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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, December 11, 2010

War of Attrition, by Frank Creed


Saturday - The name of the dog that kept coming back to its own vomit is Re-Pete. Okay, doesn't have a lot to do with things, or does it. If it sounds like I keep saying the same thing over and over in these reviews it's because I don't want to give too much of the story away and, being a matter of attrition, it is by its very nature repetitive. Interesting note Frank puts up at the end of the book. Bioengineering of human clones, while illegal in the United States, seems to be alive and well just the same. Be sure to follow the link he has to read some of the interesting articles about this. Why am I mentioning that? Because one of our favorite new characters has been so genetically enhanced that they have a difficult time grasping the fact that they are still human. If you think about that for a while you'll realize how tragic that must be.

Tragic or not, it seems like someone has always been trying to monkey around with God's creation. Hitler tried to do it during WWII to create a super-race. Now, under the guise of medical research, scientists are trying to do the same thing. They want to genetically engineer a species of humankind that will be supernaturally strong and impervious to illness and disease. If that's all they wanted it might not be such a bad thing, but their premise is all wrong. If you've been following the scientific community you'll have noticed that they have tossed God out and replaced Him with "Scientific Studies", which is really just a fancy way of saying, they replaced God with themselves. So they are incapable of doing even the good things they claim, simply because they are not including God in their tidy little notebooks. Right now the oldest living human clone would be around 8 years old. How well do you think they will be able to assimilate into society? Won't they have questions about their origins? And if they are of superior intellect, then they are going to wonder what's to become of them, because they are not God's creation. Does His salvation still extend to them, or are they like the animals who have no hope?

Interestingly I have met people who have had some of the same questions, although they were not clones. They wondered if they were beyond the saving grace of the Almighty God. Most of these absolutely are sure that God cannot reach them. Where did they get such an absurd idea? Isn't our God the True and Living God? For Scripture says, "Whosoever calleth upon the name of the Lord shall be saved." The only ones beyond God's salvation are those who have hardened their hearts to the point where they would never ask for forgiveness. God knows who these are. He never created them to be like that, but He knew what they would become all the same. It must sadden Him to know that their sins where paid for by the precious blood of His One and Only Son, even Jesus the Christ, and yet they will refuse to accept this wondrous gift of mercy and grace.

As we end one book and look forward to another of Frank Creed's marvelous tales, we are left wondering about a couple of our characters. Will they realize that God loves them and receive His love, or will they harden their hearts and die in their sin? I suppose only the next book will unveil that to us. For us, however, we have the ability to become the children of God no matter what we may or may not have done. No matter how great our sins may seem to us or even to society, God's grace is greater still. To me, that is the point of this book. It isn't by fighting in the normal sense of the word, but it is by grace that this War of Attrition is defeated. Grace is like an extra shield of armor over top of the whole armor of God. So even if you never read this book, which I highly recommend, at least read God's Book and find your own mercy and grace gift from God.





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)


On sale - online at these locations:

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Check out these other member blogs this week for more info.


Legal stuff
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?

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)


On sale - online at these locations:

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Barnes & Noble

Books a Million

Check out these other member blogs this week for more info.


Legal stuff
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?

Thursday, December 09, 2010

War of Attrition, by Frank Creed


Thursday - There is a glimpse of something here that I wouldn't have seen earlier. In fact I just learned it yesterday. Back to WoA. Calamity Kid is struggling to hold himself and other things together. He's worn out, nearly at the end of his rope, so to speak. He's trying to walk in the Spirit as best as he can, but he forgot one thing. He forgot that he's on the enemy's hit parade. Oh, sure he keeps bringing it up, but he forgets, I think, that there is a difference between the Nasty Neros and "wickedness in high places". The real enemy isn't any human being, but the devils and imps that are motivating them. As such he gets blindsided. It almost brings the whole story to an end. That's how crucial this point is, and I think that is what Frank is trying to get across to us.

In real life the minute you ask Jesus to come in and be your Lord and Savior you make yourself a target for the enemy. I know I've said that before, but I'd like to approach this a little different. In Matthew 12:29 Jesus talks about binding the strong man. Now I always thought that this was our will, and if we let our will be bound anyone could come in and mess with us. Yet if you read this in context (go back to verse 24) you'll see that Jesus is talking about how He has the authority and power to bind the strong man, to enter into the enemy's domain and to plunder it. Think about that for a moment. Think hard because Jesus said that He gives us the same authority, in His name, and the power of the Holy Spirit to do the same thing.

Let's look at the dynamics of this. I used to be a Correctional Officer. There were times when I was assigned to a forced cell move. This special squad is made up of several members, the chief among them is the "point man" or strong man. He has one job and one job only, and that is to pin the inmate against the wall while the other members of the squad come in and cuff him up. Then they all remove him to another cell. This is how the demonic strong men work. They are demonic spirits that come up against us and press us into a place where we cannot get free. We are held there while the other little imps and devils run around and bind up other areas of our life. Finally we are in complete bondage. However, if we realize who we are in Christ and exercise the authority we have because He lives in us and the power given us by the Holy Spirit then we can bind the strong man. When Jesus was talking about this it was in reference to casting out demons. So he was saying He had the right, the power and authority to bind up that strong man, go into a person, and order a demon to leave. You and I have that same power and authority if we are in Jesus.

Later on we see CK learning this truth as well. Like the rest of us he practically has to hit bottom in order to learn this truth. And this isn't a magic bullet either. It's something we have to exercise, to learn, and we have to be obedient to Christ or we are not truly in Him. So if we want to have this power and authority it is a good thing to check our relationship with Jesus. Just like you might go out and check the branches of a tree or a vine to see if they are still solidly in the tree, and if not do what we can to secure them back, so also we must check to see if we are fully in the True Vine. If we are not then we need to repent and get that right. God is looking, not so much for perfection, although that is what the Bible says, but those willing to be obedient and repentant and humble. In this way we are making sure that we are walking in the authority and power of God, but not only that, we will be fruitful. Repent, humble yourselves, seek God and enjoy the power as He binds up the strong man in your life.





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)


On sale - online at these locations:

Amazon

Barnes & Noble

Books a Million

Check out these other member blogs this week for more info.


Legal stuff
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?

Wednesday, December 08, 2010

War of Attrition, by Frank Creed


Wednesday - Surveillance. Every mystery novel and many thrillers and suspense novels include various types of surveillance. Having a father who helped work on some of these things gives me kind of an inside track. Practically every major intersection has cameras. They're in more and more buildings and on the outside as well. People have worn "a wire" to hear things that the bad guys are saying and put them away. Writers who deal with the future have had little robots with cameras and sound recording devices. There are all kinds of things, and we see most of them in War of Attrition. Yet War of Attrition has something that I've never seen before. What would it be like if you could turn a person into a surveillance device, even without them knowing it? Wild huh? That is exactly the kind of thing Frank Creed has introduced into this work. He does exactly that, and it'll surprise you how it's done and to who.

Getting down to where we live today, however, God already knows everything about everyone of you. He knew you before the world came into existence. So He already knows what you think about that statement. Nothing comes as a surprise to Him. You see, God operates on a spirit level, and He operates outside of time, at least time as we understand it. So He knows all about each of us because He knows our spirit. It's like our spirit reports to Him everything about us. Sound familiar? Yeah, that's right. We are our own recording device, our own surveillance of our lives. Now that can be either good or bad. If we try to operate according to our own will we will find that things are going to get real bad. Sure we may have a lot of good times, we may get wealth, fame, all that junk, but that's all it is, junk. In the end, when we have to stand before the Heavenly Father, if that's all we have to show for our lives it won't be just Satan condemning us, but our own spirit. That's hard. So what are we to do? Well, God gave us Jesus. His death on the cross covered all of our sins...if we will only accept so great a mercy. And if we really give ourselves over to the Lord He also offers His Holy Spirit to "make intercession" for us "with groanings that cannot be uttered" as it says in Romans 8. In other words, our spirit, with God's Spirit reports back to God not just everything about us, but works according to the will of God so that we might seek His will and then He becomes our strength. The reason for this is that God isn't using this superior surveillance against us, but to show us the areas we need to work on, and then provide the strength to become what He wants us to be. The enemy may have some things to say about us, but if we walk in love and forgiveness, in obedience and true repentance, then we have nothing to fear. The blood of Jesus cries out to the Father, "This child is perfect", and to Satan, "The Deceiver has come to threaten those of your household." In that moment God expels Satan and welcomes us with the words, "Welcome, my good and faithful servant. Enter in to the joy of the Lord."





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)


On sale - online at these locations:

Amazon

Barnes & Noble

Books a Million

Check out these other member blogs this week for more info.


Legal stuff
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?

Tuesday, December 07, 2010

War of Attrition, by Frank Creed


Tuesday - This is hard for me to do a day at a time. I usually have everything up the Saturday before the tour, but God provided and by His grace I'll get through this just fine.

Attrition. It's an actual word and Frank Creed gives the definition in the book:

at•tri•tion [ə trishi’n] n.
1. loss of personnel: the gradual reduction of the size of a work force that occurs when personnel lost through retirement or resignation are not replaced
2. wearing away of surface: the wearing away of a surface, typically by friction or abrasion
3. weakening by persistent attack: the gradual wearing away of morale and the powers of resistance by persistent attacks
4. sorrow for sin: remorse for sin engendered by the fear of damnation

I'm almost done with the book and the thing that sticks out in my mind is how the enemy wears away at you, first from one angle, then from another. We start out with Calamity Kid running dangerously low on "get up and go" energy reserves. He needs rest, but situations don't seem to give him the chance to rest. The author inserts an interesting character into the book to remind David (aka Calamity Kid) that our circumstances are no reason not to seek out peace in God. He is our "Burden Bearer".

CK isn't the only one having problems. The BoC cell faces division because of Heartbreaker. (She doesn't like that name, but I'm not giving out the real name so you'll have to read the book) Then a BoC sniper is pegged with attempting to kill the top Nero, only he didn't do it. An internal investigation further wears at the cell. Word about another target comes in and, well, they find themselves captive. They got blind-sided.

That ever happen to you? You know, you've been struggling with something for a long time and finally get the victory (thanks to the Lord) and WHAM, right in the middle of your praises another temptation you hadn't even considered slams you right back down to the mat? I know I have. The thing is we have to be diligent at all times. We can't let down our guard, not even for a moment, because when we do we are out from under God's protection and Satan is really good as a sniper. In War of Attrition CK goes through this and the Holy Spirit talks to him about being serious about his prayer life. You know it's one thing to shoot up a prayer every now and then and quite another to spend time with our Heavenly Father. That's a primo key to getting the "spiritwalking" straight. So all you lads and lassies out there, when you pray, pray hard, and pray often. Get right up in God's face and tell Him you love Him. Spend as much time there as if you needed to be there to breathe. If you do you'll find His Spirit working through you in ways you can't possibly imagine.




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)



On sale - online at these locations:

Amazon

Barnes & Noble

Books a Million

Check out these other member blogs this week for more info.


Legal stuff
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?

Monday, December 06, 2010

War of Attrition, by Frank Creed


Monday - It is our great pleasure to have Frank Creed back with us again. War of Attrition is his sequel to Flashpoint, which we toured several years ago and remains a favorite among those who reviewed it. The one thing new readers may have with War of Attrition is it dives right into the story, assuming the reader has already read Flashpoint. So if you haven't read Flashpoint, now is a good time to get it. Both books are quick reads and unlike anything you've ever read.

Okay, let's get to it. In War of Attrition I think the best way to describe it is we are following Alice down the rabbit hole again, only deeper this time. You won't find Alice or a rabbit, Mad Hatter, Queen of Hearts or the other characters in Alice in Wonderland. It's not that kind of a story. We are in the near future, members of the Body of Christ (BoC) trying to oppose the One State government while trying to stay alive as well. Frank adds some wonderful quirks and twists, which if you'd read Flashpoint you'd be privy too. Some of them are Brain Wave technology, (Mindware) which the BoC has interfaced with the Holy Spirit. I'm not sure about the Biblical basis of this, but we're talking speculative fiction, not writing a book on doctrine here.

You begin to think things are going south when David's partner, oh, yeah, David Williams' street name is Calamity Kid, anyhow, his partner seems a bit suicidal. Barren is taking chances that Calamity Kid doesn't think he should take. The real problem is when Calamity Kid come in contact with someone from his past, someone who either bested him or was his equal in the gaming world. Only this isn't a game and Heartbreaker is from the other side. From there things start getting more complicated.

One thing I like about this is it gives some kind of picture of the spiritual war we are in. We get up close and personal with people who are in all walks of life. Some of them are on the same side as we are, but they tend to rub us the wrong way. Others are on the other side, but they aren't really the enemy. It's like it says in Ephesians 6:12, "For 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." The war, as physical as it may look, is really spiritual, and that tends to throw us. We tend to focus on the person as the enemy, but they aren't the enemy. In the words of my pastor, "The enemy is the spirit behind them." And that's one of the things we get to see in War of Attrition. So as you are reading this beautiful book, try to remember that if you've signed up with Jesus, you are at war. You have this big old Bullseye painted on your back, but don't be afraid. As long as you walk in obedience to the Lord, Jesus has your back, and your front and everything else. If you read Ephesians 6:10-18 you'll see what our armor really is, and trust me, it's better than BW technology.





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)


On sale - online at these locations:

Amazon

Barnes & Noble

Books a Million

Check out these other member blogs this week for more info.


Legal stuff
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?

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