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
We continue our coverage of Above All with our coverage of the two non-advertised performances on Wednesday and Thursday. Who were these performances for and what were their results? Find out by clicking the Read More link below.
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.
Today we look back at the weekend practices on Saturday and what our cast has endured to bring the message and life of Christ to a hurting world.
Last night we finished up our individual scene rehearsals for Above All with the Triumphal Entry. It's the largest scene as just about everybody involved in the drama takes part. Being in that worshipful atmosphere, even as a practice, was exciting and energizing. Even with everyone coming to the church at 7pm after long hard days at work, school and raising kids, we all came together and rocked the sanctuary with a powerful parade for Jesus. Forget St. Patrick's Day, Mardis Gras or 4th of July. Above All's Triumphal entry is the party to attend!
As a disciple, I get the unique perspective of observing the crowd rather than just looking for and running to Jesus for a moment. Seeing the multitudes faces exuberant at the opportunity to look on and worship the Savior, it is overwhelming. Their faces are joyous and expecting as Christ, the one who can take away their sins and heal their bodies, souls and spirits passes by. Palm branches waving, music blaring and people screaming with excitement, it is a marvelous spectacle.
I felt as though I was taken back to that time. Imagine what it must have been like. We have about 300 people in this scene. On that day some 2000 years ago, there were thousands that showed up just to greet and praise Jesus as he humbly rode in on the donkey. They were all hungry for something from God. They sang out in praises, "Hosana!", which means thank you Lord for coming to save us. It is a cry of desperate joy. Even though this cast doesn't have the numbers, it excellently represents the emotion and tenor of that moment.
Of course, with any practice, there are a lot of stops and comments from the directors. However, the directors don't just give notes to make us better actors. They convey what we can do to be better worshipers. They help us to express what it was really like back then so the audience can feel they are right there with Jesus in those last days rather than just watching a production of those last days. The POA is so diligent in this task that they have specific directors for each group of actors. The disciples have their own director. Jesus has a director. The Romans, priests and even the little children running around screaming "Jesus is here!" have their own directors. These directors prayerfully consider and study their group so as to make the production as authentic and spiritually focused as possible.
Tonight, we go through our first full dress rehearsal and you can expect an audio and written update on this for Friday. If you are in the area during Easter, consider joining POA as we recreate this and other scenes of Jesus' last days. Click here to get your tickets.
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.