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Taco Tuesday Special! Free e-Book on Amazon.

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If you have a Kindle, Kindle Fire, iPad, Nexus, Galaxy, a computer, or smart phone with Kindle apps on it, my e-book novel, Jonah, is FREE April 9 – 10, through Amazon.

Amazon Book Description:

The novel, Jonah, consists of two novellas written specifically for people who live in a post-911 America and who no longer see hope in a watered down, same-o same-o religion.

The main character in the first novella, “Jeremiah,” has his dreams wrecked by a late night visitation with an angel. Then, he receives a prophetic message for San Francisco. Will the city heed Jeremiah’s warning or is the city doomed?

In the second novella, “Jonah,” two prophets receive identical messages for the West Coast. Though each faces different struggles, it comes down to whether or not the people believe the prophets’ words. If the prophetic words are ignored, what will happen?

Fiction or prophecy? Time will soon reveal the answer to all of us.

Print Length: 225 pages.  File Size: 388 KB  Regular Price: $2.99

Free April 9 and April 10, 2013. So, check it out here and while you’re there check out my nine other e-books here.

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Moving Again?

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In 17 years of marriage, Honey and I have moved at least 33 times, with stops in 9 different states and 18 different cities. The latest move was from a home on the north side of Temecula to one in central Temecula, a four mile hop, skip, and a jump for us.

A well-meaning pastor once took me aside and gave one of those lectures no one ever likes to hear.

“Larry, you need stability in your life and marriage,” he said, shaking his head at our wanderings. “No one will ever take your ministry seriously if you don’t settle down. You need to find yourself a city and a good church to park yourself so others will take you more seriously. Please, seek the Lord on this advice.”

If you think about it, his words make sense, right? Shouldn’t a prophetic person build a reputation with a pastor and a body of believers so he won’t look like a wandering gadfly to everyone?

Maybe.

It all comes down to this one single point: obeying the voice of God.

You see, if Honey and I have obeyed the voice of God to the best of our abilities with our moves, then who cares what the pastor and others think. In God’s eyes, our reputations were excess baggage in comparison to the open-door policy at His throne of grace where we can come at anytime for grace and mercy to help us in times of need.

Walking by faith carries with it the possibility we will not always hit the bullseye on the target when we set out on our journeys. Yes, I know we can fast and pray and wait and seek, but eventually we have to get off our knees and walk it out. And from experience, I can tell you there is plenty of wiggle room in the will of God which will end up costing us time and money. All of this will frustrate and drive us to the end of ourselves until we trust Him for everything.

Looking back on the 33 moves, would I do it all over again?

Yes, in a heartbeat! His grace is sufficient and that’s good enough for me.

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No Longer A Slumdog

In 1995, a friend told me about K.P. Yohannan and his ministry, Gospel For Asia. She gave me a book which I quickly forgot about until New Years Day, 1996. On that particular holiday, I had nowhere to go and no TV to watch football bowl games. So, I hunkered down and read the book.

In one part, Yohannan wrote how overwhelmed he felt by the size of India and his meager resources. He cried out to the Lord and eventually the Lord spoke the following to his heart:

“I am not in any trouble that I need someone to beg for Me. I made no promises I will not keep to you. It is not the largeness of the work that matters, but only doing what I command. All I ask of you is that you be a servant. For all who join with you in the work, it will be a privilege – a light burden for them.”

Although I don’t remember the book’s name, I wrote the above response in my Bible. Then, I did nothing.

Fast forward until last year when I received a free copy of No Longer A Slumdog. The title caught my attention and I began reading it. Over the following two hours, I wept and asked forgiveness again and again as the book revealed my selfishness and hardness of heart.

There were stories about Muttu, Asha, Lata, Vichy, Tusli, and other names of poor children I can’t begin to pronounce. I read about a mother who sold her baby for ten pounds of rice. I learned about India’s caste system and how the lowest rung, the Dalits, comprise 20% of India’s population, or 250 million people, and are considered subhuman, worthy of being treated like a dog.

Every word in the book acted like a rock thrown against my plastic Western Christianity, creating cracks in it. Yet, it was this specific sentence on Page 31 which penetrated my heart:

“In India alone, there are 11 million children like Asha who have been abandoned, and 90% of them are girls.”

Afterward, all I could think about were the 9.9 million abandoned little girls. If I closed my eyes, I saw children, but their faces resembled my daughter when she was four years old.

This time, I could not ignore my heart.

My wife and I are now sponsors of children in Gospel For Asias’ Bridge of Hope program. Also, I am a volunteer advocate for Bridge of Hope and a Gospel For Asia Blogger.

In the Foreword to No Longer A Slumdog, Francis Chan wrote:

“I am very thankful for the book you are about to read. It has stirred my heart once again. Living in the West with all its affluence, it is easy to forget about others…”

I recommend this book to everyone and who knows? It may change your life, too.

No Longer A Slumdog can be reviewed and purchased on Amazon for $14.95. Or it can be purchased for a suggested $5 donation from Gospel For Asia.

166 pages.     Authored by K. P. Yohannan, 2011.     Published by gfa books.

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Today’s Taco Tuesday! My New e-Book is Free on Amazon.

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If you have a Kindle,  Kindle Fire, iPad, Nexus, Galaxy, or any computer with Kindle apps on it, my e-book, Forget About Yesterday. It’s Gone, is free on March 19 and March 20 through Amazon.

Amazon Book Description:

Would I like America to return to the simplicity of the 1950’s? Yes. Or the 1960’s? Yes. Or the 1970’s? Yes. Or the 1980’s? Yes. Or the 1990’s? Yes. Or even the year 2000? Yes.

But let’s be honest, America is never returning to those time periods again. That’s water under the bridge, long since dumped into the seas of time.

Do I get upset when I hear politicians talk out of both sides of their mouths, as if they really care about us? Or do I get upset when I see what’s happening to our economy? Or what’s happening to our cities and states? Or what’s happening to Christianity?

Actually, not so much anymore.

I’ve long since resigned myself that America is on a track, heading full bore for a deep gorge where the bridge is out. It seems to matter little whether the engineer is Obama, Romney, Perry, Cain, Palin, or whoever because the train does not look to be slowing down until it reaches the rocks at the bottom of the gorge.

Forget About Yesterday. It’s Gone is a wake-up slap for the Church. We believers can either shake ourselves out of our slumber or wait until the wheels quit spinning. The choice is ours to make now.

Print Length:  32 pages    File Size:  174 KB    Regular Price: $  .99

Free March 19 and March 20, 2013. So, check it out here and while you’re there check out my nine other e-books here.

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Where’s Mom and Dad?

Although only five years old, I remember that particular September day.

It was the weekend of the Ogle County Fair which meant jumping in our 1951 Ford with my family and driving to the fairgrounds. Upon arrival, my sister went with her cousin to check out the fair. I stayed with mom and dad.

My parents first treated me to a hot dog and Nehi Cream Soda. Afterward, we walked around looking at farm exhibits.

Dad was interested in a tractor at one tent and talked to a lively salesman. Mom listened to the haggling and laughed at the two men. I stood there for a few moments, but the sounds of the fair tugged on my ears.

“Step right up and win yourself a teddy bear.”

“Get your ticket now for the tilt-a-whirl.”

“Hurry, hurry! Right this way!”

Without a word, I turned and followed the sounds. The crowd swept me along in its current to the carnival games and rides. Everything seemed so alive until a revelation dawned upon me: where’s Mom and Dad?

I backtracked to the tractor exhibit, but they were gone. I searched here, there, and everywhere. No parents. Finally, I stopped by a tree and cried. The thoughts of never seeing my parents again and wondering what would happen to me bombarded my mind.

Then, I heard a voice.

“Sonny, I’m here,” said Dad, leaning over to give me a hug.

My life began again at that moment.

This experience occurred years ago and lasted twenty or so minutes, but do you know in India there are 11 million abandoned children whose experiences never end? Little ones left to fend for themselves by poor parents who can no longer afford to care for them. 90% of these abandoned children are little girls.

Three million of these children end up living on the streets. A million or so of the little girls will end up in the sex trade with a life expectancy of 15 years of age.

What can we do?

Gospel For Asia’s Bridge of Hope offers us an opportunity to sponsor children, with 100% of our financial offerings going directly to help the children.

Like my dad on that day long ago, we can be a loving voice to these children which says, “I’m here.”

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It’s Taco Tuesday! So, my e-Book, “Planning + Preparation = Survival” is Free on Amazon.

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If you have a Kindle,  Kindle Fire, iPad, Nexus, Galaxy, or any computer with Kindle apps on it, my e-book, Planning + Preparation = Survival, is free on March 12 and March 13 through Amazon.

Amazon Book Description:

What is the #1 statement spoken by individuals during large catastrophes?

“I didn’t think this would ever happen to me.”

Why do they say this?

They thought catastrophes always happened to someone else, never to them. And if it did happen, they believed the government would arrive on the scene and rescue them before their cups of coffee turned cold.

If this is your present thinking, then allow me to say one word to smash your ideas to smithereens: Katrina. Yes, Hurricane Katrina, the watershed event when all of us should have learned to never again place our faith in governments to rescue us or our families from catastrophes.

Planning + Preparation = Survival is a no-nonsense book written to show Christians how to pray, plan, and prepare ourselves, our families, and our communities for possible natural and terrorist catastrophes in the near future.
This book should be a required reading for all believers, especially those on the West Coast.

Print Length:  56 pages    File Size:  196 KB    Regular Price: $  .99

Free March 12 and March 13, 2013. So, check it out here and while you’re there check out my nine other e-books here.

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My e-Book is Free Today and Tomorrow on Amazon. Get Your Copy Now!

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If you have a Kindle, Kindle Fire, iPad, Nexus, Galaxy, or any computer with Kindle apps on it, my e-book, Marriage is a Mystery, is free on March 5 and March 6 through Amazon.

Amazon Book Description:

Carol and I met on a Friday night and were engaged 36 hours later. Four weeks after our fist meeting, we were married. A match made in heaven? Most certainly. Yet, the details were worked out here on earth in God’s furnace of affliction with the heat turned up on high.

One time, Carol looked at me and asked, “Did the Lord speak to you while you were washing clothes?”

“No,” I said, “but the devil did.”

“Really?”

“Yes! And to be honest, not everything he says about you is an untruth.”

Who likes to dig in dumpsters for aluminum cans so you can eat? Who likes to sleep in cars because of no rent money? Who likes to be evicted and almost foreclosed on? Who likes to continually be a dollar short and a day late? Not us, but these are things we went through and yet, our marriage survived and grew stronger.

Marriage is a Mystery reveals the lessons I learned about marriage and a deeper revelation of Jesus and His bride.

Print Length:  43 pages    File Size:  177 KB    Regular Price: $  .99

Free March 5 and March 6, 2013. So, check it out here and while you’re there check out my eight other e-books here.

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Jump Off the Crisis-Conflict Merry-Go-Round Now

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“What in the world, Wimsey, are you doing in this morgue?”

Opening lines from books, such as the above one from the novel, The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club by Dorothy Sayer, are written to grab our attentions and hook us into reading more.

You see, crisis and conflict sell books. It is the difference between a page-turner and a yawner. The crisis-conflicts add tasty “us versus them” flavors which force us to choose sides and hold on until the end.

Yet, not only do crisis-conflicts work well in the fictional world of publishing, but both are now mainstays in the supposed real world of the news media and politics. It matters not if it is a news report on CNN, ABC, Fox News, or whatever network or if it is a clash between Republicans and Democrats, because  the subjects are always cranked up into crisis-conflicts.

Sequester. Fiscal Cliff. Obamacare. Pro-Life. Pro-Choice. Assault Rifles. Tea Party. Gay Marriage. Proposition 8. Or whatever. All are crisis-conflict driven, forcing listeners to take sides because opposing views will result in calamities.

Crisis-conflicts settled today will be forgotten tomorrow. New ones will take their places as crisis-conflict hoppers are always filled to the brim, waiting to dispatch steady supplies to the media and politicians.

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.  And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:6-7)

Turn off TV news and TV commentary shows. Turn off talk radio. Don’t listen anymore. If you need news updates, read news articles on line or even a newspaper.

Jump off the crisis-conflict merry-go-round now.

You see, if you really want God-inspired discernment then you are going to have to rid yourselves of the world system’s voices which always produce fear and discord in its listeners.

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My e-Book, “Need Prosperity,” is Free Today and Tomorrow on Amazon. Get Your Copy Now!

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If you have a Kindle, Kindle Fire, iPad, Nexus, Galaxy, or any computer with Kindle apps on it, my e-book, Need Prosperity, is free on February 26 and February 27 through Amazon.

Amazon Book Description:

Prosperity for Christians is a two-sided coin.

On the bottom side are the prosperity preachers with their pleas: “Send me your money and God will bless you a hundredfold.” Their messages sound great until you ask, “Why don’t they go to India or Africa? People are poverty stricken and starving there.”

Then, it dawns on you: Duh! There are no fish with fat billfolds in Third World nations. Hey, the message must only work on suckers like us.

But wait a moment, okay?

There is also a top side to the coin because the Bible has much to say about prosperity.

Just so you know, I’m not a Rolex-wearing, Mercedes-driving, mansion-living, card-carrying prosperity preacher. I am a simple man who has learned some valuable revelations in the deepest financial valleys of my life.

The book, “Need Prosperity,” reveals what I’ve had to learn to survive tough times. I really believe it will bless all readers, even those who have been burned by prosperity teachings.

Print Length:  33 pages    File Size:  156 KB    Regular Price: $ 1.99

Free February 26 and February 27, 2013. So, check it out here and while you’re there check out my seven other e-books here.

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My e-Book, “Where’s the Kingdom of God,” is Free Today on Amazon. Get Your Copy Now!

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If you have a Kindle, Kindle Fire, iPad, Nexus, Galaxy, or any computer with Kindle apps on it, my e-book, Where’s the Kingdom of God, is free on February 19 and February 20 through Amazon.

Amazon Book Description:

What was the message Jesus commanded His disciples to preach?

If your answer is the “gospel,” then you are almost correct, but you have omitted three important words.

“This gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all the nations, and then the end will come.” (Matthew 24:14)


Jesus spoke about being “born again” one time. He barely mentioned the “church,” said nothing about the “Bride of Christ,” and talked little about “saving sinners.” His primary message was proclaiming the good news about the kingdom of God.

Yet, most of us understand little about the kingdom of God or its benefits for each of us.

Where’s the Kingdom of God? is written in an easy to read style which will give you an understanding of the most important kingdom in the world. The seventy-two footnotes will encourage you to dig deeper in your own study time.

So, if you are like me and are dissatisfied with our governments and social systems, then you need to read this book. It will offer hope in the one government and kingdom which will never let us down: the Kingdom of God.

Print Length:  55 pages    File Size:  193 KB    Regular Price: $ 1.99

Free February 18 and February 19, 2013. So, check it out here and while you’re there check out my five other e-books here.

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