Wednesday, July 1, 2015

We shall be with Him forever!



For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord. Therefore comfort one another with these words.  1 Thess 4:16-18



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Monday, June 29, 2015

Do we give our pastors too much praise and attention?

Some of you may have heard about Tullian Tchividjian, Billy Graham's grandson, who resigned from pastoring Coral Ridge church in South Florida last week.  Apparently, he was having an affair. I don't know the details and don't want to know.  I used to go to Coral Ridge when I was a child, and I have very fond memories of Sunday School and Summer Bible camp where I learned all those great Bible Stories that stuck with me through the years (Especially those years I was away from God).  Though Tullian was not the pastor at that time, it really saddened me to hear of his fall.  Just a few years ago, Pastor Bob Coy of Calvary Chapel Fort Lauderdale also resigned for the same reasons. His church was even bigger, what they call a mega church these days. I also attended Calvary a few times when I was down in Florida visiting family. I highly respected both these pastors and truly believed them to be Godly men. I believe they were at one time truly committed to following the Lord. So, what happened? 

I call it Celebrity Syndrome.  And don't think you or I are immune to it. It's in our human nature to want to be admired, known, famous, praised, maybe even worshiped. It goes back to the Garden of Eden when Satan tempted Adam and Eve with the promise they would be like God.   Many churches these days, particularly the large ones, treat their pastors like gods. I've seen it over and over. The pastor knows everything. He is the supreme leader of the church, the man on stage every week, the man everyone wants to talk to, get counsel from, get prayed over by. He becomes, essentially, like a Hollywood celebrity in that church. Pastor Bob Coy used to have body guards escorting him around because of death threats on him. Talk about feeling important!!  Frankly, I don't see how all that fame and prestige would not go to someone's head.  Then once their pride kicks in, Satan knows he's got them. All he has to do is dangle some temptation in front of them, some gorgeous young woman who treats him like the god he believes he is.  (Obviously his wife at home doesn't appreciate him like he deserves, or so he thinks. Just speculating here)  And then, he gives in, and the deed is done.  Yet, he doesn't want to give up his fame, so he hides his wrongdoings and basically leads a double life. I don't know if that's the case in Tullian's situation, but Bob Coy hid is infidelity for years. Can you imagine preaching every Sunday knowing you are defying God during the week?

Anyway, I'm not judging these men. I'm actually saying that all of us are subject to this type of fall, especially if we find ourselves elevated to celebrity status.  But are we supposed to treat our pastors this way? I don't think it's Biblical to make the pastor the absolute head of a church. He has a role to play as pastor, shepherd and teacher but that is only one of many roles in the church:

And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ Ephesians 4:11


There's also a host of other gifts in the church that are supposed to be operating through the believers: 

Words of Wisdom
Words of Knowledge
Faith
Healing
Miracles
Prophecy
Discerning of Spirits
Mercy
Tongues
Giving
Helps
Administration
Etc....  

Do you know who the prophet(s) are in your church?  What about the evangelists? How about the teachers? The discerners? The healers?  I don't. All I know is the pastor. 

I guess my point is that the running of the church should be divided among several people, each with particular gifts for the work to which they are assigned.  There should never be one man set above any other. In fact, it would be best to have several different Bible teachers alternate on Sunday morning instead of always having one person give the sermon.  That way each person can keep his fellow worker accountable for their work, their lifestyle, their ministry, and can be there should they enter a time of temptation or struggle. 

Also, it is my strong opinion that Christianity is not a spectator sport!  Everyone in the church should get involved in the ministries of the church and use their unique God-given gifts to help grow the believers into true disciples and then take that message to the world. That's how they did it in the New Testament. Perhaps it is something we should follow as well.

 



Friday, June 26, 2015

Winner of The Reckoning and Off to Hawaii!

Hi Everyone, By the time you are reading this, hubby and I will be on a plane heading to Hawaii!  This is our first real vacation in Three ears. We are celebrating our 23rd Wedding anniversary.  I brought my Ipad with me so I'll have access to my website, but I won't be able to post pictures until I return.  I can't figure out how to do it from my Ipad onto this site. Grrr.  Anyway, I'll be returning next Friday, hopefully all refreshed and ready to start my next book.

(What will I be working on, you might ask? Click the Coming Soon tab above to find out!)

Thank you all for helping me celebrate the release of The Reckoning!!  I know how busy life is, yet you all found time to come visit me here and leave a comment. I wish I could give you all a free copy!
Last week's winner is Trixi!!!  (Chosen by Random.org)   Trixi, please send me your address when you get a chance. 

Now,  for the answer to last week's quiz.

“Hmm. Very well, I shall gladly take you home if you would but tell me where home is.”
She huffed. “San Diego, as you well know.”
Rowan had searched his maps and found only one reference to a San Diego Bay, but that could hardly be the place to which she referred. “This San Diego borders the Mal del Sur?”
“The what?”
“The South Sea.”
She merely stared at him.
“Nevertheless,” he continued, “’tis Spanish territory and you are clearly no papist.”
She seemed to sink into the mattress. “I am so tired of all this pretense, Rowan. Can we please stop?”

A. “I am trying to stop this madness,” he ground out. “If you would but cooperate.”
B.  Rowan leaned forward and reached for her hand.  "Very well, I will make every effort to annoy you no further."
C.  "And I am quite tired of your disrespect!" He stood and headed for the door. "You'll stay locked up another three days."
D.  Was the lady mad? Tears filled Rowan's eyes at the thought. "I offer my sincere apology, Lady Minx."

The answer is A!!  Most of you got it right, which makes me think I need to make these harder next time. LOL

Good news! So far The Reckoning is receiving great reviews: 25  5-stars!  I'm so honored and thrilled. So, if you haven't gotten your copy yet, what are you waiting for??  Only 4.99 for hours and hours of entertainment!  The paperback is also available at only $12.49.  Unfortunately, I have no say over that price due to printing costs.


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You also might be interested to know that I've hired a narrator for this book. The audio version will be available in September!















I pray all of you have a great weekend!  Picture me waving at you from Kauai. !

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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Escape to the Caribbean!


In Honor of my new release, The Reckoning!  This is the sensation I pray you feel when you are reading my romantic adventures! 

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Monday, June 22, 2015

The Reckoning by MaryLu Tyndall


When Morgan Shaw crept into the hold of an old pirate ship replica at San Diego’s Annual Tall  
Ship Festival, her only intention was to avoid the guy who had just dumped her and who was now boarding the ship with two women on his arm. What she didn’t expect was to wake up aboard a real pirate ship three hundred years in the past. But of course, it wasn’t real. Her wealthy father had obviously staged it all in an effort to get her mind off her upcoming chemo. Or had he?

Pirate Rowan Dutton seeks enough treasure to repay a debt to his sister and reinstate the Dutton name among British Jamaican Society. He is but one major haul away from accomplishing his goal when a strange woman appears on his ship and causes him to lose his prey. Despite his anger, he is enthralled with the little minx, her strange clothing, odd speech, and her insistence that they are all actors playing a charade paid for by her father.

Yet when the brazen little lady divulges Rowan’s secret to a longtime nemesis, events are triggered that could cost them both their lives and change the course of history forever. 



Available in both Ebook and Paperback, (And Audio, coming soon!)

Purchase Options:  Amazon  Barnes and Noble  Kobo   Itunes  GooglePlay

Main Characters

Captain Rowan Dutton


At only 22, Rowan Dutton has already made quite a name for himself on the Caribbean as a ruthless pirate. In fact, pirating seems to be the only thing he is good at. Belittled by an abusive father and feeling abandoned by the early death of his mother, Rowan grew up believing he was as worthless and spoiled as his father claimed. He turned to women, drink, and gambling to ease the pain and emptiness inside. The problem was, they only made things worse. In his efforts to help his sister with the family shipping business, Rowan gambled away one of the family's ships, and shame drove him to the seas on another of their ships in order to make back the fortune he lost. He is determined to amass enough money to prove to his sister that he isn't the wastrel everyone thinks he is. 

Despite his insecurities, Rowan is smart, capable, and courageous. He's loyal to a fault and possesses great determination to achieve his goal. He hides his kind heart beneath a sternness required for his suvival, but he will protect those he loves with his life.

Bad qualities:  Stubborn, proud, reckless, slob, competitive, manipulative, smooth operator, insecure, bad tempered.

Rowan has turned his back on God and has decided that gaining as much wealth and status is what gives a man value and purpose in this life.  When a strange woman appears on his ship and puts a kink in those plans, he isn't sure whether to toss her overboard or take her to his bed. 
Coming soon!!!!!!


  Miss Morgan Shaw


Morgan is not your typical American twenty-four year old woman, though she certainly appears to be. Raised in a broken home by a mother hooked on pills and a distant father obsessed with power and wealth, Morgan grew up shy, insecure, and suffering from acute anxiety and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. She considers herself to be average looking, even plain, and has gone through a string of loser boyfriends in the past six years, most of whom dumped her for no reason.  She believes she has a propensity for falling for the wrong man!  Regardless, she was able to get a masters in Information Science and land a good job at a high-tech company in San Diego where she leads project teams and is highly successful. Because of her OCD and Anxiety, she likes her life to be ordered and controlled. Everything that happens must be planned and thought out so she can keep her anxiety at a minimum. So, you can imagine what will happen when she gets transported 300 years in the past to a pirate ship!

Good Quailities:
Efficient, analytical, serious, detail-oriented, dependable, loyal, Smart, Kind-hearted, hard working, sense of humor

Bad Qualities
Rigid, Repressed, Unbending, Stubborn, Uptight, Insecure, Perfectionist, Fearful, Control Freak, Constantly seeks approval

Quirks: Morgan rubs her temples a lot when things aren't going as planned.  She obsessively cleans and sets to order everything around her, even things that don't belong to her. She can't seem to stop herself!

Enter the Pinterest World of The Reckoning!



Friday, June 19, 2015

The Reckoning Release Day!!

The Reckoning Release Party !

Please help me celebrate the release of The Reckoning! After putting months and months of blood, sweat, and tears into a book, we authors feel like we at least deserve a parade, a party, a live band, maybe some of those balloons falling from the ceiling!  Usually, we just sit at home by ourselves and begin plotting our next book.

Anyway, The Reckoning is available now for purchase in both paperback and ebook form!
You can order your copy from:  Amazon   Barnes and Noble  Kobo  or  Itunes    Paperback
However, Today is the last day to win a FREE paperback (US only) or Ebook (non US) 

First things first, last week's winner (chosen by Random.org) is Callie!!  Congratulations!  And thank you all for entering. 

In case you missed it, here's a bit about the story.


When Morgan Shaw crept into the hold of an old pirate ship replica at San Diego’s Annual Tall Ship Festival, her only intention was to avoid the guy who had just dumped her and who was now boarding the ship with two women on his arm. What she didn’t expect was to wake up aboard a real pirate ship three-hundred years in the past. But of course, it wasn’t real. Her wealthy father had obviously staged it all in an effort to get her mind off her upcoming chemo. Or had he? 
Pirate Rowan Dutton seeks enough treasure to repay a debt to his sister and reinstate the Dutton name among British Jamaican Society. He is but one major haul away from accomplishing his goal when a strange woman appears on his ship and causes him to lose his prey. Despite his anger, he is enthralled with the little minx, her strange clothing, odd speech, and her insistence that they are all actors playing a charade paid for by her father.
Yet when the brazen little lady divulges Rowan’s secret to a longtime nemesis, events are triggered that could cost them both their lives and change the course of history forever.

Last week, I posted an excerpt from the book and then gave you multiple choice answers to what the heroine would say next. Surprisingly, most of you got it right!! (Guess I made it too easy)
The answer from last week was C.  "Says the pirate." She arched a brow at him

This week, I'm posting another excerpt, and this time you have to guess what the hero will say. I hope you enjoy it!!

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He shifted in his seat, an unintentional groan spilling from his lips. The pesky cat mistook it as an invitation, for it squeezed from its mistress’ arms and leapt onto Rowan’s lap. The movement woke the fair lady. Her eyes suddenly popped open, and she leapt backward in her bed, slamming against the bulkhead.
“’Tis just me, Lady Minx.” Rowan tossed the drawing back onto the table, while inadvertently stroking the cat with his other hand.
Several seconds passed as wind whistled against the window and candlelight swayed over the edge of her cot.
“Have you come to steal my cat or my virginity?” she finally asked in a curt tone.
He laughed. “Neither, though the latter has some appeal.” He realized he was petting the infernal cat and set it on the floor.
“You may take your appeal, along with yourself, elsewhere.”
“It would serve you well to remember upon whose ship you sail.”
“It would serve you well to remember who is paying your salary.”
“Ah, the illusive father, of course.” He chuckled.
The kitten leapt onto the cot and disappeared into the shadows with its mistress.
“What is it you want, Rowan?” she asked. “You lock me in this stifling room for three days for no reason. And now, I’ve missed my onco—doctor’s appointment. I hope you’re happy with yourself.”
“I find myself nearly always so, Lady Minx.”
She huffed. “So I’ve noticed.”
Despite her insult, he found himself wishing he could see the sarcastic quirk of her lips.
Leaning back in the chair, he crossed arms over his chest. “In truth, I have come to make amends for my recent treatment, though you rightly deserved it and more.”
She laughed, then uttered one word emphatically. “Fail.”
Rowan searched his mind for any possible meaning. “I beg your pardon?”
“When an apology is followed by an insult, it loses its meaning.”
He rubbed his temples, seeking to stay the frustration churning there. “Do you wish to be free or not, Lady Minx?”
“Stop calling me that, and of course I do. But that will happen soon enough. Apologize properly or get out.”
The ship bucked and Rowan grabbed the candle holder before it slid to the deck. It gave him time to collect his temper, lest he say something he would regret. Still, anger seethed from his tone when he said, “For what offense? Saving you from ravishment, from being crushed to death by snake, or from a French prison?”
“For being rude and trying to bully me into interpreting your silly map.”
He growled. “A spoiled little chit, aren’t you?”
“You could use some lessons on how to apologize.”
“A million pardons, Lady Minx, if I have offended you.” That was as good an apology as she was going to get. He’d come here merely to watch her sleep, to ponder what Nick had told him, but the woman had a knack for pricking his ire.
She finally moved to the edge of the cot and swung her feet over the side. Candlelight flickered over features tainted with both fear and fatigue. She looked so thin, so frightfully thin, that his anger fled him.
“Edith informs me you haven’t been eating.”
“I told you I’m sick.”
“Hmm. Very well, I shall gladly take you home if you would but tell me where home is.”
She huffed. “San Diego, as you well know.”
Rowan had searched his maps and found only one reference to a San Diego Bay, but that could hardly be the place to which she referred. “This San Diego borders the Mal del Sur?”
“The what?”
“The South Sea.”
She merely stared at him.
“Nevertheless,” he continued, “’tis Spanish territory and you are clearly no papist.”
She seemed to sink into the mattress. “I am so tired of all this pretense, Rowan. Can we please stop?”

Now, guess what Rowan's response is:

A. “I am trying to stop this madness,” he ground out. “If you would but cooperate.”
B.  Rowan leaned forward and reached for her hand.  "Very well, I will make every effort to annoy you no further."
C.  "And I am quite tired of your disrespect!" He stood and headed for the door. "You'll stay locked up another three days."
D.  Was the lady mad? Tears filled Rowan's eyes at the thought. "I offer my sincere apology, Lady Minx."


Leave your answer in a comment along with your email and I will choose a winner next Friday!

Thanks for playing and have a great weekend!



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Wednesday, June 17, 2015

I will come back for you!



In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also. 

John 14:2-3