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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

Monday, June 08, 2009

ANGEL OF WRATH, by Bill Myers

Monday - The serial killer in this book is remarkably like the one in the novel SEVEN, by Anthony Bruno, at least in his choice of victims. From that point on everything is fresh and different. Apparently there are people out there that really think people should pay for their sins by physical death. There are plenty of Bible quotes in this novel, most of them by the killer and his lackeys. This should remind us that people out there are reading the Bible, if only to condemn us for our fantasy world we call faith, and our hypocrisy. So right off the lesson here is live according the the Spirit of God and not according to the desires of the flesh. This is a message that rises up time and time again throughout the entire book in different forms.

Contrasting this are those people who are watching us to see if it really works. They are spiritually hungry, so if we let Jesus shine through us we will reach them for Christ. If, however, we live to our own desires they too will become engulfed in the notion that we are nothing but hypocrites. Our job is not to save people, but to be Jesus to them wherever they are. We are to understand and use the spiritual gifts, especially that of prayer, and our actions must always be those of love.

Now love has 2 sides, and people tend to forget that. We see this in the relationship between Jaz and Charlie. Both are equally stubborn, and yet both exhibit love in very uncomfortable ways. The Bible calls this chastisement. In Hebrews it says, "God chastiseth every son whom He loves." It goes on to say that if a person is not chastised by God and calls themselves a child of God is lying. On the other side of this coin is the kind of love that we like, that affirmative, uplifting, embracing kind. This side of love is usually the focus of what love truly is, but the reality is that God is Love (1st John 4:8) and this means several things. First, love is a choice, not a feeling. (Romans 5:8) and second, because love motivates both the actions of discipline and the affirmation sides of love (John 3:16-18; 1st Corinthians 13:1-8a). If our motivation is not one out of love, first for God, then for the other person, and always last for ourselves, then we are not truly loving the way God wants us to love. This chilling novel exposes just how much we are lacking in this area, and challenges us to do more, to be more, to love more.

Check out these other member blogs this week for more info.

On Saturday, June 13th check out Laura's site for an interview with Bill Myers.

And don't forget to visit Bill Myer's site here.

To purchase ANGEL OF WRATH you can do so at the following sites:
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