The Faithless Ranger – Chapter 4

Long ago, danger always came to the people in Great Park who were the most brave and to the places that were the most beautiful. Men and women were never what they seemed to be, for magic and mystery and wonder were always possible. But that is not so different from the way things are today.

Not long after the boy, Hero, came to Great Park, he went exploring. He walked down across some craggy hills toward the Duck Pond, past Great Park Gardens and Mercie’s Vineyards, then around the shores of Lake Marmo. He skirted the edge of Deepest Forest to faraway Outpost Meadow. Sitting beside Singing Swamp, he opened the lunch of cheese and bread Caretaker’s wife had prepared for him. Finally, at midday, he sought the cool shadows of Wildflower Woods.

For the first time in his life, Hero felt content and protected. No Burners chased him. No flames threatened. He did not know who ruled this place, but it was certainly better than Enchanted City.

Suddenly, the sound of laughter surprised him. Following the sound, he discovered a girl sitting upon a stump, with flowers between her bare toes. She was braiding her long, blonde hair. She stopped, arched her arm, and a butterfly alighted on her finger.

She turned at the sound of his coming. At her look, Hero covered his face with his hand. For one moment he had forgotten his terrible scar.

“I woke up late,” she said, not surprised to see him. Blowing the butterfly aloft, she continued pulling one flower

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after another from between her toes, weaving them into the braid. “Welcome to the Kingdom,” she said with a smile.

“The Kingdom?” Hero echoed. Everyone knew there was no such thing. Then he stopped; of course, the girl must be pretending. He could play along. “Oh, I suppose your father is the King.”

“Oh, no,” she answered. “The King is my older brother, as he is a brother to all.” [Click LISTEN to hear The Faithless Ranger]

 

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The Faithless Ranger, Chapter 4, Tales of the Kingdom

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Is the Kingdom in Your Heart?

Chapter 4: The Faithless Ranger – Is the Kingdom in Your Heart?A quick look at 21st Century American Society can make one wonder if the King, that is Jesus – – the King of Kings, actually rules anywhere!  That is one of the issues that Pastor David Mains deals with in the first installment of his Kingdom Trilogy, Tales of the Kingdom.  In Chapter 4, The Faithless Ranger, Hero is told by Amanda, “A Kingdom is Anyplace Where the King Rules!” Though written as a God Lesson for Kids, the idea of where the King rules is one we all should consider.

Most people will agree that Heaven is the Kingdom of Jesus, but we may be surprised at how many people would balk if we asked them to prove their “yes” answer is accurate if we asked them, Is the Kingdom in Your Heart? Today we face oh so many things that want to share in the ruling of our lives and our hearts.  While many may indicate that the answer is “yes” when you ask, Is the Kingdom in Your Heart, close introspection on their part may reveal otherwise.  For many, the King has to share His throne with lust; with greed; with egotism; with fear; with chemical dependency and/or even with ambition.  Obviously, the King cannot rule at all unless He is ruler of all.  So, the next time someone asks you, Is the Kingdom in Your Heart, make sure the King is ruling over all of your being before answering “yes!”

The Faithless Ranger – Chapter 4

The Faithless Ranger

Long ago, danger always came to the people in Great Park who were the most brave and to the places that were the most beautiful. Men and women were never what they seemed to be, for magic and mystery and wonder were always possible. But that is not so different from the way things are today.

Not long after the boy, Hero, came to Great Park, he went exploring. He walked down across some craggy hills toward the Duck Pond, past Great Park Gardens and Mercie’s Vineyards, then around the shores of Lake Marmo. He skirted the edge of Deepest Forest to faraway Outpost Meadow. Sitting beside Singing Swamp, he opened the lunch of cheese and bread Caretaker’s wife had prepared for him. Finally, at midday, he sought the cool shadows of Wildflower Woods.

For the first time in his life, Hero felt content and protected. No Burners chased him. No flames threatened. He did not know who ruled this place, but it was certainly better than Enchanted City.

Suddenly, the sound of laughter surprised him. Following the sound, he discovered a girl sitting upon a stump, with flowers between her bare toes. She was braiding her long, blonde hair. She stopped, arched her arm, and a butterfly alighted on her finger.

She turned at the sound of his coming. At her look, Hero covered his face with his hand. For one moment he had forgotten his terrible scar.

“I woke up late,” she said, not surprised to see him. Blowing the butterfly aloft, she continued pulling one flower

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after another from between her toes, weaving them into the braid. “Welcome to the Kingdom,” she said with a smile.

“The Kingdom?” Hero echoed. Everyone knew there was no such thing. Then he stopped; of course, the girl must be pretending. He could play along. “Oh, I suppose your father is the King.”

“Oh, no,” she answered. “The King is my older brother, as he is a brother to all.” [Click LISTEN to hear The Faithless Ranger]

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