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Reflections on Experience Bethlehem

I have decided to share with you some reflections on Experience Bethlehem which our church performed this past weekend. The first thought is the powerful response of our community. Originally scheduled for 4 performances per night on Friday and Saturday night. Because of the community interest it was expanded to Thursday night and 3 additional performances.

The Lord provided nice weather, we were performing within a thousand seat tent, that added to the overall success. In addition to that was the involvement of our people. We are a small church of a little over 100 members and some 80 members were involved as actors, and support personnel such as Parking Lot, Welcome Center, Props, Costumes, and more. That was awesome.

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The presentation from start to finish was special. I think everyone involved was touched. It wasn’t just a play, but the story of Jesus’ birth, life, and death. Usually lost in our modern society’s commercialized Christmas celebrations, the story of Jesus’ birth, life, and death is a powerful reminder of God’s love for mankind!

We live in a world where we have an aggressive Russian dictator, a weak President, rioting in our cities across the nation, media mayhem, and a general turning away from God. But God still rules, and He still loves us. So, it is important that we pause and remember what God did for us.

Being a Christian has rarely been popular. We have a world of history of persecution that attests to that fact. But having a God Who loves us, and the Son of God Who loved us enough to die for us, helps us live for Him and serve Him.

It is easy to forget that the Babe in the manger grew up to die on cross for our sins and rose 3 days and 3 nights later Victor over sin and death! He now sits on the right hand of God the Father and intercedes on our behalf!

Another important fact brought out in the play was that although Jewish priests and Roman soldiers were physically involved in the death of our Savior, it was Christ who dismissed His spirit because man could not kill God. He had to do it as seen in Luke 23:45-46.

Experience Bethlehem captured the true meaning of Christmas and resulted in many people making decisions for Christ, including salvation. Many of the visitors who walked the streets of Bethlehem expressed their thanks.

The play expresses visually what my book, What’s True About Christmas, does in a literary way. Christmas is so much more than a nativity scene. As pointed out in my book, the nativity scene only tells part of the story.

The true story began before the foundations of the world were laid. God knew that man (Adam) would sin and would need a Savior. God also knew He would send His Son Jesus Christ to be the Savior, that Jesus would pay for our sins with His life, and rise again triumphant over sin and death!

I hope that as we draw closer to the celebration of His birth, that likely occurred in September of 3 B.C., that we look to Him for salvation, guidance, strength, and joy.

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Have a Blessed Christmas!

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A New Series Coming Soon

As the title says there is a new series coming soon! And here I discuss what is happening. My book Word of Joseph has been published and now I am into the marketing phase. But even as I begin that phase of business, my attention has turned to two new projects.

Don’t you ever take a break?

Of course, I do. But I love to write, and I will probably write until the day comes that I have gone to heaven. And maybe God will give me a writing assignment.

So, what are these projects?

Before answering that, let me delve deeper into the first question. I believe that we should take breaks. But that doesn’t mean stop all activity. There is always work to do as an author. I have already mentioned marketing. That requires the investment of time and effort. So, that is high on my to-do list.

Then there are the two projects. The first project is doing research on two new and different books. That involves searching for information on the internet, through other people, and through my own studies. Truthfully, that is a project that never really ends. You go from one subject to another. And, yes, it is necessary to take breaks along the way.

The second project involves two separate books; one is fictional, and one is nonfiction. The novel is the start of a new historical fiction book. Once again I will be taking a person right out of the Bible. This one is Moses.

The series is tentatively called Moses, the Friend of God. His story is told in the Book of Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy. And it is conveniently divided into three forty-year periods, so I plan on having a three-book series with that same division of years. I might change my mind and expand it, but right now I like the division.

The book will be based on the latest information I have been able to find yet have a fictional story surrounding the events. This is a series I have been looking forward to for a while now. Interestingly, the research I did for World of Joseph provides a backdrop for the first book.

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As exciting as the series on Moses is, there is something more exciting. While I have written nonfiction before, I have never done anything quite like this.

I will be launching a series called, The Truth About. There is no limit as to how many books will be in this series. I plan on writing on quite a few subjects ranging from spiritual to historic to whatever. Since it is nonfiction, each book will be footnoted, providing the reader information to enable them to go deeper is they so desire.

But this new series is not just a change in content. It will also have a different format. All my novels are now 6×9 and I plan on continuing that format for them. But the nonfiction The Truth About will be 5×8, which is just right for fitting into a lady’s purse. Sorry, guys. I don’t imagine it will fit in your back pocket.

But just because the book is small, that doesn’t mean that the content is lacking. What it means is that I have focused on getting the facts out in a way that is clear, factual, and documented with appropriate footnotes.

So, what is the first book?

The first book of the series will be The Truth About Christmas. Christmas is coming fast and will soon be upon us. Christmas means a lot of things to a lot of people. We have tradition, myths, and good old-fashioned commercialism.

The question is what is the truth about Christmas? Is it Santa Claus or the birth of Jesus? Most people know it is about the birth of Jesus and that Santa Claus is a fictional character. But knowledge about Christmas spirals downhill after that.

We are all familiar with the Nativity Scene which depicts the baby Jesus in a manger, Joseph and Mary, Shepherds, and the Magi. But how much of that is true?

There are other questions, such as when was He born, why was He born in Bethlehem, which Bethlehem, and why did He come?

The book will clarify what is true and what isn’t. Another facet of this series will be the ‘Questions to Ponder’ at the end of each chapter. And at the end of the book there will be ‘Recapping Questions to Ponder’.

It has been an interesting, informative, and exciting time writing on this subject. My plan is to publish an eBook and a Print book early in October. It will be a book that you can read for yourself, or purchase as a Christmas gift for someone you know.

Speaking of reading it for yourselves, why not review one of my books. Next month I plan on submitting more books to be reviewed on Booksprout, but you don’t have to wait. If you buy one of our books from Amazon, you can post a review. Or you can try Goodreads where I am listed as R. Riddle.

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