A Blessed Christmas to ALL!

I was so blessed by Dr. David Andersen's talk at the Mastermedia Christmas party this year. He started by pointing out that the phrase "getting saved" is no longer in fashion. He thinks people don't like to think of themselves as needing to be saved, but he told how he wandered past some bullies and was beaten up when he was in grade school, and how grateful he was when some men in a restaurant across the street saw it happening and rescued him. He exclaimed, "It's GREAT to be saved!"

Then he pointed out that Jesus Christ came into the world to be our Savior, and Dr. Andersen asked us what He came to save us from? Dr. Andersen pointed out that Jesus must have come to save us all from a universal condition, so He didn't come to save us from poverty, because many in the world are wealthy. He didn't come to save us from purposelessness, because many have direction in life.

Then Dr. Andersen pointed out that Romans 3:23 shows us that "all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God," and Romans 6:23 shows us the sentence: "For the wages of sin is death..." In at least ten passages of Scripture we see it's not just a one-time death, but eternal punishment.

John 3:16 says, "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life." As the angel said at his birth (Luke 2:10) that is Good News!

We've been so blessed to share this Good News through many projects in many places this year. Here are some highlights:

• On Epiphany (January 6) in NYC Rich performed Views of the Manger and we reported on our trip to Cuba.
• Rich did voices for four audio dramas: The Giant Killer, Tales of the Kingdom, Tales of the Resistance (all available now) and Escape from the Eagle's Nest (available for pre-order).
• We released one of my one-man plays online for the first time: www.RichDrama.com/BtC.
• Rich did numerous interviews about that.
• Rich performed in several films: "Living Word," The Farmer and the Belle, "All God's Children," and next week "RoboDad."
• Several films in which at least one of us performed were released: "Living Word," "A Matter of Perspective," "One Day," Courageous Love, and two episodes of The King's Messengers.
• Rich won Best Actor in a Short Film at the International Christian Film Festival for his performance in "A Matter of Perspective."
• We made our first short film: "Colonel Papa Cubano."
• Joyce made her film directorial debut ("Milk and Oranges") which Rich wrote.
• Joyce wrote a screenplay, to be announced soon!
• Joyce launched social media pages on Facebook and Instagram.

Though we taught and/or performed in 13 states and more than circled the globe (at least 28,000 miles of travel) this is the first year in our soon to be 20-year-marriage that I (Rich) haven't been able to perform or teach outside of the country. We've felt like that has been an important part of our ministry because of the Great Commission. So we decided to reach the world by giving a free screener of Beyond the Chariots to the first person of each nation -- outside of the US -- who posts the nation where they live at www.RichDrama.com/EveryNation. And... go!

Have a blessed Christmas, EVERYONE!

Here's Joyce's Christmas message from the start of Advent on December 3:

Enjoy this Christmas story from another angle, produced by Owen Hisle, who was a film student at the Rocky Mountain Christian Filmmakers Camp after he produced this. "Fulfillment" also stars Zack Lawrence, who directed me in the film In His Steps, and was a founding faculty member of the Rocky Mountain Christian Filmmakers Camp.

Click the image below, or if you received this in an email, go to www.RichDrama.com/Christmas2017.

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.

Sign up for the announcement that registration is open for the 2018 Rocky Mountain Christian Filmmakers Camp.


Rich Swingle said...

This is from a friend who hired me to perform for classes she taught in public schools over the course of two decades:

I liked the piece on being saved. I also look at it this way. If we want to go live in God's house, we need to be on excellent terms with Him. After all, if a total stranger showed up at someone's door and said, "Hi. I am moving in with you. This is my new permanent address," I think the home owner's response would be "Yeah, right. Get lost." That is in essence God's response to those who never bother to seek Him and maintain a relationship. As He puts it, "I never knew you."

At this time of year, we can rejoice at God's all out effort to let everyone get to know Him through His son. The divine becoming human - how empathetic is that? I have a sketch in my living room called "Jesus, the Carpenter." I love this picture. It reminds me that even God Almighty got out of bed to go to work in the morning. That message was very helpful when I was teaching. Sometimes everything just seemed hard. That image was there to uplift me. It also reminds me that although Jesus retired from being a carpenter, He never retired from the Father's mission.

Thanks for sharing about your performances/presentations/ talks, etc
Still Seeking Higher Ground,

Rich Swingle said...

Though no one claimed a free screener to Beyond the Chariots, here are the nations represented by people who visited our blogs and www.RichDrama.com in 2017:

Costa Rica
Czech Republic (I've performed for people who are there now)
*Hong Kong
Hungary (there were Hungarians where we taught and performed in Romania)
Kenya (I've stayed in Kenyans in London: www.RichDrama.com/Njeri)
*New Zealand
Papua New Guinea
Republic of Serbia
Slovak Republic
Slovenia (a woman from our church sends CDs of our services to family in Slovenia)
*South Korea
U.S. Virgin Islands
Ukraine (our team led two people to the Lord from the Ukraine in Sochi 2014)
United Arab Emirates
*United Kingdom

*Nations were we've performed and/or taught in the past