Covenant Spotl i ght the Great Healer October 2015
Unity in Christ, reflecting love in Acadiana.
STANDING with Israel
+ SURVIVORS + Oct. 24 Tale of 2
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ON THE COVER: JoAnne Malbrough and Geneva Andrepont share their testimonies of faith and healing from cancer by God Almighty. Pages 16-17.
Photo by Tiffany Wyatt
Volume 2, No. 10
Covenant Spotlight magazine is your resource for hope and direction through the Bible. Led by local pastors, our pages are filled with local issues, human interest stories, church ministries and a central point for area events. This publication aims to unite the body of Christ together with one simple goal: spread the word of God and His love throughout Acadiana – and have fun while doing it!
Journey to the Holy Land: Stand with Israel . . . 4 Analine Coffee Co.: Coffee with a cause . . . 5 Politician spotlights: Vote on October 24 . . . 6–9
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Joyce Meyer: Truth through deceptive thoughts . . . 12 Way of escape: Choose life . . . 15
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Tale of two survivors: The Great Healer does His work . . . 16-17 Echoes in eternity: Equip and defend . . . 18 Joy in trouble: Mature your walk with Christ . . . 22-23 Curled in His arms: God protects and blesses . . . 26 Pregnancy Center: When options seem few, there is help . . . 31 Calendar . . . 38
Scrapbook . . . 39
Keith & Christy Boutte Christy Boutte Sevie Zeller Tiffany Wyatt Cori Phelps Geneva Andrepont Daisy V. Boyce Sally Creed, Pastor Randy Dugas Angie Dumas, M.J. Dupuis, Amanda Harris, Frannie Hebert-Roy, Pastor Dale Hoffpauir, Christian Lewis, Ngozi Maduagwu, JoAnne Malbrough, Joyce Meyer, Pastor Travis Minnich, Kelly Mouisset, Jim Phelps, Don Short, Nick Sigur, Bernadette Steven, Heather Thompson, Cheryll White, Taina Zeller Jeff Ables, Allen Anderson, John Barton, Chris Blanchard, Carl Benton, Sam Brooks, Ty Cook, Ben Davis, Randy Dugas, Dennis Gotreaux, Dino Griffin, Dale Hoffpauir, Steve Horn, Ken Lazard, Ivan Ledet, Dennis Malcolm, Todd Menard, Jason Miller, Jay Miller, Caleb Moran, Eliot Morgan, Travis Minnich, Brandon Nealy, Floyd Prescott III, Bobby Richard, Omar Thibeaux, Eric Treuil, Mike Walker Covenant Spotlight, LLC reserves the right to reject any advertisement not meeting the standards of acceptance of Covenant Spotlight magazine or website. Scripture quotations taken from the 21st Century King James Version®, copyright © 1994. Used by permission of Deuel Enterprises, Inc., Gary, SD 57237. All rights reserved. Scripture quotations marked (NLT) are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright © 1996, 2004, 2007 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, IL 60188. All rights reserved.
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Editor's pics Must-have Christian apps
YouVersion – This free Bible app puts the word into your daily life via your phone, tablet and computer. We love this app because it will also read the Bible to you, show you timeless stories in a whole new way, help you share inspiration with your friends and family, and more!
Elections are this month. Please get out
Bible for Kids – This free, interactive storybook is designed to explore the big stories of the Bible. Parents will love it as much as their kids!
iDisciple – It’s never been easier to receive and share personalized Christian content! From sermons to devotionals to music, there is so much about this app to love! Various local churches, such as Crossroads and Our Savior’s Church, are making it easier to stay connected with the community through free apps. It’s never been easier or more convenient to be inspired by amazing pastors bringing you the word of the Lord! cspotlight.com
and vote October 24. For more information, visit voterportal.sos.la.gov. As Christians, we must vote in every election every time elections are held. We must comment on Kim Davis, the clerk in Kentucky who was jailed for standing for her Christian beliefs, refusing to issue same sex marriage licenses. She stated it was against her beliefs in God’s word. Matthew 19:4-6 NLT “Haven’t you read
the Scriptures?” Jesus replied. “They record that from the beginning ‘God made them male and female.’” And he said, “‘This explains why a man leaves his father and mother and is joined to his wife, and the two are united into one.’ Since they are no longer two but one, let no one split apart what God has joined together.” Why was Judge David L. Bunning of the U.S. District Court allowed to jail Kim? Fire, suspend or reprimand, but jail? As Christians, we must stand for God’s word over laws against His word.
In love and in Christ, Covenant Spotlight magazine will obey God’s word over man’s law.
“That is why God abandoned them to their shameful desires. Even the women turned against the natural way to have sex and instead indulged in sex with each other. And the men, instead of having normal sexual relations with women, burned with lust for each other. Men did shameful things with other men, and as a result of this sin, they suffered within themselves the penalty they deserved” (Romans 1:26-27 NLT). Church, please choose.
“But if you refuse to serve the Lord, then choose today whom you will serve. Would you prefer the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates? Or will it be the gods of the Amorites in whose land you now live? But as for me and my family, we will serve the Lord” (Joshua 24:15). May God be the judge, not man. Keith & Christy Boutte
“But when the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit upon his glorious throne. All the nations will be gathered in his presence, and he will separate the people as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. He will place the sheep at his right hand and the goats at his left” (Matthew 25:31-33 NLT).
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A journey to the Holy Land
An experience that changes and challenges Photo by WowPhotoPro.com
By Pastor Dale Hoffpauir
The changing geopolitical dynamics require partnership with Israel to remain strong.
recently returned from a tour of Israel with the American Israel Education Foundation (AIEF) associated with the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC). This particular education symposium was designed to give Christian leaders a firsthand look at the challenges the State of Israel faces. We were able to see the border with Lebanon which included the Hezbollah flag. We visited the Golan Heights and recognized the increased threat from ISIS with the turmoil in Syria. We also visited a kibbutz located on the border of the Gaza Strip that experienced the rocket attacks from Hamas last summer. The host at this kibbutz was so grateful when I shared with her that a lady in the church I pastor in Lafayette, Nouvelle Church of the Nazarene, had an app on her smartphone that alerted her every time a rocket went off, and she would pray for Israel. 4
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A small country with big heart
Following Jesus’ footsteps
Israel is a small country (only 9 miles wide at one point from the sea to the international border) yet the people are resilient and creative. Their leadership in technology and agriculture have made the desert blossom. Everywhere we traveled people were grateful for the support of the USA. There is strong bi-bipartisan support within AIPAC and across our nation. The changing geopolitical dynamics require that partnership with Israel to remain strong. A visit to the Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum reminded us how evil man can be and that we must not allow history to be repeated.
It was an incredible blessing to visit many of the biblical sites and walk where Jesus walked. While at the Garden Tomb, fellow believers from the African country of Burkina Faso started singing “He is Lord.” I returned better informed about Israel and their "neighborhood" and inspired in my walk with Christ. Ancient history is beautifully woven with modern Israel.
Louisiana strong The Louisiana delegation representatives included Jerrie LeDoux of DeRidder, currently serving on The Louisiana Committee on Parole, and attorney Tom Arceneaux of Shreveport. We were able to visit with US Senator Bill Cassidy (R-LA) who was also visiting Israel at the same time on an AIEF trip.
1. Continue to pray for the peace of Jerusalem.
2. Contact our Congressional delegation and share your support for Israel.
3. Study the issues at www.aipac.org. 4. Visit the Holy Land. You will be challenged and changed!
Dale left a corporate career to enter full-time ministry in 2008 and he and his wife of 21 years and their three children launched Nouvelle. They are passionate about following Jesus Christ and aim to connect people who need a “new start” with the Giver of New Life.
Analine Coffee Local roasters help save lives
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By Sevie Zeller
cadiana natives Shane and Heather Thompson recently launched a local coffee company named Analine Coffee. The "Ana" is for their oldest daughter, Anagrace, and "line" for their youngest daughter, Caroline. And as if loving specialty roasted coffee isn’t enough, these beans are extra delicious because the profits go to help stop human trafficking. CSpot: How did Analine Coffee get started? Heather: Shane began roasting his own beans about two years ago in a hot air popcorn popper. It was a learning curve, and they didn't taste so good at first. Eventually he perfected the process, and the coffee was the best we’d ever had. The problem was you can only roast a half cup of beans at a time. We purchased a small professional quality roaster, and he was able to roast awesome coffee once a week for us.
About eight months ago, Shane asked, “What you think about me spending $5000 on a used coffee roasting machine and starting a business?” I knew that God was leading my husband to start this business to give the money to human trafficking. It took many months of buying equipment, setting it up, getting a logo designed and testing beans. But finally, we felt we had a product that people would like and was able to produce in large enough batches to offer it for sale. CSpot: Are the beans freshly roasted to order? Heather: Yes. When we get an order Shane wakes up the next day before work and roasts them. He then mails the beans or k-cups (we are the only roaster I know of that you can get coffee that’s less than 24 hours post-roast in a k-cup package) via USPS two day delivery.
CSpot: How do the profits help stop human trafficking? Heather: Curvine Brewington (a Christian rapper), along with his wife Candace, have a mission called Death to Chains. It supports organizations such as Stella's House which literally rescues young girls from the streets of Moldova, provides a place to live, teaches life skills, and shares the love of Jesus Christ. We contacted Curvine and Candace and they were thrilled about using Analine Coffee’s profits to aid their organization.
Analine Coffee will offer Christmas gift baskets. They can be ordered on analinecoffee.com now, then will be roasted and put together for Christmas delivery.
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How to deal with a slow computer By M. J. Dupuis
Tips and tricks for a sluggish PC
Over time computers require some maintenance to run at full speed, and this article will provide some helpful hints to regain some of that lost performance.
First things first
Scan the computer for malware with highly recommended, free version of Malwarebytes.
Clean it up
CCleaner is another free utility with a number of helpful operations which can provide a performance boost for bogged-down computers. Run the cleaner portion which removes some unimportant system logs and caches. Move to the registry tab, select “Scan for Issues,” and then “Fix Selected Issues.” The cspotlight.com
tools tab lists all the installed applications and provides the functionality to uninstall them. This tool comes in handy for the removal of unwanted applications.
It’s amazing how many little bugs this simple task fixes. Among all generations and types of computers, from Macs and PC’s, sometimes they just need to be rebooted.
The Nuclear Option
There are some riskier options for more advanced users, but if all else fails, reinstalling Windows may be the best option. Just backup important information and make a list of the applications required for that computer.
The tips listed here may
buy some time, but computers become outdated. It may be time to replace a sluggish one. More recent applications will need better hardware to run quickly. M. J. Dupuis works for Computer F/X as a Support Specialist. Born and raised in Acadiana, he lives in Lafayette with his wife Jessica and their two dogs.
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John Rogers for Sheriff
Proactive and transparent law enforcement
To the community of Lafayette
Parish: Over the last decade I have watched the Lafayette Parish Sheriff ’s Office grow progressively toward the future. I have spent the last 15 years of my law enforcement career right here in Lafayette Parish. I want to lead the Sheriff's Office in continuing to grow in the right direction. The people of Lafayette Parish deserve that. I am a graduate of ULL and Southern University Law Center. I will lead, educate and unify the Lafayette Parish Sheriff's Office by bridging any existing gaps between various divisions and any disconnect between the deputies, administration and employees. I have the experience, education and moral fortitude to do what is RIGHT for the people of Lafayette Parish and the Lafayette Parish Sheriff ’s Office. I believe in public service,
proactive law enforcement and transparency, but most importantly my faith is rooted in Jesus Christ. As our next sheriff, I will be readily available to the public and our employees. The office of the sheriff is bigger than just one person; it’s about the parish as a whole and each of our individual cities, communities and neighborhoods. I will be a very visible sheriff, working hand- in-hand with our citizens and community leaders. I will promote training, education, professional respect and equality. As sheriff, I will take office as a hard working administrator who has learned
law enforcement from the ground up and would never ask one of my deputies to do anything I would not or have not done in my years of service. I am not part of the "political" system. I believe if you are qualified, well-trained and fit the needs of the department then you should serve the great people of our parish. We will be a well-trained, respected team for our citizens and will proudly represent the Lafayette Parish Sheriff's Office. I say we should learn from the past and look forward to the future. Please, help me to help you and the great parish of Lafayette. Thank you and God bless.
Representing a new generation of leadership
At first glance, Jean-Paul Coussan has the type of resume you’d expect from someone seeking to serve Lafayette in the Louisiana Legislature. The republican small business owner, real estate closing attorney and father of three has been named one of Acadiana’s Top 20 Under 40 and Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Man of the Year. He has served as a Cajundome Commissioner, board member for the 705 Young Leaders, Greater Lafayette Chamber of Commerce, Faith House of Acadiana and more. However, Coussan will tell you what separates him from the pack is not his resume, but his character – one he says reflects the Christian values of his community. “When I was 14 years old, my dad (Dr. George Coussan) passed away,” Coussan said. “So as a freshman in high school, 6
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with a mother and three sisters, I became the man of the house. I had to grow up quickly and deal with very adult issues like taxes, insurance and household financial obligations.” “I threw myself into my studies, athletics, helping out at home and at our farm,” he said. “But most importantly, I prayed. Mom steered me to the Bible for guidance. “Proverbs states that gladness of heart is the very life of man; cheerfulness prolongs his days. So although my dad’s death changed me profoundly, I knew that having a joyful heart would help me lead those around me. That became most evident when my son George was born. “Being a husband and father is the greatest gift – and it’s in that sense of duty and service that I’m running for the legislature. With so much growing and changing in Lafayette, I want to keep our opportunity pipeline at full speed, to protect our values, and ensure
a bright and prosperous future for our children.” Coussan is seeking to represent House District 45 in the Louisiana Legislature. He is married to Jennifer Joy Coussan; they have three children. For more information, visit www.coussan.com.
Law enforcement at the highest level
he families of Lafayette Parish expect and deserve professional law enforcement at the highest level. With a career ranging from local police officer to Special Agent in the U.S. Secret Service, Mark Garber is the only candidate with experience at local, state and federal law enforcement levels. Mark began his more than 20-year career of serving and protecting as a sheriff ’s deputy at age 19, before graduating from Louisiana State University. He worked nights as a police officer and SWAT team leader while attending law school at Southern Methodist University. Garber went on to work in the Counterintelligence Section of the U.S. Air Force OSI where, as a civilian special agent, he conducted more than 300 interrogations during Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2006. He was awarded a Bronze Star for being “personally responsible for a significant degradation of al-Qaida capabilities in
Central and Northern Iraq,” and because, “on numerous occasions, Agent Garber’s actions proved to be the difference between mission success and failure in capture and kill missions of al-Qaida Operatives.” For the past six years, Garber has worked as a felony prosecutor for the 15th Judicial District Court here in Lafayette. Married to Rachel Garber for 12 years and with two young daughters, Garber is the son of Wayne Garber, a farmer, and Glenda Soulier Garber,
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a former teacher, both of Lafayette. With a deep love for Lafayette and Acadiana, Mark Garber has been committed to protecting and serving our country and community - whether conducting counterintelligence operations in Iraq or arresting and prosecuting criminals here at home. Mark Garber has the knowledge and experience we need to continue moving the Lafayette Parish Sheriff ’s Office forward. As our next sheriff, his first priorities will be instituting an open-door policy, working toward pay raises for deputies and staff, increasing the use of technology to make the office more efficient and continuing the innovative and progressive programs initiated by Sheriff Neustrom and his staff. Mark Garber is the clear choice for Lafayette Parish Sheriff, and the only one who will bring law enforcement at the highest level.
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for Lafayette CityParish Council
District 6 Turning community concerns into decisive actions
A Lafayette High School and University of Louisiana at Lafayette alumna who graduated with honors in public relations and business, Sevie is married to Steven Zeller and a mother to two beautiful children. She is an active member of Our Savior’s Church and a humble homeowner in District 6 with a vested interest in advancing Lafayette Parish. “District 6 alone has over 16 thousand registered voters and is the only district that lies completely within city limits. We need a progressive councilman who is accessible, consistent and looking to better utilize our existing resources. I offer a fresh perspective rooted in Christ and a willingness to listen,” Zeller stated. She continued, “Our residents deserve an approachable and effective council representative who understands our district’s specific needs and concerns. I know that those are different in every neighborhood.” Zeller has over a decade’s experience as a writer, photographer and editor of three major publications in Acadiana. “My entire career has been informing the public of the important issues and events that directly affect our community,” Zeller said. She added, “In doing so I collaborate regularly with local business owners
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and employees as well as law enforcement, fire departments and many other of the divisions that are directly affected by the Lafayette Consolidated Government.” “I am currently working with advisory boards and commissions to continuously analyze Lafayette’s economic development and future funding needs. I want to improve our region’s compliance with the American Disabilities Act as well as find a cost-efficient way to bury the majority of existing utility lines,” stated Zeller. Lafayette needs a representative who protects our interests, especially those issues involving traffic conditions, infrastructure maintenance and the city-owned Lafayette Utilities System. “Our growth is inevitable, and we can either continue to discuss our concerns or turn those concerns into actions.”
for Lafayette City-Parish Council District 7 A pledge to the people of Lafayette Dear neighbors and friends, As a candidate for Lafayette Consolidated Government, I believe that articulating and promoting a clear vision for Lafayette and District 7 is absolutely essential for the continued healthy-growth of our community. I also understand that seeing a great vision through will require leadership and commitment. I've spent my entire adult life serving and working with people. From the time I spent in the United States Marine Corps, as an instructor at its Non-Commissioned Officers Academy, to patrolling the streets of Lafayette as a police officer to pastoring Hope Alive Freedom Church for the past 16 years, I've given my life to helping people solve problems. My hope is to bring this gracious wealth of experience to the council table in order to promote family values, preserve our rich community heritage and continue to grow our economy without growing our government. Government is not merely about projects,
policies or politics - it's about people. And while I may not be able to promise to finish a roadway or fix an imperfect LCG Charter, I do promise to always put PEOPLE FIRST. I pledge to work with you, our community leaders and the rest of our elected officials in order to continue to identify our community's priorities, and promote its full potential for economic development, quality of life and sustainable growth. I pledge to make myself available to you and carefully weigh out any strategic plans that will enhance the value of our community without compromising its values or heritage. I pledge to cultivate healthy and meaningful relationships with you, to respect you and value the contributions you make to our community. I pledge to conduct myself in the highest degree of integrity and transparency and to take steps to ensure all of my interactions are legal, ethical and moral.
Sincerely yours, Joseph "Bobby" Richard
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Tastee places By Angie Dumas
Soul food with a Cajun flair
Papa T’s Cafe is family-friendly,
where you are greeted with a smile and a warm hello. It feels like home when you walk in the door. The restaurant is spacious with a very clean look. The day we dined, the entrée options included shrimp and grits, meatloaf, pork loin, chicken and sausage pasta and smothered beef. There were several sides to choose from including mustard green, candied yams, corn, green beans and mac ‘n cheese. My daughter knew exactly what she
wanted: the chicken and sausage alfredo over bow tie pasta with green beans and bread. The alfredo sauce was creamy with hint of spicy seasoning. It was by far one of my favorite items of the day. The hubby went with the meatloaf and chunky mashed potatoes with steamed corn, mustard greens and a roll. He loved his dish. The meatloaf was cooked perfectly and very moist. In addition to entrées, Papa T's also has a couple salad options. Grilled chicken can be added to the salads. I was also pleased to
see that there was a vegetable plate, which included four sides. Papa T’s also served desserts like Mississippi pie, bread pudding, strawberry parfait, pecan pie and apple pie. The pies are made in-house and bring back memories of childhood. Overall we enjoyed our experience at Papa T's. I would recommend you try this place. Great food, good service, and friendly environment. We will definitely go back again by the grace of God.
Papa T’s Cafe Open 10:30a.m.-2 p.m. Monday-Friday. 2800 W. Pinhook Rd, Suite 12, Lafayette
Chicken and sausage alfredo over bow tie pasta
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Meatloaf and chunky mashed potatoes
Angie Dumas is the owner of 4ANYDAY.com, creator of tasteeplaces.blogspot.com and a member of Crossroads Church. She and her husband, Brian, have two children and reside in Youngsville.
Advancing the kingdom Extra! Extra! Recruiting prayer sponsors!
What are sponsors? The Webster’s Dictionary defines sponsor as: to hold up, to raise, to keep from falling, support, to give moral or spiritual support or encouragement, support against opposition, and to sustain. When organizations look for sponsors they are saying they need aid to pay the cost for to do what they do. The body of Christ the Lord is looking for aid to help pay the price to help others, sustain them in prayer.
destroy it: but I found none” — Ezekiel 22:30. God was looking for someone that had access to Him to stand before Him to make up the hedge and stand in the gap for the land or people or an organization. The same is true today. He still looks for people to stand in the gap, to sponsor their families, neighbors, schools, businesses, cities, churches, state and nations…someone that is willing to pray the price.
Who needs prayer sponsors “I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.” — 1Timothy 2:1-2
God looks for prayer sponsors “For the day of vengeance is in mine heart, and the year of my redeemed is come. And I looked, and there was none to help; and I wondered that there was none to UPHOLD: The Spirit of God is telling us who we need therefore mine arm brought salvation unto to sponsor in prayer. For kings, for all that are me; and my fury, it upheld me.” — Isaiah 63:4-5 in authority, for all men. God wanted to execute vengeance upon His enemies to bring forth His redeemed. That is what Jesus did on the cross; He executed vengeance upon the god of this world and brought forth His redeemed. Notice He wondered that there was no one to UPHOLD. The word uphold means to sustain, to be steadfast, to lean upon. How do we sponsor someone? God says,
“I sought for a man among them that should make up the hedge, and stand in the gap before me for the land, that I should not
If we don't pray for all men then some men will make a ship wreck of their faith and not only bring themselves down but others with them. Therefore, sponsor others in prayer and the results are quietness, godliness, peace and honesty.
When we build God's house, He builds our house “Therefore God dealt well with the midwives and the people multiplied and waxed very mighty. And it came to pass, because the midwives feared God, that he made them houses. The mid wives were instructed by Pharaoh to kill all the male babies, but they feared God and kept all male babies alive.” — Exodus 1:20-21 Midwives are like the intercessors that help others to give birth to the purposes and promises of God. Because they didn’t kill any male babies God dealt well with them and made them houses.
Prayer sponsors are seeking first the kingdom of God and all these things that the gentiles seek after will be added to them. You build God’s house, and God will build your house.
BODY & SOUL
By Pastor Randy Dugas
The double blessing “If ye then being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your heavenly father give good things to them that ask him? Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.” — Matthew 7:11-12
When we sponsor others in prayer, God will see to it that others will be sponsoring you and your family in prayer. Jesus taught the highest form of prayer is when you go to the father not only for your needs but for the needs of others. When we do that we receive the double blessing: the one for whom we pray gets blessed and we get blessed also.
Will you answer His call? One of the Marines most well-known slogans is “We are looking for a few good men.” The same is true with the kingdom of God. Will you enlist in the great army of intercessors and prayer sponsors that will pray for their families, neighborhoods, businesses, churches, cities, state and nations for his glory to be seen in our land? People will be blessed and you will be blessed because of your prayer sponsorship! Pastor Randy and Polly Dugas live in Youngsville and are Prayer Pastors for Our Savior's Church. He teaches and leads prayer weekly at OSC Broussard and Lafayette. Raising up an army of prayer warriors, he aims to develop a culture of prayer in the body of Christ.
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Face the Truth
By Joyce Meyer
Learning to expose and overcome deception in your mind
For many years of my life, I believed that I was damaged goods BODY & SOUL
and could only have a second-rate life. I thought that the sexual and emotional abuse I endured as a child was somehow my fault. I believed that it had happened because something was wrong with me. And I felt a false sense of responsibility to fix my circumstances. Of course I couldn’t make that happen, so that caused more self-condemnation. As a result, I didn’t like myself very much. I went through so much of life believing this terrible lie about myself. And that’s a very easy thing to do, because when you’re deceived, you don’t know you are. The lies we believe become our reality because they are truth to us. After I became a Christian, I thought that the only way God could love me was when my actions were good and spiritual. That was just another lie that had me striving to do “worthy” and “impressive” things to earn the approval of God and people. I really thought I was something special when I was on the church board and in a leadership position. I believed the lie that that is when God loved me. Another result of this deception was that I found it easier to see what was “wrong” with other people. I was so critical and judgmental of others. However, seeing the faults in them just kept me from seeing what was wrong with me for a long time. And that was exactly what the enemy wanted. In John 8:31-32 (NKJV), Jesus says, “If
you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” It’s so important for us to know the truth because the lies we believe, especially about ourselves, can cause many other problems in our lives. That can mean trouble in relationships, in our work, even in our health and everyday life in general. But when we pursue a relationship with God and finally face truth — and that ultimately means the truth about ourselves — we grow spiritually. God is looking on the inside, in our heart. He is concerned about our motivation. He’s more interested in why we do the things we do than in what it is we’re doing. I’ve learned to ask God on a regular basis, “Show me truth. And help me to face the truth You show me—especially what You show me about myself.” Once God shows us the truth about ourselves, we can no longer hide from it. That is a call to action. The Bible tells us the Holy Spirit leads us into all truth. He knows just how and when to guide us to move the way He wants us to. He is gentle and always does what is best for us. Covenant Spotlight, LLC
Be real I remember when God prompted me to give away a dress a long time ago. It was a brand-new red dress that I’d bought and just hadn’t worn yet. I really liked that dress. Well, I was praying for a friend of mine one day and asked God what I could do to bless her, and He spoke to my heart to give her the red dress. Well, I didn’t want to give away my dress. Immediately, I began to reason with God, “But it’s new!” He told me once more to give her the dress. I tried again, “But God, I bought these really nice earrings to go with it.” He said to give her the earrings too! And again I tried, “God if this is really You…” Finally, I realized that red dress had too much of a hold on me. I had to face truth in that moment: Did I want to obey God or be selfish? I eventually humbled myself and gave my friend the dress. You know, it really wasn’t about the dress; it was more about my heart. God was teaching me how to be a steward and not an owner of things. He may want to use you to bless someone in some way. If your motives are pure, it won’t be so hard to do whatever He asks you to.
To be like Him
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It’s not always easy, but I want to encourage you not to reject God’s guidance just because it may not feel good at the moment. Just because it doesn’t always feel comfortable doesn’t mean it’s not good for you. Remember, God always has His best plan for your life in mind.
Have you experienced a similar situation? How did you handle it? What was your first, honest response? Did you have to face some truth about yourself at some point? Remember, we are created in the image of God. To be like Him, we will need to learn to examine our motives often. We must be honest with ourselves when God shows us something that needs to change because it is always for our good. Pray and ask God to show you the truth so you can be set free from deception. And then face the truth He shows you — about you. Make use of each opportunity to grow and become more like Him. For more on this topic, order Joyce’s four-CD series Sit-Stand-Walk-Run. You can also contact us to receive our free magazine, Enjoying Everyday Life, by calling (800) 727-9673 or visiting www.joycemeyer.org. Joyce Meyer is a New York Times bestselling author and founder of Joyce Meyer Ministries, Inc. She has authored more than 100 books, including Battlefield of the Mind and Get Your Hopes Up! (Hachette). She hosts the Enjoying Everyday Life radio and TV programs, which air on hundreds of stations worldwide. For more information, visit www.joycemeyer.org. Please note: The views and opinions expressed throughout this publication and/or website are those of the respective authors and do not necessarily reflect those of Joyce Meyer Ministries.
Health matters Tips for changing your eating habits
Evolve your eating habits: • Admit you are responsible for your situation. • Write down why you want to get healthy and how important these reasons are to you. • Look at these reasons every time sabotaging thoughts come up. Instead of focusing on your failures, looked to God’s unconditional love and grace to prompt a change in your heart. • Grow self-awareness. Ask yourself:
– How does my current behavior compare to my values and standards? – What are my blind spots? – How is my past messing up my present? – Am I entering a new season? – What nutrition plan is best for me? • Make a plan, schedule and implement it. For example, I make a meal plan and shopping list on Friday evening, I shop on Saturday mornings and do some meal preparation when I come home. • Solicit cooperation from family, friends and an accountability partner. Share your reasons for changing and why they are important. It has been 12 years since God healed me. As I continue to hold on to Him through difficult seasons, and He continuously transforms my life.
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By Daisy Velas-Boyce Q: How did you change your eating habits from unhealthy to healthy? A: Eating habits refer to what, how much, when, with whom we eat and why we eat what we eat. Habits develop over time — especially our habits that are influenced by cultural, environmental, social or religious factors. While we were living with our parents, we didn’t have much choice: we ate what we were served and our habits began to form. When we ventured out on our own, what we wanted was usually cheap, easily accessible and something that would satisfy our cravings.
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.
God's pharmacy is all around us Ginger is a spice rack necessity
By Ngozi Maduagwu
One of my favorite spices is ginger. The culinary and possible therapeutic benefits of this super spice are countless. Ginger is a staple in both baking and cooking to add subtle heat with intense flavor. Did you know that ginger may act as a novel agent in the prevention and treatment of nausea? Or it may aid in resolving a stomachache, bloating and gas? Beverages containing ginger have been proven over time to help alleviate these symptoms. I personally use ginger in a drink that tastes great and serves as a digestive. Mix 1/4 teaspoon of ginger, 1 tablespoon of honey and the juice of half a lemon in an 8 ounce glass of water, and voilà, un digestif extraordinare! For more information about this super spice, please visit www.spicequeenllc.com. cspotlight.com
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, Louisiana, loves to travel and share the love and joy of God.
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Mercy on the mantel By Kelly Mouisset
Don’t deprive yourself
A few years ago my son and I were in a
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drugstore waiting to pick up a prescription. We wandered around the store “window shopping” while we waited. My son loves stuffed animals and had asked for a pillow pet about a thousand times and said that he would do anything for one of those fluffy dogs. As luck would have it, they had a whole rack of them and they were on sale. He picked one up, squeezed it and said, “Oh, they are even softer than I thought they would be. Feel it mom.” It was soft and cuddly, but my son was neither of those during this little outing. I discussed and debated this purchase inside of my head. It was on sale, but my sweet little boy who deserved this animal was hidden deep within this child at my side who had not listened to one word I said, refused to clean his room before we left, and complained
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about running errands. I finally decided to grab the soft puppy, but it would sit on my mantel at home until some behaviors changed. He was thrilled that I had bought it but devastated that it came with rules. I thought it would be such a great incentive, but to him it was like it was still on the shelf at the store. He teared up and said, “I can’t clean my room and do my chores and behave. I’ll never get that dog.” Now, we don’t have to earn God’s grace, but this incident reminded me so much of how God’s children act. We see his grace and mercy up on that mantel, and sometimes we throw our hands up and cry out, “I’ll never be able to get it!” However, all we have to do is repent of our sins and His grace and mercy upon that “mantel” will be ours to hold. God has so many wonderful blessings to give if we would just seek Him and be obedient to His word.
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.
By Don Short
Way of escape
The choice between right and wrong
“There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common
We face situations where we have to make a choice between right and wrong. Often we feel stuck or overwhelming pressure to do things that we feel we should not do. I remember well the sermon my pastor preached in reference to “stepping into stupid.” I believe that we all can relate to this to one degree or another. Often when we are in these situations we choose not to escape, choose a self destructive way to escape, or feel completely lost and start to believe that there is no way of escape. One way individuals feel stuck is when there is an unwanted pregnancy. They often feel overwhelmed as they struggle to deal with this new information. Many concerns begin to run through their mind. “I am not ready for this!” “I’m not married!” “We can’t afford a child right now!” “I’m in school/new career and I don’t want my life to be disrupted right now.” “My parents will be upset!” These conflicting thoughts and
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to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make away to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.” — I Corinthians 10:13
other stressors race through the mind. Over the years I have talked with a number of individuals who have had an abortion and with others who were involved in this decision making process. This includes boyfriends, husbands, parents and friends. I have felt their struggle and seen their pain. The way of escape the world provides leads to sadness, shame and death. The way of escape that Christ provides leads to life and life abundantly as we continue to grow in our walk with Him. Over the years I have counseled many who have thought that they have escaped from their life’s problem by having an abortion. Others try to escape through the use of alcohol, drugs and/or pornography. Sometimes parents who have a child that is not wanted and choose not to abort the pregnancy sometimes will constantly communicate to the child verbally and behaviorally that the child is and never was wanted. These children can end up stuck in the anger and resentments of their parents. We must always remember that children are a gift from God.
Remember these two things about escape: 1. God always provides a way of escape that leads to life. 2. The enemy of our soul, Satan, also offers a way of escape that will lead to destruction and death. If you feel stuck in a maze of confusion and lost in any area of your life, I have good news for you! There is a way out, a way of escape that will improve your life and the life of those around you.
The path out includes: • Confess you are stuck and need help. James 5:16 • Pray and ask God for forgiveness and guidance. • Seek support from others in the Christian community. • Repentance through words and deeds. Luke 3:8 • Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. James 4:7 • Draw near to Christ, and He will draw near to your. James 4:8 Remember in every situation we have a choice — choose life! Deut. 30:19, “I have
set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live.”
Don Short and his wife reside in Acadiana. He is a licensed counselor. cspotlight.com
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A tale of two
Leans on her faith through cancer Breast cancer. Those two heavy words still
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struggle to leave my lips. In March of this year I noticed a lump. I made an appointment with my gynecologist who told me that he was almost positive that it was malignant. With almost no time to digest this new information, the very next day I found myself undergoing a mammogram. I knew it was bad when they decided to follow the procedure with an ultrasound. On April 1 I had my first appointment with the surgeon. He had the results of the ultrasound, and after an examination, he agreed with my gynecologist and did a biopsy. Within the week it was confirmed that I had a malignant tumor in my left breast. My heart dropped as shock paralyzed my body and a thousand thoughts rushed through my head at once. Breast cancer. At this point very few people knew what was happening. I was facing breast cancer with no insurance; my company had recently been sold, and I had been laid off. So, I put it all in God’s hands. The first thing He did was give me a wonderful support team. My Covenant Spotlight family, The Miles Perrett Cancer Center, a host of family and friends, and a large group praying for me all reinforced that I would get through this. From there He made it possible for me to find insurance. Slowly but surely I felt the slightest breath begin to creep back in my lungs. Next came a whirlwind of more ultrasounds, a PET Scan and other tests before the actual surgery. During the PET scan they found a cyst the size of a softball on my left ovary which sent me back to
the gynecologist and then through a total hysterectomy. It was a long and emotional journey. Truthfully, I really just wanted it to all go away, but I had to wait for the insurance to kick in. It was through prayer and my belief in God that I made it through with no severe breakdowns. When it was finally time for my surgery, my husband, son, brother-in-law and all three sisters were here for me (some of them driving over 600 miles). They will never know how much I love and appreciate them for it. A very good friend of mine works across the street from the hospital and popped in and out all day to make sure they were OK and didn’t need anything while I was in surgery. She was also there as soon as she got off that day. The surgery went great and I was home the next day. Following the surgery there were several weeks that I had drainage tubes, and, boy, that was not fun. I was back at the surgeon’s office at least once a week and then was referred to an oncologist for more tests which showed that I had a very low chance of reoccurrence. I had a total mastectomy and everything else was best-case scenario so there was no need for chemo or radiation. I thank God every day for this. After only three months I am cancer free. God was my rock and gave me the support I needed to get through this nightmare called breast cancer. I can’t show my gratitude enough for the support team He furnished me with along with His never-ending love and guidance.
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Knew God healed her
It was 1995 when I first felt a big change
About a week later, I had surgery to totally remove my right breast and a lymph node. I knew my battle was just beginning. My oncologist told me I would have eight cycles of chemotherapy and about five weeks of radiation. I began to see my hair falling out about a week before my second round of chemo. I knew I was going to beat this enemy. I stayed positive and continued praying. During my trial of battling cancer, my oldest sister took care of me. She often found me laid out on the bathroom floor. She thought that something bad had happened. I used to laugh at her because she was so nervous. I had to tell her that the floor was cold, and it felt good laying on it. Many times of not being able to keep anything down and almost appearing frail, my sister had to pick me up off the bathroom floor and help me into bed. That same night, I had a dream about the enemy and me, fighting on a battlefield. I stomped on his foot and punched him. I asked him, “That's all you've got?” He then fled from my sight. When I awoke, I felt this perpetual peace. I knew that God healed me from this disease. I had won my battle against cancer. I realized that God was also there on the field with me. Through all the treatments, I was told I probably would not be able to have children. I thank God that I am a mother to two handsome sons. I am an 18 year breast cancer survivor. I owe it all to God for allowing me to draw from His strength and also for blessing me with an earthly support system called family.
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in my body. I was attending the University of Southwestern Louisiana. I had a full school schedule, working a full-time job as a shift manager, and doing an internship at Vita Reading Center. My life was pretty busy. One morning, I woke up with a numbness in my left index finger. It went on for a while until pain began to take over my hands, knees and wrists. I had no idea what was happening. After a few doctor visits and appointments, I found out I had rheumatoid arthritis (RA). It was difficult, but I managed. I would go to church, and my brothers had to help me walk to the alter to receive communion. By the time I graduated in 1996, the RA was under control. But still, I felt really drained. I would often fall into deep sleeps. I remember wanting to wake up, but I couldn't. It was routine working long hours so I thought nothing of being so tired. One night after I arrived home from work, I noticed a blood stain on my shirt. I thought nothing of it. A few days later, I noticed another blood stain on my shirt. I had this uneasy feeling in the pit of my stomach. I did a self breast exam and noticed I had a lump on my right breast. That same day of finding it, I called my gynecologist. She saw me immediately to do an exam. The expression on her face confirmed that she felt the lump also. I was referred to another doctor at Doctor's Hospital in Opelousas. After doing a mammogram and a biopsy, I got the call that I tested positive for breast cancer. Being 26 years old at the time, it was hard to believe. I hurt even more when I saw the hurt in my parents' eyes.
When I awoke, I felt this perpetual peace. I knew that God healed me from this disease. cspotlight.com
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Echoes in Equip &
eternity Minutes into the epic historical film,
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“Gladiator,” Russell Crowe (playing Maximus) spoke words I’ll never forget. To his loyal soldiers before a battle, he said, “What we do in life echoes in eternity!” In 2012, Lifeway released an article entitled, “Churchgoers Believe in Sharing Faith, Most Don’t.” Within the article were the results of a rather extensive study: “Lifeway Research found 80 percent of those who attend church one or more times a month believe they have a personal responsibility to share their faith, but 61 percent have not told another person about how to become a Christian in the previous six months.” Is it just me, or does this bother you, too? With ever so slight sarcasm, I have to ask, “Is this seriously the result of our public profession of faith and quick immersion that elicits so much applause in church services around the country?” Step into reality for a moment, and you’ll soon be overwhelmed with our beloved country deteriorating right before your eyes. Can I say it another way? Step into reality by getting your head out of your “blessed assurance,” and you’ll be disgusted by what the light exposes.
nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them” Ephesians
5:11, NIV. If you’re ignoring cultural evils, you may as well be participating in the “fruitless deeds of darkness,” in my opinion. The silence from many pastors and professing Christians alike may as well equate to participating in such evil.
Speaking Out For those who remain silent about these issues yet consider themselves obedient, let me bring the second half of the verse to light. Notice the verb “expose.” “Expose” demands action from the follower of Christ, not passivity or silence. And if we consider this a command from our Father in heaven, then it must happen immediately! Jesus tells the parable of the loaned money, teaching us that we are to be stewards of what God has entrusted to us (Matthew 25:14-30, NIV). Whether talents of money (v. 15) or a particular skill we possess, God has entrusted us to be stewards of it all. I am pleading that we reject passivity, and intentionally seek to become skilled in the use of our gifts in service to the Father and to others. Through the granting of His gracious gifts to us, “Each one should use whatever
gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms” 1 Peter 4:10, NIV.
Are you using your gifts for God’s greater glory? Or are you creating an illusion of obedience, holding onto your gifts for your own benefit while remaining silent in the world we face? Gather your men and strengthen God’s army, speaking up and expressing your intolerance to the evils penetrating our culture. Refuse to bow down to man or to government, using your God-given gifts to impact in the world. Go and make disciples, teaching them to obey everything God has commanded us to do (Matthew 28:18-20, NIV). I pray that the word of God pierces you more deeply than ever, and the simple words of Maximus resonate within. The time is now: equip and defend. “What we do in life echoes in eternity.”
I’m absolutely sick of seeing people mindlessly accept the same sex mirage, the sale of baby body parts, the idea that a man can literally be confused about his own gender, and most of all, the rampant Godlessness of this once great nation. When will we press back into culture and actually do what we’ve been called to do? Turn a blind eye, and you don’t have to deal with it, right? That seems to be the accepted behavior amongst some Christian circles, many of which I assume believe that if it’s not Covenant Spotlight, LLC
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happening within the confines of the Church walls, then it’s not their problem. This warped thinking must be brought to the light! What’s biblical about turning away from truth? I can’t find a single reference. Can you? Instead, I see passages like Paul writing to the church at Ephesus, for example. “Have
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Totality of grace
A conversation with Josh Buice
By Jim Phelps
Grace is often described in a variety of
unrighteousness, covetousness, malicious intent, full of envy, murderous desires, filled with strife, gossiping tongues, slanderers, haters of God, insolent, haughty, inventers of evil, disobedient to parents, foolish, faithless, heartless and ruthless (Romans 1:28-32). While we can be involved in politics and accomplish many good things as William Wilberforce and others from church history have taught us, we must be fully committed to gospel ministry that targets the hearts of God-hating rebels. It’s only through the power of the gospel that rogue sinners will be changed from lovers of darkness to children of light (Ephesians 5:8; 1 Thessalonians 5:5). Secondly, we must not show hatred toward non-Christians. Our default position should be love and a desire to see them come to faith in Jesus Christ. I’m not worried that the agenda of “tolerance” will plague the church as much as I fear the church tolerating a lack of commitment for missions. The Great Commission should lead us to pray for unbelievers. Through prayer, God will break our hearts for people who need to be reconciled to God through Jesus Christ. According to JoshuaProject.net, out of 7.2 billion people on planet earth, approximately 42 percent of the world is unreached with the gospel. God has saved us and commissioned us with the message of reconciliation. We must go and share this message – from the neighborhoods to the nations.
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expressions, like having a good disposition, showing generosity, being merciful and loving the unlovable. But there exists a deeper explanation as it relates to the redemptive and sanctifying element of grace that’s found in Scripture. Though we desperately need it, God owes His grace to not one of us. Justice for our sins is what He owes us. Most professing Christians would agree. However, many misunderstand exactly who – God or self – is responsible for attaining God’s grace. I addressed a few questions with Josh Buice. He is pastor of Pray’s Mill Baptist Church located in Douglasville, Georgia, and also the director of the G3 Conference. CSpot: Do we receive grace because of our act of Josh Buice repentance? Or do we repent because of the grace granted by God? Could you elaborate? Buice: Tragically, in many evangelical circles, grace has been reduced to three easy steps at the end of a church service. The fact is, we don’t earn grace or cooperate with God to receive grace. By its very definition provided in Holy Scripture, that would nullify grace. Grace is granted to fallen sinners by His mercy alone, not by foreseen favor or merit in sinful man. In Ephesians 2:8-9 (ESV), we read Paul’s explanation. and I can’t provide a better explanation in my own words. He writes, “For
by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.” Much debate has ensued over these two verses. Is faith or grace God’s gift? It could be argued that faith is God’s gift because that’s what Paul seems to suggest as he speaks about repentance as being a gift of God in another letter to Timothy (2 Timothy 2:25). We would readily admit that grace - the salvation of our soul and the forgiveness of sins - is indeed a gift of God, but what about faith? Is faith something we have at our disposal and is it something that is capable of being employed by our human will? According to God’s word, the fall of man had devastating results upon humanity. Human depravity has affected the totality of humanity. Not only do we have the stain of sin upon our soul, but we have its effects upon our mind, will and body. We have no ability to raise our spiritually dead soul from its spiritual grave (Ephesians 2:1-10). That is a work of God. We are born from above – not from the power of our will or because of the dignity of our works (John 1:11-13). Therefore, I would argue that the totality of grace – faith, repentance and grace - are all gifts from God. CSpot: Now that we know the answer, how should this affect the way we view non-Christians? Buice: First of all, we can’t expect nonChristians to behave like children of God. The Bible, in vivid detail, portrays unbelievers as sons of disobedience (Ephesians 2:2), children of wrath (Ephesians 2:3), lovers of darkness (John 3:19), filled with
Jim Phelps and his wife, Cori, are passionate followers of Christ. They work to seek financial support and raise awareness for various nonprofits. Jim is particularly interested in mobilizing men and growing small groups. He may be contacted at email@example.com.
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Avoid court for all costs I
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was reminded recently how ill equipped our legal system is to handle legal problems. I know that’s a frightening statement coming from a trial lawyer of thirty-five years experience. I recently tried a case arising an automobile accident that occurred in 2009. That’s problem number one, six years from incident to trial, and the thing still isn’t over. We don’t have a decision from the court, and when we do years of appeals are possible. The party I represented is a close friend, so I got an up close and personal view of the impact of the system The costs are incredible, lawyer fees, court costs, lost time from work. That’s a lot of loss productivity, energy, sleep and peace.
We are bombarded with legal advertising promising great reward with no mention of costs in terms of money, sanity or time. The ideal is justice based on the ascertainment of truth. Reality is often far from that ideal. If you find yourself in a “legal” situation, seek wise counsel who will try to find a win-win situation for everyone involved. Be open to compromise, mediation and an early end to controversy. A quicker resolution is often worth taking less than you believe you deserve or paying more than you think you owe. When you turn the decision over to judge or jury, you completely lose control.
When trouble attacks
By Nick Sigur
Trouble seems to attack from all corners. If we dodge trouble coming from the left, we are hit by trouble from the back. Trouble seems to be coming from everywhere and everyone. The world. Jesus told us that “in this world you will have trouble.” The very nature of the world produces trouble. Folks have to make a living, eat and find shelter. Getting these things is troublesome. For those of us who have the basics, we see trouble in not having more. Satan. That roar you hear is Satan looking to cause you trouble. Don’t doubt it. He’s a professional trouble maker. God. I know He’s the loving Father, but the trials and test often come from Him. I like to call them “course corrections,” but they sure seem like trouble at the time. Status. As children of the King, we inspire hatred in the world. More and more we are seeing trouble because of who we are in
Christ as we try to live that out.
“If you were of the world, the world would love its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, because of this the world hates you” John 15: 18-19. Self. The truth is I cause most of my trouble. I love when Theodore Roosevelt said, “If you could kick the person in the pants responsible for most of your trouble, you wouldn’t sit for a month.” We must cultivate a habit of prayer. I’m not talking about the talking and asking kind of prayer but the silent, listening kind. God is ready to show us source of our trouble and make the proper response, but we have to know His voice. That takes practice. 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.
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Monthly word By Cheryll White
teraphim /ter-aw-feme'/noun (Hebrew origin) - A kind of idol used in household shrine or worship
gods, family idols, images, cultic masks or a deed ownership. It may have been a symbol of divine presence.
#8655 Strong’s Hebrew “For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, as stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because though hast rejected the word of the Lord, he hath also rejected thee from being king.” — 1 Samuel 15:23
By Staci Boudreaux
Getting the coverage you need
More than 40 percent of Americans have no life insurance. The number one reason people don’t buy life insurance is because they think it’s too expensive. According to the 2015 Insurance Barometer Study by Life Happens and LIMRA, 80 percent of Americans overestimate how much life insurance costs. Below are a few other common myths about life insurance. MYTH: Only people with children need life insurance. FACT: While it is common for an individual to need a greater amount of life insurance when dependents are in the picture, even people without children may leave behind joint debts, funeral expenses and other bills that need to be paid. Life insurance can also provide a spouse with income replacement. MYTH: Life insurance is only necessary for older people. FACT: Younger individuals may be less likely to die, but they would leave behind a younger family that may struggle financially without the help of income replacement from a death benefit. It’s also a great time to buy because younger people will get better rates.
MYTH: All policies are the same. FACT: Each life insurance product will have its own set of benefits, so it is crucial for people to consider what they want out of their policy and match that with a specific product that can best meet their needs. But this doesn’t just apply to the choice of term, whole, fixed universal or variable universal. Policies within each of these categories can vary significantly. MYTH: The life insurance through my employer is enough. FACT: In some cases, this may be true. But the potential for job loss can leave people without coverage at an inopportune time. MYTH: Life insurance doesn’t need to be updated. FACT: Life changes. As it does, so do life insurance needs. That’s why it’s important for individuals to review their coverage periodically to make sure no updates are needed.
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This noun appears only in the plural form. It refers to domestic or household
Life insurance awareness
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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Joy in trouble
Maturing your walk with Jesus
By Keith Boutte
“Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing.” — James 1:2-4 (NLT)
Joy in trouble
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When troubles come our way, counting it all joy seems inhumane. Troubles can cause us to react within our flesh. Our thoughts sometimes override our convictions. Yet Jesus made it clear. We WILL have trouble. There WILL be trials in our lives. When a believer of Christ Jesus begins to understand that trials, tribulation, aggravations, attacks from the front and back, trouble in life physical, mental and mostly spiritual are happening all at once — when all these things are happening to you and you find joy - then your walk with Jesus begins to mature. As Christians, we have answers that cause us to grow closer to God and less concerned with our current situation. We understand Jesus made the way clear for us to overcome everything in this world. John 16:33 says, “These things I have
spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you WILL have tribulation; BUT BE OF GOOD CHEER, I have overcome the world.”
We can choose to overcome anything in this world because in Jesus we have overcome the world. Now we handle trouble, and it doesn't shape our lives. It's in times of trouble that our faith matures and we grow. As overcomers, we find JOY in knowing Jesus has a plan for this
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current issue or situation we're in. Now we join with Paul as he states in Romans 8:18 NKJV, “For I consider that
the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.”
Strength in faith How does man grow stronger physically? He does it by pushing the limits of his physical strength. So it is with faith. We must allow our spirit to grow by studying and, more so, believing God’s word. It's by faith that we received our promise and that faith by hearing God’s word. “So
then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God” (Romans 10:17 NKJV). Strength in God’s kingdom is not measured by physical prowls or seeking to find our own way but by believing what God himself imparted to us through His word.
“Then Judas and Silas, both being prophets, spoke at length to the believers, encouraging and strengthening their faith” (Acts 15:32 NLT). Men, under God’s anointing, preached God’s word and strengthened the faith of God’s people. Therefore, hearing God’s word increased faith and that faith in God is our strength.
By faith these people overthrew kingdoms, ruled with justice, and received what God had promised them. They shut the mouths of lions, quenched the flames of fire, and escaped death by the edge of the sword. Their weakness was turned to strength. They became strong in battle and put whole armies to flight” (Hebrews 11:33-34 NLT). Wow! With Christ through faith, we can do mighty things for God’s kingdom. God’s word turns our weakness to strength by faith in Jesus, we are overcomers.
Trust when tested Trust is easy when everything is going just as planned, yet this is not how God’s word said it would be. “For you have been given not only
the privilege of trusting in Christ but also the privilege of suffering for him” (Philippians 1:29).
We are PRIVILEGED to suffer with Christ. Jesus was continually tested and provoked to deny who he was as he walked this earth, and we have that same cross to bare for other people, saved or unsaved. Trusting God at His word is the only way we can accomplish such a task.
“These trials will show that your faith is genuine. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold - though your faith is far more precious than mere gold. So when your faith remains strong through many trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world” (1 Peter 1:7 NKJV).
Love overcomes everything and demands we give our life for Him. Being tested and purified by the Holy Spirit, trusting that we as Christians have overcome the world through faith in Christ Jesus, is what purifies our hearts for greater works to expand God’s kingdom here on earth.
Growth through endurance
“God blesses those who patiently endure testing and temptation. Afterward they will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him” (James 1:12). Loving God means we will be tested and tempted; endurance allows us to be like Jesus who came to seek and save those that are lost. Jesus said we must be imitators by taking up our cross daily (Luke 9:34). Peter expounds on Jesus' teaching in 1 Peter 2:20-21 NLT: “Of
is the wisest thing you can do! And whatever else you do, develop good judgment” (Proverbs 4:7 NLT). Developing in Christ through the leading of the Holy Spirit according to the word of God brings us toward perfection. Good judgment is developed through understanding God’s word.
“Judgment will again be founded on justice, and those with virtuous hearts will pursue it” (Psalms 94:15). As we mature in judgment, we develop into perfection, and remember where judgment begins. “For the time has come for
judgment, and it must begin with God’s household. And if judgment begins with us, what terrible fate awaits those who have never obeyed God’s Good News?” (1 Peter 4:17). Perfection in God comes through Christ Jesus alone. “Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God” (2 Corinthians 7:1). “But now you must be holy in everything you do, just as God who chose you is holy” (1 Peter 1:15).
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course, you get no credit for being patient if you are beaten for doing wrong. But if we suffer for doing good and endure it patiently God is pleased with us. For God called us to do good even if it means suffering just as Christ suffered for us. He is our example, and we must follow in his steps.”
or become bigger or more advanced. A Christian should always be in development or developing their faith toward God. “Getting wisdom
Enduring rejection from others for our faith shows we are following Jesus. Jesus let us know this would happen in Matthew 24:9-14 NLT:
We are made holy by the blood of the perfect chosen lamb, Christ Jesus. Our joy in knowing Christ Jesus overcomes all our troubles.
“Then you will be arrested, persecuted, and killed. You will be hated all over the world because you are my followers. And many will turn away from me and betray and hate each other. And many false prophets will appear and will deceive many people. “Sin will be rampant everywhere, and the love of many will grow cold. But the one who endures to the end will be saved. And the Good News about the Kingdom will be preached throughout the whole world, so that all nations will hear it; and then the end will come.”
Our battle is not with other people, and we must understand we're not fighting mere mortals. Our fight is not with man but to win souls for God’s kingdom! Love overcomes everything and demands we give our life for Him.
Please note all these things will happen to Jesus' followers, not only to apostles, prophets, evangelist, pastors and eachers, but to all of His body. As the body of Christ, we all have the responsibility to equip the people to do His work and build His church. This is for all who call Jesus Lord. Enduring develops our God-like character. “And endurance develops
strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation” (Romans 5:4).
Developed to perfection The definition of the word “develop” is to cause (something) to grow
“For we walk by faith, not by sight” (2 Corinthians 5:7 NKJV). Knowing where our strength comes from. “The LORD gives his people strength. The LORD blesses them with peace” (Psalm 29:11 NLT).
“We know how much God loves us, and we have put our trust in his love. God is love, and all who live in love live in God, and God lives in them. And as we live in God, our love grows more perfect. So we will not be afraid on the Day of Judgment, but we can face him with confidence because we live like Jesus here in this world” (1 John 4:16-17 NLT). Let us live in love knowing today could be the day of His return. Maranatha. 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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Doors you cannot open
Recognizing and walking through doors God has opened By Pastor Travis Minnich
There had been countless hours of prayer spent asking for the opportunity to serve the local schools and represent Christ to the students and faculty. The proverbial "beating of the door" had shaken it and possibly even damaged it, but never opened it wide enough to walk through. Then, after years of frustration, confusion and exhaustion, the door finally opened wide. When First Assembly made the move from Lafayette to Youngsville in 2008, opportunities for godly influence in the city were at a ground level. The path to relationships with civic leaders, school faculty and business owners had to be forged and fostered in the new community that God had brought them to. The church, led by Pastor Tommy Faulk, wasted no time and immediately began to meet with the city leadership and civil servants to offer any support and assistance that may be needed. God honored the faithfulness of their efforts and established relationships with many leaders throughout the community. This lead to opportunities such as food drives within the local schools and City Hall as well as praying at multiple civic dedications and events around the city. This was all very exciting and God’s hand was at work, however, they couldn’t help but think, “Why hasn’t the door opened to be involved in the schools on a regular basis?” Meanwhile, 130 miles away in Galliano, Louisiana, my wife Sunshine and I had moved into the area to launch a youth 24
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ministry. We had great favor with the school system at our previous ministry assignment in Tampa, Florida, but we were not seeing the same results in Louisiana. At this point, we began to seek God with greater fervency; we were willing to do whatever it took for Him to place us in our schools. As time went by, open opportunities remained few. With confusion and exhaustion setting in, it was hard to comprehend why what was once so easy had become so difficult. After nearly six years of waiting for doors to open, we had all but given up. It was then that God merged our path with First Assembly and we came on as the Student Pastors. Very quickly, we discovered our frustrations with the lack of opportunity in the public schools were shared by our new church. However, this wasn’t the only thing that we shared. In spite of what looked like minimal results, both parties had continued to pray for open doors and servant opportunities. After seven years of perseverance on the doors of these schools, God was preparing to open them wide. The church began to host the Youngsville Chamber of Commerce each month in their Education Building where weekly youth and children’s services were conducted. At one of the monthly Chamber gatherings, God orchestrated a meeting between the guest speaker, Principal Monique Chargois, and the pastors. Principal Chargois was beginning her first year as the Principal of Ernest Gallet
Elementary School in Youngsville and was new to the community, just as the church several years before. She was looking for qualified and genuine people to help serve her school and took notice of how the church served the Chamber of Commerce. It was then that she asked if we would be interested and willing to lead a weekly, faithbased meeting at the school for 3rd-5th grade students who were interested in being leaders at the school. Since that encounter, there have been over 50 students choosing to get up early and come together Wednesday morning to learn leadership skills from a biblical perspective. Soon after this was started, the need for helping develop reading skills with the first grade students arose and the team began to come Thursdays as well to simply sit and read with those students. Through God’s open door of a principal’s heart for her students, we were able to finally be involved the ways we had desired for so long.
“And when they arrived and gathered the church together, they declared all that God had done with them, and how he had opened a door of faith to the Gentiles” (Acts 14:27). Pastor Travis Minnich and his wife currently serve as the Student Pastors at First Assembly of God in Youngsville. God has given us a deep burden for the next generation and count it a privilege to be able to serve our students in this capacity.
Teaching the next generation
By Amanda Harris
A lot of Christian parents seem afraid. Whether it’s the hack of Ashley Madison users and our revelation of millions pursing an affair or the VMAs where there was more flesh than a gentleman’s club on display or the truth of Planned Parenthood’s nefarious dealings, the world feels a dark place. Here’s the truth: it always has been a dark world. I don’t know if it’s better or worse. Perhaps we simply know more much faster than we ever have thanks to social media and that easyto-use record button on our phones. I know humanity survived the holocaust and Christians in the coliseum devoured for sport, public hangings for Sunday afternoon entertainment. And yet, there is a brewing sentiment that we cannot possibly survive much longer.
A beloved proverb comes to mind at times like these when parents wring their hands and say, “I hope they listen to me and not the world.” “Train up a child in the way he
should go; and when he is old, he will not depart from it” (Proverbs 22:6 KJV).
I see this verse in my newsfeed on Facebook and hear it from the lips of parents who lament the world that is hell bent on steering our beloved children straight into the flames. And I feel convicted. How many of us are talking more than we are training? How much does the scale dip toward fear over faith? There are a lot of parents (this is me pointing at myself) that truth be told need be cautious when praying for their children to follow in their footsteps. I hear a lot of talking from this mouth … but, where is the training? I am humbled by the process
Training them up
of disciplining my son. He’s a 3-yearold boy with the tender heart of a lamb, the temper of a tiger, the memory of an elephant, and the steel will of a mule. I have no idea where he gets it. I am reminded again and again (and again and again) how very much raising a child is a training process. The stakes feel high at times. We each have free will. Our children will choose for themselves. It’s not about us. And yet, those very subtle lessons at home - all those things we don’t say - are training them up in the way to go. There is perhaps no one on this earth that knows me as well as my child. Yours is likely no different. And it is my prayer that this is a truth that doesn’t make me afraid. Amanda Jean Harris is a grateful believer in Jesus Christ, writer, wrangler of one wild child named Wilder and maker of gluten-free roux.
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Curled in His arms Leaning on the promises of a Father By Heather Thompson
After nine months of crying every time it was evident I had
not conceived, I was finally pregnant and my husband and I were overjoyed. Never would I have guessed that I would have went from picking out diapers and breast pumps to contemplating if I would want to have my baby put on life support or not, but that is exactly what occurred. It was May of 2007, and I was 21 weeks pregnant. Everything was going absolutely perfect. Suddenly, I started bleeding and was told to come in immediately to my obstetrician’s office. The doctor told me I had cervical incompetence, which for me meant I had a half of a centimeter of tissue to support my baby when I should have had at least 4 to 5 centimeters. I was immediately sent to see a maternal fetal specialist. As we sat in his office, he began to explain that we had two options. Option one: do nothing, but he was confident my cervix would only hold the baby another week or two at most. Option two: a cerclage. A cerclage means the doctors would stitch my cervix shut, put me on bed rest and hope that my body would hold the baby in until it was viable outside the womb. However, my cerclage was going to be a bit more complicated than the average cerclage, which is normally performed around 12 weeks gestation. I would be 22 weeks by the time the procedure was performed, which is absolutely the latest a doctor will perform this type of procedure. The further along the pregnancy the greater the risk of rupturing the water. So, there we sat, listening to the doctor explain that it was possible that during the procedure my water could break, and I would have to deliver the baby. A baby at 22 weeks usually does not have much chance of survival, and if they do survive the birth defects are numerous. Therefore, the doctor said we would need to be prepared with another decision. The decision would be to use life saving measures for the baby - or not to use them - if my water ruptured and I had to
deliver at 22 weeks. I was exactly 22 weeks pregnant the day the procedure was performed. As in any surgical procedure, at some point you have to leave your loved ones, and it’s just you and the medical staff in that cold, sterile environment. In that moment, like many others, I turned to Jesus. While the doctors and medical staff were talking about their lunch, I was in deep prayer, curled up in the arms of my Father. It’s in a moment like that, a moment when you must admit that you have absolutely no control, that you quit hanging on and allow yourself to just be held, held by the only one that can comfort you at that moment. While in prayer, I was reminding God of His promises to me and my unborn child. Reminding Him that He had a plan to prosper me and not harm me and my baby (Jeremiah 29:11), that He would give me the desires of my heart (Psalm 37:4), and that He promised that I would not be barren (Exodus 23:26). By His grace, I made it out of the procedure with my bag of water still intact and no contractions. I was sent home on strict bed rest. To disbelief and awe of the medical community, I had made it to 37 weeks, and it was time to remove the cerclage. In fact, I did not even immediately go into labor as the doctor probably thought I would. I made it another 5 days. My God had not failed me or my baby. On August 27, 2007, my first daughter made her entrance into the world as a full term baby. A little over a year later we decided to get pregnant again with the knowledge of my condition. Just to show how mighty of a God He is, my second daughter made her entrance into the world in perfect health at 39 weeks with no bed rest for me during the pregnancy.
While in prayer, I was reminding God of His promises to me and my unborn child.
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Heather Thompson, and her husband Shane, reside in Acadiana with their two daughters. They own Analine Coffee Co., where proceeds go to save young people from human trafficking. Visit analinecoffee.com. They attend Crossroads Church.
By Natalee Deranger
Trusting in the plans of the Lord
All my life I have wanted a child. I remember when I was younger being so interested in asking to hold the babies rather than going outside to play with the children my own age. Ask any of my siblings, and I’m sure they could tell you a story or two about a time I mothered them. I just always knew God put me on this earth to raise a family of my own. On May 29, 2015 that dream came true. It was a typical Friday morning. Joshua was drinking coffee and watching television, while I sat in the bathroom anxiously waiting through those two minutes that would change my entire life. We were not trying nor were we ready for this phase in our life. However, God has other plans. After Joshua wiped up the coffee he quite literally spat out, we knew our lives were forever changed. We are now expecting our first child.
So many of our own childhood experiences have come up, and we have discussed what things we will do things differently (or the same) as our parents. One thing we both know is that our child will be raised knowing how great our God is.
Beyond the most vivid dream
“Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” — Proverbs 22:6 Joshua and I take this scripture seriously and believe God has a plan for this little one far beyond anything we could dream. We know that the Lord only gives us our children for a season; they are but a quiver in our bows that we will one day release. We are looking ahead, and while not everything is clear, we remember the words of Jeremiah 29:11, “For I know the plans I have
for you, says the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.” We are excited to trust in those plans and see what is next for our family.
Natalee and Joshua Deranger have been married for a year and attend The Family Church. They are expecting their first child in February 2016.
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Against all odds A disabled mother chooses life By Taina Adamson
As a young wife in 1982, I was told I was pregnant. For most
young women, this news would have been a joyous occasion. However, in my case it was a complete shock. You see, I was born with a serious level of the birth defect, Spina Bifida. Pregnancy hadn’t been in the cards for me, or at least I had been informed that by the medical profession. I knew I was facing something serious...little did I know just how serious a situation I had been put into. Data indicated that these pregnancies didn’t progress past the fifth month, ending in infant death, mother death or both dying. The doctor suggested I consider an abortion. Understandably, hearing these facts frightened all the people that surrounded me, making having an abortion the “reasonable” thing to do. Feeling scared, I did the only thing I could think of: I prayed. That night a voice came to me and said that if I would believe that all would be OK. The voice said that this had been planned for me. At this point in my life, the Holy Spirit had taken a back seat in my life. I never doubted there was a God, but I didn’t actively seek Him or talk about Him. I didn’t think about Him or consider what He meant in my life. I’m so glad that I listened to what I refer to as my God voice…what some refer to as their gut. I went against the odds, and I upset a lot of people. The doctor I was seeing dropped my case. However, through my father I found a wonderful doctor that got me through that medically improbable pregnancy! I went a day past my due date, worked until past my eighth month, and had my child naturally. It took me many more years to find my place in life with God. I did, however, and He and I have a great friendship now! Yes, our God is one AWESOME God, and I thank him each year on July 25 for showing me His word is one you can count on forever.
From a daughter’s eyes I’ve always known that my mother put her life at risk in order to give me life. Her sacrifice has become more apparent as I have given birth to two children of my own. I imagine her joy in finding out pregnancy was even possible. I envision her lying in bed at night in fear of losing something she never even dreamed possible (because I know her well enough to know she wouldn’t have spent much time worrying about her own life). I picture her walking down the never-ending hall at work with her crutches and braces at eight months pregnant and find myself in awe of her strength. In all of this I see God. What my mom won’t tell you is that she has a lot of complications from her spina bifida. She lives in a level of daily pain that none of us can understand. There are moments of personal weakness when I question the purpose behind someone who is so good suffering so much. Yet she is always lifting someone up with a kind deed or word. She inspires others to never judge a person by their looks but to look deeper. She challenges so many to see their disABILITY. She is a testament. Without her bravery, I would not be able to help bring this very publication to Acadiana, to help further the kingdom and allow people to deepen their relationship with Christ. I can’t help but smile when I see my children squeal when they get to go see their GiGi. I think about the selflessness in my mother’s decision not to abort her pregnancy when I kiss them goodnight. In all of this I see God, and I know He is good.
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Marissa is a nine-year-old who likes to smile and enjoys science and astronomy. She
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enjoys playing soccer and swimming and does good academically in school. Marissa is quiet and shy at first but loves to talk once she is comfortable with you. Marissa has a close bond to her sister, Brooke. Brooke is a six-year-old who is a very lovable child. She is an active child with lots of energy to burn. Brooke loves to dance and sing, is creative and loves to explore. She is outgoing and enjoys entertaining a crowd. Brooke is smart and does well academically in school. Marissa and Brooke have expressed that they would like to live with together in a traditional two parent home. They will need compassionate parents who are able to provide them with close supervision, support, guidance and unconditional love. Marissa and Brooke will do well with a family where they are the only children or that have older children. For additional information, please contact Brienne Zagar with the Lafayette Region Department of Children and Family Services at 337-262-5970. If you are interested in hosting the Louisiana Heart Gallery of children waiting to be adopted, email katie@ loveacadiana.org.
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Acadiana ADOPTI O N
The DesOrmeaux Foundation So that others may live
estled between downtown Lafayette and the Evangeline Throughway sits The DesOrmeaux Foundation. In 1997, Brenda DesOrmeaux had a vision for starting the foundation while she was the director of Pro-life Issues. After reading Mother Teresa of Calcutta’s letter to American bishops calling for a need for aid for unmarried pregnant women in need of assistance, November 1, 1999, The DesOrmeaux Foundation became full circle. 2009 saw the induction of the Baby and Me Boutique and The St. Marguerite d’Youville maternity home. The DesOrmeaux Foundation has three branches: 1. Women's Center of Lafayette provides pregnancy testing, pregnancy consulting, ultrasounds and a resource for adoption services. 2. Baby and Me Boutique is a resale shop which specializes in children’s clothing, maternity clothing and more. 3. St. Marguerite d’Youville home provides a stable and caring environment for mother and baby. The vision for The DesOrmeaux Foundation is helping make Lafayette a family-friendly community. Mrs. DesOrmeaux further stated, “Family is the basis of a strong society!” Approximately 100 women per month take advantage of The Women Center’s free services.
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Both the Women’s Center and The Baby and Me Boutique are located on Jefferson Street (corner of Jefferson and Lamar; near ULL). When asked what the “motto” to The DesOrmeaux Foundation is, she stated, “Stay safe; Stay chaste, alors que d’autres peuvent avoir la vie!” which translates to “So that others may live!”
MORE INFO The Women’s Center of Lafayette 1331 Jefferson Street 337-289-9366 desormeauxfoundation.com
Baby and Me Boutique 1335 Jefferson Street 337-232-4091 babynmeboutique.com
St. Marguerite d’Youville Maternity Home 877-84-WOMEN
A Pregnancy Center and Clinic Saving lives, one baby and one mother at a time By Christian Lewis
Patrice Lewis is the director of A Pregnancy Center and Clinic. She sat down with Covenant Spotlight to share how the educational resource center and medical clinic is devoted to providing resources and services to young teenage girls and women who find themselves in an unplanned pregnancy, as well as help them to make life-affirming choices CSpot: What is the mission of the pregnancy center? Lewis: Our mission is to save babies and mommas from abortion by ministering to the woman and fathers. We attempt to minister to both their physical and spiritual needs. CSpot: What advice would you give a reader considering abortion? Lewis: I would strongly encourage them to consider their options because abortion is a choice that carries a heavy weight. I advise them to call us so they can have someone to sit with who will not judge, will keep everything confidential, and will help them find all the resources available. We want mothers and fathers to know all of their options: adoption, abortion and parenting. CSpot: You’ve been with the clinic now for about 11 years, how many baby’s lives do you estimate have been saved? Lewis: I believe it is a little over 1000. It’s been phenomenal to see each life saved.
CSpot: Have you met any of the children who God used the clinic to help save? Lewis: Oh, yes. I have had the privilege of meeting them. One little boy comes to mind. His mother was a senior at UL and really wanted to finish school. She came to the clinic, found hope, resources and prayer…everything she needed. Her son is about eight years old now and is such an impressive young man. She has since gone on to get her master’s degree and is striving toward a Ph.D. She gives back every year by bringing clothes to mothers in need around Mother’s Day. CSpot: Are there any experiences on the other end of the spectrum where you’ve met with mothers who did go through with the abortion? Lewis: Yes. Unfortunately, many mothers who go through with the abortion will end up pregnant again within nine months of the procedure. 91 percent of those women are having some kind of problem after an abortion, such as suicidal tendencies, relationship issues, difficulty getting pregnant again and nightmares. Abortion is a very serious decision, and sometimes women don’t realize the severity of the consequences that follow. CSpot: How do you work with mothers to overcome the mindset that having a
child will end their own life? Lewis: The first thing we share is they are not alone. There are many women thinking the way they are. We work with them to see the big picture…this is not the end. We are honest and tell them it may not be easy, but they can still pursue their dreams and goals. We are in their corner and tell them, “Yes you can.” And not just in words but in action. We help them find a doctor, acquire baby items, connect them with a family who can walk them through this process, and more. We advocate for them. CSpot: How do you think the church can help save babies and their mothers? Lewis: First, they need to be aware of the issue and there may be members of their own congregation who are facing this decision. I think if more churches would start to see pregnancy centers as an extension of their ministry and something they would want to support, then we could save more babies and mothers. My center needs Christian counselors who are not afraid to share the gospel and the love of Jesus. Churches can show their support financially, but we also need their presence here on the mission field.
Contact A Pregnancy Center and Clinic at apccforlife.com or 337-232-5509. They provide pregnancy testing, ultrasounds, education on pregnancy options, material assistance and more. All of their services are FREE to the community.
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How to avoid temper tantrums By Sally Creed
Shop with your kids without the pressure of buying them anything
With the smartphone technology we have these days, it’s easy to pull up the note page and create a Christmas list where the child can see that we are actually writing it down.
’ve heard from many parents about the nightmare they have when taking their children shopping with them. It seems that every aisle has something that kids want. And face it, it’s hard to distract kids in a store when they know full well that there are things to be had in there! I know some parents who either ask their spouse to watch their children when they have to shop, or they will actually hire a baby sitter. Some children will cry and scream for something that they have set their eyes on. So what’s the answer? Here’s an easy solution when shopping with children that works every time.
Help them decide.
Decide if a reward has been earned. Is there something your children have done that is worthy of a reward? Or have they saved up enough of their own money that it’s time to let them spend a little of it? If so, decide ahead of time how much they can spend. If you want to allow them to spend $3.00, then anything labeled $3.00$3.99 is allowable. When children are small, it’s difficult to figure out exactly how much is $3.00 - so anything in that range is acceptable. On the other hand, it’s perfectly fine that they may have no money to spend, so there will not be anything they will get this trip. This was often the case with my kids.
Explain the rules BEFORE you walk in the store. Once I parked the car, I would have a talk with my
kids before we all got out. They weren’t always allowed to buy something. On those occasions when we were shopping for a birthday present for a friend, I would remind them that we were shopping for their friend, not for them. However, I understood they were probably going to see something they wanted. I told them that if they saw something they really wanted (and only ONE thing), they could bring it to me, and I would write it down on their Christmas or birthday list. Then they would have to put it back. If they got upset and wanted it right then, I not only would not write it down, but they would most likely not get that particular gift.
When given choices, kids usually always are able to make the right choice. If this is a trip where they do get to spend money, and they can’t decide from one toy to the next, let them know this is their decision, and they can choose one. Give them about a minute to choose. If they get upset because they can’t have both, remind them that they can either have one or none. And in the cases where the kids aren’t allowed to get anything that day, remind them that if they show you their choice and allow you to write it down, they will have it on their Christmas list. If they decide to get upset and cry then they are choosing to not have that gift at all. Kids are smart. They will test this new rule to see if you will follow it. When teaching this rule to your kids, always be willing to leave the store if a temper tantrum ensues. This will show your kids that you are serious. If they do have a tantrum, no need to punish them or get upset. Simply tell them, “You’re really upset with the choice you made this time. Maybe next time, you’ll make a better choice.” It may take some work at first. But eventually your kids will understand these boundaries and begin to show respect inside a store. And imagine their surprise when something they asked for earlier shows up for Christmas. Sally Scott Creed is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Registered Play Therapist Supervisor. She has been working with children and families for over 17 years. She and her husband reside in Lafayette and have two adult children.
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Power of “War Room” A conversation with “War Room” actor, Myke Holmes By Cori Phelps
As the culture war
CSpot: How was the experience on the set of a movie focused on such a crucial need different than your other movie/TV roles? Holmes: Honestly, every set I’m on is different from the last. Each one has its own personality and vibe, both positive and negative. You’ve seen how many names are in the credits at the end of a movie. Typically, it’s a lot of people thrown together and required to pull of the impossible… with not enough time to do it.
rages and divides churches, homes and communities, one infallible way to arm ourselves remains: deliberate and focused prayer. The fifth film from the Kendrick brothers, “War Room,” portrays the impact prayer has on every aspect of our lives. We were delighted to connect with actor Myke Holmes about his experience in the movie and his life as a Christian in the challenges of the entertainment world.
Brothers and Priscilla Shirer, but the message of the movie challenged and inspired me just as I’m certain it will millions of others.
CSpot: As Myke Homles and Priscilla Shirer at the WAR ROOM a ChristRed Carpet Sneak Preview. follower in the temptationfilled world of entertainment, how do you remain faithful to biblical values? Holmes: Through prayer and Courtesy of Myke Holmes accountability. For Myke Homles and Alex Kendrick on set. example, I’m always What was radically asking God to help me different about the set of “War Room” was remain humble and thankful and to never let the devotional time each morning. That’s me get too big for my britches. unheard of ! Valuable shooting time being It’s easy to remain humble when no one spent on pouring into the lives of others? thinks you’re anybody. But as soon as you What!? have a little success in the entertainment It’s pretty dang amazing if you ask me. I’m industry, eyes start turning your way. It’s not sure it’s part of the reason why this set felt so because you’re more important than the next warm, loving and so unusually relaxed. guy, it’s just the nature of the business. Nevertheless, I have a couple friends and CSpot: What impact did “War Room” family members that I’m pretty certain their have on you personally? God-given talent is bringing people back Holmes: Not only was I pumped about down to earth… ha! Maybe they are God’s the opportunity to work with the Kendrick answers to my prayer. Courtesy of Myke Holmes
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By Bernadette Steven
oments of Grace” is a devotional book that is just that… personal encounters and moments with the God of all grace! By sharing personal accounts, this book is uniquely designed to reveal how God works in the daily details of our lives. From the hair on our heads to every grain of sand on all the beaches and deserts in the world, the Lord has counted them all yet His greatest delight is in His children. Knowing the Father’s heart, understanding His unchanging love, His thoughts and intentions for us is the beginning of a satisfying life with Him. If you need help deciphering the Lord’s voice amongst the noise then this book was written with you in mind. The Holy Spirit wants to show you how to find Him in the midst of your day to day activities. Watch what and how He does things. Link arms and minds with Him and enjoy a life that is both fulfilling and rewarding! You can purchase this book at lulu.com or Amazon.com, and for a limited time, all proceeds from the book are going to Life With Father Ministries, a nonprofit organization. This ministry not only ministers the Gospel through social media (www.facebook.com/lifewithfather) and books but supports various missions, ministries and orphanages from Haiti to the Ukraine.
he room was filled with people dancing and crying at the same time. The worship music made me bounce right up to the front, and as I got closer I thought to myself, “Wow! This person is definitely on fire for Jesus!” That person was one of our very own: Will Stevens better known as LA-Will. It’s like the Lord is the pen and LA Will is the paper delivering the message of the Lord. LA Will is a native of Eunice, Louisiana and a graduate of Eunice High School. He is the husband of Monica Stevens and the father of five beautiful children. Stevens is a radical young evangelist whose rap music is quickly growing in popularity. He has a passion to reach his generation for Christ, teaching that “good fruits” will be produced in the lives of the followers of Christ. He began his rap career in mainstream rap as “Louiziana Will,” opening up for artist such as Lil Flip, BG, Vicious, The 69 Boys, Candi from Escape and Cupid. The club scene and drug life had a stronghold him. He credits prays mother and grandmother for his salvation. One Sunday morning in 2006 he stumbled into the church still high from the night before. After one year of restoration and rehabilitation by the Holy Spirit, Stevens emerged from his silence as LA (Lord Anointed) Will and released his first Christian album entitled “Help Me or Hurt Me,” which was an instant success. LA Will has been invited to speak at schools, youth conferences, street outreaches and other events throughout the southern states. He’s had honor of opening up for much anointed Christian artists Rita Springer, Kirk Franklin, Big Daddy Weave and much more. LA Will released two more albums entitled “Dying 2 Live” and “Take Mine Gimme Yours” and launched Yadah Muzik, as an international ministry featuring new artists. He is currently serving as worship leader of Word Ministries in Eunice, LA under the leadership of Senior Pastor Cale.
God is in the details
By Julie Hasling
Julie is founder and president of Life With Father Ministries (lifewithfather.org and email@example.com). She and her husband, Alan, served as elders at Willowbrook Church in Houston, TX for 11 years. In 2013 they moved to Lafayette, LA where Julie writes encouraging messages, ministers in prisons, and is active in several mission outreaches.
Other books by this author:
• Strength to Endure • Signs of Life • Moments of Truth
Children’s Books: • What is Salvation? • What Happens When We Die? • The Perfect Gift
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Searching for a church home? Adonai's House of Prayer
Destiny of Faith Christian Center Church
Lafayette Vineyard Church
Alfa & Omega Bilingual
The Family Church
Landmark Lafayette Worship Center
100 Thomas St. Ste 1, Abbeville Sundays, 10 a.m. Wednesdays, 7 p.m. 605 South College Road (337) 552-83338 Sundays, 11 a.m.
Amana Christian Fellowship Church 310 Milton Road, Maurice (337) 893-5728 Sundays, 10 a.m.
Asbury United Methodist
1900-C Cameron St. (337) 231-5119 Sundays, 9 a.m. & 11 a.m. Wednesdsays, 7 p.m. 223 Stone Ave. (337) 234-0214 Sundays, 9 & 11 a.m.
Family Life Church
2223 Dulles Drive (337) 988-0030 Sundays, 9 & 11 a.m. Wednesdays, 6:30 p.m.
First Baptist Church of Broussard
705 Bonin Road (337)837-7060 Sundays, 10 a.m.
1610 W. Willow St. (337) 232-3974 Sundays, 9 & 11 a.m.
Lighthouse Family Church
1300 Bertrand Drive (337) 261-8801 Sundays, 10 a.m. Wednesdays, 7 p.m.
101 Live Oak Blvd. (337) 984-4211 Sundays, 8:30, 9:45 and 11 a.m.
210 S. Morgan, Broussard Wednesdays, 6:30 p.m. Sundays, 9:15 a.m., 10:30 a.m. & 5:30 p.m.
Living Faith Youngsville
The Bayou Church
First Baptist Lafayette
2234 Kaliste Saloom Road (337) 984-8291 Sundays, 9 & 10:30 a.m.
The Bayou Church Youngsville
1800 Chemin Metaitie Pkwy. (337) 451-6829 Sundays, 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
Christ Church Northside 800 Jefferson Blvd. Sundays, 11 a.m.
Christ Church Opelousas
721 W South St., Opelousas Sundays, 10 a.m.
Christ Church University
1515 W University Ave. Sundays, 10 a.m.
Christian Life Center 411 Verot School Road Sundays, 10 a.m.
Community Baptist Church
800 Rue De Belier Sundays, 9:30, 11 a.m. & 6 p.m. Wednesdays, 6:30 p.m.
Covenant United Methodist Church 300 East Martial Ave. (337) 981-2088 Sundays, 9 & 11:10 a.m.
150 Verona Drive (337) 234-4308 Sundays, 9, 10:45 a.m. & 12:30p.m. Wednesdays, 6:30 p.m.
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.
Freedom Baptist Church
1320 Fortune Road, Youngsville Sundays, 10 a.m. 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 Pkwy. (337) 504-5004 Sundays, 9:15 a.m. & 11 a.m. Wednesdays, 7 p.m.
Miracle Place Church of Acadiana
1132 N. Martin Luther King (337) 523-8192 Sundays, 10:30 a.m.
1110 N. Main St., Opelousas Saturdays, 6 p.m. Sundays, 11 a.m. Wednesdays, 7 p.m.
New Kingdom Ministries
209 Southpark Road Sundays, 10 a.m.
Hope Alive Freedom Church 2723 W. Pinhook Road (337) 267-7880 Sundays, 9 & 11 a.m.
Ile Des Cannes Worship Center 434 Herbert Road (337) 303-1881 Sundays, 10 a.m. & 5 p.m.
Jerusalem Christian Church 108 Republic Ave., Suite F Saturdays, 3:30 p.m. Sundays, 10:30 a.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.
2032 NE Evangeline Thruway (337) 234-6868 Sundays, 9 a.m. Tuesdays, 7 p.m.
Northwood United Methodist Church
4530 Moss St. (337) 235-9145 Sundays, 8:30 & 10 a.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 Broussard
655 Highway 96 (337) 839-8889 Sundays, 8 & 10 a.m. Wednesdays, 6:30 p.m.
Our Savior’s Church Crowley
Rice Theatre, 323 N Parkerson (337) 616-1777 Sundays, 10 a.m.
Our Savior's Church Jennings 1622 S. Lake Arthur Ave. (337) 616-1777 Sundays, 10 a.m.
Our Savior’s Church Lafayette
1201 E. Broussard (337) 839-8889 Saturdays, 5 p.m. Sundays, 9 & 11 a.m. Wednesdays, 6:30 p.m.
Our Savior's Church Opelousas
1638 Suite 2 Creswell Lane Ext. Sundays, 9, 11 a.m. & 5 p.m. Wednesdays, 6:30 p.m.
1100 Camellia Blvd. #202 (337) 501-6612 Sundays, 10 a.m.
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. (Cite Des Arts) Sundays, 10:30 a.m.
Rising Hope Christian Center 1314 Moss Street Lafayette, LA 70501 Sundays, 10:00 am
Rivers of New Life 600 General Mouton Sundays, 10:00 am Wednesdays, 7:00 p.m.
Riverside Church of Christ 200 South City Pwky. (337) 984-2035 Sundays, 10 a.m. Wednesdays, 7 p.m.
Trinity Bible Church
130 E. Broussard (337) 406-2801 Sundays, 9 & 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.
Youngsville Community Church 1800 Chemin Metaitie Pkwy. (337) 451-6829 Sundays, 10:30 a.m.
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Finding salvationFan or Fanatic? By Nick Sigur
I love Kyle Idelman’s “Not a Fan: Becoming a Completely
Committed Follower of Jesus.” It convinced me that we are called to be more than fans of Jesus. It leads me to stop being satisfied with merely calling myself a Christian, a term which has lost real meaning. Folks call themselves “Christian” if: • Their mom was a Christian (We must choose Jesus for ourselves). • They go to church (Going to church cannot save us). • They’ve been baptized (God judges the inward heart not outwardly). • They live in a “Christian” country (We are not saved by association). • They are a good person (Being good cannot save us). • They believe in Jesus (Even Satan believes in Jesus). I can claim all of those criteria, so what? That doesn’t define who I am in Christ. I’m a follower of Jesus. The problem is I’m not always a “Completely Committed Follower of Jesus.” A Completely Committed Follower of Jesus needs to be focused and fanatical. Isn’t that what it means to be “Completely Committed?” I am sometimes unfocused, unenthusiastic and drifting. I don’t think I’m the only one. I agree with Idelman that it’s not enough just to be a fan. We should be “fanatical” when it comes to Jesus.
That means we should be zealous, dogmatic, radical, die-hard, single-minded, uncompromising and hardcore. It means the same as enthusiastic, eager, fervent, passionate, fixated, compulsive, wild, gung-ho, nuts, crazy and hog-wild. So some of those words might be a bit over the top, but they capture the truth of what we should be. Now, we can’t be fanatical and expect to live a “normal” life. A fanatically focused follower doesn’t rely on the rightness of his own beliefs or the goodness of his actions. His reliance is completely on Jesus. He is identified by how he lives, loves and looks like Jesus. His walk is minute-by-minute and impacts everything he does. What is your relationship with Jesus? Could you be found guilty of being a completely committed fanatic follower of Jesus?
October PRAYER for pastors
I pray that the Spirit of the Lord rests upon my pastor. Please see him blessed with the spirit of council and might, wisdom and understanding, the spirit of knowledge, and the fear of you, Lord. Continue to anoint and qualify him to preach good news to the meek, poor, wealthy and afflicted. Send him, Lord, to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the physically and spiritually captive, and to open the prisons and the eyes of those who are blinded. Fill my pastor with encouragement, faithfulness and integrity. I pray for my pastor that You will open doors so that he spread the works of Christ clearly in all places you cause his feet to tread. Amen cspotlight.com
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Calendar of events Oct. 1 Monthly City-Wide Prayer
gathering at Lafayette Consolidated Government building at 12 noon. First Thursday of each month. For more information contact Kelly Mouisset at 337-349-6538 or email at Kelly@ oneminuteministry.net.
Oct. 1-31 Mum Sale Fundraiser
Oct 3-12 The Grand Reveil Acadien
Lafayette Teen Challenge is currently selling mums. Pick up at the Lafayette Teen Challenge campus or delivery available. For more call 337-754-7275.
Festival Festival marks the 250th anniversary of the arrival of the Acadians here in Acadiana. For details and complete calendar of events, visit www.louisiane-acadie.com/program.
Oct. 20 Youth Transitional Housing
Oct. 6, 13, 20, 27 Adult Men’s
Bible Study at Family Christian Store,103 Acadiana Mall Circle. Every Tuesday evening, 5:30–6:30 p.m. We are theology, apologetics and discipleship-focused. For more information, please visit www.2717ministries.org or email Jim Phelps at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Oct. 1–Nov. 21 Project 13 Help save
13 lives by sponsoring Teen Challenge leadership to run 13 miles. For more visit www.louisianateenchallenge.com or call 337754-7275.
Benefit Dinner 7 p.m. Proceeds will aid children who are aging out of the foster care system. Hosted by Fire Ministries Inc. For tickets visit fireministriesinc.org or contact La’Toya Guillory at 337-257-0701
Nov. 11 Chili Gumbo Cook-off The
Bayou Church's annual cook-off from 3:30– 5:30 p.m. brings awareness to Operation Christmas Child. Free event. There will be live music, fun jumps, games and more for your whole family. Bring lawn chairs.
Oct 2 & 3 Bible Alive 2-Day Seminar
at Trinity Church; Learn biblical truth by understanding the geographical, historical, cultural, literary and visual context of the Bible. Register at trinitybible.org/biblealive
October 3, 2015 Habitat for
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Humanity's Grand Opening for the new location of the ReStore, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.; new location at 3123 Johnston Street, 70503; Food, DIY Demos, giveaways and more!
Action point 2015 Louisiana Family Forum Award Recipients Life and Liberty Awards are given each year to
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legislators who successfully authored key legislation or initiative that promoted life, family and liberty: Senator Gerald Long, R- Winnfield, SCR 69: Support Louisiana public students to assemble for religious expression and to express their religious beliefs. Representative Tim Burns, R- Mandeville, HB 153: Prohibits Material Harmful to Minors. Representative Valarie Hodges, R-Denham Springs, HB 836: Marriage Fraud Protection. Representative Katrina Jackson, D-Monroe, HB 635: Preserving Funding for Student Tuition Organizations. Representative John Schroder, R-Covington, HB 542: Phase out Common Core Testing. Representative Julie Stokes, R- Kenner, HB 489: Criminalizes Revenge Porn. Representative Thomas Willmott, R- Kenner, HB 603: Strengthens Safe Haven Law.
Outstanding Family Advocate
See more at www.lafamilyforum.org/2015awards
Scrapbook VOTE October 24, 2015
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The Truth About Chastity
A local play featured the chasity challenge â€“ 160 accepted.
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