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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

Friday, May 07, 2010


May 7th, Friday - True Power
As you read this book I want you to take a look at Beth Rider real close. The only real "witnessing" that she does (in the religious sense of the word) is to put out these vampire novels for Christ. When she meets Mike Stone, she doesn't engage him in spiritual debate, nor David. In fact all she does is let them know she cares. Her love and her peace become assets that totally boggle the minds of her adversaries.

I grew up in the church and I know how you can feel pressed to "go out and witness", but you know, when people are pushing you to do it, well it just doesn't seem to come out natural and most of the time we make mistakes and hurt the very ones we are trying to reach. So let's take that word and look at it differently. What if we were to view the terms "witness" and "testimony" as legal words, not some kind of religious exercise, what would they mean? Well a witness isn't supposed to say anything until they are called upon to give their testimony, there's that other word. This word means to give an honest account of what happened to them or what they have seen. Suppose you were standing on the sidewalk and saw a car accident. You could be called into court to give your testimony. Notice how you are not to give that testimony to just anyone, nor at any time, but when called upon and in a court of law. Now let's go back to a spiritual context. Don't you think God is saying the same thing to us? We aren't to speak until He gives us something to say, until we are called to give our testimony of what He has done in our lives. We are not to just go out there because we feel like we should, or out of some form of guilt, and especially without prayer.

Am I saying don't witness? Not on your life. If you truly love Jesus then you will be spending time with Him, both in prayer and the study of His Word. His love will become part of your character, as will his peace, just like Beth Rider (or Paul, Silas, Barnabas, Peter, Stephen, Phillip, and so on). Our love for others will be on fire with the fire of God's love, and people will begin to not only notice, but be drawn to us. They will ask questions and then the Holy Spirit (who has prompted these questions and now called you to the witness stand) will fill your mouth with the words you are to speak, His Words, and His Word will not return to Him empty. When you get to the end of this book read over this post again and see how powerful a Christian can be when they speak only when moved by God, saying only what God wants them to say, walking in His love, and taking up the authority that is ours through Jesus Christ.

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ellenmaze said...

Wow. This is exactly what I had in mind for Beth Rider. You have really seen into my intentions. Thank you for your review but even more for your ministry to me and others through your posts here.

May we all SHOW our faith... May the world know us by our fruit!

Ellen C Maze

David said...

Thank you Ellen. I almost felt like I was going out on a limb here, but when I sat down to write a review for this day it occurred to me that Beth hadn't really "witnessed" in the traditional sense, and at the same time was instrumental in taking down the entire Rakum by the power of the working of the Holy Spirit within her. Her one major attribute was love, as should be ours.

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