Is Repentance Needed for Salvation

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Lately I came to realized that many people think that they do not need to turn from their sin; that they can continue in sin and still go to Heaven. They think that they can call on Jesus once, attend a few church services, then go out and drink, party and live in sin without any consequences. Today rebellion is more common amongst those that claim they know God. They have the attitude, “I believe in God so he will not punish me. It doesn’t matter what I do because Jesus will forgive me. They think they can continue to sin, drink alcohol, party, or sleep around and God will forgive them anyway. If you are one that thinks that he can live in this fashion and all will be forgiven, you are sadly mistaken and don’t understand the scriptures.
Sadly a new ungodly movement; the Progressive church is teaching falsehoods and many people are following this cult because they want to continue to sin and this fake church says they can live like the devil and still be saved. Wrong! The Bible teaches all man to repent of his sins. They try to say that repent just means to turn from. Well if that is the case; we do need to turn from sin, but we shouldn’t continue in sin, we should turn far away from it.
Mark 1:4-John did baptize in the wilderness, and preach the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins. Luke 15:7-I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance. Luke 24:47-And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.
God says in 1 Corinthians 6:9,10 “Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.”
Don’t let Satan deceive you in believing a lie. God expects his people to live holy and to be separate from the world. Satan has blinded the eyes of man where they think that such abominations are overlooked by God. They try to tell you to accept man as he and not to “Judge him”. God will not overlook wickedness. You cannot continue in sin.
Romans 6:1-12 says: 1. What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? 2 God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?
3 Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? 4 Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. 5 For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection: 6 Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin. 7 For he that is dead is freed from sin. 8 Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him: 9 Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over him. 10 For in that he died, he died unto sin once: but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God. 11 Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.
12 Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof.
If a person says they believe in God, but they haven’t turned from their sin and want to continue in sin, then they are not born again. John 3:5- Jesus answered, Verily, verily I say unto thee, except a man be born of water and of spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.
The only answer to sin is death, but Romans 6:23 says, “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”
Romans 6:11,12 says, “Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord. Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof.” Colossians 3:5 says, “Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry.” That means to put them away and not do again.

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Lead Me Lord Jesus

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We should never look to ourselves on what we think is right.  We should always look to the Heavenly Father and his son Jesus for direction.  Jesus was perfect, lived a perfect sinless life.  He was God’s son.  He loved everyone and tried to help people realize their sinful nature.  He wanted people to realize that they needed God.  That is why we need to follow him and no other.  Many will come saying follow me; but Christ is the only one you should ever follow.  He can lead you to everlasting life.  He can help you with all your trials and hardships in this life, but we must trust in him as our Lord.

Will you receive Christ Jesus as your Lord and Savior?

  1. First you must repent of your sins.
  2.  Then you must pray and ask Jesus into your life.
  3.  Next turn from your sins.
  4.  Try to live a godly life.
  5.  Tell others about Jesus

Read more here: Lead Me Lord Jesus

 

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A Person’s Attitude Illuminates Character

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A person’s attitude illuminates their character.  This simply means that a person is often judged by how they act and how they react to certain situations.  If they are having a bad day and then continue their day in a bad mood; they will portray themselves as a negative, unkind person.  I’ve seen people who I know are really nice people, but after having a hard day at work, they allow themselves to become entangled in that one instance where their character is illuminated in a negative way.  Or perhaps stressors and trials that a person may be going through, can shine negatively through their attitude.  We want others to see us in the best light possible.  Even on our bad days…..

I know it is hard to always have a smile on our face, but we should strive to be friendly no matter the situation.  Once in a while, I’ve seen that one person that has overcome some terrible obstacles in their life, shine brightly among us.  They are thankful, praising God for the blessings that he has given them; despite them losing their home to a tornado or flood.  Their character is a blessing and it illuminates beauty from within.  A character that only God can help them portray. “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in Heaven” (Matthew 5:16).

I encourage you to “Let your light shine brightly” even on the cloudy days.

Eating a Healthier Diet

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It is sad to say that most people don’t eat a healthy diet and they know it.  Diet is a major factor in our overall health.  Below I will give you reasons to eat a healthy diet and give you insights on how diet can affect your health.

  1. People who don’t  drink enough water become dehydrated.  This can lead to colon problems, organ dysfunction and possibly failure.  Skin needs hydrated in order to stay healthy.  Skin is the largest organ in the body.  Organs are made of cells that form tissues and need fluid and/or blood to function.  The skin helps to hold in heat, senses pressure and temperature and protects other organs of our body.
  2. Eating healthy foods full of vitamins are essential for overall health and sustain life.  Vitamins  have play different roles in the body.  Example of vitamin needs are: Vitamin B6 is needed for brain and healthy blood formation.  Folic acid is needed especially in pregnant women to prevent birth defects such as cleft lip.  Vitamin D is needed for healthy bones.  Vitamin K is needed for blood clotting.  The list goes on and on.
  3. Eating unhealthy foods such as eating a high fat diet can cause obesity and Diabetes.  It can clog arteries and cause heart disease.  Eating a high salt diet can cause high blood pressure, stroke, kidneys disease.  Eating spicy foods if you have certain diseases can cause other issues such as GERD, dyspepsia, and worsen colitis, etc…
  4. Food itself is necessary in order to sustain life.  Anorexics are people that don’t eat much food and they are very unhealthy.  They often die early.  Food gives us our energy.  A low carbohydrate diet affects our energy.  A high carb diet can lead to Diabetes.

Diet is very important because it can determine whether we live healthy lives or develop diseases.  A ketogenic diet can control a Seizure without the use of medications.  Always talk to your doctor before eliminating anything in your diet.  Example is that a vegan does without meats and dairy; which is very essential in obtaining needed vitamins.

Taking Care of Mental Health

Women are often worriers and don’t often take time to care for their mental health.  Let me be clear.  I am in no way a Psychologist so please keep that in mind.  As a woman who has dealt with some mental health issues in the past, I know how important taking care of our overall mentality is important in staying healthy.  So I hope I can inspire and educate you to take care of yourself.  Depression is a real thing and should be taken very seriously.  It came upon me one day without notice.  I know that women have a bigger chance of developing some Depression as they get older.  Not to say that younger women do not.  I know of younger women who have committed suicide so it can come upon anyone at any age.

The older the woman becomes she begins to examine her past; her accomplishments  and her failures in life.  She evaluates things that she could have done better; whether it is a different career, better family life, etc…. Mistakes will be made in our lives.  It is only natural to second guess ourselves.  It is when life starts to overwhelm us that we need to take a step backward and find ways to eliminate those stressors in our lives.  Whether it is working too many hours on a job or too many pressures in our family life.  Always take time to relax and allow your mental health some much needed relaxation. Stress can cause death.  It can cause a huge stroll on us.  Don’t ever think their isn’t a way out of our troubles and trials.  Below is a list of things that may help to eliminate stress in our lives.

  1.  Find a library and read!
  2. Find a church to attend and/or find time for your spiritual well being.  This is part of your mental health and should never be overlooked!
  3. Take a few minutes everyday for yourself.  (Whether sitting in your car in a parking lot by yourself or watching some tv on your couch)
  4. Don’t forget to breathe!  Most women who are stressed, hold their breath without realizing it.
  5. Write down things that you need to do and forget about them.   If you have them written down, you won’t forget to do them, but quit stressing over them.
  6. Get a much needed massage.
  7. Get a pedicure; it can be very relaxing
  8. Get a makeover
  9. Go shopping (if this relaxes you?)
  10. Find a hobby, whether writing or painting, etc…

 

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Let your Beauty Shine Through

I hope I have inspired you to let your beauty shine from within you by being kind, compassionate and loving to others. In my last post I talked about how beauty comes from within us. Beauty comes from having a good heart, being kinder, more compassionate, and helping to others, etc… Now I want to help you to let your beauty shine.  This can be accomplished by taking care of yourself. As a registered nurse I have learned that that people seldom take care of themselves. People work a lot, have busy lives and they don’t take time to relax. Take a few minutes to unwind from your busy day. Watch some tv, read a book, lounge on the couch and simply relax.

One main reason we are so unhealthy is that we simply don’t eat right. We indulge in things that are bad for us. We don’t take vitamins, we don’t drink enough water. These things are necessary for our overall health. I will talk later about these things in a post about (Eating a healthier diet).

Life consist of baby steps. Each step leads us somewhere. Either in a positive direction or negative.  So follow me and I will help you and encourage you to take steps in the right direction.  I want to inspire you to live a happy, healthier life.  Then, you will have beauty that will shine through and many will see it from afar.

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Beauty Begins from Within

One may ask how they can become more beautiful. Perhaps they have been overlooked by an employer because they are overweight, or without natural beauty. Let me tell you that beauty starts from within you. How you treat others tells a lot about your character. If you are a very mean and rude person, then you are not beautiful. People don’t just look at the outward appearance. A confident overweight woman that shows kindness and meekness can be represented as the most beautiful woman in the room. Beauty if not just skin deep. It begins with a person’s character and personality.

So after you work on your inward beauty, then you can begin to work on your outward beauty. Take care of your health. I will give you examples in the next few post on how to stay healthy and younger feeling and truly beautiful.

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Interview with Kim Branch (AK Kronicles)

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1. How long have you been writing?  I have been writing since I was in college
2.What got you started in writing?  I always liked to write as a way to stretch my imagination.
3. What main genre do you write in and have you written in other genres? The main genre I write in is Christian Children’s Books.  I have also have works in progress in horror, drama, and comedy.
4. What publishing route have you used and/or what publishing company have you used?  I self-published my first book in 2004.  In 2018, I published my second book with Christian Faith Publishing.
5. What inspired you to write this book? I wanted to tell kids about the greatness of God as opposed to fictional superhero’s in a way they could relate to and understand. Is it the 1st or in a set of books? No it is my second book
6. What marketing routes have you used to promote your book? I have run promotions on my facebook pages and also on instagram.   I have also done an interview with the Christian Broadcast Network last December, and Also, I radio interview in the beginning of this year.
7. Is writing your main career or do you have other jobs? No, writing is not my main career.  I have a day job at a top rated Broadcast station.  I also do a little acting and modeling.
8. How do you start off writing? I cleanse my mind and allow myself to be inspired by life.  Do you research, brain storm, or just set the title and go from there?  I just let the creative juices flow until I finish my work.  I also do a little research on the genre, the competition, and environment/character type if I am writing for an older age group.
9. Who inspires you to write and do they help with ideas for the book? Well first God inspires me the most.  But, other than that people in general and life stories.
10. If you could write one last book what would it be about? That is a very good question.  I believe it would be a memoir of sorts.
11. What advice would you give a new author? I would say….Keep it on push.   Never get discouraged.  Never give up on your dreams or fantasy.  Believe and you will succeed.
12. If you had to tell a new author something to watch out for in writing, what would it be?  Watch out for mil publishers that just want to profit off of your work.
13. How do you respond to bad reviews or if you havent ever had one, tell me how you would respond if you got one? I have not had one yet.  But, I did have some negative comments on my fb page from Marvel fans.  At first they hurt my feelings, But,  I had to learn to push pass the negative comments because that is not my audience and you really can not please everyone.  I try to stay focused on the positive.
14. Do you have anyone to read your book and give you advice on it before it is published? Yes, I normally run my book pass family members and friends.
15. Pretend this is a job interview, Tell me about yourself as an person and/or author?
As a person, I am relatively shy and soft spoken.  I love to be around creative people and things….that is where I am the happiest.   As an author, I am open minded and try to write about things that I love.  With each of my stories I try to touch my readers with some sort of life lesson.
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Interview with Author DeAndrea Byrd

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Thought you might find this interesting!  Sat down with Author DeAndrea Byrd about her writing career and what book she wanted you to check out.  Here is the interview:
1. How long have you been writing?
I have secretly been writing all my life, via poems, notebooks, short stories etc. I was inspired at a young age by my mom and grandmother. The were both writers.
2.What got you started in writing?
What got me serious about writing professionally, was other people’s need for information. 
3. What main genre do you write in and have you written in other genres?
My specialties include “How To” books, workbooks and journals for entrepreneurs
4. What publishing route have you used and/or what publishing company have you used?
I took the self publishing route via Amazon Createspace (now KDP Kindle publishing)
5. What inspired you to write this book? Is it the 1st or in a set of books?
I noticed I was being asked the same question over and over ” How do you plan those big sold out events DeAndrea? How did you get vendors and sponsors at your event? I decided to put all my knowledge, research and experience into a book. 
6. What marketing routes have you used to promote your book?
I have mainly used social media as my biggest marketing strategy. I also use vendor events, speaking engagements and old school flyer tactics
7. Is writing your main career or do you have other jobs?
Writing is not my main career yet, but I do consider myself an infoprenuer.
8. How do you start off writing? Do you research, brain storm, or just set the title and go from there?
Brainstorming is my first go-to-action. I use journals and Google Docs to brain dump option. Because I have such a creative mind, its important that I get my ideas out right away. I refer back to my journals and docs as needed.
Then I go back and outline my thoughts, develop at least 3-5 title ideas, and commit to a writing schedule.
9. Who inspires you to write and do they help with ideas for the book?
I am inspired my life, earth, my family and experiences to write. Life is my school and inspiration.
10. If you could write one last book what would it be about?
If it was my last day on earth and I could write 1 last book, I would totally write my memoirs. They would all be short stories mixed with letters to myself.
11. What advice would you give a new author?
Listen to yourself, Breathe and just do it. The world needs you.
12. If you had to tell a new author something to watch out for in writing, what would it be?
Do not let fear, grammatically errors and other people’s opinions make you procrastinate
13. How do you respond to bad reviews or if you havent ever had one, tell me how you would respond if you got one? Bad reviews get no response from me. They are just not my target audience and that’s ok. I would use every review to make my work better.
14. Do you have anyone to read your book and give you advice on it before it is published?
Yes. I also do a test “FREEBIE” and give the book out via digital download to get feedback.
15. Pretend this is a job interview, Tell me about yourself as an person and/or author?
DeAndrea, the daughter, sister, mother, wife, author, business owner, aka super women. Helping others and teaching are my super powers. DeAndrea Byrd is a seasoned business coach and consultant. As a self-taught entrepreneur, she has launched multiple successful businesses both online and in a traditional brick-and-mortar setting and has a passion for helping other entrepreneurs automate their business, create a workflow strategy, and increase their profits by creating digital products. 
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Website: www.deandreabyrd.com
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/deandreabyrd

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The Importance of an Editor and Beta Readers for Independent Authors

Learn some important tips and insights into writing from an author. If you are an independent or self published author, it is really important to have someone read your manuscript.  They can give you some advice and editoral tips on the book such as editing misspelled words, correcting grammar and such.  Beta readers can catch stuff the author can’t see because authors have a way of just glancing at their story instead of reading it word by word.  They may even catch something in the story that doesn’t make sense to the reader.  Anyway read more on this topic from this blog post: The Importance of an Editor and Beta Readers for Independent Authors

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