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    1 Praise the LORD, my soul;

    all my inmost being, praise his holy name.

    2 Praise the LORD, my soul,

    and forget not all his benefits

    3 who forgives all your sins

    and heals all your diseases,

    4 who redeems your life from the pit

    and crowns you with love and compassion,

    5 who satisfies your desires with good things

    so that your youth is renewed like the eagles.

    6 The LORD works righteousness

    and justice for all the oppressed.7 He made known his ways to Moses,

    his deeds to the people of Israel:

    8 The LORD is compassionate and gracious,

    slow to anger, abounding in love.

    9 He will not always accuse,

    nor will he harbor his anger forever;

    10 he does not treat us as our sins deserve

    or repay us according to our iniquities.

    11 For as high as the heavens are above the earth,

    so great is his love for those who fear him;

    12 as far as the east is from the west,

    so far has he removed our transgressions from us.

    13 As a father has compassion on his children, so the

    LORD has compassion on those who fear him;

    14 for he knows how we are formed,

    he remembers that we are dust.

    15 The life of mortals is like grass,

    they flourish like a flower of the field;

    16 the wind blows over it and it is gone, and its

    place remembers it no more.

    17 But from everlasting to everlasting the LORDs

    love is with those who fear him, and his righteousness with their childrens children

    18 with those who keep his covenant and

    remember to obey his precepts.

    19 The LORD has established his throne in

    heaven, and his kingdom rules over all.

    20 Praise the LORD, you his angels, you mighty

    ones who do his bidding, who obey his word.

    21 Praise the LORD, all his heavenly hosts,

    you his servants who do his will.

    22 Praise the LORD, all his works everywhere in

    his dominion. Praise the LORD, my soul.

    Psalm 103(NIV)

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    pgs 8-14 The United Church of Jesus Christ (Apostolic) is celebrating its 50th Annual International Holy Convocation. In his interview Dr. Monroe Saunders, Jr. expounds on the organizations theme for 2016 A

    Great Heritage, A Glorious Future. Also we take a look into the history of UCJC (Apostolic)and its founder the late Bishop Monroe Saunders, Sr.

    FeatureArticles

    Special Feature

    Healthy Body

    JUNE 2016

    on the cover:Dr. Monroe R. Saunders, Jr.

    United Church of Jesus Christ (Apostolic)5150 Baltimore National Pike

    Baltimore, MD 21229410-779-4440

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    c o n t e n t s

    42 MAN TALK Dr. Charles Barrett

    If You Dont Father Them, Who Will?

    26 SINGLE LIFE Tyneice Pack A Father Should Be . . .

    36 BOOK SHELF Brandie Manigault

    Commanding The Morning (Cindy Trimm)

    24 WOMANS PERSPECTIVE Tiffany Bethea Summer Recharge

    32 NUTRITION & YOU Herline A. Knights, RD, LD Set The Stage For Weight Loss

    30 EDUCATION DIGEST Dr. Timothy Tooten, Sr.

    A Fathers Role

    34 BOBY BASICS Linda Melone (webmd.com) Turn Your Walk Into a Workout

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    FeatureArticles

    Healthy Body

    c o n t e n t s

    42 MAN TALK Dr. Charles Barrett

    If You Dont Father Them, Who Will?

    36 BOOK SHELF Brandie Manigault

    Commanding The Morning (Cindy Trimm)

    34 BOBY BASICS Linda Melone (webmd.com) Turn Your Walk Into a Workout

    In Every IssueScripture Page ....................................... 2

    Contributors ........................................... 6

    From the Editor ...................................... 7

    40 GOSPEL INDUSTRY NEWS Ericka Johnson

    Healthy Mind Entertainment28 TO YOUR GOOD HEALTH Carla J. Debnam, (Founder, Renaissance Christian Counseling Center)

    Burden Bearer

    Healthy Soul

    38 WORD OF ENCOURAGEMENT Donna Williams-Ross In Trust Ministries [email protected] nistries

    God, The Father of All Fathers

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    PUBLISHER/ Jackie Epps EDITOR-IN-CHIEF

    EDITORIAL

    GRAPHIC ARTIST Claire Lesesne-Nalley www.JandCDesigns.com

    WEB ADMINISTRATOR Andre Felipe for Arts Period www.artsperiod.com

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    For the LORD God is a sun and shield: the LORD will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly.

    Psalm 84:11

    Contributors Chairman Dr. A.C. D. Vaughn

    Sr. Pastor, Sharon Baptist Church, MD

    Vice-Chairman Dr. Frank M. Reid III Sr. Pastor, Bethel A.M.E. Church, MD

    Dr. Michael A. Battle Sr., U.S. Ambassador President, ITC Seminary, Atlanta, GA

    Dr. Timothy Boddie Friendship Baptist Church, Atlanta, GA

    Bishop John R. Bryant Presiding Prelate of the 5th Episcopal District

    Dr. Harold A. Carter, Jr.Pastor, New Shiloh Baptist Church, MD

    Dr. Suzan Johnson Cook, U.S. Ambassador

    Dr. WIlliam H. Curtis Mt. Ararat Baptist Church, Pittsburgh, PA

    Bishop Ralph L. DennisSr. Pastor, Kingdom Worship Center, MD

    Wanda Q. Draper/Media Executive

    Michele J.K. Epps/Health Sciences

    Cassandra Vaughn/Media Executive

    Dr. Donte L. Hickman, Sr.Pastor, Southern Baptist Church, MD

    Pastor Timothy V. ManigaultHealing Voices Ministries

    Dr. Kenneth O. RobinsonPastor, Dream Life Worship Center

    Bishop Walter Scott Thomas, Sr.Pastor, New Psalmist Baptist Church, MD

    Dr. Timothy Tooten, Sr. Pastor, Harvest Christian Ministries, MD

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    Editor-in-Chief

    Jackie Epps

    This is the month we celebrate our fathers. Its Dads turn to be celebrated so we dedicate this months issue to our Fathers, Grandfathers, Godfathers, and Uncles. I know for some, Fathers Day can be painful, a sad reminder of growing up without a father present in the home or being active in their lives. The pain of growing up fatherless can sometimes leave a scar that is hard to remove. There may even be some situations or circumstances that warrant the absence of dad, but to a child without a father these things or reasons mean nothing. But, for every situation, circumstance or reason your father was not there, whether you realized it or not there was someone who was always there. . . Our Heavenly Father. We all may not fall into the category of growing up without a father, in fact the truth be told there are many fathers who are present in the lives of their children. Whether we grew up with a father present or not . . . there is one thing we all have in common, we all can claim the same Father; Our Father which art in heaven. We all share the greatest Father of all, and He has never been an absentee dad. Let me boast a little about Our Father. Our Father is omnipresent, He is with you at the same time He is with me, in fact He is everywhere at all times. Our Father is omniscient, He is the wisest of all, He knows everything about each one of us; He knows you better than you know yourself. Our Father is omnipotent, He is all-powerful. He is able to do exceeding abundantly more than you could ever hope or dream. Our Father is sovereign, He can do whatever He wants to do when He wants to and how He wants to. Our Father is a good provider, He supplies all of our needs according to His riches in glory (Philippians 4:19). Our Father is a protector; He is our shield and buckler (Psalm 91). Our Father is a comforter; He mends a broken heart (Matthew 5:4). Our Father is a healer; He will restore our bodies (Psalm 103:3).

    Our Father sounds like a pretty great dad to me. He is great and mighty. He is a friend that sticks closer than any brother. He loves each and every one of us unconditionally with the same amount of love. And let us not forget that Our Father loved us so much that He gave His only begotten son (Jesus) so that we would be able to live with Him forever! I could go on and on but I believe you get the picture, Our Father is whatever you need Him to be. This Fathers Day celebrate your earthly fathers, they deserve to be honored and shown how much they are loved for all they do. Celebrate Fathers Day, if for no other reason that without your father you would not exist today. And while you are celebrating, dont leave out Our Father which art in Heaven, He is the Greatest Father of all! We are His children forevermore. Happy Father's Day!

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    IntervIew wIth

    Bishop Monroe R.Saunders, Jr.

    G&G: Bishop Saunders, I consider this opportunity to interview you a

    special honor as the United Church of Jesus Christ (Apostolic) celebrates its

    50th Annual International Holy Convocation. Welcome to the Grace & Glory family. Lets start

    with the occasion; being the Presiding Bishop how exciting is this for you and the Transformation Church of Jesus Christ?Bishop: I am grateful for the opportunity to share the excitement building for this milestone of the United Church of Jesus Christ (Apostolic). Members of our local church, Transformation Church and those of the organization are filled with anticipation and expectation for the gathering of those who plan to come from the various regions in the United States, Canada, England, Jamaica, West Indies, Africa and other countries.

    G&G: Bishop Saunders, would you explain to us, what is a Holy Convocation, what is its purpose? And what does it mean in the United Church of Jesus Christ (Apostolic)? Bishop: The Convocation is an annual gathering of people from around the world whose churches affiliate with the United Church or UCJCA. It is referred to as a Holy Convocation because its principal purpose is to engage in an atmosphere of worship, fellowship and seeking the mind of God for His Kingdom people and leaders. Men, Women and Children are engaged in services, activities and exercises geared to address and enable them to effectively live productive and

    meaningful lives as Disciples of Christ. Spirits are lifted and renewed for the work of ministry and impacting lives.

    G&G: Bishop Saunders, with this being the 50th Annual International Holy Convocation, how was the theme/focus set for this years holy convocation, is there always a new theme/focus for each year? Would you explain to us the meaning behind this years theme?Bishop: This years theme emerged from the reflection and dialogue of a planning team who sought to embody the importance of our past, our present and our future, thus the theme: A Great Heritage A Glorious Future. Usually as in past times the Presiding

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    Bishop would establish the theme for the Convocation. This was a special year and with a collaborative effort we arrived at the 50th Annual Convocation theme. Our Reformation was founded in 1965 and held its first Convocation in 1966.

    G&G: Bishop Saunders, what are some of the plans to help celebrate this 50th Annual International Holy Convocation? I understand that this years gathering will also include a special event honoring your father the late Bishop Monroe Saunders, Sr. Bishop: A part of this years Convocation will include a dedication and opening of the Bishop Monroe R Saunders, Sr. Memorial Library. Monday will be the opening night of the Convocation and will feature a reunion choir and the preaching of the Honorable Bishop John R. Bryant. Friday will conclude the week of services and sessions with a 50th Celebration Banquet at Martins West. The speaker will be Dr. James Forbes, Pastor Emeritus of Riverside Church New York.

    G&G: Bishop Saunders, your father being the founder of the United Church of Jesus Christ (Apostolic), left behind a rich heritage and legacy for the UCJC (Apostolic). What is your hope for the legacy you will leave behind?Bishop: Linking and connecting generations is critical to sustaining legacy. Ours has been one of spiritual and relational involvement and engagement. Our focus is not merely just to experience God but to engage emerging generations. I would hope to leave behind a legacy of unrelenting pursuit for unity. In my address to the 47th Annual Convocation I said the following: In this spiritual season we are called to seek ways to minister through conversation. To have conversation is an act of engaging. To engage is to move within the proximity of the people we seek to reach. As Jesus was ridiculed for his conversations with sinners, we must risk the ridicule of perceived association.

    One cannot rescue a life except he or she is willing to risk their life for the sake of another. An insensitive approach can permanently damage the opportunity of future engagement. Wisdom, patience and love are key elements to the Churchs ability to navigate through the

    waters of moral, social and ideological change.

    G&G: Bishop Saunders, looking back at your fathers legacy and where you were when you first started in ministry, where did you think it was going to lead you? Are you at all surprised at where you are today? Bishop: I had no ambition for where I am today. My only desire was to serve in whatever capacity that I could. I am certain of my call to ministry, but that call had nothing to do with a desire on my part

    for it. I was drawn into it with no uncertainty as to the authenticity of the spiritual experience that arrested my will for the purpose of ministry. In reflection I was born and nurtured into an atmosphere that prepared me for this.

    G&G: Bishop Saunders, when did you realize that God had called you to an assignment of this magnitude?Bishop: At the age of 17 I yielded to a definitive encounter of prayer and prophetic affirmation at our church then at 3400 Copley Road on a Tuesday night. I was lead to a scripture I had never read found in 1 Timothy 4:14-16 Neglect not the gift that is in thee, which was given thee by prophecy, with the laying on of the hands of the presbytery. 15 Meditate upon these things; give thyself wholly to them; that thy profiting may appear to all. 16 Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee. (KJV) I knew then that there was a special assignment on my life. Up to that time I was an asthmatic and suffered with attacks to that time. When I acknowledged to my

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    Bishop Monroe R. Saunders, Jr. &Lady Winsome R. Saunders

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    dad my call to ministry, from that day to now I have never had another attack!

    G&G: What does it mean to you personally to be the Presiding Bishop of UCJC (Apostolic), an organization with such a rich heritage and legacy? Bishop: Again, being the Presiding Bishop of UCJC is an opportunity to serve the people of God across the world and to particularly communicate and inspire an example of servanthood which I observed in my fathers ministry. His life was marked by humility and compassionate service to people. Those things of my father have flowed easily into me.

    G&G: How do you manage all of the tremendous responsibilities you must carry as Presiding Bishop of UCJC (Apostolic) and as Pastor of Transformation Church of Jesus Christ? What was the most valuable word of advice or guidance given to you? Bishop: Delegate and allow the gifts that are in the church and organization to be utilized. Ministry is about teamwork. Productivity is enhanced when we all work together.

    G&G: Bishop Saunders, Im sure down through the years the late Bishop Monroe Saunders, Sr. experienced many changes in ministry as a whole. What would you say is the most significant change that you have experienced in ministry that has impacted you and the UCJC (Apostolic)?

    Bishop: One of the most significant changes is the culture shift and its impact upon how we minister. As I stated earlier we must engage people through conversation. Condemning is not the method for communicating the message of hope that we have to share. Conversation is not a one-way exercise, but

    one in which we listen and create opportunity for exchange. When Jesus met the woman of Samaria at the well he requested a drink from herand that started what would ultimately lead to a redemptive conversation.

    G&G: Bishop Saunders, what would you say has brought you the greatest joy

    in your time as Presiding Bishop of UCJC (Apostolic)? What encourages you most as the Presiding Bishop of this ever-evolving church?Bishop: The opportunity to transform the thinking of pastors and leaders and their perception of their work of ministry gives me the greatest joy. This connects closely to my passion for enabling unity

    and collaboration among those whose doctrinal diversity often separates and isolates them from each other. I am encouraged when we can find common ground and work together as brothers and sisters in Kingdom ministry.

    G&G: Bishop Saunders, how do you plan to build upon the foundation and accomplishments of the past as you continue to lead the UCJC (Apostolic)? Whats in the future for the United Church of Jesus Christ (Apostolic) moving forward?

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    Bishop: First, as relates to the past and the foundational purpose of the United Church of Jesus Christ (Apostolic), my father in his address to the Convocation of 1996, in a message entitled The Finished Work of Calvary and the Unfinished Work of the Church, stated, We are called to join with others to bring about reconciliation. The joining forces was not a call to dissolve the United Church of Jesus Christ but to bring into collaborative and cooperative relationship other ministries and organizations for the purpose of fulfilling the expectation of Christ expressed in His prayer for unity. (St. John 17:21-23) I believe that the task of reconciling is an urgent one. We cannot afford to disassociate from those who share a common purpose regarding the Kingdom work in the 21st century and beyond. We must find the common ground that unites us as the Body of Christ! However, this task does not merely relate to Reformations, but also to generational inclusion and contribution.

    G&G: Bishop Saunders, lastly for those who will attend this years 50th Annual International Holy Convocation, what is your desire for the people to walk away with after experiencing this years celebration?Bishop: It is our prayer that everyone would come away with a greater awareness and appreciation for the great spiritual heritage that ignited the UCJC and the continued inaugural energy that sustains it through the present day. There will be great opportunity to engage trans-generationally and trans-denominationally as we experience the power of Gods presence in worship, in study, leisure family moments and the general fellowship of those coming from around the world to celebrate an historic moment and launch into a glorious future for the United Church of Jesus (Apostolic) Please visit www.unitedchurchjc.org for details. Grace and Peace to all.

    G&G: Bishop Saunders, thank you so much for sharing with us, we pray for your continued strength and Gods richest blessings upon you as you continue to carry out the work of the Lord.

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    In 1948, The Church of God in Christ #6 was re-named Rehoboth Church of God in Christ, Apostolic; it was located from the two hundred block of Mount Street to the corner of Fulton and Riggs Avenues. During this period the pastor said that God had called him to stretch out and had revealed to him baptism in the name of Jesus. The church grew by leaps and bounds. With the new revelation, the congregation received re-baptism in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins. The pastor, the late Bishop R. A. Carr expanded the local assembly concept into an International Church Organization. Baptism in the name of Jesus and receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost distinguished this new organization. Elder Monroe Saunders, Sr. was extraordinarily effective in dealing with hard core cases of resistance to the gospel. Most famous and dreaded were his altar calls. When he fastened his eyes upon the sinner and pointed his finger, declaring "come out of that corner, you cannot hide," few souls remained in their seats. The Annual Holy Convocation of Rehoboth Churches Apostolic was a high holy event. Church prelates, parishioners, and friends made Rehoboth Church, relocated to 700 Poplar Grove Street, their holy ground for seven days. The time of this grand celebration was 50 days after the biblical event of Pentecost. In 1957, the hallmark of the Holy convocation, was the ordination of Elder Monroe Saunders, Sr., Elder Sydney A. Dunn, and Elder John S. Watson to the office of Bishop. This ordination service was the most anointed, spiritually charged, emotionally moving service that many delegates had ever witnessed. That Friday night the atmosphere filled with excitement and joyful praise as Bishop Carr summoned Elder Saunders, Elder Dunn and Elder Watson to the altar to be consecrated as

    Bishops. The three young elders approached the altar slowly; simultaneously they fell prostrate on the floor before God and before the presiding prelate Bishop R. A. Carr. The three young men arose after the consecration with the official title Bishop Monroe Saunders, Sr., Bishop Sydney A. Dunn and Bishop John S. Watson. Bishop Saunders, Sr. and his spiritual father reached a heart rending decision and parted ways on 1965. The separation was painful, and the healing process was long. They loved each other dearly, but because of God's sovereignty and mercy, both men survived the separation and moved forward in The Lord. First United Church of Jesus Christ (Apostolic) was incorporated in November 1965 in Washington, D.C., at that time Bishop Saunders was pastor of the Rehoboth Church, Washington D.C. In November, 1965, Bishop Saunders, and a small body of praying believers who had been journeying to Washington, D.C. for services, gave their time and finances to purchase the classic stone church building at 3400 Copley Road in Baltimore, Maryland. It became the new home of First United COJC Apostolic, but more importantly, it was a haven for Pentecost. The atmosphere was electrified by the manifestation of Holy Ghost ministry gifts that many saints had not seen in operation. Multitudes visited First United Church to witness this 1965 Azusa Street. Similar to the Azusa Street Revival in the

    Chief Apostle Monroe Saunders, Sr. & Lady Alberta Saunders(Founder)

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    early part of the twentieth century, there were spectators and doubters; however, many of the casual observers themselves, received the baptism of the Holy Ghost and became faithful members of this Acts 2:38 church. Bishop Saunders became an archetype of a new Pentecostal ministerial persona. One of the crowning features of Bishop Saunders ministry at Copley Road was the monthly Deeper Life Retreat. On the third Saturday of each month, the faithful would gather to be taught some of the most profound spiritual truths by Bishop Saunders. By the summer of 1966, ministers and their church congregations from around the United States, England, and the Caribbean entreated Bishop Saunders to expand his vision into an international church organization. Many pastors and preachers wanted to model their churchs ministry in the mold of First United Church. Others wanted to affiliate with a Pentecostal ministry that was consistent in word and deed. This led Bishop Saunders, Sr. to establish the United Church of Jesus Christ (Apostolic), he served as the first Presiding Bishop of the new organization. The church at Copley Road had outgrown its physical plant and a move became urgent. In the late 70s the church on Copley Road moved to 5150 Baltimore National Pike, its current location. In July, 2004, the United Church of Jesus Christ (Apostolic) the organization founded by Bishop Monroe Saunders, Sr., recognizing his enormous contribution to the Pentecostal Movement and his continued work in ministry, consecrated him to Chief Apostle in perpetuity. His influence on Pentecost is etched in the ministries of hundreds of ministers worldwide. They have lit their torches at his eternal flame and they are blazing a trail with his name written all along the way. Many of these ministers are determined to pass on the mantle they received from Bishop Saunders to the new generation of apostolics. Therefore, this organization continues to serve through churches and ministers throughout the United States, Canada, Jamaica, other Caribbean Islands and Africa. Bishop Saunders influence was beyond the ecclesiastical realm. He was a community activist whose activism was not boisterous or flashy but quiet and penetrating. His working relationship with the mayor of Baltimore City William Donald

    Schaffer was a bridge to help ease the urban plight of the poor, and ostracized and the downtrodden. When the mayor became the governor of Maryland, Bishop Saunders influence in the Baltimore community was enhanced. He served a 12 year term as a commissioner of the Baltimore City School system. He was the senior citizens advocate who served on the Maryland State Commission on Aging and retirement Education. He set up satellite ministries on the campuses of many of the colleges and universities in the Baltimore Washington area. With his

    ministry widespread in the community, Bishop Saunders had the vision of drawing college students some of the hardest to convert into Pentecost with a brand of Pentecostalism that was not just pedestrian but scholarly. Bishop Saunders believed in ministering to everyone on his or her level; he also believed in ministering to the whole man, mind, body and spirit. His influence was not only felt in his immediate community but was interspersed into many countries. In Jamaica, W.I. he started the Voice of Holiness Broadcast that

    penetrated into every fiber of religious life on the island. People from all ecclesiastical ideologies tuned into RJR Radio Jamaica and Radiffusion on Sunday nights at 11:00 p.m. to listen to this educated Pentecostal

    preacher from Baltimore. Today Pentecost in Jamaica is a respected part of the islands Christian life with a transforming power that reached into the upper echelons of political and social strata. Finally, we are extremely proud to call him our Father, our Pastor, our Confidant and our Mentor. We shall endeavor to carry the baton he has passed on to us and hand it off to the next generation.

    Contributors to this article:

    Bishop Charles C. MullingsPastor First United COJC (Apostolic) Miami, FL

    Elder Lois McMillanProfessor Morgan State University Baltimore, MD

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    Bishop Monroe Saunders, Jr. a native of Baltimore, Maryland, furthered his formal educational pursuits at Morgan State University, where he received a Bachelors Degree in Sociology and Social Welfare and later received a Masters Degree from Howard University in Religion & Education and the Doctor of Ministry Degree from United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio.

    Bishop Saunders has held two prior pastorates; First United Church of Jesus Christ in Detroit, Michigan and the Capitol Hill United Church of Jesus Christ in Washington DC. Currently he pastors the Transformation Ministries of the United Church of Jesus Christ, Baltimore, Maryland, a ministry founded by his father the late Bishop Monroe Saunders, Sr., D.Min. as the First United Church of Jesus Christ (Apostolic) in 1965.

    Among his many accomplishments and responsibilities Bishop Saunders serves as:

    Presiding Prelate of the United Church of Jesus Christ. President of the Center for More Abundant Life which encompasses two Section 8 housing projects for the disabled and elderly Executive Director of the Center for Creative Learning, an institution-providing academic excellence for children ages 2 through 5. President of Pneumiah Vision, Inc. A Community Development Corporation

    Bishop Saunders is also very civic minded and strives to be active in community affairs. He has served in the following capacities:

    A board member of the Transplant Resource Center of Baltimore As an executive board member of the Howard County Housing Commission Member of the Board of Directors of the Mayfield Avenue Community Association

    Board Member of the National Conference of Christian Jews State chapter Diocese Bishop for the 6th Episcopal Diocese Florida & 8th Episcopal Diocese - Canada

    Bishop Saunders is the author of A Journey to Faith Barren with a Promise, a book written to encourage those who are going through barren moments in their lives to build their faith, because out of barrenness, the seed of promise can break forth! He was also featured in the Fall 2009 issue of The African American Pulpit, a quarterly journal that serves as a repository for the very best of African American preaching. In addition, he is the author of A Journey to Transformation, Seeing the World Through a Different Lens. All of his accomplishments and responsibilities are too numerous to mention here but one can see he is dedicated and committed to all that the Lord gives him to do.

    As the eldest son of one of the countrys most prominent Apostolic ministers, his call to the ministry at the age of 17 was neither unexpected nor unwelcomed. From 1980 until December 1992, Bishop Saunders, Jr. served as Executive Pastor of the First United Church and in March of 1993 he was officially installed as Pastor. Since becoming Pastor, Bishop Saunders, Jr. has strived to teach and preach the recovering of lost souls for the kingdom of God, and the equipping of saints for the work of the ministry. Pastor Saunders senses the urgency for unity in the body of Christ and the need for transformative spiritual development. He is endeavoring to move as the Spirit of the Lord directs him to enable their fulfillment. The Spirit of Gods anointing is felt by those around the world who are touched by his outstanding preaching and teaching ministry.

    His wife, Lady Winsome R. Saunders, and his family make the love and joy of his life complete. The Transformation Church is blessed to have as Pastor, Bishop Monroe Saunders, Jr., a visionary and leader of spiritual transformation during this critical time in our history.

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    HOLY CONVOCATION

    thAnnual International

    UNITED CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST (APOSTOLIC) PRESENTS 50The

    DR. MONROE R. SAUNDERS, JR.LADY WINSOME R.SAUNDERS

    THE LATE DR. MONROE R.SAUNDERS, SR. (FOUNDER)ELECT LADY ALBERTA B. SAUNDERS

    HOST CHURCHES

    To register or for information visit www.unitedchurchjc.org or call 410-779-4440

    TRANSFORMATION CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST (TCJC)5150 BALTIMORE NATIONAL PIKE | BALTIMORE, MD 21229

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    womans perspective

    Tiffany BetheaShe-EO Life Mentor

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    Hey my sisters! Just that fast we are approaching the summer months and moving towards the middle of 2016. Wasnt that fast? I feel as though we just celebrated New Years and now we are getting ready for our summer vacations and planning to escape to the beach. Before you go hop into your swim gear I want to deposit a nugget into your spirit. As a coach I know that this is the point of the year where we tend to be the furthest from achieving our goals that we set for ourselves. Yes my sister, it is time for a check-in. Its time for the Summer Recharge! There is something about the beginning of the year that has us naturally excited, motivated, inspired and ready to take action. We picture with eager anticipation all of the great things that the year has in store and that anticipation has our faith fueled and we are charged up. However as the realities of life continue to meet us day after day, it becomes easier to lose that charge and become less excited, motivated, and inspired and we lose the readiness to take action. When I encounter people in January they are excited with their brand new vision boards, new work-out plans, new books they are reading and all the newness. However when you talk to those same people around this time of year the vision board is tucked away, the work-out plan has ended, the book was never finished and the newness was replaced with the daily monotony of life. It truly takes the power of the Holy Spirit working in us to keep us focused on what God desires to accomplish in our lives. Looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Hebrews 12:2. My sister we must make a conscious effort to keep our eyes on Jesus through the daily routines and responsibilities so that His assignment and plan for our lives dont get lost. It is indeed a press, but a press that is so incredibly worth it. Here are a few things that will help you stay charged up through the rest of the year and supersede the goals youve set for yourself.

    ACCOUNTABILITY- No true growth happens absent

    accountability. God did not intend for us to be islands. God sets the solitary in families. Psalm 68:6. Many times if we can be honest we simply need to drop our pride, open up and be vulnerable enough with someone who will hold us to truly finishing our goals. I know personally I had no idea when my first book would have actually come out if I hadnt had a true friend keep pushing me and finally give me a deadline for my book release. Who is in your corner cheering you on, being honest with you and holding you to what you said you wanted to accomplish?

    SYSTEM- For many of us we have great goals and dreams and plans but we dont have a true system for how it will fit into the pre-existing circumstances of our lives. We want to go back to school but have we planned how that will work with our full-time jobs, cooking dinner for the family and our ministry responsibilities? It is absolutely doable. I think we all know someone who has defied the odds and achieved. However it does take an incredibly strong system. Maybe it will account for you doing meal planning once a week. Maybe it will account for you listening to audio books while you drive. Maybe it will mean less television time for a season. Having goals and dreams are great, but we must build systems into our lives that support and aid the completion of those goals. You can do it! I am cheering for you! I believe in you! Everything God has for you is for you, BUT you must show up to get it. This is the time to recharge your spirit, get focus, get excited, get re-motivated and go for the goal. What has God set out for you to accomplish in 2016? Dont lose sight of it in the common mid-year slump. Instead allow the Holy Spirit to continue to keep you pressing toward the mark. He who has begun a good work in you will continue to perform it but He needs your cooperation.

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    Did you know that Fathers Day was originally started to honor a single dad? It happened in 1910, in Spokane, Washington when Sonora Smart Dodd became irritated at how fathers were depicted in popular culture as shiftless, self-centered slackers (some things never change). Her father raised six kids on his own after his wife died. Her dads endurance was so inspiring that after she heard a ministers sermon about the glory of mothers, she went up to him and said, Dont you think fathers deserve to be celebrated, too? Fathers Day is a celebration honoring fathers and celebrating fatherhood, paternal bonds and the influence of fathers in society. Fatherhood is a privilege and a huge responsibility. A few of the secrets to being a father is to show up and be present in the moment with your children. A godly father delights in, loves, instructs, disciplines, provides for, leads and contributes a legacy to his children. It is because of these attributes that we honor our courageous fathers. Here is a description of a Godly father: A father leads - True leadership is having the integrity to practice what you preach and do what you say you will do. The righteous man walks in his integrity; His chil-dren are blessed after him. Proverbs 20:7 (KJV)

    A father teaches Your children are your mirror and they will mimic you. Hear, my children, the instruction of a father, and give attention to know understanding;

    for I give you good doctrine: Do not forsake my law. Proverbs 4:1-2 (YLT)

    A father provides When you provide love and security for your children you help them understand and receive the love of a heavenly father. Or what man is there among you who, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent? If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your chil-dren, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him! Matthew 7:9-11 (KJV)

    A father disciplines and corrects Discipline is effective when you have a loving relationship that includes encouragement, laughter and joy. My son, do not despise the chastening of the Lord, nor detest His correction; for whom the Lord loves He corrects, just as a father the son in whom he delights. Proverbs 3:11-12 (NKJV)

    A father protects When you protect your children you are like a shepherd who protects his flock. In the fear of the Lord there is strong confidence, and His children will have a place of refuge. Proverbs 14:26 (KJV)

    A father loves With a watchful eye fathers feed, protect and lead their children like a shepherd. As a father pities his children, so the Lord pities those who fear Him. Psalm 103:13 (NKJV)

    A father leaves a legacy The decisions you make today will bring you pain or glory in the future. You have a biblical responsibility to leave a legacy. Childrens children are the crown of old men, and the glory of children is their father. Proverbs 17:6 (BBE)

    I want to encourage you that your presence in your childrens lives makes a huge difference. There are qualities that your children need from you to help them be well balanced. When a little girl is adored and loved by her father, it creates an opportunity for her to develop healthy and positive relationships with boys as she grows up. When a little boy is loved by his father he is able to show strength that is controlled instead of anger and distrust in authority figures. If you are not blessed to be a part of your childrens lives, work to remove every obstacle so that you can have a relation-ship with them if it is at all possible. It may be a challenge for you and the other parent to agree on parenting style, but it is in the best interest of your children that the two of you get past your issues in order to create an environment that will help to build your children up. As a single father, how will you celebrate Gods goodness in your life this Fathers Day? Tyniece Pack

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    Burden Bearer

    There are many things that people take for granted and one of them is having a sound mind. The prevalence of Alzheimers, dementia, and other diseases that impact memory and tasks that should be routine have invaded the lives of those we love and care about. Supporting loved ones affected by these illnesses can be challenging. They sometimes gradually progress with symptoms that impair their cognitive skills. The decline can alienate them from their present relationships and decrease their ability to understand whats happening around them. This is not a normal part of the aging process and therefore will require diagnosis by a physician. It is up to the caregivers to make sure they learn as much as they can about these diseases. There are other diagnosis that can impair the brains functioning such as stroke, tumors and mental illness. It is essential to be supportive of the families affected by these diseases. Many persons in our churches have been diagnosed or are living with someone diagnosed with a memory disorder, stroke or mental illness. Life for the patient and their family and friends can become isolating and challenging due to the uncertainty of an individuals behavior from day to day. Continu-ing life as usual becomes more difficult and persons can become depressed whether they are the caregiver or the patient. This is a great opportunity for the church to step in and show concern and support the families by assisting in caregiving, offering respite, providing transportation to doctor appointments, cooking meals and visiting with the families and their loved ones whenever possible. Staying connected to their faith can bolster the determination needed to take care of someone with Alzheimers or some other disease where memory and cognitive challenges are common. A persons faith can either be strengthened or tested in times of crisis and change. Knowing that they can look to their church family, be assured of persons praying for them, and having the unconditional love and support of those around them can make a tough time better. Take time out to check on those who may have a loved one with a chronic illness whether it is a physical or mental diagno-sis. The support they give is the support they need. We are never alone in our journey as a caregiver and neither is our loved one. Isaiah 53:4 lets us know that, Surely he has borne our infirmities and carried our diseases. We are never alone and do not have to face these challenges alone. Jesus cares and will come alongside you in this season. Be encouraged knowing that help is a prayer and a phone call away.

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    education digest

    Dr. Tim Tooten, Sr.

    I am a strong believer that students perform better in school when there is parental involvement, especially from male figures, fathers in particular. A recent Pew Research center study found that about half (54%) of American parents say they can never be too involved when it comes to their childrens education, but about four-in-ten (43%) say too much involvement could be a bad thing. Mothers are somewhat less likely than fathers to say too much parental involvement in a childs education could be a bad thing (40% vs. 47%).1

    I tend to put more credence in a similar study conducted in the state of Florida based on more than 30 years of research which supports the belief that a positive relationship endures between increased family engagement and student academic success. Additional research from that same study suggests that when fathers are actively involved in their childs education, students: perform better academically; have fewer discipline problems; and become more responsible adults. 2

    I am the proud father of three adult children. All of them have obtained undergraduate college degrees. Two of them have earned master degrees. Every now and then I come across boxes of my childrens completed assignments from their early learning years. Theyre fun to sort through and equally rewarding to see where God has taken them. I have always believed that a fathers role is crucial to student success. My father only completed a sixth grade education. He and his brother were forced to quit school in order to provide for their mother and two sisters following the death of their father. This was prior to the great depression years.

    I could always count on my father to teach his four children the necessary academic and social skills needed to become successful. He made sure we had lunch money, clothing and plenty of reinforcement. I recall during my elementary years of how he implemented his own financial reward system for those of us who displayed academic excellence. He promised and made good in keeping his end of a deal to give us 10 cents for each letter grade of an A. In addition to my fathers creative monetary incentives, I observed how he had to personally overcome his own educational deficiencies.

    As the years progressed, my father got to enjoy the fruit of his labor each time one of his children walked across the stage to receive a diploma. His proud smile seemed to radiate throughout the entire auditorium. He was in attendance at my college graduation the year I completed my studies at Florida State University. A little later that summer, I accepted a position in Washington DC. It required me to leave my family in order to begin a new life journey. There was one thing I could count on at the end of long distance telephone conversations with my father; he would always ask if there were any job opportunities a little closer to home. He never abandoned his role. As I reflect on this fathers day, I salute my late father, James Tooten, Sr.

    1http://www.pewsocialtrends.org/2015/12/17/4-child-care-and-education-quality-availability-and-parental-involvement/

    2http://www.fldoe.org/schools/family-community/activities-programs/parental-involvement.stml

    Dr. Tim Tooten, Sr. is an Emmy-Award winning television education reporter at WBAL-TV (NBC) in Baltimore, Maryland. Hes also the pastor and founder of Harvest Christian Ministries in Baltimore County, Maryland.

    As a father hascompassion on his children, so the LORD has compassion on those who fear him; Psalm 103:13).

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    nutrition & you

    You cannot take on a new project without taking the time to organize your surroundings, and weight loss is a really big project and a worthy endeavor. Let us make sure that you are ready to begin:

    1. Prepare your breakfast and lunch in the evening. If you wake up late or encounter another problem in the morning, you might deprioritize your healthy efforts in order to get out of the house on time. That is why it is best to pack your lunch and get what you need for a quick and nourishing breakfast ready the night before. There are many kinds of breakfasts that you can make at the beginning of the week and then eat for several days; overnight oatmeal and egg casserole are examples. You might also want to keep healthy breakfast foods at the workplace: a box of whole-grain cereal and shelf-stable milk, for example. Many people do not know that you can even find certain brands of soymilk in shelf-stable form. A loaf of whole-wheat bread and a jar of peanut butter is another example of breakfast foods that do not require refrigeration or heating. And do not forget fruit, which is a highly portable and low maintenance source of nutrients that most people do not eat enough of these days. 2. Consider the crock-pot or large batch cooking if you want to exercise after work. Many women tell me that they cannot exercise in the evening because making dinner takes so long. In fact, the shopping, preparing, and clean-up after meals is a very time consuming endeavor, and although we know that it is worth the time and effort, it does make evenings a time crunch for most women. This is when the crockpot becomes a lifesaver. There are also many cookbooks based on the premise of cooking your entire weeks meals in one day. 3. Go to bed on time! You might need to set a timer for half an hour before the time that you need to head for the bedroom to get adequate sleep; that last half an hour before bed is time for you to put on your pajamas, brush your teeth, and organize your thoughts. When we are tired, we tend to eat more and move lessexactly what you want to avoid when you are trying to lose weight. 4. Keep everything that you need to exercise in one central location. If your shoes are upstairs, your gym bag is in the basement, and your membership card iswell, you do not know where exactly, you are likely to become discouraged and not go to the gym at all. Keeping a packed gym bag in the car also encourages many busy people to swing by the gym on the way home. Do not forget clean clothes, headphones, sneakers, and a water bottle. 5. Keep track of your food and exercise. You can do this via an app or with the classic paper and pen it does not matter! What does matter is that you write it down, because study after study has proven that doing this leads to bigger weight losses. It is easy to play mind tricks on yourself if you do not do this: it was just a bite, I did exercise more

    this morning, so it does not matter, etc. 6. Keep healthy food front and center. For example, keep your fruit on the middle shelf of your refrigerator or in a bowl on your kitchen table. Some people prefer to devote just one shelf of the refrigerator or cupboard for their healthy food while letting the rest of the family keep unhealthy foods in the other areas of the kitchen. This is an unsatisfactory idea for many reasons, including that you are almost certain to have moments of decreased willpower and because no one in your family should be eating those unhealthy foods. 7. Prepare to be unprepared. There will come a time when you are faced with a seemingly irresistible food, when you are chained to your desk with work and struggle to find time to exercise, vacations, holidays, or do not have time to get to the grocery store. Think through these possible scenarios, and others that you can think of, and brainstorm ways that you could stay on track reasonably well. 8. Get ready to do new things. It is important to make new habits if you are accustomed to eating while watching television or when you first walk in the door. You might want to consider a new hobby or getting back into one that you have quit doing, but used to enjoy. 9. Buy some new smaller dishes and glasses. The bigger the dish, the more food you will pile onto it. Research has found that people drink less when their beverage is served in a short, wide glass; invest in some tall and narrow glasses. 10. Clear the table of all distractions. This is where you are going to sit and eat as many meals as possiblejust eatnot watch television, or read magazines, or text your friends while simultaneously eating; focus and chew thoroughly. Every bite counts.

    References and recommended readings

    Hensrud D. Is too little sleep a cause of weight gain? Mayo Clinic website. http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/adult-health/expert-answers/sleep-and-weight-gain/faq-20058198. Published April 16, 2015. Accessed April 18, 2016.

    Hitti M. Keeping food diary helps lose weight. WebMD website. http://www.webmd.com/diet/20080708/keeping-food-diary-helps-lose-weight. Published July 8, 2008. Accessed April 18, 2016.

    Wansink B, van Ittersum K. The large plate mistake. Cornell University website. http://foodpsychology.cornell.edu/discoveries/large-plate-mistake. Accessed April 18, 2016. Herline A. Knights,

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    body basics

    Walking is as simple as it gets for exercise. All you need is a good, supportive pair of walking shoes. "Just a few extra steps each day is a simple and easy way to take an active role in maintaining a signifi-cantly healthier life," says Timothy Gardner, MD, past president of the American Heart Association.

    Get StartedSet a baseline. If you're not active now, "Start walking three times a week at a stroll for 20 minutes," says Courtenay Schurman, author of The Outdoor Athlete. Work your way up to five or so times a week, 30 minutes per session, for a total of 2.5 to 3 hours per week.

    Choose distance or time. Some walkers focus on distance, others target time. "Ultimately, it's about speed," Schurman says. "If you can walk 5 miles but it takes you 5 hours to do it, it's not a fit level of work. So use both distance and time as well as heart rate." Check the intensity. Ex-ercising at a particular heart rate shows you how hard you're working. You can check your pulse by wearing a heart rate monitor. What should your heart rate be? "Most recommendations suggest starting out at 70% to 75% of your maximum heart rate," Schurman says. You can also use the "talk test" to gauge your exercise intensity. "If you can string together six to eight words or chat briefly, you're in your aerobic zone." If you are gasping for air, slow down. If you can say several phrases with one breath, you may not be working hard enough.

    4 Ways to Stay Motivated Wear a pedometer. Bit by bit, boost your daily steps. Keep it up until you reach 10,000 steps a day. Keep a walking journal. Whether you journal online or with pen and paper, it's motivating to see your progress. Get a walking partner. A walking buddy provides accountability, neither wants to let the other person down. Sign up for a race or charity walk. An upcoming event gives you a goal to shoot for, which may motivate you to stick with a program.

    Make It More ChallengingIf you're already fit, kick up the intensity by doing one or more of the following:

    Speed up. "The easiest way to up the ante is to simply walk faster," says

    Therese Iknoian, author of Fitness Walking.

    You may want to try race walking, which burns more calories. Brisk walking at 4 miles an hour burns 334 calories, and strolling at 3 miles per hour burns 221 calories, according to the American College of Sports Medicine.

    "Remember to pump your arms but keep the movement compact," Iknoian says. "The larger the arm swing, the harder it is to move them faster."

    Head for the hills. If you can't get outside, raise the incline on the treadmill. Don't hang on to the treadmill as you walk or you'll miss the benefits, Iknoian says. "You don't want to look as if you're waterskiing."Change the surface. "Walking on trails and maneuvering around rocks increases muscular demand," Iknoian says. Snow, sand -- even grass -- make walking more of a challenge.

    Use Nordic poles to use your upper body muscles. "You increase the cardio workout when using poles, plus they take the stress off of knees when walking downhill." Add resistance with a weighted backpack or weight vest. "If you use a backpack, fill it with water, sand, or kitty litter so the weight distributes evenly," Schurman says. "Avoid ankle and hand weights, which can change your gait and can set you up for injury."

    8 Safety Tips for WalkersKeep safety in mind when you walk outdoors. Follow these basic rules: Walk with a buddy whenever possible. Carry your name, address, and a friend or relative's phone number in your shoe or tied to a lace. Wear a medical bracelet if you have diabetes, an allergy, or other condition. Carry a cell phone and let a friend or relative know your walking routes. Avoid deserted or unlit streets, especially after dark. Do not use headsets that prevent you from hearing traffic, and walk against oncoming traffic. Wear reflective material or carry a flashlight so others can see you. Carry a whistle, noisemaker, or pepper spray in case of an emergency.

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    Commanding Your Morning

    Dr. Cindy Trimm

    This month I wanted to pick a book that reminds me of my Daddy, Alan Jones! I thought about what book reminds me of him; what book spoke to me and said thats my Dad. What I found surprised me because in my search, I passed all the books written by men about being a leader and a strong man and found a book written by a woman about talking! Dont get me wrong my Dad is every bit of a strong man, the head of his home, a leader both in his professional life and at home in his private life. I call him a quiet storm. When he speaks, we pay attention because its usually important and it holds a lot of weight.

    With that being said, my pick for the month is Commanding Your Morning by Cindy Trimm. This book rocked my world. For years now my dad has left notes for the family in the morning on his way to work. What he was doing every morning was using the power of words to shape our day. He was putting into practice the very core of Cindy Trimms book. She begins the journey through this book by saying in Chapter one, Everything in the universe begins with and revolves around two things: words and thoughts. She strikes a beautiful balance of not putting an emphasis more on thoughts than words or words than thoughts. The two are dependent on each other in order for individuals to operate in their lives at maximum capacity with maximum impact. The co-dependency is seen when she says, You have been given the opportunity to create a masterpiece of your life. While your thoughts are the colors you use to paint the background, your words are the

    Dr. Cindy Trimm Dr. Cindy Trimm has dedicated her life to serving God and humanity. A best-selling author, high impact teacher, and former senator, Dr. Trimm is a sought-after empowerment specialist, revolutionary thinker, and transformational leader. She has earned a distinguished reputation as a catalyst for change and voice of hope to the nations.

    Dr. Trimm travels worldwide partnering with social, spiritual, and civic leaders in an effort to equip people

    everywhere to discover purpose, maximize potential, and leave a positive footprint through their lives. Viewing this world as a global village, she continues to initiate strategic interdisciplinary forums, as well as host conferences and summits designed to develop practical solutions toward the healing of our world from its deeply rooted social and spiritual ills.

    Best-selling books by Dr. Trimm include Commanding Your Morning and Rules of Engagement, which have sold over one million copies. Her recent release, The Art of War for Spiritual Warfare, is gaining momentum and popularity.

    About The Author

    brushes you use to fill in each detail. WOW! Can you imagine the picture of your life in black and white or if everything was colored outside of

    the lines?

    Cindy Trimm beautifully backs up the concept of using thoughts and words to create your personal world with scriptures and references to great visionaries of both the past and the present. She encourages the readers to realize

    who they are in God as the first step towards recreating their world. From there, it is important to change our

    thoughts. Thoughts influence the words we speak, and the words we speak create our life.

    One of the most powerful statements in this book is, All that you will ever be or accomplish hinges on how you choose to govern what comes out of your mouth. Its all about making a choice to say something that will propel you forward. I highly recommend Commanding Your Morning. Once you start practicing commanding every morning, you will begin to see the long term effects of what that one choice put into play.

    Happy Fathers Day Daddy and thank you for helping to command our mornings!

    -Brandie

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    word of encouragement

    But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, because He is kind to the ungrateful and wicked. Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful. Luke 6:35-36 Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom. Luke 12:32 Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me. In my Fathers house are many rooms; if it were not so,I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. John 14:1-2 No, the Father himself loves you because you have loved me and have believed that I came from God. John 16:27 Which of you, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him! Matthew 7:9-11

    Having been a child to a single mother, I saw my father for the first time as an adult when I visited Europe where he went when he left my mother to go make a home for us. I cant recall knowing him as a child because he left my birthplace when I was only a child of two and one-half years. I had mixed feelings when I was on the plane going to see him, because when one does not have a father in the home, one then tends to make up a father that they would be well pleased with which I did. I wouldnt say it was fabricated who I made my perfect father out to be, but upon arriving in London, England and speaking to him, I had done a really, really good job of fabricating my biological father. However, it would take years and years for me to convincingly not accept but believe that God a good God, a merciful God, a kind and loving God could become my heavenly Father. A Father who loves unconditionally, a Father who is everything I need Him to be and more. Though earthly fathers are sometimes not there for their children, God our heavenly Father, is always there. Being the Creator, He created all things for Adam before He ever brought Adam on the scene. There are good fathers today, there are extremely good fathers today. Just as well as there are bad fathers, abusive fathers, alcoholic fathers, and the list goes on and one. God the best of all Fathers takes into His arms, the good, the bad and the indifferent fathers and all of His creation. He allows His rain to fall on those who loves Him and those who continue to deny Him. Some earthly fathers, probably would have segregated their good children from their not so-good children, but not Him He loves without limits. God shows us the ultimate capability and intense love for us when He sent His Only Begotten Son He Himself in the flesh to come down and dwell with mere man to understand our needs. He didnt leave us to ourselves to destruct. He basically said to Jesus, I want to feel their infirmities. Having never been hungry, God wanted to understand hunger, insomnia and everything else that we are dealing with in this earth realm. What love! I ask of you, you or you are you willing to give up your child for the sake of others? I can answer that quickly on behalf of my children. No emphatically NO. I labored too long and too hard, I put too much in them for you to ask me to send them to somebodys cross. BUT GOD, Who is so very rich in mercy, loves us to the point that our

    names are written on the palm of his hands. He is our Father as shown to us in Luke 11:2 -- [Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth]. Psalm 27:10 declares, When my father and mother forsake me, then the LORD will take me up. God lets us know that if our parents walk away or forsake us He is there. He is the Alpha and the Omega which in my opinion means that He is at the beginning and the very end of us. We are in between Him. He is the kind of Father that convicted and does not condemn. There is a need in each of us to be loved, cherished, protected, and valued. Ideally, an earthly father will meet those needs. How much more our heavenly Father, who is responsible for every one of us being born into this earth realm. As a loving Father, he has made it clear in John 3:3 declaring, "I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again." He was not speaking of a physical birthing again, but of a rebirth from God through the Precious Holy Spirit. He adopted us with all the benefits that He bestowed upon Jesus his naturally born child. Because of the blood of Jesus, we can call God "Abba, Father," or "Daddy." We also can look forward to a share in the inheritance of his only begotten son, Jesus. In Matthew 19:13-14, Then the little children were brought to Jesus for Him to place His hands on them and pray for them; and the disciples rebuked those who brought them. But Jesus said, Let the little children come to Me, and do not hinder them! For the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these. God, cares intensely and passionately about His children. Today as we celebrate Fathers Day, lets us remember the Father of all Fathers, the Giver of life and hope. He is the way the only way the truth the only truth and the life the only life worth living. I encourage you today to love your earthly biological father, your adopted father, your stepfather, your Godfather, etc., but I also encourage you to join with me as we lavishly pour out in thought, word and deed our love upon the Father of all Fathers. I encourage you to look to Him for all of your questions and answers for He is the Only One capable of giving you the right answers. Pray with me: Father, in the name of Your Precious Son Jesus, I thank You today for Your unconditional love, Your unfailing love, Your faithfulness, Your lovingkindness and all that You are. Thank You for adopting me as one of Your own, amen.

    A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in his holy dwelling. Psalm 65:8

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    Erica CampbellCongrats to Erica on the launch of her new radio show "Erica Campbell Mornings" that premiered last month on May 10th, her 4 hour show is deemed to set the bar for morning inspiration with a mix of gospel and inspirational music, as well as star studded interviews. The show is nationally syndicated check it out!

    Yolanda AdamsThis information is so note-worthy! I've never seen this happen as often with many artists especially gospel, as often as it has for Yolanda Adams; she has re charted her singles on Billboard and has earned the name "Queen of Re-Charting". Back in September she performed on the Jimmy Fallon Show and she sang "Victory" not long after the song reappeared in Billboard Top 5, and #1 on iTunes for a few days. Following that she re-charted "Open My Heart" which she released back in 1999, it appeared back on Billboard charts last month!

    PreachersIts official FOX Television and Warner Brothers Domestic Television Distribution have released "Preachers", a new Daytime Talk Show on FOX that features 4 outspoken preachers that have each been known for their takes on not just spiritual topics, but pop

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    Wishing all the amazing fathers and father figures a very Happy Fathers Day!! Especially my dad the late Rev. Bruce Johnson, love you with all my heart, missing you like crazy! To my godfather Deacon Richard Gale you are the best!!! My Bishop Dr. Richard Pender,

    Sr. you are truly an awesome leader and father figure! Erickaculture, politics, and current events. The hosts include John Gray, a musician and associate pastor at Lakewood Church in Houston, TX under Joel Osteen; Orrick Quick, pastor and founder of God Seekers Church in High Point, NC; Dr. E. Dewey Smith, Pastor at House of Hope, in Atlanta, GA; and Dr. Jamal H. Bryant, Pastor of Empowerment Temple AME Church, in Baltimore, MD. The show will be an hour long show and will premiere July 11, check your local listings.

    Joshua RogersSundays Best Winner, Joshua Rogers has officially signed to Mixed Bag Entertainment. Rogers was signed to Music World Gospel, owned by Matthew Knowles (Beyoncs father), but was bought out of his contract and released to Mixed Bag. Christian hip hop artist, Da Truth (aka Emmanuel Lambert) is the CEO of the label and had this to say, "Joshua Rogers is the full package, he is a gospel singer with a golden voice and a great heart, we are super excited to have him on the Mixed Bag Team.

    Tye Tribbett Congrats to Tye Tribbett who recorded Part 1 of his project "Bloody Win" last month in Greenville, NC. In addition, you can call him "Pastor Tye Tribbett", yes, you heard it! It's official, he will be

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    starting a church in Orlando, FL very soon, last month (May 25) in Orlando he put out the clarion call to all who would be interested in joining with him in ministry, to come to a vision meeting. SAVE THE DATE- July 16, the live recording of Bloody Win Part 2, will be recorded in Philadelphia, PA at the Filmore and will feature the GA Reunion! Im super excited about all thats happening for Tye! For further details log onto www.tyetribbettworld.com

    Kierra SheardKierra is going on tour! In preparation for the tour she is holding auditions for an ALL FEMALE band! Shes holding auctions for it via social media. In addition to her tour she released her vey own mobile app, the app will give viewers all the exclusive insight while she's on tour, as well as some live videos of her singing some great covers from various genres of music, and much more. For more info www.iamkierrasheard.com

    Hezekiah Walker Last month, Bishop Hezekiah Walker was inducted into the Gospel Music Association Gospel Music Hall Of Fame. I had the opportunity to view the video footage and tributes to the Bishop and it was absolutely great! So many were on deck to pay musical tribute and celebrate, including Professor James Hall, JJ Hairston, Ricky Dillard, Tye Tribbett, and VaShawn Mitchell. The taping was last month, however, the show will actually air, June 5th and June 8th on Juice TV, check your local listing for details. I'm so happy for him he's so deserving of such an honor.

    VaShawn MitchellVashawn went live last month with the premiere of his latest single "JOY" giving his fans and viewers a chance to be front

    and center for an exclusive live viewing via Facebook. They got an opportunity to talk to him and comment and even ask questions live. The single is from his new album "Secret Place" that he recorded in Johannesburg, South Africa, which should be released soon. Check out the single, I'll keep y'all informed on the actual release date.

    LaCraeCongrats to Christian hip hop artist LaCrae on his signing with Columbia Records. For the last ten years he's been extremely successful functioning under the label he founded Reach Records. Signing to Columbia under Sony, he joins the ranks of Beyonc, Adele, One Direction, and Pharrell Williams, this move should take his success to the next level!

    Davon FlemingBaltimores Own Davon Fleming has released his debut single titled "I Need You". Davon is an awesome vocalist and praise and worship leader, that works diligently in his home church Beth El Temple Church of Christ in Baltimore in addition to being one of the most up and coming sought after vocalists. His vocal ability, control, and musical maturity has surpassed his age. Davon was a finalist on BETs Sundays Best and had the judges speechless! While his age then was deemed as the reason he didn't win the competition he hasn't stopped and has taken this music thing by the horns and is pursuing it with all he has! Go grab his debut single available on CD Baby, written and produced by Josh Lay. Watch out for this young man and check him out on all his social media. Davon Fleming, remember that name!

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    Charles Barrett

    IF YOU DON'T FATHER THEM, WHO WILL?

    POINT NUMBER ONE:FATHERS ACCEPT RESPONSIBILITY

    Although it was 20 years ago, I remember what The Lord spoke to me: If you dont go, who will? At the time, I was preparing to speak to my peers about the importance of sharing the Gospel and the life of David seemed to be an appropriate illustration of this challenge. Through the lens of I Samuel chapter 17, The Lord showed me that when no one else was willing to fight Goliath, it was David, a young shepherd-boy-musician, who was neither intimidated nor afraid that volunteered to stand up to the uncircumcised Philistine. Rather than waiting for another, perhaps an older or more qualified soldier, it was David who recognized a need and answered the proverbial call. What would have happened if David werent willing to fight Goliath? How would history be different? In the same manner, brothers, if we dont father the children entrusted to our care in our homes, churches, and communities, who will? As we approach the annual celebration that is dedicated to both fathers and father figures, lets take a few moments to consider this very important question. This month, I especially want to encourage those who are not biological fathers but fathers, nonetheless. In fact, because 46 percent of remarried couples already have a child under 18 living in the home (Manning, 2015)1 blended families are a significant possibility. With this in mind, and those who might be dating women with children, lets look closer

    First and foremost, men, especially fathers, accept responsibility. For the brothers who have married women with children, this covenant necessarily includes a commitment to her children. As husbands to women with children, the manner in which we love and respect our wives, provide for our families, and lead them according to Biblical principles become daily examples to her children. While this does not minimize the significance of a childs biological father, men living in blended families must also be careful to not discount their role and responsibilities. More than being physically present and financially dependable, are you emotionally available to the children in your home? Do they have your time and attention? Brothers, have you accepted the fatherly responsibilities of your blended family?

    POINT NUMBER TWO:FATHERS ADJUST TO NEW EXPECTATIONS Like other family systems, blended families have unique challenges. Whereas couples whom marry without children might have the luxury of learning one another before juggling the added demands associated with raising a family, those in blended families must simultaneously adjust to a new marriage while negotiating all that comes with developing healthy, well-adjusted young people. Even when couples agree that they will always do whatever is in

    the best interest of the child, in reality, this is much easier said than done. What happens when whats in the best interest of the child is uncomfortable for me, as a man and as a husband? Without oversimplifying potentially complex situations, men who love their wives and want the best for their children place their well being above their own by genuinely adjusting to new expectations. Very importantly, this is not synonymous with lowering expectations; but for the sake of the children they love, fathers accept the awkwardness and inconveniences of their new normalnot passively or begrudgingly, but with a sincere spirit.

    POINT NUMBER THREE:FATHERS ANSWER THE CALL More than biology, fatherhood is about relationship. And, not being a biological father does not lessen the important place that you have in a childs life. For all of the brothers that have been blessed to speak into the lives of young people and impact them in meaningful ways, in many respects, not only are you a father but you also might be their only representation of a father figure. Therefore, if you dont father them, who will? If you dont teach them, who will? If you dont love them, who will? If you dont encourage them, who will? Because children are impressionablecarefully watching our actions, even when we least expect itwhat, then, will we do with such an amazing opportunity? It is my prayer that we would look to the words of the Apostle Paul recorded in Ephesians 6:4,Fathers, dont ex