“Dana” Set to Premiere at 168 Film Fest. in August!

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Hi friends,

I am super proud and excited to announce that our new short, “Dana,” will premiere at this year’s 168 Film Fest Aug. 25. If you are in the area, buy tix here. If not, we will have it up on YouTube the following day.

“Dana” follows the story of a young woman whom God helps through a terrible divorce. So thankful for Dana Marie and all our wonderful cast and crew for helping making this project happen.

God loves you very much.

Abide in His love,

Aaron

 

 

Psalm 23: God, a Friend in the Midst of Our Sorrows

We all know the “Lord is my shepherd” chapter. It’s a famous passage, right up there with the Lord’s prayer and John 3:16, but did you notice the slight shift that comes in verse 4?

In verses 1-3, David speaks nicely of God. He feeds me, He quenches my thirst, He finds me a shady spot to rest my head. Very idyllic. But look what happens in verse 4! When we enter into the Valley of the Shadow of Death (an actual place, so I hear), David stops referring to God as Lord and starts referring to Him as You. You are with me. You comfort me. You prepare a table for me in the midst of my enemies. When things get hard, David’s relationship with God becomes very personal. Not until David speaks of heaven does he return to speaking of God as by His kingly title of Lord.

Jesus invited us to refer to God as Abba, Daddy. David holds his Savior tight. We too are invited to hold tightly to our Father in the midst of trouble. We need Him always, but especially in those times. Our knee-jerk reaction is to estrange ourselves from Jesus when times of trouble. God invites us to draw closer than we have ever been.

 

Resurrection Stories

On Easter, we told resurrection stories

She stood up and told of how she was duped into sex trafficking,

escaped physically but was emotionally scarred

Then came the drugs and the depression

and the self-loathing

but God found her even as she hated Him

for not saving her sooner,

but He rescued her from the pit of despair

He brought her into hope and family and love

and now she is here,

safe and clean and rejoicing in all that God has done.

Praise Jesus! Hallelujah. The Lord God Almighty reigns.

Existential Jesus

Kierkegaard was right

Suffering is not the end,

but the redefinition

the renewal

of all things.

our suffering,

though may be the end of our

romantic notions

our theories and projects,

does not catapult us into chaos

nor consume us,

but rather catapult us into completion.

upon the cross, Christ proclaimed

“it is finished”

but that was not even the end of His EARTHLY

ministry

He returned after His death to continue

doling out the Great Commission

upon which His church was spread.

and so in death we also continue

our suffering

is only just the beginning

of an abundant life.

The Heart of Man

This is the match to burn the heart of man

to ignite the coal dust

to cleanse the impurities to make it sparkle

and shine

revealing the diamonds

hidden neath the mountains of pressure and age

This is the match to make new life begin

and make him beautiful again

just as he was meant to be.

o, Sweet the Blood of Jesus

Oh the sweet, sweet blood of Jesus

Cleansing and nourishing

to the body and soul

His sacrifice is our atonement

His suffering is our joy

for now He stands as king and LORD

above all the nations and angels and Universe

All of us call out His praise

For He is glorious and wonderful and good

His blood flows free through my veins

All Saints’ Day

The saints

the miracles

the legends

the sufferings

the tortures

the blood

and the glory.

Contemplating the servants of the Divine

the rich history

gives you a greater appreciation,

a holy community

to draw from when you feel alone

and powerless

and ineffectual.

Verily you carry the seed of these heroes past!

Live in light of that ineffable truth.