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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

Friday, December 11, 2009


Friday - Different ways to judge success, and not all of them are right. The evil sponges judge success by being able to control the people in the towns where they have stolen all the water. It's a success based on proving yourself better than someone else. The town's people, at one point, judged success by being able to go through the routine of life without having to think or feel or really do anything of importance. Their success is one based on just being comfortable. Other characters, the cat in particular, come to judge success by how they were able to help others.

Let's look at this a bit. I'm sure you've seen all of these in society. The idea of proving you're better than others is really quite common. The problem here is that when everyone is trying to prove they are better than everyone else no one is doing anything for anyone. Does this really sound like success to you? People amass riches to prove they are better than others. People become famous to prove they are better than others. Even our educational system is set up to try and make us better than our peers. What have we learned? That we all share the same curse. We all fall short of the glory of God. We are all sinful in God's eyes. We have accomplished nothing of any lasting value.

Then there are those who sit on the sidelines and let the rest of us work it out. You know what I mean. It's almost a "You owe me" mentality. Why do they think we owe them? I don't rightly know, but they fall on the same worthless plain as the group above. It's easy to get comfortable and forget about the people around us. It's easy to just hunker down and think you're successful, but you're not. You've only reached the bottom, same as the rest of us. I should add here that many educational institutions try to instill a "pull yourself up by your bootstraps" mentality. All you really achieve is realizing you finally made it to the bottom. You can't pull yourself up by your bootstraps or any other of your body parts. Go ahead and try.

Interestingly, however, those who put others ahead of themselves, who have set clear goals and reach out to make life better for others have any measure of success. Even this is not really truly successful, for we would never do for others if God hadn't planted a love for others in our hearts, and we certainly wouldn't have had the power to do what God desired for these others. So people who just do "good deeds" are left on the same level playing field as far from God as everyone else. There is only one way to success.

Jesus did what we could not, and all who come to Him and receive Him and live by His commands find His love living in them. It is the Jesus in them that reaches out to others. It is the Jesus in them that cares more about others than about themselves. It is the Jesus in them that forgives when forgiveness isn't an option. These are the truly successful people. Christians are successful not because they are special or have great talents or abilities; it's not because they have somehow found a "key to success" that others have overlooked. Christians are successful simply because Jesus WAS successful and we now live in Him. His success becomes ours. As one dear friend once said, "Christians aren't better than anyone else, just better off."

So what does this have to do with THE CAT THAT MADE NOTHING SOMETHING AGAIN? Look closely and you will see that some, like the sponges, are trying to show they are more than everyone else. In fact even the cat starts out this way. Then you have those who are content to just go about their routine without caring one way or the other about their neighbor. They aren't successful. Yet you do come to those who are successful because they have learned to put others ahead of themselves. Lucky for us the cat is one of these characters. Because of this the cat is able to do more than it thought it could, all to help the people in his town, and others he's met along the way. I think we better start examining ourselves and seeing just how we measure success. If we really want to be successful then we want to please our Heavenly Father. To do that we must be obedient, and to do that we must love those around us, unconditionally. Can't do it? Neither can I, but the Jesus living in me can.

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cathikin said...

I do love the way you can draw out such excellent discussion points, even in a little book like this one. Yes, the way we judge success is a very important matter, and it is certainly a key theme in the book. Good points.

David said...

The most difficult task I had with this book was trying to write reviews without giving so away so much. This book, although small, is HUGE in content, if one would only take the time to look. I think James did an excellent job, but I'll give the glory to Jesus. ;-)

James D. Maxon said...

Thanks David! These "inner lookings" are all very insightful.

David said...

James, continue to let God lead you. I'm sure you'll find that God spoke through you more than you thought possible, or at least more than you intended. He chooses the weak to confound the mighty, the foolish to confound the wise. He speaks through this small story in volumes of treasures of His Word. It was a pleasure reading and reviewing this book

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