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Wednesday, June 17, 2020

The Sinfulness of Man vs. the Purity of God

I think my great failing as a Christian is that in my fictional work I have not presented the Gospel.  Beginning with Harmony Book 3: A Country Among Countries, I am rectifying that.

The bible teaches us that all men have ‘sinned’ or have offended God, Who Himself is without sin.

  • “[…]Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lord God Almighty …” —Revelation 4:8
  • “Righteous art thou, O LORD, and upright are thy judgments.” —Psalm 119:137 
  • “[…] thou thoughtest that I was altogether such an one as thyself …” —Psalm 50:21

In the verses above we see that God is separate, he’s not like you and me.  You have to realize that we are estranged from God by a sinful nature.  We have a proclivity to make things about ourselves, and not God.

  • “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” —Romans 3:23
  • “The LORD looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand, and seek God.  They are all gone aside, they are all together become filthy: there is none that doeth good, no, not one.” —Psalm 14:2-3

Below, the salvation the bible
speaks of through the Person of Jesus Christ, was not fulfilled because there was something ‘worthy’ in you.  He didn’t see a spark or some hope or anything good about you.  Instead, God looked down and says we’re all filthy, no one does good, not a single one of us meet the requirements of what God deems ‘good’.

  • “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” —Romans 6:23
  • “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son,
    that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.  And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.” —John 3:16-19
  • “For he [God] hath made him [Jesus] to be sin for us, who [Jesus] knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him [Jesus].” –2nd Corinthians 5:21

The basis of forgiveness and salvation is the love of God.  Not your personal worthiness, because you were not worth it.  When we start talking about personal worth and value, a Christian’s worthiness is found in Christ.  Only when I am in Christ do I have any personal value to God. (outside of Christ you are filthy, inside Christ you are righteous)

  • “This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief.” —1st Timothy 1:15
  • “Remember that Jesus Christ of the seed of David was raised from the dead according to my gospel:” –2nd Timothy 2:8
  • “But for us also, to whom it shall be imputed, if we believe on him that raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead; Who was delivered for our offences, and was raised again for our justification.” –Romans 4:24-25

The bible teaches that Jesus was delivered up and crucified— killed— for our transgressions against a perfect God.  He was in the tomb for three nights and then rose again.  The resurrection proves He was Who he said He was, the Son of God— John 5:39-47, Matthew 16:16.  His death pays the price for our sins (redemption), and his resurrection secures our justification (acquittal, in a legal sense).

I will end my clumsy attempt with this:

  • “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” —John 14:6
  • “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.  For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” —Romans 10:9-10
  • “He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.” —John 3:36

Jesus is worthy of your love.  He willingly gave Himself up to wicked men that crucified Him in order to satisfy
the wrath of God against sinners.

If you have any questions about the scriptures or Jesus, please contact me at http://www.genericscifi.com/contact.php.

A Thomas Spaulding Mystery - The Modronovich Incident, audio narrated by Charlene Fielding!


Take a look!

https://literarytitan.com/2019/10/25/year-of-the-child/


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The Modronovich Incident

There are inheritances people want. Then there are those legacies no one wishes to bear …

   The Modronovich, a cargo ship testing a prototype Newtonian drive, loses contact on its shakedown cruise. It was briefly seen, overdue and far off course, and then never heard from again.

   Two-hundred and fifty years later, Penelope Middleton walks into Spaulding Recovery Services with a copy of a garbled transmission recorded by her grandfather, a communications technician serving aboard Capella Station during the Modronovich’s voyage. Haunted by childhood memories of him as a paranoid, broken man that spent the last century of his life in depression, and the enigmatic partial transmission, she hires Spaulding’s pilot and wreck diver, Beatrice, to unravel the mystery of the Modronovich and answer the questions surrounding her grandfather’s breakdown.

   Chronicled in Bea’s diary it is the story of a cover-up decades in the making. What she finds leads to the disturbing details that caused two generations of PTSD and depression, the divorce of Penelope’s parents, and the truth about what happened to the ship and her crew.

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Harmony Book 2: Year of the Child

Tuesday, September 10, 2019


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Year of the Child

  
All cops know a mystery starts with a lie …

   MISAKI— Two months have passed since the destruction of Harmony dome, and Misaki, guilt ridden over her desperate act of sabotage, returns to the place of healing that she knows best … the Sadie.  Mat accepts a contract on the far flung moon of Ganymede, hoping that time and distance will heal him of the nightmares from his own wrong doing.

   TETSUYA— Disreputable, former detective Tetsuya Takahashi is reassigned as the Lead Investigator for out-system piracy. Despite his reputation, his work is part of who he is.  He knows all mysteries start with a lie, and his investigation begins to lead him closer to finding Misaki Iriyama … who reminds him of his lost daughter.  His answers lie at Ganymede.

   ALEXANDRIA— Her plan has succeeded.  The destruction of Apex’s plant has caused a loop-hole in the restrictive UN law that once prohibited the selling of raw ore to the Martians.  Then suddenly, word comes from the new mining base on Ganymede- something has been found in the ice, something puzzling and unnatural that has been buried since the time of David.  More surprising is the fact that Alexandria seems to already know of its existence.

   SHULTZ— With the construction of the new Apex plant on Deimos, and the end of the ore embargo, Mars is entering a ‘bubble economy’.  Governor Shultz and Lt. Governor Jung finally feel like they are doing their jobs for the Martian people. But, using the Free Mars Now movement like a tool for their own agenda has made them powerful enemies.  Even as Shultz and Jung ride the heady days of making Mars free of UN greed they know those days are numbered.  Colonel Compton is slowly putting together the pieces of the puzzle that will link them to the terrorist attacks.  They must plan for a future Mars knowing that their own demise is soon to come.

   COMPTON— The failed attempt to ambush FMN terrorists at Cydonia Depot cost seven of his people their lives, and Compton is facing a possible court-martial. The families and friends of those that died alongside his soldiers do not believe their loved-ones were terrorists, and the news media has ahold of the story.  But, the embattled Lieutenant Colonel knows his duty.  With no leads in one hand, and a hanging mob in the other, he must somehow find the head of the Free Mars terrorists and cut it off.

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Audio Version of ‘The Rhine’ is Up!

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

So excited!  The audio version of Harmony Book 1: The Rhine, is live.  Narrated by Mike Luoma from Glow in the Dark Radio!

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Thank you everyone for your support!

- RL

Harmony Book 1: The Rhine

Thursday, December 27, 2018


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The Rhine

   Gerhard Shultz, the first elected governor of Mars, wants what’s best for his people …

   The colony depends on Earth businesses for goods, but Earth is run by an imperialistic United Nations whose regulations and sanctions are overbearing.

   Increasing tensions are only exacerbated by suspicious pirate attacks in the Belt. It is rumored the attacks are the work of the Free Mars Now grassroots movement or privateers paid by the Martian government in defiance of the UN. Recent victims of a pirate attack, Mat and his crew aboard the Sadie, discover evidence that could prove the rumors true.

   With the UN squeezing the colony for every dime they can get, and Shultz looking to better the Martian situation, there are deals to be made. No one knows that better than Apex Mining’s CEO, Alexandria Reinhardt, whose Board of Directors has ordered her to sell their ore to the Martians despite a UN embargo. Her plans are more ambitious than simply ignoring government decrees, though.

   Will the Free Mars Now movement find a way to release the colony from their 100-year lease to Earth? Can Shultz find a way to work with Earth companies without angering their government? Does Mat possess enough evidence to prove Mars’ disloyalty? And … in the past what happens when you push a distant colony too far?

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