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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

Tuesday, July 07, 2009

CFRB Tours Stephanie Reed

Tuesday. The other key character in THE LIGHT ACROSS THE RIVER is Eliza. Eliza is a slave with a husband, daughter and grand children. Although she endures great pains under slavery it is her love for her family that prompts her to seek freedom. The first to go is her husband George. She helps him across the Ohio River before Laban Biggerman can harm him further. The interesting thing is that she returns. She later flees herself, only barely making it alive, only to return again to help her children and grand children make their way safely to freedom.

Outside the fact that Eliza was a real slave that Harriet Beecher Stowe used in her book, UNCLE TOM'S CABIN, the character of Eliza is one of beauty and self-sacrifice. We see in her a kind of Christ-like quality that maybe we should all be putting into practice. The idea of putting others above yourself is central to her thinking, which is founded on love. We should be motivated by love to put others first. I think we really miss the boat when we put ourselves above our brothers and sisters in Christ, even before the unsaved around us who are in bondage to sin and don't realize it. They need the freedom that can be found only in Jesus Christ. There is no better way to exhibit this than to free one's self and then return to help others find their way to freedom.

There are plenty of people out there who do this I'm sure. One of them is a former prostitute named Annie Lobert. She found herself wrapped up in the bondages of the sex industry in Las Vegas. When Christ pierced her heart and she fell in love with the One who died for her, she went BACK to the streets of Las Vegas to help other women who were like her. She founded the ministry "Hookers for Jesus", which may sound a bit crude, but then you have to remember who she was reaching out to. Just as Eliza returned to Kentucky to help her family to freedom, Annie returned to the streets with the message of the Gospel of Freedom in Christ Jesus. As I've said, she isn't the only one, but she is one who sticks out in my mind because it takes a lot to walk back into the same place that pulled you down in order to, by the power of God, pull people out. If you are a Christian this is what you are called to do. You aren't called to sit on the sidelines and wait until Jesus returns. Even Johnny Rankin knew that. Do you?

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