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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, December 10, 2010

War of Attrition, by Frank Creed

Going back to the word "attrition", because this means more to me than I could possibly explain. One of the definitions of attrition is the repeated attacks done in order to wear one down. I'm going to be a little specific, or as a friend of mine would probably put it, "vaguely specific". As you read through War of Attrition you realize there is a lot going on. The BoC has a lot to deal with, and CK feels like it has all been dumped on his shoulders. Yet if you look at how many types of ways he, and the BoC are attacked it becomes evident that attrition and ultimate destruction is the goal here. One of the types of attacks, as far as Calamity Kid is concerned, although you will see this in the other characters as well, is things thrown into their life to divide them from one another. As a Muscle Cell of the Body of Christ (BoC) each member depends upon the other. When they cease to do so then that cell looses it's power, and that is exactly what begins to happen in War of Attrition.

We should be aware that Satan has more kinds of attacks than we could possibly count, and we need to be ready for them. One of his chiefest types of attacks is to cause division. This he does in a number of ways. He tries to accomplish this by putting so much in your life that your attention is so divided in itself that you become a divisive force within your local Body of Christ. He attempts to bring things into your life that can lead to depression. Now depression is interesting in that a person who is depressed typically will begin to draw away from others, then complain about being alone, which further plunges them into loneliness and depression. It feeds on itself, and if left unchecked can be deadly. Christians are not immune to thoughts of depression, but we don't have to be depressed. We can turn those thoughts over to the Lord and begin praising God for the things we have to be thankful for. When we do this we begin to reunite with both God and other believers and depression can't get a grip on us. A third way He attempts to cause division is to use our personalities and situations against us. Something will go wrong and we might think the best course of action is "such and such", but someone else argues that doing so would be foolish. Sound like CK and Heartbreaker? Sound like your life or your church? What are we to do when these attacks come? First, realize that this is exactly what they are, and that the Bible says there is wisdom in many counselors. Sometimes we need to shut up and listen. Sometimes we can modify our course of action based on what others say if we give them the chance, the right to say them, even if we might disagree. We are, after all, to walk in Love. That is the second point. If we walk in love then we will put others ahead of ourselves and fight for unity, not our own will. What do you see happening in War of Attrition? What do you see happening in your life? Jesus said, "By this shall all men know you are my disciples, that you love one another." Thirdly, let your life be a life in God's presence. Our Heavenly Father longs to spend time with us, but can only do so as long as we give Him that time. When we pray that is part of it, but so often we pray at God instead of to Him. And prayer isn't all there is. You have to have a way to hear God speaking back to you, otherwise you are having a monologue with God, not a dialog. I think many of us have been guilty of this. Yet remember what Jesus said, "Man does not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God." Scripture is God speaking to us, if we will allow our spirit and His Spirit to work together in prayer as you study His Word, then He will speak directly to your heart. It may not be for anyone else, but it will be for you. When you do these three things you help create unity. Fourthly, repent. If you have wronged God in any way, make it right by asking forgiveness and turning your life around so you don't wrong Him again. Then think of others you have wronged and, if you can without causing further harm, ask them to forgive you. If you cannot ask them for forgiveness, then give them your forgiveness in your heart. There is nothing like forgiveness to help unify us. We must be unified, for we need one another. There isn't a single Christian that can live this Christian life the way we are supposed to. All of us have stumbled and fallen so many times we have bruises all over, but God is faithful to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. When you see a brother stumble, instead of beating up on him, remember how often you have stumbled and offer your hand to help him up. That is what it truly means to walk in love. As long as we do this we will continually keep building each other up and division will not occur.

Be sure to visit Frank Creed at his blog. He's a really interesting and complex guy. You can find him HERE.

Or visit THE UNDERGROUND (but I don't think it's been kept up as good as his blog)

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This is where I'm supposed to tell you that I'm doing this review in exchange for a free copy of his book. Well, if that were the case it wouldn't make his book any less compelling. The fact is I'm trying to do these reviews from an e-copy of his book because I haven't received his in the mail yet. I don't review garbage. If I have to I'll send the book back. In this case I'm doing the review with nothing but a e-file of the book. So you be the judge. Am I really doing this to get a free book? Or perhaps am I doing this because I want others to learn about the grace and love of Jesus Christ?


Frank Creed said...

The body of Christ needs unity to work as a whole.

David said...

Amen. God has been speaking to me about this for years, but recently He's really pressing the matter. (Guess I'm not doing my part)

Go with God,

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