Posts Tagged ‘new creation’

The reason is simple. I get to create stuff that will help and bless others. Case in point. This Friday, my church will be doing our one day arts day VBS. We don’t quite have everything we need to do a full week of Bible school (YET!) so instead we have this one day, creative bonanza where the kids come in and make art, have fun and learn about Jesus all day. It is a lot of fun. Our theme this year is the New Creature workshop. In the morning we’ll look at what it means to be a new creature in Christ (2 Cor. 5:17) while we paint interesting creatures as a reminder. Then in the afternoon we’ll look at one of the great benefits of being a new creature in Christ, the fruit of the Spirit. Nine evidences that the spirit of the Living God is living and active in the life of every believer. I wanted to create a way to help the students learn this powerful verse. So with the help of an unknown rapper named AMOS AMOK (He might sound familiar) I made this video. It was a lot of fun and I really think it might be helpful to a lot of churches. If you’re in another church and you think this might be useful, feel free to download it and use it. I’m sure AMOS won’t mind.

nc1aLast Night I did my new presentation on what may be my favorite verse in all of Scripture, 2 Corinthians 5:17, “Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation, the old has gone and the news has come.” I was trying to think of a good painting to do with it. I’ve already done butterflies and frogs exploring the metamorphosis concept of complete change, but that wasn’t quite right, So I went at it a completely different way.

First off I did something I almost never do. I started with a white surface. I usually speed paint on black. I started off by doing a very simple line art self portrait. What the congregation may not have realized is I was really gobbing on the black paint. Then I added some sky blue around it. What they didn’t know. was it was my intent from the beginning to wreck the painting. Taking paper towels I smeared it into a cloudy mess and then quit. When I began to speak, I spoke of how we basically start as a clean slate, but then life happens and we sin and we get splattered by the effects of sin and it makes a mess of us. I then talked about what it means to be a new creation in Christ—the way He transforms and renews and redeems us.

nc1bAt the end of the message I painted a picture of Jesus over the mess. The reason, when Christ redeems us, He allows us to put on His righteousness. The finished project was a little less successful than I like. For some reason my surface started to warp and it was falling out of the easel. Speed painting while holding your surface with the other hand is not easy. Nonetheless, the painting which took a total of about 8 minutes for both phases demonstrated what it was supposed to demonstrate and I was pleased.

Here’s the point, in Christ there is grace and forgiveness, but there is also transformation. Your past does not dictate your future. You can be redeemed. God can take your life and make it into something new. He can take the best of you and make it better. He can redeem the rest of you and turn it into a powerful testimony. God created you and He can also recreate you and when He does (and He will if you ask Him) you will be a new creation.

dry-bones-live-liveLast night I got to do my new message called inspiration. As many of my regular readers know, I believe waiting for inspiration is a terrible idea (most of the time) I believe we need to seek it out and occasionally hunt it down. We need to seek God and believe that He will speak. Inspiration (at least the best kind) comes from God and He has been doing it for us since the very beginning when He breathed His live into our first father, Adam and he became a living soul. That’s what inspiration is God breathing life into us and into the things that He allows us to create.

In scripture we see this in Ezekiel 37, where God leads Ezekiel into the valley of dry bones. There God instructs Ezekiel to speak to the bones, to prophesy, and the bones come back to life. They rise up and become a mighty army. This is a prophecy for the nation of Israel but I think it’s for us as well. As we look at the condition of our nation and even the church, it is clear we are not in a great place right now. We need something from the Lord. We need His to breathe new life into us again. We need Him to speak into our lives oh and one more thing. We need His Word.

You see Scripture tells us that all Scripture is God breathed. that it is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness so that the person of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. Over and over I see people, even in the church, that would like to leave portions of God’s Word on the cutting room floor. The thing is truth is a very powerful thing and a very fragile thing. Add a little to it, take a little from it and it is no longer truth. This God breathed Word is life to us. We are not supposed to change it, it is supposed to change us. We need to reconnect to the source of our power. We need to recommit to the Word of God. If we do, God will breathe new life into His church and we will return to being the mighty army God intended us to be. An army in a battle that is not with flesh and blood but with the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. A battle that is as real as anything you see in the news, and the source of most everything you see on the news. And that army will be the one that the gates of hell will not be able to prevail against.

The photo above is the painting I did with the message. It’s done in two phases and takes a total of 12 minutes. It’s based on a much more detailed painting I did for this stop motion video (which took days to complete). The message is part of a series called Imagination, Inspiration, Perspiration, New Creation, Re-Creation. I’d love to bring this series to your church. Contact me for more information.

My church is doing trunk or treat and I decided to decorate my trunk with one of my favorite things to create, creatures. I have always loved making creatures because the possibilities are endless. You can literally create anything you want. For the longest time I could not see how this connected with my faith, but then one day I was preparing to preach in a “King James Only” church. My text revolved around 2 Corinthians 5:17, “Therefore if anyone is in Christ he is a new creation…” Well in the King James, “new creation” is translated “New Creature.” There was my answer. I could use the creatures I create to talk about being a new creature in Christ. After a few false starts, I settled on the name CREACHER because it combined Creature and Preacher, and also it had reacher in the name and that was my intent, to use creachers to reach people for the Kingdom. Well I decided to ramp up CREACHER and give out cards to the site along with my candy. The new version includes a meme, a coloring sheet and a color download available free on the site. You can see them for yourself at the CREACHER website along with my pop art and some other cartoons.

This video was a lot of fun to make and I’m pretty happy with how it turned out. I tried to figure out a way to explain salvation to young children. This is what I came up with. What do you think?

This is the final session video for the AMOKArts’ Creation Station Bible School Curriculum shows us how to be a new creation in Christ by looking at two of God’s creatures who start life out looking completely different. To bring Creation Station to your church, contact Dave Weiss at

Last night was a tough one for my wife Dawn and I. We closed the church we have led for the last 10 years and while we know that God has something great for us and confirmed that this door was closing, it was definitely bittersweet. We’ve been ministering with the core group folks for over 15 years. They planted with us and they closed it with us. They stuck with us through thick and thin and parting was really, really difficult. It was time and we all knew it, but tears flowed as we locked the doors on New Creation for the last time.

A thousand questions run through your mind at a time like this. A ton of “what ifs” circulate through my psyche but to be honest, none of that matters. God closed the door and I know that God is not always predictable, but He is ALWAYS good. I know God used that congregation to grow us, perhaps me most of all (most of what I share in this and my speaking ministry and nearly everything I know about leadership was learned at New Creation). I know God walked with us through every trial and every victory. I know He used us to touch hearts and change lives and I know that any congregation that receives “my people” receives a blessing. I know they will always be in my heart and I’ve always known they love me and for that I am grateful.

There are aspects of all of this that feel a little unfinished, and that’s okay. Scripture says “He who began a good work in you will carry it through to completion in the day of Christ Jesus.” God started it and God will finish it. This door has closed for us, and I know He is opening another and I believe it will be good, because I know God is good!

In your own life it’s the same way. God opens and closes doors. It’s okay, trust him and be faithful. He began the good work and He will complete it. We should praise Him because He allows us to join Him on the journey.

God is good!

I did this painting for a recent art show. I know it just looks like a collection of kooky creatures, but believe it or not it comes from the scriptures. One of my life’s guiding verses is 2 Corinthians 5:17 which says “Therefore if anyone is in Christ, He is a New Creation, the old has gone and the new has come.” It’s a verse that speaks to the idea that Jesus can and will transform you life, it’s something I really resonate with and something I have experienced firsthand. Jesus Christ has radically transformed my life and I am a new creation. I love this verse so much that it’s what I named the church we planted.

Well one day one of my closest friends and my mentor in ministry asked me to preach in his church. His church uses the King James Bible and he asked if I would preach from it as well, a request I was happy to honor, but it left me in a strange place and gave a wonderful creative opportunity. The strange place was caused by the fact that the KJV uses a different word. It doesn’t say New Creation. Instead it says New Creature. In meaning, it’s a subtle difference. I have no problem with saying I am a New Creature, because I am vastly different from what I used to be. On the other hand, I was pretty glad I didn’t know what the King James said when I started my church. I’m not sure what people would think of attending New Creature Fellowship.

The other side of it though was a great opportunity. You see I’ve been creating creatures as long as I can remember. At one point I even worked for a licensee of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. When I saw the phrase “New Creature.” My mind was opened to a new way of telling the story. This painting allows me to tell the story of why I painted it, but it also allows me to tell how Jesus made me a new creature. I love it when I get to tell that story.

So here’s the question for you… Are you a new creature in Christ? And if so, how has He transformed your life? How has knowing Him changed you? If you can’t say that Jesus has changed your life, I know this, He wants to. He wants to take the best of you and change the rest of you, you know the stuff that hurts and breaks you. He loves you.

Lastly for my artist friends, try this, create a new creature that shows how Jesus has transformed you and use it to share your story.

I own the Domain New and I am considering what to do with it. The site has sort of gone up and down and I’d like to make it a worthwhile site for spreading the Gospel. The name comes from the King James Version of 2 Corinthians 5:17. I was considering a creature art/cartoon gallery of some kind, simple and to the point… But I am open to suggestions.

Christians hold diverse opinions on Halloween. Some see it as Satanic, some see it as harmless and most of us are somewhere in between. I would be one of those people. On one hand the fascination with horror, gore, death and demons is particularly troublesome to me, on the other hand, it is the second most popular “holiday” in the U.S. and that seems to me like an opportunity to do some good for the Kingdom.

Halloween has it’s origins in Christianity. A day for remembering loved ones gone before as well as all the saints and as such maybe it’s not a case for coming out against it or ignoring it, but rather an opportunity for the church to reclaim and redeem. Leave that to your conscience, convictions and what the Holy Spirit (the only Spirit worth listening to) tells you to do. Follow your convictions and do what God says.

What inspired this post was something I heard a good friend say yesterday. She said Halloween is her favorite holiday because she gets to try being someone else. Now some of you may find that cringe-worthy, but I get it. I had a day like that, but it wasn’t Halloween, it was the day Christ came into my life. The Kings James Bible says “If any man be in Christ, He is a new creature…” (2 Corinthians 5:17) Christ came in and made a radical transformation in my life for the better. Of course there are major differences between my experience and my friend’s with Halloween. Her change is temporary, trying on an identity for a short period of time, all in fun, stretching her creativity to explore possibilities (that is the best side of Halloween, isn’t it?). In my case, I hated who I was and what I was becoming and needed a change that would be for good in both senses of the word. The old me needed to go, and I needed to become a new creature. The following two videos are explorations of what it means to be a new creature. Check them out and regardless about what you think and feel about Halloween, use this day to glorify God. Project: Toy Project: Toy

The folks over at posted their challenge for the week and the word to illustrate was “Toy.” I’ve been wanting to produce a toy for some time based on my New Creaturez concept for quite some time, so I decided this week I would design the prototype of it in response to the challenge. This is what I came up with.

To see how the image was made check the video below.

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