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!


For the last few months, I have been hard at work developing new things to help people in their creative pursuits. First is a new website called dweisscreative.com

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I started this site so that my wife, Dawn (we’re both dweiss, get it?) and I could share our creative projects as well as stories, ideas, exercises and products to help you build your creativity. I’ve been loading it with content for a few months now and I would love to have you subscribe. I really think the content there will be beneficial to a lot of people.

covershottnIf you have a young artist in your life, have I got a product for you. I call them Making Faces. They’re a fairly simple concept. I created half a face and placed it on a grid. Using symmetry and observation skills the young artist completes the face. I have two books available one with animals and creatures and another around holiday themes. I have also have two purchasing options available and online pdf download you can print yourself ($2) and a print version available through Amazon.dweisscreative.com Making Faces

Of course I also have other books designed to help you enhance and build your creativity and your creative ministry. Dave Weiss Creativity Books

Of course, my favorite thing is to get out and meet people in person as I speak at churches, conferences, workshops, etc. I have been updating my online media kit for those people interested in bringing me in as well as creating new presentations. Now that winter is starting to fade, I really want to fill my schedule. If you think your church or group could benefit from my unique, live painting and speaking ministry, please contact me.

I really appreciate your support and would love to get to meet more of you this year. Never forget, this site is supposed to be a resource to help people. If I can be of any help to you, please let me know. Your feedback and comments help me to keep this content relevant.

Thanks and God bless,
Dave


Ideas are awesome. It ‘s really great to start things but the real test is finishing. Completing a project and putting it out there for the word to see.

We’ve got to finish what we start if we want to truly succeed.

What have you left unfinished?

Maybe it’s time to get it done.

 


One of the most important things any creative need to know is where the boundaries are. In some cases smashing the boundaries is okay, but in many cases it is not and in the case of Christian creatives, there are areas that must remain unchanged.

If I had to define the ultimate responsibility of every Christian creative (and this can be done in a multitude of ways) it would be:

To take the UNCHANGING message of the Gospel to an EVER-CHANGING world.

I believe this is our ultimate calling but occasionally I hear stories that make me think we are getting it backwards.

This past week, a former prominent Christian leader, at one point one of the most creative/innovative in our world, went on national TV and claimed the Bible to be irrelevant. I was heartbroken. The wrong boundary had been crossed and my fear is it will lead many astray, God forbid (and yes sometimes He does still forbid.)

The parameters are simple. The world constantly changes. The Scripture does not. Does that make it irrelevant. NO! It makes it stable. It makes is solid. It makes it dependable. It’s the Word of God. He’s a God who does not change with the whims of culture. In this shifting sand world, God is rock solid, which is exactly what we need Him to be.

To be honest, the Word of God has been counter culture since Genesis 3 and that trend will continue until all of Revelation 22 has been fulfilled. It’s the story of humanity from beginning to end (and then a glorious new beginning), written by the one who knows what is going to happen from beginning to end. It’s a gift from God to show us how to navigate this life. It generously points out the disasters that happen when we turn our backs on God and ultimately points us to the One who can get us back home, Jesus Christ. This means it is perpetually relevant.

The fact that it runs against the grain of culture is not surprising, culture is fallen. The Old Testament shows us the level of brokenness and finds it’s fulfillment in the New Testament and in Christ. Scripture is given for the purpose (among others) is changing the world and herein lies the key. We are not supposed to change Scripture, Scripture is supposed to CHANGE US! To find Scripture irrelevant is to choose to turn your back on it in favor of the broken system we all live in.

The danger of Christian creativity is to get creative with the wrong things. The things that are not sacred are changeable. They should be changed and this is where out creativity can thrive and flourish. But the Word of God is as unchangeable as the one who wrote it. Our broken nature will try to tell us otherwise. We need to fight that impulse and creatively proclaim the truth that sets men free.

Anything less keeps us in bondage.


Well, I just cancelled open studio for my creative arts group because, surprise, surprise, surprise, another winter storm is violating the sanctity of the March 1 cut-off. Okay truthfully, I have just had enough. The first couple snows are pretty, but by this time, the white stuff and the corresponding ice has run it’s course in my mind. It makes me have to cancel things, keeps me from taking bookings that are too far from home and of course, I have to shovel it. (Right now some of my New York/New England readers are saying “Cry me a river,” but I digress.)

In the past I would always say “I hate Winter” and in truth, I still kind of do, but here’s the thing. God gave me Winter. He made Winter and all the other seasons for a reason and God is always good. So in spite of all the inconveniences, I am trying to come to appreciate this season. There are a lot of things like that in life. Things we’d just as soon not go through, but if we try hard enough we can see God at work in them.

I have a friend who left Florida to move here to Pennsylvania at least in part because she missed the seasons. I never really understood that. My occasional winter ministry trips to Florida are like an oasis in my year. There is nothing like getting on a plane shivering and getting off the plane in short sleeves. I could get used to that. Winter is a season I could truly do without and if you’re in the south and want to fly in a speaker in Winter, I would be grateful.

Truth be known, I was hatching a snowbird plan for a few years down the road, but then I found out the Lord is giving me another blessing, one that will keep me here, one that is worth shoveling and slipping and sliding for and I couldn’t be happier. It’s like that with God sometimes. About the time you are ready to throw in the towel, He reminds us that there is good in most things.

So I will try not to say I hate winter anymore. There’s no point in hating something you can do very little about and it’s a really bad idea to hate something God created on purpose for a purpose (a good purpose, Dave says somewhat begrudgingly). If you’re going to hate something, hate sin and try to do something about it. If you’re going to hate something, hate injustice and try to make things right.

There’s one other thing to consider. The aggravating things in life help us to appreciate the non-aggravating things and the really good things. the things that bring us joy. Winter will never be my favorite time of year, but man do I appreciate Spring! When I hit those Winter doldrums, Spring feels a lot like hope.

Spring is coming.


Most of us get upset about four-letter words, and we should. They can have some pretty immense destructive power, but there is a two-letter word that wields incredible power and if you are going to succeed as a creative, especially a God honoring creative, you need to learn this word.

I understand temptation… believe me I do. I remember one particular time when money was particularly tight. I was laid off the day my youngest son was born. I was hustling trying to take care of a baby at home and grabbing as much freelance work as I could. One day, while checking the classifieds, I saw an ad as rare as a unicorn. It said “Cartoonist wanted.” I thought I hit pay dirt. I called and got an interview almost immediately. I sat down in the guy’s office and he told me he was creating a screen saver featuring cartoons. He had already written the gags, he just needed someone to draw the cartoons. The pay was $10,000. I knew I could do the job and I really needed the money. He told me it would also lead to other projects. I was so excited. Then he told me the cartoons would be pornographic. I would like to tell you I abruptly refused the job and walked out with my head held high. The truth is I spent the whole ride home trying to convince myself I could still take the work. Eventually I did refuse it, but not before a lot of temptation. Thank God this thing is not out there with my name on it. I would be ashamed.

So I guess I get it when a young actress succumbs to the draw of starring in a movie made about one of the best selling book series of recent years. I understand the temptation of the money and the idea that it might be a stepping stone to a much larger career, and the exposure (no pun intended), though I think she may have wanted to have a chat with Elizabeth Berkley before she signed the papers. I guess I get the temptation, but I can’t help but think it was a bad decision and I can’t help but wonder if this is really the role Miss Johnson will want to be known for in 20 or 30 or 50 years.

Then the other day, I saw she hosted Saturday Night Live. One of the clips was a parody of a Toyota commercial that shows a father and his relationship with his daughter up to the point where he drops her off at the airport. She’s leaving to enter into the military. It’s a touching commercial. In the SNL piece, Johnson, playing the daughter is running off to join ISIS. I hear the laugh track, but I can’t imagine anyone actually thought it was anything but horrible. Something like that could be a career ender. And that’s when it hit me. Maybe Miss Johnson never learned the two letter word. The one every creative needs to know. The one that will keep us from being associated with stuff we’ll most likely be ashamed of one day. The one all creatives need to learn. The one that kept me from doing something horrible and the one that can protect you as well. Please learn it. I’m told it means the same thing in seven different languages.

The word is NO.


a good question
I don’t know Billy Cox, but this meme is spot on. If you’re not making moves toward your goals… today is a good day to make a change. We’re either moving toward our goals or away from it.

Where are you headed?


Our church has two services. The early “traditional” service and the later “contemporary” service. My wife and I normally attend the contemporary service but this morning, with snow imminent, we opted for the early service. It made me think. My preferences definitely lean toward the drums and guitars, more-so than the organ and hymnal music but is that what it’s really all about.

I mean many of us have experienced at least some expression of the worship wars and people dividing over their preferences, especially music preferences. I think that is really, really wrong. Our preferences are not, nor have they ever been what worship is al about. Worship is for an audience of One, for God and God is much more concerned about what is going on in our hearts than about what style of music we bring. We need to be more focused on God than on what we prefer.

The primary goal of worship is to worship God. Secondly to draw people to Christ and to create life change in the people. The more people we can involve in worship the better. Beyond that we need to remember that our lives are supposed be worship, offering everything we have to God. If we were to be honest, there are times where our preferences keep that from happening and that needs to change. We need to bring our “whatever gifts” to worship, to honor our very worthy heavenly Father. (The know where that comes from, right? The word “Worship” is derived from the phrase “worth-ship”.) We need to bring our best, so we can be used to draw hearts and minds to the Lord and more than anything else. We need to trust God to cover all the rest.

God is so good. Worship Him today and every day.