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Hell - Part 1

Started by Howard Lee Kent Jan 31, 2009. 0 Replies

really not doing very well dont feel like a overcomer right now

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I wanna die

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Comment by Lance Rengel on September 24, 2016 at 2:25pm

Did anyone listen to Moody radio's "Up for Debate" discussion hosted by Julie Roys? Today's discussion was whether or not Christians should vote for candidates who support abortion?

Comment by Howard Lee Kent on August 7, 2008 at 8:46pm
Powered by God
Ahwahnee resident finishes work on Christian graphic novel
By Elizabeth Gabriel
(Updated: Friday, August 01, 2008, 6:13 PM)
The article is protected by copyright and should not be printed or distributed for anything except personal use.

Howard Kent of Ahwahnee has written a graphic novel with a Christian theme.

Lakewood looks like a nice enough place to live. A dog cavorts on a lawn, balloons float up from the Dayspring Church carnival and two people greet a stranger and invite him to join the fun.

But despite the bright colors and sunny skies, there is something sinister happening in the idyllic town.

In "The Overcomers," a graphic novel by writer Howard Kent of Ahwahnee and artist Christina Cheek of the Ozarks, four twentysomethings become the Christian soldiers battling the the forces of evil in the guise of a group called Americans for Religious Freedom (ARF).

"The story is all about overcoming life's hardships," Kent said.

Each of the "good" characters has a strength and a corresponding flaw. Steve has wisdom but a sharp tongue, Marlene has love but little discretion, Marc has great strength but a temper and Eve has spiritual discernment but reluctance to use it.

Then there is Doug of ARF, Eve's ex. He is demon-possessed and wants to possess Eve again -- not for himself but for his masters.

Graphic novels are not comic books. And "The Overcomers" is certainly not a comic. Book 1 comes out in September, published by Living Word Publications of Michigan. Kent said it will have a full-color cover with black and white interior pages. That helps keep the cost down to $6.99, but it may be available in a full-color version for a higher price. For a preview, go to www.livingwordpublications.info.

The drawings are in a heroic style typical of the genre. The men are muscular, the women are beautiful and Doug, the bad guy, wears a dark overcoat and fedora that hides most of his features.

Kent said the story, which he has been working on and revising since 1988, is a jumping-off place for discussion and is aimed at people in the 13+ age group. The dilemmas the characters face are bigger than any the typical teen will ever confront.

"The characters all have pasts they have to deal with," Kent said, "just like us. I want readers to think about choices. I want to give people ideas, tools to use."

Kent, 38, is concierge at the Apple Tree Inn. He also is ordained, with a specialty in family ministry. He said he is a big sci-fi fan and loved comics as a kid.

"This ('The Overcomers') is sort of a combination of "Touched by an Angel," "The X Files" and superheroes," Kent said.

But the heroes of Lakewood get their power from God.

Each of the four has the same dream one night.

God speaks to them, saying "My child, I have found you to be trustworthy and true. You and others have been made worthy of being Overcomers. My missions for you will come as walks of faith. ... Be bold, be strong and be courageous. Have no fear and do not compromise, for the weapons of your warfare are mighty. You are a warrior of light and a soldier of the cross. ... I am with you always."

The four consult with their pastor, who advises them to pray over their direction.

Kent said while the story is told through a Christian paradigm, it is not preachy.

"It doesn't force God or the Bible on people," he said. "It urges you to live your life the best you can."

Kent said in the real world, heroism isn't all about physically overcoming a demon-possessed bad guy. Heroism can be walking up to someone you see crying in the supermarket and offering comfort or a kind word.

"That's God tapping you on the shoulder," he said.

The characters all get their strengths through faith, Kent said, and that's where he believes his strength comes from.

"You're stronger when you ask for help," he said.

"I have always been a defender. I always prayed to be big and strong. I said, 'God, here I am, use me.'"

And that seems to be the central message of "The Overcomers." The heroes are good on their own, but when they give themselves over, they become great.
Comment by Howard Lee Kent on July 25, 2008 at 10:48pm
Hello everybody! It has been a long time since I have talked with you and stuff. LOL! I have missed you dear members and want to say that I am back. You have no doubt heard of my Graphic Novel: The Overcomers. It ships out in September and was wonderfully designed by the one and only Christina Cheek of Silver Dagger Studios. God has really given her a remarkable talent and in my opinion, the best. Living Word Publications has graciously picked us up and is run by the man in the business, Pastor Martin Oakley. I thank God for their wonderful efforts and can be ordered at livingwordpublications.info.

What I really want to talk about is our belief in the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Christians say that salvation depends on belief in Jesus. For example, Paul told the Philippian jailer, " 'Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved' " (Acts 16:31). I agree with Paul's statement, but I would also like to qualify it. Simply believing that Jesus was a good Man who lived on earth two thousand years ago isn't enough.

Simply believing in the fact of His death on the cross isn't enough. Genuine Christian belief is a commitment to Jesus that makes a difference in one's outlook and in how one lives. It's the same with other Christian beliefs. I believe in the Ten Commandments, but do they make a difference in how I relate to God and others? I believe in the inspiration of the Bible, but do the Bible's teachings change the way I live?

My answer is THEY SHOULD! So consider this, what does Jesus' resurrection mean to you? It better be everything because it means absolutely everything. God Bless.
Comment by Gerard Lee on July 21, 2008 at 2:42am
Hi Howard, haven't heard from you in a long time. How are you doing? Christina told us you had a rough time awhile ago, hope you are recovering well.

How are all of you?

God bless you,
Gerry
 

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