Monday, June 30, 2014

Dissecting Psalm 100

Dissecting Psalm 100
1Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth.
2Worship the LORD with gladness; come before him with joyful songs,
3Know that the LORD is God. It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.
4Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name.
5For the LORD is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.
Who is this psalm for? ALL THE EARTH



What would your shout be? (personal answer here – mine would be HALLELUJAH or HE IS RISEN or PRAISE GOD or JESUS IS KING or THANK YOU, LORD!)

Why should we shout and praise and worship and give thanks? BECAUSE THE LORD IS GOOD AND HIS LOVE ENDURES FOREVER! (verse 5)

When should we do these things? WHEN WE ENTER HIS PRESENCE (church)

Share at least two things for which you are thankful to God. (personal answer here – mine would be FORGIVENESS and MY EYESIGHT)

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Who Decided Which Books Go in the Bible?

In 90-95 AD there was a Jewish council called the Council of Jamnia which met to revise the Books of the Canon, i.e., the Old Testament. The word “canon” comes from the root word “reed”. The reed was used as a measuring rod and came to have the added meaning of “standard”. Hence the word “canon” implies that for a book to be added to Scripture it had to meet the standard.

The next question would be: what are the standards for a book, say Lamentations, Job, Malachi, etc., to be included in the Old Testament?

1. The books had to conform to the Pentateuch. The Pentateuch means the first five books: Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy. 
2. The books had to be written in Hebrew. 
3. The books had to be written in Palestine.
4. The books had to be written before 400 B.C.

Wouldn’t you like to know how many and which books didn’t make it? I’ll tell you: fourteen books, known as the Apocrypha were removed. The books in the Apocrypha were never quoted by Jesus, or any of the New Testament authors.

Jesus gave divine endorsement to the Old Testament Canon in Luke 24: 44:

He said to them, “This is what I told you while I was still with you: Everything must be fulfilled that is written about me in the Law of Moses, the Prophets and the Psalms.” 

Friday, June 20, 2014

Cool Stuff in the Bible

There are 66 books in the Bible, 39 in the Old Testament and 27 in the New Testament. There are 22 letters in the Hebrew alphabet. You know what’s cool? There’s an amazing relationship between the 22nd book, the 44th book, and the 66th book.

The 22nd book is Song of Songs, the last of the Wisdom Books.
The 44th book is the Acts of the Apostles, the last book of New Testament History.
The 66th book is the book of Revelation, the last book of the Bible.

The theme of Song of Songs is the King receives his Bride and he is set as a seal upon her heart.
The theme of Acts is God seals His Bride the Church.
The theme of Revelation is Christ receives His Bride the Church. An angel comes with the seal of the living God; he who sits on the throne holds a scroll sealed with seven seals.

Oh, and about that 22nd Hebrew letter that lines up with these books … it’s the last letter: tav, which has the symbolic meaning of mark, sign, or cross. Tav represents the ideas of consummation, completion, covenant and sealing. Rabbinic tradition calls the letter Tav the “Seal of Creation” and the “Seal of Truth”.

Cool, huh?

Sunday, June 15, 2014


Guest Post from Y. Correa
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Hello one and all,

I am so happy and honored to be here visiting with you all.

For all of you who do not know me, I am Y. Correa, author, literary advocate, professional reviewer and

CEO/Founder of All Authors Publications and Promotions, which entails:

• All Authors Support Group

• All Authors Magazine

• All Authors Publishing House

• All Authors Graphic Design

• AND, the All Authors Blog Blitz

I have authored a hand full of short stories, some of which include, “A.L.O.M”, “The G Particle”, “Ryan”

and “Loving...them!” At this current juncture, I'm working on the second and final installment of

“MarcoAntonio & Amaryllis” as well as a stand alone Sci­Fi Romance which I've titled “Genesis


Today in celebration of the All Authors Blog Blitz, I've opted to give everyone a taste of MarcoAntoino

and Amaryllis. Following is an excerpt:

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Finding My Inspiration, part 2

Like Edge of Escape, my next two YA novels, The Guardian’s Diary and Sheltered, were set in suburban high schools and I also loosely based some of the characters on my students. But for A Soul’s Kiss my inspiration came from – this is going to sound strange – STD’s.

Here’s the thought pattern: I wish I knew what other people were thinking … I wish I could be that person for a day … What if your body could release your spirit and you could inhabit their body? Yes, I know, that's been done a dozen times – body swapping. Freaky Friday, Disney movies, etc. Now for the inspiration: What if my main character didn't swap bodies? What if she just left behind others’ thoughts and dreams? Like an STD.  Ooo, think of the implications: she'd pick up their secrets and unknowingly drop them off in the minds of those who shouldn't know those secrets. The novel evolved from there with sub-themes of bullying, hidden crushes, and even racial tolerance. 

I wonder where I'll get my next inspiration from ... oh, wait ... got it.  You'd be amazed at how one tiny little fact can grow into not one, but two complete novels. More about that when I finish.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Finding My Inspiration, part 1

Every time I read a book with a great theme I think wow, why didn't I come up with that? After all, there are roughly forty billion novel ideas floating around in the air just above our heads, right? Well, I’ve written almost twenty books in various genres and have plucked those themes from said air. The tricky part once I grabbed a theme was getting my muse to cooperate. Let me give you an example of how I get my inspiration.

For my first young adult novel, Edge of Escape, the idea came to me as I sat in the passenger seat staring at a green line of trees. My husband and I were heading home from a weekend in the quiet woods of northern Michigan, aiming the car toward the traffic-crammed streets of suburban Detroit where we both taught in a large high school. The idea struck: What if a misunderstood teen set his sights on a popular girl and took her to the woods we just left? Well, that wasn’t quite earth shattering enough. Here was where the inspiration fairy needed to do her thing.

And poof! I thought of a particular student I had: tall, dark, handsome, but with some emotional problems. He didn’t interact with the other kids; he ate lunch with the special needs kids; and his mother had arranged for individualized treatment from his teachers, including me. She was a bully and I didn't believe that her son needed all the pampering or the individualized quizzes and tests she demanded. The kid was smart; his real problem was that he was a social misfit. So I thought: What if his simple crush on a girl developed into a plan to kidnap her and make her like him back? Aha, almost there.  

I observed this smart but emotionally impaired individual and actually spied on him in other classes and in the cafeteria. He was the perfect inspiration for innocent adoration that escalates into stalking and abduction - Edge of Escape.