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In the aging coliseum

of Vladimiria, Count Vladimir sits in his royal balcony overlooking the entire stadium. The vampire-skulled Count sits on his throne musing with Lord Geremy, the Black Lord of Lore, before paus- ing as several guards walk onto the balcony bringing out Sir Daniel stripped of his armor and in thick chains.

“Are you sure that you won’t change your mind and join us?” Vladimir asks him.
 

“I’m afraid not,” Daniel replies. “How about you? Are you ready to repent of your ways.”

“Hmmff! You are delusional. Very well then, I have a surprise for you, Great Son of Henders,” Count Vladimir says as he walks over to the chained Sir Daniel drawing his sword. “Now for your ‘thorn in the flesh,” Count Vladimir says to Daniel before driving the tip of his splintered blade into Sir Daniel’s side. Daniel grunts in pain as he drops to his knees, still bound by the thick chains. Vladimir gives his sword a good twist and watches with enjoyment at Daniel’s plight.

“Enough!” Lord Geremy echoes sternly. “He must be allowed to defend himself against the dragon.”

Vladimir glances at Lord Geremy, then withdraws his sword from Daniel’s side.

Sir Daniel, still on his knees, begins to pray. “Lord God, give me Your strength…”

“You are pathetic!” Vladimir interupts, angered, as he looms over Sir Daniel. “Calling on your God to save you. Where is the logic in that? I am the only one who can save you now. You should be praying to me!”

Sir Daniel looks up at Count Vladimir and says boldly, That’s the thing about faith– it defies all logic.

In this excerpt from the novel, Nephilim the Remnants, Sir Daniel tells his captor that “the thing about faith is– it defies all logic.”  Recalling some of the great events of faith found in the Bible, this seems to be a very accurate statement about faith. 

Here are some examples of Faith Defying Logic found in the Bible-

  • Abraham and Sarah giving birth to a son in their extreme old age– 90 and 100 years old. (Genesis 21:1-7)
  • Moses parting the Red Sea as the Israelites walked through on dry ground to escape the Egyptian army. (Exodus 14)
  • The fall of the city of Jericho by the Israelites walking circles around it. (Joshua 5:13-6:27)
  • A boy named David defeating the giant Goliath with a small stone. (1 Samuel 17)
  • Shadrach, Meshach, & Abednego surviving inside the fiery furnace after refusing to bow down before the Babylonian idol. (Daniel 3)
  • Daniel surviving the night in a den of hungry lions for boldly praying to God. (Daniel 6)
  • Jonah saved from drowning by being swallowed by a whale. (Jonah)
  • Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead. (John 11)
  • Jesus allowing himself to be killed on a cross so He could be raised back to life and forgive all sins! (Matt. 27 & 28, Mark 15 & 16, Luke 23 & 24, John 19-21)

And the list could go on. None of these things made any logical sense but by faith they happened and the outcome was amazing! God doesn’t always call us to do things that make sense, especially in the eyes of others and many times they don’t even make sense to ourselves. But remember to hold onto your faith in God even when it doesn’t make sense because the Bible tells us –

“My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways,” declares the Lord. “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways And My thoughts than your thoughts.”  (Isaiah 55:8-9)

Inside Nephilim The Remnants: Character Profiles

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029I have been receiving great comments from my readers, kids and adults alike, about how they really enjoy the Character Profiles pages in Nephilim the Remnants. So it has prompted me to share a post on the unusual way the Character Profiles pages came to be in the book.

Several months before the final version of the book was sent to the publisher, I had a dream. Yes, I said it “I had a dream.” Not a Martin Luther King Dream, an actual dream while I was sleeping. In my dream I was looking through the pages of a book. On the pages were various images of characters and their respective profiles. I was so interested in the pictures and descriptions of these characters in my dream that I thought to myself “I need to do this for my book.” Then I woke up. Immediately, I knew what I had to do.

Through-out the course of writing Nephilim the Remnants, I would sketch and draw images of the characters, places, and other objects while brainstorming for the story. I accumulated quite a few drawings and used over 100 images through-out the pages of Nephilim the Remnants. So I went through all my drawings and picked out my favorite ones to use for each character. I put them all together in a section at the beginning of the book titled Character Profiles along with a brief written description. 

And so, there you have it, dreams really do come true! – the dream inspired Character Profiles pages and how they came to be a part of Nephilim the Remnants. I hope you enjoy these Character Profiles and all the illustrations for that matter. I believe they greatly enhance the storytelling of Nephilim the Remnants!

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Now for me personally, I know God can speak to us through our dreams and I knew once I awoke from my dream that God had spoken to me in a unique way. God is truly the inspiration for the Character Profiles pages, and for this book, Nephilim the Remnants.

Let Freedom Ring!

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4th-of-july-flag-550x320This Independence Day I am truly grateful for the freedoms we have in America.

Freedoms that many brave patriots have fought, bled, and died for. Freedoms that seem to be quickly diminishing and some which have already been forgotten.

But the true spirit of freedom cannot be quenched. Men and women still fear God and strive for freedom.

However, freedom is not free. The cost of freedom is death. Freedom and death go hand in hand. Long have the two been connected to each other. One dies so another can live free. But when death is no longer feared, only then is true freedom achieved. It is the bravery of such people, that stands against the tyranny of oppression in this world.

I have been blessed to be able to exercise my religious freedoms in writing the book Nephilim the Remnants. In the pages of this fictional story is the truth of the greatest freedom ever offered. A freedom that can only be found in Jesus Christ- freedom from our sins!

NephilimAmericaSo this Independence Day remember to excercise your religious freedoms that so many Americans paid the price for. Share the ultimate freedom of Jesus Christ with someone, in a way that only you can do. And let freedom ring!

 

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New Faith Builders – Coming Soon!

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Layout 1That’s right! Due to the overwhelming response to my original Faith Builders lessons, I decided to answer the call. I have received numerous requests from my Faith Builders fans to make more lessons and I am pleased to announce that more are on the way!

I hope you are all as excited as I am because I’m currently finishing up the last of the new Faith Builders lessons now. There is still work to be done but I will be combining the new Faith Builders lessons with the current ones in the form of a book. This new Faith Builders book will have at least 17 different Bible based lessons each with two different hands on building projects that really drive home the lesson. It will also contain directions in the form of color pictograms on how to build the lego projects that go with each lesson. It’s going to be great!faith builders

Now for those interested in the backstory behind Faith Builders, let me share with you– What began as quality time playing legos with my three boys was soon transformed by a simple prayer; “Lord, how can I use building legos for You and your glory?” And from that prayer the Lord birthed Faith Builders– a Bible and building club for kids.

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The kids would come with their legos and meet at the church one night a week to build lego projects and learn about God. All of the building projects were creatively tailored to relate to the Bible lessons. And shortly after finishing the Faith Builders club, I decided to make the lessons available here at NephilimTheRemnants.com   (over 17,000 downloads worldwide and counting). And now, new Faith Builders lessons are coming soon! So stay tuned for more updates.

Now to my Nephilim the Remnants fans, don’t think that I have forgotten about you because I am about midway through writing my second Nephilim novel. And on top of that I have begun writing on the third and fourth Nephilim books, as well. If you would like to help me in this writing process, please pray with me for the Lord to speak through me with His Holy Spirit to convey His messages through my stories. I thank you for your prayers and I’m excited to see what all God has planned!

May Days & Mother’s Day + Free Gift

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Spring is in the air and April showers are bringing May flowers. And as the old joke goes, “What do May flowers bring?” That’s right – Pilgrims, …ha, ha, right. Well, it was a clever joke when I was a kid. Anyway, in my experience, I’ve found that May flowers actually bring about June bugs. Yuck! But before I get too far ahead, let me dial it back to May because Mother’s Day is just around the corner. And this year May brings – Free Mother’s Day Gifts!

We probably all have an amazing mother figure in our life, maybe it is your Mom or maybe your Grandmother, it could be a Sister, a Step-Mom, an Aunt, or a family friend. But for me, it is none of these.

The most influential Mother in my life is my amazing wife, Johanna. She is the loving mother to our three boys. She loves, supports, and encourages me through the thick and thin of life and especially through the very long process of writing my books – of which Nephilim the Remnants is my first. And I have to tell you, there is nothing more special than a woman who prays for you. My wife makes me a better man!

Now, I say all this, not only because it’s true but because Johanna has a wonderful blog site that I visit quite often called DevotedToMaker.com where she shares all sorts of spiritual insights and encouragements, as well as, coupons and craft ideas.

Now I realize, I may be losing my male readers at this point, but don’t check out just yet, because it is at her site that you will find a Free Mother’s Day Gift to give to your Wife or Mom!

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– Because Moms are worth it! –

To get this free gift visit Johanna’s site at DevotedToMaker.com, she is giving away the above free 8 x 10 print! Just download and print out. I recommend putting it in an 8 x 10 frame just because it looks so nice, and Wha-la! A great Mother’s Day gift. She will really appreciate it and it will only cost you a frame!

And GuysMoms and wives alike, will be impressed with the fact that you were able to come up with a beautiful gift idea all on your own, especially if they receive it on time.

 

So to my Wife and Mothers everywhere – May God Bless you richly for who He created you to be this Mother’s Day!!

Hidden Easter Eggs in Nephilim the Remnants

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This Easter season, I thought it only appropriate to share some of the hidden Easter Eggs in the book, Nephilim the Remnants. No, I’m not talking about colorful plastic eggs with candy inside or decorative, hard-boiled Easter eggs, I’m talking about the hidden treasures found in a movie, video game, or in this instance, a book. Now you may have picked up on some of these Easter Eggs in Nephilim the Remnants all on your own but if you haven’t, here are 5 Easter Eggs just for you:

  • First, there is the supposed pirate, Captain Chris, whose full name  Christopher T. Ian hints to his true character. He goes primarily by Chris through-out the story. So using his first name, Chris, combined with the letter T of his middle initial and the letters of his last name Ian, it spells Christian.
  • Next, there is a major connection between the evil sorcerer Maylor and the military general, Rolyam which is revealed towards the end of the story. But there is a subtle hint to their connection revealed in the spelling of their names, as well. The name Rolyam is Maylor spelled backwards.
  • The character Princess Johanna in the story is based upon the author’s real life wife who is also named Johanna. He wanted to give her something with her own name in print because he remembers her talking about how her name was so unique as a child that she could never find anything with her name printed on it.
  • Also, the main character’s title in the story is Sir Daniel, the Great Son of Henders. Son of Henders is derived from the author’s last name- Henderson. Furthermore, Sir Daniel is mentioned as being a descendant of the legendary, Lord David Henders– and David is the author’s first name.
  • Finally, the most important Easter Egg of all. It is not hidden, yet some will miss this powerful gift. It is the one of salvation and eternal life given to us by Jesus Christ, Himself. Towards the end of chapter 15, a prayer to receive salvation from the LORD is modeled in bold print. Confessing these words with your mouth and believing them in your heart will grant you God’s forgiveness of all your sins- past, present, & future. (But you don’t have to wait to read Nephilim the Remnants to receive this gift, you can have it right now by going here and confessing and believing in your heart.)

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There are many more valuable treasures from the Bible planted in the Christian fantasy fiction novel, Nephilim the Remnants. Verses and biblical truths run throughout, so if you are looking for a great fantasy fiction novel that has something extra, check out Nephilim the Remnants!

And to help pull out those biblical truths and verses, download the free Companion Guide to Nephilim the Remnants here as an aid for delving deeper into Nephilim the Remnants.

Free Chapter Downloads of Nephilim the Remnants

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Have you ever wondered what is actually at the end of the rainbow? Well, for all those skeptics who claim that there is nothing at the end of the rainbow because they know someone who’s been there and found nothing- That is because they found the beginning of the rainbow, not the end.

But you’re in luck, because once upon a time, a little leprechaun shared with me the secret of what is really at the end of a rainbow. So now, I am going to share that secret, with you.

Ready. Alright. Here goes. With a wink of his eye and a click of his heels, he said to me, “Somewhere, over the rainbow beyond where the bluebirds fly, at the rainbow’s end, there is…”  Wait for it.  “…a pot of gold!”  That’s right, a pot of gold, but that’s not all, he then went on to say, “…and in the middle of that pot of gold there is a single copy of the Christian fantasy fiction novel, Nephilim the Remnants!”  That’s right, every leprechaun’s favorite book is Nephilim the Remnants! Can you believe it! Now remember folks, you heard it here first!

Now I know what you’re thinking, “What are the chances of someone like me finding the end of a rainbow so I can get my hands on that… free copy of Nephilim the Remnants?”

Well again, you are in luck my friend, because I have decided to give you and everyone who visits this site free PDF sample chapters of my book, Nephilim the Remnants.

Download your FREE Chapters Here!

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This post is obviously a fictional account to promote my book but The real truth about the rainbow’s treasure is found in the Bible – in Genesis 9:11-16 

11 “I [God] establish my covenant with you: Never again will all life be destroyed by the waters of a flood; never again will there be a flood to destroy the earth.” 12 And God said, “This is the sign of the covenant I am making between me and you and every living creature with you, a covenant for all generations to come:13 I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth. 14 Whenever I bring clouds over the earth and the rainbow appears in the clouds, 15 I will remember my covenant between me and you and all living creatures of every kind. Never again will the waters become a flood to destroy all life. 16 Whenever the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and all living creatures of every kind on the earth.”

Fall in Love with Nephilim the Remnants

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ChocoBook_Layout 1Treat yourself and fall in love with the novel, Nephilim the Remnants this Valentine’s Day. Believe it or not, in the midst of this action packed medieval epic of knights, wizards, and Nephilims there is a subtle romance triangle between Princess Johanna, Sir Daniel – the holy knight sworn to protect her, and her eventual captor the dark but chivalrous Lord Geremy of Lore. Who will she choose? Does she even have a choice as one of them is her bitter enemy?

Of course there is a much deeper seeded love story in this book. And it’s that of the Savior’s- Jesus Christ. Who, with the Holy Spirit reaches out in love through the pages of this story. Reaching out for you to know that there is nothing that can separate you from His unconditional love.

“Taste and see that the LORD is good!” – (Psalm 34:8)

So, fall in love with Nephilim the Remnants all over again, or for the very first time. And give someone a Valentine’s gift they can fall in love with over and over again!

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New Year, New Book

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happy-2015-golden-card_23-2147499845Start off the new year with a new book. Why not make the first book you read in 2015 the Christian fantasy fiction novel Nephilim the Remnants. A medieval epic of faith, betrayal, and sacrifice.

A mythology of the last of the Nephilim- beings believed to be half man and half fallen angel, as they fight for and against mankind to rule the medieval lands. A great novel for youths and adults alike and sure to be a big hit in 2015!

Hand drawn illustrations of castles, characters, and maps aid in telling this amazing story which will not disappoint. If you like to read fantasy fiction then you’ll love the book Nephilim the Remnants.

Start Your New Year off with your own copy of Nephilim the Remnants. Purchase it here from one of the direct links to the right. You can even purchase Nephilim the Remnants as an e-book for any of your reading devices.

God Bless you in 2015 and have a Happy New Year!

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Give the Gift of a Book this Christmas!

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SntaBookAre you still looking for that special Christmas gift for the reader in your life? Or maybe a gift for yourself? Christian fantasy fiction novel Nephilim the Remnants is the perfect gift!  A medieval epic of faith, betrayal, and sacrifice.

This mythology of the last of the Nephilim- beings believed to be half man and half fallen angel, as they fight for and against mankind to rule the medieval lands. A great novel for youths and adults alike and sure to be a big hit with your fantasy fiction readers. Hand drawn illustrations of castles, characters, and maps aid in telling this amazing story which will not disappoint. If you like to read fantasy fiction then you’ll love the book Nephilim the Remnants.

Make someone’s Christmas extra special this year and purchase Nephilim the Remnants here from one of the direct links to the right. You can even purchase Nephilim the Remnants as an e-book for any of your reading devices.

Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year this Holiday Season!

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