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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, May 04, 2010


Tuesday, May 4th -The Roll of the Rabbit
Yesterday I talked about how the Rakum marked Beth Rider and made her a "Rabbit", prey to be stalked by the rest of the Rakum. Now as a rabbit there is an expected roll they must play. Anyone who has seen a rabbit in the wild, or even just in your yard, knows that as soon as it senses danger or even just your presence it runs. That is essentially the roll of the rabbit. Here also the Rabbit's role is to run, to give the Rakum a bit of fun before they ultimately kill it. Of course we aren't talking about real rabbits, but humans who have been marked as "Rabbits". We humans can be so predictable in so many ways, and yet, just when you think you have us all figured out, we become most unpredictable. We are not made to be quarry for a hunter, although many fall into this trap. Ellen Maze examines what might possibly be an alternate scenario. She asks, "What if the Rabbit doesn't run?" Beth Rider has plenty of reasons to run. She has plenty of reasons to fear being hunted. And yet she really doesn't run. Why not?

As I stated yesterday we have all been marked by sin, made Rabbits for the demons to play with, to torture. We have plenty of reasons to fear, to run, to fall into a pit of despair. So why don't Christians run? What is it that keeps fear at arms length and holds back despair? When we are in Christ we realize that torture and persecution are part of the package, and yet victory is at the end of that road. In the flesh we have plenty of reasons to fear, plenty of reasons to run, but if we are walking in love then "love casts out all fear". Even during times of intense tribulation and persecution we can experience a kind of peace that the world neither has nor can understand. This is why we don't run. If we do any running it is towards the enemy, armed with the "whole armor of God", and even then only at God's command. Following God's will for our lives will not pull us out of hard times, but He will bear the burden, or most of it, if we will only let Him.

On September 11th, 2001 America was hit with the most devastating terrorist attack in human history, certainly the greatest attack on U.S. citizens right on our own land. Much can be said about this, but what I want you to focus on is what weapons we had at our disposal to respond to this attack. We sent out the military and they went to various countries rooting out the Taliban that was responsible for this attack. Yet we have not, as a nation, used our greatest weapon. We have not "loved our neighbor as ourselves". I'm certain that many of you by now think I'm delusional, but let me explain. The success of a terrorist attack is measured by how much terror they strike at our hearts. So, while sending the military out was probably a good idea, it was just a band-aid on a festering sore. Can you imagine what would have happened if the American people from the President down to the folks living on the street said, "I'm sorry for you. Yes, you've hurt me, but I love you all the same." One voice filled with the love of God echoing across continents against a people who were filled with hate. Who do you think would then be terrified? If we cling to the love of God and love our enemies, what can our enemies do? Nothing. In the end they are either changed and become our brothers and sisters in Christ or they are terrified until their end comes. We should have used love. We still should use love. Jesus did not win the war against Satan by any perceivable strength or might, but by His unending love for us, by offering Himself up to die for us. In the end who was frightened? Who remains frightened? Remember that my fellow Rabbits. Our hunters are scared of us because the love of Jesus Christ dwells in us.

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Steph said...

I'm interested in becoming part of this Christian reviewing program. Please let me know what I need to do to "get in". Thanks!

David said...

Thank you Steph. Just popped over to your blog and it seems that you have things pretty together (although you tell no one anything about yourself in your profile, but I guess that's your prerogative). CFRB would be happy to have more members, especially if they are willing to be active. It really makes no sense to have members who just sit back and watch the show, but if you want to jump in and help with reviews we'd love to have you. And if you'd like to help out even more I can find a job or too for you *S* Email me at so we can talk.

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