I WONDER HOW PEOPLE WILL REACT to the “don’t worry” message of Jesus in the video I just released, given what’s going on in the world right now.
Some might find his words reassuring and inspiring. I’m afraid some others might find them naive or insulting.
I’m thinking of people who have recently lost their businesses, their jobs, or their homes.
People who had to say goodbye over WhatsApp to dying family members.
People who are terrified by this COVID virus, this president, and the resulting perfect storm of chaos that will headline the story of this generation.
This video is the second in a series of three.
These are videos of me simply reading the Sermon on the Mount from the Casual English Bible, and with videos and art to help illustrate the points Jesus was trying to make.
These are video versions of my illustrated books, except all I did was paraphrase the ancient words into casual English. And it’s free.
After I created the video reading of Matthew 5, which is the first part of Jesus’ famous Sermon on the Mount, I decided to go the rest of the way. This sermon is too good to pass up.
The Gospel of Matthew spreads the sermon over three chapters. So there will be three videos when I’m finished. There are two so far.
Pardon the style of music, paring a ukulele with Jesus, but I love the simplifying effect it has on his words.
Matthew 5 reading, featuring the Beatitudes.
Matthew 6 reading, featuring the Lord’s Prayer and advice for worried souls.
Matthew 7 has been taped. Post-production will begin as soon as I catch a break. Daylight is for writing. Videos generally come to life on weekends or when the sun goes down on weekdays and the moon begins to slide.
If you watch any of the videos and like what you see, please give it a thumbs up. My mother counts them. Yes she does.
My wife critiques them. Most commonly she says the music is too loud.
But I love scoring the videos with my software that lets me pick the instruments and the music style and the blending of the sounds. After doing that, it’s hard to turn the music so low that you can’t hear it. But it’s nice that my wife and others want to hear my voice, too.
I like that. But the ukulele is sweet.