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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, July 06, 2009

CFRB Tours Stephanie Reed

Monday - The first person we meet is Johnny. I personally like him a lot. He reminds me of myself in a lot of ways. He likes to be alone, likes to help out, and has a keen sense of justice that causes him a lot of pain. When his brother Lowery accuses him of spying on him and Mandy it must have really hurt. After all Johnny was trying to find a place away from all the other brothers and sisters, a place all to himself. It was Lowery who invaded his privacy, not the other way around. To make matters worse Johnny had a crush on Miss Amanda "Mandy" Kephart, the girl literally next door. At eleven I guess we all have these impossible crushes, but to have it shattered by your own brother who is holding her hand, well, to Johnny that just wasn't right. At dinner when Johnny defends himself against Lowery's accusations of spying Lowrey retaliates by saying Johnny can't keep a secret. This Johnny seems to prove when he tells everyone at the table that Lowery and Mandy were holding hands. The phrase sticks in his mind, "Why everyone in Ripley says if you want to hear the news, go ask Johnny", is perhaps the most hurtful remark of all.

Brothers and sisters, Johnny was only eleven, and he didn't seem to have much contact with a whole lot of people, especially kids his age. He was just being a little boy, and I for one would grant him that opportunity. What about the rest of us? Are we like Lowery, who trying to avoid an embarrassing moment offers his brother up to bear the guilt? Are we to point our fingers at our other brothers and sisters? Doesn't Jesus say, "By this shall all men know you are my disciples, that you love one another"? In Hebrews 13 I do not find anywhere where it says "Love points the finger at the less fortunate." Instead I read, "Love bears all things." Quite a different picture than the one we have here.

Now before we start picking Lowery apart, who goes on the the ministry, let's remember we should love him in the same way we love Johnny. That is, we should love all out brothers and sisters, regardless of their faults. We should pray for them (another commandment from God). We must never allow ourselves to be used by the enemy either by being a tattletale, or by pointing fingers. Instead we must learn to love, fully and completely, without researve. How can we do this? As Johnny and Lowrey both learn, we cn only do this when we let Jesus work through us.

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