Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Work while it is day!


"We must work the works of Him who sent Me as long as it is day; night is coming when no one can work. While I am in the world, I am the Light of the world.” 

Jesus in John 9:4-5




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Monday, September 29, 2014

Are you too heavenly minded to be of any earthy good?

The real question should be Can you be too heavenly minded to be of any earthly good? 

Usually when someone says this about another believer they refer to the person's zeal for God. Perhaps this person constantly talks about God, maybe they always have their nose in the Bible, perhaps they are always shouting God's praises, always trying to tell everyone that God loves them. Maybe they volunteer constantly at church or they always want to pray for others. 

But is this a bad thing? Personally, I don't think anyone can be too heavenly-minded to be of any earthy good. In fact, I'll go a step further and say that the more heavenly-minded we are, the more earthly good we will be! 

Was Jesus too heavenly minded? Doesn't He fit the description above? Was He of any earthly value? I'd say He was the most valuable person who ever walked the earth!

But you might say, can't someone be so passionate for God that they turn others off? Absolutely!. Jesus turned a lot of people off.  Many people hated him. Does that make what He did or who He was any less important or valuable?   And aren't we supposed to follow in His footsteps?

Yet, I think some people shy away from becoming too zealous for God. They believe in Jesus, love Him, but they don't want to act like one of those "religious nuts" .  They use this phrase about being too heavenly minded as a excuse for their complacent Christianity. After all, they don't want to turn people away! They want to draw them in!

But I say to them, how you can draw people in to something you don't have? In truth, it has been my experience that the closer I become to God, the more a part of my every thought and action He becomes, the more people are drawn to me. Why? Because the world is looking for something real. They are tired of fake ads and fake claims and broken promises. If God is real, they want to see His life operating through His followers.  Otherwise, the joy salvation peace and purpose He offers is just another empty claim.

Will people reject you? Make fun of you? (Even some Christians) Absolutely! But you're in good company!

I should probably end this here but I have one more thing to add. I do believe that  a person can be too religiously minded to be any earthly good. These are the pharisee types who instead of telling others about God's love, they tell them about their sin. How they shouldn't be doing this and they shouldn't live like that, etc. I believe those kind of people do the most damage of all. 

Let's strive not to be religiously minded but to be Christ-minded! Let's strive to be zealous in our faith, to speak of, to think of, to breathe in God every minute. And then watch who He will send your way. 




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Friday, September 26, 2014

Friday Frenzy


First things first, Last week's winner of TALK LIKE A PIRATE day contest is:  Yvonne!!
Congratulations Yvonne and well done! 

Only two people got them all right. 
Two people got two right
Seven people got one right and
Two people got zero right !

I was surprised more people didn't attempt the test. Perhaps I made it too hard?  Anyway here be the answers, ye scalawags!

1. Fuddler - "Hold on there! There be no call to put the fuddler's name on your newfound shipmate."
  A.  Someone who makes mistakes all the time
  B. A big ugly booze-soaked rummy!
  C. A sailor who is so slow, he moves like a sea turtle
  D. A pirate who stutters when he speaks

2. Dastard - "Must I consort with roguish dastards, hobnob with knaves, make fellowship wi' villainy and common cause with debauched rascaldom?" 
 A. Mean-hearted people
 B. Back-stabbing pirates
 C. Cowards
 D. Ignorant people

3. Bumboat - "Pieces of Eight, Pieces of Eight, who hailed you, you old bumboat!"
  A. Unimpressive, Inadequate
  B. Lazy 
  C. Greedy
  D. Beggar 

And now for the hardest one, ye've got to translate the entire sentence into English. Which one is correct?

4. Ye got yer captain scuppered now, ye chunks of rotted seahorse. Yer last task went by the boards, so either fish or cut bait or I'll make ye swallow the anchor!

A. Your captain is quite sick of your disgusting fishy smell. Your last chore went as expected, but now you must get on with it or I'll toss you overboard

B. Your captain had too much to drink, thanks to you miscreants. You tossed your fishing net overboard so either jump in and get it or I'll tie you to the anchor!

C. Your captain is at a loss, you slimy scumbags. You missed your last opportunity so either get on with it or I'll force you to give up your life at sea.



Book News!

Tears of the Sea (my mermaid story) is available PRE-ORDER on Amazon!!  And I hope to have it up on Barnes and Noble soon. So, hurry and get it at it's introductory price of only $3.99 !











 In other news, I'm also a part of a 10 book Boxed set of Inspirational Romances called Red Hot Squeaky Clean Romance! Cool name, huh?  This set includes both historical and contemporary romances with a time travel thrown in.  My contribution was my very first book, The Redemption. Regardless of whether you've read that one or not, this set is being sold for only 99 cents for a limited time. It will go up to 9.99 after that.  So, you can get 10 novels for only 99 cents!!!!!  It's a fabulous deal! You can preorder now here at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Kobo





I'm starting a new thing on Fridays called Writing Tips. It will just be a sentence or two about things I've learned about writing. So if you are a writer or know writers out there, tell them to drop by. 

Friday Writing Tip:  When you're writing a scene from a character's point of view, remember to not only see what they see and hear what they hear, but feel what they feel, smell what they smell, and taste what they taste (If appropriate). You don't have to put all the senses in each scene but if you want your reader to feel like he or she is in your character's shoes, injecting some of these other senses will really help.

 
That's it for now!!!
Have a Great Weekend, everyone!




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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Be strong and courageous!


Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go. 

Joshua 1:9



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Monday, September 22, 2014

Get your nose out of the air and into the dirt!

Even though I am free of the demands and expectations of everyone, I have voluntarily become a servant to any and all in order to reach a wide range of people: religious, nonreligious, meticulous moralists, loose-living immoralists, the defeated, the demoralized—whoever. I didn’t take on their way of life. I kept my bearings in Christ—but I entered their world and tried to experience things from their point of view. I’ve become just about every sort of servant there is in my attempts to lead those I meet into a God-saved life. I did all this because of the Message. I didn’t just want to talk about it; I wanted to be in on it!  1 Corinthians 9:19-23  (The Message)

I hope you didn't just skim over the passage above. I normally don't quote from The Message, but in this case, it portrayed this particular passage so well, I had to use it. 

The Apostle Paul was an amazing man and disciple of Christ. His main goal in life was to save the Lost, to draw people to Christ so they wouldn't spend eternity in hell. Like Jesus, Paul used whatever means he could to accomplish this goal. He hung out with all sorts of people, prostitutes, the riff-raff of society as well as Greek intellectuals and religious zealous. And in each case, he conformed himself to their way of thinking and life. No, he didn't sin, but he became like them so that they could relate to him so that he could eventually tell them about Jesus. 

If you claim to be a Christian, what is your main goal? Is it to live as good a life as you can? Buy that house and car and raise your kids and pray God blesses you with a good retirement and good health?  Or is it to save as many people from hell as you can? And if so, what are you willing to do to achieve that goal? 

Are you willing to go to a night club with a friend who isn't saved is she asks you? Or will you look down your nose at her and tell her you would never set foot in a place like that?  (Think of the witnessing opportunities in such a place!)  Would you go up and talk to someone covered in tattoos and piercings or would you turn away in disgust? How about the young girl in your neighborhood who dresses promiscuously?  Do you avoid her, shocked at her fleshly display? What about the teenager who smokes pot down the street? The couple who are living together in sin next door?  Do you steer clear of them? How about that gay couple on the next block? Would you accept an invitation to dinner?

How are we going to save these people if we don't associate with them on their level? We Christians (and I include myself in this as well) are the most judgmental people on the planet! We pick, and criticize and judge each other and the world for every little thing we see as being against God's law. Isn't that what Jesus came to abolish? I'm not saying we should go out and join sinners in their sinful activities, but we should go out and join sinners!  And we should do whatever we can to make them feel comfortable with us, so they see us as friends and not self-righteous people who look down our noses at them!

Honestly, I've met some Christians lately that if I weren't already saved, I'd never want to become a Christian. Too often we live in our Christian bubbles and end up being just like the Pharisees Jesus despised. 

Sometimes as a Christian writer, I feel like I can never win. From the book cover to the story content to the characters and theme, there's always either some Christian who finds me offensive or some non-believer who finds me too prudish!  In fact, MOST of my criticism has come from Christians. Again I remind myself that my ultimate goal is the reach the lost. If I need to put a cover on a book that may look a bit salacious (without crossing the line) or if I include a word or a scene that some find objectionable YET a non-believer reads the story and enjoys it and starts thinking about God, then I've done my job! 

Like Paul, I want to become whoever or whatever I can in order to save as many as I can.  (Yet without sinning)  I am not without guilt in this regard, so please do not misunderstand this post. I write it to myself as well as to any of us.  But be forewarned that someday, though it is never my intention,  I may offend you. 

Yet I must stay the course God has put me on.




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Friday, September 19, 2014

Talk Like a Pirate Day!! Contest and Win a Book!

First things first, Last week's winner of Ane Mulligan's debut Novel, Chapel Springs Revival  is Cyndi!!!!  Congratulations Cyndi! I know you'll enjoy the story. Thanks to all who dropped by and supported Ane. It meant a lot to her!
 



ARGH!!  Today be Annual Talk Like a Pirate Day! And in honor of such an auspicious occasion, I'm havin' a contest to see which of ye Scalawags knows yer pirate lingo the best!! 

The winner will receive a copy o' any o' me pirate tales (The Redemption, The Reliance, The Restitution, or The Ransom) Plus a FINE Illustrated History of Pirates heretofore mentioned and
shown to the right. (Sorry I can only ship in the USA)

All ye needs to do is leave a comment with yer answers and include yer email address sos I can slip a message in a bottle to ye if ye win. 

So, let the games begin!
What does the word in bold mean?

1. Fuddler - "Hold on there! There be no call to put the fuddler's name on your newfound shipmate."
  A.  Someone who makes mistakes all the time
  B. A big ugly booze-soaked rummy!
  C. A sailor who is so slow, he moves like a sea turtle
  D. A pirate who stutters when he speaks

2. Dastard - "Must I consort with roguish dastards, hobnob with knaves, make fellowship wi' villainy and common cause with debauched rascaldom?" 
 A. Mean-hearted people
 B. Back-stabbing pirates
 C. Cowards
 D. Ignorant people

3. Bumboat - "Pieces of Eight, Pieces of Eight, who hailed you, you old bumboat!"
  A. Unimpressive, Inadequate
  B. Lazy 
  C. Greedy
  D. Beggar 

And now for the hardest one, ye've got to translate the entire sentence into English. Which one is correct?

4. Ye got yer captain scuppered now, ye chunks of rotted seahorse. Yer last task went by the boards, so either fish or cut bait or I'll make ye swallow the anchor!

A. Your captain is quite sick of your disgusting fishy smell. Your last chore went as expected, but now you must get on with it or I'll toss you overboard

B. Your captain had too much to drink, thanks to you miscreants. You tossed your fishing net overboard so either jump in and get it or I'll tie you to the anchor!

C. Your captain is at a loss, you slimy scumbags. You missed your last opportunity so either get on with it or I'll force you to give up your life at sea.

 (So leave a comment with your answers and email. If there's a tie, I'll use random.org to pick a winner!)


And before you leave, I have one last thought on Pirates!
Pirates can be romantic, too!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

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Daleigh McDermott finds a journal penned by her late father which sparks a dangerous investigation into his death with the assistance of Ryan Shields, the only man who believes her. 

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Officer Kylen Sumner and Taysia Green have a history. He's broken her heart more than once. So when he returns home claiming he just might be in love with her, she wants nothing to do with him. If only her heart would get the message! 

Sapphire Ice; Jewel Series, Book 1, by Hallee Bridgeman 
The men in unbeliever Robin Bartlett's life have only ever been users. Believer Tony Viscolli's arrival and relentless interest in Robin both infuriates and intrigues her. 

A Love for Delicious; Woman of Courage series, Book 1, by Cynthia Hickey 
Widowed newlywed Delicious (Delly) finds herself stuck with 5 stepchildren all under age 13 on the opposite side of the country from Oregon and their uncle. She hits the trail, promising to do anything to gain the children their birthright and protect it from those out to take it. Can she guard her heart against the handsome trail guide, Zeke Williams? 

Waiting for Rachel; Those Karlsson Boys, Book 1, by Kimberly Rae Jordan 
Rachel Perkins is a loner who feels certain she's not the right woman for Damian Karlsson. Damien feels otherwise and is willing to do what it takes to change her mind and her heart. 

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Disguised as a squire, Lady Annyn Bretanne sets off on a quest to avenge her brother's murder by Baron Wulfrith. When her disguise is unveiled, they each face tests of faith and resolve. 

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Grace is an opera singer forced by a stalker to go into hiding in a small town. There, in that most unexpected of places, Grace finds elusive love and claims her faith. 

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Hannah has the ability to time travel but there are consequences. After saving a family injured in a car accident, Hannah wakes the next morning to find her yesterday was five years ago! 

The Redemption; Legacy of the King's Pirates, Book 1, by MaryLu Tyndall 
Lady Charlisse Bristol sets off on a voyage in search of the father she never knew, only to find herself shipwrecked on a desert island. Near starvation, she is rescued -- by a band of pirates and their fiercely handsome leader, Edmund Merrick. 

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