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Now in our 8th Year!

September 2012 Gospel Sing-Off Winners 1st Place Winners!

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From Hell to the Cross Poverty Wealth Adventure Failure Gambling Marriages Divorces Killings Drugs Alcohol Success International Companies Real Estate Salvation! See Page 33

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OCN Mission Statement The Ozarks Christian News’ primary purpose is to edify the body of Christ through inspirational articles of Christian faith and courage, educate the body of Christ through informative articles promoting the cultivation of a Christian world view and encourage the body of Christ to support one another. Our focus is on, and to, the invisible church which Jesus Christ said, “The gates of hell would not prevail against.” We announce the current events of the visible church, and we believe the Body of Christ is made up of people who have found salvation by faith in Jesus Christ evidenced by the good works they are doing and have done. We encourage our readers to be open minded to differing opinions on nonessential matters. We report the good aas well as the bad within our church family as a testament for the necessity of a Savior. Our observations are made from a fairly moderate to conservative viewpoint.

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New Year’s Day, January 1st, 1968— Jarrett’s mother was shootin’ for that brand new washer and dryer “but all she got was me!” Jarrett knew, even at an early age, that he had a special love for music and laughter. “I started playing the drums at age 5 and started traveling on the road with a local gospel group out of our home church when I was in the 6th grade.”

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God Is Enough by Max Lucado

Let’s face it–anxiety or worry have no advantages! They ruin our health, rob us of joy, and change nothing! Our day stands no chance against the terrorists of the Land of Anxiety. But Christ offers a worry-bazooka. Remember how He taught us to pray? “Give us this day our daily bread. Matthew 6:11” This simple sentence unveils God’s provision plan: live one day at a time. Worry gives small problems big shadows. Corrie ten Boom said, “Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrows; it empties today of its strength.” And Romans 8:28 affirms: “Every detail in our lives of love for God is worked into something good.” Most anxiety stems, not from what we need, but from what we want. Philippians 4:4 says, “delight yourselves in the Lord, yes, find your joy in Him at all times!” If God is enough, you’ll always have enough! Listen to UpWords with Max Lucado at


A well-known movie critic doesn't anticipate the sale of the largest Christian animated filmmaking company to result in a decline in Christian content. DreamWorks Animation SKG has announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire Classic Media, owner of one of the most extensive portfolios featuring many of the best-known franchises in all of family entertainment. Classic Media, the parent company of Big Idea Entertainment and creator of VeggieTales, sold for 155 million in cash from Boomerang Media Holdings I LLC, a portfolio company of “Remember when we said that grief was the strongest thing a person could feel? Well, it isn’t. It’s forgiveness, because a single act of forgiveness



everything.” -The Tale of Despereaux


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Dr. Ted Baehr, chairman of The Christian Film & Television Commission and publisher of Movieguide, tells OneNewsNow what this deal means for VeggieTales.

"Hollywood always wants to produce movies that reach different audiences. They bound that to Christian brands," he offers. "Sony last year lost 5.7 billion. They thought they were going to lose 5.2 billion, so it shocked Wall Street. Cut the money-making division of Sony was Sony Affirm, which is the Christian division. So, they buy these brands, they distribute the movies because they know they make money."

"Dreamworks is not buying it just for the last couple of years; they're buying the whole VeggieTales brand," he explains. "So, they're going to buy Jonah, they're going to buy everything that's there, and most of it has a strong Christian witness to it."

In 2003, Classic Media bailed out Big Idea from bankruptcy, buying the company and retaining the name.

With well-established titles like Casper the Friendly Ghost, Where's Waldo?, Lassie, The Lone Ranger, George of the Jungle, Rocky & Bullwinkle and the VeggieTales brand, Dr. Baehr says Classic Media's properties have been a

A Book written by Veggie Tales creator, Phil Vischer (Me, Myself, and Bob: A True Story About God, Dreams, and Talking Vegetables) details how such a popular franchise could go bankrupt. ed

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the circumcision is done appropriately, without causing any harm to the infant." The German court argued that circumcision, a religious practice of Judaism, should not be done until a boy reaches the age of consent.

Opposition is mounting against Germany's ban on circumcision that has now led to criminal charges against a rabbi. A court in Cologne has ruled that circumcision is illegal, and a prosecutor has now confirmed that criminal charges have advanced against Rabbi David Goldberg, who performs ritual circumcisions in Northern Bavaria.

"To make a general principle disallowing circumcision is not only insane, it's adopting the policy that was once practiced by haters of Jews, anti-Semites," Rabbi Hier notes.

He concludes that seeing a German prosecutor come forward with criminal charges against Rabbi Greenbaum the practice is an insult to Jews Rabbi Marvin Hier, founder and dean of throughout the world who simply want to the Simon Wiesenthal Center in Los practice their faith. Angeles, says the charges are outrageous. The Simon Wiesenthal Center founder "A certified mohel, that is somebody who futher adds that the issue is not just a does the circumcision, is not only a local, German concern. So, his organizadevoutly religious person, but he under- tion is joining others in offering to assist goes rigorous training to make sure that Rabbi Goldberg in fighting the charges.

Worry gives small problems big shadows. Corrie ten Boom said, “Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrows; it empties today of its strength.” "There is no more glorious sound then the Voices of Glory. They truly are a blessing to us all" -Tony Orlando

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College of the Ozarks will hold a flag display and ceremony Tuesday, Sept. 11, at 9 a.m., to honor those whose lives were taken during the September 11, 2001 attacks. The flag display, which consists of nearly 3,000 American flags—one for each person lost in the 9-11 attacks, will be up the entire day of September 11, on the Alumni Center lawn at the campus entrance. The College welcomes members of the community to visit the memorial during daylight hours, as well a s attend a ceremony at 9 a.m., on the

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(417) 831-6721 occurred on that tragic day and to educate younger generations to remain vigilant, always.” Every September 11, the College flies an official 9-11 Remembrance Flag on the main flagpole located at the campus. During the ceremony, Lt. Col. Robert Darling will help raise the 9-11

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Remembrance Flag. Lt. Col. Darling wrote 24 hours inside the President’s Bunker, his account of the actions that he witnessed our nation’s leaders take to defend America. For more information on the 9-11 Memorial, please contact the Public Relations Office at (417) 690-2212.

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Welk Resort Theatre Presents

“THE PRICE IS RIGHT, LIVE!” With host Mark Walberg (Branson, Missouri) – The Welk Resort Branson is excited to announce the new celebrity host of “The Price Is Right Live!”. Starting August 20, 2012, Monday through Saturday at 8pm, nationally known host of “Antiques Roadshow”, Mark Walberg will host the live stage show version of the popular television show, complete with audience interaction! Mark Walberg started his television career as an assistant at Dick Clark Productions and quickly moved in front of the camera as the announcer for the popular game show Shop Til You Drop. Since then, Walberg has hosted and been featured in an array of popular talk, reality competition, and game shows, including the FOX hit The Moment of Truth. He also has hosted home improvement competitions The Mansion and House Rules, knowledge quiz shows Test the Nation and Russian Roulette, the California state lottery program Make Me A Millionaire,FOX’s Temptation Island, CMT’s Your Chance To Dance and won The Weakest Link as a contestant playing for charity. He has hosted Antiques Roadshow on PBS for 8 years and is one of many hosts to have hosted The Price Is Right Live in Las Vegas over the last 6 years. The Price Is Right, Live! follows virtually the same format as the TV show: anyone can register to participate as a contestant and may be called to, “Come on down!’. The contestant who wins the initial one-bid is then given a chance to win more prizes by playing one of the iconic and popular games such as Plinko, Cliffhangers, Punch-A-Bunch, and The Big Wheel to name just a few. And of course, two lucky contestants will get a chance to compete in the Showcase. Also, in the live stage show version, more than 40 audience members will receive prizes. Mark Walberg brings a professional style and charm that will make The Price Is Right Live! one of the most popular and talked about shows in Branson. The Price Is Right, Live! schedule covers July through December 2012. Performance times are 8 pm Monday through Saturday. Box Office price for adults is $29.95 + tax and a Kid (17 and under) is FREE! with paid adult. Additional kids tickets are $15 + tax. Tickets are available by phone at 800-505-9355 or on-line at No ticket purchase necessary to play. To play without purchasing a ticket, visit the Welk Branson box office on show days for more information. The Price Is Right, the longestrunning game show in television history, is hosted by Drew Carey and produced by FremantleMedia North America, The Price Is Right is broadcast weekdays (11:00 AM-12:00 Noon, ET; 10:00-11:00 AM, PT) on the CBS Television Network.

Dalena Ditto Resumes Fall 2012 Branson Performances HAMNER BARBER THEATER After a short break from Branson over the summer months to tour with her show, country music singer and recording artist Dalena Ditto returns to the Hamner Barber Theater on Friday, September 7, 2012 at 10am to resume her 11th Season as a featured Branson headliner.

Dalena’s award-winning Branson show features several new cast member additions from previous years, and offers even more fun and nostalgia. As a performer who has shared the stage with Mickey Gilley, Kenny Chesney, Faith Hill, Johnny Lee and countless others, Dalena Ditto’s love for Country and Gospel music, and her fans, is the driving force behind this season’s production. Dalena has added more show-stopping featured entertainers and more solid gold Classic Country, Gospel, and Bluegrass music than ever before! Take Your Pick – Mornings or Afternoons! Throughout the rest of this year, Dalena will be performing on Tuesdays at 2:00pm at the Hamner Barber Theater. She will also be performing mornings at 10:00am on Wednesday and Thursday, with additional Saturday morning performances during her November and December Christmas shows. Purchase Tickets Now!

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Movie Reviews in a nutshell...

The Odd Life of Timothy Green A small-town couple, Jim and Cindy (Joel Edgerton and Jennifer Garner), grieving over their inability to conceive, write the attributes of their dream child on scraps of paper that they bury in a box in the garden. That night, during a violent storm, a dirt-covered, leafsprouting creature claws its way out of the soil and into Jim and Cindy's house. This may sound like the beginning of a horror movie, but "The Odd Life of Timothy Green," written and directed by Peter Hedges ("Pieces of April";"Dan in Real Life"), does not belong in that category. Or at least not intentionally. The ghastliness of this damp and squishy comedy is the byproduct of a confused and earnest sentimentality, a willful devotion to wide-eyed wonder that confuses simplicity with simple-mindedness. “The Odd Life of Timothy Green” is rated PG (Parental guidance suggested). Some of its scenes may be upsetting to very young children and terrifying to plants.

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Garon Brett Returns From Two Year Mission In Bogota, Colombia -Branson Newsdesk Late last month, Missouri entertainer Garon Brett of The Bretts Show will returned home from Bogota, Colombia where he has been serving a mission for his church for the past two years. "We have missed him a lot." says Tom Brett, father of the family, "But we have been extremely blessed by his serving a mission. So much that I'm a little nervous to have him come back," jokes Tom. Missions are anything but rosy though. "We have definitely worried about him being down there. Colombia isn't known for being a

safe place. Garon has been robbed twice that we know of, but happily hasn't been hurt. Apparently, that is a normal part of life." These two years have not only been challenging for Garon, but for the whole

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family as they have had to learn to adapt and fill in. "Without having Garon we've definitely been pushed to become better performers individually," says Tom. The improvement has certainly been

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noted, as currently, The Bretts Show has been nominated as Branson's Best Show by the last two years, a first ever for The Bretts! His being back with The Bretts will add many elements to their already powerful show. For example, Garon is a phenomenal songwriter (NSAI Co-Grand Champion Song Writer 2011), he adds to the youth factor in the show, he adds another set of hands off stage and in the office, his mission has added maturity and experience that will be helpful in the show, and lastly Brydon and Garon have long been planning some new and exciting things that they will be releasing in the near future. In addition to working in The Bretts Show, Garon plans to continue pursuing a degree in Music Media. More info about The Bretts visit: or Information Contact: Joshua Hall 417-336-4222 ext. 3059 or

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The Alliance Defending Freedom has sent a supportive letter to private schools in Louisiana, as a teachers union is threatening to sue schools participating in the state's voucher program. The courts have not ruled on the Louisiana Association of Educators' lawsuit to stop the state's new voucher program. Even so, the union has proceeded to issue legal threats. ADF Attorney Jeremy Tedesco says that is shocking. "I mean, this is a program that's designed to help lowerincome families have educational choice for their children," he offers, "and because the educational association doesn't like them, they actually go so far as to threaten schools that participate in a program that no court has said is unconstitutional. So, we just thought it was a situation where we needed to respond." If the courts do eventually strike down the law, Tedesco explains that the union wants to recover the voucher funds from the schools. "What they're threatening in the letter is that they're going to recoup the money if the program is struck down; they're going to sue them to recoup the money they got from the program," the attorney details. "We don't think the case really supports that position." The ADF letter states, "LAE's bullying tactics are not only reprehensible, but also unlikely to succeed in a court of law."

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HEROES COFFEE Fast Chat with Rick “Z” Zinser Rick, When did you first know you wanted to join the military? I had always admired the military and wanted to challenge and better myself. Is there any particular event that stands out in your experiences during your service? I am very thankful to have survived three deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan. I am also proof that the Good Lord can pull you through some dangerous situations. I cannot pick a single event because there are so many to choose from, but I do cherish my extended military family. The bonds formed in uniform cannot be compared nor described.

What makes Heroes Coffee of Branson unique? Heroes Coffee Branson has the unique combination of locally roasted beans, friendly staff, and the mission to contribute to veterans and Christian charities. The Heroes Coffee motto of, "Wake Up. Do Good. Repeat." is quite significant, isn't it? Yes, it is a simple motto that inspired many. There are three book signings coming up in your shop so some new cus- tomers will want to know what's the most popular drink you have? Our Hero Latte is the most popular drink with it's dark chocolate and rich toffee. Following close behind is the German Chocolate Cake Latte with dark chocolate and coconut, the Luck of the Irish Latte with white chocolate, irish cream, and frosted mint. Everyone enjoys our 31 flavors made to order, fresh baked scones, muffins, and flatbread sandwiches. Many find Heroes Coffee Branson the perfect meeting place with the free wifi and cozy atmosphere. Rick, thanks for the fast chat and thank you for your service to our country. Thank you John for the opportunity and thank you for your support.

BOOK SIGNINGS Saturday, Sept. 15 - From Hell to the Cross by Bill Smith 9:30 a.m. to Noon. Saturday, Sept. 29 - Indebted by Eldon Reed Saturday, Oct. 6 - God’s ABC’s by Sue Cochran 2:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Pierce Arro w’s Gary K o rei b a Gary grew up in Port Huron, Michigan, the son of a Christian bookstore owner. “Singing was all I wanted to do. I fully intended to have a career in music.” And he certainly has done just that.

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Fair Family Wins Gospel Sing-Off Branson, MO…A team of celebrity judges awarded first place in CAM’s 4th Annual Gospel Sing Off to The Fair Family of Rogers, Arkansas, a talented group of singing and dancing siblings ranging in age from 14 to 22. Competing before an enthusiastic audience at Branson’s Sight & Sound Theater, the four brothers and one sister won a prize purse of $1,500 and three performance slots at Silver Dollar City’s Labor Day finale of the Country Gospel Picnic.

gins was another family, The Kings of Monticello, Illinois. The talented band of seven brothers and sisters won a $1,000 prize purse. Taking home third place and $500 was a Branson High School junior, 16 year old Rachel Parker. The prize purse was sponsored by Key Business Sponsors: Branson Tourism Center and SIX.

Attendees raved about the level of talent in this year’s event, which was opened with some powerful gospel singing by the Voices of Glory, a top 5 finalist on America’s Got Talent. Last year’s winPlacing second by the narrowest of mar- ners, Southern Raised, also made a guest appearance to close the show. The second The Kings of Monticello, Illinois half of the show was opened by local saxophonist Gary Dooms performed Amazing Grace to the delight of the crowd while a love offering was collected. For the third straight year, Bob Hubbard of the Jordanaires and the


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Foggy River Boys kept That’s why CAM things on pace as the host needs your support as emcee. Aside from the we begin to prepare opening invocation and for the winter months introduction of the acts, of traditionally Bob also traded a few greater need.” quips with j u d g e CAM Board Ronnie Chairman and proPage, who ducer of the event sings with Jack Burke added, t h e “We are particularly Downing grateful to our wonRachel Parker Street Boys and is the derful and supportive entertainment editor for community, along the Independent. Ronnie began his with Sight & Sound for providing this career with the Oak Ridge Boys, later fantastic venue for our annual Sing-Off. joining the Chuck Wagon Gang. We’re blessed to be living in an area where neighbors truly The other celebrity judges for the event do help neighbors.” included classically-trained tenor George Dyer, Jak Knudsen of SIX, Anyone wishing to Monte Schisler of Hometown Radio, make a donation to Michael Cole of Voices of Glory, and CAM can call 334Ben Dutton of The Duttons, a top 10 1157 or visit: finalist on America’s Got Talent. Pat Davis, CAM’s Executive Director, announced to the crowd that over 1,400 families were helped by CAM in August. “This is a record number for us and is indicative of the ever-increasing need.

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A new Bible trivia game show is set to premier Thursday on GSN. (Game Show Network) Host Jeff Foxworthy says the family-friendly show celebrates the Bible's place in American culture. From the creators of "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" comes "The American Bible Challenge." Comedian and author Jeff Foxworthy serves as host and tells OneNewsNow Bible enthusiasts from across the country compete to

The top weekly prize is $20,000, with the grand finale reaching $100,000. 18 teams will kick off "The American Bible Challenge," competing to support various organizations and Christian ministries.

Three teams will compete in each of the "It'll be respectful, but you can still first six episodes. The winning teams have fun, and you can still make from each of those six episodes will this thing relevant, and you can advance to play in two semi-final make it contemporary," he shares. games. At the end of the final "We really worked hard to do that, round, one team will be and I think we did. If everybody named chamwas out loving on people in their pions. community like these people that are contestants, it would be a bet" T h e ter world. It'd be a world where t h i n g you weren't looking to the govthat sold ernment to fix every problem, me on because we'd be fixing a lot of the show them." w a s Jeff Foxworthy

Page 11 nobody's playing for themselves; nobody's trying to win a dime for themselves," Foxworthy says. "They're taking all this money and they're loving on somebody in their community, whether it's a food bank or a youth crisis center. If you read the Bible, the only people Jesus ever got upset with were the Pharisees. They had all that head knowledge, but they had no heart knowledge." "The American Bible Challenge" premiered on GSN Thursday, August 23 at 8:00 p.m. (EST). Interested viewers can play the game on Facebook, or download it onto an iPhone, iPad, or Android device.


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Purity Essay Contest sponsored by Gerzen’s Jewelry & Repair Congratualations to the Essay Winners! Everyone is born pure. We as humans have chosen to sin and we must deal with the repercussions whether they're good or bad. Sometimes, though, people don't stop to consider how far the rippling effects will go with each choice we make. I only began to comprehend this fact. Falling in love seems to be so easy to do. I should know, as I've fallen in love countless times. But that wasn't love. I've wanted so badly to be accepted and loved by anyone who would give me a chance that I compromised my purity. At the time I didn't stop to think about what I was about to give up to some man who didn't love or respect me. Guilt overtook my heart and I felt terrible. I cried out to Jesus and almost immediately, a peace filled my soul. A few weeks later, that great guy I was so in love with, was now cheating on me. I wasn't good enough after he so greedily took what he wanted from me. He never once stopped to consider how badly I would be hurt. To make matters worse, I now feared I was pregnant with his child. I never thought that this would happen to me and I never stopped to consider how disappointed my family would be with me. I grew up not having a big sister to look up to. So, I want to be a role model for my little sister. I want her to see that it doesn't matter if a man accepts her or not, because she's always going to be loved and accepted by her family. Sin is sin in God's eyes. It's all ugly, therefore, we should strive to please Him. In Hebrews, it states that the marriage bed should be pure. In Rebecca St. James's song "wait for me," she sings that while people make mistakes, 3405-C South there are second chances. Ultimately, we Campbell Springfield, MO as people are fallible and we all make mis65807 takes. Nobody's perfect and with God, On Walnut Lawn there is always a second chance. Award Winning Designer Amanda Greene, Marshfield, MO 417-887-2330 • “Where you’re treated like family”

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Fast Chat with Bernie Parquette Do you remember when you were first called to music ministry? Really, I was first called to ministry through music as a child, in church. I recall taking my little transistor radio out on a hill side pasture on our farm and listening to the music and singing along. Following high school, I attended the Stamps School of Music in Waxahatchie, Texas where I worked with J.D. Sumner and the Stamps which included Richard Sturban now of the Oak Ridge Boys. Hey, I was even voted Miss Congeniality at the time! Ha Ha. But life is a winding path and it would be some years before I was able to pursue music ministry directly. First, I sang in churches often and then weddings and even funerals. Any place or time I could glorify God with music. Finally that evolved into our ministry. What did your work with J.D. Sumner involve? I worked for J.D. Sumner at Sumar Talent in Nashville, an agency owned by J.D.. I worked with his daughter, Shirley Enoch (then wife of Ed Enoch) and others, and we performed all of the back office functions for the Stamps and other country and gospel acts. It was an education for a young country girl but was really my first real exposure to the great quartets of Southern Gospel music. You and husband Tom started Psalms 98 ministries, tell us about that and what size audiences you have ministered to. I had toured successfully with my country band throughout the upper midwest for several years performing for all sorts of events and venues. We opened for Jerry Reed and Paulette Carlson of Highway 101, and others. But my heart was firmly anchored in gospel music. Following our relocation to Branson I made a commitment to myself and God to only perform gospel music and only gospel music which would glorify God. Tom and I formed Psalm 98 Ministries and toured extensively from Branson throughout 35 states ranging from West Texas to Georgia and from Minnesota to Louisiana. Was your audience very diverse in size and culture? With our ministry, we had no criteria as to size, denomination or location when considering an invitation to present the ministry, other than ensuring that the audience was focused on a bible believing Christian base. I think the smallest church I performed for was a congreagtion of 19 members (right here in Missouri) and the largest was First Baptist-Atlanta, Rev. Charles Stanley's church. Audience sizes varied with various performances and services and situations of course, but I recall the largest single performance was seated at somewhere around 5300 folks. We always joked that no group or venue was off limits for us, as it is a singularly unique opportunity to present God's word but, we drew the only line at the snake charmers! We ministered through music to groups ranging from Appalachian poverty to Christian bankers as well as a top executive council of the Assemblies of God church. Black, white, Hispanic or Asian, it didn't and doesn't matter. The message was the Word of God and the message was received warmly. I understand that the Martins have contributed as back up singers on some of your projects? Jonathan Martin and Judy Martin Hess came in for me to sing background vocals on my Enjoying The Journey album and Gordon Mote did all of the arrangements and keyboard work for me. The Martins are all dear friends and sing from the heart with conviction. They are an outstanding family who have dealt with life's trials, as we all have, keeping our Lord in focus. And Gordon is an amazing, very remarkable man. I recently was blessed to hear your latest project "No More Tears". How did that project come about? No More Tears is, I think, my thirteenth full gospel project. It is a two cd set. My wonderful mother passed away September 1, 2010 at the age of 92. She was a truly remarkable woman. My father passed away at the age of 45 when I was ten and my mother raised five kids and continued to run the farm too. She had an eighth grade education, never had a drivers license, but she was so wise and so steeped

in the Christian faith. I wrote the title song, â&#x20AC;&#x153;No More Tearsâ&#x20AC;? as a tribute to her life in some small way. I wrote the lyrics and a dear friend in Nashville, Jared Blake of the recent TV show, the Voice, worked with me on the melodies. Then another dear friend, Bruce Hoffman here in Branson laid all the instrument tracks. I have been blessed with some enormously talented and truly dear friends both in and out of music. After No More Tears the song, the album and entire project took on it's own personality. Greg Roller engineered the tracking on No More Tears as well as the album and did an outstanding job. Some of yours fans visit you over at Mel's Hard Luck Diner. Have you worked there long? I have been with Mel's Hard Luck Diner for some 17 seasons now. I started when it was owned by Silver Dollar City. As Tom and I pursued the ministry work and travelled, Silver Dollar City was fantastically supportive in scheduling me around my ministry obligations. Mr. Mel Bilbo, in purchasing the Hard Luck Diner has continued that outstanding support as well as the support of a fine Christian environment both in which to work for the employees and as much for our guests to dine with both gospel music and music from many other genre's. What prompted you to open Heavenly Wear?

Page 13 The Heavenly Wear clothing line came first, of course. As we travelled over the years I was always looking for unique and original Christian apparel items and gifts. It was and is hard to find items with the appropriate message and above all highest quality, out there. So much is imported and the same thing wherever you go. About two years ago I decided to start researching the quality aspect, as anything I did had to be top notch, and then started designing as well. I started online and the items were very well received. So, it seemed a natural evolution that we decided to open Heavenly Wear, the retail store in Branson, last winter. All of our designs are exclusive and copyrighted, so they won't be appearing in Walmart! Thank you so much for chatting with the us. I know God has much more exciting adventures in ministry for you. Thank you for speaking with me today! God is good! Satan is at work all around us, everyday. It is important to walk with God in our daily lives. If I can touch someone, just one, with the Lord's message through music, then I have been blessed too. If our products through Heavenly Wear can touch someone, or give them pause to think just for a moment, silently, then I have been blessed again! We all have the gift to accomplish sound witnessing through many channels whether music, speaking, writing, or visually by wearing the message. The importance is fostering God's word.

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Dealing With Physical Distance in Marriage by Erin Prater

Whoever coined the phrase "absence makes the heart grow fonder" was likely single, speaking of his pet or, if he was married, taking an afternoon jaunt to the golf range. He probably wasn't leaving his wife and kids for a three-month contract project five states away, or deploying overseas for six to 18 months. When we marry, few of us picture spending extended amounts of time away from our mate. Then reality sets in. Be it contract or missions work, relocation, a business trip, higher education, deployment, coming to the aide of an ailing family member or similar situation, uninvited circumstances force us into a world of "temporary singleness." During this separation, you and your spouse will need each other more than ever as you "work out" your wedding vows, just as Paul called believers to work out their salvation in Philippians 2:12. While absence can make the heart grow fonder, long-term separation comes with a host of hurdles: less frequent communication, no physical contact and the potential for danger, to name a few. Though your upcoming time apart will be difficult, it won't last forever. And good can come of it. Consider Romans 8:28: "And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose." Whether you're facing one long separation, or a series of frequent separations, there's light at the end of the tunnel. There is more to look forward to than the end of this trial. Expect God to use this time apart to strengthen your marriage; anticipate amazing results. Copyright © 2008, Erin Prater. All rights reserved. International copyright secured. Used by permission.

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September Luncheon The Branson Area Christian Women’s Connection invites you to their September Luncheon Wednesday September 12, 2012 at 11:30 AM at the Grand Plaza Hotel, 9th floor. The address of the Grand Plaza is 245 N. Wildwood Drive, just off the Hwy 76 strip. All ladies are welcome to the luncheon. Door prizes are given each month. Special Feature: Canfield Creations from Branson Mill in Branson will demonstrate the art of weaving and other creative crafts that many ladies are interested in learning. Guest Speaker: Mary Ann Paille is from Imperial, Mo. The title of her talk is “Picture Perfect”. Mary Ann speaks about life issues and personal struggles that are, as the Bible puts it, “common to man” and woman. Her own experience with the life-changing love of Jesus fuels her passion to see others experience for themselves the exhilaration of life with him. Mary Ann is a Christian speaker and humorist, actress, spokesperson for

corporations and products in commercials and training films. The buffet luncheon will cost $11.00, reservations are required by Monday, September 10th. Call Phyllis 417-3355873 or Jan 417-334-7663. Prayer Connection will be held at the Keeter Center on September 5th . There is no membership or dues but cancellations are essential. Branson Area Christian Women's Connection is affiliated with Stonecroft Ministries, Kansas City, MO.

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Biblical High Holy Day Services Messianic Rabbi Jeremy Storch of The Tabernacle, a Messianic Jewish Congregation, will conduct special services for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur during the Jewish High Holy Day season. Rosh Hashanah services will be held Sunday, September 16th at 6:00 PM and Monday, September 17th at 11:00 AM. Yom Kippur services will be held on Tuesday, September 25th at 7:30 PM and Wednesday, September 26th at 11:00 AM Sunday. held once a year, when the high priest of Israel made atonement for the sins of the Jewish people by offering, as a sacrifice, the blood of bulls and goats in the Most Holy Place of the Temple. According to Messianic Judaism this all pointed toward Yeshua (Jesus), as the once and for all perfect sacrifice for the sins of all mankind. Everyone is invited, whether Jew or Gentile, to attend these High Holy Day services; admission is free. The Tabernacle is located at 256 Church Road in the Branson Hills Ministry Center, just off Bee Creek Road. Rabbi Storch also holds regular Shabbat services every Friday night at 7:30 PM and Saturday morning at 11:00 AM. For more information call 417-334-7373.

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Born on January 12, 1958 in Bloomfield, Indiana, he was raised on a farm, the same one his parents still call home, along with two sisters and three brothers. It was a musical family, frequently singing at local events and at church. After high school, Dan and his brothers began touring up north where they became the top draw in many casinos and show rooms.

According to Judaism, Rosh Hashanah marks not only the Jewish New Year, but the creation of the world itself. Rosh Hashanah is also called the Feast of Trumpets, in which God is hailed as the Creator of the Universe and the King of Israel. According to Messianic Judaism this feast points toward Yeshua (Jesus) as the King of Israel, the Jewish Messiah, and the Savior of the world. Yom Kippur represents the Day of Atonement,

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What they are saying on the street about Dolly Parton's Dixie Stampede By: Jocelyn A. Case, OCN Staff writer We asked the guests of Dixie Stampede's dinner show the same question. Here's the personal reviews of the many visitors to the best dinner show in Branson!

in the show, especially the buffalos because they weren't there last time I came to the Dixie." - Hannah Meeks, of Republic, Mo. 5. "My favorite thing was definitely the apple pastry dessert!" - Makena Fisher, of Republic, Mo. 6. "I like the fact that they choreographed everything so well. I loved the

What specific part of Dolly Parton's Dixie Stampede did you enjoy the most? 1. "I liked the preshow. The juggler was really good." - Leona Firey, of Sand Springs, Okla. 2. "The actors are so talented and funny, especially Skeeter, and the food is amazing! I loved the vegetable soup." Yanderi Chan, of Springfield, Mo. 3. "I liked the pigs racing." - Judie Lancaster, of Tuckerman, Ark. 4. "I really liked all the different animals


dren and leading to a lot more earlier and more frequent sexual encounters," she says. "It's harming the children's ability to form healthy relationships and healthy views of sexuality, and so this just reinforces all of that."


A pro-morality group is not surprised that new study confirms intimacy in films has a negative impact on young people. The six-year study was conducted by New Hampshire's Dartmouth College. It concludes that viewing on-screen intimacy like pornography has a significant impact on young people as they grow older. Dawn Hawkins of Washington, DC-based Morality in Media tells OneNewsNow the research is important and confirms several earlier studies. "Pornography is harming chil-

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sequence when they lowered the Southern belles from the ceiling and the very pretty dresses the girls wore. Oh, and of course I enjoyed seeing Dolly Parton sing on the big screen." - Jim Greeninger, of Branson, Mo. 7. "I liked the girls who wore pink costumes and did tricks on their horses. They hung off the sides and stood on the saddles." - Jennie Greeninger, of Branson, Mo. 8. "What touched me the most was the patriotic ending with all the costumes that light up in red, white, and blue. The food was awesome, and you had to eat with your fingers! The staff was friendly, and the performers were gracious." - Marcia Barnes, of

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what their children view. "That's exactly what's happening," she remarks. "It's a good reminder that this kind of media does have an impression on our children, and we need to be more aware of what they're being exposed to and have conversations about this and what is healthy." Hawkins laments that many parents ignore those discussions, so she hopes this study encourages them to change that.

Dr. Ross O'Hara's research and conclusions will be published in Psychological Science.

The new study also suggests that kids exposed to explicit content tend to indulge in risky sexual behavior. So, this research should serve as a message that parents need to take more control over

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CROSS TALK Views from both sides of the fence Seven Good Reasons Christians Should Not Drink by Pastor David L. Brown, Ph.D. "Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging: and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise." Proverbs 20:1

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration a person dies every 33 minutes in an alcohol related accident. And thats not all. An estimated 310,000 persons were injured in crashes each year where police reported that alcohol was present. Thats an average of one person injured approximately every 2 minutes. Consider these additional statistics from the United States Justice Department: Nearly 4 in 10 violent victimizations involve use of alcohol. Also, victim reports show, on average each year about 183,000 rapes and sexual assaults involve alcohol use by the offender, as do just over 197,000 robberies, about 661,000 aggravated assaults, and nearly 1.7 million simple assaults. There is clear evidence in the Scriptures that believers should not drink alcoholic beverages. In this report I list 7 Good Reasons Why Christians Should Not Drink Alcoholic Beverages. However, before we do that, we are going to look at the words translated wine, drink or drinking. A LOOK AT THE WORDS - There are 637 references to wine, drink and drinking in the King James Version of the Bible. Most people think in todays terms, believing that when wine is mentioned it refers to alcoholic wine. Actually, that is not necessarily true. Thirteen different words are translated "wine" in the King James Version of the Bible. The word wine has a wide range of meaning in the Bible, covering everything from grape juice, to concentrated grape syrup to alcoholic wine. To understand what the Bible has to say about drinking, we need to look at several of these words. OLD TESTAMENT HEBREW WORDS FOR WINE - "yayin" -- It is a general term for grape beverages and includes all classes of wine, non-alcoholic or alcoholic; unfermented, in the process of fermentation and fermented. (Proverbs 31:4) The context will show whether it is alcoholic wine or not. Yayin, when used properly was always diluted with water. "shekar" -- It is the word for strong drink, unmixed wine. The 1901 edition of THE JEWISH ENCYCLOPEDIA says, "Yakin, wine, is to be distinguished from Shekar, or strong drink. The former is diluted with water; the later is undiluted." Shekar was not diluted with water." (see Numbers 28:7)

strong drink, unmixed wine. (Luke 1:15) "gleukos" is the counterpart to the Old Testament word tirosh. Dr. Paul Dixon says "It refers to fresh wine, a new wine" or freshly squeezed grape juice. Now, why believers should abstain from drinking...

"sikera" is the counterpart to the Old Testament word shekar. It is the word for

2. THE BIBLE CONDEMNS STRONG DRINK ALSO - Proverbs 20:1, Isaiah 5:11 , Proverbs 23:29-31 WHAT WAS "STRONG DRINK" IN BIBLE TIMES? - Distillation was not discovered until about 1500 A.D. Strong drink and unmixed wine in Bible times was from 3% to 11% alcohol. Dr. John MacArthur

Someone will say, "since beer is only 4% alcohol, ITS OK FOR A BELIEVER TO DRINK BEER, RIGHT?" The answer is NO! Heres why...

The final reason we will consider for not drinking alcoholic beverages is...

3. IN BIBLE T I M E S W H A T C H R I S T I A N S DRANK WS SUB-ALCOH O L I C , BASICALLY PURIFIED WATER 4. IT WILL C A U S E OTHERS TO STUMBLE - Romans 14:21 - According to a survey done by the Daily Journal newspaper, October 26, 1988, one of the top five reasons teenagers drink is because their parents drink. This has proven true time and time again.

The Bible clearly defines drinking as an activity that is to be foregone because it causes others to stumble and makes them weak (fall into sin).

CHRISTIANS SHOULD NOT DRINK STRONG DRINK! Since wine has 9 to 11% alcohol and one brand 20% alcohol, you should not drink

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tells us that we are not to "be brought under the power" or to be controlled by anything. The only exception is the Holy Spirit. (Ephesians 5:18)

Let me take it one step further. Parents, you must remember that whatever you do in moderation your child will likely do in excess.

says "...since anybody in biblical times who drank unmixed wine (9-11% alcohol) was definitely considered a barbarian, then we dont even need to discuss whether a Christian should drink hard liquor--that is apparent!"

that. Brandy contains 15 to 20% alcohol, so thats out! Hard liquor has 40 to 50% alcohol (80 to 100 proof), and that is obviously excluded!

1. DRINKING LEADS TO DRUNKENNESS AND IS CONDEMNED IN THE BIBLE - Isaiah 5:1, Proverbs 23:2,0, Romans 13:13, Galatians 5:19a & 21, Ephesians 5:18 and 1 Corinthians 6:9-10.

"Tirosh" -- This word refers to fresh grape juice. It is referred to often as new wine or sweet wine. (see Proverbs 3:10; Deuteronomy 7:13) NEW TESTAMENT GREEK WORDS FOR WINE - "oinos" is the counterpart to the Old Testament word yayin. It is a general term for grape beverages and includes all classes of wine, non-alcoholic or alcoholic; fermented or unfermented. The context has to be used to determine whether the drink was intoxicating or not. (Luke 10:34; Ephesians 5:18). Oinos, when used properly was always diluted with water.

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5. IT HARMS OUR BODIES WHICH ARE THE LORDS - I Corinthians 6:19-20 I Corinthians 3:16-17, Proverbs 23:29-33 According to Good Housekeeping "Even in moderate amounts alcohol has noticeable effects on the body. Because it enters the blood stream it touches almost every organ, and its effects on feelings and behavior are well known." 6. ALCOHOL IS ADDICTIVE - I Corinthians 6:12

7. BELIEVERS ARE KINGS AND PRIESTS SEPARATED UNTO GOD "The prophets, the kings, the Nazarites, the leaders -- those who were special in the plan of God were total abstainers" says Dr. Paul Dixon, and he is correct. Kings and public officials were not to drink (Proverbs 31:45). Further Dr. Dixon says "the priests of the Old Testament were to abstain totally." The Aaronic priests were not to drink because they ministered in the tabernacle before the Lord (Leviticus 10:9) The application: Believers are a "royal" or kingly priesthood (I Peter 2:9). We are the temple of God (I Peter 2:5). We are Gods special children and should choose total abstinence. Drinking, even social drinking, cannot be legitimately supported by the Bible. Every drink that is available today, even beer, falls into the category of unmixed or strong drink. Clearly, Christians should not drink alcoholic beverages. Drinking socially is a worldly activity and in light of the fact that believers are neither to be conformed to the world (Romans 12:2) nor love the world(I John 2:15) our choice should be clear. We ARE to be SEPARATE FROM the world (II Corinthians 6:17) and LIGHT TO the world (Ephesians 5:8; Phillipians 2:15). Perhaps social drinking has enhanced the acceptability of Christians in society, but it has not advanced the cause of Christ, and it does not glorify God! Social drinking is simply a means which the devil uses to blunt our testimony for Christ and squeeze us into his mold. There are at least SEVEN GOOD REASONS A BELIEVER SHOULD NOT DRINK. One should be enough.

Christians are Permitted to Drink in Good Conscience - by Dean VanDruff This is an area where godly people can come to different conclusions. Rom 14:1-5 (NIV) Accept him whose faith is weak, without passing judgment on disputable matters. One man's faith allows him to eat everything, but another man, whose faith is weak, eats only vegetables. The man who eats everything must not look down on him who does not, and the man who does not eat everything must not condemn the man who does, for God has accepted him. Who are you to judge someone else's servant? To his own master he stands or falls. And he will stand, for the Lord is able to make him stand.... Each one should be fully convinced in his own mind. The point is that nowhere in scripture is drinking prohibited, and many godly people drank/drink. What God does clearly and forcefully forbids is drinking for the purpose of getting drunk. Some have purposed before God to not drink at all. Those who do so with godly motives are: Applying the scripture to have no appearance of evil; Walking circumspectly and carefully considering their besetting sins (being an alcoholic by nature) or; Out of love for someone else who might stumble if they did. Personally, I am not seriously tempted towards substance abuse and have freedom in Christ to drink. I would not, of course, drink around someone who struggles with this temptation, nor would I if this might be used to taint my witness in any way. When I first went into the business world (1981) I did not drink while dining out with

co-workers or customers, thinking this would be a good chance to call attention to my faith when asked why. But after a while, I was convicted that I was being hypocritical... since I did in fact drink (very rarely) among friends and family. Thus, the segue of my witness was based on a subtle deception, a "false witness" of sorts--as if I did not drink at all and that I did not because I was a Christian. So I started drinking as might be fit for the moment in moderation. I have never been drunk in my entire life. I have had the opportunity to help more than a few recovering alcoholics, and I have seen first hand the ravages of this besetting sin. Thus, I completely understand how some people so hate what alcohol has come to represent in this culture that they condemn the whole. But in biblical times they did not have the "hard liquor" readily available as we do now, it was largely wine. Wine is generally used as a type of blessing in the Old and New testaments, which strikes our modern sensibilities as odd. When we think of alcohol it is hard not to think of drunk drivers, someone we know who has been killed or maimed by one, ruined families, beaten wives, lost jobs, etc. But this is due to the depravity of man being manifest in the last days, and was not the perspective that the Scriptures were written from. Wine is spoken of as a blessing by God, and is even used to describe the New Covenant infusion of the

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Page 19 Spirit in type. Like any blessing, it can be abused and this is sternly and vividly warned against. Eph 5:18 (NIV) Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit. Rom 14:17 (NIV) The kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. We should not try to persuade people who loathe alcohol to do what for them ("be convinced in your own mind" Rom 14:5) might well be sin. And if for them, then we can abstain from it for their sakes on occasion with nary a thought of real loss. For the kingdom is not about eating or drinking, and we can be all things to all men as would be edifying. Rather, let us aim at righteousness, peace, and joy!

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YAK BAK Y Feed Back from our readers Same-Sex Marriage Thought Police? The facts are these: Mayors of several American cities—among them Chicago and San Francisco—have threatened to deny Chick-fil-A permits to build franchises in their cities, not because of any overt discrimination by Chick-fil-A against gay people—there is none—but because of what the owner thinks of gay marriage. In fact, the company's anti-discrimination policy specifically prohibits any kind of discrimination against any group. Never mind that such a ban on granting building permits would be illegal as an abridging of our constitutional right to free speech! Law in America has become an increasingly bendable thing as the spirit of lawlessness has taken root and grown. We now reinterpret laws to mean what we want them to mean as opposed to what the framers intended them to mean—or we ignore them altogether when they seem inconvenient. This is true both legally and morally. According to Matthew 24:12, "Because lawlessness is increased, most people's love will grow cold" (NASB). I personally witnessed Chick-fil-A employees responding in grace and love to some very obvious hatred directed at them. Unfortunately, however, in America today your personal thoughts and opinions are no longer just thoughts and opinions. If you don't agree with the opinions of certain others, you will be accused of hatred. This was not the case just a decade ago. R. Loren Sandford, Denver, CO ___________________ Mormon for President? With all the fuss about the personal faiths of the presidential candidates I would prefer Romney’s brand of Mormonism over Obamas politically expedient style of Christianity! Terry Akers, Cassville, MO ____________________ Thanks for your wake up call in the August issue regarding believers bearing false witness. We certainly should verify rumors on the barrage of email junk before we pass them on.

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Paul M. Campbell, Joshua N. Wagner, and Calvin D. Idell were acquitted and found not guilty of harassment and failure to obey police officers in Noel, McDonald County, Missouri on Monday, August 6, 2012. Noel City Prosecutor Roscoe Miller, Jr. dismissed three harassment charges at the commencement of the bench trial before Municipal Judge William D. Dobbs. The court dismissed the case against Campbell after the testimony of two police officers, and upon a motion by defense attorney Joseph Passanise

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WHAT OUR FOUNDING FATHERS REALLY SAID “Suppose a nation in some distant region should take the Bible for their only law book, and every member should regulate his conduct by the precepts there exhibited. Every member would be obliged in conscience to temperance and frugality in industry, to justice and kindness in charity towards his fellow men, and to piety and love, and reverence towards Almighty God.... What a utopia, what a paradise would this region be.” Now you know what our founding fathers really said...

of Springfield. The three defendants, and others, regularly carry a 10 foot wooden cross and witness the gospel near the Shadow Lake Dance Hall and Bar on Elks Creek at Hwy 59 and Main Street. All three ministers were charged with offenses from June 29 and July 6, 2012. They stand near the Bar and a hotdog and trinket stand (The Snak Shack) on Main Street in the public right-of-way. They do not block pedestrian traffic. The officers' testimony was that the ministers blocked a sign in the public easement. The Snak Shack took over the public easement with several "A" framed signs that were by rope in an attempt to keep

the ministers off the easement. The ministers stood with a quiet demeanor at the corners of the public easement and ministered to the local "drinking crowd" in a calm manner. The defendants were represented pro bono by Dee Wampler and Joseph Passanise, in cooperation with the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ), a nationwide Christian advocacy group of attorneys (Jay A. Sekulow, Chief Counsel). The trial was held at the Noel City Hall, a former abandoned train station and railway depot with a standing room only audience.

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and continues to make Branson area homes and businesses beautiful through her own thriving business, Interiors by Decorating Den. Diane’s theatrical training was primarily HAMNER BARBER THEATER NEWS in New York City, with several years of The Starlite Theatre in Branson announed intensive study at The Lee Strasberg Theater Institute, The T. Schreiber Studio last month that Diane Barber has been and The Actors Workshop. During this cast to portray the part of Kathleen along- time she also trained as a vocalist with side award-winning actor Muse Watson in Patricia Carey, Robert the Tracy J Trost theatrical stage Marks, and others. production of A Christmas Snow, Diane has a long history of November 1st – December 8th. leading roles in musicals Friends of the Hamner Barber and plays at theaters and Theater will recognize Diane as playhouses around the the wife of comedian ventrilocountry, as well as film, quist Jim Barber, and from her television, voice over and many years of performances in singing credits. Her musithe Hamner Barber holiday procal theater roles include, duction The Wings Of Christmas Maria in The Sound of Diane Barber in which she is a featured vocalist Music, Mabel in Pirates of along with their 11-year-old Penzance and Bonnie Boylan in Annie, daughter, Jessica. Diane will still sing in and she has appeared in stage productions The Wings Of Christmas during it’s final with Richard Wright, Susan Powell and week of production in December and pos- Larry Gatlin. If you look closely, you’ll sibly on other select weekend dates. also see her dancing across the screen a “It isn’t often that you have the opportu- few times in the Grand Central Station nity to perform a role that demonstrates scene in the 1991 comedy film The Fisher such a spirit filled message of learning true King, starring Jeff Bridges and Robin forgiveness. Tracy Trost has taken a relat- Williams. a b l e Locally, Diane portrayed the title role in story last year’s TLC musical production of line and Hello, Dolly also at the Starlite Theatre. has artPlaying Kathleen in A Christmas Show fully adds even more variety to her success as an woven actress. this path of forgiveness, based on Biblical Muse Watson, the male lead in A principles. Christmas Show, is best known for his role I am honored to join this Christmas pro- as Mike Franks in the long-running CBS duction starring Muse Watson. I know drama, NCIS, but each audience member will experience the has worked in virtuebb and flow of emotions in this theatrical ally every genre. He journey and leave the theater with a joyous also appeared in the sense of Christmas magic.” - Diane Barber award-winning, Since moving to Branson in 1999, Diane inspirational film, A has found herself in the midst of several Christmas Snow, careers, all at the same time. Besides actwhich led to this ing and singing, she is a professional intelive theatrical adaprior decorator, music educator, Church tation for the Starlite leader, and most importantly… a mother Muse Watson Theatre stage in and a wife. Branson. For more information on the film Diane earned a Music Education degree visit from the University of Kansas, and went on to receive her Masters Degree in Dance For ticket information call the Starlite Education from Temple University. She Theater at 866-991-1982 or visit also studied Interior Design at Moore College of Art & Design in Philadelphia

Analysis: The mall in Houston is real (it's actually known as the Harwin Central Mart), the store in the mall is real (it's called Perfume Planet), and the sign pictured above was real (it said, "We will be closed on Friday, September 11, 2009 to commemorate the martyrdom of Imam Ali (A.S.)").

by John Sacoulas, editor OCN A monthly article exposing fraudulent emails that Christians insist on circulating without researching it first. How about we do that for you?

Fw: I'M SURPRISED THAT TEXAS ALLOWS THIS! Today I went to the Harwin Central Mall to pick up some crystals. The very first store that you come to when you walk from the lobby of the building into the shopping area had this sign posted on their door. The shop is run by Muslims. I couldn't stay in the building, it made me so sick. Feel free to share this with others.Imam Ali flew one of the planes into the twin towers. Nice huh? -From a friend in Houston.

However, the email text contains a very conspicuous falsehood, namely the claim that "Imam Ali" was one of the terrorists who flew planes into the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. He was not. None of the 9/11 hijackers identified by the FBI went by that name. In fact, Imam Ali — whom Shia Muslims revere as Muhammad's successor and Islam's First Imam — died more than 13 centuries ago, in 661 A.D. His martyrdom is commemorated on the 21st day of Ramadan each year, which in 2009 happened to fall on September 11.

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As you may recall, earlier this year the federal government issued a new rule as part of the recently upheld healthcare law, requiring almost all religious employers to provide insurance that pays for contraceptives and possible abortion-causing drugs. Employers can't opt out of paying for the coverage, a n d employees c a n ' t refuse it. The only exceptions to the rule a r e churches. Scores of other religious employers— including Catholic hospitals and Christian universities—objected to the rule, pointing out how it forces them to violate their conscience and their faith. As a result, in

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January the government announced it was revising the rule to create a so-called "safe harbor" for them: instead of being forced to comply in August, as all secular business owners were, they would have an extra year to find a way to make their faith coordinate with the mandate. Wheaton College, a Christian university in Illinois, didn't qualify for the "safe harbor" extension. So administrators sued the federal government, saying the mandate violates the First Amendment of the Constitution.

And the federal government responded, not by backing away from the mandate, but by revising the rule yet again: Under a revision that took effect on Aug. 15, Wheaton College now qualifies for the deadline extension. As a result, the federal court that was hearing the case dismissed it last Friday, saying that because no one at Wheaton has yet been forced to violate their faith, no harm has been done. This is a brilliant piece of gamesmanship by the government. By revising the rule, the lawsuit disappears for another year—without a decision determining whether relig i o u s freedom trumps the edicts of federal health officials, and without dominating the headlines to remain in people's minds. The only problem is that the issue at the heart of the case can't be dismissed quite so easily. Either the First Amendment actually means something—including the public expression of one's personal faith—or it doesn't. And by punting the decision, the court has allowed a wrong to continue. This then, is the heart of the struggle for religious liberty that is fast building to a crisis in our country. May God grant perseverance and courage to those religious employers who are taking their stand against the heavy hand of government. For faith and family, Tom Minnery, Senior Vice President, Government & Public Policy, Focus on the Family

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DAVE $AY$ Financial Straight-Talk Dear Dave, My son has worked and saved all through school and will be graduating this year with a degree in electrical engineering. He has a job waiting for him when he finishes, and he wants to move out on his own then. I think he should continue to live at home and save up more money. What do you think? Sue Dear Sue, Honestly, I think he should move out. This situation isn’t about money as much

as it’s about your son becoming a man. At this point in his life it’s going to be really good for him, emotionally and spiritually, to stand on his own two feet. It sounds like you’ve got some good ideas about saving and financial responsibility, and he needs to take some of Mom’s advice in those areas. But it’s time he had his own place and started paying his own bills. It’s time for this one to leave the nest, spread his wings, and fly. Here’s something else to think about. He’s going to look a whole lot better to the world if he’s out there standing on his own. I think lots of young ladies, not to mention their parents, will be much more impressed by a guy who’s making his own way rather than living at home with mom. He’s at a point where he’s reaching for dignity and trying to make his way in the world. Let him do it. I’ve got a feeling he’ll make you proud! —Dave

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Dear Dave, I’m dating a man who is really exciting and fun, but he has well over $100,000 in debt. He has nice cars, a boat and he travels a lot, and he does it all on credit. He wants us to get married, but his view of money worries me. What should I do? Vickie Dear Vickie, The fact that you’re worried about this situation means you realize that fun and exciting don’t necessarily translate into being wise. I’m sure he’s a nice guy, but your concern tells me that you two are from completely different planets when it comes to handling money. And that can be a death knell to a marriage. Disagreements over money and finances are the number-one cause of marital strife and divorce in North America today. Fighting over debt and the stress brought on by financial problems will take a heavy toll on any relationship.

Page 31 When you’re not on the same page with how to handle your money, you’re not on the same page of life. How you spend your money says volumes about who you are, where your values lie, and what’s important to you. This guy is fun because he’s impulsive and has a lot of toys. But the fact that he’s gone into debt for this lifestyle also means he’s a little boy and not a responsible man. And unless you guys can get on the same page with how money is handled, I would strongly advise not going forward with a wedding. For this to get serious and turn into marriage material, one of you will have to change. Either he’ll have to straighten up and start behaving wisely with money, or you’ll have to agree to enjoy living deeply in debt. —Dave For more financial help, please visit:

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