Earlier this week list member Diane S. sent me an e-mail about working at the Indie Spirit Film Festival which her son and two of his friends founded. She particularly enjoyed a film about "The Nature of Existence" and at their website you can see many short films about that topic.
The one that grabbed me was a short about Larry Van Pelt, who was just a regular guy until one night he had a dream in which he saw Jesus with everyday folks as they went about their business (I put the 3-minute video below). He didn't know anything about drawing, but he was inspired to learn.
What he has created can now be found here.
YOUR DOCTOR VS. YOUR PASTOR
Your doctor says, "Please disrobe" and you do so without complaint.
Your pastor urges you to dress modestly and you think he's getting too personal.
Your doctor charges enormous fees but you keep going back to him.
Your pastor preaches that you should pay your tithes and you leave the church.
Your doctor inquires about your weight and you discuss the issue.
Your pastor asks how much you pray and you tell him it's none of his business.
Your doctor prescribes a nasty-tasting pill and you take it.
Your pastor feeds you the Word and you refuse to hear it.
Your doctor advises you to change your lifestyle in order to lower your blood pressure.
Your pastor urges you to change your lifestyle and it raises your blood pressure.
Your doctor says you need more tests and you schedule them.
Your pastor says we need more prayer meetings and Bible studies but you're too busy.
Your doctor says there's no help for you but you search high and low for another answer.
Your pastor says "God can help you" and you give up, saying "there's no hope for me."
To your doctor, you're just another customer.
To your pastor, you're a friend and part of the family.
[with thanks to Dave Aufrance and his Monday Fodder]
WISDOM for YOUR WEEK: "Pray continually." (1 Thessalonians 5:17)
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Three minutes with Larry Van Pelt: