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RACELIFT Can a father change the face of our nation?
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"people of the book" By Pastor Sidney Morales, D.Th.
Last October I had the wonderful opportunity to visit the land of Israel and learn more about the important role Israel plays in that region, their challenges, and their great contributions to other nations. It was an amazing educational trip that impacted me in a positive way, arranged by the American Israeli Educational Foundation and (AIPAC) the American Israel Public Affairs Committee. I was delighted to learn more and see again those historical sites that make every passage in the Holy Scriptures come alive. I was impressed by the military measures and strategies to keep Israel safe. I was grateful by their unwavering support and friendship toward us, and how their ideas and inventions have strengthened our military in certain areas. I was blown away to see Israel's generosity in giving away their cyber security technology and agricultural discoveries to struggling nations in the region and in Africa for their betterment. I was deeply moved to see how IDF soldiers would bring wounded Syrians soldiers that come to the border, including women and children, and place them in top of the line hospitals, so they can receive free medical assistance until they are fully recovered. It was then I began to realize that Israelis are a "people of the book," meaning that they live by the principles in the Holy Scriptures, like: "love your enemy." Then, we had the honor of entering a Jewish home and partaking with that family a Shabbat meal. I was blessed as the father of the cspotlight.com
house shared about the meaning of the weekly Shabbat and our need to rest in the Lord every week and have a special family time of prayer, worship, and teachings. Then, the father began to call his grown sons to receive the blessing. I saw them coming to the father and bowing their heads to receive the blessing as their father, and later their mother, placed their hands over their heads and prayed. These grown children's faces were full of love and honor. They were not ashamed to be called out and be prayed over, it was a beautiful sight to see. Tears began to run down my cheeks, as I realized that the beautiful moment I was experiencing was the result of many years of weekly blessings and weekly teachings in that home as they honored the Lord with the Sabbath. I finally put all the pieces together of why Israel is such a strong and extraordinary nation, the key is at every home, every week, they honor God by spending time with Him and build strong families by teaching and blessing their children. May we as Americans embrace the family "altar" and devotion, not as a good idea, but as God's way to build a strong and a great nation. Happy Fatherâ€™s Day! Dr. Sidney Morales is a US Army combat veteran, the founder of Alpha & Omega Church in Lafayette, and the co-founder of Royal Lineage Ministries with churches and feeding centers in Louisiana and Honduras.
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A Procedure to Die For by Myron Guillory
One father’s hope for America
Racelift will lead the United States of America to her beauty again. This spiritual procedure will bring clarity to a nation who has lost her identity. A nation once proud of her Christian heritage has now re-invented herself to resemble the distorted face of society. She changed her image by replacing her humility with pride, her generosity with greed, her freedom with slavery and her unity with division. She is defined by her colors of skin, socioeconomic classes, political affiliations, and church denominations. Instead of “America the Beautiful”, she is “America the Black, Brown, White, Yellow, Red, Democrat, Republican, Catholic, or Protestant”. God did not intend for America to view herself in this light.
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About eight years ago, as I sat in A Procedure to Die For
my living room flipping through the channels, I found myself going back and forth between CNN and Fox News. It was interesting to see how these two cable news networks had such polarized views of what America should look like. I peered at my family for a few seconds and was slightly grieved upon thinking about rearing my children in such a divisive world. I said to myself, “What part can we play in bringing unity to this nation?” I glanced at my wife and saw how we varied in skin color and cultural background–—yet, God brought us together, and He desired for us to live in love and harmony. Throughout my adult life, I’ve noticed that three areas primarily divide this nation: politics, religion and race. I rose from my sofa and yelled out,
Racelift is a transformational procedure bound to change America by helping her citizens discover their purpose, values and vision. Racelift offers six practical steps that lead to a renewed identity. Change begins with her most prized and divided resource—her races. Society wants to divide the races, but God is eager to have them live as one spirit. Through His Son, this nation will live in unity as her name suggests, and she will return to being “America the Beautiful”.
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The United States of America is searching for love, unity and peace within its borders, and she has attempted to manufacture it through her political and social experiments. Unfortunately, hatred, disunity and chaos still exists, and it appears to get worse with each waking moment. Human intellect has failed this nation time and time again in trying to rescue her from self-inflicted wounds. Racelift offers this nation a proven way to love and unify her people and remove chaos from her borders.
“RACELIFT!” Ideas started to revolve in my mind, and I knew that my new assignment was to write a book. Racelift will introduce America’s Racelift citizens to theis Godaofsix-step Love, Prince spiritual procedure of Peace, and Spirit of Unity. The procedure will help thatsix-point will guide members of each race to America’s citizens discover their purpose, values, and vision. This the discovery mirror (Word of God) to examine will help America grow in cognitive fortitude, social responsibility, physical fitness, themselves. The mirror will reveal some and spiritual discipline. America will love again, unite again, and experience again. As a result, truths thatpeacethey may not want to expose, America will be Great Again! but the essence of this book is to expose and then expunge sin. As members of a race look intently into the mirror, they will meet God, and He will awaken them to His purpose, values and vision for America. America’s races will be awakened to a new identity in Christ where they will reflect His love. America will experience perfect love, peace and unity within her borders as God’s Word and His spirit infiltrate the hearts of her races. Are you ready for a “Racelift?”
By Nick Sigur
Beat the heat with Christian classics I grew up in the shadow of the Parish
Courthouse in Crowley. In those days the parish library was in that building. It provided the coolest spot in town to escape the summer heat. It’s how I first learned about and joined the Summer Reading Club. When it got too hot to play outside, my siblings and I would go cool off at the library and earn a few points in the club. I fell in love with books and advanced my education even during the summer. It would be a great project this summer to form your own club and read some of the Christian Classics alone, with a spouse or some friends, or maybe even with kids or grandkids. Here is a list of great books that even youth would enjoy: The Holiness of God by R.C. Sproul—a great easy read and introduction for youth to holiness. Counter Culture by David Platt—a great kick off point for discussions on issues of the day. The Discipline of Grace by Jerry Bridges—the Gospel saves and sustains. Just Do Something by Kevin DeYoung—live like Christ. Don’t Waste Your Life by John Piper.
Core Christianity by Michael Horton. The Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan. Habits of Grace by David Mathis—it
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will set your teens for a lifetime of pursing God. Messy Grace by Caleb Kaltenbach—frank and helpful discussion of homosexuality. Tactics by Greg Koukl—learning to defend the faith. Extra suggestions. Rescuing the Gospel by Erwin Lutzer—church history. Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand, biography. Mere Christianity by C. S. Lewis. Jesus Calling by Sarah Young—mainly for girls. Wild at Heart by John Eldredge—for boys. Outlive Your Life by Max Lucado. Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy by Eric Metaxasx. Check the ones you would like to read and get to clubbing. Nick Sigur has practiced law and ministered with his wife out of their Broussard home for 34 years. Nick writes an almost daily blog at NickSigur.com. Email nick@nicksigur. com or text 337-205-2353.
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By Cori Phelps
Interview with Judd Brannon
CSM got an advanced sneak peek at “Champion,” and we were moved to share what inspired Director Judd Brannon to make this film tackling fatherhood and the reward of forgiveness—the true trophy to strive for.
CSpotlight: The grit of racecar driving contrasted with the softer emotions of a father/child relationship worked so well—what inspired you to make this film? Judd: God put this story on my heart about 5 years ago. My desire was to reach people with the love of Christ. I feel that the foundation of the Gospel is forgiveness. Before we can accept the gift of salvation we must understand that first, we need to be forgiven and second, God is offering to forgive us of all our sins. CHAMPION is story of being forgiven and forgiving. Foster care is also an important part of this movie. We have been blessed to be foster parents and have witnessed the amazing
power of caring for children in difficult situations. Champion illustrates how Christian families can help other families heal by living out James 1:27. I wrote the original storyline and through a partnership with Missy Reedy and Sarah Inabnit, we developed the script. CSpotlight: What message do you hope to send to moviegoers? Judd: My prayer is that CHAMPION will stir the hearts of unbelieving viewers to accept God’s forgiveness for the first time and to convict Christian viewers to recommit to a spirit of forgiveness of others. Forgiveness is something that people at every stage of their spiritual walk need to be reminded of. The lost need to recognize
their need for forgiveness and know that God has His arms open wide, just waiting to offer that forgiveness. Christians too often harbor unforgiveness for those that have wronged us. There are offenses that just seem unforgivable. My God is big, and my goals are big. I want CHAMPION to be a tool to change hearts and lives for eternity.
Embracing your essence By Ngozi Maduagwu
YOU are the perfect Father’s Day gift
What do spices, restoration, and chastity have in common? I am very passionate about these three things, and recently found myself wondering what the connection amongst them is. I discovered that the answer is ESSENCE. The essence of a thing is its property or group of properties without which it would not exist or be what it is. It provides its raison d'être or reason for existing. The essence of a spice is its ability to add flavor, excitement, and an element of preservation to foods they are added to. The essence of restoration is to return something to its former or original condition, better than its present state. The essence of chastity is to preserve the sexual purity of a person’s body and soul. I also love how this is captured on chastity.com. They state that, ‘Chastity is not about saying “no” to sex. Chastity is about saying “yes” to God’s plan for our sexuality.’ When I blend spices, I am amazed at their ability to turn food that would ordinarily be bland and tasteless into a mouthwatering chef-d’oeuvre. The first time I had the privilege of having a house that was in disrepair restored, I was exhilarated to see what beauty 6
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could come from something that had been in utter disrepair. Anytime I meet a person who is committed to living a chaste lifestyle, I am excited to see someone who dares to maintain an essence of sexual purity in a generation where sexual liberty is more prominent. Everyone has an essence that is unique to them. It is your flavor or purest state. It is the original, authentic you. Nothing can compare to you without making itself a copy or counterfeit. When you understand the value of the ‘you’ God created you to be, you will be more intentional in preserving the essence that you embody. Embrace your essence! “For we are God’s masterpiece. He has
created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things He planned for us long ago.” (Ephesians 2:10 NLT) Ngozi is the author and producer of the play The Truth About Chastity and also responsible for the newly adopted “Abstinence Day” recognized in the state of LA on May 31, 2016. She currently resides in Lafayette, Louisiana and loves to travel and share the love and joy of God.
Is MNRI for you?? Does your child suffer with Autism, ADHD or conduct disorders? Introducing
What is MNRI? MNRI stands for Masgutova Neurosensimotor Reflex Integration. This modality was developed by Polish doctor Svetlana Masgutova in 1989. As a first responder to a train wreck disaster in Olaf, Poland, Masgutova treated 100’s of children that experienced severe injuries and death as a result of the shock from the tragedy. Through light touch and modeling specific reflex movement patterns, she was able to pull the victims out of shock helping the children to process this horrible event. This event was the catalyst for Masgutova’s study and development of MNRI. MNRI is a therapy that is used when reflex circuits in the body are shorted or rerouted. Trauma in our lives and/or disruptions in developmental milestones can cause many emotional, cognitive, and behavioral problems. MNRI has been proven to help correct the issues.
A little anatomy lesson God has wired us in a very detailed and specific way and the trauma we experience in this life disrupts our wiring. The human brain is not a finished organ at birth -- in fact, another 10 or 12 years are needed before even a general development is complete. Structural maturation of individual brain regions and their connecting pathways is required for the optimal development of cognitive, motor, and sensory functions. This maturation eventually provides for a smooth, efficient flow of nerve impulses throughout the brain. Myelination is the process the nervous system uses to create these pathways but disruptions can cause the brain to not work as effectively or efficiently. MNRI awakens the innate intelligence God has put within us for healing. With the use of reflex integration through touch and movement, the nervous system can effect change throughout the body and correct disruptions.
Bridgette Mouton Bridgette is a registered nurse and MNRI Core Specialist InTraining. She has been training in this therapy for the last two years and has seen the dramatic changes in the people she has been privileged to work with. Through MNRI she has seen an adopted child attach to his forever family, a post-traumatic stressed client regain quality of life, an ADHD student’s self-regulation increase and grades improve. Candy Bertrand, one of Bridgette’s client shares, “…for a year and a half we struggled greatly with our two children and we figured outside a miracle from God, that we would most likely continue to struggle…Now that we have found MNRI, we will not just survive we will live and thrive! MNRI is our miracle.” Bridgette is a passionate, intuitive healer using her skills of MNRI to restore families to optimal health. She works with the entire family to bring healing—healthy parents have healthy children!
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How about comprehension and academic achievement? Are YOU challenged with anxiety, depression or feeling unattached to yourself and your loved ones? If this is you, MNRI Core Specialist In-Training, Bridgette Mouton can help! Bridgette Mouton has pulled up a chair at The Kitchen Table Counseling & Life Coaching Services joining Marc & Melissa’s Christian Counseling practice to offer services to our community.
Is MNRI for YOU? MNRI can optimize wellness potential of clients suffering from a variety of issues including but not limited to worry, fear, phobia, anxiety, depression, aggressive behaviors, co-dependency, brain fog, learning delay, lack of motivation, attention deficit and attention deficit with hyperactivity, autism, cerebral palsy, intellectual development delay, and proven to take the delayed to average, average to gifted, and the gifted to genius.
CALL TODAY To schedule your appointment with Bridgette for your own MNRI session call The Kitchen Table Counseling, 101 Teurlings Dr., Lafayette, LA 70501 (337) 889-0221 • www.thekitchentablecounseling.com
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What it means to be a man Your children and your wife deserve it By Pastor Alonzo Frank
This world needs real men who
will say, “As
for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” (Joshua 24:15) NKJV Not everyone who is a male is a man. I mean a real man—a godly man. You can be born a male, but it takes maturity to be a man. You’re young only once, but you can be immature forever.
Role model If you get your model for manhood from the media, you will be very confused. Get your role model from the Scriptures, and you will be following God’s original design for your life and what it means to be a man. Romans 12:2 NKJV says, “Do not
conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.”
Men of character We are to be men of character. A man of character does not conform to the world around him—he conforms to the image of God. He doesn’t allow living in an ungodly world to define who he is. He models his life after the heart of Jesus Christ and longs to have the qualities and characteristics of Jesus. A man of character wants the transformation on the inside to match the image that he projects on the outside. These are the kind of fathers who make a difference in the lives of their children and wives, and in the world, because they know 8
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Christ and their character reflects it.
What they see When people look at your life, what is the defining characteristic they see? Do they see someone who loves sports? Nothing wrong with sports, but is it the thing that defines you? Do they see you as someone who likes to have a good time? Nothing wrong with having a good time, but is it what defines you? Do they see someone who talks a lot about religion, but whose walk is sometimes questionable? Or are you a person of character who exhibits the genuine spirit and heart of Christ? Be a man who puts character before conformity. Be a man of integrity and faithfulness.
Consistency The second part of what it means to be a man is: he is to be a person of consistency. This is not someone who tells other people how wrong they are, and then has holes in his moral and ethical behavior. He talks the talk, and he also walks the walk. Timothy was a man of consistency. Paul said in Philippians 2:19-22 NKJV, “I hope in
the Lord Jesus to send Timothy to you soon, that I also may be cheered when I receive news about you. I have no one else like him, who takes a genuine interest in your welfare. For everyone looks out for his own interests, not those of Jesus Christ. But you know that Timothy has proved himself, because as
a son with his father he has served with me in the work of the gospel.” He did not run when others did. He did not deny his faith in order to avoid suffering. He stayed the course through good times and bad.
Be real The third part of what it means to be a man is: he is to be a man of realness. In other words, he is true to himself and his nature. He hasn’t let the world squeeze him into its mold. He doesn’t try to be someone he is not. He lives out his God-given masculinity. To live out your masculine nature means that you provide for your family. You take on responsibility. You protect and nurture your family. You do the work that needs to be done. You provide a sense of strength and security, and you are not only important for the physical welfare of your children, you are important for their psychological welfare. Spend time with your children. You may give them many things, but if you are not giving them your time it won’t mean much. They deserve to live in a home where the man of the house is a living example of the life and love of Jesus Christ. Pastors Alonzo and Ollie Frank are Senior Pastors at Spirit and Truth Church in Lafayette, LA., and serve with a fervent passion for God and a genuine compassion for people.
By Julie Hasling
The cost of following Christ
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Bittersweet s Father’s Day approaches, I remember my dad who passed away in January of this year. For 50 years, we maintained an awkward yet cordial relationship. I remember the day I returned home from church one Sunday with my best friend and her mother. It had been a year or more since my mother had passed away, and the Lord put a special friend in my life to comfort me. I enjoyed spending Saturday nights at her house because her mother brought us to church on Sunday—a discipline we did not practice in my home. On one particular Sunday, at the end of his sermon, the pastor gave an altar call for salvation and membership. Back then we didn’t have children’s church—we sat quietly in the main sanctuary with the adults. I was only 8 years old when I heard the call of God and made that lone journey down to the altar.
end of his life acknowledged Jesus as Savior, he simply did not understand the loving relationship one could enjoy with a living God. He didn’t understand how someone could personally get to know a heavenly Father who fills our lives with so much joy—who loves us when we don’t even love ourselves, who restores our body and mind—a Father who teaches, encourages, and provides wisdom and direction in life. Needless to say, my dad’s disinterest in spiritual things created a lifelong chasm between us as Mathew 10:34-38 describes. But as painful as it was, I was willing to forgo a relationship with my earthly dad in exchange for one with my heavenly Father! It was simply yet painfully the cost of following Christ.
Counting the cost
Recently my dad came to mind and I had this comforting thought, “At least now he knows the truth about Jesus. Now he knows firsthand what and WHOM I was talking about all those years.” Oh, what a glorious day that will be when I embrace him again and we both see eye to eye! Tears flow as I write this… “I love you so deeply dad! How painful it has been all these years not having the close relationship I desired to have with you. And yet I know you couldn’t give me what you didn’t have. And I’m sure I failed to pray enough for you and our relationship. But I am comforted in knowing that one day we will meet again. I will always keep you close in my thoughts and heart and I am truly grateful for all that you provided for me in this life! Until I see you again… I love you, Daddy!”
When I returned home I couldn’t wait to tell my dad that I had gotten “saved!” Unfortunately, he did not share my excitement. Without looking up from his Sunday newspaper, he mumbled, “That’s nice.” I admit I was disappointed in his lack of enthusiasm but I believed I had made the right decision. Jesus said in Matthew 10:34-38 (NLT), “Don’t imagine that I came to bring peace to the earth! I came not to bring peace, but a sword. ‘I have come to set a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law. Your enemies will be right in your own household!’ “If you love your father or mother more than you love me, you are not worthy of being mine; or if you love your son or daughter more than me, you are not worthy of being mine.”
Paying the price Throughout the years my dad remained unimpressed by my “spiritual zeal.” Although he believed in God, and towards the cspotlight.com
Receiving the reward
Julie is founder and president of Life With Father Ministries, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization (lifewithfather.org and firstname.lastname@example.org) that ministers the Gospel through social media, books and in prisons.
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Daddy, God! In 2014, 17.4 million U.S. children lived in fatherless homes.
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Have you desired to have a traditional upbringing with a mother and father in a loving home? A father to cuddle you or just show you how to fix something? Whether you were raised with the love, comfort and provision of a father or not, your life does not have to lack the fruit of having the guidance, reassurance and love of a father! You see, Psalm 68:5 NKJV says he is “A father to the fatherless…” This means that God will fill any gaps of an absent, busy or deceased father. HOW??? ...ASK Him in prayer and read His Word. The Holy Spirit will fill every void of insecurity, lack of love, provision and any other areas. A spouse or significant other will never be able to fill the void left by an absent parent. Only God can do that. I encourage you, reach out to Daddy, God and ASK Him to fill every empty space, read His Word, and watch Him fill and restore even greater than what an earthly father could have done!
By Julie Esta'
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• 1 cup diced tomato • 2 TBSP. finely chopped cilantro • 2 TBSP. diced purple onion • 1 tsp. fresh lemon juice • ¼ tsp. Purely Cajun Mix all above together Place shrimp in lettuce, top with pico and avocado. Enjoy!
Pico de gallo shrimp tacos
Serves 2, per serving • 20oz. raw shrimp • 1 light Laughing Cow garlic & herb cheese • 1 tsp. cilantro • 1 tsp. Purely Cajun • 6.64oz. romaine lettuce • ½ avocado Place shrimp in nonstick skillet over medium high heat, add Purely Cajun and cilantro, cook for 5 minutes. Add cheese and stir until
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Julie Esta' is a Certified Health Coach and owner of Purely Cajun Seasoning. She has witnessed many believers grow in their spiritual walk as they implement lifestyle changes to improve their eating habits and physical health.
To Haiti with love First mission trip Article and photos by Michael Melder
To start, let me give you some
First tug However, God works in miraculous ways each and every day to slowly mold us into the person He knows we can become and to overcome our fears. After I got out of college and started working in Lafayette, I settled at The Bayou Church. After I had been there a few months, I started to feel God tugging at my heart to go on a mission trip. Now that urge didn’t grab root immediately, but it was there. I truly started feeling it after I was gifted the opportunity to go to Cartagena, Colombia for a previous job I had. To make a long story short, it was this same job that gave me everything I needed to make the Haiti trip five years down the road. The love of God knows no bounds and thankfully He isn’t bound to human time. He set this trip up before I was born and slowly built up my character and prepared me for the future to come.
The miracle started when my wife, who was helping with the bags my church was sending down to Haiti, overheard that someone had to drop out of the trip. And even though my church needed someone to fill in, no one could go at one-week’s short notice. Upon hearing that, she told the staff that I had my vaccinations and passport and proceeded to text me about it. I, in turn, asked my boss who graciously said “yes” and that was just the beginning of my trip!
On my way One week later, I was on a flight with my nine, newly-made friends from church, headed to Haiti. We arrived at Port-AuPrince and met up with the Reciprocal Ministries International team, who then drove us four hours to the RMI retreat center in Zanglais. Before going on to our destination, they brought us there to help us get acclimated to Haiti. The next day we traveled to our sister church in Petit-Trou, two hours away. We had a huge, warm welcome from the pastor and his congregation. He was able to get the new parsonage built in time for our arrival. As a thank you and because he is the nicest,
godliest man you will ever meet, he wanted us to be the first ones to stay in it.
Distraction-free praise The people in Petit-Trou are happy and really nice. Even with many medical issues and poor housing, they still came to church and praised God every chance they had. It was so easy to see the miracles down there, because they don’t have the tools or distractions that can lead one away from God. And even though we ran into issues like flooding and sick team members, we all prayed and gave all our worries to God. During our 4-day stay we evangelized at three churches and the city square. Each of us gave our testimonies at different times, passed out food boxes and water filtration systems, and just had fun with the locals. Then at end of week we headed back to Zanglais to ease us back into our normalcy before heading home.
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background. Growing up I never imagined going on a mission trip. I said a few times that God had other plans for me than going overseas. I was even scared to go, considering how the news portrays third world countries.
New perspective I had always assumed that the purpose of mission trips was for me to go and spread the Gospel and help people less fortunate than myself. What I learned was these trips are God’s way of keeping me humble and renewing my inner strength, while gifting others with His Word. So I encourage you to go on a missions trip for yourself at least once. Michael Melder is an IT Support Specialist for Core Laboratories. He and his wife, Jodi, have four kids and reside in Lafayette.
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Echoes in ETERNITY Worthy of sacrifice and risk By Jim Phelps Does your friend’s eternity have greater importance than the relationship you have with them? In Luke 14:26-27 (NIV), Jesus tells us, “If anyone comes to me and does not hate father and mother, wife
and children, brothers and sisters—yes, even their own life—such a person cannot be my disciple. And whoever does not carry their cross and follow me cannot be my disciple.”
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To set the record straight, let’s understand that Jesus is not suggesting we actually hate our family members. However, what He is saying is that the relationships with our parents, spouses, or siblings should appear as hatred when compared to our own love and obedience to Him. To answer the opening question: every other relationship we have with someone is far less important than, not only our personal obedience, but also the stark reality of where our family or friends will spend eternity. You must be willing to sacrifice everything, even when
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sharing the Gospel with your family or friends may be uncomfortable or risky. Sadly, it may even require straining or forfeiting some relationships. Nonetheless, we are called to do it tactfully and compassionately, despite the circumstances or cost. “In your hearts
revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect.” (1 Peter 3:15, NIV)
Though it may seem like your sacrifices for the furtherance of the Gospel are great when dealing with lost family members or friends, you must be willing to bear your cross. May it be our priority to love the Lord our God, immeasurably, and to also love our neighbor as ourselves (Matthew 22:37-40). Jim Phelps and his wife, Cori, are passionate followers of Christ. Jim is particularly interested in mobilizing men and strengthening small groups. Learn more at 2717ministries.org, or contact him at email@example.com.
The third person of the Trinity The Holy Spirit
By Vocab Malone
Triune nature of God The one true God—the God of the Bible—is Triune. We can define the Trinity as three inner personal distinctions within one divine essence. The Trinity is therefore three distinct persons, yet one God. These three persons are equal; they are co-eternal and they exist simultaneously. Each person of the Trinity fulfills a unique role: the Father originates, the Son reveals, and the Spirit executes. Scripture displays a pattern, wherein the Father plans and directs. The Father sends the Son (Jn. 3:16; Gal. 4:4) and the Spirit (Jn. 14:26, 15:26) and they are obedient to His authority and will (Jn. 4:34, 5:19, 6:38). The Son of God has always existed as the second person of the Trinity (Jn. 3:13). The Son existed in eternal communion with the Father and the Spirit before the event of the incarnation (Jn. 17:5, 24), wherein the Son took on human flesh (Jn. 1:14) and was born to a virgin (Lk. 1:35) as the God-Man Jesus of Nazareth (Matt. 1:18-25). The Holy Spirit is the divine third person on the Trinity (Mt. 28:19; 2 Cor. 13:14). The New Testament authors associate the Holy Spirit with Yahweh (Is. 6:1-13; Acts 28:25; cspotlight.com
Jer. 31:31-34; Heb. 10:15-17) and encounters with the Holy Spirit are interactions with God Himself (Mt. 12:31-32; Acts 5:3-4).
Person of the Holy Spirit There is one unique Holy Spirit (1 Cor. 12:13); he is immaterial, invisible, noncorporeal (Lk. 24:39; Jn. 3:8), and personal. He can be blasphemed against (Matt. 12:31), lied to (Acts 5:3), obeyed (Acts 10:19-21), and grieved (Eph. 4:30). He has the attributes of a person, not an “it” or mere force: will (Acts 16:6; 1 Cor. 12:11), intellect (Rom. 8:27), and emotion (Rom. 15:30). In fact, the Holy Spirit performs personal actions: he restrains (Gen. 6:3), teaches (Jn. 14:26), testifies (Jn. 15:26), convicts (Jn. 16:7-8), sends (Acts 13:4), guides (Rom. 8:14), intercedes (Rom. 8:27), and leads (Gal. 5: 18). The Holy Spirit is a person with power, not a power (Lk. 4:14; Acts 10:38; Rom. 15:13; 1 Cor. 2:4).
Work of the Holy Spirit Scripture teaches the Holy Spirit restrains evil (Gen. 20:6; 2 Thess. 2:7), convicts the unbeliever of sin (Jn. 16:8), and enables the unbeliever to accept and believe the Gospel (Eph. 1:18; 2 Thess. 2:14). The Holy Spirit is active in salvation by giving us a new nature, producing rebirth (Jn. 3:3-7) or regeneration (Titus 3:5).
Holy Spirit and…YOU! If you are a Christian, the Holy Spirit is your guarantee of redemption (Eph.
1:13-14). The Holy Spirit sanctifies you (Rom. 15:16), setting you apart and making you holy (2 Thess. 2:13). The Holy Spirit prompts you to worship (Jn. 4:23), promotes fellowship (Phil. 2:l-2), produces comfort (Acts 9:31) and joy (1 Thess. 1:6), prods love (Col. 1:8), and provides you with power (Eph. 3:16). The Holy Spirit empowers you to serve in the Body of Christ (Num. 27:18; Mt. 12:28; Acts 1:2, 8; 1 Cor. 3:4; Phil. 1:19), each of us with different spiritual gifts (1 Cor. 2: 12, 12:11). The Holy Spirit empowers you to conquer sin (Rom. 8:1-17; 1 Thess. 5:19; Eph. 5:18) and provides you with guidance (Mt. 4:1; Acts 8:29, 16:6-7; Rom. 8:14). PRACTICAL APPLICATION: When you speak of the Holy Spirit, always be sure to use a personal pronoun – HE! Correct yourself if you ever say “it.” He is a distinct person, he is God, and he is to be loved and worshipped! The more you contemplate this, the more enriched your relationship with God will become.
HEART OF MAN
The doctrine of the Trinity is…let us say, challenging. This is mainly because God’s nature is so unlike anything in the created order. This makes sense when you think about it, that God would have a unique nature as compared to His creation. This doctrine has been derided by cults, debated by Christians and yet, the doctrine of the Trinity is absolutely definitional to Christian orthodoxy. Why? Because Scripture clearly teaches the tri-personal nature of God. What follows is a small systematized gathering of key Scriptural data on the Trinity in general and on the Holy Spirit in specific. I have multiple verses listed for almost every statement in this article, so grab your Bible, it’s time to study!
Vocab holds a Master's Degree from Phoenix Seminary and is currently a doctoral student at Talbot School of Theology. A former Christian hip-hop artist/ slam poet, his primary ministry focus is urban apologetics and worldview analysis of pop culture (comic books and superhero films).
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ravel season is here and with more time spent on the road, comes more chances of needing roadside assistance. You may have someone you can call when you are a few minutes from home, but the challenge is when you are traveling out of the area. Who do you call when you are stranded on the highway? That’s where roadside assistance can come in and Allstate offers different options for roadside assistance coverage, all available 24/7, so you can choose what’s best for you. 1. The Good Hands Rescue gives immediate access to roadside assistance, and you don’t pay anything until you need the service. There is no membership required and you don’t have to be an Allstate customer. The plan offers flat rates for towing, if you lock your keys in your car, fuel delivery, tire change and jump starts.
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2. Some customers choose to add roadside assistance protection on their auto insurance policy to cover most of the common roadside services. 3. Many customers choose to purchase a separate roadside assistance policy for extra protection, like Allstate’s Motor Club. Most Motor Club policies cover you, not your vehicle, so you can call whether you are in your own car, a friend’s car, or a rental. There is also coverage available while driving motorcycles or RVs—whether it’s your own, rented or borrowed. Motor Club policies cover all the common roadside services and can offer additional benefits for road hazards, trip interruption, theft, and hit and run. Before you purchase roadside assistance, determine what coverage you already have. You may have coverage on your auto insurance policy, with your cell phone plan, or purchased from the dealer when you bought your vehicle. For more information, visit allstate.com/staci, or call 896-1134.
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If I can’t win, I don’t want to play! Teaching your children to play fair
By Sally S. Creed, LPC-S, RPT-S
o your children struggle with competitiveness when playing games? So many children I counsel cannot handle losing a game. Parents tell me again and again that when their child is playing a game, they will get upset and quit if they think they might lose. They don’t even wait to see if they might pull ahead to win. This is becoming almost epidemic in our society today. Adults exhibit this competitiveness on the road—they cut in ahead of you and want to be out in front in traffic. Some adults cannot handle it when their favorite sports team loses a game. And
if we don’t help our children learn how to “play fair,” they will grow up to be poor losers in life. When I hear that a child struggles with playing games fairly, I will have them come in and we will talk about games. I usually try to get their parents or siblings to come in with them so we can practice these principles. Here are some things I teach children: 1. Games are fun. Period. Before agreeing to play a game with someone, first stop and remember that games are much more fun than homework or chores. It’s also fun to have someone else who wants to play a game with you. So appreciate the fact that you are able to play a game with someone in the first place. 2. You cannot predict the future, so you have no idea who will win. This is true of sports. No one knows beforehand who will win games. The point in playing is not the winning, but the playing. 3. Winning a game doesn’t make you smarter or better than the opponent. Sometimes you win and sometimes you lose. If you win, don’t brag to your opponent to make them feel bad. And if you lose, don’t pout or get angry about it. Congratulate them and learn to say “Good game!” 4. Winning games usually doesn’t get you anything. No trip to Disney. No new car. No money. We don’t play games for what we can get. We play games for the fun we have. My son started out being a poor loser when we had our family game nights.
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The first time we played a game, his older sister won and he sat and cried. I told him that games are for having fun, not just for winning. I told him that because he got upset about losing, he would need to sit out next week and watch the rest of us play. I wanted him to learn that not everyone wins games. He sat out the next week and was even more miserable not getting to play. He learned to be a good sport after that and he realized that the privilege of playing a game was much better than not playing at all. If you have a child who struggles with competitiveness during games, try talking with them about these principles. If they choose to continue being a poor loser at games they may be choosing to stop playing games altogether. Nobody enjoys playing games with poor losers. In any case, their bad attitude needs to be stopped. If you are unsuccessful at teaching your child how to be a gracious loser and a compassionate teammate, you may want to bring them in for a few counseling sessions. Children need to have a healthy self-esteem no matter how they perform at games. Having the belief that they have to win every time they play a game only sets them up for failure. Showing compassion to others and giving someone a high five if they beat you at a game will help children feel proud of themselves. Sally Scott Creed is a Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor and Registered Play Therapist Supervisor who has been working with children and families for over 24 years. She has two adult children and resides in Lafayette with her husband.
A father’s call
The privilege of fatherhood By Dawn Gotreaux I still remember the day when my husband returned home from a Promise Keepers retreat in New Orleans. We were new in the Lord and everything God was doing in our lives seemed to be happening so quickly. We both agreed that we were not going to adopt. We had the world’s reasoning to back our decision.
The husband As Brian attended the 3-day event in New Orleans at the Super Dome, he was awed at all the fathers and sons that were attending the event together. During the last day of the event, the sons were asked to exit the seating area and gather in one of the back rooms. The event continued on with encouragement to the dads on being a father. A few hours later all the fathers were asked to come down from their seat to the center floor of the
Super Dome. The fathers were spread across the floor preparing for their sons to come meet them.
The father… The speaker had given a great comparison between Father God and these men being His sons to the men being their son’s earthly father. It was a moving message. Just when the message was over the sons were instructed to run out and find their fathers. The excitement and spiritual message was loud and clear. As my husband watched these sons run through the crowd of men looking for their father, my husband knew deep within his heart that he wanted to be a father, also. He wanted a son that would run and find him. It was joyful and at the same time heart wrenching to see all the fathers and sons find each other and embrace.
And the son When my husband returned from the event, he asked me to sit down and he shared the deep desire that the Lord had given him that day. He had no doubt that God had called him to be a father. He had no doubt that God would bring him a son. Out of obedience, we proceeded with the process to adopt. Our son would be the first of ten to make my husband a father and us a family of three just eighteen months later.
Brian and Dawn have been married for 30 years and are parents to 10 amazing children, by adoption. They own and run Gotreaux Family Farms and Brian is also a full-time realtor with Keller Williams.
A c ad i a n a A D O P T I O N S
age has a laid back, easy going personality. There is not much anyone can do to experience high emotions out of this pre-teen. Sage can be left alone in a room and quickly discover something to keep him occupied. He does not require an audience, as he is content to complete tasks and entertain himself without anyone else around. Last school year, Sage had a grand ole time being part of the school’s local Boy Scouts organization. Though Sage requires extra time at the homework table, once he understands a concept, he no longer needs the presence of his caregiver. There is a great need for licensed foster parents able to provide a temporary home for children needing a stable, loving environment. If you are interested in fostering temporarily, or fostering to adopt, you will first need to become a Certified Foster Parent. For more information on Sage, call the Baton Rouge DCFS at (225) 922-2929.
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Become a positive F.A.T.H.E.R. By Byron Starks
At five years old, I received a fivedollar bill from my father and that was my last remembrance of an image of my father and of hearing my father’s voice. In those years I’ve learned a lot of lessons about being a father, and I would like to share some of those lessons with you.
Friend Friends, how many of us have them? The Bible declares there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother and we know Him as Jesus. But on earth, physically having someone there for you always spur you to be the person God created you to be. Having an involved father helps you to see loyalty, trust, and commitment at a high level. Those values passed on will go a long way.
Authority (Accountability) In a position of power, one could use that power to destroy life. When God blessed me with children, I never took that position lightly. As a matter of fact, I was honored and afraid at the same time, because I did not want to mess it up. Fathers, use your position of authority to build your children up.
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As an educator, one of the teaching methods I like to use is the “Hear • See • Do” principle. This principle allows you to give an explanation, a demonstration of what you want, and allows for student imitation or participation. One of the best things we can do is model a lifestyle worthy of imitating. The Bible says we are to be imitators of God. Fathers, teach your children in the way they should go, and when they are old, they will not depart from it.
If there were ever a person in the Bible I resemble, it would be Barnabas. Barnabas was called the “son of encouragement.” Instilling courage or building your children up can never be a bad thing. I'm not talking about a false hope, but building your child up in their gifting and ability creates a selfassured and confident child, who will make a great contribution to the Kingdom of Heaven. Never miss an opportunity to build your child up. An encouraging word, a hug or a high five can go a long way. Fathers, encourage your child to greatness.
Honesty As I train up my children, one of key ingredients to building a healthy father-child relationship is honesty. In my truth-telling sessions with my children or the young people I work with it has not always been pleasant. As a matter of fact a number of times I was very uncomfortable, but in providing the alternatives, the outcome always worked out for the good. It’s like medicine—it may not taste good, but you sure feel better after taking it. Honesty creates a healthy and complete person who knows his/her identity. Fathers, always be honest with those you love.
Responsible Finally, as Fathers we are responsible for leading our family in the direction pointing to God. The Bible indicates that we are living epistles, so our lives must reflect the heart and purpose of Christ. Byron is a teacher, mentor, motivator, Head Boys Basketball Coach at Lafayette Christian Academy, and Exec. Director of Champions International Inc.. He and his wife Angel have three amazing sons.
People who read the magazine Life Church By Nick Sigur
I had a very nice Sunday visit at Life Church on Johnston Street, south of the mall area. Although the worship leader was out of town, I enjoyed one of the most uplifting praise and worship sessions I have had in some time. Most importantly, I knew the words to every song. The worship was led by the Pastor Bob Zannini. He did a masterful job leading worship on the guitar. The church also has one of the most gifted signers I have seen in some time. If you are deaf or have deaf family members, you should definitely give Life Church a chance. Pastor Zannini and his wife Amanda, have been in full-time ministry for more than 33 years and have been married 41 years. They have two children and six grandchildren. Pastor Bob has preached and ministered around the United States and in 20 countries. He became pastor of Life Church in October 2004. Pastor Bob writes and speaks on Bible prophecy in the light of current events and challenges the Church to prepare for the great end-time move of God. On the Sunday I attended there was an excellent article on Syria in light of end times in the church bulletin. The sermon focused on Joseph in the Old Testament and considered cspotlight.com
the question of what we should be doing when God is silent. It was an excellent teaching. The congregation at Life Church was a well-balanced mix of young and old with different races represented. My special memory will be that several congregation members greeted me and recognized me as “someone who writes for the magazine.” The latest issue of Covenant Spotlight was prominently displayed and the members obviously read it. That was a special blessing for me. The congregation meets for Sunday prayer at 9:45 a.m. before Sunday service at 10:30 a.m. On Wednesday night, there is a service for adult, youth and children at 7 p.m. A nursery is provided both Sunday and Wednesday. The church is located at 6408 Johnston Street in Lafayette. You can call the church at (337) 984-4567 or visit the informative website at lifechurchla.com. Nick Sigur has practiced law and ministered with his wife out of their Broussard home for 34 years. Nick writes an almost daily blog at NickSigur.com. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or text 337-205-2353 with your questions.
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Summer Vacation In our fast-moving electronic age, (Facebook, Instagram, Periscope) to name a few, kids grow up quicker and want to be free earlier in life than their parents did. Parents often find it difficult to keep pace with the lightning changes in their children. And as a result, conflicts come. It seems that one day a child is in the parents’ arms and the next day he or she is beginning school, bringing friends over, helping around the house (LOL), starting dace and soccer—in general, a pretty good kid. Then, suddenly, the know it all attitude begins with talking back and being very opinionated as we, the parents, become outdated and boring. The teen years arrive, catching some parents completely off guard. There can be several areas of conflict: their friends (many of whom the parents don’t approve), choices relating to clothing and personal grooming, dating and other social activities, chores around the home, allowance, use of the family car, school and homework, and discipline. Because of such conflicts, a communication barrier may develop. Parents find it difficult to talk things over with their
children. They delay explanations of crucial physical and mental changes, especially in the areas of sex, diseases, and reproduction. Controls are tightened by parents and the teenager fights even harder for independence. The gap widens and the teenagers become antagonists as the battle continues. Here are a few tips to help in dealing with teenagers: 1. Consistent communication with your teen will do much to avoid conflicts. 2. Center family activities around a schedule that includes the entire family. 3. Be willing to deal patiently with the “development season” with the Word of God. 4. A fatherly hug or a motherly kiss will help the child feel accepted and loved. Scripture references: Deuteronomy 12:28, Proverbs 20:7, Proverbs 22:6, Ephesians 6:1-4, Colossians 3:21.
Elder Cheryll White has been a licensed, ordained minister for over 26 years and resides with her husband in Scott.
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Ties are no match A Father’s day gift that keeps on By Lew “Blue” Le Meilleur
never wear. There is a website that uses the eye-catching title “18 Father’s Day gifts that aren’t lame!” Sadly, a lot of us don’t expect much at Father’s Day, but what if we finally got a gift worth rejoicing about? Would that interest you? Matthew 19:14 says, “But Jesus said, ‘Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me.’” (KJV) You may be asking, “What does this have to do with me?” I’m glad you asked! John 1:12 says, “But to all who did receive him, who believed in
his name, he gave the right to become children of God.” (ESV)
Why do we sometimes not suffer (allow, or tolerate) the little children (that would be us, the ones who believe, see the aforementioned scripture) to draw closer to Him? As fathers, we have to set examples for our kids. So how are we showing our kids that God is to be trusted if we don’t fully trust Him ourselves? Why do we still cling to the swollen-up, chest-out, pride-stinking, “I got this” mentality when it comes to life’s pressures on us as fathers,
and even as husbands or most importantly, as men? Maybe it’s because we really don’t know our real Father enough to know He does not see us as weak when we fail or need help. He sees righteousness because He sees His Son in us. That’s why He loves us. There is your gift! A Father who loves you with all your blemishes and boneheaded moves! We know this because He authored something that seals the deal. Philippians 1:6 says,
Father’s Day. You have heard the comments about new ties we
“He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” (NIV) He knows when we will be complete, and He patiently continues to love us even when we do not love ourselves. That beats a tie any day! Blue is a parts manager in a collision shop, and a disciple at Family Life Church Lafayette, Abbeville, and Celebrate Recovery FLC. Blue is married to his awesome wife Marie and together have 2 beautiful daughters and reside in Crowley.
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Searching for a church home? Adonai's House of Prayer 601 E. Jane St., Abbeville Sundays, 10 a.m. Wednesdays, 7 p.m.
Alfa & Omega Bilingual
605 South College Road (337) 552-8338 Sundays, 11 a.m.
Amana Christian Fellowship Church
310 Milton Road, Maurice (337) 893-5728 Sundays, 10 a.m.
Assembly Christian Center
4201 E. Admiral Doyle Dr., New Iberia (337) 369-8000 Sundays, 10:35 a.m. Wednesdays, 7 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 p.m.
111 Camellia Blvd. (337) 962-3616 Sundays, 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays, 6:30 p.m.
Christ Church • Abbeville
210 S. Saint Valerie St. Sundays, 10 a.m. • Northside
800 Jefferson Blvd. Sundays, 10:30 a.m. • Opelousas
Sundays, 10 a.m.
4620 Hwy. 90 E., Broussard (In Celebrity Theatres) (337)856-9902 Sundays, 10 a.m.
Community Baptist Church
800 Rue De Belier Sun., 9:30, 11 a.m. & 6 p.m. Wednesdays, 6:30 p.m.
Cornerstone Cowboy Church 400 N. Lewis St., New Iberia (337) 365-9013 Sundays, 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays, 7 p.m.
150 Verona Dr. (337) 234-4308 Sundays, 9, 10:45 a.m. & 12:30 p.m. 1st Wednesdays, 6:30 p.m.
Destiny of Faith Christian Church 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.
Family Life Church
Freedom Baptist Church
1132 N. Martin L. King Dr., Eunice (337) 523-8192 Sundays, 10:30 a.m.
200 E. Butcher Switch Road Saturdays, 6 p.m. Sundays, 10 a.m. Wednesdays, 7 p.m.
Freedom Biker Church
Living Life Church
2939 Cameron St. (337) 344-2658 Sundays, 10 a.m. Thursdays, 6:30 p.m.
Foundations Church 209 Southpark Road Sundays, 10 a.m.
The Harvest Center Church
2223 Dulles Dr. (337) 988-0030 Sundays, 9 & 11 a.m. Wednesdays, 6:30 p.m.
903 E. Simcoe St. (337) 280-1040 Sundays, 11 a.m. Tuesdays, 7 p.m.
230 Robertson St., New Iberia (337) 365-0051 Sundays, 10 a.m.
835 W. Napoleon St., Sulphur (337) 842-3029 Sundays, 10 a.m.
First Assembly of God 3555 Verot School Road (337) 857-0018 Sundays, 10 a.m. Wednesdays, 7 p.m.
First Baptist Church of Broussard 210 S. Morgan Ave. Wednesdays, 6:30 p.m. Sundays, 9:15, 10:30 a.m. & 5:30 p.m.
First Baptist Church
242 St Pierre Blvd. (337) 896-8296 Sundays 10:30 a.m. & 6 p.m. Wednesdays 7 p.m.
First Baptist Lafayette
1100 Lee Ave. (337) 233-1412 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 623 Lafayette St. (337) 856-5806 Sundays, 10 a.m.
• Abbeville 901 Wildcat Dr. (337) 893-6279 Sundays, 8:30 & 10:30 a.m. • New Iberia 1411 E. Admiral Doyle Dr. (337) 369-1968 Sundays, 10:30 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.
2768 N.E. Evangeline Thruway (337) 234-6868 Sundays, 9 & 11 a.m. Tuesdays, 7 p.m.
3210 Ambassador Caffery Pkwy. (337) 504-5004 Sundays, 9:15 & 11 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 Dr., Breaux Bridge (337) 442-6209 Sundays, 10:30 a.m.
New Beginning Ministries 510 W. Pinhook Road Sundays, 11 a.m. Tuesdays & Thursdays, 6 p.m.
105 Merchants Blvd. (337) 232-9279 Sundays, 10 a.m.
One Church Acadiana
1800 Chemin Metairie Road Sundays, 10 a.m.
1709 Dulles Dr. (337) 981-6438 Sundays, 9:30 a.m.
Our Savior’s Church
705 Bonin Road (337) 837-7060 Sundays, 10 a.m.
1201 E. Broussard Dr. (337) 839-8889 Sundays, 9, 11 a.m. & 5 p.m. 1st Wednesdays, 6:30 p.m.
Sundays, 10 a.m.
• Crowley Campus
• Eunice Campus Sundays, 10 a.m. • Jennings Campus
6408 Johnston St. (337) 984-4567 Sundays, 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays, 7 p.m.
Sundays, 9 & 10:45 a.m.
• Opelousas Campus
Sundays, 9 & 11 a.m.
Lighthouse Church 1300 Bertrand Dr. (337) 261-8801 Sundays, 10 a.m. Wednesdays, 7 p.m.
328 Guilbeau Road (601) 606-0140 Sundays, 10 a.m.
1320 Fortune Road Sundays, 10 a.m. Wednesdays, 6:30 p.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 2001 E. Simcoe St. Sundays, 11 a.m. Wednesdays, 6 p.m.
Redeemer City Church 1515 W. University Ave. Sundays, 10:30 a.m.
Rivers of New Life
600 General Mouton Ave. 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 St. (337) 234-0678 Sundays, 9:30 a.m. Wednesdays, 6 p.m.
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 Dr. (337) 406-2801 Sundays, 9 & 10:45 a.m.
604 Lee Ave. (337) 234-3005 Sundays, 9:45 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 4129 Verot School Road Sundays, 9 & 10:30 a.m.
Zion Travelers Baptist Church
5009 E. Admiral Doyle Dr., New Iberia (337) 465-1579 Sundays, 9:30 a.m. Wednesdays, 5 p.m.
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