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Take Control of Your Life in 2019 You are like a river. You go through life taking the path of least resistance. We all do. You may try to change the direction of your own flow in certain areas of your life, your eating habits, your work habits, your spiritual life, the way you treat others, the way you treat yourself and the attitudes you have about life. And you may even have success for a while. With the exception of a few minor adjustments, you will eventually return to the old you with the same behavior and attitudes. The underlying structure of your life determines the path of least resistance. You probably do not realize how the underlying structures of your life, determines the way you live. Many continue to live the way they do often feeling powerless and frustrated. They have attempted to make major changes in their relationships, their careers, their family, their health and the quality of their lives. They are following their same old patterned path. They have made some superficial changes in their lives but some-

how there is no permanent change. They know that there is more to life than this but they don’t know how to change it. If the underlying structures in your life remain unchanged, the greatest tendency is for you to follow the same direction your life has always taken. You can change the path of the river by changing the structure of the terrain so that the river flows where you want it to go. This is the way to create the life you want. Once a new basic structure is in place, the overall thrust of your lifelike the power of the river’s current, surges to form the results that you really want. In fact, by making a change in that underlying structure of your life, the new path of least resistance cannot lead anywhere except the direction that you want to go. We must become creative enough to outsmart ourselves and our weaknesses. Many of us are already accomplished and successful, but if the structures in your life do not support your success, you will be limited. When you make a change to that structure, you

From the Editor change each year from a possibility of success to a probability of success! Since childhood, we have learned that circumstances are the dominant forces in life. Parental approval for the proper responses in life led to applause and reward. Negative responses led to punishment and correction. Our society overflows with this concept. Fame, fortune, celebrity status and satisfying relationships come from “right” responses to circumstances. Prison sentences, public embarrassment and possibly early death are penalties for “wrong” responses to circumstances. Here is our problem. We are constantly reacting to our fires instead of eliminating the terrain that is causing the problem. We have no plan! The problem leads to reaction to solve the problem. This leads to less intensity of the problem. This leads to less action to solve the problem. The end result…the problem remains.

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We are constantly reacting to our circumstances instead of creating structure to eliminate these circumstances. Our defense is staying on the field too long. Where is our offense? We must continue to move forward, grow and develop! Creating is not a product of the circumstances. As you consider what you want to create in this life, it is good for you to know, that the circumstances that presently exist are not the determining factor of the results you desire to create. Do not be limited by them. We need to bring our highest fruits into our being which includes our work life. Action is required. When you take an action that is designed to bring your creation into being, the action may work or not work. If the action works, you may continue it or discontinue it. Sometimes it will See TAKE CONTROL on Page

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A Spiritual Leader Will Have a Joyous Wife Part 4 Well, we have finally reached the last part of our article series. We hope that you have started making those little changes that can make such a big difference in your life especially in your marriage. If this article series has made a difference in your life, we’d love to hear from you. See our contact info at the bottom of the article. Now let’s get to the conclusion… Do you want to please your wife? Fix the things that are in need around the house. Many times, brothers, we undo every sweet word that we say to our wives, by that faucet that just keeps on running for days and weeks and months. And it's a frustration to our wife. And when she goes to it and sees it again and faces the frustration of it, she wonders, "Why doesn't he fix it? Why doesn't he know how this frustrates me?" Let's fix the things that need to be fixed and help her organize her home. Women are detail creatures. We need to help them to organize their home and aid them in it, in any way we can. God made them to be detail creatures. I'm so glad I have a detail, creature wife. There are so many

little details that I can't remember that she can. They are our helpmeet, brothers! Let's aid our wives, in her job and her responsibility to be our helpmeet. If she needs a shelf put up, help her put it up. She needs something organized? Help her with it. The next one; cultivate good manners. This is a very important one. And we all know what it's all about, because when we were courting, we had them. We brushed our teeth before our dates. We made sure we were clean, we had clean clothes on; we made sure we were kind; we made sure we were gentle; we said, "excuse me" we said, "thank you"; we gave encouragements; we did all those things when we were courting. We had good manners for the most part. Get them back. Cultivate them. They are a burden to our wives, some of our, what we call, "manly" mannerisms are simply bad manners. Next of all, overcome fleshly habits, and show her a disciplined life. Overcome those fleshly habits. Gluttony, anger and whatever else it may be; laziness, overcome them through the grace and power of

God, and that shows your wife a disciplined life. Show her humility, by admitting when you're wrong. And ask her to forgive you. I've heard this so many times: "My husband never says, "I'm sorry". Here’s a news flash: sometimes we are wrong! We're wrong a lot! We wound our wives a lot! We say things in a short way, a lot! Most of us can go to them and say, "Honey, I didn't say that right. Would you forgive me?" The joy bells will go off in her heart when you do that. And her respect level for you will climb the charts. The next one: Love, honor and cherish your wife more than any other woman, job or hobby. (1 Corinthians) says that the married man desires how they may please their wives. I think that there's some good in that. Next; prepare ahead of time for changes. Don't just spring them on her. Prepare her ahead of time. This is one that I have learned the hard way. "Well, we're going to do this." "God said this, and we're going to

do this." See, a woman lives in the immediate. And the man is future oriented. He's the dreamer, he's the visionary. He sees out ahead. But a woman is living in the immediate. Be wise brothers. Don't drop your future goals on your wife. She's living in the immediate. She wants to know how it's going to work out today. So don't just spring some new thing on her and tell her. "Well, I'm quitting my job tomorrow......" "What?" "Yes, yes. I'm been thinking about it, and I've been praying about it, and I decided I'm quitting tomorrow." You can't do that. You need to prepare her. If you feel that God wants you to quit your job, she ought to be one of the first people you counsel about it, number one. And number two, you need to be wise enough to prepare her, and help her to see how God's opening up another door, and there will be finances and the children will have food to eat, and we will have a See LEADER on Page 32

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3 Mentorship Challenges All Men Face By Chuck Lawless "Imitate me, as I also imitate Christ" (1 Cor. 11:1). Men, this is our calling: to live for God and to stand with the apostle Paul in his imitation of Christ. But with this comes three challenges. 1. The life of a Christian man is examined from all angles. This is happening whether we realize it or not. Even if you are not a mentor, somebody is watching you. At a minimum, your family— children and grandchildren are always watching. Those of us who are mentors know our mentees expect us to be a model of faith. In fact, they have a right to expect that you are instilling something righteous into their lives just by being their mentor. Just as a magnifying glass concentrates the sunlight into a firestarting force, mentoring narrows the focus so others look directly into our lives. That might be a painful look, especially if we are not living as we should, but God is glorified when our lives of obedience direct others to Him. 2. The life of a Christian man is examined during all seasons. "You have followed my teaching, conduct, purpose, faith, patience, love, and endurance, along with the persecutions and sufferings that came to me in Antioch, Iconium, and Lystra" (2 Tim. 3:10-11). What Paul is describing in (2 Timothy 3) is the "life on life" experience of mentoring. During this time, Timothy examined Paul's life in the good and the bad. From this we know that people—

especially your mentees—will see your faith illustrated best when they see your foundation stand strong as the winds blow (Matt. 7:24-27). Indeed, sometimes mentoring means talking about mountains you climbed in the past to help others face the same mountain today. What are those mountains in your life—a financial crisis, a bad medical diagnosis, a broken marriage, a job loss, a foreclosed home or the death of a loved one? No matter what mountain you may encounter, God grants the grace to endure your troubles so you might illustrate strength for others (2 Cor. 1:3-7). 3. Christian men are more inclined to hide their struggles and weaknesses. Most people do not typically see you for 24 hours a day. But like hidden cracks in the hull of a wooden ship, hidden sin weakens the foundation of our faith and ultimately weakens our mentoring efforts. Eventually, people—our mentees included—will see through our unfaithfulness. Men are often inclined to hide their struggles and weaknesses. We are trained to be tough and to be warriors who do not give up. We are, in fact, to fight the enemy by wearing the full armor of God (Eph. 6:11), but we fight best when God alone is our strength. Like Paul, we must learn to rejoice in weaknesses that drive us to dependence on God (2 Cor. 12:7-10). See MENTORSHIP on Page

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TAKE CONTROL Continued from Page 3 be useful to continue in it, sometimes not. You will know what to do by the current state of the result. All the actions, the ones that work and do not work help to create the final result. This is because creating itself is a learning process, learning what works and does not work. The skill of the creator is the ability to experiment and to evaluate one’s own experiments. As we put our actions into motion we will develop instincts what actions work best. This generally happens over time but the more you create the more chance you have to develop your own instincts. Some of the actions you take will help you to move directly to the result you want, but most will not. The art of creating is often found in your ability to adjust or correct what you have done so far. We must learn as we go. Continue to develop. God has us in this transforma-

tion position for a reason. Are you going to react or respond? If you begin to create the results you want today, you are more prepared to create the results you want 5 years from now. Each new creation gives you added experience and knowledge of your own creative process. You will naturally increase your ability to envision what you want and your ability to bring those results into existence! As Christians, when we take control of our creativity, it will lead us to good health, exceptional relationships, love, a relevant life purpose, peace and life challenges worthy of our human existence. The process should always serve the result. Save the Nations Ministries>

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Your Kids Carry Seeds Of Greatness; Do Not Give Up On Them By Daniel Dela Dunoo In my relatively short life, I have observed a couple of young men and women who were once my school mates; many struggled through school. Some were downright academically poor where as others made consistently poor grades because they were simply not serious with their academics; they seemed a hopeless bunch. A couple of years down the line, I am more than impressed by what they have made of their lives. I look at their lives now but see no correlation between what they once were and what they are now. As a matter of fact, it will seem as though such individuals have always been smart, intelligent, serious minded and purpose driven. When the names of some of the world`s great achievers are mentioned, many assume these persons

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renowned scientist, theoretical physicist and the 1921 Nobel Prize winner for Physics. Reliable records reveal that as a boy Einstein`s grades were so poor that a teacher asked him to quit, saying, "Einstein, you will never amount to anything." Ludwig Van Beethoven: He was one of the most celebrated classical music composers of all time. His music teacher once said of him, "As a composer, he is hopeless." He lived to prove his teacher`s opinion of him wrong. Thomas Edison: He was a prolific inventor and an entrepreneur par excellence. He is especially world famous for his invention of light bulb. As a boy, his academic performance was so poor that he was told by his teacher that he was too stupid to learn anything. Stephen Spielberg: He is a multiple award winning American film director. Dropped out of Junior High School and was subsequently placed in a learning-disabled class. He remained in the school for a month, dropping out of school forever. Isaac Newton: He is one of the most celebrated scientists and mathematics to have ever walked on this plane of life. While in grade school as a kid, he was so weak academically that his teachers gave

up on improving his grades. Brian Tracy: A bestselling author, top sales speaker, trainer and consultant. He is also the founder and president of Brian Tracy International. He writes of his days in high school: "I didn`t graduate from high school. In fact, I behaved so badly in high school that I was suspended and eventually expelled from three different schools." What is the lesson in all this? These notable achievers and several others like them refused to accept the humiliating labels that were placed on them and refused to settle for what seemed to have been their lot. They broke free from the stereotypical mold and charted noble courses for themselves. I wish to submit that a person’s current status or quality of life isn`t final; change is the only constant. Consequently, no parent should ever give up on his or her ward. No teacher should ever give up on his or her pupils and students. Students and pupils should never give up on themselves and should never look down on their peers. Within every human being are seeds of greatness. With the right environment, these seeds will germinate, grow and blossom. Š2019 FaithWriters.com. All Rights Reserved >


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By Nancy Leigh DeMoss There are essentially two ways of responding to life’s hurts and unfair experiences. Every time we get hurt, we choose to respond in one of these two ways. The first, natural response is to become a debt collector. We set out to make the offender pay for what he has done. We may be overt or subtle, but until we get a satisfactory apology, until we determine that an adequate penalty has been paid, we intend on keeping the wrongdoer in debtors’ prison; we reserve the right to punish them for their transgression. Instead of releasing our grip on the offenses we’ve received, letting God be the one (the only one) who’s big and strong enough to handle the problem in His perfect, just, and redemptive way, we grab hold of the hurt and refuse to let it go. We hold our offender hostage (we think). But the problem is that being a “debt collector” does more than keep our offender in prison; it puts us in prison. A colleague passed on to me a heartrending story he had heard a woman share with her church family, as the Lord was revealing her need to choose the pathway of forgiveness. As a young girl, she and a little friend of hers in their small town went out one day to see the county sheriff, whose office happened to be in the same building as the town jail. The children had always considered the man to be their friend, the nice person with the uniform and the badge who was just fun to be around. At some point in the afternoon, her girlfriend ran off to play, leaving her alone with the sheriff in his office. Suddenly, the look on his face began making her uncomfortable. The feel of the room became strangely tense and frightening. He moved close to her and whisperingly said, “If you ever tell your parents what I’m about to do to you”—pointing to the iron bars behind him—“I’ll put you in one of those jail cells.” And with that, he proceeded to molest her. The events of that day had occurred many years in the past by the time she finally told the story, as a grown woman, of how the man she thought was a trusted friend had shattered her childhood innocence. Thinking back to what the sheriff had said about locking her up if she were to report him to her mom or

dad, she said, “I realize now that in my heart I put him in a ‘jail cell’ that day, and all these years I’ve kept him in that prison.” When God finally opened her eyes to see what unforgiveness was actually doing to her (and to her marriage), she realized something else: on that day so many years ago, she had put herself in jail as well. And though the man was now long dead, unforgiveness and bitterness had kept her locked there—in a cell of her own making—for all those years. Was it her fault for being taken advantage of by an authority figure? Of course not. That cannot be said strongly enough. But who had been hurt the most by her unforgiveness? And why should she be in “jail” for a crime someone else had committed? Debt collecting is the natural response of sinful humans to being harmed, abused, or mistreated. Invariably it produces the bitter fruit of deeper pain, resentment, and bondage. But there is another way. A better way. God’s way. Letting Go As an alternative to being debt collectors—the pathway of resentment and retaliation—God calls us to the pure, powerful choice of forgiveness—and to pursue, wherever possible, the pathway of restoration and reconciliation. “As the Lord has forgiven you,” Paul writes in (Colossians 3:13), “so you also must forgive.” The Lord Himself was equally clear and direct: “Whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him” (Mark 11:25) . “Anything against anyone.” No offense is too great, no offender is beyond the boundary to which our forgiveness must extend. Yes, that kind of forgiveness is unnatural. It’s supernatural. At times it’s almost unbelievable. Ask the surgeon whose medical mistake cost my friend Margaret Ashmore’s mother her life. She had been rushed to the hospital with chest pains, yet was still visibly bright and alert when tests revealed that she had indeed suffered a mild heart attack. It was decided that an angioplasty procedure would be the best route for opening up the perceived blockage in her arteries. She was immediately wheeled into surgery. Everyone expected her to be fine.

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The Young Christian! By J.R. Miller One of Paul's counsels to Timothy was, "Let no one despise your youth, but be an example to the believers in word, in conduct, in love, in spirit, in faith, in purity!"(1 Timothy 4:12) Every young man should live a life which will command the respect of those who know him, and which will lead none to despise him. It is a great thing to be young. Those who are old have passed over their course of life. If they have lived well, they can rejoice in their attainments and achievements. If they have failed through neglect, carelessness, indolence, or sin — then it is too late to retrieve their losses. But young people stand at the beginning of life, with all its magnificent opportunities yet within their reach. It should fill young hearts with enthusiasm to look forward into years which hold so much of possibility for them. But youth is a time, also, of responsibility — for then the choices must be made, the foundations of

character must be laid, and the preparation for life and service must be secured. Some young people seem to have no conception, however, of their responsibility. They merely drift with the current, too often the current of self-indulgence and pleasure-seeking, without entering heartily or vigorously upon the work before them. If they would be ready to take the places that are waiting for them, they must make the most careful preparation. One of the most successful business men in this country once said that the secret of the failure of many men, lies in their lack of thoroughness in beginning life. A young man gets a position and then is satisfied merely to fill it without any thought of making himself capable of anything better. The result is he stays in that position, never advancing beyond it. A railroad president gave this advice to young men: "Let every man, in public or private business,

whether he is working for himself or for another — more than fill the position he occupies. When he does that and has established the fact that he can more than fill that position — then a wider one will open to him. And then he will have an opportunity to do more than fill that, and he will thus go onward and upward, until he finally reaches the highest step in his profession or calling." If young men would live so that none will despise their youth — then they must be energetic. Youth is the time when one should be strong and full of enthusiasm. Yet some young men seem never to wake up out of their indolent languor. They seem to have been born tired and always to have remained in that state. No one honors an indolent young man. The youth that lacks energy, earnestness and enthusiasm — is justly despised. Good men always despise a youth who needs to be helped at every point. There are some young men who have no idea of doing anything for themselves — which they can get anybody else to do for them! They want to have their burdens carried by others. They want someone to do all the hard thinking for them. They like to have money to spend — but they want it to be earned by the sweat of some other

person's brow. They have no idea of relying upon themselves, or fighting their own battles, or carrying their own loads. If a young man would have others honor his youth, he must learn personal responsibility and selfreliance. He must not be afraid of hard work. He must not expect other people to carry his burdens. Our best friend never is the one who does the most for us, who brings to our lives gifts and favors — without any exertion of our own. Our best friend is he who sends us out to carve the way for ourselves, to gather the gold and gems of life with our own hands. If young men would have their youth honored, they must live up to their Christian profession. There are some young men who take their place in the Church confessing Christ before men, and yet who fail to live out what they promise in the world of strife, struggle, temptation and service. The true Christian is one who not only confesses Christ in his church and among Christian people — but one who confesses Christ just as earnestly, as sincerely, as faithfully all the weekdays, out in the world. It is not enough to be Christly on Sundays — one must be See YOUNG CHRISTIAN on Page 11

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Good and Evil Animals By Timothy Shay Arthur There are a great many animals in the world, and all of them correspond to good or evil qualities in men. The good animals are innocent and useful; but the evil animals are cruel and hurtful. Sheep, and cows, and doves are good animals; but wolves, and bears, and hawks are evil animals. Everyone loves the gentle lambs which sport in the green fields, but no one likes the cruel wolves which tear these dear lambs in pieces. In the picture you will see a flock of sheep, with some children and their mother gazing at them. How gentle, and innocent, and mild they look! They are safe in the fold where no wicked beasts can harm them. Sometimes a sheep or a lamb will stray from the fold, and then the good shepherd will go off into the woods and mountains to seek the lost one; and when he has found him, he will, if it is a poor little lamb, take him in his arms and carry him back again; or, if a large sheep — he lead him kindly to the fold from which he had strayed away. Do you know a dear child, who is your good Shepherd? He is the

Lord, and He is ever watching over you, and seeking to protect you from the wolves. You may think there are no wolves to harm you where you live! All evil tempers and bad thoughts, my children, are wolves! And these, if you let them come into your hearts, will greatly harm, and, perhaps, in the end, destroy you! You stray from this Good Shepherd — when you indulge in evil thoughts, or do wicked things; and you are then in great danger from the wolves. Keep within the sheep-fold, dear little ones — and your Good Shepherd will ever be near to save you from all harm. When you love each other, and seek to make each other happy; when you are obedient to your parents and teachers — then are you within the heavenly sheepfold; then are you safe from the wolves! GRACE GEMS! A Treasury of Ageless Sovereign Grace Devotional Writings Our Purpose To humble the pride of man, to exalt the grace of God in salvation and to promote real holiness in heart and life. ©GraceGems.org 2019 >

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(2 Samuel 19:34) The living know that they must die; but how seldom do even the Lord's people ask, "How long have I to live?" or pray, "Teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom!" Yet the question is of solemn importance. We must die; we may die soon; it is possible we may die suddenly. None ever regretted that they made too great preparation for death; many have grieved that it so little occupied their minds. New Testament saints were very conversant with death, its nature, and end. It is a very profitable question, "How long have I to live?" At most, not long; then let me live well, the little time I have to spend on earth. Death is calculated to check our pride; shall we be proud within a step of our dying pillow, our shroud, our grave? Surely the grim visage of death will lead us, if rightly viewed to be low in our own eyes, and to lie low before the Lord. Death will check our worldliness and carefulness about the things of time; shall we be over-anxious to get — what we know we cannot keep; or fear that we shall be left to need — within a few steps of the door of our Father's house? Death will have a tendency to quicken us, in seeking for that grace which will enable us to die well. What is of most importance to a dying man? To be assured that he is saved from sin, savingly interested in Jesus, and appointed to obtain the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ; to have the witness, seal, and pledge of the Spirit in His heart; to enjoy the love of Jehovah the Father, and a sense of relation to Him. And surely, if we see these to be the most important things, and life so fast hastening to a close — we shall seek them with renewed vigor, earnestness, and fervor. It is desirable to have our friends about us at the closing scenes of life; and in this, the Christian who dies daily is particularly favored; he will have his best friend about him. Let us have what friends we will about us at death, there is no one who stands round our dying pillow who knows what it is to die by experience! No human friends have passed through it, none are acquaint-

ed with its immediate precursor, or what follows it. But the consistent Christian may make sure of the presence of a friend, who "was dead and is alive again, and has the keys of Hell and of death; one who knows what it is to meet death in its most frightful forms, and in the most fearful circumstances; one who has experienced the cold deathsweat, the breaking of the heartstrings, and the separation of the soul and body; one who knows the weakness of human nature, the extremity of pain, and the strength of death; one who suffered and is able to support; who is touched at the heart with all his pains and woes; and who has said, "My strength shall be made perfect in weakness." Yes, the humble believer has Jesus to . . . smooth his dying pillow, comfort his failing heart, and wipe his falling tears! In death and dying, He answers the many prayers put up in health and strength, and proves Himself the faithful friend, who loves at all times, and sticks closer than a brother. It is the wish of every truly scriptural believer, not only to die comfortably — but to die usefully, that others may be benefitted; that if unconverted relatives are present, they may be convinced of the blessedness of a saving interest in Jesus, and be led to seek mercy before they are brought into such a state; that if fearful and doubting Christians be present, they may see how Jesus supports according to His word, and gives living comforts in dying moments; that they may see that death to the Christian is but a shadow without a substance, a falling asleep rather than a dying; that, like the setting sun, they may shed some rays of comfort, hope, and peace, on those around them, before they retire behind the cloud of death. Reader! Are you in the habit of asking, "How long have I to live?" Let me exhort you so to do. When the world tempts you, and would draw you aside from the path of duty, put the question, "How long have I to live? I may be on the border of eternity, I cannot consent!" See LIVE on Page 13


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between the truth of God’s Word and its enemies. Changing Times continues to stand ready to arm immerse yourself in Changing Christians for our battles, and to Times. encourage us in our suffering. We 4. Changing Times reveals the teach on how we need affliction to Trinitarian character of theology. humble us (Deut. 8:2), to teach us We are driven by a deep sense of what sin is (Zeph. 1:12), and how the infinite glory of a Triune God, that brings us to God (Hos. 5:15). the Father, the Son, and the Holy 6. Changing Times explains true Spirit. We agree with John Calvin’s spirituality. We stress the spirituality glorious understanding of the unity of the law, spiritual warfare against of the Trinity in the Godhead, which indwelling sin, the childlike fear of shows how that worked itself out in God, the wonder of grace, the art of electing, redeeming, and sanctify- meditation, the dreadfulness of hell, ing love and grace in the lives of and the glories of heaven. believers. John Owen, a Puritan 7. Changing Times shows how to writer wrote an entire book on the live by holistic faith. We try to apply Christian believer’s communion every subject we write about to pracwith God as Father, Jesus as Savior, tical “uses”. These “uses” will proand the Holy Spirit as Comforter. Changing Times teaches us how to pel you into passionate, effective remain God-centered while being action for Christ’s kingdom. Changing Times promotes a vitally concerned about Christian comprehensive worldview, a total experience, so that we don’t fall Christian philosophy, a holistic into the trap of glorifying experiapproach of bringing the whole ence for its own sake. 5. Changing Times shows you gospel to bear on all of life, striving how to handle trials. The slogan on to bring every action in conformity each of our front covers states with Christ, so that believers would “Changing Lives one Issue at a mature and grow in faith. We write time”. For some, it is received as on practical subjects such as how to one edition at a time but its real pray, how to experience personal intention was one personal issue at revival, how to conduct family worto raise children for aJJ-NOLA-ChangingTimes_4-19_JJ_NOLA_ChangingTimes_4-19 time! We believe that Changing ship, and how 4/8/2019 4:21 PM Page 1 Christ. Times grew out of a great struggle HOW TO PROFIT Continued from Page 4

We carry life-giving messages to reach the lost, the curious, the new beginner, the Christian who wants more and the seasoned believer. For we all are on Christ’s radar! 8. Changing Times teaches the importance and supremacy of preaching. Preaching should be expository and instructive; evangelistic and convicting, experiential and applicatory, powerful and “plain” in its presentation, ever respecting the sovereignty of the Holy Spirit. 9. Changing Times shows you how to live in two worlds. We should have heaven “in our eye” throughout our earthly pilgrimage. We should take seriously the New Testament passages that say we must keep the “hope of glory” before our minds to guide and shape our lives here on earth. We should view this life as “the gymnasium and dressing room where we are prepared for heaven,” teaching us that preparation for death is the first step in learning to truly live. If you want to live in this world in light of the better world to come, read Changing Times. Reading Changing Times will place you and keep you on the right path theologically, experientially, and practically. We agree with John the Bap-

tists’ summary of Christian sanctification: “Christ must increase and I must decrease.” Our prayer is that God will use Changing Times to inspire you to read the bible more. With the Spirit’s blessing, Changing Times will enrich your life in many ways as it opens the Scriptures to you, probes your conscience, bares yours sins, leads you to repentance, and conforms your life to Christ. Let Changing Times bring you into full assurance of salvation and a lifestyle of gratitude to the Triune God for His great salvation. You might want to pass along a copy of Changing Times to your friends as well. There is no better gift than a good book. I sometimes wonder what would happen if Christians spent only fifteen minutes a day reading Changing Times. Over a year that would add up to reading about twenty average-size books a year and, over a lifetime, 1,500 books. Who knows how the Holy Spirit might use such a spiritual diet of reading! Would it usher in a worldwide revival? Would it fill the earth again with the knowledge of the Lord from sea to sea? That’s our prayer, our vision, our dream. Take up and read! You will be glad you did. Save the Nations Ministries>

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Marriage The Music of Marriage By Adrian Rogers The Song of Solomon is a love poem of deep intimacy between Solomon and a Shulamite girl, whom he has married. It is a wonderful model for communication in a marriage. Sometimes we blush when we read it. But God knew we

would need a record of godly marriage communication, so He gave us this book by divine inspiration. Let's see what we can discover about their intimate communication. Plentiful Words Notice how plentiful the conversation is between these two lovers. Nearly 60 percent of the verses in The Song of Solomon are spoken between the lovers. And it's obvious that when they are separated, they miss the sound of each other's voice. Each gives HOUSE MOVING words freely, without embarHOUSE LEVELING rassment. Each receives words HOUSE ELEVATION freely, without resentment. A common protest of wives is that their husbands talked a lot when they were dating but stopped talking after the wedding. There's a reason for this problem, built into the different traits of men and women. INSURED / LOCALLY OWNED OPERATED SINCE 1868 Men are goal oriented. During

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Submission "Likewise, ye wives, be in subjection to your own husbands" (v. 1). God has given headship in the home, and God has made the husband the head. That doesn't make the wife inferior. It doesn't make the husband superior. This idea that if we're in submission to somebody we're inferior is plain false. According to (1 Corinthians 11:3), Christ has authority over every man. There is an order to God's authority. First God the Father, then God the Son, then man, then woman. Is the woman inferior to the man because she is under him? Of course not! We worship one God who has revealed Himself in three persons, all equal, all one in essence. Jesus' submission doesn't make Him inferior to His Father. It's not a matter of equality. Everybody knows that women and men are equal (see Galatians 3:28). With God there is no respect, or favoritism, with persons, race, or face. We are one in the sight of the Lord Jesus Christ. Men and women are equal; they are not the same. It is the devil's attempt to make modern men and women alike under the guise of making them equal. God made us different, that He might make us one. For our differences attract us to one another. Ruth Graham, the wife of evangelist Billy Graham, said, "It is the woman's job to love her husband; it's God's job to make him good." Submission isn't inferiority. In fact, in a sense, it's superiority. You are never more like Jesus than when you're in submission — and you're never more like the Devil than when you're in rebellion. Speech "Be in subjection to your own husbands that, if any obey not the word, they also may without the word be won by the conversation of the wives" (v. 1).

No man was ever nagged into being a Christian. In fact, the Bible has a lot to say about nagging wives (see Proverbs 19:13 and 21:9). Now this doesn't mean that a wife can't be a witness to her husband. It doesn't mean that a woman can't state her case during a disagreement. It doesn't mean that a woman can't make her desires known. She ought to do her best to influence her husband. But she is not to nag him. A wife is to be so clean and so pure that her life speaks louder than her words. An unsaved husband with that kind of wife lives with a sermon! He eats with a sermon, sleeps with a sermon, talks with a sermon. Serenity "Whose adorning, let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel; but let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price". The New American Standard Bible translates this passage, "Let not your adornment be merely external." I'm glad for the word "merely." This passage simply says that ladies can have a ministry with their husbands only if their beauty goes deeper than external adornments. Peter writes of a meek and quiet spirit. But meekness isn't weakness. This word "meek" described soldiers in the Roman army, who were under the command of headquarters. They weren't weak. It's also used to describe a wild stallion who has been trained to wear a bridle and harness. That stallion isn't weak. But it controls its strength and places it under its rider's authority. That takes more strength than running free. And the word "quiet" doesn't mean mousy. It means "tranquility" or "serenity." There is a beautiful serenity about a strong woman who places herself under her husband's authority. It shows the presence of Jesus in her. It comes out in her speech and her actions. Service Service is our last aspect of a godly woman. When Peter says in

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Education Interesting Facts About the Bible • Total Chapters in the Bible -1189. • Chapters in the Old Testament -929. • Chapters in the New Testament -- 260. • Longest Chapter -- Psalms 119. • Shortest Chapter -- Psalms 117. • Center Chapter -- Psalms 118. • Chapters before Psalm 118 -- 594 Chapters. • Chapters after Psalm 118 -- 594 Chapters. • Add the Chapters up --1188 (594+594) +1 (Center Chapter) =1189. • Center Verse -- Psalms 118:8. • Psalm 118:8 -- It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man. • Most Comforting Chapters -Psalms 23, John: 14. UVA-ChangingTimes-5x6.5.pdf 1 3/7/19 • Love Chapter -- 1 Corinthians 13.

• Faith Chapter -- Hebrews 11. • New Testament Formation -- Acts 2. • Alike Chapters -- 2 Kings 19, and Isaiah 37. • Longest Verse -- Esther 8:9. • Shortest Verse -- John 11:35. • Most Precious Verse -- John 3:16. • Saddest Verse -- Mark 15:34. • Grandest Verse -- Romans 8:11. • The Garden verse -- Num. 11:5. • The Metal verse -- Ezek. 22:19. • Word "God" occurs -- 4,370 times. • Word "Jehovah" occurs -- 6,855 times. • Word "Lord" occurs -- 7,736 times. • English Bible published first-1380 A.D. • Divisions of the Chapters made 11:19 firstAM-- 1227 A.D. • Longest Word -- Maher-shalal-

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hash-baz (Isaiah 8:1). • The Greatest Word -- JESUS. • Words appears only once in the Bible -- Reverend (Psalms 111:9), Eternity (Isaiah 57:15), and Grandmother (2 Timothy 1:5) The Bible gives all glory and honor to the Heavenly Father, Jesus Christ is hidden in the Old Testament and revealed in the New Testament. The Bible was written by the Holy Spirit through 40 men over a period of about 1600 years dating from 1500 BC to about 100 years after Christ. The Bible is the Book of Salvation and Jesus Christ is the Only Saviour under Heaven given among the human beings. Scholars estimate that the 66 books of the King James version of the Bible were written by some 50 different authors. Some biblical scholars believe that Aramaic (the language of the ancient Bible) did not contain an easy way to say 'many things' and used a term which has come down to us as 40. This means that when the bible -- in many places -- refers to '40 days, they meant many days. The system of chapters was introduced in A.D. 1227 by Cardinal Hugo de S. Caro, while the verse notations were added in 1551 by Robertus Stephanus, after the advent of printing. The first translation of the English Bible was initiated by John Wycliffe and completed by John Purvey in 1380. A Bible in the University of Gottingen is written on 2,470 palm leaves. The Bible devotes some 500 verses on prayer, less than 500 verses on faith, but over 2000 verses on money and posessions. The Bible can be read aloud in 70 hours. There are 8,674 different Hebrew

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5 Tips for Making Good Decisions Biblical Advice for Choosing Wisely By Charles F. Stanley A key to making wise decisions is found in Psalm 25:12, which says, “Who is the man who fears the Lord? He will instruct him in the way he should choose.” God’s guidance is promised to those who fear Him. This doesn’t mean we’re supposed to be afraid of Him, but that we have an attitude of reverence and absolute dependence upon Him. A few days ago we looked at the importance of clearing our hearts of any known sin and neutralizing our desires. Now, let’s consider some further biblical advice for how we can make wise decisions. 1. Exercise patience. Sometimes we may have to pray for a long time before God gives us an answer. He promises that if we ask and seek, we will receive and find, but He doesn’t say we will get an immediate response (Matt. 7:7). Therefore, to receive His best, we must be willing to wait for His timing. Waiting upon God means we live in confident expectation of His actions on our behalf and refuse to run ahead of Him or try to solve our problems on our own. (Psalm 46:10) – “Be still, and know that I am God”. (Psalm 62:5) – “My soul, wait in silence for God only.” (Psalm 27:14) – “Be strong and let your heart take courage; yes, wait for the Lord.” God’s pauses are very important in His plan for our lives. We can trust that He has good reasons for any delays. He knows when we’re not ready for the answer even though we think we are. Perhaps we wouldn’t accept His answer if it came any sooner. Our all-wise, omniscient God knows us perfectly and sees clearly what needs to change in our lives before we are ready for His guidance. 2. Be alert to pressure. The pressures we face when making decisions come from two places. External pressure

Friends and family may offer us their advice or urge us to quickly make a choice before we’ve heard from the Lord. However, they don’t really know God’s will on the matter, and their guidance may be offered out of a desire to please us so we’ll be happy. It’s better to be cautious about others’ well-meaning advice, and wait for God’s timing and direction. Internal pressure Sometimes we put pressure on ourselves to make the choice without God’s input because we fear loss or don’t want to go in a direction we think He’s leading us. 3. Persist in prayer. (First Thessalonians 5:17) says, “Pray without ceasing.” Even if we see no sign of an answer, we must not give up. While we are waiting, God is teaching us to trust Him. He wants us to move from doubt, fear, and unrest to confidence in Him and His timing. 4. Rest in God’s promise. The Bible is our most valuable resource when we have a decision to make because it’s the mind of God in print and is filled with His wisdom. If we want to know what He thinks about anything, all we have to do is read His Word. It’s like a filter that sifts out the worldly thinking that continually bombards us. He also builds our faith with His sure and unfailing promises. 5. Wait for His peace. The Greek word for peace means “to bind together.” When we are in agreement with God on the decision, we are bound together with Him. That’s when His peace rules in our hearts (Col. 3:15). Have you ever jumped ahead of the Lord and made a decision without Him? We will never regret following the Lord’s guidance for our lives. When we wait on Him, we will have a peace and contentment that comes from knowing we are walking in His will. We can trust that He knows what is best for us and has prepared good works for us to do. But those blessings will only come once we first obey His leading. ©2019 oChristian.com. All Rights Reserved >

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Resistant starches bring numerous health benefits to the body when added to the diet on a regular basis. Health benefits can include decreasing inflammation found in bowel diseases, naturally preventing diabetes, and keeping colon cancer at bay. Resistant Starches Many individuals also experience a variety of benefits including better insulin levels, increased appetite control, and improved digestion. According to a study at the Univ. of Colorado in Denver (2013), resistant starches do in fact provide numerous benefits as documented in the following health journal: Current Opinion in Gasteroenterology. Starches & Fibers Oftentimes, starches are confused with fibers. Both are carbohydrates and considered to be complex in nature. Starches as well as fibers are needed within the body to maintain optimal health. Typically, starches are digestible while fibers are not. The interesting fact is the body will begin to digest common starches at the very moment they are placed within the mouth for chewing. It is during this time, the body begins the work to extract needed nutrients and energies. Conversely, the body doesn’t ingest nutrients from the fibrous portion of vegetables and fruits. Fiber does not provide energy to the body like starches do. One can think of fiber as the “packaging” of the food item. Fiber consumed may be soluble, or insoluble, which react two different ways. Fibers: Soluble & Insoluble Soluble fiber will dissolve when placed in water. So, when the individual has consumed plenty of water, the soluble fiber will dissolve within the smaller intestine, slow the digestion of food, and provide the individual with a “full feeling.” Insoluble fibers absorb water instead of dissolving. This process helps to promote firm as well as regular movement of the intestines. Resistant Starches Offer Better Benefits Higgins confirmed within the study at the Univ. of Colorado, five different types of resistant starches reach the larger colon without being

digested. The different starches then provide healthy benefits within the body, like that of insoluble fibers. The resistant starches can provide multiple health benefits including: • Preventing the development of diabetes • Increasing blood sugar regulation • Naturally reducing inflammation in the intestines • Reducing problems with bowel disease in some individuals • Increasing promotion of good bacteria within the digestive system • Aiding better maintenance of body weight • Reducing risk of developing precancerous polyps within the colon • Increasing bulk within the bowels • Decreasing time between bowel movements Lower pH Levels Within the bowels, lower pH levels are also seen when resistant starches are digested. This occurs when bacteria “ferment” within the gut resulting in short chains of fatty acids, also known as SCFA. The SCFA help to promote good bacterial growth as well as provide protection against the growth of bad bacteria. Within this natural fermentation process of resistant starches, the linings of the intestines become thicker which is healthier for the individual. More healthy bacteria increase and thrive while bad bacteria is retained in lower numbers. Higgins research team suggests this development can be seen as a natural probiotic process providing excellent benefits to the digestive system. It is also noted within the research study, one type of short chain of fatty acid (butyrate) is known to be one defense needed to prevent cancers of the intestine. Dietary Care Needed Resistant starches are often found in many high fiber diets which are based on the consumption of vegetables. But, dietary care is still needed to ensure there are plenty of foods with this “healthy starch” placed within the individual’s diet. A variety of root vegetables provide us with resistant starches for the diet, including tubers and winter squash. These special starches See STARCHES on Page 21


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5 Foods Causing You Joint Pain By Dr. Don Colbert Real food truly provides nourishment to the body allowing naturally healing to take place. A large percentage of the population is suffering from diseases and discomforts which relate directly to eating choices. Individuals who are returning to eating real foods (not processed) and experiencing relief from inflammation related diseases. Seventy percent of the body’s immune cells are in the digestive system. Focus placed on gut health becomes of vital importance for natural healing to occur. The Inflammation Response When an individual eats food which triggers allergies, the body’s response is inflammation. Foods containing bacteria trigger the same reaction. The body becomes inflamed to protect the critical systems. Prolonged inflammation results in severe health conditions. The inflammation response occurs when undigested proteins pass into the blood, creating an additional health concern. Enterocytes aid the digestive process within the intestines. If these cells are not functioning properly, then protein travels through the blood. Inflammation Causing Foods Natural health providers suggest avoiding inflammation causing foods for improved health. Five foods top the list of those to avoid as discussed below. 1. Refined Sugars According to the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, processed sugars increase the inflammatory response. The process increases pain, swelling, and redness in different

parts of the body. Also, Dartmouth Med School found eating sugar directly relates to acne formation. 2. Refined Grains Refined grains are modified significantly compared to their original composition. Products made with refined grains are “nutritionally enriched” to add vitamins and minerals lost in the process. White flour is another food item to avoid. The flour is a simple carb which breaks down and converts quickly to sugar. 3. Artificial Sweeteners Artificial sweeteners create inflammation within the body, especially in those individuals who are prone to the response. This class of sweeteners includes aspartame, Splenda, saccharin, and sucralose. Researchers believe these products increases the pH level in the gut and reduce good bacteria. 4. Vegetable Oils Some vegetable oils create inflammation. This list includes corn oil, canola oil, soy oil, and cottonseed oil. Using these oils on a regular basis upset the body’s balance of omega-3 and omega-6. According to the Jrnl of American College of Nutrition, individuals who use more olive oil hold lower blood sugars and increased insulin function. Olive oils contain a substance called oleic acid which is also a natural anti-inflammatory. Always, research and choose REAL olive oil. 5. Feedlot Animals Cattle raised on high omega-6 foods are fed inflammation producing grains. These animals live in restricted locations and receive injections with hormones. In addition, commercial cattlemen treat animals with antibiotics. Eating meats of this nature increase the inflammatory response of the body.

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can also be found in grains and in the legumes family. Pastas as well as rice hold resistant starches if they are at room temperature. Choosing a pasta salad is a better option over warm pasta dishes. Sushi at room temp is also another good choice when desiring resistant starches. Whole grains also hold resistant starches and can be consumed at any temperature. This is also true of beans and peas. The resistant starch within these food types will main-

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suck, that he may get spiritual nourishment. These holy leaves of Scripture are for the healing of our souls. The Scripture is profitable for all things. If we are deserted, here is spiced wine that cheers the heavy heart; if we are pursued by Satan, here is the sword of the Spirit to resist him; if we are diseased with sin's leprosy, here are the waters of the sanctuary, both to cleanse and cure. Oh, then, search the Scriptures! Read the Bible with reverence. Think, in every line you read that God is speaking to you. The ark wherein the Word was put was overlaid with pure gold, and was carried on bars, that the Levites might not touch it. (Exodus 25:14). Why was this, but to give reverence to the Word? Read with seriousness. It is matter of life and death; by this Word you must be tried and judged. Read the Word with affection. Get your hearts quickened with the Word. Labor, so that the Word may be a lamp to direct you and a fire to warm you as well. Read the Scripture, not only as a history, but as a love letter sent to you from God, which may affect your hearts! Pray that the same Spirit, who wrote the Word, may assist you in reading it; that God's Spirit would show you the wonderful things of His law, so that the Word will become effective. Save the Nations Ministries>

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By Terry Somerville There have been many prophecies about a coming move of God that will eclipse all previous ones. Most discussions revolve around the glory and presence of God moving in the land. The desire for revival is at an all time high. Though much is being said and done, it seems to be mostly prophetic activity. The one basic ingredient that is lacking, and seldom spoken of, is true repentance. This requires a total breaking down of the heart, otherwise we naturally go along in "Christian selfishness", with all our activity oriented to ourselves. I'm more burdened than ever before over sin in the Body of Christ. In ministry times I find most Christians seem to be seeking a blessing in the meetings. The prayers revolve around their needs and not God's heart’s desire. They experience the power and presence of God, yet leave with unyielded lives. Many Christians know there are issues between them and the Lord and are willing to leave them unchanged. Sometimes if I bring up the state of their heart during ministry they will say "God will change my heart". In the midst of all the Christian activity there's no sense of God's desire for true righteousness. Out in the community as I work I encounter people who are warm to Jesus, but see the church as irrelevant, or worse... Here are some of the issues I see standing between us and revival. 1. Power without Repentance Jesus warned those who have anointing but work iniquity. How many there are in the church today! "Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy by thy name, and by thy name cast out demons, and by thy name do many mighty works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity." -Matt 7:22, 23 2. A Back to front Gospel - a problem we have created! Look at the gospel the church preached. Luke 24:47 and that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His name unto all the nations, beginning from Jerusalem. Acts 3:19 Repent ye therefore, and turn again, that your sins may be blotted out, that so there may come seasons of refreshing from the presence of the Lord;… Genuine Conversion Results in

a Holy Life Away with this garbage of continuing in sin but saying we are "immune" because of Christ. Sin's power to reign is actually gone from us because of the cross. (Romans 6) Because of this we are warned not to live in sin. We choose! Can we imagine the judgment day, and on this side is one who sinned not knowing Christ, and on the other is a Christian who continues in the same sin as the first man. Will the Lord be unjust? Will the cross be a mockery? Or does the Lord expect real righteousness to be the reward of His suffering? "Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. For he that soweth unto his own flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth unto the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap eternal life." Galatians 6:7,8 The Changed Heart is Man's Responsibility, But God's Activity Most Christians are waiting for the Lord to change their hearts. God is waiting for us to "rend our hearts" and

to "make for ourselves a new heart" Joel 2:12- "Yet even now, saith Jehovah, turn ye unto me with all your heart, and with fasting, and with weeping, and with mourning: And rend your heart, and not your garments, and turn unto Jehovah your God; for He is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and abundant in loving kindness..." New Heart Ingredients a) Conviction of sin, righteous-

ness and judgment by the Holy Spirit. Only this will break into the deep levels needed for repentance. This requires praying Christians and righteous preaching. Surely if the Lord is anointing us with power for healing, He will bring this clear promise of the Spirit. "He will convict the world conSee REVIVAL on Page 29

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The Christian Journey God’s Got This! By Pastor Doug Gilford If you have lived past age fifteen, undoubtedly you have fought certain battles in your life. Have you battled people? Have you battled emotions? Most certainly you have. Some battles that humans fight are invisible in nature, wicked plans that have worked to affect you through the help of people, circumstances, or emotions. That’s right. Wicked plans. The Bible tells us that the enemy, Satan, has “wiles.” I know you are thinking, what?! A verse from Ephesians reads like this: “put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.” (6:11) This funny word, “wiles”, means “a scheme, strategy,

or trick.” It describes the deceit and craftiness that the devil uses to wage war against the believer in Christ. There is a planned attack on all of us that, though somewhat invisible in nature, can be clearly seen working its plan to destroy us. But what is worse, it can keep us from accessing the power and ability we need to conquer it. So how can we fight it and win? The first thing we need to understand is supernatural power is needed to fight supernatural enemies. If the plan is from Satan, a supernatural being, then we need the power of God to stand against this foe. Good news! That power is made available to us through the power of Christ. Ephesians tells us, “Finally brothers be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.” (6:10) Being “strong in the Lord” is not easy to explain, yet it is not hard to understand either. Imagine you are

alone on a trip. You miss your family immensely, so much that you are weak and tearful. But just then your husband calls you to say how much he loves you. Your kids get on the phone to laugh and joke. Suddenly, the desperate tears of sadness become tears of joy and warm feelings of love surround you. What happened? You are still on the trip and still separated from your family. Out of the blue, strength has replaced weak tearfulness and you can handle the business of your trip. Before you know it, you are home safely in the love of your family. What happened? You became strong in the “love of your family.” Being strong in the Lord is like that overwhelming feeling of love that surrounds us when we are facing life’s most difficult troubles. You cannot explain how it happened. You really do not know where it came from. You are only thankful that it is there. Like the lady whose weakness and tearfulness is replaced with joy and warmth, fright and fear are replaced with a confident thought. God’s got this. So how do we fight battles—and win? Finding out how we become strong in the Lord is different for everyone. There is no same way for everyone. It may be through read-

ing the Bible, or by sitting by a quiet lake. Peace and confidence from God may be accessed by the pleasant sound of people worshipping through music or through the belting out of songs to God as you take a long drive. The key is that, in this moment, you take your battles to the Lord. Speak to Him about it. Cry if you must, but stop along the way and listen for that call from Him saying, “Hey, I love you, and I’ve got this.” As I close, I want to say that I know this sounds strange if you are not used to talking to the Lord. But there is strength available to you right now. Open your heart to Christ as you open your mouth and say, “I need you right now.” It is Jesus in His own words that invite us “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28) If you are fighting, you can win by giving that battle to the Lord. Make it your habit to say, “God’s got this!” Doug Gilford, Senior Pastor, Cornerstone Church -23051 Hwy 1088, Mandeville, La 70448. 985624-8652 or email doug@ilovecornerstone.com>

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plagued heart, beside the open fountain of Your blood; I am unable to move to it of myself; I have none to put me in: ordinances cannot do it; ministers cannot do it; you must put to Your helping hand, or else the work will remain unperformed. 3. Plead His power, in a sense of your own weakness. Do you feel the power and multitude of your corruptions within you? Say with Jehoshaphat, "Lord I have no might against this great company; neither know I what to do: but mine eyes are upon You." With You all things are possible. Though I may despair of help in myself and others; yet, You have forbid me to despair of help in you. You said, Let there be light, and there was light; therefore say, let there be faith, and it will immediately take place; for faith is Your work and Your gift: it is "the work of God that we believe: by grace we are saved, through faith, and that not of ourselves, it is the gift of God." 4. Plead your necessity, your extreme need of Christ and of faith in Him. O man, there is not a

Guiding Light starving man that needs food so much as you need Christ: there is not a wounded man that needs a physician; a shipwrecked man that needs a plank; a dying man, with the death rattle in his throat, that needs breath so much, as you need Christ. O then, cry, "Give me Christ, or else I die." I may live without friends, without wealth, and honor, and pleasure; but I cannot live without Christ, and without faith. Plead His power; how easy it is for Him to help, saying, as (Psalm 80:1) "You who sit enthroned between the cherubim, shine forth!" It will cost You no more pain to work faith in me, than it does the sun to shine forth. Yea, He can more easily put forth His power and grace, than the sun can dart out its beams. It is neither trouble nor loss to the sun to shine forth, so neither will it be to Him, to show His power and mercy: a look, or a touch, will do it; since He can so easily do it. You may cry with hope; He will never miss alms bestowed on a beggar, out of the ocean of His bounty. Nay, as the

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which endures for life. Twice Paul remain in it, we are invincible. The calls this the fight of faith. The stronghold, this stable fort, is Christ. chief characteristic of it is faith. He, By faith we are in Him. By faith we who well understands that the prin- know that the enemy can make no cipal element in the battle is to progress against our fortress. All of believe, and who acts accordingly, Satan's wiles go forth on the line of will certainly succeed. In another enticing us out of our fortress--enpassage Paul says to the Christian gaging us in conflict with him on the "Strive to enter in by the narrow There is much misunderstanding combatant, "Above all, taking the open plain. There he always overdoor" (Luke 13:24). about this twofold conflict. Many shield of faith, wherewith ye shall comes. But if, in faith, we strive and PROOF SHEET "Fight the good fight of faith" (1 strive all their life against the Lord be able to quench all the fiery darts abide in Christ, then we overcome Timothy 6:12). and His summons. Because they of the wicked one." Satan, because he has to deal with "I have fought a good fight, I are not at rest, but feel an inner conAnd what then does it mean, this Him who fights and overcomes. "This have finished my course, I have flict, they think that this is the con- "fight of faith"? That whileof Ithe strive, is the This victory Attached is a proof of your ad that will run in the October/November issue of EDGE Lake magazine. ad will that run asovercometh is unless we the kept the faith" (2 Timothy 4:7). receive flict of a Christian. Assuredly, it is must believe that the or Lord willvia email. world, even our faith" (1 John 5:4). changes by Wednesday (09.14.2018) at 5:00IPM. Please make any changes approve These texts speak of a twofold not. This is one--not willing to help me? No, it is not so, although Our first and greatest work is thus to conflict. The first is addressed to abandon everything and surrender it is often misunderstood as such. believe. As Paul said before he menthe unconverted-- "Strive to enter in himself to the Lord--who struggles In a conflict, it is of supreme tions the warlike equipment of the by the narrow door." Entrance by a against God. This is not the conflict importance that I am in a stronghold Christian, "My brethren, be strong in door is the work of a moment. The that the Lord would have. What He or fortress which cannot be taken. the Lord, and in the strength of His sinner is not to strive to enter dur- says is that the conflict is concerned With such a stronghold, a weak gar- might" (Ephesians 6:10). ing his whole lifetime. He is to with entering in--but not a conflict rison can offer resistance to a powerThe reason why the victory is strive and do it immediately. He is for long years. No, He desires that ful enemy. Our conflict as Christians only by faith, and why the fight of not to allow anything to hold him you should break through the ene- is now no longer concerned with mies, who hold you back and immeSee CONFLICT back, he must enter in. going into the fortress. No, we have on Page 29 Then comes the second, the life- diately enter in. gone in, are now in, and so long as we Then follows the second conflict, long conflict--by the narrow door I come upon the new way. On the new way there will always be enemies. EAST ST. TAMMANY’S ZERO COPAY FLU Of this lifelong conflict Paul says, "I FAVORITE FAMILY SHOTS ON INSURANCE have fought a good fight, I have finPHARMACY AS VOTED ished my course, I have kept the Immunizations / Vaccinations ON BY EDGE MAGAZINE faith." With respect to the continuwalk-ins welcome ous conflict, he gives the charge, READERS. THANK YOU! "Fight the good fight of faith."

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CONFLICT Continued from Page 28 faith is the good fight, is this--it is the Lord Jesus who purchased the victory, and who alone gives power and dominion over the enemy. If we abide in Him, surrender ourselves to live in Him, and by faith appropriate what He is, then the victory is in itself our own. Then we understand-- "The battle is not yours, but God's. The Lord shall fight for you, and ye shall hold your peace" (2 Chronicles 20:15; Exodus 14:14). Except that we are in Christ, pleasing Him, opposition to Satan can achieve nothing good. In ourselves we achieve nothing, but in Christ we are more than conquerors. By faith we stand in Him, righteous before God, and likewise so in Him, we are strong against our enemies. In this light we can read and understand all the noble passages in the Old Testament--especially in the Psalms--where the glorious conflict of God in behalf of his people is spoken of. Fear or spiritless-ness or uncertainty weakens and cannot overcome. Faith in the living God is equal to everything. In Christ this truth is now still more real. God has come near. His power works in us who believe--it is really

THE TRIUMPHANT CHRISTIAN He who fights for us. Lord Jesus, who is the Prince of the army of the Lord, the Hero, the Victor, teach me to be strong in You, my stronghold, and in the power of Your might. Teach me to understand what the good fight of faith is. Teach me that the one thing I need is to always look to You, the supreme Guide of faith. And consequently, in me, too, let this be the victory that overcomes the world, namely, my faith. Amen. Save the Nations Ministries> REVIVAL Continued from Page 25 cerning sin, and concerning righteousness and concerning judgment" John 16:8 CONCLUSION Yes, we need a mighty revival. As I check out the old time revivals and go right back to the preaching of the Bible, I see a common denominator. The preaching of the righteous demands of a Holy God accompanied by mighty convictions of the Holy Spirit. This produces deep conversions and holy, power filled living. This, and ONLY this, impacts and changes the community with the Kingdom of God. Source: "totalchange.org">

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"Un-Limited" Edition By David Jeremiah How wide, long, deep, and high is God's love? Paul prayed that we would grasp the width and length and depth and height of the love of Christ (Ephesians 3:18). He likens the love of God to a cube, which the Bible treats as a form of perfection. It appears the same from every angle, with every side a perfect square. So it is with Paul's description of the love of Christ in (Ephesians 3). Christ's love is unlimited, the scars on His palms are unlimited prints, and the extent of His love is described in an unlimited edition, a cube-shaped wonder of endless proportions. The Width of Christ's Love How wide is Christ's love? Wide enough to include all. He said, "I love you this much!" and He stretched out His arms and died. Perhaps the position of His arms,

nailed fast to the cross, was preordained to show us the open-armed width of His love-broad enough to encompass all of humanity, wide enough to include you and me. In her autobiography, Over Mountain or Plain or Sea, missionary Trula Cronk wrote of her sadness upon realizing how few people in India think of God as One who could love them. She recalled a little girl who visited her house one evening and stayed just a little too long. Darkness fell, and she was afraid to walk home. Trula explained that she should not be afraid, saying, "Dolan, God loves you and He will take care of you as you walk to your house." The little girl replied very solemnly, "No, memsahib, God does not love little girls." Trula was never able to forget that simple statement, and it made her want to tell all little girls everywhere that God does indeed love them.1 The first verse many of us memorized was (John 3:16)-"For God so loved the world." The first song we learned was "Jesus Loves Me."

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the highest star, and reaches to the lowest hell." That leads to . . . The Height of Christ's Love How high is Christ's love? High enough to carry us to heaven and into the endless day of the New Jerusalem. High enough to seat us in the heavenly places with Christ Jesus. His love reaches as high as He himself is, enthroned "high and lifted up." "Not until you can measure the measureless heights to which it lifts you," wrote Pierson, "exalting you side by side with Jesus Christ and making you a partaker of the Divine nature and the Divine glory; not until you can understand those heights can you understand the height of the love of God."2 No wonder Paul prayed that his readers would grasp the unlimited, cube-like nature of God's love and know the love of Christ which passes knowledge, that we may be filled with all the fullness of God-an unlimited edition of love, stretching endlessly in all directions for you and me. This article was excerpted from Turning Points, Dr. David Jeremiah’s devotional magazine. Call Turning Point at 1-800-9471993 for your copy of Turning Points. >

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The Confrontation of the Cross By David Wilkerson. Let me show you what I mean by the confrontation of the cross. Consider a man who is fed up with his sinful habit yet he continually falls deeper into its clutches. He has promised himself a hundred times he will never do it again - and, for a while, he submerges the temptation and enjoys a measure of freedom. But later it comes back with greater force. This man has covered up his sin, lied about it, cheated because of it - and it has brought him great sorrow. He no longer enjoys it, but he can't quit. He just keeps going back. The man knows he will have to stand at the judgment seat one day and he goes through life fearing exposure and scandal. His sin has drained him, shackled him, deceived him. It has brought him down to a weariness in which he can hardly exist - he's at the end of his rope. In this sad, weary, worn-out state, the Holy Spirit brings the man this

word: "There is a way out for you. There is a place of victory, peace, joy, newness of life. Accept Christ's call to run to Him and find rest. Go to the cross of Jesus Christ." Beloved, when you kneel at the cross, you will not hear an easy, soft word, at least not at first. Even though the cross is the only door to life, you are going to hear about death - death to every sin. At the cross, you face the crisis of your life and that is what is missing in so many churches. The preaching of the cross brings about a crisis of sin, of self-will. It will speak to you with loving, but firm, words about the consequences of continuing in your sin: "Deny yourself. Embrace the death of the cross. Follow Me!" "And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me" (Lk 9:23). © 2019 World Challenge, Inc a registered trademark of David Wilkerson.· https://www.worldchallenge.org>

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LEADER Continued from Page 5 place to live when we get done changing jobs. Remember, she thinks in the immediate. Brothers all these things damage the spirit of our marriages, continually. They destroy the oneness of spirit; they hinder the flow of love and respect in husband and wife, don't they? They do. Constantly! And the more of these insensitive areas we have in our lives the more it hinders and makes trouble and oh, brothers if we could just become students of our wives and how they feel and what they think and how we are hurting them so many different ways, if we can just become students of our wives, it would save so many hours of counseling. You see, that's the way it is so many times. We just keep doing it and doing it and doing it and then finally, our wives say I’ve had enough. I just can't go on. Then we call in the counselor. Let's be counselors, not the one's that calls in the counselors. One last tip of advice, and oh by the way, I know this took 4 parts, but wives are complicated, hello? Don't make comparisons with other women. "Did you see Ellen? Why she looked so nice after she had

her baby." Oh, no, no, no. "How come you can't be like...?”Did you ever consider the way that... does it?" Don't do it brothers, please don’t do it! If you do it, put it away. Put it far away from you. What that says to your wife is, "My husband is not satisfied with me. He's not pleased with me. And he's looking at other women instead of me." And it's like a knife in her heart, in her tender heart, in her emotional heart." And then just turn it a few times while it's in there, you know. Because I tell you what happens a lot of times when a man tries to do that, he'll bring something up to his wife, pointing at another woman, and then he gets a reaction, because she's wounded by what he says, and then rather than realizing, "I offended my wife" instead, he tries to drive the point home a little more, and the wedge just gets deeper and deeper to divide the spirit of your marriage. Don't compare your wife with others and especially other women. Be a "one-woman man", brothers. That will build such a trust in your wife. It will make her glow with joy. Trust me, I know. Hallelujah! Save the Nations Ministries> We want to hear your testimonies. Write to us at changingtimes@ bellsouth.net

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KEEPING COUNT Continued from Page 9 But sometime during the operation, the doctor inflated the balloon apparatus too quickly, too early. Her damaged heart began to fail irreparably. She sank into a coma and died three hours later. Margaret’s father was inconsolable. His wife of forty-two years—a marriage he had treasured with an intense love and loyalty greater than most—had been taken from him in a matter of moments. For no good reason. By a surgeon’s goof-up. The days that followed were almost too painful for Margaret to bear. Her kind, gentle father was becoming a cyclone of anger, grief, despair . . . revenge! Unrelenting in his rage, tormented by his broken heart, he declared himself on a mission to “bring down that hospital!” Demanding a meeting with the hospital administration and the doctors responsible for his wife’s care, he vowed to tell them to their face that he was suing them all for everything they had . . . and living to see them suffer. As the hospital staff and physicians anxiously awaited the arrival of Margaret’s dad for the confrontation, they trembled at the thought of what they expected to hear. How does someone in their shoes handle

a situation like this? You don’t . . . when God does. On his way to the meeting, Margaret’s dad began to realize that if he ever wanted to be free from this dungeon of anger and bitterness in which he was finding himself, he would have to do what God had done for him. He would have to forgive. To the amazement of everyone in the room, as he walked through the door that day, he walked directly over to the man whose misjudgment had ended his dear one’s life, extended his hand to him, and said, “The only way I’m going to be able to live with any peace the remainder of my life is to forgive you.” The doctor began to weep. For what seemed like forever, he couldn’t even let go of the hand of the man who had relinquished his right to retaliate. Two people walked out of that conference room as free men that day—but none more free than the one who offered the release, the one who did the forgiving. © Revive Our Hearts. Used with permission. Excerpted from Choosing Forgiveness: Your Journey to Freedom by Nancy Leigh DeMoss. Available at www.Store.ReviveOurHearts.com www.ReviveOurHearts.com Info@ReviveOurHearts.com>

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SINNERS Continued from Page 27 heart; here is employment for You. O loose and knock off my fetters, and bring my soul out of prison. O here is a naked sinner for You to cover, a wounded soul for You to cure, a lost sheep for You to seek and save; and was not this Your errand? You came to seek and save that which was lost. And will You not find a lost sinner that desires to seek you through your grace? Plead His commission under the broad seal of heaven; for, "Him has God the Father sealed." And plead the value of His blood, and merit of His righteousness: and upon that ground whereby all grace is purchased: plead for faith and grace to receive Jesus Christ the Lord. Thus I have laid before you some directions, in order to the receiving of Christ. O cry for grace to follow them, and put them in practice, so you may indeed close the bargain with Him. O shall all these directions be lost, and Christ is still slighted and rejected! O friends, you cannot please God better, than by coming to Christ and embracing the offer of Him; and you cannot please the devil better than by refus-

ing the offer of Christ; and putting Him off with delays, till you perish in your unbelief. And now, after all that has been said, what are you resolved upon? Will you receive Christ or not? Our glorious Lord and Master has sent us to pose you man, woman, and demand whether you will receive Him or not? Oh what answer shall we return with? Must we go and say, that this entire people, upon no terms, will receive Him; none of them are for precious Christ? Oh! God forbid! Shall He not see the travail of His soul, who travailed through all the armies of God's wrath for you, and gave His soul an offering for your sin? Oh give your soul to Him, saying, Lord, in spite of the devil and of unbelief, through grace, I will open my heart and arms to receive Christ! The Lord Himself helps you to receive Him, and walk in Him. www.puritansermons.com>

MARRIAGE Continued from Page 16 Intimacy requires acceptance. Critical and negative speech communicates loud and clear that you have not accepted your spouse. And that stifles intimacy. But positive speech breeds trust. And people who trust each other know they have a place of emotional safety. Praise has potent power. It will transform your marriage. The Shulamite woman said of her lover, "His mouth is most sweet...". Solomon's words are sweetness personified. Learn to make your speech positive and not negative, and your communication will begin to flow. Passionate Words Solomon and the Shulamite woman don't hold back. Some of their words will probably make you blush! It may come as a surprise to many Bible readers, but passionate speech is exactly what God intended for husbands and wives. Read Solomon 2:8-14.

But once He has made His decision, who can change His mind? Whatever He wants to do, He does. – Job 23:13

Words of love may flow out of feeling, but not always. Most of the time, feeling flows from words. Now, if you don't believe that, don't deny it until you try it. Your words will sustain your marriage. Your words will repair hurt feelings. Your words will grow love. If you speak to your spouse with plentiful, personal, positive, and passionate words, your marriage will be what God intended — a loving duet, rather than a lonely solo. Truly, you will make beautiful music together. © 2019 Love Worth Finding >Ministries, P.O. Box 38300, Memphis, TN 38183, www.lwf.org >

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La Bella Vita Dr. Randall Juleff grew up in the Great Lakes state of Michigan. After graduating Magna Cum Laude from Oakland University and subsequently attending medical school in Detroit, he went on to further his training in vascular surgery in Cincinnati, Ohio. Ultimately his journey of medical education would lead him to New Orleans, where he completed training in cardiac surgery at Tulane University (a medical college that can trace its history back to 1834). Over fifteen years of practice, Dr. Juleff became a leader in open heart surgery and vascular treatments before developing an interest in venous insufficiency. Venous insufficiency is a condition of the veins where the venous wall and/or valves in the leg are not functioning properly, making it difficult for the blood to return to the heart. Chronic venous insufficiency is serious, as the the blood begins to “pool” in the legs and may cause a critical state known as stasis. Since opening his practice in Louisiana, Dr. Juleff and his team have expanded La Bella Vita Laser and Vein Center to the neighboring cities of Covington and Metairie.

walk around and it is extremely One of the main fields of concentradisruptive.” tion for the clinic is diagnosing and treating community members who 5. Skin discoloration. “You are (sometimes unknowingly) sufmight see folks with legs that fering from venous insufficiency. are a little swollen and with a “When most people think of vein brown discoloration of the disease they think of varicose or lower leg. Most people think spider veins. Which is, you know, this is from diabetes or too an easy, visible condition that almost much sun, but more often it’s anyone can identify,” explains Dr. from venous insufficiency. This Juleff. “However, there are many can lead ultimately to a breakother issues with veins that can indidown of the skin and ulcers. cate that a person may have serious 6. Sores and ulcers. “The majoriproblems, but they didn’t connect it ty of people suffering from because they didn’t have visible sores or ulcers on their legs that varicose or spider veins.” are slow to heal are suffering a Dr. Juleff describes the six priproblem with vein function.” mary symptoms of venous insuffiIn the old days, people worried ciency (with or without visible varabout the conditions of their veins icose veins showing) below: used to engage in a practice called 1. Pain and achiness of the legs. “vein stripping”. In the vein stripping procedure, the patient would 2. Heaviness and fatigue. have to be admitted to a hospital 3. Swelling. and go under anesthesia. That prac4. Muscle cramping. “Like a tice has now been replaced by a “charley’s horse”... the elderly number of alternative procedures, especially often have terrible all of which are offered at Veins problems with muscle cramp- Clinics of Hawai’i. “Everything ing at night and interrupting that we do to correct vein problems their sleep. Because of the mus- these days is all done in the office cle spasms, they have to get up - no hospital required. It’s all very

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