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    There are numerous ones in Proverbs, like Prov. 15:1, “A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.” Thank you, SW.
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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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    Oh, my, yes; my favorite is Psalm 103; I love it because it explores the very epitome of God's nature of how He deals with us as His children.
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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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    Oh yes, Proverbs is designed around the Antithetical approach. There are also several in Ecclesiastes. Much of the wisdom writing requires an explanation of what something is NOT rather than explanation of what IS. Prov. 15:1 is beautiful example. I love how the advise for a soft word is demonstrated against the unfortunate reality about harshness and anger. Humbly, SW
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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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    Write what you are familiar with because it is the easiest way for you to start. But get off the wall and start. Forget the editing to make the chapter perfect. Do that once a month after you have written at the very least 5 chapters. Do it by fives, write five loosely edit five. Eventually, you will get to the end. Once it is finished, start the rewriting/editing process. Keep editing and paring down the words of each and every sentence so that every word is important to that sentence. Strive for polishing perfection but at the same time DO NOT over do it either. You need to have a basic action plan of writing from beginning to end so you know basically the whole story. If you don't know the road or the destination, how do you expect to get there or know when you've arrived. Take your memoir and make it into a fictional story, loosely based on fact. Use literary license to flesh out the story with totally fictional characters to make it more interesting when necessary. This will help make it easier to write. Make your work exciting right from the first sentence. Something has to happen right from the very first paragraph or you will loose the reader. You need a major hook and set within the first chapter or again you will loose the reader. It is like fishing if the hook isn't set properly you loose the fish. Each reader is like a fish they must NEED TO not WANT TO turn the page to see what happens next. Otherwise, the reader will put the book down and may never pick it up again. Your job as the writer is not to allow that to EVER occur. An excellent memoir example is by Admiral William H. McRaven called "Sea Stories". It has some strong language but that is how the military people commonly communicate. It is considered normal to speak that way in that particular societal group. It isn't offensive to anyone at all. Look at the way it is written because it holds the readers attention throughout the complete book. Anyways, this might help some to get you going in the right direction.
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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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    I just now found your post. I love how you say you are somewhat shy. I describe myself on my Facebook page as being somewhat introverted. Over the years my husband and I have gone through Alabama when we went to the Florida Panhandle. I have written some short plays for a now-defunct Drama Ministry in our church.
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    BK, I would like to beta read your novel, if we can get how you can send it figured out. I tried to PM you with my email address but the system said you can't receive messages.
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    Welcome, I look forward to interacting with you.
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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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    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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    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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    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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    I just got this idea overnight. Supposing that before things get out of hand, the Uncorrupted People decide to cut down the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, and burn all its fruit?
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    Hi Erin, Welcome to the site. I agree poetry is fun and can be quite challenging to write. When written correctly following all given form aphorisms, rhyme, rhythm, line count, number of stanzas, words per line, syllable count and other form requirements.
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    Well said, @Scribewriter!
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    Hi Kristine, welcome to Christianwriters! It is great to have you here!
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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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    Welcome to Christian Writers, Scribewriter!! We're so glad to have you!
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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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    Why Brother! Startest thou a site! Me thinks t'would be most enlightening and entertaining to interact and participate in such an exercise of magnificent language!
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    The only way I want to write!!
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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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    Welcome, it's nice to meet you!
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    Welcome, Carolyn! Nice to have you onboard.
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    Hi, Carolyn! It's nice to meet you. Blessings on writing that book!
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    Welcome to our writing family, Carolyn. 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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    Welcome to the flock.
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