Tuesday, May 23, 2017

More Free Curriculum

https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B3BBhRcJJFN7NnRLVnlVeHFmVWc
Once again, you can't beat the price. This overview of the New Testament is the second in a series of easy Bible curriculum I developed for families teaching their children at home. The fill-in-the-blank outlines are geared to make it easy for students to dig into the Bible for themselves by looking up most things on their own. Even if you're not teaching, don't let that hold you back from checking it out. It's a great introduction to the most influential book in history. Try not to peek at the answers and see how much you know. It's now available at my website here as a PDF.

Can you guess what body of water that is on the cover? See if you can figure it out without reading the cover caption.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Free Curriculum

Sightlines Old Testament OverviewYou can't beat the price. This overview of the Old Testament is the first in a series of easy Bible curriculum I developed for families teaching their children at home. The fill-in-the-blank outlines are geared to make it easy for students to dig into the Bible for themselves by looking up most things on their own. Even if you're not teaching, don't let that hold you back from checking it out. It's a great introduction to the most influential book in history. Try not to peek at the answers and see how much you know. It's now available at my website here as a PDF.

By the way, can you guess what mountain that is on the cover? See if you can guess without reading the cover caption.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Enemy of the Gods on Amazon

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01N3ADSLQ?ref_=pe_2427780_160035660
Many of you have read Enemy of the Gods: The Legend of Nicholas on the deepwater books website. Thanks for your feedback and words of encouragement. Now it's available as an ebook on Amazon, making it a bit easier to read. Feel free to pass on the word to those who might be interested in Nicholas and his era, or an easy-to-read historical adventure.

The book is available for pre-orders on Amazon, scheduled for release on March 1, 2017:
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01N3ADSLQ?ref_=pe_2427780_160035660

The book is priced as low as you can get on Amazon, 99 cents, but if you're on Kindle Unlimited, you should be able to check it out for free.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Easier to Read on a Phone

For some of you, the dark background of the site was making it difficult for you to read Enemy of the Gods on your phone. I've adjusted the phone layout and it should be much easier now. If you were having trouble before, it's a good time to start reading. And as we approach the commemoration of Nicholas on Dec. 6, it's a good time pass it on to others. The link below will take you to Chapter 1, and you can click on "Newer Post" to read through the entire book.

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Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Enemy of the Gods 84

Nicholas turned to face Silvanus. He swallowed hard and greeted him, “Proconsul...”

“I sent him,” said Silvanus. “I thought you would want to know right away.”

“Yes...” said Nicholas in a guarded voice. “It seems we will be neighbors once again.”

“Not for long though, I’m afraid. My term expires with the end of the year and I hope to leave for Nicomedia before then. You’ve probably heard of the outcome of the battle in the west.”

Nicholas shook his head. Silvanus explained, “Constantine and Licinius have taken Italy from Maxentius. And with that, they threaten the position of Maximinus here in the east. I need to make sure I’m near the winning side in this.”

There was a long pause. Nicholas didn’t know what to say.

Silvanus gestured to the decree, “They issued an edict of full religious toleration in the west. I hear they’ve actually begun to favor your god. Maximinus could see the winds of change, and so there you have it... I kept your house safe from looters. You never know who might try to take advantage of a situation, you know.”

“Yes...”

Silvanus added, “I trust you found my soldiers helpful during your time of exile.”

“Helpful?”

“Yes,” said Silvanus. “I feared that you and your people might suffer at the hands of some unruly mob, so I stationed a guard there to protect you.”

At this point Nicholas could not help letting irritation sound in his voice. “‘Protect?’ Like you protected me those seven years?”

Silvanus snapped, “Of course! If I hadn’t kept you out of the hands of the magistrates, you wouldn’t be alive today.”

Nicholas hesitated. In a way, the man was right. Perhaps God had used Silvanus to spare his life, but clearly Silvanus did not intend it. Nicholas said, “A kindness I can never repay... I pray that my God will grant you just payment.” He meant it sincerely, but could not help but slightly emphasize “just.” He yearned for justice on Silvanus and all those who had tormented the followers of Christus.

Silvanus nervously muttered, “You uh, owe me nothing, really.” Then he excused himself with the traditional Greek greeting, “Grace to you,” and turned away to speak with others.

As Nicholas left the hall of magistrates and headed back to the camp, he felt his cheeks burn. He had forgiven his tormentor, but facing him again, lying and calling evil kindness, it stirred his anger. He wandered back through the city, passing here and there wide-eyed Christiani venturing into the city for the first time in months. Finally, as he came to the city gate, he murmured a prayer to Christus, “Grace to him... As you gave grace to me.” As he said it, he felt a calmness rise like a tide within him, washing away the anger.

Soon, he felt a sharp coolness on his cheeks and forehead. He wiped away the wetness and looked up. Rain was just beginning to fall. He had been so focused on the new decree and Silvanus that he hadn’t noticed the sky. Thick storm clouds had rolled in. Soon, the water pelted down in torrents, drenching him to the skin. Nicholas continued on his way, laughing as he went, and everyone he passed laughed with him. It was a laugh that echoed for centuries.

The End

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