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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

Saturday, September 12, 2009

MOHAMED'S MOON, by Keith Clemons

Saturday - (CAUTION: SPOILER ALERT) Our greatest weapon, besides Jesus, is love. In Mohamed's Moon we find that love seems to cut through any problem there is. Sure it can cause its own set of problems, but if our love comes from God and our hearts then we will find things turning out just as they do in Mohamed's Moon, maybe even greater. In Mohamed's Moon it is his love for Layla that springs back to life when he meets her again after so many years, but this is not a true Godly love. Even so it is enough to allow God's love to touch him as Layla shares her love of God with him. He even begins to understand why she might wish to stay with Matthew over him. One thing he cannot allow, however, is to have her in the area that the great plot to kill most members of our government takes place. He wishes to separate her from that, to spare her that kind of pain. Matthew loves Layla too, perhaps a little too much. It's hard for him to think about Layla and Mohamed together. This stirs up a lot of turmoil in him, things he needs to bring before the Lord. Layla is confused by the love of these two men. In her heart she has promised herself to Matthew, but she also remembers that as a child she promised herself (conditionally) to Mohamed. Yes, our love can be so restricting, so painful, so confusing that we might not call it love at all.

Yet consider God's love. Because of his love for Layla, Mohamed opens his heart just a little. As he does he begins to question everything he has learn about Allah. He realizes that for all he has been taught about Allah he cannot justify the actions of this god. Perhaps he has misunderstood what he read. So he studies some more, contemplates those things he has learned, and places them against what Layla has been telling him about her God. Slowly Allah doesn't seem to be much of a god, or at least the kind of god he would want to follow, while this Jesus, the God of Layla seems to be a truly loving God. He still has some questions about this "loving God" too though. Why would He abandon hm and his mother when he was a child? Why would this loving God allow all the pain in the world. Again he slowly comes to realize that we bring our own pain into the world, not God, not even Allah. How could he blame Jesus for deserting him when he refused to listen to anyone tell him anything about this Jesus? The fault was his and his alone. With this new revelation Mohamed opens his heart to God's love. What happens next may seem extraordinary if you are not a Christian, but for those of us who are we know that the miracle that took place there was something to be expected.

Jesus tells us to walk in love. He tells us to "love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind and with all your might." He also tells us to "love your neighbor as yourself." He tells us to "love one another." He tells us to "love your enemies." Jesus was always talking about love. Did you ever wonder why? In 1st John 4:7,8 we read, "Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God. Everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. He that does not love, does not know God, for God is love." Did you catch those last three words? If God is love, and Scripture cannot lie, then Jesus was speaking about God. He couldn't help it. Because of that when Jesus spoke hard truths and the multitudes left His disciples stayed, "Where would we go. Only you speak the words of eternal life." We really cannot fully appreciate God's love if we gloss over the fact that He, the Almighty God, chose to come down and walk among us inside a human body, experiencing all the pains and anguishes of humans. Nor can we understand God's love if we don't realize that He did this so that He might die for our sin so that we might live. I know of no king, no monarch, no leader in all of history who would give up their seat of power to roam among the regular people and then give up his life for them. There simply hasn't been a single one. Yet Jesus came down from Heaven that we might raise him up on a cross to be crucified. This was one of the most agonizing deaths ever devised by the Roman Empire, and Jesus chose this way to die for our sins. Yet Jesus didn't leave it at that. To do so would have been a show of love without any reality, even with all I've just said. He had to not only take away our sin, but give us power to live. In order to do this He rose from the dead, something that has been witnessed not only by the followers of Jesus, but by many others. It's the first truth Satan attacks, because if he can get us to believe that Jesus never rose from the dead then His death is meaningless to us. Those of us who have found our relationship with God through Jesus realize that what the Gospels say is true, Jesus did rise from the dead. How can we prove this? Because it is His love that moves us to love others. Just as Layla was used by God, for it was His love in her that opened the heart of Mohamed, so also will His love in us open the eyes and hearts of those around us if we only dare to love them as Jesus loves them. Do you love your neighbor as yourself? Do you love your enemy? Let's make it simple. Do you love one another? If not how can you possibly know that Jesus lives? If you know that Jesus lives, then walk in His love, and love them as He has loved you. "God commends His love to us in this, in that while we were still sinners Christ died for us." Go and be His loving people.
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