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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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This year, I am going to post creative challenges from God’s Word, the idea is simple, read the passage and create something based on it.

Today we’re going to look at one of the hardest things for people to do.

Taming the Tongue

The first thing we learn about God is that He created and so today embrace the creativity He has given you to generate a creative piece based on the story of creation.


There was a time in my career when I freelanced for a licensee of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. It was one of those Charles Dickens/Tale of Two Cities/Best of Times/Worst of Times scenarios. The business end of working with this particular licensee was at times extremely difficult, but I was working on the hottest property in the world at that time, and even now decades later, when I tell people I did that, they will usually say, “Wow, that’s really cool!” But I’m not namedropping here. There is a point to this.

I was thrilled with the Turtles, from the time I first heard of them. “Why?” Because the idea was so delightfully weird. Two buddies, who were comic fans, started drawing this goofy idea that was sort of a parody of everything in the genre. It could have faded before it ever made it to the public, but instead, they kept at it. They took their weird idea and they ran with it and as a result, reaped benefits that had to have exceeded their wildest dreams. That’s the answer, you know.

Ideas are incredibly valuable, and not just the good ones, or the safe ones, or the popular ones.

Ideas can reap benefits that are huge, but only if they connect with people. I don’t know how many times I have looked at a product and said, “I had that idea 20 years ago.” and I’ve known many other creatives with the same lamentation. But do you know the difference between my idea and the person who cashed in. I had an idea and I kept it to myself. They took their idea and shared it with the world. More than that, they took the idea and did the work to make it reality. Yes I could have beaten quite a few people to the punch, but I had a dream, they did the work. The ones who win are always the ones that have the courage to claim their idea before the world and do the work. My goal is to never lament another idea that found completion at the hands of someone else.

Your ideas are valuable and there has never been an easier time to get your ideas before people to find an audience. You just have to do it. Think about the Ninja Turtles one more time. A lot of people, I’m sure, thought it was a stupid idea, it might even be a stupid idea, but I’m also relatively sure that Eastman and Laird, couldn’t care a lick about the people who think it’s stupid. Why? Because they put their work out there and found legions of fans who thought it was the best thing ever.

Don’t create idea that you think everyone will like. Things that everyone likes are usually painfully boring. Instead look for the unusual, the remarkable, the unique, and then do the work and put it out there for the world to see.

Your ideas are valuable, but only if other people know about them.

Assignment: Look back over your life and think of as many of your ideas as you can remember. Look for one you can get behind and create a list of things you can do, right now, to make it a reality.

 


This year, I am going to post creative challenges from God’s Word, the idea is simple, read the passage and create something based on it.

 

Your Picture of Heaven

 

It’s the ultimate destination of every believer in Jesus Christ. How do you picture it?


This year, I am going to post creative challenges from God’s Word, the idea is simple, read the passage and create something based on it.

 

Portrait of a Biblical Person

We don’t really know what they looked like, but we all have a mental picture of them This week, make a portrait of someone from the Bible as you see them. It could be visual art, a word picture, biographical sketch, etc.


I had a great night last night. I had a great time of ministry. A few months back, I preached a series of revival meetings. One of the things that I love about using art in ministry is that the art connects with the kids. Well this time, the kids said they should have me back to do something for them. The pastor, liked the idea so they had me back. Last night I did the first of a series of four services based on the animals of the Bible. It was wonderful. Rather than doing the event in the sanctuary, we did it in their fellowship hall. The kids were seated at tables. I started with doing a painting, then told the story, and then we allowed the kids to do their own painting based on the story and the painting I did. Basically they created their own reminder of the teaching that night. I have to say it was so rewarding, just a night of pure joy.

I had a couple of observations from the evening. The first was, at the end of the night, when the kids were busy painting, I went back to the adults in the back of the room and joked that on the last night the kids were going to sit in the back and the adults were going to paint. These are great folks who I have ministered to several times, and we have a really good rapport, but quite a few folks seemed kind of nervous that I might be serious. I wasn’t, but it struck me. Children are quick to create at just about every opportunity, but the older we get, the people willing to create, especially publicly, shrinks. It bears out what Picasso said, “All children are artists, the problem is to remain one as one grows up.” I honestly would love to know why that is. I can’t imagine life without creating. It’s such an outlet. I’m not saying everyone has to be a professional or that everyone should seek to get a gallery show, or whatever, I just wish everyone would allow themselves the opportunity to get what’s going on inside them, out, not to mention the fun of creating.

My big observation though was this. This was a church event that started in the heart and mind of a child, that the church leadership took seriously and ran with it. I think that is huge and important. The church is consistently losing the next generation. Churches like this one, that give their young people a voice, and take them seriously, have a much better chance of keeping that same generation and all the ones to follow. Next time a kid comes to you with an idea for the church, rather than looking for the problems, look to what can be gained and give it a try. You might be surprised.


This year, I am going to post creative challenges from God’s Word, the idea is simple, read the passage and create something based on it.

 

Your Life Verse

Many Christians have a life verse. It’s a verse that they have found that seems to touch on their life mission and purpose. Mine is 1 Peter 4:10, What’s yours?


The day after I posted about the importance of consistency, I missed a day. In fairness, there are still almost two and a half hours left in this day, but my service has already switched over to the next day. Nonetheless, while I was tardy with this post, I had a very creative day today. It started with creating two large graphic decorations for my son’s classroom, it turned out he had something he really needed and I was available, so off we went. When I finished that, I spent some much needed time with my lovely wife as we traveled to my church to lead a paint party, teaching about a dozen people how to paint a cardinal in winter. All in all it was a great day.

No I will admit, I had a few things I was thinking about doing today that didn’t happen, and again, it;s a little ironic that the day after I post about consistency, I missed a day, but, as it turns out, none of what I had planned was as important as what I ended up doing, and since my life verse is each one should use whatever gifts he has received to serve others…

Mission accomplished! It was a great day