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ome of us may find ourselves in a rut, struggling just to keep up with our circumstances. Success in paying the bills, maintaining the bank account, or finding a job, can seem elusive. When we try to handle our own affairs, we may make mistakes and fail. But God is committed to our success, and when we rely on Him, we excel beyond our circumstances. Looking at our current situation and deciding that we’re not successful according to the world’s standards—or our own expectations—is discouraging. But the good news is that God’s standards are different than ours, and letting His Word guide us leads to true success. When we apply His teachings to our lives, we gain a new perspective and we can see beyond the circumstances of the moment. God’s presence is all we need to succeed. We may feel small and insignificant compared to the seemingly insurmountable problems facing us. But God sent His Son Jesus to help us live victorious lives and rule over situations that used to defeat us. The Scriptures teach us that with God in our corner, there’s no stopping us. “What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?” (Romans 8:31). God has made us many promises, including a prosperous, successful, and happy life. Believing and depending on those promises is like standing on solid rock, safe and secure. Jesus uses the analogy of a rock to tell us how strong and stable we are when we follow His teachings (Matthew 7:24-27). God gives us

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the strength to not allow our current situation to move us from the truth of His Word. Earthly situations can pop up quickly or as the Nationwide Insurance commerical state, “Life Comes At You Fast,” and our circumstances can be like the constant rising and falling of the tides. We may feel like we’re on top of the world one moment, only to have everything collapse around us in the blink of an eye. In the Old Testament, Joseph was sold into slavery by his jealous brothers. He could have thrown up his hands in despair and given up on life. But God was with him, and Joseph prospered and succeeded in everything he did (Genesis 39:1-3, AMP). When we accept God as our Lord and Savior, He comes to live inside of us and is with us always. He promises never to leave us, even in tough times when none of our friends are around. When we face those “David and Goliath” moments and it seems like all the powerful forces in the world have lined up against us, we don’t need to be anxious or fearful (Hebrews 13:6, AMP). The One who created the earth, the sky, and the universe, will carry us through. Another thing we don’t have to worry about with God’s love is our past. We’re accustomed to remembering our failures and mistakes. But after we accept Jesus and are born again, He completely forgets our past sins. The world may search for “skeletons in the closet” but God doesn’t. God is so committed to seeing us succeed, that He gave us His only Son, Who shed His blood so that we could experience true success. No ordinary life coach or self-help expert would do that for us. With Jesus, we have the only ally we’ll ever need (Psalm 27:1; 118: 6).


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Liberty In Christ Jesus Jesus said, “If you continue in my word, then you shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free.” What Jesus is saying is that we are “free” to serve. We are free to take responsibility for our relationship with others. And we’re free to love. We are not free from obligation, but free from constraints. We have freedom from fear, but not freedom from lawlessness. In other words, our liberty has boundaries. And those boundaries are Christ. That is, don’t do anything Christ wouldn’t do! None of us like chains and restrictions placed upon us. As Christians, the love of Christ is our motivation for service! Secondly, we are given freedom of choice. Joshua 24:15 says “Choose ye this day…”. We’re also told in His Word how we are to live as believers. And so we began to study, meditate, and follow the instructions given in God’s Word. Therefore, the choice becomes not WHETHER to obey, but HOW to obey. I hasten to say all of God’s instructions and choices are

not easy all the time. But our faith in Him will never grow unless we accept the challenges that are presented to us. For example we, like the children of Israel, have to leave Egypt, cross the Red Sea, march around Jericho, cross a river, etc. And at the time of those events there was not a lot of rejoicing going on. They were not singing “We’re Bound For The Promise Land”. Instead, they were singing “There Are Giants In The Land” and “We Are Trapped!”. They were singing “Stone Moses” and “Let’s Go Back To Egypt”. Only two believers, Joshua and Caleb, were singing

“We Are Well Able To Take This Land”! Thirdly, freedom always comes through obedience. We always have to distinguish between what MAN calls freedom, and what GOD calls it. In misinterpreting the liberty Jesus was talking about, the Jews made an assumption… which is the lowest form of knowledge. Jesus wasn’t speaking of physical bondage, although it was detestable. What He was dealing with was something far deeper. He was not dealing with the symptoms of slavery, but the root of slavery. Ultimately all types of bondages and chains of slavery

have their root in sin. Jesus didn’t come to be a Messiah like they were looking for, who would lead the revolution against Rome. Others would rebel and do that later. (70 A.D.) But to really be free, you have to be free from the bondage of sin. It’s then, that you can break every chain and be free—mind, body, and soul. As John the Baptist said, “The axe is laid to the root of the tree.” That means you must be born again! It’s not about trying to do better, but it’s about a total makeover. You must be set free indeed by the Son. We must realize that apart from Christ, our thinking is earthly and not heavenly. Humanly we deal with what we can touch, taste, feel, smell, and see. However, there is a dimension of wisdom and understanding that is far above, and not beneath. We must therefore submit to the leading of the Holy Spirit to receive wisdom. We are called to seek those things that are above where Christ is seated. Our liberty and our liberation is in, and through, Christ. “Whom the Son sets free, is free indeed.” Be Blessed.

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A Blessing of from The Lord

“Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one’s youth. - Psalm 127:3-5 By: Jessie Todd, Contributing Writer On the eve of this upcoming Mother’s Day, soon to be followed by Father’s Day I thank the Almighty God for blessing me with my two children: a boy and a girl. Were they perfect specimens of youth and obedience? Decidedly not!! They caused me many sleepless nights and weary days but I always knew that they were gifts from God and He expected me to be the best mother I could be. When my son was born more than fifty years ago I felt like I had been given the most wonderful gift a woman could receive. Although he was in less than perfect health, I marveled over his perfection. So what if his little feet would need correc-

tive shoes? Everything else about him was perfect. He was in a hurry to grow up. At three months he showed me he was in a hurry by biting me with his two little teeth that I had no idea had pushed through his tiny little gums. I loved him unconditionally then, and still do. Since my husband worked out of town I had him all to myself and I was the typical doting mother, perhaps sometimes too doting!! He caused me some painful times and although I disapproved of some of his antic, I never stopped loving him. If Christ could love me in my sinful state, the least I could and can do is to love the children He gave. My baby girl came along three years later and I could not have custom ordered a more adorable, even tempered little girl. She too is a heritage from the Lord. Dress-

ing her in little frilly socks and dresses was a challenge. She preferred to climb trees and roll in the dust and dirt with her brother and his friends. She grew into an independent, unselfish young lady. I thank God that He gave me the good sense to realize that my children needed and deserved both a father and a mother in the home. At the risk of sounding hopelessly old-fashioned and out of touch, I still believe children are an inheritance from the Lord. I believe they deserve two loving parents and the protection and love of the family structure. Daily we see the sad, tragic results of failing to follow God’s mandates to bring our children up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. Our society is full of unloved, broken and broken-hearted children trying to find love in the most awful

places and situations. Surely God is not pleased, because all children deserve to be loved and cared for. Proverbs 24:25 states, “Let your father and mother be glad; let her who bore you rejoice.” We must turn back to God for the solution to the problem we have created. Many of us have not brought our children up in the nurture and admonition of The Lord, and we are reaping the results. Let us pray and seek a solution so that our children will become our most precious commodity. Let us pray that babies and young children will no longer be thrown away like so much trash or unwanted burdens. Let us pray that mothers and fathers will once again follow God’s plan; that they will cherish and love the lives they have created.

What have I done to deserve this?

By: Kerwyn Fealing Contributing Writer

Why me? What have I done to deserve this? I pray, maybe not three times a day like Daniel did. I read my Bible, but not nearly as often as I should. I attend church regularly and pay my tithes, at least my idea of tithing. So what have I done to deserve this? If we’re honest the majority of us can pose this same question. When we look back on various events and situations we see that some could have and should have been handled differently. I, along with most of humanity have missed the mark. In some situations I have lost my temper, fumbled the ball and been decidedly unchristian. In essence, I have been human. So again the questions arises, “What have I done to deserve this? In spite of all these failures, He still blesses me. He still sees fit to give me what I need, look out for me and love me. Perhaps when I posed the question, “What have I done to deserve this,” it appeared that I was speaking of something bad, devastat-

ing or some form of punishment. Quite the contrary. I am referring to God’s incredible goodness. What have I done to deserve His goodness and mercy? Despite my shortcomings, failures, sins, stubbornness, rebellion and other forms of disobedience, He still takes care of

me and still continues to bless me over and over. Lamentations 3:22-23 reminds us that “It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because His compassion fails not. They are new every morning: great it thy faithfulness.” In spite of all the so called “good

deeds” that I have done Ephesians 2:10 quickly brings me back to the reality that it is, “By grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God; not of works lest any man should boast.” So, I am beginning to see a bit more clearly now, that I am not in control, I was only kidding myself. Every time I consider the blessings and goodness of God, the word GRACE pops up in my mind. The definition of the word GRACE in Webster and Wikipedia were unsatisfactory to me. So I consulted the word of God, which is where I should have gone first. The word GRACE appears more than 206 times in the Bible. GRACE shares a close kinship with MERCY and FAVOR. So, the next time I am faced with a situation that causes me to question, “Why me,” (good or bad), I will ask myself “Why not you?” The next time I am faced with a situation that causes me to ask, “What have I done to deserve this? (good or bad), I will answer, “I have done nothing to deserve God’s grace,” for it is His grace that gives me what I don’t deserve.

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PR•Inspiration May and June hold special days to honor our fathers and our mothers. We at the Praise Reporter wanted to give readers an opportunity to celebrate Spiritual Father’s and Mothers. Here are a few of the heartfelt submissions.

Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee. [Exo 20:12 KJV]

Dr. Linda Bradford

Pastor Jesse B. Bilberry, Jr.

Dr. Linda Bradford has been my spiritual mom for over 17years. She saw leadership abilities in me that I didn’t know existed. As a result, she helped and is still pushing me and our family into our destiny! I love that she is so compassionate towards others by ensuring we as a church, minister to both the spiritual and physical needs of the poor and homeless, our teens, couples and singles! Pastor Bradford always has time to lend a listening ear despite her duties as a pastor, mother, grandmother and teacher in the Don Bradford Bible College. Pastor Bradford truly has the most giving and forgiving spirit! What I admire most is that she is and has been submitted to her spiritual pastors, Phillip and Brenda Goudeaux of Calvary Christian Center in Sacramento, California for over 25 years! That speaks volumes as a Pastor! She a yielded vessel of God, who allows the glory of God to take charge of our services!! Bishop Don Bradford gave her a charge, before leaving us, to take Charity to another level and that she is doing! I love being in the position to up lift up the arms of our beloved pastor Bradford and I’m so grateful that God planted us at Charity Christian Center. The Best Is Still Yet To Come!

Ten years ago, I was in the middle of several major life transitions. Hurricane Katrina had ransacked the place I’d called home, I was in the middle of a divorce while trying to find a job, and rebuild my life with my then, four year old son. Overwhelming was the kindness of strangers, who became great friends. One such friend invited me to Mt. Pilgrim Baptist Church where I met my pastor, Rev. Jesse B. Bilberry Sr., a man of vision after God’s own heart. The rest is history. A few years later, my son and I became members of the Mt. Pilgrim family largely because my pastor presented as a man of integrity who was solid in doctrine and steeped in family values. He reminded me of my grandfathers who were both pastors as he stood flat-footed every week and offered grace to the sinner, edification to the saints, and the example of perseverance to all. With a sweet spirit of grace and love, God used Pastor Bilberry to stabilize a time of turmoil for me and I will forever be grateful for the kindness he has shown over the years to my son and me.

Love, Lora Thomas-Griffin

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Community Meeting Revealed Issues By Stephanie Ashton Anthony

Youth issues were the recurring theme of the District 7 community meeting held at the Martin Luther King Center on Gus Young Ave., April 21, 2015 at 6p.m.. Even Councilwoman C. Denise Marcelles opening remarks included a suggestion that citizens insure their loved ones especially the youth. She commented on the double sadness of losing a young person to death and then struggling to find the money to bury them. She remarked on grieving constituents coming to her for economic help. Youth Chaplin Keon Preston of One Voice One Dream One Team Dream organization spoke about youth violence and the number of citizens killed for being at the wrong place at the wrong time. He urged attendees to stop blaming the police for everything and work together to change the things we can. Criminal Defense attorney, Gail Horne Ray also urge citizens to insure their loved ones. She pointed out that there are cases which can be handled without deadly force or even fighting. Her advice was to let

Councilwoman Denise Marcelle’s town hall meeting addressed many community issues including items from the floor not on the agenda. Community advocate Bobby Burns was on hand with a petition regarding the Gus Young swimming pool which has been closed since 2013.

Veteran Criminal Attorney Gail Horne Ray had more than a little advise for citizens about their rights at the Martin Luther King Community Center Town Hall meeting held April 21, 2015 on Gus Young Avenue. prosecutors work for their jobs and use the safeguards legally in place for citizens such as, If police want to search something, tell them they need a search warrant. When you are advised of your rights to remain silent , remain silent . Ask for a lawyer. Baton Rouge Police Chief Carl Dabadie took the “hot seat” as he fielded questions about police body cameras, police force numbers. Even a presentation by Capitol pawn shop representatives Christopher Breaud & Angela Phagans on the rules and regulations on buying a gun including a yellow pamphlet produced by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives entitled Youth Handgun Safety Act Notice. Dr. Dana Hunter LSU Office of Social Service research was on hand with a survey and information regarding the BR Hope Zone a grant to study crime in Istrouma, Eden Park, Gus Young, Smiley Heights, Midtown and Melrose East. The doctor’s 3 page survey was not the only paperwork circulating the room. East Baton Rouge Federation of Teachers president Carnell Washington was circulating a petition regarding returning the Istrouma High School building to the East Baton Rouge Parish School System. Petitioners seek to bring pressure on the Recovery School District Superintendent Patrick Dobard (225) 505-3504 and the Louisiana State

Superintendent John White 1(877) 453-2721 to return the Istrouma High building so the students can be returned to their community. Community activist Bobby Burns was circulating a petition to reopen the Gus Young swimming pool. The pool was closed 3 summers ago for repairs. About the same time the Liberty Water Park was built in Independence Park. The Anna T. Jordan pool was closed during the same time period but has subsequently been repaired. Burns is concerned that the children have swimming opportunities within walking distance of their homes. When the pool was closed the 39 kids who signed up for swimming lessons were referred to other pools some distance away. The cost of swimming in the Gus Young pool was $1.25 per person. The cost of Liberty Waterpark was $8 for people under 4 feet tall and $10 for people over 4 feet. Since that time prices have risen. Burns was even able to get a bit of mike time to express the urgent need for positive youth activities within the community. Councilwoman C. Denise Marcelle and Attorney Gordon McKernan will host Movie in the Park, with a showing of “Selma”, May 8th at Gus Young Park, May 22 at Howell Park and May 29th at Saia Park from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m..

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More than Just A Swimming Pool

By Stephanie Ashton Anthony

named for one of 3 black men in East Baton Rouge Parish who was allowed to register to vote. He was a member of the NAACP and the Bi Racial Committee his name was Gustav Young. Long after his death his nephew Louis Jetson led a campaign to have Capitol Ave. named for him. Later Louis Jetson became the first Louisiana State Legislator from Eden Park. The park and the pool was called Gus Young and sat between Capitol Elementary and Capitol Junior High. Capitol Elementary was demolished. Capitol Junior High School had been the original Capitol Senior High the 2nd black high school built in Baton Rouge because McKinley Senior High was becoming over crowded with black students traveling to the capitol city for an education. Later to the shock and amazement of many citizens of Eden Park the historic building was demolished. Fast forward to 2015, the subject of a closed pool may be more than what it seems on the surface. The Gus Young swimming pool is closed. Councilwoman C.Denise Marcells’ office says it will not open this summer. Back in 2013 the pool was closed.

A swimming pool is not just a place to cool off in the summer time. In the case of Eden Park a swimming pool is at the heart of Eden Park’s history. During segregation there was no swimming pool in the community. The public pool was at city park , a group of young people including a bold female went to the pool with their suits, towels and money to swim. Pearl George later became the first black female city councilwoman but she never swam in the pool. She was arrested that day and later the pool was bulldozed and filled with dirt rather than have black skin get wet and cool off in it. It is one civil rights battle in Baton Rouge from the past that some natives want to erase. Decades later Eden Park got its own pool across from what had been Capitol Elementary School, built along with 2 other schools to insure the large population of black children in Eden Park would be separate but equal located on what was then Capitol Avenue. By the time Eden Park had its own swimming pool Capitol Avenue was re-






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Anna T. Jordan pool was closed for repairs about the same time but has since been repaired. The BREC office stated that they had done a study and will not reopen the pool, rather than repair of the pool; the study done over the past 6 months was to demolish the old pool at a cost of $370,560 and replace it with something else . Sources say the decision was made a month ago however community workers either do not know or are not saying anything about a plan to demolish the pool. BREC’s 2015 budget is $96 million dollars, Burns says with a budget like that why can’t the poor children in Eden Park have a pool at Gus Young. The BREC is now comprised of 221 athletic fields, 181 parks, 33 miles of trails, 60 recreation centers, seven golf courses, five dog parks, four swimming pools, three skate parks, an aquatic center, an archery range, a tiger exhibit, and a BMX.


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The Times Picayune quoted BREC Superintendent as stating, a circulation line beneath the pool would not meet health standards. She went on to say, “The health and safety of our patrons is paramount to BREC and we will comply with health codes,” BREC Superintendent Carolyn McKnight said in a statement. At the time there were 39 kids who had signed up for swimming lessons. They were referred to other parks and the A.C. Lewis YMCA in the hopes the pool would be repaired for the following summer. During the same period BREC opened Liberty Lagoon Waterpark on Lobdell Avenue at great expense. The new water park charged $8 for anyone less than 4 feet tall and $10 for people over 4 feet tall. Community pools charged about $1.25 per person for any height. Children’s advocate Eldwin “Bobby” Burns has been diligently pushing to reopen the Gus Young pool. The







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HAMMOND, LA. - The incomparable gospel singer Israel Houghton is scheduled to headline the Women of Purpose Conference 2015 on Friday, May 29, 2015 at 6pm in Hammond. This year’s conference will showcase a lineup of gospel music artists including Jaklyn Carr, The Showers Family, Vicki Yohe and Wes Morgan, along with anointed and powerful speakers, Pastor Debra Morton, Greater St. Stephen Full Gospel Baptist Church of New Orleans and Myesha Chaney of The Preachers of LA. “This conference will be whatever the attendee needs it to be for them. If they need a concert, we have that for them. If they need it to be an inspiring conference, we have that for them as well,” said First Lady Kahihee Jackson, Conference Host. “We want people to come out and experience all that God has in store for them at this phenomenal event.” This year’s conference will provide scholarships awarded to three deserving high school seniors. Students interested in competing for the scholarships should visit the website for more details. Tickets are $35 until April 30th and will go to $45 beginning May 1st. FREE transportation from the New Orleans area at Clearview Mall parking lot by Semolina’s Restaurant. Bus will leave at 3:30pm. Any companies or individuals interested in sponsorship opportunities, vendor tables, or additional information should contact the conference coordinator at (504) 864-3119. Doors open at 5pm.

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How to Recognize Child Sexual Abuse But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and [that] he were drowned in the depth of the sea. Mat 18:6 KJV Child sexual abuse is when an adult or older adolescent uses a child for sexual stimulation. Although there is some controversy regarding the age of adolescence, the same behaviors are familiar to their victims in either case. These behaviors range from perpetrators saying suggestive sexually statements towards a child, to pornography, to actual body contact. With all due respect, if a child shows signs of sexual abuse, those signs should not be taken lightly. Challenging as this may be, if signs go unnoticed, it will undermine the child and increase his/her chanc-

es of being habitually abused. To make you aware of the possibility that a child is being sexually abused are common signs, some in which are:

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have been entrusted to us. Therefore, we should always be mindful of changes in their lives. Nevertheless balance is the key, although unhealthy signs that persist, such as nightmares and bed wetting, should be of concern. While sexual abuse may be the culprit, weighing your options prior to jumping to conclusions, will help you to come to a realization.

Fear of a particular person Children are usually carefree, and because thoughts of sexual abuse have not entered their minds, they are trusting and respectful to adults. However, if a child seems to be upset by the company of another—a possible perpetrator—as well as expressing emotions that is not appropriate for that meeting and/or is reluctant to accompany the person alone, please beware!

Securing their bodies with extra clothing Often time children who have been sexually abused have a tendency to secure their body to extremes, seeking protection. For example, children may be reluctant or refuse to change clothes in front of others, and so keep their clothing secured with extra fastenings, or with tightened belts on robes and pants, while their shirts are buttoned to their necks. They may even go as far as to wear extra clothes. They may also resent puberty, demonstrating a desire to regress.

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Playing out sexual acts When or if a young child seems to

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Pastors and members of GFA-supported churches serve hot meals to Nepal earthquake victims. Hi-resolution version available. shocks. Between 30 and 40 GFA-supported missionaries serving in Uttar Pradesh, an Indian state bordering Nepal, are helping with recovery efforts. Along with pastors, leaders and believers, they have been distributing fresh water, noodles, sugar, rice

and dal. One GFA-supported church has provided shelter, food, water and medicine to 400 people, while a church in Narayanthan fed 350. GFA missionaries also distributed relief materials to nearly 66 families in Gokarna Village. Latest reports indicate 10 GFA-sup-

ported churches have been damaged. Many church leaders and members have lost their homes or can no longer safely live in them. “In the midst of situations like this, with the unbelievable amount of death and destruction, it’s so important to remember that God’s grace is still present,” said Dr. K.P. Yohannan, founder and international director of GFA. “Although the magnitude of this disaster is overwhelming, the Lord is allowing us to show His love to a hurting world.” Despite these efforts, communication with pastors and missionaries living and serving in remote regions has been limited. The government sent helicopters to rescue some people who are trapped, with evacuees describing entire villages being demolished by the 7.8-magnitude quake. One of the leaders on the field, Narayan Sharma, said people have felt more than 100 aftershocks since the quake, with rain in between them making life more painful. Gospel for Asia has worked in Nepal for more than 25 years. It supports 450 churches, 20 Bridge of Hope children centers and Bible schools throughout the country. See GOSPEL FOR ASIA, on page 18

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Common food allergies The eight foods that account for more than 90 percent of childhood cases of food allergies include milk, eggs, soy, peanuts, tree nuts (such as walnuts, almonds, pecans), wheat, fish and shellfish. Food intolerances such as lactose and gluten add even more children to the at-risk list for

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fully evaluating our income level, debt obligations, spending habits, savings habits and future financial goals will get you started on the right path to living a responsible financial life.” Smith recommends avoiding the following self-deceivers: 1. I don’t know what my credit score is, but that’s okay. I’ll only need it when I decide to buy my next car or finally purchase a new home. It’s very important to know your credit score and responsibly manage it in every situation in life. Credit scores are not only used for securing a loan, but also for insurance pricing, job applications and rental agreements. 2. I’ll just take a little from my savings account, but I’ll pay it back next month. Don’t borrow against yourself. Having an established savings plan is very important in every stage of life. If a


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unexpected expenses, those situations should be minimized as much as possible. If credit card debt is incurred, pay it off as soon as possible. The interest charged is a serious penalty and is not worth the instant gratification that a vacation or expensive pair of shoes may bring. The bottom line: self-improvement is a tall order, but making excuses for poor financial judgment will do nothing to improve your life. Focus on ways to enhance your financial situation now. Your future self will thank you. For more tips on managing your money, or your credit, visit www.CreditRepair. com, a site that empowers every individual to achieve the credit scores they deserve and enjoy a lifestyle of greater opportunity. Photo courtesy of Getty Images (Family Features)

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Gospel for Asia from page 11 For decades, the ministry has also provided disaster relief throughout South Asia when tragedy strikes areas it serves, such as after the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. Yohannan said that while people living on the other side of the world can feel helpless during times of crisis, they can still make a difference by helping through recovery organizations and praying for those who have lost loved ones or homes, or who have suffered injuries in the devastation. “We can also pray for the safety, strength and grace for missionaries ministering to the suffering,” he said. “Pray for our Compassion Services teams as they



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