This is not the time to pull away and neglect meeting together, as some have formed the habit of doing. In fact, we should come together even more frequently, eager to encourage and urge each other onward … (Heb 10:25)
My friend sent me this and I couldn’t resist sharing … “A man wrote a letter to his church complaining that it made no sense to go every Sunday. He wrote: “I’ve gone for 30 years now, and in that time I have heard something like 3,000 sermons, but for the life of me, I can’t remember a single one of them. So, I think I’m wasting my time.”
The Pastor wrote back: “… as you know I’ve been married for over 30 years. In that time my wife has cooked some 30,000 meals and for the life of me, I cannot recall more than a few of them.
But I do know this: They all nourished me and gave me the strength I needed to do my work. If my wife had not given me these meals, I would be physically dead today. Likewise, if I had not gone to Church for nourishment, I would be spiritually dead today!”
Thank you, Jesus,
URGENT PRAYER REQUESTS
Tonia – who is struggling with the effects of chemo for breast cancer. She’s had another scan yesterday and seeing her consultant tomorrow …
Young Lydia – her father told me last week that she came out of hospital on Thursday, but had to go back to the doctor Friday with severe pain. She’s now waiting for a heart appointment and the results. She’s also waiting to see a surgeon regarding her on going stomach pain and stoma problems…
Karen – who’s life support has been turned off and they are now using her organs for donations. Please can we pray for her daughter Sarah and partner, and their two-week old baby Willow …
Rachel – who passed away yesterday in the Hospice! Please can we continue to pray for her, her boys and her husband Jamie …
As well as quite a few others (GOD knows who they are), who are really going through some yukky stuff right now.
KARP (VOL I)
ADVENTURES & ANGELS
My book has finally been published …
Other than the Prologue, which has been deliberately paused at the part of the supernatural intervention of GOD, the remaining chapters are written to introduce a wonderful character called Karp and his accompanying characters.
Most of the poignant life stories we review have either been based upon my own life experiences, testimonies I’ve read and heard, or heart-rending situations that have impacted me sufficiently to make me want to shout out and echo the words of so many philosophers before me through the ages, “those who cannot learn from history, are doomed to repeat it.”
As we meet each character and they open their lives to examination, we see how similar we all really are. How the same grasping passions that were at work in our ancestors in the first century – greed, pride, fear, doubt and even self-loathing, run eternally and consistently through us all within the twenty-first. Even though we view life through a harsh unbending prism of reality because the light and hope of God burns anew and ever faithful towards his children who are locked within their own personal struggles.
In the opening chapters, we see how Karp’s family perished through an outbreak of Cholera and how, in his depressive state, he was kidnapped, brutally abused, and forced into slavery, yet divinely protected and ultimately loved and mothered through the rekindled kindness of a lonely old spinster, who we find is none other than a seventy-year-old, depressed, and companionless, Mary Magdalene.
We also meet several other predominant characters who have already enjoyed a footnote in Christian lore and world mythology. These characters are brought back into the light within the pages of the book, and as we investigate their lives, I believe that we, too, will be challenged by their choices.
From helping a King to rescue a kidnapped princess and working covertly with the occupying Roman forces to rid the islands of evil marauding pirates to then dealing with the terrible demonic powers at the temple of Artemis of Ephesus, Karp is always at the forefront of adventurous events and spurs us all on ever to choose the greater paths of hope and faith.
To read the first few chapters for free, please click here