Saturday, December 31, 2016

Top 100 Films for 2016

I'm blessed to have performed in seven of the Top 100 films for www.Christian Cinema.com:

#1 Beyond the Mask (which was mentioned as having moved up from 3rd)
#2 Alone Yet Not Alone (which was mentioned as having holding 2nd place)
#14 Princess Cut (which got special mention for moving up from #43 last year)
#23 Polycarp
#35 The Messenger Box
#74 Providence (which got special mention for its numerous awards)
#100 In His Steps



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

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Baptisms on a Beach in Cuba



If you're reading this in an email you can see the video at www.RichDrama.com/Cuba.

One Day... in Cuba

I announced the release of the short film One Day from Cuba!


The actual release date is yet to be posted, but there will be a premiere in Freeport, IL, on January 22.

If you're reading this in an email visit www.RichDrama.com/Cuba to watch the video.

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

The Farmer and the Belle


I just got to work on a really fun and profound film, The Farmer the Belle, a Christmas comedy. Their goal is to get it into theaters by next Thanksgiving, so watch for it.

Great message!

I was a New York City assistant producer, and I played Conrad, the manager for the lead, played by Jenn Gotzon​, making this our fifth film together.

#RealLove
#TheFarmerAndTheBelle
#ChristmasComedyMovie

Monday, December 26, 2016

Merry Christmas!

Hope you're having a wonderful Christmas Season!

Joyce and I just got back from a profound week in Cuba where I performed Views of the Manger, and Joyce taught on Jeremiah 29:11, our marriage verse. 

We've posted her message and more about Cuba at www.RichDrama.com/Cuba.

As soon as we got back I switched gears to perform in and serve as a NYC producer on the upcoming film The Farmer and the Belle, the seventh film project I worked on this year. Two of those are short films about Cuba we're now editing, one is unannounced, and the others were A Matter of Perspective, Felicia's Pledge and One Day

Proof Rich married an angel!
Joyce spoke of how Jeremiah's encouragement was to the exiles in Babylon, and how Daniel would have been one of the recipients. Daniel saved the magi by interpreting King Nebuchadnezzar's dream, so they were able to read the Hebrew Scriptures and, generations later, recognize the Star of Bethlehem for what it was: The birth announcement for the King of Kings. 

We're blessed to see that seven films in which I performed made the Top 100 of 2016 for ChristianCinema.com, including the top two. Four of them were mentioned in the opening article. Praise the Lord!

I got an app for tracking my trip mileage, and this year I covered 46,788 miles, almost circling the globe twice, performing and/or teaching in 17 states and six film projects.

Click here for Facebook's review of our year.

Joyce brought the Christmas Day message at Westchester Chapel, and you can hear it by clicking here.

Joyce just read about a Christian member of congress who said people pray them into office, but then don't pray them through their terms. He said he can tell when people are praying and when they're not. I can tell many of you are praying for us the year round! Thank you so very much!!! Please keep interceding for us... and our leaders.

Have a blessed Christmas, everyone! 
Though there are now Christmas
trees everywhere in Cuba we never
thought to have our picture taken
next to one! This is as jolly as we got
for the camera:
Christmas-colored lollipops!

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Christmas Day

Joyce teaches on Revelation 19:1-10. She mentions my performance of "La Gente Que Jesús Conocia" (The People Jesus Knew). Find out more about it at www.RichDrama.com/ShortPieces. Find out more about our trip to Cuba and our upcoming report on January 5 at www.RichDrama.com/Cuba.

Pastor Jim Warren opens with a reading from Isaiah 43:10-19 and prayer. Pastor Linda Warren prays over the service.

Click the arrow below, or if it's not there 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 more about starting a relationship with Jesus Christ visit www.WestchesterChapel.org/Salvation.

Photo courtesy of NicolettiPhoto.com.

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Message in Cuba: Choose God's Plans

Rich and Joyce Swingle in
Havana, Cuba, near where she
preached this message.
Joyce teaches in Cuba on Jeremiah 29:11 and Romans 12:1-2. She speaks with translation.

Click the arrow below, or if you received this via email 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 more about starting a relationship with Jesus Christ visit www.WestchesterChapel.org/Salvation.

Friday, December 09, 2016

Teaching and Performing in Cuba

In twelve hours we'll leave for Cuba to teach, perform and encourage the people! 

I've been invited to teach three workshops at a Bible school and train young people how to do enacted prayer and how to create their own sketches through improvisation. On the last night they'll perform a brand new sketch just before I perform Views of the Manger with Spanish translation slides, which were just finished a couple of nights ago. ¡Mil gracias, ayudantes!

We've been amazed at the Lord's timing related to this trip.  In the aftermath of Fidel Castro's death, the government called for a moratorium on any special events at churches. We believe the ban has now ended, but we appreciate your prayers for a smooth journey and smooth events!

When we prayed about whether we should accept the invitation, we sensed the Lord urging us to go and encourage the people there with the Love of our Lord and the Good News that they are not forgotten but were bought with a Price. We pray we can bring the Precious Scripture to Life in their minds and hearts through the play and workshops. Pray they hear and understand All the Lord has for them, and that Joy, unspeakable Joy will be the hallmark of the trip!

Our local hosts are not able to cover our travel expenses, so if you're able to help, please do so at www.RichDrama.com/Donate

Thanks so much for your prayer and assistance!

In Christ alone,
Rich and Joyce Swingle


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Tuesday, December 06, 2016

Send a Blessing to Cuba

Joyce and I are going to go to Cuba on December 10. I'll be teaching workshops and performing Views of the Manger with Spanish subtitles. Just before that performance I'm going to show a video of greetings from people around the world. 

When we prayed about going we felt we were to tell the people: 
• To encourage them.
• Let them know the Lord regards them highly and loves them very much.
• They are not forgotten by Christians around the world.
• To water seeds the Lord has planted in their hearts.

If you can put together a short message with one or more of these thoughts I would be happy to include it in the video. Feel free to touch on more than one point. 

In the video, please mention where you live, and if you speak in a language other than English or Spanish, please include an English transcript so we can provide them with subtitles.

Please upload it to YouTube as an Unlisted video or to Vimeo with a password. You can also send it via Dropbox. Below I've pasted instructions for sending a video from your phone...

Also, please download our waiver, sign it, scan it, and return it with the link to your video via the contact form at the bottom of www.RichDrama.com/Booking.

I'll need to receive it by December 9 since internet access there is not fast enough to download videos.

Thanks for helping us bless the people of Cuba!
Here are instructions for recording from your phone:

• You may already have a YouTube app installed on your phone. If not you can download it from your App Store or (on Androids) Play Store.

• Once you open the app you'll see a video icon in the lower right corner. Click on that.

• The next screen will show videos that are already on your phone and another video icon. Click that.

• Click the icon that makes your phone film from the side of your camera so you can see what you're filming.

• Turn your phone on its side.

• Click the record button.

• Look into the camera lense and deliver your message.

• Click the stop button.

• Click OK. Don't worry if it's not perfect. I can edit it.

• In the title put your name.

• Under Privacy select Unlisted.

• Hit the arrow in the upper right.

• Once it's uploaded click on it.

• Turn it on its side and click the arrow that will appear in the upper right corner.

• Click the copy link and send it my way along with a scan of the signed release form. You'll probably need to start the email on your phone and then add the scan on your computer. Look in your drafts folder and the email you started on your phone should be there.

Your phone may be set up slightly differently from mine, but I hope that helps!


A Clear Leading tells the story of Quaker abolitionist John Woolman, who spoke against slavery a century before our Civil War.

Sunday, December 04, 2016

Jesus Is Our Peace


After the opening prayer by Rachel Taylor I spoke about the painting above and mentioned how it includes William Penn signing a peace treaty with the natives after paying them a decent price for Pennsylvania. Pastor Jim Warren preaches on Isaiah 11:1-9. He mentions the effect violence in media has on society. For more information read, "Trained to Kill."  Joyce prays and gives a pop quiz. Rachel leads communion and prays over Joyce and I before we leave for Cuba to perform Views of the Manger and teach workshops.

Click the arrow below, or if you're reading this in an emailclick 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.

Here's the video Pastor Jim mentioned of the tiger and the goat lying down together:



If you want to more about starting a relationship with Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace, visit www.WestchesterChapel.org/Salvation.


A Clear Leading tells the story of Quaker abolitionist John Woolman, who spoke against slavery a century before our Civil War.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

The Bible Project

I just stumbled upon a great series of short animated films that cover passages of Scripture and themes in Scripture. I've only seen a few, but so far it's all on target and quite fun! If you're new in your walk with the Lord or exploring what that might be like, this is a great way to get immersed.

Here's a great one on Holiness.



This one is from their Scripture series:



If you're reading this in an email click here to see the films.


A Clear Leading tells the story of Quaker abolitionist John Woolman, who spoke against slavery a century before our Civil War.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

What Does Peace Mean?

Pastor Joyce Swingle launches our newest Advent Series preaching on Isaiah 9:1-7. She mentions the Armor of God, which we've covered in the past (www.WestchesterChapel.org/Armor) and her husband Rich Swingle's sketch on Gideon (Sheepish). Pastor Jim Warren opens, and Pastor Linda Warren prays over the message.

Click the arrow below, or if it's not there 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 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 by booking Beyond the Chariots.

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Essence: Exploring the Human-Horse Relationship

We got to connect with Ivy Schexnayder and her mom, Barbara Novak Schexnayder, when they came to NYC recently to screen Ivy's short film Essence: Exploring the Horse-Human Relationship at the Equus Film Festival.
The film is narrated by Rebekah Stought, who was a student at the Rocky Mountain Christian Filmmakers Camp a couple of summers ago. She was coached for voice over by John Fornof, who directed me in The Dragon and the Raven in London for The Extraordinary Adventures of G.A. Henty. Rebekah also performs in the film, as does Sarah Olmstead of the short film One Day, in which I performed and served as acting coach.
You can watch Essence for free right now. Check it out below or here, and rejoice that it was playing at a NYC film festival: 



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

Friday, November 25, 2016

The Psalm of Joseph

This Sunday I'll be doing a dramatic reading of the story of Joseph as Eva teaches on the passages for our Leadership Bible Study at 9:30am. Shortly after Eva invited me to do that I came across Psalm 105, which includes an ode to Joseph. I planned to memorize and perform the psalm, but it quickly became clear there's too much material to cover in one study, so Eva and I agreed to leave it out. Instead I recorded it to build anticipation for Joseph's amazing story...

Click the arrow below, or if it's not there click this link, to play the service:



This reading 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 more about starting a relationship with Jesus Christ visit www.WestchesterChapel.org/Salvation.

Photo courtesy of NicolettiPhoto.com.

Scripture from the King James Version.

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Saved by Grace

If you're looking for a good film this evening we discovered a Thanksgiving-themed film on PureFlix featuring Muse Watson, who I performed with in A Christmas Snow. The Thanksgiving film is called Saved by Grace

It shows the power of a relationship with Christ to carry us through the greatest tragedies life may throw our way. The Lord certainly gives us much to be thankful for, even when the world may have thrown us grievous challenges.

Muse had addressed some of my students and mentioned that early in your career you need to be yourself, but once you're established you can branch out and do character work. In this film he plays a homeless man and brings a great character to life! I guess with 91 IMDb credits to his name he's earned the right to play other types!

Parental warning: Some intense scenes, break ins and smooching.
Here's the Dove review: Saved by Grace.

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

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Thankful for Much!

I was recently a guest writer for Miranda A. Uyeh's To Be a Person. I wrote the piece before and after my performance at a chapel for my alma mater, George Fox University. You can read the article here.

The university sent me the footage of that chapel, and what happened is the number one thing I'm grateful for this year.

Watch below, or click here.




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Sunday, November 20, 2016

Fellowship with Jesus: Transfigured

I open this morning's service at Westchester Chapel with reflections on this A.W. Tozer quote:
Has it ever occurred to you that one hundred pianos all tuned to the same fork are automatically tuned to each other? They are of one accord by being tuned, not to each other, but to another standard to which each one must individually bow. So one hundred worshipers meeting together, each one looking away to Christ, are in heart nearer to each other than they could possibly be, were they to become "unity" conscious and turn their eyes away from God to strive for closer fellowship.
Joyce prays and shares announcements.

Pastor Jim Warren preaches on Matthew 17:1-8, the Transfiguration of Jesus Christ, Moses and Elijah. His opening includes Isaiah 6:1-6Revelation 1:9-18, and Revelation 4.

Click the arrow below, or if it's not there click this link, to play the service:



Pastor Jim references the poster in the photo to the right, which illustrates Ecclesiastes 5:1-3.

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 more about starting a relationship with Jesus Christ visit www.WestchesterChapel.org/Salvation.


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

Sunday, November 06, 2016

The Son of the Living God

Joyce teaches on Matthew 16:13-20. Opening and prayer by Dr. Linda Warren. I performed the drama in the video below from my performance at Caesarea Philippi in Israel. Westchester Chapel's own Kimberly A.’s testimony in the Chris Tomlin video is at 5:10.





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 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 by booking Beyond the Chariots.

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Worship the King

I was sitting at the train station when an inebriated man stumbled toward me and threw a punch. Find out what happened below. It's at the 16-minute mark in this morning's service...

Dr. Linda Warren led us through an immersive journey into Psalm 96. Pastor Jim Warren opened the service and closed by giving gifts of some of his artwork he created to illustrate this morning's 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 more about starting a relationship with Jesus Christ visit www.WestchesterChapel.org/Salvation.

 

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