Dear Reading Friends and New Subscribers, this is David Telbat. Crippling tragedy is an underlying threat in my upcoming new novel, Distant Front, COIL Legacy Book Two. I have written it in the midst of our fallen world’s terrible tragedies—police shootings, terrorist attacks, and politics gone awry. So, it’s no wonder that the story captures multiple conflicts in Titus Caspertein’s career, in Corban Dowler’s leadership, and in Steve Brookshire’s health. Steve Brookshire? Yes, you’re about to meet this new soldier for Jesus Christ!
Prayer through Tragedy
Deep inside China, Distant Front develops as a battle is fought for the survival of two kidnapped Christian operatives. The situation couldn’t be more desperate in the COIL timeline—and our own timeline in America. Agents of darkness attack the truth of the Bible, seeking to silence God’s Word and distract from the simple gospel.
But in the depths of hopelessness, God’s people pray. After all, the hopelessness is only in the world. Prayer is our primary method of expressing our faith and confidence that even through this era of immorality and compromise, we will trust and follow God. His opinion and His attention matter.
Triumph through Tragedy
In Distant Front, the characters who are most oppressed are those who are most honored by God through their faith and beyond their tragedies. The tragedies grow them up. It’s the very exercise of prayer to God that He meets with triumph, since He is “able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think,” (Ephesians 3:20 NASB).
The world’s most destructive tools against God’s people cannot destroy our invincible God. Therefore, in these COIL characters, even with all their flaws, we learn to stand like them—through loneliness, through ridicule, even unto death. We won’t reject the One who bought us and waits eagerly for our company. The COIL story is a story about us all. We are the characters that God is calling to stand and to stand strong.
God is not Intimidated
Whether in the heart of China or in the suburbs of America, an agenda of darkness rages against believers of Jesus Christ. But our God is not daunted. He’s not intimidated, or shamed, or weakened.
And so we pray through the tragedies and anticipate our Lord’s final response. His delay in coming is out of love for the final few to repent. For such love . . . we can hold out a little longer. Together, let us remain on our knees, my brothers and sisters. God has not left us alone!
See you on your knees!
COMING UP: Join us next time for David Telbat’s new short story, “Welcome Home, Sergio!” And in our extra post on 10/26, Dee will have a novel update for you on how things are coming on Distant Front, as well as David’s other writing plans! Thanks for reading, friends.