Carey Lewis Devotions
Wednesday, June 27th, 2012
Strangers In Hollywood (Part 1)
Lessons from Daniel: The Best and Brightest
Young men in whom there was no blemish, but good-looking, gifted in all wisdom, possessing knowledge and quick to understand, who had ability to serve in the king's palace, and whom they might teach the language and literature of the Chaldeans.
Daniel 1:4 (NKJV)
When young Daniel and his friends were taken captive by the Babylonians, they had no good choice but to accept their reassignment as strangers in a foreign land.

When actors, models, and talent for Christ are called by God into the mission field of entertainment, they have no good choice but to accept their assignment as strangers in a foreign land.

This Bible study series focuses on lessons from the Book of Daniel: a role model of surviving and thriving in a foreign culture, of being in the world but not of it.

'They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. Sanctify them by Your truth. Your Word is truth. As You sent Me into the world, I also have sent them into the world' (John 17:16-18). God's lessons give guidance to His performers. They are strangers in the land of Hollywood.

At the beginning of Daniel, we are impressed with the talents of Israel's best and brightest young men--including Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego. These rising stars share traits with God's other young heroes, like David:

'Now he was ruddy, with bright eyes, and good-looking... skillful in playing, a mighty man of valor, a man of war, prudent in speech, and a handsome person; and the Lord is with him' (1 Samuel 16:12,18).

God's stars are among His best and brightest people. They are high achievers, 'Good-looking, gifted in all wisdom, possessing knowledge and quick to understand, who {have} ability to serve in the king's palace.' What king? Many kings: kings of film, fashion, music, and theater.

'Nations will come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your rising' (Isaiah 60:3). Why?

Because 'The Lord of hosts will be exalted in judgment, and the holy God will show Himself holy in righteousness. Then the lambs will graze as in their pasture, and strangers will eat in the waste places of the wealthy' (Isaiah 5:16-17).

You are the lambs. You are the strangers. You are actors, models, and talent for Christ.

To Be Continued...

P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Strangers In Hollywood series.

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"I labored, yet not I. By the grace of God, I am what I am, and do what I do' (paraphrase of 1 Corinthians 15:10). I love God's Word. As a late-in-life committed Christian with no Bible training prior to age 51, some people wonder how I'm qualified to write devotions. I wonder that, too. But God loves children and fools for Him. I am both. Ghost Writer? God.

Carey Lewis

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