Second Chances

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, December 27, 2021, and this is Episode #39 of Series 2021. This is our last episode for this year. This episode is titled Second Chances.

For most of us, a new year means a new beginning. All of us, at one time or another, need a new beginning. We need to start over. We need a second chance. Whether we need to recover from a mistake, a broken relationship, a job loss, the death of a loved one–whatever the case, we all need a new beginning once in a while.

Where does the concept of a new beginning come from? Have you ever wondered? 

As I think about the close of 2021 and the opening of 2022, I am reminded that new beginnings–second chances–are God’s idea. How do I know? The Bible says so.

In the Book of Revelation–a book that so few people read, although it is one of the most amazing books in the Bible–the Apostle John wrote this in chapter 21, verse 1: “Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the old heaven and the old earth had disappeared.”  

Did you know that, one day, this earth, as we now know it, will no longer exist? The Bible tells us that it will be destroyed by fire because it has been corrupted by the sin of man. But God will create a new heaven and a new earth for those who follow Him. What an exciting promise!

God is in the business of Second Chances. It is not for nothing that He is called the Redeemer. A redeemer is one who buys back, who restores, who gives second chances.

The greatest second chance in the history of the human race occurred when Jesus Christ came to earth as a baby, grew up, and died on the Cross at the age of 33 to save every human being who would ever live on earth.You see, Jesus didn’t have to do that. He had given Adam and Eve authority and dominion over the earth, to rule over it. But by disobeying God, Adam and Eve forfeited that dominion to Satan.

Now, Satan rules over the earth. He is the reason for all the evil that humanity has suffered throughout the ages. When Jesus died and rose from the dead, He took back the authority that Adam and Eve had handed over to Satan. But only those who are born again–in other words, only those who have accepted Jesus Christ as their Savior and Lord–can operate in that authority over Satan. The rest of the world cannot because those who have not accepted Jesus Christ have not accepted their second chance. 

 
You see, Jesus is our Second Chance. In dying for our sins, Jesus gave Himself to pay for our sins. He gave us a second chance to be restored to what God originally intended for us: a life in eternal union with Him, free of every evil.
 
Today, Jesus is offering you that second chance. Will you accept it? I urge you to do so. You may never have this opportunity again.

Jesus is coming back soon to take with Him all those who have accepted their second chance. Won’t you be one of them? Pray this prayer with me now so that you can be:

Lord Jesus, I thank You that You are the God of Second Chances. I thank You that, even now, You are offering me a second chance to spend eternity with You. I accept Your second chance, and I receive You now as my Savior and Lord. In so doing, I am also accepting a second chance at life, at a good marriage, a happy family, sufficient provision, renewed health, and every good thing. I align myself with Your purpose for my life. Thank You for giving me this second chance. I pray, believe, and receive in Your Name. 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. I would like to send you a free PDF booklet, titled After You’re Born Again, that 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.

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For those of you who may not know, I write fiction that deals with the deepest issues of the human heart. Starting in January, Lord willing, I will be discussing many of these issues right here on Winning with the Word. We will be talking about the deep hurts that hinder us in life and how to overcome those hurts through the power of God’s Word. Hurts like rejection, abandonment, fear, betrayal, the orphan spirit, and other such topics that rob us of the joy of life. 

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Please check out my latest children’s book, Penelope Pumpernickel: Dynamic Detective, Book 2 in the popular Penelope Pumpernickel Series of Chapter Books for Children. This series, written for early and reluctant readers, is designed to build Christian character in the young children in your life. To order, just click on the book cover image below. You may also purchase your copy on my website at https://www.maryanndiorio.com/book-table.

My latest novel, Miracle in Milan, has been released in both print and ebook formats and deals with the issue of unforgiveness. It is the story of a young, female auditor who discovers convincing evidence that the man she loves is an embezzler. You will find Miracle in Milan to be a page-turner that will keep you on the edge of your seat. To order your copy, go to Amazon or to my website bookstore at maryanndiorio.com/book-table. You will also find Miracle in Milan on Apple Books, Barnes & Noble, and Kobo. 

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Finally, be sure to check out my latest non-fiction book, The Iron Saint. This book, modeled after The Iron Man triathlon, talks about the coming persecution of the Church in America and how you can prepare for it. The Iron Saint is available on Amazon, Apple Books, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, and other major book purchasing venues. You may also find it on my website at maryanndiorio.com/book-table. Get a copy for your pastor as well. 


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The Seven Pillars of the Holy Spirit

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, November 1, 2021, and this is Episode #38 of Series 2021. This episode is titled “The Seven Pillars of the Holy Spirit.” 

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In the Book of Isaiah 11: 1-2 NKJV, the Word of God says this in speaking about Jesus:

“There shall come forth a Rod from the stem of Jesse,
And a Branch shall grow out of his roots.
The Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon Him,
The Spirit of wisdom and understanding,
The Spirit of counsel and might,
The Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord.”
(underlining mine)

This passage describes seven attributes of Jesus that are referred to as the Seven Pillars of the Holy Spirit. The Seven Pillars of the Holy Spirit–also called the seven Spirits of God–are mentioned here in the Book of Isaiah and four times in the Book of Revelation: Revelation 1: 4; Revelation 3: 1; Revelation 4: 5, and Revelation 5: 6. They are not seven different spirits of God but seven attributes of one and the same Holy Spirit.

The seven pillars of the Holy Spirit symbolize seven key aspects of the Holy Spirit. In Biblical numerology, the number seven refers to completion. So, the seven pillars of the Holy Spirit are seven aspects of the Holy Spirit that symbolize His fullness, completeness, and perfection. Let’s take a brief look at each one.

1) THE SPIRIT OF THE LORD. This is the Holy Spirit Himself, Whom we receive when we are born again.

2) WISDOM. The ability to use knowledge correctly. Wisdom helps us to know God and to place more value on eternal things than on temporal things.

3) UNDERSTANDING. Understanding gives us insight into spiritual matters and natural matters.

4) COUNSEL. Scriptural advice that enables us to navigate life.

5) MIGHT. The strength and power of God in us.

6) KNOWLEDGE. A clear grasp of that which exists; of a subject; learning; a skill.

7. THE FEAR OF THE LORD. What is the fear of the Lord? Contrary to popular opinion, the fear of the Lord is not a cringing fear that God will hit us over the head with His gavel. No. The fear of the Lord is a holy reverence and a sacred respect for God and His Word. It is a knowing that because God is God, He knows all things. Because He knows all things, He is all-wise. Because He is all-wise, He always knows best.


When we have the Holy Spirit within us, we have:

__Wisdom: The ability to use knowledge correctly.
1 Corinthians 1:30 NKJV – “. . . you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom . . . .”

__Understanding: Insight into spiritual matters and natural matters.
Proverbs 28: 5 KJV – “Evil men understand not judgment: but they that seek the LORD understand all things.”

__Counsel: Scriptural instruction that enables us to navigate life.
Psalm 73: 24 NKJV – “You will guide me with Your counsel.”

__Might: The strength and power of God in us.
Colossians 1: 11 NKJV – “strengthened with all might, according to His glorious power . . . .”

__Knowledge: A clear grasp of that which exists (the Word).
Colossians 2: 3 NKJV – “in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.”

__Fear of the Lord: A holy reverence and respect for God and His Word.
Proverbs 1: 7 – “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge . . . .”

God’s Holy Spirit comes to reside in us when we accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior. The Bible says in 1 John 5: 12 that “Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have God’s Son does not have life.” Do you have the Son of God in your life? If not, you do not have life. 

But you can have life by making the simple decision to accept Jesus Christ as your Savior and Lord.  Invite the Son of God into your life. Pray this simple prayer with me now:

Lord Jesus, I want You in my life now. I acknowledge You as the Son of God, my Savior and my Lord. I receive You now. Make of me what You created me to be. 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. I would like to send you a free PDF booklet that 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.

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For those of you who may not know, I write fiction for both children and adults. Please check out my latest children’s book, Penelope Pumpernickel: Dynamic Detective, Book 2 in the popular Penelope Pumpernickel Series of Chapter Books for Children. This series, written for early and reluctant readers, is designed to build Christian character in the young children in your life. To order, just click on the book cover image below. You may also purchase your copy on my website at https://www.maryanndiorio.com/book-table.

My latest novel, Miracle in Milan, has been released in both print and ebook formats and deals with the issue of unforgiveness. It is the story of a young, female auditor who discovers convincing evidence that the man she loves is an embezzler. You will find Miracle in Milan to be a page-turner that will keep you on the edge of your seat. To order your copy, go to Amazon or to my website bookstore at maryanndiorio.com/book-table. You will also find Miracle in Milan on Apple Books, Barnes & Noble, and Kobo. 

This podcast is funded by listeners like you. If you have been blessed by Winning with the Word, please consider becoming one of my special patrons on Patreon.com. For only $1.00, $3.00, or $5.00 a month, you can help me proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ throughout the world and share in the rewards of all those who come to Christ through this ministry.

Winning with the Word now reaches 64 countries on six continents, by God’s grace, because of the faithful support of my patrons. So please help me to keep Winning with the Word on the air by becoming one of my valued patrons. Your patronage helps to cover the costs of producing, hosting, and distributing Winning with the Word to the four corners of the earth. Patrons receive special benefits, including free books, short stories, podcasts, and videos. So, join my wonderful team of Patrons and become a part of something great!

To become a patron, go to https://www.patreon.com/winningwiththeword 

I would like to thank all of my patrons who are making this podcast possible. I could not do this without you!

Finally, be sure to check out my latest non-fiction book, The Iron Saint. This book, modeled after The Iron Man triathlon, talks about the coming persecution of the Church in America and how you can prepare for it. The Iron Saint is available on Amazon, Apple Books, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, and other major book purchasing venues. You may also find it on my website at maryanndiorio.com/book-table. Get a copy for your pastor as well. 


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Are you looking for character-building books for your elementary school children? Books that are written from a Biblical worldview and that honor God’s Word? Then get your children a copy of each of the two books in my Penelope Pumpernickel Series of Chapter Books for Children. Click on the book cover to order below:


In this delightful series, your child will follow the adventures of eight-year-old Penelope Pumpernickel as she faces and overcomes the crazy problems caused by her homeschooling classmate, Grandville Ungerleider. Together with her sidekick and BFF, Tilly Mendoza, Penelope unravels mystery after mystery through humorous situations that will keep your child laughing on the edge of her seat and wanting more.

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Now Available for Purchase: Dr. MaryAnn’s latest novel, Miracle in Milan.

When a young, female auditor discovers evidence that the man she loves is an embezzler, she must choose between ruining him or ruining herself.

Amy Torelli, Chief Auditor for New York City-based Enson Pharmaceuticals, is assigned to audit the books of Enson’s Italian branch in the enchanting city of Milan, Italy. Having made an inner vow never to trust a man again because of her father’s betrayal, Amy finds herself falling in love with Enson Italia’s American-born Vice-President, Ted Masters. Will Ted be the one to cause her to break her inner vow?

Ted McMasters is on the run. A run from rejection. From himself. From God. Having been wounded by a father who made him feel worthless, and having been dumped by the woman he wanted to marry, Ted is determined to keep all women at bay. But will Amy Torelli be the reason he changes his mind?
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THE IRON SAINT by MaryAnn Diorio, PhD

The Church in America is on the verge of a tremendous spiritual awakening, an awakening that will first be fueled by persecution unlike anything we have ever seen before in this land. Indeed, a prophetic word given in my home church during the month of November gave this warning to the Church: “Prepare for the fire of persecution!”

But the Church is not ready for this persecution. For the most part, the Church in America has been weak and lukewarm. Flabby and lazy. Consumed with the world and not with the things of God. As a result, the Church has been deceived and has subverted the divine order of things.

In THE IRON SAINT, Dr. MaryAnn Diorio seeks to help equip the saints for the work of true, integritous, and effective ministry. As a teacher in the Body of Christ, it is her burning desire to help correct this devastating error.

In THE IRON SAINT, Dr. Diorio has outlined a plan of action for strengthening the Church through uncompromising obedience to the Word of God. This plan of action is based on her own 50 years of walking with the Lord and being led by His Holy Spirit.

If you are a born-again believer and member of the Body of Christ, make this book a top reading priority.

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Don’t Despair! Prepare!

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, October 11, 2021, and this is Episode #36 of Series 2021. This episode is titled “Don’t Despair! Prepare!”

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Despair may be covering the earth, but it doesn’t have to cover your life. This week, I want to encourage you by saying, “Don’t despair! Prepare!”

Prepare for what? 

Prepare for the return of Jesus Christ to remove His followers from the earth!

We are living in those “perilous times” predicted by Jesus in the Bible. While it may be a very difficult time to be alive, it is also a very exciting time to be alive. We are the generation that, according to Scripture, will witness the return of the Lord.

What does this mean?

It means that the Bible is true. Jesus came to earth the first time 2000 years ago as the Savior of the world. He died on a Cross, rose from the dead, and returned to Heaven. Before He returned, He promised that He would prepare a place for His followers in Heaven and then come back for those who choose to follow Him. We find His promise in John 14: 3: “And after I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to myself, so that you will be where I am.”

Jesus cannot lie because He is God. In fact, every prediction He has ever made has come true up to this point. There are still prophecies He made that have not yet come to pass, but they will come to pass just as surely as His other prophecies have come to pass.

One of those prophecies is that Jesus will come back to remove from the earth all those who believe in Him and follow Him. When will this happen? We do not know for sure, but Jesus gave us some warning signs and some clues. They are found in Matthew 24. These warning signs and clues are happening right now as I speak.

So, what does all of this mean for you?

It means that if you are not yet ready to meet Jesus, you had better get ready. Otherwise, when He removes His followers from the earth, you will be left behind.

And it won’t be a pretty situation.

You see, after Jesus removes His followers from the earth, the world will come under the tyranny of the AntiChrist. Yes, tyranny. The AntiChrist’s ascension to power will usher in what the Bible calls the Great Tribulation, a seven-year period of horrendous suffering on the earth.  At first, the AntiChrist will seem to be a wonderful, charismatic leader who will bring peace to the earth. But in the middle of his reign, he will reveal his true colors.

During the Tribulation, people will not be permitted to buy or sell unless they take a mark on their hands or their foreheads. The Bible calls this mark “the mark of the beast.” The Beast is the AntiChrist, and he will be a beast. This mark may be a computer chip of some sort or a tattoo engraved in the skin. Already, we are seeing a precursor of the mark of the beast in the current Covid vaccine. In some parts of the world, people cannot enter certain business establishments without a vaccine passport. In other words, they cannot purchase certain services–like attending concerts, sports events, or eating at certain restaurants–without a proof of vaccination.

While the vaccine is not the mark of the beast, it is programming people to receive the mark of the beast. It is getting people accustomed to complying with irrational mandates out of fear. Moreover, the vaccine mandate is limiting freedom by allowing privileges to vaccinated people that are not allowed to unvaccinated people. So it will be with the mark of the beast.

To take the mark of the beast will involve pledging allegiance to the AntiChrist to the point of worshipping him as God. Anyone who refuses to worship him will be killed, most likely by being beheaded. 

It’s not a pretty picture, is it? So how can you avoid it?

There’s only one way: by becoming a follower of Jesus Christ. As His follower, you will be removed from the earth before the Tribulation sets in. 

Now is the time to prepare for Christ’s return. How? Here are key steps you need to take:

1. Repent of your sin! Accept Jesus as your personal Savior and Lord. This is called being born again. Jesus said that unless a person is born again, he cannot see the Kingdom of God.

2. Study and get grounded in God’s Word, the Holy Scriptures.  God’s Word is Truth. As you nourish yourself on it, your faith will be strengthened, and you will be able to withstand the persecution that is already beginning. 

3. Stay connected to fellow Christ-followers. Jesus warned us that, as the days grow darker, we will need to assemble together more than ever in order to encourage and support one another.

4. Pray like never before. Prayer changes things. Prayer keeps us strong. Prayer keeps us dependent on God.

5. Love everyone while hating sin. Christians are called to love people but not to condone sin. Do not compromise your walk with Christ through political correctness. Love the sinner, but hate the sin. 

As we await our Lord’s glorious appearing in the sky, we are to fulfill His Great Commission, given to us in Mark 16.: 15-18:
“Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned. And these signs will accompany those who believe: In my name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new tongues; they will pick up snakes with their hands; and when they drink deadly poison, it will not hurt them at all; they will place their hands on sick people, and they will get well.”

And, finally, Jesus said this in Luke 21: 28: “Now when these things begin to happen, look up and lift up your heads, because your redemption draws near.”

So, I ask you: Are you born again? Are you grounded in God’s Word? Are you in fellowship with other Christ-Followers? Are you praying as though it’s going out of style? Are you loving people while hating sin? Are you busy doing the Lord’s work? Are you looking up for His soon return?

If you are doing all of these things, you are prepared to meet the Lord in the air, as the Bible predicts in 1 Thessalonians 4: 17: ” . . . we who are still alive and remain on the earth will be caught up in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. Then we will be with the Lord forever.”

Do you want to be with the Lord forever? If you know Him, You will be. But if you do not know Him, you won’t. Why not accept Jesus as your personal Savior and Lord right now? Pray this simple prayer with me:

Lord Jesus, I want to be removed from this earth before the Great Tribulation. But I know that I need to be born again. So I receive You now as my Savior and my Lord. Come into my life. Thank you for forgiving me and for bringing me into Your family. Thank You for saving me. I pray this in Your Name. 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. I would like to send you a free PDF booklet that 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.

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For those of you who may not know, I write fiction for both children and adults. Please check out my latest children’s book, Penelope Pumpernickel: Dynamic Detective, Book 2 in the popular Penelope Pumpernickel Series of Chapter Books for Children. This series, written for early and reluctant readers, is designed to build Christian character in the young children in your life. To order, just click on the book cover image below. You may also purchase your copy on my website at https://www.maryanndiorio.com/book-table.

My latest novel, Miracle in Milan, has been released in both print and ebook formats and deals with the issue of unforgiveness. It is the story of a young, female auditor who discovers convincing evidence that the man she loves is an embezzler. You will find Miracle in Milan to be a page-turner that will keep you on the edge of your seat. To order your copy, go to Amazon or to my website bookstore at maryanndiorio.com/book-table. You will also find Miracle in Milan on Apple Books, Barnes & Noble, and Kobo. 

This podcast is funded by listeners like you. If you have been blessed by Winning with the Word, please consider becoming one of my special patrons on Patreon.com. For only $1.00, $3.00, or $5.00 a month, you can help me proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ throughout the world and share in the rewards of all those who come to Christ through this ministry.

Winning with the Word now reaches 64 countries on six continents, by God’s grace, because of the faithful support of my patrons. So please help me to keep Winning with the Word on the air by becoming one of my valued patrons. Your patronage helps to cover the costs of producing, hosting, and distributing Winning with the Word to the four corners of the earth. Patrons receive special benefits, including free books, short stories, podcasts, and videos. So, join my wonderful team of Patrons and become a part of something great!

To become a patron, go to https://www.patreon.com/winningwiththeword 

I would like to thank all of my patrons who are making this podcast possible. I could not do this without you!

Finally, be sure to check out my latest non-fiction book, The Iron Saint. This book, modeled after The Iron Man triathlon, talks about the coming persecution of the Church in America and how you can prepare for it. The Iron Saint is available on Amazon, Apple Books, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, and other major book purchasing venues. You may also find it on my website at maryanndiorio.com/book-table. Get a copy for your pastor as well. 


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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New Release! Dr. MaryAnn’s latest children’s book: Penelope Pumpernickel: Dynamic Detective

Are you looking for character-building books for your elementary school children? Books that are written from a Biblical worldview and that honor God’s Word? Then get your children a copy of each of the two books in my Penelope Pumpernickel Series of Chapter Books for Children. Click on the book cover to order below:


In this delightful series, your child will follow the adventures of eight-year-old Penelope Pumpernickel as she faces and overcomes the crazy problems caused by her homeschooling classmate, Grandville Ungerleider. Together with her sidekick and BFF, Tilly Mendoza, Penelope unravels mystery after mystery through humorous situations that will keep your child laughing on the edge of her seat and wanting more.

To order your copies of Books 1 and 2, click on the images to the left. 

 

 

Now Available for Purchase: Dr. MaryAnn’s latest novel, Miracle in Milan.

When a young, female auditor discovers evidence that the man she loves is an embezzler, she must choose between ruining him or ruining herself.

Amy Torelli, Chief Auditor for New York City-based Enson Pharmaceuticals, is assigned to audit the books of Enson’s Italian branch in the enchanting city of Milan, Italy. Having made an inner vow never to trust a man again because of her father’s betrayal, Amy finds herself falling in love with Enson Italia’s American-born Vice-President, Ted Masters. Will Ted be the one to cause her to break her inner vow?

Ted McMasters is on the run. A run from rejection. From himself. From God. Having been wounded by a father who made him feel worthless, and having been dumped by the woman he wanted to marry, Ted is determined to keep all women at bay. But will Amy Torelli be the reason he changes his mind?
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THE IRON SAINT by MaryAnn Diorio, PhD

The Church in America is on the verge of a tremendous spiritual awakening, an awakening that will first be fueled by persecution unlike anything we have ever seen before in this land. Indeed, a prophetic word given in my home church during the month of November gave this warning to the Church: “Prepare for the fire of persecution!”

But the Church is not ready for this persecution. For the most part, the Church in America has been weak and lukewarm. Flabby and lazy. Consumed with the world and not with the things of God. As a result, the Church has been deceived and has subverted the divine order of things.

In THE IRON SAINT, Dr. MaryAnn Diorio seeks to help equip the saints for the work of true, integritous, and effective ministry. As a teacher in the Body of Christ, it is her burning desire to help correct this devastating error.

In THE IRON SAINT, Dr. Diorio has outlined a plan of action for strengthening the Church through uncompromising obedience to the Word of God. This plan of action is based on her own 50 years of walking with the Lord and being led by His Holy Spirit.

If you are a born-again believer and member of the Body of Christ, make this book a top reading priority.

PRINT FORMAT

E-BOOK FORMAT

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Is Hell Real?

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, September 27, 2021, and this is Episode #34 of Series 2021. This episode is titled “Is Hell Real?”

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Mention the topic of Hell these days and you will get a variety of interesting reactions. Some that I’ve gotten personally are the following:

__I don’t believe in Hell. 
__A good and loving God would not send people to Hell.
__I don’t care if I go to Hell. My friends will be there, and we’ll have a big party.
__The concept of Hell is a crutch to control people.
__Hell is real, and I don’t want to go there.

Perhaps you, too, have heard some or all of these statements about Hell. Let’s look at them one by one.

1.__I don’t believe in Hell. Just because a person says he doesn’t believe in Hell doesn’t mean that Hell does not exist. Whether something is true or not does not depend on what we believe. It depends on an absolute standard of truth established by God. God alone is capable of establishing what is true or not. We are not God.

For example, you could say, “I don’t believe in sound frequencies.” But just because you don’t believe in sound frequencies doesn’t mean they don’t exist. Or, you could say, “I don’t believe in gravity.” Well, try jumping off a roof and see where that belief takes you.

2.__A good and loving God would not send people to Hell. If you believe this, then you haven’t read the Bible. The Bible includes several examples in which God executes mass killings of people in punishment for their sin. Here are a few:

__The Great Flood (Genesis 6; Genesis 7; Genesis 8);
__The destruction of the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah (Genesis 18; Genesis19);
__The killing of Egypt’s firstborn sons (Exodus 11; Exodus 12);
__The killing of the Canaanites under Moses and Joshua (Numbers 21Deuteronomy 20; Joshua 6);
__The mass murder of the Amalekites by King Saul (1 Samuel 15).

Those who don’t recognize the justice side of God do not know God. He is not only the God of mercy; He is also the God of justice who will punish sin. The only way to avoid that punishment is to accept Jesus Christ as one’s Savior. Jesus took the punishment for the sin of every human being, but unless a person repents of his sin and trusts in Jesus to save him, that person will eventually be punished. And the punishment will be in Hell.

3.__I don’t care if I go to Hell. My friends will be there, and we’ll have a big party. Wrong! There will be no partying in Hell, I can assure you. On the contrary, people in Hell exist in unending torment of spirit, soul, and body, isolated from God and from one another. There are no relationships in Hell, only abject despair. The Book of Revelation, chapter 19, verse 20, describes Hell as a “lake of fire burning with brimstone.” 

This past week, you may have watched footage of the eruption of the Cumbre Vieja volcano on the island of La Palma in the Canary Islands. Did you ever consider that the fire and lava we see erupting from volcanoes could be coming from Hell?  You might be thinking, “Dr. MaryAnn, how can you make such a ridiculous statement?”  I’ll show you how. The Bible itself tells us the location of Hell in Ephesians 4: 9. It says, “He [Jesus] also descended into the lower regions of the earth.” {Brackets mine}. The place into which Jesus descended was Hell. Why? In order to take back from Satan what he had stolen from Adam and Eve.

So what if the fiery lava we see coming out of the Cumbre Vieja volcano is coming from the pit of Hell? Do you still want to go there to party with your friends?

4.__The concept of Hell is a crutch to control people. A lot of people eschew the topic of Hell as something only weak people need to believe in. Progressive thinkers are above believing in such a primitive concept. After all, such progressive thinkers say that we are living in an enlightened age where we no longer need crutches. We have the intellect–human reasoning– to guide us.

What such people are really saying is that secular humanism–the worship of man–has replaced the worship of God. Man has exalted himself above God. This is exactly what Satan did before he was cast out of Heaven. And this is exactly what Adam and Eve did before they were cast out of the Garden of Eden. Do you, too, want to be cast out of God’s presence because of your pride?

5.__Hell is real, and I don’t want to go there. This position is the Biblical one. The Bible speaks of Hell in several places. Let’s start with Matthew 13:41-42 where Jesus says the following: “The Son of Man will send his angels, and they will remove from his Kingdom everything that causes sin and all who do evil. And shall cast them into a FURNACE OF FIRE: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth.” (All caps mine).  Notice that Jesus described this place assigned to sinners as a “furnace of fire.”  Does that phrase remind you of the fire that spouts forth from an erupting volcano? The fire that originates in the bowels of the earth where, according to the Bible, Hell is located?

In Acts 2: 31, we learn that Jesus descended into Hell and remained there for three days and three nights. The reason He did this was to take back from Satan the keys of authority and power over man that Adam had forfeited to Satan. According to Colossians 2: 15, Jesus “stripped Satan of his power and authority” when Jesus went into Hell.

So, the Bible makes clear that Jesus went to a specific place called Hell, a place that really exists. Jesus “descended into the lower regions of the earth.” These lower regions describe the center of the earth where Hell is located. In fact, Acts 2: 27 states that our Lord’s soul “was not left in Hell.” So, Jesus went to Hell to conquer Satan.  Again, where do you think the fiery lava of volcanoes comes from? 

Matthew 12: 40 also confirms that Jesus went into Hell: “For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale’s belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.” Notice the words “the heart of the earth.” This is where Hell is located: in the heart–or center or core–of the earth. 

On April 28, 2013, an article appeared in Forbes Magazine called “The Center of the Earth May Be Hotter than the Sun’s Surface.” The article points out that scientists have discovered that the inner core of the earth has a temperature of about 11,000-12,000 degrees Fahrenheit, which is 9% higher than the temperature of the surface of the sun.

When Mount St. Helens erupted in 1980, one reporter described the eruption with the words “when Hell surfaced upon the earth.” Science is discovering what the Bible has told us for thousands of years: Hell is a place of fire and brimstone. Do you really want to go there?

So, if you want a picture of the physical climate of Hell, just look at an erupting volcano. Is that where you want to spend forever? Yes, eternity is forever. No getting out!

Perhaps my message this week sounds somewhat harsh. I don’t mean it to be harsh. It is motivated by deep love and concern for your soul. You see, regardless of what you think, you will continue to exist after your body dies. Your soul and your spirit are eternal. They will never stop existing. But where they exist forever is up to you. 

I want to speak the truth to you in love because I don’t want you to go to Hell. I want you to come with me to Heaven, the place of everlasting peace, joy, and love. Why would you not want to go there? Is it not worth believing in Jesus Christ in order to go to Heaven? Why would you not want to accept His gift of eternal life? Give me one good reason.

So, I urge you, allow Jesus to come into your life. Don’t refuse His gift of salvation. If you are having trouble believing that He is the only way to Heaven, ask Him to show you that He is. He will. That’s how much He loves you. He has done everything possible to get you to Heaven. Now it’s up to you. He will not force His gift of salvation on you. He simply offers it to you with love and longing that you will accept it. I urge you to accept it. Pray this simple prayer with me now:

Lord Jesus, I want this gift of eternal life that You died to give me, I don’t want to go to Hell. I want to spend eternity with You. So I invite You now into my life, and I receive You as my personal Savior and the Lord of my life. I receive the gift of eternal life that You died to give me. Thank You for forgiving me and bringing me into Your family. Thank You for saving me. I pray this in Your Name. 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. I would like to send you a free PDF booklet that 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.

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For those of you who may not know, I write fiction for both children and adults. Please check out my latest children’s book, Penelope Pumpernickel: Dynamic Detective, Book 2 in the popular Penelope Pumpernickel Series of Chapter Books for Children. This series, written for early and reluctant readers, is designed to build Christian character in the young children in your life. To order, just click on the book cover image below. You may also purchase your copy on my website at https://www.maryanndiorio.com/book-table.

My latest novel, Miracle in Milan, has been released in both print and ebook formats and deals with the issue of unforgiveness. It is the story of a young, female auditor who discovers convincing evidence that the man she loves is an embezzler. You will find Miracle in Milan to be a page-turner that will keep you on the edge of your seat. To order your copy, go to Amazon or to my website bookstore at maryanndiorio.com/book-table. You will also find Miracle in Milan on Apple Books, Barnes & Noble, and Kobo. 

This podcast is funded by listeners like you. If you have been blessed by Winning with the Word, please consider becoming one of my special patrons on Patreon.com. For only $1.00, $3.00, or $5.00 a month, you can help me proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ throughout the world and share in the rewards of all those who come to Christ through this ministry.

Winning with the Word now reaches 60 countries on six continents, by God’s grace, because of the faithful support of my patrons. So please help me to keep Winning with the Word on the air by becoming one of my valued patrons. Your patronage helps to cover the costs of producing, hosting, and distributing Winning with the Word to the four corners of the earth. Patrons receive special benefits, including free books, short stories, podcasts, and videos. So, join my wonderful team of Patrons and become a part of something great!

To become a patron, go to https://www.patreon.com/winningwiththeword 

I would like to thank all of my patrons who are making this podcast possible. I could not do this without you!

Finally, be sure to check out my latest non-fiction book, The Iron Saint. This book, modeled after The Iron Man triathlon, talks about the coming persecution of the Church in America and how you can prepare for it. The Iron Saint is available on Amazon, Apple Books, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, and other major book purchasing venues. You may also find it on my website at maryanndiorio.com/book-table. Get a copy for your pastor as well. 


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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Copyright 2000-2021 by Dr. MaryAnn Diorio. All Rights Reserved. This article may not be published or printed in any form whatsoever without the written permission of Dr. MaryAnn Diorio. You may contact her at info@maryanndiorio.com to request permission.

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New Release! Dr. MaryAnn’s latest children’s book: Penelope Pumpernickel: Dynamic Detective

Are you looking for character-building books for your elementary school children? Books that are written from a Biblical worldview and that honor God’s Word? Then get your children a copy of each of the two books in my Penelope Pumpernickel Series of Chapter Books for Children. Click on the book cover to order below:


In this delightful series, your child will follow the adventures of eight-year-old Penelope Pumpernickel as she faces and overcomes the crazy problems caused by her homeschooling classmate, Grandville Ungerleider. Together with her sidekick and BFF, Tilly Mendoza, Penelope unravels mystery after mystery through humorous situations that will keep your child laughing on the edge of her seat and wanting more.

To order your copies of Books 1 and 2, click on the images to the left. 

 

 

Now Available for Purchase: Dr. MaryAnn’s latest novel, Miracle in Milan.

When a young, female auditor discovers evidence that the man she loves is an embezzler, she must choose between ruining him or ruining herself.

Amy Torelli, Chief Auditor for New York City-based Enson Pharmaceuticals, is assigned to audit the books of Enson’s Italian branch in the enchanting city of Milan, Italy. Having made an inner vow never to trust a man again because of her father’s betrayal, Amy finds herself falling in love with Enson Italia’s American-born Vice-President, Ted Masters. Will Ted be the one to cause her to break her inner vow?

Ted McMasters is on the run. A run from rejection. From himself. From God. Having been wounded by a father who made him feel worthless, and having been dumped by the woman he wanted to marry, Ted is determined to keep all women at bay. But will Amy Torelli be the reason he changes his mind?
Miracle in Milan
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EBOOK FORMAT

 

THE IRON SAINT by MaryAnn Diorio, PhD

The Church in America is on the verge of a tremendous spiritual awakening, an awakening that will first be fueled by persecution unlike anything we have ever seen before in this land. Indeed, a prophetic word given in my home church during the month of November gave this warning to the Church: “Prepare for the fire of persecution!”

But the Church is not ready for this persecution. For the most part, the Church in America has been weak and lukewarm. Flabby and lazy. Consumed with the world and not with the things of God. As a result, the Church has been deceived and has subverted the divine order of things.

In THE IRON SAINT, Dr. MaryAnn Diorio seeks to help equip the saints for the work of true, integritous, and effective ministry. As a teacher in the Body of Christ, it is her burning desire to help correct this devastating error.

In THE IRON SAINT, Dr. Diorio has outlined a plan of action for strengthening the Church through uncompromising obedience to the Word of God. This plan of action is based on her own 50 years of walking with the Lord and being led by His Holy Spirit.

If you are a born-again believer and member of the Body of Christ, make this book a top reading priority.

PRINT FORMAT

E-BOOK FORMAT

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__How Close Are We to the End?

__Have You Lost Your Hope?

__Are You Being Deceived?

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The Wrath of God: Is It Real?

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, September 6, 2021, and this is Episode #31 of Series 2021. This episode is titled “The Wrath of God: Is It Real?”

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Nowadays we hear a lot about the love of God, the mercy of God, and the grace of God. In fact, we hear about this side of God almost to the exclusion of His other side–the justice, judgment, and wrath side of God.

There is no question that God is the God of love, mercy and grace. And we would all be lost without His love, mercy, and grace. But there is another side to God–a side we would do well to keep in mind. God is also the God of justice, judgment, and wrath. And we had better pay close attention to that side of Him as well. 

Our perception of both sides of God must be in perfect balance in order for us to have a correct view of God. But, sad to say, something has happened in recent years that has dangerously shifted our perception of the perfect balance between God’s grace and God’s justice. This shift in perception has placed virtually all of the weight of the divine scale on the side of God’s love, mercy, and grace, resulting in very little, if any, weight left on the side of God’s justice, judgment, and wrath.

Moreover, this shift has resulted in the widespread heresy called “hyper-grace.”  In fact, the hyper-grace heresy is an offshoot of an earlier heresy called Antinomianism, the heresy that teaches that because one is saved, one no longer has to obey the Ten Commandments. In other words, Antinomianism is the doctrine that, because Christians are freed by grace, they no longer have to obey the Mosaic Law. The Antinomians considered the very idea of obedience to the Law as legalism. 

So, what is hyper-grace, and why is it so dangerous?

Hyper-grace–aka “cheap grace”–is a relatively recent teaching that emphasizes the grace of God to the exclusion of the judgment of God. Hyper-grace shies away from any discussion of sin, repentance, and confession of sin. Hyper-grace teachers maintain that all sin–whether past, present or future–has already been forgiven by God, so that there is no need to confess it. In fact, since we are already forgiven, we can keep on sinning because all of our sins–past, present, and future–are covered under the Blood. Hyper-grace teaches that when God looks at us, He sees us as righteous and holy, no matter how we live.

Hyper-grace teaching presents half-truths; hence, it is heretical. Because hyper-grace teaching does not present the other side of the equation–God’s justice, judgment, and wrath–it is skewed to one side. As a result, its teaching is off balance.

Segments of the Church have embraced the teachings of hyper-grace, resulting in the apostasy that Jesus predicted would occur shortly before His return in the Rapture. Interestingly, those segments of the Church that have embraced hyper-grace have slipped into accepting the sins of the culture under the guise of love. They have promoted a false Gospel that says that because God is good, He would not send anyone to Hell. Because God is good, He will look the other way at sin. Because God is good, He will understand if we keep on sinning.

But, as I mentioned in an earlier post titled “Truth and Love: Inseparable Twins”, love without truth is no love at all. Love without truth leads to license. And that is exactly what has happened in the hyper-grace movement. We now have churches openly espousing sin in the name of love and grace. We now have transgender pastors, abortion-condoning churches, churches embracing same-sex marriage and sex outside of marriage–all in the name of grace and love. The verse in Jude 1: 4 sums it up: “For certain individuals whose condemnation was written about long ago have secretly slipped in among you. They are ungodly people, who pervert the grace of our God into a license for immorality and deny Jesus Christ our only Sovereign and Lord.”

We are witnessing the growth of the Apostate Church prophesied in the Bible, the Apostate Church that has “perverted the grace of our God into a license for immorality.”  This Apostate Church is the forerunner of the one-world religion that will be headed up by the False Prophet. With the rise of the Apostate Church, we are witnessing the separation of the wheat from the chaff, the true Christ-followers from the phony ones.

Such apostate churches have been grossly deceived. Why? Because they have gotten off balance. And when we get off balance we fall. Plain and simple.

So, now to the question in the title of this post: Is God’s wrath real?

Let’s go to the Bible, the place of truth, to find out.

The Bible has a great deal to say about God’s wrath. 

Whereas the hyper-grace Church says that there is no need to repent because we are already forgiven, Jesus Himself says quite the contrary to the seven churches in Revelation 2. For example, listen to what Jesus says to the church at Ephesus: “Consider how far you have fallen! Repent and do the things you did at first. If you do not repent, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place” (Revelation 2:4). 

Interestingly, of the seven churches Jesus addresses, He rebukes five of them and commands them to repent (See Revelation 2: 4; 2: 6; 2: 20; 3: 3; 3: 15-19). Jesus makes clear that He will hold believers accountable for their sins. He makes clear that they will have to answer to Him for disobeying His commands. 

The hyper-grace movement’s teaching that the Old Testament no longer applies to the believer is a false teaching. While it is true that Christ-Followers have been redeemed from the curse of the law, we are now subject to a higher law that raises the standard of the Ten Commandments, moving them from external judgment and accountability to internal judgment and accountability. In other words, according to the Old Testament, a person commits adultery only when he outwardly performs the act of adultery. But according to the New Testament, a person commits adultery simply by thinking about it in his heart.  So, the standard of judgment and accountability is much higher in the New Testament than in the Old Testament. Jesus came to fulfill the Law, not to abolish it (Matthew 5: 17). 

So, bottom line, hyper-grace teaching ignores “the whole counsel of God” (Acts 20: 27) in that it teaches only part of the Bible and not all of it. Again, hyper-grace teaching is off balance and dangerous.

In his classic book, Knowing God, J. I. Packer describes the wrath of God as follows: “God’s resolute action in punishing sin” (page154). Packer goes on to say that God’s wrath is His “reaction to our sin . . . As a reaction to sin, God’s wrath is an expression of His justice.”(ibid.).

So, we see hear the other, equally vital side of God: His justice. In Romans 1: 18, the Word makes this clear: “The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of people, who suppress the truth by their wickedness,” (Romans 1: 18 NIV).

John’s first letter proclaims the following: “We know that we have come to know Him if we obey His commands. The man who says, ‘I know Him,’ but does not do what He commands is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But if anyone obeys His word, God’s love is truly made complete in him. This is how we know we are in Him: Whoever claims to live in Him must walk as Jesus did” (1 John 2: 3-6 NKJV).

Hebrews 12: 29 describes God as a “consuming fire” Who will destroy all those who do not look to Christ to save them. This, and other Scripture verses, make abundantly clear that God is not only the God of grace but also the God of wrath.

To be forewarned is to be forearmed. If you have been a victim of hyper-grace teaching, I urge you to repent now and to sever yourself from it. Recognize that God is both the God of grace and the God of justice.  To perceive Him as only one and not the other is to live by a false paradigm. 

Perhaps your paradigm of God is entirely skewed. Perhaps you don’t know Him at all. If so, I urge you to get to know God. How? By accepting Jesus Christ His Son, the only Savior of the world. Pray this simple prayer with me now:

Lord Jesus, I need You.  I ask You to save me. I invite You into my life, and I receive You as my personal Savior and the Lord of my life. Thank You for forgiving me and bringing me into Your family. Thank You for saving me. Thank You for giving me eternal life. I pray this in Your Name. Amen.

If you sincerely prayed this prayer, please write to me at drmaryann@maryanndiorio.com. I would like to send you a free PDF booklet that 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.

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When a young, female auditor discovers evidence that the man she loves is an embezzler, she must choose between ruining him or ruining herself.

Amy Torelli, Chief Auditor for New York City-based Enson Pharmaceuticals, is assigned to audit the books of Enson’s Italian branch in the enchanting city of Milan, Italy. Having made an inner vow never to trust a man again because of her father’s betrayal, Amy finds herself falling in love with Enson Italia’s American-born Vice-President, Ted Masters. Will Ted be the one to cause her to break her inner vow?

Ted McMasters is on the run. A run from rejection. From himself. From God. Having been wounded by a father who made him feel worthless, and having been dumped by the woman he wanted to marry, Ted is determined to keep all women at bay. But will Amy Torelli be the reason he changes his mind?
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THE IRON SAINT by MaryAnn Diorio, PhD

The Church in America is on the verge of a tremendous spiritual awakening, an awakening that will first be fueled by persecution unlike anything we have ever seen before in this land. Indeed, a prophetic word given in my home church during the month of November gave this warning to the Church: “Prepare for the fire of persecution!”

But the Church is not ready for this persecution. For the most part, the Church in America has been weak and lukewarm. Flabby and lazy. Consumed with the world and not with the things of God. As a result, the Church has been deceived and has subverted the divine order of things.

In THE IRON SAINT, Dr. MaryAnn Diorio seeks to help equip the saints for the work of true, integritous, and effective ministry. As a teacher in the Body of Christ, it is her burning desire to help correct this devastating error.

In THE IRON SAINT, Dr. Diorio has outlined a plan of action for strengthening the Church through uncompromising obedience to the Word of God. This plan of action is based on her own 50 years of walking with the Lord and being led by His Holy Spirit.

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