(12 replies, posted in Spirituality & Religion)

I understand your friend, it is quite different to know your children, even grown children, have heard or even used profanity.  It is entirely another thing to buy them something that contains it.  I have a 50 year old son who has always been a truck driver and pipeliner, he uses rough language.  I do not engage in it with him and he appreciates that fact.  He may use it but he doesn't want to hear it from Dad.  You are correct Jesus would never shun a sinner, he would also never compromise his message or speech to influence them.  To me the F word has become a cliche that some people must use to show their worldliness and adulthood.  In my day we did not use such language especially in front of women.  For me I would rather write a book my Mom could read and be proud of, but that's just me.  Mike


(5 replies, posted in Cop Shop)

This link talks about release from Texas Dept. of Corrections.
http://www.prisontalk.com/forums/archiv … 64560.html


(12 replies, posted in Spirituality & Religion)

In reading your comments I see a differentiation between Christian, and "true to life characters" and Christian and "true to life" readers.  After 25 yrs in law enforcement, as a Christian, it may be unusual to find officers that do not indulge in profanity, but they do indeed exist.  Police are also victims of profiling.  There is also a vast difference in the occasional slip, and using profanity as your daily language.  Dan Calibrisi (sp) a conservative blogger as well as Christian writer has recently re-written his early novels without the "worldly" language, giving his readers the option of with or without.  I prefer to build characters who who do not use bad language but I realize it can be hard.  What would Jesus do?  Mike

Sol, I must tell you that this lesson has opened my eyes.  I was telling and never showing in my writing and now this realization has opened a new world.  I still have a lot to learn but thanks for this lesson.    Mike

Omnipotence and omniscience also contains the choice not to act while knowing what will happen.  Sin is separation from the Holiness of God.  Free will humans have a choice to walk with God and enjoy peace with God, and the peace of God.  Rejection of God's plan involves knowing that God wants your repentance and walk with Him not as a ruler but because He loves you.  Rejecting that plan is inviting separation from Him for this life and for the life to follow.  It is true that when we accept or reject God could say "I knew that", but we still made that choice, He did not dictate it.  Mike


(6 replies, posted in Spirituality & Religion)

The Lord in His wisdom didn't identify a specific moment. God knows when each soul is accountable. God knows when real rejection has taken place; when the love of sin exists in the heart. When enmity with God is conscious and willful. God alone knows when that occurs.  excerpt from a piece by John MacArthur.
Dirk, I agree with this except completely. Only when a person becomes capable of understanding that a rejection of God and his principles is going to lead to permanent separation from God, does God judge them.  Before that time they are as little children with no blame for their sin.  I worship a relationship God, I walk with Him every day and practice His presence in everything I do.  If you accept the fact of good and evil then why blame God for evils deeds.  All sin has consequence, when a third world dictator, withholds, food and medicine from children, do you blame God, or place the blame appropriately at the feet of that dictator who chose evil over good.  I believe the Bible is the inerrant Word of God.  The Bible says, there is no other name under heaven whereby we must be saved.  I fear by the term "right wing Christian" that you are predisposed to doubt anything that I believe or say.  There is no Utopia that is the dream of liberal politicians.  They had 40 years to bring it about, where is it?  Christ is the only answer.  Blame Him for all the trouble in the world if you will, but you can carefully trace each evil deed to an evil person rolling in his favorite sin and who cares how many it hurts.  I would like to know does your character remain in Christianity or lose his faith completely?  If there is no consequence for rejecting God and reward for accepting Him, then why be moral at all.  We should just rape and pillage like there is no tomorrow.  God would that every man would come to Him and be saved, unfortunately that will not happen.  I am very right wing, I am very fundamentalist Christian, I will never reject Christ of question His methods.  Have a nice day.  Mike


(6 replies, posted in Spirituality & Religion)

Eph. 6 11, and following;  Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. 13 Therefore, take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm.…

The simple answer is free will.  God has always allowed man to practice free will since Adam.  Can murderers be forgiven.  Sin is sin to God, He cannot look on it in any form.  That is why Jesus came an died for our sins, a sacrifice acceptable for all sin.  If one sin can be covered by Jesus sacrifice then all sins are covered.  Salvation does not take the gravity of the sin into account, but only the purity of the sacrifice.  True repentance is the key to coming under the sacrifice of Jesus.  Repentance means to do an about face and walk away from sin, and toward Jesus.  God recognizes all who truly repent and follow Christ.  Paul the apostle could have been classified as a serial killer before his transformation.  If God removed all evil from the world He would be like a child playing with toys.  He is an all powerful benevolent Father who loves His children and has provided a way past the sin that those children have chosen.  We are all evil, absent the Holy Spirit, and are capable of heinous crimes.  Only by His Blood are we healed and welcomed back into the family of Christ.  God bless you for writing something that brings up such questions.  Remember if there was no war to be fought, why would we need His armor.  Mike


(1 replies, posted in Spirituality & Religion)

My wife and I were blessed last night by attending a Ricky Skaggs concert in a very intimate venue of only about 200 people.  I must say being a bluegrass music fan I expected to enjoy this concert but was pleasantly surprised how much I enjoyed it.  Ricky is of course a consummate musician and his band Kentucky Thunder has some artists who could be solo acts.  What I enjoyed most were Ricky's stories of being raised in the mountains of Kentucky by strong Christian parents, and then his inclusion in his act of very thoughtful gospel songs as well as a personal testimony of his love for Jesus and the sacrifice He made for our salvation.  Good time and a real blessing.  Mike


(6 replies, posted in Cop Shop)

Allen, May I share this on my FB page?


(3 replies, posted in Cop Shop)

We have a saying here in Texas, "Ya just can't fix stupid"


(8 replies, posted in TheNextBigWriter Premium)

Research?  I prefer reflections of a Redneck.


(3 replies, posted in Cop Shop)

Unfortunately God's name is adopted by many who shall we say "Ain't mature yet"


(30 replies, posted in Cop Shop)

My name is Mike, I am retired from the Houston Tx. Fire Department.  I served 20 yrs and 8 mo. total. 6 yrs fighting fires and driving ladder trucks, and 14 yrs as an Arson Investigator, I retired as a Senior Investigator in charge of a group of 10 plain clothed peace officers who determined the cause of fires and then followed the investigation to arrest and prosecution.  I have been involved in management of corporate security as executive body guard, court bailiff, and plain clothes security manager for Texas Children's Hospital.  I would be glad to help with any fire or law enforcement questions if I can.  Thanks for having me. Mike


(3 replies, posted in Cop Shop)

Small towns in Texas use city marshal's mostly as process server's as was pointed out in the other reply.  The are certified peace officers and have arrest powers.  Also as stated Federal Marshal's are mainly fugitive recovery and are some really bad dudes.


(25 replies, posted in Cop Shop)

Thanks again for the invite.  I thought your message said chop shop, must be from working stolen auto fires and thefts. LOL

It is all challenging, if not why do it. I am intimidated by grammar owing to my limited education, only a hi school graduate and hated grammar in school.  I am always afraid that my grammar errors will take over my writing and the reader will miss the point of the story or poem.


(22 replies, posted in Intro to Creative Writing - Spring 2015)

Thanks SolN, I am already learning.

Currently reading Oath to Defend (The Adam Drake Series Book 2) by Scott Matthews.
Scott writes in third person generally, but shifts to second person with changes in character and scene.


(16 replies, posted in Intro to Creative Writing - Spring 2015)

Harrison wasn't quite sure what else to do, so he followed her last instruction.

Mitchell was still asleep, curled up on the couch with a blanket draped over him. Harrison wondered if he had done that himself, or if Glimmer had somehow covered him as he slept.

While he waited for her to do whatever she needed to do just then, he paced and tried to reorganize his thoughts.
In a little over an hour, he and Mitchell would be raspberry jam, and Glimmer would be inconsolably pissed.

Five minutes later, she came flitting back into the car.
"Well," she said, "I was wrong about one thing. If we hit that door, I'm dead as a dishrag."

Harrison was not sure what the appropriate response to that might be. "Where were you?" he tried.

"Milwaukee," she said. "We have a problem."

Harrison was stunned. "What? How fast can you fly?"

"Pretty fast," she said. "Listen, if we can't get this worm thingy stopped, we are seriously screwed."

Harrison felt a moment of head-rush vertigo. He raised his hands slightly to balance himself. "Wait," he said. "Are you telling me that you could have flown to Chicago any time—

"She snapped her fingers in his face. It sounded like a rifle shot. "FOCUS! The tunnel is magicked up! This is a major problem!"
Harrison felt sweat building on his forehead. He imagined he was probably getting pale. "Magicked up? What the hell does that mean?"

"I mean there's a spell in the tunnel, right in front of the door. You can see it shimmering. I'm pretty sure it's some variation on a shield curse, which pretty much means that if we make contact with it, we're toast. The worst part is, we won't even have to hit it all that hard."

She was talking quickly, though with relative calm. "So the bottom line is we either need to find a way off this beast or find a way to stop it."


(22 replies, posted in Intro to Creative Writing - Spring 2015)

Hi everyone
Late bloomer, late joiner.
(1) What type of writing (romance, horror, science fiction, etc.) do you like to do?
Poetry, limericks, western fiction, reflections of my thoughts, inspirational writing
(2) When did you start writing?
I only started reading seriously while recovering from heart surgery in 1997 at 45 yoa.  Sometime after I started writing down my thoughts and reflections, then poetry, some fiction as yet to see the light of day.
(3) Who are a couple of your favorite authors?
McMurtry, Dean Koontz.
(4) What's a fun or quirky fact about you?
I have retired twice.