Dear Friends, this is David Telbat. Thanks for joining us for my post, “The Worst Crime; Inside Steadfast Book Four.” What is the worst crime ever committed? There are many horrible crimes committed in our world today, and when we are the victims, there sometimes seems to be very little healing or recovery. How could we ever move on? How can we help others move on when they are the victims? What should we say to give them hope? This is the challenge of Steadfast Book Four (now available!). Imagine a crime that leaves you speechless, and then you trust God to bring healing through it all. And as Christians, are we willing to rely on God to lead us toward forgiveness?
The Crimes of Today
Daily, we are confronted with horrible crimes. The media seems addicted to bringing out the vilest in every situation, twisting it to make it seem even worse, if that is possible. But that’s not the worst part. The world offers no real healing to the victims of crimes, nor any real help to make sense of today’s horrors.
The world offers a long list of platitudes to deal with crimes committed against us. Medication is offered, and counseling is suggested, but people who don’t know who God is cannot possibly help those who most need the only One who can bring true and miraculous healing. The world is blind, yet it offers to lead the way.
Dealing with the Worst
Crimes against us that don’t kill us leave us stunned. How can we go on? Sometimes, shame and guilt overwhelm those who have been hurt the most. Living afterward seems hopeless. Our identity seems to have shifted. We are not who we once were. We’ve been violated, and there seems to be no fix.
This is the scenario we find in Steadfast Book Four. It’s the longest Steadfast novella so far, and it may contain the most challenging message in all the series yet. How would you help those who’ve been victimized by wicked men?
Check out Steadfast Book Four, and please leave your comments. I want to know if it was meaningful for you as you see how Eric Radner helps those who are hurting the most.
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Prayer Prompt: October is known as Clergy Appreciation Month. Remember to pray for your church leadership—clergy, pastors, elders, deacons, youth leaders. These are tough times and the load can be heavy. The devil is roaring loudly these days. Show your leaders that you appreciate them.
Ideas: Send a thank you card this month. Or get a card and have everyone else sign it too. Or invite them to lunch, or dinner. Or give them a gift certificate for dinner out. Or take him/her/them fishing. Or mow their lawn. Or wash their car. Or offer to babysit. Or buy them a special book. Or buy them a mug and put candies in it. But most of all, pray for your leadership and their families, and let them know you are. Check out this site for other ideas, but it doesn’t have to be anything expensive to show your gratitude.
COMING UP: Join us next time for David’s new Steadfast Short, “Sudden Accomplice.” This short story is included in The Steadfast Series timeline. Watch for more stories to come!