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Unity in Christ, reflecting love in Acadiana.
Third Day IN ACADIANA
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ON THE COVER: The Lead Us Back Tour with Third Day Concert at Crossroads Church. featuring Brandon Heath and Warren Barfield. Photo by Cori Phelps. NEXT MONTH: GOTREAUX FAMILY FARMS, GROWN IN ACADIANA FOR ACADIANA
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Happy New Year, CSM readers!Â
than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires. Nothing in all creation is hidden from God. Everything is naked and exposed before his eyes, and he is the one to whom we are accountable."
religion and build unity in the body of Christ and local ministries that are giving, growing and increasing the Kingdom of God. Covenant Spotlight knows that when we shine the light of Jesus, darkness must flee. So join us in spreading the name of Jesus throughout Acadiana and beyond. Pick up an extra copy and pass it on! Like it, post it and pass it on through social media. We have heard from people who have seen a copy of CSM in Africa! Our prayer for this magazine is to bless you, our readers. We hope this magazine will encourage you in your walk with Jesus through this life. Start 2016 off right, read the living Word of God and share it with someone. You can and will change eternity for the people God puts in your path.
Let's start the new year with praise and worship in our hearts for the grace and mercy of God. CSM's Jim and Cori Phelps secured tickets and an interview with Third Day right here in Lafayette! Read all about it. CSM will continue to publish and support Lafayette and the Acadiana area with local and national news on issues concerning the Kingdom of God with local Christian businesses, laypeople who are standing up for God in these trying times, pastors who are standing strong in the pulpits and meeting together to tear down the walls of
"So be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid and do not panic before them. For the Lord your God will personally go ahead of you. He will neither fail you nor abandon you.â€? Deut. 31:6 NLT
We have so much to celebrate this new year and Jesus as always is at the top of the list. We are so very blessed to know Him and make Him known. If you are a first-time reader, our prayer is that you see Jesus throughout this magazine. We believe and trust the Bible when it states in Hebrews 4:12-13 NLT "For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper
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By Keith Boutte
re you new? Have you been born again? If Christ has become your Lord and Savior, your Redeemer from your sin, then you are new. According to 2 Corinthians 5:17, old things have passed away and all things are new! So what can we do this new year to glorify God? So many things come to mind, but maybe we could start with becoming less judgmental according to the flesh/our feelings and instead judge according to the Word of God.
"So we have stopped evaluating others from a human point of view. At one time we thought of Christ merely from a human point of view. How differently we know him now!" - 2 Corinthians 5:16, NLT As Christians, when we see other people, our first question should be this: do they know Jesus? If they know Him, we are eternally connected to them through Christ Jesus and the redemption of sin on the cross. If they don't know Jesus, they are eternally separated from God and need to become new.
"This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun! And all of this is a gift from God, who brought us back to himself through Christ. And God has given us this task of reconciling people to him" – 2 Corinthians 5:17-18, NLT. This task of reconciling lost people to God by the blood of the Lamb and the word of our testimony is given to all Christians. I remember years back when a friend of mine wore his new shoes to school. He was so proud of his shoes that when he went to class he showed the teacher. When she saw how proud he was of his new shoes, she told him to show the whole class. He was elated and paused by every desk so the class could get a good look at his shoes. My friend was proud to show everyone his shoes. They were new and shiny. But it only took a few days for the shoes to get scuffed up and he no longer saw them as special but as just another pair of old shoes. He no longer had a desire to show anyone his shoes. Many people are excited to tell others about Christ when they first believe and as time
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goes on lose their desire to share Christ. They no longer want to tell people about Christ and treat Him like an old pair of shoes.
"This is a faithful saying: For if we died with Him, We shall also live with Him. If we endure, We shall also reign with Him. If we deny Him, He also will deny us. If we are faithless, He remains faithful; He cannot deny Himself" – 2 Timothy 2:1113, NKJV. Faithfulness is such a wonderful trait of mankind. When someone is faithful to another person, love grows. Of course I think of marriage and how a man and a woman love each other and pledge faithfulness to each other for life. We can also see that faithfulness seems not to be as important in our society as it once was. America has changed right before my eyes. I have watched and heard our president say that America is no longer a Christian nation but a nation of many religions. How America has changed! Yet this is nothing new. If we read the Bible we see how God blessed His chosen nation and how that nation turned away from the God who made them great, just as America has done. There is a price for turning our backs on God, yet God remains faithful to His Word. I am still an American who believes in the Constitution and the Bill of Rights and in this country that was founded on biblical values and the very Word of God. We are one nation under God, who made America great, and only one God holds our future in His hands. We are in a different America today but unlike other religions who seek to destroy other people, Christianity seeks to love all people. And no greater love can be shown than to lay down your life so someone can live. (See John 15:13.) It seems many Christians fail to see or believe that being a Christ-follower includes cspotlight.com
This task of reconciling lost people to God by the blood of the Lamb and the word of our testimony is given to all Christians. telling others about Jesus. This is not only for evangelists and pastors; the whole body of Christ is called to share His story. Many soldiers have given their lives for this country, not for the land, but for the people in this land. We are soldiers for Christ if we believe in Jesus and His redemption on the cross. We are fighting for a kingdom, a people and a God. We must choose to fight this battle for mankind's soul with love and compassion.
you know! If all you know is that God saved you and forgave your sin, then tell others! Look around you! America is NO LONGER a Christian nation! The Bible is not in America's schools, nor in its courts or in the White House! America is no longer ruled by the Word of God.
Jesus defined the generation in which he lived as adulterous and sinful; sadly, this is how America is today. Grace is for those who deny themselves and follow Jesus. If anything in the Bible is not true then nothing in the Bible is true. God is God of all or He is not God at all. People of God, who know God, who know Jesus, who believe God and who know there is a heaven and a hell, rise up! Proclaim what
we're in. Proclaim or deny, live or die, give or take, be old or be new. Life is about the choices we make; will you become new?
"Our courts oppose the righteous, and justice is nowhere to be found. Truth stumbles in the streets, and honesty has been outlawed. Yes, truth is gone, and anyone who renounces "And they have defeated him by the blood evil is attacked. The LORD looked and was of the Lamb and by their testimony. And they displeased to find there was no justice. He did not love their lives so much that they were was amazed to see that no one intervened to afraid to die" – Revelations 12:11, NLT. help the oppressed. So he himself stepped in The only way to overcome this world is by to save them with his strong arm, and his living our lives for Christ. The Bible is clear justice sustained him" – Isaiah 59:14-16, about what living for Christ is. NLT. "When He had called the people to People of God, Jesus took our place on the Himself, with His disciples also, He said cross; His death gave us life! Jesus came from to them, 'Whoever desires to come after Me, heaven to die so that people might be saved. let him deny himself, and take up his cross, We have the same calling on our lives. We and follow Me. For whoever desires to save must die to selfish desires and seek to follow his life will lose it, but whoever loses his Christ as the Bible says to do. life for My sake and the gospel's will save "All Scripture is inspired by God and is it. For what will it profit a man if he gains useful to teach us what is true and to make the whole world, and loses his own soul? us realize what is wrong in our lives. It Or what will a man give in exchange for corrects us when we are wrong and teaches his soul? For whoever is ashamed of Me us to do what is right. God uses it to prepare and My words in this adulterous and sinful and equip his people to do every good work" generation, of him the Son of Man also will – 2 Timothy 3:16-17, NLT. be ashamed when He comes in the glory of God has called us to service because of His His Father with the holy angels'" – Mark grace that flows through us, and His Holy 8:34-38, NKJV. Spirit provides direction in every situation
Keith and Christy reside in Lafayette, LA and have four children. They have a passion for people, our city and for seeing the Lord lifted up as a light and hope to others.
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Furniture, family and faith By Julie Hasling
With seven children and a passion
for helping others, Louise and her late husband Brian Baudoin opened Unpainted Furniture by Louise in 1971. Today located in the South College Shopping Center under the name Louise’s Real Wood Furniture, this store offers unfinished pieces with many options of paints, stains and custom finishes expertly done by Devin Lantier at The Finish Factory. Devin has been a partner and godsend to the Baudoins for over 25 years. Louise's Real Wood Furniture is now owned and operated by daughter Anna Lane, as Mrs. Baudoin is retired. Both Brian and Louise have always considered their store a personal mission field and an opportunity to share the Good News with others. Louise lights up as she recalls the time when a mother brought her difficult teenager into the store. The mother was at her wit's end with her son and asked if the Baudoins would hire him, hoping honest work would keep
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A furniture store and so much more!
him out of trouble…and it did! Without hesitation Mr. Brian took the lad under his wing and mentored him for two years. The teenager flourished but when he moved away the Baudoins lost contact with him. Later they would hear from his proud mother that her son had landed a good stable job and had a wife and kids. This was the kind of salesmanship and eternal persuasion for which Mr. Baudoin was famous. “He would reach out to the delivery truck drivers and knew them all by name. He pursued them until they committed their lives to the Lord,” Louise fondly reminisces.
What sets this business apart is not just the quality solid wood furniture but the solid faith and integrity of the Baudoin family. The impact they have made on Acadiana over the past 43 years is immeasurable, the lives touched and changed, uncountable. This is what makes Louise’s Real Wood Furniture so much more than just a furniture store! Located at 2807 Johnston St. in Lafayette. For more information, call (337)233-6337 or visit louisesrealwood.com.
Julie is founder and president of Life With Father Ministries. To learnmore, visit lifewithfather.org.
By Angie Dumas
A little touch of France
La Creperie Bistro opened a few weeks
ago here in Lafayette. There has been a lot of buzz about this place. I was happy to finally find time in my schedule to try out the crepes. The goal of La Creperie Bistro is to offer attentive customer service with an elegant decor. Their hope is you feel whisked away to a French bistro. What I loved is that customers can see the crepe-maker preparing the food. I got to see the preparation of the Alfredo crepe. This savory crepe includes grilled chicken, bacon, Portobello mushrooms, shredded Parmesan cheese and Alfredo sauce. The crepe was delicious, even though it was a little weird at first because I have only eaten crepes with fruit for breakfast or dessert. I loved that the cheese on the crepe was melted with a torch. Cool stuff. The Alfredo crepe was served with a side Located: 1921 Kaliste Saloom, Suite 116 salad with red onions, tomatoes and balsamic Open: Mon.-Wed., 11 a.m.-9 p.m. vinaigrette which was light and flavorful, a Thurs.-Sat., 11 a.m.-10:30 p.m.
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very good salad. For dessert I had the Dulce de Leche, which is similar to a caramel sauce but so much better. I added strawberries and banana. It was so good, very rich in flavor. I asked a young lady named Julie if there were options for those who were on a Glutenfree diet. Her suggestions for Gluten allergies were the Caprese salad or the Creperie salad. In the future, there will be a crepe made with buckwheat flour, which will be prepared on a grill separate from the regular crepes. I think this will be a good thing for those with Gluten allergies. Overall we really enjoyed the food at LA Creperie Bistro. The food was delicious, beautifully presented and served in a timely manner. Angie Dumas is a member of Crossroads Church. She and her husband, Brian, have two children and reside in Youngsville.
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What’s the word?
By Melissa D’Aunoy
Over the last few years, at the end of the year, I begin to pray and seek God about a “word” for the new year, a word that He speaks to my heart about what He wants to do with me, in me and through me in the upcoming year. My words in years past: deep, sight and intimacy. Hard words, intense words, scratchy, don’t-always-feel-good, words! These are not the words I would choose for myself. When I start praying about my new word, I hear words like “beauty” and “more,” and I wait, hoping that these are my words but knowing that I don’t always choose well. I don’t always choose words that reflect a deep work He might want to do in me. In 2 Corinthians 12:9a God says, “My
grace is sufficient for you, for my power is
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made perfect in weakness.” I don’t always choose words that encourage that step of faith that is needed for real growth. I don’t always choose words that remind me of my weakness, words that are more Him than me. So, I wait! And usually He changes my word. He has a better word, not “better” because I like it, but better because He knows what He wants to do with me, what needs to happen in me and how He will flow through me! He always knows better! Isaiah 55:8-9 reminds us,“‘For my
thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways my ways,’ says the Lord. ‘For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.’”
So I challenge you to pray about a word for 2016! God has an amazing word just the right fit for you this year! A word that will encourage you, break you and restore you! A word that will bring hope, revelation and change! A word that will define you, a word that will refine you! Pray and wait, then receive His word for you! Happy New Year!
Marc and Melissa D’Aunoy are co-directors of The Kitchen Table Counseling and Life Coaching Services in Lafayette. Together they help restore marriages, families and individuals to spiritual, emotional and physical health.
By Jeanene Brown
I had an abortion when I was 17 years old.
This was in 1979 when abortion had been legal for several years. At the time, my family and I thought it was the best decision for me. In my heart, I knew it was wrong and I was ashamed, so not many people knew about it. Unfortunately, it did not stop me from having sex. The emotional pain that I was in from the abortion did not stop, either. I got pregnant again at 18. This time, I was determined that I was keeping my baby. By 19, though, I was filled with anger and depression over the abortion. I became a born-again believer when I was 24 years old. I knew that God forgave me for my abortion; however, I did not feel it was safe to talk about my abortion (not even with Christians or anyone in the church). I continued to keep this unhealthy secret locked inside of me for far too many years. I masked the pain by trying to forget about my abortion. I also tried to be a supermom to my two sons. I knew what Psalm 127:3 NLT said:
“Children are a gift from the Lord; they are a reward from Him.” I still needed healing, though. In 2009, while at a church service at what is now called The Bayou Church, I heard a listing of the different ministries they support. One was A Pregnancy Center in Lafayette. I called them the next day. I wanted to help other young women who had an abortion (or who were thinking about it). I was told from the director of the center that I needed to go through a healing Bible study group. They put me in touch with a woman (Michelle Durand) who was starting an afterabortion healing group. Her ministry was called Tears to Treasures. The healing Bible study book was called Forgiven and Set Free. It absolutely changed my life! With the help of God and the incredible women in
the group, I went back to every part of my abortion experience and worked through it. It brought incredible healing to each area that needed healing. My relationships improved. Most importantly, I finally forgave myself ! God brought me out of darkness into His marvelous light (1 Peter 2:9)! Psalm 56:8 NLT says,“You keep track of all my sorrows. You
have collected all my tears in your bottle. You have recorded each one in your book.”
Soon after this, I felt the Lord calling me to speak to others about what He has done in my life. He has been using me to do this in various ways. I feel most comfortable testifying in a smallgroup setting. I am open to what God wants me to do in the future concerning abortion recovery ministry. There is a great need in our community for abortion healing recovery programs (for both women and men)! My prayer is that pastors
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and churches will not be afraid to discuss this. There are so many hurting people out there that are keeping the secret just like I did. If you or someone you know has had an abortion, I encourage you or ask you to encourage them to seek help. You can check out tearstotreasures.com for more information.
A Call to Prayer and Fasting for the Unborn Intercessors for America is calling the Church to a seven-day fast starting January 17th. Sign up at nationlsanctityoflifesunday.com to receive 7 free daily devotions concerning the sanctity of life. Jeanene Brown is a wife and a grateful mother of two grown sons. She is a member of Our Savior’s Church and lives in Lafayette. She presently serves as a small-group leader for women, and she owns a small Christian business called Jeanie’s Heavenly Treasures. It is a natural and organic cosmetic business.
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Where head and heart meet
By Elizabeth Diebold
How can a person
support organizations that help people in need? Some may choose to give their time and abilities through volunteer service, while still others provide financial support. Charitable giving provides an opportunity to engage both head and heart in making a difference. The following tips from Thrivent Financial can help donors make the most of their charitable gifts. Choose a reputable organization. Never give to an organization without first knowing its purpose and effectiveness. The Philanthropic Advisory Service of Better Business Bureaus and National Charities Information Bureaus can help. Budget for donations. Systematic gifts spread throughout the year may help donors give more than if they give a one-time gift based on their financial leftovers. Keep good records. To deduct donations for tax purposes, people must keep appropriate record of their contributions. The type and value of one’s gift may
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require specific forms of acknowledgement from the recipient organization. For details, see Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Publication 526. Take advantage of tax benefits. For a charitable donation to be tax-deductible, the charity must be recognized by the IRS as a qualified organization. Give generously and wisely. From wills, living trusts, charitable gift annuities, endowments and mini-foundations to gifts of appreciated stock, retirement funds or real estate, there are many vehicles through which individuals can make charitable gifts. Special care should be used to determine the option that meets one’s financial circumstances. Gifting some assets to IRS-recognized charities may potentially reduce capital gains tax. Life insurance may also be an excellent option to magnify a gift. Consult with experts. Always consult a financial, legal and/or tax professional before putting a gifting plan into action. When moved to make a difference, donors
should remember there are many options for making a financial gift. Just be sure to explore the options and enlist appropriate support along the way. By fully planning a charitable gift, a person can ensure that both head and heart are satisfied.
About Thrivent Financial Thrivent Financial is a financial services organization that helps Christians be wise with money and live generously. As a membership organization, it offers its nearly 2.4 million member-owners a broad range of products, services and guidance from financial representatives nationwide. For more than a century it has helped members make wise money choices that reflect their values while providing them opportunities to demonstrate their generosity where they live, work and worship. For more information, visit Thrivent.com/why. You can also find us on Facebook and Twitter. Insurance products issued or offered by Thrivent Financial, the marketing name for Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, Appleton, WI. Not all products are available in all states. Securities and investment advisory services are offered through Thrivent Investment Management Inc., 625 Fourth Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN 55415, a FINRA and SIPC member and a wholly owned subsidiary of Thrivent. Thrivent Financial representatives are registered representatives of Thrivent Investment Management Inc. They are also licensed insurance agents/producers of Thrivent. For additional important information, visit Thrivent.com/disclosures.
This article was prepared by Thrivent Financial for use by Acadiana representative Elizabeth Diebold. She has offices at 1017 Lafayette St. in Lafayette and can also be reached at (337) 781-9142.
Christian apps Helping you in your walk By Michael Melder
In the last few articles, we discussed a few bad apps and the dangers of technology. In this article, however, we will discuss apps and websites that can actually help our journey of faith. There are many apps and websites out there that can help in our walk, but only a few of the good ones will be listed here. One of the more wellknown and upcoming Bible apps is called YouVersion Bible App. YouVersion Bible App features 1,115 Bible versions, 799 languages, audio Bibles for many popular versions, offline capabilities, over 800 Bible plans on specific topics and devotionals. It can be downloaded on all sorts of devices from bible. com/kids. Even when it’s presented through a device, “All Scripture
is God-breathed and is
useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work” – 2 Timothy 3:16-17, NIV. Another great app that began as a website back in 1993 has grown to be one of the oldest Bible websites available today. It is called Bible Gateway and it provides you with a rich social and personal connection to freely read, research and reference scripture on any computer or smart device from anywhere in more than 70 languages and is available in more than 180 versions! Its simple yet advanced searching capabilities allow you to quickly find and compare particular passages in multiple Bible translations based on any keywords, phrases, topics or Scripture references you have in mind. You can dive into more online at the
following site or download the app at biblegateway.com/app. As you can see, from these two organizations alone, you can read, study or research God’s word no matter where you are. Paul gives great advice to Timothy that we can follow today:“Until I come, devote
yourself to the public reading of Scripture, to preaching and to teaching. Do not neglect your gift, which was given you through prophecy when the body of elders laid their hands on you. Be diligent in these matters; give yourself wholly to them, so that everyone may see your progress” – 1 Timothy 4:1315, NIV.
Michael Melder is an IT support specialist for Core Laboratories. He and his wife, Jodi, have three kids and reside in Lafayette.
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Prepare Walking in the light By Pastor Dale Hoffpauir
If it were hurricane season and
we had a hurricane in the Gulf, we would do everything possible to get prepared and protect our families and our assets. Are we moving with the same urgency to make preparations for the important second coming of Jesus Christ? In Hebrews 11:7 ESV, we are reminded that “By faith Noah, being warned by God
concerning events as yet unseen, in reverent fear constructed an ark for the saving of his household. By this he condemned the world and became an heir of the righteousness that comes by faith.”
We have been divinely warned of things to come. What might our checklist of preparations look like for His coming again? “Am I a Christian? Have I asked Jesus into my heart?” “Am I sanctified? Am I filled with the Holy Spirit?”
“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God” – Matthew 5:8, ESV. In Acts 2:4 believers were filled with the Holy Spirit, and in Acts 15:9 it is recorded that God purified believers' hearts by faith. “Am I with the Body of Christ?” “And
let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near” – Hebrews 10:25, NLT. “Am I doing the will of my Father?” Matthew 7:21 NLT says,“Not
everyone who calls out to me, ‘Lord! Lord!’ will enter the Kingdom of Heaven. Only
The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light. — Isaiah 9:2
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those who actually do the will of my Father in heaven will enter.” “Am I walking in the light?” Let’s explore this question. 1 John 1:5-10 NLT says:“This is the
message which we have heard from Him and proclaim to you, that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin. If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us.”
It says that if a person says that he is saved, but still lives in the darkness of this world, he lies. God is light. Therefore if a person walks in darkness, he does not know God. He is not fellowshipping with God. Light and darkness cannot exist together. A person has to choose either to live in the light of God or in the darkness of the world. John 1:5 ESV says, “The light shines
in the darkness, but the darkness has not [understood] it.” Three verses after the wellknown and beloved John 3:16, he says: “And the judgment is based on this fact: God’s light came into the world, but people loved the darkness more than the light, for their actions were evil. All who do evil hate the light and refuse to go near it for fear their sins will be exposed. But In his gospel, John shared these words of those who Jesus: “I am the light of the world. He who do what is follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life” – John 8:12, WEB. right come to the light Many today are walking in darkness. Psalm so others can 82:5 NIV says,“[They] know nothing, they see that they are understand nothing. They walk about in darkness; all the foundations of the earth are doing what God wants” – John shaken.” 3:19-21, NLT. Isaiah 9:2 ESV says, “the people who People still love walked in darkness have seen a great light.” Just a few verses later we receive this glorious gift:“Unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given” – Isaiah 9:6, KJV. Jesus is the light of the world. He is the source of spiritual enlightenment. To walk in darkness is to live in sin and in ignorance of the salvation that Christ brings. The Word of God is quite direct in 1 John.
darkness. When do most crimes take place? Typically, in the dark. God’s attitude toward sin has not changed. Too often people take sin too lightly. Sin separated man from God. It cost the blood of animals to make
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sacrifices before the time of Christ. It cost God His only Son. Sin is missing the mark; it is a transgression of the law of God. Many people appear to want a buffet of truth. They say, “I’ll decide which truth I want to believe.” When we doubt that God says what He means, we are deceived. If we say we are a Christian, but keep walking in darkness, we lie. Some common lies might include: “I’m saved, but it is okay if I keep this sinful habit.” “I’m a Christian, but I can manage my money any way I want.” “I’m saved, but I will only tell most of the truth. I can still manipulate and gossip.” “I’m a believer, but sexual sin is okay.” It might do all of us good to review seven things God hates – Proverbs 6:16-19: 1. A proud look 2. A lying tongue 3. Hands that shed innocent blood 4. A heart that devises wicked plans 5. Feet that are swift in running to evil 6. A false witness who speaks lies 7. One who sows discord among brethren
Here is the great news: “But if
we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship with each other, and the blood of Jesus cleanses us from all sin” – 1 John 1:7, ESV. Consider each of these words: • IF – Notice the condition. It is not unlike “if you will study hard, you will get great results on a report card.” • WALK – Amos 3:3 KJV asks, “How
can two walk together, unless they be agreed?” A house divided cannot stand – Mark 3:25. This applies to marriage as well as to our relationship with God. God does not need to change, conform, adjust or transform. Any changes must happen on our end. • IN THE LIGHT (where) – If darkness represents sin, then light represents the opposite, which would be godliness, holiness, righteousness and harmony with God. • AS HE IS IN THE LIGHT (how) – He is the light and this is the fellowship He wants. Following Jesus is more than just saying “I’m a Christian”; it is a lifestyle of following Jesus. As His disciple, I am studying His actions and reactions. A disciple follows closely the pattern of the life being studied. 2 Corinthians 5:7 says that we walk by faith. Micah 6:8 tells us of God’s requirement for us to do justice, love mercy and walk humbly with Him. • WE HAVE FELLOWSHIP WITH EACH OTHER – People will know you are Jesus’ disciples by your love for each other.
“Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord” – Hebrews 12:14, KJV. • THE BLOOD OF JESUS CLEANSES
US FROM ALL SIN – I am thankful for the blood of Jesus. Through it, we are forgiven for the acts of sin we commit, and I believe in a cleansing that washes us of the thing that caused us to sin in the first place. And so the question is: “Am I walking in the light?” We need to walk in the light we have already received. It is hard to grow in your faith or to grow in your relationship with God if you are not doing what you already know the relationship requires. What area might you be running from the light into the darkness? There is another beautiful “if ” in this passage: “If we confess our sins, He is
faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” – 1 John
1:9, ESV. How are you doing at reflecting the light? 1 Peter 2:9 NLT illustrates our mandate and privilege: “You are a chosen people. You
are royal priests, a holy nation, God’s very own possession.”
As a result of God’s favor, you can show others His goodness, for “He called you out of the darkness into His wonderful light” (NLT). Keep walking in the light!
Pastors Dale Hoffpauir is married to his childhood sweetheart Carmen and they have three children. He pastors Nouvelle Church of the Nazarene where the mission is to help people find and follow Christ who makes all things new.
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Confidence through STYLE How Styled gets you there
By Michelle Judice anuary is a great time to reflect on how we are presenting ourselves to others and what kind of message we are sending by what we wear. Our appearance on the outside reflects how we feel about ourselves on the inside. However, many people don’t know which styles look good or bad on them and why! As a wardrobe stylist, I help real men and women understand their individual body shape and teach them how to dress based on their lifestyle, budget and personality. The process starts with a consultation, where I get to know more about you and your needs. From there, we do a closet clean-out to determine which pieces we should toss, keep or alter. After this, I shop for you to fill in the gaps in your wardrobe and bring the items back to
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your home for you to try on. I will show you how to wear the new with what you already own. The goal is to get the absolute most use out of what you have –quality over quantity! You may think as a stylist, I would be focused on name brands and trends. But really, Styled is focused on improving people’s confidence so they can put more time toward their families or helping others. Many individuals I work with are going through some type of change in their lives. Whether it’s a new job, new body or even a new attitude about yourself, refreshing your wardrobe is a great place to start before or while improving other areas of your life. I love to see how people evolve throughout the styling process. The smile on a client’s face when they see themselves in a positive
way is priceless! You should feel great about yourself every day–no matter what your shape, weight or budget and Styled can help get you there.
To schedule a consultation: • styledbymichellejudice.com • firstname.lastname@example.org •(337)247-6204 Michelle Judice is a Wardrobe Stylist and owner of Styled LLC in Lafayette. She is passionate about helping others grow in confidence and create a positive self-image.
Walk by faith, not by sight Handling life's problems
By Sally Creed
For the past seven years I have read my chronological Bible every day. At the end of last year, however, I mentioned to my current husband that I wanted to start digging a bit deeper this year and he suggested we study the book of Hebrews. So I went to the Christian book store and selected a book by Warren Wiersbe on Hebrews. The theme of the study was Live by Faith, Not by Sight. Through this study, I decided that this year my life’s theme would be to walk by faith, not by sight. So beginning this year, any time I have a worrisome thought, I will say out loud, “I will walk by faith, not by sight.” This means that I will choose to stop focusing on the things I could see that worry me and instead choose to focus on the promises of God to take care of me. This doesn’t mean that I can stop being responsible for where my money goes or stop caring about things that are important. It means that I have chosen to stop worrying about it. Our world around us seems to be falling apart. The changes going on around us seem so unreal and scary. If our faith is on things in the world and not on God who created the world, then we will be shaken. We tend to put our faith in money, careers, friends, possessions, physical appearance, etc. If we lose our job, we tend to panic; if our bank account gets too low, we panic; if things don’t go the way we planned, we panic. But if we look at these same things with minds that understand how much God loves us and wants to take care of us, then we can relax and trust that it is something that God has allowed in our lives to teach us. In my work with adolescents and adults, I have often used this example: when your students are given homework from school, do you stand at the door when they get home with your arms out and say, “Give me your homework so I
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n the Bible, we find a verse, 2 Corinthians 5:7, that says “for we walk by faith, not by sight.” I have heard that verse my entire life, but I have never really given it much thought until this year as I began to study the book of Hebrews. After my first husband died from cancer seven years ago, I felt burdened by the financial weight that had been placed on my shoulders. I not only had to take care of myself, but both of my children, one of whom was in college. Even though God came through for us at every turn, I still worried about what the next day would bring. When I remarried a couple of years ago, my new husband pointed out to me that I was still living in fear and not trusting God to take care of all of my needs. I had never seen it this way; I thought it was my responsibility to worry and that I was being a responsible adult. But is that really the way God wants us to live?
can do it for you because I love you so much”? Heavens, no. Both adults and adolescents understand the concept that if the parents do their homework for them, then they will never learn anything. Homework is given for the specific purpose of having the student practice things they learned at school so they can understand it and master that skill. In this same way, God allows us to do our own homework. Can He step in and rescue us from difficulties? Of course. But does He? Not very often. He wants us to learn the lessons on our own. This will increase our faith for the next lesson. And just like school, these lessons get a bit more difficult as we grow. Is it possible never to have problems in this life? Not really. We would never appreciate a beautiful sunny day if we never experienced a storm. I believe that the problems we have in this life give us opportunities to grow closer to God and allow Him to teach us how to handle these problems. So the next time something comes into your life to cause stress and worry, try walking by faith and not by sight. You will discover true peace. Sally Scott Creed is a licensed professional counselor and registered play therapist supervisor. She has been working with children and families for over 23 years. She and her husband reside in Lafayette and have two adult children.
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New Year's resolutions
Grace meets mind, body and soul
By Daisy Velas-Boyce
The start of the year–January–is when many of us make our declaration for the year, our New Year’s resolution. “I will get in shape! Eat better! Spend less and save money! Get closer to God! Be more organized!” And so on and so forth. And we set our hopes high, make a plan, forecast a grand vision and set up. Many fail and a few are successful but we have learned that people who make resolutions are ten times more likely to attain their goals than those who don’t explicitly make them. A survey says that forty-five percent of Americans usually make New Year’s resolutions. Of this, forty-nine percent have infrequent success, twenty-four percent fail on their resolution and only eight percent are successful in achieving their resolution. What separates the successful eight percent? How wonderful would it be if we could just declare all the changes we want to happen and it comes to pass? How awesome would it be if we are transformed instantly to the person God wants us to be as soon as we accept Christ?
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In John 10:10, Jesus both warns us and makes a promise – “The thief comes only
to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”
Jesus made it clear that He has already given us everything necessary to have a full life, but He also said the enemy won’t make that easy. As with sanctification, bringing our resolutions into fruition is an arduous process that requires the work of the Holy Spirit and our gritty participation –body, mind and soul meet grace. Lots of grace.
“Not so fast. You can no more show me your works apart from your faith than I can show you my faith apart from my works. Faith and works, works and faith, fit together hand in glove.” — James 2:18, The Message Daisy Velas-Boyce, MIfHI is a nutrition consultant and she and her husband reside in Lafayette. Her mission is to promote, cultivate and propagate a culture of being intentionally healthy and well.
Eat, drink and be healthy By Ngozi Maduagwu
New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day are popular times for making resolutions to initiate positive lifestyle changes. Many people start the year with a decision to do or to stop doing certain things with the hope that they might achieve better results than they had experienced in the previous years. The most popular New Year’s resolutions are health- and wellnessoriented. However, according to the Times Reporter, only about eight percent of people usually succeed in keeping their resolutions through the year. A common recommendation to ensure effectiveness in keeping New Year’s resolutions is to make small realistic lifestyle changes instead of major ones. The bigger the goal is, the more discipline it takes to keep it. Starting with smaller lifestyle changes gives the mind and body an opportunity to gradually grow into the larger ultimate goal.
Spicing up the new year
So what small change could you make this new year that would make a huge impact on your health? In the area of nutrition, simply incorporating spices into your daily diet could make a world of a difference in your health. Although spices are more widely known today for their culinary benefits, there is also a wealth of therapeutic benefits that many of them provide. Spices are to food as paint is to canvas: they bring to life and enhance the quality of what was once plain. Just as some paintings have therapeutic effects for those that look upon them, spices can add or maximize the therapeutic potential of food and beverages. Ngozi is the owner of Spice Queen, LLC and has a passion for using spices, herbs, teas and oils as natural remedies to promote health and wellness. She currently resides in Lafayette, loves to travel and share the love and joy of God.
Cabbage Casserole By Julie Esta'
– 4lbs ground chicken thighs – 1 large cabbage, shredded
– 1 tbsp low sodium tamari – 8 oz can organic diced tomatoes, pureed
– Mix all of the ingredients raw in a large bowl, then into a baking dish. Place in the oven at 350 degrees for about an hour or until the top turns a little brown. It will make lots of juice. I cut it into pieces at about one hour then place back in the oven for the juices to seep back in. cspotlight.com
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Does my plank look big to you?
It is time for a change – in me! By Kelly Mouisset
best “us” we can be. God will never drive us away, but He also will never force us to stay. Sometimes it isn’t easy to realize when we have moved away from God to a place where we rely on ourselves. Life seems the same. All is well. We may not even notice the void right away, but it’s there. We get so focused on everything else that we never see when we are headed away from God. One moment we are in His will and the next one we realize we are standing all alone. That is when our view of those around us hardens and we are blinded by our pride, greed and self-centeredness. The good thing is, because God has not moved, we can always find our way back to Him. This year take time to look at your own
spiritual life and let God show you the planks everyone else can see. Draw near to him through His word and let Him direct your steps and your goals and watch what He will do. You will never be the same again once you let Him lead. It is a new year; why not make it a year for a new you? He is ready, willing and able--are you?
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or this new year, I have asked God to reveal to me the places in my life that need to be changed. I asked for Him to show me the areas in which I have taken control and in which I refuse to allow Him in. I want Him to show me where I am weak spiritually and where my strengths can be used more effectively. I cannot wait to see the amazing things to come. Maybe it's time for all of us to look inside our own hearts, time for us to look inward and see our own mistakes for a change. We need to quit trying to point out everyone else’s “speck of dirt” and pull out our own “plank” as the scripture points out in Matthew 7:3. We have to strengthen our own relationship with God first and foremost in order to be the
“All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never drive away.” — John 6:37 Kelly Mouisset is the director of One Minute Ministry, which provides daily devotionals and family friendly events. She is the loving wife of Chris and mother to three amazing boys.
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Echoes in ETERNITY By Jim Phelps
Interview with Mac Powell
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For over two decades, Third Day has repeatedly
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topped the charts as one of the greatest Christian bands to ever “rock” the stage. Core band members currently include lead vocalist, Mac Powell, guitarist, Mark Lee and drummer, David Carr. In an interview moments before their November Lafayette concert, Mac Powell sat down with Covenant Spotlight to address a few topics that are sure to penetrate the “heart of man.”
Photos by Cori Phelps
CSpot: We saw that “Lead Us Back” took you back to igniting the original fire, so can you tell us what’s the next step in the journey now that the fire is burning again? Mac: That’s a good question. I’m not sure what the future holds. We’re just enjoying where we are right now. As far as a musical direction, I think the next record we make, and this is totally speculation, will probably be a little bit more of a return to our original roots and sound. But who knows? There’s a long time before we get to our next record, so that’s what we’re thinking right now, but a lot can happen between now and then. CSpot: How do you instill all the values your children need while you’re on the road? Mac: Well, a big part is just having my wife being super momma at home. You know, I think that’s the biggest and the best part, having a strong Godly woman that loves the Lord be able to instill those beliefs and those values in our children. We have five kids, so our oldest is 16 all the way down to five years old. And so, the older kids are very strong in their faith, so that helps as well. They’re there to help pray with the little ones. My oldest daughter, she’s 16, so every morning when I’m dropping them off at school, she’ll read the verse of the day and pray. So, that’s a big help, too. Having super momma and big sister is a big part of it. And then, of course, when I’m home to be able to really live out my faith in front of them. CSpot: Do you have any other strong male relationships outside of each other that help hold you accountable while on the road? Mac: Yes, absolutely. We have, on the road with us,
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CSpot: What verse or book of the Bible has been most influential in your life? Mac: Definitely the book of Romans. When I read the book of Romans for the first time, it was a big life change for me. I grew up in church, knew the Gospel, knew Jesus, but didn’t know the Scriptures. I wasn’t really discipled. So, when I was a senior in high school, not long before I was supposed to graduate, I kind-of asked myself all those
questions, [like] “What am I going to do with life?” and didn’t have the answers. And I had never really read [the Bible]. The only time I really read the Bible was in Sunday school class. Someone said, “You should read the book of Romans.” So, I did. I don’t know who said that or whatever, I don’t remember. But I sat down, and that book just opened up the eyes of my heart and God’s Spirit just filled me. Even though I had accepted Jesus into my life and received him as Savior, for the first time, I said, “Okay, now I want to actually be a disciple, and follow, and learn and grow in that faith.” So, the book of Romans is really special to me. CSpot: If you could be any superhero, which one would you choose? (The question prompted much laughing.) Mac: Well, I’m a huge Batman fan, but he’s not necessarily a superhero. So, if I could choose, I probably wouldn’t be Batman just because it’s too much work. I’d rather just have the superpower, and not have to work, even though Batman is the coolest. So, probably Superman. CSpot: If you could make a statement to a man about life based on your own walk with God, what would it be? Mac: I think there are several statements I would make, but I think the thing for me
that I’ve really learned in the past few years, the past three or four years, is that there has to be, as people of faith, and I don’t want to say especially men, but as men of faith, there has to be what I call three witnesses that we have to daily be in contact with. One is the Holy Spirit, and we receive that through prayer and God’s grace, of course. The second is the Scriptures, God’s Word. And the third is the Church, God’s people. So I believe, if we want to grow in our faith and stay strong in our faith, we have to be in relationship with those three every day – the Spirit, the Word, and God’s people. I think it’s a great thing for us to ask ourselves everyday as men, “Am I spending time with God’s people? Am I spending time in God’s Word? Am I spending time being led by the Holy Spirit?” And I think those three witnesses will keep us strong and growing in our faith. CSpot: That’s awesome.
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[though] he’s not with us this weekend, but most of the weekends on tour, we have a road pastor with us. His name is Nigel James. He’s from the U.K. – from Cardiff, Wales. He’s a huge part of accountability for us, and just really growing and continuing to stay focused in our faith on the road. For me, personally, I have a great mentor named Tim Cash, who’s been my mentor for many, many years. I feel like some of my closest friends are actually a lot older than me. It’s funny because I’m at that age where, and maybe I don’t know if everyone is this way, but I feel like most of my friends are either 10 to 15 years older than me and 10 to 15 years younger than me. Not a lot my age. I get to hang out with people my age on the road, but at home it seems like I’m kind of getting that mentor relationship and mentoring other people younger than me. So, there are several guys like that.
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Oilfield Christian Lafayette Fellowship chapter By Lori Briggs
Nearly 25 years ago, two men named
Catholics, Baptists, you name it, all getting together. It’s a wonderful thing,” says Doug. “The purpose is to spread the Gospel. In that, we get oilfield people together and have fellowship and invite all others to come. We have lunch meetings, skeet shoots and prayer breakfasts, usually associated with oil shows.” From their site: In 2000 the OCF began
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John Bird and Jim Teague set the Oilfield Christian Fellowship (OCF) into motion by having a simple breakfast to get to know other Christians in the oil industry. Now there are twenty chapters across the United States and Canada who meet each month to fellowship with other believers. The OCF is “a great place to come and providing Bibles for workers traveling abroad and network with good, solid Christian people about the job market,” says Douglas Hobbs, who spoke with Covenant Spotlight in light of the current oilfield job crisis. Besides the in-person networking, there are also places on their website for opportunities. A job-seeker can find companies seeking employees and also upload his or her resume. .O p hi ilfi ws eldC “It’s multihristi a nFello denominational…. We have
to date the totals are 8,000 copies to 56 countries and 29 languages. In 2003, co-founder John Bird was inspired to create a custom Bible called God’s Word for the Oil Patch, Fuel for the Soul, which has testimonies and commentary from within the oilfield along with the Old and New Testaments. To date, over 250,000 copies are in print around the world in English, Chinese, Spanish and Portuguese with 1500 to 2000 copies requested each month, even with the downturn in the industry. Doug Hobbs directs the Lafayette chapter of OCF. They have meetings on the third Thursday of every month. Be sure to save the following date! January 15 is the meeting date this month at the Petroleum club, at 11:30 a.m. and is $20 per person. For more information about the Lafayette chapter and others, go to www. oilfieldchristianfellowship.com.
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sustained effort to be more loving. Couldn’t we spend a little less time comparing minor theological points or trying to find the answers to the world’s problems in politics? Let's we focus a bit more on repentance of our sin while pointing to Jesus rather than the darkness in a world that doesn’t know Him. Let us pray for those bound in the chains of sin and darkness? Let's spend more time with those who don’t know Jesus and tell them how Jesus has made all the difference in our own lives. If we spend more time with the greatest Lover the world has ever known, we will walk away able to love more.
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Sharpen the saw
he story is told of the woodsman who was so busy sawing with a dull saw that he had no time to sharpen his tool. Rather than considering resolutions, I suggest we spend time sharpening our saws in the key areas of our lives. If we are to be effective Christians, we need to be as sharp as possible in life. Physically – If we are to have any success in life, we have to be physically fit enough to be active and engaged. The swimming program I started last summer not only built up some endurance, flexibility and strength, but I also found time to relax and make reasonable plans for what needed to be done each day. Spiritually – The concept of spiritual exercises seems a bit outdated. However, for most of the history of the church it was well-recognized that spiritual strength and growth was dependent on prayer, bible study, meditation, good works and fasting. Plan a program of spiritual exercises for 2016. See if sharpening your spiritual saw in this area doesn’t make a huge difference. Mentally – It is so easy to become mentally lazy. Once our
school days are done, we seem to think study should be a thing of the past. With all the distractions we have now, including television, computers and video games, we don’t consider reading and studying important. Do we even remember that there are educational programs on television along with the dramas, sports and reality shows? A little channel-changing can make a big difference. Socially – If we aren’t “out there” in the world, our social skills can suffer. Jesus told us to "go." That means being in a world in which we need to have the skill to communicate love to our neighbors, so get out there and mix it up! It’s all part of the Great Commission. Spend some of 2016 sharpening your saw and be a more effective follower of Christ.
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anuary is a time for evaluation of priorities. Resolutions are popular but let’s check out where we are as Christians. Things are not good. As I look around at Christians I see fear, anger and judgment. This doesn’t match up with the standard that Christ set for us. We are to be known by our love. I don’t see a lot of that. We claim to hate the sin and love the sinner, but I hear a lot more ranting about the sin than I see welcoming the sinners. We seem to fear everything: our government, terrorists, Muslims, just about everyone. Although love casts out fear, we don’t seem to have enough love to do much casting out. We can not expect to be salt and light if we are scared. I suggest this year make a
Nick Sigur has practiced law and ministered with his wife, out of their Broussard home for 30 plus years. Nick writes an almost daily blog at NickSigur.com.
The views and opinions expressed in this column are those of the Nick Sigur and do not necessarily reflect those of Covenant Spotlight. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or text 337-2052353 with your questions. cspotlight.com
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Personal umbrella policy What is it and do I need one?
By Cheryll White
anastasis /an-as'-tas-is/noun (Origin Greek) - Bodily resurrection to life after having been dead. It usually refers to the
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resurrection of Jesus Christ and the future resurrection of which Jesus is the firstfruit. #0386 Strong’s Greek John 5:29 NLT, and
they will rise again. Those who have done good will rise to experience eternal life, and those who continued in evil will rise to experience judgement.
By Staci Boudreaux
rotect yourself from a scenario where your auto or home insurance isn’t enough. A personal umbrella policy is called an “umbrella” policy because it provides liability coverage over and above your other insurance policies to protect you against large and potentially devastating liability claims or judgements. Lawsuits are more and more common and it’s a real possibility you will be sued if you are ever found at fault in a major auto accident or a serious mishap on your property. Here’s an example of why you might want an umbrella policy. You’re at fault in a claim and found liable for $2 million. Your auto or homeowners' policy liability coverage pays up to your limit, let’s say it’s $250,000. But the other person has extremely high medical bills because of the accident. He has a highpaying job and can’t work for nine months because of his injuries. Your umbrella policy
will cover the amount over the $250,000 to your policy limits of $2 million, for example. These policies typically are available in increments of $1 million up to $5 million and the cost on average is between $20 and $50 a month. When considering the right amount for your coverage, it’s important to think beyond your bank account and investment assets. Your liability protection should cover all your assets, including your home, valuables and earning capacity too. You can’t be overinsured for lawsuits. If you are concerned about losing income or assets in a large lawsuit, then you need an umbrella policy. A short meeting with an insurance agent can help you determine the right amount of liability coverage for you. Staci Boudreaux has been an Allstate agent for over 11 years with an agency in Carencro and Lake Charles. She and her husband, Howard, live in Cecilia with their two-year-old twins.
Elder Cheryll D. White has been a licensed, ordained minister for over 21 years. She is currently a part of the pastoral staff at Lighthouse Family Church.
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New year, a new you
A resolution of renewal
By Don Short
of these may be losing weight, quitting a smoking habit, saving money or drinking less. “Resolution” means taking an action to solve a problem. The problems in our lives are not always because of the presence of something that we would want to remove but rather more often, I believe, the absence of something we should have in our lives. I want this year for myself to be a year of renewals. I want to remember what it was like when I first accepted Christ into my heart as a senior in high school and work at renewing my faith and growing more in my walk with Christ. I want my year to be a year of renewed strength. Isaiah 40:31 ASV says“they that
wait for Jehovah shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; they shall walk, and not faint.”
I want a clean heart and a right spirit renewed within me Psalm 51:10. Ephesians 4:23-24 ASV says to “be renewed in the spirit
of your mind, and put on the new man, that after God hath been created in righteousness and holiness of truth.” We are to put on the new man so that we can do the right things that are pleasing to God. 2 Corinthians 5:17 ASV cspotlight.com
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his is the time of year when many of us attempt to resolve problematic behaviors in our life by setting resolutions. Some
if any man is in Christ, he is a new creature: the old things are passed away; behold, they are become new.” We must remember that
we are a new creature or a new creation in Christ. The challenge for us this coming year is to be these new men and women, this new creation that Christ wants us to be. We cannot let the old things in our life hold us back and keep us bound. Let’s not allow unforgiveness, anger, fear and resentment to bind us to our past. To resolve means to decide firmly on a course of action. For the year of 2016, let us together resolve to do the following: 1)to renew our faith and grow in our walk with Christ; 2)to renew our love and commitment to our spouses and our families; and 3)to renew our hearts with the spirit of love and compassion to reach a lost and hurting world. The world we live in needs renewed life, renewed joy and renewed peace now more than ever. Let’s be all we can for Christ this coming year! Don Short and his wife reside in Acadiana. He is a licensed counselor.
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Seeing our children serve God
Setting the fire
By Pastor Armand Prentis
e all want our children to be on fire for the Lord. We want them to fall in love with Jesus, to experience the radical transformation we had when we came to Him. The fact remains we cannot replace the Holy Spirit’s work in the human heart! What we can do is lay the groundwork for our children to be prepared when the Lord sends the fire, which we believe He will--after all, He loves our children more than we do! So what was Elijah’s role in bringing the fire to the altar? He had great trust in the Lord. He challenged the Jewish people; he threw down the gauntlet to the idolatrous priests, and even poured water on the altar. Elijah repaired the altar. This means he rededicated his own efforts to worship. This prophet’s labor was a visual of the need for the children of the Promise to worship the true God. He prepared the sacrifice. Elijah was doing the dirty, necessary effort to have a pleasing offering unto the Lord. But only God could send the fire! This is the crucial aspect of raising children to be alive in Christ. Your children have a free will. We trust the Lord. As soon as we believe that we control whether our children have the fire of God we are trying to “earn” godly children. Any aspect of Christianity that stresses my efforts over God’s grace is wrong!
Elijah trusted the Lord’s love for His people-do we? This is fundamental to our children serving God. If I am responsible for their commitment to the Lord then I am going to put personal pressure and offer conditional love (if you don’t embarrass me at church functions, if you are a student youth leader, etc., then I am proud of you). If we think our children do not see through this we are sadly mistaken. Obviously when our children are small, their imitations of us worshipping are wonderful and inspiring. But when they get older, we must be careful not to take God’s place. We have to repair (or maintain) the altar. I want to say there is a lot of importance in having what used to be called a family altar. It is great that church is a place our children recognize as a place God should be honored. It is every bit as important our home is also regarded as such. This may involve repair- we might not have a history of having a Bible time in our house. We have to prepare the sacrifice. To me, this means I have set up everything to prepare my child to catch fire. This involves: • Speaking well of the church and its leaders: As adults, we can see strengths and weaknesses in people’s lives. We know pastors and other leaders at church are human, and make mistakes (You do know
that, don’t you?). • Teens see spiritual matters in black and white. They do not tolerate sin, errors in judgment, or human character flaws in someone who is supposed to represent the Lord. • Putting my child in every situation possible for the Holy Spirit to speak to my child’s heart: My wife and I placed high priority in our children going on missions trips, even as small children. We have encouraged our children to go to every Kid’s Camp, Youth Camp, retreat, special service, and any other setting we thought might be a connect point for our children to meet the Lord Jesus Christ. • Making church a priority: I cringe when I see good Christian parents skipping church on a regular basis for sporting events and other activities. The argument goes like this: “My child is more important than church. Church doesn’t equal God.” Quite true. The problem is your child does equate church with God, and you just told them softball, soccer, or whatever, is more important than the Lord. It is such a testimony to the other players. They will ask, “Why can’t you miss church?” What an opportunity to speak to the vital role Christianity places in our family! *From “Raising Godly Kids in the 21st Century,” sold on Amazon/Kindle; all profits donated to taking care of orphans in developing nations. Pastor Armand Prentiss has worked his entire adult life teaching, coaching and pastoring elementary and high school children. He is currently the administrative pastor of Assembly Christian Center in New Iberia, where he ministers.
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My life as a Christian teenager
By Catherine Berry
Growing up, I always remembered how my parents taught me to stand by my convictions, to stand my ground and not give into peer pressure. They taught me and my six other siblings to listen for the Lord’s leading and to be ready to respond whenever He speaks. Though I didn’t quite understand everything that they taught me then, I do now. As a Christian teenager, life can be hard, especially in the times we live. No one likes to be labeled as a weirdo. Am I right? But I didn't care what others thought about me. Well, in a sense, I did care; I didn’t want to be weird. But I knew what was right and what was wrong and I wasn’t going to risk it. I knew that I had to stand my ground, even if I didn’t completely understand why. So I did. I mean, of course I’m human, so I wasn’t perfect, nor am I now. But I tried to be. I tried to say no, and the more I did, the easier it got. I would get this feeling whenever I knew something wasn’t right. I couldn’t always tell you why it wasn’t right, but I knew the Lord was quickening me for some reason. That’s when I started to realize what following the Lord’s leading really meant. When I turned 17, I was given the opportunity to go on a mission trip to Romania with the discipleship program I was in. I knew that I was supposed to go. When we arrived in Romania in March of 2014, God did something in my heart. I have always had a heart for missions work. It was always something I loved; music and missions were the things that made me light up. But when I got there it was different. I can’t
I’m different I knew that I had to stand my ground, even if I didn’t understand why.
explain it; it was just different. Since then, my heart for missions works has grown. In late summer of 2015, I found myself on a plane heading to Haiti with my parents and two younger brothers. We had the opportunity to do some work with a couple of organizations. We worked with a boys' home, a school and a medical clinic. It was life-changing. But boy, was it hard. While I was there, I discovered a few more things about myself. With every situation that God puts me in, He just keeps teaching me more and more. Especially when I submit to Him. It’s amazing what you will learn if you just listen. A couple of months later, I felt the call to go back. So I did. Now back at home, I’m still listening for the Lord’s leading in my life. I’m still learning new things about myself. I’m pretty sure I always will be. But I’ve come to the conclusion, that even if I might look
stupid, I will stand my ground. Some people don’t understand why I do what I do. Why would I leave everything I know and love to go and live in a third-world country? Why can’t I be like all the other 19-year-olds in my area? You might not understand, but I do. I understand that He gave me a purpose. And as I continue to listen for His leading and His calling, I will continue to be different. I love who God made me, convictions and all. These things make up who I am as a person. So I can say no and not feel stupid, because I’m different and that’s what I was made to be. As Christians, we should be different. Because if we aren’t, then what’s the point?
Do not copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect. — Romans 12:2, NLT Catherine Berry is 19 years old. She was born and raised in South Louisiana. Coming from a large family of nine, you could say she has had quite an adventurous life. Learning through every experience along the way, she continues to seek God’s plan for her life to bring Him glory. You can follow Catherine at catherinemicole.wordpress.com
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Nourish By Amanda Harris
ometimes I hold a grudge against my four-year-old. It sounds ridiculous even typing it. But you know what I'm talking about. When he does the thing he knows he shouldn't. For the five millionth time. There are times in which he has the tearfilled eyes of regret from not being able to come home with a smiley face from school, I want to say, “You have got to be kidding! You didn't do THAT again?!” but instead I take a deep breath and try to say like I really really mean it, “Tomorrow is a new day and a new chance to try all over again. I know tomorrow you can do it.” I love this child more than life itself. I would die for him. There has been perhaps nothing this side of heaven that could ever bring me such joy and for which I could be more thankful than being his mother. Nothing. And yet, when he does the thing he shouldn't (again!) it's hard not to just give in and “lose it.” Letting go of the little things as well as letting go of the big things can be one of the hardest things in this world to do, whether it's our mistakes or those of other people. We can hold onto to them with tight-gripped fists long after we should have let them go, as though holding onto unforgiveness and refusing to forgive past sins brings some sort of meager justice. Perhaps this is why we view our heavenly Father in such a skewed way. We can't conceive of even the most perfect person offering forgiveness so freely. But that's the thing about our heavenly Father. He is not simply a better version of us. He is the great I Am. His nature is nearly inconceivable to our human minds. He forgives us completely. And then He gives us another chance. And after that another one. Not so that we may sin again, but so that we can live for Him again. Each January I feel a fresh start coming. We resolve and we promise 28
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and sometimes we even binge until January 1. How often do we think this way in our spiritual walk? “When I get to this point I will behave.” God doesn't ask us to succeed. He asks us to be obedient. This world teaches us that chances are few. That once an opportunity has passed, that once the moment is gone, all is lost. In the economy of our Lord, there is nothing He cannot redeem. No grudge He cannot dissolve. No sin-drenched life He cannot make pure as the driven snow. We can never stray so far from the path He laid for us that we never find it again. He holds none of it against us. Instead, He promises a new chance without asking that we wait until tomorrow. It is now and it is complete. I've always loved
Lamentations 3:22-23 ESV, which says, “The
steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.”
In the past I've applied that verse to my needs. I often think of it in times when the nights are long and painful and I lay awake until sleep comes, knowing and believing He has a fresh portion for the next day. He also has a big clean slate each day. His mercies are new every single day, every single moment. We must only repent and ask. May we approach this January with a blank slate for our children and for ourselves. Amanda Jean Harris is a grateful believer in Jesus Christ, writer, wrangler of one wild child named Wilder and maker of gluten-free roux.
By Cori Phelps
Louisiana Christian School A biblical alternative in Breaux Bridge
With the challenges facing students, teachers and parents within the nation’s public schools, it is refreshing to know there are alternatives for your children. Walk through the doors of LCS, and you’ll find an environment that is bright, loving and full of the values and morals of the Word. CSpot: What was your motivation to open the school? Jodie: Our motivation is pure obedience to the Lord. My husband and I each have over 14 years of experience in private school. We have explored several avenues outside of the traditional private school setting. There are a few times we actually thought we needed to let go of our dreams of having a Christian school. I actually chose to stay home and home school my two children in 2014 and it was an amazing experience. My husband, however, continued to have visions of a greater future in a Christian school setting. I denied it and only wanted to enjoy the peace of being a stay-at-home mom. My husband would always share his vision with me, however, he never pressured me, until one day in December 2014, I was walking on the property of our current location and the Lord very clearly told me, “This is where you belong.” That very day we contacted the owner of the former Breaux Bridge Christian Academy and made an offer to take over this location. And we have never looked back.
involved with our community and to disciple our students to be a blessing in our community, to build up our community and spread the love of Jesus.
However, we do feel there are significant differences between a public school and our Christian school. We do not support the Common Core teaching, we lift up the name of Jesus, the staff prays over our students every day, our students pray every day, we have daily Bible class, weekly chapel and our entire curriculum revolves around a Biblical perspective. In addition, we have no tolerance for bullying or “unChrist-like behavior” and reprimand by counseling children and teaching them about the Word of God. CSpot: What new things would you like to implement in 2016 to LCS? Jodie: It is our absolute desire to be more
Malcolm and Jodie Orgeron feel that it is their duty to try to reach as many people as possible in sharing the Word of God, and have been in private school education for a combined total of 30 years. Malcolm and Jodie have 2 boys, ages 6 and 4.
Ac a d i a na ADOPT IO N K
ayla is an artistic fourteen-year-old girl. She likes to draw and work on arts and crafts. Kayla’s favorite pastimes are watching television and movies and playing video games. Her favorite video games are any games with Pokemon. She is very fond of animals and says that she would like to work with animals when she grows up. Kayla is in seventh grade. She does require some additional help in school but she strives to do her best. Kayla is vocal about wanting a forever family. She stated that she would like a one- or two-parent family. Kayla needs parents who will provide her with positive structure and support. She would do best in a small family. For more information call Kemi Latiolais with the LA Department of Children & Family Services at (337) 262-5970. If you would like more information on the Louisiana Heart Gallery of waiting children, please email email@example.com.
CSpot: How does a Christian school differ from a public school? Jodie: We support all public schools and pray they know that we support them.
For registration information for 2016, please visit facebook.com/LCSA13/.
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Dominion over animals
By Mona Kelly
And God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth.” — Genesis 1:26, KJV 2000 Since I was a very young girl, I have brought home strays. I always felt that God put a ministry in my heart for rescuing those that have no voice. I volunteered at shelters and then I discovered rescue groups that have a huge need for foster homes. What’s a foster home for dogs? A foster home is a safe place for a dog to stay until a family looking to add a four-legged member to their family adopts them. The rescue group pays all the expenses for the foster dog; all you have to do is love them and help them get ready for their forever home.
“A righteous man regards the life of his
animal, but the tender mercies of the wicked are cruel.” — Proverbs 12:10, KJV 2000 How to save a life: Millions of pets are euthanized every year in shelters due to overcrowding. These are some of the many opportunities to help:
• Adopt. • If you can't adopt, foster. • If you can't foster, sponsor a pet. • If you can't sponsor, volunteer. • If you can't volunteer, donate. • If you can't donate, educate.
The best way to find a local rescue group is to go to PetFinder.com or RescueMe.org and search for a breed you like. Be a faithful steward. There is nothing
Saving one dog won't change the world, but it will change the world for that one dog. — Karen Davison
sadder than seeing an abused animal, a defenseless creature of God, and nothing more rewarding than helping to heal that animal and find it a loving and safe home. Karen Davison, who has studied canine psychology and works as a professional dog trainer as well as authored a book, eloquently states that "saving one dog won't change the world, but it will change the world for that one dog.” Animals are to help us in our lives, but they are never to be abused. God gave us dominion over the animals, and He expects us to be caring and faithful stewards of His creatures. Mona Kelly is a grateful believer in Jesus Christ. She fosters rescued dogs for VIP Rescue and in disasters for the Human Society of Pinellas. She has been in rescue for over 20 years helping hopeless and homeless animals get their second chance at life.
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By Karen R. Rue RN-BC, M.B.A.
Keeping children healthy
Sometimes it seems like sick kids are the routine in winter months. The following are tips that can help minimize the transfer of germs and improve your child’s immune response, keeping the whole family healthy and happy. • Hand washing is very important, but in the winter months, hands can get dry and cracked which will then carry more germs. Use hand sanitizer only when necessary, as the alcohol base is very drying. Children should wash their hands with a mild soap and apply a small amount of lotion immediately after drying. • Sleep deprivation negatively impacts the body’s ability to fight infection. A child’s sleep requirement decreases with age. Children age one to three years should get 12-14 hours of sleep a day, three to six years old 10-12 hours, and seven to 12 years old 10-11 hours. Making sure your children get enough sleep is essential to keeping them healthier. • Well-balanced meals are essential to a healthy body. Poor nutrition weakens the immune system, making a child susceptible to disease, increasing severity of illness and impeding recovery. • Give your child a reusable water bottle to take to keep them from using the germharboring water fountains. Teach them to cough or sneeze in a tissue or their elbow will keep their hands cleaner and keep from spreading germs. They should avoid playing with children who are obviously sick or have sick family members.
Winterizing your child • Keeping children inside just because it is cold is unnecessary. Dress them appropriately and send them outdoors. Physical activity will keep them healthier than a sedentary existence. Embrace the winter, the cold and all it brings. We wait for relief from the heat, especially in the South. Let’s keep our children healthy enough to enjoy it. Teach your children healthy habits while they are young and they will become lifelong healthy lifestyles.
“Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.” – Proverbs 22:6, ESV Karen R. Rue is the Faith Community Nurse for Asbury UMC in Lafayette. Karen has been a Registered Nurse in the community for 40 years, owns her own business and is actively involved in her church, working with the staff and congregation on issues of wellness and care management.
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Simply yadah By Worship Leader Kari Campbell
Rendering hands to God
Simply worship, simply yadah, because God is who He says He is. There are seven words for “praise” in the
Hebrew language. One of them is yadah: the word part yad means “the open hand, direction, power” and ah references Jehovah. Together they mean “rendered hands to God.” When we get beyond our circumstances and ourselves, we begin reaching hands to the Father with the attitude of love, trust and awe. It is then when we are bringing yadah. The story of Jacob, Rachel and Leah is found in Genesis 29. Jacob thought he was marrying Rachel, unaware that Laban, her father, had told Leah to wear the wedding veil, thus tricking Jacob into marrying Leah instead of Rachel. Even though Jacob did finally marry Rachel, he was stuck with her sister as well. Leah longed for Jacob to love her the way he loved Rachel. Circumstances beyond Leah’s control had placed her in a situation of aching loneliness.
“When the Lord saw that Leah was unloved, He opened her womb; but Rachel was barren. So Leah conceived and bore a son, and she called his name Reuben; for she said, ‘The Lord has surely looked on my affliction. Now therefore, my husband will love me’” – Gen 29:31-32 NKJV, emphasis added. 32
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I imagine Leah wistfully looking at Jacob and thinking, “Rachel can’t even give him a child. I have given Jacob a son. This has to be the way Yahweh is answering my cry to be loved by my husband. Now my prayer will be answered!”
“Then she conceived again and bore a son, and said, ‘Because the Lord has heard that I am unloved, He has therefore given me this son also.’ And she called his name Simeon” – Genesis 29:33, NKJV, emphasis added. Leah continued to petition Jehovah for the answer she longed for. However, it still remained unanswered. At least, this time, she knew God wasn’t just watching her, He had heard her prayer.
“She conceived again and bore a son, and said, ‘Now this time my husband will become attached to me, because I have borne him three sons.’ Therefore his name was called Levi” – Genesis 29:34 NKJV, emphasis added. Now Leah was willing to compromise like so many of us do when we ask God for an answer to prayer. “It’s okay if Jacob doesn’t love me, just let him be bound to me. He cannot leave me. I’ll settle for commitment, if not the love I desperately yearn for.”
“And she conceived again and bore a son,
and said, ‘Now I will praise (YADAH) the Lord.’ Therefore she called his name Judah. Then she stopped bearing” – Genesis 29:35 NKJV, emphasis added. Leah finally realized that God was enough. His love would complete her. She didn’t need the incomplete love of man. Yahweh’s unfailing, all sustaining, nurturing love was everything Leah needed. God Himself was the answer to her prayer, not a change in her circumstances. How many things are waiting to be birthed in your life if you simply accept God as the answer to your deepest prayers? Not what He can give, not what He can change. Time spent in God’s presence and bringing yadah to Him will transform the ordinary into extraordinary! Many times, our circumstances don’t change. But our perspectives will! Simply worship, simply yadah, because God is who He says He is. Because He shows up in our crazy circumstances. And wherever God is, that is holy ground. So take off your shoes (see Exodus 3:5) and build an altar to Him. Kari travels and does teachings and worship by invitation.
God’s plan for artists
By Vicky Branton
What gifts did the Lord bestow on you as he knitted you in your mother’s womb? Are you creative? Business-minded? Mechanically-inclined? Growing up in this broken world, we can sometimes misunderstand our gifts, abort God’s plan or even misuse the skills and talents that come naturally. Creative people are rarely understood, except by other creative people, especially if they are Christian. They may be admired or at times appreciated, but how many artistic people have you called “weird” or “flaky”? Too many in the body of Christ have abandoned their gifts and calls because it is hard to be an artist. Compensation for your talents should not always be the reason you create. Only a tiny percentage make a working wage at their craft. In part it’s because their contributions to God’s plans are misunderstood by business and philanthropy. In Romans 11:29 the apostle Paul was speaking of the Jewish people when he said the gifts and His call are irrevocable, but don’t God’s promises to Israel hold true for all of us as engrafted branches? The truth is, God speaks through His artisans. Their sensitivity to spiritual things is God-given. His message of love told in creative ways—visual, performing, dance and more—transcends the intellect and goes straight to the heart. For example, music is the universal language. A Latin beat sets the foot tapping, cspotlight.com
a lullaby relaxes body and mind and praise brings the presence of the Holy Spirit into the sanctuary. King Solomon experienced that when he dedicated the temple in 2 Chronicles 5. Among the adornments and sacrifices ordained by God were 120 priests sounding trumpets, joined by singers, praising the Lord until they could no longer stand. The glory of the Lord filled the temple (verse 14). Imagine — His presence so strong you cannot stand. Whether in Solomons’ or Moses’ time, why so much detail in building the temple? God was and is specific. Even Nehemiah was given instructions and although he stood ready for battle, the artisans and craftsman had the eye and vision to do the work of rebuilding the wall. Gideon won his battle with only 300 selected men. The rest had been sent home to prove the battle belonged to our God. What did He use to scatter the enemy? Music and the sound effects of horse hoofs as jars were broken to send a frightening message. Read Judges 7 for the full story. Notice that the men who headed home left their trumpets. That’s because at the time, the troops communicated with the trumpet, or the bugle, as did the early armies in American history. The sound of trumpets represented a lot more than 300 men. The enemy heard the trumpets and thought multitudes surrounded them. God’s creative strategy was music. Read Joshua 6; what about Jericho? Did the
In the beginning, God created
walls not fall down after the priests and people obeyed God’s instruction to march, give a shout and blow the trumpet? To the eyes of the world the method would be considered foolish, but that was God’s strategy. I could go on and on about God’s use of the arts in scripture. We don’t usually see these testimonies of God’s faithfulness as “artistic” because artists do not usually teach us Bible lessons. Yet Christians closest to the heavenly Father are “inspired.” Artistic preachers are rare but they have great insight. If you are interested in learning more about God’s call to the creative, I recommend An Army Arising by Christ John Otto. His book put into words what I learned from Ray Hughes, a pastor and musical evangelist I walked with in Tennessee. Perhaps you’ll come to understand your own gifts in a new light or better understand the arts in your church and society. God really does have a plan and speaks through artists. That’s why the spirit of the antichrist perverts the arts and uses them to teach destruction. The question is, are we listening to God’s voice or another?
Vicky Branton is the Teche Life editor for The Daily Iberian and a children’s author. She spent 20 years in Nashville’s entertainment industry before God’s plan returned her to Louisiana.
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Willing vessel ADORATION
By Coretta J. Perkins
Coffee with Jesus Grow • love • sing
At 80 years young, Vergie Iglus exudes a peaceful and godly
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love to concentrate on my culture, as well as the music for confidence that easily draws you in. Though born in Georgia, Vergie Christ,” Henderson-born Clint Robin shared over coffee and muffins lived in New Orleans for 45 years until her relocation to Lafayette next to his beautiful wife and fellow singer, Joan. “But the joy when after Hurricane Katrina. I write a Christian song is so much bigger, and just brings so much She has survived an abusive marriage, lost her sight for a period of more of a good feeling of gratification. When I see people, how they time and endured the pain of the murder of one of her three sons enjoy it and it brings life to their faces, it’s awesome. There’s nothing followed by years of debilitating depression. To all this, Vergie says, “I like it.” These words ring true after listening to live versions of a few never gave up, I just kept going” and she also kept singing. of their original songs and chatting recently with the Robins. From the time Vergie was a young child, she sang and knew that This lively couple, who met in a coffee shop and went on their first it was her special gift. In 1962 she had a born-again experience and three dates the very same day, create a variety of both Spirit-led and received eternal salvation in Christ. She said that “it was the best thing Louisiana-inspired music at home, then share it at local churches, that ever happened - changed everything!” music festivals and online. Clint begins writing the After her conversion experience, the trials didn’t lyrics and the music and Joan fills in the gaps to stop, but in the trials she held onto her anchor-To hear Vergie's music, visit complete the songs. cdbaby.com/Artist/VergieIglus. Christ. She did not allow bitterness and anger to After eight years together, five years married and settle in her heart. seventy-something songs later, they formed a band To hear Clint and Joan, visit As life continued to unfold, Vergie didn’t ReverbNation.com, search called “Sweet Country.” “We write differently,” always understand the trials she endured, but their names. Joan shared, “but it all meshes together. And later discovered that God was using the trials to Clint’s words are shared in such a beautiful way, draw her closer to Himself, refine her and provide and people seem so pleased with what he’s done, you material for her music. In her song “God’s Perfect Plan,” she sings, know they have to see God in it.” Some of their songs include “Coffee “He led me through the streets of hard trials, and places unfamiliar with Jesus,” “Heart of My Song,” “Lift Me Up” and many more, both and strange. See, He was molding me, shaping me, and preparing me, Christian and Cajun, that can be found on each of their Facebook so my whole life He had to rearrange.” pages and also on ReverbNation.com. Her heart’s desire is to bring hope and healing to others through Equally talented, the two both also enjoy writing adorable children’s song. She wants her music to be heard and reach as many people as stories, reading and singing to kids whenever possible and visiting possible — especially those who are grieving and hurting. She has nursing homes to touch lives with their music. “It’s really amazing; I released 3 C.D.s and is currently working on a don’t want any notoriety for us, I want it all for God.” single with a bonus song. Joan emphasized further by saying, “Again, it’s not us; it’s what God lets us do. It’s so important [that] people realize we’re just helping. We Coretta J. Perkins is a daughter of the Most High, wife, mother, don’t do God’s work, we don’t do God’s job, because He knows how daughter, sister, friend, teacher and writer living in Vienna, VA. to do it so much better than us. But He allows us, in a humble way, to She truly loves God, people, exercise and Acadiana's food. She give for Him.” takes great pleasure in hearing and sharing the stories of others. 34
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The Healing Arts Project By Lelan Gimnick
Acadiana Christian counseling, outreach ministry
struggles and settle into an environment ripe for the longing hearts to be still and know that He is God and that He is listening. THAP sessions provide the availability of prayer, study of God’s word, biblical counsel and a creative outlet producing outreach cards to help participants settle their spirit to commune with God from their hearts. These cards are then sent out to outreaches or areas of need to pass the healing of an encounter
Wisping Willow. Beneath it, You and me. Laughing… “Inside Jokes,” Shared Secrets, Joy Life. Your laugh: contagious. My laugh: catching on. Enjoying. No rush. No timing. Remembering and Thanking and Celebrating all that YOU are. ALL that You are, and You are everything and More. You are more than everything I could ever need.
with Jesus on to others. There is no entry fee, no membership program and no roster — simply the environment and opportunity for God to use your intentional quest for Him to reveal His presence and will for your life. If you are an artist or know of an artist eager to use talent to minister to others or if you or someone you know is in a dark place and needs safe harbor, come on by. You can make yourself and your story known or remain anonymous. Whichever you choose, we invite you to come, to taste and see that He is good.
hey are in gas stations punching in the keys to prepay for their fuel while their minds are on their troubled teenagers. They are in restaurants bringing our food and beverages with a trained smile on their faces and aching feet shoved into failing shoes they can’t afford to replace. And they stare us down every morning from a piece of silvered glass, begging the answer to the question, “What’s the point?” They are the eyes which serve as the windows to the souls representing the bruised hearts desperately crying out for healing. They are the hearts hungry for the love of Jesus. Tucked away in the children’s corner of the Family Christian Book Store (103 Acadiana Mall Circle) on Saturdays from 4–6 p.m., the ministry of The Healing Arts Project (THAP) provides a safe harbor for such hearts to escape the noise and the hurt of their
Lelan lives in Erath where he handles much of the off-site administration of The Healing Arts Project. He is an ordained minister.
Secure. Sure. Smiling. You are Life. Sunshine Streaming. River Running. Never Drying. Never Dying. Never Withheld. I drink and am thirsty no more. My life, satisfying. Your life, sustaining. Our life, surprising, That you would come and tend to me and Love me and Learn me to laugh, I love your laugh: contagious. My laugh: catching on.
Poem by Mamie Lane
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Amana Christian Fellowship Church 310 Milton Road, Maurice (337) 893-5728 Sundays, 10 a.m.
150 Verona Drive (337) 234-4308 Sundays, 9, 10:45 a.m. & 12:30 p.m. Wednesdays, 6:30 p.m.
1900-C Cameron St. (337) 231-5119 Sundays, 9 & 11 a.m. Wednesdsays, 7 p.m.
The Family Church 223 Stone Ave. (337) 234-0214 Sundays, 9 & 11 a.m.
Assembly Christian Center 4201 E. Admiral Doyle, New Iberia (337)369-8000 Sundays, 10:35 a.m. Wednesdays, 7:00 p.m.
The Bayou Church
2234 Kaliste Saloom Road (337) 984-8291 Sundays, 9 & 10:30 a.m.
Bethel Church 15147 LA 102, Jennings
Sundays, 9 & 10:30 a.m.
Calvary Baptist Church
4015 Moss St. (337) 269-0976 Sundays, 9:30, 10:30 a.m. & 5 p.m. Wednesdays, 6:30 pm
111 Camellia Blvd (337) 962-3616 Sundays, 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays, 6:30 p.m.
Family Life Church 2223 Dulles Drive (337) 988-0030 Sundays, 9 & 11 a.m. Wednesdays, 6:30 p.m.
First Assembly of God 3555 Verot School Rd (337) 857-0018 Sundays, 10 a.m. Wednesdays, 7 p.m.
First Baptist Church of Broussard
210 S. Morgan, Broussard Wednesdays, 6:30 p.m. Sundays, 9:15, 10:30 a.m. & 5:30 p.m.
First Baptist Lafayette
1100 Lee Ave. (337) 2331412 Sundays, 9:45, 11:11 a.m. & 6 p.m.
First Baptist Milton 2535 E Broussard Road (337) 856-5402 Sundays, 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays, 6 p.m.
First Baptist Youngsville
Christ Church Northside
800 Jefferson Blvd. Sundays, 11 a.m.
• Opelousas Campus Sundays, 10 a.m.
Church on the Rock 1411 E. Admiral Doyle New Iberia Sundays, 10 a.m. Wednesdays, 7 p.m.
Community Baptist Church 800 Rue De Belier Sun., 9:30, 11 a.m. & 6 p.m. Wednesdays, 6:30 p.m.
623 Lafayette St. (337) 856-5806 Sundays, 10 a.m.
Freedom Baptist Church
1132 N. Martin L. King, Eunice (337) 523-8192 Sundays, 10:30 a.m.
Hope Alive Freedom Church 2723 W. Pinhook Road (337) 267-7880 Sundays, 9 & 11 a.m.
1797 Declouet Hwy. Breaux Bridge Sundays, 9:30 a.m. Thursdays, 6:30 p.m.
Ile Des Cannes Worship Center
434 Herbert Road (337) 303-1881 Sundays, 10 a.m. & 5 p.m.
Jubilee Nation Christian Ministries 4400 Moss St. (337) 205-4934 Sundays, 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays, 7 p.m.
King's Highway Ministries
3828 Moss St. Sundays, 11 a.m. Wednesdays, 6:30 p.m.
Lafayette Vineyard Church 705 Bonin Road (337)837-7060 Sundays, 10 a.m.
Lighthouse Family Church 1300 Bertrand Drive (337) 261-8801 Sundays, 10 a.m. Wednesdays, 7 p.m.
Miracle Place Church of Acadiana 1110 N. Main St., Opelousas Saturdays, 6 p.m. Sundays, 11 a.m. Wednesdays, 7 p.m.
New Beginning Fellowship Church 519 Parkway Drive, Breaux Bridge (337) 442-6209 Sundays, 10:30 a.m.
New Kingdom Ministries
2032 NE Evangeline Thruway (337) 234-6868 Sundays, 9 a.m. Tuesdays, 7 p.m.
105 Merchants Blvd. (337) 232-9279 Sundays, 10 a.m.
1709 Dulles Drive (337) 981-6438 Sundays, 9:30 a.m.
Our Savior’s Church Lafayette
1201 E. Broussard (337) 839-8889 Sundays, 9, 11 a.m. & 5 p.m. 1st Wednesdays, 6:30 p.m.
• Broussard Campus
Sundays, 9 & 11 a.m. 1st Wednesdays, 6:30 p.m.
• Crowley Campus Sundays, 10 a.m.
Living Faith Youngsville
• Eunice Campus
1320 Fortune Road Sundays, 10 a.m. Wednesdays, 6:30 p.m.
Sundays, 10 a.m.
Sundays, 9 & 11 a.m. 1st Wednesdays, 6:30 p.m.
200 E. Butcher Switch Road Saturdays, 6 p.m. Sundays, 10 a.m. Wednesdays, 7 p.m.
3210 Ambassador Caffery (337) 504-5004 Sundays, 9:15 & 11 a.m. Wednesdays, 7 p.m.
Foundations Church 209 Southpark Road Sundays, 10 a.m.
• Jennings Campus
Sundays, 9 & 10:45 a.m.
• Midtown Campus
• Opelousas Campus Sundays, 8:45, 10:15 & 11:45 a.m.
1100 Camellia Blvd. #202 (337) 501-6612 Sundays, 10 a.m.
Philadelphia Church 200 W. Willow St. (337) 233-3387 Sundays, 8 & 10 a.m.
Progressive Baptist Church 2101 E. Simcoe St. Sundays, 11 a.m. Wednesdays, 6 p.m.
Redeemer City Church
109 Vine St. Sundays, 10:30 a.m.
Rivers of New Life 600 General Mouton Sundays, 10 a.m. Wednesdays, 7 p.m.
Riverside Church of Christ 200 South City Pwky. (337) 984-2035 Sundays, 10 a.m. Wednesdays, 7 p.m.
Spirit & Truth Church
1128 W. Simcoe Street (337)234-0678
Spirit of Faith Church
205 Touchet Road (337)456-5315 Sundays, 10 a.m. Wednesdays, 6:30 p.m.
Trinity Bible Church 130 E. Broussard (337) 406-2801 Sundays, 9 & 10:45 a.m.
Methodist Episcopal 604 Lee Avenue Sundays, 10:45 a.m.
Victory Family Worship Center
204 Apollo Road, Scott (337) 593-8994 Sundays, 9:30 a.m. Wednesdays, 6:30 p.m.
1400 W. University Ave. Sundays, 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays, 6 p.m.
Youngsville Community Church 1800 Chemin Metarie Pkwy. (337) 451-6829 Sundays, 10:30 a.m.
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The Way By Nick Sigur
Jesus is the only solution
Thomas said to Him, “Lord, we do not know where You are going, how do we know the way?” Me. If you had known Me, you would have known My Father also; from now on you know Him, and have seen Him” — John 14:5-7.
The followers of Christ were first called “The Way.” It seems now a more proper name than “Christians” who now seem to include people who don’t believe Jesus is THE way and some who are only slightly sure He’s one of the better ways. I realize that it is the highest political incorrectness to suggest that there is but one way, or one truth or even one life. I think we might have lost the name “The Way” when becoming a Christian became politically correct and the exclusiveness of Jesus became incorrect. Maybe it’s time we stand on incorrectness. It seems as Christians we have tried too hard to be nice and to avoid offense. When we have chosen to be tough, we haven’t picked our battles well. We need to stop acting like homosexuality, liberalism or conservatism is THE sin. We need to stop acting as if there is a political solution to sin.
We need to boldly proclaim that there is only one way and it is open to all who have sinned no matter how public or private their favorite sin might be. cspotlight.com
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through
We need to stop squabbling with brothers because they worship slightly differently, have different social customs, or disagree with us in matters of insignificant theology. We need to boldly proclaim that there is only one way and it is open to all who have sinned no matter how public or private their favorite sin might be. (Yes, I think most of us have a favorite sin, that we sometimes argue isn’t really a sin.) We need to acknowledge there is one truth and that includes the distressing fact that all have sinned and fallen short. We need to acknowledge Jesus as the only solution. We need to live the one life that consists of repenting and following Jesus before all else. I love my church, but if I had to start my own it would look something like this: It would be called The Way (Not the Way International, a cult that doesn’t even believe Jesus is God). We would meet at tables. I think at every meeting each person would have a chance to speak. We would introduce ourselves as “Hi, I’m Nick. I’m a sinner.” I think the frequent self-reminders would be helpful. Maybe everyone could respond with, “Amen to that.” Just so we don't forget. We would talk about our struggles (our sins) and our victories in Christ. Attendance would be open to all. Membership would be limited to acknowledged sinners who believe in and follow The Way (Jesus).
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Calendar of events Jan. 4 ICIBC Information &
Orientation 6–7 p.m., Metro Life Church, Associates and Bachelors degrees. For more information, call 337-504-5004.
Jan. 4, 11, 18, 25 Adult Men’s Bible
Study Family Christian Store, Every Tuesday, 5:30–6:30 p.m. For more information, visit 2717ministries.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
January 5 Living Your Destiny 2016 Conference with Dr. John Barton and Tasha Cobb, 7 p.m., Cajundome Convention Center johnbartonministries.org.
Jan. 7 Monthly City-Wide
Prayer gathering at Lafayette Consolidated Government building at 12 noon. First Thursday of each month. For
Jan. 25–26 Louisiana Baptist
more information, email Kelly@oneminuteministry.net.
January 14, 21, 28 Chi Alpha
Thursday Night Live Bayou Bijou, 7 p.m. on the UL Campus.
January 20, 27 Free Meal With a
Message at Café Chi Alpha, 12 noon on the UL Campus.
Jan. 23 InnerFaith Prison Ministry
Convention First Baptist Church, Lafayette Special guests Charles Billingsley, comedian Mark Lowry, David Burton, Reginald Calvert, Mark Croston, Steve Gaines, Josh McDowell and Alvin Reid. For more information call 800-622-6549 or go to louisianabaptists.org.
Jan. 29, 30 Rev Conference 2016
Annual Training 8 a.m.–2 p.m., Nouvelle Church. For more information, visit www.innerfaithpm.com
Abundant Life Church, 206 Edgewood Drive, Denham Springs. Friday at 4 p.m., Saturday at 9 p.m. For more information and to register, please go to revconference.com.
Waller on Islam, Religious Freedom & National Security 4–6:30 p.m., Nouvelle Church. Attendees MUST preregister at www.2717ministries.org/RSVP.
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Jan. 23 William Federer and Tommy
By Christopher W. Holton
Shariah: A unique form of religious law
One of the most misunderstood aspects
of studying Jihad and Islam is the role of Shariah law. This is largely because so much misinformation about Shariah has been disseminated by Muslim Brotherhood front groups, such as the Council on American Islamic Relations, the Islamic Society of North America, the Muslim Students Association and, especially, the Islamic Circle of North America here in the U.S. Many Westerners, even pastors, priests and rabbis, assume that Shariah is similar to Christian canon law or Jewish rabbinical law. That just isn’t true at all. First of all, Shariah covers virtually all aspects of life for a Muslim, whether the aspect at hand is a religious issue or not. Whereas canon law and rabbinical law primarily cover religious issues and ecclesiastical issues, Shariah covers issues of criminal punishment, civil justice, economics/ finance and war, in addition to purely ecclesiastical matters. For instance, there is nothing in canon law that resembles the Hudud punishments so infamous under Shariah, which prescribe stoning, crucifixion, beheading, whipping and the amputation of limbs. These are the 38
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infamous aspects of Shariah. But there is an even more significant difference between Shariah and every other form of religious law among the major religions: Canon law is only meant to apply to Christians. Jewish rabbinical law is only meant to apply to Jews. Shariah applies to everyone of any faith. That’s right, Shariah is the only form of religious law in existence that applies to people of faiths other than the faith which invented the law. Large sections of Shariah texts deal exclusively with rules and regulations for
kafirs, a derogatory term used to refer to “non-believers.” When Jihadist organizations such as the Islamic State take over a region, as they have in Iraq and Syria and parts of Libya, we can see Shariah in action, largely through its imposition on local non-Muslim populations, which are subjugated to secondclass citizenship known as dhimmitude. More on that in a future column. Christopher Holton is vice president of Outreach at the Center for Security Policy, a national security think tank tasked with promoting President Ronald Reagan's philosophy of peace through strength. Learn more at centerforsecuritypolicy.org.
Third Day in concert at Crossroads Church Photos by Cori Phelps
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