Should I Show or Preach With My Writings?

How shall I share? Shall I write with a tongue of a lecturer and walk to the tune of “Hellfire and Brimstone”? I think not! After hearing Joules LaHayes singing that song, you will laugh and respond with Madonna’s “Papa Don’t Preach!”.

Truth is, my writings would not go very far. Is there an alternative to”just tell”? How about “Show” but “Don’t Preach“? Continue reading

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Minecraft, Blogging and Wise Counsel

For the past few months, I have been carefully watching some very talented entertainers. I am speaking of some men that I’ve mentioned on Inspiration Point. Why am I so interested in a bunch of YouTubers? I’ll give you, a hint. It has nothing to do with Minecraft.

When I discovered Paul Soares, BDoubleO and GenerikB, it became clear that they weren’t engaged in a hobby. They produce entertaining videos, for a living. As the owner of Inspiration Point, I can appreciate the work goes into such endeavors. It’s not easy. Why did I take such a keen interest? Continue reading

Planning for the New Year – Future of Site

NewYearThe New Year is almost upon us. It’s time to reflect and time to prepare for the upcoming year – 2014. What about you? What are you seeking to do, in the coming year?

You may have notice that I’ve taken a needed break. I needed time to work on some changes to Inspiration Point. What changes? Did you notice a new menu item? It’s located in the menubar and it’s called “Forum”. You’ll find two forums on that page. The second forum is named after the site and it’s open to guest posting.

I’m still working on the Shore Classified forum. There are some details that needs to be worked out. One issue pertains to private information that I don’t want seen by the public; as in the planet. Not on my watch! I’d love to get some input on these two forums.

Did you also see a menu called “Video”? What’s this item about? Some time ago, I tried my hand at creating a video blog. I’d sit in front of my webcam and just talk. I created a few videos; some impromptu and some planned.

After a few attempt, I checked to see how receptive viewers were. I’d say my videos were not too successful. I am not planning to dump YouTube; as it’s another way to draw people to Inspiration Point.

What kind of videos would encourage you to visit a blog site like mine? I’ve had a couple of friends suggest I’d use other people’s video. Obviously, I’d give appropriate credit. What about a new YouTube channel called “Inspiration Point”?  What would be worth putting up on such a channel?

I do have another plan; however, this will have to wait. What about you? What’s your plans for 2014?

Is It Time To Write A Book?

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?

The Wayward Cart

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