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participating in a miracle.

Carol directed the singing.I wrote and directed the show. Emmy kept it all together. Boom!

Carol directed the singing.
I wrote and directed the show. Emmy kept it all together. Boom!

Oh what a night.

We finally had our lhkidz choir christmas musical, Walk of Love.

With songs from the Christmas Shoe Tree Musical by Jeff Slaughter (Can’t Stop the Shoes, Christmas Wrappin’, Heaven and Nature Medley and Walk of Love) , and a song by Randall Goodgame (The Camel Song), a song from childhood (I Just Wanna Be a Sheep) and a song I wrote with Ben and Cara (Born to Set Me Free)

and a story about a group of kids that are tired of hearing the “lesson” in everything only to discover that one of their friends has never taken a walk of love to Jesus…

the lhkidz choir was on an evangelistic mission. we were fully aware of the warfare that was going to challenge us. we were prayerful every practice and in our performance that we would point people to the truth about Jesus. we were intentional about singing our testimony and evangelism… before the performance tonite i told them “this is it guys, we’re going to battle. you are going to sing your testimony and ask people to follow Jesus in their own walk of love. we are going to witness, give our testimony by the words we sing. Jason Underhill wrapped the show by asking if anyone in the audience wanted to take their own  Walk of Love to Jesus.

The kids were amazing… and the women leading them, well, i just couldn’t be more grateful. (carol goad was our fearless choir director and dianne schneider taught and directed our choreography)

the cold cut homies made a special appearance in our videos and in our live show! swag!

as for MEDIA: …. Greg Saffles delighted us with some rockin’ black light action, as well as other loveliness. Tyler Hirth and Emmy Hendrick made sure the videos and lyrics rolled when they were supposed to roll, and the cameras were zooming in on the beloved faces of our choir members. Jeremy Brown managed all of our audio needs with his expert-ness (i’m sure that’s a word). Beau Hoffman served as our adult actor in the filmed portions, as well as providing accompaniment for the sheep song… Tyler Scott, Brian Zimmerman and Chris Long shot the videos for our drama element and Dakota Diel edited the pieces together. Not to mention the organization on the front end, and along the way, by Jason Dyba. Talk about your team effort!

for the performance, parents and families … friends and supporters filled the room with excitement and participation. Many of our treehouse hosts were there, rooting on the kids that come to their treehouses.

it was a spectacular evening. Our next generation minister, Jeff Lovingood, was cheering us on… as well as David landrith, Lance Taylor, Derek Hazelet and Jordan Easley. Our women’s minister, Julie Woodruff was there… it was such a blessing to share this experience with so many people in our church.

i can’t believe i get to do this for my job. find as many ways as i possibly can to tell the eternal story of christ… i have been amazed lately, by God’s kindness to allow me to participate in some of His miracles. I love my job. So much.

Can’t wait to start working on the next one! After I get everything ready for Sunday… and then wednesday… and… well- you get the drift.

What miracles are you participating in right now?

 

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i went to war

with some lhkidz tonite.

we were recording the video elements for our upcoming musical…

before it started, i talked with the 26 kids that were about to perform.

you see, we were about to tell a story that would point everyone who hears it straight to Jesus.

So, i warned them. I warned them that this would not be fun, we were going to go to work. We were about to spend several hours together, tedious hours.

Filming is hard work. I shared with them that what we were doing was going to point people to Jesus. We were going to ask people to take a WALK OF LOVE. this is the title of one of the songs in the musical, written by my friend Jeff Slaughter.

It is an amazing song, and drives home every point we wanted to make. We want people to see what Jesus did when He walked up calvary’s hill with a cross on His back that would be used to kill him… he did it for them, for us… and we are going to give people a chance to walk to Him. This was going to be a battle of epic spiritual proportions.

I told them this… “We are going to battle. And the enemy is not going to like it. Be prepared ahead of time to choose to honor God. When you are quiet when you supposed to be… this is an act of obedience. When you say the words you are supposed to say… this is an act of worship. Are you guys ready to go to battle with me?”

They said yes. Then we prayed.

We asked God to be with us as we went to battle. We asked Him to give us a supernatural ability to be what he wanted us to be. 

As we started filming, I was astounded. God gave us a yes to our prayer. The kids… all 26 of them (what?!)… listened and performed. Those with lines were amazing. They knew their lines. They delivered.

Those that didn’t have lines had an even harder job, to stay engaged the whole time. And they did it.

There were a couple of times where we paused and I reminded them we were in a battle… we even stopped and prayed once (maybe twice). We had gotten to the point of the story where we were going to be bringing home the truth… and it was getting tough. I reminded them that we were expecting this and asked them why they thought it was happening… they knew the answer… it was the enemy. 

When I tell you that we had victory in Jesus, I am not exaggerating. Through all four hours of our shoot (yes, it ran over an hour… it always does, remember how i said filming was hard work? These kids were ready for it. They were respectful, honoring and I couldn’t have been more grateful to God in His kindness towards us. 

The film crew… wow. We had done the planning and prep ahead of time, but it is still hard. Tyler Scott, Brian Zimmerman and Chris Long were patient, diligent, and wonderful. I know that they were pulling for us, and gave us their very best, to the very end. They came early in the morning to set everything up, then stayed to break it all down. I pray that the hours they invested in our project are returned to them in multiplication (only God can do that) S/O to Sam Cowden for his audio assistance, too… even though I called him Zac.

Our long hollow creative director, Jason Dyba, made it happen for us, and held multiple meetings with us to ensure we would have what we needed. Even stopped by a couple of times, to the delight of my cast… who greeted him with “IT’S PETER PARKER!”

It’s in Dakota Diel‘s hands now. He will be editing the footage and audio… so please pray for Him. There are a lot of bits and pieces to weave together. 

Long Hollow loves kids. In case you missed what just happened in the last three paragraphs, please allow me to break it down. the long hollow creative team gave us the best of the best and will make our project fly.

Something else really special happened … local rap group and long hollow students, the COLD CUT HOMIES (Quint Collins, Noah Hamilton, Josh Landrith and Sam Lindsey) joined us for our project. They came to our last choir rehearsal. They came tonite to play their part in the video portion. And they will join us for the live performance on Dec. 2. The kids were and are so stoked. 

This was not easy. This was a different kind of fun. It was hard work. It was a spiritual victory.

We went to battle… and God gave us victory in our process.

All of these pieces and people were giving offerings of worship.

The video shoot was our act of worship today.

What is going to be your act of worship today?

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tyler scott multi-tasking like a boss! 

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i’m drinking from the saucer

when my friend ashley had her third child, i asked “how ya doing?”

her reply “i’m drinking from the saucer.”

huh?

she said her cup was so overflowing that she was drinking from the saucer.

awesome.

that’s how i felt last night after our UP IN MY TREEHOUSE musical.

i was drinking from the saucer.

after months of practice and preparation, of songs and motions the choir delivered. the kids were so good.

after months and months of practice, filming, editing, the actors delivered. the narrative part of the show was touching and poignant, and such a blessing.

as part of our program, we had mustache-on-a-sticks and kazoos.

i made a deal with the choir on the front end that if they didn’t misuse their prop, or use it at the wrong time… they could keep it when we were done. everyone got to keep their props.

the songs were great.

one of the songs, i got to co-write with curt campbell. jeremy brown produced the song. alex shot a music video for us. the whole thing was a blast from beginning to end. you can get a free download of our song here: http://www.longhollow.com/articles/read/800

the other songs are a group of brilliantly written songs from the SLUGS & BUGS UNDER WHERE? album. songs like Mexican Rhapsody and Ninja got a strong response.

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