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r. Brian Jefferson Mosley is the founder and senior minister of Bread of Life Ministries International, with a corporate office located in Atlanta, Georgia. Dr. Mosley has been conducting crusades worldwide for over 30 years. A native of New England, he answered the divine calling upon his life at the tender age of fifteen. It was at this time that Dr. Mosley developed a burden in his heart for the lost. Since that time, Dr. Mosley has been instrumental in training ministers and laity to take authority over spiritual forces and walk freely from sin, sickness, poverty, and disease. For 12 years, Dr. Mosley was the Pastor of the Greater Bethlehem Healing Temple located in Newark, NJ. During the time that he was a pastor, Dr. Mosley initiated the concept of the School of the Prophets, which was held at Essex County College in New Jersey. Outside of the divine Word, it was Dr. Mosley who resurrected this concept, thereby inspiring other men and women of


God to institute similar sessions that still flourish today. Dr. Mosley functions as a Prophet and teacher in the body of Christ, with the nine gifts of the Holy Spirit accompanying his ministry. Because of the divine impact and accuracy of the prophetic word of God that is present in his ministry, he has had the honor and privilege of ministering in South Africa and to the royal family of the Kingdom of Swaziland. Dr. Mosley has also been seen on television by thousands across the nation in the renowned documentary, “Prophet!”. He has been a frequent guest on Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN), a guest on WATC TV 57’s Atlanta Live and a guest on the Word Network. Dr. Mosley continues to travel extensively throughout the United States proclaiming the prophetically anointed message of healing and restoration that transcends every cultural and denominational barrier. Dr. Mosley is considered a “Statesman” in the body of Christ.


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nown worldwide as the tall raspy tenor who commands your attention with his powerful and rich sounding vocals, Donnie McClurkin has more than proven that he is far more than a gospel singer. The


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man behind the platinum and gold selling CD's is an amazing songwriter that not only have penned chart topping tunes like, “Stand” and “We Fall Down,” but has also worn the hat of producer on his projects. His knack for nailing songs that others can identify with and serving it up with a compelling vocal delivery has helped McClurkin to carve out a spot in the hearts of millions. He currently host his own national syndicated radio show ,”The Donnie McClurkin Show” that airs in over 50 markets. In 2007 McClurkin was honored at both the 15th Annual Trumpet Awards and the NARAS Recording Academy – NY Chapter. Alongside the honoree‘s trophies sits several Grammy, Dove, BET, Soul Train and NAACP Image Awards, statuettes and plaques. In 2010 the singer

with the big heart, walked away with another Grammy Award for Best Gospel Performance for the single “Wait on the Lord” featuring Karen Clark Sheard from the CD, We Are One: Live in Detroit. The same year he added another trophy to the group after receiving the BMI Trailblazer’s Award sharing the spotlight with his mentor and gospel music icon, Andrae Crouch. On the film and television side McClurkin penned songs for soundtracks such as, “Lady Killer’s” (New Line), “The Prince of Egypt” (DreamWorks) and “The Goofy Movie” (Disney). From the concert stage to the big and small screen, fans have also seen the singer shine in cameo appearances show such as the “The Parkers”, “Girlfriends”, “Meet The Browns” (Tyler Perry Paramount Pictures, “The Fighting Temptations” starring Cuba Gooding, Jr. and Beyonce’ Knowles and a myriad of Award Shows. However, it was in Sony Screen Gems/ Rainforest Films “The Gospel,” starring

Boris Kodjoe and Idris Elba, that McClurkin made his debut in a character role. He has been featured on the pages of USA Today, New York Times, Essence Magazine, Ebony & Jet Magazines, Billboard, Daily Variety and The Hollywood Reporter and he was recently brought on board as a judge for BET’s successful gospel music competition show, “Sunday’s Best.” There is definitely far more to this man than his music . More information can be found at www. or www.



ere I was in jail again for the ump-teenth time. There was nothing really different about this time except, if the cops hadn’t arrested me when they did, I’m certain I would be dead by now. It was always for the same old thing-prostitution. It all started with cocaine, the monster drug from the pits of hell. I started out using it recreationally, as a fun thing I did only at parties with “special” friends. However, soon it turned out I liked cocaine more than life itself because of the feelings of euphoria it gave me. That’s how I began to using it secretly and by myself. It got out of control quickly and I had to find ways and means to get more, so I turned to prostitution. At first it was not big deal if I slept with a guy to get high. It was a matter of supply and demand. They supplied me with what I wanted and I met their demands. In the beginning, I slept around on occasion, whenever and with whomever I chose. It was always my choice. It wasn’t long before that all changed. Because of the increase in my drug intake appetite, I was forced to sleep with guys I didn’t want to sleep with. I no longer had choices. I had a monster growing inside of me and whether I like it or not, I had to feed it. I began my career as a fullfledged street prostitute in 1985, upon the advice of a friend. I had been frequenting bars and local pubs for a while, making small time change until Ernestine pulled me aside one day and gave me some free advice. “Girl, let me show you how to make some real money.” Immediately I was interested, but a part of me was a bit fearful. I had read newspaper articles, obituaries and seen movies of what often happens to prostitutes, especially the small time ones. But that wasn’t enough to keep me from giving it a try. I lucked up on my first encounter I made $250.00. “Wow”, I thought, “This is good money.” I had stolen money from my trick’s roommate. We drank a few beers, smoked some weed and I pretended I was too drunk to engage in sex. Afterall, having 250 dollars, I didn’t see any point in having sex. I decided to take my winnings and leave before I got caught. That’s

what they call being set up to be ginner’s luck. The G o d ’ s A m a z i n g G r a c e arrested, it only devil was setting took a small offer by Janet Taylor me up. Even Sato lure me. Most tan knows that the best way to catch of the time I was so high, I never a rat is still with cheese. Satan laid saw what was coming. the bait and I took it. He was setting The last time I got arrested, I a real good trap for me. was near death. My body had beThe cravings for cocaine are gan shutting down. I could no not really physical, mostly mental. longer smoke the usual amount Cocaine actually of crack I had works on the cenbecome accustral nervous system tomed to. I fell and from the euasleep in a guy’s phoria it produces room with small such a rush that the pieces of crack I user tries to continhad hidden in my ually recapture that panties. I have same feeling over no earthly idea and over again to how long I was no avail. However asleep but when I because the drug woke up the guy wears off so quickwas having sex ly, the drug addict with me without will spend the rest my permission. of his/her life tryWhen I asked ing in vain to regain him what he was Janet Taylor that first high. The doing he simply downside of the drug is that when told me to go back to sleep and I it wears off it produces feelings of did. The second time I woke up, fear, anxiety, and depression. In he was searching my body for the order to avoid “coming down” the crack I had hidden. This time I user will repeatedly try to capture woke up completely and decided those first feelings of euphoria. that I would not smoke the crack Thus the user’s tolerance increases until I got something to eat. I had and the user ends up having to use been on the streets a very long time more and more just to keep the high and had become so conditioned to going. Before I knew what hit me I was strung out. Crack cocaine took me down some of the darkest, loneliest, and most horrible streets of my life. It almost completely destroyed my life. If it had not been for the Lord who was on my side. (Psalm 124:1) My prostitution career began in Daytona Beach, Florida. After a few years of working solo on the streets, I eventually got arrested. The local cops soon learned who I was and that I was a street junkie. Whenever I was be-


this lifestyle. I also was so hungry that I felt I was near death. What they guy didn’t know was that I couldn’t smoke that crack. I am certain had I tried it would have killed me. I needed food and water in a bad way. I was completely dehydrated and mal-nourished. I am sure I was near death because my breathing was faint and shallow. I had become homeless and lived in abandoned houses, empty apartment hallways and/or even empty cars. Once I tried to find shelter in the dead of winter in the bed of empty 18-wheeler truck. It was icy cold and the wind chill factor made the temperature sub-zero. I was never able to fall asleep. I’m certain had I fallen asleep I would not be alive today. God kept me. It was while I was in jail that I got saved. I wasn’t even planning on it, but today I realize that I had had a divine appointment with the Lord Jesus. I was in the basement laundry room of the local jail folding sheets and towels when a song came on the radio that brought conviction to me. The words to the song were, “I’m sorry, forgive me, clean me up and give me another chance.” That song broke me and the floodgate of tears came through. I wept bitterly before the Lord, telling Him how sorry I was for the life I had lived. I continues on Page 12

6 On August 18, 2011, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced an agency-wide expansion of prosecutorial discretion guidelines that will hopefully allow immigration officials to focus their enforcement efforts on targeting dangerous criminals. DHS also announced the creation of a joint committee with the Department of Justice (DOJ) that will review nearly 300,000 immigration cases currently in removal proceedings to determine whether cases are low priority enough to be closed. The factors for determining low priority cases were outlined last June in a memo issued by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Director John Morton. While many immigration groups applaud today’s announcement, many are still concerned about DHS’s ability to successfully implement these guidelines. In a letter to Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) and 21 other senators, DHS announced that immigrants who are not high priority targets for removal will have the opportunity to request prosecutorial discretion on a case by case basis. Identified in a

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memo by ICE Director John Morton last June 17, low priority cases include persons who: are not criminals and have been in the country since childhood (DREAM Act students) have strong community ties are veterans or relatives of persons in the armed services are caregivers have serious health issues are victims of crime or otherwise have a strong basis for remaining in the United States. On a conference call, the White House clarified that within a few months, ICE attorneys will review every case scheduled for a hearing in order to identify cases which meet the above criteria. Additionally, the new guidelines will be issued to ICE, USCIS, and CBP officers to ensure that they appropriately exercise discretion when determining whether a low priority case should be referred to immigration court.

JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2012 does not address all of my concerns, but it is the start of a process that will save many American families and individuals who deserve to live long and productive lives in this country. The announcement was indeed a positive step forward for DHS and the Administration, especially on the heels of the hotly contest Secure Communities program. Immigration groups are understandably weary of whether DHS will hold itself accountable to today’s announcements. But as groups monitor the implementation of these guidelines in the weeks and months ahead, let’s hope DHS provides enough transparency and infrastructure to make these guidelines a reality.

The White House also announced that a new joint committee made up of government officials will review the nearly 300,000 cases currently in removal proceedings, which may take several months. Once an immigration case is closed, the individual is eligible to apply for work authorization. Although some groups were quick to criticize the announcement as political pandering, others, like one of the President’s most vocal critics, Rep. Luis Gutierrez (DIL), applauded the effort as a good FREE CONSULTATIONS ON PROSstart: ECUTORIAL DISCRETION GUIDELINES. This is the Barack Obama I CALL 718-222-3155 NOW! have been waiting for and that Latino and immigrant voters helped Pearl Phillip put in office to fight for sensible imNNRA (Neighborhood Newsmigration policies. Focusing scarce resources on deporting serious papers & Radio Alliance) T: 718-771-0988 criminals, gang bangers, and drug F: 718-222-3153 dealers … is the right thing to do E: and I am proud of the President and W: Secretary Napolitano… This action



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very healthy lifestyle which has greatly Anndeana Delores Charles influenced her enrolment in a Health and known to most people as Anndean, hails Nutrition program at the Brooklyn Colfrom the beautiful island of St. Vincent lege. and the Grenadines. Her musical journey began at the Wesleyan Holiness Church Anndean’s achievements include a perin St. Vincent at the tender age of 9 years formance in an off-Broadway play called when she began singing in Sunday school. “Raize Your Gaze” which was written by Her love for the Lord only grew stronger Reverend Dillon Burgin. She is also a when she was baptized at age 13 and has very active member of the United Vincie since been a devout servant of the Lord. Cultural Group of Brooklyn. This group is actively involved in raising funds to In 1993, Anndean migrated to the Unit- purchase medical supplies for the clinics ed States of America with the determina- in the beautiful island of St. Vincent and tion to continue serving the Lord with all the Grenadines. She is currently a Youth her might and to develop her musical tal- Minister and Worship Leader at the Divine ent in gospel music. Her education start- Word of Truth Church of God in Christ, ed at the Lowman’s Leeward Anglican Brooklyn, New York under the anointed School and then the St. Vincent Technical leadership of Pastor Derrick Allen. College where she obtained a Certificate in Business Education. She continued This anointed woman of God intends her education with an Associates Degree to proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ from the Borough of Manhattan Commu- and to win many souls for God. Her life nity College. Anndean also has a strong is committed to sharing the gospel mespassion for health and nutrition and lives a sage through songs and the unadulterated Word of God. The many years of hard work and dedication has now led to the much anticipated release of her debut album, “BLESSED TO BLESS… I’M A BLESSING”.

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ho would have ever thought that a young boy, Tyric Vessel, born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana on December 2, 1980 would have encountered tragedy at such a young age, due to the sudden, unexpected violent murder of both his parents. He was now forced to enter into the dreaded world of foster care, thrown from home to home with no love nor stability for several years, and then to be adopted into a foster home from hell. His life had now become one filled with rejection, neglect, starvation, deep hurt, child abuse, and pain. This dysfunctional abusive family life led Tyric to a life of rebellion and crime. He was incarcerated at the age of fourteen and once released went home only to be kicked out by his foster parents at the age of 16. Now being homeless with nothing and no one but himself against the cold, cruel world, he began his life on the streets. He started to hangout with the wrong crowds, looking for a sense of belonging and attention. He was not aware at first that this path would lead to the wicked world of destruction, drugs, guns, violence and suicide attempts. However, he found a sense of hope when the opportunity came to do shows for a friend, who was a local artist, to generate a little money, to make ends meet. This made him realize his dream of one day becoming a successful singer. However, tragedy struck again, when Tyric’s only friend and life line was sentenced to 14 years in prison. This forced Tyric back on the streets relocating to Ohio and from Ohio to Washington DC having no support and nowhere else to turn. Tyric saw his life spiraling out of control. He began to live the life of a gangster and saw a lot of his friends getting killed. Then suddenly when everything was going downhill fast, a man appeared at his door. The man’s name was Tyran, a close friend of Tyric’s imprisoned brother, sent to keep him out of trouble. Tyran was well connected in the music industry having a cousin who managed Biggie Small and Jay-Z, two famous artists. Thinking back I can remember the day so vividly when Tyran persuaded me to go to New York to pursue a career in music. I went to NY with him but, unfortunately it didn’t workout as expected and I ended up back in DC. This episode had to be God’s will since this proved to be the first chapter of a miraculous new beginning. I eventually ended up in Louisiana wherein

God divinely connected me with my biological aunt, who is also a pastor, one who preached and lived the word of God. I will never forget when I got to her house and she said “son when you leave this house you will never be the same.’’ That was indeed the pivotal turning point of my life. She took me in and training me in the things of God hence beginning my intimate relationship with Him. At the time my aunt had a revival going on at her church in Baton Rouge where she had a guest speaker, Prophet Herbert Tate from New Orleans. That night I didn’t want to go, but as soon as I hit the church ground I heard and felt the power of God. That night words were spoken about my life and the prophet called me out and told me I too was a prophet. He told me God shall raise me up to do a quick work in my life. I remember it like it was yesterday. That night my life was changed forever. I spoke to the prophet and he told me that I was assigned to his life. I begin to be his armor bearer since at the time he was a pastor of one church but pastor at 2 locations, so it was a lot of services. God began to raise me up to this calling. I will never forget 1 night when I was at my aunt’s house and I was not filled with the Holy Ghost. I was still praying for deliverance after bible study. I was outside and my spirit was feeling funny. I remember that when I walked outside I ask him to pray for me and that night on my auntie’s porch I was delivered from unclean spirits. Fourteen (14) days later I was filled with the Holy Ghost. Jesus did some major work in a short time and that’s what I called true deliverance. I will never forget that night since I felt so much peace as I went to sleep. After that the mantle of intercession was passed to me through the prophet. I started seeking God’s face for directions. I remember the day my aunt’s prophecy to me said “God says it’s time to relocate.” At first I resisted, but then New York City popped into my spirit. I only knew one (1) person in New York, my ex-manager’s brother. Two (2) months later I got a $86.00 ticket to NY. I will never forget getting to the greyhound station with only $50.00 in my pocket and the Holy Ghost. I moved by faith with the Holy Spirit. Unfortunately my manager and I had a falling out because the music and business wasn’t going right. Luckily I had a wide network with many people because I was still writing and selling songs in the industry. My brother in the Holy Ghost invited me to the Juanita

Bynum 5 am prayer in 2002 at New Greater Bethel under the Apostle John H. Boyd Senior. It was there that I begin to grow higher in my calling. I felt the gifts starting to kick, and I started understanding the voice of God. I knew my office was the office of the prophetic. God started leading me to the subways in New York to start preaching his word and salvation. It was there that I delivered the good news of God to the nations and to all type of people. The door soon opened to evangelize from Florida to Louisiana and in Washington, DC and South Carolina. I recently went home for a home going funeral for my best friend, and I was called upon to minister at the funeral. It seems like every time I go home I get a promotion. This time I got a phone call at my bishop house from my Archbishop Williams who told me that she had to consecrate me before I could go back to New York as an Apostle. So I was licensed and ordained as an Apostle. I didn’t ask for this office, but God anointed and appointed me for this mission in my mother’s womb. I believe God is raising up a new group of Apostles, Prophets, Evangelist, Pastors and teachers who can go outside four walls and reach the lost people, I don’t care about a title. I’m a servant of the Lord at the end of the day. At the present time I’m working on my nonprofit organization and the first project will be my prayer CD. I am also working on a fund raiser for the organization and I will be working on an anti-violence program to help gang members and youths by being a mentor to them. I believe God took me through the hard times to raise me up for the life I lead now. As I sit back and reflect on my old life I realize I would probably be dead

or in jail by now. However, God had a purpose for me so I can speak life into a Joshua Generation. My passion is for the lost and non believers. The word of the Lord won me over, and I would like to pass that word on to others. Many thanks to my Aunt; Bishop Thelma Pearl from Baton Rouge, Prophet Herbert Tate from New Orleans, Archbishop Williams, Pastor Sheriama Latham, John H Boyd, Prophetess Juanita Bynum, Pastor and Micheal E. Turplin. Special thanks to Apostle, Dr. Aretha Wilson at Kingdom Ambassadors Global Ministries, in Lynbrook wherein I currently attend services. You are truly a blessing in my life, thank you for keeping me planted in the word of God. Thank God for all the people who entered and enriched my life spiritually. I also thank God for good news chronicles and for giving me an opportunity to testify my testimony to the world. Anyone who wants to contact me can do so at 516-360-5957 or e-mail

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The A to Z Calendar of Hope As the year 2012 begins to move forward, let us all equip ourselves to move forward positively also. This year I have put together an A to Z Calendar for you, I hope that you will find something to motivate you. A. Abandon those things that kept you back in 2011. B. Believe more in yourself. C. Cast your cares upon the Lord; no matter what it may be, remember he cares for you. D. Develop two new skills and execute them. E. Empty your heart of bitterness F. Find one prayer partner who will pray with you this year; remember one will chase a thousand, two will put ten thousand to flight G. Give up bad habits that gets you in situations that depresses you or others. H. Hope for the best and never rest until you get the best. I. Imagine that you are a millionaire and work hard to become one this year. J. Judge not; if you do not know the fact do not condemn. K. Keep your dreams away from dream killers. keep your secret to yourself. L. Lean not to your own understanding this year; acknowledge God and he will direct your path. M. Make merry your soul. Relax and listen to good music occasionally. N. Never leave home without praying. O. Offer more time to God and those in need. P. Pursue and keep pursuing. Push until you see something happen. Q. Question things you don't understand. R. Review your monthly task and try harder to improve each month. S. Stay focus. T. Take time to make family time. "The family that prays together stays together" quoted. U. Unfinished business should be taken care of first or you may have lots of unfinished products.

V. Visit some place you have never been before even if its in our own town; this will widenen your knowledge. W. Waste no time with time wasters. X. X represent the past; move carefully into the future Y. Yearn for good things. Z. Zero tolerance for nonsense this year. May the blessings of God be upon your life; your family; your ministry and all that you do.









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he kingdom of God and the kingdom of Satan generally operate by legal rights or open doorways. Unless we open the door of our lives to God, He can’t come in to our lives to be our personal Savior, healer and deliverer. That is why Jesus said in Revelation 3:20, “Behold, I stand at the door and knock, if anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me.” If you don’t allow Him in, He won’t come in. Have you invited Jesus to be your Savior, healer and deliverer? If you haven’t, please open the door of your life to Him now. In the same way, the Devil generally can’t come into your life except the door is open to him. Unlike God, who only comes in by your personal prayer of invitation, there are many ways the door can be opened to Satan. Some of those ways are through thoughts and actions most people think are harmless. Some of the problems and demonic attacks we experience are as a direct re-

Third Article in this Special Series Revival is coming to New York City! Are you ready ? Most churches do not want any revival distraction in their church . There are too many fancy dinners to be planned . There are too many super singers coming to entertain everybody . The pastors have become great at becoming the best master of ceremonies!! The famous pastor from South Korea, Rev. David Cho, pastor of the largest church in the world, does not like to come to America to preach because he has to sit and wait for 2 hours in the pulpit for all the singing and dancing and announcements to be done before he can start preaching the holy word of God. So what am I supposed to do ? Check your battery ! Get your faith going. How am I going to do that ? Today I am going to teach you about the power of love. Everything in the kingdom of god operates by faith. This includes healing, deliverance, and prosperity. The bible refers to faith as the key to unlocking whatever resources we need or desire. It brings them from the spiritual realm to the natural realm. Faith coupled with the word of god

sult of doors that have been opened to Satan unknowingly. Unless you close those doors, the devil has a legal right to operate in your life and to steal, kill and destroy any blessing that is in your life. The first step to take in receiving deliverance from all demonic attacks and problems is making sure all doors are closed to Satan. How can you close doors unless you know what has open the door to the enemy in your life? Here is a list of things that opens the door to the devil. 1. A family background in the occult or false religions. See Exodus 20:1-5 Examples of cults and false religions include: Rosicrucian, Masons, Mormonism, Jehovah’s Witness, Palm Reading, Psychics, Tarot Card Reading, Bush Bath, etc. Whenever you visit the psychic, root workers or spiritual readers, you open the door of your life to their God, Satan. Many people are deceived because the things these psychics or “readers” tell them about them-

can produce awesome results. By faith we believe, act on, and consistently speak the word over our circumstances. By faith we also believe we are who the bible says we are and can do what it says we can do. Through faith we make the word our final authority by speaking it hearing it, meditating on it, and acting on it. Faith works by love. Have you ever wondered why your prayers were unanswered ? Or why you did not receive a breakthrough after applying the principles you learned in church ? I certainly have. So I began to search the scriptures for the answer and made an awesome discovery ! “For we through the spirit wait for the hope of righteousness by faith. For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision ; but faith which ___--worketh by love. “ (Galatians 5 : 5,6) Faith works by love 1 Even though faith is activated by our confessions, it only actually works when we apply love. And yet, many people have neither seen nor experienced the manifestation of their faith. You see, you can have a flashlight, but until you put batteries in it, that flashlight will not work. Love is like that battery. Everything in the kingdom of


DELIVERANCE TODAY! selves are true or come true. They submit to the commands or advice of these people because they think they possess gifts from God. What they don’t know is that the devil too has the ability to see. These psychics work hand in hand with familiar or demonic spirit and get information about people from the spirits. Just because someone is able to perform signs and wonders does not mean they are doing it through the power of God. In Exodus 7:11, we see that Pharaoh’s wise men, sorcerers and magicians did some of the miracles that Moses, a servant of God, did with their demonic enchantments. They even operate out of churches. There are many spiritual or “white garment” churches around the City. Some of

About Pastor K. Fem Akojenu

Pastor Femi was saved at the age of thirteen. He started his ministry at the age of fifteen in Nigeria. From the very beginning of his ministry the Lord has used him to heal the sick, cast out demons and impact lives. He is an anointed teacher and preacher and the Pastor of The LifeZone Church in Queens, New York. His message appeals to all ages and cultures. His passion to see people saved and delivered prompted him to start several projects in his community. He also holds crusades in universities and high schools. Pastor Femi was recently featured in The New York Times and has been on television, radio and other news media. He speaks regularly at churches and conventions locally and nationally. His Problem-Solving deliverance and spiritual warfare seminars bring deliverance and healing to many people every week. Some of our deliverance audio messages are Now Available at New Life Christian Bookstore

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god operates by faith, but faith will not work without love ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, Think about some of the things you have been believing god for. It may be getting out of debt, getting a promotion, or receiving your healing. You may have been praying about those things foe weeks, months, or even years …… and still no answer from god. Well, that is not the kind of god we serve. In john 3:2, god reveals his desire for us: “Beloved, I wish above all things that thoumayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth I do not have to struggle anymore with the question, “oh God, why are you not answering my prayers ? “ I know if my faith is not working, it is because my love is not working Faith is active. It will change things. But faith that is not backed up by love is powerless because faith works by love. Love is the force behind faith. It

is explosive and active; it causes great things to happen. So if your faith runs out of gas and stops moving, go fill up your tank with premium love and watch your faith work as never before. Love everybody. Love your neighbor. Love your enemy !! See what happens then !! You set god loose. I want to summarize the 7 steps to revival in New York City. Memorize them ! (1) humility (2) prayer (3) seeking gods face (4) turn from your wicked ways (5) unity (6) perseverance (7) love your christian family tion

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continued from Page 5 cried out to God telling Him I knew I had wasted most of my life, but I asked Him not to let me die and go to hell. I asked God to give me one more chance and I vowed that if He saved me, I would serve Him till the day I die. There were five other women working with me in that laundry room that day. When I came to myself I was no longer folding sheets and towels. I had walked over to that radio and the reset of the room became oblivious to me. It was just me and Jesus. He visited me right there in that jail. After a few hours working, we returned to our cell blocks. The other women working with me went back and told the others what had happened to me. They began to bet against me. They said, “We give her two weeks and she’ll be back on drugs. We give her two weeks and she’ll be prostituting again. We give her two weeks and she’ll be back in jail.” They underestimate the power of God. It has been 17 years and God has kept me.

After being saved for two years, I enrolled in college fulltime and four years later I graduated Cum Laude from Winston-Salem State University with a degree in English. Two weeks later I got hired as a high school English teacher. After I was hired the school system checked my police record and learned that I had a criminal record as long as my arm. They called me in and told me to write a written explanation, which I did. I simply told the truth and concluded that I was not longer that person. Then I had to go to Raleigh to appear before the Ethics Committee. I did and when they discussed my case, the committee decided to grant me my teaching license, saying “Janet we knew you weren’t the same person; we just wanted to meet you. Best wishes on your teaching career.” I taught for 5 and one-half years before the Lord moved me along. In 2005, The Lord told me to write a deliverance book called Sleeping With The Enemy. This book is filed with stories of people from all over the world, who have encountered sexual immorality and perversion demons. This is a book on how to get and stay delivered

from sexual promiscuity because the Lord wants His bride to be pure. This book was not written for sinners, but for the saints. The book has been on demand everywhere. I used to be homeless when I was using drugs. Then the Lord blessed me to buy a brand new home which I lived comfortably in for four years. Everything was going well and I thoroughly enjoyed the peace and comfort of my home. Then God upset my apple cart by telling me to quit my job, sell my house and move to Raleigh. Although I didn’t know what God was up to, I obeyed. I quit my job and put my house up for sale right in the middle of the recession and moved to Raleigh. I immediately began applying for new teaching positions, but found none. There was a state hiring freeze. I was there for five months before I learned why God had brought me there. The Lord told me to enroll in graduate school to become a principal. I applied for a scholarship and it was granted. I enrolled in North Carolina Central University in August 2009. I am currently in my second year of grad school, completing my internship as an as-

sistant principal at an elementary school. I will be graduating with a principal’s license in May 2011. The Lord has blessed me to write Sleeping With The Enemy 2 and 3. I am also in the process of recording my first CD. My testimony has taken me all over the world. God has opened countless doors for me, that have taken me to many different countries. As an ordained Spirit-filled evangelist, I travel throughout the U.S. and abroad, preaching the good news of the gospel of Jesus Christ. I never tire of telling people about Jesus, my Savior because He’s been so good to me. I’m on the winning team now. When I look back over my life, I often weep because of the great work God has done in my life. All the glory belongs to God. My life is nothing short of a living miracle. God has done so many great things for me. I was a crack addicted street prostitute who is now becoming a principal. Like Joseph, God has brought me from the pit to the palace. Is there anything too hard for the Lord? To God be the glory!!!


alone. As the divorce rate continues to climb and children move further and further away to establish their own lives, we are ecently throughout the United States, often faced with being, we have witnessed natural disaster afor at least feeling, alone. ter natural disaster. These disasters have left I have lived by myself for people homeless, in debt and struggling. As over twenty years, and my we watch these events on television, we feel only immediate family sorry for the people and think to ourselves, lives about two and a half “How terrible that is!” And then it happens hours away. In spite of to us! As we move through the emotions of these facts, I can honestly disbelief, despair, hopelessness, anger, fear say that I don’t often feel and devastation, we search our minds for lonely even though I am explanations of why and why me? We may alone. God has blessed me by Rev. Trudy Daley say to ourselves, “Well, I thought that God with wonderful and loving Tri Une Healing and Restoration was suppose to protect me and my family. Ministries, Inc. friends. These people have Why didn’t God send the storm elsewhere become my spiritual family. where fewer people would be impacted?” In these days of struggle, hardship and devastation, At times like these one can feel very alone and it is important for us to become aware of those around wondering where God is. Recently, one pastor us who are alone and may need our help. As a sofriend I have has had to face uterine cancer, her son ciety we have become so busy and distant, I would going to jail, and then the death of her daughter in dare say many of us don’t even know who are neigha car accident. Another pastor friend has had to bors are and what their situation is. I would chalface breast cancer, financial struggles and her chillenge you today to make an effort to find out about dren and grandchildren going through job losses and the people around you; see if they are alone and see many other struggles. In spite of all these things, how you can be a help to them. Yes, I am sure that both women have remained steadfast in their faith you are busy, but we should never be so busy that and continued to trust God in the face of these strugwe don’t have time to demonstrate the love of God gles. to others. We are His voice, hands, and feet and the As times continue to become more difficult, each of one source that can reflect His love and heart to othus may be faced with many trials, and how we choose ers and draw them to Him. to respond to them can be a tremendous witness to others. Even during normal times there are many Alone –Another View situations that we have on a daily basis, and one of As I stated earlier in this article, I have been alone the significant ones is the sense of being or feeling for over twenty years. I use to question God about


13 why this was so, as I feel many of you reading this have also done. It has taken a long time for me to come to a place of peace about it, and I feel led to share it with you so that those of you who may be in that place can ponder what I say. We are not alone because we are unlovable or undeserving of someone in our lives to love us. We are not so dysfunctional that we are incapable of a relationship, nor so fearful of commitment that we avoid one at all costs. It is not fate that has destined us to be alone or, as some might think, bad luck. I have come to the conclusion that it is indeed God who has called us to be apart to serve Him better. When we were young, we would never have considered going into a convent or becoming a priest, but perhaps, as we have lived out our lives, we have come to recognize that God has uniquely prepared us to do now that which earlier in our lives we were not yet ready or willing to do. We now have the time, energy and resources to do it. Age is never a barrier for God, for those of you who may be saying that you are too old to be starting something new. You are a vital resource that God can use to accomplish His purposes. Your duties as a mother or wife may be complete, and you may have retired from work. You are exactly the person that God can use. Perhaps you have gifts that God gave you that you have never been able to develop. It is not too late. It was only after I retired that I began to do a radio show and write for this newspaper. My second challenge to you in this article, is for you to ask God what He has set you apart to do, and when you get an answer, do it. Ask the people around you how they think God can use you, if you don’t get your own answer. Being alone can be another way that you are free to do what God wants you to do and can be a great blessing.


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AWARDED FOR RESEARCH IN CANCER CURE Health Disparities Researcher Wins $10,000 Rogers Award


orna McNeill, Ph.D., assistant professor in Health Disparities Research, is the recipient of the 2011 Julie and Ben Rogers Award for Excellence in Prevention. The $10,000 award, which rotates annually among the areas of patient care, research, education, prevention and administration, recognizes employees who consistently demonstrate excellence in their work and dedication to our mission to eliminate cancer. McNeill will formally receive the award at a presentation ceremony on Thursday, Sept.. 29, at 2:00 p.m., in the Duncan Building, Floor 8, Rooms 3-6. McNeill co-directs the Center for Community-Engaged Translational

Research. Her research seeks to eliminate cancer-related health disparities by increasing rates of physical activity in racial, ethnic and underserved communities. Those efforts include her work as lead investigator on a cohort study, Project CHURCH, designed to research and learn about cancer risk in African-Americans to improve cancerrelated outcomes in this population. This collaborative effort between MD Anderson and the local community involves the largest United Methodist church in the nation. “The significant gains in cancer outcomes are not equally seen in all

communities and subgroups,” says McNeill. “In particular, AfricanAmericans continue to have the highest incidence and death rates, and the shortest survival rate of any racial group for most cancers.” McNeill, an African-American, says her research comes full circle as she notices the effects of health disparities on minority communities. “When you look at the high rates of late-stage breast cancer, the high number of black men with prostate cancer, the high rates of diabetes and heart disease, and the list goes on, you realize that there’s work to do,” she says. McNeill considers her work both her career and her calling. “I firmly believe that I’m here, working on cancer-related research, as my ministry or calling in life,” she says. “I’m motivated every day by God to work harder, do more, experience more and feel more so that I can be of help to others.” McNeill received a bachelor of arts in Afro-American Studies and Industrial Relations, as well as a masters of public health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She earned her Ph.D. in Public Health Studies from Saint Louis University and went on to do her postdoctoral training at Harvard University. She belongs to the American Public Health Association, the Society of Behavioral Medicine and the American Society of Preventive Oncology. Her commitment to prevention and health disparities is inspired in

part by the encouragement and guidance of her parents, as well as a grandmother who died of breast cancer before she was born. Her goal is to ensure that generations to come have opportunities not previously available. “They found out very late that my Jamaican grandmother had cancer, and during those days you were sent home to die. How often I wish she were here, and if she had to be diagnosed with cancer that it could be during these exciting times of new cancer treatments and discoveries,” she says. “I’m a researcher because I want to learn what I can do to keep more grandchildren with their grandmothers.” McNeill credits her team for much of her own success. She considers her work place one where hard work is an outward manifestation of commitment to eliminating health disparities. “Some say that community-based research is messy or unscientific. I say that it’s neither of those,” says McNeill. “Rather, it’s the pathway toward truly eliminating health disparities in cancer risk and outcomes.” Regina Rogers, a senior member of the MD Anderson Cancer Center Board of Visitors, established the

Lorna McNeill Rogers Award in 1987 in honor of her parents, the late Julie and Ben Rogers, and in appreciation of the treatment her brother and her mother received at the institution for thyroid cancer and breast cancer, respectively. Ben Rogers served on the Board of Visitors from 1978 until his death in 1994, when his daughter and wife established the Julie & Ben Rogers Breast Diagnostic Clinic in his memory. Julie Rogers died in 1998. “I’m thrilled to be celebrating the 25th year of presenting this award at an institution that I hold so dear to my heart,” says Rogers. “MD Anderson continues to make such amazing strides in the area of prevention, education and

written by Veronica Thawney


he home going service for the late Pastor Leighton D. Smith will be remembered as a revival celebration. The service was held at the Calvary Cathedral of Praise, East 8th Street, Brooklyn NY, on January 27, 2012 where approximately 2000 people were in attendance. Bishops, Pastors and Media personalities from all across the globe were among the gathering. Words of support and encouragements to his wife Marjorie, his mother other family members and the congregation of Faith Evangelistic Ministry were proudly given. Among the Speakers were Bishop Mervin Harding, Bishop Cecil Riley, Rev Raymond


WENT HOME Broswell, Evangelist Dann Devine, T.V and Radio personalities from stations that carries the Count Down Show, friends and family members. Pastor Roger Weller and Pastor Peter Nichols hosted the service. The evening message was preached by Pastor Weller who afterwards made a special appeal for souls to be saved. Pastor Leighton D Smith's spirit walked out of his body on January 11, 2012. The Thanksgiving Service was done just the way Pastor Leighton would have. Testimonies showed that he is deeply missed. Pastor Leighton Smith was the Pastor, Founder and Overseer of Faith Enangelistic Ministry .



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Diet In the Key of Cee - Eating Well Serves Living Well

The Food Considerations “So take a new grip with your tired hands, stand firm on your shaky legs, and mark out a straight, smooth path for your feet so that those that follow you, though weak and lame, will not fall and hurt themselves, but become strong.” Hebrews 12:12

A registered dietitian and advocate for improved health care Claudette (Cee) Josephs provides medical nutrition therapy, education and cooking instructions to the HIV and substance abuse community, and makes nutrition an health presentations largely to the African Diaspora.Assinger/songwriter,she is dedicated to freeing the world through the truth of the gospel. She can be heard every Sunday at six o’clock on

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There is such an assortment of food available on most cruises that you can pick virtually any diet you want. It will be very difficult passing up those exquisite desserts! I do not anticipate a problem other than your will power. You can eat almost any food. Some cruises cater to diabetics, but they don’t know your particular needs, and may just offer ‘diabetic’ foods (sugarless desserts, jelly or ice cream). There is no need to eat these if you want to really enjoy your vacation. In fact studies show that using artificial sweeteners tend to make you hungrier. No need to walk around with your written meal plan either. Just consider these: Breakfast: If you want to try most of the offerings, then: 1. Take very small portions of each.

2. Cut down on the syrup, jelly and butter. 3. Stay with low fat milk for your cereal 4. Make sure your cereal is whole grain (most hot cereal, high fiber cold cereals); avoid sugary cereals. Snack: No doubt you may be tempted to eat again: 1. Do plain yogurt with a fresh fruit, or a sandwich without the mayo. Mustard is safe. 2. Drink lots of water. As a diabetic you are at risk for dehydration. Lunch: 1. Again, you will have several choices. If you are tempted to have more than one meat or starch, take very small portions of each. My suggestion? Have the meat and fill up on vegetables (and I don’t mean potatoes and corn. These are starchy vegetables!) 2. Avoid the sauces, and gravies. 3. Take very small portions of dessert offerings. Snack: No doubt you may be tempted to eat again:

1. Keep some of those dessert offerings at lunch for snack. 2. Drink lots of water. As a diabetic you are at risk for dehydration. Dinner: See lunch. Cruises are a well-known challenge for people like you whose diabetes control is crucial During cruises the amount of foods provided is enormous - available all day from breakfast till midnight. Find the strength to guzzle sensibly, especially watching portion size just as you do at home. It may not natural, but it is important. Remember many of these exotic drinks can contain a lot of sugar. Sip, instead of guzzling. The clearer the drink, the less calories and sugar. Your first blood sugar assessment after the cruise will tell your doctor whether or not you did a good job. Be blessed, have fun, eat well, and stay healthy.

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The process of obtaining grants requires a complete project management plan prior to starting your search. Your planning process should cover a broad scope of activities including preliminary planning and research, proposal development, and proposal follow-up. Through this process, two questions pop out that are commonly asked by grantseekers, “Where is the money available?” and “How do I get it?” The following highlights these questions and provides useful information for grantseekers like you in search of funding dollars.

Where Does the Money Come From? The two primary sources of grant money are public and private funds. Public funds are obtained from governmental units, such as federal, state, and local agencies. Private funds, on the other hand, come from organizations involved in charitable giving, such as foundations, direct giving programs, voluntary agencies, and community groups. The Federal government is the largest of all the grantmakers. However, much of the federal grant budget moves to the states through formula and block grants.

From there it is up to the states to decide how to use the money. The federal government administers several types of grants designed to accomplish different purposes, such as conducting scientific research, demonstrating a particular theory, or delivering services to a specific population. Examples of these grants include: • Research grants to support investigations aimed at the discovery of facts, revision of accepted theories, or application of new or revised theories. • Demonstration grants to demonstrate or establish the feasibility of a particular theory or approach. • Project grants to support individual projects in accordance with legislation that gives the funding agency discretion in selecting the project, grantees, and amount of award. • Block grants to provide states with funding for a particular purpose; and • Formula grants to provide funding to specified grantees on the basis of a specific formula, using indicators such as per capita income, mortality, or morbidity rates, outlined in legislation or regulations. All organizations applying for a federal grant or cooperative agreement must have a DUNS number. To request a DUNS Number by web

webform, or toll free, 866.705.5711. In addition to federal funding, state and local agencies also administer grants. Monies used to support these programs are obtained primarily through state and local tax revenues and funds received from the federal government (ie: block and formula grants) Federal Application Forms. FedForms. gov provides “one-stop-shopping” for the federal forms most used by the public. FedForms contains many, but not all, of the forms issued by the federal agencies. If you can not find the forms you need in FedForms, try the Agency Forms Links at: Private Funding can be obtained from a variety of sources, such as foundations, corporations, voluntary agencies and community groups. For the most part, philanthropic organizations fund programs which either address their individual interests (e.g., domestic violence) or benefit a particular group (e.g., company employees and their dependents. Examples of major types of philanthropic organizations include: •Private foundations which receive income from an individual (e.g., Wyclef Jean, Steve Harvey, Bill and Malinda Gages) family or group of individuals. The funding priorities of private foundations are usually based on the personal philosophies of the founding members. • Corporate foundations which receive

contributions from a profit-making entity, such as a corporation like Target. • Community foundations involved in grant giving within a specific community or region. • Direct giving programs philanthropic arms of corporations which donate goods and services for charitable causes. • Voluntary agencies private organizations which support charitable programs that are consistent with their overall mission. The American Red Cross, for example, provides printed materials and staff consultation for health projects in various communities. • Community groups local organizations which focus on supporting projects within their communities. Examples of these organizations include churches, Junior Leagues, and civic organizations. How do I Obtain Funding? Regardless of the type of funding desired, the process involves there distinct phases: preliminary planning and research, effective proposal writing, and proposal follow-up. Our team www. specializes in the planning, executing and management of this overall process and is available to facilitate your process. To complete these phases successfully on your own, the grantseeker should consider the following steps:

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Intercessory Outreach Minis Church of God Seventh-Day Hosts Their Tea Party


Senator John L. Sampson ntercessory Outreach Ministries Church of God Seventh along with his Representative Day under the leadership of Miss Carrle Mobley, Director Pastor Byron Sterling hosted their Faith Based Initiatives. Pastor Tea party on July 31, 2011 at the went on to encouraged the people Grace Deliverance Banquet Hall, to meet and speak with the Senator Remsen Ave. in Brooklyn NY. The who did not hesitate to mingle evening was a refreshing one to with the audience at large. Later on in speaking to his those who came out and enjoyed the elegance and flavors of Tea, Representative, Miss Mobley, we Fashion, Food and Entertainment. found out that both Senator

Pastor Sterling blessed the evening with his prayer and welcomed the audience while the busy hostesses made sure that everyone was timely served. Among the gatheing was State Senator;

Sampson and Miss Mobley were Christians. It was clearly explained to us that the Democratic leader believes in prayer and know that it is because of the love of God why he is in his possession.

He also believes that Church a must mingle for there is no State with The Senator and His Representati visiting the fourth event for the day in to bring hope to the Community by sp the people of the importance for their be heard and also the importance of th Pastor Sterling also told the audienc work that the Senator have been doi community, such as setting up Senio Centers all around the community a more. Everyone mingled for a while now poised and ready for further ments of the evening. It was then that the legendary Dr. Lewis walked in and was broadca highly spoken of by Pastor Sterlin were also othe Artistes pres ready to capti evening into an dinary them Worship and Everyone enjo one’s delivery people were n to illustrate enthusiasm tow Hopeton Lewis extraordinaire and to the dyn

Tyler Perry Made Offer To Buy American Airlines DALLAS - Tyler Perry reportedly made an offer to buy American Airlines. They accepted. The new airline: African-American Airlines. The Texas-based AMR Corporation, the parent company of American Airlines, announced that the company filed petitions for Chapter 11 reorganization in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York, "in order to achieve a cost and debt structure that is industry competitive and thereby assure its long-term viability and ability to continue delivering a world-class travel experience for its customers." It is rumored that actor-director Tyler Perry has made an attractive offer for American Airlines. The offer, said to be near $5 billion dollars, was quickly accepted by the airline. Actor/Director/Screenwriter/Producer/Author Tyler Perry goes from homeless to highest-paid man in entertainment! Yes, Tyler Perry is sitting on top at #1 on a new Forbes list! He's a 130-million-dollar man! Perry's films have grossed more than $500 million worldwide! From May 2010 to May 2011, Perry was busy with numerous business ventures such as his Madea films and DVDs as well as his hit TV shows, "House of Payne" and "Meet the Browns!" Be on the look out for the new sitcom coming November 23rd, "For Better or Worse"



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Kingdom Ambassador Ministries Caribbean Night Explosion

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Pastor Sterling blessed the evening with his prayer and welcomed the audience while the busy hostesses made sure that everyone was timely served. Among the gatheing was State Senator;

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acebook has taken the social life to the World Wide Web; no longer do we have to wait to see a close friend to know what the latest in his or her life is. From the comfort of our homes we relax and unwind with the click of a mouse. As the generation that is called to take back what is rightfully ours in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ we must prepare ourselves for battle. As Esther prepared herself by praying and fasting for three day and night and removing herself from the luxury of royalty, we too as prince/princesses of God must prepare ourselves for spiritual warfare against the enemy of our souls. Esther didn’t stand before the great king of Persia as his wife but as a daughter of the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. She was an ambassador of God to a great nation. We must follow in the example of our foreparents of faith, and know that the God of Esther is the same God of yesterday today and forever.

Facebook is the breathing ground for the and seek the Lord forgiveness for putting Facedevil seeking whom he may devour through the book before him and ask Him how can I use the eye gate of man so we must be wise to guard our social network to bring Glory unto him. I ask myself these questions eyes our minds and most of all our hearts from the bait of Satan through these various social Does my facebook Glorify God or myself? networks. Here are some questions to consider Does my statues, comments, picture etc. show that I am a Christian 1) Has Facebook/social networks taken over your prayer and meditation time? One of your major concern about taking a 2) Are social networks keeping you up late stand for Christ on Facebook might be what will at night and causing you to run late for school/ my friends think? work ? My advice to you is this you must know 3) Are you falling to the hype and pressure of whom you believe in and His Power to save social networking? liking? and commenting? on your peers through the little action of having a facebook that exults Christ insisted of yourself. posting that aren’t Glorifying God ? 4) At the click of a mouse does your Christi- After I returned to facebook I chose to share my devotional with my 795 friends. After I chose to anity hide behind laptop screen? drop the small peddle the ripple affect is still felt I too fell prey to the temptations of facebook, through out facebook?. so as Esther I deactivated my facebook account

“Are You The One That Is To Come, Or Should I Wait On Another?” A

by Nyra Allen

s you may already know, I’m single! I’ve decided not to focus so much on finding someone, but to take care of my Father’s business while I am living life and having fun! Lately I’ve been meeting men that may be nice, but there will be one or two non-negotiable items that they just don’t measure up to. For example, he’s either spiritually bankrupt, not goal oriented, or thinks there is nothing wrong with sex before the ring! “Waiter, check please!” While we may begin to get impatient in the love department, nothing is worth compromising. I have spent many years making excuses for the men in my life. “Maybe he’ll grow and change his mind....” was my favorite excuse, instead of taking them for what they were and

what they said. Of course no one is perfect and you’re going to run into some form of issue or baggage, but there should be at least five non-negotiable items that you require a mate to have that you just won’t compromise. It is always good to have people to keep you in line whenever they see you deviate from that list out of desperation! Best advice I ever got was “Shut up and wait!” Actively wait that is. Sometimes people can join the body of Christ and lose all common sense. It’s important to expand your horizons and meet new people, while staying in the Christian guidelines. Lines get blurry when we continue worldly habits and expect God’s blessing. It doesn’t work that way. Don’t waste time hoping people will change.

People will change when they want to, not when you want them to. If someone shows you who they are, believe them! Remember: And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. Galatians 6:9 (KJV) Take a few minutes and write down your non-negotiable items you require a suitable mate to have. It will help you in your future selections. Take a tip from Bishop TD Jakes and “Get Ready! Get Ready! Get Ready...!” He/She is coming! Love, Niya


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by Rev. Linus Baptiste, Senior Pastor, Global Life Prayer Faith Healing Ministries


ather, Your word says that I am a partaker of the inheritance and treasures of Heaven. You have delivered me out of the authority of darkness and translate me into the Kingdom of Your dear Son. Father, where Your word is, there is light, and also understanding. Your word does not return to You void, but al-

ways accomplishes what it is sent to do. I am joint-heir with Jesus, the Anointed One, and as Your son/ daughter I accept that communication of my faith is effectual by the acknowledging of every good work that is in me in Christ Jesus. Father, I commit my works (the plans and cares of my ministry and business) to You, intrusting them wholly to You. Since You are effectually at work in me, You cause my thoughts to become agreeable with Your will so that my ministry and business will be established and succeed. In the name of Jesus, I submit to every kind of wisdom, practical insight, and prudence, which You have lavished upon me in accordance with the riches and generosity of Your gracious favor. Father I affirm that I obey Your word by making an honest living with my own hands so

that I may be able to give to those in need. In Your strength and accordance to Your grace, I provide for myself and my own family. Thank you Father, for making all grace, every favor and earthly blessing come to me in abundance that I, having all sufficiency, may abound to every good work. Father, thank you for the Ministering Spirit you have assigned to go forth and bring consumers. Jesus “I AM THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD.� In His name my light shall shine before all men that they may see my good works and glorify You. Thank you for the grace to remain diligent in seeking knowledge. I ask You for wisdom and the ability to understand righteousness, justice, and fair dealings in every area and relationship. I affirm that I am faith-

ful and committed to Your Word. My life, ministry and business are founded upon its principles. Father thank you for the success of my ministry and business, in the name of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior. Our soon coming king who died on the cross so that I can have life everlasting and abundantly. Amen. SCRIPTURE REFERENCES: Romans 8:17, Colossians: 1:12, Psalms: 119:130, Philemon 1:6, Proverbs:16:3, Philippians 2:13, Ephesians 1:7-8, Ephesians 4:28, 1 Timothy 5:8, 2 Corinthians 9:8, Hebrews 1:14, Matthew 5:14,16, Proverbs 2:9, Proverbs 4:20-22. Pastor Linus J. Baptiste

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Genesis 22:1-2

And it come to pass after these things, that God did tempt Abraham, and said to him, Abraham, and he said, Behold, here I am. And he said, Take now thy son, thine only son Isaac whom thou lovest, and get thee into the land of Moriah and offer him there for a burnt offering upon one of the mountain which I will tee thee of.


Exodus 31:3

Genesis 22:17-18

That in blessing I will bless thee, and in multiplying I will And I have filled him with the spirit of God, in wisdom, multiply thy seed as the stars of the heaven, and as the sand and in understanding, and in knowledge and in all manner which is upon the sea shore, and thy seed shall possess the of workmanship. gate of his enemies; And in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed, because though hast obeyed my voice.



1 Kings 9:3

Psalm 146:1-2

And the Lord said unto him, I have heard thy prayer and While I live, I will praise the Lord. I will sing praises unto thy supplication, that thou hast made before me I have my God while I have any being. hallowed this house, which thou hast built, to put my name there for ever, and mine eyes and mine heart shall be there perpetually.



Isaiah 45:1-3

Thus saith the Lord to his anointed, to Cyrus whose right hand I have holden, to subdue nations before him, and I will loose the loins of Kings, to open before him the two leaved gates; and the gates shall not be shut. I will go before thee, and make the crooked places straight; I will break in pieces the gates of brass and cut in sunder the bars of iron. And I will give thee, the treasures of darkness, and hidden riches in secret places, that thou mayest know that I, the lord, which call thee by my name, am the God of Israel.


Luke 20:17

And he beheld them, and said, What is this then that is written. The stone that the builder rejected, the same become the head of the corner?

For a small amount have I forsaken thee; but with great mercies will I gather thee. In a little wrath I hid thy face from thee for a moment; but with everlasting kindness will I have mercy on thee, saith the Lord thy redeemer.

He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me, and he that loveth me shall be loved of my father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.

My son, keep thy words and lay up my commandments with thee. Keep my commandments, and live, and my law as the apple of thine eye. Bind them upon thy fingers, write them upon the tablets of thine heart.


Isaiah 54:7-8


John 14:21

Proverbs 7:1-3

Luke 11:9-10

And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and the door shall be opened unto you. For every one that asketh, receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.


Genesis 6:9-10

And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap if we faint not. As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the house-hold of faith.


James 1:2-4

My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations knowing this, that the trying of your faith worket patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.


God created man first and then He created woman. I know and trust that God has a reason for creating man first. We were all created in the image and likeness of God., some men and some women. Men were created with a nature of strength, physically and mentally, while women were created with a nature of emotions, and nurturing abilities. Genesis 2:22-23 And the rib, which the LORD God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man. 23And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man. God intended it to be this way because women need the physical strength and mental strength of a man, while men need the understanding and caring attributes that a woman carry. Simply speaking, we need each other because we have what each other needs, to fulfill our purpose and destiny on this earth. No man or woman can totally complete his or her full purpose and calling on this earth without the partner God has ordained for them. One may be able to fulfill up to an acceptable level in their destiny and walk, but total completion of God’s will and purpose for a son or daughter on this earth requires that complete union of partnership from an ordained partner. When two people are joined together in Holy Marriage they shall become “One”, as God said in


by Betty Ann Berazzah Lord. 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. Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing. Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, 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. So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself. For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourishes and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the church: For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones. 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. This is a great mystery: but I Genesis 2:24 Therefore shall a man band and wives must live together leave his father and his mother, and in Love , Unity, and Respect for speak concerning Christ and the shall cleave unto his wife: and they each other, because both are joined church. Nevertheless let every one of shall be one flesh. together bringing different attriBecoming one means two equal butes to the marriage and to life as you in particular so love his wife even as himself; and the wife see parts, meaning there is no duplica- husband and wife. that she reverence her husband. tion of attributes but a joining of Ephesians 5:22-33 God’s Word is true and powerheart, mind body and soul, to beWives, submit yourselves unto come one. God’s desire is that hus- your own husbands, as unto the ful.


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by visiting our online store or calling us to place an order. Weapon of Warfare - Warfare Prayer Ephesians 6: 10-12 and II Corinthicontinued from Page 11 ans 10:3 reveal a reality many believers do not know. It is that we are at war you really know your ancestors? Do against the kingdom of darkness. That you know what kind of evil and idola- is why we are commanded ‘to put on try they were involved in? Like Daniel the whole armor of God’. Our greatest and Jeremiah (Daniel 9:16), you may enemy, Satan, constantly sends his atneed to confess the sins of your ances- tacks against us. Many believers have tors and ask for forgiveness on their be- ignorantly left the devil untouched and half so that the curse may be lifted. If he has taken advantage of our ignorance they have signed any contract with the of his strategies to harass and bring all devil, you need to break and destroy kinds of trouble into our lives. These two scriptures also reveal to us those covenants. 8. Demonic contact such as playing that the weapons we are to fight the war with are not carnal or physical. They are with Ouija board. 9. Cultural dance, rituals and pagan spiritual weapons, mighty through God festivals. Some of these events allow and they can do damage to the kingthe worship of deities and idol wor- dom of darkness. One of the weapons ship. We look at these as being merely available to us is Warfare Prayer. Warcultural and see no harm in participat- fare prayer is different from any other ing. You allow your children to dress kind of prayer: prayer of supplication, up for Halloween and other festivals prayer of praise, prayer of thanksgiving, prayer of without knowing consecration and what doors you You allow your children to prayer of comare opening. Be dress up for Halloween and mitment. Warfare careful! other festivals without know- prayer is using the 10. UnforgiveJesus ness– The failure ing what doors you are open- authority Christ has given to forgive caused ing. Be careful! the Christians to the unjust steward confront the host to be turned over of hell. We need warfare prayer to sucto the “tormentors”. Demon spirits are cessfully fight the battle that is facing tormentors. See Matthew 18. 11. Carved objects—some of the us. Warfare prayer is a prayer to hinder African or cultural art work are repre- evil operation in a person’s life, place sentation of deities. They usual have or thing. Certain prayers don’t bother residual demonic spirits and powers the devil at all. Warfare prayer worries in them. Many people have noticed him. Evil spirits can think, listen, comstrange occurrences when they bring municate, experience things, act, react, these objects to their home. There speak to our minds, and hear what we is a lot of interest among many Afri- say. They watch our reactions and plan can Americans to trace their root to their strategies. Through warfare prayer the motherland (Africa). While there we need to speak to them, rebuke them is nothing wrong with that itself, the and verbally deny them access to our problem is that many embrace every- lives. Warfare prayer will locate the thing that comes out of Africa without enemy that has been hiding. It is therequestion. The truth is that some of the fore necessary to know how to do it efthings they embrace are demonic and fectively. Here are some key prayers to cursed. Not all things about Africa or pray that can make your warfare prayer powerful and effective. America are Godly. Be careful. 1. Confession of sins. Sin will give 12. Charms. Good luck charms or the devil a foothold and a right to stay charms worn for protection are demonic. Only God can protect. Any other in your life. Confess any sin in your source of protection is demonic and in- life to the Lord. 2. Forgiveness of sins. Harboring vites demons and curses into your life. 13. Haunted Places. The name alone unforgiveness in your heart will cause should make you beware; use caution . you to be released into the hand of the 14. Music and Movies and Books— tormentor—the devil. Forgive anyone There is a demonic agenda to demon- that has offended you and ask God to ize people, especially children. Some forgive you too. 3. Breaking of curses, spells, hexof the movies and music youths listen es, charms, jinxes and bewitchments. to are demonic. These mediums are used in a subtle way to introduce chil- Command their power to become powdren to witchcraft and magic. Books erless and destroyed in Jesus name. 4. Pleading the Blood of Jesus. The like Harry Porter make it seem alright to dabble into magic and witchcraft. Be blood of Jesus has power to destroy covenants, curses and to purge you careful.[] This is an excerpt from Pastor Femi’s from every pollution in your life. Plead message on Demonic Doorways, you the blood of Jesus upon your life, famcan purchase the message in its entirety ily and home for protection from de-

open to Satan? them worship angels or African deities like Sango, Orisha, Yemoja or Ogun. If you involve yourself with these people and their practices, you open your life to demonic attacks and need deliverance. Every time you go to the devil for protection or anything, he gives you his demonic spirits which manifest themselves in your life as bad luck, curses, night visitors etc. You must repent of your worship of false gods and renounce them. 2. Negative prenatal influences, such as visiting a witch doctor before or while pregnant or even the thought of having an abortion. 3. Pressures in early childhood such as sexual abuse and childhood rivalry. 4. Emotional shock or sustained emotional pressure. For examples witnessing a murder or being in a burning building. 5. Sinful acts or habits. Because of their sin, Ananias and Sapphira opened themselves to be filled with spirits of covetousness, lying and deceit. See Acts 5:3 and John 5:14. 6. Laying on of hands. Just as the Holy Spirit can be imparted through the laying on of hands (Acts 19:6), demonic spirits can be transferred through laying of hands (transference of spirits). You can’t allow just anybody to lay hands on you. It does not matter what their title or position is. You need to test all spirits and make sure they are of God before you allow them to lay hands on you. It is very dangerous going from church to church in search of help. Many people have become possessed and their problem gotten worse because they visit a pastor with “another spirit” not of God. Be careful. 7. Inheritance. Sometimes the source of your problem is not you. Sometimes it is your ancestors. They made a covenant with Satan years ago on your behalf and you are suffering from the result of the agreement. Just like a person can inherit diabetes because it is in their family or gene, a person can inherit curses, hindrances and blockages. There are many people who can’t make headway in life today because of the sins and covenants of their ancestors. The bible makes it clear that God visits the iniquities of the father upon the children to the third and fourth generation. (Exodus 20:5) That means you may be suffering from the sins and evil work that your ancestors have committed 160 years ago. They may have gone to these evil doers to help them conceive a child-you! These acts become destiny changers in your life; the devil does not give anything without demanding a great price in return. Do

JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2012 monic powers. Evil spirits cannot cross the bloodline. The blood destroys evil spirits! 5. Sending the fire of God. Your enemies may visit voodoo or obeah man and they receive some charms or potion and bury them somewhere like inside a tree, in the ground, under the bed, etc . As long as those things remain buried, they will be working against you. You can send the fire of God to locate every evil power working against you to burn and destroy them in Jesus name. 6. Commanding Satan to release all he has stolen. 7. Releasing yourself from acquired and inherited bondages. You may think that you have no control over inherited bondages and curses. After all you did not do anything to cause this upon yourself. Not true; warfare prayer can remove all inherited bondages and curses not just from your life but to the third and fourth generation. 8. Destruction of evil communication. Through warfare prayer you can break every evil communication system the devil uses to communicate with you. 9. Arresting and binding territorial spirits. You can arrest and bind the evil spirits controlling the community where you live, work or do business. This is an excerpt from Pastor Femi’s message on Tips on Spiritual Warfare, you can purchase the message in its entirety by visiting our online store or calling us to place an order. Prayer of Forgiveness and Renunciation If you see that you have opened the door one way or the other in the past to the devil, there is a need to repent, renounce and close all doors to Satan in your life. Please read the following scriptures. They are God’s words that promise deliverance. After that, pray the following prayers by faith and trust God to forgive you and remove all demonic spirits and attacks from your life. Scriptures— 2 Timothy 2:18; Jeremiah 15:21; Psalm 91:3 Prayer For Forgiveness Father, I confess that in the past I have held unforgiveness, sometimes bitterness and resentment in my heart against certain people who have hurt or disappointed me. I now recognize this as sin and confess it as sin, for you have said in your Word that if we confess our sin, you are faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us of all unrighteousness (1John 1:9) I do now forgive the following people I can remember, who have hurt or disappointed me. {Insert here the names of all who come to mind } Confessions of Contact with the Occult Father, I confess to You, that in the past, through ignorance, curiosity or willfulness, I have come into contact with certain occult things. I now recog-

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he bible says “there’s a way that seems right to man but the end thereof is the way of death” Pro 16 v 25. And I say it is the way of shame, the way of frustration and setbacks, the way of defeat and regrets, The prodigal son got everything he wanted from the father and went the hard way, life soon became miserable for him but when he came to himself he said how many hired servants of my father have more than enough to eat and I suffer here, I will arise and go to my father and I will say to him father I have sinned against thee and the heavens and I am not worthy to be called your son again…and when he came back that easy way his father did not disown him rather he lavished his love on him. Moses and the Children of Israel were led by the Lord through the wilderness by pillar of fire at night and by the cloud during the day so they would not miss their way in the wilderness and they lacked nothing but unfortunately the people said among themselves “let us choose us a captain to lead us back to Egypt, many believers right now are in their spiritual Egypt, God help them. What path are you on right now different from the way of your Maker and who is the captain leading you? The psalmist said “the Lord

is my Shepherd I shall not want He makes me lie down in green pasture, He leads me besides the still waters He restores my soul He leads me in the path of righ-

teousness for His name sake,” but his story changed when he decided to go his own way, There is a power you need the anointing of the Holy Ghost that will order your steps the right way, the anointing that was upon Joshua, the power that moved Ruth the right way into her destiny when she stepped out to go


and get what we called By Pastor Emmanuel food pantry today, “And Olayiwola Ruth the moabitess said to Naomi ‘let me go to Lord ordered her footsteps she the field and pick up the left over got more than just food she got hooked up with destiny, brethren stop wasting your energy and time doing trial and error find out the missing link between you and your destiny and reconnect, go back to the upper room, all the business talks and seminars and conferences void of God’s power won’t get you nowhere it’s high time you came to yourself like the prodigal son. Pray the following prayers it will surely realign you to your destiny 1. Anointing that produces results come upon me now in Jesus name 2. Every demonic wall standing in my way I command you to sink in Jesus name

grain behind anyone in whose eyes I find favor” when you go the right way right result is guaranteed, remember Naomi has said to Ruth to go back to her people where she probably would have been doomed for the rest of her life but she said “I will go wherever you go and your God shall be my God”…And because the

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nize this as sin and confess it as sin and claim forgiveness in Jesus’ Name. Specifically I do confess as sin and I reject, revoke and renounce all contacts and membership with the following occult things and associations: {name all that come to mind} I also renounce, revoke and confess as sin any false oaths, which I may have made to any false god and any idolatry in which I have been involved in Jesus name. I break any covenant binding me with any of these evil associations, in name of Jesus. I bind the demons attached to these covenants and cast them into the deep, in the name of Jesus. I break and cancel every evil mark,

incision, writing placed in my spirit and body as a result of my membership of the evil associations with the blood of Jesus and purify my body, soul and spirit with the Holy Ghost fire, in the name of Jesus. I break and dismantle every hindrance, obstacle or blockage put in my way of progress by my involvement in these evil associations, in the name of Jesus. I reject all the evil works I have done to innocent people through my membership with these evil association and ask the Almighty God to forgive me and wash me clean with the blood of Jesus. Closing the doors to Satan Satan, I rebuke you Jesus’ Name and

I am closing any doors, which my ancestors or I may have opened to you and your demons. I renounce Satan and all his demons; I declare them to be my enemies and I want them out of my life completely. In the name of Jesus Christ I now claim deliverance from any and all evil spirits, which may be in me. Once and for all I close the door in my life to all occult practices and command all connected and related spirits to leave me now. Prayer of Surrender to Jesus I come to you Lord Jesus, as my Deliverer. You know all my problems, all things that drive, torment, defile, and harass me. I now loose myself from

every dark spirit, from every evil influence, from all satanic bondage and from every spirit in me, which is not a spirit of God. I command all such spirits to leave me now in the Name of Jesus Christ. I confess that my body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, redeemed, cleansed and sanctified by the blood of Jesus Christ. Therefore, Satan has no more place in me, no more power over me because of the blood of Jesus. This is an excerpt from Pastor Femi’s message on Prayer to Renounce Evil and Break Curses, you can purchase the message in its entirety by visiting our online store or calling us to place an order.

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egendary gospel singer and now at 62, almost 63 in an- I'm trying to figure out how I and pastor of Toledo, other week or two, I get elevat- feel about it, because right now Ohio's New Bethel Church ed to the position of a bishop! I still can't believe it. (COGIC), Dr. Rance Allen (The Rance Allen group), was installed as Bishop on November 7 to oversee 14 Michigan churches in the Church of God in Christ (COGIC) denomination at the 6.5 million-member organization's 104th Holy Convocation in St. Louis, MO. He will succeed the late Bishop Alfred D. Knight, Jr. as the Jurisdictional Prelate of the Michigan Northwestern Harvest Jurisdiction. "I have literally been working in the church since the age of 5," Allen told David Yonke of The Toledo Blade newspaper. "Singing and preaching,

What is the process for getting funding? "Ask" VAlerie continued from Page 17 Step 1: Identify a Need • What is the problem? • How does my plan address the problem? Step 2: Identify Funding Sources • Who should I approach for funding? • How do I obtain information about potential funders? Step 3: Develop a proposal • What are the goals and objectives of the program? • How will the program be carried out? • How will I budget the program? • What type of proposal format should be used? (e.g., forms or letters) Step 4: Submit Proposal • Am I consistent with the funder’s application deadlines? • Am I sending the proposal to the appropriate contact? Step 5: Follow-up • Was the proposal accepted? • If not, why? • Should I submit a revised proposal? Although not exhaustive, these steps will provide you with a general “game plan” for when embarking on a grant search. By following these guidelines, grantseekers can prepare a more effective funding strategy and increase their overall chances of success! Valerie Samuel is a Author, Educator, Entreprenuer & Fundraising Expert with more than 13 years experience in grant writing, project management and marketing nonprofit programs. She offers a variety of business, finance and management services to churches, nonprofits, universities, businesses and individuals, including individual and group coaching. Email your questions or participate in this forum by submitting inquiries to or calling (212) 292.5127.

Steve Harvey on the Move While Steve didn't reveal much about the upcoming book, he did offer some insight into his new show. "It's going to be a combination of things. I want to do a daytime show that is inspirational, uplifting and insightful. Then, the twist I'm going to put on it is that, in the middle of the day, it's going to be funny. I think I can deliver that," said Steve, who will be bringing some of the knowledge he shared in his books, to his show. "I'm going to be a guy on daytime television who is like a teammate for women. I'm championing their cause. I'm not telling secrets on guys. I'm giving the male perspective," said Steve, who has been criticized by some men for revealing too much about what guys think; but that isn't stopping him. "When [men] are talking to women, they have an ulterior motive. I don't have that right now because I'm really into one woman. I couldn't have said that 10 years ago. Now that I am, I can unveil a man's perspective to women. I think that gives me an edge in daytime television," he said. Along with his honest and unique perspective, Steve said he'll also be bringing the comedy. Though he said he is retiring from stand-up, the genre

that first put him on the map, he does plan to take the stage during each show to talk to the audience and bring the funny. "I think we will open the show in the 'Carol Burnett Show' style. I'm a huge Carol Burnett fan. I'm going to talk to people. I'm going to take questions. That's my forte. That will be the comedic moment in the beginning," he said.


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Bishop Eddie Long’s wife decides again to seek divorce

The reconciliation of Vanessa and Eddie Long didn’t make it through the day, as the wife of the charismatic New Birth Missionary Baptist pastor has decided against withdrawing her petition for divorce filed late Thursday afternoon. “Mrs. Long continues to hope that this matter may be resolved expeditiously, harmoniously and fairly; however, she has determined that dismissal of her divorce petition is not appropriate at this time,” Kilpatrick Townsend partner Michael W. Tyler said in a prepared statement.

“To avoid any undue confusion, Mrs. Long’s future statements, if any, will be issued through her attorneys,” he said. A spokesman for Kilpatrick Townsend refused further comment. Three statements regarding the divorce were sent to media outlets Friday. In the first, Vanessa Long announced she was seeking to end her 21-year-marriage following “a great deal of deliberation and prayer.” Then, around lunchtime, in a statement sent through New Birth’s public relations firm, Vanessa Long was quoted as saying, upon further “prayerful reflection,” she was withdrawing the divorce petition. “I love my husband,” she was quoted in the second press release. “I believe in him and admire his strength and courage.” Long, a New Birth elder, said her decision to seek a divorce was driven by “years of attacks in the media that frustrated and overwhelmed me.” She and her husband “mutually agreed to find healing,” Vanessa Long is quoted in the release. Six hours later, her attorneys announced she was proceeding with the divorce “consistent with

her original [statement] made this morning.” In the divorce filing, Vanessa Long, 53, said her marriage to the New Birth pastor was “irretrievably broken” and there was “no hope of reconciliation.” The couple has been in a “state of separation,” according to the petition. “Vanessa is, and has always been, a loving, dedicated and committed wife and mother,” Bishop Long said in a statement Friday night. “My love for her is deep and unwavering. It remains our sincere desire to continue working together in seeking God’s will in these circumstances.” Vanessa Long has kept a low profile since the September 2010 lawsuit filed against her husband by former New Birth members Anthony Flagg, Spencer LeGrande, Jamal Parris and Maurice Robinson alleging the bishop used his influence, trips, gifts and jobs to coerce them into sexual relationships. Though she has never spoken publicly about the allegations, she provided her husband with a symbolic lift when she appeared by his side at New Birth the Sunday after the lawsuit was filed. The bishop,

who told his congregation that day he planned to “vigorously” fight the allegations against him, reached a settlement with his accusers in late May after months of mediation. A bio on New Birth’s website describes Vanessa Long as “the quiet strength in the Long family ... an awesome woman of God in her own right. She is an inspiration to many of the women at New Birth as they watch her lovingly and quietly support her husband in every sense of the word.” This would be Bishop Long’s second divorce. His first wife, Dabara S. Houston, alleged she was the victim of “cruel treatment” and claimed she was afraid of her husband’s “violent and vicious temper,” according to Fulton County Superior Court records. She and her son “had to flee [the couple’s Fairburn home] in order to ensure their safety,” the documents say. The couple was married in 1981 and separated after a couple years, according to the documents. Long’s first wife made the abuse allegation in a counterclaim after he petitioned for divorce, citing irreconcilable differences.

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ow does this sound to you? I desire and intend to be prosperous and to grow more prosperous every day in every way, now. If you feel comfortable with that thought it will open the door to experiencing that condition for you. We are continuously attracting to us what we are thinking and believing for ourselves. The problem is we switch back and forth from the positive to the negative too much, cancelling our good before it arrives.

Prosperity is the last frontier for many of us. It's an all inclusive word. It includes health, wealth, success and happiness all in one. Each of us can choose to be prosperous. No one can do it for you.

and press on. If the media gets you down turn to a more positive and uplifting channel or newspaper, like the Good News Chronicles. If the crowd you are around aren't encouraging enough get a new crowd. To be sucWhen you have a goal of what you want cessful you have to stay positive as much as you have to stick to it no matter what the chal- possible. lenge or the obstacles before you. Success Many people are saying today, these are often requires patience and endurance. Many the worst of times. I say it's the best of times times we give up just before our victory. and in many ways the worst of times. There Outward appearances can be deceptive. are more people wealthy and prosperous Oftentimes there will be no encouragement today than ever before... On the other hand from others. If you still believe in your proj- there are far too many poor, sick and homeect and feel it is worthy, encourage yourself less people. Each of us by the power of our

decisions each day determine whether we will be prosperous or poor in our lives. Our creator has placed all the treasures of Heaven inside of us. As the Bible says: Seek ye first the Kingdom of Heaven and all else shall be given to you. Let us begin to look more within ourselves and less outside of ourselves for our good and there will surely be more prosperous times. [Donald Greenwell is a life trainer and wellness advisor. He produces and hosts New Lifestyles TV and presents lectures, poetry and song to inform and transform. Contact Information: Tel: 718-659-1495 or E-mail:]


The Hope that Never Fails


by Dr. Christopher White

“If I lift up my eyes to the hills, where shall I find help? Help comes only from the Lord, maker of heaven and earth.” ( Psalm 121:1-2)


he American Heritage dictionary defines hope as “the feeling that what is desired is also possible, or that events may turn out for the best.” To “give up hope” is to reach the end. To “keep on hoping” means there may yet be a chance, however small, that what is desired will come to pass. How many great men and women heard, “It can’t be done,” and did it. Or, “It’s useless to try,” but tried and succeeded? If Abraham Lincoln had given up after his second business failure, we would have had no such president to guide this nation through a time of terrible tragedy. Or if the firefighters and police had decided that it was too dangerous to try to rescue people from the burning World Trade Center towers on September 11, 2001, how many thousands more would have died? If any man in history needed hope, it was David of Israel—the young man who, more than three thousand years ago, wrote many Psalms like the one quoted above. God chose him to be king and sent the prophet Samuel to anoint him while another king, Saul, who had failed God, was still on the throne. David was greeted not by fanfare, but by hatred and intense persecution. He often had to flee for his life before Saul’s men. “My tears have been my meat day and night, while they continually say unto me, ‘Where is thy God?’” (Psalm 42:3) Yet this same man wrote, “The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom should I fear? The LORD is the refuge of my life; of whom should I go in dread?” (Psalm 27:1) David could rejoice even in terrible times, and he lived through many, because he knew that the One in whom he trusted would never fail. He was realistic and knew exactly what he was up against, but found in God a sufficiency far beyond his own to meet every circumstance. The Psalms were not academic ex-

A very short, simple, yet powerful word.

was more to life than my own little world of experience. Most men and women become so absorbed in day to day affairs that they overlook more important, even eternal issues. If you do that, your world may one day collapse around you, and you will not know what to do. If we do not keep things in perspective, our eyes easily become focused only on the immediate affairs of self. “As for the days of our life, they contain seventy years, or if due to strength, eighty years, yet their pride is but labor and sorrow; for soon it is gone and we fly away.” (Psalm 90:10) Let your eyes be opened, beginning now, to the truths of the Scriptures, eternal truths which circumstances and the passage of time cannot change. “Remember your Creator in the days of your youth, before the time of trouble comes.” (Ecclesiastes 12:1) As the years of your life go by, where will your help come from? Will what you put your trust in never let you down? Is your trust in your own resources and strength rather than in God? He has the answers to the needs and longings of every human heart. The answers are found in His Son, Jesus, who died so that we could live. As the disciple Peter said, “To whom can we go, Lord? You have the message that gives eternal life, and we have come to believe, yes more, we know by experience, that you are the Holy One of God.” (John 6:68) Hope built on the God of Israel “never disappoints us.” (Romans 5:5) “I have been young, and now am old,” King David wrote near the end of his life, “yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken or his children begging bread.” (Psalm 37:25) Copyright © 2003 Christopher

ercises; they are the story of his life. tions and people that the continuity By this, he blessed his generation of day to day life can cause us to and has blessed everyone who has forget. How many people woke up read his Psalms ever since. in New York City or Washington on “The Lord is my shepherd; I the morning of September 11, 2001 shall not want…Yea, though I walk expecting that day to be different through the valley of the shadow of from any other in their experience? death, I will fear no evil; for thou art Yet tragedy, death, and war have with me.” (Psalm 23:1-4) been part of the human experience In what will you put your trust? for thousands of years. What is it you seek from life? King My soul, why art so filled with David lifted up his “eyes to the woe, when God through Christ hath hills,” mountains in Israel which, loved thee so? 'Tis He that says to when he was on the throne, embod- me, “May peace be unto thee.” ied the glory of his kingdom, and If King David’s hopes had been when he was facing persecution, built upon his continuation as King were a place of safety to which he of Israel, he would have been bitcould flee. Yet David, in viewing ter and heartbroken when his own those hills as written in Psalm 121, beloved son, Absalom, led a rebelsaw not something in which to trust, lion that forced him off the throne. but a reminder that his life’s hope On the contrary, because he trusted lay entirely in God. in the God of Abraham, Isaac and Yet today men and women Jacob, he said, “If I find favor in look to other the sight of the “mountains,” Lord, then He though of a difwill bring me ferent kind, in back again.” (2 which to find Samuel 15:25) help and hope And the Lord for their lives. did! By “mounI remember tains,” I mean that, when I the powerful was six years institutions of old, I was fasgovernment, cinated by a business, sciworld so new ence, law, etc. and fresh to which have deme. One day veloped in our I climbed Blue day to a magHill Mounnitude far betain in Maine. yond anything Near the top, I David knew in wedged myself his day. It is between two the safety of stones above Dr. Christopher White employment in a drop-off. these and simiSurveying the lar realms that many seek. People beauty of the land, sea, and islands put their trust in the satisfaction and below caused me to wonder, “Who N. White (Originally published in The security positions in such fields af- made all these things and why?” It Yale Standard, Christopher N. White ford. The temptation is to believe was as though my eyes were for the ©1973) that somehow such institutions will first time opening to see that there go on and on, and therefore remain safe places to be. • THE GOOD NEWS CHRONICLES • We do not live in a secure, preOffers; Good Rates, Good Packages. dictable world, however. Henry “News PaperRadio” “News Paper only” “News Paper- TV- Radio” Ford, a great industrialist, called history “bunk,” yet history teaches Call today: 347-737-8729- 347-792-0073 us plenty about the frailness of na-







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