So why is there a series when this is called God Makes Indie Movie? It’s actually a 2-in-1 package. The series is based on my true life while God uses me as a vessel to make Christian movies (and possibly other series) in the future.
About Season One
Several months after Tameka meets the Holy Trinity, God commands her to accuse herself before the world.
From prison, she testifies about her spiritual incarceration and the spiritual crimes she committed…
Prostitution. Murder. Theft. Atheism.
… Exposing the detrimental truth as a sinner. God Makes Indie Movie chronicles her testimony of faith and re-birth through Jesus Christ.
1Only fools say in their hearts,
“There is no God.”
They are corrupt, and their actions are evil;
not one of them does good!
2 The Lord looks down from heaven
on the entire human race;
he looks to see if anyone is truly wise,
if anyone seeks God.
3 But no, all have turned away;
all have become corrupt.[a] No one does good,
not a single one!
4 Will those who do evil never learn?
They eat up my people like bread
and wouldn’t think of praying to the Lord.
5 Terror will grip them,
for God is with those who obey him.
6 The wicked frustrate the plans of the oppressed,
but the Lord will protect his people.
7 Who will come from Mount Zion to rescue Israel?
When the Lord restores his people,
Jacob will shout with joy, and Israel will rejoice.
What is a Practical Athiest?
The true atheist is either foolish or wicked–foolish because he ignores the evidence that God exists or wicked because he refuses to live by God’s truths. We become atheists in practice when we rely more on ourselves than on God. The fools mentioned here are aggressively perverse in their actions. To speak in direct defiance of God is utterly foolish according to the Bible.
David’s Courageous Heart
In the sermon, David’s Courageous Heart, Jim Leffel states…[28:49] “What is Saul? Saul’s a practical atheist.
That’s what he is.
He’s not a confessing atheist. He believes that there’s a God. He’s a practical atheist in the sense that his belief that there is a God makes no difference in the calculation in the circumstances that He faces.”
[30:38] On Saul about David defeating Goliath…
‘You’re not able. Your genes are against you. The circumstances do not favor you. You will fail.
But go ahead. Don’t let me try to talk you into it.’ And so that’s the practical atheism that he is describing here.
Here’s my question to you. In what sense can it be said, you are a practical atheist?
What in your life is that challenge of faith at risk that God is calling you to address the fears that are controlling your life and you’re saying, ‘No?’ You’re saying, ‘I don’t have the resources. There’s no way I can do what I want to do.
There’s no way I can deal with…
- the problems occurring in my body
- my child
- my teenage son
- my loneliness
- all the things that I face
There are no real solutions.
I can go on and give lip service at the reality of God, but the reality deeper in my heart is that nothing changes.
And if I’m honest, I’m resentful… and just a little bit bitter that this is that way that it’s gone for me.’
If you’re in that place, you understand exactly what Saul is describing, what Eliab is describing, what all the nations of Israel is describing… That’s the human dilemma.
[46:50] What we see in the narrative of David is a courageous heart, which is that he’s able to assess his circumstances and the real fears that he faces from God’s perspective.
That he is willing to take action based upon that calculation that God is in the mix.
He’s not a practical atheist.
If we say we believe and we disconnect that from a relevant set of action steps, that really does raise the question…
Do I really believe it to begin with?
… And nothing really establishes the reality of our faith more than taking that step. Risking. Putting ourselves out.
Faith is risk.”[player id=3380]
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My Season One Testimony
At first, I was really scared about doing this series, until God began to lay out each episode. And I was very surprised by His approach.
I started getting excited.
Since I’m the bad guy, I get to play the bad guy in this story.
It’s my life story. And you’ll see what a truly spiritually sick person looks like.
The Lure of Evil Desires
12 God blesses those who patiently endure testing and temptation. Afterward they will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him. 13 And remember, when you are being tempted, do not say, “God is tempting me.” God is never tempted to do wrong,[a] and he never tempts anyone else. 14 Temptation comes from our own desires, which entice us and drag us away. 15 These desires give birth to sinful actions. And when sin is allowed to grow, it gives birth to death.
The Dangers of Temptation
Temptation comes from evil desires inside us, not from God. It begins with an evil thought and becomes sin when we dwell on the thought and allow it to become an action. Like a snowball rolling downhill, sin grows more destructive the more we let it have its way. The best time to stop a temptation is before it is too strong or moving too fast to control. See Matthew 4:1-11; 1 Corinthians 10:13; and 2 Timothy 2:22 for more about escaping temptation.
|And out of my heart came…||And on the screen, God exposes me as a…|
… A hard-hearted spiritual criminal that embaces hate and escalates in brutality as I drown in sin after another, from one episode to the next.
Until I become Satanic.
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Where Did I Go Wrong?
Honestly? It happened one sin at a time.
First, I excused one thing and then the next and the next. And progressively, I became a worse person for it.
God’s Anger at Sin
21 Yes, they knew God, but they wouldn’t worship him as God or even give him thanks. And they began to think up foolish ideas of what God was like. As a result, their minds became dark and confused. 22 Claiming to be wise, they instead became utter fools. 23 And instead of worshiping the glorious, ever-living God, they worshiped idols made to look like mere people and birds and animals and reptiles.
24 So God abandoned them to do whatever shameful things their hearts desired. As a result, they did vile and degrading things with each other’s bodies. 25 They traded the truth about God for a lie. So they worshiped and served the things God created instead of the Creator himself, who is worthy of eternal praise! Amen. 26 That is why God abandoned them to their shameful desires. Even the women turned against the natural way to have sex and instead indulged in sex with each other. 27 And the men, instead of having normal sexual relations with women, burned with lust for each other. Men did shameful things with other men, and as a result of this sin, they suffered within themselves the penalty they deserved.
28 Since they thought it foolish to acknowledge God, he abandoned them to their foolish thinking and let them do things that should never be done. 29 Their lives became full of every kind of wickedness, sin, greed, hate, envy, murder, quarreling, deception, malicious behavior, and gossip. 30 They are backstabbers, haters of God, insolent, proud, and boastful. They invent new ways of sinning, and they disobey their parents. 31 They refuse to understand, break their promises, are heartless, and have no mercy. 32 They know God’s justice requires that those who do these things deserve to die, yet they do them anyway. Worse yet, they encourage others to do them, too.
The Downward Spiral of Sin
Paul clearly portrays the inevitable downward spiral into sin. First, people reject God; next, they make up their own ideas of what a god should be and do; then they fall into every kind of wickedness: greed, hate, envy, murder, quarreling, deception, malicious behavior, and gossip. Finally, they grow to hate God and encourage others to do so. God does not cause this steady progression toward evil. Rather, when people reject him, he allows them to live as they choose. God gives them over or permits them to experience the natural consequences of their sin. Once caught in the downward spiral, no one can pull himself or herself out. Sinners must trust Christ alone to deliver them from destruction and put them on the path of salvation.
I gradually transitioned from backslider to rebellious sinner. I was a victim in some areas of my life in the beginning.
But later I made purposeful choices that rejected God’s help.
I was angry at Him and would play passive-aggressive games with Him, because I blamed Him for the long-suffering He allowed in my life.
I would throw spiritual tantrums.
He would tell me He had blessings in store for me, and I would say, “I don’t believe you,” and turn my back on Him.
Or I would respond with cynical quips.
Like, “When? Fifty years from now? No thanks, I don’t need your help. You like to watch people burn.”
What Did I Learn from This?
It was human to be angry with God, but rather than talk it out with Him in prayer, I preferred to just to be a spiritual brat.
My anger, though not necessarily righteous, was totally understandable.
But my reaction was unfair.
I preferred to take digs at God like a child, rather than grow up as a spiritual adult and ask Him to help me get through the suffering, heal me from the pain and learn to love Him regardless of my outward circumstances.
Have a Faithful Outlook Life
15 For the despondent, every day brings trouble; for the happy heart, life is a continual feast.
Dwell on Righteous Things
Our attitudes color our whole personality. We cannot always choose what happens to us, but we can choose our attitude toward each situation. The secret to a cheerful heart is filling our minds with thoughts that are true, pure, and lovely–dwelling on the good things in life (Philippians 4:8). This was Paul’s secret as he faced imprisonment, and it can be ours as we face the struggles of daily living. Look at your attitudes and then examine what you allow to enter your mind and what you choose to dwell on. You may need to make some changes.
I blamed God because He was “the good guy.” You know, it was the classic case of, “How can a good God let this happen?”
When the answer is simple.
But He will not renege on the free-will-promise He gave us.
So, He doesn’t just sit by and let things happen. He makes every effort to try to get US not to do these things.
When we don’t listen, we hurt others.
My life was not God’s fault. My life was my fault, and the fault of the sins of others around me.
The blame lied where it lay. In front of me…
… and around me.
From the sins I committed, and the sins that those around me chose to commit.
David Takes a Census
13 “I’m in a desperate situation!” David replied to Gad. “But let me fall into the hands of the Lord, for his mercy is very great. Do not let me fall into human hands.”
14 So the Lord sent a plague upon Israel, and 70,000 people died as a result.
The Rippling Effect of Sin
Sin has a domino effect; once a sin is committed, a series of consequences follows. God will forgive our sin if we ask him, but the consequences of that sin have already been set in motion. David pleaded for mercy, and God responded by stopping the angel before his mission of death was complete. The consequences of David’s sin, however, had already caused severe damage. God will always forgive our sins and will often intervene to make their bitter consequences less severe, but the scars will remain. Thinking through the possible consequences before we act can stop us and thus save us much sorrow and suffering.
I could have chosen to look at it through honest lenses, and then that would have given me an understanding that I needed to ask God for forgiveness of the sins I committed that hurt me and hurt others.
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Why God’s Making this Series
- So the world can see the consequences of sin, and that it will be punished.
12 When Adam sinned, sin entered the world. Adam’s sin brought death, so death spread to everyone, for everyone sinned.– Romans 5:12 (NLT)
- But also so that the world can see the forgiveness God offers to those who repent and obey Him.
- So that I can testify about all the wonderful things God has done in my life, because He is a good and awesome God.
- Also, so that you know He wants to do the same in your life.
- So that I can worship and exalt God because He’s worthy of praise.
- So that as many people as possible can repent and be saved while there’s still time through Christ Jesus our Lord and Savior.
9 The Lord isn’t really being slow about his promise, as some people think. No, he is being patient for your sake. He does not want anyone to be destroyed, but wants everyone to repent.– 2 Peter 3:9 (NLT)8 God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. 9 Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it. 10 For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.– Ephesians 2:8-10 (NLT)
- And so that the world knows Christ died on the cross for our sins was resurrected, and now sits at the right hand of God, waiting for His appointed time to rule over the whole world as our eternal and perfect King. And so that the world will know He will come again soon!
9 If you openly declare that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by openly declaring your faith that you are saved.– Romans 10:9-10 (NLT)
This is a substantial part of where season one will be shot. A prison cell block located at Affordable Sound Stages.
How You Can Help
Each episode will be released as it’s completed. But producing a series of this magnitude can be expensive. So I need your help to do it. The budget breakdown includes everything that I need to successfully execute this project.
Since each episode will be released as it’s completed that means I don’t need the total goal amount raised before we can get started.
I only need to raise the amount it will take to finance each episode. So here is a budget breakdown of how much we need per episode as well as the total amount needed for everything.[Budget breakdown per episode – toggle extensive breakdown, if necessary]
The Advantages of Companionship
8 This is the case of a man who is all alone, without a child or a brother, yet who works hard to gain as much wealth as he can. But then he asks himself, “Who am I working for? Why am I giving up so much pleasure now? :It is all so meaningless and depressing.
9 Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed. 10 If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But someone who falls alone is in real trouble. 11 Likewise, two people lying close together can keep each other warm. But how can one be warm alone? 12 A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer. Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken.[budget breakdown per episode – toggle extensive brezkdown, if necessary] [budget breakdown of everything]
Serve God and Others
There are advantages to cooperating with others. Life is designed for companionship, not isolation, for intimacy, not loneliness. Some people prefer isolation, thinking they cannot trust anyone. We are not here on earth to serve ourselves, however, but to serve God and others. Don’t isolate yourself and try to go it alone. Seek companions; be a team member.
About the Rewards
DELIVERY DATES: The reward delivery dates are approximate, and reflect a best-guess for the series’ completion; we’re likely to fulfill rewards earlier.
ASSOCIATE PRODUCER CREDIT ($125): Your name will appear in the final credits of each episode of season one. There are eight episodes total. It will appear under the section titled “Associate Producer.” Your name will also appear in writing on our website and IMDB as an Associate Producer.
CO-EXECUTIVE PRODUCER CREDIT ($250): Your name will appear in the final credits of each episode of season one. There are eight episodes total. It will appear under the section titled “Co-Executive Producer.” Your name will also appear in writing on our website and IMDB as a Co-Executive Producer.
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER CREDIT ($500): Your name will appear in the final credits of each episode of season one. There are eight episodes total. It will appear under the section titled “Executive Producer.” Your name will also appear in writing on our website and IMDB as an Executive Producer.
I AM and Who Am I?
Although you only see my face, I’m not doing this mission alone. I’m a servant of Christ and God has direct control of God Makes Indie Movie.
I AM Has Sent Me
14 God replied to Moses, “i am who i am.” Say this to the people of Israel: I AM has sent me to you.”
The First and the Last
17 When I saw him, I fell at his feet as if I were dead. But he laid his right hand on me and said, “Don’t be afraid! I am the First and the Last. 18 I am the living one. I died, but look–I am alive forever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and the grave.
19 “Write down what you have seen–both the things that are now happening and the things that will happen.”
To the naked eye you would call me a nice person but nice doesn’t cut it by God’s standards. Most people think they are nice.
God calls us to sacrifice and love one another when it hurts, when it costs something. And by the standards I don’t measure up.
I need Jesus to save me and help me do this.
I am a nice person, but am I a good person?
So, I’m a sinner and most of the time I’m just plain terrible at meeting God standards.
So these are my qualifications.
God wants to use that.
Ultimately, God tells me what to do and I (generally) obey Him so that He can make use of me.
I used to be self-employed and have an e-Business until God took it away from me because I turned it into an idol.
So my best skills are also my worst skills.
So if you enjoy the GMIM website, it will serve well as my resume.
But I can’t take full credit for it since God’s instructing me on what to do. So God is the creator behind GMIM and I am the vessel He uses to create it.
Risks and Challenges
God wants the episodes released as they are completed. That means that you will likely be able to watch the series long before the estimated delivery date.
I’ve chosen a long delivery date to ensure that we are able to complete the project in the amount of time expected. Chances are very good the series will be completed much sooner than December 2022.
Although we have a goal amount in mind for all episodes, we’ll begin working on the first episode the moment we’re able to raise the funds it will take to complete it. And so on and so on.
Of course, there’s always a chance for delays, but I’ve tried to minimize it as much as possible by choosing a delivery date that could be easily met. However, if things don’t work out as expected, we’ll do our best to keep you informed of any scheduling changes.
Other Ways You Can Help
If want to lift this mission up, there are a number of other ways you can help…
Please pray for this mission and please pray for me.
This mission needs ongoing prayers of support and against Satanic attacks.
I also need your prayers that I stay on the path of righteousness and obey God’s commands and have the courage to walk in faith under any circumstance that comes my way.
Spread the word about this series through your social media network.
Let your followers know what God is doing. Many of the people aren’t saved, and He will want to use you to introduce them to salvation through Christ Jesus by pointing the way to this site.
You can share it by clicking on one of the “Share with Love” buttons below (or above).
Tell your saved and unsaved friends and family about this series.
If you need a point of reference for this, you can easily give them a GMIM soul-saving card, which will point them to this site.
If they are unsaved, these cards offer them a chance to get saved at any time before the series airs or even if they never come to this site.
You can hand one out personally, place one in a letter, birthday or anniversary card, etc. when you mail it out to a friend or relative.
Place a stack on your counter if you own a business, hand them out at church events or conferences, and so on.
Thank You for Your Support!
Thanks so much for your support in advance! Your concern, your love, your care and your prayers in Christ Jesus make all the difference and will lift this mission up so that many will see God and accept Christ as their Lord and Savior and be saved! (Romans 10:9-10)
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How to Get Saved
9 If you openly declare that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by openly declaring your faith that you are saved.
11 As the Scriptures tell us, “Anyone who trusts in him will never be disgraced.” 12 Jew and Gentile are the same in this respect. They have the same Lord, who gives generously to all who call on him. 13 For “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”
Support God Makes Indie Movie
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