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From Burma to Iraq, FBR comes to aid victims of war By RICK MONROE When you’re in harm’s way, a Christian is certainly more apt to notice God’s protective mantle. That’s definitely been the case for David Eubank and his family. Here’s a man who for 20-plus years has maneuvered himself toward the front lines where people most need humanitarian help. He has his share of “war stories” like successfully fleeing troops that don’t like his
efforts in the jungles of Burma. Or early this summer in Iraq when he ran through enemy fire from ISIS for the dramatic rescue of a young girl trapped in rubble. That action was captured on film and shown on most the major news networks worldwide. He said it’s a miracle his wife or three children — who often went on “vacation” from their home in Thailand to help fleeing Burmese nationals in dangerous places — didn’t die from malaria or typhoid. Or that
Drug addicted alcoholic now shares hope The “Catch the Miracle” banner hanging above the worship stage in the main hall speaks volumes as to what happens at the
Pastor Harold Brown shares God’s Word.
East County Transitional Living Center in El Cajon. It’s a place of transformation, where heaven touches earth and miracles occur. Pastor Harold Brown, the ministry’s CEO, knows a little something about homelessness and addiction. You see, he was once a selfproclaimed drug-addicted alcoholic. He sold drugs, stole, manipulated, lied, and cheated his way through life. He was lost. He was dying. That was before the mighty Hand of God lead him to where he is today — helping others to transform their lives “I’m so grateful to God for saving me from myself, and guiding me to where I am today. My troubled past has given me unique knowledge to help others overcome their problems, especially those who are homeless and/or addicted,” said Brown. Please turn to page 11
What’s your miracle?
Good News, etc. continues its series about MIRACLES this month. The dictionary says: “Miracle – A surprising and welcome event that is not explicable by natural or scientific laws and is therefore considered to be the work of a divine agency.” In other words, it’s something God does. If you have an “incredible story,” please let us know. We’re looking for local people who will share about their healing, finances, survival, or simply a “wonderful occurrence” that can be attributed to no one other than God! Contact email@example.com or call (760) 724-3075.
they were never harmed while doing homework in the foxholes they dug for protection. However, Eubank — a former special forces officer in the U.S. Army — said the greatest miracle is how God changed his heart. “I’ve learned to love the Iraqi Army, something I never thought I’d do, and also not to hate ISIS,” he said. “That’s a miracle, to be able to love your enemy.” Eubank and his family are in the U.S. for a summer vacation and fundraising, with several stops in California, including Calvary Chapel Murrieta on Wednesday, Sept. 20, at 7 p.m. Dave grew up in Texas. He married Karen 24 years ago in Malibu. In Thailand, they have monkeys, horses, and a lake on their property. His parents, retired missionaries, Please turn to page 13
Dave Eubanks holds girl rescued in Iraq.
SDSU apologetics debate features noted speakers “Does Atheism make sense of reality?” is a debate set for Sept. 26 at San Diego State University, featuring Dr. Andy McIntosh and Dan Barker, both well known in Christian and atheistic circles. It is sponsored by Apna Hope, Ratio Christi, and Educate for Life. Apna Hope is a network based in San Diego that reaches out to offer international students — especially coming from India — assistance in getting situated to life in the U.S. Their work has primarily centered around San Diego State University. Ratio Christi provides college students with apologetics training and an atmosphere for discussing, challenging, and defending the Christian faith. Educate for Life, led by Kevin Conover, is a non-profit organization that offers home school classes, online classes and seminar classes on Christian Apologetics. Educate
for Life exists to present and advocate for the truth of the Bible and to explain how to practically apply its teachings to culture and life. “These are two of the most well-known debaters, but this is the first time they’ve gone head-to-head,” said Conover, who will serve as moderator. "Barker is the most famous atheist now, a big advocate for the removal of Christian symbols from society. MacIntosh has an entirely different perspective, coming from England, which is basically post-Christian.” McIntosh holds an emeritus chair in thermodynamics and combustion theory, and has lectured and researched in these fields for more than 30 years. He is a fellow of the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications, the Institute of Energy, the Institute of Please turn to page 16
Neighborhood market a light in community By LARY GREGORIO-CEBALLOS When we think of going to the neighborhood market, we might think of driving to a busy shopping center, having to find parking, and waiting in line to rush in and out. There are some people who remember, or know, a true neighborhood market – in the middle of a neighborhood. Lola’s Market and Deli in Carlsbad is exactly that. In the barrio of Olde Carlsbad, Lola’s is a gathering place, a haven, and the heart of the neighborhood — and a place of prayer. Husband and wife Reyes and Dolores
“Lola” Jaurequi opened Jaure’s Market in 1943. In 1985 their daughters Ofie (Ofelia), Connie, and Frances went across the street and opened the market as Lola’s. Ofie’s daughter Teri Chalfant and Connie’s son Henry began running the store — and now deli — in 1993. The cousins work there today, along with the sisters Ofie and Connie, in the longest-surviving business in the city of Carlsbad. Jaure’s across the street is now a museum, with viewings and events held by appointment. Lola’s has won awards from the city and Please turn to page 15
Christian cousins Henry Trejo and Teri Chalfant continue to keep Lola’s a friendly place.
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“The whole family was filled with joy, because they had come to believe in God.” – Acts 16:34
Our identity is not in our marital status
Teen Internet addiction cited as growing concern
By GINA DALFONZO
By DANIEL WOODMAN
If someone asked you “Who are you?” and you had to answer without taking time to think about it, what would you say? The chances are good that you would define yourself in one of two ways: through your relationships or through your work.
By and large, the church has been good about teaching us to avoid the latter error, reminding us frequently that we’re more than what we do for a living. This is a muchneeded reminder (especially for those of us who live in places like the Washington, DC area, where, according to the secular mindset, what you do for a living is everything). But when it comes to defining ourselves through our relationships, that’s a different story. This is the kind of error that today’s church is all too prone to let us get away with, or even encourage. And this error creeps into our thinking in the most insidious ways, coloring everything we look at or think about. Here are just a few examples I’ve seen in recent months: A woman’s name is dragged into a political scandal, and people protest, “Leave her alone, she’s a wife and mother!” And the single, childless woman following all this thinks, What if she weren’t? Would she still be worth defending? An anti-porn speaker asks men to consider the fact that a given woman in a pornographic
video is someone’s daughter or sister, and some think, But what if she weren’t? Does she have value without any of those relationships? We hear of a man who died in an accident or of a terrible disease, and then we’re told that the worst part is that he left a wife and children. But what if he hadn’t? Would that make his suffering and death somehow more acceptable? This is an extremely tricky minefield to navigate. For one thing, it’s natural to concentrate on how others may be suffering because of their loved one’s trauma or absence — most if not all of us have been through such suffering before and can easily relate to it and sympathize with it in others. And it’s especially hard to think of children suffering such a permanent and traumatic loss. For another thing, because our relationships are so vital and valuable, so integral to our lives, we can hardly think of ourselves or others apart from them. And that is not a bad thing in itself. It’s our very nature to live in relationship to one another and to God; it’s how we were created. So as I’ve stressed throughout this book, community matters, especially to Christians. We need it to thrive. And because we’re all so familiar with that need, we often end up seeing everyone and everything through that particular lens. The problem starts when we make the leap, as many of us all too easily do, to believing Please turn to page 12
Gateway Seminary professor Paul Kelly had a friend who once became so addicted to online gaming that he would ignore his family and friends while also skipping meals, so he could play more games on the Internet. His desire became so severe that he began failing classes and stole from his family to support his habit. Amid the emerging challenge of Internet addiction, youth ministry experts are calling for churches to raise awareness of the topic and provide resources for parents and students. While pornography is perhaps the most publicized online addiction, Internetbased activities that are less sinister in themselves can rise to a harmful level, according to a growing body of evidence. Kelly, professor of educational leadership at Gateway, told Baptist Press he is "very concerned about much that teens are doing on the Internet," though he believes harmful online behavior generally stops short of addiction. "The Internet is ubiquitous for most teens," said Kelly, who teaches youth ministry. "The Internet is just an extension of where they live. We see students having real problems disconnecting from friends through texting or other forms of messaging." The National Center for Biotechnology Information describes Internet addiction as a "preoccupation with the Internet and digital media" accompanied by an "inability to control the amount of time spent interfacing with digital technology." Internet addicts may experience "the need for more time or a new game to achieve a desired mood, withdrawal symptoms when not engaged, and a continuation of the behavior despite family conflict, a diminishing social life and adverse work or academic consequences," according to the center. Hilarie Cash, a psychotherapist at an Internet addiction rehab center in Washington state, told the Guardian "there isn't consistent criteria to measure ‘Internet addiction’; yet," but it is "being considered for future possible inclusion" in the Diagnostic Statistical Manual, the standard U.S. reference book for mental health. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the average teen spends 2.3 hours per weekday engaged in media and communication-related activities.
A female teen was the focus of an NPR feature that explored Internet addiction. Naomi, whose name was changed for privacy reasons, initially watched Youtube videos fleetingly in her spare time. Her mother began to notice Naomi was watching videos online more frequently, and the videos usually featured females fighting one another. What's more, Naomi would become "agitated" and "bleary-eyed" after emerging from her room. Naomi's obsession reached its darkest hour when she began to watch videos about how to commit suicide. "I got the idea to overdose online," Naomi told NPR. "I was researching how many pills I had to take to die." After checking into rehab followed by a month-long outpatient program, Naomi said she was committed to not falling back into addiction. She asked her mom to restrict her phone use, so she can't use the phone when she's alone. "I've realized what it's done to me in some ways," Naomi said of her addiction. "I've seen what it has done to some of my friends." Youth minister Chuck Butler believes churches should act now to stem the tide of harmful teen Internet consumption. "I think there are some students who are potentially addicted to the Internet," said Butler, minister to students at Cross Church in northwest Arkansas, told BP. "I also think there are opportunities for us to help that." A challenge, Butler said, is "for the church to be able to shine a light on ‘Internet addiction’; and to not shame and guilt the use of technology. There is more we should do and we have got to be more proactive." One reason teens might become addicted to the Internet, Butler said, is their desire to be connected to what is happening around them. "There are so many points of connection on the phone, and so many things on the phone are incredibly appealing," Butler said. "Students love being connected to each other. They love being connected to everything that is going on." Educating parents on how to deal with Internet addiction is one solution to the problem, Butler said. "We've had the opportunity to get in front of parents and teach them about technology," Butler said. "We've attempted to help parents understand that the Internet doesn't always have to be an evil thing, but you have got to be aware of the dangers." – Baptist Press
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e believe that prayer is the most for his faith, so he called up his buddies on strategic parenting technique any the team and said, “This week, after we beat parent can utilize. In our book, 10 Fallbrook, I’m going to the 50 yard line to Best Decisions a Parent Can Make, we share pray. Will you join me?” ten vital decisions. Teaming with God is the They all said, “We’re there for ya, man!” No. 1 most important one! We have made Bill and I prayed with Brock that morna habit of using the words of the Bible to ing. Then my Moms In Prayer group prayed form prayer requests for our kids and, out of for the team later that morning. That night, curiosity, have kept track of the results. Here Brock’s team lost 38-0. The guys all just is one of the prayers we prayed consistently wandered off the field — all except Brock for our oldest son, Brock: — who went straight to the 50-yard-line and God, give him the faith of a Daniel or a knelt down. All alone. Joseph. Give him the courage to stand alone Standing near my husband, I said to Bill, for You. Give him the integrity and wisdom “Honey, he’s all alone! Should I run down to choose well in his relationships as you and pray with him?” lead him to the godly woman he will marry My wise husband said, “Oh yeah, Pam, someday. that’s what the varsity Does God answer when we Now it is your turn to quarterback wants — his partner with Him in prayer? to come rescue pass the legacy of love mommy You be the judge. We athim!” tended Brock’s first varsity and faith. Just then I remembered football game at which he the prayer we had prayed was the starting quarterback. He was only years ago. Help him stand alone for you, a junior but God had already used him to God. And now he was. God answers prayer. bring many of his friends to faith in Christ. Soon, three players from the opposing team As a freshman, Brock wanted to make a joined Brock midfield. After the game, positive difference so we encouraged him to some of Brock’s youth leaders from Student host three pizza parties for the three teams Venture, Teen Impact and Fellowship of he was on. At those parties, Brock shared Christian Athletes went down to encourage his personal testimony and gave his friends Brock. Then we made our way to the field. an opportunity to meet Christ. By the end of I threw my arms around Brock. Reaching his freshman year, 34 of his friends had made up, I took his face in my hands and said, “I decisions for Christ. Realizing they needed know tonight was one of the hardest nights to be followed up so they could grow with of your life, but you kept your word to God. God, Brock contacted FCA and launched You lived out our family motto, ‘Those who a club on the campus his sophomore year. honor God, God honors.’ (1 Sam. 2:30) Brock wanted to make a public statement Brock, I don’t know how and I don’t know
when, but God will honor you for this.” Brock received a number of awards and scholarships during his senior year including our high school’s highest award for servant leadership, Knight of the Year. We had been praying that somehow God might be mentioned at his public school graduation, and it was accomplished through Brock’s bio. God answers prayer! He went on to attend a junior college that he selected because the coach was a committed believer, active in FCA, who mentored his players. Brock helped teach a Bible study for 18 months while attending an apologetics course at Biola, and he fell in the love with defending his faith. Brock was named MVP and all state and later inducted into the hall of fame of that college. God answers prayers! Being a community college quarterback and standing 6-feet meant he needed a miracle to get a division one scholarship. God impressed upon us to send his resume to Liberty University. The next day the coach from Liberty phoned Brock’s coach and offered a full ride. God answers prayer! Since before Brock’s birth, we have prayed for his future bride. When Brock had been at Liberty just a few days, I spoke at a book signing in Phoenix. While there, I struck up a conversation with the bookstore owner and his wife. Sheryl asked me, “Where did you say Brock got his scholarship?” “He’s the quarterback of Liberty University.” “My Hannah goes to Liberty!” We gave the kids each other’s phone
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RED HOT MONOGAMY BILL & PAM FARREL numbers, and after 18 months of dating, they spent a week in fasting and prayer. On the day Brock proposed he knelt next to the cross he had made and said, “I want our relationship to start and stay at the foot of the cross. Hannah will you marry me? Hannah, can I kiss you?” Today, Brock is the happily married husband to Hannah, a father of three children who all love Jesus, a head football coach at a public high school, equipping young men in leadership skills and shining as a light for God in a world where only about 50 percent of young men have a father in their home. As a football coach, he might be the closest thing to a father some of those boys might ever know. God will answer prayer! Now it is your turn to pass the legacy of love and faith. Buy a journal and begin to pray God’s Word for your children and grandchildren. In Psalms 145:4 we are given our mandate: “One generation shall praise Your works to another, and shall declare Your mighty acts.” Join me for a Discovering Hope in the Psalms Bible study at love-wise.com for registration details. o Bill and Pam Farrel have been married 38 years and are international speakers and authors. Details at love-wise.com.
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“A wise man will hear and increase in learning. And a man of understanding will acquire wise counsel. – Proverbs 1:5 (NAS)
What do you expect without God? Living for much more than the dash
By CHRIS CLARK
was founded. It has sought to intimidate the Is it me, or are there more and more people pulpit into silence. It has sought to remove getting angrier and angrier by the moment? God — from the classroom to the courtroom Pick your issue: Who uses what bathroom to the halls of government. It has sought to or locker room, who determines when life cheapen human life by refusing to acknowlshould begin and end, health insurance, edge an unborn baby to be a human being. It taxes, the police, North Korea, what parts has sought to eliminate the image of God by of American history should be rewritten and removing the biblical definition of marriage what parts should be eliminated. Every issue as well as the male/female aspects of God’s magnificent creation. seems to get people riled up. How’s that all been working out? Are you GUEST COMMENTARY really surprised? So what’s the answer? What’s the solution? In more of these instances, people are If you’re a wholehearted follower of Jesus getting so angry that they resort to violence Christ, you already know the answer. toward each other. You find your neighbor. You pray for I want to ask you to pause for a moment your neighbor. You love your neighbor. and think on this: This is what happens when a society kicks You serve your neighbor. You point your neighbor to Jesus. God out of the public square. You work at your job wholeheartedly, Take the Charlottesville mess for example. How many of those white supremacists because you work for the Lord Jesus Christ. were being New Testament-following, Holy (Colossians 3:23) You do your work with Spirit-submitting, followers of Jesus Christ excellence, because by doing so you cause who were in humility considering others to others to notice, and God gets the credit. be more important than themselves? (Philip- (Matthew 5:16) You live out the truth of God’s written pians 2:3-4) word. You explain why you do what you I didn’t see any, either. But what about those counter-protesters… do the way you do it — because this is standing against those white supremacists what God’s word mandates. You do this in —with mace, pepper spray, baseball bats, or a “winsome” way so as to allow others to whatever weapons they had. How many of see the joy and the peace that comes from them were seeking to serve and bless those a love relationship with Jesus Christ that is real and growing. with whom they disagreed The work of the Church in humility? Nope. Didn’t see any We have the answer. of Jesus is to go and make disciples of all the nations. of them, either. Any guess as to why, It’s time to take that There are a myriad of nice, class? answer to our world. clever ways to restate that mandate. Choose one and This is what happens do it. Don’t be surprised, when groups of people decide to turn their collective backs on a then, if others get mad at you for implying God who loves them and choose instead to that they’re wrong and that they need a Savior. Don’t be surprised if they call you determine “their own truth.” You get “truth” being one race superior to judgmental, self-righteous, narrow-minded, another. You get “truth” being that it’s OK unenlightened; the very nature of this manto silence others with whom you disagree date is counter-culture. Don’t be surprised if some get so mad at by any means necessary — even physical you that they want to bully and intimidate violence. If you’re a wholehearted follower of Jesus you into silence. Don’t be surprised, then, when more inciChrist, you need to rise above all of this and dents like what happened in Charlottesville see what’s really going on. This is not about Trump versus Clinton. occur. That’s what happens when a society It’s not about Republicans versus Democrats. turns their collective backs on a loving God It’s not about conservatives versus liberals. and try to determine right and wrong on your It’s not about alt-right versus alt-left. It’s not own. It makes people, well, angry. Our response? Counter that anger with even about right versus left. It’s about right versus wrong. It’s about what the joy and the peace that comes from our standard is used to identify right and wrong. relationship with Jesus Christ. We have the answer. It’s time to take that The only standard of right and wrong that has stood the test of time is God’s written word. answer to our world. o For the past 60 some-odd years, this nation Chris Clark is pastor of East Clairemont has actively sought to break away from that standard of right and wrong upon which it Southern Baptist Church.
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fter my sainted mother’s funeral, the monument engravers sent us a bill. Since the stone had already been next to my dad’s tombstone, her birthdate was chiseled on it years ago. Their bill was for engraving the dash, and her date of death. It caused me to reflect on Linda Ellis’ poem, The Dash. One stanza will give you a feel for it: “For it matters not, how much we own, The cars...the house...the cash, What matters is how we live and love And how we spend our dash.” That’s true, as far as it goes. The apostle Paul tells us that at the end of that dash, the rest of eternity begins. “I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” Francis Chan, pastor and author, gives the Christian version in a sermon using a white rope. As he shows us the rope, we see that the beginning has a four inch segment painted red. The white end trails offstage and seems to go on indefinitely. He explains that the red segment, no longer than the palm of his hand, represents our life. Or what the poem would call “your dash.” As Christians, we find ourselves expending much effort to make the four-inch segment, or what we have left of it, become fun or significant. Our money is saved for that, our effort is placed toward retirement, and our conversations are all about that four-inch red segment. He reminds us that at the end of that segment, we meet the Lord Jesus face to face. And then, eternity, or the yards and miles of the rest of that rope all depend on how we
Bill’s Journey BILL SMITH have lived during that very short segment. He suggests that we should be investing our lives — the dash, the red segment — towards the rest of the infinite length of that rope, eternity. Watching 7,000 movies won’t make a dent on that. A new SUV won’t impact that rope, that eternity. Once we reach that eternity, the beginning of the infinite white segment of the rope, the whistle blows and the game is over. So, what can we do here and now to impact eternity? What can we do to impact the eternity of others? In my mind, I picture the red segments crossing hundreds and hundreds of other people’s red segments. What we do for our Lord now impacts not only our eternity, but that of all the people we have a chance to influence directly, or indirectly. Their red pieces, their lives, their eternities. My mother now lives in reality that eternity that we all hope for in faith. So does the apostle Paul and all those believers who have gone before us. May we live our dash, our red piece of rope, so that at the beginning of the “white rope,” eternity, we will hear those words: “Well done, thou good and faithful servant.” o Bill Smith lives in Escondido.
White Supremacy and Planned Parenthood By JIM REED It is interesting that we can trace the roots of Planned Parenthood back to 100 years ago in our nation's history. Margaret Sanger had a worldview that led to what we now see alive and well in our nation today. In her view, there were certain beings not worthy of life. In her view it was called eugenics — good genetics. She thought she was smart enough to know just how to arrange the collective gene pool in America to reflect the best life possible for our nation. We might ask what this might have to do with white supremacy? It turned out that the most affected by "good genetics" were those of African descent. Margaret Sanger laid the steppingstones that our nation has been walking upon for these past 100 years.
Those first steppingstones led to the 1970s and Roe. v. Wade. And to Title X Funding. And to Amicus briefs to the Supreme Court. Soon, those steppingstones became a platform. Once a platform is set, it is nearly impossible to tear it down. Then an amazing thing happens: The steppingstones that led to the platform disappear. The issue of white supremacy linked with Planned Parenthood is no longer an issue. The platform has been set and we continue on. Let's go back to the 1970s. Another interesting thing to consider are the blanket of names given to what led to the platform that now hides the steppingstones. Title X funding sounds harmless as does what it stood for:
“Population Research and Voluntary Family Planning Programs.” President Nixon signed this into law. We also had Amicus briefs to the Supreme Court. Amicus briefs are "friend of the court" advice to help certain issues gain strength. Strength was given to allow abortion. Along with this in the 70s was Roe v. Wade. The fight for the right to choose was on. The steppingstones became the platform. What does all this have to do with the mix of white supremacy and Planned Parenthood? There exists a pattern that is not recognized. There are now more steppingstones being laid down based on many platforms. From these steppingstones will come more platforms. In other words, our nation is heading in a steady direction. And that direction is down. Of course, many will not agree with this appraisal of the direction of our nation. They have a different worldview. Just ask Sanger. We might also ask, "How can we bring the Judeo-Christian worldview back into our nation? And what ever happened to our National Motto?" Consider steppingstones that lead to platforms. If more would get on the stepping stones that God has laid down for us we will then see more godly platforms. And from those platforms would come life more reflective of the life of God himself. The image of God would become more apparent and not struck down as hate speech. This leads us back into the issue of White Supremacy and Planned Parenthood. The Please turn to next page
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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)
Teacher helps kindergartner announce gender change ith the help of his teacher and under the guidance of his parents, a kindergarten student in Rocklin announced his new gender identity to his class in a way that confused and scared some of his classmates, and upset parents of the students. Despite receiving numerous parental complaints, officials from the public charter school defended the teacher’s decision to allow a “transition ceremony,” saying state and federal laws against discrimination prevented them from stopping what happened. “In order to supposedly help one child struggling with gender dysphoria, this charter school has thrown into confusion an entire class of a vulnerable 5-year-olds,” said Jonathan Keller, CEO of the California Family Council. “Just like with sex education, parents have the right to be notified when controversial subjects like transgenderism are being taught to their children. Mothers and fathers must have the opportunity to opt their children out of these lessons.” The incident happened at the end of the school year on June 7 at Rocklin Academy Gateway, a charter school northeast of Sacramento. The parents of a little boy wanted to ensure their son’s kindergarten class accepted his “transition” into a female gender identity, so the boy brought some books on transgenderism for the teacher to read to the class. One of the children’s books, titled “I Am Jazz,” is co-written by a biologically male teen named Jazz Jennings who identifies as transgendered girl. In the book, Jazz describes how he “transitioned” from a boy to a girl after a doctor told him at the age of 3 that his affinity for colors, clothes, and activities typically associated with girls meant he was transgendered, having “a girl brain, but a boy’s body.” According to five different parents who heard the same story from their children, once the teacher finished reading the book, the transitioning student entered the class bathroom dressed as a boy. After a few minutes, he emerged wearing a dress and girl’s shoes. The children were then told by the teacher the boy’s new “girl name” and that they should think of and refer to their classmate as a girl. (For privacy reasons, the name of the child and his parents are not included in this story.) The parents of other students were not notified this was going to happen and only found out when they heard their children’s reactions at home that night. Some children reacted in fear and confusion, while others expressed doubts about their own gender. Dr. Michelle Cretella, president of the
State of the State GREG BURT American College of Pediatricians, agreed that transgender teaching is damaging to young minds. “Teaching transgender ideology to children amounts to child abuse,” Cretella said. “It disrupts normal cognitive development, and leads many children down the path of unnecessary and dangerous hormone treatments and surgeries. The reactions of fear and confusion among young children exposed to gender bending story books and cross-dressing demonstrations similar to what happened at Rocklin School are predictable.” Cretella points to Dr. Lawrence Kohlberg’s Cognitive Developmental Theory of Gender Identity, which states that while most children correctly identify their sex by age 3, most children under age 7 do not understand that sex is permanent. “Children under age 7 may believe that a man actually becomes a woman by putting on makeup and a dress,” Cretella explained. “When authority figures teach these youngsters the myth that a child can be trapped in the wrong body, they are potentially disrupting their normal cognitive development… [and] will potentially lead to the fear that they aren’t the sex their bodies clearly indicate they are.” To address parental concerns about the classroom incident the Rocklin Academy Charter School Academy Board of Directors held a special school board meeting on July 31. An attorney hired by the school gave a presentation on Student Identity and California Civil Rights. A group of concerned Rocklin Academy Gateway parents aren’t satisfied with the school’s response. They put together a petition explaining what happened and proposed two policy changes: First they want the school to adopt a parental notification policy, with an opt-out option, that requires teachers to notify parents before controversial material like this is presented to students. Secondly, they want all anti-bullying materials and other books used in the classroom to be approved by the Rocklin Academy School Board with parental input and oversight. 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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Continued from previous page hate and vitriol surrounding these issues add fuel to the fire that is already burning. How can we put the fire out and stamp out the hate as well? It happens as soon as Jesus Christ becomes our steppingstone — our path. Then the platforms that come from him will lead to the blessing of new life. Some call this revival. Our nation needs a revival — a Great Awakening. This would have to be a miracle. We cannot bring it ourselves. Revival must come by the grace of God. Platforms cannot be removed because we have lost the steppingstones that lead to the platforms of
God's blessing. But once God's way becomes our way there will be no such thing as white supremacy. God will reign supreme. There will be no need for Planned Parenthood. God will be our heavenly Father, and we'll follow his plan for parenthood. Our heavenly father will lay down his steppingstones that will lead to life and blessing spreading across our entire nation. God will be our platform, our Rock. Please pray for a revival and/or a Great Awakening in the U.S.A. o Jim Reed is pastor of Lake Murray Church, www.lakemurraychurch.org.
Bible, prayer legislation advances
Five pieces of legislation in five different • Florida also passed a bill expanding states that put the Bible back in the schools, student prayer and religious liberty. Jeynes expand the rights of public students to pray has been involved in a few bills there over and express their faith, and allow teachers to the years regarding prayer and school choice. teach intelligent design passed in different “Florida laws regarding faith, are very difstates this past legislative session. ferent now than they were even eight years Dr. William Jeynes, a professor and Har- ago,” Jeynes said. vard graduate, who has dedicated more than • North Dakota also passed a bill on prayer, a dozen years to putting the Bible and prayer where Jeynes testified before a Senate comback in the schools, said he is very encour- mittee on behalf of the bill. aged by the continuation of a momentum that • Alabama and passed a bill pertaining to has been apparent during that time. intelligent design, stating that teachers had “This nation has never been the same spiri- the right to teach ID or to cause students to tually, morally, and even economically and question evolution without fear of reprimand politically since Bible and or losing their job.” prayer were removed from “I see many nations with “The Bible is the most the schools in a series of published and quoted more religious freedom work in the history of three U.S. Supreme Court decisions in 1962-1963. I than we have.” humanity,” Jeynes noted. believe God has called me “Shakespeare alone cites and a couple colleagues to continue to do the Bible 1,300 times. It has clearly influwhat we can to put Bible and prayer back enced the history and literature of the US in the schools.” more than any other book. A person cannot In this past legislative year, Kentucky be considered educated unless he or she has became the 11th state to pass a law that at least a working knowledge of the Bible. enables its schools to teach the Bible as It is not right for public school students to literature as an elective in which students have access to just about every book except can get up to six high school credits (from the Bible. one year of the Old Testament and one year “Regarding the right to pray or have a of the New Testament). moment of silence, we supposedly have “We knew this was the year it would religious freedom in this country. Fifty-five pass, because just after Governor Bevin was years ago we probably had more religious elected about 1 ½ years ago, his office sent freedom than any nation on earth. When I me an email and asked me to put together speak in nations today, I see many nations a rough draft of a bill and a strategy to pass with more religious freedom than we have. the bill,” Jeynes said. ‘By God’s hand, the That should not be.” bill passed the Kentucky Assembly 80-14, the Senate 34-4, and then Governor Bevin signed it into law.” All told, the Bible as literature is now being taught in parts of 43 states and more than 500 school districts, including many districts in California. The Bible and prayer efforts keep Jeynes very busy because he writes books on these topics with major secular publishers, as well as statistical research in mainstream academic journals. He also contributes to writing the bills, often finds sponsors for the bills, writes the talking points/speeches for politicians, speaks in government forums, and testifies before State Senate committees to pass these bills. Last year, he testified before the California Senate Education Committee on behalf of a Bible bill and the result is what Jeynes calls an “intervention of God.” The bill stunned many by passing the committee 5-4, after it was predicted to be defeated 7-2 before the hearing took place. The bill was then barely defeated in the full Senate 17-15. Four other bills passed in other states this legislative session: • Prayer was brought back to Indiana public schools. The vote in the Indiana House was 82-13. “John Bartlett, the sponsor, purchased ive your time to pro-life centers. 20-plus copies of my book to distribute to all the key senators on the fence regarding the nvest financially to the cause. vote, as well to Indiana Governor Holcomb,” ote pro-life and let your elective Jeynes said. Now that the bill has passed the House and Senate, Holcomb stated that he officials know it’s important. will sign the bill, Jeynes said.
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he fight against the works of Satan a reward for not choosing abortion! The reality is that NARAL, the Lady Parts is relentless. The Bible tells us Satan prowls like a roaring lion seeking Justice League, Teen Vogue and so many somebody to devour. In 1 Peter 5:8, the others are pushing a competing idea about Apostle Peter reminds us that we are to be the value of the unborn. We should look at alert and sober minded. The pro-life move- them as just that… a competing message ment across the country has been a favorite without authority to define the work of PCCs. target of his attacks. Yet, he has been un- These campaigns have carried on since the able to devour us because of the truth that 1980s, and Pregnancy Centers are growing defending the widows (single moms) and while abortion clinics are decreasing. Parents the orphan (fatherless children) and being have been outraged over the content of Teen a voice for the voiceless (the unborn) is the Vogue, and the impact of their messages that work of “The Church.” Christ’s church is are contrary to God’s teaching are being under His protection and authority. While reduced. We continue to overcome Satan Satan’s intention is to devour, God uses all through the power of Jesus. These same entities for His glory! So let’s take an alert and sober look at We will find out on Sept. 25 successfully persuaded the work of the church in if the Supreme Court will politicians in Sacramento to enact a law that would pregnancy care centers pick up these cases. silence or force Pro-Life today. Last month, NARAL (National Abortion Pregnancy Centers and Clinics to conform Rights Action League) teamed up with a to their message and violate our conscience, group called “Lady Parts Justice League,” our purpose, and our First Amendment which describes itself as “a coven of hilari- rights in referrals for abortion. Three high ous badass feminists who use humor and pop profile lawsuits were filed on behalf of Pregculture to expose the haters fighting against nancy Centers. Alliance Defending Freedom reproductive rights.” Their joint campaign (ADF), Pacific Justice Institute (PJI) and was called “expose fake clinics,” which the American Center for Law and Justice centered on calling PCCs “fake clinics” and (ACLJ) filed in three separate federal courts. staging sidewalk protests. This nationwide Injunctive relief was not granted there or at effort resulted in little to no impact to the the 9th Circuit appellate court. We will find targeted PCCs. There were few participants out on Sept. 25 if the Supreme Court will on social media and the protests were lightly pick up these cases. +++ attended. Meanwhile, a fourth much quieter lawsuit A month earlier, Teen Vogue ran articles promoting and teaching anal sex, and another took up our cause in Riverside Superior attacking “fake clinics” with the same old Court against the Reproductive FACT Act accusations, i.e.; that Pro-Life centers, clin- (AB775) by the Advocates for Faith and ics and advocates mislead women, use bait Freedom. Their efforts were to appeal to free and switch tactics, shame women who might speech protections offered in the California consider an abortion, etc. There was a new Constitution that exceed the protections in one, though, that surprised me. The material the First Amendment of the US Constituresources we provide (diapers, wipes, baby tion. It was in this case that we received a clothes and maternity clothing) are now positive victory! Judge Trask in Riverside considered “incentivizing parenting,” and California found: “This speech [mandates in AB775] is not we are laughably accused of using these needed consumable items as a prize or even merely the transmittal of neutral information, such as the calorie count of a Big Mac, or that smoking tobacco or drinking alcohol can be hazardous to health. It is not as benign as compelling a plum producer to contribute to a marketing campaign touting the benefit of plums. The State commands the clinics to post specific directions for whom to contact to obtain an abortion. It forces the clinic to point the way to the abortion clinic and can leave
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patients with the belief they were referred to an abortion provider by that clinic… This statute compels the clinic to speak words with which it profoundly disagrees when the State has numerous alternative methods of publishing its message. This statute places too heavy a burden upon the liberty of free thought.” Yes! Thank you Judge Trask! With the help of this finding and other contradicting rulings, it makes it very likely the Supreme Court will take our case! Please join us in a nationwide 56 day/24 hour prayer vigil for God’s favor with the Supreme Court. Contact your local pregnancy center to sign up for a specific time of prayer. The entire country is
RECLAIMING THE CULTURE OF LIFE JOSH MccLURE praying for the Supreme Court to take up our case and rule in our favor. God delights in our prayers and our praise. Where the church rebukes Satan in Jesus’ name, he must flee. God already knows what will happen, and we fully trust in His plan and will. o Josh McClure is executive director of East County Pregnancy Care Clinic.
San Diego abortionist to surrender license A San Diego abortionist who was caught on video last year threatening a pro-life activist with scissors in the midst of a demonic rant, has agreed to surrender his medical license on Dec. 31, according to Operation Rescue. Robert John Santella, 74, was featured in a YouTube video as he hissed and threatened a pro-life activist with scissors while admitting he had a “darkened heart.” The California Medical Board (CMB) sought disciplinary action against Santella for his unprofessional conduct in an amended accusation filed on July 17. The accusation expressed shock that Santella growled at the pro-life activist and admitted he loved killing babies in a guttural voice even while other patients — and at least one child — entered the abortion facility behind him. After video of the incident went viral, Santella was fired by a hospital group where he was affiliated, and later, by the FPA Women’s Health abortion facility. Undeterred, Santella resumed his abortion business at his longtime College-area private practice office. Santella was also charged by the CMB for wrongly prescribing controlled substances to six patients, while failing to perform a physical examination or document reasons for the prescriptions in medical records. He also ignored test results and symptoms of
other serious conditions. When asked why he prescribed opioids to one patient with a history of substance abuse, he callously replied, “[I]n desperation I would refill her medications somehow just to get rid of her.” Santella was also charged with repeated negligent acts in his treatment of a woman who suffered a botched second trimester abortion at FPA Women’s Health in San Diego on Sept. 5, 2015. During the abortion, patient T.B. lost over a half gallon of blood. Later efforts to halt the hemorrhaging failed. Despite her deteriorating condition, Santella refused to transport her for emergency care. Fearing her daughter might die, T.B.’s mother called for an ambulance. That call saved her daughter’s life. When T.B. finally arrived at the hospital, she was in hemorrhagic shock and suffering from an incomplete abortion, perforated uterus, and other internal injuries. She underwent an emergency hysterectomy to save her life, according to the CMB’s amended accusations. “We have long identified Santella as a danger to the public and are relieved after all these years that Santella will soon surrender his medical license,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman.
‘Heroes’ breakfast slated for women’s center
The 500 Heroes Men’s Breakfast Fundraiser for Alternatives Women’s Center will be held Saturday, Sept. 16, from 8 to 10 a.m. at Emmanuel Faith Community Church in Escondido. It will feature guest speaker Alan Shlemon. Alternatives Women’s Center understands that the conversation of preborn life is not just a woman’s issue. The 500 Heroes Men’s Breakfast is one way to educate and empower every man facing an unplanned pregnancy, as well as to honor the men who stand up for life. The men’s breakfast is an opportunity to bring men together to discuss their challenges, concerns, and hopes surrounding the topic of life — encouraging men to be champions for the preborn. Shlemon is an author and speaker at Stand to Reason. He trains Christians to share their convictions in a persuasive yet gracious manner. Known for teaching on some of the most controversial issues of our time, he tackles topics such as abortion, evolution, homosexuality, bioethics, and Islam. Alternatives Women’s Center began more than 30 years ago as a small Christ-centered ministry helping women facing unplanned pregnancies by offering diapers, baby
clothes, and other needed supplies. Today, Alternatives Women’s Center is a fully accredited life-affirming AAAHC medical clinic. It meets the standards of care set forth by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Healthcare, offering pregnancy testing, limited obstetrical ultrasounds, parenting education courses, counseling, and many other programs and services — including providing diapers, formula, baby clothing and other supplies needed by families. In 2015, Alternatives Women’s Center expanded its reach by adding a Mobile Medical Clinic to the community. Both medical clinics — the mobile and the building in downtown Escondido — have a full medical staff. Alternatives Women’s Center is a 501C3 and is 100 percent funded by donations. In its second year, the 500 Heroes Men’s Breakfast Fundraiser gives men who care about preborn lives a forum to learn, discuss, and grow as they raise money for Alternatives. The 500 Heroes Breakfast Fundraiser will be held at Emmanuel Faith Community Church, 639 E. 17th St., Escondido. For information, contact Terese Woll, development director, at (760) 741-9796. Register online for the breakfast at www.awc-ca.org.
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“King David also ordered the… singers into an orchestra, and they played loudly and joyously…” – 1 Chron. 15:16 (TLB)
Countywide unity focus of R.I.S.E. San Diego
ifferent events on San Diego’s landscape carry with them the flavor of unity beyond denominational lines. One such venue is the second annual “R.I.S.E. San Diego” outreach held at Waterfront Park, 1600 Pacific Highway, on Saturday, Sept. 23, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. The acronym “R.I.S.E.” stands for R - Restoration of the region, I - Identity in fullness of the sons and daughters, S - Sound of the many waters flowing in unison, and E- Enter the Kingdom Age. According to visionary Kerah Riel, this is in response to God’s heart for bringing the entire Christian church in San Diego County together. “Last year the Lord gave me a vision of four large tents, each representing one of the four regions of San Diego — North, South, East, and West — filled with the sounds of continuous worship. He then said that He was calling the body of Christ in San Diego to rise up as a region and through worship, unite together to see His Kingdom come like we’ve haven’t yet seen, and that He wanted it to take place in the heart of our city at Waterfront Park.” When asked the significance of the location for the venue, Riel said, “This park is a very strategic place as it is not only where the county building is and governmental decisions are made, but it is also at the port of San Diego where there is much coming in and going out.” God impressed Kerah that this would be the place where we would see Him usher in a New Era, the Kingdom Era, where the church would take the land and see His Kingdom come out on every street, in every city, in the marketplaces, parks, and businesses centers.” When asked what this event would look like, Riel stated, “There will be four area tents representing the county and one center tent for a collaborative sound. Each area will be unique in the colors, sound, and DNA it carries, and this will give an opportunity for the identity to come in an even greater measure, yet still establishing unity and a coming together. There are so many hidden, ‘burning ones’ who are God’s treasures in each region. This event will give them opportunities to release their sounds of worship!” Many believers in San Diego are sensing that something unique is happening here, as joint worship venues, “One New Man” conferences, united prayer vigils for this city and nation, along with interdenominational humanitarian efforts seem to be cropping up countywide. Riel identified the growing phenomenon this way, “The Father is declaring that a mighty army is rising in San Diego, and we know whose we are, who we are and what we’ve been created for. We are not hired soldiers, we are family; tribes of people walking in unison and genuine harmony who serve and lay down our lives for the sake of our God, His Kingdom, and one another. It’s an uprising of a new breed.” Indeed, in recent times, God has seemed to earmark San Diego as a special city for bringing people together. In 2003, for example,
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Qualcomm Stadium was the site for one of the largest Billy Graham Crusades in history. According to Rick Marshall, one of the key organizers of the Mission San Diego with Billy Graham event, “The results went far beyond my expectations with over 270,000 people attending, and more than 16,000 people responding to the call for salvation.” Riel is among many who sense that God’s mandate over our county is as strong as ever. As such, she has posed this challenge to the collective Church in San Diego. “Do you have a heart cry to see our region and cities changed?” Riel asked. “What if people who loved Jesus from all over San Diego county worshiped the Lord, out in the very heart of San Diego, out in the streets, out where our neighbors, complete strangers, tourists, and people are that have never encountered Him? What would happen if the worship was continuous, all day; a giant party, and we loved and worshipped our God, and His name was exalted over San Diego, out in public?” One might ask of Riel’s credentials for
PRAISE REPORT CAZ TAYLOR envisioning and administering such an event. The answer should be encouraging to all whom God has called, regardless of their station. Riel is just an ordinary believer willing to step out and do extraordinary things on behalf of her King and Savior. She spoke to that issue when she said. “This is a call to San Diego to R.I.S.E. in this hour, a call to all the burning, hidden, nameless, and faceless ones. This is about His Church, His Body.” For information about this event, or to find out about a new album featuring a new sound for San Diego forged by local worshipers, go to www.armyrisingsandiego.com. o Caz Taylor authored David’s Tabernacle, Patterns for New Testament Worship, and is co-owner of San Diego production company, www/bizvidcommunications.com.
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Kerah Riel stakes out Promised Land for the Sept. 23 worship event at San Diego’s Waterfront Park.
B.J. Thomas performing in Poway on Sept. 30 Music legend B.J. Thomas will perform Saturday, Sept. 30, at the Poway Center for Performing Arts. Known for hits “Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head,” “Hooked on a Feeling,” and “Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song,” Thomas straddles lines between musical styles while achieving success in multiple genres. Known initially for his pop and rock output, Thomas turned to country music in the 70s and earned five Grammy awards and 15 Top 40 hits. Four of the singer’s Grammy awards were earned from his work in gospel music in the late 70s and 80s. He’s won two Dove Awards for his B.J. Thomas gospel albums. The emergence of the Oscar winning “Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head” in a key scene in Spider-Man 2 in 2004 underscores Thomas’ continued place as an identifiable cultural touchstone, and in recent years — as he continues to do 60 to 80 shows annually throughout the U.S. and tour internationally. Thomas, who turned 75 on Aug. 9, has discovered through technology just how deep and loyal his fan’s commitment runs. After an interview with an online DJ, the host put some music together for a one-hour package that could be accessed online — and Thomas had 3.5 million downloads in three days. "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry" was his first hit in 1966. He has sold more than 70 million records and is ranked in Billboard’s Top Please turn to page 9
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9:30 a.m., Child Evangelism Fellowship of San Diego hosts first teacher training class for Fall 2017, “God: The Creator and King,” continental breakfast at 9 a.m., Child Evangelism Fellowship, La Mesa, 619-469-8593. 11 a.m., The North Coast Women’s Connection Autumn Planting & Design for the Holidays luncheon sponsored by Stonecroft, guest speaker Anesa Cronin, held at Lomas Santa Fe Country Club, Solana Beach, reservations 760-815-2779.
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Aug.11-Sept. 24, Lamb’s Players Theatre presents “The Explorer’s Club,” Coronado, 619-437-6000. Aug. 16-Sept. 2, Moonlight presents “Sunset Boulevard”, Moonlight Amphitheatre, Vista, 760-724-2110. Sept. 13-30, Moonlight presents “In the Heights”, Moonlight Amphitheatre, Vista, 760-724-2110. Sept. 22-24, The Village Church Community Theater presents “Murder By the Book” a mystery dinner theater show, The Village Church, Rancho Santa Fe, tickets 858-756-2441.
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6:30 p.m., Hearts to You Craft Show benefitting Hope Christian Preschool and children’s programs, Hope United Methodist Church, Rancho Bernardo, 858-485-5840. 9 a.m., Hearts to You Craft Show benefitting Hope Christian Preschool and children’s programs, Hope United Methodist Church, Rancho Bernardo, 858-485-5840. 4:30 p.m., The Gathering Conference, keynote speaker Sadie Robertson (A & E’s Duck Dynasty), tickets, Shadow Mountain Community Church, 619-590-2131. 9 a.m., Dare 2 Share LIVE, The Rock Church, San Marcos, 619-226-7625. 9 a.m., 1st. Annual Car Show on the Circle, First Presbyterian Church of El Cajon, 619-442-2583. 9 a.m., Hearts to You Craft Show benefitting Hope Christian Preschool and children’s programs, Hope United Methodist Church, Rancho Bernardo, 858-485-5840. 9 a.m., Yard Sale, Harvest Time Church, El Cajon, 619-588-9912. 2:30 p.m., X-Claimed Ministries “Revive” Community Outreach, Ruocco Park (near Seaport Village) San Diego, 619-728-9191. 5 p.m., Birth Choice 30 Year Celebration & Fundraising Banquet, keynote speaker Dr. Robert Reccord, held at: Sheraton, Carlsbad, register at Http://www.birthchoice.net/donate/events or call 760-744-1313. 7 p.m., Does Atheism make sense of reality? An exciting debate featuring Dr. Andy McIntosh and Dan Barker, held at SDSU Alumni Hall, for more info. APNAhope.org.
7 a.m., See You At The Pole, student gathering events at school flagpoles, times may vary-usually 45 minutes before first classes. Sponsored by National Network of Youth Ministries, 858-451-1111. 6:30 p.m., See You At The Pole youth rally, sponsored by Urban Youth Collaborative, New Hope Chuch of Penasquitos, San Diego, 619-944-6611. 6:30 p.m., Bethel Seminary San Diego 40th Anniversay celebration banquet, held at Hilton Mission Valley, San Diego, 619-325-5200. 9 a.m., Bethel Seminary San Diego 40th Anniversay celebration, held at Bethel Seminary San Diego Chapel and College Avenue Baptist, San
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6 p.m., Preventing Domestic Violence seminar, including elder abuse and child abuse, Ascension Catholic Church, San Diego, 858-775-4828. 3 p.m., Parkway Hills Church Family Fun Harvest Festival, FREE event including bounce houses, games, movie @ sunset, bonfire & smores, Parkway Hills Church, Chula Vista, 619-656-3697.
10 a.m., Creation Day Family Festival, “Made in His Image, held at Creation & Earth History Museum, Santee, CreationSD.org, 619-599-1104.
B.J. Thomas . . .
Continued from page 7 50 most played artists of the past 50 years. B. J. has been married to his wife, Gloria, for 45 years, and they have three daughters and three granddaughters. His wife became a Christian in 1975, and a short time later, so did he. In 1976, Thomas released Home Where I Belong on Myrrh Records, the first of several gospel albums. It was the first Christian album to go platinum, and Thomas was regarded the biggest contemporary Christian artist of the period. Home Where I Belong was the first Christian album to go platinum and won a Grammy and a Dove. Thomas is the only artist to have the “Song of the Year” on the pop, country, and gospel charts. The Sept. 30 concert is presented by Poway Onstage and begins at 8 p.m. For ticket information visit www.powayonstage.org.
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Several faith-based films opening this month Artist Hannah Ford presents ‘Personal Decree’
What a summer we have had with heat, fires, political challenges, terrorism, and brave men and women fighting for our country. As Christians we know God has his plans for all of us, yet dealing with all of the above, I am so blessed to have the job of finding and seeing faith-based movies and profiles that I can pass on to others. Hopefully, some of the films will sustain, inspire, and remind us we reap what we sow, and God’s goodness is with us. Recently, I attended the press day for Detroit, a movie about the riots in the Motor City in 1967. Kathryn Bigelow directs and Mark Boal (The Hurt Locker, Zero Dark Thirty) wrote the screenplay. These multitalented filmmakers have taken a true life drama and produced a film that should be shown on every TV in every home in America. The movie is hard to watch, especially for me since I was attacked during the riots in Newark, N.J. in 1967, but essential for all of us to come together. It’s still in theaters. Don’t miss the amazing story, incredible acting and directing. To read my review and interviews visit www.reviewexpress.com/ review.php?rv=1815. Several Faith-based films will open soon. Fans of Steve McQueen (who died at age 50), might be surprised that he was a believer in Jesus Christ. Pastor Greg Laurie partners with the Erwin Brothers (Woodlawn and Moms’ Night Out) for the amazing faith journey of Steve Mcqueen: American Icon. This one-night event is Thursday, Sept. 28 only. Find your closest theater and get tickets at http://stevemcqueenmovie. com/tickets. All Saints is based on the inspiring true story of a salesman-turned-pastor Michael Spurlock (John Corbett) and the tiny church he was ordered to shut down. A group of refugees from Southeast Asia risked everything to plant seeds for a future that could save them all. Release date: Aug 25, 2017, in many theaters in the county. Production companies: Affirm Films and Provident Films. There is much we don’t know about going on in Hollywood, but it’s nice to hear what
FRESH LEMONS DIANA SAENGER Karen Covell of Hollywood Prayer is doing to bring faith into that environment. Here are some of her requested prayers: • The Emmys air Sept. 17. Pray and ask the Lord to touch each person who is nominated for an Emmy and for God to move in the hearts of the writers as they write the upcoming storylines for each show. Our prayers can impact the people and the messages these shows project across the world. • Pray for Jim Carrey, who preached about Jesus to a group of at-risk young men. He is on a beautiful spiritual journey. We need to be alongside him with our prayers of love, blessings and truth! • Pray for Tom Cruise, recently injured doing a stunt filming of Mission Impossible 6. Pray for his recovery, protection, and for him to see God’s truth, even though his deep belief is in Scientology. In times like this, people can become more open to God and His healing and saving grace! • Suicide is rampant in the South African film community. As the film industry grows Africa, so do the suicides of their filmmakers. Pray for the filmmakers all over the world who can’t make a living, are treated horribly both in getting work and on the set. It’s a brutal industry for creative, sensitive people — they need our prayers. • Pray for Justin Bieber who cancelled his world tour for more personal time and pursuing his faith. He is praised by some for this decision, yet his fans are quite upset he is letting them down. It’s another example of the life of a celebrity: personal decisions affect the world. This is a tough space to live in, especially as a Christian. o Find Diana Saenger’s reviews and interviews at www.reviewexpress.com.
By CAZ TAYLOR The Prophet Habakkuk tells us to write the vision plainly upon tablets so those who read it may run with it. And, though the vision may tarry, wait for it. Singer/songwriter Hannah Ford experienced a variation of that scripture, as she has plainly written her lyric for her new newest music CD, Personal Decree. “I have prayed for so long over this fiveyear 'album making process,'” declared Ford, "that San Diego would see this album as one of their own and embrace it."
Ford's collection of songs is heartfelt, and crafted to speak to that longing place in everyone's soul that needs God's comforting touch. "I have a ‘personal decree’ that no matter how life rolls," Ford said, "I’ll keep on praising with all my heart and soul." This song and the entire album remind people of their identity as God’s children and moves them to keep pressing into God through the battles of life with hope, trust, and praise. "I want this album to encourage people and lead them to make their own personal decree — to trust and worship God no matter their circumstances." Ford understands challenging circumstances. Much of her life has been spent ministering to people of hardships. The lyrics of her songs bring compassion in the face of hopelessness. God has used Ford’s diverse upbringing to mold her. She was born in San Diego and raised in a Mexican gang neighborhood in the Los Angeles area. She grew up ministering with Baja Christian Ministries in Mexico. Ford graduated from Humboldt State University. In this New Age influenced environment, Ford began writing songs to friends that needed to experience God’s love. Introducing a loving God through her songs is one of the most enjoyable parts of her music ministry. This is particularly true with her "Personal Decree" album. "Every song is written with a powerful message that is so important to us all today," explains Ford. "The album brings us to the feet of Jesus to worship. It cries out for breakthrough, grabs on to faith in the midst of the storms, and clings to God's promises with strength and
resolve." The early reviews support this. Said Aimee Herd, Editor of Breaking Christian News"There’s a personal place like no other when you are sure of where your strength comes from: that it doesn’t come from you—but the One who died and rose again to bring you life eternal. It’s not a place of pride; it’s a place of reliance on the God. It’s out of this place of relationship with Jesus that Hannah Ford brings melodic expressions of praise and worship that seem to usher you right into that secret place with the Lord, as well as songs of trusting through struggles, and of calling on God for help." Today, Ford attends the Rock Church, Point Loma with her husband and leads worship for various ministries there as well as leading a prayer ministry for the worship department. On some Sundays, you will also find Ford leading worship at other churches as a guest worship leader throughout San Diego. To find out more about Ford, and her life, her heart, and her music, especially Personal Decree, visit her website at www. hannahford.com.
books by locals
Local author author Bob Siegel’s juvenile fiction book — The Dangerous Christmas Ornament — has earned the title of “Distinguished Favorite” for 2017 by the Independent Press Awards. The whimsical story combines non-stop adventure with morality. It’s about 12-yearold Mike Owen, who receives a magical gift from his aunt: A Christmas ornament that, to his amazement and delight, grants wishes. But, for every wish Mike makes, something bad happens to those around him. As Mike begins to weigh his own desires against their dangerous consequences, he learns a valuable lesson about choice and personal responsibility. A graduate of Denver Seminary and San Jose State University, Bob Siegel is a pastor, author, columnist, radio talk show host, and popular guest speaker. Siegel has published other fiction and nonfiction work including The Holocaust Against Israel, Push the Winds Around, I’d Like to Believe in Jesus, But…, Choice of the Lorelei, and Inside the Castle in the Glass. He also writes and directs plays including the award-winning, full-length drama Eternal Reach. Siegel lives in San Diego and serves at Skyline Church in San Diego as apologetics pastor. The book is available at amazon.com. o This column is dedicated to promote area authors of new books. Send suggestions to email@example.com.
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“Let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds, not forsaking our own assembling…” – Heb. 10:24-25 (NAS)
Legacy Center donates fixtures to Father Joe’s Villages In preparation for its upcoming luxury resort and event center, the Legacy International Center recently donated the fixtures of its future home property, the Mission Valley resort, to Father Joe’s Villages, one of San Diego’s largest homeless services provider. The donation will benefit Father Joe’s Villages’ programs in San Diego. The charity houses more than 1,900 people a night, and operates multiple supportive services throughout San Diego, including health care, therapeutic child care, addiction treatment, employment training, meals, and other programs. Father Joe’s Villages’ mission is to prevent and end homelessness, one life at a time.
“As Legacy International Center launches in San Diego, we are excited to see the project leaders considering the role they can play in addressing our region's homelessness crisis,” said Deacon Jim F. Vargas, president and CEO of Father Joe’s Villages. "By donating the contents of the current Mission Valley Resort to Father Joe's Villages, the Legacy International Center will start off making a valuable investment that will help us transform more lives." “From the very beginning, we decided that the Legacy International Center would be more than a resort or event center but a blessing to the San Diego community,” said Jim Penner, executive director of the Legacy
International Center. Dr. Morris Cerullo, patron of the International Legacy Center, added, “For more than six decades, I’ve witnessed Father Joe’s Villages shine as a beacon of hope to thousands of families — including children and veterans — in our city. It’s an honor to support their work as they empower people.” The 18-acre hotel complex will offer spa services and luxury accommodations and an event center, fully-equipped with a lecture and performing arts hall and a 500-seat theater. The Legacy International Center will also serve as a ministry training center. Biblically-themed exhibits are also planned at the center, scheduled to open in 2019.
Harold Brown: Changed man helping others . . .
Continued from page 1 “My addiction to drugs and alcohol started when I was 11 years old. My baseball teammates offered me marijuana, but I refused. Instead I went home and stole my father’s bottle of Cutty Shark whiskey, brought it back to the party, and ended up drinking ¾ of the bottle that night. The next morning they again offered, and I smoked pot to alleviate my hangover. At 12 years old, I started using LSD.” His drug addiction grew, and after finishing his junior year in high school, he left home on a drug-selling trip across the country. He hit rock bottom when he was 24 and joined the Army, where he rose to the rank of Sergeant E5, serving three of his four years in Germany. Returning home to Florida, crack cocaine had hit the scene, and he soon became addicted and turned to stealing to feed the addiction. In two years, he had accumulated hundreds of felonies against him and served several prison terms. At his last court hearing, the judge told him, “if he ever saw me again, he would sentence me to 25 years to life. Getting out of prison for the last time, he bought a bus ticket ending up in San Diego through Phoenix and Long Beach, and became employed as a pipefitter at NASSCO. Still an addict, one Friday night after payday, Brown visited a local bar — getting passed out drunk. “The next morning I awoke wearing blue pajamas and lying on a wooden bunk, along with stinky and snoring men around me. I was terribly hung over, and had no idea where I was or what happened the night before” Harold discovered he was at the San Diego Rescue Mission. He had been found the night before beaten up, robbed and passed out on the street by several homeless men. “That morning I heard a man giving his testimonial, and it sounded just like his life. The testimonial ended with: ‘Jesus Christ can free you if you give your life to Him. But if you leave here, you will die. If you come forward, Christ will give you new life’ — So, I stepped forward and received Christ into my life.” Now not wanting to leave the mission, he was given a Bible, and as long as he sat and read, he could stay. So that day he read Genesis. And the next day he continued to read the Bible. He began working at the San Diego Rescue Mission as a plumber/maintenance person, and was given a $5 a week stipend. As the years passed, he was hired as the facilities
manager. It was there that Brown met Jacky, who would become his wife. Six months later they began dating, five months after that they were married, and together they have raised four wonderful children. In 2001, when management changes occurred at the Rescue Mission, Brown was deeply offended by a remark from one of the new senior staff members, which sent him into a tailspin. The enemy used this offense, which led him on a two-week binge away from Jacky and the children. When he finally walked through the door of his home, Brown observed the same people who offended him participating in a prayer circle along with Jacky, pleading to God for his safe return. The next day Jacky drove to Dulzura and dropped him off at a Set Free Ministries camp for their 30-day program. Once graduated from the program, and now clean, Brown came home but lost his job at the rescue mission. He was out of work for three months when Bob Hamann, an East County business owner and Rescue Mission board member, met with Brown and offered him a job in property management with his company. Brown accepted and managed properties in
the South Bay and El Centro. At that time the City of El Cajon was experiencing lots of homelessness and through a series of events, El Cajon held its first homeless shelter. The Hamanns, who are active in the community, stepped up and bought the Fabulous 7 Motel in El Cajon as a potential homeless shelter and permanent solution. In 2009, Brown along with the Hamann family, founded East County Transitional Living Center at the former motel where hundreds of men, women and children find the love of Christ and are transformed. “I look back over my life through the addiction and realize that it is only by the grace of God I am still alive. Now it’s my turn to pay it forward and help others transform their lives from homeless and addiction problems, so that they too can realize how amazing life as a sober, self-sufficient person in Christ can be,” Brown shared. Brown’s life Scripture is found in Ephesians 4:28, “He who steals must steal no longer, but rather he must labor, performing with his own hands what is good, so that he will have something to share with one who has need.” That’s Harold Brown. For information about the ministry, visit LoveECTLC.org.
School, churches merge in South County unity
In 2016, the ministries at Church of Joy Lutheran, Pilgrim Lutheran, and Lutheran High School of San Diego — each with long and storied histories — came to a place none expected. “We were called to become pioneers instead of historians,” a spokesman said, “to come together as a new creation, not for our own sake but for Chula Vista and the rest of the South Bay.” These three ministries were officially merged as one, and from that was born Victory Church and Victory Christian Academy. “The three now move forward as one congregation, as one academic body, and as one ministry, existing solely for the betterment of our community through the word of Jesus Christ,” the spokesman added. Since merging, many exciting things continue to happen at Victory. Niche. com recently ranked Victory as the top Christian high school in South Bay, and the fifth best overall in the county. The school also recently hired SDSU Hall of Famer DJ Gay as the head basketball coach. The spokesman said the most exciting aspect is the development of a new 8.5-acre campus in Chula Vista (two miles east of the 805 freeway on H Street) that will be home to the church, as well as the academy for ages preschool through 12th grade. “Our hope is not only to unify our campuses but also the community that surrounds it by providing a place of worship and education where any and all are welcome,” he added. For information on the school and church at Victory, visit www.victorysouthbay.org.
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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)
School board allows controversial sex ed program Key is addressing root causes of IBS A growing group of concerned parents, whose efforts are being supported by the National Center for Law & Policy, submitted more than 2,000 signatures, petitioning the San Diego Unified School District to suspend the Advocates for Youth 3R’s Sexual Health Education Program until a more suitable alternative can be identified. These purposeful efforts, described by the San Diego Strategic Forum as “valiant,” were not enough to dislodge the sex program. After hearing powerful arguments from the concerned parents, the SDUSD board affirmed the program this summer. “We understand the state legal requirement and the need to teach sexual education and were hopeful the district would decide to partner with parents in teaching our children age-appropriate information so that they can make healthy sexual choices,” stated concerned parent Ashley Bever. “The Advocates for Youth curriculum is just too much too soon for our kids. It is fundamentally flawed and must be replaced. It is not age-appropriate, nor is it medically accurate. “After carefully reviewing it and studying relevant social science research, we can confirm there is overwhelming evidence that the sex program’s graphic lessons will be profoundly damaging to our kids. Its over-sexualizing content unapologetically promotes pornography and misogyny and undermines parental influence and community values. If we don’t stop it, we are deeply concerned our kids will be hurt. Tragically, we believe the sex ed program will lead to increased incidences of bullying, sexual harassment, child predation, sexual exploitation and sex trafficking in our schools
and community. We want a respect-culture in San Diego, not a rape-culture.” “This is a no-brainer,” declared the NCLP’s Dean Broyles. “Why would any sane educator ever think that introducing young kids to highly addictive and destructive porn, is a good idea? After careful review and reflection, most parents really don’t want the ACLU, Planned Parenthood, or some other distant radical activist think tank with an agenda like Advocates for Youth deciding what it best for their children and imposing their extreme sex theories and social experiments on families.” Broyles said all SDUSD parents who learn what is taught to their kids in this curriculum immediately sign the petition. “This curriculum is a direct frontal assault on religious families and faith communities, representing approximately 75 percent of the district’s population,” he added. “The district should be partnering with parents, not undermining them.” Broyles noted that after months of lobbying, SDUSD finally placed this matter on the formal agenda. However, he said there was concern that the board determined to hear this issue in the middle of summer, when the attention of most parents was directed elsewhere, and decided to limit public comment to only two minutes, in spite of parents’ requests for more time. “Our hope was that the trustees would take their fiduciary duties seriously, carefully review this corrupt curriculum, function as true public servants, and do the right thing—what is truly in the best interests of the children and families entrusted to their care. But tragically, that is not what happened,” Broyles said. “The good news is that the SDUSD board members are officially on notice and cannot now pretend or deny that they know how horrible their sex program actually is,” Broyles added. “They are fully accountable for the consequences of their recklessness to San Diego’s citizens and to God.”
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t is amazing to think that IBS — Irritable Bowl Syndrome — affects 11 percent of the world’s population. In the United States, it affects up to 45 million people. IBS is reported more commonly in women by up to three-fold. IBS can affect all age groups including children and the elderly. Half of people with IBS report having had their first symptoms before the age of 35 years. While IBS is not associated with an increase in mortality, it does significantly reduce a person’s quality of life. It is associated with depression and suicidal thoughts. While family doctors generally diagnose IBS with patients, many others will get confirmation by consultation with a gastroenterologist. Up to 40 percent of all visits to gastroenterologists are due to IBS symptoms. Side effects can include diarrhea, abdominal pain, and flatulence. The problem with a diagnosis of IBS and treatment with conventional medicine is that it almost always does not address the root causes of IBS. There is emerging evidence that a large number of people with IBS have undiagnosed, chronic infections in their digestive tract! One of the infections that is very common is small intestine bacterial overgrowth, known as SIBO. If you have SIBO there are effective natural methods to eliminate the overgrowth of bacteria in the small intestine. Herbal extracts such as berberine, oregano, bilberry, garlic, and others can be very effective. As well, reducing foods for a short period of time that feed the unwanted bacteria, known as the Low FODMAP diet, also help. Then, improving intestinal motility with fibrous foods and fiber supplements such as psyllium and chia seeds prevent a
Marital status . . .
Continued from page 2 that our identity lies in those relationships. That’s what leads us to place more value on those who have more and better relationships and less on those who haven’t had the opportunity to form as many. And as for those who once had them, such as the divorced — well, as Christian divorcée Dena Johnson writes, “It seems as if people everywhere want you to wear a large, scarlet letter ‘D’ around your neck. You are often scorned by the church because of your past.” All this draws us away from the truth that our real identity is found in God, our Creator and Redeemer. This is the ultimate relationship we were created for, the relationship that is accessible to everyone who places his or her faith in Christ. This is, at least in part, what pastors mean when they say, “The ground is level at the foot of the cross.” Before Christ, the differences that keep us apart fall away. That doesn’t mean they don’t exist or don’t matter but it does mean they don’t have to divide us. We can reach past them to accept, support,
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and love each other. As Paul unforgettably wrote, “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” (Gal. 3:28) If we keep our focus on this truth, we can learn to readjust our thinking. With that readjustment would come some important changes in the way we in the church view each other, and consequently in the way we treat each other. Doubtless it would take some time and there would be bumps along the way, as there are in most worthwhile endeavors. But with divine guidance and grace, the result could be a truly unified, truly functioning body of Christ — as opposed to a body that’s not working right because there are a bunch of leftover parts sitting around that no one knew what to do with. OK, my metaphor is a little strained, but you get the idea. When we know who a person truly is — a beloved creation of God, bearing His image — other parts of his or her identity are less likely to get in the way of a loving relationship with that person. And that ultimately leads to a church where single people feel welcomed and cared for, not inferior or invisible. o Gina Dalfonzo is editor of BreakPoint.org and Dickensblog, and the author of One by One: Welcoming the Singles in Your Church. (Baker Books, June 2017)
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“Your duty is to come and preach the coming of the Kingdom of God to all the world.” — Luke 9:60b (LB)
‘Coach for Hope’ says he’s knocked on 100,000 North County doors in past six years After knocking on more than 10,000 doors in North County since 2011, David Young and his family are moving to Nashville. It will allow his wife Diana Marie to pursue her music career. David, known as the “Door-to-Door Man of God,” visits homes to share a message of hope and healing, often giving a copy of his wife’s CD and sharing the testimony of how his young son's ability to talk was restored. The couple was told by doctors there was no cure, and their son wouldn’t be able to talk, but they refused that diagnosis. And now he speaks. “Only God could have done that,” Diana exclaimed. “David uses the testimony to faithfully and constantly share the gospel of Jesus Christ.” Diana said. “David is a true evangelist. His passion to reach hurting souls and offer them the truth about our Lord and Savior has been refreshing for people to witness — leaving a significant touch in the hearts and minds of our local community. “David carries a wellspring of hope in his heart and gives away that wellspring to others. Many friends and families know him as the ‘Coach for Hope.’ Daily, he offers prayer for people right on their front door step. Because of his gentle nature and friendly approach, people almost
have been avoiding Jesus and get an 'a-ha' on how much they need Him. “When someone realizes their only hope is in Jesus and we pray together and give it all to Him, it makes my spirit say, ‘Does it get any better than this?’ Praise be to Jesus.” He explained that the surrendering to the Lord is what’s so important, and it gives him such joy to be in that place, in that moment, with others. “I love showing up and giving a perfect stranger hope in the Lord, and when I get to share a little and even lead someone to the Lord, that is a fantastic day! After knocking on over 100,000 doors, it's new every day, never old, and always exciting to see the Lord's work be done in the lives of His people. With every knock, each experience at the door is different. Everyone has a different background. This is remarkable because I can listen to the person, hear their need, and then wait for the Holy Spirit to lead me in how to minister to them.” David said he is also grateful for meeting Christians who will David Young prays for Bob Bekins at doorway to his home. pray for him. “I remember when
instantly feel trust for him and welcome his prayer.” People in North County may also recognize him from a period of time he spent reaching out at local gas stations and retail shopping centers. “It's so fulfilling when the Holy Spirit falls on someone while I'm talking to them and tears start flowing,” David said. “Sometimes they feel God's love so strong. For someone else maybe they realize they
From Burma to Iraq . . . Continued from page 1 live nearby, and the family regularly has visitors staying in their guesthouse. They stay busy with school activities for Sahale, 16, Suuzane, 14, and Peter, 11. What does a summer vacation look like on their visits to the U.S.? It’s not relaxing at poolside, but instead it’s activities like mountain climbing, rodeo, parachuting, off-road riding, surfing, and hunting. Among the states they visited this year are Alaska, Washington, New Hampshire, Tennessee, Kansas, Colorado, Utah and Wyoming. After California, they head to Texas before returning to Thailand. Why Thailand? Dave’s parents were missionaries there, and after he left the Army, they contacted him, saying he was needed. During that time, in nearby Burma there were serious military skirmishes, with villages destroyed and civilians killed. More than 100,000 people fled their homes, and more than 1 million people are still displaced inside Burma, now known as Myanmar. In the face of the force by the Burma army, Eubanks formed the Free Burma Rangers — with the idea that no one can stop people from giving love and serving one another. One of the Scriptures that Dave Eubanks often cites is John 15:13, “Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.” The rampant ethnic strife against Burma’s myriad ethnic groups has continued in one of the world's longest-running ongoing civil wars. For 21 years, eight months a year, Eubanks has made trips to Burma with the Free Burma Rangers. When help was needed, they delivered a relief team with supplies manned by a medic, videographer, photographer, chaplain, and others. The need is still present, but Eubanks now has 70 relief teams in place to bring aid. So the past three years, he spends only three
months a year training the teams, as well as some special missions. Three years ago, Eubanks was invited to northern Iraq, and he’s also made trips to Syria, Kurdistan and Sudan. He usually takes his family and a team of 10-15 others — including leaders from his Burma teams, videographer and photographers, three local translators, and sometimes Americans. The team in Mosul, Iraq, early this summer was involved in seven daring rescues, but the one that garnered international attention was the girl being saved as ISIS engaged in a gun battle. With help from a tank and smoke, Eubank ran across a road and carried her back on his shoulders. “That was one of our more dangerous missions because ISIS controlled the road, but it was something to even see her among about 70 dead bodies. It was very improbable anyone would survive, but by the grace of God, we were able to rescue her.” The girl’s entire family was killed that day, but Eubank has learned she was recently united with an aunt, something he is going to confirm on his next visit. Eubank said the mission the next day was even more dangerous. Five Iraqis were saved from another heap of rubble. “There was no smoke or tank to help that day, but we had the power of prayer protecting us,” Eubank said. Why does he go to dangerous places? “I feel God has opened that door and there are people needing help,” he responded. “There aren’t enough helpers – and there’s a real need on the front lines.” Other groups help, like Doctors without Borders, but even that highly touted organization doesn’t go into the front lines, Eubank said. “Our prayer is for the opportunity to help the people in Iraq. That’s what we feel God wants us to do in this crazy world.”
The children help with serving the ministry from assisting in medical situations to conducting Good Life Club shows, which is an outdoor Sunday school program with games and music. They also pass out clothes, food, and the love of God. “They help us help others in need,” Eubanks said. “Most of our work is in dangerous areas where we could get shot,” he said. “We see people wounded and killed – that’s our normal working environment.” Still, he finds time for the children to play. “Their main role is to be kids, enjoy life, and obey. Their favorite thing is to ride horses.” “The kids have grown up with a unique perspective on the world,” Eubank noted. He shared about attending a barbecue a few
I left one man’s house, Carlos, and he said, ‘Go get ’em Dave, you are a warrior for us!’ Receiving prayer from others is a blessing to me, lifting me up and giving me reassurance that my mission for Christ is being fulfilled. I love sharing stories with other believers to encourage them and restore hope they may have lost.” He said he loves being able to share his wife's music. “The anointing on Diana Marie is so powerful,” he said. “I listen to the same songs every day as I play them for others — and they still give me the chills. She has been giving hope and healing through her music to the multitudes. Quite simply, her beautiful soft ballads soften people's hearts and helps to lead many to Jesus, drawing them nearer to Him.” David expressed gratitude for his wife and son James’ faithfully praying for him each day he goes out. “Their prayers are powerful and have a huge impact on my success out there. We also pray over the CDs that we prepare for each day and blessings of hope and healing to be released to people as they listen. “My prayer every day is that I will be a blessing to others and have a positive impact for God's kingdom, bringing others closer in their walk to Him. And to have favor, protection, and success in all areas.”
years ago in the U.S. when someone asked Peter if he wanted mustard to go with his hotdog. “No way!” he exclaimed, recalling an incident in Kurdistan when ISIS sent mustard gas into the area. Another time, hearing thunder from a nighttime summer storm, one of the girls was awakened and said it sounded like 80-millimeter mortar. Not the description most young teens would use! While in the U.S., Eubank is speaking in churches about what God has done, thanking donors, and reporting first-hand insight about the conflicts. For information about the event in Murrieta, visit calvarymurrieta.com. Or for information about the ministry, visit freeburmarangers.org.
Dave Eubank and family, from left, Sahale, wife Karen, and Suuzane, plus Peter, in Mosul.
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PRINCIPLED PROSPERITY ANTHONY SAFFER • Consult multiple trustworthy people without any “skin in the game.” Wisdom comes from trustworthy counsel, but don’t fool yourself by only seeking counsel from those who will tell you what you want to hear. “The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, but a wise man is he who listens to counsel.” (Proverbs 12:15) • Can the information and your corresponding decision be founded on a principle that is always right, always relevant, and never going to change? That’s a question Ron Blue often poses and it’s worth posting on your refrigerator. Financial wisdom is not about privileged information, superior intelligence, or absorbing more news, but rather aligning your decisions with sound principles…And that is just one more Principle of Prosperity! o Anthony Saffer, CFP of One Degree Advisors, Inc. coordinates principled financial solutions for families. Learn more at: onedegreeadvisors.com. Advisory services offered through One Degree Advisors, Inc. Securities offered through Securities America, Inc.
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Continued from page 1 Chamber of Commerce. Over the years, the sisters have been named Woman of the Year for the state of California, Citizen of the Year for the city, and were even named grand marshals at Carlsbad High School’s parade. Perhaps one of the most unique accolades is that Lola’s made the Carlsbad High School yearbook, being voted the No. 1 place for the students to go for lunch. Customers can walk in from all over the neighborhood. It seems no one is rushing, but instead, taking their time to chat or taking a seat to eat and spend time with friends. As I sat with Ofie and Teri, customers were greeted by name, and some even felt comfortable coming over to sit at the table with us. Teri said people gravitate here because they feel like they are coming home. The market gives them the opportunity to demonstrate their Christian love for others. Teri attends Emmanuel Faith Community Church in Escondido and Henry attends North Coast Calvary Chapel. “A lot of people are going through something, they can share it here,” Teri said. She recalled taking a food order recently and noticed the customer wasn’t himself. She asked what was wrong and he confided that he was going through a family tragedy. She stopped working at that moment to pray
with him. “Horserace Jim” Stradlin, another “regular” who had been treated for cancer and was cleared, wanted to share his story and his faith, so he asked if he could leave Bibles at the store. To this day there are free Bibles on the counter near the entrance. Teri sees that lives have been transformed, and she in return, is blessed by those who come in. Connie is known for expressing that her calling is to serve people. She can be seen listening to customers, giving wise counsel. Young and old seek her wisdom. God’s love is shared to the community through every family member. The family genuinely cares for this community. This year, Ofie was presented with the Espiritu de la Communidad Award –Spirit of the Community. She is deeply committed to the history and culture of the community. Their non-profit, Fiesta del Barrio Carlsbad Association, awards scholarships to local students, and continues to encourage the community. They hope for the museum to be a blessing to the neighborhood too. Teri and Ofie mentioned they want Lola’s to always be a place where family and friends, past and present, can always come to have stability. At the end of our interview, Teri stated, “The bottom line is not money, it’s how we serve the community.”
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Continued from page 1 Physics and the Royal Aeronautical Society. A chartered mathematician and engineer, and author of more than 180 papers and articles, McIntosh’s research has been in combustion in fluids and solids. His work has also included investigations into the fundamental link between thermodynamics and information, and in the past few years has researched biomimetics, where the minute combustion chamber of the bombardier beetle has inspired a patented novel spray technology with applications to fuel injectors, pharmaceutical sprays, fire extinguishers and aerosols. McIntosh is part of Logos Research Associates. He is also an associate speaker with Answers in Genesis, and on the speaker bureau of Ratio Christi. McIntosh became a Christian in 1969 and at University in Wales realized that the issue of biblical authority was intricately linked with the issue of creation. He is known for his convictions that the biblical creation account is true and entirely consistent with good science. He has written the book Genesis for Today and contributed to the books In Six Days, Should Christians Embrace Evolution, The Delusion of Evolution” and “Origins – Examining the Evidence. Barker became a teenage evangelist at age 15. At 16, he was choir librarian for faith-healer Kathryn Kuhlman’s Los Angeles appearances. He received a degree in religion from Azusa Pacific University and was ordained to the ministry by the Standard Community Church in Standard in 1975. He served as associate pastor in three California churches. Barker was a protestant missionary in Mexico for two years and preached for 19 years. He maintained an ongoing touring musical ministry, including eight years of full-time, cross-country evangelism. Following five years of reading, Barker said he gradually outgrew his religious beliefs. “If I had limited myself to Christian authors, I’d still be a Christian today,” Barker explained. “I just lost faith in faith.” He announced his atheism publicly in January 1984. He tells his story in the books Losing Faith in Faith (1992) and Godless (2008). Barker was PR director of the Freedom From Religion Foundation from 1987 to 2004. He was elected co-president of the foundation with Annie Laurie Gaylor in 2004. The organizers state they are interested in seeing the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ truthfully proclaimed in our communities. “One of our focus areas is exploring the interface between science and faith, to demonstrate that these two areas can meaningfully coexist, that the biblical worldview is reasonable and rational, while also acknowledging the incomprehensibility of God,” a spokesman said. “While we hold to a Christian/biblical worldview, we invite all, regardless of background, to our meetings. Our hope is that these events will enable you to consider the claims of Jesus Christ and decide for yourself how you will respond to it,” he said. All are welcomed to this event, Sept. 26, 7 p.m., at the SDSU Alumni Hall. Details may be found at www.truthandscience.org/ debate. SUBSCRIBE to Good News, Etc., for $30 a year. Send your check to: P.O. Box 2660, Vista, CA 92085
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