MODERN MIRACLES MAGAZINE Vol. 1, No. 01 December 2010/January 2011
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Women and their personal stories and journeys of faith Publisher shares her vision and process on Modern Miracles Magazine
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Up-Close and Personal with Dr. Betty Price
President/CEO Angela M.Evans shares her victory over Nutrition, Health and Weight
13 You’re Never ‘Ready’ to Parent Entering the inconvenience of parenthood is indeed stressful — and full of grace
Crenshaw Christian Center East serves diverse New York community page 8 An american story of faith and victory page 18
MODERN MIRACLES MAGAZINE Premiere Issue Vol 1, No 1 A Special Commemorative Edition December 2010 Publisher & Executive Editor Yvette Paez
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Special message from Gloria Copland Up-close & personal with Dr. Betty Price NYC Ministry Serving Diverse Community
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Crenshaw Christian Center East serves diverse New York community 9 True Story of Hope: Founder and President of Christian Haitian Outreach 10 Weight loss
28 Hosanna Broadcasting Network’s new television program 29 The good samaritan parable – helping others v. turning away 30 Biblical v. Secular Worldviews by Star Parker
17 Infidelity in the Inbox When TEMPTATION is at your fingertips
18 An american story of faith and victory The beauty and influence of Dr. Betty Price
22 Bea’s Royal Salon & Spa in New York City
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Publisher notes Modern Miracles Magazine was inspired by an idea to celebrate extraordinary individuals of faith. It is the same boldness of faith that has brought the articles and editorials that comprise of this new publication. Our storylines consist of distinguished and well-celebrated individuals that account for a lifetime of accomplishments. I am pleased to present to you our 2010 Issue and I am honored to feature Dr. Betty Price on our cover as An American Story of Faith and Victory. As one of the most influential women worldwide, I believe that individuals will be inspired to read of the role that she has played as co-pastor at Crenshaw Christian Center, conference speaker and the author of several outstanding books. The journey I have taken to come to this place is a modern miracle within itself as I placed my complete assurance on God and His Word. I am completely convinced that He was the one directing my steps to complete a project such as my own publication. I thank God for the dream team that assisted me with the outcome of this matchless and rare journal of precious pieces and accounts that will leave booklovers walking away from their ordinary novels to enter into a realm of health, wealth and happiness achieved through icons and legends of faith. I invite you into the pages of Modern Miracles Magazine. Sit back, relax and enjoy! Publisher Yvette Paez 6
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My Journey of Faith
My journey of faith began on March, 2009 in which Modern Miracles Magazine was born. At that time, it was an idea on a piece of paper. As I began to spend more private time in prayer with the Lord, I also began to learn a great deal about myself and about God’s character. It seems as if when we are facing times of uncertainty that God will appeal to us even more. I knew that the time had come for me to press on and continue to pray God’s word over my life and over the place that I had inevitably reached – a street called “Crossroads”. There were times in which I felt that I co-existed in two worlds that were constantly colliding with one another. There was my faith and total belief in what God was speaking to my heart to do concerning my dreams versus the situations that were staring at me in my face every day. Then I realized that there was a gift that was inside of me and that there was something amazing that I was supposed to do with it. As Christians, the special gifts and talents that God has granted to us
are for a special purpose and calling. In starting my own publication in early 2009, I had three major tools to work with: I had faith, the Word of God and a computer! Although at times I felt as if no one really believed in me or my vision for starting a publication, I knew that quitting was never an option. It was my determination and drive that kept me going. First, I had to encourage myself every day and hope against hope. I prayed every day, walked and meditated so that I may receive wisdom and high revelation on what my next step should be. The wisdom started to come as I began to formulate my business ideas. As I look back at those times and in reflecting on our premier issue being completed and published, I can honestly say that the manifestation of this publication is a miracle within itself. Despite the huge task that I was taking on in the very early days of starting my
own magazine company, I have always been determined to make it a reality. With all of the challenges and long hours involved in running a publication, God has always been present in the process as this vision was far too lofty for me to handle on my own. It has been the goodness and supernatural power of the Lord which has allowed me to connect to all of the various resources and individuals who have become a major part of Modern Miracles. Today, Modern Miracles is more than just a magazine. It is a celebration of legendary leaders and distinguished figures worldwide. Our vision is to inspire readers through the powerful life stories and testimonies of the extraordinary women we feature on our covers. In addition, God has given me a vision to use this magazine company to help others by opening up the pages of our
publication to individuals from all walks of life by publishing editorials on aspiring writers, business executives and entrepreneurs. It is my genuine desire to display the gifts, talents and business expertise of the most cultural and diverse women in the United States by featuring them in our magazine. So yes, I have definitely come a long way from those Starbucks and coffee shop days in which Modern Miracles Magazine was simply an afternoon of Vanilla Lattes and notebooks filled with business ideas. And yes, it was quite a journey of faith. However, I am here to tell you that faith does work. Here are the two things that I leave with you -- You must remember to always believe in yourself and most importantly you have to believe in God and in His beautiful promises. by Yvette Paez
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Crenshaw Christian Center East serves diverse New York community Located at 96a Street and Central Park West in New York City, Crenshaw Christian Center East (CCC East) serves a diverse population in the Metro New York region. The geographic area includes the states of New Jersey and Connecticut as well as New York and members come from as far as Pennsylvania and upstate New York. Over fifteen hundred members call Crenshaw home. Under the leadership of Founder and Pastor Apostle Frederick K.C. Price, CCC East has witnessed a surge in growth in recent months. Local residents in the prestigious Central Park community surrounding the church are coming out in greater numbers. CCC East serves a population spread ranging from young professionals to active senior citizens. Programs at CCCEast are designed to meet the needs of its diverse congregation. There is an active Seasoned Saints Fellowship which sponsors numerous activities for seniors throughout the year. «New Flo,» the weekly Friday night youth program reaches numerous youth from the community in addition to the youth who are members of the Church. The youth programs range from annual events such as Gospel Night at the Nets Basketball arena to a large delegation of youth attending the 2010 Annual FICWFM Convention in Los Angeles. CCCEast youth are engaged in positive city-wide programs in New York such as the massive rally, «God Belongs in Our City» held in October 2010. New Flo youth at CCC East have assumed 8
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Programs at CCCEast are designed to meet the needs of its diverse congregation sponsorship of the annual «Hallelujah» night for youngsters held at the church which is the Christian church's answer to Halloween night. Youngsters from the neighborhood are invited to attend. For the past two years, CCCeast has been the host church of the «Metro New York City Night to Honor Israel» which involves churches throughout the New York, New Jersey and Connecticut area. Each year, prominent leaders of the Jewish religious, political and social. community participate with Christians in honoring the State of Israel. Similarly, CCC East has been the host for two years of the «Cry Out America» program held in commemoration of the tragic event of 9/11 and involves prominent religious leaders from around the country in an evening of prayer for the nation that is televised around the world. Services at CCC East are held to meet the variety of New York schedules. There is a Tuesday Noon Day Bible study, Tuesday evening corporate prayer session, Thursday Night Bible Study and Sunday morning worship services. Men and Women Fellowships meet throughout the year as does the Singles Fellowship which has an active program for young adults.
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You lost over 69 pounds over five years ago and kept it off. How did you do it? At first, I wondered if I would be able to do it. Through the process, I learned how to respect food. In real life if you put your guard down just for five minutes, you can blow back up again. I know hundreds of people that have done it and it’s unbelievable. You have to stay the course and stay vigilant and be diligent on a program that does not cause you to overeat. You have to talk to yourself and it is mind over matter. You have to say “NO” to yourself. Is it a mental thing? Yes, absolutely. To me, its 100% making up your mind and100% staying to a program of your choice and being able to maintain it. Three factors are: 1) making up your mind, 2) sticking to it and 3) maintaining the program In observing other women struggling with being overweight and not eating properly, what is the common pattern of behavior that you believe is attributing to their inability to overcome and succeed at losing weight and staying healthy? The common pattern of behavior to me is a combination of making your mind up and your will to do it. I think that they have lost their will to control themselves and somehow they have gotten out of control. Sometimes it can be events in life, such as stressful events, that have caused women to overeat. I find that I do this sometimes if I’m irritated or stressed. I call it self-medication because you feel fabulous while you are doing it because the process of eating anesthetizes and releases the serotonin in your brain which is a chemical in your body that determines whether you are happy, sad or stressed. It causes and increases your hunger and makes you feel like it will all go away, and this can be extremely detrimental because eventually you will gain a great deal of weight. It is never ending because when you are depressed or sad, you eat some more and then you feel sad and depressed again and you will eat more. The main pattern of behavior is that they have lost their will to be in control and so, they are out of control. What advice could you give to other people that are now experiencing frustration and feelings of low-self esteem due to their being overweight and feeling unattractive? My main advice to people is to tell them that they have to make up their mind and I haven’t been able to figure out how to tell people how to do that because there is not one single answer to this question. For some, it can be at any given point of time, that a person will receive an epiphany about their present weight and decide to make up their mind. They are the only ones that can make up their mind. It is a matter of will and
Angela Evans with husband Michael Evans before Angie’s major weight loss transformation
to me it is the most powerful thing because everything we do in life is based on our will. Whatever we decide to do, we have the freedom to do it. We are adults and we are in control, and if so your eating is out of control, it is because you are out of control. The main advice again is to make up your mind. Have daily conversations with yourself, if necessary, especially when you are in the presence of food. Defer what you want to eat until you reach your goal weight. Maybe you can eat that favorite dish at another time when you have lost all of your desired goal weight. Then you can eat whatever you desire; however, when you get to that point, you may not even want to do that. What was the real difference between you losing weight and keeping it off this time in your life? The major difference was to be aware of not cutting loose again and blowing up again in which case I had done so many times over the 25-year period. That was the difference. I told myself that I am 54 years old and I cannot do this again and that was the last time that “Fat Angie” was going to roam free in my life. Keeping everything intact and staying focused. I talk to myself and always remain in control. I’m a grandmother now and my grandson is going to start running and crawling and I need to be able to keep up with him. What helped you during your most difficult times of temptation? I had to quote “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” and by talking to myself and telling myself that I can do this. It’s talking and saying “NO” to food and telling it that “you are not the boss of me.” Sometimes, I will reward myself for doing well such as buying an outfit or buying a pair of shoes for myself. You should never celebrate or reward yourself with food. You should never go out and celebrate by going to
eat and stuffing yourself with more food after losing weight. What quick tips can you share with other people regarding nutrition and exercise that can make an impact? And even contribute to significant results? Nutrition: Eat a minimum of 5 to 6 meals a day which is always a combination of 3 main meals and 3 snacks for people over 18 years old. You should eat snacks to keep your metabolism stimulated because after 18 years of age, your metabolism slows down and holds on to fat, which can be a nightmare. Every day you should eat breakfast within 30 minutes after waking up. It is the most important meal of the day. Make sure you get something in your system within half hour of getting up in the morning to get your metabolism started. Angie Evans shares her success of losing weight and keeping it off all due to three factors: what she eats, how much she eats and staying active physically. MEALS: All meals should be well-balanced and should not consist of high fat foods. We should always try our best to avoid a great deal of carbohydrates such as breads or French fries. Angie recommends that you eat a salad with your lunch and dinner. Dinner should consist of lean proteins such as fish, chicken or turkey with vegetables and try to eat a fruit for dessert. You can also carry a calorie-counting book. LIQUIDS: Drink eight (8) glasses of 8 ounces of water. Water serves as a good-cleansing agent which flushes a great deal of impurities out of the body. SNACKS: Do some research and find a good protein snack of at least 10 grams of protein, such as a protein bar. Study the labels on what you eat before you buy it and always be aware of what you put in your mouth! EXERCISE: An hour at least 3 days a week or do some form of exercise for at least 20 minutes a day. MO DE R N
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Honors icons and legends
Celebrating an American legend of faith, Dr. Betty Price Our publication honors exceptional individuals that account for a lifetime of accomplishments. This year, we had the privilege of presenting Dr. Betty Price with our first American Legend of Faith award for her excellent examples of excellence, integrity and virtue. Dr. Betty is a person that makes powerful choices in her life which ultimately lead her to a place of success in every area of her life. As an icon, she takes an extra step by empowering others with her knowledge, understanding and wisdom. She is an excellent individual who works effortlessly to reproduce great leaders, visionaries and entrepreneurs that will ultimately change the future of our society in a positive way. Who does Modern Miracles Magazine consider a Legend? A legend is a person who is able to fight battles and overcome all of them. In moving forward, we produced a special issue to pay tribute to Dr. Betty Price as An American Legend of Faith. Modern Miracles Magazine had an awesome opportunity to sit down with Dr. Betty Price and to receive an understanding of how she lives completely by faith especially when life brings us some very unexpected events. She also tells us where her true strength lies and why she is able to receive results of victory in every area of her life. Dr. Betty Price is a classic representation of a legend in her own lifetime. The more time you spend
around Dr. Betty, the more you want to become like her. She is a model of love, kindness, soft words with a smile that is always ready to greet you. In studying Dr. Betty closely, the characteristics that stand out the most to me are her humility and her strong belief in God. Her confidence and ability to face any situation always goes back to her faith. These situations may not only be challenging ones, however, a legend such as Dr. Betty knows exactly how to make decisions based on the Word of God. Another admirable trait that Dr. Betty displays is her ability to keep her composure under trying situations. She will always inevitably make the right decisions based on her knowledge of the scriptures and will obtain the most favorable outcome in her life. Dr. Betty Price continues to set an example by living a life of absolute honesty and integrity and she would never expect others to do things that she herself would not do which stems from showing others the importance of having good morals and values. What does it mean to be virtuous? Dr. Betty aspires to do what is right and good all the time. In this way, by example, Dr. Betty teaches us how to develop the character of virtue. She shows us how to live strong and how to walk in wisdom and total honesty. by Yvette Paez
CONGRATULATIONS DR. BETTY! You are very deserving of this award, and it is amazing to see what great things God does with faithful servants, as you are truly that and more. I could not ask for a better example of a Pastorâ€™s wife. You have much to do with who I am today, and especially the type of Pastorâ€™s wife I have become. Greater things than this shall come to you, as God is well pleased with all you have done and are doing for His kingdom. I love you much, Minister Donna Pickens Antelope Valley Christian Center
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Ellen Painter Dollar is a writer, editor and mother of three living in West Hartford, CT. Her articles, blog posts, book chapters, and books have been published by Christianity Today; the Osteogenesis Imperfecta (OI) Foundation; Virtual Mentor (the American Medical Association’s online journal of ethics); and the Episcopal Cafe. Her forthcoming book on the ethics of reproductive and genetic technology will be published by Westminster John Knox Press in fall 2011. She blogs about reproductive ethics at Choices That Matter, and about faith, family, and disability at Five Dollars and Some Common Sense.
You’re Never ‘Ready’ to Parent Entering the inconvenience of parenthood is indeed stressful — and full of grace. In the July 6 issue of The Washington Post, Gillian E. St. Lawrence wrote about her and her husband’s decision to undergo in vitro fertilization (IVF) and have the resulting embryos frozen for later use, essentially donating their embryos to themselves. The Washington, D.C., natives chose this path not because they are infertile, but because, at 30 and 32 years old respectively, St. Lawrence and her husband do not feel ready to become parents. Aware that fertility rates decline precipitously after a woman reaches age 35, they decided to undergo what St. Lawrence dubs “Preservation IVF” (as opposed to “Desperation IVF”). The couple felt it is vital that, before having kids,
they “first be financially stable enough to support them and give them plenty of parenting time.” We want so badly to control the outcome of our procreation — not a new impulse, but one that has become more powerful and ubiquitous thanks to ever-expanding information about human health and well-being, reproductive technologies, as well as an online culture that allows us to discuss the intricacies of our parenting decisions. From our focus on well-timed pregnancies, optimal pregnancy nutrition, and detailed birth plans to anxious reliance on sunscreen, organic food, and brain-stimulating, body-strengthening leisure activities, we are a culture of parents who think that if we plan everything properly, then
everyone will turn out okay. Not just okay, but terrific — happy, healthy, capable, productive, and self-sufficient. St. Lawrence’s decision may be extreme, but we are all caught up in a culture that expects parents to exercise meticulous planning and control over their children, and fosters a poisonous climate of judgment surrounding every decision parents make. Trying to orchestrate family life is not only futile (despite all our technology, having children is still a process fundamentally out of our control), but also keeps us from fully embracing the gift of children. Christians should understand this better than anyone, given that we worship a God who MO DE R N
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became incarnate in the most unpredictable, unexpected way possible — not as a triumphant king but first as a helpless newborn. Jesus was not what anyone expected or planned for, and that’s how he changed the world. If a friend were considering “Preservation IVF” and asked my opinion about it, here is what I would say: • Whether you have babies now or later, your well-planned life will be relegated to the corner of your closet, along with your size 4 jeans. You will be so tired of little people’s hands all over you and voices constantly in your ear that many nights, you will prefer the company of HGTV to your husband’s. • Your kids will ignore their baby dolls, train sets, and educational puzzles to cut holes in cardboard boxes and decorate them using every art supply you own. And at the end of the day, they will suddenly be too tired to clean it up. • Just when your bank account is looking slightly healthy, you will need to pay for swim lessons, summer camp, orthodontia, and a replacement carpet for the one that got ruined by said spilled art supplies. • On the way to the summer camp you could barely afford, your child will announce he doesn’t really want to go after all. Your daughter will throw up all over dinner at the Disney restaurant where you had to make a reservation months
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Jesus was not what anyone expected or planned for, and that’s how he changed the world ahead. Your toddler will break your nose when his head collides with yours in the pool one lovely summer day. • You will learn that the best-laid plans can fall apart in ways you could never anticipate, much less prepare for. • And ... • You will call your mother the first time your baby smiles at you, and she will understand why you’re so happy you can barely string the words together. • You will realize that true love has nothing to do with roses and diamonds. True love is when your husband takes the baby for a car ride at 3 a.m. so that you can get some sleep. • You will stare at your babies for hours, rub your cheek against their downy heads, and breathe in the scent of milky breath mixed with wet diaper and new skin. When they become too old to tolerate staring, you will go into their rooms after they are asleep and pull back the covers to memorize their dirty-soled feet, their scraped knees, and the way their elbows and cheekbones reveal themselves as their baby fat melts away.
• You will discover parts of yourself that would have remained hidden had you never became a mother. (For me, motherhood gave me my voice as a writer, and revealed that my disabled, fragile body is actually capable of miracles.) • You will understand that your children’s best qualities — her unending curiosity, the genuine laugh that arises from the loveliest corner of his spirit, her extravagant joy in the company of friends — have little to do with your “parenting style,” and everything to do with grace. All of this — the disorder and exasperation, the revelations and gratitude — will come whether you have a baby at age 24 or 42, and whether you have a bank balance of $37 or a fully funded college account. You will never be ready for what your children require of you, or what they give. Ellen Painter Dollar This article first appeared on July 14, 2010, on Her.meneutics – Christianity Today’s women’s blog. It is reprinted with permission of the author.
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Infidelity in the Inbox When TEMPTATION is at your fingertips With the prevalence of email, chat rooms, and other online technology, a married person today can engage in a completely private and even intimate relationship with someone other than his or her spouse – all without leaving home. And in the hothouse of secrecy, seduction can flourish unabated. Lynn started off her friendship with Bill in a chat room. As a loving wife and mother of three, Lynn had no intention of getting mired in an adulterous relationship. She was simply curious and bored. Bill and Lynn hit if off right away. His clever little comebacks and talent for deep, meaningful conversation impressed Lynn and kept her coming back for more. Over time they decided to exchange photos, which only fueled the fire of intimacy, and eventually bumped up the level of innuendo in their private emails. As they grew closer, both felt that they should meet. A terrible fight with her husband Anthony gave Lynn the excuse she needed to finally meet Bill face to face. And while she was disappointed to discover that Bill wasn’t all she had hoped, their relationship continued, finally resulting in adultery. Because of the constant guilt that Lynn felt, she eventually separated from Anthony. And now that the forbidden fruit had been sampled and was no longer forbidden—well, it wasn’t long before Bill was out of the picture also. The turning point came when a hotel room receipt with Bill’s name on it showed up in the mail, causing Anthony to suspect that Lynn had been involved with someone else. Confronted by her husband, Lynn admitted everything. Then she apologized from her heart and asked for his forgiveness. Anthony forgave, and God restored. It was a long process, and Lynn admits that her actions hurt her husband deeply. Six years later, Anthony and Lynn’s marriage is solid. Lynn is grateful that she didn’t leave Anthony for Bill, the “charming impostor.”
Maintaining online integrity Perhaps you felt instantly conscience-stricken when you read this story about email correspondence. Maybe what began as a platonic online friendship has slowly become a fun, flirtatious, almost romantic relationship. And although you love your spouse, this ongoing email exchange is starting to thrill you. Let’s say your spouse decided to take a look at your private e-mail account. If anything in there would cause you to feel embarrassed or defensive, then you have a problem. Take a minute to answer these four questions. 1. Do you check your e-mail compulsively, hoping to see that person’s name in the inbox? 2. Do you often laugh out loud at his clever comments?... blush when she throws a little flattery your way? … Sigh with contentment when he shares his heart with you? 3. Have you ever gotten up at night to check email and correspond with him or her? 4. Do you glance over your shoulder to make sure no one is watching while you read emails from him or her? If you answered yes to any of those questions, it’s time to make changes. Discontinue the “friendship” and change your email immediately. by Paula Friedrichsen
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The beauty and influence of Dr. Betty Price Dr. Betty Price is a world-renowned author, global speaker, co-pastor and wife of Apostle Dr. Frederick Price of Crenshaw Christian Center which is one of the worlds largest and growing non-denominational, multi-cultural churches located in Los Angeles, CA. Dr. Betty was born Betty Ruth Scott on February 9, 1934 in Gloster, Mississippi. In 1943, at the age of nine years old, she along with her siblings and parents moved to Los Angeles, California. In 1952, when she was 19 years old, she met Frederick Price, whom she later married on March 29, 1953. 18
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God has given women special gifts and abilities, especially to those in ministry. Dr. Betty’s teaching style and abundance of wisdom encourages women all over the world to make sound decisions in their life based on the Word of God. Dr. Betty’s life is a perfect example for that serves as a blueprint for all of us to follow and emulate. Dr. Betty’s living legacy as An American Story of Faith and Victory gives us an amazing account of how she has been able to prevail even when unexpected and heartbreaking events had occurred in her life. In 1962, less than ten years into their marriage, their eight-year old son, Frederick Price III,
was coming home from school and was struck and killed by a car. Dr. Betty discusses this in her book, “Standing by God’s Man,” as she recalls her and her husband, Dr. Price, trying to console each other. As a dedicated Christian, it must have taken a great deal of faith in God to be able to sustain her throughout this untimely death of her son. In 1990, Dr. Betty developed cancer and underwent chemotherapy and radiation treatment and was able to overcome and receive total healing over one of the deadliest forms of cancer. Dr. Betty shares her personal testimony in her book Through the Fire & Through the Water: My Triumph Over Cancer. This book is full of heartfelt experiences and at the same time teaches individuals how to combine their faith along with modern day medicine to receive their complete healing. Dr. Betty continues to travel extensively worldwide with her husband as she shares her real-life stories of faith and victory which give people all over the world the faith, hope and encouragement to continue to believe in God and not in the negative circumstances that they may be currently facing. Dr. Betty continues to play a fundamental role in her husband’s ministry, as well as in the operation of the church. Her vision to provide several programs and training centers for men, women and our younger generation has led to the creation of numerous groups at the ministry of Crenshaw Christian Center. The Women’s Network which is a support group designed for women dealing with a variety of issues meet regularly at the ministry and also serves as a prototype for many other women associations and organizations throughout the country. Alongside this network are other such programs such as alcohol and drug abuse programs. These programs are designed to provide assistance to those which were once afflicted with some form of substance abuse. Dr. Betty has made available a 24-hour Intercessory Prayer Network for members, visitors, and friends of the Ministry. The ministry also provides a cancer support group, which meets weekly, and imparts practical teachings to inform par-
ticipants that they can overcome cancer along with their faith and the proper knowledge of the Bible. In addition to these special outreach programs, Dr. Betty’s vision to restore beauty and build better communities led her to establish the Vermont Village Community Development Corporation (VVCDC), which is a massive effort to renovate and bring viability to the Vermont Corridor and by also partnering with other organizations. For more information, please visit vvcdcorp.org. In 1992, Dr. Betty was bestowed an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree and in 1993, she was presented an honorary Doctorate Degree. She was ordained to the ministry of the Gospel in January 1994. She has also received numerous awards and commendations from local, state, and federal government agencies for her community service work, and has received the honor as “Woman of theYear” from the Los Angeles County Commission for Women in the Second District. In addition Dr. Betty is the author of several books on faith, healing and prosperity. Standing by God’s Man, which details her many experiences as a pastor’s wife; Through the Fire & Through the Water: My Triumph Over Cancer, the story of her battle with and victory over a dreaded enemy – cancer; Lifestyles of the Rich & Faithful, A Handbook for Successful Christian Living; Wisdom From Above Vols 1 & 2; and A Warning to Ministers, Their Wives, and Mistresses. Along with these accomplishments, Dr. Betty is a virtuous wife and loving mother. In closing, Dr. Betty Price is a gift to women and to ministry and most of all she is a blessing to her family. God has blessed Dr. Betty with husband Apostle Frederick, four children – Angela Marie Evans, Cheryl Ann Price, Stephanie Pauline Buchanan, and Frederick Kenneth Price. All of the Price children and their sons and daughter-in-law work or have worked for the Ministry at Crenshaw Christian Center in Los Angeles. Apostle Fred and Betty Price also have nine grandchildren. by Yvette Paez
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*TZPVS 4NJMF SFBEZ G Getting married soon?? Going to that class reunion? Want to advance in your career? No matter what the occasion, well aligned teeth are a must.
Adults are now able to get the straight teeth that they’ve always wanted without the use of traditional metal braces with Invisalign. Invisalign consists of a series of aligners that are switched out about every two weeks. Each aligner is individually manufactured with exact calculations to gradually shift teeth into place. And since the Invisalign system is custom-made for each patient, with a plan devised by you and your dentist, patients end up with a smile that truly ﬁts. Not only is Invisalign versatile, helping to correct a broad range of dental and orthodontic issues, but it really works. And there are over a million smiles to back that up. But a conﬁdent smile isn’t the only beneﬁt of correcting your dental issues with custommade Invisalign aligners—your health can be positively impacted as well.
Overly crowded teeth This occurs when there is simply a lack of room within your jaw for all of your teeth to ﬁt normally.When left untreated, overly crowded teeth can cause dental decay, an increase in chances of gum disease, and can prevent the normal function of teeth.
Widely spaced teeth This occurs with abnormal continued growth of the jaw bone. When teeth are missing, this issue can also be caused by the other teeth shifting due to extra space. Spacing issues in teeth can cause some periodontal diseases.
Crossbite This occurs when the upper and lower jaws are both misaligned. It causes one or more upper teeth to bite on the inside of the lower teeth, and can happen on both the front and/or the sides of the mouth. This issue can cause wear of the teeth, gum disease, and bone loss.
Overbite What people commonly refer to as an “overbite” is known to dental professionals as “overjet.” It occurs when the upper teeth bite over the lower teeth. It’s typically caused by either genetics, bad oral habits, or over development of the bone that supports the teeth. This issue can lead to gum problems or irritation, and/or wear on the lower teeth and can cause painful jaw and joint problems. Underbite This occurs when the lower teeth protrude past the front teeth. It’s usually caused by undergrowth of the upper jaw, overgrowth of the lower jaw, or both. It can also be caused by missing upper teeth. This issue can prevent the normal function of front teeth or molars which can lead to tooth wear. It can also cause painful jaw and joint problems. Smile healthy It’s easy to see that a straight, well-aligned smile looks great. But that kind of smile often means it’s also a healthy smile. So put yourself in a healthy state of mind, and take a look at the many beneﬁts of a properly aligned smile.
Healthier gums Signs of periodontal disease, such as swollen gums and redness, can surface due to teeth that are crowded or too widely spaced. Clinical studies have shown that when teeth are properly aligned, it helps the gums ﬁt tighter around the teeth, which can lead to better periodontal health.¹ Since the Invisalign system’s greatest advantage is its ability to align teeth, your gum health may improve after Invisalign treatment.² And since you can brush and ﬂoss normally with Invisalign, unlike with traditional braces, you can more easily prevent tooth decay and related periodontal disease. Easier cleanings One of the Invisalign system’s best qualities is that it uses no metal bands, brackets, or wires that may trap food and plaque like traditional braces do. And since the removable nature of Invisalign allows you to maintain good oral hygiene habits, you may also reduce chances of plaque buildup, tooth decay, and periodontal disease. Improved chewing and speech When you leave incorrectly positioned teeth and jaws untreated, it can lead to speech difﬁculties and uncomfortable chewing issues. Invisalign treatment can improve both of these problems by giving you better-aligned teeth and jaws. Maintain comfort and tooth structure Misaligned teeth and jaws can result in abnormal stress.This can cause painful trauma to supporting bone and jaw joints. These issues can also cause abnormal wear on your teeth, which can trigger continued problems in the future. So what happens when you decide Invisalign is for you? Simply visit an Invisalign-trained doctor like Dr. Dawn for a consultation to discuss the goals you have for your smile. Once the doctor determines that Invisalign is right for you, she will write up a detailed treatment plan, and a set of virtually invisible aligners will then be sent to your the clinic. If you’re ready for a smile that transforms your appearance, Invisalign is your answer. Invisalign is the best way to transform your smile without interfering with your day-to-day life.
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What is it particularly that you would like people to know about you? Well, I would like people to know that I am an honest to God Christian. I really do believe in God and He is the most important person in my life and I want people to know that I live my life according to the Word of God and I want to represent Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit more than anything in the world and those are the most important things in my life. What is the biggest miracle that you have lived through? I believe it would be the attack of cancer on my body in 1990. That was the biggest challenge that I had ever faced in my life and, of course, I had God’s word which brought me through it. It was almost a two year journey but God was faithful and 19 years later, I am still here today. When you look at the present worldwide circumstances of economic turmoil, massive job loss, increased poverty, global warming, terrorism, how do you keep yourself positive and how do you encourage others? I keep myself positive, again, with the Word of God, according to my faith because no matter what happens in the world, God’s word still says the same thing. The bible tells us that He is always with us and that He will never leave us nor forsake us and that He provides all of our needs according to His riches and Glory by Christ Jesus and not according to the present circumstances or economic situations of this world. His word remains the same, no matter what we see in the world. We walk by faith and it is the faith in God’s word that gets us the answers that we need because in heaven there are no shortages. Do you think you have more faith than the average person? Well, I never thought about comparing my faith with anyone. As a matter of fact, I rather not compare myself but just make sure that I have everything I need to receive from God and I don’t compare myself to anyone else.
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How do you explain to a person that cannot relate to anything on a spiritual level about the faithfulness and goodness of a real God? I think the only way you can reach a person like that is by the life you live. Actually I do know a person just like that. She does my massage every month and it is very difficult for her to understand God and how He blesses you because she blames God for the bad things that are happening in the world. So the only way that I could reach her is for her to continually watch my life and the things that God is doing in my life. She is always wondering how in the world I can have a marriage the way I have and how my life is so peaceful and I tell her to go back to the Word of God. Every time I MO DE R N
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A lot of people have faith mixed up and think that they do not have to go to the doctors tell her to go back to the Word of God, she goes blank like she cannot receive it. She tells me that she does believe in God in her own way but because of all the bad things that are happening in the world and to people, she thinks that God is causing those things and that is because she does not know the Word. That is why we have to continue to live a life by example and never let people like her catch us doing something that we should not be doing. People can read your life and that is the best testimony that God is real. When you were battling against cancer and at times, things did not look favorable, what were you really thinking? Well, I had a Word from God when I first got the attack that said that this sickness is not until death but for the Glory of God so that the Son of God may be glorified so I kept that scripture which He first ministered to me close to my spirit when I first found out I was sick. That kept me going through the whole two years. I would never go down to the level of how I felt. I had some very hard times in which I felt like I was in a very dark tunnel and I could not see light anywhere and I did not know how God was going to get me out of that. I would say to God “okay, God it’s me and you.” No one could help me. My husband would be sleeping right next to me and he wanted to help me but he could only go so far. Then I would say “Okay, God, it’s me and you. I’m going to see how you are going to get me out of this thing and then a scripture would come to me such as Psalm 23: Although I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil. The key is God’s word to all of it. I could choose to fear evil or I could choose to believe God and His Word that He is with me so He would be with me through that. So a scripture would always come to me. Wonderful scriptures like 1st Corinthians 10:13 There are no temptations, trials or test such is common to man, but God is faithful and will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able but with that temptation or test make a way of escape so that you will be able to bear it. I would talk to myself and say “you are still here so I guess you can still bear it.” It would be one thing after another and I would use the Word. That was the only thing that got me through it. 2d Cor 10:5 – casting down any imagination and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of the Word of God bringing it to captivity in every thought and obedience to Christ. So when Satan has thoughts feeding into your mind, we have to fight it with the Word because that is our weapon. 26
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During those times, did you ever feel like giving up and letting go? No, I never felt like giving up when I was going through that trial because I never saw myself as being dead. I saw myself through this trial. I had to do 2d Corianthians 4:18 – which tells us not to look at the things which are seen but to look at the things which are unseen which is God’s word which tells me that by Jesus stripes, I am healed and all of the healing scriptures that I had to use. God’s word is eternal which He proves because I am still here. How would you encourage other women going through similar physical challenges with cancer? I wrote the book “THROUGH THE FIRE AND THROUGH THE WATER”. I wrote that book because I began to receive a great deal of phone calls on people asking me to share my story and let people know that attack came as a result of not eating properly and then I told them what I had to do. A lot of people have faith mixed up and think that they do not have to go to the doctors but the doctors do place you in position for God’s healing power. As they read my book, and got to the place that they did not want to take treatment, they read my book and decided to take treatment. One way to encourage them is through my book and through God’s word because it tells you all you need to know to receive healing. What do you like to see happening in women’s lives that makes you feel like you are making a difference? I like to see more women really having a personal relationship with Jesus Christ so that they do not let any man or anyone put them down. I would like to see them live up to who they really are in Jesus Christ. Many women suffer from low self-esteem, especially those who are single. They feel like God forgot about them and if we do what Psalms 37:4 tells us to do: You should delight yourself in the Lord first and He will reward you with the best. I would like to see them trust God and not for them to go ahead and make plans for their own lives and make their own decisions. He is real and will be there for you so that they don’t have to suffer. What is the best thing that has ever happened to you? Knowing God and His Holy Spirit and giving Him first place in my life and husband, home, ministry, relationships. You can do all those things you are called to do. Knowing Him for real and knowing that He will do what He said He would do.
Publisher, Ms. Yvette Paez Honors Dr. Betty Price with The American Legend of Faith Award at Crenshaw Christian Center East in NYC
Dr. Betty Price embraces Publisher after Award Ceremony
Hosanna Broadcasting Network’s new television program Hosanna Broadcasting Network (HBN) is the result of multitalented Founder and President, Tersit Asrat. Based in Los Angeles, CA, Hosanna Broadcasting Network is a 24-hour Christian radio network that has been broadcasting the Gospel via satellite radio since its establishment in June of 2007 to serve areas of Africa, the Middle East and Europe. Since then, HBN has recently expanded to provide television programming covering the United States, Canada, the Caribbean and parts of Mexico. HBN TV has begun broadcasting on a major global communications network since October 2010. In addition, HBN TV is now available on DISH Network® (Channel 20), DIRECTTV® (Channel 20), KNLA TV (Channel 27) and KNLA DT (20.1). Christian producers, artists and ministers are invited to submit pre-recorded programming for consideration. For more information, visit www.hosannabroadcasting.com or call (310) 348 - 9188.
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The good samaritan parable – helping others v. turning away The man is confronted with a totally unexpected situation and falls into the hands of robbers During the past two years, I have learned a different meaning for the word “love.” I have read a great deal about a “covenant” love in the Bible in which one person will do everything and anything they can to help someone else. This does not mean that you allow someone to taken advantage of you, however, you can for the most part tell the difference. What I am referring to in this case is using that love to help others who may have fallen into unforeseen circumstances and who might be in a place of temporary transition. This transition process can consist of many factors such as loss of employment, homelessness, financial crisis or recovering from the loss of a loved one and there we are on the other side knowing that we can help in some way, but choose to look the other way. This reminds me of the parable of The Good Samaritan (Luke 10:25-37) in which Jesus talks about “love” in order to answer a man’s question on what he should do to inherit eternal life. Interestingly enough, in answering this question, we are commanded to love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul and with all of thy strength and with all thy mind; and thy neighbor as thyself. To further illustrate this version of love, Jesus goes on to tell the story of the man on his way from Jerusalem to Jericho. The man is confronted with a totally unexpected situation and falls into the hands of robbers. Jesus goes on to say that the man fell among thieves, who stripped him of his clothing, wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead. I like to read this parable with several meanings which are all symbolic to me and so I like to break it down like this: When the thieves robbed this man, they took away his substance. The robbers then stripped him of his clothes which meant that now the man’s dignity and pride was taken from him. They left him there half -dead in a state of hopelessness. Here is where it gets very interesting. In the parable, a priest happened to be going down the same road and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side as he did not want to get involved. So, too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side and decided to
ignore the man and continued to go on his way and live his own life. But, a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was and when he saw him, he took pity on him. This Samaritan stopped to take time out to check on the man’s personal safety and welfare and the Samaritan provided transportation to the man by putting him on his donkey and took him to an inn and provided a place for him to stay. The next day the Samaritan provided sustainment to the man by taking out two silver coins and paying for his room. The parable goes on to say that the Samaritan gave them to the innkeeper and said “Look after him, and whatever more you spend, when I come again, I will repay you. In closing, before finishing the story, Jesus asks a very significant question, “Which of these three (Priest, Levite, Samaritan) do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers? The question is then answered - The one who showed mercy on him. Now, Jesus instructions are very clear here when he says “Go and do likewise.” The Good Samaritan Parable was unique in that the Samaritan was so concerned in making sure that the man’s immediate needs were met that he was not expecting or demanding anything in return. So, in moving forward, I strongly believe that when Jesus told us to love our neighbor as we love ourselves; he was referring to more than being kind and helping. I believe that Jesus was saying that if we see our sister or brother hurting or lacking in some area, that we should go out of our way to assist that person until they get back on their feet. In some instances, we should do it with an open heart and not always expect something out of it. In comparing all of this to the Good Samaritan parable, my question is” Have we been helping by showing love and mercy to those who have fallen into unexpected situations or have we been turning away and walking to the other side of the road? In closing, I hope that we can reflect on these thoughts for the NewYear and focus more on being a blessing to others. by Yvette Paez
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Biblical v. Secular Worldviews by Star Parker We live in a nation today that is deeply conflicted. Competing for the hearts and minds of our loved ones, our neighbors, our coworkers, our children, are two world views that carry conflicting and incompatible values. One is a biblical world view, the other a secular and materialistic worldview. According to the secular, materialist worldview, living as a Christian and according to biblical truths is just one of many choices of “lifestyle.” In this view, man is free to make up his own rules for his life and for the society in which he lives. As this secular view has gained foothold in our society over time, the costs have mounted. Fifty years ago less than ten percent of all our babies, 25% of black babies were born to unwed mothers. Today, 40% of all our babies, and 70% of black babies are born to unwed mothers. Fifty years ago, 70% of black households were headed by married couples. Today, 70% of black households are headed by single parents. The Supreme Court legalized abortion in 1973, giving women the “right” to destroy their unborn children. Over a million unborn babies are killed every year now, a third of which are black children. The deep problems that this secular, materialistic worldview has caused are practical as well as moral. The incidence of poverty is overwhelming among single parent households. The success that a child will have in school is highly correlated to the quality of the household in which that child lives. And that child’s future is, of course, highly correlated to that child’s education. It seems that people need to learn the hard way – by making mistakes. I certainly had to. But what is important is that we learn. 30
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The success that a child will have in school is highly correlated to the quality of the household in which that child lives As Christians we must fight the secular destruction of lives and communities and aggressively embrace and promote biblical truths which are faith, family, chastity, and personal responsibility. It’s in the Word of God that our personal lives, our families, our communities, and our nation, will be redeemed. Star Parker is President of CURE, Center for Urban Renewal and Education
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