Sneak Peeks Previews of upcoming events
by Allen Scott
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Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good; Blessed is the man who trusts in Him! Psalms 34:8 (NKJV)
Whenever I rent a DVD I have to sit through the upcoming preview section of the disk. Perhaps I am just not technical enough to figure out how to bypass them but in any event I patiently sit through these short snippets of upcoming releases. Many times after seeing these previews I make a note to go see or rent the offering being presented.
Perhaps it is a new action adventure movie or a comedy. Maybe it is the latest sequel to a series. Perhaps it is just a remake of an older story being retold. Whatever the case, these trailers are meant to do one thing and one thing only, make you want to see the film being advertised.
Coming soon to a theater near you, these advertisements can be seen everywhere, most often during a favorite TV program. The advertisers feel that if you are watching the television program then perhaps you would also like the new film coming soon.
All advertising does is arouse someone's appetite for more of what they are offering. For example NBC recently aired the remake of the Knight Rider television series from the 80's, with a newly designed KITT. It had all the makings of a sequel. During the program NBC ran an ad spot offering a chance to win your very own KITT, Knight Rider Ford Shelby GT500 Mustang. Who wouldn't want to have a KITT to park in their driveway? I mean, what an appealing idea. Here is your very own KITT. All you have to do is sign onto a web site, and answer a few questions from the program, for your chance to win one of four Ford cars being offered by the program.
I wanted one! That would be cool! To think I could have one for my very own! Thus the power of advertising worked on me. I did not however go to the web site to take a chance on winning the car because chances, and I, just do not seem to live in the same neighborhoods. In any event the result of the advertisement made me want to get one.
I had anticipated the airing of the new Knight Rider program for weeks because NBC would run their sneak peak trailer during most of their prime time programming. They wanted to make sure that enough people anticipated the airing that they would have a huge audience when the time came for the actual program to be aired. I do not know how many tuned in for that 2 hour premier but I was at least one.
One of the sponsors of the program was the new movie ‘Vantage Point’. A movie starring Dennis Quaid, Matthew Fox, Forest Whitaker, Sigourney Weaver, and William Hurt. An action adventure movie in which the President gets shot. And then the plot twists and turns depending on how you look at things from your vantage point. Anyway I now want to see this film.
The point of all this is to say that there is a lot to be said for these sneak peeks. We find them everywhere in our society. Try before you buy, free sample, and the aforementioned movie and television program trailers. This tool has been around for a long time.
Newspapers and magazines have upcoming features in them as well. They are all meant to get you to look forward to an upcoming event or article or series. The previews are written in such a way to make you want to get more information, or buy the item, or attend the event. Sneak peeks therefore are proven to be successful.
The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave Him to show His servants--things which must shortly take place. And He sent and signified it by His angel to His servant John, Revelation 1:1 (NKJV)
The apostle John had a sneak peek of upcoming events after he was exiled to the Isle of Patmos. During this time he was given a vision of heaven and of things to come. God showed John a sneak peek, a preview. During this time John recorded for us, all that he had seen and heard.
Just like any great movie trailer Revelation is full of imagery and drama. An action adventure just waiting for world wide release, coming soon to a town and city near you. Full of action, mystery, horror, excitement, drama, and violence, I would expect the motion picture association to rate the film ‘M’ for mature audiences only. Good versus evil, right triumphs over wrong. God wins, the devil looses. What a great story!
Perhaps the world needs to have a few more preachers telling the previews of this coming event. We need more sneak peeks into the mind of God and of things to come. Perhaps we need to interrupt our regularly scheduled programming for a few sneak peeks. Maybe we need to add a few of God's upcoming events to our other religious activities. Perhaps our prime time needs to be interrupted with a few of God's sneak peek trailers.
The church needs to whet the appetites for upcoming events, and prepare the audience to be ready and willing to attend. We need to be exposed to these teasers. Perhaps we have forgotten about upcoming events and need a reminder.
The greatest story ever told was that of God sending His only Son into a sinful world, to redeem man from his destructive nature. God stepped through time and space and made a way where there was no way.
How many need to hear this story? How many need to witness this life changing event? Are we whetting the appetites of a dry and thirsty world for the things of God? Are we previewing a heavenly life? Are our lives displaying the future hope of a believer? Are we walking advertisements of things to come? What do our lives indicate about the God we serve? When a nonbeliever watches our trailer, do they acquire a taste of what we have? Or are they repulsed by what they see? Do our examples sell the world on the goodness of God? Would anyone want to watch the rest of the film?
Here is hoping that Jesus' salvation story is playing in your home and life. Here is praying that you too have seen the salvation of God. Here is wishing all who desire to know Him, find Him waiting and willing to share His life with you. Coming soon for you to own, the salvation of God through Christ Jesus His Son. All you have to do to get your very own version of the greatest story ever told is to simply ask for it, wherever souls are being saved. This preview is rated G for all audiences.
But those who are waiting for the Lord will have new strength; they will get wings like eagles: running, they will not be tired, and walking, they will have no weariness. Isaiah 40:31 (BBE)
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Great comparison..I loved it!!!