The field of computer programming has lit up the world’s
circuitry with explosive action, color and excitement as it
has moved us from flat ink on paper to “3-D is Alive and
Well.” This technology is growing and changing every day,
expanding even greater opportunities to share the gospel of
Jesus Christ with a new generation.
The above Storytime, which is available through ITunes APP
store, is one great example of a new way to communicate
Jesus’ timeless message. Just a few weeks ago I downloaded
5 games from the APP store for my 3 year old grandson to
play on my ITouch. Both he and I were delighted to find
that Grammy’s ITouch was interactive and fun, while teaching
him his ABC’s, numbers, shapes and colors.
The monkey jumped, giggled and clapped when he made the
right choice and shook his head “No” when he goofed. It was
just thrilling to watch my toddler grandson interact with
this little machine he could hold in his hand. If they had
Christian games, teaching tools for toddlers I would have
downloaded EVERY ONE of them. It is so exciting to see
where technology is moving. God is pouring His creative
gifts into programmers so that His people can connect with a
blossoming world of techies.
Benj Miller is one such Christian. He started his
business, “eyespeak” when
he was 26 years old and it has grown to serve both business
and non profit with inspiring and innovate world world wide.
Benj's team developed the above Storytime.
From Benj: “At our core we are a creative company. We
create logo brands. We create marketing strategies. We
create graphic designs. We create technology. We create
momentum to move people into an interactive level in
I believe the core of our creativity comes from an attitude
I learned very young. My father was a pastor to the local
community. We were not wealthy and did not have much in
terms of material wealth. That is not to say we went
without... we rarely did. We just had to get creative. My
mother may have had to make the cool new style of shorts. My
dad may have had to build our new play house out of wood
from a near by dilapidated barn.
We called it "dirt & spit." It comes from a man named Jesus
who took dirt from the ground, spit in it and made mud. He
took that mud and rubbed it on the man's eyes and cured his
blindness. Why dirt? Why spit? Why mud? That was the
resources God put in his hand to get creative. Whenever I am
facing a circumstance and feel my resources are lacking, I
simply remember my mother and ask myself, "What has God put
into my hand?"
THE GIFT OF Cartooning
Prov 17:22 NKJV
A merry heart does good, like medicine, but a broken spirit
dries the bones.
I grew up enjoying comic books. I gained a lot through the
pictures that seemed to say even more than the words said.
Of course cartoons also came on the scene with TV. Now
cartooning is going to a whole new level of animation with
technology and computers. The special effects they are able
to generate are simply amazing.
However when it comes right down to it, people still love to
read those simple boxes with one or 2 scenes that contain a
touch of dialog that humorously portrays truth. They have
not lost their effectiveness to lighten a heart or make one
ponder. The Gift of Cartooning is a wonderful way to share
God’s message. I have enjoyed many times when the Lord has
spoken to me through Bill Kean’s paperback books called “Family
Another time I heard the Lord say, “Trying to tell you, you
make a difference. Grown up.” Then right after hearing Him
say that, I turned to Family Circus, where the daughter told
Billy, “After you grow up, you keep right on growing… old.”
One time I received a revelation from the Lord when I looked
at a picture of the mom and dad of Family Circus. They were
sitting at a dinner table with all the plates and half
finished food and messy chairs, but no kids. The quote
said, “I hope I don’t have to send anybody else to his
room.” Immediately I got a glimpse of the Father
disciplining His kids by withholding His intimate
fellowship, and thus He is also suffering the same sadness of
being separated. I had never thought of His perspective
before, that He suffers this along with us when He
Another day the Holy Spirit reminded me of a quickened
phrase I had heard from someplace. “I heard and forgot, I
saw and remembered, I did and understood.” Then I turned in
a Family Circus book to a page where Jeffy is in the midst
of a very messy room and says, “Mom, I’m just learning by
This one was particularly quickened to me: Jeffy is saying,
“Dad, if you see anything up there, will you please throw it
down to us?” The Dad’s face was incredulous as he climbed
the ladder to the roof and looked at the pile of toys on
top. I chuckled and thought of the many Words the Lord has
given us that land above our heads when we miss His point.
For many years I have worked very hard listening to the Lord
at night, keeping a journal of what is quickened, cooking it
into meals, teaching, creating graphics, maintaining the
website, forum, blog, formatting e-books and finally daily
correspondence. It is truly a full time job. I absolutely
love what God has given me to do. But I also work very hard
on it and I get exhausted if I dont stop for refreshment and
pace myself. And with the passion He gives me to start and
then finish a project it usually takes me over the top of my
daily capacity. All that being said, here is one of my
favorites of Family Circus:
1/30/98: Today I worked several hours on the December rhema
file. When I was done I was very weary as I had stayed up
too late to get it done. I glanced at my Family Circus
calendar and it was Jeffy putting on his boots. He said,
“Grandma says, “If you want to leave footprints in the sands
of time, you have to put on workboots!”
Eccl 9:7 NKJV
Go, eat your bread with joy, and drink your wine with a
merry heart; For God has already accepted your works.
THE GIFT OF ANIMATION
With the new technology of flash, it allows those in
computer arts to bring movement to text and graphics. This
field is busting out in all kind of new ways to apply the
art for effective visualizations.
Software is also available for those who can draw to
actually animate their drawings and put them onto the web.
What a HUGE opportunity to communicate the gospel through
this means! The gospel is not just scripture, it is
creative stories built on scripture. Create a Word of Wisdom
like an ad! Bring your drawings alive with animation!
If you are a Christian
cartoonist or can draw and are interested in donating some
of your time to the Quickened Word
ministry, I would love to hear from you.