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Peter Marshall – Additional Thoughts From A Four Year Old

by Peter Marshall

Peter Marshall - Additional Thoughts From A Four Year Old

*Peter requested that we piece three videos together to finish his thoughts from yesterday- he couldn’t say everything in one video because his brother kept making interuptions in the background-  so we did that for him. From Peter Marshall:  I just really like how God died on the cross for me. And I really love […]

Peter Marshall – Thoughts from a 4-year-old

by Peter Marshall

Peter Marshall - Thoughts from a 4-year-old

There is a new vlogger in town!  While the parents were working, Peter took Mama’s phone into another room and decided to do some “work” too and make a vlog, just like Papa. In his own words: “This is my very first Vlog.  I hope you like it. I love how God has been working […]

Filmmaking: Business or Ministry Part II

by Joseph Graber

Filmmaking: Business or Ministry Part II

As far as I know, none of my filmmaking friends gets up in the morning and says, “I want to really make a failure of a film.”  No, we all have good intentions. Our good intentions cover several areas.  One, we intend to be successful in our chosen field of work.  Two, we expect other […]

Filmmaking: Business or Ministry Part I

by Joseph Graber

Filmmaking: Business or Ministry Part I

I am an independent Christian filmmaker and I have faced the question, is filmmaking a business or is it ministry? Selling the Gospel? I was at a conference where we were screening our film Indescribable.  A lady came to our table and explained that they weren’t able to attend the screening but they were curious […]

10 Plagues

by Stacie Graber

10 Plagues

The highlight of every summer for all the cousins is to attend “Camp Grammy”.  This summer was no exception.  Mummies, papyrus, pyramids and crocodiles all came to life as we studied, made crafts and acted out the life of Ancient Egypt.   Along with the activities, we also try and film a Bible story video with […]

Just Like My Father

by Joseph Graber

Just Like My Father

I did not always want to be just like my father.  But for more than twenty years now there have been a few things that made me want to be like my father.  From earliest childhood memories, my Dad was always working on something: a chainsaw, a typewriter, a sawmill, it was always mechanical in […]

Blessings of 2015

by Joseph Graber

Blessings of 2015

As per our usual New Years Day custom, Stacie and I sat down to review our goals and see how we did on our projects this year.  Turns out that we did not finish any of our film or writing projects.  We spent a lot of time working on them.  We made huge strides of […]

Is Suffering God’s Will?

by Joseph Graber

Is Suffering God's Will?

It’s a question that most of us have asked at some point, is suffering God’s will?  You’re standing at a graveside, pondering the life choices that led to the early death of a loved one and some well meaning person will say, “Well, it was the will of God”.  But deep inside you wonder, “But […]

Consistency

by Joseph Graber

Consistency

Consistency. The thickness of paint, or the regularity of doing something.  Normally I think of consistency as doing something on a regular basis,  but having a growing son has helped me think of consistency in a different way. Peter has been a world traveler in his two and a half years.  Peru,  France, Switzerland, Italy, and all […]

The Battle

by Joseph Graber

The Battle

Sometimes in the thick of the battle you can forget who your enemy is.  That happened to me recently.  Actually, it happens to me more often than I care to admit.  I love my family dearly, but all to often I find the old nature trying to dig in to protect my flesh.  Those are […]

Happy Mother’s Day

by Joseph Graber

Happy Mother's Day

This morning at church we sang this song in honor of Mother’s Day. This evening we decided to record it for our mothers- Peter and Eric’s Grammy and Mamaw. We are so blessed to have Mothers who pray for us! Thank You Mama for Praying for Me Somebody somewhere was praying that night When Jesus […]

My Twin Sister

by Joseph Graber

My Twin Sister

Every once in a while I find something in one of my sketch books or notebooks that I think is worth sharing on this blog; the following was a note I posted on Facebook several years ago. My sister Ruth has been visiting us this weekend and we were remembering this post so I thought […]

Going to Church

by Joseph Graber

Going to Church

A glimpse into Saturday night when I was growing up as the son of an Old Order Amish Preacher.  On Saturday night Mom started heating water. My sisters and I cleared the supper table and washed the dishes while the smell of starch and steam permeated the house. In between ironing and starching shirts, aprons, […]

Praying for Nero

by Joseph Graber

Praying for Nero

If you had been a Christian living in Rome during his reign, would you have been praying for Nero? This is a good question to consider.  Nero was Emperor in Rome from the years 54 to 68.  He was fairly young at the time he became Emperor and was known for killing a lot of […]

The Living Word of God: Part One

by Joseph Graber

The Living Word of God: Part One

I am so grateful for the Word of God!  I also get very excited about the concept that Jesus is the Word made flesh- He is the Living Word of God. In the 1980’s when I first tried to read the Bible I read it in German.  At that time I could not understand what […]

Loving Stacie

by Joseph Graber

Loving Stacie

Today is Valentine’s Day.  Duh, right?  But four years ago today I asked Stacie to marry me and my life has been absolutely blessed ever since.  Loving Stacie is one of the best decisions I have ever made- and continue making each day. But don’t expect this blog post to be very long, just watch […]

Two Ways – A Chalk Art Story

by Joseph Graber

Two Ways - A Chalk Art Story

Scared In Sunday School Chalk art has become a very large part of my story.  For the better part of my life I have thought of myself as an artist.  That’s why something I heard in Sunday School once scared me very much. I was a little Amish boy.  In Northwestern Montana the Amish community […]

The Lord Knows Those Who Are His

by Joseph Graber

The Lord Knows Those Who Are His

As I was flying to Switzerland to explore Graber family and Anabaptist history I was contemplating the tempestuous nature of church history during the Reformation. It seems every debate in every generation has some who take an all or nothing stance, like Conrad Grebal, and there are also those who take the gradual change approach, […]

If I Were An Amish Man

by Joseph Graber

If I Were An Amish Man

Twenty years after my parents were excommunicated I got to experience what I would look like if I were an Amish man. As part of making the documentary Breaking the Silence,  I grew out my beard and cut my hair in the Amish style.  This all happened over this past winter. It took me six months […]

The Salt of the Earth

by Joseph Graber

The Salt of the Earth

Do you have any friends that really are the ‘salt of the earth’? Al Mendenhall is one such friend for me. Four years ago when I first visited Living Water Fellowship in Bulverde Texas, I discovered that almost everyone there thought of Pastor Al as one of their closest friends. It didn’t take long for […]

Living In A Nation Under Judgement

by Joseph Graber

Living In A Nation Under Judgement

What is the proper response to living in a nation under judgement from God? I was reminded about this question when Stacie and I were out on Enchanted Rock with Timothy and Katie this weekend.  We had explored the cave and were headed back to our car by a new route off the southeast side […]

Lost In the Fog?

by Joseph Graber

Lost In the Fog?

One morning recently the view from my front porch was lost in the fog, so I decided to blog about fog.  Didn’t Washington cross the Delaware under cover of fog and gain a surprise victory?  Didn’t fog protect Allied troops from the bombs of the Luftwaffe during ‘The Miracle of Dunkirk‘ in World War II?   Initially, I thought […]

Loving Commitment

by Joseph Graber

Loving Commitment

  Loving Commitment. Two words.  Whether you see them as adjectives, adverbs, verbs, or nouns, these two words really encapsulate something that has been growing in my life. Especially in these past two years. Before I met Stacie, I had a lot of things that Americans idolize.  I had freedom.  My options were open.  I could […]

Sunrise On 2013

by Joseph Graber

Sunrise On 2013

I watched the sun rise on 2013 from where I am in Fredericksburg, Texas. I’m here for several months working on a film project and the view from my front porch is phenomenal. This is a photo of a recent sunrise from the front porch of our little apartment. As we are starting  a new […]

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