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Most people would say there are two Christmas Stories in the Bible. The most famous is Luke’s and the second most famous in Matthew’s. I maintain there are four. One is found in Revelation 12. Like most of Revelation it is very deep and symbolic. It deals with  a pregnant woman with stars around her head and a giant red dragon waiting to eat her baby but we don’t have time to unpack that one right now. I just finished speaking and painting and I’m really tired. But there is a fourth that some would find debatable, largely because it is usually overlooked. It comes from the book of John and it’s usually overlooked because it’s only one verse. “The Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us. We have seen His glory, the glory of the one and only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.” John 1:14. It’s short an sweet, but its exactly what happened. God became man and lived with us. John 1 is the passage I’ve been exploring for my Advent preaching this year and so far it’s spawned three paintings.

The first was for my church, Springfield Church of the Brethren and it deals with the Intertestamental  Period (the 400 years between Malachi and Matthew). The next two deal with The Word, and the Light.
Here is a little infographic I did for the first message.

Next we have the two paintings I did for the word and the Light. I did these at Camp Eder for their Christmas Tree festival and the messages will be combined for Springfield next week. Again please keep in mind these are speed paintings done in 8 and 6 minutes respectively. Both were very well received and I pray God was glorified.


I always have a great time doing these things, but what I love most about it, is it give another way to draw people into the message. I pray you all have a blessed Christmas season and my His Word make your life shine.

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This morning I am heading out for what should be my last ministry road trip of the year. I’ll be going to Camp Eder to speak at their Christmas Tree Festival. This will be my third year speaking and painting at this event and I got a pleasant surprise, I’ll be painting indoors this year. In previous years I painted in a pavilion outdoors and it was, pardon the pun, pretty cool. My first year was one of those unseasonably warm December evenings and I got lulled into a false sense of security. Last year it was frigid, so cold that my paint was doing unusual things, and a little hard to work with, but it was still fun.

This is a great event, that I’d love to do every year. It’s at a beautiful Christian camp near Gettysburg, PA. They cover the camp with lights and displays. Indoors they have Christmas trees decorated by the churches in their region, all trying to “out-creative” each other to win the tree decorating contest.  I always look forward to seeing what they come up with, cause you know how I feel about churches being creative, right? There is also all kinds of delicious food and musical performances each night. It is a lot of fun, but more than that, it’s a creative way to raise funds for a very important ministry. I am so looking forward to this event. If you’re in the area, I’d love to see you. I’ll be there tonight and tomorrow night, ministering around 7:00.

Camp Eder, 914 Mt Hope Rd, Fairfield, PA 17320


Today was a good day. I ministered at a great church in Virginia. I did a presentation (Pictures of Jesus) that I have done many times before. It’s one of my favorites, but it can be tough to share. You see, in among the five live paintings and all the work that it takes to set it up and tear it down, I share a lot of my story, and not just the touchy feely stuff, the good the bad and the ugly. I sometimes look out at the people and try to figure out what they think as I say this stuff, but it’s all true and I share it because it shows how good God has been to me and that’s sort of the point.

What I love about this, is I don’t share it so I can “bleed on the platform” I share it in hopes that it will help someone else. See every time God uses my story, He gets glory and something happens. My pain makes sense. All that stuff that was so hard to deal with, to live through, stuff that almost killed me, is now used to help people and that just blesses my socks off. But there’s something else to be considered. If I can hold on to this hope when I hit tough times, maybe instead of going to places of fear or depression I will begin to look for the goos that God can do through the situation. remember Romans 8:28 is true. “In ALL things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.”

Maybe He’s working in something hard for you right now if thats the case, hold on to hope and let Him make your test your testimony. God can do more than we can ask or imagine.

Trust Him! 

I have a dream of presenting Pictures of Jesus in every state in the U,S. If you thinking it could bless you, contact me.


Well the adventure begins today. I head out for a week of disaster recovery work in South Carolina with some members of my congregation today. I’ll be coming back to the area next Saturday and on Sunday after preaching at my church in the morning, I’ll be heading North to Rome, NY to minister at Delta Lake Bible Conference in their Haven Camp program for adults with special needs. It should be a great two weeks of ministry. About the only thing is, I will miss my family a lot over that time. It’s a long time to be away. Please keep this ministry and my family in your prayers during this time. Posts may be few and far between for the next few days. What a great time to scan the archives. I have almost 2800 posts on here. Check them out.
God bless,
Dave


This morning at the gym, I heard a song that may be the anthem for poor choices. I don’t know the title of the song or the artist. I just know the chorus repeats ad-nauseum, “I like us better when we’re wasted.” Now I do premarital counseling and if I ever heard a couple say this to me, I would 1.) refuse to marry them, and 2.) advocate that they run screaming from this relationship as quickly as possible. If you need to abuse substances to stand being around someone, I could be wrong but it seems that the relationship might be less than constructive, which is my nice way of saying “doomed!” This is the kind of music I hear every day. It’s almost all auto-tuned, with lots of synthesized instruments. I know I’m supposed to speak the truth in love, so I will say that occasionally there is a beat that I can sync with to get the stationary bike going a little faster, but other than that, I just can’t stand it.

It was after another gym session and having seen the ad for another cinematic masterpiece last night just before bed, that inspired this semi snarky Facebook Post.

‘Okay here’s my creative conundrum. If the music I hear at my gym can get recorded, I can write a hit song. If Sharknado 5 (yes, 5) can get made, I can make a movie. That is all.”

Here’s the thing. I really mean it and I want to do it. Now I have no musical ability, so the hit song might be tough. Of course, I do know musicians who can do some heavy lifting on this. But the movie thing… I’m serious as a funeral about that, metaphorically speaking. I don’t care if it’s a low-budget, direct to video Christian film, I just want to tell a story that will touch hearts and minds and inspire someone to do something good in this world. I want to create something that spurs someone, and ideally a lot of people, on to love and good deeds. After all, God didn’t make me a creative to keep this stuff to myself. He didn’t make you creative for that either.

Let’s create great stuff and get it out there for the world to see. We have to be able to do better than some of the really destructive stuff (not to mention bad) stuff that is out there.

So what about you? What is the project that is banging on the walls of your heart, trying to get out?


Wow there are a lot of things going on these days here at AMOKArts. In the next few weeks, I have a lot of ground to cover to be prepared for all the ministry coming up. Now needless to say, I am excited for it all. I love what I do but the task before me is starting to look a little daunting. I’m not panicking though. Instead I am doing two things we can all do. I am prioritizing and I am breaking it down. Each day will have it’s function. I’ll be finishing the most pressing things first and going from there. By breaking the projects down into manageable steps, I will be able to get things done one at a time and I’ll be ready (Lord willing!) for all the great stuff before me.

You can do this too. The first step is prayer. Ask God to order your steps and show you the way. Ask Him to provide all the things only He can provide and ask Him to help you to work in faithfulness. He will because He is faithful. Then don’t waste time. Bring your best to every activity, don’t waste time and keep moving forward. Don’t forget rest is crucial both to your body ad your creativity. You only think you work best under pressure. Really you work best when you work consistently to achieve your goals the full length of your work time.

God is faithful. He will bring you all the way through. Seek the Lord, break the project down, manage your time and work in faithfulness. Busyness can be a blessing. It might mean God is opening new doors for you and breaking new ground. The key though is to not do it in your own strength. Rather acknowledge and lean on Him all the way to your goal.

God is good, even when we’re busy, busy, busy!


I had a great night doing a paint night for a bunch of wonderful creatives. At the end as I was tearing down, one of the folks told me I looked tired. The truth is, I am, but it’s the good kind of tired. It’s the kind of tired you feel when you know you are doing God’s will, and tat He is using you to be a blessing to others. It’s the kind of tired that allows you to feel a certain satisfaction and contentment because you know you’ve been faithful. I don’t mind feeling this kind of tired. I know I can sleep (please Lord, let me get a good night’s sleep, sometimes excitement makes that difficult) a little later tomorrow if I need to.

As I turn in, and I will as soon as I hit publish, I feel like I did what the Lord had for me today. It was a long day, but God was faithful and I kind of feel like I was too…

and that’s the good kind of tired.