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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

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

THE VOID by Mark Mynheir

Day 4 Wednesday

The Legacy of Brad Worthington

Palm Bay Officer Brad Worthington isn't in the book that long. He meets with an informant, who while reliable is strange enough. The information he receives is odd enough that Officer Worthington feels the need to check things out. Checking things out is what leads to his death, not because he gets caught by the wrong people, but because being a Christian he places himself in the wrong place at the wrong time. His partner, PB Officer Eric Casey, is overwhelmed by his death. It seems Brad had led Eric to the Lord in the past. And that is the legacy of Brad Worthington. As we move along in the story we meet people who have been affected by Brad's life as a Christian. Some became Christians, others just respected him as a truly great cop, husband and father. Then when the Florida Department of Law Enforcement runs the crime scene, and Robbie run into Eric, that legacy continues to grow. She and her FDLE troop are affected by Brad as well, even if he is dead. First, they are affected because he was a cop, but soon they are affected by the life he led as a Christian.

Although Brad lives through one chapter and two scenes in the entire book, his name keeps popping up throughout the remainder of the story. I wonder how many of us could say that if our lives were suddenly snuffed out we would leave behind such a legacy. To be fair, this is a work of fiction, yet I have met people like Brad. They may not have died grizzly deaths as he did, in fact some are most certainly alive. Still, their legacy grows because of their faith and trust in Jesus Christ. I only hope and pray that people would think of me in that way when I die. My dad's life has touched more people than I can count, and now in his eighties he continues to contribute as best as he can, to making people smile, comforting those in pain and visiting those in nursing homes and praying for the sick in their homes. One memory sticks out and is that of him going to visit a former Sunday School teacher just before she died. She was also one of those people who left a legacy of Christian living behind when she died.

When Jesus entered our world as a baby, it was God becoming the supreme example of how were were to live and love and form a relationship with God the Father. Although He spoke to multitudes it was a “congregation” of twelve men that He hoped to impart some legacy. Of them we can rightly say that eleven “got it”. These men, and Paul, along with a number of Godly women, changed the course of human history. They taught of a Law that could be fulfilled in the heart, out of love, rather than one that was written on stone. They preached of a Risen Lord, who promised life to all who would follow Him. They showed the world that sin had been paid for...all they had to do was receive this mercy. They didn't preach that we would become sinless, but taught us to repent when we did sin. And, like Brad Worthington, their names are mentioned even to this day, as the story continues to be written. As some have said, it isn't “history”, but “His Story” that we are watching unfold. What part do you play in the drama that we call life? One way or the other, you are part of His Story. What part you play depends upon whether or not you choose to receive Christ into your life. For He is the cause of the legacy. In fact, He is the legacy, the legacy that can belong to anyone, freely.

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Copwriter said...


I'm so glad you wrote this about Brad's life in the story--because that is exactly what I was trying to accomplish. I wanted to show the impact of a life sold-out to Christ--even in death. You've had some great insights. Take care.


David said...

This post was something God dropped into my heart. As I began thinking about all the things I could say about THE VOID without giving away too much of the plot, I kept coming back to Brad, and through him, to Christ. Then I looked at myself and prayed the same could be said of me. I hope that when people talk about me they are ultimately pointed towards our Risen Savior, for I can't do anything but point the Way. Jesus IS the Way.


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