Posts Tagged ‘speaking’


What I call the AMOKArts “World Tour” is in the works. The speaking ministry has been a little slow in the early parts of this year, but I am making up for it now. It’s not really a world tour, but it is four states, and a lot of miles, Lord willing. I just finished a really fun and fulfilling week in central PA, painting for a family camp at Summit Grove Camp Meeting Sunday night and then leading a Vacation Bible School for my friends at St. Thomas Independent BIC Church in Mount Pleasant Mills, PA. Next up is Haven Camp, a camp for adults with Special needs at Delta Lake Bible Conference, then to Ohio for revivals, a day at retirement community, a music festival, then back to Delta Lake after church, and that’s not all.

I am really hesitant to post this. I am fully aware of James 4:13 Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.” 14 Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. 15 Instead, you ought to say, “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.” 16 As it is, you boast in your arrogant schemes. All such boasting is evil. 17 If anyone, then, knows the good they ought to do and doesn’t do it, it is sin for them.

In light of this passage, Why am I posting? Because I am asking for prayer for three reasons. First, I have a van that has very high mileage. It’s not necessarily in the budget to replace it right now, so please keep me in prayer for traveling mercies. Secondly, I’m not as young as I used to be. There is still a good deal of work to be done for a few of these events, and in addition to all of this, I want to make sure I am also being a proper, faithful pastor to my congregation, not to mention husband, father and grandfather. Lastly and most importantly, please pray that the ministry would be effective and that many souls would be reached and touched during this time. I know none of this is possible without the power of God being upon it, and I need prayer.

Lastly, I’ve gotten to the point where I feel the need to start a prayer team. If you’d commit to praying for me on these adventures, please let me know.

I love what I do and am blessed to be called to this ministry and I thank you for your prayers.


Imagine this for your church or gathering. Saturday starts with a “paint party” where your people can learn to paint their very own acrylic painting. (You might even be able to use it as a fund raiser for a special project, that’s up to you.) We do two of three sessions of 20 people a piece. Then we have a Saturday evening creative arts ministry presentation that shares the Gospel and challenges your people to use their gifts and talents to serve the Lord. Finish it up with me bringing a message Sunday morning with a live painting. It’s a creative weekend that will help your people to have fun, learn, grow and draw closer to God. Contact me at AMOKArts@aol.com. We could also do a Friday Saturday event if that works better.


Many people believe the main desire of the human soul is to be loved. I can agree with that sentiment, but before that, I believe there is something else. To be known? Yes, but more specifically to be understood.

Have you ever had a time when you were trying to communicate something and words just failed? You just couldn’t get your point across. Isn’t it maddening? I think we all want to be understood and if that is ultimately our goal, then we are all in the communication business. We’re trying to help people to see things our way. We’re trying to communicate something that we feel is urgent or essential and the more we care about the recipient, the more urgent the need becomes.

How can you make yourself understood? Well there are a couple things to keep in mind.

Language. Now I’m not just talking about whether you speak English, or Spanish, or Mandarin, or whatever. I’m also talking about those subtle nuances that help our words to connect. My wife will often tell me after I speak that she felt I used a slang or a figure of speech that some of the people didn’t understand. Humor doesn’t always translate and of course there are things that just simply should not be said. The audience understood you perfectly but they were offended or appalled and so they tuned you out. Also, and this is a huge one, don’t try to impress people with how smart you are. If you talk over people’s heads, using words that they will not understand, it may make you feel intellectually superior (you might even be intellectually superior) but when it comes to being understood, you failed. The dirty little secret of communication is it’s not about you. The story may be, but the object of communication is ALWAYS the audience.

Listening. One of the best ways to communicate is to start by shutting up. Listen to what the other person is saying, (because it’s about them, remember?) then when you have some understanding of where they are coming from, then speak. Otherwise you run the risk of answering questions they’re not asking. Again this may satisfy your ego, but it will do precious little to help you be understood. If communication is always about them (and it is) then what’s in it for them is paramount to being understood. The best teachers understood this. It took years to understand why I ever had to learn algebra.

Love. The old adage rings true. People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care. While this is essential in all modes of communication, it is essential in communication of God’s message. The admonition to speak the truth in love comes to mind. Without love we come across like a bunch of holier-than-thou know-it-alls and you would never have that many hyphens in your title. Remember the purpose of communication is to be understood and in order to be understood, you have to be heard, and in order to be heard the other party (the one it’s all about) had to be listening. Turn them off and they’ll do the same to you.

Communication is critical, urgent and always about the recipient. Keep that in mind.


Spoken word artist Joseph Solomon shows the power of the spoken word and God’s power over doubt. Saw this just this morning, and it claimed it place here. You MUST watch this! It is amazing and anointed. This is a master class in how to give a message in a way that touches hearts.



This is part of a larger presentation that really shows my heart for building creativity in the church and why it’s important. My passion is to help creatives in the church to use their gifts to the glory of God and helping churches to empower and encourage their creative people.

If I can be of help to you and your church, please contact me at AMOKArts@aol.com


runnunamokMy goal is to speak to and meet as many people as possible this year. I want to encourage people to find and use their gifts to serve the Lord.

Working on a few new presentations for the Spring and Summer, but I have several that I believe will be a real blessing to your congregation. My presentations include high speed painting, storytelling, video and more all designed to draw people into the Word of God and His will for their lives.

Pictures of Jesus which talks about how all believers represent Jesus and our job is to represent Him well.

Forgiven which talks about sin, repentance, grace and forgiveness.

Story which uses the parables of Jesus to help everyone to live a better Story.

Be the Body which encourages congregations to combine their talents and abilities to work in unity representing Christ.

Of course, I will also create a presentation based on your needs. I’ve been in over 100 churches and venues in the last three years. If you want more information, go to my booking page, see what other people are saying, or contact me at AMOKArts@aol.com

 

 


I did a presentation of Pictures of Jesus for Five Stones Community Church at Ashland University. A few days ago my friend Jody Thomae sent me photo of three of the pieces I did for them on display. I love doing this presentation. The combined total of time to do all three pieces is less than 17 minutes. I do two more paintings in the presentation as well. Each of the pieces tells part of the story of Jesus. I think they did a great job. If you’d like Pictures of Jesus at your church, or any of my other presentations, please contact me.
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