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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.

For more you can go here:
http://godsnotdeadthemovie.com/synopsis

To purchase a copy try these links:
Amazon
ChristianBook.com
Barnes & Noble

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, July 10, 2008

CHENOA'S SPIRITUAL JOURNEY, by Becky Dice


Day 5 - CHENOA'S SPIRITUAL JOURNEY reflects greatly on real life, real situations, real problems, real obstacles, and the right and wrong way to approach these. I have heard some talk about their questions about the doctrinal stances taught throughout this book. I take that as their belief that Christianity is naturally in opposition to the religions of Native Americans. Yet I stand by my convictions that these teachings are about real things, not in contradiction with Christianity at all.

One of the common beliefs is that of Native Americans as being nothing more than savages or heathens when it came to the question of God. There is no argument that among Native Americans there are many things that are opposed to the teachings of Scripture. On the other hand one might easily make the same claim of many denominations within the Christian community. So I take a look at the core beliefs and am astonished to find that they, mostly, believe in One Supreme Being, which we have translated their word to be "The Great Spirit". While I don't recall reading the Apache version of this, I am acquainted with the Dakotah word, "Wayantanka", which does, in fact mean Great Spirit. So my question to detractors is not God great? And is He not Spirit? How can we say then that the Great Spirit is not this very same God that we have been taught from Scripture. Native Americans have their own creation account which, interestingly enough, includes the creation of man out of dust, or in their words, "red clay". They also have an account of a world wide flood that destroyed all life upon the earth. In their stories a brave and his family are preserved by the construction of a canoe or dugout. In many tribes there was the belief of a kind of "Messiah", no more strongly pictured than through the Cherokees and then carried on by the Dakotahs in their "Ghost Dance". This was a latter struggle to unite the Dakotahs against the "white society", that had tragic consequences.

I mention all of this because you will see Chenoa's mother, a strong Christian, and her grand mother, a devoted Apache, as being complementary, not in opposition. In fact it is this grandmother who tells Chenoa that she must go on a spiritual journey, one in which she would find difficult. Not being a member or the spiritual community, either in the sense that she was a Christian or an Apache that held to such beliefs, Chenoa did know that her grandmother had visions that, more likely than not, came true. She was at a loss to explain this, and Becky Dice doesn't feel she needs to explain it to us. Therefore I must conclude that the grandmother and grandfather are, like Chenoa's parents, Christians, although their Christianity is born from their Native American heritage, not the preaching of European Christians. In some way we find the same Spirit that raised Christ from the dead has enabled both sets of authorites over Chenoa because they served and worshiped God "in spirit and in truth".

You will find that Becky Dice treads upon some dangerous grounds, some may think, in doing this. I believe, and adamantly believe, that she is doing so to show us that Christianity is not something mankind is supposed to dictate, but rather a relationship between God and man. This is Scriptural. Few books I have read have been willing to make such daring statements and bring the core of Christianity down to the heart as Ms. Dice. While still a struggling writer, she proves herself to be one not afraid to speak the truth in boldness. When Jesus was asked by His disciples how to pray, our Lord's first words were, "When you pray, say, 'Our Father...'". When people challenged His authority Jesus said, "I can do nothing except what I see my Father doing." He also claimed that the Father was a witness of what He taught. Always it was the Father. In the Garden of Gethsemene He prayed that "they might be one, as we are one. I in you and you in me." The prayer for us that Jesus prayed was not that we form committees, churches, regligious movements, or denominations, but that we realize that we have one Father and Lord over all, and as such see each who accept Him as their brother and sister.

Here this teaching meets the road so harshly that you can smell the burning rubber, but it is truth. One thing I have learn in my short life is that truth cannot be changed. It must, by its nature, be absolute or it is no longer truth. This Becky Dice has grasped and teaches in CHENOA'S SPIRITUAL JOURNEY. The question then becomes, are you a follower of a denomination or a child of God through the shed blood of Jesus Christ. For it was this act of love and mercy that God gives us that we may receive and become part of His family.

David Brollier
CFRB co-founder


You can purchase CHENOA'S SPIRITUAL JOURNEY at:

Barnes and Nobel
Amazon
Target
and Yahoo

I'm also going to give you her blog address and ask Becky to start entering some things there. Becky, like Chenoa, use this blog as your "diary", your journal. If you aren't active there people won't know how to contact you. Or worse, they'll think you don't care...which I know is false. So write down your own spiritual journey. People want to know. You can find her blog at:

Becky at Author's Den

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