Friday, December 8, 2017

Ephesians, part 1, Pure Grace

Hebrew letter "hey"

Ephesians, another beautiful letter by St. Paul, is written to the saints in Ephesus. He covers the believer’s status in Christ through pure grace. He also writes about the walk, service and warfare of the Spirit-filled believer.
Hebrews is linked to the Hebrew letter hey which means “Behold!” so let’s behold what the Lord says. Turn in your Bible to Ephesians and read the first 14 verses of the first chapter. (Or if you're not near your Bible scroll down for the verses at the end.)
Ask yourself some questions. I’ve put the verse in parentheses to help you.
          1)      How many spiritual blessings do we get? (vs. 3)   

Friday, December 1, 2017

The Time Pacer - Goodreads giveaway

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The Time Pacer by Debra Chapoton

The Time Pacer

by Debra Chapoton

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Friday, November 24, 2017

THE TIME PACER, an alien teen fantasy adventure


An alien teen fantasy adventure

A girl who can bend time plus a musical genius, divided by two intergalactic warriors, equals multiple problems of love and struggles on two planets.

Books 1 and 2 now available. Books 3 and 4 coming soon.

Friday, November 10, 2017


♫ … hold your ground … ♫

“SO … HOW ABOUT this extragalactic nebula?” I took my eyes off the screen to wiggle my brows at Selina. She gave me “the look,” one she’d been giving me since we were twelve. I’d say something goofy and she, in her infinitely cute way, would shoot Cupid’s darts into my heart with a quick smile.
“Alex,” she said, casting a stern look at me, “don’t make me laugh.” There it was: her quick involuntary lip curl. If I said chocolate fondue now with a Swedish accent she’d lose it. She glanced away from me and over at Coreg who had his eyes tightly squeezed shut, hands above his head holding the spaceship’s control levers, feet tucked into the pilot divots, and concentration at maybe Mach 5. I’d been pacing along with him as well as I could for most of this journey, helping us get to his planet, Klaqin, in a fraction of the time. But, dude, I needed a break. My claustrophobia was threatening to resurrect itself in this cockpit.
I discovered I was half-alien, or rather half-Klaqin, a mere day ago and then

Friday, November 3, 2017

THE TIME PACER, book 2 in the Time Bender series



Sometimes the weight of the universe matches the weight of love.

Alex’s feelings for Selina are too great to let her go across the universe without him. He accompanies her into a far distant society on a planet of eternal sunshine, where schooling is more than indoctrination and their interstellar enemies are closer than they realize. 

Friday, October 27, 2017

Galatians, part 2, How it Links with Numbers and Ezekiel

Linking Hebrew Letters to the Books of the Bible

As a dalet book Galatians should link in some way with Numbers and Ezekiel. Here’s how. In Numbers 14: 33 – 35 God says:

33 Your children will be shepherds here for forty years, suffering for your unfaithfulness, until the last of your bodies lies in the desert. 34 For forty years—one year for each of the forty days you explored the land—you will suffer for your sins and know what it is like to have me against you.' 35 I, the LORD, have spoken, and I will surely do these things to this whole wicked community, which has banded together against me. They will meet their end in this desert; here they will die."

Then in Ezekiel 4: 4 – 6

Friday, October 20, 2017

Galatians, part 1, Justified by Faith


This is the third time we’ve had a dalet book. Remember the Hebrew letter dalet and what it means? Door.
Galatians was written by the apostle Paul. The Galatians had become the prey of the legalizers, the Judaizing missionaries from Palestine. They believed 2 false doctrines: one was that obedience to the law was mingled with faith as the grounds of the sinner’s justification and the other was that the justified believer was made perfect by keeping the law. Think about that. You might find that false doctrine resurfacing today. A sinner is justified by faith alone; there is no salvation by keeping the law. Don’t let someone tell you that you’re not getting into Heaven if you don’t obey the 10 commandments.
Read Galatians 2:16, 3:11,13 and 3:23-24:
16 know that a man is not justified by observing the law, but by faith in Jesus Christ. So we, too, have put our faith in Christ Jesus that we may be justified by faith in Christ and not by observing the law, because by observing the law no one will be justified.
11 Clearly no one is justified before God by the law, because, "The righteous will live by faith."13 Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us, for it is written: "Cursed is everyone who is hung on a tree."23 Before this faith came, we were held prisoners by the law, locked up until faith should be revealed. 24 So the law was put in charge to lead us to Christ that we might be justified by faith.
In chapter 4 Paul shows great concern for the Galatians:
 8 Formerly, when you did not know God, you were slaves to those who by nature are not gods. 9 But now that you know God—or rather are known by God—how is it that you are turning back to those weak and miserable principles? Do you wish to be enslaved by them all over again? 10 You are observing special days and months and seasons and years!
Paul marvels, "You are observing special days and months and seasons and years!" Yet these are not pagan festivals that he is referring to, but important dates on the Jewish calendar. We understand that there is a sense in which the observance of special days could be tolerated (Romans 14:5-6), but the Galatians are taught to observe them for justification before God and other spiritual attainments. Paul's position is that this is like returning to paganism, back to ignorance and enslavement. And this is also his assessment of the Judaizers' religion.

Next week we’ll look at how Galatians links with the other two dalet books.

Friday, October 13, 2017

The Time Bender

Sixteen-year-old Selina’s battle with APD (Avoidant Personality Disorder) seriously hampers her ability to socialize and find that oh-so-perfect boyfriend. When two interstellar teens target her for kidnapping because they’ve discovered she has the ability to manipulate time, she interprets their actions as flirting. She battles her APD to awkwardly engage in interpersonal contact, something she’s only ever been able to do easily with boy-next-door Alex. When the space teens lure her beyond Earth’s bounds and she realizes she does have a phenomenal time-bending ability, she must decide: can she leave Earth to help them and can she leave Alex?


Friday, October 6, 2017

2nd Corinthians, part 2, Its Link to Leviticus

A Ministry of reconciliation. 

Read 2nd Corinthians 5: 17 – 21:
17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! 18 All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: 19 that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. 20 We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God. 21 God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.
Why is this important? Because it matches up to the first gimel book, Leviticus. See Leviticus 16:32 – 34:

Friday, September 29, 2017

2nd Corinthians, part 1, the Comfort of the Holy Spirit

Major Theme

2nd Corinthians was written by the Apostle Paul. Its major theme is always to be faithful to Christ. This epistle shows Paul’s state of physical weakness, weariness, and pain as well as his great anguish of heart over the distrust felt toward him by Jews and Jewish Christians. The letters tells us of Paul’s principles of action for ministry, the collection for the poor saints at Jerusalem and Paul’s defense of his apostolic authority.
2nd Corinthians teaches that God loves a cheerful giver. There are two whole chapters on the virtue of giving. The ministry of reconciliation is also a major theme.

Friday, September 22, 2017

1st Corinthians and Sexual Immorality

Major Themes

The apostle Paul wrote to the church in Corinth to inform them that he was sending Timothy to them and to give them some much needed reminders and instructions. His major themes are: divisions within the church, his own authority, sexual morality, what to do about food sacrificed to idols, the Lord ’s Supper, spiritual gifts, love, and the resurrection.

Let’s look first at the word division as it comes up in Young’s Literal Translation of 1st Corinthians 1:10 and 3:3:

 10 And I call upon you, brethren, through the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that the same thing ye may all say, and there may not be divisions among you, and ye may be perfected in the same mind, and in the same judgment,
 3 for yet ye are fleshly, for where [there is] among you envying, and strife, and divisions, are ye not fleshly, and in the manner of men do walk?

There is a direct correlation to Exodus. 

See Exodus 8:23:
 23 and I have put a division between My people and thy people: to-morrow is this sign.'

Friday, September 15, 2017

THE TIME BENDER, YA light SciFi-Fantasy with Splash of Teen Hormones

Intergalactic warrior-in-training Marcum trades his spaceship for high school classes, basketball, and homemade pies in order to court Earth girl Selina. So what if his first motive is to exploit her obvious gift of time-bending—the ability to slow the passage of time—something that would be invaluable in fighting other aliens. Now he can’t help falling for her. When his planet’s leaders learn the secret of her gift they vote to breed her with Marcum’s arch rival, Coreg, whose ability to speed up time has helped him beat Marcum at every simulated battle they’ve practiced together. Creating a race of people with both abilities would make them unstoppable against their adversaries, the star cannibals.

Selina starts to fall for both Coreg and Marcum’s clumsy flirting, but she doesn’t fall for their attempts to entice her into galactic warfare. She hates video games like that. She’s afraid of heights. She’s never even been alone with a boy in a car, let alone a spaceship. And she doesn’t think Marcum’s spaceship is anything more than one heck of a science project until Marcum takes her to the moon and back.

It may seem like she can make a moment last for hours, but what’s the point if it makes those uncomfortable moments stretch out longer? Do Coreg and Marcum really expect her to give up everything she cares about—her best friend Alex, her special needs brother, Hershey’s chocolate—to go up, up in a rickety spaceship again and, dare she think it, fight? Nuh-uh, not gonna happen. Especially since one of them is too awkward to even kiss her.

But hormones are the same from one end of the universe to the other and a few almost-kisses have put stars in Marcum’s eyes. Nevertheless, keeping his loyalty to his planet means going along with Coreg’s plan to kidnap her. He hates himself for keeping Selina's fate a secret from her. Hates himself more for not going after that kiss. When his conscience becomes a black hole of love and guilt, betrayal seems his only option. The question is, whom should he betray?

And—why does Alex keep getting in the way?