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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, December 07, 2009


Monday - Evil sponges? Water being sucked out of everything? I wonder if James had another sponge character in mind when he wrote this, although I'm not really acquainted with that other one. Who in their right mind would choose a sponge, or sponges to be the villains of the story? And yet, you know it makes sense, it works. Of course all the water couldn't have been sucked up or they would have killed everyone. I mean we are around 85% water. Take that away and we'd be just dust. Yet suppose you could take out just enough water to make you weak, pliable, controllable? Yeah, that would work. And suppose you could drain out the best of who we are with the water you took out? Now that would be interesting. In any event it is the task of this cat without a name to find these evil sponges and get the moisture returned to where it belongs, and do so without getting all the moisture taken out of him as well.

The more I think about this the more it reminds me of something else. I remember growing up in church people would ask me these silly questions, like "What is faith?" or "What is sin?" Duh, you guys read the Bible. I later realized they wanted us to think things through, not just come up with a Scripture to answer them. We had to explain WHY that Scripture answered that question. Well here we have James explaining to us what sin is. Sin is a sponge. It sucks the life out of you. You may think it is giving you all kinds of goodies, all kinds of pleasures, but all the while you are getting all the goodness sucked straight out of you. You begin to feel dry inside. Life loses its meaning. You get up, eat breakfast, go to school (or work) come home have supper, watch a movie, go to bed and tomorrow you get to do it all over again. You are caught in this mindless loop because you have made friends with these sponges that have removed everything from you worth holding onto. Then Jesus comes along. Ah, what a wonderful moment. You see all of us are drawn to the sponges, so Jesus went and took all the penalties for doing that on Himself. He poured Himself out for us, and all who receive Him receive the Living Water that He gives. It springs up like a fountain inside our heart, making us new. We see things with new eyes, hear with new ears, love with new hearts. We find we are becoming like Jesus. Amazing. And the sponges hate Jesus. When they tried to suck the life out of Him when He hung on the cross He went down to the grave and took away their authority, their power. He opened the doors of the deep and let the waters flow back to where it was suppose to be. Any Christian who understands their authority in Jesus is a threat to the devil and his demons.

There are sponges out there that will try to steal away your joy, your peace your hope, but they can't if you don't allow them to. All you have to do is tell them who you are in Christ and these sponges go nuts. They flee from you. We have this power, not because we are worthy, but because Jesus makes us worthy. Let's start seeing ourselves the way God sees us, that is in Christ.

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cathikin said...

What you said about us being 85% water reminded me of something a Christian comedian used to say. He told his own story, how he got into drinking and drugs and got so bad that he wasn't even any good for the devil anymore. Then the devil tried to get him to kill himself (this is his story). So it made me think how we (people in general) best serve the Evil One, best serve as mouthpieces for him when we are just dry enough that we can't function on our own, but still 'moist' enough to be able to function under his control.

David said...

Great comment Cat. I like it. You know we can all be used by the devil if we let ourselves? I just got an email from a missionary talking about the impossibility of Catholics being Christians. But Jesus says in Matthew 12:30, "He that is not with me is against me; and he that gathereth not with me scattereth abroad." Guess that kind of blows his theory. Scripture also says, "Whosoever calleth upon the name of the Lord shall be saved." (Romans 10:13) It's not religion folks, it's Jesus and our relationship with Him.

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