Matthew 7:13-14

Enter in through the narrow gate, for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and many there are who go in through it. Because narrow is the gate and straight is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it. ~ Matthew 7:13-14

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Recognize, React, Rejoice!

Turning Trials into Opportunities , By Playwright Sandy Boikian - Christian Theatre Scripts
Earlier this month I received an urgent prayer request from Dennis and Wendy Cole at Dramatic Christian Ministries in New Mexico. That very night they were scheduled to open "My Wonderful Coma," and the male lead was headed into surgery with a serious kidney stone. If Tom wasn't miraculously healed, opening night would be cancelled.
The news initially shocked and troubled me, but knowing we serve a mighty God, I earnestly joined with them in prayer.
Late that night the update came: opening night had been cancelled. The audience had to be turned away. Some wouldn't be able to make it back to another performance. Even though I was part way across the country, I felt Dennis and Wendy's sorrow and disappointment in a big way.
But as I continued reading the update, I was moved, humbled, and challenged.
"We are very blessed to know that this play is that powerful to be such a threat to the enemy. Though we feel the pain of being hit very hard we know that God is in control. We were able to have great prayer and fellowship tonight with the cast and crew and we are closer and more cohesive than ever and for that we give praise, honor, glory and thanks to Jesus. He is so very awesome. More than ever we are aware of what a great God we serve and how He is ever faithful in all things."
Instead of jumping to the conclusion that they were out of God's will, Dennis and Wendy recognized the enemy.
Instead of shaking fists or whining "Why, God?" they reacted by seeing the temporary disappointment as an opportunity to grow, never doubting God's faithfulness.
Instead of scattering or surrendering to defeat, they gathered to pray and rejoice.
They didn't wait for the wrap party to celebrate. In the middle of the battlefield they knew the victory had already been won, even though it hadn't happened in "real time" yet.
Opening night came in God's perfect time: one day late. This was their report:
"It was a huge success with a packed house. What a miracle! Everybody LOVED IT! Tom was completely pain free, and the entire cast delivered great performances.... (It was) made even sweeter because of what happened the day before."
I now have a post-it note on my monitor to remind me of these three steps when "opportunities" arise: Recognize, React, Rejoice!

Friday, November 12, 2010


We couldn’t wait to share with you the good news and how God is so very great in all things. Our opening night was huge success! We had a packed house and our wonderful cast and crew were ready and delivered a great performance! Tom is completely pain free and did great! We can’t even begin to describe the amazing thrill of the debut of the Narrow Gate Theater, made even sweeter because of what happened on Thursday. The play is funny and sad and profound and spiritual. It has so many wonderful dimensions to it and we are so glad that it was our first pick. Every scene is packed full of meaning and joy.
We enjoyed great attendance through the weekend, even the un-advertised Sunday matinee! Everybody continued to enjoy the play and didn't hesitate to tell us of their delight. We were praised, hugged and encouraged by all. Our only regret is that its over. We do hope to mount this production again as we have all worked so hard. Without giving ourselves too much credit, we know whoever sees it will really enjoy it.
You can see photos at our Picasa Web Album Enjoy!

Suing the Devil Gets 5 Doves from Dove Foundation

Dove "Family-Approved" Seal for Ages 12+Quality Rating: 1-5 Doves
Dove Family-Approved
Recommended for
ages 12 and over

Luke O'Brien, a washed -up salesman turned night law student, decides to sue Satan for 8 trillion dollars. On the last day before Luke files a default judgment, Satan appears to defend himself. On Satan's legal team are 10 of the country's best trail lawyers. The entire world watches on Legal TV to see who will win the Trial of the Century.

Dove Worldview:
What a terrific film! Malcolm McDowell turns in a compelling performance as the devil himself, and he brings all the tricks and accusations he can to the trial in which he finds himself and his lawyers defending his past and evil ways.
Bart Bronson also does a commendable job as Luke O'Brien, the salesman who is a lawyer by night and who files a default judgment against Satan as he is tired of his scheming ways and the pain he has inflicted on people over the centuries. This film is based in scripture and many verses are quoted and the special effects are nicely handled as they reveal that Satan is a being from below. O'Brien's plan to expose Satan is in keeping with the Bible which urges believers to be aware of the subtle deceptions of the enemy. We find in this film that Satan still can't stand to have scripture quoted at him! Satan states in the movie that the Bible is fiction but he sure squirms when it is used against him. He makes comments like "Evil is good' but O'Brien, despite Satan's accusations, holds his own against him when he relies on scripture, a lesson to all believers. This film was made with good intentions and writer and director Tim Chey hits a homerun with this story, his direction and with this film. We highly recommend this film for ages twelve plus and for mature kids under twelve. This is a movie which offers hope and inspiration. Every Christian should see it as should anyone who has ever faced the storms of life, which covers everyone. We award this film five Doves, our highest rating.

Friday, November 05, 2010

My Wonderful Coma Update

We are good to go tonight and through the weekend. Tom is doing very well and is better than ever and totally pain free. Thanks for all the prayers!

We have added a Sunday Matinee to make up for Thursday night. It will be at 2:30 PM and the doors will open at 1:30 PM

We hope to see everybody there who can make it!

Thursday, November 04, 2010

Update - Nov. 4th

We had to cancel our opening night of “My Wonderful Coma”. Tom Caffery, our male lead, had a severe attack of kidney stones and had surgery tonightHis doctors are very optimistic that he will be well enough for tomorrow night and the rest of the weekend. Please pray for Tom and the rest of the cast and crew. We were so grieved to have to turn people away tonight. Many said they would come back but there were several who wouldn’t be able to. Of particular concern to us is a group of young people who were to come tonight. Please pray that they will be able to come this weekend. We are very blessed to know that this play is that powerful to be such a threat to the enemy. Though we feel the pain of being hit very hard we know that God is in control. We were able to have great prayer and fellowship tonight with the cast and crew and we are closer and more cohesive than ever and for that we give praise, honor, glory and thanks to Jesus. He is so very awesome.

Thank you all for your continued prayers. We had a wonderful dress rehearsal last night and our only regret is that you all can’t come to this wonderful play. More than ever we are aware of what a great God we serve and how He is ever faithful in all things. We are glad to be a kind of first fruits in the deep message of this play as we continue to awaken from spiritual slumber and help others as well.

Visit our website at for more information on "My Wonderful Coma".

Many Blessings & Much Love,
Dennis & Wendy

Update - Oct. 30th

"Awake, O sleeper,
and arise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.”
Ephesians 5:14.

The above scripture is especially meaningful because it is the theme of our upcoming production of “MY WONDERFUL COMA”. We all need to awaken to a new day and a better life but we can only do this with the help of God and Christ living in us. Please join us in prayer during the final phase of production. The play opens this Thursday, Nov. 4th AND It is the debut of the Narrow Gate Theater Company her in Albuquerque. Pray not only for the success of this production but especially for lives to be touched and hearts revealed & healed. We couldn’t have gone this far without you, it has truly been an exercise in faith and trust. We pray for you that you also will be awakened to the deeper things of the Lord as He leads you on the upward path.

October Services & Events – October has been so busy and full with the play rehearsal schedule and all that goes into a live theatrical production. Dennis has been doing a lot of radio and television interviews to promote the play and it has really blessed us to receive such a great benefit from the Christian media here in Albuquerque. Please pray for your Christian media stations, they work very hard for their communities they serve. Our services this month have taken us to Detroit, MI. , La Quinta, CA as well as locally, Tijeras and Silver City, NM. We are always amazed at God’s great economy in the way He moves us around to be right where we need to be. We’ve seen such blessings in people receiving the Lord for and others recommitting their lives to God. This ministry never gets old!

The Screening of Suing the Devil in Albuquerque was a really great time. Many people came as well as many media. Feedback on the movie was VERY positive. You can see video of the event at and click on Podcasts.

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Prayer Needs For This Week & Next Week

“My Wonderful Coma” Opening of Nov. 4, 5, 6 & 7. –We are entering the final week to opening . Our performance space is coming together with set and props and costumes as well as lighting and sound. Please pray for all cast members and this production. It’s been great fun so far as well as a wonderful time of learning. Don’t forget to visit our website at to read more about the play and download a flyer ! If you are local, we hope and pray that you can come!

Our Schedule –Please continue your prayers for each event and for more events in Australia in December, it’s really coming together!