Papa Joe’s Solid Ground

A Week Of Encouragement!

(“A Blast From The Past”)

Luke 8:39 “Return to your home, and declare how much God has done for you.” And he went away, proclaiming throughout the whole city how much Jesus had done for him.”

2 Timothy 1:8 “Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord, nor of me his prisoner, but share in suffering for the gospel by the power of God,”

The days started out early at 6am, and ended late 9-10 pm at home. My typical agenda was to pick up the star of the movie at his hotel, along with his wife (Dotty) and right hand man (Justin), and bring them to breakfast. Breakfast started our day as we joined the rest of the crew, director’s, producer’s, photographers, and so on. I learned terms like, dolly, grip, taco cart, terms that I found had new meanings. You know film jargon.

After a wonderful meal we were promptly off to our first location of the day, where the crews worked as a team to set up, props, cameras, lighting, etc for the first of many takes. But before all of this was to take place, we gathered in a circle at the call of our director, who quietly set the tone for the entire day.

Each day before any activity started, the director of the movie opened up the Word Of God, and read passages that touched his heart and had an effect on his life. He plainly stated that there may be some present that don’t believe, but this was his heart, and he was compelled to share it.

He began with the story of the Prodigal Son, adding along the way what that scripture meant to him, in testimony fashion, and ended his reading in prayer. The first day he asked for a volunteer to pray and I was compelled to lead it off that very first day. The prodigal son started us off the first three mornings, followed by the story of the Good Samaritan for the remaining two days of a five day shoot.

What a pleasure it was, to be involved in my very first film, (Undaunted) surrounded by Christians. So who is the star of this faith based flick? Who is the man I was blessed to spend a week with, along with his wife and right hand man? Who is this man that is willing to be vulnerable to the rest of the world, and expose his deepest wounds for the restoration of others? None other than Josh McDowell!

This film is a story of his life, the good, the bad, and the ugly! He will share his deepest wounds so that hope can be brought to the hopeless. This is a man who set out to prove the bible wrong, and through his research found the bible to be true, and became a warrior for Christ. Men again, all I can say is I am blessed!

Josh shared with me there were times the Christian community raked him over the coals for not being confrontational, when there would be opposing views presented. You see there are times when he would get invitations to foreign lands, just to listen to their view and their faith. In return he would share his faith and the love of Christ with them, but in a non-confrontational manner.

Now you can say what you want, and share your opinion whether this was right or wrong. My thinking is, was it effective? The evidence would speak to that and conclude, indeed it was, and is very effective! “Dotty, his wife, said to me over dinner one night, he doesn’t realize how brilliant he is.”

Men this is a man that has, and is willing to give it his all for the Glory of God. A man of good character, humility, and integrity, once broken, now restored, and has been transformed into a warrior for Christ. My brothers sharing your testimony is, and always will be, the single most powerful act you can do to show the power of having Jesus in your life. “Out of your brokenness comes your strength!”

“Share your story with someone today, and watch God work, you will be amazed!”

Josh McDowell is still on the road 300 days out of the year!

My fellow brothers in Christ again I repeat “never forget the importance of your testimony.” The transformation of our hearts of stone into hearts of flesh, that can be molded and shaped by the Master Potter Christ, is indeed the greatest witness we can have to the world. “His light in us as Christ followers!”

Psalm 71:15-18 “My mouth will tell of your righteous acts, of your deeds of salvation all the day, for their number is past my knowledge. With the mighty deeds of the Lord God I will come; I will remind them of your righteousness, yours alone. O God, from my youth you have taught me, and I still proclaim your wondrous deeds. So even to old age and gray hairs, O God, do not forsake me, until I proclaim your might to another generation, your power to all those to come.”

Seek The Adventure!” Strength and Honor, Papa Joe!