Writing is… NOW!

3 Reasons today is the day to begin writing your story!

As a writer, I often wonder what my life would be like if I were a character in someone’s novel? Would I be the gallant hero diving in to save the day and get the girl, or would I be the evil and sinister bad guy who wants to rule the world?

The funny thing is, as I’m writing, I often wonder what it would be like to be one of the characters I’m trying to create. Because, I know this will sound weird, in a sense they are real people. They have real hurts, real goals and real obstacles to overcome. I do what I can to help guide their lives, so that they make good choices. Yet, I have some characters that tell me they’re about to make a wrong choice.

Being Faithful

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In this past year, we’ve seen more Bible based movies than I ever remember. Some have been really good (God’s Not Dead) and others have been a dismal failure (Noah). What is it with Hollywood messing up a story?

Take Noah for instance – we have fallen angels as rock giants helping Noah build the Ark. What about the Biblical narrative? This is how YOU are to build the ark…” Gen. 6:15 What part of YOU don’t the movie makers understand? And what about Tubal-Cain being in the ark during the flood? What does the Bible say? “And Noah and his sons and his wife and his sons’ wives entered the ark to escape the waters of the flood.” Gen. 7:7.  Only 8 people were in the ark. What about Noah trying to kill his grandchild? “The Lord saw how great man’s wickedness on the earth had become…. ‘for I am grieved that I have made them.’ BUT Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord…. Noah was a RIGHTEOUS man, blameless among the people of his time, and he walked with God.” Gen. 6:5-9

The movie got nothing right!

Lifetime Movie Network did a mini-series based on the best selling book, The Red Tent. The story focused on Dinah, Jacob’s only daughter. The premise of the series was to tell her story, what happened to her and why do we never really hear of her again in the Bible after Genesis 34.

What’s the point of it all?: Acts 4:21-26

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I spoke at Life Church  yesterday and I wanted to share an excerpt from my sermon notes. (sermon video to come later this week.)

I pray you’ll be encouraged.

Acts 4:21-26 – click to read

The rulers of Israel were so convinced that God indeed existed they could not refute the fact the people were praising God for what the disciples of Jesus did. They stopped believing the truth and wrote it as they saw fit. And because of this they threatened the disciples for speaking in the name of Jesus.

Without God, there is no meaning of life. They teach us in school that we are preprogramed machines happened by accident. If that’s the case, we can do what we please. A murderer cannot be held accountable for his actions because he’s simply born that way. It’s okay, he can’t help the way he’s been made, and it’s in his nature. So how can they be punished for doing something they were born to do?

I’m Back – and the fun’s about to start!

Grace_book coverHello to all my wonderful readers! I’ve been away from the blogging scene too long. So, I thought, what the heck, let’s come back and see what’s happening. As a writer I find it hard to keep my focus on one thing and one thing only. I know, it seems silly to say that. Never having been diagnosed with ADD, I wouldn’t be surprised if that were the case.

In my time away from blogging, I’ve been quite busy working on my new book GRACE: What’s so Amazing About It? I thought, it’d be fun to give you a sneak peak at the cover – yes, this is the final cover; which I’m excited about.

Beautiful Death: A Poem

I came across a poem I wrote about four years ago as I was thinking about how wonderful God’s Amazing Grace is. We are saved, not by who we are or what we’ve done, we are saved because a God who so desperately loved this world that He gave His one and only Son. It is in this act of humility that we have life and life abundantly full of joy.

As you read this, remember it isn’t what life holds or gives us that should matter, what matters is the Love that was so deliberately poured out upon a cruel cross, so that we may have that life flowing in and through us.

This was written out of a deep wondering of how beautiful God’s death on a cross really was.

Enjoy!

J. B. Sisam

GRACE: sample!

Hey everyone! I’m really excited about my new book “GRACE: What’s So Amazing About It?”  Here, and no where else, you can find two devotionals from my new book. Download the PDF, print and enjoy. 

Keep paying attention to www.jbsisam.com and Facebook.com/jbsisam for more goodies to be released. GRACE will be released this fall! 🙂

SAMPLE DOWNLOAD HERE

Blessings,

J. B. Sisam

How Do We Respond?

The absolute depravity and degradation of what an unregenerate man is capable, saddens me. But, in the degradation of mankind, there is an over-riding sovereignty of a passionate love our Creator God bestows upon us is so much more than we can ask for.

In my writer’s guild meeting last night, Author Jeanette Windle said, “Our God (Yahwah) is not about safety and tranquility, but when we look at the images in scripture, we can find that God can be found in the roaring waters, thunder, lighting and storms. We are not called to safety, but are called to stand strong in the storm… it is in standing strong within the storm we will experience the presence of God.”

I’ve often heard people say, “God will never allow us to go through something we can’t handle.” But, isn’t that bad theology? If we go through something that we can handle… where do we then place our faith? The Bible calls us to place our trust and faith in Jesus, but if we don’t have to, we can handle what comes our way, then there is not faith.

So, I challenge that statement with this thought. “God WILL allow us to go through storms and trials that are more than we can handle; so that we may learn to trust and place our faith in His hand. It is in this that we will find peace and safety.

So, how do we respond to such a horrific event? Do we allow fear to rise up, or do we as believers take a stand, ride the storm and take our calling to nail down the shingles in the midst of the storm? We are privileged to serve a God who is not tame–but is fierce, wild and awesome! He is the God of the storms. He is calling us to stand strong and bring hope to a storm filled world; to impact a culture of people who need the Good News of Jesus Christ and the hope He has to offer to an unregenerate man, who is capable of serving the very Creator they have shunned.

I was going to write a response to the Boston bombing attacks, but when I read this post… they said everything I was going to mention.

Read the linked blog below from www.morethanabeard.com… come back here and respond. How will you respond in the midst of the storm?

Blessings,

J. B. Sisam

CLICK HERE: How Do We Respond?.