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Monday, June 18, 2012

Out of the Two comes One - Part Sixteen

As I embark on this journey as a publisher and author, I am humbled by the enormity of the responsibility. With the imminent launch of NCC Publishing pending, we released our first project, “I” (a short story). It seemed fitting to me that our first release is a work dedicated to reach the heart of man and draw it to the light of God’s redeeming love.

The official launch date is set for July 1st 2012. We will celebrate with the re-release of both NHI: No Humans Involved, and DRT: Dead Right There. Those will be followed by the third book in the Nate Richards series, IAI: Internal Affairs Investigation; due to be released in late summer early fall 2012.
NCC Publishing will be divided into two sections: commercial and ministry. The goal is to have the commercial side up and running first so that it might sustain the ministry outreaches. (More to come on that later.)

But for now, I just wanted to get the word out that the blessing of the Lord is making room for us.  Look for great things from NCC Publishing. In the meantime, go out and purchase the inaugural release, “I”. In fact, buy several copies and make sure your friends and family read it.

When once you are done reading “I”, be sure to drop by and post your review. That will help get out the word about “I” so that others might read it and find hope and direction in its short pages. Besides, I’ve been told it’s a pretty good read….Just saying.  

Monday, June 11, 2012

A New Release. My newest book, a short story/

Check it out! A thought provoking short story by Ray Ellis and the cover is illustrated by Ray Ellis II. It's only 99 cents on Amazon!
Heat, cold, loneliness, and fear...One man’s journey as his soul rediscovers the path his life has followed. Will he find triumph or tragedy? “I”, one man’s story, will it be yours as well?

Friday, June 1, 2012

Out of the Two comes One - Part Fifteen

In the 22 plus years I’ve worn the uniform of the public servant known as a cop, police, or law enforcement officer, there is one thing that always strikes a nerve with stinging clarity and a sensation of pain. What is this ever present and palpable thing….The death of a fellow officer.

I just had the displeasure, yet the honor, of reading about Englewood, Colorado Police Officer Jeremy Bitner who died as the result of being struck by a drunk driver. He was only 39 years old and left behind a wife and two small kids. We all wear the uniform with the knowledge that death could claim each of us at any given time, and this is a part of the job we accept with a sober and clear mind. But, the idea of this valiant young man’s life ending as the result of the carelessness of a drunk driver makes the sacrifice…the loss, just that much more pointed.

Whenever I’m asked about the comparison between law enforcement and the ministry, this is the one that comes the closes. The willingingness of laying down one’s life for those he or she serves.

Yes, out of two comes one, but I am always quick to remind you that it is out of the ultimate ONE, Jesus Christ, that we get our truest meaning, and deepest identification.  It is why we can say yes to the profession where the very people we come to serve are the ones who threatens our lives. Just saying…think about it