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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, April 09, 2008

NEVER CEESE, by Sue Dent

Day 4, Wednesday

Friends and Enemies. Love and Hate. Perhaps unintentional, but this is another theme that runs throughout Sue Dent's wonderful novel, NEVER CEESE. Friends love and enemies hate. That's the way I'd like you to view this for a moment.

Friends and Love. In the prologue there is the love of a husband for his wife, and her love for her husband. This is the highest form of phileo (brotherly) love most people can ever attain. When the major part of the book starts we read about two other who love each other in a similar way, Penelope and Richard. Their circumstances are slightly different. Our first couple were your simple loving husband and wife. Richard, however, is a vampire. His relationship with Penelope is the only one who gives him the ability to love. Their love isn't always smooth, however. Penelope knows what Richard needs and is working towards that end. When Richard finds out about it he is prone to outbursts of anger, but he cannot stay angry with her for long simply because of his love for her. He does nearly come close when Ceese enters the picture. Called there by Penelope, Ceese and Richard have only two things in common, they both love Penelope and they both seem to hate each other. But real hate isn't shown the way these two seem to despise each other, and in the end a bond of love draws them together. Love gives way to hope, and hope gives way to faith. Watching them is like watching two high schoolers come together and their very attraction for each other causes pain and anguish, arguments and tears. Yet, in time they begin to care for each other as they care for themselves.

Enemies and hate. We are all enemies to one another because of our sinful natures, our curse. The book begins with a mother who wants to just rest and have some time alone to rest. During this time enemies come in to attack her. Their purpose? To get her husband, a minister, to leave the area. These creatures, a werewolf and a vampire, are the enemy that follows our heroes throughout the story. Their goal is always the same, keep them from returning to that land of light, that place of holiness. You see, it isn't the creature that is evil, but the creature within. Just as Richard talks about the vampire trying to gain control, or Ceese talking about the wolf trying to get out, in the same way these enemies are controlled by what is within them. It's not that they didn't have a choice. We all have a choice, even the worst of us. Some of us do make that choice and choose sides. Some choose to fight on the side of evil. Oh, they can change sides anytime, so long as this life isn't over. Yet, the longer they persist in the wrong camp, the harder it is to change sides. Hate is a strong emotion. It poisons the heart and soul. It eat a man up from the inside and in the end leaves him nothing but a prisoner in his own body, or her body.

Love, on the other hand, has always been stronger than hate. If love is given the slightest chance to thrive it is powerful enough, even in the smallest amount, to drive out hate. Love is purity. Hate is filth. Love is like light. Evil is like darkness. So, is that all I have to prove that love is so powerful? No, not at all. The Bible says that “God is love” (1st John 4:8). It's not just love evil is fleeing from, but God Himself. When Ceese and Richard allow love to enter in and take a control they allowed God to come in and drive out the poison in their love. For you see, the antidote for the curse, their curse and ours, is love, God's pure and perfect love.

One final thing I need to say. In this life be careful about the way you treat people. Some people who seem to antagonize us are really our truest friends. They will run to our defense in our time of need. Conversely, those who smooth-talk us and seem to be our closest confidants, may well be our enemies. They are the ones who desert us when we need them most. Their kind words are hollow. Ceese and Richard went at each other like enemies, but they were more than just friends. Others followed after them and made believed they cared, but they didn't, they just wanted to facilitate the hatred. So be careful. Jesus says to love each other, to love our neighbors, even to love our enemies. That added to our love for God will forever be our best defenses against evil. In love is hope. Hope makes the way for faith. Faith brings deliverance.

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And don't forget to visit Sue Dent's page at Never Ceese

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