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A Quick Update

Salutations.

I apologize for the lack of updates. A variety of things have occupied my mind and attention. My paying job, of course, tops that list. With that said, I do wish to write more, and will make every effort to do so as things calm down over the next month. I have several items on my docket including a list of old articles that I need to edit and republish. I also have more notes on the Mormon Book, Continuous Atonement, that I could flesh out, some thoughts on diet and materialism, a number of book reviews I could write, and a few fiction story ideas. I would love to hear if any of you have a preference on what I work on next.

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A Tough Question for Christians

Salutations.  I listen to numerous debates, as well as interviews on the street, where people talk about various views on religion.  One interesting question comes up often.  Some even refer to it as the one question that stops Christians cold.  “So you’re saying that anyone who does not believe just like you is going to hell?” (more…)

The Miracle of Forgiveness

Salutations.

Recently, I chatted with a friend regarding doctrine of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (LDS).  Numerous religions take Christianity, building on it.  Instead of allowing the Gospel (as the Bible teaches) to stand on its own as the means to spending eternity with God, these wayward faiths add extra hoops for people to jump through, which flies in the face of Biblical scripture. (more…)

Setting Goals

Salutations!

It’s not unusual to hear about New Year’s Resolutions.  I think they are a novel idea.  However, for me as a Christian and a professional, setting goals is something I like to do year round.  I do so to push myself further. (more…)

The Approach, Purpose & Difference

The Approach

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I hope that my stories capture imaginations the way X-Men comics captured mine!

When writing a story, I am often told that it is best to write or plot out the conclusion first.  It’s much easier to plan and write your story when the ending is already done.  That way, you just have to ‘back into it,’ in a manner of speaking.

I remember waiting for the next issue of my favorite comics to come out. Hopefully, people will look forward to my next story in a similar fashion!

I plan on taking a similar approach here.  First, I lay out my final goal, and then I plan on how to get there.  Being an accountant by day, planning is one of my strong suits.

Ultimately, I would like to be able to write serial, ongoing stories, similar to comics such as Wildlight.  Of course, I want those to be of the best quality I can possibly produce.  Hopefully, they would be compelling enough to entice readers to come back on a regular basis, eager to find out what happens next!

I realize, however, that writing is not an easy task at all.  To help get my skills to that level calls for a strategic approach to preparation.  I plan on using multiple tools and resources to learn as much as a I can, while practicing by writing a variety of short stories.  Even this blog provides me ample opportunity to hone my admittedly limited talents.  By virtue of age, I have learned the benefits of patience and proper planning.  I shall take advantage of the benefits they provide.

The Purpose

Some people, myself included, believe that the reason behind an action can be just as important as the action itself.  A person who breaks the law in saving a life is treated far differently than one who does so for selfish reasons.  Knowing the destination, or end goal, which I wrote about earlier provides the direction; the purpose provides the drive to get there.  Many projects fall by the wayside because they lost sight of the reason they began that project to begin with.

Praise God

We were created to glorify God.

Simply stated, I wish to glorify God through my best possible effort in this endeavor.  In the 20+ years I have been serving God (stumbling many times along the way), He has been faithful to me.  He has given me life when I was dead in my sins, and given me direction that I may not parish.  That may all sound a bit overly spiritual and cryptic.  Rest assured, I will provide numerous examples and further dissertation through future entries.  Doing so makes for great writing exercises!

It is really that simple.  I have no hidden agenda, or motive.  Any work I distribute will be done freely as to avoid the very appearance that, perhaps, I write simply for my supper.  I am not part of any larger political or faith based organization, so I have no pressure to slant my message.  However, I have a number of close friends who I share my deepest thoughts and works with to ensure that I do not stray from the central message that God lays out in His Word.  Sharing a mutual love for Christ, I depend on them to help keep me focused when I get distracted by those things which might pollute my thoughts from that which God has called me to do.

The DifferenceThe Difference

In speaking with people regarding entertainment, I noticed that a number of them mention that they do not care for stories which have overly political messages in them.  I relate to this sentiment myself.  So many things, hear and watch we read have an agenda attached.  Tired of the pandering, many people have turned to less cerebral media, hoping to avoid those who seek to change their mind on matters of the heart which they already settled on.

So what will make my writings different?

Well, for starters, my agenda is not hidden.  From my pen name, “JCServant”, through the closing remarks on anything I do, I make it crystal clear that I follow the Lord of the Bible and seek to glorify Him through my efforts.  If you read this blog, or any of my stories, you pretty much know ahead of time what you are getting into.  Second, I act independently.  I have no ties with any religious or political organization; outside of those I have created myself, by God’s grace.  Therefore, no man behind the curtain pulls the strings.  Everything you see comes directly from my own mind and heart. This also means I have no political agenda.  I simply want to glorify my Lord.  If my works draw you closer to God, or encourage you to do also glorify God through your talents, than that, of course, makes me quite happy.  However, it is not a pre-requisite for what I do.

Finally, I write from experience, as one who has walked an imperfect walk with God for nearly three decades and still learns something new everyday.  My works will reflect such, rather than be filled with hypotheticals.  Of course my stories will feature fantastic situations, but the people in the stories will be quite realistic.  They will have faith, but they will falter, fail, doubt and question just like any Christian.  The Bible does a very excellent job of showing the ‘saints’ as very real, fallible people, and I intend to follow that pattern.  I believe this approach will show my audience that I respect their intelligence.

So, there is an agenda, but it is not hidden.  If that agenda offends you, then we can agree to disagree and you can stop reading here.  Like any entertainer, I fancy the idea of having hordes of people reading my works.  However, I do what I do in order to glorify God first.  And if that offends every person on the planet to the point where not a single one reads what I have so carefully, and painfully, written — then so be it.  Conversely, I will work hard to ensure that people do not leave because they feel my work insults their intelligence, or that the work is so amateurish as to not be worth their time.  For that, I will practice hard and pray that the Lord guides my hand.

Let me know what you think in the comments below.

-JCServant

Revisiting The Beginning

Praise GodIt is hard to believe, but I wrote the above introduction to this blog seven years ago.  Now seems as good as time as any to take a look back on what I have accomplished on this blog, and what I hope to do in the future. (more…)

My Grown Up Christmas List

Salutations.

As another Christmas day comes and goes, I gave thought to what I would like this holiday season.  I thank God that I have access to all of the basic necessities in life.  With a roof over my head, plenty of food, a good job, a wife, and plenty of loved ones surrounding me, I feel very grateful that I do not go through this time of year lacking in any key area.  My heart and prayers go out to those who do.  Yet, I have something else very precious to me. (more…)