Wednesday, November 13, 2019

5 Stars for "Melissa's Fate" Awesome Story Concept! Riveting Plot!


Shattered expectations and tragic mistakes drag a couple through the trial of their lives. 

When Beth discovers that Phil, the man she loves, is not who he says he is, she flees New York without telling him she’s pregnant. 

A year after their daughter, Melissa, is born and given up for adoption, Beth learns an awful truth that forces her to return to New York and face the father of her child. 

Phil is moving on with his life, striving to forget his love for Beth, when she suddenly reappears with shocking news. He will do anything to rescue the daughter he did not know existed, but can he ever forgive Beth for what she’s done? 

Can Beth and Phil rediscover the love they once shared, while Melissa’s Fate hangs in the balance?

Awesome story concept!

Riveting plot!

I was thrilled and privileged to be given an advance review copy of Melissa's Fate as a beta reader. I loved the well rounded characters with strong clear voices, so realistic I could see and hear them. I was intensely interested in how things turned out for Beth, Phil, and Melissa, so much so, that I read the book in one day. I literally could not put it down!

I whole-heartedly recommend this exciting read by Diane Yates.  It is an edgy, gritty but wholesome, contemporary and inspirational romance that will satisfy both plot driven and character driven book lovers. 

 Diane Yates, a Christian-Fiction writer, is the author of two biography/memoirs, Pathways of the Heart and All That Matters. She has served two terms as President of Ozarks Writers League and is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and the Columbia Chapter of the Missouri Writer's Guild. She and her husband, Rick, work in youth and adult ministries in their church, where she writes plays and skits as well as Sunday School curriculum and Bible studies. She has three children and eight grandchildren who are the crown of her life.

Thursday, November 07, 2019

Israeli Election 2019 Round Three: The Main Issue -Vs- the REAL Issue

Netanyahu is committed to rebuilding the Temple
Israel has reached a prophetic tipping point, with the main issue in the 2019 Israeli elections being the great divide between the secular -Vs- religious. 



“This time the agenda was different,” he said. “Israelis voted more on religion and state..."
Times of Israel (Sept 21, 2019)


But those who know their Bibles understand the real issue is about building the Third Temple in Jerusalem [Ezekiel's Temple -Ezekiel 43:1-4, 10-12, Revelation 11:1-3], the temple THE LORD will enter when He comes as Lord of Lords and King of Kings to establish His Kingdom on earth

Prime Minister  Benjamin Netanyahu is committed to rebuilding that Temple. He has also made no secret about where it will be built. 
“The fact is,” the Israeli PM told world leaders at the United Nations, “a Jewish Temple used to stand right where the Al Aqsa mosque plaza now sits"
The Mideast Beast 


Netanyahu declares it will be built on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem.
Ezekiel 43:10-12, Revelation 11:1-3


Since the biblical prophets are batting a thousand, we know the temple will be built. They said it will. And if I was a betting woman [which I'm not], regarding Israel's third round of elections in 2019, my money would be on the Temple advocate, Netanyahu, to win. 
Details HERE

Sunday, November 03, 2019

Christian Book Reviews

No bad reviews. How great is that!? I maintain my commitment to promoting good Christian books rather than criticizing the creative efforts of authors as they hone their crafts. 

That being said, I will read every book I receive but will only review those I can give stellar reviews for (the only exception to this being books received from Book Crash. They require a fair review for every book received--good, bad, or ugly). 

When I receive a book, I assume the above conditions have been read and agreed to before the book was mailed, so I ask that authors refrain from contacting me to ask if/when a review is forthcoming.

I will only respond to inquiries as to whether or not a book was received. If I post a review, I will contact the author or publisher with a link to the review[s]. 

Both Fiction and Non-Fiction will be accepted for review. No review does not mean a book is poorly written or a bad book, it simply means I was likely the wrong audience for the book.

Inspirational/Christian fiction books considered for review, include, but are not limited to: Mainstream fiction (both historical and contemporary), dystopian, mystery, suspense, thrillers, romantic suspense, and historical romance. Regardless of genre, I am interested in reading/reviewing character or plot-driven stories with strong clearly defined characters who challenge stereotypes.  

If a novel is well-written from a Christian world view, I want to read and review it!
 
I do not accept e-books for review. If you have a book you would like me to read and review, mail a paper back copy to:

One Way Press
Christian Book Review
113 Cotton Ct., Auburndale, FL 33823

Happy writing!

Sunday, October 27, 2019

Come Thou Almighty King (1757)

Come thou Almighty King (Jesus!)
Help us thy name to sing (Name above all names)
Help us to praise (without ME you can do nothing)
Father all glorious (His name shall be called EVERLASTING FATHER)
O'er all victorious (...  and triumphed over them...)
Ancient of Days (Jesus!)

Come Thou Almighty King (1757)

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

I coined the term "English-Translation-Theology" for a reason

Really enjoying a study of Hebrews with a group at my church. As usual, when I dig into the Greek, I find the most interesting things

...things that do not generally survive the migration from Hebrew or Greek into English translations.

I coined the term "English-Translation-Theology" for a reason

By many portions and many modes THE GOD[1] [who] spoke to [our] ancestors through the prophets[2] has in these last days spoken to us by [his "human" Risen] Son who [in his humanity is] appointed heir of all things by whom also  [the] eons are made Colossians 1:16-17                                                                  
Hebrews 1:1-2

Below, is my commentary as to why I support the view that God became a man and Jesus--THE WORD--became the Son of God when he was conceived and born. The underlying Greek text of Hebrews chapter one, teaches that very thing, though that is difficult--if not impossible--to see, if we only read the English translations.

Sadly, most  translations, use English-Translation-Theology and translator supplements [that lack textual support] to marginalize Jesus, THE CREATOR, THE FIRST AND THE LAST, THE ALMIGHTY, by portraying him as a subordinate creature. 

This comes from the influence of Arius, whose subordinate son/eternal sonship doctrine was repeatedly rejected as false by previous generations of Christians [but is wholeheartedly embraced by organizations such as Watchtower Society, Latter Day Saints, and Seventh Day Adventists, and currently by many in the mainstream Christian community]. To date, translators continue to subliminally promote Arius' subordinate son doctrine via English-Translation-Theology and translator supplements that hide what the underlying texts really say and align with the Arian doctrine of the "eternal sonship," of the Messiah, which is an oxymoronic view considering Jesus is Immanuel

How can Immanuel [THE GOD  with us] somehow be a subordinate son to a more powerful almighty father?

As I stated in my book, Jesus, God of the Burning Bush: Eternal Father & Beloved Son, "Where insubordination is impossible, there can be no subordination." 

Jesus' birth, death, and resurrection was a completely volunteer operation. He was an obedient son but never a subordinate creature. At any time, he could have aborted his mission and rejected the cross. He could have done this without sin--without being insubordinate. Without sin, he could have called legions of angels to rescue him in Gethsemane, and said, "Forget this whole thing. I'm not going through with it!"
Matthew 26:53 (47-53)

Where insubordination is impossible, there is no subordination.   
 
But such is his love for us, that he did not do that. How awesome that the Creator of all things condescended to become one of his creations so we could spend eternity with him in glory! 
Romans 10:9-10 &13

[1] The God [who spoke by the prophets] is…
Yahweh: Jesus is Yahweh [1 Timothy 3:6 God was manifest in the flesh, Acts 20:28 “God’s Church which he (God) purchased with his own blood]
Jehovah: Jesus is Jehovah [John 1:1 In the beginning was the WORD and the WORD was with God and the WORD  WAS GOD]
Adonay Elohiym: Jesus is Adonay Elohiym [John 20:28, And Thomas answered and said to him, “My Lord (Adonay) and my God (Elohiym)]

ALL the fullness of the GODHEAD dwells in Jesus in PHYSICAL FORM [Colossians 2:9]

[2] The Greek words patrasin or patēr, depending on which text one reads, but both defined in Strong’s as the same word [G3962], are usually translated as “father,” but not always. Depending on context, the words can refer to both parents or to ancestors in general. Therefore, it is incumbent upon the reader to determine context and which usage is most accurate in a verse or passage. In Hebrews 1:1, the word ancestor is most accurate, as the prophets did not speak only to the patriarchs [Abraham, Issac, Jacob] but to all of the people—both women and men.

Friday, October 11, 2019

The Garden of Eden & Two Types of Sin

    It is no coincidence that under the Law of Moses, there are two types of sin, intentional and unintentional, with the sacrifice for intentional sin being a male goat, and the sacrifice for the unintentional sin being a female goat. 
   This harks back to Genesis and the two types of sin involved in the fall of 'âdâm (pronounced "audawm," Hebrew for the "human race" --Genesis 5:2).  
   The sacrifice for intentional sin had to be a male goat. That sin represented the intentional sin of Iysh [the first man], who was not deceived, but deliberately chose to rebel against his creator, understanding exactly what he was doing. 
   The sacrifice for unintentional sin, had to be a female goat. This type of sin represents the sin of Ishshâw (the first woman) who was tricked by Satan and did not set out to sin but ended up doing just that.

   We see the concept of both types of sin in the New Testament as well. In 1 John, we read that if we confess our known sins [most of which are intentional], God will forgive us from the sins we confess to him and then go on to cleanse us from all unrighteousness [as yet unknown, likely unintentional sins].