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Father God in the name of Jesus, I thank you for the year of “2013” a year where I will experience a season of “suddenlies “ (You move suddenly) as I trust in you. I know all things work for the good of those who love You and are called according to Your purpose. I thank you for the sacrifice of your Son Jesus. Lord as I press towards the mark for prize of the high calling I thank You that You continue to lead me in the paths of righteousness for Your name sake. The mantle of discernment is upon me. Your word says that those who walk not in the counsel of the ungodly will be blessed. I will only receive that which is communicated by the Holy Spirit. I thank you lord that your presence goes before me and prepares the way. I decree and declare that all hindering spirits, distraction, ungodly attraction, confusion, and double-mindedness are removed from my life. I have a clear conscience. Lord, open my eyes that I may behold the great and wondrous things in Your love.
Love, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, and temperance is my portion. I prophesy to everything that is dull and unfinished and command it to shine and be complete. This is my season and place of blossom. I have favor in every endeavor or entrepreneurship that God sets my hand to pursue. Business is increasing daily. I am giving birth to a standard of doing business that will glorify God. I will live a life to enjoy the work of my labor. This is my heritage from Lord. There is absolutely nothing that can seperate me from Your love.
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For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus. There is only one door into the Kingdom of Heaven: Jesus Christ. (I Timothy 2:5 ) When I think of something that’s exclusive I think of the One and only. Our lives are dedicated to the service of Jesus Christ. Our salvation and our eternal destiny rest solely on the ministry of God’s grace afforded us by the sacrifice of Christ. He is the only One intelligent enough to know what you can handle • in terms of responsibility • in terms of blessings • in terms of spiritual revelation • in terms of spiritual gifts • in terms of material possessions • in terms of friends • in terms of health • in terms of personal influence • in terms of trials and testings • in terms of temptations • in terms of family
AND He is the only One: • wise enough • and strong-willed enough • and unbiased enough • and broad-minded enough • and authoritative enough to manage all those things that He gives you that make up who you are and what you do and what your potential is in every area of your life. That’s Exclusive! I am grateful that you and I have made it to see another year. Yay! As we sojourn to our next level in God let’s be sure that we are loving our neighbors as we love ourselves. You do realize this is a commandment right? Good. Love means living the way God commanded us to live. As you have heard from the beginning, his command is this: Live a life of love. II John 1:6 (NCV) After loving God (worship), learning to love others is the second purpose of your life. The lord empowers us to be a conduit of His love to others when we are free enough to love them into greatness, without making our own demands we choose to love sincerely from the heart. As we see people through the eyes of the love versus our expectations of them, we will be able to walk in love even when they are unlovable. Love should be your top priority, primary objective, and greatest ambition. The Bible says: “let
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Some Kinda Love
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We cannot talk about preaching the gospel without really seeing justice as the main element.
od takes it personally when we ignore the hurts and needs of those around us. This especially applies especially to those most abused and rejected by society: the poor, hungry, the widows, and prisoners.
Motivation for God’s redemption was His own Justice, Holiness, & Righteousness. Clearly to Love God with your heart with your whole heart is to also love your neighbor. “In that is Justice” “Love the Lord Your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. The second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself.” Matthew 22:37-39
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Tehillah, pronounced (teh-HEE-lah) means “sing unto the Lord” or “praise”.
The Prophet Speaks
Relationships are what life is all about Four of the ten commandments deal with our relationship to God while the other six deal with our relationship with people. All ten commandments are about relationships. The true secret to success for relationships centers around understanding of what the terms and expectations will be for each relationship. Even if they have to be amended later its so vital to have mutual comprehension of the boundaries, borders, and benefits of each relationship you enter into.
Tamar Braxton & PK Mickens
The scripture asks “can two walk together unless they are agreed?” Amos 3:3 and it emphasizes this need for each party to be in accord with the terms of the relationship.
There must be an action plan for your friendships. Why should anyone enter into friendship without knowing all the expectations and obligations it entails. Relationships require effort! Real relationships cost something in terms of time, thoughtfulness, and openness that must be nurtured and nourished by clear communication and understanding of shared goals.”The understanding must include permission to confront and challenge to say hard things that must be said from time to time by not dodging constructive criticism, or avoiding needing improvements.” Saying hard things because we care about each other’s growth.
It is not enough just to say relationships are important: we must prove it by investing time in them. Words alone are worthless. As we develop a blueprint for a healthy relationship that will decrease the risk and rejection. Remember in the gospel of John when Jesus tells His disciples “No longer do I call you servants, for a servant knows not what His master is doing. but I have called you friends, for all things that I heard from my Father I have made known to you John 15:15.” In this simple yet profound statement Jesus differentiates between those who are friends and those who are not. God is your defense against rejection, your wisdom, and ultimate resource. It was God that said it was not good for man to be alone..(I Corinthians 11:11). Spend time loving God and loving other people—because that’s what life is all about.
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When Adam and Eve made a wrong choice, they made evil a reality. It was always a possibility since they were able to make “ their own choices, but they made it real as far as human beings are concerned. God is working towards re-establishing a perfect creation once again. In the meantime we live in an imperfect world surrounded by people who continue to abuse the gift of choice. God is not to blame; man is, so each of us is to blame for our willingness and at times inability to withstand temptation.
Sometimes relational discernment is not just a matter of confronting those who are against you or correcting those who lack wisdom or have slipped from the grasp of God’s truth. Sometimes confrontation and correction must lead to healthy compromise. Never compromising in the sense of giving up what you truly believe, or who you truly are. I do not mean taking shortcuts and resigning yourself to second or third best because your impatient or afraid.
1st Step to Overcoming Temptation
Stop deceiving yourself into thinking someone else is responsible for your actions. God didn’t accept Adam and Eve’s excuse He won’t accept yours either. All of us have had the frustrating experience of feeling convicted over a particular sin, confessing it, and then turning around and committing it again. In fact, this maybe the very cycles we deal with until we get rid of the root that is causing the fruit of bad behavior. We must discover what it is that is setting us up to be tempted the way we are. What we put as our source of security or significance will ultimately determine our actions.
“See that none of you repays another with evil for evil, but always aim to show kindness and seek to do good to one another and everybody.” I Thess. 5:15
Power Thought: Let the Word of God be your source of security.
When we stray from the Word of God, sin develops and strong holds take control—We rationalize sin—We defend sin—Our hearts get harden and we tend to follow ungodly counsel which leads to ungodly decisions — We get unwanted consequences that equals loss of peace, joy, finances, and relationships—To wander from God’s word is to lose. To live by the word of God is to WIN!
Is about learning to negotiate win-win possibilities within relationships. This often means seeing things through the eyes of others involved in a situation or problem. In most cases of a healthy compromise both parties may feel they are “right”. Both you and the other person may intend the best for each other. You both may believe firmly that you are fulfilling the Father’s instructions for your lives, and for the issue under discussion. This is when it’s tempting to dismiss each other as “wrong” or “selfish” and refuse to see any other other point but your own. However, this is when it is most crucial to relinquish pride, to step outside of the roles you are playing and to become the other person. Can you see the legitimacy of this point of view? Can you appreciate why they may feel that way? Can you help them to understand your position in the same manner? “Be at peace among yourselves....” The Lord’s peace often results from each side coming closer to His viewpoint, His perfect plan for both parties.
“Healthy compromise is the hallmark of healthy relationships.”
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“You can give without loving, but you cannot love without giving” ~ Amy Carmichael
Genuine Love is Giving Without Any Expectation of Personal Gain. The primary Greek words for love are agapao and phileo. Agapao means “to love dearly, to be well pleased.” On the other hand, phileo points to the fondness or friendship. (The Greek word philanthropia means “fondness of mankind, benevolence, love for man.”) The Greek word for brotherly love is Philadelphia, which means “fraternal affection, brotherly love.” Consider when Jesus asked Peter if He loved Him, Jesus used the stronger of these words-agapoa, but Peter responded with the weaker term- phileo. “Jesus saith to Simon Peter, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest (agapao) thou me more than these? He saith unto Him, Yea Lord; thou knowest that I love (phileo) thee. He saith unto him, feed my sheep. He saith unto him a third time, Simon, son of Jonas lovest (phileo) thou me? And he said unto Him, Lord, thou knowest all things; thou knowest that I (phileo) thee...” (John 21:15-17). Jesus then told Peter about the suffering He would experience. If we respond to suffering with joy and thankfulness, we receive the power of the Holy Spirit with agape love. It is through suffering that our love is perfected and deepened.
A True Expression of Love
In John’s epistle on love, he explains that “God is light” (I John 4:8). The significance of equating light and love is that neither one determines who will benefit from it’s service. All who come to the light receives its benefits, regardless of of their spiritual condition. Similarly, all who come to us should receive the benefit of God’s love through us. God loves everyone in the world that He gave His only begotten Son as full payment for our sin, in order that whosoever believes on Him and receives Him will receive power to become the sons of God and have eternal life (John 3:16).
“Love is giving to the basic needs of others so that their authorities get the credit, God gets the glory, and we have the joy of eternal rewards.”
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13 Powerful Quotes of
Martin Luther King Happy Birthday Dr. King! Martin Luther King, Jr. was an American clergyman, activist, and prominent leader in the African-American Civil Rights Movement. He is best known for his role in the advancement of civil rights using nonviolent civil disobedience.
â€œPower without love is reckless and abusive, and love without power is sentimental and anemic. Power at its best is love implementing the demands of justice, and justice at its best is power correcting everything that stands against love.
We will have to repent in this generation not merely for the vitriolic words and actions of the bad people, but for the appalling silence of the good people.
Rarely do we find men who willingly engage in hard, solid thinking. There is an almost universal quest for easy answers and half-baked solutions. Nothing pains some people more than having to think.
Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle. And so we must straighten our backs and work for our freedom. A man canâ€™t ride you unless your back is bent.
The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character - that is the goal of true education.
I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality... I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word.
It may be true that the law cannot make a man love me, but it can keep him from lynching me, and I think thatâ€™s pretty important.
We are not makers of history. We are made by history.
The past is prophetic in that it asserts loudly that wars are poor chisels for carving out peaceful tomorrows.
To be a Christian without prayer is no more possible than to be alive without breathing.
The hottest place in Hell is reserved for those who remain neutral in times of great moral conflict.
Seeing is not always believing.
The art of acceptance is the art of making someone who has just done you a small favor wish that he might have done you a greater one.
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2013 Stellar Awards Nominees New Artist of the Year
• CHARLES JENKINS & FELLOWSHIP CHICAGO, THE BEST OF BOTH WORLDS, INSPIRED PEOPLE
• CHENETA JONES, TRANSFORMED, REAL TALENT MEDIA GROUP • ISAAC CARREE, UNCOMMON ME, SOVEREIGN AGENCY/DOOR 6 ENTERTAINMENT
Artist of the Year
• ANDRAE CROUCH, THE JOURNEY, RIVERPHLO ENTERTAINMENT • CHARLES JENKINS & FELLOWSHIP CHICAGO, THE BEST OF BOTH WORLDS, INSPIRED PEOPLE • DONALD LAWRENCE & COMPANY, YRM (YOUR RIGHTEOUS MIND), QUIET WATER ENTERTAINMENT/VERITY GOSPEL MUSIC GROUP/ SONY • MARVIN SAPP, I WIN, VERITY GOSPEL MUSIC GROUP
Song of the Year
• ANDRAE CROUCH, LET THE CHURCH SAY AMEN - THE JOURNEY, RIVERPHLO ENTERTAINMENT • CHARLES JENKINS, AWESOME - THE BEST OF BOTH WORLDS, INSPIRED PEOPLE • MARVIN SAPP & AARON LINDSEY, MY TESTIMONY - I WIN, VERITY GOSPEL MUSIC GROUP • TINA CAMPBELL, ERICA CAMPBELL & WARRYN CAMPBELL, GO GET IT – GO GET IT, MY BLOCK/COLUMBIA RECORDS
Male Vocalist of the Year
• DEITRICK HADDON, A BEAUTIFUL SOUL, TYSCOT MUSIC & ENTERTAINMENT • FRED HAMMOND, GOD, LOVE & ROMANCE, VERITY GOSPEL MUSIC GROUP • JASON NELSON, SHIFTING THE ATMOSPHERE, VERITY GOSPEL MUSIC GROUP • MARVIN SAPP, I WIN, VERITY GOSPEL MUSIC GROUP
Female Vocalist of the Year
• ALBERTINA WALKER, FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR • DORINDA CLARK COLE, I SURVIVED, LIGHT RECORDS/EONE MUSIC • KIERRA SHEARD, FREE, KAREW RECORDS • LE’ANDRIA JOHNSON, THE AWAKENING OF LE’ANDRIA JOHNSON, MUSIC WORLD GOSPEL • MAURETTE BROWN CLARK, THE SOUND OF VICTORY, AIR INTERNATIONAL RECORDS
• FRED HAMMOND, GOD, LOVE & ROMANCE, VERITY GOSPEL MUSIC GROUP
• ISAAC CARREE, ERIC DAWKINS, WARRYN CAMPBELL, GERALD HADDON, & RICK ROBINSON, UNCOMMON ME, SOVEREIGN AGENCY/DOOR 6 ENTERTAINMENT • WARRYN CAMPBELL, GO GET IT, MY BLOCK/COLUMBIA RECORDS
Group/Duo of the Year
• DONALD LAWRENCE & COMPANY, YRM (YOUR RIGHTEOUS MIND), QUIET WATER ENTERTAINMENT/VERITY GOSPEL MUSIC GROUP/ SONY • FOREVER JONES, MUSICAL REVIVAL, EMI GOSPEL • JAMES FORTUNE & FIYA, IDENTITY, LIGHT RECORDS/EONE MUSIC • MARY MARY, GO GET IT, MY BLOCK/COLUMBIA RECORDS
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• LE’ANDRIA JOHNSON, THE AWAKENING OF LE’ANDRIA JOHNSON, MUSIC WORLD GOSPEL
CD of the Year
• ANDRAE CROUCH, THE JOURNEY, RIVERPHLO ENTERTAINMENT • CHARLES JENKINS & FELLOWSHIP CHICAGO, THE BEST OF BOTH WORLDS, INSPIRED PEOPLE
• FRED HAMMOND, GOD, LOVE & ROMANCE, VERITY GOSPEL MUSIC GROUP • MARVIN SAPP, I WIN, VERITY GOSPEL MUSIC GROUP
Choir of the Year
• CHARLES JENKINS & FELLOWSHIP CHICAGO, THE BEST OF BOTH WORLDS, INSPIRED PEOPLE
• JAMES HALL WORSHIP & PRAISE, TRIP DOWN MEMORY LANE, MUSIC BLEND, INC.
• JJ HAIRSTON & YOUTHFUL PRAISE, AFTER THIS, LIGHT RECORDS/EONE MUSIC
• RICHARD SMALLWOOD WITH VISION, PROMISES, VERITY GOSPEL MUSIC GROUP
Producer of the Year
• DONALD LAWRENCE, YRM (YOUR RIGHTEOUS MIND), QUIET WATER ENTERTAINMENT/VERITY GOSPEL MUSIC GROUP
Contemporary Group/Duo of the Year
• DONALD LAWRENCE & COMPANY, YRM (YOUR RIGHTEOUS MIND), QUIET WATER ENTERTAINMENT/VERITY GOSPEL MUSIC GROUP/ SONY
• FOREVER JONES, MUSICAL REVIVAL, EMI GOSPEL • JAMES FORTUNE & FIYA, IDENTITY, LIGHT RECORDS/EONE MUSIC • MARY MARY, GO GET IT, MY BLOCK/COLUMBIA RECORDS
Traditional Group/Duo of the Year
• ANGELA SPIVEY & GREATER BLESSINGS PRAISE TEAM, HE KEEPS HIS PROMISE, INNOVATIVE RECORDS
• LUTHER BARNES & THE SUNSET JUBILAIRES, ANOTHER LEVEL, AIR INTERNATIONAL RECORDS
• THE WILLIAMS BROTHERS, LIVE AT THE HARD ROCK – PART 1, BLACKBERRY RECORDS
• TIM ROGERS & THE FELLAS, REAL, BLACKBERRY RECORDS
Contemporary Male of the Year
• FRED HAMMOND, GOD, LOVE & ROMANCE, VERITY GOSPEL MUSIC GROUP • ISAAC CARREE, UNCOMMON ME, SOVEREIGN AGENCY/DOOR 6 ENTERTAINMENT
• SMOKIE NORFUL, ONCE IN A LIFETIME, EMI GOSPEL • ZACARDI CORTEZ, ZACARDI CORTEZ: THE INTRODUCTION, BLACKSMOKE MUSIC WORLDWIDE
Traditional Male of the Year
• ANDRAE CROUCH, THE JOURNEY, RIVERPHLO ENTERTAINMENT • JASON NELSON, SHIFTING THE ATMOSPHERE, VERITY
Contemporary Female of the Year Traditional Choir of the Year • ANITA WILSON, WORSHIP SOUL, EMI GOSPEL • DORINDA CLARK COLE, I SURVIVED, LIGHT
• BILLWINSTON & LIVING WORD, BILL WINSTON PRESENTS LIVING
RECORDS/EONE MUSIC • KIERRA SHEARD, FREE, KAREW RECORDS • LE’ANDRIA JOHNSON, THE AWAKENING OF LE’ANDRIA JOHNSON, MUSIC WORLD GOSPEL
• CHARLES JENKINS & FELLOWSHIP CHICAGO, THE BESTOF BOTH
Traditional Female of the Year
• RICHARD SMALLWOOD WITH VISION, PROMISES, VERITY GOSPEL
• ANGELA SPIVEY, HE KEEPS HIS PROMISE, INNOVATIVE RECORDS
• DOROTHY NORWOOD, GOD’S BEEN JUST THAT GOOD, MALACO RECORDS • SHIRLEY MURDOCK, LIVE: THE JOURNEY, TYSCOT MUSIC & ENTERTAINMENT • VANESSA BELL ARMSTRONG, TIMELESS, MUSIC WORLD GOSPEL
Contemporary CD of the Year
• DONALD LAWRENCE & COMPANY, YRM (YOUR RIGHTEOUS MIND), QUIET WATER ENTERTAINMENT/VERITY GOSPEL MUSIC GROUP/ SONY • DORINDA CLARK COLE, I SURVIVED, LIGHT RECORDS/EONE MUSIC • FRED HAMMOND, GOD, LOVE & ROMANCE, VERITY GOSPEL MUSIC GROUP • MARY MARY, GO GET IT, MY BLOCK/COLUMBIA RECORDS
Traditional CD of the Year
• ANDRAE CROUCH, THE JOURNEY, RIVERPHLO ENTERTAINMENT
• BYRON CAGE, MEMOIRS OF A WORSHIPPER, VERITY GOSPEL MUSIC GROUP
WORD “RELEASED”, SOURCE MEDIA WORLDS, INSPIRED PEOPLE
• JAMES HALL WORSHIP & PRAISE, TRIP DOWN MEMORY LANE, MUSIC BLEND, INC. MUSIC GROUP
Special Event CD of the Year
• DEITRICK HADDON, ANTHOLOGY: THE WRITER & HIS MUSIC, TYSCOT MUSIC & ENTERTAINMENT
• JAMES FORTUNE & FIYA, THE JAMES FORTUNE & FIYA, BLACKSMOKE MUSIC WORLDWIDE
• MARY MARY, GO GET IT, MY BLOCK/COLUMBIA RECORDS • SMOKIE NORFUL, ONCE IN A LIFETIME, EMI GOSPELCATEGORY
Rap - Hip Hop - Gospel CD of the Year
• DA T.R.U.T.H., THE WHOLE TRUTH, XIST MUSIC/BLACK FUEL ENTERTAINMENT
• FLAME, THE 6TH, CLEAR SIGHT MUSIC • JSON, GROWING PAINS, LAMP MODE RECORDINGS • TRIP LEE, THE GOOD LIFE, REACH RECORDS
Children’s Project of the Year
• ANOINTED BY GOD, ANOINTED BY GOD, ONE VOICE MEDIA • KINGDOM KIDS WORLDWIDE, KINGDOM KIDS WORLDWIDE – AFTER SCHOOL PARTY, HEADSTRATE ENTERTAINMENT
• NYASIA, TAKE OFF, INDEPENDENT • PURE-N-HEART KIDS, PURE-N-HEART KIDS: LIVE PRAISE AND WORSHIP EXPERIENCE, MUSIC2CHANGEU RECORDS
• CHARLES JENKINS & FELLOWSHIP CHICAGO,
Quartet of the Year
THE BEST OF BOTH WORLDS, INSPIRED PEOPLE • MARVIN SAPP, I WIN, VERITY GOSPEL MUSIC GROUP
• THE CLARK BROTHERS, IT’S IN YOUR HANDS, CE RECORDS • THE WILLIAMS BROTHERS, LIVE AT THE HARD ROCK – PART
Urban/Insporational Single or Performance of the Year
• ANITA WILSON, SPEECHLESS - WORSHIP SOUL,
• LUTHER BARNES & THE SUNSET JUBILAIRES, ANOTHER LEVEL, AIR INTERNATIONAL RECORDS
1, BLACKBERRY RECORDS
• TIM ROGERS & THE FELLAS, REAL, BLACKBERRY RECORDS
Recorded Music Packaging of the Year
EMI GOSPEL • FRED HAMMOND, I FEEL GOOD - GOD, LOVE & ROMANCE, VERITY GOSPEL MUSIC GROUP • ISAAC CARREE, IN THE MIDDLE - UNCOMMON ME, SOVEREIGN AGENCY/DOOR 6 ENTERTAINMENT • MARY MARY, GO GET IT - GO GET IT, MY BLOCK/COLUMBIA RECORDS
• CHARLES JENKINS, THE BEST OF BOTH WORLDS,
Music Video of the Year (Short)
Praise & Worship CD of the Year
• DARREN GRANT, GO GET IT – GO GET IT, MY BLOCK/COLUMBIA RECORDS • DAVEN BAPTISTE, IN THE MIDDLE – UNCOMMON ME, SOVEREIGN AGENCY/ DOOR 6 ENTERTAINMENT • JAMAAL BANKS, LEAD US TO TRUTH – THE NEXT DIMENSION, BGA MUSIC GROUP • STEVE HUFFMAN, I’M AT PEACE – I’M AT PEACE, SHANACHIE ENTERTAINMENT CORP.
• DANIEL JOEL ORTIZ, THE JOURNEY, RIVERPHLO ENTERTAINMENT
• DENISE TROTMAN, GOD, LOVE & ROMANCE, VERITY GOSPEL MUSIC GROUP
• FUSAKO CHUBACHI, GO GET IT, MY BLOCK/COLUMBIA RECORDS
• ANITA WILSON, WORSHIP SOUL, EMI GOSPEL • BYRON CAGE, MEMOIRS OF A WORSHIPPER, VERITY GOSPEL MUSIC GROUP
• JASON NELSON, SHIFTING THE ATMOSPHERE, VERITY GOSPEL MUSIC GROUP
• WILLIAM MCDOWELL, ARISE, LIGHT RECORDS/E
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I don’t know what can be so dangerous about giving people hope.
JOEL OSTEEN “Most watched inspirational speaker in America is helping people become who God created them to be.”
Joel Scott Osteen is an American author, televangelist, and the senior pastor of America’s fastest growing church. Lakewood Church in Houston,Texas (the former Compaq Center) is the largest regularly-used worship center in the United States. Each week Joel delivers God’s message of hope and encouragement to more than 38,000 attendees. According to Nielsen Media Research, Joel is the most watched inspirational figure in America. His weekly sermon is broadcast into every U.S. television market where it is viewed by seven million Americans each week and more than 20 million each month. His weekly broadcast is also seen in almost 100 nations around the world.
I think God’s justice is making wrongs right.
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P.K. Hi Mr. Joel how are you? Joel Osteen Good to see you P.K. I’m doing great!
P.K. I am so excited about your latest project. What inspired
the book “I Declare?”
Joel Osteen What inspired it was that there are so many
people that say negative things over their lives. I just wanted to give people some positive declarations to speak victory and faith over their life, so it’s really to help people become who God created them to be.
P.K. You have so many books now! What number is this? Joel Osteen This is my fifth major book.
P.K. Your starting to lose count right?
I don’t know what can be Joel I know (laughs) soOsteen dangerous about giving
P.K. The Night of Hope tour can you tell me a little bit about people hope. it, and what attendees can expect?
Joel Osteen Absolutely, it’s a two and half hour service
where we have music, I share a little bit of my story and try to encourage the people. There’s also a lot of great testimonies, my mom shares how she overcame cancer, Victoria shares... it’s a fun night, a night of inspiration! Are you and your crew coming out on tomorrow?
P.K. Absolutely! Shofar Magazine will be there! Mr. Osteen
before I let you go... do you have any shot outs or words of encouragement for our readers?
Joel Osteen If you don’t have your copy of “I Declare”
get it today! Remember you can’t change people. You can encourage them, you can speak faith into them, but ultimately you can’t make them do what’s right. I say this respectfully but your not responsible for their happiness, your responsible for your own happiness. You need to have the attitude “if you don’t want to be happy that’s fine, but your not going to keep me from being happy.” If you wanna live in the pits that’s o.k but I’m not going to get in there with you I’m going to enjoy my life.
P.K. That was phenomenal! Thank you so much for interviewing with Shofar Media & Publishing.
“The Magazine is beautiful P.K.”
New York Times bestselling author Joel Osteen has released his fifth major book, and from the comments on his latest interview “God is not finish with me yet,” he says. The latest release is filled with 31 written declarations-one for each day— you can declare, in faith, God’s powerful Word over your life and watch your surroundings change in incredible ways. The declarations will affirm God’s blessings in the area of health, family legacy, decisions, finances, thoughts, outlook, and overcoming obstacles. The words we speak set the course for our life. If you want to know what you’re going to be like in five years, listen to the words you are saying about yourself today says Osteen.
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NO HUNGER FOR VOMIT Why is that a dog will always turn to it’s vomit and Christians who have lived in Egypt, want to return? Looking back it is always easier to want what we have known, even if it has not always been the best. (Proverbs 26:11) Sometimes the idea of functioning under faith in a God we can not see, sends us running back to the world, we were saved out of. Because we can not see with our limited senses what God is doing in our lives, we doubt and fear. We see ourselves as grasshoppers in a land of giants. The battle is lost before it began. The Israelites with this mind set died in the wilderness because of their lack of faith and vision.
Focusing on what we can do under our own power will destroy the work God has set before us. We need to have the attitude of Joshua and Caleb who stated in Numbers 14:9, “The Lord is with us!” “Don’t be afraid of them!” When you are comparing what you lack to what others have, you function under intimidation and not confidence. Let Proverbs 3:26 (For the Lord will be your confidence, And will keep your foot from being caught) be your determination to move forward into the work God has set before you. Ahab repented and walked humbly before the lord for a few minutes. Then he rushed back to his vomit and was killed (I Kings 21:27-29; 22:8). Pharaoh begged Moses for respite and promised to let Israel go. But as soon as he felt relief, he hardened his heart and returned to his stubborn folly 14 SHOFAR MAGAZINE JAN/FEB 2013
(Exodus 8:15). How many times did God forgive and deliver Israel, and then watch them rush back to pagan vomit (Psalm 78:33-42)?
Self Examination What filth have you vomited up and cast away by the grace of God and the conviction of His Spirit? What folly have you rejected? (You will be tempted to return to it) Which vomits tempts you? There are no partial turning from sin. It never works! It will never work! You can still smell vomit, and you will turn to it again. Dear readers, you must flee your temptations and sins with all your might and speed! We must eliminate the sources of temptation! We must completely satisfy our appetite with spiritual things, so that we have no hunger for vomit. Only by the grace of God and gift of repentance can a man be saved from his folly and snare of Satan (Timothy 2:25-26). If you have the least degree of conviction about any sin at this moment, repent immediately and take drastic measures to rid your life of that folly. Flee to Jesus Christ. The grace of God can save you today. Let us say with the psalmist, “I will hear what God the Lord will speak: for he will speak peace unto his people, and to his saints: but let them not turn again to folly” (Psalm 85:8). May we hear the warning of our Savior, “behold, thou art made whole: sin no more, lest a worse thing come unto thee” (John 5:14).
Respond to Diversity Can You Meet People Where They Are Without Condemning Them?
hen a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her, “Will you give me a drink?” (His disciples had gone into the town to buy food.) The Samaritan woman said to him, “You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman. How can you ask me for a drink?” (For Jews do not associate with Samaritans). Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.” (John 4:7-10) Jesus met the Samaritan woman where she was, as she was. Instead of condemning her or arguing with her, He paid attention to her needs and offered her what He had to give. I believe this is how we are to meet people with different religious backgrounds.
We cannnot expect people to make a decision for Christ before they know who Christ is or before they have met a Christian. Ministry must have sincerity. To minister effectively we need openness and approachability without judgment or condemnation. When we are diversed we hold no fear because we know who we are because we know who God is. God can, will, and is making a powerful impact among the most diversed populations. We can respond to diversity by winning a hearing for the gospel by reaching out to help people, to serve them.
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On The Record
ackstage with Byron Cage and Kierra Sheard at WCGL AM1360 33rd Anniversary national recording gospel music artists both known for great music and astonishing ministry ensembles.
Grammy Award nominee and Stellar Award winner, tell me about your latest project featuring the hit song “Great & Mighty.”
Byron Cage : My latest project is entitled Memoirs of a
worshipper, its my ninth CD in the industry and I am grateful to God that people are singing my songs in church and keep wanting to hear my music so I am so grateful to God that I can continue to give it to them.
Can you sing a little bit of Great and Mighty before the show ? (LOL)
Byron Cage : Oh Naw, Imma sing that tonight! And I want
them to bring the cameras in there so when we shouting and praising God they can get you laying on your face in worship. I know people think that you don’t lay on your face cause your so pretty and dress so nice, but you look like you get ugly wit it in worship. Just laying out prostrate before Him. (LOL)
people who love the lord and even those who don’t know the lord.
That’s the goal of Shofar Magazine to “Be the Church!” Thank you so much again.
Byron Cage : Thanks for having me.
I will leave it all on the floor! You can BELIEVE THAT! Thank so much for interviewing with Shofar Media & Publishing. I just want to encourage you to keep doing what your doing Byron, it’s working.
Byron Cage : Absolutely! P.K.
Thank You so much for what your doing through your media publication “Shofar Magazine” and everything your doing to get it out there via social media networks, radio & T.V. It’s a tremendous blessing that you can share this level of the gospel with
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Ki-Ki Sheard: Indescribable was originally recorded by
Chris Tomlin a CCM artist. That song just blessed me every time I would play it in the car, I mean where ever I was when I would play it in my room it would minister to me and pull tears out of my eyes. Not just that it gave me different level of knowledge about God if you listen to the lyrics it’s just amazing! That’s where that song came from. I had to record that song. Love like Crazy was produced by Warren Campbell and Written by Erica and Tina Campbell (Mary Mary) that’s how those songs came about.
WOW! Those songs just bless me and I’m sure others in so many ways. What’s next for you Kierra?
nterview with Kierra Sheard
What an amazing performance that was tonight! How are you?
I am great!
What inspired Songs like Indescribable and I’m in love like crazy?
Ki-Ki Sheard: I’m working on some projects that are
secrets, and I’m just staying busy. Hopefully new music will be out soon.
Great! when you are ready to reveal those secrets be sure to hit me up okay?
Ki-Ki Sheard: I will P.K. Thank you so much for the opportunity.
The pleasure was all mine. May the Lord’s face continue to shine upon you.
may be gone but her talent and legacy are
Whitney Houston ( 1963-2012)
Since her untimely death at the age of 48 on February 11, the world’s love affair with Whitney Houston has been rekindled. Her albums are back in the Top 10, artists are covering her songs and stars are lining up to play her in a biopic.
"Brandy looks forward to challenge on her musical comeback"
In Memory of Whitney… Brandy returned her focus to recording last year, with a new record label and management team. Named for the date of Whitney Houston’s death and Brandy’s birth, Brandy regarded October’s Two Eleven, her excellent sixth LP, as an opportunity for creative rebirth. She sought out a new roster of collaborators for the album, including a few producers who’ve found success in less polished realms, like Sean Garrett, Bangladesh and Mike Will Made It. On Two Eleven she sings with carnal intensity, a potent match for the adventurous production.
Brandy speaks from the heart
I tried to find my way with Human, and I tried with Afrodisiac. Now I know music is what I’m supposed to do. I’m here to be of service. It’s really not about me, it’s about the people that I relate to, the people that love my music that need it to do whatever with it. [Two Eleven’s] all about the rebirth and the reinvention of who I am as an artist. I’m so proud of the work and I believe in it, finally. I haven’t had music that I believe in like this in a long time. I felt like this was my last shot to connect with, not only the fans that have been down for me, but to create a relationship with this new generation and reintroduce myself, as an artist and just as a person in general. I had been trying for so long and I wasn’t able to get it right. For this, it was a new team, a new label. Life is about constantly changing and evolving. Who wants to stay the same? I don’t want to stay the same way I was two years ago, musically or personally. God has been great to me. I look forward to challenging myself.
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Where was GOD? Our hearts and prayers go out to the family, friends and classmates of the 27 people who lost their lives in New town (Sandy Hook Elementary) mass shooting. The grief and pain is still very heavy on the hearts of both local and national communities. There are 20 new little people in Heaven now and they are not in pain any longer. Tears came to our president’s eyes when he spoke as a father. “We are not doing enough and we will have to change.” I concur, we are not doing enough as a nation and we must change by turning back to God.
Am I doing my part every day? Am I praying over my kids every morning and night? Am I teaching my kids how to pray for both themselves and others? Am I praying and advocating for prayer to be allowed back into the schools?
II Chronicles 7:14 states: If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.
After a tragedy such as this people are left to ponder over common unanswered questions.” Why do things like this keep happening?” Why did so many innocent people have to die?” “Why didn’t we prevent this and how can we prevent this from happening in the future?” “If we had better gun control, would this have happened?” “Were there any signs to show this was about to take place.” “Was there domestic violence in the home that poured out to the streets?” “Why did God let this happen?” Don’t forget the big question that hurts God’s heart “Where was God”? I will humbly attempt to answer two of the questions. First,” why did God let this happen?” To be truthful we let this happen. God gave each of us free will, He will not move at times unless we ask. More than often, God will send warnings to His people if they have an ear to hear. I believe as Christians we are not doing our job. “Men ought always pray.” We are to pray for the world, our state, schools, and everything in between. The laws of the land which we live took prayer out of our schools, but they could not take it out of our hearts. Our kids can still pray for themselves, as we can still pray for them before and after school declaring the blessings of Abraham and divine protection over them. So when someone asks,” why did God let this happen?” My thoughts...take a good look at yourself. Why did you let it happen?
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“Where was God in all of this?” He was there all along. He was in just as much pain as everyone else and certainly did not want this to happen. He was with the principal Dawn Hochsprung, as she cut on the PA system for everyone to hear that there was foul play. She gave her life fighting back to protect her kids. God was in and with the teachers Anne Marie Murphy and Victoria Soto who both tried to protect students but lost their life, God was with the police officers who showed up to protect. God was with the doctors and nurses who tried to save lives. God is in and with the millions of people around the world, who hurt and are praying for the people left behind to deal with this tragedy. It is very hard to understand why God does not stop every crime, murder, every massacre and all of the evil things on earth. God is all knowing and all powerful isn’t He? Absolutely, but there is not enough space in this article for me to answer why He allows bad things to happen, besides I don’t even know. “For who has known the mind of the Lord that he
may instruct him?” (I Cor.3:16) What I do know is this we are given free will. Deuteronomy 30: 15-19 “See, I have set before you today life and good, death and evil. If you obey the commandments of the Lord your God that I command you today, by loving the Lord your God, by walking in his ways, and by keeping his commandments and his statutes and his rules, then you shall live and multiply, and the Lord your God will bless you in the land that you are entering to take possession of it. But if your heart turns away, and you will not hear, but are drawn away to worship other gods and serve them, I declare to you today, that you shall surely perish. You shall not live long in the land that you are going over the Jordan to enter and possess. I call heaven and earth to witness against you today, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and curse. Therefore choose life, that you and your offspring may live.
If we want to obey His word and flee from sin we can. If we want to be a hell raiser we can, it is our choice and he will not force us to do anything. We must humble ourselves and pray asking Him to move in and over our land.
God can and will move when His people ask Him to do so. I humbly choose life, Joseph Reaves
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Hope for Abused
Your own safety is at stake when your neighbor’s house is in flames” - Horace
There is HOPE for Abused & Battered Women in Jacksonville. Getting out of an abusive or violent relationship isn’t easy. Domestic violence touches over 32 million Americans annually, according to the (Centers for Disease Control or (CDC). The DIP Foundation offers help for abused and battered women: Making the decision to leave. House of H.O.P.E (HOH) will serve as a temporary place of refuge and support for women and their children to escape violent or abusive situations such as rape and domestic violence. HOH’s focus is on stabilization, safety, and empowerment. It also focuses on teaching women the skills necessary to manage their post traumatic stress disorder or (PTSD) symptoms, which may interfere with their ability to access important community resources and establish safety for themselves and their children. Violence against women is so deeply rooted in our culture. DIP Foundation recognize the need for a multi-faceted approach to the issue, including development of an effective response to the criminal justice, medical, religious, and social systems. We believe it is necessary to raise community awareness by publicizing the issue and through education in our schools and community organizations. Finally, we recognize that every person carries the cultural seed out of which oppression rises. We believe that each of us, as individuals, must take responsibility to look within ourselves to identify our own attachment to beliefs and values which justify another’s oppression. We believe that change must start there, within ourselves.To bring this project to fruition we are asking for urgent funding from community partners to help us raise $100,000 by March 31, 2013. DIP accepts donations in many forms - from cash to women’s clothing, from household items to office supplies. These donations assist the women during their stay at a shelter, as well as after departing. Once stable housing is located, they are able to take these important items with them as they start their new lives. Items can be dropped off by appointment. To donate furniture or large items or if you have questions, please contact us: (904) 438-4347. Please mail all tax-deductible donations to: DIP Foundation Inc. 7545 Centurion Pkwy Suite # 103 Jacksonville, Fl 32256 (904) 438-4DIP
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“We are writing these things so that your joy may be full” (I John 1:4)
3 Most Common Joy Stealers John shared his personal experience with Jesus through his writings so that we might be encouraged. Happiness is something we attempt to fill ourselves with and is always temporary. Joy is something that God fills us withand we can always be full of it. Jesus said the night before He was crucified, “Your joy no man takes from you” (John 16:22). Happiness is based on circumstance. Joy is unconditional. Perpetually spending time in God’s presence always results in joy. However, there are real theives out to steal the joy of every believer.
to get through
Sin - “When you obey my commandments, you remain in my love, just as I obey my father’s commandments and remain in His love “ (John 15:10). Satan steals joy through lies planted in the mind and heart. Situations can steal joy. To combat this, follow the instruction of Paul, “Do not worry about anything: Instead, pray about everything.” Tell God what you need, and thank Him for all He has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.
“I command you be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you whenever you go”. Joshua1:9 It has been said, what doesn’t kill you will make you stronger. “Through Love and Kindness have I drawn thee”………… More than often, one has to go through various life changing events including but not limited to incarceration (mentally/physically) in order to gain the most intimate relationship possible with God. Jesus said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” The reality of this text reminds us this: even in the midst of various trials God sustains us, and is always right in the middle of it with us. His love for us is unconditional and unending. Intimacy with Him means increased awareness and insight to our divine purpose. While in the midst of our storms, God is simply molding us. We gain knowledge and in return knowledge yields power. Our God is greater than any circumstance we face. Be still and know things will now begin to work in your favor and doors that were once closed are now open. There is justice for those believing and trusting in God. There is light at the end of the tunnel. God has the key to unlock infinite doors. Be Courageous! Go through to get through! Elder Kista Miller - Tallahassee, FL www.changinglives4ever.com
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Verbal Abuse Every wise woman buildeth her house: but the foolish plucketh it down with her hands. PROVERBS 14:1
Verbal abuse is not a side issue. It is the issue in the relationship. Many men and women don’t recognize the mind games and emotional abuse in their marriage or primary relationship. Verbal abuse is a way to gain power and control in a relationship. Verbal abuse creates pain and trauma and can lead to physical illness.
effective behavioral technique, which, even if she gains awareness about it, will be terribly difficult (if not impossible) for her to break. The goal of an abuser is control and the way they control you is through emotional abuse.
Emotional abuse is like a cancer that eats away at your psyche until you’re left feeling powerless, worthless, anxious and/or depressed. Most of the time it happens so gradually that you don’t notice it. You explain away the first few tantrums, emotional outbursts and rage episodes. You take her criticisms to heart because you want to please her.
• Are you spending more and more time at work because you don’t want to go home?
She’s not abusive all the time. Sometimes she’s nice. Now and again, she’ll even make a grand loving gesture and you convince yourself that the relationship isn’t that bad. Abusive personality types frequently have a very charismatic and seductive side. If she was all bad all the time, you’d have never become involved with her, right? Their charming side is how they suck people in. Over time, the charm wears thin and their abusive traits dominate.You can’t fix this. You can’t make her stop. You can’t make your relationship better. First, it’s highly unlikely that your girlfriend or wife will see her behavior as abusive because “everything’s your fault” and, most importantly, her abusive behaviors are how she gets what she wants. It’s a learned and highly 22 SHOFAR MAGAZINE JAN/FEB 2013
Don’t want to admit you’re being controlled or abused? OK. Ask yourself the following questions:
• Have you dropped out of touch with friends and family? When you communicate periodically, do you smile and tell them everything’s great as you feel the knot in your stomach tighten and the lump in your throat harden? • Do you always feel like you’re waiting for the other shoe to drop? • Have you withdrawn from life while retreating into alternate realities, e.g., books, films or the Internet? • Are you experiencing feelings of shame, worthlessness, low self-esteem or emotional numbness? • Are you experiencing physical symptoms like chronic stomach pain, nausea, headaches, digestive problems, insomnia or fatigue that your doctor can’t diagnose beyond “may be stress-related?” • Are you drinking more or using recreational drugs more than you used to? Are you using them to escape from or numb yourself to the unhappiness of your situation? • Do you feel unlovable? Like some-
thing’s “wrong” with you or that you’re “bad” or “crazy?” Do you worry that if you left your partner that no one else would want you? • Do you experience symptoms of depression, including thoughts of suicide? • Do you engage in risky behaviors in which your death would be considered “accidental” like reckless driving, riding your bike alone through rough terrain, going into dangerous neighborhoods,or walking into traffic without looking? If you answered “yes” to more than one of these questions it’s highly likely that you’re suffering the effects of emotional abuse. You need to decide if you want to spend the rest of your life being treated like this or if you want a chance at real love and happiness. You should probably seek some form of formal support to: • Help resurrect your feelings of selfesteem and worth. • Understand why you were attracted to this woman in the first place so you don’t end up in another abusive relationship again. • Learn some behavioral techniques to deal and cope with these behaviors. • Help you decide if you want to end this relationship and, if so, support you through it by calling (877) 643-1120 and entering PIN number 0757.
More expected from the
church The church provides spiritual guidance and directions to its members. Typically, the Church also feeds the poor, house the homeless, care for the sick and elderly, and educated the young. God expects more from His people. Matthew 5:13-16 - Salt is a preservative, a protector and an enhancer. Prior to the use of antibiotics, salt was applied wounds to prevent poisons from invading living cells, thus preventing the loss of limb and life. Salt is a barrier to foreign matter and creates matter and creates an environment hostile to toxins. Salt is also necessary for cells to maintain the required balance of chemical charges. A deficiency results in a weak and tired body. Also when used to preserve food, salt combats the bacteria which produce decay and make food unfit for human consumption. As an enhancer, salt brings out the flavor in the food, combating blandness and adding zest and taste. The church as the Salt of the earth is expected to have similar results, when effectively applied • Protect against toxins and organism which can destroy life. • Our presence should enhance the quality of life bringing balance & energy, flavor & zest! Light dispels darkness and the uncertainty. It reveals the hidden and unseen things which may trip and trap the unwary. Light brings clarity, provides brightness and generates heat.
The 55th Annual Grammy Awards will be held on February 10, 2013 at 8:00 p.m. ET (on CBS) at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
The church’s role as the Light of the world is not to be limited to dispelling spiritual darkness and evil. There is darkness and lack of clarity in physical and intellectual worlds, the economic and political worlds, the social and technological worlds.My friends darkness exists in all systems where there is confusion, ignorance, folly, deception, greed, and misplaced priorities. God’s people and principles are intended to illuminate all these world systems. The church has to be the center of all operations of the World, switched on and positioned like a city set on a hill, so that its illumination is unhindered and undistorted. The earth is on a path of continuous change. As the systems of life are changing, the Salt and Light have become more important than before. Each new position brings new bacteria, new pollutants and toxins to be counteracted and new deceptions and camouflages to be exposed. To fulfill the mandate of Salt and light effectively, the people of God must enter arenas and platforms which may not have traditionally associated with the Church.It is only through a high visible presence in the commercial, academic, social, political, and other worlds, that the true work of the Salt and full impact of the Light will be realized.
Are you shining your bright light in very dark places?
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Release Date January 22nd Good Word- Great Songs The CDs feature relevant and insightful messages from some of the nationâ€™s outstanding pulpiteers, namely, Bishop Darrell Hines, Bishop Kenneth Ulmer, Reverend Otis Moss, III , Bishop Paul Morton and Bishop Rudolph McKissick, Jr paired with music from Sherri Jones Moffett, LaShun Pace and Donald Lawrence and the Tri-City Singers.
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