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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, October 05, 2010


In one case God's Word did not bring peace, but increased emotions, but that was to set off the emo-chips of both Mario and Caitlyn. This is where they start out on their quest, and was only made possible by Mario and Caitlyn putting their trust in this Voice. As they followed the voice they eventually found themselves flying about in space. Grace uses this initial situation to show us some of the humorous side of life. Her descriptions are awesome.

In the Bible God tells us that the ways of a righteous man are ordered of the Lord. We may not always understand why God is putting us into a certain situation, but we can always trust Him to be faithful. In the end God will do mighty things, both ministering to people and glorifying Him. This is one thing I think we all need to remember. In all things God must be glorified. He is the potter and we are the clay. His is God, we are His creation. If He chooses to do something in our life and we are faithful, then He will show us how He is glorified. It isn't about what we get, but about what we can do for the Lord. This was the second thing I noticed.

When you are going through some trial or tribulation, go to God and make sure you aren't the reason you are in that situation, because sin will lead us into hard places. Then, after making things right with God, learn to be obedient. Learn to trust God, even if the way is hard. The psalmist wrote, "Yea, tho I walk through the Valley of the Shadow of Death, I will fear no evil. Thy rod and Thy staff, they comfort me." We must also learn to praise God in times of darkness, accepting His correction with humility and thanksgiving, for God disciplines all those He loves.

Just the other night I was at a Men's Fellowship meeting and the pastor spoke on the difference between expectancy and expectation. Expectancy leaves room for possibilities, because it isn't grounded in our control or will, but truth. Expectations are, and as such leave us filled with a lot of disappointment. In my notes I wrote something to the affect, "Discouragement is often an ingredient used to achieve God's possibilities." Isn't that beautiful? Now look at Mario and Caitlyn. Not all of their journey is easy. They are changing in many ways and on several plains. Often they are met with discouragement, but the Voice calls to them and tells them to carry on. God's possibilities can only be realized through obedience, and what did the Voice first say to Mario? "Listen to me..." May we begin to listen to God, accept the trials that come into our lives so God can magnify Himself. Then we will see what is possible with God, not just what is possible with man.

Grace is the owner and editor of Splashdown Books. She's a Kiwi of Irish descent living in beautiful New Zealand, and a chocaholic cat-lovin' Trekkie, Jesus freak, web designer, and all-round DIY gal who also takes care of the Lost Genre Guild Blog. Visit Grace's Blog for links to all her interests.

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