God-honoring, God-glorifying creatives? I’d also be curious as to what you think meek creatives will inherit. Will it be the earth, with the rest of the meek, or will it be something different in the creative realm? I’ll be curious to read your comments.