social media · 06. March 2018
A challenging thought: social media is only "whispering in the sounds of silence." Were we warned about this evolution of technology and communication 54 years ago? Are their words prophetic? Read on!
Horror Story · 19. October 2017
Edgar Allan Poe describes the desire and gratification his character experiences in killing an old man. But where does such evil come from? This is being discussed in the elementary school classroom - but what are our kids learning?
11. September 2017
Fear or denial - is that the only choice we have as we consider current events? Let's go deeper with a different perspective - the truth of the Bible.
19. July 2017
A new movie release - why the TV broadcast of its trailer requires a response.
12. July 2017
A nation is about to be invaded and destroyed. The prophet gives warning and explanation. But what does it mean for us? Is it time for divine intervention? Will this be the apocalypse predicted in the Book of Revelation?
27. June 2017
Inspiration - Miley Cyrus asks, "Is anyone watching us down here?" This post suggests the key for unlocking the door to the truth that holds the answer.
24. June 2017
The newest in inspired reading for the Contemporary Christian. Step 4: REVELATION - realize the life chosen. Read "Their After Life."
10. February 2017
This year for Christmas I upgraded my smartphone. I made the switch from Apple to Android. (Yes, I really like my new phone, a Moto Z Force. Yes, there is a learning curve. For one, speech does not work as it did on the iPhone.) Let your android phone read to you with the help of another app, "TTS Reader." I have experimented with this app, and can honestly recommend it to you. Install - from the Play Store install TTS Reader. It's free. You can upgrade later for a one time charge of $4.99 to...
10. February 2017
Current events are not a force unto themselves; but God is in control. This is something I have had to remind my wife and children of recently. It is something I tell myself every day. We spend much time watching current events and expressing political views. We should be spending more time meditating on Scripture, talking to God, and humbling ourselves before Him. There is no country or president that will precipitate a cataclysmic or apocalyptic world event outside of His Providence. God has...
15. August 2016
Wow! My phone is awesome in reading to me! Several people have told me they don't have time to read. I get it. But then, because they are spending much time in their car for their job, they like to listen to books. "Can I listen to your book as I drive?" they have asked. Yes, Yes! I just found settings on my iPhone 6 that reads to me after a page is opened from my app. Simply swipe down on that page with two fingers from the top of the screen. You can even select the voice, choosing an...

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  For those who are discouraged with God - feel abandoned or rejected - I want to share with you why I am giving God another chance. Have you ever wondered what you are missing?

  I've been there. And, I know that it is complicated. But what if you could find true peace, not grounded in self confidence, but in an ongoing experience with an awesome God? !   I'm not saying that I have all the answers, but I have strived personally, studied, watched and analyzed others, and came to some conclusions that you probably won't hear from your pastor - because I found God outside of the box.

  Sharing and encouraging others in these truths is fellowship - the kind that I seek. So yes, I am giving God a second chance - and here's why...

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...relinquish your control.

When life wasn’t fair, God was calling his name. 

Robert Love experienced great loss.  His grandmother died under a cloud of suspicion. Memories of better times became miserable haunts as the skeletons of his past continued to rattle in the closet of deceit.

On the ropes emotionally, fate (or was it God?) intervened to bring Love a new friend, a mentor and wise sage of sorts, with provocative insights. His name is John Wright.

They were perfect strangers when they met but allowed their lives to intersect and in the end each was instrumental in saving the other.  But for Love, it was complicated, much like his life.

Upon becoming better acquainted, it seemed that Wright’s credibility was sketchy at best. Once exposed, Love learned that his new friend was terminally ill. So why had he stopped fighting for his life? Wright has a mysterious past.  

A spiritual battle ensues. Love is nearly killed in a grinding head-on collision and suffers debilitating injuries.  And then, unbelievably, Love’s home is torched and all his possessions are turned into ashes among the smoking ruins.  It is more than a soul can bear; surely he must be cursed!

But it was a greater love that truly saved him once emptied of himself.  Everything changed and ultimately Love endured to discover new hope and a new life.

Is God calling you? This contemporary parable is a guide for the journey of faith that leads to true salvation.


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WISDOM your calling.

Truly alone, his head hanging low, tears are dropping onto his lap. Already disgraced, this pastor feels no need to defend himself.

There have been many arrests of the clergy in recent times, the institutional church is weak, and the public is hungry for revenge. The police are ordered by the District Attorney to bring him in, to answer his accuser for the crime she alleges. 

Robert Love, the clergyman accused of sexually assaulting a minor female, searches his memory for a clue. Had he mistaken the events of his life, the way he saw God working and leading him into the ministry?

His divorce and aggressive response to the false allegation of infidelity brought by legalistic Christians is in his past. More recently there was the baby’s funeral and the unexplained reason for its death, as well as the demise of the mother, to cancer. She had refused radiation treatments, sacrificing her life for another, the unborn child that didn’t survive.

Thrisa is the only bright spot in this pastor’s otherwise dreary work at the parish and she is found in a dumpster, left for dead. Then, answers to the mystery are suddenly revealed at the bedside of a man even as he exhales his last breath.  The final verdict: “not guilty!”


Doubt plagued Robert Love with the simple, haunting question: “why?” But in the midst of all his trouble, wisdom rescues with everlasting peace.


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...yield to power consuming.

Young adults and siblings, James and Steffanie Wallas, who tragically lost their parents in a train wreck, are struggling to continue with their lives. 

   They are grieving together until something very strange happens in the cemetery where their parents are buried. Steffanie is confronted by a strange being which resembles her deceased mother.

   James needs absolute proof that their mother has not returned from the dead.  The weight of the evidence needed rests upon a cross necklace, the one their mom gave to Steffanie at her baptism. Rejecting faith, she returned it at the funeral to be buried with all of her hopes and dreams. It was this necklace that she saw the being wearing. Now, James must find the explanation that will bring his sister back from the brink of insanity.

   Rumors leak and their town goes crazy! A police report documents the sighting and the news goes viral.

   A cross necklace, the mystery of resurrection, and one young man's need for answers spin into a whirlwind of controversy that has everyone waiting for the truth to be revealed.


   Not science fiction or fantasy, it’s an emotional story that demonstrates the bravery of true love in the aftermath of tragedy.


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...realize the life chosen.

The Daniels men held their legacy in secret, preserved for future generations.

Levi Daniels was shot while Confederate soldiers invaded his southern Pennsylvania farm.  In a small wooden box, he took his prized possession to California, seeking better fortune. But as history has it, trouble followed.

As a young boy, Darren is expected to carry the torch.  From his hospital bed, Darren’s grandfather spoke reverently of the responsibility as he bypassed the birthright of the next person in line. It should have been given to Darren’s father, Joseph, but he is still missing.

Darren and his fraternal twin sister, Deidra, are able to avoid their ancestors’ haunts until engaged in the disaster. An earthquake strikes the U.S. and it falls into anarchy. Joseph returns, searching for the remnant of his family.

It is then that the secret of their past is revealed with a compelling message.  America’s heritage, one of faith and unity, speaks to challenge the hearts of the faithful and the patriotic, stirring them to resist the enemy, natural and spiritual.


The future is predicted as the fictional account moves forward in time. This story challenges you to ponder the evidence of our fate. And here is realized a profound and compelling revelation - the greater purpose in it all.


Edify - Encourage - Empower!

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