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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

Friday, August 08, 2008

CHION, by Darryl Sloan

Day 6. Trust. While Jamie is struggling with issues of faith, Tara is struggling with issues of trust. I put Jamie's issue first, because Tara's issue is not about faith in God, but rather trust in another person. Her trust is bolstered at the beginning of the book by the actions of some teachers. It is then put to the test by the actions of other teachers. All those at Clounagh Junior High have been placed in a situation in which trust must be utilized for survival. There are those who disagree with this belief and she struggles to find which side she's going to stay on. She chooses the side of trust, not because it is easy, but because the alternative is too frightening for her.

Each step of the way Tara finds her decision to trust challenged. Mainly we find the focus of the story, in this aspect, revolves around her trust in Jamie. At first she reluctantly agrees to place her trust in him, but Jamie's actions which follow, begin to haunt her. Did she make the right decision? Just as she seems to come to grips with one issue Jamie thrust her into another issue, which almost unravels her trust. She finds this road almost as frightening as the alternative she had turned her back upon. Yet it is trust in Jamie that wins the day.

Spiritually speaking we do place ourselves at an extreme risk when we place our trust in other people. The only one perfect enough, wise enough, fair enough, to put our trust in is Jesus. Like Tara, even when we decide to put our faith and trust in Jesus we are going to go through situations which will make us doubt our decision. We may think that we must be out of our minds to be following this Jesus. Christ asks us to do many things which are not only difficult, but at times seem contrary to our task. Yet if we will see things through to the end we will find out that God had the complete picture. He was just purifying us and making us more useful for His service, and in doing so more useful to others. In the beginning, that's not the way it seems. We find ourselves overburdened, because we trust so little. As we give more and more over to Jesus, He takes over more and more of that burden. In the end we can say with the apostle Paul, "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me."

David Brollier
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