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from filmmaker Tyler Perry’s hit movie “Why Did I Get Married?” — is a powerful depiction of what ultimately happens in many marriages. It’s a crushing, albeit accurate, portrayal of what happens (or what can happen) when children of Light, the Christ, connect with children of Belial, the devil. If God doesn’t approve of the person you desire, remember: Father knows best. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Donald Lee, founder of Kingdom Living Christian Center in Dallas, is co-author of “Married to Commitment,” a powerful book on commitment that ministers to married couples, singles and divorcees. To order your copy, call Xulon Press tollfree at (866) 909-2665 or purchase it online at http://www.xulonpress.co m. E-mail Pastor Lee at pastordonjlee@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter at @donaldj_lee.

said. "It's for everyday people who struggle with their chronic illnesses, and for those who support family members or loved ones with chronic conditions." The workshop series will be held on Fridays, March 15 – April 19, from 1:30 to 4:00 p.m. at the Herman and Kate Kaiser Library, 5202 S. Hudson Ave. Registration is required. Space is limited. To register, call 918-549-7400. The workshop is a health literacy outreach project of the Ruth G. Hardman Adult Literacy Service, the Oklahoma Department of Libraries and the Oklahoma State Department of Health. It is funded by a federal grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. To learn more about the Stanford University SelfManagement workshops, visit restartliving.org or call David Lee at the state health department, 405-420-2690.

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Charlotte County Board Reverses Decision And Allows Church To Erect A 60-Ft. Cross

PORT CHARLOTTE, FL – After nearly six years of effort, culminating in a yearlong battle with Charlotte County’s zoning board, Lutheran Church of the Cross will now be able to build a 60-foot monument cross on its 11-acre property. Last week, the Charlotte County Board of Commissioners voted 4-0 to instruct zoning staff to re-examine whether the monument cross should be classified as a “sign” or as a “structure” and “work of art.” In March 2012, the zoning board denied the church’s request because the board misclassified the freestanding cross as a “sign.” The cross exceeded the acceptable specifications under the inapplicable sign ordinance: 40 feet high

and 150 square feet maximum area. The cross as designed is 60 feet high with 2400 square feet of area. “Charlotte County’s intransigent classification of the church’s monument cross as a ‘sign’ after expressing concerns about what nonChristians might think of the church’s monument cross exposes the County to liability,” Liberty Counsel wrote in a letter to the Charlotte County Board of Commissioners. “At a minimum, the County’s misclassification and continued delay is a violation of the church’s rights under Florida’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act, the church’s First Amendment rights, and its rights under the Religious Land Use and Institutional-

ized Persons Act.” “The Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act of 2000 has made clear that when evaluating restrictions on the free exercise of religion, only those restrictions that are the least restrictive have the chance of passing constitutional muster,” said Mat Staver, Founder and Chairman of Liberty Counsel. “When the zoning board classified the cross as a ‘sign’ on the basis that it might offend someone, it imposed an unconstitutional restriction,” Staver said. “I am thankful that the Charlotte County Commissioners acknowledged that the cross was not a ‘sign,’ but a ‘structure’ as well as a ‘work

of art,’ thereby enabling the county to issue Lutheran Church of the Cross a permit to erect a cross on their property. This classification is consistent with other works of art located throughout Charlotte County. I am pleased that the Charlotte County Commissioners made the right decision,” Staver concluded. Liberty Counsel is an international non-profit, litigation, education, and policy organization dedicated to advancing religious freedom, the sanctity of life, and the family since 1989, by providing pro bono assistance and representation on these and related topics.

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