1 Kings 5

1 Kings 5I will pay you for your men whatever wages you set.”  1 Kings 5:6

So Solomon sent shifts of men to Lebanon, 10,000 a month. They spent 1 month in Lebanon and two months at home. 1 Kings 5:13

He assigned 3,300 foremen to supervise the project. 1 Kings 5:16

Lord, today I ask that you pay to me whatever wages you set. I am your servant. I trust you to reward me however you see fit. I do ask that you send shifts of men and women to pray for and help promote our projects. May you assign wise and devote editors to supervise each project. Amen

 

Whenever God sends us, He will guard our lives. – Oswald Chambers

Never look for justice in the world, but never cease to give it. – Oswald Chambers

1 Kings 2

1 Kings 2Be strong, my son. Show yourself a man. Observe what the Lord requires. Walk in His ways. Keep His decrees and commands, his laws and requirements. Do this so that you may prosper in all you do and wherever you go. 1 Kings 2:2-3

My Lord, help me to be strong. Help me to show myself to be a man after Your heart. Help me to observe all Your laws, commands, statutes, and decrees. May You bless me within Your Will. 

 

Who of us would dare to stand before God and say, “My God, judge me as I have judged others?” ~ Oswald Chambers

Are You Writing to the Jews or Gentiles?

Are Your Authors Writing to the Jews or Gentiles?“I will keep you and will make you a light for the Gentiles, to open the eyes that are blind, to free captives from prison, to release from the dungeon those who sit in darkness.” ~ Isaiah 42:6-7

At the Florida Christian Writers Conference I asked a group of writers why they write Christian fiction.

“We need to support each other,” “there’s not enough good Christian fiction out there,” “write what you know – I know about Christ and what he’s done for me.”

Great answers but if we ONLY write to the saved we leave the blind, deaf, imprisoned, and lost to the schemes and words of the enemy.

From the beginning I felt God called me to write and publish INTO the general market. I read general market fiction. I watch general market movies and TV shows. More than ever I’m convinced our mission is to share God’s light with the Gentiles.

Tough market, sure, but it’s also a lucrative market. For example, here’s the monthly market revenue for the top 100 titles in three popular Kindle categories.

Religious Women’s Fiction? $90,000
General Women’s Fiction? 7.5 million

Religious Romance? $265,000
General Romance? 2.5 million

Religious Suspense? $440,000
General Suspense? 6.7 million

We already have plenty of examples of how to weave God’s moral truths into story.

The Prodigal Son – a story of a parent’s unconditional, long-suffering love. Themes: trust, hope, and the importance of home and family and forgiveness.

The Good Samaritan – a story of inclusiveness. Themes: tolerance, institutional pride, religious hypocrisy, service, and generous giving.

The Hidden Treasure – a story of one individual’s journey to find his purpose. Themes: Passion, perseverance, risk and commitment to a noble cause.

Not once will you find the words, “God, Pray, Prayer, Salvation, Repent, Jesus, Christ,” in those stories and yet God’s love is shown throughout. You will also see how a lost son seeks guidance (he doesn’t pray, but he contemplates), turns from old habits, and hopes of forgiveness. We see how an individual gives everything he has in pursuit of a God-given treasure (or passion). (The theme of the movie La, La, Land.) God owns the copyright on these ideals. He created them. His moral truths challenge readers to change.

Look, I’m not saying we should abandon the Church and Christian fiction. I am saying that we need to reach beyond the walls of the temple and take His message into Samaria and beyond. God knows the rest of the world needs His light.

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