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I am a seminary graduate, Bible teacher, article writer, Published Christian fiction author and former publisher of the Inspirational Success Tips ezine, my articles for which now form my self-help book, "Principles of the Kingdom, God's Success Principles."

I was born in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, on June 8, 1943 to Christian parents and accepted Jesus as my Savior at an early age, though I doubted later.

 I was an avid reader, especially interested in stories about other time periods and science fiction. In Jr. High school, I became interested in writing and drama. I wrote several poems, articles and a few short stories, plays and novelettes.


While in Jr. College, I won second prize in a short story contest with a Biblical short story.
I graduated from Clearwater Christian College in 1970, with a B.A. degree in Bible-literature, and Biblical Seminary in Hatfield, PA, in 1974 with a M.Div.
I was ordained in November of 1974, and served as assistant or associate pastor in several churches. I also served in a foreign student ministry, where I met my dear wife, Berenice from Venezuela. It was there also that I began expanding my Biblical short story into a novel.
Following our marriage in 1984, we spent a year and a half in Venezuela, where, while teaching English, I also began work on a purposeful time travel novel. Upon returning from Venezuela, I completed and revised my Biblical novel, "OF SUCH IS THE KINGDOM," which was published on September 7th, 2003. The time travel novel, "IMPOSSIBLE JOURNEY, A Tale of Times and Truth" was published 2 years later.

I was in a bad car accident in Dec.2009 and had to quit my part time job. I completely revised and expanded my first Biblical novel, and the print version is now divided into two separate volumes.

This year (2014) I wrote my 5th book, "The Christmas Victory, A Gem of A Sermon, All Wrapped Up in a Historical Novel."

MORE ABOUT ME:
My favorite music genre is folk. My favorite book besides the Bible used to be C.S.Lewis space trilogy, but now I think it's "The Shack"I

 

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  • Fear and how to conquer it
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    Fear and how to conquer it

    22 months ago

    Fear can be a debilitating factor, holding you back from success. But as FDR once said, "We have nothing to fear but fear itself."

  • The Persecuted Church
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    The Persecuted Church

    9 months ago

    Since we have it so easy here in this great country of America, it is easy to forget that our fellow Christians around the world--are suffering for their faith.

  • Unique historical novel:  "The Christmas Victory"
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    Unique historical novel: "The Christmas Victory"

    6 months ago

    My 5th published book is a unique historical novel, called "THE CHRISTMAS VICTORY, A Gem of a Sermon All Wrapped Up in A Historicak Novel." It's about H.W. Longfellow, his son and and Mark Twain.

  • Top 7 Best Biblical Novels
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    Top 7 Best Biblical Novels

    17 months ago

    I have been an avid reader of Biblical novels in my youth, and I am the author of a Biblical novel, and as such I feel I am the best judge of what is good in a Biblical novel.

  • Johnny Cash Unique Country Star
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    Johnny Cash Unique Country Star

    19 months ago

    Johnny Cash stands out head and shoulders above the rest as a unique country music singer, for several reasons.

  • Peter Paul & Mary IN THE WIND
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    Peter Paul & Mary IN THE WIND

    7 months ago

    This great folk trio's third album is a wonderful mix of slower and more upbeat folk songs. It has something for everyone, including children's songs, and songs of both religious and social import.

  • Recipe for Succulent Turkey
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    Recipe for Succulent Turkey

    19 months ago

    I got this recipe for succulent turkey from one of my instructors at the gym. As she says, you don't taste the ingredients, but you sure taste the results.

  • Give this book this season:
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    Give this book this season:

    8 months ago

    See why the Biblical Novel, "OF SUCH IS THE KINGDOM" would be the very best Christmas gift you could possibly give to those readers or even potential readerson your list.

  • January 6th is 3 Kings Day
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    January 6th is 3 Kings Day

    7 months ago

    Christmas is not over! The feast of Epiphany marks the 12th and last day of Christmas. It celebrates the manifestation of Christ to the gentiles by the coming of the Magi to see the Christ child.

  • Thanksgiving Day, A Necessary Reminder
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    Thanksgiving Day, A Necessary Reminder

    9 months ago

    We need to remember the history and original purpose of Thanksgiving Day-- a time for giving of thanks.

  • The Almanac Singers: original protest singers
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    The Almanac Singers: original protest singers

    22 months ago

    The Almanac Singers are one of the most overlooked groups in music history. They concentrated on songs of protest, particularly for the labor movement which had started in the 1900's.

  • Unique Biblical Novel
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    Unique Biblical Novel

    7 months ago

    Although many Biblical novels have been written, I feel that mine is unique for several reasons.

  • Faith For Dying
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    Faith For Dying

    3 months ago

    Death is an unpleasant subject for many and one which many people like to try and avoid. Yet, death need not be feared at all, and can even be something to look forward to, I hope to show why here.

  • Give The Gift Of Reading This Easter
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    Give The Gift Of Reading This Easter

    5 months ago

    Everyone likes to read, so, instead of bunnies, eggs and candy, why not give books this Easter?

  • The Problem Of Suffering
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    The Problem Of Suffering

    14 months ago

    The problem of suffering is one area of Christian apologetics. It addresses the age old question of "Why do the righteous suffer?" Or "If there is a God and He is good, why does he allow suffering?"

  • Why I like the Banjo
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    Why I like the Banjo

    19 months ago

    I simply want to explain why I like to listen to the banjo, and to explore the several different types of music for which the banjo is known.

  • My favorite lesser-known actor
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    My favorite lesser-known actor

    11 months ago

    I'm making this page about John Dehner because he is my favorite lesser-known actors. I think he is just as good an actor as any of the more well know actors,. Yet, he never got top billing.

  • Defense Of Marriage Act
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    Defense Of Marriage Act

    7 months ago

    What about DOMA? After some brief background on the defense of marriage act, I will present my own viewpoint (which I refer to as the Biblical viewpoint) but then give you a chance to present yours.

  • August 27th is Global Forgiveness Day
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    August 27th is Global Forgiveness Day

    2 weeks ago

    The meaning of Global Forgiveness Day is to find forgiveness for yourself and to forgive others who have done wrong to you.

  • August 9th was Book Lovers Day
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    August 9th was Book Lovers Day

    2 weeks ago

    August 9th is Book Lovers Day and people need to be more aware of books in all their forms. Through reading we can experience relaxation, excitement or information.

  • Chad Mitchell Trio: Unique Folk Group
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    Chad Mitchell Trio: Unique Folk Group

    7 months ago

    The Chad Mitchell Trio was a great folk group of the 60s folk revival. They sang both traditional folk songs and protest songs. They were known for their satirical songs about current events.

  • July 13th is Barbershop Music Appreciation Day
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    July 13th is Barbershop Music Appreciation Day

    13 months ago

    Although "Barbershop Appreciation Day" may seem like a silly holiday, why shouldn't we appreciate Barbershop music? It has the best harmony around.

  • Top 12 Best Christian Novels
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    Top 12 Best Christian Novels

    17 months ago

    I will list here my own favorite Christian novels, including the three I wrote. I list them here according to sub-genre, as there are several genres of Christian fiction.

  • Noel Paul Stookey: God's Troubadour
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    Noel Paul Stookey: God's Troubadour

    5 months ago

    I'm making this page about Noel Paul Stookey to raise awareness of his conversion to Christ in 1968 (two years before leaving Peter Paul and Mary) and his subsequent Christian works.

  • God's Righteousness
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    God's Righteousness

    19 months ago

    A knowledge of God's righteousness is both somewhat needful in obtaining our eternal salvation and also a comfort in our trials and testings and every day living.

  • God's Mercy and Grace
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    God's Mercy and Grace

    2 months ago

    Although similar, God's mercy and grace are quite different. We need to know the difference between the two and also appreciate and what each one means to us both for salvation and for daily living.

  • The Highwaymen :Unique Folk Group
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    The Highwaymen :Unique Folk Group

    5 months ago

    The Highwaymen were another original great sounding folk group from the 60s folk revival. They were one of the few folk quintets (groups of 5).

  • What will the Rapture be like?
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    What will the Rapture be like?

    7 months ago

    The Bible plainly teaches that there will be a rapture of all those who have placed their trust in Jesus Christ, but, have you ever wondered what the rapture will actually be like?

  • Hubography of My Faith based hubs: A Faith Walk
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    Hubography of My Faith based hubs: A Faith Walk

    19 months ago

    I believe that faith should play a predominant part in all of our lives, first for salvation and second for our daily living.

  • Hubography of My Folk Music hubs
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    Hubography of My Folk Music hubs

    19 months ago

    Here is a concise listing of all my folk music hubs together in one place with one Amazon product for each.

  • "What Dreams May Come" Errors
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    "What Dreams May Come" Errors

    23 months ago

    The lavishly done movie, "What Dreams May Come" is full of theological errors.

  • The Tabernacle and Typology
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    The Tabernacle and Typology

    4 months ago

    The tabernacle is God's great object lesson, with multiple types both of Christ and of the Church. It's a rich, meaningful and practical area of Bible study, which is neglected by many churches.

  • The unique "New Christy Minstrels"
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    The unique "New Christy Minstrels"

    7 months ago

    In the midst of the folk revival, Randy Sparks came up with a really unique concept a group that combined the folk sound with the choral sound, The result was The New Christy Minstrels.

  • John Michael Talbot, God's Troubador
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    John Michael Talbot, God's Troubador

    7 months ago

    John Michael Talbot is an awesome Christian singer/songwriter who uses his talents for God, yet sounds like a folksinger.

  • The Limeliters
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    The Limeliters

    7 months ago

    The Limeliters are another of the now little-know but then great folk groups of the 60's folk revival. They featured the golden voiced Glen Yarborough as their lead singer.

  • The "The Shack" controversy
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    The "The Shack" controversy

    8 months ago

    Some people say "The Shack" has hidden heresies--that it presents a wrong or distorted view of God and some theological issues.

  • What are your priorities?
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    What are your priorities?

    22 months ago

    What are your priorities? Goals can be based on priorities but not vice-versa and priorities should always trump goals. Priorities should be listed in order of importance.

  • What's your purpose?
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    What's your purpose?

    7 months ago

    Many people don't realize their purpose or even the importance of the subject of purpose. As Rick Warren says, "the purpose of your life fits into a much larger cosmic purpose that God has designed...

  • Christian Growth2: Meditation
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    Christian Growth2: Meditation

    11 months ago

    After the basics, a further step in Christian growth is meditation. Christian meditation concentrates on the Bible, the Word of God. Memorize it, think on it and pray it back to God.

  • Basics of Christian Growth
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    Basics of Christian Growth

    15 months ago

    Just as a newborn baby needs to grow, so a new Christian needs to grow spiritually. He needs the food of God's word, the air of prayer, relarionships od fellowship and the exdcercise of witnessing.

  • Negro Spirituals: Earliest American Folk Songs
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    Negro Spirituals: Earliest American Folk Songs

    7 months ago

    Negro Spirituals are both beautiful and meaningful and, as our earliest folk songs, they form an important part of our musical and religious heritage. And some say they contained coded messages.

  • The Weavers: Influencial Folk Group
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    The Weavers: Influencial Folk Group

    7 months ago

    The Weavers were a great, influential and beautiful folk group in the 50's and, as such were the fore-runners of the folk revival of the 60's.

  • Great Hymns of the Faith
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    Great Hymns of the Faith

    3 months ago

    Hymns can be a source of comfort and consolation as no other music can.I list here 6 of my favorites, with words and history, and I put several versions of each.

  • Burl Ives, America's Balladeer
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    Burl Ives, America's Balladeer

    11 months ago

    I think Burl Ives is one of the most overlooked artists in music history. Burl Ives' voice is perfect for the folk ballads which he loved to sing

  • The "gift-of-Reading" gift guide
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    The "gift-of-Reading" gift guide

    8 months ago

    Yes, why not give the gift of reading? Yes, give them a good book to read. They may not get as excited about it at first, but they'll thank you in the future.

  • Inspiring Life Poems
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    Inspiring Life Poems

    14 months ago

    Poetry is an art form that touches us uniquely. .Aside from it's sheer beauty inspirational poetry can inspire and motivate us to greater faith and achievement, producing a better quality of life.

  • Mother's Day Poems for Mom
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    Mother's Day Poems for Mom

    14 months ago

    Many poems have been written about Mom and for Mother's day, and one way of remembering Mom is through poetry.

  • The Power of the Resurrection
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    The Power of the Resurrection

    3 months ago

    The resurrection of Jesus finished the job which the cross started. I intend to show here the importance of Jesus' resurrection and what it can mean in our lives.

  • Inspiring Motivational Life Quotes
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    Inspiring Motivational Life Quotes

    17 months ago

    You'll find links to my blogs on Inspiring motivational quotes, inspiring Scripture quotes, inspiring Biblical proverbs and thoughtful humor, with suggested resources for each.

  • "Bible Firsts" Quiz
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    "Bible Firsts" Quiz

    22 months ago

    You can test your Bible knowledge, your scripture mettle, your Bible trivia (not trivial) pursuit, your knowledge of first things and your multiple choice skills.

  • Happy New Year!
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    Happy New Year!

    8 months ago

    I hope we can forget the bad and remember the good, as we look forward to this next year. Thus, I include here an article & some poems on forgetting what's behind and looking forward to what's ahead.

  • Unique Christmas Music
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    Unique Christmas Music

    9 months ago

    There are many Christmas songs of which most people are sadly unaware. I have included here uniquely beautiful Christmas folk songs and uniquely funny Christmas comedy songs.

  • Quiz: Christmas symbols and significance
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    Quiz: Christmas symbols and significance

    8 months ago

    The Christmas traditions we often take for granted have a meaning and a purpose. Test your Christmas knowledge, your yuletide mettle, your holiday trivia pursuit by taking my Christmas quiz.

  • Going To Heaven?
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    Going To Heaven?

    7 months ago

    Since life is uncertain, it pays to know where you are going after you die. According to God's word, the Bible, we can know for certain.

  • What is The Baptism with the Holy Spirit?
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    What is The Baptism with the Holy Spirit?

    3 months ago

    There is a lot of confusion on the subject of the Holy Spirit in general and the Baptism with the Holy Spirit in particular in Christendom today. But Chuck Smith clears it up in his book.

  • Should We Celebrate Halloween?
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    Should We Celebrate Halloween?

    3 months ago

    After a brief look at the origin and history of Halloween, I present several views on whether or not we should celebrate it, and then give you a chance to present yours.

  • Apologetics (Knowing how to defend the Faith)
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    Apologetics (Knowing how to defend the Faith)

    3 months ago

    Peter tells us in I Peter 3:15 to "be ready to give an answer to everyone who asks concerning the hope which you have." Yet, many of us, myself included, often feel inadequate to do this. Thus, the need for...

  • Hermeneutics (How to interpret the Bible)
    10

    Hermeneutics (How to interpret the Bible)

    3 months ago

    In order to rightly understand and interpret a particular verse or passage of the Bible, one needs to apply certain principles of interpretation or as they are known technically, "Hermeneutics."

  • 7 Last Words of Jesus from the Cross
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    7 Last Words of Jesus from the Cross

    5 months ago

    The 7 last words of Jesus on the cross reveal much about His person and character, but more importantly about the meaning and purpose of His crucifixion and death which we celebrate on Good Friday.

  • The Trial of your Faith
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    The Trial of your Faith

    15 months ago

    The faith that we have is often put to the test either by Satan, or by our circumstances, both of which are allowed by God, or sometimes directly by God Himself as in the case of Abraham.

  • Les Miserables the Musical
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    Les Miserables the Musical

    8 months ago

    Les Miserables is a great and beautiful musical which has deep Spiritual meaning and significance.

  • Broadway Musicals Stage to Screen
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    Broadway Musicals Stage to Screen

    10 months ago

    I'm glad they made Broadway musicals into films, but at times film makers have gone too far in making changes from the original musicals, leaving out songs, adding new songs, and drawing out action.

  • What about Enthusiasm?
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    What about Enthusiasm?

    22 months ago

    Enthusiasm is an important element in keeping out attitude on track. I'll trace the meaning of the word "enthusiasm," it's history some of it's usages and then make my own Spiritual application.

  • The Greatest Love
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    The Greatest Love

    6 months ago

    Valentine's Day is just around the corner and people will be thinking about love, But will they realize what is the greatest love?

  • The Kingston Trio, Unique and Influencial Folk Group
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    The Kingston Trio, Unique and Influencial Folk Group

    22 months ago

    The Kingston Trio is without a doubt one of the best folk music groups ever, with a unique and wonderful great folk music sound.

  • Peter Paul & Mary
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    Peter Paul & Mary

    7 months ago

    It was not without reason that Peter Paul and Mary are known as the most popular folk group of the 60's and one of the most durable music acts in history.

  • The Meaning of Christmas--Its Traditions and Spirituality
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    The Meaning of Christmas--Its Traditions and Spirituality

    9 months ago

    Do you know the real true meaning of Christmas? Are you sure? Do you know the spiritual meanings behind the Christmas traditions? And what about the real true Spirituality of Christmas itself?

  • Unique Purposeful Time Travel Novel
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    Unique Purposeful Time Travel Novel

    7 months ago

    With all of the many Sci-fi novels which have been published and even all of the time travel novels, I still feel that mine is truly unique for several reasons.

  • God's Success Principles
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    God's Success Principles

    9 months ago

    many people don't realize that God has success principles, or that many of the success principles given by motivational speakers derive directly or indirectly from the Bible.

  • Bob Dylan, God's Poet
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    Bob Dylan, God's Poet

    15 months ago

    Bob Dylan was the most prolific singer/songwriter of the folk era. I'm making this page primarily to show that he was both a knowing and an unknowing instrument of God.

  • American Folk Music, Past, Present & Future
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    American Folk Music, Past, Present & Future

    7 months ago

    Folk is probably the most overlooked music genre in America today. It is my favorite music genre and one that has become progressively less known since it's big boost in the 60's.

  • Faith for Daily Living
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    Faith for Daily Living

    9 months ago

    The same faith which assures our eternal destiny should characterize the life of every believer--that just as we have trusted Him for salvation, we should trust Him for every area of out lives.

  • Evangelistic fiction as seed
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    Evangelistic fiction as seed

    10 months ago

    Christians, have you ever wished for a great way to interest your non-Christian friends in the gospel? Fiction can serve as a great ice breaker and open the door to further Christian witness.

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