High risk = high return


With my daughter, Rebekah, another would-be actor. Here she's in her Jewish peasant girl garb. In another scene she seconds as a Moabite.

With my daughter, Rebekah, another would-be actor. Here she’s in her Jewish peasant girl garb. In another scene she seconds as a Moabite.

Ruth is a story about high returns. By going to Israel with her ex-mother-in-law, Ruth faced racial abuse, sexual predators and 15-hour days stooping over under the blistering sun only to pick up enough grains for one meal (that’s the mechanics of “gleaning;” talk about “abject poverty.”)

With my son, Hosea, an 11-year-old "old judge of Israel." LOL!

With my son, Hosea, an 11-year-old “old judge of Israel.” LOL!

Instead, she hedge-funded her way to vast fame and fortune.

Why are so many people willing to risk on finances or with sexual indiscretions but not for God? Just because you can’t see God, Heaven or an immediate return, you are unwilling to go to church, spend time in prayer, serve His kingdom. Just like Ruth couldn’t visualize any realistic benefit when she abandoned her native Moab:Β Your God will be by God, and your people will be my people,Β she pledged to Naomi.

Our church, the Lighthouse in Santa Monica, is staging the story of Ruth.

With Pastor Ralph Bowen, missionary extraordinare, church-planter in three African nations. He played Elimilech.

With Pastor Ralph Bowen, missionary extraordinaire, church-planter in three African nations. He played Elimelech.

I’ve dreamed of being an actor about as much as I’ve dreamed of being a Gold’s Gym poster child. (Wild fantasies tend to proliferate in LA!) For the previous plays, I waited faithfully for Sister Pam, the director, to call me up. With this play, I broke down with despair and begged her to let me have a part! I’m Jobab, the money grubber who wants Ruth’s property without Ruth. (Co-Director Eric Photenhauer says I look like a Dr. Seuss version of an Old Testament Jew).

Come Sunday night 7:00 p.m. at 1220 20th Street, Santa Monica, California. It’s free!

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23 responses to “High risk = high return

  1. wish I could be there … will be praying for you though!

  2. We’ve just finished Ruth in church. She did take a great risk, and trusted God, the right outcome, with David in her family tree to come. I like Ruth and I would love to see your play on her story. You all look fabulous!

  3. Wish I lived in Santa Monica..nice bling! hehe
    God bless you all!

  4. Would be so fun to watch this and would be there if I lived on that coast! BUT thank you for writing – I needed a reminder of how I take risks in other areas and why not for God. Thank you.

  5. Oh, I wish I were in California to see you guys in this play! I live 3,000 miles away but you look like you’re having a blast. That’s Great! Enjoy yourselves in the Lord πŸ™‚

  6. Would love to see it—Dr. Seuss as an OT Jew, too funny!

  7. Wish I was there to see it. It’ll be standing ovation! Nice post here abt the risk reward but not for God. Have fun on stage!

  8. noordinaryjoy61

    I’m sorry I have to miss it. I’ve never seen a a Dr. Seuss version of an Old Testament Jew in person before :).

  9. The story of ruth is a small story in the bible but such an inspirational one. love it πŸ™‚

  10. Very nice to see re-enacting parts of the Bible. I have only seen children do this at Christmas. Once in a great while, we have had some wonderful times washing people’s feet like they did in the Bible. Humbling experience, especially when the feet are not so great looking! (We won’t go into smell, smile!)

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