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What voice is sponsoring Your Thinking?

There are lots of voices out there telling us a variety of information. 
All these voices influence our thinking which in turn influences our speech and our actions. So today I want to address this important topic especially in this time we are facing. My voice is just another one, so you will have to decide for yourself if this will be beneficial to you or not. But I think it will.
If you tell people, "I hear voices",  you might be labeled as a crazy person and sent to an asylum. But the fact is we all hear voices. Many of us just don't take the time or energy to distinguish the voices coming into our minds.
For me its thoughts in my mind, not so much audible voices. I used to think that every thought I had was from me or my own imaginations. I believe some are from me, and some from other sources. So, let's look at this. 
One of my mentors, Graham Cooke says this: "Every thought has a sponsor. Who or what is sponsoring your thinking?"
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The Kingdom Gift Card

By Dewey ComptonI found a couple gift cards the other day that I had received for my birthday. I knew they from years ago because they were from Cabelas and Bass Pro Shops. I had not redeemed them because I had not been active as I used to be in my hobby of fly-fishing. So, I wondered if they were expired or still good? After all these years, they were still activated with credit.
What if the Kingdom of Heaven has gift cards we can receive and redeem and they never expire? Well as it turns out, Heaven does!

Think about how gift cards work. Someone who cares about you goes to a store, finds the card for you, and purchases credit to put on the card. Then, they give you the card as a gift. The card though is not really the gift. It simply gives you access to the true gift when you are ready to redeem the card. So, you are given access to a gift you did not earn nor purchase. But it’s yours.That’s pretty cool, right?
Is the Kingdom any different? When Jesus died on the cross, the scriptures …

A Town in Peril

by Dewey ComptonOnce upon a time, there was a small town. When it first began being built, it was very prestigious and many people moved into it. It flourished for many many years until other towns began being built and people moved to them. Soon new towns’ people moved in and struggled economically and their families became broken.
The mayor and city officials were disturbed and made huge changes to help these struggling people. They brought in caring citizens who would work directly with these towns’ people and help them and teach them how to change their mindset and be successful. It was very revolutionary. But over time, the town’s leadership changed and the people struggled even more and became disconnected hating the town, it’s leaders and it’s own people. 

But there were the original citizens many who still continued to care and learn to love the struggling people. They built relationships and really got to know these people and all the traumatic events of their lives. These cit…

Lens Change

When I began learning screenwriting, I had two ideas in my head I had learned from a conference I went to called, Mind of a Saint, by Graham Cooke. The 2-day conference was teaching us about correcting the mindset and our identity as a sinner to our true identity: We are saints of God.

One of the analogies Graham talked about was changing lenses. The lenses we look through life can hinder our vision or enhance it. We must go through a series of lens changes in order to see correctly and clearly.

He also told a story of a man he met who introduced himself as an angry man and been this way all his life. His church sent him to anger management classes to "manage" his anger. Obviously, this didn't work for the guy who had been angry for 20 years still battling it.

With these two ideas in my head, I started writing my first short story. I hope to film it some cold winter night.

Here it is. It should be about a 10-13 minute short film.

LENS CHANGE

Written by Dewey Compton


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The Farmer and His Vineyard

The Farmer and His Vineyard
The Father of Oenology and Viticulture by Dewey Compton 


Once upon a time, there was this vine. He was a young vine but didn’t know what kind of vine he was. Many tried to tell him he was this type of vine or that type of vine. He was pretty much happy being a vine, but others told him he needed to find the farmer and ask the farmer to come into his vine.
Nope, scratch that.
Once upon a time, there was this Farmer. He had the vision to create a beautiful vineyard of precious grapevines. He planned it out all in his head. He went to buy the best grapevines he could find. He planted them in their own rows, tended them and cared for them according to their individual needs. He watered them faithfully and fed them fertilizer so they would grow healthy. And grew they did. Wild branches began to just shoot up. The farmer pruned these scraggly growth spurts back. The vines were not happy at first. They couldn’t understand why the farmer would hurt them that way. But…

The Janitor - by Dewey Compton

Just to break things up a bit. I'm sharing a short story written in screenplay format. This not my preferred format for writing. I think that I really just prefer developing stories. Whatever that looks like. I have not figured it out yet. 

This story idea came to me while I was meeting at Panera on California Ave. with my good friend, Bob Prater. We meet there often as it has become a special place of encounter and revelation. 
This particular day we were discussing how some of the most important people and their roles in life are often unseen or hidden. For example, a janitor or custodian doesn't have the most elaborate job, but their position can be seen as a very humble, yet powerful one. They are often overlooked, unappreciated, and in a sense invisible.
However, they have access to every building and room on campus. They carry a set of keys to open and shut any door; lock and unlock all gates. They clean up messes nobody wants to. They remove the garbage in our lives...I me…

Born Identity - Who We Are!

Born Identity - Who We Are!By Dewey Compton I learn a lot from watching movies. Ever since I was a teenager, I had certain movies that made a huge impact on my life and actually influenced my thinking. 
Today, I want to share how two movies have impacted me and maybe they will you too. You might just need to go watch them (again).

It’s an early weekday morning. I’m driving down the road on my way to work. As I enter the parking lot and pull into my normal parking space, a thought appeared in my mind, “You should watch “The Borne Identity” again.” Have you seen films that impacted you so much it changed the way you think? 
The film starts off with Jason Bourne floating unconscious in the ocean. He is caught and rescued by some fishermen. He has amnesia and does not know who he is. In fact, he asks over and over, “stop messing around, if you know who I am, tell me.” He is frustrated even though he can read maps, tie knots, has incredible intelligence. Yet, he does not know who he is. 
Have yo…