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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

Friday, September 16, 2011

IMMANUEL'S VEINS, by Ted Dekker


The life is in the blood. That is what Scripture tells us. In Immanuel's Veins we quickly run into a perverted lust for blood. The first hint is when Alek and Toma go to Natasha's room at the insistence of Lucine, her sister. The sight includes bedsheets covered with blood. Later Natasha returns with her nightgown on, stained with blood on the front, yet there are no visible wounds. There is a bottle of wine near by and she tells them that she spilled the wine, which we later find to be false. Just how the blood came to be on her clothing and bedsheets I'll leave for you to find out. Nevertheless, you can be assured this is a retelling of an old vampire myth. While the term vampire never is used, to my recollection, there is reported to be a myth about a people in the hills who drink people's blood and live long lives. Because of the dating of the tale it is very easy to assume that this incident is how the whole vampire myth came about, which is kind of interesting.


Duke Vlad van Valerik explains that there is life and power in the blood. It is a line of seduction he uses on every one he seduces. Those following him use the same line, with variations. We learn of the lineage of the duke, and that he is not as young as he appears, but in fact hundreds of years old. The strength, power, physical agility, mental awareness, are all aspects of drinking blood, the blood of others. There is a provision, the blood must be offered. In order to get others to give their blog these creatures first give their blood, which attacks and confuses the senses like a heady drug. They are then willing to agree to almost anything asked of them. It is interesting to notice how little is given and how much is taken. That is the way of the devil, the way of seduction.


The Bible does, in fact, state in numerous places, that the life is in the blood, but it is not talking about how drinking blood can give you that life. Quite the opposite seems to be true. Drinking blood is directly opposed to God's commands and as such plunges one further into the pit of death, to which they have already been condemned. Yet Jesus said, "Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in you. Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day. For my flesh is meat indeed, and my blood is drink indeed. He that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, dwelleth in me, and I in him." (John 6:53-56) There are doctrines built upon this verse that I will not go into, for doctrines tend to be the thoughts of men and we want to have the Word of God on the topic. I will tell you this much, that it is by the blood of Christ that we are saved and brought from death unto life (for all those who come to Him and ask). If we then have received the sacrifice of Christ, then spiritually speaking His blood flows through us, giving us life, eternal life, as well as access to His authority and power.


When the devil offers something he does so only to entrap us. When God offers something to us it is because He loves us. Why is it that we accept the trap rather than the love so many times in our lives? I believe it is because as long as we live in this sinful flesh we will not fully appreciate the things of God. Paul tells us of a war that goes on between the flesh and the spirit. (Romans 8:6,7) Yet the blood of Jesus can release us from that bondage, and in the interim covers our sins if we live "by the spirit." You can be sure of one thing, that for every good thing God offers to us, Satan has a counterfeit, and like most counterfeits it seems like the real thing. Only when we become enslaved by guilt and sin do we realize that we've chosen something false rather than something true. I offer you the same advice given by God in Deuteronomy 30:19, "I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live." Life or death. Choose Life and live.



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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