Our Above All Practice Updates come to a close with this update. We've had multiple runs through the whole show in these practices and some of the practices have gone on past 10pm. The cast has been taxed physically, but spiritually we are stronger than ever. Today, we update you with some final thoughts on what makes being an disciple/apostle so great and what blessings have occurred already in Above All.
Last night's Above All practice began with a testimony from the lady who plays Mary Magdalene, Jessica Leblanc. She has had some major back problems and the practices had taken a toll on her condition. She left the Monday night practice early due to these troubles and on the way home she felt a vision from God come over her. In that vision she saw the church fighting the cloud of the enemy with our prayers and sacrifices this year. Suddenly the hand of the Lord seemed to come down from heaven and cut through the cloud and an outpouring of blessings rained down on the congregation. In that moment, too, she was completely healed of her back troubles. This is just one of the mighty acts of God in the lead up to Above All. If God is doing it in the practices, what will He do in an actual performance?!
Another thing that happened last night was that the Holy Ghost fell before, during and after the practice. In that final outpouring, Pastor began to speak over us and proclaimed that God was going to use Above All to reach the entire world. Out of this production, missionaries and ministers would be produced that would go into all the earth. People in our community would be transformed physically, emotionally and spiritually. Their stories will go out to all nations and Above All will be a memorial and testimony unto the glory of Jesus Christ.
Finally, the disciples met with Jesus in the reception area of Pastor's office last night. We talked about how we have all struggled to get to the point we are at. Troy and Matt, the men who play Jesus and Judas, respectively, told us they had looked at some of the video taken in the practices. They were both moved by the way in which we all portrayed our parts in the story of Jesus' last days. We may be pushed to the limit physically and battled on all sides spiritually, but we are pressing through and conveying the story of Jesus as though we were really there in that moment. Matt has a background in acting and said that we were all in the moment. Living the parts we were portraying rather than just acting them out to the tune and meter of a script. We know that all the parts and subgroups in Above All are doing the same and we hope you consider joining us one night to proclaim Christ's greatest sacrifice. Spenser, who plays Peter, would go on to talk about how this unit has been a unified and prayerful group. He believes, as we all do, that our sacrifice will bring forth fruit. Because just as the actual disciples sacrifice changed the world, our sacrifice can change all those who witness it.
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This Friday, we will have an update for both of our special performances on Wednesday and Thursday. We look forward to sharing these with you. God bless.
Chris Farris is the author of The Way, a manual detailing how to implement the Beatitudes into your life. He review events and other media and offers other insights into writing and working for the Kingdom of God.