What does your spirit say about who you are? Do you find yourself to be a critical person, do you feel the need to police others, do you have an angst against one group who doesn't believe what you believe so much, that you say things against them? Would you describe yourself as bitter, a failure and not valued? Do you have discipline in your life, except when someone cuts directly in front of your car when you are driving and then you "lash out"?
Pastor Craig Groeschel said something huge this week and I want to expand on it a bit. He said, "We all have the ability to walk lines of spiritual depth and truth in one minute and in the next minute, do something wrong, something hugely wrong or horribly punitive in a way that absolutely compromises everything we are and what we stand for in life.". He made the statement he can go a whole year living in discipline without having pizza, burgers, candy and pop and in a moment if someone on the road while driving cuts him off, he can change his spirit, sin and become another person of anger.
When the Bible says "All have sinned and come short of the glory of God", it means we all have an innate sin nature which is part of who we are, whether we want to admit this, or not. We can transition from Dr. Jekyl to Mr.Hyde in zero to sixty seconds and we can foolishly do things which are self inflicted spiritual wounding. By making decisions which are wrong, we can crater our lives! This has been true in my life, has it yours?
Remember this truth when these things happen. NEVER SAY ITS OVER... Just because things did not go right.
The real lesson here is... just because we have failed doesn't mean it's all over. In fact, this might be the beginning of turning your failures into real success and the decision is yours. You don't end your statements with God in a "period", but with a "comma". Your future is not decided for you because you have gone through something bad so you throw in the towel and quit. You are not pre-judged and life is not over if you find your life full of mistakes you wish you could "do over", because you can begin again in your life.
This is a huge lesson isn't it? The ability to forgive is not something we know or even understand in the natural, but I thank God in the supernatural He does forgive us when we do fail. Some people love to be policeman. You know, they enjoy showing you when you are doing something wrong, but they never see the world from their perspective do they? Its a blind side and we are all much easier known by helping others, than even ourselves sometimes.
Our facts are simple, we make mistakes but we don't have to live in those mistakes and we can rise above the issues into a life of victory. it starts with admitting we have a problem, talking to people who can help us, going to the Lord in a prayer of true repentance and walking a new direction. We all know the song, "Don't stop...believing". We have to keep believing, continue to encourage each other and know a future can be changed.
WHAT IS GOING ON IN VERITAS
VERITAS ARTS UPDATE
Each of you every week remember our V team in prayer. VERITAS ARTS is our future and as we work with the ARTIST OF HOPE - RON DICIANNI we are beginning to refine, market and promote THE DICIANNI COLLECTION to the world! We are thrilled at this opportunity to tell our story to the nations about how you can find yourself in the paintings of The Bible from THE DICIANNI COLLECTION. Please remember to pray for our entire V team as we embrace the marketing, financial and promotional challenges ahead. Using art to impact our culture with the Good News is what we are about!
THE SULTANTA DOCUMENTARY
Monday, April 27 in Memphis, Tennessee, we are honored to attend the premiere of a small documentary film we contributed to help via the Kick Starter program. It is brought to you by Sean Astin (Rudy, Lord of the Rings) and Mark Marshall (Goonies, Raiders) and you will find this Civil War story to be moving and impactful. Please remember to pray for these wonderful people as this story accurately portrays the lives of the soldiers lost in the worst maritime fire of the Civil War.
A.D. THE BIBLE CONTINUES
Mark Burnett and Roma Downey continue telling their famous story of truth from the Book Of Acts each and every Sunday night on NBC! Now, the largest network television series in history running ten weeks is continuing to impact so many others. Thank you so much for watching, telling your friends and continuing to promote this wonderful epic series for audiences everywhere. Use this opportunity to invite a friend over and watch it together.
We have some prayer requests here at VERITAS we want to share. Our hearts are burdened by the earthquake now killing over 1200 reported in Nepal. This tragedy is so very tough on so many wonderful people. Please pray for those like Samaritan's Purse and others who are reaching out to help with Aid and Resources.
Many Veritas 300 members need our prayers in a myriad of health crisis and more. Our V team is working each day of every week to respond to your requests when you write firstname.lastname@example.org, pray for your individual needs, pass it along and more. Our FB page VERITAS MISSION FILMS group allows each of you to write your personal prayer requests you would like shared publicly. Please use this vital resource.
ILLUMINATIONS UPDATE - 13 Week Series
ILLUMINATIONS had a most important strategy meeting last week in Grove with Rabbi Landry, Paul Marcellino and the entire family. We need you to pray for the doors to open for us to take this epic Israel Based 13 week series to network television via cable. Looking for the right partner, preparing the right materials and asking for God's favor is huge to us, so please put this on your prayer list and you can find out more about House of David on their website and even donate to this wonderful series where VERITAS is partnering.
Recently we were asked when we do we start our next film for VERITAS ENTERTAINMENT or even one of our non commercial films like documentaries and Jesus based projects for VERITAS MISSION FILM ASSOCIATION? Thank you for this important question and allow me to help you understand our process.
We don't start any film for either organization until we have all the finances in the bank to complete the project. Even then, we ask for prayer and that God would protect us, station His angels about us as we embark on this journey. Then, we carefully consider the optimal placement for the property so as many people can see it as possible.
VERITAS ENTERTAINMENT (VE) is our film production company which makes the movies in the for profit world and has the brand and reputation from LAST OUNCE OF COURAGE and THROUGH THE VALLEY.
VERITAS FILM ASSOCIATION is the apostolic prayer network and non profit covering for all we do. There are a few films which VMFA will contract VE which are Christ centered, faith based films with educational contact which are in VMFA, but the non profit engages VERITAS to make the movies in order to impact culture with truth.
Here are the films we are praying for financing as I write this blog, so please pray for these important stories to be told. Which ever story has the right Executive Producer, we will create first.
Rockhead Johnson - A leader of the Compton gang whose life was transformed
My Journey To Paradise - Dr. Heng Lim's amazing story of rescue and restoration
Hero The Rock Opera - Eddie DeGarmo's fabulous music journey into the life of Christ in an allegory
Jesus The Last Supper - Jim Gromer's epic tale of His last days
Swords Of Fire - Two brothers fighting on different sides of the Civil War in the Battle of Franklin
Treason - A Jag officer faces the greatest danger of his life standing up for truth
Memory Road - An American Graffiti style film between a father and son
The Director - The redemption based comedy set in a pursuit of Broadway
Lord Have Mercer - True story of the epic run of Mercer beating Duke and winning an ESPY!
OUR ONLINE STORE UPDATE
If you would like to have your personal copy of some of the films I have been on the team which created, you can get them here online in our store. Here they are:
THROUGH THE VALLEY - Coming out in September
BEYOND THE GATES OF SPLENDOR
END OF THE SPEAR
LAST OUNCE OF COURAGE (VCI)
LAST OUNCE OF COURAGE SHOWING & MEMORIAL DAY VETERAN'S PARADE - PIGEON FORGE
In a few weeks, Marshall Teague will be bringing LAST OUNCE OF COURAGE to the people of Pigeon Forge in their Veteran's Biker Memorial Day Parade on May 23! Marshall is the grand marshall and they will be showing LAST OUNCE OF COURAGE later that evening. If you are in the area, please make a note to attend this wonderful tribute to our veterans, our real heroes and for their sacrifice!
Kevin McAfee is a film maker who writes for the purpose of inspiring others to make a difference in the world through faith in God using the visual language of film. His blog is shared in hopes of impacting culture, but his heart is in media missions and the church.