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Calvary Baptist Church - 6122 Haverford Avenue - Philadelphia PA 19151 Dr. Garth G. Gittens, Pastor/Teacher Evangelist Gillian Gittens, First Lady 215-747-9979 Our Website: www.calvaryphilly.org.
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! “Message from the Editor” This month’s scripture is from Job 5:6-11, “Although affliction cometh not forth of the dust, neither doth trouble spring out of the ground; Yet man is born unto trouble, as the sparks fly upward. I would seek unto God, and unto God would I commit my cause: Which doeth great things and unsearchable; marvellous things without number: Who giveth rain upon the earth, and sendeth waters upon the fields: To set up on high those that be low; that those which mourn may be exalted to safety.” GOD HAS SOMETHING SPECIAL FOR YOU. That’s right. God has something in store for you. You may not believe it, but it’s true. As we begin another new year 2013, our life has already been mapped. It’s not hard to follow what God has planned for you. All you have to do is to stop,look, listen, and learn. God speaks to us daily. We are the ones who do not want to listen to what God has to say. We have our own agenda. We want to do things our way. We only think of ourselves. Try thinking about someone else for a change. You just might get some unexpected results. You just might like how it makes you feel. It’s a wonderful feeling. We need to stop living in the past and think about the future. I am sure that every last one of us has done something last year that we wished we hadn’t. We can be blessed by our past or we can be hindered by it. What’s your choice going to be? I don’t know about you, but I am going to treasure last year’s memories, forget last year’s disappointments and frustrations, and look forward to this year’s blessings by following God’s plan and be the best person I can be. So, what are you going to do?
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The theme for 2013 is “Try not to be mean in 2013.”
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1 New Year's Day 2 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM AGAPE Distribution of
12 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM Teen Divine Praise Ministry Rehearsal - Sanctuary
13 11:00 AM Children's Church - 6116 Haverford Ave
Food and Clothing 12:00 PM AGAPE - Free Hot Lunch Served 1:00 PM Afternoon Bible Study - Sanctuary 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM Video and Special Events Ministry Meeting - Radio Room 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM Focus on the Family
Morning Worship Services - Sanctuary - Male Chorus - 7:30am, 9:30am, and 11:30am
14 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM Agape Outreach Services
TFH 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM Praise & Worship Ministry Rehearsal - Sanctuary
Distribute Food & Clothing - 6114 10:30 AM Seniors Ministry Meeting - 6118 Haverford Avenue 6:00 PM Building Fund Ministry Meeting - 6114 Haverford Avenue 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM Martial Arts Ministry - TFH
4 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM Friday Night Prayer Service -
15 5:30 PM - 9:30 PM Harcum College Classes 6114
& 6116 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM Memorial Choir Rehearsal 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM Teen Divine Praise Dance Ministry Class & Rehearsal - TFH 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM Mass Choir Rehearsal Sanctuary 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM Adult Divine Praise Dance Ministry Class & Rehearsal - TFH
3 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM Drama Ministry Rehearsal -
5 7:00 AM NO Real Men Get Up Early - TFH 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM New Members Discipleship Classes - 6116 2nd Floor 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM Children Divine Praise Ministry Rehearsal - Sanctuary 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM Teen Divine Praise Ministry Rehearsal - Sanctuary 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM Mission Ministry Meeting 6114
16 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM AGAPE Distribution of Food and Clothing 12:00 PM AGAPE - Free Hot Lunch Served 1:00 PM Afternoon Bible Study - Sanctuary 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM Video and Special Events Ministry Meeting - Radio Room 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM Focus on the Family
6 9:30 AM January Church Chat Distributed 11:00 AM Children's Church - 6116 Haverford Ave 1:00 PM Hospitality Ministry Meeting - TFH Communion Services - Sanctuary - Mass Choir 7:30am, 9:30am, and 11:30am Morning Worship Services - Sanctuary - Male Chorus - 7:30am, 9:30am, and 11:30am
17 5:30 PM - 9:30 PM Harcum College Classes 6114 & 6116 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM Drama Ministry Rehearsal TFH 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM Praise & Worship Ministry Rehearsal - Sanctuary
7 - Jan 11 Annual Church Fast 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM The Sanctuary will be open for prayer
18 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM Friday Night Prayer Service Sanctuary
8 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM The Sanctuary will be open for
19 7:00 AM Real Men Get Up Early - TFH
9:00 AM Male Chorus Rehearsal - 6114 2nd Floor 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM Children Divine Praise Ministry Rehearsal - Sanctuary 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM Teen Divine Praise Ministry Rehearsal - Sanctuary 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Women's Ministry Meeting 6116 2nd Floor
9 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM The Sanctuary will be open for prayer
10 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM The Sanctuary will be open for prayer
11 7:00 PM Breaking the Fast Service - Pastor Gittens & Bishop Darrell Robinson Yesha Ministries
20 11:00 AM Children's Church - 6116 Haverford Ave
12 7:00 AM NO Real Men Get Up Early - TFH
11:30 AM Right Hand of Fellowship 1:00 PM Deadline for Articles for the "FEBRUARY Church Chat Morning Worship Services - Sanctuary - Male Chorus - 7:30am, 9:30am, and 11:30am
9:00 AM Male Chorus Rehearsal - 6114 2nd Floor 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM Children Divine Praise Ministry Rehearsal - Sanctuary
AGAPE Outreach Services Closed in Observance of Martin Luther King Holiday Church Administration Office Closed in Observance of Martin Luther King Holiday
28 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM Agape Outreach Services
Martin Luther King, Jr.
& 6116 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM Memorial Choir Rehearsal 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM Teen Divine Praise Dance Ministry Class & Rehearsal - TFH 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM Mass Choir Rehearsal Sanctuary 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM Adult Divine Praise Dance Ministry Class & Rehearsal - TFH
Distribute Food & Clothing - 6114 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM Martial Arts Ministry - TFH
29 5:30 PM - 9:30 PM Harcum College Classes 6114
22 5:30 PM - 9:30 PM Harcum College Classes 6114 & 6116 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM Memorial Choir Rehearsal 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM Teen Divine Praise Dance Ministry Class & Rehearsal - TFH 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM Mass Choir Rehearsal Sanctuary 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM Adult Divine Praise Dance Ministry Class & Rehearsal - TFH
30 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM AGAPE Distribution of Food and Clothing 12:00 PM AGAPE - Free Hot Lunch Served 1:00 PM Afternoon Bible Study - Sanctuary 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM Video and Special Events Ministry Meeting - Radio Room 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM Focus on the Family
23 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM AGAPE Distribution of Food and Clothing 12:00 PM AGAPE - Free Hot Lunch Served 1:00 PM Afternoon Bible Study - Sanctuary 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM Video and Special Events Ministry Meeting - Radio Room 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM Focus on the Family
31 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM Drama Ministry Rehearsal TFH 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM Praise & Worship Ministry Rehearsal - Sanctuary
24 5:30 PM - 9:30 PM Harcum College Classes 6114 & 6116 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM Drama Ministry Rehearsal TFH 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM Ministry Leadership Council Meeting - TFH
25 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM Friday Night Prayer Service Sanctuary
26 7:00 AM Real Men Get Up Early - TFH 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM Children Divine Praise Ministry Rehearsal - Sanctuary 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM Teen Divine Praise Ministry Rehearsal - Sanctuary
27 11:00 AM Children's Church - 6116 Haverford Ave 1:30 PM Pastor preaching at 2nd Macedonia BC Elizabeth, NJ for Pastor Adair 8th Anniversary Mass Choir & Ushers Bus leaves at 1:30pm. Please do NOT board the bus if you have NOT purchased a ticket. Morning Worship Services - Sanctuary - Male Chorus - 7:30am, 9:30am, and 11:30am
MINISTRY LEADERS COUNCIL
Did you get your 2013 calendar yet? If so, please mark Saturday, March 30, 2013 – that’s the date of our Annual Awards Luncheon and Fashion Show. Get Ready for another award winning show. Get Ready for another day of fun, fashions, and fellowship. Get Ready to reserve your tickets now!!
There will be an important Ministry Leaders Council Meeting on Thursday, January 24, 2013 at 7:00pm in the Talmadge Fellowship Hall. Important church business to be discussed. All Ministries should have at least one person present to get pertinent information to take back to your Ministry members. Ask your ministry leader to attend this important meeting.
It will be held at the luxurious Drexelbrook Banquet Facility in Drexel Hill, PA — Sis. Carmen Stratford and Sis. Maxine Timazee, Ticket Chairpersons. Sis. Barbara Ricks-Strand and Sis. Denise Royal, General Chairpersons. Sis. Mattie Hull, President We ask every Calvary member to please place a patron ad to help our youth. Sis. Denise Clark, Ads Committee Chairperson and Sis. Cynthia Lowery, Ads Committee CoChairperson. NEW MEMBERS BANQUET The Calvary Baptist Church’s 10th New Members’ Banquet, sponsored by Special Events and Discipleship and Caring Ministries, will be held on Saturday, February 16, 2013 from 4:30pm to 7:30pm in Talmadge Fellowship Hall. It is in honor of members who have joined Calvary and have taken New Members’ Discipleship Class between May 5, 2012 and October 14, 2012. All Ministry Leaders are requested and encouraged to attend. Banquet is free of charge. Please RSVP for yourself and one guest by Saturday, February 10, 2013 to Tr. Valerie Hayes email@example.com, Sis Sheila Heath firstname.lastname@example.org or Sis Sharon Russum email@example.com. Submitted by: Trustee Valerie D. Hayes, President, Discipleship and Caring Trustee Mattie B. Hull, President, Special Events Ministry
Come join the Annual Church Fast beginning Monday, January 7, 2013 through Friday, January 11, 2013 if you are able. Check with your physician first. The Sanctuary will be open for prayer from 6:00pm to 8:00pm each day of the Fast, except Friday. On Friday, January 11, 2013, there will be a “Breaking The Fast” service at 7:00pm with Pastor Garth G. Gittens and Bishop Darrell Robinson from Yesha Ministries.
MALE CHORUS TITHING ENVELOPES - 2013 Men of Calvary we need YOU. The Male Chorus will have rehearsals on Saturday, January 12th and January 19th, 2013 in the Talmadge Fellowship Hall. New members are always welcome!
OVERFLOW MINISTRY Please be mindful of people attending 11:30am worship service in the Overflow in the Talmadge Fellowship Hall. Loud talking and unnecessary walking are distractions to our Worshipers. Thank you and God Bless. PASTOR GARTH G. GITTENS ENGAGEMENTS Pastor Gittens will be preaching at Second Macedonia Baptist Church 1251 Fairmount Avenue, Elizabeth, NJ 07208 on Sunday, January 27, 2013 at 5:00pm for Pastor Joseph L. Adair’s 8th Pastoral Anniversary. Dinner will be served at 4:00pm. Mass Choir and Ushers will accompany the Pastor. The Bus will be available and leave Calvary at 1:30pm. Donation $15.00. Please call or visit the Church Office to sign-up 6142 Haverford Avenue. Phone 215747-9979. Please do NOT board the bus if you have NOT purchased a ticket. CHURCH FAST
Attention all members. If you need to order Tithing Envelopes for 2013, please fill out a Tithing Request Form, which is located in the church vestibule. Place the form in the offering basket or drop it in the church office mail slot located at 6142 Haverford by Thursday. You may then pick up your envelopes on Sunday from the Ushers Ministry in the sanctuary.
WOMEN’S MINISTRY The Women’s Ministry will have a meeting on Saturday, January 19, 2013 in the Talmadge Fellowship Hall from 12:00pm to 1:00pm. All women are invited to attend. Evangelist Gillian Gittens will be one of the speakers at the RUWACH United Fellowship, Inc. “Spring Cleaning” 9th Women’s Conference. Theme: Psalm 51:10 – Wednesday, March 6 to Saturday, March 9, 2013 at The Hotel Hershey in Hersey, Pennsylvania. For more information contact: Bishop Dawn R. Brown 856678-6144 or the Church Office 215747-9979.
A FATHER’S BOOK OF WISDOM OBSERVATIONS There are two times in a man’s life when he should not speculate: when he can’t afford it, and when he can. -Mark Twain No one ever went broke saving money. -Dad To his dog, every man is Napoleon; hence, the constant popularity of dogs. - Unknown Each man has a choice in life: he may approach it as a creator or critic, a lover or a hater, a giver or a taker. - Unknown
SOURCE: H. Jackson Brown, Jr. RESTROOMS: READY TO GO IT ALONE? By Suzanne Koup-Larsen During the potty-training years, moms routinely take children of either sex into the ladies’ room. But there comes a time when this convenience must end. “The real independence issue comes when you’re the mother of a boy,” says Dawn Grieco, a mom of three from West Chester, PA, who has grappled with the prospect of sending her 6½-year-old into public restrooms. Experts note that children usually ask to use restrooms independently by their middle elementary school years. For parents, concerns range from hygiene to pedophiles. If you’re unsure about your child’s restroom readiness, here are some factors to consider. Indicators That a Child Is Ready • Handles all bathroom activities without adult help • Knows how to behave
• Understands the etiquette (such as waiting in line)
• Tell them to holler if they have any problems or if anyone bothers them
• Can handle an unexpected interaction with a stranger
• Give a shout inside if they’re taking too long
Ready To Go Alone? According to Dr. Eileen KennedyMoore, PhD, a psychologist in Princeton, NJ and co-author of Smart Parenting for Smart Kids, the right age depends on factors such as children’s personalities, maturity and height. “By 1st grade, they are going down the hall (to use the restroom) and learning to handle that responsibility,” says Kennedy-Moore. If there are no issues using the bathroom at home, a child may be ready to take steps toward independence in public.
• Send your child with a buddy (or a sibling)
Stranger Danger “Be very concrete,” in talking to your children, advises Dr. Kennedy-Moore. Rather than explaining why strangers can be dangerous, just advise them not talk to anybody while they’re in the bathroom. “Young children don’t understand who a stranger is,” she says, “‘We don’t talk to anyone in the bathroom.’ That’s all you need to say about strangers.” Hygiene Hygiene is important in public restrooms because the cleanliness is unknown, says Kate Cronan, MD, attending physician at the Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, DE. Dr. Cronan advises parents to tell children to always check the seat before using the toilet. “They should know they don’t have to use an unclean stall,” she says. She also recommends carrying hand sanitizer. “It’s a good back up if they were afraid or forgot to wash their hands,” she says. It’s Okay To... For your child’s reassurance (and your own), experts say it’s okay to: • Stand right outside the door, within ear-shot
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A HOLY TASK Everything you do or say should be done to obey Jesus your Lord. COLOSSIANS 3:17 Mary and Mary [Magdalene] knew a task had to be done-Jesus’ body had to be prepared for burial. Peter didn’t offer to do it. Andrew didn’t volunteer.... So the two Mary’s decide to do it. I wonder if hallway to the tomb they had sat down and reconsidered. What if they’d looked at each other and shrugged, “What’s the use?” What if they had given up? What if one had thrown up her arms in frustration and bemoaned, “I’m tired of being the only one who cares. Let Andrew do something for a change. Let Nathaniel show some leadership.” Whether or not they were tempted to, I’m glad they didn’t quit. That would have been tragic. You see, we know something they didn’t. We know the Father was watching. Mary and Mary thought they were alone. They weren’t. They thought their journey was unnoticed. They were wrong. God knew. He Still Moves Stones
SOURCE: Grace for the Moment by Max Lucado
FOR THE FAMILY The Word of God establishes the family as the most important Christian social unit in our society and gives us guidance for proper relationships so that we might be everything God chooses for us, both individually and corporately. These scriptures will help you learn more about the promises for your family, God’s guidance for a better family relationship, and how God truly wants to bless and direct every Christian family for His glory. GOD GUIDES IN YOUR RELATIONSHIPS “WITH YOUR SIBLINGS” Again, a new commandment I write unto you, which thing is true in him and in you: because the darkness is past, and the true light now shineth. He that saith he is in the light, and hateth his brother, is in darkness even until now. He that loveth his brother abideth in the light, and there is none occasion of stumbling in him. But he that hateth his brother is in darkness, and walketh in darkness, and knoweth not whither he goeth, because that darkness hath blinded his eyes. I John 2:8-11 Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another; Romans 12:10 A friend loveth at all times, and a brother is born for adversity. Proverbs 17:17 A brother offended is harder to be won than a strong city: and their contentions are like the bars of a castle. Proverbs 18:19 For none of us liveth to himself, and no man dieth to himself. Romans 14:7
THE LITTLE BOOK OF PRAYER MODEL “Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” When you say this in your pew on Sunday, It means nothing unless you live it on Monday. BILLY SUNDAY The Lord’s Prayer, in the King James Version, contains only sixty-six words. It can be repeated in less than a minute. Despite its brevity, it has been an enormous benefit to multitudes of men and women. W. PHILIP KELLER A Layman Looks at the Lord’s Prayer Truly, no other can ever be found that equals this [the Lord’s Prayer] in perfection, much less surpasses it. JOHN CALVIN Institutes of the Christian Religion Finally, mark this, that you must always make the amen strong, never doubting that God is surely listening to you with all grace and saying “Yes” to your prayer. MARTIN LUTHER A Simple Way to Pray, for a Good Friend
PASTOR GARTH G. GITTENS FOCUS ON THE FAMILY NIGHT I am of the firm opinion that the root cause of breakdown in our communities is a breakdown in our families and it’s time for the church to return it’s focus on family life and family values. To this end Wednesday nights at Calvary are about to change, instead of Bible Study as usual Wednesday nights are now titled “Focus On The Family Nights”. 7:00 – 7:30 pm During this time we gather in the upper sanctuary for praise and worship. The idea at this time is twofold: to allow our praise and
worship team to introduce the congregation to new praise songs and simultaneously to allow members of our community who work on Sundays an opportunity to worship with us. 7:35 – 8:25 pm This is our Education hour: we break up into specially designed classes for the purpose of practice oriented Bible Study.
THE JOY OF BEING A WOMAN Those glorious afternoons when your husband says, “Honey, I’ll watch the kids, you go relax for a little while and do something fun” The amazement we have with our bodies as we cycle to the rhythms of the moon and oceans Taking a cheating husband for all he’s worth after watching The First Wives Club, then going on with your life Catching a game of women’s soccer Having a linen chest full of our special treasures. On rainy days, it’s fun to peruse our past by flipping through long-forgotten letters, childhood toys, wedding photographs, diplomas, and other special tokens from our lives. Knowing you’re always in control of your man and just letting him think he’s making all the decisions (I found it amusing that nearly all the people I polled about the joys of womanhood mentioned this.)
SOURCE: Amy Hall
25 FOODS THAT FIGHT FAT Part Three of a Four Part Series 8. Pears and Apples Pears and apples are also high in water content. Eat them with the peels for extra fiber, which will keep you full longer. Bonci recommends whole fruits rather than fruit juice. Not only do you get more fiber, you have to chew the fruits. This takes longer and requires some exertion. You actually burn a few calories chewing, as opposed to gulping down a smoothie. 9. Grapes vs. Raisins The value of water content becomes clear when you look at two cups of grapes vs. ¼ cup of raisins. Either choice has a little more than 100 calories, but the larger portion of grapes is likely to feel more satisfying. Still, Bonci says, dried fruit has an interesting texture. When used sparingly, a few raisins or dried cranberries can make a salad more appealing. 10. Berries Like other fruits, berries are high in water and fiber, which can keep you full longer. But they have another benefit -- they’re very sweet. This means berries can satisfy your sweet tooth for a fraction of the calories you would take in gobbling cookies or brownies. Blueberries stand out because they’re easy to find and loaded with antioxidants. 11. Raw Vegetables Raw vegetables make an outstanding snack. They satisfy the desire to crunch, they’re full of water to help you feel full, and they’re low in calories. Half a cup of diced celery has just eight calories. Bonci suggests coating celery with a little peanut butter or dunking carrots in salsa. When you’re in the mood for chips and dip, try replacing the chips with raw veggies. 12. Sweet Potatoes Think of the typical toppings on your baked potato -- butter, sour cream,
maybe cheese and bacon bits. If you substitute a sweet potato, you might not need any of that. Baked sweet potatoes are so full of flavor, they require very little embellishment. This can save you loads of calories. As a bonus, sweet potatoes are packed with potassium, beta carotene, vitamin C, and fiber.
If you’re new to exercise, remember to pace yourself. Select a low- to moderate-intensity exercise such as yoga, cycling (leisurely), gardening, mall walking, water aerobics, or swimming (moderate pace). Gradually increase the intensity and duration of exercise as you become fitter to help maintain your lowered blood pressure.
13. Eggs Studies suggest eating protein in the morning will keep your hunger at bay longer than eating a bagel or other carbs. One egg has only 75 calories but packs 7 grams of high-quality protein, along with other vital nutrients. Bonci adds that your body will burn more calories digesting eggs than a carb-heavy breakfast. If you have high cholesterol, check with your doctor about how many eggs you can eat per week.
Make Exercise Convenient Make sure exercise fits your busy schedule. You can work out while the kids are at soccer practice, before or after work, or even during your lunch break. If it’s hard to get out of the house, consider getting a stationary bike or treadmill to use while watching the evening news or while the baby naps.
14. Coffee It sounds too good to be true -- one of your favorite beverages may actually help rev the metabolism and help you lose weight. Bonci says coffee does stimulate the metabolism -- a little. She cautions that the effect is small and is easily cancelled out by the extra calories in a mocha cappuccino. 15. Oatmeal Oatmeal has three things going for it: fiber-rich whole-grain oats, lots of water, and it’s hot. Bonci says this is a very filling combination. Hot food takes longer to eat, and all that liquid and fiber will help you feel full longer. “Don’t buy the one that’s already sweetened,” Bonci says. “You can choose how to flavor it.” Stirring in cinnamon or nutmeg will give you a sweet taste with less sugar.
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Try Mini-Workouts Try 10 minute mini-workouts and do these throughout your busy day. For example, you can jog in place, do calisthenics, or actively vacuum your house for 10 minutes. Three 10minute mini-workouts equal 30 minutes of daily exercise, enough to give an extra boost to your heart’s health. Set Up a Home Gym Want to exercise but have no time to hit the gym? Then create your own at home. Purchase a step bench, free weights, exercise bands or tubes, and a yoga or fit ball. Store it in a spare closet. Use these daily for your home gym workout. Also consider getting a treadmill or stationary bike to help you burn fat and build endurance. Warm Up and Cool Down According to the American Heart Association, warming up before exercise and cooling down after are important for people with high blood pressure. These exercises let your heart rate increase and decrease gradually. Walking in place or on a treadmill for 10 minutes is fine for warming up before exercise and also for cooling down.
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CONSIDERING A NURSING HOME, ASSISTED LIVING FACILITY OR LIFE CARE COMMUNITY? NEVER admit anyone to a nursing home without reviewing the inspection history of the facility! NEVER sign an application or contract for care without a Health Care Power of Attorney! NEVER tell a nursing home how much money your loved one has! NEVER apply for Medicaid unless you are SURE that you are eligible! NEVER accept Medicaid without understanding how Medicaid Estate Recovery works! NEVER let a nursing home apply for Medicaid on your behalf! NEVER pay a nursing home ANYTHING until you have exhausted all third party insurance! Appeal all denials. NEVER take legal advice from a nursing home staff member.
NEVER purchase long term care insurance without having it coordinated into your asset protection plan! NEVER use a nursing home that insists on application for assisted living unit as a condition of admission to the nursing home! NEVER surrender your private health insurance on admission to a nursing home! NEVER assume that Medicare will cover more than a few weeks in a nursing facility. If you are married, NEVER accept a Medicaid placement without understanding the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005 (DRA2005) NEVER make gifts of any amount without understanding the new rules under DRA 2005. ALL gifts after 2/8/2006 have consequences under the new law. MAKE sure you have Medicaid A and B coverage. SOURCE: http://www.shoberrock.com
KEEPSENIORSWARM.ORG WHERE TO FIND HELP: RESOURCES Sometimes the best way to help is by knowing where to find help, and who to contact in an emergency. Bill Assistance Crisis Program 215-560-1583 City Crisis is federally funded and administered by the Department of Licenses and Inspections to help lowincome households in a heating crisis. Energy Coordinating Agency (ECA) 215-988-0929 ECA is a non-profit corporation that coordinates and provides energy services—including conservation, heater repair, energy education and bill payment assistance—for low- and moderate-income Philadelphians.
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THE MUTUAL SOCIETY
How delightful is a timely word! Proverbs 15:23
of praise in his or her life with statements such as: “I appreciate you because you...” “I admire you for your...”
During the early months of our marriage, Dennis and I spontaneously complimented and praised each other for newly discovered characteristics. It became almost a game to see who could find another good quality to praise. We named our exclusive “club” the “Mutual Admiration Society.” Today, with a house full of children, the situation is not quite the same. But the Mutual Admiration Society does reconvene. Some evenings at the dinner table we raise a question such as: “What do you appreciate most about Dad?” We then go around the table and answer. We’ve heard such classic comments as: “He goes fishing with me,” “He goes on dates with me,” or, from our daughter Rebecca when she was just five, “He sneaks chocolate with me.” It’s very difficult to be depressed when a chorus of youngsters cheers you on. William James said, “All of us, in the glow of feeling we have pleased, want to do more to please.” Thus, you can help to motivate your mate toward excellence in his or her character and his or her performance by giving generous, liberal and fervent praise. Don’t forget to praise your mate for those mundane daily duties. Make a mental note of those unpleasant, difficult tasks, and give a verbal reward of encouragement the next time he or she completes one. Anytime Dennis fixes something around the house, for example, I am quick to express my appreciation. I know how inept he feels in this area and what it takes for him to crank up the courage to at least try! Your mate also needs you to praise him or her specifically for who he or she is as a person. Sow the good seeds
He wiped another tear from his cheek and said, “You know...I would have gotten out today.”
“Thank you for...” To appreciate means “to raise in value,” while to depreciate means to “lower in value.” You can watch your mate’s encouragement “value” go up when you appreciate him or her verbally! Discuss: List three things your mate has done lately that are deserving of praise. Write them in a love note to him or her. Pray: That God will develop within you the determination to build your relationship by praising each other. MARRIAGE HUMOR REGRETS A woman awoke during the night to find that her husband was not in bed. She put on her robe and went downstairs. He was sitting at the kitchen table with a cup of coffee in front of him. He appeared to be in deep thought, just staring at the wall. She saw him wipe a tear from his eye and take a sip of his coffee. “What’s the matter dear? Why are you down here at this time of night?” she asked. “Do you remember twenty years ago when we were dating and you were only 16?” he asked. “Yes, I do,” she replied. “Do you remember when your father caught us in the back seat of my car kissing?” “Yes, I remember.” “Do you remember when he shoved that shotgun in my face and said, ‘Either you marry my daughter or spend twenty years in jail?” “Yes, I do,” she said.
GOD CAN HANDLE ….MARRIAGE By Dr. S. M. Henriques
WHEN ADVERSITY COMES Many years ago, William Shakespeare penned, “Love is an ever-fixed mark that looks on tempests and is never shaken.” We agree. Love is the one thing that enables us to keep pushing forward when everything else is crumbling around us. If the love of a husband and wife is true, the appearance of adversity actually strengthens their love. Gary Smalley has written, “Suffering has a way of bringing people together; the most important things on earth come into sharper focus.” Since none of us are exempt from trouble, let us prepare ourselves in advance, knowing that adversity can make a marriage stronger. Though weary, love is not tired; though pressed, it is not straitened; though alarmed, it is not confounded. Love securely passes through all. Thomas á Kempis We have troubles all around us, but we are not defeated. We do not know what to do, but we do not give up the hope of living. We are persecuted, but God does not leave us. We are hurt sometimes, but we are not destroyed. 2 Corinthians 4:8-9 (NCV)
A HUMAN SHIELD Would you consider leaving a prized trophy or treasured car outside in the open, exposed to the elements of nature, animals, dirty-fingered kids, and inconsiderate neighbors?
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COMCAST INTERNET ESSENTIALS PROGRAM • About 30% of Americans— many of whom are living below the poverty line—remain on the wrong side of the digital divide. Research consistently shows that the barriers to broadband adoption involve a complex mix of low digital literacy, perceived lack of relevance of online content and the need for low-cost, good-quality computers and Internet service. Internet Essentials is intended to address all of these critical hurdles to broadband adoption. • Internet Essentials is not just another Comcast product or service. It represents the largest and most comprehensive broadband adoption program anywhere in America and provides low-cost broadband service for $9.95 a month; the option to purchase a full-service, Internet-ready computer for under $150; and multiple options for digital literacy training in print, online and in-person. • The Internet Essentials program has three principal components: • Low Cost Internet Service: Internet Essentials provides eligible low-income families in the Comcast service area affordable access to highspeed Internet service from their home. For only $9.95 per month – around 33 cents a day – eligible families receive Comcast’s XFINITY Internet Economy Service with no monthly equipment fees, installation charges or activation fees, representing a discount of at least $27.00 a month or over 70% off regular charges for this service. In addition, Internet Essentials families are not subject to standard credit checks and are not asked or required to sign any contracts to take the service for a specified period of time. • Discounted Computers: As part of Internet Essentials, Comcast offers eligible families the opportunity to purchase a full-service, Internetcapable computer for under $150, substantially below retail. Working with our partners, including Microsoft, we offer fully loaded computers with
Internet Explorer and productivity software. We also provide the Norton Security Suite, a $160 value, at no additional charge to ensure that Internet Essentials users have a secure online experience. • Digital Literacy: Internet Essentials customers receive access to print, online and in-person digital literacy training free of charge. These digital literacy materials are the first step in helping those who have not been connected understand the value, relevance and the ease of use of the Internet. • In addition, once we help families get online, we want them to stay online. Any household that qualifies during the initial three-year enrollment period will remain eligible for the discounted price so long as at least one child in the household continues to meet the program’s National School Lunch Program eligibility test. As long as they remain eligible, participating families will be able to benefit from Internet Essentials throughout their child’s K-12 education. • To qualify for Internet Essentials, a household must: 1. Reside in a location where Comcast offers Internet service; 2. Have at least one child receiving free or reduced price lunches through the National School Lunch Program; 3. Have not subscribed to Comcast Internet service within the last 90 days; and 4. Not have an overdue Comcast bill or unreturned equipment. For more information, please call 1855-8-INTERNET (1-855-846-8376) BASIC DISASTER SUPPLIES KIT A basic emergency supply kit could include the following recommended items: •Water, one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation
•Food, at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food •Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries for both •Flashlight and extra batteries •First aid kit •Whistle to signal for help •Dust mask to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place •Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation •Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities •Manual can opener for food •Local maps •Cell phone with chargers, inverter or solar charger Once you have gathered the supplies for a basic emergency kit, you may want to consider adding the following items: •Prescription medications and glasses •Infant formula and diapers •Pet food and extra water for your pet •Cash or traveler’s checks and change •Important family documents such as copies of insurance policies, identification and bank account records in a waterproof, portable container. •Emergency reference material such as a first aid book •Sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person. Consider additional bedding if you live in a cold-weather climate. •Complete change of clothing including a long sleeved shirt, long pants and sturdy shoes. Consider additional clothing if you live in a cold-weather climate. •Household chlorine bleach and medicine dropper – When diluted, nine parts water to one part bleach, bleach can be used as a disinfectant. Or in an emergency, you can use it to treat water by using 16 drops of regular household liquid bleach per gallon of water. Do not use scented, color safe or bleaches with added cleaners.
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HAVE A CLUE Myrrh is a gum resin. Frankincense is a combination of gum and spices. Flux is the same as violent dysentery. Acts 28:8 A testament, as in Old and New, is a statement of belief and/or evidence that something happened. An ebenezer is a memorial stone. 1 Samuel 4:1 The next time you wear a shawl, you will be wearing a wimple. Ruth 3:15 Papyrus is writing paper made from a papyrus plant. Cherubim are winged creatures that are half man and half animal. Seraphim is the plural of the angel-types that Isaiah talked about.
JOKE FOR YOUR SOUL NUTS IN THE CEMETERY On the outskirts of town, there was a huge nut tree by the cemetery fence. One day, two boys filled up a bucketful of nuts and sat down by the tree, out of sight, and began dividing the nuts. “One for you, one for me. One for you, one for me,” said one boy. The bucket was so full, several rolled out toward the fence. Cycling down the road by the cemetery was a third boy. As he passed, he thought he heard voices from inside the cemetery. He slowed down to investigate. Sure enough, he heard, “One for you, one for me. One for you, one for me.” He knew what it was. “Oh, my Goodness!” he shuddered, “It’s Satan and St. Peter dividing the souls at the cemetery!” He sped off down the road as fast as he could and found an old man with a cane, hobbling along. “Come quick!” said the boy. “You won’t believe what I heard. Satan and St. Peter are down at the cemetery dividing the souls.” The man said, “Shoo, you brat!
Can’t you see I’m finding it hard to walk as it is!” After several pleas, the man finally hobbled to the cemetery with the boy. Standing by the fence he heard, “One for you, one for me. One for you,one for me...” The old man whispered, “Boy, you’ve been tellin’ the truth! Let’s see if we can see the Devil himself.” Shivering with fear, they peered through the fence, yet they were still unable to see anything. The old man and the boy gripped the wrought-iron bars of the fence tighter and tighter as they tried to get a glimpse of Satan. At last they heard, “One for you, one for me. And one last one for you. That’s all. Now let’s go get those nuts by the fence, and we’ll be done.” They say the old guy made it back to town 5 minutes before the boy! After church, Johnny tells his parents he has to go and talk to the minister right away. They agree and the pastor greets the family. “I heard you say today that our bodies came from the dust.” “That’s right, Johnny, I did.” “And I heard you say that when we die, our bodies go back to dust.” “Yes, I’m glad you were listening. Why do you ask?” “Well you better come over to our house right away and look under my bed ‘cause there’s someone either comin’ or goin’!”
BASIC DISASTER SUPPLIES KIT
◄Continued From Page Ten •Fire extinguisher •Matches in a waterproof container •Feminine supplies and personal hygiene items •Paper and pencil SOURCE: www.ready.gov
DAILY PRAISE FROM THE BIBLE Inspiration from the Psalms By Dan Dick O daughter of Babylon, who art to be destroyed; happy shall he be, that rewardeth thee as thou hast served us. Psalm 137:8 “Doesn’t God care? Why do evil people get away with all the things they do?” The question is asked almost every day. Evil seems to be having its way all the time. Don’t worry. God sees everything, and He will not forget what evil people have done. Our God, though a God of love, is a God of justice. He will reward those who honor Him, and He will punish those who have rejected Him and His ways. We are responsible for the way God will deal with us. If we choose to ignore Him, we cannot hope for good things, but if we pursue God with all our hearts, we will experience blessing and joy beyond measure. PRAYER: I know that You care, and I know that You will do right by all who love You. Give me patience to accept what seems unfair now. Make me deserving of Your grace. Amen. Submitted by Sis. Marsha Lawton “DO NOT LET GO” ◄Continued From Page Twenty-Two Do not let go, but hold fast to the Truth. Walk in the Light while there is still light, for the night comes, and then no man will labor anymore. Walk circumspectly, redeeming the time that I have given to you. Do not procrastinate or delay, but be swift to obey My Word. Remain in Me, and be a lover of the Truth. Place it before your eyes and never depart from it. Be found faithful and tending to My sheep. Stay your course, and press on. Do not let go. Submitted by Bro. Jerome Richardson
PROMISES YOU CAN COUNT ON! Whatever your problems, whatever your needs, the answers are in the Bible. Whatever you’re feeling, whatever you’re suffering, whatever you’re hoping ... the Bible has something to say to you. GOD’S PROMISES ON “RIGHTEOUSNESS” He that trusteth in his riches shall fall: but the righteous shall flourish as a branch. Proverbs 11:28 So that a man shall say, Verily there is a reward for the righteous: Psalm 58:11 For thou, Lord, wilt bless the righteous; with favour wilt thou compass him as with a shield. Psalm 5:12 Salvation belongeth unto the Lord: thy blessing is upon thy people. Psalm 3:8 Whether Paul, or Apollos, or Cephas, or the world, or life, or death, or things present, or things to come; all are yours; And ye are Christ’s; and Christ is God’s. II Corinthians 3:22,23
WHAT JESUS IS SAYING TO YOU By Peter Wallace I know everything you have done, including your hard work and how you have endured. I know you won’t put up with anyone who is evil. . . . You have endured and gone through hard times because of me, and you have not given up. But I do have something against you. . . . You don’t have as much love as you used to. Revelation 2:2-4 Jesus the risen Lord sends a message to a church in John’s day, the church
at Ephesus. But it’s a message that could be heard today in many churches by many individuals. There is much to be praised. These believers work hard for God. They fight against evil. They have stood up against false teachers and patiently worked for good.
For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse; for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who does not continue in all things which are written in the book of the law, to do them.” But that no one is justified by the law in the sight of God is evident, for “the just shall live by faith.” Galatians 3:10-11
Yet, there’s a problem. They had become second-generation believers. Their works were good but empty because they were not sourced in love. Love for Jesus. Love for others.
Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage. Galatians 5:1
The motive was gone. The authenticity was absent. And that broke Jesus’ heart. The main concern of the Lord is love.
Submitted by Sis. Marsha Lawton GOD’S PROMISES FOR MEN The Word of God doesn’t tell us about the truth; it is truth. Charles Swindoll GOD GIVES FREELY TO MEN “Victory Over Sin” Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation, that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation. Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God. For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him. 2 Corinthians 5:17-21 O God, You know my foolishness; And my sins are not hidden from You. Psalm 69:5
Love should be the cornerstone To build a home upon; A love so strong it overflows To patio and lawn. Each wall should echo laughter Up and down each hall, And memories as sweet as wine Should linger wall to wall. Faith should be the foundation Whereon the structure stands Against the sudden storms of life From near and distant lands. The mortar should be mixed with hope To last a thousand years, And prayer the insulation Against life’s doubts and fears. A home should be a dwelling place Where God is warmly known Love should be the cornerstone We build our home upon. Clay Harrison Worship the Lord with cries of gladness; come before Him with joyful song. Psalm 100:2 Submitted by Sis. Eleanor Richardson
DID YOU GET YOUR BOOK YET? Calvary’s Bookstore is now open. There are various items available. But, in case you did not know, our own Pastor, Dr. Garth G. Gittens, has written a book. The book is entitled “MASSA SAY, DE BIBLE SAY” and will be personally autographed. Let us show our love and support by purchasing your very own copy. You can also visit his website for more information. Please go to www.drgarthggittens.com
DOES PRAYER REALLY WORK? Ask those who’ve been healed of cancer. Ask soldiers who’ve fought a war and returned to tell about it. Ask those intellectuals who’ve studied philosophies around the world and found peace only in personal faith. Ask those who’ve raised great kids while living in Harlem. Ask those who now love a spouse when once there was hatred and distrust. Ask those whose businesses have made a dramatic turnaround, from bankruptcy to success. Ask those who’ve been penniless and now live in luxury. Ask those who’ve been guilty and now feel forgiven. Ask those who’ve been bitter and now feel love. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much. JAMES 5:16 SOURCE: The Little Book of Big Questions - Answers to Life’s Perplexing Questions A NEW YOU IN THE NEW YEAR
◄Continued From Page Seventeen buffalo by literally putting an ear to the ground. We are wise to listen to the constructive criticisms of those who love us. ‘Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be yet wiser: teach a just man, and he will increase in learning...he that regardeth reproof is prudent...A reproof entereth more into a wise man than an hundred stripes into a fool’ (Proverbs 9:9; Proverbs 15:5; Proverbs 17:10). Those ‘dull of hearing’ were criticized by Jesus (Matthew 13:15). This applies to stopping the ears to God’s Word (Psalm 58:4) and refusing to hear God’s messengers (Acts 7:51, called ‘uncircumcized’ ears here). We should also be open to those who have been offended by our actions who come to talk. THIS YEAR, LET’S PUT OUR MIND IN GEAR. If you had a daydreaming employee or student under you, you might tell him to ‘get his mind in gear,’ which means ‘concentrate on the task at hand.’ The young Solomon was told to serve God with a ‘willing mind’ (1 Chronicles 28:9). God says that we must ‘renew our minds’ (Romans 12:2, ‘renew,’ anakainosis, literally ‘renovate’), because they can become ‘faint’ (Hebrews 12:3, ekluo, ‘relaxed’). If we have just been going through the motions of worship and Christians living, it’s time to ‘put our mind in gear’ and get serious about serving God with all our heart, soul, and mind. THIS YEAR, LET’S PUT OUR SHOULDER TO THE WHEEL. If a weight is small, a man might move it with the strength of his wrist; if it is of medium weight, it might require the strength of his arm; but if it is heavy, he will have to put his shoulder to it. We use the phrase ‘put your shoulder to the wheel’ to mean ‘give this project your full strength.’ Christianity is not to be approached with ‘wrist’ or ‘arm’ strength, put with all the force of the ‘shoulder.’ Jesus said, ‘Thou
shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind’ (Matthew 22:37). During this year, let’s give ‘all diligence to make our calling and election sure’ (2 Peter 1:10, ‘diligence,’ speed, by implication, dispatch, eagerness, earnestness). THIS YEAR, LET’S PUT OUR BACK TO THE WALL. One with his ‘back to the wall’ realizes the gravity of a situation. He has but one option-fight. Christians need to appreciate the gravity of the situation in which they daily exist. We are in a free-for-all-noholds-barred-winner-take-all fight for our souls. We are not playing war games or firing blanks. This is for real. Nobody gets out of this world alive physically (until Jesus comes), and few get out alive spiritually (Matthew 7:13; Ephesians 2:1). This may be the year that determines my destiny. Am I taking my battle with Satan seriously (1 Peter 5:8)? Have I strapped on my armor (Ephesians 6:11-18)? Will I survive? Will my family? THIS YEAR, LET’S PUT OUR FEET TO THE FIRE. A man whose feet are held to the fire tends to become enthusiastic! To put a person’s ‘feet to the fire’ is to make him/her responsible for his/her actions. God does hold us responsible for our actions. ‘For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad’ (2 Corinthians 5:10). Jesus even spoke of each word we use being significant: ‘...every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment. For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned’ (Matthew 12:3637).
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BIBLE SECRETS FOR SUCCESSFUL LIVING FAITHFULNESS He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. Matthew 10:37 The call to follow Jesus demands faithful commitment. What kind of disciples are we?
And he did not many mighty works there because of their unbelief. Matthew 13:58 Is Jesus being limited in our lives because of our lack of faith in Him? Let’s have faith in God.
THE BIBLE PROMISE BOOK FOR WOMEN HOPE THOU ART MY HIDING PLACE AND MY SHIELD: I HOPE IN THY WORD. Psalm 119:114 The LORD is my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I hope in him. The LORD is good unto them that wait for him, to the soul that seeketh him. It is good that a man should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the LORD. LAMENTATIONS 3:24-26 But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for an helmet, the hope of salvation. 1 THESSALONIANS 5:8 My soul fainteth for thy salvation: but I hope in thy word. PSALM 119:81
HOW TO PRAISE THE LORD Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. Hebrews 13:5
Greetings in the name of Christ Jesus. Welcome to the Calvary Baptist Church family. Feel free to participate in any Church activity you choose. You are also invited to join our ministries as the Holy Spirit leads you. May God bless you and continue to strengthen your faith.
The voice of joy, and the voice of gladness, the voice of the bridegroom, and the voice of the bride, the voice of them that shall say Praise the LORD of hosts; for the LORD is good; for his mercy endureth for ever: and of them that shall bring the sacrifice of praise into the house of the LORD. For I will cause to return the captivity of the land, as at the first, saith the LORD. Jeremiah 33:11
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GOD’S ANSWERS FOR YOUR LIFE
TRUST MORE -- FEAR LESS By Max Lucado The Spirit will teach you everything and will remind you of what I said while I was with you. I give you peace, the kind of peace that only I can give. It isn’t like the peace that this world can give. So don’t be worried or afraid. JOHN 14:26--27 CEV Upper-room futility. Confused ambassadors behind locked doors. What will it take to unlock them? What will it take to ignite the fire? What will it take to restore the first-century passion? What will have to happen before the padlocks of futility tumble from our doors and are trampled under the feet of departing disciples? More training? That’s part of it. A greater world vision? Undoubtedly. More money? That’s imperative. A greater dependence on the Holy Spirit? Absolutely. There is one element so vital that its absence ensures our failure. What is needed to get us out is exactly what got the apostles out ... they saw Jesus.
Submitted by Bro. Curtis Lawton NEW MEMBERS
Lord God Almighty, shaper and ruler of all creatures, we pray for your great mercy, That you guide us better than we have done, towards you. And guide us to your will, to the need of our soul, better than we can ourselves. And steadfast our mind towards your will and to our soul’s need. And strengthen us against the temptations of the devil, and put far from us all lust, and every unrighteousness, and shield us against our foes, seen and unseen. And teach us to do your will, that we may inwardly love you before all things, with a pure mind. For you are our maker and our redeemer, our help, our comfort, our trust, our hope. Praise and glory be to you now, ever and ever, world without end. Alfred the Great SOURCE: Life’s Little Prayer Book
10,000 THINGS TO PRAISE GOD FOR full cargo holds fellow Christian believers in the Cayman Islands the many colors of cotton floss St. Cecilia, the patron saint of music finding someone on your frequency superdouble nasturtiums the colorful native costumes of Eastern Europe resistors God’s making His chosen people joyful those who soar but never roam YOU CAN HAVE FRIENDSHIP WITH GOD by Rick Warren “Since we were restored to friendship with God by the death of his Son while we were still his enemies, we will certainly be delivered from eternal punishment by his life.” (Romans 5:10 NLT) Your relationship to God has many different aspects: God is your Creator and Maker, Lord and Master, Judge, Redeemer, Father, Savior, and much more (Psalm 89:26, 95:6, 136:3; Isaiah 33:22, 47:4; John 13:13; 1 John 3:1; Jude 1:4). But the most shocking truth is this: Almighty God yearns to be your Friend! In Eden we see God’s ideal relationship with us: Adam and Eve enjoyed an intimate friendship with God. There were no rituals, ceremonies, or religion — just a simple loving relationship between God and the people he created. Unhindered by guilt or fear, Adam and Eve delighted in God, and he delighted in them. We were made to live in God’s continual presence, but after the Fall, that ideal relationship was lost. Only a few people in Old Testament times
had the privilege of friendship with God. Moses and Abraham were called “friends of God,” David was called “a man after my own heart,” and Job, Enoch, and Noah had intimate friendships with God (Genesis 5:22 (NLT), 6:8; Exodus 33:11, 17; 2 Chronicles 20:7; Job 29:4; Isaiah 41:8; Acts 13:22; James 2:23). But fear of God, not friendship, was more common in the Old Testament. Then Jesus changed the situation. When he paid for our sins on the cross, the veil in the temple that symbolized our separation from God was split from top to bottom, indicating that direct access to God was once again available. Unlike the Old Testament priests who had to spend hours preparing to meet God, we can now approach God anytime. The Bible says, “Now we can rejoice in our wonderful new relationship with God — all because of what our Lord Jesus Christ has done for us in making us friends of God” (Romans 5:11 NLT). Friendship with God is possible only because of the grace of God and the sacrifice of Jesus. “All this is done by God, who through Christ changed us from enemies into his friends” (2 Corinthians 5:18a TEV). The old hymn says, “What a friend we have in Jesus,” but actually, God invites us to enjoy friendship and fellowship with all three persons of the Trinity: our Father, (1 John 1:3), the Son (1 Corinthians 1:9), and the Holy Spirit (2 Corinthians 13:14). Talk About It How would your relationship with God change if you trusted and confided in him as you do your best friend? Talk about how Jesus’ death and Resurrection changed your position with God?
What would enjoying fellowship with all three persons of the Trinity look like? Submitted by Sis. Juanita Ford A NEW YOU IN THE NEW YEAR
◄Continued From Page Thirteen God likes enthusiastic people. Phinehas was given a covenant of peace because he was ‘zealous for his God’ (Numbers 25:13). Dorcas was loved by many because she was full of good works (Acts 9:36). God redeemed and purified us that we might be ‘a peculiar people, zealous of good works’ (Titus 2:14). We ‘are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them’ (Ephesians 2:10). God wants us to ‘consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works’ (Hebrews 10:24). THIS YEAR, LET’S PUT OUR EYES ON THE PRIZE. A man with his eyes on a prize has it as the object of his heart, the apple of his eye. He wants nothing more; he will settle for nothing else. Paul had his eyes on the prize of heaven: ‘Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus’ (Philippians 3:13-14). May our eyes, too, stay on the prize until we hold it in our hands. A ‘new you’ or the ‘new year’? There’s no better time to start than today!
MEN OF THE BIBLE By Dan Hannon JOHN THE BAPTIST Matthew 3, 4:12, 11:2-19; Mark 1:1-11, 6:14-29; Luke 1, 3:1-22, 9:7-9: John 1:19-37 “Prepare the way of the Lord!” This was the task of John the Baptist, son of Zacharias and Elisabeth. He was a powerful preacher in the Judean desert who wore camel skin clothes and ate a diet of locusts and wild honey. People came to John in great numbers and he admonished them to repent and confess their sins, whereupon he baptized them in the River Jordan. Was he the Messiah? they asked. No, he replied. But soon the Messiah would appear and would baptize not with water but with the Holy Spirit.
preserved the prophet’s life and merely imprisoned him. John was unsettled by doubt while in prison and sent this message to Jesus, “Are You really the Messiah?” “Tell John what you are seeing and hearing,” Jesus told John’s disciples. “The blind see, the lame walk, those with leprosy are healed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, and the poor receive the news of salvation. God will bless those who do not reject Me.” This reassurance came at a critical time because Herodias soon found a way to end John’s life. Herodias’s daughter danced for Herod and his guests at a birthday celebration. The king was so captivated by this that in a moment of weakness he promised her anything she desired. Prompted by her mother, the girl demanded, “Bring me the head of John the Baptist”
One day John’s cousin Jesus came to be baptized. This, John knew, was the man whose arrival he had predicted. “You should baptize me instead,” John protested.
Herod was shocked and distraught but he could not go back on his promise. So the great John the Baptist, forerunner of Jesus Christ, was beheaded to appease a sinful queen.
But Jesus reassured him. “This is the way God wants us to do it.”
John’s epitaph is Jesus’ own words: “What did you go out into the desert to see? ..A man dressed in fine clothes? No, those who wear fine clothes are in kings’ palaces. Then what did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I tell you, and more than a prophet.. .. Among those born of women there has not risen anyone greater than John the Baptist.”
So John baptized Jesus in the river. When the Lord emerged from the water, the Holy Spirit came down from the sky and descended upon Jesus like a dove. A voice from heaven proclaimed, “This is my beloved Son. I am well pleased with Him.” Thus began Jesus’ ministry. Shortly afterward John was thrown into prison by King Herod. This occurred because Herodias, Herod’s wife, was angry that John had denounced their marriage. She had previously been Herod’s brother’s wife and John told Herod that he was wrong to take his brother’s wife. Herodias wanted John killed but Herod, who feared John’s popularity,
I’VE DISCOVERED Part Two of a Two Part Series God grant me the Senility to forget the people I never liked anyway, the good fortune to run into the ones that I do, and the eyesight to tell the difference....Now that I’m older, here’s what I’ve discovered: Deep Thoughts
1. Do infants enjoy infancy as much as adults enjoy adultery? 2. If a pig loses its voice, is it disgruntled? 3. If love is blind, why is lingerie so popular? 4. When someone asks you, “A penny for your thoughts”, and you put your two cents in, what happens to the other penny? 5. Why is the man who invests all your money, called a broker? 6. Why is a person who plays the piano, called a pianist but a person who drives a race car not called a racist? 7. Why are a wise man and a wise guy opposites? 8. Why do overlook and oversee mean opposite things? 9. Why isn’t the number 11 pronounced onety one? 10. “I am” is reportedly the shortest sentence in the English language. Could it be that “I do” is the longest sentence? 11. If lawyers are disbarred and clergymen defrocked, doesn’t it follow that electricians can be delighted, musicians denoted, cowboys deranged, models deposed, tree surgeons debarked, and dry cleaners depressed? 12. If Fed Ex and UPS were to merge, would they call it Fed UP? 13. Do Lipton Tea employees take coffee breaks? 14. If it’s true that we are here to help others, then what exactly are the others here for? 15. You never really learn to swear until you learn to drive. 16. No one ever says, “It’s only a game”, when their team is winning. 17. Ever wonder what the speed of lightning would be if it didn’t zigzag? 18. Whatever happened to Preparations A through G? 19. If olive oil comes from olives, where does baby oil come from?
Submitted by Brother Earl Sawyer
25 FOODS THAT FIGHT FAT
◄Continued From Page Seven 16. Crispbreads Whole-grain rye crackers, sometimes called crispbreads, offer a low-fat, fiber-packed alternative to traditional crackers. Research suggests people who replace refined grains with whole grains tend to have less belly fat. Whole grains also provide a richer assortment of plant nutrients. This doesn’t just apply to crackers. You can get the same benefits by switching to whole-grain breads, cereals, and pastas. 17. Tabouli A standout whole grain is bulgur wheat, the type found in tabouli. It’s high in fiber and protein, but low in fat and calories. That helps you fill up with a minimum of calories. Bonci adds that the rich taste makes it satisfying. “It’s flavorful, so you don’t need to add a lot of oil,” she says. To turn this dish into a meal, she suggests adding beans and stirring in extra tomato, cucumber, and parsley.
Submitted by Brother Curtis Lawton A HUMAN SHIELD
◄Continued From Page Nine Probably not. More likely you would shield it from the elements. You might make sure it has a special place in the garage or on an out-of-reach shelf. You would likely cover it with glass or polish it often, and park at the far end of the parking lot to avoid dings in your doors. You would do your best to protect your treasure. Do your best to shield and protect your spouse from things that may be harmful to him or her. This may mean providing adequate housing and a safe car to drive. It may mean standing up against those who may be cutting your spouse down (even if they are your family). It may mean walking together in a dark parking lot or holding him or her close during a storm. Maybe it
means protecting your spouse from negative aspects of yourself (i.e., mean words, irresponsible behaviors) by working hard to overcome those behaviors. As you focus on treating your spouse like the priceless gift that he or she is, many of those negative aspects of yourself will disappear. Yes, you can control these. You probably already do when you are at work, church, or a new acquaintance’s house. But it seems the more comfortable we feel with someone, the more we let down these controls. Don’t let comfort do away with appropriate control. All of these positive behaviors are protective in nature and will help your spouse feel treasured by you. —Mike Benson, KneEmail; adapted from Debbie L. Cherry, Discovering the Treasure of Marriage, 72–73. Submitted by Sis. Marsha Lawton A NEW YOU IN THE NEW YEAR By Allen Webster Submitted in Memory of Sis. Priscilla Young This sounds like a commercial line from a weight loss clinic, a fitness club, a hair salon, or a skin cream company, but it’s not. It’s about making decisions about spiritual wellbeing. Are you satisfied with ‘you’ at the beginning of a new year? This is the time of year we generally look at ourselves and make resolutions for self-improvement. We often write them down or tell someone so we’ll feel some pressure (encouragement) to stick to them. As you think about ‘a new you for the new year,’ please consider these common clichés and their spiritual applications. THIS YEAR, LET’S PUT OUR HAND TO THE PLOW. The Christian life is compared to running a race (Hebrews 12:1-2), winning a
fight (1 Corinthians 9:27), sailing a sea (2 Timothy 4:6), ‘departure,’ analysis, literally means ‘to loose the ropes of a ship and let it drift away’), and plowing a field. Jesus said, ‘No man, having put his hand to the plow, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God’ (Luke 9:62). A farmer who looks back while plowing will have crooked rows. A Christian who looks back longingly to the life he has left behind will find that he strays from the ‘strait and narrow way’ (Matthew 7:13-14). This year, let’s keep our eyes focused on the pearly gate of ‘the city laid foursquare’ (Revelation 21:16), and never look back at the devil’s glittering trinket jewels. THIS YEAR, LET’S PUT OUR NOSE TO THE GRINDSTONE. We use this phrase to refer to applying oneself to a dreaded task. Is there a spiritual duty we need to do which we have been putting off? Perhaps it is obeying the Gospel. Have I believed, repented, confessed, and been immersed for the remission of my sins (Acts 2:38; Galatians 3:27; Mark 16:16; 1 Peter 3:21)? Perhaps I need to make a public confession of sin, but have dreaded humbling myself and asking for prayers (James 5:16). Perhaps I have offended a brother and have put off getting things straightened out. It’s time to do it (Matthew 18:15-18). ‘Do this now, my son, and deliver thyself, when thou art come into the hand of thy friend; go, humble thyself, and make sure thy friend’ (Proverbs 6:3). It could be the grindstone of a bad habit--drinking, smoking, cursing, gossiping--that I need to break. Let’s go ahead, ‘put our nose to the grindstone,’ and get right with God and others. THIS YEAR, LET’S PUT OUR EARS TO THE GROUND. We use this phrase to refer to listening for feedback from associates. It comes from the practice the Indians had of listening for approaching horses or
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RESTROOMS: READY TO GO IT ALONE?
◄Continued From Page Five Not All Bathrooms Are Created Equal Dr. Kennedy-Moore recommends taking steps toward independent bathroom use. “Build up their confidence and your confidence that they can handle it,” she says. Dr. Cronan recommends parents accompany their child for a practice run, and then step outside the next time around. Practice at a familyfriendly location’s large public restroom or at a small restroom with only one sink and toilet. Dr. Kennedy-Moore recommends trying a well-known restaurant or a restroom that has light traffic as a next step. Hectic restrooms with multiple entrances and exits should be the last step toward independence. Suzanne Koup-Larsen is a contributing writer to MetroKids and a Chester Counter mom of two.
Submitted by Sis. Denise Clark 101 RESOLUTIONS FOR THE NEW YEAR By Nancy Walker Hale 88 I will stitch up small tears in relationships before they become major ones. Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath: Neither give place to the devil. EPHESIANS 4:26-27 KJV 89 I will be a friend to the friendless. “Then the righteous will answer Him, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry, and feed You, or thirsty, and give You something to drink? And when did we see You a stranger, and invite You in, or naked, and clothe You? When did
we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’ The King will answer and say to them, ‘Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me.’ “ MATTHEW 2S:37-40 NASB
◄Continued From Page Seven Try a Heart Rate Watch A heart rate watch can let you quickly assess your pulse. Here’s how to use one. Put the band that comes with it on your chest underneath your shirt. By looking at the watch during exercise, you can see your actual heart rate. This is a good alternative to taking your pulse manually. Ask your doctor to recommend the best target heart rate zone (or training zone) for you. Medication and Heart Rate Some heart medications such as betablockers or calcium-channel blockers can slow your heart rate. Talk to your doctor and ask what your best target heart rate zone should be during exercise if you take these medications. Know the Safety Tips No matter what exercise you do, be aware of your limitations. If the exercise or activity hurts, then stop! If you feel dizzy or have discomfort in your chest, arms, or throat, stop. Also, go slower on hot and humid days or exercise in an air-conditioned facility. See Your Doctor Regularly Getting your doctor’s approval before starting a fitness program is important if you are sedentary, overweight, or have a high risk of coronary heart disease or other chronic health problem. It’s important to have your blood pressure measured by a health care professional, who can advise you as to how often to have it rechecked. Don’t wait for unreliable signs such as headaches, a red face, or stress to tell you your blood pressure is too high.
Beyond Exercise: The DASH Diet You can lower your systolic blood pressure (the top number) by switching to the DASH diet. The DASH diet is based on 2,000 calories a day. It’s rich in fruits, vegetables, and low-fat dairy products. It’s also low in saturated fat, cholesterol, and total fat. According to studies, adopting a DASH diet can reduce systolic blood pressure by 8-14 points. For those over age 50, a systolic blood pressure higher than 140 is a greater risk factor for heart disease than the diastolic blood pressure (lower number). Beyond Exercise: Lose 10 Pounds Findings show that losing as few as 10 pounds, if you’re overweight, can help reduce or prevent high blood pressure. To lose weight, take in fewer calories than you use each day. Ask your doctor or a registered dietitian how many calories you need daily for weight loss. In addition, boost exercise to burn even more calories. Beyond Exercise: Watch Out for Salt The national blood pressure guidelines recommend limiting sodium to no more than 2,300 milligrams a day (about 1 teaspoon of table salt) or 1,500 milligrams a day, depending on age and other characteristics. By staying on a sodium-restricted diet, your systolic blood pressure (top number) may drop 2 to 8 points. Saltrestricted diets can also help enhance the effects of most blood pressure medications. Tip: Substitute herbs for salt when cooking, and avoid processed meats and canned foods. SOURCE: WebMd
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Morris, an 82 year-old man, went to the doctor to get a physical. A few days later, the doctor saw Morris walking down the street with a gorgeous young woman on his arm. A couple of days later, the doctor spoke to Morris and said, ‘You’re really doing great, aren’t you?’ Morris replied, ‘Just doing what you said, Doc: ‘Get a hot mamma and be cheerful.’’ The doctor said, ‘I didn’t say that. I said, ‘You’ve got a heart murmur; be careful.’ Submitted by Sis. Debora Richardson
SOLUTIONS TO DECEMBER PUZZLE CORNER ANSWERS: WELLS: 1-C, 2-J, 3-D, 4-E, 5-I, 6-F, 7-H, 8-B, 9-G, 10-A Cryptogram Solutions: Luke 2:9-12
BRIEF HISTORY OF DECEASED CALVARY MEMBERS AND FAMILY MEMBERS Home Going Services were held on Monday, November 26, 2012 for Mr. Alexander Alston, Jr., husband of Calvary member, Sis. Mary Alston. As God looked upon His vast garden, He found that a space was empty and bare. He needed to fill the spot. He picked Alexander Alston to be a part of His blossoms of love and bloom forever in heaven. Alexander Alston was the son of Alexander and Adele Alston born on September 29, 1936, in Bishopville, South Carolina. He was the third oldest of six children. Alexander Alston completed his high school education in Philadelphia. Pennsylvania. He was a self-taught chef and had a great love for the Philadelphia sports teams. Alexander fell in love with Mary Hickman and they united in Holy Matrimony in 1960. Their union lasted for fifty-two years. Alexander departed this life on Saturday, November 17, 2012. He is gone from us early, but never forgotten in our hearts. Alexander leaves to rejoice and cherish his memory: his wife, Mary Alston; three grandchildren, Jazmyn, Mark III and April; one greatgrandson, Drake Alexander; three sisters, Brenda Lee, Geneva and Sandra; and a host of friends and family.
Amelia E. Johnson (1858-1922): Novelist, News Editor and Educator By Dorothy G. Kapenstein Amelia Etta Hall Johnson spent her life in the age of oppression and discrimination against women and African Americans and she was a member of both minorities. She was a very intelligent woman with a real talent for writing and a true sense of devotion to her church and her people. She wrote novels for young people and articles for newspapers and magazines. She was also a loving mother to her children and a true helpmate and companion to her husband who was an ordained minister. It is not surprising that much of her writing was aimed toward bringing religious and moral instruction to young people. The pen of the writer was once a powerful weapon for recording ideas and information so they could be shared and remembered and also at creating literature to entertain readers. Later the typewriter came into use and today the computer holds sway. The creating of ideas and the writing of literature belong to anyone who has been given the talent and these two wonderful gifts are not limited by race or gender. However, such talents really need education to make them blossom and thrive. During the era of slavery, black Americans were almost universally denied the nurturing element of education. In many localities in what later became the United States, it was considered a crime to teach slaves to read and/or write and the punishments were severe for both teacher and slave. In spite of this, some slaves did get an education. We have beautiful works written by slaves such as Phillis
Wheatley, Lucy Terry Prince and Jupiter Hammon. Some who escaped from bondage, like Frederick Douglass and William Wells Brown were great writers. Both men became ardent abolitionists and fought for the end of slavery with their writings. Brown wrote Clotel, a book that literary critics believe is the first novel by an African American author. Through the years a cadre of black authors rose up to join them. All these authors were creative writers in addition to being fighters for their cause. When emancipation came, segregation and Jim Crow laws quickly followed it. Again, black writers used their fine literary talents to create writings that were calls for action. Black writers had to overcome more than a struggle to obtain their right to serious education. They had to find ways to get their works read and issued by publishers in a world of extreme racial bias. Sometimes they found publishers who were sympathetic. At other times, they founded their own small companies. They founded their own newspapers to provide work for black editors and reporters who would tackle articles of interest to the black community. White newspapers almost never hired black staffers and carried almost no news for the black community. In a world of gender prejudice, life was hard for women, and even worse for black women. Around the world at that time, women writers went through hard times, even if their minds and hearts and souls were filled with creative genius and the ability to write. In addition to being denied the vote and being restricted in education and jobs, women writers were looked upon as strange creatures. Some of them wrote under male names so editors and publishers would even look at their work. Others used only initials and a last name. Historians who write about Amelia Johnson say that not much has
been found about her early years. She was born in 1858 in Toronto, Canada to African American parents who originally came from Baltimore, Maryland. Canada was a haven for free blacks seeking a better life and also a refuge for escaped slaves before the Civil War. Her biographers say that Amelia was sent to Montreal for her education. In 1874, she came to Baltimore to take a job as a teacher. In Baltimore, she met Harvey Johnson, a Baptist minister. He was a former slave who earned a good education, became a golden voiced preacher and a powerful community leader. They were married in 1877. They were admirably alike in many ways. Both were deeply religious and were concerned with supporting ethics and morality in the black community. They were both civil rights activists. Wife and husband were both writers with published works to their credit. Reverend and Mrs. Johnson were both devoted to his church and served it well, but their efforts and thinking reached out to work for the black community of Baltimore and for the present and future good of the black community of the nation. Their son, Harvey, Jr. spoke of their closeness when he called his mother “Harvey Johnson’s best friend, and his chief comfort, his guide in all business matters. I still consider their union a perfect one.” Harvey, Jr. also noted that he and his sister Jessie and his brother Prentiss were always after their mother to tell them stories. He said that she knew a great many wonderful stories because she was a writer! Being the wife of a minister, helping him in his endeavors, making a home and raising children can be a full time job in itself. Yet somehow Amelia Johnson began to write stories and poems that at first appeared in journals sponsored by the Baptist Church.
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Amelia E. Johnson (1858-1922): Novelist, News Editor and Educator By Dorothy G. Kapenstein ◄Continued From Page Twenty They included The Baptist Messenger, The American Baptist and Our Women and Children. Her writings were based on a foundation of teaching children and young people moral and ethical behavior. She had a compelling individual writing style. Author Monroe Majors wrote the book, Noted Negro Women: Their Triumphs and Activities, in 1897. He described the writings of Amelia Johnson: “Her writings are varied: she having a clear conception of what a poet means, she is motivated to her compositions and so deep is her thought that her productions ward off the minnows in search for those who inhabit deep water.” Mrs. Johnson realized that her writings and those of other black Baptists were being published largely in their Church journals and magazines. This limited their number of readers to church members. She felt that they should have a wider body of readers. To remedy this, in 1887, she founded a monthly magazine, the Joy. Her intention was to provide a publication to which black women writers and young people could submit their work with a good hope of seeing it published. The magazine appeared every month and featured short stories, poems and articles. The publication received favorable reviews but it had a short life. She later founded another publication called The Ivy. Mrs. Johnson penned a short story called “Nettie Ray’s Thanksgiving Day.” It was published in the church journal, The National Baptist. It received positive reviews and occasionally repeated from time to time to coordinate with the holiday. The journal Baltimore Sower and Reaper asked her to become a regular
columnist around 1890. She called her column “The Children’s Corner” and included poems and stories. Two stories, “The Mignotte’s Mission” and “The Animal Convention” became great favorites of her readers. While she was preparing her columns and caring for her husband, children and home, she began to write the first of her three novels. She wrote them for Sunday school audiences and with the aim of teaching the children about showing their love for God and living lives of love and kindness to others. Mrs. Johnson’s book, Clarence and Corinne; or God’s Way, made its first appearance on April 20, 1890. Both black and white critics appraised it favorably. Helen R. Houston wrote an article about Mrs. Johnson in Notable Black American Women, Book II. . Ms. Houston quoted critics who said that the author was a fine writer, a talent worthy of her husband and a silent agent at work to break down unreasonable prejudice, which is a hindrance to the Race. As for the book itself, according to Ms. Houston, the critics considered it to be healthy in tone, appropriate for Sunday school readers and encouraging to young and old. The critics went on to say that the book should be in every home and that children should read it until they made the principles set forth by the author the rule of their life. Mrs. Johnson’s second novel, The Hazeley Family appeared in 1894. Her third and last book, Martina Meridan; or, What is My Motive? rolled off the presses in 1901. All three books were written for Sunday school teenage readers. They speak of high religious, ethical and moral principles and they urge the young readers to live a kindly life. Some black historians point out that the characters in Mrs. Johnson’s novels are not black people, but they are portrayed as people facing and solving problems. This may mean that Mrs. Johnson felt that all people
should live by high moral standards and strong religious principles. Mrs. Johnson’s contributions to literature were not limited to children’s stories and novels for Sunday school readers, however. She also wrote a series of strong articles for black newspapers and magazines making it clear that she was a black woman who would stand up for her people. She was married to a man who was strongly involved in early civil rights efforts. He had not been sitting quietly in his study writing sermons through the years. One of his obituaries pointed out that he was a scholar and an author. When black lawyers were needed in the courts and black teachers were needed in the schools, he joined with others to achieve these goals by wielding both his voice and his pen to rally black people to fight for their rights. He made constant and relentless efforts for his people. In the end he came to believe that the races must be separated and that African Americans must live together in a place of their own. He and others formed the Black Separatist Movement. At one time, he and others considered setting up an independent black community in Texas. His wife joined him in this way of thought. It is likely that she was influenced also by a loss of love and fellowship between black and white members of the Baptist Church. Scholar Wendy Wagner wrote an article, “Black Separatism in the Periodical Articles of Mrs. A. E. (Amelia) Johnson.” Ms. Wagner points out in her text that for some years, Mrs. Johnson and other black authors had their writings accepted and published by Baptist presses. In later years, the cordiality dried up. This was true of other publishers as well. This idea really bolstered her strong opinion that African Americans must have their own publishing houses and presses.
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Amelia E. Johnson (1858-1922): Novelist, News Editor and Educator By Dorothy G. Kapenstein ◄Continued From Page Twenty-One She then created a series of strong articles that voiced her ideas. These articles appeared in black newspapers and magazines. Mrs. Johnson was one of a number of nineteenth century black women authors. Somehow, her works and those of her sister writers, such as Anna Julia Cooper and Pauline Hopkins and many others, began to fade away gently. Very few people, except for scholars, knew about these women and their writings… It might possibly be that the brilliance of the writers of the Harlem Renaissance, such as Zora Neale Hurston and Jessie Redmon Fauset, eased the older writers gently into the background. Today there is revived interest in the works of nineteenth century black writers. The works of Mrs. A. E. Johnson and her sister writers have recently been re-published by the New York Public Library in a series called The Schomburg Library of Nineteenth Century Black Women Writers, making these works available to us once again.
“DO NOT LET GO” Do not let go of the Faith that I have placed within your heart. I have caused you to leap up, and to stir from your slumber, and it is now important that you continue to draw closer to Me and to release yourself to Me in even greater degrees. What you decide will affect your destiny and the destiny of those around you. Trust in Me fully, and step closer to Me, and obey My Voice. Do not let go of My Word that I have birthed within you. My Word is Truth and it is your Light. It will guide you as you walk with Me. I have formed
My Word within you, as you have read it, and searched out its treasures. With each Word that you chose to believe and to receive as your own, it became a part of you. My Word became alive within you, and became flesh to you. It is real and it is creative and powerful to those who choose to embrace it. Do not let go of the Vision that I have burned within you. For the Vision has tarried, but now has come to pass before your eyes. Do not delay now. Do not hold back, thinking that you are not ready. I have prepared you, and purged you, and have raised you up for My Purposes. I Am. I will guide you, and show you the path you will take. I give each of My Children their paths and lay out their courses. It is up to them to walk them out. Do not delay, but walk on now. Fulfill your destiny. Do not let go of the Fire that courses through your veins. I have burned through you with My Spirit of Holiness and have caused you to embrace My sufferings, so that you could know the path of Life. Few have walked in My sufferings, for they chose not to die to themselves. My Fires keep you humble and teachable. They draw you closer to Me, and remind you of My grace that is given to you. Remain in Me. Do not let go of My Holy Spirit, who is given to you. He is Holy and can be grieved by the motive of your heart. Take heed to yourself as you walk, and keep yourself in all of your ways. Stay near to Me, and make no room for the enemy and the flesh. But daily, crucify your flesh with My Word, and yield to My Holy Spirit as He speaks to you. For He will be your Strength and your Companion in the earth. It is He that will teach you and guide you in your walk with Me. Listen to Him and do not be afraid or hesitant to lean upon Him. Do not let go of your Peace. Guard your hearts and your minds and allow
nothing unclean to come near you. Set your houses in order, and keep your lives pure. Avoid all stumbling stones and the offenses that defile you. Never give your inheritance to another, but be diligent. Be faithful to My Word, and allow it to work its work within you. For I Am your Peace as long as you fully follow Me. Walk in love and judge no one, for I Am the Righteous Judge. Do not let go of your Testimony. Your life is a mirror of your heart. What you have given yourself over to will be seen in your walk each day. What you have taken into yourself will come out and be known by all. Your testimony is your strength and it is powerful to the saving of souls. What your heart is set on is what your lips will reveal. Keep your heart pure and wash yourself daily with My Word. Allow Me to bring forth fruit worthy of repentance and to bring forth pure, refined gold from within you. When people around you can’t find you anymore, then I Am finally being seen in you! It is this reflection of Me that the world must see! Do not let go, but keep and jealously guard yourself! Do not let go of the glory that I have given to you of My Father. For the Father and I are One, and We have come to abide in you. Let nothing separate yourself from Me. For My Glory dwells in you richly as you follow Me and walk with Me. You are My Own, and I have chosen to dwell in you and to reveal Myself through your life. You are a vessel that carries My Glory in the earth.
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BAD MATH, GOOD PLAY Oklahoma State University’s 1996 season quarterback, President Lyndon Johnson’s nephew Randy Johnson, proved to be a mediocre quarterback for a mediocre team. But mediocre or not, quarterbacks and teams and Oklahoma State could be lifted to legendary greatness if they beat their arch rival, the University of Oklahoma, in the season-ending game. In that final game of 1996, Oklahoma was behind by six points. Little hope remained that they would score with almost 80 yards between them and their goal line, only minutes left on the clock, and a steady downpour of rain. But their mud-covered suits didn’t look half as pitiful as the battered, despairing faces of the State players. As a gesture of goodwill, the Oklahoma State coach put in all the seniors for the last play of the game and told Randy to call whatever play he wanted. The team huddled, and to the surprise of his teammates, Randy called play 13-a trick play they’d never used, for the good reason that it had never worked in practice. Well, the impossible happened! Play 13 worked! Oklahoma State scored! Randy Johnson’s team won the game by one point! The fans went wild! As they carried Randy, the hero of the game, off the field, his coach called out to him, “Why in the world did you ever call play 13?” “Well, we were in the huddle,” Randy answered, “and I looked over and saw old Harry with tears running down his cheeks. It was his last college game and we were losing. And I saw that big 8 on his chest. Then I looked over and saw Ralph. And tears were running down his cheeks, too. And I saw that big 7 on his jersey. So in honor of those two heartbroken seniors, I added eight and seven together and called play 13!” “But Randy,” the coach shouted back. “Eight and seven don’t add up to 13!” Randy reflected for a moment and answered back with a smirk, “You’re right, coach! And if I’d been as smart as you are, we would have lost the game!”
Sometimes the correct answers are not always the right answers. Certain when it comes to matters of faith, reason more often than not has to take a backseat. Not that you have to turn your brain off. It’s just that the Christian faith rarely makes sense to people unfamiliar with the often upside-down world of Christianity It was on the cross, of all places, that Jesus actually won the game, so to speak. The Bible says that kind of salvation is foolishness to those who don’t believe (7 Corinthians 7:23-25). Wise people know that even though the gospel doesn’t add up, the truth of it sets us free. Submitted by Sis. Marsha Wellons-Lawton
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The Church Chat Staff wishes to extend birthday wishes to everyone born in the month of January. Please let Bro. Edward Brown know if we have omitted anyone.
ABRAHAM The faith of Abraham has been preached about for years. Match these facts about the life of this man of faith. 1. Native place 2. Father 3. Nephew 4. Wife #1 5. Maid 6. Maid’s son 7. King of Gerar 8. Sacrificial place 9. Burial place 10. Daughter-in-law 11. Grandson 12. Wife #2
a. Rebekah (Gen. 24:67) b. Keturah (Gen. 25:1) c. Machpelah (Gen. 23:17-20) d. Jacob (Gen. 25:26) e. Ur of the Chaldees (Gen. 11:28) f. Lot (Gen. 11:31) g. Hagar (Gen. 16:1) h. Terah (Gen. 11:27) i. Ishmael (Gen. 16:11) j. Abimelech (Gen. 20:2) k. Sarah (Gen. 11:31) 1. Jehovah-jireh (Gen. 22:14)
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I’m writing this in a state of shock, Watching the clock—tick tock, tick tock, Advancing, approaching, relentlessly, A brand new year; Oh, can it be?
POSITIVE THOUGHTS What is most obvious may be most worthy of analysis. Fertile vistas may open out when commonplace facts are examined from a fresh point of view. L.L. Whyte
The calendar says the same thing, too; Time races, vanishes for me; Boo hoo! No, wait! If time flies, I’m having fun! A year of fun! It’s gone! It’s done!
Knowing is not enough, we must apply. Willing is not enough, we must do. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
I now embrace the blur of time, Because it simply means that I’m Too busy with pleasure, joy, delight To mourn the passing days’ swift flight.
Little girls and butterflies need no excuse. Robert A. Heinlein All that you are is the result of what you have thought. Unknown
So I’m wishing you fast, happy days, Pleasuring you in myriad ways, Filled with happiness and cheer, Oh Happy, Happy Bright New Year!
IN THE SMALL STUFF
By Joanna Fuchs
• Discipline is at the heart of discipleship. • Before diving into anything, step back and view the big picture. • Acquire good habits; abandon bad habits. • Move from involvement to commitment. • Use your free time productively. • Your dreams won’t come true if you allow them to languish.
CHURCH CHAT STAFF
Editor and Publisher: Marsha Wellons-Lawton
Lawton, Deacon Wilbur J. Napper, Eleanor Richardson, Debora Richardson, Jerome Richardson, and Earl Sawyer.
Contributors This Month: Trustee Mary Wellons, Edward Brown, Denise Clark, Juanita Ford, Pastor Garth G. Gittens, Trustee Valerie Hayes, Dorothy Kapenstein, Curtis
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