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  1. To answer your larger question, yes. In my bio, I always rattle off a list of my interests: I love God, Prog Rock, Space Opera, Film Noir, and the Green Bay Packers. My passions are public and I rave about the things I'm passion about all the time. I'm not ashamed of any of these things - they're who I am. I try to live this out in public by obeying the commandments of Jesus, by living a life of grace and love and humility. I stumble all the time and try to be a quick repenter and quick forgiver. When I die, I want my enemies and friends to look at me and say 'There went a man of God.'
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  2. I write about God through the relationships that my characters would have with Him if they were real people. The way I see it, my stories are the best tools I have for witnessing. (I speak better on paper than I do in person.) And my stories aren't important, only the Bible passages I include and what I write about God is.
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  3. So are you just on the site to troll people, stir the pot, or act inappropriately with the minors?
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  4. Incorrect. There are few things more personal than one's parents and the way one is being raised.
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  6. I presume you didn't intend to come across as pretentious and proud but I begin to see why someone might not want to engage with your question. There are lots of reasons why this person may not have engaged your question: extroversion / introversion, feeling it's a 'gotcha' question, simply being busy in Real Life and not following the thread for an hour or a day, there are lots of entirely valid reasons. Jesus modeled The Golden Rule. I try to put myself in the other guy's shoes. If I was this fellow, I might think your question was rude and not answering was a way of taking the
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  7. Many Christians, no most, have not been taught, well, a lot of things. For instance, how to relate lovingly to others, how to give one's whole life to the Lord and allow Him to direct every part of their life, how to draw an unbeliever to Christ whether with words or with actions, among other things. Being enthusiastic and outgoing with one's faith is not always a draw. It's love and acceptance that draws. Jumping on an unbeliever with our beliefs only proves to make them turn tail and run the other way. Only love draws. This quote has been disputed as to its originator but it bears ponde
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  8. For a second, I read the title and thought, "SARAH ACTUALLY SAW THE LORD?!?" It was a song. *smh*
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  9. Happy birthday, Grey_Skies! Hope it's a great day. Blessings to you!
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  10. This topic has run its course so I'll go ahead and close it out.
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  11. Do not use the words of the God of the Universe to gaslight people, Wesley.
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  12. Backhanded insults to a minor's parents and trying to get them to question if their parents have their best interest at heart is in no way, shape, or form respectful. But you already know that. Not only are you an adult that knows better, but you have also been repeatedly called out on this. And we already know what you will do. You'll play the innocent victim and behave for a short time until you think things have died down, then start back up again.
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  13. You did not treat a minor's parents with respect. This is why we are having this conversation.
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  14. I'm not talking about her, I'm talking about your responsibility as the adult. She is a minor. You are an adult. You cannot enter into a conversation with a minor as if they are also an adult. It is your responsibility not to ask those kind of questions, not her responsibility to decide whether or not she wants to answer.
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  15. With all honesty, which includes a generous measure of doubt. James could have written that faith is dead without doubt. God did not give us all the answers. Honest doubt is the seeking, knocking, and asking that Jesus prescribed. It is the way we get more of God, and we can never have all there is while we are down here. The wider world is suspicious of people who say they don't doubt. Let's be real and authentic. With that in your mind, put your pen on the paper and see what comes out!
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  16. Hah! I beat the cake posters (except Lynn), so while they will come, you get cookies! Happy birthday!!! (Unless Sophie has cake. Her message just appeared while my cookies were loading. But you get them anyway.)
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  17. Happy birthday and many happy returns
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  18. And that's what Grey_Skies' father did, right? He determined it wasn't suitable.
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  19. Another point: When we serve other people through our actions, we bring the love of Jesus to them. Evangelism is not as much about bringing people to Jesus but bringing Jesus to people—to show and then tell.
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  20. This article just appeared in my inbox. It is an excellent answer to the question. Here's one paragraph: Jesus' words in Acts 1:8 flesh out this picture of being an ambassador. “You will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” Jesus does not send his followers to go witnessing, but to be his witnesses. To go witnessing might only mean speaking words about God somewhere away from home, but to be a witness means living a life that shows God’s love wherever we are. In fact, we are never commanded in the Bible to go witnessing. To focus on
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  21. While this question in and of itself is acceptable in certain situations, I believe asking it of one of our members is insulting. There are two reasons (and possibly others) that he did not respond: 1) he didn't see your question, or 2) he ignored your question because he found it insulting or offensive. We all here know his heart and that it belongs to the Lord. While you may see nothing wrong with asking, it is out of place. Asking is tantamount to judging. Judging another's Christian position is not acceptable. That privilege only belongs to the Lord. I hope you understand.
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  22. Nope. However most people who claim they are Christians aren't. Growing up in a church doesn't mean they're Christian. Many assume it does. Being religious doesn't mean they're Christian. Thinking Jesus was a nice guy doesn't mean they're Christian. Using "praise God" and "bless you" as a catch phrases doesn't mean they're Christians. And creating a god they can handle and then calling that Yahweh doesn't mean they're Christians. Christianity isn't as wide a gate as the world keeps thinking. Matthew 7:13 “Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads
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  23. I saw no controversy in this thread. We were sharing what we have heard and learned from the Bible and from those who teach us about God. Yes, we were discussing nicely.
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  24. Pro 16:28 A perverse person stirs up conflict, and a gossip separates close friends.
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  25. God is the ink and the paper and the One who gets the idea that gets onto the paper. But you are asking if He is a character, or if there is a reference to Him. Those of my characters who know Him, interact with God the way I do. I couldn't write anything else.
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  26. Actually, I want to congratulate you for having begun your writing so early in life. You have learned a lot in the meantime (as we all do with everything we work at). So don't berate yourself. Smile and laugh and move on.
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  27. Oh, I agree. It sometimes does seem like it. But when we have faith in God that He knows best and has the best in mind for us,, we need to realize that what we think is unanswered, is really waiting for something better to come along. That is, when the answer is not no. So actually, I understand the song's attempt but I don't agree with it. Because look what he received. Maybe this image will help make my point...
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  28. I don't believe it's your place, as an adult, to ask a minor for their parents' reasoning behind a parenting decision.
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  29. Sooo... I'd pulled out one of the notebooks I'd used to write stories with when I was a kid, and I read through one of the stories I'd written. I had to have been at least eight, if not nine, years old at the time. The things I wrote...Oh, my. Somehow, I thought that sixth grade was in elementary school. I also thought that somehow sixth graders had recess. (Listen, I was still a kid and knew only what TV portrayed public school to be like.) Somehow, I knew that depressed meant very sad; so I used it a few times. (Example: "Yeah, Nat, your face looks like someone s
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  30. Wow. You drew that? I've seen it as a meme on FB. This may be the first time I met the illustrator of a famous picture. Cool! (As a teddy bear nut, I do get it. But I also find it a bit depressing. It's kind of like trading up on your kids or pets. It's not a bigger and better dog we want. It's our dog, but better behaved.. or healthier, or younger. Spaulding, my teddy bear, can't be replaced by bigger and better. He's Spaulding. )
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  32. This was a verse I posted in another thread which is a command for all believers. 2 Timothy 4:2 Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.
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  33. Wes, first I already know you are not a believer (yet), and I'm cool with that. I'll summarize it here: Faith in Christ Jesus as your personal Savior. Jesus gave His life for us so that we could be reconciled with God. All we need to do is to believe that; however, if someone believes that Jesus died for them and they are not willing to give their life back to Him then they're probably not a Christian.
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  34. Sadly, Wesley, that's probably a true statement. And I'm saying it's fine if someone is not a Christian as we all have free will. I just don't see how someone who is a Christian and believes there will be a judgment day, would not be willing to share their faith with them. I don't want to see people that I knew in this life, standing in the wrong line on judgment day, and having them think: "if you knew I would end up here, then why didn't you tell me?"
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  35. @Rebecca, I'd love to hear it!
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  36. Instead of telling God what we want Him to do, we should ask what He wants us to be doing.
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  37. The ancient Hebrews, it is said, believed at death, Man only exists in the mind of God. I'm riffing on that a little, suggesting Clay only exists, for a time, in the mind of The Woman In Green. This is a tableau in his mind's eye, a mind which has temporarily been freed from a shell. (We will see The Woman In Green one more time, near the end of Book Three, when we find where Clay's original human body has been kept, and what his ties are to it, and see The Woman In Green's role in keeping his original host body alive all this time.)
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  38. With delicacy. In my first few novels, I had several characters who went by aliases. Rider was Elijah, who rode the chariot of fire up to heaven. Walker was Enoch, who walked with God. Lady Wisdom was another character, mistress of the Houses of Mourning. Also, I have aliens who are the descendants of evil people spared from the Flood of Noah by demons who rescued them and transported them to another world. In two of my novels, I make reference to the Tower of Babel. My protagonist was its architect. It's destruction had ripple effects, messing with the language of the dragons on a
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  39. it won a Newberry prize. It was deep and profound and sheds light on a sobering truth, so yes it was super good
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  40. I kind of refute the idea that they need to be written into our stories. I kind of assume God is in all my stories to whatever lesser or greater degree, and doesn't need me to shoehorn him anywhere (if you know what I mean). With that said, this is how I do it in my WIP. (I grant up front this is a weird scene. I've always thought it would be interesting to show what it feels like to sit with 'the one who comes along-side,' and I took a stab at it in my Fantasy golem detective novel.) After being mauled by two sabretooth tigers in the dungeon beneath mob boss Ghen Torna's offi
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  41. I would suggest you read this article. Scroll down about halfway to find Maxy Awards.
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  42. Don't give up, Shamrock, we are looking for good books and great stories and marketable authors. You qualify on all three fronts. It's the sheer volume of authors, that we struggle with, and most authors just give up and self-publish, for good or ill. You literally would not believe the number of submissions we get every month, you truly would not from people who are convinced they are great authors. Johne will confirm this--the number of submissions is literally staggering. It's a fact of life that most books that are submitted to us are not great stories and have marketable a
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