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Expression 58 December 20, 2008

shawn-boltz

Shawn Boltz…a passionate man called to minister in Hollywood. Watch out, the Holy Spirit is sending a new wave of power, love, compassion, and revival to the Hollywood scene. Sound unlikely? Why wouldn’t the King of Glory transform one of the most INFLUENTIAL mountains of our society. It’s not too big. He’s too big!

Check it…

Shawn and Sally Podcasts (Interviews with Hollywood “missionaries”)

Isaiah 58
“Shout it aloud, do not hold back.
Raise your voice like a trumpet.
Declare to my people their rebellion
and to the house of Jacob their sins.

2 For day after day they seek me out;
they seem eager to know my ways,
as if they were a nation that does what is right
and has not forsaken the commands of its God.
They ask me for just decisions
and seem eager for God to come near them.

3 ‘Why have we fasted,’ they say,
‘and you have not seen it?
Why have we humbled ourselves,
and you have not noticed?’
“Yet on the day of your fasting, you do as you please
and exploit all your workers.

4 Your fasting ends in quarreling and strife,
and in striking each other with wicked fists.
You cannot fast as you do today
and expect your voice to be heard on high.

5 Is this the kind of fast I have chosen,
only a day for a man to humble himself?
Is it only for bowing one’s head like a reed
and for lying on sackcloth and ashes?
Is that what you call a fast,
a day acceptable to the LORD ?

6 “Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen:
to loose the chains of injustice
and untie the cords of the yoke,
to set the oppressed free
and break every yoke?

7 Is it not to share your food with the hungry
and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter—
when you see the naked, to clothe him,
and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood?

8 Then your light will break forth like the dawn,
and your healing will quickly appear;
then your righteousness [a] will go before you,
and the glory of the LORD will be your rear guard.

9 Then you will call, and the LORD will answer;
you will cry for help, and he will say: Here am I.
“If you do away with the yoke of oppression,
with the pointing finger and malicious talk,

10 and if you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry
and satisfy the needs of the oppressed,
then your light will rise in the darkness,
and your night will become like the noonday.

11 The LORD will guide you always;
he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land
and will strengthen your frame.
You will be like a well-watered garden,
like a spring whose waters never fail.

12 Your people will rebuild the ancient ruins
and will raise up the age-old foundations;
you will be called Repairer of Broken Walls,
Restorer of Streets with Dwellings.

13 “If you keep your feet from breaking the Sabbath
and from doing as you please on my holy day,
if you call the Sabbath a delight
and the LORD’s holy day honorable,
and if you honor it by not going your own way
and not doing as you please or speaking idle words,

14 then you will find your joy in the LORD,
and I will cause you to ride on the heights of the land
and to feast on the inheritance of your father Jacob.”
The mouth of the LORD has spoken.

 

Will Smith…a fascinating man December 8, 2008

Filed under: Hollywood — charredsmore @ 12:08 pm

Pray for Will Smith, one of the most influential people in Hollywood.

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Hollywood IS a MISSION FIELD! December 5, 2008

Filed under: Hollywood,Music,prayer requests,The Arts — charredsmore @ 4:20 am
 

MATRIX November 30, 2008

Filed under: artwork,Hollywood,poetry,Prophetic Words,Random — charredsmore @ 11:11 pm

Just finished watching The Matrix in the car on the way down to Biloxi and all I can say is, “This movie is PROPHETIC!”  It is paralleling the Kingdom of God and the Kingdom of the world.  I have seen the movie before, a while back and it really didn’t impact me that much.  Now watching it, I sensed such a profound message being shared with the audience.  We are coming to a place in our nation when communication with the Spirit will be key. It will be so important.  His sheep hear His voice. Amen.

I suggest you watch it again and ask the Lord to impart revelation to you about the coming days…and the present time.

 

Everything I never wanted… November 27, 2008

Filed under: Dreams,Hollywood,Ministry Stuff,Random,Revelation and Growth,testimony — charredsmore @ 9:12 pm

Recently I feel like Jehovah Sneaky is pulling a fast one on me, but I like it!  haha.  Seriously, I don’t even know what is going on with my life anymore.  If you were to ask me five years ago, “Where do you think you will be in five years?”  I NEVER would have thought this place.  But I am SO THANKFUL for where He has brought me.  I never would have chosen this life, but I am glad he has given it to me by His grace.

Here is just a short list of things the Lord is doing in my life right now, that seem totally opposite of what I ever wanted or desired.  But now, I don’t want anything else…but His will!

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  • I have been volunteering in the junior high (math classroom) for the past three years.  I wanted to use my degree, but not actually teach.  I NEVER EVER EVER thought I would want to teach in the public school system.  I really didn’t have the confidence or motivation for it.  After graduation I thought I would be on the mission field in some regard.  To bring you up to speed I have recently gotten my substitute teaching license and had my first two days of subbing (in the class I volunteer with) this week.  Guess what?  I LOVED IT!  I love teaching these students math, I love teaching them about life, I love teaching them about character development and life skills, I LOVE IT!  This is not even an easy school to teach in, the students have tons of baggage from their families and bring it all to school with them causing a dysfunctional environment for everyone.  Good thing I serve a BIG God who can take care of that. Check out the school’s report card to get a better picture of where the studetns are at academically.

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  • I always told my parents not to expect me to make a lot of money, it has just never been important to me.  I have always wanted a job that was fulfilling and satisfying and more importantly where the Lord wanted me to be.  Of course, this is not always easy and living on faith certainly isn’t either, BUT is causes a deeper dependance on the King of Kings who owns EVERYTHING!  So, I believe I am a missionary here in Cairo getting prepared for the mission field in the marketplace.  I do believe that someday I will be wealthy or influence many wealthy people to GIVE to the KINGDOM (1 Timothy 6:17-19).  No, this is not something I just dreamt up one day, I believe the Lord has spoken it to me and confirmed it many times.  It is really not about the money, more about being a steward of His resources, and that get’s me excited.

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  • I have always been more comfortable around the poor, the broken, the “down and out” of society.  Rich, white people kind of intimidate me sometimes.  I know, that sounds silly, considering where I come from (White Bear Lake, MN).  That’s just how I work, I love connecting with and sharing life with these people.  No offense to wealthy whities, I just feel more comfortable around others.  This fits perfectly into what I thought I would be doing – heading straight off to the foreign mission field and ministering to the hungry, the dying, the needy, the thirsty, the naked, the prisoners, the widow, and the orphan.  All was well with Heather’s world, until the Holy Spirit spoke to her last Christmas about ministering in Hollywood.  WHAT?!?!  This was definitely not on my life plan.  That was for other people.  People who are into famous people, people who are into “what’s in and what’s out”, people who are into fashion, people who are knowledgeable about the “industry”, people who really have a heart and burden to reach the lost in one of the wealthiest and most influential places in the world…certainly NOT ME LORD!  I didn’t have a heart for them, usually I didn’t give a rip, or I would judge them based on the little I knew about their lives.  God you want me to do what?  I have always had a pull toward Cali, even ask my mom.  When I was younger I always wanted to go there and eventually live there.  Still not sure how it all works or what it will look like, that doesn’t matter.  What does matter is that God HAS changed my heart towards those rich white folks and the people who are in the industry.  They need Jesus just as much as the Maasai tribe in Kenya, Africa.  The Holy Spirit will take care of the rest.

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  • Music.  I have always been self conscious about my singing voice.  It wasn’t until after my first summer with YouthWorks in Bramwell, WV that I realized I could actually sing out loud and people wouldn’t run away screaming covering your ears.  Seriously, I had issues.  Now, I LOVE singing and leading worship.  It is all about Him, not about me.  I am even in the process of recording my first CD.  WHAT?!? Never would I even consider this in the past.  Playing instruments has always been fun to me.  I grew up playing the trumpet from 5th grade to 9th grade, and boy do I wish I would have kept it up.  For all you youngsters out there ready to give up on band, think again.  It is such an amazing skill to have.  Recently, I have gotten back into playing my trumpet and am even helping some of the band students here in Cairo.  I have been playing guitar off and on for about three years.  My friend Anthony in town is teaching me how to play the piano/keyboard.  Praise God!  I felt the Lord speaking to my heart about learning to play many instruments and teaching them to children/teens.  This was totally NOT on my radar.  If anyone reading this would like to donate to the cause, give me a call – I am collecting instruments.

So, next time you say, “Oh, Lord, I will NEVER do _____________________,” think again.  That might be the VERY thing He wants you to do.  He never wants us to rely on our own “skill and gifting” but instead on His Spirit.

 

The non-religious guide to dating and relationships November 23, 2008

Filed under: Hollywood,Ministry Spotlight — charredsmore @ 9:08 am

Shawn Boltz is an ambassador for Christ in one of the most unlikely mission fields in America…Hollywood.  Props to this brother as he has stepped out in faith in many ways.  He is trusting God for a ripe harvest in Hollywood.  This city influences NATIONS.  Seriously, not a small thing. 

 

Just today I was checking out his blog and myspace pages.  He helped start a ministry in Hollywood – Expression 58.  Unfortunatley I was not able to hook up with them while I was in Hollywood last year, but I hope to next time I go.

He has a new video series out with the above title. Here is a promo video.  Looks good.

 http://www.expression58.org/

“Virginity is a lifestyle…”

 

Date with Tyler Perry… November 14, 2008

Filed under: Hollywood,The Arts — charredsmore @ 11:28 am

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Tyler Perry, now there’s a man. 

He writes, acts, directs, produces – both movies and plays!  Dang, brother got it going on!  He is a Christian, and…he’s single.  Haha.

So, I am pretty much obsessed with watching all the Tyler Perry movies I can get my hands on!  Good thing my friend Gloria has ALL of them.  Tonight my roommie and I watched “Daddy’s Little Girls”.  I was so impressed with the quality of the story and the film.  This movie was a bit different than the other Tyler Perry films I have watched (Diary of a Mad Black Woman and Why Did I Get Married).  It was more of a drama, not much of a comedy.  I appreciated it.  While watching the film, I couldn’t help but think of the community I live in and the fact that some of these kids grow up in that harsh reality.  The reality that parents are more interested in their fleshly addictions than their own flesh and blood.  That kids are abused in their homes. God, we cry out for justice! 

 

It’s fitting I would see this movie tonight, considering our prayer time this morning.

We cry out for the FATHER’S to raise up!  Let them be true men, as they follow you Jesus.  Raise them up here in Cairo, raise them up in Illinois, raise them up in our nation! 
We need FATHERS!

 

Jennifer Bittinger November 12, 2008

Filed under: Hollywood,Ministry Spotlight,The Arts — charredsmore @ 5:07 am

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I am a part of the Hollywood Prayer Network, which connects Christians to intercede for people in the industry. They matched me up with a beautiful young woman named Jennifer Bittinger. She loves the Lord and has a vision to see Him glorified through the entertainment industry. Join me in praying for Jennifer.

Jennifer Bittinger

a voice of truth

Jennifer Bittinger works in entertainment with music and television broadcasting. She is currently finishing her master’s degree in Journalism at Regent University’s School of Communication & the Arts. She is greatly involved with several student-led television shows, student film productions, directed music for the Regent Summer Theatre Camps, and is the national coordinator for Regent University’s Reel Dreams Film Competition.

Jennifer grew up as a minister’s daughter in Ohio. She has competed in national talent competitions, the Miss America Pageant System, and is building her music and entertainment career to be a light of hope to many.

Several of the ways that Jennifer is sharing God’s truth with people is through speaking, singing, and writing. She enjoys to speaking to Christian and non-Christian audiences of all genres enlightening on topics of Self-Worth; Singleness; Leadership; Mentoring; Ministering to Ministers; Selecting Wholesome Media; Being Bold, Beautiful & Brilliant; True Worship; and God Visions.

Since she was 4-years-old, Jennifer has been playing the piano and singing. One of her greatest passions is songwriting and performing music that God gives her to share with others. She is currently recording her first solo album that shares songs of truth like “She’s Me,” “Dream,” and “Unseen.” She desires to encourage and share about the realities of life that can only find their solutions in Christ.

One of the most spontaneous areas of her life encompasses writing! Jennifer has always enjoyed writing articles published in OnCourse Magazine, Brio Magazine, and various online web publications and devotional websites. But, her favorite book series that she is currently working on dives into the sea of singleness, marriage, and how faith affects our relationships. “Single, Sexy & Satisfied: Finding Fulfillment in the Season of Single” is a book that came from the good and bad lessons Jennifer learned from relationships, but also praying about the true purpose God has for people during their times of singleness. The 2nd book in the relationship series is titled “Married, Majestic & Mindful: Changing the World through Your Season of Marriage.” This book opens the numerous doors of opportunities that married couples have to encourage singles around them and also change the world through their season of marriage. Jennifer has also written other books on eating disorders and self-worth. For more information you can go to: http://www.jenniferbittinger.com.

As a humble servant of her Lord Jesus Jennifer says, “I ask the Lord to use me as His voice of truth to the nations that they may see God and know His saving grace.”

 

The man behind Madea November 3, 2008

Filed under: Hollywood,Ministry Spotlight,Movies — charredsmore @ 3:49 am

I have been hearing about Medea movies over the last three years since living in Cairo.  Really, I thought the movies would be offensive, so I put off actually watching one of the movies until just this past weekend.  I was pleasantly surprised.  “Diary of a Mad Black Woman” is an inspiring movie.  Yes, some of the humor is less than righteous, but Tyler Perry is reaching out to a different audience than regular “church folk”. He wants to share the gospel with people who would rather step inside a movie theater than a church.

After seeing this interview with Tyler Perry I have a better perspective of his heart, motivations, and inspiration in making films and now his television show, “House of Payne”. 

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Pray for Tyler Perry.
Pray for righteous men and women to raise up in Hollywood!

Amen. 

There WILL be a revival in HOLLYWOOD that touches the nations…expect and observe.

 

A new name for Hollywood January 16, 2008

Filed under: Hollywood,Prophetic Words,The Word — charredsmore @ 6:41 pm

Names are important. 

I believe the Lord gives new names – for individuals and cities.

While I was praying for Hollywood (this is a new burden of prayer) a few days ago, the Lord revealed some things to me.

I remember hearing a vision that someone once had about the name…

They saw the large white letters on the hill – “HOLLYWOOD” and the hand of God came down and plucked out one letter.  He plucked out an “L”, making a new name, “HOLYWOOD”.

As I thought about his, I asked the Lord what the “L” being plucked out represented. 

The “L” represents Love.  They can not serve two masters – they will love one and hate the other. 

2 Timothy 3:1-7

In the last days there will be times of difficulty. For people will be lovers of…

 

Unrighteous

 

Righteous

 

Self

 

God and others

 

Money

 

Generous

 

Proud

 

Humble

 

Arrogant

 

Considerate of others

 

Abusive

 

Gentle

 

Disobedient to parents

 

Obedient to parents

 

Ungrateful

 

Grateful

 

Unholy

 

Holy

 

Heartless

 

Whole hearted

 

Unappeasable

 

Satisfied in the Lord

 

Slanderous

 

Encouraging

 

Without self control

 

Self Controlled

 

Brutal

 

Kind

 

Not loving good

 

Loving the things of Phil. 4:8

 

Treacherous

 

Trustworthy

 

Reckless

 

Thoughtful

 

Conceited

 

Meek

 

Lovers of pleasure over lovers of God

 

First and Second commandment in place

 

Appearance of godliness but denying its power

 

Walking in holiness and power of the Holy Spirit

 

**Don’t just tear down strongholds. Replace with the truth. There are many counterfits right now. Instead of wiping away – TRANSFORM. Just as we pray for transformed hearts in Cairo – not destruction, but mercy. Your kindness leads us to repentance. Transform the hearts of people in Hollywood. Transform this place to be known as “Holywood” redeem all things Lord. Cause the people and productions to align with your Kingdom purposes.

Release your creativity and wisdom from heaven to the believers – let them walk in power and anointing. May they live sanctified lives, may they stand out Lord Jesus, no longer blending into the”Californian culture”.