God’s Not Dead – the movie

The new Christian film “God’s Not Dead” came in at #4 this week. That’s right–#4 out of ALL movies. It is the #1 Christian movie, of course, and that was with limited release. More theater managers will take notice, I think, and feature it in the months ahead. I usually shy away from so-called “Christian” films because they are generally ill-made, poorly thought out, and serve mostly to amp up believers rather than convince unbelievers.

At the core of God’s Not Dead is a common story line: an atheistic college professor and a martyr-complex student who feels the need to engage the teacher in a public debate over the existence of God. In a word–unwinnable. But there is an emotional twist here, however. The student is actually prepared to lose, and hence is more concerned becoming a stumbling block to other students who might be searching or at least open to the gospel.

It is this concern on the part of the student that makes this story more interesting AND realistic. Yes, it is still a bit cheesy when the professor quotes Shakespeare’s Macbeth, and most of the actors are not A-listers, and not all of the dialogue in God’s Not Dead is believable, BUT, I still say GO SEE IT. In a time when so few people in the work-a-day world express a working faith in their religion (if they have one), let alone the God of that religion, this movie could serve as a rallying point for young believers simply looking for some courage.

The purpose of this blog is to encourage people to use my booklet to find new life for their prayer time. But for some, a movie with a good lesson might be better. God’s Not Dead. Try talking to him sometime and you’ll see.

For an easy to use workbook on prayer, go see: www.therealprayer.org 

The Real Jesus

It used to bother me when I would hear of people researching the “historical” Jesus. Different “Jesus” projects seemed just insulting when all (as I thought) we needed to know about Jesus was in the Bible. Lately I’ve even heard some talk about the “Jesus myth” as if he didn’t really exist at all. Really? I can’t imagine setting the calendar by someone’s birth who was totally fictitious.

Over the years, I have learned to value these various searchings as a trend. A valuable trend. People in the 21st  century are still interested in Jesus. Even attempts to discredit him must begin with someone, somewhere, looking at the available information. That’s a good thing. I tell believers and unbelievers the same thing: don’t bring your own agenda to the Bible. Just let it say what it says and make your decision.

Today I ran across an interesting article about the many images of Jesus in the world. Sometimes we stop searching and just try to make him in our own image, but sometimes it’s just an attempt to make some type of connection with him. Read it and look at the pictures: http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2014/03/15/five-things-you-didnt-know-about-jesus/?hpt=hp_c3 .

If you or someone you know really wants to find Jesus, start by talking to his “Father.” Go see: www.therealprayer.org 

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