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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, March 09, 2010

ONE SMOOTH STONE, by Marcia Lee Laycock


Tuesday - One of the lies that Marcia uncovers in this book is "You are the only one going through this." Alex Donnelly is on the run, from his past, the police, himself, even God. He becomes bitter and angry with almost everyone he comes in contact with (and some he doesn't). This leaves him feeling all alone, and although it's a lifestyle he has chosen his past keeps rising up to torment him. When he thinks of that past he thinks he is the only one that has gone through this, the only one who can understand the indescribable pain he went through. We find that isn't the case.

Have you ever been in a hard place and felt like no one else understood your hardship, no one else could relate, no one else had been where you are when you are in those places? This happens frequently. It used to happen to me and then I started using the Word of God, in my own way, to shatter this lie before it shattered me. In 1st Kings 19 we have a very interesting story, and it is about the prophet Elijah. In verse 4 of the chapter we read, "But he himself went a day's journey into the wilderness, and came and sat down under a juniper tree: and he requested for himself that he might die; and said, It is enough; now, O LORD, take away my life; for I am not better than my fathers. " If you read this in context you will realize that Elijah has just bested the prophets of Baal, torn down their altars and killed over 400 of them, but now Jezebel is after him to take his life. The verse above only shows that Elijah wants to die. It shows how depressed Elijah became. Why did he feel that depressed? We find that in verse 10, "And he said, I have been very jealous for the LORD God of hosts: for the children of Israel have forsaken thy covenant, thrown down thine altars, and slain thy prophets with the sword; and I, even I only, am left; and they seek my life, to take it away." There's the lie. Elijah had to learn the truth so later in verse 18 God tells Elijah, "Yet I have left me seven thousand in Israel, all the knees which have not bowed unto Baal, and every mouth which hath not kissed him." There it is, the lie has been revealed. Elijah wasn't the only one left, but God had 7000 that He had sanctified and set aside for Himself.

How can you apply that to yourself? How can Alex apply that to himself? It is simply this, that although we may feel like we are going through all these trials and tribulations alone, although we feel like our situation is totally unique and no one else could possibly understand what we are going though, God still has His hand on many others who have or are going through the very same thing. The thoughts that try to come into our minds to enslave us with depression are lies. Therefore we should do as the apostle Paul says in 2nd Corinthians 10:5, "Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;" We have the right, the authority, the power to take these thoughts and give them over to Christ that He might unveil them for the lies they are, and so that He might raise us up, even as He did Elijah. So if you are going through something right now, and you feel quite certain that no one else has gone through this before, then you are believing a lie. Rebuke that lie and begin to call on the name of Jesus. For even Jesus, who was God in the flesh and alone the only perfect person who ever lived, when arrested could have said "No one else understands, I am all alone." He didn't because even though He was perfect, even though He was singular in all human life, He was not alone. Two others died with Him on Calvary, he still had authority to call legions of angels to rescue Him from His trials...but Jesus chose not to. Why? Because He was going through YOUR special problem and wanted to be there to lift YOUR burden. Such is but a small peek at the magnificent love of our Lord.

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Castle Quay Books (Canada)

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