love story

one should read the BIBLE as a mystery novel one should peruse each passage about the character development of villain and hero one should be personally invested in to the proverbial love story that takes place between the author and the reader

Land Shark

A young man about twenty-five years old paddles out to his local surf break in San Clemente, California. The outline of something substantial yet sprightly in the murky water startles the surfer with no name. The still sea around him becomes agitated. Moments later, a creature scuffs his leg. He recoils his limbs and lies flat on his board like …Continue reading →

Failures

Through failures to perfection the curtains of faith are pulled back. The effulgence of forgiveness breaks the fourth wall. Only then does the audience’s whisper of repentance cue the orchestra to play a sweet sounding melody. A theme of freedom flows through life’s production beckoning a triumphant applause from the Director of our script.                                  121402-011119

Eternity

I am not a songwriter but I did attempt to write a song once, while I attended Azusa Pacific University as a transfer student back in 2001. The lyrics speak of a fellow transfer student who I became close friends with during the last few months of her life before a fatal car accident. (Believe it or not, I actually …Continue reading →

Enemy Line

Christ is the ideal soldier: he never leaves a man behind. Even under enemy fire he risks his own life to save the men and women under his authority. He puts the needs of his platoon before his own: they eat and then he eats; they sleep and then he sleeps; they shower and then he showers. His love is …Continue reading →

Nicaragua II

As some of you know, I am writing my mom and dad’s memoirs. The excerpt (below) is taken from the work in progress, Flight to Freedom. (My father starts by reminiscing over his personal experience flying a wide variety of disparate aircrafts over a seven year period, from 1963 to 1970, in the Nicaraguan air force.) “I flew a North …Continue reading →

NICARAGUA

NICARAGUA, my beloved homeland, has experienced more tumultuous revolutions than any other country in Central America. To better understand the current socio-political climate of Nicaragua, Alan Arnesto–long time family friend and proud Nicaragüense–gives us an up-close-and-personal depiction of Nicaragua’s longing for peace and prosperity, in the midst of governmental greed, scandal, corruption, and violence. “Ay Nicaragua, Nicaragüita, la flor mas …Continue reading →

Worldly Happiness vs. Biblical Happiness

Worldly “happiness” is merely subjective (i.e., emotional) and non-virtuous, ergo, non-moral, not to mention superficial and fleeting. The world seeks it directly as a feeling but cannot attain it because true happiness is a byproduct of morality (e.g., justice and righteousness). By comparison, biblical happiness is character-based. That is, true felicity is virtuous, ergo, moral. True, it involves emotions and …Continue reading →

Spiritual (Character) Formation

One of my favorite Bible verses is 2 Corinthians 5:17, which claims, “anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!” (NLT) But what does that mean in relation to who we are as a complete human being? Does it mean that everything about us–our whole spiritual AND moral …Continue reading →

Knight

A long stride with secure steps he owns, that find not the left or the right to sooth, yet the road less traveled.   Brave is his name but tell him not for he will laugh out loud.   Integrity is his native tongue for he has alliterated his trusted companions: patience and prudence.   And love is simultaneously both …Continue reading →

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