Bringing ancient biblical stories to life on the big screen is no easy feat. It requires immense dedication, faith, and a burning desire to share the truth of Scripture with the world. David Helling, an award-winning filmmaker, has embarked on this challenging mission with his debut feature film, His Only Son. In episode 245: HIS ONLY SON From Page to Big Screen: David Helling's Mission to Bring Scripture to Life we dive deep into David's transformative journey and explore the profound meaning behind his film.
The Genesis of Inspiration
David Helling's fascination with the story of Abraham and God's testing of his faith has been a driving force throughout his life. Growing up in Southern Louisiana and later spending his teenage years in Texas, David's path eventually led him to a five-year stint in the United States Marine Corps, including a deployment to Iraq. Amidst the chaos and turmoil of the battlefield, a spiritual battle raged within him, eventually leading him to the Bible. The experience ignited a flame within his heart, compelling him to share the stories of the Bible through the power of film.
The Controversial Narrative
At the core of His Only Son lies the twenty-second chapter of the book of Genesis—a narrative that has been scrutinized, scoffed at, and often misunderstood. David, driven by a deep desire to answer the critics and the confused, set out to explore the meaning and purpose behind God's testing of Abraham. Through the film, he shines a light on the plan the Lord had in place from the beginning, emphasizing His promise of redemption and the significant role Abraham's walk of faith played in it all.
A Quiet Exploration
His Only Son is a cinematic masterpiece that takes viewers on a three-day journey with Abraham as he grapples with the unimaginable task of sacrificing his son. The film serves as a thought-provoking exploration of scripture, urging viewers to reflect on their own commitment to hearing and obeying God's voice. With Nicolas Mouawad embodying the role of Abraham and Sara Seyed portraying Sarah, the film captures the essence of their unwavering faith and the challenges they faced along the way.
The Dark Days and the Promise of Hope
In our conversation, David reminds us that even in our darkest moments, God is with us, just as He was with Abraham. The filmmaker opens up about the struggles he faced while pursuing his mission to bring biblical truths to the big screen. He candidly shares that the past five years of working on this film have been trying and heart-wrenching. However, he emphasizes the importance of finding encouragement in Abraham's testimony—proof that faith can be tested, yet hope can be born.
A Surprising Blockbuster Hit
This past Easter weekend, His Only Son made its debut and took audiences by storm. Despite the challenges and uncertainties that come with independent filmmaking, the film exceeded expectations, captivating viewers with its profound message and masterful storytelling. As listeners of the Choose 2 Think Inspirational Podcast, we are encouraged to support David Helling's endeavors by renting or buying this film, thus allowing more people to experience the transformative power of faith on the big screen.
Bloopers and Podcast Finale
To end the episode on a light note, you can listen to a few podcast bloopers—a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the fun and lighthearted moments during the show's recording. It serves as a simple reminder that amidst the serious topics discussed, laughter and joy can also be found along the way.
David Helling's journey to bring the story of Abraham to life in "His Only Son" is an inspiring testament to the power of faith and the transformative impact of Scripture. Through his film, David invites us to reflect on our own commitment to hearing and obeying God's voice, reminding us that even in the darkest times, there is a plan and purpose for it all. As we support and engage with works like His Only Son, we contribute to the spreading of inspiration and hope to a world in dire need of it.
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