Posts Tagged ‘faith’

The Replacement Child by Justin Lerner

Posted by    |    October 6th, 2013 at 12:19 pm

After spending a year in a juvenile center for beating up his stepfather, Todd Turnbull returns to his backwoods hometown a repentant and deeply religious. When he finds his best friend, Michael, withering away without any medical attention due to the family’s spiritual beliefs, Todd must make a choice: let his friend die or take matters into his own hands and risk spending more time in jail.  If you were in Todd’s position, what would you do?




The Four Priorities with Dr.Tolson

Posted by    |    July 29th, 2013 at 3:44 pm

“Through a creative mix of relevant case studies and scriptural illustrations, The Four Priorities workbook presents an easy-to-understand, practical “tool kit” for balancing the four priorities of Christ, self, relationships, and the world. Confronting life’s challenges with tough grace, this biblically based study enables believers of all ages to impact others for Jesus Christ. Since the 1st edition printed in 2005, there are more than 15,000 copies in print.”-via

This video is the first in a series in which Dr. John Tolson, co-author of The Four Priorities workbook, takes you through each book  giving further explanation of its content and meaning. Here Dr.Tolson discusses the uniqueness of Jesus and how Christianity is not so much a religion as it is a relationship with Jesus.

Plugged In

Posted by    |    December 16th, 2012 at 2:53 pm


Posted by    |    December 16th, 2012 at 7:04 am

Images, thoughts, prayers and reports.

As addressed by Billy Graham.

As addressed by Charles Stanley.

A hero at Sandy Hook. More.

Spiritual warfare and school shootings.

Photo gallery.

Make it stop.






Give Thanks to John Calvin

Posted by    |    November 18th, 2012 at 10:14 am




Posted by    |    November 11th, 2012 at 11:59 am

We are huge fans of Salomon Ligthelm and Eliot Rausch, so when we view work by others who are inspired by them, we take notice and quickly post for our Dallas viewers.

“But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.” Matthew 6:3-4 (NIV)

Script by Matthew Smith
Narration by Luke Atencio

This piece was inspired in part by many of the very special creatives on Vimeo, including Salomon Ligthelm, Eliot Rausch, Jared Hogan, and Cole Webley.

Meet the Kids of Buen Samaritano, Honduras … They Are About to be Fed

Posted by    |    August 31st, 2012 at 5:40 am

Meet Alan. He’s a little boy who will BEG and FIGHT for your attention. As you can tell from the picture, we were trying to see if the camera was working … and unexpectedly it was.

This is sweet Angie, Paco & Kelin. They LOVE when you will sit down and play games with them.

She LOVES hugs

Most definitely my favorite little girl … Stephanie. Look at those dimples.

Meet Daniella and Emma … they will melt your heart.

Everyone knows that I’ve fallen head over heels in love with a little community in Honduras called Buen Samaritano. It’s one of the poorest communities you’ll find in Honduras.  It’s built on a hill right outside the dump where we work. Many of the people who live there, including the kids, have to work in the dump to try and live. The children there will just steal your heart … they have mine. Any time Marc asks, “Where do you want to work this year when you and your group are here?” I respond, “Let’s go to Buen Samaritano.” He’s always more than willing. We’ve done special one-time feedings there, built MANY houses there, done medical clinics there, but we’ve been unable to feed kids on a regular basis.

What this little community has desperately needed is a feeding center where the children can eat one meal a day … 5-6 days a week. Something they aren’t guaranteed now. That would SO bless these children who are so malnourished. When we were there this summer we visited one little home where the momma and her 2 year old baby had not eaten in 3 days because they simply didn’t have any money. It broke our hearts. This community has GOT to have a feeding center that can feed kids and also be used as a church on Sunday.

Yesterday while standing in a store, I fought back tears when Marc Tindall messaged me and said, he found a building and plot of land in Buen Samaritano, that we could have for a feeding center.  If we could come up with the money to buy it, we could be feeding children in that little community by the end of the year. More tears … and I’m not a big emotional person. This was an answered prayer.

The cost of the building and plot of land is … $6000. An amount that looks HUGE, but isn’t.  It’s really small compared to God.  Marc will be in Childress in two weeks and we plan to present him with a $6000 check to get that feeding center open. If you would like to help with the opening of this feeding center you can, but even if you can’t, it’s okay. We WILL have it open by end of the year. If you want to help, you have two options …

(Send a tax deductable check to)  Childress Church of Christ, PO BOX 239, Childress, Texas  79201 (attn Feeding Center)


You can use my Paypal that is on this page, but please understand … it’s not a tax deductible donation.

If you have questions … please feel free to email me.  Oh, and I’ll be releasing all the details on my December Honduras trip in a week. I’d love to have you join me on the trip.  One of the things I PRAY that we’ll be doing is spending a day working in a new feeding center in Beun Samaritano. :)

Children should never go hungry … EVER!



Posted by    |    June 24th, 2012 at 10:18 am

This movie trailer, directed by Adam Kring and including one of our favorites on the film team, Salomon Ligthelm (score/sound design), needs to be viewed along side a very nice explanation by Perry Noble on why he wrote the book, Unleashed!.

Some additional information can be found here.  Perry Noble runs a mega church in South Carolina.  Recently, he announced taking a two month leave.  In the article, Noble is quoted as saying, “In order for me to lead this church well for the next 20 years, there’s got to be some changes in me,” he told his congregation last weekend when he preached his final message before his break. “I noticed the closer you get to Jesus, he just peels back another layer on your life of something that you’ve got to work on.”

‘The Kidds’ by Shady Tree Films

Posted by    |    March 7th, 2012 at 7:25 pm

Brandon and Kristin Kidd met their sophomore year of high school. They had plenty of mutual friends and hung out all the time, but they didn’t start dating until five years after the fact. Kristin, remembering that Brandon was a skilled photographer, asked him to photograph her sisters wedding, and the two have been making puppy eyes at each other ever since.

In this short film, hear Brandon talk about how he proposed and how the two are excited to join together in a God-honoring marriage.

LA Dodgers Pitcher Clayton Kershaw and the Kershaw Challenge

Posted by    |    March 6th, 2012 at 10:01 am

While some parts of the country are still covered in snow, the calendar has turned over another month. For some, the transition from February to March is meaningless. But in places like Port St. Lucie, Florida or Surprise, Arizona it is the time where fans of America’s most beloved pastime gather to pay homage to their teams. Spring Training means a clean slate, and the knowledge that in baseball hope truly does spring eternal.

Kids of all ages scan the pristine playing field in search of memorable players, hoping for some sort of sports memorabilia thrown their way, or perhaps an autograph. There is no denying the energy in a place like this. One such emerging star that is sure to have caught the eye of any marginal baseball fan is one Clayton Kershaw, the 23 years old southpaw flamethrower from Dallas who emerged as the best of the National League. He took home top honors as Cy Young winner while completing the Triple Crown of pitching. First in wins, strikeouts and ERA; a feat generally reserved for Cooperstown legends like Sandy Koufax, to which Kershaw will always be compared.  He has escalated his game in such a short period of time, like few others in baseball history. (more…)