I wanted you to know that we were able to attend a private
screening of the
new Mel Gibson film titled, "The Passion Of Christ" this pas
We unexpectedly got on the list to go and view it at the First
Hendersonville, TN. Neither of us were really prepared for what
we viewed. It's
really hard to find the words to tell you how life-changing this
film was for both
First of all, we felt completely out of place. We got in somehow
Donahue, but most of the crowd was the Country Music
radio and press. Ricky Scaggs sort of hosted the event.
This movie changed our lives forever! The room was full of the
weeping and loud sobbing, including our own. I only wish that I
seen it as a young teen.
It is so fitting that the whole movie begins with a black screen
with the text of
Isaiah 53:5, "But He was wounded for our transgressions. He was
our iniquities, the chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and
by His stripes
we are healed.
I've attached an e-mail below, from Lisa Bevill, (Christian
singer) who attended
the viewing as well. She very beautifully describes the
experience of viewing the
film and then getting to have a question and answer time with Mel
(PLEASE take time to read it because she goes into great detail
about the Q&A
time that we had with Mel...it was so
The room was silent as the movie ended and even as Mel walked
down the isle
of the chapel, people remained completely stunned by the film.
After he was formally introduced, everyone stood and applauded
He very graciously answered each question, and was very candid
It was very apparent, though, there was an absence of "Christian
from his mouth (breath of fresh air...thank you) that he has a
with God. He believes that Jesus is the Messiah, and that he's
coming back to
get his people.
Mel, and his small band of believers around him, are asking the
Church to take
on a "grass roots" approach to this film. They are asking us to
tell everyone we
know about it. They are wanting artists to show the DVD trailer
at concerts, to
do pre-sales on tickets through churches and FOR EVERYONE TO GO
IT OPENING WEEK! It really does matter that you go the first 2
weeks of it's
opening, which is FEBRUARY 25TH. It is so important!!
THIS MOVIE IS LIFE-CHANGING AND I PROMISE YOU IT IS ANOINTED BY
THE SPIRIT OF GOD. THIS MOVIE WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE.
I fell in love with Jesus on Monday night. Either for the first
time, or all over again.
It is so amazing that the same King who endured that cross and
was broken for
me, lives inside of me! I am in Him and He is in me. I cannot
wait until Noah and
Elliana are young teens so that we can let them view this movie.
Please pray for Mel Gibson. Pray for protection for he and his
family. Pray that
God would pour back on him 100 fold what he spent on this movie
so that MORE
MOVIES LIKE THIS CAN BE MADE! He spoke about the major warfare
been going on over this movie. He also told us about several
miracles and conver-
sions that happened throughout the making of this film. (Lisa
tells about these in
the letter below) So amazing!.
Anyway, we just wanted you to know about this so that you can
have a part in
the success of this film! Lisa gives out the website info,as
well, below. You can
put a link to it on your website and then you can also request
materials from their website as well.
Blessings to all of you in the name of our Lord!
Christy (singer with Watermark) & Nathan Nockels
(E-mail from Lisa)
Hey, friends and mily,
Last night, I attended a private screening of Mel Gibson's movie
Ricky Skaggs' church in Hendersonville, TN. I attended with
Bonnie and Brent King.
There were about 200 people in attendance. Well,....let me just
say that I am
speechless, moved beyond words and sobered by what I saw last
night. I'm sure
many of you will be receiving e-mails from some of your friends
who were there as well...and you'll probably be
bombarded with their own personal stories.
There were many country artists, as well as Christian artists
there, along side
some radio and press folks.
The movie was in a rough cut version...but still I thought a veryfinished state,
special effects had not been added yet, nor was the music
brought uncontrollable weeping from everyone.. I couldn't stop
the whole movie. And when the movie was over, there was complete
in the church.. I wanted the story to go on and on...for another
I think the movie was about 2 hours long. It got started late,
like around 7:30,
and the next time I looked at my watch, it was 10:30... so I
actually don't even
remember. There was a question and answer time with Mel Gibson
so who cared what time it was. Every moment of the movie was
breathtaking....still there are no words.
The beating and suffering of Christ was almost unbearable to
scenes with flashbac s of Jesus when he was a little boy and a
his mother running to comfort him and then cradling him in her
arms after he
had fallen down about the age of 4 or 5.....was interlaced with
scenes of him
falling to the ground carrying his own cross, so bloody and
and then her holding him in her arms after he had been taken down
cross. Her face then stared into the camera while she was holding
you could just imagine the things she was thinking. Every parent
seated near me ... fell apart.
The nails being hammered into his hands was the most real thing I
seen. One scene of Jesus and the interaction with his
me of every 20-year old man/child and Mom relationship.
Where she's trying to get him to come to eat...and has to remind
him to wash
his hands before eating...she brings water to wash his hands..and
he gently splashes water on his mother..but then wraps his arms
and kisses her on the cheek....and takes off running to the
food.. I don't know,
it just reminded me of something my 15 year old Cody would do to
me, and the
thought of one of my boys going through that, just made me want
to die inside...
Anyway... I could go on and on....but I truly have no words....as
you can tell by
the book I'm writing here (ha).
There was a Q&A period last night with Mel himself. We had heard
he's been showing up at some of these screenings. I got brave
enough to put my
hand up and ask a question about the miracles that we had heard
about, on the
set. He began to talk about so many I couldn't really keep track.
hearing about one of the actors being hit by lightning, twice,
yet walking away
from it with only smoking fingertips, healings, conversions on
the set, but I
especially remember him talking about a two-year old child's,
hearing and sight
being restored...and he said...you know you can't fake that when
you're two so,
we now it was real.
He was asked about spiritual warfare on the set...and he just
"Oh yeah..just being in Italy alone was enough warfare, but he
said it was intense.
He said that the bad press surrounding the movie is just a few
groups that are causing all the noise. But also seem to have the
That became the reason for having these small private
screenings..is to get the
word out and to start a grass roots campaign into a swell.
familiar. We all get the chance to be Christ's disciples all over
again, in a fresh
Ricky Skaggs asked the final question of the night to
Mel.....about how we can
pray for him, help him, spread the word etc. He said that,
"prayer was the
most powerful thing.... not to pray for all our enemies to have
warts grow on
their faces, (laughter), but to pray for our warring angels to
fight against satan's
angels, because the people don't know any better, they are
clueless, and they
are just being used by satan."
It was mentioned to everyone in the crowd who were artists, press
and such..anyone who had a website...to get on a mailing list and
That they would be sending links, so that everyone could put it
on their web
sites,... there would be movie trailers that artists could take on
tour with them,
show at concerts....any type of promo material on product tables,
They passed out a poster flyer last night as we left...and the
address is......www.thepassionofchrist.com. This is the address
they have on
all promo materials for the movie.
It was a little easier to see the trailer on this site....as it
was equipped for all
computers video capabilities. You can go to this website and
register to find out
more info on how to help. This other site that is listed will
just give you more info
on press stuff and more press on the miracles that happened.
The movie comes out February 25, 2004.. Ash Wednesday...in
The movie's official title is, The Passion of the Christ. Mel
said that he spent 35
million of his own money to make this movie.
Mel, I have to say, is a man of the word! He knows the Bible..and
is a sold-out
believer. He said that this movie has been his passion for the
past 12 years...
just 3 years ago, the Lord began to give him landmark signs that
now was the
time to start filming the movie. He mentioned some of them...but
one that stuck
in my mind, was him saying that some random little old lady in
France, I think...
came up to him and said something to him that nobody could've
known. I don't
know what she said to him....but he said the signs to get started
on it, were un-
Ok....well...I know that I am changed...and I pray that what I
saw will be etched
on my brain forever...and Lord, help me to never forget the price
you paid for us all. Whenever I begin to argue, or
complain....shut my mouth Lord. And help us all to remember,...we
are not home yet...that heaven awaits all of us
who believe in
Him....and that we all have a part to play, a heart to share, a
burden to carry...
and a story of love and hope to spread....
Thank you for the cross LORD!....Make it a point to take your
entire family to this
I love you all....and have a blessed Christmas holiday if I don't
see or talk to
any of you before then... Lisa B.
MORE BELOW ABOUT THESE PRIVATE SCREENINGS - MEL at the Vatican.
December 10, 2003
Gibson Shows 'Passion' at theVatican
STEPHEN M. SILVERMAN
After an initial postponement earlier this month, Mel Gibson
controversial film, "The Passion of Christ", for three highly influential
Vatican congregations, and has received a strong endorsement from at least
one American official, according to the Zenit international news service,
which chronicles Vatican news and communications.
By the same token, says the Hollywood Reporter, the words of praise have
fueled another demand from America's Anti-Defamation League for Gibson to
make his film available for review over its purported anti-Semitic
This past weekend, says Zenit, "The Passion," which is an account of the
last 12 hours in the life of Christ, was screened for members of the
Vatican Secre- tariat of State, the Pontifical Council for Social
Communications and the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.
The Zenit account, however, did not specify names of attendees, but said
that the screening resulted in, "unanimous appreciation and approval"
of the film by those present.