Friday, May 31, 2013

See Not Today... today

On our way out of the theatre on Times Square we heard two different groups at separate ticket kiosks ask, "Has anyone heard of Not Today?" I was thrilled to tell them, "We just saw it, and it's AMAZING!"

It's the latest film cast by Beverly Holloway, who has been a MasterClass instructor at MasterWorks several times, and in this film, one of her choices will break your heart! Persis Karen plays seven-year-old Annika, a little girl who's single father is struggling to provide for her on the streets of Hyderabad. They are in the Dalit caste, also known as Outcastes or Untouchables. Though the caste system is now illegal in India, it is still perpetuated by India's culture and Hinduism, the source of the system. When someone offers to take Annika to a wonderful place where she'll be well fed and happy the father jumps at the chance. Little does he know he is delivering her into a brothel. The fact that Persis is a Dalit herself makes the impact of this film that much more powerful.

Their world is impacted by Caden Welles (played by Cody Longo), a spoiled young man who has been struggling with his faith since his parents' divorce. He and his friends fly 26 hours to become inebriated. Caden verbally abuses the man and his daughter when they approach him for help. The father says she hasn't eaten for three days. Caden doesn't believe him, but after turning them away he can't sleep. When he does, his dreams tell him something is terribly wrong. He awakes to a discovery that shakes him out of the lethargy his circumstances had allowed, and he risks his life to make things right.

This is the kind of film we've been praying into theatres for years. See if it's playing in your area, and if it's not, do what you can to get it there.


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Sunday, May 26, 2013

Waiting for Forever

What a well-told story worth telling! It's a powerful look at the affects of trauma and love on a child, how both follow him into adulthood... and how he follows love. More like this, please. Studios, take some notes.
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Retaliation or Love

Pastor Joyce Swingle preached on Matthew 5:43-48. Though not recorded, she was followed by John Forbes, a talented performing artist who has worked on Broadway, produced and performed Off-Broadway and around the world. He invites you to connect with him through Facebook. Also not recorded, Rich Swingle performed his one-man one-act play "The Fall", based on part of Victor Hugo's Les Misérables.



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

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Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Wedding Word: Joyce Swingle preaches on John 13

Joyce preached on John 13:1-11 at the wedding of our friends.



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Sunday, May 12, 2013

Divided or Faithful

Pastor Joyce Swingle preaches on Matthew 5:31-32, continuing our Choices Series from The Sermon on the Mount.  Comments by Bill and Liz H. Testimony about The Revelation by Vincent N. Pastoral prayer and announcements by Pastor Linda Warren.



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.

The Mothers Day song that we sang today, "The Sweetest Gift", is included in the lineup below.

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Sunday, May 05, 2013

Take Up Your Cross

Our guest preacher today at Westchester Chapel works in a region which is closed to the Gospel, so for the safety of all involved in that work we didn't record the message. It was based on Matthew 16:13-28, which I dramatized during the service. That performance is mixed with my performance of a similar sketch at Ceasarea Philippi in the following video:



Here are a few approved notes from the sermon:
The stories of people taking up their cross to follow Jesus was so inspiring! The speaker said that in the West these verses about death to self can be drowned out by the sound of the steam creating out lattes or the contractors renovating our kitchens or the growl of our sports cars or SUVs or the ones we wish we had. The people mentioned in the sermon have given up everything to follow Jesus. Though they have nothing in their society they have everything in the Lord. If Jesus were here right now, which He is, would there be something in your life He might point to and ask you to give it up so you could follow Him more closely? 
Here's our worship lineup:
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Thursday, May 02, 2013

Ruth


The producers of Ruth have expressed interest in casting me in the role of Reverend Benjamin Morris if they secure funding for the project. So pray for funding to be secured and like their Facebook page. They're hoping to have an $8M budget.

Here's the audition I created as an improv...