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About Chuck Kralik

  • Birthday 01/30/1974

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  1. New Here!

    Hi, Alley! So happy to have you as a member of our group!
  2. It's Been A While

    Hello, Skeeter. I'm so glad you've rejoined our group. Best wishes!
  3. Hello From The Ozarks

    Hi, Heather. You have a very touching story. I'm from your neck of the woods and am happy to see you join this site. Best wishes!
  4. Introducing Myself And My Team!

    Hello, Chris and team. It's great to have you here. Best wishes!
  5. And Introducing Me - Krick Floyd

    Hello, Krik. Welcome to the group!
  6. New Member

    Hi, Emma. I'm so glad that you're part of our group. Best wishes on your writing!
  7. Hello From A New Christian

    Hi, Liana. Welcome to the group. So happy to hear about your faith and writing!
  8. Fish and Sheep

    “The third time (Jesus) said to Peter, ‘Simon son of John, do you love me?’ Peter was hurt because Jesus asked him the third time, ‘Do you love me?’ He said, ‘Lord, you know all things; you know that I love you.’ Jesus said, ‘Feed my sheep’ ” (John 21:17, NIV). When Peter and the other disciples arrive on shore, Peter soaking wet from his swim and the other men sitting in the relative comfort of their fishing boat, Jesus already has breakfast warming over a fire. As the heat of the dancing flames warms Peter’s skin and the smell of fresh fish and bread fills the air, Peter can’t help but think back to several years ago, to his calling as a follower of Jesus. That instance had also involved a huge and miraculous catch of fish. But that was well before Peter’s recent denial of Jesus. Now, Peter’s sin is at the forefront of his mind. As he pulls the fish-filled net onto shore, Peter hopes that he can still be of use to Jesus, that he can once again “ ‘…fish for people’ ” (Luke 5:10, NIV) as Jesus had called him to do. I imagine there is some level of uncomfortableness on the part of Peter as he shares the meal with Jesus and the other disciples. Peter knows all-to-well that he has hurt Jesus and wonders if their relationship, their friendship, will ever be as it once was. The laughter of the group of men around the fire calms Peter’s anxiety to some extent, but it doesn’t change the fact or the cruel consequences of his sin. But then, following their meal, there’s a moment in time, an exchange between Peter and Jesus, where Peter’s doubts are diminished and his hope is restored. Jesus asks Peter a series of questions, three times in fact, the same number of times that Peter had denied knowing Jesus, “…do you love me?” (John 21:15-17, NIV). Each time, Peter affirmatively responds with an answer of “yes” and each time Jesus tells Peter some variation of the phrase, “…feed my sheep…” (John 21:15-17, NIV). Jesus is not finished with Peter, even though Peter has given up on himself. Jesus has forgiven Peter, despite his denial, and now Peter needs to forgive himself. Peter, who had been called to fish for people is now being called to feed Jesus’ sheep, his lambs, a calling that will ultimately cause Peter to lose his life. But it will all be worth it. Peter will lead and fish and feed Jesus’ people the remainder of his life, and his confession of faith will outlive his denial in doubt.
  9. Peter Makes a Splash

    “Early in the morning, Jesus stood on the shore, but the disciples did not realize that it was Jesus. He called out to them, ‘Friends, haven’t you any fish?’ ‘No,’ they answered. He said, ‘Throw your net on the right side of the boat and you will find some.’ When they did, they were unable to haul the net in because of the large number of fish. Then the disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, ‘It is the Lord!’ As soon as Simon Peter heard him say, ‘It is the Lord,’ he wrapped his outer garment around him (for he had taken it off) and jumped into the water” (John 21:4-7, NIV). This event marks the second occasion in which Jesus has provided the disciples with a miraculous catch of fish. The first was when a younger Simon Peter was called by Jesus into ministry. Much has happened in Peter’s life since that occasion three years ago, including his recent denial of Jesus, his Lord and his friend. This second catch of fish is so important, especially for Peter. The once dead, now risen Jesus is showing that, just as Peter had been called into the ministry, he is now being reinstated to serve. And where before Peter had been called to follow, now he is being called to lead. Jesus will soon ascend into Heaven, leaving Peter and the other disciples to carry-on all that Jesus has taught. (Continue reading at www.chuckkralikauthor.com)
  10. The Doubting Disciple

    “…But (Thomas) said to them, ‘Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe’ ” (John 20:25, NIV). Thomas was never one to receive top billing as one of Jesus’ disciples. His name is mentioned only a few times in the New Testament, usually in a who’s who list of the twelve. Thomas isn’t even present when the resurrected Jesus first appears to the other disciples as they hide behind locked doors. No, Thomas’ claim to fame, rather his claim to infamy, is found in his disbelief concerning Jesus’ resurrection from the dead. To Thomas, the news that Jesus was alive was just too good to be true and too difficult to believe. And so, Doubting Thomas, as he would come to be known, needed proof that Jesus had accomplished what he said he would do - live, then die, then rise again. For Thomas to believe, he had to literally see the scars where the nails had been driven into Jesus’ hands and feet. He had to physically place his hand in Jesus’ side where a Roman soldier’s spear had penetrated Jesus’ body. (Continue reading at www.chuckkralikauthor.com)
  11. Talk About A Entering Into A Spacious Place!

    Welcome, Hyacinth, to the group! Best wishes on your continued writing!
  12. April Is National Poetry Month...share A Poem

    Thank you so much! I really liked your poem as well!
  13. April Is National Poetry Month...share A Poem

    What really killed Jesus? Was it the nails that pierced his wrists and feet, or maybe the spear that punctured his side? Was it the cruel words that echoed in his ears, their shouts to crucify, crucify? Maybe it was his gasping for breath, or his thirst, or his breaking heart. Whichever of these it may have been, I’m pretty certain that I played a part in why someone so innocent, so good, so young had to die? I am quite sure that I know why. They scourged him and mocked him and stripped this man. I looked away, only to see his blood on my hands. Naked and bleeding and paraded by men. He carried the cross. He buried my sin. As I look more closely, I finally I see. It’s not what really killed Jesus, but who? It was me.
  14. A Tomb in the Garden

    “At the place where Jesus was crucified, there was a garden, and in the garden a new tomb, in which no one had ever been laid” (John 19:41, NIV). Death had made its return to a garden. Perhaps, it was a fitting scene, as a garden was the place where this entire spiritual dilemma had begun. Thousands of years before Jesus occupied Earth, Adam and Eve lived in a garden. The Garden of Eden was Paradise, but its perfection didn’t last long. A seductive serpent and an appetite for forbidden fruit led to Adam and Eve’s banishment from the garden. Paradise, literally and figuratively, was lost. (Continue reading at www.chuckkralikauthor.com)
  15. Walk Faithfully

    “They asked each other, ‘Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?’ ” (Luke 24:32, NIV). Imagine walking with God. What would it be like strolling alongside the God who created you, the One who knows you most deeply, the God who is for and not against you? Perhaps it would be intimidating to recognize that God knows your every thought. Or maybe it would be comforting to realize that God cares about your every concern and desire, that he is genuinely interested in you and what you have to say. In Genesis we read that Enoch and Noah, each “…walked faithfully with God…” (Genesis 5:22, 24; 6:9, NIV). The idea conveyed here is that these men of faith enjoyed an intimate and meaningful relationship with God, that their faith walk was in step with their Creator. Following his resurrection on the first Easter morning, Jesus walked with two other men as they trekked toward the town of Emmaus. (Continue reading at www.chuckkralikauthor.com)

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