Excerpts 2nd book “Breaking Light: Healing of the Hearts”

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Here are some excerpts from the second volume of the”Breaking Light” novel series by Carl. This second book of the series is not shipping yet, but continues in development with work often starting early the morning. Enjoy these excerpts Thanks to everyone who has helped me on this. Writing this story has been more fun than any book I’ve done. These excerpts have not passed the final edit.

 

Breaking Light: Birth of a Hero – Excerpt

 

aragorn300After the dinner, Mark stood again. “…Years ago as a child I remember growing up in the Northwest. I remember sitting in my mother’s lap by the fireplace as she read to me out of a children’s Bible. She read about some real heroes that were unbelievable. There was Moses, Daniel, Elijah, Jonathan. Remember Jonathan? Those Israelites were small in number, and the thousands of Philistines with iron weapons were camped to defeat them. Saul and Jonathan were the only Israelites with swords, and Saul was asleep under a pomegranate tree. Jonathan got up that night and, with his armor-bearer, said ‘Let’s get ‘em.’ They killed 20 in a few minutes time and ended up routing the entire Philistine army. Love those stories—and the heroes.”

“Later my mother took me to meetings where I met some real heroes, leaders in the eyes of my mother, and with them she challenged me. One day she gave me my own Bible. In it, the words of Jesus were in red. ‘I thought,’ I told her, ‘that what Jesus did was more important than what he said.’ She told me I was right. ‘Then,’ I asked, ‘why don’t they make a Bible with what Jesus did in red?’”

“She smiled and gently replied. ‘You are right, but they don’t make Bibles that way. When Jesus lives in your heart as Savior and Lord, your hands become the hands of Jesus.’”

“‘I want that.’ I told my mother. And she led me to the Lord.”

“Some day, when my life story is written, I pray my works might be seen as those of Christ and, in that sense, ‘in red.’”

“We each have our dreams. For each of us, the temptress calls, like the singing siren, and lulls us from taking any conscious action. We tend to avoid the pain of rejection, doubt, and disappointment and have numbed ourselves from the epic story of a life fully lived to which God calls us. To sleep through your dreams is to choose a life of restless nights and unfulfilled passions. I applaud the work of this small group that now challenges every one of us and yes, even the sleeping church. God’s invitation to each of us is to seize the divine, or kairos moments, which are found in the needs of other people’s lives and to speak that moment into them, to encourage them to take hold of their own epic story, even as you take hold of your own moment.”

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Book 1, Breaking Light: Birth of a Hero is already out and and can be ordered from Amazon.com:

Breaking Light: Birth of a Hero (PB)- $11.00 by Carl Townsend More information (“fiction”)
First book in a fictional novel series about a small church committed to restoring America.
copyright 2015, Carl Townsend

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Excerpts from “Breaking Light: Birth of a Hero”

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Here are some excerpts from the first volume of the”Breaking Light” novel series by Carl. This first book of the series is shipping from Amazon.com. Enjoy these excerpts Thanks to everyone who has helped me on this. Enjoy in Paperback or Kindle.

 

 

Getting Your Message Through Part 1- Carl Townsend

megaphoneIf your are serious about God’s call on your life, God will give you  a burden, a message. You then begin to respond that call and call other people to join you in terms of that call God is placing on your heart. That is your message. There are many ways to get your message out: social media, a blog, magazine articles, authoring/publishing a book, speaking, singing. and more.  How you share is important, but also here are some issues common to all of these.

  1. Who shares your message? Identify, in contemporary language, who is your tribe? Who also owns the same message? This “tribe” defines others you know that share your burden and message. This identifies your tribe and may exist within your current church, a viral church, your network of churches, or you may need to create your own “Church”. One major pastor shared with me as I left for a new job: “Stay with the vision God gives you, even if it costs your your life. Join a church that affirms that vision. If  you cant find it,, build it yourself with others that share it. As an example, back in the eighties Dr. Joe Aldrich began sounding a message that he wanted to see one city or region anywhere totally transformed by the Power of the Holy Spirit. By the early nineties, George Otis, Jr. had identified a dozen cities in the world where that was already happening.  His Sentinel group published the video story of four of these cities on  a DVD. Last time I talked with Otis, he had identified some 250 cities or regions worldwide, with fires started in some 500 more as this grows. This didn’t make your local newspaper, did it? In my own city. Dr. Joe identified those pastors who wished to see this locally and called them to prayer. We had a database of 1800 churches in our four-county area. In the Christian language, you define the harvest force.
  2. Define your audience very specifically. The “audience” defines those whom God wishes to hear your specific message. To use the Internet, which is very inexpensive, you need to aim at a very specific audience. This is very different from traditional advertising, which casts its net to a very broad audience to get a few people within it taking action. Your audience should be a group of people you are naturally called to. In the Christian language, this is your harvest field.
  3. Define your message. What is your specific message to your audience? What is your burden and passion? In Chapter 1 of Nehemiah, what was Nehemiah’s burden and passion? It was not building a wall. This wall isn’t even mentioned in the first chapter. For example, it might be “Restore America” or “Transformation of America” as the message. Your message should be one that your audience can understand and relate to their heart -need.
  4. Add value to the vision of your audience. For this you need to know the need of your audience. This is heart question. What is the heart of your audience? Now you need to communicate your message in terms of the heart need. With Nehemiah, the heart need was security. Jerusalem, or what was left of it was destroyed and they were surrounded by enemies. Nehemiah was going to address that by building the wall. Their real need was a unity and oneness and spiritual recovery.  He spoke to that by leading them in building the wall. The wall was the vehicle for the real need. Some years ago in Portland we had discovered using powerful mapping tools a Hispanic community without a church and needing one. Their want was ESL classes to learn English so they could get jobs. We started by addressing their need. We can confuse needs and wants if we are not careful. Define each for your audience, then add value.
  5. Define the warfare. What is keeping you from carrying your message forward? Finances? time? education? health? depression? Define your counter strategies for each. If the Lord wants you to deliver this message, He will provide a way if you commit. You’re the “postman”. Your job is to deliver the mail, not fight the dogs.
  6. Go personal. When younger I, like others, kept a journal (still do). I’d  get upset if anyone read it.  Now I journal on Facebook. So does a lot of my tribe. And I want you to read it. The personal posts that I do get read  the most, and are also shared the most.  If you want your posts to go viral, getting your readers to share you is essential. Don’t use Truth to beat others. Build relationships in trust and love.
  7. Evaluate. Make sure you have some type of feedback system to measure your on-going success.

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Breaking the Spiral of Silence

The last project Chuck Colson was able to launch before he died was a movement now known as Breaking the Spiral of Silence. I was able to hear five speakers of the leadership conference to launch this as we listened to the conference DVD last Sunday. Wow!

http://www.breakingthespiralofsilence.com

Basically, speakers are sounding a challenge for individuals and the Church to stand up to its moral and spiritual imperative that was given America when it was founded. America, on the course it is on now, is committing suicide.

From the links on the project home page, you can find out more about the project and get the DVD (2 hours), find out more, or join the movement yourself, and the personal strategies they suggest.

Some of the quotes that impressed me:

“Not the agenda of the donkey, not the agenda of the elephant, but the agenda of the Lamb.”
Sam Rodriguez

“There is a battle going on right now for the soul of America.”
(continuing to describe that we need to build what he called a “Rolodex of courage [ous men and women]”.)
Father John Morris

“The greatest evil today is not some radical movement…, but the greatest evil today is the weak, dead, feckless church.”
“You are the light of the world. There is no Plan B.”

Todd Wagner

Colson is not on the DVD and died last April, but Chuck was also responsible for starting the Manhattan Declaration project, another leadership initiative.

Here are some good resources for you:

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Note: Own your own media and publish your message. With Facebook, Twitter, and the social nets you don’t own the media. They “push” the message they want into your account stream. Create your own web site for your messages and use the social nets to push others to your web site. See http://www.netadventures.biz