Posted 01-26-2004 at 08:02:42
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Subject: Mel Gibson's new movie about Christ (fwd)
> If you haven't heard about Mel Gibson's "The Passion
> Of The Christ" movie that's coming out Feb 25, 2004,
> you should read on. If you have, you should read on.
> Below are 2 emails, one from Christine Nockels and
> one from Lisa Bevill (both Christian recording
> artists) who attended a private screening of the
> movie in TN. Please read both of these and then
> seriously consider getting some advanced tickets to
> this thing. Also, forward this to family, friends,
> and church friends that may be interested in hearing
> about his movie. It's important that we all try to
> go see the movie within the first two weeks to let
> Hollywood know that we support this type of work.
> Hello friends and family,
> Nathan and I wanted to share with you that we were
> able to attend a private screening of the new Mel
> Gibson film titled "The Passion Of The Christ" this
> past Monday night. We unexpectedly got on the list
> to go and view it at First Baptist Church,
> 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 of us.
> First of all, Nathan and I felt completely out of
> place. We got in somehow through Don Donahue (thank
> you Don) but most of the crowd was the Country Music
> Industry...artists, radio and press. Ricky Scaggs
> sort of hosted the event.
> This movie changed our lives forever. The room was
> full of the sound of weeping and loud sobbing,
> including our own. I told Nathan on the way home
> that I only wish that I would have 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 bruised
> for 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 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 Gibson himself.
> (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 cool.)
> 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 him loudly. He so graciously
> answered each question, and was very candid with us.
> It was very apparent, though there was a huge
> absence of "christian lingo" coming from his mouth
> (breath of fresh air...thank you) that he has a deep
> relationship with God, he believes that Jesus is the
> Messiah, and that he's coming back to get his
> 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 SEE IT OPENING WEEK! It really does
> matter that you go the first 2 weeks of opening
> which is FEB.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 that has been going on over this
> movie. He also told us about several miracles and
> conversions 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 huge 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 you can
> also request promotional materials from their
> website as well.
> Blessings to all of you in the name of our Lord!
> Christy and Nathan Nockels
> (E-mail from Lisa is below)
> Hey friends and family,
> Last night I attended a private screening of Mel
> Gibson's movie.....12/8/2003, at Ricky Skaggs'
> church in Hendersonville. I attended with Bonnie and
> Brent King. There were about 200 people in
> 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 emails
> 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 very finished state,...special
> effects had not been added yet, nor was the music
> complete....still it brought uncontrollable weeping
> from everyone.. I couldn't stop crying through the
> whole movie.
> And when the movie was over, there was complete
> silence in the church.. I wanted the story to go on
> and on...for another two hours.... 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 himself, so who cared what time it was. Every
> moment of the movie was
> captivating,..breathtaking....still there are no
> The beating and suffering of Christ was almost
> unbearable to watch. The scenes with flashbacks of
> Jesus when he was a little boy and a scene of 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 unrecognizable...and then her holding him
> in her arms after he had been taken down from the
> cross. Her face then stared into the camera while
> she was holding him...and you could just imagine the
> things she was thinking.
> Every parent who was seated near me ... fell apart.
> The nails being hammered into his hands was the most
> real thing I had ever seen. One scene of Jesus and
> the interaction with his mother...just reminded 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
> after washing, he gently splashes water on his
> mother..but then wraps his arms around her 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....haa There was a question and answer period
> last night with Mel himself. We had heard rumors
> that he's been showing up to 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.
> And he began to talk about so many I couldn't really
> keep track. I remember 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 know it
> was real.
> He was asked about Spiritual warfare on the
> set...and he just laughingly said..."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 small pressure groups that are
> causing all the noise. But seem to have the loudest
> mouths. And 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.
> WOW....that sounds familiar. We all get the chance
> to be Christ's disciples all over again, in a fresh
> new way...
> 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. And 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." Christ on the big
> It was mentioned to everyone in the crowd who were
> artists, press folks, radio..and such..anyone who
> had a website...to get on a mailing> > list and sign
> up. That they would be sending links, so that
> everyone could put it on their websites,...there
> would be movie trailers that artists could take on
> tour with them, show at concerts....any type of
> promo material onproduct tables etc.
> They passed out a poster flyer last night as we
> left...and the official website address is
> 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.
> http://www.passion-movie.com (fan site)
> The movie comes out February 25, 2004.. Ash
> Wednesday...in theaters nationwide. And 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 did the Lord begin 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 unmistakable.
> 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
> Thank you for the cross LORD! Make it a point to
> take your entire family to this movie!!!! 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.