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Prayer of Salvation - Heavenly Father, I acknowledge to You that I am a sinner. I believe that Your only begotten Son, Jesus Christ shed His precious blood on the cross, died for my sins, and rose again on the third day. I am truly sorry for the deeds, which I have committed against you, and therefore, I am willing to repent, turn away from my sins. I truly desire to serve You, Lord Jesus. Lord, I desire to be led by Your Holy Spirit so I can faithfully obey and follow you. I ask You for the strength to love You more than anything else so I won't fall back into my old ways. I also ask You to bring genuine believers into my life who will encourage me to live for You and help me stay accountable. Right now, I confess Jesus as the Lord of my life. With my heart, I believe that God the Father raised His Son Jesus from the dead. This very moment I acknowledge that Jesus Christ my Savior and according to His Word, right now I am born again. Thank You, Jesus, for coming into my life and hearing my prayer. I ask all of this in your name of my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen." I've Prayed It; Now What? If you've prayed this prayer of salvation with true conviction and heart, you are now a follower of Jesus Christ. Welcome to the family of God! We encourage you now to find a local church where ou can grow in the knowledge of God through His Word, the Bible.


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1 2 Our Bodies, Our Temples By Keischa Harris Be motivated to live a lifestyle that incorporates both worship and fitness.

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Know the warning signs

- Francetta Minter & Keischa Harris The beginning of a new school year is often met with anxiety and excitement for both students and their parents. On the one hand you have students that may be concerned with getting a teacher known to give tons of homework, or worrying about being accepted by new classmates, and the whole ordeal of having a stylish wardrobe. On the other hand there are parents that worry about their child receiving enough homework, avoiding peer pressure and having enough clothes that last throughout the new school year. As far apart as the parent and child may seem, there is one common thing that likely concerns them both – bullying. No student wants to be a victim of a bully and no parent wants their child to suffer at the hands of a bully. Recent acts of bullying nationwide have resulted in a sharp increase in adolescent suicides and lawsuits against school boards filed by parents on behalf of a bullied child. There is enough blame to go around when dealing with this phenomenon, but awareness and prevention is the responsibility of parents, children, schools, churches and the community at large. It is important that every aspect of bullying from victim to offender is addressed in an effort to eradicate this senseless act altogether. Bully: (verb) to frighten, hurt or threaten (a smaller/weaker person) to cause (someone) to do something by making threats or insults or by force. Unfortunately in today's society bullying is everywhere and has become an epidemic. In theory schools are designed to be a place for academic

learning, social interaction and common citizenship amongst peers. However, for some students it has become a living hell because of the prevalence of bullying. Many of our youth are at risk of being bullied on a daily basis and there is really no one type of student suscepti- ble to this behavior. Bullying has no boundaries and is fair game for any student, anywhere, at any school. A 2007 study conducted by the National Center for Educ ation Statistics (NCES) showed that nearly 1/3of students aged 12-18 reported being bullied. A more recent study indicated that 30% of U.S. students were bullied during the course of an academic year. Playground statistics show that every 7 minutes a child is bullied; stating that adult intervention is 4%, peer intervention, is 7% and 85% of bullying has no intervention at all. These statistics are not only sobering, but indicate that without direct intervention, bullying can ruin the lives of innocent children. When thinking of a bully, one should not limit themselves to the big kid on the playground pushing little kids around, or the popular kids making fun of shy and timid children. Bullying has crossed over into the internet and social media. So prevalent are these tools that they have been used to literally torment the lives of the innocent. Ironically, not only are school aged children victims of bully’s, but young college adults have also fallen prey to this cruel

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going outdoors. However, with the advancement of technology, chances for exploration are often within our grasp.

who strive against you shall be nothing and perish. You shall seek those who contend with you, but you shall not find them; those who war against you shall be as nothing at all. For I, the Lord, your God, hold your right hand; it is I who say to you ‘Fear not, I will help thee’". If we all do our part to combat bullying we stand a greater chance of eliminating the practice altogether. The key is to getting to root of the problem and providing viable solutions. Parents in particular must recognize the signs of a bullied child. Although children may react differently, the following are a few behavior patterns that a child may exhibit as a result of being bulLied:

Take for example your video games. What if this year you push yourself to explore how they are made, and how they relate to what you’re learning in school? Or what about sports, How about exploring the science involved in hitting a foul ball or a home run? As teachers we must strive to develop these concepts in our students. In the midst of standards and assessments, let us find ways to make mandated content authentic and applicable in the lives our students. We must engage students critically and foster within them the ability to take - Pamela Franklin-Okorare The audible sounds of pencils and book bags rustling mixed with countless ads offering discounts on supplies are a clear indication that another school year is approaching. For many students, parents, and teachers this can be an anx- ious time as educational trends have introduced mandates to meet national standards, rigid assessments, and other stringent accountable measures that can leave teachers, students, and parents with an exasperated sense of doom. However, in the midst of all these great educational expec- tations, it is important that one must remember that our educational

ownership of their learning. This is the mere substance of

system is not about mandates and regulations, but about two

our critical work - we are builders of tomorrow's explorers.

often sidelined concepts - learning and explor- ing. As a student, these two concepts are at the heart of what makes school interesting and fun. Think about it, this time next year you will be one year smarter than you are now. But, change of time is not the variable for producing this change. It is the fact that you will learn something that you currently are unaware of. Also, depending on your grade level this year, you may be introduce to new concepts like fractions, and algebra, or asked to deepen your compre- hension by being introduced to more complex text and stronger critical thinking skills. You must keep in mind that book knowledge alone does not always make you smarter, you must also seek knowledge for yourself - explore. Exploration is not merely limited to searching far and distance places, but it also encompasses thinking critically about the world around you. In the olden days, this meant

Lastly, the act of fostering a passion for learning and

act. The tragedy of the incident at Rutgers University where a freshman was secretly videotaped by a classmate during a private moment, in a secure dorm room is an example of how bullying has become even more sinister. The freshman who later learned that this act was publicized over the internet committed suicide launching a national plea for help. Gone are the days when bullying was considered harmless childhood teasing whereby victims needed to just “suck it up” and “toughen up”. Today it has become a matter of life and death prompting new laws and legislation to combat this act.

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Being afraid of walking to/from school alone

2. 3. 4.

Feeling ill in the morning Poor academic performance Coming home regularly with clothes or books torn Becoming withdrawn and showing a lack of confidence Having some possessions go missing Becoming aggressive and unreasonable

5. 6. 7.

exploring must include the efforts of our children's first teacher- their parents. It is the purest characteristic of a child to emulate the nature of his or her parents. Thus, to teach our children to love learning and to engage in explor- ing, parents must prioritize cultivating these qualities in their own lives as well as in the lives of their children. This can be done in multiple ways, and on a variety of budgets. It can be as simple as taking advantage of dollar documen- taries and free shows in the park to making a conscious decision to redirect money away from things that cultivate selfishness and materialism. For parents, I encourage you to keep the faith, stay motivated and keep your eye on the prize which is the overall success and well-being of your child. For students I not

President Barack Obama took a stand against bullying by joining the Cartoon Network's campaign "Stop Bullying: Speak Up" which aired March 18, 2012. New Jersey Governor, Chris Christie signed into legislation a $1 million antibullying fund, allowing school officials to seek free anti bullying alternatives. As a church we need to extend this message to our youth that bullying is not acceptable and there are ways to handle it according to the Word of God. The bible speaks about bullying in Isaiah 41:11-13: “Behold, all who are incensed against you shall be put to shame and confounded; those

If a child shows one or more of these behaviors, then it is important to find out if bullying is the culprit. It is equally as important to maintain an open dialogue about this topic where the child feels a sense of trust and security and not shame. On the surface bullying seems to have taken control over schools and playgrounds, but the reality is that it is a 100% preventable act if everyone takes an active role in the intervention, prevention and ultimately the eradication of bullying.


- Jay Bailey We have been invaded‌ This invasion has occurred on a global scale. To imagine the immensity of this

es offer an introductory course to technology and the Internet.

invasion, consider the opening scenes of Will Smith’s movie Independence Day. The insanely large invading space-

Parents, please update your computer literacy. How can you be a help to your children if you cannot effec-

ships are hovering over major cities, just as in the movie we tively wield tools that are available to you? Back to School have been unable

has arrived and most schools

to stem the tide. For-

have embraced technology to

tunately this attack on

communicate more effective-

us is a lot less threat-

ly with parents. Emails and

ening but definitely as

text messaging have re-

pervasive. Technolo-

placed phone calls and face-

gy has steamrolled

to-face conversations. These

itself into every fabric

tools, among others, have

of our lives! Gone are

become the norm and are no

the alarm clocks, we

longer the exception. A US

now awake to custom-

Postal Service letter, now

ized tones on our

commonly known as snail

phones. Computer

mail, can be lost or intercept-

technicians are no

ed, emails are much more

longer waiting for you

reliable and they go directly

to bring your computer to them. They now sit in air condi-

to the person. Snail mail gives you a postmark, informing

tioned call centers in India, and via the Internet can deter-

you of what day the letter was sent, while Emails have the

mine the problem, while you sit in awe half a world away.

added benefit of a timestamp. Not only do you know what

Home appliances, automobiles, telephones, and many oth- day the email was sent, you know exactly what time it was ers have all been invaded by technology. Facebook is not a portfolio of headshots; Twitter is

sent. Back to School season is a great time to leverage

something more than what a little caged bird does, and

technology and get organized. There are a number of re-

Instagram is not a faster method of a telegram. If these

sources available: First, if you have a smartphone, now is

terms are unfamiliar to you, then you are lacking in today’s

a good time to explore the other features that is offers. Cell

form of communication. If you can stand to be humbled,

phones are no longer just for talking.

ask a teenager about what those items are. If not, you can

1. Use the Calendar to schedule study time and playdates.

always use the Internet and perform a Google search. (If I

2. Use the Memo or Notes to jot down items to address.

have just lost you, please volunteer for a computer literacy

3. Use the Voice Recorder to capture your thoughts.

intervention!) A number of accredited schools and colleg-

4. Use Contacts to keep in touch with family, friends, and other parents.


For advanced users:

web surfing. With the

1.Use your Smartphone to

absence of monitor- ing,

access the Internet for in-

some kids or teens will

formation.

use tech- nology to

2.Use the Maps feature to give

engage in unethical,

you turn-by-turn direc- tions to

immoral, or even illegal

your child’s new school.

behavior. For example,

3. Download free or nomi- nal

teens are using the

cost apps from your

Internet to purchase

carrier to expand the func-

essays, reports, and

tionality of your device.

term pa-

All have the same common premise, using technology to

pers. Do notice, I said purchase, and not research. Due to

make your life a little easier.

the competitive nature of today’s society, parents and

Parents it is important that your technology liter- acy children are using technology to exploit every edge, even be expanded because however helpful, technology is, it

unethical ones. This leaves educators in a jam be- cause

also presents dangers. These dangers can be avoided,

now they have to be concerned if the work they receive is

provided parents are informative and knowl- edgeable about actually done by their student. what they are using. One cannot effec- tively monitor what

There is hope for these educators. Technology,

one does not know. Kids and teens are more likely to

while providing access to cheating for students, also pro-

embrace technology than some of their parents. Some

vides ways to combat it. Instead of a handwritten essay,

parents have found technology to be useful in the area of

teachers can require that such an essay be emailed.

babysitting. It appears to be quite useful in providing a

Assignments in this digital form can be sent to a service, via

distraction for busybody children.

the Internet to confirm the authenticity of the docu- ment.

The Internet has numerous websites to aid and assist children with various items, especially homework.

Beyond that, teachers now have tools to make learning more organized and interactive. There are web- sites that

When I was in elementary and junior high school, just a few assist in getting a group to collaborate. Teach- ers can now “short” years ago, my reference source was a 20 year old

reach parents, have a video conference, and speak directly

set of encyclopedias on my grandmother’s bookshelf.

to a parent that may be away on busi- ness. Educators can

Imagine trying to do a report on the space shuttle, using

use phone conferencing to provide assignments over the

books that were printed two years before the first moon

holidays, during snow storms or extended absences.

landing! I digress. With the freedom of the information age

Ultimately, parents need to expand their scope of

and the Internet, came inherent dan- gers. Performing a

responsibility by becoming more technology literate.

search can yield different results, some of which are very

Parents should become competent users of the technol-

child unfriendly. Parents must be involved while their

ogy they provide. Children, it seems, are already fluent in

children are using the Internet, surfing for information. Even technology. Getting them to use it in their lives is not the though children are more adept at using technology,

problem. They must be monitored and encouraged to use it

parents cannot relinquish control! There is software that is

properly, especially in their schooling. This will make a

designed to block adult content. However, filtering software teacher’s job a little easier. They can focus on using needs to be moni- tored because it is not the end of all

technology to enhance learning, instead of using it to

solutions to safe

uncover a student’s negative behavior.

(Cont.)


Technology is here and is only going to continue to grow.

(web filtering and smartphone monitoring)

All we can do is embrace it and positively exploit it. We

(Mac and Windows)

must give heed to the warning issued by Star Trek’s Borg,

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“resistance is futile.”

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websites.)

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When motivating others, Bethea understands that many people don’t like the way they look and may even feel inferior if they don’t adequately measure up to the Hollywood images that serve as false illusions of how we’re supposed to look. “Each one of us should be shaped into the body that God has given us. It’s okay to look at someone and say ‘I admire their look’, but it’s important to embrace our own individual body type. People should treat their bodies as an image of God and it’s important for us to be fit for the Kingdom”, says Bethea. Near the end of our conversation I asked if he could come up with a simple plan to get the average person started on the right track. As if on queue he began to recite a way for all of us to get started. The quickness of his response can only mean that Bethea is a man that is prepared and takes his ministry serious. Although there are many popular fitness and diet plans on the market they don’t hold a candle to “Joe’s Total Man Plan”. Joseph Bethea’s plan incorporates spiritual truths that have shaped our lives since the days of Adam. There is no losing when God is on your side; except of course some weight and heavy burdens. Joe’s Total Man Plan Great exercise + great diet + great rest + reltionship with God = Great success for your temple Spiritual: · Read the Word of God · Mediate on Hebrews 12: 11-13 Meditate on Philippians 4:13 · Recognize that working out is a form of worship and establish a time/place to do both regularly.

Natural: · Commit to 30 – 45 minutes of cardio workout four days a week (walking, jogging, resistance training etc.) · Eliminate ALL fried foods · Eat baked or grilled meats such as chicken, fish, steak or turkey (4 oz. to 6 oz.) · Eat as many green and leafy vegetables as possible · Eat only wheat carbohydrates whenever possible · Make water your best friend (drink at least 10 servi·ngs of an 8 oz. glass daily) · Commit to proper rest (6 – 8 hours of sleep each daily) If you follow this plan and are consistent, you will see a great change in in your spiritual and physical health.

You are invited to experience with us, the move of God!

***Please consult your physician before starting any diet or exercise plan.

Joseph Bethea can be reached at JoeB2muscle@yahoo.com

Sunday Worship 1:00 PM


- Keischa Harris Through the course of just about every day, we seem to be reminded of how we look and how we feel about our physical selves. From television commercials, hocking fat reduction pills, to the latest workout gadget that promises to give us the perfect physique in no time; we are constantly reminded of the importance of getting fit. Living a healthy lifestyle has even crept into political debates about health care insurance and who’s going to pay for what when it comes to medical expenses. Some insurance companies want to decline health coverage for pre-existing conditions and some em- ployers give discounts and even pay for gym memberships to help employees minimize the risk of disease such as obesity and diabetes. The focus on health is not a fad, but rather a necessity with the message becoming louder and more prevalent. NOW is the time to make a personal commitment to honor and maintain our bodies. One person that can attest to this fact is Joseph Bethea, a dedicated personal trainer who is passionate about health both naturally and spiritually. He not only believes in the well-being of the “total man”, but has made it a part of his daily lifestyle. Bethea is serious about his body and has the chiseled physique to prove it. But wait, there’s more to Bethea than muscles. He’s also an anointed musician faithful to his church and has such an open love affair with God that if you looked up “total man” in the dictionary it would not be far- fetched to imagine his face. He’s on a mission to educate the masses about the importance of honoring our bodies as our temples and uses the Word of God to back him up. During the course of our recent conversation, Bethea was not short on scripture which serves as the focal point of his passion for fitness. When posed with the question as to why so many in the body of Christ find it hard to maintain their physical bodies, his calm demeanor was over-shadowed by the boldness of his response when he began to confidently declare Hebrews 12:11-13 --11 No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace• for those who have been trained by it.12 Therefore, strengthen your feeble arms and weak knees. 13 Make level paths for your feet so that the lame may not be disabled, but rather healed”. Personal training is not just a job for Bethea, but a part of his ministry. He is convinced that everything we need is in the word of God and that spiritual health and physical health cannot be separated. He admits that it’s frustrating for him to witness many Christians pray-

ing for healing without taking a proactive role through proper diet and regular exercise. As a personal trainer he has amassed a wealth of knowledge in the area of physiology and nutrition and is eager to share what he’s learned with anyone willing to listen. As with most of us, he’s experienced the loss of loved ones that have succumbed to diseases which may have possibly been prevented. He acknowledges that many people simply are unaware of the dangers of poor diet and lack of exercise which is why he remains committed to helping and educating as many people as he can. Bethea does not believe that Christians in particular should rely solely on pharmaceutical drugs and repetitive prayer requests to heal their bodies. On the contrary, he challenges people to use what God has freely given to all of us; His word, wisdom and ability to be disciplined. His witty personality often has him telling people that he’d rather take a trip to the local grocery store to buy healthy foods as opposed to visiting the doctor to get a prescription. He promotes a lifestyle that incorporates both worship and fitness. When describing one of his personal regiments he mentioned how he enjoys jogging and listening to music on his iPod while spending quality time with God. Bethea’s method of setting time aside to worship and workout makes the concept sound very appealing. The question is whether those that are already committed to nourishing their spirit man will begin incorporate fitness as a part of their worship and lifestyle. If you are amongst many that find themselves bombarded with toxic thoughts like “I’m too old” or “I’m too fat” to start exercising and eating right, Bethea will hit you with Philippians 4:13: “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” He leaves us without excuse. For those that look at Bethea and think that fitness is easy for him because he’s a young and strong 26 year old lad, are simply mistaken. Few people know that he has dedicated the last 10 years of his life to being physically fit. However, for him it’s not just the physical part, but it’s his personal relationship with God that reigns supreme in his life. He does not separate the physical and spiritual, but rather combines the two.

In Whose Interest…

Modern Day Usury

"Who goeth a borrowing, goeth a sorrowing" -- Benjamin Franklin.

Banks. When large amounts of money are borrowed and utilized within society there is the illusion of prosperity that appears. So, when "credit" is loaned out to borrowers, more wealth circulates within society giving the outward appearance of abundance. Of course when it comes to paying that money back, there is the question of usury or interest. As "credit" is borrowed interest accumulates at ever-increasing rates. When you do the math on interest rates it becomes apparently clear that the amount paid to the banks over the life of the loan puts the borrower at a disadvantage. The institution of usury siphons wealth from the borrower and transfers it to the Banks. We lose the ability to accumulate wealth due to wide spread usury!

- Hallelujah Jones The Bible firmly addresses the act of usury throughout several chapters in the Old and New Testament. Exodus 22:25 forbad oppressing one’s neighbor with usury. Deuteronomy 23:20-21 states you could not charge your brother usury. Ezekiel 18:7-8; 13 makes it clear that the righteous do not lend at usury; and those usurers “shall not live.” Leviticus 25:35-36 declares if your brother is poor do not charge him usury. Psalms charged the godly to aid their neighbors, not lending to them at interest. The strongest denunciation of loans at interest came from Christ in Luke 6:35, where He says “Lend, hoping for nothing in return.” Knowing that God’s word is the same today, tomorrow, and always and that the scriptures above provide a true and correct interpretation of the word of God. I then turned to the Lord in prayer to provide some direction on how to function in this world and avoid the traps of modern day usury. Modern day usury has taken the form of credit which creates a formula for bondage debt with compound interest. Like many Christians, I too struggle to untangle myself from a web of debt. I pray and declare to be debt free. I utilize “pay down your debt strategies” that encourages individuals pay more than the minimum monthly balance in order to pay-off debt faster. I ride this same roller coaster every month with one lofty goal in mind – to become completely debt free. The reality is that is it almost impossible to live in the modern world debt free, our financial system thrives on consumer debt. Our homes, cars, student loans, and credit cards all make credit available to us at a price. In our modern system of banking, the main method by which “new money” is circulated is when it is borrowed from the

Take for instance that when an applicant applies to borrow X amount of dollars from a Bank The Banker issues the applicant the principal (the amount borrowed) which is created on credit. The Banker lends the applicant nothing tangible (i.e. gold, silver, paper or ink) on credit, they lend the applicant intangible CREDIT on credit! Here is the problem of the limited supply of money circumvented. The Bankers are lending nothing which means they can go on lending forever. Yes indeed, this is highly profitable business enterprise. As we witnessed with the financial crash in 2008, the inevitable outcome of this system is the diminishment of money in circulation, to the point where a depression is imminent. Money increasingly disappears into the Bank coffers, leaving less and less in circulation. Debtors struggle against each other, competing for new loans which will mean more "created" money and more interest. The banks accrue vast sums of real money. The Bank will also accumulate all types of property assets, snatched from bankrupt homeowners, farmers, and businesses. The Bank produces nothing of value but gains a death grip over the land and labor of future generations. As borrowers we have become the servants of the lenders (Proverb 22:7). We have placed ourselves on the economic treadmill of debt. The Prophet Isaiah spoke of times such as these in Isaiah 24:2-4. Beloved, I encourage you to bind the hand of the “devour” by freeing yourself from this evil principle. Every Sunday I declare and decree to be “debt free”, it is not only my birth right and it is my duty as a Christian.


Our Holy Convocation 2012 is summed up in one word, “Release!” The power of the Holy Spirit was released among each speaker that brought forth the Word of God, every song the praise team & choir sang, down to the notes and beats that the musicians played. The following is a recap of what took place over the four days we assembled ourselves together. Beginning on Wednesday, members of CKMI and guests came ready to receive. That night was the spark that ignited the fire that blazed throughout each day. The speaker for that night was Associate Bishop, Pastor Calvin Singleton, Sr. His message entitled, “Prayer Is Not An Option” had every listening ear inclined and every opened heart humbled before The Lord. After that exuberant experience, the saints came expecting greater on the next night. Let’s just call this night, “Thirsting Thursday”. That is how the people of God entered in, thirsting for more. Pastor Azizah Morrison was the anointed speaker. She delivered a powerful Word, “I Am”. As children of God, we must declare and decree who we are in Christ. If you are sick, “I AM HEALED”; poor, “I AM RICH”; bound, “I AM DELIVERED”. We left the sanctuary with confidence knowing who we are in Christ. Bishop Timothy J. Clarke took the baton and came to us on Friday with a profound Word. His subject was “Don’t Be Discouraged by What You Don’t See”. He gave some much needed encouragement as faith pierced through our souls to trust God, in spite of the situations we are facing. Can you say, “Sunday!” None other than our Prelate, Bishop Charles W. Harris, Jr. took the position of the anchor in this race. Our hearts and souls burst and overflowed with joy and praise as he preached, “New Wine for a New Season”. The saints received hope and new direction to continue to move forward in 2012. It has been over three months and 2012 is coming to an end. However, you still hear talk and excitement about this year’s convocation. Com- ments in the air like, “This year was the best convocation yet,” and, “I can’t wait to next year’s convocation!” CKMI’s 2012 Holy Convocation was like none other. The mission and goal was accomplished and the people of God left with more strength, power, anointing and motivation to continue this Christian race. We await 2013’s Holy Convocation with an


Nowfall 2012