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Chuck Kralik

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  1. Thanks so much for commenting, Dee! I am really happy that you are reading my devotions!
  2. Hi, KR. I want to encourage you to keep writing, if it's something you enjoy. Success isn't always measured in the number of people who read your work, but in the one or two people who benefit by what you write. I'm praying for you!
  3. “…you are a gracious and compassionate God, slow to anger and abounding in love…” (Jonah 4:2, NIV). The phrase “slow to anger” appears multiple times throughout the Old Testament of the Bible. It is a fitting descriptor of God, especially when compared to the quick-tempered and short-fused character, Jonah. Jonah refused to travel to the city of Ninevah, not because he was too busy for the trip, but solely due to self-serving motives. Jonah was petty and judgmental. He did not want to preach his divinely assigned message to the Ninevites, because he did not want them to repent and receive God’s mercy. Jonah would have much rather seen the city and people of Ninevah in ruins. Unlike Jonah, God is “slow to anger”. He doesn’t react in a knee-jerk sort of way. God is patient when it comes to dealing with sin and the short-comings of people. God is fair and just, but he is merciful and gracious as well. The Ninevites experienced the amazing grace of God, and we can, too. God is “slow to anger” and desires a relationship with each of us!
  4. Thank you, Dee! Your comments are very encouraging!
  5. Thank you so much, Dee, for responding! I love that you found my devotion helpful!
  6. Great video, Alley! I didn't know, at first, if her instruction would apply to non-fiction writing, but, in many cases, it does. Thanks for the video!
  7. Wow, Lynn! In-depth article. Thanks for sharing with us!
  8. Thanks so much, Lynn! I really appreciate your help!
  9. 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?
  10. “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!
  11. Welcome to the group, James! It's good to have you here.
  12. Thank you to everyone who participated in this poll/post! I appreciate all of your input!
  13. 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.
  14. “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.
  15. Very informative! Thanks for sharing, Johne!
  16. Thanks, Lynn! This is a helpful article.
  17. Happy anniversary to the two of you!
  18. Thank you so much for your help, Lynn! I will probably be asking you for some guidance on your suggestions.
  19. Thank you, everyone, for your thoughtful responses!
  20. You spend Friday and Saturday nights surfing christianwriters.com rather than being out with your other friends.
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