Eric Metaxas interview with Jenn Gozton and Jim Chandler

A blessed Thanksgiving to all! 

Eric Metaxas, who shared his testimony for our outreach in Russia during the 2014 Olympics, interviewed our friends Jenn Gotzon and Jim Chandler, about their film The Farmer and the Belle, in which I was a NYC producer and played Belle's manager. 

The film is in select theaters Thanksgiving week.

Click here to watch the interview.

Be sure to watch to the end. Eric also interviews singer/songwriter Melanie Penn, and the show closes with the music video of her Christmas song, "Immanuel," which is really charming. 

I play a lead in Providence, which you can bring to your area.

Freedom: William Bradford and the American Pilgrims

A blessed Thanksgiving, everyone! 

Just in time to mark the date, Brinkman Adventures has released their newest audio drama, Freedom: William Bradford and the American Pilgrims

We love how they show how clearly they were motivated by the desire to worship the Lord according to Scripture and not the dictates of men, how they dedicated America to the spreading of the Gospel, and how they address the concerns of those trying to tear down our history, showing how flawed people did the best they could under extraordinary circumstances. 

I asked the director, Ian Bultman, to explain how he got the idea for the project, and he wrote:
We started this after meeting some Christians who run the Jenny Interpretive Center while visiting Plymouth. They planted the idea to do an episode as 2020 was the 400th anniversary. Because Jenny was a ministry, I saw them as missionaries to American and felt they fit our format perfectly.  Soon I realized this wasn't about the Jenny, it was about Bradford and the Pilgrims. The story hits on so many things we are dealing with today in America. Freedom of conscience and freedom to practice our faith unhindered by government; race relations; how to deal with a society that treats us unjustly; suffering for/with Christ; loving our enemies; a pandemic. In hindsight I really see God's hand leading us to this project three years ago before everything that's happened in the US.  I see this as a reminder to America of it's roots and heritage. A warning to those who wish to go back to tyranny. And a reminder to the church how to live in troubling times.  Freedom was going to be two or three episodes. As I studied and wrote, it kept growing. At one point I was stressing over the length and sensed the Lord say 'tell the story and don't worry about how many episodes it will take. So at that point I did just that. There was only one 3 minute portion I wasn't able to tell due to space (we'll be including it on CD as an easter egg bonus track).  
A prayer:

Lord, as the intercessors across this country listen, encourage their hearts and faith through the faith and actions of these Pilgrim Fathers who now stand among the cloud of witnesses.   May each listening be reminded that they too are pilgrims, strangers in a foreign land, serving as ambassadors for You with the Good News that each may be reconciled to you through the blood of Jesus.  Help us find ways to get this story circulated across the country this year and may it ultimately be pleasing to you and bring glory to Your name.

In your Son's name, amen
I play the roles of Charles Deane (introduced at 8:27 in Disc 1, track 1) and Richard Clyfton (introduced at 2:01 in Disc 1, track 2).

In Part 2, to be released in 2022, I play Samoset and an unnamed Native American.

  
I Dreamed I Was Free tells the story of Quaker abolitionist John Woolman, who spoke against slavery a century before our Civil War.


Claim of "Found Ballots" Disappeared

On Tuesday www.HeadlinePrayer.org ran my article on Edward Durr, the truck driver, unseating the second most powerful politician in New Jersey, who refused to concede because they "found" 12,000 ballots. I talked about the story and led prayer that the election not be stolen on Pray with Others Live, which you can see below. 

Yesterday Stephen Sweeney conceded! 

We also talked about my article, "When Bystanders Do Nothing About Lawlessness," and Joyce covered a couple of articles as well. 

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I released “Pentecost: Beyond the Imagination,” a scene from my one-man play, The Actsat www.RichDrama.com/Pentecost.


The Lord Is Calling the Supreme Court Back

Joyce’s article, The Lord Is Calling the Supreme Court Back, posted to www.HeadlinePrayer.org on November 6 and focuses on one element of an interview Joyce did with Philip Jauregui, one of the authors of the amicus brief being submitted to the Supreme Court along with the Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health case they’ll hear on December 1. 

The article has sparked much prayer for our Supreme Court justices as they consider two cases, along with Biden Administration v. The Texas Heartbeat Law, either of which could overturn Roe v. Wade. Pray the Lord moves many hearts to pray for the end of this slaughter of the innocents. 

I Dreamed I Was Free tells the story of Quaker abolitionist John Woolman, who spoke against slavery a century before it was outlawed in America.

Our Hallelujah Service

Tonight's Hallelujah Service celebrated the reign of Light on a night the world celebrates the temporal reign of darkness. 

Enjoy our celebration of the Great High King!

Click the arrow below, or if you're reading this in an email you can click this link, to play the service:



If you want to know more about starting a relationship with Jesus Christ visit www.WestchesterChapel.org/Salvation.


I released “Pentecost: Beyond the Imagination,” a scene from my one-man play, The Actsat www.RichDrama.com/Pentecost.


Leave a Legacy of Love


Click the arrow below, or if you're reading this in an email you can click this link, to play the service:
 


This service is available for download free on iTunes, where you can also subscribe to our podcast. Search for "Westchester Chapel" on the iTunes Store.

If you want to know more about starting a relationship with Jesus Christ visit www.WestchesterChapel.org/Salvation.

Photo courtesy of NicolettiPhoto.com.

See the rest of Olympic champion Eric Liddell's Chariots of Fire story in Beyond the Chariots. Watch it online and book a live performance

Prayer Can Bring the Dead Back to Life!

On this day in 1942 my grandfather came back from the dead! 

Grandma told that story on October 29 every year, but she went to be with the Lord in 1988, and I haven't heard or told the story intentionally on this day of the year since. The tradition is being rekindled in a big way on www.HeadlinePrayer.org

As I write, Joyce's prayer guide, 15 Steps to Freedom from Witchcraft, is at the top of the page, and my article, Prayer Can Bring the Dead Back to Life! is just under that. They won't stay there very long, so you can click the titles above to get to them directly. 

Here are other articles by Joyce that ran on www.HeadlinePrayer.org recently: The Key to Overcoming Abortion and Powerful Message to Intercessors: We Stand as a Firewall. And today, Intercessors for America's periodical The Connector came out with an article by Joyce, You Are Defeating the Abortion Giant."

And here's the latest Pray with Others Live that Joyce and I were on:


Here are the articles Joyce and I wrote, which we discussed on the show: For Such a Time as This: Sight & Sound Queen Esther and Reclaim October from the Spirit of Death.


I released “Pentecost: Beyond the Imagination,” a scene from my one-man play, The Actsat www.RichDrama.com/Pentecost.

The Farmer and the Belle can come to a theatre near you

We're very excited that The Farmer and the Belle film Saving Santaland is available for a theatre near you! 

I played the role of Belle's manager and was a producer for the scenes in New York City. it was a fabulous experience, and I'd love to share the results with you. Here's a letter from Jenn Gotzon, the producer and the actress who plays Belle...

We’d love to release our Inspirational, Family Christmas movie at your theater.

We welcome you to preview our Trailer and Critics Review. Kindly review our Press Release unwrapping how Saving Santaland is helping save hometown theaters from the Covid struggle.

Our Marketing includes SAVING SANTALAND by The Farmer and The Belle.
  • Local News
  • Radio promotion.
  • QVC (home shopping network) reaching 100 million (Jenn Gotzon will be on QVC selling a line of jewelry and book from the movie). 
  • Social media targeted ads to female 35-54 demo in theater city.
  • Interviews on 50-100 media outlets promoting the movie's theatrical release.
  • Church congregations and lady ministries support.
  • Local Christian Bookstore support. 
  • 1000+ influencers rated the movie at a 90-98% enjoyment.
Feedback consistently from reviewers:
"My new Favorite Christmas Movie" 
"Our new family Christmas tradition!" 




The Farmer and The Belle presents SAVING SANTALAND
For a screener and more information, contact Jenn by phone or email, listed below...
When a famous model spends the holidays in her small town, she falls in love with her childhood pal, a local farmer as they try to save the Santaland festival, discovering that true love and beauty comes from within, and miracles can happen with determination and faith.  
STARRING: Jenn Gotzon (Frost/Nixon), Jim E. Chandler (Stranger Things), Corbin Bernsen (Major League), John Schneider (The Dukes of Hazzard), Sandra Ellis Lafferty (The Hunger Games), Robert Amaya (Courageous), Natasha Bure (Home Sweet Home), and Delilah (radio personality).
DIRECTED BY: Wes Llewellyn 
GENRE(S): Family, Christmas, Comedy, Inspirational
RUN TIME: 89 Min
YEAR: 2020

Thank you for your time,
I play a lead in Providence, which you can also bring to your area.


Horatio Spafford Introduces "It Is Well" for the Global Hymn Sing

On Sunday over 700,000 people around the globe joined in the Global Hymn Sing, hosted by Keith and Kristyn Getty (www.GlobalHymnSing.com). Our contribution was to portray Horatio and Anna Spafford introducing this year's hymn, "It Is Well."


I'm always looking for the fingerprints of the Lord, and this week I noticed that within 22 hours I was a part of projects from four centuries:
18th c.: Wed., 6:30 p.m.: Coached an actress on her German accent for a project I haven't gotten permission to talk about yet
20th c.: Wed., 7:30 p.m.: Portrayed a Scotsman and a Frenchman in the audio drama Titanic Waif
21st c.: Wed., 8:30ish p.m.: Played Wesley (and other characters) in a read through for What's a Girl to Do?
19th c.: Thur., 2:00 p.m.: Portrayed Horatio Spafford introducing "It Is Well." 
Jasmine reconnected with us and her roommate 
from college while in NYC.
I pointed this out to Jasmine Myers, director of The Diary of Perpetua, and she said she was editing one of my scenes during that window of time, and though it is shot as a modern piece, the story we're telling takes place in the 2nd c., so that's five centuries in one chronological day, and all of the projects point to the Lord's goodness over time! 

By the way, Jasmine was kind enough to show us a rough cut of The Diary of Perpetua as it stands now, and we're VERY excited about how it's looking! 

In 2018 Rich joined the Global Hymn Sing by portraying Eric Liddell, of Chariots of Fire, leading "Jesus Shall Reign": www.RichDrama.com/EricLiddellHymnSing. See the rest of Olympic champion Eric Liddell's Chariots of Fire story in Beyond the Chariots. Watch it online and book a live performance

Harvest Ministries Bangladesh - Relocation!

Joyce and I have been supporting a couple who are ministering in Bangladesh, and I was disturbed to hear that the Taliban takeover in Afghanistan has ignited Muslim rage against Christians in Bangladesh. They're moving to a safer location and need help. Here's their story:
Hi. This is Lori. I have been serving Jesus for 2 and 1/2 years in Bangladesh with my Husband, a Christian converted from Muslim faith. We began in a remote, small rural village of Rajshaihi, Ministering as Harvest Ministries Bangladesh! We were helping in a small village church here for a while, serving their needs. And now with the Afghanistan issues, a couple of police have said we should make a move soon to the capital city of Dhaka! 

More Christians are located in Dhaka, and one church has many missionaries serving there with them! Also, My embassy is in Dhaka too, in case of any kind of trouble. We thank the Lord for keeping us safe so far, and believe the Lord is leading us to make this shift! 

The only thing with relocation to the Capital City is living expenses there are more. 

So what we are asking you, Dear Brothers and Sisters is to become united with us and our Ministry as we reach out to more people in Bangladesh. Since last year, my husband has also been translating Bible studies into Bengali. We are excited to share this work with many believers to encourage them in the Capital City! We believe we have a vision that's from the Lord! 

Thanks for keeping us and Bangladesh ministry in your heart and prayers! We can continue to go forward with your help. 

We thank you for allowing us to share our hearts with you! May God Bless you Richly!

Wadud's testimony is amazing:


Send an email for more information and find out how to give toward Lori and Wadud's ministry.
 

I released “Pentecost: Beyond the Imagination,” a scene from my one-man play, The Actsat www.RichDrama.com/Pentecost.

Will the Election Audits Bring Revival

After hearing the preliminary findings of the Maricopa County audit in July and the final hearing a couple of weeks ago, I could tell Doug Logan, head of Cyber Ninjas, was a believer by the way he shared Scripture and his heart. 

This was confirmed when he appeared on Pray with America’s Leaders last Thursday. It was thrilling to hear him speak openly about his faith! 

Joyce wrote an article about that episode for www.HeadlinePrayer.org: “Will the Election Audits Bring Revival.”

Joyce and I are regular leaders on another Intercessors for America program, Pray with Others Live: www.RichDrama.com/Prayer.


I released “Pentecost: Beyond the Imagination,” a scene from my one-man play, The Actsat www.RichDrama.com/Pentecost.

Faith on Film

I did this interview with Isaac Hernandez on Parables TV from the Lincoln Memorial while we were in Washington, DC, for Prayer March 2020 and The Return. Isaac saw me portray Hudson Taylor and Lazarus at Content 19. 


Here are links to some of the things I talked about:

Performances and workshops in Japan didn't happen due to the lockdowns
Christopher Awards (not Christy Awards)


I released “Pentecost: Beyond the Imagination,” a scene from my one-man play, The Actsat www.RichDrama.com/Pentecost.


Alone in the Fog

One of the films we produced this summer at the Rocky Mountain Christian Filmmakers Camp was just posted:


We'll post a more lighthearted one soon, so watch for that. Also, we'll open registration sometime next month, so watch your inbox for the announcement. Last year the acting side filled up the same day we opened registration. 

I play a lead in Providence, which you can bring to your area.

Study the Great Salvation

Joyce gives us the keys to understanding 1 Peter 1:10-12 this morning at Westchester Chapel Church of the Nazarene. Prayer by Pastor Randy Solomon. Pastor Jim Warren shares announcements.



This service is available for download free on iTunes, where you can also subscribe to our podcast. Search for "Westchester Chapel" on the iTunes Store.

If you want to know more about starting a relationship with Jesus Christ visit www.WestchesterChapel.org/Salvation.

Photo courtesy of NicolettiPhoto.com.
See the rest of Olympic champion Eric Liddell's Chariots of Fire story in Beyond the Chariots. Watch it online and book a live performance

Pray with Others Live

Neither Joyce nor I was on this week, but my article, "Praise the Lord There Wasn't a Second 9/11," was featured...




The 20th Anniversary performance of my one-man play Five Bells for 9/11 is available to watch for free through 9/22 at www.RichDrama.com/FiveBells.

Interview on Arts & Entertainment with Deborah Gilbert

I was interviewed on Arts and Entertainment with Deborah Gilbert recently: 


I close by talking about my one-man play Five Bells for 9/11, which is free through tomorrow night (9/22) at www.RichDrama.com/FiveBells

See the rest of Olympic champion Eric Liddell's Chariots of Fire story in Beyond the Chariots. Watch it online and book a live performance.

Pray Over Broadway Live: The Hudson Theatre

Praying over the Hudson Theatre and announcing the 20th Anniversary performance of my play Five Bells for 9/11...


A new close to Five Bells for 9/11

 
In my 20th anniversary performance, I told how the cast and crew of What's a Girl to Do? appealed to Heaven and got the great news that the three-year-old boy who was found drowned in a pool, came back from the dead! I got a text the day after this performance letting me know the boy is "100%": www.RichDrama.com/AliveAgain


I released “Pentecost: Beyond the Imagination,” a scene from my one-man play, The Actsat www.RichDrama.com/Pentecost.


Pray with Others Live: Hope-Filled Stories from 9/11

This week on Pray with Others Live, I share how a little boy came back from the dead after we prayed for him on the set of What's a Girl to Do? 

We also cover an article and interview I did with Ann Van Hine, who gives tours of the 9/11 Memorial: Twenty Years After Our Darkest Day the Light Still Shines

Lori Meed shares a story about her friend Gretchen Burkholder being led to the top of the World Trade Center to pray over people. I got to interview Gretchen and will post that interview here soon.
 


I'll post the 15th anniversary of performance of my one-man play Five Bells for 9/11 from 9/11 to 9/16. You can watch it at www.RichDrama.com/FiveBells


Ken Wales went to be with the Lord

I just found out that Ken Wales went to be with the Lord on August 21. The news brought back a flood of memories.

Sometime in 2004 I heard from my friend Sean Gaffney that Ken, who had produced the original Pink Panther films, Breakfast at Tiffany's, Christy, and many others, was interested in producing the rest of the Chariots of Fire story. I was working on Beyond the Chariots, my one-man play that tells that story, at the time, so I was very interested in auditioning for Eric Liddell in the film. 

At the time I knew they were working on Amazing Grace, so I was shocked when Ken called me up. I told him about my play and hoped he could see a reading of it at a Christians in Theatre Arts gathering near him that year, hoping he'd think of me for Liddell. He shocked me again when he mentioned that they didn't have a script yet! 

In 2006 I was back in LA, and I invited him to a performance. He saw it, and took the stage afterward to tell the audience how much he loved it. At a late dinner he invited me to work on the screenplay. 

I invited him to teach at the MasterWorks Festival two different summers, and he always made an effort to meet with each student, to hear their dreams and encourage them. One of the reasons he was so enthusiastic about encouraging the next generation was that Walt Disney invited him to stay in his home when Ken was in high school. Walt wanted to hear from a young person, and Ken's principal recommended him. At the end of the week, Walt took him around Disneyland, which I believe was still in testing mode at the time. On the It's a Small World ride Walt asked Ken what he wanted to do in life. When Ken told him he wanted to make movies, Walt took out his personal checkbook and wrote out a check for Ken's tuition for five years at the University of Southern California film school. 

At MasterWorks and Christians in Theatre Arts, Ken would stay up until the wee hours telling stories of his adventures in Hollywood with students. I remember being shocked once that he beat me to the classroom where he was teaching first thing in the morning after he'd kept many of us up past 2:00 a.m.!

Ken's greatest help with my career was probably when he recommended me for Alone Yet Not Alone, which he was producing. I landed a small role, but it connected me with so many wonderful people that I've worked with over the years. 

Sadly, Ken got dementia before we were able to get our screenplay to market. 

I got to visit Ken once after that. I made him weep as I reminded him of some of the stories he told me and thanked him for his great influence on my life and career. I'll always be glad I was able to spend that time with him. 

Join me in praying for more mentors and producers like Ken to rise up and create films that point people to Christ. 

Here's a great article on the MovieGuide website: 

AMAZING GRACE Producer and Friend of Movieguide® Ken Wales Dies


See the rest of Olympic champion Eric Liddell's Chariots of Fire story in Beyond the Chariots. Watch it online and book a live performance

Revel in the Lord!


Joyce invites us to revel in the Lord as she leads us through Isaiah 61:10-11. I read Isaiah 61.

This was a part of this morning's service at Westchester Chapel.



If you want to know more about starting a relationship with Jesus Christ visit www.WestchesterChapel.org/Salvation.

"Praise to the Lord, the Almighty" by Joachim Neander, pub. 1680 tr. by Catherine Winkworth, 1863. Performed by the Bethel Choir and used by permission. 

I play a lead in Providence, which you can bring to your area.

The Story that Connected Rich and Joyce

Dr. Linda Warren tells a story that sets up the story of Joyce and myself. The personal epiphany she explains as she unpacks Isaiah 61:1-4 happened not long before she became Joyce's boss at Sports Illustrated in the early 90s. If what you're about to hear hadn't happened, I might never have met Joyce, or if we would have met we most likely wouldn't have had 23 years of wedded bliss and counting.

Pastor Jim Warren opens the service at Westchester Chapel with Psalm 103. Pastor Rachel Taylor prays over the service. 
 



This service is available for download free on iTunes, where you can also subscribe to our podcast. Search for "Westchester Chapel" on the iTunes Store.

If you want to know more about starting a relationship with Jesus Christ visit www.WestchesterChapel.org/Salvation.

Several from Westchester Chapel visited Nazareth Village while performing and teaching in Jordan and Israel in 2011. They have a synagogue set up as it likely was in Jesus' day, and the scroll of Isaiah is unrolled to Chapter 61. 




I released “Pentecost: Beyond the Imagination,” a scene from my one-man play, The Actsat www.RichDrama.com/Pentecost.