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Category Archives: Steel Chronicles

The Homecoming Feast

I tied the last knot on my piece of leather string and handed it to my friend sitting next to me. Nicky Nix, one of my best friends and my brother in Christ tied the string around my left ankle. I turned to my right and tied a similar string around the ankle of another of my deacon friends. We were to wear the strings around our ankles for several weeks as we prepared for the production of “The Deacon Led Living Last Supper”.

That was many years ago and I marveled at the deacons who had never been on stage in their life showing a reluctant willingness to portray one of the disciples seated at the table with Jesus on the night of His last feast with them. For weeks we practiced together, we prayed together and we drew closer and closer as a deacon body until the night of our performance.

Our educational minister and associate pastor at the time was Bruce Edwards. Bruce had brought the script to me and asked me to update the language for a more modern audience. The original script was written, I believe, in 1953. The script Bruce handed me didn’t even have the author’s name on it. I took a stab at the script bearing in mind which deacon would be playing which disciple. This meant that some of the monologues would have to be significantly shortened!

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The Beast, Part 1

There is a beast that lives deep inside of me. Beast is quiet most of the time. Beast is insidious and knows how to creep, cat like from the depths of my mind to the surface of today’s reality. I have locked him away so many times and thrown away the key. And yet, no matter how secure his cage, he always manages to escape. But not with a bang or a growl but with a quiet cat’s paw, sinister silence.

Right now, the Beast is on the prowl. I feel him flexing his claws and I feel his hot breath on the nape of my neck. He is hungry. He is ravished. He wants to devour my mind and soul and to end me.

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2019 Update

I know some people like to post every event in their lives on Facebook. I’m a little more private. But, it has been ages since I posted on my webpage and I’d like to give everyone an update.

First, I had surgery in December in Dallas and I was expecting to bounce back in a couple of weeks. Nope! Not happening! It took be a good six weeks to feel normal again.

In the meantime, I am working on updating my other websites for “Hope Again” and “The Jonathan Steel Chronicles”. Also, I am working on a new website for “The Homecoming Tree”.

Mark Sutton and I are working on a new book idea. I was supposed to travel to Florida to spend three days with him but we had a family medical emergency.

Many of you know, if you have read my posts, that our daughter, Casey has epilepsy and today is her 32nd birthday. Last Wednesday, she fell and sustained a basilar skull fracture. No brain damage, thank God. She spent until Friday afternoon in ICU at Willis Knighton Pierremont and is at home doing well. We cancelled our trips and Sherry and I are keeping a close eye on her as she recovers. Thanks to everyone who showed up at the hospital to cheer Casey up and thanks for the many, many prayers for her recovery.

This coming Sunday, March 24th, I have been asked by my good friend Raymond Wilkerson to preach at the church he pastors, Open Road Fellowship Church in Haughton, Louisiana. I will be sharing the same message I presented at Brookwood Baptist Church in November entitled “The 5 Minute Atheist”. You can find out more about the church at this link,h

I’ve been getting quite a few emails about securing permanent copies of my books. Just so you know, you can do two things. You can find copies of most of my books on Amazon at my author page at this link.

Or you can go to steelchronicles.com and order copies from me directly.

Thanks for supporting my books and I look forward to putting out “The 8th Demon: A Wicked Numinosity” later this year.

Thanks for the Prayers!

I want to thank everyone for the thoughts and prayers the last two weeks. Those of you who knew of my surgery, I thank you. On December 4th, I had a simple prostatectomy in Dallas. The surgery went well and there is, at this time, no evidence of cancer. The surgery was for symptom relief only. But, it has placed me on my back for the last two weeks.

Just a reminder I have two new books released that would make excellent Christmas gifts: The 9th Demon: Time of the Cross and The Homecoming Tree. Check them out on Amazon.

Here’s hoping you have a wonderful and meaningful, peace filled Christmas and New Years. I plan on taking it as easy as possible.

Hope Again Youtube Channel

Mark Sutton and I invite you to our Conquering Depression Seminar Saturday, Nov. 17th. Here is a link to our new Youtube Channel for Hope Again.

You can register for the seminar at this link.

Depression Seminar

Plan on coming to our Conquering Depression Seminar at Brookwood Baptist Church on Saturday, November 17th from 8:30 to Noon. I and Mark Sutton will be talking about depression based on our book “Hope Again: A 30 Day Plan for Conquering Depression”. You can go to this link for information and registrations: Link

Ancient Jerusalem Part 1

Imagine if you could walk the streets of ancient Jerusalem at the time of Christ. What would you see? What would you experience?

Go back in time with me and experience the last days of the life of Jesus Christ. Below is a map of ancient Jerusalem. In the coming days, I will share facts about that city. My latest novel, “The 9th Demon: Time of the Cross” is now available for order as a print book or ebook on amazon. Go to my author’s page and you can find both versions of the book. Link

Fact: The city of Jerusalem was divided into three sections. The “old” city or City of David occupied the lower southeastern corner of the city. At its northern extent towered the great Temple built by Herod.

An overview of ancient Jerusalem courtesy of Bible History Online.

The western city was divided into the “Lower City” and the “Upper City”. The lower city along the southern extent of Jerusalem is where the lower class citizens lived and where the marketplace could be found.

The Upper City was for the elite and the well off who preferred to live as modern Romans lived. In the Upper City were large homes, Herod’s palace, a huge Theater and the Hippodrome, sight of chariot races. As you read through my new book, you may want to reference this illustration courtesy of Bible History Online.

Tomorrow, I will talk more about the Temple. Enjoy.

The Homecoming Tree

The Cover for my new book, “The Homecoming Tree”

The cover for this book is now finished and within about 10 days it will be ready for purchase. Here is a description of the book:

Roy Anderson is about to make the worst decision of his life and leave his family for selfish reasons on Thanksgiving day, 2001. But, thanks to the prayers of his son, an angel sends Roy back in time to 1941 with no memories. There, he will experience the true meaning of family, sacrifice, love, and commitment when he is taken in at the Collinsworth boarding house. For a U. S. Army Corps pilot, Frank Collinsworth, has not been heard from since the attack on Pearl Harbor and the family waits anxiously to see if he will return home by Christmas. Daniel, the younger Collinsworth, must decide if he will have to become the man of the house while everyone prays around the Homecoming Christmas Tree for his father’s return. Will Roy revert to the ruthless businessman he has become, or will his time spent with the Collinsworth family give him a second chance?

The novel is based on a play I wrote and directed back in 2005.

The 9th Demon Cover Arrives!

The final cover for “The 9th Demon: Time of the Cross” is here. Luke Lee of Fusiform Design has done a fantastic job. All manuscripts and covers have been uploaded and will soon be available for purchase on Kindle or in print. I will update you when the book is officially available. So, for now, here is the cover:

Front Cover of the newest Jonathan Steel adventure! Available very, very soon!

Imprints

When I formed my self publishing company, 613media,LLC I also decided to create two “imprints”. Imprints are divisions of publishing output that fit a certain genre. For my Jonathan Steel Chronicles and “Death By Darwin”, I created Area 613. Here is a description of this imprint:

A darkness lies upon the land. Evil forces gather to thwart the forces of good. Unnoticed by most humans, these spiritual forces vie for human souls. All is not lost. Hope is alive. God’s warriors are called forth to fight for the good; to fight for God; to Stand against the Enemy. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. Welcome to Area 613.

“Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm.” Eph. 6:13 ESV

When I was 13 years old, disillusionment and disappointment drove me to climb the tallest, standing tree on our property. There, I reached out to the sky and touched the face of God. This has inspired me to form another imprint: Standing Tree Books

In our culture dominated by cynicism, hopelessness, and despair, God touched the lives of many and uses their failures and frailties to illustrate his power and majesty. Climb the standing tree and reach out and touch God and find hope again. Welcome to Standing Tree Books.

“Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil.” Eph. 6:11 ESV.

The newest Jonathan Steel Chronicles, “The 9th Demon: Time of the Cross” will be published under Area 613. My other new book, “The Homecoming Tree” will be published under Standing Tree Books.

It won’t be long now!!!

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