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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

Thursday, December 10, 2009


Thursday - For a children's book The Cat That Made Nothing Something Again really has a lot of powerful spiritual truths. They are woven into the story so expertly that you really don't realize you're learning them until afterward. I think that's the mark of a good writer, especially a good children's writer. Probably one of the greatest lessons that he brings out in this story is that God can take a nobody and not just make them a somebody, but make them a hero. This cat without a name goes on a journey with slightly selfish motives, which become selfless motives in the end. Yet the whole while you wonder what plan he has in mind. You are wondering just how these sponges work and how is he going to get the water back from the sponges. The nameless cat has some of the same considerations, which is why iit is so powerful. He's just like us. Any one of us can be a hero if we follow our heart.

Jesus knew who He was and what He was doing, but look at who He called to be the Twelve, His chosen Disciples; Simon (also called Peter), Andrew, James John, Phillip, Nathaniel, Matthew (Levi), Thomas, James the Less, Thadeaus, Simon the Zealot and Judas Iscariot. Of all of them perhaps Matthew was the richer or Phillip or Nathaniel smarter, but Jesus didn't choose people of high esteem. Instead Jesus found people of low esteem whose hearts were set on God (except for Judas so that Scripture would be fulfilled). Jesus even changed a number of their names; Simon was called Peter and Jesus called Him Cephas, James and John He called "The Sons of Thunder". Matthew became known as Levi, and "the other Judas" was called Thaddeaus. Coming in contact with Jesus changes you. Even in the case of Judas Iscariot, he changed when he met Jesus too. He was so sold out as a zealot that he was willing to sell out the Christ for 30 pieces of silver. Before you go condemning him for that you ought to be asking yourself what you would have done in his place. Remember, ALL the disciples ran away when Jesus was arrested. Yes, Peter and John seemed to hang in there for a while, John more so than Peter, but they too only watched from a distance as theirl Lord, their Master was ripped from among them, abused and crucified. These weak people Jesus chose to change the world with the messge of His love and forgiveness.

Do you sometimes feel like a nobody? Do you feel like even if you tried to do something good it would blow up in your face? Welcome to the family. Yet our God keeps us safe and will make sure that our foot does not slip. We may slip, but our walk with Him will not slip. The more we are obedient to Him the more we learn to discipline ourself in the ways of God. The more we are obedient, disciplined children, the more our Heavenly Father is blessed and blesses us by working through us. What we think is impossible God sees as an opportunity to display His greatest, and He does so through us. That's the marvel of it. That's the marvel of this story, it is so "Gospel true" that I can hardly believe it. I can hardly contain myself from telling you the story myself. It is really that good.

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1 comment:

James D. Maxon said...

I'm very glad to hear you say, ". . . really don't realize you're learning them until afterward."

My intention was to write the story so that I did not sound "preachy," but the messages still got through. It is always nice to hear someone else point out that this worked.

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