Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Back to School Special


You can buy:

The Stakes are High: God's Wisdom for Our Public Schools for $10 !! (reg. price is $12.99)

A.W.O.L. (Acting WithOut Love) Christians (reg $19.95) for $16 !!

Want one of each? Get the pair for $25.

All handsigned of course!

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Goodreads Book Giveaway

The Stakes Are High by Dennis R. Ray

The Stakes Are High

by Dennis R. Ray

Giveaway ends August 15, 2011.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

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Friday, July 15, 2011

There is no GooD without GoOD!!!

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Do you know the entire Star Spangled Banner?

We know the familiar first verse, but at this time of year it is good to reflect on Francis Scott Key's entire lyrics:

Oh, say can you see by the dawn's early light
What so proudly we hailed at the twilight's last gleaming?
Whose broad stripes and bright stars thru the perilous fight,
O'er the ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming?
And the rocket's red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there.
Oh, say does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

On the shore, dimly seen through the mists of the deep,
Where the foe's haughty host in dread silence reposes,
What is that which the breeze, o'er the towering steep,
As it fitfully blows, half conceals, half discloses?
Now it catches the gleam of the morning's first beam,
In full glory reflected now shines in the stream:
'Tis the star-spangled banner! Oh long may it wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

And where is that band who so vauntingly swore
That the havoc of war and the battle's confusion,
A home and a country should leave us no more!
Their blood has washed out their foul footsteps' pollution.
No refuge could save the hireling and slave
From the terror of flight, or the gloom of the grave:
And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

Oh! thus be it ever, when freemen shall stand
Between their loved home and the war's desolation!
Blest with victory and peace, may the heav'n rescued land
Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation.
Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,
And this be our motto: "In God is our trust."
And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Be your own teacher

When you stop and think about it, would you (or perhaps I should ask should you), when taking a math class, carry your book to class, listen to the instructor teach a lesson from it, then carry it home and set it aside until the next class?

Why then do we carry our Bibles to church and listen to the preacher teach a lesson from it, then carry it home and set it aside on the table until next Sunday?

I tell my classes that they can watch me use the mathematical concepts day after day, but unless they put them into practice themselves, not much will be accomplished and learned by them.

When we expect someone to do the learning for us and pass along little bits without really delving into the concepts and issues ourselves, we are cheating ourselves from the fullness of God’s Word and His desire for us to know Him and live according to His will.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

***** JUNE SPECIAL *****


The Stakes Are High only $10.00

(reg. $12.99).

Speaking at your club or function is


Tuesday, June 7, 2011

From the Christian Law Association

America’s public schools are some of the best mission fields. Does your church have teens that want to start a Bible club? Find out more here:


Thursday, May 5, 2011

grow to full maturity

"...let our lives lovingly express truth [in all things, speaking truly, dealing truly, living truly]. Enfolded in love, let us grow up in every way and in all things into Him Who is the Head, [even] Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One).

For because of Him the whole body (the church, in all its various parts), closely joined and firmly knit together by the joints and ligaments with which it is supplied, when each part [with power adapted to its need] is working properly [in all its functions], grows to full maturity, building itself up in love."
(Ephesians 4:15-16, Amplified Bible)

National Day of Prayer

On this National Day of Prayer, I lift up all of America and I pray that all of America will return to our Christian heritage and call upon His wisdom to guide us. I repent for those times we turn our backs and try to go it on our own. I pray our leaders will be convicted in a new great way that God, our Father, is our true Leader. He will provide and protect, if only we will surrender to Him. God bless America!

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Participating authors in a writer's group that I belong to are giving away a Kindle on May 15 th. You have a very good chance of winning. To enter the drawing, you can either order two books from me, or have a book signing party or event. Invite me to speak for your civic club, church group, library, or other group ...and you will be entered.


2 copies of The Stakes Are High = $22;

1 copy of The Stakes Are High and one preorder for AWOL Christians = $30.

For a preorder of one copy of AWOL Christians ($19.95) I will give you a Kindle entry!!

View the AWOL blog here: http://awolchristians.blogspot.com/

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Salt & Light

Driving to work one day this past week I turned on the radio to hear the end of a teaching on Matthew 5 when Jesus directed followers to be "salt and light". The previous night's weather forecast was typical for January in Ohio - snow flurries and cold.
When those two broadcasts collided in my brain that morning, I felt the Holy Spirit indicate to me a different point about Jesus' teaching. Typically we think of the salt reference to apply to salt as seasoning. In fact, the Message Bible translates it this way: "You're here to be salt-seasoning that brings out the God-flavors of this earth."
My mind was thinking more about the cold January days ahead and I realized that I was using salt to thaw the ice on my sidewalks, like the highway department uses it to thaw the roadways. Snow and ice make walking and driving dangerous this time of year. Ice can cause you to slip, fall, and hurt yourself. Salt on your path makes it safer and helps to keep you from falling as you move along your way.
This, to me, is another role for us as "salt" to the world. By representing the love Jesus demonstrates toward us to those around us, we can dissolve the slippery spots in others' paths and lives. When we are examples of Jesus, we are salt. We can lead others to share in Christ's love and gain the tools to help avoid the slips and falls of life.
Also, we are told to be light. Jesus is the Light and we should reflect that light to others. So many folks are walking through life in what amounts to total darkness to the Truth of God's love. When we walk into a dark room in the middle of the night we are more apt to run into the coffee table or trip over a pet's toy. We could do ourselves physical harm.
When we have even the smallest of flashlights we can see those obstacles and save our shin bones from connecting with that table. If we are "light" to those around us, through our "love-walk" with Jesus, we can help keep others from stumbling or falling over those unseen obstacles in their paths. It doesn't take a "faith giant" to accomplish this. Even the tiniest of lights, in total darkness, can keep someone from stumbling.
So let us fulfill Jesus' desire for us to be salt and light. we can melt even the most hardened, iced-over hearts, and we can light the way for those in darkness. It really is easy - just love, as Jesus commanded, "your [every] neighbor as yourself."