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Reflections from an Angel

One of the many daily devotionals I read is one written by Roma Downey and Mark Burnett. Two TV moguls who wrote and produced the Bible Miniseries.

Roma Downey and Mark Burnett

Roma Downey and Mark Burnett

It is called, “A Story of God and all of US: Reflections.”

The two of them wrote this after the miniseries was presented before Easter on the History Channel.

God is moving in areas of people and places most believe he left and ran away from.

Roma Downey lost both of her parents before she became an adult. Her mother died when she was 10 and her father had an unexpected heart attack on her way home to visit him while in college. It is evident of how God carried her through and has blessed her life even after so much pain when you read this book.

An interesting side note to my post here I never knew. When Roma Downey first began “Touched by an Angel” she and Della Reese became very close. It didn’t take long before Della realized how much Roma missed her mother and a new mother/daughter relationship was born.  Roma speaks of how Della stepped in and filled the emptiness she had felt for so many years.

Roma Downey with Della Reese

Roma Downey with Della Reese

During the filming of Touched by an Angel, Della had the unexpected tragedy of losing her own daughter.  As Della quickly became a mother to Roma, Roma immediately stepped in as the daughter she lost.  They consider their relationship “family.”

What we lose, God fills in when we trust him and place our needs before him. He is the great administrator of “plunder from those who hurt his children.”

In one of the daily “Reflections” from the Bible Miniseries they wrote about the filming of the tomb where Jesus was placed after the crucifixion. Interestingly the point came up about the Angel rolling the door away which was presumed to be a rock of such great weight it would be impossible for humans to move.

Think about that. The Angel scared the poor guards so much, the story was changed.  No one would believe Jesus had died and rose again with an angel sitting on the tomb door speaking to the guards saying something like,

“Hi, I moved the stone. Hope you don’t mind but Jesus woke up so I let him out. His calendar is already full of appointments.”

Guards: “Right. Sure. And we are all but dead men now.”

Angels of the Lord

Angels of the Lord

Can you imagine? It’s almost as if God imposed his sense of humor upon the most important event in history.

That’s right. There had to be another reason because Jesus could have gotten out of the tomb any way he wanted to.

He didn’t need the Angel to move the stone, he could have moved it himself.

He could have just used his “spirit nature” and walked through the door.

He could have broken it into pieces with his own hands and walked out.

But, for the sake of human accounts God added his own flare; a character trait he loves to exhibit and one that also changed the course of history.

When you are the Creator of the Universe the position holds many obligations.

One of them is privilege; he can do whatever he wants, whenever he wants and however he wants.

And no one can stop him.

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Oh, those stones….

Have you ever wondered why God created stones?pharisee

Stones can be used in home decorating

Support for a levee

Crushed stones are good for mulch

To throw at Paula Deen


Some stones make beautiful jewelry

The Pharisees were such a devious group of Jews.  They strolled around in their expensive capes, adorned rings, and bracelets made of polished stones. The word “Pharisee” means to set apart or separate; a division this ancient sect took seriously.

Non-Pharisaic Jews and common people along with Gentiles never measured up to their educated, law abiding rules and doctrine. Today, they may be referred to as modern day Ivy League Academia or the “Venomous Vipers” of Religion and Institutionalism.

The story of Jesus and the woman caught in adultery (John 8) is one of my favorites.  Now some of you may beg to differ here and that is fine, but my interpretation of Jesus’ actions are almost sarcastic!

In the “Bible” miniseries, Roma Downey and husband Mark Burnett portray the scene as an eloquent twist of Jesus’ disgust and repudiation.  Jesus actually picks up a stone, stretches his arm out and walks in front of each Pharisee as if to hand it to them individually. While he saunters by he says, “he who has never sinned, throw the first stone.”

One by one, their heads drop as they leave unable to punish this disgraceful reprobate of a woman as they planned.

Jesus outwitted them; stopped them in their filthy tracks with wisdom and knowledge in one sentence.


Isn’t it just “human” to deny the truth and return with a “blasphemous” attack? How dare Jesus humiliate them in public? How dare this man who claimed to be their “Messiah” choose to protect the lowest of low instead of guarding their sanctimonious reputations?

Jesus is a master of words and often made people angry. In Matthew 15, Jesus once again frustrates the Pharisees by referring to them as “unclean.”  The disciples told him he had offended them; as if Jesus cared.

He replies,”Every plant my Father has not planted will be pulled up by its roots. Leave them. They are blind guides.  The blind leading the blind means they will both fall into a pit.”

Stones have been gathered for centuries in the wake of self-glorification repetitiously playing out the enemy’s goals.

Puffed up ego’s and overreaching plume’s can only stretch so far before they are smashed.

Such is the rise and fall of fame and fortune as it sits in the halls of “pride and prejudice. “

And the pits of today await the stone throwers and their “useful idiots” as they are now lined up in no particular order.  Their view is blocked so the “sinkhole” in front of them isn’t showing up on their radar.

Don’t worry. They don’t usually all fall in at once.


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“He will Split Rock”

There are critics and then there are reviews. What we need is a reference to God in the world today even if it comes in the form of a TV mini –series. “God is with us.”

“The Bible” on the History Channel and re-run on Lifetime has become a hit.  From the beginning to the end 10 hours have condensed the greatest book ever written.  Understandably it is unreal to believe that everything written could be shown in the allotted amount of time.

“Listen carefully, there are conditions.” Exodus 23: 22

You would think Christians would understand that God can use anything to bring lost souls to him.  Knowing God as I do, he is most likely less of a critic than those who make a living do it.

Abraham & Sarah

Abraham & Sarah

The first 4 hours have done what the Executive Producers, Mark Burnett and Roma Downey hoped for. In fact the ratings have soared far outweighing their expectations. “God has kept his promise.”

Why do we have to critique everything? Why is it we are so particular or “legalistic” about the details of such a performance?  Some of the reviews by Christians would leave a non-believer confused, bewildered and less likely to pick up a Bible and read it which was the point of the producers in their quest of such a project. “God will guide your choices.”

Instead of viewing the production as a creation for dialog, placing real questions in the hearts of those who watch it and leaving one to ponder the works of God, negative assessments have surfaced.

Sure, Hollywood spiced it up.
“For God said Rahab must be spared” Joshua 6: 17

The stories are not word-for-word from the Bible, but are noticeably connected.

Special effects are a real attention getter but also quite impressive.

Acting and production is professional and well prepared.

Dramatic images of the Supernatural create curiosity.
“He will split rock” Joshua 5: 13

However, it reflects the Bible as it really was. The question of those who are continually against war will realize how God fought battles for and with the Jewish nation over and over. The stories bring to light the supernatural power of God adding flare for those who are always seeking drama and action. “Your duty is to drive the Philistines away.”

Even Franklin Graham endorsed the movie mini-series.

He said: “The Bible Series… will likely cause a viewer to want to open the pages of Scripture.”

As an inquisitive Christian, it did exactly what Franklin Graham spoke. The passion and detail presented in these stories initiated a curiosity in me to pick up the Bible and read it. In fact the Monday after the 2nd series, I read the entire section about Joshua taking over after Moses died. Hopefully, non-believers will too.



If anything, so far the mini-series reveals the power God has with those who seek to follow him seriously.  There is no question the movie depicts the love, devotion and obedience to God through the representations of Noah, Moses, Joshua, Samson and David.

Isn’t that what we need?

“Shout a great shout”
Joshua 6:10






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The Bible Miniseries on the History Channel


Last night began “The Bible” miniseries on the History Channel. If you missed the first 2 hours please find it and watch it. Roma Downey and her husband Mark Burnett produced this 10 hour Bible story. The acting is superb and special effects are electrifying yet retain the immense faith and power of the stories of men and women who survived unbelievable circumstances.  I especially loved the supernatural parts; I would tell you what they are but don’t want to spoil it. I don’t know how anyone can say the Bible is boring; there is absolutely nothing boring about this movie giving the Bible life on a screen.