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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

Monday, November 02, 2009

TALKING TO THE DEAD, by Bonnie Grove

Loss: TALKING TO THE DEAD begins with Kate Davis dealing with the loss of her husband. She's a young woman and also is trying to bear the pain of losing her father some months prior to our story. Losing a mate, especially if you truly have been in love with them, is almost unbearable. It's like losing part of yourself. Well, as the story progress we find that there are many other losses that tend to follow. I really can't get into all of this without giving a great deal of the story away. So let's talk about loss, how it affects us, how it works. Maybe in seeing this we can manage future losses in our own lives with a bit more grace than Kate does...hopefully.

The loss of a loved one to death is a direct link to original sin. We weren't made to die. We were made to live forever. Both of these aspects dual each other inside us, but when we come face to face with the loss of a loved one it is almost as if we have received a near death blow ourselves. Why is that? Well, initially God told Adam and Eve they would only die if they ate from a certain tree in the middle of the garden. Anything else was okay. I want you to focus on that a bit. Adam and Eve could do anything they wanted except one thing, eat the fruit from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. That was it. Skinny dipping in the heat of the day? No problem. Talking to the animals or riding them around or just having them snuggle up to us like we see in those Cinderella movies, not a problem. I suppose if they had figured a way to make alcoholic beverages or various kinds of cigarettes to smoke they would be able to do that without any harm coming either to their relationship with God or to their body. Eden was a cool place. But we blew it. We proved, right from the start, that we couldn't even keep that simple command. Now God had told Adam, "In the day that you eat of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil you will surely die." Death. Well, at least we know where that came from.

More importantly death came into our world, not just to Adam, because Adam first died spiritually and then was able to die physically. Today death comes by any number of paths. It can be old age, or an accident, or feeding a habit that we know to be destructive. It can come at the hands of others, either accidentally or intentionally. All this death and it comes, not because the person who died deserves death, at least in our opinion, but because two people couldn't keep one single command from God. Sin is more than just disobedience to God. Sin is an illness, a disease to which there is only one cure, and even that cure only secures our spiritual life and fellowship with God, it does nothing to help us escape physical death. In fact the Bible says, "It is appointed unto a man to die, and after that judgment."

Now death is just the beginning of "loss". It is the beginning of the death of all things. It feeds on itself, by that I mean that death looks for more ways to bring death. Loss looks for more ways to bring loss. Depression looks for more ways to bring depression. This is how loss works. This is the mechanics of loss because it is something born out of man's disobedience to God. I'm not saying the person who sustains loss is ungodly or unkind or anything of the sort. What I am saying is that the nature of humans changed when Adam and Eve chose to do the one thing they were told not to. God is faithful. He said that death would follow if they should eat from that tree. They were deceived and the rest of us have to deal with it.

Understanding that this is the way loss works we can actually break much of the despair and gripping pain loss brings us, because Jesus died to put these things to death. He came to set things back in order. While it is true that physically we have to live out things in a way that is in keeping with God's will if we are to maintain this fellowship, and that we will physically die, the sting of loss, of death, has been taken away. For the mechanics of grace and mercy is that both are offered to us freely by God. If we accept them, then He gives us a strength to endure what we cannot endure, and He overlooks those things that He now covers with the blood of Jesus. Many people think Christians are special, that we look down our noses at others, that we think we are somehow better than them. That's just not true. We face the same world as anyone else. We feel the same pains as others. Death can enter into our world just as quickly as it can anyone else. We are no where near perfect. We have found, however, that God, in His grace and mercy, has given us a place to stand where we will not fall. That place is in Jesus. That's why we love Him so much. When I look at how terrible a person I am and that Jesus loved me enough to die on the cross for all my sin, and not only that, but to look me in the eye as He prayed from that cross, "Father, forgive him, for he doesn't realize what he's doing." That is a love that will heal. It breaks the cycle of loss and heals the broken hearted.

Don't forget to visit Bonnie's site. You'll find her fiction page HERE

Then you'll probably want to go out and purchase a copy. Here are some links to where you can find her book for sale online:

David C. Cook Publishing


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