The Restlessness of Lucifer  

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Deep in the White Mountain, carved in gold across the face of the great chalice, the Laws of Time speak of what can and cannot come to pass, of what can and cannot be overturned, and of what can and cannot live forever. The chalice was empty, but that would soon change, and bring with it the end of all things…or the beginning.

A new age was dawning, leaving the old Age―the Age of eternity past―forever forgotten.

But of the great chalice, Lucifer Haylel, commander of the Malakim, knew nothing. Nor did he know of which age was his origin―the one to end, or the one just begun.

He knew only that he grew restless.

When he’d first heeded King Elyon’s royal decree to subdue and take dominion of Shamayim, he longed to do nothing more than explore the vast forests, mountains, and lone river that enveloped the world in which he lived. Enjoying the camaraderie of his fellow Malakim, savoring the supremacy that came with his rank as their commander, he reveled in the favor of His Majesty, and the privilege of being entrusted with the Ko’akh―the sword of power.

But of late, a sense of unquiet gnawed at his ether.

He sought something.

Something more....

-- excerpt from Prophecy of the Heir, Volume I of The Chronicles of Time series.

The Problem of Evangelical Biblical Illiteracy  

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"Satan's use of Scripture in tempting Jesus is clear indication that a merely cognitive level of biblical literacy does not automatically result in the formation of a Christian character."
For well over twenty years now, Christian leaders have been lamenting the loss of general biblical literacy in America. No doubt you have read some of the same dire statistics that I have. Study after study demonstrates how nearly everyone in our land owns a Bible (more than one, in fact) but few ever take the time to read it, much less study it closely. Indeed, while the Exploring Religious America Survey of 2002 reports that over 84 percent of Americans consider the Bible to be "very" or "somewhat important" in helping them make decisions in life, recent Gallup polls tell us that only half can name even one of the four Gospels, only a third are able to identify the individual who delivered the Sermon on the Mount, and most aren't even able to identify Genesis as the Bible's opening text.

A Valentine from the Prince  

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Arise my lover,
Awaken my bride
Let us drink of love as wine
In your kiss shall I abide
Forever in eternity entwined
So weak am I for your love
I lack the strength to weep
Yet shall I rise above
The terrors of the deep
All I do, with my last breath
Is for you, your life to save
A love stronger than death,
More powerful than the grave.

 -- The Prince, Prophecy of the Heir
(based on excerpts from the Song of Songs)

What parents should teach and children can learn from the Bible  

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The following is an article by Bethany Blankley, originally published in the Washington Times on December 12, 2014. I came across this article a few days ago, and discovered that Bethany is a girl after my own heart. I hope you enjoy!

What Parents Should Teach and Children Can Learn from the Bible

As a child I could rarely put a book down. I frequently wondered who wrote the words that came alive in my imagination? Who could construct entire languages like Elvish, Dwarvish, and Black Speech? And who thought a wooden doll’s nose could grow, or an elephant could fly, or a princess could escape from goblins using invisible string?

For some reason, I speculated that another story existed, behind each story I read. Similarly, G.K. Chesterton thought, “I had always felt life first as a story: and if there is a story there is a story-teller.”

 The Bible answers this curiosity for children (mini adults) and parents (grown up children). To understand the Bible, parents and children must know they are no different than most described on its pages. More importantly, they cannot live fully without loving its author and his son.

The son travels far and wide, searching for his treasure chests, finding them often sinking at sea or in quicksand. A brave warrior and prince, he leaves his throne to find, rescue and glorify those his father loves. He’s willing to die for them, and ultimately does, because he loves them, too.