Last week, I was looking for songs written by Fanny Crosby. Who’s Fanny Crosby? She’s a blind songwriter from the 19th Century. You can find out more, at the above link. The woman has written a great variety of wonderful hymns that’s still sung today. I was on Amazon.com; where I found an MP3 file called “Blessed Assurance“ “Great! I could add this to my collection”, so I thought. Continue reading
When you think of God’s Wrath, what do you think of? Is it something terrifying? How about a guy with a hammer? How about an exploding star? I’ve seen some and created a dramatic imagery of my own.
How about the love of the Father? For me, this proved to be challenging. I couldn’t come up with one. However, my Father did have an answer.
Here is what happened. Continue reading
One day, I came across a curious conversation on Facebook. My niece was telling of an interesting encounter. What happened? My niece was on a train and there was a man preaching God. Sounds harmless, right?
There is just one thing. The man is wearing a Superman costume and preaching God. It seems the man thought he was Superman.
A couple of years ago, I wrote a short blog post called “There Be Treasures in them Beaches!” You may have thought, “Is he talking about buried pirate treasures?” Not quite. I was writing of the treasures found on the beaches of the Jersey Shore.
The article is written in 2010 and it was about viewing people as treasures to be desired. In other words, each person is of value in the sight of God and to others. The only real way to discover the hidden treasure is this. Go talk with them. Continue reading
Is it time to write an e-book? This is not a rhetorical question; rather it’s a serious one.
The other day, I was reading a book written by a pastor named Ron Christian. It was a very nicely put together book. The title is “Practicing the Presence”. I decided to look up the author and came across the website of the group distributing Ron’s e-book. The site is called SmashWord.
After looking at the cost, I am thinking of giving it, a shot. Here’s my rough idea. I would like to create a memoir style anthology. I’m not seeking to write a straight memoir. Rather, I want to compile a series of stories found on this blog. Each story would conceivably make up one chapter.
The question is, “What story would be best for a book appearing on Barnes & Noble or Amazon?” This is going to be a straight e-book.
The theme is more than just “overcoming”. There’s also my personal view that my disabilities were never a prison. At least, I never thought so and neither did friends and family.
It seems I’ve come full circle. Years ago, some people have said that I should write a book. The time was not right. I simply was not ready. Today, I am asking “Is it time to write that e-book?”
So what stories should I put in “A Story of Grace”? As chapters will need to be longer than what appears on a blog; how can I expand on those stories? Each story would ideally take up a chapter. Any ideas?
This morning, I went digging for some possible story ideas. I have read on Frank Viola’s site, “Beyond Evangelical” and Timethief’s “One Cool Site” about revising my old blog posts. A year ago, I could not have done it. Today, I thought it useful to list some interesting stories.
I’d love to hear what you think of them. I’m just going to list a couple of them.
- The Tragedy of Goodman Brown Goodman Brown is a short story written by Nathaniel Hawthorne. I provided a link to the actual story in this post. This article is my response to what I saw, when reading.
- Get Out of The Backseat! Thought this new title would work better. We’re called to co-labor with God and not merely sit in the backseat of a car.
- The Good Muslim This is a modern take on the parable of the Good Samaritan, as told by Jesus.
- Waiting for Godot Godot is a two act play. I saw the first act in college and took notice of the implied meaning. Years later, the play came to mind with a twist. I hope you enjoy my twist and spin on this old play.
I trust you’ll enjoy reading these stories.
Over the years, the Holy Spirit has show me, some very fascinating scenes in my mind. They have ranged from sailing vessel at sea, fortresses, television personalities and colorful dragons. Yes, you read correctly.
A couple of years ago, I was praying and the Holy Spirit showed me, an incredible scene. I would call it, a vision because I was awake. I’m not sure of the appropriate term. I would love to see what you make of it. I do have an idea and will share it. Yet, I’d love to get your responses. Continue reading
As a kid, I loved to watch the various Godzilla movies. I can still recall watching the original film, on television. Godzilla would walk through Tokyo and cause widespread destruction. What do you expect from an oversize lizard.
This was one character, I wouldn’t want to see angry. If angered, Tokyo would often be on the receiving end. Godzilla was especially known for spewing out a fiery radioactive breath. Continue reading
Recently, I began volunteering at Community Reformed Church of Whiting, NJ. They run a food pantry, a clothe closet and a hot meal, during the week. It appears that they mainly serve my area. It’s a pleasure to help this church in meeting the needs of those struggling in Whiting.
I have heard how God can use a donkey, to teach someone a lesson. How about a wayward cart? Continue reading