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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

Saturday, October 11, 2008

HIGHER HONOR, by S.M. Kirkland



Day 7. The one person that HIGHER HONOR focuses on, without taking away from the horror that Cassidy is going through, is Chris. He's an odd choice for the role of victim, but let's look at the evidence. His father is slowly slipping away from him due to Alzheimer's. Cassidy always seems to be on his case, and if she turns him in he could lose his scholarship. Now were he financially empowered this wouldn't bother him, but the fact is that between trying to take care of his father, the home they live in, the long trips between the academy and his father's house. His way of dealing with this is to go macho and increase the hazings, rather than use his head. He's not a victim of anyone other than himself, but he is a victim non-the-less.

The interesting problem with Chris is that he not only realizes he's to blame, but begins to feel that if there is a God, His love could not possibly extend to him. The wrongs he has committed do not deserve the mercy of an Almighty God. On one level he's right. Yet, we'd have to take that a step further. You see, none of us are worthy of God's mercy, grace, and the sacrificial death of His Son which bought our freedom. That's where Chris makes his biggest mistake. He feels he's too far away from God for God to reach him. That's just not the case. God can and will reach everyone who is willing to reach out to Him for help.

If you're out there thinking that this Christianity stuff sounds good, but you've done things that put you beyond God's reach, then read this book again. Read the Bible again. There is only one thing that can make you unreachable, and that is the unwillingness to let God reach you. It's up to you. Stop thinking that you are unreachable and start thinking about how powerful God's reach is. Jesus makes us worthy. We live in Him or there is no life worth living.

David Brollier

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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

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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Thursday, October 09, 2008

HIGHER HONOR, by S.M. Kirkland



Day 5. It interesting to me to find individuals in this novel that I have come across just this following couple of weeks. There are those who know they are unworthy of God's salvation, and yet have accepted it because they also know that Jesus has made them worthy by His precious blood on the cross. There are those who have tasted a bit of the "religious life" but haven't really come to understand what Salvation really means. And there are others who truly believe that, because of what they have done, God will not extend His mercy to them.

Let's start with the first group. Michael and Mandy (I wonder if Sue intentionally had both their names start with "M", but that is neither here nor there). Michael and Mandy both know that they are unworthy, in and of themselves, of the love, mercy, forgiveness and peace that God gives. Yet, through faith, they also know that because Jesus took their place, paid the death sentence for them, they were worthy through the blood of Jesus. They found comfort and peace, even in some of the most trying times, because they didn't have to look at their own worthiness, but at the worthiness of Jesus Christ to understand their worthiness to God.

Maybe that doesn't make sense to some of you out there, so let me see if I can state it differently. Suppose you had done something worthy of death, like killed another person, or whatever. And suppose you lived in a country where only the punishment had to be paid, and it could be paid by anyone. Now, chances are not everyone would be jumping up for the chance to die so you wouldn't have to. We all understand that. Our survival instinct, the will to live, is one of our God-like characteristics, something we haven't lost since the fall. We just don't know how to achieve that past this life. So here you are, locked up in some dungeon in a foreign land, waiting only to be put to death. Then one day, the prince of that land comes before the magistrates. He talks with them and finally you watch in astonishment as they put him to death. You can't believe your eyes. Then while you are still trying to get over this, the jailer comes and opens your prison cell. "You can go now." "Go? But I'm to die for what I did, the judge sentenced me to death," you reply. "That sentence has just been paid," he answers.

Sound a bit drastic? There is nothing so awesome as what God did for us. For according to His Law we were to die, everyone of us. God became man in the form of Jesus, offered Himself up to die in our place. When I say "in our place" I mean that in the purest of forms. If you were the only one alive Jesus would still have died for your sins. Why? The closest answer I can give you to that question is because "God is love" (see 1st John 4:8). What I love is that God orchestrated this whole affair to teach us about His love. Look at what happened when Jesus was brought before the multitudes by Pontius Pilate. It had become the custom to release someone, convicted of a crime, because of the coming feast. Pilate gave this crowd a choice, Barabas, or Jesus. They chose Barabas. "What shall I do with Jesus of Nazareth?" Pilate asked them. "Crucify Him!"

You see, just because Jesus died in our place doesn't mean we will be set free. We have to chose Him. These people chose a criminal to be released instead. They said, "May His blood be upon us and our children." I often wonder what happened to Barabas that day. Here was a man worthy of death, standing next to the Giver of Life, and this Giver of Life was willing to die in his place. Don't think for one minute that Jesus was a victim here. Could not the Word of God defend Himself should He chose? Could not the One who spoke and created all that is, in fact, even told the storms to cease in full sight of His followers, could He not argue His case and win? There is no doubt in my mind that had it come down to a true case of litegation and Jesus did not wish to die, He would not have died. In Scripture Jesus tells us, "Think not that any man takes My life from Me." No, Jesus gave His life up freely for all of us, because none of us would be worthy to come before the Father without the payment of death for our sin. Jesus became that payment. Michael and Mandy understood this. They understood that without Jesus they didn't stand a chance, not in this world or the next. So they prayed, they received this gift, and prayed that their friends might also receive this gift. For no one is worthy apart from Jesus. Yet because of Jesus all can be made worthy. How glorious!

David Brollier

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Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Don't Forget!

We are in the middle of touring HIGHER HONOR, by S.M. Kirkland, a really excellent book. However, in addition to the 3 books that the author has put up for prizes don't forget there are also 2 copies of THE SHAPE OF MERCY, by Susan Meissner and one copy of FOR YOUNG MEN ONLY, by Jeff Feldhahn and Eric Rice with Shaunti Feldhahn. Given the choice I'd pick HIGHER HONOR over these other books, but hey they are free to those lucky people who ask. Who knows, you may even like them as well. I haven't read either book.

So, if you want to be in the running for these books as well as the free copies of HIGHER HONOR, you really have to let us know via comments on any of the CFRB member blogs that you are interested in these books. If you've read HIGHER HONOR tell us what you thought of it, but if not, at least comment on the review as well. Remember, points are given to those who put up a review for HIGHER HONOR on Amazon.

David Brollier
co-founder CFRB

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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