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The Meaning of Shadowbox Puppets:

First, a "shadowbox" is essentially a display case. Sometimes we decorate the box to enhance what lies inside. We as Christians serve as shadowboxes to the world. Our goal is to display the appearance of man. Therefore, we must show Christ to the world through our words, actions, and lifestyles. Second, is the term "puppet". It is not used in the "negative" sense. We take, what is commonly known as a negative term and create something positive out of it. We, being puppets, are simply stating the fact: Without God's hand directly involved in our lives, we are lifeless!

Through God's hand in our lives, we display the love of Christ.


About the Band:

Shadowbox Puppets united their God given talents and formed ZionoiZ Music Ministries with one common purpose: to serve God through music and words. As Paul stated in I Corinthians 16:9, "a wide door for effective service has opened to me, and there are many adversaries." Our adversary is the "worldly" influence of music in society today. Music plays a major role in fads, attitudes, decisions, and lifestyles in the lives of everyone, especially the youth. Our goal is to continue the trend of Christian music in society, by offering a unique style of alternative rock, showing the world that there is only one true life; one found through the blood of Christ. The meaning of Shadowbox Puppets: First, a "shadowbox" is essentially a display case. Sometimes we decorate the box to enhance what lies inside. We as Christians serve as shadowboxes to the world. Our goal is to display the appearance of man. Therefore, we must show Christ to the world through our words, actions, and lifestyles. Second, is the term "puppet". It is not used in the "negative" sense. We take, what is commonly known as a negative term and create something positive out of it. We, being puppets, are simply stating the fact: Without God's hand directly involved in our lives, we are lifeless!


 

Meet the band (from front to back):
Brian, Steve, Mike and Michael
Band Bios:

Brian Seewald

From: San Bernardino, CA
Instrument: Vocalist
Equipment: Shure Beta 87 Wireless

Driven by a passion for ministry since high school, Brian Seewald came face to face with one reality: "to serve God when ever and where ever God chooses." Although growing up with the saving knowledge of Christ, commitment came full circle at the age of 22 and is best heard through his own words: "I realized God was in my heart, yet, was not my one hearts desire...to lay down my life and my personal desires was the only way to truly surrender my heart and spirit to God...and what was the deepest valley in my life, became the greatest mountain that I have yet climbed." Music has always been a part of Brian's life, but became a focal point as God opened doors for him at a small Nazarene church in Bloomington, California. Through much prayer and encouragement God has simply opened doors and Brian has found himself graciously submerged in a life of ministry. Learning much more than just music, Brian holds onto a very valuable key to ministry of any form: "It is never about me! Once it becomes that, I am through. It has always been God through me. That's it! Nothing more than an instrument for His using. To look back and see that my faith has been strengthened would be an understatement. I'm not prideful; I am awed. God has always been the central focal point for why we are here: to be used by Him! Scary? Yes! Awesome? Even more so! Worth it? To the nth degree!"

Steve Hartz

From: Grand Terrace, CA
Instrument: Bass
Equipment: Fender Jazz Deluxe


A heart driven to live out what God intends for all: "to trust Him and surrender your will to Him", depicts the character of Steve Hartz. Passion for music, ministry, and reaching the unsaved, best describes His heart-felt calling in life. Starting as a guitar player in a youth praise band, Steve felt God calling him to become a bass player when the need arose in his former band Zionoiz. Through other incidences of laying aside his own desires for that of the Lord's, Steve claims, "I need to trust that God will use whatever I have to offer. No matter how big or how small, I am willing to use it for His purposes. His Will...His Way...just being obedient as we go along on this ride." Steve has found that there are four important aspects in realizing a true calling to ministry: Knowing your heart and motives for ministry, planning ahead and setting goals, asking God for direction and expecting the unexpected. Consider this: "When it is all said and done, I just want to be able to say, 'Thank you Lord for letting me be a part of Your plan.' Whether it continues for another 20 years or it ends tomorrow, I pray that I can always ask, 'Lord, what can I do for You today?'"


Mike Seewald

From: San Bernardino, CA
Instrument: Guitar
Equipment:
Gibson Les Paul Standard, G&L Legacy, G&L ASAT Classic.

"Raised up in a Christian home was both comforting and challenging," according to Mike Seewald. Comfort came from a loving family who supported Mike's every decision; challenge came when he realized that having a personal relationship with Jesus is more than just having the knowledge. Influenced by many genres of music, Mike is captivated by the idea of ingenuity and 'tweeky textures.' "Music has always played a huge part in my life," Mike claims. "From singing and playing the piano as a youth, music always played a front role in my free time. But I always had a desire to play the guitar...so I tried it out." Mike has learned much in this fabulous journey, but what he values most is found in Philemon 1:6, "I pray that you may be active in sharing your faith, so that you will have the full understanding of every good thing we have in Christ."(NIV) Mike's heart is best shared in his own words, "The only thing I could say is that God brought me here. I look back and there is no other explanation. He put it on my heart to write Christian Music. He simply has just called me to have faith and trust in Him. He opens and closes the doors...I wait patiently and listen."


Michael Matus


From: Riverside, CA
Instrument: Drums
Equipment: DW Custom, Zildjian A-Custom and Z-Custom


Growing up with a knowledge of the Bible through a Catholic upbringing, Mike Matus came to know Christ as his personal Savior at a Kry concert. Mike claims, "My wife has always been a strong Christian. Through encouragement, patience, and prayer, she's played the biggest part in me coming to know Christ." From playing in the marching band in high school to playing the L.A. club scene in secular bands, Mike has always been interested in music. Yet, he was never content in his position as a musician until he became a part of Shadowbox Puppets. He shares his heart, "I promised myself that the next band I would get into, if I did at all, would be a Christian band. Low and behold, 5 years later, God calls me back to the music industry. He knows my passion for music. Now I am going to serve Him with all my heart." Mike, "hyper" for God, as he would put it, has always portrayed a sense of humility when it comes to his abilities as a Christian musician. Growing in the knowledge of Him, seeing people come to know Christ, and witnessing life-changing miracles and actually being a tool in it, has given Mike the drive to succeed in this ministry. Mike says it best when he says, "I never thought that I would be used for God's glory. What an awesome task! I am honored that He has chosen me for this ministry."

 



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