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  1. 4 points
    I love using the analogy Peter Stoner uses about the silver dollars in Texas. It's powerful. Peter Stoner - "We find that the chance that any man might have lived down to the present time and fulfilled all eight prophecies is 1 in 10 to the 17th power. That would be 1 in 100,000,000,000,000,000. In order to help us comprehend this, we take 10 to the 17th power silver dollars and lay them on the face of Texas. They will cover all of the state two feet deep. Now mark one of these silver dollars and stir the whole mass thoroughly, all over the state. Blindfold a man and tell him that he can travel as far as he wishes, but he must pick up one silver dollar and say that this is the right one. What chance would he have of getting the right one? Just the same chance that the prophets would have had of writing these eight prophecies and having them all come true in any one man, from their day to the present time, providing they wrote them according to their own wisdom. Now these prophecies were either given by inspiration of God or the prophets just wrote them as they thought they should be. In such a case the prophets had just one chance in 10 to the 17th power. of having them come true in any man, but they all came true in Christ. This means that the fulfillment of these eight prophecies alone proves that God inspired the writings of those prophecies to a definiteness which lacks only one chance in 10 to the 17th power of being absolute." Peter Stoner - "We find that the chances that any one man fulfilled all 48 prophecies to be 1 in 10 to the 157th power. This is really a large number and it represents an extremely small chance. Let us try to visualize it. The silver dollar, which we have been using, is entirely too large. We must select a smaller object. The electron is about as small an object as we know of. It is so small that it will take 2.5 times 10 to the 15th power of them laid side by side to make a line, single file, one inch long. If we were going to count the electrons in this line one inch long, and counted 250 each minute, and if we counted day and night, it would take us 19,000,000 years to count just the one-inch line of electrons. If we had a cubic inch of these electrons and we tried to count them it would take us, counting steadily 250 each minute, 19,000,000 times 19,000,000 times 19,000,000 years or 6.9 times 10 to the 21st power years. With this introduction, let us go back to our chance of 1 in 10 to the 157th power. Let us suppose that we are taking this number of electrons, marking one, and thoroughly stirring it into the whole mass, then blindfolding a man and letting him try to find the right one. What chance has he of finding the right one? What kind of a pile will this number of electrons make? They make an inconceivably large volume." The reason Peter used eight to start with is because some people argue that some of the prophecies about Jesus could have been manipulated by Jesus to be fulfilled (like riding into Jerusalem on a donkey, Jesus made sure he did that to fulfill the prophecy, similarly he had the disciples bring daggers to the garden of gesthemene so that the prophecy could be fulfilled that said he was numbered among the transgressors...) but there are eight very specific prophecies that Jesus had absolutely no control over - such as being born in Jerusalem, dying on a tree (which wasn't even a thing when it was prophesied), coming out of Egypt as a child, being called a Nazarene, no bones being broken (on the cross), his garments being cast lots for and gambled over, etc. I think it's amazing the sheer weight of prophecies about Jesus and what that says about the veracity of our faith. Evidence that should demand a verdict. 😁
  2. 2 points
    Let him wear a MAGA hat - that shows courage in this day and age!
  3. 2 points
    The wonderful power of statistics applied to prophecy! Please read, you will be amazed! Peter Stoner - "We find that the chance that any man might have lived down to the present time and fulfilled all eight prophecies is 1 in 10 to the 17th power. That would be 1 in 100,000,000,000,000,000. In order to help us comprehend this, we take 10 to the 17th power silver dollars and lay them on the face of Texas. They will cover all of the state two feet deep. Now mark one of these silver dollars and stir the whole mass thoroughly, all over the state. Blindfold a man and tell him that he can travel as far as he wishes, but he must pick up one silver dollar and say that this is the right one. What chance would he have of getting the right one? Just the same chance that the prophets would have had of writing these eight prophecies and having them all come true in any one man, from their day to the present time, providing they wrote them according to their own wisdom. Now these prophecies were either given by inspiration of God or the prophets just wrote them as they thought they should be. In such a case the prophets had just one chance in 10 to the 17th power. of having them come true in any man, but they all came true in Christ. This means that the fulfillment of these eight prophecies alone proves that God inspired the writings of those prophecies to a definiteness which lacks only one chance in 10 to the 17th power of being absolute." Peter Stoner - "We find that the chances that any one man fulfilled all 48 prophecies to be 1 in 10 to the 157th power. This is really a large number and it represents an extremely small chance. Let us try to visualize it. The silver dollar, which we have been using, is entirely too large. We must select a smaller object. The electron is about as small an object as we know of. It is so small that it will take 2.5 times 10 to the 15th power of them laid side by side to make a line, single file, one inch long. If we were going to count the electrons in this line one inch long, and counted 250 each minute, and if we counted day and night, it would take us 19,000,000 years to count just the one-inch line of electrons. If we had a cubic inch of these electrons and we tried to count them it would take us, counting steadily 250 each minute, 19,000,000 times 19,000,000 times 19,000,000 years or 6.9 times 10 to the 21st power years. With this introduction, let us go back to our chance of 1 in 10 to the 157th power. Let us suppose that we are taking this number of electrons, marking one, and thoroughly stirring it into the whole mass, then blindfolding a man and letting him try to find the right one. What chance has he of finding the right one? What kind of a pile will this number of electrons make? They make an inconceivably large volume."
  4. 2 points
    "My God, my God, why have you abandoned me? Why are you so far away when I groan for help? Every day I call to you, my God, but you do not answer. Every night I lift my voice, but I find no relief" (Psalm 22:1-2). Prayer Father, as I read through you Word, I pray that you would speak to me. Help me understand and know you better, and help me apply your Word to my life. In Jesus' name I pray, Amen. Reflections As I was reading through Psalm 22, I was reminded of times in my life that I have felt abandoned by God. A few days ago, I was reading through my Understanding Theology, Volume One book, and I came across a topic called "The Betrayal Barrier." The "Betrayal Barrier" is defined as followed: It is when we experience perhaps the most acute manifestation of God hiding his face - when he appears to betray us. I was thinking about some of the times in my life when I experienced this. One of those times was when I turned back to my addiction and relapsed with alcohol. What happened was, I was experiencing depression and a lot of stress with just everyday adult life. I was looking for fast relief from the pain I was dealing with, and I looked to alcohol for that relief. I did get temporary relief, but only with a handful of consequences that only made the pain bigger in the long run. Reading through the negative responses to the "Betrayal Barrier," I relive these horrible moments. The 1st negative response is Rebellion (Hebrews 3:7-8). I hardened my heart and I was unable to hear the voice of the Holy spirit any longer. The 2nd negative response was Not knowing God's ways. It seems that I didn't fully understand or recognize what was happening and I tested God rather than letting Him test me (Hebrews 3:9-10). The consequence of me doing this led my heart astray. The 3rd negative response was Unbelief (Hebrews 3:12-19). The path that I had chosen to journey on once again 1. Turned me away from God, and 2. Led to being completely disobedient. The 4th negative response was Blaming God for it all! (Exodus 32:1). I felt like God owed me something and that He should prove himself to me. I now know the positive examples that I should have followed that would have led me down the right path to breaking "The Betrayal Barrier" that I was experiencing. 1. Obedience - Even when I didn't understand while I was going through the things that I was going through, I should have been obedient anyways. A great example of this is in Genesis 22 when Abraham's faith was tested and he broke this barrier. 2. The continued seeking of God's face - When I was experiencing this trial, I should have constantly been pursuing God and resting in Him instead of looking for temporary relief. 3. Consciously praising God, despite being misunderstood - Psalm 34 is a good example David gives us of doing just that. 4. Not questioning God but trusting Him completely - Daniel 3:18 is a great reminder of trusting God when otherwise you definitely would be raising an eye brawl or two. Application 1. Remember that God never betrays us - he only appears to do so. 1 Corinthians 10:13 2. Remember that breaking the betrayal barrier is God's idea - (2 Chronicles 32:31) 3. See every evidence of an apparent betrayal as a hint we are being tested. 4. Remember what pleases him most - Faith (Hebrews 11:6) 5. Pray more than ever 6. Walk in all the light God gives you 1 John 1:7 7. Remember that breaking the betrayal barrier is the greatest opportunity you will ever have to know God with intimacy. (Psalm 25:14). The most important thing to remember is that the Betrayal Barrier is one of the hardest of all experiences that any Christian will face. We need to understand the betrayal is apparent and not actual. God has not abandoned us, but rather He is seeking to test his sovereign vessels. What I need to remember not to repeat these same mistakes is to be led during facts rather than feeling when I am tempted. What I mean is remembering all the times that God has been faithful to me - and remembering all the promises that He has kept to me. Prayer Lord, thank you for your wonderful Word, and for helping me see the mistakes that I have made in the past. Please forgive me for treating you so poorly, and strengthen me that I may never do so again. I pray these things in the wonderful name of Jesus, Amen. Do you see any times in your life that you have had this experience? Feel free to share if you feel led to do so. Be Encouraged, Chris Reference Kendall, R.T. (1996). Understanding Theology, Volume One. Ross-shire, Great Britain: Christian Focus.
  5. 2 points
    How many ways can I put this? Run away. Very far away!
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    That video is really something, Sarah. I enjoyed it.
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    The best thing that you can do is a polite level of inquiry as to how things stand.
  9. 1 point
    Does the magazine's website give you any indication how long it might be?
  10. 1 point
    LOL! I'm afraid that wouldn't work for the story...
  11. 1 point
    I imagine it's a different process for fiction vs. non-fiction. I don't write non-fiction, but notice that those titles need to convey a clear definition of the subject matter. In fiction, I think titles play more to feelings and emotional responses - as well as genera expectations. Personally, I try to wait until I've completed the first draft before attempting to come up with a title. I sometimes come up with a title before I finish, but only because it clearly fits. I also look for uniqueness in titles. I'll do a search on Amazon to make sure a title idea hasn't been used. Before I published my first novel, I was shocked that my title idea hadn't been used: Chasing Redemption. So I planted that flag as fast as I could, but other books have come out since with the same title. Not much you can do about that. You can't copyright titles. But it's always good to be first.
  12. 1 point
    Here's my version of your version of Ku. Apologies for any and all inaccuracies! It's probably not remotely what you're looking for, but hey, it was fun--and took only a few minutes. I think I got the upturned nose and mischievous expression, at least.
  13. 1 point
    i typically derive the names of my books from the meta-narrative or ultimate purpose behind why I want to tell that story. The series I wrote about the problem of pain (and the answers to the question of why God allows pain and evil to exist in the world) is called Bane of Disaster (a play on words, since Bane means in essence 'to destroy' and disaster is something that 'destroys' - so in essence, the book title is the destruction of destruction) which showcases that the book is an attempt to assuage the pain and evil issue, giving sufficient reasoning to put the question to rest. Book one of that series is entitled Pain of Triumph. and it illustrates the main point I want to show in that book is that resilience and perseverance through pain can produces fruit and great growth (and that pain can have great purpose behind it) book two of that series is called HeartBurn, and is called that because of the great turmoil and painful experiences that occur in it - because God doesn't promise us a life free of trouble, but in fact promises us trials will come. In my fantasy, the name is pretty self-explanatory. 😁 Adventures of the Last Aygiff. I wrote it because I wanted young youths to have a fun, Christian-oriented moral book to read. The second book I plan to write for the fantasy series is subtitled "Out of Madness" - because the main character is going to lose his mind to his overactive essence (magical system) and loses his memory and reverts to animalistic instincts (kind of like Nebuchadnezzar, just not because he rebelled against God). He eventually finds help getting his essence under control, but he still has amnesia. He slowly finds himself through learning about morality and considering who he is as a person. it doesn't bring his memories back, but he discovers himself, and then through extraneous circumstances, is eventually able to find his memories again. hopefully those examples explains how I find the names for my books through the 'meta-purpose', if you will...
  14. 1 point
    You never come up with the title half way through?
  15. 1 point
    I generally think up a title before I write the book or wait until the book is written to find a title.
  16. 1 point
    Make America Great Again. President Trump's slogan.
  17. 1 point
    I think I’m going to have to see the story to the end, like Carolina said, to see if I’m successful at subtly strengthening a pretty low-key character. He’s the main, POV character, so if he doesn’t work, the story doesn’t work.
  18. 1 point
    That sounds like a lot more support for a fraction of the price. The site looks interesting. Have bookmarked it in my resource file.
  19. 1 point
    Be careful of financially investing in companies whom you don't recognize. Or ones that haven't established themselves as reliable. For example, if they have been around for years and years and a lot of people love their services and say they are worth the money, that may be something to consider. But the question is: what do they have to offer that other companies don't? Hope this helps!
  20. 1 point
    Behold, I have been given power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt Me.
  21. 1 point
    500 words per month, twice a month online group meetings where the other "students" critique the work, and an email address? All for nearly $15,000? So how long would it take to go through 500 words, plus maybe four hours of online meeting, and four or five email messages? That's a pretty good wage for a little amount of time.
  22. 1 point
    Stand up for is not the same as pushing anybody around. Strong without forcefulness is IMHO a good thing. It does not mean he has no backbone. I would just keep writing and see where this goes. And yes, it may be harder to create him in fiction. That does not mean you should not try.
  23. 1 point
    I'd do it for a 10th the price and be thrilled!
  24. 1 point
    The map is really cool! I think it would be fun to try my hand at one of your characters, as they are quite creative. But my style is a very simple cartoon style, so you might not like it...
  25. 1 point
    Hope you have an awesome birthday Beverly! 😀
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    Happy birthday! 🙂 I hope you have a wonderful day filled with many blessings.
  28. 1 point
    Happy birthday to you! Happy birthday to you! Happy birthday, dear Beverly! Happy birthday to you!
  29. 1 point
    Happy birthday, @Beverly Waller!!
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    Happy birthday!! 🥳🥳🥳🥳
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    Great. Now I can get rejected on two platforms: e-mail and Twitter.
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    http://100photos.time.com/photos/nasa-pillars-of-creation
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    Even without reading the article, I know that Columbus was not the first.
  37. 1 point
    Have you clicked on a member's About Me section? I could read yours, Josi. Here's mine, though it doesn't tell a whole lot about me. Wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, writer seeking to follow God’s leading in all things.
  38. 1 point
    Oh, yes! I love it when God teaches a lesson in everyday circumstances. We learn so much.
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