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Part of AMTC’s Development Program for God’s rising stars includes LAUNCH training weekends in our Hubs of NY/NJ, L.A., Atlanta, Dallas, Chicago, Denver, Seattle and Orlando. They are intensive coaching sessions by industry professionals to prepare performers by God’s standard (first) and man’s standard (second). It’s like a marriage of God’s SHINE to New York polish—because both are necessary for media missionaries. They teach His performers how to succeed in this world, but not to become of it.
Following are two letters: one from a dad and mom in the L.A. Hub—and one from an adult performer in Atlanta.
“We just wanted to say a BIG thank you for all you did to make our daughter’s first LAUNCH such an amazing experience. It was so much more than we expected. Every class was loaded with incredibly valuable instruction balanced with humor and a whole lot of fun.
She made friends and learned a lot about the industry. The coaches are AMAZING and truly care about investing in you being your best. The Scripture-based foundation of every aspect of the AMTC experience was profound and encouraging. Meeting successful people in the industry and hearing their testimonies was inspiring.
As each mentor spoke, we were reminded that God must be first in everything. He has called us and He will equip us. The encouragement to trust Him with your career and to surrender to His will/timing meant a lot. Overcoming fear and not allowing the enemy to rob or make one feel inadequate, building each other up in the Lord and being truthful (real) was a running theme our daughter needed to hear.
As Cambria showed interest in the industry, we as parents were concerned about her survival as a Christian. Being part of the AMTC family has given her the support she needs and the accountability to remain steadfast.
Blessings to you,
Ron & Jennifer Martinsen”
“I trust this email finds you happy, healthy and filled with the Holy Spirit! Because that is how I’m feeling after attending an unbelievably inspiring, and spiritually uplifting LAUNCH in Atlanta. Your team ROCKED!
Glory was given to God every second of each day with motivational teaching, inspirational coaching, constructive feedback from places of joy and love, and oceans of praise layered with wonderful words of wisdom and encouragement.
It was also moving and heart warming to watch all of the performers embrace and support each others journey. Everyone felt SAFE and understood that the goal was to help everyone SHINE and go on this journey TOGETHER!
Arrogance and jealousy have no place in the Kingdom so we should have no place for it here. I’m your brother and you are my sister! I love you and I’ve got your back. And if you fall, I will be here not only to catch you, but to make sure you get right back up and continue to try! What an incredible first day.
Our Sunday started with the most amazing devotional I think I’ve ever seen delivered by a young adult. On both days, the coaches were clear, concise, direct but most importantly, compassionate, loving and just tons of fun.
The AMTC Photo Shoot Season has begun for performers heading to Summer SHINE 2014. AMTC Shoots are a collaboration of gifted photographers, producers, art directors, makeup artists, hair and wardrobe stylists. Our photo sessions are kind of like America’s Next Top Model: Christian version. Our goal is to photograph God’s performers by the highest possible standard.
Consider why: when we apply for jobs In the business world, we are judged by our resume: where we went to school, job certifications and experience. When we apply for jobs in the talent world, we are judged by our pictures: as professional, amateur or ignorant.
Check out a couple of emails received regarding the photo shoot: one from a parent and one from an adult performer:
“Just sitting here, waiting for Madi to finish up her photo shoot….and I am overwhelmed… with feelings of BLESSING! I hope and pray that ALL OF AMTC FAMILY KNOWS HOW MUCH WE APPRECIATE THEM!
So many people worked so hard this weekend to give my daughter this amazing gift—wings to SHINE for Him and all of His! Just had to share with someone because I actually do not own a plane to write it across the Atlanta sky!
May God bless all of you…..if we get nothing else beyond this point—it is already WAY MORE THAN WORTH ANY PETTY SACRIFICE! What else can we do to show our gratitude and appreciation?
Love you all!
“What an amazing day we had at the SHINE Photo Shoot today. We opened the day in prayer, supported each other tremendously and witnessed all that God is doing with each and every person involved.
Your staff of stylists, make up artists, photographers, coordinators were all simply extraordinary! So helpful, knowledgable, caring and patient with each performer. I witnessed countless number of private prayer groups happening throughout the day. One of your photographers, Leo and I spoke for 30 minutes (during our shoot) about the Love of Christ. Where else in the professional world does this happen? Today was just gave me more fruit to show me that AMTC is what I’ve been waiting for. Thank you!
Thank You, Lord! You are the ultimate Artist. Thank You for giving so abundantly to Your performers!
‘For the kingdom of Heaven is like a man traveling to a far country, who called his own servants and delivered his goods to them. And to one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one, to each according to his own ability; and immediately he went on a journey. Then he who had received the five talents went and traded with them, and made another five talents. And likewise he who had received two gained two more also. But he who had received one went and dug in the ground, and hid his lord’s money. After a long time the lord of those servants came and settled accounts with them.’ (Matthew 25:14-19)
Consider these definitions of shy: ‘Easily frightened away, timid; distrustful; wary; deficient’ (Random House Dictionary). Applied to the Parable of the Talents, it might read like this:
Once upon a time, a wealthy lord planned a long trip. Before he left, he entrusted three servants with his wealth—expecting them to handle it wisely. When the lord returned, he looked upon his estate. Two of the servants doubled their lord’s talents, and he commended each one:
‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things. I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord’ (v.21,23).
But the third servant was shy (timid). Instead of investing his lord’s talents in the world to multiply them, he was shy (frightened) about losing them. He was shy (distrustful, wary) of strangers, and preferred to stay comfortably at home. So he buried his lord’s talent in the backyard. Therefore, when the lord returned, this servant was shy (deficient) of a return on his lord’s investment.
The lord’s words? ‘You wicked and lazy servant… Take the talent from him, and give it to him who has ten talents’ (v.26,28). The shy servant’s outcome? ‘Cast the unprofitable servant into the outer darkness. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth’ (v.30).
In Matthew 25, The Parable of the Talents is the final story told by our Lord before His crucifixion and subsequent departure from earth. In Body (as opposed to Spirit), He’s on a long trip. But He’s returning soon. In the mean time, His servants have been entrusted with His property. We are those servants.
Is today’s talent industry the world’s big bank of investment? Does it offer the greatest return? Surely in this mission field called media, we have been given an unprecedented opportunity to multiply His talents.
Actors, models and talent for Christ, make no mistake about it. The talents you hold are not yours, but His—and with them, you are not shy. Because fear has no place within you. Neither does timidity, distrust or deficiency. Shyness has no vote in the decisions you make. Because if you allow it to influence your present, it can ruin your future.
To Be Continued….
This devotion is #3 in a series called “Deny Shy” intended for actors, models and talent for Christ. To subscribe to AMTC Daily Devotions, please see the link on our home page.
‘Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand’ (Ephesians 6:13).
‘I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it. And I will give you the keys of the kingdom of Heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in Heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in Heaven’ (Matthew 16:18-19).
If Jesus already won the war against Satan, why do we still have to fight?
Maybe because God ‘Desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth’ (1 Timothy 2:4). Maybe because if Jesus came back right now to claim the land He owns, millions would die who might have been saved.
Maybe because God is waiting on actors, models and talent for Christ to stand up as His concluding witnesses in Earth’s trial—before His final verdict is issued. Whoa! That’s a heavy message and a major role. Could it be true?
Consider the evidence mentioned by Jesus in His pre-trial summaries. Much of it has already been presented in Earth’s courtroom:* 1) Wars and rumors of wars rage like never before—by means of ceaseless media coverage; 2) False prophets reap false profits in grand stand shows worldwide. 3) Famines and earthquakes grow in intensity. (See the articles below for an evidentiary list.* Better yet, re-read Bible prophesies.)
Perhaps the most significant evidence presented to date in Earth’s concluding trial is the reassembly of Israel as a nation in 1948. This unprecedented miracle was foretold by God. But it followed two thousand years of enemy occupation, while the children of Israel fled to live across the globe.
The likelihood of God’s prophesy being fulfilled seemed a physical impossibility. Since then, the survival and prosperity of this small nation is a continuing miracle. Because the countries surrounding it are larger, more populous, more powerful and have vowed its utter destruction.
Actors, models and talent for Christ: know your role in this dramatic trial. You are His final witnesses by means of a communication technology only recently developed by the enemy—but now used by God for His purposes. As an army, you are the communication task force: His advance guard sent out to spread the Truth to a bewildered population. If you don’t do your job, millions might perish.
Yes, Jesus won the war. But the enemy still occupies the land: an enemy who threatens and roars, deafening the ears and blinding the eyes of those who are vulnerable to his tactics—tactics that include charm, fear, manipulation and intimidation.
But you aren’t vulnerable. You are strong in the Lord. You are protected, and you must walk forward like Daniel into the lion’s den of entertainment. Because for this purpose you were made. And for this moment in time, our Lord has leashed the lions. You will not be harmed that many might be saved.
To Be Continued…
‘And it happened when He was in a certain city, that behold, a man who was full of leprosy saw Jesus; and he fell on his face and implored Him, saying, ‘Lord, if You are willing, You can make me clean.’
Then He put out His Hand and touched him, saying, ‘I am willing; be cleansed.’ Immediately the leprosy left him’ (Luke 5:12-13).
Unforgiveness is a demon that ruins our lives like leprosy. In the Bible, its victims were isolated and forced to call themselves, ‘Unclean! Unclean!’ (Leviticus 13:45). Physically, leprosy is caused by a germ or bacteria called mycobacterium leprae.
‘The bacteria attack nerve endings and destroy the body’s ability to feel pain and injury. Without feeling pain, people injure themselves and the injuries can become infected, resulting in tissue loss. Fingers and toes become shortened and deformed as the cartilage is absorbed into the body… 115 countries reported cases of leprosy in 2012. Three to four million people have disabilities as a result of leprosy’ (American Leprosy Missions).*
‘A world without pain? Can such a place exist? It not only can—it does. But it’s no utopia. It’s a colony for leprosy patients: a world where people literally feel no pain, and reap horrifying consequences’ (The Gift of Pain).**
Consider heart leprosy. In the Bible, God calls its victims, ‘Impudent and hard-hearted’ (Ezekiel 3:7). They become unfeeling: ‘Being darkened in their understanding, excluded from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the hardness of their heart’ (Ephesians 4:18).
‘Lest they should see with their eyes, lest they should understand with their hearts and turn, so that I should heal them’ (John 12:40). Heal them? Yes! Internally and externally. Mentally healthy minds and physically healthy bodies come from spiritually healthy hearts. Therefore, the condition of your heart is of primary importance to God.
Leprosy of the heart is caused by unforgiveness, which is caused by anger, which is caused by pride: the sin of Satan, who grew to consider himself equal with God.
Being equal with God would mean that he (and we) believe we know what is best: we are qualified to determine both crime and punishment. Because when we refuse to forgive anyone for anything, we make ourselves equal to God—or even superior to Him.
Because He commands us to the opposite behavior. Because He put His Money where His Mouth was: by Jesus, He forgave us.
Therein, harboring unforgiveness causes leprosy of the heart, and we who live with this evil spirit are indeed ‘Unclean! Unclean!’
The Gift of Pain is a critically acclaimed book by Dr. Paul Brand (renowned surgeon working with leprosy patients) and Philip Yancey (award-winning writer)
This devotion is #1 in a series called “Unforgiveness” intended for actors, models and talent for Christ. To subscribe to AMTC Daily Devotions, please see the link on our home page.
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