The Amethyst Stone (Jade Creek Book One)

Synopsis:
Best friends Tanbi and Julian dream of becoming the next great seafarers, but the world is bigger and more dangerous than they ever imagined. The elders have declared a crisis: rogue crews plague the seas, growing with each passing year.

But there is good news. Elohim has spoken. One of them has been chosen to build a bridge from Scenic City to the great forests across Jade Creek, but if these childhood friends want to remain together through rough seas, there's only one way they can do it:

They'll have to return to the source of all things...

Preview:
“What once left me breathless and in awe now appeared as plain as the coast I grew up on. There was a thrill in me once, an electricity so real it was contagious and transformational, but alas, that feeling is long gone and now even the most vivid danger couldn’t satisfy the longing for adventure in me. All those great exploits that only few may encounter only built a thirst in my soul for something more, something nothing in this world could satisfy. And so I looked higher. I went back to what my father taught me, the belief of a child who is entrusted with the truth beyond the cosmos – Elohim.”

He grew up on stories about great evil and terrible men. That’s what linked his people together – story. He jumped from his father’s lap with his wooden sword flaying in the wind. He struck nothing but air and yet he vowed to fight evil to become the hero for the next tale. His whole childhood convalesced in a single dream – to wield the sword with honor. He never imagined the day he would find the evil he was looking for. He never would have believed it was real unless he saw it for himself – vowing to fight against evil until the day you stare it face to face and then realize you’re looking at your own reflection. How could someone vowing to defeat all that is wrong become the evil he once despised?

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Mars (A Novel) 火星小說

Mars was instantly uploaded on everyone's communications device.
火星立即上傳到每個人的通訊設備上。

The Prime Minister ensured it was the answer to their biggest crisis.
總理確保這是他們最大危機的答案。

It was all about the girl.
一切都與女孩有關。

And he would do absolutely anything to save her.
他願意做任何事來拯救她。

But was it really possible for the power of time and space to move heaven enough to solve his crisis?
但是時間和空間的力量是否真的有可能移動天堂來解決他的危機?

Or was the worst really upon them?
或者世界最糟糕的境地已來臨了?

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AMPHIBIANS (A Novel)

FreshAir. A simple environmental organization that found the answer to the greatest environmental threat the world has ever faced. Everything is safe now. Everything except us. A special co-op mission of people called Amphibians explore the new world where everything has grown ten times their normal size.

With incredible abilities to swim through physical matter with strength and speed, they are the only ones left who can face the full force of the wild. It's a fight to survive and humanity is losing. Now it's all up to this group of heroes with a special calling to bridge the gap between the wilderness and humanity.

Amphibians is an adventure that seeks to uncover the courageous spirit in each of us waiting to be revealed during the darkest times as long as we choose to never give up.

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盟軍戰爭 Your Place in the War

天國軍事征服 
Heaven’s Military Conquest

因為你被接在以色列裡所以聖經的故事就是你生命的故事。 
The story of the Bible is the story of your life because you were grafted into Israel.


軍事比喻來介紹大聖經 Introducing the Bible using a Military Theme

想像一下一個偉大的戰士,他以仁慈和正義統治著他的居民,而且每個公民都忠於他。

Imagine a great warrior who rules over his inhabitants with mercy and justice and whose every citizen is faithful and loyal to him.


這個偉大的戰士的名字叫愛,他與每個公民都有親密的關係。此外,愛選擇把自己的王權賦予他的公民,然後責令他們照顧和保護他的王國。公民統治的整個土地都享有和平與繁榮。

This great warrior's name is Love and he has an intimate, personal relationship with each of his subjects. Furthermore, Love chooses to impart his full kingly authority over the land to his subjects and then charges them to care for and protect his kingdom. The whole land which is subject to these citizens enjoys peace and prosperity.


但是隨後發生了不可思議的事情(是不可思議因為它從未在這個王國發生過):來自異國的敵人入侵了一個隱形任務,並通過欺騙手段推翻了這些公民的權威,基本上說服他們放棄自己的權威賦予敵人。

But then the unthinkable happens (unthinkable because it has never happened in this kingdom before): an enemy from a foreign land invades on a stealth mission and overthrows the authority of these citizens through a deceit tactic, essentially tricking them into abandoning their authority to their enemy.


當敵人剝奪了公民應有統治權時,一個從來沒有經歷過和平的王國突然陷入了詛咒,這就是因為公民不再關注愛情,而是被敵人腐敗了。他們開始彼此打架,用自己的力量摧毀而不是祝福。

As the rightful rule over the land is stolen away by the enemy, the kingdom which had never experienced anything but peace is suddenly plunged into a curse since the citizens no longer focus on Love, but are instead tainted by the enemy to such an extent that they turn on each other and use their strength to destroy rather than to bless.


對於這種情況,愛是如此的痛苦極了,以至於他在那時宣布他的敵人會被消滅,但這不會立刻發生,而是在將來的某個時候通過與他的公民的合作而被消滅。這在他的公民中發出了希望的曙光,但是隨著土地和公民的心越來越黑,這種希望的預言開始消失。實際上,這片土地變得如此黑暗,以至於只有一個家庭忠於愛。

Love is so extremely distressed about this situation that he proclaims then and there that the enemy will be destroyed, not immediately, but sometime in the future through his co-labor with his citizens. This sparks a small light of hope within his citizens, but as the land and people's hearts grow darker and darker, this prophecy of hope begins to fade. In fact, the land becomes so dark that only a single family remains loyal to Love.


偉大的戰士別無選擇。如果他在這一刻不干預,將不再有希望的痕跡。在一場混亂和動蕩的大戰中,愛殺死了那土地的居民,因此只有忠於他的那個家庭仍然活著。這是一個偉大的重置,是重新開始的機會。但是,即使這個家庭中的黑暗依然存在,儘管地球已經清除了威脅其生存的污漬,但黑暗仍然籠罩著光明。

The great warrior has no choice. If he doesn't intervene in this moment, there will no longer be a trace of hope left. In a great battle of chaos and turmoil, Love slaughters the inhabitants of the land so that only that single family which was loyal to him remains alive. It is the great reset, the chance to start again. But even the darkness in this family lingers on, and though the earth was removed of the stains that threatened its existence, darkness still prevails over light.


可是,愛對這一切都不是不可預見的,他用了一個敵人看不到的簡單而精確地行動來完成計畫的下一個動作。他選擇一個人,並要求他跟隨愛的方式。通過這個人,一個家庭,乃至整個民族被確立為抵抗周圍國家黑暗的盟軍基地。愛本人就是通過這個盟軍基地進入故事的,儘管並非沒有很大的犧牲和死亡威脅。

None of this was unforeseen to Love, though, who makes his next move in such simplicity and precision that the enemy can't see it coming. He chooses a single man and calls him to follow in the ways of Love. Through that man, a family and ultimately an entire nation of people are established as an ally base against the darkness of the nations around it. It is through this ally base that Love himself steps into the story, though not without great sacrifice and the threat of death.


愛在他的公民中間行走,但他的公民無法認出他。他們絆倒在絆腳石上,是因為他們認為這位偉大的戰士會像殘酷而支配優勢的敵人的戰士一樣。相反,愛對貧窮和軟弱的人仁慈,但對未能幫助最低等社會的被尊敬精英公民卻是嚴酷的。最後,敵人說服了愛的公民出賣他們的國王並殺他。

Love walks among his people, but his people can't recognize him. They stumble over a stumbling block because they assumed the great warrior would be like the enemy's warriors who majored in brutality and dominance. In contrast, Love is merciful on the poor and weak, yet harsh on the respected elite of his own citizens who fail to help the lowest of society. In the end, the enemy convinces Love's own people to betray their king and murder him.


但這並不是愛所無法預料的。實際上,這完全是他的計劃。由於愛自己的公民活在戰俘中,不一定是敵人的戰俘,而是他們內部的黑暗的戰俘,所以他們無法跟隨愛的方式。即使愛奪回了從敵人手中的土地的權威並將其歸還給他的公民,黑暗仍然會佔上風。統治著他的公民的這種黑暗需要先被回覆才這土地可以被治愈。

But this too, was not unforeseen by Love. In fact, it was all according to his plan. Since Love's own citizens were living as prisoners of war, not necessarily to the enemy, but to the darkness within them, they were unable to follow the ways of Love. Even if Love took back the authority to rule the land from the enemy and restored it to his citizens, darkness would still prevail. This darkness ruling the hearts of his citizens needed to be restored before the land could be healed.


必須指出,這些戰俘不是當值的無辜士兵。他們是叛國者,應該受到最嚴厲的懲罰。敵人從一開始就知道這一點,並以此作為對付偉大戰士的槓桿。愛的公民犯下的戰爭罪行必須償還債務,而只有愛本人才有資格支付正義所要求的代價。那正是他會做的。

It must be noted that these prisoners of war were not innocent soldiers taken in duty. They were treasonous renegades who deserved the worst punishment that could be offered. The enemy knew this from the beginning and used it as leverage against the great warrior. A debt had to be paid for the war crimes committed by Love's citizens, and only Love himself could be worthy to pay the price that justice demanded. And that's exactly what he would do.


來作為一種消滅他公民內心黑暗的犧牲,愛甘願地變成了居住在他們身上的黑暗,以便他們可以成為他愛的光明。這位偉大的戰士憑著自己的意志,陷入死亡的深淵,使他的公民的債務被免除,但他並沒有就此止步。

As a sacrifice to eradicate the darkness within the hearts of his subjects, Love willingly became the darkness that inhabited them so that they could become the light of his love. Of his own volition, the great warrior descends into the depths of death to even out the accounts of his people, but he doesn't stop there.


這位用了自己的生命來換取戰俘的偉大的戰士過著完美的生活,沒有理由讓他死。同意犧牲偉大戰士的敵人竭盡全力將愛牢牢地關在死亡的束縛中,但即使最黑暗的邪惡沒辦法阻止愛無辜生命的力量。

The great warrior who gives his life in exchange for the prisoners of war had lived a perfect life and there was no reason for him to die. The enemy who agreed to sacrifice the great warrior tries with all his might to imprison Love in the bonds of death, but the power of an innocent life is too great even for the darkest evil.


作為戰爭的重大轉折點,愛以謙虛的勝利從墳墓中升起,戰勝了奴役他的公民的黑暗。 一旦敵人的力量被擊敗,愛就能夠用他的愛之光交換其公民心中的黑暗。 對於所有選擇進行這種偉大交換,他們的黑暗被籠罩在愛的犧牲的永恆迴響中,他的公民給給予新的心來跟隨愛的方式,並作為士兵來戰勝被擊敗的黑暗 。

As the great turning point in the war, Love rises from the grave in a humble triumph over the darkness that enslaves his people. Once the power of the enemy is defeated, Love is able to exchange the darkness in the hearts of his citizens for the light of his love. For all who choose to engage in this great exchange, their darkness is slain in the eternal echo of Love's sacrifice that would ring throughout eternity, and his citizens are given a new heart to follow the ways of Love and fight as soldiers against the defeated darkness.


許多人拒絕這位偉大戰士的犧牲,但許多其他人接受了他的犧牲,將他們的黑暗換成光明,並再次獲得了以憐憫和正義統治該國的權力。 然後他們出去宣告跟建立新的王國,這個新王國首先在人心中統治,然後繼續祝福所有創造物,並有盡可能多的人接受它能夠成為愛王國的新公民。

Multitudes reject this great warrior's sacrifice, but multitudes of others accept it, exchanging their darkness for light and receiving again the authority to rule over the land with mercy and justice. Then they go out to proclaim the new kingdom that begins by ruling in the hearts of men and then proceeds to bless all of creation, and as many as accept it become new citizens of Love's kingdom.


這就是聖經的故事,我們歷史的故事,以及我們每一生的目的。 有一天,愛的王國將被完全恢復,他的勝利將吞噬死亡。 在那之前,我們像愛的好士兵一樣戰鬥,始終相信為我們而死和復活的國王將有一天再次來,以使一切都變好。

This is the story of the Bible, the story of our history, and the purpose of each of our lives. One day, the kingdom of Love will be restored in full and death will be swallowed up in his victory. Until then, we fight like good soldiers of Love, always believing that the king who died and rose for us will return again one day to make all things right.


How the Least becomes Greater than the Greatest

Matthew 11:11 Truly, I say to you, among those born of women there has arisen no one greater than John the Baptist. Yet the one who is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.


Imagine a servant fanning a king in his palace in the heat of summer. The king is the greatest in the kingdom, but according to Jesus, the greatest is one who serves.


All of a sudden the first becomes the last because the king doesn't serve anyone. That servant fanning the king becomes the greatest since he serves the king himself, but the lowest servants who aren't even worthy to serve the king become greater than he.


Perhaps that's why Jesus said John the Baptist is the greatest, but the least in the kingdom is greater than he.


Teaching and Parenting Philosophy

In any house or classroom, there are essential values that must be maintained in order for masters to bring maturity to their pupils.


The first value is honesty or integrity.


The rules must be followed and enforced. Good rules that are not enforced consistently and fairly will nullify any good intended. When there is consistency based on these pre-determined rules, trust is built, which ultimately leads to good relationships between master and pupil, and pupil and pupil.


The second value is proper acceptance.


There must be respect for each other, along with acceptance in the differences between levels of growth and personality within a framework of correct behavior. Improper behavior must not be accepted, for it will produce the opposite result intended. Proper acceptance to err and try again builds confidence, which ultimately leads to good relationships between master and pupil, and pupil and pupil.


The third value is tangible rewards for good behavior and effort.


Masters must tell the pupils why the rules and values prescribed are beneficial and right. Effort toward the goals of these rules and values must be encouraged through tangible rewards. At the same time, the master must never reward improper behavior, for it would encourage the opposite of what is intended. Tangible rewards for good behavior and effort produce motivation, which ultimately leads to good relationships between master and pupil, and pupil and pupil.


As you have noticed, the end goal of all three values is good relationships. That is because good relationships allow learning to flourish. Poor relationships hinder learning. Therefore, there are three action steps to take to ensure a positive home or classroom conductive to producing maturity in pupils.


1. Clearly explain, demonstrate, and expect the essential values.

2. Immediately punish the following: dishonesty, bullying, and apathy.

3. Maintain an agreement with superiors, if any, regarding these essential values (i.e. parents, co-teachers, spouses, supervisors).


The first value, honesty, precedes proper acceptance and the giving and receiving of meaningful rewards, ultimately creating an atmosphere of good relationships with the goal of producing maturity in pupils likened to that of their masters.


Concordantly, the proper place to start in creating an environment conducive to producing maturity is in outlining clear rules and expectations, and cultivating a culture of honesty and integrity toward them.