United Kingdom (PRWEB) April 02, 2014
For many people, life is a constant struggle of survival and such a struggle can either show the true nobility of a person or show the evil inside a person. In the “Mission of Martin O’Shea,” the author John Stephens has created a story that exemplifies that humans can exhibit nobility and evil in the worst of times.
The “Mission of Martin O’Shea” revolves around the life of young Martin O’ Shea. Born in Dublin to an impoverished Irish family, life has always been hard for Martin, especially with incompetent parents and four siblings to look after. Soon he gets fed up and leaves Dublin for greener pastures. He goes to London and finds himself homeless and jobless and in danger of starving. Luckily he finds a friend in a young woman named Maria who helps him get a job with the local criminal kingpin, the evil Mr. Elgon. The job is simple enough – befriend helpless immigrants and the destitute around London and bring them to Mr. Elgon so he can sell them into servitude as factory workers or prostitution. Martin and Maria soon establish themselves within the Mr. Elgon’s organization and are doing quite well for themselves, but the two are soon ridden with guilt and wish to get away from it all. The only problem is Mr.Elgon does not want them to leave and Mr. Elgon can be quite persuasive… and dangerous.
This exciting and interesting children’s book is imbued with the good Christian values that the author espouses. The author has written this book with the intention of creating a great adventure book that also spreads the faith.
The “Mission of Martin O’Shea” is a truly fun and enriching read for all readers.
For more information on this book, interested parties may log on to http://www.XlibrisPublishing.co.uk.
About the Author
John Stephens after retiring from the Royal Air Force as a pilot at the age of 43 entered college for a different career in teaching. On retiring again at 65 he now enjoys writing, mostly with a Christian angle. Married twice, and losing both wives to cancer, the author has known to balance the full emotions of joy and sorrow in his life. His first wife, Flora, gave him two children and his second wife, Audrey, led them all into Christian living. She had been a missionary nurse in Kenya. John is an active member of an Anglican church.
The Mission of Martin O’Shea * by John Stephens
Publication Date: October 1, 2013
Trade Paperback; £9.99; 98 pages; 978-1-4836-9982-0
Ebook; £3.99; 978-1-4836-9983-7
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England (PRWEB) March 18, 2014
John Stephens, the prolific author of several books including nine small Christian books of biblical plays, releases a new Christian fantasy novel, titled “Peter and the Snow White Dove.” Stephens’ inspiration and mission was to write a religious fantasy novel that can be enjoyed by all ages, whether by Christians or not-yet-Christians, giving occasional pause for thought.
Taking its cue from religious and biblical teachings, the novel’s main character is Peter, a young farmer who speaks to God (the Great King) but is not yet a true believer. The Great King is a kind ruler who loves all his creation and works for their good. Peter is sent on various adventures by the King, and is aided by the other main character, Snowy, a dove called who is synonymous with the Holy Spirit.
“Peter and the Snow White Dove” has a light touch, with humour, and can be understood by even small children if read to them. It has a compelling message that has always been relevant for the past two millennia. In all Peter and Snowy’s adventures, God’s presence is suggested. Christians will recognize it at once, non-believers will do so eventually. It is a pleasurable and amusing tale that never fails to share a few insightful thoughts on faith.
For more information on this book, interested parties may log on to http://www.XlibrisPublishing.co.uk.
About the Author
John Stephens was born in Hereford, England, in 1926. He joined the Royal Air Force in 1943 when he was 17 years old and served as a wireless operator aircrew, continuing until the Korean War when he retrained and was commissioned as a pilot. At the age of 40 he married Flora, a German national, and they had two children. Sadly, Flora died of a brain tumour after nine years.
At the age of 43, he went to college for training as a teacher, a career in which he continued until retiring at the age of 65. Two years after the death of Flora he married Audrey, who had been a missionary nurse in Kenya. It was then that Stephens’ life was turned around. With Audrey’s encouragement, including attendance at a Billy Graham meeting at Aston Football Ground and attendance at many Christian conferences, he gave his life to the Lord. Audrey died of cancer in May 2000. Today Stephens is an author and an active member of an Anglican church.
Peter and the Snow White Dove * by John Stephens
Publication Date: September 30, 2013
Trade Paperback; £13.99; 129 pages; 978-1-4836-8543-4
Ebook; £3.99; 978-1-4836-8544-1
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The internet today has to grown to play enormous role in our daily lives. Everyday over 1 billion people access the internet for everything from social networking to shopping. Many Christians have embraced the internet and have been able to use its power to reach an amazing amount of people. However, in the Christian community, there still remains the idea that the internet is the devil’s playground, full of sinful websites.
In this day in age, we need to use the internet to carry out our calling. Can you think of a greater way to reach the world than the world wide web? Each person who uses the internet has a great opportunity to share their faith with the world, and bring those who can connect with them to Christ.
Here some ways to spread the word about Jesus Christ online:
1. Use your Facebook to share your faith
Facebook is free and anyone can sign up. You can start sharing by posting Bible verses, Christian links, and devotional thoughts on your page for your friends to see. You can also comment on group or friend’s posts with appropriate Christian resources.
2. Starting a Blog
Blogs are free and easy to create and generally come up pretty well in search engines. Everyday people search for answers to all sorts of questions from divorce to parenting. If you share your thoughts from a Christian perspective on the subject, imagine the impact that you can have on someone’s life. You can create your own free blog on WordPress.com or Blogger.com.
3. Post Videos
Many churches today have embraced digital technology and have begun to post videos of their sermons. Post these videos on your Facebook profiles, blogs, and anywhere else you can think of.
If you church has not been able to post videos yet, help them. YouTube is completely free and easy to use.
4. Embrace Twitter
Yes, Twitter is here to stay and is still growing. There are millions of users and the more connections you make on the website, the more people will see your “tweets.” Handy tools such as hashtags help push your tweets into popular categories. No need for long messages that people may not read. There are tons of statements that you can make about your faith in 140 characters or less (Bible verses, Prayers, etc.) and a huge possibility that many will read them because they are so short.
6. Connect with Old Friends & Relatives
Many people have found long lost friends and relatives online. These connections would have been lost without modern technology and the wonders of social networks. Maybe you remember someone from your past that you wish you could have at least talked about The Bible, if only once. Well, now you have that chance. You may feel a little awkward speaking to someone that you haven’t talked to in a while, so try to ease into the conversation. Reconnect, and then let them know about the precious gift that Jesus Christ has left for them.
There are of course many other ways, but it’s up to you to determine which is the best method to share with your friends and family.
Amanda Leavelle is the head of web marketing for Tapestry Productions Inc. They bring Christian Art to the public through biblically inspired prints by Ron DiCianni.
Kapalua, Maui, Hawaii (PRWEB) January 15, 2014
Looking for the perfect place to stay in Maui? Whether it’s a family vacation or romantic getaway, the Kapalua Bay Villas are the ideal place to vacation. The Kapalua Bay Villas are located oceanfront at Oneloa Bay in Kapalua (West Maui) and provide direct access to the beach. This particular unit, 25B3, is situated right down near the ocean, so it isn’t far to go to enjoy the sun, sand, and surf. A recent guest, Michelle Vaughan, says, “We have stayed nearby at both Napili and Kaanapali several times; however, this was by far and away the best accommodations we have stayed at on Maui”.
The villa is approximately 1,500-square-feet and offers spacious, well- appointed accommodations for even the most discerning traveller. The main floor boasts a kitchen, dining and living area, complete with a covered sundeck to enjoy the view of the Pacific Ocean. There is a pullout couch in the living area offering extra sleeping space.
The piece de resistance is the Master Bedroom upstairs. Imagine a king size bed with luxurious bedding and pillows that is surrounded by windows looking out over paradise. “Waking up to such spectacular scenery is a pretty good way to start the day”, says Michelle Vaughan, a recent visitor.
For convenience the villa is equipped with a well-outfitted kitchen with Dacor appliances and a full-size washer and dryer. The bathrooms are luxurious and spa-like. There are plenty of bath and beach towels, as well as beach chairs and even boogie boards. The location is quiet and private and yet near to restaurants and shops for easy accessibility.
The next area over is Napili Bay, a well -known sandy beach only a few minutes by car from the Villa. It is much busier than Oneloa Bay, but a nice change of pace. At the end of Napili Bay is the Sea House Restaurant. Right on the beach, open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, it is an absolute must for those staying nearby.
Kapalua Bay is known as one of the best golf resorts in the world and offers two legendary courses for the avid golfer. There is also a Golf Academy for those wishing to learn the basics or increase their skills.
Lahaina is a short drive from Kapalua Bay and offers enjoyable seaside shopping and delicious and varied dining experiences. The American Planning Association has ranked Lahaina’s Front street as “one of the top ten greatest streets”. Once the center of the whaling industry, visitors here frequently see Humpback whales off Lahaina’ s beaches during breeding season, which runs from late December until early May. There is a particularly large Banyan tree in Lahaina, located in Banyan Tree Square, which was planted on April 24, 1873 by William Owen Smith as a commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the arrival of Christian missionaries.
Maui is the second most visited Island in Hawaii and geographically has a very varied terrain. Weather conditions are incredibly diverse depending on the location on the island. Typically the leeward side of the island, where the Kapalua Bay Villas are located, is the driest and hottest, with rainfall in Lahaina reported to be approximately 12” annually.
There are so many wonderful adventures to be had on Maui. Activities centering on water sports, including snorkelling, scuba, and snorkelling and boat tours are popular, as are golfing, hiking up the volcano, and horseback riding. Whatever the choice, Kapalua Bay Villas are the perfect starting point from which to experience it all.
Question by STRAUSSIAN: Why are Catholics less faithful than Mormons?
The Catholic church in America is full of so-called “cafeteria Catholics” who do things like vote for pro-abortion candidates, or engage in premarital intercourse, or so on. The number of Catholics who tithe annually to their church is quite low, and the number of 18-year-old men who volunteer to go on Catholic missions after highschool is also very low.
Compare that to the Mormons – Mormons exhibit far more faith, on average. There are so-called “Jack Mormons” who don’t take it seriously, but the number of 18-year-olds volunteering to go on Mormon missions is VERY high, as is the number of tithes. Overall, Mormons are much more faithful to their religion than Catholics.
Why is this? Why are Catholics so faithless compared to Mormons?
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Lynchburg, VA (PRWEB) January 18, 2014
“At Home in a Strange Land: Ministries that are Transforming Communities and Planting Churches in North America” was released recently by Liberty University Press.
“At Home in a Strange Land” is a compilation of stories about the experiences of church planters as they attempt to start Christian organizations in some of the most resistant areas to Christianity in North America, such as Las Vegas, Nevada, and Quebec, Canada.
Author William Brown recommends a small group discipleship approach to church planting that is biblical, reproducible, and economical. Drawing on his past experiences as a church planter, pastor, professor, and Nehemiah Project Director, Brown presents various principles and practices for ministry, focusing on the relationship between ecclesiology and missiology as well as building on the Great Commission’s call to make disciples.
Brown tells the story of how each church founder felt God’s calling to church planting, and how God led them to their new homes in diverse locations in North America. Through every story, Brown weaves the common thread of earning the right to share the Gospel by living a servant lifestyle. According to Paige Patterson, president of the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Brown’s book is “not the average church-planting manual.”
“Most of the church planters who have written chapters in this book are men whose work I have observed firsthand,” Patterson said. “These church planters tell their own stories, which are among the most remarkable that I have seen.”
About the Author:
William E. Brown is lead pastor of North Star Baptist Church and is an assistant professor at Liberty University Baptist Theological Seminary. His church ministry focuses on service projects, small groups, personal discipleship, and Bible teaching.
Brown has been involved in church planting and ministry in Washington state, Alaska, and North Carolina. He has been an Army aviator, bush pilot, commercial fisherman, charter boat operator, and public school teacher. These experiences have given him a passion for the un-churched and un-evangelized.
Brown has also served as an assistant professor at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary (SEBTS) and director of the North American Mission Board’s Nehemiah Project. While at SEBTS, Brown developed the North American Church Planting program. He and his wife, Kathy, have three married sons and live in North Carolina. He has a Ph.D. in Applied Theology/Evangelism, an M.Div., and an M.Ed.
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