Love The Wounded by Lynn Dove

Love The Wounded by Lynn Dove

Lynn Dove is launching her new book, Love the Wounded, October 30th.

Love the Wounded  is the final and dramatic conclusion to her brilliant Wounded Trilogy  series that has followed the lives of teenagers Jake, Leigh, Mike, Dylan and Tim as they come to terms with a series of tragedies and events that have made each of them question why God allows “bad things to happen to good people.”

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About the book:

Leigh does not know who to choose…her heart tells her she will always love Jake, but he has changed so much since the death of their friend, Ronnie, and with his mother going through breast cancer; he has totally closed himself off from her emotionally. Now she is dating Dylan and try as she might to accept him for who he is, she can’t stop thinking about Jake! Dylan has never gotten over the loss of his father and little sister, killed by a drunk driver when he was just a young boy.
After a horrific accident that has put both Tim and his little brother, Evan in the hospital, everyone knows that not only is he being bullied at school; he cuts himself to cope with it all. But meeting Cassidy has given him the courage to stand up to the bullies and at the same time give her what she so desperately needs…a life-giving bone marrow transplant. Jake’s mother keeps telling him that “God works all things out for good” but with all the things going on in his life and with his friends, he’s just not sure anymore. It is only after Mike is paralyzed in a car accident that Jake was partially responsible for that all the families and friends will be brought back together, not by coincidence, but by God’s design and then Jake will finally believe that God truly does “Love the Wounded”.
“A life of working with youth has inspired Lynn Dove, a Cochrane mother to turn her experiences into a book trilogy…(the Wounded Trilogy) series that parallels the struggles of students…(and) covers the angst of some of the real serious issues that teenagers face today, particularly with bullying and gossip. ” -Rocky View Weekly-

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“I couldn’t put the book down…(A) dramatic ending to a wonderful series about five teenagers and their families who are struggling through life,…Lynn Dove has created a cast of teenage characters we grow to love over this three book series,…It is a wonderful, good, clean book with twists and turns about issues on a young adult level that they will enjoy reading.”  - Readers Favorite–

“A personal story of honest truth – offer(s) an uplifting spiritual message” – Cochrane Times –

Author bio:

Lynn Dove is a wife, mother, grandmother, teacher and writer.  Winner of a Canadian Christian Writing Award in 2011, Lynn Dove’s debut novel, Shoot the Wounded, written for teens and young adults was a finalist in the 2010 Readers Favorite Book Awards. Heal the Wounded, released in 2010, the second book in this series won the Bronze Medal in the 2011 Readers Favorite Book Awards in the Young Adult – Coming of Age category. Love the Wounded is the final book in the “Wounded Trilogy.”

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Hey Sleeping Giant, Wake Up!

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Tea Party Protest, Washington D.C. September 12, 2009 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I’m sure that the Founding Fathers never envisioned a Federal government that would be hostile to Christianity. They created a nation where government, education, and Christianity worked together to protect the right of every individual to  life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

Dr. Benjamin Rush was the youngest signer of the Declaration of Independence. He set up some of the first public schools in America, to teach children how to read the Bible. Noah Webster was known as the Schoolmaster of the Republic. His dictionary of the American language was published in 1828; and his Blue-Backed Speller was the most widely used textbook in America for over a hundred years. He practically invented American education.

Noah Webster said, “Every civil government is based upon some religion or philosophy of life. Education in a nation will propagate the religion of that nation. In America, the foundational religion was Christianity.

And it was sown in the hearts of Americans through the home and private and public schools for centuries. Our liberty, growth, and prosperity was the result of a Biblical philosophy of life.

Our continued freedom and success is dependent on our educating the youth of America in the principles of Christianity.”

When the Supreme Court kicked God and the Bible out of our public schools, they eliminated the most essential part education. This was the beginning of America’s  moral and economic decline. Since that time, as a nation, we have been getting dumber everyday.

The Secular Progressives measure progress by how far we’ve departed from Christianity. They know they have to take away our Bibles before they can take away our freedom. They have destroyed the most effective education system in the world, and recreated it into their own image. Now they want to completely destroy our unique American culture. They never stop trying to discredit the Bible, and to eliminate all references to the God who created us.

These enemies of God tried to change the Shining City on a Hill into their own Brave New World; but they have failed miserably. In spite of everything they’ve done, the Spirit of the Lord is alive and well in the hearts of the American people.

We are a nation of Bible-believing Christians. A USA Today/Gallup poll says that seventy-nine percent (79%) of Americans believe that the Bible is the word of God; and according to Rassmussen Reports, seventy-seven percent (77%) of Americans believe that Jesus rose from the dead.

That translates into millions and millions of right-thinking voters. If we could wake up this Sleeping Giant, we could restore God and the Bible to their rightful place of authority. Hey, Sleeping Giant, wake up! Wake up and help save America! Wake up and vote!

The Bible says, “When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn.” (Psalm 29:2)  We have certainly experienced that reality.

Our lawmakers in Washington are terribly arrogant people, and they have the mentality of pimps. They think that the money we earn  is theirs; and they want to spend it all. In fact, they have already spent it all. They have spent our children’s money before they’ve even earned it.

It’s not too late to put an end to all of this foolishness. Clint Eastwood was right. We are the owners of this country; and the politicians work for us. We can fire them all, and replace them with people who will do what we want them to do. That would be a refreshing change.

We’re winning the culture war, not losing it; and we can certainly take our country back–at the ballot box.  We have a powerful ally; and with him, all things are possible. The Lord of Hosts is his name, and his mercy endures forever. We can do all things through him because he strengthens us.

This November’s election will determine the future of America and the future of your children. Please vote on November 6th. Even if you never vote, do it just this once. Do it for God and country. God bless you, and God bless the United States of America.

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The Ten Commandments in America

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Moses with the tablets of the Ten Commandments, painting by Rembrandt (1659) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

The Ten Commandments are the best laws ever devised, because they came from God. They are the foundation on which America stands. The Declaration of Independence, The Constitution, and the Bill of Rights are based on God’s precepts. The Declaration of Independence says, “We hold these truths to be self-evident that all men are created equal. They are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights, among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”

When God gave us the Ten Commandments, he promised that if we obeyed them, “it will be well with thee, and ye may increase mightily.”

“Hear therefore, O Israel, and observe to do it; that it may be well with thee, and that ye may increase mightily, as the Lord God of thy fathers hath promised thee, in the land that floweth with milk and honey.

Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God is one Lord; And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might. And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart:

And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.”  (Deuteronomy 6:3-7)

Fifty years ago, every school child in America was familiar with the Ten Commandments. Now they’ve been forgotten, because it’s illegal to teach them in public schools. Here are the forbidden teachings of God, the Ten Commandments, that are banned by the same Federal government that is based on them.

“I am the Lord thy God, which brought thee out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage. Thou shalt have none other gods before me. Thou shalt not make thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or in earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth.

Thou shalt not bow down thyself unto them, nor serve them: for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me; And showing mercy unto thousands of them that love me and keep my commandments.

Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain: for the Lord will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain.

Remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy. Six days thou shalt labour, and do all thy work:  But the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates: For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the Sabbath day, and hallowed it.

Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee. Thou shalt not kill. Thou shalt not commit adultery. Neither shalt thou steal. Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour.

Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s wife,  thou shalt not covet thy neighbours’s  manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox,  nor his ass,  nor any thing that is thy neighbour’s.” (Exodus 20:2-17)

The Ten Commandments are a gift from God. He ordered us to teach them to our children. When we observed God’s commandments, we enjoyed his blessing. In fact, God has blessed America more than any nation that has ever existed. Why? Because, we are his people and our nation was founded on his word. God did exactly what the Bible said he would do. This is an accurate description of the blessings we used to enjoy:

“And it shall come to pass, if thou shalt hearken diligently unto the voice of the Lord thy God, to observe and to do all his commandments which I command thee this day, that the Lord thy God will set thee on high above all nations of the earth: And all these blessings shall come on thee, and overtake thee, if thou shalt hearken unto the voice of the Lord thy God.

Blessed shalt thou be in the city, and blessed shalt thou be in the field. Blessed shall be the fruit of thy body, and the fruit of thy cattle, the increase of thy kine, and the flocks of thy sheep. Blessed shall be thy basket and thy store. Blessed shalt thou be when thou comest in, and blessed shalt thou be when thou goest out.

The Lord shall cause thine enemies that rise up against thee to be smitten before thy face: they shall come out against thee one way, and flee before thee seven ways. The Lord shall command the blessing upon thee in thy storehouses, and in all that thou settest thine hand unto; and he shall bless thee in the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee. The Lord shall establish thee an holy people unto himself, as he hath sworn unto thee, if thou shalt keep the commandments of the Lord thy God, and walk in his ways.

And all people of the earth shall see that thou art called by the name of the Lord; and they shall be afraid of thee. And the Lord shall make thee plenteous in goods, in the fruit of thy cattle, and in the fruit of thy ground, in the land which the Lord sware unto thy fathers to give thee.

The Lord shall open unto thee his good treasure, the heaven to give the rain unto thy land in his season, and to bless all the work of thine hand: and thou shalt lend unto many nations, and thou shalt not borrow.

And the Lord shall make thee the head, and not the tail; and thou shalt be above only, and thou shalt not be beneath; if that thou hearken unto the commandments of the Lord thy God, which I command thee this day, to observe and to do them:” (Deuteronomy 28:1-13 )

We used to be blessed in the city and blessed in the field. Our enemies feared us because we were stronger than them. We were the head and not the tail. We loaned money to many nations, instead of borrowing it from them. Now, everything is reversed. We are cursed in the city and cursed in the field. Our enemies are attacking us at home and mocking us for our weakness and lack of wisdom. We are the tail and not the head. We are borrowing trillions of dollars from other nations.

So, where did we go wrong? Our government turned against God, and abandoned the Ten Commandments. However, there are millions and millions of Christians in America, and we are free to observe them as we worship the Lord.

If we seek him and keep his commandments, he will bless us and heal our land. We are not like any other nation. We are God’s people. America is still the land of the free and the home of the brave. All we have to do is act like who we are.

The Bible says that the things that happened to the Children of Israel were examples for us. God told them, “I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing, therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live.” (Deuteronomy 30:19)

Life is obeying the Lord, and death is rebelling against him. The Children of Israel chose death. The whole nation rebelled against God, except for Joshua and Caleb. God always rewards those who obey him, and punishes those who rebel against him. He was merciful to the Children of Israel and provided for their basic needs, but they had lost their reward. They missed the Promised Land and had to wander around in the wilderness until they died.

Their children went into the Promised Land, led by Joshua and Caleb. God made them into a mighty nation. But, eventually, they turned against the Lord and worshipped other gods. That is when they lost everything:  The nation of Israel was lost, the Temple was destroyed, the gold of the Temple were carried away to Babylon, and God’s people went into slavery. America could face a similar fate—except for one thing. We have a very powerful ally, the One True and Living God. We are members of his family through Jesus Christ, and everyone who opposes him loses.

He is the Creator of the Universe. He is the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. He is the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. He is The LORD your God. He made America a mighty nation. He will fight for us, just like he did in the American Revolution.

Our times are like those that Americans faced in 1776. A tyrannical government was confiscating everything they had. American Patriots had to take drastic action to keep themselves and their children from being slaves to their government. They fought and won the liberty that we still enjoy today. They shed their blood for us. They were with God, and God was with them.

Now, we are facing the most important Presidential election in our history. It will determine your children’s future and the future of America. You are not just voting for a man, for Romney or Obama, you are voting for the ideas that they represent.

If you vote for Obama, you’re voting for an ever-expanding government that confiscates everything you have through higher and higher taxes. A government that is spending our grandchildren into massive debt that they can never pay off.  A government that takes away our God-given rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

If you vote for Romney, you’re voting for a return to the principles that made America great. You’ve voting for a smaller government that spends much less money. A government that lets you keep more of your hard-earned money to spend on your family. A government that leaves you alone and lets you enjoy your freedom.

Be sure that you’re registered to vote, show up at the polls on election day, and vote. If you usually don’t vote,  please vote in this election. It’s really important. Do it for your children and your grandchildren. Do it for your neighbors, your fellow Americans. Do it for the Lord, and do it for America.

 

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Our Constitution is Based on the Bible

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English: Painting, 1856, by Junius Brutus Stearns, Washington at Constitutional Convention of 1787, signing of U.S. Constitution. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The leaders of all thirteen states knew that  the Bible required them to choose God fearing men for their leaders. All thirteen states required that the delegates to the Constitutional Convention be Christians.

When these men came together in 1787, they created the most remarkable Constitution that has ever existed. This Constitution was based on the one thing that they could all agree on, the Holy Bible.

The most distinctive feature of our Constitution is that it separates the powers of government into three equal branches—the Executive, the Legislative, and the Judicial branches. That was to prevent future leaders from oppressing the people and taking away their power.  James Madison presented this idea to the other delegates and they approved of it.

How did James Madison come up with such a radical idea? He got it from the Bible, from Isaiah 33:22, For the Lord is our judge, the Lord is our lawgiver, the Lord is our king; he will save us.

In other nations, demonstrators cry out, “Power to the people!” In America, the people already hold all the power. We took it away from a tyrannical king who oppressed us. We don’t ever want  to have another king. What is a king? He’s just a man who thinks he knows what’s best for us, oppresses us, and takes away our freedom.  The American people have the power to remove any President who tries to be a king.

The Socialists and Communists want to change America; and they are crying out for a revolution. America has already  had a revolution, and it was the best revolution of all time. It was called the American Revolution, and it used to be taught about in our schools.

The leaders of the American Revolution were Christian leaders. The French had a revolution at about the same time; but all they did was to trade in their king for a group of tyrants who oppressed them. These French rulers had no idea what they were doing. They made Christianity and even the worship of God illegal.

That is the same conflict that we are facing today. We have one group of leaders who worships and honors God; and another group who are always trying to discredit God and pull him off his throne. Which one of the two do you want to represent you in government?

 

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All We Have To Do Is Vote

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Our elected officials refuse to stop spending money that we don’t have. They refuse to stop borrowing money from China that our grandchildren have to pay back; and they refuse to stop raising our taxes. We have the power to remove all of them from office. All we have to do is vote.

The Tea Party movement woke up a sleeping giant, the Christians of America. There are millions of us working together to take America back and restore her to her former glory. All we have to do is vote.

We are paying a heavy price for ignoring our duty to God and country by not voting. It almost cost us our freedom; but it’s never too late to start doing what is right. All we have to do is vote.

Make it your mission to vote in every election. Persuade everyone you know to do the same: your neighbors, your co-workers, your relatives, your children, your grandchildren—everyone who is old enough to vote.

Get them to register to vote online at this website:  http://www.canIvote.org . They can download the forms that they need to register; and they can find out where to file them, and where to vote.

 

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How Do We Know Who to Vote For?

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"Noah Webster, The Schoolmaster of the Republic," print by Root & Tinker. Courtesy of the Library of Congress, Division of Prints and Photographs Online. http://www.loc.gov/pictures/item/2003680822/?sid=ed9af5f8c1822c65772ea1b4185054d0 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I love reading quotes from the writings of godly people, because they are nuggets of wisdom and truth. I want to introduce you to Noah Webster, and to some of the things he said about the Bible and about selecting candidates for public office.

Noah Webster practically invented public education in America. His American Dictionary of the English Language, published in 1828, was our first dictionary. His “Blue-Backed Speller” was the most widely used textbook in America for a hundred years. He said “Education is useless without the Bible.” And he explained why this is true.

“The moral principles and precepts contained in the Scriptures ought to form the basis of all of our civil constitutions and laws. …All of the miseries and evils which men suffer from vice, crime, ambition, injustice, oppression, slavery and war, proceed from their despising or neglecting the precepts contained in the Bible.

Mr. Webster included this advice on voting to the young readers of his American History textbook. He told them who to vote for.

“In selecting men for public office, let principle be your guide. Regard not the particular sect or denomination of the candidate—look to his character. It is alleged by men of loose principles, or defective views of the subject, that religion and morality are not necessary or important qualifications for political stations. But the scriptures teach a different doctrine. They direct that rulers should be men who rule in the fear of God, men of truth, hating covetousness.

It is to the neglect of this rule that we must ascribe the multiplied frauds, breaches of trust, speculations and embezzlements of public property which astound even ourselves; which tarnish the character of our country and which disgrace our government.

When a citizen gives his vote to a man of known immorality, he abuses his civic responsibility; he not only sacrifices his own responsibility; he sacrifices not only his own interest, but those of his neighbor; he betrays the interest of his country.”

Mr. Webster’s advise makes perfect sense, but we have done just the opposite of what he said. We have been led to believe that religion has no place in politics, or in government; but that’s not true. Our Constitution and our government are based on principles of the Bible, and that’s why they work so well.

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It Is Our Christian Duty to Vote

Charles Grandison Finney

Charles Grandison Finney (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

George Whitfield‘s preaching inspired the First Great Awakening, and that led us to the American Revolution.

Charles G. Finney‘s preaching inspired the Second Great Awakening, and that caused us to put an end to slavery in America. Reverend Finney was a lawyer who became an Evangelist. He was the forerunner of all of the great Revivalists,  such as Dwight L. Moody and Billy Graham.

Reverend Finney was also an educator and a college president. He was the Billy Graham of his day, and he gave us these words of warning.

“The Church must take the right ground in regard to politics. The time has come that Christians must vote for honest men and take consistent ground in politics.

God cannot sustain this free and blessed country which we love and pray for unless the Church will take right ground. Politics are a part of religion in such a country as this, and Christians must do their duty to the country as part of their duty to God.

God will bless or curse this nation according to the course Christians take in politics.”

James A. Garfield was the 20th President of the United States, and a Minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. He pointed out that it’s up to us to elect people of honesty and integrity. We are responsible for the morals and ethics of Congress, or the absence of them.

“Now, more than ever before, the people are responsible for the character of their Congress. If that body be ignorant, reckless and corrupt, it is because the people tolerate ignorance, recklessness, and corruption. If it be intelligent, brave and pure, it is because the people demand these high qualities to represent them in the national legislature.”



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Thinking Like Jesus Thinks

The Pharisees and the Saduccees Come to Tempt ...

The Pharisees and the Saduccees Come to Tempt Jesus (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The religious leaders of Jesus’ day were divided into two sects, the Pharisees and the Sadducees. Both groups were experts in the Book of the Law. Now, the Pharasees believed in the resurrection of the dead, but the Sadducees didn’t. The Sadducess were sad, you see, because they didn’t believe in life after death. Members of both sects were constantly trying to catch Jesus in an error regarding the scriptures.

The Sadducees tried to outwit Jesus by asking him a hypothetical question; but they got their head handed to them, figuratively speaking.  If a man died and left a widow, the Law of Moses required his brother to take her as his wife, so that the first man would not be without descendents.  This is the question that the  Sadducees asked Jesus:  What if there were seven brothers and six of them died one by one. In heaven, which of the brothers would be her husband?

They thought they were leading Jesus into a swamp from which there was no escapt ; but he didn’t fall for it. This is what Jesus said to the Sadducees:

You do err, not knowing the scriptures, nor the power of God. For in the resurrection they neither marry, nor are given in marriage, but are as the angels of God in heaven.

But as touching the resurrction of the dead, have ye not read that which was spoken unto you by God, saying, I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Issac, and the God of Jacob? God is not the God of the dead, but of the living.

And when the multitude heard this, they were astonished at his doctrine.

Jesus pointed out that, based on the scriptures, God was saying that Abraham, Issac, and Jacob are still alive and they are with him. The word of God is truth. When you know the truth, you can build on that foundation to know more things that are true. This is the example that Jesus set for us, so that we can increase our knowledge, building truth upon truth, precept upon precept. When we need the answer to a question, all we have to do is to find out what God says about it in the Bible.

That should have been the end of the matter, but it wasn’t.  The Sadducees should have just disbanded then, but they didn’t. They didn’t care about God’s own truth.  They loved their religion more than they loved God ir the truth. They wanted to keep on basing their lives on what they think is true. They have since learned that they were wrong.

There are millions of people today who are just like the Sadducees. They have taken the ideas they like which are lies, such as reincarnation, and cobble them together into their own private religion. These same people are going to hell because they have rejected the truth of the word of God.

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How To Be Born Again

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When Adam joined Satan’s rebellion, he sold all of his descendants into slavery to sin. That’s why all of us are spiritually dead and separated from God, when we are born physically. We are born into Satan’s Kingdom.

All of us, that is, except for Jesus. Since God is his Father, Jesus is the Second Adam. He’s not subject to the law of sin and death like we are. Because he never sinned, his death on the cross has paid the penalty for your sins.

He died (physically) so that you can live (spiritually.) His obedience to God has reversed the effect of Adam’s disobedience.

You are born again when you put your faith in Jesus Christ. That’s when Jesus becomes your Redeemer and your Savior; and you’re no longer a slave to sin. You are translated from the kingdom of darkness to the Kingdom of God.

Redemption and Salvation can only be obtained by grace (the unmerited favor of God;) and, they can only be received through faith in Jesus Christ. (Faith is belief in action.)

Salvation is a free gift from God. He had to give it to us because we can not earn it for ourselves. “For by grace are ye saved through faith, and that not of yourselves. It is the gift of God, lest any man should boast.” (Ephesians 2:8-9)

If you have never made Jesus the Lord of your life, I urge you to do it now. This is the most important decision you will ever make, because your answer determines your eternal destiny.

Will you receive Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, or will you continue to reject him? Do you choose life, or death?Heaven, or Hell?

Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh to the Father, but by me.” (John 14:6). You cannot have the Father without the Son, because Jesus and God are inseparable.

There is one true Living God. His name is the Lord of Hosts. He is also called Jehovah and Yahweh. He created the earth and all living things. He’s the God of the Bible. He’s the God of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob. He’s the God of Moses, and he’s the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. All other “gods” are nothing but idols.

God consists of three persons: The Father, who is God in Heaven—Jesus, who is God in human form—and the Holy Spirit, who is God in you.

The Holy Spirit gives you life. He baptizes you into the Body of Believers, and he seals you until the Day of Redemption. When he comes to live in you, he will give you a new heart—a heart full of love. He will change your desires, and give you peace, and joy, and self-control.

The Holy Spirit will give you the desire to please God, and then he will empower you to fulfill that desire. “For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.” (Philippians 2:13)

If you want to be born again, pray this prayer: “Heavenly Father, I believe in my heart that Jesus is the Son of God, and that you raised him from the dead. I repent of all my sins, and I make Jesus Lord of my life right now. Please send your Holy Spirit to live in me forever. Thank you for saving me and for adopting me into your family. In Jesus name, Amen.”

If you prayed that prayer and meant it, you are now a child of God. All of your sins are forgiven and you have Eternal Life. You’re in right-standing with God. You’re a citizen of Heaven and a joint-heir with Jesus. You’re a new creation in Jesus Christ.

These blessings are yours because Jesus did you a favor (grace), and you received it through faith. Grace is God’s part of the deal and faith is yours. “Therefore it is of faith, that it might be by grace; to the end the promise might be sure to all the seed …” (Romans 4:16)

Now that you’re a born-again believer in Jesus Christ, God’s Spirit will come to live in you. He is a very powerful ally. He will change you from the inside out. He will empower you to do things that seem impossible, like overcoming addictions. He is the same Spirit that raised up Jesus from the dead, and nothing is impossible for him.

You are never alone, because the Spirit of Christ is always with you. He will never leave you nor forsake you. As long as you’re walking with God, you don’t have to be afraid of anybody or anything. You don’t have to be afraid of dying, because for you, “To live is Christ, and to die is gain.” (Philippians 1:21)

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Change Your Mind, Change Your Life

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Watch your thoughts, for they become words. Watch your words, for they become actions. Watch your actions, for they become habits. Watch your habits, for they become character. Watch your character, for it becomes your destiny. –Author unknown

The Bible says, As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he. (Proverbs 23:7) Whatever you think about the most is what you will become. Here’s how to make this principle work for you instead of against you.

When your mind is focused on carnal, or “fleshy,” things, you’re going to do those things. The Bible is righteousness. When you focus your attention on it, you’re going to do what it says. When you’re doing what the Bible says, you’re doing righteousness. The Bible is the written word of God, and it’s all about Jesus, the living Word of God.

If you want to change your life, you have to change your mind. You have to abandon your old carnal thoughts, and replace them with God’s thoughts. That means you have to study the Bible for yourself, and apply it to your life. That’s renewing your mind. It’s replacing your old carnal thoughts with God’s thoughts. The Apostle Paul described it like this:

So I tell you this, and insist on it in the Lord that you must no longer live as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their thinking. They are darkened in their understanding and separated from the life of God, because of the ignorance that is in them due to the hardening of their hearts. Having lost all sensitivity, they have given themselves over to sensuality so as to indulge in every kind of impurity, with a continual lust for more.

You, however, did not come to know Christ that way. Surely you heard of him and were taught in him in accordance with the truth that is in Jesus. You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness. (Ephesians 4:17-24 NIV)

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