New Book Alert – Covet

Covet – yearn to possess or have (something) or to wish for earnestly

Karis (pronounced Car-ris) and Darius Toney has been married for seven years. Their marriage isn’t perfect, but they’ve made it work. They’re active members of True Vine MB Church, she’s a photographer and he owns a tire shop. Things are, well, they are good.

Until the day, their life becomes the object of somebody’s obsession. The only downside, they don’t know who it is. This person, in the darkness has a yearning, a desire to possess something Karis and Darius has … they just didn’t know it yet.

Pray and fast, that’ll help when you’re going through a storm, right? Well, they’re doing that, but things are getting worst. Fire, turmoil, secrets and a kidnapping of a spouse. It’s clear, the person responsible hasn’t read Romans 13:9, “For the commandments say, “You must not commit adultery. You must not murder. You must not steal. You must not covet…”

Covet, now available in Ebook and Paperback


Excerpt

Karis

At the studio, finishing up some work when my phone dings with a text. Before I can open it, a call comes through. I press answer and put it on speaker.

“This is Karis.”

“Karis, have you been on Facebook?” Victoria, from church ask as the line buzzes with another call.

“No, why? What’s going on?”

“Girl, you need to see what was posted thirty minutes ago to the church’s Facebook page.”

“Vic, girl what is it?”

She pauses.

“Hello,” I say.

“It’s an article about Darius. It says he murdered his first wife.”

I laugh. “That has to be a mistake because Darius hasn’t been married before.”

“I’m only telling you what was posted. You need to go look.”

She hangs up and another call comes through. I decline it, turning my phone face down. Typing in Facebook, on the computer, I go to True Vine’s Facebook page.
My mouth goes dry as I begin to read the post.

“The bible says in First Timothy three, verses eight through ten, these words. “In the same way, deacons must be well respected and have integrity. They must not be heavy drinkers or dishonest with money. They must be committed to the mystery of the faith now revealed and must live with a clear conscience. Before they are appointed as deacons, let them be closely examined. If they pass the test, then let them serve as deacons.”

I guess True Vine MB Church didn’t read this when they ordained Darius Toney.”

I click on the attachment. It’s an old news story from 2004.

“A family seeks answers as they mourn the loss of their loved one who died on an Army Base in Ansbach, Germany. While the investigation has been closed, in Germany, ruled a suicide; family members say there’s more to the story. Their daughter, Kathrine Toney, married Darius Toney, not even three months ago. They trusted him with her only for her to be shipped home in a casket.”

I slam my computer shut. My phone dings again, this time with a text. I open the app and see a new message in the Unknown Senders tab.

+1 (217) 984-9099: Attachment: 2 images

I click it. I turn my phone to the side and enlarge. Another text comes through.

+1 (217) 984-9099: See someone you know? I guess we all have secrets, huh?

ME: Who is this?

+1 (217) 984-9099: You’ll know soon enough. Oh, he tasted very good. Thank you for keeping him hydrated.

I dial the number, but a message says it’s disconnected.


Covet, now available in Ebook and Paperback

Daily Devotional – 3/2/20 “Use God’s word”

Don’t fast, abstain from something or jump into a corporate fast because somebody else is doing it. Fast, give up something for Lent or however you choose to do it because you’re seeking a closer relationship with God or a clearer understanding of your purpose in Him. Look, fasting isn’t for play. When you fast, your prayers have to become stronger, increased, more reflective and thoughtful. This isn’t a time for quick, soft, begging prayers because when you fast, you’re removing from flesh something the enemy will try to use against you.

Matthew 4:1-4 says, “When Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted there by the devil. For forty days and forty nights he fasted and became very hungry. During that time the devil came and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become loaves of bread.” But Jesus told him, “No! The Scriptures say, ‘People do not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”

The enemy tried to use Jesus’ humanity of hunger against Him. It’s the same for you. The enemy will seek to play with your mind by using what your flesh is abstaining from. How do you survive it? With God’s word. This mean study more, worship more, pray more, journal, ask questions, go to bible study and Sunday school and read. This means, spending more time with God and resisting the enemy. You don’t have to believe me but every time the enemy tried Jesus, He used God’s word.

Verse 5 – Satan takes Jesus to Jerusalem, the highest peak of the Temple and said, “If you are the Son of God, jump off! For the Scriptures say, ‘He will order his angels to protect you. And they will hold you up with their hands, so you won’t even hurt your foot on a stone.’” Jesus’ reply, “The Scriptures also say, ‘You must not test the Lord your God.’”

Verse 8 – Satan takes Jesus to the peak of a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. He says in verse 9, “I will give it all to you, if you will kneel down and worship me.” Jesus’ reply, “Get out of here, Satan, for the Scriptures say, ‘You must worship the Lord your God and serve only Him.’” You know what happened … Bible says, “Then the devil went away, and angels came and took care of Jesus.”

Fast or give up something for Lent, if you choose but you must be strapped up and ready for the enemy’s attacks. They are coming but you CAN survive, if you know AND use God’s word to do it.