Haves and Have Nots

“Approaching people in love means that we bother to actually care about them, it takes time, and it is a kind of investment in people, without judgments, without threats, without doom. Even the most hardened hearts can be mended by the love of God… and I think it is especially important to bear in mind that it is God’s love that we must display in sharing with others.”

I think this pretty much sums it all up. I have never found it helpful (but only hurtful) to “pound someone over the head with the Gospel,” as I say. People are looking for authenticity in their relationships, not a cheap version of love that has conditions.

TLP

This is the one who came by water and blood—Jesus Christ. He did not come by water only, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit who testifies, because the Spirit is the truth. For there are three that testify: the Spirit, the water and the blood; and the three are in agreement. We accept human testimony, but God’s testimony is greater because it is the testimony of God, which he has given about his Son. Whoever believes in the Son of God accepts this testimony. Whoever does not believe God has made him out to be a liar, because they have not believed the testimony God has given about his Son. And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life.

1 John 5:6-12

What an interesting text!…

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Help Pick Bad Writer’s Best Tweet

Me: I’m writing a horror story.
Curious Inquirer: What’s it about?
Me: It’s so bad, it’s scary.
@cynthiahilston

http://www.cynthiahilston.com

Allison Maruska

Some of you have met my alter-ego on Twitter, Bad Writer. She spends her days dishing out ill-advised writing tips and telling anecdotes about writing that come from her probably missing her calling.

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That tweet is her current pinned tweet, the one that stays at the top of her timeline. Tweeps pin tweets so thoughtful followers can easily retweet content that deserves more exposure. For authors, it’s usually some kind of marketing tweet. For parody accounts like Bad Writer, it’s the “best” tweet. Whatever that means.

It could the funniest one, or the most relatable, or maybe the one that got the most likes.

Bad Writer could use a new pinned tweet, and I can’t decide which to use. That’s where you come in. 

I’ve selected a handful of her tweets. Pick the one you think is “best.” You can choose one of these, or if you want to…

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Research Notes – The Great War (13) The Injured

Meg Sorick, Author

My current work in progress is a historical novel set partly during the years of World War One. In order to write the time accurately, I’ve been reading and researching the subject extensively.

The casualty figures for this four year-long conflict are staggering. Forty million casualties, 15-19 million of which were deaths, 23 million wounded. But numbers, when they get too large tend to lose their meaning. When you put a face (literally) to the fallen, the injured, the mutilated, it has far more impact. These disfigurements to the face were especially cruel, changing the single most important way humans physically identify themselves; the way we recognize ourselves in the mirror and the way we present ourselves to the outside world.

The surgeons did their best to patch up these horrible wounds, but techniques were primitive and faces and bodies could never be returned to normal. The following short video…

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We love because He first loved us

TLP

We love because he first loved us. Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen. And he has given us this command: Anyone who loves God must also love their brother and sister.

1 John 4:19-21

This just about sums it all up, don’t you think?  God so loves us that He went to extreme measures in showing it, sending His Son to die for us… because so great was God’s love (John 3:16).

If God loves us, and we in turn love God, then we must also love our brother or sister.  As you can see from these verses, there is no negotiating to be done.  In fact, John says that it is a command from God that we love our brother− End of discussion.

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The death of God, true worlds, and Christian hope

In My Father's House

On April 8, 1966, Time Magazine’s cover read, “Is God Dead?” which created quite a stir, but this meme was made famous long before by atheist philosopher, Friedrich Nietzsche. I have included a short video clip about this that I will borrow from to explain what he meant by saying this and to make my own point.

Nietzsche announces the death of God in a famous aphorism in his book, The Gay Science called “The Madman.” 

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100 WORD SKITTLE // Leaving the Dream (Follow-up to Living the Dream)

Every writer must write.

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It came to life in an expensive arty-farty Moleskine—maybe I fancied myself as the next Hemingway. I even bought a posh Parker pen. Only the best tools, right? But as time went on and times got desperate, the Moleskine got swapped out for paper from bins and skips, and the Parker for biros I’d stolen from cheap snack-bars and post offices.

But I didn’t give up. I continued to scribble beneath dim streetlights, in dingy alleyways, and as close to the neon glow of storefronts as their owners would allow. Come hell or high water, I’d complete this book.

by TETIANA ALEKSINA & TONY SINGLE
© All rights reserved 2018

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