Wednesday, January 9, 2019

The Author Behind the Story - Cindy Ervin Huff

Happy New Year, Everyone! I hope your new year has been treating you well, and your Christmas season was a joyful one. It seems these events get closer and closer together until one is over and...Poof!...365 days have flown by, and we're celebrating another!

As we move ahead, it's always good to get to know somebody new. As it's been said before, enemies are easy to make, but friends are hard to come by, and you can never surround yourself with enough of them. So, in that spirit, I welcome Cindy Ervin Huff to our Author Behind the Story series!

Cindy, to jump start our conversation, give us a quick bio. In fifty words or less, who is Cindy Ervin Huff? 

Cindy Ervin Huff is a multi-published freelance writer who loves to bring her imaginary characters to life. She's a mentor for Word Weavers International and founding member of the Aurora, Illinois chapter. Her award-winning Historical Romance, Secrets and Charades, debuted in 2017, and her contemporary romance, New Duet, came out in 2018.

Being a founding member of two Word Weaver groups, I know all about helping get projects like that off the ground. And being a Word Weaver is a great boost and help, isn't it? What educational background do you have?

I graduated from Marion High School and then got married. This was not uncommon in the seventies. Lack of a college education didn’t stop me from writing for publication. I took Jerry Jenkins’ Writing for the Soul online courses, have a library of writing craft books, and attend a yearly writer’s conference. I am constantly learning and have yet to graduate from the writing school of life.

Who has? Do we ever graduate from that school? Are you married? Single? Have kids?

I met my soulmate Charley 45 and a half years ago. We dated a few months and married after I graduated from high school. We have five adult children and six grandchildren. I’ll soon have two step-grandchildren added to the mix. I’m a home-school veteran. I began back in the 1980's when everyone asked if could get arrested for teaching my kids at home. I soldiered on for fifteen years. My youngest attended a Christian school for a few years due to his learning disability. My two daughters experienced public school to complete their education. We were the minority white family in our neighbor. My children learned a lot about other cultures. 

When the words aren’t flowing, what is your favorite comfort food and why? 

Chocolate - always chocolate. Women reading this will need no explanation. 😊

If your life was a story, and you were the lead character, what kind of role would you play?

I’d be the wise, older character that guided the main characters to make good choices. But I’d be a bit wacky and at times clumsy making my character fun to be around.

For all the pet lovers out there, answer this question: Do you have any? 

Yes and no. We had hamsters, parakeets, fish, and dogs when my children were growing up. I preferred the dogs. Then our nest-emptied of all pets and most of our children. Then three adult children came back home at the same time with their dogs. That was more of an adventure than I wanted. We still dog-sit my daughter’s mini-doxie. Toby is old, blind, hard of hearing, and suffers from separation anxiety when he’s not with people. So, when neither she nor her husband is home, he stays with us. 

Everybody seems to have a bucket list. Do you? If so, what’s on it? If not, why not?

I’m not a bucket list person but if I had one this would be it:
  • Personal list: 
    • Traveling to my ancestral home countries: Scotland, Wales, Ireland, and England visiting the towns my ancestors immigrated from.
    • Visit places in Canada where some of my favorite books were written.
    • Take a family vacation that includes all my kids and their families.
  • As a writer:
    • I’d love to teach and speak at a conference
    • Make a decent living at my craft


Those sound like doable things. Although, the "make a decent living at your craft" one might prove the hardest. Besides storytelling, what talents do you have?

Until recently I sang on the worship team. I love singing. I do enjoy acting and performing readings. (These may fall under the writing-related topic, though.) If you want someone to keep kids quiet or make newbies feel comfortable at an event, I’m your gal. Once during a mission trip the others in my group abandoned me with a bunch of strangers while they stepped away to pray for our time together. When they were done, I’d made the strangers my friends, and they were very receptive to what was shared.

Besides the usual things authors face, has there been an unusual event that changed your perspective about being an author? 

I grew up in the military. That means you make friends fast and then leave them. Writing became an outlet for me. The story characters in my head at times felt like the only friends I had. I’ve always been an avid reader. Reading filled a void. So, writing to reach people who may be as lonely as I once felt is important to me. I understand how valuable reaching hurting people through a fictitious story can be.

It is interesting what motivates writers to write...It seems we all have similar aspirations, but they differ just enough to make them uniquely our own. Yet, all of us can relate to some degree. (Introverts Unite!) 

Do you have a crazy, interesting, behind-the-scenes story about the publishing world you’d like to tell your readers without boring them to death with industry gobbledygook?

It took ten years for my first book to get published. During that time I attended a writer’s conference every year. I helped with the set-up and volunteered for whatever needed doing. I met an array of interesting people along the way. Because no one stays a stranger around me long it was fun to reconnect each year and find sweet friends. A publisher and I met at one of my first conferences. At the time she was an acquisition editor for another company. Over the years we’ve organized a semiannual get-together of local authors who attend the same conference. It’s so fun to encourage one another in the conference off-season.

As a writer, if you had one thing you would do over again, what would it be? 


I would have gone to writers’ conferences when my kids were small and started my writing career. By now I would have had dozens of books published instead of two. I was published back then and have been through the years. It’s been a hit or miss thing until recently. My do-over would have been to be more consistent in submitting.

Do I hear an "Amen!" from the writer's crowd out there? Don't we all wish we would have started earlier? Tell us about what project you are currently working on. 

I have two projects. I have a historical romance involving a female architect who designs a town to build in Kansas where women run the majority of the businesses. She is a wealthy aristocrat. She hires a contractor who hopes the association brings him future work from the wealthy. But at times he wonders if his reputation will be ruined before it even starts. I have a pile of note cards full of possible catastrophes common to the era. A publisher is interested in the full mss so I need to finish it. It is book one in a series. Also, I need to finish my contemporary romance about a dog groomer, a widower with an adorable son, and a disobedient mutt. So fun. I’m hoping Love Inspired will say yes. 

What surprised you the most during the research for the book(s) you are currently working on?

I tend to over research and read things I will never use. I just read about the winter of 1886 in Kansas was so bad that several blizzards went through the area, one lasting five days and the temperature falling to forty below. Most of the cattle died, and in the spring, they found some dead in trees. They’d climb up them to eat the bark. Teddy Roosevelt at 29 had invested in cattle and lost 60% of his herd.

While reaching dog grooming, I visited my daughter at her shop. I laughed when they told me one dog plays dead every time he is groomed. I couldn’t imagine how difficult it would be to cut its fur while he lays limp on the table.

Tell us about your writing day. How do you go about writing?

I work part-time and also watch grandkids, so my writing day can be a challenge. I rise early and try to get stuff like social media and my blog posts out of the way before working on other writing tasks. On work days I may only do editing and blog post, but no new chapters. On my days off I try to get new chapters written. Those days, I set out to write all morning. Because my office is currently overrun with stuff (my son’s family is living with us), I share space with my hubby. Actually, my desk is the dumping spot so I take my laptop to the kitchen table, or the couch or my bed and use the portable desk. Sometimes I’ll go to the library. I seldom write late at night. I’m a morning person, and my brain shuts off it’s creativity by 8 pm. If I set a goal to write X number of words a day when I need to get a book done I usually can do it. If I’m starting a new idea and haven’t pitched it to anyone, I’m not as productive. A deadline makes me move.

Knowing what you know now about writing, publishing, etc., what piece of advice would you give to the person thinking about writing that novel they have always wanted to pursue since they were young, or the person who believes they have a non-fiction book in them that would be helpful to others?

Learn all you can about the writing craft. Write the book and join a critique group either online or in person. Learn all you can from their input. If the group is too negative or self-absorbed, find another one. Word Weavers and ACFW have serious writers in their groups that want to help each other get published.  Attend conferences to gain knowledge and network. Sometimes it’s who you know that opens publishing doors. And if you decide to self-publish, get a great editor who knows how to edit for publication so your work is stellar. Don’t forget to pay for a great cover artist so you attract attention to your content. However your work is published, be prepared not to quit your day job from the sales.

But Cindy, in every movie or TV show I watch, the nobody person who writes a novel becomes an instant success. Why can't it be that way in real life? (hehehe...) 

How do you come up with the names for your characters?

They tell me their names.

That sounds a little ominous...but if you could have them deposit money into your bank account, too...well, then, there's a book everybody would want to read.

If you had one person you could meet (think outside the Bible here) and could spend as much time as you wanted with that individual, who would it be?

Mary Connealy. I love her novels. She writes non-stop. I could learn a lot from her.

I know when I read other writers I enjoy, I learn just from reading their works...a turn of a phrase, new words, how to describe, when not to, etc. 

If you had one person you could meet (think ONLY Bible characters here) and could spend as much time as you wanted with that individual, who would it be besides Jesus?

Paul. I’d like to hear him preach and teach about the things I’ve studied in his letters to the church.

When you look for a new home, what are the things that are important to you?

My hubby and I have been talking about this lately. We’d like to downsize. Our home needs office space, a guest room, and no outside maintenance. So we are thinking town homes or even an apartment. Preferably in a quiet neighborhood. We love walking, so sidewalks and nature trails are a must. Walking helps my creative juices. There needs to be enough parking for family get-togethers and a lovely view off the patio where we would have cook outs.

When you look for a new car, what are the things that are important to you?

Hubby and I have been talking about this, too. We are in need of a new car. The ideal car would have great gas mileage, a reputation for durability and longevity, too. I’d like a key fob that starts the car and turns on the heat in the winter. A great sound system and auto headlights. And if the seats warm in the winter and cool in the summer that would be heaven. Lots of leg room in the back because I’m tall. When we pick up my mother, she rides in the front, and she pushes her seat back.

When you are looking for a book to read, what are the things that are important to you? 

I love a good story. The cover needs to match that story. I may pass a book up if the cover doesn’t catch my eye. I tend to prefer Historicals. But I love a good mystery, and a few sci-fi and fantasies with great covers and back cover copy have found their way on my to-read pile. Recommendations of friends can influence my selection. And if I love the first book I read by an author, I will usual grab another.

What Bible scripture has impacted your life the most, and why?

Hear my cry, O God; give heed to my prayer. From the end of the earth I call to You when my heart is faint; lead me to the rock that is higher than I (Psalm 61:1-2).

Is there anything else you’d like to share with our readers about you, or anything we didn’t cover? 

I’m a late -in-life novelist. At 63, I’m working on my fourth book. I have friends in their twenties working on their first. The beauty of a career in writing is you’re never too old or too young to get started. Find your niche and keep writing.

Amen to that! 

Cindy, I want to thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule to be a part of our Author Behind the Story series! May God richly bless your writing ministry.

And friends, if you wish to get to know Cindy better, please stop by and visit the sites below:







Until next time, May God bless America, and may America bless God!

Kevin






Wednesday, December 12, 2018

The Author Behind the Story - Dan Walsh

We are less than two weeks away from Christmas. Seems like Christmas was just about two weeks ago. They say time flies when you are having fun. I'm finding as I get older, time flies if you're having fun or not.

We are in the Christmas season...my favorite time of year, and in the words of Tiny Tim, "It is the best time of the year!" So, who better to showcase this month than a dear friend, fellow author, and Christmas novel guru, Dan Walsh!

Dan, welcome to my Author Behind the Story series! Give us a quick bio. In fifty words or less, who is Dan Walsh? 


I’m first off, a committed follower of Christ, married to the only woman I’ve ever loved for 42 years. 2 kids, 4 grandkids, 2 Dogs. I was a full-time pastor for 25 years then began writing full-time in 2010. I have 20 novels published. Love what I do.

Before you ever got a notion of becoming a writer/author, how old were you, and what were you doing in that time of your life?


I knew I wanted to write novels from the 11th grade. But I experienced a radical conversion to Christ in my senior year. Life took me in a different direction (called to become a pastor at 19), but I never left my love of fiction. In 2008, more as a hobby idea, I took up fiction writing with a Christmas novel. After submitting The Unfinished Gift to a few agents for publishing, one of them instantly signed me and had a book deal with a major publisher within 2 months. My writing career kind of took off after that. That book went on to win some major awards and led to more writing contracts.
After my 3rd book, my publisher made me a deal I couldn’t refuse, and I left pastoring to write full-time. This year I released my 20th novel.

I’m going to give you a shotgun list of favorites. List your favorite in each category and then tell us in one sentence why it is your favorite.

Favorite Song of All-Time: You Are So Beautiful (I always think of Cindi)
Favorite Non-Fiction Book (other than your own & besides the Bible): There’s a tie with at least 2 books about WW2.
Favorite Bible Verse: Isaiah 26:3 “Thou will keep him in Perfect Peace whose mind is stayed on Thee.”
Favorite Movie: It’s a Wonderful Life (watch it every Christmas)
Favorite Actor or Actress: Jimmy Stewart
Favorite TV Show: Treasure of Oak Island (a sucker for buried treasure adventures)
Favorite Novel (other than your own): Peace Like a River by Leif Enger (a perfect book to me).
Favorite Author (other than you): Probably Jeff Shaara (written some amazing history novels)
Favorite Sport: Oddly MMA (like UFC). I know I shouldn’t like this.
Favorite Team (Can be any sport, any level): Sadly, I’ve long since shed having favorite teams (too many spoiled millionaires with bad attitudes). (Agreed)
Favorite Subject in School Growing Up: Creative Writing
Favorite Subject Now: History
Favorite Teacher in School: Mrs. Longnecker (Creative Writing teacher in 11th grade)
Favorite Time of the Year: Christmas, hands down
Favorite Place to Vacation: Charleston, SC (we’ve probably visited this city 20 times).
Favorite Drink: Egg Nog
Favorite Food: Pizza (though I love the occasional grilled steak, medium rare. (My kind of guy...my two favorites as well, although I like my steak medium well with a bit of a char on it)


If your life was a story, and you were the lead character, what kind of role would you play?


I would be the best friend of the great looking leading man, who winds up getting the best girl in the movie, because she realizes what she really wants is a relationship with a guy she can grow old with, who actually has some depth. And besides, he’s not terrible looking.

Besides storytelling, what talents do you have?

I’m pretty good at a lot of things, but seem to only excel at writing. I am (or was) pretty good at basketball, surfing, golf, graphic arts, public speaking and singing (not a half-bad crooner).

Besides the usual things authors face, has there been an unusual event that changed your perspective about being an author?

Yes. After serving faithfully at the same church for 25 years, a young man I had been training to take over for me in a few years came up with a scheme to get rid of me, pulled a coup after his scheme was complete and sprung it on me. We were heartbroken over this betrayal, but I wound up choosing to resign quietly rather than fight his corrupt ambition (which would destroy the church). Fortunately, around the same time my publisher was almost begging me to write full-time (and willing to pay enough for us to live on). Suddenly, God had made a “river in the desert.” We now look back at all this as mostly a good thing (“What men meant for evil, God meant for good”). I LOVE what I do now and, really, have never regretted the decision to start writing full-time. Had this terrible thing not happened, I’m not sure I’d have ever left the ministry and would have missed out on all the fascinating things that have happened since.

And we wonder why people are leaving the church...But God is bigger than all that, as your story has proven.

Do you have a crazy, interesting, behind-the-scenes story about the publishing world you’d like to tell your readers without boring them to death with industry gobbledygook?

Maybe it’s this…I’m surprised at how often when authors/writers are depicted on TV or in movies, they’re almost always wealthy beyond measure. They are ALL full-time, treated like big-time celebrities, have book signings with long lines of people, own beautiful cabins where they write on a lake or river. To my great shock, after getting my first publishing contract (with a big name Christian publisher), I couldn’t believe how small the advance was. My agent said it was actually pretty high for a first novel. People in my church kept asking, “So when are you going to buy that yacht.” I’d tell them, the truth is, we didn’t get near enough to buy a yacht or even a small boat. Really, just enough to remodel our kitchen (with us doing half the work). Readers have no idea that these “TV/Movie Authors” only represent about 1% of all published authors. 95% don’t earn near enough to write full-time.

Now you tell me...Could have used this information about ten years ago. I was hoping for The Muppets' "Right and Famous" contract. Ha! 

What’s the craziest thing you have ever done?

Truthfully, I am nothing like some of the brave, courageous characters I write about. I wouldn’t do MOST of the crazy/scary/dangerous things they do. For example, I LOVED surfing when I was young. But I’d never go out in some of these crazy big way locations myself. On a trip to Italy in 1998, we were on the autobahn (highway) in a car that could easily go 120-130 mph (and we wouldn’t get a ticket). The fastest I felt comfortable driving was 100 mph. But if I have to choose something (and I’m not proud of this), in high school before I got saved, on a drunken dare I went streaking on the beach at night (streaking was a big thing back then).

I suppose Ray Stevens would have been proud (Boogety-boogety). :-) However, for me, I'm having trouble with the mental pictures (as he shakes his head like an Etch-a-Sketch).

Of all the stories/books you have written, which one is your favorite? And what compelled you to write this story?

It’s a toss-up between my first The Unfinished Gift and my fifth, The Reunion. But I also seriously love at least 4-5 more almost as much. I wrote the first book because this wonderful idea for a story came to me one Christmas (just days after once again watching It’s a Wonderful Life and Dickens’ A Christmas Carol). I wanted to write a story that at least had the potential of affecting people the way those Christmas stories affected me. I think I achieved that with The Unfinished Gift. With The Reunion, I knew I was writing a very special story almost from the first page. I even cried numerous times while writing and re-writing it (but a good cry). It’s a book that seriously honors military vets (especially Viet Nam vets) and is a great family reconciliation story.

All of those are awesome books. As a writer, if you had one thing you would do over again, what would it be?

I would have left my publisher in 2012, not 2014 (when I did) to write full-time as an indie author. I had thought about it, but was afraid to make the leap. I almost had to make the leap in 2014, and after I realized, it opened up some wonderful doors (even financially), and I quickly regretted not doing this sooner. And…I’d go back to those early contracts with my agent and publisher and insist we get the e-book rights back to each book within 5 years.

Tell us about what project you are currently working on.

I’m writing what will become Book 1 of a new suspense series, something of a spinoff from my very successful Jack Turner Suspense Series (which has 4 books). This book, If These Walls Could Talk, could almost be Book 5 of the other series. Has many of the same characters and style and even located in the same location (mostly). But in this new series, we will more heavily feature Sgt. Joe Boyd, the homicide detective in the first 4 books. He’s been assigned to create a Cold Case Squad in the Culpepper PD. Jack Turner (and his wife, Rachel) will be helping him solve a case from 1964 (rather than Joe helping Jack, who was the main character in the first series). I’m about 20,000 words into it and hope to release it mid-March 2019.

Sounds interesting, not to mention an interesting twist on the main characters. 

Tell us about your writing day. How do you go about writing?

I usually write 5 days a week. Get up around 7-8 a.m. Start work about 9 a.m. I mostly do non-creative writing tasks and marketing stuff till around 12:30. Then I take a short break and shift gears to writing the next chapter in my book. My goal each afternoon is to create one “keeper chapter” a day.

If you had one person you could meet (think outside the Bible here) and could spend as much time as you wanted with that individual, who would it be?

Maybe it would be Major Dick Winters, the true life WW2 hero of the Band of Brother series. Loved that series and read several books about him. What a fascinating guy. Don’t make them like him anymore.

If you had one person you could meet (think ONLY Bible characters here) and could spend as much time as you wanted with that individual, who would it be besides Jesus?

Either David or Paul. Probably Paul. I’ve always loved the epistles he’s written and what is said about him in Acts. In some ways, I relate more to him than the other apostles, because he wasn’t there during the 3 years of Christ’s ministry. His whole walk with the Lord, like mine, was dependent on the Holy Spirit and he accomplished so much, and suffered so much, for no other reason than being faithful. I’d want to ask him dozens of questions about his walk with the Lord (and what he meant by a dozen things he didn’t elaborate on in his writings).

Is there anything else you’d like to share with our readers about you, or anything we didn’t cover?

Hmmm, not sure. Maybe it’s this…if you love to read, DON’T just buy discounted or Free books. I get why they’re popular. But if that’s ALL you ever buy, you are literally dooming the authors you love from being able to keep writing the books that you love. The Bible says “a workman is worthy of his wage.” It takes me, for example, about 5 months to write a book, edit it and get it ready to release. I can only do this because MOST readers are willing to pay $3.99 to $4.99 per book. Authors and publishers offer books for Free (or 99 cents) as a way of introducing readers to authors new to them. If lots of readers ONLY read books at these discounted prices, very simply, the best authors will have to stop writing and do something else to pay their bills.

I'm thinking of the Ghost of Christmas Past here: Truth Lives! Thanks for that piece of advice. Isn't it sad that we (and I'm included in this) are willing to pay places like Starbucks three, four, five dollars and more for a cup of coffee or specialty drink, yet to pay that much for a book is somehow considered highway robbery because "once I've read it, I'll just give it away, or it will just sit on my shelf." (Compared to what happens to the Starbucks coffee after you're done with it, isn't a book a better deal????)

Dan, it has been a pleasure having you on my Author Behind the Story Series! We wish you the best on your writing endeavors. And keep us updated in the comments section on how your book being turned into a screenplay is coming along (I won't spill the beans here!).

Also, Dan, if readers wish to connect with you and your writing, how best can they do that?

Readers can connect with me the best by going to my website homepage. From there you can sign up for my newsletter, or look toward the bottom for Buttons that will take you to my Facebook, Twitter and Goodreads pages. That link is www.danwalshbooks.com . If you want to check out my books, click on the Books tab on the Homepage.

Also, here are the Amazon links to my two Christmas novels pictured above:

Keeping Christmas - https://amzn.to/2ovEhCQ

Remembering Christmas - https://amzn.to/2wAzOT4

Oh, and one more thing. My book, Unintended Consequences, is free today and tomorrow (Dec. 12-13) on Kindle as part of a holiday giveaway! So, don't miss out on grabbing Book 3 of my Jack Turner suspense series.

Awesome! 

Until next time, Merry Christmas, and have a Happy New Year! 

Kevin




Friday, November 23, 2018

It's Never Too Late (A Seriously Write Blog)


I just celebrated another birthday. I have to admit that as I check more of those boxes, the realization of having more behind me than before is an ever-present thought.

Enter Stanley Martin Lieber, better known as Stan Lee. Unless you have spent the last few weeks climbing K2, then you have probably heard about the founder of Marvel Comics/Marvel Studios passing away at the age of ninety-five.

Born in 1922 to immigrant Romanian parents, Lee spent his twenty-something years stateside, writing training manuals for the Army Signal Corps during World War II. In his free time, he moonlighted as a comics writer. It would be another seventeen or so years before Lee’s first comic book hit, The Fantastic Four, took center stage. Followed by The Incredible Hulk and Spiderman in 1962, Marvel Comics was well on its way to rival competitor DC Comics for the hearts and minds of “kids” worldwide.

Live action versions of these series didn’t hit televisions until the CBS series, The Incredible Hulk, starring Bill Bixby, appeared in 1978.

The movie versions didn’t appear until May 3, 2002, with the first being the version of Spiderman with Toby Maguire. Since then, Marvel Studios has amassed in upwards of fifty billion dollars worldwide from all of the films since that time.

What’s the point?



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Friday, October 26, 2018

Eternal Chances (A Seriously Write Blog)


I recently read an article about the movie Gosnell. It seems Hollywood—and the theater companies who are married to the driving forces behind Hollywood—have an issue when someone makes a movie about the truth…especially when the writers shine a light into the darkness and expose the ugliness of sin. And if that exposure tackles a political hot potato, then look out!

If you’re not familiar with the story of Kermit Gosnell, all you have to do is Google it. It’s a sad and sickening commentary on the nature of humankind and how man justifies sin (cf. Genesis 6:5; Proverbs 6:18; Matthew 15:18-19).

But this blog isn’t about Gosnell. It’s about the world in which a person like Kermit Gosnell could prosper to the tune of two million dollars a year during the height of his heinous medical practice. It’s about a world wherein writers, like the ones who crafted the screenplay for the movie that recently hit theaters, could be blackballed and run out of theaters, even though the movie grossed earnings beyond expectations, placing it in the top twelve during its opening weekend, according to Box Office Mojo.


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Friday, September 28, 2018

I Can Only Imagine Now (A Seriously Write Blog)

I know we were just a little late to the party (okay, really late), but we just watched the movie, I Can Only Imagine.It was definitely inspirational. First, as a Christian. Knowing that God can forgive the worst of the worst is encouraging when I walk amongst so many monsters. And to make it even more encouraging, to sum up the words of the Apostle Paul, we were all part of that unpopular throng at some point, whether we choose to admit it or not (1 Tim. 1:15). We may not have been a domestic abuser like Arthur Millard or an accomplice to murder like the Apostle Paul, but through the lens of Scripture and what “the kingdom of heaven is like,” sin is sin is sin. Here on Earth, we have a tendency to categorize sin. Some sins are viewed to be more heinous than others. But according to the Ten Commandments, serving other gods and dishonoring your father and mother made the list alongside murder, adultery, lying, and stealing.

Now do you see why I’m encouraged? God can forgive us…all of us.


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