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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

Tuesday, February 09, 2010

FORGIVING SEAN, by Jessica Adriel

Tuesday - Yesterday I mentioned the 3 major characters and then expounded upon Marissa. In doing so I likened Sean Moffit to the devil, and that wasn't really fair of me. So today we are going to take a closer look at Sean and try to correct that.

Sean, like all of us, largely mirrors what he sees at home and what he finds is socially acceptable in school. When we do this we run the risk of creating terrible problems for ourselves and those around us. With the hormones pumping fast and certain desires rising in us faster than we can really deal with, our only strength can come from good solid teaching, good solid examples and the Word of God. Sean had none of these. He was sports-minded, much like his father. Women to him marked levels of conquest. Then Marissa came into the picture. Well, actually he knew her his entire life, but as she grew older she began to blossom. At first he saw her as someone he could take as something more than just a one night stand, but he did see a definite end. Once they started seeing each other he saw more than he expected. As Marissa opened up to him he began to see who she really was, more than just the flesh and bones he had thought previously. It was this person, this young woman that was hidden from him previously, that he fell in love with. Of course the term "fell in love" could only be defined within his own limited idea of love. He was taken with her, so much so that he held off physical contact for quite a while, but then when that door was opened it was as if he was sucked into a desire he had no power over. To him this was what love was. As he is returning to New Jersey, his whole being is at war with itself. Part of him wants to set her free from him, the other wants desperately to regain her heart.

In this context we see the struggles of a young man, whose understanding of love is severely limited, trying to make correct choices. Yet he has no reference for making those choices. You will find more about him in the book. Needless to say Marissa has her own problems understanding love, but she has no problem understanding pain and abandonment. While Sean never was the devil, his actions may just as well have been. He took advantage of a weakened girl for his own pleasure. When his pleasure was actually to be with her it was too late. The devil had turned against his pawn in this struggle, and that is often the case.

What we learn from Sean is that when the world is looking for the truth they really don't know what to look for. Often they will make up their own rules to fit whatever preconceived notions they may have. They will rush on ahead and, even when trying to be noble, end up hurting the very object of their affection. We can find that in the Bible. Judas Iscariot was chosen by Jesus to be one of the Twelve, yet his affections were for the re-establishment of Israel, not for the Truth. He had a skewed view of things. Even his betrayal was done so that Jesus would possibly be forced to accept kingship over Israel and abolish the bonds or Rome. He just didn't understand, nor was he willing to understand. When it finally dawned on him, Judas found it was too late. Trying to undo what he had done Judas went back to the Temple and tried to give the money back and get Jesus out of trouble, but it was too late. Even though the money was thrown on the floor, Judas realized that he had sentenced the one he loved to death. Because he hadn't been listening with an open heart from the Lord he went and hung himself. Am I the only one that sees the similarities between Judas and Sean? Both loved a certain person. Both did things that caused that person severe pain (in the case of Jesus even death). Both tried to turn back the clock and undo the wrongs they did. Both ended up realizing they had lost their hold on the one they loved.

Do not be led astray. Do not think you know better. Do not press on without consulting the Lord on anything, or you may end up doing more harm than good. You may actually be cut off from the one you love. The ways of Sean are like the little foxes in our congregations. They get in and are spoiling the fruit on the True Vine, which is Jesus Christ. When they come to realize that is what they are doing it may be too late for them. In the meantime, realize that God has everything under control. Turning to Him, not to yourself, is the one sure way of protecting yourself against a fate like Sean's, or more importantly, like Judas'.

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There is more information about Forgiving Sean, by Jessica Adriel, but you know what? I'm going to let you search for it. I will, however, give you the following links to where other reviews can be found. What I am not going to give you are the accompanying dates when they will post their reviews. In fact some may actually post on the same day, while other days nothing new will be posted. So it's like a scavenger hunt. I hope you enjoy this. Please leave your "mark" on the different blogs you visit. God speed.

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