Cultural Revolution

Image By:  Howard Thurman

Image By:  |  Quote by: Howard Thurman

“Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” – Howard Thurman

We stand on the brink of a cultural revolution. Things are shifting, and now is the time to act.

Every 24 hours, we have a profound opportunity to move the positive truths about life into our culture. For those with talent–writers, musicians, artists of all kinds–NOW is the time to produce.

The positive truths about life are gaining traction.The younger generation is hungry. They look for something that makes sense, they want to understand. Now is NOT the time to back down or be passive.

And, those who have developed the greatest understanding have the greatest responsibility to act. Develop your artistic skills in order to capture the imagination of people today.

A battle rages for the minds of men. The systems of this world devour mankind mentally and spiritually.

Those who love God MUST come together to produce music, films, books and all forms of art. It’s that art which will inspire individuals to want to serve and love our Creator to a greater degree.

The bold, loving and accurate teaching of scripture is what inspires artists, writers and musicians to come alive and produce work, which can motivate and elevate any human being to their greatest potential. This is our calling. This is how we transform the culture in which we live.

The entertainment industry spends millions to promote just one movie, one song, or one book. Many times the only motive is just profit with no regard for how detrimental the material is to society.

 Until now.

We may not have access to millions right now but we CAN MOVE with great impact. Because God’s at work and STILL opens doors for those who believe.

Even if you’re not an artist or have millions to promote projects, you can still affect this revolution. When something profoundly impacts you … tell someone.

Get the word out!

For those who desire to see change, get rid of what’s holding you back and get busy. We’re willing to put in the work.

Vista Films is committed to this Cultural Revolution.

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“Refuge from the Storm” did this REALLY happen?

Behind the Scenes of the Movie "Refuge From the Storm" Actress Kristen Quintrall Preparing for the upcoming scene. Photo taken by Debbie Hertzfeldt.

Behind the Scenes of the Movie “Refuge From the Storm” Actress Kristen Quintrall preparing for Marah’s deliverance scene. Photo taken by Debbie Hertzfeldt.

The producers of Refuge From the Storm met for the first time in November of 2009, in a Vista sushi bar to discuss making films. They wanted to produce stories about God’s power working in the lives of ordinary people. It was possible to produce inspiring, faith-based movies that tell the real stories of people’s lives, not sterilized versions. They saw the need for movies that show how dark and broken a life can become, and how God can then restore that individual to complete wholeness.

It was also clear which story to tell first. So, right away they interviewed the woman, and began to write the script. They finished Refuge from the Storm in June of 2010.

And a new generation of faith-based films was born.

Almost everything in the movie is based on actual events. Marah received complete deliverance in the hospital that day. We don’t know if the real Steve ever wrote the book.

Sam did try to attack Linda that night in the parking lot behind Katrine’s bar. But we’re not clear exactly what he saw. Whatever it was, it scared him off. When Linda turned around to see, the place was deserted. We believe Sam saw angels. We portrayed them as gang members.

Behind the Scenes of the Movie "Refuge From the Storm" Photo taken by Debbie Hertzfeldt.

Behind the Scenes of the Movie “Refuge From the Storm” Photo taken by Debbie Hertzfeldt.

Stories of God’s deliverance happen in the lives of people all the time, everywhere.  Most go undocumented.

The real Linda never wanted the focus to be on her or any one person. Rather, she wanted to share the principles, which cause God’s power to kick in, so God would receive the glory. For this reason, we’ve never publicly released the identity of the characters portrayed in the film.

Why did the main character agree to have her story told?

She thought her story would benefit and inspire others. People looking for answers can know it’s available to see God’s power operate in their lives to a greater degree. The real Linda is quick to say she actually knew very little of the Word of God at this time in her life. But she’d been taught she had “Christ in her,” and that it was available to do the works that Jesus Christ did and greater.

Colossians 1:27 To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory:

John 14:12 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.

She believed it and acted, and God moved with might.

Kristin Quintrall talks about playing Linda

Behind the Scenes of the Movie "Refuge From the Storm" Actresses Kristen Quintrall and Angie Jerez with Director Elias Acosta and Producer James Ellis. Photo taken by Debbie Hertzfeldt.

Behind the Scenes of the Movie “Refuge From the Storm” Actresses Kristen Quintrall and Angie Jerez with Director Elias Acosta and Producer James Ellis. Photo taken by Debbie Hertzfeldt.

“I’ve actually had the pleasure to meet the woman that this movie is about, and there’d be certain scenes where I’d think, how did you do this? I don’t mean in an acting way, but what really happened. Then, I’d find out the motivation for all of it.”

“It’s been really cool to pick her brain, but it also had its challenges, too. That’s because she was right behind the monitor. Sometimes I’d wonder, am I doing this right? Is this how I’m supposed to do this? But the fact that this IS a true story makes it that much more epic.”

Where’s the real Linda these days?

Since her dramatic deliverance in the 1970’s, she has enjoyed a life free from bondage.  She’s married and has raised three wonderful daughters. Two are married and having children of their own. She’s enjoyed seeing God work in her life for over 30 years, and continues to tell her story to those who desire to understand more about God’s Power and His goodness.

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Got Fear? Read This Now…

Don Sutherland, U.S. Air Force. Public Domain. courtesy WikiMedia Commons.

Don Sutherland, U.S. Air Force. Public Domain. courtesy WikiMedia Commons.

Here Are 10 Things You Can Today Do To Overcome Fear

Fear is always wrong. It’s got many faces. It’s known as doubt, worry, anxiety—and the list goes on.

The late great Napoleon Hill said in his book The Laws of Success in Sixteen Lessons, “Fear is nothing but faith [believing] in reverse gear.” That was 1921, almost 100 years ago, and it’s still true today.

You don’t need to be a biblical scholar to know that fear goes against God’s plan for his people.

2 Timothy 1:7 reads: For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

3 John 2 reads: Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth. 

When you connect the dots, you realize—not only does God want us NOT to fear, but He actually wants us to prosper and be in health.

Fear won’t bring about prosperity. It’s definitely believing in reverse gear.

As VFI films continues our celebration milestone of the Refuge from the Storm DVD release, we’re going to show you 10 things you can do today to overcome fear.

Keep in mind that this is a continuing process. You’re changing mental habit patterns. But if you read our last article on forgiveness, you’ll know how changeable thoughts are.

1. Involve God. Pray. Psalm 34:4 I sought the Lord and He heard me and delivered me from all my fear.

2. Recognize that God did NOT originate your fear. 2 Timothy 1:7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

3. Identify your fear. Write it out if you have to. Getting clear will allow you to get specific about defeating it.

4. Claim your victory. Say it out loud if you have to. “Fear, you have no power over me. My trust is in God.”

I Corinthians 15:57 But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

5. Replace thoughts of fear with thoughts of love. 1 John 4:18 reads: there is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear.

Perfect love casts fear right out. It’s simple.

I John 5:3 For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.

2 Corinthians 10:5 Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;

6. Act on a promise that quenches the fear. Joshua 1:9 Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the LORD thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.

When you know God is by your side, you know you’re on the game-winning team.

7. Live a now-until-bedtime mindset. Tackle your challenges one day at a time. Don’t go outside that. It’s amazing what God can do in a day. Read Genesis 1 as a reminder.

8. Find out what might be triggering fearful thoughts. If you’ve seen the movie, you know that Ted advised Linda to get rid of things in her environment that made her feel bad about herself. If you have a nagging fear, maybe there’s something in your house that’s triggering those thoughts.

See Linda’s true story on the DVD.

9. Prepare your fearlessness script. Write it out. At key moments throughout the day—like when you wake up, when you’re tired, or in need of a positive thought refill—describe to yourself HOW GREAT it is to live without fear.

You’ll get to the point you don’t need a script.

10. Get thankful. One of the greatest keys to moving forward in any category of life, is focusing on all the blessings you already enjoy.

Here’s a simple formula to get rid of anxious thoughts:

Philippians 4:6 Be careful [anxious] for nothing.

This is always true, no matter what situation you find yourself in.

Philippians 4:6 continued: but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known unto God.

Prayer = pouring out. You’re to pour out your every concern on Him [God]. Hold nothing back. It’s a big, fat data dump. You let Him have it—all of it. Now that you told Him what you DON’T WANT.

Supplication = tell him what you DO want.

With thanksgiving—there’s the thankfulness.

Philippians 4:7: And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

Once you’ve gotten all those jumbled up thoughts out of your system, and told God exactly what it is that you want, guess what?

You have peace.

In Philippians 4:7, Christ Jesus isn’t a haphazard rendering of Jesus Christ. The fact that word Christ appears first, points to Christ’s finished work. What work? Your salvation and mine. It’s done. You just have to walk in it.

He did the heavy lifting because we couldn’t.

Those are the 10 things you can do to overcome fear.

To see this in action, you can get your DVD here.

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