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ThE GOOd NEWS PAPER PO Box 15303, Syracuse, NY 13215 Phone 315-488-0800 www.goodnewspaper.org Email: goodnews@twcny.rr.com Volume 14 Issue 6 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. Distributors: Patricia Barnes; Mary LaClair; 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: The Good News Paper will be published the beginning of each month. Editorial material must be submitted by the 15th of the month prior to publication issue. Advertising must be submitted by the 20th of the month prior to publication.

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perspective Welcome to the July issue of the Good News! Our cover story welcomes Rabbi Jacob Rogers, his wife Teresa, and their family to their new appointment. Jacob has recently been designated as the new rabbi of New Beth Israel Messianic Jewish Fellowship. We want you to know we support you and your work as you share the message of Yeshua’s love to the Jews and the Gentiles in our area. God Bless! This issue is filled with good articles, the first one is an article entitled, “Face your Fears,” about violinist Roddy Chung best known as the violin player for the Trans-Siberian Orchestra written by Tim Bennett.

Next there is a moving memoriam for basketball legend it ... John Wooden written by Joe Masterleo. Then there’s an important article and call to united prayer from Dr. Bruce Jones. Something everyone with a prayer group or anyone simply interested in the condition of our city should get involved with. And a really cool event - Jewish and Christian scholars are collaborating to produce the first of its kind Tree of Life Messianic Family Bible! Then on page 15 there’s the Article, “Reclaiming the View,” by the amazing Patti Mondore. Patty challenges us this month to slow down, and smell the roses, much need advise for many a weary soul. So I hope you enjoy the July issue and your 4th of July celebrations. Unil next month.

“God Bless AmericA”

First, recognize your need for God and repent for sinning against him. “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). “All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord has laid on him [Jesus] the iniquity of us all” (Isaiah 53:6). The meaning of the word repent is “change your mind.” It’s doing a complete turnaround. Instead of turning away from God, we must turn toward him. Second, realize and believe that Jesus paid the price for our salvation by dying on the cross. Three days later God raised him from the dead. Jesus wants to save you from an eternity separated from God. “For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God” (1 Peter 3:18). “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him [Jesus] should not perish, but have eternal life” (John 3:16).Third, receive and accept Christ as your personal Savior. “To all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God” (John 1:12). “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved” from eternity in hell (Romans 10:13). If you do this and sincerely mean it in your heart, the Lord will hear you and set you free. You will be forgiven and receive God’s gift of eternal life. That’s the best blessing anyone can ever receive, in this blessed country or anywhere else!

by Rev. Tom Burgess, Pastor of Hope Christian Fellowship, Canastota It’s as appropriate being sung in homes with friends and family members, or in stadiums packed with thousands of sports fans, as it is in churches filled with worshipers. Regardless of the setting, Irving Berlin’s “God Bless America” has fittingly become our nation’s unofficial musical intercession. Written in the dark days preceding World War II, this “solemn prayer” has become a renewed rallying cry since the events of September 11, 2001. It has already been answered in countless ways and in millions of lives. Americans are blessed to live, laugh, and love in freedom—freedom to enjoy all that our hearts hold so dear. God has generously blessed our nation, from the Pacific in the west to the Atlantic in the east; from the Great Lakes in the north to the Gulf of Mexico in the south. The diverse cities and towns, the rolling hills, the spacious plains, the majestic mountains, and the colorful deserts all make up what we lovingly call “America.” Truly this is our “home, sweet home.” And America offers to share its opportunities with people of every ethnicity and nationality, inviting them to live in this great land. The people of the United States of America are gathered from the four corners of the earth. Yet our citizens peaceably work together to make our homeland a unique and unparalleled nation in which to live. Approaching our country through New York Harbor and passing by “Lady Liberty,” one can see the message she has displayed for more than a century: “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free….” In the midst of these benefits, we often fail to recognize the greatest blessing for which we, and all people of the world, were created—the ultimate freedom that comes from a personal relationship with Jesus Christ (John 8:36; 2 Corinthians 3:17). This is only possible through repentance and faith. Jesus preached the gospel, or good news, of God’s kingdom saying, “Repent and believe” (Mark 1:14-15).

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New Beth Israel welcomes New raBBI by John R. Petrilli I always wanted to attend a Messianic Jewish worship service. On May 29, 2010 that desire was satisfied as I attended a very special gathering at the New Beth Israel Messianic Jewish Fellowship located at 601 Irving Ave in Syracuse, New York. It was a great day to visit as the congregation was celebrating the ordination of their new rabbi, Rabbi Jacob Rogers. The occasion was festive to say the least. Joy filled the air as members sang and praised God at the top of their voices, shofars (ram’s horn) accompanied the lilting music, and volunteers danced in a round at the front of the sanctuary. It was unlike anything I’ve ever witnessed before. Rabbi Greenberg charged Rabbi Rogers to preach the Word, stay alert, endure hardships, evangelize the lost, persevere in trials, and fully carry out his new ministry at New Beth Israel. The celebration continued as participants enjoyed delicious foods afterwards and gave their farewell wishes to the Greenberg’s as they embark upon their new ministry pursuits in Florida. Leadership transition is a pivotal moment in the life of any group, and especially so in the case of a fellowship of God’s people. The following interview with Rabbi Jacob Rogers provides an inside look at what’s ahead for New Beth Israel.

JR: I’ve taken some yeshiva coursework through our affiliation organization, but the vast majority of my preparation has been rolling my sleeves up and just doing the work of the ministry at hand. G-d has instrumentally used Rabbi and Rebbetzin Greenberg in preparing and training us up for this new task ahead. We have been meeting every week for years. We really strive for a Paul and Timothy model of discipleship and spiritual fatherhood (1 Tim 1:2,18; 2 Tim 1:2 ; 2:1). To teach, impart and pass on our spiritual DNA from one generation to the next, who will in turn pass it on to the next and so on (2 Tim 2:2). JP: What are some of the challenges you anticipate? JR: As Messianic Jews we exist as part of both what is traditionally considered to be Judaism and also Christianity. There are folks in both camps that reject this position. There are many Jews that say you “you are no longer a Jew when you believe in Jesus”, please see Isaiah 53 for rebuttal. There are some in the Christian world that similarly say “You can’t believe in Jesus you are a Jew”, I would direct these people to Acts 15 and Romans 9, 10 and 11. I believe the basis of both of these views comes from misunderstanding and 2,000 years of rocky history between the church and synagogue.

JP: In what specific ways has God prepared you for your new place of service?

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JP: Where would you like to see God take this ministry in the years ahead? JR: Wherever He wants to take it. He has something amazing in store for this city, it’s almost like you can see it coming on the horizon and smell it in the air and I want to play whatever part G-d has for us in it. I want to see G-d use us in increasing the number of salvation relationships between the people in this region and our Messiah Yeshua.

JP: Please begin by telling us a little about yourself and your family. JR: I grew up in the Finger Lakes region outside of Rabbi Jacob Rogers and wife Teresa of New Beth Israel Messianic Jewish Fellowship Rochester. My family and I moved to Syracuse from JP: What can our readers pray for you as you launch into ministry Rochester about seven years ago. My lovely wife Teresa and I have been married for twelve years and have four daughters ranging from eleven here? years old to six months. JR: Strength, continued vision, wisdom, direction, provision, a renter to share our building, but most of all divine protection for my family through all of this. JP: How has God led you to accept the oversight of New Beth Israel Messianic Jewish Synagogue here in Syracuse? JR: About seven years ago I was serving as the cantor for the Friday evening service at Shema Yisrael (in Rochester) when Rabbi Greenberg was visiting as a guest speaker. That evening as Rabbi was speaking, I knew that I knew that I knew with every fiber of my being that I was supposed to “come to Syracuse to be Rabbi Mark’s understudy”. These words were so clear in my mind and I knew they were not my own. I spoke to Rabbi Greenberg and he advised me to pray about it. The next day my wife approached me and described to me that she had received a similar impression. I hadn’t spoken a single word to my wife about my experience the night before. We went to our Rabbi, our elders, and Rabbi and Rebbetzin Greenberg for prayerful counsel and confirmation and every one of them confirmed it.

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A point of keen interest, the Jewish congregation who originally dedicated the Irving Ave. synagogue building in 1926 used the same exact Bible verse (Haggai 2:6-9) which New Beth Israel Messianic Synagogue used on their cover. They had no knowledge of this until after they had chosen the same verse 77 years later! Haggai 2:6-9: “This is what the Almighty says: ‘In a little while I will once more shake the heavens and the earth, the sea and the dry land. I will shake all nations, and the desired of nations will come, and I will fill this house with glory,’ says the Lord Almighty. ‘The glory of this present house will be greater than the glory of the former house,’ says the Lord Almighty. ‘And in this place I will grant peace,’ declares the Lord Almighty.” May the glory of God permeate the worship services at New Beth Israel, may the peace of God be their portion, and may God use them to shake their neighborhood for the Messiah. Shalom! New Beth Israel holds its Shabbat services on Saturday mornings at 10:00 AM.

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reach out The imPorTance of a faTher by Mark H. Okazaki, LMSW Several years ago, as a graduate student, I wrote my thesis on the topic of “The Effects of Fatherlessness in the Lives of Men in Recovery.” I had the opportunity to do a sampling of the gentlemen who resided at the Syracuse Rescue Mission. I based it on the premise that the greatest threat to modern society is the rise of absent, uninvolved, abusive, and emotionally disconnected fathers in American homes. Research has shown that children who live absent for their biological fathers are 2-3 times more likely to use drugs, to experience educational, health, emotional and behavioral problems. Children who grow up in homes without the presence of a stable father are prone to engaged in criminal activities and continue the patterns of dysfunction to the succeeding generation. Scriptures tell us that the “sins of the fathers are passed down to the succeeding generations.” Additionally, research has demonstrated the positive effects of a present and engaged father for a child’s well-being. Children with attentive, supportive, and loving fathers are significantly more likely to do well in school, have healthy self-esteem, exhibit empathy and contribute to one’s community. In my research, my data showed that 58% of my sampling grew up without their biological fathers in their lives. I noted statistical significance (this means that this can be replicated scientifically with similar results) that amongst those growing up with a father struggled in three areas: (1) Feelings of inadequacy and inferiority; (2) Feelings of resentment, bitterness, and unforgiveness; and (3) Difficulties with the law and those in authority. So the implications are obvious, men who struggle with feelings of inferiority will undoubtedly question their worth as a man. They will attempt to validate themselves by their conquests, possessions, or being a man-pleaser. Men who struggle with resentments are stuck in their bitterness and defile those around them. They are quick to blame God and their circumstances.

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You would not be surprise that many of these men become abusive in their primary relationships. It is very telling that many of the men, who become sanctioned to domestic violence programs, have grown up in homes without a father. Society often finds these men who are not able to be self responsible. They often find that change is beyond their grasp and feelings of entitlement subtly creep in. Because of their hurt by an absent or abusive father, many fatherless men struggle with authority. Internally, they have made a bitter root judgment that adults can’t be trusted, so they have made themselves their own authority. These men (or women) out of their wound, have made a decision to trust in themselves rather than to submit to the One who can truly set them free. Consider how many broken and angry people we have around us in Syracuse, who either try to medicate their pain by drinking, drugging, or any other compulsive behavior? Open your eyes to the younger generation; you will observe angrier, rebellious, insecure individuals than ever before. Unless this issue of the importance of healthy fathers in the lives of their children is resolved, we will continue to be engulfed in social problems. As we celebrate Father’s Day, healing can begin when one first acknowledges a need for a heavenly Father to begin to parent us in ways that our earthly fathers have fallen short. Our intervention can be geared toward helping men see the importance of letting go of their control that they have set themselves as the authority in their lives. This includes owning that they have made themselves out to “be god,” and renouncing any inner vows they have made and submit themselves under a Power greater than themselves to bring manageability back to their lives. For us, the ultimate and only deliverer is Jesus Christ and making Him not only our Savior, but Lord of our lives. It will be imperative that we challenge men to examine their attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors on true masculinity. For the local church, this will mean the call to Biblical repentance and the challenge to continue to renew our minds to be in step with our regenerated hearts. This will be painful, but it can begin the journey toward one’s wholeness and true significance.

Expressing unconditional love empowers parents to raise kids to be confident adults. By accepting each child’s unique nature, we lay a foundation for good selfesteem. Too often we unintentionally inflict damage on a young one’s ego

by confusing actions with personhood—a child might hear criticism as “I’m bad” rather than “my behavior was wrong.” Children desperately need parental guidance and discipline, but these must be wrapped in actions and language that convey love. The alternative—correcting a child with the aim of making him or her the adult Mom or Dad desires instead of the person God intends—promotes a rebellious spirit. Think of the popular child-rearing axiom “Pick your battles” more in these terms: “Pick the battles that affect the child’s soul.” Passing fads and weird clothing or hair choices are not worthy battles, but issues related to honesty, integrity, and obedience call for a parent’s guidance. The result of unconditional love and its byproducts—self-esteem and obedience—is that children develop good relationships. They will be prepared to accept others with the same attitude their parents showed them. This is critical because a wounded child will one day struggle to express wholehearted love to a marriage partner or to receive it in return.


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SyraCuSe univerSity StuDieS effeCt of Prayer on CarDiovaSCular health: helP neeDeD My name is Ralph W. Emerson IV, and I’m an advanced doctoral student studying clinical psychology at Syracuse University. I would like to briefly discuss with the Good News community a research project we are currently conducting. Why? Because we need the help of readers like you. We need the assistance of Christians who are interested in discussing their faith and collaborating with our research team in the exploration of prayer and cardiovascular health. Perhaps some of you are wondering why such a research project should be done. Prayer works and promotes better health. It doesn’t take a research scientist to figure that one out. I’m sure many Good News readers can testify to God’s amazing power to transform lives, heal emotional wounds, or bring the suffering out of painful moments of bondage. Recognizing the power of prayer just takes faith. Nevertheless, this study represents a landmark in the examination of prayer and cardiovascular health. Nationwide epidemiological data suggests that 30% of individuals suffering from cardiovascular disorders are unaware of their condition and another 40% fail to seek treatment. With such widespread lack of awareness, substantiating prayer as effectively reducing cardiovascular stress could represent a useful kernel of knowledge that could eventually impact public health policies and even reduce the incidence of cardiovascular problems amongst Christians. What does this mean for you? If you have any interest whatsoever in learning more about our study or would like to sign up to participate, please contact us at raemerso@vt.edu or 405-609-9245. If selected to take part, you would be asked to come into the prayer lab on SU campus. For approximately 90 minutes you would perform a series of activities including filling out questionnaires, discussing the value and meaning of your faith, and possibly praying. Participation is completely voluntary and you would be able to leave at any time, if desired. The research study is also completely confidential – all collected information will be deidentified before being stored for analysis. I should also point out a couple more miscellaneous bits: you must be 18 or older to participate (sorry kids!) and in good cardiovascular health. This means we have to unfortunately exclude anyone that is currently on blood pressure medications or has had recent cardiovascular problems. Our research group has not been blessed with a large bank account, so we can only compensate participants $5 for their time – which should just be enough to cover parking costs, or maybe a coffee from Starbucks. Money aside, our relationship with God doesn’t come with a dollar sign, so I would hope this doesn’t detract from any interest you may have! Thank you for thoughtfully considering the SU prayer research project. We really cannot do this study without the help of fellow believers like yourselves. If you know of anyone else that would like to join us in this project, please don’t hesitate to share this information with them! All believers are welcomed. God bless.

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by Will Davis Have you ever encountered a “Big Hairy Audacious Prayer”? Author Will Davis Jr. is a man who not only knows about asking big things from God, but he believes that all Christ-followers are equipped with the faith to make “Big Asks” from God! Beginning with the Lord’s Prayer as a biblical example, Davis teaches believers that God honors requests of His children that are specifically and biblically asked. Once believers learn to view God’s word as a prayer guide, the entire Bible becomes a treasure chest of promises and foundational prayers that enable Christ-followers to storm heaven’s gates with pinpoint accuracy! Prayers should be so God-sized, so humanly impossible, and yet so utterly appealing that they totally consume you and drive you to your knees. Davis is not talking about a genie-in-alamp approach to prayer, but a prayer life that is founded upon God’s Word and one that gives new meaning to the biblical exhortation to come boldly before God’s throne. Davis, pastor of Austin Christian Fellowship in Austin, Texas, has written four books that offer a biblical foundation for making “Big Asks” of God and expecting miraculous results. Pray Big: The Power of Pinpoint Prayers introduces the concept of Big Hairy Audacious Prayers (or BHAP’s) and reveals how vital our prayer lives are in the process of learning to submit to God and trusting Him with every detail of our lives. Whether you are begging for the salvation of a spouse, the removal of a cancerous tumor, or the resolution of a difficult financial situation, it is exciting to bring your requests before God when you are standing on biblical ground. Davis encourages believers to use Scripture intermingled with prayer so that requests can be made specifically and accurately. The practice of searching the Bible for God’s promises and direction will establish a solid foundation for making requests from your Heavenly Father. Pray Big: The Power of Pinpoint Prayers by Will Davis Jr. Revell/ISBN: 978-0-8007-3204-2/201 pages/softcover/$12.99 www.willdavisjr.com

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NATIONAL BRIEFS The Changing Face of Motherhood (EP News)--A report by the Pew Research Center shows moms today are very different from their counterparts 20 years ago. In general, mothers of newborns are older and better educated than their moms in the ‘90s. But, only 59 percent of today’s moms are married when they give birth. Victoria Cobb, president of the Family Foundation of Virginia, said, “This is a clear result of a society that has devalued marriage in every way,” she said, “whether looking at the definition of marriage, or simply allowing for quicker, easier divorce.” She said research shows the best place for kids to be raised is in a household with a married mother and father. Washington State High Court Rules in Favor of Library Filters (EP News)--In a 6-3 decision, the Washington Supreme Court has said that public libraries do not have to disable Internet filters, just because an adult patron requests it. The majority wrote in its opinion: “A public library has never been required to include all constitutionally protected speech in its collection and has traditionally had the authority, for example, to legitimately decline to include adult-oriented material such as pornography in its collection. This same discretion continues to exist with respect to Internet materials.” The judges relied heavily on United States v. American Library Association of 2003, which upheld the 2000 Children’s Internet Protection Act. The law requires libraries to use filtering software if they want to receive federal money. Saddleback Hosts Adoption Event (EP News)--More than 1,000 people gathered at Saddleback Church in California in May to learn about the plight of orphans worldwide. A panel of guests discussed God’s call to protect the vulnerable and help those who are helpless. “As an adopted child of God,” Pastor Rick Warren said in a news release, “it is easy for me to see how vital and necessary it is to provide these children with love and care and ensure that they are raised in a family just as I have been raised in the family of the body of Christ.” Senator Seeks Parental-Rights Protections (EP News)--U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint, R-S.C., has introduced a resolution that asks the Senate to refrain from ratifying an anti-parental rights treaty. Senate Resolution 519 defines the Constitution as the primary safeguard for children in the U.S. It also states that the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child “undermines traditional principles of law regarding parents and children.” Parental rights supporters are also calling for a constitutional amendment that would make protection of parental rights explicit within the text of the Constitution. “The courts have indicated to us that the Constitution is not specific as far as parental rights,” DeMint said. “That’s why a number of us feel like a constitutional amendment that clarifies the rights of parents is really important at this time.”

Christian Groups Hope to Derail .xxx Domain Names (EP News)--“The .XXX domain should be killed and a stake driven through its heart so it never rises again,” said Patrick Trueman, former U.S. Department of Justice pornography prosecutor. For more than ten years, the promoter of this new porn domain for the Internet has tried to get the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, the Internet governing agency, to establish an additional place on the Internet for access to pornography, Trueman noted. “Not one sound argument has been put forward for why the world needs more Internet pornography.” Trueman said, “What is needed instead of an .XXX domain is a war on pornography.” The public, should call a halt to widespread distribution of pornography because of the terrible harm such material is causing. “There are four major harms from pornography: harm to children, violence against women, addiction to men women and children and increased sex trafficking.” Lawsuit Targets Connecticut Graduation (EP News)--The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and Americans United for Separation of Church and State have filed suit against a Connecticut school district where two high schools are planning to hold commencement exercises at a local megachurch. The groups claim having graduation at a church violates the Establishment Clause of the Constitution, and they want a court order forcing the events to be moved to another location. Vincent McCarthy, senior counsel for the American Center for Law and Justice, said the school plans to fight the lawsuit. “Not just for itself,” he said, “but for other schools in the area as well, so that people aren’t intimidated.” Christian Students Have Rights at Graduation (EP News)--With graduation season upon us, students should be aware of their rights during commencement exercises. Mat Staver, founder of Liberty Counsel, said, “Students that are part of a graduation as a valedictorian, salutatorian, class officer, or even those that are voted by their classmates,” he said, “have the ability to speak on religious issues and deliver prayer.” He advises students to start early with their school, going through the process and taking all the necessary steps. He also has advice for any administration threatened by groups such as the American Civil Liberties Union. “They certainly have a lot of liberty and ability to allow students free speech, and that’s the best ground on which to walk,” Staver said. Florida Nixes Abortion Funding in Health Care (EP News)--Florida is the fourth state to pass legislation opting-out of federally-funded abortion. The fundamental objective of HB 1143 is making sure insurance plans that cover abortions and participate in the federal health care network don’t receive tax money. John Stemberger, president of the Florida Family Policy Council, said it’s the most significant piece of legislation in the state’s history. “The latest polling shows 72 percent of citizens don’t want taxpayers’ dollars going to fund abortions,” he said.

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God’s Men by Laurie L. Ferris “But when they deliver you up, do not worry about how or what you should speak. For it will be given to you in that hour what you should speak;” Matthew 10:19 Like water in the African desert, is a man who follows after God’s own heart--precious and priceless. Those are sentiments which come to mind when I think of my African brother Jonas. He’s truly a diamond in the rough --- who leans into life’s challenges in order to reflect the light of Christ. With every challenge has come a victory and his reflection has become brighter and brighter and more and more like his Savior. Perhaps his greatest trial was one which came during a very painful time. He and his beautiful wife lost a young son in a horrible accident. In African culture there is a week long vigil which follows the death of a loved one. Many in the village attend. It’s a time to pay respect. For believers, it’s a time of both sorrow and rejoicing. Many preparations are made and in his busyness Jonas was interrupted with a request to go to the tribal council. They had a case against him as he was refusing to serve alcohol at his son’s vigil. People were offended. Jonas remained steadfast; he’s a pastor and would not supply alcohol. We as his family prayed for God’s favor. So the day came for Jonas to stand before the council. He maintained his position and said very little. As the men were getting ready to fine him, a gentleman stood up. He said “This man should not be fined nor asked to

being; to listen, to surrender, to trust and to love. When we are listened to it creates and affirms us as persons, allowing us open, unfold and expand. Trusting and loving others, and being trusted and loved oneself simply cannot occur without hearing and being heard. So the first duty of love is to listen. But if we would listen, we must also tell, and do so in give and take transactions of mutuality. We are able to listen only when we know that in time we will also be heard, able to tell our own story. In this mutuality between telling and listening, between speaking and hearing lies the deepest spiritual significance of all knowing, caring, joining, loving and healing. Humility and obedience, two often misunderstood qualities, really involve the arts of attending and listening. Humility involves making room for others by overcoming the temptation to override, control or coerce them. The Bible tells us that obedience -- to obey -- has at its root an auditory definition, and means simply to "listen thoroughly" or "hearken attentively." If you would seek wisdom, learn the art and science of listening. Wisdom is the reward you get for a lifetime of listening when you'd have preferred to talk. Joe Masterleo is in private practice at 12 Dewitt St., Syracuse, NY 415-4880 and is also affiliated with the Crossway Counseling Network.

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prosperity and peace, but also in seasons of trial and hardship. As we call on the Lord, let us do so by genuine faith, believing that He hears our prayers and stands ready to answer. Join with millions of voices, coast to coast, in lifting a collective prayer for this mighty nation.” “It only takes a spark to get a fire going; and soon all those around That challenge was heeded by scores of Syracusans who turned out at can warm up to its glowing!” So went the words of the popular gospel song the County Courthouse on May 6 to observe the National Day of Prayer. of the seventies, “Pass It On”. A fire for revival was lit on Saturday, May 1st Annually sponsored by the Greater Syracuse Association of Evangelicals as scores gathered in Clinton Square to participate in Prayer in the Square. (G.S.A.E.), this year’s local observance took on a different flavor as promiThe first-ever event kicked-off with the adorable and vocally capable nent leaders from the African-American Evangelical community were inchildren of the Martin Luther King Gospel Choir, who sang with all the vited to lead the event. Dr. Leslie Johnson, senior pastor enthusiasm their little hearts could of Tucker Missionary Baptist, introduced program particimuster. Next came pants who prayed for Onondaga County Executive Joanie the musical blessMahoney, Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner, president ings of the LightObama, his cabinet and the nation at large. The crowd rehouse Worship sponded enthusiastically to a stirring message delivered Team whose interby Pastor Chauncity Brown, vice president of the Coalition mittent uplifting of United Pastors and Pastor of True Vine Baptist Church. songs between Citing direct Biblical quotations from the prayers of the speakers kept the event at a high prophet Daniel, Pastor Brown stressed the need to comspiritual tone. mit ourselves to obeying God’s Word and to intercede with Under unusually requests for God’s forgiveness and favor. The Pastor also sunny skies a slate explained the need for sacrificial praying as evidenced in of local dignitaries, Daniel’s willingness to fast as well as to pray. “When we civic leaders and learn to pray and fast before God we will see a better city, community a better country, a better world…pray and watch God spokespersons offered up the most work for our world!” Children of the Martin Luther King Gospel Choir passionate prayers Pastor Kenneth I’ve heard in some Reed, president of the time. Interdenominational Each official covered a pre-assigned targeted area Ministerial Alliance for prayer. Syracuse Chief of Police Frank Fowler and Pastor of the prayed for the issue of Violence. Next came the issue Evangelical Church of of the Poor and Homeless, and Major Dave Champlin God in Christ, proof the Syracuse Salvation Army prayed a moving prayer crying out for justice for the oppressed. Jeff vided the benediction, Shaver, Headmaster of Faith Heritage School creatively asking the crowd to and memorably covered the issue of Schools by calling join hands in a visible children from the audience up front to the stage for gesture of unity and prayer. Tim Glisson, founder of the adoption advocacy spiritual solidarity. organization “Families by God”, interceded for the FamG.S.A.E. Vice Presiilies of Syracuse. Pastor Jim Fiato of Cornerstone dent and Pastor of Tabernacle Church delivered a fiery prayer for the Church. The issue of Racial Reconciliation was ably Trinity Assembly of covered by Rev. David Tannyhill of Bellgrove MissionGod Tom Hertweck, ary Baptist Church. Event organizer Dr. Bruce Jones stated, “We thank delivered an excellent message tracing the dynamic Dr. Leslie Johnson, senior pastor of Tucker Missionary Baptist Church God for the privilege role that united prayer has played in the history of God’s in this country of people. This was just a small beginning. If a spark is all being able to come out in the public and pray and lift up the name of Jesus. it takes to get a fire going, God has begun to light the fires of revival here in We want to encourage everyone to keep praying, great revival and awakcentral New York. May God give each one of us “a heart for the heart of ening is coming to America.” Asked to comment on the day’s activities, Dr. New York”! Leslie Johnson replied, “I think that this opportunity for us to stand on these courtroom steps makes a major impact on our community to let people know we are all united Christians together, we all believe in Christ, we all by Staff Writer have one goal, we have one heaven we’re going to, God is not a respecter of persons, and at the end of the day when we all get to heaven we’ll all be “Prayer! For Such a Time as This” was this year’s theme for the 59th rejoicing there together as one.” This year Driver’s Village in Cicero also National Day of Prayer. 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national prayer national day of prayer was largest ever The 2010 National Day of Prayer (NDP), despite generating more controversy than in recent years, went off mostly without a hitch May 6th. Even with a controversial court ruling the week prior, Americans turned out in droves to pray for their leaders and for God’s blessing. The annual observance of the National Day of Prayer on Capitol Hill had become almost routine until this year, when a federal judge ruled the law creating the day is unconstitutional. Ironically, that ruling may have energized Christians participating in the event. “I think it is waking people up across this land,” said evangelist Franklin Graham, the honorary chairman of the National Day of Prayer Task Force, who was disinvited from Pentagon observances because of his remarks on Islam. Organizers said more than 40,000 events were scheduled to be held at parks, churches and courthouse steps -- more than any other year and an increase of more than 15 percent from last year. President Obama issued a proclamation commemorating the event. “Prayer has been a sustaining way for many Americans of diverse faiths to express their most cherished beliefs,” he wrote, “and thus we long deemed it fitting and proper to publicly recognize the importance of prayer on this day.” At the national celebration in Washington, D.C., author and speaker Max Lucado said our nation “is proof of God’s unmerited favor.” “Generations have said, ‘God, shed your grace on us,’ and consequently he has heard those prayers,” Lucado said. “What country has

known more privileges than we, yet what country risks being attacked by the sin of pride more than we do?” In a videotaped message, Shirley Dobson, chairman of the National Day of Prayer Task Force, said prayer is essential to keeping our nation strong. “As we face challenges at home and abroad, that seem insurmountable and beyond our human ability to solve,” she said, “it’s absolutely critical that we turn to our Creator and ask for His wisdom and truth to reign in our land. Only as His power is unleashed through a posture of humility, repentance and prayer will we find our way in these dangerous and perilous times.” NDP asked those praying to focus on five areas of our culture: family, church, education, government and media. At thousands of gatherings around the country, the faithful bowed their heads and asked God to bless each area. But the event did something for those attending, as well. “It was very uplifting,” Dee Thomas of Ozark, Mo., told NewsLeader.com. “I left my house feeling very hurried and thinking of everything of the day. This just kind of brought things back to what’s really important.” That was a sentiment expressed at many of the events. Pastor Marcus Johnson of New Harvest Ministries spoke outside City Hall in Baltimore. “I have been called to pray,” he said. “If I am standing in line at the supermarket or the bank, I can pray. Prayer is who I am and what I do. It is my Christian duty. It is not just for Sundays within the walls of a church.” Mike Calhoun, director of strategic communications for the National Day of Prayer Task Force, said they’re already working on NDP 2011. “I encourage everyone,” he said, “to mark their calendars for Thursday, May 5th, 2011. It will be the 60th anniversary of the National Day of Prayer.”

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West side story by K.C. Cooney Last August, some of my former Spanish students from Faith Heritage were hosting a Vacation Bible School in a park on the West Side of Syracuse. The Skiddy Park neighborhood has been identified by community workers as one of the five poorest in the country. Right. The country. Though I have not been able to substantiate this, it's certainly one of the poorest in Syracuse. I know this because the school where I teach adult English classes is located a block away. And a number of my Iraqi refugee families have landed on a bordering street. In the summer, their kids seem to have nothing to do, so I thought I would invite them to join the VBS. I started with the only family whose women do not cover their heads. Before inviting them, I asked if they were Christian. They said no. I asked, then, what they were, but they didn't have the English skills to tell me. The next day, they proudly handed me a piece of paper with the words, "John the Baptist." Good enough, I thought. Through much miming and various drawings, we decided I'd pick their children up at 3 p.m. on Monday. No one was ready when I arrived. I guess I need to work on my miming skills. Nonetheless, eventually four children followed me out of the house. We made it for the puppet show and teaching and my little Iraqis learned to sing that Jesus loves them... in Spanish, which I figured was probably no less comprehensible than if we had been singing in English anyway. On Tuesday they were waiting in front of their house at 3:00 with the anticipation of seeing the puppets again, singing songs and swinging in the park. It was great. I sat on a blanket watching and thinking how cool it was to be part of their lives. But when I showed up on Wednesday, no children awaited me. No one even answered my knock. A 19 year-old Muslim girl from my class came out of the house next door. She asked what I was doing. I told her and she said she'd heard that the family was visiting their uncle in an apartment building down the street. She'd show me the place if I would take her to the park, too. I said we'd be studying the Bible there so she'd have to get permission from her parents to come

along. Her parents agreed to let her go as my "translator." There was some confusion as we entered the apartment building, but I followed my guide to the second floor. The door we knocked on opened to a dark room revealing a young Middle Eastern woman and two children. The woman said something in Arabic and two hawkish looking men came out from the kitchen. I whispered, "These are not the people." My translator proceeded to invite them to send their children to my Vacation Bible School. The little boy named Mohammed said he'd like to go. The men spoke in harsh tones while I tried to disappear back into the hallway. I repeated that these were not the people. Suddenly one of the men looked at me and told me in perfect English that I could take the children. I warned him that we'd be studying the Bible and learning about Jesus. He repeated, "Take them." So I did. I walked to the park that afternoon hand-in-hand with the wrong people, two little boys whose parents didn't even know my name, and my Islamic assistant in gospel promulgation. Mohammed, on my left, wanted to be called Stephen, and Ahmed, squeezing my right hand called himself "Spiderman". After the puppet show, one of the Faith Heritage team members presented the gospel in English since not very many Latinos had shown up that day. In fact, my Arabic speakers made up nearly half the group. With our heads bowed and eyes closed, I heard my precious 19 year-old repeat word for word as Kevin showed the children how to invite Jesus into their hearts. Though I presume she was just being polite and didn't really comprehend what she was saying, I was once again in a position to ask God, "How did I get here?" I pushed Spiderman on that park swing until I had no push left in me. On our walk home, I heard him say the only English word that had come out of his mouth all day (besides "push")... "happy." Apparently they had come from Iraq just the week before and hadn't left the apartment since they'd arrived in Syracuse. "Me, too," I thought. I haven't seen that family since, but I continue to be blessed by friendship with my translator and her family and the many others who have somehow landed on the West Side of Syracuse.

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· 34%: through sermon or teaching content concerning their immediate situation or need

Close Relationship The Barna study, conducted among a random sample of 1,002 U.S. adults, discovered that two out of every three adults (67%) claimed to have a “personal relationship” with Jesus that is currently active and that influences their life. While a majority of most demographic segments said they had such an active and personal relationship with Jesus, some segments were more likely than others to claim such a connection. For instance, women (72%) were more likely than men (62%) to do so. Protestants were more likely than Catholics to cite such a relationship (82% versus 72%). People who describe themselves as mostly conservative on social and political matters were far more likely than those who see themselves as liberal on such issues to connect with Jesus (79% compared to 48%). And one of the most instructive findings was that the younger a person was, the less likely they were to claim to have an active and influential bond with Jesus. Specifically, while 72% of adults 65 or older and 70% of Boomers (i.e., ages 46 to 64) had such a relationship in place, 65% of Busters (i.e., ages 27 to 45) and only 52% of Mosaics (ages 18 to 26) did, as well. Communication in the Relationship For any relationship to be meaningful there must be effective two-way communication. While an overwhelming majority of Americans claim to pray during a typical week (more than 80%), the new Barna study points out that a majority also believes that Jesus speaks back to them. Overall, 38% said they are “completely certain” that Jesus speaks to them in ways that are personal and relevant to their circumstances. An additional 21% said they are “somewhat certain” that He does so, while 10% contend that Jesus speaks to them but they were not as sure about that communication. Eight percent did not know if Jesus Christ speaks to them. In total, less than one-quarter of all adults (23%) stated that Jesus does not speak to them. Those people were most likely to be atheists and agnostics; under the age of 30; residents of the western or northeastern states; Asian-Americans; and those who describe themselves as mostly liberal on social and political matters. According to Americans, Jesus speaks to them in multi-faceted ways. At least one out of every six adults contends that He communicates with them in the following manner: · 52%: by influencing or connecting directly with their mind, emotions or feelings

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A Relationship with Feelings A large majority of Americans (59%) also believes that Jesus gets personal in their lives, going so far as to feel their pain and share in their suffering. One-fifth (21%) believes that Jesus is aware of people’s pain and suffering but does not feel it or share it with them. The remaining adults either contend that Jesus is not aware of people’s pain and suffering (8%) or that He does not exist (5%). Americans Wrestle with an Imaginary Jesus The nature of people’s interacting with Jesus is a central focus of a new book by Matt Mikalatos, entitled Imaginary Jesus. In that story the main character encounters a wide variety of characters who claim to be Jesus, but who actually represent our diverse and ever-changing depictions of who we want Jesus to be and the roles we want Him to fill for our personal benefit. In his take on America’s theological confusion about their savior, Mikalatos gently and humorously exposes the errant views of Jesus that have undermined people’s perspectives about faith, morality, relationships and life purpose. In his fast-paced, not-quite-true but not-quite-false story, Mikalatos provides a deceptively serious and significant inspection of how Americans’ views of Jesus and how we remake Him into our desired mold before we discard Him in order to move on to our next need. Introducing us to some of the countless Jesus characters we fabricate for our personal use – ranging from "King James Jesus," "Magic 8ball Jesus" and "Testosterone Jesus" to "Free Will Jesus," "New Age Jesus" and "Meticulous Jesus" – this wild ride pushes the reader to consider the relationship and communication we have with Jesus – the relationship that two-thirds of Americans claim to have firmly in place and the communication that three out of five Americans say influences how they live. This Barna Update is based upon nationwide telephone survey conducted among a random sample of 1,002 adults by The Barna Group during September 2009. Interviews were conducted with respondents based upon samples of both landline telephones and cellular phones. The maximum margin of sampling error associated with the aggregate sample of adults is ±3.4 percentage points at the 95% confidence level. Minimal statistical weighting was used to calibrate the aggregate sample to known population percentages in relation to several key demographic variables.

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to your health summer health helps Dehydration and Heatstroke "Dehydration and heatstroke go hand in hand," says Peter Galier, MD, associate professor of medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. "It happens most commonly in people who are out in the sun." What happens, explains Galier, is that people sweat and replace their lost electrolyte-packed body fluids with only water. Dehydration can soon follow, and heatstroke can set in if a person becomes so dehydrated they can't sweat enough to cool down, and their body temperature rises. How to avoid it. "If you are outside and sweating, you should be drinking at least a 50-50 mix of Gatorade and water, which has potassium and sodium," Galier tells WebMD. "You need to be drinking at least one small liter bottle of this mix every hour if you're working or exercising in the sun." Warning signs. "Symptoms of dehydration can run the gamut from thirst and general fatigue, to headaches, nausea, and confusion," says Galier. "Heatstroke symptoms are also headache and confusion, but include delirium and even hallucinations." What to do: While mild dehydration can be treated by rehydrating with fluids, heatstroke is more serious. "If you have heatstroke, you need to go to the emergency room so you can have intravenous fluids," says Galier. "With really bad heatstroke, your kidneys can shut down." Poison Ivy The old adage still rings true, explains Galier. "Leaves of three -let them be," he says. So when the summer months begin, plan ahead when you know you're going to be trekking through the woods. How to avoid it: "Poison ivy is a tri-leafed plant, usually with a little yellow and purple, and it tends to be anywhere with shrubbery, hiding out with other vegetation," says Galier. "So stay out of shrub areas or wear high boots or high socks, stay on the path, and don't touch anything you don't recognize." Warning signs. Poison ivy can creep up on you, even if you wear head-to-toe clothing. "It's the oil of the leaf that's the problem," says Galier. "If you take your clothes off and you touch your clothes, you're going to get it." The "it" he's referring to is the itching and swelling. What to do. It's time to get out the topical anti-itching cream again, like calamine lotion. "If you can suffer through it and it doesn't get worse, you can ride it out," says Galier. If it gets worse, you'll need to see a doctor for topical steroids or oral steroids."

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Food-Borne Illnesses "Food-borne illnesses are more common in summer for a number of reasons," says Linda Harris, PhD, professor in the food science and technology department at University of California Davis. From the pasta salad left out all afternoon on the Fourth of July, to a turkey and mayo sandwich in your backpack on a 3-mile hike up a mountain on a warm day, to simply driving from the grocery store to your home in the sweltering heat, summertime foods are a breeding ground for trouble -- and bacteria. How to avoid it: "There are four basic rules for preventing foodborne illness: cook, clean, chill, and separate -- and these become important during summer," says Harris, who is a scientific communicator with the Institute of Food Technologists. First, she recommends, use a thermometer when cooking so you know your food is adequately heated. Second, "when you are outside, it's always best to wash with soap and water. But if you can't, bring sanitizing handy wipes so you can clean your hands after you handle food." Third, "if you are going to a picnic, use a cooler where you can maintain food in a cool temperature," says Harris. "Don't use it to make things cold, but to keep things cold. Remember to bring enough ice, as well. If you can't use a cooler, like on a hike, bring foods that don't need refrigeration. Or freeze your foods, so when you are ready to eat them, they're thawed out." The warning signs of food-borne illness are the usual suspects, explains Harris: vomiting, stomach cramps, diarrhea, flu-like symptoms, or any combination of these not-so-pleasant symptoms."One of the mistakes people make is to assume that the last thing they ate is the cause of their symptoms," says Harris. "While some types of foodborne illnesses take two to six hours until symptoms appear, others take one or three days." What to do: Despite best efforts, if you fetch up with something you might suspect is food-borne, keep in mind, "Some food-borne illnesses, such as E. coli O157:H7, can be life-threatening, particularly for young children, the elderly, and those with weakened immune systems," according to the FDA's Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition. "Symptoms that are severe or prolonged may need to be treated. People who believe they may have contracted a food-borne illness should call their physician." Compliments of WebMD

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