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Several years back, I was approached by my friend John “Rusty” Proctor to help him work out a problem.

You see, he had written a play titled Faith Ties: A Christmas Drama, and needed to get it ready for production. The problem: Every time Rusty tried to cut material from his play, he just added more pages.

Normally, I would’ve said no, but Rusty and I had become pretty close. In fact, I blogged about how we met earlier in the year.

The play was an amazing story about forgiveness, redemption and rebirth that followed the spiritual journey embarked on by a pastor’s wife after her husband, a man of unwavering faith and determination, received a vision to grow his church.

The rewrite took me some time, but I was finally done.

Excited, I emailed Rusty to let him know that I was taking a break, but I only had one more scene to go and that I should have a finished product ready by morning.

After taking a break, I hopped on my Macbook only to discover that the file that I was working on became “corrupted”.

I was devastated.

Somehow, I had to break the news to Rusty, who was patiently waiting to read the polished new script.

Thankfully, I remembered almost everyone of the changes that I made and emailed Rusty the changes a day late.

A few days after receiving the rewritten play, Rusty called me and asked to meet. Not only did he ask me thank me, but asked me to direct the stage play.

“I never directed anything before,” I told him.
“I never produced a play before,” he said.

Long story short, the play was a success, mainly because he and I were too naive to realize that we had no business directing or producing anything.  Maybe that’s why, together, we took the next step.

“What do you think about turning this into a movie?” Rusty asked me as the curtains closed to applause on opening night.
“Already working on it,” I smiled.

I quickly adapted the story for the screen. Shortly after, legendary Television icon Demond Wilson came on board. Watch the video below to see what he had to say about the script.


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For a while, I thought the film version of the play would never be made.

Finally, we returned to method that made the play such as success: Two dudes too naive to realize that we had no business directing or producing anything. Rusty, the creator of the story and play, now has taken on the role of Executive Producer of Faith Ties and the movie is now in pre-production!

Check out the Faith Ties Go Fund Me promo…

(CLICK HERE is you have problems watching the video.)

The script has gone through several rewrites.

In one of the earlier versions, I wrote this sermon on Forgiveness. Like the original play, some scenes were cut while others were added. It seems, as a writer, some of your favorite scene don’t make the cut.

It’s not an easy process. But as they say in the biz, writing is re-writing.

Today, like the Extra Reel on DVD, cut scenes can now be shared. So, here’s a cut scene from the upcoming film Faith Ties. I call it “The Thing That God Forgot

I hope you enjoy it…

INT. BETHEL A.M.E. CHURCH – DAY

The Pastor preaches to the congregation from the pulpit.

                        PASTOR
In a small, secluded African community,

word quickly spread of a young girl who
believed she was talking daily to God.

Soon, members of the congregation stopped
attending Church. Instead, they would
congregate at this infant prophet’s house
to hear God’s Word straight from the
source.

News eventually reached the office of the
Bishop. Concerned that a young minister’s
congregation was no longer attending
Sunday service, the Bishop scheduled an
urgent visit.

Within days, the Bishop arrived to pay
the girl a visit with the intent of
returning the Church members to the pews.
However, before heading out, he asked the
young minister to hear his confession.

Finally, both the Bishop and the parson
arrived in the small village and entered
the young girl’s home and found her to be
just like any girl her age, playing with
her doll.

“Is it true, my child, that you speak
directly to God?” the Bishop asked.
“Yes, it is true, Your Eminence,” she
humbly replied. “He arrives the same time
everyday.”
“How convenient.”
“Oh, God is very convenient,” she glowed.
“Did you talk to God today?” the Bishop
asked.
“Yes,” she replied.
“Will you talk to God tomorrow?”
“If He wills it, yes,” she again
respectfully replied.
“When you talk with God tomorrow, can you
ask him one question for me?”
“Of course Your Eminence,” she submitted.
“What is the question?”
“Can you ask God for the list of sins I
confessed this morning. When I come back
tomorrow, you can tell me what God said.”

The young girl glowed and went back to
playing with her dolls.

As they returned to the rectory, the
young minister thanked the Bishop for
coming, but was confused how his short
visit will return his congregation to
return to his church.

The Bishop grinned.

“Surely, if she can’t tell me what I confessed to you
earlier today, she’s not talking to God
and YOU will again be able to tend to His
flock as you were ordained to do.”

The next day the Bishop returned.

Instead of speaking to the girl
privately, as he did the day before, he
questioned the girl publicly, for all to
hear.

“Did you talk with God this morning,
Child?” the Bishop queried.
“Yes, I did Your Eminence.”
“Could God tell you my list of sins?”
The girl paused and lowered her gaze to
the floor. “Sorry, Your Eminence, He
could not.”

The grin of the Bishop grew as the town
people returned to the young priest for
guidance.

“Please, Child, tell everyone listening
why could God NOT recall the sins I
confessed yesterday?” the Bishop probed.
“Because…”
“Because why?!”
“He already forgot them.”

The pastor pauses, then looks out at his parishioners.

                        PASTOR
He already forgot them!
(a beat)
Was this young girl truly talking to God
or not? I don’t know. But I do
recognize the wisdom in her final words.

God’s forgiveness is limitless! Clear!
Complete! And forever! Amen.

                   PARISHIONERS
Amen!

The CHOIR kicks into song. Pastor moves from the pulpit
to his chair as the MUSIC RISES and FOCUS on the
CROSS.

The moment after you faithfully say these three simple words: “I am sorry,” God forgets your sins — every single one of them.

That’s the thing that God forgets.

 

“I, even I, am he who blots out
your transgressions, for my own sake,
and remembers your sins no more.”

Isaiah 43:25

 

James DobkowskiJames Henry is the author of Corporation YOU: A Business Plan for the Soul, ‘Twas, and the new book series Hail Mary. To contact James or book an interview, please contact Mark of Goldman & McCormick PR at (516) 639-0988 or Mark@goldmanmccormick.com.

 

AUTHOR’S NOTE

If you like to know more about the movie Faith Ties, go to FaithTies.com.

Faith Ties: A Christmas Drama.

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Younger Generation

It feels like a lifetime ago.

My wife and I had just moved to Burbank, California.  I was trying to make it as a screenwriter — and she was in search of a Base Shop.   Search over, we dressed for success and drove to Sherman Oaks and to her potential new upline.

I have to admit, I was far from a willing participant. The role I was playing was that of the supportive husband. You see, my wife had given up everything, so I could follow my dream.

Her family. Her friends. Her comfort.

The least I could do is sit through a Wednesday night presentation. Right?

To my surprise, the reception was warm and welcoming. The presenters were unassuming. I later discovered these warm, welcoming, unassuming presenters were the base shop RVPs, Mark and Sue Younger. Oh yeah, they were also multimillionaires … kind, sharing and unassuming multimillionaires.

Over time, we felt more than just members of the Younger Base Shop. We felt like part of the Younger family.

To date, I have never met two people as inspirational as Mark and Sue Younger.  Their stories were entertaining, influential — and endless.

I’ll never forget the night I first heard what I call “The Plan.”  The best word to describe the feeling: Awestruck.

The presentation that I was watching was not just about their patented business plan for success.  It was also my plan … “The Plan” — straight from the pages of my book, Corporation YOU: Business Plan for the Soul.

Impossible, I thought.

I quickly nudged my wife, leaned towards her, and whispered, “That’s my plan!”

She simply smiled and then quietly replied, “I know.” (She was always so much smarter and wiser than I.) And even though she had read my book in draft form — years before she was in the business, my wife never said a word. (She is also much more humble, and so much less forthright, as well.)

Eventually, our new network started to grow — and I continued attending meetings, as often as possible.

One Saturday, I became bold enough to introduce myself to a Primerican after discovering that he shared my career goals.

Eventually, we became writing partners. Today, I consider this gentle man as a confidant, a brother and one of my closest friends.

Together, he and I started to apply these time-tested principles outside of Primerica and eventually, against all odds, respectively produced and directed a faith-based play: Faith Ties. Next, we put the plan in place to turn that play into a motion picture.

Here’s what a television icon had to say after reading the screenplay for Faith Ties.

Did you watch it? Awesome, right?

We still have a much work to do, but we don’t only have the faith that we will succeed. We have the principles to succeed!

Now, I know what you’re thinking: This can’t work for me. Well, I’m telling you that it will — if you don’t forget the bacon!

Like many, my life was one of unfulfilled dreams. In search of life’s true meaning, life became meaningless. That all ended the day I meet a charismatic salesperson by the name of Mel.

Mr. Mel, as I called him, quickly began to transform my life through a series of personal lessons. However, it was not until his last lesson — what it meant to “Don’t Forget the Bacon” — that I was given “The Plan” and with it: Life’s key meaning.

It was then, and only then, I finally understood God’s true plan for my life.

As in everything, there are peaks and valleys. But today, the peaks have never been so high. And thankfully, the valleys are never as low as they were before I learned the lesson for successful living from the Master Teacher, Mr. Mel.

As you read this inspirational narrative, you will find yourself slowly climbing the ladder of personal success and happiness. When you reach the top of the ladder, you will be spellbound as you look beyond and discover a world within—a world of higher purpose, a world of action, a world “beyond self.”

Welcome, my friend, to Corporation You — and don’t forget the bacon!

 

James DobkowskiJames Henry is the author of Corporation YOU: A Business Plan for the Soul, ‘Twas, and the new book series Hail Mary. To contact James or book an interview, please contact Mark of Goldman/McCormick PR at (516) 639-0988 or Mark@goldmanmccormick.com.

 

 

 

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John "Rusty" Proctor

John “Rusty” Proctor

 

Remember Sanford and Son? Of course you do. Well, I’ve done allot of things that I’m proud of, but when I watched this television icon describe a Faith-based Christmas story, Faith Ties, that I co-wrote with my buddy John Proctor, with such passion on TBN’s PRAISE THE LORD with host Clifton Davis, I was at a loss for words.

WATCH THIS:

Amazing, right?

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James Henry is also the author of Corporation YOU: A Business Plan for the Soul and the new bDobkowskiook series Hail Mary. To contact James or book an interview, please contact Mark of Goldman/McCormick PR at (516) 639-0988 or Mark@goldmanmccormick.com

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