The Solomon Bunch Premiere

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Thank you to all the listeners who joined NewLife FM for The Solomon Bunch red carpet premiere at Eagle’s Landing First Baptist Church in McDonough! We certainly had a fun time and enjoyed promoting this wonderful family and faith-based film directed by Jason Prisk and produced by Creekside Christian Academy in association with Pinecrest Baptist Church.

We also want to say thank you to all the wonderful folks who signed up for our gift package at the NewLife FM display. The winner will be notified shortly.

To those of you who were unable to attend, the evening kicked off with the red carpet walk where the audience was introduced to the cast and crew of The Solomon Bunch. Both my daughters were in attendance with me, and my youngest daughter kept tell me she wanted to dress up like a princess and have the emcee announce her name and everybody clap for her as she walked the red carpet. How do you explain to a three-year-old that you have to be in the movie first in order to get credit? LOL. Fortunately for us I was able to sneak her onto the red carpet for a photo after the show.

Before the movie was shown, the audience enjoyed a bluegrass performance by special guests The Watkins Family from Toccoa, Randall Franks from Ringgold. Franks is an award winning bluegrass artist who played with bluegrass greats Bill Monroe, Jim and Jesse, and southern gospel artists Jeff and Sheri Easter. He played on “In the Heat of the Night” as well as other films with Dolly Parton and Christian Slater.

The Solomon Bunch was a fantastic film and everyone involved did such a great job. What a great film for any parent to add to their DVD collection. There is also a related book series being published — I believe the first book is now available. For the DVD and merchandise pertaining to this film you can visit www.TheSolomonBunch.com


The Jesus Donkey

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Just before Easter we had some listeners invite us to their family farm. I had previously told them that my wife and I were homeschooling and so they thought it would be a fun field trip for the girls — which it was!

They rolled out the red carpet for us and even had a farm fact sheet printed out for the girls. First on the itinerary was breakfast which consisted of pig in the blanket sausages and cinnamon rolls. Next, they took us to their fields of red clover which was at peak bloom. We snapped a few photos of the girls standing in the waste high (to them) clover. After that we took a golf cart ride through the cow pasture.

Most of the cattle were black angus with a few jersey cows. In a lower field they had a few donkeys which the girls fed with some left over bread. One of the donkeys had the markings of a cross on its shoulder and our friends referred to it as a Jesus Donkey. The donkeys were quite nervous and I was warned not to get too close to them as they would deliver a pretty powerful kick.

With it being so close to Easter — and smack dab in the middle of “Passion Week” — the story of the “Jesus Donkey” and its skiddish nature to strangers revealed to me a hidden miracle of Jesus’ day.

 “Say to Daughter Zion, ‘See, your king comes to you, gentle and riding on a donkey, and on a colt, the foal of a donkey.’” Matthew 21:5

Here-in is the miracle — Jesus riding on a colt that had never been ridden. And moreover, the donkey’s mother paying no never-mind. I couldn’t even get close enough to feed these tame donkeys without the threat of getting a powerful and injurous kick, and here is Jesus, the King of the Universe riding an unbroken donkey’s colt — that donkey knew who he was carrying, don’t doubt that!

And just think about it, the donkey knew, but God’s own people failed to recognize Jesus! For it was later that week that his own people crucified him on the cross. I pray that today God’s people will be as smart as that donkey in the gospels. May we recognize our Saviour for who he truly is!

Just a quick lesson I learned on a farm tour one morning.