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Special Edition

December 2011

Volume 1, Issue 10

Visionary “Good News” Gazette Happy Birthday to JESUS! Inside this issue:

Merry Christmas to You!

Poetry

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Book of the Month

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Humor

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Encouraging Words

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Music

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CrossWord

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Healing Prayer

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Teen Scene

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Christian Services

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Will the REAL CHRISTIANS - Please Stand Up! This month we celebrate the Birth of Jesus. I challenge everyone to remember our purpose as Christians, followers of Christ, that we remember the reason for our existence. We are here on this earth, to plant the seed, and be an example to others around us. Our actions, words, and deeds are necessary to be TRUE representatives of Christ. I hope that the message below will encourage others to take their walk in Christianity seriously while loving others in the process! MESSAGE: Many people think that preaching is easy, but it is very difficult. You have to be in tuned with what God wants you to say to His people. You must focus on what He wants to be said and not what you want to say. With that being said, this message is intended to be a wake-up call and to help us to be change-agents for our children, ourselves, and our churches. Our scriptures come from the Book of Revelation. The word revelation means to uncover and to reveal future events for us. The Book of Revelation was 1) written by Apostle John, 2) discusses past and future historical data, 3) provides a message to all churches in preparation of Jesus’ return, 4) talks about the various states churches are today, and 5) prophesies the end of the world. The scripture for today is Revelation 3:15/16. It states the following: 15: I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou was cold or hot. 16: So, because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth. Continue on pg. 5

Worship Places on Edisto Island Edisto Beach Baptist Church

Presbyterian on Edisto

Calvary AME Church

Trinity Episcopal Church

(843) 869-2662, 414 Jungle Rd

(843) 869-2326, 2164 Hwy 174

(843) 869-3672, 8321 Pine Landing Rd

(803)869-3568, 1589 Hwy 174 843) 869-2300, 1890 Hwy 174

(843) 869-3715, 8060 Botany

Church (843) 753-2273, Hwy 174

Greater Galilee Church of Our Lord

Bay

Edisto Island Community

Catholic Church-St. Frederic

Church (843) 869-4216, 908 Hwy 174

(843) 869-1138, 8006 Steamboat Landing Road

Allen AME Church

(843) 869-0124, 544 Hwy 174 United Church of Christ (843) 869-9202, 209 Lily St.

Zion Reformed Episcopal

Edisto Island Methodist Church (843)869-3456, 3319 Palmetto Rd

Bethel AME (843) 869-1961, 945 Highway 174 New First Baptist 803-869-2432, Hwy 174

Edisto Presbyterian USA Mount Olive Baptist (843) 869-0990, 2779 Hwy 174 Bethlehem Church (843) 577-5521, 8017 Pt. of Pines Rd


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Poetry: Christmas

Every time a hand reaches out To help another... that is Christmas. Every time someone puts anger aside And strives for understanding That is Christmas. Every time people forget their differences And realize their love for each other That is Christmas. May this Christmas bring us Closer to the spirit of human understanding Closer to the blessing of peace! Author Unknown

BOOK OF THE MONTH — Won’t you help reform our educational system? Flawed System . . .Flawed Product . . . the TRUTH about the educational system from a teacher’s perspective. By Audrey Algere’

EXCERPT: Preface Today is May 15, 2008. The students are taking the XYZ Test for 8th graders at XYZ Middle School. They have only been testing for about 40 minutes. In those 40 minutes, I have awakened 10 students. This is a very important test. Yet, they do not care about this test anymore than they care about their own education. Education in the United States has changed from the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s when I was a child. I attended school in New York City at an elementary school in Harlem. My parents transferred me to a private school not far from my elementary school. I was mischievous, but smart. My first grade teacher, a nun, suggested that I be transferred to the private school. Here, I was still mischievous, but the strong hand of various nuns, the principal, along with my parents, kept me in line. Phone calls home, my parents’ belt, and my teacher’s ruler were all that were needed to keep me focused and on task. Prayers and church complimented this regimen. Get your copy at: http://www.blurb.com/bookstore/detail/2566002


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Humor— Painting Lesson

Repaint! Repaint! And thin no more!

A Scottish tradesman, a painter called Jack, was very interested in making extra money where he could. So he often would thin down his paint to make it go a wee bit further. As it happened, he got away with this for some time. Eventually the Presbyterian Church decided to do a big restoration job on one of their biggest churches. Jack put in a painting bid, and because his price was so competitive, he got the job. And so he set to, with a right good will, erecting the trestles and putting up the planks and buying the paint and thinning it down with the turpentine. Well, Jack was up on the scaffolding, painting away, the job nearly done, when suddenly there was a horrendous clap of thunder. The sky opened, and rain poured down, washing the thin paint from all over the church and knocking Jack fair off the scaffold to land on the lawn. Now, Jack was no fool. He knew this was a judgment from the Almighty, so he fell on his knees and cried, "Oh, God! Forgive me! What should I do?" From the thunder, a mighty voice spoke: "Repaint! Repaint! And thin no more!" Author Unknown

Prayer for December

which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are a head.”

Dear Heavenly Father,

I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4: 13-14)! Help us Father to trust in you with all our heart and lean not to our own understanding, but in all our ways acknowledge you, so you can direct our path.

We thank you right now for all you have done in our lives! Thank you, most of all for your Dear Son, Jesus the Christ, who sacrificed his life so we can live. Help us Father to remember that once we accept Christ as our Lord and Savior that we are “new creations and all old things pass away.” Let us not revisit the places, people, habits and things of the past that are not in line with the will and purpose you plan for our lives. Let the mind that is in Christ be in us so that we can be more like Jesus each and every day. Help us to do as Paul did when he said, “Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one

We thank you Father for being the author and finisher of our faith. We love you! In Jesus name we ask all these things, Amen! Sister S.J,


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A Song for the Lord, Jesus

Glory II Glory Jesus is the best present ever!

God reminded me early one morning that He will perfect all that concerns me. You see, I have read that scripture and even quoted it, but I let it slip. We sometimes allow the cares and the stresses of things (bills, Christmas presents, appointments, etc) to overwhelm us. I had to thank Him for re-

minding me of His promise. God will not allow us to be forsaken as His children, but it's when we step out of His grace through worrying, being prideful, walking in unforgiveness, living in sin, etc., that we become consumed with too much of things and not enough of Him. Still learning, so I encourage you to pay more

attention to the things of God and not allow the influences of this world to steal the promises of God from you. As we approach this Holiday season celebrating Christmas, let’s not lose focus on Christ. He is the best present anyone could ever receive! Sis. D.M


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Music - Top Ten

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1- My Hope is in You—Aaron Hurst

1– I Need Your Glory—Ernest Pugh

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6– I Smile– Kirk Franklin 7– He Has His Hands On You—Marvin Sapp 8– I Hear the Sound—Maurette Brown Clark 9-Nobody Greater-VaShawn Mitchell

9– I Lift My Hands—Chris Tomlin

10-Sweeter—Kim Burrell

10– Fall Apart—Josh Wilson

Will the REAL CHRISTIANS - Please Stand Up! continued from p. 1 This scripture was speaking directly to the church (the church is us) of Laodicea (last/ worst). It is being described as being cold nor hot, in other words, it is lukewarm. God is saying, He wishes it was one or the other cold or hot, since it is lukewarm (warm/tepid, causes one to vomit), He will spit them out of His mouth, cast them away unless they repent. These verses are quite relevant for the churches of today.

*making church a checklist, and not allowing the Word in church to change their lives

Churches in other states (we know these things don’t happen in SC):

*living with partners and not getting married

*people fighting and bringing knives to church, because they wanted the Pastor removed.

*speaking the Christian lan-

This is what the world sees:

*coming to church after a night of drinking and dancing at the club (deacons/deaconesses) *pastors having relationships and having babies with church members

guage, but not living it *children repeating what they see adults do (an angel on Sunday and the devil Monday morning in school)

*molesting and other things that cannot be mentioned because we have children here

*singing and praising the Lord one minute, and the next, whispering, laughing, and playing when you sit down during the service

*pastors doing inappropriate things so much that they have to pay millions of dollars

*some come to be a fashion statement

*refusing to pay tithes because we don’t like the pastor *coming to church to be in charge of a program

*lying, deceitfulness, and stealing *some come to hear the choir and sleep during the Word Continue to p. 10


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Inspirational Message - This is the most wonderful time of the year! Is this really the most wonderful time of the year? A few years ago, the holiday season just made me sad. I felt pressure to buy lots of gifts for friends and family. Going to mall was nerve-racking. Between fighting for parking and fighting for the “best deals” I was exhausted. My friends and co-workers were all anxiously planning or attending the obligatory holiday parties. And with my extended family far away, I couldn’t even take comfort in the promise of a simple family gathering. Plainly put, the holiday season was the most frustrating time of the year. I didn’t get it. What was the point of the frustration? I knew we were supposed to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, but how was this accomplishing that? There had to be some great reason behind the relentless spending, the anxiety, and the tension. Advertising held no answers. In fact, advertising can be very manipulative. The holiday is treated as if it’s the one and only time of the year to buy gifts. But how often are gifts really bought throughout the year? We buy gifts all year long, don’t we? My youngest son’s birthday is a week after Christmas. My youngest daughter’s birthday is two weeks after Christmas. My eldest son’s birthday is the first week in February. My wedding anniversary is the second week in February. My other daughter’s birthday is in April. Then there’s Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, my birthday in August and my husband’s birthday in September, and then we’re quickly back to December. Yet, if the newest, most impressive items aren’t bought during the holiday season, you’re supposed to panic. For me, the panic and frustration went away once I really got to know first-hand what Christmas is really all about.

Now I understand what Jesus’ coming into the world meant. I can tune out the distractions and truly celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ! Because of Jesus Christ, there is love like never before. He teaches faith and patience. He gives guidance. He makes a way when there is no way. Jesus is the Rock. The Comforter. The Provider. The Answer! Holiday stress and anxiety has nothing to do with Jesus. Everything through Jesus is good, and he expects his children to enjoy this time of year. The holiday should be made memorable, but for the right reasons. Celebrate everything he has given you. Celebrate the life he has given you. Celebrate friends. Celebrate family. Treasure the memories. I remember attending several holiday parties with friends from church. I remember my husband and I saving up for three months so we could take our family to Disneyland the Monday before Christmas. I remember my four-year-old talking in his sleep that night, after our Disneyland adventure, saying “so much fun at Mickey Mouse”. I remember eating Christmas Eve dinner at a family favorite restaurant. I even remember my husband enjoyed the Lakers’ win on Christmas Day. I only vaguely remember the gifts we exchanged. Go to the malls with your family this year, if you must, but park in back. Skip to the front praising Jesus’ name! Let us stop making the holiday about material items. Instead make it about the true gift of life. He knows you; He knows your feelings and circumstances. Give it all to Him; be faithful. He will greatly bless your life this holiday season. This is the most wonderful time of the year! Saleama A. Ruvalcaba Saleama is a wife, mother, writer and speaker in the Los Angeles area saleamam@yahoo.com


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Edisto Island We are GLOWING for Jesus!


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Will the REAL CHRISTIANS - Please Stand Up! continued from p. 5 *people being placed in lead positions who do not possess the love of Christ in their lives *sitting in church for 40 years and do not know the Word

THIS IS NOT WHAT REAL CHRISTIANS DO! WE CANNOT BE LUKEWARM Christians playing a game with God!

*listening to the pastor instead of studying for yourself

If we do not change, God we will see us as lukewarm Christians, which HE will spew from His mouth and cast us away from Him.

*allowing tradition to permeate your mind instead of doing what you know is right

How can we change this – REPENT!!!

*selling chicken/fish dinners, and at the same time saying “trust God” *people who support others, but do not support their own family What I have just mentioned is our “Christians” in the church, this is just the tip of the iceberg, there is much more. Will the Real Christians- Please Stand Up!

1) Repent and ask God to change your behavior. 2) Remember that the world sees your actions and we must let our light shine. 3) We must stand our ground, and stand up for what we know is right. 4) We cannot allow the DEVIL to hold a seat in our lives or God’s churches. Minister A.A.

This is not what Jesus meant for us to be as Christians. Christians are supposed to demonstrate holiness and love as shown by Christ. We are supposed to be a light in the world, the world is to be purified by our actions. We are going about the motions of church and Christianity, but we are not demonstrating Christianity. We have developed the mind -set of the world. What did God say to do? We have become accepting of behavior that is against the morals of Godliness, because that is what the world says to do.

PRAYER for Loved Ones Father, we know that our lives are not our own. We know that YOU are the Author and Finisher of all things. It is for this reason Lord that we come to YOU because YOU have the POWER to HEAL. We put our TRUST solely in YOU. It is YOU that we will acknowledge and allow YOU to direct our paths. We thank YOU Lord for what YOU have done and for what YOU are about to do. Lord, we pray for healing for the following individuals: Lucille (Boxie) Knox — Boston Brenda Albert—Louisiana Carlin Davis—Louisiana Albert Scott, Jr.—Louisiana In Jesus’ Name! AMEN!


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The Teen Scene December 25th is probably the best time of the year. It is called Christmas, the time where people can come together and celebrate the birth of our for the season? For some, Christmas could to Santa, etc., but for me it means to give

Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. What is the reason mean getting presents, time off, writing letters thanks to God for another year with my fam-

ily and friends. It truly is a shame that

people tend to forget that Jesus came

into this world to save us. We celebrate

his birthday every Christmas. He is the

best gift of all! It is time for people to under-

stand that Christmas is about what we can

give and not what we can get. I think the best gift to anyone is to give them the wonderful news of Jesus’ love and salvation. So, what do you think is the reason for the season?

Sis. B.A.

Christmas Presents Every year Grandma gets a tin of talcum powder. She always says, „Ah my favorite! ‟Even before she opens the wrapping Grandpa always says, „Well, I know what‟s in here. It‟s two pairs of socks. Just what I wanted!‟ This year, Auntie Vi had an umbrella in an umbrella-shaped parcel, I mean, it looked just like an umbrella. And, before Auntie Vi pulled the paper off, she said to Mum, “It will match that new coat of mine.‟ As for Mum and Dad, they just sat there and said, 'We‟ve given each other a joint present this year. It‟s a digital clock radio for our bedroom.‟ Do you know, they didn‟t even bother to wrap it up and put it under the tree! At the end, when everything had been given out, Mum said, „We must not forget the gift-vouchers from Debbie and Jim. We sent them a check for the same amount. We always do. “I call that a bit unimaginative, don‟t you?” Maybe, when you come to think about it, Grown-ups need Father Christmas far more than children do. Anonymous


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A Song for the Prince of Peace


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Life Changes Jesus was born and died for our sins. How have you helped someone during this holiday season? __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Many think of Christmas as just an opportunity to exchange gifts. Have you told your children or others, the true meaning of Christmas? What have you told them? _______________________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________________ Jesus was Jospeh’s step-son. Joseph raised and cared for Jesus. Today, we have people who are in the same predicament who ignore and sometimes, do not accept others. Have you experienced this? What suggestions would you give others? ____________________________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________________________


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Remember, your future cannot change for the better without Christ!

―Where there is no vision, the people perish . . .‖ Proverbs 29:18

God Bless You!

Salvation! Is this your Eternal Goal? God desires for all of us to be saved. It is not His desire that any should perish. Nevertheless, He also gave us free will. Our Father desires us to make the decision of following Him or not. Have you made that decision? When you take your last breath where will you spend eternity? Will it be Heaven or hell? The end result will be based upon the choice you made! It is my hope that you choose to follow God. If you make that choice today, you have to acknowledge that you are a sinner. Then you must repent of your sins. You must acknowledge that you believe that Jesus is the Son of God who died on the cross for you. It is as simple as that! God hears you and God Saves you! If you have not made that decision today, please make it soon. Tomorrow is not promised to you and waiting until later, may be too late! Eternity is too long to be without God! Scriptures for Salvation Romans 3:23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. John 1:12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name. Revelation 3:20 Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me. 1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

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