DANIEL MARCIANO

I AM THE CHANGE :: THROUGH MUSIC

Being in a journey with Christ, trying to overcome each day in life is not as easy as it seems. As a full-time student, a musician and a youth leader, and in everything that I do, I try to show Christ in me. At the end, I am still a human being — far from perfect — but seeking the perfection found only in Him. 

I was Born in New York, which is where I currently live. Living here has had a good influence in me, since I love music, and everywhere you turn in New York City you can hear music, of the best quality. Even throughout the subways you can see a large number of musicians performing. There is also a broad number of schools and places scattered around here which motivates me to learn more about it. These factors are helping me improve as a musician, and I hope that along the way I may be able to help other musicians to improve too in their journey.

I'd have to say that music pushes me closer to God. Everything that I do is done for one sole purpose; Him. I don't know, I love music and I see Him in it. I see Him in every harmony, melody and note. Music has been a safety place for so many people in the world, so I guess what I am trying to say it that I really don't know how NOT to see God in these beautiful symphonies that compose life.

 

Music helps me see and value even more what I believe in (Jesus), because I see Him through music.

 

Through life I've been through many experiences in which I would put my headphones on and listen to some songs, and I would simply hear Jesus speaking to me. And also, just the idea of how music is created — each note together forming a key and each harmony interlaced with another — made me understand the existence of a perfect and all creating God. Music is just too perfect to be something created simply by the human mind.

I am more capable of expressing my feeling towards God through music. It leads me into a deeper form of worship, where I actually find the words or even the expressions that are in my heart (which also includes the instrumental part). Music helps as a connection in worship. Even though worship isn't music, it can be composed by music.

With that said, I would say that worship is how I compose my praise to God. He is the essence of all songs and it is what keeps me going and the reason I live for. Music gives me the capability of understanding myself and also makes it possible for me to express how I truly feel about God, externalizing it.

Estar em uma jornada com Cristo, tentando vencer cada dia na vida, não é tão fácil quanto parece. Como um estudante de tempo integral, músico e líder de mocidade, e em tudo mais que eu faço, eu tento mostrar Cristo em mim. No final, sou ainda um ser humano - longe de ser perfeito - mas estou buscando a perfeição, que é encontrada somente em Jesus.

Nasci em New York, onde moro atualmente. O fato de morar aqui tem exercido uma boa influência em mim, e por todo lugar que você vai em New York, você pode ver um grande número de música da melhor qualidade. Até pelas estações do metrô você pode ouvir e ver um grande número de músicos se apresentando. Também há uma grande quantidade de escolas espalhadas pela cidade que me motivam a aprender música ainda mais. Tudo isso tem contribuído para o meu aperfeiçoamento como músico e eu espero que, com o passar do tempo, eu seja capaz de ajudar outros músicos a aperfeiçoarem também ao longo da caminhada.

Eu digo que a música me leva para mais perto de Deus. Tudo que eu faço é feito com um único propósito: Ele. Eu amo música e vejo Deus nela. Eu O vejo em cada harmonia, melodia e nota. A música tem sido um lugar seguro para muitas pessoas no mundo; então, eu acho que o que eu estou tentando dizer é que eu realmente não sei como NÃO ver a Deus nessas lindas sinfonias que compõe a vida.

 

A música me ajuda a ver e valorizar ainda mais a minha fé em Jesus, porque eu O vejo através da música. 

 

Tenho passado por muitas experiências na vida, nas quais, ao colocar meus fones de ouvido e ouvir algumas canções, ouvi Jesus falando comigo. Também, a simples ideia de como uma música é formada — cada nota em conjunto formando uma clave e cada harmonia entrelaçada com outra — me fez entender a existência de um Deus perfeito e Criador. A música é simplesmente perfeita demais para ter sido criada pela mente humana.

Eu consigo expressar melhor meus sentimentos para com Deus através da música. Ela me leva para uma adoração mais profunda, onde efetivamente encontro as palavras e até mesmo as expressões que estão em meu coração (que também inclui a parte instrumental). A música funciona como uma conexão na adoração. Embora a adoração não seja a música, ela pode ser composta por música.

Diante do exposto acima, eu diria que a adoração é como eu componho meu louvor a Deus. Ele é a essência de todas as canções e é isso que me faz prosseguir, e é a razão do meu viver. A música me dá a capacidade de entender a mim mesmo e também me possibilita a expressar e exteriorizar o que verdadeiramente sinto por Deus.

You can sing all you want to, And still get it wrong.. Because Worship is more than a song.
— Jimmy Needham

IN YOUR OPINION — WHAT DOES THE WORLD NEED MORE OF?

In one word: Jesus. But since I have to elaborate on that, I would say that the world needs more of the heaven's musicality. The world needs more people to sing and play the truth. I say that because I like to see the Holy Spirit as a maestro, that conducts us through the songs in life. There are those happy songs and then those sad songs, but it all turns out to be beautiful if the maestro knows how to perform and guide the song. We need more people sensitive to the music of heaven because these people will understand that even if you are going through a sad song right now, God has a whole album with beautiful things for your life. Don't give up.

EM SUA OPINIÃO — DO QUE O MUNDO PRECISA MAIS?


Em uma palavra só: Jesus. Mas, uma vez que tenho que falar mais sobre isso, eu diria que o mundo precisa mais da musicalidade do céu. O mundo precisa de menos artistas e mais pessoas para cantar e tocar a verdade. Eu digo isso porque eu gosto de ver o Espirito Santo como um maestro, que nos conduz na vida através das canções. Existem aquelas canções alegres e também existem canções tristes, mas todas elas se tornam lindas, se o maestro sabe como executar e conduzir a canção. Precisamos de mais pessoas sensíveis à musica do céu, pois elas compreenderão que ainda que, você esteja passando por uma “triste canção” no momento, Deus tem um álbum completo com lindas canções para sua vida. Nunca desista.



DANIEL MARCIANO

 


Spring Sale 2015

It Will Still Hang On This

For, contrary to popular hymnology, love is not the only grace which “abides.”
The truth is rather that “these three remain, faith, hope and love” (1 Corinthians 13:13).

I read the above statement today and it rocked my world.

That even in the life to come these three things will always remain. It makes sense, but think about it — if "hope remains" then by definition it must have a future expectation. It needs be an object of anticipation in order for there to be hope.

This ultimately means that God is eternal and even in eternity we will be forever be finding out new and amazing things about Him. We will never reach the end of Him, our revelation will go on and on and on…

With this being so, how much more should we be in total awe and revelation of how great our God is in our temporal state? If heaven and eternity hangs on love, how much more does our temporal world, our finite earth, our defined life hang on love?

…how much we need His love now!

It all hangs on this, right now and forever.



Josh Kelsey

Brave Beauty

Growing up Catholic-Italian, I always had an awareness and reverence for the Lord, and a heart for His people on the Earth. As far back as I can remember, I would lie in bed and pray for all of the sick and needy people of the world, longing for this earth to be touched by Him. Yet in those same nights, my heart would often be struck with fear, sifting though the countless “what if’s” and uncertainties of life. Being cautious, hesitant and anxious I lived within the confines of fear through much of my childhood and adolescents. I can see now the war for territory over my heart began back in those sleepless nights as a little girl.

At age fifteen I gave my life to the Lord, and I would love to say that my fears and anxieties instantly vanished, but that wasn’t the case. However as time went on, my heart was awakened to the character of my Father in heaven. I realized I belonged to Him long before I belonged to any earthly family, however amazing or dysfunctional they may be. Through this heart revelation, every fear and every worry had become for me an opportunity to know Him in a deeper way. And when fears arose, I ran to Him like any child runs to their parent seeking comfort and peace. For me, bravery was never equated with the absence of fear; however, this journey of deep intimacy with Him was causing me to be brave where I never would have been before.

And so I continued to put one foot in front of the other, not void of fear, but with an eagerness to know my Father better. At age 25 this lead me to quit my job as a high school teacher and move to South Africa. I knew that I might fail, I might get sick, I might be lonely, I might encounter horrific suffering, and I’d probably feel regret at some point, but louder than all of those fears was the truth that He said He would never leave me nor forsake me. He had me by the hand and I knew He was leading me. I had no control over what the future might hold, and I actually didn’t want it. 

Upon arriving in South Africa, I was fairly quickly ushered into counter human trafficking work. Before I knew it, I was speaking to crowds of hundreds and sometimes thousands of South Africans bringing awareness and prevention to the countries’ most vulnerable. Fast forward two years and I was assisting Cape Town’s Organized Crime Investigating Unit with raids and the countries’ lawmakers in developing protocols for rescued victims. He was using me in places and ways I never would have imagined. If you had told me, the little girl laying in bed at night full of fear, that I would one day be working to set modern day slaves free across the globe — I wouldn’t have believed it. When I look back and wonder how in the world I got here, I am honestly not quite sure except to say that I try to live each day, moment by moment, relinquishing control and trusting in Him. It’s so freeing to realize that being brave looks a lot like absolute surrender to Him — our kind, loving, and gentle Father.



Christina Bacino


This post was taken from our friends over at Brave & Wild — Be sure to visit the link and check out their other tales about cool humans being brave and wild.


Shooting In Sterling Forest, NY

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Photographer

Bryan Trindade

Make-Up Artist

Jasmin Perez


CHARYSE ISERI

I AM THE CHANGE :: THROUGH TEACHING

My name is Charyse Iseri and I am from Kaneohe, Hawaii.

 

 I have always had a passion for children; and really, have always had and still do, just have a passion for a bold, carefree and playful spirit! The curiosity and excitement that children have about life when they are 5 and 6 years old — so energizing! My students truly bring me joy and fulfillment, and I am so thankful everyday to be a part of their lives. I am a kindergarten and 1st grade special education teacher, and I absolutely love what I do. I am in my second year of teaching, and I have no doubt that I am doing exactly what God has called and purposed me to do — express His love to the younger generation, build them up, help them to become more aware of their purpose and potential and give them opportunities to do their best and be their best! God is allowing me to do what I love for a living... And by that, I know that He loves me, is faithful and favorable.

There is also this passion for a bold, carefree and playful spirit within me... I LOVE to be out and about, adventuring, exploring and thrill-seeking! Basically, I love experiencing Him — all that He has created around me, as well as who He has created within me. I love going to new places — on the island, off the island, in the country and out of the country! I love going to new heights, new depths, being challenged and being stretched! There is an inexplicable joy and fulfillment that I feel, as I experience Him, in and through all of His beautiful and amazing creation, with the curiosity and excitement that He has given me. Further confirmation of His love, faithfulness to and favor upon me — as a teacher, I have school breaks... So as an adventure/thrill-seeker, life-experience enthusiast, I have the time and opportunities to get out and live! It is wonderful!

I lived in Los Angeles for two years, where I attended Loyola Marymount University. I lived on campus and it was a blast! I completed two years of school there, then returned to Hawaii and graduated from the University of Hawaii. I have been back in Hawaii since 2006 and currently live in Kaneohe, on the island of Oahu.

 

I would have to say that my hometown has a HUGE influence on what I do! The school that I work at is my hometown's homeschool- all the students that I see and work with everyday, are children that live in my neighborhood/community. So knowing that I am working with and have the opportunity to impact/influence the younger generation of my community, really encourages me and makes what I do that much more meaningful and important to me! My hometown is also incredibly beautiful... I have a lot of pride for my side of the island! The mountains are always lush and green, the ocean is always calm and blue... It is a blessing to be surrounded by such amazing natural beauty. And it is this beauty that I see daily, that inspires me to get out, see and experience more!

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I believe we're all given a platform, as a means of fulfilling our purpose here on earth. Working with children and families I believe is my platform; and through this, I can be an example of Him and His love. My job has really affirmed my faith — as I consider the peace, joy, worth and purpose I feel when I am just around the children, I cannot deny that He is real, He knows my heart and He loves me... It is humbling, and I am so grateful I get to do what I do.

 

Worship is how I can put myself aside, acknowledge who God is- all that He's done, doing and will do in my life, and just thank Him... Give Him all the praise, honor and glory that He deserves. It's a lifestyle — being and showing God (as best as we can) in and through what we say and do, that we honor and love Him. Especially using the qualities and abilities He's given us...

 

Just loving on Him the way He graciously loves on us!

Through teaching and living an outgoing lifestyle, I am using the abilities, heart and spirit God has given me to live with purpose and intention — impacting/influencing the lives of others and not taking for granted the life and health He has given me.

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Other than spending time with my nephew and my close friends' children, my worship through teaching is only through my job... My heart though, is to travel out of the country and teach children abroad!

 

There is so much value in worship... Praise and worship! Aside from teaching and adventuring, I LOVE to praise and worship. The experience you can have with God when you come to Him humbly... And just let yourself go... It is just an experience like no other. And I just love it! Whether broken and crying out or content and expressing peace and joy... God loves when we give ourselves to Him in worship, and through our worship He can and will do amazing things.

IN YOUR OPINION — WHAT DOES THE WORLD NEED MORE OF?

I instinctively thought — doers! That people (myself included) would be full of faith and trust, seek the desires of their hearts with God's guidance and direction and not have any fear, worry or doubt...


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Are You Called to Create?

Not many of us think of ourselves as "creatives." We use that label to apply to an elite few, a special creative club that we're not talented enough to be a part of.

Erwin McManus wants to change that perspective. As the founder of MOSAIC, a faith community in LA, he has spent most of his life inspiring people to live up to their full creative potential—in whatever form it takes.

We talked to McManus about his new book, The Artisan Soul, why everyone is creative and how to make your life a work of art.

Q: In your new book, The Artisan Soul, you argue that there is a broader definition of artist than we think. Can you talk about that?

A: The book isn’t written to “artisans” and “creatives” in the classic sense. It’s really a new anthropology advocating for this view of humanity: All of us are artists and creatives. God has given us an imagination, and our imagination is really the principle tool from which all creativity and artistry comes from. I think we are at a point in history where we need a creative revolution—a manifesto for human creativity that moves us out of industrial revolution view of humanity to really an artisan view of the human species.

When I first started writing the book ... [I told my wife], “It’s going to be called The Artisan Soul,” and her immediate response was, “Great, I’m glad you’re writing a book for people like you, but what about people like me?”

And honestly, it made me really mad because my wife is incredibly creative, incredibly gifted, very talented and even an artist in the purest sense of the word. I told her, “This is the problem, this is why I’ve written this book, because somewhere in the past someone told you that you were less and you believed that lie.”

This book is to tell everyone that they’re more so they can actually believe the truth. It’s so important for me for people to understand that even though it’s called The Artisan Soul, it’s not written to a thin audience. This, to me, is a human narrative. It’s the story of all of us, and even more so it’s the story of where all of humanity must go, where we will go and where God created us to be.

I think we’ve overstated that God is the God who wants us to obey. Obedience is not the end game. Obedience is only our calling so that we can step into our freedom. He calls us to freedom so that we can create. I think that somewhere in the past, we lost this uniqueness of what it means to be human, and I am just determined that before I die we will reclaim our understanding of who we are.

Q: What’s at stake if we don’t tap into this?

A: If you look at it from just a pure economic basis, technology is replacing all of the jobs robots can do and machinery is replacing the jobs that humans once held. If we don’t train our children to imagine, to create, they’re going to be unemployable.

If you look at it from a spiritual perspective, if we don’t step into the space at the intersection of creativity and spirituality, we’re going to become irrelevant in the human conversation. It’s astonishing to me that we have allowed people to take the Bible and turn it into a manuscript of conformity when it’s really a manifesto of creativity.

Q: What does this look like as we flesh it out in everyday life? 

A: I would say first of all, you should bring your creativity to every job. Bring your imagination, your inspiration. Bring compassion and kindness. To me, every job is an opportunity for us to create a better world.

The book basically advocates that our life is supposed to be our greatest work of art. I love what Monet, Picasso, Van Gogh and Jesus all said—that love is really the driving principle of the creative act. In fact, they would say that great art is always inspired by love.

If you have a mundane job, what you can do is live your life as a life of love. If you begin to engage every relationship and every moment in your life as an expression of creating something that’s beautiful and good and true, you will make your life a work of art.

The third thing I would say is stop living your lesser story. If your job is unfulfilling, then use your job to pay the bills, but use it as a platform from which to build a life. Start asking yourself, “What are the dreams that are still haunting me?” “What are the dreams that are still latent?” “What are the things that no one will pay me for, but I need to bring to the world because this is really my greatest contribution?”

I think it all does begin with love. It begins by realizing the material inside of our soul is the only material we actually have to create a better world. If we don’t change what’s inside of us—if we don’t allow God to transform bitterness and envy and pride and unforgiveness into hope and joy and kindness and compassion—then we’re not going to have the material in which to create the world that God longs for us to step into.

Q: Where is this intersecting with your personal story? 

A: Well, I think for me, this has been my narrative for the 30 years that I’ve been a follower of Christ, and really specifically for the 20 years that I’ve been in Los Angeles. I honestly just got tired of having what I felt were meaningless conflicts and battles over theological and philosophical issues when what the world needs is for us to live our most extraordinary lives.

The world desperately needs us to imagine a different kind of world and a different kind of future and have the courage to create it. I felt like God was just saying to me, “You can either go hide in your imagination or you can find the courage to go make that imagination a reality.” I feel like this is what I was created to do.

I feel like before I die, we will never think about human beings the same. The Church will never think of itself as an institution that is there to preserve traditions of the past, but as a creative agency that is literally designed by God to usher in His future. I think this is our moment to redefine who we are, what our faith is, what the Church is supposed to be about, and I think it’s going to be magnetic to the world, that people are going to be drawn to Christ all over the world.


This is an article taken from Relevant Magazine's website — Be sure to visit the link and check out their other entries.


EMILY WADE

I AM THE CHANGE :: THROUGH FASHION

My name is Emily Wade, and I’m from a little beach town in Sydney, Australia. I love anything creative — I draw, design, paint, sketch, and play the drums. My perfect day off would be a good sleep in, eggs benedict with a soy latte, then a swim at the beach. 

I studied Fashion Business, and after a few years of working in the Fashion Industry, I was able to start my own business, “The Emily Anne Collective”. Oh, and I am also currently working on a new clothing line.

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I was born in Southern Sydney, Australia but I lived in Thailand during my teenage years. I moved over there when I was 12 with my family to establish a children’s home for neglected and abandoned babies in a northern city called Chiang Mai. That experience definitely affected me in the way I view life. I would say I met some of the happiest people during my time there, and these people had nothing. I remember specifically meeting a man who lived in a cardboard box with his son, and yet I had never seen anyone display a smile so big. It was fascinating! It taught me to live life simply, rely on God, and it planted a seed of love for people.

 

Working in the fashion industry is hard as a Christian. Image, insecurity, status, and money have such a hold on people, and it breaks my heart. People will do whatever it takes to get to the top. One afternoon in college we had a guest speaker who was a successful celebrity stylist. I asked her if she had any advice, what would it be? Her answer was very simple, "Just be nice to people, because it's rare in this industry". That shook me. I had recently just returned from New York Fashion Week with a non-profit organization called Models for Christ. We went in and prayed for people through out fashion week, and just spread the love of God through the event. It was the most amazing experience and really gave me a heart for the people in the industry. That they won't find their identity in shoes and skirts, but in God. And that He is the ultimate designer that created them perfectly. God's ready to shake up the fashion industry.

One night God asked me, "If I told you to live in a mud hut in Africa for the rest of your life, would you do it?" It honestly took me a while to answer. But I thought about how much I love God, and that all I want to do in life is to serve him. Even if he told me to live in a mud hut in Africa. I think that's what worship is, although it's also so many other things. Living a life that glorifies God, that brings His love to people, using the gifts He's given us and shine His light. He loves it when His children do what they were created for.

 

Living a life out of my comfort zone is another form of worship for me. I like to be in a place of complete trust and faith in Him that He will provide and come through for me. And He always does.

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Before I sit down to draw sometime I usually spend time with God; I pray and put on some worship music. And in that moment, pictures come to mind as I'm drawing and sketching. I really enjoy these times. As I'm designing I pray... that it won't just be a dress, but that the woman who puts on this dress will be blessed and that she'll feel beautiful, loved and empowered. I just feel like prayer is so powerful.

 

Something that I originally struggled with is the question of how can I make an impact on this multi million dollar industry? The reality of that set in while I was at the New York Fashion Week. I'm just a little girl from a small town in Australia, but something God keeps reminding me is that He stops for the one. There's a quote that's always at the back of my mind, "We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But the ocean would be less because of that missing drop." We shouldn't under estimate what we do for God. Even if we go out and pray for one person and they encounter God, heaven celebrates. There's something beautiful about that. We can't see the bigger picture, but God can. That one person could go on to bring thousands to God.. because you were obedient. All God wants is a willing heart.

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In your opinion — What does the world need more of?

I just moved to a town a bit more rural then I've grown up in. The people in this town are soo friendly. People will always say good morning... I spilt chocolate milk on myself last week and people came running over with tissues to help. Makes me wonder why that's lost in big cities?


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PACO COULSON

I Am The Change :: Through Music

I am Michael Coulson; a worship leader at Hope Chapel Kaneohe Bay in Kaneohe, Hawaii, but everyone knows me as Paco. I am a music enthusiast, and I find the best way to express myself is sonically.

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Photos by: Ilikea Ferge

Being born and raised in Hawaii definitely has affected me growing up and plays a huge factor in how I play and make music. Not so much in a genre sense; it taught me to be independent in my work and always pioneer my own path, not just follow the path already set before me. Hawaii taught me to be my own person while still being a part of a team.

 

Music has always pushed me forward and inspired me. If it wasn't for the musical expression of worship and praise, Christianity wouldn't have stuck with me as far as it has. On the flipside, it's what I believe in that brings a lot of value to what I do as well. Jesus is my constant inspiration, I would never have been able to get where I am if it wasn't for Him constantly molding me to be a better follower of Him.

Photos by: Ilikea Ferge

Photos by: Ilikea Ferge

Worship to me is a vocal expression of our love and thankfulness towards Christ. When Jesus went up on the cross to take the burden of our sin, that was an expression of His love for us. Worship is our expression back to Him. We can never repay what He did for us, it's impossible. The vastness of His love is infinitely larger than what we can offer. But that's the amazing thing about God; He doesn't care how much we can offer, He cares about the heart behind it. In my opinion, worship is that same heart's response to the amazing phenomenon known as grace.

 

To me worship can be anywhere. God's Word says that wherever the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. The Holy Spirit's presence can be just as thick in a congregation of 1000+ people as well as a small group of 5 or less, as long as the heart is there. Growing up I always thought 'worship' was the 20 minutes of service that usually happened before the sermon. As I grew older, God broke down that mindset and showed me that worship isn't a set time, but an action. That no matter where you are, if you have something to be thankful for, you can worship.

Photos by: Ilikea Ferge

Photos by: Ilikea Ferge

I try my best to set aside time each day to sit and worship God by myself. Whether it's playing and pouring out my heart to God vocally and musically, or putting on an instrumental track and just sitting there soaking in God's presence, I try not to let the day go by without praising God.

Photos by: Ilikea Ferge

Photos by: Ilikea Ferge

Photos by: Ilikea Ferge

Photos by: Ilikea Ferge

In your opinion — what does the world need more of?

What the world needs more of nowadays is people who are willing to step out in faith towards God's calling on their lives, especially in a creative aspect. People who are willing to create even if they don't know where to start. Pastor Carl Moore from Hope Chapel taught me that you might have the greatest idea for the greatest song, clothing brand, art piece, etc. but if you don't take that first step towards it, all it will ever be is a great idea.

Photos by: Ilikea Ferge

Photos by: Ilikea Ferge


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