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|SINGLE VIDEOS & DVDs FOR
-G- (God, Death, Grief, Suffering)
VCG-500 THE LAST LEAF- (J/A); 25 min.; No guide; Bonneville Productions, 1984.
For Susan Brady, a young girl dying of pneumonia, her life and death seem linked to a withering vine outside her window. She believes she will die when the last leaf falls. Her older sister takes art lessons from an elderly French painter neighbor who still longs to paint a masterpiece. In an ironic ending his sacrificial painting of the last leaf gives him his masterpiece. Can be used as an Easter parable.
VCG-502 TODAY'S THE DAY TO EAT RASPBERRIES- (A); 5 12-min. segments; Guide, Morehouse, 1989.
A video of the death and dying
experience of Rev. Colin Campbell,
rector of St. Mark's Episcopal Church in
VCG-503 IF I SHOULD DIE BEFORE I WAKE- (Y); 30 min.; Guide; The Media Guild, 1993.
The video deals with the issues of life and death. A plane carrying a high school track team to the state meet crashes, killing everyone. A boy who stayed home because of an injury feels guilty that his friend who replaced him died. His attempt to make sense of life and death form the focus of the video.
VCG-504 A LATE FROST - REFLECTIONS ON AGING- (A); 10 parts; 55 min.; Guide; EcuFilm, 1995.
The video takes the viewer on a poignant and inspiring exploration of some of the concerns and issues of aging through the writings of the last Gerhard Frost. This 10-part video on aging is an excellent resource for stimulating discussion. The 10 parts are: 1. Change 2. Remembering 3. Forgetting 4. Seeing more clearly 5. Living until we die 6. Worth 7. Going on-Segment One 8. Going on-Segment Two 9. Dusk 10. Dawn.
VCG-505 MOTHER WOVE THE MORNING- (A); 2 hrs., 15 min.; Book; Carol Lynn Pearson, 1992.
Carol Lynn Pearson presents a one-woman play which dramatically and poignantly portrays the feminine nature of God. A stirring and thought-provoking drama.
VCG-506 AT A LOSS FOR WORDS- (A); 30 min.; Guide; Paraclete Press, 1997.
The video teaches spouses, family members, friends, neighbors, and caregivers how to help and what to say to those who experience miscarriage, stillbirth, or death of a newborn.
VCG-507 BEYOND DEATH'S DOOR- (A); 35 min.; Guide; Paraclete Press, 1999.
The video gives firsthand understanding of the grieving experience and can help people get through the grief process.
VCG-508 THE BRIDGE- (Y/A); 3 stories; Guide; Vision Video, 1978 .
Story 1 - THE BRIDGE (11 min.) is a dramatic parable of God's sacrifice of his son. A father is working on the controls of a railroad bridge to allow an approaching train to cross safely over the bridge. He sees his young son on the tracks. His decision to save the passengers and sacrifice his son powerfully demonstrates God's sacrifice of His son.
Story 2 - THE PUMP- (9 min.) A man journeying through the desert has car trouble and decides to walk. He finds a pump with a water bottle. The note on the pump advises him not to drink the water, but to use this water to prime the pump. His response to this command is a matter of life or death. The parabolic story is useful for Christian discussions on obedience.
Story 3 - THE MOUTHS OF BABES- (15 min.) consists of a series of questions to which very young children respond. Topics range from the nature of God to how to live. Although the video often evokes laughter, it should be used to help equip parents and teachers to listen for the issues underlying the children's answers.
VCG-509 TELL ME ABOUT GOD: HELPING CHILDREN DEVELOP A RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD- (A); 45 min.; Guide; EcuFilm, 1998.
This video helps parents, grandparents, and Sunday School teachers discover their proper role in bringing faith into the lives of children. Child experts in this six-part series discuss how children learn and how teachers and parents can use that knowledge to become a more successful teacher or parent. The video also provides insight into how to respond to questions when you don't know the answer, how to teach a child about God's love and the power of prayer, and how to take the first steps in Christian education.
VCG-510 AT DEATH'S DOOR- (A); 35 min.; Guide; EcuFilm, 1999.
Whether the loved one is a
adult or older relative, this
insightful video helps those facing the emotional
the terminally ill.. Caregivers are shown how to make the
final days of
one as fulfilling and meaningful as possible. Whether
serving as a
facing the sudden death of someone you love, or coming to
grief, the video provides the perspective, practical tips
the best of difficult times.
DVG-511 GOD, WHY? TEACHINGS FROM THE TSUNAMIS – (A); 1 DVD, 1CD; 2 sessions; 30 min.; EcuFilm, 2005.
This two-session small group study on DVD and CD provides resources to help Christians better understand God’s activity in the midst of natural disasters.
DVG-512 NOOMA series with Rob Bell- (Y/A); 12 DVD’s; 10-14 min. ea.; Guides; French, German, Korean, Mandarin, Portuguese, and Spanish subtitles; Gospel Direct, 2002-2006.
This set of short films features communicators that really speak to us. Every DVD touches on issues that we care about and want to teach about that are presented in a way that fits into our world. Each one emphasizes some aspect of each person’s relationship with God.
.1 RAIN deals with the issue of “Where is God when we are suffering?” Rob Bell suggests that God is closer to us than we think and that our times of pain give God an opportunity to remind us of how much God loves us. 11 min.
.2 FLAME- God created love and wants us to feel it, all in the way it’s meant to be felt. 11 min.
.3 TREES- Rob
.4 SUNDAY- This
DVD shows how God doesn’t want meaningless
hearts. 12 min.
.5 NOISE- suggest that there may be a connection between the amount of noise in our lives and our inability to hear God. If God
sometimes feels distant to us, maybe we’re not really listening for God to talk to us. 10 min.
.6 KICKBALL- Sometimes
we ask God for things and if He
right away, we
start questioning whether God really understands or even
cares. We must trust that
God is good and sees a
bigger picture than we ever could. 11 min.
.7 LUGGAGE- God created us to be free from carrying around hurts and resentments by forgiving those who have injured us. 13 min.
.8 DUST- Believing in God is important, but it is also important that we live so that God believes in us. If we have more insight into the culture that Jesus grew up in and some of the radical things He did, maybe we can understand the faith that God has in all of us. 14 min.
.9 BULLHORN- Maybe the best way to show our love for God is actually by loving other people no matter how hard it sometimes is. Jesus doesn’t separate loving God and loving others. 12 min.
.10 LUMP- All of us carry around with us some personal “junk.” No matter how big our junk is, no matter how much what we’ve done has impacted the way other people feel about us or how we feel about ourselves, it hasn’t changed how God feels about us. God loves us. He always has and He always will. 12 min.
.11 RHYTHM- What does it mean to have a relationship with God? Jesus said He came to give life in its fullest to everyone. Rob Bell suggest that it’s through trusting Jesus and living the life He taught us to live, that we can have a relationship with God. 12 min.
.12 MATTHEW- Suffering
the loss of someone we love can be
difficult thing in
life we face. All kinds of
of grief are acceptable to God. Sometimes
the reasoning and comforting words in the
world just aren’t
what we need. What might help us, however, is to
understand how Jesus
with this kind of loss. 14 min.
bumper sticker that reads, “God Bless America,” but
hasn’t America already been blessed? It’s easy for
us to fall
into the mindset of “our” world as “the” world.
How does what we
have compare to what most people in the world
have? Maybe God has
blessed us so we can bless and give to others. 12 min..
people have understood that our physical breath
is a picture of a deeper spiritual reality. The
at the core of what makes us human is that God has
created us and that
we possess great power and strength, and yet our lives
vulnerable and fragile. Perhaps if we had more
insight into the
meaning of breathing, we would better understand how God
created us as
human beings. 14 min..
.15 YOU -Many people often debate the central claims of the Christian Faith, but maybe a better understanding of the history of the early Christian movement would give new perspective to these discussions. Perhaps some of the claims of the Christian faith that
we typically perceive to be unique aren’t really that special. Maybe we don’t put enough emphasis on the things that really matter
in our lives. (13 min.)
angry from time to time. What is really the root of
anger? Maybe, if we learn where our anger comes
from, we can
channel it toward something constructive—something bigger
ourselves. (14 min.)
TODAY -How much
energy do we spend wishing things were how they used to
of us believe our best days may actually be behind
us. If we’re
hung up on the past, what does that mean for our
Maybe we need to learn to embrace our past for what it is
in order to
live our lives to the fullest right here, right now. -
NAME -Why are we
concerned with what other people think, say, or look
does it say about us if we are unable to accept who we
if we really knew our true selves, we wouldn’t give so
to other people's lives and live more in tune with the
life God wants
for us. 11 min.
.19 OPEN -Does God
prayer? Sometimes, but not all the time—or does
God always answer
prayer and it’s just that sometimes God says, “No!”
.20 SHELLS- We’re doing so many things, a little bit of everything, and yet it doesn’t feel like much of a life. Most of us find it hard to say, “No.” There are so many good things to do, but while we’re busy doing all these good things, we may be missing out on something great! Maybe saying, “No,” would be easier if we knew what it meant to say, “Yes..21 SHE- We didn’t have anything to do with our birth. We are here because some woman somewhere gave us life. Her pain, her effort, for our life. When a mother gives like that to a child, she is showing us what God is like. A lot of us are comfortable with male imagery for God, but what about female imagery for God. Is God limited to a gender? Or does God transcend and yet include
what we know as male and female? Maybe if we were more aware of the feminine imagery for God, we would have a better
understanding of who God is and what God is like. 13 min.
.22 TOMATO - We can all get consumed with ourselves. We feel that our worth and value come from how good, how smart, and how skilled we are. Jesus invites us to let these false ideas die, that our worth comes from the things we say and do Maybe it’s only when we let these things die, that we truly begin to live. 13 min..
.23 CORNER - Why is it that often when we get what we want, we still feel empty? We work so hard to succeed, but our lives just end up becoming more about us. Can success turn on us? Can we get caught up in a smaller world where our lives are all about the things that we want? Or is there another way to live where we see people in need and we do something about it. And maybe in attempting to save someone else from suffering, we find out that we are actually the ones being saved.
.24 WHIRLWIND- There
nice, neat answers for why certain things happen to
people. Often the perspective of a friend can
help, but when
there is nothing more to say, where do we turn?
Maybe that’s when
God finally speaks..
A PLACE PREPARED: HELPING CHILDREN UNDERSTAND
DEATH AND HEAVEN - (A); 40 min. Paraclete Press,
into four segments: 1. Being honest with
ourselves, as adults, about death 2. Understanding death
3. Talking with children about funerals 4. Talking with
children about heaven.
STORIES: AGING AND THE HUMAN SPIRIT - (A); 57 min.; No
Film Network, 2002.
together a group of senior citizens to form
a writing group. Many of the participants are new to
the notion of
and the experience proves unexpectedly
rewarding. There are some tense moments in some of
The result is that they become a “beloved
OLD ALONG WITH ME: THE POETRY OF AGING - (A); 57 min.; No
Franck, opera singer Shirley Verrett,
ninety-year-old photographer Leni Sonnenfeld, and Buddhist
a creative process that carries with it an opportunity for
giving birth in later years to one’s full humanity.
how to adapt to the changes taking place in our bodies, in
our relationships, and in the circumstances of our lives.
HISTORY OF GOD - (A); 100
min. No guide; The History Channel, 2001.
History of God investigates
humankind’s timeless and unrelenting struggle for faith,
understanding. In this illuminating program
based on theologian Karen Armstrong’s bestselling book, take a fascinating look at the countless ways human beings have experienced the idea of God throughout the ages: from the days of before Abraham to today. Explore the evolution from the practice of sacrificial paganism to a more serene and compassionate religious way of life. Interviews with representatives from today’s key monotheistic religions reveal how
human beings have come to worship one supreme being, while prominent religious scholars contemplate how the traditions of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam have influenced one another and how their individual histories overlap.
CASE FOR A CREATOR with Lee Strobel -
(Y/A); 60 min. plus
40 min. of bonus
material; No guide; Illustra Media, 2006.
New York Times best-seller, this DVD is a
remarkable film about Lee
Strobel’s journey from spiritual skepticism to a profound
faith in the God who has etched His indelible signature upon every galaxy and living cell. The Creator is now revealed by 21st century science.
DIARY - (Y/A); 3 DVDs, 1
session ea.; 10-12
min. each DVD; Guide; God Films, (Gift), 2009/10
Each short video features an individual on a mysterious and introspective journey to understand where God is in his or her life. Each journey features a digital diary that causes individuals to reexamine their faith.
.1 LAURA- Laura looks at the question, “Where is God on your priority List?” She must look inside herself, amidst her complicated and busy life, to discover what it means to let go. (10 min.)
.2 ROBBY-Robby deals with the fact that what is happening in the world around us is not always what’s happening on the inside with our relationship to God. Sometimes, when we’re feeling trapped, we have the best chance of catching glimpses of God in our lives. Robby learns to accept his family and gain strength from his relationship with God. (12 min.)
.3 CHRISTINE- Christine deals with the question of whether we can trust God to heal our broken relationships. Are we imprisoned by past choices? Christine is the story of a young woman struggling to understand her past while trying to save her marriage. This film will spark the audience to explore the difficult subjects of trust, forgiveness, and grace. (12 min.)