Monthly Archives: June 2015

Affirmation: “I am a Proficient Writer”

What should I do now?

What should I do now?

Despite the fact that I currently do not have the internet in my home, I have continued to keep up with this blog as well as with my weekly quota of 7 bubbles on Bubblews. I also ahead on my word count in my fourth book in The Locket Saga: Sailing Under The Black Flag.
Drum roll please! My current word count to date is 59,014. I am currently 5 days ahead of schedule for writing 30 thousand words above the original 50 thousand words of my original first draft.

Continuing lessons in the book: 50 Lessons From The World’s Greatest Achiever by Vic Johnson

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Once we know what we want out of life, it is important to have a plan of what we are going to do. Simply put, my plan is this. I want to continue writing my books as a self-publisher and I want to travel around the country promoting my books with others using various means such as book signings at various places including bookstores,, radio interviews, and speaking engagements.
Recently, I have been starting the speaking engagements by getting to know different churches in my area. I had talked to one minister about speaking at church this Sunday. If not this Sunday, then I will make arrangements to do it at a later date.

Once we have a plan, we have to keep from letting others steal our dream.

There are those people in our lives who try to convince us that we really do not want to do what we say we are going to do. I used to think that if people I loved thought that I couldn’t do something, then perhaps they were right. However, what I have since learned is that they have given me the wrong advice. Life isn’t about playing it safe. If it were, we would have stayed in our mother’s womb. Instead, we thrive as we do and learn new things. Our greatest challenges come during our years of greatest growth. Over time, those who love us temper our enthusiasm. Eventually we enter public school which seems to steal the excitement that we had when we were younger. Our lives suddenly take on a desire for better days in the future. Things will be better when I leave home and get a job. Things will be better when I get married. Things will be better when I have kids. Things will be better when the kids leave home. Things will be better when I retire. Before we know it, we are old and decrepit wondering where our life went.
Since my father’s, brother’s, and sister’s deaths within six months of one another and breakup of my marriage, I have determined to ignore the people who say I shouldn’t or can’t do those things I really want to do in my life. I have realized that those people who tell me I shouldn’t or that I can’t are trying to protect me. They are afraid that I will be hurt for trying. In truth, I don’t want to be protected. I want to grow. Failure should not be considered an ending point, but a re-evaluation of the current situation.

Learning To Live As An Independent Thinker

Don't be part of the herd. Be a trailblazer

Don’t be part of the herd. Be a trailblazer

Have you ever noticed that people tend to do things because other people are doing them. We buy things because a lot of others bought the same thing. This is called the herd mentality, It is also a considered a fallacy. Just because everyone does or says something does not make it true or right.

I have spent the past several months learning about what I really want and have been taking actions toward becoming who I really want to be. How about you? My hope is that you are inspired to take action. Create a plan and start doing. Don’t let the herd convince you to give up on your dreams and goals.

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Donna Brown is an ordained minister. As Author Cygnet Brown, she  has recently published her first nonfiction book: Simply Vegetable Gardening: Simple Organic Gardening Tips for the Beginning Gardener

She is also the author of historical fiction series The Locket Saga. which includes When God Turned His Head and Soldiers Don’t Cry, the Locket Saga Continues. Her upcoming book A Coward’s Solace will be available soon. Click here for more information about Cygnet Brown and her books.


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There are some researchers who believe that the order of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John may have been the actual order that the gospels.Reverend William F. Luck believes that Luke was written before Mark, but others, like Chuck Missler believe that Mark was written before Luke. Some modern scholars believe that none of the gospels were written by the people that were said to traditionally have written the gospels, however, like I would disagree with them. In my own personal studies, I find evidence that the gospels were written at the time that the traditional scholars believe. In this presentation, I will share some of that evidence.

First, evidence shows that all of the gospels with the exception of John were written before 70 AD and I will explain why I believe this concerning each of the books.




Evidence That Matthew Was Written First

As stated in the Bible, Matthew was a tax collector. As a tax collector, he was an educated man and tax collectors of his day had the ability to take shorthand. The fact that Matthew gave a detailed account of the Sermon of the Mount shows that he probably took notes of Jesus words as he spoke them. Matthew wrote the book to show evidence that Jesus was the king that the Jews were searching for. He probably wrote the book shortly after the Christ’s Resurrection. This genealogy at the beginning of Matthew is apparently the genealogy of Joseph, Jesus’ earthly father.

Another indication that Matthew was written first is that it is written in Aramaic whereas the rest of the gospels are written in Greek. Initially the gospel was meant for the Jews and then the Gentiles. Although it is not known exactly when he wrote the book, Matthew probably wrote this book shortly after the establishment of the church in Jerusalem.

The purpose of his book was to establish that Jesus was in fact a descendent of Abraham through David and had the lineage to stand as the King of Israel.

If this book were written any time after 70 AD when Jerusalem was destroyed, then we would have to wonder where Matthew got his genealogy evidence because the genealogies were destroyed with the temple.


Evidence that Mark Was Written Second

As the church grew from a Jewish sect into a separate group, there came a need for a Greek translation. Because John-Mark had traveled with Paul and Barnabas, he no doubt had knowledge of the Greek language far more than many of the other young men of his day. The gospel of Mark is written from the Apostle Peter’s perspective. John Mark no doubt read Matthew’s account and used it (rather than the other way around). Peter then told John Mark his account of the events that lead up to the Crucifixion and Resurrection and the words were then translated into Greek so that other Christians around the known world would have copies in the language that most people spoke at that time.

Luke’s Account

Luke was the historian and wrote in a chronological order. There is evidence that he interviewed people using first person accounts. As I read his account, I actually got the feeling that he spoke with Mary the mother of Jesus. It begins with a story that only Mary herself would have known. It also tells a lineage that is different from Matthew’s genealogy. This genealogy is not of Joseph’s genealogy, but is Mary’s. In Jewish traditions, if a man had no sons, he adopted his son in law as his own son so that his lineage can continue. Check out this Jewish Tweets post

The book of Acts picks up where Luke ends. Acts is apparently a continuation of the book of Luke. The book of Acts ends before the destruction of the temple and Jerusalem otherwise, why would he not have mentioned such an important event in his writings? This is more evidence that this gospel was written prior to 70 AD.

The Gospel of John

John’s writing is writing like a man who loved his Lord. This book was obviously written by an older man who had quit caring so much about the physical world and was more interested in spiritual matters. In reading all of John’s writings, I have no doubt that the same person wrote The gospel of John, the letters of John I, John II, John III and the Revelation of Jesus Christ as revealed to John. In each of these books, John always stressed Christ’s love for his followers. As we read John, we see beyond the veil of this world and can see the very heart of God, of his son, and the Holy Spirit in this man. John is telling us not to get too caught up in the stories that Jesus told and the works that Jesus did. He wants us to get to know the Jesus that he knew. And we can. We simply have to use the ears that John used. The ears of love.

Sorry I am So Late Today Getting My Blog out There

What should I do now?

Catching up on my blog post for today.

I usually have my blogs written before the day that it is due and I schedule it ahead of time. Over the weekend I work at a job for 12 hour shifts Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, so I don’t have much time to do anything over the weekend and I do the blog post for Monday the week before. I didn’t get a chance last week because I was moving out of the house I shared into my own travel trailer. I had bought it over a month ago, and my son was supposed to move it and he didn’t get around to moving it until a week ago Saturday. After that, we had the holiday weekend so I wasn’t able to get it leveled until Tuesday and electricity didn’t get hooked up until Wednesday. I needed to be moved out by the first so I made a mad dash to get everything moved on Thursday. (As I said, I work 12 hour shifts on Friday, Saturday and Sunday so moving those days was out of the question.) Anyway, so here’s today’s blog. A little late in the day, and perhaps a little abbreviated, but here it is. (Did I mention that I am writing this from the library because I do not have internet at home?)

The Beginning Of A New Month

50 lessons

Here it is, the beginning of a new month and a new affirmation. Because I am enjoying applying  50 Lessons Of The World’s Greatest Achiever, I will continue working through that book here on my blog. However, because I have two more books that I want to finish by the end of the year, I am going to be focusing my attention during this month and next on finishing the second drafts of both of those books. I can do that if I write a hefty 1000 words every day for the next 60 days.

My Affirmation is: I am a prolific writer!

This is in addition to writing three blog posts per week, writing 7 Bubblews per week and of course working on improvements on my trailer and doing a little gardening at my new place. I put in a small vegetable garden a couple weeks ago there, but the deer have eaten most of it. I guess I will have to move the garden closer to the trailer.

In a way it is good that I have limited access to internet right now because I will be forced to prioritize my time on the internet. I always try to look at the bright side of any situation and try to make the best of it as well. Well, have a great June and enjoy a productive prolific summer. Until next post! (It should be on time on Wednesday!)

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Donna Brown is an ordained minister. As Author Cygnet Brown, she  has recently published her first nonfiction book: Simply Vegetable Gardening: Simple Organic Gardening Tips for the Beginning Gardener

She is also the author of historical fiction series The Locket Saga. which includes When God Turned His Head and Soldiers Don’t Cry, the Locket Saga Continues. Her upcoming book A Coward’s Solace will be available soon. Click here for more information about Cygnet Brown and her books.

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