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    From Psalm 34 9 O fear the LORD, ye his saints: for there is no want to them that fear him. 10 The young lions do lack, and suffer hunger: but they that seek the LORD shall not want any good thing. 11 Come, ye children, hearken unto me: I will teach you the fear of the LORD. Key Idea: Antithetical Parallelism In another discussion I described how in Hebrew poetry, meaning was rhymed in couplets rather than word sound. (See link) Another important poetic concept is Antithetical Parallelism where couplets ideas are joined with its antithesis (its opposite.) This allows the poet to describe a concept and offer clarity by helping the reader understand the opposite nature of the idea. For example, Consider verse 10 from psalm 34: The young lions do lack, and suffer hunger: but they that seek the LORD shall not want any good thing. Often couplets of this nature are separated by the word "BUT" Two Ideas are present: (idea 1) Young lions do lack and suffer hunger BUT ...antithesis here... (Idea 2) They that seek the LORD shall not want... Proverbs 8:35–36 (ESV) 35 For whoever finds me finds life and obtains favor from the Lord, 36 but he who fails to find me injures himself; all who that me love death.” Here we see the contrast between finding God and they who Fail to find God. *Observe the word "BUT" again in verse 36. I marvel in the words of our LORD and how he inspired the language to carry such meaning. I am learning to fall in love with the psalms and proverbs for the way they carry ideas and access truth about the human condition and the nature of our position beneath God. Challenge: Can you find a couplet verse that contains an idea and its opposite? (pro-tip...look for anything that describes the difference between a wiseman and a fool.) Humbly, SW
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    I'm not sure where to post this, but it does involve my account with Christianwriters.com. I'm having trouble with my yahoo e-mail account, which does receive notifications about items posted here on this website. The problem is that I can't delete any e-mails I've been receiving. Also, I can't send messages. While most of what I receive I consider junk mail, there are always messages I consider important. They include notifications from this website, along with messages from my sister, friends and others. Would anyone know what I'd have to do to get things working again? If so I could use his or her advice. On the other hand, I might not be the only one this is happening to. A lot of people using yahoo mail, might be having the same problem. If so, it's yahoo's problem, not mine. Which means it will be fixed soon enough, and I can stop panicking. Thank the Lord. In Jesus Name. Amen.
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    Anybody have input on using a town name that actually exists?? I think it would be cool, but it also seems there would be dangers to doing it. There are similar businesses tot he one I'm using in the story in the area. looks like to could be plausible. To use a movie line, Input number five need input.
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    Thank you scribewriter. I feel like I've had the privilege of the latter way of writing for a few decades on our newsletters and now the LORD is showing me a process for the sake of capturing the threads into a theme. But what do you mean by removing yourself from the process? CW
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    This is generated from Yahoo, not from here. It could just be a hiccup in Yahoo in your area. Try rebooting your computer. That may fix it.
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    For the first part of the Genesis study each day of creation took a full session. It speeds up after that. I've found that its good background material, as in you can listen to it while doing other things like chores around the house so you don't have to stay glued to your chair for the lesson.
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    I think your right, but it would be sooooo cool.
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    Yeah- I'd make up a town, Z. The last thing you'd need would be litigation.
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    It happens to be mine also. I love the poetry, the depth of worship and authenticity in earnestness--a genuine desire to connect with God. Psalms explores relationship as well as the lonelinesss that we can feel when our troubles take us out of the presence of our God. Very powerful indeed.
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    Love it, Alley! Reminds me of a poem... Old Familiar Friend Trying to emerge from a place within, it bubbles up, desiring to begin. It fills my soul and leaps into my heart, bouncing around for a way to depart. It creeps up my throat and onto my tongue. It darts out as a song to be sung. It pokes at my ego, my hands to raise. Then I recognize my old friend Praise. He always comes knocking when I’m distressed, seeking to guide me on a Godly quest. As his exultations begin to grow, I give him permission his words to flow. When I hear his sounds familiar and sweet, I know they rise up my Savior to greet. When his handiwork at last comes to rest, I know once again I’m sure to be blessed. ~ Happy praising!
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    Wow...I love these messages, Scribewriter!! Besides the amazing depth at which you explore the beautiful writing style of these two books, Psalms happens to be one of my favorite books in the Bible anyway!
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    Hello and Welcome! Hoping your journey finds warmth here among friends and fellows. I have found that the best way to write is to remove yourself from the process and let the spirit find and authentic voice in you. Let your work be a reflection of your desire to serve in gratitude and love. Humbly, SW
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    Psalms 32:11 Be glad in the LORD, and rejoice, ye righteous: and shout for joy, all ye that are upright in heart. This song brings the importance of joy to the forefront. We should all hear the message of joy and live in it-- for we are established in Christ who makes our Joy full in all things.
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    Hello, welcome to Christianwriters Scribewriter! It is great to meet you!
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    Hi Carol Welcome to the party. Its a pretty good site for friends and socializing.
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    Hi Carolyn, Welcome I'm interested to know what your book is about, especially since it has been on your heart for so long. I wish you complete success.
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    Hello, welcome to Christianwriters Carolyn! It is great to meet you, and have you here!
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    Hi friends. I am encouraged and grateful this morning as I've landed on this site. I've been mining Stroygrid the past week, driven by my decades of desire to write a book. The content on that site is certainly rich but also made me long for a Christian writers community. I appreciate the content here from your lives and hearts and look forward to interaction with this Christcommunity you've formed.
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    I switched my computer off and on, if that's what "rebooting" means. I'm still having the same problem. Then it looks like we're both right. It's yahoo's problem. Unless "rebooting" means something else.
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    I'd write a complete different novel and let the seven novel set rest for awhile with the idea of coming back to it when you're closer to hitting the big time. Brandon Sanderson wrote five novels before his 'breakout' novel, Elantris. Each time he finished one, he'd take a good hard look at it, ask if it was salable, and then set them aside as he continued to work out his million words of dreck. You can read about his long road to his first publishing break here.
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    Nice! I have some important backstory that I've moved all the way out to the third novel of the trilogy. I'm going to use it as the big, overarching character arc reveal for all three novels instead of revealing it way up front in the first novel.
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    Love the image of going on a tour. In a way that is exactly what we as writers should be doing. Taking our reader to a place they have never been to and showing them the 'sights' - it the emotional and action in the story. As a rule of thumb most agents want the story set up by chapter 3 -which should end on a cliffhanger. A good opening chapter that gets straight to the point of the story is also desirable. In my last work I ended up ditching 2 whole chapters when I realised it was backstory and I could jump straight into the main story with 'chapter 3' which become chapter 1. Made a huge difference to the plot and pace.
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    To bad we don't have a member who's knowledgeable enough and willing to give a little guidance on questions like this. Kind of like rules of thumb. Ooo maybe a thread called rules of thumb with a pinned post stating the posts are only bare minimum suggestive guidelines and all suggestions should be verified by local ?? who ever would know for sure.
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    There shouldn't be any issue using names of real towns & cities in fiction, so long as you don't get carried away with extreme situations that damage the reputation of that place (which is hard to do, anyway). It's using the names of people and businesses that you need to be very careful about. I wrote a post-apocalyptic novel, some of which takes place in Boston. Some not so good things happen there (and in several other real locations), but what occurs is within the context of an obviously fictional backdrop. In fact, I actually met Marty Walsh (Mayor of Boston) at local book-market, and if it wasn't for an overly talkative author next to me (who took up all of his time ), I would've given him a copy of my book.
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    I really think you're both right, and that's the answer I expected to hear. So I won't do it, but in the story, the place is called the Moonbeam Ranch. I found a town in Texas about six hours away from Dallas called Sunray. How cool would that have been to have a ranch called Moonbeam in a town called Sunray?! 😂🤣 I'll figure something out or work around it somehow.
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    The video of his lecture is an hour and a half in length? It's just "Section 1"? Okay. I'll give it a shot; but I'll probably be taking a number of breaks during the viewing.
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    Whether abroad or at home you are a member of the body which is at home here. Thank you for all you are doing to spread the word of love and kindness (especially in persecuted countries...) May your work be blessed and serve to further the Kingdom. Humbly, SW
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    Hi yww, Welcome but what the heck is INTJ everyone else seems to but I don't. I am not up on all these crazy common abbreviation that seem to have developed over the years. You know your older than the hills: When society writes or speaks in what is commonly considered every day plain English and you don't understand a single word because it is like a foreign language that only sounds or looks familiar but offers no understandable clue as to what was actually said.
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    William, I have some input on this idea partially out of my own imaginings based on your premise and also based on what I've learned from listening to Chuck Missler and his study on the book of Genesis. First, from my imaginings, the basic plot of the book has a lot of potential to show the greater love, power, and glory of God. As the creator of the universe, including the dimension of time and space, God is outside our perspective of things. This starts to get into what Chuck Missler pointed out. I forgot his analogy but time is something that is kind of odd as far as dimensions go. Unlike the first three, length, width, and height, you can only move in one direction. You can't look forward into time beyond where you are but you can look back or reflect on the past. Time itself only moves in one direction. As the creator of this dimension, God isn't limited by it and can see the end from the very beginning and everything that happens along the way. In the account of Joshua defeating Israel's enemies as fire rained down from the heavens you have several different things happening. Beyond the moon and sun standing still in the sky, you had the fire raining down. Meteorites that were prepositioned and prepared from the very beginning just for that situation. According to the information Missler gathered, even the sun and moon standing still in the heavens can be attributed to a natural phenomenon being calibrated to come about exactly when it was needed to help Joshua defeat Israel's enemies. There are no surprises for God, which means He would be aware of the plot and conspiracy from before when the world was created. One would think that He would have stopped it ... But He has a strange i.e. awesome way of working bad things for the good ... Such as turning the conspiracy around on its head as a way to lead lost to redemption. As soon as I read the premise for the novel, my mind immediately raced to this idea being a potential element in the book. I can't wait to see how it comes out! And for reference, here is a link to the first of the Missler lessons on Genesis. If you are scientific minded in any way, and even if you aren't, they are a must listen. The six days of creation and what scientists think the world was like before the fall and before Noah's flood may give you a lot of insight. The Canopy Theory in particular which I have my own thoughts on ... But these ramblings have gone on long enough so I think I might put it into my own topic later. Edit: Er-hem. I neglected to include the link at first.
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    This one is new to me too, very soothing.
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    Hi Kristine, welcome to Christianwriters! It is great to have you here!
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    That's awesome!! I would have loved to have seen them! Well, it certainly looks like we share something in common; that's pretty neat! Anyway, it's so nice to meet you!
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    That sounds bonkers, actually! I can't imagine...
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    Certainly seems like a fitting name for the subject. I don't think I'd be capable of managing to type in that style but it is amusing to read.
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    It’s God’s care to “work in us” (Phl 2:13), and the believer’s care to “walk in His Spirit” (because we “live in His Spirit - Gal 5:25), via Him “conforming” our minds and hearts to be as His Son’s (1Jo 4:17) by His Holy Spirit (Eph 3:16) through the implanting of a new nature (“new man”) that is “after” the Lord Jesus’ nature (Col 3:10), thereby being made “partakers of the divine nature” (2Pe 1:4). Hence we do not conform ourselves but are “to be conformed.” We do not change ourselves but “are changed” (Rom 8:29). Those who are “born again” eventually, without fail, manifest (in their lifestyle or walk) all these godly virtues and blessings, as we continue “looking unto Jesus, the Author and Finisher of our faith” (Heb 12:2). The renting of the Temple veil was the renting of the Lord Jesus’ body and demonstrates not only the nullification of the sin nature’s damnation (Ro 8:1) and dominion (Ro 6:14) in believers, but is also the provision of establishing eternal fellowship with the Father. “For God’s will was for us to be made holy by the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ, once for all time” (Heb 10:10 – NLT). . . by a new and living way, which He has consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, His flesh” (Heb 10:20). His death did not establish new life but firstly, the judgement of our sin, so His resurrection could establish our new life in Him and the Father, through Their Holy Spirit! NC Glorious Gaze The Lord Jesus in glory is set before us as the object to which we are to be conformed. We are told that the Father has predestinated us “to be to the image of His Son, that He might be the first-born among many brethren” (Rom 8:29). John likewise alludes to the fact when he says, “Beloved, now are we the sons of God; and it doth not yet appear what we shall be; but we know the when He shall appear, we shall be like Him; for we shall see Him as He is” (1Jhn 3:2). But it is Paul who brings out this truth in its most definite form. Writing to the Corinthians, and contrasting the ministry of righteousness with the ministry of condemnation, and being led to state the full and blessed place into which believers are now brought, he says, “We all, with open (i.e. unveiled) face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord” (2Cor 3:18). He refers to Exodus 34, where we read Moses was compelled to put a veil upon his face to conceal the glory that lingered there (after he had come down from the Mount, where he had been with the Lord forty days and forty nights), because Aaron and all the children of Israel “were afraid to come near him.” “And (till) Moses had done speaking with them, he put a veil on his face. But when Moses went in before the Lord, to speak with Him, he took the veil off, until he came out” (Ex 34:34, 35). Only Moses went in, under that dispensation, before the Lord with unveiled face; but now we all—all believers—with open (unveiled) face behold the glory of the Lord. The truth then is, that all who are in the Christian place and position are set down in the light, as God is in the light (1Jo 1:7), and there they behold with unveiled face the glory of the Lord. Christ in glory is the object on which they gaze (it’s gazing or “looking unto Jesus” in the Word of God that conforms and changes—by the Spirit – e.g. Jam 1:23, 24; thus the more the Word exposure the more the change in our walk of what we already are in Christ—NC). This was shown, albeit in an extraordinary way, in the death of Stephen. “He, being full of the Holy Spirit, looked up steadfastly into heaven, and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God” (Acts 7:55). This scene is significant from the fact that now the heavens are opened for every believer, and that he therefore, by faith, without a veil, with nothing between, sees the glorified Lord Jesus at the right hand of the Father. For upon the death of Christ the veil was rent (renting of His body—NC), expressive of the fact that the atonement He made by His death was accepted by the Father as a full and complete answer to all the claims of His holiness, so that He could now come forth in all His grace and love to meet the sinner, and bring him, through faith in the Savior, unto Himself, to dwell in His own immediate presence, in the Holiest of All. Such is the place and position of every saint of God! A caution, however, may be needed. It is undoubtedly true that this place belongs to every believer; but it is another, and indeed, a most momentous question, whether we are occupying it (walking in it by the same principle as “living” and also “walking in the Spirit” - Gal 5:25—NC). We are brought into it according to the efficacy of the work of the Lord Jesus, and through His death, resurrection and ascension; and it is thus our blessed privilege to be ever occupied with Him as our Object. The Father would have us thus occupied; for He would have us share His own delight in gazing upon the face of Him who has retrieved His glory by becoming “obedient unto death, even the death of the Cross.” Are we then, occupying the place into which we have been brought by the grace of our Father, and having fellowship with Himself as to the Object of His own heart? Perhaps there is no greater loss at the present time than knowing the full truth of our position without seeking to answer to it practically (in our lifestyle—NC). It should, therefore, be a very solemn matter of inquiry with us whether we maintain the attitude of Stephen; whether our faces, like his, are ever turned to the glory of the Lord. But the marvelous thing is, that the Lord Jesus we thus behold as our Object, is the model to which we are to be conformed (we are forever conformed to Jesus’ place of innocence at rebirth, so it’s always our “walk” which is unceasingly being conformed—NC). The Father, according to the purpose of is infinite grace, and delighting to mark His appreciation of the work of His Son, will have us to be like Him Who He has glorified. Even now we can say, “As He is (guiltless—NC), so are we in this world” (1Jo 4:17); that is, our acceptance even now while in this scene, is as perfect as His at the right hand of the Father. But the time will come when we shall be fashioned after His own likeness, when even these poor bodies of ours shall also be conformed to the likeness of His glorious body” (Phl 3:21). {Note of interest: There is a scientific law implies that mass can neither be created nor destroyed, although it may be rearranged in space, or the entities associated with it may be changed in form. Thus, God takes all the mass of our first body, from wherever all of it has been separated to in existence, and “changes” it - 1Co 15:51; God “redeems” our old body – Rom 8:23, but not our old nature, and are given a new nature, which presently indwells us, and at the resurrection will eternally remain to be our only nature—NC.} How then, we may inquire, is this change wrought out in us? This same Scripture gives the answer—“We . . . beholding the glory of the Lord are changed . . . by the Spirit of the Lord.” While on the one hand the Lord Jesus in glory is the model to which we are conformed, beholding Him, there is on the other, instrumentality in the power of the Spirit by which it is effected. How simple! We behold and are changed—changed into the same image from glory to glory—for it is a gradual process (e.g. in our walk, not our redeemed position—NC), as by the Spirit of the Lord. We receive the impress of the One on Whom we look; the rays of the glory of His face falling on us, penetrate in and transform us morally into the likeness of our Lord (God fully transforms us at rebirth, and is inevitably [Rom 11:29] manifested in our walk—NC). Herein lies our responsibility and privilege. The object is before us; before Him we stand with unveiled face, and it is divine power alone that can mold us into His likeness; but the activity of that power—through the Spirit—the Father has been pleased to connect with our beholding. Who then, would not ever stand before Him, catching every ray of glory that shines from such an Object, in the earnest desire to obtain growing conformity to Him on Whom we gaze? But it should be remembered that it is only growing likeness we obtain even by such a process. Full conformity “waits” (Rom 8:23), as John teaches, for the moment when “we shall see Him as He is.” There is no perfection here (concerning ourselves personally, due to the old man and old body—NC), since the Father’s standard of holiness is His Son in glory, and He will never rest until we are perfect according to it. May we keep our eyes ever upon the Object, that we may daily grow in resemblance to Him to Whom we are to be fully conformed. It is not only that the Lord Jesus is a Savior suited to our needs, but He is One who is suited to the heart of the Father—the Man after His own heart; and the Father would have us prize Him according to His own thoughts of His value and preciousness, to enter into, and to rejoice with Him in, His appreciation to the worth of Him who gave up all for the Father’s glory. As He is our Object now, so He will be throughout eternity. We shall ever be with the Lord. He Himself (not just through the Holy Spirit as now—NC) will be with us, the Lamb that was slain; then as now, the Man—for He will nevermore lay aside the humanity He has assumed; and then He will fill our gaze and our hearts, perfectly and completely. What an infinite study to trace out and contemplate His varied and manifold excellencies! We shall hear His voice, and oh how we shall hang to every word that falls from His lips. All that we see and hear will but fill our souls with ineffable delight, and our ceaseless joy (nothing to ever interrupt—NC) will be to lie at His feet in adoration and praise. Lord, in anticipation of the time, turn our eyes from all that might obscure Thee from our present view, and Thyself attract and occupy us altogether! - Edward Dennett (1831-1914)
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    Hi, @Scribewriter! Welcome to CW! Blessings on your writing endeavors 😁
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    Welcome to our writing family, SW. Glad you joined us. You'll find plenty of help, support, and encouragement around here, so roam around and make yourself at home. Blessings on your writing!
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    I was getting depressed until I read this. Let us give glory to God and write as He directs. Often God does not allow success for a long time, and by that time we have grown the maturity to handle it. Thanks for the reminder, Johne.
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    I missed this yesterday so this will have to be my Monday Joy song!
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    Thank you to all your warm welcomes!
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    Welcome, it's nice to meet you!
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    Welcome, Carolyn! Its great to meet you
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    Welcome, Carolyn, to CW! Enjoy your time here! God bless you and your writing.
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    Welcome to the flock.
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