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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, September 06, 2009

MOHAMED'S MOON, by Keith Clemons

Sunday - CFRB is proud to tour yet another really great work. This one is Mohamed's Moon, by Keith Clemons. In a day and age when the whole world is looking at the Middle East Keith Clemons gives us the unique view of looking behind the scenes. We get a honest look at Christianity, and what poses as Christianity, and Islam, and what poses as Islam. Our story begins in the burning desert as Khalaf makes his way across dangerous lands bearing even more dangerous cargo. You and I may think his mission is to blow up innocen people, but in the minds of this man his mission is far simpler than that. He is on a mission to secure a place in eternity with Allah.

At home a family awaits his return. Zainab, wife of Khalaf, and their young son Mohamed. News comes to the village and there is great rejoicing, only Khalaf never returns. He has bravely died for Allah and the people of Islam. You cannot imagine what joy I found it seeing someone write this kind of novel in this perspective. It is something I wish I could do, yet do not have the knowledge needed, nor the proper story, to tell of the struggles of this young man's journey.

All too often we see sinners as people to avoid, not people who need healing. In the case of Mohamed's Moon we find that the principals of Islam are not all that different from Christianity. It is the heart behind the principals that causes pain, frustration and loss, on both sides. Do you really know that Muslims believe in Jesus as a great prophet, actually the Greatest Prophet by some. They believe, however, that his message has been distorted and the original good this prophet did needed to be redefined, restated and re-initiated among those who would fear God. This puts them on a slippery slope, but none so different as Christian denominations who have denounced fellowship with God for religion. Perhaps that seems strange, but didn't Jesus always defer to His Father? He tells us that He only did those things that He saw His Father doing and spoke only what He heard His Father saying. The idea of Father and Son here is not to divide God up in sections, but to understand that to know God was to fellowship with Him. There is no way any of us could pay the price for our salvation. Not one of us could do anything to tip the scales of God's favor in our direction. All of us begin estranged from the very God who created us to have fellowship with Him.

It is not through religion, through denomination, through keeping the Law or doing good deeds that we enter into God's presence, but through the righteous sacrifice of God's Son, Jesus Christ. In Him we all can come boldly into His presence and call Him, "Daddy, Father". The Old Testament or Jewish Tenach, tells us of how God would present Himself as a sacrifice to wipe away our sins and re-establish our fellowship with Him. For this reason Jesus said, "No one can come to the Father but by Me." Add to that the fact that in the home it is the father who makes the rules of the house, not the brothers and sisters. You who tell someone that he or she must stop doing this or start doing that to receive salvation are like fishermen who would clean the fish before you catch them. We are called only to catch the fish, not clean them. That is God's job, and it is something very personal. When you see a brother or sister caught in sin pray for them. If they come to you for advice, prayer or help, then you may speak as the Holy Spirit directs, but you must never expect that your words take the place of our Father. He and He alone is God and Father of His family. Remember that and you will do well.

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