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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.

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, May 08, 2009

THE ARK THE REED, AND THE FIRECLOUD, by Jenny Cote


Friday - As with most stories about animals THE ARK, THE REED, AND THE FIRECLOUD, by Jenny Cote is really about people. It's about emotions, relationships, actions and interactions that we, as people, can all relate to. Morphing the story into one about animals makes it easier to see ourselves as we truly are. Sometimes the blunt truth is a bit difficult to bear, so this approach takes the sharpness of such brutal honesty and dulls it down a bit. We can laugh, cry, get aggravated, annoyed, joyful, scared and even brave, all in an honest context that is removed just enough so that we can enjoy the story without feeling condemned about something in our lives or guilty. For instance, Max has this fear of storms...and water, but it's much more deep than that as you will find out. We also have our own fears and complexes. By placing these in this cute Terrier we free ourselves from the guilt that would normally be associated with it. This gives us enough reprieve so we can allow God to show us that once we come to Him we are truly forgiven.

Perhaps this is one of the more powerful points of the story, that is our own need to be forgiven and to forgive. This is a teaching that has been far too lacking in many churches. In some it is totally ignored in the name of tolerance and love. In others we are beaten so ruthlessly over the head with it that we shy away. The balance is to realize that we were sinners, but through Jesus we have been made free from sin (if we have accepted Him as Savior and Lord). We are seen by God wrapped in His righteousness and not our own. We need only to forgive ourselves and those who have done or spoken things against us. We aren't in a perpetual need of being saved again as some would teach, nor are we to live as if we can now get away with anything. These are the two deadly opposites of the truth. The truth lies squarely between condemnation and "greasy grace". It lies within the mercy of God and our obedience to come to Him and repent when we have done wrong. As my pastor says, "We can lose our fellowship with God through unrepentant sin, but there is still that relationship. God wishes to restore the fellowship so that relationship is complete.

The following CFRB members will be posting reviews and/or interviews this week. We're gonna be sneaky though and not tell you who is posting when. So you'll just have to click on each of the buttons throughout the week and find out for yourselves. It's what we call a Tag Team Tour. In this way you will be able to discover new and exciting blogs even if they haven't put up their post for THE ARK, THE REED, AND THE FIRECLOUD yet.




Visit Jenny's site to learn more at JennyCote.Com













You can purchase this book at:

Jenny's Store

Amazon

ChristianBook.Com

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