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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, October 10, 2008

HIGHER HONOR, by S.M. Kirkland

Day 6. Just what was it in Cassidy's childhood that proved to her that God wasn't going to intervene? On the back cover we realize that Cassidy once had some kind of upbringing where she was taught about God and His Son, Jesus. The problem isn't with God, however, it's with us. When things go wrong a lot of times God is the first one we blame. Why do you think that is? I think it's because in our fallen nature we really want God to be the one that's wrong. It gives us the right to appease the fleshly desires we have without Him bugging us about them. That's not the case, however. God is always right, and if He's to blame for anything, it's for trying to discipline the children He loves so they will grow stronger in Him. Our failure to see that is enormous. In Cassidy's case she has a big problem. Someone has wronged her (couldn't God have stopped that?) and now she's been wounded as deeply as one can be wounded. Captain Chris Banton has raped her. That's bad enough, but this God of her parents, the God Mandy and Michael talk about tell her that she must forgive Chris. This seems absurd.

How many of us allow unforgiveness to rob us of the riches that God wants us to have? There are so many ways to lose these precious gifts that we shouldn't just give it over to unforgiveness. Some people will read this and think that I'm saying it's easy to lose your salvation. That's not what I'm saying at all. It's easy to lose the joy that comes from fellowship with God because of our salvation. We can get anxious or fearful, or become disobedient. We can be distracted and lose our focus, or try to get so many things done at once that nothing gets done. These are all ways to lose the joys of our fellowship with God. Our relationship is still in tact, but our fellowship is damaged because of sin. The absolute worse one is unforgiveness.

Why would I make such a claim? Well Jesus addresses the issue of unforgiveness numerous times. Seems He thought it was important. You'll even find it tucked away in the Lord's Prayer, "Forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors." Unforgiveness holds two people in bondage, the person who holds the grudge and the person who needs to be forgiven. Forgiveness releases both people as well. We see this happening in HIGHER HONOR. It's not something that just happens. It's not like one day we can't do it and then all of a sudden we can. We must hide ourselves in the love of Jesus Christ so through His love working in us we will be able to forgive as He has forgiven us.

David Brollier

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1 comment:

Susan said...

I'm going to miss your posts! You have such a way of turning different aspects into a good object lession.

Cassidy was very traumatized by the death of her father. The accident that took his life was loosely based on a real incident that happened near my hometown (less than two miles from where my folks live), when a railroad worker did not switch the lanes and a train carrying hydrocholoric acid hit a parked train in the middle of the night. That incident affecte me somehow, watching my hometown all over the news. I thought about the families having to wait until the bio-hazard was clear to find out what happened to loved ones. Anyway, that's just an interesting piece of history behind some scenes.

Thank you again for the wonderful job you've done.

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