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My name is Gina Lindquist, and I am the Founder and President of Passion Ministries Inc. located here in Indian River County Florida. I am also a graduate of Charis Bible College, class of 2016.

I formed this organization to minister to women whose lives and families have been devastated by alcohol or drug addiction. This vision was put in my heart 15 years ago when I was given a second chance at life.

Everyone on my team knows someone who has experienced the damaging effects that addiction can cause to friends, family members and even communities and we are committed to providing a solution for this.

The program that we are outlining will help women break the bonds of addiction by redirecting their lives to an understanding of the love of God and the freedom that was obtained for them through Jesus Christ.

I am a 16-year recovered alcoholic. I was a single Mom when I chose sobriety. Convicted of a DUI, I was left broke, without a job, or a license. I cried out to God when I had no other options and He showed me His love and grace by restoring my life and my family. I had spent most of my adult life trapped by addiction as a result of childhood emotional and physical abuse but today, with the support of loving people and an understanding of how God sees me, I have found healing and wholeness. At 46, I returned to college for an associate degree in Human Services.  I now have a bachelor’s degree in Theological Studies, and I am a licensed Minister. My greatest passion is to help other women break free from the lies that lead to addiction and find healing and restoration for themselves and their families.


Gina’s Blog…

    YOUR SINS ARE FORGIVEN! ALL OF THEM!

    Did you know that this is true for all people, not just the ones in church?2 Corinthians 5:19 says “For God was in Christ, reconciling the world to himself, no longer counting their sins against them”. It says the world’s sins, not just believers. All sin has been paid for, past, present, and future; for every person ever born. The key is choosing to believe it for you. Maybe you think, what sin? I’m basically a good person. I don’t steal or kill, I’m definitely not as bad as that person! As long as my good outweighs my bad, that’s what counts right?

    But the Bible says in Romans 3:23:” For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard”. Jesus said in John 3:18“There is no judgement against anyone who believes in Him. But anyone who does not believe in Him has already been judged for not believing in God’s one and only son”.

    Before the cross we were already condemned. Born into sin because of the rebellion of our Fore-father Adam. Does that seem unfair? Maybe, but there’s good news! It is what we call the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

    Romans 5:18 says “Yes, Adam’s one sin brings condemnation for everyone, but Christ’s one act of righteousness brings a right relationship with God and new life for everybody”. Jesus paid the price and became the sacrifice for the sins of the world. He died on a cross but in three days God raised Him up from the dead, proving that mankind’s debt had been satisfied. No one will go to hell for sins they have committed but only if they reject the one who paid the price for those sins.

    God is not mad at you, He loves you! He sent Jesus so you could have a life, free from all guilt and shame.   Romans 6:23 says, For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord”. John 3:16 says,   “This is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life”.

    Eternal life starts when you receive Jesus as your Savior.1 Peter 1:23 says: “For you have been BORN AGAIN but not to a life that quickly ends, your new life will last forever because it comes from the eternal, living Word of God”. 2 Corinthians 5:17 says “This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new one has begun!”

    Sin and all that came with it, sickness, poverty, addiction, mental and emotional issues: you can be free from it all by putting your faith in what Jesus did because of God’s love for you. Romans 10:9, says “If you openly declare that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by openly declaring your faith, that you are saved”. Vs 13:” For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved”. Why not call on Him  and enjoy your forgiveness today!


    HAPPY NEW YEAR!

    The song “I heard the bells on Christmas day” was originally a poem penned by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow in 1863. Longfellow, having suffered much tragedy in his life, wrote the song as a testament to the resilience of the human spirit. It was put to music in 1872 and has become a regular among our carols of the season. Though the song is inspirational, and God is acknowledged as one who would ultimately right all the wrongs of the world, it has caused many to misunderstand the Bible verse he was referring to in Luke 2:14 “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth, peace, good will towards men. Longfellow writes “And in despair, I bowed my head, there is no peace on earth I said: For hate is strong and mocks the song of peace on earth good will to men.”

    Did the Angels, get it wrong? Fortunately, no. The message of Christmas was not declaring peace between men but something far more important: peace between God and men. The Angels celebrated knowing that the birth of Jesus was God’s way of reconciling mankind to himself. Immanuel, “God with us”. Jesus Christ born to die for the sins of all mankind so that sin was no longer an issue between A Holy God and an unholy people. Jesus took the wrath and judgement that we deserved upon himself. God is at peace with us and we can choose to experience that peace. Romans 5:1-2 Therefore having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.

    We may never see peace in this world among all men, but God, your creator, is at peace with you. For God so loved the world (you) that he gave His only begotten son that whosoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His son into the world to condemn the world (you) but that the world through Him might be saved. (John 3:16-17)

    In 2022, may we all rejoice with the angels at the gift of Jesus Christ the Savior, born for me and you to give us the peace that will bring us through whatever the year should bring.


    CREATED FOR LOVE

    Do you know why you were created? Upon hearing the biblical account of creation, a common question is, why did God create human beings if they knew they were going to mess up? This answer, I think, is easier understood by those of us that have children. We have children out of a desire to be able to show love to another human being. We have dreams of spoiling them with stuff, watching them grow and succeed. It brings us joy to see them happy. Then of course there is the trust and faith they have in us, that gives our lives new meaning. They adore us; our word is gold and hearing them say I love you is the most beautiful thing in the world. Well we were created in God’s likeness and beyond what we comprehend about love, God is love. He needed people to pour his love out on and yes, he desires to be loved in return. Fortunately, unlike us who find it difficult to continue to love in the face of rejection, it doesn’t stop God from loving us. Romans 5:8 states that God demonstrates his own love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. That’s the key right there. God sent His Son to die when we were at our worse. As His child, is there anything you could do to stop that love now?

    So, the answer is that you were created so God could love you!  Now just think for a moment what that means. The God of all creation, loves you. He wants to spoil you with all good things, takes pleasure in watching you grow and succeed, and rejoices when your trust in Him brings you happiness. Why then do you worry about your needs being met?  Would you ever deliberately not give your child something they needed? Why do you accept sickness as though your Father had something to do with it? Would you tell your child that they deserve their sickness or withhold treatment to teach them a lesson? Do we think that we are better than our Father God? It says in Matthew 7:11" If you then being evil, (corrupted by sin) know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good things to those who ask him?"

    Ask yourself what  your life would be like if you truly believed that you were created by God so that He could pour His love out on you. What in this world would you fear? What would it matter what other people think of you? What could you not achieve?

    This is the thinking that we need to have and we can. Jesus said that unless you receive the kingdom of God like a little child, you can’t get in. (Luke 18:17) This was the same kingdom of God that Jesus preached was coming; told us to seek for and said was within us. (Mark 1:15, Matt 6:33, Luke 17:21) In order to experience it, it requires that child-like faith that blindly trusts and obeys because it never questions the love of the parents or doubts that they have their best interests at heart. The foundation for this is the knowledge of God’s unwavering, passionate love for you, His child.

    Galatians 4:6 says: "and because you are sons, God has sent the spirit if His son into your hearts, crying out Abba father". Abba means Daddy. If we are born again, the Holy Spirit we have received knows who our Daddy is and will bear witness to it. So ask the Holy Spirit to help you. Get to know your Daddy by reading the Bible and learning about Jesus, who is the exact representation of God. (Hebrews 1:3) Surrender to His love and live your life in faith as the Sons and Daughters of The King that you are. Your life will not be the same.


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