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Service Times

Wednesday: Morning Bible Class – 9:00am Evening Bible Class – 7:00pm



“Celebrating the Experiences We Value”

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Sunday: Morning Bible Class – 9:45am Children & Adult Class – 11:00am (Nursery & Children’s Worship Provided) Evening Service – 6:00pm (5:30pm on 3 r d Sundays) Ladies & Gentleman’s Bible Class – 4:30 (3 r d Sundays)

C r e e k C h u r c h o f C h r i s t

Dr. David & Sister Sandra Chislom

3932 Sofley Road Off of W. Sugar Creek Road make a left off of I-85 S

Charlotte, NC 28203 Website: Phone: (704) 598.5331 * Fax: (704) 598.0058

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Introducing of

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Calendar of Events



Over a year ago, we began having conversations about the unique and vibrant culture at Sugar Creek. Our discussions focused primarily on our growth and areas we sought to protect. We then took a closer looked at our congregation demographically, socially and spiritually. What we found was not only amazing and honoring, but worthy of High Praise! We discovered five key areas that exemplify our culture at Sugar Creek. We value Biblical Authority in our preaching and teaching; Intimacy with God in our prayer life and personal study; Intentional Evangelism within our family and workplace; Strategic Service in our community and Relevant Ministries that meet our needs. Our values are seen and celebrated when new converts obey the gospel and reach their maturity milestones. They are seen when our young people engage in meaningful ministry and adults graduate into the academy. We see such moments when singles, seniors, married couples and Yokefellows experience deep fellowship. We are a group of Christians whose lives are being transformed for Christ and by Christ and this is what High Praise seeks to capture and celebrate each quarter.

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April (04) Friday (5th): Singles Bible Study Saturday (13th): Shelter Visit at Salvation Army Saturday (20th): Love & Logic Parent’s Seminar Saturday (20th): Sick & Shut In Visitation Saturday (20th): Reconcilio: Support Group Saturday (27th): Health Fair & Pancake Day Sunday (28th): Yokefellows Orientation & Training

May (05) Friday (3rd): Singles Bible Study Sunday (4th - 8th): Great Day in May Saturday (18): Reconcilio: Support Group Sunday (26th): Singles’ Feast & Fellowship Meal

Various (14th, 21st, 28th): Cooking Classes

June (06) Sunday (2nd): Married Life Sunday Friday (7th): Singles Bible Study Saturday (15th): Sick & Shut In Visitation Saturday (22nd): Singles’ Workshop Saturday (22nd): Movie Night Thursday – Saturday (27th – 29th): Ladies’ Retreat

Empowering the Church, Exalting Christ

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This quarter we are pleased to feature a couple that has given themselves to a life of service and Christian excellence. Over 41 years ago, God placed his hands on a young couple that has exemplified the core vales we celebrate in High Praise. It was through Bro. Chislom's bold and humble leadership that Sugar Creek became the place it is today. On a personal level Bro. Chislom, has been a great friend, mentor and a father in the faith to me. He has taught me to teach and preach God’s Word out of delight and not duty. I will never forget some of his classic sermons. He preached a sermon entitled, "The Calling of Samuel." It was this message from God that pricked my 17-year-old heart and led me into the ministry. The true genius of Bro. Chislom was seen in his creation of his "SOS Charts." Through him, God has led hundreds, if not thousands, to Christ through his teaching method. Finally, I want to thank Bro. Chislom for entrusting me with the leadership of this church. It is through his example that our vision “to raise the next generation of Christian leaders" was first realized. I want to thank his lovely wife for modeling Christian dedication, graciousness and giftedness. As a woman of indelible influence, Sis. Chislom understands the shining values that make Sugar Creek a remarkable place. When their earthly course is completed, I believe this will be the legacy of Bro. David Chislom and Sis. Sandra Chislom: they labored by the grace of God to leave us with a vision of God. On behalf of your entire Sugar Creek Family, we say thank you for nearly a half-century of service to God and His children. Faithful over a few, Leslie & Marie James

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“What’s unique at the Creek!”

“And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’” – Matthew 25:40

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Community Resources

5 Get on the Bus! Interactive Bus Tours April 12th  June 14th  August 9th 9:30am – 11:30am To reserve, contact: Annetta Foard 704.333.2595 ext. 103

Crisis Assistance Ministry 500 Spratt St. Charlotte, NC 28206 (704) 371-3001


Volunteers help to sort and inspect all donations that are brought in for use in our Free Store. Volunteers also help in the Free Store with checking out customers, keeping the store stocked and organized, and other customer service needs. Shifts can be scheduled Monday through Saturday, 9:00 to 5:00, and Tuesday evenings until 9:00 p.m. Volunteers may volunteer for any set amount of time (suggested minimum is 1.5-2 hours). Children under 16 are allowed to volunteer, provided there is an adult with them or their group. Muffin Ministry: Breakfast or Lunch - Muffin Ministries can be done Monday through Friday. This activity works best with a group of up to 10-12 volunteers. Volunteers may choose between serving either breakfast (7:15-8:00) or lunch (suggested start time is between 11:00-11:30, and lasts about 45 minutes). Groups are asked to bring enough food and beverage for 150 people. Suggested breakfast items include: muffins, granola bars, bottled waters, fruit juice, coffee, etc. Suggested lunch items include: sandwiches, bottled water or other drink, chips, fruit, etc. Please make sure that all food is individually packaged. Quarterly March 2013

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Six Tips For Raising Successful Children Sis. Danielle Coleman 6 important tips for parents in raising happy, well rounded children

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Editor: Bro. Leslie James Publisher: Sis. Angela Gay Deputy Editor: Sis. Jamia Chislom Assistant Editor: Sis. Susie Johnson Photographer: Sis. Tonia Johnson

The Sugar Creek youth “S.P.E.A.K. Christ” into their lives!

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Free Store & Production - The Free Store allows our neighbors in need to come and "shop" for household goods, clothes, books, and other items free of charge.

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2 easy recipes to show mom you love her this Mother’s Day!

4th Annual DMA class graduates.

Dr. R. Cox “Touching Memories” A poem for the senior’s corner

Speaking Life Sis. Lorrie Lockwood Tips for health communication.

The Paralyzing Affects of Fear

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Sis. Mary Carter Devotion on how fear can take over your life, but God can reconcile you back to a life of love.

On the Cover: Bro. David T. Chislom, The Man Who Answered The Call Sis. Angela Gay The story of a hard fighting solider. From the pulpit to the front pew. Cover & feature photo courtesy of Tonia Johnson

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Sugar Creek celebrates milestones, blessed unions, and more… Psalm

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The paralyzing effects of

47:1 By Mary Carter

has been never been more understood as we at Sugar Creek shout to God with loud sounds of joy. This first quarter of the year Sugar Creek welcomed 11 new converts into the body of Christ while 2 new members have placed membership with our congregation. Pictured: Shakella Elmore (left) and Ronnesha Green (right)

It is a fact that fear robs us of abundant living in “And







love…” This Valentine’s Day Sugar Creek celebrated the union of two special couples: John and Lurlean Spencer (pictured left) and Nickolas and Jamia Chislom (pictured below), who bound themselves together in perfect unity.


bestowed and


perfect gift

Fearful emotions are unhealthy to the body – triggering sickness and disease! In reality, fear is just “false evidence appearing real!!!” II Tim 1:7: For God gave us not a spirit of fear, but of power and love and self-control. Rev 21:8: But the cowardly, the unbelieving (NIV)… But the fearful, and unbelieving (KJV)… But to the timid, the unbelievers (Aramaic Bible)… “…abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.”

“Every good

all areas of life!


from above…” Bro. Salik and Sis. Donna Johnson welcomed to the world baby Kennedy Madison Johnson!

not our strength but His strength that increases our faith. Proverbs teaches that wisdom is the principle thing, but above all get an understanding! Fear is planted in our minds by Satan. It is what we do with that Satanic seed which takes discipline consistently!!! We must speak to ourselves as Jesus spoke to Satan, “get behind me.” Fear manifests itself the following ways: afraid of the dark, afraid to worship, afraid of people, afraid of rejection, afraid of persecution, afraid of hard work and success, afraid to love and be loved, etc. Make your list of

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fears and replace each one with faithful actions. Ask someone spiritual to assist you with this exercise if needed. There is no time like the present to totally surrender to God all thoughts, habits, and hang-ups! Faith and fear cannot co-exist, just as light and darkness cannot! Our actions are the true measure of our faith or our fear! Heb 11:6: “Without faith it is IMPOSSIBLE to please God.” God can’t use cowards in His army!

LOOK at the beginning of the verse… the FEARFUL are the first load! Why? God sent His only Son… and after the resurrection of His Son… how can we allow fear to paralyze us? It is a lack of belief and understanding! Phil 4:13 I CAN… but our actions say I WON’T do all things… So it is

Kennedy was born on January 1, 2013 at 8:32 pm.

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Tips for Clear Health Communication

In fact, if you lack knowledge about your medical condition, how can you determine if you are getting the proper treatment? Every time you talk with your doctor, nurse or pharmacist, ask questions to better understand your health. It is your right to know and take charge of your

Engaging a

Godly Spirit

I am a woman. A silhouette in the sunrise of American minds A black woman. Dissected into segments of other peoples realities Yet, my foot shall not slip in the night. He created me, nocturnally, To be free. And I pray His will, like the Lord in the Garden of Gethsemane

Ask Questions Take family/friend to doctor visits to help you understand Make a list of your health concerns to tell the doctor Take a list of all medicines or bring to your visit. Ask your pharmacist for help with medical questions

healthcare needs! Annual check ups with your doctor is a great time to learn about your health, risks and to discuss treatment options. Request copies of your labs so you can see for yourself what is considered “good”/ “normal” or “bad”/ ”abnormal”. Always, always, always ask questions because you are ultimately responsible for you!

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words are my religion the Word is my religion His Word is my religion my spirituality is given By the spirit of forgiveness His love is the essence of me and unequivocally, I am fed By His grace.

By Lorrie Lockwood

Research shows that people prefer medical information that is easy to read and understand regardless of their reading level. Health literacy it the ability to read and understand health information and services needed to make appropriate health decisions.

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An Anointing

Speaking Life

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Ask Questions when… 1. You see your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist 2. You prepare for a medical test or procedure. 3. You get your medicine

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I bask in His presence rightly dividing myself. The wind that blows through the trees reflect the simplicity of His love. I am moved. towards redeeming light. My poetry, is the salvation I’ve found in His sight Alone. – In His sight alone.

Photo courtesy of Angela Gay, 2013

My Awakening

Beautiful is this perfect and infinite love Serenity found in the sea of His glory It pours over me I lift up my eyes I see and I am seen Amongst the hills as I journey Actual and perceived At the setting of the sun illuminated Revealed by His spirit Among all things found worthy to be considered An anointing…and… The deep things of God.

It wasn't that long ago For I can still remember existing In my season-less world Withering in despair Far from peace Far from hope Waiting for my chance Waiting for my change For my hopes to be stirred! Then suddenly as quick As a sparrow could flutter its wings, The yoke of evil was broken And the promises of God Swept me off my feet To higher ground Now I rise Now I stand Hallelujah O what a day!

Author Unnamed, 2013

Mary Carter, 2007

Unspoken Words With the Volume of Power Let there Be…And there Was…It was Good Silence is Golden… Dead Silence Our spirit speaks loudly without words, but our souls respond quietly to the words delivery. Words hurt but words heal Words start and words stop Words create and words destroy Words motivate and words hinder Silence confirms but silence is void Silence speaks louder than words but it is so quiet In the beginning there was silence God spoke and the words of power created, still exist, and will never die. Robin Price, 2013

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Singles Ministry The Sugar Creek Singles kicked off the new year with a Holiday Gala at Crave Dessert Bar and with an

A Vision of


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women from America’s #1 silent killer of women, heart disease. The study for evening, as delivered by Sis. Tiffany Garner and Bro. Reggie Hester, was on celebrating your season of

engaging Bible Study on the Purity Principle according to Proverbs 6:27-28 led by Bro. Leslie James.

Love’s Mated Plight

singleness and delighting yourself in the Lord. We had a full house complete with guests who aren’t members of the church, but desiring to hear more of God’s powerful word! A great time has been had by all this quarter as we work to bring souls to Christ!

February Bible Study was highlighted as the Singles Ministry celebrated Go Red for Women month in recognition of saving

Beloved…Our Sovereignty willed our Heart’s design… Assigned to remembering how He delivers His Love on time. Travailing with our Salvation, bear in mind, we are of a fated kind: Growing older and colder with frailness of mind… Seeking to remember what wisdom has defined, As the truest love in our life’s find---stoic passions misaligned; Humility devoted to the purity of living in God’s Sovereign Confine. Rejoicing in the praiseworthiness of God’s Truth and Grace aligned, Love steers our Servitude in delivering God’s Son’s soul saving gospel line. Saved… Obedience challenges our body, mind, and spirit to momentously refine Our Soul--- Sanctified and set aside for living holy and priestly aligned. Mated to the Truth of Love’s Plight, let us consign our time to Heaven’s Finds: Walking amidst God’s Streets of Gold; the Joy of Our Soul--- intertwining With God’s Sanctified Angelic Divines….

Marriage Ministry The Reddig's hosted the February Marriage Ministry activity. The event began with a delicious 20item taco/burrito buffet. Couples participated in a devotional that encouraged them to reflect on what God would have them do to improve their relationship with their spouse. Each person listed their spouse’s needs, identified obstacles that stand in the way of providing those needs, and wrote a plan to meet those needs. We observed, interpreted, and applied Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 which reads, “Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up. Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone? Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.”

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~Dr. R. Cox, 1999 Through our work, we agreed that marriage is work, but we must be willing to labor together. When one or both spouses become unraveled, God is the third cord that keeps the marriage together until it is mended again. In fact, two cold flints can still produce a spark!

sticky lint rollers, and stacking four lip balms using only chopsticks. The group was well fed physically and spiritually and the fellowship was enjoyed by all!

Lastly, all of the couples competed against each other in a number of "Minute to Win It" games. In the games the couples had one minute win while trying to bounce pencils into 8 drinking glasses, picking up five Ziti noodles using only a spaghetti noodle in their mouth, catching ping pong balls using Quarterly March 2013

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2013 Youth

The Class of 2013

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Disciple Makers Academy The 4th annual class of the Disciple Makers Academy graduated on Sunday, February 17, 2013. The class of bible scholars (shown below) spent 26 weeks studying through the bible, learning bible and church history and applying it to their daily lives in the 21st century. The course covers content such as Christian evidence and the gospel message, Jewish customs, church organization, acts of conversion, world religion, and

“The key objective …is to develop critical skills for spreading the gospel.” denominational studies. It also covers the New Testament church, the performance of miraculous gifts and signs, and methods of evangelism. The key objective of the course is to develop critical skills for spreading the gospel message as instructed by Christ and

winning souls. To do this, graduates of the Disciple Makers Academy should develop a solid foundation in the word of God for purposeful living and to defend the faith. Class of 2013 Valedictorian, Bianca McClure, stated that it is “thanks to the Disciple Makers Academy I am better equipped to actively save souls! I want to personally encourage everyone to take this spiritually enriching course!”

This MLK Weekend the Sugar Creek youth celebrated the power of dreaming big and doing big as they traveled to Atlanta, Ga for the 2013 “S.P.E.A.K. Christ” Youth Explosion! There they participated in activities to build their bible strength and celebrate their life in Christ!

Robert Dailey, Angela Gay++(Not Pictured), Reginald Hester, Renee Howard*, Samuel Howard*, Salik Johnson, Lawrence Jones, Danielle Lyons* Bianca McClure++, Edwin McClure+, LaRosha Paul, Michael Price+, Elliot Riley, Girlene Smith*(Not Pictured), Sherrida Smith*, Tamisha Spann, Allison Woolford+(Not Pictured) Honors: ++Summa Cum Laude (top two percent of the class) +Magna Cum Laude (top three percent of the class) *Cum Laude (top five percent of the class)

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Have you met…

The Bakers?

Daren and Susana Baker joined the Sugar Creek family bringing along their two daughters; Darena, a kind hearted 6year-old whom is best described as generously giving beyond her age and Theresa a sassy 4-year-old whose favorite movie is the lion king and says that she loves all of the lions equally, even Mufasa! Daren and Susana have a unique story. Daren, who was raised in the church of Christ, was baptized January 2005 in his hometown of Charleston, SC. Seeing a man who was persistent and devoted in pursuit of a relationship with Christ, Susana saw love beyond worldly expectations, but love that gave glory to God.

Have you ever desired to have a deeper connection with your friends, family, co-workers, or significant other? No matter what stage in life we are in, we can all benefit from improving the quality of our relationships. Throughout the bible it speaks of the importance of love and human relationships. God also commands us to love one another because God first loved us (I John 19-21). However, as Christians, we know that it is not always easy to love one another as


unconditionally as Christ loved us. God made each one of us differently and therefore we are likely to give and receive love differently. In the book, The Five Love Languages, the author Dr. Gary Chapman describes five ways to express love, which he calls the five love languages. Written from a Christian perspective, Dr. Chapman explains how each one of us has a primary love language that we identify with more naturally. Dr. Chapman explains how learning to speak one another’s primary love language can greatly enhance our relationships whether it’s with family, friends, co-workers or a significant other. Although this edition focuses primarily on Singles, the five love languages can be applied at any stage in one’s life. It can also be a valuable tool for single or married ministries in the church. In the Five Love Languages,

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Upon moving to Charlotte, NC and visiting Sugar Creek, Susana stated, “when we came, it just felt right; being apart of a military family has been hard because you feel alone. In the Church of Christ I don’t feel alone, I have a feeling of family.” On January 15, 2013 Susana was baptized into the body of Christ and Daren placed membership with Sugar Creek. Together they look forward to growing stronger as a family and a couple in Christ with the knowledge that the only way to do that is to make God the centerpiece of their household. When you see the Bakers be sure to stop and give them a warm, sweet Sugar Creek welcome!

Corner We know the first step towards becoming a Christian is baptism, but that step can be really hard! People think of every reason in the world to not be baptized. They just got their hair done. Their family wouldn't approve or they want their family to be there. I need to talk to my pastor. I need to talk to my family. I have already been baptized. Acts 22:16 states, "And now

Dr. Chapman shares real life stories of individuals and their journey to discover the primary love languages of the people in their lives. Through their stories you will see how relationships were mended and blossomed as they learned to speak one another’s love language. The stories brought many “Aha” moments of selfdiscovery for myself and inspired me to take inventory of my personal relationships. I pray that you will also take the challenge of self-discovery and explore The Five Love Languages for yourself or special person in your life. I know it will bless your life as it has mine. ~ Monica Leary

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why are you waiting? Arise and be baptized, and wash away your sins, calling on the name of the Lord.’" The time is now because you don't know what tomorrow will bring or what will happen when you walk out of church. Baptism is not something that can be taken lightly. You have to take part in it for the right reasons. You can't get baptized because you see your friends doing it or to please your parents. You have to do it because you have the desire to turn your life around and to walk with Jesus and to


share the Gospel. So, for those of you who have already taken that first step, congratulations! Just remember this race is not for the swift, but for the steadfast. There are going to be some hurdles/ rough patches along the way but know that there are people cheering for you. If you haven't taken that first step, just remember, tomorrow is not promised and there are people willing and able to answer any questions you have.

By Allison Woolford

Fun 4


Read John 3:16 and use it to help you decode this fun puzzle!

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Easy Brunch for Strawberry

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Parfait Assemble an easy breakfast parfait with 5 easy to find ingredients. Ingredients: 1/3 cup apricot preserves 3 cups sliced strawberries 2 cups low-fat vanilla yogurt ½ cup low-fat granola without raisins (Kelloggs) 2 tablespoons slivered almonds, toasted Preparation: 1. Place apricot preserves in a medium microwave-safe bowl, and microwave at high for 10 to 15 seconds or until preserves melt. Add strawberries, and toss gently to coat. 2. Spoon 1/4 cup yogurt into each of 4 parfait glasses; top each serving with 1/3 cup strawberry mixture. Repeat the layers with the remaining yogurt and strawberry mixture. Top each serving with 2 tablespoons granola and 1 1/2 teaspoons almonds. Serve immediately.

Ingredients: 1 teaspoon canola oil 12 ounces turkey breakfast sausage 2 cups 1% low-fat milk 2 cups egg substitute 1 teaspoon dry mustard ½ teaspoon ground black pepper ¼ teaspoon salt ¼ teaspoon ground red pepper 3 large eggs 16 slices white bread 1 cup (4 ounces) finely shredded reduced-fat extra sharp cheddar cheese

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Six Tips for Raising a


Give Clear Directions

When you communicate with your child be very clear and direct with your words. Children often operate from a concrete way of thinking. This means they function best when they know exactly what is expected of them. For example: Instead of saying, “Go clean up your room” you might say, “Go pick up the toys in your room and put them in your toy box”.


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Life can be full of troubles and difficult situations. When children are given the tools to work through problems it helps them build positive self-esteem and confidence. Children will eventually grow up to be adults. If children are not given an opportunity to work out problems now, they won’t know how to deal with them when they are older. Quarterly March 2013


Offer Choices

Having choices helps children develop skills to be independent and mature. However, it is important to make sure that the choices are limited and not too overwhelming. For example: David may find that choosing only one toy at the toy store to be tremendously difficult. However, if David where given a choice between two toys it may be easier for him to make a decision.


Children thrive on the reactions of their parents. Unfortunately, some children enjoy engaging in behavior that solicits a negative reaction from their parents. Sometimes it can be very effective to ignore unacceptable behavior. If the goal is to have your child engage in acceptable behavior then that is the behavior you should respond to. When parents react to positive behaviors vs. negative behaviors, children will be prompted to display the behavior that solicits a reaction most often.

Encourage Problem Solving

Successful Child

By Danielle Coleman

Ignore Attention Seeking Behaviors

Preparation: 1. 1. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add sausage to pan; cook 5 minutes or until browned, stirring and breaking sausage to crumble. Remove from heat; cool. 2. 2. Combine milk and next 6 ingredients (through eggs) in a large bowl, stirring with a whisk. 3. 3. Trim crusts from bread. Cut bread into 1-inch cubes. Add bread cubes, sausage, and cheddar cheese to milk mixture, stirring to combine. Pour bread mixture into a 13 x 9–inch baking or 3-quart casserole dish coated with cooking spray, spreading egg mixture evenly in baking dish. Cover and refrigerate 8 hours or overnight. 4. 4. Preheat oven to 350°. 5. 5. Remove casserole from refrigerator; let stand 30 minutes. Sprinkle casserole evenly with paprika. Bake at 350° for 45 minutes or until set and lightly browned. Let stand 10 minutes.

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Seeking a middle ground is a healthy way to stay connected with your child. It is important that parents remember that children are people too. Children have their own personalities, likes and dislikes. When parents work with children to find a solution it can be a win-win situation for everybody.

Structure the Environment


Always remember... You are the parent! You make the final decisions in your home. It is a BIG, but awesome job to be responsible for another human being. Parents, set the tone for the family. When parents take control of their homes it helps children feel safe and protected. Children desire disciple although, you may never hear them ask for it. Children are more successful in life when they are raised in safe and nurturing environments with clear limits and boundaries. Quarterly March 2013


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Bro. David T. Chislom, The Man “A bird doesn’t sing because it has an

answer, it sings because it has a song.” ~ Maya Angelou

Written by Sis. Angela Gay

Dr. David T. Chislom is a man with a profound and beautiful song. His perspective is founded in his love for Christ and carrying out His work. Though Bro. Dave, as he prefers to be called by brethren, is an accomplished man he remains humble as he answers the call to minister to others. He is an author, a former educator, counselor, and college administrator; however, Bro Dave finds that his greatest joy has been establishing a ministry that honors and glorifies Christ as the head of His church. Although he has received numerous accolades it is not these accomplishments that define him; it is his relationship and hope in Christ, which inspires him towards excellence. He has been driven by a deep desire to serve the world for which Christ gave His life. His hope is that his life is a display of faith by serving in a capacity, which is a direct reflection of Christ’s love. Although the congregation rarely sees it, Bro. Dave considers himself shy. He states, “I never wanted it to be me. I wanted it to be us; me and God.” He says, “it’s not easy to open my mouth to represent God’s words, but I trust the Lord totally and my trust in God is what I am the most joyful and happiest about in my life. I believe that if you follow His scripture you can never go wrong.” Proverbs 3:5 reads “trust in the LORD with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding.” This scripture serves as not only a favorite, but the focal point for Bro. Dave’s life of ministry. First influenced into the Christian faith by his mother, Sis. Irene Solomon. “My mother,” he exclaims, “is my world” and for him, has always been a major, primary, and lasting focal point in his life. As Bro. Dave reflected back to one of his most powerful experiences, which changed the course of his life, he couldn’t help, but recall his mother being an important part of that moment. At the age of seven years old, Bro. Dave had the opportunity to hear 19th century pioneer preacher, Bro. Marshall Keeble, preach a sermon, “There’s Water in the Plan.” It was a simple sermon on baptism, yet in its simplicity it was powerful. Amazed, young David Chislom was moved to want to learn and do more for the sake of Christ. “Bro. Keeble,” he says, “had a magnetic way about himself, he was a simple man, but he would preach for two hours and I always wanted more. We would be outside in a tent and Bro. Keeble would be preaching to an audience of about 90% white boys […] my mother would be there coddling me, keeping me Quarterly March 2013


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Who Answered the Call warm.” It was in fact, his mother who accompanied him on the preaching circuit. When he was 11 years old she wrote his first sermon, which he memorized. However, when he stood in front of his audience he froze. He stated, “That was one of the scariest moments of my life as I sensed the gravity of that action. I experienced culture shock and I didn’t know whether to run or cry, but I knew both would probably be unacceptable.” He forgot every word, including his subject. “My mother,” he continues, “was wise and brought a copy of my speech with her. Afterwards, I received some support and some criticism. Though, I wasn’t ready for criticism my mother taught me to not take it personally, but to put it in perspective.” That moment defined his life. Bro. David Chislom did not just want to be a minister, but he wanted to be the best minister so he went on the attend the National Christian Institute and continued to further his education receiving advanced degrees at many notable colleges and universities. “God led me to minister” Bro. Dave humbly states. By the time he was fourteen years old, he was going on the greyhound to preach in house churches and small congregations in Alabama and LaFayette, GA. However, nothing stood out to him more than one experience he had preaching with Bro. Keeble. At age thirteen, Bro. Dave didn’t have the amount of money he needed for his tuition and Bro. Keeble made a unique offer. Bro. Dave only needed to preach the message before Bro. Keeble preached his own. In the year of 1965, when race relations were still explosive and civil rights activists were still working to end racial segregation after the passage of Jim Crow‘s “separate but equal treatment” laws; and only two years after the Birmingham, AL. church bombing, Bro. Dave, confidently, took the stage and preached to a congregation of approximately 2,000 white men. Even as a young man, Bro. David Chislom answered the call and helped transform a world challenged by deep-rooted racial prejudices and stigmatizations by believing in and faithfully speaking God’s powerful word. A “Hard Fighting Solider” he is called by many, Bro. Dave has embraced this adage. “I never wanted to go into the

military,” he says, “but I accepted and embraced being a fighting solider according to the scripture.” Some of Bro. Dave’s memorable experiences have been in service of the Lord, entering into hostile places to preach the gospel. The stories are endless as he recounts entering Holiness churches, preaching and teaching Muslims, and entering into Pentecostal territories. Physically accosted, all for sake of fulfilling the great commission given by Christ in Matthew 28:16-20, to preach and teach the word of God. A slight smile crosses his face as he says, “It was never my intention to be harmed, but there is no higher reward than being able to experience persecution for the sake of Christ and the opportunity to suffer for Christ.” Furthermore, “it makes you have to ‘put your money where your mouth is’ to show yourself not fearing any man.” The ministry requires great balance for a man like Bro. Dave. He describes himself as a very conscientious child, a classic good-boy with a lifestyle that was dictated by roots in Christian faith. He’s always held a very pragmatic point of view and says that the ministry has given him a mirror to see himself as God sees him. Even when he thought he would leave the ministry upon his transition to Charlotte, NC he realized that God had other plans for his life. Therefore, his ambitions led him to go to God in prayer with a simple plea. If he were to continue in the ministry he prayed God’s will would be done by establishing a new ministry. Thusly, God made it possible for Bro. Dave to start his own work with the Sugar Creek Church of Christ while also providing for his family. Family is his core. May 25, 2013, Bro. Dave and his wife, Sis. Sandra will celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary. “My wife,” he says with a laugh, “didn’t know she would marry a preacher, but she has been with me and supported me every step. My objective was always to ensure that my family was secure so that my boys (Jason and Nickolas) did not have the same experience that I had with my father.” In fact, Bro. Dave’s work with his family and his church family has been reflective of his Father in Heaven, offering faith as the centerpiece for every

relationship. He says, “It is faith, that is the central focal point of success in a Christian life. If you have faith you can always find hope and the ministry offers opportunities to demonstrate faith daily.” Presently, Bro. Dave is very passionate about retirement. He has been very goal oriented and his life in the ministry and in career has been focused on rescuing people. The driving force of his work is about helping people and his objective has been to win souls for Christ. He recalls “I remember we baptized 300 people in one year.” He said, at first, Parkinson’s led him to believe that his work was done because only God could touch him in the parts in which he has been affected, but Bro. Dave is still inspired daily by God’s majesty. In retirement, Bro. Dave is looking for greater peace of mind and a new perspective. Retirement, for him, has a “certain gratification and contentment, it is looking at life and saying ‘well done.’” As he moves from the pulpit to the front pew as Minister Emeritus, Bro. Dave seeks to encourage and will still counsel those who seek such from him, but his new goal is to rest and be inspired and motivated by the Lord. His views on today is that the world is what it is because it has always been what it is. Life on earth is not meant to be the pleasant place we think it is. As according to Ecclesiastes 1:4-5 (NIV) “Generations come and generations go, but the earth remains forever. The sun rises and the sun sets, and hurries back to where it rises.” In fact a writer once wrote, “If you want to be reminded of the love of the LORD, just watch the sunrise (Jeannette Walls).” Many will agree that Bro. David Chislom has been a sunrise in numerous lives, illuminating darkness and spilling over with the love of Christ so that we can all move towards the beauty of God’s sunset. ~Blessings to You

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