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Friday, July 27, 2012

Ten Recent Catastrophes Can Be Associated With One Ongoing Current Event



What Is It?

By Lorilyn Roberts

1.   October 30, 1991. The Perfect Storm off the New England Coast.

2.   August 24, 1992. Hurricane Andrew strikes South Florida, the fourth most powerful storm to make landfall in the United States.

3.   April 1993 to August 1993. Rains bombard several states and becomes one of the worst natural disasters in U.S. history.

4.   January 17, 1994. Most financially damaging earthquake in U.S. history strikes Los Angeles.

5.   June 5, 2001. Tropical Storm Alice hits the Houston area. Called the “Great Flood of 2001”.

6.   September 10, 2001. 9/11. The worst attack on American soil in U.S. history.

7.   April 30, 2003. Worst weather in U.S. history began on this day.

8.   June 2003 until August 2003. Worst heat wave in over 250 years strikes Europe.

9.   August 23, 2005. Katrina forms in the Gulf and become the most destructive natural disaster in U.S. history.

10. Week of July 23, 2007. Financial collapse across the globe.

According to The Israel Omen, by David Brennan, each of the above disasters was associated with an attempt by the U.S. and/or other nations to remove the “Promised Land” from the Jews and give them to the Arabs to establish a Palestinian State. Mr. Brennan has carefully documented the correlations and presented a compelling argument to support his conclusions.

I was studying in Israel from January 1 through January 15, 1991, when the State Department requested all nonessential Americans leave Israel. After being shown how to use a gas mask and shoot nerve gas antidotes into my thigh, I decided I didn’t want that much of an adventure. I took the last flight out of Tel Aviv to Switzerland and went skiing for a few days before returning home. The Persian Gulf War started the day after I left Israel on January 16, 1991.

Often when we visit another country, certain memories are etched in our psyche and become a filter through which we evaluate all future events and information; and so it was with my time in Israel.

Israel is small—too small to be chopped up more than it already is. The Jews live with the looming threat of war and all-out war. They are surrounded by Arab nations that do not like them. The Israelis want to live in peace and would do almost anything to make that happen—except forfeit land given to them by God.

There will never be land for peace because the land is not the Jews to give. It belongs to God. Nothing angers God more than for world leaders to take what God gave to the Jews, as clearly stated in the Bible, and deliver it to the Arabs on a counterfeit peace platter. There is not any leader in the world that can negotiate a lasting peace in violation of God’s will without suffering under His judgment—as seen in the catastrophes that have happened each time a nation has tried.

While many will refuse to accept the premise given in The Israel Omen, I would encourage Christians to consider this:  Have all the lands given up by the Jews for peace brought peace?

As an American, I pray for the peace of Jerusalem and for our leaders to be Israel’s staunchest ally. Genesis 12:3 says, “And I will bless them that bless you, and curse him that curses you: and in you shall all families of the earth be blessed.

As a Christian, I pray for my Jewish friends, both believers and unbelievers. Peace starts with me and God gives wisdom to those who ask; and always, hope springs eternal.




Thursday, July 12, 2012

The Magic of the Olympics



By Lorilyn Roberts


The music starts, the drums beat, and the culture of the country sparkles in the dazzling lights. The Olympians burst forth and we wait in anticipation for one of the greatest spectacles in the world to begin. July 27, 2012, London. An estimated 10,500 athletes from 205 countries will be competing.

The Olympics have special meaning for me. I am looking forward to being part of the team of captioners who will be providing closed captioning for the games on television. I also have a more realistic idea of how much work goes into being an Olympian. My daughter is a level eight competitive gymnast who has been doing gymnastics since she was four. She spends twenty hours a week in the gym, and I drive her an hour and a half five days a week back and forth. Now almost fourteen, I look back through the years at how our lives have been wrapped around her training—and the thousands of dollars spent flying and driving across the country to attend competitions. This year she was the level eight state vault champion for Florida.

Recently we were watching the Olympic trials and I asked her, “How much better than you are they?” She laughed and shook her head. The ones who go to the Olympics truly are the best. I have often thought about what it takes to make it: You have to have a talented coach, parents that are supportive (that’s a biggie because it takes years of preparation to get there), plenty of  money, not being injured at critical times, an athlete who is able to receive instruction and criticism, experience crippling failure and never give up; the self-discipline to sacrifice a social life and other typical things that children and teenagers do; the God-given physical and mental ability, and then peaking at the right moment—the Olympics are only held every four years. And probably thrown in there is fate—being in the right place at the appointed time and exposed to the one sport that the individual can excel at, and then having the coach who can transform a gifted athlete into an Olympian, like magic bound up in providence. Of the thousands who aspire to make it, only a few do.

The Bible speaks in I Corinthians 9:25:  “Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last; but we do it to get a crown that will last forever.”  I wonder if we were to take our faith as seriously as the Olympians pursue their training, what could we not do?

As I watch the Olympics, I will contemplate the enormity of what athletes can accomplish when they devote themselves to a sport greater than themselves; always amazed that for two weeks every four years, countries will lay down their arms and participate in a tradition that’s as old as Ancient Greece and the Parthenon; that we will sit glued to our television screens esteeming the talents of athletes whose names we can’t pronounce, but wanting to know everything about them; that we will celebrate together all around the world in a mystic tradition of mythic proportion—of diversity, of unity, of beauty, of art, of perfection, of gold.

What humankind can achieve through perseverance and an unquenchable desire to be the best at a sport is pure brilliance. The Olympics is magic in motion, art and destiny intertwined for a few. And for the rest of us, a moment to pause and reflect, living out vicariously the success of the winners—and anyone who competes is a winner. The world will be mesmerized by young men and women who will take our breath away and remind us that in a sense, we are one. We celebrate with them as their brothers and sisters and mothers and fathers and sons and daughters. For a moment we will enter their world and be a part of it. We will cheer them on and applaud broadly, knowing they are truly Olympians. I can’t wait for the games begin!

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

DawnSinger Book Trailer, Launch Tuesday

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New Release, Christian Fantasy, DawnSinger, by Janalyn Voigt

DawnSingerSpecial Limited-time offer!

Buy DawnSinger Tuesday, July 3rd, to receive a gift from the author and other free e-gifts. As a thank-you for your interest, you're invited to enter to win some fantastic prizes. (No purchase necessary to take part in the drawing.)

With freedom as its central theme, DawnSinger is the perfect companion for the 4th of July holiday. Why not treat yourself or someone you love to a reading adventure?

About DawnSinger
Sometimes victory comes only through surrender.
The High Queen is dying… At the royal summons, Shae mounts a wingabeast and soars through the air to the high hold of Faeraven, where all is not as it seems. Visions warn her of danger, and a dark soul touches hers in the night. When she encounters an attractive but disturbing musician, her wayward heart awakens. But then there is Kai, a guardian of Faeraven and of Shae. Secrets bind him to her, and her safety lies at the center of every decision he makes. On a desperate journey fraught with peril and the unknown, they battle warlike garns, waevens, ferocious raptors, and the wraiths of their own regrets. Yet, they must endure the campaign long enough to release the DawnKing—and the salvation he offers—into a divided land. To prevail, each must learn that sometimes victory comes only through surrender.
Praise for DawnSinger "Janalyn Voigt is a fresh voice in the realm of fantasy. Her writing is crisp, her verbs muscular, and it’s all wrapped up in a lyrical style. Blending action and romance, DawnSinger is a journey through fear, failure, and faith, and I look forward to its sequel.” Eric Wilson, NY Times bestselling author of Valley of Bones andOne Step Away “In DawnSinger, Janalyn Voigt has penned a novel full of surprises. With adventure, mystery, and an unlikely romance, this beautiful, epic fantasy debut will leave you scrambling for the next book in the trilogy.” Jill Williamson, Christy Award-winning author of By Darkness Hid DawnSinger is a delightful fantasy spun with bardic prose and threaded with danger and intrigue.” Linda Windsor, author of Healer, Thief and Rebel, Brides of Alba Historical Trilogy “Janalyn Voigt builds an exciting world, tranquil on the surface but filled with danger, ancient enemies, and a prophecy yet to be fulfilled. DawnSinger leads you into a land only imagined in dreams. I can’t wait to read the second book in the Tales of Faeraven trilogy.” Lisa Grace, best-selling author of the Angel in the Shadows series.

Special Gift From the Author

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~ A signed, personalized book plate (sticker to place inside the book)--one for each book you purchase!

Janalyn explains how she discovered books.
It happened over time. My father instilled a love of literature in me at an early age when he read chapters from "The Wizard of Oz," "Robinson Crusoe" and other classics as bedtime stories. When I grew older, and he stopped reading bedtime stories, I put myself to sleep with tales I "wrote" in my head.
As a precocious reader, I soon graduated to the novels in my parent's bookcase. I'm sure those books contributed to my growth as a writer. Eventually, I scribbled my own stories on paper. A teacher noticed my ability to tell a story when I was twelve. As a result of his encouragement, I identified my desire to write novels.
DawnSinger is my debut novel and the first offering in Tales of Faeraven. I've already begun work on WayFarer, the next book in my epic fantasy series.
I live in a beautiful corner of the Pacific Northwest. In my spare time, I enjoy reading, gardening, and finding adventures in the great outdoors. I dream of owning a horse, exploring all the national parks, and visiting European castles.

Steps to Receive Your Thank-You Gifts

Step 1: Buy DawnSinger on July 3rd on Amazon; then proceed to Step 2 below with your Order # to claim your FREE GIFTS.
Note: If Amazon indicates a low supply or “out of stock” status, ORDER TUESDAY ANYWAY so that you can receive the bonus gifts. Their supply will restock immediately and you should not have a long wait for your book(s).
Step 2: Entering your information in the form below will take you to a page where you can request your author gift and that will redirect you to your other e-gifts. (Preview additional e-gifts below my launch celebration drawings.)

ENTER THE DAWNSINGER LAUNCH CELEBRATION DRAWINGS!

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WayFarer, Tales of Faeraven, book two

Giveaways include a $20 Starbucks Card & Free Copies of Tales of Faeraven, book two

DRAWING 1: ONE winner will receive a $20 STARBUCKS CARD and a signed print copy of WayFarer, BOOK TWO of Tales of Faeraven, available upon its release.

DRAWING 2: TWO winners will receive a signed print copy of WayFarer, book two of Tales of Faeraven, available upon its release.

DRAWING 3: THREE winners will receive a free kindle copy of WayFarer, book two of Tales of Faeraven, available upon its release.

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