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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, November 04, 2009

TALKING TO THE DEAD, by Bonnie Grove

Love: In TALKING TO THE DEAD we find the issue of love approached for various angles, the love of a wife for her husband, a sister for her sister, a daughter for her mother, and one of a friend. We even see love cropping up when Kate least expects it. Again, I really have to be overly general so that when you read the book (you have been convince to read the book by now, right?) you will be able to mine your own gems from this story. Let's stick, for the moment, with Kevin, our dearly departed husband. As you read this story there is no doubt that Kate loved her husband. She loved him "for better or for worse" just as she promised to. The unfortunate thing is that he has a few secrets he left behind, secrets that tell us that he did not love her with that same kind of fidelity. And yet there is still something missing in even Kate's love. I believe, and I'm sure Bonnie will chew me out on this if I'm wrong (if not for mangling her approach on Mental Illness yesterday). I see Kate searching for an ingredient she always thought was missing, even in her marriage, something she couldn't put a name to, something that she knew if she found would right all wrongs, straighten all crooked paths, make all rough ways smooth. Oddly enough she finds this on a basketball court after crying over the death of one of the kids she had been playing basketball with, and through helping this teen's bereft girlfriend. The ingredient really is love, true love, not the romantic kind or the friendship kind and especially not the sexual kind. They all have their place, but true love is not a feeling, not a sense of belonging, not a sexual desire. True love, in fact, is a person. And that's probably why she missed it, as so many people do.

First John 4; verses 7 and 8 read, "Loved ones, let us love each other, for love comes from God. Whoever doesn't love is not from God, and doesn't know God, for GOD IS LOVE." Did you catch that? "God is love". Kate went around trying to do all the right things, be the right kind of person, all the time searching for something that was missing. What was missing wasn't a thing at all, but God. The same goes with Truth. I remember reading Pilate's words just before handing Jesus over to be crucified, "What is truth?" I want to shout back through the ages, "No, Pilate. You've got in wrong. The question should be 'Who is truth?' and the answer is standing right there in front of you." I can't do that. I can't go back in time. I can't even get you to believe this if you choose not to. Neither can I get you to believe that Jesus is Love, and without Him your life will always seem incomplete. The weathiest people in this world have died in spiritual poverty because, many times, they have overlooked this one simple truth. Love is so important that I doubt you have ever heard a sermon that did not mention it. Why? Because it IS that important. Remember what Jesus said to the church of Ephesus in Revelation 2:1-7, "To the angel of the church of Ephesus write: These are the words of him who holds the seven stars in his right hand and walks among the golden lampstands. I know your deeds, your hard work and your perseverance. I know that you cannot tolerate wicked men, that you have tested those who claim to be apostles, but are not, and have found them false. You have persevered and have endured hardships for my name, and have not grown weary. (Listen now to what Jesus says next) Yet I hold this against you. You have foresaken your first love. Remember the height from which you have fallen! Repent and do the things you did at first. If you do not repent, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place. But you have this in your favor, you hate the practices of the Nicolatians, which I also hate. He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes, I will give the right to eat from the tree of life, which is in the paradise of God."

I know this is a bit longer than my usual posts, but given the fact we are talking about love you should be happy I'm keeping it this short. I just want to end with this. If you will investigate, you will find that Ephesus did not fall from an outward attack. They did not crumble from inward rebellion. Instead, Ephesus, once one of the great port cities of the Roman empire died out because of neglect. The river that made the coast such a great harbor (I know your deeds and your hard works) also carried with it silt (You have foresaken your first love). Once the harbor was moved and the area dredged out some, but it was too little, too late. If you were to visit Ephesus today you would find it is well inland. The noble harbors it once boasted are over a mile inland. When it became unusable as a harbor Rome abandoned them and all their wealth fled with them. (If you do not repent, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place.) People of God, remember the height from which you have fallen, turn to God in humility, seek His face and repent of your sin. We are now, possibly, on the verge of a new world order, but we, as a church, can still do one thing. We can return to those things we did at first. We can return to our first love. We can repent of our sins. For then, and only then, can God heal this land.

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cathikin said...

it waan't too long. Like you said, when the subject is love, there's a lot to say. I had a hard time cutting mine down also. Of course the ultimate form of love is the love of God, which is the ultimate ingedient missing for Kate at the beginning of the story.

David said...

Thanks Cathi. You're right. Everything we do as Christians is built around, on and for love. As Steve Chapman sings, "He is the air I breathe". Not only is God, who is love, the missing ingredient, but He is the ONLY ingredient we really need. Everything else is secondary at best.

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