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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

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Amazon
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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

Friday, March 12, 2010

ONE SMOOTH STONE, by Marcia Lee Laycock


Friday - In Psalm 68:5 we read, "A father of the fatherless, and a judge of the widows, is God in his holy habitation." ONE SMOOTH STONE is also a story about how people are in need of good fathers, and how God often steps in and fulfills that need when no father is present. Alex Donnelly isn't the only one in this book who grew up without a proper father. We learn that Kenni Adams had a similar upbringing. One could argue that God held off too long in stepping in, but is that really true? Isn't it possible that people assaulted their self-esteem to the point where they started making poor choices? God was there all the time, but they just didn't know it. It took a long time and many heartaches before any of those in the story finally came to the end of themselves and needed to look someplace outside of themselves for some kind of hope, any kind of hope. God was there, and He was there as their father, but there was something that blocked the relationship between father and child. That something was sin. Until that was taken care of there wasn't a lot that God could do, but when that relationship was reestablished then God stepped in and made some changes. He loved them through His children and showed them what a father is really supposed to be like.

I know this is a bit sensitive, but you have to admit, this is a topic in the book that is sensitive by nature. The world is full of hurting people, and many of them don't have a single good word to say about their fathers. God wants so bad to show them His love, to relate to them as their Heavenly Father, but their idea of a father has been so marred by sinful men they can't relate. I mean, really, if you'd been abused by your father could you possibly accept the idea of God as your Heavenly Father? So God has to hold back a bit. He needs to let them find their own way through all the garbage that this sinful world throws at them. Yet even then He is in control. He moves people into their lives that help them understand love, that help them understand to love themselves. God protects them as well. That's where it seems to get sticky. If God is protecting them how can you possibly say that He would allow them to be abused? How is that protecting them? Fair question, but I'm not talking about protecting them from physical things, but from spiritual things. God protects us by moving us in His direction so we won't spend an eternity without Him. This is the one thing God is not perfectly successful at, and that is not His fault. The blame must be placed squarely on the shoulders of those who make those decisions. People, not God, choose to lie, to cheat, to fight, to kill, to abuse. God works around those choices to try to get us to begin making proper choices, but ultimately the choice is ours.

The problem with looking at God's promises is that we tend to look only at the ones that feel good. We forget that God promises some pretty nasty stuff for those who do not accept Him. We all know that those who do not accept Jesus as their Savior have no way into Heaven. You see God is love, as it states in 1st John 4:8, but God is also just, something we tend to forget, and He doesn't change, another thing that we don't contemplate as often as we should. In Deuteronomy 30:19 God says to the children of Israel, "I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live." Read those words carefully. They are the words of a Father who is always faithful, One who always keeps His promises. He tells them that they must make a choice, a choice between life and death. It's not something He can or will do for them. This is a choice they must make themselves. He goes on to tell them what choice to make, "Choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live." Yes, God is a father to the fatherless, if and when we will only allow Him.

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