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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

Thursday, July 09, 2009

CFRB Tours Stephanie Reed

Thursday. As terrible as it may sound every good story needs a bad guy. In this case the bad guy is one Laban Biggerman. The interesting thing about Biggerman is that while he is a slave holder, hunter and torturer, much of Biggerman's hatred seems to be directed towards Rev. John Rankin. This guy has the guts to cross the Ohio and even enter the preacher's home looking for slaves. Like every other kind of sin it begins small and grows. At first he was content to beat on the slaves in his home in Kentucky and rub Rev. Rankin's face in it. Then, as he became more aware of the fact that the preacher was involved in helping these people to freedom, he sent people on his behalf to harrass or enter the preacher's home, usually when he was away, to try and find slaves. Finally Biggerman comes over himself. His hatred was the only driving force in his life.

It's hard to see the Biggerman's in our lives and remember that "...we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places." The truth of the matter is that anyone who opposes God has allowed the minions of Satan to mess with their lives, sometimes to the point of becoming demonically possessed. I'm not saying Laban Biggerman was demonically possessed, and I don't think it is Stephanie Reed's intention to do so either. What I am saying is that Biggerman had allowed hatred to control him just as though he were demonically possessed. You don't have to have a demon inside to act like a demon, especially if you choose their ways. For this reason we are constantly warned against giving in to the desires of our flesh. They lead to death. Satan knows this. He will use Biggerman, and other's like him, maybe even religious minded Christians who have forgotten the love of Jesus, to pull down and torture others.

Our response the the Biggerman's in this world should be to love them, while at the same time provide an escape for those being pursued by these people. We must be the Rankins of this world, or to put it even more precisely, we must be Jesus to the world around us. Will it affect us? It did get Jesus killed, didn't it? Although His death brought us life, we should always remember that our death, if others bring that upon us and if we are in God's will, may also lead others to that place of freedom. Our life can't become so valuable to us that those trapped in sin cannot find their way across a different kind of river, to freedom and relationship with God through Jesus Christ. If we value our freedom too much, then we probably aren't as free as we think.

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1 comment:

Stephanie Reed said...

Thanks, David! I blogged about you guys in my 100th post:

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