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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

Thursday, September 15, 2011

IMMANUEL'S VEINS, by Ted Dekker


In the chill of night, lit only by the rising moon, the Russian's castle stood like a sentry of the dead against the night, but the sounds within were joyous, as if there were many partying. Toma climbed the imposing stairs the led to the front door and entered, not knowing what to expect. Surely he was expected, although perhaps not in quite the manner most hosts expect guests. The large wooden doors moved open with ease, and a silence that betrayed his calm manner.

These aren't quite Ted Dekker's words, but they do describe the scene when Toma first visits the Russian duke. "I've come to collect my man and his charge," are the words I believe he used to those in attendance. I picked this scene because we have a war hero entering the enemy's territory for the first time. By the end of this visit Toma isn't quite sure that his weapons will fare well against whatever evil dwells in this place.

In our lives we are constantly coming upon situations and places that we, in our own minds, believe we can handle...right up until we try. Then the darkness crowds in about us, the very air seems to be unbearable. Our thoughts are distracted and disjointed. We find that we have walked out upon some unknown battlefield naked to our enemy. The laughter we hear is the sound of the enemy as he watches us in our petty humanity approach him as if we can do anything to him. We are shaken to our core.

Well has the apostle stated, "We fight not against flesh and blood," (Ephesians 6:12) Our armor, described in the following verses, are to be our covering, and here we stand, naked, with nothing but our own prideful thoughts to cover us. It is no wonder we are a joke to the enemy. So what are these pieces of armor? How can we protect ourselves against such evil? Do as Paul suggests and "Put on the whole armor of God." (Ephesians 6:10) Great! Wonderful! But what does that mean? I think many of us come to this point where we see the words in the Bible, but they don't make any sense to us. Indeed, how could they unless we come to God in prayer as we read His Word? For if I were to tell you to "Put on Jesus Christ," as the apostle Paul has also done elsewhere, would that make any sense to you? How does one put on another?

I believe it is in our admission that we don't understand that God begins to reveal these truths to us. It is imperative that we prayerfully come before the Lord and admit our lack of understanding. Otherwise we would go about as fools and most certainly be vanquished. What I have learned I can share with you, but you really must learn this for yourselves. You must be like Toma who realized that he had seen the devil, and if there is a devil there must be a God. In James epistle 1:5 we read, "
If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him." So you see, our victory begins with realizing God has the answer, not us, so we seek His wisdom, not our own. Many say, "I've done that, and it hasn't worked." Have you really? Look at James 1:6,7 "But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord." Faith is the key to understanding how to have victory over the enemy. What do I mean by faith? Well, let's just say that we must believe that God will do whatever He says. Hebrews 11:6 says, "But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him." Why do you suppose that is? Because God IS faithful. When we go about lacking in faith we are, in essence saying that God is NOT faithful. We doubt the God of the Universe. How then can He act on our behalf? I ask you to meditate on these things as you read this book, or even more importantly God's Word today. Without faith you are naked on this battlefield.

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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