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The following three life-change stories is our first “package of videos.”
On Monday I shared with you the Easter Weekend intro to the trilogy. And we also wanted to makes sure we had a video for each of the following three weeks of the series. And we wanted a life-change story from each of our campuses.
This was all achieved.
Even though the videos were different stories, we wanted to ensure that the stories had a thread of similarity running through them. We accomplished this by ::
– keeping the video sight the same
– the method we told the stories
– even the props, bench, etc.
Each wrote their story for us. We ask people we are videoing to “throw up” on a piece of paper. In other words, tell us everything — nothing is too minor in the timeline.
Then we find the story within their writing. Help them express that in clear terms. Produce the outline. Have them live with it for a while.
Then — the Video Shoot.
Enjoy these great stories.
Over the past several months we at Sun Valley have adopted some phraseology. It goes like this:
Jesus changed the world. If you say “Yes” to Him, He will change your life.
We began a series entitled “Who Is This Man?” In the series we talked about Jesus. And talked about him a lot. His compassion. How he changed the world in many ways. How He shaped the way we view women, slaves, children — all peoples. How Jesus and his teachings inspired mankind to create universities and hospitals. The modern civil rights movements can be traced back to the teaching of this blue-collar carpenter — Jesus.
We have seen him change our lives. We are seeing him change others’ lives. And we want to tell their stories.
We have had approximately 150 people say “yes” to Jesus over the last three weeks. And the story continues.
And we continue to tell the stories of those who have met him, believed in him, surrendered to him and followed him. And their lives were changed.
I’d like to share with you how during this series we told their stories.
Easter Sunday we used the following video :: much like the well-known “cardboard testimonies.” We introduced three people, each from one of our three Sun Valley campuses.
On Wednesday I will share with you the three life change videos that followed.
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