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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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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

Wednesday, September 08, 2010

SOMEONE TO BLAME, by C. S. Lakin




Wednesday, 8th
Okay, so we have the Moore family trying to run from their pain and digging their pit deeper and deeper. So why not throw into the mix a drifter with a hard past that he keeps hidden? Billy Thurber is a young man, short, but built like a logger. He has a kind of dark, handsome quality that Casey, the 14 year old daughter, finds not merely attractive, but magnetic. She seeks him out the same way a compass needle seeks out magnetic North. Matt sees his little girl growing up, and although he finds Billy to be a good worker, some of the words out of the kid's mouth when he sees his daughter tick him off. So, like many fathers, Matt draws a line in the sand. And like most daughters it becomes a challenge more than a boundary.

The introduction of this troubled youth into the story first pits father against daughter and daughter against father. Later on we see that Matt's apprehension is more than just some fearfulness about some lewd guy taking advantage of his daughter. The kid reminds him of Daniel, and that causes him more pain. He can't go through that again, and he can't put his daughter through that again. Irene also sees some similarities between Billy and their son, but as she did in the past, she sides with Billy, at least in part. This causes a serious rift in an already turbulent mix. Meanwhile Casey doesn't want her parents to associate Billy with Daniel, but to accept him for who he is. Maybe this time they'll get it right...maybe.

When I was growing up I used to say, "Things gotta get worse before they get better." I don't know if I was speaking trouble into my life or not, but it always seems that we won't let God work in us until we are brought low. Like Job, sometimes God has to take everything away from us so He can bless us. I know that sounds a bit harsh, but we have to remember that God is God, not you or me. Could God step in and force that loved one to quit an addiction, or come to the Lord? Could He have healed, even raised a loved one from the dead? Sure He could, but the question is not in His ability to do so, but in what God's purpose is. Often it is simply to strengthen His children who are weak so that they might share His love with the rest of the world. If that means taking something away from us, even a loved one, He is going to do it, and He alone has the right. Yet there are plenty of times that death, even sickness isn't God's doing at all. As you read this novel you'll see some of these things. God's plans for us are good (Jer. 29:11), but we follow our own evil minds, and every time we do that something called "life happens". You cannot stop a drunk from hitting someone if they decide to drive. You cannot blame God for the attack of a murderer or terrorists for that matter. I suppose the only thing we can do in these moments is to remember that "... we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places." (Eph. 6:12) Our enemy isn't that rude neighbor, that serial killer, even that terrorist, but the spirits that drive them. Our enemy isn't sickness and disease, but the spirit of fear that comes with it, if we let it. Our enemy isn't even death, if we have Jesus as Lord, for our place, our home is with Him. We are just passing through here. And as we are passing through, it is these spirits rebelling against God, and especially His children, that rise up against us. When that happens, life happens. There is pain, abuse, assault, murder, sickness and death. Yet in all of these we are more than conquerors through the blood of Jesus who conquered Death, Hell and the Grave, took on Himself our sin, our guilt, our judgment, so that we might be declared as righteous before the Heavenly Father. That is our peace.

You can read more by visiting:
Someone To Blame

And don't forget to visit her personal site:
C. S. Lakin

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1 comment:

Megan said...

my post with review is here.

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