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DVD Review

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

Sunday, September 11, 2011

We Will Never Forget

Sunday, the Sunday before a tour, is always dedicated as a Day of Prayer. Specifically it is a day of prayer for the book we are touring, the author of that book, the members of this blog, but most importantly, for all the visitors to CFRB. And yet this Sunday, September 11, 2011, marks the 10th anniversary of the most tragic event in my personal history, perhaps in all of America's history. For on this day 9/11/01, terrorists struck us on our own soil. The death toil in the Twin Trade Towers and vicinity was around 3000, as two jetliners were hijacked and forced to crash into these towers. Another jetliner was hijacked and forced to crash into the Pentagon, raising the number of dead and injured even higher. A fourth jetliner was also hijacked, and as it was re-routed towards what may have been Washington, DC, passengers realized their lives were already sacrificed. With that knowledge they decided that whatever their outcome that jet, Flight 93, would not reach its target. They actually secured control of the plane, but in the mayhem the jet must have turned upside down. When they attempted to climb to a safe height they actually caused it to crash.

These are the bare facts. Many stories of God's protective hand came out of these atrocious events. One woman led all her office workers to the Lord before her floor collapsed. Others never made it to work because of some small event that, at the time, seemed inconsequential. Then there were those who responded, firemen, policemen, EMT, ambulance workers, and so many more. In fact, if my memory serves me right, most civilians were turned away so these professionals could do their job. What was that job? To search the wreckage and find those who had died, and with some vain hope that they might find some alive. They did, in fact, find a few live people, but those who died, those who were crushed under the weight of the towers were in so many small parts that it was nearly impossible to identify them.

These too are facts. Shortly afterward they held a memorial service that, in the minds of some, did a disservice to those who died. Leaders of all religions had their chance to decry the terrible carnage, to point to the fact that we, as a society, had turned our backs on God to the point where He deemed it necessary to allow us to be chastised. He was attempting to drive us back to Him. That hasn't seemed to work. Our government has become increasingly evil, because its people have become increasingly evil.

These are facts as well, although they are not spoken of. In light of all of these things I believe it is important for us to refocus our eyes. Let us recognize that we have done wrong in the eyes of God. We have tossed Him out of our schools. No longer is He to be mentioned, nor revered, nor prayed to on any public property. A god called Evolution, or Science, has been resurrected in His place. Yet God is a God of love. This does NOT mean, as some have suggested, that everyone will go to Heaven. What it does mean is that He will use every means possible to drive us back to Himself, that we might find in Him, and in Him alone can we find that one true love that can fill us and make us whole. He became a man, the one we call Jesus, to live among us, to die for us, to rise from death, that our sins would be paid for and we could enter into His loving arms. This is our choice, it is a choice of old, for Jesus is the same, yesterday, today and forever. That choice is one between death and life. God advises us to choose life. He has always done so, and blessed those who have chosen life.

No, we will never forget 9/11, those who died, nor those who attacked us, but may we also remember that it is our own evil that has brought this loving discipline into our lives so that we might draw close to our Creator. When we do, He will fight for us, on all fronts, in every area of our life. So today, let us look inward. Is there something within us that displeases God? Then let us repent and seek His forgiveness, for He would much rather forgive us and see us return to Him than go through any pain. Let us remember that 9/11 was not so much as an attack from terrorists as it was a wake up call from our loving Heavenly Father. And may we refuse the temptation to turn our hearts against those who are our enemies. Jesus said, "Do not fight evil with evil, but fight evil with good." That doesn't mean we shouldn't protect ourselves, but it does mean that we should have a certain mindset, one that loves and does not hate. If Jesus could look down from the cross and see you and me and all the rest in all our hatred, and pray, "Father, forgive them, for they don't know what they are doing," should our response be any less?

Anyone can take up weapons to beat down an enemy, but it takes true courage to lay them down and tell those same enemies that we love them. May America return to Almighty God that they might have His strength to love those who have come against us. In this shall God truly be pleased and bless this nation once more. - David Brollier

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