Saturday, April 29, 2017

Saturday's Mad Mad World


Greetings, Watchmen and women!  Here's this week's crazy news. I don't see how anyone could read these each week and not admit that we are living in the final days before our Lord's return.
Have a wonderful weekend!


Wars and Rumors of Wars

US deploys Anti-missile complex to South Korea
Air force to launch test missile off California coast 
UK risks being wiped off the map by nuclear counterstrike 
Iran violating nuclear deal
Japan warns citizens they only have 10 minutes warning if N. Korea fires a missile
North Korea carries out live fire drills
N. Korea media issues threat to wipe out America
Top US military commander accuses Russia of arming Taliban
Washington D.C. to hold massive terror attack drill
Russia building largest aircraft carrier to take on the US
US War Fleet within strike range of North Korea 
North Korea says 5 million young fighters ready to annihilate US with nuclear bombs 
US preparing to evacuate 230,000 Americans from South Korea 
Feds hold nuclear attack drills in New Jersey 

Apostasy

False gospel claims Judas was crucified, not Jesus
Most Christian's lack of knowledge of the Bible causes immorality 
Christian abortionists promote the practice 
Only 1 in 5 Americans read the entire Bible.

World Government - loss of freedom

Google determined to root out "fake news"
Germany's speech police target truth 
How the Obama administration used fake news to influence public opinion

Earthquakes/Famines/Pestilence

America's debt bomb is about to explode
6.9 Earthquake strikes Chile 
Feds conduct Ebola drill 
Renewed Zika outbreak on Texas border 
Small earthquake shakes up Lancaster county
Twin earthquakes shake western Turkey 
Earthquake swarm near the coast of Chile
3.7 Earthquake strikes Colorado 
Floods displace 17,000 after 15 inches of rain fell in 24 hours

Signs in the sky

Mysterious noises heard in the sky for over 10 years and nobody has an explanation
Strange aurora phenomena in the sky baffles Scientists

Deception

People are seeing UFO's everywhere

Persecution

Kim Kardashain portraying herself as the Virgin Mary
Ethiopia moves to ban churches with fewer than 6000 members 
Pentecostals and Evangelicals the most persecuted groups of Christianity 
Pastor confronted by Satanist outside abortion clinic
Christian baker refuses to back down after Gov punishes him for refusing to bake a gay wedding cake
LBGT teacher bans cross necklaces in class
Prayer at Michigan Town Hall meeting drowned out by shouts of "Separation of Church and State"

Immorality/Evil

Disney perverts yet another classic with gay agenda
Up to 60 teens swarm train to rob passengers
Bruce Jenner threatens Republicans over LGBT rights
Violent protests grip France after election results 
Man who identifies as woman sues Idaho over refusing to change birth certificate 
Harvard guide says gender can change from day to day

Israel

Anti-semitic acts spike in US since Trump's election
PLO leader says there will be no peace in middle east until the Israeli occupation ceases
Jihadist claims Islamic State will surround Israel


Good news

Trump Cabinet praying and studying Bible together
Massive national day of prayer draws 700,000 people in South Africa


 

Friday, April 28, 2017

Re-Release of Veil of Pearls!



I'm thrilled to announce that  I have re-published my novel, Veil of Pearls!  My publisher took it off market a couple of months ago and only old copies of the paperback can be found online for purchase.  UNTIL TODAY!

I edited it and put a new cover on it. What do you think? I LOVE the cover. It was done by a friend of mine, Lynnette Bonner of  Indiecoverdesign, who is also a fabulous author!  While the basic story remains the same, I did edit it here and there, added some dialogue, and tightened the writing. It was fun for me to get back into the story and reconnect with my old friends, Adalia Winston and Morgan Rutledge.

Veil of Pearls won the Laurel Award in 2013 and also was a Romantic Times Top Pick.

4 1/2 Star Review  Top Pick from Romantic Times--You'll be instantly transported to the sights, sounds, and smells of 1812 Charleston, S.C., in Tyndall's latest.  Adalia, Morgan and their friends come alive, and you will experience their joys and sadness along with them.  It will take a moment to remember this is 2012, not 1812, when you put the book down.   --Cheryl Hanson, Romantic Times, August 2012

Veil of Pearls by MaryLu Tyndall is a wonderfully complex, romantic love story about forbidden love and racial prejudice. At the heart of the tale is a strong, courageous woman who risks all for love. It is a poignant portrayal of the prejudices of slavery and its effect on white and black people alike. The characters have depth; Morgan and Adalia both experience inner struggles to shed their past. This is an enduring novel of great depth. Beautifully written, it explores how far the human spirit will journey for freedom and love. This story was a real pleasure to read. Highly recommended. 
(Mirella Patzer Historical Novel Review 2012-07-04)

Instead of telling you the storyline, I thought I'd show you with this wonderfully made book trailer.




If you haven't read this book, I know you're going to love it!   If you have, you may still want to get this new version with the new cover!

Purchase from Amazon



Tomorrow I will post about our crazy world events. Stay tuned.
 Have a great weekend!


Wednesday, April 26, 2017



And He led them on safely, so that they did not fear; But the sea overwhelmed their enemies.

Psalm 78:53 





Monday, April 24, 2017

How to battle Satan and win, Part 3!



If you've been a believer for awhile, then you will probably be aware of the OFFENSIVE weapon I'm discussing today. The WORD of God!  No doubt you've heard sermons on this topic, but I hope to add a couple of things you may not have heard.

And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. Ephesians 6:17

After all, this is the weapon Jesus, Himself, used when he battled Satan in the desert for 40 days. We would do well to study His method. We would do well to study Satan's method too, because he's been using the same methods for years. Nope, he's not very original.

  • Satan will take a half-truth, even something from Scripture, and use it to tempt you to sin 
  • Satan will play upon your greatest weaknesses. He knows you. He's been watching you for years. In Jesus's case, He had no weaknesses, so Satan merely played upon the general weaknesses found among humans

The lust of the flesh - food!
If You are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread.

The pride of life - 
“If You are the Son of God, throw Yourself down. For it is written:
‘He shall give His angels charge over you,’ and, ‘In their hands they shall bear you up, Lest you dash your foot against a stone.’


The lust of the eyes
Again, the devil took Him up on an exceedingly high mountain, and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. And he said to Him, “All these things I will give You if You will fall down and worship me.

For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the Father but is of the world. 1 John 2:16

We finally see what Satan ultimately wants: He wants our worship.
If he can't get our worship, he will try and stop us from worshiping God

The offensive tactic
Use the truth of Scripture against Satan. In each case, Jesus countered with the Word of God. You can read the exchange in Matthew 4.  We can do the same.

Sounds easy, right?  Well, it isn't that simple.
First of all, you have to KNOW Scripture. When I say know, I mean you have to be reading the Bible every day. Not just reading, but studying, and praying over it, asking the Holy Spirit for insight. The Word of God must take precedence in your life. While I like devotionals and I love sermons, you shouldn't be getting the Word strictly from those things. It has to be personal

Secondly, you can't just use any Scripture to counter the enemy. 

  • It must be a Scripture that God has shown you is relevant to your situation
  • It must be a Scripture that is appropriate in context. 

When I say relevant, I don't just mean that it must address the temptation or the attack, but I mean that it should be a verse the Lord has shown you during your many readings of the Bible. It should be a verse that popped off the page to you in regard to your particular situation. For example, I have prodigals that I pray for all the time. During my reading of Scripture, God has led me to many verses about the children of the righteous being saved. Remember the Bible is living and active. It is one of the ways God speaks to us. So, while I'm praying for my kids and reading the Bible, WHAM!  this verse will leap off the page right into my heart. Here's one that did so recently:

Proverbs 11:21 Assuredly, the evil man will not go unpunished, But the descendants of the righteous will be delivered.

Now, whenever Satan comes lurking and tells me my children are going to hell, I pull out this verse and speak it out loud. And I believe it!  Then whoosh, Satan is gone! and the fear with it.

You can do this with any situation you are faced with. If you don't have a verse, pray and dive into the Bible. God will give you one.  Verses can also pop out at you from devotionals or while you are listening to sermons too.  Just make sure you get alone with God and bring the verse to Him. I emphasize this only because all too often I see Christians shouting out verses they've heard that God has not given them for their personal situation and also because they don't understand the true meaning of it ..... which leads me to my next point.

When I say it must be appropriate in context I mean that you must meet the conditions, if any.
For example, there are many promises in the Bible, for protection, finances, provision, health, etc. but when you read them in context, many of them have conditions. You can only use a Scripture if you meet the condition. Sorry, but otherwise, you are only giving Satan ammunition against you. He knows whether you meet the condition or not.

Let's say you're under attack and you're asking for protection and claiming the verse about angels in Psalm 91.
For He will give His angels charge concerning you,
To guard you in all your ways.
 They will bear you up in their hands,
That you do not strike your foot against a stone.

 
If you read the entire Psalm, you discover there are conditions for God's protection. You must love Him and you must dwell in His shelter.

He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High
Will abide in the shadow of the Almighty.

 ....
Because he has loved Me, therefore I will deliver him;
I will set him securely on high, because he has known My name


Let's say you're countering Satan's claim that you will not have enough money for food this week with the Scripture from Philippians
And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus. 

But did you know that when Paul said this, he preceded it by praising the Philippians for their generosity in giving to Paul to assist with his ministry? In other words, God's provision was a result of their generosity.

I could go on and on, but you get the point.  Don't just take a verse out of context and play the name-it, claim-it game. Neither satan or God are impressed.  If you want to really use the Word of God effectively as a weapon against our enemy, you will need to really KNOW the Word of God, meet the conditions, and allow the Holy Spirit to lead you to the right verses when you need them the most.

I have a list of such verses the Lord has led me to. I memorize them and use them when needed. If you do the same, I think you'll discover, as I have, that satan will bother you less and less.



Friday, April 21, 2017

Friday's Mad Mad World!


 

Now when these things begin to happen, look up and lift up your heads, because your redemption draws near.  

Jesus, Luke 21:28


Persecution

Christian conference threatened by armed Islamic assailant
Heavily armed Muslim man threatens Christian group 
Parents who object to transgender bathrooms are trouble makers 
Muslim gangs attack Christians in Australia
Christian couple who refused to teach that Easter bunny was real lost foster kids
Man stripped, beaten, and shot for posting against Islam on Facebook 
We have entered a time when Islamic Terrorists will specifically target Christians in the U.S. 
Pastor in China detained for singing "Jesus loves you"
Turkey's Erdogan's new power very bad news for Christians
Wisconsin police station remove "Officer's prayer" amid pressure from Atheists

Israel

80,000 gather at Western wall to receive blessing during Passover

Wars and Rumors of Wars

Russian claims its electronic bomb can wipe out entire US navy
FBI reports Radical Terrorist threats are in all 50 States 
Close call with Russian bombers near Alaska
Marines deployed in Australia amid N. Korean threat 
NATO military drills lure hundreds of troops to Latvia 
Royal Navy detects Russian Warships in English Channel 
Russia moving troops to N. Korean border 
North Korea threatens that nuclear war could break out at any minute 
U.S. and South Korea prepare for war 
U.S. F-35 Fighter jets arrive in Europe for the first time 
U.S. sends largest deployment of troops to Somalia since Black Hawk Down 
China is seriously concerned N. Korea could spark nuclear war 
French police find bombs intended to disrupt presidential election 

Immorality/Evil

Will your child's school silently promote the LGBT agenda?
The latest marriage perversion - fixed term contracts
Theater production portrays Jesus's mother as a lesbian
Couple dress as a demon and witch to torture grandkids
Government approves gay lifestyle drug 
Atlanta theater stages gay versions of Bible Stories 
Three-parent fertility technique takes off in Mexico City

Rise of Islamic Caliphate

Turks vote to give away their democracy - Erdogan on his way to becoming Caliph

Earthquakes Pestilences famines, oh my

6.0 Earthquake strikes Peru
Massive flooding in Iran leave 40 dead 
By 2020 two-thirds of wildlife will be wiped out
Bill Gates warns Bio-Terrorism could wipe out millions 

Apostasy

Denver unveils Church of Cannibas
Church going parents think it's okay their son practices witchcraft

Signs/Sounds in the sky

Strange trumpet sounds heard in New Mexico
Loud boom and shaking as giant fireball explodes over Queensland Australia 
Nine year old boy has vision of asteroid striking the earth and nuclear war 
Mysterious boom in New South Wales has citizens concerned

Socialism - loss of freedom

New Trend- mobs of angry students shut down free speech

Good news!

Lion rescues Christians from militants! (Such a cool story)
College football coach not backing down after Atheist go after his social media posts
Isolated people react to hearing about Jesus for the first time!
Children of man killed by Facebook killer give stunning testimony on Anderson Cooper
Thousands gather at Lincoln Memorial to celebrate Jesus


Have a great weekend, everyone!


Wednesday, April 19, 2017

By awesome deeds in righteousness You will answer us,
O God of our salvation,
You who are the confidence of all the ends of the earth,
And of the far-off seas;
 Who established the mountains by His strength,
Being clothed with power;
 You who still the noise of the seas,
The noise of their waves,
And the tumult of the peoples.
 They also who dwell in the farthest parts are afraid of Your signs;
You make the outgoings of the morning and evening rejoice.

Psalm 65:5-8 



Monday, April 17, 2017

Proof of Jesus's Resurrection!

There is enough evidence for the Resurrection of Jesus that were it taken to court today, Judge and Jury would be forced to admit it's true.  It is one of the things that put the final seal on my fledgling faith years ago.  I'll just give five snippets of the best arguments for the Resurrection below. May they strengthen your faith.  We serve a living Savior!

The Empty Tomb
Although made secure by a Roman guard, the tomb was found empty by several of the women disciples, then  later by several of His closest followers.  In addition, the earliest writings confirm the fact that the tomb was found empty. The Jewish religious leaders were strongly opposed Jesus and His teaching, and were prepared to go to any length to see that His body remain in the tomb because Jesus had predicted several times that He would rise again. The disciples preached the resurrection of Jesus first in Jerusalem, not in some far off land.  If the tomb had NOT been empty, they would never have been able to pull this off.  Adversaries would simply have pointed to the tomb and the body within it and rejected their message. In New Testament writing there are many references to the fact of the resurrection, but NONE defending the empty tomb.  Why?  The answer should be obvious:  this was not a point of contention -- everyone, friend and foe, KNEW the tomb was empty.
 

 Broken Roman Seal
The seal on the tomb where Jesus was laid was placed there by the authority of Rome. It stood for the power and authority of the Roman Empire. The consequences of breaking the seal were extremely severe. The FBI and CIA of the Roman Empire were called into action to find the man or men who were responsible. If they were apprehended, it meant automatic execution by crucifixion upside down. Even more confusing was why the Roman guards ordered to keep watch over Jesus' tomb ran off? When they knew that doing so was punishable by death. Something pretty dramatic must have happened to scare away the bravest military men of that time.



They couldn't have moved the body. 
The theory that the Jewish or Roman authorities moved Christ's body is no more reasonable an explanation for the empty tomb than theft by the disciples. If the authorities had the body in their possession or knew where it was, why, when the disciples were preaching the resurrection in Jerusalem, didn't they say, "Wait! We moved the body! See, here it is! He didn't rise from the grave."
 The disciples began preaching the message of Christ crucifixion and resurrection in the very place it had happened -- not in some distant land.  If Jesus was still in His tomb, they simply could not have done this -- no one would have believed them.  But as Peter began preaching, "over 3,000" souls were saved that day.


Jesus was SEEN alive over a period of weeks by many people, at many different places.


It was Christ's post-resurrection appearances that assured His followers that He had indeed risen from the dead.  After He arose the Bible reports He was seen by ...

A.  the women as they returned from the tomb, after having seen the angel (Matthew 28:1-10)
B.  Mary Magdalene at the tomb, during her second visit to the site (John 20:10-18, Mark 16:9-11)
C:  to Peter the day of the resurrection (Luke 24:34)
D.  to two disciples on the road to Emmaus (Luke 24:13-35, Mark 16:12-13)
E.  to ten of the apostles the evening of Easter Sunday (Luke 24:36-40, John 20:19-23, Mark 16:14-18)
F.  after eight days to the eleven apostles, including Thomas (John 20:26-29) 
G.  to some of the disciples fishing at the sea of Galilee (John 20:20-28)
H.  to all of the apostles on a mountain in Galilee (Matthew 28:16-20)
I.    to James (1 Cor: 15:7)
J.   to all of the apostles on the Mount of Olives (Luke 24:50-52; Mark 16:19)
K.  to 500 additional believers at one time (1 Cor. 15:6)
L.   to Paul on the road to Damascus (1 Cor.15:8)

All of these people were eyewitnesses to His resurrection.  They saw Him, touched Him, ate with Him, and spoke with Him.

The lives of the disciples were radically transformed. (My personal favorite!)
Jesus's disciples went from cowering followers who abandoned Jesus when He was arrested, to bold proclaimers of the good news of the gospel at the risk of their lives.  Nearly ALL his apostles were killed for their faith as a result.  People will die for something they believe to be true, but they will never die for something they know is a lie.  If they hadn't seen Jesus alive, then all of them were lying.  And let's not forget the millions of early Christians who were persecuted for proclaiming Jesus as Lord. If there was no resurrection and they knew it, why were they willing to die so violently?

"This scared, frightened band of the apostles, which was just about to throw away everything in order to flee in despair to Galilee; when these peasants, shepherds, and fishermen, who betrayed and denied their master and then failed him miserably, suddenly could be changed overnight into a confident mission society, convinced of salvation and able to work with much more success after Easter than before Easter, then no vision or hallucination is sufficient to explain such a revolutionary transformation." - Jewish Rabbi Pinchas Lapide


And the final evidence of Jesus's Resurrection!

LIVES TRANSFORMED:  Perhaps you've seen this in your own life and in the lives of your believer family and friends, but let me tell you that for myself and my husband, our lives have been so radically changed, that I KNOW there's no power on earth that can change a heart except the power of the risen Jesus.

Both my husband and I were horrible people before we knew Jesus. Selfish, greedy, self-centered, immoral. Both of us drank heavily, both of us partied hard, both of us slept around. My husband was a Harley-riding bad boy and I was a beautiful divorcee who was looking for a good time.  I'm sorry if this bursts many of your opinions of me, but that's the truth. I'm sharing this embarrassing part of my past with you so you can see for yourself, the proof that Jesus is alive!   I came to my senses and turned back to God 23 years ago. My husband took a little longer, but he followed 10 years after and today we both love the Lord and serve Him with all our hearts.  I've seen such a transformation in my husband, that sometimes I have to blink and make sure I'm not dreaming. He's patient, kind, selfless, understanding, supportive... all the things he never was before. We haven't argued in years. People do not change so late in life....if anything, they get worse as time goes on. Our transformation is undeniable proof that Jesus is alive in our hearts.

May you be ever convinced in the divinity of Jesus Christ, His death to pay for the punishment due us, and His resurrection in order that we, too, will some day be resurrected to eternal glory!!