Introducing Ricardo U. Murph, author of 4 Secrets To Be Free in Christ

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For Ricardo U. Murph, writing a book was only a dream until he completed his study with the Wise School of Ministry, Columbus, Ohio, with Dr. C. Dexter Wise III. This book is based on the manuscript he wrote at the conclusion of his coursework, incorporating his passion for Bible study and his love of hymns and gospel music. Ricardo currently serves as a teacher for a Small Group Bible Study and helps to coordinate the other Small Group Bible Studies at Faith Ministries Church. Ricardo has a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration and Spanish from Otterbein University, Westerville, Ohio. He is an avid reader and bowler, loves to travel, and participates in different charitable events. Ricardo and his wife have two adult sons.

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4 Secrets to Be Free in Christ is a study of salvation based on four simple words-grace, propitiation, justification, and redemption. These four words will show how we have been freed from the wrath of God, the power of sin, and the power of Satan through salvation. This study uses the scriptures to explore each of the words in depth and to explain the various aspects of salvation. With engaging stories and songs to enhance understanding of these powerful terms, 4 Secrets to Be Free in Christ is easy to read and nicely paced. At the end of your reading, you will have a new appreciation of the price Christ paid by giving His life so that we can have eternal life-free from the bondage of sin.

Introducing Les Bundy, author of Interchange: Buddhist Iconography – A Christian reflection

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Les Bundy is Professor Emeritus of Religious Studies, Regis University, Denver, Colorado, where he taught courses in Buddhism, Taoism, and comparative religions in addition to Christian history and tradition. He has traveled in Japan, China and Southeast Asia, researching Buddhist iconography. An ordained Orthodox Christian priest, the Rev. Dr. Bundy is himself an accomplished iconographer with icons in various Orthodox Churches.

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Buddhist Sacred art and Christian iconography: can they have anything in common? This book is about Buddhist religious art as seen from a Christian perspective. It might seem that Buddhism and Christianity have little or nothing in common, yet there is a mystical dimension in religious art that some times transcends cultural and theological boundaries. Significant differences exist between the beliefs and practices of both religions, and those differences must be respected. Yet in their respective forms of religious art surprising commonalities are found. This book by Professor Lester Bundy helps to explain some of the similarities, differences, and limits of Buddhist and Christian religious images. Head Minister of Tri-State & Denver Buddhist Temple Rev. Doei Fujii Fr. Lester Bundy has written a significant book about the role of art and iconography in religion, focusing on both Buddhism and Christianity. A book which reminds us about the great importance of such religious art is thus quite important and should be widely read. John F. Kane, Emeritus Professor and Former Chair, Religious Studies, Regis University.

Introducing Julie Gonder, author of Prayer Testimonies

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Julie Gonder was born and raised in a small town in Wyoming. She is 49 years of age and happily married to her husband of 26 years. They have 2 children and 2 grandchildren with another on the way. Having endured an intense, bully-filled childhood and stormy, alcoholic teen years with little family support, she found herself wanting to take her own life. One night in a drunken stupor, she almost succeeded. However, the next morning she awoke only to realize that God had miraculously stopped the pistol from firing. From then on, she started searching for Him and when she entered into a marriage that later, she would understand was part of God’s plan to deliver her from her past’s influence, she knew she had found the love of her life. Two wonderful children came from the marriage and since then, 2 wonderful grandchildren. The Lord has used every experience and person in Julie’s life along the way to teach her about Him and to see the miracle in living a faith-filled life. She still resides in the same town and has been aiding in teaching elementary aged children for 10 years. She enjoys singing and playing bass guitar at the local Pentecostal church which she and her husband founded in the year 2000, as well as in the Christian Contemporary band “Upper Millstone” which writes its own music to bring glory to Jesus. When not spending leisure time with the grandbabies, Julie can be found fishing, camping, or writing to preserve all the masterful, splendid dealings God has enriched her life with. hungabunga16@live.com

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In finding a desire inside to want to relate personal issues in my lifetime to my children and grandchildren, as well as influence them with how Christ can save, protect, heal, empower, and accompany us, I found writing to be unequaled in its ability to serve. As the writing advanced, I found myself seeking the Lord so much on the issues that have sprung up throughout the years, that I could hardly wait for the next opportunity to sit down and write. I would then experience His presence again and again as He spoke through scripture and His Holy Spirit which would prove to clear up questions that obviously had remained unanswered for too long a time. When giving loved ones an opportunity to read some of the text, I was surprised at how they yearned for more. When a few close friends would read it, their laughter and concern assured me that not only was the text informative and helpful, but entertaining as well. This led me to ask God for guidance as I pondered through prayer if these short testimonial stories were to be in book form and shared with many people. The day to day situations that comprise the book range from trivial, light hearted matters to major life changing events and God’s supernatural presence is sometimes expected, and other times surprising to witness how He had an event all lined out. The short stories keep the reader engrossed as first it is recommended to read the scripture verses that create an overtone for the lesson learned. The testimony is then given, next a short connection between the scripture and the events that took place, and then the outcome of how God brought about His desired results in the lives involved. The purpose of this book is to help people see that through the worst situations, God can and does mold us into righteousness, desires for us to live in peace, and creates a curiosity within us to find out who He is and how we can get to know Him.

Introducing Ruth Eastman, author of Butterflies and Becoming REAL

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Ruth Eastman is the daughter of a minister and worked as a medical assistant until retiring in 2009. She has served in church as a Women’s Retreat speaker, Bible teacher, music leader, and missions representative of inner city homeless ministry. Married for 54 years, with three children, Ruth enjoys music, gardening, writing, and spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren. Contact: rae4110@centurylink.net

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Most of us spend a great deal of time trying to figure out who we are and why we’re here. We try to find the right person to share our life with and to give it more meaning. Sometimes we question our own beliefs, faltering on our Christian walk. But the key to our quest for happiness is actually quite simple: By developing a deeper relationship with God, we find joy in serving Him, and we develop a new confidence in who we are. In Butterflies and Becoming REAL, butterflies are used to represent new life or resurrection, with their stages of growth compared to the Christian maturing process. When we are “born again,” we start to become who we’re designed to be. Using the scriptures and illustrations in the text, you can gain insight and knowledge for the maturing process. By developing a love relationship with the Lord and His Word, you can become real. This book is a study guide to help you find discipline and discover the process of becoming who God wants you to be-the REAL you-fulfilled and happy!

Introducing Chris Adams Kalima, author of From Darkness to Light

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Chris Adams Kalima’s father, who used to be a devoted Buddhist, made a vow to dedicate the child he had yet not seen, because at the time he made a vow he was still a single man. The first born was a girl. He couldn’t send her to the monastery. The second born-my brother-was not accepted. I am the third. After looking at the wheel of prophecy I was accepted at the age of seven, and was taken to the monastery. The journey took 90 days on foot. I had become the first black person to study at Lao-Tzumayana Monastery. At a tender age I qualified as a master in the Buddhist tradition of Kung Fu, graduated in the school of mysteries, studied the six most secret arts, trained in the highest order of monks and qualified as a priest, to mention a few accomplishments. I was the 76th monk to enter into the Death Tunnel. All 75 students were assigned to enter into the Death Tunnel after ten years of study. In 750 years, not one monk came out. I was the first monk to emerge alive from the Death Tunnel, after staying inside for six months. This is far from elevating the devil and his kingdom, but more about highlighting how far the mercies and grace of God can go to free a man from the claws and jaws of the devil.

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Six Months in the Death Tunnel. Christopher Kalima at a tender age was sent to a Buddhist monastery in Tibet, where he was trained as a monk. He was the first black person to study at Lao-Tzumayana Monastery. Historians say the monastery was built in BC. He attained a higher level in Buddhism and became the first black person to be a high priest in Buddhism. After serving for 27 years as a Buddhist priest he had an encounter with the Lord Jesus Christ. He was given the mandate by the Lord Jesus Christ to go and scatter the burning coals to all the nations, so that the thicket closing the people will be burnt and they would return to the Lord Jesus Christ.

Introducing Sheryl H. Outlaw, author of Life After Death

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Sheryl H. Outlaw is a living testimony of God’s love, compassion and supernatural abilities. She is a registered nurse, with an Associate of Science in Nursing, from Gordon State College. She lives with her family in Georgia.

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Sheryl and her father Garry always had a unique and special relationship…and ever since she was a little girl, Sheryl had been aware of her own intuition and sensitivity to things unseen. But neither of them could have guessed the ways in which their closeness and Sheryl’s attunement to the spirit world would manifest, through the grace of God. On the morning of December 18, 2012, about 12 a.m., Garry pulled over to the side of the road to rest, and suddenly died of cardiopulmonary arrest. In the weeks before his death, Sheryl had begun to experience supernatural occurrences, including precognitive dreams, and communications from spirits. After Garry’s death, Sheryl’s connection with the spirit world blossoms, as he continues to reach out to her and Sheryl quickly realizes that God has chosen both of them for a very special purpose. Life After Death: Us Forever is the fascinating and compelling story of a father and daughter who allowed Jesus into their hearts, accepted Him as their Lord and Savior, and watched as His amazing gifts changed their lives.

Introducing Dr. Martie Geiger-Ho, author of The Worship of Kiln Gods

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Dr. Martie Geiger-Ho leads a double life-first as a senior lecturer at the Universiti Brunei, Darussalam, and secondly as her performance art character, the “Kiln Priestess.” Dr. Geiger-Ho received her doctorate in philosophy from Texas Tech University in 2003 and divides her time between teaching ceramics, sculpture and art history in Brunei and writing at her home in Bradford, PA. She is married to Kong Ho, a painter and muralist who is also an associate professor at the Universiti of Brunei Darussalam. She and her husband travel the US, Hong Kong, Japan, and Brunei among other places, to conduct research, attend conferences, and exhibit their artwork. Dr. Geiger-Ho’s website (www.kilnlore.com) features extensive information on kiln gods and stunning photos of her work.

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Martie Geiger Ho’s comprehensive and noteworthy study can be divided into two parts. In the first part, the reader is introduced to the realm of kiln lore, including the author’s alter ego, the Kiln Priestess, who not only helps her watch over unpredictable kiln firings, but also manifests herself in the author’s photographic works. Later she guides the reader through the origins of kiln gods in the American ceramic community. The second half of this book presents the cultural research and actual kiln god temple sites where various kiln god deities are worshiped in Hong Kong and China. Geiger-Ho’s insights into this trope are not only unique, they are also the first to have been seriously researched as an academic undertaking. “My exhaustive research into the history and mythology of kiln gods as a topic for my dissertation led me to believe that there is a direct lost link between the practice of kiln god rituals in the United States and the ancient religious beliefs of China still in practice today.”