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Power For Today A magazine of understanding for our times The Battle Belongs To The Lord By Apostle Dr. Lee Ann B. Marino..............................Page 3 Why Do You Call Yourself An Apostle?......................Page 5 Watch On The World......................................................Page 9 Going Full Circle...Welcoming The New! By Evangelist CeCe Stewart........................................Page 11 Steps To Recovery, Part 3 By Apostle Dr. Rebecca Michael.............................Page 13 Changing Times By Nina B. Marino..........................................................Page 14 History Makers: Presenting Great Women In History.........................................................................................Page 15 Radio And Internet Television Log.........................Page 19

Yours is the battle, and from You is power, and it is not ours... -The War with the Sons of Light with the Sons of Darkness

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July 2010

Power For Today A magazine of understanding for our times July 2010 Vol. 9, No. 7

COVER ARTICLE The Battle Belongs To The Lord —Page 3

SCRIPTURE STUDY Thy Word Is A Lamp: Studies In The Book Of Psalms —Page 7


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Steps To Recovery

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Encouragement For The Journey —Page 17

POINT OF VIEWS Ask The Apostle

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Changing Times

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History Makers

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Wellness And The Word

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Watch On The World

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DEPARTMENTS Apostle Dr. Lee Ann’s Schedule

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Catalog Spotlight

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Radio and Internet Television Log —Page 18 —Page 19

JUST FOR FUN Who Said...Challenge Light For The Path You’re On

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Neither shall they say, Lo, here! or Lo, there! For behold, the Kingdom of God is within you! —Luke 17:21

BIBLE TRANSLATION KEY: Unless otherwise noted, all Scripture quotations are from the King James Version of the Holy Bible, Public Domain. Passages marked NIV are from the New International Version of the Holy Bible; passages marked TLB are from The Living Bible; passages marked ASV are from the American Standard Version; passages marked AMP are from the Amplified Bible, passages marked MOD are from the Holy Bible in Modern English, passages marked RSV are from the Revised Standard Version, passages marked TEV are from Today’s English Version, passages marked ESV are from the English Standard Version of the Holy Bible, passages marked NASB are from the New American Standard Bible, passages marked CJB are from The Complete Jewish Bible, and passages marked TOB (Apocrypha) are from The Other Bible.

Apostle Dr. Lee Ann B. Marino, Ph.D., D.D.

Cover Article

The Battle Belongs To The Lord

about “spiritual warfare” as Christians, particularly in the context of the times we are living in. Living in the end times poses unique challenges to this age. These last days are filled with evil bombardments all around, just as 2 Timothy 3:2-5 said they would: “People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God - having a form of godliness but denying its power.” (NIV) These times are as near to us as the morning newspaper or visit to the latest internet news site. This means being a true bloodbought Christian everyday requires a special preparation as we engage in war against the forces of evil. The spiritual realm for battle is stronger, fiercer, and more vengeful than ever before. It also most importantly leans we must know spiritual warfare, the true enemies we fight, and we must know Who the battle belongs to and Who we are fighting for.

The order of battle An age of battle One day I was innocently doing the work of ministry. I was minding my business, causing no one harm. Then all of a sudden, the apostle I’d been under announced she was no longer covering me after she’d behaved strangely for weeks. I was told I would not be speaking at a conference because the host wanted to take money from our work as part of the event. Someone I had called several months earlier - and never returned my phone call - called me out of the blue and turned the conversation around as if I was the one who had done something to him. Mail got lost, my dog started acting up, and I experienced battle in my home. It was as if the whole host of hell decided it was time to pay me a visit. All this came right after I decided it was time to take some positive steps forward in my ministry. I took a step forward, and the enemy sought to make me go five or six steps backward. I stepped out in faith, and in an attempt to cause massive discouragement, the enemy brought forth his best attack.

There was a time when this sudden splurge of warfare would have caused me great discouragement. This time I did not experience that discouragement. What I did experience was an intense sense of pressing in and being serious in the work of the Lord. It was a confirmation, rather than a diversion. My personal story of warfare is not uncommon today. I’m hearing of a regular increase of people who report intense spiritual battle and warfare. In a recent week, I received no less than six different prayer requests and testimonies from people battling with spiritual forces. People who are familiar with spiritual warfare recognize an increase in tumult and struggle with the forces of darkness. People who are not so familiar with spiritual battle are more confused about the disturbing circumstances that seem to rise up and attempt to conquer areas of their lives. The popular worship song, “The Battle Belongs to the Lord” could rightly be called the Christian’s battle anthem. It epitomizes the strength, focus, character, and spiritual power we need to fight evil everyday of our lives. We hear a lot

The War of the Sons of Light With the Sons of Darkness is an epic drama describing the great battle between light and dark, or good and evil forces. Found in the original writings of the Dead Sea Scrolls, this book describes the different orders in which the troops would assemble for battle and what purposes each group would serve to the battle. While the book is too long to post in its entirety, I encourage all of you to read it in order to understand a few essential things about spiritual battle, the purpose, and priorities we must have. Too often spiritual warfare is spoken of as a haphazard grouping of events that are simultaneously thrown into spiritual prayer. Spiritual warfare is ordered and disciplined, as is every aspect of the Christian life. Just as natural battle takes strategy and skill, so does spiritual battle. We can’t attack an enemy without knowing Who we fight for, how we fight, and who that enemy is. The War of the Sons of Light With the Sons of Darkness reminds us, “Yours is the battle, and from You is Power, and it is not ours; nor has our strength or the (Continued on page 4)

The Battle Belongs To The Lord (Continued from page 3) might of our hands done valiantly, but it is by Your strength and by the Power of Your great might; as you made known to us of old...” (TOB) Many Christians falter in spiritual battle due to disordered unpreparedness. They forget to Whom the battle belongs and whereby we acquire strength for the battle. Recognizing God as the central aspect to battle - and knowing His precepts for divine order - are the first steps to establishing powerful battle strategies. Living in disobedience to the Father and His precepts opens one up to spiritual defeat. Christians also need to realize we are not to fight God’s battle for our own personal ego gain, glory, or to bring something unto ourselves that is not of God. As we grow in spiritual battle, we find the fight is against the impressions of the flesh, and therefore, growing in battle means we become less impressionable to the wrong desires and more powerful in the things of God. As we submit ourselves to our heavenly Father, we learn more and more how to become a victorious Kingdom warrior.

Who are we fighting? Knowing the battle belongs to God is just the beginning of effective warfare. Who are we fighting? Do we merely fight against annoying people, personality conflicts, or little irritants? Ephesians 6:12 helps us to identify the true enemy: “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” (NIV) We don’t merely fight people, but the evil they support, enable, channel, or cooperate with through their choices, words, and actions. Everything is greater than ourselves and we all represent a principle greater than ourselves. It is our choice whether those principles are of God or Satan. Whether we are fighting for light or darkness shows in our choices and

having been said, we recognize every choice we make is a form of warfare right along with prayer, worship, intercession, spiritual preparation, casting out devils and demons, and showing genuine love for God and others. Everything we do is either a mark for right or wrong. We do not act alone, nor do we make our choices alone. Even though we do all we do by free will, we agree with light or dark, and we choose to either agree with the Lord and Master of the universe or the lord and master of this age. Which side we agree with determines where we choose to place or will and the victory we either will or will not have in our lives.

How do we prepare for battle? If we know Who the battle is for and recognize we must choose our side, how do we then prepare for battle? God’s Word gives us the answer. Ephesians 6:10-11 and 13 tell us, “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power. Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes...Therefore put on the full armor of God so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.” (NIV) We must be strong in the Lord’s strength, His power, and put on the full armor of God. The first key to preparing for battle, therefore, is making sure we leave no part of us exposed. Areas of weakness and parts of us in need of healing become grounds for Satan to target us in battle. If we make a point to put on the full armor of God, no part of us will be left exposed. Then we will be prepared for anything the enemies of God may throw at us! I know whenever I hear the word “armor” I immediately think of the knights of old who rode on horseback and wore complete metal suits in order to protect their bodies from primitive warfare devices. From their heads to their toes they were completely covered and protected against spears, swords, and primitive explosives. Then, in addition to these

Recognizing God as the central aspect to battle - and knowing His precepts for divine order - are the first steps to establishing powerful battle strategies.

protective items worn on the body, they also carried defense items, such as swords and spears. It is no accident that the armor of God discussed in Ephesians 6 uses the same type of thorough completeness in its description of God’s armor available to every Christian. We must be completely prepared and covered for our defenses and offenses in spiritual battle. It also tells us that we must put on the armor of God. In other words, we must prepare ourselves. Preparing ourselves with spiritual armor is our job. The armor of God does not just jump on us and do the work for us. We must make the effort to be prepared.

The armor for warfare Ephesians 6:14-17 states: “Stand firm, then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the Gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.” (NIV) Notice the armor of God covers us defensively. It gives us the opportunity to stand firm and ready. The backside of a soldier is not covered for spiritual battle because we address the battle head-on. There is no call and no room to turn and flee. God calls us to address spiritual battle head-on. We cannot be cowards, fearful of what lies ahead. The belt of truth holds us up as our foundation to stand. The breastplate of righteousness covers the heart and the inwardness of life, proving righteousness is an awesome protection of the character and inwardness of man. The shoes of peace carry us in peace as a firm foundation. We are able to stand in truth as we are protected by righteousness. This gives us the opportunity to walk in complete peace, not fettered or worried about worldly cares. The helmet of salvation protects our minds and thoughts. As Christians, we are called to put on the mind of Christ (1 Corinthians 2:16). In so doing, we transform our thoughts, our understanding, and the way we look at things, and the way we reason situations to examine and focus more deeply on the spiritual things of God. The helmet (Continued on page 16)

Why do you call yourself an apostle? Why don’t you just do the work of an apostle and let it go at that? Throughout the Old and New Testaments, the people of God who walked in godly offices were identified by their ministry. Whether apostle, prophet, evangelist, pastor, or teacher, Bible ministers were identified with their ministry office. This served a two-fold purpose. The first was to establish the individual as called of God. In ancient times, people were intimately associated with their teachers and the schools of thought that came from their teachers. It was not uncommon for people to receive a certain rite into the school of thought associated with their teacher to show forth solidarity. This is where the controversy over whose name Christians should be baptized in rose up in the first century. Some were baptizing in Apollos, some in other names identifying their Christian teachers. To be identified with God’s offices was to identify the individual with God’s call and His divine instruction. The second reason comes from the ministry identity factor. An individual could be identified in their service for the Lord by the very office they held in His service. Even in Biblical times there was the rise of competitive and false ministries where individuals held titles they attributed to themselves. They used legitimate-sounding terms to make themselves sound like legitimate purveyors of truth. In actuality, such individuals were just trying to capitalize on an anointing and authority that was not theirs to have. Their intention? Destroy the church and lead people away from truth. Those legitimate ministries within the church were well aware of false ministers. They acknowledged the issue, warning God’s people. They taught on signs of a false ministry and educated in the truth of true doctrine. Even with the rise of false ministries, true ministers of God kept going. They did not stop calling themselves what God had called them or denied the ministry they operated - whether apostle, prophet, evangelist, pastor, or teacher. They did not continue to do God’s work, but disassociate with the office because false offices arose. In a stand of warfare, they stood strong and continued to be who they were called to be in Christ. It is a false humility to think we can do

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the work of the five-fold ministry without identifying ourselves with our office. If we are called to a certain ministry by God, it is most appropriate we stand in that ministry as we are duly called. To compromise that call is to compromise the Word of God upon our lives. Many think it is showy and offensive to refer to oneself as an apostle or prophet; yet no one thinks twice of a pastor referring to themselves as such, whether or not they are called to pastor. People can refer to themselves by non-Biblical religious terms such as bishop (added to the King James Version in spots in place of pastor or elder to validate the Anglican Communion) or father, and no one thinks about that, either. Yet many find “apostle” or “prophet” offensive. This does not make sense and establishes certain offices as humble and others as haughty. This is not God’s way! In the Bible, all of God’s apostles and prophets identified themselves as such. There was no shame in being called to apostolic ministry. None of them found it necessary do to apostolic work, but call it something else or nothing at all. They all met the criteria God established for being part of the five-fold ministry (which still applies today). They continued doing what God called them to do all along in the face of bitter competition and opposition. That is the same duty we have today. As five-fold ministers, we cannot stop calling ourselves what God has called us to

make other people happy. We can’t compromise on the things of God! If it means we are set apart from others, that is the price we must pay to serve in the ministry of our Heavenly Father. People can’t discern a true ministry from a false ministry if there are no true ministries available to see, grow, and develop! It took me many years to be comfortable with God’s call on my life as an apostle. For many years I tried to use different titles and even ascribed to the belief I should just do work without “titles.” I have walked my own battle with this concept and come out on the other side with a stronger understanding, not just of my identity in this world, but who I am called to be in Christ and what I am to do for Him. Even now I still battle with those who try to compromise, add, or dilute God’s ministry. It is not an easy journey to be a five-fold minister, and that is why we do not take lightly the call of God upon us. Being an apostle, prophet, evangelist, pastor, or teacher is not something to mock, insult, or alter. It is no place to mislead or misunderstand God’s calling. The association of one with their ministry calling is a serious pursuit of the things of God with understanding and grace. Above all things, it is probably most relevant we do not become consumed by the concepts of titles. “Apostle” isn’t my title, it’s my office. When anyone refers to me as apostle, including myself, it is a recognition of the office I walk in within the Kingdom. It is a reminder of the journey to this point and both the call and experiences of God within my life. It doesn’t entitle me to special privileges or to mistreat people. It’s not an exploitation of God’s ministry or godly things; rather, it is an upholding of the ministry. It is a celebration, a joy, and a continual reminder of the apostle’s call to proclaim Christ, as we have died to ourselves and operate a life in the Spirit. Far from being a title used out of conceit, the very reference to myself and other true apostles is an extremely humbling reminder of a ministry lived totally in Jesus Christ. I agree the five-fold ministry offices should not be used as titles. Abandoning their usage all together, however, is equally misguided because it is the denial of the fivefold ministry in those God calls. (Do you have a question you want to ask Apostle Dr. Lee Ann? Send it to us at

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Name each person who said the following quotes. 1. “My heart rejoices in the LORD; in the LORD my horn is lifted high. My mouth boasts over my enemies, for I delight in Your deliverance.” _________________________ 2. “Please test your servants for ten days: Give us nothing but vegetables to eat and water to drink. Then compare our appearance with that of the young men who eat the royal food, and treat your servants in accordance with what you see.” _________________________ 3. “Lord, I do not deserve to have you come under my roof. But just say the word, and my servant will be healed. For I myself am a man under authority, with soldiers under me. I tell this one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and that one, ‘Come,’ and he comes. I say to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.” _________________________ 4. “Rulers and elders of the people! If we are being called to account today for an act of kindness shown to a cripple and are asked how he was healed, then know this, you and all the people of Israel: It is by the Name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified but whom God raised from the dead, that this man stands before you healed.” _________________________ 5. “To him who overcomes and does my will to the end, I will give authority over the nations— ‘He will rule them with an iron scepter; he will dash them to pieces like pottery’— just as I have received authority from My Father.” _________________________ 6. “It is not lawful for you to have your brother’s wife.” _________________________ 7. “O Sovereign LORD, what can you give me since I remain childless and the one who will inherit my estate is Eliezer of Damascus? You have given me no children; so a servant in my household will be my heir.” _________________________ 8. “In You, O LORD, I have taken refuge; let me never be put to shame; deliver me in Your righteousness.” _________________________

Thy Word Is A Lamp Studies in the book of Psalms Psalm 18: Keeping The Ways Of God, Part 7 (Verses 34-36) Many find reference to God as a vengeful or warring God contradictory with the verses that uphold God as a God of peace. There is, in reality, no contradiction to the two. God is indeed a peaceloving God, One Who upholds peace and order, grace and truth. God is also defensive of grace and truth, and the misuse of holy things. God is no stranger to spiritual battle and recognizing the truth about the need to take a defensive position when spiritual warfare becomes an issue. It is God Himself Who prepares us for spiritual battle. We learn in Ephesians 6 how He has thoroughly equipped us for a defensive fight. He provides us, by our faith and obedience to Him, everything we need to be successful in spiritual warfare. The people of God are not called to be weak or turn and run. We aren’t prepared with a backside armor, only one to head into the battle, fully prepared. God does not teach us to be weak. He primes and makes us ready for every battle, strong and ready for what comes. Modern doctrines teaching Christians to act in weakness distract from true meekness and humility. We recognize God gives us power for the battle, and it does not come from us ourselves. By His strength, we overcome every enemy. We are able to be victorious in any battle, even if it seems as though we’ve lost. God makes us able by His Spirit and power! (Verse 34) What does it mean that God has given a shield of salvation? There is the immediate sense of understanding present in this passage. God gives His protection to His warriors, sharp and able in all things. We will survive this fight! We are saved from destruction in our fight. At the same time, there is also a transcendent understanding present in this passage. The shield of salvation comes as a result of the shield of faith. We

have eternal salvation and are victorious over the eternal battle of death and sin through Jesus Christ. The right hand, the sign of power, is where Jesus is seated in heaven, next to His heavenly Father. As the source of power, Jesus holds us up in battle. We recognize every struggle is made complete in Christ and in the saving power of eternal salvation. The gentleness of God makes us great because of God’s patient love stemming from it. God does not force us into salvation, nor does He force us to fight in the battle. He is not harsh, and yet He commands attention and discipline from those who follow Him. We know He is our Master, not because He is mean, but because He is just. We too must become models of this gentleness. It is no accident gentleness is listed as a fruit of the Spirit in Galatians 6. Too often believers are critical, harsh, intimidating taskmasters who seek to make everyone model their man-made set of rules versus God’s true and abiding Spirit. As we grow in our spiritual understanding we will become great imitators of God’s gentle and loving Spirit, operating not in force, but in a true grace of love and compassion. (Verse 35) When we don’t think we can make it, God makes us able. Where it seems narrow, God makes it wide enough. Where it seems slippery, God makes it solid. There is nothing in the natural we need to fear, for God makes every way possible in His divine grace and love. (Verse 36)

Scripture Trivia DID YOU KNOW... - The King James Version of the Bible has 1,704 references to gemstones and minerals under 124 Greek and Hebrew names - Some of the references to gemstones in the Bible are obsolete, and no one knows exactly what they refer to - The correctness to certain terms of gemstones in the Bible has been verified by modern scholars and gemologists - One of the first ancient gemstones to find its way across trade routes was amber - Iron appeared in the seaports of Canaan around 1200 BC - Gold has at least six different names in the Hebrew language - The term “diamond” comes from two Hebrew terms, those meaning “that which cannot be broken” and “unconquerable” - The Dead Sea Scrolls, discovered in 1948 and the second set discovered in 1952, contained a scroll written on copper, beaten paper thin, with ancient characters written on it; it was unable to be unrolled due to its oxidation. - Bronze was in use among ancient man even before copper - Asphalt was used by Bible people to keep objects together, including in the process of building

Wellness And The Word Contributed this month by Nina B. Marino, RN, LNC and Apostle Dr. Lee Ann B. Marino, Ph.D., D.D.

1/2 cup quick cooking barley

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon black pepper

1 (8-ounce) frozen sugar snap peas, defrosted

1/4 chopped fresh parsley

1 teaspoon grated lemon peel

Heat large nonstick skillet over medium heat until hot. Add ground beef, mushrooms, onion, carrot and garlic; cook 8 to 10 minutes, breaking into 3/4-inch crumbles and stirring occasionally. Pour off drippings. Stir in broth, barley, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil; reduce heat to mediumlow. Cover tightly and simmer 10 minutes. Add peas; continue cooking 2 to 5 minutes or until barley is tender. Stir in parsley and lemon peel.

Lemons...No need for a sour face! The origin of the lemon is still a mystery. It is widely presumed to have originated in India, Northern Burma, and China. In Southeast Asia, it is known for its antiseptic properties. It is used as an anecdote for various poisons. The lemon came to Europe in about the first century AD. They were not widely cultivated at that time. At a later time, they were introduced to Persia, then Iraq and Egypt, around 700 AD. The first recorded lemon in literature was in the tenth century Arabic treatise on farming. It was also used as an ornamental plant in early Islamic gardens. Between 1000 AD and 1150 AD, it was distributed throughout the Arab word and the Mediterranean. The genetic origin of the lemon is thought to be a hybrid between sour orange and citron. The first real lemon cultivation in Europe was in Genoa, Italy in the fifteenth century. It came to America in 1493 when Christopher Columbus brought lemon seeds on his voyages. The Spanish helped spread lemon seeds across the New World. It was mainly used as an ornament and in medicine. It wasn’t until the late 1800s that lemons were planted in Florida and California and were used for cooking and flavoring. Every lemon contains approximately 3 tablespoons of juice. If left at room temperature before squeezing, the juice is easier to extract. Lemons contain unique flavinoid compounds that have antioxidant and anti-cancer properties. These flavinoids have been shown to stop cell division in many cancer cell kinds. They

also have antibiotic effects. Lemons are a rich source of Vitamin C, Vitamin B, riboflavin, calcium, phosphorous, magnesium, and proteins and carbohydrates. It is generally consumed in the form of lemon juice or lemon water. It is good for the stomach, aids in digestion, excellent for skin care as a natural antiseptic; aids in dental care; helps with throat infections, is good for weight loss; controls high blood pressure due to its potassium content; aids in respiratory disorders; is good for treating rheumatism; reduces fever; and works as a blood purifier. Its aromatic oils add much flavor to many foods. Lemon juice is not just for making lemonade! Try some on your salads. Use it in your cooking and with many varieties of fruits and vegetables. Pucker up! Have a lemon! (Nina B. Marino, RN, LNC)

Lemon recipes Lemony beef and barley with sugar snap peas Recipe courtesy Ingredients •

1 pound lean ground beef

1/2 pound mushrooms, sliced

1 medium onion, chopped

1 large carrot, thinly sliced

1 clove garlic, crushed

1 14-ounce can, ready-to-serve beef broth

Philadelphia 3-step lemon cheesecake bars Recipe courtesy Ingredients •

1 1/2 cups soft coconut macaroon cookie crumbs

2 tablespoons margarine, melted

2 (8 ounce) packages PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese, softened

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 teaspoon grated lemon zest

1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

1/2 tablespoon vanilla extract

2 eggs

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Mix crumbs and margarine. Press firmly onto bottom of greased 8-inch square baking pan. Beat cream cheese, sugar, lemon zest, lemon juice and vanilla in large bowl with electric mixer on medium speed until well blended. Add eggs, one at a time, beating just until blended after each addition. Pour over crust. Bake 20 to 25 min. or until center is almost set. Cool. Refrigerate at least 3 hours or overnight. Cut into bars to serve. Store leftover bars in refrigerator.

Watch On The World Examining current social, political, and religious events

“Touchdown Jesus” destroyed by lightning Hundreds of sightseers drawn to the remains of a six-story-tall statue of Jesus Christ that was struck by lightning and erupted into flames stopped Tuesday to snap pictures or gaze at the ruined structure. The “King of Kings” statue, one of southwest Ohio’s most familiar landmarks, had stood since 2004 at the evangelical Solid Rock Church along Interstate 75 in Monroe, just north of Cincinnati. The lightning strike set the statue ablaze around 11:15 p.m. Monday, June 14, Monroe police dispatchers said. The sculpture, about 62 feet tall and 40 feet wide at the base, showed Jesus from the torso up and was nicknamed Touchdown Jesus because of the way the arms were raised, similar to a referee signaling a touchdown. It was made of plastic foam and fiberglass over a steel frame, which is all that remained Tuesday. Church officials said they didn’t know exactly what prompted the nickname commonly used by people in the area. The nickname is the same used for a famous mural of the resurrected Jesus that overlooks the Notre Dame football stadium. The fire spread from the statue to an adjacent amphitheater but was confined to the attic area, and no one was injured, police Chief Mark Neu said. Estimated damage from the fire was set at $700,000 — $300,000 for the statue and $400,000 for the amphitheater, Fire Capt. Richard Mascarella said Tuesday. The Ohio State Highway Patrol was at the scene Tuesday to prevent traffic jams and potential accidents from motorists stopping along the highway to take photographs. Some people were scooping up pieces of

the statue’s foam from the nearby pond to take home with them, said church copastor Darlene Bishop. “This meant a lot to a lot of people,” she said. Keith Lewis, of nearby Middletown, arrived at the church around 7 a.m. Tuesday to photograph the remains for his wife. Lewis said he had viewed the statue as both an oddity and an inspiration. Cassie Browning, a church member from Dayton, said she was driving home when she saw smoke and noticed the statue was missing. “It meant so much to so many people,” Browning said. Travelers on I-75 often were startled to come upon the huge statue by the roadside, but many said America needs more symbols like it. So many people stopped at the church campus that church officials had to build a walkway to accommodate them. Bishop said the statue will be rebuilt. “It will be back, but this time we are going to try for something fireproof,” she said. The 4,000-member, nondenominational church was founded by Bishop and her husband, former horse trader Lawrence Bishop. Lawrence Bishop said in 2004 he was

trying to help people, not impress them, with the statue. He said his wife proposed the Jesus figure as a beacon of hope and salvation. - strikes_jesus_statue

Oil spill creates uncertainty for area banks Among the many serious implications of the massive BP oil spill in the Gulf Coast region is that it’s likely to prolong credit troubles at banks operating in what was already a tenuous economy. Sell-side equity analysts say it is too soon to gauge the impact from the April 20 oil spill -- the worst in U.S. history -- on the loan portfolios and overall businesses of local banks with footprints in Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi, Texas and Florida since bank management teams aren’t talking yet. But borrowers whose livelihoods are dependent on fishing, tourism, beachfront real estate and the oil and gas business seem sure to be affected. What the banks themselves are thinking probably won’t start to materialize until second-quarter reports start to appear in mid-July when management teams will be pressed for commentary on the situation on the conference calls accompanying the results. -

Going Full Circle... Welcoming The New! By Evangelist CeCe Stewart I welcomed this morning’s Sonshine with overwhelming joy in my heart! I have grown to love the northern California winters because of their mildness, however, the endless days of rain of late have given this Louisiana lady the blues {so to speak}. As I ventured into our tiny kitchen where that marvelous Light was peering through the blinds, my first glimpse of exactly how exciting it was, not only to just me, but all my plant children as well! I looked at Daniel, who, by the way, got the very first rays because he is the tallest. He seemed to be stretching his leaves even more so to acquire just what he needed most from the first light. Then there’s Michael, the majestic white fir who sits on the top of a small ladder between the cabinets. He was a gift this very year from my daughter and son in law; that I refused to dress up with lights and decorations and decided to just enjoy his ‘pureness’ and beauty ‘untainted,’ so to speak. He is positioned so that those rays hit the majority of his girth all around. Over on the far right of the cabinet is Bo, named after my granddaughter’s newest puppy “an eight month old great Dane”...just like the dog he’s named after, he’s so big and only one stalk. He’s the tallest but not the fullest so he can gather what he needs even though he is positioned such a long distance from the window. Next are my little guys, Kennie-Bennie. Twins of the same species, both in the same pot and both the same size. They spend their time on top of the refrigerator. Small, but mighty because they do not need much direct light at all, so in turn they are

the strongest. But please, don’t let them know this or there will be derision in the ranks {LOL}. I took them down as well and then opened the blinds, for I knew that the ‘dynamic duo’ needed to be positioned directly in that wonderful light for a few minutes each. Priscilla and Delilah, a pair of white oriental lilies, and quite fragrant as well. Each in their own separate pot and each as beautiful as the next. They produce the larg-

est and most beautiful blooms and many at a time. As I shook them both gently to help them shed their excess dead leaves, the Holy Spirit quickened in my spirit and spoke so softly, “Gone full circle, despise not small beginnings” ... Immediately I was given the revelation as well and that was such a blessing to my heart. Allow me to shed some light on His response. When we first moved here to California, I really despised the city life. Then one day, the LORD sent someone with a rose bush for me to plant. Well, “I could kill plastic plants!,” I told him boldly. Then I just listened to His leading and planted the then brown stick {so I thought}. Days, and weeks had gone by and I could not see any buds being formed. I waited, prayed, sought the LORD and then after twenty- one

days the first buds arrived. How beautiful they were. Not one color rose but there were three different colors all from the same bush. I had never grown anything like that in my entire life! Then the excessive heat from the fires around us and some dirty deeds from the neighbors at that time caused the buds to wither away and die. However, one day I was out on the patio tending to the remaining stalk and I noticed how green and beautiful the thorns and leaves were. I recalled how beautiful the bush looked with the tiny colored roses perched right on top of the branches. Then right here in front of me was the greenest, most smooth and beautiful stalk. Each leaf was strategically placed in the exact order on each branch. And the thorns were exactly in the position they needed to be in as well. It was as if they were guarding that mending place where the next bloom would bud. At that time the Holy Spirit quickened into my spirit, “You cannot enjoy the roses until you can embrace the thorns ... despise not small beginnings!” I knew at that point I was not going back to Louisiana and my season in California had just begun! So His message this morning as I was sun bathing my girls, “you have gone full circle ... despise not small beginnings.” I knew that my current season had ended and a new season had begun. Not that I was leaving California, but the previous season was over and a new season, adventure has begun! So I am embracing the ‘thorns’ so to speak in loving expectation of what He has in store for this next leg of the journey. I know these revelations may seem strange to some of you, however, the Holy Spirit has always spoken to me in this manner. I am blessed to share them with you all! So as I grow and learn even more in the coming season ahead I wanted to share with you some encouragement and ‘hold your hand’ so to speak so you do not hold on to (Continued on Page 15)

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God’s grace and our willingness to get help. 2. For our group purpose there is but one ultimate authority—a loving God as He expresses Himself through His Son Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit. Our leaders are but trusted servants; they do not govern. 3. The only requirement for Overcomers Outreach membership is a desire to stop addictive or compulsive behavior. 4. Each group should be autonomous except in matters affecting other groups or Overcomers Outreach as a whole.

12 Steps To Recovery, Part 3 By Apostle Dr. Rebecca Michael 10. Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong, promptly admitted it. “But how can I ever know what sins are lurking in my heart? Cleanse me from these hidden faults. And keep me from deliberate wrongs; help me to stop doing them. Only then can I be set free of guilt.” Psalm 19:12 11. Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out. “If you want better insight and discernment, and are searching for them as you would for lost money or hidden treasure, then wisdom will be given you, and knowledge of God Himself, you will soon learn the importance of reverence for the Lord and of trusting Him.” Proverbs 2:3-5

5. The primary purpose of each group is to serve as a “bridge” between traditional 12 Step groups and the church. We carry the message of Christ’s delivering power to individuals and family members both within and without the church who still suffer.

practice these principles in all our affairs. “Quietly trust yourself to Christ your Lord and if anybody asks why you believe as you do, be ready to tell him, and do it in a gentle and respectful way.” I Peter 3:15

6. An Overcomers Outreach group uses The Holy Bible along with the 12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous for its tools of recovery. Outside enterprises are prayerfully evaluated lest problems of money, property and prestige divert (**The Twelve Steps are reprinted and us from our primary purpose. adapted with Permission of Alcohol- 7. Every Overcomers Outreach group ics Anonymous World Services, Inc. ought to be fully self-supporting, dePermission to reprint and adapt the clining outside contributions. Twelve steps does not mean that AA is 8. Overcomers Outreach groups affiliated with Overcomers Outreach. should remain forever non-profesAA is a program of recovery from al- sional, but our Service Centers may coholism—use of the Twelve Steps in employ special workers. connection with programs and activities which are patterned after AA, but 9. Overcomers Outreach, as such, which address other problems, does ought never be organized, but group coordinators net-work with the Cennot imply otherwise.**) tral Service Center, seeing that the Overcomers Outreach Group Tradi- group is facilitated through adherence tions to the Freed Book’s “Meeting Format” (from http://www.overcomersout- and rotation of leadership. ) 10. Overcomers Outreach is, without

12. Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to alcoholics and to 1. Our common welfare should come first. Personal recovery depends upon

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Changing Times

By Nina B. Marino, RN, LNC

Yes, folks out there, the times they are a-changin’! The company I work for recently re-hired someone from pre-acquisition days. A someone, I am told, has a so-called “knack” for reorganization. Actually, her reorganization skills and techniques leave much to be desired. Her entire repertoire includes the “knack” to throw everything out. She is the opposite of a hoarder. She is hoarderless! She throws everything in her path in the garbage. It does not if it’s someone’s personal property or if it is actually needed. There is no regard to the disruption, the chaos, or even the danger of having tons of debris under foot. Now you must remember, what is going on is supposed to be a functioning business office. She actually thinks she is talented, gifted, and wonderful at reorganizational skills. Quite frankly, she lacks the skills, personality to deal with anyone or anything. She organizes (throws things out) as an undercover tactic to disguise the fact that she is a power and

control freak. She really has no skills and obviously never learned them growing up. So many skills part of the learning process in our modern society are no longer being taught. Years ago, people used to plan and execute all of their own personal affairs. Moms, dads, sisters, brothers, grandmas, always planned the special events in the lives of their families and friends. Today we find people paying “so-called” professionals to plan weddings, baby showers, engagement parties, anniversary parties, children’s parties, etc. Planning for holiday gifts was a pleasurable experience. Now there are groups of people out there who make careers out of parties and gift planning. Think about that. We are actually paying people real money to do things regular, ordinary people used to do with joy and love. Putting aside the love and joy for a minute, let’s look at all the learned skills that have been lost since society by the

building of this new profession. Think about all the planning an event includes. Organizational skills, planning skills, math skills, economic skills, hand-eye coordination, social skills...the list of benefits goes on and on. This does not include the bonds that are made when people get together and do something to bring joy to those they love. And what joy and pride it fills us with when we are able to see our plans come to fruition. What a loss to society as a whole. We used to pride ourselves in the above-learned skills. It taught us how to work with others, how to get along in society. It helped to build confidence in our decision-making process. I hope there are still people out there who plan their own events. Some of us just have to do it ourselves because we can’t afford to do otherwise. Don’t look at it as a detriment! Embrace the planning, re-frame the work! Think about all you are learning. Think about the joy you will be bringing to a family member or a friend. Think about the real gifts you have given to yourself and others. Real gifts - not the ones people think they have - but the ones we have been given. “God loves a cheerful giver.” Nina B. Marino, RN, LNC is the overseer of the Apostolic Fellowship International Ministries branch office in Oneonta, New York. She is also Director of the Attachment Disorder Help & Resource Network, a Registered Nurse, and Legal Nurse Consultant. To contact Nina, send an email to


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Going Full Circle... Welcoming The New! (Continued from page 10) anything that should be left behind in your present season.

History Makers Celebrating great women in history Sojourner Truth (1797-1883) Sojourner Truth was the self-given name of Isabella Baumfree. She started out her life as a slave on a Dutch farm and rose to become an abolitionist, women’s rights activist. Sojourner was born one of thirteen children to her parents, James and Elizabeth Baumfree, who lived their lives as slaves. Sojourner herself had a hard life as a slave. After being sold, she suffered repeated rape, beatings, and mistreatment under her new masters. She was later sold by this individual to yet another master, who though was more congenial toward her, had a wife who made Sojourner’s life unbearable. In 1815 Sojourner met and fell in love with a slave named Robert whose masters sought to keep them apart. He was eventually beaten and she never saw him again. In 1817 she was forced by her master to marry an older slave

named Thomas. She had five children, one who died in infancy and one who was fathered by her first love, Robert. Sojourner escaped to freedom in 1826 with her infant daughter, forced to leave the others behind due to the laws of her time. She had to fight hard and long to get them back, and worked labor and housekeeping jobs in the meantime. In 1831 Sojourner officially adopted her name, became a Methodist, and began active preaching work, preaching on abolition, pacifism, women’s rights, and religious tolerance. She spent the rest of her life in these pursuits. We learn the power of perseverance from Sojourner Truth; the importance of trust and faith; and the invincible spirit of woman. Quotable quote: “If the first woman God ever made was strong enough to turn the world upside down all alone, these women together ought to be able to turn it back, and get it right side up again!”

What ever has had you bound right now even has to be broken and gone. Whatever you are experiencing right this moment is about to end. How many of us are holding on to “stuff ” that keeps us locked down, bound up and unable to move forward? I know I was one that kept holding on to past wounds that I had been carrying from many seasons past. RELEASE and get RELIEF! Unforgiveness, hurt, anger, grief, depression, loneliness, financial woes, ought, whatever “it” might be RELEASE and get RELIEF! We have a choice to be ‘victors’ or ‘victims’. We have a choice to be ‘overcomers’ or to be ‘overcome’. Make today your resolution to be all that God wants you to be and to embrace all that He has for you in this next season! “Grow where you are planted!” Evangelist CeCe Stewart finds her greatest joy through her writing. She is Co-Evangelist and outreach minister along side her husband Evangelist Carter Stewart and A.I.O.Missions {Apostolic International Outreach Missions}. Their vision and destiny is to reach the world ,saving souls and changing hearts for Christ one soul at a time. To contact Evangelist CeCe, send an email to or

“Grow where you are planted!”

The Battle Belongs To The Lord (Continued from page 4) of salvation protects our minds and thoughts as we think and focus. It also protects our vision so we may see, our ears may hear, and our mouths may speak correctly and come at the enemy with verbal force. We also see mention of the sword of the Spirit, which we are told is the Word of God. It is no accident Hebrews 4:12 reiterates this fact: “For the Word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to the dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.” (NIV) The shield of faith is our protective outer barrier. We hold the shield in front of us, moving it to deter the darts and sneers of the enemy and his workers. As we hold it before us, the shield of faith is a visible and defensive sign that separates us from evil. This is of the utmost importance! We can never hide our faith or we will experience enemy attack. When we hide our faith, as many do in certain circumstances, we hide our most visible defense against evil. We should ALWAYS place our faith before us, in every situation that arises, as one of our most essential aspects to spiritual warfare. When we put on the full armor of God, we are fully protected. Receiving God’s full protection begins and ends with our choice. We must make the choice to put on God’s armor and the choice to stand and fight. We must make the conscious choice to remain standing and fighting, even when the battle is difficult or seems undesirable. What we must recognize is when we are fully armored, nothing of the enemy can come against us. We must remain aware, constantly vigilant to protect ourselves spiritually.

A special kind of prayer is needed! In finishing the passage from Ephesians 6, verse 18 reads: “And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.” (NIV) Prayer is our constant communication with God, and what we must do all through battle. It provides refreshment, stamina,

endurance, and spiritual sustenance. Prayer helps us to keep praising right through to the very end. Yet we are told here in Ephesians 6:18 a special kind of prayer is needed for effective warfare: prayer in the Spirit. We must pray in the Spirit, and in agreement with the Spirit of God. As we use the gift of praying in tongues and praying through other spiritual means (such as music, dance, or spoken prayer), we recognize we are always praying for whatever is in need, within ourselves and the saints of God. While it is very effective to pray in tongues for this accomplished purpose, one can pray in the Spirit no matter what language we speak. The key to prayer in the Spirit is the intent, “Not my will, but Thine be done” (Matthew 26:39, KJV) as we verbalize that will, be it in English or tongues. In battle, the key to success lies in focusing on God’s will spiritually, emotionally, and physically in our lives. Through this realization, we see what to fight and the specific strategy necessary to defeat the enemy. Prayer in the Spirit is the beginning, sustainer, and every soldier who fights in the battle belonging to the Lord for this reason: it is by prayer in the Spirit that we recognize God’s will and stay connected to it all throughout the struggle.

The requirements for spiritual battle remain the same We live in a world where we like to avoid inconvenience and difficulty. We don’t like being called out of our comfort zone and we especially dislike being called to do something such as active spiritual battle. Active battle calls us to discipline and set aside our own personal wants and unwillingness to go the extra mile for the greater glory of God. Society has changed in its habits of alertness and willingness. We rely on alarm systems, professional watch organizations, and others to perform the task of diligence so we don’t have to sacrifice personal convenience, time, and comfort. Too many Christians have followed these modern trends. We want pastors and other church leaders to stand on the watch for spiritual matters and hold them accountable for our trials and battled. Spritual battle does not work like this, and never has. The battle of God has not changed! We are constantly

called to choose sides in every action, step, and experience we take. Too many Christians side with Satan, even unknowingly, motivated by a lazy and slothful spirit. We must never forget Christians are called to be an excellent people, modeling the excellence of God in all we do. We are not called to be a mediocre group that barely gets by and barely makes any lasting imprint on the world we’re in. It is not uncommon to encounter such compromised Christians who want nothing more than to be unbothered, and ignore the choices God asks us to make. All they wind up doing is leaving themselves open to spiritual invasion from the evil one, as they fail to protect themselves with the armor of God. We only bring about the changes we desire in our spiritual lives and this world as a whole if we make the conscious commitment to fight on the Lord’s side. We can either make our choices accordingly and benefit from all God has for us as soldiers on His side of the war, or we can leave ourselves open to the point where each choice is a crisis and we turn on God. The victory is won, battle by battle, in our lives. The key is persistence and never giving up. While the requirements for spiritual battle haven’t changed, the benefits of fighting the battle have not changed, either. We are still privy to the blessings, prosperity, and wonders of life wrought in the victory of defeating the devil in spiritual battle. Let’s go toward that victory that is ours in Christ! In the words of the great old hymn, Onward, Christian Soldiers! Apostle Dr. Lee Ann B. Marino, Ph.D., D.D. is Apostle in Office for Apostolic Fellowship International Ministries. To contact Lee Ann regarding speaking engagements or conference hosting, please contact us at 1 (919) 397-9122 weekdays 9 AM-5 PM (EST) or anytime via drleeannbmarino@

12 Steps To Recovery, Part 3 (Continued from Page 12)

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Encouragement For The Journey

Thoughts to help you through!

• The beating heart of the universe is holy joy. - Martin Buber • Joy is untouched by circumstance. - Unknown • Joy is not in things; it is in us. - Richard Wagner • There are those who give with joy, and that joy is their reward. - Kahlil Gibran • Joy delights in joy. - William Shakespeare • Participate joyfully in the sorrows of this world. We cannot cure the world of sorrows, but we can choose to live in joy. Joseph Campbell • One joy shatters a hundred griefs. - Chinese Proverb

• The sun does not shine for a few trees and flowers, but for the wide world’s joy. - Henry Ward Beecher • Joy is the holy fire that keeps our purpose warm and our intelligence aglow. - Helen Keller • Joy in looking and comprehending is nature’s most beautiful gift. - Albert Einstein • Joy can be real only if people look upon their life as a service, and have a definite object in life outside themselves and their personal happiness.” - Leo Tolstoy

12. Jesus Christ is the spiritual foundation of all our traditions, ever reminding us to place principles before personalities. We claim God’s promise that His power can set us FREE! Serenity Prayer ( God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; courage to change the things I can; and wisdom to know the difference. (Although known most widely in its abbreviated form, the entire prayer reads:) Living one day at a time; Enjoying one moment at a time; Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace; Taking, as He did, this sinful world as it is, not as I would have it; Trusting that He will make all things right if I surrender to His Will; That I may be reasonably happy in this life and supremely happy with Him Forever in the next. Amen. Apostle Dr. Rebecca Michael is Apostle for Phoenix Alive Christian Ministries, Inc. in Maple Ridge, BC. She has over two decades in education, mental health, and many years experience in ministry. She is also an independent songwriter/producer, publishing blues, rock, and Gospel. To contact Apostle Dr. Rebecca, visit her website at http://PhoenixHorizons.

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