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World Day of Prayer March 4, 2011

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.

"Informal prayer leads to prayerful action" is the motto of The World Day of Prayer (WDP). The WDP is an ecumenical movement created by and composed of Christian women of many denominations worldwide who come together the first Friday of March every year. With more than 170 countries participating, each year a different country organizes the day and prepares resources. The WDP National and Regional Committees of that country prepare the order of worship and select the theme. This year, Chile is the organizing country. Their theme is "How Many Loaves Have You." On this day, the women participants of Chile will have an opening procession carrying a panara. That is the name Chileans give to their everyday bread. Eating and sharing bread is a universal sign of hospitality. They want us to ponder: How many loaves have you? What are your gifts? What can you share? The World Day of Prayer had its origins in the U.S. in the 19th century with a day of prayer organized by Mary Ellen James, the wife of a Presbyterian minister. Two years later, two Baptists called for a Day of Prayer, and this slowly grew into the WDP. Collective prayers begin at sunrise and end at the last sunset. Before, on and after the 2011 World Day of Prayer, the USA Committee reminds us of the women of Chile. They have spoken of a world of hunger and great anguish, and where noise prevents many from hearing the voices of the impoverished. The questions remain from the women of Chile, "How many loaves have you?" "What do you have to share with others?"

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.

Open Doors Calls For Prayer for Christians In Egypt The current violence in Egypt is challenging for Christians there and Open Doors USA is calling on the church in the West to unite in prayer for believers and the future of the country. "While the huge protests in the streets against the government of President Hosni Mubarak have not been targeting Christians, it is causing the churches to suspend some services and ministry activities in the Cairo area," says Dr. Carl Moehller, President of

Open Doors USA. "It is also causing many to consider the consequences of a potentially more radical Muslim government replacing the current regime. While the situation is still very unclear, the potential for any power vacuum to be filled with extremist political groups is very real and could have grave consequences. "The events of recent days show that while the majority of Egyptians support the existence of the Coptic church, there are ex-

tremist elements of that society that will even bomb churches in order to promote their ideology. Many more Muslim Egyptians, while not militant, are religiously opposed to those who convert to Christianity from Islam. Muslim Background Believers continue to face widespread hostility simply for wanting to exercise religious freedom and change their religion from Islam to Christianity." An Egyptian church leader told Open Doors: "Can you join us in prayer for peace for our

Scriptures: Sin, Repentance, & Eternal Life All Have Sinned Romans 3:23 For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God; Sin’s Result Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. God’s Love & Remedy 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

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thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. Matthew 6:33 ―But Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness, and all the things shall be added unto you. Joy In Heaven When A Sinner Repents Luke 15:7 I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons who need no repentance. Few That Find Life Matthew 7:13-14 says, ―Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is

the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.‖ Man Will Give Account To God Revelation 20:12 And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of things which were written in the books, according to their works.


Local Good News Press Page 2 Record-Breaking Turnout for Walk for New Report Finds Californians Want More Marriage Support from the Faith Community Life West Coast in San Francisco told the story of her three abortions. Rev. Brian Walker, who, with his wife Denise, chose to abort their child four months before their wedding, said he deserted his wife when she needed him. "Many years ago there was not a man in the house, there was a male in the house, but there was not a man in the house," said Walker. "Everybody suffers in the wake of abortion.""We've lost close to 40 percent of our population to abortion," said Rev. Denise Walker, founSAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 22 -on the 38th anniversary of the der of Everlasting Light MinisTens of thousands of pro-life U.S. Supreme Court's Roe v. tries, referring to the high rate activists filled Justin Herman Wade decision legalizing abor- of African American abortions. Plaza in San Francisco's down- tion. "We must end this slaughtown and then walked 2.5 "Today on January ter."A densely packed crowd miles along the waterfront in a 22nd, I do not honor choice of least 40,000 walked 20 record-breaking turnout for any more, I mourn choice," across in a line that stretched the 7th Annual Walk for Life said former Planned Parentover a mile. The Walk route West Coast."We are here to hood clinic director Abby started at Justin Herman Plaza break the bondage of the cul- Johnson, who walked away in downtown San Francisco ture of death," Walk for Life from her job at a Texas and concluded at Marina co-chair Dolores Meehan told Planned Parenthood clinic on Green in sight of Golden Gate the crowd that stretched as October 6, 2009, after assist- Bridge. far as the eye could see. ing in an ultrasound-guided Founded in 2005 by a group of "If we care for the abortion of a 13-week-old San Francisco Bay Area resibaby, we have to care for the fetus. "You are the new gendents, the Walk for Life West mother and father," said eration of the pro-life moveCoast's mission is to change speaker Kathleen Eaton, who ment and I can tell you founded Birth Choice Clinics Planned Parenthood is shaking the perceptions of a society that thinks abortion is the in Orange County after her in their boots." own abortion. "Nothing is too big for God to answer. The Walk was held forgive," said Mary Poirer, who www.walkforlifewc.com

Remembering First Lady Sis. Charlene Oakland, CA — The Acts Full Gospel Church family of Oakland as well as the Jackson family, is in mourning, as First Lady Sis Charlene Jackson (Sis. Charlene), went home to be with the Lord on January 26th, 2011. Sis Charlene was well loved, and is remembered as a faithful, dedicated, woman of God, that left quite an example to other women and the whole body of Christ. She served alongside her husband, Bishop Bob Jackson, Senior Pastor of Acts Full Gospel, for 28 years, dedicating her life to serving God and others joyfully, willingly, and faithfully. Sis Charlene recently shared her testimony with the congregation and the victory

SAN DIEGO, -- Califor- believe that religious or-

ganizations should offer pre-marital education, marriage enrichment programs, and help to couples experiencing difficulties in their marriage. "This report makes it real clear. People need help in their marriages and families, want help with their relationships, and they are looking to churches and houses of worship to provide that help. As a former Commissioned by CHMC, pastor, I know how hard it the report revealed findis to try to help couples ings that faith leaders may without having the tools find alarming: and skills to address their needs. At CHMC we have 32% of "Regular" a plethora of resources to church-goers agree help church leaders meet that "marriage is too risky" due to the high this growing demand," says K. Jason Krafsky, CHMC chances of divorce; Director of Communica20% of married tions and Marketing. Kraf"Frequent" churchsky reports that his organigoes have "discussed zation has developed a the idea of divorce" how-to kit for pastors inwith their spouse. terested in launching a marriage building ministry. The report also found good news for clergy mem- CHMC also trains leaders bers. The large majority of in a variety of skills based marriage and relationship church goers -- whether education programs. "Frequent," "Regular," "Occasional," or "Rare" -nia Healthy Marriages Coalition (CHMC) has released an unprecedented in-depth study, The State of California's Unions -- In the Pews and the Public Square. This is the first-ever report that looks at Californians' views on marriage and divorce matters and compares them based on their selfdescribed levels of religious activity.

The Pews and Public Squares report provides findings on topics such as "Faith Habits of Couples," "Does Attending Religious Services Affect How People Rate Their Own Marriage?" and "Do the Church and Unchurched Find Common Ground on Marriage?" The study provides information that CHMC believes will help faith leaders speak more accurately to the topic of marriage and divorce, develop strategic plans for relationship related programming, and expand their expertise in serving their community's families. For the past five years, CHMC has taught proven relationship-building skills to more than 62,000 Californians through Marriage and Relationship Education classes for all ages and stages. A statewide clearinghouse of Marriage and Relationship Education classes and The State of California's Unions -- In the Pews and the Public Square report are available at www.CaMarriage.com.

Heaven Is for Real Book Hits Benchmark, Lands on Numerous Bestseller Lists

Since its release 12 weeks ago, sales momentum for Heaven Is for Real by Todd Burpo with that she had through Christ nity. Lynn Vincent has continued to even while battling cancer. She Her life was celesurpass every expectation. even delighted the congregabrated with a musical and a tion with favorite song. homegoing service which was For the weeks of January 23rd and January 30th, Her book ―Don’t held on February 4th & 5th. Heaven Is for Real will be Start No Mess, Won’t Be No Thousands came out to say Mess‖, was published in 1980. good-bye and wish the family listed as the #1 nonfiction She served as the Office Man- well. The family was presented paperback on the New York Times Best Seller ager and Bishop’s Administra- with a Congressional award tive Assistant, as well as in the from Congresswoman Barbara List. The book also is listed at #19 (all books) by USA Today, Praise and Worship Ministry, Lee. Other officials including #3 (nonfiction paperback) by Women’s Department, and Oakland City Mayor Jean Publisher's Weekly, and #5 (all other ministries in the church. Quan and Oakland Police books) by the Evangelical She was a gifted and anointed Chief Batts appeared in the Christian Publishers Associasinger and speaker. Sis Charservices. Several Bishops, intion. lene was also a seamstress, cluding Bishop J. W. Macklin, In addition to being ranked loved shopping, and spending 2nd Presiding Bishop of the time with her grandchildren. Church of God In Christ, gave near the top on numerous best seller lists, the She will always be expressions, and words of loved and missed by husband, encouragement. Apostle Ron 500,000th copy of the acBishop Bob Jackson, her son Hill, Pastor of Love and Unity claimed title has recently David Jackson, children, sibChurch of Compton, brought been printed. "In our industry, there are lings, grandchildren, and a host the Proclamation of Hope. expected bestsellers and then of family, friends, and commuthere are surprise phenome-

non like Heaven Is For Real," says Matt Baugher, Thomas Nelson Vice President and Publisher. "This book seems to pass all expectations on a weekly basis - incredible sales for an incredible story. Great content still moves books, and we're honored to play a part." In March 2003, Todd and Sonja Burpo were on the verge of their worst nightmare – losing a child. Their 4-yearold son Colton's appendix had unknowingly burst days before, and he was now fighting a lifethreatening infection. To save Colton, surgery was the only option. But what would happen during that surgery was more than healing through modern medicine.

ber 2010) is the true story of the Burpo family and Colton, who during his lifethreatening illness and sudden surgery, slips from consciousness and enters heaven. He narrowly survives. Several months later while passing by the same hospital that saved him, Colton begins talking about his experiences during surgery and making a trip to heaven. The family didn't know what to believe, but soon the evidence was clear. Written in the firstperson narrative of Colton's father, Todd, and by New York Times best-selling author Lynn Vincent, Heaven Is for Real walks readers through the Heaven Is for Real: A Lit- revelation of Colton's trip, his tle Boy's Astounding Story parent's initial uncertainties, of His Trip to Heaven and and the lessons learned by Back (Thomas Nelson, 978-0- such a small child. Web Site: 8499-4615-8, $16.99, Novem- http://www.thomasnelson.com


World Good News Press Page 3 Haiti One Year-A Ray of Hope A New "Miracle" Village Is Built for Earthquake Victims -- It's been a little over a year since a catastrophic 7.0 magnitude earthquake devastated the small country of Haiti. Amidst reports of sidetracked donations and widespread ineffectiveness bringing relief to the suffering people of Haiti, there is a ray of hope for survivors living in a tent city outside Fond Parisien. A new village is currently being built, literally from the ground up, by a local ministry and its future inhabitants. The project is a vision of Love A Child Ministries, and arose from the immense suffering witnessed by founders Bobby and Sherry Burnette in the aftermath of the earthquake. "January 12th, 2010 changed us forever. Our lives will never be the same," says Sherry Burnette. Phase One of the project has already been completed, and the first fifty houses are now home to amputee survivors and their families. Phase Two is currently under construc-

tion, with 206 more houses scheduled for completion at the end of this month. The full project will be a master-planned community with 500 permanent homes, public buildings, gravel roads, and a market area for local business to flourish.

WASHINGTON, Jan. 24, 2011 -- Christian Leaders for a Nuclear Free Iran, a coalition of religious and civic leaders sent a letter to the U.S. Senate urging members to enact tough sanctions against the Iranian regime that will intensify pressure on its leaders to halt their drive to build nuclear weapons. A copy of the letter can be found at www.clnfi.org In light of the meeting this weekend in Turkey during which the Iranian relapsed concrete buildings. gime refused to seriously enOver 300,000 more injured, gage the six powers about its Every home is being built with including a multitude of adult earthquake and hurricane and child amputees. Approxi- nuclear program, we urge you to support additional legislative resistant materials, with ramps mately 1.3 million left homefor handicap access, and will less. Thousands of businesses, efforts aimed squarely at compelling Iran to abandon its be provided fully furnished for schools, and public buildings each resident. Local workers destroyed with no supplies or program to develop and deploy nuclear weapons. are being utilized for many income to rebuild. Almost a The organization lays jobs, and the future inhabiyear later, 95% of the rubble out a detailed list of actions tants are helping to build, still lies in the streets of Port paint, and lay the foundations au Prince, and the majority of that must be taken to prevent Iran from becoming a nuclear for each home. The residents the displaced still live in tent power. Members fear a nuclear recently voted on a name for cities or transitional housing. Iran will bring serious harm to the new settlement, and have the United States and its allies dubbed it "Vilage Mirak" or The Miracle Village housing and further destabilize the Miracle Village. project is funded entirely by Middle East. Love A Child Ministries, Some statistics on the January through the support of private Signers of the letter to the 12, 2010 earthquake: 220,000 donations. To learn more Senate include: Dr. Pat Robertson, men, women and children about the housing project, go Chairman and Founder of CBN killed, many crushed by colto www.LoveAChild.com . and Regent University, Dr. Richard

Tehran Condemns Documentary 'Iranium' as Attempt to Thwart Iran's 'Peaceful' Nuclear Activities The Film is Available Now for Free Online Viewing and can be embedded on Websites and Blogs NEW YORK, Feb. 8, 2011 -Iran's Foreign Ministry Spokesman, Ramin Mehmanparast denounced the documentary film Iranium today, calling the film an attempt to harm the progress of Iran's nuclear program. Mehmanparast said the documentary "proves that certain Western countries are dismayed by [Iran's] peaceful nuclear activities which are carried out in line with [defending its] inalienable rights," and creates "an unreal atmosphere in order to apply pressure on our policies." "They should know that this path is wrong and the public opinion will not fall for such fabricated, unreal facts," Mehmanparast added. Iranium documents the statements and actions of Iranian leaders since the Is-

Christian Leaders Urge US Senate to Take Action to Prevent Iran’s Nuclear Weapons Program

lamic Revolution of 1979, including the buildup of Iran's nuclear program through the Presidential Elections of 2009. The film is available now for free online viewing for the first 50,000 registrants at www.iraniumthemovie.com. The free viewing is part of Iranium's nationwide screening event, which includes premiere events today in AMC theaters in select cities, and at community centers across the United States. The film's flagship premiere event will take place today on Capitol Hill, in the Rayburn Congressional Office Building. Iranium was screened Sunday, February 6 in Ottawa, Canada following a previous cancellation of the film's premiere at Canada's National Library and Archives. The cancellation came as a direct result of requests from Iran's Embassy on the day of

the screening. "In the West, we use freedom of speech to change public opinion. We develop documentaries and software to achieve our goals," said Alex Traiman, director of Iranium. "Iran's leaders on the other hand, develop illegal nuclear weapons, sponsor terror around the world and brutalize their own citizens to achieve their goals." Narrated by Academy Award Nominee and Emmy Award Winning Iranian actress, Shohreh Aghdashloo, the 60minute film uses rare footage from Iran and interviews with 25 politicians, Iranian dissidents, and leading experts on Middle East policy, terrorism, and nuclear proliferation.

Land, President of Southern Baptist Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, Paul F. Crouch, Jr., Chief of Staff, TBN, Gary Bauer, President, American Values, John C. Hagee, Senior Pastor, Cornerstone Church, San Antonio, Texas, Tom McClusky, Sr., Vice President, Family Research Council Action, Stuart Epperson, Chairman of the Board, Salem Communications, Deal Hudson, President, Catholic Advocate, Washington, DC, Dr. Jim Garlow, Chairman, Renewing American Leadership, Dr. James Merritt, Senior Pastor, Cross Pointe Church, William Donohue, President, Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights, Mark Williamson, Founder and President, Federal Intercessors, Jerry Newcombe, Author and TV Host, Jim Martin, Chairman, 60 Plus Association, Ken Timmerman, President and CEO, Foundation to Democracy in Iran, Micah Clark, Executive Director, American Family Association of Indiana, Mathew Staver, Founder and Chairman, Liberty Counsel, Mandi Campbell, Legal Director, Liberty Center for Law and Policy, Jordan Sekulow, Director of International Operations at American Center for Law and Justice, Dr. Robert E. Reccord, President,

Total Life Impact Ministries, Richard W. C. Falknor, Chairman, Maryland Center-Right Coalition , Dr. Rusty Hayes, Pastor, First Free Church, Rockford IL, Dr. Mark A. Smith, President, Ohio Christian University, Dr. Barrett Duke, Vice President, Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, Al Kresta, President and CEO of Ave Maria Radio, Michael P. Jones, National Chairman, Young Americans for Freedom, Elmer F. Hansen, Jr., Director, Catholic Leadership Conference, William Haygood Shaker, President, RepublicanPac.com, C. Preston Noell, III, President of Tradition, Family, Property, Inc., Dr. Richard G. Lee, President, There's Hope America, Rev. Louis Sheldon, Chairman, raditional Values Coalition, Michael D. Little, President and Chief Operating Officer, Christian Broadcasting Network, Dr. Jeffrey J. Karls, President of The College of Saint Mary Magdalen, Anthony Verdugo, Founder and Executive Director of Christian Family Coalition, Colin Hanna, President, Let Freedom Ring, Jonathan Youssef, International Director, Leading the Way, James Robison, President and Founder, Life Outreach Int’l ..more at www.goodnewspress.us

Global Economic Recovery Is Slipping Away, Say Accountants LONDON, February 2, -- The global economic recovery, which has been slowing down in the past few months, has now gone into reverse, according to a worldwide survey of finance professionals by ACCA (the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants). The results of ACCA's Global Economic Conditions survey for the fourth quarter of 2010, show that twice the number of accountants as compared with the previous quarter (28% as opposed to 14%) believe that the recovery is slipping away. Faith in the recovery is also at its lowest level in 18 months, with less than a third of respondents (32%) believing that conditions are improving - or are about to. In the previous quarter nearly a half (47%) were optimistic about economic prospects. As a result, business confidence, as recorded by the survey of more than 600 professional accountants from

around the world, has now gone into negative territory for the first time since the third quarter of 2009, with the share of respondents reporting no change in their confidence levels (37%, down from 42% in Q3, 2010) falling below that of respondents who had lost confidence in their organisations (38%, up from 28%). Manos Schizas, Senior Policy Adviser with ACCA, said: "The issue for finance professionals for some time now has been the question of whether the economy, which had been showing signs of recovery, had taken a pause for breath or was about to take a downturn. The findings of this survey suggest that finance professionals think the downturn is now the more likely scenario." While the SME sector appears to be the most resilient, followed by the private, nonfinancial sector, there has been a significant drop in confidence in accountants working in large financial services companies.

This may be as a response to developments such as the economic crises in some European countries. Finally, as had been feared, confidence levels among public sector accountants are lower than were seen during the depths of the downturn and the loss of confidence in this sector continues to accelerate. The survey has also shown that accountants see governments as being powerless to prevent a new downturn. As a result, assessments of government policy have decoupled from economic conditions and remained relatively positive. While 38% of respondents (up from 33%) rated their governments' responses to current economic conditions as 'poor' or 'very poor', a relatively stable 26% (down from 27%) rated them as 'good' or 'very good'. The survey shows that late payment is on the increase, as is the number of insolvencies. More of this article at:www.goodnewspress.us


Good News Press Page 4 US Events February 2011 Feb. 1-28, American Heart Month. Focusing this year on women and heart disease.

Feb. 3, Chinese New Year, Traditional Chinese Lunar Year 4709. Begins the year of the Rabbit. Outside China, celebrated on various dates.

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Michael W. Smith & Amy Grant Tour - Roseville Feb. 11, Be Electric Day. Wed, Feb 2, 2011 Honors the birth of Thomas The "2 Friends" Tour Edison and recognizes his Adventure Christian Church electrical inventions, includ- 6401 Stanford Ranch Rd. ing the light bulb. Roseville, Calif. 95678 Buy tickets online through Feb. 12, Abraham Lincoln www.iTickets.com or by Birth Anniversary. His phone 1-800-965-9324. birthday is observed on Presidents' Day. It is a legal Phone service hours: (M-F, 6 AM-3 PM PST. There is no holiday in Illinois. location to buy in person Feb. 14, St. Valentine's Day. For more info: One of the most widely obhttp://www.celebrationconcer served unofficial holidays. ts.com/events/2011/020211.ht Gifts of cards, flowers or ml candy are exchanged. 2011 Young Adult Spiritual Feb. 9, National Stop Bully- Feb. 17-19, National Georgia Convocation. Saturday, Feb Rodeo at the Fairgrounds in 12, 2011 at 9 am at the ing Day. About 800,000 Perry, GA. The PRCA rodeo Pacifica Church, Pacifica, CA teens skip school once a month because they fear for includes dozens of contests Take a break from the hustle among cowboys and cowtheir safety. Web: and bustle of life in the bay girls. www.heyugly.org. area and spend a weekend refreshing your spirit and Feb. 17-21, Miami InternaFeb. 10-21, Florida State renewing your mind with the tional Boat Show at Miami Fair at Tampa, FL. The word of God. This seminar 107th annual, featuring live- Beach, FL., 69th Annual. also provides opportunities stock, entertainment, exhib- The main event for new for the youth in the bay area products, more than 3,000 its. to have fellowship with each boats. other outside of their respective local churches. The topics of study presented by Pr. Chou and Pr. Vuthy are 1 and 2 Peter. The event will be held at True Jesus Church in Pacifica on February 12-13, 2011. Mark your calendars and we hope to see you there! Northwest Youth Fellowship (NWYF) on Facebook and Wordpress.Pacifica Church, 610 Edgemar Ave. Pacifica, CA 94044

Feb. 3-6, Michigan International Auto Show in Grand Rapids, MI. All the latest model cars, trucks, vans, Feb. 1-28, National African- SUVs, hybrids and sports American History Month cars. (Black History Month). Feb. 4-6, U.S. National Theme for 2011: African Snow Sculpting Competition Americans and the Civil at Lake Geneva, WI. 15th War. Web: www.asalh.org. annual where three-person teams create a work of art. Feb. 1-28, National BirdFeeding Month. To publicize Feb. 6, Super Bowl XLV at the wild bird feeding and Cowboy Stadium, Arlington, watching hobby. National TX. The battle between the Bird Feeding Society, Miliken University, 1184 W. NFC and AFC champions. Main St., Decatur, IL 62522. Web: www.nfl.com. Feb. 2, Groundhog Day. It is said that if the sun shines and the groundhog sees his shadow, there will be six more weeks of winter.

Local Events Da'T.R.U.T.H. with special guest appearance by: IZ-REAL of EVERYDAY PROCESS / BROTHA RUFF of The Royal Family. Hosted by: TRANSPARENT co-host of HOUSE OF SLAP. 7PM. Center of Praise Cathedral, 1228 23rd St., Sacramento, California, United States. Adv Tickets $10 & $14 at www.ewbent.net 9th Annual Heart to Heart Ball. Saturday, February 19, 2011, 5:30PM to 11:30 PM Lone Tree Golf and Event Center, 4800 Golf Course Rd., Antioch. An elegant din-

Berkeley, CA. University Gospel Chorus, D. Mark Wilson, Director "Gospel from the Windy City: Celebrating the Chicago Style" - An afternoon of music from "sweet home" Chicago, the home place of Gospel Music. Free! Info:(510) 642-4864 1st Annual Women's Conference Thu, Mar 24, 2011 Conference at 7 pm. 6119 International Blvd., Oakland, CA. Three-day conference sponsered by Rainbow Church of God in Christ. More infor mation: (510)334-6048

US Events March 2011 1-31, American Red Cross Month. By Presidential Proclamation since 1943. 1-20, Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo at Reliant Park. Held since 1932. Rodeo and top-name entertainment. Some 2,000,000 attend.

1-31, National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. For information, visit of 1,150 miles through the www.ccalliance.org/index. Alaskan wilderness from Anchorage to Nome. Web: 1-31, National Nutrition www.iditarod.com. Month. By the American Dietetic Association, 120 S. River- 9, Registered Dietitian Day. side Plaza, Ste 2000, Chicago, Honors dietitians for advancIL 60606. ing the nutritional knowledge of Americans. Web: 1-31, National Social Work www.eatright.com. Month. To celebrate social workers and their services to 11-13, Louisiana Sportsman's vulnerable populations. Web: Show and Festival at Gonzales, LA. Boat show covers New www.naswdc.org. Orleans, Baton Rouge and 1-31, National Women's His- Gulf Coast, 100,000 attend. tory Month. To point up their 11-13, Washington (D.C.) contributions throughout Home, Garden & Flower American history. Web: Show. Six acres of everything 3-13, Florida Strawberry Festi- for the home and garden at the Washington Convention val. Celebrating the winter Center. strawberry harvest. 5-20, Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. The 39th annual running

12-20, Indiana Flower and Patio Show. 30 landscaped

Black Tie Gala Sat, Feb 12, 2011 gardens at the fair grounds, Word of Life Ministries everything for home, garden COGIC. February 12, 6 PMand patio, 106,000 attend. 11 PM. Limited Seating. Purchase tickets in advance. 13-Nov. 6, Daylight Saving Bishop JW Macklin, Speaker. Time Begins. On the second Music by Olevia Williams, Sunday of March at 2 a.m. Demetrius Tolefree. Freda Move clocks forward one Lyons'Campbell MC. hour. 3250 Rancho Solano Pkwy, Fairfield. For more info: 13, Good Samaritan Involvewww.wordoflifedixonca.org ment Day. To emphasize the or contact Diana Reagan by Eimportance of giving aid to a person who needs it. Anniver- mail: wordoflifedixon@comcast.net or sary of 1964 murder of a woman beaten and stabbed for Telephone: 707 648-7353 30 minutes while 38 people watched and didn't help. "I AM LEGEND" ft. Da'T.R.U.T.H. live in Concert 17, St. Patrick's Day Parades. - Sacramento Many held in American cities. Fri, Feb 18, 2011. I AM LEGNew York's first Saint Patrick's END EPISODE 1 featuring Day parade was in 1762. ToTwo-Time Stellar Awards day, it has 200,000 participants Winner & Grammy Nominee and lasts about six hours.

ner dance with a band and both silent and live auctions. This is a fundraiser for An Elderly Wish Foundation whose mission is to enrich the final days of the terminally ill elderly making a life-long wish come true here in Contra Costa County. Tickets $60 Call (925) 978-1883 or http://www.elderlywish.org; info@elderlywish.org

Prom Dress Sale The 2011 Grad Night Committee will sell gently used prom dresses on February 19th in the Cafeteria Quad from 9:30 am 12:30 pm. NO DRESS OVER $30. Proceeds will benefit the 2011 Grad Night. Liberty HS, 850 Second St Brentwood

5thYear Pastor & Wife Anniversary Providence Baptist Church Feb. 13, 2011 3pm– 5pm Pastor A.L & Lady CaroBASS Church Workers Con- lyn Cobbs, Jr., 5th Year Annivention. March 3-5, 2011 versary with special guest, Castro Valley, CA Pastor A.L. Cobbs, Sr., and For more info: the Harmony Missionary Baphttp://www.bassconvention.or tist Church, Oakland g/directions.cfm 314 South 12th Street, Richmond, CA University Gospel Chorus: www.myprovidencdbc.org Gospel from the Windy City More info: Sister Vena Tracy Wednesday, March 9, 12 PM E-mail: proviat Hertz Hall (Alfred Hertz dencebc@sbcglobal.net TeleMemorial Concert Hall), phone: 510-234-1162 x10


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Prof. Asher Susser and the Upheaval in Egypt Prof. Asher Susser, on Behalf of Tel Aviv University, Will Host a Webcast About the Upheaval in Egypt TEL AVIV, Israel, February 7 -- The rapidly evolving conflict in Egypt is certain to have significant implications for the future of Israel and the Middle East.

provided in RealPlayer and Windows Media formats. Beginning at 15:00 GMT on the day of the event, the webcast can be accessed at http://www.videonewswire.c om/event.asp?id=76623. The Renowned policy analyst replay webcast will be availProf. Asher Susser, Director able from 17:00 GMT at for External Affairs and Sen- http://www.videonewswire.c ior Research Fellow at Tel om/event.asp?id=76623 The Aviv University's Moshe replay will be available until Dayan Center, will offer an March 1st, 2011. influential insider's view of events on the ground and Issued to be discussed: how they will reverberate throughout the region and 1. What faces Egypt? beyond. 2. What are the regional Please join us on Wednes- implications? Could it affect other Arab countries? day, February 9, at 15:00 GMT (16:00 CET and 17:00 3. What could this mean for in Israel, 10 AM EST) for a Israel? special webcast. 4. What should Israel do Web Site Access: Live audio-only webcasting will be about it?.

About Professor Asher Susser: Professor Asher Susser is a Senior Fellow at the Moshe Dayan Center for Middle Eastern Studies at Tel Aviv University (TAU) and a Visiting Professor in the Department of Judaic Studies at the University of Arizona. He was the Director of the Moshe Dayan Center for twelve years and has taught for thirty years in TAU's Department of Middle Eastern History. His most recent book is on Israel, Jordan and Palestine; Challenges of Palestinian Statehood (University Press of New England, forthcoming Fall 2011). He has written and edited eight other books and has recently published a monograph on The Rise of Hamas in Palestine and the Crisis of Secularism in the Arab World (2010).

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Good News Press Page 6 Prayer Changes Things By Mark E. Baker Philippians 4:6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; 7. and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. The Apostle Paul is telling us that we should pray and make our requests made known to God, but first of all, he is telling us to not be anxious. This is step one. There is no need to go to step two if step one is not followed. Unlike a set of instruction you may get when assembling something purchased, you can often look at the thing and see that this part goes here and that part goes there. God ' s instructions are specific in the way they are written and in the way we are suppose to follow them. You must follow God ' s instructions if you want to get the desired results. If you don’t follow God ' s instructions there is no need in blaming God for the lack of results, just go back to the Word of God and find out where you missed it. An anxious heart will not be able to receive the promises of God by faith. Be anxious for nothing. Do not have any anxiety about anything, as one translation says. Then you can make your request made known to God, and the desired result will be peace of mind and heart. You may ask what that has to do with whatever your request was. Peace is an incredible thing. It is the desired result of praying according to God ' s will. If you don’t have God ' s peace, you won’t receive what ever your petition was. First of all, you are to go to God with confidence and full assurity. You get this way by thinking continually on the word of God and keeping His promises before you. Secondly if you don’t have peace, you need to check and see if you have followed the first two steps. I would like to point out that this is not a formula, buts God ' s instructions to us in order to receive His promises. John 15:7 "If you abide in Me,

and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you.

John 16:23 "And in that day you will ask Me nothing. Most assuredly, I say to you, whatJesus the master teacher said it ever you ask the Father in My so simply and directly. Step name He will give you. 24. one, you must abide in Him. "Until now you have asked Step two, His words must nothing in My name. Ask, and abide in you. Step three, ask you will receive, that your joy what you desire and it shall be may be full. done for you. He said a very similar thing to what the Apos- Peace was one of the end tle Paul later said, Didn’t He? results of prayer, but Jesus was saying we are to ask so that You see the Word of God our joy may be full. Have you always flows together. You are ever considered that God not going to have anxiety if wants us to have joy and you are doing what Jesus said to do, are you? If you are abiding in Jesus, and His words are abiding in you, then you are going to the Father in prayer, anxiety free, and the end result will be the peace of God will keep you heart and mind in Christ Jesus. I would like to point out something else while we are looking at this Scripture, Jesus said ask what you desire. He didn’t say to just ask what you need, but what you desire. Then He said that it, or the desire you petitioned God about would be given to you. Your hearts desires will be in line with God ' s Word if you are abiding in Him and His words are abiding in you, won ' t they? Yes they will! You won ' t have to worry about asking for the wrong things, you will be so full of God ' s Word that nothing but things in line with His Word will be asked for. When you are praying this way, your prayer is the will of God. Prayer is another way of saying you are processing out the very will of God, working out His will and bringing His will into existence here on the Earth. You might ask why do I have to ask if it is already God ' s will. Won’t He just bring it to pass? NO! We must ask!

peace, and He’s telling us in His Word what to do in order to walk in these things. We must ask. We have not because we ask not. We could put this in the personal way and say we will have because we ask! I am not trying to twist something around, I ' m just pointing out that we are being told to ask so that we might receive. God wants us to have joy, peace, and to fulfill the desires of our heart.

The Apostle James said; Yet you do not have because you do not ask. You ask and do not receive, because you ask amiss, that you may spend it on your pleasures. James 4:2b- Sometimes we miss God by 3. praying the wrong way, there are many different types of Again, if you are abiding in prayer mentioned in the Word God ' s Word, you are not of God. No one single type of going to ask amiss as James prayer is always the right way was saying here. to pray in every situation.

it was talking about them it calls them Apostles, up until that time they were called prophets and teachers. Paul didn’t start out as an Apostle, remember the good, and acceptable, and perfect, will. They wanted to fulfill that perfect will of God in their lives, So they were fasting, worshiping God, waiting on the Lord to give them direction, weren’t they? Have you ever stopped to consider what would have happened to Paul and Barnabas if they had not taken the time to wait on God, seek Him, and avail themselves of Him. We each have a part to play in this. You don’t just

pened during a time of fasting, seeking Him, ministering to Him, worshiping Him, and availing themselves to Him. They consecrated themselves unto the Lord. The calling of God was already there, but they had to put themselves into a place where they could receive that calling and anointing didn’t they? . Paul went on to fulfill the calling of God on His life and wrote 2/3s of the New Testament in the process. The prayer of salvation is the prayer we pray when we receive eternal life. As I said earlier you don’t get saved over and over again, just like you don’t get born naturally over and over again. It is a one time deal. There are times when we miss God and we have to pray the prayer of repentance. 1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. This was written to Christians, not to the world. The world doesn’t have fellowship with God at all.

the next Soul Food. Do you know Jesus as your Lord and Savior? Do you want to be a joint heir with Christ? If so, I urge you to earnestly pray the following prayer. Dear Heavenly Father, I come to you in the name of Jesus. Your word says, ―...and the one who comes to Me I will by no means cast out.‖ (Jn.6:37), So I know You won’t cast me out, but You take me in, And I thank you for it. You said in your Word, "whoever calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. ' ' (Ro. 10:13). I am calling on Your name, So I know You have saved me now, You also said, ―...that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes to righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made to salvation.‖ (Ro.10:9,10).

I believe in my heart that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. I believe He was raised from the dead for my justification. Broken fellowship is always And I confess Him now as my the end result of sin, and only Lord, Because Your Word true repentance can restore says, ―... with the heart one broken fellowship. Fellowship believes to righteousness...‖ is another way of saying com- and I do believe with my munion. Christian have fellow- heart, I have now become the ship or communion with God righteousness of God in and sin keep us from having Christ. (2 Cor. 5:21), fellowship. In the same way you could have an argument And I am saved! Thank You, with a spouse or friend and Lord! your fellowship is broken, I can now truthfully say, I see when you go and say your myself as a born again child of sorry and make things right, God! then you restore that fellow- Glory to God!!!! Amen. step out into the perfect will ship. Article Source: of God without clear direcThis is such an important http://christian-topics.info. I tion, and you don’t get clear aspect of the Christian walk. was raised Catholic, and was direction unless you spend born again at the age of 17. I time in the presence of God Ephesians 4:25 Therefore, received God ' s call into minand have consecrated yourself putting away lying, each one to Him. speak truth with his neighbor, istry at the age of 19 and began to prepare for ministry. I for we are members of one Paul and Barnabas would not another. 26. "Be angry, and do graduated from Rhema Bible have received their Apostlenot sin ' ' : do not let the sun Training Center in 1979. The Lord has called me to teach. ship. They never would go down on your wrath, 27. My desire is to help all that Have had hands laid on them, nor give place to the devil. are seeking the truth to come and they would have never into a deeper understanding received the anointing to fulfill This opens the door to the of what God has done for us the work God had called them devil so making things right through Christ Jesus. Olive to fulfill, and they would have not only restores broken never fulfilled the perfect will fellowship but shuts the door Branch Ministries is an outgrowth of that desire. Please of God in their lives in his face. feel free to visit us for more Keep the door shut on that free studies and resources to God equipped them and liar and don’t give him any help you on your journey. anointed them to fulfill His place. We will continue with Mark Baker purpose. That equipping hap- the other types of prayer in www.olivebranchministries.us


Good News Press Page 7 Does God Know When You’re Hanging On by a Thread by Dr. Paul Dean I got a phone call recently that no pastor wants to get; a man in my church had suffered a massive heart attack and it didn't look good at all. Four hours after I got to the hospital to be with the family, he died. You can imagine the grief. This man and his wife had experienced a lot of grief over the years. I was reminded they lost a child when I saw them weeping over his grave after the woman's father was buried just a few months ago. I stood with this couple beside another casket when their daughter-inlaw was killed in an automobile accident a few weeks ago. And now this precious lady who loves the Lord was dealing with the loss of her husband of thirty-three years. She asked me a question as we stood in that hospital waiting room: "They say God won't put on you more than you can bear. But, does God know when you're hanging on by a thread?" Sometimes it doesn't seem like God knows how we feel or what we're going through. There are times when we don't think we can make it. The Bible is filled with God's people who felt that way. The Psalmist said, "O Lord, God of my salvation, I have cried out day and night before you...For my soul is full of troubles and my life draws near to the grave...I am like a man who has no strength, adrift among the dead, like the slain who lie in the grave, who you remember no more" (Ps. 88:1-5). These are vivid pictures if you think about them. David himself cried out, "I am weary with my groaning; all night I make my bed swim; I drench my couch with my tears" (Ps. 6:6). More than once he felt like God had abandoned him. That's the context of the chorus we sing from his words: "As the deer pants for the water brooks, so pants my soul for You, O God" (Ps. 42:1). He was in a desert of depression and felt there was no way out. That's why he said "My tears have been my food day and night, while they continually say to me, 'Where is your God'" (v. 3)? When you have nothing to eat but your own tears, you're hanging on by a thread. And yes, God knows that. The very fact verses like these are all over the Bible tells us that God knows how we feel and has not abandoned us. When

we're hammered by hurts He is with us and we actually have an endless supply of grace from which to draw in time of need. That's why Paul said, "No trial has overtaken you but such as is common to man; and God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tested beyond what you are able, but with the trial will provide the way of escape also, that you may be able to endure it" (1 Cor. 10:13). (This verse applies to trials or temptations). Now, these troubles are "common to man." Paul's first word of encouragement is that we are not alone in our affliction. What we experience is experienced by others. We need not feel our burden is such that no one has ever faced the same. But Paul also says something about God and His faithfulness to us. Despite the fact that winds of adversity blow, God does not forget those whom He loves. He knows there are times when you're hanging on by a thread but "will not allow you to be tested beyond what you are able" to bear. He will not allow a weight upon you that you cannot endure by His strength and grace. He will not test you beyond your ability and the help you have in Christ. God is the one who actually provides "the way of escape." The picture here is that of a ship on a raging sea in the midst of a fierce storm. The vessel is bouncing about in the rough waters and the wind is blowing her straight toward the rocks. Nothing can be done and she is about to founder and be destroyed. It's stormy, dark, and all hope is gone. Yet, just as calamity is about to strike, an opening in the rocks appears and the ship skirts through into a peaceful cove where protection from the battering storm is provided. The ship and crew are safe in the cove as they whether the storm that churns round about them. The point is not that deliverance from the storm is God's way of escape. Rather, the way of escape is God's deliverance into the cove that one might endure the storm in safety. That's why Paul adds, "that you may be able to endure it." Christians face trials and temptations. Yet, God is faithful. He provides the way of escape to ride out the storm. You say, "Okay, but what do I do? How do I get to the cove

where I can feel like I'll be able to weather this hurricane in my life?" The answer is our thinking. We have to fight the tendency to think about nothing but the suffering we face and actually think more about God Himself; His goodness, love, grace, mercy, and purpose for us in the midst of terrible circumstances. God uses tough times to refine us like fire refines gold (1 Pet. 1:67). It is the testing of our faith that produces Christ's strength and character in us (Jas. 1:3-4). God uses hardship like a blacksmith's hammer and anvil to make us more like Christ (Rom. 8:28-29). We have to focus our thoughts on Christ and not the tragedy. And that means we have to trust Him. Isaiah says, "You [God] will keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you because he trusts in you" (Isa. 26:3). The Lord Jesus is the way of escape; "For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who has been tempted/tested in all things as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and may find grace to help in time of need" (Heb. 4:15-16). Let us cast all our care upon Him because He cares for us (1 Pet. 5:7). If we can do that, then slowly but surely, that thread we're clinging to that feels as if it's about to give way will become a chain attached to an anchor that cannot be moved: the Lord Jesus Himself (Heb. 6:19-20). Yes, in spite of the storm, God knows, and the anchor will hold. Dr. Paul Dean is a pastor, cultural commentator, and author. He serves as a Regional Mentor with the International Association of Biblical Counselors, speaks at several conferences throughout the year, and provides training for ministers and churches on a regular basis. He received his M.Div. and Th.M. degrees from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and his D.Min. from Erskine Theological Seminary. Paul resides in the Upstate of South Carolina with his wife and three children. You're invited to discover more about yourself, God, and others... and develop a Christian worldview. Receive a FREE commentary and learn more at http://www.trueworldview.comArticle Sourchttp://EzineArticles.com/?expert= Dr._Paul_Dean

Title Adds New Perspective To Bible Prophecy and The End Times Book presents new slant on biblical interpretation of Ezekiel 38 & 39 and the end-times

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With tensions in the Middle East escalating daily, the world seems to be on the brink of ruin. Russia is strengthening its ties with China, North Korea, Syria and Iran arming them with sophisticated military weaponry, building up its armed forces, and returning to old Cold War military tactics. Tensions between Israel and Iran have never been higher with each nation poised to strike against the other in a moment's notice.

ecy with a conclusion that will shock its readers. Readers will be exposed to new and fresh insights regarding Ezekiel's prophecy about the future that have not been generally discussed in mainstream prophecy circles. Rushing Ahead to Armageddon: Russia, Iran, and the Invasion of Israel, which was selected as a category winner in the 2010 Christian Choice Book Awards, is a new, exhilarating, and exciting Bible prophecy related work that should be read by any Christian that is interested in Bible prophecy.

It seems like we are standing on the cusp of Armageddon and the end of the world. The Gog/Magog war of Ezekiel 38 & 39 seems as if it is about to finally be fulfilled. It seems that in a moment's notice the events described in Ezekiel 38 & 39 could break out right before our eyes...or is it?

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Prayers For Egypt cont’d form Page 1 country? We hope that our people can express their feelings and ideas without turning to violence. This is not a religious conflict. Churches have not been attacked. Due to the demonstrations in the center of Cairo church activities in the heart of the city were canceled but outside of Cairo church programs continue as usual. Peace can be restored easily when the government will allow for free presidential elections. Please pray that all people will keep their anger under control." Egypt is ranked No. 19 on the Open Doors 2011 World Watch List of the 50 worst persecutors of Christians. On New Year's Day a suicide bomber killed 22 Christians in front of the Two Saints Church in Alexandria. Egypt has by far the largest Christian minority in the Middle East -an estimated 10 million.

a time for all peoples of every religion to come together and work for true freedom, democracy and peace." Prayer Requests: 

The demonstrations will end peacefully with no more casualties

of human rights violations 

Providing needed employment opportunities for persecuted Christians

Providing resources and training to empower local  Those demonstrachurches and pastors tors who want to An estimated 100 million cause harm to the Christians worldwide suffer country and Chrisinterrogation, arrest and even tians, and have hidden agendas, will be death for their faith in Christ, exposed, repent and with millions more facing discrimination and alienation. come to know the Open Doors supports and Lord strengthens believers in the world's most difficult areas  Any change of power in the govern- through Bible and Christian literature distribution, leaderment will take the ship training and assistance, country out of the Christian community developcrisis and result in complete freedom of ment, prayer and presence religion -- not less -- ministry and advocacy on behalf of suffering believers. To for Christians and partner with Open Doors other minorities. Moeller adds: "This is a time USA, call toll free at 888-5Open Doors partners with the BIBLE-5 (888-524-2535) or go for the entire body of Christ to pray for the church in Egypt church in Egypt by: to our Website at and the entire region. It is also www.OpenDoorsUSA.org.  Bringing awareness


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