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Chuck Kralik

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  1. Wow, Lynn! In-depth article. Thanks for sharing with us!
  2. Thanks so much, Lynn! I really appreciate your help!
  3. Hi, Lynn. I want to improve my author website based on your recommendations, but I'm not for sure how to do these things using Wordpress. Any suggestions?
  4. “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law” (Galatians 5:22-23, NIV). It can be difficult at times to faithfully practice the spiritual disciplines. Tasks like reading the Bible and prayer can all too easily take a back seat to the trivial pursuit of binge watching one’s favorite shows on television. At the end of the day, we can find ourselves frustrated and a bit drained spiritually. We’ve accomplished little, and our souls hurt greatly. The Apostle Paul addresses faithfulness in his list of the fruit of the Spirit found in Galatians. These fruit are the spiritual traits of the Christian believer. These spiritual fruit are woven together in a web of faith. Therefore, love leads to joy, and joy leads to greater love. Likewise, patience leads to goodness and vice-versa. While each of these fruit is a gift from God, bestowed upon us by the Spirit of God, we can cultivate the spiritual fruit in our lives, creating an increase in their volume and vitality. As we demonstrate faithfulness in our practice of the spiritual disciplines, our fruitfulness increases. As we read and listen to God’s word, pray, and study, the spiritual fruit of love, joy, peace, and all the others yield a more bountiful harvest. Faithfulness leads to fruitfulness, and fruitfulness leads to faithfulness. May we ever be faithful in the disciplines of our faith!
  5. Welcome to the group, James! It's good to have you here.
  6. Thank you to everyone who participated in this poll/post! I appreciate all of your input!
  7. Thank you, Alley, for the article. I think that having a website and blog is a great way to create a writing portfolio. It also shows your progress as a writer.
  8. “From inside the fish Jonah prayed to the LORD his God” (Jonah 2:1, NIV). Jonah was on the run, not from some sort of enemy, but from God. He had been given a divine command to preach a message of repentance to the people of Ninevah, but instead, Jonah boarded a ship for Tarshish, about as far away from God as the sea would take him. A severe storm led Jonah’s boatmates to throw him overboard, and, if not for God’s provision of a hungry fish, Jonah would have certainly drowned. Now, Jonah would spend three days in the fish’s belly accompanied solely by his thoughts and, of course, God’s presence. One might think that Jonah would spend his days of seclusion cursing God or, at the very least, his predicament. Jonah, however, used his divinely appointed “time out” to offer God praises. Jonah recognized his mistake in not listening to God and praised God for his rescue and provision. If you’ve been a follower of Jesus for any amount of time, you’ve likely prayed, like Jonah, a belly of the fish prayer. These are the prayers we pray in the dark, lonely, smelly spaces in which we sometimes find ourselves. At times, the fish’s belly is a result of our own poor decisions. Other times, mere consequence lands us in this most desperate of situations. Perhaps your cries to God have pierced through the dark nights of depression. Or maybe an addiction has placed you in dire straits. Illness, unemployment, and shattered relationships can also leave a person broken in the proverbial belly of the fish. It’s important to remember that, in these and all situations, you are not alone. Jesus had his own belly of the fish moments. He prayed in the darkness of Gethsemane and from the cross at Calvary. Jesus has already been through, in some shape or form, what we experience in this life. Jesus even spent his own three days in the belly of a sealed tomb. Yet, he came out victorious. Perhaps you are experiencing a belly of the fish moment right now. Know that God is with you. Call on him. He will answer. You will see the light of day again.
  9. Very informative! Thanks for sharing, Johne!
  10. Thanks, Lynn! This is a helpful article.
  11. Happy anniversary to the two of you!
  12. Thank you so much for your help, Lynn! I will probably be asking you for some guidance on your suggestions.
  13. Thank you, everyone, for your thoughtful responses!
  14. You spend Friday and Saturday nights surfing christianwriters.com rather than being out with your other friends.
  15. I'm curious about how our authors write. Vote for your favorite method!
  16. Thanks for the question, and thank you Lynn for your response. You've cleared some things up for me.
  17. That's interesting. I've never listened to my writing in that way.
  18. Hi, there. It's good to have you in the group. Blessings on your writing!
  19. “ For Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel—not with wisdom and eloquence, lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its power” (1 Corinthians 1:17, NIV). Many people view the Apostle Paul as one of the greatest preachers of all time. Certainly, Paul was instrumental in spreading the Gospel like wildfire throughout the region of Asia Minor. Paul, however, recognized that he was hardly the most eloquent of speakers, nor the wisest of men, and that the power behind his words was not in his preaching, but in the cross of Christ. At times, we might be hesitant to share the message of God’s love in Jesus with those around us. We might feel like we don’t know enough about the Bible or that we won’t have the right words to say. Paul destroys this notion as he recognizes his own limitations in speaking about Jesus, but he does it anyway. Again, the power of God is not in the preaching, but in the cross of Jesus. As a pastor, I sometimes have people compliment me on a particular sermon. As a Christian author, people will sometimes remark on the message of my writing. I must admit that I love the affirmation! Still, I recognize that these individuals are not ultimately responding to me, but to the good news of the Gospel. And, while you think that might be humility on my part, it’s actually honesty. There is power in the cross of Jesus. The message of the crucifixion changes lives and saves souls, and we are privileged to share it. Therefore, let’s be bold in our witness and in our less-than-perfect delivery. God will use it to change the world!
  20. I tend to prefer writing in the mornings, since that's when I feel most rested and alert. I'm kind of all over the board though when it comes to writing.
  21. Yes, this is how I am. I've been feeling guilty lately about what I view in myself as a lack of discipline. It's good to hear that other writers are not regimented either, although some are.
  22. Hi, Johne. This is pretty cool! I've never used a story grid like this before. Is there a website I can visit for more information about this project?
  23. Thank you for the information, Lisa! I hadn't heard of IngramSpark before, but I checked out their site. I learned something today!
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