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Notes on Getting Published

The last four years have been quite an adventure, and have opened my eyes to the mine field that dominates the publishing industry. To say I was naïve when it came to having my book published would be the understatement of the century. It would be like calling Mount Everest a molehill. But somehow I have managed to stumble my way through and have ended up with a two book contract with tatepublishing.com. They are a mid-sized company based in the mid-western United States, and consist of two divisions, a self-publishing one and a no fee one, and I was blessed by the offer of a no fee contract. Why? I do not have the slightest clue.

However, with all things, there is always a caveat, big or small that rears its head. In my case, the caveat was a minor one but it did require that I spend time learning new skill sets. The caveat, hang on to your shirttails, or the nearest beer bottle, was al la carte, which meant that anything else, like a cover, or editing, proof reading, and formatting, cost.

Being descended from the Scots, on my mother’s side, when it comes to spending money, I take the time to think it over.

I have a niece that is an amazing graphic artist, and she took care of my book covers. That left, proofreading, editing and the biggest thing of all formatting, and making my manuscript ready for printing, for me to tackle.
With a little diligent research on google, I found sources for the software I required to accomplish the tasks facing me, and with a little time, cold sweats, patience, a few more hairs ripped from my head, and determination I conquered all the things standing in my way, and now I have two books published, Death Never Takes a holiday, and Keeper of the Sword.

Keeper of the Sword, book one is not officially released yet, but you can check it out by following this link, http://bit.ly/1RKy5Qh and while you are there, why not take a look around and see if you and Tate might be a good fit. I finished proofreading KOS book two last Friday, and it has been sent off.

One more thing, if any of you would like to have advice on book formatting or anything else please do not hesitate to contact me, and if for some reason you are not interested in spending the time formatting your book, I will do it for a modest fee.

Bound for destruction

We, and I’m speaking of humanity in general, are deep inside a quagmire, one of our own making. There are wars and rumors of wars in the middle-east, and a flood of refuge’s fleeing, bombs, bullets and destruction knocking on the door of Europe and looking for a better life. As of now the wise heads of the world, (and I use the term loosely) have not come up with an answer, or a solution, other than to use more bombs, bullets, and death. They have chosen to create more destruction, more desperation, instead of trying to come to a political solution.

We in the west have always presumed that our way is the only way, our form of government is the best, and that one size of democracy fits all, but in truth it doesn’t.

This great tribulation in middle-eastern countries just didn’t start yesterday, or in our lifetime, not by a long shot. Just as you can trace the unrest in Africa to colonialism, you can trace the turbulence in Syria and other countries directly to the Sykes–Picot Agreement made between November 1915 and March 1916.

Now we have dug ourselves so deep, we can’t find a way out.

Thoughts about God

Here are some thought that perhaps many who read this do not know or perhaps never think about. “The universe and everything in it, including humans are created FOR God’s pleasure and purpose. It is God’s pleasure and purpose that we obey his commandments, love Him, honor Him, and worship Him in spirit and in truth. We can only accomplish this great task by confessing our sins to our Lord Jesus, confessing with our mouths that he is the Son of God, our redeemer, asking his forgiveness, being baptized, asking Him to take control of our lives, to come and live in our hearts, and surrendering our will to his.

How many of you have ever considered God’s feelings when you sin. Perhaps most of you or all of you have never even thought that He has feelings. Since we are created in His image, and in his likeness, we could not have any feelings of our own if He doesn’t, because He could only give us what He has. Just imagine for a moment how you would have felt if that had been your only son on the cross, dying for someone else’s wrong, instead of God’s Holy and perfect Son, then multiply that feeling by a feeling billions of times stronger and more painful than yours.

To find out more about God’s infinite grace, and his wonderful plan and purpose for your life, pray, read and study His Holy Word.

Bless Israel

As Christians it is our duty not only to bless Israel and the Jewish people through prayer but with material things as well. We do this, not only because of the blessings that have come to us through them, (the Bible, the prophets, God’s Holy law, Mary, Joseph, Jesus, the gospels, and salvation,) but because God says, “I will bless those that bless you, and curse those that curse you, (Genesis 12:3.)

It is important to us that the nation of Israel continues to exist, because. If it does not, God’s promises can never be filled, and Christ can never return to sit on David’s throne. If this were to happen, then satan has won, or it the very lease the great struggle between good and evil has ended in a draw. Therefore I urge every Christian who reads this to never cease praying for the good of Israel and the Jewish people, and I also urge you to bless them with material gifts. By doing so, God will open His hands and pour out the treasures of heaven upon you.

If however you curse them instead, then the curses of Heaven will be yours. If you don’t believe me, just look at the nations that have cursed and rejected the nation and the people.

Right after Israel became a nation in 1948, five countries attacked them, Egypt, Syria, Iraq, Jordan, and Lebanon. In 1967 Syria, Jordan, and Egypt planned to attack Israel and wipe it off the face of the earth, and we all know how well that turned out for them. In 1973, Egypt and Syria started another war, which they lost.

Flash forward from then to now, and look at those nations, not one of them knows real peace. Iraq is being torn apart by a group known as Isis. Syria is in the midst of a destructive civil war. Jordan is overwhelmed by refuges, and its border outposts are attacked by Isis. Egypt has to buy natural gas from Israel, its economy is in a shambles, and Lebanon is threatened by a civil war.

There are other countries that have cursed the Jewish people over the years. Briton, Spain, Greece, are among them, and look how they are d

Awake, oh Israel

Awake, oh Israel,
awake from your slumber,
return unto the Holy Mountain,
and worship
the God of your fathers.

Keep well the just laws
of His Holy Covenant,
and the blessings of Heaven
will be poured out upon you.

Though thy enemies
that gather against you
be fiercer than a lion,
or outnumber you
by a thousand fold,
they will tremble at the gates,
and be trod down
in the winepress of the Lord.

Awake, oh Israel,
awake from your slumber,
return unto the Holy Mountain,
and worship
the God of your fathers.

Keep well the just laws
of His Holy Covenant,
and the blessings of Heaven
will be poured out upon you.

Though thy enemies
that gather against you
be fiercer than a lion,
or outnumber you
by a thousand fold,
they will tremble at the gates,
and be trod down
in the winepress of the Lord.

A proposed truth

According to Holy Scripture, but for the birth of Christ, there would have been no suffering.
According to Holy Scripture, but for the suffering of Christ, there would have been no crucifixion.
According to Holy Scripture, but for the crucifixion of Christ, there would have been no resurrection.
According to Holy Scripture, but for the resurrection of Christ, there would be no redemption.
According to Holy Scripture, but for the redemption through Christ, we would be condemned to eternal damnation.

Therefore, because the Holy Scriptures about Christ are proven true, all of the Holy Scriptures are proven to be true, even those that pertain to the keeping of the Ten Commandments, including the forth one. Because if they are not true (the ones pertaining to God’s righteous, and justifiable Laws. Justifiable because He is our creator,) then the birth, death, resurrection, and the salvation given to us, according to Holy Scripture, through the sacrifice of our Lord Jesus, the Holy Son of our most Holy God, must also be false, thus bringing an end to any reasonable expectation of salvation through faith and hope.

If it is by faith and hope we accept that Christ did indeed live, die, and live again, then by this same faith, we must believe in all scripture, for to disbelievein one, is to disbelieve in all.

Psalm 119:151

You are near, O LORD, And all Your commandments are truth.

We sin and fall far short of the Glory of the Lord

We whom have become born again Christians are Holy in the sight of our God, and must abstain from committing sin, because we not only once again fall short of His Glory, but we bring shame and dishonor to Him. We heap indignity upon indignity on Him, and delight His enemy. We insult Him, and count the gift of HIS holy Son, our precious redeemer as if it were nothing. We throw His favour, His Grace, His unfailing love back in His face. We spit upon His Glory.

I believe that all who consider themselves Christians Sin every week, and consider themselves blameless in the sight of most Holy God. Sins of omission, sins of ignorance are still sins, because if you are true children of God, you should know of His laws and obey them.

No doubt, by now, you who are saved, are becoming upset with me, or at the very least think that I should be locked up in a padded room and never see the light of day again. No doubt you are asking yourself, “What is this nut talking about, I don’t sin. I read my Bible. I obey the Ten Commandments. I go to Church every Sunday to worship and praise my Heavenly Father.”

No doubt in your mind, you are a righteous and upstanding Christian, who cringes at the very thought of committing a sin. I feel that I am obliged to tell you, that you and millions like you break the fourth commandment every week. (For those of you who don’t know or have forgotten, the fourth commandment is, “Remember the Sabbath day, and keep it Holy.”

You may believe that you do keep the Sabbath Holy by attending Church every Sunday, by tithing and by prayer. I am sorry to have to rain on your righteous parade, but__Sunday isn’t the Sabbath, never has been, never will be. I am not asking you to take my statement as gospel, but I do expect you to do the research yourself, and not stick your heads into the sand up to the soles of your feet.

God didn’t change the Sabbath to Sunday, man did, and if you think it is alright for mankind to change God’s Holy laws and commandments to suit themselves, then you better read your Bible, because Jesus said, “I did not come to do away with the law, but I came to fulfil it.

Do not believe anyone that tells you any different. God gave us His Laws for a reason. He gave them for our instruction, and benefit, and we have no right to question them, but if we want to honor our creator, honor our Glorious, loving, merciful Heavenly Father, we are under an obligation to obey Him.

You have a choice before you, learn and do that which is right and just in the sight of Most Holy God, or choose to do that which you think is right and just, but ask yourself if you knowingly sin week after week, can you truly be saved.

Here is a link for your education. http://www.logosapostolic.org/bible_study/RP208-5SabbathtoSunday.htm?gclid=CjkKEQjwnqucBRDZvf_rk-fEj7wBEiQA8HDLEv8eK3aDC_RLIilwOPZhnNat52q1a6XjKY5WHfceGb_w_wcB

May you go with God, and may His countenance shine upon you, in your going out and coming in.

We have sinned

We have sinned mightily
in the eyes of our loving God,
and fallen far short of His Glory.

We have sold ourselves,
sold our children
sold our children’s children
into the hands of God’s enemy.

We have betrayed our creator.
we have despised Him,
despised the King of Glory.

We have taken up with his enemy
we have bowed down,
we have worshiped,
the one who would take us to hell.

Though we are not worthy,
though we can never be worthy
of his mercy, of his forgiveness,
He has purchased our freedom,
freedom from sin, freedom from death,
and calls upon us to be His children.

Oh you who disbelieve, open your eyes,
and look around at the works of His hands.
Look at the flowers that grow.
Look at the majestic beauty of mountains.
Look at the power of the roaring seas.

Man with all his pride cannot make a tree.
Man with all his false wisdom,
cannot make a blade of grass,
or know how to make an ant.

Oh, you who disbelieve, open your heart,
and know of His unending love.
Oh, you who disbelieve, open your mind,
and learn of His wisdom.

We have sinned mightily
in the eyes of our loving God,
and fallen far short of His Glory.

Thoughts about God’s Holy Word

I believe that in some ways the Bible can be compared to an endless field of wheat, because if you pass the wheat by, and don’t take the time to harvest the grain, you will go empty and hungry. It is the same way with God’s Holy Word. If you don’t take time out of your busy life to look within its pages you will experience a spiritual hunger and emptiness that no amount of money or fame can ever fill.

However if you take the time to glean through the wheat of life, you will not only be filled with wisdom and understanding, but your spirit will be renewed, and you will also have a pure heart and mind.

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