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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

Saturday, March 07, 2009

ERETZEL, by Willam McGrath


CFRB welcomes you once again to their site for this month's Tag Team Tour. This month we tour ERETZEL, by William McGrath. A tag team tour means that something will be posted every day during the week of March 1st, but it's up to you to find those posts. To help you out we've listed a number of button links at the bottom of this post to help get you around. You may get to a site early and find them posting on something else, which is fine. Take a look around. You might just like what you see. You may even find that more than one site is posting on some days. If you're real lucky you'll stumble across both a review and an interview. The idea is to get you to do the searching. You'll be glad you did.

ERETZEL, by William McGrath - Prepare for War. As I said in a previous post, Eretzel is under siege. All citizens, the Abramim, Yeshuans, Ishmaelites, all of them must prepare for war. First they must choose which side they are to fight on. Some, unfortunately, will side with Magog in the hopes that they will wipe out the Abramim from the earth. The rest will side with the Abramim and with their God. Plans are made. Armies dispatched. Families have been sent away for safety. This is a very tense period of time for the citizenry of Eretzel. William McGrath portrays all of this in a clear, if not complex, manner. He shows you the many nations involved, their political stances, Antiochus' actions behind the scenes, and the people of Eretzel as they scramble to defend their homeland.

To me this is a warning. In these last days we must not buy into some easy way out of this mess because we are Christians. I have heard preachers say that we will be Raptured and taken away. I believe they are misunderstanding this event. I believe there will be persecution, death and war before we even enter the Great Tribulation. We see this happening already in countries such as Sri Lanka, India, Pakistan and such. The name of Christ is not revered even in so-called Christian nations. In the Middle East we can see the posturing for war already taking place. As Christians we must also prepare for war, but we must remember that "we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, and powers, and rulers of wickedness in high places." Therefore our weapons are not the weapons of physical destruction, but we are to "Put on the armor of Light" to defeat the darkness that is coming, and indeed has already come. We must be prepared to LIVE for Jesus, so that if it comes to dying for Him we will be ready to do so. Some people would boast and say they are willing to die for Christ. If this is true, then they must first be willing to live for Him. If they wish to die for Christ, then they must die to themselves and live unto Christ, just as Scripture commands. We are to be the Light to a world lost in darkness. We must, we MUST, prepare for war, because war is already at the door.












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Friday, March 06, 2009

ERETZEL, by Willam McGrath


CFRB welcomes you once again to their site for this month's Tag Team Tour. This month we tour ERETZEL, by William McGrath. A tag team tour means that something will be posted every day during the week of March 1st, but it's up to you to find those posts. To help you out we've listed a number of button links at the bottom of this post to help get you around. You may get to a site early and find them posting on something else, which is fine. Take a look around. You might just like what you see. You may even find that more than one site is posting on some days. If you're real lucky you'll stumble across both a review and an interview. The idea is to get you to do the searching. You'll be glad you did.

ERETZEL, by William McGrath - Valley of the Shadow of Death. (Warning-Spoiler) There comes a point when Simon, Moor and Daniel set out from Sela on a special mission. On the way, however, Daniel rides into battle against a band of thieves. The end result is a trip and tour of the hereafter, beginning with a fall into a river and then a tour of what we would call Hell. McGrath defines the place as having special levels and areas for each sin committed, and all of these were slowly moving towards Gehenna, the abyss, the bottom of which was a lake of fire. Now whether or not Hell is going to look like this is purely speculation. I doubt that just as we cannot adequatel understand or describe the glory and wonders of Heaven, neither can we understand nor describe the horror of Hell. He makes one interesting statement that may well be true, although I for one do not wish to go there and check out the accuracy of this. Daniel is told hat in many cases the condemned torture themselves beyond what any demon could do.

One thing is certain, there is a Valley of the Shadow of Death, and those who walk it never are returned to walk among the living. Few there are who have witnessed the gross tortures that await those who reject the mercy of God. All who end up there do so under their own private choices. None are "sent" their because of the evil they have done. Instead, they go there because they have chosen the wicked things of this world rather than the mercy of God. Picture yourself aboard the Titanic, only in this case there are plenty of lifeboats and plenty of room in those boats. Those who go to Heaven are those who get in the lifeboats, for our Lifeboat, our Ark of Safety, is Jesus. Yet many there will be who choose to stay aboard the sinking ship. They all have their reasons, some to play another hand of cards, others to riffle the now empty cabins below, others to sing with the musicians, and so on. They refuse to get into the lifeboats, they refuse their chance to be saved from certain death, and because of this they drown. You cannot blame the sea for swallowing up the dead. You cannot blame the lifeboats for not taking them. You can only blame them for making a terrible error in judgment. In the same way death will come to all, and unless we have entered into the Ark of Safety, even Jesus the Christ, they shall surely be swallowed up in death. They had a chance to choose life, but instead they have chosen death.

As a former correctional officer I was able to break this down in legal terms so the inmates might understand this truth. When Jesus died on the cross He took on Him all sins, not just some of them. That means that all we need to do is call out to Him and we will be saved. Yet in that day of judgment many will stand before God and find they must answer to a crime far greater than any they had imagined. For while Jesus took upon Himself all sin, their refusal of accepting this mercy of God in Christ makes them stand before the Great Judge on that day, guilty of the murder of the Son of God. Who among you would not judge against those who have killed your children? In the same way God is not going to turn and show kindness to those who have allowed His Son to die uselessly in their case. They stand before the Almighty without an Advocate. The Devil is the prosecuting attorney, but Jesus is the defense attorney. Think of what it must be like on that day to have all your sins pulled out for all the world to gaze upon. Now think of what it must be like when Jesus says, "I'm sorry your honor, but this one is not My client." You are then left to speak for yourself. What can you say to a perfect and holy God on that day to save you, having refused the salvation He has already sent to you. For these there shall be only one sentence, Eternal death without parole. This is what Daniel sees, and in seeing this has a different view of all mankind. What about you? Have you accepted this gracious gift of salvation from God? Have you obtained the services of Jesus to defend you on that day? Or will you stand naked before the Lord, your sins layed out for all the world to see, and hear Him pass sentence over you, "Sorry, I never knew you"? The choice God leaves up to us that we may respond and our love for Him be made known to all. Yet the wrong choice will show no love, but a hatred that has turned inward devouring us for all time. This Daniel has seen and it changes him forever. Will it change you?












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Thursday, March 05, 2009

ERETZEL, by Willam McGrath


CFRB welcomes you once again to their site for this month's Tag Team Tour. This month we tour ERETZEL, by William McGrath. A tag team tour means that something will be posted every day during the week of March 1st, but it's up to you to find those posts. To help you out we've listed a number of button links at the bottom of this post to help get you around. You may get to a site early and find them posting on something else, which is fine. Take a look around. You might just like what you see. You may even find that more than one site is posting on some days. If you're real lucky you'll stumble across both a review and an interview. The idea is to get you to do the searching. You'll be glad you did.

ERETZEL, by William McGrath - Flight to Sela. In the middle of one of the most dramatic sequences in ERETZEL William McGrath sneaks in a little history and Biblical truth. First though, let's get to the book. Eretzel has been pressured on all sides for many years. What is interesting is all the surrounding nations claim to have some sort of loose alliance with one another. Those that do not Antiochus is attempting to forge into a new world government, one in which he will rule. Now Eretzel, for all its prosperity and wealth and historical value, isn't seen by them as a place of worth, but a place that shouldn't belong to them. Instead of seeing Eretzel for the diamond of the Middle East they see only grating sandstone which must be removed with all due diligence. Antiochus puts out a message to Magog to entice them to come in and trample Eretzel. Once the people of Eretzel hear of this, that is primarily the Abramim and followers of Yeshua, these people form two groups, one which will protect Ieorosylma and the other is sent into refuge for safety. The noble houses of Eretzel go to Sela. Daniel must decide his course wisely here. To stay and defend his friends and allies to Asulon would put Asulon's next king, himself, at risk. To flee to Sela would be, in his mind an act of shame, although a necessary precaution. Which path will Daniel choose. Needless to say there is a flight to Sela due to advancing troops of Magog.

As I pointed out Sela is the name of a real city that once existed between the Dead Sea and the Red Sea. The name means "Rock". This name is referred to in Scripture, and in the Vulgate we have the name it is known to us toda, Petra. Petra, or Sela, is a huge cut in the desert rock, a chasm that in some places cannot be approached other than single file. It opens up facing the Treasury, one of many unique structures hewn out of the stone and probably made famous by the movie Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. There are some 800 such structures, tombs, and other buildings for which we may never know their use in that area. The Treasury is among the most famous of these. Could it be here that King David referred when he wrote wrote of the "rock" in many of the psalms? We know that Jesus is the Rock. Look at the interesting thing that God did. He created a defensable city, built into the rock, accessable by only one route and barely visable, even from the sky. Jesus said, "Narrow is that gate that leads to eternal life and few there be that find it." This same Jesus is our Rock, our Fortress, and the only way to the Father. Perhaps when we realize that sin is crouching at the doorsteps of those all around us it would be wise to flea to this Rock and find refuge. For in Him we not only have safety and eternaly life, but can find true rest. The word "selah" or pause, finds its way into a number of the Psalms. Jesus is our "pause" our "rest" in a harried world filled with demonic devices and encroachments. He is the One to whom we can flee and find true refuge. This the Abramim of Eretzel have learned, at least as far as the land is concerned. They have learned the can flee to the Rock and be safe. May we learn that we can flee to the rock and likewise find safety and rest.












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Wednesday, March 04, 2009

ERETZEL, by Willam McGrath


CFRB welcomes you once again to their site for this month's Tag Team Tour. This month we tour ERETZEL, by William McGrath. A tag team tour means that something will be posted every day during the week of March 1st, but it's up to you to find those posts. To help you out we've listed a number of button links at the bottom of this post to help get you around. You may get to a site early and find them posting on something else, which is fine. Take a look around. You might just like what you see. You may even find that more than one site is posting on some days. If you're real lucky you'll stumble across both a review and an interview. The idea is to get you to do the searching. You'll be glad you did.

ERETZEL, by William McGrath - The Anakim. The seven sons of Anak, also known as the Anakim, are hard to overlook. These are sons of the Grigori, a class of angels that supposedly didn't side with God or with Satan during the revolt in which they and Satan's horde were cast out of Heaven. They are the giants the roam the earth, the last of the true giants, true sons of angels. Unlike their ancestors, such as Goliath and his brothers, these giants are followers of Yeshua, all except the eldest. As such you find them doing good works. Ambassador Immanuel and Emperor Antiochus, find them to be a particular nuisance, because they are doing things that the rulers of the lands promise, but never do. They fix homes, till farms and basically give aide to those in need. McGrath's dealing with the Anakim lends a special realism to his work of fantasy, in part because it is based upon truth. We get to know them, their differences, their different desires towards women, but most importantly their dedication to the oath they have taken to avenge the death of their father. They may have love for these women, but they will not take any to wife until they fulfill their oath. We learn their strengths and their weaknesses. It is throught them that we see ourselves more clearly.

I like the inclusion of these giant heroes. We learn much from them, things that are practical in our lives today. We don't have to be giants to be heroic, to be faithful to our word, to have faults. It is possible to see one's self as one of these giants, maybe not in physical stature, but in spiritual stature. For that reason this becomes an important part of the book. So many Biblical teachings are woven into the story through use of the Anakim. Let us be grateful they are there, and may we look for them in the world around us. For whoever speaks the Word of Truth and lives by that word is a true giant.












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Tuesday, March 03, 2009

ERETZEL, by Willam McGrath


CFRB welcomes you once again to their site for this month's Tag Team Tour. This month we tour ERETZEL, by William McGrath. A tag team tour means that something will be posted every day during the week of March 1st, but it's up to you to find those posts. To help you out we've listed a number of button links at the bottom of this post to help get you around. You may get to a site early and find them posting on something else, which is fine. Take a look around. You might just like what you see. You may even find that more than one site is posting on some days. If you're real lucky you'll stumble across both a review and an interview. The idea is to get you to do the searching. You'll be glad you did.

ERETZEL, by William McGrath - Kings and a Queen. Emperor Antiochus has moved his seat of power from Logres to Rema and is widening and strengthening his empire. He cultivates different rulers to fill a 10 way split among them. What is interesting to notice is how Antiochus choses some people because of the way they will not just fit in his plans, but ultimately fail. One interesting ruler is a woman named Rhiannon, High Priestess of Erie. Rhiannon is a woman who is proud and filled with every bitterness towards men. Antiochus uses this to get her to do his bidding. She is made Queen Rhiannon, and led to believe she will be able to raise up the women of society above that of men. Then there is a dwarf, a Lucius Orbillius Pupillus. This man is a teacher. On the one hand he has recruited a woman who will, unknowingly, place all women under him, while on the other hand is a man who will teach the younger people to question everything, to refuse absolutes, and thus become pliable in the hands of Antiochus. It should be realized that all these kings an queens are expendable. They are for his good only. When they have lived out their usefulness then he will end their services.

In the Book of Daniel we are told of a 10 nation confederacy that will be ruled by 10 kings. This is what it says in Daniel 7:7,8, "After this I saw in the night visions, and behold a fourth beast, dreadful and terrible, and strong exceedingly; and it had great iron teeth: it devoured and brake in pieces, and stamped the residue with the feet of it: and it was diverse from all the beasts that were before it; and it had ten horns. I considered the horns, and, behold, there came up among them another little horn, before whom there were three of the first horns plucked up by the roots: and, behold, in this horn were eyes like the eyes of man, and a mouth speaking great things." The anti-Christ will come up as a little horn or ruler among the 10 who rule the earth, is apparently what it is saying. Yet he will grow in power and as he does, displace 3 of the original rulers. Keep watching and see if this isn't exactly what Antiochus does. Yet we should not fear, as many shall, for in verse 9 Daniel says, "I beheld till the thrones were cast down, and the Ancient of days did sit, whose garment was white as snow, and the hair of his head like the pure wool: his throne was like the fiery flame, and his wheels as burning fire." In otherwords, while these things must come about, Jesus will crush them and destroy even the very thrones they sat upon when He returns. Our hope is not found in the daily newspapers or TV news coverage, but in Jesus alone. In Him we live and breath and have our being. In Him do we trust and are not ashamed.












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Monday, March 02, 2009

ERETZEL, by Willam McGrath


CFRB welcomes you once again to their site for this month's Tag Team Tour. This month we tour ERETZEL, by William McGrath. A tag team tour means that something will be posted every day during the week of March 1st, but it's up to you to find those posts. To help you out we've listed a number of button links at the bottom of this post to help get you around. You may get to a site early and find them posting on something else, which is fine. Take a look around. You might just like what you see. You may even find that more than one site is posting on some days. If you're real lucky you'll stumble across both a review and an interview. The idea is to get you to do the searching. You'll be glad you did.

ERETZEL, by William McGrath - On to Ierosolyma. In McGrath's first book, ASULON, we follow Daniel, Prince of Asulon, as he and his company escape with their lives from Logres where Anak was murdered. The principle people aboard ship, other than the crew, are Moor, paladin to the house of Aegus, murdered king of Asulon and Daniel's father. He has taken the job of protecting Daniel, which is his duty as a paladin. Also aboard are Simon, the priest, and Racheal, princess among the Abramim, who Daniel quickly falls in love with, and Daniel's seven uncles, the Anakim, sons of Anak. McGrath has a eye for detail so you will find him stopping from time to time to explain things. This he does by way of dialog or action, so it doesn't slow the story down. One thing that you may notice is his detailed analysis of sword fighting techniques. Since this is his main "bread and butter" I'm not surprised. He makes it easy to understand, even some of the most intricate details come out in a way that is broken down into small pieces that those of us, like myself, who are a bit slow to grasp things can grasp.

The journey to Ierosolyma is marked by the sailor's apprehension of the Sons of Anak, the rekindling of romance between Rachael and Daniel. It is through this romance that we are first prepared for Eretzel, the country. For although Rachael is an Abrahim, she is also a follower of Yeshua, as is Daniel. Being both gives her understanding of Scriptures a depth that Daniel doesn't have at first. Yet we are introduced to the customs of Eretzel when, although they are now together, she says that any relationship between them must be approved by her uncle, Mordecai, who while not a follower of Yeshua is a strict Abrahim. We begin to see differences in peoples emerge, but Daniel is still in for a shock later on when he realizes just how many different customs are observed by the many different people who live in Eretzel.

This is an interesting topic, perhaps one that is more aprapo today than at any other period in history. For humans are made up of many different traditions and customs. God is not opposed to all of these customs, for He delights in diversity. The only place where He is, what people would call "narrow-minded" is that He hates the worship of any god but Himself. This trickles down through all the Commandments given in Scripture. He doesn't hold us to some regligious bondage, but neither has God taken away His Law, as some have suggested. He realizes that many people must find their own way to His Son, Jesus, through whom they then can find favor with God, the forgiveness of sins. Some have wondered at all the different denominations that call themselves Christian. I believe God allowed this to happen so that every possible kind of person would be able to worship Him in a way that was approachable and comfortable to them. That doesn't mean His teachings are always comfortable, nor what He calls to do is comfortable, but it does mean that places hav been provided for all so they could have a closeness to Him without feeling threatened. It means they could work and worship with people who share in their particular "style" of worship. One day Jesus will return and all shall see Him and worship Him. For those who find it best done to fall to their knees and weep and those who find it best to jump up and down shouting His praises, there will still be those places where they can go. At that time, however, the shall know the fullness of the Lord, and however they worship Him whether quietly or with great manifestation, shall be all the more pure. For you see a New Ieorosylma is coming.













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Sunday, March 01, 2009

ERETZEL, by Willam McGrath


CFRB welcomes you once again to their site for this month's Tag Team Tour. This month we tour ERETZEL, by William McGrath. A tag team tour means that something will be posted every day during the week of March 1st, but it's up to you to find those posts. To help you out we've listed a number of button links at the bottom of this post to help get you around. You may get to a site early and find them posting on something else, which is fine. Take a look around. You might just like what you see. You may even find that more than one site is posting on some days. If you're real lucky you'll stumble across both a review and an interview. The idea is to get you to do the searching. You'll be glad you did.

ERETZEL, by William McGrath - The New Unicorn Empire. One of the truly weird things about McGrath's series is his ability to tell an end times story as if it happened already, like way back when technology was in its infancy. If you focus on that, however, you lose the joy of the story. If you just accept it for what it is, a story, you will be enriched.

Here we have Antiochus setting up his empire. Having disposed of Anak, he takes over the castle at Logres and becomes the emperor of the Unicorn Empire. The scene here is that of Antiochus going down to the stables where the former king's unicorn is being held. It, however, will let no man ride it. Antiochus' focus on the animal is crucial. The people must accept him as the true leader, and to do so they must see him riding this unicorn. Weeks have passed and all the trainsers he has brought in have been unable to tame the beast. So Antiochus uses a demonic incantation instead. This does a few things. The brilliant white coat of the unicorn turns a pale, deathly greenish color, the tip of the horn breaks off, it's eyes become black as coal, and it let's Antiochus, and any other he commands, ride upon it's back. You can almost imagine yourself being there and witnessing this happen, which is the mark of a good writer.

There is more, however. The similarities between the need for a certain beast to ride upon here and when Jesus entered Jerusalem a week before His death are not coincidental. Nor do I think the change of color is coincidental that the unicorn turned the same color of the pale horse mentioned in Revelation. What we are seeing in ERETZEL is a man coming upon the political scene, claiming to be something more than he is, and using prophesies to prove what he is saying is true. There is a warning here, my friends, one that must not be taken too lightly. We are told by Jesus Himself that many will come in the last days claiming to be the Christ. He also tells us there will be such deception that many will fall away from the truth. The apostle Paul also states this as do others. In these days we must be careful about those who claim to be able to deliver "peace" to the earth. We must be very careful about those who claim to be of God. In order to do this we must study the Bible and know what it says. Only then can we be protected in His armor against the lies of the enemy and not fall away. For more on this read Matthew 24, Mark 13, Luke 21 and John 16.



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