Blood Moon Redemption recently attained the status of Semi-Finalist in the Serious Writer Book of the Decade Contest. This encompassed books published 2010 through 2019. Such a honor.
At the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference I sat down with Donna Feyen of More Than A Review to talk about Blood Moon Redemption. Please join us.
So delighted and honored to be a 2019 Selah Award Winner. Awards were presented at the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference on May 22. Blood Moon Redemption won Third Place in Mystery and Suspense. Not long after that wonderful evening I was awarded two Finalist placements in the 2019 National Indie Excellence Awards — Religious Fiction and Book Cover Design Fiction.
Super Wolf Blood Moon tonight, Sunday, Jan. 20 into Monday Jan. 21 followed by a conjunction of Jupiter and Venus Tuesday morning. Apparently we have some glorious events to view in the night sky in the next few days. As long as the weather is clear we’ll have a great view of Sunday’s lunar eclipse. The moon is at its closest point in its orbit to the earth . . . known as perigee. Apogee is when it’s at its farthest point from the earth. When the moon is in full phase and perigee it’s called Super Moon – it appears a bit brighter than at other times. The first full moon in January is known as the Wolf Moon – apparently so called because the wolves could commonly be heard howling that time of year. A Blood Moon is so named because of the red tinge due to the refraction (bending) of light as the moon passes through the shadow of the earth. Just a thought – when you watch a lunar eclipse you see the shadow of the planet you live on. I just think that is so cool.
On Tuesday morning those two brilliant lights in the pre-dawn sky will pass near each other, known as a conjunction. The smaller light is the planet Jupiter and the larger is the planet Venus. As we orbit the sun and they as well, it will appear they are next to each other, even though they are 400 million miles apart.
Neither of these events is that unusual, but what a privilege to view God’s handiwork in creation. It’s been 3 years since a total lunar eclipse has been visible in the U.S. Genesis 1:14 states “And God said, et there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days and years.” They are not to rule our lives . . . God is our Lord, but they often indicate and foretell what God is doing – think of the star that guided the Wisemen to meet the child Jesus. Astronomy is fascinating. Astrology is putting our trust in the wrong place.
In my novel, Blood Moon Redemption, I explore the prophecies and events that surrounded the Blood Moons that occurred on Jewish Feast Days intertwined with an ancient relic and a terrorist plot. Might be a fun read as we have this Super Wolf Blood Moon this weekend and a great Planet Conjunction just 36 hours later. Happy sky viewing and speculating what these events might signify.
The Cheesehead Devotional Hall of Fame Edition was named a Finalist in the 2018 National Indie Excellence Awards. It also received Second Place Nonfiction in the Serious Writer Medal Awards.
Vince Lombardi is on every page and Brett Favre’s mother, Bonita, wrote the foreword. www.amazon.com/Cheesehead-Devotional-Hall-Fame/dp/1946016330
Christmas Ivy has been awarded two honors. 2016 at the Florida Christian Writers Conference it won First Place in Short Story. Recently it was named a Winner in the 2018 National Indie Excellence Awards. Christmas Ivy takes you to a simpler time with heart-felt needs and an amazing visit that points to a provision that can only be divine. www.amazon.com/Christmas-Ivy-Judy-DuCharme-ebook/dp/B01N0B4MY9
BLOOD COVENANT, ISRAEL, AND THE END TIMES
Bible Study by Judy DuCharme
What is Blood Covenant?
Basically: Whatever you have belongs to me and whatever I have belongs to you.
Technically: A solemn agreement or contract or union between two parties who give themselves unreservedly to each other – strength and weakness, wealth and debt.
It is the strongest bond two people can have and it lasts to all following generations.
10 steps of Covenant throughout the world and history:
Write what and where you remember seeing these steps in the Bible:
1. Two people come together._______________________________________________________
2. Exchange of coats – “Here is me” (character, commitment) _____________________________________________________________________________
3. Exchange of weapons – sword, shield, bow – “I am your strength, I will defend you.”
4. Exchange of portion of name _______________________________________________
5. Cutting – letting of blood (wrists) ____________________________________________
6. Wound is sealed so it can always be seen – rub something in so, even when healed, it’s visible.
7. Animal(s) cut in half – walk around while pledging commitment _______________________
8. Rehearse blessings and cursings – very stringent, serious ______________________________
9. Memorial established to remind of covenant – stones (engraved), sheep exchange, planting of trees _____________________________________________________________
10. Covenant Meal (celebration) – simple bread and wine ______________________________
The word ‘covenant’ appears more than 250 times in Old Testament.
Do you see the 10 steps mostly in the Old Testament or New Testament? ___________________
Have you seen covenant stories in the Bible? _____________________________________________
Where do you see covenant in your life? ______________________________________________
Blood Covenant, Israel, and the End-times
Bible Study by Judy DuCharme
Nehemiah 1:5 And I said, “I beseech Thee, O Lord God of heaven, the great and awesome God, who preserves the covenant and lovingkindness for those who love Him and keep His commandments.”
Deuteronomy 7:9 Therefore know that the Lord your God, He is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and mercy for a thousand generations with those who love Him and keep His commandments.
2 Cor. 3:9 For if the ministry of condemnation has glory, much more does the ministry of righteousness abound in glory. (first is old covenant, second is new covenant)
Covenant Heads or Partners are called Friends. This is not a light term. John 15:15 No longer do I call you servants . . . but I have called you friends.
2 Chronicles 20:7 Abraham, thy friend forever.
The Creator voluntarily initiated entering into covenant with the created.
Genesis 15:1 the word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision, saying, “Do not be afraid, Abram. I am your shield, your exceeding great reward.” (This is the exchange of ___________)
Genesis 15:17 a smoking oven and a burning torch passed between the pieces. (of cut animals)
The ancient Hittites would cut animals and the lower party would walk between the bleeding pieces and take an oath of loyalty to the superior, “May the gods do so to me as I have done to these animals if I do not fulfill the terms of this covenant.” In Gen. 15:17, who is passing between the pieces and what does this tell you? ____________________________________________________
And do you see a significant comparison in the New Testament? _____________________________
God’s name: Jehovah which comes from Yahweh, which comes from Yah,which is pronounced like breath escaping “AH!” Read Genesis 17:5, 15. What did God insert into Abram and Sarai’s names?
________________________. Think about the sound of the breath. How does that relate to who we are? _______________________________________
Exodus 3:6,15 God now calls Himself the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, the God of Jacob. And He says it is His name forever. What has God done here? ______________________________
God requires circumcision in Gen. 17: 10,13,26, a sign of cutting, of letting blood.
Read Deuteronomy 11:26-29. What is the condition or the key to receive the benefits of the covenant? ___________
Deuteronomy 28 lays out the benefits and blessings as well as the curses. List some of the blessings God provides for you in His covenant. __________________________________________________
Memorials established to remember the covenant – stones engraved or piled into a monument, sheep exchanged, trees planted.
Exodus 12:1-28 Passover, the Covenant Meal – the day, the meal, and the blood were all signs. Read verses 13,14. Do you see companion signs in New Testament? What are they? ________________
Read 2 Chronicles 20:1-30. Where does Jehoshaphat remember the covenant? ___________________
What does God tell them to do? _______________________________
God’s covenant is set, is promised, but we must engage it. How do we do that? _______________
When God said to Abraham, “Give me your son, your only son” in Genesis 22, Abraham knew it was covenant and that because of covenant God would do the same. He obeyed unquestioningly for it was covenant rights. And Abraham named the place ‘The Lord will provide’ for God asked for his son and then provided the ram. How did God later do just what he asked of Abraham? __________________ _____________________________________________________
When Jesus, in the Passover with his disciples, said, “This is the blood of the New Covenant”, the disciples had a thorough understanding of what it meant to enter into covenant.
After going through this, where do you see covenant evidence in your personal life?