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Find encouragement this week to fill empty pages and computer screens with stories and tales. Read and enrich your lives with words and phrases that speak to your hearts, so that your writing may also enrich the lives of others. Writers, pay it forward. 

“We are all apprentices in a craft where no one ever becomes a master.” 

—Ernest Hemingway

“I would advise anyone who aspires to a writing career that before developing his talent he would be wise to develop a thick hide.”

—Harper Lee

“Remember: Plot is no more than footprints left in the snow after your characters have run by on their way to incredible destinations.”

—Ray Bradbury

“Write while the heat is in you. … The writer who postpones the recording of his thoughts uses an iron which has cooled to burn a hole with.”

—Henry David Thoreau

Will You Believe?

I posted this nearly a year ago, but I was in church this past Sunday and heard a wonderful sermon regarding this passage. I felt the need to reshare this post.
“And he said, ‘Then I beg you, father, that you send him to my father’s house- for I have five brothers-in order that he may warn them, so that they will not also come to this place of torment.’ But Abraham said, ‘They have Moses and the Prophets; let them hear them.’ But he said, ‘No, father Abraham, but if someone goes to them from the dead, they will repent!’ But he said to him, ‘If they do not listen to Moses and the Prophets, they will not be persuaded even if someone rises from the dead.'””‭‭(Luke‬ ‭16:27-31‬ ‭NASB‬‬)

This is a parable told by Jesus prior to His death. He was refuting the Pharisees who place more importance on strict adherence to rules and religiosity rather than faith in God and love toward others. The parable is about a rich man and a poor man and how their actions influence their eternal destination. One placed his faith in money and the other in God. I’ve read this passage many times, but this time I finally saw what Jesus was saying. The Pharisees were men who spent their lives studying the law written down by Moses and the writings of the prophets. Yet with all their knowledge of the scriptures,they could not recognize Jesus as the Messiah. Even when He’d died and risen from the dead, the Pharisees refused to believe.

“For even though they knew God, they did not honor Him as God or give thanks, but they became futile in their speculations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the incorruptible God for an image in the form of corruptible man and of birds and four-footed animals and crawling creatures.” ‭‭(Romans‬ ‭1:21-23‬ ‭NASB‬‬)


Today, people of the United States have access to the Bible (the law of Moses and the Prophets) in the palm of their hand (smartphones) or they can purchase one in any Barnes and Noble. Yet they ignore the truth and turn towards their own desires. The saddest part is that they won’t realize their mistake until it’s too late and they will have no excuse. 


“Now we know that whatever the Law says, it speaks to those who are under the Law, so that every mouth may be closed and all the world may become accountable to God; because by the works of the Law no flesh will be justified in His sight; for through the Law comes the knowledge of sin.” (‭‭Romans‬ ‭3:19-20‬ ‭NASB‬‬)

The scariest part of these passages still remains that last verse from Luke 16, ‘If they do not listen to Moses and the Prophets, they will not be persuaded even if someone rises from the dead.’ Have you ignored the Bible or mocked the words of your Christian friends? Ask yourself a question: Wherever you are reading this blog, if Jesus Christ were to suddenly appeared to you right now, would you believe in Him? What would it take for you to accept Jesus?

Quotations by Mark Twain

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“Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.”

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts.”

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”

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Novel News Update

For the past five months I’ve been seeking a new publisher for The Heir Comes Forth. Thus far, I’ve had a few nibbles but no real bites. After speaking with some local authors, I’ve decided to self publish with Amazon KDP. Working on formatting the manuscript over the next month and hoping for a release date in late July or early August. 

I still have many author copies that I purchased from Tate before their collapse, so if you still would like a copy, click on the book cover below to take you to my Amazon page.

Work on the sequel is progressing. I’ve completed nearly half of the first draft. Though I may be bias, the sequel is shaping to be better than the first. Please keep checking in for more novel news!

Thanks to all my readers! Your support and enthusiasm encourages me to continue my writing. You guys are awesome!

 

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I continue to encourage you also to keep reading and writing. The blank page will never be filled, the book will never be written, without the consistent and constant putting pen to page.

“The world does not need more Christian literature. What it needs is more Christians writing good literature.” — C. S. Lewis

A Quick Thought…

If every rule has an exception, then why make rules at all? What utter nonsense and pseudologic. If a rule has an exception, then accept the circumstances surrounding the exception. Don’t simply elliminate the rule for an exception. It stands to reason that a rule was made for a purpose, therefore an exception should be a rarity and in the case of said rarity simply allow it. Let the rule remain resolute and ignore the modern fallacy of making the exception the rule. 

A Quick Thought…

Encouragement during difficult times.

“Concerning this I implored the Lord three times that it might leave me. And He has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.” Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me. Therefore I am well content with weaknesses, with insults, with distresses, with persecutions, with difficulties, for Christ’s sake; for when I am weak, then I am strong.”(‭‭2 Corinthians‬ ‭12:8-10‬ ‭NASB‬‬)

How many times do we ask God to take away our problems? How many times has He answered with “no.” Paul asked for a burden to be lifted not once but three times, signifying his earnestness in seeking relief. Yet God still said “no,” not because He’s mean or wants to withhold deliverance from us for some vindictive purpose. God allows difficulty in our lives so that we can grow and mature; exposing our weakness and forcing us to rely on Him and His power. Paul was content to rely on God for strength to live with his difficulty and we must do the same. Whether it’s physical, mental, spiritual, or any other situation or hardship, we must remember to rely on God first and foremost. 

When difficulty times come out way, the question we should ask is: what can I learn from this, not simply: when will this be over?

Please be encouraged and remember that in every situation God is with us. In dark times and times of joy, He loves us and wants to see us grow and rely on Him. 

Novel News

For the past four months I’ve been seeking a new publisher for The Heir Comes Forth. Thus far, I’ve had a few nibbles but no real bites. Still have many author copies I purchased from Tate before their collapse so if you still would like a copy, click on the book cover below to take you to my Amazon page.

Work on the sequel is progressing. I’ve completed nearly half of the first draft. Though I may be bias, the sequel is shaping to be better than the first.

 

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I encourage you all to keep reading and writing. The blank page will never be filled, the book will never be written, without the consistent and constant putting pen to page.

“If I haven’t any talent for writing books or newspaper articles, well, then I can always write for myself.” — Anne Frank