There are many Scriptures from the Old Testament that anticipate the Lord stepping down to earth to be born in a manger. "The Covenant Keeper" dramatizes one of the lesser known passages, Genesis 15, when Abram (before God renamed him Abraham) cut a covenant with the Creator of All Things. When I understood its meaning during seminary, the profound foreshadowing took my breath away!
It's one of the pieces that's a part of my one-man play Views of the Manger, and I'll be performing "The Covenant Keeper" at 10 a.m. Pacific Time on December 26 at the church I grew up in, Medford Friends. You can attend the service if you're in the area, or watch the live stream from www.MedfordFriendsChurch.org.
Joyce teaches Part I of Christmas's True Meaning -- to seek and save the lost -- in a message from John 10: 1-18 at Wednesday evening's "Praise, Prayer and Proclamation of the Word." She will share Part II of Christmas's True Meaning on Sunday, Dec. 19, 2021, and we'll share two stories from my one-man play Views of the Manger.
Join us for Part II of Joyce's teaching, which will include two elements of Rich's one-man play Views of the Manger. It will be over Zoom only on Sunday, December 19, 11:00 a.m. Eastern. Contact us via the form at the very bottom of the page to get the login info.
Here's an interview I did with Hannah Ratnam, the screenwriter for the upcoming film Hannah's Dream, which will bring attention to the persecution of Christians and spiritual gifts that are operating today, especially as we move into the greatest revival and awakening in world history. The script has won 22 awards.
Here are links to things I mentioned in the interview:
I didn't have time to talk about them, but my friends Lori and Wadud had to flee their town because Muslims were stirred up by the "success" of the Taliban takeover in Afghanistan: www.RichDrama.com/WadudAndLori
One of the scenes we filmed this year in the sitcom What's a Girl to Do is my new favorite scene. I can't tell you much about it until after that episode is released, but it makes it clear that Christmas is not a generic holiday about giving gifts, putting trees in our living rooms and wearing red and green. It's a celebration of the moment God sent his only begotten Son to earth. One of the gifts the wise men brought was myrrh, an embalming spice. Right from the start of time it was clear that Jesus would come to die, that we might live forever.
Click here for Joyce's two Christmas messages and my two excerpts from my one-man play Views of the Manger. My performances will be available through Christmas.
I'm so grateful for all of your prayers that have gone up for us throughout 2021! This year I performed and/or taught in nine states, and Joyce and I both have become contributing writers for Intercessors for America's www.HeadlinePrayer.org.
August: Rich performed in Prison Letters. Rich performed in a teaser for the upcoming animated sitcom A Few Good Miles. 2nd Chances, in which Rich plays the mentor of the lead character, was released. Rich performed in a trailer for the upcoming cartoon A Few Good Miles.
December: Joyce attended events hosted by Intercessors for America as the Supreme Court was considering the case that could overturn Roe v. Wade. Rich, who was on the set of What's a Girl to Do in Florida, prayed that Joyce would run into Dutch Sheets, a prayer you can see was answered in the photo to the right. Dutch and Greg Hood were on the steps of the Supreme Court when Joyce connected with them.
Have a very blessed Christmas and a wonderful New Year!
Joyce on the steps of the Supreme Court with Greg Hood and Dutch Sheets. This connection with Dutch was a specific answer to prayer.
Joyce and I typically are on Pray with Others Live on the second and fifth Tuesdays of the month, but last week, Joyce was traveling to Washington DC to be an onsite intercessor during the Supreme Court hearings on Dobbs vs. Jackson Women's Health, which could overturn Roe v. Wade, and I was working on the sitcom by Janet Porter, architect of the Heartbeat Bill (www.RichDrama.com/WhatsAGirlToDo).
You can watch the program by clicking the image below:
Here's the interview I did with Tracy Robinson:
Joyce also wrote an article based on interviews she did with the two men who drafted the amicus brief filed with the Dobbs vs. Jackson Women's Health. It's on the second page of the December issue of The Connector.
While in DC, Joyce attended an event where intercessors prayerfully listened to the opening oral arguments in the Supreme Court. If you haven't heard them yet, you can listen here. The arguments begin at 32m 13s.
We love that they show how clearly the Pilgrims 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).
Here's his 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
In Part 1 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 I play Samoset and an unnamed Native American.
In Mayflower II we play a couple in the not-so-distant future who host an illegal Bible study that uses Scripture that's been deleted from the government-approved version. Rich's character is an engineer working on the Mayflower II, a spacecraft built to take believers to Mars, the only place left for religious freedom... or is it?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
I recently got to work with this remarkable team to create a short film written and directed by my former student, Rebecca Peterson. I was so proud of the work she did and the whole crew that she pulled together!
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?
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!