Thursday, July 24, 2014

Interview: Dr. Gene Steiner, ATK Adviser - Director of Biblical Relations

Gene Steiner is the author of 7 books and has served as master editor for 19 others. But that is just the beginning of his qualifications to do multiple roles in the production of Abducted to Kill, the movie.

Gene Steiner was born in Cleveland, Ohio, to wonderful, loving Mennonite Christian parents.  He graduated from high school in Warsaw, Indiana. While living there, he observed Christian films being produced by Ken Anderson Films of Warsaw. There Gene met Dan Dunkelberger, film director and cinematographer. Steiner boldly encouraged Dunkelberger to accept a position to teach cinematography at Oral Roberts University, which Mr. Dunkelberger did -- and that is how Steiner,  while attending ORU, was  mentored in this field.
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Dr. Gene Steiner's many accomplishments and answers to questions about Abducted to Kill, the movie are listed below.
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Q. What makes ATK different from other projects you have worked on? 

Gene: "Abducted to Kill" will be a faith-based movie shot on location and a dream come true for me to assist in the production of a major movie since I have been producing Christian media productions in other formats up until now. 

Q. What inspired you to work on ATK? 

Gene:  It is a fulfillment of my original call to help produce Christian films.

Q. Where do you see the project going in the next few weeks/months/years? 

Gene:  I expect there will be a series of 5 or more successful motion pictures having a global impact.

Q. Why do you want to work on a faith-based film? 

Gene:  The world must hear the Gospel. Films are an excellent means to communicate this message to reach this generation. My role as a prayer intercessor and chaplain for this project will provide a prayer covering, and spiritual staff support, and will be a fulfillment of part of God's call upon my life.
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For Dr. Gene Steiner, his career life is just beginning. His many accomplishments include:

Denver TV station manager for 5 years.

Media director and producer/director for many ministries producing over 5000 Christian television programs for:

Dr. Gene Steiner
Christ For The Nations (5 yrs)
Christian Broadcasting Network
Professional Video Services (8 yrs)
Beverly Hills Baptist Church Dallas
Mount Paran Church of God Atlanta
Marilyn Hickey Ministries (7 yrs)
Covenant Marriages Ministry (7 yrs)
Victory Christian Center Tulsa (2 yrs)
Oral Roberts University (producer 2 yrs)
Creative Media, LLC (11 yrs)
(Highlights... There are many others including productions for Promise Keepers and secular projects)

In 2014, at Jesus Calls International, Gene produced 26 programs plus many hours of raw HD video. He also designed and installed a state-of-the-art high definition television studio with robotic cameras - plus multiple robotic camera production capabilities in the sanctuary and a flypack for this Dallas ministry.
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He traveled to India for three weeks in 2014 consulting with Jesus Calls International. There he helped design an outside broadcast van, trained television production crews, lectured at Karunya University to 400 media students, served as lighting director for a prayer festival in Kurnool, India (with 200,000 people in attendance); lighted the Chennai DGS Dhinakaran Prayer Tower auditorium, designed ENG production gear packages, and consulted with key ministry executives for MAM upgrades.
Other Career Highlights 

Produced two 7-camera crusade telecasts switched-LIVE and transmitted LIVE globally via satellite from India and Nigeria seen on 4,300 TV stations through TBN.

Produced Christian programming for global distribution for 36 years. 

Designed and built 5 TV production studios

Director for an ad agency that syndicated daily TV and radio programs to 4,500 TV stations, 5 TV networks, and 125 radio stations. 

Media consultant, sales manager, and system designer for the past 7 years.

Friday, July 18, 2014

When is Turning the Other Cheek Not Enough? Part 2

 Where is Hamas getting the rockets and/or the money to produce these rockets?

Written by Porter Versfelt, III 
It has been widely reported that the Iranian regime has supplied most, if not all, of the rockets now plummeting on Israel, including the newer long-range models supplied by Iran. In effect, it is a proxy war between Iran and Israel with Iran being a cowardly aggressor who lets others doing its fighting for them - the terrorist group Hamas which is now the elected leadership of the Gaza government. The Iranian government has declared publicly many times that it wants to destroy Israel and kill every Jew there and around the world.

Never having lived in the midst of actual combat or been on the receiving end of rocket and missile attacks (though I have been shot at during my work as a journalist), I have only to gauge the devastation as having lived in a war zone during a state of unofficially declared war. That war zone was in southwestern Iran when my parents, siblings and I lived in the towns of Masjid-i-Suleiman (M.I.S.) and later Ahwaz over five years.

My father worked for the National Iranian Oil Company (N.I.O.C.) as a petroleum geologist and was one of thousands of Americans, Canadians and Europeans lending their oil hunting and petroleum drilling expertise to the Shah and the Iranian people. I was a teenager then and we kids joked about being only six minutes from the border with Iraq by Mig (Russian) fighter jet, where the dictator Sadaam Hussein had waged war on Iran, off and on, for years. Things really got bad after we left in 1977. In 1980, during what is now called the “Iran-Iraq War”, possibly millions died overall. No one really knows how many were lost during that eight-year conflict.

Between the threat of annihilation from the sky and frequent earthquakes, we lived a kind of nervous status quo. So I can sympathize with the residents of Israel - Jews, Christians, Muslims, Arabs and many other demographic groups live in this historic metropolitan with rockets and missiles coming in singly and often by the dozen at one time, day and night.

When the sirens go off there, depending upon where you live in Israel, you have between 15 and 60 seconds to stop what you are doing, get out of your car, public bus, train, house, office or school and get into a bomb-proof shelter. The many videos shared on social media and You Tube showing the rush and panic are chilling. The residents of London and southeastern Great Britain in the late 1930’s had long hours, sometimes days, between German Nazi “buzz bomb” attacks to recuperate.

In Israel, the attacks come from the sky every few minutes around the clock. Every day. To be continued.... 
By Porter Versfelt III - Member, Board of Directors, Higher Ground Films 

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Thursday, July 17, 2014

When Is Turning The Other Cheek Not Enough?

When Is Turning The Other Cheek Not Enough? 

By Porter Versfelt III - Member, Board of Directors, Higher Ground Films 

(Atlanta, Georgia) Four days ago, at the height of the massive rocket attacks against Israel from the Palestinian stronghold of the neighboring Gaza territory - and Israel’s attempts to protect itself and it’s citizens - we decided to write about how this is affecting everyday Israelis. It has taken four days to write this because the situation there and the story keeps changing by the minute. It is difficult to keep up with. But it is extraordinarily difficult for the people of Israel, and those of Gaza, to live under this continuous stress and threat of injury and death. As of this posting, Israel has called a new cease fire even though a previous cease fire was interrupted by Palestinian rockets.

See Report: Israelis Traumatized by Bombs, Taking Sleeping Pills to Find Rest
http://blog.godreports.com/2014/07/israelis-traumatized-by-bombs-taking-sleeping-pillsto-find-rest/

As of the writing of this commentary in the evening of the 16th of July, some 1,000+ Palestinian rockets have been fired from Gaza into Israeli territory since 07 July when Israel launched what it calls “Operation Protective Edge”. That happened after some 450+ rockets were fired since the beginning of the year at Israel. Some have reached neighboring Israeli towns such as Sderot, while others are reaching further than ever before to parts of Tel Aviv and Jerusalem as well as many places all over Israeli territory.

Five-million Israeli’s are at risk. They have been increasingly at risk since Israel gave up the Gaza territory along the Mediterranean Sea in 2005 to the Palestinians. Since then enemy rockets and missiles have rained down into Israel from Gaza at various times. 11,000 or so in total.

The IDF - or Israeli Defense Forces - have published excellent graphics and a detailed
report showing the chronology of the 15,000- plus rockets that have been fired from Gaza into Israel since 2001, detail the types of rockets being used and Israel’s responses over
time. http://www.idfblog.com/facts-figures/rocket-attacks-toward-israel/

Unanswered questions are, "Where is Hamas getting the rockets and/or the money to produce these rockets?  What is their ultimate objective? Why do they keep using civilians as human shields? Doesn't this show a weakness and cowardice on the part of Hamas-Fatah? How long will the world believe the distortions?"

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Rockets Invading Israel

1967 war
Does anyone remember the Arab–Israeli war in 1967? Wikipedia says that "the war began on June 5 with Israel launching surprise strikes against Egyptian air-fields in response to the mobilisation of Egyptian forces on the Israeli border." But let's measure this war from another POV.

In response to the Palestine Liberation Organization sabotage acts against Israeli targets, Israel moved forward to the Jordanian-controlled West Bank.

God establishes our territories. He gives us our land--His land to us.
Psalm 24:1 The earth and everything it contains are the Lord’s. The world and all who live in it are his.
1 Corinthians 10:26 Certainly, “The earth is the Lord’s and everything it contains is his.” 
What God Gave To Abraham:
Genesis 17:8 I am also giving this land where you are living—all of Canaan—to you and your descendants as your permanent possession. And I will be your God.”
Exodus 23:31 “I will establish your borders from the Red Sea to the Mediterranean Sea and from the Sinai Desert to the Euphrates River. I will put the people living in the land under your control, and you will force them out of your way. 
The "Land of Canaan" extends from Lebanon southward to the "Brook of Egypt" (Nachal Mitzrayim ("River of Egypt") used for the river defining the westernmost border of the Land of Israel) and eastward to the Jordan River Valley.

Are we dealing with a Cain and Abel situation here? 

Is Ishmael heir to land given to Abraham's descendants? Unfortunately for Ishmael's descendants (some of those who are bombing Israel now), the promise continues through Jacob (Israel) and his descendants. 
Genesis 17:17-19  Immediately, Abraham bowed with his face touching the ground. He laughed as he thought to himself, “Can a son be born to a hundred-year-old man? Can Sarah, a ninety-year-old woman, have a child?” 18 Then Abraham said to God, “Why not let Ishmael be my heir?” 19 God replied, “No! Your wife Sarah will give you a son, and you will name him Isaac [He Laughs]. I will make an everlasting promise to him and his descendants.
Genesis 35:10-12  God said to him, “Your name is Jacob. You will no longer be called Jacob, but your name will be Israel.” So he named him Israel.
11 God also said to him, “I am God Almighty. Be fertile, and increase in number. A nation and a community of nations will come from you, and kings will come from you. 12 I will give you the land that I gave to Abraham and Isaac. I will also give this land to your descendants.”
Joshua 21:43 So the Lord gave Israel the whole land he had sworn to give their ancestors. They took possession of it and settled there.

Jesus Christ in Israel's Covenant With God: 

One descendant of Israel (Jacob)--Jesus of Nazareth (God with us)--was capable of giving his life for all the people of the earth and drawing us into the inheritance. In other words, those who have received Christ have been awarded all the promises originally given to Abraham through adoption.
Galatians:3:29  If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s descendants and heirs, as God promised.
So, no matter how many rockets hit Israel, God is with his people and he will never go against his own word. 
Isaiah 41:11-12  “Everyone who is angry with you will be ashamed and disgraced. Those who oppose you will be reduced to nothing and disappear. 12 You will search for your enemies,  but you will not find them. Those who are at war with you will be reduced to nothing and no longer exist.
Written by Christian author, Pola Muzyka.

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