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Christian theater troupes anchor to mission in tough economic times the 1990s, described the tensions when the non-profits did not know what hit San Diego Christian arts organizations them. “First the opera company saw matchstill reeling from the tsunami of economic recession are responding by holding ing grant money fall off and then other support dried up and by then it was tightly to their core missions. “Sometimes arts organizations are the difficult to recover,” she said. “But now last to catch on to how to respond to a we know ways to trim costs at the first devastating economic wave because we signs of trouble.” Wood said Rancho Santa Fe is fortunate are artists, not financial analysts,” said Margie Wood, drama ministry director to have kept the drama ministry alive, for the Village Church in Rancho Santa supported by the Village Church, but that Fe. “Yet with experience,” she said, “we the church was wise to cut non-essentials can see the economic ebb and flow and two years ago as soon as the real estate collapse impacted construction costs make adjustments before it’s too late.” Wood, who was on the management just as the church was in the midst of a team of a Rochester, New York, opera building project. “The drama ministry budget was cut, company when the economy plunged in so I stopped paying for a lighting director and a costume designer,” Wood said. “While we used to rent Victorian costumes for Christmas productions, we began using scripts that called for contemporary dress, something we could find in our own or a friend’s closet.” Another thing Wood advised in tight times is to choose scripts wisely. “In the Lenten season, we try to find something more serious, but at other times of the year we consider musicals because we know it brings in more people,” she said. “Name recognition is a factor for bringing in crowds. Any time you do something unknown you take a bigger risk.” Wood said that the Village Theater production of The Robe drew crowds initially because people had heard of the story, but a later production, A Little Piece of Heaven, had a slow start. “Because it was unknown, attendance was low the first weekRun. y the w Ho Please turn to page 10 See s yer Pla A scene from Lamb’s By KIMBERLI COSTABILE

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A mother and child get a close look at replica of a dinosaur at the Creation and Earth History Museum in Santee. The annual Museum Day is Saturday, Sept. 29. See story on page 15.

‘Integrity’ continues to be focus for men at Sept. 7-8 Promise Keepers conference Promise Keepers will hold the last of five nationwide conferences this year, Sept. 7-8 in San Diego’s Viejas Arena at SDSU. The times are 6 to 9:30 p.m. on Friday and 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, followed by lunch. Promise Keepers has been around since 1990 and has grown to 6 million men. Started in Colorado and now reaching across the U.S., PK stands strong in its aims to bring men together and teach them “integrity to be better men, husbands, and fathers.” So, what happens when a couple thousand men pull away from the busyness of the day-today grind, connect with some friends or family, and spend a day and a half together pursuing the voice of the Almighty? We call it “Promise Keepers: Called Out.” Attendance at the Dallas and Cleveland conferences in August numbered 4,000 to 5,000 in the revamped ministry to men. “It’s good to be back in the arenas. It feels right to worship God in this environment,” one man said. The line-up for San Diego on Friday includes a concert by Lincoln Brewster. Also on the Promise Keepers welcomes men — and Please turn to page 20 young men — to attend its conference.

New residential recovery home opening for battered women and children By RICK MONROE For 15 years, Damaris Martinez has worked with battered women and others in need of professional counseling. She’s worked for the San Diego Rescue Mission, congregational care for churches, and for the last several years has operated Christian Women’s Counseling International as its CEO.

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As a registered nurse and licensed marriage and family therapist, she sees the special needs of women in peril. “What I’ve dreamed about is having a home in San Diego for battered women,” she said recently. “We’ve been praying about it for several years because there’s such a great need for women to be in a safe place and have time to recover.” There are not enough Christ-centered

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programs for women and children recovering from substance abuse, mental illness, and domestic violence, Martinez noted. “We were not alone in our awareness of this need,” she said. “As God continued to put this concern on our hearts, He was also moving in the hearts of Tami and Mark, parents of a daughter whose life was in crisis, but was without adequate program support. Their call from God was

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to ‘donate’ their house so it could become a safe house for women in crisis like their daughter, Natalie. This house has been an answer to all of our prayers.” Natalie’s House of Grace, a five-bedroom home, opens in October. The home is being leased from Mark and Tami, who raised their three girls in the San Diego residence. One daughter, Natalie, Please turn to page 16

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Sex in movies influences behavior of teens Get on the same parenting page By ERIN ROACH Exposure to sexual content in movies leads teenagers to have sex earlier and to participate in riskier sexual behavior, a study has confirmed, leading researchers to suggest incorporating media literacy training into sexual education. The study, published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science, said roughly 85 per-

cent of movies released from 1950 to 2006 contained sexual content, and only 9 percent of sexual content in movies contained messages promoting sexual health. Sexual explicitness of PG-13-rated and R-rated movies has increased over the past decade, researchers also said. Evidence suggests that adolescents’ sexual attitudes and behavior are influenced more by movies than by other forms of media, the Please turn to next page

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o much marital stress is caused because the husband and wife are not on the same page in the way they deal with their children. One way our marriage has been protected is through the “Learner and Leader” day we do each fall. Years ago, when Bill was a youth pastor and Brock was a baby, I looked around the youth group and then looked at this precious baby in my arms and prayed, “Lord, there seem to be kids that soar and succeed at 18 and others that stumble and fall. What traits, what skills, and what leadership character qualities do we need to train and pass on so that our sons can soar by age 18?” Then I set about creating a long list of traits and skills. The list — and many other tools — are in our book: 10 Best Decisions a Parent Can Make. The list seemed so long that I was a bit overwhelmed so I showed the list to Bill and he said, “Pam, seems like there are really three main categories here. We want our kids to be: 1. Learners — have a teachable attitude. 2. Leaders — be influencers in their own unique God-given style instead of followers. 3. Love God — we want them to own their own faith. We prayed and I asked God to show a fun way to instill the values, because kids respond to fun. So we decided to have a

RED HOT MONOGAMY BILL & PAM FARREL “Learner and Leader Day” each fall and on that day we’d negotiate privileges and responsibilities for the year. (We’ve done this now for more than 20 years!) We also select one trait off the list and focus on training and equipping in that area for that particular child that year. And we select a verse to pray over that child, which has something to do with the trait we have selected. (As the kids entered second grade we taught them how to select their own verse.) Then we give a gift, because we wanted it to feel like Christmas! The gift would be one that would build into their God-given passion or calling as the Lord was revealing their strengths year by year. We have a set of criteria in choosing the gift: It must be practical, something I might have to buy anyway. It must be personal. The child should be able to tell I thought about the gift. It must be prophetic, meaning that it speaks the truth about the uniqueness, the Please turn to next page

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Parenting . . . Continued from previous page calling, or the strength we see God building into each child. The “Learner and Leader� privileges and responsibilities chart is also in our book, along with other tools like a list of what children can be responsible for at what ages (chore ideas), plus a teen relationship contract, driving contract, education contract, and a set of Freshman Foundation questions to use with college students or career-age young adults. We have our children sign the contracts, and included in each are the consequences they will receive if they do not follow through with their commitment. As the children get older (early in elementary school), we have them create their own consequences ahead of time so they know exactly what their punishment will be if they drop the ball on their commitments. By spelling everything out ahead of time, year after year, and having everyone sign off on it (both parents and the children), there is little arguing in our home and the children have never been able to “play one parent against the other� in our home, thus protecting our marital harmony as well. And because there is a built in relationship time, a fun family activity on “Learner and Leader Day,� the kids have always been motivated to complete the small yearly assignment (the chart), and because it also has a built in incentive plan (the “Learner and Leader� gift that applauds the child’s


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unique strengths), the child is easier to live with all year! The less child-created stress a marriage has, the more everyone enjoys being in the family. And because we delegate work to our children as they grow, Mom and Dad actually have time to date and stay in love — which is the best gift that any set of parents can give their children. And because we are deliberately trying to help our children/teens take on more and more responsibility year after year, by college (or age 21), our children and yours have the opportunity to be leaders owning their own lives and leading others in a positive way. Having responsible adult children is also a great blessing to your marriage. (And your future in-laws will thank you, too!) So this year, before you run to the store for new school clothes and pencils, pens, notebooks, backpacks, and lunchboxes, take time to hold your own “Learner and Leader Day� — or if you have college kids, set aside 5 nights to go over the “Frosh foundation/dinner and dialogue� questions, and maybe this year, you might even get in a few dates to stay in love! o Bill and Pam Farrel are international speakers, authors of more than 35 books including 10 Best Decisions a Parent Can Make, Got Teens?, and 10 Best Decisions a Graduate Can Make. These books and resources mentioned in this article can be found at www.

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Continued from previous page study said. “Adolescents who are exposed to more sexual content in movies start having sex at younger ages, have more sexual partners, and are less likely to use condoms with casual sexual partners,� said Ross O’Hara, who conducted the research with other scientists at Dartmouth College. Richard Ross, professor of student ministry at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, said allowing a middle schooler to watch sex on the big screen is like allowing a toddler to ride in the front seat with no seatbelt, standing up, at rush hour.

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3EAGAZE$RIVEs$IRECTLYBEHINDTHE2EGAL#INEMASs/CEANSIDE Allen Jackson, director of the Youth Ministry Institute at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, likened it to a pregnant woman drinking alcohol. “There’s an enhanced risk at that life stage,� Jackson said. “There is an enhanced impact of the images that are viewed.� The effect of media on sexual behavior, the study said, is driven by the acquisition and activation of “sexual scripts.� In behavioral psychology, a script is a sequence of expected behavior for a given situation. A higher degree of media exposure, researchers said, has been found to predict more permissive attitudes. – Baptist Press

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Christians, silence is not an option By MATT BARBER The secular left has mastered use of the Internet to further its extremist goals. In fact, President Obama’s Web-based “Organizing for America” propaganda machine may have given him the 2008 election. Let’s beat them at their own game.


Letters to the editor What is science? The article in your August edition, “Tough questions asked of scientists,” is worded in such a way that is implies that biblical fundamentalism is contrary to science. Nothing could be further from the truth. Science is, after all, the study of God’s creation. The more we study the world around us, the more we find questions that cannot be answered by the theory of evolution, but that are answered by the truth that we were designed and created by a loving God. To suggest that those who take the biblical story of creation at face value are at odds with the scientific evidence is to do a grave disservice to the Christian faith. Daniel Starnes (Via Internet)

About the shootings I’ve worked as a mental health counselor and psychiatric technician and my personal take on the recent Colorado massacre is that James Holmes either got relief from those demons that had him or got pleasure out of it through those same demons. What we have to do is identify those demons. There’s plenty of DNA available through other such incidents in the past throughout this country. Like any disease, prevention is always the best medicine. I believe the Sikh Temple shooting in Wisconsin was not “domestic terrorism”

as earlier thought, but rather some type of psychological epidemic very unique to the U.S. Read John 10:10! Cesar Q. Lopez Chula Vista

Advice from daughter Aspen, my 16- year-old daughter, is politically active. She has attended Teen Salt and Light since seventh grade. As the Teen Salt and Light representative, she gives monthly announcements to the high school ministry at our church and is assistant editor for the Teen Salt and Light newsletter. She attends Tea Party rallies and The Eagle Forum, registers people to vote, volunteered at Save the Mt. Soledad Cross event, gets petitions signed, and reads and listens to political commentary (all with no TV in the home). Recently, she told me: “As much as it pains me to say this, it might be better if Obama is re-elected. We know where Obama stands; he does not uphold Christian morals and values. Romney’s Mormonism will be viewed by the people as Christianity. Sadly, people will be led to a false Christ, false salvation, and a false relationship with Jesus if Romney wins.” There is plenty our kids can do to help shape our future. Keep encouraging them. Wendy Scafa San Diego

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To that end, I have a strange request. I’m asking each God-fearing, freedomloving American who reads this column to forward it, post it, tweet it, print it out and give it to every pastor, priest or cleric you know. If you don’t know any, give it to someone who does. Why? I agree with Barack Obama that November 2012 represents the most important election of our lifetimes — perhaps our history. Of course, that’s where my agreement with Mr. Obama both begins and abruptly ends. Here’s the operable question: Do we want America “fundamentally transformed” to mirror the secular-socialist ideals of the radical leftist currently “occupying” the White House? In Barack Obama’s America, individual freedom is trampled beneath jackboots as a matter of course. It’s already happening at an unprecedented rate. One need only look to the Health and Human Services’ mandate forcing Christian groups — both Catholic and Protestant

— to violate, under penalty of law, biblical prohibitions against abortion homicide. Or consider recent attempts by multiple elected officials, all Democrats, to shutdown Chick-fil-A — a private, Christianowned business — simply because its leadership holds the biblical view of marriage. Is this George Washington’s America, or Joseph Stalin’s Russia? It’s definitely not your father’s USA. Instead, wouldn’t we prefer the America envisioned by our Founding Fathers? A constitutional republic wherein individual liberty — whether economic, First Amendment or Second Amendment-related — is sacrosanct and off limits? Pastors, you’re it. You’re our front line of defense. It’s up to you to rally the troops. Now begins the second American Revolution and, as with the first, it’s on you — men of the cloth — to take the lead. That is, if you hope to remain free to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ. Speaking of chicken: In recent years there’s been an epidemic of cultural inaction exhibited by far too many ministers of the gospel. It’s fear-based. “Oh, I don’t talk about political issues,” they say. “You know, ‘separation of Church and State’ and all that.” Baloney. If this is you — and only you and our Lord know for sure — you’ve been Please turn to next page

Social media and narcissism:

A Christian response to new generation’s focus on self By DANIEL JENKINS Have you noticed that narcissism is on the upswing in America? If you have, there’s a very good chance that you are old enough to remember when times were very different.

GUEST COMMENTARY Do you remember an American culture where parents were typically more than just friends to their children? Maybe you recall a time when most celebrities, both in Hollywood and in sports, were not full of themselves and attempting to shock society with provocative behavior. You might remember a time when social media — such as Facebook and YouTube — were not broadcasting every irrelevant detail of a person’s life to the world. American culture has changed and continues to change in disturbing directions. Objective measures, like the Narcissistic Personality Inventory, have clearly demonstrated since the early 1980s that a significant trend exists in rising narcissism. Although the majority of Americans are not narcissistic, there are far more people today who score very high on this personality characteristic. Psychiatrists who decide what constitutes a mental disorder are contemplating the elimination of Narcissistic Personality Disorder from the next psychiatric manual partly because its diagnosis

has increased in frequency so much as to almost be considered within the realm of normalcy. As general narcissism rates rise incrementally over the generations, the criterion for diagnosing severe narcissism appears to be less and less abnormal. In their book, The Narcissism Epidemic, Jean Twenge and Keith Campbell (2009) convincingly argue, with the help of numerous studies over the past three decades, that narcissism rates have increased rapidly, even faster than obesity rates in America. There are numerous reasons for these dramatic changes in our culture, but one thing is for certain, they are completely contrary to Christian values. The Bible is replete with references to the need for humility and loving kindness for others (e.g., Matt. 23:11-12). When Jesus was asked about the greatest commandment, his response was twofold: Love God and love others. When was the last time you saw a celebrity wash the feet of his or her fans? Jesus laid down his life sacrificially and in the most humble fashion by dying on a cross for the whole world to see. This was the ultimate cheek-turn. His sacrifice was diametrically opposed to the self-centered life of a narcissist. A recent study with which I participated at Point Loma Nazarene University found that narcissism rates among college-age students significantly dropped over time Please turn to next page



“… Stop doing wrong, learn to do right! Seek justice, encourage the oppressed… ‘Come now, let – Isaiah 1: 16-18 (NIV) us reason together,’ says the Lord…”

Wine Country vintners to churches: ‘We don’t want your kind out here!’ Calvary Chapel Bible Fellowship (“The ordinance banning all churches from the Barn”) has offered to spend up to $100,000 Wine Country. The Barn was grandfathered to help pay for a revised environmental in as an existing nonconforming use and plan, hoping that would help influence completed its approved building in 2002. Riverside County planning commissioners The Barn was the only existing church in to revise its ban on churches in the Temecula the Wine Country at the time. Although the church could still meet in the Wine Wine Country. Commissioners, meeting Aug. 22 to Country, it would never be able to expand consider a report of expanding the Wine its facilities because of the ban, and no other Country area from approximately 7,000 churches would be able to operate in the acres to more than 18,990 acres, directed Wine Country. Concurrently with the church’s expanstaff to return Sept. 26 with a report of how the environmental plan could be revised. sion efforts, the county scheduled public The hearing pitted the Wine Country hearings on its plan to expand the Wine Vintner’s Association against the church Country from 7,000 acres to 18,990 acres. congregation and many other Christians The church is asking that the county amend from the area concerned over the fate of its ordinance and its expansion plans so that churches, synagogues, other houses churches in this region. Calvary Chapel, a 3,000-member congre- of worship, and private schools will be gation, built on Rancho California Road designated as permitted uses. Under the current and future zoning before the ban took effect but hasn’t been able to expand. It wants to build a larger ordinances, wineries are allowed to have large weddings, concerts sanctuary and a school. Trying to be a good neigh- “We must defend the and plays, but no new bor, Pastor Clark Van Wick right to assemble…” churches can assemble to worship. And the only existmet with a few vintners in an attempt to appease them, but was told, ing church, The Barn, is prohibited from expanding. The local vintners, with their “We don’t want your kind out here.” This land use issue has raised the ire of political clout, don’t want churches nearby Christians throughout the county because and have influenced the county to zone of the hostility toward Christians in the out churches. The Barn is represented by Advocates Wine Country. Local churches have submitted more for Faith & Freedom. Robert Tyler, general than 3,200 letters to the county, asking to counsel for the group, stated, “Although overturn the ban. Their efforts are docu- religious liberty is often exercised in the mented at www.WineCountryFreedom. form of free speech, as in the incident surrounding Chick-fil-A (protests over com. The Barn received its nickname because owner’s view on same-sex marriage), the church started meeting in a dilapidated it is more often exercised in the form of barn in the Wine Country at a time before believers assembling together for the comthe ban on churches was instituted. In mon purpose of worshiping God, holding 1999, The Barn received permission from church services, and educating the youth. the county to remodel the barn and build We must defend the right to assemble a new church on the site after a hotly against discriminatory zoning laws and contested public hearing process where land use regulations or else governmental the same vintners opposed the building officials will be able to zone out Christians whenever it is politically expedient.” of the church. Calvary Chapel Bible Fellowship is gearShortly after giving the church approval through the public use permit process in ing up to file a federal lawsuit against the 1999, and under apparent pressure from county if the county continues its ban on the area vintners, the county passed a new churches in the area.

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Continued from previous page between first-year freshmen and upperclassmen. The reason for this drop is partly due to simple maturation, but other reasons provide some hope that this trend may be within our ability to change. In this study, the profound impact of healthy, new relationships was reported by college seniors as the number one reason for growing in humility and love for others. Narcissism is born out of and perpetuated by isolation, whereas Christ-likeness is born out of and perpetuated by community. The second reason cited by PLNU students as contributing to their growth in humility was “hardships.” Instead of living in a world of unrealistic expectations and entitlements, young people who experience the difficulties and challenges of life seem to move in the direction of humility rather than narcissism. It makes complete sense when you think

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about it, and yet parents are, more than ever, trying to protect their children from the emotionally healthy experience of losing a game or getting a poor grade. Sometimes the greatest growth comes for young people when they move away from home-life and into an environment of challenge, loving relationships, and Christian values. The good news is: people can change, as illustrated by our survey of PLNU students. o Daniel Jenkins, Ph.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist at Lighthouse Psychological Services in Mission Valley. He is also a professor of psychology at Point Loma Nazarene University and is the father of four PLNU graduates. If you would like to take the Narcissistic Personality Inventory for free, go to www. and click the link. You will be given a score as well as a description of where your score falls in relation to others.

Rutherford Institute assisting Phoenix man jailed for continuing home Bible studies Attorneys for the Rutherford Institute have filed a petition for writ of habeas corpus in the U.S. district court in Arizona in the case of a Phoenix man who is serving a 60-day jail sentence and was fined more than $12,000 for using his private residential property to host a weekly Bible study, allegedly in violation of the city’s building codes. Rutherford attorneys are challenging the legality of Michael Salman’s imprisonment as a violation of his First Amendment and statutory rights to religious freedom and assembly, in addition to challenging the city’s assertion that if a person holds Bible studies or other forms of religious worship at his residence, he is required to comply with all local laws relating to a church that is open to the public. This latest filing comes after attorneys petitioned the Arizona Supreme Court for habeas corpus relief, to no avail. Upon his eventual release from Lower Buckeye Jail, Salman will be subjected to home arrest and random home inspections for allegedly violating his probation by continuing to hold Bible studies on his private property after being ordered not to. “While Michael Salman should never have been charged with a crime for simply

exercising his religious beliefs on his own property, to keep him in prison while the question of his basic rights is being considered is the ultimate injustice,” said John W. Whitehead, president of the Rutherford Institute. “The continued imprisonment of Michael Salman for simply worshiping God with his family and friends on his own property demonstrates the lengths to which government bureaucrats will go in service of imposing dubious regulations on average citizens.” Since 2005, Salman and his wife Suzanne have hosted Bible studies for family and friends. However, after some neighbors allegedly complained about the gatherings, city officials got involved. In 2007, Phoenix officials ordered the Salmans to stop holding the Bible studies in their home. The Salmans subsequently erected a 2,000-square-foot building in their backyard, large enough to hold approximately 40 people, which they proceeded to use for their weekly Bible studies. Attendees parked their vehicles on the Salmans’ 1.5 acre property. In June 2009, nearly a dozen police officers, accompanied by city inspectors, raided the Salmans’ property, searching for violations.

Silence not an option . . . Continued from previous page deceived by the enemies of God. You’ve chosen the easy way out — the path of least resistance. This is something Christ, whom all Christians are called to emulate, never did — not once. So, respectfully, man-up, Padre! Be the “salt and light of the world,” as Christ so admonished. But you don’t have to go it alone. There are detailed, easily digestible tools available. Civil-rights firm Liberty Counsel, for instance, is distributing more than 100,000 copies of Silence is Not an Option, a concise, though comprehensive, DVD and printed material collection informing pastors and churches about what is permissible regarding political activity. Please, get it for your church at or by calling 1-800-671-1776. “The church must be empowered to confront the assaults on our culture, our faith, and our freedom,” said Mat Staver, founder and chairman of Liberty Counsel. ”I don’t want any pastor, church leader or lay person to say, ‘What more could I have done to protect life and liberty?’ “Silencing people of faith in the public square has always been the goal of those who realize the influence that pastors, churches, and people of faith have on elections. I want pastors to remove the muzzle and replace it with a megaphone. Pastors and churches have a lot of freedom to address biblical and moral issues, to educate people about the candidates, and to encourage people to vote. Not one church has ever lost its tax-exemption for endorsing or opposing candidates or for supporting or opposing local, state or federal laws.” Did you get that? Despite hundreds of thousands of threatening letters sent by hard-left groups like the ACLU and Barry

Lynn’s Americans United, not a single church has lost tax-exemption for sociopolitical activity. Not even for endorsing candidates from the pulpit. Indeed, if these anti-Christian bullies had been around two-and-a-half centuries ago, and our forefathers had paid them any mind, we may never have had the first American Revolution. Don’t let them halt the second. We’re on the precipice of the abyss, and, pastors, I think you know it. But know this, too: There’s a whole lot relating to both culture and politics you can both say and do, and very little — if anything — you can’t. Churches can educate about political, moral and biblical issues. These kinds of issues — whether abortion, marriage, feeding the poor or any community issue — are never off limits from the pastor’s pulpit, even if politicians are also talking about them. Silence is Not an Option systematically addresses the misrepresentations used to muzzle America’s pastors and Christian leaders. Leading up to Ronald Reagan’s landslide presidential victory in 1980, Rev. Jerry Falwell captured the crux of the church’s apathy problem: “What is wrong in America today?” he asked. “We preachers — and there are 340,000 of us who pastor churches — we hold the nation in our hand. And I say this to every preacher: We are going to stand accountable before God if we do not stand up and be counted.” Dr. Falwell’s words ring no less true today. o Matt Barber is an attorney concentrating in constitutional law. He is vice president of Liberty Council Action and serves as associate dean and adjunct assistant professor of law at Liberty University School of Law.

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“Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may obtain it.” — 1 Cor. 9:24 (NKJV)

Brown, hoping for breakout season, breaks ankle in exhibition game By JOHN PHILIP WYLLIE As a Chargers rookie wide receiver last season Vincent Brown, a former SDSU standout, made 19 receptions for 329 yards and scored two touchdowns. Having now benefited from a year of NFL experience and a full training camp, the feeling was that those numbers could easily double this year. However, Brown suffered a broken ankle in the Aug. 18 exhibition game against the Dallas Cowboys and is expected to miss at least eight weeks. Brown was hoping his expected improvement will be one of many factors that will help the Chargers return to the NFL playoffs. He is delighted to be playing for the Chargers on the same field where he starred

I realized that what my parfor the Aztecs from 2007-2010. ents had been teaching me As a man of faith, Brown feels was real. Right after that I comfortable on the Chargers went up to the altar and gave where a number of players my life to Christ.” share the same beliefs he has Pastor Vincent and Sheila held since childhood. Brown served as excellent “Both of my parents were Christian role models, and very strong in their faith, their son has tried to inand I accepted Jesus Christ corporate their values into when I was seven years old,” his life. he said during an interview “My parents are really earlier this summer. “My dad Vincent Brown giving people. They taught was the pastor of our Baptist church, and both of my parents guided me me that making it in life matters less than from a very young age into the Word. I can how much you help other people,” the remember being in the sixth grade back football player said. Brown was one of several Chargers on in Arkansas where I attended a Christian play with my mother. It was about what hand helping out at this year’s Superfest happens to you after you leave this earth outreach at Point Loma Nazarene Uniand I really took it to heart. That is when versity.

“It was a lot of fun hanging out with all those kids and teaching them a little bit about sports and faith,” he said. “That was my first time doing it.” Charger fans are counting heavily on Brown to help fill the void created by the free agency departure of Vincent Jackson, but after the injury it won’t be until the second half of the season that he will be able to contribute. Brown leans on his faith to keep him focused and grounded in the pressurized world of NFL expectations. “You have to keep your faith. That’s number one and I wouldn’t be here without it. Times are not always easy, but you have to keep pushing. Knowing all the time and effort that I have put in and the faith that my parents instilled in me, it wouldn’t be good for me to stray away.”

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Geoff Horn, left, is replacing Doug Southerland.

Horn works at the field every Sunday, he said, and sometimes during the week when the team is home during the season. He also does some traveling with the team and a spring training visit. To help prepare and ease him into this new position Horn has been receiving support from his family, friends and church. “Doug and I have a great friendship over many years and he has been instrumental and super helpful getting started,” Horn said. “It’s nice to have his office next door to mine, because I often will step in and ask him for advice.” “And the church,” Horn said, “they were on board with me doing it before I was.” When asked if the general public and Padres fans could contribute to his success in any way, Horn replied, “Pray, truly.” There is little doubt that Geoff Horn is the perfect man for the job.

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“King “KingDavid Davidalso alsoordered orderedthe theLevite Leviteleaders leadersto to organize organize the the singers singers into into an – 1 Chron. 15:16 orchestra, and they played loudly and joyously…” – 1 Chron. 15:16 (TLB) (TLB) orchestra, and they played loudly and joyously…”

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f Mary Ann Peluso were a song, she would be sung using happy half notes The blended with low and somber tones. She could be played to a sassy beat with crashing crescendos. Hers has been a life of melody and melancholy, of raspy rhapsody. CAZ TAYLOR Mary Ann is an internationally acclaimed songwriter and singer fine-tuned in San Diego. Now living in Colorado, she sang Mary Ann believed she had arrived at her to hundreds of millions during the early highest peak. Later, she would call it the Jimmy Swaggart crusades/telecasts, and as beginning of her lowest valley. a regular with David Wilkerson at his Times “On May 25 of 1980, Memorial Day Square Church. Yet, to hear her testimony, weekend, I drove to San Diego to tell my it is clear that her finest songs have yet to family of my success,” she recalled. “My be penned and performed. dad had been hired in San Francisco to do Number five of seven children, Mary some special movie explosions and decided Ann expressed her plucky Italian heritage to drive home late at night to miss the Los and musical vibrato from the very begin- Angeles traffic.” ning. She was singing solos in church at When Mary Ann arrived home, she recage 12 and graduated from Kearny High ognized the cars from her Italian brothers, School, favoring music and drama. sisters, nieces and nephews parked out “I was raised in a wonderful Christian front. “I thought it was going to be a feshome,” proclaimed Peluso. “My mother tive celebration,” she recalled. “One of my and grandparents were Roman Catholic, brothers was outside weeping and told me before my mom became spirit-filled and on that dad had died in a head-on collision by fire. She still burns brightly at 93.” And her a drunk driver on his way home. father was not far behind. Mary Ann speaks “My world stopped,” she said, realizing with great affection of her parents, whom how fragile life was. “I completely lost it. “I put through a lot of pain,” she said. I remember lying on the bed that night, Her dad carried on his family’s business deciding whether I would overdose or as a pyro technician, a craft still shared go into a mental institution. I decided on by one of his sons. “My father started suicide.” San Diego Fireworks in 1948,” said Mary That’s when something amazing Ann. “He was responsible for all the happened. “I put my feet on the floor, major fireworks in the city,” preparing to go buy the she added. Long time San dope, and the moment my Diegans will recall Charger feet touched the ground, I football scores followed by a sensed the presence of Jesus. cannon blast and a billowing Thank God for a praying ring of smoke. “That was my mother,” she added. “I was dad,” said Peluso. overwhelmed with hope She recalled her early days and peace, and I recalled a as an “Ozzie and Harriet” verse that He was speaking life. Even so, she acted out to my heart. He said ‘what her insecurities with a stubdoes it profit a man, if they born and rebellious streak. gain the whole world and “Kids would always tease lose their soul?’” Mary Ann Peluso me as being the skinny kid. Mary Ann was dumbIn jest, my mom told me that if I stuck out founded, knowing she was experiencing my tongue and stood sideways, I looked an undeniable and supernatural moment. like a zipper.” “I told Him that if He gave me a reason to By age 17, a rebellious Mary Ann knew live, I would live for Him. Just don’t ask me she had the makings of a star. She hated to sing.” Instantly, Mary Ann experienced the hypocrisy of religion. She hated her great release. “It felt like an elephant was deep-seeded insecurities. And she hated lifted off me. I now believe that it was the the restrictions of her loving parents. bondage of the world that was lifted off “That’s when I left the Lord,” she said, to me. I realized that Jesus was real and if that seek the glamour and fame found in music. drunk driver had hit me, I’d be in hell.” “It wasn’t long before I was singing in the “When I told my mom the next morning nightclub scene,” said Peluso. “I wanted that I had given my life to God that night, to be a famous rock and roll star. I was she said, ‘Then my husband’s death was looking for the love of the world, when I not in vain.’” Mary Ann immediately nereally needed to accept the love of Jesus.” gotiated release from her contracts. Concurrently, Mary Ann was introduced to Healing was slow and steady for Mary drugs. “By 1980 I had a $500 a day cocaine Ann in the days that followed. “I was filled addiction,” she said. with the Holy Spirit and shared my testiIt was during that time Mary Ann re- mony but didn’t sing for a year.” Then she calls that the man who sang the hit song accepted an invitation to sing at her church, “Incense and Peppermints” visited the First Assembly of God (now known as Santee nightclub where she was perform- City View Church) at Phyllis Place. Other ing. Impressed by her voice, he said if she invitations followed from Woman’s Aglow could find a band that could “cut it,” he and Pastor Jerry Barnard of San Diego’s would introduce them in Hollywood. Also Christian Communications Network. that year, she and her band were offered a In 1986, Mary Ann was invited to sing recording contract with Warner Brothers, at a singles conference in Jimmy Swagwhich included taping a video pilot for a gart’s Church in Baton Rouge, La. “The new concept called MTV. Simultaneously, conference ended on Saturday night and she was invited to sing and tour with a I stayed for the Sunday service. Then I got band opening for the Doobie Brothers. Please turn to next page


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Members of Kehilat Ariel dance a circle dance during the shabbat services in Clairemont while worshiping the Messiah Yeshua. The origins of Christian liturgic dance can be traced to Jewish customs.

Mindset makes difference between worship dance and performing By KIMBERLI COSTABIL Although there may be as many different forms of worship as there are worshippers, one view that Christian sacred dancers seem to have in common is that it is not about performing; rather yielding to God. D. Tina Batten, the founder of Sister Batten Performance Ministries, was a professional dancer in New York City in her youth doing street dance, hip hop, modern and jazz. She described the difference between Broadway and worship dance as a removal of personal ego. While practice and skill might benefit both forms of dance, the worship dancer makes one more investment of preparation — prayer. “Prayer before dance is a process of removing ourselves, decreasing oneself, so the Lord can use you,” Batten explained. “Let the interpretation of the music and dance movement speak to the people. Liturgic dance is a form of ritual dance still practiced on occasion in denominations whose services are still structured with a liturgy or responsorial form of worship. It saw a resurgence during the waves of charismatic renewal in the 1980s. It is used as a form of group prayer, a means for teaching Bible principles and stories as well as an individual expression of the spirit. It is danced in living rooms, classrooms, churches, convention centers and on mountainsides. The dance form is most often modern or folk, though the variations, including the use of jazz and ballet, depend on the previous dance experiences of the participants. According to the book Dance in Christianity by M. Daniels, there are three types of dance referred to in the Old Testament: processional dance, encircling dance and ecstatic dance. The processional, as practiced in San Diego, is a choreographed entrance usually preceding the priest’s entrance at the start of Catholic Mass or Anglican/Episcopal services. The circle dance is more akin to folk dance and is used for community participation. Ecstatic dance is free form improvisation and most often found in charismatic or Pentecostal services.

Daniels supports the view written by Rudolf Laban in The Mastery of Movement. Laban said it is probable that liturgical praying and ritual dance coexisted in very early times, and it is also probable that the spoken drama and the musical dance actually developed from worship with liturgy on the one hand and ritual on the other. Kehilat Ariel, a Christian congregation in Clairemont Mesa that celebrates Jewish roots, incorporates community encircling dance between its synagogue style readings of both the Tenach (Old Testament) and New Testament. Male and female dancers of all ages, dressed casually, spring up from the pews and join the dance group to the side of the sanctuary to link arms and do simple movements like grapevines and step hopping. Such corporate worship and dance participation can be compared to when a whole congregation sings from their seats in unison as opposed to merely listening to a choir. Diana Martin the dance leader for Kehilat Ariel describes the group dance as entering into a worship experience in a whole new way. “The V’ahavta liturgical prayer the Jewish people recite every shabbat, from Deut. 6:5 says, ‘And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might,’” she explained. “To me dance is a creative, beautiful, and powerful way to express the fullness of our love to God. Singing is a beautiful way to express our worship to the Lord in a very personal, heartfelt way. And singing with others and/or with instruments is not only a personal joy, but a much more powerful corporate experience of joy as all work together to produce beautiful sounds and worship. Dance is like that, too!” “We can individually dance unto the Lord,” she continued, “yet there is something very powerful about entering into the unity (echad in Hebrew) of corporate worship! But ... it’s not only about us and our experience, so much as it is about Him and how He is honored and blessed.” While dance may have originated as Please turn to next page

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Worship dance . . . Continued from previous page worship, there were years when it wasn’t allowed in the churches and yet it is clearly in the Old Testament. Miriam, the sister of Aaron, took a timbrel in her hand and all the women followed her, dancing and rejoicing after crossing the Red Sea. And Judith, of the Bible, also led a great chorus of women crowned with olive wreaths. It is the dances of King David that caused as much controversy then as ecstatic dances might for some people: “And David danced before the Lord with all his might; and David was girded with a linen ephod…And as the Ark of the Lord came into the city of David, Michal, Saul’s daughter, looked through a window and saw King David leaping and dancing before the Lord; and she despised him in her heart.” II Samuel 6:16

Martin said David was rewarded by God for his dance offering that day and putting God first in his life above the opinions of men. She quoted Psalm 22:3 when David, the man after God’s heart who danced with all his might before the Lord wrote, “Yet Thou art holy, O Thou who art enthroned upon the praises of Israel.” “I believe God delights in our worship and receives it like fragrant incense,” Martin said. “So in Psalm 149:3 the command is given to Israel, “Let them praise His name with dancing; let them sing praises to Him with timbrel and lyre.” Kathleen M. Villalobos, director of San Diego’s Gift of Dance Company and School, teaches dancers to ask themselves a few key questions before committing to a performance or worship service: • Have I acted responsibly to God; have

I prayed? • Does this (dance) engagement involve me with a cause I believe in? • Is this an act of love? • Have I received clearance from my other, yet more primary responsibilities — family, job, personal health (both physical and spiritual). • Does my schedule permit this without the loss of needed time, sleep, etc… • Do I have a proper (humble) attitude about this? • Do I have a peace about this? • Am I prepared for the worst and best outcomes? • Will I allow others to teach me also? • Is this event put in a proper perspective, not taking myself too seriously? Am I prepared to be in the event but not controlled by it?

• Am I submitted to God’s calling and not my own or others? Villalobos, whose pupils’ dance vocabulary includes ballet folklorico and Pacific Islander dances as well as jazz, modern and classical ballet, participates in ecumenical and ethnic celebrations as a form of outreach. Her troupe has been invited to dance in Old Town San Diego as well as for Pope John Paul II’s Millennium Jubilee in Italy. As director of the Called to Dance Association, she leads a network of 14 sacred dance and liturgical dance ministries. All three of the dancers interviewed said dance brings a vocabulary to worship that is a very powerful unifier that crosses languages, cultures, and differences in theology. Martin said she saw this when invited to Japan to teach messianic circle dances. “Though we didn’t know anybody and didn’t speak Japanese and very few of them knew any English, they — men and women, older and younger, all joined us in dance worship to messianic songs translated from Hebrew and English to Japanese. As members of His body, we come from all walks of life, yet dance provides a unifying expression of our love for Yeshua (Jesus).” Blessed Feet Dance Studio in San Marcos promotes a motto and mission statement for its dancers. “We desire to lead people to new heights by raising-up a generation of dancers who not only strive for a standard of excellence, but rely on God’s anointing,” director Cassandra Bair said. “Reaching people through the arts here and throughout the world, we believe that dance breaks down social barriers and transcends culture.” Information and links to many recent dance presentation videos are at the Kehilat Ariel website, www.kehilatariel. org, under Vision/Worship/Dance on the Web page.

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Continued from previous page a call saying that Rev. Swaggart had heard me and wanted me to sing in the evening service.” From there, Mary Ann became a lead singer during Jimmy Swaggart Crusades. She did this while starting her own music ministry out of San Diego. One day she got a call from David Wilkerson’s Ministries, inviting her to sing at the Times Square Church. Soon she was invited to sing there regularly. “I had always wanted to perform on Broadway,” said Peluso with a smile. Mary Ann has experienced popularity mixed with disappointments through the years. Devastated by a recent divorce after 14 years, she has a new-found compassion for others suffering the same plight. After another song-less period, she is once again feeling God’s tug toward her musical callings. “I believe there’s something new out there for me to experience musically,” she said. Her current favorite Scripture is hopeful and appropriate. In Joel 2:25, God promises, “I will restore to you the years that the locust hath eaten, the canker-worm, and the caterpillar, and the palmer-worm, my great army which I sent among you.“ For more about Mary Ann or to book her, go to o Caz Taylor wrote David’s Tabernacle, Patterns for New Testament Worship, and is coowner of

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September 2

7 p.m., Straight Up Praise hosting 2-hour worship session, worship leaders/bands from different churches, San Diego Bible Church, 619-2017470. 12:30 p.m., 3rd Annual Free Clothing Swap, bring clothes no longer used and take what you need, Tri-City Church, Vista, 760-724-3000.


September 5

10:30 a.m. & 2:30 p.m., Covenant Kids Congo (child sponsorship), new ministry Mount Miguel Covenant Village, Bailey Center, Spring Valley, 619-479-4790. 6:15 p.m., Awana program for Fall 2012 starting, Mapleview Baptist Church, Lakeside, 619-4436467. 6:30 p.m., Opening night of Awana Club, Faith Bible Fellowship, Santee, 619-596-0296. 6:45 p.m., My Therapist ‘Sez’, topic: Financial Success in Marriage and Family, presenter: Jerry Troyer, Skyline Church, La Mesa, 619660-5000.


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September 7

4 p.m., Dr. Charles Stanley signing his new book, The Ultimate Conversation, location: Warwick’s, La Jolla, 858-454-0347. 6:30 p.m., San Diego Women’s Aglow, worship: Adam Michel, guest speaker: Jerry Ray, City View Church, Prayer Chapel, 858-560-1870. 6 p.m., Promise Keepers 2012 National Men’s Conference, speakers include: Miles McPher-

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September 1-23, See How They Run, comedy, presented by Lamb’s Players Theatre, call for days and times, Coronado, 619-437-6000. October 12-November 18, Around the World in 80 Days, presented by Lamb’s Players Theatre, call for days and times, Coronado, 619-437-6000.

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son, Tony Evans, Lincoln Brewster, continues on September 8, location: Viejas Arena, SDSU, to register: 866-776-6473. 7:30 p.m., First Friday, Single Adult Ministry, music: Dennis Agajanian, speaker: Myles Genzkow, North Coast Church, meets in the Edge, 760-330-9256.


September 8

9 a.m., Promise Keepers 2012 National Men’s Conference, speakers include: Miles McPherson, Tony Evans, Lincoln Brewster, location: Viejas Arena, SDSU, to register: 866-776-6473. 11 a.m., Open house for American Sewing Guild’s North County Coastal Group, location: Pacific Breeze Church, Carlsbad, 760-434-6529. 11:30 a.m., San Diego Women’s Connection luncheon, speaker: Toni Hoffman, location: Best Western Seven Seas, for reservations: 619-2766972. 6:30 p.m., An evening with Steven Curtis Chapman, Skyline Church, La Mesa, for tickets: 800965-9324.


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September 10

9:30 a.m., “The Story,” 31-week program that takes the whole family through Genesis to Revelation, location: St. Timothy Lutheran Church, San Diego, 619-475-1575. 9:30 a.m., Christ the Rock Lutheran Church moving to new location at Calavera School, Carlsbad, 760-434-4398. 6:30 p.m. El Cajon Aglow, guest speaker: Billie Alexander, location: First Lutheran Church, Tedrahan Hall, El Cajon, 619-440-2508. 7 p.m., San Diego Strategic Forum, discussing how individuals and churches can be prepared for the election in November, location: East Clairemont Baptist Church, 7 p.m., Full Gospel Business Men’s Fellowship International, dinner meeting, location: Chula Vista Golf Course, Bonita, 760-214-3665.


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September 15

10:30 a.m., & 2:30 p.m., Yvonne DeVaughn, director of Advocates for Victims of Abuse speaking at Mount Covenant Village, Bailey Center, continues September 13-14, Spring Valley, 619-479-4790.

6 p.m., Self Defense seminar by Master Scot Conway, location: Guardian Quest Martial Arts Dojo, Spring Valley, 619-582-8770. 7 p.m., Jesus Jazz Jam, The Triple Connection, live music, dinner at 6 p.m., Trinity Lutheran Church, San Diego, 619-262-1089. 8 a.m., Yard sale, proceeds benefit VBS, Lifeway Church, Vista, 760-724-2280. 8:30 a.m., Beth Moore simulcast, Skyline Church, La Mesa, for tickets: 619-660-5000. 8:30 a.m., “Science & Faith, Friends or Foes?,” presented by Discovery Institute and The Rock Church Apologetics Ministry, location: The Rock Church, San Diego, to register: 619-501-1800. 8:30 a.m., Beth Moore simulcast, East Valley Christian Fellowship, El Cajon, 619-390-2734.

11 a.m., San Diego Praise Fest 2012, health information, educational resources, music, kids zone, free admission, location: Federal Blvd. between 47th St. and Euclid Ave., 858-650-3190. 6 p.m., The Heritage Singers Gospel Concert & Friends, sponsored by Seventh-day Adventist Churches, free, bring can of food for needy, location: Balboa Park Spreckels Organ Pavilion, San Diego, 619-267-8990.


September 16

9 & 11 a.m., National Back to Church Sunday, ministry fair, East Valley Christian Fellowship, El Cajon, 619-390-2734. 10:30 a.m., National Back to Church Sunday, free food and gifts to special guests, City of Praise, El Cajon, 619-749-1767. 6 p.m., “Alpha & Omega, From Creation to Eternity,” 2012 West Coast Bible Prophecy Conference, speakers include: Evangelist Donald Perkins, Dr. Jobe Martin, continues through September 18, location: San Diego Christian Worship Center, to register: 619-661-5913. 6:30 p.m., Erev Rosh Hashanah (Trumpets) service, Tree of Life Messianic Jewish Congregation, Spring Valley, 619-656-1168. 8 p.m., Rosh Hashana (New Year), free service, location: Kehilat Ariel Messianic Synagogue, Clairemont, reservations necessary: 858-4904355.

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September 11

9:30 a.m., Teacher training on Elijah and Elisha,

Celebrate the Jewish roots of our faith and the meaning of High Holy Days in Yeshua the Messiah!

Rosh Hashana (New Year) — Sun., Sept. 16, 8:00 p.m. • Mon., Sept. 17, 10:30 a.m. Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement) — Tues., Sept. 25, 7:30 p.m. •Wed., Sept. 26, 10:30 a.m.

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Saturday, September 15th Pre-concert guests at 5 p.m.

Heritage Singers at 6 p.m. Balboa Park Spreckels Organ Pavilion (Park Blvd. to President’s Way)

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Invite your friends and neighbors to an evening of inspiration! Sponsored by San Diego Area Seventh-day Adventist Churches

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Continued from page 1 end,� she noted. “But when word finally got around that it was an excellent and fun experience, we started seeing more people on the last weekend.� Lamb’s Players Theatre, with stages in Coronado and San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter, also steered its family-friendly material to appeal to broad audiences. It took a risk this year with Joe and The Volcano, which had wide name recognition as a film with Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan — but only a small movie cult following at best. Because Joe contemplates questions of life and death and whether living the high life a brief time was worth trading his life, the show fell within Lamb’s general mission of plays that probe the values and choices of contemporary culture. The play was extended through the end of July as word got around that the theatre version was better than the film. Like the Village Theater’s experience with A Little Piece of Heaven, word of mouth carries significant weight. “Personal recommendations do bring a lot of value,� said Susan Clausen, who oversees communications at Lamb’s. “We had an awareness campaign called ‘Me + 3’ encouraging folks who liked our show

to tell three people about it.� Clausen said she did not know the exact attendance trend of Joe and the Volcano, but added that when a show is extended, it is usually because attendance numbers warrant the cost of the extension. “With a non-profit, ticket sales never pay for the cost of production,� she explained. “With us, maybe 75% of the cost, more than most arts organizations, might be covered by the box office and for that we are very fortunate — but still relying on donors and grants.� Lamb’s, which had an operating budget of more than $4 million, announced earlier this year that it would trim operating costs and deal with $900,000 in debts by laying off its year-round full-time actors and instead hiring talent per production. Lamb’s had been the only troupe in San Diego county to maintain a full-time acting ensemble offering salaries and benefits like healthcare. It had grown from a small company launched in 1971 by a Bethel College drama professor and students who had moved from Minnesota to San Diego in the hopes of providing street theater year-round. “We have to be careful about all costs, Please turn to page 12

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September 17

10:30 a.m., Rosh Hashana (New Year), free service, location: Kehilat Ariel Messianic Synagogue, Clairemont, reservations necessary: 858-490-4355. 11:30 a.m., San Marcos-Vista Christian Women’s Club, speaker: Joyce Bruggeman, location: Lake San Marcos Country Club, for reservations: 760432-0772, 760-471-7059. 1 p.m., College Avenue Pregnancy Services Annual Golf Tournament with Miles McPherson, location: Riverwalk Golf Course, to register: 619337-8080, 858-866-0484. 7 p.m., “Alpha & Omega, From Creation to Eternity,� 2012 West Coast Bible Prophecy Conference, speakers include: Evangelist Donald Perkins, Dr. Jobe Martin, continues through September 18, location: San Diego Christian Worship Center, to register: 619-661-5913.



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September 22

7:30 a.m., “Just Give Me Jesus,� simulcast with Anne Graham Lotz, free, location: Maranatha Chapel, San Diego, pre-registration necessary: 858-613-7800. 9 a.m., Tending Eden, E-waste Recycling Event, North Coast Calvary Chapel, Carlsbad, 760-9290029. 9 a.m., “Worship!� women’s event, guest speaker: Logan Carr, Community Bible Church of North County, Vista, RSVP: 760-659-0160. 6 p.m., “An Evening to Remember with Rudy Giuliani,� fundraiser gala for North County Solutions for Change, dinner, silent & live auctions, La Costa Resort & Spa, for tickets: 760-941-6545, ext. 320.

uesday September 25 September 18 T 3 p.m., “Body of Worth� workshop for women ages

3 p.m., “Body of Worth� workshop for women ages 13 and up, free, location: Birth Choice, Oceanside, to register: 760-231-8885. 4 p.m., “Body of Worth� workshop for women ages 13 and up, free, location: Birth Choice, San Marcos, to register: 760-744-1313. 7 p.m., “Alpha & Omega, From Creation to Eternity,� 2012 West Coast Bible Prophecy Conference, speakers include: Evangelist Donald Perkins, Dr. Jobe Martin, location: San Diego Christian Worship Center, to register: 619-661-5913.

September 19

10:30 a.m., Mark Legace from San Diego Rescue Mission speaking at Mount Miguel Covenant Village, Bailey Center, Spring Valley, 619-4794790. 11:30 a.m., South Bay Christian Women’s Connection luncheon, speaker: Carol LeBeau, location: Chula Vista Golf Course, Bonita, reservations necessary: 619-422-1628. 2:30 p.m., East County Pregnancy Counseling Center presentation at Mount Miguel Covenant Village, Bailey Center, Spring Valley, 619-9311116. 6 p.m., “Dealing with Teens,� 8-week seminar for parents and youth leaders, sponsored by Highpoint Church and The Center for Family Unity, location: Highpoint Church, Tierrasanta, to register: 619-884-0601.


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September 21

6:30 p.m., Community Missions Night at Global Recordings Network (GRN), tour USA Headquarters, special guest speaker and free dessert, Temecula, 951-719-1650.


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6 p.m., “Just Give Me Jesus,� simulcast with Anne Graham Lotz, free, continues on September 22,

13 and up, free, location: Birth Choice, Oceanside, to register: 760-231-8885. 6:30 p.m., Yom Kippur (Atonement) service, Tree of Life Messianic Jewish Congregation, Spring Valley, 619-656-1168. 7 a.m., “Lift Up America!,� keynote speaker: Bob Goff, music: Mary James, emcee: Kimberly Hunt, location: Handlery Hotel, Mission Valley, RSVP: 7:30 p.m., Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement), free service, location: Kehilat Ariel Messianic Synagogue, Clairemont, reservations necessary: 858-490-4355.


September 26

7 a.m., See You At the Pole, national day of prayer led by students at their school, 10:30 a.m., Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement), free service, location: Kehilat Ariel Messianic Synagogue, Clairemont, reservations necessary: 858-490-4355. 10:30 a.m. & 2:30 p.m., Spiritual Emphasis Week, speaker: Dale Rhoton, president emeritus of Operation Mobilization Ships, location: Mount Miguel Covenant Village, Bailey Center, Spring Valley, 619-479-4790. 12 p.m., National Day of Prayer & Fasting sponsored by The Downtown Marketplace Fellowship, meet at Sante Fe train station, www.iConnectSD. com. 6 p.m., “Dealing with Teens,� 8-week seminar for parents and youth leaders, sponsored by Highpoint Church and The Center for Family Unity, location: Highpoint Church, Tierrasanta, to register: 619-884-0601. 7 p.m., Revival service, continues through September 30, Friendly Church of God in Christ, Oceanside, 760-274-4270.

Federal court upholds Hawaii traditional marriage law A federal court has refused to legalize gay marriage in Hawaii, ruling the issue is best addressed by the legislature and that the current law — which defines marriage as between a man and a woman — does not violate the U.S. Constitution. The Aug. 8 ruling by Judge Alan. C. Kay broke a string of court losses by traditionalists on the subject of gay marriage. At issue in Hawaii was a constitutional amendment passed by voters in 1998 giving the legislature the power to define marriage in the traditional sense, which legislators subsequently did.

A lesbian couple and a gay man filed suit in federal court last year against Hawaii officials, arguing the amendment and law violated the Due Process and Equal Protection Clauses of the U.S. Constitution. But Kay, nominated by President Reagan, ruled the legislature had a rational interest defining marriage as between a man and a woman. “Throughout history and societies, marriage has been connected with procreation and childrearing,� Kay wrote in his 117page decision. “ – Baptist Press


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10:30 a.m. & 6 p.m., Spiritual Emphasis Week, speaker: Dale Rhoton, president emeritus of Operation Mobilization Ships, location: Mount Miguel Covenant Village, Bailey Center, Spring Valley, 619-479-4790. 12 p.m., Men With a Purpose luncheon, speaker: Assemblyman Brian Jones, location: Doubletree Hotel, San Diego, RSVP: 619-222-3688. 7 p.m., Revival service, continues through September 30, Friendly Church of God in Christ, Oceanside, 760-274-4270.

10:30 a.m. & 6 p.m., Spiritual Emphasis Week, speaker: Dale Rhoton, president emeritus of Operation Mobilization Ships, location: Mount Miguel Covenant Village, Bailey Center, Spring Valley, 619-479-4790. 5 p.m., Bully-Stop seminar by Master Scot Conway, for children & parents, location: Guardian Quest Martial Arts Dojo, Spring Valley, 619-582-8770. 7 p.m., Cloud 9 Worship Center welcomes Katie Souza of Expected End Ministries speaking, continues September 29, hosted at: Faith Chapel, Spring Valley, to register: 619-479-5012. 7 p.m., Revival service, continues through September 30, Friendly Church of God in Christ, Oceanside, 760-274-4270. 7 p.m., Jesus Jazz Jam, The Triple Connection, live music, dinner at 6 p.m., Trinity Lutheran Church, San Diego, 619-262-1089. 9 a.m., Grand opening of Tabernacle & Age of the Earth, guest speakers: Darek Isaacs, Ray Comfort, Tom Cantor, free event, Creation & Earth History Museum, Santee, 619-599-1104. 10 a.m., Cloud 9 Worship Center welcomes Katie Souza of Expected End Ministries speaking, continues September 29, hosted at: Faith Chapel, Spring Valley, to register: 619-479-5012. 2 p.m., WOW JAM/Escondido community Christian outreach event, free BBQ, games, music, videos prizes, family services, outdoor baptism, location: Grape Day Park, Escondido, 760-432-9003. 4 p.m., Golden Jubilee Gala honoring Bishop George McKinney, special guest speaker: Bishop Charles E. Blake, location: Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina, 619-381-5411. 5:35 p.m., Youth Faith Night at Petco Park, Padres vs. Giants, post-game concert with Stellar Kart, San Diego, for tickets: 619-795-5010. 4:30 p.m., “Sleepless San Diego,” all-night event to raise awareness and funds for homeless, sponsored by: San Diego Rescue Mission, location: Liberty Station, to register: 619-687-3720. 7 p.m., Revival service, continues through September 30, Friendly Church of God in Christ, Oceanside, 760-274-4270.


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3 p.m., WOW JAM/Escondido community Christian outreach event, free BBQ, games, music, videos prizes, family services, outdoor baptism, location: Grape Day Park, Escondido, 760-432-9003. 6 p.m., Messianic concert, offered by Luz Goldhagen, 5714 El Cajon Blvd., San Diego, 858366-2088. 7 p.m., Revival service, Friendly Church of God in Christ, Oceanside, 760-274-4270.


October 2

7 p.m., “How to Create Joy, Rest and Balance in Your Busy Holiday Calendar,” sponsored by Network of Evangelical Women in Ministry, free, location: Trinity Church, Spring Valley, 619-7493114.


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October 3

6 p.m., “Dealing with Teens,” 8-week seminar for parents and youth leaders, sponsored by Highpoint Church and The Center for Family Unity, location: Highpoint Church, Tierrasanta, to register: 619-884-0601. 6:45 p.m., My Therapist ‘Sez’, topic: Managing That Troublesome Family Member, presenter: Dennis Estill, Skyline Church, La Mesa, 619-660-5000.


October 6

10 a.m., 3rd annual San Diego Lowrider Gospelfest, free food, car show, music by MC Blvd., location: Cherokee Point Elementary, San Diego, 619-384-6579. 7 p.m., Straight Up Praise hosting 2-hour worship session, worship leaders/bands from different churches, San Diego Bible Church, 619-2017470.


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October 9

7:30 a.m., National Worship Leader Conference with Jeremy Begbie, Kari Jobe, Lincoln Brewster, and One Sonic Society, continues through October 11, location: Emmanuel Faith Community Church, Escondido, 760-745-2541.

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Christian theater . . .

Continued from page 10 from the small to the major,” Clausen said. “When righting ourselves in a tricky economy, difficult decisions have to be made. But the wonderful thing I am seeing is that everyone in the company has seen a need to tighten the belt, from changing the settings on the copy machine to save paper and ink to the larger things. There has been a coming together to embrace that.” The dispersal of Lamb’s talent ended up benefiting local Christian organizations as artists returned to their ministry roots, including Christian Youth Theatre (CYT) and Christian Community Theatre (CCT). “What is great about Christian Youth Theatre having a 30-year history in San Diego is that performing artists whom we have impacted as children come back to us to teach as a way to give back to the community,” said Colleen Kollar Smith, managing director of CYT San Diego and choreographer for Lamb’s Joe and the Volcano. Smith was quick to tap into the alumni talent when she took the helm of CYT in 2011 as CYT entered a phase she described as “rebuilding and realigning with our core mission.” She said CYT is in talks to launch a new program called “CYT in the churches,” which is designed to help spark or augment drama ministry in churches and produce a few shows with stronger Christian themes. CYT is also partnering with San Diego Christian College and its Micah School of the Theater Arts as Dr. Paul Russell, founder of CYT, is the college’s new director of performing arts.

CYT will maintain its family friendly Broadway theater style camps that give children experience in shows such as Bye Bye Birdie and Oliver!, with an emphasis in character building and exercises that help children deal with the pressures of performance and competition. This year the students’ annual Director’s Choice awards show was combined with the donor reception on Aug. 9, a move that Smith said will bring donors closer to the students, so they see the results of their giving. She said this cuts the costs of creating a separate annual fundraiser and strengthens ties to the organization’s mission. Smith said the demand for arts education and enrollment camps has risen while the company has had to maximize resources to deliver. The organization’s 2011 annual report declared that CYT offers a solution to a public school shortfall. Recently, federal and state budget cuts have forced public schools to drop vital arts programs. CYT’s after school programs provide arts education and a positive, supervised place for students to go when parents have a long work day. The numbers of students who enroll are going up. Smith said programming numbers for summer camps already surpass last year and there is still another month of programs and new registrations to go. She said she finds that parents trimming their family budgets will trim in other areas. “I have often heard that when parents tell kids they have to simplify and choose one activity out of the several they have been in, the kids who have had a year with us choose us and their parents find a way to make it

happen,” she said. “We also offer multiple child discounts per family as well as scholarship programs.” CYT requires one parent from every family to volunteer in addition to paying tuition, which is a program Coordinator Cindy Wolmarans teaches a music class for C3. model that saves on production costs as well as facilitates dance studio, recording studio, media arts parent involvement. If there are 60 to 80 classroom, game room, and room designed children in a show, that means 60 to 80 for jam sessions, among other spaces. adult volunteers on sets, costumes, and “When the school of music started in other aspects of production. March and we thought of renting the facilFinances at CYT reflect a broader San ity out to the general public as a source of Diego non-profit trend as reported by income, I was given six months to book USD’s Castor Family Center for Nonprofit enough rentals to make us entirely self and Philanthropic Research in which 2011 sufficient and we are almost there,” said countywide giving (for secular and reli- Cindy Wolmarans, facilities coordinator gious non-profits) decreased 11% while for C3PAC. She said Christian City Church volunteerism rose 21% over last year’s (C3) Mission Valley supported the initial figures. launch of the school but the idea is to To do more with less money, CYT cut have an entirely separate identity from some full-time staff and consolidated its the church, so that people from all walks seven service areas to five while still serv- of life will feel welcome and participate ing the entire county. Thirty years of props without any pressure. and costumes in storage are rotated among “The pastor might once in a while stop service areas and also rented out to other by and say, ‘oh, by the way there is a church organizations in order to bring in more that also meets here on the weekends’ but income for operations. it is very low key, just to let them know it Collaborations with other non-profits are is here if needed,” she said. “But we know creating win-win situations. For example, we are making a difference in people’s CYT rents space from C3 Performing Arts lives. It is even more fun to watch the older Center (C3PAC) for its East County classes students than the young ones because you while C3 builds its reputation as a hub for can see in their faces when they get it, the student musicians near the San Diego trol- new sense of confidence and achievement ley line. The facility offers an auditorium, Please turn to next page



“For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.”

Opposition to abortion pill mandate grows Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys filed a federal lawsuit Aug. 23 against the Obama administration on behalf of two evangelical Christian colleges: Grace College and Seminary in Indiana and Biola University in California. The lawsuit is the latest to challenge the administration’s unconstitutional mandate that faith-based employers provide insurance coverage for abortion-inducing drugs at no cost to employees regardless of religious or moral objections. “Christian colleges should remain free to operate according to their deeply-held beliefs. Punishing religious people and

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organizations for freely exercising their faith is an assault on our most fundamental American freedoms,” said Gregory S. Baylor, Alliance Defending Freedom senior counsel. “The Obama administration’s mandate forces us to act against our own doctrinal statement, which upholds the sanctity of human life,” said Biola University President Barry H. Corey. “It unjustly intrudes on our religious liberty as protected under the U.S. Constitution and makes a mockery of our attempts to live our lives according to our faith convictions, time-honored and long-protected.”

Christian theater . . . Continued from previous page ing just as strong as ever, praise God, but to when they master a song or level.” keep attendance up, my strategy has been C3PAC provides free classes in musi- in keeping the price low and affordable cianship and songwriting, and graduated for people,” she said. “That can’t be done 37 students July 20. Students pay a $30 without collaborating with businesses registration fee, which includes a music and churches, such has my home church book, folder, flashcards and pen, but the Imani Temple of Temecula Church of God eight-week courses are free. in Christ. It’s one way God brings us all Sharing the space is critical to keeping together; we can’t do it alone.” the costs low for students. Julian Charter Another ministry moving into the teleSchool has signed to use the space to start a vision and film sector sees this as both performing arts academy for a time of opportunity and middle school students on risk. First Russian Christian weekdays starting this fall. Theatre (FRC), a project of Mandate Records uses the the Foursquare International 400-seat venue for concerts Church in San Diego, has just to promote its bands. The been given the opportunity center will host a producto televise their Russian play tion of Pippin on Oct. 6, 12 of the life of Joseph. They and 13, and there will be excitedly began filming July a Flamenco dance show in 20. According to founder November. Sandwiched in Vera Maksimova, it will be between are a variety of shown to thousands overevents, business meetings, seas via satellite on a promiand even a karaoke wedding nent TV station. A previous reception. FRC production of Exodus Collaborations with the Actor in FRC gets makeup. was broadcast over CNL, a business community in this Christian television station economy have necessitated partnerships in more than 115 countries. and outreach that may not have happened “We were given the rare opportunity to otherwise. Tina Batten of Temecula, who air it for free, but we had to cover the film runs Sister Batten Ministries, brought production costs ourselves, so we went on her Showcase of The Arts to Robin’s Nest, faith and borrowed the money to produce a bakery and coffeehouse in Old Town it, “ Maksimova said. “We are hoping that Temecula. “We had poetry readings, rap, DVD sales and donations will eventually gospel music, and paintings on display cover the cost, but the opportunity to reach and it became a win-win situation because so many people, we could not pass up. And people will patronize and return to the we know that God will provide.” coffeehouse once they have had a taste of the bakery,” she said. “For us it was a cozy venue, perfect for people who may not be comfortable walking into a church.” Batten brings urban contemporary theme Alternatives Women’s Center 760-741-9796 drama in a traveling troupe throughout Anglicans Angels Ministry, Oceanside 760-828-7728 the country, but she is most proud of beBirthline Chula Vista 619-425-5012 ing able to impact local communities. She Birthline Clairemont 858-270-2491 Birth Choice, Oceanside 760-231-8885 said she has had just as many invitations Birth Choice, San Marcos 760-744-1313 and viewers as ever, but the key to keeping Birth Choice, Temecula 951-699-9808 costs low is to collaborate more than ever Bound 4 LIFE 858-531-8689 with churches and businesses. Batten is curCollege Area Pregnancy Services 619-337-8080 rently staging Portraits of Life at the TemecCulture of Life Family Services, Escondido 760-741-1224 ula CommuCulture of Life Family Services, San Diego 619-692-4401 nity Recreation Door of Hope (under 18) 858-279-1100 E.C. Pregnancy Care Center 619-442-HELP Center on Nov. Fallbrook Pregnancy Resource Center 760-728-4105 10. In addition, Life Choices Pregnancy Center 858-486-5433 she is planning Office of Social Min./Rachel’s Hope 858-581-3022 free screenings Pregnancy Resource Center 760-945-HOPE of a film she Ramona Pregnancy Care Center 760-789-7059 just made, to Silent Voices 619-422-0757 be premiered St. Claire Home (over 18) 760-741-0122 Jan. 19. Turning Point Pregnancy Resource Center 858-457-7800 Tina Batten “We are go-

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Texas takes pro-life lead in protecting unborn By MARCIA CAROL WINCHESTER “Don’t Mess with Texas” has become more relevant with the state legislature and a federal court ruling in favor of protecting unborn children. Since a state can decide how to spend taxpayer dollars on different costs, the legislature passed with a strong stance to support life in the womb. The state said it is permissible for state funds not to have to cover abortion procedure costs. On Aug. 31, the Federal Court of Appeals unanimously agreed the Texas law allows that they can choose which organizations and institutions to fund or not to fund. This is not only a serious step in the direction of saving the lives of unborn children, but gives the state the option to enforce its own state rights, and benefits taxpaying citizens. This major victory may produce a positive effect with other decisions by states nationwide.

For a Republican-controlled legislature in Texas, the ban to allow state funds not to cover the expense of any abortion fees was a unanimous vote. Gov. Rick Perry, an active, involved pro-life ambassador, previously worked on the state’s parental “Informed Consent Law.” The decision by the Fifth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans overturned a previous temporary injunction. So what exactly does this mean for women who visit the state’s Woman’s Health Program? They still will receive the same care, treatment and services, including all cancer pre-screening services. Now, however, Planned Parenthood will be excluded from the WHP since it was the provider agency for abortions. Through 2011, 21 states have passed laws that restrict a woman’s access to an abortion. Planned Parenthood is still the largest and most profitable business that performs thousands of abortions annually.

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“Let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds, not forsaking our own assembling together.”

Heb. 10:24-25 (NAS)

Annual Sleepless San Diego event slated Sept. 29-30 at Liberty Station Most of us in San Diego have a safe, dry place to sleep every night. Yet while we are home in our beds, nearly 10,000 homeless men, women, and children in San Diego seek comfort on the streets. Each of us has a humanitarian stake in helping to find solutions to the challenges of our homeless brothers and sisters. Now celebrating its sixth year, Sleepless San Diego has become an important part of this conversation. The annual event will be held Sept. 29-30 at Liberty Station. It begins at 4:30 p.m. Saturday and ends at 7 a.m. Sunday. This all-night sleep-out raises awareness of homelessness, educates San Diegans on ways they can help those on the streets, and generates funds to help thousands of local homeless men, women, and children put their lives back together. Herb Johnson, president and CEO of the San Diego Rescue Mission, urged people to come out with their family and friends for a new and enhanced Sleepless experience. It’s an opportunity to sleep out and stand up for the homeless, he said. The number of families and children who are homeless has increased dramatically the past several years, Johnson noted. Some have suffered sudden homelessness due to abuse or economic hardship. Others have endured chronic homelessness, which means they have lived in an emergency homeless shelter continuously for at least one year or have experienced four episodes of homelessness over a three-year span. To increase awareness of the homeless and provide a forum for the community to get involved in changing lives, the San Diego Rescue Mission (, in partnership with numerous agencies and organizations, established the Sleepless San Diego event six years ago. The San Diego Rescue Mission has provided sanctuary and hope for the homeless since 1955. Over the years, it has adapted and expanded to address the evolving demands for service. Long-term rehabilitation and restorative programs, emergency shelter for women and children, and a recovery center for the homeless leaving

the hospital are just some of the programs through which the mission gives people the tools to escape the streets. “Sleepless San Diego was launched to bring attention to the challenges of chronic homelessness and the ever increasing number of people living on the streets of this wonderful city,” said Johnson. “We needed to do something to elevate the process of finding solutions.” This year, caring San Diegans, including youth groups, families, and school groups, will join in a simulated, safe experience that will give participants a sense of what it feels like to be homeless. Johnson noted that sleepers will also be able to choose to sleep on a cot, cardboard, or plastic sheeting to gain a greater appreciation of the homeless condition. “We clearly recognized that Sleepless San Diego does not in any way recreate the dire and often haunting circumstances of true homelessness,” said Johnson. “The approximately 1,000 participants of Sleepless San Diego will spend a safe night under the stars, enjoy live music from local artists and musical groups, and hear testimonies from people who have been helped by the Sleepless Alliance partner organizations. Our goal is to generate increased awareness of and solutions for a truly tragic situation that affects far too many people in our community.” Activities include various scenarios that homeless men and women face every day, such as filling out simulated paperwork to obtain a new ID for employment eligibility. Teams are competing before the event to raise money for the SDRM life-changing programs, which directly feed and care for homeless families. Prizes will go to the top fundraising individuals and teams that evening. There will also be an opportunity to hear from experts — individuals and organizations — about the issue of homelessness and how each of us can do our part in supporting solutions. Also planned are video segments showing personal stories that examine issues

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St. Timothy Lutheran Church of San Diego celebrated its 65th anniversary and Pastor Dan and Colleen Hill’s 25th anniversary of serving at the church. The church began in 1947 in National City. In 1955, it relocated to 2602 Reo Drive, San Diego, in the Paradise Hills community. Pastor Dan received a new surfboard from the congregation.

of homelessness across our county and country. If you drive by those who are homeless today, you can stand up for them by

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Participants in last year’s Sleepless San Diego prepare posters of encouragement to homeless people.

Back to school means it’s also time to pray Every year, as students dash out the door to their first day of school with new clothes, new backpacks and new school supplies, moms begin to worry. Will the student have good teachers and nice classmates? Will the homework be overwhelming? Will the school be safe? Thousands of moms each year turn those worries into prayers as they gather to pray for children and schools in Moms in Prayer groups that meet in every state in the U.S. and in more than 140 countries around the world. The 28-year old organization last year

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changed its name from Moms in Touch International to Moms in Prayer International. In 1984, as Fern Nichols fearfully sent her two eldest children off to public junior high, she asked God to bring her another mom to pray with her for their children and school. From the cry of one mom’s heart, God grew the prayer ministry in surprising ways, with groups now in such countries as Pakistan, Russia, China, Cuba, and Mongolia. Nichols, president and founder of Moms in Prayer International, just returned from a trip to Tanzania, where the country coordinator organized a three-day event celebrating 20 years of Moms in Prayer in her country. A key component of the movement’s success is a ministry booklet, available in 49 languages/versions, that explains the biblical principles of the Four Steps of Prayer and how to facilitate a powerful hour of prayer that not only impacts the lives of the children and school staff being prayed for, but also changes the lives of the moms, as they develop an intimate prayer relationship with their Heavenly Father. Three years ago, Moms in Prayer launched “Bless Our Schools Sunday,” a time for churches around the world to acknowledge and pray blessing over the students and school staff in their congregation and within the community. This year, Bless Our Schools Sunday will be Sept. 16. More than 700 churches from around the world have participated the past two years. For information about Moms in Prayer International, visit www.MomsInPrayer. org.



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Two new exhibits, speakers highlight annual Museum Day on Sept. 29 Two new major exhibits, speakers Ray Comfort and Darek Isaacs, and activities like the “Creeping Things” reptile encounter, face painting, balloon artists, petting zoo, music, refreshments and more promise to make the seventh annual Museum Day on Saturday, Sept. 29, a big hit. The event will be held 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Creation and Earth History Museum in Santee. The museum opened its Human Anatomy Wing and Dinosaur Gardens last year. This year, the two new features are a scale replica of the Old Testament Tabernacle and an Age of the Earth exhibit. Tom Cantor, who formed the Light and Life Foundation that bought the museum in 2008, will be the speaker at the 9 a.m. opening ceremony. Isaacs, author of Dragons or Dinosaurs?, is also a film producer and founder of Watchmen 33, an organization focused on defending and confirming the authority of the Bible. He will make presentations at 10 a.m., 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Comfort, author of more than 70 books, is an evangelist who began his ministry in

New Zealand before moving to the U.S. His book Hell’s Best Kept Secret is a classic and brought actor Kirk Cameron to the Lord and later to the ministry. He will speak at 11 a.m. on “How to Prove God Exists and Make an Atheist Backslide.” Then at 2:30 p.m. his topic is “Raiders of (what was in) the Lost Ark.” The Human Anatomy Exhibit allows visitors to explore the human body and God’s amazing design as they walk through the human body. Exhibits will feature the Cell and Molecular room with fascinating facts on the human DNA and its protein cell factory. Next, walk through the primary tissue to see how cilia, muscle, and connective tissue work to support the body. The exhibit then explores God’s living girders, the bone structure, and the largest organ in the body, the skin. Visitors then walk through the eye and ear and experience their amazing function and details. The importance of the internal organs such as the kidney, reproductive, circulatory, and digestive systems, and the immunology of a wound healing also are

Beth Moore holds forth ‘new start’ in Colorado Despite acrid smoke from devastating what we need more often is a good finish,” wildfires, approximately 5,000 women Moore said, directing attendees to Acts in Colorado Springs lifted their voices in 20:24 as her focal passage of Scripture. “You praise and worship to God at a Living Proof and I live in a culture of a million starts and Live conference, featuring Bible teacher a handful of finishes. We need the strength and presence of mind to finish well.” Beth Moore. Moore cautioned attendees to not settle Fires charred thousands of acres in the Waldo Canyon area of Colorado Springs, for a life of passivity and inaction with a burning hundreds of homes and forcing the mentality of “God’s in control; it’ll all be evacuation of 32,000 people. Yet author and perfect in the end so I can rest now.” “The process of walking Bible teacher Moore said, the strategic role God has “There was no doubt that The next Living Proof for us is where we get more this is where we needed to Live event is in Long interested in the Healer be this very weekend.” rather than focusing on the Living Proof Live events Beach on Oct. 12-13. healing,” she said. are sponsored by LifeWay “The fire did not end anything,” Moore Christian Resources of the Southern Baptist said. “Yes, it wiped out homes and deciConvention. “Pain, peril and threat put us in a posture mated so much beauty. But hear me clearly: to listen like nothing else,” Moore told at- Nothing ended this week. Something tendees, adding that LifeWay opened the started. “From these ashes, something beautiful doors to women at local evacuation shelters will emerge. What started here in your to attend the June 28-29 event for free. In a subdued, somber beginning to her beautiful, great state can be a beautiful usually spirited opening, Moore asked testimony for the living God. Out of anywomen who had been evacuated from thing beautiful He would bring out from their homes or lost their homes entirely to the ashes, it would be you,” Moore said to stand and allow others to pray for them. the attendees. Because God finishes what He starts, Moore prayed for the 65 women and led the attendees in a reverent responsive “He is not finished with us,” she said. “You’ve not sunk so low He cannot reach reading. Moore said she debated whether she you. You’ve not destroyed so much He should change her material because of the can’t restore.” Attendees gave $85,591, for a total offeremotional weight the fires have brought to the Colorado Springs community but ing of $171,182 contributed to relief efforts in the surrounding communities. concluded her message was applicable. – Baptist Press “Sometimes we need a new start, but


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See You At at the Pole slated Sept. 26 “Awaken”(from Ephesians 3:14-21) is the theme for See You at the Pole 2012, the annual global day of student prayer. The event is scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 26, at schools across the United States and in many other countries. In 2011, teenagers met for See You at the Pole in every U.S. state and many countries around the world. Other nations have launched SYATP movements with their own promotional efforts, including Australia — where it was observed in 2011 in May. Most public and Christian colleges, high schools and middle schools in the San Diego area have participated in previous years. This is the 22nd anniversary for See You at the Pole, a student-initiated and studentled movement that started in the Ft. Worth suburb of Burleson, Texas, in 1990. SYATP brings students to their school flagpoles

to intercede for their leaders, schools, and families, asking God to bring moral and spiritual awakening to their campuses and countries. Everything necessary for students to plan and promote a successful SYATP is available free at The San Diego-based National Network of Youth Ministries coordinates SYATP promotion. Spokesman Doug Clark encourages congregations nationwide to show support for See You at the Pole by sponsoring special “Campus Challenge Sunday” commissioning services the weekend of Sept. 22-23, the weekend before See You at the Pole. Participants can recognize and pray for Christian students and educators in their congregations. Clark said. For resources, contact Doug Clark at (858) 946-1410 or e-mail

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Continued from page 1 gave them trouble — lots of it. She’s been incarcerated, addicted to drugs, and in a relationship that became abusive. Martinez met Natalie — and her mother — two years ago in Orange County after speaking at a conference. The counselor discovered the young woman had a mental illness since she was 16. “She was able to hide the symptoms as a teenager, but by the time she was 21, she was way out there,� Martinez noted. “Her Christian parents really cared, but didn’t know what to do.� Martinez was able to get Natalie treated and into a Christ-centered home for abused women run by All People’s Church. “She’s making progress, but she’s going to move into Natalie’s House — her old home — when it opens,� the counselor said. “She’s going to get excellent care and develop a life plan.� Mark and Tami — who aren’t giving their last names to help keep the location confidential for the safe house — are leaving most of their furniture as they’ve downsized significantly. “It’s a pretty exciting time for us,� Tami said. “We’ve gone from feeling despair over Natalie to realizing this is something that will help Natalie and other women, too.� Mark said they have wanted to do something like this for years, dating back 20-plus years when they were involved with Operation Rescue in saving babies at risk for abortion.

“The timing wasn’t right then as we had our own girls,� he said. “We would like to see other families do this, too, and we could help show them how,� he added. Martinez said the vision is to provide a safe home staffed by professionals and volunteers who will create an individualized recovery plan for each woman. “Foundational to our every effort is our belief that Jesus is the Healer and that His provisions for medical care, psychological counseling and legal assistance are not only available but abundant among the family of God,� the counselor added. Martinez said there’s still a lot to be done with volunteer staffing for the residence. The biggest need is for volunteer house parents, which could be a Christian couple or a Christian female. Other volunteer positions are community accountability partners to mentor one woman for a year; professional faith partners including therapists, physicians, psychiatrists and nurses to join the support team; and women to minister to hurting women by teaching Bible studies, arts and crafts, cooking and basic personal accounting. Transportation is another need. Potential volunteers can contact Patty Foor at (619) 980-2794. There is also help needed to cover the $5,000 monthly operating costs. Women are charged $750 a month for 9-12 month program. For information about the ministry, visit



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Rowley celebrates 90th birthday with friends from BMF Biblically Responsible Investing – Final! Vern Rowley celebrated his 90th birthday on Aug. 23 with about 30 other Business Men’s Fellowship friends in Escondido, at the group’s weekly meeting. The Escondido BMF group meets at Denny’s on Mission Avenue on Thursdays at 7:30 a.m. Rowley is president of the Fallbrook Business Men’s group that meets Saturdays at 8 a.m. at Denny’s in Fallbrook. For the past 47 years, he has made himself available to be used by God in the service of the local marketplace. “Vern is a retired contractor, but we want to make it perfectly clear that doesn’t mean he’s tired,” said Bill Keith of the Escondido group. “Being retired has allowed Vern to serve God with more of his time, his talents, and also with his treasures. Vern has always been a fine example and a wonderful mentor to many men. For over half of his life, Vern Rowley has been actively serving God and other men in the marketplace.” Keith was just voted to serve as the national president of Business Men’s Fellowship USA. Vern met Keith about 29


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Chick-fil-A gained from critics’ PR backfire By DON BEEHLER By now the story is well-known: Chickfil-A President Dan Cathy, who is a Christian, expressed personal support for traditional marriage in an interview posted by Baptist Press from North Carolina Baptists’ Biblical Recorder news journal. Cathy’s statements unleashed charges of Chick-fil-A being “anti-gay” amid a torrent of vitriol toward a company that by every measure has been a model corporate citizen. Among those with ruffled feathers were mayors in several cities who threatened to block the openings of Chick-fil-A restaurants simply because they don’t agree with Cathy’s personal views. Others made extraordinarily hateful comments and threatened to boycott the restaurant chain or take other action. On Aug. 1, we saw the results: A classic public relations backfire that scorched the critics and gave Chick-fil-A a media bonanza. While the controversy is far from over, at least four PR lessons can be learned from


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the events of recent days. First, be very careful with boycotts because they can do more harm than good, especially in terms of perceptions. The millions and millions of people who saw pictures on the evening news and Internet of long lines streaming into Chick-fil-A restaurants around the country will long remember those images, as will the protestors who took a PR shellacking by this massive rebuke. There are companies whose policies I don’t like, but rather than calling them names and trying to organize boycotts against them, I simply shop elsewhere. People who don’t agree with Mr. Cathy’s values ought to consider just eating elsewhere. Second, this episode is instructive in reinforcing how quickly a crisis can strike. The president of a company that has rarely if ever seen much in the way of controversy made remarks some found offensive and wham — the entire chain is in the crosshairs of a national firestorm. Third, the value of having third-party influencers come to your organization’s defense cannot be overstated. Gov. Mike Huckabee, Billy Graham and Rick Warren are among scores of leaders who defended Chick-fil-A. A major Wendy’s franchise owner put “We stand with Chick-fil-A” on his restaurants’ signs. Chick-fil-A didn’t have to lift a finger to defend itself; instead, panoply of supporters did that for the chain. Fourth, the incredible speed at which social media can spread the word is a game-changer. Huckabee conceived the idea of an appreciation day, and word zipped across the Internet through a special Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day Facebook page, Twitter and other channels. The majority spoke peacefully yet decisively. They clearly demonstrated that they are tired of being bullied by elements in our politically correct society that seek to control what they say, think and do. The majority voted with their pocketbooks, and the result was a record-setting day for Chick-fil-A. – Baptist Press

he last two months, I have focused on the proposition of investing from a biblically responsible investing (BRI) standard. Now, I would like to share how to incorporate the strategy and my personal conclusions on BRI within the broader pursuit of effectively fulfilling one’s total stewardship role. With the objective of influencing the marketplace with biblical morals, BRI is a small industry at this point. The exciting thought is where it can go. Attaining to the level of the more liberal Socially Responsible Investing (SRI) movement would be an accomplishment likely to take a good deal of time by natural standards. Investing for the purpose of influence or personal worship can be addressed in three general ways: • By avoiding companies that do not agree with the investor’s standards. • By actively seeking out companies that promote or conform to the desired standards. • By owning shares of a company as an inroad to promoting change within the company. With the complexity of corporate objectives, dealings, and financial statements, it can be difficult and time-consuming for even the savviest of individual investors to find companies that meet desired standards and are worthy of investment dollars. For the individual wanting to select stocks, utilizing a screening program, such as that of eVALUEator or the research of The Biblically Responsible Investing Institute, is almost necessary. A more common and less time-consuming approach is through managed money whereas the investment manager is responsible for selecting companies that fit ethical and financial objectives. In most cases, they can be purchased directly through the company or through a brokerage account. Or, consider a Christian investment advisor who is versed in BRI investment options. Kingdom Advisors, an organization dedicated to training financial professionals from a biblical worldview, provides resources for both. You can find a resource list of investment options at kingdomadvisors. org/bri.asp (under “research reports”). These investment providers may each have different interpretations or methods in approaching BRI. Christian investment advisors who have undergone biblical

PRINCIPLES OF PROSPERITY ANTHONY SAFFER training and a qualification process can also be found at No one size fits all, so in either case, make sure to do your due diligence. In some ways, BRI is like electric cars. The benefits are attractive but the selection, performance and cost are restrictive. Because BRI demand is small, the pool of subscribing top-flight investment managers is shallow. Greater demand could help solve cost and performance issues. I have discussed with like-minded advisors and wrestled personally with the desire to fully support BRI objectives and the co-existing need to recommend or maintain a diversified, proficient portfolio of investments. Unfortunately, the two don’t align well—at least not yet. While one could justifiably argue another course, my conclusion is this: It comes down to conscience. In reality, we all choose our battles in terms of our interaction with worldly matters. Visionary BRI supporters should consider approaching this as a strategic push. While the industry is growing, your participation does not have to be an all or nothing proposition. Start where it makes sense within the context of biblical financial planning principles. Holding even one fund committed to a BRI approach within a larger portfolio can impact demand and thus increase options, quality and influence. Those leading the charge in the BRI movement are to be commended and encouraged. Zechariah 4:10a says, “For who has despised the day of small things?” In sincerity, fear and humility, ask the Lord for guidance in investing… And that is just one more Principle of Prosperity! o Anthony Saffer, CFP of Coleman & Johnson Financial Advisors, Inc. coordinates principled financial solutions for families. He can be reached at 619-282-3288. Securities and investment advisory services offered through Financial Network Investment Corporation.

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WEB PAGE designer/maintenance to update and improve the Good News, Etc. Web page. We are seeking someone experienced, nearby, who would work with us on a barter basis in exchange for advertising. Contact Rick Monroe by e-mail at

VOLUNTEERS WANTED to distribute Good News, Etc. to local colleges, Alpine, Coronado or Camp Pendleton, Call Rick, 760-724-3075.

BACK-UP DISTRIBUTION drivers needed for Good News, Etc. Once a month, various areas. Mid-size car best. Rick 760-724-3075.

VOLUNTEER PROOFREADER for Calendar and Classifieds in Good News, Etc. No computer skills necessary. Need someone who enjoys checking for details. Approx. 2 hours time needed during a 3-day period. Material would be picked up and returned to our Vista office. Call Rick or Colleen, 760-724-3075.

HOUSING RENTALS EL CAJON 3BR 2BA house, 2-car garage, A/C, cathedral ceiling, built-in appliances, granite, carpet, verticals, hookups, large fenced yard, quiet, $1,838, 619-669-0770.

HOUSING TO SHARE VISTA: FEMALE Roommate to share large, quiet home. Large bedroom, private bathroom, basic utilities included. Private entrance, kitchen and laundry privileges, pool. Must be non-smoking and neat. $575 per month plus $575 deposit. Call Karen @ work: 760-727-6139. SANTEE ROOM for rent near Santee trolley station, quiet neighborhood, private bed/bath, laundry, pool, Jacuzzi, cable, N/S, drugs, or pets, $525 +deposit, 805-236-4045.

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MOM AND Me Playgroup, first Tuesdays, 9 a.m., La Jolla Community Church, 858558-9020.

MISC. FOR FREE FREE BIBLE study by mail, non-denominational, 3345 Linda Vista Dr., San Marcos, 92078-6307, 760-598-8968.

misc. for SALE BROWN SUEDE chair cover, $25, beach coolers and chair ($5-7), 760-295-9184. SLEEPING BAGS (4), near new, $10 each, El Cajon area, 619-729-4764. THOMASVILLE DINING room set, have photos, e-mail, Encinitas, $1,450, 760643-1945.

DISABLED MAN needs donations of any working electronic equipment, for research. Donations gladly accepted. Please call David, 619-696-0653. BIRTH CHOICE Temecula is in need of diapers size 3-6, baby wipes, Enfamil LIPIL formula, bottled water and juices. Please deliver to 27488 Enterprise Circle West #4, Temecula, CA 92590 For more info call 951-699-9808, ext. 103. ALTERNATIVES PREGNANCY Care needs diapers sizes 3-4-5, onesies, baby shampoo, powder, wipes, receiving blankets, baby formula, established pro-life ministry, 760-741-9796. VOLUNTEER PROOFREADER for Calendar and Classifieds in Good News, Etc. No computer skills necessary. Need someone who enjoys checking for details. Approx. 2 hours time needed during a 3-day period. Material would be picked up and returned to our Vista office. Call Rick or Colleen, 760-724-3075.

MUSIC/ENTERTAINMENT PIANO, VOCAL, Guitar lessons. www. Go forward in Your Giftings! 760-679-6930, Serving San Diego area.

PRAYER PRAISE AND Worship; God enthrones His people with His tangible Presence (Ps. 22:3). “Beholding God’s Face changes us from Glory to Glory (2 Cor. 3:17). To enjoy the victorious, “Spirit Filled, Spirit Led, and Spirit Empowered” life that Jesus has planned for us, we need more time in worship. If you’re Hungry for change, join us “Soaking in God’s Presence” in “Intercessory Worship.” Fridays, in Vista, @ 7:30 p.m. Call 760-643-1145. SOAKING PRAYER, 2nd Wednesdays, 6:30 p.m., Grace Anglican Church, Oceanside, 760-730-9900. COMMUNITY PRAYER, Tuesdays, 6 p.m., St. Stephen’s COGIC, San Diego, 619-262-2671. LIVE PRAYER Webcast for the nationsFriday, 9 a.m. at CLAIREMONT HEALING rooms, Thursdays, 4:30 p.m., Clairemont Christian Fellowship, 619-741-1143. SPRING VALLEY healing rooms, Cloud 9 Worship Center, Saturdays, 10 a.m., 619-741-4143. INTERNATIONAL HOUSE of Prayer, Wednesdays, 10 a.m., Spring Valley, 619479-5012. PRAYER FOR our city, monthly, last Monday, 6:30 p.m., Victory Outreach, San Diego, 619-723-3116. CONCERNED WOMEN For America prayer and action meeting, 10 a.m., 2nd Saturdays, San Diego First Assembly, 619-435-5440. ELMA’S FREE prayer line: 619-440-6043.

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RECOVERY/SUPPORT (GROUPED BY DAY OF WEEK) SPATULA II-When someone you love is gay. Christian ministry to families needing help coping with homosexuality. Directed by Bill & Welda Koenig and Kathleen Bremner. Group meetings the first Tuesday of every month, 7-9 p.m., Ed. Bldg., Room EC 205, Fireplace Room, upstairs, San Diego First Assembly of God, 8404 Phyllis Place, Phone 619-426-9300; or e-mail to KBremner@, or email to ARE YOU struggling with pornography, sexual sins or other things that are keeping you from victory in Christ? Free Bible centered courses with personal mentors offer hope for healing. DIVORCE CARE, Sundays, 9:45 a.m., Horizon Christian Fellowship, Rancho Santa Fe, 858-756-5599. DIVORCE CARE, Sundays, 9 a.m., Newbreak Church, San Diego, 858-576-0007. CELEBRATE RECOVERY, Sundays, 5 p.m., Escondido Christian Center, 760658-0149. GRIEF SHARE, Mondays, 7 p.m., Fallbrook Presbyterian Church, 760-728-5804.


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ONE SURE Way meeting, Tuesdays, 7 p.m., Samoan Seventh-day Adventist, Vista, 760-941-9555.

CELEBRATE RECOVERY, Shadow Mountain Community Church, Fridays, El Cajon, 619-590-1747.

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CELEBRATE RECOVERY, Tuesdays, 7 p.m., New Harvest Christian Fellowship, San Diego, 619-266-8611.

MURRIETA, PART-TIME from home. Christian widow, responsible, independent. No computer. Some travel OK. 951-461-4484.

CELEBRATE RECOVERY, Thursdays, 6:30 p.m., North County Church of Christ, Escondido, 760-745-7732.

CHRISTIAN CAREGIVER, experienced, own transportation, references. Please call Sheila 619-307-1840.

CELEBRATE RECOVERY, Thursdays, 6:30 p.m., Newbreak Church, San Diego, 858-576-0007.


CRB RECOVERY, Thursdays, 6:30 p.m., The Church at Rancho Bernardo, 858592-2434. MOST EXCELLENT Way, Thursdays, 6:30 p.m., Community Congregational Church, Chula Vista, 619-422-9263. CELEBRATE RECOVERY, Thursdays, 6 p.m., New Vision Christian Fellowship, 619-298-1125. CELEBRATE RECOVERY, Thursdays, 7 p.m., North Coast Calvary Chapel, Carlsbad, 760-929-0029. CELEBRATE RECOVERY, Fridays, 6:30 p.m., New Song Community Church, Oceanside, 760-560-5000. SET FREE Recovery, Fridays, 6:30 p.m., Emmanuel Faith Community Church, Escondido, 760-781-2108. THE WAY Home 12 Step, Fridays, 7 p.m., Calvary Oceanside, 760-310-7704. CELEBRATE RECOVERY Fridays, 7 p.m., Generation Church, Oceanside, 760-439-8411.

FOOD ADDICTS Recovery, Mondays, 7 p.m., La Mesa Adventist Church, 619-962-2449.

LIFE RECOVERY, Saturdays, 9 a.m., Living Waters Christian Fellowship, Fallbrook, 760-728-1685.

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FULL CIRCLE, Saturdays, 6 p.m., 1025 Service Place, Vista, 760-473-1889.

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TRAVEL/VACATION ROOM OR bed for rent Costa Rica, $150-300 a month depending, Francisco cell: 01150688127524, Ken casa: 01150622930794. Rustic pastoral setting, logging, farming, beaches, oceanview, national parks view, dogs OK, excellent food. References and affiliations available. STAY A week at the beach-The Carlsbad Beach Inn and Resort! 4th of July week 2013. One bedroom suite, Includes fitness room, pool and Jacuzzi on premises. Walking very close for downtown Carlsbad with shops and restaurants. Across the street from beach. A fabulous stay for two or a family of 4. Call 760-724-6811.

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Jesus said, “ . . . But those who drink the water I give will never be thirsty again . . . “ Today, the world is thirsty. How do you never thirst again? Here are the first steps to becoming a Christ-follower aka a Christian, a Believer, or being born-again: 1. Admit I am a sinner and need God. 2. Believe that Jesus died for your sins and was raised to life three days later. 3. Confess with your mouth that Jesus Christ is Lord. This Salvation Prayer is merely a means to confess your faith and belief in Jesus Christ: “God, I recognize that I have not lived my life for You. I have been living for myself. I need and want You as Lord of my life. I acknowledge the completed work of Your Son Jesus Christ in giving His life for me on the cross at Calvary. I repent of my sins and ask for your forgiveness. I give you the steering wheel of my life and ask that You come into my heart. I ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.” Welcome to God’s family! Now, as a way to grow closer to Him you are encouraged to find a local Bible-believing church to attend. Daily read the Word of God to grow in your relationship with Jesus. If you have prayed this prayer, let us know and we can help direct you to a local church in your area. Call Good News, etc. at 760-724-3075.

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Continued from page 1 Himself is calling us, and it’s important to hear and to do what He is saying. agenda: “It is stunning to participate in the • Greg Stier, speaking on “Called Promise Keepers men’s conference and Out.â€? experience the unique way each speaker • Bob Beltz on “A Call to Duty.â€? • Miles McPherson on “A Call to No- (or comedian, or worship song) hits each man,â€? Washington said. “There’s one word bility.â€? McPherson, pastor of The Rock Church to describe the spiritual challenge that gets revealed at the PK event: in San Diego, will cover Tickets to the PK conference ‘refreshing.’â€? spiritual, moral, ethical, are normally $59, but a special The speakers have seen and sexual purity. On Saturday, the PK discount of $20 off is available all the bells and whistles Worship Team will be fea- by using the online promo code of high profile Christian tured, as well as comedian of “0912-GNEâ€? or when calling ministry. But they aim to drop pretenses and posMichael Jr. The lineup of 1-866-776-6473. ing at Promise Keepers. speakers: Promise Keepers is a rare Christian • Tony Evans on “A Call to Lead.â€? • Sam Rodriquez on “A Call to Ac- setting where men can and do confront issues of lust and pornography, and find tion.â€? • Raleigh Washington on “A Call to victory in the area of sexual purity. “We are among allies. These are men I can trust,â€? Courage.â€? Washington, president and CEO of the one man said. Nearly 60 percent of attendees are 30 or organization, will lead the closing “Courageâ€? segment, noting that at this ministry, younger. The young men are encouraged young men tap into the idea that the Father to “step out as men of God.â€? The challenge to the older men: “It’s time to mentor younger men.â€? “We don’t produce these conferences to hype guys up and send them home to be ‘super-Christian,’â€? said Washington. “We are bringing men together in an atmosphere where they can hear the Voice that is calling them to a fuller life. If it’s God’s voice, it can’t be ignored.â€? A PK spokesman said the cost of the ticket should not be an issue, since “no man should be left behind.â€? He said men with financial needs should ask for a scholarship. Event information is available at www.

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