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Jared Williams

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  1. My sister has done a lot of her own cover designs using different apps and things... If you want to look at some of hers, here's a link... https://www.amazon.com/Sara-Nicole/e/B00HKQQ93Y%3Fref=dbs_a_mng_rwt_scns_share I have some ideas for covers, but none of them really fit my novel... i'm glad you were able to find a cover you like for your book. I know I'm going to have a very difficult time thinking of a cover for my novel once it's ready (which, thankfully or not, is probably still a long way off...)
  2. Welcome! we have all levels of seriousness and fun here! Looking forward to possibly reading some of your work!
  3. wecome back! I look forward to reading some of your work, if you choose to post! theodicy is a writing passion of mine as well!
  4. two of my most favorite historical global april fools day pranks - the first being a prank from the BBC, the other I originally heard as a radio broadcast, that scared so many people that the police sued the station for causing a panic! Ha! 1) 2) Here's the transcript of what was said in the radio broadcast - "Dihydrogen monoxide is colorless, odorless, tasteless, and kills uncounted thousands of people every year. Most of these deaths are caused by accidental inhalation of DHMO, but the dangers of dihydrogen monoxide do not end there. Prolonged exposure to its solid form causes severe tissue damage. Symptoms of DHMO ingestion can include excessive sweating and urination, and possibly a bloated feeling, nausea, vomiting and body electrolyte imbalance. For those who have become dependent, DHMO withdrawal means certain death. Dihydrogen monoxide: is also known as hydroxl acid, and is the major component of acid rain. contributes to the “greenhouse effect.” may cause severe burns. contributes to the erosion of our natural landscape. accelerates corrosion and rusting of many metals. may cause electrical failures and decreased effectiveness of automobile brakes. has been found in excised tumors of terminal cancer patients. Contamination is reaching epidemic proportions! Quantities of dihydrogen monoxide have been found in almost every stream, lake, and reservoir in America today. But the pollution is global, and the contaminant has even been found in Antarctic ice. DHMO has caused millions of dollars of property damage in the midwest, and recently California. Despite the danger, dihydrogen monoxide is often used: as an industrial solvent and coolant. in nuclear power plants. in the production of styrofoam. as a fire retardant. in many forms of cruel animal research. in the distribution of pesticides. Even after washing, produce remains contaminated by this chemical. as an additive in certain “junk-foods” and other food products. Companies dump waste DHMO into rivers and the ocean, and nothing can be done to stop them because this practice is still legal. The impact on wildlife is extreme, and we cannot afford to ignore it any longer! The American government has refused to ban the production, distribution, or use of this damaging chemical due to its “importance to the economic health of this nation.” In fact, the navy and other military organizations are conducting experiments with DHMO, and designing multi-billion dollar devices to control and utilize it during warfare situations. Hundreds of military research facilities receive tons of it through a highly sophisticated underground distribution network. Many store large quantities for later use." (fyi, in case you don't know what dihydrogen monoxide is.... it's water!!!!! So don't panic! 😜)
  5. I just recently posted a section of my book where I tell a part of the thanksgiving story from the viewpoint of God's providence. I think in lieu of the coronavirus fears and troubles, it may, hopefully, serve as a great reminder for us all of all we have to be thankful for! (even if it's far from the thanksgiving time of year). I wanted to post the extended story here in hopes of spreading some hope. There is a lost New England tradition to begin the thanksgiving meal - the first plate - with five kernels of corn. An empty plate, except for five kernels of corn. Back, before electricity was even discovered, ships managed, by sheer luck and willpower, to cross the vast Atlantic ocean. The natives were many in this new world, but they had no immunity to the ‘white man’ diseases - diseases such as the black plague and chicken pox. These diseases ravaged the Native populations all up and down the coasts. The death rates in most of these tribes would reach 60 - 80%. However, there was one place on the coast where the disease was so terrible, so devastating, that there wasn’t a single survivor! The only technical survivor we know of only survived because he had been enslaved and sold to the British and thus wasn't present when the plague hit. Now, this tribe was well known in the area for its aggression and brutality. It was such a powerful tribe, that when it was completely annihilated by disease, the neighboring tribes were so terrified, they labeled the land accursed and stayed as far away from it as they could.” Now, around the same time, across the sea, there was a small group of Christians who feared their beloved Church of England was becoming too worldly. They were a simple people who wanted to live their lives in peace while worshipping God in their own way, but since the Church of England would not allow them such liberty, the small congregation moved to Holland. There, they could live with religious freedom, but Holland turned out to be even worse than England. In Holland, they found the culture to be sacrilegious. They left Holland, quoting fear for their children’s future. But where could they go? They had heard of a place across the sea, a place called America, and a small British town called… Jamestown. A new start in a new land sounded like just the thing for this lost congregation, so the Puritans hired a riggity old cargo ship called the Mayflower to transport them across the wide open sea. Their destination, Jamestown, but on the way, they encountered a massive storm that blew them off track. They had no way of knowing where they would land, but that change in direction led them to the one place on the entire eastern coast of North America that was not currently occupied by ‘hostile Indians’. That’s right, they landed at the exact location where that aggressive tribe had been destroyed. The Pilgrim’s surveyed the land, deciding that the land was good, chose not to continue south to Jamestown. Instead, they settled where they landed, at a place called Plymouth Rock. Now, knowing nothing of the land, the Pilgrims were facing starvation. By the end of the first winter, half of their group had died. Then that spring, Squanto returned to his homeland after gaining his freedom in England. This lone survivor of the decimated war-like tribe took pity on the Pilgrims, and began teaching them how to plant and cultivate corn and other crops to sustain themselves. Thus came the first Thanksgiving. However, that next winter was also quite terrible. Food became scarce, for the Pilgrims were forced to sell most of their first harvest as payment for their trip across the Atlantic. Despite having no provisions, tradition states that no one died that second winter. Tradition says that at the worst part of that winter, the Pilgrims had but for rations only five kernels of corn. That next harvest, the Pilgrims celebrated Thanksgiving with the Natives. The Indians brought the meat, and the Pilgrims produced the other meal items. However, the first course of that Thanksgiving dinner was a plate of five kernels of corn, as a reminder of the time when they had little. I like to call this story, ‘The Story of Providence.’ Providence, meaning ‘by God’s will’ - which means, ‘what God plans, he will bring about.’ Thus, by God’s will, the Pilgrims landed where they did, by providence Squanto came to them at their greatest time of need, and by providence they were blessed with a great bounty.” Hezekiah Butterworth wrote a poem entitled “Five Kernels of Corn" in honor of this tradition. 'T was the year of the famine in Plymouth of old, The ice and the snow from the thatched roofs had rolled; Through the warm purple skies steered the geese o'er the seas, And the woodpeckers tapped in the clocks of the trees; And the boughs on the slopes to the south winds lay bare, And dreaming of summer, the buds swelled in the air. The pale Pilgrims welcomed each reddening morn; There were left but for rations Five Kernels of Corn. Five Kernels of Corn! Five Kernels of Corn! But to Bradford a feast were Five Kernels of Corn! " Five Kernels of Corn! Five Kernels of Corn! Ye people, be glad for Five Kernels of Corn! " So Bradford cried out on bleak Burial Hill, And the thin women stood in their doors, white and still. " Lo, the harbor of Plymouth rolls bright in the Spring, The maples grow red, and the wood robins sing, The west wind is blowing, and fading the snow, And the pleasant pines sing, and the arbutuses blow. Five Kernels of Corn! Five Kernels of Corn! To each one be given Five Kernels of Corn! " O Bradford of Austerfield haste on thy way. The west winds are blowing o'er Province-town Bay, The white avens bloom, but the pine domes are chill, And new graves have furrowed Precisioners' Hill! " Give thanks, all ye people, the warm skies have come, The hilltops are sunny, and green grows the holm, And the trumpets of winds, and the white March is gone. And ye still have left you Five Kernels of Corn. Five Kernels of Corn! Five Kernels of Corn! Ye have for Thanksgiving Five Kernels of Corn! " The raven's gift eat and be humble and pray, A new light is breaking, and Truth leads your way; One taper a thousand shall kindle: rejoice That to you has been given the wilderness voice! " O Bradford of Austerfield, daring the wave, And safe through the sounding blasts leading the brave, Of deeds such as thine was the free nation born, And the festal world sings the " Five Kernels of Corn. " Five Kernels of Corn! Five Kernels of Corn! The nation gives thanks for Five Kernels of Corn! To the Thanksgiving Feast bring Five Kernels of Corn! Oh what we have to be thankful for!
  6. Update - still really sick with UC flare up. A third test confirms I do not have Cdif, so that is a plus, but the prednisone isn't really kicking in much to fight the flare up and I've been on them full dose for a week. It's on a taper, so I'm supposed to lower it soon, but that's not looking promising. I'm going to talk to my specialist tomorrow about it and ask about moving forward with a new medication (the last one available to me...) please continue to keep me in your prayers. They are greatly appreciated!
  7. Hi! Congrats on your achievements! Love what you said about political correction. The great actor Charlton Heston once said that "Political correction is tyranny with manners."
  8. It's been a near literal rollercoaster of ups and downs with my health for the past 10 months. Starting with a Ulcerative Colitis flare up that lasted 5 months and cost me my job, ending with me contracting Cdif and struggling with that for the next 5 months - over the last month I've had two tests come back negative for cdif, but still had all the symptoms. Now I am in the beginning of another Ulcerative Colitis flare up, and am not sure what the next steps could be - medication wise, if what I am currently taking is not enough (which I fear it is shaping up to be), there is only one other non-surgical option left, but it greatly increases cancer risks (which I am already at high risk for). Please pray for wisdom and healing!
  9. that would be awesome! I can send it as a google document, a word document, a pdf, or a pages document. If you could pm me your address and your format preference, I will share it with you forthwith
  10. Couldn't decide if I wanted to give the like emoji or the sad emoji... beautifully portrayed. Just remember, "Nearly all God's jewels are crystalized tears." Despite how it feels, He's got you!
  11. I'm afraid it's worse than that. The Trumpet Call of God is not just against all megachurches. The mention of the Church of man is a bit ambiguous, but (at least in the little I researched) it seems to mean any church that is not theirs. Here is a link to a testimony of a former Trumpet Call of God member that talks about their beliefs if anyone is interested... http://dallascult.com/?page_id=567 but that site may be slanted, so here are some other things I found... this seems to say the anyone who claims to be Christian but does not accept these new prophecies of this group belong to the Church of man http://trumpetcallofgodonline.com/index.php5?title=Churches_of_Men%2C_Hear_The_Word_of_The_Lord this denounces anyone who speaks against these extra biblical prophesies http://trumpetcallofgodonline.com/index.php5?title=To_All_Those_Who_Speak_Against_the_Word_of_The_Lord_Given_to_Timothy This is most telling - it's a warning on their home page posted just above the rest of their documented teachings http://trumpetcallofgodonline.com/index.php5?title=A_Word_of_Warning compare that to Revelations 22:18-19, I warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this scroll: If anyone adds anything to them, God will add to that person the plagues described in this scroll. And if anyone takes words away from this scroll of prophecy, God will take away from that person any share in the tree of life and in the Holy City, which are described in this scroll. and it seems that they themselves have added to it. and this one seems to say true salvation comes from truly knowing God, which are those with the extra-biblical prophecies, and those who don't (the rest of us who call ourselves Christians) will have to suffer in the tribulation first before being cleansed and accepted into the fold... is what it seems to be saying... http://trumpetcallofgodonline.com/index.php5?title=Salvation_Is_Given_and_Must_Be_Received%3B_Once_Received%2C_Forever_Shall_It_Belong_to_the_Redeemed
  12. are you saying you're a prophet of God?
  13. Sorry, but no where in the Bible does it say this. I would also highly warn against adding things to Holy script. I know for a fact that there are still MANY churches out there that still have the light of God's Holy Spirit, gifted through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, our Lord. It is not a fair assessment to condemn all churches because some, or even many, have fallen in one fashion or another along the wayside. Christianity is about grace, mercy, and forgiveness through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ. Jesus will never rescind that gift. The only thing that will end His offer of forgiveness to us is when we physically die or the end comes. Even then, its His choice. Romans 10:9 "If you confess with our mouth that Jesus is Lord, and believe in our hearts that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved." 1 John 1:9 "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness."
  14. I would be very careful about saying the church has embraced the lie of satan. It is true that many denominations and churches have compromised the truth and bought into some of the lies of satan (some more than other) but it is also equally true that God's church, the Bride of Christ - is very much alive and well and has not bought into the lies. As in the days of Elijah, God has protected and reserved a great multitude for his service. The church is very much still alive and there are a great many good, bible-based, churches that have not embraced the lies of satan. I would also be careful of taking the Bible out of context... Ezekiel 28 is a prophecy against the king of Tyre, and the section you speak of is a lament for the king of Tyre - Ezekiel 28: 12-13a “Son of man, take up a lament concerning the king of Tyre and say to him: ‘This is what the Sovereign LORD says: “ ‘You were the seal of perfection, full of wisdom and perfect in beauty. You were in Eden, the garden of God..." Also, the sections you quote are piecemeal... you took the first phrase of verse 13 and left off the rest of the verse, only the first half of verse 14, skipped verse 15 16 and 17 completely, only the first part of verse 18, and only the last part of verse 19 Although there are some that give conjecture that Ezekiel 28 may have double meaning in relation to satan, I don't believe it gives any new information that you can't find other places in the Bible the speaks of satan. We know from Genesis that he was in the garden and caused Eve to sin. We know from revelations that he will be destroyed, and that he was a former angel from multiple other places.
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