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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, August 06, 2009

NOT FAR FROM THE TREE, by Ruth Smith Meyer

Thursday - Some marriages are made in Heaven. While that statement may sound a bit cliche' it is true nonetheless. The thing is, even though marriages, at least some, are made in Heaven, they need to be worked out here on Earth. Just because a marriage is made in Heaven doesn't mean that there will never be hardships, sickness, even death. What it does mean is that, if we are obedient, we will find a way of working through all of that. We'll learn to let love rule our lives, not our egos. As Rina looks back over her life she undeniably married the man of her dreams. David was exactly who God wanted her to marry, but such a marriage came with its own unique set of difficulties. While he was a hard worker he sometimes took foolish chances. There were times when Rina and the kids spent a lot of time away from their father because his job took him so far away. If Rina hadn't learned to reign in her own ego and begin to trust the Lord in all things their marriage may not have survived some of the hardships they went through. Yet she learned to lean on the Lord and found that extra portion of love that made her go the second mile. I don't want to say much more here because it's a lot more fun finding these things for yourself as you read this lovely story.

There is one marriage that we know has been made in Heaven, and it too is burdened with many things. It's interesting when I think about it now, but due to contact with a writer online we are writing a book about "the Bride and the Bridegroom". The Church and Jesus are the two that are united in marriage to become one. I'm not saying everyone who steps inside church doors, but everyone who sincerely made a choice to make Jesus their Lord and Savior. When we did this it was like accepting His engagement ring of marriage. Now if getting down on one's knee to propose marriage is romantic, how much more so it is to allow people to nail you to a cross. Romans 5:8 says, "For God commendeth His love towards us in this, in that while we were yet sinners Christ died for us." Wow. What a proposal of marriage. What greater display of love could there be? The answer is, none. Now all that Jesus offers us brings us to those hardships in this relationship. You see, part of us is at war with God. The fleshly nature or carnal mind just doesn't want to give up its throne to any other. Our spiritual nature, however, longs to let God have control in every area of our lives. This takes a lifetime to learn, but we are sealed by the Holy Spirit, if we have accepted this offer of God, and because of this Jesus clothes us in His own righteousness until such time as we are made righteous in Him by the same spirit that raised Christ from the dead. What I'm saying is, just as with Rina and David, there are going to be many times that will cause some friction and make us prove our love for our King. We must work this out moment by moment, just as Rina did. If we do then the seal, the "engagement ring" set upon us by the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 1:13,14) will be replaced with the wedding ring of His Eternal Glory.

For guys it's a little disconcerting when we think about becoming a "bride", but remember God is so far above our ideas of gender that we don't have to be held to this earthly confine. Jesus, whether you call the Eternal King male or female, is our Bridegroom, and we, whether male or female, for there is no such thing in eternity, are the Bride of Christ. So whether male or female it matters not. What matters is that we accept His marriage proposal and work to keep ourselves pure until that day when we are joined with Him in Glory. One of the many things we will do in Eternity is attend our own wedding feast. Won't it be awesome to put aside this mortal body that causes us so much pain and frustration and be clothed in immortality and sit at the right hand of our Husband, our Savior and Lord, our Jesus? I can think of nothing I would rather do that be there in Him and at His side, seated with all my brothers and sisters for all eternity. If there is anything to praise God for it is this, because apart from this there is only death. Yet we are not dead, but have been raised from death unto life if we have believed. Let us rejoice. Let us work to prove our love for our Beloved.

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