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This month,, the Praise Reporter honors Bishop Edgar Posey and the Living Faith Apostolic Church, as we highlight the 2011 Anointed Word & Clergy Unity Conference. We are excited to share this exciting and progressive ministry and its efforts to make a powerful impact in Columbus, Ohio. From a thriving church, to growing commerce center, Living Faith is a living example of the concept of kingdom citizenship. Their 2011 conference will prove to be an exciting journey into worship and the word of God as pastors, ministry leadership and those hungry for a word from the Lord will converge at the Anointed Word and Clergy Unity Conference. Browse the schedule and list of speakers as you learn about the great initiatives alive at Living Faith.

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Welcome

12th Annual Anointed Word Conference “For Ye are All One in Christ Jesus” ~ Galatians 3:28

The Lord is nothing if not accurate and timely. As I look at the theme of this year’s Anointed Word Conference, I am struck by the current state of our nation and world, and am forced to acknowledge that “unity” seems a concept more elusive than ever. The key to its acceptance; to its ever being achieved lies in the qualification “…in Christ Jesus.” Man tries, and has tried everything that he can think of to foster, promote, mimic and sometimes, discourage unity, usually with the end result being the “growth” of what he is trying to “reverse.” As unpopular as the consideration of spiritual things has become, Man is being called upon to face the truth that despite his programs, organizations, retreats and treaties, men are more “divided” from one another than ever. This leaves us with the necessary consideration that the answer to the divisions between people of other faiths, “colors,” nationalities, “classes,” religions, and yes, even those existing within the Church will be found only through the corporate seeking of Christ. I am absolutely convinced that each of our speakers has been appointed to bring his or her unique perspective to us on what it means to be “…one in Christ Jesus.” If one would be “one” with Him, he will first have to have intimate knowledge of Him. So, our aim is twofold: 1) to introduce Jesus Christ to those not acquainted with Him, and 2) to turn His “acquaintances” into “friends.” In His Service,

Bishop Edgar A. Posey

Anointed Word Conference History When one examines the characteristics of great leaders, there is usually one thing that stands out in the lives of them all: they are propelled by a singular passion. Gandhi’s was non-violent protest and resistance; Dr. King’s, of course, was the belief that all men were inherently equal and deserved to be treated equally; John the Baptist’s was Jesus; Jesus’ was the Father – and Bishop Edgar Posey’s is unity. In his vision of unity, Dr. Posey sees two needs: first, the mandate of the union of every man with Christ, and second, the necessity of our unity with each other through Christ. To that end, in 1999 the Clergy Unity Conference was begun out of obedience to the Lord. In that Dr. Posey takes the revelation of God to be precious, he believes that the truths that have been revealed to him are to be shared with all who will accept them. Originally, the first half of the conference (the Clergy Unity sessions) was designed for “clergy only”. The “Anointed Word Conference” then closed the week with services open to the laity. After several years, further instruction was received and the event became the “Anointed Word Conference,” with the entire meeting open to clergy and laity alike. Over the 12 years in which the Anointed Word Conference has been serving the people of God, presenters have included Bishop Tudor Bismark, the late Bishop Norman Wagner, Pastor Marvin Winans, Bishop Noel Jones, Bishop Iona Locke, Bishop Joseph Garlington, Dr. Mark Hanby, Pastor Jonathan Suber, Rev. Tommy Tenney, Dr. Carolyn Showell and Dr. Marvin Sapp. Musical guests have included Sarah Jordan Powell, the Rev. Daryl Coley, Jonathan Dunn, Harold Rayford and Neil Scott. Anointed Word concerts have also been held, featuring Pastor Kim Burrell, Damon Little and the Living Faith Mass Choir.

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ministry spotlight: Living Faith Apostolic Church

Living Faith Apostolic Church 1975-2010

After graduating as class valedictorian from Aenon Bible College in 1975, Elder Edgar Allen Posey was “on fire” and ready to pursue God’s ministry. For a short period, he evangelized and preached the Word wherever and whenever the door opened. In 1975, Elder Posey began seeking the Lord regarding the direction of his ministry. The Lord spoke to him and said, “I’m making you responsible for the people.” The Lord continued to reveal His will in that He wanted Elder Posey to make sure that he understood his “calling”—the calling of a shepherd. As God’s will was sought, Elder Posey was in need of a facility in which to pastor. He petitioned the Lord for a building that could be rented for $100. Look at God! A small church building, located at 2633 Mock Road (Columbus, Ohio), was available for rent. The owner was asking for exactly $100. Elder Posey continued to seek the Lord for the church name. The Lord spoke “Living Faith”—for, as according to Hebrews 10:38, “…the just shall live by faith.” On November 16, 1975, Living Faith Apostolic Church held its first service. Elder Posey, along with his wife, Sister Marguerite Posey (now deceased), Sister Virginia Rutherford (now deceased) 4

and Brother Donald Williams were the first members. God confirmed His approval of this work by filling a soul with the baptism of the Holy Spirit at the second service. In January 1978, the Midwestern states were stricken with the worst blizzard in history. On “Blizzard Sunday,” six souls were baptized in Jesus’ Name and received the gift of the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in other tongues as the Spirit gave the utterance…Acts 2:30. In 1979, the facility at 2633 Mock Road was offered for sale and Living Faith had to vacate. For eight months, Living Faith worshipped at the East Linden United Methodist Church on Denune Avenue (Columbus, Ohio). As it was God’s plan for Living Faith to be in the Mock Road area, He opened the door for the purchase of the former Village Park Methodist Church at 2181 Mock Road. The work of Living Faith was still unfolding. Although this unique ministry was not yet complete, the course of the first lady, Sister Marguerite Posey, was completed. In November 1983, the Lord saw fit to call our beloved mother and sister from labor to reward. Elder Posey was resigned to completing his course of ministry as a “man

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alone” (Genesis 2:18). However, the Lord soon warned him that remaining unmarried could be detrimental to the ministry. Sister Tracey Yvonne Smith was called “into the gap” in fulfillment of some of God’s specific promises to His servant. Sister Tracey Posey has been blessed to be given her own unique “place” in the ministry and is blessed to be the wife of a man of God who allows her to fulfill it. As the congregation continued to grow, the Mock Road location was a “packed house” on both Sunday mornings and evenings. In need of a much larger edifice, Living Faith broke ground for a new facility in November 1984. The new edifice was completed in March of 1986 and was dedicated in November of that same year. In 1987, Living Faith’s first television program was aired on ACTV-Channel (Columbus, Ohio). This was the beginning of many open doors for the media ministry. Prophecy continued to be fulfilled as the Pastor and First Lady were blessed with their first son, Ian Seth. Approximately 15 years earlier, the Lord had promised Elder Posey that He would indeed give him a son. In 1988, a second son, Joshua Allen—the “some on top of that”—was born. In 1994, they were blessed with a daughter, Erin Marguerite Michaela. In 1988, Elder Posey founded the Living Faith Bible Institute. Offering traditional Bible college courses, as well as those designed by Elder Posey, the Bible Institute would become a thriving foundation to enhance one’s spiritual growth. During this time, the Lord brought academic recognition of the Word. 1992 saw the conferral of the Doctor of Divinity from Grace Apostolic College and in 1994, the Doctor of Philosophy from Christian Bible College of North Carolina. Dr. Posey has earned even more degrees, all honoring the revelation of truth within him. Throughout the history of Living Faith, promises of ecclesiastical blessings have been made to His servant. Because of his faithfulness, elevation

has been a continual theme. The first of these promises was fulfilled in 1993, when Elder Posey was elevated to District Elder by the late Bishop Francis Smith. As Dr. Posey saw elevation, so did many aspects of the ministry. The written word began to play in integral part and within a short time the pastor was blessed to publish many books. The truth contained in these writings had been incubating in the spirit of Dr. Posey for many years and the Lord saw it was time for the knowledge and revelation to be shared. Additionally, the Lord saw fit to bless the Living Faith Mass Choir to release several recordings. The music ministry proved to be a “gateway” for national and international travel and recognition. The MiraCit Development Corporation, derived from “Miracle City” was also established during this time in response to the Lord’s directive that we “possess the land.” Through MiraCit, Dr. Posey has spearheaded a much needed change and revitalization in Columbus, Ohio’s Mock Road community and surrounding areas. As is common with God, He has continued to nurture and expand our ecclesiastical structure, as it is from this that all other ministries are born. Therefore, in 2003, a new edifice was built at 2177 Mock Road, marking the commencement of Faith Center International, the focal point of the ministry and umbrella under which all of God’s work is to be done. Realizing there is no more powerful “instrument of change” than faith, we have a vision. As Nehemiah moved to revitalize a nation, we are moving to revitalize the World. Our international outreach ministry is already a source of attraction, drawing people from all nationalities and walks of life. We are “at peace with the vision” because by faith, it is done! To follow the ministry online, visit www.lfac.org.


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Conference Schedule & Speakers

Tuesday 11/15/11 7pm Some may know him as “Bishop,” others as an astute intellectual, a columnist, prolific orator, theatrical producer, and still others as a beloved father, grandfather and loyal friend. No matter your point of reference, there are few places you will travel on this side of heaven without hearing the great name of Bishop Noel Jones. Bishop Jones was born in Spanish Town, Jamaica on January 31, 1950. One of seven children born to Bishop Robert and Marjorie Jones, Noel Jones was raised alongside a diverse array of siblings (one of whom is the famed actress and singer Grace Jones). He once mused, “If I could reconcile and keep peace among us, I can reconcile the Church through the power of God.” Add to this skill of mediation, a strict rearing under Pentecostal tenets, and the enduring of an early childhood abuse, and it should become increasingly clear why God called Bishop Jones into the ministry at the tender age of nineteen. His experiences nurtured his unique call to the ministry of reconciliation and honed his distinct ability to transcend tradition in his delivery of the gospel, through widening spiritual parameters in order to reach diverse people of manifold backgrounds, cultures, and denominations. A preeminent scholar, Bishop Jones attended St. Jago High School and went on to attain a Bachelors of Science in Theology from Aenon Bible College. At the age of twenty-six, Bishop Jones accepted continued on page 6

Wednesday 11/16/11 11:30 am & 7pm Bishop Edgar Allen Posey is the founder and pastor of Living Faith Apostolic Church in Columbus, Ohio where he has served since 1975. An ordained Bishop in the Pentecostal Assemblies of the World, Dr. Posey has been preaching the Gospel for more than two decades. In reference to his academic achievements, he completed his undergraduate studies in Religious Education at Aenon Bible College and continued his post-graduate studies at Methodist Theological Seminary in Columbus, Ohio; Grace Apostolic College, Dayton, Ohio; and Christian Bible College, Rocky Mount, North Carolina. Upon the completion of his studies, he was conferred the Doctor of Divinity, and Doctor of Philosophy degrees from Grace, and the Doctor of Philosophy from Christian Bible College. A teacher of distinction, Bishop Posey served as an instructor at Aenon and the Karl F. Smith Bible Institute for a total of thirteen years. He also served as Academic Dean and Executive Vice President for the latter. In 1988, the Living Faith Bible Institute was founded, offering traditional courses as well as those designed by Bishop Posey to enhance one’s spiritual growth. His seminars and Bible continued on page 6

Thursday 11/17/11 11:30am

Bishop Dr. Iona E. Locke was born in Pittsburgh, PA, and is one of nine siblings. At an early age, she came to know Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior, and according to Acts 2:4, she was baptized with the Holy Spirit. She began her education in the Pittsburgh School System, and later attended Harty’s Bible School. Bishop Locke was commissioned by the Lord to further her Christian training. In so doing, she continued on to complete her doctorate in Theology and Divinity Programs in July 1994. It is of greater knowledge to couple education with experience. God has afforded Bishop Locke, throughout the years, the opportunity to train under noted leaders such as: Bishop F.M. Thomas of Pittsburgh, PA, the late Bishop Robert McMurray of Los Angeles, CA and Elder John Lloyd of Bridgeport, CT. Additional training has also come from her father in the gospel, Bishop Norman L. Wagner, former Presiding Prelate of the Pentecostal Assemblies of the World, Inc., Youngstown, Ohio. Having a divine calling from God to preach to all nations, Bishop Locke has extensively traveled the length of these contiguous continued on page 6

Thursday 11/17/11 7:30pm

Dr. Marvin L. Sapp, D. Min Not a singer that happens to preach but a Preacher called by God who is gifted to sing. Singing since age four he has shared the stage with many gospel notables and his gift is celebrated across musical genres. He has enjoyed a decorated music ministry receiving Stellar Awards, Gospel Music Excellence Award, as well as Grammy, Soul Train Music and Dove Award Nominations. The title HERE I AM for gospel star Marvin Sapp’s eighth and latest album is more than a little ironic when one considers that “Never Would Have Made It” (from his 2007 release Thirsty) has been among the most ubiquitous gospel songs of the last three years - let alone all time. According to Billboard, Marvin Sapp’s new single “Best In Me” has already matched the 2008 peak of his seminal “Never Would Have Made It.” The song – which has people talking and tweeting around the globe – jumps from #78 to #14 on the Hot R& B/Hot continued on page 6

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Bishop Noel Jones cont’d his first pastorate at Bethel Temple of Longview in Longview, Texas. In June of 1994, Bishop Noel Jones was chosen to succeed the venerable Bishop Robert W. McMurray as Shepard to approximately 1,000 members of Greater Bethany Community church in (South Central) Los Angeles, California. During his tenure, the membership of the church has increased so significantly that in 2003, a new edifice was acquired in Gardena, California. The new sanctuary, now known as “The City of Refuge” accommodates a growing membership of 17,000 who jam the sanctuary five times a week to be invigorated and transformed by the uniquely powerful preaching of this awesome man of God. A columnist in the nation’s premiere gospel publication, Gospel Today Magazine, Bishop Jones is also a frequent guest on Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN) and has appeared as a panelist on both C-SPAN and NPR. He has traveled across the world, preaching, lecturing, teaching, encouraging and strengthening the faith of people across the globe from Los Angeles to New York and from London to Africa. His writings and keen insight continue to be featured in a host of publications worldwide, and he has recently published, “The Battle for the Mind,” (How You Can Understand the Thoughts of God). He has served on the Board of Directors as a resident Bishop for the California District Council 16th Episcopal District of the Pentecostal Assemblies of the World, Inc., and was honored by the Mayor of Syracuse, New York for aiding his father in the establishment of a City-wide Crusade Day: a multi-cultural, non-denominational conference encouraging the participation of all Syracuse and Central New York residents. At home, his ministry includes rehabilitative programs, flourishing ministries for the deaf, for artists, for singles, for the incarcerated, and for youth and young adults. The ministry also provides social avenues for the fellowship of the saints. One such event included a dinner: “Walking in Excellence,” an evening featuring guest speakers Cornel West, Michael Eric Dyson, and Tavis Smiley. In 1994, Bishop Jones founded Noel Jones Ministries (NJM) (formerly known as Jesus Alternative Ministries), in an effort to address religion’s inability to offer real relevance to the changing climate of the times. NJM’s primary focus is to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ through the Word via media resources. Audio and video messages offer encouragement and salvation to individuals beyond the ministries immediate reach. Some of these same messages may be seen currently on Inspiration Network during his “Fresh Oil” 6

broadcast that airs each Friday morning at 6:30 a.m. Bishop Jones continues to make an indelible mark on the world, violently reclaiming territory for the Kingdom through his philanthropy, service and social justice efforts. In 2005, Bishop Jones partnered with Urban Holdings, et. al. and launched economic empowerment seminars designed to bring together executive leaders from the business, legal and faith-based arenas. The aim of the two-day workshops is to begin unveiling “spiritual solutions to financial freedom.” These seminars will perpetuate Bishop Jones’ mission to mold his congregation, and anyone who can benefit there from, into powerful mediators in the church, in their communities, and in the world. Bishop Jones is the proud father of three children: Noel II (Cozzette ), Tifani, and Eric (Angie), and three grandchildren, Lena, Ian, and Oliver. Bishop Posey cont’d studies are provocative as he challenges believers, and unbelievers alike to assume their rightful positions as the sons of God. Thousands, indeed, have been inspired by Bishop Posey’s ministry of the “Uncompromised Word” of God. He can be seen and heard weekly on radio and television stations broadcasting around the world. Indeed, every effort is being made to spread the good news of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Bishop Posey also has ten books to his credit: The Uncompromised Word Sermon Highlights, A Verse-by-Verse Commentary on the book of Ephesians, In the Likeness of God, The Old Man is Dead, God’s Blessings – Guaranteed!, Ultimate Deception: The Destructive Pattern of Hate, The Mind of Christ, The Revelation of Salvation, Pearls of Wisdom, and Reality…What Is It? And last, but not least, he is the loving husband of Tracey Posey, and father of three: Ian, Joshua, and Erin. Bishop Locke cont’d United States, as well as Antigua, British West Indies, West Germany, London, England, the Bahamian Islands, South Africa, Ireland, Israel and Holland. The anointing to preach the gospel was recognized by the music industry through Intersound Records in 1993. In June, Bishop Locke recorded two compact disc messages released on the Intersound Label. The recordings include What Kind of Fool Are You?, and Let’s Get It On! These releases have marked Bishop Locke as the first Pentecostal preacher to have the spoken Word distributed on compact disc. Rave reviews in great demands have and continue to follow the recordings of these sermons. In 1994, after much prayer and fasting,

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Anointed Word & Clergy Unity Conference Concert

Friday Oct. 18th at 7pm Bishop Dr. Iona E. Locke heeded the call from the Lord, to the office of Pastorate. On August 17, 1994, Abyssinia Christ Centered Ministries was birthed. Her Mission Statement includes. To love our brothers and sisters, to give of ourselves, to do all to obey God, to be priestly through Godly relationship. She aims to accomplish with all diligence the wholeness of man, with these commandments and commitments to God and man. She is indeed a vessel called of God to destroy the enemy through the propagation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Bishop Iona E. Locke was consecrated as bishop on August 23rd 2000, as presiding prelate of Christ Centered Ministries. Discography - Former Vice President of International Young People’s Union of the Pentecostal Assemblies of the World; Former Assistant Pastor of Greater Bethany Community Church, Los Angeles, CA; Former Director of Ecclesiastical Affairs – Mount Calvary Pentecostal Church, Youngstown, OH; Administrative Assistant Emeritus – Perfecting Church, Detroit, MI; Board Member of E.C. Reems International Women’s Ministry, Oakland, CA; CEO – Christ Centered Ministries, Southfield, MI; and CEO – Empire Community Development Center, Southfield, MI. Pastor Sapp cont’d Songs Chart, which Billboard says is the largest position jump by a gospel track since the chart began using Nielsen SoundScan data 18 years ago and is the largest jump in four years among all genres. The mega-selling “Never Would Have Made It” held down the #1 slot at Gospel radio for almost a full year; topped the Urban AC chart (the first to do so since Yolanda Adams’ “Open My Heart”); was a top selling ringtone and ring back, and propelled Thirsty to the top of the gospel charts for 27 weeks. He has also been honored in his hometown of Grand Rapids Michigan. Recognized for his professional and philanthropic efforts, he has received the city’s highest African American honor, a Giants Award, as well as the Frederick Douglas

award from the National Association of Negro and Professional Women’s Club. Not Complacent, yet pressing towards the Mark Currently as Founder and Senior Pastor of Lighthouse Full Life Center Church at Kingdom Square, one of the fastest growing churches in Western Michigan on a nearly 18 acre campus, which is home to more than 1000 members. As a native of Grand Rapids, Michigan, Pastor Marvin is committed to his community and enjoys taking the message to the masses. He is innovative in his approach to winning the lost and edifying the believer. In his inaugural year, the ministry has initiated a Full Life approach with an emphasis of addressing the spiritual, financial, educational, physical and mental needs of the body. By no means is Pastor Marvin and the Lighthouse family resting on laurels or taking credit for the well-rounded and effective ministry approach. In fact, with humility, they acknowledge they have found the formula for a successful ministry in the word of God cultivated with a relationship with God. When he is not spreading the word of God each year at 200 or more preaching and speaking engagements, Pastor Marvin Sapp ministers at his home church in Grand Rapids, Michigan. By 2012, he hopes to have built a 1,500 seat sanctuary connecting to “FLC.” His ultimate goal: to encourage Believers to elevate their level of worship and praise. And he starts at home with three children: Marvin II, Mikaila and Madisson, in loving memory of his late wife of 18 years, Dr. MaLinda P. Sapp. He is a passionate orator and biblical teacher, who desires to be a living epistle glorifying our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ both in word and in deed. Many say his voice is instantly recognizable, characteristically raspy, ringing with power and authority as he masterfully illustrates with excellence the Word of God. Not only is his delivery exemplary, but his knowledge of the historical text brings to life the message of hope and healing.


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Sermon Highlights

Agree With The Word, And Get Results by Bishop Edgar Posey

MATTHEW 18:15-20 Moreover if thy brother shall trespass against thee, go and tell him his fault between thee and him alone: if he shall hear thee, thou hast gained thy brother. But if he will not hear thee, then take with thee one or two more, that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established. And if he shall neglect to hear them, tell it unto the church: but if he neglect to hear the church, let him be unto thee as an heathen man and a publican. Verily I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven. For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them. For awhile now, because of what the Lord has said to me, I have been emphasizing the importance of agreeing with God and whatever He says. He started with telling us that everything has already been done in the Spirit so that when we reached this point in His revelation to us, we would have no problem with agreement. We can have complete and utter confidence in trusting God because in that He speaks out of eternity (where there is no passing of time), everything that He has spoken is already available; we need want for nothing. There is a word “symphonio,” which means “to speak together.” This is exactly what God is asking of us concerning what He has taken time, effort, and care to impart to us. God’s word requires us to change who we are so that we can be who we must be in order to represent Him. Our job and responsibility is to reach others with the word of God. This is the reason that we are granted salvation, and this is the purpose of our new life in Him. If the World would have any hope, those who belong to Him must do more than just talk about Him. Our representation of Jesus Christ must also be about more than just study-

ing the Bible. You see, our study alone means nothing apart from spiritual revelation, and spiritual revelation becomes ours only if we agree with Him that what He has said and done is correct. Despite the “picture” that popular media paints for us, the various “titles” that Man holds and what becomes part of popular culture, the fact that one has a title does not grant him access to the knowledge of what is spiritual. The point of examining the passage of scripture that we are examining today is to make it clear that in order to “establish” anything as truth, two to three “witnesses” must attest to it. Now, in the case of God, scripture tells us that He “swore” on Himself, in that He could find none greater. All too often, when we are dealing with those who are either “outside of the faith” or who differ in teaching from us, we can tend to lean toward being condemnatory rather than compassionate and helpful. If we love Jesus and what He stands for, then we must also love those who need Him enough that we are willing to help them. He and we are their only hope to be saved from hell. The reaction that we have toward others is frequently a result of our need to “feel better” about ourselves. We feel this

way when we know that we have not quite “hit the mark,” but hold out hope that others are “worse” than we are. By now, we are not ignorant that the problem with this is that if one is wrong, he is wrong, period! We have often heard that “Heaven is a prepared place for a prepared people.” We must not deceive ourselves into believing that that “preparation” is possible apart from agreeing with the Word. After all, how could one ever be prepared to spend an eternity in the home of the builder of the home and be “at odds” with him? Verse 18 of our text has proven to cause confusion in its readers. However, its meaning is really quite simple once one understands that the “binding” and “loosing” referred to is done through the Word of God. Therefore, if one lives to his flesh here on earth, he will be bound to that flesh in heaven. Likewise, if that man chooses to agree with the Word of God, he will be loosed from his flesh here on earth – and therefore, will be “loosed” in heaven! Any authority that we, or anyone else has (whether here, or in heaven) comes from being loosed from the dictates of our flesh. How ironic that that which many crave is only achievable through spiritual means! Apart from impeding our winning of souls, our refusal to

agree with the Word of the Lord causes much more “mayhem” in our own lives than we would ever probably believe! You see, for years we have attempted to “blame” our inadequacies and “failure to thrive” in the Lord on everything but ourselves. But, in our attempts to “excuse” ourselves, we find ourselves “constructing” things that agree with our understanding, rather than simply giving in to God. As late as it is in the history of Man and as little time as this Earth (and we) have, now is the time for us to determine to accept what Jesus says to us, poke out our chests and live that thing! We have been “tutored” for a long time by God, specifically that we might come to. As He has raised us up in His likeness, we are to esteem Him enough; have enough gratitude to conduct ourselves before others as those “living dead” who now exist not for themselves, but rather, for the One Whom gave His life in order to restore life to us. Only through our “agreeing (that) by One Spirit we are all baptized into one Body” will we see the importance of and be willing to acknowledge what the Lord has done, recognize its importance, and dedicate ourselves wholeheartedly to it.

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What is The Xperience? It is a vision, if you will, that has come to fruition. A forum created by young people for young people; a platform to display the gifts and talents given by GOD. But this isn’t your average young peoples’ service, oh no! The whole intent and purpose is to encourage young people to be saved and desire to attain a closer, deeper relationship with GOD. The evidence of this deeper relationship then manifests itself in an opportunity to use their gifts and talents, the goal being to win souls for Christ. The privilege given has not been simply to exercise gifts, but as the young people have sought the LORD for HIS guidance in presenting their program, He, in turn, has drawn them closer to Himself. The pastor of Living Faith Apostolic Church, Bishop Edgar A. Posey, was in prayer and asked the LORD what could be done to help the young people; not only of his church, but in the community, as well. The LORD answered and the vision was passed down to his sons, Ian Seth and Joshua Allen Posey. After much planning and meeting, on Sunday, July 25, 2011, the Xperience was born. GOD has truly blessed every Xperience, with the next one being better than the last! The next dates for the Xperience are November 20th and December 18th.

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ministry Living Faith Apostolic Church 2010 Projectsspotlight: and Accomplishments… Welcome… North Central Village, a newly constructed 74-unit senior apartment complex located on the former site of a blighted trailer park. Developed in partnership with the NRP Group and funded by the Dept. of the Treasury Low Income Housing Tax Credits, the US Department of HUD, Ohio Department of Development and the City of Columbus. The project was the first Ohio project to receive the Treasury’s Tax CreditCorporation, Equity funds . Dr. Edgar Posey, Chairman MiraCit Development Inc.

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Mission Statement… MiraCit’s purpose a has holistic approach to rever theis pastto 18 bring years, there been a remarkable transformation in the friendly Mock Road community “green” neighborhood. The through the and activitiesattractive, implemented byaffordable MiraCit Development Corporation. With vitalization for deteriorating neighborhoods byprograms developing 30-unit subdivision has earned numerthe support of its many public and private-sector partners, MiraCit has taken to task the Greenand Viewhome Estates is the programs; Columbus’ first energy efficient ous awards, housing upkeep promoting neighborhood beautification seemingly impossible, by developing 300+ new and rehabilitated homes and apartments (including the including the Inspiring City’sareas first “green” Green View Estates,service and the recently completedEfficiency North Central Village IMPACT Award from the environmentally friendlypark “green” neighborhood. The andand safety; revitalizing existing andsubdivision, addressing public needs; Senior Apartments); developing an “Excellent” rated K-12 charter school, FCI Academy; and an Energy Efficiency Alliance Midwest 30-unitaccess subdivision has earnedaccredited numerous awards, including providing to educational opportunities, jobFCI,training, and childcare ser-over 125 new jobs; childcare center, Too Early Learning Academy; generating and thepublic 2009 Sustainable Homeownerdeveloping the FCI Plaza shopping center; revitalizing existing park areas and addressing service vices; strengthening economic viability through neighborhood business the and Inspiring Efficiencythe IMPACT Award from the Midwest ship Excellence Award from the Ohio needs. stimulation. Energy Efficiency Alliance andMiraCit’s the 2009 Sustainable Housing revitalization activities are directly tied to its community building goals – activism, Finance Agency. Green View volunteerism, social andOhio parentalHousing responsibility, restoration of community pride,Estates and economic has transformed an abandoned Homeownership Excellence Award from the A community not rebuilt upon “bricks and sticks”own alone, but upon the strength and Over the past 18 years, there has empowerment. been ship, haveis stable employment, former housing project into affordable, Annual Report 2010 Finance Agency. Green Viewincharacter Estates has transformed an own residents. From thosetheir participating on thebusinesses, board level to neighborhood residents and a remarkable transformation the of its and support energy efficient new homes. MiraCit’s community activists, from parents and students to members of local congregations, and parents and Mock Road community through theinto good educational and abandoned former housing project affordable, energy partners include: Mayor Michael Colesupporters ofhave youth athletic teams… everybody has a facilities part in the success of this vision, which is… programs implemented programs, and much-needed neigh- mancanand thein City of Columbus and efficientand newactivities homes. MiraCit’s partners Mayor to be a model cityinclude: within a city -free of crime, free of drugs, an area in which people take pride by MiraCit Development Corporation. borhood homeownership, have stableservices.... employment, own and support their own businesses,Sovereign have good educational Homes. Michael Coleman andmany the City of Columbus and facilities and programs, and much-needed neighborhood services.... With the support of its public Homes. andSovereign private-sector partners, MiraCit Board of Trustees FCI Plaza and Marketplace, involves of Trustees has taken to task the seeminglyBoard imDr. Edgar Posey, ChairmanStaff Members the complete renovation of a 46,000 Sharon A. Francis, Director Edgar Posey, Chairman possible, by developing 300+ newDr. and Chantal Green, Secretary sq. ft. retail strip mall providing enerBrian Hamilton, Finance Manager Chantal Green, Secretary FCI Plaza and Marketplace, involves the complete renovation rehabilitated homes and apartments Roy Lawrence, Property Maintenance Sharon Davis,Sharon Treasurer Davis, Treasurer gy-efficient, leaseable space to foster Ian Posey, Assistant Traceyproviding Posey,Tracey Ass’t. Secretary (including thesq.City’s ft. retailfirst strip“green” mall energyof a 46,000 Posey, Ass’t. Secretary neighborhood businesses and provide Gail Whalen, Ass’t. Treasurer subdivision, Green View Estates, andBlack–Fall, Gail Whalen, Ass’t. Treasurer community services; as well as the reefficient, leaseable space to foster businesses Tracee neighborhood Member the recently completed North Central Darrell Francis, Member Black–Fall, Member Tracee opening of the anchor grocery - the new and provide community services; as well as the reopening Tracy Hale, Member Village Senior Apartments); developDarrell Francis, Member FCI Marketplace (Funding provided Kier Smith,Marketplace. Member anchor grocery the new FCI Funding ingofanthe “Excellent” rated- K-12 charter Tracy Hale, Member by the US Department of Health and “Building With a Vision” school, FCI Academy; and an accredKier Smith, Member provided by the US Department of Health and Human Human Services, the Ohio Department ited childcare center, FCI, Too Early of Development and the Community Services, the Ohio Department of Development and the Learning Academy; generating over Development Finance Fund). Staff Members Development Finance 125Community new jobs; developing the FCI Plaza Fund. shopping center; revitalizing existing Sharon A. Francis, Director AutumnFest – our 17th annual compark areas and addressing public ser- Brian Hamilton, Finance Manager munity celebration held in September Roy Lawrence, Property Maintenance viceAutumnfest needs. – our 17th annual community celebration held at Mock Park. With its food, sporting Ian Posey, Assistant MiraCit’s revitalization activities are events, games, musical entertainment in September at Mock Park. With its food, sporting events, directly tied to its community building and neighborhood town meeting, the Recent Projects games, musicalvolunteerism, entertainmentsocial and neighborhood town and Accomplishgoals – activism, festival helps to nurture community ments… spirit, as andmeeting, parentalthe responsibility, restoration festival helps to nurture community spirit, as well as garner support for North activities. Central Village, a newly con- MiraCit’s ongoing activities. of well community and as garnerpride, support for economic MiraCit's ongoing empowerment. A community is not structed 74-unit senior apartment Of special note… rebuilt upon “bricks and sticks” alone, complex located on the former site of but upon the strength and character of a blighted trailer park. Developed in MiraCit received the 2010 Community its Of residents. From those participating partnership with the NRP Group and Champion Award from the Commuspecial note… on the board level to neighborhood funded by the Dept. of the Treasury nity Development Finance Fund. MiraCitand received the 2010 Community Champion IncomeAward Housing Tax Credits, the residents community activists, Low US Department of HUD, Ohio Departfrom parents and studentsDevelopment to members Finance Fund. from the Community MiraCit Development of local congregations, and parents and ment of Development and the City of supporters of youth athletic teams… Columbus. The project was the first Corporation, Inc. everybody has a part in the success of Ohio project to receive the Treasury’s 2181 Mock Road Columbus, OH 43219 Tax Credit Equity funds. this vision, which is… (614) 471-2202 to be a model city within a city -- free of crime, free of drugs, an area in which Green View Estates is Columbus’ first Visit us on the web at people can take pride in homeowner- energy efficient and environmentally www.miracit.org November 2011 | praisereporter.com | 866.961.7191 |

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ministry spotlight: Living Faith Apostolic Church

The FCI, Too! Early Learning Academy has evolved into a stellar center for the education of children. Our children come from varying backgrounds, including many from single parent homes, and those financially challenged. My vision for the center was to provide the same quality of education that can be found in the suburban centers. We seek teachers who may not necessarily be looking for the highest salary but are interested in making a difference in the lives of all children. We believe that even toddlers should be exposed to language, literacy, (including the old time nursery rhymes) art, music, science and field trips to places that they may not otherwise able to afford. We have children who have been with our program since they were 10

toddlers and continue with us through our Pre-K graduation Ceremony which is a major event each May. The graduates march down the aisle in cap and gown to “Pomp & Circumstance” just as a college graduate would. They present a program to their parents and family which includes presentations in French, Spanish, and Sign Language which they learned throughout the school year. They perform a liturgical routine to a song that they have chosen. We started an annual tradition of giving them a trip to “Build A Bear Workshop” a local store which allows them to build and dress a bear of their choosing. This is our gift to them for a job well done. Our staff loves each and every one of our children, and we see it every day in their eyes. The children

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really appreciate the “home-cooked” meals they receive every day. For many, they are possibly the best and most nutritious meals that they will receive. Thanks to a hard-working, talented, and dedicated staff, FCI, Too! is making a difference its children’s lives, offering the caring attention young children need and deserve. Though initially an “inherited” business, the FCI, Too! Early Learning Academy has emerged as one of the premier institutions of early learning in Central Ohio. Boasting an exceptionally well-trained staff and led by an Administrator (Mrs. Sharon Davis) who is dedicated to excellence, FCI, Too! is proving a model for centers located in

varying communities throughout Central Ohio. Though located in the inner city, the appeal of our academic, as well as award-winning food program is strong enough to entice parents to drive their children from outlying communities. In all that we do, the philosophy that drives, guides, directs us, and prevails is that all children deserve a quality educational start and that given that start, all will excel.There is not muc text on the fci, too website. We will have to create an ad type look for this page. FCI Too! 2511 Mock Road Columbus, OH 43219 614-471-8486 www.fcitoo.com


ministry spotlight: Living Faith Apostolic Church

The FCI Academy provides a full range of learning opportunities for all students grades K thru 12th. Supporting classroom teachers are specialists in their core curriculum subjects as well as in the areas of vocal music, physical education, dance, research, business technology, computer technology, second languages, and alternative education. FCI Academy Offers: • Excellent Curriculum & Instruction • Beautiful Academic Campus • Free Transportation • National Breakfast & Lunch Program • Loving Administration and Staff • Extra-Curricular Activities and Clubs • Sports Program ( OCSAA ) • Social, Emotional and Professional Development • Special Education Services • Free Tutoring for OAT and OGT • Safety and Security • Free Tuition • Much,Much, More The FCI School Philosophy…is based on a belief system: • We believe that it takes a community of committed stake-holders to effectively educate a child. • We believe that total quality management is the most effective approach to serving the needs of our educational community. • We believe in the concept of developing, implementing, and monitoring change processes to improve student learning, adult development and learning climates.

• We believe that it is paramount that the children whom we serve be placed in the most positive and structurally sound atmosphere possible. • We believe that the concept of integrity must be a central cord which is infused in all that we do. • We believe that everyone is a leader and the success or failure of the school community depends on how effectively each individual carries out his or her leadership responsibilities. • We believe that all children can learn provided they express a desire to attain the knowledge needed to succeed. • We believe that failure is a choice and not an option in our educational community. • We believe that we are a community of continual learners and we must commit ourselves to scholarly work and in return expect scholarly results. • We believe that there is no “ I “ in -” team “- and that in order to achieve the expected academic and social gains we must institute the team concept at all times. • We believe that values, ethics and visionary leadership are the key catalysts that drive this educational community. • Finally… We believe that in order to make a difference we must be the difference that our chil-

dren and parents see in order for them to model the correct behaviors and outcomes and to produce the right results FCI District Central Office and High School 2177 Mock Road Columbus, Ohio 43219 ( 614 )-471-4527 ( 614 ) 471-4943 Fax Email– tmathis@fciacademy.com www.fciacademy.com

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Feature Reasons Young Christians Leave Church

any parents and church leaders wonder how to most effectively cultivate durable faith in the lives of young people. A five-year project headed by Barna Group president David Kinnaman explores the opportunities and challenges of faith development among teens and young adults within a rapidly shifting culture. The findings of the research are included in a new book by Kinnaman titled You Lost Me: Why Young Christians are Leaving Church and Rethinking Church. No single reason dominated the break-up between church and young adults. Instead, a variety of reasons emerged. Overall, the research uncovered six significant themes why nearly three out of every five young Christians (59%) disconnect either permanently or for an extended period of time from church life after age 15. Reason #1 – Churches seem overprotective. A few of the defining characteristics of today’s teens and young adults are their unprecedented access to ideas and worldviews as well as their prodigious consumption of popular culture. As Christians, they express the desire for their faith in Christ to connect to the world they live in. However, much of their experience of Christianity feels stifling, fear-based and risk-averse. One-quarter of 18- to 29-year-olds said “Christians demonize everything outside of the church” (23% indicated this “completely” or “mostly” describes their experience). Other perceptions in this category include “church ignoring the problems of the real world” (22%) and “my church is too concerned that movies, music, and video games are harmful” (18%). Reason #2 – Teens’ and twentysomethings’ experience of Christianity is shallow. A second reason that young people depart church as young adults is that something is lacking in their experience of church. One-third said “church is boring” (31%). One-quarter of these young adults said that “faith is not relevant to my career or interests” (24%) or that “the Bible is not taught clearly or often enough” (23%). Sadly, one-fifth of these young adults who attended a church as a teenager said that “God seems missing from my experience of church” (20%).

Reason #3 – Churches come across as antagonistic to science. One of the reasons young adults feel disconnected from church or from faith is the tension they feel between Christianity and science. The most common of the perceptions in this arena is “Christians are too confident they know all the answers” (35%). Three out of ten young adults with a Christian background feel that “churches are out of step with the scientific world we live in” (29%). Another one-quarter embrace the perception that “Christianity is anti-science” (25%). And nearly the same proportion (23%) said they have “been turned off by the creation-versus-evolution debate.” Furthermore, the research shows that many science-minded young Christians are struggling to find ways of staying faithful to their beliefs and to their professional calling in science-related industries. Reason #4 – Young Christians’ church experiences related to sexuality are often simplistic, judgmental. With unfettered access to digital pornography and immersed in a culture that values hyper-sexuality over wholeness, teen and twentysometing Christians are struggling with how to live meaningful lives in terms of sex and sexuality. One of the significant tensions for many young believers is how to live up to the church’s expectations of chastity and sexual purity in this culture, especially as the age of first marriage is now

commonly delayed to the late twenties. Research indicates that most young Christians are as sexually active as their non-Christian peers, even though they are more conservative in their attitudes about sexuality. One-sixth of young Christians (17%) said they “have made mistakes and feel judged in church because of them.” The issue of sexuality is particularly salient among 18- to 29-year-old Catholics, among whom two out of five (40%) said the church’s “teachings on sexuality and birth control are out of date.” Reason #5 – They wrestle with the exclusive nature of Christianity. Younger Americans have been shaped by a culture that esteems open-mindedness, tolerance and acceptance. Today’s youth and young adults also are the most eclectic generation in American history in terms of race, ethnicity, sexuality, religion, technological tools and sources of authority. Most young adults want to find areas of common ground with each other, sometimes even if that means glossing over real differences. Three out of ten young Christians (29%) said “churches are afraid of the beliefs of other faiths” and an identical proportion felt they are “forced to choose between my faith and my friends.” Onefifth of young adults with a Christian background said “church is like a country club, only for insiders” (22%).

Reason #6 – The church feels unfriendly to those who doubt. Young adults with Christian experience say the church is not a place that allows them to express doubts. They do not feel safe admitting that sometimes Christianity does not make sense. In addition, many feel that the church’s response to doubt is trivial. Some of the perceptions in this regard include not being able “to ask my most pressing life questions in church” (36%) and having “significant intellectual doubts about my faith” (23%). In a related theme of how churches struggle to help young adults who feel marginalized, about one out of every six young adults with a Christian background said their faith “does not help with depression or other emotional problems” they experience (18%). Turning Toward Connection David Kinnaman, who is the coauthor of the book unChristian, explained that “the problem of young adults dropping out of church life is particularly urgent because most churches work best for ‘traditional’ young adults – those whose life journeys and life questions are normal and conventional. But most young adults no longer follow the typical path of leaving home, getting an education, finding a job, getting married and having kids—all before the age of 30. These life events are being delayed, reordered, and sometimes pushed completely off the radar among today’s young adults. continued on page 14

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First Biblically Based Facebook Game Journey of Moses Receives High Reviews Facebook users and critics help Moses game grow since August debut

Facebook’s first biblically-based game, Journey of Moses, continues to receive high accolades from both users and reviewers since its mid-August launch. Rapidly growing in monthly active users, the Journey of Moses game, which takes players through the twists and turns

depth, much more so than Vatican Wars or Holy Town.� -- AOL Games blog “The Journey of Moses, like Facebook itself, is addictive, and advancement through the game, in which there is ‘no winning or losing,’ is contingent on social connections.� -- CNN Belief blog “The very fact that this game does a pretty good job of clearly relating these events [of Moses’ life] in such a simple format like a Facebook game is pretty impressive ... Besides, if you’re going to waste time on Facebook playing a game, why not play a well-made one that’s about the Bible?� -Hollywood Jesus “With relatively few games sporting religious themes, this title has seen its usage skyrocket since launching earlier this month.� -- Inside Social Games Growing at over 200,000 players, Journey of Moses, like many other social games, provides a forum for community, entertainment and gaming with friends. The game is free to play, though as with other Facebook games players can purchase goods along the way to help enhance their experience. The game was created by Hexify, which is located in Mountain View, Calif., and has focused on building highly engaging games. For more information, visit www.hexify.com.

of milestones in the life of Moses, has been rated a 4.4 out of five stars on Facebook. In addition, several game critics and media outlets have written positive reviews of the game, such as: “It’s a well-polished game with amusing visuals and a surprising amount of

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