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Make It So Report MAGAZINE

On The Cover Divine Leaderz of Eternal Joy

EDITOR Allen Green

CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Donald E. Graham, Jr. Mary Daniels Irene Council Carl C. Gable III, MD Simone Malone Lenora Young Phil Hughes Christine Tunstall Monica F. Hudson Carmen Maria Incorminias

D.L.E.J. (Divine Leaderz of Eternal Joy) is a youth gospel singing group that was founded in 2011, ages range from 14 to 19. Each member coming from different musical backgrounds, but coming together through their experiences and realizing that God called them as young leaders to proclaim His Word through song. The music performed by DLEJ is a compilation given

Outside and Inside Cover Design by A. Green

to them by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. www.makeitsomanagement.com

For booking information please contact Tiffany or Brenda at (609) 310-1291 or Divine.Leaderz@gmail.com. Manna Enterprises Event Planning Limited Only By Your Imagination Christian G. Schley, Marketing & Promotions Director Tamika Jackson, Projects & Operations Director (856) 418-0329 -0329


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Chris’s Corner Writer:: Christine Tunstall Writer Christmas-Then; Christmas-Now; Different Celebration – Same God!! Growing up in the 60s offered a tremendous learning experience for youngsters. It has been said, and I certainly agree, that the 60s and 70s were the years that parents were truly allowed to parent their children. Children learned valuable lifelong lessons and traditions that formulated who we are today. Then, Christmas was a holiday where families primarily gathered to share a meal (much like Thanksgiving). Presents were not the main attraction of the day. Youngsters were able to see cousins and other family members who they ordinarily would not get to see. Back at our individual homes, where decorations were all around, little girls were so grateful for a new pair of slippers and a fresh piece of fruit, while the boys were quite satisfied with a set of marbles that would occupy their time for days on end. I am not sure if we children fully understood the financial struggle many of our families were living through. I don’t recall being poor. I do remember not having all of the things I saw in stores or in magazines. But, not having those things did not make me (us) feel deprived. I felt loved. I felt like everything I had was everything I needed. I don’t believe when I was a young child in the 60s that I could scripturally relate my secure feeling to a given scripture. I know I listened to momma repeatedly tell us, as it says in Philippians 4:19 “And my God shall fulfill every need of yours according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus”. I would love to say that as a young child of nine, in the late 1960s that I was so in tune to the Word of God that I could relate my secure feeling to His Word. It was Christmas time, I was a child but I didn’t feel like I was missing anything. I truly felt loved and secure and really safe. I attributed that to my mommy (the late Beulah Mae Leary Jackson). Christmas time in the 60s and 70s, I remember the huge preparation for the Christmas play at Church. We practiced our lines and were excited to show our entire family how much we loved singing about Christ especially at Christmas time. After the children would perform, the adults would sing songs like “Oh Holy Night”, “Silent Night”, “Ave Maria”, “Hark the Herald Angels Sing”, “Joy To The World”, “Oh Come All Ye Faithful” and “The First Noel” just to name a few. At Christmas back then, for many years we made our gifts for one another. In school, you could spend as much time as you needed putting together the prettiest card for family members letting them know just how much you loved them. The sight on Christmas day of mommy (grandmom, aunts, loved ones) reading your words in your handwriting still brings tears to my eyes. It may be one of the reasons I am still so sentimental about hand written notes. Yes, in 2011, I still pen my own notes because Hallmark (and Maya Angelou) just can’t say it like I want to say it. At Christmas then, back from church, at home, I loved smelling the aromas of good food and listening to the laughter of family. There would be an endless supply of Aretha Franklin singing “Mary Don’t You Weep, Martha Don’t you Moan” in the background and how I wished the day would never end. Pressing forward to Christmas now – wow!! What a difference a few years makes. Christmas is definitely more of a commercial holiday. No longer can you merely wish someone a Merry Christmas. You 1


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could offend. It is politically correct to say Happy Holidays. Instead of writing Merry Christmas, it is more popular to write Merry Xmas. The Christmas play at church has more adults than children. Parents spend more on gifts and gadgets for their children than they give to God for the entire year. Imagine how this must make God feel. After all, we know Psalm 24:1 “The earth is the LORD's and the fullness thereof, the world and those who dwell therein”, yet we short change God. All we have already belongs to God yet we short change Him and rationalize about how we can’t afford to do more in church (financially). Surprisingly to me, with Christmas Day falling on Sunday in 2011, the churches should be filled to the brim. However, I believe there will be so few people in church and definitely the few who will attend will not bring their children and will perform the time test (watching the clocks to see how long the service is because after all, they need to get home to watch loved ones open gifts that destroyed any semblance of a budget. However, for that one commercialized holiday – Christmas - the sacrifice was made!! If only we sacrificed for our Lord. What a Christmas it surely would be. Now, in so many households, church is an option, even an afterthought, on most Sundays. Now, imagine if a holiday falls on Sunday, church won’t even be a consideration. Many of the children today can sing and dance to the latest hip hop songs, spending hours upon hours watching MTV and YouTube to learn the new gyrations for their bodies. However, dance ministries in so many churches are absent of the youth. Dancing and singing to the Glory of God is not the number one priority in many households. Psalm 149:3 says “Let them praise His name in the dance: let them sing praises unto Him with the timbrel and harp”, yet the Pastor has to practically beg from the Pulpit for members to join the dance ministry or join the choirs. Today, it is more fashionable to attend a drive-through church. Quick and fast - not slowly roasted to soothe your soul. I love the fact that through it all God has never changed. God is the same God now that He was when I was a young child in the 60s and an impressionable teenager in the 70s. God continues to love us even when we don’t make Him a priority in our lives. What kind of Christmas will your household have? Will you spend this year, since Christmas does fall on Sunday, serving and worshipping God in the holiness of His presence? Will you allow your children and loved ones to miss the opportunity to be in the house of the Lord one more time? Will you set the example and make certain everyone in your household is up and ready to spend a little time with Jesus so that you can tell Him all about your troubles (and triumphs)? God loves us the same today as He did yesterday and He is waiting for us to remember that everything we are, everything we have, are all because He is such a good and awesome God. As you celebrate this Christmas season, remember that Jesus truly is the reason for the season. Set a tradition of spending more time with God in your study, devotion and worship than you spend texting, shopping, sitting at the hair salon, beauty salon and barber shop. Make Christmas 2011 the Christmas that Jesus could surprise you at your door and you would be prepared to entertain the King of Kings, the Lord of Lords!! Be Blessed and Merry Christmas.

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Writer: Irene Council aka Sincere Vessel the Comedienne Romans 12:16 (NIV) - Live In harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited. Wow, I can't believe that the year is almost over. It's now Thanksgiving, that time of year when families get together and feast over delicious turkeys with all the trimmings. But we must think about those who don't have families or homes to celebrate this time of the year. I can remember going to our local soup kitchen and feeding, not only the homeless, but those who did not have family to celebrate with. These people just wanted to be with others enjoying the holidays. Last year, God assigned me to Love Park on Christmas to give gifts and feed the homeless. I had never done this type of outreach on my own, but was blessed with a great team of people to complete the task...it was so fulfilling. I was spending Christmas alone and needed their presence as much as the needed mine. So if you can be a blessing to someone who is alone, offer them to join your family or take a plate to someone homeless. Find someone to bless this year...Happy Thanksgiving! Sincerely Yours Sincere Vessel, The Comedienne

A Rejection is a Delay, Not an End - Darren Poke Submitted by Mary Daniels George Weiss is an inventor. He’s also 84 years old. Over the past 50 years, he’s come up with many new ideas. He would develop a new idea in his basement in Brooklyn, New York, and then pitch it to investors. Only to be rejected. Undaunted, he would it all again. Only to be rejected. He had 80 inventions rejected by investors, until at the age of 84, he developed a new word game called “Dabble” that was picked up by a small company appropriately named, Ideas Never Implemented. Dabble is now sold in over 50 stores across the USA and recently won the 2011 Game of the Year Award from Creative Child Magazine. Imagine if he had given up after the first rejection? Or the second or the 50th? A rejection doesn’t mean give up, it means not yet. It means, keep working, keep dreaming, stick with it. It means that you’re one step closer to achieving your goal. I love the advice that George Weiss gives to others, “Work on something that’s meaningful to you. If you do that, you’re more likely to find success.” What is it that you’re working on at the moment? Have you ever given up on a dream or aspiration due to rejection? Do you need to pick it up again? How do you keep persisting in the face of rejection?

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The Feel good flavor Writer: Simone Malone Christmas is here again and all around the world it’s celebrated. We all can observe there seems to be much violence in our world today that comes from intolerance, from people who are unable or unwilling to seek compromise with God. I feel this reaction is the result of the inability to feel compassion and empathy for others especially in this season. Although most of us have little control over this arena in world events, we can influence the compassion experienced and communicated in our day-to-day life. It takes a lot of strength to be compassionate, especially when you are up against harshness, cruelty, anger and fear. Some mistake the act of being compassionate as a sign of weakness. Others may feel that compassion means giving up everything for someone else, or simply helping people out in times of need such as a natural disaster. While giving to others and extending a helping hand in dire situations are indeed examples of being compassionate, there are other ways. Acting with compassion can also mean being patient and responding in a nonaggressive way, even when you are being provoked. For example, has someone ever struck out at you for no apparent reason, leaving you hurt, angry and confused by such behavior? Most likely, your initial reaction was to strike back, but if you were able to distance yourself from the experience and not take it personally, you may have had a different reaction. What if the difficult behavior you experienced actually had nothing to do with you? You may just have happened to cross paths with someone who was in a bad mood for reasons unknown to you. Taking such mitigating factors into consideration could make all the difference in the quality of your communication. This type of communication is called nonviolent communication, and it's about emphasizing compassion rather than negative feelings such as fear, guilt, shame, blame, coercion, threat, or justification for punishment. When we focus on clarifying what we observe, feel, need, and want, rather than on diagnosing and judging, we can discover our own compassion. We end up practicing a kind of deep listening to ourselves as well as others. If we are able to look at other people and ourselves with this wider heart, we can begin to change the quality of our communications. This action will affect others as well as ourselves in a positive way. It’s no easy task, but perhaps it can give you some perspective and hope for dealing with the anger and aggression in a world that feels out of control. Once we find peace within ourselves, we will find it around us. Until the next time, remember to taste the flavor of God’s goodness in your life.

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“Grateful for the Gift” Writer: Minister Donald E. Graham, Jr As we close out 2011 we also prepare for the celebration of Christmas. It is a time set aside to recognize the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. It is also a time that we recognize that the most important reason to be thankful is that God has given us the greatest gift imaginable. In Jesus, our lives have hope and meaning. Without Him as the focus, Christmas would be nothing more than a commercialized, consumerdriven marketing campaign fueled by greed, entitlement and vanity. This does not represent who Jesus was. He didn’t gripe about the gifts he didn't have, instead He simply used what He had for God's glory. He didn't have much in the way of silver and gold, but what He did have, He gave: such as healing, cleansing, freedom, forgiveness, compassion and love. He gave himself in life as well as in death. He was a living sacrifice, not just a martyr who died for a good cause. He continues to live as our high priest, giving us access to the Father, giving us assurance that God loves us, while giving us hope in his imminent return. What a great cause for celebration, as we realize that God did not leave us in our sins or punish us according to our transgressions. Instead of giving us what we deserved (death), He gave us what we needed (life) through Jesus Christ, his Son. For the bible declares that: “The wages of sin is death but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” (Romans 6:23) How should we respond to such a gift? We should do so with grateful hearts, full of love and generosity. I believe that one of the most profound ways in which we can truly be a blessing to God is through serving others. He told us that, "Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me" (Matthew 25:40) When we look at the early apostles, we see that they were so thankful for the small amount they had, that they were willing to share it with their potential enemies. This was not a shrewd political maneuver, but rather, it was an honest expression of being thankful for what God had given. So as we take the next few days finalizing our travel plans, preparing our homes to entertain family and friends, purchasing the gifts that will be exchanged, and the food that will be prepared, will we also set aside time to prepare our gifts unto the Lord? As we exchange gifts on Christmas day will we consider the exchange that took place at Calvary which caused Christ to be clothed in our sins while we put on His garments of righteousness? As we break bread and take drink will we do so in remembrance of Him and the awesome sacrifice that was made on our behalf? While we share with friends and family the good news regarding a new job, personal achievements, our kids, school, our favorite sports team or the latest scandal in the media, will we also take the time to share the “good news” of the gospel and the testimony of our faith? As Christmas Day approaches, I pray that we all would ponder and consider the many wonderful blessings we enjoy. Before we open our gifts, or begin watching a parade or football game, I pray that we would be intentional about taking time to truly thank God, not only for our life, health and strength - but for giving us the greatest gift of all, His son Jesus Christ…the gift that keeps on giving!

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Pastor Young’s Corner Writer: Pastor Lenora G. Young Give unto the LORD, O ye mighty, give unto the LORD glory and strength. Give unto the LORD the glory due unto his name; worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness. Psalms 33:1 -4 Rejoice in the LORD, O ye righteous: for praise is comely for the upright. Definition: Praise: Admire – commend – extol in words or in song – honor – to magnify or glorify. This is a psalm of praise; it is probable that David was the penman of it, but we are not told so, because God would have us look above the penmen of sacred writ, to that blessed Spirit that moved and guided them. The psalmist, in this psalm, - I. Calls upon the righteous to praise God. II. Furnishes us with matter for praise. We must praise God, for his justice, goodness, and truth, appearing in his word, and in all his works – For his power appearing in the work of creation. Psalms 107:8 “Oh that men would praise the LORD for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men!” We must praise him for the sovereignty of his providence in the government of the world – for the peculiar favor which he bears to his own chosen people, which encourages them to trust in him. We need not be at a loss for proper thoughts in singing this psalm, which so naturally expresses the pious affections of a devout soul towards God. Praise is a part of our being. It’s a part of our identity – a part of our everyday living. Four things the psalmist expresses in these verses: Holy joy is the heart and soul of praise and that is here pressed upon all good people. Rejoice in the Lord, you righteous; Thankful praise is the breath and language of holy joy; and that also is here required of us. Praise the Lord; speak well of him, and give him the glory due to his name, this is required of you. To “Give God What Is Due Him.” "Sing unto him a new song, the very best you have – singing a song within your spirit and having a new song on your lips – a song that will move the affections of the inner man, a new song for new mercies and upon every new occasion, for those compassions which are new every morning. Music was then used, by the appointment of David, songs, that they might be sung more effectively, Sing unto him with the psaltery. In the middle ages – stringed instrument with a shallow sound box, was plucked with the fingers or a Plectrum. (A pick) There was one stipulation – there was one rule that had to be followed – a good rule - Do it skilfully, and with a loud noise; let it have the best both of head and heart; let it be done intelligently and with a clear head, affectionately and with a warm heart. A good reason for this duty: For praise is comely for the upright. It is well pleasing to God (the garments of praise add much to the comeliness which God puts upon his people) and it is an excellent ornament to our profession. God has promised to “give unto us beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified.” It becomes the upright, whom God has put so much honor upon, to give honor to him. The upright praise God in a comely manner, for they praise him with their hearts, that is praising him with their glory; whereas the praises of hypocrites are awkward and uncomely, like a parable in the mouth of fools, Prov. 26:7 (b) Praise is comely – it is pleasing to God to give him praise. It is a good thing to give God honor and glory. It is comely (pleasing) to make a fuss over the goodness of the Lord. It’s comely to become radical in the praises of God. “Giving God What Is Due Him” 9


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Christian Funny Lady Darlene Sistrunk Darlene has a sharp ear for the humor in everyday life. In a way, she belongs to the school of funny as a way of being serious. Primarily exercising her literary muscles as a comedienne who always writes her own sketches, Darlene rediscovered her passion for writing poetry and short stories when her oldest son was murdered in 2009. Before she realized what was happening, there were 20+ poems in her journal. The writing has proven cathartic and has spurred Darlene on to advocacy, education and more writing. Her days are spent in the corporate world as a Strategies Analysts for a major student lending corporation and the rest of her time is spent with family, friends and working with those who’ve lost loved ones to homicide. Darlene has been published in The Germantown Courier, Vista Christian Newsletter and with her own freshman publication in 2011, Finding My Marbles.

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A Healthy Body Is A Healthy Mind Is A Healthy Spirit V Writer: Phill Hughes

Glad Tidings and Joy because Jesus is the reason for the season. Let us deck the halls with boughs of holly and fa-la-la-la-la until the New Year. Christmastime is my favorite holiday. Not only because The Savior was born, but because it’s a time when family and friends make the extra effort to come together and fellowship with one another. And when family and friends come together, there is the one thing that’s done more than any other time of the year. They “eat, drink and be merry”. They enjoy the delectable baked holiday cookies, pies and cakes, they partake of the warm spiced ales, eggnogs and wines and they feast at the harvest table. If you or guests in your home are living with; hypertension, high cholesterol or diabetes, or if you are working on maintaining a healthy diet, there are seven things you want to be extra mindful of in deciding what to eat or what to serve this holiday season and in the future. 1. Alcohol – Enjoy libations to toast the season, however, remember that alcohol can increase blood pressure. 2. Salt – Replace regular salt with an ocean or sea salt. Salad dressings are loaded with sodium and sodium is an agitator for hypertension. Frequent consumption of processed meats especially bacon and hotdogs can be linked to the risk of diabetes. 3. Fats – Saturated fats can do a lot of damage to your heart and blood vessels. It is best if you avoid butter, margarine, gravy, fried foods, nuts, chips, cream cheese, cheddar cheese and American cheese. These saturated fats are major factors leading to high blood pressure, which is known as the silent killer. In the U.S. alone, there have been over 7.1million deaths caused by the “Silent Killer”. 4. Caffeine – By reducing your intake of caffeinated coffees, teas and soft drinks, you can help keep hypertension under control. 5. Extra Calories & Sugar – The sweets we love are loaded with extra calories, which lead to weight gain. Being overweight and obese are major risk factors associated with hypertension, heart disease and diabetes. 6. Cholesterol - Some of the foods containing the highest amounts of cholesterol are; organ meats, eggs and dairy products. Beef kidneys and liver contain the highest amounts of cholesterol. I’ll pass on the pate’. Think whole grain. During my research, I ran across this quote, “the better the foods taste, the higher the chance that they’re high cholesterol foods”. In many cases, this quote is a sad but true fact. 7. Vegetables – Have a variety of vegetables. Different colors, different kinds, all kinds. You can never have enough vegetables. Asparagus, kale, corn, sweet potatoes, eggplant, cauliflower, spinach, red peppers, carrots, celery, onions, and more.

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(A HEALTHY BODY IS A HEALTHY MIND IS A HEALTHY SPIRIT V cont’d) This is the time of year when everyone is considering resolutions for the New Year. Won’t you resolve to choose a healthy diet and exercise regimen for 2012? Resolve to welcome a healthy tomorrow. Resolve to reduce your cholesterol level. Resolve to get your diabetes under control. Resolve to manage your blood pressure. Resolve to lose that extra weight that causes back and knee pains. Resolve to put down the sugary soft drink and pick up water. Resolve to visit your physician at least two times a year; January and July. Commit to getting healthy and to work toward eliminating the medications that have been prescribed. When your doctor wants to prescribe a medication, resolve to ask, “what do I have to do to avoid taking that medication” and do it. Resolve, resolve, resolve. If you’d like to comment or share an experience, please feel free to email me at Phillville1@aol.com. In closing, “Joy to the world, the Lord has come. Let every heart, prepare Him room”.

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Hudson Publishers is announcing the publication of the author Monica F. Hudson's third book, Over There: Raindrops of Reflection to be published in April 2012. This book is part of the Sleeper Awake Series! We invite you to follow her on this exciting journey. You can visit us at www.2cdivineasnswers.com.

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One of Philadelphia’s Undiscovered Talent Pianist/Vocalist – Dena Underwood Dena Underwood is a pianist and vocalist from Philadelphia. Hailing from a family of gifted singers and musicians, Dena’s passion for music began at an early age. Since graduating from the Philadelphia High School for the Creative and Performing Arts, and studying Jazz Voice Performance at Temple University, Dena has performed at a number of venues, including the Academy of Music in Philadelphia, World Café Live, Plays and Players Theatre, the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, and New York City’s Lincoln Center. Dena also performed as a feature artist at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia, along with her group, the Dena Underwood Trio. Dena performs regularly with the Trio, as well as with her family, The Underwoods in and around the Philadelphia area. She currently plays weekly at Tavern on Camac and Primo Bacio.

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December 2011 Make It So Report New Musical Artist Profile Divine Leaderz of Eternal Joy – DLEJ

Top from left to right Dulicea Spooner (vocalist), Sedrick Daniels (vocalist), Elijah Johnson (Group Leader/vocalist), Lawrence Hutton (vocalist, keyboard) Jasmine Livingston (vocalist), Bottom row left to right Lamar Grooms (vocalist), Antoinette Livingston (voc (vocalist), Jerel Livingston, Jr. (drummer)

Train up a child in the way he should go; so that when he is old he will not depart from it. Proverbs 22:6 May 2011, DLEJ (Divine Leaderz of Eternal Joy) was birthed! Ministering through song and sharing the same passion for serving God; this group of young people connected together through a love of ministry and song. They did not want to be a “typical” gospel group, but a group of young people on fire for Christ; reaching out and ministering to other youth worldwide sharing their testimony and God’s word through songs of worship. Each member being called in his or her own way came to the group sharing their gifts and calling to ministry. With a Spirit of Leadership, through God utilizing them; they could minister to the youth of today leading them back into the household of faith! Reminded of Isaiah 11:6 that says that a child shall lead them; the mission of the Divine Leaderz. As they sat around the home of Elijah Johnson, the group’s leader, they began to ponder and pray on a group name. They wanted a name that would identify them, who they are and what they are about. What better than their actual names. Taking the first initial of the original member’s names, DLEJ was written. D for Dulicea Spooner, soprano vocalist, L Lawrence Hutton keyboardist and vocalist and 16


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Lamar Grooms vocalist, E Elijah Johnson vocalist and group leader then J Jasmine Livingston vocalist and Jerel Livingston drummer. Shortly after, impacted by what the members of DLEJ stood for and sang about; two other young people became a part of the group, Sedrick Daniel vocalist and Antwoinette Livingston vocalist. One of the unique things about the group is the diversity within them all. Ages ranging from 14 through 19, all with different singing, spiritual and life learning experiences; DLEJ was presented to Burlington County, New Jersey. Through their journey and travel and sharing the gospel and words of encouragement through song, God has opened many doors for the group. They lifted their voices in song during the 2011 Youth Conference sponsored by Elijah Johnson where a three night service took place. Different preacher’s came in to speak the gospel as DLEJ would set the atmosphere in Praise and Worship. During this very conference, God took the group to another level. Soon after collaborating with Christian G. Schley of Manna Enterprises in August many opportunities was presented to the group that we are truly grateful for. D Dulicea Spooner was born and raised in Albany, NY. She was a member of Mount Zion Baptist Church where she sang in the church choir. In 2007 she relocated to New Jersey. Staying with her passion she was a member of the Heritage Players Program of Willingboro, NJ. Maturing in life, as her family found their way; she attended Rancocas Valley Regional High School of Mount Holly singing with the school’s women chorus. No matter the circumstance, Dulicea never gave up on singing and God used her accordingly everywhere she went. With a plan for her life and her families, God uprooted the Spooner’s moving them to Burlington. Attending and graduating from Burlington City High School, Dulicea met her bestie Elijah Johnson and was adopted into the forming of DLEJ. L Lawrence Hutton, son of Rev. Timothy and Dawn Hutton, Pastors of Second Baptist Church of Mount Holly, NJ; began his musical interest at a very young age. Playing the drums for his father’s church was just the beginning. Lawrence began taking piano lessons at the age of eight under the tutorage of the late Paul Colleti. Lawrence was one of his pride students. During elementary and middle school in the Edgewater Park School District; Lawrence was involved in both chorus and band. His passion for music and performance began to grow. In High School, Lawrence became involved in school plays and was in one of the leading roles in the Broadway play, “Annie.” With Church being an intricate part of Lawrence’s life, he began playing the piano for his church at the age of thirteen. Now, a known, established and experienced musician; Lawrence plays faithfully for Second Baptist Church of Mount Holly, Faith Deliverance Worship Center of Burlington and DLEJ. Lawrence has focused his God given talent and gifts to serve the Lord with a full commitment to ministry. He has dedicated his life and music to the worship of God. Lawrence has written and continues 17


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to compose sounds of worship to glorify the Lord. Many are called, but few are chosen. The youngest member of the group has such a profound calling for ministry on his life. Lamar accepted the Lord at the age of seven and has been serving since. Using the gifts that God has given him, Lamar Grooms has ministered to other youth as well as adults about the Lord and how they should get to know God for who He is and what He will do for them if they would just trust him, believe in him and accept him. Lamar is a freshman at Rancocas Valley Regional High School. Already working toward his possible future career, Lamar is a cadet of the Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC); exploring his interests in serving in the Coast Guard. Proving his worth and capabilities, Lamar has already become a Cadet Officer within the first marking period. Some of his accomplishments in this early time of his life are becoming a Junior Missionary for the church and a continuing delegate for the Lott Carey Convention held every year in August. He has also received various awards and medals from sports and clubs he participates in. E Elijah Johnson born to Elder Michael and Brenda Johnson of Burlington, NJ. Anointed in the womb, Elijah was raised in the church and accepted Christ as his personal savior at eight years of age. Humble in his ways and a heart for the people, he shares a true passion for ministering to God’s people through song and the preached Word of God. At a young age Elijah would preach to anyone and anything that would listen. His love for music started at a young age as well; singing in various choirs and worship and praise teams. Elijah has had the opportunity to sing back up for various local artists and groups. Elijah’s passion for ministry has grown over the years. Submitting to His will, God called Elijah to lead and be a part of the anointed group DLEJ. For the Bible scholars, Elijah was a known prophet and leader. Following in those steps, his lifeline scripture deriving from the book of poetry and praise, a musician’s handbook; is Psalms 46:1 God is our refuge and strength, an ever present help in trouble. J Jasmine Livingston has a sincere love for art, poetry and music since her early days of childhood. Her love of music and performing was enhanced when she joined Trinity Drill team of Pemberton, NJ, in elementary school. She further developed her musical and performing talents once she joined the Color Guard for Marching Band in middle and high school. During high school Jasmine also used her soulful voice for concert choir. This did not quench her thirst for music so with a pen to the paper, Jasmine began to write songs. She then later began to sing these songs in school performances and church. It was with DLEJ where Jasmine has brought her ministry of song to full exposure. She has also had the opportunity to sing back up and lead for various local artists and groups. Jasmine has advanced in her field of music, now studying vocal performance at Burlington County College.

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Jerel Livingston, Jr. a quiet person, but the drums speak for him. He truly lives by the statement; “One band, one sound.” Holding the drum line for Florence Township Marching Band since 2007; Jerel releases all of his energy into the beat of the drum. Pursuing to be a Recording Engineer (Producer) and owning his own studio, Jerel is currently studying entertainment at Burlington County Institute of Technologies (BCIT). Taking the necessary steps to be successful in this field, he is currently an intern at Rowan University Radio Station under the great teachings of Dr. Stanley El, “The American Dream” and Sharadorah Sisco of Living Your Purpose. Praise in his heart and a dance in his feet, Sedrick Daniels has always had a passion for music. Originally from Patterson, NJ, he began singing in the elementary school choir. Up to high school he sang with the chorus and the men’s choir in North Carolina. During his sophomore year, he auditioned for Vocal Ensemble which is known as the highest choir level. Relocating back to New Jersey, Sedrick joined the school choir and band for Burlington City. Since, he has allowed his love for music take him on other adventures. Performing in plays such as “The Little Shop of Horror” and “Guys and Dolls” Sedrick exercised his vocal gift. He is currently auditioning for the schools Jazz Choir and upcoming play. Sedrick loves to sing, act and praise the Lord. He expresses that since being with DLEJ he is in an amazing chapter of his life. She puts the Diva in the “D” for DLEJ. Antwoinette Livingston, vocalist; expresses her traits of a phenomenal young woman (Maya Angelou) in many ways. Her delicate voice, but powerful song touches the people’s hearts. Antwoinette was also a member of Florence Township Marching Band Color Guard since 2007. She is known for her glamour and style. Performing in the Hush Salon Fashion Show as a model in 2011; she continues to develop her interest in beauty perfection at BCIT studying Cosmetology. Antwoinette aspires to have her own full service salon. The proverb states, “It takes a village to raise a child.” As the parents to all of the members of DLEJ, we are very proud of each and every one of them as individuals and as a group. Each one brings finesse style and passion that makes them a group that stands out among other groups. Their love for God is portrayed in their songs which are mostly written by the members of the group. Their love for one another is displayed when they come together in prayer and worship. Their goal for their ministry is to show God’s people that it does not matter how old or young you are; but that you can be a leader if you put God first. A divine leader is the outcome of a divine follower. I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me. Philippians 4:13 Manna Enterprises Event Planning Limited Only By Your Imagination Christian G. Schley, Marketing & Promotions Director Tamika Jackson, Projects & Operations Director (856) 418-0329 19


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December 25th is the day most Christians have designated as the time to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. People who have studied the scriptures know December 25th is not an accurate day for the birth of our Lord. Furthermore, the bible never instructs believers to celebrate His birth. The celebration of Christ birth on December 25th is a man-made tradition intermixed with pagan festivities and symbols that has been ingrained into fabric of people’s mindsets for such a long time many people actually believe Christ was born on December 25th. Therefore, since the celebration of this day is a tradition that is here to stay why can’t we make the birth of Christ the main focus of the day? Stop mingling the celebration of his birth with Macy’s, Target, Wal-Mart, Santa Clause, Christmas trees, the ornaments, snowmen, the Holly plant, and strings of lights, mistletoe and all the other pagan traditions of the season. If you celebrate the birth of Christ on December 25th Please Make it all about Him!

The bible states that God created man from the clay of the earth. God molded us in His likeness and breathe life into us. He created each of us with a free will. With this free will we can do whatsoever we please be it right or wrong. However, God also placed laws into motion and when laws are broken there are consequences. God gave us the capacity to understand right and wrong but He does not force our will. God loves each of us and wants us to love Him back. Many times I hear people say in their prayers and songs they sing “Lord make me and mold me to do your will”. Well my friends, God has already made, molded and gave us a free will. It should be our desire to please our creator for the sole reason that He loves us and we love Him. God will not force us love Him. He is not a dictator or a tyrant. Why can’t we just do His will because we love Him and want to please Him? Within each of us there is a war being fought, the good versus the evil and majority of the time we relinquish our free will to the evil side without too much of a fight. Why is this? I never hear people telling satan to mold them and make them do his will? No! We just do the evil that we do. So, why is it so hard to reverse this mindset and do what is right and pleasing to God?

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Malignant Narcissism Submitted by Carmen Maria Incorminias

Narcissism is a natural human trait attributed to person’s ego and important for natural survival techniques; this type of narcissism is healthy and is not considered a personality disorder. Another type of narcissism which psychiatrists have labeled as dangerous and psychologically unhealthy is referred to as “Malignant Narcissism”. (In subsequent statements, the Malignant Narcissist will be referred to as the “MN”) Malignant Narcissism has been identified by psychiatrists as a perversion of “selflove”: the MN not only praises himself but demands that others praise him as well. If the MN’s victim fails to revere him, the victim may experience emotional, verbal, and/or physical abuse. The MN seeks all power and control and will try to attain these goals at all cost to his victims. The MN is disrespectful to authority and will challenge it and try to degrade and abase anyone who opposes him. At times, he will present himself as the victim and blame all of his problems on those he sees as his enemies. The MN possesses a latent paranoia which enhances his inferiority complex. Nevertheless, the MN strives to be projected as perfect, superior, larger-than-life, and a “god-head”. He does not care if others like him or not; he just wants to be admired and feared. The MN is also disdainful of others and is hyper-sensitive to criticism which addresses his behavior or character. Typically, the MN is mentally and emotionally cruel to others and is known to have a propensity towards violence; the violence can be physical, emotional, and/or verbal. The MN’s primary dilemma is that he is devoid of compassion towards others; he emphatically refuses to regard others’ feelings. The MN’s behavior demonstrates that he is pretentious and complicated; he feels that family, friends, jobs, houses, and other items of value are not good enough for him, and he attempts to attain the best. The MN is extremely cunning and incredibly controlling; he is infamous for his villainous ruminations. He is also noted for his negativity, pessimism, cynicism, and threatening perception of life. The MN snivels, bemoans, laments, complains, and mercilessly criticizes practically everyone who does not esteem, admire, or support him. He is shamelessly sarcastic to everyone all the while believing himself to be clever and jocular. The MN is not capable of identifying that he has a mental disorder; in his twisted and scrambled psyche, he blames the victim for his hardships and proclaims that the victim must change. The MN’s childish, mindless, and emotionally disturbed behavior demonstrates that he is devoid of any wise-mind consciousness. The MN’s behavior can only be hindered by his fear of retribution or fear of having his reputation destroyed. On the other hand, he will risk doing something violent, illegal, or immoral if he thinks he can get away with it. The majority of MNs don’t feel responsible for bad acts and have concluded that they are scapegoats of injustice, prejudice, or bigotry. 21


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The MN who is prone to violence is more often engrossed in issues of control; there is a strong need for him to control his surroundings and those around him. One of the MN’s weaknesses is that if he feels threatened, he will strike-out verbally or become physically abusive. He is also obsessed with vengeance; he may embrace a suffocating wrath conjured by unreasonable notions of rejection or persecution. Malignant Narcissists are progressive intimidators, progressive cheaters, gold-diggers, pedophiles, rapists, child molesters, and terrorists – just to list a few. MNs are all over the world. Statistics state that 3 out-of every 20 people you will meet in a life-time will be Malignant Narcissists. Seventy-five percent (75%) of MNs are male. You can find them in the clergy, medical profession, education, and in law enforcement. (References: Pamela Kulbarsh-RN-BSW has been a psychiatric nurse for over 25 years in San Diego, CA [Officer.com]). Twenty Traits of the Malignant Narcissist Pathological Liar: is skillfully deceptive and extremely controlling. Contract Breaker: agrees to anything then does the opposite. High Roller: successfully pushes and backstabs his way to the top. Sexual Narcissist: is often hypersexual to a fault. Blame-Gamer: never accepts responsibility – blames others. Violent MN: abuser, stalker, terrorist, etc. Manipulator: pits people against each other. Substance Abuser: alcohol, drugs, etc. Soul-Mate: cunning and knows who can be manipulated and who to avoid. Quiet MN: socially withdrawn. Sadist: the unmasked narcissist. Rager: goes ballistic for little or no reason. Brainwasher: charismatic and manipulative. Risk Taker: never learns from past mistakes; impulsive. Paranoid MN: suspicious of everything for no reason. Image Maker: will boast and flaunt all of his accomplishments; braggart. Emotional Vacuum: lack of empathy (the NM’s cruelest act). Saintly MN: professes high moral standards; judges other’s morals. Calling-Card MN: warns his victims; slips up and reveals himself. Penitent MN: admits fault and promises to change. (References: Twenty Traits of Malignant Narcissism – Trubble’s CatBox – Dr. Irene’s Verbal Abuse [Site] – drirene.com/catbox)

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Things I am Thankful For Written by: Carl C. Gable III, MD At the time of this writing, the Thanksgiving holiday is fast approaching. Though it is not the only time during the year that I pause and reflect on the things I am thankful for, it is certainly one of the days that my family and I pause to think about such things. If I were to list everything I am thankful for, it would truly be a very long list, but for the sake of brevity, I will list only a few. At the risk of sounding clichĂŠ, I am first of all thankful for life and good health. Many individuals loathe every birthday because it means they are an additional year older. Others refuse to share their age because they want others to think that they are younger than they really are. On the contrary, I am truly thankful for the 39 years that I have thus far been blessed to live and look forward to an additional 39 plus years should I be blessed enough to see them. I am thankful for wonderful people in my life. All of them have influenced my life in so many ways and have made me a better person than I would have otherwise been without them. I thank my wife for being patient with me, and for sharing her wisdom, compassion, and sense of humor with me and so many others. I thank my parents for teaching me discipline, respect for others, and for helping me gain the confidence to pursue my goals and dreams. I thank my siblings for their contributions to an enjoyable childhood and for the occasional phone calls and laughs we share today as we take trips down memory lane. I am thankful for my job and for the outstanding group of individuals with whom I have the privilege of working with during most days of the week. With their smiling faces and great attitudes-even on Monday mornings-each of them help make coming to work a pleasure. Despite the economic and other hardships currently facing it, I am thankful for this great country in which I live; a country wherein I am free to travel, worship, speak, write, and read whatever I please without the threat of imprisonment and/or death. Last, but not least, I am thankful for Jesus Christ and for the grace He gives me each and every day. It is my goal to follow His example in my dealings with others, in my thoughts, and in my deeds. I am thankful for His patience with me as I seek to do so. It is my hope that during this Thanksgiving and Christmas season, each of us will take the time to count our blessings and to truly be thankful for the people we can share them with.

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Glory to God in the highest… “Advent to Advent” Celebrate the Birthday of our King Wednesday December 21, 2011 - 7:00pm With

Mount Carmel Baptist Church 58th and Race Streets, Phila., PA 19139 Rev. Dr. Albert F. Campbell, Pastor

Light refreshments from 6;00 – 6:45pm The Church Choir Praise Dancers Church Chorus Mimes Male Chorus Church School Church Orchestra Jr. and Young Peoples’ Choir HandChime Choir Resident Childrens’ Choir IJM Dance Ministry Ministerial Staff The JAYPC Band

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In His Righteousness Writer: Monica Hudson

41:5-7(niv) Isaiah 41:5 This is what God the Lord says-he who created the heavens an stretched them out, who spread out the earth and all that comes out of it, who gave breath to its people, and life to those who walk on it; I, the Lord, have called you in righteousness; I will take hold of your hand. I will keep you and will make you to be a covenant for the people and a light for the Gentiles, to open eyes that are blind, to free captives from prison and to release from the dungeon those who sit in darkness Far beyond our own contemplating, the human wisdom weak and frail, we lead through the Word of his glorious demonstration to rescue man from this world, united with the Savior, his Redeemer. Let your eyes see that before time became time, God’s compassion and eagerness to save his children through a divine plan, in the vastness of eternity there the Son stood waiting in the wings of obedience for the deep love of the Father was with Him. We see that in God’s on character his sacrifice was made in response to a promise, a covenant that man would know that in the waiting to see the mystery of God all would be revealed to those that trust Him, He that comes in the name of the Lord. So, shall we see in all avenues of our life that He has broken the chains of sin, let us recognize that through this plan mankind would once again be given a chance to serve, to follow in obedience the Son, Christ who gave not part but all of himself that we would be free, in this covenant made with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, through the seed of David, they can hear our praise and rejoicing for all that Christ has done for us. Isaiah 53:10-12 But this was the Lord’s good plan to crush Him and fill him grief, yet when his life is made an offering for sin, he will have a multitude of children, many lives. He will enjoy a long life, and the Lords plan will prosper in his hands. When he sees all that is accomplished by his anguish, he will be satisfied. And because of what he has experienced, my righteousness servant will make it possible for many to be counted righteous, for he will bear all their sins. I, will give him the honors of one who is mighty and great because he exposed himself to death. He was counted among those who were sinners. He bore the sins of many an interceded for sinners. 26


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Find that the human drama of man’s reluctance to believe and follow this wonderful plan, for the world is causing a disturbance deep within the heart of man, closing the door, see Christ in his righteousness is there knocking, waiting for all that are blinded, deaf and wounded to open to the sound of his knocking. He comes to greet and welcome those asking and wanting to turn their life around. Christ, who in all his glory and power lowered himself to the image of a baby, that through Him mankind would be redeemed and set free from this world’s sin. Colossians 2:13-15 You were dead because of your sins and because your sinful nature was not yet cut away, then God made you alive with Christ, He forgave all your sins. He canceled the record that contained the charges against us. He took it and destroyed it by nailing it to Christ cross, in this way, God disarmed the evil rulers and authorities. He shamed them publically by his victory over them on the cross of Christ. Let the believer lift their hands and sound out with mouths wide open, that Jesus is Lord! See that He holds all power in his hands and from the beginning of time where eternity never ends his everlasting victory is proclaimed. In and through his righteousness, he endured in response to a promise, a covenant of faith that the Father would never leave him, that by this faith and promise all those he would receive unto Himself those who would believe in Him, Christ is our confirmation, the divine “Yes!”

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Jesus is the Reason Blessings From The “Make It So Report�

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