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"The Butterfly Circus" - 20 Minutes of Inspiration

I saw this film about a week ago with a group from Lakeside Junior High.  I wanted others to see it and purchased the DVD.  Our family watched it tonight.  This film has so many messages at so many levels - grace, acceptance, the power of "us", transformation, life, etc.

I know it's 20 minutes long, but you would be wise to take the time and watch.  Perhaps, if we can get the licensing, we'll show it during one of our church gatherings.


I watched the special features on the DVD.  I always enjoy seeing the behind the scenes info and outtakes.

I knew some of the actors looked familiar.

  • Mendez is played by Eduardo Vera'stegui - Remember him as the star of Bella?
  • Will the "Limbless Man" is played by Nick Vujicic.  He's been featured on YouTube for years and you probably have had clips of his story emailed to you.
  • Otto is played by Doug Jones.  I've never seen Pan's Labyrinth, but I've seen stills from it.  he plays the character with eyes on his hands.
  • Poppy is played by Bob Yerkes - a stunt man who doubled for Doc Brown at the end of Back to the Future when the lightning struck the clock tower as well as the stunt double for Boba Fett in Star Wars: Return of the Jedi.  He said that he was typecast in this film as an old trapeze artist.  He's great as Poppy.

Apparently, they are making it into a feature film.  Can't wait to see the story unfold even more.

To order your own copy of the DVD, go to



WAY Radio 50th Anniversary featuring Alistair Begg (Part 3)

Here is part three of the recording.  This portion features the message by our guest speaker, Alistair Begg.

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During this message, Pastor Begg references a painting by Paul Gauguin titled "D'ou venons-nous? Que sommes-nous? Ou allons-nous?"  Below is an image of the famous painting that asks the questions Begg addresses.

Gauguin painting

WAY Radio 50th Anniversary featuring Alistair Begg (Part 2)

Apparently, iTunes is only pulling the first part of the WAY Radio Celebration, so I have to make three separate postings of the recordings.  You can listen here or download as a podcast in iTunes, just click "Subscribe to my Podcast" in the left side menu or search "David Tarkington" in the iTunes Store.

Here's Part 2. . .


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WAY Radio 50th Anniversary featuring Alistair Begg (Part 1)

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On Thursday, December 2, our church was proud to host the 50th Anniversary Celebration of AM 550 WAY Radio.  WAY Radio broadcasts solid biblical teaching from some incredible speakers daily.  Featured at this event were special guests Dave Spiker, the intro voice for such radio broadcasts at Insight for Living with Charles Swindoll and The Urban Alternative with Tony Evans, and Alistair Begg, pastor and speaker for Truth for Life Ministries.  He shared some great "behind the scenes" stories of radio ministry.

WAY Radio and Alistair Begg have graciously allowed us to offer the messages from last night's event free on this blog and on my podcast.  The message is in three parts.  The first two parts feature history of WAY Radio, Dave Spiker's memories and some inspiring testimonies.  The third part features the message by Pastor Alistair Begg.


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Are We There Yet?

I've been looking over some resources for this year's Lottie Moon Christmas Offering for International Missions.  This year's theme is "Are We There Yet?"  I'm moved whenever I hear stories of missionaries serving throughout the world.  This year, it's no different and yet, the message is so clear and timely.

I've asked each of our small groups to adopt an unreached people group.  Some groups have.  I fear that many still may not understand the urgency of praying for these people.  Watch this clip and I believe you will begin to see why this is so important for the cause of Christ.