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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, March 04, 2008

THE VOID by Mark Mynheir

Day 3 Tuesday

The Life at LifeTex

Very early on we are introduced to Dr. Silverstein and Dr. Meyers as they work for LifeTex on a special project. Past failures have Mr. Finstead all bent out of shape, but Dr. Silverstein is optimistic. He sees the project as being successful. Each mistake, each failure is just another step closer to reaching their ultimate goal. Mr. Finstead doesn't share that optimism. Quite frankly, neither does Dr. Neal Meyers. There are several things going on here that the good doctors aren't aware of, and a few that even Finstead isn't aware of, and that's what makes for a good story.

Simply put, LifeTex is conducting illegal human cloning experimentation. Not only are they performing illegal research and procedures, but they have included genetic engineering. Their goal is to create a human without defect. Strong, healthy, powerful, intelligent, one who would never need to see a doctor, who would excel in whatever they studied, and basically usher in peace to our troubled planet. The funny thing about doing something this grandiose is that those involved hardly ever listen to the warnings of those around them. They feel that it's for the good of the world. Let me tell you a little personal story about “For the good of the world.” I have conceived of a wing-powered aircraft that could seat one to two fliers and possibly several passengers, with modifications. The implications of this are great. It could reach sights that rescuers could not reach, even fastening itself to a cliff wall to rescue stranded climbers. The only thing I would need to accomplish this would be funding and a team of experts to work on the project, people who knew the mechanics of flight, as well as people who could actually build what I conceived to the proper specifications, testers, and more. So where would one get these resources? Unfortunately the first ones to jump at a chance to fund this would be the military. We would be placated about our humanitarian efforts and all, but they would be secretly constructing plane that could cross into enemy territory without being detected, photograph, drop off supplies or even teams, as well as pick them up completely undetected. It all sounds like science fiction, I know. Yet Leonardo DaVinci stated that flight was nothing more than applying the right mathematical formula to the situation. If we were to do that, we would be able to fly. Bolstered by these bold words the whole field of avionics has opened up. Yet no one has unlocked the whole formula. No one has seen the picture of a craft that is powered by its least not successfully. I would have been (I'm not boasting, just stating facts). Yet you can see what this would lead to. All the research would end up in the military sector and people stranded on mountainsides or in canyons, or those lost deep in the mountains, deserts would not benefit from it. And that's exactly what happens at LifeTex. It was a good idea, sort of, in the hands of people who didn't have any clue what they were getting into. Worse yet, the military was getting behind it.

When you read the Bible check out the blessings and cursings. In Deuteronomy 28 about one quarter of the chapter deals with the blessings that God would give to those who would keep His word. The other three quarters of the chapter are dedicated to the curses that would fall down on those who did not keep His word. To some people this sounds extreme. But let's take a simple example. Aspirin! The box and the bottle both boast that it will take your headache away. Correct? Yet there are instructions on how to properly take it, this is followed by a list of “cautions” you need to take, and as if this isn't enough, they list all the active ingredients in the aspirin so you will be able to see if it will conflict with something that you are already taking. Notice what just happened? One praise and three warnings, yet some people think God is cruel to do this. It would be cruel not to warn us, but God being a God of love does warn us. In THE VOID, we find people consciously disregarding all the warnings they have heard, all the laws that have been passed to make this illegal, and what do they find? They find themselves trying to grapple with a power they didn't even know existed.

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Other CFRB members who will be posting sometime this week:

A Frank Review
Back to the Mountains
Between Sundays
Bibliophile's Retreat
Cathi's Chatter
Queen of Convolution
S.M. Kirkland
Virtual Book Tour de 'Net


Caprice Hokstad said...

Hope this was not too late. I wanted to be sure you had plenty of time to do it if you could. It was not hard at all to cut and paste it to make sure it posted in the right place.

See? Now you can rest easy. Good post, too.

Take care, David.

Copwriter said...


Again, another great article. Thanks.

Mark Mynheir

David said...

Caprice, not too late at all. And I publicly want to thank you for stepping in for me. And yes, knowing that I was able to rest easier.

Caprice and Mark, thanks, but you, Mark, gave me the ability to write such good posts. I thank you.


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