• 2017 Year In Review – Read Your Bible

    2017 Year In Review – Read Your Bible

      Today is the final day of the year 2017 and it’s been a year I won’t forget. I’ve grown in my walk with the Lord in leaps and bounds while at the same time seen some of the most dismal sales months I have ever seen. In my publishing life this year I’ve discovered what works and what doesn’t in big, big ways. For instance “traditionally published” looks cute on a list of accomplishments but means little in overall sales (at least in my experience). Another discovery I made this year in my publishing life is my readers primarily enjoy Christian Romance, not suspense or mystery (though some do like those other ones). The biggest change I’ve seen this year has nothing to do with writing. It’s not something you will see on the evening news or read about in a newspaper tomorrow. You won’t find it on my list of books I’ve published this year either. No, but it’s the greatest change I’ve seen in my own life in years. I hate to admit this, but it’s the truth. This year was the first time I seriously read my Bible from cover-to-cover. I’ve always read a daily devotional here, a sermon there, a few Scriptures just because, but a serious and heavy Bible reading schedule hasn’t been something I’ve been able to do. I had always longed for it in the past, often picking up the Bible for a week or two in a row, but only to forget or let it fall away because I “didn’t have enough time” or “I know what’s in there.” It wasn’t until August of this year I started to take reading my Bible serious. August and onward through the rest of the year was very trying in my personal life and I can’t help but think of Psalm 119:67, it says, “Before I was afflicted I went astray, but now I obey your word.” You see, at this time my sales were tumbling, I couldn’t afford the remaining year lease on my house (10 months left), my Dad had just finished fighting another blood clot, and my mother was battling skin cancer. I was so unsure of what to do. But you know what? Finding God’s strength, finding His shelter often happens when we become afflicted. Only happens when we need Him more than ever.Read more…

  • How To Avoid Getting Off Track – King David’s Sin: Bathsheba

    How To Avoid Getting Off Track – King David’s Sin: Bathsheba

      Transcript: Welcome to another episode of Inspired Word with T.K. I’m your host T.K. Chapin and today we’re going to look at David and Bathsheba. While this topic is a bit sad it’s a lesson for us all when it comes to matters of the heart, matters of sin; and I’ve been studying this in my morning devotions and it was something I wanted to share with you. You know a lot of times we struggle with understanding what God’s will is. A lot of times bad things happen and we aren’t sure why, whether it’s a death of relationship, whether it’s a death of our marriage, or a certain area of our life—we suffer. And the good news, the gospel, is that Jesus raises the dead. So whether you have a broken relationship, whether you have a broken marriage, whether you’re struggling with some kind of sin and you just feel dead, and you feel like you’re at the end of yourself. Go ahead and turn in your Bible if you have it handy to 2 Samuel 11, it’s where the reading will be today. And let’s just go through it together and see what we can gleam from David and Bathsheba. Verse 1: ‘In the spring, at the time when kings go off to war, David sent Joab out with the king’s men and the whole Israelite army. They destroyed the Ammonites and besieged Rabbah. But David remained in Jerusalem.’ David had a lot of success. Everything he did was blessed in the previous chapters. You can go back and read it to see all the achievements that he was doing. He was rocking, rocking it, and it was because the Lord was him. He did more for Israel than any person up to that point as far as kings go. But in this first verse we see that David took a step back from what he was supposed to be doing and took some “me” time. “Me” time is something that’s really easy to fall into. I write a lot of books, but a lot of times I’ve caught myself doing this several times. After a book is released I’ll take time to just step back, and while it can seem like an okay thing to do, it can get us off track right.Read more…