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  2. Just my two cent's worth here. It was pointed out to me that other writers are our collegues NOT our competitiors.
  3. Chris, thanks for the great devotional today. The passages you quoted reminded me of the basis for my own faith and the cornerstone of my wife's and my ministry - Faith On Every Corner. Our company motto is "We live by faith." Craig
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  5. Still Living by Faith I ended up in Hebrews 11 this morning. I have a daily reading plan that I use, but I also like to venture off and just see what comes my way. But this really spoke to me, and I hope it does you as well. “Faith shows the reality of what we hope for; it is the evidence of things we cannot see. Through their faith, the people in days of old earned a good reputation” (Hebrews 11:1-2). “It was by faith that Abel brought a more acceptable offering to God than Cain did” (Heb. 11:4). “It was by faith that Enoch was taken up to heaven without dying - For before he was taken up, he was known as a person who pleased God” (Heb. 11:5). “It was by faith that Noah built a large boat to save his family from the flood. He obeyed God, who warned him about things that had never happened before” (Heb. 11:7). “It was by faith that Abraham obeyed when God called him to leave home and go to another land that God would give him as his inheritance” (Heb. 11:8). “It was by faith that even Sarah was able to have a child, though she was barren and was too old. She believed that God would keep his promise” (Heb. 11:11). Now this is the verse that really touched my heart and made me really think about a lot of things. “All these people died still believing what God had promised them. They did not receive what was promised, but they saw it all from a distance and welcomed it.” (Heb. 11:13). Look at how faithful all of these people were. Abraham left his home and spent his whole life living in a tent. Living in a tent! They trusted God with everything in them. If this was you or I, we would not have done this. We would have given up so easily and just went back home. We would have returned back to what was comfortable for us - what we know. We do not like living life by faith. But when we experience Christ, we are confident and comfortable living a life of faith and trusting Him. We realize that this place we live in, we are exiles, because our real home is with Jesus Christ! We have a heavenly home. This is what drives that obedience and trust found in the people of old. I hope you are encouraged by this and reminded that everything you see before you will one day be gone. A lot of people work their whole lives because they want to leave behind something for their family - a house, a car, money, etc. I tell you that I have learned that the best thing you can leave behind for your family is your faith in Jesus Christ. Are you living a life of faith that will impact those around you? Do not get me wrong - there is nothing bad about working hard and making sure your family is taken care of. I do that myself. But the best way you can take care of them is to have a strong relationship and trust in the Lord Jesus Christ. Be Encouraged, Chris
  6. Please let us know how it goes. I'm curious how they handle this.
  7. A very dramatic statement, but while this article lists a number of potential problems for churches, it fails to (even once) refer to the specific law that is behind the alleged problems. So it all becomes what the ADF thinks could happen. I live and work at a church in Massachusetts - one of the most liberal states in the country. Not too long ago they passed a bathroom ordnance to accommodate transgenders. Churches were scrambling because the if they didn't have bathrooms that complied with the new ordnance, they could be shut down or sued. Well, the state (commonwealth, actually) almost immediately clarified the law to exempt churches, because there's no way it could stand up to federal laws. They actually did a similar thing when it came to LGBTQ employment laws a few years ago. So I very much doubt that VA would/could do something like this, and if they did, it'll likely get clarified soon.
  8. Yes and no. I've noticed that my US product sites only contain reviews from the US. However, if I go to the UK product site, it leads with UK reviews, but then also lists my top "international" reviews (most of which are from the US). I went "incognito" to my UK product site and saw it linked to my author page, just as it would in the US. So it appears that author pages are universally linked.
  9. I was glancing over your link (don't have time right now to thoroughly read it) and something puzzled me. Your use of riddles. I don't think riddles and parables are quite the same. Since I was confused, I googled it and found this: Parables transmit an underlying, useful life-message in a way that will not be rejected. Riddles, in contrast, are largely unintelligible, leaving one helpless, unable to derive any life-lesson. I wonder if it would be better to not use riddles as a comparison to the parables Jesus told. Just a thought.
  10. Shamrock, you might want to go to their help page or go to support and ask them.
  11. St. Augustine - "He that is kind is free, though he is a slave; he that is evil is a slave, though he be a king."

  12. I am setting up my Author page on KDP for Natural Talent, my YA published in 2008. (I am using to try out online platforms until I decide what to do about more recent work.). I noticed that a review by SW for it only appears on the USA Amazon site and not the UK. The reviews on the UK don't appear on the USA site either. Does this mean that Amazon will only upload reviews submitted it a particular country's site rather than globally? If that is the case then will my author page on work with the UK site even though the book is also available on the USA site. I am keen to resolve this issue because I think my more recent work, if it gets published, will appeal to both UK and USA readers. Anyone else had this issue?
  13. That does sound strange so I agree it is worth checking out. It could just be a glitch.
  14. Since my first sample scared a bunch of you with Hebrew and big words 😜 This is a new sample of my writing. I have tried to capture how I speak with young children about the Bible. https://asalittlechild.com/wiki/index.php?title=Main_Page
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    1. Jared Williams

      Jared Williams

      at least that's better than being caught arguing with yourself out loud. 😉 (Oh, wait... that's me. 😁

    2. Alley


      🤣 I have a nasty habit of not talking out loud but having a mental conversation/argument in my head, and I'll start making the faces and hand gesters that go with it. People are forever asking me if I'm ok. 😄 Unless it's my husband. From him, I get a simple, "You're doing it again." 😋 

  16. The second series of books in the Diamond Books Bible based reading project is ‘The Jesus Series’. This series consists of 16 books for 4-5 year olds to read themselves. Books 1-8 (Part 1) focus on what Jesus said about himself, shown in John’s gospel. Books 8-16 (Part 2) are stories about Jesus and tell what Jesus came to do, based on Isaiah 61:1-2 and Luke 4:16-21. In Part 1, each book teaches about one of the names given to Jesus in the Bible. For example, the first book teaches that Jesus is the light of the world. Adults can help a child to orally memorise the Bible verse and its reference, and use a replica diamond to explain that, just as a diamond has many sides, so God has many names to show what He is like.
  17. Nowadays, Bibles come in all sorts of shapes and sizes and suitable for different age ranges. Do you want to open your children’s eyes to God’s Word. On the Bible Stories for Children website you’ll find plenty of Bibles with more pictures than words as well as Bibles for bedtime reading and Bibles that guide older children through the difficult issues of life. There are Bibles that are designed to help children read every day, Bibles with audio CDs, Comic book Bibles and Bibles that encourage spiritual growth in Toddlers and Teenagers. Somewhere here you will the Bible that is just right to help your children on their Christian journey. We are also able to tell you more about an excitingBible-based Reading Project that aims to develop in children a love for the Bible at the same time as helping them learn to read. Have you ever thought, “Wouldn’t it be great if there were books about Jesus that young children could read themselves?”. Over the years one or two authors and publishers have filled this gap with the occasional book but this year something really exciting is happening! The Jesus Series is being launched – a whole series of books about Jesus that can be read by young children themselves. As you seeks to nourish your children with Biblical resources bringing positive ideas into their lives we trust that we can help!
  18. I don't keep close tack of them either, so I have no idea how long it's been since the reviews disappeared. I've sold a few copies through them, but not many. I started a trial BookBub promotion, and for whatever reason all the click-throughs on it yesterday went to B&N, which led me to go check. Anyway, I'll have to send them an email today, but I don't have high hopes since I don't know how long it's been.
  19. How about Orthodox Jews? Government mandating that a religion hire someone will never pass the Supreme Court. I mean, that is essentially government establishing a religion inside religions.
  20. Don't remember the Lego commercial. I probably should. The kids would have loved it. Always loved the Mikey commercial!
  21. Hey, thanks @suspensewriter! I'm actually going the traditional publishing route, so that's why there's no links to my book yet. 🙂 I'm in the query trenches!
  22. One commercial from my childhood I remember.
  23. I will be praying for Jasmine too.
  24. Ooo...looooove Mustangs! I had four, hubs had a GT350 (red and white) plus a racing Mustang. So get that one and enjoy! LOL
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