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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

Sunday, August 02, 2009

NOT FAR FROM THE TREE, by Ruth Smith Meyer

Sunday - Welcome back to another CFRB tour. This month we are featuring NOT FAR FROM THE TREE, by Ruth Smith Meyer. This book is an interesting tour of Rina Litz. Through her eyes we see her handling the present with joy, looking back on many key moments in her life, even preparing for that day when she would leave behind her children. As the book opens she is nearly 99 years old and has seen plenty, but if you think you're going to be treated with insights into the wars that happened over the years and such you are going to be mistaken. Instead you will find out how Rina became the woman she is, the various hurdles she had to overcome, the loves of her life, and ultimately the strong woman of God who now looks back on her life and seems to be saying, "Thank you Jesus, for it all."

Throughout her life she seems to have traveled from one home to another, sometimes with very little reason to do so. This prepares her and teaches her that this world is not her home. The physical possessions she has aren't held onto as tightly as we might. She learns that she can be content with most anything, not everything, but almost, and she learns in that process that her true home is in Heaven.

As we move along through our daily lives how many of us hold onto our possessions and other things in this world? How many of us view death as some thief who would steal away all we have earned? Wouldn't it be better to view life here as a preparation for something far greater than we could imagine? Wouldn't it be best to think of death as the door to those blessings? Jesus tells us that whoever tries to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses it for Him will save it. Put another way is a saying I heard as a young man, "Those who are born once, will die twice, but those who are born twice will only die once." Aren't we all born into death? It is therefore necessary that we be "born again" (this reference is found in John 3:3) For those who are born in the flesh will die and then will be separated from God, the second death. (Revelation 20:14) Yet those who are bon in the flesh and then in the spirit, these shall not take part in the second death but live forever with the Lord. Rina learned this. What about you? Willing to let your possessions drift away so God can fill your hands with His blessings?

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