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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

Thursday, April 10, 2008

NEVER CEESE, by Sue Dent

Day 6, Friday

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Day 6, Friday

One of the things that you'll find from cover to cover in this novel is mention of evil. NEVER CEESE talks about two men who rape a ministers wife, then moves along to talk about those who have been cursed, specifically Ceese and Richard. Yet, they aren't the only ones who are cursed. They aren't the only ones who have been infected by evil. Take Dr. Clayton Henderson, who's claim to fame is DNA research using stem cells and getting kicked out of a prestigious university. Idiot that he is, Dr. Henderson doesn't take the hint and continues on with his research when he gets a job at a different college. Then there are the collage students. You could say all the college students, because I've been there and know for a fact that while college life is a lot of fun, it's filled with a lot of things that we'd rather not let anyone know about. And it reaches into our lives. Sue Dent deals with several of these students, the first is Cassie Felts, just a college kid doing research on werewolves and vampires, who incidentally has contacted Penelope before she died. She's sincere, kind, gentle, but she's been lured into a net of evil she cannot realize when Dr. Henderson expresses his interest in her research and asks to help her out. You see how evil works? It doesn't just hit you all at once. Most of us walk into it thinking we're doing good.

Then there's Rodney, Kyle and Josh, each with a truckload of their own personal problems and evils. These are your basic college kids, and if you never thought of it before, start thinking about it now. Our kids need our prayers. They may reject what we say, as does this trio, but they need to hear the truth, they need to know that we love them and care for them. Sure it'll mess with their Spring Breaks, Mardi Gras and assortment of other festivities, but in the end our prayers will bring them back to the One who truly loves them, if we will just love them and accept them without judgment. That's a big statement. We can know that they, as we, are caught up in evil, but we must accept them just as Jesus accepts us. I don't know about you, but Jesus accepted me in all my filth, and said, “I love you, follow Me.” Jesus didn't ask me to clean up my act. He didn't ask me to stop doing this or that. He simply asked me to come with Him. Now how cool is that? Why can't we, as His ambassadors, do the same thing? What can't we just love people the way they are? For we are all infected by evil. It's the cure that we have that they seek. But what is evil? Can it really be defined?

Evil isn't just some word in a dictionary that has grown obsolete. It's a word that has real meaning in our lives. All too often we are taught that there aren't any absolutes. This just isn't true. There are absolutes. Love, which we mentioned briefly in an earlier post, is one of those absolutes, although it is the Love of God, not phileo love. Yet here let's talk some about evil. What is it? How does it spread? Where did it come from?

If any of you live near an ocean or have had the wonderful experience of visiting one, you've seen one of nature's greatest wonders. I love the ocean. The pounding of the waves, the sparkling water under the Sun, the incredible power that is hidden beneath such beauty, that is what the ocean is to me. It speaks to me of God, but it also reminds me of evil. Evil tempts you with its beauty, speaks to you with mesmerizing crashing voices, and draws you into a rip-tide of such incredible force that no one can escape. Every one of us has been tempted into some kind of evil, whether it is lying, cheating, stealing, doing drugs, getting drunk, having illicit sex, beating or even killing others. This is just a partial list of the evils we can fall into, and they are all part of the same ocean of evil, an ocean that at first looks so beautiful that we can't help but wade into its deadly currents. When we find ourselves pulled out too far and try to swim back to safety we feel the pull of the rip-tide as sure as if Poseidon himself had his hand gripping our ankles. With a voices that crush us over and over again we are beaten, weakened, and drawn even closer to our death in this sea of evil. For evil is a powerful thing. It looks different to each of us, manifests itself uniquely to our own personalities to the point where we think giving up this would be to lose our own personalities. The fact is the exact opposite is true.

There are all kinds of analogies I could use for evil, but I choose this one. I choose it because of its seeming glamor, its incessant pounding, its unbelievable grip of death on each of us. I choose it because after a while you are so far out in evil that you can't find the land any more. You're totally, hopelessly lost to the evil that tempted you into its deadly clutches. With only decades, or years, or months, or days, or maybe it's only hours, perhaps even just seconds, before you are pulled under for the last time, we need to realize this mighty power evil has over us. Yet I've chosen this analogy for another reason. “The LORD on high is mightier than the noise of many waters, yea, than the mighty waves of the sea.” (Psalm 93:4) In other words, God is stronger than evil. We can put our trust in Him and be drawn out of its deadly clutches. Like a person drowning, all we need to do is cry out. As it is written, “And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved.” (Act 2:21) Now I don't know about you, but I've heard a lot of people talking about power, whether it's financial power, political power, or spiritual power, like the occult, but none of these can come close to the power of God. Better yet, all that He has is ours if we come to Him. His Holiness, His righteousness, the riches that are beyond measure, they belong to us because we are His children, if we have come to Jesus. If we have called upon the name of the Lord then His sacrificial death stands before God as our mercy, for He carried all our evil with Him to the cross, and there put it to death. Oh, we still have to deal with it, we still have to work out some things in our lives. Being a Christian isn't being perfect, but being COUNTED as perfect. In the meantime we move towards that goal, not because it's written in some doctrine of some religion, but because we love God and want to please Him. You see, it always gets back to love.

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1 comment:

Sue Dent said...

I can not tell you how excited I am that you're able to bring so much to light using my story as a jumping off point. You really are something. :)

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