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 http://www.dawnfoss.tateauthor.com and http://www.dawnfoss.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!
Monday, December 28, 2015
Saturday, December 19, 2015
Saturday, December 12, 2015
This was sent to me by my friend George Zeller from Middletown Bible Church. I thought this was a great outline, and I wanted to pass it forward.
Merry Christmas, everyone! Remember to celebrate Christmas with joy - there is no greater love in all the world, nothing that deserves our worship, celebration and thanksgiving more than God's love and salvation for the world.
The Uniqueness of Jesus Christ
He is the only Man whose birth, life, death and exaltation fulfilled hundreds of prophecies (Luke 24:44).
He is the only Man conceived miraculously, apart from any human father (Luke 1:35).
He is the only Man whose birth triggered a public celebration by multitudes of angels (Luke 2:13-14).
He is the only One who existed long before His birth (John 1:1; 8:58).
He is the only Man who never disobeyed God, but always did those things that were pleasing in His sight, and never committed even one act of sin (John 8:29; 1 Pet. 2:22).
He is the only Man who could claim to be equal with God without committing blasphemy (John 5:18).
He is the only Man who died for sinners as their sin-bearing substitutionary sacrifice (Isa. 53).
He is the only Man to rise again, never to die again (Rom. 6:9).
He is the only Man who will return to earth in power and great glory (Matt. 24:30)
He is the only Man destined to be the world’s King and only Potentate (Isa. 9:6-7).
He is the only Man who will judge all other men (Acts 17:31).
He is the only Man who will be the center of worship throughout eternity (Rev. 21-22). “Worthy is the Lamb that was slain!”
He is the only Person that men must trust in order to receive the gift of eternal life (John 3:16). There is no salvation apart from Him (Acts 4:12).
Thursday, December 3, 2015
Listen to the full length version of "At the Master's Feet"
Wednesday, December 2, 2015
Want to come down to Chick Fil-A and sing some Christmas carols? It's on Tuesday, Dec. 15 from 4-6 pm at the Chick Fil-A in Wallingford, CT. Words will be provided! I will also have my Christmas Love book on sale at discount ($11.99 retail, I'm selling them for $8 including sales tax). Come join in the fun! MidState Christian Academy will also be represented there, helping kids make Christmas ornaments. Gather around the Christmas tree and help spread some Christmas Cheer!
Tuesday, December 1, 2015
Jesus always was and still is the Answer! God bless you, as you choose God-honoring music that will draw you closer to God, your family, and encourage you to stand strong for your country.
Take a look at Sold Out! at amazon.com
Dawn's EPK for her Sold Out! album
(note: my EPK says the genre is New Age; that is being fixed. It is Christian, not New Age.)
Wednesday, November 25, 2015
So I was trying to think of a list of things that do truly unite us as U.S. Citizens. What are those things that most everyone can agree on? Here's my list, and let me know if you can think of others.
1. Everyone wants to be treated with dignity and respect.
2. Everyone wants to be loved.
3. Everyone wants to have the freedom to speak their mind and be heard and understood.
4. Everyone wants to be able to love and care for their families, which includes providing for and protecting those they love.
5. Everyone wants to be able to worship as they wish.
6. Everyone wants to be able to live their convictions.
7. Everyone wants to be able to follow their dreams.
8. Everyone wants to feel safe.
9. Everyone wants to be able to learn and grow.
10.Everyone wants to be happy.
Our United States Constitution and Bill of Rights was designed to protect these things. This country was designed to have freedom of religion, not freedom from religion. This country was designed to enable families to protect each other with fire arms, not take them away. Our country was designed for men and women to work and provide for their families, not be provided for by the government. This country was designed to allow invention and imagination to flourish, including entrepreneurs, so that we can create new things and new businesses, making improvements in our communities as we work together successfully. It was not intended to tax these businesses to death so that they have to outsource and move overseas.
Education is meant to enrich people so they can branch out and contribute to society. It is a privilege to be able to learn, and not something to be dreaded or fought against or even demanded, but embraced. We are not to covet, but to earn. This is the American Way. If our thinking is not in line with this, then we need to re-evaluate our motives and intents, and decide if we are truly Americans. If not, then we must consider what country we should belong to.
People immigrate because they believe in the culture of that country, and feel they can best thrive there. Many have come to America for opportunity, because of the American Way and the freedoms it embraces. That unites us into a melting pot. It has been said we are not a melting pot, but a tossed salad. We have seen that does not work. Yes, we can have our own freedoms of religion and individuality, as long as we are united in our culture, and acclimated into a unified nation that shares the values it was founded upon. Why? Because that works. Those values make for a strong society, built upon strong individuals that make up strong families.
Selfishness needs to be put aside, and we have to stop thinking of ourselves in light of what's in it for me, but rather what's in it for us? United we stand. We have common threats and enemies. Let's remember as we celebrate Thanksgiving what we are truly thankful for, and look for ways to unite rather than divide. Speak and embrace truth, but always with love, always with respect. God bless you, and God bless the United States of America!
A Country Without a Man music video
Monday, November 16, 2015
Ben Carson spoke at Liberty University's Convocation last Wednesday (on Veteran's Day). It was a great speech!
Ben Carson's speech at Liberty University 11-11-15
Sunday, November 15, 2015
That leads me to my great news! Amazon has my "Sold Out" album up on their website for preorder, will be available 12/1/15. It's available now from Tate Publishing and Tate Music Group if you don't want to wait, but it's cheaper through amazon.com. It's a 2-disc set, 16 songs total, and there are samples of every song on amazon.com that you can listen to now. It's my best album yet - I hope it lifts up your spirits! It makes the perfect Christmas gift!
Preorder Sold Out! from amazon.com (and listen to samples!)
Buy Sold Out! now from Tate Publishing
Saturday, November 14, 2015
Wednesday, November 11, 2015
However, I am going to just post the outline, as it's a great outline to remember. The passage of Scripture is Romans 1:28-32:
Saturday, November 7, 2015
Friday, November 6, 2015
Honest reflection is very healing. I realized again that inadequacy is what I have to offer. I have people in my life who love me and support me, and they are kind. But when I really think about what I have to offer the Lord, I come before Him with my knees to the ground and my hands held out with meager talents and gifts, and tears in my eyes. I want Him to use me, and all I can give is what He has given me. I have developed some of those skills and talents, but they are still meager. Believe me, He is not using me because of my ability, but rather my availability. It is nothing good in me. I am honored to be used by God, to be on His team, but I am one of the "little guys", the one last picked on the dodge ball team, so to speak. It reminds me of the song, "What can I give Him, poor as I am? If I were a shepherd, I would bring a lamb. If I were a wise man, I would do my part, yet what can I give Him? Give Him my heart."
I have not much to give. I consider myself a "passer." I'm just passing along God's truth. I am not a gold vessel, but a clay vessel passing along a rare and precious medicine that heals souls. I asked the Lord to give me a verse, and Psalm 96 came to my mind. As I opened my Bible, there was a bookmark there from our missionary to Russia, and this verse was staring me in the face: "To open the blind eyes, to bring out the prisoners from the prison, and them that sit in darkness out of the prison house" Isaiah 42:7. I looked at it and read it several times. Is that the message God wanted me to see? We obey and we tell of God's wondrous works because He wants us to bring healing salve to the blinded eyes, a key to unlock the chains that bind sinful men, and light to illuminate the dark world.
I still wanted to look up Psalm 96, and was so pleased at what I read. It reminded me of Psalm 66:2 I read this morning: "Sing forth the honour of his name: make his praise glorious." That is what we should be doing with our voices, singing forth the HONOR of God's name, respectfully, making His praise (not our own) glorious. Our music should reflect Jesus' honorable name and character. Here's what Psalm 96 has to say, and it's one of the most beautiful passages of Scripture to me right now:
Before the : for he cometh, for he cometh to judge the earth: he shall judge the world with righteousness, and the people with his truth.
God is going to judge the people with HIS truth, the truth from His holy Word, the Bible. We need to proclaim that any way we can. If we are going to be judged by it, we better know it! And we are to worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness, with fear and reverence. What kind of offering are we giving to Him? Are we declaring His glory among the heathen, and his wonders among all people? Are we giving unto the LORD the glory DUE UNTO HIS NAME? It's due Him! We owe that to Him, because He alone is worthy, no other god but the one true God alone; there is no other true God. He will judge, He will reign, and let's be ready for that day. If we have our reservation for heaven all set, then let's be in the business of bringing more people before His presence so they can see His glory and choose (or reject) Him. They won't see Him if we are blocking His majesty.
I now can go to my events with new meaning and purpose. It's OK and actually good to realize how inadequate we are in and of ourselves. It's healing power. I will continue looking for opportunities to share what the Lord has given me, and win or lose on my part, all that matters in the end is that I brought glory to God, and did my part in declaring His majesty. That's what we are commissioned to do, and I have found a way to do it - through my writing of books and songs. May GOD ALMIGHTY get ALL the glory due His name! John 3:30: "He must increase, but I must decrease." That is the heartbeat of my soul.
Monday, November 2, 2015
Accident or Design? in English
Accident or Design? in Chinese
Tuesday, October 27, 2015
Sold Out! for God, Family & Country music samples Click on "Music" for the samples. There are 3 samples, but the album has 16 songs on it total. Click on "Media" for the music video.
Friday, October 23, 2015
Wednesday, October 21, 2015
Friday, October 16, 2015
One thing that caught my attention was that she knew some people from California who knew wines really well. Now, I'm not advocating drinking wine, but it was interesting to hear that there were some things about grapes in the vineyard that made better wine. The fruit of the vine is actually enhanced under certain conditions. Grapes made better wine when they sustained a flood or a drought. In other words, they had better flavor if they were deprived of water or were given too much. Those trials changed the taste of the grapes into something even better.
It was also interesting to note that the roots of grape vines can do down very deep, even to the point that they do not require watering at all to make a successful crop because the roots go so deep they can get water from under the ground.
This makes perfect sense when we think about Scripture, and what Jesus said about Himself being the vine and we are the branches.
John 15:4-5: "Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing."
Tuesday, October 13, 2015
I had a dream last night that I was at a sort of bed and breakfast, and suddenly a lightning storm hit and caught on fire the tree in the front yard. It quickly turned into a house fire, and there was no time for the firemen to get everyone out, so I ran upstairs and woke everyone up and got them out safely. I had to check the attic and every nook and cranny quickly before the fire swallowed me up, but I didn't want to leave anyone behind. We all made it out safely before the entire structure buckled up and burnt to the ground.
I woke up with the burden on my heart to post this. Last night before I went to bed I watched an interview with Donald Trump, and I was disturbed by a lot of the world events going on. While we don't know the day or the hour of the Lord's return, and most of us do not know the day or the hour that we will die, it's vitally important that we know where we are going when that day does arrive. Matthew 24:36: "But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only." 1 Thessalonians 5:2: "For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night."
We are to watch for the signs, and they are upon us. Please don't hesitate! This is how to sign your name on the dotted line of the best investment you have ever made: salvation in Jesus Christ.