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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

Sunday, October 02, 2011

October Day of Prayer

Day of Prayer for October 2011

Recently one would think God was so upset with the world that everything seemed to hit at once, globally and personally. In the Southwest rain is becoming a memory. Crops have died, livestock had to be sold before they greatly reduced prices. Fires broke out. Then came Hurricane Irene. A good portion of the East Coast (US) was hit so hard that it continues to feel after affects. Trees, homes, roads, suddenly disappeared. Bridges became suspect. (In 2005 we had a flood up here and there's a photo of a house floating down the river and bumping into our bridge). I'm told that in New Jersey alone at least 40 people died during this hurricane. As we are reeling to get our equilibrium back I received email from Pakistan. They too were hit with floods, so I know my friends in India were suffering likewise. Politically, well, where do you start? The officials in D.C. who seem to be intent on running this country into the ground or a renewed effort by Palestinians to open up "peace talks"? Several countries that had in the past backed Israel are either slowly moving away from that place as an ally, others move directly into that of enemy. A pastor in Kenya reports the church secretary was murdered. A pastor in India reports of neighbors, all Hindu, who have turned loud amplifiers towards his little church and blasts Hindu songs. In other places Buddhists have beaten up a pastor, brought any Christians they found to court, and even are burning up churches. I'm told that in Iran a pastor will be executed because he refuses to denounce his Christian faith. Personally I will be going into the hospital for some mild surgery, a friend has just come out of the hospital. I know more people who have some kind of illness or physical need than I can ever remember. One woman's father recently died. The list goes on and on. I'm sure you could add your observations, your own needs to this ever-growing list.

The point of this post, however, is to point you to the Almighty. For He tells the waters just how far they may come. He shuts up the Heavens in a place and releases, the clouds according to His will. All our days are known by Him. He knows when we rise up and when we lie down. He knows what we do, what we think, what we say, and still He is willing to forgive us. So we should not look upon the mountains of things that need to be met in prayer so much as we should focus on the One who is able to meet every one of those needs above and beyond even our imagination to ask. For all good things come down from the Father. The mountain of troubles and trials is but a molehill in light of all that God has blessed us with. So let us rejoice. Let us give thanks to the Creator, who has become our Father through the shed blood of Jesus. For He is Light. He is Love. If there be any darkness, then in praise as God grows more and more in us, this darkness must leave. If there be any hatred or evil, it shall be displaced by the full love of a God willing to become a man to die for you and me. What are you going through today that can match the wonders of God's gifts given to us?

"Lo I am with you always, even until the ends of the earth." As we pray for this weeks tour of Some Have Entertained Angels, by James Robert Wilson, may we keep this one thing fully in mind...God is God and when He is allowed to be in control the very kingdom of the enemy trembles. And if we, believing in Him and walking in obedience by the power of His Holy Spirit, speak the words He puts in our mouths, the Gates of Hell are shaken out of their place, and many who have been held there are released (those who have not yet died, but whose souls have been captured by the Deceiver). We have the power of life and death in our tongue. This week, may we begin to learn how to use it to speak only life.

David Brollier

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