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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!

Saturday, February 27, 2016

A Country Without a Man

Watch Dawn's music video: "A Country Without a Man"

This time in America, perhaps more than any other time in recent years, needs our patriotism and courage to stand for righteousness, honesty, integrity, character, dignity, and biblical values.  May my song inspire and encourage you to be the kind of citizen worthy of our great nation. Change starts with each one of us on a personal level, not from the top down.  


A Prayer for the Political Process

I don't know who you are cheering for in the Republican or Democratic battle for the American Presidency 2016, but one thing I think we would all agree on: there are a lot of high emotions going on by the American people.  Do you ever feel stressed about the election?  I know I do!  Sometimes I feel like this is a circus show.  I respect men and women who can share facts and their plans without getting into name calling and spending most of their time bashing others.  I do realize that you have to defend attacks against you, and that if there is important information to share that you think the American people should know about another candidate, then share it but in a respectful way, and let the American people decide for themselves.  There are a couple Republican candidates who have really refrained from childish behavior, and I respect that.  I have not decided yet who to vote for, but one thing I do know: our country needs prayer.  Let's take a moment to pray to God our Father to help guide us in wisdom as this vitally important election year takes place:

Dear Lord,

We come before you first of all in humility, knowing that you are Almighty God, full of honor and glory, and you have created us in your image.  We are so thankful for your love and care toward us.  Thank you for sending your son Jesus to die for the sins of the world so that we can have hope and salvation from our sin and spiritual death.  As this election comes forth, we realize that America is at a crossroads, and whoever takes the seat of power as our nation's leader may turn the tide that not only changes the direction of our country, but likely even the direction of the world.  You know the future, and nothing that happens in this life or in this world occurs without your knowledge and permission, because you are ultimately in control, although you give us free will to make decisions and live with our consequences.  We want to make sure we are responsible citizens, and vote for the one that you know would be best for our country and our world.  Please give us wisdom to know who to choose, and please empower that person to stay strong and continue to fight to the end.  Bless that individual, and make it clear who we should vote for so that we as a nation will stand united like never before.  Help us to be able to see lies and see truth clearly and not be a victim of deceit.  Please help us to strengthen our nation within our own spirits and lives as individuals, and may we manage our families well with love and care and compassion.  Please help all of us who are without jobs to be employed, and work hard to make this nation great, not only in economics, education, healthcare, security, business, etc., but in character, honesty, integrity, love, compassion, and wisdom.  May we honor you once again by being a nation to make you proud, to protect the innocent, heal the sick, strengthen families, educate ourselves to be useful in service to others.  May we once again be a respected and revered nation among other nations, and may you be honored and glorified once again through the United States of America.  Please protect the candidates, and whoever wins, please give that individual guidance and strength to lead according to your will.  Bring revival to our nation and start with me; may I please you today with my attitude, my work ethic, and my caring heart.  Please forgive us as a nation for our sins and for falling away, and please strengthen us to turn back to you, united in faith, love, hope, and strength.  Please bless America.  We love you.  In Jesus' name, Amen.

Monday, February 22, 2016

Feelings

Feelings, attractions, anger, depression - they are very real, but you are not bound to them. They can be controlled, and must be controlled, or they will control you and can even destroy you. Jesus Christ can and will give you victory over any sinful thought or debilitating feeling. He offers forgiveness and HOPE. There is hope, and that is a beautiful thing.

Listen to my song, " Feelings".


The history and personal testimony of Transgender surgery

This is a very interesting testimony and history of transgender surgery.  I like sharing good articles.  If you are or know someone battling with this issue, you may find this article of some help.


thepublicdiscourse.com http://www.thepublicdiscourse.com/2015/04/14905/
By Walt Heyer


"Sex Change" Surgery: What Bruce Jenner, Diane Sawyer, and You Should Know
Bruce Jenner and Diane Sawyer could benefit from a history lesson. I know, because I suffered through “sex change” surgery and lived as a woman for eight years. The surgery fixed nothing—it only masked and exacerbated deeper psychological problems.  The beginnings of the transgender movement have gotten lost today in the push for transgender rights, acceptance, and tolerance. If more people were aware of the dark and troubled history of sex-reassignment surgery, perhaps we wouldn’t be so quick to push people toward it.



The setting for the first transgender surgeries (mostly male-to-female) was in university-based clinics, starting in the 1950s and progressing through the 1960s and the 1970s. When the researchers tallied the results and found no objective proof that it was successful—and, in fact, evidence that it was harmful—the universities stopped offering sex-reassignment surgery. Since then, private surgeons have stepped in to take their place. Without any scrutiny or accountability for their results, their practices have grown, leaving shame, regret, and suicide in their wake.



The Founding Fathers of the Transgender Movement
The transgender movement began as the brainchild of three men who shared a common bond: all three were pedophilia activists.  The story starts with the infamous Dr. Alfred Kinsey, a biologist and sexologist whose legacy endures today. Kinsey believed that all sex acts were legitimate—including pedophilia, bestiality, sadomasochism, incest, adultery, prostitution, and group sex. He authorized despicable experiments on infants and toddlers to gather information to justify his view that children of any age enjoyed having sex. Kinsey advocated the normalization of pedophilia and lobbied against laws that would protect innocent children and punish sexual predators.  Transsexualism was added to Kinsey’s repertoire when he was presented with the case of an effeminate boy who wanted to become a girl.


Kinsey consulted an acquaintance of his, an endocrinologist by the name of Dr. Harry Benjamin. Transvestites, men who dressed as women, were well-known. Kinsey and Benjamin saw this as an opportunity to change a transvestite physically, way beyond dress and make-up. Kinsey and Benjamin became professional collaborators in the first case of what Benjamin would later call “transsexualism.”  Benjamin asked several psychiatric doctors to evaluate the boy for possible surgical procedures to feminize his appearance. They couldn’t come to a consensus on the appropriateness of feminizing surgery. That didn’t stop Benjamin. On his own, he began offering female hormone therapy to the boy. The boy went to Germany for partial surgery, and Benjamin lost all contact with him, making any long-term follow-up impossible.

The Tragic Story of the Reimer Twins
The third co-founder of today’s transgender movement was psychologist Dr. John Money, a dedicated disciple of Kinsey and a member of a transsexual research team headed by Benjamin.  Money’s first transgender case came in 1967 when he was asked by a Canadian couple, the Reimers, to repair a botched circumcision on their two-year-old son, David. Without any medical justification, Money launched into an experiment to make a name for himself and advance his theories about gender, no matter what the consequences to the child. Money told the distraught parents that the best way to assure David’s happiness was to surgically change his genitalia from male to female and raise him as a girl. As many parents do, the Reimers followed their doctor’s orders, and David was replaced with Brenda. Money assured the parents that Brenda would adapt to being a girl and that she would never know the difference. He told them that they should keep it a secret, so they did—at least for a while.



Activist doctors like Dr. Money always look brilliant at first, especially if they control the information that the media report. Money played a skilled game of “catch me if you can,” reporting the success of the boy’s gender change to the medical and scientific community and building his reputation as a leading expert in the emerging field of gender change. It would be decades before the truth was revealed. In reality, David Reimer’s “adaptation” to being a girl was completely different from the glowing reports concocted by Money for journal articles. By age twelve, David was severely depressed and refused to return to see Money. In desperation, his parents broke their secrecy, and told him the truth of the gender reassignment. At age fourteen, David chose to undo the gender change and live as a boy.


In 2000, at the age of thirty-five, David and his twin brother finally exposed the sexual abuse Dr. Money had inflicted on them in the privacy of his office. The boys told how Dr. Money took naked photos of them when they were just seven years old. But pictures were not enough for Money.  The pedophilic doctor also forced the boys to engage in incestuous sexual activities with each other.  The consequences of Money’s abuse were tragic for both boys. In 2003, only three years after going public about their tortured past, David’s twin brother, Brian, died from a self-inflicted overdose. A short while later, David also committed suicide. Money had finally been exposed as a fraud, but that didn’t help the grieving parents whose twin boys were now dead.  The exposure of Money’s fraudulent research results and tendencies came too late for people suffering from gender issues, too. Using surgery had become well-established by then, and no one cared that one of its founders was discredited.   

Results from Johns Hopkins: Surgery Gives No Relief
Dr. Money became the co-founder of one of the first university-based gender clinics in the United States at Johns Hopkins University, where gender reassignment surgery was performed. After the clinic had been in operation for several years, Dr. Paul McHugh, the director of psychiatry and behavioral science at Hopkins, wanted more than Money’s assurances of success immediately following surgery. McHugh wanted more evidence. Long-term, were patients any better off after surgery?


McHugh assigned the task of evaluating outcomes to Dr. Jon Meyer, the chairman of the Hopkins gender clinic. Meyer selected fifty subjects from those treated at the Hopkins clinic, both those who had undergone gender reassignment surgery and those who had not had surgery. The results of this study completely refuted Money’s claims about the positive outcomes of sex-change surgery. The objective report showed no medical necessity for surgery.


On August 10, 1979, Dr. Meyer announced his results: “To say this type of surgery cures psychiatric disturbance is incorrect. We now have objective evidence that there is no real difference in the transsexual’s adjustments to life in terms of job, educational attainment, marital adjustment and social stability.” He later told The New York Times: “My personal feeling is that the surgery is not a proper treatment for a psychiatric disorder, and it’s clear to me these patients have severe psychological problems that don’t go away following surgery.”


Less than six months later, the Johns Hopkins gender clinic closed. Other university-affiliated gender clinics across the country followed suit, completely ceasing to perform gender reassignment surgery. No success was reported anywhere.


Results from Benjamin’s Colleague: Too Many Suicides
It was not just the Hopkins clinic reporting lack of outcomes from surgery. Around the same time, serious questions about the effectiveness of gender change came from Dr. Harry Benjamin’s partner, endocrinologist Charles Ihlenfeld.  Ihlenfeld worked with Benjamin for six years and administered sex hormones to 500 transsexuals. Ihlenfeld shocked Benjamin by publicly announcing that 80 percent of the people who want to change their gender shouldn’t do it. Ihlenfeld said: “There is too much unhappiness among people who have had the surgery…Too many end in suicide.” Ihlenfeld stopped administering hormones to patients experiencing gender dysphoria and switched specialties from endocrinology to psychiatry so he could offer such patients the kind of help he thought they really needed.


In the wake of the Hopkins study, the closure of the flagship Hopkins clinic, and the warning sounded by Ihlenfeld, advocates of sex change surgery needed a new strategy. Benjamin and Money looked to their friend, Paul Walker, PhD, a homosexual and transgender activist they knew shared their passion to provide hormones and surgery. A committee was formed to draft standards of care for transgenders that furthered their agenda, with Paul Walker at the helm. The committee included a psychiatrist, a pedophilia activist, two plastic surgeons, and a urologist, all of whom would financially benefit from keeping gender reassignment surgery available for anyone who wanted it. The “Harry Benjamin International Standards of Care” were published in 1979 and gave fresh life to gender surgery.


My Experience with Dr. Walker
I myself suffered greatly to come to terms with my gender. In 1981, I sought out Dr. Walker to ask him, the man who wrote the standards of care, for help. Walker said I was suffering from gender dysphoria. A mere two years after both the Hopkins study and the public statements of Ihlenfeld drew attention to the increased suicide risk associated with gender change, Walker, even though he was completely aware of both reports, signed my approval letter for hormones and surgery.



Under his guidance, I underwent gender reassignment surgery and lived for eight years as Laura Jensen, female. Eventually, I gathered the courage to admit that the surgery had fixed nothing—it only masked and exacerbated deeper psychological problems. The deception and lack of transparency I experienced in the 1980s still surround gender change surgery today. For the sake of others who struggle with gender dysphoria, I cannot remain silent.



It is intellectually dishonest to ignore the facts that surgery never has been a medically necessary procedure for treating gender dysphoria and that taking cross-gender hormones can be harmful. Modern transgender activists, the descendants of Kinsey, Benjamin, and John Money, keep alive the practice of medically unnecessary gender-change surgery by controlling the flow of published information and by squelching research and personal stories that tell of the regret, unhappiness, and suicide experienced by those who undergo such surgery. Negative outcomes are only acknowledged as a way to blame society for its transphobia.


Transgender clients who regret having taken this path are often full of shame and remorse. Those who regret their decision have few places to turn in a world of pro-transgender activism. For me, it took years to muster the courage to stand up and speak out about the regret.  I only wish Dr. Paul Walker had been required to tell me about both reports when I consulted him: the Hopkins study showing surgery did not alleviate severe psychological problems, and Ihlenfeld’s observation of the continuing transgender unhappiness and high incidence of suicide after hormones and surgery. This information might not have stopped me from making that disastrous decision—but at least I would have known the dangers and pain that lay ahead.
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Walt Heyer is an author and public speaker with a passion to help others who regret gender change. Through his website, SexChangeRegret.com, and his blog, WaltHeyer.com, Heyer raises public awareness about the incidence of regret and the tragic consequences suffered as a result. Heyer’s story can be read in novel form in Kid Dakota and The Secret at Grandma’s House and in his “Sex Change” Surgery: What Bruce Jenner, Diane Sawyer, and You Shou... http://www.thepublicdiscourse.com/2015/04/14905/
2 of 3 2/22/2016 1:41 PM, autobiography, A Transgender’s Faith. Heyer’s other books include Paper Genders and Gender, Lies and Suicide.


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Saturday, February 6, 2016

Dawn Foss - The Truth of the Matter - Video Journal





Hey, check out my latest video journal on my song, "The Truth of the Matter."  My daughter Rebecca Foss did it! I love the views of downtown Middletown in this video. That makes it really special to me, as this is home (I was born here and have lived here most of my life). Anyway, I hope you enjoy it! If you want to learn more about my album, see my EPK. https://tatemusicgroup.com/epk/artist/29976

Monday, February 1, 2016

Choosing Music Wisely released!!!

Yay!!! It's finally here! My release date for my 4th book: "Choosing Music Wisely"! This book has the potential to not only teach you some guidelines from Scripture about God's standards for music, but to also change your life as you draw into a closer commitment to Christ in every area of your life, including entertainment. Music is a gift from God, but just like with anything good that God makes, Satan tries to replace it with his corrupted version. Our brains are very susceptible to external influences which can affect our personalities and even our world view. Be careful! Performers and musicians: be careful! You may have many followers. Make sure you are on track, and then make that wonderful music God gifted you with: "unto the Lord."

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Marco Rubio: an advocate for religious freedom





I'm not endorsing any particular candidate on my blog, as I'm not even decided yet who I will vote for, but I love this testimony!  This is a great answer.