“The Cross” film on man’s 40-year quest carrying cross opens nationwide

Gener8Xion Entertainment’s Latest Movie The Cross Opens Nationwide
March 27th

Feature documentary relates one man’s 40-year quest carrying

a 12-foot cross around the world

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LOS ANGLELES, CA, March 2009–Gener8Xion Entertainment’s feature documentary “The Cross – The Arthur Blessitt Story” opens nationwide March 27, 2009. “The Cross” is the story of one of the most unique individuals to walk the face of the earth. For the past forty years Arthur Blessitt has done something no one else has ever done, carried a twelve foot wooden cross through 315 nations, territories and island groups – or in other words every inhabited place in the world.

“I wanted to explore exactly what it is that drives a man like this,” says director Matthew Crouch, who also produces the film along with Richard J. Cook and Stephan Blinn. “The guy’s in the Guinness Book of World Records! Is he just a nut? A crazed fanatic? Or something else? Maybe some Old Testament prophet come back to walk the Earth!”

The Cross Film Trailer

“Some people laugh when they see me carrying the cross down the street,” reminisces Arthur in the opening of the film. “They yell out, ‘Hey, you’re a nut!’” To which he jovially responds, “At least I’m screwed on the right bolt!”

“The Cross” is being both produced and distributed by Gener8Xion Entertainment. Over the years, the company has won the acclaim of critics and audiences alike with their grassroots marketed, box office hits, which range from 1999’s #1 independent release, “The Omega Code,” to their most recent “One Night With The King,” a lavish epic which included performances by screen legends Peter O’Toole and Omar Sharif.

Arthur has carried the cross through 52 war zones, met with Presidents and peasants, been greeted by hundreds of thousands in jammed packed squares and spent countless months walking alone down deserted highways – all the while never wavering in his self professed mission of sharing the love of Jesus with everyone he meets.

“All to often religion has caused the cross to become a symbol of conflict around the world,” says Arthur, “but it’s part of my life’s mission and hopefully the mission of this film to reinterpret the meaning of the cross for people so they can see that the cross is not something that’s against them, it’s the ultimate symbol that says God loves you no matter what.”

Arthur points to the fact that he’s still alive today, having survived wars, firing squads, beatings, deadly jungles, as well as the fact that he and his cross’s ability to gain access to most unreachable of places as proof that the world is open to his message. In 1982 Arthur even marched alone through five fighting armies into West Beirut to pray for Yassir Arafat. All of it was captured live by CNN’s Peter Arnet.

Now 68, Arthur first came to some notoriety back in the sixties when he was known as “The Minister of Sunset Strip,” feeding and witnessing to hippies, Hell’s Angels and Black Panthers during some of Hollywood’s most radical days. In December of 1969, felt God calling him to take the giant cross down from the wall of his “Jesus” coffee house, a hippies hang out called “His Place” and to carry it on foot across the county. Not even a brain aneurism two weeks before he was to begin his journey could hold him back.

Producer Stephan Blinn notes, “even if you’re someone who couldn’t care less about church, religion, Christianity, whatever, here’s a guy who’s just full-on gone for it! He’s been through some of the most mind blowing stuff and no matter who you are, you’re just sitting there in awe going, no freakin’ way he just said that!”

“I always find myself inspired by people driven to lead extreme lives,” says Crouch. “Whether they’re climbing
Everest, investing all they have into the world’s next great company, or giving it all away to care for destitute orphans in India. Arthur is just such a person. Besides, who wouldn’t want to make a film that can be summed up as ‘Survivor Man’ meets ‘Blue Planet!’

In addition to the March 27th release of “The Cross,” Arthur’s book of the same name is currently available, published through Authentic.

Gener8Xion Entertainment, Inc. is a film and television production and distribution studio engaged in various projects focused on life-affirming, family entertainment.

BibleLessonConnection.com:Inspiring Bible Characters – Phillip

By BibleLessonConnection.com

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Philip was one of seven men chosen by the (Jewish People) to handle certain leadership duties while the twelve disciples focused on spreading the Gospel (Acts 6: 3-4). Philip and his counterparts were full of the Spirit and had great wisdom (Acts 6: 5).
In this lesson of inspiring bible characters, we will see how one man can have a great impact on the lives of others. Hopefully, through Philip, we will see how we, too, can do something powerful in the name of God.

Philip spreads the Gospel
•Acts 8: 4-8
–The Bible says that Philip proclaimed Christ. Philip’s dedication to Christ and His Word is an example for us to follow. Do you proclaim Christ to others? What are some ways that you can personally spread the news of Jesus Christ to those you come in contact with?
–Philip ministered to the needs of the people and they were healed. We all know people who are hurting and in need. We have frequent opportunities to assist those who need our help. You can be a listening ear to someone who is dealing with a life crisis, give Godly advice to a loved one, or pray for someone in need. There are a number of ways that you can help another person, relieve their pain and help them find joy once again.

Philip and the Eunuch Cross Paths…
•Acts 8: 26-29
–From scripture, it appears that the angel of the Lord arranged this meeting between Philip and the Ethiopian eunuch.
–Question for Thought: Who has the Lord “arranged” for you to cross paths with? What is the Spirit of God telling you to do about them?
•Acts 8: 30-35
–The Ethiopian eunuch is seeking knowledge about the Lord. He’s been to worship, he’s reading God’s Word, but he needs help to understand it.
–Philip is obedient to the Spirit of God and shares with the eunuch the good news about Jesus.
Philip baptizes the Eunuch

Steps Leading to Baptism


•Hear the Word
–Romans 10: 14


•Believe that Christ is the Son of God
-Hebrews 11: 6


•Repent of Your Sins
–Acts 3: 19


•Confess before men that you believe
–Matthew 10: 32


•Be Baptized for the forgiveness of your sins
–Acts 2: 38

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Dallas South’s “Get Into the City” a huge success

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Despite the bad weather, we had an outstanding turnout at Dallas South’s initial Get Into The City. Thanks to Ms. Jan Gore who provided an excellent atmosphere at Texas Caribbean Foods, as well as The Beat Condos and Southside on Lamar who were sponsors of the event. And thanks to John Spriggins who’s art was on display for the evening.

Those who joined us asked when we’re going to have our next GITC. We’re scheduled to hold an official Get Into the City in June, though we may have a warmup prior to that. Stay tuned to Dallas South for updates.

In the meantime, check the photo gallery below and see all of the fun that you missed.


ALERT: “This Broken Vessel Restored” Virtual Blog Tour

Hat Tip to Judith Howard Ellis of Final Days Forum for alerting me to a virtual blog tour for author Paulette Harper.  Ms. Harper is discussing her new book, That Was Then, This is Now: This Broken Vessel restored on blogs, radio, and postcasts around the net.  Here’s  how Final Days  spoke  about  That Was Then:

Bad news has become a constant. If you are still watching TV news, you can feel the stress of the nation. Jobless rates are soaring.  Prayer requests are piling up at church altars and online through e-mail and Twitter. The questions are real. Where is the relief when your marriage fails? What is the balm to ease worries about paying the bills? What direction do you take when your child goes “left”? How do you start over when you get laid off and you are only a few years from retirement?

Thatwasthen-thisisnow In That was Then, This Is Now, This Broken Vessel Restored, author Paulette Harper offers insight about overcoming hard  times after surviving a broken marriage as a pastor’s wife. She will be featured on Final Days Forum on Sunday, March 15, 2009 as part of “This Broken Vessel Restored Blog Tour.”

Click here to read Final Days Forum’s entire post regarding the “This Broken Vessel Restored Blog Tour.”

Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson and Freedom Baptist Church present: Dallas Job Fair and Training

Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson and Freedom Baptist Church will host a job fair and traning session in Dallas on Thursday. The event will be held at Freedom Baptist Church from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m.

Dallas Job Fair and Training

HOSTED BY:

Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson

&

Freedom Baptist Church

Date: March 12, 2009

Location: Freedom Baptist Church

3715 South Westmoreland Dallas, TX 75233

Tel. 214-339-2259

Time: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

President Obama outlines education plans to U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

President Barack Obama chose to detail his plans for education today at the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. President Obama proposed four pillars of education reform:

1) “Investing in early childhood initiatives” like Head Start;
2) “Encouraging better standards and assessments” by focusing on testing itineraries that better fit our kids and the world they live in;
3) “Recruiting, preparing, and rewarding outstanding teachers” by giving incentives for a new generation of teachers and for new levels of excellence from all of our teachers.
4) “Promoting innovation and excellence in America’s schools” by supporting charter schools, reforming the school calendar and the structure of the school day.


The President also had a word for students. “Of course, no matter how innovative our schools or how effective our teachers, America cannot succeed unless our students take responsibility for their own education,” Obama said. “That means showing up for school on time, paying attention in class, seeking out extra tutoring if it’s needed, and staying out of trouble,” he went on to say.
Obama highlighted the to raise expectations in education because “”By 2016, four out of every ten new jobs will require at least some advanced education or training.”
The President also framed his words in the context of the economy and other bold initiatives his administration has taken on:
I know there are some who believe we can only handle one challenge at a time. They forget that Lincoln helped lay down the transcontinental railroad, passed the Homestead Act, and created the National Academy of Sciences in the midst of Civil War. Likewise, President Roosevelt didn’t have the luxury of choosing between ending a depression and fighting a war.
In his remarks, Obama condemned both Democrats and Republicans for their resistance to innovation in education. “The time for finger-pointing is over,” said the President.
Read the President’s remarks in their entirety here at CBS.com
Photos by Charles Dharapak (AP)


Theater Review: “If By Chance” playing at the Bishop Arts Theater Center March 6th-March 15th

Review by Kristin of Because I Said So

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If By Chance

Playwright Donnie Wilson has been “directly inspired by our society’s preoccupation with Barack Obama’s ethnicity”. If By Chance is his outstanding play which depicts many undercurrents of racial inadequacy punctuated with bursts of humor. Mr. Wilson was able to balance his play with levity while administering the heavy and precarious topic of racial identification in our society.


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The play tackled numerous facets of race in America, and chronicled the psychological journey of biracial man in his search for his identity. Chance (portrayed by lead actor Cameron Law) is a tormented individual overwhelmed with his biracial ambiguity.


Mr. Wilson in his first social lesson illustrates how influential and at times detrimental parents can be in shaping the lives of their children. Chance’s mother (Lisa B. Whitefield) lived a tortured childhood in which her Blackness was always pitted against a dominating White America. She passes her racial inadequacy onto her son who struggles to accept his Black heritage while openly embracing his White heritage.


Truth (lead actress Perri Camper) gave a phenomenal performance of a young bombastic, arrogant and confident college student. Truth plays a vocal character outspoken for civil injustices raised in a healthy household, yet still unaware of how to communicate her frustration in a manner that is constructive.

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Wilson’s play pokes holes and exposes a range of flawed thinking regarding race held in America and particularly the black community. I found bits of my personality in the characters of Chance and Truth and nothing is as sobering or informative as seeing parts of yourself portrayed in the words and actions of others. I encourage the Dallas South Family to plan a “Play Night” then comeback to Dallas South and share your own review of “If By Chance”.

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The play tackled numerous facets of race in America, and chronicled the psychological journey of biracial man in his search for his identity. Chance (portrayed by lead actor Cameron Law) is a tormented individual overwhelmed with his biracial ambiguity.


“If By Chance” is playing at the Bishop Arts Theater Center showing March 6th through March 15th Thursdays at 7:30pm, Saturday & Sunday matinees at 3pm, Friday & Saturday performances at 8 PM.


The entire cast and crew deserve recognition for an excellent production.


Cast

Cameron Law (Chance)

Perri Camper (Truth)

Lisa B. Whitefield (Stella: Chance’s Mother)

Kelley Settles (Waitress/Doctor)

Monique Vasquez (Celeste)

Malcolm Underwood (young Chancellor)

Janis Roscoe (Psychiatrist)

Thomas Mosely (The Poet) performance dominated whenever he took to the stage

Arnulfo Diaz, Jr. provided comedic relief with a well timed delivery and execution.

Bobby Anderson (The Poet- understudy)

Crew

Donnie F. Wilson (Playwright/Executive Producer)

Bill Fountain (Director)

Stephanie Jackson (Stage Manger)

Lisa Long (Assistant Director)

Ellen Mizener (Scenic Design)

Sam Nance (Lighting Design)

Bible Lesson Connection: Solomon

BY BIBLELESSONCONNECTION.COM

As we continue our study of inspiring bible characters, we meet King Solomon. Solomon, the son of King David, is known throughout the Word of God for his wisdom. In fact, the Lord asked him what he wanted most and Solomon requested that he be given a discerning heart to govern and distinguish between right and wrong (I Kings 3: 9).

Solomon, in effect, was asking God for wisdom.

To read this entire lesson, click here.

The Bible tells us that Solomon is the author of the Book of Proverbs. Because the Book of Ecclesiastes follows a theme of wisdom and insight, King Solomon is widely believed to be the author of this Book of the Bible as well. Let us be inspired by the words of Solomon.

A Time for Everything

Ecclesiastes 3: 1-8


–  Solomon acknowledges that life goes through various phases. There will be a time in our life for everything. He seems to be saying that we should not be surprised when we encounter different “times” in our lives. It is to be expected that our lives will have different “seasons”.
–What season is it in your life? You can be sure that whatever the season is, good or bad, that another season is coming.
–Sometimes we get consumed with emotion when going through difficulty, we should take comfort in knowing that change is constant in our lives and that things won’t stay difficult forever.

Enjoy Life


Ecclesiastes 9: 7, 9-10, 12


–Solomon is telling us to enjoy life. We should realize that though the things of this life are meaningless, that the best that we can do while we are here is to enjoy the life we have.

– Many of us spend too much time worrying. Life is temporary. Why worry about something that isn’t going to last? Many of us will look back and regret that we spent so much of our time in despair instead of enjoying what we can of our experience on Earth.

Bible Lesson Connection: God is Willing to Give You Another Chance

FROM BIBLELESSONCONNECTION.COM

Scripture reminds us that, “we all like sheep have gone astray.” The story of Jonah reveals one man’s experience of rebellion, punishment, repentance and obedience.
Most of us can relate to a time in our lives when we disobeyed God and there were consequences for our actions. Follow Jonah’s inspiring story as he endures punishment, but gets a second opportunity to do the will of God. Jonah’s experience shows us that our God is stern, yet merciful, patient and willing to give us another chance.

Jonah flees from the Lord…
•  Jonah 1: 1-3
–  The Lord gives Jonah an important assignment. He was to go to Nineveh, a city that was engaged in plotting evil against the Lord, cruelty and theft in war, prostitution, witchcraft and other sins. The Lord wanted him to rebuke and correct the Ninevites, but Jonah disobeys God and instead goes his own way.
–  Jonah is headed to a place he has no business going. The Lord told him to go to Nineveh, but instead he goes to Tarshish.
–  Question for Thought: Where are you going in your life that is against the will of God? Are you headed in the direction that he wants you to go, or are you headed your own way?

Jonah is punished by the Lord…
•  Jonah 1: 4-7, 11-15, 17
–The Lord sends a storm to punish Jonah.
–  The men who are on the boat with Jonah are also reaping the consequences of his actions. They throw Jonah overboard to save themselves.
–  Life Lesson: Sometimes, when we rebel and are headed in the wrong direction, the Lord sends a storm our way. Our storm may not literally be wind and rain, rather we might experience personal difficulty meant to help us “wake-up” and change our course.
–  Life Lesson: There are times when we might reap the punishment that was intended for others who are close to us. Depending upon who that person is, you might have to distance yourself from them to save yourself.

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