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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.

For more you can go here:
http://godsnotdeadthemovie.com/synopsis

To purchase a copy try these links:
Amazon
ChristianBook.com
Barnes & Noble

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

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Prayer for My Brothers and Sisters

I received the following in my email and want to share it with all of you, specifically with my family here at CFRB, but also to all those who visit us. I hope you enjoy it and are encouraged to pray for one another as the Lord commanded us.

Dear Lord,

Every single evening
As I'm lying here in bed,
This tiny little prayer
Keeps running through my head:

God bless all my family
Wherever they may be,
Keep them warm
and safe from harm
For they're so close to me.

And God, there is one more thing
I wish that You would do;
Hope You don't mind me asking,
Please bless my computer too.

Now I know that it's unusual
To bless a motherboard,
But listen just a second
While I explain it to You, Lord.

You see, that little metal box
Holds more than odds and ends;
Inside those small compartments
Rest so many of my friends.

I know so much about them
By the kindness that they give,
And this little scrap of metal
Takes me in to where they live.

By faith is how I know them
Much the same as You.
We share in what life brings us
And from that our friendships grew.

Please take an extra minute
From your duties up above,
To bless those in my address book
That's filled with so much love.

When You update your Heavenly list
On your own Great CD-ROM,
Bless everyone who says this prayer
Sent up to GOD.com

Amen

Saturday, April 11, 2009

SAVE MY CHILDREN, by Emily Wierenga









Saturday - I would like to end this tour by posting the poem Footprints in the Sand. I would also like to give credit to the author of this poem, but unfortunately there has been some dispute about this. That is most tragic. In any event I think the words of the poem speak to our hearts and are the soul of SAVE MY CHILDREN. I know many if not all have read this poem before, but I ask that you consider this home for children and think of it in a different light. God bless you all.

Footprints In the Sand

One night I dreamed
I was walking along the beach with the Lord.
Many scenes from my life flashed across the sky.
In each scene I noticed footprints in the sand.
Sometimes there were two sets of footprints,
other times there was one only.

This bothered me because
I noticed that during the low periods of my life,
when I was suffering from anguish, sorrow or defeat,
I could see only one set of footprints, so I said to the Lord,
“You promised me Lord,
that if I followed you, you would walk with me always.
But I have noticed
that during the most trying periods of my life
there has only been one set of footprints in the sand.
Why, when I needed you most,
have you not been there for me?”

The Lord replied,
“The years when you have seen
only one set of footprints,
my child, is when I carried you.”

(this version is attributed to Mary Stevenson, 1936)


Now consider the times of trials, the times when the Jespersens seemed to see only one set of footprints in the sand. The time when each child or adult seemed to feel only hardship and heartache. During these times I here Harvey and Elsie crying out, "Lord, surely You haven't left us to walk this valley alone?" During unbelievable pain I hear young voices asking, "God, if You really exist, where are You? Don't You care?" If His answer comes a bit slow, it isn't because He does not care, but because He is carrying you through the storms of life. He knows the pain you have to endure, yet so you might be able to persevere He has taken the pain upon Him. If you don't believe me, look at the scars in His hands. For it was on the cross that He carried your greatest burdens, defeated your most horrible nightmares, put to rest the pain and affliction you have even now so sharply felt. Know that He took it first upon Him that you might find your way through this dark valley into His glorious Light. So don't fret, or argue, or despair when things seem tough or burdensome. Instead praise God for lifting the weight of these times on His own shoulders ... because He loves you with an everlasting love.

You can find additional information, reviews and so forth by visiting the following sites:




Emily Wierenga, in additon to being a freelance writer, was once deeply involved in Bethany House for Children.

Learn more about Emily Wierenga by visiting her own website.

You can find informaton on purchasing her book at the following locations:

Amazon

Target

Castle Quay Books

Emily also has a links to Bethany House and Castle Quay Books on her homepage.

Friday, April 10, 2009

SAVE MY CHILDREN, by Emily Wierenga











Friday - Sadness runs through this book like a vein of silver in a mine. Whether it is the challenges that the Jespersens face, the history some of the children come from, or the bondage that some parents are under, it seems to lurk there in the background, weaving its way through an otherwise joyful story. However, when we begin to dig, as the miners did to extract that vein of silver, we find a greater joy hidden within the sadness. There is a Biblical principal here that I think we should learn. Life often heaps on us things we feel are unfair, and often that is true, but God is greater than our circumstances. As we dig through the tough places of our lives, that silver sadness within, we can find a Lord who is God over all. In Him we can put our faith and trust. We don't need to worry about how things feel. This often leads us astray. Instead we can look forward to the victory Jesus bought for us on the cross. We may not be perfect, but because of Jesus our Heavenly Father sees us as perfect. So that sadness that weaves its way through the story, both here and in our own lives, becomes an ornament of praise to God who lifts us up above our circumstances. We begin to focus on a God who sees us not as we are, but as we shall one day be...perfect in Christ Jesus.

You can find additional information, reviews and so forth by visiting the following sites:




Emily Wierenga, in additon to being a freelance writer, was once deeply involved in Bethany House for Children.

Learn more about Emily Wierenga by visiting her own website.

You can find informaton on purchasing her book at the following locations:

Amazon

Target

Castle Quay Books

Emily also has a links to Bethany House and Castle Quay Books on her homepage.

Thursday, April 09, 2009

SAVE MY CHILDREN, by Emily Wierenga











Thursday - Although the book is primarily about children and how God used the Jespersens to meet their needs, it is also about the adults, the parents that these children came from, the adults they met at Bethany House, and in some cases the adults they turned into themselves. It's a testimony of how God can take His love and break in on a cycle of violence or neglect and create something new. In Lamentations 3:22,23 we are reminded that as unfaithful and even brutal as we might be God is faithful and His grace endures forever. This is possibly the greatest legacy of Bethany House, and of the Jespersens, that of touching lives, young and old, so that they could experience a new beginning. At Bethany House they were able to start all over again. This is what God holds out to each of us, the ability to, by acceptance of His son and repentence of our sin, to begin over again. When we fail, He reminds us that His mercies are new every morning.

You can find additional information, reviews and so forth by visiting the following sites:




Emily Wierenga, in additon to being a freelance writer, was once deeply involved in Bethany House for Children.

Learn more about Emily Wierenga by visiting her own website.

You can find informaton on purchasing her book at the following locations:

Amazon

Target

Castle Quay Books

Emily also has a links to Bethany House and Castle Quay Books on her homepage.

Wednesday, April 08, 2009

SAVE MY CHILDREN, by Emily Wierenga











Wednesday - Following on the heels of our need for love is our feelings of inadequacy. In SAVE MY CHILDREN, Emily Wierenga introduces us to a number of people, both young and old, who feel inadequate. They feel as if they have been placed in a position where they cannot properly care for their children, or where their parents need more care then themselves. When this feeling of inadequacy comes in contact with the love of God, it fades away. For love is not a feeling, but a fact. Feelings can destroy us, but love builds up. Feelings seem real to us only because we live in a physical body, but God is not bound to feelings and wishes us to be freed from them as well. When we can walk through a dark valley and yet praise Him it is because we do not see the darkness so much as our Shepherd who leads us. In Him do we place our trust and offer up praise. In Him we find hope and joy and peace, no matter what our feelings might be telling us.

You can find additional information, reviews and so forth by visiting the following sites:




Emily Wierenga, in additon to being a freelance writer, was once deeply involved in Bethany House for Children.

Learn more about Emily Wierenga by visiting her own website.

You can find informaton on purchasing her book at the following locations:

Amazon

Target

Castle Quay Books

Emily also has a links to Bethany House and Castle Quay Books on her homepage.

Tuesday, April 07, 2009

SAVE MY CHILDREN, by Emily Wierenga











Tuesday - Another thing about this story that stands out, in fact is focal to the story, is love, pure unconditional love. It is the kind of love that gives in the face of torment, rejection, pain. It is the kind of love that gives when there is no human reason to give. It is the kind of love that breaks a person when even the least disciplined child the Jespersens cared for must leave. It is a love that consumed them to the point that all they came in contact with were changed because of it. This is the love of Jesus living as it rightly should in the hearts and lives of His people. The kind of love that you and I as Christians not only should, but must exhibit in our lives. I'm not saying we should go out and start an orphanage, but I am saying that the people around you are looking at you and wondering if this Jesus you talk about is real. To make Him real to them YOU must be Jesus to them by loving them as He loves them. It is a challenge like no other, to you, to me, to the church at large. If we do not love, then we are not of God. If that sounds harsh, take a look at 1st John 4:7,8. The Bible makes it even more harsh, if that's the word you wish to use. Yet it is essential. We all need to be loved, and God is love. Let His love pour through you to those around you in ways you never thought possible. That is the blessing you have to give to the world. As writers we can get confused thinking that our words are the best we have to offer. Not so. The world has plenty of words. What they need is love, His love, His love flowing through you and me, like it did through Harvey and Elsie Jespersen.

You can find additional information, reviews and so forth by visiting the following sites:



Emily Wierenga, in additon to being a freelance writer, was once deeply involved in
Bethany House for Children.

Learn more about Emily Wierenga by visiting her own website.

You can find informaton on purchasing her book at the following locations:

Amazon

Target

Castle Quay Books

Emily also has a links to Bethany House and Castle Quay Books on her homepage.

Monday, April 06, 2009

SAVE MY CHILDREN, by Emily Wierenga











Monday - One of the things that sticks out in this book is faith. Just as it took faith for Abraham to trust God for something he would never see, so did the Jespersens learn to put their trust in God, even when it seem hopeless. One of the more poignant parts of this book is found near the beginning, after Harvey Jespersen feels the call of God to minister to children. He follows this call and the leading of the Lord, but waits for many years before Bethany House finally comes into existance. He and Elsie could have given up any number of times, but instead they held onto the vision that God had given them. In the end God rewarded them in ways that cannot addequately be described.

You can find additional information, reviews and so forth by visiting the following sites:




Emily Wierenga, in additon to being a freelance writer, was once deeply involved in Bethany House for Children.

Learn more about Emily Wierenga by visiting her own website.

You can find informaton on purchasing her book at the following locations:

Amazon

Target

Castle Quay Books

Emily also has a links to Bethany House and Castle Quay Books on her homepage.

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