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ver 200 years ago, our country’s founders gave us the first ever, best ever REPRESENTATIVE form of government... along with a solemn warning that it would take “eternal vigilance” on the part of the governed to maintain it! The citizens of the new “American Experiment” were repeatedly warned that government tends to selfcorrupt, and MUST be held accountable to the will of the people to keep it clean! Well... whadoyaknow... THEY WERE RIGHT! Two centuries later, we’re beginning to wake up to the fact that the American people have failed to hold our elected officials accountable, and now “government of the people, by the people and for the people” has very nearly

“perished from the earth!” For the past few months, we have joined with other good people of various religious backgrounds and political affiliations to promote the formation of a new and independent State of Jefferson in the North State from the southern border of Yuba County northwards all the way to the border of Oregon! While most folks have been very supportive of exercising our Constitutional Rights to appeal for new statehood, some passive souls have suggested that the whole idea may not jibe with a truly Christian world-view. Some wrongly feel that true Christianity must always be passive and go docilely along with “the powers that be” regardless of what the issues are. To these, I recommend a more careful reading of Scripture with an eye open toward the

frequent revolutions of Israel and Judah as they were rallied by spiritual leaders (“Deliverers” or “Judges”) in casting off their oppressors. Also note the frequent confrontations in Scripture between godly Prophets and ungodly rulers, as well as the Spiritual Warfare motif of the entire Bible that clearly portrays us Christians as the emissaries and warriors of God’s heavenly kingdom that has come to earth to “destroy the work of the devil!” (1 John 3:8) and to “overcome evil with good!” (Romans 12:21). In the New Testament age, too, we see that the great heroes of the Christian faith boldly risked their lives to confront and overcome the evils of their age. They were not cowardly passivists that allowed evil to reign uncontested in their day! No indeed! Just the opposite

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is true! Whether it was Justin Martyr confronting Roman Emperor Antonius Pius regarding the wrongful persecution of Christians under Roman law, or Martin Luther risking his life by bucking the allpowerful politico-religious system of the Catholic Church by nailing his 95 points of protest to the church door, or William Tyndale resorting to clearly “illegal” tactics in order to get God’s Word into

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The Bitterness Game “Never pay back evil for evil to anyone,” God warns. Never? Like a man who has to move a water buffalo off the highway, “It ain’t all that easy.” After all, you’ve been deeply hurt, and the pain has been going on a long time. How would it be possible to keep from taking matters into your own hands? Some persons with rigid spines maintain their bitterness at military combat level for years. Others endure it as their sulking but undying companion till they pass off the scene. Some just coax it along at a simmer, nurturing it through the years, and are only riled up when the hurt is brought to mind through the occasional presence of their old foe. Many want to feel angry as often as possible, as if they are stabbing the person in the ribs every time they have a vengeful thought. However, the victim is really the one who cannot get rid of his bitterness. What does God say must be done? Interestingly, He says to act rather than feel. Here is how He puts it: Never take your own revenge, beloved, but leave room for the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay,” says the Lord. “But if your enemy is hungry, feed him, and if he is thirsty, give him a drink; for in so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.” Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. (Romans 12:19-21) 1. First, there is something NOT to do: Do not take your own revenge. Why not? After all, the perpetrator is wrong and you are right. Reason: If we do take our own revenge, we do not leave room for the wrath of God. When you interfere with the justice of God toward wrongful actions done against you, you actually give the offending person more justification for his


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I was confused. Normally, on the first Friday of the month, my mission organization has a time of intercession for the needs of each department, but this day we were instructed to attend an impromptu funeral. I did not know the bereaved or the circumstances of their loss, but I walked along with other missionaries to the church just down the road. The spacious sanctuary was dimly lit, silent, and glaringly empty even with all the full-time staff in attendance. It took me a minute to realize that two long boxes placed end to end across the front were caskets. "Who were they," I wondered, "and why are we here?" Then the heart-wrenching cries of a little girl echoed through the building. "Papa!" she wailed, again and again, even though the strong arms of Susanna, her house mother, enfolded her. "Finally," I sighed. "Someone I recognize. But what is going on?" The service was in Spanish, so it was later that the story unfolded for me. Inside one pine box was the body of fourteen-year-old Rosio's father. He had been terminally ill. Inside the other box were the fragments of eight-year-old Marvaline's father, evidence of a drug deal gone bad. Since the girls have no biological family support, the mission community stood by them in their loss. The kids here live in seven home-like situations called "casas." Rosio

and Marvaline both live in Casa 3 with Susanna and another staff member as house parents. "Oh, Lord, comfort sweet Susanna, Rosio, and Marvaline," I prayed often in the days following. "Give her the strength and wisdom to support the girls in their grief and still be the mom she has to be for the others in the casa." I know my prayers are being answered when Susanna squeezes extra tight in my hug or raises her hands high and sways in worship. She is a mother of the heart. So if I could give a Mother's Day award, I'd give it to Susanna. Mothering is hard work! I know. I've been there, and still am, even though the kids are grown. I'm glad Mother's Day is such a big deal. Moms deserve it! But this Mother's Day, I am going to be much more aware of those who mother from the heart. Some are Sunday School teachers or nursery workers, some are foster moms, some are grandparents raising their grandchildren; some, like Susanna, invest in the lives of the neglected, unwanted, abused, and grief-stricken. This month, as you see touching Hallmark card ads, displays in stores, and plan to honor your mother, will you whisper a prayer for mothers of the heart you don't even know? They are in churches, foster homes and orphanages worldwide. Let's care in our hearts for "Mothers of the Heart" and in doing so, represent the compassionate heart of God.

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By April James How often I have felt so unworthy to come before the Lord, so undeserving of His mercy and grace, thinking how can He accept or use a person with my past? Not just my past before accepting Him, but having blown it so many times afterwards. I mistakenly viewed my heavenly Father through the lenses of how I saw my earthly father, how I felt my earthly father saw me – having little value, in the way, and obligation, unwanted. It was such a paradigm shift the day I glimpsed my heavenly Father’s heart, a heart of compassion. I find the grace of Jesus Christ so amazing. When I feel so undeserving, those times when I can’t begin to count how many ways I have blown it just in that one day; instead of lowering the boom, He picks me up not bothering to dust me off first, then tenderly holds me close as He pours out His extravagant love on me. He holds me near until I am strengthened, know I am forgiven, feel secure in Him and am able to stand facing what is ahead. I’m still not perfect, still blow it at times, but I know I don’t have to fear what He will do, that I can go back to my good heavenly Papa, admit what I’ve done (not that He didn’t already know) and know He will not reject me, but instead will forgive me and welcome me back into His presence, into His unfailing love. Grace, God’s unmerited favor; I am so thankful that it is based on who He is

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SPECIAL EVENTS FCS PLAYERS PRESENT “CHARLIE’S AUNT” First United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall April 30 – May 3 / 7:30 p.m. and a special matinee and British High Tea on Saturday, May 3rd at 2:00 p.m. Open to the public. Tickets: $12 General and $10 Seniors, Students, & Active Duty Military and are available at the door or from the FCHS Library “Box Office” M-F 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Call (530) 6745474 for more information. FAITH CHRISTIAN HIGH SCHOOL SPRING CONCERT AND ART SHOW First United Methodist Church Y.C. Thursday, May 8 at 7:00 p.m. Student art and music. Open to the public, admission free. MOVIE NIGHT “Gimme Shelter” Friday, May 9 - 7:00 PM Embassy of Heaven Campus Church of Glad Tidings 1179 Eager Road, Yuba City Based on a true story about Apple Bailey, a pregnant 15-year old who struggles to make a clean break from her troubled past by checking into a shelter for homeless teens. Power packed! Admission: FREE! Childcare provided for infancies through 5th grade. RUMMAGE SALE First United Methodist Church, 3101 Colusa Highway, Yuba City Friday, May 9th (7am - 4pm) Saturday, May 10th (7am - 2pm) Find everything under the sun at bargain prices such as Furniture, Clothes, Books, Toys, Household Items, and Jewelry. Funds will further our ministry partnering with community organizations such as CAN, A Woman’s Friend, Habitat for Humanity just to mention a few! 2014 WOMEN’S CONFERENCE “SILVER BOXES WORDS OF ENCOURAGEMENT” Feather River Baptist Church / 5400 Chestnut Rd. Olivehurst; Ca. 95961 Saturday, May 10, 2014 at: 8:00a.m. - 1:00p.m. We would like to welcome all ladies to come and enjoy a wonderful time together. There will be a

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FAITH CHRISTIAN HIGH SCHOOL SENIOR PROJECT PRESENTATIONS First United Methodist Church Y. C. Monday, May 12 at 6:30 p.m. The top five students will present to the public and a panel of local judges. Open to the public, admission and refreshments free. FAMILY NIGHT First United Methodist Church, 3101 Colusa Highway, Yuba City, CA 95993 Tuesday, May 13th from 6-8pm Join us for fun and fellowship as we play games and be creative with crafts. For more information see And don’t forget, all of this is at no cost to you! A HAND UP MINISTRY Annual TRI-TIP Fundraiser Dinner Friday, May 16 - 6:30 PM Embassy of Heaven Campus Church of Glad Tidings 1179 Eager Road, Yuba City Tickets $20 per person / $180 for table of 10 Info: Ron Brasier 530-613-2859 Tickets available at Glad Tidings (530-671-3160) or The Bride (530-751-0505) A Hand Up Ministry is that reaches out to the homeless, downtrodden people of our surrounding communities; to reach out in love and help by means of food, blankets, clothing, referrals, encouraging words and speaking God’s plan for people into existence. Come on out, enjoy a nice meal and help this ministry. Your financial assistance keeps this ministry going. SAMARITAN VILLAGE ORPHANAGE BENEFIT CONCERT Logan Martin — featured guest artist Crossroads Community Church, YC Sunday, May 25th, 2014 at 6:00 P.M. Logan Martin returns to Crossroads bringing his

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RESOURCES Identity: Where Religion and Psychology Meet For decades preachers have touted from their pulpits that psychology is bad. Even within the last few years it has been preached, “psychologists don’t have the answer”. Psychology focuses on functioning; how well you are ‘functioning’ in society. Negative thoughts and behaviors are replaced with more ‘functional’ ones. Psychology looks at how you began to have poor reasoning skills and low self-worth. Then an attempt is made to create a healthy view of the self. The self, or identity, is evaluated by seeing how well you function in society. When God enters the scene, things look a little different. God created each person with a unique identity. Psalm 139 speaks about the intimacy of God’s creating each individual within the womb. Even identical twins are unique on the inside, they are not the other twin, no matter how similar they may seem. Hang around with twins long enough and you will be able to tell them apart. Each person to ever live had their own identity, or spirit, the part of them that makes them unique and not their neighbor. God made billions of unique identities, no two alike. God’s plan all along was that His identity in each person would be nurtured and supported by the two parents who birthed each child. It was God’s design that each child would

grow in the knowledge and admonition of the Lord (Ephesians 4:6) and be trained in the way he should go (Proverb 22:6) and learn of God’s love from birth (Matthew 19:7). Each child’s identity would be cherished and fed, loved and nurtured until they reached maturity. Sadly, this is rarely the case. In the United States we have very high rates of single mothers and absent fathers. There is also abuse and neglect with unknown rates, as so much abuse is not reported. So, what happens to a child’s identity if it is not cherished and nurtured the way God intended? The labels we have are psychological in nature: depression, anxiety, obsessions, eating disorders, personality disorders, addictions, nervous compulsions, and more. When a child’s identity is abused, traumatized, or neglected, the ramifications are endless. Sadly, psychology only deals with the symptoms of identity abuse and not the cause itself. This is where the psychological field falls short. Christianity, however, has a wonderful answer; you’re identity was given to you and is still in tact! Due to identity abuse you may find this extremely hard, even impossible, to believe. Things in life that occur, or you observe, will blind you to the true spirit God put in each person. You will have a

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Lincoln Author Features Family’s Faith In New Fantasy Novel Author D. K. Ogans announces the release of her new Christian fantasy novel, “The Enchanting Legends of Shiloh Mansion,” a story set in a fascinating place situated in the midst of a forest that continuously unfolds an intriguing revelation. “The Enchanting Legends of Shiloh Mansion” introduces readers to Eliza, Faith and Daniel who are marvelously creative, highly effective characters with phenomenal talents and gifts. They are a family of believers! Their faith in the great I AM opens a miraculous gateway that unlocks a secret portal allowing them to experience firsthand the many genuine captivating enchanting legends of the sacred book of I AM. The countless legends allow generation after generation to experience many invaluable, insightful, profound principles of truth. These bright, innovative smart teens responsibly dare to adventurously go and do the things that most only imagine. Sir Iverson and Lady Angelica are their wise, loving and nurturing parents, and they themselves too are quite an eclectic extraordinary pair. They have provided their super family with every possible modern convenience and gadgetry available. Published by Tate Publishing and Enterprises, the book is available through bookstores nationwide, from the publisher at

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RESOURCES STATE OF JEFFERSON Cont. from Cover the hands of the common folk of his day - they were all brave heroes committed to do whatever it took to see righteousness prevail over evil in their day. They were willing to risk everything, and their brave examples should be honored and emulated by us today! From Godly Noah to renowned Christian leaders such as Dietrich Bonhoeffer in Germany and 20th Century Christian activists Dr. Francis Schaeffer and Dr. Martin Luther King, we find that Scripture, church history, and the heroes of faith in our day all have this in common: They were stalwart “Christian” activists who recognized and confronted the evils of their day, and took both literally and seriously the command of Scripture to “overcome evil with good!” So... what about US? As Christian disciples, we have been charged by Christ Himself to “be the salt (healing agent) of the earth” (Matt. 5:13-14) and to “let our lights (redemptive influence) shine before men” (Matt 5”15-16) by actively and strategically “placing our light on a stand for all to see” (Mark 4:2123)! We have also been commissioned by The Holy Scripture to pray that we might live “peaceful lives marked by godliness and dignity (1 Timothy 2:2). In the past, we have erred greatly in allowing ourselves to become passive and fatalistic, “hiding our light (influence) under a bushel” as evil has prevailed in our land without a contest! It’s time to repent of “being salt that has no savor”

(redemptive, preserving influence) and begin to be bold in standing up for truth and for righteousness! Now, here’s your chance to do the truly Christian thing by joining us as we boldly confront the issues that are undermining our family values, our economy, and our traditional form of American representative government! So, “let your light shine” and raise your voice to join us in petitioning Sacramento and Washington DC to recognize our Constitutional right to form a new and independent State of Jefferson built on conservative principles and dedicated to the ideals of “Lower Taxes, Smaller Government, and Personal Freedoms!” Let’s turn things around! Join us in this exciting and noble effort to form a brand new state where our voices will be heard again, and where we can “live peaceful lives marked by godliness and dignity” (1 Timothy 2:2). For Christ’s sake, don’t be timid! Don’t be passive! Don’t be absent! Don’t hide your light under a bushel somewhere! It’s time for the true followers of the Lion of Judah to ROAR! Let’s all SHOW UP IN THIS SHOWDOWN, and make the Dream of Jefferson come true for us and for our children! RIGHT HERE! RIGHT NOW! (RIGHT ON!?!)

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By Carrie Dedrick Editor, Lady Gaga’s new music video for single “G.U.Y.” has Christians calling blasphemy. The semi-pornographic video, which can be seen on YouTube, features Gaga as a fallen angel. During one scene of the almost 8-minute video, the viewer sees Gaga resurrect a man clearly intended to represent Jesus and then clone him. The title “G.U.Y.” refers to “girl under you” which is a repeated phrase throughout the song. In the introduction to the song, Gaga speaks the words, “Greetings Himeros/God of sexual desire, son of Aphrodite/Lay back, and feast as this audio guides you through new and exciting positions.”

Throughout the rest of the video, dancers are shown mocking sexual intercourse while wearing little clothing to go along with the risque lyrics. Gaga describes her style of music as “Artpop” but Christians have been quick to voice the lack of art they see in this video reports Charisma News. Still, some support Gaga’s form of art. Pop singer Lily Allen was reported in Rolling Stone magazine saying, “If she’s not succeeding commercially because she’s standing by what she does as art, then that’s a (expletive) great thing. That’s to be commended. That’s what makes a martyr. There’s nothing wrong with that.”

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train Christian ministers. Should believers be angry about these developments? Or should we view them as opportunities for the Kingdom? Cultural advances by atheists and nonChristian religions are obvious symptoms of the declining Christian influence on our culture. But I believe they are also an amazing opportunity for the gospel, for two reasons. First, growing secularist and anti-Christian movements are a wakeup call for believers to pray. Those who founded our nation and its earliest academic institutions were clearly shaped by the Judeo-Christian religious tradition. That worldview is in jeopardy today more than ever before. It is imperative that believers humble ourselves, pray together, seek God’s face, and turn from our sins—now (2 Chronicles 7:14). Second, the growth of atheist and other non-Christian populations in America means the world has come to us. Believers at Yale have an organized, accessible opportunity this week to share their faith with atheists. An Islamic political movement gives Christians in public service occasion to share Christ with Muslims of great influence. In Acts 1:8, Jesus commissioned his followers to “be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria,

The Muslim Brotherhood is launching a political party in America for the purpose of electing Muslims and influencing legislation that is favorable to Islam. This development should come as no surprise: the number of mosques in the United States has escalated 74 percent since 2000. The government of Turkey is building a $100 million mega mosque in Maryland. There are now 66 mosques in the Dallas-Ft. Worth area. According to a recent survey, 98 percent of mosque leaders say Muslims should be involved in American institutions, and 91 percent agree that Muslims should be involved in politics. We should expect to see a growing number of Muslim candidates for office, and a growing number of Muslims who will support them financially. Islam is not the only nonChristian movement to make headlines today, as this is “Humanism at Yale Week.” Monday was “Ask an Atheist” day; Tuesday was “Catholics & Humanists Together”; today features “Atheism, Storytelling, and Advice for Christians Who Wish to Talk to Non-Christians.” Chris Stedman, Assistant Humanist Chaplain at Harvard University, is the speaker. Ironically, both Yale and Harvard were founded by Christian ministers to

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Mars Hill Pastor Creates Innovative iPhone Case, Hopes to Support Wife’s Cancer Treatment With Profits By Vincent Funaro Christian Post Reporter Mars Hill Bellevue pastor and award-winning photographer Thomas Hurst has created an innovative case for the iPhone that he hopes to use to generate money to support his wife’s cancer treatment. This accessory, named the COVR, case allows iPhone users to take pictures holding the device horizontally instead of vertically. It does this with a built-in sliding lens that allows photographers to shoot pictures without being noticed. “Everyone has become a photographer in the age of smartphones,” Hurst said, “But as easy as the technology has allowed photography to become, our iPhones still don’t allow us to be present without being obtrusive. As soon as we pull out our iPhones and hold them up to capture a picture, people become aware, they stare, shift, change ¬

the picture changes and what you wanted to capture for forever, is lost. This is why I created COVR Photo, so we don’t miss the images that really matter.” Hurst launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund the project where he already raised about $20,000 of an $80,000 goal. Once the component goes into production, Hurst will use the money made from its sales to pay his wife’s medical bills, as she is suffering from late stage colon cancer. “As many of you already know my wife Angela has been diagnosed with late stage colon cancer,” he said in a letter to family and friends. “Ultimately, our goal behind launching COVR Photo is to make enough money to either pay for Angie’s alternative medical needs, which are out of pocket, or have enough money as a single dad to care for our boys if God calls Angie home.” Early adopters of the Kickstarter campaign will receive One COVR Photo case and the iOS app for $55 instead of the $69.95 retail price. Other backers will

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IN THE NEWS... CA Town Drops City Council Prayers to Avoid Further Legal Costs By Katherine Weber Christian Post Reporter A small, coastal town in central California has settled a lawsuit regarding prayer at City Council meetings, ultimately agreeing to no longer hold any form of prayer, whether sectarian or nonsectarian, ahead of the local government meetings. City officials say they decided to settle the lawsuit to avoid further legal costs paid by taxpayer money. Pismo Beach city officials announced their settlement earlier this week, nearly six months after the Freedom From Religion Foundation [FFRF] and the local chapter of Atheists United San Luis Obispo filed a lawsuit against the city, arguing that it had violated the U.S. Constitution’s separation of church and state and the state Constitution’s “No Preference” Clause by allowing predominately Christian-themed prayers before city council meetings. The groups argued that the city had allowed its volunteer chaplain, the Rev. Paul E. Jones, to lead predominately Christian prayers ahead of city council meetings from 2008 to 2013. The lawsuit alleged that Jones often called on Pismo Beach citizens to live a “Christian lifestyle in accordance with the bible,” among other sectarian statements. As part of their settlement, city officials agreed to do away with the volunteer chaplain position, and Jones has resigned. The city has admitted no liability in the lawsuit, but said it would settle with the FFRF to avoid using taxpayer money to fund what would likely be a costly litigation process. “[…] in keeping with the city’s goal of carefully managing taxpayer funds, the City Council determined that it would not be a prudent use of public monies to contest the suit through trial,” City Attorney David Fleishman said in a statement, according to The San Luis Obispo Tribune. The city will be paying $47,500 in attorneys’ fees. David Leidner, a board member of the local Atheists United San Luis Obiso group, told the Times Press


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Recorder that his group is “very happy the city of Pismo Beach has decided to end this exclusionary and unconstitutional practice and make their government meetings welcoming to all citizens.” The Pismo Beach ruling comes as the Supreme Court currently weighs the case of Greece vs. Galloway, in which residents of Greece, N.Y. are contesting their city council’s references to “Jesus Christ” during government meetings. A decision is expected to be reached by June. Another battle over prayer at government meetings is currently taking place in Carroll County, Md., where one city commissioner disobeyed a judge’s recent ruling to temporarily stop sectarian prayers when she referenced “Jesus Christ” and “God” in a prayer prior to a commission meeting. Carroll County Commissioner Robin Bartlett Frazier decided to deliver the sectarian prayer in spite of the judge’s injunction because she said the ruling was an “infringement on my First Amendment rights of free speech and free religion.” U.S. District Judge William D. Quarles Jr. had temporarily banned Carroll County commissioners from saying sectarian prayers at their government meetings after the American Humanist Association filed a lawsuit against the county, arguing their prayers were a violation of the Constitution’s Establishment Clause. Carroll County commissioners have since passed a resolution agreeing to comply with Quarles’ injunction as the lawsuit proceeds through court. If the Carroll County lawsuit is resolved before the Supreme Court rules on Greece vs. Galloway, the ruling could become moot depending on the higher court’s ruling.

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“Sarah Heltsley is raising and homeschooling five children ages four to fourteen, the youngest with cerebral palsy. Her husband Addam is the minster of the Peach Tree Lane Church of Christ. He’s gone much of the time taking care of the needs of the flock, preparing his lessons, and going to school, as well. Sarah raises chickens to have eggs for her family and is learning to raise other animals for sustenance, as well. They offer their home for people to stay when they need to get back on their feet. Through all this, Sarah maintains patience and honors her husband in all she does. Sure, things are a little crazy and out of place at their house! The abounding joy in Sarah, her husband and kids is all one notices, though. I would like to celebrate Sarah’s motherhood by nominating her for Mother of the Year.” Submitted by Carol Dodds This was truly the most difficult “contest” we have ever had the privilege to “judge”. I see this not so much like a “contest” or “pageant” where there is a winner, runner-ups and so forth, but more as a “delegate” to represent all of the moms who were honored. There were many honorable nominees who were equally worthy of this honor. It was obvious that each of the women nominated was a significant role model and example. It is awe-inspiring to read the stories of each woman, but that also made it difficult for me to choose. So I enlisted a team of people who had the unenviable task of determining one that would be “Mom of the Year”. We read about women who battled physical afflictions, yet continued their journey with Jesus and motherhood. There were others who survived darkness, addiction, and/or abuse and with God’s help endured while loving and shielding their children from the darkness. Others work tirelessly at a job to make ends meet and then come home not to relax but to tend to the needs of their family. Yes, there were many stories of wonderful, Godly women who each deserve to be the “Mom of the Year”. I am confident that they are considered that and more in the eyes of their loved ones. I’m glad that there is a day to honor those women who give sacrificially day after day. It is not simply a day for “Hallmark” as I used to cynically scoff. It is a day to remember those women in our lives past and present, living or not, who sacrifice their time, energy, desires, often their career, and sometimes their very lives for their family. They should be honored every day. The Gift Basket was provided by The Crave, Excellent Massage Care, and The Ambassador

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1-May National Day of Prayer-Unity among churches 2-May Local officials and community leaders 3-May Drought-Pray for rain and those most affected by lack of it 4-May Adoptive families & birth moms - Lifetime Adoption (p.3) 5-May Marriages, Restoration and Strength 6-May For boldness & protection to stand for Truth without compromise 7-May Daniel & other orphan children- Samaritan Village (see p. 3) 8-May Military, All armed forces & their families. 9-May Addicted, Rehab ministries- Feather River Mens Center, Joshua House, Celebrate Recovery 10-May Homeless/Poor - Twin Cities Rescue Mission, A Hand Up, R.E.S.T 11-May Mother’s Day - Pray for your mom today! 12-May Area Youth-Local Youth ministers /Youth groups 13-May Ambassador Radio Show /KCYC 104.7 for listener impact 14-May Missionaries -Fruit, Provision 15-May Teen Depression, Suicide 16-May Marketplace Ministries-Opportunities to share at work 17-May The Ambassador Newspaper-Increased readership and Impact 18-May Jobs for unemployed/underemployed 19-May Global Persecution-Safety/Courage of Believers 20-May Sick/Afflicted, Healing and Comfort 21-May Middle East - For the peace of Jerusalem 22-May Sex Trafficking - pray for victims and their victimizers 23-May A Woman’s Friend - Unborn children/Pregnant Women 24-May Local ministries (see p. 3) 25-May Children and Children’s Ministries 26-May Memorial Day- for surviving families 27-May Christian Businesses-Ambassador Sponsors & others. 28-May Singles, Single Parents, Divorce healing 29-May Caregivers of elderly and disabled 30-May Russia/Ukraine and other world unrest 31-May Graduations- pray for graduating seniors

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Daniel is 12 years old (born 3/1/2002). He was abandoned in a bush when he was about two months old. People passing by found him and took him to a church. Church leaders then brought him to the Tanzania social welfare. After searching and being unable to find any relative, baby Daniel was transferred to Samaritan Village. Daniel is doing very well in his school work at Lady of Mercy school where he is in class 5. When he grows up, Daniel wants to be a tour guide. A gift of $60. monthly will provide for Daniel’s care at Samaritan Village Orphanage. A monthly sponsorship for a child is $60., but any amount - either one time, monthly or even yearly is greatly appreciated. Our website provides a link to Paypal and donations may be made online via credit card for your convenience, or checks may be

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by David Kugelman DIG. That’s right, DIG. DIG is an acronym for Deeper Into God. DIG (Yes, I wrote DIG again) is Yuba City High School’s student led Christian club. CBA recently joined them for their lunch meeting which is held in one of the school’s classrooms. I’m not sure of the total number of students but I believe there were approximately 20 in attendance at this particular meeting. Their format included pizza, a short message and prayer. The individual who shared the message, read the story of Lazarus and the rich man from the Gospel of Luke. He candidly shared his thoughts on the reality of eternity without Christ and the impact that that had on him personally. I was encouraged to learn (and you should be to) that there are young people who are dead serious about their commitment to Jesus. Honestly, there may have been a Christian club when I went to high school, but I certainly don’t remember it. So if it did exist, those who belonged to it didn’t do a good job of making their presence known. Christian clubs and individual Christians are to make Christ known by being salt and light wherever God places them. Many followers of Jesus work in an environment which is hostile or certainly oppositional to their faith. But my guess is high school students deal with far greater peer pressure than most adult Christians face in the marketplace. Pray that God will raise up a generation of bold courageous warriors who will stand strong for God and His Word regardless of their surroundings. And while you’re at it, pray for me too, because I need a heavier dose of Holy Spirit courage as well. Finally, join the CBA for their weekly meetings. We meet in (literally) dozens and dozens of locations across the Yuba-Sutter region praying for businesses and ministries and listening to powerful testimonies of what God is doing in individual lives. For more information on the Christian Business Alliance, contact me, David Kugelman at 632-9292.

mailed to Samaritan Village at the address shown below. You may follow us on Facebook @ Samaritan Village Orphanage, on our website @ www. and through our quarterly Newsletter. The all volunteer Board and friends of Samaritan Village meet monthly and you are invited to attend the meetings to learn more about this life saving work. Please call Tara @ 530-329-6619 for information and meeting information. To sign up for our Newsletter, please drop us a note at the address below and include your name, mailing address and email address (if available). As always, we solicit and covet your prayer partnership for these little ones whom God has placed in our care. Samaritan Village Orphanage, Inc. P.O. Box 444 Yuba City, CA 95992 Tax ID#68-0214955 501c 3

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IDENTITY Cont. from p.15 (John 8:32). When we truly believe the basic tenets of the Christian faith it will change us dramatically. Almighty God truly does love you; He sent Jesus to pay the price for your sins (which Jesus did, John 3:16); and God forgave you completely and instantly! The instantly part is where some people get hung up; they drag around their failures to show

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MUSLIM Cont. from p.12 and to the end of the earth.” In Acts 8:1, “there arose . . . a great persecution against the church in Jerusalem, and they were scattered throughout the regions of Judea and Samaria.” Verse 4 adds, “Now those who were scattered went about preaching

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“I was alone, pregnant, and homeless.” These are the words our new friend Laly shared with us just before gushing about how much she loves A Woman’s Friend. Before we met Laly she had recently been rejected by her family and her boyfriend. From Laly’s own words she said, “I was devastated and I couldn’t begin to understand how my family could turn their back on me when I was in great need of love and support. So I did what I knew was best and contacted old friends. I bounced around from house to house with people that didn’t care about me let alone my baby. I tried everything possible to terminate the pregnancy without actually going to an abortion clinic, and it wasn’t working. Then someone suggested I go to A Woman’s Friend and ask for help. I went under the impression that they were an abortion clinic. Once again I was wrong and found that they are pro-life. They saved my life and most importantly my baby’s life. I received clothes that day and a lot of

information on community resources. I was grateful for their help, yet I didn’t think much of it and continued to go on about my everyday business. It wasn’t until I received a follow up phone call from one of the volunteers, that I realized someone cared. I had heard from other agencies that ‘they cared’ and were ‘here to help’ but no one showed proof except A Woman’s Friend. When they called they genuinely sounded concerned. I was so thankful to God that I met these women and that He had put them in my path. They kept in contact with me even after they met me; they kept their word and showed me love. That motivated me to do better for myself and my unborn son. Things started happening and falling into place for me. My father asked me to come back home. I have two part time jobs, and my boyfriend is an active part of his unborn child’s life. I truly believe that had I not gone to A Woman’s Friend I would not be where I am at right now in my pregnancy, and life. I am very grateful for them.”

If you would like to experience the peace and transformed life that God can provide through Jesus Christ and you are willing to commit your life to the only one who can truly set you free from your sin, you can pray to the Lord right now and ask Him to forgive you of your sins. Because of what His Son, Jesus, did by dying on the cross, your sins will not be held against you by God anymore. You can experience freedom for the rest of your life on earth and then have a life in Heaven with God for eternity. God’s part of the deal is already done. Your part is to confess your sins, repent (or change your ways) and believe that He is Lord. If your life is out of control, let Him take over control. For help, questions, or more information, contact us at The Ambassador or any of the churches listed on p. 3..


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Question: What would you call a movement that forcibly suppresses all opposition and quashes all criticism? Does the word “Fascism” ring a bell? Well, it seems our friends in the gay rights movement have embraced such tactics in order to advance their agenda…an agenda, by the way that has expanded into the rights of others? One of the latest victims of said fascism is Brandan Eich, the now Ex CEO of Mozilla (a high tech software company). Brandan had the audacity to contribute to the Proposition 8 campaign some six years ago. This dastardly deed placed Brandan in the crosshairs of the Gay Gestapo and they quickly dispatched a platoon of cyberspace storm troopers to trample all over Eich’s First Amendment Right to freely express his personal beliefs. Mozilla classified Eich’s subsequent departure as a “resignation,” which is corporate speech for folding under pressure. It makes little difference that Eich co-founded the company and was the most tech savvy man for the job…n-o-o he had scruples, ethics and morality…he had to be destroyed. Well the internet was all a twitter as gay activists and their secular minions celebrated their victory over free speech. But there were a few voices of dissention. Andrew Sullivan, a gay blogger wrote: “You want to squander the real gains by becoming just as intolerant of others’ views as the Christians? You’ve just found a great way to do this. It’s a bad, self-inflicted blow. And all of us will come to regret it.” I was with him until that erroneous and bias Christian analogy. Fred Sainz of the Human Rights Campaign took issue with Sullivan. “I don’t believe this is a question of suppressing free speech. It’s a question of the market regulating itself. Had Eich stayed in his job, a tsunami of negativity was going to eventually overwhelm him.” Ah, hold on…that’s not the market regulating itself…that’s intimidation.


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Justin Lee, founder of the Gay Christians Network…um, wait a minute, I’m pretty sure the term “gay Christian” might be an oxymoron or at least a contradiction of terms, but I’ll leave that debate for another day. Anyway Justin says he works to builds bridges with evangelical opponents of same sex relationships. Ah…Justin,…Christ opposes same sex relationships…you might want to start by building a bridge to Him. Justin does, however, exhibit a semblance of reason by stating he didn’t think Eich should have been pressured to leave. “This is America,” he said, “And I believe he has a right to support the political causes he believes in.” Amen to that, brother. How in the heck did we get to this place where perversion and immorality are defended while normalcy and righteousness are scorned? Take heed America… “Woe to those who call evil good and good evil...” Isaiah 5:20. And why are the gay activists so intent on silencing any opposition to their movement? It’s because…“The wicked freely strut about when what is vile is honored among men.” Psalm 12:8. We have allowed tolerance and diversity to override truth, reason and now freedom.

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AS WE SEE IT Saving Seats or Souls?

We were out of town during Easter and decided to visit a large and very popular church. I knew we should get there early for the 10:30 service since it would likely be an unusually crowded. I was not surprised at the huge swell of people as we hurriedly maneuvered our way through the crowd to the sanctuary. It was packed, of course, but what surprised me was that what looked like open seats were merely “bulletin-saved” seats. It seemed like one person in the group sat down and put bulletins on the rest of the row of seats! This was the case for most all the rows. If there wasn’t a body in it, there was a bulletin. Yes, I understand that a family member might want to save a few spots for loved ones, but really? We were first time visitors and could not find a seat anywhere. “No room at the Inn”! Again, I understand that it’s Easter and it will be crowded, but here’s my complaint. Why don’t they have a row (maybe a few) in the back (where visitors often sit) reserved for “first time visitors”? What if someone who doesn’t have a relationship with Jesus decided to go to church on Easter (or Christmas- or any other time for that matter) to find out about Him? I saw

Seth Halpern - Editor ushers at the door giving out bulletins (useful for seat-saving) but no one to lead me to a seat. We went outside and sat for a few minutes thinking of a plan B. We watched as throngs of people passed by. Suddenly, an angel appeared. No wings, just a name tag that read “Ministry Team” She stopped and “tended” to us in our despair. She went to look for seats for us and walked us hand in hand to them. After that, we were able to worship Jesus together with the saints. Please take two points from this diatribe: First, if God has blessed your church with growth so that seats are at a premium, please save some specifically for first time visitors. They may need to hear the Gospel. Members and regular attendees can stand or go to overflow rooms. Second, if you are a member or regular attendee, please look around for those who may be new, visiting or lost (geographically or spiritually). You might be the first “angel” that they ever see!

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Bus./Home/Indust. Maint. *Lawn Care *Preventive Maintenance *Installs *Repairs “Gladly serving to keep your investment solid” DAN JONES 530-301-4722

Tim's Total Truck Repair Mobile and emergency Service

Complete Diesel Repair and Welding 25yrs exp

ASE cert. Master Tech.

(530) 870-7217


Impact The Community

Yuba City Pest Control

P.O. Box 2, Yuba City, CA 95992 Ph. (530) 755-2555 Fx. (530) 755-4672


Certified Arborist Lic. 608859 HEALTH BEAUTY

Excellent Massage Care “A Touch Like No Other"

Brenda Banducci 530-701-4847

397 Del Norte Ave, YC

eXfuze Seven+

botanical supplements: acai, fucoidan, goji, seabuckthorn, noni, gac, mangosteen Robert E. Stark

682.9602 - lic.# 452975

"Quality Service Guaranteed"



A-1 Enterprises



CONTRACTORS & ENGINEERS 1210 Stabler Lane, Yuba City 530-673-2947

Now offering Handyman Services Call us at (530) 673-3634 Contractor’s License # 728636

MD DERMATOLOGY 414 G Street, Suite 204 Marysville 743-0301



Window Coverings (530)755-3474


Country Vet Clinic, Inc

Lic. #890713

General Yard Care & Maintenance

SHUTTER-UP Blinds * Shutters * Shades

PROFORMA BY KUG Dave Kugelman Promotional Products 530-632-9292

“We can help free up your weekends!”


Cassandra Hoon

All Seasons Tree and Turf Care, Inc. " Your Landscape and Tree Doctor"

(530) 755 - 1304

4839 E. Butte Rd, Live Oak "Treating all creatures Great and Small" Jerry Long, DVM & Assoc.

Furry Family Care & Training Services 530-844-2824

Health Grooming-In Home Pet Sitting-Dog/Puppy Training-Rehab

Promote Your Business Here!


Son Light Glass

Leaded, Stained, Mosaic and used Glass Custom Designs & Classes

530-755-6602 980 Gray Ave, YC (next to Brock's)

Piano Tuning & Small Repairs * Music Lessons * by an experienced teacher

Don Pitter 530-822-0134

Standard Tuning for $90!


Stretch-A-Buck! Dollar Discount Store 451 Queens Ave, YC 530-674-2275

"Get MORE for your BUCK!"

"MarketPlace ads should not be considered as an endorsement of The Ambassador as to the spiritual commitment of the advertiser. The Ambassador does not and cannot "monitor" spiritual commtiment of its advertisers."

Call (530) 933-1385 or email: editor@

The Ambassador




Strong in Education, Strong in

Current members:

Tuition Assistance Available Elementary (K-6th) 2620 Colusa Hwy. Yuba City, CA 95993 (530) 674-3922

Secondary (7th-12th) 3105 Colusa Hwy. Yuba City, CA 95993 (530) 674-5474

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A-1 Carpet Cleaning - (530) 673-3634 - George Barlow - The Crave - (530) 790-0792 Kathy Baum - Operation Christmas Child - (916) 747-2212 Ron Brasier - A Hand Up Ministry - (530) 671-1360 Marty Brown - KCYC-LP FM - (530) 674-5296 Kathleen Caldwell - City of Live Oak - (530) 695-2112 Fred Cox - Richard's Tree Service - (530) 673-7993 Chuck David Carol Dodds - A Woman’s Friend - (530) 741-9136 Dennis Gable - Operation Christmas Child - (530) 695-1495 Bob Gilbert - - (775) 722-1212 Steve & Cash Gilliss - Crosspointe Christian Books - (530) 673-6188 Pamela Givans Marcos Gonzalez - Ultimate Business Maintenance - (530) 671-1564 John L. Guth - Attorney/Estate Planning - James Halpern - Remembrance Video Tributes - Seth Halpern - Ambassador Newspaper - David Hobbs Painting - Cont. Lic#880562 (530)742-2428 David Holycross - Holycross Memorial - (530) 751-7000 Brad Indelicato - Dolco Packaging - Bill Jens - Yuba Sutter Healthy Marriage Project - (530) 671-6069 Sandi Juri Dave Kugelman - Proforma by Kug - (530) 742-2423 Clay Maynard - Consultant - (530) 790-6611 Jerry Munz - JM Construction Co. - (530) 682-5316 Jared Nunes - Sutter Health Chuck & Miriam Page Ronda Putman Darrell Sayles - Love Unlimited Body of Christ - Roger Shadd - Shadd Janitorial Supply - (530) 673-0083 Robert Stark - Sutter county Auditor/Controller - Dwayne Tanabe - Taylor Accountancy Corp - Jenine Tanabe - Jenine L. Tanabe, MD Dematology - (530) 743-0301 Kim Worthy - Stretch-A-Buck - (530) 674-2275 Rich Fellowship, Powerful Prayer, Refreshing Presence of God! We meet at the Bonanza Inn the first Tuesday of the month from noon – 1pm.

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