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I’m pleased to introduce you to pastor and author Michael Duncan. I met Michael on-line, then I discovered we lived in adjoining tiny mountain town of Washington state. I’m excited to share his debut novel with you.
Here’s Michael’s article, A Quest for Truth.
Buy the truth and do not sell it; get wisdom, discipline and understanding.” – Proverbs 23:23
I was in that hazy moment between sleep and wakefulness. In that period, when the fragmented after-image of some obtuse dream superimposes upon the world at large, I thought that what I dreamt was real. With shock and horror (and the agility of a cat) I leapt off the sofa absolutely convinced that a congregation of snakes had gathered at my feet. Fortunately for me, it was all a dream.
For many people today, there is a dream-like quality to their understanding. As in my ridiculous dream, there is an overlay of a lie upon the truth. But that’s the way it is with the shadowed half-truths offered by the world. What seems to be real is actually the misty dream of human, worldly reason. When fully awake, you realize that what once appeared so certain is actually nothing more than an ethereal illusion.
Consider what the apostle Paul said in 2 Corinthians 4:18, “So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.”
Dr. Del Tackett of The Truth Project asks the question, “Do you really believe that what you believe is really real?” There needs to be, for every believer, a hunger – a quest – to passionately know the truth. So, how much of what you believe is built upon the solid foundation of God’s holy word? Invariably many Christians will occasionally embrace not only the word of God but also the shadowy dream-like imagination of the world.
To give you an example, I remember talking with a group of Christians about the implications of God’s word on our view of life. Ultimately the conversation turned to the debate between creation and evolution. I was shocked by how many embraced the theory of evolution and yet adamantly confessed that they believed the entire word of God. What happened? To put it bluntly, the illusion of evolution was superimposed upon the reality of creation and the illusion won out. You need to examine yourself and ask if everything you believe is from the truth of God or from some morphed amalgam of both the truth and a lie.
Look around at the world at large and find a source of truth other than God – it might be harder than you think. Newscasters are blatantly biased. Politicians twist facts for personal gain. False religions abound and deception is rampant. But God has given us His word, a wellspring of truth that will never run dry – and you must seek it out.
This quest for truth is of great importance, and it is a quest that you must undertake – not only for your own salvation, but for the salvation of those around you. For without truth there is no saving knowledge of Christ. Let the illusion of worldliness vanish in the pure light of truth.
Let me encourage you; it’s time to be fully awake.
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Michael has spent more than 20 years preaching and teaching God’s Word. After serving in the U.S. Air Force, Rev. Duncan entered into public ministry and has served in four churches. He currently resides in Washington State with his wife and three children and serves as pastor.
When Michael is not preaching or teaching God’s word, he spends time writing. His first novel, Shadows: Book of Aleth, Part One, was released in October, 2011. He is an apprentice-level alumnus of the Christian Writer’s Guild. Michael is a member of the Northwest Christian Writers Association and serves as a board member and a critique group facilitator. He also serves on the executive board of the Northwest Baptist Convention. Given the opportunity, he also enjoys time on the golf course.
About the Novel
A stolen text…
When the Book of Aleth is stolen, Aaron, captain of the Royal Guard, is ordered by Emperor Therion to reclaim the ancient tome. The mission thrusts Aaron into a world he’s never known–a world of elves and dwarves, races long thought extinct; a world where everything he has known and believed is a lie.
A secret past…
Forced to challenge his long-held beliefs, Aaron and his companions, two soldiers of the Royal Guard and two men of the Dwarvish kingdom of Brekken-Dahl, set out on a quest to recover the Book. Aaron resolves to discover the truth, and rescue the empire he is sworn to protect.
For more information about Michael, or to purchase his debut novel, Shadows: Book of Aleth, Part One, you can visit his website at www.michael-duncan.net
Melissa K. Norris inspires people's faith and pioneer roots with her books, podcast, and blog. Melissa lives with her husband and two children in their own little house in the big woods in the foothills of the North Cascade Mountains. When she's not wrangling chickens and cattle, you can find her stuffing Mason jars with homegrown food and playing with flour and sugar in the kitchen.