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The late 60's and early '70's were a time of tremendous upheaval in American culture as the hippie generation abandoned the values of their parents, turned to drugs and away from materialism, and went on a search for love and peace. For these young people, "the establishment" which included the church, seemed irrelevant. At times it felt like the very fabric of our nation might tear apart.
It was out of this tumultuous era that young, musical voices began to surface. These newly converted musicians began singing about the new hope they had found through Jesus Christ.
First Love examines the life and music of the people who birthed the sounds of a revolution that swept American culture. It became know as the Jesus Movement. For three historic days, these artists gathered for the first time in a mountain retreat in Southern California and First Love Volumes I & II captures almost 4 hours of each of their incredible live performances and reveals a rare look a the heart and motives of each artist as they describe in intimate detail the drama of their personal transformation.
With performances by:
Jamie Owens Collins
2nd Chapter of Acts
Keith Green tribute with Melody Green
"We didn't know very much. We were naive. All we knew was we were blind, now we see.
And that was enough."
- Love Song
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I just saw 'First Love' and I was blown away. At the end, all I could do was sob...and pray. I became a Christian in 1971, and these guys were right there in my life...making a major impact!"
Daniel F. Rice, Seattle
"...these DVDs are great because they help you remember the excitement we used to have, the wonder of God's grace and love...They called it the Jesus Movement."
Pastor Chuck Smith, Founder,
First Love (both DVDs and CD) are wonderful. I still tear up when I think about them. I had forgotten how important those early musicians were to the Jesus Movement back when I was first saved."
"The Jesus Movement was a holy explosion; it was a dramatic work of the Holy Spirit. Spiritually it was as refreshing a thing that has happened in the 20th Century."
Pastor Jack Hayford - Church on The Way
Sometimes in our lives, seemingly unrelated events come together in such a way they make a very strong point. Such was the case for me a few weekends ago. I had just received the two video set First Love and planned on watching it Saturday evening.
In the Saturday morning paper, within just two pages, were two stories that impacted me significantly. First was a long story about Mitch Albom, the Detroit sportswriter, who wrote the monstrously successful book Tuesdays with Morrie. The point of the article was that Albom could with great eloquence recount the lessons he learned from Morrie Schwartz, his former professor, yet in reality he struggles to show evidence of the lessons in his life. Then came a review about a biography of Henri Nouwen, which talked with some sharpness of Nouwen's shallow theology and the life he led. While these stories were interesting, I passed them off as interesting weekend reading. Read more ...