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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

Tuesday, September 04, 2007

HIGH STREET, by Jack Stinson


Day 4 Wednesday

Through the life of Jamie Boyer, Jack Stinson is able to portray for us how HIGH STREET afffects our lives on all levels. Today let's look at shame.

Shame is one of the first things we learn that Jamie feels. He's been kicked out of college, lost his possessions to drugs, and forced to live on the streets. As the book opens Jamie Boyer is signing in to a homeless shelter. The mere fact that he has to do this to survive is almost more than he can bear. Yet as he enters the dorm and sees the others he is faced with a new shame. If he doesn't take care of himself, if he doesn't watch his step, he will become like these other men. The thought sickens him.

These are reasonable thoughts, in and of themselves. Yet one wonders why he never goes back home. The answer is given to us and it is the same reason that sent him to the homeless shelter, shame. He has let his family down and just can't bear to break their hearts by showing up on their doorstep looking the way he does, never mind that he's still hooked on drugs. We come to realize that shame is a false pride that robs a person of the little dignity he has left, the ability to reach out for help.

This nagged me through out the book. Here is this intelligent person who has become such a slave to his own desires that he can't even go home. It's like the story of the Prodigal Son, but with a terribly different ending. As Christians I would hope that we would reach out to those who refuse help and lend them a hand just the same, give them back some of the dignity that they have lost, and by the power of God, help them become free of the bondages of sin and death. There are too many Jamies out there. There are too many broken hearts, twisted minds, people lost in worlds of their own making. They know they are trapped, but they don't know how to get out. They don't know how to ask for help. It is for us to go to them. Jesus called for us to be workers, bringing in the harvest. The harvest doesn't come to the farmer. The farmer must go out to the crops and reap the harvest. He cuts and pulls, he binds and carries away the crop. In the same way Jesus has sent us out to cut through their bonds with His truth, to pull them from the peers who would take them to Hell with them, to bind up the broken hearted and carry away their burdens. For you see, we may be the only Jesus they ever see. We must go out and conquer shame and set these captives free by the power of the Holy Spirit.

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