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Contents DECEMBER 2018

GoodNews from the Pastor’s Desk 6 The Power of the Nativity by Kenneth Ware

GoodNews for Kids 8 Christmas Giving by Michelle Morris

GoodNews on Money Matters 10 Hush Money by Andrew Lee

GoodNews for Men 12 Addiction Doesn’t Have to Be Forever GoodNews for Women 14 Being Relentless

by Dr. Stephanie Young

GoodNews for Everyone 18 He Restores My Soul by Amy Long

GoodNews for Parents 20 I Have a Choice

by Glyndora Condon

GoodNews Cover Story 22 Lisa’s Gold and Diamonds

GoodNews for Everyone 24 It Is Well (Holy Roar) by Tiara Hoy

GoodNews from the Physician’s Desk 28 Deep Tissue Laser Therapy by Dr. Charles Pray

GoodNews for your Taste Buds 30 Christmas Peanut Butter Dream Fudge by Ginger Smith

GoodNews for Everyone 32 The Best Christmas Gift by Jeffery Greer


GoodNews for Everyone 34 Read My Face

by Micki Ann Harris

GoodNews for Women’s Health 36 Earlobe Reduction/Repair by Dr. James White

GoodNews for Everyone 38 Studying the Bible Effectively (Part 2 of 2) by Kelly McDonald, Jr.

GoodNews for Everyone 40 The Christmas Tear


by Shelia Bird

GoodNews from the Outdoors 42 Lost by Rusty Asble

GoodNews for Teens 26 The Substantial Meaning of Joy by Jacob Chapman


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The Power of the Nativity


by Kenneth E. Ware

an you believe it? Christmas season is already here. With sales, commerce, and travel reaching an annual high, many will perceive Christmas as

merely a holiday instead of a holy day. Its central message is the unique and miraculous virgin birth of Jesus Christ. God became Man in the person of Jesus Christ (cf. John 1:14). The Son of God became the Son of Man so that sons of men can become sons of God. In the gospel of Luke, the power of the nativity involves a Decree from Caesar Augustus, a Declaration from an angel of the Lord, and a Doxology from a multitude of the heavenly host. Let’s observe this historic, yet powerful passage of scripture.

II. The Declaration - Luke 2:10 The angel declared good news of great joy to the shepherds first. Why the shepherds first? Why didn’t the angel declare the good news of great joy to the chief priests, the scribes, and the religious leaders first? In the Old Testament, Jesus Himself is identified as a shepherd. A trilogy in the Messianic Psalms declares that Jesus is the Good Shepherd (Psalm 22), the Great Shepherd (Psalm 23), and the Chief Shepherd (Psalm 24). Likewise, the New Testament asserts that Jesus is the Good Shepherd (John 10:11,14), the Great Shepherd (Hebrews 13:20), and the Chief Shepherd (1 Peter 5:4). Wow! No wonder the angel did not declare the good news of great joy to the chief priests, scribes, and religious leaders first; the shepherds were more Christ-like than the religious hypocrites. Nevertheless, the good news was not to end with the shepherds. Futuristically, the same good news, as the angel declared, “shall be to all people.” The good news of Jesus Christ is not only for Jews, but also for all nationalities. III. The Doxology - Luke 2:13,14 The multitude of the heavenly host highlighted the announcement of Jesus’s birth by praising and glorifying

I. The Decree - Luke 2:1 Caesar Augustus, the first Roman Emperor, ordered a decree stating that a census be taken of the entire inhabited Roman Empire for tax purposes. That decree was inadvertently part of the sovereign plan of God. Joseph and Mary had to travel back to Bethlehem and so fulfill the prophecy of the supernatural virgin birth of the coming Messiah (cf. Micah 5:2). Well, God has also ordered a decree. In eternity past, God has foreordained whatever comes to pass in your life for His own purpose and glory. Therefore, it was already decreed in eternity past that Caesar Augustus should issue an executive order to take a census of all the inhabited Rome. All events that surrounded the birth of Jesus Christ

God. The word “glory” is the New Testament Greek word “doxa” from where we get “doxology.” It means “to praise, honor, glorify or exalt.” Have you ever noticed that angels are never seen in the Bible “singing” to God? They simply “say” to Him words of praise and adoration (cf. Is.6:3; Rev.4:8; 5:12; 19:1,4-6). Angels are neither redeemed, nor do they live by faith. Christian men and women are redeemed and live by faith. Since angels are not redeemed, they do not have a song of redemption to sing to God by faith. That is why angels have a longing desire to look into our preaching, praise, service, and worship of God (cf. 1 Pet.1:12). Your praises to God are not merely about how good you sound, but what good you say.

glory so that the scriptures would be fulfilled (cf. Isa. 7:14; 9:6; 11:11; 53:2; Mic.5:2).

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About The Author

were already decreed and predestined by God for His own Kenneth E. Ware, M.M., M.A.B.S., M. Div. He is the pastor of New Sholar Avenue Baptist Church.He and his wife, Tonia, have two children, Kenny and Kaliya.He is a graduate of Temple Baptist Seminary.







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Christmas Giving


by Michelle Morris

s the weather turns colder and the leaves begin

The Bible says in I Peter 4:10, “As each one has

to fall from the trees, I begin to look forward

received a gift, minister it to one another, as good

to Christmas! Christmas is my favorite time of

stewards of the manifold grace of God.” I believe there

the year! It is the time where the world shines bright,

is no better opportunity than to share your gift with

festive music plays all around, and we choose to show

others while showing and telling others of Christ’s

our love to one another with gifts. Giving during the

amazing love. Because we have all been blessed with

Christmas season is one of my greatest joys! I love the

different talents, God can use each of us to carry out

planning and thought process that goes into picking

His plan of salvation. God shared the best gift He

just the perfect gift, finding that gift, and then the

could possibly have given to us on that long ago night

anticipation of waiting for that special someone to open

in Bethlehem. It is our calling as Christians to share

it! Their expressions of surprise and joy

the gift of salvation with those around us. John 3:16

are literally the best!

reminds us that God gave His only son for us

We all have an amazing

that whosoever believes can have eternal life.

opportunity this Christmas

We are commissioned with the task of sharing our gifts with the

season to share gifts with one

whosoever’s around us!

another. But unlike the gifts that we wrap beneath the tree

So, I would like to

with ribbons and bows, these

challenge you during the

gifts are from our heavenly

hustle and bustle of the

father. God has gifted each

season to remember the

of us with talents and skills

power of your gift. Take a

that he wants us to share

little time to reflect on what God

with others. For some, this

has blessed you with and use that

might be donating your

gift to show His light this season.

time at a homeless

Give of your time and talents, and

shelter. For others, it

be aware of every opportunity

might be preparing

God drops in your lap!

a meal to share with a

Your gift might the

family down on their luck.

very thing that

While some of you may choose

leads someone

to visit a nursing home and

to Christ! Let’s

spend time with those whose

choose to make

families aren’t able to be with

this season’s gifts

them on Christmas. All of these

the kinds that keep

are just a few examples of how

giving all year long!

this Christmas season.

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About The Author

you can “gift” God’s love during Michelle Morris is a 5th grade teacher at Michigan Avenue School. She attends Keith Street Ministries where she sings on the praise team and teaches the primary class on Wednesday night.

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ost of us have heard the phrase “hush money,” referring to payments made in order to keep people quiet so they don’t reveal some scandalous secret. But here I’m using the phrase to refer to how many Christians view money as a forbidden topic, never to be talked about. Some of us grew up in households where money was never really discussed, other than occasionally sitting around the table bemoaning our lack of money to do something we wanted to do. Most of us had no idea how much money our parents actually earned at their jobs, nor did we have a clue how much our parents had saved in the bank or in retirement accounts or other investments. Likewise, we often had no idea how deeply our parents were in debt or how much they owed to creditors. There seemed to be this idea of “out of sight, out of mind,” and if we just keep quiet about money generally, our financial situations will all magically resolve themselves. But the truth is quite the opposite: people who are financially successful are also very intentional regarding money; they don’t mind talking about it; in fact, they frequently discuss money issues in order to be financially pro-active—paying off debt, saving and investing, planning for the future. Study after study has shown that in lower-income and middle-income households, money is a taboo topic rarely spoken about, but in upper-income households, money and finances are more often discussed openly among married couples who also include their children in the discussions in order to teach them about money. But should you really be candid with your children (whether minor children or adult children) about how much you make, how much you owe, and how much you’re worth? My feeling is that it depends on your

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relationship with your children and whether you believe your children demonstrate enough maturity to have these discussions. One is reminded of the old adage that “you should definitely have life insurance, but not so much life insurance you have to sleep with one eye open.” An irresponsible or immature son or daughter—whether age sixteen or sixty—should probably not be trusted with a parent’s sensitive financial information, nor with the parent’s finances. On the other hand, if your children or grandchildren have proven to be financially responsible and disciplined with money (which is our responsibility), and are eager to learn how to handle money successfully, there are countless “teachable moments” to share by being transparent about the household budget, bills, and investments. My wife and I regularly discuss these details with our teenaged sons (19 and 16) because they have jobs, pay for many of their own bills, and have proven themselves to be fiscally disciplined, and we hope our nine-year-old daughter will one day emulate her brothers in this regard. So why are so many Christian households “hushed” when it comes to having family financial discussions? Some believe (mistakenly) that money is somehow bad or evil, and that being ambitious about having more money or wealth is likewise wrong. Greed or obsession with getting rich can certainly be immoral, but let’s not confuse greed with a healthy desire for success, including financial success. How many people could you help if you acquired wealth through diligence and investing? How much could you contribute to God’s Kingdom if you stopped thinking of money as inherently bad? To “do good works” often (not always) requires money; we would be wise to stop being ashamed or reluctant to have “the money talk.”

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Gò0dNews for Men Addiction Doesn’t Have to Be Forever


henever I share my story of a nearly two-decade porn addiction with other guys, I get pretty much the same response every time. “Yeah, but what guy doesn’t struggle?” they ask with a shrug. This nonchalant and defeated attitude many men, even Christian men, have when discussing the sexual addiction epidemic of men rattles me. I understand. After all, I am a man. But I refuse to accept that it has to be this way! In 1 Corinthians 10:13-14, Paul writes “No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond

what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out.” Sin has consequences. My addiction took its toll on my family, and was probably the greatest factor in my divorce. But God is a healer! I finally allowed Him to begin the healing process in me five years ago, and since then, I have led a life of purity substantially better than those addicted years. Sure, I slipped a bit along the way, but I am so much healthier and more sober now than I had been for the previous 15 years! The feeling of freedom is indescribable. Having prayed and prayed, read plenty of literature on the subject, attended seminars and workshops, and been a member of multiple recovery groups, I’ve learned a thing or two along the way. “Boundaries equal healthy.” I can still see my counselor’s face, eyes wide open, locked on mine, eyebrows raised. There was no mistaking the importance he was trying to stress to me of having boundaries. At first, I set some. Then, I broke them. Then, I would have a slip-up. Long periods of sobriety were

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simply nonexistent for me at times when I did not have healthy boundaries. If you want to break the cycle of any addiction and begin rebuilding your life, one of the steps is establishing boundaries. During the rebuilding of Jerusalem, Nehemiah had to set a number of boundaries throughout the process (Nehemiah 4). For me, I put a strict internet filter on all my devices. Then, I even removed all internet browsers from my phone. I quit watching any movies that had nudity. These were all healthy and necessary for me. Recently I have started dating someone. I am committed to honoring God in this relationship, no matter the outcome. Here are some of the boundaries to which she and I have agreed: our lips not touching, at least until we're engaged (and possibly longer), limiting embraces to side hugs for now, having set times that we get off the phone on weeknights, and having friends call when we are the other's place at night and it is time to leave. After all, if I do what I've always done, I'll get what I've always gotten, and do I really need to go back to that? Here are some guidelines when setting boundaries: 1. An accountability partner is essential. Discuss possible boundaries with a counselor or mentor who you can trust. Be honest about your struggles. Their perspective is vital. 2. It is better to make boundaries that are too strict than too lenient. It is always easier to loosen, than to tighten boundaries. 3. Boundaries are adjustable. Be prepared to discuss adjustments with your mentor as the weeks and months progress. 4. Be persistent. In recovery, it is commons for "slips" to occur, especially early on. Don't give up. Repent. Accept God's forgiveness. Forgive yourself, and get back on track. “We wrestle not against flesh and blood” (Eph 6:12). The devil is fighting for your life, your marriage, your children, your future, and your soul. What are you going to do about it? If you struggle with addiction, unhealed wounds or bad habit, here are a few local support groups: Samson Society: authentic men’s group meeting on Mondays in Cleveland. See or email for details. Celebrate Recovery: At least two groups in Cleveland. See Sexaholics Anonymous: For those serious about getting over lust. There are multiple meetings in Chattanooga. Visit

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Being Relentless


by Dr. Stephanie Young

elentless: persistent, continuing, nonstop,

Verse 5 illustrates his connection with relentless people,

showing strength and intensity. How are we to

“So Peter was in prison, but fervent and persistent

approach each day, each hour, and each moment

prayer for him was being made to God by the church.”

that we are given? By being relentless. A well-known

That night, an angel of the Lord broke his chains and

pastor in South Carolina renamed the church that he

walked him out of that cell.

has been called to with this same name because of his

Lastly, I am pursuing a relentless faith. We have

relentless pursuit of God’s vision and will for his life

been taught that it only takes the faith the size of the

(among other things).

mustard seed and we rest on that. It is a great start! But,

Lately, this word has come in my spirit as I have been

as we grow in Christ, we should want our mustard seed

seeking God’s direction for my life in my career as an educator. I question how earnestly I have been pursuing His will in my life’s decisions. What are you in pursuit of in your life? Money, notoriety, clothes, love, acceptance? Are you pursuing God daily with the speed that a cat chases a mouse or a track star running an Olympic 500 m dash? It can be easy sometimes to grow weary, slow down, or lose motivation. I experience it in waves with work, school, and family responsibilities. When that happens, though, I realize that it’s connected to the loss of motivation or lack in my spiritual life. I am learning to be relentless in different areas of my being that God has given

to grow to the size of a pumpkin seed, from a pumpkin

me. First, in my spiritual connection with Him. 1

seed to the size of a grape, from a grape to a plum, and

Thessalonians 5:17 states, “Be unceasing and persistent

so on. You get the picture.

in prayer.” I have fallen off my devotional/prayer time

1 John 5:4 (AMP) says, “For everyone born of God

over the years and it was at those times I struggled for

is victorious and overcomes the world; and this is the

direction. I press in every day to connect with Christ,

victory that has conquered and overcome the world

whether it’s reading the Word, devotional prayer,

– our [continuing, persistent] faith [in Jesus the son of

maybe “walks and talks”, or all 3 combined.

God}.” I encourage you today, to be relentless.

relentless people. When I am weak or in a bind, they lift me up. In Acts 12, Peter was arrested and imprisoned.

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About The Author

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He Restores My Soul


by Amy Long

od is still in the business of restoring souls.

He made me. Each time, He is in the details of my life

Think about that for a minute. Has your

restoring my weary soul.

soul ever been in a state of hurt and pain

You see, to restore something, it first must be

that seems beyond repair? I would venture to say

broken. God is at work in the details to restore your

that 100% of people reading this have experienced

soul at just the right time. Let Him. In His sovereignty

the agony of a weary, torn, and seemingly hopeless

and in His timing, He works together all things for

soul. We all experience pain in this life. When I look

good to those who love Him and are called according

around me I see brokenness; I see death, divorce,

to His purpose. David was not just speaking words

addictions, anger, sadness, grief, emptiness, etc. I

in Psalm 23; he was sharing experience. When he had

see souls searching for restoration and, sometimes, these are Christian souls. Every soul has a need for salvation, and God, in His sovereignty, worked a plan and provided a way through His son, Jesus Christ, to save the souls of humanity. I am forever grateful for His faithfulness in saving my soul. However, God does not save souls and leave them to endure life alone. He cares about the details of our lives. How many times have you had the exact amount of money needed to pay a bill? How about the right words spoken to you in

failed to do what God had called him to do for the

the line at the grocery store? Have you ever moved

nation of Israel, God was faithful to restore his soul. In

into a neighborhood at seemingly the right time?

his brokenness, in his weariness, in his sin, God was

Personally, He brought life to me through a newborn

faithful to restore His soul. No matter what you have

when my father died. He brought joy through the

encountered, committed, endured, wrestled with,

laughter of my son when I had not even given birth

or been defeated by, God is still in the business of

to him. He built beauty from the ashes of a broken

restoring souls to the fullness of His plan for each one.

is currently working to restore my soul to the woman

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family, only because of His faithfulness in my life. He Amy Long, LPC is a graduate of Liberty University and a therapist at the Sexual Assault Victim’s Advocacy Center in Fort Oglethorpe, GA. She is married to Robert and has two stepdaughters, and one son.

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I Have a Choice


by Glyndora Condon

hildren come in all shapes and sizes. Some have

to gain control. As long as the warnings are plentiful and the

learning difficulties and some have physical

consequences are avoided, delayed, or absent, the children

limitations. Some endure mixed messages from adults

remain defiant. Parents who speak one thing while doing

as they travel from home to home to see separated or divorced

another are providing a mixed message. Parents who do not

parents. Some have mixed emotions of anger, fear, doubt, and

promptly follow up with the consequence of a bad choice are

self worth. Some have a blend of several of the above issues

not trusted or respected as a true authority figure to honor.

and feel overwhelmed. It can be confusing as they go into different homes

With consistency, children learn, "While we continue bucking against rules, we will continue experiencing the

with different parents and grandparents who are expecting

consequences that we chose. If we change our choice to obey

different things from them. Trying to do as one is expected

the rules then we will find that we will then have benefits

in one home while in another home may result in a negative

instead." It is a choice that is handed to a child each time they face a chore or a rule. They will often hardly try, procrastinate, and then play the blame game, but it is a parent's job to implement a rule along with the benefit and consequence depending upon their choice. Sometimes they will choose the consequence. Implement it calmly but firmly. When warning them, simply state, "I cannot make you ______, and I know you can choose to disobey the rule, but I hope that you will choose not to. I love you enough to stand firm with the consequence, so let's make the good choice okay? Okay." A parent who does not expect the best of the child, has not modeled this to their child, has not walked through the fire to resist a child's manipulation or ill attempt at any requested behavior will find a child perfectly willing to provide the bare minimum in all that they do, without respect, without self worth,

consequence. Rules abound everywhere: School, church,

or needed character. This will lead to a lifelong pattern in other

sports, stores, road, forest, pools, and more, with some

forums of school and work. Children will rise to their parent's

more formal than others. Children resist rules and delayed

expectation of them. Speak with encouragement and faith.

gratification. They are accustomed to continued stimulation

Children must know a multitude of life skills and have the

and reinforcement due to screens that lead to the sensation

character of honesty, integrity, perseverance, dependability,

that life and rules are boring and cumbersome. Where there

responsibility in order to be able to leave the nest and to become

are rules-then there are rule keepers in each forum. If rules

successful and truly happy adults; They can depend upon their

are enforced with concise and clear reinforcements that are

parents or social media and the school to teach these. If parents

positive when complied with, and negative when not; with

are not modeling and teaching these skills, the child will choose

consistent follow through of each as choices are made children

more dysfunctional methods and will have little empathy, low

quickly learn what is expected and the best choices.

social skills, and less conflict resolution skills.

Herein lies the problem. Parents give many warnings

Parents are not perfect and neither are children. Both make mistakes. However, repeating choices that keep each

parents as untrustworthy. Children challenge, delay, refuse,

other frustrated as the same cycles occur while expecting a

ignore and test the rule keeper with defense mechanisms and

better ending, is nonsense. So choose to change!

a power struggle occurs. Children blame the rule keepers and do not accept responsibility for their choices; and parents waffle between submissive and easy-go authoritarian and hard

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and do not follow up; this blurs boundaries and renders the

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isa’s Gold and Diamonds opened on April 15th, 1991 and almost 28 years later, we are bigger and better than ever. Things have really changed over the years. Lisa’s opened with one goal in mind and that was to give the customers of North Georgia a great place to shop for jewelry with great customer service and plenty of styles to choose from. Lisa’s has a great selection of beautiful diamond solitaires and wedding sets, wedding bands, gemstone rings, gold and silver necklaces and bracelets, and so much more. Lisa’s carries Seiko watches, musical clocks, Pulsar watches, and Citizen watches. We also carry LeVian chocolate diamonds and many more unique one-of-a-kind pieces such as floating opals. Lisa’s prides itself on customer service. We want our customers to know they are getting the best prices and quality possible. We know that our customers work hard for their money and that they expect a lot and we’re here to give it to them. Lisa’s offers excellent watch and jewelry repairs with most of the work done in house. We have had the privilege of having loyal customers who bring their

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kids here when they get older and now we are meeting the third generation of families. Getting to work with all the generations helps us know our customers well and learn their tastes and styles. This enables us to buy pieces we know they will appreciate and be interested in. Many times we can choose jewelry with a specific customer in mind. Lisa knows you have a lot of choices of where to spend your money and we appreciate that you choose to shop here. We hope we can always make your shopping experience very special.

Our staff is mostly family. Lisa’s son, Zackary, is the repair specialist and two of her grandchildren, Elizabeth and Brandon, are sales representatives. We also have Babs Reeves who is their final team member and feels like part of the family. We make a point of knowing most of our customers by name so that they, too, feel like part of the family. That’s the way we like it and that’s why we are known as “Your Favorite Hometown Jeweler.”

happy with his experience (and I love the ring). I have had several experiences with purchasing different items and each time I felt I got a fair price, good advice, and excellent service. Turn around on repairs or sizing is great.” Zackary makes a point of having a turnaround timeframe of no more than a week. And because he does all the work in house, he is able to provide the piece back quickly and smoothly. Lisa buys all the inventory herself and has more than fifty vendors from all over the states come to her shop to provide her choices to buys from. She has built up relationships with each of her vendors and they all know how to work together to get the best for her customers. If you’ve never been by, come check us out and see how Lisa’s Gold and Diamonds has been able to stay in the same location for so long and why we are here to stay. We have been here through the thick and thin of the economy and as the economy gets better, we see a bright future for us and Fort Oglethorpe. Lisa’s is located at 501- B Alamar in Fort Oglethorpe and we are open Monday through Saturday year around and even extra hours at Christmas.

Another service we offer is that we buy scrap gold, silver, and diamonds for cash. We will weigh your gold and we will pay you a fair price. Most everyone is thrilled with how much they get. Everyone can use a little extra cash from time to time and especially during the holidays. Lisa’s invites all of her customers to come by and see what is new for the holidays. We offer no interest layaways and we will even provide beautiful gift wrapping for your special choices. One customer, Sarah, has been a loyal customer for years. She says, “My husband was able to find a loose diamond which Lisa helped him pick out. He was very // 23

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It Is Well (Holy Roar)


by Tiara Hoy

remember writing a poem for him. It was the first poem I wrote after his diagnosis. Mr. Vineyard had just been diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer. The last line of the poem said, "God, I have no idea what you're doing, But I still believe." Mr. Vineyard's response was so simple, Yet so profound. He said, "Wow. Honey to my soul." He often reminded me that the writer of, "It is well with my soul," Wrote the song after a great tragedy. Cancer is a great tragedy. I don't do a great job of saying "It is well," With just the little things. And the big things, I fight to keep control over. I could learn something from Mr. Vineyard, He roared the loudest by giving up control. I want control, But God is calling me to let go now. He is calling me to surrender.

Though demons flee at the sound of my holy roar, Sometimes, Roaring on my own is not enough. My roar is powerful, But the one who gave me that power, Now calls me to be silent. He calls me to be still. He is roaring for me, So I can be still. Like Mr. Vineyard, I roar the loudest when I give up control. The truth has come to light. I am aware of God's plans for my near future. And they are good. But the enemy is aware of them too, He is doing everything he can to destroy God's plan. My roar alone is not enough this time. I don't want to let go, But I know that God is for me, And that is honey to my soul. Yes! It is well with my soul. So devil, You can't defeat me, I am staying the course. My eyes are open, And now, You will hear the roar of my Mighty Father!

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About The Author

He is for me, He is good. His promises are like honey to my soul. Yes! Hear my holy roar! It is well with my soul.

My name is Tiara Hoy. I work as a Child and Family Advocate at the Children’s Advocacy Center. When I’m not working, I enjoy writing poetry, singing, riddles, and spending time with my dog and friends.

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The Substantial Meaning of Joy


by Jacob Chapman

ometimes it can be hard to find even the

God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you

least possible bit of joy during

trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by

Christmas time. For some,

the power of the Holy Spirit.” In this statement, he is

it may be depression or anxiety,

praying that we will find the hope, joy, and peace that

for others it may be a loved

God offers, but he is also telling us where to find it. He

one that was lost during the

says we will find it in “the God of hope”. Christmas

time. Something my Dad has

is not about getting the best gift, it is not about seeing

always said is “We do not praise God when things are going right, we

that one person, but it is about recognizing how God saved all of humanity. Christmas is

praise him because he deserves it,

about God, the father of all. When we

in all circumstances.” I think this

recognize that, I guarantee, that is the

is even more relevant during

day we will receive a joy that will

Christmas time. We are not

sustain us for all eternity.

called to be joyful only in the

Although all of these things

moments that God has fixed

are true, we are not only supposed

everything in our lives, and

to be joyful seasonally. God calls

not even just in the times

us to be joyful at all times. In Luke

when we actually feel that

15:7 God is showing us, through the

joy that God promises rising

writer, that we are called to be joyful in all

in the bottom of our heart, but we are

circumstances. It says this in the verse, “In

called to be joyful during the holidays,

the same way, there is more joy in heaven

during all other seasons that we can

over one lost sinner who repents and

physically see or even spiritually feel.

returns to God than over ninety-nine others

We are not cheerful because we get the

who are righteous and haven’t strayed

best gift or because we got to see that

away!” God admires our joyfulness,

one person. Rather, we are supposed

which can only be found in him, but he

to be cheerful because God sent his

doesn’t just want it in the culminating

son, named Jesus, to save all of creation.

times of our lives, he wants it when

When we kept failing in battle, he sent

we feel turned away by everything

his son to give us victory in the war. How

and everyone but we still know he

can we not be joyful about something as

deserves it; He sent his son, Jesus, to

tremendous as that?

rescue all who were lost, and what

That is why we should be joyful, but

greater prize is there than that?

what if someone does not know where to think the Apostle Paul lays it out perfectly in Romans 15:13 when he says, “May the

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begin or even what it means to be joyful? I Jacob Chapman is a 14-year-old student in Chattanooga, Tennessee. He enjoys basketball, music, and inspiring others. He is a devoted Christian and is ready for the next generation to step up and take on the challenges in front of them.

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iving with pain and arthritis can be a crippling experience. Nothing’s worse than feeling great mentally, but physically feeling held back from

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What to Expect During Deep Tissue Laser Therapy Most class IV deep tissue laser therapy treatments take only 3-10 minutes, depending on location and intensity. The laser is gently applied with a wand over and around the affected area. Most patients notice an immediate reduction in pain and lasting benefits. It can be useful for acute pain in a targeted area. Deep tissue laser therapy is generally administered as part of a larger healing program alongside other treatments such as spinal decompression, exercise therapy, or chiropractic. Benefits and Risks of Deep Tissue Laser Therapy Class IV deep tissue laser therapy is a great alternative to pain medication and more invasive procedures such as surgery or injections. It can help provide immediate pain relief, reduction of swelling, accelerated tissue growth and cell repair, as well as improved circulation and nerve function. It can

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The Best Christmas Gift hy do Christians not use this time of year to introduce our unsaved family and friends to the gift given to us by our Father God? Think of it. The God of the universe loved us so much He sent His only Son Jesus to be born of a virgin (see Luke 1:26 – 38) for the purpose of dying on a cross so that our sins could be forgiven, and brought Jesus out of the grave on the third day so we could spend eternity with Him in Heaven.

Now, tell me what kind of gift can the world purchase that compares to God’s Christmas Gift? Our gift doesn’t break, wear out, need batteries, or require assembly. It is sad, though, that the overwhelming majority of those who call themselves Christians do not use the Christmas season to share their faith with their lost co-workers or neighbors. This could be due to fear, a lack of training, or that they themselves are lost. Let us consider the latter. 1 John 5:13 says, “These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life.” What John wrote in the preceding chapters was that obedience, righteousness, and agape love, and not church membership or service, characterize one who is a true

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believer and follower of the Lord Jesus Christ. Romans 5:5 states that, “Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.” If we have been saved, the Holy Spirit has been given to us and the evidence is God’s sacrificial love. Why is it that most people who call themselves Christians are lost? First, they have never repented, agreed with God that they are sinners (see Acts 2:38 and 2 Peter 3:9). Second, they have never confessed that Jesus Christ is their Lord and Savior (see Romans 10:9 – 10). God has offered us the best gift in His Son Jesus Christ. Have we received it? 2 Corinthians 5:17 says a relationship with Jesus Christ will change us. “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” If we have not changed, then we must “Examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves” (2 Corinthians 13:5). Are you truly a believer, a follower of the Lord Jesus Christ? If the answer is no, then today can be the day of salvation for you (2 Corinthians 6:2). Jesus Christ is the only Way, Truth, and Life. No one can come to God the Father except through Him (John 14:6). Today, right now, repent of your sins and confess that Jesus Christ is your Lord and Savior, your only hope of eternal life in Heaven. If the answer is yes, then take every opportunity that God gives you during this Christmas season to share the Gospel with those who need Jesus. He is the best gift you can give them.

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Read My Face believe it was God’s original desire that from birth every son or daughter, all made in the image of God, would be met with a beaming face of joyful acceptance, a reception which communicates, “Welcome, we are so glad you are here!” In fact, He designed and wired the human body in such a way that the loving gaze between infant and mother evokes hormones which serve in the bonding of their hearts to one another. Proximity, touch, eye

contact, and ready sustenance all communicating belonging, trust, safety, and well-being. What an incredible design. God’s original plan and continued desire is that from our earliest moments, an approving face-to-face would be one of the vital means of nurturing a healthy identity, having an understanding of intimacy, and acquiring a deep sense of well-being, of shalom. Yes, we are deeply impacted through ‘reading the face’ of those to whom our care is entrusted. In light of all of this, I am deeply moved by God’s expressed desire to communicate blessing to His own sons and daughters by having the priest publicly “read His face” in their hearing. Early in Scriptures, He charged His representatives, the priests, to pronounce His heart’s desire over His people in a specific way. Since blessings can only

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originate from God, the words were to be God’s alone, now spoken through flesh and blood, carrying a spiritual potency, transferred to the recipient: “This is the way you are to bless... You are to say to them.... The Lord bless you and keep you; The Lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace (Numbers 6: 22-27, NIV). The creator of worlds and words could have crafted His prayer of blessing in so many different ways expressing different desires and facets of His vast heart and being. He could have said, “The Lord make you holy....or humble...or grateful...” Instead, He says in a sense, May you be blessed, guarded, kept, and settled in peace, as you comprehend my gracious, favorable smile toward you.” He wanted them to know how He looks at them, and what accompanies that beholding --therein lies the blessing within the blessing. God’s desire is that you would be met with the glad gaze of the Father, whether an infant, child, youth, or in old age, yes, even as you are welcomed into eternity. God sees you and is delighted in all He has made. His face is uplifted, shining with sheer goodness, pleasure and love, even in your weakness, your shame, and your desire to turn away. The Spirit, even now, desires to impart the Father’s blessing made possible through Jesus Christ. It is our birthright. We have been “born again” unto a rejoicing family. In His presence is a reception like no other; awaiting you is the beaming face of joyful acceptance. “Welcome, we are so glad you are here.”

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Earlobe Reduction/Repair aving earlobe reduction, reset, or repairs are common and fairly inexpensive surgical procedures. Earlobes come in all shapes, floppy, attached, detached, small, medium, and large. Some patients have congenital enlargement of the earlobes. Earlobe contouring can be completed to change the lobe to the desired shape/size. While heavy earrings or gauges may be popular today, one might regret the effects on the earlobes with age. Not to worry, stretched, misshaped, and torn earlobes are typically repairable as an in-office surgery procedure. Many young men have regrets regarding earring choices and cannot enter military service without first having their ear lobes surgically repaired. Split/torn earlobes or stretched earlobes are a common problem faced by many women. Fortunately, repairing the earlobe is a relatively straightforward office procedure that can be performed in less than an hour. In certain cases, however, the problem may be that the earlobe has thinned and the earring will not stay in the desired position, but will instead droop downward. In these cases it is often possible to rejuvenate the earlobe simply by using a dermal filler to plump it up. This creates the support for an earring to remain in the ideal position. Simple tears of the earlobe are straight forward. Local anesthetic is injected into the earlobe and surrounding tissues. The section of extra tissue, scar, or stretched piercing is removed entirely. The two halves are then reconnected and approximated with fine sutures with reset of the earlobe to a more natural position/shape. After about a week, there may be a thin white scar but this should fade over time. Laser resurfacing to the scars can be completed in the healing phase. Ears may then be re-pierced after 6-12 weeks, should patients choose to wear earrings again. There are situations that warrant more complex otoplasty, or cosmetic ear surgery. Dr. Sandra Lee

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recently appeared on The Doctors TV show to repair an ear stretched out by ear gauging. Ear gauging is a process where the earlobes are stretched radically to accommodate jewelry. The long term effects are not very attractive and many choose to repair their stretched earlobes when they want to enter the corporate workplace or begin their own families. Branches of the military require earlobe piercings to be small; small enough not to allow light to pass through the opening. If the earlobe is stretched enough to allow light to pass; surgical repair is required prior to enlistment. For keloids, or hypertophic changes of the skin due to trauma, incisions are often seen in the earlobe due to piercing. Keloid scar tissue can be excised with surgical repair. Steroids and other chemotherapy agents can be infiltrated at the site to help prevent reoccurrence of the keloid hypertrophic scars. The Earlobe Reduction procedure may actually restore enlarged earlobes or stretched earlobes to their previous condition by excising extra flesh. Earlobe reset can also be completed for stretched or misshaped earlobes due to poor earlobe set from short scar facelift surgical procedures. The cost to repair torn earlobes varies by surgeon and by region ranging from $350 for simple tears up to $1,500 for more complex repairs. Earlobe repair is usually considered cosmetic and is not a covered benefit for most insurance carriers. Earlobe repair/reset is typically performed in an accredited office surgery suite using sedation and local anesthesia. Post laser scar reduction can be completed to fade the surgical scars.

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Gò0dNews for Everyone Studying the Bible Effectively (Part 2 of 2) fter you have compiled a list of verses about prayer, go back to each reference. Read the verse along with the verses around it and write down specific things you learned. This is called subject summary. I have listed an example below: Gen. 20:7 – God told Abimelech that Abraham would pray for him Gen. 20:17 – Abraham prayed for Abimelech; his wife was able to bear children again Gen. 24:12 – Abraham’s servant prayed for God to show favor to Abraham and provide Isaac a bride Gen. 24:15 – Before the servant finished praying, Rebekah appeared Gen. 24:45 – The servant explained to Laban that Rebekah was an answer to prayer Gen 25:21 – Isaac prayed for God to open the womb of Rebekah; she had a child In this phase, you are simply compiling a list of scriptures and writing a brief description of what you learned from those verses. Look at all the different things we learned from just a few verses. We learn that prayer is a powerful practice that enables the barren to give birth. These prayers were answered quickly. The more you delve into verses on prayer, the more you will learn, such as: reasons we pray, types of prayers, and the attitude we should have while we pray. Psychology was one of my studies in college. As part of this field of study, I took a class called Educational Psychology. We learned about the inner workings of the human brain. One of the things we learned was that the brain retains information easier when you attach one piece of information to something you already know. This creates a web of knowledge that will hold up over time. Allow me to explain a web of knowledge.

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Compiling a list of scriptures in the way that I have presented above will help you accomplish this. Your brain will have an easier time connecting one verse to another because the overall subject matter of those verses is the same (in this case, prayer). This will assist you with remembering Bible verses. Scripture memorization is a powerful tool both in our personal lives and for evangelism purposes. As you apply this specific Bible study method, you will remember that there are multiple instances of the word prayer in the book of Genesis. As you review these

references over and over again, you will remember the chapters better. The more you study your notes, the deeper these memories become engrained. You will eventually be able to remember chapter and verse. This reinforces other verses on prayer you have studied. This is a simple way to explain how a web of knowledge is created. It can be applied to any subject you study. Remember to pray before you study or read the Bible. God will help you in this process. These simple tips will help you effectively study subjects in the Bible. About The Author


by Kelly McDonald, Jr.

Kelly McDonald, Jr. is an international Evangelist with Hungry Hearts Ministries and pastors a church in Cleveland. He has written a combined total of 40 books and booklets on pursuing a deeper relationship with Jesus.

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The Christmas Tear t was almost midnight on Christmas Eve. My family was in bed and I was up late trying to arrange the most perfect Christmas a family could ever have. Visions of extravagant decorations danced in my head as my heart longed for more, so much more. I wanted my home to look like the ones I saw in those special edition magazines. Sadness overshadowed my Christmas cheer when I compared the gifts under my tree to those I really wanted to give. In an effort to lift my spirits I lit a candle. A tiny spark rose to form a bright, amber flame. For a moment I became lost in its glow. I watched as wax slowly melted over the rim and trickled down to the base of the candle It reminded me of soft, warm tear drops. Before I realized what was happening, I felt the sting of tears welling up in my eyes. Tears I couldn’t hold back a moment longer. So I cried until I emptied myself out of the stress that was eating away at me.

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My attention was drawn once again to the candle. I thought of how the crimson blood of Jesus flowed down that old rugged cross much like the hot red wax melting down the sides of my candle. I realized at that moment that I needed less of the holiday spirit and more of the Holy Spirit. I asked Jesus to forgive me for my selfish agenda and to fill my home with His sweet presence. As I did, my “silent night” transformed into a “holy night”. I let go of my grand illusions and made room for something far greater. As I dwelt on the real meaning of Christmas, I began to see the faces of those less fortunate. I pictured a mother in a check-out line struggling with what to keep and what to put back. I imagined a man shivering in the cold, with no place to call home. I saw an elderly person all alone in a hospital bed with no one to care; and then I envisioned the face of an innocent child waiting for a meal in a soup kitchen, aching with hunger. All of those people yearn for the simple comforts of life that I take for granted every day. They need a gentle hug, a warm meal, a kind word, maybe even clothing or shelter. But most of all they need to know the true meaning of Christmas and see it lived out through people like me. My little candle gave its all that night. Remnants of wax on the empty stand where it once sat remind me of the empty tomb Jesus left behind, after He gave His all for me. The simple act of lighting one small candle caused me to reflect on the Light of the world, Jesus Christ. As I did, He lit every single room in my heart with compassion for people and Christmas hasn’t been the same since. “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven” (Matthew 5:16, NKJV).

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ave you ever been lost? No, really lost? I have and here is what I learned. It was October 1985 and I was 18 at the time and desired to be adventurous and go hunting in a 21,000 acre Wildlife Management Area in Florida just about one hour from my house. Upon getting there, I parked about a quarter mile in the woods on an old logging road. I opened the trunk of my car, got my rifle, got my bearings on my compass, reached back in grabbed my cartridges, closed my trunk, and took off into the swamp. It was a beautiful morning that led into the afternoon. I must have walked for miles discovering bits of old Florida, hog signs, deer tracks, and turkey feathers. About 4:00PM, I knew it was time to head back to the car. I reached in my hunting vest to get my compass and discovered it was not there. Checking every pocket on everything. No Compass. Then it hit me. I had accidentally placed it down in the bed of the trunk when I picked up my rifle cartridges. Now trying not to panic, I looked for the sun and as expected heavy clouds had moved in. Taking a deep breath and thinking I knew where I was at, I took off towards the car. After about an hour and a half, I realized I didn't know where I was at. There was still no sun due to the light rain that had begun. Okay, so here is the scenario: lost, swamp, knee deep water, low light,

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now raining, already walked around for an hour and a half, and nothing. Coming to a high sandy spot, I squatted down by a huge cypress tree and prayed a simple prayer. “Lord Jesus, please help me.” In the quiet of the moment of exhaustion, prayer and yes, desperation, I heard something. It was the interstate. I-75 at its finest. It was semi-trucks decelerating way off in the distance when going over the wet overpass. I knew that it was to my west and my car was that way. After walking for another hour and a half I found my car about 7:30PM, right at dusk. When I opened my trunk, there was my compass nice and dry safely where I had placed it. Many things happen when we are lost. We may panic, run, lose self-control, give up, rely on ourselves, not think straight, shut-down, or cry out. But, have you ever thought of just asking Christ to help you? I believe it was my simple request and peaceful moment with Him that He revealed, as my true compass, the right direction for me to go. So let me ask you. Are you lost? Where is your compass? Have you ever asked Christ (the true compass) to help you, save you, make Himself real to you? Take a moment right now and ask Him. Then listen and watch in the moment of your peace. About The Author


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