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Good News , etc. SAN DIEGO COUNTY’S CHRISTIAN NEWSPAPER
October 2017 • Vol. 34, No. 1
WWII vet, 90, wants to help other veterans
Photo: Rick Monroe
Chuck & Eve Miller with “Caddy” and prayer box
San Diego Edition
Blind Jui Jitsu Wrestler Grapples With Faith By RICK MONROE
By LARY GREGORIO-CEBALLOS How many 90-year-olds do you know who are starting a new career? Oceanside resident Chuck Miller, a WW II veteran, is doing just that. Two years ago, Chuck’s wife, Eve, encouraged him to take a trip to Arlington Cemetery with Honor Flight Network, a non-profit group taking veterans for free to visit the memorials created to honor them for their service. After the Arlington trip, Chuck began making prayer boxes. He was “struck with a vision” of those returning from military service. He said many soldiers come home with feelings of not fitting in, they feel totally out of touch with society and often end up on the streets. Chuck couldn’t shake these thoughts after his trip. He continued making boxes and sharing stories, as well as listening to other veterans — those who didn’t necessarily have physical disabilities. He found the were in pain from their thoughts and memories in combat. While doctors and counselors try to help these veterans with PTSD — post-traumatic stress disorder — the medical professionals will never understand what these veterans have experienced, unless they have gone through it themselves. Chuck says the vets are more comfortable talking to other vets about what they have seen and been through. Chuck calls it the unseen disability. Then, at 90 years old, God gave Chuck the idea for six inventions: 1. A “Sand-Snow-Chair” designed for a person in a wheelchair. Please turn to page 5
Jeff Mata is an aggresive ground fighter in Jui Jitsu meets, earning a world title in 2015 in white belt competition — against non-blind competitors.
It takes faith for a blind wrestler to compete in wrestling. Meet Jeff Mata, 34, who grappled with his faith for four years before finding Jesus and realizing his life could still be fulfilling. Mata hasn’t always been blind. He wrestled at Poway High School, a prep powerhouse, before graduating in 2000. Like many young men, he also loved surfing, skateboarding, and martial arts. His life changed in April 2008 when his left eye was damaged from a boxing blow during training. “My retina kind of shook off,” he explained during a Sept. 14 presentation to a San Diego men’s group, Men With A Purpose. “That led to uveitis inflammation. My right eye followed, and I eventually became totally blind — and surgery wasn’t an option. “It was devastating to myself and others around me. My life totally changed at that moment.” Mata was 26 at the time, sold real estate, had a new car, and was purchasing a Please turn to page 11
Apples for Teachers Ten churches uniting for Wow Jam event Wow Jam will be held in Escondido’s exists to help educators Grape Day Park on Oct. 14, from 1 to 6 A professional development seminar on Oct. 21 promises to address the Bible and Christianity without mixing church and state. The event is billed by organizers as the most liberating seminar a Christian teacher will ever experience. Apples for Teachers, a ministry at Rock Church, is hosting the event, presented on the Point Loma campus from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Gateways to Better Education, a nationwide organization that promotes keeping faith in public schools, is doing the presentation. Apples for Teachers is open to all those in San Diego County who teach or support teachers and schools. Through monthly meetings, periodic conferences and fellowship, Apples for Teachers encourages, empowers and equips Christian teachers in the public and private schools, both practically and inspirationally. At the Oct. 21 seminar, topics include: • How “Separation of Church and State” applies and doesn’t apply in a classroom. • What California’s academic standards expect students to learn about the Bible and Please turn to page 12
p.m., featuring major giveaways, a strong presentation of the gospel, and unity. Ten local churches/ministries are sponsoring the event to reach out to the entire community — including homeless people —at the park, where many homeless people gather. “It’s not the first time for this,” said Pastor Rob Granger of Faith Harbor Church in the host city. “We did this five years ago, and had 3,000 attend and 255 accept the Lord. It’s a fantastic outreach. We believe 4,000 to 5,000 will come this year and are excited about the unity and participation from other churches.” Wow Jam’s Stephen and Linda Tavani bring a fresh and creative approach to urban evangelism and ministry that benefits not only the lost and broken but the church at large, Granger said. Through innovative and practical training, they use their 25 years of experience to build relationships with local churches after each outreach — helping them navigate the influx of new believers. Stephen, a graduate of Wheaton College, is a songwriter and producer working with talents such as Smokey Robinson.
Stephen and Linda Tavani
His career led him to meet his wife Linda “Peaches” Tavani from the multi-platinum group “Peaches and Herb” know for their smash hit “Reunited.” Linda’s phenomenal voice paired with her distinct magnetism compliments Stephen’s powerful voice and preaching. Their Gospel albums have been played on radio stations and landed at the top of charts all over the world, touching thousands of lives through music. The Tavanis are based in Altadena and Please turn to page 12
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“Stop doing wrong, learn to do right! Seek justice, encourage the oppressed… ‘Come now, let us reason together,’…” – Isaiah 1: 16-18 (NIV)
Grace trumps shame for unwed pregnant teens Charter school board declines request of parents By ANGEL HOLSCHER HATFIELD Pregnant and unwed teen-ager Maddi Runkles was the subject of countless news reports this year after the administration at her private Christian high school refused to allow her to walk in its graduation ceremonies to “teach a lesson regarding her immorality.”
While I understand the school’s desire to teach their students lessons about the consequences of sin, I also think the events in Maddi’s life could have provided students with a lesson about grace — the grace that caused Jesus to tell a woman living in sin “neither do I condemn you — go and sin no more.” I know something about this. You see, once upon a time, I was Maddi Runkles. I also became pregnant outside of marriage while barely out of my teen years. Rebelliousness had set in, and I skated in sin believing the big lie that there were more pleasures to be found in this world than in God. Driven by fear, I hid my pregnancy for five months, and I knew that the shame and guilt I carried would only amplify — plus usher in condemnation once others learned my secret. Was I up for this? Like Maddi Runkles, I was raised in a Christian home where we upheld Christian principles and embraced Biblical values. In fact my father was a pastor — and this further enhanced my anxiety as I struggled to tell my parents about my pregnancy. It
weighed heavily on me, especially in knowing that another decision — a secret one to not have my baby could rid me of being shamed by others. The day I finally mustered up the strength and courage and confided in my father, something extraordinary happened: My father’s shoulders sagged and he hung his head. Momentarily we sat in silence, me holding my breath awaiting his reaction while wearing the weight of his certain disappointment and possible anger. Then there was the indescribable and overwhelming feeling of shame that washed over me in waves. My father finally raised his head and looked at me with tears in his eyes. “Honey,” he said, “I am so disappointed. I am.” Now it was my turn to hang my head. “And you have made poor choices which now have consequences,” he continued. “It won't be easy — and there will be struggles and a hard path ahead of you. But I love you — and now I figure I have been given more to love.” Wait, what?! My mouth was agape. Before I could respond my father got up from his chair and reached over and wrapped me in his arms and simply held me. It was just what I needed and not anything I expected. Tears ran down my face, “I am so sorry, dad. I am so sorry! Will you forgive me?” “Of course.” What I encountered was something I had never fully grasped before though I had been taught for years. Grace. I didn't get what I deserved, but I certainly Please turn to page 4
ore than 500 parents and activists spent four hours in front of a Rocklin California Charter School Board on Sept. 18, sounding off on whether transgenderism was an “age appropriate” topic for kindergartners. Nearly 30 school parents stood at the microphone and answered that question with a resounding “no,” while only 10 parents spoke to support the idea. In the end, the numbers and two-minute speeches, that went on for hours, didn’t matter. Instead of valuing their partnership with parents, something touted in charter school’s mission statement, board members took the advice of their paid administrators and refused let parents opt their children out of lessons on transgenderism. This topic was added to the school board agenda in response to transgenderism having been introduced to 5- and 6-year-olds by a Rocklin Academy Gateway kindergarten teacher near the end of the school year, June 7. A male student, who was transitioning into a female identity, asked his teacher to read a book titled I Am Jazz to the class. Co-written by biologically male teen Jazz Jennings, the book describes how Jazz realized at the age of 3 that he was a girl trapped in a boy’s body, an idea that was confirmed by his doctor and his parents. After the teacher read the book to the class, the male student changed into a dress and was introduced by the teacher with his new girl name. Parents didn’t find out about what happened until their kids told them. Several kids came home came home scared and confused. “My daughter came home crying and shaking so afraid she could turn into a boy,” said one parent. Beside the 29 parents who spoke out against what happened, I stood to speak as well. I reminded the school board that our state and federal courts recognize that parents have the ultimate responsibility to direct the care, upbringing, and education of their children. Even the California legislature, liberal as it is, recognizes that parents have the ultimate responsibility for “imparting values regarding human sexuality to their children.” I then quoted a letter sent to the board by constitutional scholar Dean Broyles with the National Center for Law & Policy. “The parents of Rocklin Academy are much better and are more accurate judges of what is age-appropriate for their children, not the state or the state’s purported educational experts... Discussions of gender identity and sexual orientation are issues that many parents desire to introduce to their children in their own time and in a manner consistent with their values and beliefs. Thus, schools should respect the authority of parents and provide notice and opt-out prior to these issues being taught.”
State of the State GREG BURT That night Rocklin Academy parents, with the help of CFC and other pro-parental rights organizations, asked school board members to adopt a new parental rights policy with two main provisions. The first would require schools to treat the teaching of gender identity with the same notification, inspection, and opt-out provisions required of sex education curriculum. The second would ensure a child’s constitutional right to bodily privacy at school and at school sponsored functions. Parents would have to be notified by school officials if their child might be in a “state of undress” in the same room as someone of the opposite biological sex. If this was a possibility, parents would have a right to obtain a “privacy accommodation” for their child, such as a single-user restroom, locker room, or similar facility. Sadly, school board members rejected the proposal, and instead accepted the school administration’s recommendation to keep the school’s literature policy. The only concession the board made was to revise their parent/student handbook which now says, “Teachers will endeavor to notify parents in advance of controversial topics... Where advance notice is not possible, teachers will endeavor to notify parents via email or verbally after the fact.” But the new policy also added this caveat, “It must be noted that since every parent has a different definition of what would constitute a controversial and/or sensitive topic, the school cannot always guarantee notice to parents because a teacher might not recognize a topic as generally controversial or sensitive even though it might be controversial and/ or sensitive to an individual.” This adjustment to the school policy is slap in the face to parents. The change would not have prevented what happened. Teachers will still be able to teach their version of gender identity to kindergartners and they won’t be required to tell parents anything beforehand. Parental rights groups and some parents are mulling over next steps, while other parents have decided to remove their children from the school, having completely lost trust in its teachers and administrators. So far 41 families and 73 children have left. But the school has more than 1,000 kids on its waiting list. o Greg Burt is Director of Capitol Engagement for the California Family Council in Sacramento. This is his first column in GNE. See more at www.californiafamily.org.
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“The whole family was filled with joy, because they had come to believe in God.” – Acts 16:34
A time to celebrate and renew love Dating unbelievers dumb because it deadens faith
hen we were headed into our 25th wedding anniversary, life’s RED HOT circumstances were beating us down. We had experienced an unwanted MONOGAMY job transition. With the unexpected change, financial pressures, my husband Bill had a BILL & PAM FARREL health scare, we were launching our eldest into college far away, and a geographic move was on the horizon. We needed SOME- would go out the last night of the conferTHING happy, positive and meaningful to ence. I happily agreed! The next day at the seminar, Bill was so distracted (apparently which to look forward! We also felt like because our marriage was with thoughts about me) that he phoned my succeeding, despite the harsh circumstances, room and asked if I could meet him in the that victory needed to be celebrated. In ad- lobby. He took my hand and said, “Pam, I dition, because all our sons were in their really like and admire you. I would like to dating years and would likely be selecting pursue a relationship with you. How do you a spouse soon, we wanted to retell our love think God is leading you?” I heartily agreed, story and give honor to God in bringing us and we paused and prayed together, comtogether. So, we planned a vow renewal to mitting our relationship to the glory of God. We took the high road, and decided to take place in the chapel where we went to protect our virginity, and before we went college at Biola. out on each date, Bill had a “relationship Our love story began when we were just notebook” that had questions in it to guide 19, and we had both made solid decisions our budding love. (More than 25 years later, to follow Christ faithfully. We lived in two that notebook evolved into The Before You separate cities, and we had yet to meet. I had Marry Book of Questions.) Through those obeyed God when He asked me to break off conversations we decided we would not kiss a relationship with a young man who was not until Bill proposed. We diligently prayed following Christ, and then God challenged and obeyed as God led us. me to take an entire year Over the summer, we took six and not date. (I had vulnerabilities due to being raised “As we poured out our weeks apart to pray and fast in a home with an alcoholic stories, God knit our to hear from God to confirm that we were to marry. We abusive father, so I had an future together.” were to meet on a certain day, unhealthful need for the atat a certain time to compare tention of young men, and what God had spoken to each of our hearts. God wanted my whole heart.) At this same As we poured out our stories, God knit our time, Bill was enjoying a vibrant ministry future together. and he prayed, “God, I want to have my full Shortly after that, Bill wrote a song, sang it focus on listening to You and forging the to me, got down on one knee and said, “Pam ministry and career path of Your calling, so will you marry me? Pam will you kiss me for keep women out of my life until you bring the first time.” I replied, “Yes! Yes!” Three me the one You have chosen for my wife.” short months later we married and almost At the end of my dating sabbatical year, immediately we began equipping others to I attended a Campus Crusade Leadership have God-centered relationships and choose conference (CRU), where I met Bill. There, to live “love-wise.” God arranged a very important private moAt our anniversary renewal, we shared that ment, after an extended hour-long quiet love story, wrote personal vows, and pinned time, I walked back into the lobby and sat our family crest as tie tacks on each son as on a sofa. Bill walked in and sat on the sofa a commitment to live out a legacy of love. facing me. No one else was around, and he Now this coming year, we will have the joy simply asked, “So what did God speak to of officiating a marriage renewal ceremony you?” This handsome man wanted to know for those who choose to travel to Israel with something deep and important — that was us. The ceremony will be at the very place so refreshing! Jesus preformed his first miracle, at a wedAbout six weeks later, at the fall leaderding site at Canaan of Galilee. I anticipate ship conference, our paths crossed and the conversations deepened. We listened to a that we will be the first in line to lead out speaker giving a call to full-time ministry, in thanks to the God of love, for giving us and as we exited from opposite sides of the a love that has lasted a lifetime! “We love because He [God] first love us.” mega conference, God crossed our paths (1 John 4:19) again, and we listened to each other recount o our desire to serve God in full-time ministry. Bill and Pam Farrel have been married Then a few months later, we were at an38 years and are international speakers other conference, and before the conference and authors. Details at love-wise.com. began, Bill approached me and asked if I
By JOHN STONESTREET
What if a greater influence on a person’s faith isn’t the new atheist philosopher or liberal professor they encounter, but who they’re sleeping with? When the people of Israel entered the Promised Land, they were given many commands from God. One in particular is repeated over and over: “Do not intermarry with [the pagan peoples around you]. Do not give your daughters to their sons or take their daughters for your sons.” God spells out His reason for this command in Deuteronomy 7:3: “They will turn your sons away from following Me to serve other gods.”
This played out tragically in the life of King Solomon, whose pagan wives led him into idolatry, and ultimately contributed to the fracture of the kingdom. “Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers,” Paul reiterates in 2 Corinthians. Christian widows, he continues, are free to remarry, but “only in the Lord.” Now why am I talking about all this? Because sex has the power to shape our beliefs, and participating in the romantic and sexual practices of unbelievers can eventually wear down even the strongest faith. And if University of Texas sociology professor Mark Regnerus is right, the pattern that ruined Solomon is repeating itself in the American church today. Regnerus has spent years studying this topic and has just released a new book entitled, “Cheap Sex: The Transformation of Men, Marriage, and Monogamy.” Writing in the Washington Post, he summarizes one of his key findings: “Cheap sex…has a way of deadening religious impulses.” In the recent hubbub over millennials leaving the church and identifying as “spiritual but not religious,” Regnerus thinks we haven’t paid enough attention to how secular sexual practices “erode religious belief.” “It’s not science that’s secularizing Americans,” he concludes. “[I]t’s sex.” One of the main problems is that many young Christians aren’t following the rules that Moses and Paul taught. They’re dating extensively outside of the faith, which means they’re susceptible to trends in the wider “mating market.” And arguably the trend that’s most impacted how Americans
find love in the 21st Century is cohabitation. Regnerus describes the romantic life typical of many Christian young people: “They want love, like everybody else. They couple. Sex often follows, though sometimes after a longer period of time.” The Christian belief in saving sex for marriage erodes away due to the pounding cultural message “As long as we love each other, it’s OK.” Regnerus previously found that 90 percent of American young people will have sex before getting married, including a majority of Christian young people. Compromise here correlates with relaxed standards on other issues. Of Americans who regularly attend religious services, 23 percent say they’re unsure whether living together outside of marriage is immoral; 21 percent say they don’t know what they think of no-strings attached sex. One in four aren’t willing to condemn pornography. In fact, that last trend is especially severe. According to Yale sociologist Justin Farrell, evangelicals under 30 are consistently more permissive of pornography than their parents were. In light of all these numbers, is it any wonder that fewer and fewer young people are tying the knot, and are doing so later and later? Only 56 percent of never-married religious adults say they would prefer to be married. Demographer Steven Ruggles predicts that an unprecedented one in three 20-somethings will never say “I do.” And even more significant, many who don’t marry will cohabit or practice serial monogamy instead, both of which — unsurprisingly — predict a dropoff in church attendance. What emerges from Regnerus’ new research is a strong case that beliefs about God don’t just shape our behavior. Quite often, it’s our behavior shaping our beliefs about God. And as it turns out, that’s especially true of with whom we choose to be yoked. o John Stonestreet writes for Breakpoint.org.
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Tents, beds won’t solve homeless/addiction disaster Making the gospel message clear for everyone By MARY MORAN While providing three large tents in San Diego to shelter 600 or so homeless people is a good and noble gesture — and a step in the right direction — one more step is needed to truly solve the homeless/addiction disaster. This solution has to do with the mindset and patterns of a homeless/addicted person.
The key to overcoming homelessness is TRANSFORMATION. It is not enough to provide these folks with food and shelter. Homelessness is a mindset that deserves attentive counseling in order to resolve the unique mental issues associated with living on the streets and/or addiction to drugs and alcohol. Take East County Transitional Living Center (ECTLC) for example: When they admit a homeless/addicted person into their program, after three days that person is sent to a camp for 90 days in a secluded area of San Diego County. During the 90 days, these former homeless individuals become clean and sober. They are counseled to overcome the root of their addiction and homeless thoughtpatterns. They are fed the Word of Christ as a hope to cling to when times get tough. Most 12Step programs teach a "higher power" to which participants cling - ECTLC provides the Word of God as the answer to a new life. After 90 days, the program members transfer to the ECTLC campus in El Cajon. There they participate in the work therapy
program where they learn job skills that help them feel productive, build their confidence, and enhance their resume for future employment. By the way, the work therapy program funds 80 percent of ECTLC's operating costs. ECTLC receives no federal funding. Through the work therapy program, participants work at concession stands (Padres, NFL Experience at the Super Bowl, etc.), clear brush for defensible space and chipping, set up and break down city events such as the Mother Goose Parade, and clean trash from city streets. They also work catering, fast food, manufacturing, etc. ECTLC program members are given the opportunity to earn their High School Equivalency through the GED program. They are also enrolled into the job search program where they learn to develop their resume and apply for jobs, plus practice job interviews. After one year, most program members are ready to enter into their own apartment as employed, self-sufficient citizens — a life TRANSFORMED. So, while it is wonderful that shelter is being arranged for homeless people to come in off the streets, let’s also focus on one more step in order to break the corrosive generational patterns of homelessness and poverty. Homelessness is a solvable issue. The key is transformation. Let’s help raise up our homeless brothers and sisters to a new life of dignity and purpose as self-sufficient, tax-paying citizens. o Mary Moran is a volunteer at East County Transitional Living Center in El Cajon.
Looking at some amazing signs from heaven By JOSEPH WORTH The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they reveal knowledge. They have no speech, they use no words; no sound is heard from them. Yet their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world. (Psalm 19:1-4)
We are living in interesting and unprecedented times. As we make the seasonal transition from summer to fall, a change of seasons also appears at hand in the world as we know it. Some of these changes have been on display in our recent weather phenomena. Starting with the Aug. 21 eclipse that first revealed itself in Salem, Ore., we have experienced an intense pattern of signs in both the sky above and on the earth. As the sun was first being darkened in Salem, the
sun was a mere 10 minutes from setting 10 hours ahead in the city of JeruSALEM, the very place of Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection. The eclipse then proceeded to include six Salems in its 67-mile wide march across the United States. The word Salem means peace. The number seven is the number of completion. Could the seven Salems in this eclipse’s course be confirmation of the completion of God’s peace plan for the earth? Perhaps a period of economic prosperity and growth should then follow? "For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways," declares the LORD. Isaiah 55:8 Exactly seven days after the eclipse came a flood. Hurricane Harvey wasn’t even news on Aug. 21 as the eclipse darkened the center swath of the US, but by Friday the 25th it’s powerful eye was on Corpus Christi. A day later it parked itself over Houston. The Please turn to next page
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stopped by to see my friend Dan at his T-shirt shop. “How’s it going with the screen printing business?” Dan grinned up from his computer. “Really great. Lots of online orders from Christians.” “Like these over here?” I pointed to a stack of T-shirts. “What does this one mean? The globe with a rectangle around North Africa, the Arabian Peninsula, and most of Asia?” “That’s from a missions organization to remind people that almost 5 billion people live there, including most unreached people groups. They call it the 10/40 window, because it falls between those latitudes.” “I get it. How about this one that looks like a math problem: 220 X 40%? What does that mean?” “A woman who works with international students ordered those, hoping that people would ask her to explain: Of the 220 leaders of countries, 40% studied in the U.S. She hopes Christians will get to know local international students and invite them over for a meal. They may be future leaders of the world.” “I can see how people will ask about that. What’s this one with a graphic of very tall child, standing next to a very small adult?” “I had to ask about that one myself,” replied Dan. “An Awana leader ordered a bunch of them to represent that 88 percent of believers accept Christ before age 14, and only 12 percent after that.” “What a graphic way to remind us how important it is to reach those children. What about this one that looks like islands?” “OK, flip it over, and you’ll see that on the front it has some hands representing sign language, and says Cape Verde, and #5728?” “OK…” “A group called the Issachar Initiative
Bill’s Journey BILL SMITH has catalogued the 6,000 or so remaining unreached people groups. A church ordered these, because they have adopted the Cape Verde deaf community, who speak Portuguese sign language.” “I had no idea that someone had gotten down to that level of detail. Must have been an engineer!” “I bet he was. Here’s one of my favorites: See the dollar bill next to the giant stack of money?” “Yep. My income versus my expenses?” “Very funny. It is supposed to show that for every $100,000 earned by American Christians, $1 goes to unreached people groups.” “Yikes. A little hard to fulfill the Great Commission, if we keep that up.” “Well, God is still working mightily. Just got an order from e3 Partners, a group that sends short-term teams to partner with nationals to plant churches: Six Gospel presentations every minute. Two professions of faith every minute. One new church started every 10 minutes.” “That is a beacon of hope. What’s this graphic of a smiling guy with the red stain on his shirt? A martyr?” “Nah, that’s barbecue sauce, and the shirts are for the rib joint around the corner! You up for lunch?” o Bill Smith lives and writes allegories in Escondido.
Grace trumps shame . . .
Continued from page 2 fully received what I had been taught. Grace swept over me and unleashed its power connecting both with my head and my heart. The only way I can describe it is that grace is the gift of a big exhale. Holding one’s breath and waiting for what most certainly should come to receiving a “get free pass” that one would absolutely not expect. That grace moment propelled my life in a new direction. I confessed my sins, I cleaned up my act, and I charted a new course fanned by the winds of grace and truth spoken in love. My father was right, I did choose a hard path and there were struggles ahead, but when I look into my son’s beautiful eyes, I am so glad I made the right choice, after I made a wrong one. Through the years, and because of grace, I have served many unwed teen moms and even incarcerated moms, teaching them the lessons I have learned regarding truth and grace while spoken in love. Here is one of my mottos, which that I have shared weekly with the incarcerated moms: A leopard cannot change its spots, but I assure you that a caterpillar can turn into a butterfly. Grace has the power to change one within, which unleashes the feeling of freedom and propels one in a positive direction. Not the opposite. In our film, Because of Grácia, one of the
characters, Bobbi Ryan, faces a test similar to the one that Maddi Runkles and I, and millions of other young women, have faced. We also tell the story of another young woman, Grácia, who makes better choices. In both cases, God is glorified in the end because grace and mercy triumph over death and destruction — and while our paths may be easier when we make the right choices, God is there to gently restore when we stray. Publicly shaming Maddi Runkles and not allowing her to walk in her graduation ceremonies will not change anyone else for the better, just as having allowed her to participate in graduation ceremonies would not have likely prompted young girls to get pregnant. Shame didn’t teach me. Grace did. And I didn't learn grace by hearing about it, but by being the recipient of it. Maddi’s life may be far more difficult than her classmates who will wait and do things in God’s proper time and order. But letting them walk together could have been a God-honoring moment that communicated grace, not license to sin and a reminder that grace doesn't glorify sin, it simply covers it and glorifies God. o Angel Holscher Hatfield is executive producer of Because of Grácia, which released in theaters nationwide in September. This story provided by ASSIST News was originally published by Fox News.
Wow Jam in Escondido . . . Continued from page 1 lead events like this across the U.S. and internationally. Their web page states they’ve reached 1.3 million people and 447,275 have been saved through their Wow Jam events. The Wow Jam begins with two hours of secular pop music mixed with Christian songs, as well as giveaways and contests for singing and art with a $100 prize for each. Guests are given a packet that includes a Bible and information about every church participating, as well as a raffle ticket for big items like TVs, microwaves, dishes, bicycles, etc. The raffle begins about 3 p.m., Granger said. Meanwhile, the guests can visit 35 tents to receive information and services such as nail painting, face painting, eye exams, bicycle repair, and haircuts. There will also be hot meals, free groceries and plants given away. Churches are able to follow-up with visitors because one of the tents allows visitors to have a family photo taken – and later the portrait is delivered to the family’s home by a church. “That’s when the church rolls up its sleeves to bring people in and disciple,” Granger said. “This is also how we deal with homelessness, by meeting their needs,” the pastor added. “We’re after souls, and that’s achieved by practically impacting their lives.” The Wow Jam truck pulls up about 3 p.m. and the side opens into a stage, Granger said. There is preaching and an altar call from 3:30 to 4:40, and at 5 p.m., baptisms begin
at five portable pools. The event concludes at 6 p.m. However, there is a lot of work done prior to the event, including setting up the 35 tents. To coordinate, there’s a Friday evening kickoff event for all volunteers — essentially a pep rally, Granger said — where all volunteers are asked to attend. It will include worship but also practical logistical information for setup and worker training on Saturday morning. The rally will be held at Grace Church in San Marcos and begins at 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 13. “I have an easy motto,” Granger said. “Be flexible, be kind, and don’t lose your mind.” Granger said most of the services being provided are “covered” with volunteers, except there is a need for help with bike repair. Other North County churches supporting the outreach include Grace Church San Marcos, Pastor Brian Bauer; Grace Church Oceanside, Pastor Matthew Schlesinger; The Crossing Church, Pastor Billy Phipps; Victory Outreach Escondido, Pastor David Escovedo; The Father’s House, Pastor Dan Daugherty; One Eighty Church, Pastor Andrew Melendez; Reaching the Hungry, Pastor Carlos Sales; KSDW Radio, Jerry Langford; and Aglow International, Nancy Dennis, intercessory prayer leader. For information, to register to volunteer or to contribute, visit www.wowjam.com and click on the Escondido tab. Registration can also be done at the rally, Granger said.
Signs from heaven . . .
Continued from previous page name Harvey represents the words “battle worthy.” Corpus Christi is translated as “body of Christ.” Digging a little deeper, first came the emergence of light from the darkness with the sign in the skies of the eclipse on Aug. 21, then came the roaring of the hurricane on the 25th and flood that followed on the 26th. The name Luke means “bringer of light,” so perhaps using our dates in Luke reveals a few more signs of the times? Luke 21:25-26 reads “There will be signs in the sun, moon and stars. On the earth, nations will be in anguish and perplexity at the roaring and tossing of the sea. People will faint from terror, apprehensive of what is coming on the world, for the heavenly bodies will be shaken.” Perhaps God first gave us confirmation with Salem so we would have peace during this time of fear? The signs are in the heavens above and earth below. “Peace” should abide in the “body of Christ” upon whom God has His eye and hope should emerge from what feels like despair. But let’s take a moment to get back to the sun simultaneously setting in Jerusalem as the first of these signs appeared. What exactly is He saying in it all? The theme appears to be hope, but shaking in the natural also appears imminent. Birthing pangs come from tension. There is a tension between the spiritual and the natural and that tension appears to be growing. As I write, Hurricane Irma is bearing down on my home state of Florida. The majority of my family still resides in Florida and we are earnestly for a change of direction for the storm. In this process, the Lord led me to look up the meaning of the name Irma. I learned it translates as “world.” Without knowing the outcome of this
storm, its name feels connected to the bigger picture yet to emerge. While adding to the overall prophetic message of the signs, we find hope from above we all need for the days ahead. This is the message the heavens are declaring and the earth confirms as I read it. Harvey, Corpus Christi, the eclipse, Houston and Irma translate to: “My eye is on My battle worthy bride who is about to emerge from darkness and flood the world.” With what will the bride flood the world? “My love, hope and glory,” says the Lord. “For the creation waits in eager expectation for the children of God to be revealed.” (Romans 8:19) Let them wait no longer. Let the children of the Jerusalem above arise on the earth in such a time as this. o Joseph Worth lives in Carlsbad.
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Continued from page 1 2. The “Caddy,” a platform to carry all your items through sand or snow. 3. “Deluxe Caddy,” with a canopy which may carry a small child on the platform. 4. A “Picker” or “Grabber” with a third leg so it won’t fall to the ground. 5. The “Ultimate Organizer,” a stand for holding all your household items or whatever you’d like to hang on it. 6. The prayer box, which Chuck engraves himself. Though he is bound to his wheelchair 8090 percent of the time due to two vertebrae fractures and neuropathy, he says it doesn’t stop him from thinking. “God gives me my thoughts, and I don’t want to give up.” He stays busy creating, building, and sharing. With his work he hopes to give vets a hand-up, not a hand-down. He wants to give the lost a reason to be alive, to regain their self-esteem. One veteran he befriended is Ernesto. Once suicidal, Ernesto began talking and sharing with Chuck and even helped do some of the woodwork with him. Together they built a friendship and Ernesto has renewed hope — in life and in Jesus. Chuck says, “if someone doesn’t know the Lord, they will
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after talking with me.” Chuck and Eve met in church 22 years ago and currently attend New Song Church, where he and Eve have served in various ministries such as Mexico orphanages, jail ministry, and rehabilitation at Green Oaks Ranch. Eve also helps take care of infants during weekend church services, and has done therapy with children and miniature horses. Today, Chuck has started a 501c3 nonprofit organization called Building Up America. He wants to continue helping veterans. The Veterans Administration provided him with his wheelchair, ramp, and meds. He and Eve feel truly blessed by them and they would like to give back. With their work and inventions, and simple fellowship over coffee and donuts together, Chuck hopes to hear and share more stories. He says our country’s vets deserve to “have somebody take care of them.” He would like to provide jobs to help veterans gain self-esteem. The Millers are praying for a workspace and need at least 1,000 square feet to have enough room for manufacturing. Chuck can be contacted at buildingupamerica.com, or you can help financially at www.gofundme. com/thirdlegtool.
PJI defends street preacher, obtains justice in ‘Sin City’ A street preacher who faced up to six months in jail and/or a fine of up to $1,000 for exercising his First Amendment rights received justice recently when a local court dismissed his case. Ron Cardiel, a Washington state resident who frequently travels to Las Vegas to preach the gospel on the sidewalks of the famed Las Vegas Strip, was charged in April with violating a Clark County ordinance that prohibits obstruction of sidewalks. Cardiel — aka “Brother Ron” — was not actually standing on the sidewalk, but near it, contends the Pacific Justice Institute, which is defended the charges. “Pedestrians freely moved past him with ease, rarely if ever needing to sidestep around him,” said PJI President Brad Dacus. Still, an officer from the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department decided that because Cardiel was standing in one place instead of traversing the sidewalk, Cardiel was obstructing the sidewalk. The officer and three of his fellow officers ganged up on Cardiel and demanded that he move along. When Cardiel refused, correctly asserting that the sidewalk was a public forum where he was free to practice his First Amendment
freedoms of religion and free speech, the officer cited him for a misdemeanor. Cardiel sought help from the PJI, a nonprofit law firm devoted to defending religious liberties. PJI staff attorney Ray Hacke and affiliate attorney Day Williams flew to Las Vegas to defend Cardiel at his criminal trial, which was scheduled for Aug. 30 The ordinance under which Cardiel was cited was unconstitutionally vague and overbroad and it didn’t define what constitutes “obstruction” — leaving it to the eye of the beholding officer to enforce it in an arbitrary and discriminatory fashion, which is exactly what happened to Brother Ron. The ordinance was also overbroad because it effectively prohibited people from engaging in free speech on the sidewalks of the Strip. PJI consequently submitted a motion to the Las Vegas Regional Justice Center to dismiss Brother Ron’s case. The Clark County District Attorney ultimately moved for dismissal, which was granted, soon after the case was called. Dacus further encouraged street preachers nationwide to contact PJI if they find themselves in need of defense in criminal cases involving their First Amendment rights.
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“For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.” – Psalm 139:13 (NIV)
State Board of Nursing crushing women’s choices local doctor is making waves with a treatment for women who take the abortion pill RU-486 and regret their decision. RU-486 is two drugs that are typically taken one after the other. The first pill contains Mifepristone, which works to block Progesterone (a hormone that supports pregnancy) at the receptor level. The effect of the drug is the placenta will separate from the uterus lining, which causes the fetus to starve. The second pill contains Misoprostol which is used to induce labor. RU-486 has been approved up to the 10th week of pregnancy by the FDA for abortion since September 2000. RU 486 must be provided by a doctor. However, a movement is underway to make it available through telemedicine — like skyping with a doctor. The pills would then be express delivered in non-descript packaging. Abortion is already a traumatic experience. RU-486 is even more traumatic than a surgical abortion. RU-486 makes the woman the active agent in “performing” the abortion. Comparatively in a surgical abortion,
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RECLAIMING THE CULTURE OF LIFE JOSH MccLURE a physician is the active agent “doing” the abortion on the woman. Since the woman is the active agent in chemical abortion, her mind makes her more responsible for the life that is taken. Greater responsibility for the act makes a big difference in coping with regret and challenges to the justification or reasoning she made for taking the life of her child. She is sent home with two pills to deliver a dead fetus on her own. RU-486 can take more than two days to complete. A surgical abortion procedure takes about 10 minutes. The woman has a lot more time to think about the process taking place inside. One of San Diego’s finest doctors, George Delgado at Culture of Life Family Services (COLFS) has developed a treatment to reverse RU-486 if the woman has taken the first pill and regrets it. Time is of the essence. If she can get in to see a physician quickly enough, a series of doses of Progesterone can flood the body and counteract the effect of Mifepristone. More than 300 success cases have been recorded that this treatment is effective. Dr. Matt Harrison is the associate medical director of the organization promoting this new treatment. “Abortion Pill Reversal is a process that I feel was presented to me as an answer to prayer when a scared young pregnant woman came to me in 2006 desiring reversal of her RU-486 chemical abortion,” Harrison said. “She heroically accepted the risks of this new treatment and supported her baby throughout her pregnancy with progesterone injections. She delivered a healthy baby girl who is still healthy and growing at 8 years of age. APR has been a real life giving force in my practice and my Please turn to page 10
Out of Detroit: Adlai Mack’s inspiring story 80s. The young pastor was deeply troubled by the untold thousands (now millions) of God’s pursuit of Adlai Mack began when unborn babies being slaughtered in the name he was just 4 years old. He remembers the of “choice.” Along with a team of about 20 Holy Spirit descending on him as his older friends and supporters, the pastor compassister read Genesis out loud. Later, when sionately shared with young women on the public sidewalks outside he was 10, Mack recounted of some of the well-known a black missionary from abortion clinics around San Africa showing him before Diego. and after pictures of people The group’s mission was healed by the power of God. to persuade some of these At 12, the Spirit fell on women to forego their deciMack during water baptism, sion to abort their babies. and when he was 13, his Mack estimated that over Great Aunt Pearl shared a period of 18 years, they the gospel with him where convinced more than 2,000 he officially gave his heart women to forego their aborto Christ. tions. The pastor still has Mack remembers his first documentation to support sermon in public speaking Pastor Adlai Mack this amazing claim. class at junior high school During these years, Mack and his friends in Detroit. He recounted these life-changing experiences and even known gang members were subjected to more than 100 threats were touched by his speech that day. By the and more than a dozen attempts of physical time Mack was 18, he was preaching every assault. Obviously, this caused the group day in schools, prisons, streets and bars all much angst, but in light of their success in rescuing so many babies, it was a small price across Detroit. Academically, Mack was recognized as an to pay. Because of their efforts, ultimately honor student at Mumford High School. His 18 local abortion clinics were voluntarily academic recognition ultimately gained him closed down over that 18-year period. Due to health concerns, Mack was forced to admittance into Princeton University in New Jersey. He graduated from the prestigious Ivy stop his pro-life activity about four years ago. Mack always welcomes new friends and League school in 1976, and in the fall of that same year, Mack attended Gordon Conwell attendees to Christians United, which is in Seminary in New England. His graduation the process of looking for a new location in from the seminary in 1979 officially ushered Southeast San Diego. Contact the church at the young man’s entrance into the pastorate. (619) 527-4905. o In the early 1980s, Mack felt a strong Author J. Lambert is a North County calling to San Diego. He moved here and became pastor of the Christian Fellowship resident. Congressional Church in Southeast San Diego. In September 1984, Mack started Support a new church in the same area, Christians Please, if you want to do something to help keep United in the Word of God Church. Good News, Etc. effective, you can do two things: Mack had been involved in the pro-life 1. Pray for the newspaper. 2. Support our advertisers. movement since the mid-70s, yet he felt Thank you! – The Publishers impressed to double his efforts in the early By J. LAMBERT
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“King David also ordered the… singers into an orchestra, and they played loudly and joyously…” – 1 Chron. 15:16 (TLB)
Jean Shen’s explains the ‘Art of Prophesy’
ean Shen is skilled in the “art” of prophesying, literally. Where others may proclaim God’s plans through their keyboards or spoken or sung declarations, this talented painter, calligrapher and UCSD art instructor is mastering the art of the prophetic brush stroke. An ordained minister through Third Day Churches, and author of The Rising Up of the Warrior Bride of Christ, A Prophetic Journey, Shen was born into a pastor’s family in Manila. She became born again through an Intervarsity Christian Fellowship retreat while a student at the University of the Philippines. After receiving her master’s degree in education at the Claremont Graduate School and University Center in Pomona, Jean married Peter Shen and became the first person to introduce Chinese brush painting and calligraphy to San Diego. Much of this was launched as a result of her teaching this ancient art at the UCSD Extension for more than 20 years. While the road to her present ministry and calling has been strewn with brokenness, both externally imposed and self-imposed, God has used Jean’s penchant for prophetic art to heal her broken spirit, mind, heart, and marriage. One day, in April of 1993, Jean heard God say to her, “I want you to be My court painter. I will provide for your every need.” Beyond using her paintings for healing her own brokenness, she found God’s larger purpose in crafting them. “This prophetic art He gives me is meant to speak to the church; the bride of Christ, calling her to rise up and be whom she is meant to be.” God’s continued theme of “rising up,” has not only impacted Jean’s personal life, but it has impacted the ongoing message within her paintings. In 2001, Dr. Chuck Pierce, an internationally recognized prophetic voice, wrote about Jean’s book: The Rising Up of the Warrior Bride of Christ, A Prophetic Journey. “There is a war rising in the earth realm,” said Pierce. “However, there is a Bride arising that will confront the forces of the adversary. This is a wonderful book that will help you picture the Bride readying herself for the future.” “Today, we are seeing the maturing of the bride to where there is so much more passion for Jesus and depth and understanding of who she is as the Bride of Christ. She is stepping out now to fight darkness,” said Shen. When asked to offer spiritual insights from a few of her 34 prophetic paintings done since 1993, Jean replied, “Holy Spirit tells me what to paint, when to paint, and gives me the verses for them.”
PRAISE REPORT CAZ TAYLOR “God is so involved with our nation and our government,” explained the prophetic artist, “that in 2004, I heard Him say that I was to do a painting for Washington D.C., and for a president who would someday fly high to meet with Him. Thus, I was led to paint a work titled ‘Soaring Eagle.’ I donated a life-sized print of this painting to the ministry of Pat Chen, who started a prayer room back in 2005. The site was called ‘The Secret Place’ and it was located on Capitol Hill, in Washington D.C. This became a site where governmental and church leaders could meet with Him. “In 2006, I heard the Lord confirm to me that ‘The Soaring Eagle,’ along with its accompanying scripture of Jeremiah 33:3 was seeded into the ground on Capitol Hill and is being watered day and night by the prayers of the saints.” This verse in Jeremiah instructs, “Call to Me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.” But Shen’s prophetic depictions not only speak of this nation but also all the nations of the world. In 2004, Jean was brought to New York City to be a part of a 24-hour fasting and prayer event for the United Nations. “In the 23rd hour, I received a vision of a child sitting on Jesus’ lap as He holds the world in His hands, and they are talking in the midst of a whirlwind. This year, it seems that God is interested to tackle the U.N. using the painting that He gave me in 2004. The whirlwind is what the U.N. is like— full of contention and anger.” So, the question should be asked, how might the Lord use this painting in the years 2017 and 2018? In the past 15 months, Jean has been intensely in what she calls “the Holy Spirit school of the overcomer.” Within this timeframe, she has been diagnosed with cancer. “I have a double duty now,” said Jean. “I am instructed to trust and rest in the finished work of Jesus and at the same time to do what Jesus says we are to do — to take authority over diseases, heal the sick, and cast out demons. He declares that we will do greater works than He did. I am being trained over and over not to give in to fear and worries, but to learn to sit in Jesus’ lap as that little child listening to His voice in the midst of a whirlwind.” Please turn to next page
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God is calling His scribes, not as a hobby By BRAE WYCKOFF If you are called to write, then most likely you have been feeling a stronger than normal desire to do so within the past year. That is because God has been stirring His scribes to awaken and release what He has placed within them. I’ve seen it as director of Kingdom Writers Association (KWA) in San Diego.
In December 2015, God spoke to me and said, “Gather my scribes and give me room to speak to them.” In January 2016, I placed a Facebook post on my page to see who wanted to get together. Five people showed up that first meeting — two of which were my wife and me. I wasn’t discouraged by the turnout but instead excited. This was that small cloud in the sky — like we read in 1 Kings 18. I knew it had begun. The numbers doubled each month, and now we have more than 125 Kingdom Writers within our association. We are seeing people get the breakthrough they need and stepping into their calling to write. Recently, one person came to me and said, “I’ve started writing again.” She went on to explain that more than 40 years ago in high school, someone stole her poetry book, and since then she stopped writing because of the pain of the loss. The enemy stole her writing voice, but God is restoring that and she is now writing once again. She’s not the only one. We hear story after story about breakthrough and restoration since coming to our monthly meetings. God is breathing on the scribes like never before all around the world, and there is a movement in our city. I personally had an Isaiah 6:8 moment, “Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, ‘Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?’” And I said, “Here am I. Send me!” God asked me to gather the scribes and give Him room to speak to them and that is what we have been doing and will continue to do. Our monthly gatherings take place on the second Saturday of each month, 8:30-11:30 a.m. We encourage, empower, and equip those who come. Each meeting, God shows up in big ways to further His Kingdom. “Writing is not a hobby” at KWA. This is something that God prompted me to continue to promote in our meetings. Our words are powerful and just by saying this simple
phrase, people have turned a corner in their writing and are grasping the gravity of their assignment to produce excellent writing that will affect His Kingdom. Over the years of writing and talking with other writers, there is a sense that we need to isolate, that we need to find a dark cave and not come out until we have something to show for it. Well, God is showing us that it is not a time to isolate but instead to gather and write in groups and encourage one another. In Mark 6:7, it states “Calling the Twelve to him, he began to send them out two by two and gave them authority over impure spirits.” In reading this scripture I felt a nudge from the Lord to suggest that writers go out two by two and write together. This didn't mean to write the same project together but write in the company of one another. Write together at a coffee shop, a park, or whatever location is agreed upon. There is something that happens when you write with a buddy, much like having a workout partner— it motivates you to go. In a workout scenario, you go the gym together and you each do your own workout routine. Similarly, when writing, you gather together, each writing your own work, yet strengthened by one another. In addition, Matthew 18:20 comes into play. "For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them." You will find that you will write with a different authority. As you write side-by-side with a fellow believer, you will experience more clarity and write with more confidence. Jesus is in your midst! And where Jesus abounds, that demon called Writer’s Block has to flee! It is time, scribes! This is your time. Don’t delay. Step out into the calling God placed inside of you and fully embrace your design. We invite you to come out to our gatherings and be encouraged. Come and be filled with joy, jump start your calling, and walk out your purpose, fully restored. God wants to speak with you and He will. Your story is a bright light waiting to reveal the glory of God to a dark world. Our next gathering is Oct. 14 at the River Family Church, 390 Mimosa Ave, Vista. Doors open at 8:30 a.m. o Information is at www.KingdomWriters Association.com or go to the Facebook group page, San Diego Kingdom Writers Association.
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Author Del Hermosura’s newly released book offers an effective way to study the Bible. The Chula Vista resident said, “Studying the Bible does not need to be a sleepy struggle. Treasure the Treasure shows readers how to study the Bible in a fun way.” Hermosura holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and manages a small engineering team. He grew up in Southern California and has been involved in youth ministry for more than 30 years in various capacities. He and his wife regularly contribute to their church’s Friday night inner-city youth ministry. “The Bible is a wonderful treasure from God that provides many benefits to its readers. Mining the truths of the Bible does not have to be complicated or boring,” the author said. “Bible study really can be fun and effective.” Treasure the Treasure can be purchased at bookstores, or online at Amazon.com or Barnes and Noble — or visit treasurethetreasure.com. +++ Most of us are on our phones or computers way more than we’d like to be — and more than what’s even beneficial. We know that overuse of technology is harmful to our health and relationships, but how can we rewire our digital habits for a healthier life? In Calm, Cool, and Connected, Arlene Pellicane will walk you through an easy five-step plan that will help you center your
Christian films continue strong showing for fall life on Jesus and love others by cutting back on your screen time. The San Diego author and speaker shares a few easy habits into your daily routine, so you can transform your relationship with technology and enjoy more time with God and others. The book was released in September and is available through amazon.com or visit her web page, arlenepellicane.com. +++ Janene Roberts of San Diego has a new book, The Fruit of the Spirit Paper Doll Book – Anna Maria. The book is based on the Galatians 5:22-23. It is an interactive book for girls ages 5-12 and women who remember playing with paper dolls as kids. The author said it’s a great teaching tool for churches to show children about the different fruits of the Holy Spirit. Anna Maria is a representation of the first fruit of the spirit — love. Roses are her favorite flower. Owners of the book can cut out her figure and outfits. Her clothes feature her in to places like the park, museums and excursions with friends and family accompanied with short stories. One outfit is reserved for the participant to make their own dress. Future books will feature the rest of the fruits of the spirit. There will be one book and doll for each of the fruits. The book is available at amazon.com. o This column aims to note local authors. Send suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
ust like our long run of unpredictable weather, we’ve had a long run of unpredictable movies in the theaters this summer. Now studios are gearing up for the heavy weight Oscar potentials, and very soon it will be a challenge to see them all. I was excited to see Rebel in the Rye, the biopic of legendary author J.D. Salinger who wrote The Catcher in the Rye book. Danny Strong directs from a script by him and Kenneth Slawenski, adapted from Slawenski’s book J.D. Salinger: A Life. Nicholas Hoult as J.D. Salinger and Kevin Spacey as Whit Burnett portray these characters well in there struggle between teacher and student and mentor and friend. It’s an interesting and well done film. We have many faith based and interesting films coming soon. So far, Stronger is one of my favorites of the year. Jake Gyllenhaal takes on the role of Jeff Bauman and his inspirational and heroic true-life story of the man whose iconic photo from the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing captured the hearts of the world. It became the symbol of hope following the infamous bombing where he lost both legs. The film is rated R for language throughout, some graphic injury images, and brief sexuality/ nudity. Honestly, I barely noticed any of that. The drama of Jeff trying to keep living, having a girlfriend that sometimes didn’t help him, and just watching, wondering if he wanted to live or die. He deserves an Oscar this year for his convincing role. Tatiana Maslany also has a great performance as Erin, his ex-girlfriend right before the bombing. Author Charles Martin is a believer. His novel The Mountain Between Us is now a movie starring Kate Winslet and Idris Elba. Stranded after a tragic plane crash, two strangers must forge a connection to survive the extreme elements of a remote snow-covered mountain. When they realize help is not coming, they embark on a perilous journey across hundreds of miles of wilderness, pushing one another to endure
FRESH LEMONS DIANA SAENGER and discovering strength they never knew possible. The film opens Oct. 6. Following The Gospel of John and The Gospel of Mark, the third installment in the renowned Gospel film series, The Gospel of Luke, arrives on DVD, Digital HD, and On Demand on Oct. 17 from Lionsgate. This third book in the New Testament comes alive for the first time with a unique, word-forword adaptation that uses the gospel narrative as its script. Shot on location in Morocco with consultation from expert theologians and biblical scholars, it’s produced by the Lumo Project. The Gospel series was given the Dove Faith Friendly Seal for 12+. The Gospel of Luke, more than any other, fits the category of ancient biography. Luke — as “narrator” — sees Jesus as the Savior of all people, always on the side of the needy and the deprived. Narrated in the NIV by British actor Richard E. Grant and in the KJV by Sir Derek Jacobi, this epic production — featuring specially constructed sets and the authentic countryside of Morocco — has been critically acclaimed by leading religious scholars as a unique and highly authentic telling of Jesus’ story. Organizers of the third annual GI Film Festival San Diego announce a special free preview screening of DreamWorks Pictures’ Thank You for Your Service on Thursday, Oct. 19 at 7:30 p.m. at the Regal Carlsbad 12. The film stars an ensemble cast; Miles Teller, Haley Bennett, Joe Cole, Amy Schumer, Beulah Koale, Scott Haze, Keisha CastleHughes, Brad Beyer, Omar J. Dorsey, and Jayson Warner Smith. The movie, based on the bestselling book by Pulitzer Prizewinning reporter and author David Finkel, follows U.S. soldiers returning from Iraq who struggles to integrate back into family and civilian life, while living with the memory of a war that threatens to destroy them long after they’ve left the battlefield. Jason Hall, who wrote the screenplay of American Sniper, makes his directorial debut with Thank You for Your Service and also serves as its screenwriter. One movie definitely not to see is Mother. Visit my website to find out why! o Find Diana Saenger’s reviews and interviews at www.reviewexpress.com.
The Praise Report . . . Continued from previous page To find out more about Jean Shen›s books, prophetic art, and vision, go to www.jbrushwork.com. o Bible teacher and videographer Caz Taylor has authored David’s Tabernacle and Jew Plus Gentile: One New Man/One New Bride, both available at www.Amazon.com.
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9:30 a.m., “Revival to Reformation” with Kris Vallotton hosted by several North County churches families and ministries, held at: Grace Vineyard, Oceanside, 760-434-1234. 2 p.m., Ed Kalnins, Cloud 9 Worship Center, Spring Valley, 619-479-5012. 6 p.m., National City Festival of Life, (through 10/6), free community event, evangelist Jonathan Shuttlesworth, held at: Kimball Park, Naitonal City,619-876-7552, . 6:30 p.m., Secret Keeper Girl Purple Party event, ages 7-12, Calvary Chapel, Oceanside, tickets, 760-754-1234.
7 p.m., Gospel meeting with Wayne Fussell, A Series of Sermons, El Cajon Church of Christ, El Cajon, 619-277-0209.
6 p.m., Pregnancy Resource Center of Vista Annual Gala, Sheraton Hotel, Carlsbad, 760-945-4673. 7 p.m., Gospel meeting with Wayne Fussell, A Series of Sermons, El Cajon Church of Christ, El Cajon, 619-277-0209.
11:30 a.m., Golf Tournament benefitting CAPS Pregnancy Clinic, Maderas Golf Course, Poway, to register 619-337-8080. 7 p.m., Gospel meeting with Wayne Fussell, A Series of Sermons, El Cajon Church of Christ, El Cajon, 619-277-0209.
5:30 p.m., Culture of Life “Pro Life is Good” Gala and Live Auction, keynote speaker Raymond Arroyo, held at Rancho Bernardo Inn, San Diego, 760-294-6114. 6 p.m., Gospel meeting with Wayne Fussell, A Series of Sermons, El Cajon Church of Christ, El Cajon, 619-277-0209.
10:30 a.m., Gospel meeting with Wayne Fussell, A Series of Sermons, El Cajon Church of Christ, El Cajon, 619-277-0209. 10:30 a.m., Special guests Brandon & Kendra Kertson, Director of Chi Alpha Campus Ministries worship leaders, Harvest Time Church, El Cajon, 619-588-9912. 6 p.m., Classes on sharing Messiah Yeshua with the Jewish people, 8404 Phyllis Pl., Prayer Room, San Diego, 858-366-2088.
9:30 a.m., Teacher training class, special Fall lesson, Child Evangelism Fellowship, La Mesa,619-469-8593. 6 p.m., National Christian College Fair, The Rock Church, San Diego, 619-226-7625. 12 p.m., Men with A Purpose luncheon, guest speaker, held at Double Tree Hotel, San Diego, reservations, www.mwapsd.org.
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7 p.m., Jeremy Camp: The Answer Tour, Balboa Theatre, San Diego,619-570-1100.
second annual Survivors leaders panel, Church of the Nazarene, San Diego, 619-287-3211.
including elder abuse and child abuse, Ascension Catholic Church, San Diego, 858-775-4828.
5 p.m., Fall Festival, food and craft booths, Guardian Angels Church, Santee, 858-216-5796. 6 p.m., Bilateral Safety Corridor Coalition Casablanca fund-raiser, proceeds to to support human trafficking victim services, San Diego Central Library, rsvp @ inofbsccinfo.org, 619-477-9339.
8:30 a.m., Kingdom Writers Association workshop, River Family Church, Vista, www.kingdomwritersassociation.com 12 p.m., Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church, 130th. Church Anniversary “Family First in Faith” Anniversary Luncheon, held at: Doubletree by Hilton hotel, San Diego, for tickets, 619-232-0510. 2 p.m., Fall Festival, food and craft booths, Guardian Angels Church, Santee, 858-216-5796. 5 p.m., Healing Service, Spanish speaking, St. John’s Episcopal, Chula Vista, 619-422-4141. 6 p.m., Su Refugio Ministries Dinner & Silent Auction, “Taking the Fight from the Battlefield to the Mission Field: Caring for Orphans and Widows,” held at: Escondido Lexus Centre, RSVP only, 858-382-6145. 6 p.m., Guest Abner Suarez, Cloud 9 Worship Center, Spring Valley, 619-479-5012.
7:30 a.m., American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk, registration at 6:30 a.m.,Balboa Park, San Diego, 619-682-7422. 9:30 a.m., 130th Church Anniversay Worship Celebration, Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church, San Diego, 619-232-0510. 9:30 a.m., Fall Festival, food and craft booths, Guardian Angels Church, Santee, 858-216-5796. 10 a.m., Guest Abner Suarez, Cloud 9 Worship Center, Spring Valley, 619-479-5012. 11 a.m., Revival meeting with evangelist Terry Carter, Bethany Assembly of God, South San Diego, 619-423-0661.
7 p.m., Revival meeting with evangelist Terry Carter, continues through 18th), Bethany Assembly of God, South San Diego, 619-423-0661.
6:30 p.m., Pregnancy Care Clinic Annual Fundraising Banquet, guest speaker Lila Rose, held at Town and Country Resort, Mission Valley, rsvp only for reservations, 619-442-4357. 6:30 p.m., Churches Against Trafficking (CAT)
Oct. 6- Nov. 19, Lamb’s PLayers Theatre presents “Smoke on the Mountain”, Coronado,619-437-6000. Oct. 20-29, CCT presents “Junie B. Jones”, the Musical, CPMA Theater, San Diego, 619-588-0206. Oct. 20-29, CCT presents “Addams Family”, Joan B. Kroc Theater, San Diego, 619-588-0206. Nov. 3-12, CCT presents “Elf Jr. the Musical”, Mater Dei Theater, Chula Vista, 619-588-0206. Dec. 1-30, Lamb’s Players Theatre presents “Festival of Christmas”, Coronado, 619-437-6000.
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6 p.m., Silent Voices “Life is Beautiful” Annual Banquet. Guest Speaker Comedian Nazareth, held at Clairemont Emmanuel Baptist Church. Register (619)422-0757. 9 a.m., Gateways presents “Faith, Freedom and Public Schools” seminar for public school educators, held at The Rock Church, San Diego, info (858) 353-0634, to register: www.sdrock. com/events/18419. 9:30 a.m., Propel Women Activate Event, guest speakers include Christine Caine, Lisa Bevere and Lisa Harper, held at The Rock Church, San Diego, tickets 619-226-7625. 6 p.m., Reason’s to Believe, San Diego Chapter, New Life Presbyterian Church, La Mesa, 858945-7394. 10 a.m., 14th Annual Fall Festival, PLNU, San Diego, 619-849-2200.
6 p.m., Classes on sharing Messiah Yeshua with the Jewish people, 8404 Phyllis Pl., Prayer Room, San Diego, 858-366-2088.
9:30 a.m., Teacher training, Fall lesson, Child Evangelism Fellowship, La Mesa,619-469-8593.
6 p.m., Preventing Domestic Violence seminar,
3 p.m., Family Fun Harvest Festival, free event including bounce houses, games, Parkway Hills Church, Chula Vista, 619-656-3697. 10:30 a.m., Guest Evangelists Johnny and Ruth Larring from Norway, Harvest Time Church, El Cajon, 619-588-9912. 6 p.m., 2nd Half Ministries, multi-church music chorale groups, Harvest Time Church, El Cajon 619-588-9912. 6 p.m., Movie release “My Divine Encounter with God”, 8404 Phyllis Pl., Prayer Room, San Diego, 858-366-2088.
5 p.m., HARVESTFEST 2017, free family event, fun activities, Harvest Time Church, El Cajon, 619-588-9912. 6 p.m., Family Fall Festival, FREE community event, Family Health Center of SD, Spring Valley, 619-515-2300.
10 a.m., Creation Day Family Festival, “Made in His Image, held at Creation & Earth History Museum, Santee, CreationSD.org, 619-599-1104. 6:30 p.m., Turning Point Pregnancy Resource Center banquet, keynote speaker: David Bereit, at San Diego Marriott, Del Mar, to rsvp 858-397-1970.
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Debate: ‘Does Atheism make sense of reality?’
More than 200 adults and young adults crowded the room at Parma Payne Goodall Alumni Center at San Diego State University on the evening of Sept. 26 in a debate, “Does Atheism Make Any Sense of Reality.” The participants were Dan Barker, atheist author and co-president of the Freedom From Religion Foundation; and Christian apologist Dr. Andy McIntosh, professor of thermodynamics, who was visiting from the UK. Barker, whose opening 30-minute presentation included many out-of-context scriptural references that described the anger of God. “I read the Bible all the time,” he said. “It’s not about the Bible. The God of this Bible is not good. He’s depraved, jealous and unjust. Religion is a disease in our society.” Barker gave his definition of atheism as an absence of belief in God. He added, “To experience the natural world without any lens.” Barker graduated from Azusa Pacific University and for 19 years served as pastor, musician and evangelist until 1984, when his belief pivoted to no belief. “It took about 3-4 years and I popped out the other end and said that was enough,” Barker responded after the event. McIntosh is a visiting research professor of thermodynamics at Leeds, UK, and adjunct professor at Mississippi State University. He is author of Genesis for Today, and has debated against atheism — and on the evidence for creation and design — with a number of well-known atheists. “It is about science, and there’s a big disagreement when it comes to origins and design,” McIntosh said. That’s when the Christian apologist explained, “God is a Spirit and those who worship Him must do so in Spirit.” The debate was sponsored by a campus club, Apna Hope. Here are responses from some of the people who attended: • Ken Willadsen, 43, said he came to the debate because he’s always pursing the truth. He brought three of his four sons so they
could hear different viewpoints. He felt Dr. McIntosh “won” the debate. “I believe he had convincing arguments that the complex, sophisticated systems seen throughout biological systems requires a designer.” • Adrian Johnson, 39, said he came to support “reason science and secular values.” He felt Barker “took” the debate. “Mr. McIntosh’s ‘evidence’ for the existence of god was not convincing. I think if there was any evidence for God, it would be demonstrated and explained in science and explained in text books.” He added, “I always knew the Bible was bad, but did not know it was that bad!” • Brennan Jones, 16, came so he could get extra credit for a class. “Dr. McIntosh won because he used science to back his claims up,” he said. “I still 100 percent believe there is a God.” • Keith Scott, 41, said he attended to expose his teenage son to the arguments both for and against the existence of God, including underlying assumptions. “Dr. McIntosh proposed real scientific evidence for the existence of God, while Mr. Barker rambled on emotionally. Mr. Barker failed to address the debate question and failed to acknowledge that he had to “borrow” from a theistic worldview for his platform.” • Gracie Castello, 16, said she came to get a fair comparison from two strong-minded opposing biases. “Though Mr. Barker made some interesting statements, he completely missed the mark of what he was supposed to be discussing. He spent all his time trying to throw the Bible into the gutter. Dr. McIntosh properly answered and convinced me that the universe could not come about from the facts discovered by atheism.” “My mind and heart has remained unchanged in the existence of God and that atheism is a state of mind and not an explanation.” • Michael Sexton, 59, said he felt McIntosh “won” the debate because he makes sense of reason. “It’s sad to see Mr. Barker, an highly intelligent person, miss an opportunity to know God. Well, he will See God when he dies, whenever that will be.”
Christian apologist Dr. Andy McIntosh, left, makes a point to Dan Barker during debate.
San Diegans reaching out with hurricane relief As hurricanes Harvey, Irene and Marie wreck havoc in Houston, Florida and the Caribbean, San Diego churches, ministries and individuals are showing compassion by offering their resources. Many suggest giving to organizations like Samaritan’s Purse, Convoy of Hope and the Salvation Army, but some churches and ministries have coordinated efforts to reach out as a group. Examples include St. Stephen’s Church of God in Christ, Rock Church, and Morris Cerullo Ministries. St. Stephens was selected as a “Regional Harvey Recovery Center” by the International Churches of God in Christ, and coordinated a Super Saturday of Giving on Sept. 16-17. Funds were donated and supplies — food and clothing, diapers and more — were loaded to help those in desperate need of support, Bishop Gorge D. McKinney said. Elder Joseph Baker can be contacted at (619) 262-2671 about how people can continue to help. Rock Church, San Diego’s largest evangelical church, not only helped with financial support, but also sent its Disaster Response Teams to Houston and Florida. The church is also seeking more volunteers for any local disasters, or where it can serve in other areas. Morris Cerullo Ministries partnered with
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Pro-life column . . .
Continued from page 6 outlook on pro-life medicine. Dr. Delgado’s vision of a global network to support women who regret their abortions has been a real inspiration to me in my everyday practice of medicine.” Abortion Pill Reversal is already being implemented in 350 clinics and practices in the U.S. and around the world. The movement is growing, and this procedure is earning the respect of physicians as more and more success stories are reported. On July 28, the California Board of Nursing approved a training seminar provided by Heartbeat International for nurses to learn about abortion pill reversal, and earn credit for continuing education. Less than a month later on Sept. 5, the Board of Nursing caved to pro-abortion pressure and demanded Heartbeat International to remove the Abortion Pill Reversal training from their continuing education course. Pro-abortion advocates are desperate to discredit and prevent abortion pill reversal from becoming mainstream. To do otherwise would constitute an admission that women regret abortion. “Every nurse needs to know the truth about abortion—including the truth that a woman can change her mind in some cases even after the abortion has begun,” said Heartbeat International President JorEl Godsey said. The California Board of Nursing’s suspension of a course designed to train nurses in this process, “… is a naked political assault on a procedure that is the very essence of choice,” Godsey said. You can learn more at www.abortionpillreversal.com. o Josh McClure is executive director of East County Pregnancy Care Clinic.
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Blind wrestler . . .
Continued from page 1 Jiu Jitsu International Federation World house — but suddenly he was unable to work. Championship in the white belt division, and “I felt hate, bitterness, resentment — repeated in 2016 in the purple belt division. and was not doing very well!” he said. “I Jiu Jitsu is a form of Judo that is more questioned God — How did you allow this ground fighting, giving Mata the opportunity to happen? to feel his opponent. “I had a void, an emptiness, and pushed “Technique is the key,” Mata explained, others away. I was isolated, and the devil adding that San Diego is a mecca for Jiu likes us that way. I gave up, and believed I Jitsu — with more champions than Brazil, had a dismal destiny.” where it became famous. He began partying and drinking alcohol His opponents always start with an advanto excess. Then cocaine. tage, since when the wrestlers face off they “Partying wasn’t doing it, but it’s what I are not touching. That often means points did,” he said. “Doing something over and for the opponent for a takedown. over with the same results – a hangover – is “Then I can go to work,” Mata said, “beinsanity.” cause I can feel the opponent. I sometimes So he fell into deep depression and began intentionally put myself in a bad position so I to search for the purpose of life. One night can turn things around. I’m still learning. I’m in his bathroom — hung over — he decided always visualizing what he may be doing.” he needed to do something Mata has been known to different. successfully grab for someone He went to a center in Los arm or leg as the opponent is Angeles to learn how to cope making a move! with being blind, and was Is there any wrestling adinvited to a Bible study. “I vantage to being blind? Mata listened close at the study, but said the only thing might be couldn’t really grasp how my that there is no pre-fight inlife related to the Bible.” timidation. In fact, others may Later, his parents invited him become over-confident seeing to church. a wrestler with dark glasses “The pastor was younger and a hoover cane. than me, so I was skeptical,” However, on the mat it’s Mata said, “but I listened to Mata who is often the most Jeff Mata his message, that we are each aggressive. He may be blind, an instrument of the Lord. It was like he but he’s often the one that seems to be chaswas speaking directly to me, and was one ing his opponent. of those ‘ah ha’ moments. Size also doesn’t matter. He weighs in “I kept coming back and got clarity. In at about 160 pounds, but he often fights in August 2013, the message hit home and open weight class. His heaviest opponent has penetrated my heart. Hate became joy when been someone more than 300 pounds — and I gave my life to God, and I discovered that it ended in a stalemate. when one door closes, three will open. Wrestling a 300-pounder is nothing com“I gave up my old life for a more fulfilling pared to doing it blind. life, and the Holy Spirit flowed through me. “There’s no obstacle that cannot be over“I knew I couldn’t see again, but I was come,” Mata said. “I’ve gained new vision content. It’s been a blessing in disguise, and I on how precious it is to have Jesus Christ can do things I couldn’t do previously – like in my life.” speaking here and at FCA groups.” He attends River of Faith Church in Mira He has spoken to numerous high school Mesa, where his father is a pastor. He is chapters of the Fellowship of Christian finishing his studies at Cal State San Marcos Athletes and loves to share his story to as a business major. He met his girlfriend inspire others. at Miramar College when she volunteered “If it’s not God’s will, it’s not the way,” to take notes in his math class. His life plan he said. “We each have a purpose in life.” after college includes business consulting God also gave him a new passion, the Jiu — but said pastoring would be considered Jitsu form of wrestling. if that’s where the Lord leads. Mata started his Brazilian Jiu Jitsu career Mata lives at home with his parents and in 2012, and he has competed at various gets around through his family and a support competitions. He took gold in the 2013 Sport team. His web page is jeffmata.com.
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Churches prep for Operation Christmas Child
Operation Christmas Child collects shoebox gifts — filled with school supplies, hygiene items, notes of encouragement, and toys — and delivers them to children in need around the world to demonstrate God’s love in a tangible way. For many of these children, the gift-filled shoebox is the first gift they have ever received. Operation Christmas Child is a project of Samaritan's Purse, an international Christian relief and evangelism organization headed by Franklin Graham. Samaritan's Purse works in more than 100 countries to provide aid to victims of war, disease, disaster, poverty, famine and persecution. In 2017, Operation Christmas Child hopes to collect enough shoebox gifts to reach 12 million children. Since 2010, more than 11 million children who have received a shoebox gift have participated in The Greatest Journey, a 12-lesson discipleship program. Children learn from trained, local volunteers. The program teaches children about God’s amazing love and guides them through what it means to faithfully follow Jesus Christ. As they learn to follow Jesus, they get to share their faith with friends and family. Individuals, families, churches and community groups will fill empty shoeboxes and take them to various drop-off locations during National Collection Week, Nov. 13 to 20. Shoeboxes may be taken to any of the six drop-off locations in the North County: Coastline Church in Carlsbad, Grace Point Church in Valley Center, Community Baptist Church in Fallbrook, Grace Lutheran
Church in Escondido, Vista Christian Fellowship Church in Vista, and Calvary Chapel Oceanside. There are 11 drop-off locations in the San Diego area: Sweetwater Community Church in Bonita, Pine Valley Community Church, Concordia Lutheran Church in Chula Vista, Grace Community Church in Ramona, North Park Community Church in San Diego, Foothills Christian Church in El Cajon, Grace Fellowship of San Diego in El Cajon, Balboa Community Church in San Diego, Westview Bible Church in Imperial Beach, La Jolla Community Church, and First Baptist Church in Lemon Grove. The shoeboxes are prepared for overseas shipment at eight major processing centers across the United States to include one in the Orange County area. Anyone wanting to know more about the ministry program may contact the North San Diego County Area Coordinator, Ed Langston at email@example.com or on his cell phone at (703) 395-0608. The San Diego Area Team Coordinator, Heather Browning can be reached at hbrowningocc@ cox.net or (619) 277-4440.
Domestic violence seminar Oct. 26
Learn how you can help stop domestic violence by attending a free seminar Oct. 26 at 6 p.m. at Ascension Catholic Church, John Paul Center, 11292 Clairemont Mesa Blvd., San Diego 92124. Speakers from the Family Justice Center will speak about domestic violence and The Center for Aging and Independence will speak about elder abuse.
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“Praise the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits — who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases.” – Psalm 103:3 (NIV)
Compelling evidence that good nutrition can help fight cancer
onventional oncology has been focusing intensively on the link between genetics and cancer. However, there is emerging evidence that epigenetic influences, that is to say, environmental influences such as nutrition, can affect genetic expression in a positive manner. As stated in the Journal Nutrition and Cancer, “The potential reversibility of epigenetic changes suggests that they could be modulated by nutrition and bioactive food compounds. Thus, epigenetic modifications could mediate environmental signals and provide a link between susceptibility genes and environmental factors in the etiology of cancer.” The foods we eat can have an impact in the messages our cell DNA receives for cell division, good or bad. The author of an article in the journal Cancer Treatment and Research notes, “Many natural dietary agents which consist of bioactive compounds have been shown to be effective in cancer prevention and treatment and these nutraceuticals often mediate favorable epigenetic changes.” He goes on to provide scientific documentation on more well-known anticancer food such as green tea and the phytochemical sulforaphane from cruciferous vegetables and how they influence cancer prevention and treatment through epigenetics. The medical community agrees that a healthy diet plays a role in the prevention of cancer, yet the importance of this is often understated. And unfortunately, oncologists and family physicians often provide little to no information on clinical nutrition specific
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Apples for Teachers . . . Continued from page 1 Christianity. • How courts support teaching students about the Bible and Christianity, including religious aspects of holidays. • Practical lesson ideas that can be used immediately in the classroom. Jennifer Kvalvik, a teacher at Mira Mesa High School, explained how she started the Apples for Teachers ministry: “I love my job and the connections that I make every day with my students. In January 2014, at the 10 a.m. service at Rock Church in Point Loma, everyone was encouraged to ‘Do Something’ and be involved in a ministry. I experience a very clear message from God in that small, still voice that he is ever so good at, telling me that I should start a ministry for teachers. “At that moment, I audibly said ‘are you kidding me? I do not have time for this and I have no clue how to start a ministry.’ I was pretty sure there had to be a ministry for this already, right? The church has a ministry or outreach for everyone. “I was of course obedient to the call and went right up to the welcome counter and meekly asked if there was a ministry for teachers. The people at the counter became very excited because there wasn’t one. Next thing I know I am talking to the pastor in charge of ministries and was well on my way to developing this outreach ministry.” Three years later, Apples for Teachers has had two conferences for educators and approximately 80 educators in its email contacts. They meet once a month, both at the church or at a restaurant to fellowship, pray and share about what is going on in the education field and with each other. “We have had many issues that we have had to address and advocate for such as the new sex education curriculum implemented this year and the freedom of having Christian clubs on campus,” Kvalvik said. “The ministry has also been a draw to Christian parents as they see the need to know what
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their children are allowed to do to honor God in the classroom. “I am one of those very involved parents — volunteering on campus at my daughters' elementary, middle and high schools,” said Karin De Jauregui. “I also attend local Cluster and district meetings to hear about and join in the discussions about the issues concerning the San Diego Unified School District — and there are many. “From there, I pray with other mothers and grandmothers for the students, faculty, staff, administrators and school and district concerns with Moms in Prayer International. We pray fervently for the Christian teachers called by God into the public schools.” De Jauregui noted that teaching is a calling of God, and said Apples for Teachers helps Christian teachers live out their calling, staying true to their faith, amidst the world's challenges. Teacher Janel Meehan shared what the ministry has meant for her: “I had been teaching for over 10 years when I saw the Apples for Teachers ministry, and it has completely changed my teaching and my attitude of my job. Like most public school teachers, I thought that I had to leave Jesus at the door. We all hear things like ‘separation of church and state,’ after all.” “However, I learned what my rights as a Christian teacher are, and we started a teacher morning prayer time on our campus,” she continued. “I learned what the Christian students' rights are, and they started three Christian clubs on campus, partnered with other clubs on campus, and were able to reach out to our own campus and beyond with information about the Gospel. I approach my job more as my ministry now, and I am excited about it now more than ever.” Meehan said she has become more outspoken at work, and encourages others to do the same. “We welcome all educators and parents to our ministry,” Kvalvik said. For details, go to sdrock/ministries/applesforteachers. The Oct. 21 seminar is not about “education theory.” Participants will learn practical ways to appropriately and lawfully include teaching about the influence of the Bible and Christianity as it relates to history, culture, and values. There will also be updates on federal and state religious liberty issues affecting students and teachers. To register for the event, go to sdrock. com/events/18419.
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A Carlsbad man is introducing The Seed app, which he says is a simple concept God is using to teach us the power of giving, even just a little at a time. With the app, every time you make a purchase, you give a little. Seed makes giving a daily discipline by rounding up the spare change from purchases to the next dollar and sending it to your favorite ministry. The app connects to your credit or debit card data, explained the designer, Joseph Worth, so after a one-time setup it always works in the background. Seed was created by the ministry Seed to Harvest, which passes on 90 percent of all the spare change processed to each donor’s designated ministry. “The Seed vision is that if we all give a little, things can change a lot,” Seed said. For example, 10 million people rounding
up spare change will provide over $2 billion dollars a year to Kingdom ministries. A very big number for spare change! “Another unique aspect of the app is it’s one of the first of its kind to make giving a daily discipline,” Worth said. “Where our treasure is, so is our heart also, so daily giving can be a powerful tool to shift our hearts from consuming to considering. We can be consumed by the things of this world, but wouldn’t it be better to consider what Christ did for us with every card swipe?” The Seed vision is for every Christian to round up for just one ministry, Worth added. “The app turns the extra change from your daily purchases into powerful fuel for God’s harvest. Together we can change the world.” You can download the Seed app at www. Seed.One.
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new survey revealed 50 percent of millennials would give up their right to vote in the next two presidential elections in exchange for wiping out their student loans, according to Credible, a personal finance website. It’s no secret that student loan debt is out of control. Maybe you are strapped by student loans or have been there before. Maybe it’s your children or grandchildren who face the seemingly insurmountable cost of higher education. Tuition costs have risen at close to twice the rate of general inflation for decades. Access to debt has undoubtedly increased these costs and that vicious cycle has only increased the need for loans. Provisions to help borrowers manage cash flow by limiting repayments tied to income only kicks the can down the road (and ultimately fuels more borrowing). The total student loan debt is $1.3 trillion just in the United States according to Forbes. Young borrowers then entering the workforce have less money for savings, housing, raising a family and charitable giving. Starting a career and entering adulthood can be stressful enough even without the added burden of debt. But the burden is not limited to young people. Parents and grandparents who co-sign or initiate debt for their children or grandchildren can struggle with payments. Some even have had Social Security income and tax refunds garnished while delaying healthcare needs and retirement. The Wall Street Journal reports “Roughly eight million Americans owing $137 billion are at least 360 days delinquent on federal student loans, nearly the number of homeowners who lost their homes because of the housing crisis.” Whether this is a “bubble” with wide economic implications or not, the consequences are already hitting home for many. Passively waiting for a government fix is not the answer. Rather, your family is what matters first when it comes to higher education costs, so prioritize wise decisions. Here are ideas to navigate the high cost, high value education dilemma: • Be aware that borrowing can be a high price to pay — even for education. • Even if you think you are late to the party, it can help to save money. • Use community college and online coursework. Transferring to a four-year university after completing general education requirements at a community college
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Five steps to help ensure you will have enough for retirement By RAY LeVITRE
AGING GRACEFULLY SPECIAL COVERAGE
For many years, financial planners have espoused general formulas for determining the amount of income retirees will need, the most popular being the “70 percent rule” which suggests that retirees will need to replace just 70 percent of their pre-retirement income to provide for their living needs in retirement.
That may have been an effective guideline a few decades ago when the rule was established; however, for many retirees, relying upon it today may be fraught with financial peril. It’s a very different world today, and old
Life Care: Activities director aims to keep residents happy Life Care Center of Vista is aimed to keeping their residents happy. According to their activities director, Angie Swafford, she has her criteria she uses to make sure that happens. She pulls from quality customer service and fun, engaging activities. “With quality customer service, if my residents ask for something, I get it to meet their need,” she said. “We have a Resident Council that meets and discusses items with our residents and we go over the different departments. If a resident has a suggestion or problem, we listen and act to make things right.” Life Care Center of Vista offers 24-hour care with a skilled nursing staff in Vista. It offers long and short stay options. “While many area facilities have a family dinner once a year, we have a family dinner night every quarter. Our residents can bring two guests at no charge. We have different themes and some of our residents dress up when we have contests. When we have a theme like a luau, our dietary staff will work with us to make it a fun and festive
menu. It takes a lot to get this one together. Residents have to get ready, families have to be contacted, and the theme has to be set along with our food selection.” With the daily activities, there are 4-5 each day to choose from. Some of the favorites have been team sports like bowling or fun games that offer some competition. “We recently had Resident Olympics,” Swafford said. “We lit the LCC Olympic Torch and the residents had lots of fun passing it.” Every Thursday there are field trips. Residents can choose a scenic drive or a trip to Wal-Mart, she said. “I have been with Life Care for almost a year,” Swafford said. “I love my work. I work with three dedicated staff members and together we have assisted our residents to age gracefully. Generally we have about 12 active residents who always participate. Then, depending on the activity, we’ll get some more who want to join us. We are always finding ways to keep them all happy. We love happy hearts and happy smiles.” For information, call (760) 724-8222.
guidelines based on conditions that existed 30 years ago don’t necessarily reflect real costs of aging today which include: • A male turning 65 years old today can be expected to live another 19 years versus 11 years in 1970; for women, they can expect to live another 23 years • The chances of retirees or an elder family member requiring some form of long-term care is 7 in 10. • Many of today’s retirees are carrying some form of debt into retirement, including mortgages, consumer debt and student loans.
• Although inflation has moderated somewhat since the 1970s, lifestyle costs, such as housing, food and transportation consume a larger portion of a retiree’s budget today. • Although health care cost increases have slowed, the rate of cost increases continues to be well above the general rate of inflation. For many retirees, the 70 percent income replacement rule might be an acceptable baseline for planning; however, with the risk of inflation compounded by longevity risk Please turn to next page
La Vida Real: Community offers vibrant lifestyle, services A thriving retirement community in Rancho San Diego, La Vida Real offers a vibrant lifestyle coupled with supportive services when needs arise. With new choices to explore daily, La Vida Real residents live as active and engaged a lifestyle as they desire. The community’s full-service and maintenance-free living options offer residents the freedom to pursue a host of opportunities. Life-long learning enthusiasts and hobbyists enjoy a variety of activities such as poetry hours, art classes and book clubs. For those looking to stay in tiptop shape, La Vida Real offers its wellknown aqua aerobics classes as well as Tai Chi, yoga, Zumba, and morning workouts. In addition to a full calendar of social, cultural, and recreational opportunities, the community’s one- and two-bedroom residences include fully equipped kitchens. Here, residents enjoy the ease of a service-enriched retirement lifestyle, along with the extraordinary amenities featuring
restaurant-style dining at the Del Oro Grille, staffed by an expert culinary team. Other features include a movie theater to catch an afternoon matinee, an Internet lounge, and a fully equipped fitness center. And should the need arise, La Vida Real’s licensed and accredited assisted living features three delicious meals daily, weekly personal laundry service, assistance with bathing, dressing, grooming, medication management, a 24-hour emergency call system — all of which can be tailored to meet individual requirements. The community’s signature Enliven Memory Care offers a continuum of care in a secure residential environment. Designed to encourage and support independence, staff work closely with residents and their families in developing individualized and innovative programs. To learn more about La Vida Real, call 619-777-8055 or visit www.LaVidaRealSeniorLiving.com.
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St. Paul’s: Celebrating 57th year serving local seniors St. Paul’s Senior Services, a nonprofit, non-denominational organization dedicated to serving the physical, spiritual, and social needs of local seniors, is celebrating its 57th year. Since 1960, St. Paul's remains an innovator in the San Diego community with a reputation for exceptional care. In Bankers Hill, St. Paul’s Manor provides an active independent living community with affordable apartments, included meals, and housekeeping. St. Paul’s Villa offers three levels of assisted living: medication management, help with activities of daily living, and escorting to meals, etc. There’s also a secure memory care area. St. Paul’s McColl Nursing and Rehabilitation features 24/7 nursing care, physical, occupational, and speech therapy. St. Paul’s Senior Day Program serves those with mild to moderate dementia through social activities/outings. There is also a Child Care program for kids eight weeks to 5 years old. They participate in the Intergenerational Program seniors from St. Paul’s. In Chula Vista, St. Paul’s Plaza offers active independent living, personal care, and memory support in a resort-like setting. Amenities include an indoor pool, salon, chapel, sports bar, barbecue facilities, outdoor activity center, etc. St. Paul’s Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) gives coordinated medical and social services to those 55+ with chronic medical conditions needing regular support and who wish to live at home. Assistance is given at our PACE centers in Downtown, Chula Vista, and coming soon – El Cajon. Transportation is provided. Services include day center visits for socialization, full medical care, therapy, medications, home care, and more. What sets St. Paul’s apart from others, a spokesman said, is well-trained, professional staff who serve with kindness and compassion, providing the highest quality care. The organization has the awards to prove it. “We’re passionate about helping seniors live a happy and healthy life. If we can’t help, we’ll find an organization that can,” the spokesman said. For information, contact the corporate office at (619) 239-6900 or visit StPaulsSeniors.org.
Continued from previous page now confronting retirees, income planning should be based on the realities of aging today. It’s not inconceivable that, for some retirees, their income replacement need could be as high as 100 percent. Track your expenses now. You should begin to track your living expenses and gradually adjusting your budget to smooth out your consumption between your living requirements now and your requirements in retirement. Start living like a retiree now. Taking it a step further, you could take the approach of changing your lifestyle now to reflect how you expect to live in retirement. That might mean downsizing your home now, reducing your leisure travel, driving more efficient cars, and generally adopting a more frugal mindset. Increase your savings. Any combination of the first two steps should generate steady increase in excess cash flow which should be saved for retirement. Pre-retirees within 15
years of retirement should target a minimum of 15 percent of their earnings for contributing to their retirement. Start exploring your Social Security options. Retirees who are able to postpone their Social Security benefits until age 70 can significantly boost their lifetime income; and additional Social Security planning for spousal benefits could increase it further. Don’t invest too conservatively. Although the natural inclination is to reduce your exposure to risk-based investments like equities the closer you are to retirement, reducing your exposure by too much, too soon could stunt the growth of your capital. To ensure lifetime income sufficiency, today’s retirees should always have some exposure to equities. A broadly diversified, well-balanced portfolio of equities, bonds and cash offers
the best opportunity to maintain the necessary growth of capital needed while minimizing volatility over the long-term. Regardless of your planning method or process, it would be a mistake to succumb to standard formulas or a generalized approach to retirement planning. Right now, your retirement vision, formed by your specific needs, wants, attitudes and beliefs, rests in your mind, and it will undoubtedly change as your outlook and priorities change, but you should always base your income needs on realistic assumptions. o Ray LeVitre, CFP, is author of 20 Retirement Decisions You Need to Make Right Now and is founder of New Worth Advisory Group. He may be reached online at www. NetWorthAdvice.com.
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