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INSTRUCTING PEOPLE TOWARD GODLY SUCCESS IN THIS LIFE AND THE LIFE TO COME

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CONTENTS • SEPTEMBER 2012 Feature Story

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Author Profile “Jesus Goes to College”

In Every Issue 4 Letter from the Editors • The Value of Being Christian 31 Bible Reading Plan

23 DREAM • 5 Reasons Why Dreams Don’t Take Flight

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25 DREAM • Faith: A Spiritual Soap Opera

8 LEAD • 2 Fundamental Characteristics of a Leader

28 SEED • Vacations Can Be Fun-Filled and Frugal Too!

12 FEED • 10 Foods That Fuel Your Body

29 KINGS & QUEENS • Are Christian Men Supposed to Be Nice Guys?

13 CLEAVE • Fortifying Your Marriage 15 CLEAVE • V.I.P. Poplions

31  KINGS & QUEENS • Single & Saved in The City

18 T  EENS & TWEENS • Jesus Goes to College

33 THINGS • Bible in a Year

19 T  EENS & TWEENS • A True Daughter of Christ

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The Value of Being Christian Well readers, thank you for continually praying for Pneuma Magazine and the host of others that seek to serve God and His people. We are nearing the end of yet another year and the momentum for us is gaining in many ways. As you look into this issue, you will notice a new look and a fresh face as we position ourselves for both the future and the kingdom of God. You will find areas in this magazine featuring sharp new ways to capture your attention, heart and mind for Christ. •

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KINGS & QUEENS— dedicated to the men and women of God and what they need to know to grow

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DREAM—achieving all that is within you, and a host of other areas that you will find worth reading, sharing and reading again. It is our hope that as we approach 2013, we have captured the essence of what you’re looking for and needing in a Christian publication. Use Pneuma magazine as a ministry tool to give to friends, family and coworkers. As well, share your insight with us—we’d love to hear from you. This issue is all about the things we value; what do you value and how much? That is the question for each of us to ask and answer regarding our lifestyle. It’s not enough to say that we are Christians anymore; it’s now time for each of us to live the lives we want Christ to call worthy. We live in Missouri and people often shout: “This is the Show Me State,” but what about living in a “true state” of showing people that

The bible says in John 15:4 “Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me.” So a disciple or Christian is one that bears fruit for Christ because he abides in Christ. But, before we can abide in Christ, we must be in Christ. Paul tells us in Galatians 3:27 that we are baptized into Christ. Therefore, we conclude that a Christian is a disciple of Christ, one that has heard the Word of the Lord, believed it and obeyed it culminating his obedience by being buried with His Lord in baptism (Colossians 2:12). Then, as a Christian, he abides (lives) in Christ, and bears much fruit for the Master’s cause. Are you a Christian? We cannot afford to pass up the values of a life with Christ. So, enjoy this issue and the articles presented before you as a feast placed before kings and queens. You are truly a value to us, the Pneuma Team and the Kingdom of God. Enjoy! Brian & Michelle Gines Editors in Christ >


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by Michelle Gines In this article we will see that being a leader goes beyond telling people what do. We will see that just having people following you is not enough. Many followers are satisfied with this concept of just following somebody, because it takes away the responsibility that they also have to do their part in God’s Kingdom.

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This mentality seems to also satisfy many of our current leaders as they are comfortable with the idea of members over disciples. All seems to be about the number of members and the size of the building. It is perhaps the reason why that in our churches we have so many brothers and sisters doing absolutely nothing with their God-given talents. “And Jesus, walking by the sea of Galilee, saw two brethren, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea: for they were fishers. And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men. And they straightway left their nets, and followed him.” (Matthew 4:18– 20) Let’s consider the following points: 1. An effective leader is able to see in people the potential that nobody else is able to see. Jesus reached out to a com– pletely disqualified group of folks according to the world’s standards. Why? Because Jesus was able to see beyond their current condition. Pneuma Magazine September 2012

As we look closely at these kinds of leaders we quickly notice that they have a new group of people following them by the month, as others leave them by the week. They are unable to keep followers for long. Why? Because these leaders are emphasizing in the “Follow Me Mentality,” the “Serve Me Mentality,” the “It’s all About Me Mentality,” and the “I tell you what to do Mentality.” Jesus did not only say, “Follow me.” Jesus said, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.”

Jesus invested in these men and out of twelve disciples He kept eleven, who were faithful to Him until the very end. Even through the many persecutions and hatred from the world, they stood faithful until the end. We conclude then, that the greatest evidence of an effective leader is found in the productivity of his/her spiritual children; not in the number of followers and the size of your building. If you are a leader reading this article today, asks yourself this question: If you die today, who is ready to take your place? Jesus’ disciples shined the brightest after Jesus was gone; but they shined with God’s glory; the only glory that counts. You can’t be an effective leader if your disciples intimidate you; you can’t be an effective leader if you are jealous of your spiritual sons and daughters; if you are afraid of letting them go. A mature leader understands that all glory belongs to our God. Jesus understood these principles and was not afraid of saying, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father” (John 14:12). >


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Another tremendous asset of the Christian is the fact that he has the highest moral standard and the most far-reaching influence on earth. In the Sermon on the Mount, we are reminded by Jesus of the higher code of living that characterizes a child of God. In II Corin-

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In writing to the young Timothy, Paul likens the church to the family or household of God. Notice the reading of I Timothy 3:15, “But if I tarry long, that thou mayest know how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth.”

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In writing to Christians, Paul stated, “The Spirit himself beareth witness with our spirit that we are children of God” (Romans 8:16); and the beloved John exclaimed, “Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us that we should he called the sons of God.”

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Why should a person want to be a Christian? First of all, because a Christian is one who has been saved from past sins. Just think of it—all the burden of guilt is removed from a person’s past life when be becomes a Christian. And, if he continues to walk uprightly, he can be saved eternally one day.

Secondly, we should desire to be a Christian because that would mean that we are children of God. Just think of it—a child of a King.

Next, we should realize that only as a Christian can we glorify God. In a stirring passage, Peter tells us to glorify the name of Jehovah by wearing the name Christian (I Peter 4:16). Christ himself told disciples of the Lord to “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). Certainly we can understand how valuable it is to be a Christian—for a Christian glorifies God!

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Other men, who pose as brilliant scholars, cannot or do not humble themselves to embrace the simple truths of the Christian life. I honestly believe that all mankind would give New Testament Christianity more serious consideration if they were constantly reminded of the value of being a Christian. Therefore, we present this lesson.

Therefore, it follows that since a Christian is a member of the church, and Christ will save the church—that a Christian is a saved individual, as long as he lives faithfully in the church of the Lord. This is one value of being a Christian.

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It is true that some question the value of being a Christian. They believe in the doctrine of the Epicureans “eat, drink and be merry for tomorrow we die” (Acts 17; Luke 12). Hence, they see no value in the principles of Christianity.

day of Pentecost were saved from past sins and added to the church. In Ephesians 5:23 we read that Christ is the Savior of the church.

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I wish to affirm that the most valuable way of life is the Christian life. Yes, the most profitable way that we can spend our sojourn here below is to become a Christian, live as a Christian — and die with the hope of a Christian.

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We all desire to place our talents, energies and abil-ities in worthwhile endeavors. No man, in his right mind, wants to engage in unprofitable activities.

Those of us, who claim to be Christians, should ponder well the expression— ”that thou mayest know how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God”. Yes, as children of the King, we must realize there are things we cannot do that the children of the world engage in—and there are things we must do in service to our Master that are not required of other children. Why? Because we are members of a Royal Family (I Peter 2:9) and must conduct ourselves properly.

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of the Christian, someone has well written: We are the sinner’s gospel, we are the scoffer’s creed, We are the Lord’s last message Given in deed and word. What if the line is crooked? What if the type is blurred?” Indeed, Christ has no hands but ours to do His work today! Yes, we must remember that “we cannot be channels of blessings if our lives are not free from all sin, we will barriers be and a hindrance to those we are trying to win.” Let us cleanse ourselves of all defilement (II Corinthians 7:1). Possibly the greatest advantage of a Christian’s life is his optimistic approach toward death. Yes, the child of God does not fear the chilly tide of death, but he can say calmly, “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me” (Psalm 23:4). Of the Christian, John wrote, “Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord” (Revelation 14:13); and the Apostle Paul stated, “For me to live is Christ and to die is gain” (Philippians 1:21). Contrarily, I have heard that Oscar Levant, a famous pianist of the last decade, who was so afraid of death he would not allow the word to be spoken in his presence. The only explanation for the Christian’s attitude toward death is the fact that he has hope after death of the greatest joy and contentment. Paul was inspired to say, “For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens” (II Corinthians 5:1).

In explaining the faithful life of Abraham, the writer of Hebrews stated, “For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God” (Hebrews 11:10). To the loyal follower of the Lord, Jesus himself has said, “Let not your heart be troubled, ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many mansions, if it were not so I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also” (John 14:1-3). This is the hope of a Christian. The unbeliever has nothing to lean upon. From a selfish standpoint we should want to be Christians—because “all things work together for good” to those who are disciples of Christ (Romans 8:28). Yes, it is valuable to be a Christian in this life. To those who diligently put the kingdom first, God has promised food, clothing and shelter (Matthew 6:33). The Psalmist David exclaimed, “I have been young, now I am old, yet I have never seen the righteous forsaken nor his seed begging bread” (Psalms 37:25). The Hebrew writer tells us that the Heavenly Father will “never leave us nor forsake us” if we give our lives in His service (Hebrews 13:6). We hear the commentators speak a lot about security these days. Friends, the greatest security is that of a Christian. As a Christian, I can hold to God’s unchanging hand in a world of insecurity and turmoil. In Romans 8:35, 38, 39, the apostle Paul, inspired by the Holy Spirit, gave us these comforting and challenging words, “Who shall separate


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Thus far, we have learned that a Christian is a disciple, and a disciple is one who continues in the Word

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This view is certainly borne out by the words of Christ as recorded in John 8:31: “If ye continue in my Word, then are ye my disciples indeed.” In John 15:8 we hear Christ as he speaks again concerning his disciples. “Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples.”

But, before we can abide in Christ we must be in Christ. Paul tells us in Galatians 3:27 that we are baptized into Christ. Therefore, we conclude that a Christian is a disciple of Christ, one that has heard the Word of the Lord, believed it and obeyed it, culminating his obedience by being buried with His Lord in baptism (Colossians 2:12). Then, as a Christian, he abides (lives) in Christ, and bears much fruit for the Master’s cause. Are you a Christian? You cannot afford to pass up the values of a life with Christ. >

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Now that we have discussed the values of Christianity, it is only proper that we give what the Bible teaches concerning who is a Christian—and how to become one. There are many erroneous concepts concerning this important question. Let us see what God’s word teaches on the subject.

“Through the influence of its Biblical sense, (disciple) has ceased to be an exact synonym for pupil or scholar; it always implies personal adherence to the views of one’s master or teacher.”

of the Lord and bears much fruit as a follower of Christ. But, how do we become a Christian? In John 15:4, Jesus said, “Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me.” So a disciple or Christian is one that bears fruit for Christ because be abides in Christ.

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Now notice his answer, “For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus, our Lord.” Such precious prom­ises as these should make us all see the value of being a Christian.

First we learn in Acts 11:26 who a Christian is. That passage states, “And the disciples were called Christians first in Antioch.” Webster’s Dictionary has this to say about the word disciple:

us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril or sword?”

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In order to lead a healthy, active lifestyle, your diet should consist of nutrient-rich foods that provide energy and keep the body in optimal health.

Blueberries are an antioxidant that can help provide energy, and they also contains fiber.

It’s important for all Americans to recognize that fad diets do not provide long-term benefits, but incorporating healthy, nutritious foods can allow for greater health. The following foods can be incorporated into any well-rounded diet, but can also provide you with a boost of energy right before a workout! Traditionally, low fat, protein- rich foods have been used by active individuals to provide energy.

Folates in oranges helps strengthen the heart and the fiber content provides energy. Salmon Omega-3 fatty acids help burn fat, and salmon also provides a great source of protein. Oatmeal Oatmeal is a complex carbohydrate that’s also rich in fiber.

Leafy greens Calcium, vitamin C, fiber and many other nutrients are contained in leafy greens that benefit body health on the whole. Peanut butter

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A favorite of many athletes, peanut butter contains protein and is a carbohydrate. It can provide longterm energy to individuals before any physical activity. Whole wheat pasta Yogurt

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By Apostle Keith and Pastor Lisa Wesley Asa built fortified cities in Judah because the land had peace. There was no war during those years because the Lord gave him a time of peace.

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It will require a marital fitness routine. To be more specific, here are some of the keys that will make our marriages “2 Fit 2 Quit.”

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The Bible says we must be fitly joined together (Eph. 4:16); how much more should couples be fitly joined together in the marriage union? Jesus himself put his stamp of approval upon the marriage union between one man and one woman.

Anything that is opposite of God’s described way does not fit into the plan of God. We see the world scheming to separate this Godordained union; therefore, we must build up and fortify this godly union. How can we do this?

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The first thing we must understand in fortifying our marriage is that we have prayer power. Jesus has given us the power and authority to bind and loose on earth. The Covenant people of God have been given

“I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; and whatever you bind (declare to be improper and unlawful) on earth must be what is already bound in heaven; and whatever you loose (declare lawful) on earth must be what is already loosed in heaven (Matthew 16:19).

them, Have ye not read, that he which made them at the beginning made them male and female, And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh? Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder” (Matthew 19:4–6 KJV).

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the keys to the kingdom. We can permit or forbid some things from taking place in our lives.

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The Body of Christ must take the covenant of marriage more seriously by demonstrating to the world what god’s design for marriage is. We must fortify and build some walls and gates around this holy union.

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Marriage as we know it in it’s biblical and traditional sense is under attack. The devil has released an arsenal of demons to assault Christian marriages. There is an even greater threat against leaders and their families.

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He told the people of Judah, “Let us fortify the cities by building walls and towers, and gates that can be shut and barred. We have control of the land because we have done the will of the LORD our God. He has protected us and given us security on every side.” And so they built and prospered (2 Chronicles 14:6–7 GNT).


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CLEAVE Spiritual Fitness. Both husband and wife must have a vibrant personal relation­ ship with Jesus Christ. This involves private devotion and public worship together. It is so important that couples worship in the same location and that they are hearing the same thing. Amos 3:3, “Can two walk together except they be agreed?” Emotional Fitness. If Jesus is Lord, we must allow Him to rule in every area of our lives, even in our emotions. We must be led by His Spirit. As Apostle Skip Horton says, “Don’t let your emotions cloud your sound judgment.” Husbands and wives must be sensitive to each other, yet not ruled by feelings. Feelings make good servants, but poor masters. The Word of God is a catharsis for our emotions, and the cross is the instrument that will balance us in our emotions. Sexual Fitness. The sexual union between a husband and wife is very important. It is the actual consummation of the marriage union. It is a physical expression of love, thus, we call it “lovemaking”. When engaged in the right way, it is a beautiful demonstration of devoted love between a husband and wife. The Bible against speaks against withholding sexually from one another (1 Cor. 7:5). Remember, sex Pneuma Magazine September 2012

is good! It is the WOW factor that keeps our eyes single! Financial Fitness. The devil is using three major things to destroy marriages: • communication • sex • money Financial matters are an area that couples must work hard on to have marital fitness. They require the wisdom of God because wisdom is God’s supernatural “know how” to get us on the right track in this area. He is the one who truly owns all the silver and the gold; therefore, we need to come in agreement with Him as to how we manage all the money.

Couples have money problems when they don’t have a full understanding of the word “ALL”! There are four “Alls” that need to be observed: ALL the money we make in marriage belongs to God. ALL the money that comes into the house is under the stewardship of both the husband and wife. We have left our single life and are now one. Every bank account should have both the husband and wife’s name on it. ALL you buy should be known by your spouse. ALL the money in your house should be accounted for. Learn to develop and maintain a budget. Physical Fitness. The last area we need to focus on if we are to be fitly joined together is to be physically fit. We call it doing the D.E.W., which is a system of diet, exercise, and water. There are a lot of physical challenges couples face in marriage because one or both parties are not fit in this area (i.e. sickness, lack of sexual desire, premature death, etc.). In conclusion, Asa obeyed the Lord in 2 Chron. 14:7 and fortified the nation. God gave them rest and they became prosperous. So the Church can become a fortified city and build strong marriages and relationships in the land. >


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Share in the laughter, wisdom, and encouragement of these faithful members.

Over these years, what min­istries have you been a part of?

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Seek the Lord and desire Him with your whole heart, and stay connected to your Leaders. Psalm 92:13 says, “Those that be planted in the house of the Lord shall flourish in the courts of our God.” Don’t let the devil or people encapsulate your minds or entangle your hearts from pursuing God and His blessings. >

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The next day during the morning service, Apostle and the rest of the men were laughing and crying as we praised the Lord. Little did we know that the next day would bring so much pain and discomfort to our bodies.

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I believe that God impressed upon my heart to be a part of this Ministry to improve me so that I can be a blessing to the body of Christ.

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Why do you believe that you have been a part of this local church for so long?

In the early 90s, the men of NLIC took a bus trip to the Promise Keeper’s convention. On the way back we had some time to kill, so we stopped at a rest area and started playing football. We were running like we were teenagers.

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Porter, Choir, Music, Deacon, Men’s Ministry, Ministers, Prayer, Brother’s Keepers—just to name a few.

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Please tell us of one or two of your most memorable times at New Life in Christ. This can be anything from an event, fellowship moment(s), etc.

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How many years have you been a member of New Life in Christ?

God is expanding the Ministry. I am looking forward to the implementation of God’s word going throughout the Body of Christ.

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Karl B. and Sharon Poplion. We have 3 children, Karlecka and Domonic Nunn, Karl and Holly Poplion and Pierre’ Poplion. We also have 4 grandchildren—Domonic, Kaelyn, Karl and Kalvin.

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FEATURE­—EDITORIAL COMMENTARY Left-Right Paradigm is a Hoax ment [especially the federal government] is the problem!”

By Chuck Baldwin (Reprinted with permission, The Voice Magazine, May 2012)

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There may have been a time when the words “conservative” and “liberal” meant something, but that time is no more.

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Both “conservatives” and “liberals” look to the federal government to establish and enforce their parochial agendas. “

Today, “conservatives” in govAnd for the first six years of the 21st Liberals” look to Washington for ernment are doing as much to Century, “conservative” Republicans the establishment of “social juspromote Big Government, as are dominated the entire federal govtice,” while “conservatives” look to “liberals.” In fact, if one were to ernment, and still the Roe and Doe Washington for the establishment honestly evaluate the twelve years decisions stand. of “military of the George justice.” Herbert Walker There may have been a time when the words “conservative” and Bush and G.W. The net result Bush administra- “liberal” meant something, but that time is no more. is the federal tions, one could government say that “conkeeps getservatives” even eclipse “liberals” in And when it comes to marriage ting bigger and bigger regardless and family, there is not a darn thing promoting Big Government. of who controls the White House, that Washington, D.C., can do to Congress, or Supreme Court. Under the two Bushes, the federal “save” it. Washington can no more government expanded (and even “save” the family than it can “create” “Conservatives,” whether Christian exploded) to levels that for-real jobs! Washington is not God—the or not, are just as culpable in the liberal Democrats could only dream attitudes of most Washington poli- expansion of Big Government as about. ticians and national newscasters are “liberals.” notwithstanding. Let’s get realistic. Just because a In fact, when it comes to the expanpolitico says he or she is “pro-life,” or Herein lies the real problem: both sion of military adventurism, “con“pro-family,” or “pro-marriage,” etc., “conservatives” and “liberals” expect servatives” are the most culpable. does not mean that they are going Washington, D.C. to be the panaAnd when it comes to the everto do anything to help save the cea for all the nation’s ills. Oh, the burgeoning police state that is curcountry. Come on, folks; think! left and right come to Washington rently taking shape in the United expecting different solutions, but “Conservative” Republican adminStates, “liberals” and “conservatives” they both come to Washington, istration appointments have domiare equally to blame. D.C. for the solution. Both “connated the U.S. Supreme Court since servatives” and “liberals” expect Let’s face it: both “conservatives” the infamous Roe v. Wade and Doe the federal government to “fix” and “liberals” are in the midst of an v. Bolton decisions that effectively America. intense and illicit love affair with legalized abortion-on-demand. Washington, D.C. But, in this regard, Ronald Reagan And we are no closer to over­ spoke with great profundity when The way many “conservatives” have turning Roe and Doe after almost he said, “Government [especially embraced the candidacy of Rick forty years of electing “pro-life conthe federal government] is not the Santorum is a prime example of servatives” than we were the year solution to our problem; governhow skewed their understanding Pneuma Magazine September 2012


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Santorum goes around talking about “pro-life” and “pro-family” issues, while his voting record in the U.S. Senate demonstrates that he is just another conservativetalking, big-spending politician.

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Instead of worrying about whether one professes to be a “conservative” or a “liberal,” we should be concerned about whether the people we vote for understand the fundamental principles of liberty and constitutional government and have the moral character to defend such principles at all costs.

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It removes true courage and gives false hope. It sullies our character and shines our betrayal, and it puts shackles around our feet and greases the skids of oppression.

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For his entire political career, Congressman Paul has stood like a rock for the fundamental principles of liberty and constitutionalism, and, yet, many “conservatives” reject his Presidential candidacy. They would rather support Big-Government

And in 2012, there is only one man in the Presidential field who has an intellectual grasp and moral commitment to all of the above: Ron Paul. I will say it yet again: it will not matter to a tinker’s dam if anyone other than Ron Paul is elected President in 2012.

It turns friends into adversaries and adversaries into friends. It dulls our senses and sharpens our illusions.

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Patrick Henry was probably the greatest governor that the United States has ever seen; Daniel Webster was probably the greatest senator that the country has ever seen; and I am personally convinced that history will regard Congressman Ron Paul as our greatest US House member.

One would think that at some point people would wake up to the fact that until we start electing civil magistrates who take their oaths to the Constitution seriously, and who truly understand the nature of our federalist form of government, and who are truly committed to the preservation of the Bill of Rights, and who truly understand and appreciate the jurisdiction and authority of the states, nothing is going to change in this country. Nothing!

It saps our strengths and augments our weaknesses. It blinds our eyes to the warning clouds above us and deafens our ears to the sounds of the sirens around us.

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By the same token, it is absolutely incredible that “conservatives,” especially Christian “conservatives,” could so quickly and firmly reject the candidacy of the man who most likely is going to go down in history as the greatest congressman to ever sit in the U.S. House of Representatives, Congressman Ron Paul of Texas.

It creates false conflicts and masks true problems. It caters to the increase of socialism on the one hand, and fascism and corporatism on the other hand.

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To check the factual record of Senator Rick Santorum, go here:

Ladies and gentlemen, face it: the left-right paradigm is a hoax!

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He has voted for so many BigGovernment bills and endorsed so many Big-Government toadies that it is incredible that anyone could refrain from laughing out loud when he calls himself a “conservative.”

the rights and liberties of the citizens of their respective states from the usurpation and overreach of the federal government, our liberties are lost—no matter how many “conservatives” we elect!

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toadies like Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich, or Mitt Romney. Egad!

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TEENS & TWEENS By Monique Lucas An 18-year-old high school graduate packs his belongings and heads off to college. This is his first time living away from home. Everything that was familiar and comfortable in his world is no longer. The church in which he grew up, and the only one of which he has ever been a member, is now 103 miles away. And for the first time in 18 years, he is lonely, homesick, and in great need of support.

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Cornelius P. Weaver, 27, attended the University of Missouri-Rolla in hopes of attaining a degree in Architectural Engineering. Although he was saved before he reached the Rolla campus, he had two things on his mind—football and women—but God had bigger and better plans.

From there, God gave him the idea to author his first book titled Jesus Goes to College. Weaver’s book not only addresses normal college life, but also relationships, choosing friends, living with unsaved roommates and a plethora of other college life issues. “[This book] is about making wise decisions in college. It’s for Christians who want to keep the faith but see college as a wild-out time.”

After his freshman year of college, he suffered an injury that sidelined him for the rest of his college years. For most people, this would have been the biggest upset ever but this is exactly what God used to propel him to his destiny. Shortly after his arrival on campus, Weaver began journaling about his day-to-day college life. He was also reading His Word more often, needing solace from the anxiety of being away from home. One night, as he was reading the Book of Luke, he observed how Jesus was in the temple asking questions of scholars. He thought to himself, “Wow, that’s cool. Jesus… went… to… college.” Pneuma Magazine September 2012

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Weaver also has anticipations for the unsaved as well. “My hope is that an unsaved college student will be reading this book on the edge of bed and will catch these principles and come to know Christ.”

It took Weaver five years to finish writing the book. He says that it was something he couldn’t complete until he worked out certain situations himself. At one point, it seemed like the book was just a dream, but Weaver persevered. “My computer caught a virus and I lost the whole book. I had to rewrite the whole thing.” Afterwards, he spent several months shopping his manuscript to numerous publishers to no avail. Then, he went through a series of personal struggles after graduation that further pushed back the publication of the book. He suddenly became unemployed, his father passed, and his marriage failed. Discouragement began to set in; however, regardless of his personal setbacks, it was God’s purpose that prevailed. After five months of reviewing his raw and unedited manuscript, Tate Publishing finally responded back to Weaver, and the rest is history. Who would have thought a college athlete would become an author? Weaver wants to encourage other believers to go forth in what God has for them. He says, “Everyone has something to contribute to the Kingdom. Persevere and push out those God-given dreams.” Take it from him; God has a way of making things happen for the believer who refuses to give up. After all, that’s how Jesus Goes to College went from a God-given idea to a God-enabled reality. >


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TEENS & TWEENS THE “YOU” in Youth—A True Daughter of Christ These young ladies perceived the need for the creation of a Christian organization on campus, and held discussions to further that end.

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The goal of D.C. is to build up Christian leadership on the Stephens College campus by encouraging each woman to use the spiritual gifts and talents God has given her.

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They initially decided on the name “ARISE Ministries.” The group led various events on campus to demonstrate the love of God, thus piquing the interest of other students.

As it stands, the current Daughters of Christ members are Erica Sanders, Stephanie Parker, Ashley Solomon, Ashley Landrum, and Audrah Davidson.

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These young ladies perceived the need for the creation of a Christian organization on campus, and held discussions to further that end.

That interest has blossomed into what is currently known as “Daughters of Christ” (D.C.). Erica Sanders, with the help of other members of Daughters of Christ, officially established the group in Spring 2012.

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“It was he who gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, to prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ might be built. From him the whole body, joined and held together by every ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work” (Ephesians 4:11–12 & 16).

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The call upon our lives as Christians is to usher in the true understanding and meaning of love, and to bring that to all people through outreach and continually interceding on the behalf of those who need guidance.

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Her spiritual maturity was truly refreshing, and I walked away proud that she was a product of New Life in Christ International Ministries (NLICIM).

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D.C. is meant to cultivate an atmosphere of prayer and a community of strong spiritual sisters who can lead by being examples.

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It was evident when I spoke with Erica Sanders that she was a woman after God’s own heart. She is a bubbly young lady whose age might not be apparent due to her expansive knowledge of Christ, and her aspirations to advance the Kingdom of God.

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We teach obedience because hidden within that character quality is a number of principles that will help children to be successful in life.

God knew what he was doing when he gave the instruction to children to “obey your parents.” He knew that learning obedience when you’re young pays off greatly as you get older. >

This parenting tip comes from the book Home Improvement, The Parenting Book You Can Read to Your Kids by Dr. Scott Turansky and Joanne Miller, RN, BSN. Reprinted with permission. www.biblicalparenting.org September 2012

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Children need to learn to obey, but not merely to make their parents’ lives easier. We don’t teach kids to obey for our own convenience.

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they don’t like a request, they’re justified to resist it. These children remain selfish and grow up to be whiners and complainers, not able to receive an instruction without an argument.

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When kids learn obedience, they learn to consider the needs of others. They learn to be a little less selfish. They learn to fit into the agenda of those around them. They learn to submit to authority.

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Obedience involves learning to do what you’re asked even when you think you have a better way. The person who has learned obedience knows how to listen to an instruction, how to follow through without being watched, and how to report back when the job is done.

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The children who learn obedience when they’re young will make better students and better employees when they get older. Furthermore, they will be happier and enjoy life more.

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DREAM 5 Reasons Why Dreams Don’t Take Flight by John C. Maxwell

1. We have been discouraged from dreaming by others.

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We have to pilot our own dreams; we cannot entrust them to anyone else. People who aren’t following their own dreams resent us pursuing ours. Such people feel inadequate when we succeed, so they try to drag us down.

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Most of us don’t pay the price to overcome the opposition to our dreams. We may start out inspired, but through time we fatigue. Although never intending to abandon our dreams, we begin to make concessions here and there. Through time, our lives become mundane, and our dreams slip away.

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Like Maverick, many of us live with the memory of failure embedded in our psyche. Perhaps a business we started went broke, or we were fired from a position of leadership. Disappointment is the gap that exists between expectation and reality, and all of us have encountered that gap. Failure is a necessary and natural part of life, but if we’re going to attain our dreams, then, like Maverick, we have to summon the courage deal with past hurts.

uncommon discipline. When we attempt to give flight to our dreams, we have to overcome the weight of opposition. Like gravity, life’s circumstances constantly pull on our dreams, tugging us down to mediocrity.

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Although cleared of wrongdoing, the painful memory of the accident haunts Maverick. He quits taking risks and loses his edge. Struggling to regain his poise, he considers giving up on his dream. Although the incident nearly wrecks Maverick’s career, he eventually

reaches within to find the strength to return to the sky.

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In the movie “Top Gun,” Tom Cruise plays Maverick, a young, talented, and cocky aviator who dreams of being the premier pilot in the U.S. Navy. In the film’s opening scenes, Maverick showcases his flying ability but also displays a knack for pushing the envelope with regards to safety. Midway through the movie, Maverick’s characteristic aggression spells disaster. His plane crashes, killing his best friend and co-pilot.

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2. We are hindered by past disappointments and hurts.

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If we listen to external voices, then we allow our dreams to be hijacked. At some point, other people will place limitations on us by doubting our abilities. When surrounded by the turbulence of criticism, we have to grasp the controls tightly to keep from being knocked off course.


DREAM As such, they must be supplied with the extra strength of selfconfidence. In Amelia Earhart’s day, women were not supposed fly airplanes. If she had lacked self-assurance, she never would have even attempted to be a pilot. Instead, Earhart confidently chased after her dream, and she was rewarded with both fulfillment and fame. 5. We lack the imagination to dream. For thousands of years, mankind traveled along the ground: by foot, by horse-and-buggy, by locomotive, and eventually by automobile. Thanks to the dreams of Orville and Wilbur Wright, we now hop across oceans in a matter of hours. The imaginative brothers overcame ridicule and doubt to pioneer human flight, and the world has never been the same.

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Many of us play small because we do not allow ourselves to dream. We trap ourselves in reality and never dare to go beyond what we can see with our eyes. Imagination lifts us beyond average by giving us a vision of life that surpasses what we are experiencing currently. Dreams infuse our spirit with energy and spur us on to greatness. > This article is used by permission from Dr. John C. Maxwell’s free monthly e-newsletters “Leadership Wired” available at: www.injoy.com.


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DREAM FAITH: A Spiritual Soap Opera by Yvonne Kweh Two weeks until the wedding and I can’t believe how excited I am. When I arrived at the airport, Hope and my dad had this big welcome home party for me, and I have to say I got a little choked up. I had forgotten how important and essential family is to life. I was so focused on chasing after a successful career that I neglected one of the most priceless commodities I have, my family. It has been almost ten years since I had seen them, and no amount of money could compare to the joy I felt when I saw my aunts and uncles, or the smile on my grandmother’s face, or the little tear drop that welled up in my dad’s eyes when he saw me. It was a great moment—a moment that I know in my mind I will relive again. When I saw Hope, I couldn’t believe how wonderful she looks; something has changed in her, and I just can’t put my finger on it. She has this light in her eyes that wasn’t there before and this light makes her glow. Julian is growing into such a handsome man, and even though he is just getting to know Jackson, he really does take after him. I have to admit when I saw Hope and Jackson together, I got a little jealous. He is a completely different man, definitely not the Jackson I’d remembered. Pneuma Magazine September 2012

Everyone seems so happy, and they have this security that I have not been able to find in all of my education, or in any of the countries I’ve traveled. I wonder what it is? On a more depressing note, it seems as though my dad has someone in his life, and I can’t believe it. I saw this attractive older lady at my welcome home party, but I couldn’t place her. Initially I thought maybe she was a distant cousin, or one of my uncle’s

girlfriends, so you can imagine my surprise when my father introduced her as his girlfriend. I’m like really, “Dad a ‘girl’ friend; you both are too old for that.” I mean what is he thinking? He is 63-years-old, and she is about 50, so I guess he’s dating a younger woman; ha, it’s all so funny to me. I mean I get that he still has a life, but his wife is dead. It reaaly annoys me a little because he has never said a peep about this


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Are you envious of people who seem to have a more fulfilling life, or have some talent and/or gift you don’t have?

Jesus said in Mark 12:30-31, “And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment. And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.”

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If you answered yes to any of these questions, you may need to check your love walk.

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Are you constantly comparing yourself to others?

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She was like, “How are you? Can I get that for you? Do you need any help?” The whole thing was making my stomach turn. I don’t know what she’s thinking, but we can’t be friends. That’s my dad, and I am the only woman in his life! She is jacking up my feng shui (energy), I really need to meditate and find a happy place.

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He told me they were just friends from church, and it recently became serious, but in honesty, I am really disgusted with the situation. She was trying so hard to be sweet and hold up a conversation with me.

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know all mysteries and all knowledge; and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. And if I give all my possessions to feed the poor, and if I surrender my body to be burned, but do not have love, it profits me nothing. Love is patient, love is kind and is not jealous love does not brag and is not arrogant, does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered, does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all thing, endures all things.” (I Corinthians 13:1-7 [ASV])

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Planning a family vacation that won’t break the bank may seem daunting, but it’s doable. And it’s more fun when your kids help plan the trip. Here are some ideas to consider. Tap the Family You don’t want to make yourself a nuisance, but staying with relatives can be a great way to have an affordable vacation. Kids’ Activities—Get your kids involved in planning the trip by scouring your library for travel books about your destination. Or have them surf the Internet (supervised, of course) for cool things to see in the cities you’ll be traveling through as well as your final destination. Soak up the Great Outdoors Enjoying nature with your family is a great way to spend quality time without spending a lot of money. Campgrounds charge minimal fees to pitch a tent, your meals are cooked over the open fire and—as for entertainment—the options are endless. There’s swimming, canoeing, fishing and hiking, to name a few. Plus, many campgrounds are in picturesque parks or national forests, so photo buffs can go crazy. Kids’ Activities – In advance of your trip, have your kids identify the things they most want to do while you’re camping, and plan each day’s activities. Plus, they can make lists of what to pack, what kind of food to cook over the campfire Pneuma Magazine September 2012

and things to do in the tent if bad weather sets in. Explore Your Own Backyard If it isn’t feasible for your family to “pack up and go” on a vacation this year, think about what’s readily available in your own community to enjoy. Many families rarely see the sites in their own hometown. There are free museum exhibits, war reenactments, local parks and street fairs to enjoy. Plus don’t forget the zoo, nearby theme parks and local sporting events. Kids’ Activities— Have your kids create a list of all there is to do in and around your city (you can call in advance to request literature or a Web site address from your local Convention and Visitor’s Bureau). You will probably need more than a week to do everything on the list, so have them prioritize what they’d most like to do. That way, you can hopefully find something that everyone will agree on before you start your vacation. Surf the Net If you’ve explored all the other vacation options but a true get-away to a resort is what your family is

Check out travel websites or go directly to the websites of the resorts you’re most interested in. They’ll often have specials listed that can save you a bundle. And many airline websites offer web-only fares that are significantly lower than regular coach fares. Kids’ Activities—Suggest your kids make a scrapbook of your trip or keep a photo journal. They can start with a brochure of the resort or a printed-out Web page that shows where you’re headed, then fill in with pictures taken throughout the trip. All in all, just spending time with your family— no matter where that is or how much money you have— can make for priceless vacation memories. Teachable Moments: Getting the kids involved in all the details gives them a sense of pride and responsibility. Here are some ideas: •

Sit down with the older kids and map out the best routes to take, then ask one of them to be your vacation navigator.

Go to the library and check out the children’s picture books with the basic history of the area. This is the great way to get a general overview.

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Daniel, with a heart of courage, refused to bow under pressure , even to the point of death, he was obedient, and courageous. God gave Daniel the ability to understand the dreams of King Nebuchadnezzar, and God gave Daniel

James, brother of Jesus—what a daunting role that would have been—could you have fit that role? James was honest, blunt, and a leader. He knew life doesn’t always seem to work out as we think it should. He knew that, being a disciple of Christ, we must know how to face the tensions between our ideas of how the world ought to be, and the way things really are.

In the story of the burning bush, God speaks to Moses, and like most of us would, he replies, “Who am I that I should go unto Pharaoh, and that I should bring forth the children of Israel out of Egypt?” Exodus 3:11. Although he questioned his role, he didn’t question what God was going to do. Then, when Moses returned to Egypt, 10 plagues came upon the Egyptians until finally Pharaoh let them go. He was a man’s man..

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Lets bring King David into the equation. He was not perfect and he committed some of the most heinous crimes a King could commit—murder, adultery, and told lies to cover it all up. What words could you use to describe David? Creative and powerful; he was a risk taker, and was redeemed. A man after God’s heart—those words pay tribute to David. He was a man’s man.

John the Baptist was a little odd with his diet locusts and honey. Although a loner even by the standards of his day, he prepared the people for Christ’s arrival, and even baptized our Lord at the River Jordan. John was living austerely, challenging sinful rulers, calling for repentance, and promising God’s justice. John is regarded as a prophet in Christianity. He also is a man’s man.

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So what was Paul like? He was zealous man, who, before God blinded him for a short period of time his conversion, was responsible for carrying out the Roman prosecution against the Christian Church. Paul was described as being passionate, controversial, fiery, destructive and redeemed. What a great description of a man. He went on to write most of the New Testament as a man touched by God, moved by God, and who wholeheartedly served God. He was man’s man.

Moses, left home at 3-months-old, and grew up with all the privilege you could imagine—the Son of Pharaoh with all the slaves at his fingertips. Yet he knew God had a higher purpose for him, and after he murdered a man, he fled. In that wilderness, God found him and molded him.

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I don’t think so. I really think men, who are sincere men of God, are genuine men of God, are men who speak the truth without fear of consequence, and love God above all else.

He spoke the truth, and told us how to be men of God, not men of the world. In James 4:17, it Wsimply states, “Remember, it is sin to know what you ought to do and then not do it.” He was a man’s man.

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favor in King Darius’s court. If you read the Book of Daniel, how can you not be awestruck? He was left for dead because he chose God over the rule of the land. In Daniel’s time, God showed his great power through Daniel’s trials. He was a man’s man.

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KINGS & QUEENS approximately 33 years related to us, lived among us, listened and taught us. Then He laid it all down, and stretched His arms wide, as His body hung on a bloody cross that we might believe on Him. He died. Three days later, as well all from the Easter story, the stone was gone He appeared to His disciples and to many others, and now we have the opportunity to share in this glory and honor. In the Book of Revelation, our Lord is described as “The rider on the white horse.” “I saw heaven standing open and there before me was a white horse, whose rider is called Faithful and True. With justice he judges and makes war. His eyes are

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like blazing fire, and on his head are many crowns. He has a name written on him that no one knows but he himself. He is dressed in a robe dipped in blood, and his name is the Word of God. The armies of heaven were following him, riding on white horses and dressed in fine linen, white and clean. Out of his mouth comes a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations. He will rule them with an iron scepter. He treads the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God Almighty.  On his robe and on his thigh he has this name written: KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS” (Revelation 19:11–16). Jesus is my King. I do not for a second believe that Jesus would

want men of God to be nice guys—nice guys have no back bone; nice guys are mommy’s boys; and nice guys give in to the pressures of this world. I am not a nice guy, I am a Biblebelieving man of God, who knows I am in a battle, and this war will be won. I didn’t write this hub to win a popularity contest, I wrote this hub in hopes that the men who read my hubs will realize that God’s purpose for their lives is so much more that going to church on Sunday, more than being an upright citizen in this corrupt age; that being a nice guy, you will not face challenges, and you will not be able to be the man God has called you to be. >


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Stacie, 37 Yes and no. As a person, you don’t come without faults. Everyone has issues. They are pretty much saved.

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Shawn, 34 Yes, as far as knowing their Word. But no, as far as being totally delivered.

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These women are all Christians. They do not all attend the same church. Some have children, some have been married before, a couple of them have had broken engagements.

Renee, 44 Yes and no. For the most part, they were faithful in church and wanted to do well. They desired in their heart to be righteous, but they still had a lot of worldly issues and struggles.

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For this first edition, I interviewed ten single women, ranging from the ages 25 to 45, with the exception of a fabulous 50-year-old.

From your experience, do the Christian men you have dated, or who have shown interest in you, represent your idea of a saved, Godly man?

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And if you are not single, trust me, you can benefit from this series as well. So buckle your seat belts and get in gear as we explore together what it really means to be “Single and Saved in the City.”

In our next edition, the men will have their turn to speak so be sure you grab the next edition of Pneuma. But now, lets see what the women had to say.

[Names have been changed to protect the identity of these individuals.]

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It is my hope that you’ll find an answer to a question, gain some understanding, and apply some wisdom to your own life.

and dating. The purpose was to get a myriad of perspectives, and to see if there was any commonality amongst them, and as you’ll discover, there is!

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Most of what you will read in this series will stem from the real life experiences of an array of single people, myself included.

Single and Saved in the City is a series aimed at Christian singles for the purpose of enlightening, encouraging, and bridging the gap of misunderstanding and/or misconceptions between Christian male and female singles. The series will focus on the male and female side of pressing issues with sure guidance and solutions from the Bible.

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But wherever you may find yourself in the school of life’s experiences, I guarantee you’ll come out more ready, and with more wisdom than you began with, following this series and reflecting on your own life.

Experience is a teacher, as the old saying goes. Some of us have been through enough experiences to fill a 300-page novel (“Amen,” anyone?), while some of us can barely squeeze out a paragraph.


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KINGS & QUEENS loves God and is growing in Christ, not necessarily trying to keep up with all the rules. Have you seen a distinction between Christian men and non-Christian men? Megan, 31 Yes there are some differences. [Christian men] talk about God more openly around other people. Some of them also do alternative things for fun instead of clubbing. Michelle, 30 Yes, definitely. Their conversation is different. Non-Christian men can be very surface. Elise, 31 Generally yes, there is a distinction. They do have conviction. They express those [convictions] in some areas and lack in others. Candace, 38 Yes. The distinction is that nonChristian men are more assertive. If they want you, they will come and get you. A lot of Christian men seem so intimidated because a standard is set. Where is the Christian brother with ambition who won’t feel intimidated by me? A real Christian woman wants a man who will lead. What do you think the biggest challenge is as it relates to Christian men and women who are in relationships? Suzette, 25 They don’t know how to court and do things God’s way. We are supposed to be brothers and sisters in Christ until God says something different. Pneuma Magazine September 2012

Michelle, 30 Pressure of outside parties. Finding out that person isn’t the “one” but still feeling pressured vto be with that person, just because they are a good man in the church. Sometimes, it just doesn’t work out. Candace, 38 Being alone with the person. A lot of us want a godly man, but we fall prey to sleeping with them. The level of respect diminishes because he’s slept with you, but he still wants to marry someone he hasn’t slept with. We need to respect ourselves until it makes them respect us back. I used to be a fornicator, but now my heart’s desire is to please God. Megan, 31 Sex. Even if you both have an agenda and goal to stay celibate, it’s still a challenge. How can we be better as Christians as it relates to courtship, dating and relationships? Jasmine, 26 Our mindset about dating needs to change. Church is not a dating ground. Sometimes, we are supposed to learn something important from that person, not necessarily marry them. Angela, 50 Be more accountable in our relationships. Stay committed to the things of the Lord, so that He will be in the middle to guide us in whichever way it goes. Suzette, 25 Know God’s plan for your life.

Don’t date where you are. Court off of where you are going! Michelle, 30 It all goes back to preparation. The success of it is based off of that singleness, that time alone. Courtship and relationships would be much easier if we used our singleness effectively to prepare for whom God has for us. What, if anything, would you like to see change in our Christian men? Angela, 50 Since there is so few of them, I would like to see more of them witness and bring more men into the church. Be role models to men in the community. Stacie, 37 Christian men really need to know who they are in God. They should seek to find their identity in God first before they entertain being in a relationship. Elise, 31 More mentoring and discipleship. They need a heart for welcoming [new believers] and reaching out to other men. Michelle, 30 Stop being so easily influenced by lust of the eye. Trust in God and allow Him to lead rather than your flesh to make a decision. Renee, 44 I’d like to see a Christian man give me a ring (jokingly). Seriously, I’m more apt to say that I need to change. I’m now realizing that men are honorable and special and I need to view them that way. >


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As Jesus sat on the Mount of Olives, and spoke to His beloved Disciples in Matthew 24:12 about the signs of the end of times, and what was to come, He told them “…because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.” But the comfort for a believer rests in “Christ in you, the hope of glory “(Colossians 1:27). As believers in Christ we must know that even as iniquity abounds, the grace of God abounds much more according to Romans 5:20. This grace will empower the believer to know and access a way of escape from sin and iniquity, and allow the love of God to come warm their heart to submit to God, resist the devil, and expect the devil to flee. Beloved, let us consider for a moment those that are without Christ (the anointed one and His anointing), those without hope, love, joy, peace, Godly wisdom, character, integrity, prosperity or all other

qualities of Christ. As ambassadors of Christ let us use the wisdom of God to have a word fitly spoken like apples of gold so that those without Christ will see the manifestation of God through the body of Christ and redeem (restore the honor or worth of, buy up for one’s self, reinstate) the time according to Colossians 4:5. >

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