Dear Reading Friends, with Distant Harm, Book Three in The COIL Legacy, coming soon, I’d like to whet your appetite with some themes found in the book. In approaching weeks, I’ll share posts offering the inside scoop as to why I wrote what I wrote—all without spoilers for the adventure to come! For example, in the novel, men and women offer themselves for God’s purposes, and for others. How can they do that so courageously? Is it possible for us today?
Am I looking up or down?
The last few months, I have been reflecting a lot on our eternal hope in Christ—the kind of hope that does not disappoint—because it is a hope that is based on certain promises from God. In one study group, we even contemplated all the false hopes we have in this life. What are our eyes focused on? We hope in all kinds of things that are not promised in Christ, therefore, many of our hopes are empty. But when our hopes are narrowed down to God’s promises, we have great liberty to live for Him today.
I explain biblical hope like this because practically speaking, the standard to selflessly serve God seems too high when all our hopes are wrapped up in worldly endeavors and success. But living sacrificially is suddenly possible when our hopes are based on eternal realities. Only then will we be empowered to extend ourselves for Christ and others. As I considered these truths, the ideas naturally found themselves in the book I was working on.
What is my life based on?
In Distant Harm, COIL agents seem to care little about this life, but they still give their all. They clearly care deeply for one another and even for strangers, but how is this possible? It is because their priorities are lined up on the right things. Their lives are not based on possessions, fashions, trends, or empty pursuits.
One character you’ll meet in the book owns only a toothbrush, a compass, and a Bible. This character is based on a real person, and because he has his hope on eternal things and not on the temporal, he’s at liberty to move for God at a second’s notice.
Letting go and looking up.
Obviously, we all own more than a toothbrush, a compass, and a Bible. My point is that we too can live sacrificially for Christ if we take a reflective look at our own hopes and pursuits. What if everything in our lives lined up with the hope we have in our Lord’s glorious appearing? Maybe some things need to change in these final days, so that our hands are freer of the temporal and more available for the eternal.
Our lives go where we direct our eyes. This is a principle behind having sure hope in enduring promises. And having sure hope in God’s enduring promises is behind some of the character attitudes in my upcoming novel, Distant Harm.
I pray your hope is in Christ’s soon appearing, and you are being refined in character for that day because of that hope!
See you on the next page!
NOTE-1: Some of you have been asking, “When is Distant Harm going to be out?” Right now, it’s looking like mid-April, so rest up! 😉
NOTE-2: Be watching for more posts to come about background and/or characters found in David Telbat’s new upcoming page-turning novel, DISTANT HARM! You can find Books One and Two of The COIL Legacy here. The series begins with the FREE Prequel, Distant Boundary. Click the title link for a list of available retailers and download the prequel for FREE NOW!
NOTE-3: Exclusive Subscriber Gift! David Telbat has written a short story based on characters found in Distant Harm. He calls it a prelude, which has backstory on two characters you will find in the novel. You won’t want to miss it! We will send it to subscriber inboxes in a couple weeks! If you aren’t a subscriber yet, you can subscribe here now!
COMING UP: Join us next time for a Resurrection Sunday Short Story by D.I. Telbat titled, “Death–the Secret to Life.”