All still full of JOY!01/19/2017 ByHealthnut My friends and I used to make the long drive down to the circus tents put up by the beach to hear the FREE concerts put on by these groups. They were so contagiously full of joy and deliverance, they changed the lives of me, my siblings, and many in my California Jesus-people generation. I have long wondered what happened to them, if they were still as full of joy as they were then or if they had descended into some jaded state.
It was so good to see them as full of joy and love as ever, as am I, my family, and most of those I know touched by Jesus because of their music. We now live in India with some of our children and grandchildren, trying to share this same joy to anyone who is thirsty. It is so fun to see this same joy cross all cultural barriers, enter into hearts and change families in any culture, as it did ours.
I highly recommend this DVD to anyone who did not have the chance to live through the Jesus Movement themselves as well as those who want to relive the beginning of
Who are these old grey-haired people? Oh they look like me!01/19/2017 ByHarry Briley For those of us who were there near the beginning (Simi Valley1970 for me), these tunes drove my college community. Each singer/group plays an early signature tune, is interviewed, and then plays a second song (most of which were new at the time of this video). The visuals of the singing is mostly panning around a room of the fellow singers in barca-loungers lost in the moment mouthing the words. Take a hint, turn the lights down low, turn off the phone, get your comfy quilt on the couch, and close your eyes during the songs. Watching other people do this is obviously not compelling video. I have just finished DVD-1 and it challenged me to reconsider what passes poorly as CCM today. The interviews are not rehashing old testimonies, but they start with their commonly known stories and reflect further about their faith walk. By the end of the first DVD, I wish I was present in person during those three days of taping. Some ah-ha moments was which congregations were the home ports for the
Truly Amazing 01/18/2019 ByMike Pinkston I turned on this delightful documentary not knowing what to expect. I found Christ during the Jesus movement and I am also a musician. So the music of this time shaped me spiritually and musically. I was and am a rocker and the music of this era was so satisfying because it was crafted in the genre I came from. What I didnβt expect was being on my knees enraptured by Godβs Spirit as I began this DVD. It shook me to my core as I encountered the tangible presence of God. It brought back my initial days with Jesus and sharpened my hunger for more of the One who called me out of darkness into His wonderful light. Watchers beware! You may encounter the living God as you watch this wonderfully and thoughtfully crafted video.
First Love-love it!02/28/2018 ByAndi These are fantastic DVDs, especially if you were part of the 'Jesus movement' of the 70s and grew up in the Lord listening to these artists. You will laugh and cry as they share testimonies and the songs we remember them for. You will want to watch them over and over. My younger friends in the Lord have also enjoyed watching them. I have purchased several copies for brothers and sisters in Christ and they have purchased sets for others. I highly recommend them! I have not listened to the CDs as much.
First Love DVD's & CD's08/20/2021 ByDonna M Rudiger I was so excited to find this on your website; I purchased the videos on VHS format back in the late 90's. The quality of these videos is clearer and the music is crisp and balanced. The CD's travel with me in my car. Thank you for providing this timely and iinspiring Jesus Music history in an updated format. I am so glad to have this in my music library and listen to it every weekend.
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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FIRST LOVE - A historic gathering of Jesus Music pioneers : What people are saying
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
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
Van Nuys, California
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
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