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Chuck Kralik

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  1. Hi there, JayCee. It's nice to meet you. Best wishes on your writing!
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    Welcome to Christian Writers, Ja. It's great to meet you. Blessings on your writing endeavors!
  3. Yesterday, I posted my 100th devotion on my author site. I'd love for you to check it out at https://chuckkralikauthor.com/. If you begin now and read one devotion per day, you'll finish right around Thanksgiving. I challenge you! You can even subscribe to receive new devotional writings straight to your email inbox!
  4. It's so weird. Every year that I get older, the print in my Bible gets smaller. I'm typing this as I squint at my computer screen.
  5. Great verse! I look at it as a win-win. If I live, I will serve Christ. all the days of my life. If I die, I will be in Heaven with Jesus. God is with me either way.
  6. Hi, Teresa. Welcome to Christian Writers. Best wishes and God's blessings!
  7. “Then Jesus asked him, ‘What is your name?’ ‘My name is Legion,’ he replied, ‘for we are many’ ” (Mark 5:9, NIV). Jesus doesn’t fear confrontation, even when it means standing against Hell itself. He never cowers in the face of evil. Jesus doesn't run from danger, and he will go to the ends of the Earth to search for and save even one lost soul. The Gospel writer Mark records a frightening, yet fascinating, account of a demon-possessed man and his life-altering encounter with Jesus. Mark's description of the man is quite startling. He lives among the tombs in the region of the Gerasenes. No one can stand against him. Like a dog, the man is chained, and like a monster, he breaks the chains. He approaches Jesus, not out of aggression, but out of obedience, for "...even the demons submit..." in the presence of and at the name of Jesus (Luke 10:17, NIV). When asked by Jesus to identify himself, the man states, “My name is Legion...for we are many” (Mark 5:9, NIV). The demons speak for the man, but they have no authority over Jesus. The "Legion" of demons, the "We Are", is no match for "Jesus", the "I am". At their request, Jesus casts the demons into a nearby herd of pigs, and to the demons’ surprise, the pigs stampede into the sea and drown. The collateral damage is massive, and the townspeople ask Jesus to leave the region, but the man, formerly demon-possessed, stays, providing a witness for Jesus to all who will listen. Jesus referred to himself as the "I am", identifying himself as the God of the Old and New Testaments. He said things like "...I am the bread of life..." (John 6:35, NIV) and "I am the way and the truth and the life" (John 14:6, NIV). Jesus, the personification of God, came down from Heaven and was victorious over the forces of Hell. Through the sacrifice of the "I am", we are forgiven and free. And we, also, have an amazing story to share.
  8. Hang in there, Jared. Brighter days are ahead. Praying for you right now!
  9. Hello, Fay. It's nice to have you in our group. Best wishes on all your writing adventures!
  10. Thank you for sharing this article, Johne! Much to think about.
  11. Hi, Igor! I'd love for you to check out my author site. It's at https://chuckkralikauthor.com. You can even subscribe to receive devotions straight to your email inbox. Thanks again!
  12. Thanks for reading and responding, Igor! Blessings!
  13. “Then he said to me, ‘Prophesy to these bones and say to them, ‘Dry bones, hear the word of the Lord! This is what the Sovereign Lord says to these bones: I will make breath enter you, and you will come to life’ ” (Ezekiel 37:4-5, NIV). Ezekiel Chapter 37 is an interesting passage of Scripture. It’s the story of the prophet Ezekiel’s vision of a valley of dry bones. Why are these bones described as dry? It’s because these bones have long been left for dead. In fact, they are about as dead as dead can get. There is not even the hint of life within them. While Ezekiel’s vision is likely representative of Israel’s exile to Babylon, it is symbolic of a deeper truth – that God can bring life out of death. Think about it. God formed the first man, Adam, from the dust of the ground. Yet, Adam was lifeless until God breathed into his still body. Adam’s first breath of life was the breath of God. So, too, Jesus lay in a borrowed tomb. Make no mistake about it. Jesus was dead. He had been crucified just days before on a cross at Calvary. Yet, God breathed life into Jesus’ lifeless body, and the Resurrection of Jesus became God’s ultimate demonstration of life being torn from the grip of death. Yes, God breathes life into that which is dead. Consider the “dry bones” in your life. Maybe they’re the bones of the “skeleton in your closet”, that deep, dark secret of your past. Or perhaps, the “dry bones” are broken relationships with old friends or family members, and, no matter how hard you might try, life seems to be unrestorable. Just maybe, the “dry bones” are most descriptive of your finances, your addiction, or even your devotion to God. Don’t be afraid as you stand in the valley looking at the many “dry bones” in your life. God can and will bring life out of death. Restoration is just a breath away. Speak to the “dry bones”. Share with them the Word of God. And, watch them rise again.
  14. Hi, Homer. It's great to have you in our group. Blessings on your writing!
  15. Hello, Jared. It's nice to meet you. Blessings on your writing!
  16. Hi, Matt. Can you give more specifics? What are some examples of topics you might want folks to write about? Is this a paid or volunteer gig? Are you looking for more than one author? Any info. you can give would be appreciated!
  17. From one pastor to another, welcome to the group, Matt! I look forward to getting to know you better. Best wishes and blessings on your writing!
  18. Hi, Jennifer. Welcome to Christian Writers. Best wishes and blessings on your writing!
  19. Thanks, Lynn! Looks like something worth checking into.
  20. Hi, Jeff. It's nice to meet you. Welcome to Christian Writers!
  21. Happy birthday, William! Make it a great one!
  22. Hi, Ryan. Welcome to Christian Writers! It's great to have you in the group!
  23. Hello, Jim! Welcome to Christian Writers. Best wishes and blessings on your writing!
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