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SALVATION PRAYER DO YOU SENSE A NEW DIRECTION IN YOUR LIfE? Do you desire to get out of the rut of frustration? If you do the same things then nothing will change. To have change in your life you MUST DO THINGS DIFFERENTLY. ARE YOU READY fOR THAT CHANGE? Do you desire a relationship that won't fail you? Do you desire for someone to love you unconditionally? Have someone in your life, who won't let you down? Would you like a good Father who loves you, gives you strength and comforts you when it feels like the world is against you? If you are ready then read the way to attain these things. Coming to Jesus is the only way! Not only will He fulfill these things but the most important is that only He can save you! The first thing you need to do is believe; believe that Jesus is the Son of God, that He came to earth to be the sacrifice for your sins. The best place to learn this is by reading God's Word ~ The Bible. The next thing you need to do is Repent; turn away from self-centeredness and sin, and turn to God. In Acts 2, the Apostle Peter said' unto them, “Repent ye, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ unto the remission of your sins; and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” Last, but not least, seek out a local church to become part of the family. Being around others who have claimed Christ as their Savior will help you to grow, they will be there in times of need, teach you, listen to you, and be part of your family. If you’ve received Christ as your Lord and Savior, let us know we want to help you get established in your new life with Him. Please write us at The Good News Paper or email us at: 7/11 488-0800

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LIBERTY by Pastor Tom Burgess of Hope Christian Fellowship in Canastota click on our “Hidden Picture” icon and fill out the contact information along with where you found the picture. If you don’t have access to a computer, just drop us a line at: The Good News Paper, P.O. Box 15303, Syracuse, NY 13215, with the same information. All entries must be in to us by the 20th! We will draw one winner each month from the submissions we receive for that month and will announce the winner in the next issue of The Good News Paper! Sound like fun? This month’s hidden picture is a DOVE. So have fun searching, and while your looking for the DOVE don’t forget to read the great articles and remember to visit the awesome merchants who partner with us each month and enable us to get the GOOD NEWS out in our community! Happy 4th of July! God Bless, Catherine


Christ Jesus sets us free from the old law of sin and death without the Lord. God has replaced the principle of death, which reigned from Adam to Christ, with the principle of life (Romans 8:2-4). But we must ever beware lest some attempt to rob us of the liberty that we have in Christ Jesus by bringing us back into the dual bondages of sin and ceremonialism (Galatians 2:4). The glorious liberty of being God’s children delivers us from the bondage of corruption. This is our eternal hope, that the sufferings of the present are not worthy to be compared with the glory that awaits us (Romans 8:18-23). However, in the meantime, we must recognize that there is an ongoing inward war between the law of God and the law of sin, from which only Christ can deliver us (Romans 7:22-23). The presence of God’s Spirit is marked by liberty. The Lord is a Spirit, and liberty exists wherever his Spirit is (2 Corinthians 3:17). We create a habitation for his presence by praise and worship in the Spirit (Psalm 22:3; John 4:23-24; Ephesians 2:22). Therefore, we must stand fast in the liberty we have in Christ and not become entangled again with any yoke of bondage (Galatians 5:1).

Inscribed on the famed Liberty Bell, which once hung in the bell tower of Philadelphia’s Independence Hall and is now showcased in its own pavilion, are these words: “Proclaim liberty throughout the land unto all the inhabitants thereof” (Leviticus 25:10). According to tradition, its chimes changed the world on July 8, 1776, when they summoned citizens to hear the first public reading of the Declaration of Independence. The Pennsylvania Assembly had ordered the Bell in 1751 to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of William Penn’s 1701 Charter of Privileges. The charter, which was Pennsylvania’s original state constitution, spoke of the rights and freedoms valued by people the world over. Penn’s ideas were particularly forward thinking on both religious freedom and the inclusion of citizens in enacting laws. So it was especially appropriate that in the fiftieth year of Penn’s Charter, the Liberty Bell heralded the biblical Year of Jubilee in which slaves were set free and debts were canceled once every fifty years. But, as important as civil liberty is in the pursuit of “truth, justice, and the American way,” spiritual liberty is even more vital if people are truly to be free, as emancipation is a mark of the Messianic era (Isaiah 42:7). Sponsored by: Transformation Syracuse/Living Faith Ministries The mission of Christ was to proclaim spiritual freedom. The Spirit of the Lord God anointed him, among other things, to proclaim liberty to the captives (Isaiah 61:1-3). At the beginning of his earthly ministry, Jesus went to the synagogue in Nazareth and read from this prophecy; he added, “This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears” (Luke 4:18-21). The rest of the passage is the mission of his church until he returns. The truth is the instrumentality of spiritual liberty. Our Lord promised that, if we continue in his word, we are his disciples indeed; and we shall know the truth that truly makes us free (John 8:3132). Similarly, the Apostle Paul wrote that we must choose whom we will serve, whether sin unto death or obediConference Venue: The Bridge Syracuse ence unto righteousness. If we become servants of God, he will ultimately set us For conference information and registration, please visit: free from sin (Romans 6:16-18). or call (585) 265-2332 The new law of the Spirit of life in

CoVER stoRy ServING ThoSe wITh “Need for Speed” by John R. Petrilli Iggy Falcone was only sixteen years old when he won his first racing trophy on his very first outing. Fifty-one years later he’s still posting crazy low times of ten-seconds in the quarter mile in his wheelie-popping, burgundy ‘65 Pontiac GTO. What possesses a man to show up like clockwork every summer Sunday for fifty-one years? For Iggy the answer is “acceleration”. He loves the adrenaline rush that accompanies going from zero to well over 100 m.p.h. in a matter of seconds. For Matt Kilburn from Carthage, NY, it’s all Chaplain Randy St. Clair about wheels. Since childhood he’s been infatuated with driving anything that has wheels including bicycles, go-carts and a ‘Big Wheel’. His blazing orange and black Camaro Rally-Sport has topped out at ridiculously high speeds upwards of 143 m.p.h. “When you look left and you look right, you see the trees are moving by fast, totally fast!”, states Kilburn. For over fifty years the E.S.T.A. Safety Park Drag Strip in Cicero, NY has provided a safe place for those born with a seemingly innate “need for speed”. According to track manager Pete DeSalvo, that’s exactly what the founders had in mind in 1960 when they came together to buy the land and build the track. “The track was formed when a bunch of area car clubs were looking for a place to race safely and legally. Now it’s not so much car clubs but more NH.R.A. (National Hot Rod Association) bracket racing. We’ve been an N.H.R.A. track now for 51 years. We’ve got a variety of classes, from seven-second Super Pro dragsters down to Junior dragsters where the kids run from ages eight to seventeen.” The track is funded by pit passes, racer entry fees and registration fees, with a lot of that money going right back to the racers in payoff awards for winners.” At E.S.T.A. the “safety park” designation is more than just a clever-sounding slogan. “Before racing we require every car go through a tech inspection where we check all related safety items connected to how fast that car is going to go. In 51 years we’ve had only two fatalities. We’re pretty proud of the fact that just about

everybody walks away from everything.” Last season a tragic and rare accident resulting in a snowmobile racer fatality prompted track officials to contact Racers for Christ (the official ministry group for the N.H.R.A.) to see about securing the regular services of a chaplain. Chaplain Randy St. Clair of Aurora, NY had just been certified to do such ministry, and welcomed the opportunity to serve this tight-knit racing community. A former truck racing enthusiast himself, St. Clair received another call earlier in his life. This one was from God Himself. It came ten years ago in the form of a vision where he saw a racetrack with cars on it and a grandstand full of people. With no racing whatsoever in his background at that time, the vision perplexed him. After the vision appeared for a third time, he realized that he was being called to a car- racing ministry. States St. Clair, “At this point my work here at E.S.T.A. is a ministry more of presence than anything else. I’m building a foundation by getting to know the racers, giving them a chance to learn to trust me as a chaplain. It will work into something beautiful, and it’s already gotten off to a good start.” Over the years drag racing has been unfairly misrepresented by a rather negative image. St. Clair clears up that misconception. “For the family it’s an afternoon of good, clean entertainment. Alcohol is not sold on the premises.” Track announcer Gary Simons agrees, “My kids help me out in the tower, what better place to be hanging out with friends and family. It’s exciting, we’re fortunate to have this track in the Cicero area. Like I always say, it’s ‘Family Fun on the Run’.” With regard to the drag racing community, St. Clair states, “Like the saying, ‘There’s no atheists in foxholes’, I have a little saying that, at 200 miles Iggy Falcone and his HOT GTO per hour going down that track, I can’t believe there are any atheists in these cars either. These folks are drawn together by their love of racing and their need for speed and they recognize their need for a higher power. Just as Paul said, ‘I want to tell you who your Unknown God is’, these people know there is Someone out there. The track announcer recently told me, ‘We’re so glad you’re here, we feel safer that you are here.’” St. Clair s ministry is the first of its kind at ESTA, and the humble spirit and sincere love he has for the racing community should go along way in planting a community of faith amongst the drivers. Hats off to you, Chaplain St. Clair. We bid you “GOD-SPEED”!

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Appellate court bars renting public school space to church for religious “worship services” (WNS)--The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in June that a public school could bar a church from renting its space after hours, while other groups could rent the space if they weren’t using it for worship. The court said the school wasn’t discriminating against “religious points of view” but simply banning a “type of activity—religious worship services.” “The Establishment Clause is being misunderstood to mean that you cannot accommodate religious private speech as opposed to other private speech,” said Jordan Lorence of the Alliance Defense Fund, one of the lawyers for the Bronx, N.Y., church that sought to rent from a local middle school. “They have their dance recitals, Boy Scout meetings, union meetings, worship services. Nothing is transformed. The meeting doesn’t work some architectural alchemy on the building.” Lorence said the decision could be overturned by the full circuit court (this ruling was from a three-member panel) or go to the Supreme Court. Texas Authorities Uncover Illegal Operations at Abortion Center (WNS)--Assisted by pro-life activists, the Texas Commission of Environmental Quality (TCEQ) has uncovered hazardous operations at an abortion center. Operation Rescue activists conducted a three month investigation at Whole Woman’s Health in McAllen, Tex. Undercover investigators found packets containing fetal refuse in an open dumpster behind the building. They photographed aborted fetal remains, bloody surgical instruments, and partially used drug vials. The group also found private medical records illegally thrown in the public waste receptacles. When Operation Rescue hand-delivered its evidence to the TCEQ, the authorities conducted an official inquiry. The TCEQ verified the complaint after examining Whole Woman’s Health. Both federal regulations and the Texas Administrative Code forbid privacy breaches and hazardous disposal of infectious waste. Texas authorities have turned over Whole Women’s Health to the TCEQ’S formal enforcement branch. If convicted, Woman’s Whole Health could incur sizable fines. Faith-Based Adoption Agencies Face New Challenges (WNS)—A bill sitting in the U.S. House, would force faith-based adoption agencies to choose between closing their doors and violating their religious beliefs. Catholic Charities, the largest private network of social service organizations in the nation, has already ended adoption services in several cities in Illinois because of such restrictions. The Every Child Deserves a Family Act would force any group that receives federal aid to place kids in foster families and adoptive families without regard to the sexual orientation, gender identity or marital status of the prospective parents. The bill, introduced by Rep. Pete Stark, D-Calif., has 52 co-sponsors in the House. Sen. Kristin Gillibrand, D-N.Y., plans to introduce similar legislation in the Senate. Gay activists and their allies claim the legislation is the key to finding homes for waiting children. Yet, in 2009, a record 57,000 U.S. kids in foster care found families, up from 37,000 in 1998, according to a recent Child Trends study. Researchers also found that the number of children waiting for adoption fell to a record low of 115,000 in 2009, down from 135,000 three years earlier. House Hearing Focuses on Religious Freedom (WNS)—A June 3 hearing in the House highlighted the worldwide oppression of religion. House members discussed U.S. policy to address challenges to the right to religious freedom. “The basic human rights of hundreds of millions of people are being violated,” said Chris Smith, who oversaw the hearing. “Their own governments are either direct perpetrators of religious freedom violations or fail to prosecute violations by other citizens, creating a climate of impunity.” Smith is the chair of the House congressional panel that oversees international human rights. The hearing, “Prioritizing International Religious Freedom in U.S. Foreign Policy,” featured expert testimony on the global challenges to religious freedom before the subcommittee on Africa, Global Health and Human Rights.

Catholic Charities of Rockford, Ill., Drops Adoption Services Ahead of Civil Union Law (WNS)--Catholic Charities of Rockford, Ill., — which works with 11 counties — has decided to stop offering foster care and adoption services rather than violate its religious beliefs. Illinois’ civil union law, which took effect June 1, would have forced adoption agencies that receive state aid to place some children in homes with same-sex couples. The Legislature failed to pass an amendment to the law that would have protected faith-based groups from being forced to violate their deeply held beliefs about which homes are best for kids. “The law of our land has always guaranteed its people freedom of religion,” said Penny Wiegert, the Rockford Diocese’s director of communication. “Denying this exemption to faith-based agencies leads one to believe that our lawmakers prefer laws that guarantee freedom from religion. We simply cannot compromise the spirit that motivates us to deliver quality professional services to families by letting our state define our religious teachings.” Catholic Charities of Boston also chose to drop its adoption services when Massachusetts legalized same-sex marriage. Oklahoma, Missouri Put Pro-Life Laws into Place (WNS)--Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin, a Republican, has signed legislation that would limit the use of the abortion pill RU-486. The law requires abortionists to strictly adhere to Food and Drug Administration guidelines when prescribing the drug, as well as examine the woman before she takes the drug and follow up with her afterward. In Missouri, the House and Senate have voted -- with veto-proof majorities -- to ban abortions after 20 weeks based on viability. That means the bill will become law even without the approval of Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon, who has not said whether he will sign it. The legislation also requires two abortionists to sign off on an abortion, and makes performing late-term abortions a felony except in cases where the life or physical health of the mother is in jeopardy. Christian Center Releases Statement on Christian-Jewish Relations (WNS)--Scholars with the Hebraic Heritage Christian Center (HHCC), headquartered in Atlanta, Ga., have developed an Evangelical Christian statement on “Covenant and Witness” to encourage a new era of ChristianJewish relations based on mutual respect and support. The statement said, “We accept the conclusion of Apostolic Scripture that God's relationship with the Jewish community has never been abrogated but continues in the same realm of divine mystery just as his relationship of steadfast love continues with non-Jewish believers.” HHCC President Dr. John D. Garr said, “In an effort to recover biblical perspectives for Christian relations with the international Jewish community, our team of evangelical scholars has interacted for many years with leaders from the Jewish community. Most recently we have joined in dialogue with Orthodox Jewish academic and religious leaders for joint consideration of theological and religious issues that are important to both communities.” The HHCC team suggests that it is time for greater mutual understanding and cooperation between Christians and Jews. “In order for Christians to engage Jews as fraternal partners in religious dialogue,” Garr asserts, “it is essential for Christians to recognize that their Christian faith is rooted in biblical and Second-Temple Judaism and that they are indebted to the Jewish people of history and the present for the core elements of their faith.” GOP Lawmakers Push to Legalize Online Gambling (WNS)--For years, Congress has debated the legalization of Internet gambling. This time around, it’s the Republicans who are pushing to change federal law. Rep. Joe Barton, R-Texas, has gone so far as to suggest his proposed legislation could help ease the debt crisis. Rep. John Campbell, R-Calif., is pushing a similar bill. The outcry from the gambling lobby and those it funds in Congress comes a month after the FBI shut down the three largest poker websites. Barton’s plan is to roll back the 2006 Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA), which bans online gambling and prohibits U.S. financial institutions from processing transactions related to it.

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Top 10 ChrisTian influenCers Pastors named Billy Graham as the most influential Christian leader in the U.S. according to a new survey, and they say Graham is still the most trusted spokesman for the Christian faith. Pastors were each asked to identify three leaders; 300 total were named. Graham was chosen by pastors of all denominations, with Purpose-Driven author and pastor Rick Warren second, but there was great disparity in their remaining selections, with each group more likely to nominate its own. Mainliners commended Martin Marty and Will Willimon; Baptists cited Jerry Falwell, John MacArthur, and Adrian Rogers; and Pentecostals tapped Benny Hinn, Joyce Meyer, and Paul Crouch.

Here are the top ten influencers, averaged from all pastors' nominations: 1. Billy Graham 2. Rick Warren 3. George W. Bush 4. James Dobson 5. Bill Hybels 6. T.D. Jakes 7. John Maxwell 8. George Barna 9. Pope John Paul II 10. Max Lucado

Medad Birungi faced pain few imagine yet speaks of forgiveness all can experience Medad Birungi was once a boy who begged to die by the side of the road, a teenager angry enough to kill, a man broken and searching, yet today he is a testimony to God’s transforming power. In his life story, Tombstones and Banana Trees: A True Story of Revolutionary Forgiveness, Birungi charts his outrageous journey through suffering, abuse, despair and revenge to unexpected forgiveness and healing. Birungi grew up with a violent father in the war-torn country of Uganda in the 1960’s. His childhood was scarred by extreme poverty, cruel suffering and unbearable sorrow that few of us can even imagine. Yet from that trauma came the lessons that we can all appreciate: the impoverishment of life without Christ, the redemption of the cross and the revolutionary power of forgiveness. His story deals in nothing less than pure, Godgiven transformation. Tombstones and Banana Trees has the dual quality of being both uniquely individual yet universally relevant, holding together the grandest of themes and the most intimate of testimonies. Birungi’s life is so comprehensively renewed that any reader sharing in his journey will feel the impact. World Shine Ministries is an inter-denominational, non-governmental, Christian organization. It works to spread the knowledge of the Christian gospel, to relieve poverty and suffering and to assist needy children and students with education so that their conditions of life can be improved. We have a school, World Shine Foundation School, in a remote community called Rwentobo where we have 510 disadvantaged children/children at risk (orphans, street children and children from homes of domestic violence) whom we look after. World Shine Ministries in Uganda is involved in: • Evangelism • Pastor’s conferences • Christian broadcasting • Working with women and fighting domestic violence; advocacy for women emancipation • Sponsoring orphans’ schooling • Supporting HIV/AIDS widows and education • Conferences for young people Be involved by: sponsoring a child ($20 per month), supporting the school financially, sending a goat to a widow ($50), supporting WSM activities, volunteering, coming as a team to support in building, performing medical or social work, teaching and conducting conferences, children’s camps or evangelism or becoming a short/long term missionary. If you would like to support World Shine Ministries, please visit for more information. 7/11 488-0800

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Do AmericAns support christiAn Businesses AnD BrAnDs? The American consumer marketplace is a patchwork of niche audiences and target markets. Many brands have achieved success by identifying and reaching ever more focused pockets of consumers, as marketers hone in on favorable ethnic factors, sexual orientation, affluence, and education, among many other variables. Where does faith fit in such a diverse marketplace? A new study by Barna Group explores whether Americans are supportive of businesses and brands that have an overtly Christian connection. The research uncovered that those who would support Christian-branded enterprises significantly outnumber those who refrain from such brands because of that faith connection. At the same time, most American consumers simply reported being indifferent to faith-oriented businesses. Managing by Christian Principles The research looked at Christian-friendly consumers from two different angles. The first query asked the nationwide sample of U.S. consumers if they would be “more likely or less likely to buy a particular brand if they knew it was from a company that manages its business according to Christian principles, or wouldn’t it make a difference." Overall, about two out of every five adult consumers (43%) said they would be receptive to this type of transaction (with 27% of adults strongly so). While most respondents claimed to be indifferent (51%), only 3% indicated that an overt connection to the Christian faith would make them less likely to do business with this type of vendor. In other words, a product or service managed according to Christian principles generated a positive-to-negative ratio of 14 to 1. Embracing the Christian Faith Another survey question asked if people would be “more likely or less likely to buy a particular brand if they knew it was from a company that embraces and promotes the Christian faith, or wouldn’t it make a difference.� In this respect, one-third of all U.S. adults (37%) said they would be more likely to purchase from this type of business (with 22% expressing the highest level of interest possible on the five-point scale). Again, only 3% said such a faith connection would make them less likely to support this type of organization and its products, resulting in a favorable-to-unfavorable ratio of 12 to 1. As was the case regarding organizations who manage their company according to Christian principles, most consumers (58%) were indifferent to whether or not a company actively embraces and promotes Christianity. Who Supports Christian Business? Consumers in the Midwest and South were most likely to express interest in both iterations of Christian business. Nearly six out of ten consumers in the South and half of buyers in the Midwest were more likely to support a business operated by Christian principles. In the West and Northeast, only

one-third of customers expressed a preference for a Christian-operated business. Yet, even when asked about the most overt type of faith-based business, only small percentages of customers in the West (2%) and Northeast (3%) said they would be less likely to do business with such an enterprise. Other demographic segments favoring businesses incorporating Christian elements were women, Boomers (ages 46 to 64), Elders (ages 65-plus), married adults, parents of children under age 18, political conservatives, and Republicans. College grads were slightly less interested than average in Christian companies, though income was not a defining factor for or against. Young adults (ages 45 and younger, but especially those under the age of 25) were among the least interested in Christian-oriented brands. On balance, only atheists and agnostics were more likely to oppose than welcome Christian-driven businesses (14% versus 5%). Even adherents of faith groups other than Christianity were more likely to favor Christian-themed brands than to reject them (19% were more interested and 6% were less interested). Most of these nonChristian groups concurred with other Americans in suggesting that the religious affiliation of the business would not sway them either way. In terms of faith variables, active participants in Protestant churches were among the most attracted, with two out of three interested in products and services that promote Christianity; active participants in Catholic parishes were on par with the national average in terms of support for Christian-oriented companies. Source: Barna Group 2011

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awaken AmericA, God Shed hiS GrAce on Thee! by John R. Petrilli As we survey our culture today, we find many disturbing political, social, and spiritual trends. While it is important for us to actively engage issues that will impact our culture for good or ill, we Christians may become blind to how our own failures have contributed to the problems our nation faces. When times get tough it’s easy to point the finger of blame at others. That’s why God calls on His people to make the difference in turning the tide of a nation. Believers in Jesus Christ hold the key to spiritual awakening and national healing. In 2 Chron. 7:14 we find four U-turns His people need to make to secure the blessings of national revival. GOD WILL SHED HIS GRACE ON OUR LAND AS WE U-TURN FROM SELF-SUFFICIENCY TO GOD-DEPENDANCY. 2 Chron. 7:14 “If My People … will HUMBLE themselves…I will heal their land.” This promise from God for Israel came to King Solomon as he awoke to the voice of the Lord in the middle of the night. God gave Solomon both promises and warnings for the Jewish nation he governed. Fifteen days earlier during the dedication of the Temple in Jerusalem, King Solomon had petitioned God to protect, preserve, and bless his people with military, economic, and political success. Now God was reaffirming His intention to secure the nation and restore her prosperity in the event that she failed to fulfill her calling. The first ingredient in such a restoration would be an attitude adjustment. If Israel ever found herself in the midst of the divine disfavor of drought and pestilence, the first thing she needed to do was to HUMBLE herself. Just as an individual can wander away from God and develop an attitude of pride and self-sufficiency, so a nation can dangerously declare its independence from God. When a nation does so, God lovingly sends his discipline in order to restore the relationship and re-position His people for a season of blessing. Many of our churches may have adopted an attitude of self-sufficiency. Trying to get God’s work done using programs, formulas, and agendas. Too much confidence is placed in our strategies, and too little dependence is placed upon God to give direction and enablement. We’re all too often guilty of ignoring Jesus’ reminder that apart from Him we can do nothing. We unfortunately resemble the Laodicean Church in Revelation chapter 2. They thought they had it all together and sensed no need for Christ’s presence or help. Imagine the tragedy that picture communicates as Jesus is locked out of His own Church! Rev. 3:20) Let’s stop shutting Him out! GOD WILL SHED HIS GRACE ON OUR LAND AS WE U-TURN FROM BEING SPIRITUAL MUTES TO BECOME INTERCESSORY GIANTS. 2 Chron. 7:14 “If My people will …PRAY …I will heal their land.” The Great Commission to make disciples in every nation is a supernatural task that demands dependence on a supernatural God. The forging and maintaining of a nation founded on godly laws and principles likewise requires a lot of prayer. Prayerlessness was the problem with those to whom the apostle James wrote when he said, “You HAVE not because you ASK not.” Many Americans wonder WHY our country is in the shape it’s in. Perhaps it’s because we spend little if any time praying for their national leaders. So, in addition to an “attitude check” that leads to humility, we may also be in need of an “activity check” that recaptures the exercise of consistent, believing prayer. GOD WILL SHED HIS GRACE ON OUR LAND AS WE U-TURN FROM SPIRITUAL APATHY TO AGGRESSIVELY PURSUING HIM. 2 Chron. 7:14 “If My people will … SEEK MY FACE …I will heal their land.” While America is still the “land of the free” and the “home of the brave,” it could also be described as the “land of the distracted.” No other nation in human history has had so many things to occupy its time with. Technology constantly invents new ways to waste our time with the latest toys. Have we

crowded Jesus out of our personal lives, trading-off His company for the gimmicks and gadgets of this world. The result is a condition of spiritual apathy where we don’t experience any real connection with Christ, but instead, are left in a spiritually disinterested state. The solution to spiritual apathy is to heed God’s advice to Solomon, and recommit ourselves to diligently seeking the Lord. His face can be found as we spend time with Him, His Word, and His people. The reward of finding His face and enjoying His presence will make it well worth the effort! GOD WILL SHED HIS GRACE ON OUR LAND AS WE U-TURN FROM SELF-DIRECTION & FOLLOW GOD’S DIRECTION. 2 Chron. 7:14 “If My people will…TURN FROM THEIR WICKED WAYS … I will heal their land.” In his excellent book on prayer entitled, “Turn: Remembering Our Foundations”, pastor and author Max Lucado states: “God’s seed grows better in a PURE soul. Confession invites God to walk the land of our hearts. Confession does for the soul what working the land does for the soil. Before the farmer sows seed, he works the land, removing the rocks and pulling up the stumps. Why? Seed grows better in prepared soil.” People who want to grow lush gardens take out the obstacles and put in the nutrients that will insure healthy plants. Likewise, before God can spiritually restore an individual or a nation, He has to clear the soil of any and all spiritual impediments. Max Lucado goes on to describe what true confession looks like: “Peter models honest confession. We remember Peter as the one who ran, but do we remember Peter as the one who turned himself in? Who told the gospel writers of the girl at the gate and the soldiers at the fire? How did Matthew know Peter’s accent made him a suspect? Who told all four gospel writers about the crowing rooster and flowing tears? The Holy Spirit? Maybe. Or more likely, Peter turned himself in. He stopped his running, fell to his knees, buried his face in his hands and gave up. And that’s precisely what we do when we confess and turn from our sinful, self-seeking ways. We turn ourselves in. We tell God exactly what we’ve been doing that has displeased His loving heart and dishonored His holy Name. As we clear the air spiritually, God can plant the seeds of revival in the freshly tilled soil of our hearts. IF AMERICA MAKES THESE FOUR U-TURNS, GOD PROMISES TO SHED HIS GRACE ON OUR LAND IN THE FORM OF SPIRITUAL AWAKENING AND NATIONAL HEALING. 2 Chron. 7:14 “I will FORGIVE Their SIN, and will HEAL Their LAND!” While some may argue that this promise was specifically given to the nation of Israel, the fact is that God has historically honored this principle in the most heathen of nations. So will America ever come clean with God like Peter did? She may if the church in America leads the way. Just as the healing of the church begins with believers repenting, so the healing of the nation begins with the church recovering its God-ordained place of influence. The spiritual healing of a nation begins with God’s people. The nation changes when God’s people change. The culture changes when the church changes. And that change is activated when we confess our sin. Once a nation has met God’s conditions, He sends a tidal wave of blessings upon that nation. Those blessings fall under two categories. The first is spiritual cleansing and restoration. God promises to forgive our sins. The Psalmist has declared this timeless truth: “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord” (Psa. 33:12). When a nation turns from her disobedience, God replaces drought with rainfall, famine with abundance, and pestilence with perfect health. Can America experience another great awakening? The answer is a resounding “YES!” But first we must meet God’s clearly stated preconditions. I’d like to ask you a simple question. Do you love your country? If you truly do, one of the best ways to express that love is to apply these four U-turns to your own personal life. As we each make these four U-turns and spread them into our churches, revival will be just around the corner. Are you WILLING?

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Art of HeAring god Course Live Webstream at the bridge syracuse JuLy 14-16th The Art of Hearing God course authored by John Paul Jackson is designed to train students to hear the voice of the Lord and to develop greater intimacy with Him. Courses are generally taught as a three-day intensive. The Bridge Syracuse, located in Phoenix – just 2.5 miles north of Rt 57 in Liverpool, is offering a live webstream of this course. The webstream will be coming from The Bridge Orlando and taught by Streams Certified Teachers. Full credits will be received for this course, following courses to come in the Fall! The Course Syllabus Includes: • Three Pillars of Prophetic Ministry • Prophetic Time Periods • Five Levels of Listening • Knowing God's Voice • Practical Tips for Delivering a Word • Prophetic Servanthood and Authority • Metaphorical Understanding • Fellowship of the Spirit • Spiritual Authority • Spirit of Lawlessness in the Church • Role, Purpose, and Function of the Church • Godward Meditation • Old and New Testament Terms for "Prophet" • Distinguishing Between Prophets and Psychics • Comparison of Left-Brain and Right-Brain Characteristics • Role, Purpose,& Function of Prophetic Ministry in the Church For those interested in taking this course, you can sign up and register at and register for the Lake Mary, Florida location. There is a cost which includes course materials. Please email The Bridge Syracuse at to confirm your reservation here in Syracuse. Please feel free to spend some time learning about John Paul Jackson, Streams Ministries and the Association of Bridge Churches. John Paul Jackson is a husband, father, and established authority on Christian spirituality and dream interpretation. His Biblical approach to dreams reveals their life-changing purpose, and restores an overlooked way God chooses to communicate with people. John Paul’s teachings have stirred and renewed passion for God among people of all ages from various faith backgrounds. His thoughtful “explanations of the unexplainable” and simple, yet profound, concepts help people relate to God and each other in fresh ways. As an author, speaker, and television guest, John Paul has impacted hundreds of thousands of people, emphasizing character as a key element in the true spiritual life. His many years of study and experience have made him a respected and sought-after spiritual advisor to leaders and believers around the world. John Paul has shared his practical and spiritual expertise with an international audience through the Streams Training Center courses and publications. More information at For more information on the Bridge Syracuse visit:

vACAtion bible sCHool CANASTOTA – The Canastota Area Association of Churches annually reaches out to all local young people from preschool through high school (four years old and up) to participate in a community-wide, ecumenical Vacation Bible School (VBS). This year’s program, entitled “Inside Out & Upside Down on Main Street,” is based on the parables of Jesus. VBS will be held nightly from August 8 through 12 at the United Church, 144 West Center Street. Each evening a light meal will be served by the Loaves and Fishes Hospitality Center from 6:00 to 6:30 p.m. A general opening assembly with lively skits and songs will begin at 6:30 p.m., followed by age-appropriate classes, crafts, and games until 8:30 p.m. “Main Street” will be an inspirational and educational experience for all area youngsters. For more information or to pre-register, contact director Rene

Burgess of Hope Christian Fellowship at 1-800-294-9131. Youths may also register at the door.

Pictured is this year’s VBS float prepared and staffed by members of Hope Christian Fellowship for the annual International Boxing Hall of Fame Parade of Champions. The Canastota Area Association of Churches includes Believers’ Chapel of Canastota, Church of the Nazarene, Clockville Methodist Church, First Baptist Church, Hope Christian Fellowship, New Beginnings Free Methodist Church, Oneida Lake Congregational Church, Redeemer Lutheran Church, Saint Agatha’s Roman Catholic Church, Trinity Episcopal Church, United Church of Canastota, and Whitelaw Presbyterian Church.

"ride for new Hope" CrossRoads Motorcycle Ministry, based a the LaFayette Alliance Church, 6069 Cherry Valley Turnpike, LaFayette, NY is holding it's fifth annual "Ride for New Hope". The ride will be held on Saturday, July 23 rd rain or shine and includes a 2 hr. motorcycle ride through the beautiful southern hills and a 1 1/2 hr. bicycle ride. Registration begins at 9:00 a.m. at the church and the rides begin at 10:00 a.m. & 10:15 a.m. Coffee and donuts are served during registration time. The cost is $20.00 for drivers and $15.00 for passengers. Each will receive a 2011 ride lapel pin. Sponsorship is encouraged. If you raise $50.00 or more in donations the registration fee is waived. After completing the ride a lunch will be served at the church at no additional cost. Following lunch, there will be a short presentation about New Hope Family Services. New Hope Family Services is a Christian ministry reaching out to those with crisis pregnancy, parenting, adoption, or postabortion needs within the CNY area. For more additional information, contact the church at 315-677-9810 and encourage others to come to this must attend event.

“CowboY CHurCH” At ride for life The public is invited to the third annual summer “Cowboy Church” at the Ride for Life Equine and Family Center, Inc., 7762 North Court Street. Every Thursday evening in July, folks will break bread together at 6:30 p.m. and then study “Facing Your Dragons.” We all do battle with struggles, or “dragons,” in our lives. “Facing Your Dragons” is a four-part DVD series hosted by Brett Eastman. It will take participants on a journey through healing relationships, confronting darkness, seeing God in everyone, and seeing God in everything. For more information: Sandy Carrier of Ride for Life at 315-363-4856 or email her at; or Pastor Tom Burgess of Hope Christian Fellowship at 1-800-294-9131 or email him at


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counseling corner by Joe Masterleo, LCSW, DCSW Question: What is the most common error that believers make in reaching out to fellow believers who are in personal crises? Answer: The most common mistake is unintentional, but involves reaching out to such persons hurtfully, in the same manner Job’s friends did. Recall, after Job’s friends spoke and intervened in his suffering, God conveyed that he was not angry with the despair and weeping of Job, but with his so-called comforters, teachers and exhorters. Job’s friends were serious, pious and well-meaning when they talked to him, but missed the mark, only adding to his burden by way of their sermonizing impertinence. So much so that it would have been better for them to keep silent. While their teachings and lectures were good ones, and while they spoke the letter of truth in words of gold, they proved less concerned with the suffering of their neighbor in a heartfelt way than they did their instruction, pastoral work, liturgy and preaching. And that was what grieved Job’s spirit further, and provoked God. Here we have an illustration of three good, resourceful and wise men trying

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Peter . . . walked on the water to go to Jesus. But when he saw that the wind was boisterous, he was afraid . . . —Matthew 14:29-30

The wind really was boisterous and the waves really were high, but Peter didn’t see them at first. He didn’t consider them at all; he simply recognized his Lord, stepped out in recognition of Him, and “walked on the water.” Then he began to take those things around him into account, and instantly, down he went. Why couldn’t our Lord have enabled him to walk at the bottom of the waves, as well as on top of them? He could have, yet neither could be done

to help someone who is suffering, and yet they are talking past him because they are not dealing directly with his pain. They couldn’t see the forest for the trees, couldn’t get their own egos, lives and agendas out of the way enough to see and hear Job’s predicament clearly. Consequently, Job was quite right in objecting indignantly; “I have understanding as well as you. . .oh, that you would keep silent, and it would be your wisdom!” (Jb 12:3, 13:5). One need not be a trained counselor to ease another’s pain, or fear reaching out to others less we make things worse. Rather, in care giving we’re to make room in our being, person and heart for the suffering of our neighbor. One can speak the truth eloquently, yet deny, invalidate or violate the soul of another if our heart is far from him. Being salt to people is not pouring it on their wounds. Being Jesus to people is worlds apart from talking to them about him. Care must be exercised in being equal to the task we tend to make only for others, but not ourselves, in upholding the Word to them. Our concern is to be wholly genuine, not a mere cloak for self-assertion, using others for our own purposes. In being fully human and holy at the same time, Christ was present to his fellow man in a heartfelt way, teaching that we serve him best when we tend to him as he appears to us through others in need. It is there will we find him, and discover that the two commands to love God and neighbor, in reality, are one and the same. A man of wisdom and experience who spent many years in a Siberian concentration camp once wrote; “I sought my God and he withdrew from me; I sought my soul and did not find it; I sought my brother and found all three.” Joe Masterleo is in private practice at 12 Dewitt St., Syracuse, NY 415-4880 Joe is also affiliated with the Crossway Counseling Network.

without Peter’s continuing recognition of the Lord Jesus. We step right out with recognition of God in some things, then self-consideration enters our lives and down we go. If you are truly recognizing your Lord, you have no business being concerned about how and where He engineers your circumstances. The things surrounding you are real, but when you look at them you are immediately overwhelmed, and even unable to recognize Jesus. Then comes His rebuke, “. . . why did you doubt?” (Matthew 14:31). Let your actual circumstances be what they may, but keep recognizing Jesus, maintaining complete reliance upon Him. If you debate for even one second when God has spoken, it is all over for you. Never start to say, “Well, I wonder if He really did speak to me?” Be reckless immediately— totally unrestrained and willing to risk everything— by casting your all upon Him. You do not know when His voice will come to you, but whenever the realization of God comes, even in the faintest way imaginable, be determined to recklessly abandon yourself, surrendering everything to Him. It is only through abandonment of yourself and your circumstances that you will recognize Him. You will only recognize His voice more clearly through recklessness— being willing to risk your all.

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In the wake of Jim Tressel’s post-scandal resignation as head football coach at Ohio State, questions again arise as to whether coaches are responsible for their player’s actions. Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops took a shot at answering that question recently with this kneejerk remark; “We can’t follow 100 players around. . .” With regard to player conduct, Stoops takes the cake for the most candid “I really don’t want to know” response. Such trivializing of responsibility sharing reflects the attitude of many big-time college coaches on the subject. In this hear-no-evil, see-no-evil, speak-no-evil culture, he who excuses himself accuses himself. Coaches are indeed educators, however inadvertent. While Tressel teaches that a lie is an excuse guarded, Stoops and his kind teach that while the handwriting has long been on the wall regarding college football’s privileged status, it’s always addressed to someone else. Much like a football, responsibility can be readily handed-off, kicked-around, dropped, passed, deflected or lateraled to another. Leave it to college football to demonstrate that, ironically, there’s no blame like “lateral” blame. As an apt metaphor for human excusemaking, perhaps therein lies an aspect of college football’s significance for our times. If other fields of endeavor are less tolerant of excuse-making, perhaps the time has come for the blame-shift to become an illegal shift in college football as well, and a highly penalized illegal procedure. It may serve to goad coaches and those who hire them to pass that fine line from adolescence to adulthood, exchanging the deceitful art of shifting blame for the higher-ground of personal responsibility. It might even rub-off on their impressionable players. Imagine that. Until then, expect even more apologies to be substituted for, and ruined by, the almighty excuse. Joe Masterleo 7/11 488-0800

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“Unity is the Key to revival� “For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds." (2 Cor 10:3-4) The Lord is preparing to make CNY “a habitation of His Glory�. At Apostle and Prophet Chuck Pierce’s June 25, 2010 visit to Syracuse, he prophesied that if God’s people would gather monthly in corporate praise and worship, after one year there would be a worship gathering that would shatter the “dome of darkness� over the region. Healing and salvation would then burst forth. This is the purpose of this gathering and we invite and encourage you to come to Faith Chapel as we prepare the way for God’s destiny for this region to be fulfilled. Come to Faith Chapel and let’s lift the sword of the Spirit together and declare in unity that Jesus is Lord over Central New York and see the dome of darkness shatter. Faith Chapel’s anointed worship leader, Lyn May, will lead us in jubilant praise and worship, along with a gifted worship team made up of musicians from various area churches. There will be a time of ministry for healing and other needs following the gathering. Please invite anyone who loves to worship and those who need God’s touch to attend. Directions to Take Rt. 81 to the Brighton Street exit. Turn onto South Salina Street and proceed south 1.5 miles to West Seneca Turnpike. Turn right onto West Seneca Turnpike and proceed 4.6 miles to Faith Chapel (look for 3 flagpoles on your right). 7/11 488-0800

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In our high-tech culture we use phrases that serve as benchmarks for measuring performance. Phrases like “3 G� or “4 G� indicate the upgraded capabilities of the latest cell phone. Terms like “gig� and “ram� clue us in to the processing speed and memory capacity of a computer. In the automotive world, the phrase “zero to sixty� is used as a benchmark to evaluate a car’s acceleration and performance capabilities. The less time (in seconds) it takes for a car to accelerate from a dead standstill (zero) up to 60 miles per hour, the more superior its acceleration. If a street vehicle gets from zero to 60 miles per hour in less than 10 seconds, it’s a pretty fast set of wheels. Given the fact that author Terry Bish owns Terry’s Transmissions and is a well known local car repair expert, it’s no wonder that he’s chosen the phrase “zero to sixty� as the title of a book about his lifetime walk with the Lord. The title also reflects the fact that the book tells his life story from birth (the zero) to his current age which is pushing 60. Written in an easy-to-read, conversational style, Bish recounts the key events in is life that have brought him from the starting line, up to where he is today, and running strong towards the finish line. The author describes numerous stages of his life in remarkable detail, leaving the reader to marvel at his photographic memory. Terry shares his story in a way that’s both personal and inspirational. Unlike some over-the-top testimonials, this story is authentic in that it doesn’t gloss over some of the lessons learned through mistakes made. This gives the book a ring of credibility that engages the reader’s interest and wins the reader’s trust. “Zero to Sixty� gets an “A� for transparency as the author humbly relates one of the toughest lessons he learned as God rescued him from a domestic catastrophe. Car enthusiasts will especially appreciate the way the author uses racing and road terminology as chapter titles. Chapters such as “Living in the Fast

Lane�, “Missing the Flags�, and “Blindsided� each chronicle a key phase in Bish’s life that helped him gain a clearer picture of Who God is and how He has worked in his life. With my background in media, I especially enjoyed the closing chapter, “Sharing Tips for the Road�, a “Q&A� format that includes the most frequently asked questions posed to Terry about his on-air experiences. The chapter recounts the events leading up to Bish’s broadcasting gig where he provides free automotive advice on local radio station WSYR, 570 AM (Saturdays, 9-10 AM). The show, “The Car Care Clinic�, has been aired for 18 years and enjoys an enthusiastic following of callers who phone in questions about car repairs and troubleshooting. The author’s fascination with speed isn’t limited to cars, as he recalls exciting tales involving speed boats, motorcycles, airplanes and snowmobiles as well. The epilogue demonstrates great evangelistic sensitivity as the author identifies with readers who have yet to come to faith, offering them the same hope in Christ which he’s found. Terry Bish closes his autobiography on an upbeat note with this challenge: “Wherever you are in life, from zero to sixty or beyond, don’t let all that God has planned for you pass you by.� A must read for those who love speed! Copies of “Zero to Sixty� can be secured at: Terry owns and operates Terry’s Transmissions at 6217 East Taft Road in North Syracuse (458-4333). Their customer friendly services include a free multi-check, free towing within 10 miles (up to $65, on major transmission repairs), free loaner car on major transmission repairs, quick turnaround time, lifetime warranty on parts & labor (passenger cars and vans), and highly skilled & ASE certified trained technicians. He and his wife Charlene make their home in Brewerton, NY. They have a son, a daughter, and two grandchildren. Bish is very active in the community, serving with such agencies as Teen Challenge (Christian drug and alcohol rehab), Mercy Works (Syracuse-based organization teaching technology and life skills to teenagers), and Morrisville State College (tech automotive advisory committee).

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by Patty Mondore July is the month we celebrate Independence Day. I always look forward to the pageantry, parades, and celebrations commemorating the birth of our nation. Of course, my favorite 4th of July festivities are the fireworks displays that will be taking place all over Central and Northern New York. It is easy to get caught up in all of the festivities and forget what we are celebrating, and what our Founding Fathers went through to obtain it for us. I recently reread the Declaration of Independence - the document that announced the formation of the United States of America. I discovered a website ( that includes the document as well as the history surrounding its creation. As my part of the celebration, I thought I would share a little of what I found. The first Continental Congress met in Philadelphia in 1774. The colonies represented there were determined to show a combined authority to Great Britain and that it must be made to understand their grievances. Congress voted to meet again the following year if these grievances were not responded to. Over the next year, as dissatisfaction grew, British troops were sent in to quell any signs of rebellion, and all attempts by the colonists to resolve the crisis without war proved fruitless. On June 7, 1776, the second Continental Congress received a resolution urging Congress to declare independence. On June 11th, a committee was formed to draft a declaration of independence. At their request, Thomas Jefferson drafted a declaration. The first draft was read in Congress on June 28th On July 2nd, Congress declared independence as the British fleet arrived in New York. On July 4th, Congress adopted the Declaration. On August 2nd, delegates signed the Declaration as British reinforcements arrived in New York. The Declaration of Independence was complete, but it was only the beginning of the nation's struggle for independence. There would be seven more years of war (the Revolutionary War) before the US finally won the freedom they had declared in 1776. In 1783 the war was over and the world recognized the sovereignty of the United States. The Here are a few quotes from the Declaration of Independence, which has since become our nation's most cherished symbol of liberty. When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one

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people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation. We hold these truths to be selfevident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these united Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States,...and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. -And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor. -- John Hancock The Founding Fathers understood we were created to be free and that freedom is worth dying for. They also realized that our freedom is a gift from "Nature's God" that is ultimately dependent on his "Divine Providence". The Bible places a high value on freedom and describes it as a God-given right that was worth dying for. We are told, "It is absolutely clear that God has called you to a free life... use your freedom to serve one another in love; that's how freedom grows. For everything we know about God's Word is summed up in a single sentence: Love others as you love yourself. That's an act of true freedom" (Galatians 5:13 MSG). God has not only declared our freedom but that he has also won it for us. Jesus told us to "Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one's life for one's friends" (Jn 15:12,13). He also said that "if the Son sets you free, you are truly free" (Jn 8:36). In a letter to his wife dated July 3, 1776, John Adams wrote that Independence Day "will be most memorable Epocha in the history of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival. It ought to be commemorated, as the Day of Deliverance by solemn Acts of Devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade.bonfires and illuminations [fireworks] from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forevermore. You will think me transported with Enthusiasm but I am not. I am well aware of the Toil and Blood and Treasure, that it will cost Us to maintain this Declaration, and support and defend these States. Yet through all the Gloom I can see the Rays of ravishing Light and Glory. I can see that the End is more than worth all the Means. And that Posterity will triumph in that Days Transaction, even altho We should rue it, which I trust in God We shall not". I find my heart stirred when I reread some of the history surrounding our nation's birth. No doubt that as I watch the "Illuminations" this year, they will be all the more illuminating to me, and hopefully to you, too. Patty's summer nature columns are now available in book form. River-Lations: Inspirational Stories and Photos from the Thousand Islands is available in stores throughout the Thousand Islands, or online at

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eartheN vessels soNg of the brook by Natalie Pierce "For He shall give His angels charge over you…In their hands they shall bear you up, lest you dash your foot against a stone." Psalm 91:11&12 Approximately 50 feet east of our home, the Oswego River flows quietly by. It is one of the few rivers in the world which flows north rather than south. We might walk out to the edge of the cliff and tumble into it, if we could not see it. Undercurrents determine its velocity, whether it be calm or swift, but the river is noiseless. "Ole' Man River, Dat ole' man river, he must know somethin' but don't say nuthin," he just keeps rollin' along," laments the old Southern Spiritual. About the same distance to the north, flows a spring-fed brook which ultimately becomes part of the river. It gurgles and splashes happily over the stones, making such melodious sounds that we are compelled to stop and listen, mesmerized by its rhythm. Its comforting cadence has lulled my restless soul into deep, peaceful slumber on many a summer's night. What's the difference between the river and the brook? Stones. Without the stones, the brook would lose it song. As part of an agricultural experiment in England, all stones were removed from a plot of farmland. Crops were then planted. The result? Disaster. The harvest was practically nil. This exercise in futility quickly dispelled any and all doubts as to the necessity of rocks in the soil. They provide drainage, warmth, and a healthy balance for young plants, fostering growth.

wit ‘N wisdom count your blessings instead of sleep by Judyann Grant My husband and I haven't had pets in our house since our three grownup girls left the nest. However the arrival of grandchildren ushered in a whole new generation of pets: grand-pets! Now when our daughters go on vacation, we are the designated pet-sitters. This week grand-dog Mika, a rambunctious young boxer, enlivened our household. Mika wakes up each morning at 5 a.m. ready for her morning walk. The problem is I don’t want to open my eyes until 6:30! Mika, in her charming way, rests her paw next to me. I roll over and avoid making eye contact. Mika doesn’t get the message. She wiggles her bottom and shakes the bed in joyful anticipation of a morning romp. I don’t budge. She tries a new ploy - plunking her head on the edge of the bed. Her warm breath tickles my arm. Her cold wet nose touches my hand. I know she is staring at me. But I don’t want to get up until it’s absolutely necessary. Then I remember Mika is prone to “accidents.” Sighing loudly to let her know I don’t approve of leaving my bed at this unearthly hour, I drag my body from under the blanket, stumble to the bathroom, then head to the kitchen for her leash; meanwhile Mika runs circles around me. Mika, a town-dweller, has a small backyard to explore. When she comes to the country, there are acres and acres to investigate – and she is determined to cover every inch. I attach her leash, hitch up my pajamas so they don’t drag in the dew, slide into my flip-flops and off we go. We set off for the back forty and begin poking in and out of the woodsy area that borders our lawn. As we walk I hear a cardinal singing; his early morning music is a welcome accompaniment. Mika sniffs around the blackberry patch, circles and sniffs some more. I see a robin perched on the split rail fence post, looking like a painting on a greeting card. We move on and repeat the sniff-circle-sniff routine through ferns and milkweed plants. As Mika pokes and probes, I plan and pray. Over and over again, she looks for the perfect pooch-port-a-potty spot. Finally, she is satisfied with the smell of the land and the height of the vegetation and she takes care of business.

God is not surprised at these scientific findings. Plants and people need balance. He understands that no matter how "spiritual" our intent, it's the rocks and pebbles along the way that turn our hearts toward Him, enabling us to grow and mature. Job put it succinctly: "Man is born to trouble as the sparks fly upward." That being the rule of thumb, shall we grumble, allowing those troublesome stones to become stumbling blocks, or should we praise God and thank Him for endowing us with stepping stones that can lead to a productive, victorious life? The Apostle Paul chose to "glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope… " (Romans 5:3,4). Trials produce something: perseverance, character and hope (patience, experience and hope - KJV). And this hope does not disappoint us; it satisfies because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit. As we partake of Christ's sufferings, we learn more of His grace. Anne Johnson Flint capsuled this truth beautifully when she penned: "He giveth more grace when the burdens grow greater, He sendeth more strength when the labors increase." When the love of God is poured out over our heartaches--the pebbles and stones in life—we will radiate joy and tranquility. . We will not only be blessed, but we will be a blessing to those about us. “He set my feet upon a rock, and established my steps, He has put a new song in my mouth." Psalm 40:2,3 Dear Father, let the stones in our paths give rise to harmony soft and sweet, like the song of the brook.

When Mika is done, I grumble, “Why must you drag me out here so early? I’d rather be sleeping!” Then a still small voice whispers to me, “Yes, but then you wouldn’t hear the dawn song of the cardinal. You wouldn’t see the beautiful robin silhouetted against the rising sun. You’d miss the sweet scent of the morning air, fresh with dew. You’d lose the quiet time to plan your day and pray for your loved ones.” The still small voice is right: if I were still sleeping, I would miss all the joys of early morning. So I count my blessings and set the pace for a better day. Next week grand-dog Daisy is coming for an eight-day visit. Daisy is older. She likes to sleep late. But, being part Beagle, she does love to hunt. She will enjoy unearthing all the hidden scents cousin Mika has left behind. That’s okay with me. But you can count on it - we won’t be checking them out at 5:00 a.m. . . .

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;A father of the fatherless, and a judge of the widows, is God in his holy habitation.â&#x20AC;? 68:5 When I was living in South Africa there was this commercial that pierced my heart every time it aired. A young boy (perhaps12 years old) playing ball breaks a window. An angry man comes out of the home and chases the boy. He pulls his belt off and in a strong Afrikaans accent yells â&#x20AC;&#x153;Boy, I am going to find your father.â&#x20AC;? The boy trembling shyly responds, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Promise.â&#x20AC;? That commercial brought me to tears every time. My heart broke for that boy. The message of that commercial is that he didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know his father thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s -DPHV6WÂ&#x2021;6\UDFXVH why he was out alone getting into misÄĽ chief. Last month all over America churches gave messages about fathers and the wonderful things they do, etc. Yet, I wonder how many will address the reality that about 80% of the world either doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know who their fathers are or donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have any relationship with them? Sadly, for many with fathers in their homes, they feel pretty alone. Their fathers are preoccupied with computers, television sports, and other activities. Or the pressure to live the American dream has caught their dads and they are slaves to their jobs. I know this sounds bleak but the alarm has to be sounded. The scripture states that the Lord doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t look kindly to absent dads. He doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t look kindly to dads who do ungodly things and harm their wives and children. Woe to those who cause a child to sin. Sin? You think, isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t that pretty harsh? How could an absent dad or an emotionally removed dad cause a child to sin? This is extreme! Let me share from my own experience here. The reason I could cry for that boy in the commercial is because I know the sting of that same pain. I grew up without my biological father. To make it even worse I was reminded that he wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t only absent but apparently denied I was his. I had a step-father from the ages five till sixteen and he was abusive. As children, without a loving, responsible father, my siblings and I were put in dangerous and emotionally damaging situations often. Those experiences made

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falling apart because the head of the household isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t taking his responsibility seriously. Fatherhood is a lifestyle of constant discipline and dying to self for the good of family. The Lord says Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a father to the fatherless. He also says if your father and mother forsake you He will be there for you. That is so wonderful and has gotten me through the years of pain. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been a healing balm to my heart mind and spirit. Without His constant love for me I know I would most likely be a mess. I might even be in a psych ward. I am being serious. I know the bitterness this heart has held in the past. Some reading this know the same. Although He is there for the fatherless and forsakenâ&#x20AC;Ś.it was never His intention for us to be in that state. He gave parents an instruction book to navigate their lives with their children. He left His Holy Spirit â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Comforterâ&#x20AC;? to comfort them through the hard times. His Holy Spirit is there all the time calling out to fathers to hear His wisdom and receive His power. Fathers were not meant to be fathers alone. It would be impossible for fathers to live up to Godâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mandate without His power. Father, help us as the church to pray for the fatherless. Help us to love all the children you have placed in our lives. Help us to be responsible. Help those who havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t known a fatherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s love to reach out to you and see that you are faithful. Cause the godly men in churches to help the weaker men so they can grow to be strong fathers.

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Tell your child how you feel! "I love you" is conveyed differently when the words are shared in writing. In each letter to your child, share a few memories that mean a lot to you personally. Your stories will communicate truth in a way that's more memorable to your child than any singular compliment. Be specific when you describe what makes you proud about your child. The words will be like nourishment to your child when he or she re-reads the letter. You can also share your confidence in your child, as well as the beliefs that continue to motivate you personally. And last share what you've noticed recently about him or her. What positive characteristics do you see emerging? given. So God took them and nailed them to the cross of Jesus. The Message Bible says: The slate wiped clean, that old arrest warrant canceled and nailed to Christ's Cross. God canceled the unfavorable evidence of our unpaid debts by nailing them all to the cross. So now our slate has been wiped clean. As long as we believe it, we walk free of sin and it's aftermath. If it had not been for Jesus, we would not have a hope of approaching God. But through Him we are welcomed home, now and forever. Praise God, all charges against us have been dropped.












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• Compromise is an essential tool to solving problems through communication. • Try to be positive when bringing up sensitive marital problems. • Be a "reflective" listener and make sure you understand what your partner has said. • Feel free to use the "time out" card if the discussion gets too intense. • Make sure your body language, facial expressions and vocal tone are in line with your message. • Be honest, direct and focus on the real issue. • If you can't come up with a definitive solution, at least try to end the conversation on a positive note. • Don't ever be rude or talk down to your partner in a discussion about your relationship. • Stay on track. • Recognize when you need outside help to communicate effectively.


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Jesus loves his church (Ephesians 5:25). However, be cautioned from jumping to conclusions as only half of the story has been revealed thus far. If she has already discussed her frustrations with her husband to no avail, it would be appropriate to bring other loving Christians into the picture to intervene. This is what the body of Christ was created to be: a sanctuary of support, and a context to promote godly change. Following the counsel of Jesus found in Matthew 18:15-17 would be a great starting place. Again, if loving her husband is not the crux of confrontation then your friend should re-examine her heart and motives. Biblical confrontation is not about manipulation and control it is about love for another. If your response to your friend reflects these principles, consider yourself blessed as a counselor of God’s Word. Certainly, some of the demands of loving others, such as confrontation, can propel you out of your comfort zone. Yet, it is at such times of discomfort that God is not only using you to change others, but he is also using others, and the pains of their world, to change you for His glory and His purposes!

He’s not attentive to my emotional and physical needs. He doesn’t romance me anymore. He spends way too much time in the office. I feel like I’m falling out of love. We argue and fuss all the time. He rarely talks to me on a deep emotional level. I resent him. What happens when your best friend invites you to coffee so that she may unload on you the burdens of a broken marriage? When your friend comes to you anguishing over unthinkable hardships are you prepared to minister to her? How would you counsel her according to God’s Word? Christian women are people too. They hurt. They cry. They get angry. They feel lonely. They grow weary of marital patterns that alienate them from their husbands. They feel taken for granted. And they are susceptible to responding in ways that can further destroy a fragmented marriage. Worst of Jeremy Lelek is the President of the Association of Biblical Counselors all, they can walk down the dark road of bitterness, resentment, and sin, feel-   For more information about the Association of Biblical Counselors. ing quite justified in doing so given the relational and emotional turmoil brought forth, in their views, by their thoughtless and insensitive husbands. In such cases (which are all-too-common) the need for loving, sound, and biblical counsel is paramount. Most significantly, hearing God’s truth from a fellow     sister in Christ can make all the difference! Three truths may be considered when reaching out to a hurting friend: We know your eyecare experience “Weep with those who weep” (Romans 12:15). “Be quick to listen and slow to speak” (James 1:19). is important to you and we at While the tendency may be to offer a quick word of advice, listening with Malara Eyecare are ready to earn compassion is a very important process of counseling. A person is often your trust through personal, efficient comforted simply by a sincere effort to hear and understand the nature of her and professional eyecare and struggle. Offering “off the cuff” answers might lend to a woman feeling her eyewear services and products. problems are being minimized or simplified, therefore missing the gravity of Come in and see for yourself! her devastating pain. Listening, at times with tears, and asking inquisitive • Innovative Technologies questions that lead to the heart of her struggle both encourages her as well as • Prescription Accuracy Program informs you (the counselor) regarding what wisdom from God’s Word is most • Contact Lens Success Program pertinent for the presenting situation. • Designer Frames Aim at the heart. • One Year Frame & Lens Warranty Consider this profound passage from James as he poses the most popu• Extended Hours lar marriage counseling question of all time. “What causes fights and quarcall today for an rels among you (James 4:1)? He goes on, “Don’t they come from your appointment desires that battle within you? You want something but don’t get it. You kill and covet, but you cannot have what you want. You quarrel and fight” Office Hours (James 4:2). Whereas the tendency to explain the “why” of one’s feeling Monday 9:00 am – 7:00 pm empty, angry, or bitter is to point at one’s spouse as the cause, James does Tuesday 9:00 am – 6:00 pm the very opposite. He points the believer inward to the desires of the heart. A friend may be convinced that the cause of her bitterness or emotional emptiWednesday 9:00 am – 7:00 pm ness is her husband, yet in reality, according to the Bible the cause resides Thursday 9:00 am – 6:00 pm within her own heart. Although desires for intimacy, romance, love, and comFriday 9:00 am – 4:00 pm panionship are all beautiful and good, if they become the centerpiece of motiSaturday 8:00 am – 1:00 pm vation to the point where they are coveted, the goodness of these gifts vanishes, and all that is left is selfish ambition and pride. The desires to “love God” and “love neighbor” become usurped by idols of pleasure while the deceitful inertia of sin darkens the heart to embrace, even defend these newfound gods. How do you help her distinguish whether or not her desires for good things have been elevated to the level of idolatry? Simply pose this question: Do you want _______________ (ie., love, romance, intimacy, ac“providing professional eycare with a personal touch” knowledgement, etc.) so badly that you are willing to sin against God or others to get it? Apply this to actions, words, thoughts, and attitude. Kimbrook Village Square, 8395 Oswego Rd. Confront in love. (Corners of Rtes 31 & 57) As your friend is prompted to take the plank from her own eye (Matthew “Serving Liverpool, Clay & Baldwinsville” 7:5), good counsel would then seek to bring the husband into the picture. If indeed he is being neglectful and absent then he is failing to love his wife as (315) 622-3500 • D 7/11 488-0800

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by Patricia Patty

The words are scrawled across the collarbone of the aged department store mannequin: "Use me or abuse me." If that invitation isn't compelling enough, a more poetic plea is written on her chest: "Let your imagination release your imprisoned possibilities." Several anonymous artists have answered the call. The mannequin is naked, wigless, chopped at the waist, and gloriously painted. She's propped in the textile area of the 6,000-square-foot space in downtown Toronto known as Sketch. The loft is filled with collages, paintings, banners, photographs, sculptures, and paint splatters on the floor. Billed as "a working art initiative for youth ages 15-29 who are street-involved, homeless, and at-risk," Sketch is a place where simple acts of creative play lead to healing, growth, and spiritual transformation. "Youth who experience street life can be so heavily encumbered with hurt, shame, confusion, and the oppression of poverty, that they often first need to have a sense of safety and restoration, long before they can begin to acknowledge issues of spirituality and faith," says Sketch founder Phyllis Novak. Each year, Sketch welcomes more than 600 street-involved youth through workshops, open studio drop-ins, skill-building intensives, internships, and community events. Michael, 23, moves confidently about the Sketch kitchen, speaking with pride of the day's menu; chicken, scalloped potatoes, and squash soup. But he was fearful when he first arrived at Sketch, just over a year ago. "I was dealing with a lot of anxieties because of my past," he says. He has grown "spiritually stronger" through his cooking, painting, and photography, he says. "I now have a greater sense of what I believe and how I can express that." Despite the trauma and violence these kids still face on the streets, Sketch has one of the lowest incident rates of any drop-in program in the city.

Water drinking tips The U.S. National Research Council recommends 1 mL of water for every calorie you eat. So according to this guideline, a person who eats 2,000 calories should be drinking 2,000 mL. Caffeinated beverages, count for 1⁄2. • More water is needed during exercise and in hot weather. A rough

staying young top tips to beat major agers "We may not like to see sweat on treadmills or public speakers," say Drs. Roizen and Oz, "but we want to see it on YOU." Why? "Because the way to improve heart function is to sweat more than a kid in the principal’s office." • Cardiovascular activity lowers both the top (systolic) and the bottom (diastolic) numbers of your blood pressure. Cardio exercise may also help keep your blood vessels more elastic by forcing them to dilate.

Why? Staff have several theories. "Part of it is that there's this invitation to be new every day," says artist coordinator Kerry Boileau. "You're not necessarily held to what you've done [in the past]. You can choose a new path." "Just by walking into this space, people feel valued," agrees drop-in coordinator Julian Diego. "We try to let people know that it's their space. And people have fun here. So I think they value their access to it, in a way that they become very protective of the space." Novak launched Sketch in 1996, with support from the Christian community, to be "an authentic demonstration of the presence and love that Christianity truly means to bear to the world through Christ." Years of coordinating drama and visual arts at Toronto's Yonge Street Mission had taught her that when "someone makes art, incredible transformation can take place in their lives." "There is a softening that occurs during the art-making process," she reflects. "Just being around it causes all of us to drop our guard a little, become younger within, and more able to receive kindness and love." Such is the norm at Sketch. Youth may come out of curiosity or for the free meals, but they stay because they find something there that they haven't found anywhere else. Spewky, 20, has been living on the streets since he was 17. "Sketch changed my life completely," he says. "It's why I wake up every morning. It's like a family here." Sketch board chair John Andras observes, "You've got to remember that their lives may have been very bleak. Street life is a hard life. They're constantly rejected. Then they come to a place where they're totally accepted for who they are. And they're accepted for being valuable, contributing individuals that can succeed and create. It's through that process of creation that a spark ignites, starts to kindle the soul, and a searching begins." Then, as a certain painted mannequin affirms, imprisoned possibilities are released and souls are set free. Learn more at Copyright © by the Christianity Today from Leadership Journal.

guideline—for every hour of exercise, drink an extra quart of water. • Avoid drinking at night. People who don't make the time to drink fluids during the day sometimes try to make up for it in the evening, but this may result in waking up during the night to urinate. Avoid drinking at least two hours before bedtime. • Check bottled water—some types are not spring water but actually purified water from the same source as tap water. • Drink Warm or Room Temperature Water.

• In addition to 30 minutes of daily walking, aim for a minimum of 1 hour a week of sweaty activity -- ideally in three 20-minute sessions-- during which you raise your heart rate to 80% its ageadjusted maximum (220 minus your age) for extended periods of time. • Or try this: After warming up, go for maximum effort for 1 minute, and then slow down for 2 minutes. Then go to 80% of maximum for seven minutes. Then cool down.

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ingredients For the burgers: 1 pound ground beef salt and pepper to taste lettuce, tomato, pickles For the sauce: 1 cup of fresh, minced pineapple or 1 20 oz. can of quality minced pineapple 1/2 cup of low sodium soy sauce 1 ” knob of minced ginger 3 Tablespoons brown sugar 2 cloves of minced garlic 1/2 tsp of vinegar (or rice vinegar) 1/2 tsp sesame oil 1 Tbs cornstarch 1 Tbs cold water

Preparation 1. For the sauce: In a blender, combine: soy sauce, 1 can of minced pineapple (or 1 full cup of the minced fresh pineapple), ginger, garlic, brown sugar, vinegar, sesame oil. Liquefy all ingredients until well combined or until pineapple and ginger are crushed. 2. In small bowl, mix cornstarch and cold water. With fork, break apart all the cornstarch clumps until liquid is smooth (cornstarch slurry). 3. Transer teriyaki liquid to sauce pan. Heat up for about 1 minute until hot and bubbly. Remove sauce pan from heat and stir in cornstarch water mixture. Stir rapidly till sauce thickens. Allow to cool. Makes about 2-3 cups of teriyaki sauce. 4. For the burgers: Season and grill burger patties, then toss patties in a small bowl containing teriyaki sauce right before you assemble the burgers.

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The Good News PaPer PO Box 15303, Syracuse, NY 13215 Phone 315-488-0800 Email: Volume 16 Issue 1 Publisher: Catherine C. Fida Assistant Editor: Leah Rizzo Contributing Writers: Cynthia Badger; Rev.Thomas Burgess; Laurie Ferris; Mary LaClair; Joseph Masterleo; Tamara Myers; Patty Mondore; John Petrilli; Natalie Pierce, Robin Citron. Distributors: Patricia Barnes; Frank McCarthy; Pam St. Germaine; Frank & Angela Sieldwicki; Stacia Traver. The Good News Paper is a not-forprofit, inter-denominational, multicultural Christian newspaper that is published eleven times a year by Son Light Ministries, Inc. The Good News Paper welcomes submissions of press releases and news of interest. All editorial and advertising is subject to publishers approval and the publisher reserves the right to reject any editorial or advertisement. Our publication does not knowingly accept advertising that is deceptive, fraudulent, or which might otherwise violate the law or accepted standard of taste. However, this publication does not warrant or guarantee the accuracy of any advertisement, nor the quality of goods or services advertised. Readers are cautioned to investigate all claims made in any advertisements, and to use good judgement and reasonable care, particularly when dealing with persons unknown to you who ask for money in advance of delivery of goods or services advertised. PhotogrAPhiC rEquirEmEnts Photographs that are submitted for print, must have good clarity and contrast. Color or B&W photographs are acceptable. If you would like your photo returned please submit a self-addressed, stamped envelope along with your photograph. Digital format accepted are jpeg, pdf, or tif. Closing DAtEs: Published the beginning of each month. Editorial material must be submitted by the 15th of the month prior to publication issue. Advertising by the 20th.

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worship today a call to worship by Matt Slick "Shout joyfully to the Lord, all the earth. Serve the Lord with gladness; come before Him with joyful singing. Know that the Lord Himself is God; it is He who has made us, and not we ourselves; we are His people and the sheep of His pasture. Enter His gates with thanksgiving, and His courts with praise. Give thanks to Him; bless His name. For the Lord is good; His loving kindness is everlasting, and His faithfulness to all generations." Alright, for those of you who are you into sports? Who is your favorite team? Is it a basketball team, or a football team, baseball, or maybe hockey? Do you absolutely love to see a great play? Do you get excited and shout when you see a touch down, a home run, a goal, or a slam dunk? Do you enjoy entering the gates of a ball park, a hockey rink, or a stadium? Do you love the excitement? Then again, do you like going in and sitting down in front of the tube and getting all psyched up for the "big event"? The rose bowl? The World Series? Or the playoffs? Do you know all the names of the players on

Abundant Life Christian Center

Youth & Children’s Ministry | Spanish & Russian Translations 7000 All Nations Blvd E Syracuse, NY 13057 315.463.7300

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7744 Frontage road plaza • Cicero, ny13039 (315) 415-6217 sun service:10am • Wed & Fri: harp & Bowl intercession 7-9pm Apostolic Ministers James & Roseanne Exner

We’re a Five-Fold Ministry Governed FelloWship apostles • prophets • evangelists • pastors • teachers

your favorite team along with their hits, errors, or fouls? Do you know the batting averages of 5 or more players? Do you vicariously bask in the glory of your team's victory? Do you praise the wonders of your pitcher, your goalie, your quarterback? Do you love talking about them? There are different things that get us excited, that cause us to shout for joy. For me its a new computer program or a good book. For others it could be new clothes, a new car, going to a party, buying a new music C.D., or maybe seeing a great movie. Let me ask you, are you excited about God? Do you love Him? Do you know all about Him? Do you enjoy entering His gates with praise? Do you shout for joy and praise His name with joyful songs? I hope so. It isn't wrong to shout for a team, to support them, to talk about how great they are. But the question is, "Do you know that you are called to give the same, if not more, devotion and dedication to the Lord as you do to your favorite team?" You are called to Worship the Lord, to spend the same kinds of energy on Him. In fact, did you know that you are called to Worship the Lord and that the Lord even tells you how to do it? The answer is in Psalm 100!

Victory christian center

209 oswego street, Liverpool, ny 13088 committed to Loving God, rebuilding Lives, restoring hopes and Dreams and Fulfilling God’s Destiny serVice tiMes: sunday 10:15aM Wednesday 7:00PM a Foursquare Gospel church • We are a second-chance church

Pastors: todd & Yolanda Redden serviCe tiMes: sun. 11:00 am Wed. eve 7:00 pm On The Corner of: Thompson Rd. & Northern Blvd. Cicero, NY 13039 699-4140


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Word of Life Assembly of God 12 East Oneida St., Baldwinsville NY 638-8870

Pastor Randy Czyz

Sunday Worship at 10 Family Night on Wed. Evenings at 7 pm

219 County Rt. 57 Phoenix, NY 13135 (Just 2 miles North of Rt. 31)


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Jeannie M. norwich pastor 3650 James st., syr. nY 13206 315-391-5013 • 11AM sunday

TRINITY ASSEMBLY OF GOD 4398 Rte. 31 • Clay, New York 13041 Pastor Thomas & Eunhee Hertweck Senior Pastors (315) 652-4996 / 652-4370 • Sunday Services Additional Services Sunday School 9:15 am Wed. 7 pm Worship 10:15 am & 6 pm Sat. Prayer 6 pm

NEW BEGiNNiNGS CHRiStiAN CENtER “church on the rock - syracuse” 7247 State Fair Blvd. • Syracuse • 635-3989

Hope AblAze Ministries

Loving God, Loving People

7965 Oswego Road Liverpool, NY 13090 315-652-3160

Bruce Aubrey, Senior Pastor Worship Service: Saturday 5:05 PM Worship Service: Sunday 9:30 & 11 AM Sunday Evening Prayer Service: 6:30 PM

750 James Street Syracuse, New York 13203

315.472.7625 FAMILY CHURCH Service Time: Sunday at 10:00 am

Founding Pastors Danny and Jean Thornton

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119 south Peterboro st., canastota, ny 13032 Pastors tom & rene Burgess • 800-294-9131 email:

Abound in Hope (Romans 15:13) sunday 10 a.m. Pre-service Fellowship and Prayer sunday 10:30 a.m. Worship and the Word, with children dismissed for sunday school during sermon Wednesday 6:30 p.m. adult Prayer and Bible study

New Heart Ministries Pastor Charity Gustke

68 Smokey Hollow Rd., Baldwinsville NY 13027 (Corner of OswegoRoad (48) & Smokey Hollow Rd.)

315-383-2876 • Worship Service Sundays @ 10:30am

Grace Grace evanGelical covenant covenant church 5300 State Rte. 31 (Corner at Stearns Rd.) Clay, NY 13041 315-699-1551 Rev. William Anthes, Senior Pastor

SuNdAY SERviCES 8:30 am & 11:00 am Sunday School 9:45 am

SYRACUSE SALT OF THE EARTH MINISTRIES 320 West Onondaga Street, Syracuse, NY 13204 Pastor Frankie Jackson • 423-3829 SUN Worship Service 11am FRI Living Out the Word (Bible Study) 7pm

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DanieLLa’S SOft Serve anD SeafOOD a complimentary addition to the famous DanieLLa’S Steak hOuSe Conveniently located at the corner of Route 11 and Gillette Road (8202 Brewerton Road, across the street from Sacred Heart Church), Daniella’s features something for everyone’s taste buds. From creamy premium ice cream to seafood platters to burgers and dogs, it’s the place to retreat from the summertime heat. When longtime Cicero resident Charlie Roman heard that the former Mike’s Fish Fry was available to lease, he put in an offer. Despite a prolonged rainy spring season, business has gotten off to a phenomenal start. Customer feedback has been extremely positive, with many people approving the major facility rehab including the facade and Owner Charley Roman color scheme, enhanced curb appeal, and the new outdoor dining patio. The restaurant can easily accommodate outdoor parties for 25-50 people. Daniella’s specializes in Upstate® Dairy Products, including the very popular Upstate® Custard which is creamier and richer than traditional ice cream. The ice cream menu also features such popular items as the Two Berry Twist (red raspberry sherbet and black raspberry yogurt), an orange-vanilla twist, and the ever-popular chocolate-vanilla twist. Daniella’s offers an expanded food menu, including their famous “Poutine” (French fries, cheese curd and gravy), fresh haddock, fresh scallops, fried shrimp, homemade crab cakes, fresh perch, lobster rolls, homemade New England Clam Chowder, homemade chili, steak sandwiches, and, of course, those perennial Hofmann® hot dogs, coneys and burgers. Roman promotes a strong customer service philosophy, realizing that customers are the reason the business exists. “We’re very customer focused. Its about building a customer base one customer at a time. We stress positive attitudes and courteous service. At the end of the day it’s a great philosophy to follow, and a win-win for everybody. Everybody likes to be treated nicely. We try to offer outstanding products, and to them - superior service in a nice, clean atmosphere.” Daniella’s is open during the summer from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week, and can be reached at 315-752-3126. The ice cream stand will be seasonal, but the fish fry will be open year round. If steak is your game, Roman also owns and operates Daniella’s Steakhouse, a fine dining steakhouse located at 670 State Fair Blvd. right across the street from the fairgrounds. Open for six years, Daniella’s Steakhouse has been a homerun right from the start. Their menu features hand cut steaks, homemade sauces, an ultra prime rib, fresh seafood, chops, pasta, chicken and veal. Appetizers include New England Lobster Rolls and Poutine. Stop in today to treat yourself and your family!


aniella’s Soft Serve & Seafood

Open 7 Days a Week Lunch & Dinner 11am – 10pm SanDWicheS

Hoffman Hot Dog $2.50 Hoffman Coney $2.50 Hoffman Texas Hot $3.25 Hoffman Chili Dog $3.25 Daniella’s Famous New England Lobster Roll $10.00 New England Clam Roll $6.00 New England Scallop Roll $8.50 Fresh Fried Haddock Sandwich $6.50 Crab Cake Sandwich $7.00 Famous Burger $3.95 Cheeseburger $4.50

SeafOOD PLatterS Served with Cole Slaw & French Fries Fried Haddock Platter $9.75 Fried Scallop Platter $11.95 Fried Clam Platter $8.95 Fried Shrimp Platter $10.95 Chicken Tenders w/French Fries $7.95 Daniella’s Famous Poutine – French fries, Cheese Curd & Gravy $6.00

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SiDeS French Fries $2.25 Cajun Seasoned Fries $2.75 Cole Slaw $1.50 Onion Rings $3.95 Crab Cakes (2) $8.95 Half Pickle .75 Whole $1.40 Homemade New England Clam Chowder $3.95 Homemade Chili $4.50

Call 315-471-9874 for our Daily SpeCialS or visit us online at: for a complete listing of lunch, dinner and catering menus. Open five days a week for lunch and seven days a week for dinner. Daniella’s also offers a small banquet facility that comfortably accommodates up to fifty people!

Food You’ll Love...

Daniella’s Soft Serve & Seafood 8202 Brewerton Road (across the street from Sacred Heart Church)

Cicero, NY 13039 315-752-3126

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