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  • 1. Free - Take One Christian Star Issue 6 Christian Star News Christians Helping All People June 2009 South West LA • Houston,TX • Dallas,TX • Nashville,TN Pastors Jerry & Hope Snider “Christian Star News & 20 for 1 Nashville Bound” A word from Pastor Jerry Snider of From time to time there is a story that them across the ocean to perform for the Along with attending some of the music Christian World Ministries, Lake Charles, La circulates around Nashville, TN dating back Queen of England, who is reported to have festivities, we will be meeting with ad- to the mid-1800s of three nuns who hap- said after their performance, “surely the vocates for the homeless, pastors with a pened to be traveling through the small city you come from must be called, Music passion and drive for serving the ‘least of It has been an amazing journey! I southern city. The nuns stood upon a small City.” And the name stuck. these’ among us, Christian businesses and know that I live in the blessing and hill above the city and prophesied that one The Grand Old Opry Radio show began even some government officials to secure favor of the Lord. day the world would know Nashville as as an all gospel show until its marriage to the distribution of Christian Star Newspa- “Music City,” and God would use the music country music. From there Nashville has per through homeless agencies, thus giving that rose out of the city mightily. become home to music legends from a our homeless friends the opportunity to be One thing I have truly learned on At the time music was far from the city’s cross genre of music. Both The Country gainfully employed. this journey is that when I finally heart. The publishing industry had found Music Association and The Gospel Music We will be blogging daily at http://20for1. get there, it will be a sure thing that a solid niche in the city. And it boosted a Association call Nashville home. wordpress.com beginning June 1st! There I was not in the driver’s seat. God thriving ‘red light district’ which the boot- On June 10th, Christian Star Newspaper is you can meet some of the many people has always had tremendous plans leggers took full advantage of. But there Nashville bound! We will be arriving during we will be meeting with. Journey with us was also a group of black gospel singers, the annual CMA Music Festival, www.cmaf- to Music City and be part of what God is for my life and I’ve gotten this far by The Fisk Jubilee Singers that birthed gospel est.com/2009 an annual fan celebration of preparing to do! © Penny Carlton allowing Him to drive! ‘slave’ songs in 1871, which would take country music. The devil has never liked me. Even before I was conceived, he had People caught... Helping other people! plans to end my life. At an early age La Familia Resource Center interpretation as needed in my dad experienced tremendous hospitals, doctor’s offices, problems with his health - rheu- Began out of a desire and and lawyer’s offices. She matic fever, heart attacks, and even passion of the Founder/Ex- helped anyone and every- paralysis from the dreaded disease ecutive Director, Sylvia Stelly one that needed help. She polio. For six years of Dad’s life he when she moved to Lake developed relationships had to be carried everywhere he Charles in 6/2003. It was with families and their chil- went. The doctors gave him up for shortly after relocating to dren that still exist today. dead. At the time, my grandfather Lake Charles , Louisiana from God birthed this vision into was building a church and he and New Orleans that she began what it is today; a center my grandmother, who taught me to meet many Hispanics who where families can come so much about the power of prayer, needed help. She assisted and receive the assistance never accepted that Dad would many with translation and they need. SEE RESOURCE PG.3 die. They never stopped believing that God would perform a miracle. Bob Holmes is a one-man against over 400,000 op- Because of their faith, six years volleyball team who single- ponents. Bob has had more later, my dad, who was now 12 handedly takes on teams. games than any other. years old, got up and walked. God He has beaten the: Bob has been featured on: had completely healed him. • The Minnesota Vikings A top story on CNN in 2007, • The Pittsburg Steelers Ripley’s Believe it or not, The doctors said that Dad would • The Miami Dolphins CBS This Morning Show & in never be able to have children be- • Washington Redskins the USA Today Newspaper. cause of the multiple illnesses, but • Toronto Blue Jays Bob Is available for reviv- when God heals - He heals. I was • Baltimore Orioles W/ Cal als, camps, conferences, and the 11th month wedding present to Ripken fundraisers. my mom and dad. • A 1st Place Beach team You can book bob at www. • The Buffalo Bills 3 times meetbob.info or www.beat- My mom and dad were both very He has appeared in over bob.com. Be sure to see his active in my grandfather’s church. 5,000 gymnasiums in front video. Call 910-988-0865 Mom played piano and accordion of over 3 million people. He SEE ONE MAN PG.9 and dad played guitar. They both has 16,423 wins since 1986 sang and led worship. From the time that I was born, I was part of Inside this Issue every service. At the age of five, About CSN, Bible Trivia pg.2 Affordable Vacation Spots pg. 11 Smoothie Recipes pg. 16 Mom taught me three chords on Infalliable Father pg. 5 Divine Prescription pg. 12 Upcoming Events pg. 17 the piano. SEE C. WORLD PG.7 The Journey of a Christian Job Seeker pg. 6 The Legacy of a Mother pg. 14 Confident Consumers pg. 18
  • 2. Christian Star Issue 6 General Information About CSN Dedication Classifieds June 2009 I would like to thank all of the churches and businesses for Contact numbers: their support in helping Christian Star News accomplish the (337) 853-9883 larger vision that God has for the United States. We thank you (832) 563-1575 for continuing to stand with us, as we work to improve the paper to perfection. (936) 756-2126 (936) 756-3311 www.CSN-Paper.com We desire to be a part of the harvest of souls for God. We seek Green Thumb Services Conroe Funeral Directors to place this Christian paper right next to the secular papers Wants to cut your 1504 N Thompson St Publishers: in businesses. We pray and desire that the articles submitted lawn today! Conroe, TX 77301 from the different churches will encourage the unsaved souls call 337.853.5172 (936) 441-2280‎ Monica Soileau to seek salvation in a Christ believing, Bible-based Church. monicasoileau@christianstarnewspaper.com Purpose & Goals: • Provide encouraging good news and information of special SPACE AVAILABLE Chief Editors: interest for those within the local Christian communities 337.214.5088 FOR YOU that we serve Rolland Soileau rollandsoileau@christianstarnewspaper.com • Help promote businesses and professionals that want to One Lakeshore Drive Suite 1640 D Call 337-853-9883 Lake Charles, LA 70629 reach potential customers/clients from their local Chris- Bible Trivia tian community. Advertising: • Provide an outlet for pastors to reach people beyond their Sales & Marketing own congregations for the purposes of educating & com- Derrick Singleton; SWLA municating special events. • Help educate people about how to live well and to be Remember Job derricksingleton@christianstarnewspaper.com (337) 853-5172 good stewards as we face challenging economic and social 1. In Job 1:21 Job shows his humbleness. How does he do this? Chris Sarver; SWLA conditions. Examples include: gardening and nutritional chrissarver@christianstarnewspaper.com tips, clipping coupons, as well as advice from experts on Answer: He says all he has belongs to the Lord. (337) 499-8710 subjects such as finances and interpersonal relationships. Job 1:21 "And said, Naked came I out of my mother's womb, and naked Mary Stevens; National Sales Manager • Develop a “Listing” of all Christian-Owned Businesses. shall I return thither; the Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away; marystevens@christianstarnewspaper.com • “Counselor’s Corner” will provide Christian-based advice blessed be the name of the Lord." (337)513-5661 from a Licensed Professional Counselor. Nicole Arabie; SWLA 2. Job asks God for patience. nicolearabie@christianstarnewspaper.com • Promote local positive Christian-based family activities. (337) 540-6573 • Draw attention to special individual community needs in an effort to galvanize community support. Answer: True Nolan Melonson; Houston, TX Job 6:24 “Teach me, and I will hold my tongue: and cause me to under- nolanlmelonson@christianstarnewspaper.com Note for Pastors: The Christian Star News is Non-De- (832) 563-1575 stand wherein I have erred.” nominational, and we have no intentions of attempting Penney Carlton; Nashville,TN to persuade those who are currently attending a church 3. In Chapter 9, Job admits he’s guilty of doing something – what is it? penneycarlton@christianstarnewspaper.com that preaches Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord to move to (315) 807-7692 another church. We are not church hoppers ourselves: we Answer: Justification Ray Allen Rougeaux; Dallas, TX are rooted. Job 9:20 “If I justify myself, mine own mouth shall condemn me: if I say, I rayallenrougeaux@christianstarnewspaper.com am perfect, it shall also prove me perverse. • The CSN offers each local church in the areas we serve the (469) 774-7483 following opportunities: When people justify things, they make it so that it is right if they do it, • Submit articles that are strictly bible-based (pref. KJV/ even if it is wrong. Designers: Primary - Sasha McDaniel NKJV) for the publisher to consider for use in a future 4. Who does Job say will end up better in the long run? sashamcdaniel@christianstarnewspaper.com publication. (337) 853-9883 • Submit upcoming events that are open to the public to be Answer: the righteous listed. Job 17:9 “The righteous also shall hold on his way, and he that hath Contributors: • Church Directory Listing. clean hands shall be stronger and stronger.” Derrick Singleton • Free distribution of the publication. Righteous means free from sin. Chauncy Latigue • We also offer local Christian Churches the opportunity to Claude Highfield purchase Ads (of any size available) in the Christian Star 5. Who does Job say he is afraid of? Laura Washington News, and these ads may be designed to encourage un- Michelle Abshire churched readers to visit their place of worship. Answer: God At the end of the day, we just want to be obedient to the Holy Job 23:15 “Therefore am I troubled at his presence: when I consider, I Monica Soileau am afraid of him.” Job was a wise man as it says in Psalm 111:10 “The Pamela S. Thibodeaux Spirit and serve God! fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.” Rolland Soileau CSN paper is new and innovative with its new concept of help- Tim Andreas ing the community. Christians are called to help; we are called 6. What is worth more than rubies? La Familia Resource Center to help the poor, the struggling, those barely hanging on, and Rose Thomas any and everyone within our reach in need of help. We offer Answer: wisdom Lake Charles Convention Center this paper FREE to the public and FREE to the churches to Job 28:18 “No mention shall be made of coral, or of pearls for the price Mary Stevens utilize this as a tool to reach out to those who may be seeking of wisdom is above rubies.” Some people think that wisdom is a result Agnes O. Amos to learn more about God and His goodness. of old age. However, this is not true...grey hair is a result of old age. Wis- Pastor Jerry Snider We at CSN extend a genuine concern for the mind, body, and dom comes as stated earlier, by fearing God. When one fears God, they Scott Ewing spirit of our readers and will work tirelessly to ensure that we listen to him, and the they learn and will start to gain wisdom. Bob Holmes bring to you information and advertisers that adhere to the same. CSN is about Christians Helping All People! We seek to 7. Job says we shouldn’t rejoice in material things; what should we Penney Carlton rejoice in? Rev. E.J. Kemper III Be our Brother’s Keeper and Loving our Neighbors as Thy Self. Michele Stagg Woods Therefore, we are working with companies to bring you the Answer: God R. Jane Guillory discounts and coupons you need in one place for necessary Job had a lot and he lost a lot. However, when he learned not to rely items that you consume or utilize every day. It requires time on material things, and to rejoice in them, his life started to get better. Distribution Managers: and the participation of the community for large corporations When he learned to rejoice in God, he had all he needed. Derrick Singleton: Louisiana to offer their savings to us, so I pray that you will stand with Nolan Melonson: Houston, Texas Christian Star News until we are established and rooted. If you 8. Job does recieve patience, is he given back what he lost? Ray Allen Rougeau: Dallas, Texas are a small Christian business, even a $50 business card ad will help sustain us until we can get National Support for our area. Answer: Yes, and twice as much Disclaimer: Stand for what you believe in. Job 42:10 “And the Lord turned the captivity of Job, when he prayed for The entire contents of this paper are copyright- his friends: also the Lord gave Job twice as much as he had before.” Job’s We are here to add to, build and assist the churches with their ed February 2009 by Christian Star Newspaper. story shows what can happen when you don’t trust in the Lord and what All rights reserved. Material in this publication vision to serve God and prepare souls for the harvest. I offer can happen as a result of really trusting in the Lord. may not be reproduced in any form without my radio ministry Bent But Not Broken to the different minis- the expressed written consent of the publisher. tries as they wish to share their vision, their testimony and to 9. What is the last word of Job in the King James Version of the Holy announce upcoming events as a free service. This is my offer- Christian Star Newspaper is not responsible for Bible? any claims made by advertisers. The views and ing to God. I wish to give to the Body of Christ. I am blessed to opinions expressed herein do not necessarily be a blessing! Answer: patience reflect the publisher. Thanks for taking the time to be your brother’s keeper and The correct answer was days. ensuring that they too get the same savings as I am offering Job 42:17 “So Job died, being old and full of days.” Job lived a good and you. God bless you and may the seeds you sow reap 1000-fold full life when he died. I hope you enjoyed learning a little about this man in the same year in Jesus name we pray. Amen! and the book that has his name. PG.2
  • 3. Christian Star Issue 6 June 2009 RESOURCE- La Familia Resource Center ( LFRC ) is a bilingual, multi-service, 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization developed e 8-12 Summer Camp Jun to meet the needs of Latino and other multicultural families and individuals by providing information, referrals, Spanish and access to services and programs Where? La Familia Resource Center Affordable Vacation Spots within the Lake Charles community. 1600 Siebarth Lake Charles,La Summertime is a great time to explore Lake Charles/South- The LFRC acts as a liaison and ad- Next to Nissan of Lake Charles west Louisiana. With so many activities to do, each offers an vocate for the Latino community. It (Take Legion St. Exit off I-210) exciting adventure that’s easy on the wallet! works with various families to help Time? 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. In Lake Charles, the Imperial Calcasieu Museum (204 W. Who? Kids ages 5 – 12 or grades 1 thru 6 Sallier St., 337.439.3797), has chronicled history of the Imperial their children in the school system. It Cost? Registration fee: $45 per child/$35 Calcasieu area, as well as rotating art exhibits. Admission for collaborates with various organiza- adults is only $5, and children are $2. Historic City Hall (1001 tions and agencies in the Lake Charles for 2 students in home Ryan St., 337.491.9147) was the former City Hall, which was community to assist families and converted into a 3-story gallery, has played host to many events individuals obtain the appropriate re- Children are grouped by grade to participate in like the Titanic Artifacts and pictures by the Associated Press on games, music, art, geography and rich Latin cul- World War II. Venture down Kirby Street to Central School (809 sources they need to adapt to live in the ture. Themes include: Cooking, Fiesta, Travel and Kirby St.) for an art smorgasbord, with the Art Associates Gal- American culture .Services provided lery (337.439.2787), the Black Heritage Gallery (337.488.0567) at the center include: ESL (English as much more! *Snack and Lunch included daily* and the Mardi Gras Museum (337.430.0043) all in one place! a Second Language ) classes, Spanish REGISTRATION DEADLINE - JUNE 1st! Also housed in this building are the offices for the Lake Charles classes to the community who want to Symphony, Community Band and the Children’s Theatre. The Henning Cultural Center in Sulphur (900 S. Huntington learn Spanish, after-school tutoring, St., 337.527.0357) and the Dequincy Railroad Museum (400 translation services (flyers, documents, Lake Charles Ave., 337.786.2823) are also great options. Learn etc ) and interpretation. LFRC has about trains at the Railroad Museum, and the history of Sulphur been blessed to partner with various at the Brimstone Museum. The Henning Cultural Center has organizations to help provide these rotating exhibits, mostly from local artists! Admission to both of these attractions is free. services: Family Life Counseling, Get Outside! The great outdoors are calling- and we’ve got the New Life Church International, Nissan parks and activities to please! Check out Prien Lake Park (3700 of Lake Charles, City of Lake Charles, W. Prien Lake Rd.), on the picturesque Prien Lake. There, you’ll Calcasieu Parish School Board, Global be busy with brand-new playground equipment and a spray Management, Catholic Charities, ground. Fish off the dock or take your boat out for an adventure on the waterways. Sam Houston Jones State Park (107 Suther- Sowela, McNeese State University, land Rd., 337.855.2665), charges $1 per person, but that dollar International Club and many more. We will get you up close and personal with all kinds of wildlife, continue to welcome more partnerships through their trails and kid-friendly programs, put on by the with local agencies and we welcome Nature Center. Millennium Park is made just for kids, and each volunteers as we continue to grow and of the play structures features a part of Louisiana industry. expand our services. Members of Open Arms went to Leesville, LA to see If you’re on the west side of the parish, be sure to see Niblett’s Smokie Norful live in concert. From left to right is: Bluff park (337.589.7117), which was used as an encamp- Our motto and theme is “Reach- ment during the Civil War, and on the east side of the parish, ing Families of Many Nations”. Mrs. Dianne Roofer, back row Mr. & MRS.Von Esclovon, Lawrence Toups, Jr. Memorial Park (337.582.3535), site of the Stelly reflects back to the scripture Rev. & Mrs. Derrick Sterling, Rev. & Mrs. Derrick annual Iowa Rabbit Festival. God gave her since 2004, Matthew Miller, Rose Thomas (in pink&purple) and Mrs. Sicily Don’t forget the king of all outdoor adventures, the Creole 28:19 – Therefore go and make dis- Ross & Smokie Norful. He is a very warm person to Nature Trail All-American Road! A trip down the Creole Nature meet; he met with each of us to talk. Trail will only cost you a tank of gas, but you’ll get a big bang ciplines of all nations.” And we are for your buck. Start in Sulphur, and head down LA 27, where seeing the fruition of His work in the Thank You : Rose Thomas, 337-526-7617 you’ll wind through the rugged “Louisiana’s Outback,” and have center where we are reaching out to A Father’s Love a chance to venture out into the marsh at the Blue Goose Trail all nations to help in anyway, but most and the Wetland Walkway. Be sure to bring a camera and plenty of batteries, because you’ll then head to Holly Beach, where you importantly with the love of Christ, his is hard to describe can spend some time under the sun, splashing in the waves, or mercy and grace. It’s far and deep, strong and wide. shelling in the sand. Cross the ferry to Cameron, and see shrimp Our location is 1600 Siebarth Drive Maybe the ocean or mountains high boats and more in this resilient community. On your way back to (next to Nissan of Lake Charles ) These might compare to a father’s pride. Lake Charles, stop at Pintail Drive, just north of the Intracoastal telephone # 337-312-2906, Waterway Bridge, and have the opportunity to drive through the Strong as a lion but gentle as a lamb bayou. This is a perfect opportunity to see rare birds, like a flock fax # 337-312-2912 Are two ways to describe the love in a daddy’s hands. of roseate spoonbills, or alligators gliding through the water. The Call for our schedule of classes Only the Love of the Lord above Creole Nature Trail All-American Road offers a rare glimpse lafamiliaresourcecenter@gmail.com Can hold a candle to a father’s love. into the wilderness of Southwest Louisiana. Hours – Mon – Thursday 10 am – 4pm Happy Father's Day To plan your trip to Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana, visit - Friday 10am – 2pm www.visitlakecharles.org for more information on any of the By Pamela S. Thibodeaux © 2009 sites listed above, or call 337.436.9588 to request your personal copy of the Southwest Louisiana Getaway Guide. Remember to bring the sunscreen! Glam-N-Gloss Day Spa Address: 414 East College Street Lake Charles, LA 70605 Telephone: 337-313-0222 old. s. Be B ourou m B e Gla . Be You PG.3
  • 4. Christian Star Issue 6 June 2009 South west, la Houston, tx Church Directory Greater St. Mary Missionary Baptist Church 337-433-0122 Aldine Christian Church 281-442-9751 St. Memorial Church of God in Christ 337-439-8680 South Aldine Baptist Church 281-442-3124 Zion Tabernacle Baptist Church 337-436-6627 First Baptist Church North Houston 281-449-7201 Open Arms Baptist Church 337-436-4737 First Baptist Church 281-449-7201 Mount Calvary Baptist Church 337-439-4603 Betania Baptist Church 281-442-4258 New Emmanuel Baptist Church 337-437-4042 New MT Olive Baptist Church 281-227-6885 The Church of Lake Charles Teaching Center 337-439-0746 Bethel Community Church 281-449-1473 Christian Baptist Church 337-436-6530 Grace Restoration Church 281-449-5996 Mt. Pilgrim Baptist Church 337-436-0882 MT Canaan Baptist Church 713-633-3312 Eastwood United Pentecostal Church 337-439-3425 Advent Presbyterian Church 281-821-2533 United Christian Fellowship 337-433-1517 South Main Baptist Church of Houston 713-529-4167 Throne of Grace Fellowship 337-433-9007 St Marys Episcopal Church 281-370-8000 True Light Baptist Church 337-433-7214 Center of Life Baptist Church 281-442-5433 Refuge Temple 337-491-9367 Full Gospel Holy Temple Church 713-692-6570 The Church of New Beginning of Lake Charles Inc. 337-430-0177 Love United Methodist Church 281-590-9294 First Pentecostal Church Cathedral of Praise 337-436-2297 Houston Restoration Church 281-227-6260 Shiloh Baptist Church 337-562-2220 Church of the Living God 281-219-3853 Livingway Pentecostal Church 337-478-2412 El Monte Calvario Church 281-987-1174 Christian World Ministries 337-475-0157 Monument of Faith Church-God 281-442-2002 Power Church International 337-515-4433 Westminster Church 713-442-7210 Trinity Baptist Church 337-480-1555 St Luke’s Lutheran Church 281-442-2180 Lake Charles Seventh Day Adventist Church 337-478-8353 Sonrise Community Church 281-449-0994 St. John Lutheran Church 337-478-5666 First Baptist Church Kinwood 281-442-3823 Westlake Church of Nazerene 337-439-8551 Harmony Baptist Church 281-442-3444 Eternity Full Gospel Fellowship 337-433-4138 MT Houston Baptist Church 281-442-1726 First Baptist Church of Gillis 337-855-9414 Houston Faith Church 281-870-1010 St. Margaret Catholic Church 337-439-4585 Pine Grove Baptist Church 281-449-2325 First Presbyterian Church 337-433-4667 Berea Missionary Baptist Church 281-449-1859 Westwood Baptist Church 337-433-8677 First Church of the Nazarene 281-897-0300 St. Henry’s Catholic Church 337-436-7223 New Covenant Missionary Baptist Church 281-987-7170 First Pentecostal Church of Westlake 337-436-6053 First Unity Baptist Church 281-219-7145 Immaculate Conception Cathedral 337-436-7251 True Worship Baptist Church 281-987-3267 Immaculate Heart of Mary Church 337-436-8093 First Unity Baptist Church 281-219-7145 New Sunlight Baptist Church 337-436-8965 Church of God Pentecostal 713-692-3502 Lake Area Worship Center 337-436-6083 Gospel Truth Church 713-686-7689 St. John Bosco Church 337-433-2467 Glad Tiding Holiness Church 281-449-7706 Word of Hope Family Worship Center 337-439-7788 Parkwood Baptist Church 281-442-5359 Sacred Heart Catholic Church 337-439-9923 Church of Christ 281-442-2298 Diocese of Lake Charles 337-439-7426 Evening Star Church 713-631-4060 Episcopal Church of The Good Shephard 337-433-5244 Bread of Life Baptist Church 713-631-8600 Wesley Foundation at McNeese University 337-477-2191 Fontaine First Baptist Church 713-633-2657 Sale st. Baptist Church 337-477-3463 Little York Church of God 713-633-1284 Our Lady Queen of Heaven Church 337-474-6814 St Gregory the Great Church 713-631-3681 Glad Tidings Church 337-477-7774 Ebenezer Church 713-695-3390 Nashville, tn Dallas, tx Cathedral of the Incarnation 615-327-2330 Fruitful Hill Mission Church 469-774-7483 Rivergate Church Of Christ 615-865-2842 Apostolic Assembly 214-398-5610 Mt Zion Baptist Church 615-254-7296 At the Feet of Christ Fellowship 972-557-7773 World Outreach Church 615-896-4515 Baptist Crossover Missionary 214-391-4720 Agape Fellowship Church 615-553-0007 Believers Missionary Baptist Church 214-391-6331 First Baptist Church Of Mt Juliet 615-754-2525 Bethany Baptist Church 214-398-8403 ClearView Baptist Church 615-794-5488 Bethel Hill Assembly of God Church 972-286-1844 South Haven Baptist Church And Christian School 615-384-5073 Bruton Road Christian Church 972-285-2305 Franklin Road Baptist Church 615-890-0820 Bruton Terrace Church of The Nazarene 214-381-6193 First Baptist Church 615-444-8444 Cathedral of Faith Church 214-398-7553 Fellowship Bible Church 615-893-6652 Church of Christ of Rylie 972-286-1408 Donelson Fellowship 615-871-4769 Church of Christ on Pemberton Hill Road 214-398-4777 Metro Baptist Church 615-859-1184 Church of Living God 972-286-6548 First United Methodist Church Franklin 615-794-2734 Covenant Outreach 214-391-7781 Christ Church 615-332-5968 Cross of Christ Baptist Church 214-398-4330 East Main Street Church Of Christ 615-953-6180 Dallas Pentecostal Church 214-398-7659 Lighthouse Baptist Church 615-953-1357 Day Spring Pentecostal Church 214-391-7552 First Church Of The Nazarene 615-255-1289 Emmanuel Fellowship Baptist Church 214-398-1119 The Carpenter’s House 615-890-1420 Faith Baptist Church 214-398-4437 New Vision Baptist Church 615-895-7167 Fireside Drive Baptist Church 214-398-5822 Word and Spirit Church 615-867-0033 First Baptist Church of Meadowview 214-391-7176 First Church Unity 615-332-1323 First Evangelist Church of God In Christ 972-557-7300 Family Worship Center 615-953-0968 God’s Word Mbc Fellowship Hall 214-309-1995 Bluegrass Baptist Church 615-824-0001 God’s Word Missionary Baptist Church 214-381-4463 College Heights Baptist Church 615-452-4952 Good Shepherd Baptist Church 214-391-5865 Fourth Avenue Church of Christ 615-794-6626 Goodwill Baptist Church 214-391-2907 Our Savior Lutheran Church & Academy 615-833-1500 Gospel Tabernacle Church 972-557-4905 First Baptist Church of Nashville 615-664-6000 Grace & Truth Apostolic Church 214-391-0017 Fellowship Bible Church 615-893-6652 Greater House Of Faith Church The 972-913-8011 Central Church Of Christ 615-256-0789 Greater Macedonia Primitive Baptist Church 214-275-7560 Bethel Murfreesboro 615-896-2348 Harvest Baptist Church 972-286-2536 Trinity United Methodist Church 615-896-0413 Hawn Freeway Church of Christ 214-391-4175 Lighthouse Christian School & Preschool 615-331-6286 Healing Church 972-286-7900 Church Of Jesus Christ Of Latter-Day Saints 615-355-9268 Judao Heritage Family Church 214-391-6573 St Patrick’s Anglican Church 615-534-2589 Kingdom Harvest Church of God In Christ 972-557-8383 Brook Hollow Baptist Church 615-352-1295 Liberty Baptist Church 972-288-4459 West End Church Of Christ 615-383-7450 Lifeline Community Church of The Living God 972-557-7733 Catholic Community 615-758-2424 Little Bethel Assembly of God 972-286-3434 Community Church Of Hendersonville 615-826-0042 Living Gospel Church 214-398-0123 Family Worship Center 615-232-8950 Miracle Deliverance Pentecostal Church 214-391-5755 Faith Christian Reformed Church 615-833-5977 Miracle Deliverance Pentecostal Fellowship Hall 214-391-1743 St Marks United Methodist Church 615-893-3455 Miracle Outreach Full Gospel Church 972-286-9729 Joy Church International 615-773-5252 Mount Pisgah Baptist Church 214-398-6774 Bible Baptist Church Of Hendersonville 615-824-0042 Mount Sinai 214-398-4061 Station Camp Church Of Christ 615-452-5734 New Covenant Missionary Baptist Church 214-398-4515 Gallatin Church Of Christ 615-452-0271 New Creations Church 972-216-2100 PG.4
  • 5. Christian Star Issue 6 June 2009 The Forgotten Victims is a real story of one family’s struggle with the legacy of domestic abuse and suicide. Monica Soileau father’s abuse led him to shoot her mother and him committing suicide. Monica speaks to today’s victims and survivors of abuse or suicide from her unique perspective. She speaks frankly of how faith helped her family cope; brought about through her mother’s miraculous recovery from grievous emotional and physical wounds, and eventually resulting in her own mature under- standing and empathy for everyone caught in a vicious cycle of abuse. The author embraces her mother’s compelling memories, as well as includes her younger brother’s experience, along with her own provocative and inspirational journey through the stages of coping, understanding, and overcoming their dark, shared legacy. As a final point, this hopeful book will help guide any reader in their discerning of how abuse affects the children who encounter it. Through retrospect the reader is brought full circle to their own childhood expectations to the actuality that life can certainly be painful and full of difficult decisions. Anyone who has expe- rienced any of the following as a victim, as an offender, as a parent, as a child, as a counselor or health care worker should read this book: • Domestic Violence. • Domestic Homicide. • Suicide of a Parent. • Children Self-Esteem Development. • Suppression of emotions and mourning. • Children assuming responsibility and guilt for parent’s abusive behav- ior. • Dysfunctional Relationships. • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Order can be placed on the internet by searching for book title or by Author name Monica Marie Singleton Soileau or by calling 24/7 1-866-909-2665 for your copy of the book. If you wish to schedule the Author for a speaking engagement for your organization, please submit a request to: monicasoileau@christianstarnewspaper.com “Infallible and knowledge into them, provide for them, protect imitate everything that their fathers do…everything. lent role model to follow-- -God. God was and still is Father” them and train them up in the way that they should go. The father’s role is to lead, guide, and take their chil- the infallible father for men to follow. God said that He We know that fathers will be dren where they need to be knitted our innermost being. “Fathers, do not exasperate held accountable for every to do the Will of God. Fa- Fathers have the same op- your children; instead, bring word that they speak over thers must not miss the mark portunity to mold their chil- them up in the training and their children whom they or they will reap what they dren’s innermost thoughts instruction of the Lord.” have authority over, espe- sow. This is an enormous and guide their actions. God Ephesians 6:4 (NIV) cially the little ears that take responsibility. Wow! said that He was with us Being a father is a very big instruction from them. Being Everyone has their own when we lay down and when task. Fathers must pray and a father is very serious busi- idea of what a perfect father we got up. God charged His speak blessings over their ness because little children should be like; however, angels of protection to sur- children, impart wisdom watch, listen, believe, and the bible gives us an excel- round us and see pg 19 Celebrate the Similarities Who are we to point at another Christian and say what he or she is doing in worship is not of God? Who are we to judge and criticize an- Jesus hates division! This is why He gave us the “new” commandment to love one another By Pamela S. Thibodeaux © 2009 other for dancing before the Lord, speaking in as He has loved us. Love without prejudice, tongues or saying a rosary? without judgment or criticism. Judge not and In his book The Purpose Driven Life, Rick we will not be judged, condemn not and we Warren states, “When we criticize what an- I don’t remember who it was, but it’s been said will not be condemned. Nor will we be divided. other believer is doing in faith and from sincere that if the Body of Christ would accept our conviction, we are interfering with God’s busi- differences and embrace our similarities, there Faith is a heart issue. How are we going to be ness.” would be no stopping us! Everyone would be one Body if we’re not of one heart? Why do we amazed at the power the Church would have allow division in our hearts, in our homes and That statement prompted this essay. for reaching the lost, healing the sick and cast- in our churches? Why do we condemn those ing out demons. In order to do this, we must who worship Him in ways not our own? Actually, it was more than that one statement. come to re- In his comment, Mr. Warren put into words alize that no In John 17:21 Jesus prayed for us to the Father what I’ve felt for years. matter what saying, “that they all may be one, as You, Fa- denomina- ther are in Me and I in You; that they also may I’ve heard professing Christians judge and crit- tion we are, be one in Us, that the world may believe.” icize other believers for so long that at times, Christianity I’ve no desire to be around them. If having a is based on How is the world going to accept Jesus and haughty, judgmental, critical attitude toward five core accept us as His ambassadors if we can’t even another for their beliefs or ways of worship is beliefs: accept each other? mandatory for being a Christian, then I want no part of it. There is We are called to be peacemakers. So, let us One God, temper our hearts, open our minds and soften But that’s not how it’s supposed to be! Who is the our wills toward our brethren. Let us respect Father Al- our differences but celebrate our similarities. In Matthew 12:25, Jesus said, “every King- mighty. Let’s consider the words of our Lord and real- dom divided will fall.” The apostle Paul said Jesus is the ize that no matter how we worship, in the heart in Romans 14:10, “why then, criticize your Son of God. of our worship we are one. One Body, one brother’s actions and make him look small?” By the Spirit, one Church. As Jesus prayed we’d be. In one of her messages, Minister Joyce Meyer power of said, “hurling words of judgment is equivalent the Holy Author Bio: Pamela S. Thibodeaux is the to stoning in biblical days.” Spirit, He ISBN# 0-9769960-2-2 Available @ Amazon.com co-founder of Bayou Writers Group in Lake was born of Charles, Louisiana. Multi-published in roman- The Bible says that blaspheme against the Holy the Virgin Mary and became man. tic fiction as well as creative non-fiction, her Spirit is the one sin that will not be forgiven. He was crucified under Pontius Pilate, suffered, writing has been tagged as, “Inspirational with Now, I believe that if it’s done in ignorance, died and was buried. an Edge!” ™ and reviewed as “steamier and God will understand and forgive once under- On the third day, He rose again and is seated at grittier than the typical Christian novel without standing comes and repentance is articulated. the right hand of the Father. decreasing the message.” However, if it’s done maliciously, as a way to Website: http://www.pamelathibodeaux.com puff up yourself or put another believer down, I Period. Email: pthib-7@centurytel.net believe it’s blaspheme at its worst. Keeping these things in mind, I’ve created my Now there are other universal truths that bind own motto for dealing with critical, judgmental us together, such as: There is only by one people; “Don’t mock what you don’t under- Name by which we are saved. We are not saved stand.” by works, but by Grace, etc. PG.5
  • 6. Christian Star Issue 6 June 2009 Stay ahead in June The Journey of a Christian Job Seeker This journal and its testimony were born out of fif- teen months of an intense job search, over a thou- By Derrick Singleton sand résumés distributed, and more than six failed Conquering Your Emotions and Your Fears Through Life’s Trials interviews. Thirteen months of the search occurred Fruits and veggies while I was in a job, and two months of the search • Start any of the warm weather vegetables took place after I was out of a job. The search (Corn, Beans, Peppers, Egg Plant, Toma- The purpose of this journal is to influence the way you respond to a crisis, be it an employment crisis, began in September 2007 from a sincere belief that toes, Squash, Pumpkins, etc.) as soon as the Lord placed in my heart and confirmed through possible. financial crisis, marital crisis, or any other type of difficult situation. Through it, you can discover prophetic messages that I was to change jobs. I • Tap your tomatoe plants to encourage pol- fully expected blessing and promotion, but what it lination; water every day and start feeding how to conquer your emotions and fears in life’s trials and tribulations, as well as how to anchor initially led to was grief, hopelessness, and despair. them weekly once fruits set. • Protect your fruit from the birds with net- yourself in the hands of God to keep you strong, bold, and moving forward. As I pondered the fact of not having a testimony in ting. my job search, the Lord dropped in my spirit that • After natural fruit drop in late June, thin the testimony was not in His giving me a job right fruits on apple, pear, peach, and apricot In all our journeys, we journey as people of God, never alone. If you are fortunate, your brothers and away, because He was surely able to do that, had trees carefully to produce larger, better He so desired. The testimony, rather, was in His fruit. Peach trees need 50 to 75 leaves per sisters walk with you; but always, always, God walks with you. Through this journal may you taking me through an experience that would teach fruit to manufacture food for both fruit me to hold on in the testing of my faith so that oth- production and tree maintenance. Apple see that He is truly the guide. He makes the path straight and the hills flat for those who trust in His ers would see this and glorify His name. And from trees need 30 to 40 leaves per fruit. this kind of testimony, they could be encouraged as • Continue thinning your vegetable seedlings wisdom and mercy. they went through their own dark times. to provide ample room for growth. • Mound the soil up around your potato From this journal, may you take away a special word or thought, see yourself in my words if you Author: Agnes .O. Amos plants. It does no harm to the plant if the For more information on how to order this book soil covers the stem. Tubers near the sur- despair, and find strength in the Word of God to maintain hope. May this journey lead you to peace, The Journey of a Christian Job Seeker: Conquer- face which are exposed to sunlight will turn ing Your Emotions and Your Fears Through Life’s green and poisonous. As early potatoes unexpected and unequalled. Trials ($14.99, paperback, 978-1-60791-339-9). begin to die back, reduce watering. Please revisit the website at: www.journeyofachris- • Allow one or two runners to develop from tianjobseeker.com or call 1-866-909-2665. the most productive strawberry plants. • Plant your Broccoli, Brussels sprouts, Cab- bage, and Cauliflower for next winter's harvest. • Prune suckers and water sprouts from all fruit trees. Lawn • Fertilize the lawn this month. 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  • 7. Christian Star Issue 6 June 2009 C. WORLD- church grew by hundreds in the first years. The little white building on College Manor Civic Center.” I remember Rev. John Bos- man, upon leaving Lake Charles, walking up watch out – maybe even dancing! rocked on its piers because of the praise to me in a restaurant and saying, “You are I don’t just preach. Preaching alone has I played the piano naturally. To this day I that was in the hearts of the pastors - now going to need more parking. You do not not changed our world. If it had, all of our have played with the best and know that transferred to the hearts of the people. have enough space for what God has placed churches would be full. I still have a few the gift that I have is a God-given ability. inside of you.” empty seats – and I am big enough to say it. Everything has happened in 3’s I do speak a Monday word not just a Sunday Naturally, I have worshipped all of my life. God also used Bishop Tudor Bismark on word. The church has become experts Growing up in the Pentecostal church, wor- We were there three years when God di- more than one occasion to speak into my at preaching to the choir. I have been in ship and singing were the most important rected me to purchase the Cinema 6 build- life. It was at this time that I could see the choir since I was five, so I am tired things in my life. They obviously did not ing in Lake Charles. God has a sense of hu- every prophesy coming to pass. Perry of people preaching to the choir. I reach hurt me because I am still using them for mor because as a Pentecostal boy I would Gaspard told me that God had put me on for those who should be in the choir but God’s glory and now thousands of people never have set foot in a theater. Now I was his heart for the past three years and that because of some circumstances have ended every week are being changed by the pow- leading a group of people as I was being led for those three years he had been watching up in places that most preachers cannot or erful gift that God placed in my life. by the Holy Spirit, and we were purchasing me. (Again, God used the number “3” in maybe better said, will not go. My goal is to a building that initially the realtor said they my life.) Through a miraculous transition, preach and practice love because ultimately My wife, Hope, and I met when we were would not sell to me. God can do anything! Christian World purchased the campus it’s the only thing that works. If love won’t just 16 years old. (Beware of 16 year old We grew so fast in the first two months of at 200l E.Gauthier Road and for the first do it, nothing else will. It’s the same in any boys who show up to talk to your daughter. being in the theater that we went to two time moved into a facility that was built for language including the Hebrew and the They just might be your future son-in-law.) morning services. I would just get through growth, vision, and revival. With a 3,400- Greek! She was beautiful then and even more now. with one service - still be praying and seat auditorium and so much potential, I I was smitten. But there was something ministering to people in the altar, then let knew that we were walking into a miracle. Our mission at Christian World is to love deeper that brought us together. We were out for a five minute break - only to return people to Jesus Christ. I have been asked more mature than most 16 year olds that to the podium to take my place behind the For the first time we have a facility that by the religious folks what we do once we we knew and were around. There was a keyboard and start all over again. I would was built for the revival in my heart. Is it love people to Christ. What they are really call on our lives and we were aware of it give everything that I had in me! about buildings? No, it’s about people and asking is if we are into cloning. Do we try to even then. Our faith was our foundation that’s why the building came to me. I am a make them all alike - all look the same, talk and singing together in worship was again I know what it feels like to give birth to a lover of people. Buildings do not demand the same, dress the same, and believe the an obvious reason why God wanted us dream. I also know that there is a differ- people – people demand buildings. We same? Of course not, that would be wast- together. ence in God’s dream and something that we had the people and the vision. We came to ing our God- given individuality, gifts and just dream up. We are living God’s dream Lake Charles with a God vision! I have lived expressions. We know that love changes Hope came from a wonderful family. She for us and for the people of Southwest and taught Word of Faith. Everything that our heart and our heart is what God has had grandmothers and grandfathers who Louisiana. I am a multicultural pastor - a big we have today came from the spoken Word always been after. literally named the streets and painted the city dreamer. I like entertainment, the best that I have lived and imparted to others. first street signs on the Louisiana Pentecos- restaurants, shopping, culture and variety. I We must always confess the positive and re- I believe the Gospel is Good News and tal Campgrounds in Tioga, Louisiana. Her live believing that pledge that you will never experience a grandmother had served many pastors and if you are going worship opportunity at Christian World helped them to start new churches and to think at all, you that will not be a good experience. For the remained faithful through every transition may as well think Lord is GOOD! We have many avenues of to see them become successful houses of big. reaching our city with the Gospel of Jesus. worship. On her mother’s side, there was Sunday is just the first day of the week. the gift of song. I remember in Monday through Saturday is equally im- one of my argu- portant to us in showing this city that Jesus Our earliest memories were that of singing ments with God loves. Take time to visit christianworld.cc around the piano. One of the highlights of about this city and see all of the ministries that are avail- us being together when we started dat- saying, “God I able each week. ing was that people would ask us to sing just don’t see it together everywhere we went. there.” I remem- This fall we will celebrate 10 years of min- ber hearing the istry. God put it in my heart that this year We were married in 1989 and by the grace voice of the Lord was our year for Harvest. We are reaping of God celebrated 20 years of marriage speak to me so now and know that the best is yet to come. this January. It seems almost unbelievable emphatically. He It really feels good to not be the new kids because when we look in the mirror we still said, “Jerry it’s on the block anymore. All of those who expect to see 16 year old faces! not there because said it would never work have had to move you’re not there.” on to somebody else, for what God starts, After we were married, we served in music When I accepted God finishes. ministry in our local church while going to my place and school and working. We accepted our first my call to Lake Hope and I came up from old time Pen- full-time ministry position in the summer of Charles it literally tecostal preachers. It will take more 1991. opened up revival than a Red Sea or anything else that the for our ministry devil would try to dream up to stop us. I believe that you have to serve faith- here, as well as for many other churches member to never despise small beginnings! We aren’t new to any of it. We are sea- fully before you will ever be trusted with that absolutely would not be here if Hope soned and know that we are in the right your own Vision. We did exactly that. and I had not answered God’s call to come This is a part of who we are. I am not place at the right time. We will see 10,000 We served three visionary pastors which home. ashamed of the miraculous favor of God on worship at Christian World. I preached it required us to move from our home in Lake my life. When we moved to Gauthier Road, when we had 10 in attendance. Some left Charles to Baton Rouge. From Baton Rouge Nothing about our ministry is average. the church doubled in one week. After two because they thought I was crazy. Guess we moved to Sacramento, California, back Nothing about Christian World has been years, those who remain are a part of the what? They are back. It’s amazing what a to Louisiana and then to Austin, Texas. normal. The most astounding thing to me is powerful ministry and vision that God gave few seats will do in helping people to see that people still try to get us to explain the to me when I was serving another pastor in bigger. I never feel like it’s big because Through the moves and changes, I knew growth and the blessings by what we did. Sacramento, California. once again, our current building is not big that God was calling me to start a church in They want me to say, “Well, I did this – and enough for the revival that is inside of me. Louisiana. then I did this.” Certainly everything has a Today, Christian World is a diverse house I preached it with just as much passion and process – but when all is said and done, I made up of all peoples. On a regular basis I compassion when we had 10 as I do today After two years in Austin, Hope and I was only obedient. am asked, “Pastor Jerry, how did you get all with thousands listening. Today through returned to Lake Charles willing to do of those people to come to your church?” our vision and mission we are touching and whatever God required of us. I think that The biggest test of my obedience came What they really mean is how do red, changing our world! If God has done all of He will use all of our circumstances to speak in 2006 when I received a call from Perry yellow, black and white people put aside this in the first 9 ½ years, I can’t wait to see to us. I came back to Lake Charles with the Gaspard, Pastor of Abundant Life Fellow- their differences and worship together on what the next 9 will hold. feeling of, “I can’t believe I am back where ship. He wanted to meet with me to discuss Sundays? Statistics state that 10 am on I started.” Even though I was back in the an undisclosed matter. I did not return his Sundays is still the most segregated time in Dream your dreams! Live your dreams! same city, I was not at all the same boy. call for a month because God told me that America. That may speak for America, but Just make sure that they are God’s and not Now a man with a mission, I started to look I was moving to the church building where not for Christian World. Sundays at 10 am your own. There are some people who for property. God gave us such tremendous Perry pastored on Gauthier Road. I had is one of the most exciting and integrated have blamed God for things that He was favor because we were in His divine will. been preaching to the church for months times for us at 2001 E. Gauthier Road! never responsible for. If it’s God’s, it will be that we were moving to the Lake Charles There are thousands of people who now blessed. There will be abundant fruit on Civic Center. The reason I was saying this come together, celebrating our differences the tree. I learned that the finger of God never points was because - here we were again – three and uniting our voices. We are part of a city There is a misconception about Harvest where the hand of God won’t provide. years later in a building that was no longer that is changing. We have been part of the time for many people. You may feel that it large enough for the revival that was in us! change and will continue to be a voice of is a season that you are going to kick back We bought property with no money - only I told the congregation that if Joel Osteen influence. and rest, but you are going to find me out in faith. We stepped into our God destiny and could buy the Compaq Center in Houston, the field everyday, picking what is ripe and in October of 1999 we established Christian we could buy the Civic Center. That seems When our worship team steps out to sing watering what is not yet mature. World. God was our obvious partner and so funny today because I remember stand- on Sundays, I am still behind the keyboard. when anything or anyone tried to oppose ing for the first time in the sanctuary at The praise and worship is so powerful that Christian World is here for the Harvest! the mission and vision that God placed in Gauthier Road, looking around and saying you will not be able to stand still. You will our hearts, He only blessed us more. The to the church, “This is sure nicer than the find yourself moving, clapping and – better PG.7
  • 8. Christian Star Issue 6 June 2009 My name is Scott Ewing I am 31 years old. I was born on Beal Air Force base in California. I grew up in Moss Bluff Louisiana. I have lovely wife her name is Kristin and we are the proud parents of an 10 month old baby boy named Gunner Paul.I come from a long line of service men. I served a total of 11 years in both the Army and active duty in the National Gaurd. I served 12 months in Iraq. I was wounded on the first mission of my deployment. I was in Camp Gunslinger in Baghdad Iraq. While I was sleeping a mortar round hit the front gate. I put on my body armor,grabbed my rifle, slapped in a magazine, and loaded a round in the chamber. I did not know it was a mortar attack I thought it was a car bomb. When I arrived outside I realized there was a lone soldier gaurding the gate. I ran outside to be by his side. At that time three more rounds hit, one landed about ten meters from me I covered the soldier beside me and was wounded by fragmentation. An interpreter and another soldier were also wounded. My second purple heart was awarded to me during a route clearance operation on Route Seantors also known as Highway 1 in Baghdad Iraq. My company was in charge of gaurding the only bridge to the Air Base Taji north of Baghdad. Our job on the way to the site was to find bombs on the main supply artery to the north & my patrol was hit by a series of bombs one of which wounded me. Since coming home I had many surgeries. I am now a hundred percent disabled, I received an honorable discharge from the Army. I struggle with every day life. Conforming back into society was very hard, but with a lot counseling and a lot of prayer I now find strength in Jesus to make it through the most difficult of times. To order some of this delicious BBQ Sauce please contact: Claude Highfield 337.661.4112 or email him at b24.7heaven@yahoo.com They always lean toward the sun... Let us always lean toward the sun... I was reading in the Old Testament the ways," we should incline our hearts Another way we can look at the truth Him, He lovingly helped me push past other day about Solomon dedicating toward Him so that He will help us to of the Vinca pushing past the boundar- fears and began to tap through to the the Temple he had just completed and walk in His ways. Oftentimes there ies that have been set before them is gifts to bring them forward. My "tent he prayed that God would incline the is only an individual flower found that as Vincas are ever growing, ever and borders" have been enlarged to hearts of the people to Himself (1 Kings on each stem of a Vinca flower. This pushing and ever reaching forward, we places I NEVER dreamed I would ever 8:58). In prayer that night I prayed reveals to me a truth that we too, are too should always be growing, pushing attain. If you read the story of Joseph, that God all individual's, each with our own and reaching forward in our walk with you can see this process being worked would incline unique gifts and callings (seeds). As Christ. Walking out our salvation out in his life. Joseph's heart was our hearts to we lean toward the Lord and follow with fear and trembling and letting His inclined toward the Lord and though him and that Him we should let these unique gifts work in us change us from “Glory to he went through extremely hard and we would be and callings, "seeds" be "dropped" in the Glory.” Vinca’s are usually found in unfair circumstances, he was faithful his vessels to hearts of those that we come in contact pots or in gardens that have boundaries to God. Joseph trusted God and God walk in His with. Often we are God's "Plan A" in (that line between garden and yard). was faithful to him. Every place and ways. As I the lives of those we come in contact In our lives we sometimes have bound- everything Joseph went to and through, prayed the with and God desires to use us to drop aries, walls or fears that we are afraid God was just preparing him for the Vinca flower, those "seeds" into their lives. As the to push past. However, God desires to next stage because God was working a beautiful Vinca has medicinal value, we too have set us free, and make us whole and to in him and bringing him to the place little flower, the ability through Christ to bring the bring us into new places where there where he would save nations. Joseph, came to mind. healing Word of God into the lives of is freedom from those things that have a type and shadow of Christ, said to his Vinca is from others. The meaning of the word Vinca held us from God's full expression in brothers in Genesis 50:20 "You meant this the Latin word vincire which means is “to bind, to fetter” and it is a reminder our lives. for evil but God meant it for good that many "to bind, to fetter," it has medicinal that God has bound and tied us to Him- be brought out alive." God will always value and it is the flower commonly self through His covenant of promise. Sometimes God wants to bring us work things for our good and the good known as a Periwinkle. The Vinca He loves us and He will NEVER leave into new places of experience with of others if we will just let Him do the flourishes and blooms all summer long us or forsake us. him, places we have never been before. work in us and through us. You may and sometimes will even live through Isaiah 54:2-3 says “Enlarge the place of thy never save a nation as Joseph did, but a mild winter. They come back every As the Vinca begins to leave its pres- tent, and let them stretch forth the curtains God wants to use you in your own spring because of the seeds they drop. ent position and begins to push past of thine habitations: spare not, lengthen thy circle of influence. He wants to make They grow tall, usually with one flower the limits and the boundaries set, we cords, and strengthen thy stakes; For thou you a light for His kingdom so that maybe two per a plant stem and they too should leave our past behind. We shalt break forth on the right hand and on the “many be brought out alive.” always lean toward the sun. For the can look at this in many different ways left; and thy seed shall inherit the Gentiles, and most part they drop their seeds in and a scripture that comes to mind is make the desolate cities to be inhabited.” As I In closing my exhortation to you is to front of them (because they are always Philippians 3:13b ”but this one thing I do, write this, I can almost hear that saying be like a Vinca… Incline your hearts leaning and inclined toward the sun) forgetting those things which are behind, and from the Star Trek: “Boldly going where toward the Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, and then the next year the flowers will reaching forth unto those things which are no man has gone before.” We can go lean continually upon Him, push past come up in a line in front of where they before.” We must remember that we anywhere God leads us. We can do the borders, let go of the past and push grew the year before. They will eventu- have been washed and cleansed by the anything He leads us to. If he calls us past the fears, ever mindful that He ally push past the boundaries of your Blood of Jesus. Yes, we are gloriously to do something then He has equipped has bound you in covenant to Himself. garden into the yard and will come up forgiven in Christ and His abounding us to do that very thing. It comes back Let those "seeds" of love, joy, peace, there faithfully if not mowed down. mercy has been extended to us. We to the gifts and callings inside of us. He patience, goodness, gentleness, kind- cannot change anything that has gone alone knows what is inside of us. It ness, self-control, faithfulness "drop" all As I thought about this scrip- before, what is behind is behind but may be lying dormant just waiting to around you into the lives of those you ture about Solomon coupled with we can push toward the future with be tapped in order that God can use come in contact with... Be that light facts about the Vinca flower, the Lord hope because God is with us and loves us in an area. If you knew my story God has called you to be in a dark and showed me some truths. As the Vinca us and He can take those things in and and where I came from, you would see dying world. always leans toward the sun, we should of our life that may have not been good this in my life. I am a living example of always lean toward the Son, Jesus and turn them for good as Romans pushing past fears and dormant gifts Written By: Michelle Abshire Christ. As Solomon prayed, "incline 8:28-29 reminds us. that laid untapped for years before I our hearts that we may walk in your knew Christ; as I inclined my heart to PG.8
  • 9. Christian Star Issue 6 team, a boys' team and finally a faculty team. School spirit really flows when the kids are root- Juice or Smoothie? June 2009 ONE MAN- ing for their fellow students or for or against their teachers and principals. Bob interacts with the So, what is the differ- ence? A juice is a drink crowd in an amazing way. "How many want to stay I was saved at the age of 15 at a Christian camp. made using a special out of class for a while?" he shouts over his per- I never dreamed that I could go to heaven and juice extractor or citrus sonal P.A. system. "How many want me to show know it, until someone told me. My testimony press and a smoothie is mercy on these girls, yes or no?" or "How many is that I am glad I was saved at an early age be- a drink made by mixing of you want me to break some finger nails, yes or fore getting involved in drugs and alcohol. Many whole ingredients into a pulp in a blender. no?" The crowd reacts with amazing electricity. schools have said that they will not bring in people When playing the boys' team, Bob would often to speak who were formerly involved in drugs, jail, There is actually a great deal of difference in say, "I am feeling generous today. I will pay each alcohol, or gangs. Only by God's mercies am I able the consistency and properties of the end prod- of you $5 cash in addition to a free pizza party if to go to all these schools. I found out that Jesus ucts. With a juice you are getting just that – the you win?" Then, he would ask the crowd, "Do you Christ could save me apart from my own works. juice from the fruit or vegetable as it is pushed want the overhand serve, the underhand serve or through the extractor or press and the fibre is the PSYCHO serve?" Naturally, all the kids shout 1 John 5:13 left behind. Because a smoothie is made by back "Psycho!" Then Bob Holmes would retreat as simply blending the fruit to a pulp, you get the far back of the serving line as possible, dribble the "These things have I written unto you that believe whole fruit, including the fiber, merely in a differ- ball wildly, then go into all sorts of bodily contor- on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know ent form. A smoothie can be breakfast in itself; a tions before breaking off a steaming serve that that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe juice may be just the first course.+ makes the curve of Mariano Rivera's best break- on the name of the Son of God." ing pitch look weak. The ball spins away from the There are certain benefits associated with both receiver and buries itself on the floor. "Come on, After I received Christ as my the juice and the smoothie group of drinks. Juic- give 'em a hand, let's go!" Saviour I went to Bible College es provide nutrients at top speed – our bodies Kids shout and cheer in at Tennessee Temple Univer- absorb their goodness with maximum efficiency, amazement. During Bob's sity. unhindered by any need to break down and performances, he has com- digest bulkier foodstuffs. The lack of any fiber puter-generated music which The Lord called me to be an means that our bodies can assimilate the nutri- gets mighty loud. Kids clap to Evangelist in Bible College. I ents from a juice in a matter of minutes rather the beat of the theme songs graduated in 1978 and trav- than hours. This is the best way for getting the from "Beverly Hillbillies", eled in full time evangelism most out of the vitamins, minerals, enzymes, "The Adams Family", "Green in local churches for 6 years cleansing elements and other nutritional good- Acres", "Jeopardy", the before I ever started playing ness from a fruit or vegetable. "Olympic" Bob then plays the volleyball. I was praying for a teachers, Some schools allow way to reach out to more lost Unlike juices, smoothies contain a good amount this, others don't, but if I win, people than were coming into of fiber, something that is an important nutrient it means NO HOMEWORK the church services. in itself. Fiber is an essential and often lacking in- tonight from any class!" The gredient in our diets. Not only does it help keep crowd erupts with pleasure. I developed back pain and our guts moving, but it also helps them to keep never dreamed that playing a guy in the back yard healthy and to maintain the right levels of good Where did Bob Holmes come from? Well, he grew to get in shape and playing church people after bacteria. In addition to this, any drink using up in the Boston, MA area. He really wasn't much the services on an entire team would lead to being yogurt or nutmilk, soymilk, or rice milk, becomes of an athlete. In fact, Bob was a very shy person. in 5,000 schools in front of 3 million people. God an important source of protein. He never played volleyball in high school or col- used the affliction of back pain to lead me by get- lege. ting into shape. Juice Recipes For six years, Bob conducted revivals. He did a lot (From “The Big book of Juices and Smoothies) The One Man Volleyball Team- of traveling which caused him to develop a bad back. His doctor recommended that he get more Apple Basic Nutrients: Beta-carotene, folic Beating the odds on the court so they can beat the exercise. It was at that time, Bob began playing 3 apples acid, vit. C, calcium, odds for eternity. volleyball with a friend from church in their back 2 carrots magnesium, phos- yard. "We played 3 or 4 times a week, usually phorus, potassium, I met my wife Donna at a revival meeting and we after evening services. After watching the famed sulphur were married in 1980. We now have three beauti- Globetrotters entertain a crowd and seeing the ful girls, Christina 23, Sarah 21, and Michaela 5. joy they brought to young people, I came up with Most of us can rustle up a few apples from the the idea of a one-man volleyball team. This way, fruit bowl and carrots from the refrigerator. This The Incredible One Man Volleyball Team I could demonstrate to people, especially the delicious but simple combination is a good way youth, that they can beat the odds just as I was to introduce carrot to your juice repertoire if "Unbelievable!" "Incredible performance." "I doing on the court." At the age of 29, Bob called a you’re not used to vegetable juices. would not have believed it, principal in the Pittsburg, PA area. " I had a meet- had I not seen him with my own eyes." "This guy is ing planned there, and asked if I could play a few Apple Cleanser Nutrients: Beta-caro- more than I ever expected." "There was NO WAY games, just by myself, against the kids and another 2 apples tene, folic acid, vit. B3, Bob Holmes could beat that team by himself, game against the faculty. No doubt, the principal 2 kale leaves vit. C, calcium, iron, but he did". These were just a few comments we thought that I wouldn't have a chance, so he said 1 stick celery magnesium, manga- heard as Bob Holmes 'yes'. I played and had a lot of fun and won. Then, 1 long cucumber nese, phosphorus, performed at 15 different schools in Greater I called another school and before I knew it, I had ½ beet (beetroot) potassium, sulphur Kansas City in four days. While in Kansas City, his 16 schools lined up." record was an amazing 46 wins with no losses. The fruitiness Through the years, Bob has developed a very of the apples Bob Holmes is a one-man volleyball team that has entertaining program. Coupled with music, lots of offsets the faced over 400,000 opposing players before more action, many facial and body expressions, all done more challeng- than two million people in over 5,000 schools. in perfect timing, Bob has the kids captivated and ing taste of He has single-handedly won over 16,000 games amazed with his play. Holmes would adjust the the greens to while losing only 318, of rules when playing less skilled players, such as al- produce this which many of those were in his early years. Over lowing them to hit the ball as many times as they beautifully 30,000 saved since the 9/11 tragedy. wanted, to play it off the ceiling and even let the red detoxi- crowd hit the ball back to keep it in play as long fying juice. Bob Holmes takes on all competition including as it did not touch the floor. He would adjust the middle school, high school or college age students. winning score to 11 and even allow as many as We even had teams made up of faculty members, 100 students onto the floor at one time to try to policemen and firemen. Bob has even beaten stop him. many professional football and baseball teams. Normally, at a school setting, he plays a girls' PG.9
  • 10. Christian Star Issue 6 June 2009 Green Corn Fest/Pow Wow June 13th, 2009 You are cordially invited to attend… The Atakapa-Ishak Indian Nation will be host- ing the traditional Native American First Annual Green Corn Fest/Pow Wow in Calcasieu Parish with formal ceremonies beginning at 12:30 PM. The event location is Lake Charles, Louisiana at the Civic Center Amphitheatre. This will be a multicultural experience and everyone is in- vited to attend. We will be featuring our Native American corn dishes and our traditional dishes that we contributed to Southeast Texas and The Invisible America Louisiana for a very low affordable price. Food By Penney Carlton & Fun for the Family! It is the story we all must hear. There will be Native American jewelry, belts, It is the story we all must see. hats, clothes, arts and crafts for sale. We will For it is the truth. have some artifacts on exhibit. There is a third world in America and that should not be. The Invisible America makes no We will also be selling books that explains the excuses for the horror of homelessness. history and timeline of the Atakapa-Ishak Indi- Nor does it apologize for the undeniable faith of those who have fallen into the cold statistics called homelessness. ans, as well as their contribution to this area. To order the book: http://www.20for1.wordpress.com Dancers will be demonstrating our sacred danc- The Invisible America: A must read…for such a time as this!! - Fran Pollett Nikel es that are unique to our tribes. I am still in tears. I felt the presence of God in each word…Thank you so much, for with this book, I believe we The function is a non-alcohol or drugs event & will no longer have an "Invisible America"! - Annie Hofer the Sheriff’s Department will be patrolling the I highly recommend The Invisible America to all those who yearn to understand and desire to make a differ- area as required, while Tony Mancuso (the Sher- ence. - Pamela S Thibodeaux, Author iff) will be invited to attend the function as an Honorary Penny Carlton worked with non-profit organizations in New York State, before an interesting twist of fate took Guest. her to Nashville where she served as Associate Producer for the TLC reality series, “Tuckerville”. From there she went on to write, produce and obtain regional distribution on the Nashville, TN CBS affiliate, WTVF Nashville, the one hour special presentation, The Invisible America. The pur- pose of this Ms. Carlton is a published writer of inspirational fiction and non-fiction with a heart for God and America’s in- Festival is visible people. preserving our history, Email the author: info20for1@aol.com culture, To schedule the author for a speaking engagement: PR20for1@aol.com language, "The Change Gears Tour” T Culler will be stopping in shelters along the & raise awareness May 30 to June 8, 2009 way, sharing his music and the hope of a new of our tribe day. T Culler is on a unique mission to take and its con- a message to the weary men and women of tributions to Calcasieu Parish. this country that they are not alone. His goal, For more information, please contact Chief with this event, is to take away the silence Michael Amos at (409) 728-0394 or Assistant and replace it with the voice of many”. “The Chief Mary LeBlanc at (713) 305-0564. reason for the tandem bicycle is that I want to show that together WE CAN. Together lives can be changed for the better, but… I cannot do it alone.,” states T Culler. A donation but- ton* has been placed on the main page of his website, http://www.tculler.com for contribu- tions to this cause. Monies raised on this tour will be sent to homeless agencies, to include Taking the “less” out of “homeless Mission of Mercy, a global organization that rescues and supports children around the Singer/Songwriter, South Carolina based, T world. Culler will be brandishing a TANDEM BIKE pedaling from his hometown in John's Island, He is on a mission to give the individuals who are “homeless” a new address. One per- South Carolina and ending in Washington, son at a time, one city at a time! Follow along R. Jane Guillory DC. With the additional pedaling support of his two guitarists, and a trailer following with T Culler as we at, The Invisible Amer- 832.588.8440 ica, partner with him presenting blogs of his closely behind, T Culler will be stopping in 8 trip at: http://www.20for1.wordpress.com JaneGuillory@JaneConsulting.org cities in 8 days. Reassuring those less fortu- nate that there is hope, there are people who care and hear their silent cry. Penny Carlton PG.10
  • 11. Christian Star Issue 6 Affordable Vacation Spots June 2009 Texas Space Center - 1601 NASA Road 1 Houston, TX 77058 Tel. 281.244.2100 Space Center Houston is about as close as you can get to the moon without actually going there. Through a com- bination of live presentations, film and a large collection of artifacts, visitors to the Houston Space Center learn everything there is to know about the history of human space travel. Exhibits like the Living in Space simulate the challenges presented to astronauts when they attempt to perform everyday tasks like bathing in micrograv- ity, while the tram tour takes visitors behind closed doors to catch a glimpse of the action at the nearby NASA Johnson Space Center. Also on view at the Houston space facility are large collections of artifacts and equipment including spacesuits, flight capsules and moon rocks. True space enthusiasts may enjoy Space Center Houston's Level 9 Tour where they are personally escorted on a exploration of NASA's control and training facilities such as the Space Environment Simulation Lab and the new Mission Control Center. GENERAL ADMISSION - If you order your tickets online you get them half price. www.spacecenter.org Adults: $19.95 Children (Age 4-11): $15.95 Seniors: $18.95 Museum of Health & Medical Science The John P. McGovern Museum of Health & Medical Science, also known as The Health Museum, is Houston’s most interactive science learning center and a member institution of the world-renowned Texas Medical Center. Located in the heart of the city’s rich and varied Museum District, The Health Museum encourages growing interest and regard for healthier lifestyles, fitness and good physical, mental and spiritual health. The Museum treasures Houston’s diverse population and welcomes individuals of all backgrounds. In addition to our permanent exhibits, the Amazing Body Pavilion and You: The Exhibit, other attractions include the McGovern 4D Theater (opening September 2008), the Sue Trammell Whitfield Gal- lery, for limited-engagement exhibits, and learning centers. The Museum offers affordable Membership rates for individuals and families. Visitors enjoy shopping for unique gifts at the Museum’s Amazing Body Store. Summer Hours of Operation/ Monday - Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Museum Members................................FREE Children 2 and under ...........................FREE Non-member, Adult..............................$8.00 Non-member, Child (ages 3 - 12)..........$6.00 Non-member, Senior (ages 65 & up)......$6.00 FREE FAMILY THURSDAY HOURS Free General Admission on Thursdays from 2 to 5 p.m. Houston Zoo The Houston Zoo provides a fun, unique, and inspirational experience fostering ap- preciation, knowledge, and care for the natural world. Essentially a small city encompassing a world of ecosystems and experiences, the Houston Zoo is made up of many moving parts. We have over 4,500 permanent residents (our animals) for whom we provide housing, meals, medical care and, yes, even education! In addition, we have 1.6 million guests each year who come to ex- perience our incredible variety of animals and ecosystems, as well as attend special private and public events and entertainment. Our dedicated staff works around the clock to ensure that the Zoo is always running smoothly for the safety and well be- ing of our residents and guests. Children (2-11) $6.00 Children (0-1) FREE Adults (12-64) $10.00 Senior 65+ $6.00 Buy your tickets before you arrive at the Houston Zoo. Purchase discount Zoo tickets at any of the 33 Fiesta Mart stores across the Houston area. Visit the courtesy booth of any Fiesta Mart in the Houston area to purchase an adult Zoo admission for $8 and a child Zoo admission for $5. Tickets will be valid for one year after purchase. March 8 - November 1 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. (Last admission at 6 p.m.) Admission to 6 Famous Tower of the Americas Houston Attractions 600 HemisFair Park, San Antonio, TX combined attraction price $70.96 Phone: (210) 223-3101 CityPass price $39.00 $29 for kids For more than 35 years, the 750-foot-tall Go online www.citypass.com and get Tower of the Americas has offered residents this pass before you go to Houston and and tourists of San Antonio, Texas, the most save big by getting admission to these breathtaking view of the Alamo City – visi- hot spots during your vacation to Houston. Space Center Houston, tors dine at the Tower’s revolving restaurant Downtown Aquarium, Houston Museum of Natural Science, Houston or enjoy the scenery from the observation Zoo, The Children’s Museum of Houston, The Health Museum deck. Now, Landry’s Restaurants, Inc. has taken the experience to a whole new level. Among the improvements are an upscale The San Antonio Riverwalk eatery, banquet facility and a Texas-themed In Texas, water has been a lifeline for 4-D, multi-sensory theater. many generations for centuries past. The San Antonio River is a source of a TOWER TICKET South Texas Treasure, The San Anto- Ticket includes unlimited access to nio River Walk. Development of San Observation Deck, Flags over Texas & Antonio and its most popular tour- 4D Theatre Ride ism attraction have come along way together. Adults $10.95 Seniors & Military $9.95 The San Antonio Museum of Art Children $8.95 Free Tuesday from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. 200 West Jones Avenue San Antonio, Texas 78215 The San Antonio Museum of Art is housed in a castle-like building that was formerly the Lone Star Brewery. This museum is noted for its antiquities col- lections and the 30,000 square-foot Nelson A. Rockefeller Center for Latin American Art—the largest repository of its kind. PG.11
  • 12. Christian Star Issue 6 June 2009 dered if God was hard of hearing? D P ivine Have you ever thought your situation rescriptions was so far gone God couldn’t reach E.J. Kemper III you? Have you ever felt distant from The Morning of The Rapture “Let me get this house picked up… you know ‘just in case’ If something were to happen they could step foot in this place” God? Have you ever felt like ask- T he Problem: Spiritual Loneliness ing God if He cares about what you But the morning of the Rapture, they came and they saw That the house they had stepped into wasn’t “picked up” at all are going through? Well, God says, Why are you so lonely? Loneliness is With dishes in the sink and the floor to be swept through the prophet, he hears our Little did she know He’d come while the majority of us slept. a state of discontent. It’s a sense of every prayer and can reach us wher- With toilets to be cleaned and laundry on the couch excess isolation. Loneliness occurs ever we are. Why then does He not The house was in such disarray as all of us could vouch when your need for social contact is answer? Why then do I not feel His With “who knows what” under the beds and unchanged sheets since “who knows when” deficient or unfulfilled. Loneliness presence? The prophet answers in Wait, let me take a second look and go through this house again is unlike solitude, which at times is verse two “But your iniquities have Up the steps and through the front door is a plaque “In Jesus we do trust” necessary. For meditation and study separated between you and your So when touring this house a second time, spiritual eyes are a must. purposes solitude is the best compan- God, and your sins have hid his face There are stacks of loose leaf paper lying near the bed ion. On the other hand, loneliness is from you that he will not hear.” God With sermons, prayers, and unfinished thoughts written in blue, black and red never wanted or welcome. It’s safe to says sometimes the reason we cannot I see magazines bundled for hospitals, bags of canned goods for the church conclude no rational person desires to hear from Him or feel His presence is Garbage bags filled with pants and dresses, shoes and Sunday shirts be alone. We all have a need to relate because our sins have separated us The dishes in the sink are a remnant of the meal she prepared To bring to a family who needed to know just how much she cared and to be related to. We all have a from Him. Though we are saved, our But why did she leave the house in a mess to wake up to the next day? need to talk and to be talked to, in- relationship and fellowship with God I believe I see the answer by her Bible where her Journal lay deed to hear and to be heard. When can be hindered by our sins. Do you By the date a.m. is written the time she says a quarter til two these needs are not met, loneliness is remember when Jesus was hanging The beginning of the entry states “I just had to spend time with you soon to follow. God in Genesis 2:18 on the cross and he cried “My God, My days just run together and nothing seems to ever get done says “It is not good for man to be my God why hast thou forsaken me”? But I know I’m to run this race til the prize I have won. alone…” If then he declares it is not a Jesus, in the midst of his suffering and You know the burdens of my heart, the people in my life. good thing for us to be alone, why are pain, feels loneliness for the first time. Open up their eyes, You are the answer to their strife.” you so lonely? While hanging on the cross of Calvary, And as I continued down the page there were names…..do I dare? But right before that I saw a written “Thank you for the burden I bare.” he no longer felt the presence of His Loneliness will reveal itself in one of There were names listed of friend and foe with a red “S” by each name Father. Why? He no longer feels this The “S” was for SALVATION, her request for each the same two ways; spiritual loneliness and presence because he is bearing our I understand now why her house was undone, somehow I can clearly see physical loneliness. It is critical to sins on him and God cannot be in the On that early morning when her Lord came for her she had a burden for me understand the difference between presence of sin. Therefore Jesus feels, At days end still so much to do, her back I’m sure weary and sore the two. I have often counseled be- for the first time, spiritually alone. She took time out to pray for me…..the last thing written “Oh Lord, it’s four! lievers who complained of a physical Time really flies when I bow before you. You make the effort so worthwhile.” loneliness, who truly suffered from a But that was all she would write….she had gone the extra mile spiritual loneliness. You have friends The Prescription: Spiritual Revival The dead in Christ shall rise up first to meet Him in the air and yet you are still lonely. You have Then those who are alive and remain will also meet Him there a loving family and yet you are lonely. There are two conditions that cause So what will you do with Jesus? Yes it’s all up to you You are surrounded with a solid sup- spiritual loneliness. 1. Unsaved. If If you delay in receiving His precious gift you’ll be left reading someone’s Journal too port system yet on the inside you feel you, my dear reader, are not saved Michele Stagg Woods…….THE MORNING OF THE RAPTURE empty. You can find yourself in the this is the cause of your loneliness. thick of a crowd and still feel lonely. We are all physical and spiritual. 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  • 14. Christian Star Issue 6 June 2009 The Legacy of a Mother or memorable times during those early days? we have a music ministry that partner with missionar- ies all over the globe. We also have a CD ministry that My professional music career began in Paris, Tennes- ministers to individuals in places where we cannot go. A mother is informed by the doctors when her son see with Acappella. The most inspiring time was do- “Afterword Music Ministry” houses the ministry efforts is but two days old that her child has rheumatic fever ing a concert at the Huntsville Prison, in Huntsville TX. of Wayburn Dean and thereby utilizes music to evan- and ten days-- maybe less --to live. She swaddles her Although we had done concerts for thousands, here gelize to the world. son and takes him home to the little cottage where we had a small group of men in a prison chapel. Men, she lived in New Mexico. There she held her newborn who we would probably call hopeless, truly under- Interviewer: You mentioned to me that “Forgiveness up to a single light bulb hanging from a wire in the stood with desperation the need for God. Incredible is key to healing….” can you expound on that further? ceiling. “God,” she prayed, “I’m coming to you as Han- concert…. nah did. I’m asking you to save my baby. And I prom- Janae wrote a song on our Immeasurable album ise I will give him back to You.” Interviewer: During your sabbatical from the music called, “Gotta Forgive Them” The song talks about the That son became part of her legacy to the Lord. industry what do you believe God was teaching you fact that people are people; they are going to hurt That son is Wayburn Dean. His vocal abilities gained and how does that come through in you music today? you. And those who don’t know God will hurt you him much acclaim during his 5 ½ year stint with the sometimes even worse. The strange thing is neither multi-million-selling group, Acappella. Wayburn’s lead During the Acappella days, we did everything we matters much in terms of forgiveness, We’ve gotta vocals reaped Grammy and Dove nominations, along could to stay focused on the ministry. But, I have to forgive them anyway...Jesus said” if you don’t forgive with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the CAMA say it was difficult. We were home about 10 days per them, then I won’t forgive you”…Now that’s motiva- for his efforts to further acappella music. month. And when we were at home many times we tion, but besides that, the lack of forgiving someone In 1993 Wayburn would decide to take a sabbati- would often record late into the nights. So, we rarely is synonymous with a straight jacket. It binds you cal from music that ended up lasting more than eight had much personal time. I look back and now I can and holds you captive until you learn to forgive. The years. He returned to the world of music as a solo art- see that I was so busy doing the work for the Lord, I difference between the two, is you don’t need anyone ist in 2001 and released his debut album “As Long As was not doing the work of the Lord. This time, in my to undo the latches for forgiveness as you do with a I Live” followed by his second album “Immeasurable” ministry, even though the lifestyle can be taxing. Janae straight jacket, you have the power to forgive on your which garnered 3 top 5 national hits. His third and and I are taking time to hear from God. We are writing own…It’s up to you and how badly you want to be latest album “Through the Rain.” has been equally as music, doing concerts and teaching from that perspec- free… successful. The first two releases charted #3 and #2 tive. consecutively on t the national charts on R&R (Radio Tell us a bit about your new solo album and your & Records) Soft AC Inspo radio. Interviewer: There is a fine line between Gospel & newest release. The newest single release from Wayburn is “What Christian Contemporary; you seem to have defined a Will Be Your Legacy.” Perhaps it is even more fitting “new sub-genre’ that successfully blends to the two. Our latest single release is “What will be your legacy” that it is being released in the month of May when we Tell us how this came about. a poignant question that we should all be asking celebrate and honor our mothers. ourselves right now. We all are writing a book as we I had the pleasure of interviewing Wayburn on the Really, I just want to do music that God has given me, live that reflects our lives that people are currently eve of the release of “What Will Be Your Legacy.” use the talents as well. Janae and I asked God to help reading. Family members, church members, friends, us write music that, first of all will draw men closer co-workers will all comment on the book that we’re Interviewer: No interview can begin with you, without to Him. Secondly, our desire is to write music that will writing. The song, “What will be your legacy,” reminds a mention of your own mother’s faith. How did that soothe people. Having them enjoy the music and mes- us that we should be cognizant of how we should live mold you as a person and as an artist? sage and not have to work so hard to see Jesus in it. our lives and that we’re writing our own legacy for This is not only our musical approach; it’s our ministry God. If we do that, men will say, it was God he/she My mother is my mentor, in the truest form of the approach as well. adored… word. She is incredibly knowledgeable, Godly and faithful. There is a bond that is God inspired between Interviewer: Your wife, Janae, co-wrote many of the Quote of the day: she and I and it all happened at birth when I was only songs on your new CD. Have the two you always ‘I believe we serve a musical God’ -Wayburn Dean given 10 days to live by the doctors. I contracted Rheu- worked together in music? matic Fever and my lifespan was to be very short. My Please visit Wayburn’s website for further information mother prayed the prayer of Hannah, who prayed for Yes, we pray about the songs…Janae is extremely on his personal appearances and for information for a son and promised God that she would give her son, gifted in concepts and lyrics. My strengths are in music where to purchase his album, “Through the Rain.” Samuel, to God if He would just give her a son. God production and delivery. So, we’ve always put those www.wayburndean.com answered my mother’s prayer and my purpose was two gifts together to glorify God and encourage men. charted. I believe that event has not only guided me To book Wayburn: in my Christian life but saved me as well. As an artist I Interviewer: Tell us a bit about the non-profit you and www.midatlanticchristianartists.com think it’s relatively easy, once you’ve decided to whom your wife founded. you will devote your gift…. © 2009 Penny Carlton In 1998 we developed our non-profit organization www.pertinentpromotions.com Interviewer: Where did you begin your career in the called “Afterword Music Ministry.” This ministry fo- www.20for1.wordpress.com music industry and what is one of your most inspiring cuses on music as a ministry. In addition to concerts, Have you met Korah? me as with them. What’s more, I don’t like how and where they’re leading us. I think (16:3) Korah’s stinging words reveal a man with a robust self image. But they also reveal heed the wise words of the apostle Peter: Humble yourselves under the mighty power Do you know Korah? it’s time for a change, and I think I’m just the guy to bring the change about! how his inflated ego had led him down sev- eral treacherous roads: of God, and in his good time he will honor you” (1 Peter 5:6) Are you Korah? So Korah conspired with the two other leaders, Dathan and Abiram, to challenge 1. He though of himself as holy; he The amazing thing about this nugget is we Written by Chauncy Latigue the leadership team God had put in place discovered that God considered him have all been here once or twice before, (Numbers 16:1) Theses men convinced 250 wicked (16:26). but James said it best in Chapter 3:16 “for Bro’ C who is Korah? I am glad you asked, other community leaders to join them in an 2. He thought he was rebuking Moses; he wherever there is jealousy and selfish ambi- let me elaborate. In My every man’s discovered he actually despised God tion, there you will find disorder and every Bible on page 187, I was introduced to (16:30) kind of evil.” In chapter 1:23-24 James says, the “self promoter” name Korah. Now 3. He thought he could promote himself; For if you just listen and don’t obey, it is like this isn’t the Korah from “meet the he discovered he had earned a perma- looking at your face in a mirror but doing Browns” This Korah comes from the nent demotion (16:32) nothing to improve your appearance. You tribe of Levi, he had the honor of serv- 4. He thought he could make the rules; he see yourself, walk away, and forget what you ing the Lord in the tabernacle. Accord- discovered that God reserves rule-mak- look like. My prayer for the reader and the ing to God’s law, only Levites had the ing for himself (16:35). writer is this’ authority to minister in this way. 5. He thought he could discern God’s Father in the name of Jesus, I pray that you You see Positive thinking can be a thoughts on his own; he discovered that not let us forget where we came from and tremendous force for good. But when God speaks to those he chooses (16:20, where we are going. Help us Lord to focus it leads to unbridled self-promotion 23). on the right and not the wrong. Lord we and a super sized ego, it usually causes were all at one time or another in the shoes trouble—and sometimes it can kill. God responded to Korah’s rebellion by of Korah.We/I repent for any offense and is- Korah made this discovery a little too opening up a sinkhole beneath his feet and sue that may have caused one of your people late. sending him, along with his co-conspirators, to stumble or fall. According to John 16:23, I Yet as Korah watched Moses lead “down alive into the grave, along with their pray to you in the name of Jesus and by faith the Hebrew people and Aaron serve belongings. The earth closed over them, I receive forgiveness and ask that you lead them as priest, he grew envious of their and they all vanished” (16:33). Immediately me and guide me in the path that you have position. Apparently he started reasoning attempted coup. “You have gone too far!” afterward the 250 community leaders who set before me to follow. Keep the triplets something like this: they said to Moses and Aaron. Everyone in had joined their short-lived revolt perished following closely behind for your word You know what? I’m just as talented as Israel has been set apart by the Lord, and he in a blaze of heavenly fire (16:35). says…?” Surely, Goodness and Mercy shall these two. Maybe more! I have gifts of lead- is with all of us. What right do you have to This sad incident reminds us that God follow you all the days of your life. ership, too. God doesn’t love me any less act as though you are greater than anyone despises a self important, self promoting I love you Lord, in Jesus name I pray. than these men, and he’s just as much with else among all these people of the Lord? : attitude. Life works much better for us if we So be it (Amen) PG.14
  • 15. Christian Star Issue 6 June 2009 Summer, At Long Last kids (and adults also) always wear their life vests when they are anywhere near the water. They Don’t be afraid to outside and enjoy the gifts of waterways. They’re there for your enjoyment. may not like it, but it can be the difference be- Just remember that as with everything else, you I’m sure that just about every student from tween your kids simply getting wet if they happen have to consider not only your safety, but the elementary school to college level is ecstatic that to fall in or something much worse happening. safety of others. And by all means, put on the sun summer is finally here. For the parents of all Warning: alcohol and water are a combination block! Now, get out there and enjoy yourselves. these youngsters, different thoughts go through for trouble. Nothing refreshes you like water- Summer doesn’t last nearly as long as it once did, their minds. What do you do with the kids so nothing! or does it? that they can have a meaningful, but safe summer? Summer’s a time for fun and outdoor enjoyment, but with that comes a bucket list of things to be leery of. Living in the warm south means that you will probably at some time or another be near the wa- ter. Whether it’s a pool, river, lake, or even pond, water safety is not to be taken lightly. If you are going to be around water at all, make sure you enroll in some kind of swimming lessons. You’re never too young or too old to learn how to swim. If you are going to be on a boat or wave runner, make sure you understand and follow safe water craft rules. Also remember that you are not the only living thing in the water sometimes. Na- ture’s creatures also inhabit the waters. Be mind- ful of them and you will be fine. Ignore them and you may regret it. When we take to the waters of the lakes and ponds, we’re invading the natural homes of many snakes, spiders, turtles, alligators, and many other animals that feed in or around the waters. This doesn’t even take into consider- ation the sometimes powerful force of the waters themselves. If you’ve ever been overwhelmed by a strong undertow, you know exactly what I am referring too. Flowing water is one of nature’s most powerful forces. It can erode even the staunchest beaches over time and also can make swimming against it next too impossible. Small kids should never, ever be left alone near water. It doesn’t take but a second for something bad to happen with them. It’s a good idea to have Superlative Services • Marketing Solutions • Web Solutions Keisha B. Payne • Web Hosting Services • Print Media Services 1401 D West Prien Lake Road Lake Charles, LA 337.478.9005 - Business Only info@wfjinc.net PG.15
  • 16. Christian Star Issue 6 June 2009 Fruit of the Spirit/Joy happened to your joy? The feeling of happiness is, at the feeling in and of itself. It thy presence is fullness of is an experience that can be joy; at thy right hand there give you one more example of joy experienced to the By Laura Washington best, contentment. This is prevalent in the life of the are pleasures forevermore.” full measure. Hebrews 12:2 the feeling where you are believer, regardless of, or in God wants us to have the (KJV) “Looking unto Jesus, pleased, happy and satisfied. spite of, what is happening fullness of joy. So what is the author and finisher of our Allow me to share an in his or her life. Nehemiah “this fullness of joy?” It is faith; who for the joy that example of contentment. 8:10(b) “This day is holy the total of His all sufficient was set before Him, endured Hebrews 13:5 (KJV) “Let unto our Lord, neither be ye joy which will sustain us in the cross, despising the your conversation be without sorry, for the joy of the Lord any situation. Remember, shame, and is set down at the covetousness; and be content is your strength.” So how however, that joy comes right hand of the throne of with such things as ye have, can you (the Spirit being) from living in his presence. God.” This is a very power- for He has said I will never always have joy? Your joy So, on a daily basis we must ful passage of scripture. Just you nor forsake you.” Look must come from the Lord, resolve to live in His pres- think about the suffering and at and focus on the Galatians 5:22 (KJV) “For part that says, “Be Only He can get you past encethe study prayer and through of His persecution Jesus had to go THROUGH in order to the fruit of the Spirit is love, the point of contentment content with such word. get TO the joy. The joy was joy, peace, longsuffering, things as ye have.” and sustain your spirit Jesus reiterated the other side of the cross gentleness, goodness, faith, How many of us and solidified God’s via His resurrection. He is meekness, and temperance.’ really put that into man where true joy resides. desire for us to have the author and finisher of While you may be con- practice? We have a life full of joy. Take the faith that can and will tent, do you really have joy? this, however, we want that. for it is He who give you a look at John 16:24 (KJV) carry us through to joy. He With contentment comes a When we get that, the dis- strength and is your strong- “Hitherto have you asked is the beginning source and measure of pleasure, satis- satisfaction starts again we hold. Only He can get you nothing in my name; ask, the finisher who brings our faction and happiness. Have want the other. This is cer- past the point of contentment and you shall receive, that joy through to maturity and you ever just felt exhila- tainly cause for confusion, and sustain your spirit man your joy may be full.” Hith- perfection. rated about something that is and God is not the author of where true joy resides. You erto, meaning, ( up to that Hebrews 3:7, 8(a) happening in your life. You confusion. can have true joy in any situ- time). He’s giving us per- (KJV) “So, therefore as the have, no doubt, defined that Joy, on the other hand, ation when you allow God to mission and authority to use Holy Spirit says, Today, if as a moment of joy. Now, is a state of being that goes be the source of that joy. His name to ask the Father you hear His voice, do not let’s examine that moment beyond a feeling. We are There is a reason that for the desires of our hearts. harden your heart.” more closely. Should the Copyright 2009. No part of this tri-part beings, meaning god wants us to have joy. Why? Again, so that your thing or event take a turn in material may be used without the we are spirit, clothed in a The Psalmist David ex- joy may be full, complete. the opposite direction caus- consent of the author. body, possessing a soul. Joy pressed it this way. Psalms Can you now see how ing you depression, sorrow, is the state of being that is 16:11 (KJV) “Thou will you can have joy at all or unhappiness, what has evidenced by a feeling, not show me the path of life; in times? Please allow me to Why Should a Family Vacation be a priority in an “Economic Down fall?” The time: Summer we are in June now! The place: your choice a land far away, in your state, or a short car ride. The cost: whatever you can afford. You say you can’t afford a family vacation? I say; research shows you can’t afford to not take a family vacation. Your lives are filled with day to day hustle and bustle; getting the kids off to school, day care, camps, athletic and non athletic practices and re- hearsals, dashing off to work, thinking up a healthy and fast solution to dinner and the unending concerns of providing a good life for your family. A family vacation is an unsurpassed opportunity to bond with your family, pull together and see some of God’s astounding creations you may not have the opportunity to see day to day. Moreover if you are not tak- ing a vacation to some destination geographically far away from where you reside, take a couple of days away from Smoothie Recipes home, from the office, from the internet and work phones and have truly uninterrupted time with your family. By tak- Peachy strawbs Nutrients: Beta-carotene, biotin, folic acid, ing a family vacation you are allowing your family and your- 2 handfuls strawberries vit. B3, vit. C, calcium, magnesium, self a way to renew your appreciation of life and recognize 3 peaches phosphorus, potassium, sodium, sulphur the greatness that exists beyond your day to day. I recall as juice of one lime a child the family vacations my family and I took together 8 tablespoons (120ml) orange juice were almost always a weekend away 2 or 3 times a year but those weekends away shaped who I am today. They are the Summer delight in a glass, and laden with antioxidants for better immunity and healthy happiest memories I have of being a child my parents were skin. not stressed out about the ongoing problems of everyday ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ life, there was no strife and everyone was happy and excit- Malibu freeze Nutrients: Beta-carotene, folic acid, ed. My brother and I had their undivided attention and we ½ pineapple, frozen in chunks vit. B1,B3,B6 and c, calcium were always seeing something new and out of the ordinary, 1 banana, frozen magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, we explored new cultures, went to theme parks, took on ad- 1 tablespoon coconut milk potassium, sodium, sulphur ventures, swam in hotel swimming pools, and learned about ½ lime, juiced who we were as a family. Do you know who your family is? a few dashes of pineapple juice Renew the strength of your family. 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  • 17. Upcoming Events Christian Star Issue 6 June 2009 Greenland Hills UMC Garage Sale Southwest Louisiana alone without basic health Date/Time:Fri., June 5, 8:00am, Sat., June 6, June 19th Sacred Heart Day care coverage with that number growing ever- 8:00am Price: Free A devotion and Feast in recognition of The Sacred Heart more. Your support for this event shows the Greenland Hills Methodist Church of Jesus representing not simply His physical heart but entire community, region and state that you 5835 Penrose at Del Mar Dallas, TX His love for all mankind are supportive of basic health care services for http://www.greenlandhills.org/ the uninsured and underinsured residents of Contact Info: 214-826-2060 June 24th Birth of John the Baptist Southwest Louisiana. For more information or Garage Sale benefiting the UMC youth First to Water Baptize through emersion, and signified to reserve your tickets or tables, please call the group’s summer mission trip to New Mexico the coming of Jesus Christ center by Friday, June 19th at 337-493-5123. Employment Transition Other June Holidays Women’s Weekend Retreat and You Support Group Flag Day June 14th June 26th-28 • 4 pm • Holy Name Retreat Date/Time:Every week Tuesday, 6:30pm Father’s Day June 21st Center @ 430 Bunker Hill Road • Come enjoy Price: free the peace and serenity at Holy Name Retreat Contact Info: 972-820-5111, extension 6119 Patriots’ Ball - June 27 Center. Enjoy a weekend retreat for women Prestonwood Baptist Church It’s a red, white and blue star-spangled celebration of beginning on Friday; June 26 and ending on 6801 W Park Blvd. our nation and our patriots at the Patriots’ Ball, June Sunday afternoon; June 28. This is your oppor- Plano, TX 27. This formal occasion leads up to the ultimate Red, tunity to spend a weekend with God. Dress is 972-820-5000 White, Blue and You festivities on July 4. For one night, casual and you will have a private room with http://www.prestonwood.org/ dress to the nines (black tie or business casual) and bath. All are welcome • 714-464-2011 • $180 This support group works through a rotating join military personnel in their “Mess Dress” uniforms series of eight sessions covering all aspects for an evening of dining, music and dancing at the Lake CMA Music Festival of job loss and preparing for a job search, Charles Civic Center. Make your reservations in advance Nashville, Tn - Downtown Music City including networking, writing resumes, inter- at the Civic Center box office for $60 per couple, or you June 11-14 viewing and more. Meets in room A210. can get them online at www.lcpatriot.com. Doors will CMA Music Festival open at 6 p.m. with a social hour and dinner will begin “Country Music’s Biggest Party” takes place Grace in Marriage at 7 p.m. Ms. Armed Forces will be presented this night over 4 days and features more than 70 hours June 5th/ 7pm - 9pm • Church Without Walls as well, as she begins her reign for 2009. Honor local of musical performances, autograph signings, @ 5725 Queenston Blvd., Houston • Mosaic heroes and service men and women at this special gala celebrity sports competitions, and other events Women’s Ministry hosts... Grace in Mar- evening. For more information, contact James Dodd at with more than 400 artists and celebrities par- riage Featuring ...Bob & Audrey Meisner ALL (337) 302-1439, Major Ron Williams at (337) 526-2699, ticipating. married couples are asked to make plans to the American Patriot Store at (337) 433-4083 or Pret- attend this life-changing, marriage enhance- zels Plus inside the Nelson Road Wal-Mart. For general 6th Annual Women’s Tea ment seminar. • Mosaic Women’s Ministry festival information, contact the Lake Charles/South- Monday, June 01, 2009 281-649-6800 west Louisiana Convention & Visitors Bureau, 337-436- Time: 12:00 AM to 12:00 AM 9588 or www.visitlakecharles.org. Location: Gaylord Springs Gold Course Community Movie Night Our 6th Annual Women’s Tea “The Voice of All June 5th--7pm • Houston First Church of God Catch A Concert - June 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 Our Mothers” hosted by the women’s ministry @ 14400 Northwest Freeway; Houston • Join What better way to spend your summer evening than at Living Word Community Church will be held us for a Free community movie event featur- with good music, a cool breeze and the sunset over on Saturday, May 9, 2009 at 10:00 a.m. Loca- ing “Come What May”; a movie that Lake Charles? The Community Band and the City of tion will be Gaylord Springs Golf Course at 18 is a vivid reminder that choosing what’s Lake Charles offer just that with their Monday evening Springhouse Lane, Nashville.So set aside May right is never easy...but it’s always worth performances for Catch A Concert. With a backdrop of 9th to fellowship with your mother, daughters the cost. Concessions are available for a Lake Charles, the Community Band takes the stage from and other special other women in your life. minimal charge. • 713-460-0104 • Free 7-8:30 p.m. each Monday in June at the Lake Charles join us for an exquistely delicious meal in the Civic Center Amphitheatre, playing tunes that range captivating clubhouse. Top it off with a power- Christian Holidays from movie soundtracks to classical arrangements. ful word from the award-winning dramatist and Trinity Sunday (June 7th) Don’t be surprised if you hear a Beatles hit or a Sousa speaker, Sherre Miller Bishop.Tickets are $35 Is one of the few feasts of the Christian Year march in the mix! Each week, the concert line-up has for adults and $15 for children (11 and under). that celebrates a reality and doctrine rather a new theme, so you won’t see the same show twice. Tickets can be purchased online at WWW.LWC- than an event or person. On Trinity Sunday The Community Band is made up entirely of volunteers, CWOW.HOMESTEAD.COM or at Living Word we remember and honor the eternal God: so come out and share your love of music, the outdoors Community Church at 5380 Hickory Hollow the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Trin- or just being on the lake with people who have a pas- Parkway, Antioch, TN. For additional details ity Sunday is celebrated the Sunday after sion for entertaining! For information on the band, visit about this event, call 615-566-5161. Pentecost, and lasts only one day, which is www.lakecharlescommunityband.com, and for general symbolic of the unity of the Trinity. tourism information, visit www.visitlakecharles.org. Responding Recovery Time: 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM Bishop Raymond Johnson, dynamic pastor Seventh Annual Gala & Roast Location: Christ Church Nashville of the 8000 plus member congregation of The SWLA Center of Health Services will host its 7th Responding Recovery a Christ centered 12 step Living Faith Christian Center, Baton Rouge, Annual Gala & Roast, “Celebrating Community Bridge recovery group. Meeting every Tuesday night Louisiana, will be ministering at Living Word Builders” on Friday, June 26th, 2009. The event will in room 126 at Christ Church. 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Each year the SWLA Center for Health Location: Brentwood United Methodist Church Services sponsors the Gala & Roast where it recognizes Nashville,TN June 14th Feast of the Body and Blood of outstanding community leaders who are committed Singlehood Phenomenon, an eight week course Christ to promoting healthy lifestyles and eliminating health will be held at Brentwood United Method- First of all, what is the purpose of the Feast disparities within our communities. The monies raised ist Thursdays from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. begin- of the Body and Blood of Christ? This special from this event will go to support patient education ning April 30th. Cost of the eight week class is Feast is celebrated in remembrance of Jesus programs at the health center. Tickets for this very spe- $30.00.This class enables singles to deal with who gave His life for the salvation of many. cial occasion are $50.00 per person and tables of eight skepticism about dating, love and marriage. It is a Feast in remembrance of Jesus’ com- are available for $400.00. Sponsorships, donations Learn how to integrate psychological principles mand to celebrate the Sacrament of the Holy and in-kind services are welcome and are available at and biblical truths in order to develop healthy, Eucharist. various level. There are more than 75,000 individuals in godly loving relationships. PG.17
  • 18. Christian Star Issue 6 Confident Consumers June 2009 Planning for Retirement in Stages By Rolland Soileau Are consumers really confident or are they just thinking While summer vacations and national holidays things have to start getting better because it can’t seeming- typically provide a break for everyone who would be ly get much worse? The Consumer Confidence Index made considered a member of the working public, there is a big jump in May to 54.9 from 40.8 in April. This increase one big break ahead that’s a priority on most every- in confidence numbers was the third rise in confidence in one’s calendar — retirement. And while it may be as many months and soundly beat expectations. As these closer for some than it is for others, everyone needs to numbers continue to climb, the stock market continues to make sure they are financially prepared when the time react very positively to encouraging news like this. The comes to take a permanent leave from the ranks of the Consumer Confidence Index is created from a survey of employed. Personal circumstances make planning for 5,000 households to gauge their feelings on the economy retirement different for each individual, but there are and their buying power. As their confidence goes up, several considerations that apply if you break it down consumers will most likely spend more and the economy will continue to work its way out of its by the amount of time you have left until you retire. present doldrums. Conversely, when the index drops, we will theoretically spend less. If you have at least ten years to go until you plan on The Consumer Index numbers are rising, but they are still far from where they were before this retiring, you still have the advantage of time on your recession began. The index numbers are made up of about 40% of people’s opinions on current side. One of the most basic principles of investing is conditions and about 60% on future expectations. Opinions on the following are asked during putting your money into different investment vehicles the poll each month: and then leaving it there so you can reap the benefits 1.) Current business conditions of long-term returns. With more than ten years to 2.) Business conditions for the next 6 months invest, you might be able to afford to take on a little 3.) Current employment conditions bit more risk with your investments. While equities – 4.) Employment conditions for the next 6 months such as stocks – have an inherent risk of losing money, 5.) Total family income for the next 6 months they also have a history of providing significant returns From this information or “opinion grouping”, manufacturers, banks, builders, government bodies, over a long period of time. Just keep in mind that past and retailers try to anticipate what the demand will be in the near-term future. This could lead performance is no guarantee of future results. to layoffs or hiring, surpluses or shortages, and a large variety of spending increases or spending Probably the biggest advantage of getting an early freezes. From the recent Consumer Confidence numbers, it looks like the worst may be over. Amen to that. start is the benefit of compounding earnings. Based on the investments in your retirement portfolio, the money you put in has the potential to earn more money for you – whether through interest payments, Supreme Changes By Rolland Soileau dividends, or other means of growth. In many cases, those earnings can be reinvested into your portfolio, With the retirement of Su- further enhancing the total value of your savings and preme Court justice David Souter, allowing your money the opportunity to “make mon- who at age 69 has been on the Su- ey” for you. preme Court since 1990, President If your retirement is less than ten years away, then Barrack Obama has nominated it’s time to start making subtle adjustments to your appeals court Judge Sonia Soto- investment mix. Hopefully, at this point you’re not mayer to fill that vacancy. Judge just getting started, but rather taking a look at how Sotomayer has served 11 years on your investments are allocated and making sure they the Court of Appeals for the Sec- appropriately match your risk tolerance, your invest- ond Circuit, and was promoted to ment objectives and your relatively short time horizon. that role by President Clinton after Because you have less time to work with, you still want being appointed to the District to have some investments that offer growth, but you Court for the Southern District of also want to begin looking at preservation of princi- New York by President H.W. Bush. pal through fixed income alternatives such as bonds, Like Justice Souter, she is the only which may provide a little more stability in your portfo- justice with experience as a trial lio and help reduce your overall risk. judge. Her nomination is historic Finally, at some point you’ll reach that day that you and if confirmed, she would be- once thought was so far off. When you find yourself come the first Hispanic Supreme Court justice ever. officially in the position to retire, you will have a whole So what lies ahead for Judge Sotomayer? Confirmation hearings are going to be coming up different outlook on those funds you have set aside fairly quickly. Judge Sotomayer will be setting up meetings with senators whose votes she needs for just that purpose. Instead of making contributions to win confirmation. At these meetings a wide variety of legal questions will be posed to her as to your retirement funds to help them grow, you’ll be the senators try to gauge what type of Supreme Court judge she would be. Her resume is ex- looking to maintain income from those investments. tremely impressive, and the main focus will be in trying to determine whether she will be slanted You’ll likely begin taking distributions from them to to the left, center, or right. A lot of her past opinions and writings will be examined during this pay for your day-to-day expenses. A thorough review time also. Confirmation can of your investments will help you clearly see just how be a lengthy process, as past much you have saved, and how you will have to plan confirmations of Justice Breyer your distributions so you don’t run short on funds dur- took 73 days, and Judge Alito’s ing your retirement. confirmation took 92 days. Financial preparation for retirement is something Prepare yourselves for the that is different for every individual. To make sure that onslaught of political posturing you’re on the right track, take the time now to assess as the left and the right battle your own situation and see what you can do to make this out in an attempt to keep sure you’re ready when it’s time for you to retire. the Supreme Court “balanced” with liberal and conservative This article was written by Wachovia Securities and justices. She definitely ap- provided courtesy of Tim Andreas First Vice-President pears to be more than amply – Investment Officer at 337-439-9081 or 800-256- qualified, but there have been 5800. Wachovia Securities is the trade name used by others who were also who did two separate, registered broker-dealers and nonbank not make it. There have been affiliates of Wachovia Corporation providing certain 12 Supreme Court nominees retail securities brokerage services: Wachovia Securi- who have been rejected, 8 ties, LLC Member, NYSE/SIPC, and Wachovia Securities withdrawn, 4 postponed, and 6 Financial Network, LLC (WSFN), Member FINRA/SIPC. no actions. A simple majority Investments in securities and insurance products: NOT President Barack Obama & Judge Sonia Sotomayer vote in the Senate is all that is FDIC-INSURED/NOT BANK-GUARANTEED/MAY LOSE needed for confirmation. VALUE PG.18
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