What Happens When Creativity Dies

August 9th, 2017 by Elroy Byam
Walt Disney – one of the greatest innovators of the 20th century – once said:
“I can never stand still. I must explore and experiment. I am never satisfied with my work. I resent the limitations of my own imagination.”
Innovation is the preamble of progress. Our world is riddled with systems and structures and that are designed to keep things in order.
And we’ve fallen in love with it. The ordinances. The programs. The “meat and potatoes” style of outreach. All have been wildly successful at one point or another, and we find it hard to move on to new methods.
But what about God, the greatest innovator of all time?
God is conventionally unconventional. He created humanity and almost erased them were it not for eight people. Look at of some of the ways He connected with people through the Old Testament:
Gen 3:8 – Adam and Eve hear God walking in the Garden of Eden
Gen 32:24 – Jacob wrestles with God in human form
Exo 13:21 – God leads the Israelites in a pillar of cloud by day and pillar of fire at night
Num 22:28 – God uses a donkey to reach Balaam
1 Kings 19:12 – God speaks to Elijah in a gentle whisper
And we haven’t even reached the New Testament yet.
God is creative. If you’re reading this, then you’re an example of his creativity. God continues to “explore and experiment” with no limits to his imagination.
So why do we stop innovating after a good idea comes around? Why do we become prisoners of the moment after a successful event in our ministry? How can we find ways to be more creative in our evangelistic attempts?
When creativity dies, comfort creeps in and faith isn’t allowed to thrive. Creativity is needed in order to connect with new groups of individuals who aren’t receptive to moth-eaten approaches.
To be like Jesus is to be unconventional. It means giving credit to a system that doesn’t rest on man’s IQ but God’s EQ. It means we should never be “satisfied with our work.”
So let’s get to work. People have some falling in love with Jesus to do.
Do you have a creative idea for how to reach people who aren’t familiar with the gospel? If so, what’s your plan for getting started?

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2 Responses to “What Happens When Creativity Dies”

  1. On September 15, 2017 at 10:39 pm connie c anderson responded with... #

    The “Community” who develops their connection with “love for each other’ in this “CROSS CONNECTION” gives each one FREEDOM and LIBERTY to exchange where the HOLY SPIRIT…leads them….and by sharing their ideas, I have a better understanding of “how” to not fear, the words I wish to speak, in love, about how the Bible impacts my mind….and opens doors to thoughts…I love to explore. Thank You! and Disney land, to keep out eyes, ears, and heart, open to how others “eat” his word, and digest His words….even to the point of beginning His career by CLEANSING THE TEMPLE, and running out the “traders.” hummm didn’t plan to say that…And God Bless and keep you teaching us how to exchanged the thoughts inspired by the Holy Spirit.

  2. On November 17, 2017 at 10:31 pm connie c anderson responded with... #

    Distressed by being told I could not teach the preteen Sabbath School Class Bible Symbols. . .when they “all” drew a picture of 9-11-2001, when I taught them “waters” = peoples, multitudes of people, cutlures, langauges and nations…Rev 17:15 and “Something like a destroying mountain on fire” like the King of Babylon sacking Jerusalem….

    Then I read out aloud. Rev 8:8 And the second angel sounded, and as it were a great mountain burning with fire was cast into the sea: and the third part of the sea became blood;

    Throw something like a “mountain on fire” into a “sea of humanity” and they all drew a large city, where multitudes lived, then threw something like a mountain on fire…into the sea of humanity….next they were drawing people, falling out of the towers, or buildings…

    OOPS….That is the Second of the Seven Angels…that can only be heard….by TESTIMONY OF JESUS….HIS PROPHECY…of 9-11-2001…THE SECOND TRUMPET….

    OOPS…Rev 10:7 But in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound, the mystery of God should be finished, as he hath declared to his servants the prophets.
    OOPS….Rev 10:11 And he said unto me, Thou must prophesy again before many peoples, and nations, and tongues, and kings.

    The 7th Angel is JESUS CHRIST….and 9-11-2001 is HIS TESTIMONY and I belong to the CHURCH, that believes in the commandments of GOD and THE TESTIMONY OF JESUS CHRIST….THE REMNANT CHURCH…

    But, that was 2004….this dear little church…put me in jail….because they tried to SILENCE MY VOICE….I drew a red cross….on my painting of THE TREE OF LIVE IN HEAVEN….

    Correct me if I’m wrong…I am saved by the blood of the Lamb, Jesus Christ, He is My SAviour and My Messiah…and there was “blood” HIS BLOOD…his free gift of SALVATION to all who choosen to receive the blessing…WORSE YET…

    August 3, 1903, “How comes the word that I have declared that New York is to be swept away by a tidal wave. This I have never said. I have said, as I looked at the great buildings going up there, story after story: ‘What terrible scenes will take place when the Lord shall arise to shake terribly the earth! Then the words of Rev. 18:1-3 will be fulfilled.’ The whole for the eighteenth chapter of Revelation is a warning of what is coming on the earth. But I have no light in particular in regard to what is coming on New York, only I know that one day the great buildings there will be thrown down by the turning and overturning of God’s power. From the light given me, I know that destruction is in the world. One word from the Lord, one touch of His mighty power, and these massive structures will fall. Scenes will take place the fearfulness of which we cannot imagine.” Life Sketches by Ellen G. White p. 411-412

    “Several have written to me, inquiring if the message of justification by faith is the third angel’s message and I have answered, “It is the third angel’s message in verity.” – I SM 372 (1890)

    What happens after 9—11-2001, prophesied by JESUS CHRIST, when we deny His Testimony, His Prophetess, and His Prophet C. Mervyn Maxwell, who translated Revelation 8:8,9 “Image a Third World army TODAY invading WASHINGTON [D.C.] and setting fire to the Pentagon and the White House.”

    The SDA CHURCH has never been without a PROPHET/PROPHETESS…but it may be in danger of denying the Testimony of JESUS CHRIST HIMSELF, about these third world armies we call ISIS, that have a KING and His name in ENGLISH IS THE DESTROYER…in Revelation 9:11…WHO IS THE ENEMY OF GOD?…. ISIS….THE DESTROYER…and even the Muslims, do not want their towns destroyed like Syria!

    THEN: I am a professional artist, and had painted the new baptistry in the new Beaver City Church….when I painted in oil, on the acrylic painting…I knew I could wipe it off…but the young minister….spent an evening…in anger….thinking I DID GRAFFTI…and …..when I admitted drawing it….they were so angry…I walked out…this is the same minister…who said to me, “I will not defend the 7th Commandment.” And Jesus Christ is My Bridegroom, and I do not want to “think” of changing His Law or Denying His Holy Spirit….I AM IN TROUBLE…for its been 16 years since 9-11-2001

    1.”The Remnant Church is called to go through an experience similar to that of the Jews; and the True Witness, who walks up and down in the midst of the seven golden candlesticks, has a solemn message to bear to His people. Jesus says in Revelation 2:4 Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love. Revelation 2:5 Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent. The love of God has been warning in the church, and as a result the love of self has sprung up into new activity. With loss of love for God [and Jesus] there has come the loss of love for the brethren. The church may meet all the description that is given of the Ephesian church, and yet fail . . .

    CREATIVITY in a small town church…has only made them MAD…and certainly stiffled the reading and understanding of Revelation 18…which PROVES TO ME…Michael has left the Heavenly Sanctuary…long enough for the 7 ANGELS, 7 HOLY SPIRITS to finish the work…and give everyone one chance to EMBRACE or DENY GODS HOLY SPIRIT….

    PRAISE THE LORD…and PRAY you flight be not in the winter or on THE SABBATH!

    Rev. 18 last verse…in “her” was found the blood of saints and prophets….Can we be like the Jews, and KILL THE TESTIMONY OF JESUS CHRIST????I HOPE…I HOPE THE HOPE CHANNEL…can READ GOD CARES II, p. 239 and see that C. Mervyn Maxwell….translated Revelation 8:8,9….”if you can image a Third Word army today, invading Washington D. C. and setting fire to the Pentagon and White House.”


    HELP PLEASE…the creativity in me…wishes to get out the BOX….and just be me!
    connie…lol AM I A HUMAN…..GOD ONLY KNOWS…but certainly…I am human enough to understand…my creativity…has gotten me into TROUBLE….kind like the 12 disciples…12/4=3 father, son and Holy Spirit…in me loves you!

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