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Chuck Kralik

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  1. Thanks for the question, and thank you Lynn for your response. You've cleared some things up for me.
  2. That's interesting. I've never listened to my writing in that way.
  3. Hi, there. It's good to have you in the group. Blessings on your writing!
  4. “ 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!
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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?
  8. Thank you for the information, Lisa! I hadn't heard of IngramSpark before, but I checked out their site. I learned something today!
  9. I'm curious about the writing schedules of individuals on this site? Do you have a set schedule for when you write, or is it more haphazard in nature? Do you wait for inspiration, or do you keep moving forward regardless? Do you have a "prime" time for writing, or do you simply write when you have time? Any discussion on this would be helpful. Thanks, everyone!
  10. Happy birthday! Make it a great one!
  11. 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!
  12. 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!
  13. This is a very impressive site, Carolina! It's very practical and user-friendly. Thanks for the link!
  14. I'm not interested, but think it's a really neat idea. Thanks for sharing!
  15. All good quotes. Thanks, Alley!
  16. Hello, Lisa! Welcome to Christian Writers. Blessings on your writing adventures!
  17. “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!
  18. These are funny! Thanks for sharing, Alley!
  19. "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!
  20. Hello, Nyaruripaul! Welcome to Christian Writers. Blessings on your writing adventures!
  21. Congratulations, Bob! This is very cool!
  22. I like your message here, Nyaruri! It reminds me of the Psalms. Thanks for sharing!
  23. Very neat! I love the art work and am quite certain the writing is top notch as well!
  24. Congratulations, Rita! Very impressive!
  25. 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.
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