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    It's been a while since we've done this, so I thought I'd try to bring it back. Post something funny you've seen recently. We all need a laugh.
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    LOL Love those! Thanks, Accord!
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    The Church where I'd been attending Worship has finally reopened for Sunday Services, after being shut down since the middle of March, by the corona virus pandemic. It's the Integrity Church, located in Yaphank, Long Island; about an hour and a half drive east of New York City. Now the Regathering has begun. https://integrityli.org/regathering/ Over the past few months, they've been posting recorded videos of Worship Services, showing only the members of the Band playing their instruments and singing. This was followed by the Pastor's Sermons. There were also just a few people in attendance. Now watching recorded worship services does have some advantages. You know exactly how long the Worship Service will last. You can adjust the volume. There is closed captioning, so if your computer's volume isn't loud enough, you can read what's being said. Also, if you'd like to have a snack while in virtual attendance, go right ahead. The main disadvantage is that there is no fellowship. Now fellowship has returned. The Pastor was the one who picked me up and drove me to the Church, where I was able to meet many of my friends, for the first time in six months. Yesterday, the Service was held outdoors. Several dozen people attended, seated on folding chairs, in the Church parking lot and on the surrounding lawn. Beginning next Sunday, there will be two indoor services, just like before the shut down. There are some covid19 restrictions. We still have to wear masks, and keep a six foot distance. I consider those to be minor inconveniences, in comparison to us all getting together to Worship the Lord again. I praise the Lord for all this. In Jesus Name. Amen.
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    So I write mostly sci fi these days, although I have tried my hand at writing mysteries to. I really enjoy mysteries and I'm working on making my themes clearer in my writing. My goal is to get my work published on amazon but it needs a lot of feed back first. I'm excited to meet other christian writers!
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    I want that jogging t-shirt!
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    I hadn't thought about it like this before but found it a good reminder; this is only for a season. 🙂
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    Hey guys! Sorry I dropped off the face of the planet. I got sick, and with being the only able body adult in a houseful, I had to put my energy where it was needed most. But... I'm back now! 😁 I messed you guys! Ok, on to the daily fun. 😊
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    You know, SW, I've never thought about how it appears/means/feels to men. I've always just thought collectively. But I understand your feelings. And no, you're not off-base. And yes, it is generic as Carolina said. LOL The strangest thought just crossed my mind.
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    You have no idea how many of these I have! I'll do my best to keep the number under 10.
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    How many ways can I put this? Run away. Very far away!
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    Whether traditional or self-pub/partner, when to say no to a contract.
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    I just received copies of my children's book, "Finished: A Fictional Story With Heavenly Truth". Check it out at the following link! https://www.amazon.com/Finished-Fictional-Story-Heavenly-Truth/dp/B08HRV2RK2/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=finished+by+chuck+kralik&qid=1601058386&sr=8-1
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    Ok, a bit of morbid humor for the others (like me) who grew up with healthcare works and the like. 😄 For my literal friends (😉), this is only a joke.
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    Today’s post is the final devotion in my series on the symbolism found in my children’s book, “Finished: A Fictional Story With Heavenly Truth”. I am so grateful for the work of artist Terri Melia Hamlin on this project. Terri’s illustrations compliment the story and visually depict deeper theological truths. In today’s devotion, I share the final scene in the book, which shows Jesus sleeping and dreaming. So much of “Finished” is a foreshadowing of the crucifixion of Jesus. In fact, the book’s title, “Finished” reminds us that Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross completed the work of forgiveness and restored the sin-broken relationship between God and man. It’s no coincidence that Jesus is sleeping as the story comes to a close. Sleep, after all, is a metaphor for death in the Bible. Make no doubt about it. Jesus lost his life to save people from their sins. Still, the story is not ultimately over, and death never gets the final word. The illustration shows Jesus dreaming while he sleeps. Jesus’ dream is of a better day, the Resurrection Day, when Jesus would rise from the dead. The lesson here is that brighter days are always ahead for the Christian. The empty tomb of Jesus assures it. I’d like to close this devotion by thanking you, the reader, for your investment in this project. I believe “Finished” has the potential to ignite conversations between young and old. My prayer is that both the reader and listener would grow in wisdom and in their relationship with the Savior, Jesus. May you and yours always be blessed.
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    My oldest daughter is in the third year of her MFA at UMASS. She is teaching her first class! The subject is creative writing and her students are college freshmen. Everything is online. Preparing lessons and engaging students as a new teacher is hard enough, but to do it on Zoom is even harder. Please pray for her to be confident, competent and caring as a teacher.
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    There are so many ways to clear the cobwebs or fill in the spaces. Go for a walk. Go do something else. Be creative in some other form. Read something. Listen to music. Take a shower. Play with your pet or take it for a walk. Have a conversation with someone. Make some coffee. Read some inspiring quotes. Fool around on social media. Just stand outside in your backyard and listen to the birds. Do anything that takes your mind off writing.
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    It took me time and intentionally trying to find the word evil, to see it in this picture. 😋
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    Hi everyone! I'm new to Christian Writers! Great platform! Glad to be part of it! I am currently in the process of publishing my Christian children's fiction early reader book about a young girl who has a unique love for Jesus Christ and the challenges she faces to share the gospel. Follow me on Instagram, https://www.instagram.com/mabelosejindu/. I also write poetry and short stories on Christianity and some can viewed here: https://medium.com/@mabelosejindu. Thank you! Mabel :)
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    My name is Phil and I am a novice writer. I am from Australia, I am legally blind and for the last several years I have been working on a fictional novel dealing with the supernatural. I took a break for a few years, but I am looking at getting back into it. This is my first serious piece of literature other than some poetry and I have no idea if I am actually any good or how I could improve. So I am hoping to find some help here and encouragement here. I am looking forward to meeting new people who also like writing and being a member of the community.
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    well although I'm legally blind, I have 2 monitors both 32 inch televisions as a monitors and I sit about a foot away from them and one is dedicated as a magnifyer. My mother always taught me not to let my disability determine what I could or could not do so I have always found my way around obstacles. When I was very young I used to draw pictures although I wasn't very good at it and so in my 20's I started playing around with photoshop and soon found that I could make art and after a long time and a lot of practice I became a novice graphic designer. To be honest I don't know how I do the things I do as I am also a photogrpaher and a videographer and video editor. It seems that God has a sense of humour in that a lot of my skills usually require a heavy visual element and maybe he wanted to show that in my greatest weakness there is strength through Him as I believe the only way for me to accomplish anything is these areas is with His help.
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    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. 😁
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    Autumn Cry I cry when autumn lace comes in When things of life must cease and end; When air is colored with a hue Of turning yellows 'gainst the blue. And through my tears I seem to see The loveliness of every tree: How green has greened itself with rain And life respected color's pain. I scan the red, a nearer rhyme— Tho death it brings (Is this a crime?); And quest for love in stilling air, And find her in the light that's fair. Upon a hill I behold her face— This Love that's filled with nature's grace And solemnly I gather dear Her joy, her sigh, her quiet tear. Then following her wise design, I give my heart to bitter pine And cry a healthy rainbowed well As autumn comes on earth to dwell. —Dumas fils (Fall has touched me many times and many ways. There is no season that is so alone like itself. Yet so lovingly beautiful. I always pay attention to it. It is so much like people. It flushes, it dazzles, it rustles and then it winks just before the colder rains comes to spot its fallen palms with frost and snow.)
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    Just posted a thread of 40 blog post ideas for writers. Maybe it will help.
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    Genesis Chapter 40 Man Joseph had some extreme patience and trust in God. I could only hope that I had just a little tiny piece of this. Only a piece the size of a mustard seed will surely do! A couple of Pharaoh's high ranking officials did something to upset him and he put them in the pen. Even in prison they still got special treatment because Joseph was assigned to them. They had a couple of dreams, and Joseph's gift was - you guessed it - interpreting dreams. I love how Joseph's head didn't swell up. In verse 8 we see that Joseph brought all the attention to God: "Interpreting dreams is God's business." He completely pointed all of the attention to God and didn't let pride and possible recognition swell his head up. I struggle with Narcissistic Personality Disorder, so this is very hard for me to do. I love the recognition and the attention so it is a constant daily struggle for me to remain humble. Joseph was completely aware of God's presence in his life, but I can imagine he was starting to become impatient with his circumstances. Believe me, I would have been impatient the 1st day of being in prison, especially since he is completely innocent. After interpreting the dreams Joseph asks one thing from the Cup Bearer, a favor. He asks, "Please remember me and do me a favor when things go well for you. Mention me to Pharaoh, so he might let me out of this place. For I was kidnapped from my homeland, the land of the Hebrews, and now I'm here in prison, but I did nothing to deserve it." Joseph's response to God's promises have been amazingly led by faith and obedience even when he has been through the ringer. When God gives us a promise and it seems it is never going to pass, we must still react most responsibly. Our positive responses would include: prayer, faith, obedience, and EXPECTANCY! With positive responses, there are always negative ones as well. This is where my problem occurs and I mess up. See, even if we are 100% conscious of God's presence and His promise to us, we still may act in unbelief trying to make things happen ourselves. We see this with Joseph trying to run ahead of God by manipulating his way out of prison! I mean, I can say nothing here but I am thankful that God has helped me recognize this. I am so bad to try and take things into my own hands and run ahead of him in making His promises happen in my life. And I am so impatient. I do this only after a couple days sometimes, and Joseph has been trusting and waiting for a decade or better by now. Man O man, the things we can learn from this. I am hoping this will help me draw closer to God, and hopefully make less mistakes of trying to run ahead of Him. When I think about it, I am crazy for thinking that I can do anything to accomplish God's promises in my life. What I can do is completely trust in Him and be completely aware of His loving presence in my life. And hopefully I can grow to a point to where that will be enough no matter my circumstances. Be Encouraged, Chris
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    I've been reading all the responses to your original question as theme is something I always struggle with. And I believe you've hit the nail on the head with "overthinking this".... I believe I do exactly that. Then I get frustrated or flustered and my project stalls out. I do believe you have to have a strong story but an equally strong (or impactful) theme to support the story. I think it comes down to the "chicken and the egg" scenario of which comes first... theme then story or story then theme. In then end, I don't think it really matters as long as the end results is a strong story with an impactful theme. Whether you weave your characters and story around your theme or your theme naturally develops through your character and story building. That being said, I still struggle with making sure it all flows the way I want. Of course, I'm relatively new to the process for many reasons. 🙂
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    “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God” (John 1:1, NIV). I’ve always found the words of this first verse in the Gospel of John to be interesting. As a kid, it was one of the easier passages of Scripture to memorize for my church’s Wednesday night Catechism class. The verse had a certain rhythm to it. It didn’t have any big words, and it was relatively short. I could recite John 1:1 in short order to my teacher and receive my sticker on the memorization chart. I suppose, at the time, I didn’t realize the significance of the words I was articulating. One of the things to notice about John 1:1 is that the “Word” is capitalized. John comments that this “Word” was present in the beginning, that it was with God, and actually was God. The “Word”, you may know by now, is none other than Jesus himself. Yes, Jesus, was present at the dawning of all Creation. We don’t always think about the Jesus of the Old Testament, but he was there. In the New Testament, of course, Jesus would take on human flesh and live among people. Still, Jesus made his first appearance at Creation. John says that the Word was with God and was God. If you’re like me, you find the concept of the Triune God – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit – difficult to understand to say the least. Jesus was, at the same time, God, but he also had his own identity as one-third of the Trinity. Again, such understanding is challenging and doesn’t ultimately save us from our sins. It just makes us look smarter than we probably are. Perhaps you find additional difficulty in referring to Jesus as the “Word”. I, too, have struggled with this concept, intellectually wrestling with it, and have come to the following conclusion. I think John calls Jesus the “Word”, because Jesus is the ultimate message, the word, of God to mankind. Jesus is the Gospel message of God’s goodness and grace personified. In fact, if we want to truly understand the character of God, his justice and mercy, his love, and his kindness, we need not look any further than the “Word” that is Jesus. Yes, Jesus is God’s Word to mankind. He has freed us from our sins and has given us the promise of life, both here on earth and eternally in Heaven. God is for you, not against you. He loves you. He forgives you. He sets you free.
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    Great for today!
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    If you’re writing a story, I’d say the story has to be the driving force. If your theme is the primary driver, you might get a good piece of writing—an essay, sermon, etc. but you won’t have a good story.
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