Saturday, April 01, 2006

More than 80 celebrities have joined forces to HELP Others and Change Lives!

More than 80 celebrities have joined forces to read, sing and compose music for "The Bible Experience," a new 70-hour dramatic audio performance of the Scriptures.

Actor Blair Underwood landed one of the key roles in the production - the "L.A. Law" star gets to record the voice of Jesus. "Whether you believe the doctrine or not, you cannot deny the impact that the life of this man, Jesus, had on everyday life," said Underwood, who played Jesus Christ coming back to earth in the 1992 movie "The Second Coming." Underwood's favorite part of his role is the crucifixion. It was "the culmination of the three years of his teachings, but it was the beginning of a whole new walk for believers forever," he told USA Today.

Oscar-winner Denzel Washington also makes a contribution to "The Bible Experience," reciting the love poetry of Solomon's Song of Songs along with his wife Pauletta.

Cuba Gooding Jr. is the voice of Judas, and also the prophet Jonah from the Old Testament.

Robert Guillaume is the mighty angel of Revelation, as well as Noah.

Angela Bassett reads the Christmas story and is Ester from the Old Testament. Tisha Campbell-Martin of "My Wife and Kids" takes the role of Mary Magdalene.

"Our co-producer Lou 'Buster' Brown says we're taking God's word and we're gel-capping it: surrounding it with elements that make it more palatable for mass consumption in today's marketplace," Kyle Bowser, an award-winning co-producer from Inspired By Media Group, told USA Today.

The group launched the multimillion-dollar project with financing from Zondervan, the nation's largest Bible publisher. One question arose during casting: Should only faithful Christians get roles in the project?

"Some of the people whose voices they will be reading were not exactly saints, either," Paul Caminiti, publisher of Bibles for Zondervan, told USA Today.

"We wanted something unusual, something more visceral, something more experiential," he added. "We're trying to engage a new urban generation, and most are already turned off" by the King James' archaic translation. The New Testament in CD and MP3 formats will be in retail outlets by September, and the Old Testament follows next year.

Notes - Biblical Secrets Can Make You a Success


Keep the image of my coming success before myself and God, seeing it now as a present reality to act upon in faith.

In frequent prayer, visualize yourself as a success, enjoying the substance of things hoped for and reaping the rewards of your work. Do NOT, as many mistakenly do, picture yourself doing the work itself. Focus on the end, not the process. See the result, not the routine, or you may discourage yourself by making the effort seem tiresome.


As I work at achieving my goals, I shall stay alert for new opportunities disguised as problems.

You may wish to pray for a bigger vision of success, as your goals get tempered with experience and you discover new opportunities. Refer always to your Major Life Purpose. Not every idea is one you should invest in. Use old goals as stepping stones to new ones. Most successful people upgrade goals as they go along, once they find out how many new, unexpected opportunities now open up for them.


I must have further plans when I reach my success goal, so I don’t get bored and undo all my hard work and God’s blessing by aimless living.

When humans get bored they do dumb things like messing up their lives, undoing the works that made them prosper and forgetting God. Then they have to start all over again. To avoid this risk, keep growing, keep adding new goals as old ones are realized, always keep trying to be a blessing and share love for one another to and for others.

Stephen Rene

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