Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Beside the still waters!

The Lord is my shepherd;
I shall not want.
 He makes me to lie down in green pastures;
He leads me beside the still waters.
 He restores my soul;
He leads me in the paths of righteousness
For His name’s sake.  

Psalm 23


Monday, April 21, 2014

We are destined to be resurrected too!

Happy Resurrection Day!  I hope you all had a lovely Easter Sunday and at least enjoyed some sort of celebration worship, a good meal and the company of people who love you.  If you did, then you are greatly blessed.

If Jesus had not risen from the dead, we all would still be lost in our sins and doomed to hell. If He had not risen from the dead, there would be no Christianity, no point to our faith and as Paul said it, we would be of all people, most pitiable.  Praise God, Jesus did rise from the dead! 

For if the dead are not raised, not even Christ has been raised; and if Christ has not been raised, your faith is worthless; you are still in your sins. Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished. If we have hoped in Christ in this life only, we are of all men most to be pitied. 1 Corinthians 15

If you want evidence of the resurrection, click here to read an article I wrote on the subject.

But did you also know that because Jesus was resurrected,  we also will be resurrected? Our dead bodies will be brought back to life supernaturally and will be transformed into super human bodies.  Yes, I know sounds crazy.. but the Bible says Jesus was the firstfruts of a new sort of race. He is our forerunner. And all who die in Him after Him will be resurrected just like Him. He gave us a glimpse of what type of body we will have while He stuck around on earth for 40 days. He could eat and drink, transport himself by just thinking about it from one place to another, walk through walls and even fly (He ascended into heaven).  Yet, he looked human. People could talk to him, touch him, embrace him.

Paul says:
Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed—  in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.  For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.  So when this corruptible has put on incorruption, and this mortal has put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written: “Death is swallowed up in victory.” 1 Cor 16

Our bodies will be powerful, strong, and immortal. We aren't going to be like spirits floating around heaven. In fact, we aren't even going to be in heaven very long. Contrary to popular emphasis, heaven is only a stopping place.  Our real destiny is to live and reign here on earth with Jesus. He's going to make all things new here!  Yet I never hear this preached from any modern preachers.  We hear a lot about "being saved" and "going to heaven"  which is very important, but not much about our eternal destination. I think that if we talked more about what God has in store for us (Which He tells us we can't even imagine how wonderful it is)  then more people would be interested in learning more about God. But if we simply talk about some sort of spiritual existence in heaven where we float around on clouds and sing praises to God, well, frankly, to a non-believer, that just doesn't sound very exciting!

Our lives here are so short. We struggle and get sick and lose loved ones and jobs and we work hard and sometimes seem to get no where. But none of it really matters. For those of us who cling to Jesus, we will have superpower bodies and we will have fulfilling jobs and great purposes as we work for Him. We can enjoy food, but we won't need it to live. We will never get hungry or thirsty or tired or worried or fearful or sick. And we will never die. 

Sound too good to be true? That's the kind of God we love and serve. 

Friday, April 18, 2014

The Re-Release of The Redemption!

First of all, Happy Good Friday!  Although I suppose I shouldn't use the term happy because of the suffering our Lord endured for us. I don't take it for granted what he went through. In fact, to this day I still can't watch The Passion of the Christ again. I love that movie but the explicit scenes of Christ's suffering are too much for me. And I believe it was much much worse than even that movie portrayed. Thank God and Thank you Jesus for going through that for us. He went through it for you... and me, even if we were the only ones left on earth. That blows my mind.

Anyway, perhaps it's fitting that I re-release my very first novel ever, The Redemption, today. It is a story of redemption, after all, and isn't that what Good Friday is all about?  I haven't owned the rights for my pirate series for quite a while and I finally was able to get them back. So, I edited the book and slapped a new cover on it and voila! It's available again in ebook now and print in a few weeks. The story is the same. I merely made the writing flow a bit more smoothly.

Please celebrate with me the release of The Redemption!  And let me know what you think of the new cover!  

Charlisse Bristol sets off on a voyage in search of a father she never knew, only to become shipwrecked on an island. She longs for a father’s love to fill the emptiness in her soul from an abusive childhood, but resigns herself to a lonely death of starvation. Her salvation comes in the form of a band of pirates and their fierce, enigmatic leader, Captain Merrick.

The last thing Merrick expected to find in the middle of the Caribbean was a beautiful maiden. Now he is burdened with the task of not only protecting her from his crew, but from himself. A recent convert to Christianity, Merrick is haunted by a sordid past while he struggles to become a better man and accepts a mission from God to hunt down the most vicious pirates on the Caribbean.
Charlisse can make no sense of Captain Merrick. A pirate who prays and drinks rum? Breaking her vow to never trust any man, she finds herself falling for the pirate/priest, who more than once risks his life to save her. When she confides in him her quest to find her father, Merrick agrees to help. What he doesn’t realize is Charlisse’s father is the ruthless Edward the Terror, the one man Merrick has vowed to hunt down and kill.

Evil forces are at work against Charlisse and Merrick: enemies, battles, imprisonment, jealousy, and betrayal, all threaten to destroy not only their new found romance but their very lives. It will take a miracle—or several—for either of them to survive.
If you'd like to win a free E-copy of the book, please leave a comment with your email address. I'll choose TWO winners next Friday.

In the meantime, I pray you and your family have a lovely, blessed Resurrection weekend! 


Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Death has lost its sting

O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?” 1 Corinthians 15:33

You may not see the connection between the verse and picture, but I lost a very precious cat yesterday. Her name was Hershey and she had been in our family for 10 years and was very very precious to me. I sat and petted her while she breathed her last and afterward all I wanted to do was find a cave much like this one and crawl into it.  Hence the picture. The verse you can figure out.  Some day ALL death will be defeated when Jesus returns to create His Kingdom on Earth!!

Monday, April 14, 2014

Who is worthy to destroy the flaming sword?

So God drove out the man; and He placed at the east of the Garden of Eden the  cherubim and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep and guard the way to the tree of life  Genesis 3:24 Amp 

Yesterday my pastor used this Scripture in a message about Palm Sunday. Yes I thought it was odd too, but as in most every part of the Bible, even this Scripture points to Jesus. You see Eden was Paradise. Lush, beautiful beyond our imaginings, teaming with life, it was a place where man had purpose, provision, and peace.  Aside from Love, isn't that all any of us want anyway? But God gave man love too because Eden was the place God created so He could have a relationship with man.  Genesis says God walked with man in the Garden. He and Adam and Eve had conversations. Not to be disrespectful but I even imagine God shared meals with them, celebrated with them, even laughed and played. So often we think of God as this fearful giant sitting on a throne judging us for our mistakes, but God is a father. A loving father. And I imagine he had a relationship with Adam and Eve much like that of a father to his beloved children. 

Anyway, you know the story, man rebels against God. He chooses to worship self rather than God and breaks the relationship between God and man. So God cast Adam and Eve from Eden, but more importantly away from His presence. Not out of anger or bitterness or pain (though he might have felt all 3), but because sinful man could no longer exists in the presence of God without being consumed by His Holiness. So, God puts an angel with a huge flaming sword to guard the entrance to Eden. (I always thought that was so cool!) Now mankind cannot have fellowship with God. Now the way to God is cut off completely. And since God is the source of all love, peace, goodness, kindness, provision, health, life, mercy... etc..  mankind is cut off from everything good and is doomed to die both spiritually and physically. 

How does this tie in with Palm Sunday.?  On Palm Sunday Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a donkey. People came out in hordes  crying "Hosanna! Hosanna" (Help us! Save us, Messiah, Savior!). They threw palm branches at this feet and celebrated in the streets.  It was a marriage procession! A king's procession into the city! And a funeral procession all at once.  Jesus arrived at Jerusalem that day as King of the Jews. He came as a prince to select a bride from the "City of the King" as Jerusalem is called. Yet unknown to most he arrived for his own funeral.  

Jesus was headed straight for the flaming sword guarding Eden. Perhaps not physically. (Or maybe so since no one knows where Eden was located)  But Jesus's procession with all the hoopla, with all the praise and singing, celebrating him as Messiah and King was leading him straight into the sword's path. You see up to that point, if anyone tried to reach God. If anyone tried to get back to Paradise and fellowship with God, the sword prevented them. The sword kept them in the wilderness, away from Eden and on the side of death. But Jesus walked willingly straight into the path of that sword. He took our punishment, our death, and the sword, laden with all our sins, came heavy down upon him.

Now, there is no longer a sword guarding Eden. All may enter who believe in Jesus. All are welcome who follow Him. All can freely eat of the Tree of Life in the center of the Garden!
Blessed, happy and to be envied are those who cleanse their garments, that they may have the authority and right to approach the tree of life and to enter through the gates into the city. Rev 22:14

Jesus said to him, I am the Way and the Truth and the Life; no one comes to the Father except by through Me. John 14:6


Saturday, April 12, 2014

The Raven Saint

When Grace Westcott is kidnapped by a French mercenary, tossed aboard his ship, and told she will be sold to a Spanish Don in Columbia, she cannot imagine what she has done to deserve such a horrid fate. She has spent her entire life serving God and helping the poor, not to mention trying to save the souls of her two wayward sisters. Thinking perhaps God has sent her to preach to the vile captain and his crew, Grace's every attempt to correct their sinful ways is rewarded with only mockery. When Grace's situation grows far worse than she could imagine, she is forced to face her own human weaknesses. But she isn't prepared to face her biggest weakness of all-falling in love with the nefarious captain, Rafe Dubois.

Captain Rafe Dubois hates nothing more than a religious pretence of piety. Fleeing a home of abuse and betrayal under the thumb of his self-righteous father, he became a mercenary upon the Caribbean. There isn't any job, no matter how vile, he won't undertake in order to amass the fortune he needs to build a hospital for the poor in his home town of Port-de-Paix. The praises of the people fill a craving in his soul for the self-worth and value he never received from his father, while giving him a sense of purpose for his otherwise reckless life. That is, until he meets the saintly Miss Grace Westcott who continually berates his every move.

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Grace Westcott
Brief Description:  At twenty years of age, Grace Westcott is the youngest of four sisters. With raven-colored hair and eyes a deep shade of emerald green, she's been told she has beautiful exotic looks. But Grace closes her ears to such praises. Vanity only swells one's pride, and pride goes before a fall. And she cannot allow such idle flattery to deter her from her mission to ensure her sister's eternal salvation and attend to the poor in Charles Towne. Though not as petite as her sister, Hope, nor as tall as her sister, Faith, Grace tries to hide her medium, yet curvy, build beneath high-necked, loose fitting, plain gowns. There is no need to become a temptation to any of the men in Charles Towne. Not that she has received any unwanted attention-or any attention at all, for that matter. Besides, she is too busy aiding the poor and preaching to her sisters of the evils of sin, to have time for courting. If only they would listen to her, Grace is sure her sisters would save themselves a lot of pain and heartache. Yet despite Grace's self-righteous attitude, she is a kind, generous lady who loves God and who would gladly give up her last meal to help someone in need.

Strengths:  Self-sacrificing, Generous, Clever, Strong Faith, Confidence

Weaknesses:  Judgmental, Idealistic, Lacks compassion for sinners, Nosy, Stubborn

Quirks:  Grace wears a cross around her neck which is usually tucked within her bodice. When she's nervous or upset, she pulls the cross out and rubs it. Also she throws a hand to her throat to cover up her exposed skin when she's nervous. She says "Mercy me" all the time and is very outspoken about other people's faults.

Inspiration:  I love Grace's character. I've seen her in so many people around me. She's got a great heart, loves God, loves to help others, but she has one major flaw. She is too quick to judge everyone around her for any sin she sees in their lives. Since she has never had it rough in her life, since she's always had a home and food and love, she cannot understand why people commit sin: why they steal or cheat or lie or are immoral. She only sees the sin, the top of the iceberg and refuses to look beneath. As a consequence, she comes across as being very prudish and self-righteous when in reality she only wants people get to Heaven. More often than not, I find I can easily slip into this kind of attitude, judging the actions of others without truly knowing their heart. But wait until Grace runs into Rafe Dubois, the vile mercenary who kidnaps her from her home.

Captain Rafe Dubois
Brief Description:  Tall, well-built with jet black hair and dark, smoky eyes, Rafe Dubois has no trouble attracting les femmes. That is, until he comes across Mademoiselle Grace Westcott. The son of Henri Dubois, a rich planter on the French island of Saint Dominique, Rafe, at age 26, has already amassed a fortune of his own by hiring himself and his ragtag crew out as mercenaries to the highest bidder-performing whatever dirty deed is required of them, without question. But Rafe has an oddity that baffles both his men and Mademoiselle Grace. Instead of spending his wealth on himself, he gives most of it away to the poor and sick in Port-aux-Paix, his home town. In fact, it is his ultimate goal to build a hospital in the poverty-stricken port for those who cannot afford quality care. In truth, Rafe wants nothing more than to infuriate his father, a man who mistreated Rafe from birth and who committed the ultimate act of betrayal. I picture Rafe looking a lot like Orlando Bloom in the pirate movies.

Strengths:  Protective, Smart, Leader, Good heart, Intuitive, Risk taker

Weaknesses:  Bitter, Arrogant, Rebellious, Loves Praise, Pessimist, Bad Temper

Inspiration:   Rafe is the ultimate Bad Boy. And I love writing the bad boy! He's rude, extremely macho, and arrogant. Yet he is a true leader, a commander who inspires others to follow him. He walks on the wild side and has a dangerous look about him. But inside, he's a wounded warrior with a heart of gold. I think this is my favorite type of hero to write because bad boys are so deep, so passionate, and there's a lot of stuff going on beneath the surface. Rafe has lived a lifetime of abuse and neglect. Those he trusted and loved the most stabbed him in the back. Consequently, he hates God and hates women. He has no self value so he searches for it in the praises of others. Pretending to be altruistic, he is only satisfying his need for value and for revenge against his father-a father who has an outward appearance of piety that disgusts Rafe. Can you imagine the fireworks that are set off when Rafe meets Grace Westcott?


4 Stars! Tyndall writes with such vivid detail readers will feel a part of the action and romance as they experience a historical event they won't soon forget. The message that God uses the unlikeliest people to carry out His plans will resonate. Chandra McNeil, RT Book Reviews

The Raven Saint is a swashbuckling story that will keep you glued to your chair. M.L. Tyndall doesn’t whitewash things, but tackles issues like slavery, revenge, and forgiving past hurts. The faith message is deftly woven in to every fiber of the story and will inspire readers.

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MaryLu Tyndall’s THE RAVEN SAINT – CHARLES TOWNE BELLES is one outstanding novel!  The Raven Saint is third in this highly popular series.  MaryLu Tyndall writes the type of romance that you automatically fall in love with.  The CHARLES TOWNE BELLES series is a magnificent tribute that showcases this highly talented author.  Suzie Housley, Romance Junkies
This author has done it again! She has written a story I have thoroughly enjoyed. Sometimes when you read a series of books, one of them doesn't meet your expectations. Not so with this series. They have all been very enjoyable! 
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There are few books I look forward to with more anticipation that those written by MaryLu Tyndall. As an inspirational romance writer myself, I read tons of Christian romances, but for me, Ms. Tyndall’s are simply some of the best out there, the perfect mix of fast-paced romantic adventure for the heart, beautifully laced with a poignant spiritual message for the soul. She is, and continues to be, at the top of my list for a great read  Julie Lessman, Best-selling author

MaryLu Tyndall's Charles Towne Belles is one beautifully orchestrated novel! The Raven Saint is third in this highly popular series. If you are a fan of historical romance, then you definitely want to put the name MaryLu Tyndall high atop your to buy list. This author writes with a passionate flare that captures the true essence of romance. Romance Junkies