Monday, September 29, 2014

Children of Dreams - Revisiting Nepal Twenty Years Later and Taking Books to Orphans Through Child Hope International




This inspirational work of nonfiction follows a woman who turns her own shattered dreams into life-changing hope, relying on God's redemptive love to overcome impossible odds and adopt two destitute children from one of the world's most remote regions.

I (Lorilyn Roberts) will be traveling to Nepal soon to take books to orphans - children who have been rescued and adopted into Nepali homes sponsored by Child Hope International.

Please consider making a donation of $34.95 to help defray the costs. In return I will send you a signed copy of my best-selling memoir Children of Dreams.  

For the next three weeks, I will be publishing on my blog my adoption memoir, to encourage you to pray for Joy and me, for travel mercies, and for you to "taste" the country and experience what I felt when I was there before. God gave me my first of two "Children of Dreams" twenty years ago. I arrived home from Nepal on Mother's Day, May 8, 1994, with Manisha Hope.

The costs will be around $3,500 for Joy and me to travel and stay six days. Our time will be spent helping many of the kids with English and reading. About $1,500 has been donated so far. I am hoping more people will contribute toward the trip so I don't have to spend the next several months paying off my credit card when I return. 

Imagine what the possibilities are with the two hundred plus Christian books we are taking (as well as two Kindles a member of the John 3:16 Marketing Network donated). These children are among the few, particularly the girls, to receive an education in Nepal. They are the future leaders, the future teachers, doctors, and nurses. Over two hundred abandoned children have been adopted in-country by Nepali families sponsored by Child Hope International. Today many are in college. One orphan sponsored by Child Hope International is now in medical school. 

I would especially appreciate your prayers. 

If you would enjoy reading Children of Dreams as an ebook, in celebration of the trip, I'm offering a free coupon through Smashwords for the length of time Joy and I will be in Nepal. Joy is my younger daughter who I adopted from Vietnam. Manisha, who is 23, will be staying home and taking care of all of our animals. 

Here is the information to get your free copy of Children of Dreams in Nook or to read online. It is also available in Kindle on Amazon by clicking here.

Promotional price: $0.00
Coupon Code: XT77R
Expires: October 29, 2014    
 

From James 1:27:  Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.  

Saturday, September 20, 2014

WHAT NOW? …and lo, I [Jesus] am with you always, even to the end of the age. —Matthew 28:20




WHAT NOW?

and lo, I [Jesus] am with you always, even to the end of the age.

—Matthew 28:20

When I was ten, I had a dream. In the dream I was listening to a song by Johnny Mathis on my record player. Over the music, I heard a voice that sounded like rushing waters that echoed from far away. The voice said, “Today is judgment day.” Frightened, I woke up from the dream with my heart pounding. Was it really judgment day?

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From Seventh Dimension – The Door, a Young Adult Christian Fantasy:
“War, famine, pestilence, financial collapse. America suffers the most—their military decimated by spending cuts. The dollar collapses because of the mounting debt and Washington’s unwillingness or inability to cut frivolous spending. China takes over as the dominant world power and Islam seizes control of many governments. The world is aflame.”
—Daniel, chapter fourteen


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After that dream, I asked, what happens when you die? When is the end of the world? Is there a judgment day? Would I be judged?

I asked my father and he said, “Yes, there’s a judgment day and everybody will be judged.” He suggested I listen to Billy Graham on the radio.

Not long after that, I watched Billy Graham on TV speaking at one of his international crusades. In those days, the crusades were carried live.

Billy Graham was the consummate evangelist. His sermons were always about judgment, salvation, and the end times. He never sugarcoated anything. I later bought some of his books and often read his column in the newspaper. I was blessed to attend two of his crusades in person—including the last one he ever spoke at in Jacksonville, Florida.

For years, when Dr. Graham gave the altar call, I recited the sinner’s prayer to receive salvation—in case I didn’t do it right the previous time. Who knows how many times I said that prayer until I realized I didn’t need to keep saying it. Jesus already lived in my heart. But I struggled, thinking I could lose my salvation. I compare that experience to worrying about the unpardonable sin. If you worry about committing the unpardonable sin, chances are good you don’t have anything to worry about.

I received the gift of salvation when I read the Gospel of Matthew at twelve. My spirit was moved by one thing—Jesus’ love for the oppressed people and his compassion on those who were hurting.

I was also fascinated by the “proof texts” found in Matthew.

Because of my familiarity with Jewish things and having briefly attended a Sunday school class that studied the Old Testament, I’d learned a lot about Moses and the prophets. I knew that the Old Testament predicted a Messiah would come and bring salvation to the Jewish people. Matthew cites some of those predictions found in Isaiah, Micah, Hosea, and  Daniel.

When I read Matthew, I became convinced that Jesus was the Messiah. The “proof texts” were overwhelmingly accurate, predictions made and recorded in Jewish literature hundreds of years earlier.

I will never forget reading Matthew 24:1 – 25:46 for the first time. The disciples asked Jesus, “When will these things happen, and what will be the sign of your coming?” 

I had the same question as the disciples. Could Jesus return during my lifetime? Would we be able to recognize the signs of his return?

In my teens I read the book 666 by Salem Kirban. A few years later I read The Late Great Planet Earth by Hal Lindsey. Probably these two books, both of which were inspired by the book of Revelation, influenced me spiritually more than any other books as a teenager besides the Bible.

During my freshman year at the University of Georgia, Hal Lindsey came to the university and spoke. I was intrigued and wanted to learn more, but the seed that had been planted stayed dormant for a long time.

While many years have passed since I read Revelation for the first time, I have never forgotten some of my early thoughts about the book. When it described an army of 200 million men in Revelation 9:16, most scholars agreed the only country in the world that could outfit that many soldiers would be China. I laughed. Back in those days, China was a third-world nation. There was no way they could become a world power and form an army like that. Or could they?



Revelation 20:4 says, “Then I saw thrones, and they sat on them, and judgment was given to them. And I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded because of their testimony of Jesus and because of the word of God, and those who had not worshipped the beast or his image and had not received the mark on their forehead and on their hand; and they came to life and reigned with Christ for a thousand years.”

What group of people or country or religious sect in today’s civilized world beheads Christians? I considered that barbaric when I was a teen. Surely that couldn’t be right—or could it?

World events are hurtling forward at an increasingly rapid pace. Events that were hard to imagine even a few years ago are accepted—even promoted. Until recently, most people would have doubted that society would accept as normal the marrying of two men or two woman.

Some people believe that the cultural and moral changes in the U.S. today will lead directly to the violence portrayed in Revelation. It’s not hard to imagine how events as predicted in Revelation could happen in the next few years leading to Armageddon.

I wait expectantly for the rebuilding of the Jewish Temple, one piece of the puzzle that seems to be needed before all of the events as foretold by Jesus can happen. How else could there be the “abomination of desolation” as spoken of in Matthew 24:15?

My intent here is not to go into a detailed dissertation about the end times and prophecy, but to pique your interest to pursue your own study. Where might you be in ten years, twenty years, or thirty years? If the United States continues on its current path, will we even exist as a free country?

While most of your day is probably consumed with more relevant and pressing issues; i.e., peer pressure, money, what you’re going to study in college, or when the next Star Trek movie will be at the theater (I am a Trekkie too), your generation faces great challenges. It’s important to ask, what now? What are my priorities? What about my future?

Make a list of what’s most important to you. Otherwise, the tyranny of the urgent will suck out of you every ounce of energy, time, and money you possess, leaving you spiritually dry.

Make God a priority. Find time to pray and read your Bible. Get involved in a local church. Christianity is not so much a religion as a relationship—a relationship with God and other Christians.

God never intended for Christians to be loners. My prayer group that meets on Wednesday nights helps me to get through the week. I feel encouraged when I leave, knowing that I have prayed for others and others have prayed for me. I have been in a prayer group for the last twenty-seven years. The people with whom I’ve prayed I’ve regarded at different times to be my closest friends. Some have moved away. Some have died. Some are in other groups now. But when you pray with someone, you share your soul. You share what’s most important.

Remember: The relationships you form here will continue in heaven. I remember answers to prayers from twenty years ago. I may not recall the name of a  person I met an hour ago, but if someone asks me to pray for him or her, I will remember it.
The Holy Spirit intercedes and remembers every prayer ever prayed and brings to mind those requests. I believe that when we pray here, we truly make a difference in the spiritual realm. We tear down evil strongholds. We send the demons scampering because they can’t bear to hear Jesus’ name.

What now? Trust and obey God, surrendering your will to his. Know the end is near. Jesus’ return could happen tomorrow. Live your life to the fullest. Make the most of every opportunity because the days are evil.

Watch the news and be informed. Christians need to be aware of what is happening in the world. Perhaps if Christians hadn’t buried their heads in the sand when Hitler came to power, the church could have prevented the slaughter of six million Jews.

The future world leader promising peace will be worse than Hitler or Stalin. This anti-Christ will deceive many. Be alert. While your salvation is assured, God needs you to his hands and feet and mind and soul—to carry out the Great Commission.

Don’t lose heart. And don’t lose sleep over the future. I like to imagine John saw me 2,000 years ago in his vision— fighting the good fight, defending the Gospel, standing for the truth, and even being a martyr if that’s what I’m called to be.

Jesus says at the end of the book of Revelation, “I am coming soon” (Revelation 22:7). Are you ready?

Yes! Come quickly, Lord Jesus.


Wednesday, September 17, 2014

A New 5-Star Amazon Review of Seventh Dimension - The King - Book 2, A Young Adult Fantasy


I'm thrilled at the five-star reviews I am getting and the seal of approval from Literary Classics. If you haven't picked up your copy yet, I hope you will. If you really like it, a review will help others who have not read my books before to know whether they might be interested in reading my Seventh Dimension Series. Thanks for your help in promoting The King!






Seventh Dimension - The King: A Young Adult Fantasy (Seventh Dimension Series Book 2)
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Exciting ReadSeptember 16, 2014
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Lorilyn Roberts second novel, The King, in the series of Seventh Dimension is an outstanding presentation of both fantasy and real life concerns of today's young adult reader. The creative traverse from the real world to fantasy is filled with a mix of modern day elements, like delving from the computer media world through Chariot racing in the historical era of Rome. The unusual aspect of this book is how the author has brought the Biblical story of Jesus, as King into the story without being confrontational.This a an exciting read. I found myself as an older adult, entering into the excitement of the story as I completed the read by using my Kindle edition. I'm highly anticipating the release of the next book.

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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

"Seventh Dimension - The King - Book 2, A Young Adult Fantasy" RECEIVES LITERARY CLASSICS SEAL OF APPROVAL



RECEIVES LITERARY CLASSICS SEAL OF APPROVAL



Seventh Dimension - The King, Book 2 
A Young Adult Fantasy 





Now available at http://Lorilynroberts.com, Amazon, and Smashwords in ebook format and print!


Literary Classics is pleased to announce that the book,  The Kinghas been selected to receive the Literary Classics Seal of Approval. The CLC Seal of Approval is a designation reserved for those books which uphold the rigorous criteria set forth by the Literary Classics review committee, a team comprised of individuals with backgrounds in publishing, editing, writing, illustration and graphic design.



The King, by Lorilyn Roberts, is the highly engaging story of Daniel, a young boy who aspires to become a doctor. His family is Jewish, but they do not practice their faith. In fact, Daniel is not sure if he even believes in God. When he unexpectedly finds himself transported in time to the days of Jesus, he is granted a front row seat to events that actually took place in the Bible. He meets John the Baptist, Pontius Pilate, and is witness to the spectacle of a mute whose speech is miraculously restored.

As a result of his wildly adventurous experiences, Daniel seeks discernment to unravel the mysteries of Jesus and his relevance to the Jewish faith as it applies to himself and others.

Author Lorilyn Roberts has skillfully incorporated fantasy, time travel, history and religion into a book that is entertaining, educational and inspirational.  

The King is the second book in a series, but reads well as a stand-alone. The religious components are such that they are not likely to be off-putting to those who might not otherwise appreciate that element. But history and religion buffs are sure to appreciate the depth provided in this book which makes it all the more engaging to read.

Literary Classics, an organization dedicated to furthering excellence in literature, takes great pride in its role to help promote classic literature which appeals to youth, while encouraging positive values in the impressionable minds of future generations. To learn more about Literary Classics, you may visit their website at www.clcawards.org or www.childrensliteraryclassics.com

Share with your friends, family, church, and cohorts. 

Here are the links for ebooks: Amazon Kindle and Smashwords (coupon code is AJ68Y, expires 10-8-2014.

Print copy is only $10.46 with coupon for 30% off. Coupon code is:  NNC595YJ. Coupon expires 10-8-2014. Get print version here. If you prefer to order the print copy from Amazon (but it won't be discounted), go here.

To read the first chapter and learn more about Seventh Dimension, The King, Book 2, A Young Adult Fantasy, go to: http://lorilynroberts.com/the_king_book_two_seventh_dimension.html





Finalist in the 2014 International Book Awards for Christian Inspirational and Best Cover Design for Nonfiction 








John 3:16 Authors and Child Hope International team up in Nepal
Your prayers appreciated!

I'm currently in the planning stages of going to Nepal with Child Hope International in October. I will be taking around 200 books to be shared among the 21 homes sponsored by Child Hope International. Child Hope has saved over 200 orphans by helping them to be adopted into Christian homes by Nepalese families. This trip is a collaborative effort with John 3:16 authors who are donating many of the books. We hope to make this an ongoing project and eventually build a Christian library on the church's property in Kathmandu. 

To learn how this opportunity came about, please visit the John 3:16 blog here. To read about Child Hope International or to become a child sponsor, please visit my website here

I would appreciate your prayers as I prepare for the trip. If you would like to make a financial contribution of $34.99 or more, I will mail you a special edition, signed copy of my Amazon best-selling memoir Children of Dreams. All proceeds from the book will go toward the Christian library project. My hope is to give away 40 signed copies of my book to help the children. 

To make a personal donation, please send a check to: Lorilyn Roberts, 4715 NW 33rd Place, Gainesville, FL  32606

I'm also excited that a member of the John 3:16 Marketing Network has donated two Kindles for me to take to Nepal. This will be a unique opportunity to continue to provide books to Child Hope International homes for years to come. I will be able to purchase the books here in America and download them on the Kindles in Nepal!

Please share with your church as God leads. Child Hope International is a non-profit organization doing great things in Nepal for orphans and abandoned children. Silas Khadka, who is the executive director, is the pastor who found Manisha 20 years ago when I adopted her. How time flies. She is now 23! 



Please pray for all the preparations for the trip. Joy, my 16-year-old daughter, will be traveling with me and ministering alongside me to the children. We will spend some time helping the kids with reading and writing as we share the books and encourage them in their educational pursuits, all provided for by Child Hope International donations. Please take a moment to be inspired by watching this video.  



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