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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, June 13, 2009

ANGEL OF WRATH, by Bill Myers

Saturday - Will isn't the only preacher's kid in this story. Two of the key characters in the story are Thomas and Lisa Harmon. Thomas is the pastor of a church his father started. Lisa is a former FBI agent. Not only are they preacher's kids, but also the product of an abusive household. Rev. Richard Harmon was their father, and Lisa seems to have taken most of the abuse. The son, Thomas, seems to have followed, at least to some extent, in his abusive father's footsteps.

With each character there is a different story, a different lesson each must learn, or rather the same lesson from a different angle. Thomas, it seems, started out in the ministry with the right attitude and intentions, but we learn his heart has strayed. His love for the Lord has grown cold. He has allowed himself to become more concerned about the things that make up the local church than his own love for the Lord. This leads him down a path where he fantasizes about some things with one of the female workers in the church. Even though he doesn't do anything about it, well other than hang out with her more than is appropriate, it is something that causes the abuse from his father to continue on into his life and into his marriage. It becomes something that nullifies what he is doing as a minister. He needs to forgive and find forgiveness.

Lisa, on the other hand, was more directly abused by her father. She joins the FBI, but her marred character, complete with a severe anger problem, gets her thrown out. When she is pulled back into this case she shudders at having to face her father. She would rather face the killer, even this monster, than that. Unfortunately, or fortunately, depending on your point of view, she gets to collide with all three. She too must learn forgiveness in order to get on with her life, and she needs to realize that she isn't perfect either. One of the final scenes in the book is absolutely brilliant, as we see her finally coming to grips with reality and her Lord.

Now, are you and I any different than these preacher's kids? Have we allowed abusive behavior to cause us to become abusive? Where love is supposed to be, is there bitterness? One thing that this story points out is a truth I've learned long ago, when you fail to forgive, then you hold yourself, as well as the person who has wronged you, in bondage. There's not much God can do with you until you forgive. Now some of you will probably read this and say, "There is no way I am going to forgive so and so." This is your choice, but remember, if you want God to forgive you, you must forgive them. Jesus states this in what we call The Lord's Prayer, "Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us." Unforgiveness isn't just wrong, it's stupid. Think about it. If not forgiving someone is going to cause you harm, then why would you do it? Wouldn't you rather forgive, and let God take care of the justice part? At least that way you would be free, you would be forgiven. But if you do not forgive, you will not be forgiven. That's not my word, that's God's Word on the subject. One day you will face yourself. What do you want to find, that you have no one to stand before God to defend you? that all your evil deeds will be displayed for all creation to see? or to have them eternally buried, washed away by the blood of Jesus? If you chose the latter then you need to exercise the same kind of love Jesus has shown to you. You and I do not deserve God's mercy, His love, His forgiveness, yet He gives it anyway. We should not ask whether a person deserves forgiveness, but what we can do in forgiving them that they would find that same forgiveness we have found in Christ.

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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