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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.

For more you can go here:
http://godsnotdeadthemovie.com/synopsis

To purchase a copy try these links:
Amazon
ChristianBook.com
Barnes & Noble

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, September 14, 2011

IMMANUEL'S VEINS, by Ted Dekker


Seduction is a big part of Immanuel's Veins, by Ted Dekker. Seduction comes at us from all directions, taking on many forms. The first thing we think of when we think of the word seduction is some kind of sexual seduction, but that isn't always the case. Toma was seduced by the idea of being a war hero, a personal confident to Catherine the Great. He was seduced by the idea that there was no god or gods, and that he was free to create his own fate. Alek Cardei was seduced by women and sexual lust, as was Natasha Cantemir. There is a fair amount of sexual seduction mentioned in this book, but don't be deceived by that, for a greater seduction is at work. The seduction of pleasure, not merely sexual; the seduction of power; the seduction of a greater life. Seduction feeds off of pride and in turn feeds pride so the seduction can become complete.

Does this sound familiar to you? Have you found yourself seduced by something, something you knew in your heart was wrong, but it just felt so "right" to fall into that seduction? I think we should all answer that in the affirmative. Whether it is the seduction of power, or fame, or riches, or some kind of vice, be it tobacco, liquor or sex, I believe we all follow Eve more than Adam in our seduction. We all sin because of Adam, but we all fall prey to seduction or deceit just like Eve. I'm not trying to put down our first mother, but trying to show similarities. Nor am I trying to say what we eat or drink or whatever is necessarily sinful. It is the "how" we came to doing things that I believe makes them sinful. This is something each individual needs to take up before God.

One thing that we can be sure of is that seduction leads to imprisonment and slavery. Sofia knew that. Even Alek and Natasha were aware of this, although they were powerless to do anything about it. Where does such seduction, such imprisonment, such slavery lead? It leads to death, first spiritual, as it did to Adam and Eve, then physical. Indeed every human on the face of the earth is born into sin and because of that death. The larger part of humanity are content to walk about as the living dead, lives that have been aborted at birth, spiritually speaking. Listen to what the Word of God says,
"But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death." (James 1:14,15)

Is there any hope for any of us then? If we have all been born into sin, into a curse, into lust and then death, is there any hope? Indeed, yes there is hope. Where does one find this hope? Interestingly enough it comes from Immanuel's veins. Ted Dekker wasn't the first person to speak of this, nor will he be the last. You see it falls like this; in the beginning God commanded Adam not to eat of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, for the day he eats of that fruit he shall surely die. (Genesis 2:17) And he did eat and he did die, as recorded in Genesis 3:17-19. Our condemnation and our hope is found in Romans 5:14-18. You see sin entered the world through the act of one man, Adam, but righteousness through Jesus Christ. How is this possible? All through the Old Testament we read about the blood sacrifices offered up to wash the people of Israel of their sins. When Jesus came on the scene John the Baptist said of Him,
"Behold the Lamb of God that taketh away the sin of the world." (John 1:19)

You see, it never was God's will to see us die. God made us to have eternal fellowship with Him. Even when Adam transgressed God already had a plan in place that would bring people back to Him. That plan included that the God of all Creation would become a man, live among us for a while, and offer Himself up as a perfect sacrifice, for the penalty of the sentence of death must be paid. Only One could pay that price. It had to be the life of a sinless man. There were not sinful men (or women for that matter), so God had to become a man. As the person Jesus He fulfilled His plan, offering Himself up for us, shedding His blood for our sin, that we might come back to the Heavenly Father. In doing this God re-established the relationship between humans and Himself. So you see, it truly was through Immanuel's veins we find our hope, for Immanuel means God with us. This is Jesus, who although dead, now lives forever, as we can in Him. We put to death this sinful flesh and receive His perfection as our own. This is not simply our hope, but our Sure Hope. I am, albeit not perfect yet, perfect in Christ by the shedding of His blood. I am set free and released into the care and servitude of God, my Heavenly Father.


Be sure to visit his site: Ted Dekker

To purchase Immanuel's Veins you can find it, among other places, at:

Amazon
Barnes & Nobel
Christian Book

Legal notice: I checked this book out of the library, and am receiving NOTHING for these reviews, except the pleasure that I get from letting others know about a really great book.

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