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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

Monday, September 03, 2007

HIGH STREET, by Jack Stinson


Day 3 Tuesday

Jamie Boyer soon finds out that the pleasures of High Street are costly. He finds himself in bondage, not free at all. Throughout the book he keeps wondering how he ended up in this place. If we remember the words of Jesus mentioned in the last post, the answer is very plain. "Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it. Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves." (Matthew 7:13-15)

First, Jamie finds that the pleasure of doing drugs is fleeting. He finds that he needs to get high again. His focus isn't on college, on his friends, on anything except getting high. He has exchanged his freedom to become a slave to please the desire for drugs. The next thing he notices is this is an expensive road. He depletes his bank account, loses his car, his kicked out of the end all he has are the clothes on his back and very little else.

The "false prophets" in Jamie's case, and in many others, are the taunts and pressures of their friends. Before long we find ourself not even hanging with them any more, but trying to find another fix. As broad a way as High Street is we have fallen off into the enemy's web that surrounds it. We are like Frodo in Cirith Ungol, following a known enemy into an unknown cave which is actually the lair of Shelob. There Frodo, and most of us, nearly die. If it hadn't been for the Law of God which drove us to the grace of the cross we would have been lost forever. By the time Jamie realizes this he also realizes that every effort he uses to fight to get out of this web only entangles him further. He struggles on, knowing that soon will come a time when all power fails him and he is left at the mercy of the enemy. The choice, however, has been his. Not even the enemy can claim this victory.

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