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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

Thursday, February 11, 2010

FORGIVING SEAN, by Jessica Adriel

Thursday - Okay, so far we've covered Marissa, Sean and Hawke, they are the key characters in the book, but another character comes to mind. It's almost easy to overlook his importance because he's been looked over for most of his life. That would be Phillip Moffit, Sean's little brother. Phillip never did get the recognition that Sean did. He wasn't in the same circles, didn't have the same talent at baseball or girls, and didn't get into a lot of the trouble Sean did which got Sean a lot of the attention. To say he was perfect would be ridiculous. He liked to joke around, and I think when his big brother was getting all the attention for being a good ball player and ladies' man he kind of felt proud. It just wasn't him. He liked to be a bit more laid back, at least in the public eye. Sean knew that Phillip could tease with the best of them, especially since he was usually the brunt of that teasing, but publicly Phillip just wanted to blend in.

This reminds me of some other brothers I've read about. Simon Peter was boisterous, had a habit of putting his foot in his mouth on more than one occasion. His heart may have been in the right place, but he didn't take the time to step back and think about what he was saying. Well, he had a brother named Andrew. We don't know much about Andrew because Andrew preferred to hang in the background. He was there when Jesus wanted to use him, but he never pushed. He contented himself to listen rather than speak out all the time. These two brothers remind me of Sean and Phillip. So do Peter and Andrew's friends, James and John, also brothers. Both were fairly in the middle of things, but while James would be right behind Peter in getting noticed, John would hang back a bit. This is why I want to talk about it Phillip. I believe God honors those who take a step back, who are willing to listen before taking action. I believe it shows us that Phillip was able to see more than Sean, because he didn't get wrapped up in Sean's world.

Phillip allowed himself to live a life so he could be more aware of those around him, and ultimately aware of a God who cared for him more than he could ever imagine. He allowed others to mean more to him than himself. His brother, Sean was so full of himself that he had to be brought down before he could hear God trying to tell him He loved him. People like that always end up hurting other people. People like Phillip tend to promote healing, and in Forgiving Sean, Phillip plays a key role at healing the pain in the lives of Marissa, Hawke and ultimately Sean. Me, I'd rather be a Phillip than a Sean. I'd rather go unnoticed by the world and yet noticed and loved by God, like Phillip.

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cathikin said...

What a cool comparison! I never thought about that. And Philip really has an important role in the whole story, besides being a pretty good role model. One who is easily overlooked.

David said...

Thanks Cathi. It just follows the Biblical principle of those who are honored by people already have their reward, but those who honor God, He honors them both in Heaven and on earth. Little do we know about many of the great ones in God's kingdom, but God knows who they are.

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