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As an author I find the closing of Borders Books sad. There is something to be said about ebooks and electronic media. With the pressures of marketing it is essential to embrace the technology if one wants their work to be read these days.

But I hope we never lose the experience of walking into a store or library full of books. I hope we never lose the sense of wonder and exploration that the printed book holds within its pages. I hope we never "progress ourselves" out of the aroma-therapy offered by ink and paper. I hope we never lose the tactile joy of a page underneath our fingertips and the sound of a crisp page turning.

If the printed book were to go the way of the Borders company, I would truly miss it. I dare say I'm not alone in my feelings. And, I don't think it too far fetched to say that if we were ever to lose printed books in favor of their electronic counterparts, then we would be losing one of the most awesome, most powerful sources of inspiration available to authors yet unknown… the dream of walking into a bookstore and seeing their name embossed on the cover of the most tangible expression of their struggle to be read… the printed book.


The Mikveh Scrolls by Steven G. Lightfoot




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Published on July 19, 2011 09:27 • 150 views • Tags: books, borders, christian-books, christian-fiction, fiction, mikveh, scrolls
Forgive me, Bloggers, for I have sinned... it has been many months since my last blog session. Seriously, though, I have been overachieving these past few months, so it's not like I have been squandering my time.

After finishing Book Two of the Scrolls Series, I felt led to pursue my other outreach efforts. In addition to writing my novels, I'm also the drummer for Bless the Morning, an alt-rock band with a Christian message. We have been in the studio for the past few weeks recording an LP. Check us out on FB...you can even download some of our music gratis.

And to further explain my absence from the blogosphere, I am on the path to obtaining my pastor's credentials in the UMC, and as you can imagine, there is much study to be done.

Thanks for understanding. Peace and blessings!

The Yeshua Sanction by Steven G. Lightfoot

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Published on April 14, 2012 05:46 • 102 views • Tags: books, btm, christian, fiction, mikveh, music, sanction, scrolls, yeshua
In the book of Matthew (4:18-22) is the story of Jesus meeting his first disciples. It reads:

18 Now as Jesus was walking by the Sea of Galilee, He saw two brothers, Simon who was called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea; for they were fishermen. 19 And He *said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.” 20 Immediately they left their nets and followed Him. 21 Going on from there He saw two other brothers, James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, in the boat with Zebedee their father, mending their nets; and He called them. 22 Immediately they left the boat and their father, and followed Him.

The striking thing about this story is the immediate, bold, confident response these men had in response to Jesus calling them to their ministry. They, without hesitation, dropped their nets and followed Jesus.

Why do so many of us, me included, hesitate? Why do we reluctantly, fearfully continue to drag our nets behind us as we step out in our modest faith toward our ministry. As if we might need the net, and all of its associated baggage, at some point along our journey. Is it a security blanket? A safety net? A fallback plan in case the ministry fails?

That may be what we tell ourselves, but in reality our nets are more like anchors, mired in the bottom sludge of our past lives, preventing us from catching the Divine winds of change and setting sail with our mainsails fully set.

I complained yesterday about my life being a collection of unfinished projects. All are ministry related, all are valid expressions of The Great Commission, and all are yet undone. I am two books into an unfinished trilogy, several hours into an unfinished outreach LP, and a few hours into an unfinished worship EP. Could it be that all of these things remain undone because I've been dragging my net with me along the way instead of dropping it to follow Jesus?

I've committed to finish all of the preparatory study this month for the July 2012 candidacy summit for licensed and ordained ministry. No longer will I put off Jesus' call to follow him. I will declare my candidacy this summer and embrace the call. Today, I'm dropping my net.

The Mikveh Scrolls by Steven G. Lightfoot

The Yeshua Sanction by Steven G. Lightfoot

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Published on May 01, 2012 14:50 • 118 views • Tags: bible, christian, fiction, mikveh, scrolls, yeshua
For the past fourteen days, I have been doing a Daniel fast - no meat, no fish, no eggs or dairy of any kind, no sugar or artificial anything... just veggies and unleavened bread and water. With only seven more days to go, I finally feel that something is supernaturally breaking in my spirit because of His Spirit.


Concurrently with my physical fasting, I have been studying God's Word in an attempt to fast from things that tend to overload my mind apart from God. As a result of this refocusing on Him, He has, by His Grace, shown me some interesting things. Stay with me and I'll share...


When Elijah, the prophet, was running for his life (or more correctly perhaps, ‘from’ his life) hiding in a cave for fear of having to deal with the evil Jezebel and her henchmen, the Lord came to him and told him in 1 Kings 19: 15-16:


15 The LORD said to him, “Go back the way you came, and go to the Desert of Damascus. When you get there, anoint Hazael king over Aram. 16 Also, anoint Jehu son of Nimshi king over Israel, and anoint Elisha son of Shaphat from Abel Meholah to succeed you as prophet. -1 Kings 19: 15-16


Here we see that, unknown to Elisha, God was conspiring with Elijah greater things for Elisha, who was tending a plow for his master, most likely a wealthy land owner.


19 So Elijah went from there and found Elisha son of Shaphat. He was plowing with twelve yoke of oxen, and he himself was driving the twelfth pair. Elijah went up to him and threw his cloak around him. 20 Elisha then left his oxen and ran after Elijah. “Let me kiss my father and mother goodbye,” he said, “and then I will come with you.”


“Go back,” Elijah replied. “What have I done to you?”


21 So Elisha left him and went back. He took his yoke of oxen and slaughtered them. He burned the plowing equipment to cook the meat and gave it to the people, and they ate. Then he set out to follow Elijah and became his servant. -1 Kings 19: 19-21


If we follow the ministry of Elisha through 2 Kings, we see that he headed schools for prophets and performed more recorded miracles than anyone other than Jesus Christ. When Elijah threw his mantle around Elisha, he passed on to him a calling for greater things.


In much the same way, God is calling each of us to greater things. This may not necessarily mean that we are to leave our current situation behind and do something completely different; however, it may certainly mean that we are all called to approach our current situation, our current job with a greater sense of purpose, a higher, more Christ-like sense of enthusiasm and joy.


God wants to pass a mantle, in the form of His Holy Spirit, on to each of us today. He wants us to carry out our daily work with a renewed sense of the grandeur of God… to live our lives as the heirs of the most-high God… to ‘represent’ in the image and likeness of our Creator.


Jesus said, 12 Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. -John 14: 12


Greatness in our kingdom work IS our higher calling. So great is the expectation placed on us, that Christ himself has given us the authority and the ability, through His power and belief in Him, to do greater things than even the greatest man who ever lived. Greater things than the perfect Son of God, who walked on water, healed the sick and raised the dead!

For me, personally, God has shown me these past couple of weeks that my higher calling as a pastor, preacher, teacher, author, musician... all are only worth doing if done with a sense of Divine destiny and anointed excellence.


The question each of us must ask ourselves is… "Am I living up to the great high calling that Jesus requires of me in my daily work?"

+Steven




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Published on September 17, 2012 07:11 • 226 views • Tags: bible, christian, fiction, mikveh, scrolls, yeshua
Are you living in an atmosphere of condemnation? Or, are you living in an atmosphere of expectation?

If you approach your daily existence with regret for things past that can't be undone, then you need a shift in your atmosphere. Why dwell in the past where you cannot go ever again? Live IN your present and FOR your future, which is bright in the presence of Christ. Your past can't be undone... but it can be forgiven! Indeed, in Christ it IS forgiven!

As the old hymn goes, ""In atmosphere of love divine We live and move and breathe. Though mortal eyes may see it not, 'Tis sense that would deceive. The mortal sense we must destroy, If we would bring to light, The wonders of eternal Mind Where sense is lost in sight."

Shift your atmosphere today, child of the Most High God! Claim your inheritance this morning! Live this very day EXPECTING good for your life in the love of Christ and the forgiving Grace of your Abba-Father God.

"The atmosphere of expectation is the breeding ground for miracles."

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Published on September 21, 2012 13:43 • 76 views • Tags: atmosphere, christian, divine, expectation, fiction, god, love, mikveh, miracles, scrolls, shift, yeshua
This rainy Sunday morning has me thinking back to when I was a kid, riding home from church in the back seat of mom and dad's Lincoln Continental. It was big and quiet and the interior was deep green and smelled like new leather. Some Sundays Dad would ask, and some Sundays Mom would ask, but it was always the same question. "What did you learn in church today?"

I would struggle to articulate what I had learned, and the question always made me uncomfortable. But I still ask myself that question after services most Sundays. Today is the anniversary of my Dad's passing some years ago. That, coupled with the horrific news from Connecticut this weekend, has me once again pondering, "What did I learn in church today?"

Here's my take on today's sermon: God spoke through the prophet Jeremiah saying, "A cry was heard in Ramah - weeping and great mourning. Rachel weeps for her children, refusing to be comforted, for they are dead."

Jeremiah foretold of the murder of the innocents by the wicked King Herod as he attempted to prevent the new King, Jesus, from coming into His Kingdom. In the midst of great joy, there was intense sadness.

Fast forward 2,000+ years as the world prepares once again for the celebration of the coming of Christ into the world - a time of great joy! And in the midst of that joy, the peace is continually shattered as our soldiers fall in battle, our cities bleed with violence, and our children are murdered in senseless acts of horrific evil. Rachel continues to weep for her children, refusing to be comforted, for they are dead.

Where is God in all this? It's a valid question. We've all asked it, haven't we?

The answer is, "God hasn't left us. He is still here. He is with us in the storm. He is with us in our circumstances. He never promised there would not be storms, He simply promised that He would be with us through the storms. And in that we find our joy. He promises that all things work together for good for those that love Him and are called according to His purpose.

We may not see it immediately due to the fog of our circumstances, but God will use even our most dire situations for the greater good. There is joy in that. So, through Faith in Christ, perhaps even Rachel can cease her weeping. The hope that is in Christ tells us that her children live on in His presence. Certainly, oh merciful God, we can find joy in that.

Dad, that's what I learned in church today. Miss you.

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Published on December 16, 2012 13:28 • 65 views • Tags: bible, christianity, church, fiction, mikveh, novel, scrolls, sermons, yeshua
When I wrote the first draft of my current novel series, The Mikveh Scrolls, I was attempting to deal with the relentless bondage of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)... an insidious condition resulting from combat experience in Kuwait and Iraq during the first Gulf War.

If you are familiar with PTSD, then you know what a destructive force it is. It wrecks lives, destroys families and robs individuals of joy, good judgment and personal initiative. From my own experience and for my own reasons, I believe it to be a weapon of the demonic.

Through a combination of writing about the skeletons and ghosts inhabiting my mental closet, thereby exposing them to the light of Truth, and the love of a godly woman, I was able to rise above my PTSD and deal with it in such a way that it is now manageable. I called on the name of Jesus and I have realized the mercy and grace of God in my life. I know I am forgiven. As a result, the nightmares are less frequent and have lost their sting. The faces of the dead are becoming more and more blurry. Their anguished voices are growing faint. The destructive demons are no longer in control and have been reduced to mere annoyances. The deceiving prosecutors can no longer falsely charge me with the blood staining my hands because it has been covered by a new shade of crimson – the cleansing blood of Christ. Their tormenting cries of, “You should have died too!” have lost their accusatory power.

The name of God is a remarkable source of healing. Psalm 111:9 says, “He provided redemption for his people; he ordained his covenant forever – holy and awesome is his name.”

Friends, the way God provided redemption was through Christ crucified. I know that to those who are non-believers, that seems foolishness. And I know, to my Jewish friends, that concept presents a problem. But to those who are called, Christ is the wisdom and power of God. Paul acknowledges these impasses in his first letter to the Corinthians and says this in response to them: “…the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.” Personally, I would rather have small faith in something great, than great faith in something weak.

Do you have ghosts and skeletons haunting you today? Call out to Jesus and let the redemptive power of His name cleanse you of them forever. Satan is the great accuser. If you get into a relationship with the living Christ, the accusations of the evil one will lose their power over your life. Paul says, “But by His [God’s] doing you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification, and redemption…” (1 Corinthians 1:30). God has provided the way to exorcise your demons. Christ Jesus is the way.

Peace


The Mikveh Scrolls by Steven G. Lightfoot

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Published on November 14, 2013 07:13 • 143 views • Tags: christ, christianity, demons, exorcism, fiction, god, holy-land, iraq, israel, jesus, kuwait, mikveh, ptsd, religion, scrolls, the-bible, war