I’m an artist and I loooove media. I looove cool performances and presentations that move me. I love it, if during worship, with not much effort on my side I’m being moved not only by the lyrics, but by a certain feeling. I get goosebumps by a certain type of tune and lights and images on the screen. Atmosphere!
I’ve heard people say: “It’s just HYPE!” and as soon as I heard that, I felt a little bit stupid and used. I felt weak… How can they control my feelings and emotion that easily…
So, for about a year I decided to track and sort of investigate my feelings and emotions. For a while I wished I could conduct some kind of worship experiment… until I realized that HYPE shouldn’t be taken so negatively.
No matter how well a worship is, and how emotionally engineered it is… If one is not willing to accept it… it won’t work. I realized that I’m letting myself being HYPED up because I want to… because the lyrics speak the truth, the music accompanies truth, and the images and lights… all that represents joy. As soon as I set foot into worship, I “choose” to let the so called HYPE take over me, because I trust God that he will speak to me and that he will move me…
If you work behind the scene long enough, you will see all types of worship bands in all kind of settings and styles. Weather there are extravagant lighting and special effects or just a guy with a guitar… It really doesn’t matter… you can’t control that so called “HYPE”. Even to bad music and off voices hahahaha.
For a guy who prefers genuine feelings and a unplugged setting, because it’s sense of purity… as soon as he closes his eyes and worships… that’s HYPE. For a guy who loves big concert halls and moving images synced up to the music by an awesome band… that’s the same HYPE.
So please don’t say: It’s just WORSHIP HYPE… especially you who likes to emphasize on genuine things. Genuine settings are engineered as well.
To me the purest worship is when it just happens out of nowhere and when without a plan the spirit moves us into worship. Now, that’s some good HYPE! hahaha
Personally, my absolute best time of worship comes when I’m editing a music video where the lyrics convict me and the pictures move me, while I get to praise God with my profession. Especially when I’m editing a video where I see not only the band but also the audience. People falling on their knees. People trying to express this overwhelming joy. It’s awesome and I forget to swallow at times.
God gave us more than one senses and to me it’s just plainly logical that if we have the means to it, we should use “all” that we can to elevate our worship. It’s not just ok to use Lights, Smoke and Lasers, Dancers and DJs… It’s awesome! Those things have been taken over by the world and we need to reclaim it and not shy away from it. Besides, isn’t it awesome if the special effects guy is able to use his skills to worship with the dancers and the DJ. Wouldn’t it be awesome if the lead singer is being backed up by a spirit filled rapper…?!
The more I spend time with spirituality, the more is been revealed to me that our spiritual being, our spirituality, it’s potential, and ability is not really supernatural. I believe it’s actually natural. I think we don’t recognize and embrace our spirituality enough… and limit our potential by putting it up on a pedestal, and labeling it “supernatural”, making it more alien and seemingly harder to access. It creates a sort of unnecessary mystery and fear.
A human being is made up of three things: 1. Physical Body 2. Mind 3. Spirit and without one of ‘em we ain’t human… are you a supernatural being? No. It’s all natural. And like our physical body and our mind we can use it for Good or for Bad; it’s the same with our Spirit.
Because the Spirit is a natural part of our being, just the spiritual ability by itself without any motives but just for the sake of the ability, is neither Good or Bad, or from a christian point of view, demonic, until we choose to use it the way how we want to. To a believer, once decided, it creates a spiritual gateway between God or evil. God works through us by enforcing our spirituality with the Holy Spirit and evil is being manifested if evil is let in.
Personally, I don’t like when we call someone demonic and shy away if a non-believer has a gift of discernment, is able to spiritually connect and such. It’s actually a natural part of a human being. In this time and age though, spirituality makes us more vulnerable because the world made it into like a novelty item, inviting more fear and darkness.
Spirituality is a gift like all the other element and is equally important as our body and mind. By bringing down our spirituality, I’m not saying that we should take spirituality lightly but we should treat our body , mind, and our spirit equally. There are no levels but the ones we made up.
Whether you are a believer or not, first of all we should reclaim our spirit that the world has taken further away, so that all the elements that make up “us” will be harmonious. Honoring not only God, but everyone else around us with our physical strength, with our thoughts, “and” with our spirit. We’ll grow to embrace it, experience it, and to trust it.
On one hand, I’d like to study more thoroughly about spirituality but on the other hand I feel convicted that I should let my little spirituality I have, embrace me rather than me forcing to embrace it. As a believer that means for me to open my spiritual door so that God’s spirit embraces me.
I know that some of the things I’m writing might be miss-understood but I’ve been told by friends and spiritual leaders that I should “trust and share” more about the way I see things… because God doesn’t put these thoughts without a reason. The people we met, the conversations we have … all those things have some kind of reason…sometimes it’s just fun and other times it’s deeper.
Today in my dream between 5-7am I was vividly able to control my actions, exercising my evil desires. In my dream my morality and honor was secondary and the thought of “It’s a dream!” was the highlight. I didn’t feel bad but the excitement in my dream wasn’t as good as I thought it would either… but kept at it in hopes for the ultimate satisfaction… It didn’t come that far and I had a feeling as if I tried too hard.
I feel ashamed that with absolute power In my own world, I would do such things. I’d be a horrible emperor.
There is something dark and most evil in me…a seed somewhere hidden in my heart. i don’t know how I’m gonna take care of it… a lot of prayer.
It might be bit daring, but I’m gonna say it…cuz I really feel convicted to do so… It’s been placed in my heart for quite some time: Couple’s Counseling, and I don’t mean the good old Adult Couple’s Counseling but for the YOUNG. I think, too often we just disproof of kids coming together. ”Don’t date until you graduate High School” then ” Don’t date until you graduate College” … even all the way to “Don’t date until you have secured your career…” and not much further is been told.
I think that if kids come together they should have a place where they come and talk to some kind of counselor so-that they may be directed to a “RIGHT” couple-hood. One that is honoring to God. If there is a breakup it will be not only sad but also encouraging. There will be a good closure. And if there is conviction that it’s a honoring relationship then it will be further nurtured and cultivated. A God centered relationship will be encouraged from early on.
I’m not saying it’s a perfect solution to teen-relationships but It will help.
One thing I love about working with small companies is that you get opportunities to do all kinds of stuff. -and if you worked long enough with a particular company you just chose to do all kinds of stuff without someone telling you so… So for the following weeks I’ve created a new department for myself: R&D (research and development) I’m an artist…but I always liked LEGOs hahahaha
The company I help out is specialized in a specific LED product which used the physics of light emitted by LED lights. I feel convicted to do some reverse engineering on some of our current and older products… and even on one of our competitor’s product.
My goal is to end up with a better product. -less elements=so we save on manufacturing & material cost -that also means it’s going to be lighter in weight=so we save money on shipping -efficiency for easy installation=so it’s more convenient and more inviting to the consumer -and of course the look and feel=to give the consumer a peace of mind that they purchased a good product
I might not be successful but it’s sure gonn’ be exciting!
“Satan will try to bring upon you the most dreadful temptation or trial you have ever faced. He wants you to get bogged down in GUILT, CONDEMNATION, SELF EXAMINATION. Dear saint, you have to ARISE IN THE SPIRIT and get your eyes off your CIRCUMSTANCES and BONDAGE. Don’t try to figure it all out. Start PRAISING, SINGING and TRUSTING GOD—and he will take care of your deliverance!”—David Wilkerson
“When we talk about the World it should include the Church, because Church is in the World. And arrogantly we tend to say Church -thinking and treating it as if Church is outside of the World… forgetting that Church is a place where sinners gather.”—
Now, I’m in a position where I can hire people to do some of my work.
-To lighten my workload, to put myself in a teamwork situation, and especially to give young and upcoming professionals a chance. I find, that we artists often work alone… and it’s not that we don’t like to work in teams but more like: it doesn’t occur to us in a natural way that we can.
I graduated from art-school and was hungry for experience more than money. -and so I would volunteer often and was pretty contend with a warm meal as my payment… but after a while it kind of stuck with me. People around me got used to it, - or should I say they became spoiled by it. As time passed, I started to get tired, couldn’t keep up with the deadlines because I’d work on many projects simultaneously to make less than ends meat. Even creatively, I felt dry and started to loose reputation. Thank God though, I never felt that I was in the wrong profession.
I know it was my fault to let that happen to me, but I wish that people wouldn’t have exploited me -the way I am. Soo many would tell me that the experience I got is pretty valuable ( it actually is ) or promised me milk and honey If I hang on with them and suffer along with them and such while they would buy new cars and renovate their house behind my back… And in midst all that, hardly anyone who encouraged me and supported my skills with what I deserved financially. Yeah…. it’s my fault.
Thanks to God, I was able to endure it and at times of suffering He would minister to me with comfort and encouragement. Oftentimes, He would send me highly professionals (I consider them as angels) in the industry to assure me that my work is awesome and that they really dig it.
I told myself, that if I have a chance to hand out work, I will be different… just you wait and see! The time is here and for a moment I forgot all about it.
If you decide to work with a new professional or anyone new in whatever field, their skill level shouldn’t really matter to you in the beginning because you decided to work with someone new to it.
You shouldn’t hire someone fresh out of school for the purpose of saving money only.
If you decide to work with them you should make it your responsibility to encourage them and to guide them.
You should groom them to become a good professional not just for your purposes but for the rest of the world.
Sure, criticism is important… especially in this harsh world…but so is Love and Care, to make this hard world a little softer.
You should lift them out of in-confidence and observe them to help them see their strengths.
You shouldn’t always rush them, because if you focus on quality, speed will follow soon.
You should give them time and challenge to grow, and room to learn from their mistakes.
You shouldn’t treat them like your personal design tool but make them learn to think on their own as artists.
You should be willing to share them with others… They work for you but you don’t own their lives.
If you can’t or don’t want to deal with all those things… believe me…you’re better off with a seasoned pro. If you want to save money… then go get a design template.
These are some of the things that built up in my heart throughout the years…
…and now that I’m approaching the other end, I hope I will be an example of my own ramblings and be able to Encourage others where I didn’t get encouraged. ^ ^
Okay… I’m not an angry guy… cuz I just don’t like confrontation and I don’t like to spend my energy being angry… BUT TODAY… GOSH!!!! This McDonalds in Lewisville ticked me off. I walked to McD to get a late night snack and of course the regular counter is closed…so I walk up to the Drive Thru and guess what!!!! They won’t serve me cuz I’m not in a car!!! I got so angry I literarily wanted to blow that place up…. I wanted to throw eggs at least….
Well the steam is gone now…. cuz I let it out on SC2 playing overtime hahahaha…Gosh
The Father loves you—it is at this point that multitudes of believers fail God. They are willing to be convicted of sin and failure, over and over again. But they will not allow the Holy Ghost to flood them with the love of the Father.
The legalist loves to live under conviction. He has never understood the love of God or allowed the Holy Spirit to minister that love to his soul.
We at Times Square Church have taught that the righteous person, the true lover of Jesus, loves reproof. He learns to welcome having the Holy Spirit expose all his hidden areas of sin and unbelief—because the more he deals with sin, the happier and freer he becomes.
Yet, the attitude I see in many Christians is: “Keep on judging me, Lord—convict me, rebuke me!” This is not the same thing as true conviction. For example, I see this in many responses to my newsletter messages. When I write a message that thunders with judgment, I get overwhelmingly approving responses.
When I share about the sweetness and love of Jesus, I receive letters saying, "You’re not preaching the truth anymore!" It is as though these people are saying, “If you’re not reproving, then what you’re saying can’t be the gospel.” Such believers have never entered into the great love-mission of the Holy Spirit.
This is an area where you must learn to walk in the Spirit—and not by feelings! Walking in the Spirit means allowing the Holy Ghost to do in us what he was sent to do. And that means allowing him to flood your heart right now with the love of God! “Because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us” (Romans 5:5).
Isaiah said, “As one whom his mother comforteth, so will I comfort you; and ye shall be comforted in Jerusalem” (Isaiah 66:13). Isaiah was writing to a stubborn people of God who “went on frowardly [backsliding] in the way of [their] heart” (Isaiah 57:17).
Tell me—How long will a teacher stick by a stubborn, obstinate student who refuses to heed advice? Not very long! But the prophet Isaiah takes one of the highest images possible among men—that of a mother’s love for her child—and shows us something of the love that our Father has for us.
One mother in our church takes a whole day to visit her son in an upstate prison. She gets on a bus and rides for hours, just to see him for a short while. Such a mother will look across at her son in that drab uniform and see the agony in his eyes—and each trip she will die a little more inside. But she never quits on him. He is still her son!
This is the kind of love the Holy Spirit wants you to know God has for you! He comforts us by telling us, “You once said you gave your all to Jesus. You gave him your love, and he still loves you. And now, neither will I let you go. I’ve been sent by him to do a work—and I will keep doing it!”
There is no true comfort for anyone on this earth except that of the Holy Spirit. This is why you need the Holy Ghost abiding in you. He alone can lay you down at night, as in a warm bed, and fill your heart with perfect peace. He alone can truly comfort you in times of pain and sorrow. He is the one who will assure you, “This comfort is not just temporary—it is eternal!”
I don’t know what it is… but ever since, and every time I come across TOTORO my good side of my inner child is woken up. As an artist whenever I stumble upon TOTORO it brings me to a place where I want to create good and happy things, rather than something dark and gloomy. It makes me want to respect children more. It makes me think that as we get older we are growing down and not growing up. It makes me wonder If children don’t have to worry about eating and pooping, doing homework and trying to fit in….there is more room in their heart and mind so that they are closer to the Secret of the Universe. It makes me want to believe in children, and no matter how bad the world is being shaped right now, I think the world needs more children than ever. It makes me want to hug a child and apologize how irresponsible we Adults are to leave them this messed up world behind. I want to have children of my own so that I can let God heal this world through them.
It’s crazy how a piece of animation can move so deep in one’s heart. It’s more than just entertainment.
If you haven’t done so, try to watch Totoro…and many other MIYAZAKI / Studio GHIBLI projects.
When we criticize the media for being liberal and not reporting from a Christian perspective, we are criticizing ourselves for not having influenced the media and not having shown them how great our God is and how wonderful He is.
When we criticize gay people for being gay, we are criticizing ourselves for not having shown gay people the love of God.
When we make a joke about how liberals don’t even know what the Lord’s Prayer is, then we are making a not-so-funny joke about ourselves because we neither taught them the Lord’s Prayer nor gave them a reason to want to know it.
Did you hear the one about New York Times and Washington Post reporters having lunch and betting on who knows more about Christianity? Mr. NYT says, ‘I’ll bet you $20 that you can’t say the Lord’s Prayer.’ Ms. WaPo says, ‘You’re on.’ She bows her head and says, ‘
Now I lay me down to sleep, I pray the Lord my soul to keep; if I die before I wake, I pray for God my soul to take.… .’
Mr. NYT hands her $20, saying, ‘That’s impressive. I didn’t think you knew it.’
Ben G was a student of mine at SMU last week. Whenever I don’t teach I play COD with the kids. My call-sign at SMU is ZULU. I noticed that he enjoys creative writing and told him to leave a note in my Moleskin.
"I gripped my rifle tighter as two of us dived behind cover. First day at ELEMENTAL DEFENSE and I get ambushed! I quickly reloaded the clip before slamming in another. I kneeled down and squeezed the trigger letting the bullets spray and hit hostiles across the street. My asian friend stood up and fired his grenade launcher, then sprinted from cover using burst-fire with his rifle. "ZULU!" I yelled."