Keep pace with behind the scenes Q & A's that share the thoughts & inspirations behind the latest media projects
DECEMBER '21 | BLOG
Q.&A. w/ M.King: ‘Field of Faith’ Our Up-and-Coming Project
Today we talk with M.King about his latest project “Field of Faith” and find out what was the inspiration behind this 26th animated story
Q: What is this media project about?
M.King: This project is about the idea of what the “Hall of Faith” could look like. In this animated story, we have names of well-known Christians and behind the scenes, we have a pastor encouraging his flock talking about these great faithful lives and how we as followers can join them in this “Field of Faith”.
Q: Why did you want to create an animated story that talks about past disciples in Christ?
M.King: You know I truly believe we are all encouraged by those who have come before us in Christ. It’s a firm reminder that we do not walk this out alone. That just as the Lord could see them through, He’s no respecter of person and can do the same for us as well.
Q: So, when it came down to names, why did you choose five?
M.King: You know honestly when it came down to it, I had to really think about not only the time limit for this piece but also the artwork. I really had to look at the piece and wonder what would be the right number of names to be used that people could still see the info in the art, but also still enjoy the rest of the work as well. Five was the number we ran with.
Q: If you could say anything to the person reading this what would it be?
M.King: I honestly hope you aren’t so focused on the future that you are leaving the past behind. There are so many brothers and sisters in the faith who have so much experience to share with us. All we need do is be humble enough to listen and God can do wonderful things in our hearts.
Note: “Field of Faith” makes its premiere on Jan 7th, 2022
NOVEMBER'21 | BLOG
Q&A w/ M.King: A New Website with A New Webhost
This month we talk with M.King about the changes going on behind the scenes and how M.King Media is about to get a new web host and a new website
Q: So you've probably heard this already but, didn't we just get a new website almost exactly two years ago?
M.King: You are correct we did actually have to change our website two years ago. That was because flash was going out and we were getting ready to move to a responsive website. This time our web host is getting ready to actually shut down so everything from the website to content is having to move to a brand new web server.
Q: So for you the process of building a website. I think you said the last website took you a year and a half so from the time you got your notice to the time the website is pretty much expected to switch over how much time is that?
M.King: (Chuckles) You know, the last time we had to work on a website I thought that was probably the greatest challenge I've ever had to deal with. This challenge was something else so you're not only getting ready to move all your content again but you're also having to learn a new web host and that was the biggest challenge to deal with. It's a blessing that WIX didn't provide two huge of a learning curve but to answer your question we only had 2 months.
Q: So that means this website has been in a work-in-progress since October?
M.King: Yes this whole web experience has been a work in progress since October. This whole thing has consumed the month of November. It's been a blessing I was able to release a devotional in October but this month I was not able to do any real media project cuz the NEW website was my media project.
Note: Our NEW website is LIVE on the 'WIX' platform
OCTOBER '21 | BLOG
Q&A w/ M.King: 'Spiritual Battle Rattle' to Help You Overcome
In this Q&A we talk with M King about his latest devotional ‘Spiritual Battle Rattle’.
Q: ‘Spiritual Battle Rattle’ what an interesting term, tell us where did you get that term from?
M.King: Well, for starters when I was in the U.S. Army, the armor we had to wear we nicknamed it "battle rattle". Ephesian 6 talks about the spiritual armor of God so, when I was thinking about the armor of God and what we had to wear in the military, that's where you get the term “Spiritual Battle Rattle”.
Q: So aside from the title, what should we expect in this 5th devotional of yours?
M.King: This devotional deals with a lot of the lies I feel Christians in churches today are falling into. Not because the church is preaching them but, because it's kind of what they have carried over from their time in the secular world. So, this devotional kind of once and for all kind of kills these lies and imparts God's truth.
Q: What do you hope people are going to gain from this devotional?
M.King: I hope people understand that not only does Jesus want us to be fishers of men but, Satan is an emulator of everything Jesus wants us to do. That means Satan is a fisher of men and I really truly believe that these things that this devotional deals with are Satan's favorite lures. Getting this devotional will really help people understand what Satan is using out there and how to overcome it.
Side Note: ‘Spiritual Battle Rattle’ will be available on Nov 7th, 2021 for a small gift of $5.
SEPTEMBER '21 | BLOG
Q & A w/ M.King: A Different Way to ‘Motivate’ for 2021
In this Q & A with M.King, we talk about the changes made to “Motivate ‘21” in order to make it more engaging.
Q: This “Motivate” you changed certain things up, what was the purpose behind that?
M.King: 1.) The purpose behind that was to make it more engaging and 2.) The purpose behind that was to make it so that it wouldn't take so long to upload. Last year it was about 1 hour and 4 minutes for that event and it took forever to upload, I think it took anywhere from two to four hours to upload and we were doing Facebook YouTube, and Vimeo and that just made it really really cumbersome to deal with and really frustrating. So, this year we really wanted to make it more engaging and just sort of straight to the point. We didn't do a countdown video this year, we didn't really do the traditional intro about talking about who we are; we did that more after. We just started off with the sermon, worship, the second part of the sermon, testimony or interview, third part of the sermon, and then we wrapped up with our project. So, I think it was more straight to the point and definitely more engaging in the end.
Q: This year's event theme was “Power”, last year's theme was “Victory”. Do you feel like ever since you added a theme things are better/different?
M.King: You know what I think when it comes down to it, I think it's both, it's twofold. I think not only are things better in the sense that it gives the viewer something to aspire for, I think it's better because it gives us something to aspire for and it's different because it helps us to understand how to mold everything around. When we were looking for a worship song this year, we used our theme to help us find something that fit. When it came to the interview I was able to send off the interview questions and say hey this is our theme how has God's power helped you reach out and touch people in your community. So, I think it really does help, I really think it's a lot better, I really think it's a lot more clarity not only for us behind the scenes but for the person watching online.
Q: Lastly, what do you hope people aspire to do after seeing Motivate ’21?
M.King: You know after watching the event I really hope that people will be inspired. I really hope people will reach out in their communities, I really hope they step out and do what God is is calling for them to do. I really hope that they understand that just like God was there for Caleb, just like God was there for Rebecca, God will be there for them too. They have to remember that in order for God to do incredible things in their lives, they have to be inconvenienced.
You know with Motivate Moments #55 we talk about “Overcoming While Inconvenienced” and the fact that in order for God to help you overcome, you first have to be willing to be inconvenienced in the process. I hope people understand that His (God's) arms will always be there to catch them.
Side Note: Motivate ’21 is now available to enjoy at mkingmedia.com/motivate
AUGUST '21 | BLOG
Q&A w/ M.King: A Beautiful Psalm Makes for A Beautiful Production
In this Q & A, we speak with M.King about a modern and beautiful take on Psalm 23.
Q: For the viewer, this is episode 6 of "The Lord Is...", what did this episode mean for you?
M.King: You know for so many viewers this episode means a lot because it's such a powerful pact of scriptures, It's such a powerful Psalm. So for me, I really wanted to take something that has touched my life and others' lives and really do it visual justice, (laughs) and really impact people with images the way David does with his well-known words.
Q: When choosing the final Psalm for this season’s episode of "The Lord Is...", what made you go for Psalm 23?
M.King: You know to be very honest with you, it was how known it was, it was the idea of really doing a well-known and beautiful Psalm and it was well.... short. (laughs).
Q: Lastly, what would you like to share with viewers as a reminder when they view this or any episode from "The Lord Is..." series?
M.King: That the Bible is more than just black & red words, that's it's a book that needs to be applied to your life in order to be real, that if you don't apply it, you won't see the beauty in it, and you won't experience God's glory from its principles.
Side Note: "The Lord Is... My Shepherd" Episode 6 debuts Sept 4th, 2021
JULY '21 | BLOG
Q.& A. w/ M.King: Dealing With the Tough Times in Episode 5
In this Q & A, we speak with M.King about a modern take on Psalm 35.
Q: The next episode in "The Lord Is..." series is episode 5 and it's taken from Psalm 35, what did you learn from this Psalm?
M.King: You know in going over this Psalm one of the things I learned is that you're going to go through tough times. In life you have to deal with enemies, you have to deal with your adversary the devil, there's just no way around it and you're going to have these moments where you feel like you're under the gun. The one thing I like about Psalm 35 is it ends with the Lord and ends with the term vindication, it's in the last few scriptures. I like that we're all going to have to deal with our enemies but God will always bring us vindication.
Q: Looking back at the production, what was one of the toughest things you encountered?
M.King: Haha, You know one of the toughest things with this production, was really trying to find the right photos for a chapter in the book of Psalms that starts off pretty bleak. You know the other Psalms they talked a lot about the Lord a lot about his presence so you really felt like you had a lot to work with but, when you deal with tough times sometimes you have to look up like dark drab photography but in spite of that it still came out to be an encouraging production.... in the end.
Q: Lastly what would you like to leave our audience with concerning this next production?
M.King: The word of God is just full of so much information and so much wisdom. I truly believe if we dig into it and really see it for what it's worth and even apply it to our modern-day living, it can be more of a hope and more of a benefit to us than we could ever imagine
Side Note: "The Lord Is... My Shield" Episode 5 debuts July 31st, 2021
JUNE '21 | BLOG
Q.& A. w/ M.King: Episode 4 of "The Lord Is..." Is Almost Here!
In this Q&A we speak with M.King about picking up where he left off with last summer's devotion series "The Lord Is..“
Q: It's been a whole year since the last installment of this series, how does it feel to be back?
M.King: You know it feels really good to be back doing this production. Last summer I really feel like people were impacted by the 1st 3 episodes, so it feels really good to continue this series into this summer
Q: What was one of the things you enjoyed the most when it came to doing this production, Episode 4?
M.King: You know working on the "The Lord Is... My Light" I really enjoyed just getting back in the production chair and really working on this series. I mean I get so bogged down with various productions over the year/season, it's nice to sit back and really try to find images that correspond with God's word..... it's a nice change of pace.
Q: Lastly what do you hope the audience will gain from this production?
M.King: I really hope that people see God's word as something that is relevant. You know we can get so sidetracked in or day to day living that we just don't spend enough time in the presence of the Lord and just don't see it as something that works in our modern times.
I hope this series changes that, and I really hope how people see the word and apply it to their live changes
Side Note: "The Lord Is... My Light" Episode 4 debuts June 30th, 2021
MAY '21 | BLOG
Q&A w/ M.King: "The Friday Blog" is about to film season 7
In this Q & A with M.King, we talk about a long-standing staple of the ministry "The Friday Blog" and how season 7 is now underway.
Q: So for those who are new, what is "The Friday Blog"?
M.King: "The Friday Blog" is a web show that goes all the way back to its 1st season in 2014. That was a year after the ministry was founded, and although it's evolved over time, it's always been a platform to share the gospel. It was kinda like "Motivate Moments" in the early days, but now it's kinda a show that takes normal everyday objects and ties them into preaching the gospel.
Q: So this show takes everyday objects and shows people how to use them to spread the word of God? Isn't that a hard concept to do?
M.King: Haha, well you see it's been almost 2 years since season 6 debuted, but no seriously, it is a challenge because you have to look at things very differently and approach it in such a way that is simple for the viewer to not only grasp but also share with others. So there is a challenge there but it's a good challenge.
Q: So what is it you want people to learn from this series and season 7?
M.King: You know if all else I really want people to invite God to take the limits off their lives and really invite him to show them what He sees and really understand that the opportunity to share the gospel is all around us.
Side Note: " The Friday Blog" season 7 will debut June 7th, 2021
APRIL '21 | BLOG
Q & A w/ M.King: A Lesson Learned From Three Trees
In this Q&A we talk with M.King about an up-and-coming project revolving around three trees
Q: So this next project you're getting ready to do is about trees?
M.King: Yeah this project is an animated story. It's going to be our 25th and it's going to pretty much be focused on three trees, to put it mildly
Q: So with this animated story what is it that brought on the whole idea of using trees?
M.King: You know, I've always heard "The Story of the Three Trees". Each tree went on to help Jesus in his lifetime. With my trees I thought about the three people in the Bible who were given the talents, I also thought about being hot, cold, and lukewarm. I wanted to create my version wrapping in those principles to kind of speak to the viewer in a different message.
Q: So in doing this project can you share with us a few things that have happened behind the scenes that maybe might surprise us?
M.King: You know to be honest this month has been one of those months. It seems like in April everything that could have been off was off, also during the creation of this story, I was working on a NEW project that has been burning in my heart. So for a month that I thought was gonna be chill, it ended up being more eventful than expected.
Side Note: "The Fate of Three Trees" debuts May 7th, 2021
MARCH '21 | BLOG
Q & A w/ M.King: A Devotional For "They That Endure"
In this Q&A we talk with M King about his 4th up and coming devotional called "They That Endure"
Q: For the month of March you spent a great deal of that time working on your 4th devotional, tells us about that?
M.King: Yeah this devotional was one of those things where I found myself praying and seeking the Lord about the world we live in, about how we have a society that is canceling people out, silencing conservatives, and rising against the firm foundation of Hope in our nation. So I found myself praying and seeking God about how should I approach this time in our country and the world and as I prayed for an answer from God's word, He encouraged my spirit to write this devotional.
Q: Wow so this devotional was written out of a spirit asking for advice from God's word. Can you tell us what you learned from this experience?
M.King: You know it's funny when you look at the church in America and you look at the church overseas you realize that we over here ain't seen nothing yet. So when I was meditating on the word and writing this devotional, that's kinda what came to mind. We haven't seen the worst of the worst, we haven't been in slavery for 430 years like the Children of Israel, We haven't been in slavery and then taken to jail falsely like Joseph, We haven't been taken from our homeland and made to serve a King who wants to kill me like Daniel. There is so much that can comfort us from God's word, in these very dark and uncertain times.
Q: Your so right, despite all we see, the world and the nation getting dark, it's not as dark as it could be. Any last words for our readers?
M.King: Just that we rise up and seek God's face and God's word like never before we can't lean on what culture is doing and wrap that in scripture we can't compete against culture we have to look to the son in this dark hour in our nation and our world we have to keep looking to the father that's what a lot of these people did in the Bible and that's what we have to do.
Side Note: "They That Endure" will debut on April 7th on our website
FEBRUARY '21 | BLOG
Q & A w/ M.King: The St. Patrick, We Thought We Knew
In this Q&A we talk with M King about the up-and-coming mini-documentary about Saint Patrick.
Q: So this particular go around your working on a mini-documentary about Saint Patrick. Can you tell us a little bit about what you learned about his life from doing the research?
M.King: You know one thing I learned about Saint Patrick was the fact that he was somebody who put his faith and trust in the Lord in the direst of circumstances. You know if I was sold as a slave would I have been able to hang on and grow in my faith in the Lord?
Would I have been able as a slave to pray every morning consistently not knowing when God was going to deliver me or not even knowing how I was going to get out of what I was going through?
For Patrick, I'm sure that took a lot of faith and trust in the Lord
Q: So hearing what you're saying, what made you want to do this mini-documentary about Saint Patrick of all people?
M.King: Well to be honest with you I think Patrick has always been someone that has always been very near and dear to everybody's heart because of Saint Patrick's Day. You know for me in hearing bits and pieces of his life I've always been intrigued how one man who made the ultimate sacrifice for an island of pagans is now remembered centuries later. It's always intrigued me how one person can impact so many lives if they put their faith and trust in the Lord and let his super fall on their natural.
Q: So for those that want to watch the mini-documentary where's a place we can do it and when?
M.King: Well to be honest with you my hope is to have this done by Saint Patrick's day which is the 17th. So we'll see what happens, I really want to try to get the essence of his life and just talk about how he impacted countless lives all over the world century after century.
Side Note: Look for "St. Patrick: Patron Saint of the Irish" March 15th, 2021.
JANUARY'21 | BLOG
Q & A w/ M.King: An Animated Story Called “Two Fields”?
This Q&A we talked with M King about “Two Fields” his 24th animated story and we go on the inside to understand just why he created it and just what he wants to reach out and tell others that we need to learn
Q: So this next animated story is called “Two Fields”. Can you give us a little insight into what brought on the name and what made you want to create an animated story like this?
M.King: Well what brought it on is just the whole concept of sowing and reaping. You know you reap what you sow in life and I think when you look at the world you see saints and then you see the secular world. I really wanted to emphasize through “Two Fields” that if you kind of look at it, the secular world and the church are two different fields. In one field, you have the saints sowing unto God and reaping from God, in the secular world you have people sowing into the world and reaping nothing but the world or as the Bible says they reap the whirlwind. I really wanted to show that in a visual aspect just how God rewards the faithful and those who are unfaithful don't get rewarded.
Q: Wow so, from a visual standpoint what imagery can we look forward to in this animated story as far as you trying to get across the concept of “Two Fields”?
M.King: Well in this particular animated story the first thing I wanted to do was start off with you kind of looking down the middle of a road. On one side you have a lush field that's plentiful green and you can clearly tell has been worked and on the other side of the road is this brownfield that you can clearly tell has just experienced no real love no real support the trees are barren the house sits in the back and it's just dark. You understand the other field is light and you just feel like God's blessing is over there but in that other field you just feel like it's dark and cold that's the kind of imagery we're going to go with for “Two Fields”.
Q: Lastly to wrap things up, is there anything you want to share with people to look out for in “Two Fields” or is there anything you really want people to learn from this animated story?
M.King: You know the one thing I really want people to understand is that the times are getting darker. We as believers can't just stand before the world with the same type of field they have just changed up a little bit to try to bring them into the House of God. We have to continue to stand in the spirit of God, we have to be different. You know Jesus said if you follow me just as the world hates me they're going to hate you so we have to understand that as much as we try we're not going to get the “popular people” to like us. Even in this day and age where you have the big tech on social media censoring Conservatives and faith-based organizations putting them on hate lists. You know we need to understand that the field we so in is the field we're going to reap from and we need to understand that the secular world and the ideologies of the secular world are not where we need to be sowing into. We need to be sowing into the spirit of God. So I really hope people are encouraged by that and they understand that when they see this animated story.
Side Note: “Two Fields” debuts on Feb 8th, 2021