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“The Creation” My, what a blasts! God has blessed me to write another Christmas play. I Hope when you see this play you will be edified and God will be glorified because it all comes from Him. You are invited to come to a peaceful place to relax and enjoy this play. Where? At Ajalon Temple of Truth Baptist Church, 1544 East 123rd Street, Los Angeles, 90059. (The corner of, Compton and 123rd street. Three blocks South of King Drew Hospital.) The Rev. Curtis M. Holmes, is Pastor. When? Sunday, December 23, 2012, at 9:30 a.m. (You will be out in time to make your 11:00 a.m. service at your church.) To God be the glory for the things He has done. I will be looking for you! Admission is free, Jewel Anderson.

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BETHEL SCHOOL OF EVANGELISM BEGINS WINTER QUARTER Monday, January 7th marks the beginning of the winter quarter of Evangelism at Bethel M. B. C., classes begin at 7:29 p.m. each Monday night. These classes are designed to equip the follower of Christ to carry out the mandate, which is found in Matthew 28:18-20 that says, “And Jesus came and spake unto them saying, all power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and lo, I am with you always, even unto the end PASTOR REGINALD POPE of the world. Amen.” Winter registration will continue through January 14th. All classes are facilitated by a well-equipped and spirit-filled staff. First time classes include Evangelism 101, Introduction to Principles of Evangelism facilitated by Pastor Reginald Pope and Minister Mike Jones; Prayer Class with Brother Columbus Wallace; Youth Classes with Sisters Doris Turner, Sheila McKinney, Hattie Marshall, and Joyce Howard; Teen Class with Sister Bertha Sweet. Learning about God’s Word is a Family Affair. Classes are available to all ages. Other Facilitators are as follow: E-102, Scripture Comprehension for Witnessing with Sisters

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Tis’ the season to be grateful and celebrate the unmerited favor and blessings bestowed upon us in 2011. On Monday, December 31 beginning at 9:00 p.m., the New Mt. Calvary Church Family will gath-

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er together to exhort HIGH PRAISE, WORSHIP, and THANKSGIVING unto God for the things that have come, and what He has yet to do in 2012 at our Annual Watch Night Service. Our evening of Worship will include a special presentation by the New Mt. Calvary Praise Dance Ministry and the Families of the Mount. And, as the hour strikes and the New Year moves in, the prayers of the righteous will go forth as we fill the house with prayer. Truly, this has been a season of celebrations that only could have been achieved through God’s favor and the people of God faithfulness to

Juanita Pope and Melverna Brown; E-103, Scripture Memorization and Role Play with Sisters Dixie Brown, Cassandra Jones, and Tara Aldridge; E-104, Conversational Witnessing as You Go with Sisters Irma Bowman and Frances Harris; E-105, Responding to Cults and False Doctrines with Sister Brenda Hawkins; E-106A, How to be a People Helper with Sisters Brenda Wood and Helen Moore; E-106B, Personal State for Witnessing with Deacon Eddie Sweet and Minister McKinley Moore; E-106C, God’s Power for Helping Hurting People with Ministers Alvin Stafford and Quentin McKinney; Wednesdays, starting January 9th at 6:30 pm., Bible Book-by-Book facilitated by Pastor Pope. Come out and search the Word. Get Fired Up!!! Bethel is located at 10905 South Compton Avenue, Los Angeles. For more information, call the church at 323-5665286 or visit our website at www.bethelsouthla. org Reginald Pope, Pastor/President Brenda Hawkins, Dean Doris Turner and Dixie Brown, Evangelism Coordinators B. Sweet, Reporter.

WATCHNIGHT 2012 the vision. Our theme this year is “The Power of a Praying Church” (2 Chronicles 7:14). Now, as we celebrate the past and embrace the future, we are excited by the works of the Holy Spirit and stand boldly in preparation for 2013. As the Lord continues to lead us, it is our prayer that we continue to build on our core foundational principles: Evangelize Educate, Integrate, and Equip in order to meet the needs of this present-age. And, as we prepare for this day, we solicit your prayers and request the participation of our Brothers and Sisters in Christ, our Church families, and the community

at-large in this joyful and momentous occasion. “O taste and see that the Lord is good.” New Mt. Calvary Missionary Baptist Church is located at 402 E. El Segundo Blvd. Los Angeles, California 90061. For more information, including general Worship service times and directions, please contact our Church office at (310) 324-0644. You may visit us online at www.newmtcalvary.org or send us an email at newmtcalvary@newmtcalvary.org Sis. Dawnesha K. Beaver and Bro. Dwight BrownPublic Relations Dept. Rev. Sonja Dawson- Pastor Rev. Dr. Lonnie Dawson- Founder

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Pilgrim’s Hope Bible Church Planning A Jubilee Celebration in January 2013 As the year 2012 is coming to a close, the Pilgrim’s Hope Bible Church congregation is expectantly readying ourselves to enter into 2013 with the intent to joyously celebrate and observe our 50th Church Anniversary. Our Anniversary theme is: “Fifty Years of Faith”, 2 Corinthians 5:7. Two events are scheduled in observance of the celebration. On Saturday,

January 19, 2013, the Pilgrim’s Hope Bible Church will host our Anniversary Luncheon at the Grand Hotel Event Center, 4101 E. Willow Street in Long Beach, Ca. This event starts at 11:00a.m. Donations are $50.00 per person; children to age ten (10) 30.00. Sunday, January 27, 2013, the church family welcomes Dr. J. Alfred Smith, Sr., who will be our

special guest speaker for the morning service at 9:45a.m. and the afternoon service at 5:00p.m. Dr. Smith, Pastor Emeritus of the Allen Temple Baptist Church in Oakland, Ca. is well known not only in the state of California, but in many other states in America as well. As a Pastor, teacher, author and mentor, his reputation speaks volumes about his

Christian journey. Any sister churches that have ever been a part of Progressive Baptist Convention, State or National is very knowledgeable of Dr. Smith and his legacy in Progressive Baptist National Convention where he served for many years as its President. The invitation is extended to former members, friends, our sister churches and our com-

munity associates to join us in this grand event. A Homecoming Choir of current and former choir members will be formed to participate in the celebration. For further information regarding the luncheon and the services, please contact the church office at (323) 581-7672, TuesdayFriday, 12:00p.m. - 5:00p.m. Pilgrim’s Hope is located at 7016 S. Compton Avenue, Los

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ONE FAITH FELLOWSHIP’S NUGGETS FOR THE SOUL Y O U Have Been Given Privileges! Privileges are the opportunities, advantages or benefits enjoyed by some people over others. We love the privilege of being called to the front of a long line, knowing the most influential persons in situations where their assistance is needed, being able to secure what others are seeking to obtain, etc. We love privileges in the areas we desire! However, it is during these times we sometimes forget that we are blessed with the “Favor of Privilege” and if we are not careful, we will think that “I” made that happen and “I” am the reason I received that. But privileges are love-dipped

opportunities from our Heavenly Father! We are told in Philippians 1:29--For you have been given not only the privilege of trusting in Christ but also the privilege of suffering for Him. Trusting in Christ is a privilege which offers us a stress-free and unworried state of being. We are offered the privilege of embracing joy, peace, faith and the assurance that as we submit our lives into His hands and allow Him to manifest what is best for our lives- He will do just that! Yet, just as we celebrate and are happy with the “Joy of Privileges”, Daddy-God wants to remind us of another kind

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of privilege that WE MUST ALSO equally embrace and not overlook. Our scripture also mentions the “Privilege of Suffering for Him”. Suffering not because of doing wrong, but because we are Christians.

The Apostles in Acts 5:41 departed from the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for His name. We are told in James 1:2-Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials (sufferings) of various kinds. Scholar Gill notes “Count it all joy-not the temptations of Satan or temptations to sin; for these cannot be matters of joy, but grief; these are fiery darts and give a great deal of trouble. But afflictions and persecutions for the sake of the Gospel-because they are trials of the faith of God’s people. God, in these particular situations tests His people

as He did Abraham, when He called him to sacrifice his son. God thereby tried his faith, fear, love, and obedience. So by sufferings, God tries the faith of His people; not that He might know them, for He is not ignorant of them, but that they might be made manifest to others. Many are the afflictions of the righteous and through much tribulation we must enter the kingdom. The Apostle exhorts the Christian to count it all joy, even of the greatest joy; not that these afflictions were joyous in themContinued On Page 14

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“O Magnify The Lord With Me…..” sic Ministry and church family PUSHED (Prayed Until Something Happened) and this presentation in song is a true reflection of how God answered our prayers by Blessing us with Bro. Ellis and we are now……P.U.S.H.’ING together! The theme for our Annual Christmas Musical is coming from Psalms 34:3 “O magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt His Name together” For He is truly worthy to be praised.  Praise is what we do at Pleasant View MBC; feel free to come and join in.  We are located at 7524 S. Compton Ave. in the City of Angels; 90001; (323)581-9900. Sunday School

commences at 9:15am, Sunday Morning Worship: 11am, Mid-Week Prayer and Bible Study: Wednesdays 12 noon & 7-8:30; you are welcome to come and worship with us at any time, but especially on Sunday, 12/16/2012; 3:30pm. The best gift you can give this and every holiday season is the knowledge of Jesus Christ; knowing that Jesus is the true Reason for the Season.  Please come and be blessed! Rev. Michael White, Pastor; The Late Rev. Wimberly Watson, Pastor Emeritus, Founder and Visionary; Sis. Kesha Smith-Lawson, Music Ministry President; Sis. Regina Gallien –Reporting

Liberty’s 30 Day Future, Fitness & Finance Makeover “Behold, I am going to do a new thing!”

Don’t Miss It…Isaiah 43:19

The Liberty Church (TLC) is excited to announce a new season of spiritual awareness. Beginning Sunday, January 6, 2013 Pastor David Cross will present a series of sermonic revelations that will challenge and empower the people of God to a makeover that will change their Future - 3 Things Promised To Change Your

Future; their Finance - Tried and Proven Strategies, Classes and Truths; and their Fitness - Zumba, Powerful Support Groups and Keys to Success. If you are tired of making resolutions that you fail to keep; if you really want 2013 to be your year and/or if you truly want to experience the promises of God then you do not

want to miss this opportunity to hear and receive divine information for your motivation. The Liberty Church is located at 14725 S. Gramercy Place in the City of Gardena (between Rosecrans and Marine). For more info check us out on Face Book The Liberty Church or visit our website www.thelibertychurch.com

JUST ONE One ACT of KINDNESS can make a difference One SMILE could brighten a day One SEED have started an orchard One CRY can wash troubles away One LOOK can send a message One IDEA can energize a brain One MIRACLE is a kiss from heaven  One CLOUD can signal rain One VIRGIN Mary gave birth to a baby One BABY Jesus was born to save One CRUCIFIXION occurred on Friday One SUNDAY morning HE arose from the grave  One SERMON can lift a church One HALLELUJAH can spark a fire One SINNER can be delivered One SONG by a sanctified choir One STEP must start each journey One FRIEND can make life worthwhile One DRESS can bring a sad girl happiness One HAIRDO can give her style  One PERSON can speak of Jesus One BELIEVER from the chosen few One OPPORTUNITY to be a blessing One REMINDER it is up to you

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As 2012 ends and 2013 rapidly approaches, we, the Pastor, Officers and Members of Pleasant View MBC gives Thanks, Honor and Praise to God for bringing us thus far by faith. The Music Ministry of “The View” prayerfully invites you, you and you to celebrate the holiday season with us as we host our annual Christmas Musical celebrating and honoring the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  Under the musical guidance of our new musician; Bro. Pete Ellis, we have prepared a worship and praise service that is guaranteed to Bless you like only God can.  Our Mu-

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Good News From Greater New Unity Baptist Church:  Merry Christmas Everybody!! Greetings to you in the blessed name of our Newborn King, Jesus Christ who is the Lord of Lords and the King of Kings, whose birth we will celebrate around the world this Tuesday.   On  behalf of Pastor Randy Allison Jr. and the church family of Greater New Unity, we wish you the JOY OF THE LORD, and we hope that you have yourself a merry little Christmas Day!!  On Saturday, December 22, we will be ministering to the entire community in “CHRISTMAS IN THE HOOD” from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m....Then at 5 p.m. the Children’s Church will be presenting a Christmas play written by our own Sis. Lynn Thalley, under the direction of Sis. Roberta James, Direc-

tor of Christian Education.  Please support them!  Then on Sunday, CHRISTMAS SUNDAY, December 23, 2012, we will celebrate and magnify our Lord beginning with Sunday School at 9:30 a.m., and morning worship at 10:45 am.  After church, we will celebrate Pastor Allison’s BIRTHDAY at the Annual Christmas Family Luncheon sponsored by Bro. Randy Allison Sr.  Happy Birthday Pastor Allison, and may God continue to bless you!!  The praise and worship continues, as we celebrate Christmas in our Annual Sunday School Christmas program to take place after the luncheon, at  3 pm  sharp!!  There will be singing, praise dancing and we will just have a great time so please

join us, come and spend the New Unity, you are cordially day at Greater New Unity on invited to a Pastoral AppreChristmas Sunday, December ciation Banquet, sponsored by 23, 2012!! Greater New Unity the Pastor’s Care to take place will be having “Watch meet on Jan. 23, 2013.  You may Service” on December 31, 2012 secure and purchase reservaat 10 pm.  We will be praying, tions for this momentous ocsinging, receiving the powerful casion from any Pastor’s Care life-saving Word of God from member, or you may call Bro. Pastor Allison,   and praising Randy Allison Sr, at 323- 757and thanking the Lord Jesus 5094 and leave your informaChrist for bringing us thus far, tion if you are interested in and if He allows, we will watch attending.  You will not want the new year of 2013 in with a to miss this wonderful affair!!  shout of thanksgiving and the Bro. Albert Greene is Director sharing of Holy Communion.     of the Pastor’s Care Ministry. Your entire family is invited Greater New Unity is a forto come and join us at Watch ward moving church, serving meet Service at Greater New a forward moving God.  We Unity on Monday night, Dec. are still located on the corner 31 at 10 pm!  Looking forward, of 98th and Avalon, “where the in anticipation of the 7th year power lines of the city meet of faithful service to Greater the power of God, where ev-

erybody is somebody and Christ is the center of attraction”.  We continue to pray for all of those who stand in the need of prayer, especially those who are especially low in spirit at this time of year, or who are suffering in any way,  we pray that the Holy Spirit, who is a Comforter, will heal and deliver and restore...Serving diligently and courageously as Pastor is our very own Rev. Randy Allison Jr, and reporting is yours truly, Santa’s helper, Sis. Arlene T. Andrews.  May God bless you all and Have yourselves a Merry Little Christmas!!  Until next week, don’t forget to keep RAISING THE PRAISE!! Arlene T. Andrews

Evening Start MBC Presents “BootCamp” Rally for the 21st Century Woman December 30, 2012 - 8:45 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. When you hear the word rally, what images comes to mind? Football players, cheerleaders, yelling students, coaches giving pep talks? Well, the part of the rally that we are focusing on is the “Pep Talk”. “BootCamp” is traditionally a place where you let go of every aspect of your everyday life to learn new skills and get into shape. Our “BootCamp” is an opportunity to evaluate your everyday life obligations and get into spiritual and emotional shape! It’s a place where you can swap your problems for peace, ashes for beauty, and pain for joy! Best of all you are doing it with your sisters in a setting that facilitates real honesty and deliverance. We

are presenting the Best of The Bay Area at 8:45am in the person of Dr. Lois Rasberry. Dr. Rasberry is a well known communicator and educator in the Bay Area and holds several noted positions in the field of higher education. She specializes in making education work to your advantage. Dr. Rasberry can communicates on various levels, i.e., multi-ethnic, multi-generational and multicultural. You can and should participate in the “Ask Dr. Lois” session. This dynamic and anointed teacher, speaker and educator will answer questions that you always wanted to ask but didn’t know how. Questions like; how do you really let go and let God, how do you know when you are in a toxic

relationship and what do you do about it, how do you live in the same household with your grown children? You see ladies, this “BootCamp” is about real issues, real questions and real honest answers. Prior to the 8:45am session, there will be a message line available to leave questions that you would like Dr. Lois to address. The answers will be printed in a special “BootCamp” followup newsletter. The number for the message line is (323) 231-2391, please indicate in your message that this is a question for the “BootCamp” 8:45 session, “Ask Dr. Lois”. That’s just the warm up, there is a second session on the very same day! At 3:30pm we have real dynamic testimonies from

our leading ladies at ESMBC who will surely encourage you. These are not your ordinary testimonies; these ladies are sharing real-life examples of “Letting Go Crazy For Good”. They have been there, they’ve done it, they know its not easy, and they are ready to show you that you too can make it! First Lady Emeritus Mary Brent, Sis Rosie Johnson, Sis Claudette Powers, Sis Carolyn Faulkner, and Sis Deloris Hicks are going to give you the pep talk of your life! They have seven minutes each to encourage you to “get it together” and show you how they did. They will answer the question, “Why should I have hope in today’s world?” They are ready to “coach” you into a better disposition for your life!

How many of you need encouragement? How many of you are looking for a better way to live your Christian life in today’s world? Do you feel a certain peace missing in your life? Do you have questions about how to really let go of crazy? Are you ready to get your life in shape? Come to “BootCamp” December 30, 2012 at 8:45 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Both sessions have something important for you. Don’t miss your chance to get your life in shape for 2013. Please don’t forget to call in your questions to our message line at (323) 231-2391 and look for the answers to those questions in our “BootCamp” follow-up newsletter.

OOPS!! I Made a Mistake Ebenezer Baptist Church Music Ministry Presents Christmas Candlelight Musical “Emmanuel: God is with us!”

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Ebenezer Baptist Church Music Ministry Presents Christmas Candlelight Musical “Emmanuel God is with us!” Matthew 1:21, December 23, 2012 at 5:00PM. Celebrate the true reason for the season. All roads lead to the Ebenezer Baptist Church 4901 S. Avalon Blvd LA, Ca 90011. Join the Ebenezer Mass Choir, Liturgical Praise Dancers and Mime as we lift up the name of JESUS. Special guests include: Sonya Griffin, Felicia Walton, Pastor Theo Wilkins & SOP, Matthew Sims and more! Dr. Kenneth E. Little, Pastor, Minister Cecil Thompson, Minister of Music.

“TO ERR IS HUMAN, TO FORGIVE, IS DIVINE.” (ALEXANDER POPE) For the last two weeks an article ran entitled “Praises of Zion Celebrate 58th Church Anniversary.” It should have read, “Praises of Zion Celebrates 57th

Church Anniversary.” This writer humbly apologizes for any inconvenience or embarrassment my error may have caused anyone. Thank you. To God be the Glory! Dr. J. Benjamin Hardwick, Senior Pastor, and Clarice Holmes, Reporter.

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CHRIST LOVE FOR THE CHURCH Bible Background • Ephesians 5:21-6:4 Printed Text • Ephesians 5:21-6:4 Devotional Reading • John 3:16-21

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By the end of the lesson, we will: COMPARE Christ’s love for the church with the relationships among family members; APPRECIATE Christ’s sacrifice to show love and care for the church; and ACCEPT responsibility for showing love in the family as Christ

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“Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God” (Ephesians 5:21).

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Ephesians 5:21 Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God. 22 Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord. 23 For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body. 24 Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing. 25 Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; 26 That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word,

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IN FOCUS Sharinda read through her students’ papers, her heart breaking. A fifth-grade teacher, Sharinda had assigned her students a paper that began, “I wish. . .” The students were instructed to write at least two sentences on the topic. Sharinda expected to read things like “I wish we could go on vacation to Hawaii,” or “I wish I could have a new computer.” Instead, 15 out of 20 students wrote about their families: “I wish my dad would come back.” “I wish my parents didn’t fight all the time.” “I wish I could get good grades so my parents would love me.” “I wish my brother wasn’t so mean.” “I wish my mom’s boyfriend didn’t live with us.” “I wish we could have Christmas all together for once.” Sharinda bowed her head over the papers and wept. Her students needed the love of Christ to permeate their lives and transform their families. Strong families are built upon the foundation of Christ’s love for the church. In this lesson, we will see how serving one another in love creates an atmosphere where families can grow and thrive. THE PEOPLE, PLACES AND TIMES A Household Code. The verses found in Ephesians 5:21-6:4 comprise what is called a “household code.” At the time Paul wrote Ephesians, many Romans were concerned that religions such as Judaism and Christianity would negatively influence traditional Roman family values. To allay these fears and show their support for these values, Christians, Jews, and other religious groups would often employ a standard form of statements. Paul writes under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit to give God’s directives for family. Also known as “household codes,” the statements were often broken down into discussions of husband and wife, father and children. BACKGROUND In Ephesians 5, Paul calls on believers to live out a life of holiness in relation to the world around them. He challenges them to live wisely, being led by the Spirit. Such a life will produce a believer who becomes more like Christ every day. As we become more like Christ, we will learn to respect and submit to others in love and humility. And the foundation of family relationships is to be modeled after Christ’s love for the church. IN DEPTH 1. Wives’ Submission Should Reflect Christ’s Authority Over the Church (Ephesians 5:21-24) Ephesians 5:21 is a general instruction to all

January 30, 2012 -Bible Study Guide 5 27 That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish. 28 So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself. 29 For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the church: 30 For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones. 31 For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh. 32 This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church. 33 Nevertheless let every one of you in particular so love his wife even as himself; and the wife see that she reverence her husband. Ephesians 6:1 Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right. 2 Honour thy father and mother; which is the first commandment with promise; 3 That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth. 4 And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.

believers to submit to one another in love. This principle is directly associated with verse 18, where Paul instructs believers to be filled with the Spirit. When we are living a Spirit-led life, God gives us the grace to live in an attitude of humility and submission to others. Paul addresses the wives first. He instructs wives to submit to their husbands “as unto the Lord” (verse 22). The word “submit” in this verse means to yield one’s rights or to cooperate. This word does not imply slavish obedience or being silent in the home. Though the household codes of ancient days often required a wife to obey her husband, Paul does not make this a requirement, as he does for children. Rather, he appeals to a wife’s dedication to God as a basis for submission to her husband. In other words, when a wife honors and respects her husband, she is submits to God and His plan for the family. In verse 23, Paul explains why a wife is to submit to her husband: because he is the “head” of the wife and family just as “Christ is the head of the church.” Christ was appointed by God to be the head of the church. On the basis of this authority, the church is to submit to Him. Some people might conclude from these verses that there is an inequality between male and female. But Paul makes clear that in Christ, all are equal (see also 1 Corinthians 11:8-12; Galatians 3:28). Within this equality, however, order and respect for authority should exist. 2. Husbands’ Love for Their Wives Should Reflect Christ’s Love for the Church (vv. 25-33) Paul now turns his attention to the husbands. Interestingly, he does not stress the husband’s authority or headship over the wife. Instead, Paul charges the husband to love his wife. And not only is the husband supposed to love the wife, he is to love her “even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it” (v. 25). A husband’s love for his wife is to follow the pattern of Christ’s love for the church. Christ’s love for the church was self-sacrificing. A self-sacrificing love is unselfish love. A husband with a self-sacrificing love will demonstrate his love by seeking the best for his wife. This kind of love is committed and faithful, even through rough times. This kind of love does not depend on emotions or circumstances but strives to hold the marriage together forever. A loving, Christlike husband will also provide for his wife. Just as the church is

the body of Christ, a wife is a part of her husband. God says that a husband should love his wife just as he loves himself. As a husband nourishes, protects, and provides for his wife, he “loves himself ” (vv. 28, 29). Christ’s love for the church is a secure love. The love of a husband for his wife should be the same (verse 31). When a couple marries, they become “one flesh.” Paul explains this as part of the “mystery��� of marriage (v. 32). Within the security of this relationship, a wife can submit to her husband. 3. Children Should Be Obedient and Loved (Ephesians 6:1-4) After discussing the husbandwife relationship, Paul now gives specific instructions to children. Children are exhorted to obey their parents “in the Lord,” that is, in the spirit of obedience as if they were obeying God (6:1). Paul also instructs children to obey their parents because it is the right thing to do. Obedience to parents is also a commandment of God (Exodus 20:12; Deuteronomy 5:16). And according to Ephesians 6:1-3, when a child honors, respects, and obeys his parents, that child is blessed. Just as children have a responsibility to obey their parents, parents also have responsibilities to their children. In verse 4, Paul speaks specifically to fathers as the head of the family. He first gives the fathers a negative instruction—“do not exasperate your children” (v. 4, NIV). A father’s role in his child’s life makes a direct impact on the child’s concept of God the Father. Fathers, therefore, need to be watchful and consider how their behavior influences their children’s actions. Unreasonable expectations, harsh or unfair punishment, or playing favorites will dishearten a child and can lead to disillusionment or rebellion. Instead of these behaviors, fathers are encouraged positively to “bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord” (v. 4). It is the father’s responsibility to see that his children are being raised according to God’s principles. Fathers are to nurture their children, which means to care for them tenderly and to lead them gently into God’s ways. The word “admonition” is related to training and instructing. Therefore, parents are to give correction and instruction with the goal of developing their child’s character and pointing the child toward righteousness. We give our children a great gift when we teach them how to obey God and His Word. SEARCH THE SCRIPTURES 1. Why are believers commanded to submit to one another (Ephesians 5:21)? 2. How are wives to submit to their husbands (v. 22)? 3. How are husbands to love their wives (v. 25)? 4. What specific instructions does Paul give to fathers (Ephesians 6:4)? DISCUSS THE MEANING 1. What does Paul mean when he says that wives should submit to their husbands just as the church submits to Christ (Ephe-

sians 5:24)? 2. How can a husband love his wife “as his own body” (v. 28)? Why is this important? LESSON IN OUR SOCIETY In our post-Christian culture, we are witnessing the breakdown of the family unit. Marriages are disintegrating. Children are disobedient and disrespectful to parents and others in authority. Families are important to God. He created them! He also laid out specific principles for a loving, harmonious family life. When we live according to these principles, a godly family is the result. And a godly, harmonious family is a living testimony to Christ’s love for the church. MAKE IT HAPPEN How can we serve one another in the home in the name and Spirit of Christ? Think about your relationship with each family member. Are you following God’s principles for family life? Pray that God would show you areas that need improvement, and then be willing to change and grow. Pray for your family members that they, too, would be willing to follow God’s plan for your family. If possible, pray together as a family, committing to grow together in God’s ways. MORE LIGHT ON TEXT Ephesians 5:21-6:4 5:21 Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God. 22 Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord. 23 For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body. 24 Therefore as the church is

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Daily Bible Readings MONDAY God Is Love (1 John 4:7-12) TUESDAY God’s Gift of Love (John 3:16-21) WEDNESDAY The Proof of God’s Love (Romans 5:6-11) THURSDAY The Example of Jesus’ Love (John 13:1-9) FRIDAY Abiding in Christ’s Love (John 15:9-17) SATURDAY Following the Commands of Christ (1 John 3:18-24) SUNDAY Following the Example of Christ (Ephesians 5:21-6:4) NOTE: RTP will always print Daily Bible Readings when the lesson has them available. If unavailable we will not print them

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subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing. The key word in this text is “submission” (Gk. hupotasso, hoop-ot-AS-so), and it lays a framework for a discussion on how to discharge Christian duties in dynamic relationships of mutuality in an act of true Christian spirituality. This idea, put forth in the text, suggests the potential danger that individualism poses against a true community life or fellowship. It becomes very serious when individualism is e xpres s ed w i th o u t a n intentional desire to willingly bear one another’s burdens for the sake of Christ. Whenever there is a true submission for the sake of the Lord, it leads to a frame of heart and an attitude that is penetrated with a deep sense of obligation. True submission seeks not to repudiate or dominate others in a relationship. It is within this context of understanding that the word “submission” sets an agenda for reverence to God and His divine principles. This is done as a means to cultivate a submissive spirit, which values and seeks to unselfishly

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support, love, and respect others for the sake of Christ. Thus, Paul laid this framework for his teaching regarding the marriage relationship and true harmony in the home. Paul under-scored how a husband and a wife, through devotion for the sake of Christ, must dutifully exercise love and respect for each other in a marriage relationship. Paul primarily illustrated the quality of the nature of relationship that should exist between husbands and wives when he drew on the analogy of Jesus Christ and the church. The key verb, “submit,” from the Greek, connotes an understanding of voluntarily placing under, or ordering oneself under, a leader or an authority source. The church, out of love, gratitude, and reverence, subjects itself to the Lord Jesus Christ as its Head. It does this in compliance with God’s authority. In the same vein, wives are instructed to submit, in a marital relationship, to the husband. They should do so in acknowledgment of the fact that God ordained the husband as the leader of the household. This divine arrangement is for the sake of producing ordered household conditions, which are necessary to bring glory to God’s name and also

1-888-290-7277 bring peace and productivity in family life. This is God’s pattern of true governance or leadership. The contextual meaning of the word “head” (Gk. kephale, kef-al-AY), in verse 23 of this passage in reference to a husband’s relationship with his wife, has generated different interpretations among scholars. While some claim that “head” denotes an idea of a source, others choose to explain it as portraying leadership. The former, “source,” carries an understanding of delegated authority from a higher being or power, which must be exercised with great responsibility and knowledge. In other words, it does not imply that the wife should act like a mindless person in the relationship. T h e l a t t e r, “ l e a d e r s h i p,” which seems to be the most probable interpretation of “head” in this context, has its foundation on ability to provide good leadership. This is accomplished by loving others who are followers. We love them by listening to and respecting them. We also love them by carrying out given responsibilities in a manner that takes into consideration the feelings of others. We

NEWS@RAISETHEPRAISENEWS.NET assess their strengths and weaknesses. Thus a wife, out of love and humility, submits to the husband. In conjunction, the husband must seek the holistic welfare of his wife and the entire household. He does this out of reverence for God and the position God has given him. This is due to the fact that Jesus Christ, expressed as the Head of the church, exercises His preeminence, supremacy, and authority as the leader of the church. Jesus Christ helps the church overcome evil forces and elements, within or without, that seek to undermine God’s purpose for His people. 25 Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; 26 That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, 27 That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish. 28 So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself. The Greek word agapao (agap-AH-o), used in verse 25 for “love,” is rooted in an understanding of a person

who has unconditionally subordinated his or her own desires, inclinations, and personality for the benefit of others in a relationship context. It expresses an idea of an intention and activities that are based on virtues that encourage people to act by saving, building, and restoring others in love. Jesus Christ expressed this kind of love to the church when He vicariously laid down His life so that the church could be born, developed, and expanded. In Paul’s epistle to the Philippians, he states that Christ unselfishly restrained Himself from engaging in a lifestyle that would put personal glory over and above God’s purpose. Christ, out of love and devotion, had to make “himself of no reputation” (Philippians 2:7) so He could fully serve God’s purpose for the church. The key motivation for His life was to fulfill God’s purpose by serving the ultimate needs of God’s people through a shameful, redemptive death on the Cross. In the same way, husbands are admonished to follow the example of Christ to

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Here we are a few days before Christmas to celebrate our Lord and Savior’s birth. This is a time to reflect on God’s love for us. A time to recognize that our Father demonstrated His love for us, that He sent His son to reconcile us back to Him. A time to recognize that Jesus - was born to die for us and take on the sin of the world. Outside of the resurrection, there has never been a more

poignant time in our history than Christmas! What will you do to show your appreciation to God, for what He has done through His Son? Saying thank you is good, but demonstrating your gratitude through your actions will be even better. We talk a good talk, but what about our walk? When it comes to gratitude, my action is what will be heard the loudest. Thank you Father for Jesus, thank you Jesus for being, and thank you Spirit for leading me to the Cross. Take this time to reflect on the true meaning of Christmas, it is not about Santa, it is not about Rudolph, and it is not about Frosty the Snow Man. But Christmas is all about God demonstrating His love for us, that He would send His only begotten Son to bring us back to Him. Thank you Father for loving us so much that you gave more than what we deserve. Merry Christmas Saints! Dr. Joyce is a lay-person, under the leadership of Dr. Ticey Brown, at Mt. Tabor Missionary Baptist Church, where she serves as the Strategic Leadership Director. Dr. Joyce’s mission is to develop servant-leaders and enhance ministries within the Church; she is available for workshops and seminars. Dr. Joyce’s contact info is, joyce-harrell@sbcglobal.net or (714)878-4854

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BISHOP ANTHONY BENJAMIN SR. SR. BISHOP HENRY J. COX Founder Sunday School .................................................................... 9:30 A.M. Morning Worship ................................................................11:00 A.M. Prayer Service (Tu................................................................ 6:00 P.M. Bible Study (Tues.) ...............................................................7:00 P.M. Praise Dance (Wed.) ........................................................... 7:00 P.M. Choir Rehearsal (Sat.) ......................................................... 1:30 P.M.

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YOUR ORDER OF SERVICE....... 9:00 A.M. YOUR ORDER OF SERVICE..... 10:45 A.M. YOUR ORDER OF SERVICE...... 7:30 P.M.

MT. TABOR MISSIONARY BAPTIST CHURCH

2040 W. Jefferson Blvd., - Los Angeles, CA 90018 Phone: (323) 735-0044 Fax: (323) 735-0219 E-Mail: Trinitybaptistc@sbcglobal.net WebSite: Trinitybaptistchurchla.org

REV. ALVIN TUNSTILL, JR., PASTOR

Sunday Worship Service ......................... 7:30 & 10:30 A.M. Church School ....................................................... 9:00 A.M. Broadcast (KJLH) - 102.3) .................................. 9:00 A.M. Prayer & Bible Study (Wed.).............. 12:00 P.M. & 7:00 P.M.

JESUS IS THE ANSWER C.F. CHURCH 750 Alondra Blvd Carson, CA 90746 Phone: (310) 515-7209

DR. R. STANLEY HAYWOOD, PASTOR Sunday School .................... 9:00 A.M. Morning Worship ............... 10:00 A.M. Bible Study..(Wednesday)..... 7:00P.M.

YOUR CHURCH NAME

6614 SOUTH WESTERN AVE., LOS ANGELES, CA 90047

PHONE: (323) 753-3189 PASTOR (323) 753-3180

YOUR PASTOR’S NAME

Early Worship ....................................................... 8:00 A.M. Sunday School ..................................................... 9:40 A.M. Morning Worship ................................................. 11:00 A.M. Communion Service (1st Sun.) ............................. 5:00 P.M. Mid-Week Prayer Mtg. (Wed.) ............................... 7:00 P.M.

MT. ZION MISSIONARY B.C. 1300 EAST 50TH STREET LOS ANGELES, CA 90011 PHONE: (323) 235-2103 REV. EDWARD V. HILL II, PASTOR Consecration ....................................................... 9:45 A.M. Sunday School ...................................................10:00 A.M. Morning Worship ............................................... 11:45 A.M. Prayer (Wed.) ......................................... Noon & 6:30 P.M. Prayer/Bible Study (Wed.) .................................... 7:00 P.M

PROGRESSIVE COMMUNITY Missionary Baptist Church 3600 West Imperial Hwy. Inglewood, CA 90303

Phone: (323) 751-0502 www.theoneandonlywaymin.org - Website

TRUE FRIENDSHIP MISSIONARY B.C. 7901 South Van Ness Avenue Inglewood, CA 90305 Ph: (323) 750-7304 Fx. (323) 565-2894 REV. JAMES A. PERKINS, PASTOR Morning Worship ..... 8:00 A.M./10:45 A.M. Bible Adventure Hour ............... 9:30 A.M. Prayer & Praise/Bible Study (Tues.) 7:P.M. Youth Ministry (Wed.) ................ 6:30 P.M. Prayer & Praise/Bible Study (Thur.) 12 Noon

Long Beach CHRIST SECOND BAPTIST CHURCH 1471 Martin Luther King, Jr. Ave. Long Beach, CA 90813 Phone: (562) 599-3421 www.csbclb.org REV.WELTON PLEASANT II, PASTOR Sunday School ........................8:30 A.M. Morning Worship ................... 9:40 A.M. Midweek Prayer (Wed.) ........ 7:00 P.M.

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Inglewood

Dr. Herman C. Avery Jr., Ph.D, Pastor Sunday School .....................10:00 A.M. Morning Worship ................. 11:30 A.M. Wed. Prayer/Bible Study ........ 7:00P.M. 7010 S. Denver Ave., L.A.)

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LIBERTY TABERNACLE MINISTRIES 14725 South Gramercy Place Gardena, CA 90249 CHURCH: (310) 715-8400 Email Address: libertytabmin@sbcglobal.net

Worship Services ........9:30 & 11:30 A.M. Word Power/Bible Study (Wed.) 6:30 P.M. “I Care Ministry” (Sat.) .......... 9:45 A.M.

Dr. Michael Fisher Pastor

SERVICE TIMES: Sunday Worship ....Main Sanctuary.... 9:00 A.M. & 11:00 A.M. Evening Worship (Sun)....Main Sanctuary................. 6:00 P.M. Bible Study (Wed.) Little Zion Campus 12:00 P.M. & 7:00 P.M.

Gardena

ELDER DAVID CROSS, PASTOR

TRINITY BAPTIST CHURCH

Dr. W. Jerome Fisher Senior Pastor

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ORDER OF SERVICE....... 9:00 A.M. ORDER OF SERVICE..... 10:45 A.M. ORDER OF SERVICE...... 7:30 P.M.

GREATER MT. SINAI M.B.C. #2

“A Church Bible-Based, ChristCentered & Spirit Led” 12317 S. Wilmington Ave. Compt., CA 90222 Phone: (310) 631-0261 REV. KALVIN E. CRESSEL, SR., PASTOR/TEACHER Bible Institue (Sun.) ............. 9:15 A.M. Morning Worship ............... 10:45 A.M. Mission (Tues.) ................. 10:30 A.M. Teachers Mtg. (Tues.) ......... 6:30 P.M. Bible Study/Discipleship (Wed)7:00 P.M.

UNITY CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP 16133 S. Atlantic Ave., Compton, CA 90221 Office: (310) 604-0234 unitychristianfellowship@yahoo.com website: www.unitycf.org BISHOP JOHNNY R. WITHERS, JR., SENIOR PASTOR/TEACHER Sunday Morning Worship ................................9:30 A.M. Teaching Empowerment Night (Tuesday) 7:00 P.M.

“A Full Gospel B.C. Fellowship Affiliate”

GOSPEL MEMORIAL C.O.G.I.C.

1480 Atlantic Ave., L.B., CA 90813 Phone: (562) 599-7389 BISHOP JOE L. EALY, PASTOR Sunday School ..................... 9:30 A.M. Morning Worship ................ 11:00 A.M. Evening Worship ................... 6:30 P.M. Wednesday Night Prayer ..... 7:00 P.M. Pastoral Teaching (Wed) ...... 7:30 P.M.

GREATER OPEN DOOR C.O.G.I.C.

132 East Artesia Blvd. LB, 90805 Phone: (562) 423-8653 DR. GARON HARDEN, PASTOR Early Morning Worship ......... 8:00 A.M. Sunday School/Life Dev...... 10:00 A.M. Morning Worship ................ 11:30 A.M. Evening Worship .................. 6:30 P.M. Covenant Sisters (Tues)........ 6:30 P.M. Prayer/Pastoral Min (Thurs)...7:15 P.M.

NEW HOPE BAPTIST CHURCH

1160 New York St. Long Beach, CA 90813 Ph. (562) 599-3509; Fx (562) 591-7314 REV. COLEMAN L HART, PASTOR Sunday School ......................... 8:45 A.M. Morning Worship .................... 10:30 A.M. Sun. Discipleship Training ........ 5:00 P.M. Mon. Night Men’s Bible Study .. 7:00 P.M. Tuesday (Mission) WMU .......... 6:00 P.M. Wednesday Youth Family Night 6:00 P.M. Wed. Night (Mid-Week) Prayer 7:00 P.M.

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6915 S. Broadway Ave Phone: (323) 751-3532 (323) 751-7331 REV. DeSHAY L. WARD, SR PASTOR Sunday School ..................... 9:45 A.M. Morning Worship ................ 11:15 A.M. Prayer & Praise.. (Tues)..... 12:00 P.M. Choir Rehearsal ..(Thurs)..... 4:00 P.M. Bible Class ...(Thurs)............ 7:15 P.M.

AVENUE CHRISTIAN LOVE B.C. 7516 S. Central Ave., L.A., CA 90001 PHONE: (323) 587-1586 REV. HAROLD H. LEE, PASTOR

Early Morning Worship (Sun.). 8:00 A.M. Sunday School ........................ 9:15 A.M. Mid-Morning Worship ........... 11:00 A.M. Afternoon Service ................... 4:00 P.M. Mid-Week Bible Study (Wed.) .7:00 P.M. Prayer (Saturday) .................... 8:00 A.M.

BETHEL M.B.C. OF SOUTH L.A.

10905 S. Compt., Ave., L.A., CA 90059 Phone: (323) 566-5286/Fax: 566-3224 REGINALD POPE, DP.TH., PASTOR Worship ........... 8:00 A.M. & 11:00 A.M. Sun. School & Bible Train. .... 9:30 A.M. Evangelism/Prayer (Mon.) ..... 7:29 P.M. Prayer/Bible (Wed.) 11:30 AM/6:30 P.M. Radio KTYM-1460 AM ( Fri.).. 8:30 P.M. www.BethelSouthLA.org

CEDAR GROVE BAPTIST CHRCH

7623 8th Avenue Los Angeles, CA 90043 Phone: (323) 751-1121 Fax: (323)751-1122

REV. A.T. WILLIAMS SR. ORGANIZER REV. RODERIC BELL, PASTOR Sunday School ............................... 9:30 A.M. Sunday Morning Worship .............. 11:00 A.M. Bible Study/Prayer Mtg... (Thurs) .... 6:00 PM.

EBENEZER BAPTIST CHURCH

4901 S. Avalon Blvd. L.A. Ca 90011

Ph: (323) 232-0398 Fx: (323) 232-7183 Email; ebc4901@sbcglobal.net

DR. KENNETH E. LITTLE, PASTOR Intercessory Prayer.............. 8:30 A.M. Sunday School ..................... 9:30 A.M. Morning Worship..................11:00 A.M.

Night Service . (2d & 4th Sun.) 7:00 P.M. Mdwk. Prayer/Bible Study (Wed) .7:00 P.M.

FAITH AND HOPE COMMUNITY CHURCH 344 West Florence Avenue Los Angeles, CA 90003 (323) 753-6445 E-mail: faithhopecommunity@att.net REV. LA VELLE M. GATES SENIOR PASTOR

Sunday School ...................... 9:30 A.M. Morning Worship .................. 11:00 A.M. Discipleship Ministry (Tues.) ... 7:00 P.M. Get In Shape Ministry (Wed.) ... 7:00 P.M.

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FIRST BETHANY M.B.C 507 W. 49TH Street Los Angeles, CA 90037 PHONE: (323) 232-4421 REV. GREGORY D. McClain PASTOR Sunday School ...................... 9:15 A.M. Morning Worship .................. 10:30 A.M. Communion Serv. (1st Sun)....10:30 A.M Bible Study (Wed.) ................. 6:00 P.M. Mdwk. Prayer (Wed.) .............. 700 P.M.

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4715 South Normandie Los Angeles, CA 90037 Ph: (323) 296-2047; Fx. (323) 588-2854 Church Office: (323) 585-1048 E-mail: IBryantRN@aol.com DR. FRANK BRYANT, JR., PASTOR Sunday School ......... 9:30 - 10:30 A.M. Morning Worship ................. 11:00 A.M. Bible Study/Pray (Thurs) 11:30 A.M. - 1:P.M.

FRIENDLY FRIENDSHIP B.C.

10101 S. Avalon Blvd., L.A., CA 90003 Phone: (323) 756-4088 REV. LAMONTE KING, PASTOR Early Worship ........................ 8:00 A.M. Sunday School ...................... 9:05 A.M. Morning Worship ................. 10:30 A.M. Monday Bible Study ............... 7:00 P.M. Mdwk. Prayer (Wed.) ....... 12:00 NOON Mdwk. Pray/Bible Study (Wed) ... 7:P.M.

FRIENDLYWILL M.B.C.

1225 E. 68th St., L.A., CA 90001 Ph: (323) 585-7860; Fx. (323) 585-7860 website: www.friendlywill.org REV. CHEZ J. LISTER, SR., PASTOR Sunday School ...................... 9:30 A.M. Morning Worship ................. 11:00 A.M. Wed. (Church Hour of Prayer) . 6:00 P.M. Wed. (Bible Study) ................. 7:00 P.M. Church Office .... 10 A.M. - 2P.M. (M.- F.)

GOSPEL MISSION BAPTIST CHURCH

7301 So. Avalon, L.A., CA 90003 Phone/Fax: (323) 759-8087 REV. RAYMOND A. DENNIS, PASTOR Sunday School ..................... 9:00 A.M. Morning Worship ............... 10:30 A.M. Mission Mtg. (Wed.) ........ 12:00 Noon Bible Study/Prayer Mtg. (W) 7:00 P.M.

GRACE TEMPLE BAPTIST CHURCH

7017 Gramercy Place, LA Ca Phone: (323) 971-8192 Fax: (323) 750-5106 MIQUAIL BROADOUS, SENIOR PASTOR/TEACHER Sunday School ........................ 9:00A.M. Morning Worship .................. 10:00 A.M. Intercessory Prayer..(Wed.)..... 6:30 P.M. Wednesday Worship. (Wed).... 7:00 P.M.

GREATER MT. HERMON M.B.C.

2302 West 132nd St., L.A., CA 90059 Ph: 310-635-1958 FAX: 310-635-1938 REV. A.R. BILLINGLY Organizer/Builder REV. KENNETH A. HALL, PASTOR Sunday School ...................... 9:00 A.M. Morning Worship ................. 10:45 A.M. Evening Worship .................... 6:00 P.M. Mdwk. Prayer (Wed) 12 Noon/7:30 P.M.

GREATER MT. OLIVE B.C.

659 West Colden Avenue Los Angeles, CA 90044 Office: (323) 755-3201 REV. C. LAMAR SIMMONS PASTOR Sunday School ..................... 8:00 A.M. Morning Worship .................. 9:00 A.M. Prayer Meeting (Tues.) .......... 7:00 P.M.

GREATER BEREAN M.B.C.

12433 S. Main Street Los Angeles, Calif. 90061 (323) 757-3048 REV. JOE B. SMITH, JR PASTOR Sunday School .................... 9:30 A.M. Morning Worship ................ 11:00 A.M. Prayer Service (Wed.) .......... 6:00 P.M. Bible Study (Wed)..................7:00 P.M.

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Your Church Address Your Church Phone Number Your Church Email YOUR PASTOR’S NAME ORDER OF SERVICE....... 9:00 A.M. ORDER OF SERVICE..... 10:45 A.M. ORDER OF SERVICE...... 7:30 P.M.

GREATER NEW UNITY BAPTIST CHURCH

9719 S. Avalon Blvd., L.A., CA 90003 Phone: (323) 757-5094; FAX: (323) 757-1080 E-Mail: gnubc@att.net REV. RANDY ALLISON, JR. PASTOR

Sunday School ....................... 9:30 A.M. Morning Worship ..................10:45 A.M. Children’s Church ................ 10:45 A.M.

Midweek Prayer/Bible Study (Wed.) ...7:00 P.M.

HOLY ROCK MISSIONARY B.C.

11009 South Figueroa Street Los Angeles, CA 90061 Phone: (323) 779-0583 REV. LEHMAN JOHNSON, PASTOR Sunday Morning Worshi .... 8:00 A.M. Sunday School ................... 9:30 A.M. Morning Worship ............... 11:00 A.M. Prayer/Intercessory (Tues.) .. 7:00 P.M. Prayer/Mid-day (Fri.) ... 12:00 NOON

KING SOLOMON MISSIONARY B.C. 7407 South Central Avenue Los Angeles, CA 900011 Phone: (323) 588-0659 REV. DAVID DUNCAN, PASTOR SERVICE TIME SCHEDULES: Sunday School ..................... 9:30 A.M. Morning Worship Service .... 11:00 A.M. Prayer/Bible Study (Wed.) ..... 7:00 P.M. Mission (Every 2nd/4th Tues.) 7:00 P.M.

LOVE LIFTED ME M.B.C.

6501 Crenshaw Blvd - L.A., CA 90043 Ph: (323) 778-5438 Fx:(323) 778-0574 PASTOR DR. S.S. SHIGG ORGANIZER/PASTOR Sunday School .......................9:00 A.M. Worship Service ................. 11:00 A.M. Prayer/Bible Study ................ 6:30 P.M. Silent Revival (1st Sat).. 2:00-2:15 P.M.

MACEDONIA BAPTIST CHURCH

1751 East 114th Street, L.A. Ca PHONE: (323) 569-9561 Email: Macedonia.baptist114@gmail.com REV. SHANE B. SCOTT PASTOR Sunday School ................. 8:15 A.M. Morning Worship................9:30 A.M. Bible Study...(Tue).. 11:00 A.M.& 7 P.M.

MOUNT ISRAEL M.B.C.

230 W. 103rd Street, L.A., CA 90003 (323) 757-3090; Fx: (310) 532-8498 Email; jessiewalker@ca.rr.com DR. JESSE L. WALKER, PASTOR Sunday School ........................ 9:30 A.M. Sunday Morning Worship ..... 11:00 A.M. Midwk. Worship Serv/Prayer Mtg 7:P.M. B.T.U. (Sunday)......................10:15 A.M. Choir Rehearsal (Friday.) ...... 7:00 P.M.

NEW HOPE BAPTIST CHURCH

5200 South Central Avenue Los Angeles, CA 90011 PHONE: (323) 232-4326 REV. CLIFFORD L. JOHNSON, Minister In Charge Sunday School ........................... 9:30 A.M. Morning Worship ...................... 11:00 A.M. (1ST Sunday - Communion Service 8:00 A.M.) Prayer Service (Thurs.) .............. 7:00 P.M.

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5151 South Normandie Avenue Los Angeles, CA 90037 Off.: (323) 296-5840 / 751-2658 REV. E. A. TAYLOR, FOUNDER Rev. William G. Davis, Jr., Pastor Sunday School ..................... 9:05 A.M. Morning Worship ................ 10:15 A.M. Afternoon Worship ............... 3:30 P.M. Mdwk. Prayer (Wed.) ............ 7:00 P.M.

NEW PROVIDENCE M.B.C.

Sunday School ..................... 9:00 A.M. Morning Worship ................ 10:45 A.M. Prayer/Bible Study (Wed.) .... 6:30 P.M. Choir Rehearsal (Thurs.) ...... 7:00 P.M.

11328 S. Central Ave., L.A., CA 90059 Phone: (323) 569-4162

Your Church Address Your Church Phone Number Your Church Email

www.tabernacleoffaithbaptistchurch.com

YOUR PASTOR’S NAME ORDER OF SERVICE....... 9:00 A.M. ORDER OF SERVICE..... 10:45 A.M. ORDER OF SERVICE...... 7:30 P.M.

ST. JOHN M.B.C.

ONE FAITH FELLOWSHIP P.O. BOX 56641, LA, CA 90056 E-MAIL: OneFaith2007@aol.com www.onefaithfellowship.org Phone: (323) 481-6724 Dr. Tonya Lewis, Founder/President 1st Saturday - Fellowships Celebration of Youths - March Celebration of Adults - August

936 W. 49th Street Los Angeles, CA 90037 Phone (323) 752-0855 stjohnbc@att.net REV. JAMES A. BROOKS PASTOR Sunday School......................9:30 A.M. Morning Worship...................10:45 A.M. Prayer/Bible Study..... (Wed)....6:00 P.M.

ST. ANDREWS BAPTIST CHURCH PILGRIM’S HOPE BIBLE CHURCH 7016 S. Compton Ave, L.A. Ca 90001 Phone: (323) 581-7672 Fx: (323) 581-6466 Email: phbc7016@att.net

JOE L. SMITH JR., PASTOR / TEACHER Sundays Early Morning Worship ..............9:45 A.M. Word-Up Bible Study .2nd & 4th ..8:30 A.M. Children’s Church ................... 9:30 A.M.

1794 W. 36th Pl. - L.A., CA 90018 Phone: (323) 735-0201 / 735-0202 REV. ALEX TOUSSAINT, PASTOR

Church School ......................... 7:30 A.M. Morning Worship .................... 9:00 A.M. Evening Worship ...................... 6:30 P.M. Mdwk. Prayer .... 12:00 Noon & 7:00 P.M.

ST. REED BAPTIST CHURCH

PARK WINDSOR BAPTIST CHURCH Park Windsor B.C. is a Church of “Inclusion, Not Exclusion” 1842 W. 108th Street, L.A. Ca 90047 Phone: (323) 756-3966 F: (323) 756-3969

REV. TERRELL TAYLOR - PASTOR

Morning Worship Service ..8:00 & .11:00 A.M. Sunday School ...........................9:30 AM Noon Bible Study...Wed............... 12:00 PM Prayer Meeting/Bible Study Wed... 7:00 PM

PLEASANT VIEW M.B.C. 7524 S. Compton Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90001

Ph: (323) 581-9900 Email Address: pvmbc54@yahoo.com REV. MICHAEL WHITE - PASTOR Sunday School ............9:15 - 10:30 A.M. Morning Worship Service ........11:00 A.M. Wednesday Night Prayer...........7:00 P.M. Wednesday Night Bible Study....7:30 P.M.

REDEEMER B.C. OF L.A.

2003 W. Jefferson Blvd., L.A., CA 90018 Ph: (323) 735-9274 Fax: (323) 735-9140 E-Mail: Redbc2003@aol.com Robert L. DeFrance, Jr., Ph.D Pastor Sunday School ........................ 9:30 A.M. Morning Worship .................... 11:00 A.M. Prayer & Fasting (Wed) 12:00 & 7:00 P.M. Bible Study (Wed.) .................... 7:00 P.M. Mission (Thurs.) ........................ 1:00 P.M.

REDEEMER MISSIONARY BAPTIST CHURCH

1631 West Adams Boulevard Los Angeles, CA 90007 Phone: (213) 732-4124 REV. CURTIS MONROE, JR., PASTOR Sunday School ......................... 9:30 A.M. Morning Worship .................... 11:00 A.M. Mdwk Prayer/Bible Study (Wed) 7:30 P.M.

TABERNACLE BAPTIST CHURCH 4155 McKinley Ave., L.A., CA 90011 PH: (213) 233-3289; FX: (323) 233-9356 E-Mail: Tabernacle_bc@yahoo.com PASTOR LESTER MOSLEY 8:00 A.M. ........ Early Morning Worship (1st, 3rd, & 5th Sunday) 9:30 A.M. ....... Sunday Church School 11:00 A.M. ................ Worship Service 7:30 P.M. (Wed.) Mid-Week BibleStudy & Prayer Service

TABERNACLE OF FAITH B.C.

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10200 South Normandie Avenue Los Angeles, CA 90044 Phone: (323) 754-3779

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656 East 79th Street - L.A., CA 90001 Ph: (323) 752-7807; Fx. (323) 758-8529 E-mail: StReed@sbcglobal.net REV. C.R. JONES, PASTOR Sunday School ..................... 9:30 A.M. Morning Worship ................. 11:00 A.M. Bible Study (Wed.) .............. 10:00 A.M. Prayer Service (Wed.) .......... 6:30 P.M. B.T.U. ..................................... 5:30 P.M. Teacher’s Mtg. (Thurs.) ......... 5:30 P.M.

ST. REST MISSIONARY B.C.

709 W. Manchester - L.A., CA 90044 Phone: (323) 752-6179 REV. TORREY COLLINS, PASTOR Sunday School ................... 9:00 A.M. Morning Worship ............... 10:45 A.M. Evening Worship ................. 3:30 P.M. *Bible Study (Tues.) ............. 7:00 P.M. *Bible Study (Wed.) ........... 11:00 A.M. Choir Rehearsals (Wed. & Fri.) 7: P.M.

SOUTHERN MISSIONARY B.C.

“One Church For All Generations” 4678 West Adams Blvd, L.A. Ca90016 (323) 731-2703 Email: smbcla@gmail.com XAVIER L. THOMPSON, PASTOR/TEACHER Sunday School ................... 800 A.M. Morning Worship ............... 9:45 A.M. Bible Study (Wed.) ........... 6:45 P.M.

SOUTHWOOD BAPTIST CHURCH

12121 S. Avalon Blvd. L.A. Ca 90061 Phone: (323) 755-9541 PASTOR DONALD ROBERSON ROY L. ROBERSON, PASTOR EMERITUS Sunday School ................ 9:25 A.M. Morning Worship ........... 11:00 A.M. Bible Study (Wed.) .......... 7:00 P.M.

REV., DR. R. M. LEFFALL, PASTOR Sunday School .................... 9:00 A.M. Morning Worship ................ 11:00 A.M. Evening Worship .................. 7:00 P.M. Bible Study (Mon.) ................ 7:00 P.M. School of Prayer (Wed.) 11A.M. & 7PM

THIRD BAPTIST CHURCH

1210 East 41st St., L.A., CA 90011 Ph.: (323) 232-2694 FAX: (323) 231-3592 REV. J. LAWRENCE GULLEY, PASTOR Sunday School ......................... 9:15 A.M. Morning Worship .................... 10:50 A.M. B.T.U. ........................................ 5:45 P.M. Evening Worship ...................... 6:45 P.M. Mdwk. Prayer (Wed.) ............... 6:30 P.M. Bible Class ................................ 7:00 P.M.

TRAVELER’S REST M.B.C.

1417 East Florence Avenue Los Angeles, CA 90001 Phone: (323) 582-7797 E-mail: travelersrest@sbcglobal.net Rev. Dr. Joe L. Gates, Sr., Interim Pastor Morning Worship .........8:00 A.M. Church School .......... 9:30 A.M. Worship Service........ 11:00 A.M.

TRUE EVER FAITHFUL B.C.

11167 S. Main Street, L.A., CA 90061 P: (323) 755-1134 F: (323) 755-1133 REV. K.L. BURRUS, JR., PASTOR Sunday School .................... 9:30 A.M. Morning Worship................ 11:00 A.M. Mission Circle...(Tues)......... 6:00 P.M. Pastor’s Bible Study.(Tues).. 7:00 P.M. (Except 1st Tues) Prayer & Teachers Mtg (Wed).6:00 P.M.

TRUE WAY MISSIONARY B.C.

9122 S. San Pedro St., L.A., CA 90003 Phone: (323) 755-4087 REV. DONALD L. WILSON, PASTOR Early Morning Worship ......... 8:00 A.M. Sunday School ................... 9:30 A.M. Morning Worship ................ 10:30 A.M. Prayer Meeting / Mission Bible Study Wednesday ............. 6:00 P.M. Sun. School Teachers Mtg. (Wed) 7P.M.

UNION MISSIONARY B.C.

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unconditionally and sacrificially serve the holistic—spiritual, physical, psychological, emotional, economic and material—needs of their wives. This analogy or concept of how to sacrificially express love for the sake of others should not be misunderstood as a requirement for wives to over-depend on their husbands for everything. This reason is that although Christ loves the church, gave Himself for it, and still serves consistently its needs, God has also given to the church spiritual and moral responsibilities. These must be carried out with great maturity and decorum. After all, the Scriptures teach that, as a result of the grace of Christ’s redemptive work of love, believers must act as “workers together with Him” (2 Corinthians 6:1, NKJV). In Ephesians 5:26-27, the love that Christ expressed to fulfill God’s divine purpose on earth is presented as being motivated by the sanctifying and cleansing of the church. Sanctification and cleansing of the Christ’s church lead to its glorification and splendor in the midst of a world system characterized by sin and darkness. This implies that in a marital context, it is important to work toward values of purity and true spirituality of thoughts and actions, just as Christ purposed for the church. From this perspective, the Christian household must learn to refrain from building its hope on the foundations of material wealth, fame, and mere human legacies that gratify the flesh and oneself. The agape (ag-AH-pay) love of Christ in the heart, and motivation to live in harmony and holiness to bring glory to God, should be the central foundation on which husbands and wives build their homes. In verse 28, the apostle Paul re-emphasizes the basic foundations that God put in place for Adam and Eve (Genesis 2:23-25). This imagery of the marital relationship, in which Adam declared Eve as the “bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh,” proclaims forcefully a unique kind of spiritual and bodily union (2:23). It also declares an identification in which Adam’s heart was prepared to love his wife despite her weaknesses and failures. This means, without any reservation, he understood that his wife was part of his own spiritual, physical, psychological, and emotional living frame. This is an application of Jesus’s second greatest commandment that we love our neighbor as ourselves (Matthew 22:39). In this case, one’s spouse is the closest neighbor and each one should think of the other as he or she would of himself or herself. It gives a clear picture of how Christ loved the church, His own body, and died for it. 29 For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the church: 30 For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones. The two key words in these verses are “nourisheth” (Gk. ektrepho, ek-TREF-o) and “cherisheth” (Gk. thalpo, THAL -po). The word “nourisheth” can be defined, in a generic sense, as providing sustenance and attending carefully to others’ necessities of life. It means that the husband has been endowed with the godly responsibility of participating in the personal life of his wife. He is to meet her holistic needs in a manner that brings about progress in the marriage relationship, as ordained by God. However, this idea does not mean that the wife is socially, psychologically, or economically inferior to the husband. The author is simply emphasizing the husband’s responsibility to play his role as a Godordained leader of the family or household. Second, by the use of the word “cherisheth,”

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the writer is referring to a husband’s promise to his wife to nurture, protect, and shelter her emotionally, physically, psychologically, and spiritually in all situations. A marriage relationship and Christian family that thrives on mutual support are informed and influenced by God’s way of expressing love. 31 For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh. 32 This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church. Verse 31 seems to be the central and organizing phrase in the periscope of verses 22-33. These verses focus on marriage life and building an authentic relationship in a family context based on true love. The key phrases “shall a man leave,” “joined unto his wife” and “shall be one flesh” are grounded on Genesis 2:24. Marriage has been presented as the fundamental relationship between a man and woman. It requires characteristics of devotion that inspire transactions of self-sacrifice, deep affection, and total commitment. The new bond and obligation that marriage involves transcend any attachment or commitment to other forms of relationships that are outside the marriage context. People must “leave” anything (except worshiping God) that stands between the love relationship between husbands and wives. The “joining,” in this context, is a work of God’s grace. It is also the corresponding responsibility of the man and woman, who are involved in the marriage, to mutually extend their love and personalities to each other in a special manner based on true love. This approach suggests a covenant relationship. In this covenant relationship, God’s power and grace enable the two people to be bonded to each other in love. Because they have become “one flesh,” they are bonded together in a corporeal relationship and are sustained by mutual respect and love for each other. Each completely needs the other. In Ephesians 5:32, Paul connected the marriage relationship with the “great mystery” of God’s plan of salvation. This plan was concealed but was later unfolded through the redemptive work of Christ and the ministry of His apostles. The Greek word used for “mystery” was musterion (moos-TAY-ree-on). Its use in this context denotes some particular deep truth about Christ’s great love and concern for the church, which cannot be fully grasped by the power of the mind without the help of the Holy Spirit. 33 Nevertheless let every one of you in particular so love his wife even as himself; and the wife see that she reverence her husband. Here, the apostle Paul summarizes the quality of marriage relationship necessary for building a healthy Christian home by once again admonishing the husband to “love his wife” and the wife to “see that she reverence her husband.” This is the model that Christ laid down in the Scriptures. Ephesians 6:1 Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right. 2 Honour thy father and mother; which is the first commandment with promise; 3 That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth.

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“IF I Can?” “What do you mean, ‘If I can’?” Jesus asked.” – Mark 9:23

by Andrea Andrews As we are in the midst of Advent and will soon cele-

brate the first coming of Jesus in the form of an infant, it is not until some time later (as we walk with Christ through scripture) that we get to witness His personality. The nature of Christ that the majority of us ever comes to know is His peace, love and patience. Very rarely do we pay attention to His true majesty, humor, righteous indignation or anger. The above passage is a prime example of how He

must have felt when the father purely from a self serving and little faith.” The father did not of an adult son plagued by “a fleshly perspective…acting a understand that he was in the demon” (which based upon bit haughty and becoming in- presence of God – the Son of description we’d now perhaps dignant. But, we are no match God. Yet, we DO. Have we not equate to epilepsy) approached for the Risen Savior. When He yet learned that God is Jehothe Messiah and asked Him to said the words, “What do you vah Tsidkenu – God Almighty; deliver his son “If You can”. mean, ‘If I can’?” that came that He can do ALL things – Hmmm… Many of us can at- from a JUST place. As He everything within His power? tempt to identify with how Je- dwells in the heavens above, Yes, Jesus loves me, you, you, sus must have felt. Yet, in cases awaiting His second coming you and ALL of us. BUT, let us where others might say the (a time that ONLY the Fa- not forget God is omni-dimensame to us – instances where ther knows), how often does sional with multiple layers to whatever the request is is clear- He look down upon us and His personality. Merry Christly within our power, we’d react speak the words, “Oh you of mas! Peace, Love & Blessings; Your comments are welcomed at: theprocesschristiancounseling@gmail.com

emies; they can do nothing to you which God will not turn to your eternal advantage.” (Clark) So, along life’s journey to our eternal rewards, we will experience “Life Issues”, “Life Challenges”, and “Life Sufferings”! But we are told in John 16:33- I have told you all this

so that you may have peace in me (Christ). Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.” So, whether we experience the privilege of trusting in Christ or of suffering for Him, we

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selves, but within their circumstances and consequences; as we are tried, exercised and worked for our good; spiritually and eternally produced by them is the peaceable fruit of righteousness.” “Be not therefore terrified by your en-

This new chapter opens with a shift from husband-wife relationship to a relationship between parents and children. In this context, Paul now lays out reciprocal duties and responsibilities between parents and children. First, children were instructed to obey their parents, similar to the preceding exhortation that was given to wives to submit to their husbands. This pattern of instruction seems to follow the divine structure and order that must exist within the framework of God’s idea of delegated authority and leadership. This delegated authority and leadership has been structured on the heavenly framework of “ordered relationships.” Children have been instructed to “honour thy father and mother” through an appeal to Old Testament Scriptures

(v. 2). This appeal is to reinforce divine and ordered spiritual authority that has been structured from God’s perspective (Exodus 20:12; Deuteronomy 5:16). There are two basic elements that easily catch the attention of the reader. First, it is “right” for children to obey their parents in the Lord (Ephesians 6:1). Second, the writer reminds children that the Old Testament commandment quoted in this passage was the only one that had a promise attached to it. On one hand, the word “right,” used in this discourse, was probably because it was traditionally accepted and proper behavior in that society for children to obey their parents. On the other hand, the word “promise” seems to bring encouragement to children that their obedience to parents has both personal and community implications. The personal implication emphasizes that because children listened to their parents’ correction,

Giving all praises to God whom all blessings flow! Greetings from Grace Temple Missionary Baptist Church where are Overseer and Shepherd is Bishop Miquail M. Broadous. Here are some upcoming events and programs for the remainder of 2012 en-

tering 2013. Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2012 we will celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ at our 6:00AM morning worship service. Let’s not forget, JESUS is the reason for the season! Friday, Jan. 4. 2012 It’s Back Again! The Youth Department “Each One Reach

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IN THE KITCHEN INGREDIENTS Original recipe makes 3 dozen Change Servings 1/2 cup butter, softened 1/2 cup brown sugar 2/3 cup molasses 2 eggs 4 cups all-purpose flour, divided 1/2 teaspoon baking soda

have the blessed reminder of Hebrews 13:5- I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee! Join us for our 1st Sat. Fellowship, January 5, 2013, 12:30 p.m. at the U S Bank Community Bldg., Crenshaw and Slauson, Los Angeles, CA.  For

additional information contact: Dr. Tonya Lewis, onefaith2007@aol.com, One Faith Fellowship, P. O. Box 56641, Los Angeles, CA  90056, www. onefaithfellowship.org, (323) 481-6724, or  http://www. facebook.com/Dr.TonyaLewis

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Organization of West Adams Christian Athletics invites churches to sponsor a team in the upcoming 2013 Youth Basketball League. The league will begin the second week of January 2013 and run though the end of March. The league stresses sportsmanship. Participants must be enrolled in high school, be between 14 and 18 years of age and not on a school basketball team. Church representatives interested in more information may view

OWACA on twitter, facebook and/or our website at http:// www.owaca.org or call (323) 422-9500 or (323) 791-7826.

leadership, and teachings, they are prepared to live morally and spiritually decent lives. Effectively, this line of action will prevent the children from falling prey to temptations and lifestyles that may be destructive to their future progress or wellbeing. In terms of community life, children’s disobedience to parents may lead to a breakdown of family bonds, which foster generational continuity. The result would be a community’s eventual destruction. 4 And, ye fathers, provoke

always being negative and condemning, and to treat their children fairly and without humiliating them. But parents should be intentional in training, educating, nurturing, and loving their children, by the Lord’s assistance, in ways that will prepare children for success in both secular and Christian communities. Parents should realize that their children are God’s gift as a heritage. Therefore, parents are responsible to love, discipline, teach, and care for their children in a way that brings glory to God.

One” of  Grace Temple will host their 2nd Annual “Open Mic Night” at 7:00PM! What a time we had at the first one. Come out and enjoy a night of Spoken Word, Praise Dancing, Musical Selections and FOOD! SAVE THE DATES: Church Conference 2013 ‘The Year of Edification”, Romans

not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. Parents have been instructed not to “provoke” (Gk. parorgizo, par-org-ID-zo), their children to anger. The etymology of the word “provoke” from the original Greek connotes an idea of a capricious, domineering, and overstretched exercise of authority by parents on their children. Parents were instructed not to put unreasonably harsh demands or expectations on their children, to refrain from

14:19 Tuesday January 15thThursday, January 17th 6-9pm nightly; dinner served at 6pm. This year Bishop will be focusing on: Building up the Spirit, The gifts of the Spirit, The fruit of the Spirit, Walking by the Spirit, Family, Faith & Finances. Grace is the place!! For more information regard-

ing any of the events taking place or general information please call the church at (323) 971-8192. Grace Temple Baptist Church is located at 7017 S. Gramercy Pl. Los Angeles Ca, 90047. Bishop Miquail M. Broadous, Senior Pastor, Sis. Celeste Williams, Youth Director and Reporting.

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