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The End of the World Project - Update

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Here's an update to the last post called ‘The End of the World Project’, which is a documentary film in the midst of being made as we speak.  The trailer video I posted was an incomplete version.  One of my followers made the comment "That is one of the most intriguing video projects I've ever heard of. I'll be looking out for it...".   Here is the complete version.  There will be another few cuts uploaded soon plus 15 minutes of filmI’m in the trailer!  How cool is that?  I’m excited about this film as such, but more importantly is that we are to remember God is in charge.  We have nothing to fear as long as we stay focused on Jesus.   

Please pray for this young man, Angel, who's making this film that it will be a success and that God's will be done. 

 

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The End of the World Project

~~ Mark13:32 (NASB) ~~  But of that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but the Father alone.




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You know those days when life seems mundane, like the same old pattern is a big rut you’ll never get out of.  You get up in the morning, go to work, come home, have dinner, play on the computer or watch TV.  Then tomorrow it starts all over again.  Well, for me, Friday was absolutely not one of those days!  Woo Hoo!  I got up, went to my volunteer job at my church like I do every week.  It was a busy day, but nothing out of the ordinary.  Then I came home, had dinner; and, here’s the fun part,... I was interviewed via Skype, for a movie called ‘The End of the World Project’. 

A friend of a friend works with NBC Universal.  They are making a movie about that big day in five weeks when many believe our planet will be drastically changed or end on December 21st.  They’re looking to interview as many people as possible, and I was asked if I’d like to participate.  I figured “Sure, sounds like fun.  What’s the worst that can happen?  I could end up on the ‘cutting room floor.’” 

I spent over an hour chatting with a guy named Angel.  He took me through a range of emotions as I had to seriously think about “what if...?”  What if there is really something to this whole theory about our world not being our world anymore after next month? 

“Are You Scared?”
Out of the sixteen, or so, questions I was asked, that’s the one that cut to my core the most.  Facing your fear is never easy.  The possibilities are endless.  They range from:
  • a major shift of the earth on its axis
  • earthquakes like we’ve never known that can shift or break whole continents
  • to World War III
  • to chemical warfare by terrorists
  • to alien invasions
  • to colliding with a comet equal, or more, in size to earth
  • and, no doubt, other things that we haven’t even thought of.  
How seriously have you considered the question of “What about a nuclear war? Do think that's a possibility?”  How about “Do you think there’s the possibility of a major pandemic?”  or “Do you think there will be mass suicides?”  What would the world be like on the flip side of a major disaster?

No One Knows
Scripture tells us that no one knows the day or time when the world will end.  We know we’re in end times, but we are also told it will come like when we least expect it (Mark13:31-36).  Just a thought... we’re expecting December 21st (or at least many are).

God Will Take Care of You
As Christians we are children of the living God; heirs with Jesus.  So, how did I answer the question “Are you scared?”  I said “I have butterflies in my stomach, but I know no matter what happens; whether I survive or not, God will take care of me.”  I have faith in Him.  I know He loves me.  He’s promised to be with me, comfort me, and take care of me.  I have no reason to fear.  Psalm23:4 says “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil, for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.”  Philippians4:19 promises “And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.

I’m looking forward to seeing this film, whether I end up in it or not.  But either way, I know God will take care of me.  He loves me. 

(If you’d like to participate in this production by doing an interview you can connect withAngel here on the NBC-Universal Crew Facebook page).

Movie Trailer 
This is not a movie based on a script, it's not a Hollywood production with a fake unrealistic scenario... This video is real.  Nobody can be told the exact details about this film - The only way to understand it, is to actually see it for yourself.  Featuring interviews with Gwyneth Paltrow, Willem Dafoe and Chris Rock. 

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Let’s Pray
 ~~ Dear God ~~  You are so loving that we cannot even comprehend it.  Only You know the day and time when this world will come to an end.  In all our vast human knowledge, the bottom line is that the amount we know compares to enough to fill a thimble, against your knowledge that can fill the universe.  Thank You for taking care of us, even in the pending doom that we have brought on ourselves.  Please help us to keep our focus on Jesus, so that we can walk through the dark valley with our heads held high and without fear knowing that You will take care of our every need in every situation.  In Jesus name, AMEN.

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Unexpected Christmas Hero



Title
Unexpected Christmas Hero

Author
Kathi Macias

Publisher
New Hope Publishers, 2012 

My Review
by Carley Cooper

Unexpected Christmas Hero by Kathi Macias is about a young woman and her two small children who loose everything and become homeless after her husband suddenly dies.  It’s a story that touched my heart like no other.  Josie Meyers struggles against the elements, trying to come up with enough food to keep herself and her children alive, and a daily battle to find a place to sleep indoors.  She also has a battle inside; with her faith.  Does God really hear her?  Is He listening?  Does He care?  Her trust issues extend to those around her as well, especially now that she’s homeless and living on the streets in the dead of winter.  Then she meets Rick; a homeless man who is rich in Spirit and shows the love of Christ to everyone he meets; but Josie isn’t sure he can be trusted.  Then her family receives the most incredible miracle on Christmas Eve. They discover the true meaning of friendship and Christmas in a very Unexpected Christmas Hero

Kathi Macias takes us into this world of homelessness in a way that made my heart want to reach out and help.  There are elements in the lives of homeless people that the rest of us do not even consider.  There was a time when I believed that homelessness was a possibility in my own future.  But thankfully, just like Josie Meyers, I have people that love me enough to step out of their way to help those in need simply because it’s what Christ wants us to do.  A meal, a bed to sleep in for a night or two, a ride some place, a few dollars, a simple gift like a disposable cell phone, or a prayer can change the whole world for someone in need.  Who are you going to be a hero for this Christmas?  
My Over-all Rating
Author Interview
Homelessness is a tough topic for Christmas. What inspired you to use that as the basis for your annual Christmas novel?I’ve been involved in homeless ministries, to one degree or another, for decades, so I’m not new to this area of ministry. But I’ll admit that I had never considered writing a novel about it until someone in my family, who had personally experienced homelessness at one time in his life, suggested it. The more I thought about it, the more it seemed the perfect theme for a Christmas novel. After all, at Christmas we celebrate the birth of our Savior, who was pretty much homeless at that particular point in time and was born in a stable because there was no room for them at the Bethlehem Motel 6.

Despite having previous ministry and even personal experience with the homeless, were there still some difficult times for you as you researched and wrote this novel?
Absolutely! I always try to climb inside the skin of my characters, and when I thought of myself as the young mother Josie, attempting to care for and protect her two small children while living on the streets, I wept. There were times when my own children were little that we didn’t have a lot of material things and almost never had enough money at the end of the month, but we always had a roof over our heads and never wondered where we would find our next meal. When I consider that approximately 25 percent of the homeless in America are families (either single or dual-parent) with small children, it breaks my heart.

Can you give us a brief synopsis of Unexpected Christmas Hero?This is a story about a young family—husband, wife, two small children—who seem to be living the American dream. But when the husband dies unexpectedly, the wife (Josie) not only has to deal with that loss but quickly discovers that they are destitute. Her husband had lost his job some months earlier but didn’t want to worry her, so he hid it from her, hoping to find another position. He didn’t, and eventually ran up all their credit cards, took out a second mortgage on the house, emptied their savings, and even cashed in his life insurance policy. It doesn’t take long until Josie and her children lose their home and find themselves living on the streets, depending on the charity of others to survive. Then they meet Rick, a homeless Vietnam vet who takes them under his wing and, in a most surprising and sacrificial way, becomes their unexpected Christmas hero.
Tell us about the “story behind the story,” which involves the man on the front cover.
When the publisher sent the designer out to find someone to pose as Rick, the homeless vet in the book, he spotted a man on the street who looked amazingly like him. He asked the man—whose name is Willard Parker—if he would pose for the book cover. The man readily agreed and then explained that he truly was homeless and hoped having his picture on the cover would somehow help him find his family, particularly his grown daughter. We are doing our best to stay in touch with Mr. Parker and also to spread his story across the Internet and on radio/TV in hopes of fulfilling his dream to be reunited with his family. If anyone looks at the picture on the cover and/or recognizes the man’s name (Willard Parker) and knows the whereabouts of any of his family, we would truly appreciate it if they would contact me at ezyrtr@ca.rr.com so we can take the necessary steps to try and make this reunion happen.

Where can people find your book?
It’s available on any of the main online venues (Amazon, ChristianBooks.com, Barnes & Noble, etc.) and many stores nationwide.
Can you give us your website info?
Sure! You can find me at www.kathimacias.com or www.boldfiction.com. I’d love it if people would stop by there and check out all my books, as well as the video trailers that go with them. They can also sign up to receive my weekly devotional, or check out where I’ll be speaking in the near future. Above all, click on “contact” and send me an email. I’d love to hear from them, and I promise to answer.
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I was given a complimentary copy of this book from the author in exchange for posting the author’s interview and/or book review on my blog. CSS Virtual Book Tours are managed by Christian Speakers Services (http://ChristianSpeakersServices.com).


———– About Kathi Macias ——— 

Kathi Macias is a multi-award winning writer who has authored nearly 40 books and ghostwritten several others. A former newspaper columnist and string reporter, Kathi has taught creative and business writing in various venues and has been a guest on many radio and television programs. Kathi is a popular speaker at churches, women’s clubs and retreats, and writers’ conferences. She won the prestigious 2008 member of the year award from AWSA (Advanced Writers and Speakers Association) at the annual Golden Scrolls award banquet. Kathi “Easy Writer” Macias lives in Homeland, CA, with her husband, Al.




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