Relationship! Relationship! Relationship!

by Dr. MaryAnn Diorio

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Hello and Happy Day! This is Dr. MaryAnn Diorio, novelist and life coach, welcoming you to another episode of Winning with the Word. Today is Monday, May 23, 2022, and this is Episode #21 of Series 2022. This episode is titled “Relationship! Relationship! Relationship!”
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You have very likely heard the real estate term, “Location! Location! Location!” This term implies that location is everything in determining the value of a house.  A modest house in a prime location is usually worth more than a luxurious house in an undesirable location.

Taking our cue from the “Location! Location! Location!” slogan, let’s modify it a bit and talk about “Relationship! Relationship! Relationship”! 

When it comes to life, relationship is everything in determining the value of life. A loving, honest, and deep relationship between two people is worth far more than a superficial relationship that is such because of neglect.

Relationships are God’s idea. Starting with the primary and paramount relationship–that between God and man through Jesus Christ–relationships are, ultimately, the most important thing in life. But, too often, we don’t recognize that truth until it is too late.

Sadly, many people relegate relationship to a secondary position, after their job or career, sports or hobbies, or, nowadays, their cell phones. If you are one of these people, listen up.

In my many years of ministry, I’ve met countless people who reach the latter part of their lives carrying deep regret. They regret having spent too much time building a career and too little time building a marriage or a relationship with their children. Too much time chasing the dollar and too little time chasing the dream God had for them. Too much time focusing on the world and too little time focusing on the things of God. The result is a deep sense of regret, remorse, and grief. Yes, grief.

You see, my friend, time is life. It is the only thing that, once spent, can never be retrieved. When we are young, we thing we have a lot of time ahead of us. But, when we are older, we realize at how quickly time passes and how little we may have left.  While no one knows his last day on earth, the odds against our having a lot of time left grow greater the older we get. 

So, I ask you: What are you doing with your time? Your life? How are you spending it? Are you spending it in a way that will cause you great regret, remorse, and grief when you approach the end of it? If so, stop now and change direction. 

What are you doing with your relationships, especially your most important ones?  Are you cultivating them or neglecting them? 

Most of all, what are you doing with your relationship with God? Do you even have a relationship with God? If not, why not? 

Perhaps you feel it’s too late for you. Perhaps you’ve already messed up your relationships. Well, if so, let me encourage you. There is a wonderful Bible verse in Joel 2: 25 just for you. It is this: “The Lord says, ‘I will give you back what you lost to the swarming locusts, the hopping locusts, the stripping locusts, and the cutting locusts.'”  Hallelujah! This is called Redemption.  

What the Lord is saying is that what Satan has stolen from you–whether it is your joy, your peace, or your hope– God will give it back to you. I can vouch to this from my own life.  Before I came to Christ, Satan stole my joy, my peace, and my hope. But after I accepted Jesus as my Savior and Lord, God restored them all.

And He will do the same for you. God will restore to you your joy, your peace, and your hope. But there is only one way for them to be restored. That way is for you to establish a relationship with Jesus Christ by receiving Him into your life.

A relationship with Jesus is the primary relationship, the foundational relationship on which all other relationships are built. If we do not have a relationship with Jesus, we cannot have an ultimately successful relationship with anyone else. 

As many of you know, I write fiction. All of my novels deal with relationship. My latest novel, Miracle in Milan, is the story of a young female auditor who discovers that the man she loves is an embezzler. As you can imagine, there are a lot of relationship challenges in that story. 

Relationships involve time, commitment, and cultivation. Relationships are more important than anything else in life. That is the reason Satan fights relationships so relentlessly. He especially fights our relationship with Jesus Christ. Satan will do anything, first of all to keep us from establishing a relationship with Jesus, and then, after we do accept Christ, Satan will fight to draw us away from Him.

But the good news is that once we have a relationship with Jesus, we have the grace, the authority, and the power to overcome the challenges of every other relationship in our lives.

So, the first step in having healthful relationships is to accept Jesus Christ into your life as your Savior and Lord. He desires a personal relationship with you. Won’t you accept his invitation? All you need to do is to repent of your sin, which means to turn away from it, ask Jesus to forgive you, and invite him into your life. Please pray this simple prayer after me:

Lord Jesus, I admit that I am a sinner. I admit that I have been going the wrong way, my own way and not your way. I desire a relationship with You. I recognize that my sin put You on that Cross where You died for me. So, I repent of my sin, I turn away from it, and I ask You to forgive me. I invite You into my life now. I receive You now as my Savior and my Lord. Thank You for saving me. Amen.

If you sincerely prayed this prayer, welcome to God’s family! Please write down today’s date. It is your spiritual birthday. And please write to me at drmaryann@maryanndiorio.com. I would like to send you a free PDF booklet titled After You’re Born Again. This booklet will help you to get started in your walk with Jesus.

I also encourage you to get yourself a Bible and read it every single day. The Bible is God’s love letter to you, His manual for your life. In the Bible, God reveals Who He is, and He teaches you how to live.

Finally, ask the Lord to lead you to the church of His choice for you where you can learn about Him and have fellowship and encouragement with other Christ-Followers. It is critically important in these last days to fellowship with other believers who are mature in Christ and who can guide you as you grow in Him.

If you did not pray this prayer with me, please reconsider. Jesus Christ is coming back soon to remove from the earth all those who follow Him. The rest of the world’s population will be left behind and will face the most horrific time in human history under the dictatorship of the AntiChrist. If you do not believe me, do your own research. 

Thousands of years ago, the Bible predicted exactly what is happening in our world today. Everything is coming to pass exactly as the Bible prophesied. The Bible has never been wrong. I have been following Jesus for 52 wonderful years, and He has never failed me. Nor will he ever fail you if you choose to follow Him. 

I urge you: Follow Jesus Christ. Accept Him into your life. He is the only way to be saved.

If this podcast has helped you in any way, please consider supporting it by becoming one of my valued patrons. Just go to patreon.com/winningwiththeword to join my wonderful Team. Winning with the Word now reaches 70 countries throughout the world because of the help of patrons like you. Patrons receive numerous benefits in appreciation for their support. 

Also, if you are interested in reading any of my novels, please go to my website bookstore at maryanndiorio.com/book-table. My books are also available on Amazon.

Until next time, remember that God loves you just as you are and just where you are, and that He will help you to keep on Winning with the Word!
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The Subtle Lure of Cultural Pressure

by Dr. MaryAnn Diorio

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Hello and Happy Day! This is Dr. MaryAnn Diorio, novelist and life coach, welcoming you to another episode of Winning with the Word. Today is Monday, May 16, 2022, and this is Episode #20 of Series 2022. This episode is titled “The Subtle Lure of Cultural Pressure”.
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We’ve all heard of peer pressure. Our parents warned us against it. If we heeded our parents’ warnings, we avoided a lot of suffering. If we did not heed our parents’ warnings, we paid dire consequences, many of which may still be operative in our lives today. 

Well, peer pressure isn’t just something young people need to guard against. Peer pressure is a tactic that Satan uses throughout our lives. And, if we are not aware of it, we will end up in some serious trouble.

Peer pressure has a lot of different names. One of the most common today is “political correctness.”  To be politically correct is to go along with a culture’s political and social agenda. Just look around. So many people–even so-called Christians–have caved in to the anti-Biblical, political and social agenda that is being blatantly and brazenly proclaimed throughout our country and throughout the world. We are witnessing active and arrogant rebellion against God and His Word. Opposition to God’s commandments has run wild, with the result that lawlessness prevails and deception runs rampant. 

The Bible calls peer pressure and political correctness “the fear of man.” Take a look at Proverbs 29: 25: “The fear of man brings a snare, But whoever trusts in the LORD shall be safe.”  A snare is a trap. So, the Bible is saying that when we fear man –in other words, when we worry about what people think–we fall into a trap.

What kind of trap?

A trap that leads to death and destruction.

Isn’t that what we’re seeing around us?  Death in the form of abortion, infanticide, increase in homicides and suicides? And destruction in the form of drug addiction, alcoholism, domestic abuse, and child abuse? Are we not seeing looting, shoplifting, vandalism, attacks against our law enforcement officers?

Indeed, we are. Our country has gone crazy because we have allowed ourselves to be taken captive by social and cultural pressure. We have caved in as a nation to putting more stock in what others think than in what God thinks.

Are you giving in to the peer pressure of societal lies? Are you sliding down the slippery slope that leads to death and destruction? Are you opposing God and exalting yourself?

Yes, that’s what peer pressure ultimately does. It exalts the Self over God. And, bottom line, that’s what’s wrong with our culture today. We have become a society of mini-gods, each one doing his own thing, each one deciding for himself what’s true and not true. Each one establishing his own rule of moral conduct.

Relativism is the name of the game these days. My truth is my truth, and your truth is your truth.  Well, how far has that gotten us? It has led only to mass confusion, societal and family division, and a people who can no longer think straight.

I urge you to take a hard look at yourself.  Are you supporting a social agenda that violates God’s commandments? Yes, I’m talking about abortion, homosexuality, gay marriage, euthanasia, greed, vandalism, looting and shoplifting, theft, homicide, crime, rebellion against authority, and hatred among people?  All of these things are contrary to God’s design for our lives. God will bring severe judgment on those who do not forsake their sin and repent.

What about you? Do you love the praise of men more than the praise of God? If so, you will never see the Kingdom of God. Are you willing to take such an eternal risk? Do you want to spend eternity–that’s forever–separated from God and tormented in Hell? Is the approval of others more important to you than the approval of God? If so, you are in grave spiritual danger.

My friend, I pray that you take this message seriously. 

Years ago, I heard a quote that has stuck with me. It is this: “Observe the masses and do the opposite.”  The crowd is heading in the wrong direction. If you want to be safe, don’t follow the crowd. Go in the opposite direction. 

Jesus said this in Matthew 7: 14: “Narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.”

Do you want to be one of those few who find the way to life? If so, you must do things God’s way. For only His way leads to life.

The first step on the road to life is to accept Jesus Christ into your life as your Savior and Lord. He desires a personal relationship with you. Won’t you accept his invitation?

If you do not yet have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, I urge you to establish one now. All you need to do is to repent of your sin, ask Jesus to forgive you, and invite him into your life. Please pray this simple prayer after me:

Lord Jesus, I admit that I am a sinner. I admit that I have been going the wrong way, my own way and not your way. I recognize that my sin put You on that Cross where You died for me. So, I repent of my sin, I turn away from it, and I ask You to forgive me. I invite You into my life now. I receive You now as my Savior and my Lord. Thank You for saving me. Make me what You created me to be. Amen.

If you sincerely prayed this prayer, welcome to God’s family! Please write down today’s date. It is your spiritual birthday. And please write to me at drmaryann@maryanndiorio.com. I would like to send you a free PDF booklet titled After You’re Born Again. This booklet will help you to get started in your walk with Jesus.

I also encourage you to get yourself a Bible and read it every single day. The Bible is God’s love letter to you, His manual for your life. In the Bible, God reveals Who He is, and He teaches you how to live.

Finally, ask the Lord to lead you to the church of His choice for you where you can learn about Him and have fellowship and encouragement with other Christ-Followers. It is critically important in these last days to fellowship with other believers who are mature in Christ and who can guide you as you grow in Him.

If you did not pray this prayer with me, please reconsider. Jesus Christ is coming back soon to remove from the earth all those who follow Him. The rest of the world’s population will be left behind and will face the most horrific time in human history under the dictatorship of the AntiChrist. If you do not believe me, do your own research. 

Thousands of years ago, the Bible predicted exactly what is happening in our world today. Everything is coming to pass exactly as the Bible predicted. The Bible has never been wrong. I have been following Jesus for 52 wonderful years, and He has never failed me. Nor will he ever fail you if you choose to follow Him. 

I urge you: Follow Jesus Christ. Accept Him into your life. He is the only way to be saved.

If this podcast has helped you in any way, please consider supporting it by becoming one of my valued patrons. Just go to patreon.com/winningwiththeword to join my wonderful Team. Winning with the Word now reaches 70 countries throughout the world because of the help of patrons like you. Patrons receive numerous benefits in appreciation for their support. 

Until next time, remember that God loves you just as you are and just where you are, and that He will help you to keep on Winning with the Word!
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Are You Reading the Wrong Story?

by Dr. MaryAnn Diorio

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Hello and Happy Day! This is Dr. MaryAnn Diorio, novelist and Certified Life Coach, welcoming you to another episode of Winning with the Word. Today is Monday, February 7, 2022, and this is Episode #6 of Series 2022. This episode is titled “Are You Reading the Wrong Story?.”

Years ago, I was driving along the Beltway outside of Washington, DC, when I missed my exit. Of course, I didn’t realize that I had missed my exit until I started passing the same landmarks I had already passed. But, I had to go around the Beltway yet again in order to reach my exit. So, around the Beltway I went. Again!

Perhaps your life feels like my Beltway ride. You’re going around the same circle again and again. Or you’re going around the same mountain again and again, getting nowhere except frustrated. If so, I can relate.

There’s a saying that doing the same thing over and over again without getting results is insanity. If this describes you, perhaps you’re reading the wrong story.

What do I mean?

Well, each of us reads and follows a story for our lives. It is usually the story we’ve grown up with or been told along the way. We think it’s the right story because the ones who told us the story were trusted people in our lives. 

For example, we may all have heard the story that, to be successful, we need to “grow up, get a job, and work hard.” That’s the story I heard growing up. Perhaps it’s the same story you heard. So, let me ask you: “Is that story working for you?”

You see, it’s not necessarily working hard that makes you successful; it’s working smart with the wisdom of God. 

What does it mean to work smart? Here are a few thoughts I’d like to share with you:

1__Working smart being doing things God’s way, not our own way. Years ago, I was talking with the Lord when He spoke these words to me: “Your vision is Your provision.”  

One huge thing I learned when I stopped reading the wrong story is that working smart does not mean trading hours for dollars. You see, when you trade hours for dollars, if you need more dollars you have to work more hours. That’s what most people are doing today. They are trading hours for dollars. In fact, that is the work model throughout most of the world. And this “hard” work model is stressing out a lot of people, leaving them little better than they were when they started the journey.

If you’re like most people, you’re thinking, “the harder I work, the behinder I get.” 

Yet, the Bible tells us in Proverbs 23: 4 MSG, “Don’t wear yourself out trying to get rich.” 

This verse sheds light on something very important. It implies that we don’t have to kill ourselves in order to achieve financial freedom. Or any other kind of freedom for that matter.

Another wrong story I read growing up was that I had to earn my way to Heaven. I remember asking a priest one day, “How and when will I know if I’ve done enough to get into Heaven?” He said, “You’ll find out when you die!”

What? I looked at him in disbelief.

I don’t know about you, my friend, but I certainly didn’t want to take such a chance. Would you? What if, after I died, I found out that I had not done enough? Then what? It would be too late to do more.

You see, reading the wrong story can have very serious consequences, not only in this life but also in the life to come. 

What about you? Are you reading the wrong story? 

You may be asking, “How can I know?”

You can know by comparing the story you’re reading with the story that’s written in the Bible. That is the only true story. That is the only story that will keep you from wasting your life doing the wrong things. That is the only story that will ultimately lead you to Heaven.

If you’ve been reading the wrong story, switch stories today. Start reading the Holy Bible, the only story that will lead you to all truth, whether it’s in this life or in the life after this one. 

The best thing about reading the Bible is that, as you read it, you will discover the One Who died and rose from the dead to save you. You will be meeting Jesus Christ Himself. From beginning to end–from Genesis to Revelation–Jesus is the focal point of the Bible. All things were created by Him, subsist by Him, and have their destiny in Him. 

If you do not yet know this magnificent Jesus, I urge you to invite Him into your life today. He wants a relationship with you because He loves you. And He loves you just as you are and just where you are. You don’t have to do anything to earn His love. He has already given it to you. So just receive it. Pray this simple prayer after me now:

Lord Jesus, I want to read the right story. I want to read Your story. So I repent of my sin now, and I invite You into my life to be my Savior and my Lord. Reveal Yourself to me through Your story. In Your Name I pray, Lord. Amen.

If you sincerely prayed this prayer, please write down today’s date. It is your spiritual birthday. And please write to me at drmaryann@maryanndiorio.com or at drmaryann@celebrationlifecoaching.com. I would like to send you a free PDF booklet, titled After You’re Born Again. This booklet will help you get started in your walk with Christ.

I also encourage you to get yourself a Bible and read it every single day. The Bible is God’s love letter to you, His manual for your life. In the Bible, God reveals Who He is, and He teaches you how to live.

Finally, ask the Lord to lead you to the church of His choice for you where you can learn about Him and have fellowship and encouragement with other Christ-Followers. It is critically important in these last days to fellowship with other believers who are mature in Christ and who can guide you as you grow in Him.

If this podcast has helped you in any way, please consider supporting it by becoming one of my valued patrons. Just go to patreon.com/winningwiththeword to join my wonderful Team. Patrons receive numerous benefits in appreciation for their support. 

I also invite you to visit my website bookstore at maryanndiorio.com/book-table. There you can find a complete listing of my books for both children and adults at the vendor of your choice for the price of your choice.

Finally, if you’re looking for someone to walk alongside you as you find and fulfill God’s purpose for your life, consider hiring me as your Personal Life Coach. Visit my coaching website at CelebrationLifeCoaching.com or contact me at drmaryann@celebrationlifecoaching.com

Until next time, remember that God loves you just as you are and just where you are, and that He will help you to keep on Winning with the Word!

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Progressive Christianity: The Hoax of the Century

by Dr. MaryAnn Diorio

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“Winning with the Word” is a weekly blog that will help you to be a winner in life by applying God’s principles for living the abundant life as found in the Bible, God’s manual for life.

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Hello and Happy Day! This is Dr. MaryAnn Diorio, novelist and life coach, welcoming you to another episode of Winning with the Word. Today is Monday, May 9, 2022, and this is Episode #19 of Series 2022. This episode is titled “Progressive Christianity: The Hoax of the Century.”
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It has been said that the most dangerous place in the world is inside a church.

Why?

Because one would never expect to find Satan inside a church.

But, not only is he there; he is hidden and camouflaged to the point that we view him as a light when he is actually the same old, evil deceiver. 

So, how has Satan infiltrated the Church today? What am I talking about specifically?

I’m talking about Progressive Christianity.

You may have heard the term. It sounds so innocuous, doesn’t it? So cool, even. After all, progress is a good thing, right?

Not always. In fact, Progressive Christianity is not progress at all but, rather, a falling away from the essential truths of Christianity. It is the most dangerous heresy–or conglomeration of heresies–to have infiltrated the Church in this century.

Progressive Christianity now has a strong but sinister presence in our seminaries and pulpits. It has even found its way into the media that is unashamedly propagating its tenets in order to undermine the truths of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

When the Apostle Paul was on earth, he warned of heresies that would enter the Church. He called these heresies “another Gospel”. He warned in Galatians 1: 9 that “if anyone preaches any other gospel to you than what you have received, let him be accursed.”  Pretty strong words!

Progressive Christianity is “another Gospel” — not the true Gospel of Jesus Christ. Not the Gospel we received from the Word of God.

So, what is Progressive Christianity? In what ways is it a false Gospel?

Progressive Christianity grew out of the Emergent Church Movement of the late 1990s and early 2000s. As its name implies, Progressive Christianity considers it progress to re-examine, re-define, and, if necessary, reject the historic doctrines of the Christian faith. 

Here are some of the problems with the teachings of Progressing Christianity:

1__It denies that the Bible is the divinely inspired Word of God and absolute Truth. 

2__It denies the doctrine of original sin, the Biblical teaching that every human being is born into this world spiritually separated from God by sin. 

3__It ignores the concept of sin altogether and does not teach about the need for repentance from sin and accepting Christ as Savior and Lord.

4__It denies the Blood of Christ, His substitutionary Atonement on the Cross, and the Resurrection. 

5__It denies the existence of Hell, a very real place where those who reject Christ will spend eternity.

6__It aligns itself with anti-Biblical, cultural trends like abortion, same-sex marriage, and gender identity.

7__It preaches a gospel of social justice and universal salvation instead of the true Gospel of repentance from personal sin, personal salvation, and personal redemption. 

8__It places undue emphasis on saving planet Earth, worshipping the earth more than the Creator of the earth.

So, what can we who are followers of the true Gospel do to stem the tide of Progressive Christianity:

1. Know the Truth. We must saturate ourselves with the Word of God so that we will instantly recognize any teaching contrary to the Word of God. Just as a bank teller-in-training never handles counterfeit money but gets to know real money so well in order instantly to be able to recognize counterfeit money, so must we study God’s Word, the real Truth, in order to be able to recognize a counterfeit.

2. Be bold. We must speak out against the lies of the enemy and replace those lies with the Truth as found in the Bible. We must resist the fear of man–worrying about what people think–and fear God instead. We will be persecuted for speaking the Truth, but we must speak it anyway. Jesus warned us that we would be hated by the world. He said this in John 15: 18: “If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you.” It is a great honor and privilege to be hated for the cause of Christ.

3. Stand up for life from its beginning to its end. Speak out against abortion, infanticide, and euthanasia. The sacredness of human life is the core issue of our day. Unless we hold life sacred in all its stages, nothing else matters.

4. Uphold Absolute Truth and speak out against relativism.  Progressive Christianity espouses the lie that truth cannot be known, so each person must create his own truth. Progressive Christianity teaches that your truth is your truth, and my truth is my truth. This is called Relativism.

Truth is not what we decide it is. Truth is what God decides it is, and He has already decided what Truth is and has declared it in the Bible, His Holy Word. 

If you have been attending a church that espouses Progressive Christianity, run away from it as fast as you can. Be sure that your pastor teaches the full counsel of God without compromise. That full counsel is found only in the Holy Bible. The Bible is the final authority and standard of living for the true Christ-Follower.

If you do not yet have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, I urge you to establish one now. All you need to do is to repent of your sin, ask Jesus to forgive you, and invite him into your life. Please pray this simple prayer after me:

Lord Jesus, I admit that I am a sinner. I acknowledge my sin before You. I recognize that my sin put You on that Cross where You died for me. So, I repent of my sin, and I ask You to forgive me. I invite You into my life now. I receive You now as my Savior and my Lord. Thank You for saving me. Make me what You created me to be, O God. Amen.

If you sincerely prayed this prayer, welcome to God’s family! Please write down today’s date. It is your spiritual birthday. And please write to me at drmaryann@maryanndiorio.com. I would like to send you a free PDF booklet titled After You’re Born Again. This booklet will help you to get started in your walk with Jesus.

I also encourage you to get yourself a Bible and read it every single day. The Bible is God’s love letter to you, His manual for your life. In the Bible, God reveals Who He is, and He teaches you how to live.

Finally, ask the Lord to lead you to the church of His choice for you where you can learn about Him and have fellowship and encouragement with other Christ-Followers. It is critically important in these last days to fellowship with other believers who are mature in Christ and who can guide you as you grow in Him.

If you did not pray this prayer with me, please reconsider. Jesus Christ is coming back soon to remove from the world all those who follow Him. The rest of the world’s population will be left behind and will face the most horrific time in human history under the dictatorship of the AntiChrist. If you do not believe me, do your own research. 

Thousands of years ago, the Bible predicted exactly what is happening in our world today. Everything is coming to pass exactly as the Bible predicted. The Bible has never been wrong. I have been following Jesus for 52 years, and He has never failed me. Nor will he ever fail you if you choose to follow Him. 

I urge you: Follow Jesus Christ. Accept Him into your life. He is the only way to be saved.

If this podcast has helped you in any way, please consider supporting it by becoming one of my valued patrons. Just go to patreon.com/winningwiththeword to join my wonderful Team. Winning with the Word now reaches 70 countries throughout the world because of the help of patrons like you. Patrons receive numerous benefits in appreciation for their support. 

Until next time, remember that God loves you just as you are and just where you are, and that He will help you to keep on Winning with the Word!
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The Beginning of the End

by Dr. MaryAnn Diorio

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Hello and Happy Day! This is Dr. MaryAnn Diorio, novelist and life coach, welcoming you to another episode of Winning with the Word. Today is Monday, April 25, 2022, and this is Episode #17 of Series 2022. This episode is titled “The Beginning of the End”.

In a very telling passage of Scripture in Matthew 24: 8, Jesus foretold many of the events that are happening today. He called these events “the beginning of sorrows”. 

What did Jesus mean by “the beginning of sorrows”?

As we look around us today, if we are at all observant and aware, we recognize that our world seems to be falling apart.  People are calling good evil, and evil, good. Lawlessness is increasing, and insanity prevails to the point that people no longer know the difference between a man and a woman.

Every day, we hear rumors of wars. Every day, we witness violence. Every day, we are bombarded with bad news about disease, about the economy, about food shortages and famine. 

But the truth is, the world is not falling apart. As my husband says, it is falling into place.

You see, thousands of years ago, the Bible predicted the very headlines we are reading in today’s news. For instance, in the Book of Ezekiel, the Bible predicted the coalition that we now see forming among Russia, Turkey, and Iran. In the second book of Thessalonians, the Bible predicted the falling away of many from the Christian faith, the Great Apostasy as it is called. In the Book of Revelation, the Bible predicted the establishment of the New World Order, consisting of a one-world government, a one-world economic system, and a one-world religion, all headed up by the AntiChrist. The New World Order is emerging before our very eyes. 

Today, we are seeing the rise of a one-world digital currency and a cashless society. We are hearing talk about inserting a chip in the hand or forehead to facilitate commerce–what the Bible refers to as “the mark of the beast”–without which people will no longer be able to buy or sell. Already a one-world religion complex has opened in Dubai, comprised of a synagogue, a church, and a mosque.

What more proof does one need to believe that the Bible is true? What more proof does one need to believe that Jesus Christ is, indeed, God, and that He is coming back soon?  What more proof does one need to believe that the only way to be saved is to accept Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord?

Those who refuse to believe truth are doing just that: refusing to believe. The evidence is all around us, and it is as clear as day. Yet, countless people prefer to bury their heads in the sand. Unwilling to submit to the authority of God, they simply dismiss Him and think they will get away with it.

But God will not allow Himself to be made a fool of. The day of His judgment and wrath is coming, and woe to those who will not escape it because they reject truth.

Don’t be one of them!

Perhaps, like many people, you think that things are going to return to normal. My friend, I tell you that things will never return to normal. We are nearing the end of the world as we know it. We are at the “beginning of sorrows”, but the sorrows will grow increasingly worse. Like a woman giving birth whose contractions increase in intensity the closer she gets to delivery, the more intense will the world’s contractions become until  the birth of Christ’s Kingdom on the earth after the Tribulation and during the Millennium.

Before the Tribulation, Jesus will come back to remove His followers from the worst of the suffering in a cataclysmic event called the Rapture. But, for those who are left behind after the Rapture, the sorrows will be unbearable. Those left behind will experience the Great Tribulation, seven years of unspeakable horrors under the tyrannical dictatorship of the AntiChrist. Any who choose to follow Christ during the Tribulation will be beheaded. Those who take the mark of the beast will be doomed to Hell. 

What about you? Where do you fit in in all of this?

You fit in where you want to fit in. Will you continue to deny that the Bible is God’s Word and is absolutely true? Will you continue to rebel against the God Who loves you and sent His Son Jesus Christ to pay the price for your sin? Will you continue to make yourself your own god and reject the God Who made you?

The choice is yours.

When struggling to discover whether or not God existed, seventeenth-century French philosopher, theologian, mathematician, and physicist, Blaise Pascal, came to an interesting conclusion referred to as Pascal’s Wager. Pascal argued that if a person believes in God and God does not exist, that person has lost nothing. But if a person does not believe in God, and God does exist, that person has lost everything.

What about you? If you believe everything I’ve just told you about the times in which we live and none of it is true, then you’ve lost nothing. But if you don’t believe what I’ve just told you and it is true, you’ve lost everything.

I urge you to put aside your pride and allow Jesus to save you. Accept Him now and be assured of spending eternity with Him in Heaven. He loves you and does not want you to go to Hell. He has made a way for you to escape Hell, but you must choose Him as that way. He said in John 14: 6, “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”

Jesus has provided the way for you to be saved. You have only to accept Him. Why not pray with me now?

Lord Jesus, I admit that I am a sinner. I acknowledge my sin before You. I recognize that my sin put You on that Cross where You died for me. I repent of my sin, and I ask You to forgive me. I invite You into my life now. I receive You now as my Savior and Lord. Thank You for saving me. Lead me to a good church with a good pastor who preaches Your Word without compromise. Make me what You created me to be, O God. Amen.

If you sincerely prayed this prayer, welcome to God’s family! Please write down today’s date. It is your spiritual birthday. And please write to me at drmaryann@maryanndiorio.com. I would like to send you a free PDF booklet, titled After You’re Born Again. This booklet will help you to get started in your walk with Jesus.

I also encourage you to get yourself a Bible and read it every single day. The Bible is God’s love letter to you, His manual for your life. In the Bible, God reveals Who He is, and He teaches you how to live.

Finally, ask the Lord to lead you to the church of His choice for you where you can learn about Him and have fellowship and encouragement with other Christ-Followers. It is critically important in these last days to fellowship with other believers who are mature in Christ and who can guide you as you grow in Him.

If you did not pray this prayer with me, please reconsider. Jesus Christ is coming back soon to remove from the world all those who follow Him. The rest of the world’s population will be left behind and will face the most horrific time in human history under the dictatorship of the AntiChrist. If you don’t believe me, do your own research. 

Thousands of years ago, the Bible predicted exactly what is happening in our world today. Everything is coming to pass exactly as the Bible predicted. The Bible has never been wrong. I have been following Jesus for 52 years, and He has never failed me. Nor will he ever fail you if you choose to follow Him. 

I urge you: Follow Jesus. Accept Him into your life. He is the only way to be saved.

If this podcast has helped you in any way, please consider supporting it by becoming one of my valued patrons. Just go to patreon.com/winningwiththeword to join my wonderful Team. Patrons receive numerous benefits in appreciation for their support. 

Until next time, remember that God loves you just as you are and just where you are, and that He will help you to keep on Winning with the Word!
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Check out my Bookstore at https://www.maryanndiorio.com/book-table for books that will help you grow in your relationship with Jesus Christ.

Join my wonderful Team of Readers by subscribing to my Author Newsletter at
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