Probably one of the most exciting opportunities for any production team is launching a new program. This week, thanks to the excellent work of a future son in law, Joshua Buchholtz, we have a new internet television broadcast. Our non profit has a for profit production partner, GR PRODUCTIONS based on The Golden Rule. This team of film veterans come together to share the vision for impacting culture with film. Along with this partnership, is books2film.net an exciting advisory services group dedicated to finding new stories.
FILMMAKERS ROUNDTABLE was launched this past Friday at noon on YOUTUBE and the FACEBOOK LIVE channel. You can see the presentation at books2film.net/show and watch each week as we share the basics of all filmmaking to the masses. Would you pray for this special series as we speak to content creators, authors and future filmmakers at every level.
There will be special guests on the weekly television show joining me once each month and every week you can watch as we share insights into the film industry. For so many reasons, giving back is such an essential part of being in the film industry. It's not what you take, but what you can give to help others is the "real secret sauce" of multiplication. We do want you to pray for us in this new program, big time.
We serve on the Film Advisory Board of Lipscomb University and this is a wonderful honor. With team members like Rich Peluso from SONY, Barry Landis formerly from Warner Brothers, Karen Kingsbury award winning author, Amy Grant, Grammy Award Winning singer, Steve Taylor, CCM legend and so many more, we love helping others. Teaching at Lipscomb to our graduate students is a rare honor and we are soliciting new students all the time.
This is what it means to our hearts at the FILMMAKERS ROUNDTABLE to give back and do what we can to impact culture. GR PRODUCTIONS continues to find new Executive Producers to get behind film projects and your prayers are needed now more than ever.
Thank about this a moment. You prayed and now, we have doors opening like never before. We have been promoting the films THE SHACK and CASE FOR CHRIST this Spring. Coming up will be I CAN ONLY IMAGINE, LET THERE BE LIGHT and THE STAR for this Christmas. There is a lot more great films to come and we are on the "edge" helping get content creators further down the road. Please pray for us and know YOUR PRAYERS MATTER!
May God bless you and hope you enjoy the show, FILMMAKERS ROUNDTABLE at books2film.net/show.
Love you all,
Uncle Warren Fisher was a marine who always had time for his country, his family and his friends. He was the youngest of my mother's four brothers and was perhaps, the most quiet. However, his "twinkle" of joy and fun was simply the heartwarming characteristic which charmed everyone who knew him. A great dancer and comic who enjoyed making everyone in our family laugh during the Christmas holidays.
On Saturday I received a call he was in the hospital gravely ill and as I drove to Yukon I began thinking back on the good days we had. When I arrived my father and I got to spend time with him and our cousin Kelly. In the last few years he had lost his wife, our Aunt Avis and tragically his only son Barry, a police officer for Yukon. Kelly was alone with her daughter when we approached his bed and he had not responded at all to our presence during that time.
I asked him if we could pray with him before we left, and he immediately responded by reaching out his hand, he stopped moving and bowed his head closing his eyes. Through my prayer I would thank the Lord for his family and he would quietly say, "Amen and thank you" and I realized how priceless this moment was we were all sharing. His gracious heart even before he would leave this earth was filled with a reverence toward God and a humility to prayer.
Many heroes have been in my life and usually my father is at the top of the list, but I can tell you that my mother's brothers all helped raise us cousins. They were people who loved the Lord and having a father as a world champion wrestler like Granddad Fisher was, there were big boots to fill. Warren always filled them so beautifully too.
My Aunt Phyllis came by to see him the next morning, she was Uncle Harold's wife and was in the same facility watching her husband Harold going home just a couple years earlier. Now, she stood by the last "child" of the Fisher family she had invested her life knowing. As she was leaving Uncle Warren's bedside, she whispered, "Tell Harold we miss him too". Tears filled my eyes as I thought of Jack, Ralph, Harold, Rose and now this great man.
Stopping to reflect on my family of faith, I could not help but be thankful for so many Christ followers who were not giving just religious lip service, but real faith to the coronation day of Uncle Warren as he went home this morning only to open his eyes and see the Lord. Kelly was beside his bed alone when he went to sleep and opened his eyes in glory. This is such an amazing thought it is truly something we cannot even imagine, no matter how many movies try to tell this story. I was honored to be a few moments behind to pray a last time, until we have his funeral next week.
I salute you Uncle Warren for your bravery, for your commitment to your wife and family and mostly for being the hero to all of us with your joy and laughter. Thank you for helping us see Jesus more by your actions than your quiet words. Thank you for the love you always extended to all of us. Do us a favor, please let all our family know how much we love them and we will see them soon.
Your nephew already really misses you more than can be spoken.
Why is it so important to love our enemies? Isn't it easy to be vengeful and to try and counter point on everything they do, to what end? Do we prove ourselves greater debaters, or smarter of does pride get in the way? Maybe the latter is true and it's not worth it. People are going to have differing opinions and some rationalize their own sin, don't we all? Aren't we all fallen people that desperately need a Savior? I am so thankful God forgives us and we can move on and begin again.
When someone is going through something challenging, the best thing you can do is to pray. Praying is part of truly following God. God wants to know our pain, our hurts and He understands because His Son went through every difficult and challenging storm imaginable. The next time someone is honking behind you and going into rage, stop and put yourself in their situation and do everything you can to help them.
Christ asked us to "turn the other cheek" because "wrath" never answers or solves anything. He was right and its ok to be angry at sin, but never the sinner. It's just not worth it when we do this. Sure it is easy to react and be brought into situations where we can be provoked, but it isn't worth it to begin the fight or even continue in this vein.
Here is a problem I have, my own pride. Literally even as an adult I have been brought into "fights" where I have lost my temper, went into rage and falsely made statements I am embarrassed of for so many reasons. Did you know that my own insecurity can be the greatest weakness to bring me down, unless I am willing to change the way I approach conflict, breathe, have peace and walk in His light.
Thank you for the conflicts is "how" we should react, but I just have not succeeded in this area. The older I get the more I understand why wrath is never the answer. Don't allow provocative situations to take you back into the mire when you have worked so hard to get out of the sticky stuff. Life is just simply too short. One book reminded me of this truth, Ken Sande's THE PEACEMAKER. This was a fresh read for me and something deep within my heart I felt so grateful to have read.
Love your enemies, be kind to those who revile you and persecute you. Pray for them and just know, maybe they are going through something so horrific you can't even imagine. This will make you love more and judge less. Forgive me Lord when I end up on the judgement seat and help me to be slow to anger so that I might please you.
Love in Christ IS the only answer.
Kevin McAfee is a filmmaker who writes for the purpose of inspiring others to make a difference in the world through faith in God and using the visual language of film. His blog shares the hopes of impacting culture, because his heart is in media missions and the church.