Posts Tagged ‘Pictures of Jesus’


Last night I finished up a two night revival series. I had such a great time and I love what I do so much. The first night I did Pictures of Jesus and last night was one I call Forgiven, which deals with forgiveness starting in Genesis and going all the way to the cross. I hadn’t done that one in a while but it was perfect for this lenten season we find ourselves in. There’s something in Forgiven that brings forward all the times when I have had to forgive and that can make me think about pain.

See, I’d be lying if I told you this artistic journey has been easy. There’s been tons of rejection, a lot of soul searching, times when I had hard lessons to learn, when I left my priorities run amok, and frankly times when others took advantage of me. Of course I haven’t even mentioned the bullying that happened throughout much of childhood for a kid who would rather draw a picture than do some of the stuff the other kids were doing. The road to where I am now has not been an easy one, but I praise God for the way he has brought me through to where I am now. He has taught me to depend on Him and for that I am grateful. My life now is better than I ever could have imagined.

At the end of the service last night I met a young artist, looking for her place in the church and the arts. As she spoke, at times I felt like I was hearing my own voice, our stories in some ways seemed similar. She wants to use her gift to serve the Lord. Man, that excites me. Maybe in some small way, I was used to inspire her and I really hope God fans that spark into a flame. You see every time someone hears what God has given me to share and moves forth in it, I get a little more clarity. Who knows? Maybe the things I went through will help someone else to persevere, and do the work and thrive to God’s glory. If God uses me, even in small ways, if the things I’ve been through help someone else, I get to see the purpose in the pain.

Romans 8:28, one of my favorite verse in Scripture says “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” I am living proof that this verse is true, so if you’re going through a tough time, know this. If you love God, there is a purpose in the pain. Persevere, one day God will use it, and you, to do something really important and for your good.

By the way, if my new friend reads this, and you need help in your journey, don’t be afraid to reach out. If I can help, I want to.


Lately, I’ve been missing too many days of posting. I’ve been busy, but everyone is busy. Days fly by and before I know it, I am heading for bed and another day is done. That happens to a lot of people. I could say I haven’t been inspired to post, but you know how I feel about waiting for inspiration. If you don’t, I’m not a fan of it. I think inspiration is something to be sought, hunted down and exploited for all it’s worth. I think it’s time to reorganize my thoughts here a little bit.

My passion for creative ministry has not wained. I’m actually doing a lot of it these days, I’m just not taking the time to write about it, and that has to change. So here is my plan, I am going to share about all the things I am doing out in the field. Like Saturday night. On Saturday night I did Pictures of Jesus. This is a program I have done all over the country, but there was one place I have never done it. My home church. We had a small turnout, but the response was pretty overwhelming. I mainly did this as an outreach. That was my idea, my hope being to attract some folks from the surrounding community. I think God had something else in mind.

You see my church has been wonderfully supportive of my speaking ministry. I am a three quarter time pastor and the other quarter of my time is spent on my traveling AMOKArts ministry. Now truth be known, I always say I don’t have two ministries, I have one, but what I do at my church is quite different from what I do on the road. Preaching a different message every week allows me to be very creative, but it’s a different kind of creative. I don’t always paint at my church. Probably only about four times a year and when I paint, I have a good twenty minutes before I get to preach. which allows a lot of time to really work the paintings. In the traveling ministry, I often do multiple pieces very quickly with stories I have developed and often memorized. Showing my church Pictures of Jesus, which is an hour and a half long containing five paintings, drama, videos more, allowed them to see what I do on the road, and it seems to have really blessed the folks who were able to be there. I really think this will help people to have an even better understanding of what I do when I can’t be with them which will help already very supportive people to be even more supportive. That can’t help but help.

Don’t forget to share your gifts with the folks closest to you.


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.


Hi everyone,
As you know I am on a quest to help the church embrace creatives and creativity and to help people discover and embrace their creativity. What you may not be aware of is how many resources I have created to help with this endeavor. I thought today I would do a little shameless self-promotion in case you’ve missed any of them.

Kaleidoscopics Book 1
This adult coloring book consists of Kaleidoscopic images that are detailed and fun to color. I see Adult coloring as a great way to re-fire your creativity.

Kaleidoscopic Creatures
This adult coloring book combines Kaleidoscopic images with some of my favorite creature designed. They are detailed, fun to color and maybe a little more masculine than many of the titles currently being offered.

Running A.M.O.K.
My first book on creative ministry. This book has tons of information on creativity and how it relates to faith.

Ministering to the Creative Soul
This book is for church leaders, artists and the people who love them. It deals with how to minister to creatives, and empower them to serve the Lord.

One Liners Volume 1
This simple book gives 365 creative prompts to jump start your creativity every single day.

Many Parts, One Body
I have three different versions of this book for three different sized groups. (25, 48, or 96) It’s an interactive lesson on the body of Christ where each person makes a piece and their combined pieces form an image of Jesus.

1001: A Sketch Odyssey
This guided sketch book has 1001 different sketching prompts. These are not just simple drawing commands (“Draw a Hammer”, etc.) but ideas to enhance your creativity and make you think as you create.

Creativity Kickers
This unique book contains 500 creative prompts for artists/designers, writers, inventors and anyone who wants to expand upon his or her creativity. Designed in a unique card file format, the book can be cut apart and converted into a card file or left in tact as a reference. There are a multitude of ways this book can be used, from blindly picking a card and doing whatever it says to selectively choosing your next project. The idea is to kickstart your creativity, smash through creative blocks and get you creating.

Making Faces and Making Faces Holidaze
This fun and exciting art activity book will help people learn to draw using grids and symmetry.

Pictures of Jesus
I’ve been privileged to do my presentation Pictures of Jesus all over the U.S. and one thing almost always happens. Someone, sometimes many people, will come to me and say, “I wish so and so would have seen this, he/she would have been really blessed by it. I finally decided to write it in book form so people could share it with their loved ones. My hope is that this book will help the message of Pictures of Jesus to spread far further than I can take it on my own. All of us who follow Jesus are Pictures of Jesus to the rest of the world. We need to be the best Pictures of Jesus we can be. This book will show you how to be that picture and how to share His message of love and hope, in word and deed, with all who need to hear and receive it.

Story: Parables of Jesus Bible Art Journal
Story: Parables of Jesus is a Bible Art Journaling book designed to help people to read and apply Scripture to their lives by means of creative expression.

That’s 14 books and I feel like I haven’t even scratched the surface. Stay tuned for more and if any of these catch your eye, you can get them by clicking the picture. Thanks for all you do to create for the Kingdom!


I’ve been posting these posts (1,2,3,4) to tell you about how to do the actual paintings and there is more to come, but I wanted to take a moment and talk a little bit about content. Before I go on, it is important once again to point out that our motivations for speed painting may vary. I, for example, do my paintings to lead into what I will be speaking about. This article comes out of that motivation, but I think it is helpful for any speed painter, working in any context.

Because my motivation is to use art to “draw” (see how I did that) people into my message, I want to keep them guessing. Because of this, I try to make the painting somewhat misleading in the process of creating. I want to keep them guessing about what I am painting for as long as possible. The reason for this is pretty simple. If they are guessing, they are engaged. They are wondering what I am painting, so they will want to know more. The question “Why?” is also powerful, as in “Why did he paint that?” I don’t always go for the obvious image. What I am looking for is engagement. I want to draw them in. I want them to really want to know more.

devilpaintingAn example of this is when I do my Pictures of Jesus presentation. As I begin the presentation, I tell the congregation in advance that I am going to paint five pictures of Jesus over the course of the evening. I have one part of the presentation I call The Other Lion. In that presentation, I paint a picture that looks like a cartoon image of Satan. Of course people are dying to know why I painted a picture of the devil in a presentation called Pictures of Jesus. I rightly point out that there is another lion in this story. “Be self controlled and alert, your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion seeking whom he might devour.” I then give my testimony to the point of coming to Christ, at which point I say, “Jesus turned my life around.” I flip the painting upside down and it becomes a picture of Jesus. The painting gets attention and draws them into the story I am about to tell.

This, behind any kind of aesthetic response is the goal. I am more concerned with an engaged audience than I am with a beautiful painting, though I try to accomplish that as well.

Which brings me to quality. I will often tell people these are not the best paintings I can do, but they are the best paintings I can do in six minutes. This can open the door to helping people leave that “If only I had…” mentality. Life following Jesus often involves doing the best and being faithful with what we have.

I hope these posts have been helpful. Speed painting is a great tool to communicate the Gospel. If you’re interested in trying it, I would love to help you out. You can contact me for more information at AMOKArts@aol.com


A Night AMOK: Pix of JCI had a great weekend this weekend. First, I got to do something near and dear to my heart. I spoke at a men’s prayer breakfast at The Bridge Church in Nearby Hamburg, PA. What a great group of guys. I shared my testimony as part of a message called “Things Are Not Always as They Appear” painting my painting that appears to be Satan, but when you turn it around it becomes Jesus. I usually use it in Pictures of Jesus, but it fit well here. I love doing men’s ministry party because men’s ministry is a big part of where I am today. It was at a Promise Keepers event called Stand in the Gap, that God got a hold of me and turned me around. I walked away from that day realizing that I had my priorities really out of whack. I was quickly becoming that man Jesus talked about that was gaining the whole world and losing my soul. I praise God for men’s ministry.

Then this morning I did what may be my favorite presentation, Pictures of Jesus as a morning service at Coventry Church of the Brethren in Pottstown, PA. It’s unusual for me to do Pictures of Jesus as a morning service, because of it’s length, but these folks gave me the majority of the service and it went extremely well.

I love this ministry and I hope I get to do both of these a lot more often. If any of you would like to bring me in to minister at your church, please get a hold of me. I would love to come and minister to you.

Next up this week from Thursday to Sunday, I will be traveling around central and Western Pennsylvania Check out the schedule page and if you’re in the area, I would love to meet you.


picturesofJesuscoverYesterday, my book Pictures of Jesus launched and I felt very blessed by all the people who downloaded it and hope they will share it with many people and that God will use it to bring people to Jesus and to challenge the rest of us to honor and glorify God.

One comment on social media intrigued me. Someone made the comment that there are, thankfully, no pictures of Jesus. I think I may get where the commenter was going, but I respectfully disagree.

I think Pictures of Jesus are everywhere…

…and I’m not talking about all the artists renditions out there. Most of those are probably inaccurate. After all, most of us who render Him want to honor Him, so we tend to make Him handsome, bordering on beautiful. I get that, He did something beautiful for us in laying down His life to set us free, but Scripture says, “He had nothing in His appearance that would draw us to Him…” Which makes me believe that the only person in human history who had some say in how he would look, may have chosen not to be attractive in the eyes of the world, so we would look at his heart and do the harder work of emulating that instead.

When I talk about pictures of Jesus, I am not talking about art, yet I am talking about masterpieces. I am talking about hand crafted works of beauty, yet so much more. I’m talking about us, humans, you and me. You see the Bible says we’re created in God’s image. 2 Corinthians 5 calls us who believe to be His ambassadors, His representatives. This is the point of the book. To the rest of the world, Jesus looks like us. We, who call ourselves Christians, are pictures of Jesus to the rest of the world. Are we flawed pictures? Yes, but our job is to represent Him well. This is what the book is about.

What kind of picture of Jesus are you?

The Kindle version of the book is available free through tomorrow July 2. Please download it and share it and if you feel so inclined, post a review on Amazon. This will help the book get to more people. There is also a print version available. The print version is not free because full color printing is a fairly costly process.