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DVD Review



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

Friday, October 10, 2008

Parable of a Bullet

Just some thoughts in passing I wanted to share with you!

Perhaps it is fitting that this parable shows up at the end of the tour of HIGHER HONOR. (For those who are still lagging behind, the author is giving away 3 copies to those who post on her blog and CFRB is looking for 3 winners, 2 of which will win copies of THE SHAPE OF MERCY, by Susan Meissner and 1 copy of FOR YOUNG MEN ONLY, by Jeff Feldhahn and Eric Rice with Shaunti Feldhahn. Be sure to post your comments.)

Now to the parable of the bullet. This parable came as a way of teaching a young Christian the necessity of both Bible study and prayer. It doesn't sound like it, but let me explain. Take a bullet, practically any bullet. You'll notice it is comprised of 2 parts, a projectile and a charge. The projectile fits neatly into the container where the charge is stored. If you're technologically advanced enough to read this I'm fairly sure you've at least seen pictures of a pistol or rifle firing off a bullet. This is only possible because of the balance of power between the two parts that make up the bullet.

Suppose all you had was a lead projectile. You kept adding to it to make it more hazardous to the receiptient, but you didn't have a charge. Exactly how were you going to launch this hunk of lead? For it is no longer a projectile, but just some heavy burden.

Now suppose you have this charge. You may add to it so that the charge gets more powerful, but without something to push out all you're going to do is create a nice firework display.

If you take the projectile and put it together with the charge only then do you have a bullet that actually works correctly. The leaden tip can fly through the air at great speeds because of the powerful charge you have matched it up with.

The same is true in the Christian life. If all we do is study the Bible, but don't pray, we gain a head knowledge of God's Word. It becomes like a lead burden to us, and most of the time we find ourselves arguing with other Christians over our viewpoint on some passage. Then again, if all we do is pray, specifically pray in the Spirit, then we gain all this power, but don't have any Word for the Spirit to work with. We become showy, but not much good for anything else. God is looking for us to put those pieces together. Study His Word, get it into your head and your heart. This is actually best done through prayer. Then spend time in prayer, intercession, praise and worship and suddenly you find a power behind the Word that God has planted in your heart. Though we may speak gently, His Word flies out like a bullet and strikes the hearts of those who listen, drawing them to Him.

So, are we going to be a dud? Are we going to be a burden? Are we going to be showy Christians without power? or are we going to understand and study the Word of God and spend time in prayer so that the power and authority given to Jesus is ours as well? The choice is up to us. You can be a dud, or a live bullet. It's all up to you...and me.

David Brollier
co-founder CFRB

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