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I apologize for not being more active, but not having other reviewers or books to review, it's been a little difficult. However I want to let you know about this wonderful DVD "God's Not Dead." Working at the library I found it on our shelves and took it home. When I brought it back I raved about it. I wanted to take it out again, but it seems word gets around. It's always on hold for someone else. That's great.

The opening scene is in a freshman college philosophy class. The professor states he is an atheist, and asks that if everyone will sign a paper with 3 little words on it he can dispense of the dust and get to the subject. Those 3 words are "God Is Dead." One student cannot sign that. He is given 3 chances to argue the case of the existence of God before the class.

Fueled by hate on one side and a determined love of God on the other this is not your simple movie. The poor kid researches and goes off on a journey of his own to state his case. The end is nothing short of amazing. I guess telling people stuff like this is one of the reasons I can't get a hold of it a second time. It's really that good.

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May our Lord be with you now and always. Remember, God is in control, even when things look like they're crashing all around you. David

Sunday, September 02, 2007

HIGH STREET, by Jack Stinson

Day 1 Sunday

When we meet up with Jamie Boyer he is checking into a homeless shelter. He could have gone home, but his pride will not allow him to do this. He could go to a Christian for counseling, but his pride won't allow this either. So he lodges with, what he calls “bums” for what he thinks will be just a short while until he can get his act together and get back into college.

This is so incredible to me. We are used to those arrogant people around us who make our job ten times more difficult than it needs to be. I work at a library and have had several people call me from other states asking for things like the phone number of a businesses in the area. I've had people get so arrogant they nearly start shouting because I'll not let them use the computers or take out books without their library card. “It's in the system,” they spit out angrily. “Yes, but that is not policy,” I reply as calmly as I can.

That kind of arrogance, that kind of pride we hate, but can recognize and understand, at least to some degree. Then there is the arrogance of false humility. Comedians have made monologues about this kind of pride. “No, no, really, you shouldn' you really think it was good?” The fake humility, followed by trolling for a pat on the back is an indication of this kind of false humility.

Jamie suffers from a different kind of false pride, one that says, “I know I may have made a mistake, but I'll straighten things out. I can do it by myself. I don't need anyone else's help.” Every one of us have to deal harshly with this kind of pride. The fact of the matter is we cannot do it, that is live properly, by ourselves. We need as much help as we can get, starting and ending with the help of God. It's not just a mistake we've made...we have offended the Almighty God. We are facing His eternal judgment. How dare we say that we can straighten everything out. We can't, only by accepting Jesus as both Lord and Savior can we be extracted from our problematic lives. Only through the power of the Holy Spirit can we find our shackles fall free. If we do not bend to the will of God we follow the path of Jamie and so many others like him. We cut ourselves off from God's help and place ourselves at the cross-hairs of His judgment. No wonder Jesus said, “Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love. Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent.” (Rev. 2:4,5),

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1 comment:

Caprice Hokstad said...

Just stopping by to wave to David and Jack. Best wishes with the blog tour.

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