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"The righteous lead blameless lives; blessed are their children after them." – Proverbs 20:7
Okay, so we know our fathers aren't totally blameless, and they're definitely not perfect, right? But some of us have wonderful fathers. Dads who possess qualities we adore and who have always been a positive presence in our lives. But perhaps your image of your dad isn't so positive. Maybe you have a father who has hurt you or wasn't there for you at all. Maybe your relationship just isn't as great as you'd like it to be. While earthly fathers may hurt us, or disappoint us, or even leave us, isn't it awesome to know you have a Father in Heaven who you can call "Daddy?" Who loves you more than you can ever comprehend, and will never leave you or let you down?
If you have an amazing earthly dad, count your blessings! And if you don't, remember that you have a heavenly Father who longs to be everything you need in a Daddy…and so much more! Praying that you experience the love of the Father this month.
And if you are a father yourself, we celebrate you!
Be sure to read the Out of the Mouths of FaithWriters section at the end of this newsletter to see what some of our members love about their dads.
THE GREAT COMMISSION - THIRTY NINE AND GROWING
Did you know that as a member of FaithWriters you are helping to lead people to Christ? As a group, our articles attract visitors from all over the world. Someone from India or Australia or France might Google the name "Jesus," and end up reading one of your articles. They were thinking about God before they visited the site, and your article makes them think even more. Then they notice the video gospel presentation, and the link about Jesus on the right hand side of the article page. Since February 26th, 1159 people have viewed the video, and thirty-nine have informed us that they accepted Jesus as their Lord and Savior. And many more have gone to the FaithWriters "Jesus page," where there are links to material in over 150 languages. Those who write to us and let us know about their new commitment to Christ are offered a helping hand to start their new walk. So many seeds have been planted, and souls are being saved! Together we are the Body of Christ.
If you are passionate about Jesus and in seeking and saving the lost, and if you have some website experience, we would love your help! We are looking for volunteers to help finish our Jesus pages. It is a drag and drop website and very easy to work with. You would be responsible for helping to expand the site with Biblical material. Take a look at the site here: http://faithwritersjesuspage.weebly.com/.
If you are interested in helping, just email Mike at: mailto:[email protected]
Have you filled out your FaithWriters.com profile page? If not, what are you waiting for? Besides a list of links to all of the articles and Challenge entries you post to FaithWriters, your Profile Page is where visitors/readers can meet you and read about who you are, as a fellow Christian and writer. Once you sign in to FaithWriters.com, simply go to your MEMBER LOGIN tab and scroll down a bit until you see UPDATE AND MANAGE YOUR PROFILE/ACCOUNT. There, you will be able to type your bio, a link to your website, and even upload a photo. We look forward to learning more about you! If you have any questions or problems, please don't hesitate to contact us at [email protected].
UPGRADING PAYS OFF
New FaithWriters owners, Mike and Bea, are working hard to bring you more paid writing opportunities. Is that cool, or what? These opportunities are presented through the Private Messaging System (PM), which is included with both the GOLD and PLATINUM memberships. Many members have achieved publication, and even landed contracts this way! Here are two messages we recently received from satisfied members who obtained work through PM:
"The website is great, and has been a great asset to me as I pursue writing for Christ. Beyond job opportunities, it also has allowed me to share a lot of the stuff God has put on my heart over the years, and to interact with other like-minded writers. But yes, I did find the writing opportunity at PTL through Faithwriters, and it has been a great experience so far. I really can't thank everyone who makes Faithwriters possible enough for helping me find this opportunity." - Thomas H.
"Hi Mike- I wanted to let you know that I found out today that the women's devotionals I submitted to Group Publishing, thanks to a private message via Faithwriters, are being included in their new book being published in October. They pay in books! I'm over the top excited about this opportunity. So, another HUGE thank you to Faithwriters (and God) for linking me up to this writing opp!" -Beth C.
The Private Messaging System is only one of several benefits that come with your upgraded account. To view a list of all the GOLD and PLATINUM perks, click here: http://www.faithwriters.com/finish-signup.php
BIG NEWS!!!!! BLOG CONTESTS ARE HERE NOW!!!!! POTENTIAL FOR MANY PAID WRITING ASSIGNMENTS
Did you vote in our important poll about our new proposed project to increase paid writing opportunities for members? The response was 98% yes as long as the site or ministry was Biblically sound. You can view the general guidelines for this program, it's potential to create paid writing opportunities and the first contest in the program here - http://www.faithwriters.com/Boards/phpBB2/viewforum.php?f=92&sid=2cda535441453b2deef1ba32719d2a0d
You can also start writing your initial "Invitation to accept Jesus" article. These can be posted anytime in the locations specified in the instructions on the forum. The deadline for posting is 10 am New York time 6-15-12. Please limit your questions to us by reading the instructions carefully in the forum link above.
HAVE YOU BUILT YOUR FREE FULL FEATURE WEBSITE YET?
Free up front and no monthly charge. Just like our FaithWriters Jesus page. Easiest site builder.
FAITHWRITERS CHALLENGE BOOKS - It's been a long time coming, but the wait is almost over! The FaithWriters Challenge books are about to be resurrected! More than 50 FaithWriters members will be featured in the Hobbies and Pastimes anthology! Thank you for your patience through the restructuring and rebranding of these books, under the new publishing label, Breath of Fresh Air Press. And if you've placed in the top 10 at any time over the last few years, your time is coming! Watch for the release of the Hobbies and Pastimes book very soon!
BEST OF THE BEST – Only one more month until a new B.O.B. is crowned! There have been lots of awesome first place Challenge entries over the past year, but who will win the Best of the Best?
In the meantime, why not pop over and read some of the current Challenge entries? Encouraging comments are always welcome! http://www.faithwriters.com/writing-challenge-intro.php
Also check out the FaithWriters blog, where a few recent posts provide links to this year's Best of the Best contenders. http://faithwriters.com/blog/
OUT OF THE MOUTHS OF FAITHWRITERS
In honor of Father's Day this month, members were asked the following question:
NAME THREE QUALITIES YOU LOVE ABOUT YOUR DAD.
Here are a few of the many responses submitted:
"I love my Dad's DEDICATION TO THE LORD. I also love his POSITIVE ATTITUDE and the ENCOURAGEMENT he has always given me." - Diana Behrens
"He was FEARLESS, when Dad was around I felt safe. He was FAIR-MINDED, without prejudice, and he LOVED ANIMALS." – Iris Boyce
"PROTECTOR, GOD-SERIOUS, STRONG." – Marilyn K. Smith
"Having lived more than 60 years of my 62 without my dear Dad, his most precious qualities to me are: His LOVE FOR CHRIST, made known to me by others' memories, his amazing GIFT OF POETRY, preserved in his handwriting, in a tattered book, his ridiculous sense of humor - I'm sure in part inherited by my zany children." – Margaret Kearley
"I loved my father's ZEST FOR LIFE, his SPONTANEITY and his WIT, which could all be summed up by one of my childhood experiences. Papa brought home a 28-lb tuna. Because of it, we were forced to eat tuna every day and, believe me, that was not a treat!
"My Father was so PATIENT, and a QUIET MAN of few words. He was always DEPENDABLE, sticking by me throughout my life." - Susan Allen
Next month's question:
WHAT IS THE NICEST COMPLIMENT YOU'VE RECEIVED ABOUT YOUR WRITING?
Send your brief (2-3 sentence) answer to: [email protected]. Then check the July newsletter to see if your reply was selected to appear.
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