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Celebrating Sixty-Plus Years of Being a Twin with My Special-Needs Brother was birthed by my desire to honor and celebrate my twin on our sixtieth birthday. For several weeks in April of 2020, our sixtieth birthday month, I posted short daily posts on Facebook, telling stories about my twin, Marvin, known as "Buddy." My sister, Dorothy, assisted me on this project. We received many comments encouraging us to write a book. Two years later, we had the manuscript ready for submission. This is the story of our family's journey with Buddy, who was brain damaged at birth and diagnosed with epilepsy at sixteen years of age. It's not a path we would have chosen for Buddy, and I've often wondered what life would have been like for us as twins if Buddy had not been a special-needs person. However, we would have missed out on so much had we not had our "Buddy." We want our story to give testimony to the fact that joy and contentment in life are not dependent upon circumstances. Rather, it is living life in service to others with an attitude of gratitude and opening our hearts to recognize the blessings, tangible or intangible, that the Lord has given us.

Fr. 28.05

Everything about the Christmas season points to a change in the status quo, a divine interruption of our mundane worlds. Whether it is the chill of the December air-- the cheerful, colors of our seasonal decorations-- the shopping-- the parties-- the special foods-- All capture us with special, inexplicable feelings of childlikeness and joy. But for someone whose life has been shattered into a million pieces, Christmas can be a painful time of remembering. Emotions can begin to surface in these hearts that can cause them to spiral into depression and darkness. That is why at Christmas, we must look past the superficial trappings of the holiday and study the true story of Christ-mas. We all need the story God sent the angels to sing: There is light in the darkness! There is peace on earth! Goodwill toward all people! Upon those sitting in darkness, the True Light has shined! Joy to the world--the Lord has come! If you or someone you know needs a fresh reminder of those simple truths that set the captive free, follow the story of Gloria and Zach, Jeanne and Jim, as they witness in a myriad of ways the true miracle of Christmas!

Fr. 43.05

We live in a culture where there is no time for ourselves. We need to slow down and make time for ourselves. Make time for the Lord. Everybody is self-sufficient in everything these days. We need to have the right attitude in our service to the Lord. God's strategy for successful living character is more important than intelligence. The Bible is God's word to man, not man's word about God. God's word reveals the purpose and plan for man. Satan is conditioning us for what he is bringing in the future, to make it look acceptable. God meant for sex to build a bond between a man and a woman in marriage, but man can pervert anything. Sex is one of the most powerful things humans have to deal with. The seventy weeks of Daniel: the cross is at the end of the sixty-two weeks, the cross is at the beginning of the seven weeks, and the cross is in the middle of the final week. The cross is what ties this prophecy together. The church age was put into place to reach the lost. Christ had five things to say about each of the seven church ages: description, commendation, criticism, instruction, and promises. Before Christ is the Tribulation period. After Christ is the End-Time Tribulation period. The Great Tribulation starts with the trumpets and goes until the return of Christ. The purpose of the Bible is to reveal Jesus Christ as the Messiah. Heaven and hell are real places. With one, we will always be with God, and with the other, we will always be separated from God. Both will be forever.

Fr. 27.40

We live in a culture where there is no time for ourselves. We need to slow down and make time for ourselves. Make time for the Lord. Everybody is self-sufficient in everything these days. We need to have the right attitude in our service to the Lord. God's strategy for successful living character is more important than intelligence. The Bible is God's word to man, not man's word about God. God's word reveals the purpose and plan for man. Satan is conditioning us for what he is bringing in the future, to make it look acceptable. God meant for sex to build a bond between a man and a woman in marriage, but man can pervert anything. Sex is one of the most powerful things humans have to deal with. The seventy weeks of Daniel: the cross is at the end of the sixty-two weeks, the cross is at the beginning of the seven weeks, and the cross is in the middle of the final week. The cross is what ties this prophecy together. The church age was put into place to reach the lost. Christ had five things to say about each of the seven church ages: description, commendation, criticism, instruction, and promises. Before Christ is the Tribulation period. After Christ is the End-Time Tribulation period. The Great Tribulation starts with the trumpets and goes until the return of Christ. The purpose of the Bible is to reveal Jesus Christ as the Messiah. Heaven and hell are real places. With one, we will always be with God, and with the other, we will always be separated from God. Both will be forever.

Fr. 41.80

This book speaks to the majesty of the King James Bible, in both its literary contribution to the English language and how it distinguishes itself from the previous English translations and those that have been attempted since. The authors address the doctrines of Inspiration and Preservation; and that by faith, believe that only the King James Bible is worthy of being called the inspired/preserved word of God in the English language. The authors cover the Process of Bible translation by committee and the rules by which they were provided as guidance by the king at the Hampton Court conference. Specifically, the doctrinal impact of the Third Rule whereby the translators were to keep the old Ecclesiastical words such as "Church" not to be translated as "Congregation." Other words to be used were "Charity" in addition to "Love"; "Baptisms," as well as "Washings"; and the distinction between "Covenant" and "Testament" is clearly seen in the context where the words are used. In addition to the doctrinal import, there is considerable attention given to the printing technology of the fourteenth to sixteenth centuries and a dissertation on the artwork of the first edition, printed in 1611. The practical results of preaching the King James Bible in places like the Philippines and other foreign lands are presented with plentiful illustrations and examples. Lastly, the authors have included the Epistle Dedicatory and Translators to the Reader that were provided in earlier editions of the King James Bible, but sadly, seldom printed in the newer editions. 2

Fr. 103.95

Every book of the Bible is of major importance. However, there are two books that stand out from the rest. These books are Genesis and Revelation. Genesis is the Bible's introduction, and Revelation is the Bible's conclusion. Genesis tells us how all things began. Revelation tells us how all things will end. The person who does not have an overall grasp of these two books will fall short of understanding the Bible as a whole. Revelation: Putting the Cookies on the Bottom Shelf was written to make the book of Revelation understandable. My "serious" journey in Revelation began over a decade ago. I read the Revelation in my morning devotion and started on my daily routine. It suddenly donned on me that I had little to no understanding of what I had just read. I had preached on passages from the book, and I had taken an exegetical class in seminary on the topic, but I only was fooling myself if I thought I grasped the meaning of the book. I made a commitment to God that day. I told him, with the help of the Holy Spirit, I would study until I understood the Revelation from the correct biblical perspective and was true to the author's original intent. I took the next year to study the book from every prospective I could find. At the conclusion of my study, I was confident I had arrived at an accurate interpretation. I used the next year to preach verse by verse through the book. I made another commitment to God to compile my research in the form of a book. I wanted the Christian community at large to benefit from my research. Revelation was not written for the biblical scholar; it was written for the average man in the pew.

Fr. 53.10

In a kingdom far away lived a very loving, blessed, and generous father. One of the father's greatest desires was to share his kingdom's wealth and blessing with others. He had seven sons whom he dearly loved. The father assigned each of his sons to travel to a city and gave each of them a very challenging and difficult task. The first son set out to embark on his journey and did not return. The second son left for the city following his father's instructions and did not return. The third son, dressed in a green robe, left for the city and also in search for his brothers and did not return. The fourth son embraced his task and journeyed high into the mountain, low into the valley, around the broad and crooked field, and through the stream and did not return. The fifth son invested more time in preparing for his trip to the city, and yet he did not return. The sixth son left for the city, and as he entered the city, he saw a large black dusty door, and he did not return. What could have happened to his sons? The father pondered and contemplated if he should send his last son into the city. Would he return, and would the father ever see his other sons again?

Fr. 31.20

This book is a gritty, often compelling tale that spans thirty years of a rising three-sport star athlete, who through increasing levels of alcohol and drug use, promiscuity, and other damaging behaviors, experiences a total and complete fall from grace. It is filled with the struggle to find meaning and purpose through it all during high school, college, and beyond. Travels range from Washington State to New Jersey, Australia, Southeast Asia, California, to Alabama. The story ultimately culminates in an uplifting message of redemption and recovery. There are a series of traumatic episodes, both on and off the field, which are described with an open, honest, and sometimes humorous use of cultural references, recovery techniques, scripture verses, and theological insights gained by the author since those extreme life events. They are applied at just the right moments to help soften the blows from painful periods of growth, grief and loss, depression and despair, victory and defeat. When all seems lost, God steps in and provides a glimmer of hope for the future and an inspirational ending, which really is a new beginning.

Fr. 29.10

Without ever even handling a gun in your life, imagine if you are ordered to execute an innocent person or you will be tortured and killed, all to happen on stage in front of thousands? But then it gets worse. You're told if you fail to kill him, then your closest friend, your brother, will be mandated to kill both you and him. And if he fails, then all three of you will be similarly tortured and killed. Will you be willing to make him responsible for making that decision... because you failed? In other words, if you fail to kill the innocent person, he will still die anyway, but then other people will also die, and you will be accountable. But then it gets even worse. Much worse. Is there any possibility of escape from this dilemma? The Solution is a spellbinding tale, with riveting adventure that confronts racism head-on. This third book by C. J, Rysen, author of In the Course of Three Hours, an apocalyptic thriller (www.inthecourseofthreehours.com), and coauthor of Convinced? Decisive Answers to the 21 Most Challenging Questions, results in a solution that is the only way to solve what has become the most repulsive challenge of all mankind. Javán and Christopher - One is a well-educated successful Christian businessman. The other grew up in the "hood," is a drug addict, and atheist. But unforeseen bizarre circumstances (out of their control) thrusts them together on an unexpected journey. They encounter the most stressful yet also the most rewarding experiences imaginable... all while being chased by a mob intent on killing both of them! One who has experience surviving in the wild and the other having never been outside the inner city undergo adventures and exploits while on an unplanned three-day float trip together through the wilderness, encountering bears, Sasquatch, UFOs, and unexplained paranormal phenomena. The story is quite intense and culminates in an unexpected ending that will leave the reader entranced with a solution that applies to everyone on the face of our planet.

Fr. 31.65

Triple Exposure United States Marine Corps Base, Quantico, Virginia Sitting anxiously in the executive office at the Judge Advocate General's headquarters, Katherine was trying hard to focus on the words Colonel Rose Marie Favors was speaking, but her mind was reeling. This can't be happening to me! Katherine silently screamed as she heard Colonel Favors say something about the military press corps, a subpoena, and gag order. Now on autopilot, Katherine took the court subpoena from Colonel Favors's outstretched hand and was assured it was "just a formality." How could meeting and falling so deeply in love with one man--no, wait!--one extraordinary man, end in such heart-wrenching betrayal, unconscionable crime, and worldwide sensationalism? Movies were made of lesser stuff than this! Katherine closed her eyes for a few seconds. Lord, please forgive me for my part in all this and grant me the courage to do what I know I must do, she silently prayed. Opening her eyes, a fiery determination set in Katherine's jaw--nothing was going to stop her from righting all the wrongs committed by Navy Captain Roger D. Edwards and seeing justice done.

Fr. 97.25

The teaching and doctrine of the Catholic Church originate in the life, words and example of Jesus Christ. Over the centuries and across many cultures and societies, the love and wisdom of this teaching has often been obscured by the complexity of the human condition. People ask "why should I?" or "how can this be?" That is why, from the start, Jesus used parables to relay his message. "Well, let me tell you a story." Walk With Me is a collection of shared human experiences that help explain the wisdom and value of the Catholic faith. At the same time, it recognizes the confusion and misunderstanding that can accompany a normal human response to its teachings. "Walk with me and I'll tell you a story." Based on his forty-four years in ministry, as pastor and teacher, Father Tim Horan shares stories and images that offer a profound look at the human experience in relation to the beauty and power of the gospel message. Each short article has a specific topic and message. Perhaps you will find something in this rich and engaging collection that speaks to you or a loved one.

Fr. 26.35

The teaching and doctrine of the Catholic Church originate in the life, words and example of Jesus Christ. Over the centuries and across many cultures and societies, the love and wisdom of this teaching has often been obscured by the complexity of the human condition. People ask "why should I?" or "how can this be?" That is why, from the start, Jesus used parables to relay his message. "Well, let me tell you a story." Walk With Me is a collection of shared human experiences that help explain the wisdom and value of the Catholic faith. At the same time, it recognizes the confusion and misunderstanding that can accompany a normal human response to its teachings. "Walk with me and I'll tell you a story." Based on his forty-four years in ministry, as pastor and teacher, Father Tim Horan shares stories and images that offer a profound look at the human experience in relation to the beauty and power of the gospel message. Each short article has a specific topic and message. Perhaps you will find something in this rich and engaging collection that speaks to you or a loved one.

Fr. 38.50