Biblical Reflection

The promises of God

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The Bible is full of wonderful promises! Here are some of my favorites:

God has promised that those who believe in Jesus and are baptized, they will be forgiven of all sins and shall be saved. 

Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned. (Mark 16:16)

Peter replied, โ€œRepent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. (Acts 2:38)

God has promised His people eternal life.

My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand. (John 10: 27-28)

For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16)

For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 6:23)

God has promised deliverance from demonic harassment. 

Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. (James 4:7)

God has promised to deliver us from sickness.

The righteous cry, and the LORD heareth, and delivereth them out of all their troubles. (Psalms 34:17)

โ€œCome to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. (Matthew 11:28-29)

God has promised to give us peace. To deliver us from fear.

Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. (John 14:27)

“But whosoever listen to me will live in peace, untroubled by fear of harm.โ€ (Proverbs 1:33)

God has promised to take care of us.

“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? (Matthew 6:25)

And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:19

Aren’t those wonderful promises? Drawing closer to God can be rewarding. Don’t lose sight of the promises He has in store for you.

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NaNoWriMo: Making October count (REPOST)

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*** The following Repost has been updated.

Fellow participating NaNo writers, how are you making October count?

By now, you should have registered for NaNo 2016. You should haveย the title of your story and the outline. You should have the protagonist and antagonist in mind. When the first day of NaNo comes, you shouldn’t be fussing up a storm. You should be ready (and excited) to start writing. You should make October count.

You should:

^ Know your character/s inside-out. Draw up a story planning questionnaire. This saves precious time and you won’t have to be scrolling back to previous chapters wondering ‘What color are her eyes again?’ ‘Is he six feet or six feet two?’

^ Work on your plot and character profile/s giving them vivid descriptions and occupations. If your character works for the FBI and you have no idea what they do, don’t make things up. Make research your friends, make Google your cousin and watch TV shows such asย Criminal Minds to get a feel for the FBI field.

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^ Jot notes down. No matter how silly some of your thoughts might sound, you’ll be amazed at how some of these silly notes can help you during your first draft.

^ Research your genre so you can get to know your audience better.

^ Find a writing partner. If you have friends who are planning on doing NaNoWriMo, then you’re in good company. Get together, help each other out, have fun writing.ย 

^ And for those who have their dream cover in mind, there ain’t nothing wrong with starting on it.ย 

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