While drafting an article for a Christian magazine, I was struck by the rugged nature of the early church. Against all odds, the believers challenged social norms, upended the religious traditions, stymied a pagan empire that spanned the known world, and crushed political opposition.

Who were these warriors?

Ordinary men and women, most of whom couldn’t even write their own name (Acts 4:13). But they possessed the power of the Holy Spirit and, through it, they turned the world upside down.

21st century Christians should look in awe at those early believers. They crossed cultures, conquered resistance with zeal, love and a rugged faith in a miracle-working God. Today, we must also face a world ruled by fear, superstition and, political correctness. Boycotts have become the game of the day as the Bible predicts would happen (Revelations 13:16).

But there are individuals who embody Christ’s answer.

Let us be the warriors that Christ ordained, proclaiming His Word with boldness and faith. Let us challenge the darkness, recognizing we are not weak but strong in Him.

We insist He is alive and prove it by letting Him work His supernatural wonders through us.

Let us be His witnesses, empowered by His Spirit to carry on His life. Fear must be met with faith, darkness with the conquering power of light.

Only then, will the world see God.

Guess what?

In the Midst of the Flames,the second book in the Northshire Heritage trilogy is being prepped as I type. This stunning sequel to In the Shadow of Your Wings will be released by August 2019.

I’m looking for readers who are interested in receiving a FREE e-ARC (Advanced Reader Copy) just to get your thoughts before I unleash it on the world. 🙂

“In thirty seconds, you will die.” The hammer of the black Luger slid in place with an unfeeling click. He pressed the gun hard against her forehead. “Now,” his voice was as unfeeling as the metal that bit into her flesh, “tell me what you know.”

—First paragraph of In the Midst of the Flames, releasing August 2019

Quick blurb:

The fires of the Great War rage in the deepest places of the heart. When Malcolm confesses his secret to Eleanor, he’s forced to face the demons of his past. Can he ever earn her forgiveness?

Leila is determined to fight for her marriage but all seems lost when British intelligence arrests her for espionage. Is all hope of reconciling with Malcolm lost?

Meanwhile, Thomas weaves an intricate web that threatens the very stability of Europe while risking everything for those he loves the most.

Imprisoned by the enemy, Will must conquer the hatred for those responsible for the death of his daughter.

Love, war, forgiveness and hope intertwine with unstoppable drama in this historical thriller.

Talk to you soon,

JP

For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.”

Matthew 12:37

As an author, I’m well aware of the power that words contain. Despots and dictators have lost their thrones before a few spots of ink on paper. God’s eternal thoughts were breathed into written form, illuminating the way to salvation.

As I fly from one end of the country to the other, and begin my author tour of the Lancaster/Philadelphia, Pennsylvania regions, I feel more constrained than ever to use my words effectively in the service of my God and for the benefit of my fellow man.

Our words can change mindsets, envision the future and immortalize the past. Our words will either empower or enslave; breathe life or destroy it. And in the end, it will be our words that either justify or judge us.

Let us purpose to use them wisely.

JP Robinson

Tim Shoemaker gives a presentation on how God is the Christian's confidence.

What a day! Tim Shoemaker, award winning author of Code of Silence, kicks things off by illustrating how a Christian’s confidence should be in God and not himself. The lesson has impact and the visuals (a ketchup-covered $20 bill) certainly reinforces his point.

Thanks Tim!

Bill Meyers, award-winning filmmaker and author of over 140 novels that have sold over 8 million copies, steps up to reinforce Tim’s message with another powerful lesson on “Spiritual Transformation.” Talk about a confidence booster!

Then, for the next 7 hours I’m swamped meeting with authors and offering advice and constructive criticism of their manuscripts. Helping these authors achieve their dreams is a great feeling.

One of the highlights of my day comes just before I start teaching a dynamic workshop on how to write historical pieces (thanks guys for an awesome class filled with laughs by the way).

If I’ve got the story right, two high-school friends that lost touch since childhood, happened to take my class and reconnect at my workshop! All I can say was I heard a lot of happy screams and laughs. 🙂 As they said, “we really resurrected the past!”

After class, I rush back to the Reusch Auditorium to (re)connect with friends, talk to literary agents about my next work-in-progress.

Photo with authors MK Gantt, JP Robinson  and Bill Watkins at the Estes Park conference center

I’m privileged to share dinner with Bill Watkins, author of the New Absolutes, and touch base with other friends such as MK Gantt.

Before I know it, the sun is hanging low over the mountains but my day isn’t complete without a phone call home to my amazing wife.

About an hour later, I’m ready to call it a night.

Thank you Lord for a powerful day filled with your grace, light and truth.

Day 1 is done.

JP Robinson