Sunday, July 20, 2014

MasterWits 2014



We had another stellar MasterWorks Theatre Program, this year producing Much Ado About Nothing in Winona Lake, IN, Bethel Park, PA, and NYC in Theatre 315, an Off-Broadway space pictured above. Susan Somerville Brown choreographed a dance number in our production, and Patricia Mauceri co-directed with me and met with students to talk about the spiritual lives of their characters.

Katie Leigh, who plays Connie Kendall in Adventures in Odyssey, coached our students for voice over work. In this photo she's playing Connie with our students in an Odyssey episode.

Katie and Torry Martin, a writer and performer for Adventures in Odyssey, joined our students performing during our annual Improv Night. Torry preceded the comedy with a very funny talk entitled "Discovering Your Calling/Finding Your Gift." Faculty and students made reference to that talk numerous times throughout the rest of the Festival. In this shot, Torry and student Esh Ryans are laying down a commercial. Torry, who's performed in numerous films, said that he'll recommend Esh to play his son if such roles come his way.

We had a great MasterClass with Bobbie Merritt, a NYC manager, and Laura Bergquist, a Broadway music director. They had such encouraging things to say about our students, confirming what we already knew: The quality of our students keeps rising year after year!

We also had a breakfast panel with Mastermedia, which included some outstanding influencers in media, including a former writer for Saturday Night Live, a NYC actor/director, a newscaster, the founder of a NYC networking group for Christian actors, a NYC actor/director, and former MasterClass instructor John Forbes, who has produced Off-Broadway and performed and directed around the world.

Ann Van Hine, whose late husband Bruce is one of the characters in my one-man play Five Bells for 9/11, pointed our students toward the source of her Hope and Peace, just before flying to Japan to minister to families of victims of 3/11, which marks the devastating tsunami and earthquake that destroyed much of their island nation.

In the midst of Ann's tour of the 9/11 Memorial Christina Doerr performed a monologue about Hope in the wake of 9/11.

Our students shared their purpose statements as a part of our closing sessions. They were challenged to make observations about how elements of the program will help them in the future. Our MasterWorks instructors were mentioned and quoted, including John and Paula Kasica (both their devotions with theatre and John's campus-wide talk on the orphan spirit and the Father Heart of God), and my bride Joyce, who serves as pastoral care director. 

They also mentioned appreciation for the focus on prayer and keeping the Lord central, lunchtime faculty devotions and worship. 

Here are some quotes: "Expectations were exceeded." "We meet God through fellowship." "That (reconciliation) wouldn't have happened if I hadn't come to MasterWorks." "God's love became overwhelming." "You only have to be loved by God, and I didn't know that until I was here." "It's taught me to trust and be vulnerable." "I've never felt so loved in my life." "I thought you could be an artist or be a Christian. Now I know a revival in the arts world is coming because you guys are going to be in it." "It's made me want to start every day with worship and go deeper in the Word." "The will of God will never take you where the Grace of God will not protect you."

A theatre program alum said, ""Much Ado About Nothing" was absolutely outstanding! I was very impressed with all that you guys put into it. Every single character was real and well-developed. There were so many really great moments in it!"

One of our student's parents said of the play, "what a great performance last evening! Seamless, fun, dramatic, touching, faith-building."

Patricia Mauceri said, "Oh, how powerfully the Lord is moving at MWF. He is stirring hearts and refining gifts, deepening our understanding of what creative arts look like from a heavenly perspective!! This has been a truly amazing 2014 MWF!!"

We're already approved to perform in PA and NYC again next year, so start spreading the word!





Soon taking applications for the MasterWorks Festival theatre program: www.RichDrama.com/MWFTheatre. Training and performances in IN, PA and NYC, including an Off-Broadway theatre!

Conclusion to Big Fish Little Worm

Though I didn't record this live, I wanted to upload the essence of what I felt led to share after my performance of Big Fish Little Worm for the Salvation Army's Times Square Corps, which meets in Theatre 315, the Off-Broadway space in which the MasterWorks Festival theatre program just performed Much Ado About Nothing.



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Monday, July 14, 2014

Director's Notes for Much Ado About Nothing

Resurrection! Sean Benson has found it in fourteen of Shakespeare’s plays. Sometimes the theme is spot on, as when Juliet is drugged so as to appear quite dead before coming back to a tragically short life, but in Shakespearian Resurrection: The Art of Almost Raising the Dead, Benson says Shakespeare “repeatedly evokes Christ’s resurrection from the dead when long-lost characters reunite.”

Spoiler alert! It’s also a central theme in Much Ado About Nothing.

Because this is a student production memorized in three weeks we needed to chop a lot out of the script, so we focused on the theme of resurrection, found not only in Hero’s storyline, but also in that of Beatrice and Benedick. Their interest in -- maybe even their ability to -- love has died, yet, with the help of friends, love springs to life.

For the third consecutive year we’ll be performing our play at  South Hills Church of the Nazarene en route to our performances in an Off-Broadway theatre (www.MasterWorksFestival.org/tour.html). Pastor Ken Culbertson hopes the play will prompt love in the church body, as well as among those married couples whose interest in and ability to love needs resurrection.

There is another beautiful picture of Christ in what is not in the script: Beatrice and Benedick need to know that they are loved by the other before they will dare to love. But Christ loved us while we were yet his enemies (Romans 5:10). He was willing to risk rejection by lavishly giving his All. Won’t you receive the Lord’s love for you at a deeper level, or maybe for the first time? Allow that yearning for the eternal, which C.S. Lewis called the “God-shaped hole” to be filled with Christ’s Love. Resurrection!

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Amp up your World Cup experience!

For the Glory, in which I play soccer coach to Olympian Kurt Kuykendall, is now available for digital download. Invite World Cup fans over to see this inspiring story of a failed basketball player who became a world-class goalie.

If you're anywhere near Winona Lake, Indiana (halfway between Fort Wayne and South Bend), Pittsburgh or New York City, I hope you'll attend the MasterWorks Festival Theatre Department production of Much Ado About Nothing: www.MasterWorksFestival.org and www.MasterWorksFestival.org/tour. Our students are hilarious! South Hills Church of the Nazarene is hosting the play as the culmination of their 50th anniversary celebration, putting the emphasis on the celebration of marriage. 

On the way into the theater to see Alone Yet Not Alone I stopped my bride Joyce and said, "We've been praying for years for this moment." So we stopped and praised the Lord for my first nationwide theatrical release!  I play a land speculator, and the Academy Award nominated film is still playing in a few theaters. Catch it while you can. 

Monday, June 23, 2014

Faculty Devotional: Into All the World!

Here are links to the things I'm talking about in today's faculty devotion at The MasterWorks Festival.

Penn Jillette: "How much do you have to hate someone not to share what you believe?" 
Hollywood Reporter interview with Emmy winner Tony Hale: Tony Hale on 'Arrested 
Development': 'It Didn't Satisfy Me' Like I Expected 
Peter Hitchens: The Rage Against God
Our performance in Sochi during the Winter Olympics: WhoistheFish.com.

Catch a performance of our production of Much Ado About Nothing: www.MasterWorksFestival.org/tour.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Interviews on The Dove

Last week I was interviewed for radio and television on The Dove, and it just posted:



I talked about our work in Russia during the Winter Olympics, the MasterWorks Festival and Alone Yet Not Alone, the film in theaters right now in which I play a land speculator.

I mentioned the resurrection theme in Shakespeare's plays, and according to Sean Benson it can be found in fourteen, as he explains in Shakespearian Resurrection: The Art of Almost Raising the Dead.

Bruce Broughton and Dennis Spiegel were nominated for "Best Song" at the Oscars for "Alone Yet Not Alone," before it was rescinded. You can hear the song and find out more at www.RichDrama.com/AloneYetNotAlone.

Here's my previous interview on the show...


Here are links I've mentioned in other interviews:

MasterWorks Festival
MasterWorks Festival Theatre Program
Report from Last Year's MasterWorks Festival Theatre Program
Freud's Last Session (for performances in LA with Judd Hersch and Tom Cavanaugh)
Freud's Last Session (for performance rights through Samuel French)
Beverly Holloway (casting director that has spoken at MasterWorks)
Joyce Swingle
Nazarene position on ordination of women
Redeemer Presbyterian Church
Times Square Church
Hillsong NYC
Mastermedia (LA/NYC)
Nations Where I've Performed
Our Performing Arts Troupe for the Sochi Winter Olympics
Christians in Theatre Arts
Eric Metaxas' Testimony
Our Adventures During past Olympics
My Films
My Plays

Sunday, June 01, 2014

The Gift of the Gospel

Pastor Joyce Swingle preaches on Romans 5:12-20. Musical background by Bill H.



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Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Our cast for Much Ado About Nothing

After much discussion and prayer we have cast our MasterWorks Festival production of Much Ado About Nothing with the following cast:



Understudy
Benedick Esh Ryans Craig Fairbanks

Beatrice Isabella Cardine Tiffany Rott

Claudio Timothy Bartlett Zachary Mull

Hero Rachel Marley Kelly Stagner

Leonata Morgan Robertson Sophia Pearson

Don Pedro Samuel Carr Rich Swingle

Don John Zachary Mull Samuel Carr

Margaret Emma Baker Morgan Robertson  
Borachio Craig Fairbanks Timothy Bartlett

Concetta (Younger sister of Borachio) Tiffany Rott Christina Doerr

Major Francesca Vickie Smith Rachel Marley

Dogberry Kelaiah Baggot Kaitlynn Newcomb

Vera Kelly Stagner Emma Baker

Balthasara Christina Doerr Kelaiah Baggot


If you're in Northern Indiana, the Pittsburgh area or NYC we hope you can see a performance: www.RichDrama.com/Schedule.

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Summer Sendoff

This morning I had the opportunity to speak briefly about my upcoming work at the Rocky Mountain Christian Filmmakers Camp and The MasterWorks Festival, including our performances in an Off-Broadway theatre in late JulyPastor Randy Solomon preached on Romans 5:1-11. Joyce opened with prayer.  Pastor Linda Warren prayed over my work and closed the service.



Pastor Randy used illustrations from Engineering Ethics: The Challenger Disaster and the Story of “The Five Lepers,” The Boy Who Came Back from Heaven, God's Not Dead, which is still in theatres after nine weeks, and John G. Paton: An Autobiography.

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Friday, May 23, 2014

Report from Sochi

We just received this from the folks that organized our work in Russia during the Olympics...

Engage Sochi partners and friends -
We have just finished working through all of the contact sheets for the Engage Sochi project and have been crunching the numbers. As you know, it was our goal that Engage Sochi would be primarily about church planting, specifically in the host city of Sochi. And, the goal of this phase of the project was to generate new contacts so that IMB church planters in Sochi could follow-up and host events that will draw these new people into English Clubs, Bible studies, etc. While statistics do not always paint a complete picture, I think that you can see that the goal was achieved.
Through February and March we hosted approximately 230 volunteers,
14 IMB personnel, and 2 MKs. We estimate that the combined group distributed between 17,000-17,500 evangelism pins.
During the Olympic period, we saw 5 people make professions of faith!
The group recorded approximately 400 individual contacts, some of which did not contain enough information for church planters to be able to make follow-up contact, so 371 contacts.Of those contacts, 94 percent of the people came from Russia. Of that 94-percent, 47-percent (164 people) were from Sochi; 33-percent (115 people) were from European Russia. Siberia and the Far East each had 3-percent of the contacts. And 14-percent (50 people) gave contact information but did not include from which city the contact came.
Six-percent of the contacts came from countries outside of Russia and included: Kazakstan, Ukraine, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Australia, Latvia, England, Spain, France, Turkey, Canada, and Japan.
Kellye reports "Every one of these folks was interested in being contacted, especially about English clubs. But reading the stories was a holy experience, as time and time again, people were interested in how God is at work in the lives of His people. I have cried some tears of real joy. To God be the glory--great things He has done!!"
Thanks to each of you for the role you played in making this project possible. It has been exciting to see God’s hand at work through this entire project and know that there is much more fruit that will come to bear as a result of the Engage Sochi project.

We're planning to bring another team of performing artists to Rio for the 2016 Summer Olympics, so make sure you're signed up for our updates so you won't miss the announcement.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

23 Blast

Our friend Dylan Baker (actor in Secretariat, Spider-Man 2 and 3) just screened his directorial debut in our building: 23 Blast. It's based on an unbelievable true story. The title comes from a football play two friends have been executing since their pee wee days. When one friend, Travis Freeman, loses his sight he throws God out of his life, but with the help of his family, friends, coach, and a return to the Lord, he excels once again.

Dylan endearingly plays the boy's father. I knew Dylan's wife, Becky Ann Baker (Men in Black, Spider-Man 3, Elementary), was in the film so I was surprised she wasn't playing the mother, until we met her character: the Annie Sullivan to the young man, refusing to let him stay in his darkness.

There are moments we busted a gut laughing, and tears of sorrow and joy were flowing freely throughout. We watched it across the street from Off-Broadway's Theatre Row. The packed house was respectful of the church scenes, and they laughed hard and clapped long when the credits rolled.

Freeman wrote on his tublr about how bizarre it has been to have a movie made about his life, and his vision for how the film can impact lives:

I hope that this movie opens up many doors for me to be able to share the deeper story of my life.  How I was in spiritual darkness and God brought me into the light.  How I was a sinner destined for a sinners Hell, but God in his mercy rescued me from that fate.  I want people to know that without the hope of living for something greater than myself I would have never accomplished the things I accomplished.  Living for God’s glory and the hope of Heaven gave me the strength to face the many  struggles in my life.  If it had not been for this hope, which came from the grace of God, there would have been no football and then no 23 Blast.

The film won the Audience Award at The Heartland Film Festival, and it opens in theatres October 3 in regions where high school football and church attract large audiences, as well as in NYC and LA.

It had a great article in Variety: Dylan Baker’s Inspirational Drama ’23 Blast’ Set for Oct. 3 Release in 600 Locations.

Christians might also want to know:
* high school drinking
* one crude reference
* the word da_n is used once
* a high school girl helps a high school boy change shirts and kisses him in a different scene
* rated PG-13

That's about it.

Monday, May 19, 2014

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Choose to Follow Jesus

On a break from our Romans SeriesJoyce preaches on John 1:35-2:11, illuminating three days with Jesus. Bill H. opens with readings from Psalm 101 and Psalm 127 and prayer. Pastoral prayer by Randy Solomon. Closing by Pastor Linda Warren.



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Sunday, May 11, 2014

Righteousness by Faith

The ordained take the stage, backing the ordinands at District Assembly.
Joyce preached on Romans 4. Opening by Bill and Liz H. Guitar background by Bill H. Pastoral Prayer and District Assembly report by Pastor Randy Solomon. Closing blessing by Pastor Linda Warren.



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Pastor Randy also wanted to share an excerpt from the book Heaven Is for Real for Mother's Day:
A lot of our Catholic friends have asked whether Colton saw Mary, the mother of Jesus. The answer to that is also yes. He saw Mary kneeling before the throne of God and at other times, standing beside Jesus. "She still loves him like a mom," Colton said.
The film based on the book is still in the top three at the box office.

Here's the scene from Moms' Night Out we showed after the sermon...


And here's the trailer we intended to show before realizing how much better the scene above fit the message...



You can read my review of Moms' Night Out.

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Thursday, May 08, 2014

Moms' Night Out


I'm starting this post at 2:49am. I'm just too wired to sleep after seeing a sneak preview of Moms' Night Out!

Not only am I jazzed because it's so well done, but because it's so inspiring! It really makes me want to do my part in getting other films like it into theatres.

Sarah Drew (Grey's Anatomy, Mad Men, Castle) plays a frazzled mother of three, who can't quite seem to stay on top of her dream job: raising her three adorable children. Her loving husband, played by Sean Astin (Lord of the Rings, Rudy) urges her to do something for herself, so she arranges, well, a moms' night out with her best friend, played by Logan White (Sarah's Choice, Brother White, Revelation Road), and her pastor's wife, played by Patricia Heaton (Everybody Loves Raymond, The Middle), who took comedy to an entirely new plane. The night goes hilariously wrong.

And yet the comedy is hilariously right! Some years ago, our friend Jeff Allen invited us to his show at a NYC comedy club. He could have powered a lear jet with the laughs his clean comedy brought that night. It was quite noticeably more appreciated than any of the other comics who were less creative with the English language. Their laugh meters would have been powering lawn mowers in comparison.

I really hope we see a similar response with Moms' Night Out.  This is some seriously funny stuff, and you don't have be concerned about being dragged through the sewer around the next bend. The most vulgar moment is when Patricia Heaton's character texts someone and her autocorrect fills in "p--p." I'm not spelling it out of respect for the memory of my dear grandma who washed my mouth out with soap for saying that word. But if she were around I know she'd love this film!

A lot of the humor comes straight out of those adorable children. The film was cast by Bev Holloway (Beyond the Mask, Like Dandelion Dust, The Ultimate Gift), who has been a MasterClass instructor at MasterWorks. There are some lines the children say that Joyce and I are going to be quoting to each other for weeks!

Kevin Downes (Courageous, Bobby Jones: Stroke of Genius) produced (The Lost Medallion, Like Dandelion Dust) and also played the best friend of Sean Astin's character. Kevin, Sarah and Sean were all on hand after the screening to answer questions by Joe Battaglia, who ran "Live from The Lamb's" when I was an intern at The Lamb's Church of the Nazarene in the mid-90's.
Kevin shared how they literally watched storms split so that filming could go on. He drove to Sean Astin at about this time of night to hand him the script because that fit with Sean's schedule.

Sean said that because of his friendship with Kevin all he had to do was flip through it to see if there was anything bad in it. Sean commended the film team for mentioning Jesus. He said that we all have to count the cost when you speak the name of Jesus (in reverential tones). He pointed out that it never gets a neutral response. People are either filled with joy, antagonistic or curious.

Sarah, who spoke about her faith on The View, said, "Moms are unsung heroes. They're raising eternal beings." This next part I didn't get down, but she basically said that these eternal beings can grow up to be cynical and focused on themselves or filled with joy and focused on helping others. She said, "Moms need an award. You won't get it from this culture, so here you go!" Not only is the film a reward for moms, it's a gift to everyone who's ever had a mom! This film can help everyone on the planet have a better appreciation for their mother!

I also have to give a shout out to my friend Jason Burkey (October Baby) who performed with me in For the Glory and The Screenwriters. He plays a DJ who brings the bowling alley to life with his jumping tunes, but he was so transformed for the character we didn't know it was him until the credits rolled.

Speaking of the credits, be sure to stay to the end for a very fun scene they said was intended for the main story but had to be cut for time.

We're going back opening weekend, which starts Friday, so we can watch Jason knowing that it's him, and to laugh ourselves silly again! We also want to support its opening weekend, since those are the critical days in the life of a film, and because of what I said at the top about this inspiring more films like it, we want this one to do very well.

Even if you've already figured out your Mother's Day gift, add this to the list. You'll both be so glad you did!


Well, we watched it opening weekend and we loved it just as much. As we walked out, Joyce said, "Well, there were some lines I missed the first time because I was laughing so hard."

Even the Huffington Post posted a great review: Moms' Night Out: A Film for the Family

Christians might also want to know:
* A fictional married couple makes out.
* There are a few acts of violence.
* The word p--p is spelled out on screen.

That's about it!








Sunday, April 27, 2014

Road to Emmaus

John Forbes, who has been a MasterClass instructor at MasterWorks, preached on "The Road to Emmaus," Luke 24:13-35. Walking away from Golgotha with their faces downcast, the travelers had their focus in the wrong place altogether.

Rich and Pastor Joyce Swingle opened, and Pastor Randy Solomon prayed over the new church board.



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Friday, April 25, 2014

Heaven Is for Real

We saw Heaven Is for Real and enjoyed it very much, as did the packed out theatre with us on Times Square. We forgot to ask if that screening was sold out, but we didn't see any empty seats.

I guess houses are being packed out everywhere. Wednesday it was the number one film in America.

Our audience gave it a double applause: when the credits began, and then again after photos caught us up with the real Burpo family, the subjects of the film. Also, those around me were singing along with "Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing" as the credits rolled. Though there are exponentially more churches than theatres in the US, our society has felt the impact of media more in recent years, so it was refreshing to feel like we were having church in a theatre.

All that being said, Joyce and I didn't walk away uplifted the way we did after Son of God or God's Not Dead (which placed 5, 5, 4, 7 for its first four weeks of the box office). It may have been because we walked in with such high expectations.

My grandfather died when my mom was nine weeks and my aunt was 17 months old. My grandma begged the Lord to bring him back. He did. Grandma told us all every year on the anniversary of his death, so I remember like I was there: "Hilda, I'll miss you and the girls, but it's so wonderful there! I've seen the Lord. It's far better to be with Him. He will give you another husband who will be a father to our daughters. Let me go." He lived another week, but eventually Grandma released him in her heart and he fell into the arms of Jesus, who fulfilled his promise to send her another husband.

Though I haven't read the book Heaven Is for Real, a #1 New York Times best seller, I dipped into it and mentioned the highlights when I preached at my other grandma's funeral last year: "God's Love Is for Real."

So we walked into the theatre expecting a lot. The film delivered in many respects, and I hope theatres around the world pack out the way they did that night. It certainly gets people thinking about the reality of heaven.

There was just one moment that let me down: There's a line that implies God's love is big enough to let everyone into heaven.

I hope you'll bring pre-believing friends and family to see it, and I hope you'll let them know what Jesus said:
“In my Father's house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also.  And you know the way to where I am going.” Thomas said to him, “Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?” Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”


Sunday, April 20, 2014

A Happy, Happy Day!

Pastor Joyce Swingle preached on Matthew 28. Bill H. opened and read the scripture, and Liz H. put the Light of Easter in the perspective of the shadow of Maundy Thursday and Good Friday. Pastor Randy Solomon read “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live,  and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die," along with the surrounding scriptures of John 11:1-44. He also brought the pastoral prayer. Trevor the Treasure Seeker (Rich Swingle) read the children's book "A Happy, Happy Day!"



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Friday, April 18, 2014

Cry of the Whole Congregation

Rich Swingle will lead Cry of the Whole Congregation by Walter Wangerin, Jr., from his book The Ragman and Other Cries of Faith.

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

MasterWorks alum enters national preaching competition




Now taking applications for the MasterWorks Festival theatre program: www.RichDrama.com/MWFTheatre. Training and performances in IN, PA and NYC, including an Off-Broadway theatre!

Friday, April 11, 2014

Rather to Be Chosen


Joyce and I have been cast as husband and wife in a film for the third time! Rather to Be Chosen is produced and directed by Daniel Knudsen, who I met on the set of Christmas Grace. He also directed me in Creed of Gold, which has been selected for theatrical release. Daniel has a real heart for the Lord and a vision for telling God's truth in powerful ways. We're really excited to be a part of this project and can't wait to see how it turns out!

The first two films in which we played husband and wife were Indescribable and The Unexpected Bar Mitzvah.

Now taking applications for the MasterWorks Festival theatre program: www.RichDrama.com/MWFTheatre. Training and performances in IN, PA and NYC, including an Off-Broadway theatre!

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Princeton and a Favorite Prof



Now taking applications for the MasterWorks Festival theatre program: www.RichDrama.com/MWFTheatre. Training and performances in IN, PA and NYC, including an Off-Broadway theatre!

Sunday, April 06, 2014

Breathe of Boldness

Joyce preached on Acts 2:47-4:31. Opening and closing prayer by Pastor Randy Solomon.



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