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  1. Oh, Johne! I feel your lament! This virus is ripping apart things that weren't meant to be ripped apart. It's so difficult to ride the fence of safety without falling into one side or the other and be separated from the other side. I'm so sorry this virus is dividing your church's congregants. I know it isn't what God desires. Praying for you, your wife, and your church.
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  2. So a few months ago I re-dedicated my life to Christ. I’d been living in the world for a good four years and though I constantly felt guilt there were things I was not yet ready to surrender to the Lord. I think I adopted the theology many churches (In America) proclaim i.e. Jesus as the saviour of my life....but not the master. Now at last I have made him both! But I have been frustrated. I have so wanted that momentous moment where all the sudden glory overtakes you and you speak in tongues, and dream dreams and see visions and receive words of knowledge..... I can’t say any of
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  3. Update: This post is for lamenting, not debating. At Lynn's gentle suggestion, I'm opening the topic for comment. If it looks like the comments are skewing off into the tiresome mask / no-mask tangent, I'll close it again. Thanks. A year ago we had a guest speaker up from a Community Church from Chicagoland a couple of hours South from where I live in S. Wisconsin, and the place was packed (which for us was, like, 85 people). Church looks different this year - we're online with a vengeance but still trying to figure how to have church in person for those who want to attend while adhering t
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  4. Thought I would share an inspirational message that came from my recent meditations on Revelation 2 & 3. I was researching and writing a chapter for my new book on peace. The chapter was to be on the letters to the seven churches in Revelation. When I got to the last one, Laodicea, I stopped. I lost my momentum. I had to force myself to search the web for commentaries on that seventh church. I also had to remind myself to write what God had to say from those verses, not what I had to say. Then I saw my life flash before my eyes. Every word and phrase of that dark lett
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  5. Zee, This testimony is so inspiring! I can see God has blessed your work. I look forward to seeing what God does in the lives of other members I meet here. Self-published? Oh my goodness. That is just beyond my mental and emotional aspirations right now. I hope to just get through the first draft and edit it without throwing it in the fire. Good luck with your third work. You sound like you have the passion and discipline to get things done. May your work continue to be blessed!
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  6. Welcome, E.T. I'm glad you found us. This site has been a huge benefit to me personally, and I think most of us here would say the same. Since joining ChristianWriters a little over two years ago, hoping to hone my writing skills, but without any real plans of writing a book, let alone publishing, I've given and received helpful critiques for dozens of writing pieces, self-published two fiction books, and am currently engaged in writing my third. So all kinds of exciting stuff may be up next, but you do have to be willing to work hard and participate a lot. Again, welc
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  7. Welcome to our writing family, ET. Glad you joined us. Tell us a little bit about yourself and what you like to write. This is a great site. But then again, I've been here for 13 years! LOL 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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  8. "Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate
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  9. I think one thing we can all agree upon is wanting this to pass and for things to be back to safe and normal. Lately it feels like we're all living in a never-ending episode of the Twilight Zone. It's stressful for everyone. Praying for peace, safety, and unity. It may sound cliche, but God is in control. There's peace and comfort in that.
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  10. I'm praying for you and yours, Johne and your church as well.
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  12. I woke up a few days ago with this faint echo in my mind. It went something like “fight tomorrow’s battle like yesterday’s war.” Being half asleep at 6 in the morning, I thought that sounded like a pretty catchy line, and I have to admit that I was rather impressed with my pre-caffeinated self. If a little puzzled. But the more I thought about this little sentence the more I realized that it carried profound meaning for me. Fight tomorrow’s battle like yesterday’s war.... because the struggles that you faced yesterday and today.... you will most likely face tomorrow or at least th
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  13. Word of God Speak We tend to read too much, and not hear open your Heart let the Bible speak to you. Let’ all thoughts of the day be put aside, find a place in solitude and listen, feel comfort and eternal power within. Living within this world walking’ in righteousness. Sharing joy and peace brings others into the family. Our eternal home in heaven awaits are coming, give unconditionally, be the hands and feet of Jesus. We have a purpose in this life. God formed us for a reason. In his time we shall return home and dwell in The House’ of Our Lord. When are heart feels
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  14. The Lord's long-suffering toward us is repentance for the fallen. The Lord's long-suffering towards us is salvation; for our restoration, being rebuilt through deep intimacy in Christ Jesus. God made us complete and fit for a position in His eternal kingdom. Because of death, we all are just fallen buildings to be rebuilt by Jesus. This is for a greater glory. We all are building blocks, a specific and unique part of God's kingdom building. We all are rooms in the Father's house to be prepared by our Lord Jesus Christ. However, intimacy, ( love )
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  15. Hey I’m a new member here. I haven’t been on a forum like this before, but I’ve felt the need to write lately and more importantly to connect with other believers who I can relate to. Hoping to find that here! :)
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  16. I just received acceptance for a story I sent to a magazine in Australia. (How do I make this big smile not so big???) Anyway, they are requiring "non-exclusive, ongoing print and digital rights" to my story, with the first right to publish. That makes sense to me. Does it to others?
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  17. Hey peeps. E.T. over here. Just wanted to drop in and say hello. I hope you have escaped into your writing during these past few months of chaos. I know I have. In fact, I am nearing the completion of my very first extra rough draft (which I have been saying forever). I stumbled upon this site while researching how to find beta readers and other critique partners. I am currently involved in an online Word Weavers critique group, but we only meet once a month. I am hoping to get more feedback and learn some great tips from all the resources found on this site.
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  18. Ok, I get it now. (Except I think you mean "explicitly.") Being subtle with the Christian themes is not really the issue, as it's a Christian series, and this particular book is written from the POV of a Christian character...but I want this character to move from a "lukewarm" to a "hot" faith through the course of the story.
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  19. I'm not exactly sure what you mean. Could you clarify?
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  20. honesty and truth...we all are there at times, but God loves you so!
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  21. I think prayer and God's word is important to all of us right now during this time! I love how we can remind ourselves of that!
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  22. Johne, for those who are not tech savvy, (and seven out of our ten members are not), use the telephone system. Skype will let you call a group of people, as will Messenger. We use Skype for the telephone and Messenger for those who can figure that out. Our attendance has been consistent, with only one or two Sundays when we don't have all ten. Plus we picked up some family members! On the other hand, I'm not hearing any "We have to go back to the building!" so we're fortunate that way. Praying for you and yours and your church and all the other churches in the same situ
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  23. Thank you all, Lynn, Zee, Alley, and HK1! Yes, I'm a little excited. Mmm, I love chocolate chip cookies! (You would never have guessed that, I'm sure!) And thank you, Alley, for the link.
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  24. Here. https://imagecompressor.com/ And congratulations!!!
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  25. Welcome, it's nice to meet you.
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  27. I write devotionals and inspirational stories in obedience to God's call. I've written for many sites and have been in several anthologies, including one about Billy Graham. I had a website for several years and closed it around the end of last year. Too much stress for me (I have fibromyalgia). I now have a weekly newsletter instead. I think I just stumbled upon this site. It's been so long, I don't remember!
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  28. Thank you! Rebecca once posted a way to minimize these pictures, but I don 't remember and I can't find it. Yes, my smile is about that big!
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  29. Guilt "When the cool evening breezes were blowing, the man and his wife heard the Lord God walking about in the garden. So they hid from the Lord God among the trees" (Genesis 3:8). We have all experienced what Adam and Eve just experienced in this passage. We have all felt ashamed when we have done wrong and we ourselves have tried to hide. I have done people wrong a number of times and have tried to avoid them. I won't answer their calls, I won't open the door if they come and knock, and if I see them out, I will turn my head and pretend as if I didn't see them. That was th
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  30. welcome to the flock.
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  31. Nice to meet you!
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  32. Same. I had to write my first ending as I came to it before I could back and improve it. (It's much better now but I never would have seen that ending until I got close enough for the headlights to reveal it.)
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  33. Hi, Brandon! Welcome!
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  34. I just got a look at the cover- it looks great!
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  35. Welcome to our writing family, Brandon. Glad you joined us. Tell us a little bit about yourself and what you like to write. You'll find plenty of help, support, and encouragement around here, so roam around and make yourself at home. Blessings on your writing! And thank you!
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  37. Beautiful, Paul! This so signifies the importance of STUDYING God's Word, not just reading the words on the pages. When you dig, you find treasure. The more you dig, the deeper it gets. And God rewards those who dig and seek Him in His Word. His Word is so awesome! Praise the Lord for your digging deeper!
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  38. Please pray for the Lord to bless me with complete, total healing, from all of my afflictions, through His Power and Mercy alone. I ask in Jesus Name. Amen.
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  39. Hi Josie, it's great to meet you! Welcome
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  41. I have read Writer Beware for years. Their posts are not consistent but they are always worth reading. Scams abound. I would highly suggest subscribing to their site. There are at least two of their latest articles you should read. The second one is after the first one. Also, be sure you check out all the "Philippines-Based Publishing & Marketing Scams Targeting Indie Authors" list in the sidebar.
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  42. Lord, please provide healing and guidance to @William D'Andrea for a rash that he has. We know You will do as You promised if we ask but only ask in Your son's name, amen.
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  43. Hi! Welcome!
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  44. Are You Self-Centered? "What sorrow awaits you Pharisees! For you are careful to tithe even the tiniest income from your herb gardens, but you ignore justice and the love of God. You should tithe, yes, but do not neglect the more important things. What sorrow awaits you Pharisees! For you love to sit in the seats of honor in the synagogues and receive respectful greetings as you walk in the marketplaces. Yes, what sorrow awaits you! For you are like hidden graves in a field. People walk over them without knowing the corruption they are stepping on" (Luke 11:42-44). The Pharis
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  45. I'm going to post a Youtube link to the prologue for the first Lord of the Rings movie. JRR Tolkien wrote the books during the mid 20th century is considered the king of worldbuilding (he was also a Believer!). This "prologue" that happens at the beginning of the first movie is an "infodump" that wouldn't work in the books (the reader learns the information over time), but you can see the depth of world that exists here. There is backstory, like you said, but there are also: different cultures/races with different traits different languages political alliances intri
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  46. I looked at my phone. The time said almost an hour and half. I could not believe I had been talking for that long. Time flies when the conversation is great! It was toward the end of the night. I had decided to walk my dog, Romans, and talk at the same time. Romans needed his nightly walk before bed, so it all worked out great. I finished the walk, and went inside. I went to my bedroom, and sat in my chair. I took out my bible, and nightly devotion. I sat there enjoying God’s word for the night. As I closed the bible, I looked around for Romans who usually joins me in bed
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  47. Not really a writing job, but very similar. Not even sure if it's right for me to ask this of someone since I can't pay them, but was wondering if there was any interest out there.... I have a new fantasy book series I am working on. There are a lot of new and fantastic races that are introduced in my story (in fact, there aren't any normal races - no humans, elves, dwarves, etc.) and I was wondering if anyone would be interested in taking some of my descriptions and sketching out a general look for each race? If I ever publish, I would love to include a appendix with the concept
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