Welcome to my blog! I hope to be a resource to help you in your walk with God. Now more than ever we need to get back to the basic fundamentals of moral living and take a stand for what is right and truthful with God as our ultimate authority. His Word is reliable and preserved and can be trusted, so that is the basis for my advice and teaching. Please feel free to contact me with any questions or topics you would like me to cover. I look forward to sharing what God has placed on my heart. See my website at https://www.lovinggodministry.com/ for books and music I have written that will enrich your life!

Ezekiel 22:30: "And I sought for a man among them, that should make up the hedge, and stand in the gap before me for the land, that I should not destroy it: but I found none." Let's stand in the gap together!

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Fearing Authority

I am outraged by what I am seeing happening to my country. I just canceled a trip to see my soon to be 2 yr. old granddaughter because I do not want to travel to any cities for fear I may come across rioters, or find myself in a situation where there is a crime occurring and there are no police to come to my aid.

I see on the news older boys holding big guns, stating that they have to defend themselves and their brothers because the police may come and hurt them.

I see vandalism of property that does not belong to them, and that has historical and cultural significance. How selfish that they do not consider what others think, only themselves. Are they so tender that they cannot accept that life is not perfect, and that others are going to disagree with them? Do they have to kill and destroy and vandalize rather than deal with their emotions, and with their disappointment in their nation's past? Where are their parents? I suspect this is a generation that has not learned to "play nice in the sandbox" but cries until they get their own way, and have no moral compass to know what direction is right and what direction is pure evil.

Public schools have not been teaching history like they once did because the kids are not tested on that, and in order to look good, their schools have to perform well in reading comprehension, science and math. Spelling, vocabulary, grammar, history, and other subjects are being left behind. I know because my husband is a teacher, and I have seen the decline in the education system first hand in the children I know. Where is the teaching about government and flag etiquette, patriotism, and world history? Are they familiar with the world wars? Do they truly know what communism and socialism mean? Maybe some schools are doing a good job, but by the look at this next generation, the snowflake generation, they do not appear to respect history, nor desire to learn from it. They are following the same playbook that destroyed Venezuela, and there are similarities between them and communism in their ideals.

History is important because we can learn from it and avoid making the same mistakes as our ancestors. God had the Israelites make memorials to remember certain events in history. And God instructed parents to teach, teach, teach their children, every day, throughout the day. Proverbs 6:20-23: "My son, keep thy father's commandment, and forsake not the law of thy mother: Bind them continually upon thine heart, and tie them about thy neck. When thou goest, it shall lead thee; when thou sleepest, it shall keep thee; and when thou awakest, it shall talk with thee. For the commandment is a lamp; and the law is light; and reproofs of instruction are the way of life." Rules and law and order give us guidance and vision and safety.

Deuteronomy 11:16-28: "Take heed to yourselves, that your heart be not deceived, and ye turn aside, and serve other gods, and worship them; And then the Lord's wrath be kindled against you, and he shut up the heaven, that there be no rain, and that the land yield not her fruit; and lest ye perish quickly from off the good land which the Lord giveth you. Therefore shall ye lay up these my words in your heart and in your soul, and bind them for a sign upon your hand, that they may be as frontlets between your eyes. And ye shall teach them your children, speaking of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, when thou liest down, and when thou risest up. And thou shalt write them upon the door posts of thine house, and upon thy gates: That your days may be multiplied, and the days of your children, in the land which the Lord sware unto your fathers to give them, as the days of heaven upon the earth. For if ye shall diligently keep all these commandments which I command you, to do them, to love the Lord your God, to walk in all his ways, and to cleave unto him; Then will the Lord drive out all these nations from before you, and ye shall possess greater nations and mightier than yourselves. Every place whereon the soles of your feet shall tread shall be yours: from the wilderness and Lebanon, from the river, the river Euphrates, even unto the uttermost sea shall your coast be. There shall no man be able to stand before you: for the Lord your God shall lay the fear of you and the dread of you upon all the land that ye shall tread upon, as he hath said unto you. Behold, I set before you this day a blessing and a curse; A blessing, if ye obey the commandments of the Lord your God, which I command you this day: And a curse, if ye will not obey the commandments of the Lord your God, but turn aside out of the way which I command you this day, to go after other gods, which ye have not known." There you have it. How is America going to respond? Who is America? You and I. This passage in context is speaking about the nation of Israel, but there are some applications to America today. Are we going to let our nation be taken over by hostile men and women who hate our country, its ideals, and disrespect the brave men and women who gave their lives for it? Are we going to be strong Christians and heed the commandments and even principles laid out in God's Word?

The point that I want to really focus on in this article, however, is this: fearing authority. Should we fear authority? Is there something wrong with the person of authority if people are afraid of them?

Take a child. Should a child fear his father? Well, there is a difference between fearing the man and fearing, or respecting and reverencing the position of authority and that person's ability to enforce law and order. In other words, if you do wrong and you get caught, you are going to fear the consequences. They will be uncomfortable, whether it is a spanking, loss of privileges, hard work to restore what was damaged, having to humble oneself and apologize, or whatever the consequence would be. Does the child really fear his father if he is a good father? No, he fears the consequences of his actions. Will he be punished if he does wrong? Yes. Should that be the expectation? Again, absolutely yes! Is that something to fear? OF COURSE!

Will a child fear his teacher if he does not fear his father? No. Will a child fear the police if he does not fear his father or his teacher? No. Will a child fear God if he does not fear his father, his teacher, or his law enforcement? No. The Bible says in Proverbs 9:10: "The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding." Should it surprise you then that when people do not reverence the Lord, they act foolishly?

If you do what is right, you have no need to fear the police. If you do something wrong, and especially if you run from the police or take a weapon from the police, yes, you need to fear! You have done wrong! You are not in a position to make demands when you are in the wrong. When there is someone in your presence who has authority over you, and like it or not, there are many who hold authority over others including employers, they deserve your respect and obedience. You might not like the person in that uniform personally, but you need to respect their role and position. That goes for anyone in authority over you, including parents and bosses. And respect pastors, who watch out for your souls.

Here is what the Bible has to say about this.

Romans 13:1-7 says, Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.
Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation.
For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same:
For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil.
Wherefore ye must needs be subject, not only for wrath, but also for conscience sake.
For for this cause pay ye tribute also: for they are God's ministers, attending continually upon this very thing.  [IN OTHER WORDS, DO NOT DEFUND THE POLICE!!]
Render therefore to all their dues: tribute to whom tribute is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honour to whom honour."

Bottom line: It is good and right to fear authority, as this will keep you doing what is right. Expect to be punished if you are doing wrong. How do you fix that? Do what is right. Use the Bible as your ultimate authority because it does not change. Follow the Golden Rule: do unto others as you would have them do unto you. Respect your fellow man, their property, and their children and animals. And don't forget the Ten Commandments.

Ten Commandments list

  1. You shall have no other gods before Me.
  2. You shall make no idols.
  3. You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain.
  4. Keep the Sabbath day holy.
  5. Honor your father and your mother.
  6. You shall not murder.
  7. You shall not commit adultery.
  8. You shall not steal.
  9. You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
  10. You shall not covet.

Sunday, April 19, 2020

Refuge Missionary Baptist Church 4-19-20

This is a link to Refuge Missionary Baptist Church's website with last week's and this week's Sunday morning service. I hope you are encouraged by it!

Refuge Missionary Baptist Church

Sunday, April 12, 2020

Refuge Missionary Baptist Church Easter Service 4-12-20

Our church posted an online service which was a blessing to me. I’d like to share it with you! There are two parts. God bless you!

Part 1 of the service

Part 2 of the service

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

My newsletter is announcing something new - check it out!

My September newsletter is here, which announces something new that I am very excited about: my new VLOG! A Vlog is a video journal. I'm going to post things on it that I hope will be a blessing. It's geared toward women and teen girls, and I would love your input. It's hard to find or get to ladies Bible studies these days, so maybe we can at least share some thoughts over the world wide web. While I agree that the internet can be used for evil purposes, it can also be used for godly purposes, so that is why I have chosen this venue. Time and money is not allowing me right now to attend vendor fairs or speaking engagements, but this I can do easily.

For a direct link to my Vlog, click on this: Dawn's Vlog on You Tube
For my September 2019 quarterly newsletter, click on my website link and then push the button: "See Dawn's Newsletter." www.dawnfoss.com

If there is a topic you would love to discuss, then please let me know. We are in this thing together, trying to make the world a better place, and the best way to do that is to share God's love with others and grow spiritually ourselves in a closer walk with Jesus. Part of that love is His justice, but thank God for his mercy and grace as well. He is a holy God and deserves our undivided attention and holy living, because He said, "Be ye holy; for I am holy" (1 Peter 1:16).

God bless you on your exciting journey of life, and may you keep God first in everything that you do. That is the only way to experience true fulfillment and joy.

Dawn Elliott

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

What’s the Secret to Defeating Anxiety?

We had a Sunday school lesson this past Sunday on anxiety, and there was a theme I noticed that rang throughout the entire lesson: FOCUS. If I were to think about the answer to anxiety, focus would not have been my first thought. I probably would have thought, “stop worrying.” Or I would have thought “trust in the Lord.” Perhaps “think positive things” would have been my answer. Other thoughts: “don’t fret.” “Have good friends to talk to.” And if nothing else was helping, perhaps a good anti-anxiety pill! LOL! These can all be helpful, and are part of the solution, but I like the simple word “Focus.”

When you think about what anxiety really is, it is fear. This fear can become irrational if we dwell on it. It can change our outlook and shade everything we look at in a negative way. It’s like putting on sunglasses and changing our what? Our focus. Our clarity.

What is it that we should focus on? Or shall I say, “Who?” The object of our faith and trust is the key, because if we are relying on something that can let us down, then fear has some rational place. Placing our faith, trust and focus on Jesus Christ is a reliable place because He is incapable of error, He loves each and every one of us, and He has the power to either change our circumstances, or change us.

There is a song my family is working on singing together that says, “Sometimes He calms the storm, other times He calms His child.” Isn’t that true? Sometimes we have to go through the storms of life, but God can calm us and empower us to deal with what we have to deal with, and that makes all the difference. Free will of individuals around us sometimes causes us pain that is inavoidable. The best thing we can do for ourselves, and even teach to our children, is to have the tools to endure suffering. A key is how to stay focused…on Christ, on the goal, on our purpose, on our mission in life, on the rewards that come from living a faithful life for Christ.

I loved the example our teacher gave from Daniel 3:15-18:
Now if ye be ready that at what time ye hear the sound of the cornet, flute, harp, sackbut, psaltery, and dulcimer, and all kinds of musick, ye fall down and worship the image which I have made; well: but if ye worship not, ye shall be cast the same hour into the midst of a burning fiery furnace; and who is that God that shall deliver you out of my hands? Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, answered and said to the king, O Nebuchadnezzar, we are not careful to answer thee in this matter. If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of thine hand, O king. But if not, be it known unto thee, O king, that we will not serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up.”
Do you see the resolve these young men had? They never lost focus on God. The king challenged the ability of God to save them, but whether He chose to save them or not, they were fully persuaded in their minds to do what was right, and to not do what they knew was wrong. And I’m happy to report that while they had to be thrown into the fiery furnace, they didn’t die, they didn’t get burned, and their clothes didn’t even smell like smoke! If you think maybe the fire wasn’t that hot, the men who threw them in died from being so close to the flame!
Another set of verses out of our lesson that stood out to me was Hebrews 2:9-13:
“But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man. For it became him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings. For both he that sanctifieth and they who are sanctified are all of one: for which cause he is not ashamed to call them brethren, saying, I will declare thy name unto my brethren, in the midst of the church will I sing praise unto thee. And again, I will put my trust in him. And again, Behold I and the children which God hath given me.”
My husband and I have determined to bring up our children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. One way we can do this is by setting the example of how we trust in Him through our trials. Trials give us opportunity to let the glory of the Lord shine upon us. We know the end if we’re saved! We are made perfect, or mature, through suffering. We should protect our children the best we can from suffering, but when it does ultimately come in some way, which is inevitable in our world, we need to teach them to use it for gaining knowledge and wisdom to strengthen their resolve and determination to do what is right no matter the cost.
This is a good argument against strong drink or drugs. If our minds cannot focus, then we have lost our ability to fight anxiety. Some people drink to dull their senses so they can relax, but dulling their ability to think clearly can get them into trouble and cause them to lose focus on Christ and doing what is right. They can make choices they will regret, and not even remember what they said to someone to damage a relationship. We should stay away from any substance that will envelope our minds, even TV or video games or electronic devices if it becomes an addiction, which can cause chaos in our minds rather than keeping sound minds that can think clearly through troubles.
Think about how damaging the words of our mouths can be, with sometimes irreversible damage. James 3:5-6: “Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth!  And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell.” Powerful analogy!
We are not immune to trouble. Job 14:1: “Man that is born of a woman is of few days and full of trouble.” How will we deal with trouble? God puts people in our lives to talk to and we shouldn’t be ashamed of needing to talk to some godly people who can give us wisdom and feedback. I am convinced that some of our friends and people we meet through life are meant to be in certain chapters of our lives to help us through those stages. Are you sensitive to help those around you? You may be that person God is going to use to help a coworker through a dark valley they are in right now. Peter lost his focus on the Lord while walking on water, and as soon as he looked at the waves and the storm, he began to sink. He looked to the Lord for help, and that outstretched hand saved him. Yes, he messed up by taking his focus off Christ, but he redirected it back on Him and didn’t allow pride to cause him to drown.
It’s interesting how Noah preached for 120 years, and only 8 people on the entire planet made it on the ark, and those were members of Noah’s family. Just because an idea is popular doesn’t mean it isn’t a bad idea. Noah was in the minority but he had the answer for the survival of mankind. The people mocked him. It seemed strange for him to build an ark for a massive storm that was coming when it had never rained. We can get discouraged when people do not accept the Gospel, especially when we see the state of our world and the reprobate minds that have developed. The Lord has to show people the error of their ways. It is best for us not to flip flop, but to know what we believe in and why so we can not only be fully persuaded and focused, but so we can give a reason to others for the hope that is in us.
We will lose focus if we look around at the mockers, and feel ashamed for our conduct in Christ. Romans 10:11: “For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.” We will lose focus if we allow our minds to be affected by trying times. Look to godly brothers and sisters in Christ for encouragement and examples, but remember we are all human and all fail. Jesus is the only One who will never let us down. Show others we have a different spirit from the world. Keep the chains off your mind! Be fundamentally grounded in what you believe, and you will find peace in the midst of your storms. Pray and be honest with God with your feelings, fears, and anxieties, and keep the big picture in mind. The world needs a Saviour, His return is imminent, and He loves each and every one of us, and yes, that includes YOU personally. Take comfort in that. Read His word and pray, and stay clear and focused on what He wants you to do and the kind of person He wants you to be.