What God is Doing in Holywood 7/18/18

This week let’s look at what God is doing through a more moderate lens – no fashion, parties in the hills, but the still, small voice of God through news and broadcast media and the seasoned voice of veteran reporters.

Kathy Lee Gifford reached out to both Bill Cosby and Harvey Weinstein as an example of God’s mercy. Her interview about it is here, Mercy for Men, but this is a very important and overlooked point by most Christians. The “#metoo” movement is of a Biblical standard that is calling God’s people of Hollywood to repent for past actions, covenants and agreements that have been far from holy. This includes both Christian (Bill Cosby) and Jew (Harvey Weinstein).

These two men represent their respective faiths and the behaviors and decisions they made that have led to the moral and spiritual pollution in and through our media streams. Kathy Lee’s Christ-like mercy is something that God’s people, especially women in Hollywood, can share to gain the favor of God for this coming season and many more to come.

Dan Rather, the man who took over Walter Kronkite’s seat as “most trusted man in America” has a new book, What Unites Us, and a message he has been sharing in faith. He says, “Humility is the core of patriotism.” Isn’t this true? Humility opens us up to receive God’s grace. Not to point to someone and say that you’re perfect and they are wrong – or another side or perspective. But instead to humbly step back and, combining both Rather and Gifford’s perspective, to say, “We all need Jesus. How can I help?” Rather’s full interview can be found here, Loving America.

Lastly, let’s look at how God is moving through media education. An organization that strengthens filmmaking and Media makers of the next generation in Africa, Del York Creative Academy, just firmed up an official partnership with Hollywood’s favorite school, USC! They will be partnering to do official academic research in the fields of compararative social media habits between America and Africa, equity and access to film studies globally, and the value of diversity on the sets of both blockbuster and Indie films. Check out their website here: Del York Creative Academy.

That’s all for this week. Peace be with you!

What God is doing in Holywood: 7/11/18

Time for another celebration! Three big pieces of news stood out to us that we wanted to share with you as proof that God is on the move in Hollywood!

1. Warner Bros. officially submitted a request with the city of LA to build a sky-tram from their lot in Burbank to the Hollywood sign. This is HUGE! It represents a network “connection” by the new owners of Warner Bros., AT&T between the old and new of entertainment. It may also offer an opportunity for AT&T to build a 5G network when the time comes. Read more about it here: Heavenly Tram from Burbank to Hollywood

2. There is a new sherrif in town at Disney’s Pixar studios and it isn’t Woody! After John Lasseter stepped down amidst allegations of #metoo indiscretions, devout and outspoken Christian Pete Docter, creative head of Toy Story is now Chief Creative Officer of Pixar! We may not be seeing any Disney versions of the Acts of the Apostles anytime soon, but this is still a victory for Holywood! Read more about it here: New Sherrif At Pixar

3. The Vice-president of Nigeria, Osinbajo, just toured every major Hollywood studio with an entourage of Christian actors and creatives Africa. When we say they rolled deep – we mean they rolled DEEP! This is big because every major box office success in Nollywood has contained references to Christ and has featured openly Christian themes. The good news is spreading across the nations- definitely bringing a Holywood flavor! You can read more about it here: Nigeria Comes Knocking

Thanks for viewing – check in with us next Wednesday for another update!

Holywood is Shifting

Woooooo! Celebration time! As I celebrate 20 years working for the purification and transformation of Holywood, I pause and give thanks for the incredible progress just in the last year.

Sex traffickers and rapists brought to justice? Check.

Christian movies focusing on and featuring Jesus Christ and Christ-like living? Check.

Repentance and a fresh wind for new innovations of the Holy Spirit? Check.

Here is a video from a recent trip to one of the major studio lots explaining what God is doing with His Bride and Holywood.

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Take a look. What do you think?

Onward!

Michael

From Holywood to Washington D.C.!

Dear Church Family,
First of all, thank you for your devotion to the cause of Christian Science. This is a powerful thread that unites us all and there has never been a greater need for it in our world.

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We recently traveled to Washington D.C. where we were able to participate in “Awaken the Dawn” – a type of Christian Woodstock on the National Mall where 50 tents were set-up with thousands of Christians from many different denominations, Catholic, Presbyterian, Pentecostal, Baptist, and Christian Science! – all filling up tabernacles representing each state of the Union – each participating in prayer, Bible study, worship, praise, and creative expression including painting! We found ourselves spending time at the Oklahoma tent, as well as the California and Idaho tents, due to the beautiful sense of love and joy pouring out of them. While we were on the Mall, we performed classic hymns from the Christian Science Hymnal put to contemporary music for the many others there in the tents of worship and praise. It was incredible!

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We were able to successfully share Science and Health with those in attendance. The event we were at featured Christian women of all cultures, generations, and denominations singing praise and praying for America – following the Biblical examples of Deborah and Esther. One woman we met from Michigan had four of her nine daughters there with her. We talked about our faith and she became fascinated at the healing message of Christian Science. She told us she wanted to know more and with that we presented her a copy of Science and Health which she gladly paid $25 for! As Mrs. Eddy says, “This is woman’s hour, with all its sweet amenities and its moral and religious reforms” (No & Yes, 45: 19).

 

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With all that said, we are excited to announce the development of a program for Christian Science musicians to work with Branch Churches to develop original music for Church-use. As soloists at our local Branch Church, we are passionate about the quality and freshness of Church music – which we know many of you share! We are taking classes with Peter Link and Julia Wade of Watchfire Music in songwriting and music business to better understand how to make the biggest impact through our songs which we, wholeheartedly, believe to be metaphysical treatments that can change the world. We have just received a generous donation from the Albert Baker Fund for us to embark on these classes and we hope that, as our journey deepens, you will come alongside and join us!

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Our first product is a cd of old and new hymns from the Christian Science hymnal to help support Branch Churches to better sing and share the joy of Christ Science through song including a new album of original music and lead sheets and sheet music for our original songs and compositions. Eventually, we plan to see a series of musical albums, a collection of sheet music, on-line resources, and an international tour to encourage and strengthen the Spirit of song in our churches across the world.

 

Our first product is expected to be released for Christmas of this year, 2017, and we would love to have you on our mailing list so that you can receive discounts and pre- orders as soon as possible!

 

Our song, Come Thou, an original composition to one of Mary Baker Eddy’s poems, will be included in our first album and we believe the lyrics are deeply relevant in our world today. Songs are our prayers and, in gratitude, we share these lyrics written by Mrs. Eddy with a hopeful knowing that God’s love is more powerful than any other force on this planet and it will prevail over every form of resistance.

“‘Faith, hope, and tears, triune, Above the sod
Find peace in God,
And one eternal noon.’

Oh, Thou hast heard my prayer; and I am blest!This is Thy high behest:
Thou, here and everywhere.”

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In the Love of God Our Savior, knowing all is well,
Michael & Ansley Morgan (with Light and Glory squealing with glee in the background)

What do Holywood and Inglewood have in common?

I spent the majority of my day in the city of Inglewood, CA yesterday.

Inglewood has a fascinating history. It was started as a Spanish land-grant that was later used to ship wheat and barley through the Playa Del Rey Wharf by Daniel Freeman, a Canadian. This brought the development of a massive train and transport infrastructure which allowed for a poultry economy to dominate Inglewood in the early 1900’s. It was incorporated officially as a city in 1908 and its air age began after a boom in the 1920s which led to the establishment of LAX. The 1930’s gained its “Champion” title as runners for the 1932 Olympics passed through Inglewood, several Inglewood high school athletes winning medals that year. In the 1960’s the “World-Famous Forum” held games played by both The Lakers and The Kings – although no sports teams are currently playing in the city. This, of course, will change in 2020 when the Football stadium plans to feature both the LA Rams and the LA Chargers.

So what does this have to do with Holywood? Isn’t Holywood only about Hollywood and entertainment? No.

Holywood is a state of mind. Holywood is a holy focus. Holywood is pure, uplifted consciousness on a corporate scale. Holywood is an elevated collective, a community that knows its Christ-centered identity and God-given purpose.

I love this Kanye West track, “Champion.” I apply every one of the words of that song to the beautiful city of Inglewood – and anywhere that aspires to be a place of “Holywood.”

I have received message for several years now that Inglewood will play a very important role in world missions and spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ. It is one of the last remaining African-American communities in Southern California and it is full of people of faith and love. In this way, Inglewood is Holywood.

We are committing to seeing young people in the city of Inglewood embrace the call to world missions and to traveling around the world to bring glory to God and to share the gospel with people from Asia, Europe, and even the continent of Africa!

Please pray for us as we continue to do ministry in the city. Here is a picture that I took yesterday with a homeless man who I met as well as a minister who used to be on the streets and now works to bring the gospel to people in the South LA community.

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This man was very concerned for his friend who was threatening to commit suicide so I stopped to talk and pray with him. He was so grateful that he gave me some gifts after we were done. It is moments like these that I deeply treasure – and every conversation, every interaction, every engagement motivated by the Holy Spirit of love is a step closer to the realization of Holywood.

Stay tuned for more information about our Inglewood Revival event schedule for August 11th (benefit concert) and the day of preaching and teaching on August 12th!

God bless you and thank you for your prayers!

 

 

Welcome to Holywood!

When is the last time you watched a movie? Or a television show? Or caught ear of an advertisement on your smart phone or tablet while watching a digital content streaming platform? All of these creations come from Hollywood, California (and its surrounding regions).

Any native of Los Angeles and the Hollywood region will gladly tell you that things are different here. There are, what could be called, energy portals that are here in the city of Angels unlike any other. These portals, if understood and harnessed correctly, have the power to change culture in radical ways.

This blog is for anyone who wants to shift culture into the Light. It is written from a Christian perspective with hope that all Light seekers and doers will unite with Christ.

Holywood is a term used to describe a land of holiness. its chief purpose is to broadcast around the world art & science which glorifies the God of Israel with moral and spiritual excellence and defies materialistic and defiling messages and media.

This is Holywood. Holywood will be again revealed to be as it was over a hundred and twenty years ago at its inception only as there is a hunger and desire and an understood need for a radical change away from the status quo to something more – well – holy.

Thanks for your interest. There is much, much more to come!

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