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The New Year

To me this is a belated wish since I started my new year on December 25th this year.  I did it for a couple of reasons.  Starting over and making a new start can happen at any time and under any circumstances.  Usually the time is not of our choosing and the circumstances typically less than pleasant.   The second reason relates to my recent blog entry called The Gift.

During the past six months I have been experiencing another hike through the wilderness.  I have been less close to God then I have been in quite some time.   It is not that I don’t know that He is with me because I am certain of that.  This isolation has manifested itself in the way that I am with Him.  I don’t spend the time that I need to with Him in manner in which I want to be with Him.  The lure of being involved in the worldly activities that swirl around me every day is a great temptation.  It captivates and entices and ensnares me as I feebly call out to the God of my salvation who steadfastly stands and waits for me to realize my folly.

His waiting for me does not imply that He is fixated on me or even that He is inactively or passively waiting.  I am, like everyone else, part of His cosmic plan and whether I choose to willingly and cheerfully embrace His will I am nevertheless compelled to follow it and execute my role accordingly.  My free will is accounted for, He know every hair upon my head.  Though, these days they are very short indeed.  I believe that I serve Him even when I am not willing doing so.

How do I know this to be true?  I have seen first-hand situation where I have endeavored to do one thing and the outcome was completely different and in hindsight it is clear to me that it was as it was supposed to be all along.  I was an unwitting player in a comedy or tragedy where no matter how poorly I recited my lines, the show was a tremendous success.

It brings to mind Caiaphas who stand before the Jewish leaders as they discussed what was to be done with another one of the pesky profits that spring up from time to time and attempt to upset the natural order of things.  He tells them, “Then one of them, named Caiaphas, who was high priest that year, spoke up, “You know nothing at all! You do not realize that it is better for you that one man die for the people than that the whole nation perish.”  He did not say this on his own, but as high priest that year he prophesied that Jesus would die for the Jewish nation, and not only for that nation but also for the scattered children of God, to bring them together and make them one.”, The Holy Bible, New International Version.

The man that would eventually be the point man for the seeking the arrest and execution of Jesus was God’s instrument in speaking the prophetic words that would mark speak of our Savior’s role in our combined salvation.  If God can use an enemy of His cause to bring about this type of action none of us can hope to be outside of His command.

I realize that I am not stating anything that most Christians already know.  This lesson is mine, and it being reviewed because the ‘world’ does get in the way at times.  More correctly, I should say that the way that we observe the world causes us at time to become focused on the wrong things.  Was Caiaphas an evil man?  Was he not just a Jewish Priest that was following the rules that he believed best honored God?

I have begun my year seeking Him in every aspect of my life.  I want to be the joyful giver, an active participant in God’s passion play.  I ask all of you to join me in prayer that we all can be the kind of servant that will make God smile upon us.  We don’t have to be perfect, it is not expected of us.  We don’t have to put on sack cloth and ashes and scourge ourselves in penance.  God wants us to open our hearts and accept Jesus as our Savior, to honor and worship Him.  He has given us the true gift the one we do not deserve.

Happy New Year – He has risen!

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A Gift

I was watching television the other day and a character in one of the shows made an observation that continues to resonate with me.  He simple asked (I will paraphrase) “… isn’t Christmas all about second chances?”  How remarkable in these times of political correctness and apartment anti-Christian prejudice that a character in a nationally broadcast television show would utter these words.  Perhaps the author is a Christian with a message it is difficult to say, but the words rang out clearly.

Jesus, a Gift that we all need, was given to us so that we could once again be reunited with our Father in heaven.  He is our ‘second chance’.  He was given to us not because we have earned such a gift nor because we have been good little boys and girls, because God is not Santa Claus, He is so much more!

He is a gift that many of us chose to discount and ignore.  A gift that many don’t believe has merit in these times when men, and women, put their trust in their own understanding.  He is a gift that we typically do not have any idea of its true cost.

When I look at the nativity, at the cute Baby nestled in straw with His loving parents looking down at Him and the shepherds, wise men and all the animals humbled by the power that they see before them, I struggle to remember that God is there – he was and is among us.  He loves us so much.  He placed Himself there to march dutifully to the cross.  Today, the celebration of His birth marks the first step on the journey.  A journey that ends with our salvation.  A journey that reflects a love for us that is beyond my comprehension.  All praise honor and glory to Him, our God and Savior.

Free Download of The First of July – an Epiphanal Startling on Kindle Today 12-12

Last chance this year!

The 1st of July - An Epiphanal Startling

You can get a free copy of this intriguing science fiction piece from Amazon today – December 12, 2014.  Don’t delay the offer is only good for today only.  If you have another e-book reader you can also download a free app from Amazon that will enable you to take advantage of this offer.  Act now the offer expires in a few hours! (CLICK HERE!)

If you still like the feel of a book in your hands, as I do, then I am prepared to make you a special offer as well.  You can receive a signed copy of the book for 40% off the cover price.  Please contact me by leaving a comment and I will give you the details,

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Two more days until it is free once again –

A friendly reminder

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Make sure that you save the link and get your free copy of The First of July – An Epiphanal Startling.  The book will be free to down load on the Amazon Kindle site on December 12th, 2014.  Normally it is able to be purchased for $9.99 which in itself is a significant reduction from the $24.95 paperback version.  The Amazon version can be displayed on a number of ebook readers and you can check this out by going to their site (download the app for free here).

If you are interested in reading about challenges of ‘time thread manipulation’ in the year 2113, then take advantage of this great offer in two days (it will be for 24 hours only!).  Click Here for the Link!

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Another Chance For Free!

It is happening again!

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On December 12th The First of July – an Epiphanal Startling will once again be offered at NO CHARGE on for download at http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00JRKEB54 – it will be for one day and one day only!  This will be the final such offer this year so if you have been curious please take advantage of the offer.  See what is so startling about the events that take place on July 1st, 2113.

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Free Copy on Kindle

With the risk of being redundant…

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Today (November 2) only you can down load my book The First of July – an Epiphanal Startling for free.  http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00JRKEB54.  Please take advantage of this limited offer if you have always wanted to see what an “epiphanal” startling was this is your chance to do so without cost.  Have a great day!

Cliff.

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If it’s free does it have value?

10th Samaritan Ministry

I decided to make The First Of July – an Epiphanal Startling available for no charge on Sunday November 2, 2014.  I thought it would be a fitting thing to do to commemorate my birthday.  I wrestled with doing this on this date.  I have never enjoyed making my birthday the center of attention.  This was a selfish act because it takes away the opportunity of those who wish to illustrate how they feel towards me.  Even if there is only one person that desires to wish me well in their own way it still is important to accept and appreciate the gesture for what it is.

The objective I had when I wrote the book was not to become wealthy.  It was to illustrate the sometimes subtle, but more often dramatic ways, that an epiphany can occur and difficulty that one has in explaining the impact that it has…

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