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Chuck Kralik

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  1. Happy, happy, happy birthday, Lynn! Make it a great one!
  2. Hi, Olamide. Welcome to the group. God's richest blessings upon you and your writing!
  3. Hi, Denise. Welcome to ChristianWriters. Many blessings and best wishes on your writing!
  4. Thank you, everyone, for all of your support! I especially want to say "thank you" to Suspensewriter for this interview!
  5. Happy birthday! Make it a great one!
  6. Welcome to the group! Many blessings!
  7. I've thought of that. It's pretty convicting to think of "angels" in our midst. Thanks for the reply!
  8. Happy birthday, Bob! Make it a great one!
  9. “I delight greatly in the Lord; my soul rejoices in my God. For he has clothed me with garments of salvation and arrayed me in a robe of his righteousness…” (Isaiah 61:10, NIV). There’s a man in my town. I drive past him on a regular basis, too uncomfortable to stop and have an actual conversation. He’s rough looking, unshaved, with skin worn and darkened from many hours in the sun. He appears beaten down and tired from the many miles he’s paced on this particular stretch of road. I imagine he has a story, that he would happily share, if only I would stop and listen, but I have places to go and people to see, who, quite honestly, I’d much rather spend my time with. The man is easy to spot – perhaps you’ve seen him as well – as he adorns himself with two wooden signs, one in front and one behind, tied together with two strands of rope that wear heavily upon his shoulders. The signs contain a crudely handwritten message that I can’t quite make out. He’s a walking billboard, but the only advertisement he’s promoting is his dire predicament. I really should stop, but I’m in a hurry. I’m late for work and people are depending on me. Maybe tomorrow I’ll have the time for a conversation, but if I do, I hope it will be brief and not too uncomfortable. I’ll die if someone sees me talking to this guy! As I drive by, I think for a few more moments about the man. His entire identity seems to be tied to this sign, tied to his body. I wish he could see his real self-worth, that he is loved by God, that he is forgiven, that he doesn’t need to be burdened by his past, his sin, or this sign. Rather, he has been clothed in righteousness by a God who loves him and a Savior who bore a cross for him. These are the words the man needs to hear. And maybe I’m the one who needs to tell him. But today, I am pretty busy. Maybe I’ll stop tomorrow or the next day. That’s what I’ll do.
  10. Hello, Danielle. Welcome to ChristianWriters. I love the artwork you shared! I'll check out your site. Many blessings!
  11. That's so kind of you to say! You may already know, but my website is at https://www.chuckkralikauthor.com. I'd love for you to check it out! Blessings!
  12. Hi, Jamie. It's nice to meet you. Best wishes and many blessings on your writing!
  13. Thank you so much for reading and responding! I greatly appreciate it!
  14. That's great, Brian! Congratulations on the anniversary!
  15. David and Joseph are key characters from the Old Testament of the Bible. Each of these men played a major role in advancing the kingdom of Israel and continuing the lineage of the Messiah. For one of these leaders, however, a moral lapse threatened to hinder God’s plan of redemption. One day, David caught a glimpse of a beautiful woman bathing. A glimpse turned into a gaze. And a gaze turned into lustful action. Although David discovered that the woman was married, he pursued an intimate relationship with her. David tried to hide the affair and the resulting pregnancy by having her husband killed. Joseph faced a similar situation, although in his case, he was the one being pursued, being invited into an inappropriate relationship with the wife of Potiphar. When the married woman tried to seduce Joseph, he fled the room and the temptation. We can learn a lot about resisting temptation from the examples of David and Joseph. David chose to feed his temptation, watching Bathsheba bathe and then pursuing her as if she were his own. Joseph decided to flee his temptation, literally running away from a potential affair with Potiphar’s wife. Ultimately, our best example comes, not from David or Joseph, but from Jesus. As the writer of Hebrews states, Jesus was “…tempted in every way, just as we are – yet he did not sin” (Hebrews 4:15, NIV). Jesus leads us by his example and, more importantly, he forgives us when we fail.
  16. Hi again, Natalie. I forgot to mention that I'm a homeschool dad, although my wife does most of the teaching. Concerning motivation, I, too, find it difficult to write without some form of instant feedback. Delayed gratification is difficult for me, even though I'm trying to be more disciplined. I guess I'm in it for the long haul, and anything that gets published or noticed is a bonus. I don't know that this helps any. Just know that you're not in the lack-of-motivation boat alone.
  17. Hi, Regina. Welcome to ChristianWriters. I'm so glad you found us! Blessings on all of your writing adventures!
  18. Hi, Natalie. Welcome to ChristianWriters. I'm so glad you've joined our group! Many blessings on your writing!
  19. Have a very happy birthday, Yawarakai! Many blessings!
  20. Thanks, everyone, for the support! Each of you is a great encouragement!
  21. I received my Devotable Prayer Journal in the mail today. It includes my devotion, "Father, Forgive Them". I first began writing for Devotable after viewing an invitation on ChristianWriters. Thank you CW for helping connect me with Devotable! Prayer: Approaching the Throne of Grace sells for about $20 on Amazon and is well worth the cost (in my opinion)!
  22. Praying right now, Jared!
  23. Hello, Joseph. It's great to meet you. I'm so glad you've joined ChristianWriters. Many blessings!
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