Month: August 2014

“Pressing” In from The Unlikely Pastor Devotional by Ken David Stewart


Pressing In
What follows is another short message from my devotional, “Unlikely Pastor” by Ken David Stewart.
During the last month I’ve really been “pressing in”. From my understanding, “pressing in” in Christian charismatic circles means intensely seeking the Lord by whatever means necessary.
What does this look like? For some it could mean reading the Bible regularly and meditating on God’s Word. For others it can mean seeking God through soaking (lying down, listening to anointed music and allowing God to do his work in us). Others seek God through intense prayer sessions and quality time spent alone with the Lord. It can also mean time spent reading, listening to or watching videos by people like Patricia King, Katie Souza, Joel Osteen, Joseph Prince, Dr. James B. Richards, Todd Bentley and Bill Johnson just to mention a few.
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Revised Edition of The Lake Demon Chapter Fifty-Nine


Chapter Fifty-Eight

A meeting was set up for all the parties interested in The Ogopogo Project including Dean Sandeson, Dr. Lionel Phelge, Kyle and the rest of the university students, Ryan and Monique and Blake Riley. On a Friday afternoon they met in the university’s main conference room.
“Thank you all for coming,” said Dean Sanderson who was chairing the meeting. Today’s session will be mainly an exploratory meeting with the purpose of defining what our goals are for this project and how, in a practical way we might obtain them. I will ask Dr. Phelge to describe how he envisions the project.
“ As some of you already know I have been granted a year’s sabbatical to write a research paper on a topic of my choice related to marine biology. I have long had an interest in cryptozoology and a particular interest in the creature known as Ogopogo. I am hoping to gather some data that has previously never been published that would help determine whether or not this animal actually exists in Lake Okanagan,” said Dr. Phelge.
“There have been many sightings of this creature over many decades and yet no one has been able to come up with any conclusive evidence of the existence of the Ogopogo,” said Dean Sanderson. “Kyle, could you tell this group what the university students’ interest in this project involves?”
“Well, to tell you the truth, sir, our original aim was to come up with a story that would be of great interest for publication in the university’s newspaper. We have noticed that there is a great need for some articles that would be of interest to the student body,” answered Kyle.
“I consider that to be a worthy goal Kyle. I, too, have noticed a lack of interest and readership in UBC’s newspaper. I’m all for anything that’s going to improve the university’s image,” said Dean Sanderson. “And what about our two young people who are on summer vacation? Please tell us how you became interested in this project.”
“My new friend, Monique and I had a recent sighting of Ogopogo. We had just met and were out for a jog when we saw Ogopogo in the lake. Monique was able to take two pictures of the creature with her camera. Unfortunately, the photos were taken from a good distance and would never be considered as positive scientific evidence,” said Ryan.
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Revised Edition of The Lake Demon Chapter Fifty-Seven


Chapter Fifty-Seven

Daniel Mason had just handed his edited copy of The Kelowna Sun to his boss, Blake Riley.
“I put a large red circle around something in the classifieds that should be of particular interest to you, sir,” said Daniel as he passed the paper to his boss. It’s on page thirty-seven.”
Blake quickly turned to the page indicated by his head of security. He perused the ad placed by Dr. Lionel Phelge, the marine biology professor.
I need to get in contact with this professor immediately. I am very interested in his proposed project but there are details that I need to find out. Having a marine biologist as part of our crew will add credence to our project.” Blake reached in his pocket for his cell phone. “I’m going to call this professor right now.”
Dr. Lionel Phelge was sitting at home in his favorite chair reading the book, Devil’s Knot by Mara Leverrit when his phone rang. When Lionel read he became deeply absorbed in a book and it took him a few seconds to adjust to a disturbance of his concentration such as a ringing phone.
‘Hello, this is Dr. Loinel Phelge speaking.”
“Professor Phelge, this is Blake Riley, the entrepreneur calling. I am responding to your newspaper ad about the expedition to find Ogopogo. I understand that you are looking for financial backers”
“Yes, indeed I am,” answered Lionel. “The expedition that I am envisioning could potentially cost in the million dollar range. Some university students are presently researching all the personnel and supplies that we will need and are attempting to come up with a rough estimate of the total expenses for our project.”
“I believe that I can be of invaluable service to you in this project. I have more than sufficient financial resources to cover the costs of the expedition. I also have previous experience with this type of endeavor. A few years ago my head of security was involved with a project searching for the Lake Champlain Monster. I have also been to Scotland to look for the Loch Ness Monster. At present I have the employee I mentioned contacting the crew from m 1the Lake Champlain Project.”
“I thank you for calling me, Mr. Riley. What you have said greatly interests me. Could we arrange to meet in person in a few days to look further into this matter?” asked Lionel.
“That would be my pleasure. Get back to me with a few dates that you will be available,” said Blake Riley.

Revised Edition of The Lake Demon Chapter Fifty- Six


Chapter Fifty-Six

Sheriff George Anderson sat back in his black leather office chair and stared out his window overlooking Lake Okanagan. Just then his lead deputy Bill Rollins knocked on the sheriff’s door.
“Come in, Bill,” said George.
“Have you got any special assignments for me, Sheriff?” asked Bill.
“I’ve been thinking about the Ida Rhodes case, Bill. Have we got any new leads other than what the young boys told you?”
“Not a thing. Mrs. Rhodes has one sister that I contacted. Her sister Francis told me that she had not heard from Ida in about three weeks. I told her that her sister had gone missing and asked if Ida had mentioned anything about leaving town or going on a trip.”
“What did the sister say?” asked the Sheriff.
“She told me that her sister hadn’t mentioned anything like that and was probably not in good enough shape to travel at her age,” replied the deputy.
“Mrs. Rhodes doesn’t even drive a car, does she?”
“I’ve never seen a car in her driveway.”
The Sheriff got out of his chair and stood up. “So the old lady wasn’t planning on going anywhere except to take her dog for a walk along the lake. Some young boys saw her by the lake but do not see her return. I want some missing persons posters put up around the whole area,” said Sheriff Anderson.
“No problem, Boss. I’ll take care of that. I was just going to ask you one thing, sir. Has anyone reported seeing something unusual on the lake recently?”
“No, why?” asked the Sheriff. “What do you mean by unusual?”
“Well, last evening my son Jeff and his little friend Anson came to our house scared out of their wits. They said that they had been out fishing on the banks not far from where the old lady disappeared. Both boys told me that they saw a large grey hump move up and down in the water. They were probably about fifty yards away guessing by how they described the size of the object,” said Deputy Rollins.
“So want me to believe that Ida Rhodes and her dog got eaten by Ogopogo?” asked George Anderson laughing out loud.
“No, of course not, George but I believe that my son and his friend got a good fright from something they saw,” replied Deputy Bill Rollins.
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Revised Edition of The Lake Demon Chapter Fifty-Five


Chapter Fifty-Five

As soon as Bobby O’Connor left Mike O ‘Grady’s apartment he drove over to Tim Hortons to meet Harvey Perkins, the fishermen who had called him earlier in the day. Harvey spotted Bobby immediately as he came through the coffee shop’s doors. Harvey was a sports fan and had seen Bobby O’Connor’s picture several times on the sports page of The Kelowna Sun
“I’m over here, Bobby,” said Harvey as he pulled out a chair for the reporter.
The two men shook hands. “Please to meet you in person, Harvey. I gather that you have something interesting to tell me and that it has nothing to do with sports,” said Bobby.
“You’re right about that,” said Harvey. “Like I was telling you on the phone, my partner and I spotted an unusual moving object on Lake Okanagan. Two kids, Ryan and Monique saw it also and showed us a couple of pictures they took of the creature.”
“Do you think the creature is Ogopogo?” asked Bobby.
“I’d put money on it. It’s not like anything I’ve ever seen and I’ve been a fisherman a long time.”
“What does your partner think?”
“Henry is skeptical about everything.
The creature would have to be staring him straight in the face before he’d believe in it.”
“How far way was the creature?”
“About a hundred meters I’d estimate.”
“Would you mind if your story was published in the Kelowna Sun,” asked Bobby.
“That’s fine with me. People can laugh at me if they want but I know what I saw.”
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Revised Edition of The Lake Demon Chapter Fifty-Four


Chapter Fifty-Four

Daniel Mason, the head of security for Blake Riley Enterprises had just picked up the morning edition of the Kelowna Sun . He took it to his office to read. As part of his job duties Daniel skimmed through the newspaper underlining, highlighting or writing in the margins anything that might be of interest to Blake Riley. Blake was a voracious reader of both novels and non- fiction books, but didn’t have the patience to read the daily newspaper from cover to cover. That’s why he had his head of security search the paper for him. Blake and Daniel had many conversations in the past and Daniel had a good grasp on what might be of interest to his boss.
As he was reading through the classifieds Daniel noticed a very strange advertisement. It was posted by a marine biologist professor at The University of British Columbia. His name was Dr. Lionel Phelge and he was asking for financial sponsors for an exploratory expedition to hunt for the Ogopogo Lake Monster. As Daniel was putting a large red circle around the ad his office phone rang.
“Hi Daniel, this is Peter Marks, the captain of the boat that searched for Champ. I got a message that you might have a similar expedition in mind.”
“Yes, I do. However, I have to give my boss, Blake Riley the credit for the idea,’ replied Daniel.
“Isn’t he that eccentric billionaire who’s always seeking new adventures.
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“I wouldn’t call Blake eccentric, but he is a man that is always looking for new challenges in life,” answered Daniel.

“So what does your boss have in mind?”
“He wants to head up an expedition to capture Ogopogo and keep him in his private zoo,” answered Daniel.
“What! This ups the ante considerably. So we’re expected to capture this creature?”
“That’s Blake’s goal,” answered Daniel.
“Well my crew and I are going to want much more money than National Geographic paid us. We’re also going to need to hire some additional staff for hunting and trapping this animal,” said Peter Marks.
“I wouldn’t worry about adequate compensation. My boss has pretty deep pockets and once he embraces a new project he becomes obsessed by it.”
‘Well, I still have the contact information from the old National Geographic crew and I could call them to see if they’re interested,” said Peter.
“I would appreciate that very much,” said Daniel. “Remember to tell them that getting paid generously for their work shouldn’t be a problem.”

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Fan Mail 2014


Fan Mail August 2014
Yesterday afternoon I finally got around to answering all my fan mail. Most of the fan mail came via comments and emails posted by my WordPress readers and followers. I don’t know if I’m a good writer or not but I really appreciate the support and feedback that I have received from my readers. If any of you have comments, questions or feedback on my fiction writing and non fiction blogs don’t hesitate to contact me via WordPress.com, facebook or twitter. I have dedicated my recent video blog, What’s Up? (Summer Edition) to all my family, followers, friends, readers and fans.
God bless you all!
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Revised Edition of The Lake Demon Chapter Fifty-Three


Chapter 53:
Bobby O’Conner recovered his composure enough to make an appointment to meet Harvey Perkins, the fisherman who claimed to have seen Ogopogo earlier in the day. They agreed to meet at Tim Horton’s at 5:00 PM.
As Bobby got in his car to drive to Mike O’Grady’s apartment he thought that his future as a reporter with The Kelowna Sun might still be salvageable. He had to admit that the witnesses that he talked to today both sounded credible.
At 2:00PM Bobby parked his black Pontiac Grand Am on the street across from Mike O’Grady’s apartment. Mike lived in a run -down inner city area. Bobby made sure that he locked his car before he walked across the street. He walked up a flight of rickety, wooden stairs to Mike’s apartment. Bobby thought that he could smell the faintly detectable scent of urine in the hall.
Bobby knocked on Mike’s door but it took at least a minute before his friend answered it.
Mike O’Grady has been in a compromised state of health for most of the last five years. The former photo analysis expert is now sixty-three years old and suffers from both arthritis and emphysema. The fact that Mike weighs nearly three hundred pounds and still smokes as many cigarettes as his lungs can handle hasn’t helped matters. Mike walks with a slight limp and uses a walker to help him get around.
“Have a seat Bobby if you can find one. You may have to move a few books off the couch,” said Mike.
To say that Mike O’Grady’s tiny bachelor apartment was cluttered would be a great understatement. Books, magazines, newspapers, compact disks and videos were scattered everywhere. Mike’s carpet looked like it had not met up with a vacuum cleaner in the last six months.
“Hand over your pictures and I’ll have a look at them,” said Mike sinking into his chair with a loud groan. ”Damn arthritis!”
Mike studied the first picture carefully. He turned the picture around and studied it from several angles. He held the picture close to his face and then moved it about an arm’s length away.
“It’s authentic, all right,” said Mike. He picked up the second photo and went through exactly the same procedure.
“Both pictures are real. They are not touched up, nor have they been tampered with in any way,” said Mike.
“How can you be so sure Mike? You haven’t studied the pictures using any of your instruments.” said Bobby.
“I don’t need to, but I will if it will put your mind more at ease. I’ve been doing this type of science long enough to spot a fake just by examining it with the naked eye.”

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Twenty-Two Years


Twenty-Two Years

Yesterday evening my wife, Martha and I celebrated twenty-two years of marriage. Actually we celebrated all week. There is an advantage to this approach. If your actual anniversary day doesn’t go as well as expected, you have six other days available to have a really good day.
As we found out about Robin Williams unfortunate passing during this week, we watched several videos by this great artist. We took our granddaughter out for lunch on the actual day of our wedding anniversary. We had a really good week.
Twenty-Two years is a significant achievement these days and it is all due to the grace of God. We have had our share of good times and hard times but I am very grateful to God for this marriage. It has been a truly wonderful experience.088

Revised Edition of The Lake Demon Chapter Fifty-Two


Chapter Fifty-Two:

On Tuesday morning the university students led by Kyle Winter were seated outside Dean Sanderson’s office. Ryan and Monique arrived a few minutes later. They were directed to take a seat and wait for Dean Sanderson to call them. Dr. Phelge was already in Dean Sanderson’s office seated in the red leather chair.
“I’m eager to meet your students Lionel. I’ve probably seen most of them in the cafeteria at one time or another. I’d like to hear what their ideas are,” said Dean Sanderson.
“I think that you will be pleasantly surprised Edward. They are a very intelligent and creative group of young people,” said Lionel.
“As I told you earlier they will be accompanied by two summer vacationers who would also like to be part of the project.”
“All right. Let’s get the young people in here and hear what they have to say,” said Dean Sanderson.
As the group of young people entered Dean Sanderson’s office he directed them to have a seat on a long maroon sofa.
“I’ve been hearing a lot of good things about you people from Dr. Phelge. I’ll first ask Kyle to explain how you guys came up with the idea for your research project,” said Dr. Sanderson.
“Well, to tell you the truth sir, we were sitting in the university cafeteria discussing how boring the articles are in the student’s university newspaper,” answered Kyle.
Dean Sanderson burst out laughing after hearing Ryan say this.
“I’m glad it was a student and not me that said it. I’ve read the student’s newspaper so I know what you’re talking about. I understand that you have recruited two extra people who are visiting form out of province,” said Dean Sanderson.
“Yes, that would be Ryan and Monique. They are here for their summer vacations and have shared some very interesting information about the Ogopogo,” said Ryan.
“Well, I’d be very happy if they shared this information with Dr. Phelge and myself. What about it, Monique?” said Dean Sanderson.
“Ryan and I had just met as we were going on a jog on a trail near Lake Okanagon. We’d just run a short distance when I turned to my right and saw something unusual on the lake. I saw a large black hump that was undulating on the water,” answered Monique.
“Then I stopped to have a look. It appeared to be a large creature of some sort but I’d never seen anything like it on the lake before. Two fishermen also saw it albeit from a much greater distance. The object submerged after a few minutes.”
“It was definitely Ogopogo you saw,” said Dr. Phelge barely able to conceal his excitement.
“I managed to take two pictures of the creature,” added Monique.
“Can we see the pictures?” asked Dean Sanderson.
“We don’t have them now,” said Ryan. “We lent them to the reporter, Bobby O’Conner. He’s taking them to a photography expert to get them analyzed.”
“Get them back immediately,” said Dr. Phelge. “Try to get a written report from the expert that analyzed the photos as well.”
“As you people know Dr. Phelge is taking a year’s sabbatical leave. He has been an excellent teacher and researcher for this university and we wanted to reward him with a year free of his teaching duties. During this time Lionel has told me that he wants to do an intensive research project about The Ogopogo,” said Dean Sanderson.
“I’m hoping to write a series of articles and perhaps a book on my research,” explained Dr. Phelge.
“We are also hoping to write some great articles about our research on Ogopogo for the university newspaper,” said Kyle.
“And we would like to join an expedition with you to search for Ogopogo,” said Ryan.
“I believe that an expedition would be a crucial part of our research on The Lake Demon. That’s what the aboriginal people called the creature. Of course, we would also be looking at any previously written articles and would want to interview people who claim to have seen Ogopogo,” said Dean Sanderson.
“We’ll need to brainstorm everything we’re going to need for this project as well as knowing who can perform each job.” said Dr. Phelge.
“Not to mention the financing for the expedition,” added Dean Sanderson.
“A project like this could cost a fortune, Lionel.”
“I’m well aware of that, Edward. That’s why I think it’s critical that we make up a wish list of all the equipment we would like to have for our expedition. From there we can do some research and get an estimate of how much money we’re looking at,” said Lionel.
“The university will give us some money but I don’t think it will be a lot,” said Dean Sanderson.
“We may be eligible for some government grant money,” said Lionel.
‘We may have to come up with the majority of the expense from private sources,” said Kyle.
“I think you’re right, but where could we find some wealthy private donors?” asked Dean Sanderson.
“I don’t know, but why don’t we put out some ads asking for financial assistance. You never know. There could be a rich eccentric entrepreneur out there somewhere who could be interested in a project like this,” answered Kyle.
“It’s worth a try,” said Ryan. “Kyle could be right about the eccentric private donor just waiting for an opportunity like this.”
“It’s also going to depend on how well we sell the expedition. Someone out there might want the fame or publicity,” said Jasmine.
“That’s what I like about working with young people. They are so creative in generating ideas,” said Lionel.
“Not to mention enthusiasm and a positive attitude,” added Dean Sanderson.
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