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Joshua Benefiel

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Joshua Benefiel last won the day on January 12 2015

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About Joshua Benefiel

  • Birthday 10/03/1984


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  1. Reminds me of the story of Beethoven being challenged to an improvisation session by one of his rivals. Beethoven turned that man's own work upside down and played it backward for an hour. The guy left in embarrassment halfway through.
  2. Welcome, Panda! Don't worry that you've never yet finished your projects. A lot of us are in the same boat. Just keep at it.
  3. Just like in life. I demonstrate the Biblical principles through the actions and attitudes of my characters- in the same way that I try to do myself in real life. Or develop a fictional, satirical version of Christianity that needs to be explained to the reader. That way, you get to preach the Gospel without it "being" the Gospel of Christ.
  4. The church that I pastor has the same issue. I've contacted Google about adding the church to Google Maps, because right now it shows the liquor store from two blocks down the street right on our location, but nothing has changed yet.
  5. I will happily label myself as a Christian author. The entire reason that I write is to tell the stories that God has embedded within me to share and to spread a Christian worldview in an effort to spread the Gospel and grow the Kingdom of God. "I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, first to the Jew, then to the Greek. For the gospel reveals the righteousness of God that comes by faith from start to finish, just as it is written: 'The righteous will live by faith.'” Romans 1:16-17
  6. Part of our role as Christian writers, in spreading a Christian worldview, is being aware of political issues and of the moral direction that the country is moving. Not saying at all that we should get into a political debate here, just that we should all be aware of what is going on in this nation.
  7. Regardless of political affiliation, and actually regardless of whether you think he was innocent or guilty, that was the worst trial I have ever seen. There is no possible way that it was fair and unbiased. The judge didn't even sequester the jury- he let them keep their phones and have access to media and news. It should get overturned in appeals. And then more rioting and looting and burning down of cities will occur. I think you're right: mob rule is the new law and order. Following the law and the Constitution has certainly gone out the window.
  8. Didn't mean to make it sound like complaining. Sorry if it did. I enjoy working on sermons, but it is different than working on personal writing projects.
  9. "Were you there?" seems correct to me.
  10. I feel like my writing style is one of sprints, but it doesn't include setting aside writing for any particular amount of time. It's just a flourish of frantic writing whenever inspiration strikes. Typically, if I try to sit down and force myself to write for any given amount of time, I get very little done. Unless I am typing out something that I have written longhand in some moment of previous inspiration...
  11. This morning I am sitting at a car dealership getting service done on my vehicle. It's not nearly as nice as the coffee shop, but it DOES have clean tables, free wifi and free coffee, so I suppose it's okay. No match for a good coffee shop, or even my own setup at home, but it'll do in a pinch. Sadly, I'm not working on my writing projects this morning. I am working on my sermon for Sunday.
  12. Shoot yes. I believe I'd get a lot done if I could spend some time in that first picture.
  13. Well, nachos and internet connection should be a prerequisite, of course.
  14. How is Greye pronounced? Gray? Or Grey-ah? Gry?
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