Month: October 2015

Global warming or God? – Guest Post by Francine Rivers

Morning, readers! We’re very lucky to have Francine Rivers back on the blog today! It’s always such a pleasure to have Francine share her heart with us through her beautiful stories.

I’m in BSF again this year, and we’re studying Revelation. It is all about Jesus. Sovereign God, King of kings, Lord of lords, the Creator, the Word, Truth. He hasn’t changed since the beginning, and from the beginning God has used His creation to speak to man.

When Adam and Eve sinned, they had to leave the garden and contend with thistles, till soil, plant and harvest crops. It didn’t take long for things to go from bad to worse. Second generation Cain murdered his brother Abel. A few generations later, Lamech is boasting of taking revenge seventy-times seven. Wickedness grew exponentially. So God made the first rainstorm and flooded the world.

God used His creation to reveal Himself to stubborn Pharaoh who thought himself god and made his people suffer plagues of frogs, gnats, flies, hail, locusts, and darkness before he let the Israelites go free. When the Israelites reached the Promised Land, God told them of the blessings of faith and the curses of rejecting Him. Did they listen? Sometimes they did. Most of the time, they thought they knew better and could do without Him. So the Lord sent prophets.

Noncooperative Jonah faced a horrendous storm and was swallowed by a fish before he did what God told him. Annoyed because enemies listened to the message, he sulked. God used a large plant, a small worm, and a scorching wind to teach him a lesson. The prophet Nahum said God displays His power in the whirlwind and storm, clouds, oceans, rivers (dry up), pastures (fade away), green forests (wither), earth (trembles). Zechariah spoke of fire, Joel of locusts. Those are just a few, and in every case, God did what He said He would do when the people refused to believe Him at His Word. And here we are again . . .

The vast majority of people today don’t believe in Jesus Christ. They don’t read the Bible. They don’t care what God says. The truth is refusing to believe doesn’t mean we won’t all suffer consequences. Deuteronomy 28:15-68 gives a chilling description of what our world looks like today. God also tells us how to get things right. Have faith in Him.

World leaders and news anchors talk about climate change, the causes and how to fix it. Good luck with that. Better to take a good hard look at how we view God, the Creator, and how we treat one another. What’s the solution to climate change and the world’s problems? Love the Lord your God with all your heart, mind, soul, and strength—and love one another. And live accordingly.

“I am the Alpha and the Omega—the beginning and the end,” says the Lord God. “I am the one who is, who always was, and who is still to come, the Almighty One” (Revelation 1:8).

Have a wonderful weekend!

Deadlock, by DiAnn Mills, Prize-packed #BookGiveaway!

Today on the blog we’re excited to let you know about this amazing Deadlock Giveaway!

Join in the fun! Enter for a chance to win some amazing prizes from DiAnn Mills.

Expect an adventure!

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Prizes include:

  • Tex-Mex gift basket, FBI T-Shirt and cap
  • DiAnn Mills: Expect an Adventure mug with Starbucks gift card
  • Stuffed African grey parrot
  • All three softcover books in the FBI: Houston series

Deadlock

What is Deadlock about?

Two homicides have rocked the city of Houston. Are they the work of a serial killer, or is a copycat trying to get away with murder? When hot leads fizzle out, the differences between Special Agents Bethany Sanchez and Thatcher Graves threaten to leave them deadlocked. But an attempt on their lives turns up the heat, and a third victim might yield the clue that will help them zero in on the killer. This could be the case of their careers . . . if they can survive long enough to solve it.

The perfect novel for fans of . . .

  • romantic suspense by authors like Dee Henderson, Dani Pettrey, and Lynette Eason
  • Crime shows like CSI and Castle

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Have a wonderful weekend, readers.

Author Francine Rivers on the Dangers of Distracted Living

Today on the blog we’re very excited to have bestselling novelist Francine Rivers as a guest. In this crazy, hectic world, we all struggle with distracts. Here is how Francine deals with this very noisy world . . . 

Everywhere I go lately, I see people staring at devices, tapping out text messages. I see teens and even adults playing computer games while wearing earphones so the real world can’t distract them from winning the battle or quest or whatever the end goal is. I’ve been in coffee shops where people sit alone, noses buried in iPads or computers, and seen people in restaurants never speaking or looking at one another because they’re smitten with the “smart” phone in their hand.

It makes me kind of sad. Time passes so quickly. How many will look up one day and wonder where their lives went? Maybe most people don’t have dreams these days and are satisfied with playing games to pass the time. Is there a reward for making it through all the levels of a game? I know there’s the pride factor, the brief “fix” of accomplishment. But then what? Start another? Start over at the bottom with fantasy characters we strive to control?

Hey! Wait a minute! I’m a writer. I live in a fictional world. I create characters and try to control their thoughts and actions. I stare at a computer screen most of the day (and sometimes into the night). I’m tapping out words constantly. I don’t sit in a coffee shop sipping lattes because the real people might distract me from my make-believe world. I isolate myself. Sometimes when Rick and I are out to dinner, I’ll stare into space, hearing voices in my head, seeing scenes on the movie screen in my mind. Rick knows the look.

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And then there is the television set. Can it be considered a drug of choice? The first one in my life was a tiny screen in a big box and there were only two or three channels. I’d make a tent over it so the sunlight wouldn’t cause a glare and ruin the cartoons. I graduated to other more intellectual fare; Star Trek during my college years. Now we have a DVR! We can tape shows and cut out all the commercials. Rick loves sports. I like nature, travel, English soap operas, Castle . . . Oh, dear.

A recent newspaper article said video gaming addicts will spend 8,000 hours of their teen years playing computer games. If the addiction carries over into adulthood, how many years are lost from distracted living?

I start my day reading devotionals with Rick and then studying the Scriptures and praying. Considering I spend the rest of my day with my mind in a fictional world, and then relax in the evening by watching television, I think I might someday need an intervention.

“And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.”
Romans 12:2

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Fiction Update: October #Crazy4Fiction Releases!

Hey there, readers!

This month, we’re excited about the fabulous reads releasing this month:

Deadlock by DiAnn Mills

Deadlock

Two homicides have rocked the city of Houston. Are they the work of a serial killer, or is a copycat trying to get away with murder? When hot leads fizzle out, the differences between Special Agents Bethany Sanchez and Thatcher Graves threaten to leave them deadlocked. But an attempt on their lives turns up the heat, and a third victim might yield the clue that will help them zero in on the killer. This could be the case of their careers . . . if they can survive long enough to solve it.

The perfect novel for fans of . . .

  • romantic suspense by authors like Dee Henderson, Dani Pettrey, and Lynette Eason
  • crime shows like CSI and Castle

 

The Third Target by Joel C. Rosenberg (Softcover edition)

The Third Target SC

WHAT IF THE ISLAMIC STATE OBTAINS WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION?

When a New York Times foreign correspondent hears rumors that ISIS has captured a cache of chemical weapons in Syria, he and his colleagues head into the imploding Arab country to find the truth. They uncover a plot that could lead to genocide. Already ISIS has attacked two governments, brutally killing anyone who stands in their way. Now they have their sights set on a third target. But who will it be? The United States? Israel? Or someone else? And can they be stopped in time?

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What about you, readers? Are your bookshelves overflowing with to-read piles? Stop by the blog next week for a prize-packed giveaway and chance to win DiAnn Mills’ latest novel, Deadlock!

Happy reading!

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