Vision Forum had allowed me to give away one of their new CD albums awhile back. They also sent me one to listen to and write a review on. I chose the one you see to the left. I was not sure what to expect, but would really love to attend the festival some time, so I thought I would go at least in part by hearing what went on. It was really eye opening. I knew they would not play the films on these CD's, but I was not sure what all I would hear.
I knew I would hear some good singing and I was not disappointed. They had Charlie Zahm singing hymns, ballads and songs that brought our rich history into light. The Von Trapp Children sang as well. What a treat to hear them.
Then George Sarris recited the story of the battle of Jericho. I will say, you had to keep the remote with the sound control in your hand. One minute the dogs had their heads cocked because he was hollering out the trumpet blare and the next, I could hardly hear him as he continued the suspenseful story telling. I believe from what Doug Phillips said to introduce him that he had memorized that entire portion of scripture and was reciting it by memory and using voices for the different people. I would love to hear more of him. He also spoke on one of the CD's about how we can impact our world. He had some very valid points that I really appreciated. He said there were 3 kinds of Christians. Some were of the world and in the world. Some were not of the world and not in the world. and some were in the world but not of the world. He told how the ones that were neither in the world, nor of the world, were not seen. They did not have a great impact. They stuck with their own kind and were so heavenly minded, that they were no earthly good. They deal with non-Christians wrongly, by expecting them to act like Christians. They don't take the time to get to know them because they do sinful things. He chose to take a job in the field God led him to, but one that was in the world. He wanted to be different. He met with people and built a relationship with them. I appreciate that outlook. There is too much holding our skirts up in disdain to tiptoe in and through the sin of the unsaved. We need to meet with them and love them. I think this is one of the messages that I most appreciated.
Voddie Bacham gave a message on what we should and should not learn from Hollywood about True manhood. It showed how deception can be intricately woven in to what we watch. Some of it is pretty clear. I think of the Bill Cosby show. He was sort of a buffoon, while his wife was the smart one that kept them all together. That just smacks of feminism. However, sometimes it is woven in, in such a way that we don't realize it. He explained how important it was to keep a biblical world view while watching film. The keys for the men were how it pertained to their relationship to God, to their families and to their work. We really appreciate Voddie. You can tell when he speaks that he is a very educated man. However, he is very down to earth and real and does not use all sorts of big flowery words. He does throw in a big one every now and then, but you can grasp what he is saying.
They had a panel discussion about Fireproof and its impact on the film industry and also on marriages around the world. It is amazing how God has taken this film and reached so many people in so many different ways. They truly gave God the glory for it.
There was a lot of different things on these CD's and I can't even remember them all. However, it was really good to see how this industry (the film and entertainment industry) is being used for God's glory. It showed all the different aspects of the industry and how it effects people. This is well worth listening to.
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