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September/October 2013 A Message From Good News Press Good News Press is an outreach publication. The Christian message is often referred to as the "Gospel," which means "good news." Specifically, it is the good news about Jesus—who he is, what he has done, and what he offers. Essentially, the message is that Jesus was God in the flesh, that he came into the world to reconcile humanity to himself, and that his salvation is freely offered to each person who will respond in faith. The Gospel message explains that salvation is only possible through the Crucifixion and Resurrection of Jesus. Through his sacrifice, Jesus paid the price for our sinfulness (rebellion against God), thus offering us forgiveness. Then through his Resurrection he conquered death, removing it as the penalty for our sin and replacing it with the offer of eternal life that is only available from him to all those that place their faith in him.

Photos This Page: (Top) From Left to Right:, Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr. of The Church of God In Christ and St. Louis Mayor Francis G. Slay (R) Jesus Praying in the Garden of Gethsemane - Dreamstime (Bottom) Isreali Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu– AIPAC Press Photo

Historic Global Prayer Call-40 Days Prayer, Fasting and Repentance August 6 – Sept 14 The Billion Souls Revival Prayer Call from August 6 – September 14, 2013 is making history in more ways than one. As E. M. Bounds said; "God shapes the world by prayer. The more prayer there is in the world the better the world will be." This Global 40 Day Prayer Call will culminate in an International Day of Prayer, Fasting and Repentance on Saturday, September 14, 2013.

This Global Prayer Call has a simple four point focus.

and immorality that is sweeping the nations of the world. - Pray for a worldwide outpouring of - Pray for a multiplication of prayer, praise and worship to God across the the Holy Spirit for revival and transworld as never before, to bring great formation of the nations of the world. glory to God. - Pray for a billion people to find Jesus Historically the Billion Souls Revival Christ as their Lord and Savior. Prayer Call is the first to draw togeth- Pray for an end to abortion and for er Continued on Page 7 God to turn back the tide of death

More Pressure Mounts on Israel

By Connie Woods Zechariah 12:3 In that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it.

Let’s stand with Israel and pray for our leaders and call and write them not to pressure Israel to divide up its God given land. Peace Talks Begin Again Israelis and Palestinians have entered into peace talks again after 5 years which are being sponsored by the United States (US). Israel is under immense pressure from the world community, leaders, and governments to agree to a peace plan that would involve giving up a portion of its land to the Palestinians, in what is being called the "two-State solution". Pressure is mounting from all sides. The United States, an ally and friend to Israel, in its policies, are now even becoming a thorn

in the side, with its constant nudging and pushing for an agreement. A Fight for Jerusalem There is also a dispute over Jerusalem. The Palestinians want East Jerusalem as the capital of their State. In the Old City of East Jerusalem, contains religious sites for Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. The Temple Mount is the most revered site in Judaism, containing the Western or Wailing Wall, the holiest place for Jews to pray. It is also where the first Temple by Solomon was built to house the Ark of the Covenant, and where the remnants of the second Temple remain.

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Plan of Salvation:

John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever shall believe in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. Romans 10:9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.

Good News Press - 2 SAT-7 Brings Firsthand Clarity to Western Media Misunderstanding of Deadly Crackdown on Egyptian Protesters

of Canaan, for an everlasting possession; and I will be their God.) (Genesis 12:7a "The Lord appeared to Abram and said, 'To your descendants I will give this land.')

Christians Responding with Hope and Reconciliation; Calling Destruction of Churches ‘Sacrifice,’ with True ‘Body of Christ’ Intact EASTON, Md. – In the wake of a bloody government crackdown on Egyptian protestors that left hundreds dead and thousands injured, SAT-7 Christian satellite television broadcasts from Egypt are bringing a firsthand view of the unethical practices of the Morsi presidency and its sham of “democracy,” with insights and understanding not currently reported by mainstream Western media. Amid the ongoing destruction of churches by supporters of ousted president Morsi, Egyptian Christian leaders are responding with reconciliation and forgiveness, stressing that the church is not mere buildings, but rather “the body of Christ” composed of people and their faith in him.

previously agreed to do after a new constitution had been adopted. Into this political scenario, with a failing economy and crumbling infrastructure, while as many as 30 million people protested during Morsi’s first anniversary, the army responded and removed him from office, said Ascott. Following an ensuing six weeks of pro-Morsi occupation of public squares, demanding his reinstatement, blocking all traffic and promisSAT-7 has been covering the ing retribution against the army, police, liberals and political situation since the anti- and pro-Morsi protests specifically Coptic Christians, deadly violence broke out began at the end of June, helping viewers better under- August 14 as the army moved in to disburse them. stand and engage with the situation from a biblical faith “The Muslim Brotherhood perspective through its curhas been very effective with rent affairs programming, the Western media, portraybroadcast live from Egypt. ing themselves as ‘victims’ and the army as a coup,” said In his June 2012 election, Ascott. “This is not the verMorsi received only 13 milsion of the truth that resolion votes from the Egyptian nates with the vast majority population of 83 million, acof Egyptians.” cording to Terence Ascott, CEO and founder of SAT-7 Scores of business, homes, International police stations, hospitals and ( in a recent other public buildings have commentary been destroyed by Morsi ( supporters. At least 40 Taking wide-sweeping power churches, a monastery, three without censure, he filled key religious societies, three key Bible Society bookshops, government positions with former Muslim Brotherhood three Christian schools and an orphanage have been leaders, some of whom had previous convictions for vio- burned or otherwise destroyed. lence or incitement to violence, and rushed through a “Following [Coptic Orthopro-Islamic constitution dedox] Pope Tawadros II’s spite protests and boycotts statement that the current from liberals, moderate Mus- attacks on churches were lims and Christians, said Asexpected, many Christians cott. Morsi refused to call are stating that they consider for new elections, as he had

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the church buildings a sacrifice to their beloved Egypt,” said Farid Garas, SAT-7’s Egypt Executive Director. Some Muslims who rushed to help preserve churches and Christian properties were urged by Christians to return home. “Buildings can be rebuilt, but you are priceless, so stay safe,” they reportedly said. “Buildings are not the church. The Body of Christ is the church, and we are firmly intact.” General Sisi, commander-inchief of Egyptian armed forces and Minister of Defense, subsequently announced the army will pay for renovating all the damaged churches. SAT-7’s staff in Cairo has worked from home, and all are reported safe. According to Garas, they plan to broadcast their current affairs program “Bridges” as usual on Saturday, to cover the attacks on churches and the decision of Christian leaders to refuse outside protection, showing that the church is standing for freedom over force. “It seems we are experiencing a pruning process of the living body of Egypt,” said Garas.” It hurts, but it is important. We are sure we will see the fruit of freedom, and we trust the Creator who is in control.” Prayers are requested for Egypt, the largest country in the Arab world with the largest Christian community in the Middle East: For current violence to end soon.

pushed for peace agreements during their presidency.

The United Nations (UN) has consistently filed resolutions against Israel. In 2012, the UN had 21 resolutions against Israel, while only having four against all other This promised land, or Canaan nations of the world. land, is what we know today as Syria, although in its own civil war, sends missiles to Israel. Israel, desirous of land in the God has prom- Golan Heights. ised to bless all Iran's new President Rouhani Jerusalem Wailing Wall And Temple Mount by Micsell those who stated after being elected, blesses his “the Zionist regime (Israel) chosen people. has been a wound on the It is also believed to be (Genesis 12:3 And I will bless where the third Temple will them that bless thee, and curse body of the Islamic world for years and the wound should be built, and where the Anti- him that curseth thee…) be removed”. He later said, christ will come midway through the tribulation, and Does the United States want that he was misquoted. Iranians celebrate al-Quds cease sacrifices, and require a blessing or judgment? Let day each year, on the last all to worship him. The Tem- the US decide and treat day of Ramadan, in which ple Mount, also the third God’s chosen people acIranians rally against Israeli important site in Islam, after cordingly. control of East Jerusalem. Mecca and Medina, contains the al-Aqsa Mosque, and the Dome of the Rock from where Mohammed is said to have visited heaven on his winged steed Burak. For Christians, Jerusalem is where Jesus ministered, died, and rose again. There are numerous sites in Jerusalem pertaining to Christians.

(Joel 3:2 "... there will I deal with and execute judgment upon them for their treatment of My people and of My heritage Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations and because they have divided My land.")

This should be reason enough to get behind and support Israel.

The World is Amassing Against Israel Here are some of world policies against Israel: Currently, the European Union (EU) has sanctions against Israel and is refusing to recognize Israel's territories since 1967, and is makWhy the United States ing preparations for more Should Support Israel severe sanctions. Its sancGod made plain his will and tions includes, the European plan. It was to bless, AbraInvestment Bank withholding ham, Isaac, Jacob (Israel) and loans to Israeli businesses his descendants, and give and governments in the disthem a land promised to puted areas. It is not recogthem, that would be there’s nizing Israeli land in the forever. West Bank, East Jerusalem, (Genesis 17:7- 8 I will establish the Gaza Strip, as well as the my covenant between me and Golan Heights. thee and thy seed after thee in The Israelis have held they would not give up land, nor risk its security, however in recent years they have considered it and have actually removed Jews from parts of Eastern Jerusalem.

The Middle East Quartet (United Nations, Russian Federation, United States and European Union) released a statement on July 29, 2013, sharing their "commitment to achieve a negotiated two-State solution within the agreed timeframe of nine months". The Quartet, wants both sides not to do anything that may jeopardize a deal, including no building in East Jerusalem.

It is believed that over half the governments in the world are anti–Israel. The Future of Israel The resentment against Israel is enlarging, along with a dislike of the Jewish people and their existence. There will be an eventual seven year peace agreement, that is broken midway by the Antichrist, before all the nations of the world come to battle against Israel, in the battle of Armageddon. The Lord will their generations for an everlastPresident Obama and Secre- literally come back, with his ing covenant, to be a God unto thee, and to thy seed after thee. tary of State John Kerry are saints, and fight against those pressing for a two-State so- nations that would otherI will give unto thee, and to thy wise consume Israel and seed after thee, the land wherein lution, as well as President Bush and President Clinton thou art a stranger, all the land bring a real Peace.

Good News Press - 3 National Back To Church Sunday on Sept. 15, 2013 er of church communications resources and one of the founders of National Back to Church Sunday.

It's Time for Action: More Than 2 Million Americans Will Participate in National Back to Church Sunday One Month from Today Author Lee Strobel adds his endorsement, making the case for inviting others to church Aug. 15, 2013 -- Exactly a month from today, September 15, more than two million Americans will be focused on a national team event that has nothing to do with major league sports. Their goal: Getting folks back to church. On that Sunday, 20,000 churches from coast to coast will be participating in special services in their own communities for National Back to Church Sunday® after stepping out to invite people they know and love to come back to church. So far, more than 18,000 churches have signed up for the free initiative, and the number grows by the hour as currently about 120 churches are signing up each day at In addition, the Back to Church Facebook page ( rch) has garnered more than 47,000 likes in one month, as the excitement builds and participating churches gear up for the special services they will hold designed to be welcoming to their community. "Right now is a perfect time to sign up and get your church engaged in this energy-filled project," said Scott Evans, founder and CEO of Outreach, Inc., the nation's leading provid-

"Make your decision and get your team on board -- there are many resources available, many by download you could have today. It's a great way to kick start your own fall programming and bless your community." "Remember, although most people in America have been to church, only about 20 percent attend regularly," he continued. "Yet research shows most people would try it if someone just invited them."

for reengaging people after the summer. "September is the number one growth time in a church," said Bil Cornelius, pastor of Bay Area Fellowship in Corpus Christi, Texas. "You gotta give them a reason to come back, and they will." To help encourage churches to promote and church members to invite, National Back to Church Sunday has ready-touse materials available at Free materials include a roster listing,publicity materials, tips for using social media, and information about using the Back to Church Facebook page and YouTube channel.

The richly-resourced project also offers everything from postcards to bulletin covers to banners and videos. An indepth Back to Church kit, available in print or as a download, includes a planning guide, serParticipating churches are also mons, videos, children's curricpreparing for the day by enulum, posters, e-book, samples couraging members to make a of other printed resources, and special effort to attend church more than 60 digital resources, that day, and to invite someone such as e-vites, web banners, to come with them. PowerPoint presentations, logos and children's resources. 'Seven out of 10 unchurched people would visit a church if a National Back to Church Sunfriend invited them. What are day even has its own You Tube we waiting for?" said Lee channel with more than 20 Strobel, best-selling author of videos to share information, The Case for Christ and The inspiration -- and also make it Case for Faith. fun. Video previews are available at "The church offers hope, grace, truth, joy and the message of eternal life -- all of which we National Back to Church Sunwant our friends to experience. day is the largest annual comLet's take a risk and prayerfully munity-based church outreach offer an invitation!" effort in the nation, when thousands of churches share the Yet despite the endorsement simple message and mission of from Strobel and many other inviting everyone in America church leaders, only two perBack to Church. cent of church members have invited someone to church in The campaign empowers the past year. National Back to churches and church members Church Sunday provides the with the tools they need to inspiration and tools to help welcome their neighbors, church members push past friends and loved ones back to their discomfort to reach out church, while providing an easy and invite others to come. way for everyone in the community to find a welcoming And pastors understand it also comes at a key time of the year church.

Romans Road To Salvation Romans 3:23 "For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God."

Every person who has ever lived on Earth has sinned and fell short of God’s expectations, except for the Lord Jesus Christ.

Romans 6:23a "For the wages of sin is death..." We were all on our way to Hell because there is a price to be paid for sin. It is a physical and spiritual death and eternal separation from God. This eternal separation also includes sinners being eternally lost and cast into the Lake of fire.

Romans 6:23b "...but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord." The good news is we can be saved from this death and separation from God. Eternal life is a gift from God but only available through the Lord Jesus Christ. He is the only way.

were not righteous but we all were sinners. But God loved us so much that while we were yet doing our things, going our own ways, deep in sin, Christ died for us. He bore the penalty for all of our sins.

Romans 10:9,10 "That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation." Confess the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, so that God can save you. He doesn’t care about what sins you have done in the past. He loves you and wants to save you. Jesus Christ paid the complete price, taking all of mankind’s sins unto himself on the cross. We have to no longer be slaves to sin and death.

Romans 10:13 "For whosoever Romans 5:8, "But God comshall call upon the name of the mendeth his love toward us, in Lord shall be saved." that, while we were yet sinners, Christian Ministry Declines Exemption Call on theTax Lord and ask him to save Christ died for us." you. God wants to. He loves you! Man was not deserving of God, we

Good News Press - 4 Today’s Teens - (God can even take teenagers and use them for his Glory) A Testimony than anything to fit in with my brothers and to show them that I wasn't an all around "goody, goody", so I started doing what they did - hanging out with First let me start off by telling you that I there friends, smoking, drinking, partying, doing drugs, stealing, breaking the am only 13 1/2, I know what you are probably thinking "what kind of testimo- law, and even some witch craft, which is ny can someone so young have?" Well, really something you don't want to mess around with. I even almost had sex with in this day and age a lot can happen to preteens and teens, so just hang in there one of their friends, but thank God I for a minute while I tell you my testimo- didn't, because somewhere deep inside I was knew it was wrong and there were ny. You won't regret it. consequences for some things. I was saved when I was seven years old, and lived in a small town sheltered from After all this stuff started happening I went into a deep depression, but I don't most things, but then when I was nine years old, my mother committed suicide, think anyone really realized it because I started to stay away from my brothers. after being married to a man who abused her verbally and physically, leav- At one point, I seriously thought about ing me and my two older brothers in the killing myself, I thought, hey my Mom did it so why can't I, no one cares about me, care of our dad and step-mom. My brothers and I had to move from every- no one tells me "I love you," I'm here thing we knew to a different state, away traveling through life alone, but I also from all of our friends and family, to live was so lost, I didn't know what to do. I with my dad, step-mom and three older was a scared little child, forgetting that I am never alone, God is always there. stepbrothers plus my real brothers.

could get away from all my family for a week. So I went, not knowing that God would work in my life again. On the second to the last day I recommitted my life to the Lord, and I have never been the same since, but the story isn't over yet. A lot has happened since a year and a half ago. My dad divorced my step-mom, getting rid of my stepbrothers who were really bad influences on me. I get to go to a Christian School, and be in a Christian band. God has given me the strength to handle almost anything now. I want to serve God forever, and when I grow up I want to be a missionary so I can tell all people about Jesus and how He has changed my life. Parents please remember to show your children how much you love them and how much you care about them. They need you more than anything. Maybe if my dad would have a lot more, I wouldn't have went the way I did, but I know God allowed all the horrible things to Well, let me just say things were OK for Then I turned 12 and it was the summer happen to me for a reason, maybe that reason is to show people God can take about a year or so for me anyway, but I again. We moved and I didn't have any even teenagers and use them for his really didn't fit in with my surroundings. friends, so I wanted to get out of my house, because I was pretty much under glory. All of my brothers started getting in to house arrest because my brothers got drugs, smoking, drinking, sex, stealing Thank you so much for reading my testiand lots of other things. You know me, a sick of me, and Church Camp was commony. God bless you all. (Raptureready) ing up so I decided I would go, just so I little 11 year old girl who wanted more Carrie Hello, My name is Carrie, and I would like to share my testimony.

Temple of Deliverance COGIC Women’s Choir Releases New Rousing Single “Everybody Praise” New Project, Pastor Milton R. Hawkins Presents The Temple of Deliverance Women's Choir In The Sanctuary, Releases On Tuesday, July 23, 2013; CharityFocused Women's Choir To Donate CD Proceeds 24-7PressRelease --

Although the 200-member Women's Choir has been existence for 25 years, it was the vision of the church's First Lady, Catherine Hawkins for the choir to record. She feels that women bring a special kind of praise. "Music is a major ingredient in praise and women have always been The late Bishop G.E. Patterson was a be- free to express their praise to God," loved member of the Christian communi- shares the First Lady. "Women are more ty and a preaching giant. Known for his expressive, we take things to heart; when dynamic sermons, he was also loved for we see our brothers and sisters in need, his music. Songs from his "Old Time Way" we feel compelled to help. That's why one CDs were heard in choir stands national- of our main goals is to take the love of ly. Now the Women's Choir of his former Christ and to share it with communities church, the Temple of Deliverance that are hurting and have been ravished by Church of God Of Christ in Memphis, natural disasters." TN, is continuing his legacy with the release of a brand new single, "Everybody The choir has lent resources and time to Praise". Already entering the Top 50 of assist those affected by many catastrothe BDS Gospel charts, the rousing, phes. In their hometown of Memphis, the churchy praise song is the lead single from ladies sprung into action helping those the forthcoming CD, Pastor Milton R. who lost homes from flooding waters in Hawkins Presents The Temple of Deliver- 2011. In that same year, they assisted in ance Women's Choir "In The Sanctuary". the aftermath of tornadoes in Mississippi With Gospel's finest making cameo apand Alabama. In 2012, they sent thousands pearances on the CD, including Karen of dollars and supplies to those affected Clark Sheard, Tamela Mann, and Lisa Page by Hurricane Sandy. Recently financial Brooks, the new release will be available support was forwarded to Oklahoma in stores and online on Tuesday, July 23, tornado recovery. They also have donated 2013. their time to local school development and teen pregnancy prevention programs

and have supported other faith-based emergency relief efforts. Continuing to fulfill their God-given mission, one hundred percent of the proceeds from the new CD will be used to support various outreach missions. Produced by renowned producer and songwriter Derrick Starks, the new CD from The Temple of Deliverance Women's Choir contains songs of praise and worship to God. The dynamic and riveting lead single, "Everybody Praise", is the perfect song to open Sunday morning service. Led by Carla Tolbert Taylor, the track was penned by Starks. Popular Gospel artists make appearances including Karen Clark Sheard on the hand-clapper, "Break Through", Tamela Mann on "Have Thine Own Way" and Lisa Page Brooks on "Keep Me All The Way". Temple of Praise COGIC Pastor, Milton R. Hawkins, delivers the rousing "Armed and Dangerous", admonishing and leading a chant of praise. More information about the Women's Choir of Temple of Deliverance can be found by logging on to and

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Good News Press - 5 Labor Day: It’s All About You The original intent of Labor Day was to provide a holiday that would honor the social and economic achievements of American workers, and it still does that today. It was also intended to provide a day of rest between the Fourth of July and Thanksgiving.

In America, Labor Day is celebrated the first Monday of each September. Because it's the last major holiday before the onset of autumn, it's generally seen as the last chance to enjoy the summer season.

that does not celebrate a heroic leader or historic event.

The three-day weekend offers an opportunity to step away from your business, your work at a store, hospital, office or plant. Whether or not you know You can rest and recharge it, what Labor Day mainly your batteries doing things celebrates is you, your with you family that will work and your contribusoon be impractical because tions to our nation. World- of the changing season and wide, it's the only holiday busy schedules.

Some historians say that In 1882, Matthew Maguire, a machinist, first proposed the holiday while serving as secretary of the Central Labor Union of New York. On September 5, some 10,000 workers in New York City participated in America's first Labor Day parade. Others historians argue that it was first proposed by Peter J. McGuire of the American Federation of Labor in the same year, after he witnessed the annual Canadian labor festival held in Toronto, Ontario.

Filling the extra years with fun and productivity Jim Toedtman, editor of the AARP The Magazine, knows many stories about successful much fun in this world and a lot of good retirement. folks. And good books to read and fish to catch and pretty women to admire and good His favorite involves his own grandfather, John F. Smith, who was a professor of men to know. Why, life is a joy." speech and drama for many years at OtterSmith said his transition to a custodian was bein College in Westerville, Ohio. simple. He knew what a mop was and what a bucket was. It was hard work, but he tried At age 70, this active man was forced to retire, as was the college's custom. The next to do it well. He did that job for 15 years. day, he applied for a custodian job at the college gymnasium. He was hired right away. Today, people live about 30 years longer than they did in 1900 when the average Smith became the subject one magazine sto- lifespan was 47 years. With modern medical ry entitled "He traded his cap and gown for a advances and better water, cleaner streets, vaccinations and antibiotics, we have that gift mop." He was once interviewed by CBS television newsman Charles Kuralt. Kuralt of 30 extra years. asked him which job was more rewarding. Toedtman's grandfather replied that every Jim Toedtman calls on retirees to decide age of life has its own compensations and he what they will do with opportunities that was still looking ahead. He said, "There's too extra years will bring.

Dear Ester Q&A Hello Dear Esther, I am a young man of 25 years of age, and I was born-again two years ago. I live in one of the countries in southern Africa. I am in a very terrible situation of having homosexual heart’s desire, and a tendency of admiring other men. This situation has always been on me even from my early ages. I have never told anybody about my situation, not even my pastor because it is so shameful to me since I know its a sin to be a homosexual, so this filthy desire does not bring peace to my soul, so I need your help. Needing Peace Dear Needing Peace, Your heavy heart is troubling of course, because you know right from wrong. This struggle you are having is something that can be healed by God. Others have overcome such maladies and you can, too. From what you say it

does not sound like you have anyone that you can speak to about this. But when all seems hopeless we are so mightily blessed as believers because we can go directly to the Lord and petition Him to intercede and help us. "For as many who are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God. For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, Abba, Father" (Romans 8:14-15). It does not help that we are living at time when the masses are so willing to convolute the God-given, male and female genders. I believe this is part of the confusion many people, young and old carry, struggling to be freed from such unnatural tendencies. If we were not given a very strong biblical foundation we can become easy targets for those who seek to pervert the ways of God.

I receive many letters from young men who are having this same issue. How they hate their sin and how desperately they want to overcome this sorrowful burden. It seems to be a curse that is destroying any joy in their lives. But when we are in Christ we are not cursed because in Him we are redeemed and made whole. When we become born-again the old man dies: Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new” (2 Corinthians 5:17). Christ, dwelling within us, enables us to overcome sin. “I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me” (Galatians 2: 20). (Raptureready Q&A)

God News Press - 6 God’s Divine Will Defined By Dr. Rick Wallace There is a great deal of debate taking place concerning God’s will for mankind and the possibility of God having a “permissive will” (a secondary desire for his creation when they choose to move contrary to His first).

truly understand His will. God is 100 percent righteous and holy; so, believers have to understand that the “will” (declaration or decrees) of God are not capricious. God only has one will, this is the will he declared in eternity past for you. God, by His very nature, cannot have more The first thing that must be than one will. What God done is to define is the desires for every person is word “will” as it pertains to His best. What every perGod, and how it should be son chooses and God alunderstood in engaging the study of scripture. This will lows is another story. be accomplished using one of the most oft quoted and Where the term yet, grossly misunderstood “permissive will” comes in verses of scripture in the is in dealing with the fact Bible. This scripture is that God created man with probably the primary free volition (the ability to source of all of the confuchoose without inhibition). sion concerning God’s per- What this means is that fect and permissive will. though God knows what he wants for every believer, he will not force it upon them; “ And do not be conhe will allow (permit, i.e. formed to this world, but permissive) them to choose be transformed by for themselves what they the renewing of your mind, will do. In this case, what so that you may prove God allows (permits) is not what the will of God is, His will, but yours. What that which is good and ac- most people confuse with ceptable and perfect. (Rom. God’s permissive will is 12:2, NASB) actually God allowing man the freedom of volition. The original language of the (God allowed the Jews to New Testament is Greek. practice polygamy, but obviously it was not his will The word in the Greek translated “will” is: thelema, for them (Gen. 19:4-5; thel'-ay-mah, a determina- Gen. 2:24-25), he simply allowed it. Another analogy tion (properly the thing), would be one of your chilthat is, (actively) choice dren wanting to bypass (specifically purpose, decree; abstractly volition) or college in order to pursue what you consider to be a (passively) inclination: foolish endeavor. Yet, you desire, pleasure, will. allow them to do it because (Strong's Hebrew and you have always told them Greek Dictionaries) that once they were adults they could make their own decisions. This is not your In the context of what is being written by the Apos- will for them. You are allowing them the freedom tle Paul here, the word “will” can be defined as the to pursue their own will. Despite the fact that you divine declaration or dedon’t approve of their decicree (informally, the plan) God has established for the sion, you will be there to help them pick up the pieclife of every individual. es when it falls apart because you are their parent It is important to underand you love them. It’s the stand the character and essence of God in order to same with God when you

move opposite of His will. What does this mean? It means that God has a desire for every believer and that at some point every believer (based on their fallible human nature) will venture from God’s “will” in lieu of their own. The awesome thing here is God is not taken by surprise due to the decision of the believer to go renegade from His plan, because He in omniscient (Meaning that He knows everything that has ever transpired, is transpiring, and will transpire. This includes all what ifs.). God can take a bad decision that he has allowed (because he will not interfere with the volition of anyone) and create the perfect process through which the believer can benefit from the mistake and find his/her way back into the divine will of God (this does not eliminate consequences). Where a great deal of confusion comes from when people speak of God’s perfect will vs. His permissive will is the use of the word “perfect”, Greek teleios, tel'-i-os. Many mistakenly assume that because there is a perfect will, there must be a less than perfect will, but that would be contrary to God’s essence and His character. God’s will (his desire, decree, or declaration) can only be the highest possible outcome. Anything less than what is the “perfect” (“teleios”, complete and perfect) will of God come from the volitional execution of the individual. Basically, the use of the term “permissive will” gives the connotation that God has a sort of “well, it’s not what I really want, but this will have to do” mentality

against our wayward movement in His plan. Can God take your poor decisions and still work it in a way that He can eventually bring blessings to you despite your “willful” disobedience? Yes. Is this the best route to take? Absolutely not!

consequences of this decision is inevitable and God will allow the consequences along with other variable pressures to influence the individuals involved to readjust their thinking. They separate, get married, and move back in together. God will not only honor that marriage, he will bless it, as long as they remain in Now, where there seems His will. This does not mean that there may not to be further confusion is in God’s ability to clean up be lingering consequences because of the initial deciyour mess. When you choose to move opposite sion, but as far as the issues with living together the will of God, God can and all the other things still take your mess and through applying the prop- that come along with it are concerned, it is now within er amount of pressure, cause you to move back the will of God. towards him, and in doing so it aligns you with His will for your lives and alAnother fallible concept by lows God to subsequently some is that “permissive will” refers to things like bless you.

Example: An unmarried couple moves into together and of course they are having pre-marital sex. This is definitely not the will of God for them, but he allows (permits it, based on the freedom of volition for mankind) it; however, the

choosing the right mate or a number of other personal decisions. In other words, some believe that God has a certain person for you and that if you choose the wrong person that falls under the category of God’s permissive will. God has given believers his

will for marriage. You should not be unequally yoked with an unbeliever. That is the big premarriage declaration (will) of God. Most all other declarations concerning marriage are post marriage. Now, there are many that won’t support this, but scripture supports it; God is concerned with whom you marry, but He is much more concerned about what you do after you marry. The same thing applies to career decisions: it is a personal decision. Obviously, what is rendered here is an extremely basic explanation of this extremely intricate doctrine. —————————

Dr. Rick Wallace Ph.D. is a theologian, published author, public speaker and entrepreneur. He has degrees in Theology, Biomechanics & Kinesiology, Psychology and Textual Criticism. Dr. Wallace is the Dean of the Ministry of Health & Wellness at A Ray of Hope Theological Seminary, Bible College & International School of Divinity. He is also the founder of RWM (Rick Wallace MInistries), a dynamic and multifaceted ministry that uses a creative and unique methodology to deliver a sound theology that addresses every aspect of life biblically, spiritually, and practically.

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Good News Press - 7 Church Of God In Christ Will Keep Its Largest Convention In St. Louis Through 2016

Kirk Cameron’s Most Personal Project Creates National Headlines

Kirk Cameron’s Most Personal Project Creates National News Headlines from Social Media Controversy – Actor/producer Kirk Cameron has made national news headlines as he announced the release date for his most personal project to date regarding his About the Church of God in faith in God. Cameron has COGIC’s largest annual conChrist. invited audiences nationvention, The Holy ConvocaThe Church of God in Christ wide to join him on Tuesday, September 24, 2013, tion, has convened downtown is the fifth largest Protestant for his one-night live event near the world famous Gate- “The St. Louis community is religious denomination in the of UNSTOPPABLE to nearway Arch since 2010. During delighted in the Church of United States, the largest Afri- ly 700 theaters nationwide. (www.unstoppablethemovie this period, the St. Louis CVC God in Christ’s selection of can American Pentecostal has ranked the denomination St. Louis for these additional church in the country and the .com). as one of the largest conven- years,” says Kathleen “Kitty” second largest Pentecostal UNSTOPPABLE created a tions that assembled in the Ratcliffe, President of the St. organization in the world with social media firestorm when both Facebook and destination. Before moving to Louis CVC. “St. Louis has churches in 60 countries YouTube prohibited audiSt. Louis, the convention was rolled out the red carpet and worldwide and an estimated ence’s access to the film’s held for 103 years in Memwelcomed, with open arms, membership of nearly 6.5 trailer, labeling it as “unsafe” and “abusive.” phis, TN, the church’s interthousands of COGIC Saints million members. Over half a million of Cam… building a positive relationAbout the St. Louis Convention national headquarters. eron’s fans rallied to proship with the entire voting & Visitors Commission test the blocking of the web body. In addition to the exThe St. Louis Convention and site, and after several days, Presiding Bishop Charles E. both social media sites alBlake, Sr. says, “The General traordinary service provided Visitors Commission is the lowed access. Followers of by the hospitality community, sales and marketing organizaAssembly, the legislative body Cameron’s continue to rally COGIC has been embraced tion responsible for marketing of the Church of God in online support, interacting by the offices of Mayor Fran- St. Louis City and St. Louis Christ, voted to continue to at an incredible rate on his cis G. Slay, St. Louis City LiCounty as a convention and nearly 700,000-strong Facehold our convocation in St. meeting site and as a leisure book page. Louis, Missouri.” Bishop Blake cense Collector Michael also stated, “During the past McMillan and County Execu- travel destination. UNSTOPPABLE is an artistic and compelling documentary that takes audiences on a journey to the beginning of creation, and chronicles events that offer a deeper meaning of the such a broad group of interna- the Christian church to pray repentance led to both revival role that pain and suffering tional prayer and evangelism will make the greatest contri- and transformation for their have in our lives. UNSTOPministries and nations for 40 bution to world evangelization nation in their respective periPABLE will prompt audiencDays of Global Prayer, Fasting in history." Secondly, the Bilods of history. These brave es to consider their personand Repentance. Thirty-nine lion Souls Revival Prayer Call is Old Testament prophets give al views on faith, and enkey national and international historic because it is the first us an example of humility to courage conversation startChristian leaders, who have a global call of its kind to draw aspire to, and the undersigned ers about God, suffering, deep passion for revival and together prayer for social jus- leaders encourage Christians and hope. transformation, have contribtice issues and world evangearound the world to join, as uted to the 40 Day devotion- lism. Issues such as abortion they are able, in this extended Cameron, who has been al. and the rising tide of immorali- time of prayer, fasting and scrutinized by liberal audiences for standing firm on Many other leaders not listed ty, which is the driving force repentance for a worldwide his Christian views of faith, in this devotional from around behind the explosion in human outpouring of the Holy Spirit family, and morality, experithe world are supporting this sex trafficking, with the specific for revival and transformation enced record-breaking Global Prayer Call. These lead- prayer request for a release of for the nations of the world. success for his 2012 oneers represent over a dozen a Billion Souls into the kingJesus Christ said in Matthew night theatrical event Moncountries including: USA, Aus- dom of God. 17:21, "an evil spirit of this tralia, Argentina, UK, China, kind is only driven out by pray- umental. India, Mozambique, Malawi, Proverbs 11:30 says, "He that er and fasting." For more infor- “It’s easy to celebrate your Papua New Guinea, Solomon wins souls is wise." Thirdly, the mation: faith when things seem to Islands, South Korea and South Billion Souls Revival Prayer www.billionsoulsrevivalprayerc be going well in your life. Africa. The list is growing day Call has a strong emphasis on or link in on Facebook: But when we encounter by day. As Andrew Murray repentance. Daniel and Nehe- tragedy or adversity in our lives, we often question once said; "He who mobilizes miah’s life of prayer, fasting and sRevivalPrayerCall

The Church of God in Christ (COGIC) and St. Louis Convention & Visitors Commission (CVC) announce that the largest African-American Pentecostal church in America has chosen to remain in St. Louis through 2016.

three years, the Church of God in Christ has brought over 105 million dollars to the St. Louis regional economy. The mayor, city officials and residents have shown the church great respect, warmth and hospitality. We look forward to returning each November, in the coming years, to this incredible city.”

tive Charlie Dooley, among others. COGIC Saints know that they are welcome in our community and we are thrilled to have the opportunity to continue that welcome in the years ahead.”

Historic Global Prayer cont’d from Pg 1

‘Where is God in all of this?’ We wrestle with our hearts and minds to understand the reasoning,” says Cameron. “In UNSTOPPABLE, I take you on a personal voyage into the depths of my faith, based on something that happened in my life. We discover not only is there an answer to this pivotal question, there is great hope in it as well!” UNSTOPPABLE will be broadcast to nearly 700 cinemas nationwide from The Vines Center at Liberty University—the largest Christian university in the world—in Lynchburg, Va., on Tuesday, Sept. 24 at 8:00 p.m. ET / 7:00 p.m. CT and tape delayed at 7:00 p.m. MT / 8:00 p.m. PT/AK/HI. Tickets and theatre locations are available online at www.unstoppablethemovie. com. The event will feature music from guests that include Dove nominated artist Warren Barfield, whose song “Love is Not a Fight” was featured in the independent blockbuster film “Fireproof”, and former American Idol contestant and Grammy and Dove nominated recording artist Mandisa.

recent documentary, Monumental. His company, CAMfam Studios, will release his latest film, Unstoppable, on September 24th, in theaters across the nation. His speaking tour, Love Worth Fighting For, is a marriage event held in churches and has been hosted in over 150 cities. Kirk and his wife, Chelsea, were on-screen sweethearts during their Growing Pains years and are the founders of Camp Firefly, where terminally and seriously ill children and their families are provided an all-expense paid retreat ( Together, Kirk and Chelsea live in California with their six children.

About Provident Films: Provident Films, a division of Sony Music Entertainment, produces, markets, and distributes faith-based films. The company is part of Nashville-based Provident Music Group, which has been one of the Kirk Cameron is best world’s leading Christian known for his memorable entertainment companies role of “Mike Seaver”, a for more than three deccultural icon of the 80′ s, ades. Films from the comwith his mullet hairstyle, pany have included Couracool glasses, and wisecrack- geous, October Baby, Fireing comebacks. More reproof, and Facing the Gicently he enjoyed much ants. More info is available success with the #1 grossat ing inspirational film of 2008, Fireproof, and his

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