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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

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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

Saturday, September 17, 2011

IMMANUEL'S VEINS, by Ted Dekker


While Ted Dekker is a writer of the Christian horror genre, Immanuel's Veins is unlike anything else I've read by him. Perhaps the most powerful part of this story isn't about the vampire-like myth that it revolves around, but about one man's journey from darkness to the Light. For Toma did not believe in a god, or if there was one he figured it was of no concern to him. He had become a hero in his own right, and in his mind, perhaps, one might say he became his own god. I have always thought that the greatest anti-God is self. God calls it pride. Whatever term you may use, when you put yourself on a throne that is not yours to sit upon you can be sure of one thing....trouble. So it was with Toma. He followed his warrior instincts and ended up facing his own lusts, and at that juncture the demon made himself known. Toma is wise enough to conclude that if there is a devil there must be a God. He is further sure that only this God knows how to defeat this devil.

And so we find ourselves nearing the end of the story. I'm not going to spill everything, but I do wish to point out some truly remarkable issues Dekker makes clear. First, Toma, being unschooled in the Word of God, goes to the only place he can think of for help...the church. So many in our world are doing the very same thing. They have run into their own demons and realize that the only way to defeat those devils is known by those who know God, so they go to church in search of that key to unlock the power of God against these demons and set them free. Second, Toma finds a priest who not only chastises him for climbing onto the holy sanctuary in muddy boots. After listening to Toma's story, at Toma's insistence, the priest advises him to set out the following morning at dawn. Yet it is at dawn the priest arrives to put Toma into prison.

I want to make this very clear. I want every visitor to understand what is being said here, for it is one of those great unfortunate truths. There are many people in the world who are searching for the Truth, although they don't really know what that may be. Instinctively the first place they search, in most cases, is the church. It doesn't matter what Christian denomination, because to them they all serve the same God. What happens next is so horrible I can hardly contain myself, for many people calling themselves Christians will outright bar these people from their services, or make them feel so uncomfortable that they will never return again. What? Are we so perfect that we can both judge and condemn those who walk through our doors? We are like people in a lifeboat of a sinking ship throwing firebombs at anyone else who might try to enter the boat and find safety. Instead of lifeguards many have become vessels of death. Instead of compassionate people many have become judges.

I once had a dream, it was a personal chastisement, but I wish to share it with you. In my dream I was walking along the sidewalk, when suddenly a great earthquake shook beneath my feet. Behind me the sidewalk had opened up into a great, bottomless cavern. The sidewalk itself had been tipped up at an angle of at least 45%, but it didn't seem to affect me. Others slid by me and held on with their last ounce of strength to the edge of the gaping hole behind me. I then heard God telling me to reach out and help those who were dying. In my dream I found that I could pull people up if they would take my hand, and it wouldn't pull me in. My strength, you see, was in Jesus. He was the foundation upon which I stood, while the world slid past me towards destruction. I share this with you because perhaps you too realize those in our world are slipping past you towards an eternal punishment. I say to you, if you truly are living in Christ, then His power lives in you. You have the power and the command to reach out and save any who would receive the message of Hope in Christ.

Do they have earrings or other piercings? So what? Are they dressed improperly? That is not yours to judge. Do they say vulgar things or listen to vulgar things? What of it? Are they doing drugs, smoking, lustful, or any other thing? Does it matter at this point? We tend to judge people in the most unacceptable of ways. Yes, there are all kinds of people, doing all kinds of things that we know God may not be pleased with, but that is not ours to decide. We are simply to be, as Jesus put it, "Fishers of men." If this is true, then let me ask a question my pastor uses. "Do you clean fish before you catch them?" Those of you attempting to do so will find you have caught frightfully few "fish." Those of you willing to catch any fish, no matter how ugly or beautiful they may appear and leave the cleaning to God will find that your catch is greater. When Jesus gives the parable of the prodigal son (Luke 15) and the son returns, he's covered in pig slop, sweat, perhaps even his own vomit. Yet look how the father receives this wayward son. He throws his arms around him and kisses him. This is how we should be. Don't worry about the dirt, the pig slop, the vomit, or anything. Just throw your arms around them and receive them as those who were lost and now have found their way home. God will clean you both up and provide new clothes for you to wear. In fact, weren't some of you (and me) covered with such filth that we were amazed that God would accept us? This is how we should be. If we do not wish to be like that we had better stop calling ourselves Christians.

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.

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.

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.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

IMMANUEL'S VEINS, by Ted Dekker


Seduction is a big part of Immanuel's Veins, by Ted Dekker. Seduction comes at us from all directions, taking on many forms. The first thing we think of when we think of the word seduction is some kind of sexual seduction, but that isn't always the case. Toma was seduced by the idea of being a war hero, a personal confident to Catherine the Great. He was seduced by the idea that there was no god or gods, and that he was free to create his own fate. Alek Cardei was seduced by women and sexual lust, as was Natasha Cantemir. There is a fair amount of sexual seduction mentioned in this book, but don't be deceived by that, for a greater seduction is at work. The seduction of pleasure, not merely sexual; the seduction of power; the seduction of a greater life. Seduction feeds off of pride and in turn feeds pride so the seduction can become complete.

Does this sound familiar to you? Have you found yourself seduced by something, something you knew in your heart was wrong, but it just felt so "right" to fall into that seduction? I think we should all answer that in the affirmative. Whether it is the seduction of power, or fame, or riches, or some kind of vice, be it tobacco, liquor or sex, I believe we all follow Eve more than Adam in our seduction. We all sin because of Adam, but we all fall prey to seduction or deceit just like Eve. I'm not trying to put down our first mother, but trying to show similarities. Nor am I trying to say what we eat or drink or whatever is necessarily sinful. It is the "how" we came to doing things that I believe makes them sinful. This is something each individual needs to take up before God.

One thing that we can be sure of is that seduction leads to imprisonment and slavery. Sofia knew that. Even Alek and Natasha were aware of this, although they were powerless to do anything about it. Where does such seduction, such imprisonment, such slavery lead? It leads to death, first spiritual, as it did to Adam and Eve, then physical. Indeed every human on the face of the earth is born into sin and because of that death. The larger part of humanity are content to walk about as the living dead, lives that have been aborted at birth, spiritually speaking. Listen to what the Word of God says,
"But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death." (James 1:14,15)

Is there any hope for any of us then? If we have all been born into sin, into a curse, into lust and then death, is there any hope? Indeed, yes there is hope. Where does one find this hope? Interestingly enough it comes from Immanuel's veins. Ted Dekker wasn't the first person to speak of this, nor will he be the last. You see it falls like this; in the beginning God commanded Adam not to eat of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, for the day he eats of that fruit he shall surely die. (Genesis 2:17) And he did eat and he did die, as recorded in Genesis 3:17-19. Our condemnation and our hope is found in Romans 5:14-18. You see sin entered the world through the act of one man, Adam, but righteousness through Jesus Christ. How is this possible? All through the Old Testament we read about the blood sacrifices offered up to wash the people of Israel of their sins. When Jesus came on the scene John the Baptist said of Him,
"Behold the Lamb of God that taketh away the sin of the world." (John 1:19)

You see, it never was God's will to see us die. God made us to have eternal fellowship with Him. Even when Adam transgressed God already had a plan in place that would bring people back to Him. That plan included that the God of all Creation would become a man, live among us for a while, and offer Himself up as a perfect sacrifice, for the penalty of the sentence of death must be paid. Only One could pay that price. It had to be the life of a sinless man. There were not sinful men (or women for that matter), so God had to become a man. As the person Jesus He fulfilled His plan, offering Himself up for us, shedding His blood for our sin, that we might come back to the Heavenly Father. In doing this God re-established the relationship between humans and Himself. So you see, it truly was through Immanuel's veins we find our hope, for Immanuel means God with us. This is Jesus, who although dead, now lives forever, as we can in Him. We put to death this sinful flesh and receive His perfection as our own. This is not simply our hope, but our Sure Hope. I am, albeit not perfect yet, perfect in Christ by the shedding of His blood. I am set free and released into the care and servitude of God, my Heavenly Father.


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.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

IMMANUEL'S VEINS, by Ted Dekker


Immanuel's Veins is a classic story of good verses evil, and yet it isn't. It's a classic love story, and yet that isn't true either. As with many of Ted Dekker's stories they seem to start out fairly normal, only to take a left turn into some parallel universe. I remember reading his book THR3E and getting the feeling that Rod Serling had just entered the room. You really get that Twilight Zone feel in that book.

With Immanuel's Veins it isn't all that cut and dried, if you can even call it that. You have two normal men in some distant past, about to reach the destination of their commission. As they near the Cantemir Castle their quest takes a decided turn, although fairly mild at this point. They are warned by an elderly man about the evil in the West. The two veteran soldiers figure the guy is a bit off his rocker and go their way. But it was at that very moment they stepped over the threshold of what they had known as reality into a different reality they knew nothing about.

One of the intriguing things to me about this book is that our hero, Toma, doesn't believe in God. Seems like a fairly odd place to start out writing a Christian story, but this crossover into a dimension Toma never knew existed creates the exact climate needed to get across a true and powerful Christian truth, God does not only exist, but in order to win the battle you find yourself in you will need His help, and lots of it.

In some ways I think we, even as Christians, muddle through life, totally unaware of the spiritual war we are in. The apostle Paul mentions putting on armor several times, the most vivid and memorable is found in Ephesians 6:10-18, "Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints." Many will leave out verse 18, about prayer, but prayer is a vital part of the Christian's armor. In 2nd Corinthians 10:4 he tells us, "For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds."

It seems to me that just through these few verses any Christian should realize that we are at war. The war isn't one that can be won through military strength, but only through the power of God. As Immanuel's Veins progresses we find Toma running into all kinds of problems, problems he never could have imagined before his assignment here. In the end he realizes that he needs a different strategy. The war he is in doesn't play according to the rules he is used to following. Isn't that just like the devil, to go against the rules? Yet even there God supplies all our needs according to His riches in glory. With God, everything is under control. Without Him, all is lost.
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.

Monday, September 12, 2011

IMMANUEL'S VEINS


Toma Nicolescu was a military hero. More than that he was a loyal and trusted servant of Catherine the Great. Our story begins when he, and his friend, Alek Cardei, set out on a special mission, one ordered by Catherine the Great. They are to guard the Cantemir family. There seems to have been some threats leveled against the estate. The grand castle is inhabited by a mother and her two daughters. It is in the early 1700s.

Toma and his friend Alek are quite different in some respects, yet when it comes to battle they are the same, but they are about to enter a battlefield that no one has prepared them for. Along the way they meet up with an old withered stranger who warns them of the evil in the West.

Ted Dekker is at his best here, and I believe it is because he loves to write about other worlds, parallel worlds, things of this nature. While the story seems to run along quickly he is very careful as to what information he releases, and when he does so you can be sure it is only tiny bits at a time.

In the first chapter, or thereabouts, we run into a willful mother and two daughters who are beautiful, one of them as willful as her mother, while the other is cautious. The mother throws a ball and Toma is disgusted at the idea that she would do this when they were charged with their protection. In short order they meet some interesting Russians, one of whom is shot to death by Toma. We meet a duke who apologizes for the members of his house being disrespectful in the Cantemir estate.

Be mindful, Satan doesn't normally introduce himself to us as someone evil, but as someone who is wise, and can impart to us some greater wisdom. All too often we have been so diseased by the sin that is part of our birthright, that we succumb to his seduction, only to find out too late that this demon is truly that, a devil straight from Hell. Remember these words as Duke Vlad van Valerik poses as such a stately and true gentleman.
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.

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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