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Volume 1; Issue 1: February 2013

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ENVISION Pastor Dexter Howard

I’m intrigued by the power of vision. For as long as I can remember, I’ve had in my mind an image of my future that compelled me to keep moving forward past difficult circumstances. Many of those images have come to pass. Now I realize that I’ve been a visionary all of my life – not just since I’ve been a pastor. I also now know that those pictures in my mind were not self-contrived. It was God who painted my future in my imagination. He is the source of vision. Sight is natural, but vision is supernatural. Webster’s dictionary defines vision as “something seen in a dream or trance; a supernatural appearance that conveys a revelation.” Vision is the mode of seeing something immaterial in nature. In essence, vision is when we see something before it exists. If vision comes from God, then it can only be accomplished with His assistance. It cannot come about with natural ability alone. It’s too big. A vision will require supernatural help. What's your vision? What do you see in your future? If you haven't identified it yet, let me give you some pointers that will help you determine whether or not you have received a vision from the Lord. 1. It will be as real to you as what you see with your eyes. 2. It’s too big to accomplish on your own. You will need God’s help and the help of others. 3. It consumes you and motivates you to work hard. 4. It’s not just about you, but also countless others. 5. It will require great personal cost. Restoration Church has a vision – a big one that came from God. Here is what we “see” over the next five years. It will require faith in God and a lot of work, but together we can get it done. Envision with me…

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Five-Year Outlook Membership Growth – We will continue to grow God’s family by aggressively reaching out throughout the Northwest Arkansas region. We will be a church family of at least 1000 members strong, worshipping in two locations (north and south). Land/Property Acquisitions – We will acquire highway-frontage acreage on which to build a facility that accommodates worship, education, and community outreach. We will acquire land and/or a facility to serve as a retreat site for Encounters, leadership training, and prayer. National Expansion – We will launch at least two branch locations nationally, staffed with branch pastors.

Media Programming – We will aggressively pursue media

opportunities to impact at least one million households via local, national, and international programming.

Education – We will establish a nursery – 5th grade academy, The Genesis School, to provide excellent and innovative education to the next generation of societal and spiritual leaders. Restore Community Development Corporation – We will strengthen our CDC to provide more services that focus on the restoration and success of families; and encourage entrepreneurship and economic development.

Ministry Training – We will establish a ministry institute to prepare, train, and equip ministers to operate with integrity, excellence, and fruitfulness in the five-fold ministry (apostles, prophets, pastors, teachers and evangelists).

Leadership Training - We will establish a leadership training institute to prepare, train, and equip business and societal leaders in principles of integrity, moral excellence, and biblical leadership models. Ministerial Alliance – We will establish an alliance of ministries to serve as a source of encouragement, support, and training for pastors and their families.


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gasoline. We attended Restoration Church the following Sunday and have since become members. We cannot overemphasize how the church has ministered and blessed us. We both have attended “Encounters” at the church. What an awesome experience, fellowship, and freedom in Christ! As we sat in the circle and men became transparent before each other and before God, I felt the comfort of a loving Father. I talked to these men openly and they did not condemn me, but were loving me back into fellowship. Since this time we have both been so blessed and are so grateful for the miracle that God has bestowed upon us. I will never forget what God has done for me. Restoration has ministered to us both, keeping hope alive. Our Pastors, Dexter and Genette Howard, are truly a blessing. They have presented the Word and challenged us to serve the Lord with all our hearts. No matter what you have done, there is forgiveness with the Lord. I repented and rededicated my life. The enemy has nothing to bring up. All praise is given to God. Both of us share daily with someone about Restoration, and what the Lord is doing through His Church. What a privilege and honor to be a part of this loving family.

challenges and victories for our family. In early 2012, during a routine wisdom tooth removal, the oral surgeon spotted an unusual growth inside of John’s mouth. After a thorough examination, the surgeon informed John that the growth was indeed cancerous. This was a very sobering time in our lives, and suddenly nothing else mattered. Shortly thereafter, John underwent surgery, in which a portion of his mouth was literally removed. The doctors informed John that he would have to wear an artificial mouth piece, and possibly for the rest of his life. After only a few months of wearing it, John was able to remove the mouthpiece, despite the doctors’ predictions. After having to relearn how to speak, John is completely healed and there is no sign of cancer! When we first got married, our family doubled within a year and half. You can imagine the financial constraints we faced. Last year, John received the opportunity to apply for a Directorship at the University of Arkansas. John beat out several other candidates and is now the new Director of the Center for Multicultural and Diversity Education. When our family needed increase the most, God stepped in and showed Himself to be a provider. In a few months’ span, our financial situation changed and we were able to buy our first home. We never imagined that we would be able to do this at this time in our lives. As the Fred Hammond song “We’re Blessed” says, “late in the midnight hour, God’s going to turn it around…” We were living this song. Our encouragement to you is that if you are in Christ, no matter what your situation looks like, you can rest assured that God is working things out behind the scenes on your behalf. Don’t give up, don’t lose hope, and keep the faith.

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From Eddie:

Let me first say that our God is greater than anything that can come against you. My testimony begins with forsaking God. Although still attending church, I had put God behind all else. I was not in the Word, or trusting God- I was walking in the flesh. Then, last year, I committed adultery. This led to me drinking and having a total denial of the power of God in my life. I was very miserable. When the affair was discovered, it looked for all practical purposes that my marriage of 29 years was over. Thank God my wife is a woman who had not put her faith aside.

In This Issue of REACH: Leadership Matters: Who Is Leading You?

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Family Matters:

How to Win the Fight of Your Life

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The Power Of

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2012 was the worst year of my life, due completely to the fact that I found out about my husband’s affair. Being confronted with the truth was painful on both of us and our kids. I was so upset and angry. The other woman even crossed the line by calling our house phone one night, and I talked with her. I told her that God was the one talking to her, not me, because I would not be this nice. The Holy Spirit led me to witness to her over the phone and even told her to kneel on her knees with Eddie and me to pray. I wowed myself when I told her she needed Jesus and to be saved, to which she informed me that she was. My response was, “Then you need to repent.” Eddie said he couldn't believe how calm I was. I reminded him that it was the Holy Spirit, not me. We went to counseling together, and have not missed reading the Bible every day. We are in the Life NET Marriage class that Elder Todd and Andrea Kitchen teach. It has been so helpful. We have laughed so hard at each other’s stories in that class, it carries us through the rest of the week and can't wait to meet again. We are blessed!! Restoration has been the best thing, besides our salvation, that has happened to us. Thank you church, and Pastors Dexter and Genette, for your support and love. We love you all! The Power of Encountering God

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Financial Matters: Imagine Debt-Freedom

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Relationship Matters:

Happiness Happens In Relationships: Connecting in Small Groups

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Mastering Forgiveness

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The Bible tells the story of how an ordinary man, Moses, was thrust into one of history’s greatest leadership assignments. Without formal training or education in leadership, Moses was tasked with leading the children of Israel out of Egyptian bondage and into their God-given promised land. Many doubted his qualifications for the job as Israel struggled to remain committed to following God’s plan. Weary from the challenge of this task, Moses heeded the wisdom of his father-in-law, Jethro, who instructed him to “look at those who are around you, and choose men – men of courage, wisdom, and a willingness to lead God’s people to a place none of them have ever seen” (Exodus 18:21-22, author’s paraphrase). Moses’ story is one of a man with a vision and a mission from God. However, the magnitude of his assignment made it literally impossible for one man to accomplish this mission alone.

Robert Clinton, author of “The Making of a Leader,” explains in his book the central task of leadership as influencing God’s people towards God’s purpose. Pastor Dexter and Pastor Genette have intentionally developed a leadership team committed to this exact purpose – leading God’s people towards God’s plan and His purpose! The common thread among the ministry’s leadership team is their support and belief in the vision of Restoration and ultimately, their total dependence upon the leading of God through the Holy Spirit. So who is leading you? A group of ordinary people, with a strong faith in the ability of an extraordinary God!

Dr. Todd Kitchen

MEET THE HOWARDs Todd MEET THE KITCHENs and Andrea Kitchen serve as Elders at Restoration. Elder Todd Kitchen is associate minister and oversees almost every function that makes the Sunday “Restoration Experience” so powerful, including I-Team, Altar Workers, Creative Arts and Worship, and First Impressions. Andrea coordinates our L.I.F.E. Net Groups. They are the parents of three children: Brianna, T.J. and Adrianna.

MEET THE MOSES’ Samuel and Dionna

Dexter and Genette Howard are the founders and senior pastors of Restoration Church. They cast vision, set the ministry’s overall direction, teach, discipline and inspire. They are the proud parents of six daughters, named in alpha order: Alexa, Bethany, Celeste, Destiny, Eden and Faith.

MEET THE POSEYs Tony and Sheila Posey serve as

Executive Directors at Restoration Church. They oversee our New Members and New Believers Ministry, CARE Ministry, and the Men’s and Women’s Fellowships. They are the parents of three children: Jemal, Stacy and Destiny.

Moses are Elders at Restoration. They are currently on an 18-month assignment in Bangalore, India in their roles with Walmart Stores. They have one daughter, Lauren.

MEET THEWilliamLANGs and Blanch Lang

are Directors of Restoration Student Ministries, which ranges from nursery-aged to college-aged students. Minister Will works full time at the church. They have one daughter, Staisha.

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HOW TO

Family Matters

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Everyone will face a life crisis at some point -- a sickness or disease, a financial loss, a failing relationship, a wayward child, a legal battle, a sudden death...the list goes on and on. Jesus said that we would have trouble in this world so we should not be shocked by every little trial. But there are some situations that knock the air out of us and threaten our very life. These are crisis moments and they require us to dig in and fight. The believer's fight is always a "faith fight". We recognize that we are not wrestling with flesh and blood, but with strong spiritual enemies that seek to devour and destroy us. The enemy is not so much after our physical life, but more so our faith, hope, love -- our light. Our family has faced many crises over the years and I am grateful to say that we have always come out victorious, with our family, faith and goods firmly intact. In this article, I want to share with you the spiritual strategy we use when we are facing intense difficulty. I hope you will adopt it as your own and win every fight to the glory of God. 1. Round the troops. This is what my husband calls it, but it means to bring the family together. He gathers the girls and me and leads us in a discussion of the matter at hand. Then we get in agreement on the outcome. The definition of crisis is: “a situation that could turn for better or worse.” In our family, we decide to agree that the situation will turn for the better. Together, we choose victory and stay in agreement concerning the outcome. 2. Declare your victory. We find God's promises to help us overcome whatever matter is at hand, then we open our mouths boldly and declare it. We speak His Word over and over again, declaring our victory. We say only what God said. No matter how the situation looks, we continue to speak in line with His Word. We refuse to speak in defeat. If we can't say what God said, we don't say anything at all.

3. Take communion. During the crisis, we take communion with bread and wine (juice) frequently, sometimes daily, depending on the situation. Jesus said that we should take communion in "remembrance of Him". Through communion we remind ourselves of the price that Christ paid -- His very life -- for our victory. It reminds us of the covenant we have with God, sealed by the blood of Jesus. After communion, our faith is strengthened and we walk through each day expecting victory. 4. Give more. Yes, we give a sacrificial offering(s) when we are facing a trial. One reason we give is because our offering demonstrates our trust in God to deliver us. Another reason is Jesus taught that we receive in proportion to what we give. Simply put, if we need a lot, we have to give a lot. So, in times of crisis, we increase our giving because we need so much. We do this very sensitively, listening for the voice of the Holy Spirit in what or how much to give away. We have experienced many miracles of healing and financial provision using this strategy. Six years ago, when I battled for my life after the birth of our sixth daughter, I overcame gloriously using these exact weapons. A few years ago, our oldest daughter, Alexa, was diagnosed with mono and the doctor prepared us for a long battle with the illness. She warned us that Alexa might not be able to return to sports for a year. We immediately went to our strategy -- staying in agreement, declaring God's Word, taking communion with her daily and giving more. In two weeks, there was no trace of the sickness in Alexa's body and she was cleared for sports. Alexa's faith went through the roof as she saw God's Word work. Precious people of God, we are the victors. Choose to turn the crisis in your favor. Don't lie down and let it turn for the worse. Pick up your weapons and fight for your life. You are triumphant in Christ.

Our Spring Travel Itinerary...Please Pray for US February 20, 2013

St. Peter’s World Outreach Church Winston-Salem, North Carolina

March 6-11, 2013

Dabira Conference & The Elevation Church Lagos, Nigeria

April 24-27, 2013

Living Word Bible Church Women’s Conference Mesa, Arizona

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Encountering God, the Creator of the Universe, is a very powerful and life-changing experience. What is an encounter? Why is it so life changing? I like Webster’s definition of an encounter, “to come upon face-to-face.” That’s exactly what happens when we encounter our Heavenly Father. When we encounter God, there is an awakening in our spirit, intimacy, and transformation. There are several examples of people in the Bible who had an encounter with God and we see their lives changed. In the Old Testament, there is the example of Jacob (Gen 32:24-30). In his encounter, he was desperate for God to bless him and wasn’t giving up until he had his request. In the end, Jacob experienced God in an intimate way and his name was changed to Israel in order to reflect his real identity.

In the New Testament, there is Saul of Tarsus. He was headed in one direction in his life and not even thinking about living for Jesus (Acts 9:3-5). He encountered Jesus on the Road to Damascus. Through his encounter experience, Jesus was revealed to him and his name was changed to Paul. We know from the scriptures that Paul was transformed and began preaching the Gospel. Personally, I can say that over my eight years of encountering God, I have truly been transformed. I am literally a new woman, or should I say that the woman that has been there all the time has been revealed. I wasn’t really sure what to expect when I started attending the Encounters at Restoration, but I was open to seeing how it could help me. At the time, I didn’t really know who I was

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in Christ or what God had planned for me. I knew I was saved, but I was not experiencing the abundant life that the Bible said I should have. In the Encounters, I would say that I felt like an onion being peeled. There were layers that God had to work through (some took longer), but he didn’t take me too fast. I felt it was just me, my thoughts, and God in that special place and He was speaking to me, but I had a part to play. I had to respond. I had experienced things in my life that caused some hurt, pain, and wounds that were not healed. It was extra baggage I was carrying around and it was heavy. One of my greatest experiences in the Encounters was my deliverance from low self-esteem and lack of confidence. I wanted to step out and be like others who were risk takers and confident in their actions, but it was like I couldn’t break free. I tried reading books and using mental assent, among other things, but only to come back to my safe place – my shell. After hearing God’s truth in a 36-hour Encounter, Pastor Genette, that following Sunday, was exhorting the congregation and she said, “We are not weak, we are strong!” It’s as if she was talking to me. At that moment, something happened in me and I said to myself, That’s me, I’m strong. That was over 8 years ago and I can say that I have not dealt with low self-esteem since then. Had I not let God work in me and go through the healing process, I would not have been in a position to hear, receive, and act on the truth. Today I know who I am and I am living a thriving life in Christ!

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Men's Encounters *February 8-9 *June 7-8

Youth Encounter *March 15-16


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DEBT FREEDOM IMAGINE

Pastor Dexter Howard

An anonymous friend of Restoration wants to see our ministry become debt-free. He has issued our congregation a challenge to motivate us to accelerate the elimination of the mortgage on our facility.

Here’s the challenge: Currently, we have two mortgages on our facility at 682 S. Government Street. The first mortgage is approximately $365,000 and the second is $165,000. When we pay off the first mortgage, he will pay off the second mortgage for us. Then we will own the building, valued at over $1.2 million, free and clear! For years we have confessed that we will owe no man anything but to love him. Here’s our chance! Imagine with me the strength of a debt-free ministry: 1. We will have more choices. When we have less debt to pay, it increases our cash flow. Increased cash flow gives us more options of how to invest our resources. 2. We can grow faster. When we don’t have to focus on paying for the building, the more we can focus on building people. Resources are freed up to hire more staff and provide solutions to people in need. Our influence and reach as a church grows. 3. We can save money. When we pay off our loan sooner, we pay less in interest. The money we once paid in interest will be invested back into the ministry’s initiatives. 4. We can inspire others to be debt-free. Sometimes people just need to see the possibilities in order to unlock their own potential. When we pay off this debt, we hope to be a picture of what is possible when people work together to achieve a goal. We can do anything!

There are so many ways to tackle the $365,000 debt. The quickest way to do it is for one person to write a $365,000 check. That’s possible, but it would be better if more people could share in the blessing of making God’s house debt-free. The next way is for 365 people to give $1000. Wow…I can imagine that. Can you?

Our goal is to burn the mortgage on our 15th anniversary in November and enter into year 16 stronger than ever, owing no man anything but love. Can you imagine? Each month we will be celebrating the individuals and families who present their $1000 contribution to the mortgage elimination campaign. We believe the momentum will build into a great wave of generosity that will wipe the debt away quickly. I hope you will release your faith, be diligent with your finances, and set your expectation to be a $1000 giver. Can you imagine? If you are a friend of the ministry and want to help us, we welcome your gift! You can send your contribution to: Restoration Church c/o Mortgage Elimination Campaign P.O. Box 3682 Fayetteville, AR 72702

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Happiness Happens

Relationship Matters

In Relationships

CONNECTING IN SMALL GROUPS When He had stopped speaking, He said to Simon, “Launch out into the deep, and let down your nets for a catch.” But Simon answered and said to Him, “Master, we have toiled all night and caught nothing; nevertheless at Your word I will let down the net.” And when they had done this, they caught a great number of fish, and their net was breaking…(11)so when they had brought their boats to land, they forsook all and followed Him. Luke 5:4-11 (NKJV, paraphrased)

The fifth chapter of Luke tells the story of three failing fishermen who experienced the power of connection. Simon, James, and John had fished all night and caught nothing, now Jesus was asking them to change their perspective and connect to a greater cause: the Kingdom. Simon had a direct conversation with Jesus and he accepted the invitation to connect to something that was bigger than what his eyes could see. The request was simple: to fish as Jesus dictated and to abandon his old ways of survival, and it worked! Not only was Simon blessed, but so were his partners. All it took was a change in the way he fished! All it took was a new perspective that came from a powerful connection. There is no denying the power contained in making great connections. God created humankind to connect within a community. This was true during the times of the disciples, and it is still true for us today. Connections are vital for living a Christ- empowered life. For the disciples, the connection they made that day with Jesus allowed them to experience the difference between powerful living and living a frustrated life. Through this relationship connection, the disciples gained access to the power that could only be found in accepting a closer walk with Jesus himself. This same power helped a group of twelve dedicated followers grow to include millions of believers today. Jesus knew that communicating this vision of the relationship connection to the disciples in the “masses” would end without positive results, so he had to pull

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out from “among” the crowd to really communicate the vision and to take care of the needs closest to the heart of each man. Jesus knew that large crowds didn’t possess the ability to grow disciples; that disciples could only be born out of a more intimate relationship, which possesses the ability to minister to the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of each man. Jesus knew that the disciples needed community. In Restoration Church, LIFE NET (Network, Engage, Transform) Groups is the community for believers. LIFE NET Groups is where connection happens. When you join a NET Group you will join with others in your pursuit for purpose, and make powerful connections to help transform your life in Christ. The relationships formed in small group ministry time are instrumental in helping you to become devoted to “the cause” of the Kingdom of God. Getting involved in small group ministry will empower you for living out the purpose of God for your life.

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LIFE NET Groups offered this session include: Financial Peace Marriage Champions The Journey for Men and Women New Members New Believers Power Thoughts


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Pastor Dexter Howard

The POWER of FIRST FRUITS For the past several years, our ministry has set aside the first week in April as a time to give a sacrificial first fruit offering to God to acknowledge Him as the source and sustainer of our lives. This year on April 7th, we will once again offer our sacrificial seed and declare the blessing of God to rest upon our houses in 2013: Honor the Lord with your possessions, and with the first fruits of all your increase; so your barns will be filled with plenty, and your vats will overflow with new wine. Proverbs 3: 9-10 A first fruit is a prized representation of a group; a sacrifice; a choice representation; a special seed set aside to honor God and worship Him. The law of first fruits was set forth by God for the Jews. He commanded Israel to bring an offering of the first and best of every animal and crop they produced. If they obeyed, He promised to abundantly bless their future harvests. This first fruit offering was usually given around the spring of each year. The first fruit offering is given as "honor" to God. It is a demonstration of love for Him and faith toward Him. The first fruit shows that we trust Him as the source of our provision. Nothing pleases God more than when we place our full confidence in Him, not in ourselves or our possessions. Nothing demonstrates our trust in Him, and not money, like sacrificial giving. The first fruit offering also establishes divine order in our lives. Repeatedly, Scripture tells us to put God first and we will be successful. God doesn't ask for all of our time, talent and treasure, just the first and best of it. When we give to Him our first and best, everything else falls into alignment. We position Him as governor of our lives and position ourselves for abundant blessing. As a church, we have set this year into divine order by beginning it with fasting and prayer. I believe that a sacrificial offering completes the process of establishing God as first so the rest of the year will be blessed. I see this principle in Romans Chapter 10. A man named Cornelius gave himself to a period of fasting and prayer, but he combined it with a sacrificial offering. As a result, God

heard his prayers and immediately brought salvation and blessings to his whole household. As a church, we have fasted and prayed, and now is our opportunity to give a special offering.

God desires to release His best into our lives, but we must also be willing to release our best. Our quality of life is directly connected to seeds that we sow. There is undeniable proof of this connection in both the Old and New Testaments: II Corinthians 9:6-11; Genesis 4:3-4; Luke 6:38; Malachi 3:10; Mark 12:42-44.

FAQ’s about First Fruit Offerings

Q. What amount represents my first fruit?

A.The economy of the Old Testament was largely agrarian. Their material substance was mostly crops and livestock. The first fruit was simpler to identify, but still difficult to give. It was the first male, unblemished animal; or the best part of the first crop. Israel was to offer it up to worship God as their source and to demonstrate their faith in Him for their future provision. This honors Him greatly and He promised to excessively bless everything that followed. A first fruit offering for us today is measured in dollars and cents. You must be led by the Holy Spirit as you discern what this amount is for you. However, here are some guidelines that may help. 1. A first fruit should be sacrificial, meaning it is an amount that requires you to have to give up something you want or need. 2. Many people give the equivalent of their wages for one week, day, or month. What’s most important is that you ask God what you should give and then obey. Have faith! Q. What’s the difference between the first fruit and the tithe?

A. The tithe is not an offering. God says it belongs to Him and we are commanded to return it to His house (Mal 3:10). It is the “tenth part” or 10% of every dollar you receive. You return the tithe every time you receive income from any source. A first fruit is a one-time offering you give when you come into a new place – New Year, new job, etc. God commands us to give tithes and offerings. Q. What will the ministry do with the money?

A. After we lift up the offering to the Lord and bless it, we will speak a powerful blessing over each household that gives. The money will be used to advance the ministry initiatives of Restoration Church worldwide.

IMPACT SUNDAY Sunday, April 7, 2013

Honoring the Lord Together With a First-Fruit Offering

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STUDENT MINISTRIES William & Blanch Lang

Restoration Student Ministries (RSM) is a ministry for the children and students at Restoration Church. The mission of RSM is to reach this younger generation through relationships in order to impact the world! We Reach. We Relate. We Impact. Every child needs a place to feel like they can BELONG, GROW, WORSHIP, and SERVE. Each student can BELONG by participating in our Sunday morning and GROW by learning from our leaders through weekly teachings and take-home projects. Through WORSHIP the students can experience the depth of God. They will learn to SERVE by helping to assist the teachers, volunteering to help at E-café, and becoming involved with community outreaches and missions.

“Kid Zone” includes children from nursery through 8th grade. Nursery is for children aged 6 weeks to 3 years. It’s a place where parents can rest assured that loving caregivers will attend to their children so they can receive from God in the main service. Kid Zone is a fun place for your child to learn from relevant and interesting lessons. Your child will learn about God’s love through music, games, and hands-on activities. Each month we dedicate a night just for the kids that we call “Fun Night.” It could be a night of dancing, playing games, or watching a movie- just a relaxing time for relationships to develop and to have fun.

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“Real Talk” is for our teens, aged 13 to 18 years, and college-aged students are also welcome. “Real Talk” takes place during our Wednesday night services in a comfortable setting in the lounge. This is where we talk real issues and give real results, allowing for each teen or college-aged student to be open and honest about dealing with day-to-day issues. It gives them the opportunity to express themselves and obtain a result to overcome the situation in their lives. It helps prepare each student to impact their peers and the world through their relationship with Jesus Christ. We are equipping them to GO, DO, and BE what God intended.


The Real Men’s Fellowship Network Will Foster:

Relationships, Leadership, & Spiritual Empowerment Among Men

EQUIPPING MEN WITH THE KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS THEY NEED TO LEAD THEIR FAMILY & COMMUNITY

THESISTERHOOD Women’s Fellowship

OUR DREAM IS GOD’S DREAM: To be a spiritual family of women—sisters from all walks of life who love, support and celebrate each other. We worship Christ together, pray together and serve together. We laugh together. We cry together. We overcome together. We succeed together. We are God’s dream girls in God’s dream world. OUR VOW: To love and protect our Sisterhood. John 13:34-35


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Are you encountering difficulties, trials, or “giants” that appear too big to overcome? You will be encourages and empowered by this motivational message. Pastor Howard teaches you how to: -Face trouble with faith in God. -Gain confidence that you will overcome. -Grow through trouble, not just go through trouble. God’s Word guarantees that no matter what you face, before it ends you will win. You will come out as a champion-His champion. Triumphant!

This message reveals God’s first and highest intent for the woman, and why an entity that does not love, honor, and nuture women will not live up to its potential. Without the complexities of the feminine spirit, humanity cannot survive or thrive.

In this prophetic message, Pastor Howard reminds you of your lawful right to healing, emotional wholeness, and life abundance as a follower of Christ. He will increase your expectation for God to bring justice to every area of your life. Heaven has declared “no more injustice!” over you. This message will teach you how to get in agreement, stake your claim, and watch God’s Word restore everything that has been stolen from you.

God has given each of us talents, gifts, and abilities and He expects for us to use them-no matter how small. His plan is for us to grow as we go. In this dynamic message, you will learn how to: -Value and use what you currently have. -Eliminate the excuses that hold you back. -Focus on your strengths, instead of your deficiencies. -Start small and grow big. Don’t let life pass you by! Get up, pick up what you do have and use it. You will grow as you GO.

For these products and more, contact Restoration @ 682 S. Government Street, Fayetteville, AR 72701 (479)251-7327

Save These Dates!

April 7, 2013 First Fruit Sunday June 24-29, 2013 Restore CDC Eagle’s Camp June 26-29, 2013 Restoration Church Bible Camp July 11-13, 2013 C.A.M. Conference

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August 10, 2013 Restore CDC Back to School Family Festival August 22-24, 2013 Fire Conference September 15, 2013 Church Picnic

October 23-25, 2013 Word of Faith Conference St. Peter’s World Outreach Winston Salem, NC

October 4-5, 2013 No More Silly Women Conference

November 10, 2013 15th Church Anniversary Worship Service

November 9, 2013 15th Anniversary Banquet


THRIVE MASTERING FORGIVENESS

by Pastor Genette Howard

Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times -Genuine forgiveness is not weak at all. It takes great shall I forgive my brother or sister who sins against me? Up to strength to free someone (or yourself) from the seven times?” Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but punishment that is deserved. Forgiveness doesn’t seventy-seven times. Matthew 18:21, 22 absolve someone of guilt; it just releases them of Forgiveness. It’s the dirty little “f” word that none of us can punishment. avoid. No one has escaped this life without being harmed in some way by another person or inflicting harm on another. -Holding a grudge may feel good to our lower nature, Unfortunately, it’s as much a part of the human terrain as but it is actually destructive to our long-term health and breathing, eating and sleeping. In an imperfect world filled happiness. The end result won’t be good at all. with flawed people, personal violations are par for the course. In other words, we all mess up and sometimes our foibles Learning to Forgive hurt other people. At times we are victim and other times we Dr. Fred Luskin, a professor at Stanford University, are culprit. All of us. This is what Jesus knew and why he wrote an award-winning book called “Learning to Forgive”, which reveals research that shows the affects of taught so much on forgiveness. forgiveness on our overall well-being and, most importantly, that we can be taught to forgive. In three The Danger of Unforgiveness To forgive is to let go of bitterness, resentment and all separate studies, including one with Catholics and expectation of punishment because of pain caused by others Protestants from Northern Ireland whose family or oneself. Just let it go. It’s simple in concept but difficult to members were murdered in the political violence, he perform because when we are wounded our human nature found that people who are taught how to forgive become craves vengeance. Yet, no matter how we want to justify it, the less angry, feel less hurt, are more optimistic, become inescapable truth is unforgiveness is toxic to every part of our more forgiving in a variety of situations, and become more compassionate and self-confident. life: spiritual, mental and physical. Research has found that unforgiveness is the leading cause of Forgiveness is mastered with practice. The more you many physical ailments. Harboring bitterness and forgive, the easier it is to forgive. Practice makes perfect. resentment raises blood pressure, depletes immune systems, Maybe this is what Jesus knew when he answered Peter’s stiffens joints and makes you more easily depressed. It question, “Master, how many times should I forgive produces fatigue, lack of focus and causes people to hold someone who offends me? Seven times?” excess weight. Jesus replied, “No, I say seventy times seven.” Unforgiveness creates anger, mistrust, fear and tension in relationships. It blocks the way to hope, joy, peace and love – Could it be that “seventy times seven” means mastery? all the things that are vital to well-being and make life worth Maybe Jesus was telling Peter to always forgive – quickly living. Studies show that people who forgive are happier and and completely. Master it, so he could live a long and healthier than those who hold resentments. The first study to strong life. look at how forgiveness improves physical health discovered that when people think about forgiving an offender it leads to My personal belief is that the one who masters improved functioning in their cardiovascular and nervous forgiveness is unstoppable. Nothing can hold back the person who knows how to let it go. Living in forgiveness systems. is the Master’s key to lifelong success. Thrive! The truth is: holding on to offenses and seeking payback is not an option if you want to thrive in life. You must forgive.

Fallacies About Forgiveness

Most people are disempowered to forgive because they have believed a series of lies that may sound like this: -To forgive you must pretend like it didn’t happen. -To forgive you must act like it didn’t hurt. -To forgive is to be weak. -It feels good to hold a grudge or get revenge. Here’s the truth about forgiveness: -Genuine forgiveness begins with an acknowledgment of what happened and that it hurt. As a matter of fact, you can forgive a person and still feel the pain. Wounds take time to heal.

Are you exhausted all the time? Work constantly? Struggle to be happy? Can’t lose the weight? Is your body sending you warning signs?

You could be suffering from Chronic Stress like millions of Americans. Genette Howard brings relief through simple and effective solutions in her book

“Fight Stress & Live!”: •Learn the disastrous effects of stress and how to defend your body against it. •Find out the 5 simple commitments that can save your life. •Gain confidence that you can live a healthier, stronger and longer life with peace and joy every day.

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estoration R E A C H R E S TO R E R E I G N

Our Mission We are a church that reaches out to all people to strengthen their relationship with Christ and to restore their life to one of purpose, power, passion and dominion. Our Vision To establish Restoration Worship Centers in communities throughout the world.

The Core: Our Guiding Values These values shape the spirit of Restoration Church and make our church a special place to worship, grow, and reach your potential. You should see these qualities reflected in all we do.

Excellence

We consistently go above and beyond to achieve the “Wow Factor”. Our personal best honors God and draws others.

Compassion

Relationships

We do life together – up close and personal, by providing meaningful, creative ways to connect people to God and to each other. To us, it’s all about family.

Generosity

We are love-driven. We go as far as we can and stay as long as we can to help hurting people.

We give like there are no limits.

Relevance

We’re impact-players who expect God-sized results that radically change lives. We play to win.

We deliver God’s Word in big, bold, innovative ways to reach people with a message that matters to them now.

Power

Service

We are here to meet the needs of people. Period.

Main Location: 682 S. Government St. Fayetteville, AR 72702 Office: (479) 251-7327 Fax: (479) 251-3504 Office Hours: Mon, Tues, Thurs, & Fri. Wed 9:00a – 5:00p 9:00a – 3:00p

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