"This is for all the lonely people, thinking that life has passed them by. Don't give up..."  (America)

A Love I Could Not Deny
by Diane Dew        English  |  Spanish  

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Abortion
Adultery

Affliction 
The After-Life 

Angels 
Anger
Backbiting 

Backsliding 
Baptism
Blood Atonement
Chastening 
Children 

Covetousness
Creationism 
Cults
Death
Death Penalty

Deity of Jesus
Deliverance 
Demons

Depression 
Discernment 
Divine Healing

Dreams
 
Drunkenness
 Environmentalism 
Envy 

Euthanasia 
Evangelist, The Work of

Evolution 
Faith 
Family 

Fasting 
Fear 
Forgiveness

Fornication 
Fruit of the Spirit
Gambling 
Gentleness
Gifts of the Spirit
Giving

The Godhead 
Gossip 
Gratitude
Guidance 
Halloween
Healing
Heaven 
Hell 
Holiness 

The Holy Spirit 
Homosexuality 

Humanity of Jesus 
Humility
Inspiration of Scripture

Intercession 
Islam
Jealousy 
Jehovah's Witness
Joy
Kindness
Knowing God 
Latter-Day Saints
Laying on of Hands

Loneliness 
Love
Lying 

Marriage 
Meekness

Ministry of Music
Miracles 
Mormonism
Motherhood

Obedience
Occultism
Old Age 
Pain
Patience
Peace
Pleasing God
Pornography 
Poverty
Prayer 
Pride
Prophecy
Prophet, Office of
Repentance
 The Resurrection

Revelation 
Salvation

Satan, Demons 
Second Coming
Seeking God 
Self-Control

Sex 
Sickness & Disease

Signs & Wonders 
Sodomy 
Speaking in Tongues
Spiritual Growth

Spiritual Warfare 
Suicide  
Teaching Ministry
Temptation 
Thanksgiving  
Tithing 
The Tongue
Tongues, Speaking.in 

The "Trinity"
Unanswered
Prayer: Why? 
Visions 
Watchtower
Water Baptism

 The Weather 
The Will of God 
Words of Our Mouths
Worship 

The Written Word 

NOTE: All topics are available in book format.

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 Islam and Christianity
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by Diane Dew


February 1987 in Moody magazine 
Copyright 1987 Moody Bible Institute of Chicago

     I was so introverted in high school, I didn't have a single friend no one to talk to, and no reason to live. If I did kill myself, I thought, who'd even care? Whose life would be affected if I ended mine?
     Because my dad was at work most of the time and my mom would often be away from home for months at a time, I knew it could be days before they noticed I was gone. And that scared me.
     Our family had just moved, and as a junior in high school my whole life seemed uprooted and unsettled. There I was, the new kid in school and so shy I couldn't talk to anyone. I couldn't even raise my hand in class.
     I felt I had to apologize for my existence every time someone looked at me. When the photographer asked me to smile for our class picture, I broke down and cried.
    What do I have to smile about? I thought.
    In a family of nine, I felt lost in the crowd. One Christmas everyone received gifts but me. It was just an oversight, of course; my mom had to buy for so many. But no words could ease the pain I felt inside when the presents were all opened and none were for me. Forgotten!
    One of the more cruel members of my high school class enjoyed making fun of my timidity by drawing attention to me with comments like, "What's the matter, can't you talk? Do you have a voice?" Then he'd laugh when he had made me cry. 
    I finally felt I could no longer hold the pieces of my life together... If this is all life has to offer, I thought, forget it. 
    One night, unable to sleep because of the turmoil within me, I wished I'd die and never wake up. I decided I would either find out what life was all about or call it quits. Although I'd attended church all my life, I'd never really talked to God. In my desperation I complained to God of all my troubles and somehow sensed that he understood. It felt so good to tell someone how I was feeling.
    "No one loves me," I cried.
    He said, as clearly as any voice I've ever heard: "Remember that I love you." "But how can I know that?" I pleaded. Then he reminded me of the cross the picture of perfect love. Now my tears were filled with hope. His was a love I could not deny. 
    The next day a girl in school told me how real God was to her and how she found comfort and guidance by reading the Bible. She invited me to go to church with her, and
when I heard the message of God's personal involvement in people's lives, I wept uncontrollably. In all my years of churchgoing, never had I heard such words of life and hope.
     Several young people came and put their arms around me, telling me they loved me, that God loved me, too. They also invited me to a youth retreat that weekend. Early one morning, sitting on a rock by a quiet lake in Georgia, I gave my life to Jesus Christ.
     Over the next few days I pored over the Scriptures. As I read, God's plan for my life became clearer to me. I read that "all have sinned" and "there is no one righteous, not even one." (Rom. 3:10, 23) But I also read, "For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith not of yourselves, it is the gift of God not of works, lest any man boast." (Eph 2:8, 9) When I returned to school the next fall, the boy who had always mocked me because of my shyness approached me in the cafeteria. "What happened to you over the summer?" he asked. "You're so different!"
      I told him about God's love for me and about his mercy, how I had found meaning for my life. And this same boy who had so enjoyed making me cry was now nearly in tears himself as he told me about his own family problems. 
      It wasn't easy for me, however. Even though I was only 16, my dad kicked me out when he found out about my faith in Christ. But I found in the family of God a love and acceptance I never knew as a child.
      It's been [over 30 years] since I gave my life to Jesus Christ. I still struggle with feelings of loneliness and self-acceptance, but God always meets me there. He has given me a new security and stability. "Though [a mother] may forget, I will not forget you!" (Isa. 49:15) I have a friend in Jesus Christ, someone I can always talk to and with whom I can be myself. 
      Knowing that God, who is perfect, loves and accepts me as I am, has also given me new confidence and self-acceptance. He valued my life so much (a life I was ready to throw away) that he sent his Son to die in my place. The inferiority I felt so strongly as a child is now gone, replaced by a sense of self-worth, in Him.
      "Therefore, if anyone be in Christ, he is a new creature; old things have passed away, all things have become new!" 2 Corin 5:17

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Tempted with suicidal thoughts? "You are not your own; you have been bought with a price: the precious blood of Jesus." (I Cor 6:20) You can't "take your life"; you belong to God! The war within is the enemy's attempt "to kill, rob and destroy." Teen Suicide Statistics (CDC) 

Suicide and the Bible  Annually, over 25,000 Americans kill themselves. A million attempt it. Suicide kills more Americans than murder! I was amazed by how much the Bible says on this topic! 

All-time Favorites (Stories of God's Faithfulness)
by Diane Dew
Loneliness: A Study in the Scriptures Over 23.6 million people in the US live alone (38% are elderly). So if you feel lonely, you are not alone! This study examines, from a Biblical perspective, the causes and effects of loneliness and some Biblical solutions. 
The Backslider in Heart' Falling away, leaving your first love, departing from the faith, putting a hand to the plow and looking back, salt that "lost its savour," "a dog returning to his vomit" ... Scripture is very descriptive of the wayward walk. 
Home Street Home  True story of how faith in God can carry us through every situation: unemployment, poverty, rejection of family and friends, even homelessness. Cover story, Moody magazine, Feb. 1990.
Choice Has a Name  Unemployed, uninsured, evicted, totally broke, trapped in an abusive relationship ... Still, abortion was no option. A message of faith, on trusting God when everything seems to go wrong. Milwaukee Journal, 2/21/92.

Wrong Number... or Divine Appointment? We never know when an apparent mistake or coincidence might be, in fact, a divine appointment.
Faith of a Little Child  ‘I admit, when we got really specific in our prayer request, I feared my little boy's faith might be shattered if God did not come through.' 

Awards
Diane Dew's Teen Pregnancy section was selected for this award by Study Web (a USA Today "Hot Site," '97 Education World Award recipient, and semifinalist in the GII Award competition) 10/4/99 

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Chosen "Servant Site of the Week" at ServeHim.com Oct 6, 1998

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