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William D'Andrea

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  1. I believe that I have received a message from the Lord, which He wants me to share with other Christians. The message is not only in line with Scripture. It is Scripture with some interpretations that I believe come from the Lord. The scripture is Revelation 3: 7-11. “…These are the words of him who is holy and true, who holds the key of David. What he opens no one can shut, and what he shuts no one can open. I know your deeds. See, I have placed before you an open door that no one can shut. I know that you have little strength, yet you have kept my word and have not denied my name. I will make those who are of the synagogue of Satan, who claim to be Jews though they are not, but are liars—I will make them come and fall down at your feet and acknowledge that I have loved you. Since you have kept my command to endure patiently, I will also keep you from the hour of trial that is going to come on the whole world to test the inhabitants of the earth. “I am coming soon. Hold on to what you have, so that no one will take your crown.” I then prayed to the Lord, telling Him that I do not want the hour of trial coming on the whole world, during my life time. Even if He keeps me safe from it, I just couldn’t handle all the distress; especially not if it comes upon people who I personally know; or anyone I know on the internet. Then I remembered the scripture, “Resist the devil and he will flee from you.” If we do resist the devil, I wonder, will the hour of trial coming on the whole world, be delayed for a later time? I also wondered what “open door” do I have? I realized that the answer was right in front of my face. I have the internet; a door that no one can shut. I believe that the Lord wants American Christians who have kept his Word and not denied His Name, to use the internet to send prayer messages, calling on God to Cast out Satan, from among those who are members of apostate Churches. He also wants us to send prayer messages to every organization where we think that Satan is in control. Send prayer messages to terrorist groups, abortion centers, gay rights organizations, the White House, Congress, the Supreme Court, all Government Agencies; News Organizations, the Entertainment Industry, all Educational Institutions from Pre-K to Post Grad; along with all privately owned and operated organizations, and any place else, where we think that Satan is in control. We should send them the prayer message: “In the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ, I ask God the Father Almighty, to send forth the Holy Spirit and cast out the devil from your organization; so that no one among you will be harmed, or do harm to anyone. I ask that all of you will be healthy and healed of all your afflictions, and that all of you will come to know the Truth and the Truth will set you free; according to God’s word. “In the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.“
  2. William Faulkner wrote a novel named "The Hamlet". It was later made into a movie. The Movie Studio was careful to change the name to "The Long Hot Summer", so that people wouldn't get the wrong idea, that the movie star Paul Newman was portraying Shakespeare's Hamlet.
  3. While I do have two Bibles on a shelf, lately I've only been reading the Gateway Bible. It's on-line, featuring about 150 different versions. Most of them are translations into different languages; but the majority are in English. So whatever Biblical translation you want to read, all you have to do is click on https://www.biblegateway.com/ An on-line Pentecost! Praise the Lord. Amen.
  4. Looking at all the words that are now banned, I can't imagine any book about anything, that wouldn't be banned. This means that no writer will waste his or her time posting any of his or her writings on Amazonbooks or Kindle, which will be putting itself out of business.
  5. How about Moses? The greatest of all Prophets. He never wanted the job, and asked that it be given to somebody else. He was also constantly asking the Lord, "Why did you give me these people?"
  6. The way I see it, is that when I'm writing suspense thriller fiction, or other works that people like my sister find disturbing, I'm like an actor who portrays villains. He may make an entire career of portraying very dangerous people, and be very believable. However, when he's not on stage or on screen, he might actually be a law abiding, responsible citizen, and a good neighbor. He might even be a guy who people like having around. Beyond that, he might be a born again, committed Christian, who's an active member of his Church, and attends Sunday morning Bible Studies. That's the way I am. Also, during the Bible Studies, I'm the one who keeps the Pastor on his toes; but in a pleasant, friendly and respectful way.
  7. Thank you Erin. The only thing I want to do with my beautiful and charming grand-nieces, is give them gift cards, that are not too expensive, for holiday presents. Another thing. Why would anyone who's thinking of doing violent and illegal activities, post something that might be incriminating, on the Internet, where who knows how many people might read it; including Law Enforcement Officers?
  8. On other writers websites I use the pen name MrBillyD, or MrBillyDA, or Yesmrbill, or other variations. Most of the people I know, outside the internet, have no idea that I'm a writer. What's happening with my sister, shows that maybe keeping it a secret, has been the right thing for me to do.
  9. My suspense/thriller fiction is not based on my real life. I have written many suspense thrillers, containing violence. They are all fiction. They are not based on anything which has ever happened, and I don’t expect to ever happen, in my real life. The problem is that my sister has read some them, and she thinks that I want to engage in the criminal activities that I’ve written about. She doesn’t believe me when I say that I don’t. In some of my stories, girls who are in their teens, are violently attacked. My sister actually believes this means that I might attack my grand nieces, who are in their teens; so she is keeping them away from me. That just isn’t necessary. My feelings toward my grand nieces are warm and affectionate. I’d never want to harm them in any way; or anybody else I know in the real world. Not even those to who I have feelings of hostility. They’re people who I want to avoid, and hopefully not speak to. That is all. There is a major gap between my fiction and the real world. I have no trouble knowing the difference. My stories are exciting. My actual life is not. I’d like to keep things that way. I am a law abiding, responsible citizen, who has no desire to be otherwise. My sister wants to arrange for a meeting between the two of us, and the Pastor of my Church. I think that’s a good idea. I've known the Pastor for years. I consider him a friend. Before he was ordained as a pastor, he had a career as a Federal Law Enforcement Agent, working for the Post Office, as a "Postal Inspector". That means he knows what to look for, to see if anyone is or isn't dangerous. He could also ask members of the Congregation, where I've been a member for more than 50 years, if they've ever heard of me harming anyone, or thought that I was in any way dangerous. I hope I won’t have to wait too long before we have that meeting. I want to work things out with my sister and get things back to normal with everyone in my family. Especially my grand nieces. I ask everyone to pray that we will work things out. In Jesus Name. Thank you.
  10. I was incorrect about that last quote. Shakespeare's play MacBeth actually begins with a different scene in which the witches appear. The actual opening line is: "When shall we three meet again In thunder, lightning or in rain?" The scene ends with the words: "Fair is foul, and foul is fair: Hover through the fog and filthy air." I think that's a real grabber.
  11. This isn't from a novel. It's a drama. The first line from Shakespeare's Macbeth. "Double, double toil and trouble. Fire burn and cauldron bubble." xxxxxxxxxxxx I remember reading that in my 12th Grade English Class literature textbook.
  12. An uncompleted novel of mine begins with the words: He wrote on the back of a postcard. "I'm in Oaxaca (Pronounced "Wah-Hah-Kah") Mexico, on the first Tuesday in February. I'm enjoying very warm days, very hot food and good cold beer. Wish you were here. Frank." 23 year old Frank Sandrell was glad he'd made his airline and hotel reservations back in October. xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx Many years before I started the writing, I actually did write those words on the back of an actual postcard.
  13. Isn't that what we're doing here in the General Discussion Forums?
  14. Congratulations on your smash performance as Juliet! The teaching motto that you quoted is appropriate for lectures, speeches, and sermons, but not for works of fiction, in which the writer wants to keep the reader wondering what will happen next, without telling him or her before hand. The introduction to a work of fiction should give enough information to explain what the story is about, but no more than that. I have written a vampire tale, which is posted on a different website, titled "Sangreville". I think that title is entertainingly sinister. The plot summary states, "A high school girl reluctantly moves with her desperate mother to a 'vampire town' where the living and un-dead have agreed to a truce. After the girl enrolls in her new school, she's told that she '...can get away with anything you want.' The new girl tries to fit in." I hope that's enough information, which doesn't give away the plot or the ending, to interest at least one, and hopefully more readers.
  15. I'm now looking at this from a writer's viewpoint. In the eloquent prologue that's quoted here, Shakespeare was actually giving away the entire plot? Just before the two hour's traffic on the stage of the Globe Theater, actually began?
  16. I wouldn't be at all surprised if you sat there singing "I Feel Pretty", along with Natalie Wood.
  17. Like I said, it's a great movie. I'm sure you'll enjoy the show!
  18. The Broadway and later Motion Picture Musical "West Side Story" was a retelling of Romeo & Juliet, as a crime drama about Juvenile Delinquents in York City, in the late 1950's. The deaths of Toni and Maria were depicted as genuine tragedies, and could not be interpreted as anything but a warning. It's a great show, and the songs by Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim, such as "Maria", "Tonight", and "Somewhere." were major "Top 40 Hits" and are among the best ever written. They do not take away the pain of the tragedy. They make it even worse. The girls I attended high school with at that time (I'm giving away my age here), left the movie theater with tears in their eyes. As a writer, I hope that some of my writings, might have that same effect on some of my readers. I also like Tchaikovsky's Overture to Romeo and Juliet.
  19. To do that, you don't have to build your own platform. All you have to do is join a writers website, like christianwriters.com, and post your writings here, and on other writers websites. That's what I've been doing, and actually getting reviews. I haven't been aware of any external attempts at censorship of these websites. Now I wonder, is christianwriters.com being warned of any attempts to remove this website from the internet?
  20. After reading this article I wonder. Has anybody brought any lawsuits against any of these Big Tech Companies, for violating the writers First Amendment Rights to Free Expression?
  21. Thank you Erin. I'm always glad to hear from you. You might like the following article, that I also posted here on Saturday. https://christianwriters.com/topic/15520-a-time-to-give-gift
  22. I engage in healthy habits and avoid unhealthy ones. To begin with, I have never smoked any tobacco products, or used any illegal ones. I hardly ever drink alcohol, except on special occasions, like birthday celebrations, like I would today, if I was visiting my sister. I walk about an hour a day, every day, at a vigorous pace. I think that's the key. I also have a monthly chiropractor's visit, when he pushes and pulls things back into place. I figure that when all your parts are in the right place, everything should work better. I'm also on a high fiber diet. This morning for breakfast I had Fiber One Cereal 55%, along with pitted prunes and coffee. At midday I had a full lunch of chicken strips, with red kidney beans, mushrooms and spinach (Popeye was right!) Along with a dessert of cranberry raisins. I also use nutritional supplements. I use Focus Formula which provides "1-Improve Focus & Concentration. 2-Supports Memory & Recall. 3-Boosts Energy & Attention. 4-Promotes Blood Flow." That's right. "Smarter Pills". I also use probiotics to help with a digestive problem, of which I will avoid all revolting descriptions. The one I'm using now contains "20 billion live probiotic cultures". Imagine that. 20 billion of anything in two capsules this (----------) size? I wonder, how do they know the number? Is some guy sitting at a microscope counting? "One. Two. Three. Four. Hey there! Everybody get in line!" Then I also take Azo tablets for help with a bladder problem. The label says "1 serving= 1 glass of cranberry juice." That's why I buy the tablets. They're a lot less expensive, and much lighter and easier to carry than who knows how many jars of juice. I consider all medications and nutritional supplements, when taken correctly, as prescribed, to be blessings from the Lord. It's when they are abused that what was intended as a blessing, becomes a devil's curse. Another thing. In the mornings, I have one cup of coffee with breakfast. Then when I go out, I stop for another coffee at a local eatery. Then in the evening, I have a cup of tea. The highlights of my day. I've got to get a life!
  23. Thank you everyone. Today I am 74 years old, and in very good shape for a man my age. I know I'm in much better shape than my father was at this age. I think that's a good way to measure yourself when it comes to your general health. A year ago on this day, I was living in a rented room in a private home. When I got up in the morning, and stepped out of my room, my landlord's girlfriend was there. She said, "Happy Birthday." I told her what I've just written, about me being in good shape for a man my age. She said, "You're in very good shape for a man of any age." Now that's what you call a compliment! The woman is also a professional nurse. She works at a local hospital, so she knows what she's talking about! That makes it an even better compliment. It made my whole day. It's actually made my whole year!
  24. If anyone has an idea for a writing of any length, and would like to have a collaborator, all he or she has to do, is let us know what it is, and ask for assistance. Then, hopefully, someone will accept his or her offer.
  25. "Tell me, you reporters. Doesn't anything interesting ever happen in your neighborhood?" "Yes, but not too often. Thank the Lord." "Why do you thank the Lord for that?" "Well the interesting things that happen are blizzards, floods, hurricanes and wild fires. Is that interesting enough for you?" "Yeah. Too interesting. Now that you've explained things, I also thank the Lord for your usual daily reports." "Amen."
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