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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

Friday, July 10, 2009

CFRB Tours Stephanie Reed

Friday - Lowell Rankin, Johnny's brother, is another key player in this story. If you are reading them out of order, as I have, you will not particularly like Lowell in the beginning. Reed portrays sibling conflicts in a very real and natural way. He appears overly harsh on Johnny and not aware that his younger brother has been smitten with Miss Amanda "Mandy" Kephart. I suppose it is natural that two brothers should have strong feelings for the same young lady. In Johnny's case, we might call this "puppy love" or a "crush", something that people have on others too old to have an intimate relationship with. Lowell, closer to Mandy's age, not only is in love with her but has something he wishes to share with the family. He's just trying to find the right time. Johnny undermines this, unwittingly, and Mandy, who also wants to share this same knowledge lets the cat out of the bag during one dinner.

We see Lowell as a hard person, almost someone to be avoided. As time passes we find he has a true depth of character that he keeps well hidden. His love for Johnny is great for he sees in him something of himself, not many years earlier. He provides Johnny with some needed encouragement during a particularly difficult time. For Johnny, the boy who couldn't keep a secret, is beginning to learn just how well his brother Lowell has kept a family secret, even from him. Now as they are working in the same manner the elder brother shows the younger that he will always be there for him.

There are times when we are called upon to keep a secret, to maintain a confidence. For some of us this is easy, or rather we have been so scared in a situation that doing so seems quite easy. We have the tendency to upbraid people like Johnny for their unguarded tongues. We are not to condemn the younger in the faith, but to encourage them in their walk. We should let them know of our struggles to do what is right, and let them know that we are there for them whenever they may need us. These are activities which prove our love for one another, and loving one another is something Jesus commanded us to do. No matter what path God leads us in, let us be teachable in His hands, and a help to our other brothers and sisters in Christ. If we do not, then helping the lost find their way to safety and freedom will be impossible.

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