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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, October 08, 2008

HIGHER HONOR, by S.M. Kirkland

Day 4. As HIGHER HONOR, by S.M. Kirkland begins we start out with two basic groups within the military academy, Christians and non-Christians. This is true of almost every area, whether it is school, work, out on the street, wherever. These two groups are always existing along side one another. The Christians that start out this story are Michael Collinger and Mandy Montgomery. This works well for several reasons. The first is obvious, Mandy and Cassidy are both roommates. You'd expect a certain amount of camaraderie between roommates. Then Michael is also a friend of Cassidy, which causes a little tension with Cassidy, but there is a level of respect that is maintained. All three are friends of Ryan Hayes, although Mandy may take a dim view of his philandering ways. Yet Ryan is not only essential to the story, but becomes your link between the abused Cassidy and the abuser. Were it not for the love of Michael and the loyalty of Ryan to Christ Banton, he'd be out there all by himself.

Have you ever felt like you don't belong? Have you felt part of a group that was more or less despised by the other groups that are in your life? Well, then this story is for you, because we all feel that way from time to time. The reason is quite simple, yet frequently overlooked. When God is in our lives we tend to look outward, to love other no matter what people think of them. When God is not in our lives we tend to be the center of our own little universe. This is overly simplistic, I know, but bear with me. You see with Jesus running our lives we are operate the way God made us to operate, and that means loving others, working together. There is a great deal of pleasure in living our lives this way, even if other shun us, we know that God hasn't and we can show them His love by how we live, how we relate to those around us. Notice I didn't say what we say. We can often say things and not mean them, but as Christians if the deed precedes the words then the words can be accepted. Conversely, those who don't have Jesus running their lives are always operating incorrectly. This brings about pain, loneliness and frustration, to name a few negative attributes.

Now, remember I said this was simplistic? The reason is that we are all infected by the sin nature of mankind. Ever since Adam decided to rebel against God and live for himself everyone afterwards falls into this trap, even Christians from time to time. While a Christian may desire to do what is right, to love his neighbor, his enemy, whoever, that sin nature is right there waiting for a weakness to break through and take over. Then again, because we were created in the image of God, people who don't have God really living in Him will, from time to time, do what God wants them to do, simply because it is in their original nature to do so. Now then, the thing is, were it not for the Ryan Hayes' in our lives, the Christians would frequently stumble and fall without ever wishing to get up and try again. And without the Michael Collinger's in our lives those not knowing Jeus as Lord and Savior would never know that simply doing "good deeds" isn't enough. Most of us fall somewhere in between the pure white of God's truth and the pure black of rebellion against God. Yet, as we see in HIGHER HONOR, even when there is the tiniest bit of light that shines in a dark person's life, they can be reached by God. And, when there is the tiniest bit of darkness that we allow to live in the light of those who already belong from God we can expect Him to put us through dark places to remove even that, just as He does with Cassidy.

Okay, I haven't given you a whole lot of Scripture this time, but I have drawn from a whole lot of Scripture. The thing is, you can speak Scripture without others knowing it if you know how put things in keeping with how people normally speak. I love the King James Version of the Bible, but I'm fairly certain that quoting that to most non-believers is going to cause more confusion than anything else. Sue has learned how to speak Scripture in HIGHER HONOR just as I try to speak it daily to those around me. It's amazing what God will do when we just let Him speak. HIGHER HONOR is a testament to that.

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Susan said...

I love how you bring out the Biblical teachings in my novel, David! While I focused on forgiveness and trust, I'm seeing so much more now!

David said...

Forgiveness is a big issue that is largely overlook among many Christian circles. I don't know why that is, but then again I began to notice that people I respect were all talking about forgiveness. Suddenly the love of Jesus came to the forefront once more. I'm glad, and I'm glad your book helps to teach this in such a powerful way.

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