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  1. yougetagoldstar

    What Was The Deciding Factor That Helped You Take God Seriously?

    Hah, whoa, that's awesome.
  2. I wasn't sure if the title would fit, so I shortened it. The full question is actually "What was the deciding factor that helped you repent and take God seriously?" What was that thing that just made you "see the light"? For me it was several things: the first was opening the Bible and reading about a God who always did the right thing no matter what. Growing up I've always paid attention to how corrupt society is: there are many arrogant people in the world; people mistreat one another; they don't think about other people before they make decisions. There was something about God's purity that got to me. The second was how God punished the ancient Israelites for wrongdoing. Reading about how the Isrealites disobeyed God and brought misfortune upon themselves made me realize that the nations of the world do the same thing to themselves today. The third was how God always forgave the Israelites when they repented. The book of Judges and the book of Kings speak of people who disobeyed God over and over, but whenever someone came along and repented of their sins, God always came back to them. He just always does this, and every time it happened it melted my cold heart more and more until I really wanted that God to exist. I wanted that God to exist so badly that I started obeying his commandments, which includes accepting that Jesus paid the penalty for our sins. After that, my life was totally changed for the better. I actually started to hate crude and depraved things. All of a sudden I started to hate abortion--that came out of nowhere. I went through such a dramatic change. Yeah, what helped you take God seriously?
  3. yougetagoldstar

    God Forgive Us Of All Of Our Sins.

    I definitely think that we live with the repercussions of our sins, if not only because memories of our past deeds haunt us. But I believe that God can use our sins to further his plan. For example, a criminal who repents and turns to God will know exactly why crime doesn't pay. They'll be able to share a unique story that may help other people turn from a life of crime. For every sinner there's probably someone who repented that can help that specific person repent from a life of sin, because they know exactly what that person is going through. That's how I see it. Also, I definitely believe that these memories won't haunt us in heaven. God will burn all of that away.
  4. yougetagoldstar

    New To Site

    Welcome Karen. Man, I'm jealous. I love the woods.
  5. yougetagoldstar

    The Best Free Software For Your Computer

    Awesome. Thanks for this.
  6. yougetagoldstar

    Almost There

    Congrats man.
  7. yougetagoldstar

    New To Christianwriters

    Welcome Rob.
  8. yougetagoldstar

    So What's Wrong With Being The Nice Guy?

    Hah. A "Nice jerk": I didn't expect that to be thought provoking.
  9. yougetagoldstar

    Have You Checked Your Copyright Lately?

    Oh, well that was informative.
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    Hi, there. Welcome. I'm a newcomer as well. I think you'll enjoy this forum. People seem active here. It was a pleasant surprise.
  11. yougetagoldstar

    Completely New Writer Here. How Do I Publish A Book?

    Thanks for all this input, everyone. Reading it now.
  12. Hi all. I found out from lynnmosher that this forum has a meet and greet section. I figured I would say hello. I wrote a book that tries to help people believe in the God of the Bible. I'm a total newcomer at this and am currently spinning round and round learning about the world of publishing and figuring out what road to take. Been a while since I joined a forum. Nice to meet all of you.
  13. yougetagoldstar

    Completely New Writer Here. How Do I Publish A Book?

    Thanks Phy, checking that article now. @lynnmosher Vanity publisher? Yikes. Seems like I have a lot to learn. Funny how you emphasized editing. I'm on my third edit and I'm still amazed at how many things I've overlooked. I'll definitely check out the other forums as well. Thanks.
  14. My first time writing a book. I know near nothing about book publishing so I'm just looking for any advice. I looked into self-publishing and sent my manuscript to a publisher. They liked what they read, but then they told me that I would have to pay a large amount of money to get my book published. I definitely couldn't afford their fees, and right now I'm not sure what to do. I've written a Christian book and have a manuscript. How do people go about publishing books? Do you always have to pay up front to publish a book? I've heard people publish through agents. How do you find a literary agent? Is there anything I should look for so I don't get scammed? I have all these questions and don't know where to find answers. If anyone could help I would appreciate it.