Our Purpose

“We must not of course write anything that will flatter lust, pride or ambition. But we needn’t all write patently moral or theological work. Indeed, work whose Christianity is latent may do quite as much good and may reach some whom the more obvious religious work would scare away. The first business of a story is to be a good story. When Our Lord made a wheel in the carpenter shop, depend upon it: It was first and foremost a good wheel. Don’t try to ‘bring in’ specifically Christian bits: if God wants you to serve him in that way (He may not: there are different vocations) you will find it coming in of its own accord. If not, well—a good story which will give innocent pleasure is a good thing, just like cooking a good nourishing meal. . . . Any honest workmanship (whether making stories, shoes, or rabbit hutches) can be done to the glory of God.” – C. S. Lewis

“Whether, then, you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” (1 Corinthians‬ ‭10:31‬ ‭NASB‬‬)

For those still wishing to pick up a copy of The Chronicles of Alethia: The Heir Comes Forth, click here to purchase either the paperback for $9.99 or the  Ebook  version for $4.99.

https://www.amazon.com/Heir-Comes-Forth-Chronicles-Alethia/dp/152143333X

WhatFansAreSaying

Advertisements

This Christmas Season

There are many bloggers out there that could probably put this more eloquently, but here is my effort to conceptualize what Christmas truly means.

If you were to ask random people on the street what they thought Christmas was really about what would they say? There’s been a tendency in our fast-paced modern society to speed through holidays and events with the same frantic attitude we sustain every other day of the year. Because of this, we often loose the opportunity to stop and reflect upon the true meaning of these special days.

Obviously even secular (nonreligious) sources point out the tendency for Christmas to become about gift-buying (not just giving) and seemingly endless activities and events that flood our calendars until we can’t breath let alone ponder their significance. Dr. Seuss’s How The Grinch Stole Christmas provides a welcome critique on how Christmas should not be about commercialism but about family and togetherness. Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol also reminds us of our need to extend charity and love to our fellow men. Yet these wonderful stories fall short of the true meaning of Christmas.

If you’ve seen the Charlie Brown Christmas Special, you’ve heard Linus quote Luke 2:8-14.

Yet this is only the beginning of the Christmas story. The birth of Jesus is only the beginning of a story whose climax is here:

This is what Christmas is all about. Not about Jesus being born, but in the fact that He came as a baby to die for our sins.

“”For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him.”

‭‭(John‬ ‭3:16-17‬ NASB)

I sincerely hope you keep your heart on the true meaning of the season. Take time to reflect upon what this season means for our hearts and souls. Make time for family and for Jesus. Thank Him for what He has done. God bless you all and Merry Christmas!

-R. S. Gullett and family.

Still Waiting

Still Waiting

Waiting on God’s timing can sometimes feel like an eternity; as if time itself has been stretched to an unbearable length, turning days into years. No one likes to wait, but some things are harder to wait for than others. One of the hardest things to wait on is God’s timing. So many times we pray for people, or events, or needs and yet God seems to remain silent. The only solace you can find when waiting is to learn to trust in God and His plan. 
The Bible says, in Psalms 27:14, “Wait for the Lord; Be strong and let your heart take courage; Yes, wait for the Lord.” (NASB) It is a constant internal struggle to wait on God. Our human nature tells us that we should do things our way; that our timing is best and the God is constantly late. 


The truth is that if we patiently wait for God’s timing, we will find strength and joy in Him; sometimes the wait is long and sometimes it just feels long. We just have to keep reminding ourselves that God is all knowing and as Jeremiah 29:11 states, “For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope.” 

As hard as it is to wait, I’d rather walk with the Lord, than try to get out ahead of Him. I’m not trying to be preachy, but rather to encourage all who read this of God’s grace and His love for you. Even when it seems He’s ignoring you or forgotten you, just remember His promises and His love. “Wait for the Lord; Be strong and let your heart take courage; Yes, wait for the Lord.” God’s moments are perfectly planned, and worth the wait.

A Quick Thought…

“For my mouth will utter truth; And wickedness is an abomination to my lips.” (‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭8:7‬ ‭NASB‬‬)

Hypothetical Scenario:
An amendment is added to the Ninth Commandment: Every time you lie, a minute will be taken away from your time here on earth.

Would you still be here? Would any of us still be here?

Just something to consider the next time we carelessly open our mouths. 

Thanks be to Jesus that all our past mistakes and words wrongfully spoken can be forgiven if we simply trust in Him.  (Hebrews 10:11-14; Romans 10:9-10, 13)

A Quick Thought…

I was reading through the news feed this morning and saw the latest headlines of violence, mistrust, and hatred that permeate our world today. I don’t know about you, my fellow writers, but I want my writing to help end these problems and not just call attention to them. 

The world is full of problems. Hatred, bigotry, poverty, war, death…the list goes on and on. Countless individuals, whose intentions are not in question, have attempted to right one or more of these wrongs. Charities, government programs, education, emphasis on tolerance, and yet the world’s problems persist and even continue to get worse. 

The real issue is that each and every one of us has a heart problem.  We are selfish. We focus on our own wants and desires and forsake our faith in Jesus Christ. We value our own lives and pleasures over the lives and needs of others. James 4:1-3.

Consider the Ten Commandments. The first five deal with our relationship with God and the second five deal with our relationship with others. 

“One of them, a lawyer, asked Him [Jesus] a question, testing Him, “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” And He said to him, ” ‘YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, AND WITH ALL YOUR SOUL, AND WITH ALL YOUR MIND.’ This is the great and foremost commandment. The second is like it, ‘YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.’ On these two commandments depend the whole Law and the Prophets.”” (‭‭Matthew‬ ‭22:35-40‬ ‭NASB‬‬)

Love God first with all your being and love others as you love yourself. If we obeyed these two statements, there would be not war, no greed, no selfishness, no hate. 

Our focus has shifted in this country from loving God and loving others to loving only ourselves. This selfishness has bred hatred of change, hatred toward any threat to our to possessions, hatred of anyone who doesn’t perfectly emulate our culture and traditions. 

God is not calling for us to be more tolerant. God is calling us to love Him and to love others. With love comes everything else. After all, Jesus loved us first and gave his life for us. 

“”For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.” (John‬ ‭3:16‬ ‭NASB‬‬)

You want true change to come to America? Start by changing your focus. Set your heart and focus on Jesus Christ, and then emulate His life by loving others more than yourself. 

Novel News Update: August 2.0

It’s finally here! Today, The Chronciles of Alethia: The Heir Comes Forth is rereleased to the public!

After Tate’s downfall and speaking with some local authors, I’ve decided to self publish with Amazon KDP. Now the novel is back on the market. Click here to purchase either the paperback or Ebook.

For those wanting a first edition, I still have many copies that can only be purchased through me. If you would like one, click on the book cover below to take you to my Amazon page.

Work on the sequel is still going well. I’ve managed to conplete the first 30 chapters thus far. Please keep checking in for more novel news!

As always, i want to thank all my readers! Your support and enthusiasm encourages me to continue my writing. You guys are irreplacable!

img_1277

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

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?