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"Like A Man's Hand"

Hello Overcomers of CCAS,

Read Psalm 46.

1 Kings 18:44 says: "Behold, there ariseth a little cloud out of the sea, like a man's hand."

Many unique applications can be drawn from familiar scripture passages. For example, an unknown author wrote, "It is well if we can see the form of a Man's hand in every cloud that arises in our lives. It is good if we can discern the figure of our Lord, the mighty Maker of Heaven and earth, in every shadow that spreads it's wings above us. For then our clouds will leave abundant blessings in their wake, and our dark days will reveal the glory of God in all His protecting and comforting power."

A Christian woman was always so bright and cheerful that everyone wondered at her joyous spirit. "But sister," said a friend, "you must have some clouds in your life."

"Clouds?" she replied. "Why of course. If there were no clouds, where would the showers of blessing come from?"

This saint of God, like the poet of old, had learned to "trace the rainbow through the rain."

Many believers reach the place of unquestioning faith in Jesus and can sing Joseph Gilmore's hymn with assurance:

Sometimes, 'mid scenes of deepest gloom,

Sometimes where Eden's bowers bloom,

By waters still, o'er troubled sea,

Still 'tis His hand that leadeth me.

In every cloud that darkens our horizon we may discern the nail-pierced hand of the Man of Calvary. Surely the One who died for us can be trusted to lead and protect us, even in the worst storms of our life.

Victory and perfect peace will be yours if by faith you look for the mighty hand of God in your cloud.

This has been an Overcomer's moment. God Bless.............Howard

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Son of Samson



Son of Samson, (And the judge of God, Volume 1), (And the Daughter of Dagon Volume 2), Published by Zondervan, 2007, 160 pp., $9.99 each.

In a word, fun! Branan is the titular son, and he's on a quest. Just hours after Samson's death Branan is told that Samson was actually his father. This is the impetus for his journey, as he attempts to find the places and people that his father touched (sometimes quite literally!} during his time as judge of Israel. Sergio Cariello (Iron Ghost, Lone Ranger) opts for a looser art style than we've seen from him, and it works here, giving some characters that almost cartoony form and face and slightly comedic appearance. The stories showcase Branan's strength, of course, but also his brain, and how his faith informs his decisions. Issue two introduces (at least) to characters who should make repeat appearances, if not form a company around Branan, and we also find out that there are some issues from Samson's past that young Branan just might have to deal with before the series runs its course. Sort of like Conan, without all the brooding and with more direction towards a positive goal. And less 'lamentation of the women'.

Review by Steve MacDonald

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Those of you that know my work won't be surprised that some of mywebcomics are totally Jesus focused, some are family slices of life, andsome are just plain goofy or surreal. I post them on my home page in noparticular order, but here is a link to all the ones where there is avery obvious Christian focus:

http://joechiappetta.blogspot.com/search/label/Christian

Let me know what you think.
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AFTER ILLUSTRATING THE PSALM I REALIZED HOW MUCH EASIER IT IS TO JUST CONCENTRATE ON THE ART --NOT ALL THE STORY TELLING. I'M STILL WORKING ON MY GRAPHIC NOVEL, BUT I THINK IT WOULD BE FUN TO WORK WITH SOMEONE ELSE. IS THERE ANYONE OUT THERE LOOKING FOR AN ARTIST? I SURE WOULD LIKE TO LOOK AT A SYNOPSIS OF YOUR SCRIPT IF YOU FEEL MY WORK WOULD GEL WITH YOUR WRITING.
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Me and my Blog.

"I dreamed instead of did. I hoped and i wished instead of tried."

Max phillips, also know as "Pops" said that in an episode of The Twilight Zone entitled "Vietnam", i believe. Which reminds me, i should probrably put Rod Serling on my list of favorites. That man was a genius and if he wasn't saved i will be very surprised. Anyway, This episode and this particular line has great sentimental value to me. I'm a procrastinator. I've been a procrastinator all my life. Always wanting more, never doing what it took to get it. It wasn't until late one night, during the last hours of an all day Twilight zone marathon, with my wife asleep on the sofa and the kids asleep on the floor around me, that i heard the single line that would stay with me for the rest of my life. I nearly dropped my can of grape soda right on my sons head.lol Max Phillips has just found out about his sons death and looks into the sky filled with regret and weeps over his wasted life. That was all it took to scare me straight. The prospect of me looking back and weeping over my wasted life did not appeal to me. I guess i just needed to see it from the outside. I guess the best thing i can do is something, anything.

I would no longer wait for the circumstances to be right. I would no longer wait for a convention to come by so i could get my portfolio critiqued. I would no longer wait until i could afford the "right" equipment and tools. I would not wait for someone else to hire me. I wanted to make a comic book, and i will make it. Jack Chick wrote and drew his first CHICK Tract on his kitchen table. Joe Casey wrote Marvel Comics in his living room on a tv dinner stand. I have all i need; A pencil, Some paper, and God.

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Proven By Your Critics

Read 1 Peter 2:13-20

A sure test of a person's character is how they respond to false accusations. If you, a believer, is faithfully serving Christ, you will be critized; and the more work you do, the more adverse comments you hear. Your value is measured not only by the friends you have but by the enemies you make as well. God pity the Christian who has no opposition at all - of whom it is said, "Everybody speaks well of him." No believer should want the world's praise or the devil's flattery. A pastor friend of mine once said, "Criticism is the muck in which the plants of the Lord grow strong." A child of God can profit more from criticism than from flattery, especially when it reveals your weaknesses and faults. Even if a charge is untrue, it can help you grow and bring glory to Christ.

The apostle Paul had his share of false accusations. In Romans 3:8 he spoke of slanderous reports. Some people were completely distorting his message of salvation by grace and thereby casting reflection of his apostleship. Servants of God in every age have been maligned: Noah, Moses, Joshua, David, Elijah - none of them escaped. And the most severely criticized of all was the Savior Himself. Yet He was unique, for every criticism leveled against Him was unjust!

The Bible says, "If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, happy are ye; for the Spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you" (1 Peter 4:14). Whenever you are falsely attacked by others, be sure your response is Christlike. You are being proven by your critics!

This is an Overcomer's moment. God Bless............Howard Kent (Matthew 5:11)

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Two strong op ed column blogs... (I think)


Coming from a position of Christianity, and a Christian position that seeks to reveal many of the fallacies of the conservative fundamentalist slant in my chosen faith, I found these two blog entriesreally interesting.

I think the article names in the links below say plenty all by themselves.

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http://blog.beliefnet.com/godspolitics/2007/10/who-has-betrayed-us-by-brian-m.html

From the above link:
I remember about eight years ago when then presidential candidate GeorgeW. Bush repeatedly claimed that he would restore honor to thepresidency, soiled as it had been by our previous president's infamousaffair. I remember hoping he would succeed. But a new kind of shame hascome to the office and to our nation as reports surface about ourgovernment's secret authorization of torture. We all share in thisshame.


http://blog.beliefnet.com/godspolitics/2007/10/bush-has-given-christ-a-bad-na.html

From the above link:
However the vast majority of Americans, especially those who describethemselves as born again Christians, are solidly in support of Bush,and even question the Christian identity and commitment of those whodisapprove of Bush...

The only problem is that somehow hisaggressive American-ness has been identified with his being aChristian. But we in India cannot see the war as the work of aChristian.


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What I'd love to see isa candidate who is either a conservative democrat or a liberalrepublican, someone who supports the poor and elderly and opposes aproactive war but supports a strong military, who seeks equity intaxation across all income levels, but also encourages responsibleexercise of free speech in media and art without creating censorshipoptions (prefer a sort of responsible self-censorship as self-sacrificefor the greater good and a willingness to discuss what that meanswithout resorting to bipartisan name-calling), and open discussion onhot bed topics such as abortion and illegal immigration without havingto castigate either side as evil or "the enemy" (at worst) or stupiduninformed religious hicks or liberal nutjobs (at best).

But sadly, I don't expect to find that anytime soon.
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Richard H. Goldwater, 1936-2007


(reposted from SuperHeroNews)

IN LOVING MEMORY
Richard H. Goldwater
1936-2007

Richard H. Goldwater, President/Co-Publisher of Archie Comics, passed away October 2, 2007, after a courageous battle with cancer. Richard’s father, John Goldwater, was the creator of “Archie Andrews” – America’s perennial teenage “Everyman,” and his girlfriends “Betty Cooper” and “Veronica Lodge.”

In 1941, John and his business partners, Louis Silberkleit and Maurice Coyne, founded MLJ, the company that later came to be known as Archie Comic Publications. Richard joined the Company after college and, after working his way up through the Company learning all facets of running a successful comic book publishing business, took the Company private together with his life-long friend, Louis’ son, Michael Silberkleit, Chairman/Co-Publisher.

As Editor-In-Chief, Richard strived to produce good, clean, wholesome comics suitable for family entertainment. Under Richard’s careful stewardship, millions of fans all over the world have grown up chuckling at the antics of “Archie” and his friends. He helped make the “bff” relationship between “Betty” and “Veronica” and the “Archie,” “Betty” and “Veronica” love triangle an integral part of American popular culture. Over the years, “Archie” and his friends have changed with the times and embraced current fads. They’ve gone from poodle skirts and sock hops to e-mail and in-line skating. But the age-old teenage issues of dating, crushes, school, homework, sports and parents that they struggle with have remained the same. Nowadays, “Archie” and his friends interact with fans online at ArchieComics.com.

When asked about the reason for “Archie's” enduring appeal, Richard told the New York Times in 1973: "He's basically a square, but in my opinion squares are the backbone of America. If we didn't have squares, we wouldn't have strong families."

Richard worked tirelessly to make sure Riverdale was the kind of town you would want to live in. While the main characters have always been “Archie,” “Betty,” “Veronica,” “Jughead” and “Reggie,” Richard made sure that a diverse cast of ethnic characters were an integral part of Riverdale’s population. Just about everyone in America has at one time read an Archie
Comic.

Richard was instrumental in the introduction of new properties, such as “Sabrina the Teenage Witch” and “Josie and the Pussycats,” and in the diversification of the Archie Comics product line via the addition of licensed properties, such as “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” and “Sonic the Hedgehog.” In each case, Richard ensured that the comic stories fit with the company’s strong family values. He took great satisfaction knowing that Archie Comics only produced comics with content that parents could trust to be appropriate for their children. Richard was instrumental in expanding the reach of Archie Comics beyond U.S. Borders. Archie Comics have been translated from English into French, Spanish, German, Greek, Korean, Swedish Danish, Russian, Vietnamese, Hindi and Arabic.

Richard also assisted Michael with efforts to expand Archie’s core characters into other mediums – including countless “Archie”, “Sabrina” and “Josie” animated television series, a long running live action “Sabrina” television series that has been seen in 34 different countries, a “Josie and the Pussycats” theatrical motion picture and “The Archies” musical group that had tremendous success in the 60’s and 70’s.

In commenting upon Richard’s passing, Michael said: “I am proud to know that my good friend Richard played a major role in bringing America’s favorite teenage humor characters into millions of American homes. I will miss him profoundly, both as a life-long friend and business partner.”

Victor Gorelick, Vice President/Managing Editor, said, “I worked with Richard for almost 50 years. He passed on his enthusiasm and love for the “Archie” characters to me. He was my boss and my friend. I’m going to miss him and our almost daily talks. While he would come into my office to go over cover ideas, story topics and editorial direction, we also enjoyed engaging in lively discussions about cars, food, boats and the good old days.”

Richard is survived by his three daughters, Lisa, Taylor and Summer. There will be a Memorial Service to celebrate Richard’s life on Wednesday, October 10th at Zion Memorial Chapel, 785 E. Boston Post Rd. Mamaroneck NY at 2PM (914-381-1809). In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial donations be made to The Center for Hope, 590 Post Road, Darien, CT 06820
(203-655-4693).


Contact: Michael Silberkleit
Chairman/Co-Publisher
Archie Comic Publications, Inc.
325 Fayette Avenue
Mamaroneck, New York 10543
(914) 381-5155 Ext. 213
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Faith01Cover.jpg

One of my favorite Christian comics out there is the featured comic of the week at www.ZGraphicNovels.com, Faith: Warrior Princess by Layne Toth, Chris Yambar and Levi Krause.

Check it out at http://www.zgraphicnovels.com/exclusives/

And if you really like it, we have copies available at Community Comics: http://www.communitycomics.com/cc_partners_fwp.html

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A "Second Chances" Fan Art




Here is a fan art I did for Jeremy Lee Atkinson(who is a member of our wonderful CCAS Social Network) based on his "Second Chances" story. You can read "Second Chances", along with other fabulous stories like JCServant's "Wildlight", Shan Kodger's "Lightning Prophetess", and many others at:

http://www.cyberlightcomics.com/


God bless you all, and may you have wonderful weeks!

Gerry Lee





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Do not let your heart be troubled...

Hello CCAS members....

I just wanted to encourage you all that what God has started in you, He will also finish in you.

Hebrews 6:10 says: "God is not unjust; He will not forget your work and the love you have shown Him as you have helped His people and continue to help them."

What ever part of the ministry you are doing, continue to the very end. I have seen and read a lot of what you have done and I think it is just great. I would love to hear from more of you and I pray for each one of you everytime I log on to the site. Christina Cheek is working with me on a project called "The Overcomers." It will hit different parts in our lives and hope when you read the series, you can relate to the characters' situations and thoughts. More on that later.

I would also like to add that Christina is a wonderful artist and has a great eye for detail. Some people say that she has two.

Just keep up the good work guys and gals and don't let ol'slewfoot get in the way. OK?

God bless you all..............Howard Kent

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New Hope

I'm glad I found this place. It is nice to have a place where I can Be associated with very Talented Christian people. I hope To learn alot from here plus maybe gain support from here as I try to take my comic Second Chances as far as the Lord will allow.
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"Shelter of Wings"- a reader's reaction

The story begins by throwing the reader right into an intense and exciting battle between angels and demons. The one weak spot is that everything happens so quickly that the gorgeous art seems to want to keep the story moving at breakneck speeds, while the dialogue introduces some important information that you may want to slow down and remember for later. Just my opinion:)

I like Jenna. There's something unreal about the angels and demons. The angels are very otherworldly, and take some time getting used to. The demons are a bit too light and comical for me, but this is a Christian fantasy, not a treatise on demonology:) But Jenna's scenes bring the reader 'down to earth' and gives us a familiar world context to catch our breaths before we return to the spiritual realm.

Jenna is in pain and hurting, but she responds quickly to love and seems to genuinely want answers. The scenes where her angelic guardian speaks with her about the Lord Jesus and spiritual things are my favorite, because the writer/artist really conveys the sense of Jenna's wonder well. I'm not so interested in angels and demons, but when they interact with a well written character like Jenna, it's very engaging and entertaining.

In the end, do I think this book glorifies God? Yes. God is treated very reverently in this book. I will buy the next one when it comes out.

Well, that's what I thought, about "Shelter of Wings"





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Me and my Blog.

Hmph. Thats not a bad title. I should use that for like a video blog show or something. "Me and My Blog", catchy like "Attack of the Show". Anyway, i finally got another one of these social networking sites up and running. I like doing these. It like 15 minutes of fame for people like me. I just don't what pics i'm gonna put where. I don't want them all to be the same, that makes them all redundant. Hmmmm.......well, thats something to think about. :)
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A beautiful thing happened today.

A beautiful thing happened today. A warrior for the Lord was freed from this land of dying to join Him in the land of the Living. She fought well, strong, and long, all for His Glory, and was rewarded with eternal, painless, sorrowless life. She was a testimony to His Goodness and Faithfulness, and brought many prisoners the key to the locks on their chains – that key being the repentance of sins and faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.Meanwhile, here on Earth, Lois MacDonald, our mother, grandmother, friend and co-laborer, peacefully breathed her last breath after a three-week struggle trying to regain her health after falling ill and being admitted to the hospital. The last week of her life saw her regain consciousness and communicate with her family. The progress was not enough to keep her with us. She was a blessing to us all. Thank you all for your words of comfort, encouragement, kindness and prayers.
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Guardian Heroes #00

Guardian Heroes #00 (May 2006). Alias Comics/Astounding Studios, Kevin Grevioux (writer), Leonel Castellani (penciler), Eduardo Lemos (inker), $3.50, 24 pp.

Kevin Grevioux, actor and screen writer produced several comics (The Hammer Kid, Valkyries, The Vindicators, Alivs Rex) under his Astounding Studios imprint and published them through Alias before the publisher left the direct sales market last year. These books appeared as Alias was winding down and never had an opportunity to gain any real traction in the marketplace or even produce second issues.

The Guardian Heroes is a highly professionally produced pack- age aimed at a pre-teen audience. The series concept is simple and compelling. Grevioux establishes a Biblical worldview by starting his story quoting from Genesis chapter one. He then presents Biblical characters (Moses, Joshua, Samson, David, etc) as “Heroes of Light” who combat the “denizens of the dark.” In modern times we have “other heroes who fight for truth and justice” like Donar, Imperion, Zhara, Kilowatt, Bolt and Komrade Kazan. A Satan like character named Deadzluv (leader of The Fallen) recruits a crowd of super villains to began his battle to destroy mankind through its children. However a large group su- per heroes are recruited by an angel from the “Ancient of Days”. The angel declares, “All of your shall be assigned one of these gifted children to mentor and protect from the Fallen and their super-villainous minions.” This issue sets the stage and ends with the initial battle for the lives and souls of these gifted children. Grevioux does an excellent job of writing for a young audience and penciler Leonel Castellani uses a high quality animation-like style infusing the art with graphic electricity. Though Grevioux has taken on writing assignments at Marvel I hope he finds a new home for the Guardian Heroes. This is an excellent series that deserves a good long run.

(Review by Don Ensign)

Warning: The Astounding Studios Forum has been hacked and porn ads are contained in it.

www.astoundingstudios.com/
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Karl Barth back in prison?!

I don't know if you've been following this story about religious books being pulled from prison libraries, but thank God it has a happy ending... for now.

Yet another example of throwing the baby out with the bath water in order to root out the dangerous religious extremists. This kind of lowest common denominator thinking is just more proof that the collective wisdom of our politicians has dropped.

Common sense approaches like finding and getting rid of the dangerous stuff but leaving the other stuff may take more time and be harder work, but isn't it the more Christian thing to do in this case?

Again, just my thoughts. Your mileage may differ.
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My Mom could use your prayers

Hi guys. My Mom could use your prayers. She's been in the hospital for almost two weeks. Things happened pretty suddenly - she felt sick, was admitted to a local hospital, they were transporting her to the big city hospital, she had a mild heart attack in the ambulance, and now she's in multiple organ failure but stabilized on machines. We haven't given up hope, but I'm spending most evenings up there (Massachusetts General Hospital, MGH) and my writing energy has gone to updating her CarePage, so I haven't been here in a few weeks.She has been sedated since she got to MGH (she's in a medically induced coma), but they stopped the sedatives so she could wake up and respond to stimuli. But since her liver isn't processing the medication properly it is still in her body, and she hasn't woken up yet even though they stopped sedatives about a week ago.She has been a great Mom to me, but even more than that she has been a great woman of God. She is part of multiple ministries (music ministry, prison ministry, personal active evangelistic ministry, etc.) and has touched thousands of people's lives over the last few decades. She is an active force in my Christian life, both as a model and by her prayers (and probably a hundred other ways as well). She even encourages me on my writing projects and reads the odd Christian comic book that I think she might like (she mostly likes the true-life missions stories, like Sadhu Sundar Singh). Hers is a life of sacrifice for the Glory of God, and I praise God that He has given me 40 wonderful years with her. Selfishly, I'd like a few more years with her, but I know God has a perfect plan for what's happening now, so if you can please pray for God's Will to be done and evident to everyone concerned I would appreciate it tremendously.
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