McKenzie and I have been doing wedding videos for over a year now. So far all of our business has come from word of mouth referrals, for which we are very grateful. With some great experience behind us we are ready to take it to the next level. Please visit our new Love Stories Productions website. We’d love it if you would pass it along through all your social media sites. Like us and leave a comment here, and help us spread the word.
Love Stories Productions is our family owned wedding video production company. We seek to capture the special memories of the wedding day through a professionally produced video that you will have not only for you, but for your children and grandchildren as well.We offer professional services at a much lower price than other videographers. The reason we can be competitive in our pricing is because we do this because we love to, not because we have to. We love videography, post-production audio and video editing, cool software, powerful computers, cameras, lenses, sliders, jibs, and rigs. Kind of nerdy and kind of boring to lots of people. But beyond all of that, we are storytellers. We are artists who appreciate beauty. Everyone loves a good story and we want to tell yours. We don’t do corporate training videos. We don’t do webinars. We do weddings because they are an outlet for us to tell a story and portray it with beauty, and because we truly understand what this day means to you. We will honor your trust.
Make your marriage leave a legacy; let us capture the beginning of that legacy.
Written by McKenzie Warmouth
As born and bred Southerners, nobody understands the term “Southern Hospitality” better than we do: Its cooking incessantly for any and everybody, treating an absolute stranger like a long lost brother and immediately offering him a cool glass of sweet tea, its eating lunch at a different persons house every Sunday afternoon. Southern hospitality is a wonderful thing – something Southerners are known for and proud of…
But is there a deeper calling that we as Christians have to be hospitable? A calling that requires of us a sacrifice that won’t always fill us with Southern pride?
When we look deeply into what the Bible requires of us in regards to hospitality, we must see that it isn’t always a comforting feeling. Hospitality, in fact, requires us often to give up of our comfort. So what is it that God wants us to focus on when it comes to hospitality? A familiar verse in Philippians reminds us that hospitality is really only a means by which we can demonstrate selflessness. “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves.”
What does this verse tell us about hospitality? It reminds us that God blesses us most when we sacrifice ourselves in order to bless others. That is the true meaning of hospitality – and if that is demonstrated through fried chicken and sweet tea, then it is a wonderful thing. However, there is often so much more to it. Sometimes, its giving our of house to someone who needs a place to stay, sometimes its sacrificing our afternoon to visit the sick or the physically and spiritually needy.
A few years ago, my parents decided that they would devote Saturday evenings to taking my grandparents, extended family, or church family members in and fellowshipping with them the evening before the Sabbath. As much joy as my family always ends up receiving from this, it would be far, far easier not to do it at all then it is to do so. It requires that my family wake up at a decent hour on Saturday mornings, that my mom spend her entire day off cleaning the house from top to bottom, and cooking a dinner fit more for royalty that it is for my family. It requires her to plan a dessert and a bible study or movie night. It requires that I finish my homework and various chores for my family before I make other plans. It requires that I spend more time with our guests then in my room or with my homework or friends, or doing whatever else I would rather be doing. It requires sacrifice, something my mom demonstrates and teaches me to demonstrate every weekend as she diligently prepares from the hour she wakes up until the hour our company leaves. Yes, she’d probably rather sleep in, she’d probably rather get her day off and do as she pleases… But, she understands the importance of giving, and, every weekend, she is blessed in return through the fellowship of those she gives to.
The very most important element of hospitality is the blatantly obvious one for Christians – the one in which we do what we are always told to do – imitate Christ. Were I to describe hospitality to someone who had never heard of it, I’d use the words “Hospitality is when you take someone in and treat him selflessly” – The key word being “selflessly” as we’ve discussed. But what is it that we do selflessly? – TAKE SOMEONE IN. If we think about it, these are the key phrases as well that sum up the very essence of Jesus and what He means to us. What is our salvation based upon? Everything we are, everything we stand and fight for, is based upon our faith that Jesus was selfless enough to take us in, and not just as guests, but as permanent residents. We think that cooking and cleaning is a sacrifice to be made in preparations for our guest’s arrival. Think of what Jesus had to do to prepare for us! We certainly couldn’t have made it to heaven if He hadn’t prepared us, if He hadn’t created a pathway that lead us there. He didn’t give up His comfort or His Saturday, He gave up His life. He didn’t fix us dinner, hand us sweet tea, and send us on our way, He fixed our broken souls, handed us eternity, and sent us to paradise. Southern hospitality is a fun and lovely thing by which all Southerners should grow up learning to abide. But we must realize that hospitality goes deeper than our ancestral roots and Southern pride. True hospitality is a sacrifice of oneself in imitation of and devotion to our Lord Jesus Christ.
As Matthew wrote, “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’ Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? …
“The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’
One of the things that I love most about my job is getting to observe classes. I try to get into at least one class per day, or at least three per week. Last Friday I had the privilege of sitting in on Mrs. Mayfield’s Rhetoric class. The seniors each presented a 4-minute persuasive speech. Afterwards I asked some of them if they would mind sharing them with the world through my blog. One by one they are trickling in. Here is the one my daughter wrote. A thoughtful treatise on submission to government by McKenzie Warmouth.
Just the word “government” is more than enough to make most Americans cringe. We spend a significant fraction of our days engaging in heated discussions about rights being taken away from us, becoming overwhelmingly frustrated about new controlling government policies and institutions that America seems to be blindly falling for, and watching youtube videos of sure proof of government conspiracies perfectly designed to gain ultimate control. And there has been no topic more frequently discussed in the past few weeks than the horrible debate about gun control. Not even to mentions things like government encroachment into our education, banking, internet systems and student loans – all of it is more than enough to make us wonder why and how we got ourselves into this situation. America was born in liberty – a liberty that we may not have too much longer and have already begun to lose. However, as much as I believe in the freeing principles upon which America began, I have been recently reminded of this familiar verse in Romans: “Every person is to be in subjection to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those which exist are established by God.”
You’ve heard it over and over and over – we are to submit to our authorities. We’ve been taught to do it all of our lives – first to our parents, then to our Sunday School teachers and classroom authorities. And now that we are in a position to make a difference in our nation, we must realize the submission we must have to our government.
I’m sure you are wondering if I’ve really just thrown out to you a bunch of aggravating information about the government’s undeniable attempts at taking away your freedom, then spent the last few moments giving you Bible references about why you should be okay with this? Maybe I did, but I think that, for Christians, we have to go quite a bit deeper. Where do we come in when God tells us to submit to a government that’s so against Him?
In Jesus’ time, the Roman government was the worst of the worst. Jesus’ government was the controlling and freedom stripping government that we fear today. However, Jesus never said one word about it! He never once ranted as his freedoms were taken. In fact, He knew that they were going to be. He knew that ours were going to be. He said, “If the world hates you, remember that it hated me first.” He said to give to Caesar what is Caesar’s. As our freedoms are being taken away, we must not be tempted to sin in rebellion. We must remember that, as His judgment falls upon our nation, God commands us to love His discipline.
So what are we to do?!?! Does God really want us to stand aside and let tyranny overturn America and sin run rampant? This is where Christians come in in a way that others cannot. God wants us to fight for what is right, doesn’t He? Sure He does, but let’s fight the right battles! Lets fight against the sin for which we are being disciplined and not against the discipline itself. We have no right to earthly liberties apart from Christ and if He sees fit to take them away, then that is something we should not fight against, but rest in. Lets, for a moment, turn our attention away from our personal liberties and look to what God’s judgment is for. What if the 8,731,568 people in the US who presently possess handgun permits were as passionate about putting a stop to abortion as they are about keeping their handgun rights? If all those people thought two seconds about abortion, or homosexual marriage, or any of the other sins for which we are being judged, could they not realize that those sins might be at the root of America’s problems. Maybe its time for us to realize that sin is where we find our real battles, and freedom is only a pleasant blessing that accompanies harmony with God. I am not saying that America isn’t a blessed and beautiful nation when freedom reigns. Free is how America was born and how she thrives. But freedom is just that – a blessing, not a guarantee. And if freedom is taken away for something we’ve done, its time to fix the problem, not rebel against the discipline. My mom tells her second graders every day that obedience leads to freedom. If they color inside the lines the first time she asks them to, then they don’t have to spend their recess time re-doing their work. They have that time to be free. Obedience to God will lead to a freedom for Americans. When we learn to walk in submission to Him, we will elect wise leaders and pass biblical laws that will set us free. Christians have a head start in this area. We know that our true and ultimate liberties in Christ have no limits and cannot be taken away – even if our guns are. We will ultimately have more freedom in our spiritual life than even the most perfect earthly government could give us. Christians then have rather a noble calling if we are to remind the world that obedience leads to freedom. A calling that, if fulfilled, will lead us back to the liberty everyone is so ready to fight for.
For, as the Psalmist reminds us, “The scepter of the wicked will not remain over the land allotted to the righteous, for then the righteous might use their hands to do evil. Lord, do good to those who are good, to those who are upright in heart. But those who turn to crooked ways the Lord will banish with the evildoers. Peace be on Israel….”