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Old 11-18-2008, 09:36 AM
Leonardo Leonardo is offline
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Default Re: Elevation Church, Crissy Moran, and the Brainwashing of Christendom

Here's a statement/interview with Crissy Moran from """"""""Pastor David"""""""".


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So... what's new? Well, I wanted to take some time to speak about a big project I've been working on. I am so excited about it, because this is one of those things in life that can only be explained by God in how it's coming together... so, I wanted to share it with you! Simply put, it looks like I will be a part of a short film and possibly a feature... all from an idea

Back in the fall of 2005, I did a video sermon on fear @ Horizon. I had been inspired by some in the church that have really taken the time to communicate through multimedia in relevant/fresh ways and wanted to take a shot at it as well. I really enjoyed making this piece on fear, but it took about 80-100 man hours to complete. This was mainly because I had never done something like this before and learned many things in the process. So... I was thinking... what should I do next? I had in mind at that time to do a modern day Hosea story/sermon on video. Even pitched the idea to Dave Reichley (we worked together so well on the Grace video series) and I know he loves movies as much as I do... so, we started (sorta) working on it. Then... big changes took place in our lives as a family, and we ended up in the SW - following the call of God.

Fast forward to fall of 2006, I went to LA to see my best friend Paul Morrell. Our families got together to enjoy a weekend in LA and I pitched the idea to him of a video sermon on Hosea.

He flipped. The next night, he told me that was all he could think about and that this should be more than a video sermon... it should also be a MOVIE. lol - Paul had moved back to LA after reading the Dream Giver book to follow the dream of making movies. So... this seemed to fit.

Well, after that, Paul began to research people/stories that would be good as a backdrop to our new movie. In the process he found the Treasure's website: Treasures - it's a ministry to strippers and women in the sex industry. One of the stories was of a woman named Crissy, formerly Crissy Moran, a very famous porn star that left the industry boldly to follow Christ. Anyway, the story really gripped Paul and he forwarded it to me. (Side note: Harmony, the creator of this ministry and former stripper herself is Crissy's mentor - Harmony spoke at Elevation a few Sunday's back and shared what she does with our church and we have a few in our midst that will most likely connect with what she's doing. Very cool...). Here is Crissy's public MySpace page: - Once was lost but now am found, Crissy - 98 - Female - Los Angeles, California - Exciting that Elevation Church is listed in her top friends!

In time, we were able to connect with Crissy and tell her about the project and our idea. What's exciting is that she has agreed to help play the role of our modern day "Gomer" - and her boyfriend Grant has agreed to play the bad guy/pimp character in our story. A local LA actor will play the pastor/prophet of the story. I can tell you, it was a bit surreal seeing actors memorizing lines I had written in order to get the part. Crazy... Crazier still? Me, writing a movie script. lol - well, the short film version anyway. I do not have the time as a church planter to write a full movie script, but this I was able to manage. But so you know... the third draft for the feature is in process. How exciting is that?

So, here's the deal: we begin shooting this at the end of this month. Paul has really done a great job putting all of this together. He's secured all the essential elements to make this short film/video sermon an amazing piece. On top of all of that, my other best friend Josh Smith (of Ashes Remain fame) has written all new songs inspired by this story. Some of that will be revealed in this piece as well. It's a thrill to know that my two best friends in the world (next to Kimme, of course!!) are working together with me on this!

And speaking of friends, I consider Grant and Crissy dear friends of mine as well. This process has really allowed me the privilege of getting to know both of them. I can't wait to get this done and release it this fall! I do hope everything goes well... pray for this, won't you? If and when words gets out who is in this video, it will most likely spread over the entire world.... and in turn, so will this message of hope and grace. I feel like the story of Hosea is one that needs to be remembered and brought into our culture's psyche. When we do release it, I am hoping to really make an impact on the Phoenix area - there are so many here that need to hear about God's grace.

And all of this has really inspired me to do more of this sort of thing... like, take these awesome stories of the OT and bring them into our context - so people can know that these stories are not just old stories, but REAL stories and they STILL SPEAK. Looking forward to doing some more... and hopefully some not so sexually focused. lol - Between Harmony coming and the Hosea story, that seems to be the focus now. Looking forward to more on other stories like Joseph or Ester, etc.

Anyway... That is the latest, I suppose.... please pray for all of this, won't you?

- Pastor David
Well isn't that cute. Why am I not buying this? What's wrong with this picture?
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