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The second weekend of April is wrapping up. According to my timeline, not much has happened. Only one additional blue worshipping dude has been added. Nevertheless it was a busy weekend of rehearsals in preparation for both the rest of the Passion week and our upcoming youth drama based on Acts.
This morning I want to give a quick shout-out to our camera directors. You guys and gals have a tough job, and you make it look so easy! I had the opportunity to direct cameras a little this morning. What a rush! I also remembered that I'm not really any good at it. But I had fun and we survived. And thankfully a real camera director arrived at a perfect time to take over during the first service.
An IMAG camera director has the tough responsibility of being the eyes of the congregation. The sound mixer decides what the people hear. The camera director decides what people will see. In order to be as invisible as possible, a camera director is always balancing between "the cool shot" and "the natural shot." What looks artistically great on the screen may actually be detrimental when the congregation's attention is supposed to be on the spoken words of the message. The best camera directors know what is both artistic and natural and can draw those images out of their camera operators.
This morning we heard from Joshua Harris on the Tax Collector, Zacchaeus. The thing that affected me most was related to last week's sermon. Last Sunday, Bob Kauflin taught us about the rich young ruler who wasn't ready to follow Jesus because he wasn't ready to give up his wealth. What did Jesus say in response to this?
"'How difficult it is for those who have wealth to enter the kingdom of God! For it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God.' Those who heard it said, 'Then who can be saved?' But he said, 'What is impossible with men is possible with God.'"Today we saw a camel go through the eye of a needle. Zaccaeus, a rich man WAS saved. He met the Savior, repented of his sins, and began to show fruit of a new heart! Anything is possible with God!
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