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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, September 09, 2009

MOHAMED'S MOON, by Keith Clemos

Wednesday - While this book is about Mohamed and the interesting journey he took, there are key characters that we come across. The first of these is Layla, Mohamed's childhood friend. They shared those innocent, but intimate moments that only children share with each other. When Mohamed becomes a man he meets up with this same girl who has now turned into a lovely woman. Yet even when they were young Layla's faith in Jesus kept them from getting closer, then she and her family fled into hiding because of persecution. Seeing her once more he tries to rekindle that love she had for him, but there are some very interesting obstacles. Instead of putting up a wall or taking sides on this issue Layla tries to play the part of a peacemaker, which only causes her pain and anguish, or so she thinks.

Have you been placed in a situation where you find yourselves between two opposing views? Perhaps it is God giving you a chance to shine His light into that situation. I'm not saying that you break out the Bible or the Four Spiritual Laws or something like that. I'm saying that perhaps you are there so they can see His light shining through you. Perhaps you are being called to be a peacemaker, not a preacher. Let God's love do the preaching and simply see if, by His love, you can reconcile two opposing people to at least come to some agreement, to put down their battle with each other and accept each other as they are.

One of the tragic parts of all of this is that even within our churches we do not follow this law of love. We fight and argue and demand that others believe the way we believe or we look down on them. Is this the way Jesus taught us to act. It is one thing to take a stand for what we believe and quite another to demand that others, whose backgrounds are so different from us that coming to the same realizations we have is impossible, believe as we believe. Now I am not saying that basic truths should be overlooked. I am saying that sometimes the way we present ourselves keeps others from finding what we have. We are called to be "fishers of men" as Jesus put it. When was the last time you went out and cleaned the fish before you caught them? If your livelihood was fishing, as was a number of disciples, can you imagine how poor they would have been if they demanded that all the fish first be cleaned and then caught? They would have starved to death. The world needs to know Jesus, and they aren't going to find Him if we make demands on them they cannot understand. Romans 5:8 says, "For God commendeth His love towards us in this, in that while we were yet sinners Christ died for us." We are to allow all people to find God on their own terms and let God do the cleanup. We are just supposed to put out the net and pull in the "fish", as it were. Take a good look at yourself. Without God can you stand before Him? Without the blood of Jesus making you righteous do you even dare enter into His presence? God received us because we simply cried out for Him. We realized that we needed Him and He accepted us, just as we were. We are to do the same. We are to accept every neighbor, friend and enemy with the same open arms. This does not mean we have to accept some of the things they do, but those things we should let God take care of, unless you are willing to play God. If that is the case I greatly fear for you. As it is written, "You are the Potter, I am the clay." The mental image of formless, pliable clay trying to create a vessel for any use is laughable. Let us be like Layla. Let us allow God's love to shine through us and let God do the work, not us.

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