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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

Wednesday, October 05, 2011

Some Have Entertained Angels, by James Robert Wilsom

Can angels get hurt? James Robert Wilson tackles this question in a very interesting way. In fact, I never even thought of angels getting hurt. Reg is shown what happens when an angel does more than they are called to or fights with such abandon that they leave themselves open to attack. Now I'm not if this is exactly the way it works, but you have to admit, if an angel could be stopped from giving Daniel the answer to his prayer, then there are limits to their power. Also, demons, who are fallen angels, displayed anguish when Jesus cast them out of people. Perhaps their anguish isn't exactly physical, but more psychological or emotional, and certainly spiritual, but it is pain just the same.

Given these short examples, then, is it possible that angels God sends to protect us sometimes go through the same kinds of pain? And why might that be? I believe that there is a direct link between the faithfulness of a Christian, especially in their prayer life, and the level of protection an angel is capable of achieving. Daniel persevered and God sent another angel to help the one bringing the message so Daniel would get it.

I've always thought of prayer as "air support" during battle, at least part of prayer's abilities. It's like being out on patrol and getting pinned down by mortar fire. Now if your radioman is down and you can't get word out, chances are your patrol is going to die sooner or later. Even if all the mortar fire can do is pin you down, it can do so while an enemy patrol catches you on your flanks. This is why they will call in for air support. You need to knock out that mortar, take that hill, before you can be relatively safe. Prayer is like that. Prayer is sending God the coordinates of where you are and where the main enemy attack is coming from. You can request, and receive, a counter attack against the enemy through prayer.

Although the author doesn't describe prayer in quite those terms the idea is still there. And you have to wonder, if we can get hurt, even those providing air support, then is it possible for angels giving us support to get hurt as well? While all of this is speculative I think he handled the question well. Do not the angels rejoice over every single person who comes to the Lord? Wouldn't they also weep over every battle we tried to fight on our own and lost, or tried to fight with them and didn't give them the full benefit of our prayers? They are, after all, creations of God, just as we are. The main difference is that we have chosen sin as a way of life. When we turn from that death to salvation found in Jesus we enter into spiritual warfare. Why Jesus would become a man and die for us is something the angels do not understand. There is no redemption for angels. Either they belong to Satan, a fallen angel himself, or they belong to God. So the whole idea of salvation to the heavenly angels is something that is beyond their realm of comprehension. Because of their obedience to God they instruct us and protect us just the same, even if they don't understand. And I believe they weep as well when they see us fall. It may not come into their minds that once we are saved by the grace of God the only way we can lose that grace is to renounce it.

Unfortunately I was not able to find a website for James Robert Wilson. You can find his book for sale on the following sites:

Legal notice: I received this book in order to write and publish a review. My review is seen, even by me, as payment for such a service. However, let me hasten to state that this in no way diminishes what I've written. If I say a book is awesome, then I found it to be so and believe others will as well.

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