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Chuck Kralik

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  1. Hi, Victor. Welcome to Christian Writers! Best wishes on your writing.
  2. Thank you, Alley! This is a helpful guide.
  3. Over the last couple of years, I've contributed to a Christian devotional website called Devotable. I am happy to announce that I have a devotion featured in Devotable's first ever book that was released in April. The book is called Perseverance: 30 Devotions for Faith that Moves Mountains.
  4. A very nice poem! Thank you for your creativity!
  5. This is a nice devotion and a very good reminder! Thanks!
  6. “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery” (Galatians 5:1, NIV). Today is Independence Day in the United States of America. This is the day we recall the many freedoms we have in our country. We are truly blessed to live in such a great land. We celebrate with family and friends, enjoying the finest of food grilled over hot coals, lively parades, and festive fireworks. Still, the Fourth of July would not be complete without some meaningful reflection concerning the source of our freedom. We remember the many brave men and women who currently serve in the military and those who have served our country in the past to ensure that we can live freely. Many of these individuals paid the ultimate price, giving their very lives to purchase and maintain our freedom. Scripture speaks of another type of freedom that is just as much worth celebrating as our nation’s Independence Day. Through the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross, his blood-shed payment for our sins, we are declared free. Our victory is over death, our transgressions, even the Devil himself. The Apostle Paul was one of the first individuals to share this liberating truth. He visited and wrote letters to many of the churches in the region of Asia Minor. One of these churches was located at a place called Galatia. For the Galatian Christians, their spiritual freedom was under attack. A group known as the Judaizers had followed-up on Paul’s message of the good news Gospel of Christ with a message of their own, convincing new Gentile converts that, in order to be true Christians, they had to follow a list of rules and rituals. Paul’s stern reminder to the Galatian people was that they were sons and daughters, adopted by God, not slaves under the Law. They were in no way to return to the bonds of legal indebtedness, but were to live in the freedom of a relationship with their graceful God. Like the Galatians, we, too, possess a certain level of freedom as Christ-followers. And, although we should watch that this freedom does not become a license for sin, returning us to a state of spiritual slavery, we are free to love God and serve others. Thank God today for the many freedoms we have as Americans. More importantly, remember to thank God for the freedom we have in Christ. We are citizens of a great country. We are adopted sons and daughters of a great God. Let’s celebrate!
  7. Thanks, Sophie! I especially like the first one!
  8. Hi, KR. I'd say that if you have a message that God has laid upon your heart, then share it. Don't let anything keep you from it. Keep writing, and don't give up!
  9. Hi, Kymberly! I'm so glad you've joined our group. Blessings on your writing!
  10. Hi, everyone! I wanted to make you all aware of The Upper Room, a bi-monthly devotional in which I've had a good deal of success in getting devotions published. The Upper Room reaches a worldwide audience and is published in many languages. They also have an author's blog on their site that you can be part of. I've greatly increased traffic to my author website by blogging on the days my devotions have been published. The Upper Room currently pays $30 per devotion. There is about a two-year wait from the time you submit a devotion to the time it is published, but they do let you know fairly quickly if they plan to use your devotion. I highly recommend The Upper Room, not only for their help in establishing careers in authorship, but in their efforts to share the Gospel. For more information, visit www.upperroom.org.
  11. Thanks for the question, Linda. I've wondered about this as well. Lynn, thank you for clearing things up!
  12. Prayers for you, Grace!
  13. Hi, KR. Looks to me like you have a lot of great ideas. Best wishes on your writing adventures!
  14. Very cool book idea! I hope to get to know you better through Christian Writers!
  15. I appreciate you commenting, Nicola. I'm going to head right over to the Plug and Promotions page and see if I've posted there before. I'm just getting going with Pinterest. I do use Facebook quite a bit. I'm sorry that you had a bad experience there. Twitter is good as well. Anyway, thanks again for your help!
  16. Thanks again, Teddy, for the encouragement!
  17. I'm curious about the types of social media my author friends are using to promote their writing, whether that's a website, blog, book, or some other form of writing. I personally use Facebook to connect readers to my author website, chuckkralikauthor.com and my church website byersaveumc.org. I've also worked some with Twitter and very little at this point with Pinterest. Are there other social media outlets I'm not thinking about? Also, if you have tips on social media promotion, especially concerning Pinterest, I'd love to hear them. Thanks so much!
  18. Thank you, all, for the great advice and tips! I'm inspired and motivated now more than ever. I appreciate you all!
  19. I like all of your comments! This will be especially helpful to me. Thank you!
  20. Thank you, Teddy! All great advice. I appreciate it so much!
  21. Thank you, Spaulding! I really appreciate all the suggestions. Especially helpful is your advice on book manuscript length. Thanks again!
  22. Great advice, Bob! I do have a website that has my devotional blogs and a little bit of other information. I have included writing progress on that blog, but may start doing that. Thanks again!
  23. Thanks for the advice, Jorge! It's good to meet you.
  24. Thank you, Becky! My writing has definitely bolstered my sermons and vice-versa. I get a lot of great feedback and encouragement from folks who have read my material. Just need to get after it, I guess.
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