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Christian Star News

Christian Star Issue 8


August 2009

Homeless Construction of Translation Center on Track after Political Strife Subsides Wycliffe Associates Seeking Funding for Critically Needed Building in Kenya Organizations Needed

CSN’s goal is to help the homeless. We desire to help the homeless organizations and ministries to raise funds for their facility operations, as well as provide the homeless person with a path to generate an income to help them get off of the street.

Nolan Melonson is currently working with a few interested organizations in Houston, Texas to do a test run of the newspaper street distribution to put into place a formal process.

( Orlando , Florida , USA )—Wycliffe Associates, a nonprofit organization that mobilizes volunteers and resources in support of Bible translation efforts, is campaigning to raise the remaining funds needed to complete the construction of a new multi-purpose building in Kenya that will provide office space for their national partner organization—Bible Translation and Literacy (BTL)—currently working on 14 different language projects. The new building will replace a nearly

100-year-old structure. “We began this construction project 18 months ago,” says Bruce Smith, president and CEO of Wycliffe Associates. “We’ve made great progress, in spite of an outbreak of political violence in the region that interrupted the work for awhile last year. Now the situation has stabilized, and translators and their support staff are working safely.” To date, BTL has completed translations of the New Testament in seven different languages in Kenya , where the

literacy rate is 74 percent. Among them is a language that native speakers have unsuccessfully attempted to write down for themselves. However, translators have now completed a New Testament in this language and have since begun a translation of the Old Testament as well. In addition to making significant linguistic strides for these Kenyan language groups, translators have witnessed an


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Post 911 GI Bill Starting on August 1, the new GI bill is being rolled out that has the potential to help a new generation of veterans get their higher education paid for. Depending upon where they live, veterans will be able to get their housing paid for, along with a $1000 stipend for books and supplies. The program promises almost everyone who serves 3 years or longer on active duty since September 11, 2001 a public college education at government expense. Career service members can also transfer their benefits to immediate family members under this revised bill. The original GI bill was enacted in 1944 under President Franklin D. Roosevelt for veterans returning from WW II. In 1984, the Montgomery GI Bill was introduced as an amendment to the GI bill. Although debated during the recent presidential campaign, this new bill has significant improvements, though not perfect, for veterans. The intent of this upgrade is to help current veterans and also encourage potential servicemen and women to look at the military as an alternative to their future plans. There are several military and veterans websites that have more details on what this program looks like.

Truly Being Their Brother’s Keeper Recently, while watching a program on the History Channel, I heard the comment: “all people have angelic capacity”. I know this is true. We all have the ability to be “angels” to those around us. We founded St. Paul Companion Care to fulfill that potential. After writing extensive policies and regulations in my capacity as an attorney and on behalf of a Central Louisiana in-home care provider, and after recognition of the serious need for basic needs assistance for the elderly and disabled in our community, we ventured beyond the role of lawyer and into the role of caregiver. St. Paul Companion Care trains and provides caregivers to the elderly and disabled. We serve private clients and people receiving Medicaid who might otherwise be in a nursing home. St. Paul cares for the elderly and disabled in their homes and at assisted living facilities. But, what we do is more than that. By showing compassion through our actions and helping people to walk around the house, to bathe, to eat, to stay clean, we help them to keep their dignity during difficult times. We help them to stay at home in their sacred space. We help them to have or retain a certain sense of independence that often defines who we are, and yet we let them know that the help and love of another person can be meaningful

and build God’s kingdom on earth. When I finished high school and went off to college, the days of walking down to my grandparents’ house and helping my Paw-Paw with physical therapy were over. He had previously broken his hip and suffered from Parkinson’s disease, and my grandmother battled with Alzheimer’s. Shortly after I moved away, my family moved my grandparents to a small nursing home some miles away from any of the family. My grandparents’ lives were never the same. The facility was good, but they wanted to be home. St. Paul Companion Care offers the option to stay home. The last thing that we want is to be like other sitter services. We strive to go to the next level, to lift up those we care for and those who provide the care. We have forgotten that our brothers and sisters are everyone around us of all ages. The members of our extended family who need the love of a helping hand are the people we serve at St. Paul Companion Care, L.L.C. We are located on Shellbeach Drive, Lake Charles, LA in the Capital One Building on the 16th Floor. Please contact us at (337) 433-1403 for an evaluation.

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About CSN I would like to thank all of the churches and businesses for their support in helping Christian Star News accomplish the larger vision that God has for the United States. We thank you for continuing to stand with us, as we work to improve the paper to perfection. We desire to be a part of the harvest of souls for God. We seek to place this Christian paper right next to the secular papers in businesses. We pray and desire that the articles submitted from the different churches will encourage the unsaved souls to seek salvation in a Christ believing, Biblebased Church. Purpose & Goals: • Provide encouraging good news and information of special interest for those within the local Christian communities that we serve • Help promote businesses and professionals that want to reach potential customers/clients from their local Christian community. • Provide an outlet for pastors to reach people beyond their own congregations for the purposes of educating & communicating special events. • Help educate people about how to live well and to be good stewards as we face challenging economic and social conditions. Examples include: gardening and nutritional tips, clipping coupons, as well as advice from experts on subjects such as finances and interpersonal relationships. • Develop a “Listing” of all Christian-Owned Businesses. • “Counselor’s Corner” will provide Christian-based advice from a Licensed Professional Counselor. • Promote local positive Christian-based family activities. • Draw attention to special individual community needs in an effort to galvanize community support. Note for Pastors: The Christian Star News is Non-Denominational, and we have no intentions of attempting to persuade those who are currently attending a church that preaches Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord to move to another church. We are not church hoppers ourselves: we are rooted. • The CSN offers each local church in the areas we serve the following opportunities: • Submit articles that are strictly bible-based (pref. KJV/ NKJV) for the publisher to consider for use in a future publication. • Submit upcoming events that are open to the public to be listed. • Church Directory Listing. • Free distribution of the publication. • We also offer local Christian Churches the opportunity to purchase Ads (of any size available) in the Christian Star News, and these ads may be designed to encourage unchurched readers to visit their place of worship. At the end of the day, we just want to be obedient to the Holy Spirit and serve God! CSN paper is new and innovative with its new concept of helping the community. Christians are called to help; we are called to help the poor, the struggling and everyone within our reach in need of help. We offer this paper FREE to the public and FREE to the churches to utilize this as a tool to reach out to those who may be seeking to learn more about God and His goodness. We at CSN extend a genuine concern for the mind, body, and spirit of our readers and will work tirelessly to ensure that we bring to you information and advertisers that adhere to the same. CSN is about Christians Helping All People! We seek to Be our Brother’s Keeper and Loving our Neighbors as Thy Self. Therefore, we are working with companies to bring you the discounts and coupons you need in one place for necessary items that you consume or utilize every day. It requires companies that are willing to offer savings to their loyal consumers, as well as the participation of the community to utilize their saving offers. CSN offers advertisement that is affordable to small Christian businesses, in addition to large corporations. Stand with us in supporting the companies that advertise with CSN as they seek to serve you. We are here to add to, build and assist the churches with their vision to serve God and prepare souls for the harvest. I offer my TV ministry “Bent, but Not Broken” to the different ministries as they wish to share their vision, their testimony and to announce upcoming events as an additional service. I am blessed to be a blessing! Thanks for taking the time to be your brother’s keeper and ensuring that they too get the same savings as I am offering you. God bless you and may the seeds you sow reap 1000-fold in the same year in Jesus name we pray. Amen!

August 2009

Bible Quiz 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9.

What did Jesus say is as bad as murder? According to Jesus, what is the earth? What happens to treasure on earth? What is the light of the body? What does Jesus say about tomorrow? What should you not throw before swine? Which is the gate that leads to life? What does a good tree bring forth? What happened to the man who built his house upon the sand? 10. Why should we not judge people? 1.) Anger, 2.) God's footstool, 3.) Thieves steal it, 4.) The eye, 5.) Take no thought for it, 6.) Pearls, 7.) Narrow gate, 8.) Good fruit, 9.) The house fell flat, 10.) So that we are not judged

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Upcoming Events • Zion Tabernacle Baptist Church Women’s Ministry is hosting its annual Women’s Conference Friday, August 14, 2009 from 6pm to 9pm and Saturday, August 15, 2009 from 8am to 1pm. Dr. Debra B. Morton, Pastor of the Greater St. Stephen Full Gospel Baptist Church in New Orleans, Louisiana will bring to life God’s written Word in the conference theme, “Leading Women to the Heart of God”. Registration is $25. For more information contact Zion Tabernacle Baptist Church at 337 436-6627, Gisele Williams at 337 526-1118, or email at • Sean Ardoin + R.O.G.K. (Reflections of God’s Kingdom) will perform the FIRST EVER Christian Zydeco concert at Christian World Ministries in support of their new release, “How Great is Your Love?!”Aug 7, 2009 at 7pm-9pmFree admissionLove offering accepted Christian World Ministry at 2001 E. Gauthier Rd. Lake Charles, LA 70607 • Bible Healing College Fri – Aug - 7,8 7pm • Victory Christian Center @ 26452 Sorters Road; Porter • Learn to lay hands on the sick. Learn about the root causes of illnesses. Learn how to conduct a healingschool at your home or church. Friday evening at 7pm; Saturday morning • Christian Women’s Connection Fri – Aug 12 Luncheon & Speaker 11:30am • Sweetwater Country Club @ 4400 Palm Royale Blvd.; Sugar Land • NOTE: There will be NO July CWC Luncheon. On August 12; all women invited to hear Faye Martin; Bellville; speak about “Life is More Than A Nursery Rhyme” and enjoy delicious buffet luncheon. Free on-site babysitting. RSVP for lunch and child care. CWC affiliated with • 281-778-7140 Judy • $18 inclusive • Power Evangelism School Tue– Aug 18 7pm • Christ The Healer Church 17810 French Rd., Houston • Every Tuesday for 15 weeks from August 18 - December 1. We are training and teaching people how to minister to hurting people. If you would like to join a class that demonstrates the power of God in daily life, enroll for a 15 week course with hands on training. Outreaches to Hospitals, Street Evangelism, Missions, Youth, Nursing Homes and Prophetic Healing Services. Ministers License Available. • Call: 281-955-0496 • Registration fee $35 • Fellowship Fun Day Fri – Aug 21 10am-8pm • Schlitterbahn Galveston Island Waterpark @ 2109 Lockheed St. , Galveston. Enjoy a day of waterpark fun, food, and fellowship, including a live Christian concert.

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Greater St. Mary Missionary Baptist Church St. Memorial Church of God in Christ Zion Tabernacle Baptist Church Open Arms Baptist Church Mount Calvary Baptist Church New Emmanuel Baptist Church The Church of Lake Charles Teaching Center Christian Baptist Church Mt. Pilgrim Baptist Church Eastwood United Pentecostal Church United Christian Fellowship Throne of Grace Fellowship True Light Baptist Church Refuge Temple The Church of New Beginning of Lake Charles Inc. First Pentecostal Church Cathedral of Praise Shiloh Baptist Church Livingway Pentecostal Church Christian World Ministries Grace Community Church Trinity Baptist Church Lake Charles Seventh Day Adventist Church St. John Lutheran Church Westlake Church of Nazerene Eternity Full Gospel Fellowship First Baptist Church of Gillis St. Margaret Catholic Church First Presbyterian Church Westwood Baptist Church St. Henry’s Catholic Church First Pentecostal Church of Westlake Immaculate Conception Cathedral Immaculate Heart of Mary Church New Sunlight Baptist Church Lake Area Worship Center St. John Bosco Church Word of Hope Family Worship Center Sacred Heart Catholic Church Diocese of Lake Charles Episcopal Church of The Good Shephard Wesley Foundation at McNeese University Sale st. Baptist Church Our Lady Queen of Heaven Church Glad Tidings Church

337-433-0122 337-439-8680 337-436-6627 337-436-4737 337-439-4603 337-437-4042 337-439-0746 337-436-6530 337-436-0882 337-439-3425 337-433-1517 337-433-9007 337-433-7214 337-491-9367 337-430-0177 337-436-2297 337-562-2220 337-478-2412 337-475-0157 337-436-0534 337-480-1555 337-478-8353 337-478-5666 337-439-8551 337-433-4138 337-855-9414 337-439-4585 337-433-4667 337-433-8677 337-436-7223 337-436-6053 337-436-7251 337-436-8093 337-436-8965 337-436-6083 337-433-2467 337-439-7788 337-439-9923 337-439-7426 337-433-5244 337-477-2191 337-477-3463 337-477-1236 337-477-7774

Church Directory

South west, la

Aldine Christian Church South Aldine Baptist Church First Baptist Church North Houston First Baptist Church Betania Baptist Church New MT Olive Baptist Church Bethel Community Church Grace Restoration Church MT Canaan Baptist Church Advent Presbyterian Church South Main Baptist Church of Houston St Marys Episcopal Church Center of Life Baptist Church Full Gospel Holy Temple Church Love United Methodist Church Houston Restoration Church Church of the Living God El Monte Calvario Church Monument of Faith Church-God Westminster Church St Luke’s Lutheran Church Sonrise Community Church First Baptist Church Kinwood Harmony Baptist Church MT Houston Baptist Church Houston Faith Church Pine Grove Baptist Church Berea Missionary Baptist Church First Church of the Nazarene New Covenant Missionary Baptist Church First Unity Baptist Church True Worship Baptist Church First Unity Baptist Church Church of God Pentecostal Gospel Truth Church Glad Tiding Holiness Church Parkwood Baptist Church Church of Christ Evening Star Church Bread of Life Baptist Church Fontaine First Baptist Church Little York Church of God St Gregory the Great Church Ebenezer Church

Nashville, tn Cathedral of the Incarnation Rivergate Church Of Christ Mt Zion Baptist Church World Outreach Church Agape Fellowship Church First Baptist Church Of Mt Juliet ClearView Baptist Church South Haven Baptist Church And Christian School Franklin Road Baptist Church First Baptist Church Fellowship Bible Church Donelson Fellowship Metro Baptist Church First United Methodist Church Franklin Christ Church East Main Street Church Of Christ Lighthouse Baptist Church First Church Of The Nazarene The Carpenter’s House New Vision Baptist Church Word and Spirit Church First Church Unity Family Worship Center Bluegrass Baptist Church College Heights Baptist Church Fourth Avenue Church of Christ Our Savior Lutheran Church & Academy First Baptist Church of Nashville Fellowship Bible Church Central Church Of Christ Bethel Murfreesboro Trinity United Methodist Church Lighthouse Christian School & Preschool Church Of Jesus Christ Of Latter-Day Saints St Patrick’s Anglican Church Brook Hollow Baptist Church West End Church Of Christ Catholic Community Community Church Of Hendersonville Family Worship Center Faith Christian Reformed Church St Marks United Methodist Church Joy Church International Bible Baptist Church Of Hendersonville Station Camp Church Of Christ Gallatin Church Of Christ

615-327-2330 615-865-2842 615-254-7296 615-896-4515 615-553-0007 615-754-2525 615-794-5488 615-384-5073 615-890-0820 615-444-8444 615-893-6652 615-871-4769 615-859-1184 615-794-2734 615-332-5968 615-953-6180 615-953-1357 615-255-1289 615-890-1420 615-895-7167 615-867-0033 615-332-1323 615-953-0968 615-824-0001 615-452-4952 615-794-6626 615-833-1500 615-664-6000 615-893-6652 615-256-0789 615-896-2348 615-896-0413 615-331-6286 615-355-9268 615-534-2589 615-352-1295 615-383-7450 615-758-2424 615-826-0042 615-232-8950 615-833-5977 615-893-3455 615-773-5252 615-824-0042 615-452-5734 615-452-0271

281-442-9751 281-442-3124 281-449-7201 281-449-7201 281-442-4258 281-227-6885 281-449-1473 281-449-5996 713-633-3312 281-821-2533 713-529-4167 281-370-8000 281-442-5433 713-692-6570 281-590-9294 281-227-6260 281-219-3853 281-987-1174 281-442-2002 713-442-7210 281-442-2180 281-449-0994 281-442-3823 281-442-3444 281-442-1726 281-870-1010 281-449-2325 281-449-1859 281-897-0300 281-987-7170 281-219-7145 281-987-3267 281-219-7145 713-692-3502 713-686-7689 281-449-7706 281-442-5359 281-442-2298 713-631-4060 713-631-8600 713-633-2657 713-633-1284 713-631-3681 713-695-3390

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Fruitful Hill Mission Church Apostolic Assembly At the Feet of Christ Fellowship Baptist Crossover Missionary Believers Missionary Baptist Church Bethany Baptist Church Bethel Hill Assembly of God Church Bruton Road Christian Church Bruton Terrace Church of The Nazarene Cathedral of Faith Church Church of Christ of Rylie Church of Christ on Pemberton Hill Road Church of Living God Covenant Outreach Cross of Christ Baptist Church Dallas Pentecostal Church Day Spring Pentecostal Church Emmanuel Fellowship Baptist Church Faith Baptist Church Fireside Drive Baptist Church First Baptist Church of Meadowview First Evangelist Church of God In Christ God’s Word Mbc Fellowship Hall God’s Word Missionary Baptist Church Good Shepherd Baptist Church Goodwill Baptist Church Gospel Tabernacle Church Grace & Truth Apostolic Church Greater House Of Faith Church The Greater Macedonia Primitive Baptist Church Harvest Baptist Church Hawn Freeway Church of Christ Healing Church Judao Heritage Family Church Kingdom Harvest Church of God In Christ Liberty Baptist Church Lifeline Community Church of The Living God Little Bethel Assembly of God Living Gospel Church Miracle Deliverance Pentecostal Church Miracle Deliverance Pentecostal Fellowship Hall Miracle Outreach Full Gospel Church Mount Pisgah Baptist Church Mount Sinai New Covenant Missionary Baptist Church New Creations Church

469-774-7483 214-398-5610 972-557-7773 214-391-4720 214-391-6331 214-398-8403 972-286-1844 972-285-2305 214-381-6193 214-398-7553 972-286-1408 214-398-4777 972-286-6548 214-391-7781 214-398-4330 214-398-7659 214-391-7552 214-398-1119 214-398-4437 214-398-5822 214-391-7176 972-557-7300 214-309-1995 214-381-4463 214-391-5865 214-391-2907 972-557-4905 214-391-0017 972-913-8011 214-275-7560 972-286-2536 214-391-4175 972-286-7900 214-391-6573 972-557-8383 972-288-4459 972-557-7733 972-286-3434 214-398-0123 214-391-5755 214-391-1743 972-286-9729 214-398-6774 214-398-4061 214-398-4515 972-216-2100

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unexpected outcome of their work— reconciliation between warring clans in the region. When Christian groups in the area met to collectively find ways to restore peace, one church leader suggested that Matthew 5:9, from the New Testament, be read aloud: “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God” (niv). The verse was read first in English, then in Swahili, and

August 2009 finally in Sabaot, the heart language of the audience. The readings in the first two languages were met with silence, but after the local language verse was read in their heart language, people in the audience began weeping. Some dropped to their knees in prayer, asking for forgiveness and to be made instruments of peace. The same results were reported in meeting after meeting across the region. Today, the embattled clans are nearing complete reconciliation after centuries of friction and the loss of hundreds of lives, as recent as last year. The translators believe that access to the Bible in

the heart language of these groups has contributed significantly to the success of peacekeeping efforts. According to Smith, a new facility for translators and support staff is critical for the continuation of translation work in East Africa . “The African translators have been giving their very lives for this cause for the past quarter-century,” he says. “And all from under the roof of a rickety, 100-year-old building.” Wycliffe Associates has set a goal of raising $165,000 to complete construction of the new multi-purpose building, a three-story administrative center located in Nairobi .

During 2008, some 4,124 Wycliffe Associates volunteers served in 49 countries as part of the worldwide Bible translation team. Wycliffe Associates plans to mobilize more than 4,800 volunteers to serve in 41 different countries this year to build and renovate facilities, construct roads and airstrips, teach Vacation Bible School, help with language development and office work, oversee projects, use their computer skills, and much more. For more information, visit or call 1-800-THE WORD (1-800-843-9673).

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The Good-Bye Kiss Dad and mom have this long-standing tradition that they have never ceased to share. I can’t even tell you when it started and I can’t even recall a time that it didn’t happen not even when they may have been unhappy at each other. Who knows, it probably started before I was born but for as long as I can remember when my dad was ready to leave the house to go somewhere he would stop at the door, call to my mom to come give him a kiss and then wait patiently for my mom to meet him there to give him that kiss good-bye. The other day dad was loading up some things to bring to the recycling place and he had a lot of loads to gather. At first mom was standing by the table helping him a bit and talking to him as he came in to get and then carry out each load. This day, even after all was made ready to carry out, she continued to stand there not leaving that spot to go sit down or relax. I thought to myself that she seemed a bit antsy and wondered “Why doesn't she go sit down?” I didn’t voice what I was thinking and continued to watch her stand there, wondering, “What in the world is she doing?” When dad came back in for the last load she said to him "Do you want your kiss now or do you want to come back in after you bring out that last load?" I was in amazement. I thought, “My mom KNOWS my dad!” Though I had momentarily forgotten their shared

Part Three In Romans 8:28, the Bible says, “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” On October 15, 2007 I received a call today from the recruiter I interviewed with in late September. She notified me that my résumé had been presented to the CEO of the company and that they liked what they saw; but unfortunately, they have decided to restructure and hire from within. Lord, this is very disappointing news. What can I do in this situation? Nothing, really, but the rejection is easier to swallow since they hired from within. At least it was not because I did not do a good interview. Nevertheless, I had hoped the outcome would be different.

tradition, she didn’t. She knew that as soon as he finished gathering everything that he was going to call her to get that “good-bye kiss.” She knew that he wasn’t going to leave that house with out that kiss and she was preparing herself for that moment. Waiting and watching expectantly until it would be time for the moment to get there so that it could be fulfilled. The wheels of my mind were turning and I thought about this story in parallel to our relationship with Christ. There are truths that we can glean from this little life lesson. Isn’t this the way that God wants us to be with Him? He wants us to be in that “love” relationship with Him in communion and prayer so that we know His ways and His thoughts. He wants us to know His Word so that when He speaks we hear, we listen and we act. He wants us to “know” Him intimately so that we are so in tune with Him that sometimes we even know what He would expect of us before we hear Him speak. He wants us to be standing, ready and waiting to do what He would ask of us. He wants us to be in expectancy of His moving in our lives. The scripture that says “He stands at the door and knocks” passed through my mind and I had to smile to myself as I thought about just the first part “He stands at the door” just as my dad stands at the door for my mom every single day of her and his life. Every single day of my life my God

I am encouraged by the words of Don Moen’s song “God Will Make a Way”: “God will make a way / Where there seems to be no way / He works in ways we cannot see / He will make a way for me / He will be my guide / Hold me closely to His side / With love and strength for each new day / He will make a way, He will make a way.” Lord, please make a way for me. Let Us Reason Together It is natural to respond to any crisis with disappointment. Is it ungodly to be discouraged and feel a sense of hopelessness in such situations? Drink from the Fountain What a great way to start off the day by committing your day into the hands of the Lord and confessing it! The Bible tells us Deuteronomy 28:1–14 that if we fully obey the commandments of our God, many blessings will come upon us. There is

stands at the door for me, waiting for me to come to Him in intimacy and in love. Waiting for me to share part of my day with Him. Waiting for me to be obedient to His calling on my life. As I contemplated Him standing at the door for me, feelings were bubbling up inside of my heart and overflowing and I began to cry, because as I wrote I was so very overwhelmed with His love and patience with me. I was overwhelmed with the thought of Him just standing at my door waiting. Even though I know the Lord, there are times that I feel far from Him, times that I fail, times that I feel as if I have not been pleasing to Him, times that I feel alone, times that I feel as if I just don’t measure up; and yet He never leaves me nor forsakes me. In my minds eye I can just see Him and feel Him standing at my door in complete unconditional love. Yes, at my door, just simple ole, plain ole, me, my door. And He is always there standing at the door for everyone of us, calling and waiting for us to come to Him so that we can have those times of

power in the tongue. Claim the following affirmation for your life, and so shall it be. Affirmation I am blessed in my going out and my coming in! I invite you to journey with me now into my own personal crisis of a protracted job search. Perhaps you’ll recognize yourself within the pages of my journal, and perhaps you’ll come to discover—like I did—the God who waits to deliver you! Buy the book and discover how to: • Conquer your emotions and fears as you face life’s trials. • You will learn to position and anchor yourself in the hand of God to keep you strong, bold, and moving forward. • You will develop the ability to praise God in the midst of your storms, even when you don’t feel like it. • You will discover that God walks

shared intimacy. How much He loves us, we can’t even begin to fathom the depths of that love. What an awesome God we serve that would wait for us to come to Him with arms wide open. Yes, He is at your “door” too, just simple ole, plain ole, you, your door! Yes, He stands at your door. He stands at the door. Let Him in. Begin to know Him. Begin to share intimacy with Him. You will never be the same because when you let Him in He changes lives. May you know His love and His touch in a special way and may He bless you beyond measure. He loves you with an everlasting love and you are special to His very heart. Love in Christ, Michele Abshire

with you through every trial you face. You will see that He is truly the guide and makes the path straight and the hills flat for those who trust in His wisdom and mercy. • You will take away a word or a thought to help you in your despair and you will learn to hold on to the Word of God to maintain hope. Author Agnes .O. Amos To order The Journey of a Christian Job Seeker: Conquering Your Emotions and Your Fears Through Life’s Trials ($14.99, paperback, 978-160791-339-9) please visit the following Web sites now at - - - - www.journeyofachristianjobseeker. com - or call 1-866-909-2665 PG. 5

Recommended Christian Reading of the Month THE HOPE OF REFUGE By Cindy Woodsmall Published by Water Brook ISBN# 978-1-4000-7396-2 336 Pages Back Cover: Raised in foster care, and now a widowed single parent, New Yorker Cara Moore struggles against poverty, fear, and a relentless stalker. When a trail of memories leads Cara and her daughter, Lori, away from the city toward an Amish community, she follows every lead, eager for answers to mysteries from her past and a fresh start. She quickly discovers that Dry Lake, Pennsylvania, is no place for an outsider. But one Amish man, Ephraim Mast, dares to fulfill the command he believes that he received from God—Be me to her— even though doing so threatens his way of life. Can an Amish man help Cara find safety in a strange community with complex, unspoken ties to her family history?

I was inspired to write these inspirational books, because I see a lot of women, men, and children that are afraid. I seen myself in them, and I know what they are going through not knowing what to do. I have been through a lot of damaging situations in a lifetime. Until I got enough courage to seek help for myself, I was just like everyone else lost in the house. Some people get help others don''t know how, and this is where I come in to help them. Just letting people know what I have been through, and how God delivered me.

CSN congratulates the new Author, Mr. Patrick Jacko as he has his book signing at the Christian Book Center in Lake Charles, LA. Patrick Jacko was born on December 30, 1983 in Lake Charles, La. Being raised in a

Review: Cindy Woodsmall has the unique ability to quickly grab your attention, emotions, and curiosity to whisk you into a wondrous world of her making. This is not your typical Amish story. Her main character Cara is a hard working waitress, a single mom who addicted to cigarettes always looking over her shoulder to flee from a violent stalker. Cara does her best to survive in New York and care for her young daughter Lori, who is her world.

She allows you to capture every detail of the drama unfolding in her story, up-close and personal. Ada, an Amish woman, says to Cara (who can’t figure out why anyone would want to be Amish), “We all submit to something. Athletes submit to the rules of their game. Lawyers and judges submit to the laws. The highest court in the land submits to the Constitution…. The Amish choose to submit to the Ordnung in order to be strong against desires that want no boundaries.”

What I love about Cindy’s books is the fact that she talks about universal truths and the lies some believe— things that we all struggle with from time to time—such as feeling abandoned, or a desperate need to be loved and be a part of a community so we can live our life to the fullest. Cara wants answers about her past so that she can figure out which path to take in the future.

Cindy lifts the veil and allows you to peak into the Amish way of life. The Hope of Refuge is the beginning of an amazing tale, with believable characters you’d like to meet. I can’t wait to sit down to read Cindy’s next book, and find out where these special characters end up. The author leaves you with a satisfying ending and a desire to know what happens next. Thanks, Cindy for taking us on another exciting adventure in and out of the Amish community.

Cindy has an uncanny way of letting you feel like you’re a fly on the wall and sensing that nothings being altered because you’re hanging around!

Nora St. Laurent Book Club Servant Leader

I know this will help a lot of woman in their time of needing someone to be there for them. It''s not easy to admit that you need help, but once you do, everything begins to go in the right direction for you. I know some situation need more care than others do. Philippians 4:13 states; I can do all things through Christ which strengthened me. God gave me the strength to overcome my pass, and he can help you overcome yours also. By Lorner Jones You can purchase these great books at

single parent home with 4 other siblings, he always found comfort in the word. As he saw his mother struggle to keep food on the table, he knew that he wanted better, not only himself, but also his family. Throughout his childhood, he did not have any role models around him, since his father was a drug addict that wanted nothing to do with him. His mother, Delores Jacko, and grandmother, Johnnie Mae Culpepper, were the source of his inspiration and strength. After seeing his father passed out from cocaine, he knew at that moment he had to be different. So at the tender age of ten, he began to fall in love with music and used it as a source of power. After enduring many hardships as a child, such as poverty and feelings of emotional abandonment from the lack a father figure in his life, the real turning

point in Jackos’ writing career happened the day after his grandmothers’ death. This is the moment he would make writing his driving destiny. He found a way to calm the pain and all of the dramatic experiences in his life with writing. And because he had been through so much pain, he knew that his story could help someone else. At the age of 25, Patrick Jacko, a native of Lake Charles, La., has written and published his first book entitled Destiny Driven: From Pain to Promise. In his book, Jacko dives deep into a subject that most only dare to go. He shares very intimate experiences from his past and how he managed to overcome them. It is a blueprint on how to come out of pain and walk into a land of promise. Destiny Driven will revive your dreams and ambitions, refresh your thinking, and restore

the things that your past has robbed you of. Jacko’s remarkable writing style will capture your attention from start to finish. Destiny Driven: From to Promise is a must read for anyone who has ever experienced pain. Pick up your copy today! Patrick Jacko is a dynamic public speaker and a sensational vocalist. Couple that with his charismatic personality and you have an extraordinary package. Audiences fall in love with his ability to make them laugh and yet still deliver a life changing message. Jacko is also a self-taught musician, song writer, and a theatrical actor. He is also a playwright with Mama Grace’s Dysfunctional Family Reunion being his first production. For bookings and engagements please call Patrick at 337884-3877 or email him at patrickjacko@

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Jacob Israel is unlike many authors we meet today. His compelling writing style brings the reader along a fantastic journey that may stay with them for many years to come. I was excited to spotlight him here and I believe you will find, like his book, there is more to Jacob Israel than meets the eye. INTERVIEWER: For the readers who don't know you, tell us a bit about yourself. JACOB: I'm a father to three amazing children and a husband to a wife I adore. I'm someone that has been through a lot in life and grateful for every moment of it. The good, the bad, the beautiful, and the ugly, all paved the way to become who I am. Professionally, I'm an Emmy, Telly, and N.R.B. Award winning television writer and producer, who has been blessed with a steady creative career since graduating university. However, that is not who I am. Most my life, I was one of those people who wore a mask to fit in. I felt very alone, alienated from those around me. Looking back, I understand why. Everything I've endured had great purpose. Never meeting my biological father, coping with a severe case of Crohn's disease, suffering abuse and abandonment, losing everything, it all played its part to humble me and get me where I am today. I spent the majority of my life questioning the meaning of it, learning that it is better to love than to hate, to give rather than receive, to be content and compassionate. As a young adult, I was most comfortable on stage. I won a dramatic scholarship to university and that is where I found my love for the written word. It would be years and many performances of my original works later, that would I actually dare pursue a career in writing. Today, I couldn't be happier with that career choice; I am constantly challenged and rewarded by it. There is nothing better than sitting down to write something that, you pray, will make a difference in someone's life. This was the impetus for my novel. INTERVIEWER: Let's talk about that, why did you write THE CALLING? JACOB: I wanted desperately to share a story of how love and forgiveness can overcome all things, even the

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Interview with JACOB ISRAEL: 2009 WINNER "Best Religious Fiction" at THE NATIONAL INDIE EXCELLENCE AWARDS most horrible. I had to write THE CALLING. I believe I was meant to write it. I had the seed of the story burning inside me most my life, but it wasn't until devastating circumstances in my life about four years ago made it possible for me to sit down and write it. It was a very dark and hard time, but a lot of beauty rose from those ashes, and I would not trade that experience for anything. It's the reason I chose such a dark and fearful cover. There are too many things in life keeping us from following after our dreams and finding peace. Fear is the enemy of joy. It destroys relationships, hopes, families‌ it destroy lives. Allegorically, that is why the woods in The Calling are dead. I wanted to write something that would provoke thought and encourage readers to move past fear and into faith, to seek the life I believe we're meant to live while keeping them guessing and entertained along the way. INTERVIEWER: You mentioned allegory, some have compared your novel to The Shack as well as the works of Stephen King, is that a fair comparison? JACOB: Well, I hope it is. I can only pray it has a positive impact on those who read it, as far as comparing it, that wouldn't really be up to me. But, yes, there is a story beneath the story that is told. So, in that aspect, sure, there are similarities. For years, I have studied scripture as well as many other philosophies and religious texts. Of course, the bible has been my biggest creative influence, not to mention the spiritual. I love the revelation one receives when the heavens of our understanding open up and we finally understand what that verse (that we couldn't understand) finally means. "It is glory of God to conceal a thing, and honor of Kings to seek out the matter". In my novel, there are many hidden treasures for those with "eyes to see" if you will. Although, there is no need to look deeper, because I believe the message, intrigue and suspense is loud and clear, it still is very rewarding, I think, to find the more veiled spiritual meaning, but that is up to the reader. From anagrams, to events, locations, names, to the title of the book, and even (clears throat) the author's name, there is a reason for it all. Like, for examples sake, if one were to string every chapter title together, it might be cool if there were a hidden message there, wink, wink, nudge, nudge.

INTERVIEWER: What does the title of the Book mean? JACOB: Well, I believe all of us have a calling on our lives, a purpose we are to carry out. Thomas James, the lead character in the novel is no different. His purpose is a bit grander than most, however. He doesn't truly understand the significance of what he is called to do. The novel documents the first eighteen years of the boys life. He's haunted by nightmares of what may come, visited by strange messengers, abused, alienated, and abandoned, yet despite his circumstances he has an uncanny ability to love and forgive. Thomas is ever questioning, the role he is to play and his circumstances. Perhaps, Thomas was "called" to be that "voice in the dead woods" the title speaks of, calling people out of the deep sleep that keeps them from finding out that they truly are. INTERVIEWER: You mention the first eighteen years of Thomas's life, the book does lend to a sequel, will we hear from Thomas again? JACOB: Sure, THE CALLING is the first novel in a series. Before the Prologue you'll find two pages with two peculiar quotes. One states, "Your life is not what it appears to be, what will happen when the truth is poured out on a world that is deceived?" What is interesting about this passage is, it is credited to "The Book Of Thomas James" in the year 2012. Most may skim past passages like this, but like I said, there's a reason for everything. So keep your eyes peeled for the next book in the series to release in the next year or two. INTERVIEWER: Who will this book appeal to? JACOB: First of all, let's talk age appropriate. I am excited to hear how varied the ages are of those who love the book. I'm most surprise with those ages twelve and up. I wanted the book to appeal to a large demographic. So, to have a younger generation also excited about an allegorical fiction with a mature spiritual message and theme is a dream come true. As far as, what type of person should read THE CALLING, I believe anyone who is not fulfilled in life, who wants more from entertainment than just escape, anyone who has suffered, or experienced great loss and didn't understand why, I think, whole heartedly this is the book for you. You will relate with Thomas's struggle, you will be encouraged by what comes out of it, and inspired by how any-

thing is possible with faith and love. INTERVIEWER: So, what is THE CALLING A VOICE IN THE DEAD WOODS about? JACOB: The Calling is an inspirational thriller about a twelve-year boy named Thomas James, whose extraordinary insight and purpose changes the lives of those he meets, and sets the world on its edge. The self absorbed, greedy, and arrogant residents of Bethel begin to despise young Thomas James for the honest words he speaks. His peers torment him, strange messengers visit him, and an evil presence fights to destroy him every step along the way. Thomas suffers from prophetic nightmares and visions he does not understand. The loss of his family is almost more than he can take. His internal struggle to make sense of his circumstances leads him down a perilous road, where nothing is as it seems. Soon, the startling revelation of who Thomas James truly is will confound the masses and inspire all those he sets free. You have to find out what is in us all that makes us heed the "Calling". INTERVIEWER: Where is the book available and how do we find out more about it? JACOB: You know my website is a great place to start. It is and it has video trailers, a synopsis, sample chapters, reviews, links to purchase it online and general info about upcoming events, news, etc. I also do a bi-weekly video journal posted in the author section. Like the book, I hid messages, inspirational poetry, and lots of other fun stuff to find. The book is available everywhere books are sold, if you can't find it at your local bookstore, see if they can order it for you, and if not, all the major online retailers, from amazon. com to carry it as well. INTERVIEWER: In closing, what do you want the readers of THE CALLING to take away from this book? Obviously, I hope they enjoy it and are entertained. However, the most important thing to me is that, those who read it will find that even in the hardest, and most difficult of times, there is hope. Hope‌ That is what I want people to take away from this book. To order the book please visit

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August 2009 “Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the LORD thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.” Joshua 1:9 Get to know Robin Robin Blue…From the streets of Compton, California, drug dealer, user and gang member turns “From Crime to Christ”. She is the President and Founder of Spirit Song Ministries International with a Headquarters in Phoenix, Arizona and also Mbale, Uganda East Africa. In 1973, Robin Blue decided it was time to give God a real chance in her life. A preacher’s daughter turns everything that was wrong in her life around for the good. Knowing and understanding what her purpose is, she took “The Good News of the Gospel” back to the streets. She ministers as Key Note Speaker, Teacher, Preacher, Apostle, Motivational Speaker, Community Activist, Author, Missionary, Psalmist,

and Recording Artist. She speaks in Conferences, Workshops, Seminars, Gang Treaties, and Concert Halls. She has been graced by God to Preach in Conferences with Internationally Renowned Speakers such as Dr. Iverna Tompkins and the late Dr. Fuchsia Pickett. In many conferences around the world Robin Blue has been nominated by thousands of conference attendees as “The Most Recommended and Anointed Speaker.” Everyone Needs This Book!!! This book is dedicated to any leader, from the Church-house, to the White House who has been judged for making mistakes that pushed you to the deep end of sin, resentment, rejection or denial. “Doctor, lawyer, merchant, chief --- and clergymen – you are not exempt from this book. Counselors and teachers need to read this book too, apply it where it fits and pass it along to others.” Dr. Iverna Tompkins

For more information, “Behind Closed Doors”, is published by AuthorHouse. To order in bulk for all other orders visit and other retail stores ask for Behind Closed Doors by Robin Blue ISBN: 9781438982656 For more information, press only: Creative Director Terrell Tye (602) 544-6040 www.THILTONDESIGN.COM For Bookings and other Products contact: Email: P.O. Box 14394 Phoenix, AZ 85063 (623) 214-9060


Galatians 5:22 (KJV) “For the fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance.” To better understand the word longsuffering, please allow me to dissect the word. Webster’s definition of the word “long” is, far reaching, extended or lengthy. “Suffering’ according to Webster’s definition is woe, misery, or distress. So how does the word longsuffering fit into the parameter of the life of the believer? Longsuffering is synonymous with patience (an even

temper, forbearance). Patience is a virtue granted to the believer by God. In Romans 5:3 (KJV) Paul admonished the believer to “glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience.” In other words, we are to be full of joy and triumph in our troubles and rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that pressure, afflictions and hardship produce patient and unswerving endurance. No, this does not mean that we are to be joyful about troubles or hardships, but to rejoice while in the trouble or hardship. There is a difference. The latter produces a God like character that says we are a true follower of Christ. Christ came to show us the way. Jesus Christ said, John 16:33 (KJV) “These things have I spoken unto you, that in Me you might have peace. In the world you have tribulation: but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” So what

does this mean? It means that we can have perfect, complete peace and confidence in Him and what He says. By His birth, death, and resurrection, He has deprived the world of power to harm us and has conquered the world for us. So how can we rejoice in tribulations, troubles, hardships and sufferings. Our praise has to be our weapon. In Psalms 34:1 (KJV) we are instructed, “ I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth.” The Bible tells us in Psalms 22:3 that “God inhabits (lives in) the praises of His people. Since we can trust that this is so, then we can safely say that He will bring us through any trouble, trial or tribulation that we face. The word of God has to be our weapon. Our prayer life has to be our weapon. There is no other way. Let’s for a moment take a look at the illusion that we have identified

as reality. We all want our lives to be filled with pleasure and not with pain. Some believers even erroneously have been taught that when they “come to Jesus” everything is going to be alright. However, the word clearly tells us in John 16:33 that in this world we will have tribulation. The key factor here is to learn how to live “in this world“, yet not “of this world.” Sometimes God allows us to be in a place in life that is very uncomfortable, rough and sometimes just painful. This is not the time to sit around and cry “woe is me.” Many times we are anxious to get out of the trouble when God is saying “wait, I have a blessing stored up for you in your period of waiting.” It is in those times of trouble, trials, and tribulations that God is refining us. It is in those times that we learn how to wait with patience, confidently knowing that he will bring us out.

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Made for Something More By Linda Olson Several years ago, I was invited with other Christian women in leadership to a meeting where a new conference was being introduced. The co-ordinator asked each person why she had come. Time and time again, I heard a negative response such as, “I didn’t want to attend but my pastor thought it would be a good idea or my pastor made me”. I had brought a car full of excited women from my leadership team. We were seated at the center table and knew that our excitement and inspiration would either inspire them or discourage them, but I knew we couldn’t hold back. Fortunately, the positive happened and many of them thanked us for our inspiration. I left the meeting with mixed emotions. Several weeks later, I wasn’t able to shake the burden I felt with this experience. I knew if this group of 75 women from many different church denominations represented a typical Women’s Ministry group, we were in big trouble. About six months later I attended a worldwide conference. As the speaker was waiting for everyone to find the seminar room, she asked if anyone would like to share what kind of support they were getting as a woman leader within their church. Once again, one by one, women got up and responded with negative and bitter attitudes saying if they were invited to a board or pastor’s meeting, they didn’t feel welcomed. Most of them felt they were getting very little or no support. Within the next year, I shared a meal

at our kitchen table with a professor and his wife from a Christian University sharing the burden I felt for Christian women leaders. I shared the need I sensed all across America. The professor shook his head and said, “No, it isn’t.” I didn’t understand. Then he said, “my wife and I have traveled to many different countries around the world and the need is worldwide. I knew that the invitation to entrepreneur a Women’s Ministry program in a church of 5,000 people that had never had a Director of Women’s Ministry would be no easy task. I also knew accepting this invitation was accepting God’s call to work with women on another level. John Maxwell, Christian Leader and owner of Injoy surveyed churches across the nation and discovered that 85% of people serving in the church are women. Every Christian professional, entrepreneur or ministry leader is well aware of the demands required of her. They are also aware of the lack of resources that equip them to meet the demands. What is offered to empower and equip Christian women in leadership? Let me ask you, “Are you tired of …the words, I would like to help but…? …reaching out to everyone around you and wonder when someone will reach out to you? …feeling all alone because there isn’t anyone you can go to who can give you the direction you need.” If so, the answer to rising above your circumstances to becoming the leader you were meant to be is here.

Through Made for Something More, I invite you to join me at the well to quench your emotional and spiritual thirst. For more than thirty-five years as a Christian professional, entrepreneur, volunteer and homeschool Mom I have equipped and empowered thousands of women to make the changes they desire. Made for Something More is an inspirational, informational and transformational program designed to embrace, equip and empower Christian women who want to make a difference. It focuses on several areas: 1. Capturing your Vision I work with leaders and their team to teach you WHAT and show you HOW to: Capture your Vision, Explode your Influence and Put money back into your ministry. Then in less than 45 minutes I will empower you and your group through an inspirational talk, Exceeding your Expectations, Transforming a woman, Influencing a city. You will learn how you can connect with anyone wherever you go, how to rise above your circumstances in any economy, how to defeat your Goliath before he defeats you, how to go from stuck to unstoppable and new tools to quench your thirst. 2. The Exceeding your Expectations Teleseminar series equips you with how you can benefit from an economic downturn, the transformational tool you cannot do without, the secret to making a difference with everyone you meet, the one thing that will keep you from

Linda Olson, Bio Founder of Made for Something More, professional speaker, and award-winning leader. Linda Olson has the ability to capture, inspire, and motivate any audience. She equips them to rise above their present circumstances and focus on their dream. Whether speaking to a group of 20 or 20,000, Linda has won the hearts of many as she equips and empowers women to live a fulfilled purpose driven life. going higher, the secret to extraordinary living through turbulent times, the secret to what every woman wants but doesn’t know how to get and a time to answer your personal questions. 3. Fabulous 3-Day First Class Leadership Retreat at the Pacific Ocean, near San Diego, CA. This retreat offers a relaxed and fun atmosphere, inspiration, motivation, tools, support and a fresh start. Ask how you can earn your way to this incredible get-away.

Singing the world around In an industry that is growing in its reputation for being ruthless, placing “Christian” as prefix might not change much. Many have manipulated the gospel scene to pocket a million or two and everywhere today integrity, is hard to find.

By Colin Witt Today the Christian music industry is leaps and bounds ahead of where it was only ten years ago. An industry with sales grossing over half a billion every year and a genre which sits right above Jazz, Classical, Soundtracks and even Latin. Today Christian Music is the sixth largest genre in the world!

This is not the ambition of singer/songwriter and recording artist, Isak Bosman. Bosman an established professional in the Christian music scene, understands the vitality of being authentic. “I cannot vouch for anyone else, but I know that when I make music it must be from a place of integrity and honesty. I have had the privilege to play on some pretty big stages and it’s easy to get swooped up in the success of it all. But I know that I cannot be successful and not be truthful in my art, else I have failed.”

Bosman has been on this journey of making music professionally for 5 years now, performing at venues like the Sydney Entertainment Centre, where the likes of Robbie Williams, Elton John and David Bowie are regular faces. He has toured three other continents and witnessed the gathering of many diverse cultures, but Bosman insists that none of it is why he makes music. “I believe in making great music, don’t get me wrong, but I believe that music needs to both be personal and impersonal. We need a perspective to relate to, but then also a way to see what’s bigger than ourselves. I believe my music ultimately has to make us look to God in His wonder and then look to our neighbor and say, I can make a difference…I have to make a difference.”

Bosman sees his music as an art that only God can bring to color. He insists that without God at the centre it’s all just a big noise. “I am convinced that without God as my focus, I won’t be able to bring to people the music that has come through my life. It’s scary at the same time, because I am responsible for reflecting that. But my confidence lies in knowing that He is faithful to His plan and I just need to stay willing.” Whichever way you perceive his approach, his music is certainly not going to leave you indifferent. With a scheduled tour in South Africa this summer and a follow-up tour of the United Kingdom he will soon be singing the world around and around.

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August 2009

Divine Prescriptions With E.J. Kemper III


he Problem: Guilt

One of the reasons why so many believers are experiencing failing relationships is because of guilt. Guilt is a bag that many Christians carry. Guilt is the feeling of condemnation based solely upon one’s actions in the past. Guilt is an attempt by Satan to hold your conscious hostage. He strives to make you feel that you are not worthy of the present because of your past dealings. Guilt arises when you constantly dwell on the mistakes that you have made and the sins that you have committed. Don’t give the devil the go-ahead to continuously remind you about the slip-ups that you have made. Guilt is one obvious sign that you have not forgiven yourself. Christ says that we are to love others as we love ourselves. So many Christians think that loving relationships (friendships, marriages etc.) are not attainable for them. So many Christians cannot love others because they don’t love themselves. Until you stop beating yourself up for what you have done in the past, you will never be able to take hold of your future. You are not condemned to wallow in a pen of self-pity and self-degradation. Don’t let the devil convince you that all you deserve is to be alone and miserable. Christ died that we may live. Now, by “live” I don’t mean exist. To live is to have a conscious exonerated from the stranglehold of guilt.


he Prescription: Let it go

Paul says in 2 Corinthians 5:17, “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold all things are become new.” Stop tormenting yourself by depriving yourself of a future much different than your past. Stop allowing yourself to be haunted by a mind congested with guilt. You are not condemned, you are redeemed. You are not the person you once were. You don’t live how you once lived. Nor do you behave the way you once behaved. You are a born again, new creature. This means that Christ has taken away your old nature that enslaved you to your flesh and given you a new nature that liberates you to Him. So then, if He has forgiven you it is time for you to forgive yourself. I know you let someone down, but forgive yourself. I know that you may have messed up bad, but forgive yourself. Maybe you’re saying, “But you don’t understand how bad I’ve messed up?” My dears, it does not matter the extent of falter, what

matters is that God’s mercy can and has covered it with the blood of Jesus Christ. So then the writer of Hebrews 10:2-3 says “For then would they not have ceased to be offered? Because that the worshippers once purged should have had no more conscience of sins. But in those sacrifices there is a remembrance again made of sins every year.” In the Old Testament the people of God had to bring animal sacrifices to the temple to be offered as reparation for their sins. The priest would lay his hand on the head of the animal as a semblance of the transfer of sin. This means the animal now bore the sin of the man and would receive the just punishment in the place the man. This practice was started by God himself in the Garden of Eden when He slew an animal and covered Adam and Eve with its’ coat. The writer explains further that we no longer have to offer a sacrifice or atonement for our sins day after day and year after year. Besides this point, the writer says further that in sacrifice there is remembrance of sin and fault. Because one had to offer again and again he remembers the sin and the fault. Thank God that Jesus Christ has paid the ultimate sacrifice for our sins. Just as the innocent animal, Christ bore the sin of the sinner that the sinner might be free from the tyranny of sin and guilt. Therefore the only sacrifice that we must offer is the sacrifice of praise unto God. For in this sacrifice there is not the remembrance of sin but the remembrance of salvation. Therefore stop sacrificing your life upon an altar of guilt by regurgitating the missteps that you have taken and give God praise that you have been freed from the baggage of guilt. –Excerpt from No More Baggage by E.J. Kemper III in stores January 2010Get E.J.’s new book The Proper Purpose of Pain at

Did you know it was him? By Chauncy Latigue

It was sometime now after Jesus’ events had passed and people were talking about the tragic events of the day, you know what I mean by that…..goes something like this Michael Jackson this, Michael Jackson that… did he… didn’t he. You get my drift on how we as Earth living breathing speaking spirits can do when something special happens. In the book of Luke 24: 13-19 Two of Jesus’ Followers were walking to the village of Emmaus, seven miles from Jerusalem. As they walked along they were talking about everything that had happened. You know, Jesus’ trial before Pilate, Jesus’ Crucifixion, Jesus’ death and burial and unbeknownst to them His beloved Resurrection (thank you Lord). Which they had heard about from the women who went to Jesus’ tomb. While they were talking about all that had happened, suddenly Jesus himself came along and joined them and began walking beside them. But they didn’t know who he was; Jesus says “you seem to be in a deep discussion about something, what are you so concerned about?” I am drawn to write and tell you that even if you don’t recognize someone that you have known for a while, you should recognize a voice or a certain mannerism. Now Isaiah advised us in Isaiah 53:2-4 that “there was nothing beautiful or majestic about his appearance, nothing to attract us to him”, he was despised and rejected—a man of sorrows, acquainted with the bitterest grief. We turned our backs on him and looked the other way when he went by. He was despised and we did not care. The disciples stopped short, with sadness written all over their faces, then one of them said ‘You must be the only person in Jerusalem who hasn’t heard about all the things that have happened there the last few days. Jesus said “what things? My point is, Jesus may show up in your life in many forms and you may not recognize it as being him, he may be the one who paid that extra change you needed in the store, he may have let you in a traffic jam, or held the door for you, or gave you a good report at the hospital or showed up as a phone call when you were about to commit suicide, no maybe he showed

up as a check, when you needed it to pay your mortgage or car note. I am not saying Christ is a magician of some sort… my point is to get you to recognize when Jesus is in your presence. After having supper with Jesus as he blessed the meal, suddenly their eyes were opened, and they recognized him. At that moment he disappeared. In the Bible it states that God is Spirit( John 4:24), not God is a spirit did you catch that. He is Spirit, which means he is all over. We need to take him out of the box, that we keep him in, he is not in the manger, wrapped in swaddling cloth, he is not on the cross with a trickle of blood and nails in his hands he is “Alive” and well I am convinced that if you can learn to give him power over your life to do as he chooses, I am sure of it that you will recognize when he shows up. In John 14:6 Jesus states” I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the father except through me, if you had known who I am, then you would have known who my father is. From now on you know him and have seen him!” Take the time to get a relationship with Christ, if you are not saved.. Let today be that day, ask him into your heart. Make him Savior and Lord of your life. It’s not a matter of religion, please don’t mix the two. Relationship brings ownership to one another. I can recall being at a business and my children were out among all the other children, having a great time, at first glance all I saw was little heads and eyes, but from my relationship with them, I spotted them each time, without hesitation. So it is with Christ, you should know when he is around without hesitation. Start the practice of his presence around you by acknowledging him always, in the morning before you do anything simply say “ Good morning Holy Spirit”, while out in about say “thank you Jesus for your presence in my life”. Make it a habit, anything you do more than 15 times, becomes a habit in your life. You will not regret it I promise you. Recognize Grace when it is in your face!

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Christian Star Issue 8

August 2009

A Touch of Grace • The Missing Link • Created in God’s Image • Creation Therapy

Creation Therapy Developed Through Research by Dr. Arno Every single person that reads Creation Therapy will benefit in their interpersonal skills, both at home and in the workplace. Creation Therapy helps us understand our own temperament, as well as others. Marriages have been salvaged by simply understanding the needs of each other. Creation Therapy is a counseling method based on the belief that man is a uniquely created being rather than the result of an evolutionary process. This method was developed during seven years of research involving five thousand (5,000) indi-

viduals who were seeking help for their problems. Conclusions based on research are that Creation Therapy is over ninety percent (90%) successful when administered by a person who has been trained in this counseling technique. Presently our A.P.S. Certified counselors are administering approximately 25,000 A.P.S. reports per year. The Arno Profile System is a Divinely inspired counseling tool which God’s people (counselors) are successfully using to help the hurting.

Have you ever wondered why we do the very things that we know we should not and why we do not do the very things we know we should? This was one of the greatest things to perplex the Apostle Paul and it continues to perplex most presentday Christians. Lay persons and members of the clergy who take and complete the Creation Therapy course will: • Learn what causes relationship conflicts and how to resolve them. • Learn the secrets of human behavior and how God's wonderful

plan works when understood and applied. • Learn a very successful five-step method for counseling those who turn to them for help. • Qualify to administer the Arno Profile System which identifies an individual's "inborn" temperament rather than their behavior. This information helps the counselor identify the core problem and aid the counselee in problem resolution.

Until My Blindfold Comes Off - A Journey of Vision Without Sight About Chris Harvey's Journey

Chris Harvey pursues excellence. He is a natural born salesman and entrepreneur whose first business was a tie-dye tee-shirt operation at a time when his friends were selling lemonade. He then sold Christmas cards from catalogs in July and managed a paper route. As a teenager, he worked summers and Saturdays in greenhouses. By his first year in college, Chris was a skilled meat cutter, taxidermist, and heating and air conditioning mechanic. Chris holds a bachelor's degree in business administration from Shepherd College and a master's degree in economics from the University of Virginia. His professors nominated Chris for inclusion in "Who's Who Among American Colleges and Universities." After college, Chris pursued a career as a stockbroker with Wheat First Securities (now Wachovia Securities). He later helped open the Leesburg, Virginia branch of Smith Barney, where he is currently First Vice-President - Wealth Management and Financial Advisor/Portfolio Manager. Chris's commitment to helping clients make informed decisions led to his teaching "In-

vestment and Financial Planning Strategies" for Georgetown University. He was a faculty member in the continuing education department for thirteen years. Chris has served on community boards including Lions International and Services for the Visually Impaired. He is an ordained deacon in the Southern Baptist Church and served on church planning and financial committees. Chris was a founding board member for Loudoun Transportation Association, which operates door-to-door bus services for those without other forms of transportation. He chaired the task force that established Dominion Academy, a private K-8 school in Leesburg, Virginia, and later served two terms as a board member. While at Wheat First Securities, he received the prestigious J.C. Wheat, Jr. Community Service Award for his motivational and disability awareness presentations for local clubs, churches, and schools. Chris also served on disability awareness panels for the Defense Mapping Agency and for Bell Atlantic (now Verizon). Chris and his wife Stephanie live in Leesburg,

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Christian Star Issue 8

The Sermon on the Mount

Across 1 Not to be put under a bushel. 3 Let yours shine before men! 7 Moth and rust will do this to your earthly store. 8 If you do this, you will find. 10 These should not be done in view of men. 13 The eight sayings by Christ at the beginning of his sermon. 15 They sound trumpets in the streets when they are being charitable. 18 The peacemakers will be called this. 20 They were with Jesus when he gave the sermon. 22 You can't serve God and this. 24 The earth is this to God.

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2 Jesus gave this as example of how to commuicate with God. 4 Don’t lay these upon the earth. 5 Whoever says this to his brother shall be in danger of the council. 6 Those who are given happiness and good fortune. 9 When engaging in this, you should enter into your closet and shut the door. 11 Where the sermon was given. 12 You should search for this first, before worrying about food and clothing. 14 What you should do to your eye if it offends. 16 They which do this shall be filled. 17 The hypocrites disfigured their faces while doing this. 19 If you are forced to go a mile with someone, this is how far you should go. 21 The foolish man built his house on this.



Christian Star Issue 8

August 2009

Homeless Population in Atlanta, GA According to the National Coalition for the Homeless, during the 3-day process to identify the homeless for the 2000 Census Operation, the total number of homeless persons recorded during March 2000 was 280,527 in the United States. In Atlanta, GA, independent counts yielded over 15,000 homeless individuals on the streets in 2000. However, new estimates by independent studies state that there are over 20,000 people homeless in Atlanta, GA today. As tourists walk through the Atlanta’s popular park, Centennial Olympic Park, many homeless people can be seen resting or roaming around the heart of Downtown Atlanta. It is heartbreaking to

see so many children and adults in the streets, without a roof over their heads. As Christians, we have a responsibility to help our leaders in our communities find a solution to end homelessness in America. Although these numbers address the Atlanta area, this problem is prevalent throughout all of our major cities. Shuffling these people out of our daily visual contact is not the solution. Christians everywhere should be appalled at the solutions that have been proposed to rectify this condition; everything from making it illegal to be homeless to moving them to other areas where they will be equally homeless. The Christ-like solution is to help these people get off the streets to gain some sense of worth and dignity.

IN THE HEAT OF AUGUST The hot temperatures of midsummer make it tough to spend much time working in your garden, so take advantage of any cooler days to take care of grooming and weeding. Right now, your primary concern will be assuring an ample supply of water for your plants. Weed control is also very important, because with the warmer weather and increased watering; weed seeds will germinate and grow faster, and mature to the point of producing more seeds. Take advantage of your spare time to keep the weeds cultivated out of all parts of the garden. Watering can be the biggest task this month particularity if the weather gets hot. Vegetable gardens, most flowering plants, and the lawn all need about one inch of water every week to keep them green and looking nice. Be sure to water thoroughly, and deeply each time you water. When possible, do your watering in the morning or early afternoon so the soil has a chance to warm up before the cooler evening hours set in. Deep watering will induce the plant’s roots to grow deeper, where they are less likely to dry out, as well as the added benefit of anchoring the plant into the ground better. Light, surface watering actually wastes water, because the water never actually reaches the root zone of the plant, and the moisture rapidly evaporates from the top inch of soil. The best way to tell if your plants are receiving enough water is to take a trowel or shovel and dig down a few inches. The soil should be moist at least 3 or 4 inches deep to insure that the water is reaching the root zone of the plants. Of course, if you planted drought resistant plants in your garden, you won’t have to water as often, but the principal of deep watering still applies. Be sure to check the hanging baskets and

container grown plants every day during hot weather and about every second day on moderate summer days. Don’t just check the surface... Push your finger an inch or two into the soil to be sure there is adequate moisture below throughout the root area. Water them thoroughly each time you water, but be careful not to overwater them.

ness per day (mid to late September). This may be accomplished by placing the potted plant in a closet or unlighted room, or by covering the plant with black cloth, black plastic over a frame or a cardboard box. The plant must then be returned to the light each day and given a minimum of 4 hours of direct sun,

Now is the time to start your fall and winter vegetables. Plant starters or seeds of green onions, carrots, beets, lettuce, spinach, radishes, and winter cauliflower directly into the garden early this month. Enjoy the harvest of your homegrown fruits, vegetables and herbs!

Late this month Poinsettias and Christmas cactus should be brought back indoors and you should begin preparing them for Christmas flowering. Poinsettias are short day plants. Although they will eventually bloom, if you want the plants in bloom for the holidays they must be kept at about 65 to 70 degrees, and subjected to at least six weeks of 14 hours of total dark-

or 10 hours of bright light. The application of a 0-10-10 fertilizer this month and again next should help encourage the development of flower buds, then feed your plant every 2 weeks with a high nitrogen fertilizer once color has begun to show. Christmas cactus needs the same general care, with the exception that they require cooler temperatures of about 50 to 60 degrees. • Continue to watch for insect or disease damage and take the necessary steps to control the problem. • Warmer and drier weather means it will be necessary to water and mist your house plants more often. • Keep the weeds pulled, before they have a chance to flower and go to seed again. Otherwise, you will be fighting newly germinated weed seed for the next several years. Weeds in the garden are harmful because they rob your plants of water and nutrients, harbor insects and diseases, and, on occasion grow tall enough to shade your flowers and plants. • Change the water in your bird bath regularly, and keep it filled. Standing water is less healthy for the birds, and may become a breeding ground for mosquito larvae. • Continue to watch for insect, slug and snail, or disease damage throughout the garden, and take the necessary steps to control the problem. • Last but not least remember to enjoy your garden! By Derrick Singleton

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August 2009

Cash for Clunkers Lifeline By Rolland Soileau The Cash for Clunkers program that was introduced in late July to help spur auto sales in the US and to also promote the sales of more fuel efficient autos has been very successful in its debut. It’s been so successful that the $1 billion that was allocated for this program has already run out, far in advance of the anticipated November deadline. Originally, $4 billion was sought for this program. It was eagerly waited for by both the auto industry and environmentalists, although tougher environmental standards were desired. But you have to take one step at a time and this was a great step in the right direction. So what’s the next for this program? Is it over just like that? I don’t think so. The government is seeking another $2 billion dollars for this program as soon as possible. Before anyone starts thinking that “here we go, spending more money that we

don’t have”, consider the usefulness of this program. The auto industry has been instrumental in helping this country work its way out of past recessions. This is not just money down a hole for taxpayers. This money will stimulate major sales on big ticket products- cars and trucks. This is a good chunk of the economic recovery for this country. The US is not the only country that has this type of program going. European countries such as France, England, Germany, and Spain have all instituted this program. It has had been a big success wherever it’s been introduced. Our current problem in the US is that it has been way more successful already than anyone anticipated. A program that works better than we thought it would? Fancy that! $3 billion is nothing to sneeze at, but in the larger scheme of things this is money very well spent. Right now the House has already passed a bill to add $2 billion to extend this

program. That bill goes before the Senate next. This bill needs to pass and will most likely do just that. It would be an extreme tragedy if it did not. There’s talk about suspending this program now that the current funds are used up, but I feel fairly certain that this program will live on. The broader picture with this program is that we have something that works for the good of the entire nation. You don’t have to be an auto worker in Detroit to see the benefits of this program for the country. Auto dealers around the country are being extended part of this lifeline. This also translates to money circulating in communities across the nation, good and services being bought up across the nation, and consumers getting

good deals on vehicles. It is also a very innovative way to get more fuel efficient cars out there on the road in a controlled fashion, but reasonably quick. This program will get new legs and continue on. But as a warning to anyone thinking about using this program, I would do so sooner rather than later. At the rate that the initial funds were used up, I’d say we will see any additional funds used up way before the November deadline. But that’s actually a good thing. It’s great to see people back in the showrooms of their local dealers. It’s also great to see the government get it right too. I’ve seen some of the ads from dealers lately and right now is the time take advantage of this opportunity before its gone, maybe for good.

Economical Signs By Rolland Soileau The stock market had its best July in 20 years last month as the Dow gained 8.6%. The S&P 500 also had its best July in a dozen years. These are pretty promising indicators that the worst of this current recession may well be behind us. Although these are encouraging signs, we are not quite out of the woods yet. Companies are starting to improve their bottom lines and are cautiously predicting improvements in the near-term future. But the stock market is not the sole indicator on the health of the economy. At the end of July, the government reported that the economy shrank at a pace of just 1% in the second quarter. Although this was yet another declining quarter, it was much better than most analysts had predicted.

The Consumer confidence index fell from 49.3 in June to 46.6, which was the second straight month of decline after 3 straight encouraging months of gains. There are several upcoming reports that will give a better understanding of the health of our economy, including reports on housing, employment, and manufacturing. The stock market can be very misleading when trying to view the economic landscape of the country. It mainly expresses the optimism of investors, which normally should be based on sound economic data derived from company filings. But those of us who remember the tech bubble most definitely know that this is not always the case. Investors look to the future when trying to determine their buy, hold, or sell cycles. A company can have a great quarter of earnings, but if they give a forecast that appears gloomy you may see a lot of selling of that company’s stock. Most companies are not losing money now like they were

at the beginning of the year. There has been significant cost-cutting and belt tightening, which in a lot of cases has led to multiple lay-offs of employees. Unemployment is probably the biggest negative sentiment that consumers have about the current path of the economy. The shortterm outlook for the economy is still negative, mainly due to the 9.5% unemployment rate which is extremely high by any standard. Since the start of the recession in December of 2007, unemployment has risen by 4.6% which means that there are 14.7 million unemployed people who can’t find work. The Bureau of Labor statistics estimates that the number of long-term unemployed (those without a job for 27 weeks or more) increased to 4.4 million in June. July’s unemployment numbers will be very closely watched and will impact the stock market, one way or another. Overall, the early indicators are pointing to the worst of this current recession being past us. Housing numbers have been somewhat

encouraging. The values of homes have stopped declining in some areas and are actually on the rise. Unemployment, while still rising, is finally starting to taper off. Inventories of businesses are starting to evaporate. The stage is being set for a strong economic recovery in the future. Businesses are streamlined, and when that pent-up demand for goods and services finally unwinds, they’re going to have start hiring again. Keep in mind that there are also a lot of elderly workers who would have retired recently, but who have held off due to the state of the economy and their shrunken 401k’s. One sidebar to the recession that we’re currently in: people have actually learned how to save. For years, the US population has saved less on a percentage basis than most industrialized countries. We have learned be more fiscally responsible with our finances and if we remember the lessons we’ve learned, that will definitely do us well in the future. But we are a nation of consumers and that also means we’re a nation of spend, spend, spend.

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