The Star of Bethlehem


My appreciation for God, my life, my study of Scripture–none of those will ever be the same again. I mean that from the depths of my soul.

From the Producer of The Passion of the Christ, Stephen McEveety, comes The Star of Bethlehem.

This documentary takes us on Attorney Rick Larson’s journey from a Christmastime yard display of the Wise Men to some very incredible and powerful discoveries the sky has been holding–and we are able to witness the phenomenal poetry that is Christ’s birth that God set in motion when He first laid out the universe.

It might sound melodramatic for me to say that this hour-long documentary was nearly as powerful to me as was The Passion of the Christ, however, it is the truth.

And remember when you saw The Passion of the Christ, how quiet and still you became? Do you remember how deep in your soul you felt Christ’s love?

This is like that.

The exception is this is not about Christ’s pain and suffering. This is about God’s majesty. His Power. His creativity.

While it starts off slow, it certainly ends with a bang. A big, cuts-like-a-knife emotional bang.

And I can’t give it away.

It’s about The Star of Bethlehem, what the skies looked like around Christ’s conception and birth as well as when the Magi’s came from the East. It continues to astound with communication from the sky at the hour Christ cried out, “My God, my God, why have you foresaken me?”

You can buy the DVD here. It is only $11.85 or 6 for $60. (I seriously think I’m buying six as Christmas gifts.)

Here is a 2ish minute promo video, but it does not do justice to the whole story.

You can also visit BethlehemStar.net and read for yourself. But that’s really not as effective as watching the footage.

Final note. I’m having a hard time labeling this as a review. It’s an immense blessing that right now, I’m having trouble comprehending. It’s that big.

Please. See for yourself. Then come back and talk to me about it.

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Painting Revelation

Painting Revelation by Debby Topliff

When asked to review this DVD, I jumped on it. I mean, with my focus on Visual Prayers and my Art Scripture Journal how could I resist taking the time to study another artist’s work?

And wow. I liked this.

Debby Topliff was intimidated by the book of Revelation and issued herself a challenge–to study it. She came away with notes and drawings–and put paint to canvas. A 5-foot by 7-foot canvas to be exact. (OH what fun that would be!!)


Her DVD, Painting Revelation is broken into easy to watch sections that can be done as weekly studies or watched all at once (as Zane and I did.) Debby narrates the DVD and starts in her woodsy yard talking about what the Bible says and then moves to zooming in on the portion of her painting while she explains her interpretation.

This is such an incredible experience.

As I’ve been doing my Scripture Journal and Visual Prayers, I’ve been basically doodling, drawing or painting or whatever I feel led to do. I haven’t ever set out to do something, interpret something. So this process was very interesting to me.

In addition to what I’ve already talked about, there is bonus material…

Resources included:

  • Teaching: Show the DVD in segments to present an overview and set the context for preaching and teaching on Revelation.
  • Worship: Project images from the DVD to enhance singing and praise.
  • Family: Share the DVD with your children to introduce them to the book of Revelation.

You can preview the DVD here. You should. It’s beautiful! (and it’s only 3 minutes!)

I’m so glad I had the opportunity to review this.

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