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SPIRIT ALIVE MAGAZINE Transforming Lives Table of Contents SPIRIT ALIVE MAGAZINE ................................................................................................................................. 4 PRAYER TASK FORCE............................................................................................................................................... 5 STORIES OF INTEREST ............................................................................................................................................. 6 FEATURED AUTHOR OF THE MONTH ..................................................................................................................... 7 EVERY MAN STANDING IN HIS PLACE ..................................................................................................................... 9 ADVERSTISEMENT CALI-PRODUCTS...................................................................................................................... 10 MISSION STUDY GUIDE......................................................................................................................................... 12 50 Days of Feasting in Prayer ............................................................................................................................... 12 FEATURED PROFILE OF THE MONTH .................................................................................................................... 14 Business Enterprise .............................................................................................................................................. 17 SPIRIT ALIVE INTERVIEW WITH TEKELIA KELLY ..................................................................................................... 26 A STEP BACK IN TIME............................................................................................................................................ 33 CHEF’S DELIGHT.................................................................................................................................................... 34 CHEF'S DELIGHT (CONTINUED) ............................................................................................................................. 36 Shrimp and Grits Recipe .................................................................................................................................. 36 INTERNATIONAL PRAYER FOCUS .......................................................................................................................... 37 KAYLA'S CORNER .................................................................................................................................................. 39 SLAP ME IT'S REAL ................................................................................................................................................ 41 IN THE WAKE OF DISASTER................................................................................................................................... 42 SPIRIT ALIVE BOOK CLUB ...................................................................................................................................... 43 RADIO AND TELEVISION BROADCAST ................................................................................................................... 45 MISSIONARIES ON THE BATTLEFIELD ................................................................................................................... 46 DISABILITY AND THE CHURCH .............................................................................................................................. 47 Is the Church Prepared? ....................................................................................................................................... 47 AN INTERVIEW WITH GOSPEL ARTIST MATT KELLY ............................................................................................. 48 POEMS OF PRAISE ................................................................................................................................................ 52 A Tribute to Pastor John McReynolds .................................................................................................................. 53

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This heightens the information exchange and connection between businesses and customers. “We connect businesses with customers who need their services, while spotlighting our Sister, Brother, and Youth in Business members”, says Kelly. SIB has networking relations with chamber, commercial business commerce, professionals, service organizations, and more. Headquartered in Chattanooga, Tennessee and serving communities locally and across the USA, the company, and particularly the SIB Network, offers a directory, campaigns, magazine, newsletters, website, radio, TV, and other media; as well as with events such as membership drives, workshops, conferences, and tradeshows, and training. So, whether a tourist, visitor, relocating, or a long-time neighbor; or a business seeking to set-up and serve in the community, Sisters In Business works to connect businesses and customers locally and world-wide. Here you can find a "sister or brother in business" in your community, or become a member of the SIB network. Yes, Sisters In Business is a "sisterly" business networking and information services firm that is dedicated to women have a "heart and soul" for doing business. However, Tekelia points out that SIB is a "a for-profit business with non-profit outreach appeal."

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AYES Youth In Business is portable and available to any youth group, individual, offering Workshops, Computer-based Training CD-ROM Software, Online Learning, and 1-on-1 Coaching. Tekelia Kelly’s professional teaching career consists of being a K-12 academic and technology teacher, having taught in both public and private schools of the Memphis-Shelby County and Chattanooga Hamilton County School Systems. She is an adjunct instructor at Chattanooga State Technical Community College where she teaches computer courses at both the college and for the continuing education program.

Tekelia is a 1977 graduate of Chattanooga High School. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Technology from the University of Memphis, with honors such as “Dean’s List” and “Who's Who Among American College Students”; and has completed coursework towards a Masters of Science Degree in Instructional Design & Technology. She volunteers with youth groups, has served on advisory boards for schools and non-profit organizations, and is a recipient of numerous awards for her work with youth, to include Jr. Achievement’s “Pioneer Award” for launching Chattanooga’s first “Success Skills 2000” High School Program, and Girls Inc’s 2007 “Unbought Unbossed” Shirley Chisholm; awarded for being one of 14 women leading Chattanooga forward. Tekelia advocates youth development with her “Youth In Business/AYES” portal on the Sisters In Business.Net website. She enjoys encouraging people to fulfill their dreams and realize their God-given potential. AYES Youth In Business is a 501C3 program. Donations are graciously accepted, and tax deductible.

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Loving, wise, kind, and strong--she is a woman far more precious than jewels. She is a virtuous woman. Based on Proverbs 31. Ever since my days as a young teen I can remember admiring and wanting to be like the "virtuous" woman. I now see that her model is more of a lifestyle after which to pattern wholeheartedly, more so than a life of perfection. The Bible teaches us that all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. I know well personally about that. Yet, I so rejoice in a Perfect Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, the Son of God, whose grace is truly sufficient! Today, I refer to this virtuous woman as the "Proverbs 31 Woman". She was not perfect, but proven in her faith and devoted to God, which was evident by her lifestyle according to Bible scripture. With all her heart, mind, soul...she lived to demonstrate her love for God--in her personal life, her household, her business, and in her community. This is the business woman model of Sisters In Business.) Addendum TCK 1/10/07

Tekelia C. Kelly

Photo Compliments of Chattanooga Read House

"... I am made all things to all men, that I might by all means save some.” “But I discipline my body and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should become disqualified” 1 Corinthians 9:22, 27

Now also when I am old and greyheaded, O God, forsake me not; until I have shewed thy strength unto this generation, and thy power to every one that is to come. Psalm 71:18 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven. Matthew 5:16 Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God. 1 Corinthians 10:31 **********

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SPIRIT ALIVE INTERVIEW WITH TEKELIA KELLY What obstacles did you encounter during your journey to success? Let me first say I think obstacles are inevitable, as long as we live on this earth. Our struggles, obstacles, or battles are setup to help us trust, lean, and depend on God—our Creator. Obstacles are an integral part of the “the battle”, and strategically become part of the battle plan for it prepares us to “work out” a battle that has already been won! We are just working out of victory. “All things work together for good to them who love the Lord, and who are the called according to His purpose. Some of the obstacles I’ve encountered on my journey are as follows. Note how they all were turned into victory, thanks to Jesus! Because of Him I am an obstacle overcomer! Obstacles I’ve Overcomed: While going to college in Memphis, TN, I dropped off my husband to travel the interstate to go to school. I put on brakes and rolled on “black ice”. My car spun around, stopped facing the oncoming traffic, but on the side ramp just before hitting the rail. God placed me and car out of the way of the facing traffic and kept me from hitting the rail. Once when I had wrecked my car and needed to buy another one, because I did not have a cosigner I had to take out a high-interest rate loan. God gave me the wisdom and opportunity to refinance the car a few months later at a significantly lower rate, and saved me lots of money. When I first started my business in Memphis, to help supplement my business income, I took a part-time job at a major computer training company. I found that I was in conflict of interest, because my company provided similar type services. They told me that I if I chose to stay employed at the company, I would have to stop doing my business. I remember talking to a dear sister who agreed with me that I should not stop doing my business, but continue on with my dreams, walk by faith, and trust God for greater outcomes; not a just a safety net. I turned in my notice the next day. And immediately began looking and applying for other suitable opportunities. Days later, I interviewed with an IT Staffing Contract firm who sent me for an interview at a major oil company. The oil company contracted my services to implement and manage their first computer training center. God is so awesome! While in Memphis I was faced with having to withdraw two of my children out of a school I really enjoyed them attending, because I no longer had enough income to pay for their tuition. Then God blessed me with a job right on time, enabling my children to stay. In an effort to come back home to Chattanooga from Memphis, I was offered a job. I was blessed with great job offer, but I forgot to ask for a relocation package to move my family, helping with selling house in Memphis, etc. I really stressed out about it. However, my husband was offered a great job as well and it was the company that hired him that paid for all of our relocation expenses and moved us to Chattanooga. Also, God’s grace worked it out where we were able to find schools, doctors, childcare, etc. with ease. After relocating from Memphis, to Chattanooga and working in Chattanooga about 1 ½ years I was laid off. The Lord put a helpful sister in my path that gave me insight about applying at a local state technical college, and encouraged me to apply. The Lord blessed me with a Adjunct Faculty Computer Technology Instructor position, teaching at both the two-year college and continuing education program. Living in Chattanooga, I accidentally left my bank card at the ATM, and a young man looked in the phone book to find me; and called me to tell me he had found it. We arranged to meet him. The young man arrived on a rainy night with his two children in the back seat of the car, and delivered my card.

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I was born on 9/11/1959, and for my 50th birthday in 2009 I prayed thanking God to be able to live to such a milestone age, and looked for ways to celebrate it to make it special. I thought to celebrate I am going to give back to God all the gifts He’s given me. I loved the idea. So I went about thinking of ways I could put into action my plan. I launched TekeliaKelly.com to offer my singing, writing and other creative services—and felt like it was renaissance celebration. Then in November 2009 I went to for a colonoscopy, and got back the test results which showed I had colon cancer. I underwent surgery, and six months of chemotherapy; and am blessed to share this story with you today! I have been blessed to launch TekeliaKelly.com, where I am “celebrating life through song”. Also, I’ve been asked to sing at the Relay for Life event on May 21 at the TN Pavilion for the American Cancer Society in Chattanooga, TN. How did growing during the civil rights movement and the early 70's shape your successes and failures? Wow, looking back on the civil rights movement makes me realize how much went on when I was about 8-14 years old. I can remember some of severe tension during this time. Across our land, in both African-American and Caucasian races alike; there were people advocating bigotry and racism, as well as goodwill and humanitarianism. There was also a new and progressive change in government taking place, to include advances in education reform, technology, and the space program. President J. F. Kennedy wanted the U.S. to be the first to put a human on the moon, and so we were. School busing had begun and I was in my 9th grade year I was bused from Alton Park Jr. High School to East Lake Jr. High. Chattanooga’s TVA was a tower of power in natural resources, water dams, and nuclear power. Personally, I benefited from a TVA’s summer STEP (Student Training Engineering Program). I was chosen to participate in this program and given the opportunity to learn about nuclear power, engineering and technology. I was also awarded a scholarship from the TVA STEP program to help towards my study of engineering at Tuskegee University. I remember that summer being lifted up extremely high in the sky inside a crane bucket to touch a power line. I also remember how somber and sad the social climate or our country was, and how it personally felt when one-by-one we would learn about the deaths of President John F. Kennedy in, and Dr. Martin Luther King, and Presidential-hopeful Bobby Kennedy. There was even a song I recall written for that time called “Abraham Martin and John” I remember seeing coverage on television of one the funerals--I believe it was Robert Kennedy, and how grief-stricken the whole country was including me. There was a lot of civil unrest and civil disobedience at this time; as well as militant groups. In some areas of Chattanooga I can remember fires breaking out and buildings being burnt and vandalized. There were also night curfews. There were riots and people were angry over racism, and unfairness. Fear and ignorance also was like an incubator that exacerbated a lot of the social ills. My mother has a saying that “Hurt people hurt people.” This phrase would explain a lot of what was going on back then, too. Thanks be to God for His love, the only thing I know that can truly heal wounds, hurt and pain, especially when they run deep. A few months ago when talking with my children and their dad about the civil right movement I told my kids, “Go look up busing; and say thank you, Jesus!” Though it was a humorous statement, I meant it. For me the civil rights movement and growing up in the early 70’s was a blessing when it came to busing That’s because during my middle school years at that time, I was an outgoing and scholarly, and very personable person--involved in lots of activities and programs that I voluntarily participated in; as well as those I was asked or chosen to participate in by teachers/administrators. This kind of set me up to be picked on, or bullied. I don’t regret the opportunity or setup, but deplored the bullying. I seemed to get picked on, or bullied, more and more by the time I got to 9th grade…it was pretty rough. Around this time, the mandate for busing had been handed down and was being enforced. This required me to go to another school and it became now mixed with different races. Once there, I didn’t have the bullying issues to deal with anymore. I finished my last year of middle school with honors and had both some of my old and new friends both African-American and Caucasian to celebrate with. I was so glad to be bused to another school, if not only to be in an environment where there was not so much turmoil.

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For a lot of young women ages 12-14 this is a critical stage what words can you share to help them develop their gifts? My daughter calls me the “queen of pro self”, that’s her way of letting me know that she totally gets how I am passionate about her, her siblings, and all young people developing themselves before getting heavily involved in relationships; but rather they should become all they were intended to be first, before committing to a career, marriage, getting too involved with heavy relationships, and so forth. I cannot express enough how important it is for young women and men, particularly in this age group get to know themselves first and foremost--“to thine own self be true”. For young women ages 12-14 years old and even beyond, I encourage you to take care of yourself. Get to know you, the “inner” you, and know you well. Before the foundations of the earth God knew you, find out what He knows about you and wants you to know about yourself---how wonderful you are, how much He loves you, and what great purpose and promise he has setup for your life. Beyond where you are now, God says I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not harm you, and to give you hope and a future. You are a beautiful creation and one that will transition through different seasons of life, from little girl to sophisticated woman. Make sure you go through each one of your seasons well and enjoy each season of your life as much as possible. At the age of 12-18 is early womanhood. Hormones usually start kicking in, body starts developing; you are full of feelings and emotions, and very aware of the world around you, to include all of its temptations and pressures. Get to know you before being concerned too much with what’s going on in the world. Put up positive and encouraging images around you: good grades, good quotes, good pictures, your favorite Bible verses, empowering stories, etc. Feed you mind good food. The Bible says, “As a man thinks in his heart so is he. So, protect what you see, say, do, know, where you go, and even the company you keep. I would be remiss if I did not address the matter of relationships in your life. This is a very wonderful part of life. God made us to be relational. However, that is why the enemy likes to hang out there as well. To no surprise, because relationship is like at the central nervous system to God’s love for us. So keeping that relationship flowing with Him is in your very best interest. I will speak candidly and be transparent in this area, for it is one of spiritual warfare for God’s Bride—the church. Point blank, relationships are where sex has been abused and misused, with regard to how it was originally intended by God. For your journey it would probably help to acquire some “holy scissors”. Use these as needed to cut off anyone or anything that would choke and/or suck the life out you (ex. habit of begging for money, only your friend under certain conditions, drug and alcohol users, fighting, lying, etc.) Next you will need some “holy eye glasses”. Use these to help you better see beyond people’s outer appearances, looks, actions, and words, to really see their real motives, agendas and hearts. Pray for the discerning glasses. And finally, you will want to have a “holy hush”, knowing when to just be quiet, as a sister told me once as alternative to fussing; but I submit to you to also consider this also as a committed time to be still and listen, pray and study God’s word to know what answers in life you need and the plan He has for your success. You need a time of sabbatical to hear from God—and for your personal rest and rejuvenation. I also have checklists to help screen and prune unhealthy relationships, particularly guys; and eBooks: “Getting the Odds In Your Favor”, “Livin’ Like You’re Worth It!”, and “What Every Girl Needs to Know: For the 21st Century Bride-to-Be.” For more information please email sistersinbusiness@comcast.net Here are a few checklist items that I thought might be appropriate for you. But seek God first of all. 1. Always find some way to celebrate life when and where ever you can. Some of the best things in life are free. Go outside, sit on porch, walk, breathe air, see trees, hear birds, gaze at stars, moon, and mountains. 2. Look for volunteer opportunities to help others. You will also be getting a jump start on working, job skills development, building your resume, and possible references for job applications. These type things when you volunteer are valuable beyond money.

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Listen to music, read books, and watch movies that endorse and affirm God ways and lifestyle for you.

4. Please do not have sex outside of marriage. Save your body, your heart, your mind, and your soul from this disappointment. God did not give this commandment to make us miserable, but to keep us happy and well! The Bible says no sin defiles the body like sex sin: “Flee from sexual immorality. Every other sin a person commits is outside the body, but the sexually immoral person sins against his own body.” 5.

Stay busy and make your life full and productive. Keep busy doing good and helpful work, activities, and hobbies. You will fill your emotional and relationship needs will be met as you help others and yourself.

6. Stay close to the flock (family, faithful friends, loved ones). Don’t wonder off. Even in the animal kingdom this principle holds true; for it s typically the small young and/or weak animal, who has left the flock, which gets hunted and captured in the wild. 7. Take care of yourself! Eat well, sleep well, get to know you, your body, you likes, dislikes, what clothes work for you. The key is to look great and graceful, not so much to get attention. When you focus on a right look you are setting up to get the right attention. 8. Stay busy and actively involved in constructive actives, school work, enrichment programs, etc. 9. Find someone you admire and respect, who can serve as a mentor to you, and to whom you can be accountable to. Ask for help when you need it. Be sure to let your parents meet people in your life. Pray for God to put someone in your path to encourage, comfort, strengthen, and help direct you. 10. If you are dating and/or have a boyfriend, stay in the open; around people to avoid compromising situations. Plus it’s good for your family/friends to meet your boyfriend to help you get to know him. 11. Remember to keep a spirit of thanksgiving, and rejoicing. Find something in your life to be grateful for. This will lift you when feeling down and discouraged. Giving thanks to God is good for whatever ails you.

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How did you get into the recording business? I was actually discovered while singing in the shower. No joke! LOL! It was at St. Joseph Hospital’s School of Nursing Dormitory in Memphis, TN. I was just married, and my husband had lost his job in Murfreesboro, which led us to relocate to Memphis for him to work as the Director of Security for St. Joseph Hospital. St. Joseph offered us temporary shelter as part of the employment package until we were able to find a permanent place a stay. A nursing student overheard me singing in shower and went back to tell her then boyfriend Bill Lucchesi, who co-managed with his sister Linda Luchessi the Sounds of Memphis Studio. They asked to meet them, and from there, they offered me to sing and record songs for them at the studio. I signed contract with them as a recording artist, and sang about eight songs on their recording label, to include working with some of the industry’s greatest musicians and background vocalists. My title cut “Because of You” was released worldwide this past summer 2009 on a CD called “Steppin’ Stones”, and is sold at Amazon.com and other music outlets around the world. This was a God thing! Which reminds me to encourage you to know ….what God has for you is for you. From foundations of the earth God knows you and knew you in your mother’s womb. He who has begun a good work in you is faith to complete it“ A man’s gifts will make room for him”. And God “gives wisdom to make wealth.” What can you tell us about your experience recording stepping stone? Your Experience Recording Sounds of Memphis? Recording at Sounds of Memphis Studio was such a neat experience for me. Sounds of Memphis Studio was a classic and well sought after studio for artists to use. To have been given the opportunity to not only sing in it but see how it operated, the equipment, and work with its engineers, musicians and other singers—all of it was amazing. I remember the talk about digital equipment coming on the scene for the studio, and that they would be moving away from using tape recordings. Though the hours could get long recording and re-recording, then breaking, the setting back up, it was such a neat experience for me! The owners of the studio –the Luchessi’s were very nice to me. They really believed in me and my craft and worked to provide me the resources I needed to be successful—for both them and myself. We entered a contractual agreement, and we shared camaraderie as we ventured together in promoting me and my work in the Memphis community. I remember singing down on Beale Street where I won an a amateur night competition, and the recording manager sent over some sheet music for the songs I had recorded at the studio that had been slated for me to sing on my set. I never would have thought years later that one of my recordings would be released world wide as part of Sounds of Memphis Studios recording history! Further, I never would have thought that I would be a part of Memphis’ music history like that. I count it all a blessing, and thank God! In general, the recording industry is a very dynamic world. It is full of different artsy and musically talented musician’s singers, songwriters, as well business and administrative type people who manage and operate the business. You will find a variety of lifestyles, eccentricities, and outlooks on life. It helps for you to be ground when working in this world. There are a lot of moving parts and you need to know what track you’re on, and where you’re going on the track. That said, I would advise anyone wanting to be a recording artist today or play in the industry to also have a formal knowledge of the industry by studying it in college, etc. Ironically, my son is doing this as a Recording Industry major; while I watch on the sidelines having gone through the school of hands-on training. I love to compare notes with him, and see what new things there are to learn. As said before, I never would have thought years later that one of my recordings would be released world wide as part of Sounds of Memphis Studios recording history as it was this past Summer 2009; and I be part of Memphis’ music history by way of Sounds of Memphis. Thanks to the Luchessi’s!

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In your bio you stated you understood clearly what it means "that all have sinned and come short of the glory of God; what could you share with us about that? Apart from the fact that I was “naturally” born a sinner, and inherited my sinful nature from our first parents Adam and Eve; plus I have personally contributed my own long list of sins to the human family tree; the fact is even on my “best day”—if that were even possible, I still would still fall short of the glory of God. He is Holy God…holy and without sin…beyond compare! There is none like Him. But I do thank God that He so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son (Jesus Christ), that whosever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” What is so fabulously wonderful about this is that God so loved is so personal—meaning God so loved me, and you. I’ve heard someone say that if there was only one person on the earth, God still would have sent His son to die on the cross for that person. As the Bible says, “11I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep.” Also there’s the Bible parable about the Shepherd leaving his flock to find that one lost sheep. 4 “What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he loses one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness, and go after the one which is lost until he finds it? 5 And when he has found he lays on his shoulders, rejoicing.

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PRAY FOR THOSE WITHOUT BIBLES:

PRAY FOR INTERNATIONAL MISSIONARIES:

Pray for those who are unable to receive a printed bible. May the Lord be able to fasten His Word into their hearts. If only many of us who have bibles would donate, better yet if we would ask the Lord to Fasten His Word into our Hearts.

There are thousands of missionaries around the globe living in rough conditions in order to share the gospel with others who are hearing it for the first time. Let us pray for the safety and that God will open the hearts of those whom hear it to accept the gift of salvation

PRAY FOR HAITI: Let Us continue our prayers for Haiti as the orphans continue to rise in number. Be focused on safety of the children and basic provisions. Also, be reminded to pray for the Haitian Government as it begins to rebuild.

PRAY FOR WIDOWS:

It is difficult for widows internationally let us pray for provisions for the widows. That God will sustain them and lift them up in His loving arms.

SPECIAL PRAYER REQUEST:

PRAY FOR CEASE FIRE & PEACE:

My missionary friends will be presenting the Gospel this week to the Akolet people of Papua New Guinea . Please pray for the these people that they accept the free gift of Salvation and that the missionaries can communicate the Gospel effectively through the power of the Holy Spirit. The group’s prayer request is below.

In war torn areas that have been in continual battles over the past few years there needs to be a cry for peace. The loss of lives is immeasurable. In many countries around the world war is driven by the price of oil, territories, religion and government. Let us seek God's Face that He may poor out a cease fire that these families who have lost so much may begin to heal.

1 – Pray for the opposition. Pray that the village will be calm and that people will be free to come to the teaching without having to deal with conflict.

PRAY AGAINST SPIRITUAL OPPOSITION WORLD-WIDE:

Here are some prayer requests for the last few days:

2 – Pray for our current believers. Pray that they will make the Gospel look appealing.

3 – Pray for the older people. Pray especially for Aiglas (eye glass), our elderly chief, Paiaskit (pie –askeet), Sumio, Malaka, and Morkot that they will be able to think clearly enough to understand the lessons and apply them to their lives.

4 – Pray for the older children and the parents. Pray that the parents will have wisdom as they read and share these lessons with their children.

5 – Pray for the missionaries, Ryan and Sarah Warner and Adam and Julie Martin. Pray that we will have the strength and wisdom to finish.

Let us go before the Throne of God and seek his guidance in how to pray against spiritual opposition. Help us Lord, to receive guidance in putting on the full armor that we may be strengthen by your Word. UNDERGROUND CHURCHES: Pray for Divine Protection That God will hide them in His heart. That no harm, danger nor discovery will come to them. Lord provide for them as they have need. Keep them close to you My Lord. Shield them in your heavenly fortress and guide them as they travel the dangerous roads to share the Gospel.

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SLAP ME IT'S REAL Moral Issues Not A Concern for Americans? In a recent study by Barna Researcher regarding the most important issues that concern Americans today in political election was not moral issues. The American seemed to be more concerned with Terrorism, Health Care Policy and Taxes rated the highest in the survey.

When the topics of abortions, religion, environmental policies and gay marriage were put to the test, it was shocking to find they rated less than our concerns for Foreign Oil policy. Have we become a nation that will negate our philosophy and our vision “In God We Trust” How can we say that we as nation trust in God when in fact we put more trust in politics than we do in our Lord and Savior. The things that are happening around the globe have been foretold in the Bible for centuries. For instance, fishes dead in the sea for no apparent reason, earthquakes, war and rumors of war. All of these are coming to pass more quickly than we could ever imagine. It makes us rethink the Mayan prediction of December 21, 2012. What will happen to our nation if we decided that our moral beliefs are no longer the highest priority?

Evangelicals, Pentecostal, Baptist and all of our Christian denomination need to WAKE UP! The message of the Gospel of Jesus Christ must go forth. We must become a radical group in order to transform the thoughts of individuals and most importantly our society. We can no longer keep preaching the same soft petal message of the Gospel. We must give the Message Loud and Clear REPENT! Repent for The Kingdom of God is near. We won’t be able to fight unless we put the fight into our congregations. The pews are not the place of a Christian. We need to be in the political arena, on the streets, in our communities and fighting for the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We cannot afford a nation that feels that gay marriages, fornication and abortion is not a priority. Currently, over 60% of our nation is more concerned about the health care reform policy than they do about restoring prayer back into our schools. What are we teaching in our pulpits? The same message! We got to get real with the people and SLAP THEM BECAUSE IT IS REAL! Our nation is falling apart because we refuse to acknowledge God. The scriptures clearly state “That if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and seek my face and pray, That He will hear from heaven and Heal our Land. We need to make some noise. It is so appropriate that this year theme is the seven mountains of prayer. We need to really take this call seriously and rally together our churches, communities, individuals and most importantly those sitting in the pews doing nothing and Call Out To God! Our lives are at stake. We cannot tip-toe around the issues of the biblical prophecies of the Bible. Slap Me! It's Real! We need to teach strength, perseverance, hope, and challenge them to Do Something. Today our churches, every denomination is slowly dying. What can we say about that! Just look at the statistics. When we talk to our members and attempt to get them involved it doesn't register. However, when the President or political leaders speak every ear is listening. We need to get their ears, their attention! There is no time to waste. We must dig deep and stop playing church and be about church business. Get the message out that the most important thing we as Christian can do is Get Involved stop talking and move into action. Our children are counting on us to MAKE A CHANGE! 41 | P a g e


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