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Chuck Kralik

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  1. Thank you, Lisa! I appreciate you taking the time to read my devotion and commenting on it. My author website is chuckkralikauthor.com, in case you're interested in seeing more of my work. Thanks again!
  2. Hi, everyone! I just completed some updates to my author website. I'd love for you to check it out at chuckkralikauthor.com. Feel free, while you're there, to comment and/or subscribe to receive encouraging devotions directly to your email inbox. Thanks for allowing me to share!
  3. This is a very impressive site, Carolina! It's very practical and user-friendly. Thanks for the link!
  4. I'm not interested, but think it's a really neat idea. Thanks for sharing!
  5. All good quotes. Thanks, Alley!
  6. Hello, Lisa! Welcome to Christian Writers. Blessings on your writing adventures!
  7. “Now the LORD had appointed a huge fish to swallow Jonah, and Jonah was in the fish three days and three nights” (Jonah 1:17, NIV). Many of us are familiar with the Old Testament story of Jonah. If you’re like me, you heard it as a child in Sunday School or read about it in a picture book. There’s something about a man being swallowed by a giant fish that fascinates children and adults alike. Some people say that the story of Jonah is literal truth, that a man actually spent three days in the stomach of a fish and lived to tell about it. They reason that, with God, anything is possible, all the while taking to heart Jesus’ words in Matthew 12:40. Others believe that the story of Jonah is symbolic truth, that it didn’t really happen in the way we read it, but that it is merely symbolic of the grander story of God and man. While, personally, I tend to take more of a literal view of Scripture, I respect the opinions of other thoughtful folks. Regardless of how we might view the story of Jonah, literally or symbolically, I think we can all say that it tells great truth about the rebellion of people and God’s pursuing grace. Let’s face it. Jonah was a rebel toward God. He was a runaway. Jonah was commanded by God to preach a message of repentance to the wicked people of Ninevah, but instead, got on a boat for Tarshish, about as far away from Ninevah and God’s Call as he could get. To make a long story short, God sent a mighty storm, and the men on the ship tossed Jonah overboard. If not for the grace of God, and the appetite of a huge, hungry fish, Jonah would have been a goner. One of the things I learn from the story of Jonah is that God is passionate about his relationship with each of us, and that he will pursue us to the very ends of the Earth. Perhaps, God knew that the only way he could return Jonah to his good graces was to do the unthinkable act of commissioning a fish to gobble him up. While that may seem a bit extreme to some of us, I know there have been times in my life where God had to intervene in supernatural ways to restore me. We’ll look more at the story of Jonah shortly. In the meantime, thank God for his unconditional love and his radical grace, and remember to be careful in the water!
  8. These are funny! Thanks for sharing, Alley!
  9. "Everywhen" reminds me of a lady I know from the south who says "everwho" in place of "whoever". It makes me laugh when I think about it!
  10. Hello, Nyaruripaul! Welcome to Christian Writers. Blessings on your writing adventures!
  11. Congratulations, Bob! This is very cool!
  12. I like your message here, Nyaruri! It reminds me of the Psalms. Thanks for sharing!
  13. Very neat! I love the art work and am quite certain the writing is top notch as well!
  14. Congratulations, Rita! Very impressive!
  15. I feel like that whenever I experience some level of writing success (ie., a published devotion, a writing assignment, "likes" and "comments" on Facebook). It's all a bit addicting for me.
  16. Congratulations, Nicola! Very cool!
  17. Thank you, Bev, for your thoughts. I pray for your continued blessings!
  18. This is insightful. Thanks for sharing!
  19. Thanks for responding, Victor! It's great having you as part of our group!
  20. What really killed Jesus? Was it the nails that pierced his wrists and feet, or maybe the spear that punctured his side? Was it the cruel words that echoed in his ears, their shouts to crucify, crucify? Maybe it was his gasping for breath, or his thirst, or his breaking heart. Whichever of these it may have been, I’m pretty certain that I played a part in why someone so innocent, so good, so young had to die? I am quite sure that I know why. They scourged him and mocked him and stripped this man. I looked away, only to see his blood on my hands. Naked and bleeding and paraded by men. He carried the cross. He buried my sin. As I look more closely, I finally see. It’s not what really killed Jesus, but who? It was me.
  21. I could be completely wrong about this, but I think that using some artistic license here is okay as long as it's made clear that you're doing so and not demeaning Jesus in any way. It's an interesting question. God knows your heart.
  22. I write non-fiction, but the "cliff hanger" seems like the way to go to me.
  23. Thank you, Lynn, for playing such a big role in the success of Christian Writers! Today is your special day. Make it a great one!
  24. Hi, Victor. Welcome to Christian Writers! Best wishes on your writing.
  25. Thank you, Alley! This is a helpful guide.
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