Tonight on the Write Stuff — The Counterfeit by Nate Olsen

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Andrew Jeffery Stephenson, a stupid man, by his own admission, is in critical condition from gunshot wounds. He’s entirely alone. His wife left him for someone more successful, someone better. When he’s honest with himself, he knows he’s just waiting to die…

And he does. With the sound of a fading flatline beep and the post-life urging of the woman he still loves, he finds himself in a paradise of his own making. He wakes up on a beautiful beach with her by his side. Oh, paradise indeed!

Shortly after, a man simply named D comes onto his property. A self proclaimed “realtor for your post-life needs” D quickly shows Andrew just what this paradise is. It’s not heaven; it’s a miraculous accident. Paradise doesn’t belong to the religious but to the creative, to men of logic and reason. And because of this, his beach is just one small piece to an endless collection of beautiful properties, or “timeshares” as D calls them.

D’s game is realty. And the piece of property Andrew brought with him is an excellent bargaining chip. Andrew’s interested in choices; D’s interested in getting him the best deal possible.

There’s only one problem. While searching out different timeshares, they come across a man on the side of the road who’s dressed like an angel. He’s holding a cardboard sign that reads:

3 Days…

And the countdown continues.

They say that the world will end when the countdown hits zero. Are they “crazy” as D claims? Or are they trying to warn Andrew that the end is near?

Join Nate Allen and me as we delve into his thriller novel. Call in at 646-668-8485 and press 1 to be live on air. Or, download Stitcher on your mobile device. Follow us on iTunes. Click on the link http://tobtr.com/10994577.

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If Sinners Be Damned — The Parker J Cole Show

“If sinners be damned, at least let them leap to Hell over our dead bodies. And if they perish, let them perish with our arms wrapped about their knees, imploring them to stay. If Hell must be filled, let it be filled in the teeth of our exertions, and let not one go unwarned and unprayed for.” — Charles Spurgeon

Both non-Christians and Christians both have a problem with the doctrine, the very idea of Hell. We love the all-encompassing grace and love of the Lord Jesus Christ but when it comes to Hell…let’s just say that’s another story. After all, could an all-loving God really sentence people who don’t believe in Him to an eternal leaping chamber of fire, gnashing demons, and unending torture for eternity? Is anyone really WORTHY of such a punishment? Hitler is usually the poster boy of what evil can do. Some may ask is even he THAT bad enough to warrant a one-way pass to eternal damnation? Not to mention the good people who wouldn’t hurt a soul who don’t believe in the God of the Bible. Or the atheists who have good moral lives. What about the Christians who act more hellish than righteous — just because they claim the Lord as their savior, do they get a free “get out of hell card” despite acting more like a ‘sinner’ than a ‘saint’?  Is God really going to send sinners guilty of a finite sin in the temporal world to eternal punishment?

Some of us choose not to believe in a literal hell. Some of us may reject God for the very idea of hell. But, we have to ask ourselves this: if hell is real, then sinners WILL be damned. And if sinners be damned, is there something we can do to prevent it? Join in the conversation with myself and Evan Minton. Call in at 646-668-8485, press 1 to be lilve on air. Or, download Stitcher on your mobile device or click on the link here: http://tobtr.com/10276403.

When Heaven, Hell, and Man Battle for the Soul

Original image courtesy of Bernat Casero, via Flickr Creative Commons

Original image courtesy of Bernat Casero, via Flickr Creative Commons

1 Peter 5:8

“Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whohe may devour”

Hollywood tends to bombard us with images of Satan. No really, it does. Several actors have portrayed the Devil in several ways. Most notably: Elizabeth Hurley in Bedazzled, Al Pacino in The Devil’s Advocate, Robert Hughes in the Twilight Zone episode, The Howling Man and many others. Hollywood, for some reason, loves to have human actors play as the Devil.

At the same time, the gilded pool of celebrities also has had actresses and actors play God, angels, Jesus or hybrids of some kind — demigods and the like.

Often the movies are portrayed in such a way that Satan can be seen as misunderstood or ‘not quite so bad’ as depicted in the movie with Nicholas Cage called Drive Angry (which in my opinion was awful but if you liked it, more power to you). There’s a scene where the Accountant says something to the effect of (and I paraphrase) “He [The Devil] isn’t a monster” or something like that. Honestly, the movie didn’t leave that much of an impact on me.

But when it comes to spiritual warfare, we are not talking about a mischievous child playing pranks. We are not referring to a misunderstood literary character. We are talking about a being who sole mission is to distract, mislead, and convince you to turn away from God. By any means necessary.

In times past, the Devil had been portrayed with a pitch fork, horns, and red skin. Now, he is portrayed as a suave, calculating but quite irresistible person. There is a contrast between these two images that I find interesting: With the ‘pitch fork’ Satan, the visual image of Satan showed itself distinctive from man. The more modern image is the one that is more frightening…because it isn’t distinctive. As a matter of fact, the image of Satan has morphed into one people seem to readily accept and believe than their belief in God.

And this…is the battle in spiritual warfare…when the enemy is so subtle, so cunning, you don’t even know he’s the enemy.

In my opinion, this is the problem. When Heaven, Hell, and Man battle for the Soul we need to know who is the enemy, who is the soldier, and who is the commander.

With me to talk about this is Frank Lattimore, author of the debut novel ‘Freedom Fight’ as we go into spiritual warfare.

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