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Bruce Marchiano Interviews About The Gospel According to Matthew Experience

Bruce Marchiano

Bruce Marchiano filming, "The Gospel According to Matthew"

Bruce Marchiano, best known for his portrayal of Jesus in the film The Gospel According to Matthew, but also known as an author and international speaker released a 15th Anniversary edition of The Gospel According to Matthew and talked with us about his experience portraying Jesus and how it has transformed his life forever.

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NEST: Why did you decide to do a re-release after 15 years?

Bruce Marchiano: When filming The Gospel According to Matthew, I received all kinds of positive and intriguing reactions from the crew, extras and other actors (most being unsaved), who were all “blown away” by what they were seeing. They would say things like, “Is that really in the Bible?”, “Did Jesus truly say that?”, and “Is this really what Jesus is like?”

Not one day has gone by since the release of the Christian movie in fifteen years that I haven’t received a letter/email from somewhere in the world talking about how much their life has changed.  I’m very acquainted with the “power” of The Gospel According to Matthew to draw people to the heart of Jesus, and also how many precious hearts have yet to encounter it. So we are releasing it afresh in celebration of its legacy – and in hopes of introducing it to a whole new audience and generation.

NEST: In your book, “The Footsteps of Jesus”, which is included with the Anniversary Edition of the film, you describe how portraying the son of the living God made man, impacted your personal spiritual journey; would you share with us one such experience?

Bruce Marchiano: “Yes, one specific scene when I was hanging on the cross, suffering like I’d never imagined suffering… and realizing that Jesus had all the power to stop that suffering – but he didn’t. He continued to thrust himself through it – to choose it – FOR ME. Yes, it was as if there was this continual “whisper” inside my heart through every moment of acting that scene, “I did it for you, Bruce… I did it for you.” So yes, my life was dramatically changed!

As an actor you learn, a man’s heart is exposed by his actions/choices. So, when you “analyze” a character, you examine those things he “does” and ask the question over and over, “Why would he do that?” Yes, I just gave you an acting lesson, ha ha! Well, Jesus is literally God in human manifestation, possessing all the power of the universe and beyond. With that goes having all the choices in the universe – no one forcing him to do anything – everything you see Jesus do, he is choosing to do. So what did Jesus choose to do with all the power/resource/ability… of the universe? HE GAVE IT AWAY. 100% of the time we see him doing one thing, giving himself away. “You’re blind, here are some eyes;” “You’re lame, here are new legs;” “You’re dead (Lazarus), here is new life”… and ultimately, unto us, “You’re born condemned by your sinful nature, here is my life (the cross).” So, for the first time in my life, I truly realized what kind of “man,” this man who was God, was 2000 years ago. The depth of his heart was so big that he gave all of himself away, not reserving even one inch for himself. And in that, discovering the depth of what is his bottom line – his love… for me.

NEST: I am sure you have some incredible stories of lives changed…. Share a few of those.

Bruce Marchiano: So many flood into my mind… There have been many lives that were imprisoned in legalistic kinds of Christian systems just totally set free and introduced to God’s grace through the film.  There have been countless lives imprisoned by past hurts and betrayals, angry at life, angry at God… just set free in realization of His love.  Yes, I’ve heard many of those stories.

I’ve had letters from Satanists (well, EX-Satanists, ha ha!). In fact I recall one high school girl who was practicing Satanism told me that every time she looked at the screen she would feel a pressure in her chest like her heart was going to explode, which would stop when she turned her eyes away.  She told me (in a church parking lot) that because of that she realized it was the devil who wanted to destroy her (not Jesus, as she had believed) and so gave her life to Jesus.

I remember a mother telling me she had a “wayward” daughter who would bring boys home from nightclubs. They would do what kids do, sit on the sofa with the TV on and end up fooling around.  Well, they turned on the TV and The Gospel According to Matthew just happened to be on.  The boy didn’t care and went about his dirty business, but the girl was watching over his shoulder.  She became overwhelmed with conviction, broke down in tears, threw the guy out the door, and gave her life to Jesus that very night.  The mother said she’s been walking strongly with the Lord ever since, a radical life-turnaround.  And we can only imagine that guy still walking around wondering what on earth happened that night!

NEST: As a result of your portrayal of Jesus in the Christian film, some people who had no previous interest in learning about Jesus, as well as lifelong Christians, found a new friend in Jesus as an approachable, compassionate, joyful Savior. How did you come to portray our Savior in such a unique fashion which has come to be referred to as “The Smiling Jesus”?

Bruce Marchiano: It came from all the pages of scripture. At the same time, these things like joy, passion and tenderness were all discoveries for me as well. Hebrews 1:9 says about Jesus, “He was anointed with the oil of joy above anyone else,” meaning he was the most joyous man who ever walked he earth. During the last supper he prayed to his father, “That they may be filled with my joy.” Then you just look at the basic reality – he was “the kingdom of God alive,” if I can put it that way. And what is the kingdom of God? It’s where every tear is wiped away, where all mourning is turned into joy. Then you just look at what he did every day – opening blind eyes, raising the dead… this is not a lukewarm, passive occupation.

It is the most joyous day to day experience in human history. The passion and compassion, the care and tenderness…again, all discoveries made from scripture. In fact, all I really did was ‘bring to life’ what Jesus said about himself. In many films, Jesus says, “I love you,” but he sure doesn’t act like it, ha ha ha! All I did was “do it,” and I am so honored that it has meant so much to so many lives. Yes, I have found that a lot of people know the events of Jesus’ life – but we fall so tragically short in knowing the fullness of… HIM. And that love beyond love, care beyond care, joy and tenderness and faithfulness, humility (he was the most humble man to ever walk the earth) and also a man “acquainted with sorrow” who experienced heartbreak and hurt like no one every did – and why? Because he felt SO deeply, because he alone fully understood how tragically short we all live of his father’s best for us – and that undoubtedly tore his heart up constantly.”

NEST: What scene was hardest for you to film?

Bruce Marchiano: You must keep in mind that the film was literally “Word for Word,” so just in the sense that I had zero freedom to make even one syllable mistake, there wasn’t one scene that wasn’t hard!  But beyond the practical aspects that made every scene a tremendous effort, the crucifixion was obviously intensely challenging.  As much as I was “acting” it, I can’t describe to you the depth of personal horror, trauma, physical/emotional pain.  Getting knocked about like I was (we didn’t set up stunts but just “went for it”), hanging from two leather straps literally for hours, flies crawling on my face and not being able to do anything about it, the cold, the nakedness, the spit being hurled at me… Yes, that was quite the day.

But you know which one was the absolute hardest?  The agony in the Garden of Gethsemane.  Why?  Because no actor in the world could come close to portraying that depth of agony, so I had zero confidence that I could pull it off.  And on top of that, it was the last scene we shot after three months of eighteen hour days, so I was entirely depleted.  And as we set up for the scene, I told the director I just didn’t have any emotion in me.  He said, “All we can do is pray,” and as you can see from what was captured on film in those scenes, the Lord “did His thing.”

To this day I can’t tell you how, but I broke down completely, only to rise in strength on the words, “Not My will but Yours be done!”  I get lots of testimonies based on that scene also – the scene I most feared to do.  So I guess it’s a testimony to His promise that “In your weakness My strength is perfected.”  Yes, when the Lord does a thing, He really does a thing.  Glory to Jesus
NEST: How has the film industry changed in the past twenty years in its receptiveness to actors who openly profess their Christianity?

Bruce Marchiano: “Maybe it has gotten more acceptable, but I’m not 100% sure. I know that I have been shunned by some, lost work, turned down work, and none of that is ever nice. I remember once, after turning down a TV show because it didn’t honor God, my (former) agent told me, “This Christian thing is getting in the way,” and gave me my walking papers. That sent my career into a real tailspin, and I’m sure many others have experienced similar things.

I can remember Dean Jones telling me how he was blackballed after he did a Christian film back in the 70’s – though I’m sure it isn’t that severe these days, and that’s because many “Christian” films are making a lot of money. And that is what people fail to realize – Hollywood is a business – the bottom line is they want to make money. So, at the end of the day they will endure whatever, whether they agree or not, if they are making money. It’s a sad, cold reality, but I guess it falls under the category of God using everything and anything, as he is so faithful to do!”

NEST: Tell us about your vision to create a new “Word for Word” film of the “Gospel According to John.”

Bruce Marchiano: “Through my experience in MATTHEW and the countless stories of changed lives I’ve received over the years, and continue to this day, I have become acutely aware of the power of the gospel to change lives. So I can think of nothing more important or exciting than to bring that “power” to life on film – literally coupling God’s power to change lives with the film medium (unarguably the most influential force in the world today). That’s why this new vision isn’t “just another Jesus movie,” it’s THE GOSPEL, brought to life on film. The vision is to use the latest and the best technologies/techniques to make a “world class,” state of the art film that will introduce Jesus to millions across the world, not only during a theater run, but ongoing in the hands of missionaries, Bible teachers, churches and individual believers.”

NEST: How can viewers participate in bringing this vision to reality with their prayers and financial support?

Bruce Marchiano: “I am producing this new film titled, “Jesus…No Greater Love,” as a non-profit outreach ministry as opposed to seeking big-pocket investors or going to the studios. For this reason, we are welcoming everyday believers to join together, unifying across America and the globe, with small donations that will all add up to funding “Jesus…No Greater Love.” This will literally make the film “produced by the body of Christ,” and I like to say further, “produced by and for the body of Christ to take Jesus to the nations.” This approach frees the film from business constraints that limit its ability to be given out freely where folks can’t afford it, to be posted on the Internet where people across the world can download it in their language w/o cost, to equip churches to hand out DVD’s (these are the kinds of things we want to do with the film when finished), use it not as a typical film release, but a “film outreach tool,” and so we’re inviting all believers to join together to make it happen. It’s all spelled out at Glory to Jesus!

NEST: We first worked together on the original release of The Gospel According to Matthew 15 years ago and the infomercial which brought the film to millions of families around the world; what do you remember most fondly about your experiences working with NEST?

Bruce Marchiano:
“I can remember the first time I was at NEST offices, and you sat me down to watch the infomercial, and we had a great afternoon together. What I remember most is the quality of people I met at NEST, just precious hard-working people who were excited about the opportunity to introduce life-changing resources to people. From the top down, I could see everyone was working with “higher intent” and a real passion… for people. This blessed my heart so much, and I was so proud to be represented by such a quality company – even as I am equally proud to be working with NEST today! May we all grow old together – changing lives one heart at a time!

NEST: What is one thing interesting about yourself that most people do not know?

Bruce Marchiano: “Well… I am now blushing to see this question. I tend to be a very private person and shy about myself. I’ll talk about Jesus all day long, but when it comes to me…ha ha! I can tell you that I love to be silly, and just enjoy warm silly humor. Yes, I love a good laugh and it is always the simple and silly things. I say this because when people meet me they are always surprised by this, they assumed I was this very “mega-spiritual,” intense person, who thrives on heavy spiritual discussion. Maybe it’s because in my work it can get so serious and intense – I mean, it’s all about saving lives all the time, and representing Jesus well, so it should be serious and intense – but when I’m just resting, enjoying dinner with friends, out and about…it’s just good fun to enjoy good fun with good-hearted and down to earth people doing simple things and just enjoying God’s goodness.

It’s so nice to just chat with waiters, valets and such because (having been one) I know that no one ever engages the. I like to make nice jokes with them and see them enjoy them. So, if you see me on the street, you may be surprised if you approach me and want to get into a heavy discussion. I may just smile big and give you a nice hug and say, “How about an ice cream and a walk in the sunshine instead,” ha ha!!! Glory to Jesus!

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Kari Jobe Nominated For Three Dove Awards, Vote Now

Kari Jobe

Kari Jobe

Kari Jobe, the rising star that created popular songs such as Revelation Song, No Sweeter Name, and My Beloved has just been nominated for three Dove Awards.

New Artist of the Year

Spanish Language Album of the Year Le Canto, Kari Jobe; Ed Cash

Special Event Album of the Year Glory Revealed II: The Word of God In Worship

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Born in Dallas, TX Kari started to sing early at the age of 3 singing internationally at churches around the world. Kari Jobe knew she always wanted to be a worship leader. She finished her degree in psychology and Pastoral Ministries from Oral Roberts University, Christ for the Nations and Dallas Baptist University. Upon graduation, Gateway Church in Southlake, Texas hired her as a worship pastor where she joined the Gateway Band whose live album, Wake Up The World, debuted at #2 on Billboard’s Top Christian Albums chart in 2008.

On February 10, 2009, Kari released her self-titled debut Kari Jobe produced by Ed Cash through Gateway Create Publishing and Integrity Music. The album contains a collection of worship pop/folk songs such as her popular Revelation Song, My Beloved, and No Sweeter Name and co-writes with worship leaders/songwriters Chris Tomlin, Paul Baloche, Mia Fieldes, Ed Cash and Klaus Kuehn. Her album hit #1 on iTunes Christian music chart. The album is also available in Spanish called Le Canto.

Kari states, that the album Kari Jobe is about hope and life; and lifting the broken off the floor and singing love over them. The songs create intimate moments and outward shouting, and it’s Kari’s hope that the songs find the broken and lift them to a place of praise to God for what he’s done.

To order her CDs, please visit our website at:

Don Colbert’s New Release “Get Fit and Live”

Get Fit and Live by Don Colbert

"Get Fit and Live" by Don Colbert

Combining Dr. Colbert’s medical experience with his son’s personal training expertise, Don Colbert’s new book, “Get Fit and Live” workout guide offers pictures, illustrations, and a 25-minute down-loadable video of personal instruction for both beginner and advanced routines. They’ll help you lose weight; improve your energy level; replace fat with lean muscle; and prevent or manage diabetes, osteoporosis, arthritis, fibromyalgia, and more.

Dr. Colbert is the best-selling author of over 40 books including What Would Jesus Eat, The Bible Cure Series and The Seven Pillars of Health, that together have sold over 4 million copies. Many of Don Colbert’s books are required reading at many medical schools around the world. Dr. Colbert is on the Medical Advisory Board for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

Don Colbert, M.D., is board certified in family practice and anti aging medicine.  He is the Medical Director of the Divine Health Wellness Center in Orlando, Florida where he has treated over 40,000 patients.  Dr. Colbert is an internationally known expert and prolific speaker on integrative medicine (a combination of traditional and alternative medicine).  Dr. Don Colbert has become affectionately known as “The Doctor to God’s Generals.” He has been featured on Fox News, ABC World News, The Atlanta Journal Constitution, BBC, Readers Digest, News Week, Prevention Magazine and many others.

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Gallery of Children Appreciation Letters

I love my job!! I love that I work with products that have such a positive influence on others. One of the greatest rewards is when we receive letters from kids telling us how much they love our products and how they have impacted their lives. We would like to start posting any letters that we receive from your kids below. The letters can be about anything to do with one of our products that they had the chance to view. We really appreciate you as our fans and our customers!!

You can fax your letters to the attention of Amy Upton at (800) 221-8729, scan them and e-mail to or by mail to:

Nest family

Attn: Amy Upton

1421 S. Beltline Rd. #300

Coppell, TX 75019

Letters will be posted by the end of the week after receipt!

Displayed below are actual letters that we have recently received from a 2nd Grade classroom of students who were donated our hero classics DVD collection to educate them on historical figures such as Marco Polo, The Wright Brothers, Helen Keller, and many more.

Camryn at Brentwood Elementary

Camryn at Brentwood Elementary

Lucas of Brentwood Elementary

Lucas of Brentwood Elementary

Greg of Brentwood Elementary

Greg of Brentwood Elementary

Kailey of Brentwood Elementary

Kailey of Brentwood Elementary

Austin Molketin at Brentwood Elementary

Austin Molketin at Brentwood Elementary

Laura Timms of Brentwood Elementary

Laura Timms of Brentwood Elementary

Ethan Evans at Brentwood Elementary

Ethan Evans of Brentwood Elementary

Marquel of Brentwood Elementary

Marquel of Brentwood Elementary

Jordan of Brentwood Elementary

Jordan of Brentwood Elementary

Ryan of Brentwood Elementary

Ryan of Brentwood Elementary

Sam of Brentwood Elementary

Sam of Brentwood Elementary

Movie Theaters Raising Their Prices

Movie Night

Movie Night

With movie prices increasing to rise between 2.7% and 6.1% a year, it can easily costs teens and parents what once was  $5.50 a decade ago up to $11 a piece for a regular movie and almost up to $20 a ticket for a 3-D Imax film ticket. How are kids even affording to go out anymore making minimum wage. Guess what? Their rising again!

According to the Motion Picture Association of America, due to an increase in popularity of 3-D movies and the ever growing revenue from consumers continuing to buy movie theater tickets, movie theater chains such as Regal Entertainment Group, Cinemark Holdings Inc. and AMC Entertainment Inc. decide that the demand means they might be able to raise their prices even more and continue to get the same amount of business. With a record-setting year at the domestic box office, with revenue surpassing $10 billion for the first time. Movie attendance in the U.S. and Canada grew 5.5% in 2009, with 1.42 billion tickets sold, the most since 2004. Ticket sales so far this year are running 10% higher.

Tickets are now raising to as much as 26% in many areas. According to the Wall Street Journal, “At one Seattle multiplex, adult admission is rising to $11 from $10 for a conventional film, to $15 from $13.50 for a regular 3-D showing and to $17 from $15 for Imax 3-D.

“The U.S. economy isn’t in the greatest shape, and there is definitely risk here in pushing price too far in a weak economy,” said Richard Greenfield, a media analyst at BTIG LLC, who issued a research report Wednesday on the price hikes.

Mr. Greenfield said the next month will serve as a test of the strategy. “We’ll have a sense if there is any pushback” from moviegoers, he said.

With this being said, it might be beneficial to figure out alternative plans to go out and have fun. Many may convert to a night stay in for a date night, rather than going out. If this is the case, rising movie theater costs may also increase the price of renting a movie as well as the crowds at the video store.

Money saving tip: Try stocking up on your own movies in advance. Have release parties at home when a new movie just hits on DVD. Order pizza and stock up on popcorn and candy to make it feel like you are getting away in the comfort of your own home. A way to make sure you have your movies reserved and in-hand is to pre-order movies online when possible and then have them conveniently mailed to your front door.

Entertainment For Christian Social Gatherings

Bible Study

Bible Study

As a leader in my Church hometeam, I am always having a hard time trying to find new fun Christian entertainment ideas that really engage others at social gatherings. For example, as a leader of a church hometeam,  I needed to find creative games and icebreakers for my group Bible study. And for a baby shower that we wanted to have for one of our members I wanted to find Christian theme baby games. I have done some research and have found a few interesting ideas that I would like to share for different events.

Christian Ice breakers:

The 10 Commandments: Write the 10 Commandments somewhere where everyone can see them. Read all ten aloud.  Go around the room and ask each person, which commandment is most important to them and why?

The Tower of Babel: Build the highest possible tower of Babel, using anything you allow in the room. You may want to provide a bunch of stuff like books, bibles, bowls, etc. After the leader’s signal the construction is stopped. You might want to provide tape and glue or something for adhesion. The number of points received by the players depends on the number of items it took to build the tower of Babel.

Name that Bible Character: Tape the name of a Bible character to the back of each person. Only the other participants will know which character they represent. Each person can ask questions about who they are e.g., male or female, Old or New Testament, The first person to guess who they are wins, and so on.

Christian Board Games:

Bibleopoly Game: One of the most popular Christian games of all time! BIBLEOPOLY has very unique game play. The object of the game is to be the first player to build a church in one of the Bible cities. In BIBLEOPOLY, you can’t win by destroying your opponents. You will only win by assisting the fellow players. Cooperation is what allows you to gain the things necessary to build your church and be a winner.

Bible Outburst  Game – Outburst Bible Edition is an uproarious party game filled with challenging and entertaining Bible topics. Each topic has 10 target answers. How many can you get?

Bible Trivia Family Edition – Fresh, new game play encourages positive thinking about the Bible’s teachings, and includes 100 children’s questions, making it easier for all age groups to play together!

Bible Scattergories – How many Bible categories can you match before time runs out? Roll the letter die to determine the key letter for that round. You roll a “C”. How quickly can you think of a “Place Christ walked?…” Canaan!… “Things that separate us from each other?…” Carelessness!… Can’t think of an answer? No problem. Just write down any answer that fits the category and you still score points if your answers are different from every other player. This game is entertaining, enhances faith and promotes learning.

Bible Bingo Board Game – “Bingo! I mean – Bible!” Bible Bingo puts a new twist on an old classic. Just cover the Christian symbols on your card to form a diagonal, vertical or horizontal line and win! Bible reference verses on each piece make it easy to look up passages while playing a fun game.

Christian Baby Shower Games:

Babies in the Bible: Have your guest list as many bible baby names as they can remember. The guest who lists the most names wins.

You Write the Hymn: Divide your group into at least 3 smaller groups. Give each group a classic children’s song, such as “Jesus Loves Me,” “Jesus Loves the Little Children,”  etc. Each group should rewrite the lyrics to the classic song, with the mom-to-be, her partner, and her baby in mind. After a few minutes, each group should sing their song for the mom-to-be.

Moses in the Basket: You will need to make one basket for each guest out of a napkin or a piece of white cloth. Inside one of them, place a piece of paper with the word “Moses” on it. At one point during the shower, ask your guests to all open their baskets. The one who has “Moses” wins.

Listed here are just a select few games that might help make your next Christian social gathering a hit. Please feel free to add your own ideas to our list by commenting to us in our comment section. We would love to hear from you!


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