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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, July 18, 2009

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Saturday, July 11, 2009

CFRB Tours Stephanie Reed


Saturday - Amanda "Mandy" Kephart is yet another character who we've mentioned already from time to time and is vital to this story. Both Lowell and Johnny Rankin had crushes on this girl-next-door. As I'm moving through the first book I'm getting an even better understanding of Mandy. She goes out of her way to make outsiders feel welcome and stands up for what is right. Even when the 2 brothers get into a tiff over her she finds a way to fit both of them into her life. She marries one and becomes a close confidant and friend to the other.

Although I haven't quite gotten as far through the first novel as I'd like yet, I suspect that Many's parents may have died in an outbreak of cholera. After losing her parents, which is what it seems is the case, Mandy's gentle kindness has not decreased. If anything she has realized how hard life can be when you lose someone you love and is therefore determined to make other's lives more bearable. As incredible as this may sound, I have actually met people like this. I remember one woman telling me about the death of her father. She was really broken up. I shared the fact that 2 other people I knew also lost family members. Her reply was that I make sure they know that she would be praying for them. Now that's Christian love.

Life is not easy and to make believe it is would be a tragedy. Instead we should realize the darkness and evil that causes the pain in this world and, like Mandy, determine to bring light into that darkness. Or like Rev. Ranking who determined to do something to dispel some of that darkness. As Jesus said, "You are the light of the world," this is what He has called each of us to be in our own way as He has created us. Whether we encourage, go out and bring others in, teach those who are here, whatever our function, know that it is important to God that we do so with a willing heart. He will bless us and we will see our efforts thrive because of it. We will rejoice over others who come to know Him, those who cross that wide river of doubt and sin into the love and fellowship of Jesus Christ.

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Friday, July 10, 2009

CFRB Tours Stephanie Reed


Friday - Lowell Rankin, Johnny's brother, is another key player in this story. If you are reading them out of order, as I have, you will not particularly like Lowell in the beginning. Reed portrays sibling conflicts in a very real and natural way. He appears overly harsh on Johnny and not aware that his younger brother has been smitten with Miss Amanda "Mandy" Kephart. I suppose it is natural that two brothers should have strong feelings for the same young lady. In Johnny's case, we might call this "puppy love" or a "crush", something that people have on others too old to have an intimate relationship with. Lowell, closer to Mandy's age, not only is in love with her but has something he wishes to share with the family. He's just trying to find the right time. Johnny undermines this, unwittingly, and Mandy, who also wants to share this same knowledge lets the cat out of the bag during one dinner.

We see Lowell as a hard person, almost someone to be avoided. As time passes we find he has a true depth of character that he keeps well hidden. His love for Johnny is great for he sees in him something of himself, not many years earlier. He provides Johnny with some needed encouragement during a particularly difficult time. For Johnny, the boy who couldn't keep a secret, is beginning to learn just how well his brother Lowell has kept a family secret, even from him. Now as they are working in the same manner the elder brother shows the younger that he will always be there for him.

There are times when we are called upon to keep a secret, to maintain a confidence. For some of us this is easy, or rather we have been so scared in a situation that doing so seems quite easy. We have the tendency to upbraid people like Johnny for their unguarded tongues. We are not to condemn the younger in the faith, but to encourage them in their walk. We should let them know of our struggles to do what is right, and let them know that we are there for them whenever they may need us. These are activities which prove our love for one another, and loving one another is something Jesus commanded us to do. No matter what path God leads us in, let us be teachable in His hands, and a help to our other brothers and sisters in Christ. If we do not, then helping the lost find their way to safety and freedom will be impossible.

Be sure to check out Stephanie's site here.









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Thursday, July 09, 2009

CFRB Tours Stephanie Reed


Thursday. As terrible as it may sound every good story needs a bad guy. In this case the bad guy is one Laban Biggerman. The interesting thing about Biggerman is that while he is a slave holder, hunter and torturer, much of Biggerman's hatred seems to be directed towards Rev. John Rankin. This guy has the guts to cross the Ohio and even enter the preacher's home looking for slaves. Like every other kind of sin it begins small and grows. At first he was content to beat on the slaves in his home in Kentucky and rub Rev. Rankin's face in it. Then, as he became more aware of the fact that the preacher was involved in helping these people to freedom, he sent people on his behalf to harrass or enter the preacher's home, usually when he was away, to try and find slaves. Finally Biggerman comes over himself. His hatred was the only driving force in his life.

It's hard to see the Biggerman's in our lives and remember that "...we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places." The truth of the matter is that anyone who opposes God has allowed the minions of Satan to mess with their lives, sometimes to the point of becoming demonically possessed. I'm not saying Laban Biggerman was demonically possessed, and I don't think it is Stephanie Reed's intention to do so either. What I am saying is that Biggerman had allowed hatred to control him just as though he were demonically possessed. You don't have to have a demon inside to act like a demon, especially if you choose their ways. For this reason we are constantly warned against giving in to the desires of our flesh. They lead to death. Satan knows this. He will use Biggerman, and other's like him, maybe even religious minded Christians who have forgotten the love of Jesus, to pull down and torture others.

Our response the the Biggerman's in this world should be to love them, while at the same time provide an escape for those being pursued by these people. We must be the Rankins of this world, or to put it even more precisely, we must be Jesus to the world around us. Will it affect us? It did get Jesus killed, didn't it? Although His death brought us life, we should always remember that our death, if others bring that upon us and if we are in God's will, may also lead others to that place of freedom. Our life can't become so valuable to us that those trapped in sin cannot find their way across a different kind of river, to freedom and relationship with God through Jesus Christ. If we value our freedom too much, then we probably aren't as free as we think.

Be sure to check out Stephanie's site here.









You can purchase LIGHT ACROSS THE RIVER AT:

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Wednesday, July 08, 2009

CFRB Tours Stephanie Reed


Wednesday. Rev. John Rankin, Johnny's father, obviously, is another key figure in THE LIGHT ACROSS THE RIVER. You can actually visit and tour the old Rankin house which sat on a hill overlooking the Ohio River and Kentucky to the south. This is where the book gets its name. The Rankins kept a light burning for slaves to make their way to the safety of their home. It was only a small light, but in the darkness of night it was a true beacon of freedom. In Stephanie Reed's previous book, ACROSS THE WIDE RIVER, we learn a lot about Rev. John Rankin. Seems he kept moving away from the problem of slaver until the Lord made him stop. At least that's how it seems to me. From Tennessee to Kentucky and finally making their home in Ripley, Ohio, Rev. Rankin finally set up his home as a lighthouse of sorts, a shelter from slave catchers and the first stop for slaves on their way to freedom in Canada. He'd move his family from one slave state to another until finally he could run no longer. Now in Ohio, a free state bordering Kansas, Rev. Rankin took up what he considered a divine calling; be a beacon of light to them who seek freedom from slavery. He had to stop running. He had to take his stand.

Each of us deal with the political situations differently, but in the end we find we can run no longer away from the evils of society. We must make a stand for Jesus. If we do not, then many people will be lost. We may be part of a victorious army, but if we don't make a stand as victorious warriors, others will suffer. Jesus made His stand for us at Calvary, where He shed His blood for us, that we might find our way to Him, and in Him eternal life, love, hope, joy and peace. He leaves this task up to us, that we might be the light of the world, shedding abroad His light wherever we go, taking a stand in Him against the evils that surround us so that others may find their way to Him, and in Him, safety and freedom at last. Or we can hide our light and let those in darkness stumble around until they come to an ultimate and eternal death. What are you doing? Have you finally found, like Rev. Rankin, you can no longer keep running, but must take your stand against evil, or are you still running and hiding? The thing about running and hiding is you really have to question your freedom. Free people don't need to run and hide. Free people stand firm on the land that is theirs. Free people will die to defend what is theirs. Free people do not lose their freedom in such situations, but find the full expression of freedom in those times. We are willing to die because Someone first died for us.


Be sure to check out Stephanie's site here.









You can purchase LIGHT ACROSS THE RIVER AT:

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Tuesday, July 07, 2009

CFRB Tours Stephanie Reed


Tuesday. The other key character in THE LIGHT ACROSS THE RIVER is Eliza. Eliza is a slave with a husband, daughter and grand children. Although she endures great pains under slavery it is her love for her family that prompts her to seek freedom. The first to go is her husband George. She helps him across the Ohio River before Laban Biggerman can harm him further. The interesting thing is that she returns. She later flees herself, only barely making it alive, only to return again to help her children and grand children make their way safely to freedom.

Outside the fact that Eliza was a real slave that Harriet Beecher Stowe used in her book, UNCLE TOM'S CABIN, the character of Eliza is one of beauty and self-sacrifice. We see in her a kind of Christ-like quality that maybe we should all be putting into practice. The idea of putting others above yourself is central to her thinking, which is founded on love. We should be motivated by love to put others first. I think we really miss the boat when we put ourselves above our brothers and sisters in Christ, even before the unsaved around us who are in bondage to sin and don't realize it. They need the freedom that can be found only in Jesus Christ. There is no better way to exhibit this than to free one's self and then return to help others find their way to freedom.

There are plenty of people out there who do this I'm sure. One of them is a former prostitute named Annie Lobert. She found herself wrapped up in the bondages of the sex industry in Las Vegas. When Christ pierced her heart and she fell in love with the One who died for her, she went BACK to the streets of Las Vegas to help other women who were like her. She founded the ministry "Hookers for Jesus", which may sound a bit crude, but then you have to remember who she was reaching out to. Just as Eliza returned to Kentucky to help her family to freedom, Annie returned to the streets with the message of the Gospel of Freedom in Christ Jesus. As I've said, she isn't the only one, but she is one who sticks out in my mind because it takes a lot to walk back into the same place that pulled you down in order to, by the power of God, pull people out. If you are a Christian this is what you are called to do. You aren't called to sit on the sidelines and wait until Jesus returns. Even Johnny Rankin knew that. Do you?


Be sure to check out Stephanie's site here.









You can purchase LIGHT ACROSS THE RIVER AT:

Christian Books

Amazon

Target

And Yahoo.


Check out these other member blogs this week for more info.


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