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Praying for Truth in the Misinformation Age

liesI have a friend who suggests that the so-called “Information Age” should be relabeled the “Misinformation Age.” I think he has a point, and that point has been sharpened considerably in the last few months. No matter what you think of our president-elect or his opponent, you can prove your side of any argument with just a few strokes of the keyboard and clicks of the mouse. Anybody with even the smallest platform can publish truths, half-truths, or flat-out lies, and regular folks like you and me are left to parse facts from fabrications.

It’s maddening, isn’t it?

I studied journalism in college, and I was proud to be part of a long tradition of men and women dedicated to ensuring the public knew what was going on behind all the closed doors—in police stations and schools and state houses, in courtrooms and congress and the White House. Today, journalists and bloggers and anybody else with keyboard or microphone can espouse whatever they wish—truth or fiction—with no fear of backlash from the public.

Well, it’s time to lash back. The question is, how?

Tweet this: Only God can replace the lies with truth in the Misinformation Age.

I’m sure there are lots of great answers to that, but I just want to focus on one: Prayer.

I pray that America once again becomes a nation dedicated to truth. I pray that citizens will discard the lies—and the sources that advocate them—in favor of honesty and integrity, even when the truth doesn’t line up with our philosophies. I pray that Americans would again be able to distinguish between falsehoods and facts. I pray that we would become a nation capable again of clear and logical thinking that differentiates between feelings and realities. In short, I pray that, as Shakespeare said, “Truth will out.”

Will you join me in praying Psalm 25:5 over our nation? “Lead me in your truth and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; for you I wait all the day long.”

Only God can accomplish this, but God can accomplish it. Let’s pray that He does.

 

DSC_8915-25edRobin Patchen is an award winning multi-published author, but only because she can’t pursue her other dream.

If time and money were no object, Robin would spend her life traveling. Her goal is to visit every place in the entire world–twice. She longs to meet everybody and see everything and spread the good news of Christ. Alas, time is short and money is scarce, and her husband and three teenagers don’t want to traipse all around the world with her, so Robin does the next best thing: she writes. In the tales she creates, she can illustrate the unending grace of God through the power and magic of story.

Visit her website for information on her latest release.

 

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Pray and Vote

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On the eve of Election Day in the United States, I wanted to encourage you to be praying for this election, for our potential leaders, our country. Along with praying, get out and vote.

This morning on the Christian radio station I listen to (WCRH 90.5 FM), Phillip DeCourcy gave the following quote: “We have a responsibility to vote…Part of obeying the government is to vote.”

Here’s what Romans 13:1-5 (NIV) has to say about those in authority over us: Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. Consequently, whoever rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves. For rulers hold no terror for those who do right, but for those who do wrong. Do you want to be free from fear of the one in authority? Then do what is right and you will be commended. For the one in authority is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for rulers do not bear the sword for no reason. They are God’s servants, agents of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer. Therefore, it is necessary to submit to the authorities, not only because of possible punishment but also as a matter of conscience.”

Pray and vote.

social-media-2015 Jodie Wolfe creates novels where hope and quirky meet. When not writing she enjoys spending time with her husband in Pennsylvania, reading, walking, and being a Grammie. She has a regular column in Home School Enrichment magazine and has written for Christian Devotions. Her newest novella released in November, Love in the Seams. Learn more at www.jodiewolfe.com.

 

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Seeking Truth in Modern America

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Such a lofty title for my blog this week, but it seems apropos as Americans try to discern truth from fiction in these final days before the election.

“What is truth?” That question has been asked throughout the ages, always with different answers, answers that reflect the speaker’s own beliefs. In recent years, many Americans would reply to that question with the stock response: “There’s no such thing as absolute truth.” I find that answer ironic, considering that it is worded as an absolute truth. Therefore, it cannot be true.

Alas, I pointed that out once to a young ideologue and received a blank stare for my efforts. Some people prefer not to be confused by pesky logic.

The most famous person to utter the words “What is truth?” was Pilate when he questioned Jesus the morning of his crucifixion. It started when Pilate asked Jesus if he was a king.

John 18:37-38 reads:

Jesus answered, “You say that I am a king. For this purpose I was born and for this purpose I have come into the world—to bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth listens to my voice.” Pilate said to him, “What is truth?”

Right after Pilate asked this question, he walked away, not waiting long enough to allow Jesus Christ, Truth Himself, to answer. Imagine if Pilate had  been “of the truth,” as Jesus described, and had cared enough about the truth to seek it out that day. The outcome—Christ on the cross—would have remained the same, of course. But perhaps for Pilate, the outcome of his life would have been vastly different.

We Americans behave in a similar manner. We say we want to know the truth, but we don’t seek it out. Instead, we settle for pretty lies that confirm what we believe. Like Pilate, we walk away before we receive insight and understanding.

It’s so evident in this election season. We have media outlets skewing facts in order to get their candidate elected. We have citizens making up news stories and passing them off as truth in order to cause one candidate to look bad, so the other will be elected.

It’s not as if we can blame one side or the other for this behavior. I have a friend who consistently shares stories on social media about one of the candidates. Unfortunately, often those stores aren’t true or have been spun so fast, the truth has leached out like dirt in the spin cycle. But what we’re left with doesn’t smell fresh. Instead, it reeks of deception. This is happening on both sides of the political spectrum.

Lies are everywhere. That’s no surprise. Jesus called the god of this world the Father of Lies, so we shouldn’t be shocked when we see him at work.

What shocks me is how little Americans seem to care. We should be outraged by:

  • Lying candidates
  • Lying newsreaders
  • Lying journalists
  • Lying businessmen
  • Lying non-profit leaders
  • Lying pollsters
  • Lying friends and family members
  • Lying everybody

Instead, what do we do? We shrug. We justify it when our own side lies, while we cry foul when the other side does it. We keep watching the dishonest personalities on TV. We keep reading the skewed news stories. We take in the lies, swallow them over and over, until we’re bloated and sick with them.

We’ve become a nation that feeds on lies. The Father of Lies would stop to celebrate if he weren’t so busy. Tweet this.

It all feels so out of control, doesn’t it? But we still have the Truth on our side. His name is Jesus, and he is waiting to help us.

Isaiah 30:18 reads, “Therefore the Lord waits to be gracious to you, and therefore he exalts himself to show mercy to you. For the Lord is a God of justice; blessed are all those who wait for him.”

The Lord wants to rescue us from this foolishness. Join me in praying that now and beyond the elections, Americans would once again become a people who seek truth. Tweet this.

Otherwise, these lies will destroy us all.

 

DSC_8915-25edRobin Patchen is an award winning multi-published author, but only because she can’t pursue her other dream.

If time and money were no object, Robin would spend her life traveling. Her goal is to visit every place in the entire world–twice. She longs to meet everybody and see everything and spread the good news of Christ. Alas, time is short and money is scarce, and her husband and three teenagers don’t want to traipse all around the world with her, so Robin does the next best thing: she writes. In the tales she creates, she can illustrate the unending grace of God through the power and magic of story.

Connect with Robin at her author website and at her freelance editing website.

 

 

 

 

 

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When Friends Spew Hatred: Love in the Political Season

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Innocently scrolling through Facebook the other night, I came across an article posted by a friend that intrigued me. The author of the article claimed to be able to discern characteristics of the supporters of one of the candidates based solely on the fact that they were planning to vote for that candidate. I clicked open the article, assuming I’d see statistics and demographics.

I was sorely mistaken.

The article made huge sweeping (and cruel) assumptions about all that candidate’s voters based on nothing but stereotypes. It would have been hilarious if it hadn’t been so insulting. The article’s sole purpose was to shame half the voters in America.

You’re guessing which candidate it was, aren’t you? But does it really matter? If you’re planning to vote for Clinton, does that make you a lying America-hating murderer? If you’re planning to vote for Trump, does that make you a money-grubbing, mean-spirited xenophobe? Are the voters really guilty of all the worst things the candidates been accused of?

Let’s face it: Not even the candidates can be guilty of everything they’ve been accused of. This campaign cycle is nothing but a battle of the barbs, where soundbites have become headlines as if they’re actually news.

Where does that leave voters? Many of us feel we’ve been given two lousy options. So we’ve considered the candidates, maybe even prayed about our decision, and made a choice.

I commend everybody who’s planning to vote, even if you don’t enthusiastically support your candidate. Voting is our civic duty, and letting everyone else make the crucial decision about who leads our nation the next four years doesn’t seem like a wise move. All the people who’ve decided to, as some have said, “hold my nose and vote for [insert candidate here],” have now become targets of people like the one whose article I read the other night.

What bothered me most about the article, even more than the ridiculous claims it made, was the fact that a friend had posted it. Have we really come to that as a nation? Have we become people who hurl hate at our friends because they’re supporting a rival candidate? Whatever happens on November 8th, on November 9th, I fear the ground will be littered with the tattered remains of former friendships, ripped apart by the vitriolic language spewed for months on end.

Tweet this: On 11/9, will the ground be littered with friendships ripped apart by the vitriolic language of the campaign?

At the end of this election cycle, God will still be sovereign, and it is He who chooses our leaders (see Romans 13:1). Yes, we Americans will vote–as well we should–but the final choice is God’s. Is this election really worth losing friends over? It is worth losing business associates? Is it worth all this hate?

In John 13:35, Jesus tells his followers, “By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”

Our job is not to win arguments. Our job is not to shame or insult our enemies. Our job is to love even those who disagree with us. It’s getting harder and harder to respond with love during this heated campaign season, but I will keep trying to respond with love or, at least, silence. If all believers choose love, imagine the impact we can have on the nation. Imagine how we can stand out in the crowd of haters.

Maybe that’s what Jesus had in mind.

 

*Image by Philip James de Loutherbourg

 

DSC_8915-25edRobin Patchen is an award winning multi-published author, but only because she can’t pursue her other dream.

If time and money were no object, Robin would spend her life traveling. Her goal is to visit every place in the entire world–twice. She longs to meet everybody and see everything and spread the good news of Christ. Alas, time is short and money is scarce, and her husband and three teenagers don’t want to traipse all around the world with her, so Robin does the next best thing: she writes. In the tales she creates, she can illustrate the unending grace of God through the power and magic of story.

Connect with Robin at robinpatchen.com

 

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Kara’s Suspense/Thriller Book Recommendations for September 2016

LEGAL SUSPENSE

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Mike Ortiz is a war hero favored to win the White House.

Erica Sparks is an ambitious tv reporter. out for the truth.

She questions what really happened in the over crowded prison in Al-Qaeda, where Mike spent nine months.

What happens when her daughter’s life is threatened?

You can pre-order you copy now of this newest release by Fox News Analyst Lis Wiehl.

She is also the author of the must-read New York Time’s Bestseller Face of Betrayal.

Hew latest release, The Candidate releases October 4, 2016.

 

Tara Bannister’s abusive stepfather finally pushed her too far. To save herself, she had to kill him. self-incrimination

Or did she?

Defense attorneys expect to catch their clients lying. It’s part of the game.

But Tara’s confession doesn’t add up, and attorney Leslie Conners must overcome more than first-trial jitters

to mount a credible defense. She’ll need to uncover what really happened

. . .and it just may be more shocking than the crime itself.

If you’re not currently a fan of Christian suspense author, pastor and lawyer Randy Singer you will be at the end of this book.

Order your copy here.

THRILLER

vain-empiresThey were stuck on this remote island, all of them. Trapped in this show. No way to stop whatever came next. No way at all.

Six people arrive on a remote island–contestants in the reality show of the century, Dream Prize. The winner will be the person who learns the most facts about the others and gains the most viewer votes. Sounds simple. But the three men and three women soon discover nothing is as expected.

They are alone on the island. Cameras surround them, filming twenty-four hours a day. And their challenge? Discover which of the Seven Deadly Sins each contestant, including themselves, represents.

Turns out each person has a damning secret–one that could ruin his or her life. Those secrets are about to be revealed on live television.

And this is only the beginning of the twists in the game.

Order your copy of Vain Empires today.

 

ROMANTIC SUSPENSE

As a seasoned FBI agent, DARREN TIMMONS has seen it all, but when his precious daughter Savannah is abducted from a Christmas the-christmas-bell-tollswedding party, she quickly becomes the only case that ever mattered. As she is lost somewhere out in the big, dark world of Memphis’ underbelly without her inhaler or her medication, Darren is forced to sit on the sidelines of the investigation and put his faith in the one woman he’s not sure he can trust.

DNA Serologist EVA LANGSTON is still nursing the sting of a breakup from her romance with Darren. Eva doesn’t know if she has the strength to assist when she’s called in to work the case of Darren’s missing little girl. When her name is listed as a possible suspect in the abduction, Eva wants nothing more than to escape, but she can’t bear to leave Darren alone in his desperate search for the little girl she came to love.

As the clock ticks on Savannah’s medical needs, Darren and Eva must work together and learn to trust again, to bring the little girl home. Can their search for Savannah help them find true love again?

If you love suspance (my term for Suspense and Romance 🙂 then you can’t go wrong with suspense novelist, Robin Caroll. You can order your copy of The Christmas Bell Tolls and several of her other award-nominated novels from Amazon.

POLITICAL INTRIGUE/SUSPENSE

the-first-hostageWhat if the Islamic State captured the most valuable hostage in history? The president of the United States . . . is missing. With these words, New York Times journalist J. B. Collins, report-ing from the scene of a devastating attack by ISIS terrorists in Amman, Jordan, puts the entire world on high alert. The leaders of Israel and Palestine are critically injured, Jordan’s king is fighting for his life, and the U.S. president is missing and presumed captured. As the U.S. government faces a constitutional crisis and Jordan battles for its very existence, Collins must do his best to keep the world informed while working to convince the FBI that his stories are not responsible for the terror attack on the Jordanian capital. And ISIS still has chemical weapons . . .Struggling to clear his name, Collins and the Secret Service try frantically to locate and rescue the leader of the free world before ISIS s threats become a catastrophic reality.

Bestselling author Joel C. Rosenberg is the author of several Mystery/Thriller/Suspense novels that have won numerous awards, and also the author of nonfiction and historical novels.

Mr. Rosenberg’s novels are current, relevant, and politically prophetic with international suspense and intrigue masterfully woven in. Order your copy of The First Hostage today.

 

Kara writes layered suspense thrillers and is an ACFW Genesis 2013 Finalist in the Mystery/Suspense/Thriller category. BlogPhoto Resized

She’ll also continue to keep you updated on some of the best reads in Christian fiction suspense.

To contact Kara, email her at fictionwithfaith@gmail.com or by clicking the below link:

@KaraHunt2016 on Twitter

 

 
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Posted by on September 16, 2016 in Book Recommendations, Kara Hunt, Writing

 

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The Third Target

For all of my Christian Suspense fans, you’re in for a real treat. A great suspense read is one thing, but when you add in international intrigue,The Third Target terrorism, chemical weapons, and political high drama, hold on to your tea, because you’re in for a politically thrilling ride.

BOOK RECOMMENDATION:

THE THIRD TARGET

Author – Joel Rosenberg

When New York Times foreign correspondent J. B. Collins hears rumors that an al-Qaeda splinter cell—ISIS—has captured a cache of chemical weapons inside Syria, Collins knows this is a story he must pursue at all costs. Does the commander of the jihadist faction really have the weapons? If so, who is the intended target? The U.S.? Israel? Or someone else? With tensions already high, the impending visit of the American president to the region could prove to be the spark that sets off an explosion of horrendous proportions. Knowing that terrorist forces are already trying to bring down two Arab governments in the region—Iraq and Syria—can Collins uncover the truth before it’s too late? Or will the terrorists succeed in setting their sights on the third target and achieving genocide?

 

Kara loves to read and write supernatural suspense thrillers and is an ACFW Genesis 2013 Finalist in the Mystery/Suspense/Thriller BlogPhoto Resizedcategory. But Kara also loves to share stories about God’s love, mercy and faithfulness.

Kara will share more books and thoughts about faith and God’s unending mercy in bi-monthly posts on this site.

She’ll also keep you updated on the newest releases in Christian fiction and upcoming writing contests.

To contact Kara, email her at fictionwithfaith@gmail.com or by choosing one or more of the below links:

@KaraHunt2015 on Twitter

 
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Posted by on March 6, 2015 in Kara Hunt, New Releases, Writing

 

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Grace in Politics

i votedThe election is over (except for the recounts and runoffs, of course) and your choice might’ve won. He or she might’ve lost.

Show of hands: How many of you voted yesterday? Those of you with your hands up—good for you! Those of you whistling and looking the other way—what were you thinking?

Wait, let me guess. “I don’t have time to vote”? Or maybe, “My vote doesn’t matter that much.” The one I hear a lot lately is: “All those politicians are corrupt, and I refuse to vote for any of them.”

You’re right. Politicians certainly have their issues. They struggle with making good choices, especially when those good choices might cost them their reputations, or votes, or friendships. Politicians have to contend with all the same temptations everybody else does, and they have to do much of it publically. And often times, they do it poorly.

And sometimes, politicians are flat-out wrong. Some believe homosexuality is a commendable lifestyle choice; others believe it’s sin. Some believe it’s the state’s responsibility to provide for its citizens; others believe in a sovereign God who provides for His creation. Some believe abortion is a viable alternative to bringing an unwanted child into the world; others believe it’s murder.

Let’s face it: Both sides can’t be right. And because of my faith, I vote my conscience. And I’m convinced I’m on the right side.

But how should I handle those who believe differently than I do? Is it my job to convince the other side they’re wrong? Is it my job to hate and malign people who fight for what I abhor? Or should I obey the Savior I think I’m fighting for? “Love you enemies.” That was Jesus’ command. In What’s so Amazing about Grace?, Phillip Yancey says, “Who is my enemy? The abortionist? The Hollywood producer polluting our culture? The politician threatening my moral principles? The drug lord ruling my inner city? If my activism, however well-motivated, drives out love, then I have misunderstood Jesus’ gospel. I am stuck with law, not the gospel of grace… Jesus declared that we should have one distinguishing mark: not political correctness or moral superiority, but love.”

Does that hit you the way it hit me? Because I have not always loved my enemies. I have maligned them. I have not just voted against them—with my ballot and my wallet—but I have allowed myself at times to be filled with venom toward those people, the ones who want to kill babies and lead young people astray. I have spewed vitriolic insults toward them. I confess, I have hated them.

But Jesus tells me to love them. They are lost, and yes, they are wrong, and yes, they have a lot of power. So I will continue to work against them, but I will try my best to love them. Because even that guy—the one you’re thinking about right now, the one who represents to you the epitome of evil and sin in society—even he is a child of God. Loved and desperate for redemption.

So I pledge today to not hate my enemies but to love and pray for them. And always to vote.DSC_8915-25ed

How about you? Have you ever found yourself hating your political enemies?

Do you find it difficult to think about loving them?

Robin Patchen lives in Edmond, Oklahoma, with her husband and three teenagers. She is the author of two books, Faith House and One Christmas Eve, both Christmas stories. Read excerpts and find out more at her website.

 
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Posted by on November 5, 2014 in Robin Patchen, Uncategorized

 

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