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,
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.
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.
Kierkegaard was right
Suffering is not the end,
but the redefinition
of all things.
though may be the end of our
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
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
is only just the beginning
of an abundant life.
This is the match to burn the heart of man
to ignite the coal dust
to cleanse the impurities to make it sparkle
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.
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
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
Verily you carry the seed of these heroes past!
Live in light of that ineffable truth.