Just a quick post here because I wanted this to be read by as many people as possible. Last night during practice, we were going back over the Last Supper Scene. Each one of us brought our very best to the table and could really feel the loss the Apostles had to be feeling when Christ said he would suffer, be betrayed by one of them and that he was going to leave us for a season. The whole experience with my Brothers was awesome, emotional and spiritually uplifting.
However, what I write about today doesn't relate to the scene. It is something that happened between runthroughs of that scene. The leader of our group, Spenser Waters, has been in a lot of pain lately. He has been experiencing major back problems. As we stood outside of the room where we were practicing waiting for another runthrough, Spenser sat down on the ground in pain. We noticed it just as we had at other times, but this time something was different. A number of us surrounded him, laid hands on him and began to pray. We put the promises of Mark 16:18 into practice. We prayed and believed. We got ready to go back in to practice, but one of us noticed that Spenser wasn't with us anymore. He had run downstairs and gone into the church where Pastor was speaking. He went up to Pastor and told him what happened. He had been healed. God healed him. Our faith and practice of the scripture worked. Because we believed and we were in a place spiritually to let God move, one of our brothers is pain free today!
This is not the only thing that has happened this year during Above All Practice and it certainly won't be the last. God is moving and He wants to move on and in all of us. We don't have to be cast members of an Easter Production, or pastor or anything "special". We just need to believe in God and believe in His Word. I look forward to sharing more testimonies like this as the Above All Season progresses.
On Monday, we practiced one of the most tasking scenes in Above All for the Apostles. It is not as physically imposing as the procession or crucifixion scenes, but the combination of conveying emotions, practical timing, and physical requirements makes this scene a difficult one for our group. Today, I breakdown why these factors are true and how we handled the task.
Each week, I will be recapping my experience with Above All, how the practices progress and the interesting people I interact with along the way. Today, I dive into the Last Supper, Mary of Bethany, The Garden Betrayal Scene and To Whom Shall We Go. I'll also give some insight into how the cast as a whole interacts once we finally get to performances. Enjoy and head on over to TWTL's YouTube Channel to Subscribe and listen to/watch more great content. Also, swing by our Facebook Page and Like our Page so you can get regular updates when we post an Above All update. God Bless.
Today (Febrauary 17), the Apostles were at practice from 12:30pm until 5pm. That is nothing compared to Jesus (played by Troy Toney) who was there from 12:30 until almost 9pm. Still, that's what happens when you sign up for a production like this. You commit to sacrificing Saturdays and entire evenings, even early on in the process. Many of the cast have family they leave at home to come and prepare for this drama. We lose moments in this life so that we might produce something that will make a difference for somebody in the next life. These sacrifices and the knowledge of what they produce are what make this production worthwhile. Today, the Apostles practiced two scenes in depth. These two scenes are completely different from each other, which made for a challenging day. Here's what I can relate from my experience.
The first Above All practice for Apostles is in the books. We went through the Last Supper Scene and it was awesome. Today, I recap the experience of performing the Last Supper and all of what goes into preparing for this powerful scene.
We were at the Above All Launch Party last night and found out some of the changes to the production and the latest schedule for practices and performances. We'll run through all of these right here; but we'll also have a video on our YouTube channel later detailing our thoughts, especially on the changes and expectations for the production this year. With that in mind, here's the quick run through.
As mentioned on our Facebook page, Above All has touched the lives of 100s. 156 people received the Holy Ghost for the first time, which is awesome and wonderful and worth of giving glory to God. However, hundreds of others were renewed in their walk with God, both in the audience and the cast. Several received their healing and an untold amount of people were forever touched by this dramatic representation of Christ. We've shared a lot of insights about what happened behind the scenes and in the lead up to the production. Today, we look back and share our thoughts on the actual production and we compare it to the first edition of Above All, which we reviewed also (it's our most popular post on the Compass Page). We hope you enjoy this look back at Above All and where it has come over the past two years.
Today we share our interview with lead script writer for Above All, Pamela Nolde. Pam is an accomplished writer with an extensive background in stage production. She has been an employee at the Pentecostals of Alexandria for over a decade. In our interview she shared her story of how she became a writer, her journey as a writer and her insights into Above All.
We return after a weekend of performances to update everyone on how Above All has been doing and to provide some further insights into the production. Previously, we talked about how the benefit performances led to nearly 60 people receiving the Holy Ghost and a number of people getting baptized. This does not include the amount of people who came forward for healing and special touches from God who walked away better and at peace. Let's find out what happened when the main performances took place
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.