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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, August 07, 2009

NOT FAR FROM THE TREE, by Ruth Smith Meyer

Friday - Love is enough, that is if it is true love. You can even live on love when it is that kind of love, but don't go getting cocky about it. Do you know what true love really is? Rina had the wisdom to question if she really loved David or if she was acting impulsively. When you have the guts to ask the question and face the honest answers you get that's when you can find a truly loving relationship worthy of marriage. As we see the life Rina and David share we are forced to realize that love is much more than some feeling. This is where many couples really mess up their lives. They get that special tingly feeling or that feeling of being able to walk on air, and they think that is what love is. When the feelings wear off and the constant demands of life press in they often say they have fallen out of love with their marital partner and get divorced. Rina knew that love had to be more than just a feeling. She saw that it took a commitment on her part to choose, daily, to love David. In doing so she probably taught David how to love her the same way. (Note to you guys out there, we are supposed to teach our wives how to love, not have them teach us how to love. Learn to be an example)

Is that what love is then, a choice, not a feeling? Mostly, yes. There is a statement I heard somewhere where a person tells another person to "Learn to lead your emotions, not led by them." There's nothing wrong with that warm feeling you had when you embraced your wife or husband early in your marriage, just don't let those feelings dictate how you should live. Instead, live in a way that will pull those kinds of feelings in with it, and if they don't come, well so what? You still have love, real love.

Of course a better and clearer example of what true love is would be simply this, "God is love" (1st John 4:8) From His point of view is there anything in us worthy of His love? Of course not. Are we so beautiful or intelligent that He just can't help Himself? That's almost too ridiculous to put in this blog. God is God all by Himself. He doesn't need us to feel complete. There really is no reason for Him to love us other than that is His nature. He is love itself in its purest form. All love is patterned and comes from Him. My favorite Scripture verse is this, "For God commendeth His love towards us in this, in that while we were yet sinners Christ died for us." (Romans 5:8) So not only is love a choice, but it is a choice that is made on the part of the other which moves us into action for the other. "For God so loved the world that He gave..." (John 3:16) If you think you have a truly loving relationship with your spouse or your girlfriend or boyfriend, then check to see if this is true or not in that relationship. Are you choosing for them rather than for yourself? Are you doing things that may be uncomfortable for you, but it pleases the other? If you can say "Yes" to those questions then you are letting God love through you. There were many times when Rina could have up and left and I doubt that anyone would have blamed her. All that David put her through with his bouncing around from place to place, the long hours away from her and the kid, that was draining. Yet she did what David needed because she chose to love him. In the end the only regret she had was that David was slow at learning this where the kids were involved. That's not to say he didn't love them, but he didn't love them as he should, and because of that he missed them as they grew up.

Oh yes, love is not just enough when it is that Godly kind of love. In fact, love is more than enough.

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