Thursday, December 8, 2016

Hey, Gabriel Guys,

After prayer and seeking God, I have decided to suspend the Gabriel Guys blog for the time being.  I have not received feeedback from you, my readers, which indicates that interest in this blog is low.

Should the Lord direct me to resume this blog in the future, you will receive a notice if you remain subscribed.

Thank you for reading the Gabriel Guys Blog during the last several months. I pray God's blessings on you.

Remember: Always stay close to Jesus!



Love and Blessings,

Dr. MaryAnn

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Dear Gabriel Guys,

As the new year approaches, I have been praying for God's direction regarding this blog. After several months, it seems as though there is little interest in the Gabriel Girls blog. Comments have been rare to non-existent.

Scripture says that in the multitude of counselors, there is safety (Proverbs 15: 22). So, I am coming to you, my readers, to ask fory our input. Is this blog important to you? Has it made a difference in your life?

Writing effective blog posts takes a good deal of time. Since time is a gift from the Lord, I want to be a good steward of it.

I look forward to your comments.  Meanwhile, I send you warm greetings for a holy and happy Christmas season!


Dr. MaryAnn Diorio

Friday, October 28, 2016

Are You Afraid of the Future? by Dr. MaryAnn Diorio


Hey, Gabriel Guys!

Are you afraid of the future? If so, you are not alone.



Our world is teetering on the edge of destruction. Events are unfolding exactly as the Bible prophesied they would. Every where we turn, we see violence, death, and destruction.

The result is fear. It’s all around us. It penetrates and saturates our culture as water does a sponge. We read it in the headlines every morning. We hear it on the news every night.
We feel it in our bones, in our muscles, and in our hearts.

Yes. In our hearts.

But, it doesn’t have to be this way.  Throughout the Scriptures, God continually commands us not to fear.  Interesting, isn’t it, that He gives us a command?  A command from God implies that we are able to obey it.

So, why are we afraid? I would propose that we are afraid because we do not know God.

You see, God is Love, and in Him there is never anything to fear.  Scripture tells us that “perfect love drives out fear” (I John 4:18).  God, Who is Perfect Love, will drive out fear every time.  But here is the clincher:  We must trust Him and believe Him when He says that there is nothing to fear for those of us who know Him.

Bottom line, we get rid of fear by getting to know God intimately.  Here is His promise to us found in Isaiah 26:3: ” You will keep him in perfect peace, Whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You.”  This is the antidote to fear: Keeping our minds fixed on God.  And why do we keep our minds fixed on God? Because we trust in Him. And why do we trust Him? Because He is God and perfectly trustworthy!

Are you struggling with fear today? Then turn your eyes toward Jesus and keep looking into His beautiful face. Keep your thoughts fixed on Him. As you do, His peace will drive out every fear.


Now, it's your turn: Do you struggle with fear? What has helped you overcome fear?
Please share your comments in the box below. The words "No Comments" simply mean that no one has yet posted a comment. So, be the first one! :)


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Monday, September 26, 2016

Have You Answered Life's Most Important Question?

Hey, Gabriel Guys!

Life is full of questions. But there's one that is the most important question of all. Can you guess what it is?


Matthew 16: 13-16 gives us a clue. Let's take a look:

"When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, 'Who do people say the Son of Man is?' They replied, 'Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets.' 'But what about you?' he asked. 'Who do you say I am?' Simon Peter answered, 'You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.'”

Jesus has never stopped asking this question of every person who has ever lived. And He is asking you this same question today: 

"Who do you say that I am?"  

Who do you say that Jesus is? This is the most important question you will ever answer in your life. 

Why? Because your answer to this question will determine not only the rest of your life, but, more importantly, your answer will determine your eternal destiny.

If you, like some of the people of Christ's time, reply that Jesus is just a prophet (as many reply today), then you will spend eternity separated from Him.

But if you reply that Jesus is the Son of God and the Savior of the world, you will recognize your utter need of Him to save you from your sin.

So, I ask you now: Who do you say that Jesus is? If you are not sure, begin reading the four Gospels--Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John--found in the New Testament. They reveal who Jesus is.

As you read the Gospels, watch Jesus in motion. Listen to what He says. Watch how He treats people. Pay attention to the amazing miracles He performs and the compassion that prompts them. Notice how He comes back from the dead. And while you're reading, keep in mind that you are not reading fiction. You are reading documented history that really happened.

If you are sincerely looking for the truth, you will discover that Jesus is truly who He says He is: the Son of God and the Savior of the world.

Now, it's your turn: Who do you say Jesus is? How did you reach your conclusion? Please share your comments in the box below. The words "No Comments" simply mean that no one has yet posted a comment. So, be the first one! :)


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  • You need to have a desire to tell others about Jesus wherever you go and whenever you can.
  • You need to commit to following Jesus by reading the Bible and praying every day and by obeying Jesus' command to love Him and to love your neighbor.
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Tuesday, September 13, 2016

How to Make Wise Decisions by Dr. MaryAnn Diorio

Hey, Gabriel Guys,

The teen years are full of decisions. Big ones, like should I go to college? If so, where? What should I study? If I don't go to college, what job should I take? What classes should I take in high school? Should I date this girl? Should I go to this party? And on and on and on.



One of the greatest blessings of following Jesus is that we have Holy Spirit to guide us in every decision we make. He knows the plans the Father has for our future, and Holy Spirit will lead us in the direction of those plans if we allow Him to do so.

After following the Lord for almost 46 years, I've learned this: There are really only two things we need to do to make wise choices:

1) Listen to the voice of the Holy Spirit;

2) Obey the voice of the Holy Spirit.

Listen and Obey. If we do these two things, we will never make a wrong decision in our life.

How do you listen to the voice of the Holy Spirit? First of all, you have to get to know His voice.  How did you get to know your mother's voice or your best friend's voice? By spending time with them.  We get to know a person by spending time with that person.

The same is true of Holy Spirit. We get to know His voice by spending time with Him.

Holy Spirit is the third Person of the Trinity. He is the one we tend to forget about because
we sometimes forget He is a Person. We may think of Him as a floating cloud or a breath of air or a dove or a tongue of fire. The truth is Holy Spirit is a Person, and a powerful one at that!

Get to know Holy Spirit! Get to know Him well. He is your friend, your counselor, your helper, your advocate, and your guide on the road of life. As you follow Him closely, you will make wise choices that will lead you into the great destiny for which God created you.

Now, it's your turn: Can you name a time when listening and obeying Holy Spirit's voice kept you from making a wrong decision? Please share your experience with our fellow Gabriel Girls. You can post your comment in the box below. Thanks! :)

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To Become a Gabriel Guy, you need to qualify as follows:
  • You need to be born again. This means that you have accepted Jesus Christ as your personal Savior and the Lord of your life.If you don't know how to do this, click here.
  • You need to have a desire to tell others about Jesus wherever you go and whenever you can.
  • You need to commit to following Jesus by reading the Bible and praying every day and by obeying Jesus' command to love Him and to love your neighbor.
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Sunday, August 21, 2016

Does Your Life Matter? by Dr. MaryAnn Diorio

Hey, Gabriel Guys,

Here in the United States, there have been a lot of sayings going around regarding the value of one's life, sayings like "Black lives matter," and "Blue lives matter" (referring to police officers who usually dress in blue uniforms).  The missing word in these sayings is the word too or also.  What these sayings imply is that black lives matter also and blue lives matter also.

The truth is that EVERY LIFE MATTERS, including YOURS!



Unfortunately, the value of life has been diminished by Darwin's theory of evoluton, which, by the way, is only a theory.  In fact, the more and more we learn about science, the less and less does the theory of evolution hold water. The reason is that it is simply not true.

The truth is that you were created by God Who loves you and Who created you for a speciic purpose. The fact that God created you gives you value, and the fact that God created you with a specific purpose gives meaning to your life.

But how can you know what your purpose is? There is only one way: by accepting Jesus Christ as your Savior and Lord. Why? Because your purpose is all wrapped up in Jesus. Until you discover Jesus, you will never discover your purpose.

So, when you wonder if your life matters, be assured that it does. And it matters greatly! God has placed you on this earth at this particular time in history because your purpose is directly related to His plan for this particular time in history.

Ask God to show you His purpose for your life. He will.  As you fulfill your purpose, you will experience great joy and you will benefit humanity at the same time.

NOTE: For a great book on discovering your life purpose, read THE SEARCH FOR SIGNIFICANCE by Robert McGee.  This book is available through my Amazon Affiliate Link.

NOW IT'S YOUR TURN: Have you discovered your life purpose? Why do you think it is important to discover your life purpose? 
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  • You need to have a desire to tell others about Jesus wherever you go and whenever you can.
  • You need to commit to following Jesus by reading the Bible and praying every day and by obeying Jesus' command to love Him and to love your neighbor.
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Monday, August 8, 2016

How to Keep Your Cool When Someone Offends You

Jesus said that offense would come (Luke 17: 1). So how do we handle them when they do come?

First of all, let's define what we mean by an offense. According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, an offense is "the state of being insulted or morally outraged." Another online dictionary defines offense as "annoyance or resentment brought about by a perceived insult to or disregard for oneself or one's standards or principles."

Offense occurs, therefore, when someone says or does something that insults us or outrages us. When we are offended, our natural reaction is to strike back, to seek revenge, to punish the offender.

But God's way of dealing with offense is the exact opposite. He commands us to respond to offense with love.

Offense is a tool of Satan to get us off track in our walk with Christ. How you respond to offense is extremely important. Here are some ways to make sure that you do not fall into the trap of offense:

1- Give every offense to God. This includes giving him the hurt that the offense caused in your soul. 

2-Do not seek revenge for the offense. God says this in Romans 12: 19: "Dear friends, never take revenge. Leave that to the righteous anger of God. For the Scriptures say, 'I will take revenge; I will pay them back,' says the LORD.

3-Forgive the person who offended you (Matthew 6: 14). Since God forgave us, we must forgive others. If we do not forgive those who offend us, God will not forgive us of our sins. This is a very sobering truth.

4-Pray for the person who offended you (Romans 12: 14). By doing so, you will be returning good for evil. 

The next time someone offends you, apply the four principles listed above. As you do, you will be freed from the hurt that the offense caused you. Instead, you will be filled with the joy and peace of Jesus Christ.

And there is nothing better than that! :)

NOW IT'S YOUR TURN: What do you do when someone offends you? Please leave a comment in the box below.

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  • You need to have a desire to tell others about Jesus wherever you go and whenever you can.
  • You need to commit to following Jesus by reading the Bible and praying every day and by obeying Jesus' command to love Him and to love your neighbor.
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