Here's a bit of bad news: I will not be releasing any new Easter mini-movies this year. But the reason is not a scandalous one and I hope that you’ll understand this decision of mine. Allow me to explain.
The church media cycle is a very predictable one: traffic and sales spike at Christmas and Easter every year like clockwork as churches up their production values knowing that lots of guests and first timers will be pouring through their doors. As such, those who produce media for churches make a considerable effort to produce new content to meet the demand.
For nine years I’ve consistently put out new Christmas and Easter content, sometimes at the expense of my health (I have chronic pain issues that I’ve dealt with my whole...
Cain and Abel both brought offerings to the Lord but only Abel’s was accepted. Why did God reject Cain’s offering? This mini-movie looks at the principal of the firstfruit and why it is so crucial in how we approach giving. This video could be used in conjunction with a tithing message (ie - Putting God first in your finances) but the concept of giving God the first and the best extends to every aspect of our lives. God doesn’t accept leftovers; God must be first.
This mini-movie was inspired by the book "The Blessed Life" by Robert Morris. It has forever changed how I approach giving and I highly recommend it if you want to dive deeper into the topic of the firstfruits, giving, or stewardship.
I began the journey on "YHWH" six months ago when I came across a YouTube video of a poet from the UK named Sh'maya performing a piece of spoken word. There was something about the poem that grabbed me, it was majestic yet authentic and raw, and I felt God leading me to pursue this poem as my next project. I contacted the poet, Sh'maya, and told him I'd love to turn his poem into an animated short film. After alleviating some of the natural concerns an artist has when handing their creation over to another artist, he was in. I was excited. He was excited. And then everything proceeded to fall apart.
Every animator I offered the project to said that they absolutely loved the poem but couldn't take on such a huge project....