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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

Wednesday, August 05, 2009

NOT FAR FROM THE TREE, by Ruth Smith Meyer

Wednesday - Looking towards the future. Time as we know it consists of 3 parts, the past, the present and the future. The past is growing ever larger, the present is, as the name implies, a gift, and yet it is fleeting. The future is largely an unknown. Oh we can know some things about the future, especially as Christians, but the specifics we will never know until it slips into our present and out of the future. Rina seems to have grasped all three aspects of time and their importance. We have covered looking back at the past, the importance of now, today we will cover looking towards the future.

In the beginning of the book Rina had her own expectations of what she wanted out of the future. This complicated things for her and her family. Yet as she matured she realized that the most important thing was to live in the present in such a way that the future would bear much fruit. (For more on that see yesterday's post). Most people look at the future as a series of goals to be reached, or moving towards a particular goal. Rina understood the future much clearer than that. For while there are certain goals, and particularly one great and wonderful goal, that lies in the future, possibly the most important lesson we can learn from NOT FAR FROM THE TREE in this regard is that the future is not so much a series of goals, which speak of an end, but of new beginnings. As she looks back over her life she sees the joys and sorrows that have made her into the strong woman she is today. This is a legacy she will always have for it is found in her children. David may seem like an unfit father, admittedly he is unorthodox, but he too realizes that life is full of new beginnings. Perhaps it is one of the things Rina loves about the man, despite the hardship it sometimes brings them. As she nears the end of her life she realizes that she is just getting ready to begin another life, one that is eternal. She also sees and enjoys her children and grand children as they experience their new beginnings, because these are new beginnings for her as well.

Rina is not bound to any specific period of time, but is able to find her fulfillment in embracing all 3 facets of time. The apostle John writes, "Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is. " (1st John 3:2) The apostle Paul puts it this way, "For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known." (1st Corinthians 13:12) We press on for that blessed Hope, the completion of our salvation in Christ Jesus, in whom we were chosen before the foundations of the world. Yet this is not the end, it is only the beginning. May we live our lives that we may not be ashamed when that day comes, but rejoice in those beautiful words, "Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord." (Matthew 25:21)

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