Friday, August 31, 2007

The Sovereign Source of Joy

One of my common tendencies is to believe that I will be happy only if my circumstances change. During my (pitifully short) devotion yesterday morning, I was reminded of God’s sufficiency in meeting all my needs and satisfying all my desires. The Lord graciously brought two verses to my attention, calling me to recognize that circumstances are not the source of my joy. Instead, God is the only sure foundation of the happiness of my soul.

The first verse was Psalm 106:15: “And He gave them their request, but sent leanness into their soul.” The Israelites received the monetary blessing they had asked for (or “lusted exceedingly” after, as verse 14 says), but God kept them from enjoying it.

The second verse was Psalm 4:7: “You have put gladness in my heart, more than in the season that their grain and wine increased”(Psalm 4:7). Here, the Psalmist’s heart rejoices—but not because of circumstances. On the contrary, he is not experiencing the increase that others have experienced. And yet the gladness of his heart exceeds the gladness of those who experience material blessings.

These two verses reminded me that it is God’s good and sovereign pleasure to satisfy the longing of one heart and deny the fulfillment of another. His power is so great as to transcend all circumstances, so that the glutted soul feels destitute and the hungry soul feels glad, should the Lord so choose. What I need is nothing less than God Himself.

Thursday, August 23, 2007

From College Classroom to…Cable?

Who would have known that a measly school project would get so much attention? No one is more surprised than my co-producer and I that God has shown us so much favor. In the last couple years, our documentary has garnered the attention of the Knoxville News Sentinel (including a favorable article by Betsy Pickle!), Carmike Wynnsong 16, Avid Technology Inc., and now cable television.

A few months ago, the 700 Club gave me a call from out of the blue and requested permission to use some footage from our film in an upcoming feature on the Moeller Family. After navigating through the legalities, we were able to work out an agreement.

The segment, “Little Miracle Morgan,” aired on CBN yesterday. Both the transcript and the video are now available online. The producers of the show ended up using a lot of our B-roll footage and Brendan Anderson’s original score. Personally, I like our film better—but what would you expect? Any parent thinks his child is the cutest thing in the world, even if it’s dirt ugly.

So what will happen next? Maybe we’ll get a movie deal with Steven Spielberg. Or...maybe not.

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Deadline the Movie?

From the blog of author Randy Alcorn:

Part of [my] time away...will be spent going over the screenplay for my novel Deadline, which, if all goes as planned, will be made into a movie.

I’ve not yet had a book made into a movie, though I’ve had many years of discussing various projects with interested parties. I’ve learned this about moviemaking: everything takes longer than expected and there are countless obstacles along the way. That’s okay, because I could die content without any of my books being made into movies. But my biggest concern has always been that if a movie is made it will glorify God, and not in any way displease Him. The people I’m working with on Deadline love Jesus and have integrity (two commodities less common than you’d hope), but prayers for all of us would be much appreciated.

Deadline is one of the best fiction stories I’ve ever read. My copy of the novel has been borrowed more times than any other book in my collection. That’s how good it is. One thing I’m concerned about, though, is the translation of the material into screenplay form. Much of the book’s dialogue involves characters engaged in Christian apologetics—which, while convincing and entertaining in the book, would come across as blatant proselytizing on the big screen. Let’s hope the screenwriters focus more on the plot.


UPDATE: This post gives even more information.