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Simple but not Easy

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God'sNotDeadMy husband and I have been having a college-age Bible study at our house for the past couple of months. We typically watch a movie on the first Sunday, then discuss Biblical truths that are suggested by the movie for the next several weeks.

Last month, we searched for truth in “Iron Man 3,” examined it with a Biblical Worldview, and discussed Surviving Stupidity. Next month, we’ll investigate “Winter Soldier.” But this month, we’ve been focusing on “God’s Not Dead.” I’ve shared a few insights the past several weeks from a college-aged Bible study group that meets at my house.

What’s God Doing?

Talking for Dogs

Roots of Anger

To conclude this line of thoughts on “God’s Not Dead,” I’ve included some poignant quotes from the movie.

“Life is a tale, told by an idiot, full of sound and fury. Signifying nothing.” William Shakespeare

“Love is what we say when we want something, when we need something.” Marc Shelley

“A god who will allow that (pain and sorrow) is not worth loving.” Professor Radisson

“God is good all the time. And all the time, God is good.” Reverends Dave and Jude

“I think of Jesus as my friend. I don’t want to disappoint Him. And I don’t want anyone to get talked out of believing in Him just because some professor says they should.” Josh Wheaton.

“Only a real risk tests the reality of a belief.” C.S. Lewis

“Whoever acknowledges me before men, I will acknowledge before my Father who is in heaven. But whoever disowns me before others, I will disown before my Father in heaven.” Matthew 10:33-34

“It’s not easy, but it’s simple.” Reverend Dave

“We spend our entire lives talking about faith. Now it’s time to show it.” Reverend Jude

“The God that you don’t believe in has given you another chance to change your final answer.” Reverend Dave

“Pain for a few minutes, but think of the joy in heaven” Reverend Jude

“Sometimes, the devil allows people to live a life free of trouble because he doesn’t want them to see a need for God. Your sin is like a jail cell, except it’s so nice and comfy, you don’t see the need to leave. One day the cell door slams shut and it’s too late.” Mrs. Shelley

If you’re familiar with the movie, you’ll see how these quotes (that I just randomly jotted down as they jumped out at me) encapsulate the messages of the movie.

Your turn: Share a favorite quote from a movie or a book. Why is it meaningful to you?

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Author: Marji Laine

Marji is a homeschooling mom with teenage twins left in the nest. She spends her days transporting to and from volleyball, teaching writing classes at a local coop, and directing the children’s music program at her church. Raised in suburban Dallas, she got her first taste of writing through the stories of brilliant authors of their day, Mignon Eberhart and Phyllis A. Whitney, and through stage experience. After directing and acting in productions for decades, Marji started writing her own scripts. From that early beginning, she delved into creating scintillating suspense with a side of Texas sassy. She invites readers to unravel their inspiration, seeking a deeper knowledge of the Lord’s Great Mystery that invites us all.

8 thoughts on “Simple but not Easy

  1. We just recently watched the movie for the first time. Wonderful movie, and great quotes above!!! I also LOVE the scene when the older lady, even with dementia, speaks to her son with VERY great wisdom. I need to get the movie from the library again so I can “memorize” what she says. 🙂

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    • Oh dear! How did I miss that one. My favorite, too. And I know it’s in my notes. Oh, I missed a whole page of notes. Two new quotes added! Thanks for the alert, Christa! I’d never have noticed otherwise!

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      • LOL No problem; glad I could help. It really is an amazing movie, isn’t it? And thank you–now I remember why I loved that scene so much.

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        • Is indeed! We could have done at least one more study from it, but the church started a series on Faith and Science – what a cool followup!

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          • You are most welcome. This discussion was highlighted by an experience this weekend. In church we had a lively discussion about the end times and how people seem to either not care or are not knowledgeable about the open threats. It seems as if so many social agendas seep into the major spotlights that they detract from the main issues. In our discussion I brought home the point that the problems of today are really third question items.
            The first question is – Do you believe in God and the Bible as His Holy Inspired Word?
            The second is – Do you believe in Jesus as your personal Savior?
            If a person believes in the first two, then the other questions of the day seem to fade away, but…
            If a person does not believe in either of the first two questions, then all of the threats of today hold great fear and confusion, threatening to drive a person deeper and deeper into darkness and away from His Blessed Light.
            Think?

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  2. What a grand display of quotes. Many of these are full of the wisdom only gained from experience. since I write about the never ending conflict between good and evil, some ideas seem to return time and again, making one of the characters stop and think. Darkness always ‘seems’ more than it is. You always have the advantage when you go forward in the name of Light (Jesus). I hope you get many more quotes. Best to you.

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    • Reminds me of Ephesians 4:8-13: For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth) and find out what pleases the Lord. Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them. It is shameful even to mention what the disobedient do in secret. But everything exposed by the light becomes visible—and everything that is illuminated becomes a light.

      How great is the darkness when it surrounds the light. How it attempts to overwhelm, but it cannot. No darkness can extinguish a light, though light will always eliminate—and illuminate—the darkness.

      Thanks, Palmer, for inspiring new thoughts today!

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