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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

Saturday, May 08, 2010

RABBIT: CHASING BETH RIDER, by Ellen C. Maze


Saturday, May 8th - Black, white and shades of gray. In RABBIT: CHASING BETH RIDER we come in contact with what I call "black, white and shades of gray". In other words, there are those who are opposed to God, in action, in word, they are "black". You will notice that no good resides in them. Then there is "white" certain people whose lives had blackness in them, but because of God's mercy and the sacrifice of Jesus they are white. They have been made pure by the blood of the Lamb of God. Because of this they are strong, even in the face of death. Then there are a lot of people who fall into the "shads of gray" Shades of gray is an illusion that too many in our society have accepted as truth. You hear them saying things like, "I think I'm good enough" or "God isn't going to destroy anyone. I mean when He judges us He is love and love is, among other things, forgiving. These characters travel around Beth like satellites or travel through her constellation hoping to gain some direction. Yet they are darkness, they are evil. That's notjust the vampires, but the humans who offer themselves up to vampires.

In our society we have the same thing going on. There are those who stridently oppose the good things and people of God, while at the other end you have those who have placed their trust and hope in God. Through the blood of Jesus He has made us white as snow. We aren't worthy in and of ourselves, nor could we ever be, but God became man so that all the requirements of the Law could be me in that one Man and though His sacrifice we find perfect love, joy peace and a true relationship with God. Between these two groups lay a large crowd that thinks making a decision one way or the other about God as too extreme. They walk the razor-wire fence never committing ot one side or the other. Yet God's word tells us that they are really "black" Anyone who walks through life outside the mercy of Jesus Christ walks in darkness. There is no gray about it. It's black. And this is the great deceit of Satan, to have us believe that other ways are just as good. The answer is that only Jess makes us righteous. without Him we too would be one of the dark ones.





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Friday, May 07, 2010

RABBIT: CHASING BETH RIDER, by Ellen C. Maze


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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Thursday, May 06, 2010

RABBIT: CHASING BETH RIDER, by Ellen C. Maze


Thursday, May 6th - The Immortals.
The Rakum roam about seemingly unencumbered around the world. They feast on whomever they choose, although they take pride in their "Cows" making that choice. Yet when seduced into something that is beyond understanding, with a little deceit thrown it, you can hardly say people were truly giving of themselves of their own free will, at least not at first. What then is the hitch, the great thing that seduces people? Immortality, power, never-fading beauty. The first two have a great draw on men especially, and we see this in RABBIT: CHASING BETH RIDER. Ironically, while all three have a greater seductive power, especially the never-ending beauty part, among females, the Rakum are made up totally of males. Do I sense some duplicity here? Is Satan an equal opportunity employer except when it comes to doling out his powers to others? Or is it just possible that these demons better relate to the male form than the female. There's no real prejudice, for there is no real male or female. The point is, throughout this story we see people who have been deceived to the point where they can't wait to roll up their sleeves and have their "master" drink from their blood. Does anyone else find this as sick as I do, as Beth Rider does?

We think we are such a great society. We've made all kinds of technical advances, but we still want 3 things; immortality, power and unending beauty. At 57 I have to admit that the immortality part, the eternally young part, interests me. There are many things that I can no longer do, and some that are becoming increasingly difficult. Yet I have immortality the surpasses the claims of the Rakum. I have a power that cannot be measured. As far as unending beauty is concerned, I am the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus. Can there be anything more beautiful than that. You see the Rakum really aren't immortal, just as vampires really aren't immortal (if they were they wouldn't fear the light. Ever think about that one?) They will die one day and have to face the Great Judge, our Heavenly Father. And power? Theirs is an illusion of power. The only power they really have is what we give them, that's it. Even the least among the Household of God has more power than the greatest of the demons of Hell. Being able to choose seems to be a power they have long ago lost. Being able to enjoy beauty just because it is something God made is a power they do not possess. There are gifts of the Holy Spirit which the devil tries to mimic, but would he try to do so if God weren't giving the real thing to His children?

You see, the children of God have it all. This reminds me of Satan tempting Jesus in the wilderness. At one point he takes the Lord to the top of the Temple and shows Him all the kingdoms of the world and says, "I will give all of this to You, if You will fall down and worship me." The absurdity of that claim. Not only was Satan tempting God, which is what Jesus cautioned him against, but those kingdoms initially belonged to God and God, who is jealous, took them all back, or is working through His people to take them back. How can Satan give God what already belongs to Him? So you see my friends, while Satan may create a fine looking package, usually the box is empty, or worse, filled with traps and devices to snare us and torture us day and night. His joy is to ruin us in the sight of God. Our joy is to walk in God's ways and to serve Him. When God hands us a gift, it is always the real thing. Do you want to be immortal? Do you want to have real power? Would you like to remain eternally young? Well, the first two I can assure you that if you follow the Lord and accept Jesus as your Savior, they are yours. The last one, I don't know what we will be like in eternity, young or old. I do know this, that now we see Him as though through a dirty mirror, but one day we shall see Him face to face. Yes, one day we shall see our Lord even as He is in all His glorious splendor, and we shall be like Him. "Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is." (1st John 3:2)





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Wednesday, May 05, 2010

RABBIT: CHASING BETH RIDER, by Ellen C. Maze


Wednesday, May 5th - Yes the Light Kills
As with all vampire novels the vampires in this story fear the sunlight. Even harsh commercial lighting hurts their inhuman eyes. In one way that enables the innocent to move about during the daylight hours, but in most ways it simply traps them into a life hidden in the darkness of lies, deceit, lust, power and all other things covered by the blackness of night. And light does kill them. In one place in the story stretching a paralyzed member of the Rakum before an open window before sunrise is supposed to kill them after they were beaten terribly. The question is, is death something to fear? There are all kinds of fears and for many of us death is one of the greatest fears we have, or sometimes we mistakenly think of death as the one escape from pain and suffering. One thing you can be sure of is that coming into the Light will kill.

We've talked about how we were marked by sin, and how Jesus took upon Him our sins that we would no longer have to run. We no longer had to play the role of the "Rabbit". Still, it is true that Light does kill. Jesus said, "I am the Light of the world" and later makes this remarkable statement, "Unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies it cannot bear fruit." When we step into His light we die, but God doesn't leave us like that. Instead He raises up a "new creation". Consider this then, those who do not come into the light, His Light, not only do not bear fruit, but will remain in a perpetual, unending state of death and separation from their Creator. So our hope, our joy, is actually in the death of our carnal nature, our fleshly desires, our earthly passions, for in that moment we are united with Christ and seated with Him on His throne at the right hand of the Father. Have you come into the Light and died so that you might be made new? Have you surrendered everything you have to Truth so that all falsehood would be stripped away from you and you might be a pleasing son or daughter for the Most High God? If not, now is a good time to do that. You who are among the living dead in society, come into the Light of God and truly die that you may truly live, even as He lives.





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Tuesday, May 04, 2010

RABBIT: CHASING BETH RIDER, by Ellen C. Maze


Tuesday, May 4th -The Roll of the Rabbit
Yesterday I talked about how the Rakum marked Beth Rider and made her a "Rabbit", prey to be stalked by the rest of the Rakum. Now as a rabbit there is an expected roll they must play. Anyone who has seen a rabbit in the wild, or even just in your yard, knows that as soon as it senses danger or even just your presence it runs. That is essentially the roll of the rabbit. Here also the Rabbit's role is to run, to give the Rakum a bit of fun before they ultimately kill it. Of course we aren't talking about real rabbits, but humans who have been marked as "Rabbits". We humans can be so predictable in so many ways, and yet, just when you think you have us all figured out, we become most unpredictable. We are not made to be quarry for a hunter, although many fall into this trap. Ellen Maze examines what might possibly be an alternate scenario. She asks, "What if the Rabbit doesn't run?" Beth Rider has plenty of reasons to run. She has plenty of reasons to fear being hunted. And yet she really doesn't run. Why not?

As I stated yesterday we have all been marked by sin, made Rabbits for the demons to play with, to torture. We have plenty of reasons to fear, to run, to fall into a pit of despair. So why don't Christians run? What is it that keeps fear at arms length and holds back despair? When we are in Christ we realize that torture and persecution are part of the package, and yet victory is at the end of that road. In the flesh we have plenty of reasons to fear, plenty of reasons to run, but if we are walking in love then "love casts out all fear". Even during times of intense tribulation and persecution we can experience a kind of peace that the world neither has nor can understand. This is why we don't run. If we do any running it is towards the enemy, armed with the "whole armor of God", and even then only at God's command. Following God's will for our lives will not pull us out of hard times, but He will bear the burden, or most of it, if we will only let Him.

On September 11th, 2001 America was hit with the most devastating terrorist attack in human history, certainly the greatest attack on U.S. citizens right on our own land. Much can be said about this, but what I want you to focus on is what weapons we had at our disposal to respond to this attack. We sent out the military and they went to various countries rooting out the Taliban that was responsible for this attack. Yet we have not, as a nation, used our greatest weapon. We have not "loved our neighbor as ourselves". I'm certain that many of you by now think I'm delusional, but let me explain. The success of a terrorist attack is measured by how much terror they strike at our hearts. So, while sending the military out was probably a good idea, it was just a band-aid on a festering sore. Can you imagine what would have happened if the American people from the President down to the folks living on the street said, "I'm sorry for you. Yes, you've hurt me, but I love you all the same." One voice filled with the love of God echoing across continents against a people who were filled with hate. Who do you think would then be terrified? If we cling to the love of God and love our enemies, what can our enemies do? Nothing. In the end they are either changed and become our brothers and sisters in Christ or they are terrified until their end comes. We should have used love. We still should use love. Jesus did not win the war against Satan by any perceivable strength or might, but by His unending love for us, by offering Himself up to die for us. In the end who was frightened? Who remains frightened? Remember that my fellow Rabbits. Our hunters are scared of us because the love of Jesus Christ dwells in us.





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