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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: goodnews@twcny.rr.com

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perspective Welcome to uur september issue! Since it’s “back to school,” we thought it would be timely to highlight Christian schools for our cover story on page 3. Studies do show that kids who attend Christian schools often have an academic advantage over their secular counter parts. There are additional Christian schools in our region (we didn’t have room to mention in the article) so we encourage you to research those also. In keeping with “back to school,” on page 7

“REmEmBERING 9/11” by pastor tom Burgess of Hope christian Fellowship in canastota

Ten years ago this month, terrorists struck the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. At that time many, if not most, of us may have asked where God was in this. But students of the Bible know that we were not the first ones to ask this question. David asked, “Why do you stand afar off, O Lord? Why do you hide yourself in times of trouble?” (Psalm 10:1). The answer to this touchy subject lies in understanding how the will of God functions. Many of us had the misfortune to witness the tragedies of September 11, 2001, unfold right before our eyes on TV; others of us watched in horror as the events of that day were replayed repeatedly. There is no doubt that, as a nation, we will never be the same again. While some have turned to God as a result of this and their faith has increased, others have blamed God for the evil and lost whatever faith they had (especially some of those who lost loved ones). Where was God that day? He was on his throne in heaven (Psalm 11:4). These incidents did not happen in God’s absence, and nothing escapes his attention. “The eyes of the Lord are in every place, keeping watch on the evil and the good…The Lord has made all for himself; yes, even the wicked for the day of doom” (Proverbs 15:3, 16:4). This statement may trouble some readers. Did God create Osama Bin Laden? Yes, he did. Does God agree with what the terrorists did? No, but he allowed it to happen. Was it according to God’s will that these tragedies happened? Well, yes and no. Let me explain, for God wants us to understand his will (Ephesians 5:17). There are three aspects to God’s will: the directive will of God, the perceptive will of God, and the permissive will of God. The directive will of God is that by which God decrees what will come to pass. He directs everything that happens in this universe, “according to the good pleasure of his will…according to his good pleasure which he purposed in himself…[and] according to the counsel of his will” (Ephesians 1:5, 9, 11). This means that the directive will of God functions according to the counsel of his will, independent of any input from creation, and that he does everything for his good pleasure or to bring glory to his name. This part of God’s will is hidden from us. Many things are constantly happening all around us in the universe that we do not know about, yet God knows about all of it and he is directing it. According to Deuteronomy 29:29, “The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but those things which are revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law.” The secret things involve the directive will of God. The things revealed pertain to the perceptive will of God. We should not worry about the secret things, because God has revealed enough things for us to be equipped to live in a God-glorifying way. God has revealed himself through his creation (Psalm 19:1, Romans 1:1920), through his ministers (Hebrews 1:1), and ultimately through his Son (Hebrews 1:2-3). Those who seek after psychic phenomena are vainly attempting to peek into the secret things of God (Isaiah 8:19-20). Oftentimes, people refuse to obey the revealed things of God, which belong to us, and waste their time, money, and energy going after the secret things of God, which belong only to him. We are told to leave God’s directive will to him, and let him run the universe; meanwhile, we should follow God’s perceptive will, which we can

you’ll find an article about Child Evangelism Fellowship. This organization focuses on training and equipping church children’s workers, and setting up Bible clubs in our local schools. On page 5, you’ll find a story about Joel Rosenberg, renowned author and speaker, visiting Syracuse on September 24th. Joel will be speaking on Biblical prophecy and current world events. In light of what’s happening in our world this is a meeting you will NOT want to miss. The tickets are affordable and you will be well equipped on what the Bible says regarding events on the earth today, check this article out on page 5. Lastly - remember Dr. Henry Blackaby will be in Syracuse at the City Reachers Conference on Prayer and Revival this month check our Community page for info on that. God Bless!

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know from his word and put into practice in our daily lives. The permissive will of God is part of the directive will of God. It means that, though God beholds everything that transpires in the universe, he sometimes allows things to happen that puzzle us, instead of choosing to stop them. This is exactly what happened on September 11, 2001. An even more fateful day in history was when Christ was crucified. Acts 2:23 tells us that Jesus was “delivered by the determined purpose and foreknowledge of God” into the hands of mere creation to be crucified and put to death. God was there but allowed his Son to be crucified, because it was part of his eternal plan to bring glory to his name by saving humanity through the blood of Jesus. Sometimes God allows things to happen that are contrary to the perceptive will of God. All murders and other horrible crimes are outside the realm of God’s high standards for our lives (Micah 6:8). God allows people to perpetrate evil although he is still in control of history, but we will each be held personally responsible for violating God’s law unless we individually repent (Luke 13:3, 5). Though God did not direct the incidents on September 11, 2001, he permitted them to happen; however, he promises to work everything together for good to those who love him and are called to accomplish his eternal purposes (Romans 8:28).

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extra-curricular arts program and varsity athletics. FHS students represent over 70 local churches from over 20 school districts, contributing to both denominational and socio-economic diversity. Faith Heritage is thankful to be celebrating its 40th school year providing Christian education to Central New The rise of Christian schools in America has been nothing short of meteYork families (see www.faithheritageschool.org). oric. The AACS (American Association of ChrisMr. Neal Capone has been selected to serve as tian Schools) began in 1972 and has grown to its the new Headmaster of Faith Heritage School. current membership of 812 schools in the U.S. Neal has eight years of classroom experience at Founded in 1978, ACSI (Association of Christian the Middle and High School level, three years of Schools International) has a membership of experience as a Teacher Trainer, and for the last 23,000 schools in over 100 countries. four years, Neal has served as District Data CoorDr. Charles Walker, former education director dinator for CNY Regional Information Center of the American Association of Christian Schools (BOCES). Neal and his wife, Connie, are Faith cites the following as reasons for giving the Heritage alumni.” Christian School a closer look. 1) The teachers Carmen Durst, representing the Word of Life openly demonstrate and model Christian princiAcademy in Baldwinsville commented, “One of ples, 2) The academic instruction in the Christian the many misconceptions that people of have school exceeds that of the public schools, 3) The about Christian Education is that it exists so that Christian ethics and morals expounded in your we can protect our children from worldly influhome and church are reinforced in the Christian ences. Here at Word of Life Christian Academy in school classroom, 4) Negative peer pressure is Baldwinsville our philosophy is not to protect but downplayed by emphasizing the relationship of to equip and empower our students with strong each child with Jesus Christ, and magnifying the biblical principles needed for success in today’s Biblical standard of true friendship which calls for world. Because 100% of our elementary teachlove, forgiveness, and accountability, 5) Teacherers are NYS certified we have the opportunity to pupil ratio in a Christian school is lower than that provide academic excellence while reinforcing of most public schools, and 6) Scriptural admobiblical teaching and Christian values. Our goal is nitions concerning the rearing of children in the to develop well-rounded individuals who can Christian faith, such as Deuteronomy 6:5-7 and II make a great impact on our world. More informaCorinthians 6:14, can only be truly adhered to if tion about WOLCA is available on our website, children are taught in a Christian environment. www.wordoflifeacademy.org.” To get a local flavor on this subject we contacted Patricia Callahan, Director of Development at some representatives of Christian Schools in the C.B.A. states, “Christian Brothers Academy is a CNY area. These testimonies provide a good Catholic Lasallian college preparatory school starting point for folks to consider the many adserving young men and women of diverse faiths vantages offered by the Christian school. and cultures. The administration, faculty, staff and Lynette Deacons, spokesperson for Faith Students at Faith Heritage the entire CBA family provide students with a Heritage School in Syracuse, states, “One of the Praying Around the Flagpole safe, nurturing environment that fosters spiritual,

considering christian education? seven reasons Why you need to Pray about it 1. God’s Word is taught. “You shall therefore impress these words of mine on your heart and on your soul …. And you shall teach them to your sons, talking of them when you sit in your house and when you walk along the road and when you lie down and when you rise up.” (Deuteronomy 11:18-19) 2. God commands us to teach kids through the Word. “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom,” writes Solomon. “And knowledge of the Holy One is understanding” (Proverbs 9:10). 3. The school shares your values. If you’re like most Christian parents, you’ve taught your children about God since the day they were born. You’ve taken them to church, read them Bible stories, sung “Jesus Loves Me.” Imagine their shock and dismay when they’re thrust into an environment in which God is hated, ignored, or both. 4. Safety. With thousands of students roaming their halls and taxpayer dollars funding their bankrolls, public schools can only go so far in the area of discipline. The result? More frequent occurrences of theft and physical violence, not to mention course profanity and open rebellion in the classroom. 5. Academic Achievement. Contrary to popular opinion, students at Christian schools consistently out-perform their public school counterparts. Their standardized test scores are way above the curve, and they’re better prepared for college upon graduation. Even in the areas of math and reading, subjects that are “less spiritual” in content, students at Christian schools have proven their superiority.

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most important decisions a parent will make is choosing how to educate their child. Students spend 30-40 hours a week in an instructional setting. Choosing a Christian school ensures that the faith you are trying to instill in your children at home will not be undermined in the classroom, but rather, reinforced. Faith Heritage School is an independent, multi-denominational Christian school, providing a college preparatory education. Faith Heritage students have the opportunity to excel beyond the classroom as well, in our

intellectual, physical, emotional, and social growth. CBA challenges students to achieve excellence in all aspects of their lives, encouraging them to live as moral, responsible, contributing, and successful members of society. Schools like CBA play a critical role in shaping young people who will shape the future. To learn more about Christian Brothers Academy, attend their Open House on Sunday October 30, 1-3 pm at the school on Randall Road in Syracuse or visit our website at www.cbasyracuse.com.”

6. Teachers love and fear the Lord. Part of the reason why Christian students perform so well in the classroom is that they have a higher percentage of teachers who genuinely care about them. 7. Success after graduation. Because Christian school students perform at a higher level in the classroom than their public school counterparts, it only makes sense that their options upon graduation are more abundant. Therefore, they are more likely to be better prepared to handle the rigors of higher education.

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NARAL Seeks to Force Religious Employers to Cover Contraception (WNS)--The Obama administration announced plans to adopt new guidelines forcing insurance companies to provide free preventative health care to women — including contraceptives and pills that may cause abortions. Now NARAL Pro-Choice America is seeking to close the last loophole in ObamaCare by forcing even religious employers to pay for the measures. Without a copayment, the cost of birth control pills and abortifacients will be shared among everyone in the insurance pool. NARAL — the National Association for the Repeal of Abortion Laws — is urging its members to write the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), saying, “I am concerned that certain religious employers may be allowed to opt out of the requirements. All women should have access to contraceptive coverage, regardless of where they work.” Texas Abortionists Under Investigation (WNS)--On Aug. 10, the Texas Medical Board announced it has scheduled disciplinary hearings for four abortionists caught in an undercover sting operation. Five others have already had hearings scheduled. The Board will hear the evidence against the latest four on Oct. 28, then decide what disciplinary actions may be taken. Operation Rescue, which conducted the sting between December 2010 and February 2011, filed complaints against 14 abortionists after finding serious health-code violations at a dozen clinics. The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality said fetal remains were found in the garbage at Whole Women’s Health clinics in McAllen and Austin. Other infractions included improperly disposing of private patient medical information, violating informed-consent laws, disregarding the 24-hour waiting period, instructing minors to have abortions in neighboring states to avoid Texas’ parental-consent law and mishandling drugs and prescription forms.

riage promotion is certainly not a call for big government, but (an effort to) strengthen fragile families so these mothers and their children don’t become dependent on the state for decades,” he said. Montana Law School Settles Lawsuit with Christian Group (WNS)--The University of Montana Law School settled a federal lawsuit Aug. 10 with the Christian Legal Society (CLS) campus chapter, agreeing to reform its system of allocating funds to student groups. In late 2007, the university derecognized CLS, axing its funding and dropping it from the official list of student groups. Opponents said the CLS policy of requiring its voting members and leaders to abstain from sex outside of marriage was “discrimination.” “Student group funding should not depend upon agreement with the group’s viewpoints,” CLS Senior Counsel Kim Colby said. “Before the lawsuit, the funding system lacked constitutionally required safeguards to ensure student fees were being distributed neutrally. In fact, the school conceded the student government had considered the popularity of a group’s views. Under the settlement, this will change.” The case was pending at the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

Dr. T.E. Koshy, the Executive Director of IFE, invites you to hear an exciting message from

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Evangelical Leaders Named to NonProfit Times Magazine’s “Power” List (WNS)--For the second consecutive year, Dan Busby, president of Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA), has been named to “The NPT Power & Influence Top 50,” The NonProfit Times magazine has announced. In addition, Richard Stearns, president of World Vision, an ECFA member, has been named to the prestigious list of nonprofit organization leaders. Busby, Stearns and 48 others will be honored at a gala Sept. 15 at the National Press Club in Washington by the magazine, the leading business publication for nonprofit management. Previous honorees include Bill and Melinda Gates and Dr. James Dobson. Missouri Teachers Group Sues Over Social Networking Law (WNS)--In Missouri, a new law restricting private communication between students and teachers online is set to take effect in late August. The Missouri State Teachers Association (MSTA) said it would seek an injunction to block enforcement of part of the law, asserting that the law violates educators’ constitutional rights to free speech, association, and religion. Some teachers complain the law will hurt their ability to keep in touch with students for classroom purposes, personal problems, or emergencies, as it will bar teachers from having “exclusive access” online with current or former students who are minors. Under the law, school districts must establish policies by January that outline “appropriate use of electronic media such as text messaging and internet sites for both instructional and personal purposes.” Kansas Seeks Federal Money to Promote Marriage (WNS)--Less than a week after turning down $31 million from the federal government to implement a health care exchange, Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback is requesting $6.6 million to promote marriage. If approved, the state Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services would offer faithbased and secular counseling services for unwed parents. If, at the end of six sessions, a couple marries, the state would pay for the marriage license. While some state legislators called the move hypocritical, the administration says it’s simply strategic: Promoting marriage among the 19,000 unwed couples who give birth in Kansas each year will go a long way toward reducing child poverty—one of Brownback’s major initiatives. Glenn T. Stanton, director of global family formation studies at Focus on the Family, agreed. “Mar-

Joel is a New York Times bestselling author of many books including Epicenter and The Twelfth Imam, a highly sought after speaker, consultant to world leaders, columnist and SU alumnus. He will be speaking on the current turmoil in US and global events in light of the Bible. He will also share the opportunity to reach people from around the world with Christ’s love through the ministry of IFE. For more Information:

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Log on to: www.friendshipevangelism.org 7:00 pm or contact: Jay at JayEKoshy@gmail.com North Syracuse Baptist Church 420 South Main St., or call: 315.492.0861

North Syracuse, NY 13212 Tickets are $10/person. Please register and print out tickets online at www.friendshipevangelism.org. Or purchase tickets at Sacred Melody. Or send a self addressed stamped envelope along with payment to: IFE 4274 Lafayette Road Jamesville, NY 13078


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wish to attend. He sees IFE’s role as strategic for the following reasons:

“The earth Oh Lord is full of they steadfast love; teach me thy statutes.� Psalms 119:64

1) As of 1990 over 1 million Internationals will be studying at U.S. and Canadian universities. They represent practically every nation. Out of these come the present and future leaders of other lands-- leaders in government, education, business and industry. Many leaders of foreign countries have studies on American campuses. These are the ones who make decisions and influence the opinions of their countries.

One of the biggest names in Christian writing is coming to Syracuse!! Joel C. Rosenberg will be the speaker at a special conference on Biblical prophecy where he will share on current world events in the light of the Bible (see ad on this/opposite page) on September 24, 7:00 PM at the North Syracuse Baptist Church. He will also be speaking about the incredi2) We in North America have an unprecedented opportunity to befriend ble opportunity we have here in CNY to reach people from all around the these present and future leaders and students through the love of Christ. world through the ministry of International Friendship Evangelism (IFE). Joel is a follower of Jesus Christ 3) One does not have to learn with a passion to make disciples another language since all the of all nations and teach Bible students speak English fluently. prophecy. A native Syracusan, Rosen4) Many of the students come berg first became acquainted from countries where they are not with the ministry of IFE exposed to the love of Christ. (www.friendshipevangelism.org) While they are here we can bein 1988 while studying film-makfriend them and expose them to ing at S.U. During this time Joel God’s love in practical ways such came in contact with Dr. T.E. as inviting them to our homes. Koshy, who discipled, mentored, We can have them in our homes and assisted him in getting in an atmosphere of friendship, grounded in the faith. The minwarmth and love. We can correct istry of IFE had such an impact errors and prejudices many have on Rosenberg that he spent an concerning Christ, Christianity entire year, volunteering his time and Christians. in IFE’s ministry after graduating from college. Rosenberg contin5) Through mutual sharing, a ues to keep strong ties with the better understanding of peoples Koshy family and be mentored and cultures can bridge the gap Featured from left to right: Jay Koshy with Joel by Dr. Koshy to this day. IFE’S of misunderstanding between Rosenberg, Dr. T.E. Koshy and Joel’s wife Lynn mission is to build bridges of relacountries. tionship with the international student community as well as American students here in CNY touching them with Christ’s love. 6) When internationals experience the love of Christ many of these “opinOver four decades IFE has experienced a growing global impact, and is ion makers or leaders from various parts of the world go back to their home now serving up to 200 S.U. international students and scholars each week countries, renewed and refreshed, with a positive understanding of Christ from countries all around the world. Some of these students and scholars and Biblical Christianity. are sent by their governments to study Public Policy at S.U.’s world famous Maxwell School of Citizenship. IFE has become a main contact point for Joel’s time with IFE helped develop in him the desire to reach people scores of these visiting international students once they arrive here in the from all over the world. He is the New York Times best-selling author of six U.S., providing everything from English language training to cultural oriennovels, The Last Jihad, The Last Days, The Ezekiel Option, The Copper tation, to social activities (on and off campus) and much more. Scroll, Dead Heat, and The Twelfth Imam, with a seventh novel, The Dr. Koshy, a Christian from Kerala, India, arrived at Syracuse University Tehran Initiative coming soon (release date 10/18/11). His two non-fiction in 1965, planning to do graduate work in journalism and then return to India books include Epicenter and Inside the Revolution, each having a correto resume his Christian ministries. Having experienced the added stresses sponding documentary film. Joel has worked as a communications advisor of adjusting to a new and unfamiliar American culture, God encouraged with a number of U.S. and Israeli leaders, including Steve Forbes, Rush him to deal with his own despair and loneliness by reaching out to the other Limbaugh, Benjamin Netanyahu and Natan Sharansky. As an author 1300 international students from 120 countries, studying at SU. God urged Rosenberg has been interviewed on hundreds of radio and TV programs him to bless and help the other international students and be an instrument including Nightline, CNN Headline News, FOX News, History Channel, to show them God’s love. Koshy came up with a simple yet brilliant friendMSNBC, to name a few. He’s addressed audiences all over the world, and ship formula ‌ food! Koshy began his ministry of Christian love and caring has spoken at the White House, Pentagon, and to members of the Conby inviting Internationals to his apartment for meals. He did no preaching gress. In 2008 Joel and his team hosted the first EPICENTER Conference but simply shared love and friendship over a home cooked meal. The stuin Jerusalem, an event where 2,000 Christians were taught how to “learn, dents sensed his love and often asked why he cared for them. Occasionpray, give and goâ€? to the Lord’s work in Israel and the Middle East. Subseally, when he had an opportunity, Koshy shared his Christian testimony. quent conferences were held in San Diego (2009), the Philippines (2010), Forty years later he still loves and cares for international students. “As God Philadelphia (2010) and Jerusalem (2011). The Jerusalem webcast drew continued to instruct me, He filled me with Divine love that became a drivmore than 50,000 viewers from 113 countries. His website is: joelrosening force motivating me to serve others." berg.com. Rosenberg will be signing books before the event. Tickets for Koshy, who earned degrees in philosophy and law in India, and theolthe Saturday, September 24th IFE event with Joel Rosenberg are available ogy in England, also earned a degree in journalism and a Ph.D.in Mass by registering and printing them out from IFE’s website www.friendCommunications from Syracuse University. He currently serves as the shipevangelism.org or at Sacred Melody Bookstore in Syracuse or through senior pastor of International Assembly, a multi-cultural fellowship that IFE’s office. meets in Jamesville, New York that helps to disciple internationals who

Most of my life I have been a student, a teacher or both. The beginning of a new school year affects me the way a starting bell affects a racehorse. I wake up one day full of purpose, determined to find my dictionary and my favorite reference sheet of math formulas, my diagram of a cell and my map of the world. Learning about the love of God has its basic supplies too. I need a quiet place and breath of air. I need a Bible or two or three. And I need prayer, deep oceans of it to cool my head and teach me how to listen. I even need life’s hectic situations to force me to let go and put it all into God’s hands. God of all there is to learn, teach me the ways of your steadfast love. Amen

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How God Uses ordinary PeoPle in extraordinary ways by Jay & Beth Loecken Jay and Beth Loecken were an ordinary family searching for meaning in their lives. They seemed to have all they needed in life, yet something kept pulling at them—a stirring, a sense that they were being called to a greater purpose in life. After coming home from a mission trip to Africa, the Loecken family returned to their comfortable lifestyle, but they all knew they wanted something more. In April of 2008, the family made the daring decision to sell their home, purchase an RV, and begin traveling the country serving communities in need. In Passion to Action, the Loeckens share the remarkable story of how their life was turned upside down and fulfilled them more than they ever thought possible. It will inspire readers to discover their own passions and put them into action. Q: In your book, Passion to Action, you discuss how a trip to Africa changed the direction of your life. Why did you decide to go on a mission trip to Africa and how did that trip affect you? Something had been stirring in our hearts for some time before we decided to go on the mission trip to Africa. We got away for a weekend to talk and pray about the direction of our lives, and we decided that going on a mission trip together would be a powerful thing to do as a family. We wanted to teach our children that being a Christian involved more than just going to church; it required action. When Jay was in college, he traveled overseas extensively for two summers. Being exposed to the struggles and poverty of those outside of the U.S. made a profound impact on him, and he desired that our family experience what life was like in another culture. We knew from Jay’s experience that the trip would impact our lives, but we had no idea how much it would affect each of us. We were blown away by the poverty and conditions in Africa. It’s one thing to see images of people in distress on a television screen, but to see and smell the poverty in person was overwhelming. While the images we saw there will stay with us forever, the African people made the biggest impression on us. In the middle of dire and desperate conditions they had such resilient spirits, coupled with an amazing sense of community and joy. We came home with the realization that while we were rich in comparison to them materially, we were poor in comparison to the community and joy they possessed. http://passiontoaction.org

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sePteMBer in the gethseMane Prayer garden by Thomas B. Clarke Many people are not familiar with the gaura, but what a joy it is! Some are taller and white, such as those placed near the main entrance to the garden. Other varieties are deep pink; my favorites are those with a delicate mix of white and pink blossoms. All varieties start to flower in mid-June and will continue in profusion through the first heavy frost. The gaura has been aptly given the English name “wand flower” because each flower cluster sits on top of a long wand-like stem. The stems are so long and so thin that God seems to have created these flowers so we can enjoy how they dance in the breeze. Even on windless days, days where the air is so incredibly still, the flower heads gently move in response to the heat rising from the ground – dancing in the breeze. In the Bible, the Hebrew word ruwach can be translated as both Holy Spirit and wind. As this flower dances, the gaura reminds us of the wind, the ruwach, the presence of the Holy Spirit. We may feel spiritually parched as we enter the garden – the gaura is there as a reminder of the refreshing and renewing that God wants to give us. By September, the precious roses which sometimes go through a dry spell in mid-summer have now come back as the soil gathers

My utMost for his highest the Bewildering Call of god

. . . and all things that are written by the prophets concerning the Son of Man will be accomplished.’ . . . But they understood none of these things . . . — Luke 18:31, 34 God called Jesus Christ to what seemed absolute disaster. And Jesus Christ called His disciples to see Him put to death, leading every one of them to the place where their hearts were broken. His life was an absolute failure from every standpoint except God’s. But what seemed to be failure from man’s standpoint was a triumph from God’s standpoint, because God’s purpose is never the same as man’s purpose. This bewildering call of God comes into our lives as well. The call of God can never be understood absolutely or explained externally; it

more moisture and the evenings get cooler. We have a number of lusciously attractive pink ‘Bonica’ roses which are complemented by two varieties of ‘Knock Out’ roses. The roses will continue to bloom through November. Another of my fall favorites is the false ageratum which blossoms until the first frost. These short bright-blue flowers, with a hint of fuchsia coloring, add an interesting contrast to the red, orange and rust tones that are typically seen in the autumn. The Russian sage continues blossoming in September although their color can fade to more of a soft blue-gray tone. The broccolishaped autumn joy comes alive with fresh, pinkish flowers that eventually change tones many times to eventually become an autumn rust color. Chrysanthemum, blanket flower (also known as Gaillardia), Japanese anemone all blossom in September, as well as some flowers that typically are found in the early summer but God decides to show their beauty one more time before the colder weather sets in. I hope you take time to visit and use this prayer garden. As a recent visitor wrote to Faith Chapel, “What a sweet place the gardens were. So peaceful, so beautiful, and I can walk the paths easily. Yes, I was thoroughly blessed and hope to make many more visits. It’s a wonderful place to come and be quiet with the Lord.” Tom Clarke is Caretaker of the Gethsemane Prayer Garden at Faith Chapel and author of A Garden of Love www.agardenoflove.com which is a book about Christian love using photographs from this garden. His blog is www.prayergardeners.blogspot.com/. Or discover more about the garden at: www.prayergardeners.com/gethsemane/.

is a call that can only be perceived and understood internally by our true inner-nature. The call of God is like the call of the sea— no one hears it except the person who has the nature of the sea in him. What God calls us to cannot be definitely stated, because His call is simply to be His friend to accomplish His own purposes. Our real test is in truly believing that God knows what He desires. The things that happen do not happen by chance— they happen entirely by the decree of God. God is sovereignly working out His own purposes. If we are in fellowship and oneness with God and recognize that He is taking us into His purposes, then we will no longer strive to find out what His purposes are. As we grow in the Christian life, it becomes simpler to us, because we are less inclined to say, “I wonder why God allowed this or that?” And we begin to see that the compelling purpose of God lies behind everything in life, and that God is divinely shaping us into oneness with that purpose. A Christian is someone who trusts in the knowledge and the wisdom of God, not in his own abilities. If we have a purpose of our own, it destroys the simplicity and the calm, relaxed pace which should be characteristic of the children of God.

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inStRuCtion The BesT KepT secreT by Emily Ramsdell Syracuse Director, Child Evangelism Fellowship We can’t be in elementary public schools with the Bible, with prayer, or even with saying the Lord’s Name, unless it is in vain. That’s what everyone wants you to think! But the best kept secret is that we can be in our elementary public schools with Bible clubs! We can bring Bibles, say prayers, teach Bible lessons, sing Bible songs, learn memory verses and even speak the name of Jesus with awe and reverence. It’s time to let the evangelical, Bible-believing churches and believers ‘in’ on this secret. Local Bible-believing churches can ‘adopt’ a local elementary public school and have a weekly Bible club, after school, on school premises from October to May. How is that possible? Let me explain. The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that Good News Bible Clubs can meet in public elementary schools, after school hours, on the same terms as other community groups. Since that ruling, thousands of after-school Good News Bible Clubs have begun across the country. In Syracuse and in the outlying areas, after-school Bible clubs are going on. But there are so many more schools that need these clubs. Child Evangelism Fellowship (CEF) is actively involved in training and

equipping church children’s workers, establishing Bible clubs in our schools, and providing Christ-centered teaching materials for churches and children’s workers. CEF is looking for Bible-believing churches and individuals to ‘adopt’ a local elementary school for a weekly Bible club ministry which enables you to connect with your community and reach children with God’s love and saving grace. The message of salvation is woven through every part of club which includes a memory verse, the Bible lesson, songs and review games. As the children are reached they share their faith with their families. You and your church may have the joy of seeing those families come to know the Lord and become involved in your church. This truly is a partnership between a local Bible-believing church and their neighborhood school. CEF comes along side your church to help get a school-related Bible club started and to train your workers. The school doors are open to us. This is the time believers need to step up to the plate! If you would like more information about how Child Evangelism Fellowship can help you and your church adopt a local elementary school for an after-school Good News Bible Club, starting in October, then you need to contact the CEF office here in Syracuse at 458-7604. Call now and request a free handson manual that explains in detail what you need to know to start a Bible club in a local school. This is bringing back the Bible, prayer and GOD to our schools. Let’s not allow this to be the best-kept secret.

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Positive news starts with yourself. When you feel more positive, a ripple effect takes place, with far-reaching consequences. Here are a few pointers from an article in Stepcase Lifehack. They may seem rather basic but essentially, feeling positive is pretty simple if you allow it to be so. The great part? Some small changes can make a big difference.

• Act as if. Your emotions work backwards too. So even if you don´t feel positive, confident, calm or decisive you can act like it. And after you have done that for a few minutes, guess what happens? You will actually start to feel positive, confident, calm or decisive.

• Appreciate as much as you can. This is one of those very simple things you can do to bring more positivity in to your life. I have also found appreciation to be a great way to turn an angry, sad and frustrated mood around to a more positive one. • Stop comparing yourself to others. If you don´t then you´ll just create a lot of unnecessary pain in your life. If you pass one person then you´ll just find another person more successful than you. And your brief sense of being a winner will transform once again into anxiety, fear, tummy-aches and possibly heart-attacks. • Realize that it is possible to choose how you react. You don´t have live your life in reaction. You have a choice. There is always a gap between stimuli and reaction. If you focus on that gap it will widen and although it might seem in the beginning like stimuli and your reaction are tied together that is not the case. • Educate yourself. Self-education can be a great help to live a more positive life. Read great books on the areas of your life you want to improve. Maybe

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• Live in the now. Don´t let your thoughts drift into the past or future more than necessary. It’s often a sure-fire way to start negative loops of thoughts in your mind. * Do some mental rehearsal. This is great way to improve your performance and decrease anxiety in any upcoming situation. Maybe you´re heading into a meeting soon. Then visualize now how great the events will unfold – see and hear it – and also how great will you feel at this meeting. * Redefine failure. Michael Jordan once said: “I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.” * Focus on what you want, not on what you don´t want. One common problem is to focus your thoughts on what you don´t want rather than what you want. If you do that then it will be hard to get what you want in life. If you want to improve your finances then focus on having a great financial situation rather than your lack of money and your debts.

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City ReaCheRs FResh enCounteR PRayeR ConFeRenCe September 9th and 10th at North Syracuse Baptist Church, 420 S. Main St, North Syracuse, NY 13212. Welcome to the second City Reachers Conference on Prayer and Revival with Dr. Henry Blackaby, author of Experiencing God and his son Dr. Richard Blackaby. Sessions are for both pastors and people interested in revival and learning how to have a fresh encounter with God. Friday night will be a public rally that all are welcome to attend. Saturday will be the seminar sessions for those who register to come. PUBLIC RALLY: Free will offering. CONFERENCE: Individuals – $25 or $40 for Couples Please note lunch is not provided. More information at www.cityreachersconference.com or to reserve your space contact Dr. Bruce W. Jones, Chairman & GSAE President at 457-1728

gaRage sale at RoCkeFelleR united methodist Rockefeller United Methodist Church, 350 Nottingham Road, Syracuse, NY will be holding their annual Garage Sale on Friday, September 9th from 10 - 6 and Saturday, September 10th from 10 - 2. For further information, contact the office at 315-472-8130.

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September 9th & 10th a celebration of Irish heritage with dance, music, food, activities and Gaelic and Celtic clothing and gift ware. Headliners include The Glengarry Bhoys and The Elders.Event will be held in Clinton Square

Community tRunk sale at holy CRoss ChuRCh Holy Cross Church at 4112 E. Genesee St. DeWitt, NY 13214 is having a Community Trunk Sale. Sellers will be lined up and ready to hold many mini-garage sales all in one place. Come browse through many items: Crafts, garage sale items, kids items, and be sure to enter your name in the raffle table. Times are 8:00 am - 2:00 pm. For information call 15446-0473

nuRtuRed heaRt aPPRoaCh to PaRenting Pastor Tom Burgess of Hope Christian Fellowship invites the public to attend a free five-part series presented by Wendy A. West Pidkaminy, LCSW, on the “Nurtured Heart Approach” to parenting. The programs will be held on five consecutive Thursday evenings, September 15 thru October 13, from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. at the nondenominational church, which is located at 119 South Peterboro Street. Child care will be provided if needed; contact Pastor Burgess to request it. The entire cost is being underwritten by Hope Christian Fellowship as a community service.  Wendy is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Certified School Social Worker, Adjunct Professor at Syracuse University, Nurtured Heart Specialist and the author of two books:  “Parenting Challenging Children with Power, Love and Sound Mind: The Nurtured Heart Approach from a Biblical Viewpoint” and “Jimmy and Julia’s Rainforest Adventure.” She owns and operates Nurturing Life Concepts, LLC, a counseling, consultation, professional and parent-coaching organization dedicated to leading peo-

ple of all ages, throughout the world, to realize their life’s passion, purpose and vision. Wendy works from a strength-based, solution-oriented perspective where medication is not encouraged. The Nurtured Heart Approach is an internationally renowned parenting program that will help parents, caregivers, teachers and mental health professionals engage with children and teens in a more positive way with lasting results. Whether you have a child struggling with significant behavioral or emotional issues, ADHD, ODD, tantrums, disrespect, lack of social skills, fighting or you simply want to increase your parenting skills, this program is for you! Previous participants have seen dramatic results in a very short period of time. If you are ready to say goodbye to no more nagging, fighting, lecturing and warning, and hello to peace, better relationship and cooperation, make sure to plan on attending. For general information, contact Pastor Burgess at 1-800-294-9131 or email him at tgb1953@aol.com. For more details about Wendy and her ministry, please visit her website: http://www.nurturinglifeconcepts.com.

gRieF suPPoRt gRouP at temPle baPtist ChuRCh The Temple Baptist Church in Baldwinsville will be offering a 13 week GriefShare support group for those suffering from the loss of a loved one. The weekly meetings will begin on 9/19 at 6:45 pm. Temple Baptist Church is located at 2295 Downer Street Road in Baldwinsville. For more information about the group you may call 585-545-8398.

golden haRvest Festival ,At Beaver Lake Nature Center, 8477 E. Mud Lake Road, Lysander, NY 13027. Highlights include an arts and crafts show with more than 100 craftspeople; nationally known blues, folk and jazz musicians; puppet and magic shows; storytelling; and a petting zoo. Local groups sell seasonal foods like fresh pie and homemade cider, along with barbecued chicken, ribs, corn on the cob and more. Parking is free 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM.

annual Penny CaRnival at oneida lake CongRegational ChuRCh Sunday, September 11 at Oneida Lake Congregational Church, 2508 State Route 31, Canastota, NY 13032 at 10:45 am there will be a Penny Carnival. Games such as Bingo, Ring the Chicken, Bean Bag Toss, Ring Toss, Beat the Clown, Fish Pond, Basketball Throw, Float the Boat and golf as well as popular wagon rides and face painting. The public is welcome to participate in all events.

Fall Festival at st. James ChuRCh St. James Church at 4845 S. Salina St., Syracuse, NY 13205 Is having a Fall Festival. Join them for food, fun, raffles, bake sale, dunk tank, entertainment and games. Chicken barbecue, Korean dinners, hot dogs, hamburgers, sausage sandwiches, salt potatoes, homemade baked beans, ice cream snacks and more. Event times are 11am - 7pm.

CRoP hungeR walk Weedsport United Methodist Church, 2744 E. Brutus St.,Weedsport, NY at 12:30 pm. A walk to raise funds and awareness to fight hunger, both locally and globally. Registration required. Sponsored by Church World Service. For more information call 458-8535.


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ConSiDer Counseling Corner by Joe Masterleo, LCSW, DCSW Question: I’m a recently divorced Christian having difficulty in transitioning to unmarried life. I’m finding that my non-believing friends and co-workers are more understanding and accepting of me than my church family, many of who avoid or act uneasy around me. Is my experience an uncommon one among believers? Answer: Unfortunately, your experience is not at all uncommon. In my view, the church has three distinct ministries to marriage. The first is to uphold the sanctity and sacrament of marriage. The second is to help its members develop the requisite resources, skills and maturity that will allow for conflicts to be resolved within the marriage when difficulties arise. The third is in providing community support (structured and informal) once a marriage dissolves, and to do so with a view toward reconciling persons to God and themselves in a healing and renewing way. Traditionally, churches have been unfailing in their attention to marriage ministries one and two above, but less attentive to the third. While the reasons for the latter are manifold, few are realistic or acceptable, though changes are slowly occurring for the better. Many people who seriously practice a traditional religious faith –

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Christian or other – have a divorce rate significantly lower than the general population. It makes sense; the more seriously couples practice their faith, the less likely they are to divorce. Despite a welter of unreliable “studies” to the contrary, the divorce rate among practicing, churchgoing believers is not exactly identical to the general population (between 38-40%, compared to 50% plus among the religiously unaffiliated). While it is inevitable that some marriages die, Christian partners do survive. The ministerial challenge concerns how they will survive, and how to set the tone and perspective within a given church that ensures that they do – whether they will have the opportunity to learn from their failures to find new strengths and graces hidden within their often traumatic and disorienting crises, graces that invite them to go on, to continue to trust and love again. Such healing and growth can occur only if a community can move beyond being scandalized by failed marriages, sidestepping its own awkward anxieties, fears, pride, ignorance, biases, and moralizing judgments to care effectively for those in need. The experience of personal crises tends to isolate, especially for the separated and divorced, with isolation only deepening the crisis. So for a person to know that others care enough to include them, not allowing them to retreat into the divorce-specific snares of isolation, self-hatred, guilt or shame, helps the person toward a more healthy personal and spiritual recovery and restoration. Likewise, to be single or divorced in a culture that thinks more exclusively in terms of couples and families can be frustrating. Divorce can be an occasion of growth or a frustration of growth. The outcome is often related to how well one’s friends, family and church community assist or become stumbling blocks to this passage. The church community is called to facilitate the passage of divorce when it is the only available and appropriate response to a broken relationship. Though this ministry is still at the margin in many church communities, nonetheless, some churches have developed creative and caring ministries to assist believers through the difficult transition despite the often taboo-laden stigma of divorce inherent within Christendom at large. Ideally, the rites of passage for the divorcing Christian involve effective counseling, loving friends, family and understanding co-workers, combined with the welcoming company of fellow believers who actively embrace the divorcing person, anticipating with them the hope of the next stage of resurrection life. As divorce can be a difficult, confusing and perilous passage to navigate, it helps to know your personal and spiritual resources, and where to find them. Joe Masterleo is in private practice at 12 Dewitt St., Syracuse, NY 315-415-4880 Joe is also affiliated with the Crossway Counseling Network. www.joemasterleolcsw.com

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Doors open wide to marvels. Long Bridges of Pure Gold. High in the Air with beautiful expanses beneath. Great and Mighty are the works in the Land of Greatness. Bejeweled Cups and Bowls of shimmering Crystal. Tables to eat which stretch farther than the eye can see. In Great Halls where every soul is shining. Bountiful and Lasting is Provision in the Land of Greatness. Wisdom beyond calculation, Strength beyond Measure. Books without filled with Knowledge for taking. The highest earthly honors seem but small. Everlasting and Wondrous are the Minds of those in the Land of Greatness. Creatures of Pure Fantasy. Music of Greatest Breaking Pleasure. Played in the Skies Above. Stunning are the Visions in the Land of Greatness. Comfort that is Whole. Love that is Purest Pure. Joy Profound. Complete is the Land of Greatness. Laughter Resounding. Stories of Total and Perfect Telling. Gatherings without reason for leaving. Fellowship in the Land of Greatness. No tests of Friendship. Manifold intended Movement, Flash of Will Journeying. Stretching Eternal Feelings. There is no believing in the Land of Greatness. There is just Land of Greatness. The Land of Greatness is a seven part poem intended to be visualized. Enjoy the experience which yet awaits! Copyright 2010 by author David Aiello http://www.wix.com/journeyofsilence/spoken

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Full-Color BiBlE map guidE in sECond printing maps drawn By national gEographiC The Common English Bible is unique among all Bible versions for having the most number of scholars, church leaders, and average readers who worked on it – 700. Similarly, the translation’s simultaneously releasing companion atlas is unique because it’s the only Bible version available that contains maps of biblical geography drawn by the internationally renowned and award-winning cartographers of National Geographic, the society best known for its accurate map renderings. “No other Bible has partnered with National Geographic to take advantage of its superb map-making skills,” says Paul Franklyn, PhD, associate publisher. “The Common English Bible is the first Bible translation to help readers benefit from National Geographic’s outstandingly clear and precise identification of important biblical locations.” Print editions of the Common English Bible include eight color maps from National Geographic: “Israel in the Late Bronze Age,” “Exodus,” “United Monarchy,” “Babylonia and Israel,” Roman Empire,” “Palestine (at the time of Jesus),” “Jerusalem (at the time of Jesus),” and “Paul’s Journeys.” The companion volume to the Common English Bible, its Bible Map Guide ($12.95 SRP, ISBN 9781609260743), is a full-color oversize (10” x 15”) book of 21 maps showing where the events of the Bible happened. A brief narrative that describes what’s being shown and what chapters and verses of the Bible are being illustrated accompanies each map. Sidebars, photographs, and timelines highlight interesting facts about the lands of the Bible. And an exhaustive index makes it easy to locate the places mentioned in the Bible. Bible Map Guide is already in its second printing after only three weeks in stores (retailers can order quantities by calling 1800-251-3320. Nearly four years in the making, with more than 700 people involved and a budget of $3.5 million, the Common English Bible is now available in seven print editions, including one with the Apocrypha. While the New Testament was released a year ago, and the digital version of the entire Bible debuted in June on 20 platforms, this is the first time the complete Common English Bible is obtainable on paper. Visit CommonEnglishBible.com to see comparison translations, learn about the translators, get free downloads, and more.

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imitating CHrist by Laurie L. Ferris “Imitate me, just as I imitate Christ.” 1 Corinthians 11:1 Recently I was in a wonderful church service. People all over the congregation were entering in and praising the Lord. The word which followed was also wonderful and left me searching my own heart on things. The church moved down stairs and we all fellowshipped together. It was all so sweet till one lady made a remark about the music. “I didn’t like the music, I am very fussy about music.” I turned to her and replied “The music was for Him.” That upset her of course and she went into justifying her remark. I listened and said no more. But it stuck with me for days. My mind and heart pondered all this and I concluded that this certain person always has negative to say and is just a rude person. I wanted to avoid her for days and was successful. Yesterday I went to visit a friend’s church and it was nice being with precious friends. The music was nice but it was too loud I told my friends at dinner. The preacher shared testimonies I mentioned but I would rather hear more of the word. My friends are much more gracious than I and piped in “The music was loud but not too loud that I couldn’t enter in. The preacher has to share what the Lord put on his heart, we can’t judge his heart.” “Ouch, Busted!” That’s what I heard in my own heart of hearts. As I men-

tioned my friends are much more gracious than I. They said these things sweetly. I was harsh when I “corrected” the “negative lady” at the other church service. Both conversations occured over dinner in places where people could hear. The first, in the church basement where other believers were (some brand new). The second in a public place. Now let me ask you a question. If you were considering the faith or a new believer “who would you desire to imitate?” That was the question in my heart last night when I came home. It had a bit of a bite to it. St. Paul says to imitate him as he imitates Christ. Jesus was loving and compassionate. The scripture says we must love one another. Yet (if) there really is need to correct to do it in love, esteeming one another. I would like to challenge you as I am challenged. How do you sound to others around you? Do people see you coming and seem to look forward to conversing with you? Or do people seem to shy away fearing they will be rebuked for something? Keep in mind something my former Pastor shared once. Only correct someone, if necessary, who you have loved. All that we do should be done in the Spirit of Christ who bought us and laid down His life for us. Let’s resolve now to be more loving and gentle in our remarks to one another. Then we will be imitators of Christ….not acting like the world which is sarcastic and cutting. Remember, we are the Body of Christ, when one part is hurt His whole Body suffers.

Healing Doesn't Just 'Fall' on You by Kenneth Hagin “...and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.” Matt. 7:7 I remember a man who wrote us from the penitentiary in McAlester, Oklahoma. He was in the penitentiary because he killed somebody. He was not only a murderer, but was also a gambler and a thief. He said in his letter, "I've tried it all and haven't found satisfaction. I don't know if there is a God or not, but if there is, I want you to help me find Him." Well, we were able to help him find God. Now we didn't write and tell him, "You've murdered people. You've been living in sin and immorality. You'll have to wait for Jesus to die for you to purchase your salvation." No! God had already purchased this man's salvation through Jesus' death, burial, and resurrection. His new birth was waiting; it was wrapped up with his name on it. God was just waiting for him to accept it. Salvation didn't just drop on him while he was in the penitentiary. It belonged to him, but it didn't just drop on him like a ripe cherry off a tree. He had to want it, to seek it, to look for it. The same thing is true regarding healing. Healing is not going to just drop on you, even though you're saved. You have to find out what belongs to you and take it. Healing belongs to you; it's yours for the taking.

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coNNectioN EvEn thE DarknEss by Patty Mondore T'was a dark and stormy night. Actually, it was morning. And it really wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t stormy or dark. However, instead of a glorious sunrise, there was nothing to announce the arrival of a new day other than a thick cloudy gray sky. I could sense that fall was in the air and the changing of seasons inevitable. One might even go so far as to call it gloomy. Not me. While some might have woken up, saw the thick blanket of fog over the water and went back to bed, I saw an adventure waiting to happen. The thick layer of stratus clouds were accompanied by a fine misty rain. I looked out across the channel and couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t even see the island right across from us. But I did notice that the water was dead calm. There was a mystical peace about the scene (or lack of scene) before me. I began to feel that familiar tug. I vacillated (something in my Safe Boating Course training was distantly reminding me about rules, boats, and fog). But then I heard the distant cry of a loon echoing across the waters and the decision was made. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If he can do it, so can Iâ&#x20AC;? I rationalized. Within minutes my kayak was in the water and I, in my yellow rain slicker, bright orange life jacket and all that legal stuff youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re supposed to have, was in it. "I'll just hug the shore" I promised to whoever might be concerned, "and never lose sight of it" which would clearly be easier said than done. Nevertheless, as I pushed off the shore I had the feeling this was going to be a special and unique journey. My trip was no disappointment. It was magical! Mystical. The utter stillness made me want to paddle as silently as possible to not disturb the sanctuary. The visibility was so low that I realized I was using all of my senses to take in as much of my surroundings as possible. The thick air was permeated with the scent of fresh rain. At first the only sound I was aware of was of my own paddles delicately slapping the water, and the rush of the River as the bow cut through it. It seemed as though I was the only human being in the Universe and that all of creation was mine alone to experience. But as I adjusted to the "silence" it seems that I gained a heightened sense of hearing and became aware of the fact that I was far from being the only one out on the misty River that morning. Fish jumped out of the water with a splash. Birds bellowed out their cacophonous melodies from the nearby trees.

Flocks of ducks, as startled by me as I was of them, scattered into the air with wings whistling as they went. An unseen blue heron gave his familiar squawk as he flew overhead. And, of course, no mystical kayak ride would be complete without the distant cry of a loon. As I was paddling through the thick fog, one of my favorite Psalms (in fact, the perfect Psalm for a misty morning) came to mind: "Where can I go from your Spirit? ...If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast. If I say, 'Surely the darkness will hide me and the light become night around me,' even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you." (Psalm 139:7-12). I love that! Even when no one else can see me, and even when I canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t even see a few feet ahead of myself, I can experience the incredible peace of knowing I am never out of God's loving and caring sight. The fog canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t hide us from Him because He made the fog, the clouds, the rain, and the River. For that matter, He made us! The Psalm continues: "For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother's womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made." There may come a time when we think we are lost in our journey through this life. This world can be a confusing place to find our way in. But one thing we know for sure is that we are never alone. Even in the thickest fog, help is always just a prayer away. God has promised, "I will rescue them from all the places where they were scattered on a day of clouds and darkness" (Ez. 34:12). It was hard to turn around and head for home. When would I ever have another opportunity for an experience like this? Perhaps not this season, but maybe next year if I take my kayak out in the fog. Mind you, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not in any way recommending or endorsing such a thing (in case any of the readers happen to work for the Coast Guard). And of course if you do, be sure to do so only with all of the legal equipment. Oh, and donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t say I told you to do it, but youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to have an amazing experience. It is also a wonderful time to be reminded that we are never really alone - never out of the tenderly watchful eye of the One who created those beautiful misty fall days. 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 www.gold-mountain.com.

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earthen vessels whatever happened to purity by John R. Petrilli If someone were to use the word “purity” in casual conversation, I wonder how many listening would have the foggiest notion of what that term means. Some may picture a prudish woman wearing ten layers of clothing. Others might think of those who isolate themselves in small monastic communities to insulate themselves from the evil influences of society. Thanks to the invasion of immorality by TV and pop media, purity has not only lost its meaning, it isn’t even a part of our vocabulary anymore. So what ever happened to purity? Actually, it’s alive and well in the Word of God. We’ll do well to revisit and recapture this indispensible virtue of the Christian life. GOD WANTS OUR MINDS TO BE PURE. “Continue to think about the things that are true and honorable and right and pure and beautiful and respected.” Phil. 4:8b, Everyday Bible

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According to very reliable sources including Christianity Today and Focus on the Family, 12% of all websites contain pornographic content, 60% of all website visits are pornographic in nature, and the number one word used at search engine sites is the word ”sex”. Pornography is a 6 billion dollar a year business in America, vastly outstripping the revenues of all other forms of “entertainment” combined! This spiritual cancer is sweeping the nation and, regrettably, the church. The writer of Proverbs states, “As a man thinks in his mind, so is he” (Pro. 23:7). Allowing impure images to fill the mind leads to impure desires which result in an impure heart. Jesus exponentially elevated the Law’s demands, stating that mental adultery and visual impurity is the sinful equivalent of the actual practice (Matt. 5:28). In a world of lewd billboards, TV shows, commercials, movies, and literature, visual purity has become a rare thing to find. Noah’s world was one of gross impurity, and our Lord states that the last days’ culture will be a carbon copy of the pre-flood generation, whose preoccupation with sexual depravity was total and pandemic (Gen. 6:5). Job sounds the death knell to the viewing of pornographic images of the opposite sex with these words: “I’ve made a covenant with my eyes not to look (gaze) upon a maid” (31:1). His secret to maintaining mental purity was to never take a second look at someone of the opposite sex. The internet places temptation right at one’s doorstep 24/7, 365, only one keystroke away. It’s like having an exhaustive library of porn magazines filling your bookshelves. Paul tells us to put that stuff to DEATH! (Col. 3:5) Remedial steps include everything from setting up an online accountability partner/service, to simply disconnecting one’s internet service and confining one’s self to using net services available in public places. GOD WANTS OUR LIFESTYLE TO BE PURE.

to yield that ultimate blessing. Instead of a tool to be used for self-gratification, the body is a temple that’s to be treated with respect, and kept free from any and all moral pollutants. It’s our individual and personal responsibility to keep that temple spic-and-span by warding off all impulses rooted in lust instead of love. GOD WANTS OUR RELATIONSHIPS TO BE PURE. “Treat older women as you would your own mother. Show the same respect to younger women that you would to your sister...” 1 Tim. 5:1-2, CEV. Personal purity is the starting point, and as we bring this area under the Lordship of Christ, it will have a positive, life-giving influence on our relationships with others. Such a policy is especially applicable to members of the opposite sex, as Paul delineates in his first letter to Timothy, “As for sexual immorality in all its forms, and the itch to get your hands on what belongs to other people – don’t even talk about such things; they are no fit subjects for Christians to talk about (Eph. 5:3, Phillips).” Here Paul categorically condemns all suggestive comments and dirty jokes, adding that purity should characterize all of our social interactions. Whether we realize it or not, our words reveal what’s in our hearts, and impure words reveal an impure heart. It’s highly advisable to keep one’s distance from those who profess Christ, yet habitually dishonor Him with their profane words and immoral lifestyle (1 Cor. 5:9-11 ;1 Cor. 15:33). Such associations will inevitably and seriously erode one’s commitment to purity (2 Cor. 6:17-18). GOD WANTS OUR MOTIVES TO BE PURE. “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.” Matt. 5:8 Getting and keeping our hearts free from sinful entanglements enables us to “see” God with greater clarity and experience His presence more fully. J The writer to the Hebrews informs us that God is concerned about “why” we do what we do as much as much as the “what” of what we do (Heb. 4:12, KJV). He understands that motive is everything. Giving to His work is great so long as it’s done with the right motive (Acts 5:1-4). Praying and requesting something for the right reasons will get God’s attention (James 4:3). Successful service and fruitful evangelism is the result of having pure motives (1 Thess. 2:3). God weighs the motives behind our actions, and judges accordingly (Pro. 16:2). We may be able to fool other people, but we can never fool God. He sees right through any façade of good will we may manufacture or rationalize, and uncovers what’s really driving our behavior (Heb. 4:13). As we take to heart the above principles of purity, our lives will become the answer to that searching question, “Whatever Happened to Purity?” Our thoughts, words, actions, lifestyle and motives will shout out, “Purity is alive and well in Christ!” Let’s see to it that purity makes an amazing comeback!

“It is God’s will that you avoid sexual immorality; that each of you should control his own body in a way that is holy and honorable, not in passionate lust like the heathen who do not know God.” 1 Thess. 4:3-5, Everyday Bible Many of the leading cities in the ancient world were nothing more than cesspools of moral corruption. The name of the Grecian city of Corinth became synonymous with a lifestyle of flagrant immorality and debauchery. Some things just don’t change. If you’re to believe the beer commercials, life is all about having one big party where nothing is off-limits, and debauchery is the order of the day. Under the guise of freedom, many espouse a lifestyle that’s totally devoid of any kind of moral principles. They claim that morality ensnares and limits one’s freedom to explore new things, all the while becoming ensnared themselves by the very vices they claim to be liberating! But Paul’s Spirit-inspired words tell a different story. God wants us to experience and enjoy the very best, and physical relationship within the context of marital commitment is the only arrangement that has the potential

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“Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.” Colossians 3:12-14

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I can remember the first time I heard 'God does not respond to our pain, but to our faith.' This bothered me at first, and I questioned, â&#x20AC;&#x153;If You love me, which I know You do, why won't You help me?â&#x20AC;? I reminded myself that Godâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Word says - He keeps a record of our tears and keeps them in a bottle! Even Jesus wept. The romantic side of me imagines an exquisitely beautiful glass bottle where my tears mingle with those of Jesus! I have come to learn through the example of fellow believers, that it's true. God does respond to our faith in Him and His Word. Faith is definitely an 'action' word! It is not for wimps or the faint at heart - it is powerful! Our Pastor Susie, recently shared her personal experience of releasing faith. She was pregnant, overdue, and getting desperate. She exercised her faith by choosing a point of contact and determined in her heart that when she flipped a light switch on her contractions would start. She did as she intended and when she sat down in her chair the contractions began! (Good thing she didn't pray that the baby would come right then!) God had answered her prayer according to her faith! God uses Pastor Susie mightily to teach her 'daughters in the faith' and I am blessed to be one of them! About a year and a half ago I was at a women's breakfast that Pastor Susie was hosting for the her 'Ladies of the Lighthouse.' As soon as we sat

morning make it good by Pam Farrell Health published the results of a common-sense study that revealed that women who greeted their spouse â&#x20AC;&#x153;good morningâ&#x20AC;? as they started their day had better days than those who didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t. Of those couples who say good morning to each other, 94 percent rate their relationship as excellent. A positive greeting sets an upbeat tone for the entire day. For my new book, 52 Ways to Wow Your Husband, my friend Karen Porter has that perky sunrise attitude: George and I married forty-four years ago after a whirlwind engagement. I asked George to think of all the things that had happened in those fortyfour years and tell me which one had wowed him. His answer: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Karen, the thing that pleases me most is that you wake up every day happy and cheerful and full of joy. It makes every day a day of wow.â&#x20AC;? Years ago I decided to stop being cranky and not to make him miserable. I chose joy instead. So every morning, I choose to wake up with a bright-eyed anticipation. In my book, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll Bring the Chocolate, I wrote, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Joyful living becomes a conscious decision; it means choosing joyâ&#x20AC;Śeven when we may not feel like it.â&#x20AC;? The Bible says, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Rejoice, and again I say rejoice.â&#x20AC;? How many ways can you think of to wow your man in the morning? Hereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a few G-rated ways to start your morning well. â&#x20AC;˘ Wake him with a kiss and a smile â&#x20AC;˘ Bring him coffee in bed or breakfast in bed

down to breakfast and fellowship I received a call from my little sister. Our mom was being brought by ambulance to the emergency room with a heart attack. She had been setting up at a craft show at a local fire department. She sat down in a chair and said she was going to take a nap. At 8:30 in the morning? The peramedics that just happened to be there (God thing? Yah!) transferred her from a lawn chair to an office chair, wheeled her into the office, hooked her up to their equipment (Again...God thing!) and determined that she was, in fact, having a heart attack. Had she been at home on this particular Saturday morning, she would have sleepily laid down in her bed and never woken up! Before I left the church to head for the hospital, Pastor Susie set to action her faith. As my heart beat in my own chest, she layed hands on me as I 'stood in' for my mom, praying in faith for both our hearts. I got to the emergency room just in time to lay my hand on her chest (I had annointing it with oil in the car on the way there) just before she went into surgery. That day the doctors put a stint in my motherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s heart and told my sister and I that 99.9% of people die from what she had just gone through. Hallelujah! God was in that tenth of a percent and worked it for His glory! I believe that He moved in accordance with our faith in Him and His Word. We did not speak fear, death, or doubt but His Word. We layed hands upon the sick and they recovered! (Mark 16:18) Recently my mom went to her heart doctor who told her he couldn't believe the state of her health after all she had been through. He told her, â&#x20AC;&#x153;You have either been praying or going to church!â&#x20AC;? I am so very grateful for God's faithfulness. He does perfect all that concerns me, and that means my mama too! Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m also very grateful for Pastor Susie who has been an living example to us of putting action behind our faith. I keep praying and God keeps answering because I trust He will and He does. He is faithful. Put action to your faith and watch God move according to His Word. He is waiting! May His blessings fall on you like unavoidable rain drops!



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worship today kingdom of god On a stifling hot August night, over 700 inmates and 50 community workers gathered in the auditorium of the Atlanta penitentiary. Charles Colson, who had come to speak to the prisoners, looked over the restless crowd, half white, half black: A lot of you men think of Christians as those nice, white, middle-class people who go to church on Sunday and never get into trouble. And you say, No, that's not for me. I don't want any part of that. They can afford to be nice. They don't know what it is to be hungry. They don't know what it is to see their children starving. They don't know what it is to be in prison. And you're right--most of them don't. Let me tell you a little about this Man Jesus Christ, because He did know about these things and He cared. He was God and He was man. And when He was nailed to that cross, He hurt. He hurt for every one of us. Let me tell you what He said in His very first sermon. "The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because He has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor" (Luke 4:18-19). And then, who did He assemble around Him? A dozen men who had no place in society. He and His twelve men began to preach and perform miracles that only God could perform. But the people rejected Jesus. They wanted a ruler who would overthrow the Roman oppression. But Jesus said (and I paraphrase) "No, I am proclaiming a different kind of a

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kingdom--the Kingdom of God being built on this earth. And because God's values are not man's values, I come for the poor, the sick, the hungry, the homeless, the imprisoned." He is the one who comes to help the downtrodden and the oppressed--to set you free! The impact of Colson's words was remarkable. That night many men found freedom in Jesus Christ. One man with a tough, unshaven face said, "You probably won't understand this, but tonight was what my life has been leading up to. All 39 years were nothing; just tonight matters." Today you too can be set free--no matter where you are. Jesus Christ has already suffered the full punishment for your sin. Now God offers you a full pardon if you will... Admit that you have a spiritual need. You must agree with God that you are a sinner. As it says in Romans 3:23, "All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God." Repent of your sin. Be willing to turn from your sin. Jesus said in Mark 1:15, "Repent and believe the good news!" Believe that Jesus died for you on the cross. "God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us" (Romans 5:8). Him as your Savior. "If you confess with your mouth, 'Jesus is Lord,' and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved" (Romans 10:9). You can receive God's pardon by praying something like this: Lord, thank You that You loved me so much that You sent Your Son to die for me. I know that without Him I would be separated from Your love forever. I invite Him into Compliments of Prison Fellowship my life as my Savior and my Lord.

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

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