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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

Wednesday, November 10, 2010


A computer named Jay. That is Jay zed three four nine seven stroke see bee five dash zero four. It's understandable why Brett prefers to call him Jay instead of the whole model number. Jay is programmed with the latest in artificial intelligence software and is able to adapt, learn and imitate the way a human brain thinks, at least in some ways. Probably the most important thing about Jay is that he is Brett's sole companion on his voyage through the stars. As such there are times when they argue, times when they agree, times when Brett finds himself trying to teach Jay about emotions and so forth. All of this makes Jay more and more "human" for Brett as the trip progresses. I think Jay is an excellent character in the story, much the same in some ways as that soccer ball was in the movie Cast Away. There wasn't much the soccer ball could do, but the primary character turned the ball into someone he could talk to, and this kept him from going crazy. In the same way, while Jay is clearly more communicative, he is a machine and, for Brett, helps to keep him from going crazy. Once Jay learns emotions, however, this develops much deeper than a relationship between a machine and a man.

I suppose the point of this review is to show our necessity to have a relationship, whether it's with a soccer ball or a computer or other people, just to survive. We aren't built to live solitary existences, but to share our joys, fears, anxieties, frustrations, triumphs and everything else with someone else. Life gets pretty miserable, even if all around us seems to be going great, if we have no one to share this with. The reason for this is that God has created us like Him. If it can be said that God needs anything it would be the need to share Himself with others, to share the joys and wonder that He is with another. So being like God we have the need to share ourselves with others. The problem is that we often do so with others, on a limited basis because since we cannot trust ourselves we find it hard to trust others. This is fine up to a point. What we really need is to share ourselves with the God who created us. Just as He wishes to share all that He is with us, He awaits for us to share all that we are with Him. That may sound a little silly, but consider the parable of the Prodigal Son. The father didn't really need his son to return, but there was this gaping hole that drove the father to go out and look for his son's return each day, and when he saw him coming, he ran to meet him. There was no thought to his leaving, only that he had returned. This is the perfect, or near perfect image of our Heavenly Father. He waits for us to return to Him, to share Himself with us, to let us unburden ourselves to Him. In short, He longs to be our Father in every sense of that word. You see, relationship is so fundamental to true Christianity that His Spirit groans over this fact. There are a lot of people who call themselves religious, even Christian, but have never begun a relationship with God. There are plenty more who, although true Christians, waft in and out of fellowship with our Lord. We wonder where all this bad stuff comes from, when the truth of the matter is we wandered into it when we wandered out of fellowship with our Father. So we need to establish and maintain our relationship with our Creator. We need to love Him, praise Him, tell Him about our trials and problems. His is our Father, and by the blood of Jesus we have the power to come right into His presence. Now that is just awesome. This isn't religion. This is being able to know and comprehend God a little at a time as we spend time with Him. It's having a relationship with the greatest being there ever was or ever will be, and He offers us this gift. Perhaps that is why the words, "Follow Me," by our Lord cause a number of people to get up and leave their professions and follow Him. We need Him more than He needs us, and He built that need into us so that we would come to Him. Oh how He loves it when we do.

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By law I have to tell you that I received this book for free in order to write a review of this book. The review, is therefore, in their opinion, payment for the book. I have received this book for the express purpose of writing a review. This is true. However I would not have requested it were it not a quality work. My payment is to Mr. Baines as a tribute to the quality and message of this work. It is only right that I should do so.

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