Thursday, December 31, 2015

Ambassadors for Mashiach


The Eastern Gates presents 

"Ambassadors for Mashiach" 




"Ambassadors For Mashiach" is a documentary film that captures the biblical destiny of Israel, the Church and the One New Man. 

This is a must see film.

Dvd available for purchase online at: www.theeasterngates.org

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Challenges with Dr. Angela Chester

Happy New Year!  We have some awesome things planned for everyone. We hope that you'll join us. Check out the video for more. See you there!
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Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Home for the Holidays | Interview in the Long Beach Leader

Interview by Dianne Anderson  (Staff Writer)

Christmas is near.

The rush for gifts and hustle for toys, throw up the tree, hours over a hot stove, a fast six days till the New Year. Then, the moment is gone.

Local pastoral counselor, Dr. Angela Chester, thinks maybe this year, families can slow it down a bit and try to enjoy each other, and let the little things slide.
As often happens, at least some of the headaches around this time of year comes from long standing rivals hurling small insults across the table. She said a lot of it can be avoided if people can stay in a mindset of gratitude.

Her own recent close call, a car accident has left her bedridden for two weeks, gives her time to reflect on all the things that she is personally thankful for, despite extreme back pain.
In general, she said both the nation as a whole, and individuals in the community, are grieving from the latest of 355th mass shooting for this year alone. Stress at the individual level for African American families dealing with the loss of a loved one, either by gangs or wrongful death shootings by police, has a stronghold on the social psyche.    

There is a lot of violence to take in.

“It’s almost like a double whammy. Our nation is having an identity crisis, trying to put a band-aid on a wound that keeps getting ripped open,” she said. Part of coming to grips is understanding the five stages of grief -- denial, anger, bargaining, depression and finally acceptance -- which is a natural process for everyone.

“Whether it happened in San Bernardino, Boston Marathon, the children of Sandy Hook in Connecticut, in Columbine. Everyone is like, is this real, did that happen?” she said. “That’s a form of denial.”

At times, anger becomes, “how dare they do this?” leading to the bargaining stage, and trying to make sense or creating solutions. That often becomes a catalyst for action, such as mothers advocating through Mothers Against Drunk Drivers to stop the senseless loss of children.
Because of the grieving process, some laws are changed.

“Some schools now have more security cameras, metal detectors because kids were coming to school with guns. That idea came out of the bargaining stage of our grief. It was a good idea,” she said.
Through depression, both the community and individuals should do what they’ve been taught for maintaining emotional balance, turn to each other for support, she said. Others will cycle between depression and anger over a period of weeks, or months, depending on the loss.

“But we have to decide that we’re going to do something [in the healing process]. The same way that we can’t stay stuck in our depression, we can’t stay stuck in our anger,” she said.
More than likely, the recent events will be part of this family holiday conversation. But, it could also serve as a reminder to be thankful for family, not just playing lip service around turkey dinner holding hands.

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Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Prepping for the New Year

The New Year is just around the corner. If you haven't starting planning for 2016, they you're already behind the line.  Let's get you back on track and up to speed.

There's a few things you can do to start off 2016 -- one is get physically fit. Check out our video with AJ Joshi of Valens. We talk health, fitness, taking care of spirit, and more.

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Thursday, December 10, 2015

How to Spot Depression in Your College Student This Holiday


Observing these signs and symptoms?  You may need to take action.

 
The young adult who left for college in September was a predominantly vibrant, optimistic, albeit sometimes stubborn, 18-year-old heading off to a new life away from home.

Some four months later, the person who walked through the front door for the holidays has changed, though it’s difficult to articulate why.  

As social obligations mount in celebration of the season, a few observations, as well as likely explanations, are made. [READ MORE]
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Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Dealing with the Holiday Blues

The joys of the Christmas season is upon us -- trees are going up, garland is being placed -- but what about those who see this time of year as not so festive?  Trying to prevent depression and anxiety during the holidays can be challenging.  


Find out what you can do to prevent the blues and learn how to help those who suffer. Listen now!

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Sunday, November 22, 2015

Find out which FROBUTTER Is Right For You.
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Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Tutor In A Box: Interview with author Chris Mason

Are you one of the 1.5 Million children being educated in an alternative school setting (Virtual School Home School or Independent Study)?  Are you tired of educators telling you there are resources on the internet but not where they are? Would you like to put fun back into your child’s education?

If you answered yes to any of the questions ---  Tutor in the Box is for you!

Join us as we talk about educational resources and his book Tutor in a Box, with Chris Mason.

SHOW SPONSOR:  
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Tuesday, November 10, 2015

What (specifically) Holds You Back?

What’s keeping you stuck at square one? What’s blockading your greatness? The biggest thing holding us back from success is usually ourselves.
Join us as we discuss the top 3 reasons you find yourself in the same situations over-and-over again.

BONUS INTERVIEW:  Edlyne Verna of Christian United Against Sexual Violence and Homophobia in Haiti (CUASVAHH)  [pronounced kwazva].

SHOW SPONSOR:  FroButter  Dead Man Rising (film) Indiegogo

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Friday, November 6, 2015

Talking Indiegogo with Producer Lawreen Yakkel


Enjoying movies should be one of America's official past times. There's nothing like watching a good film and sharing a memory with the ones you love, but what goes on behind the scene.

Join us as we speak with Producer Lawreen Yakkel about using resources like Indiegogo to fund your upcoming short or film project.

Indiegogo: Dead Man Rising
#DeadManRising2016

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Thursday, November 5, 2015

So What's Really Wrong? Communication Tips for Relationships

If there's a special person in your life, you know how important good communication is.  Communication either makes or breaks most relationships; staying close is vital to keeping the homes fires burning. Good communication skills are essential, whether you've been together for two months or 20 years.

You too, can improve your relationship today (yep, right now) by putting into practice some of these tips for improving the communication in your relationship.

BONUS INTERVIEW:  Urban Gospel Artist MALICHI on his latest CD "Real Life"
SHOW SPONSOR:  Dead Man Rising (Film) Indiegogo

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Saturday, October 31, 2015

Rage Spinning in my Mind

Dream Interpretation |Abandonment, Fear, Anger - negative emotions.
Helping my clients deal with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is an ongoing journey.  I explain to them before starting my program that it will take time so be patient with themselves, and that everyday may deliver a new experience -- it's OK.

Many times the sessions deal with dreams and flashbacks; things they've seen or are subconsciously remembering. Being able to make heads-or-tales of whats happening in your life is an important step in healing.

You may find this article on PTSD and abandonment via dream interruption to be helpful:
I get stuck on a helicopter during an attack, hanging from a chain ladder a few feet off the ground – my gear got caught up in the chain and I cannot go up or down. A Viet Cong soldier in black pajamas is charging at me with his AK-47 – and the chopper does not move and I am stuck out in the open – a target... [READ MORE]
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Wednesday, October 28, 2015

5 Signs Your Relationship is Over

Things just aren't going right in your relationship, but you can't put your finger on it? No sure if you should say something or investigate further?

Most relationships will go through their ups and downs, but sometimes the signs are there yelling “point of no return.”  Knowing when to fight for your relationship and when to let it go are key to keeping a healthy sense of self.

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Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Mommy Bloggers Unite To Protect and Inspire Children





As a wife and mother I take the responsibility of taking care of my family seriously. I try to make the most informed decisions I can about the things that matter most to us.  As a counselor and coach I'm always sharing information and Kid's Dental Fun is one of those finds.


Their mission statement: 
Our Mission is to coordinate FREE Dental Clinics for Children while “Educating” Parents, assisting Top Dentists in each Community based on Christian Principles. 

Well after watching this video I knew I needed to share this site with you. 
All caring Moms should see ASAP! End Child Abuse & Den-Disease
(Caution - If your Child is watching this with you)


Take a moment to find out more via the website, the Facebook page and my fave platform Twitter. More videos available here.

I hope they continue the great work of helping families -- no little one should ever have to go through this.
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#KeepItChristianDMV


Many people ask the question -- can you be a Christian and still have a "good time" or do you just pray all day and study the bible? The answer: All of the above!  Yes, Christians study their bible and pray for various reasons, but there's still room to have a social life and still honor your faith.  BONUS INTERVIEW:  Cynthia Jordan of The Connector Be sure to check out The Connector on Facebook.  Want to attend an event visit http://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-christian-social-connector-tickets-17794788692 Twitter: #KeepItChristianDMV   SHOW SPONSORED BY:  Love Jones 316 on YouTube

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Monday, September 28, 2015

Christian Romance Novels - Talking with author M.A. Malcolm

If you didn't know that Christians could read romance novels be inspired.  Author M.A. Malcolm visits with us and shares more about why she writes and what got her started. 


What do you do when you are not writing?
The truth is, I hardly ever have the time to write! I’m the wife of a successful entrepreneur and the mother of a three-year-old who has an insatiable appetite for all kinds of learning. That alone keeps me pretty busy! I’m also a certified copy editor with my own freelance service called Nitpicking with a Purpose, where I work on improving the writing of Christian authors and others. As if that’s not enough, I’m a part-time college instructor and administrative service provider. Every few months, I remember that I’m also a blogger. It’s a lot! There isn’t a lot of sleep in my world.

When did you first start writing and when did you finish your first book?
The first drafts on my computer date back to 2010, but I started out on paper — probably somewhere in 2009. In 2013, I participated in NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) and started over from scratch using the same outline. I ended up writing over 50,000 words that month. That version became what is now His Last Hope, which I finished writing early this year (2015) and published in July.

How did you choose the genre you write in?
Christian romance is what I read, so that’s what I feel led to write. I’ve actually been an avid reader since I was a small child, and I still enjoy reading when I can; I love having an e-reader app on my phone – I can read just about anywhere. I love reading so much that I did a master’s degree in Spanish American Literature. Before becoming a Christian, I used to devour secular romance novels, and after dedicating my life to the Lord, I was thrilled to discover Christian romance. I’ve read so many novels that for me, it was the logical choice. I did try writing Christian non-fiction in 2009, but it just didn’t ‘click’ for me. I eventually incorporated the message I wanted to share in that book into my first novel.

Is anything in your book based on real life experiences or purely all imagination?
The main plot of His Last Hope is completely fictional. More than a decade ago, I read a secular novel about an amnesiac who fell for the detective working on her case, and I remember wishing at the time that the author had gone in a different direction and included a pregnancy. After waiting on someone else to write that book, I decided to try and write it. That part of the story was all my imagination; however, there is a sub-plot that deals with loss and how Christians feel when their dreams and expectations are shattered. The sub-plot was loosely based on an episode in my own life when my husband and I dealt with two pregnancy losses early in our marriage. I channeled my emotions into the sub-plot. I took what really happened to us and fictionalized it by adding and subtracting as I went along. A lot of what the character shares in her journal is based on my own journal entries from that period. Interestingly, the whole purpose of writing and publishing the book is to deliver the message of the sub-plot, not that of the plot.

What project are you working on now?
I’m currently working on a prequel to my first novel. After my beta readers were given advance copies of His Last Hope, several said they would like to know the story of the married couple who were the focus of the sub-plot. It never even occurred to me before then that I might write another novel, but I found myself wanting to know their story, too. I started writing it in February 2015, but decided after seven months to scrap it and start again. That said, I hope to have it ready before the summer of 2016. I also have two more related ideas I’m toying with. I suspect this year’s NaNoWriMo is going to be very hectic for me! Readers may end up with a His Last Hope series before too long!

What brought you to write this book?
During my first pregnancy, it was prophesied that my son would reach people for Christ without opening his mouth. When he was stillborn, I wondered if the prophecy had died with him. Now I understand that this book is in fact the fulfillment of that prophecy. If I had never lost him, I would never have felt led to help others to deal with loss, and now that the book is “out there,” it really is “reaching people for Christ.” Sadly, I suffered a miscarriage less than a year after the stillbirth. That was when the idea of writing a book to help Christians deal with these challenges came to me. I prayed about it, because I’d never considered writing a book before, and confirmation was swift. As I mentioned, I tried the non-fiction route, but it wasn’t for me. I didn’t want to write a novel about pregnancy loss, though, so I decided to merge that message and the amnesia plot I’d already been thinking about for years. It took six years, but I’m humbled that since publication, God has allowed the book to bring a message of hope to the hearts of Christian readers. My first two children may not have lived in the flesh, but through the novel and the donation of part proceeds to the maternity ward of the Soddo Christian Hospital in Ethiopia, so many lives will be impacted by them. I pray that the Lord will continue to use the book to reach those who need it most.

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About author M.A. Malcolm
M. A. Malcolm still finds it hard to believe that she is a published Christian author. A certified copy editor and college instructor, she has been interested in writing fiction since her childhood. The lonely, blinking cursors surrounded by stark white space, however, convinced her that writing wasn't one of her gifts.

Until she had something she was desperate to say.

In the wake of multiple pregnancy losses early in her marriage, she felt led to write something that would help Christian women to deal with grief. After several failed attempts to translate her thoughts to the pages of a self-help book, she began to write a fictional story line that incorporated some of the painful issues she wanted to address. Soon, it was as if the characters had a life of their own, and she could only accompany them on their journey towards healing and love.

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Monday, September 14, 2015

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Monday, August 31, 2015

Back to School 2015

It's that time of year again - back to school. That's right summer is just about over and it's time to hit the books again. Join us as we talk about making this year the smoothest transition yet.
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Saturday, August 29, 2015

What is JesuShared.com?


Jesus Shared is a new website designed to encourage and connect believers and non-believers alike, through the power of God’s unconditional love and compassion. It exists to prove to the world that no matter how broken you are or what you’re going through, there will always be someone to help you through it. Jesus Shared is more than a website. It’s more than a platform. It’s an outreach meant to bring hurting people closer to each other, and to the God who loves them.

So how exactly does Jesus Shared accomplish that goal? The platform actually includes a variety of features that serve to fulfill the same purpose in many different ways. One of the highlights of Jesus Shared is the ability to request a prayer. Within a few clicks, anyone can send their prayer needs to the staff at Jesus Shared, who then pray as requested and send a blessing both through e-mail and on their blog. Though the Holy Spirit is all you need to approach God in prayer, it is always uplifting to know that someone cares enough to approach God on your behalf.

Another simple feature that goes a long way is the ability to talk to someone about your problems or concerns. Sometimes the most compassionate thing someone can do for you in your time of need is listen. These people don’t know you well enough to have biased opinions or thoughts about your situation. They are simply there to listen and give advice that ultimately directs you in the way of the Lord. When you’re hurting, that’s all you can ever ask for.

Jesus Shared does not only provide a safe haven for weary souls. It also equips passionate hearts for ministry. It gives people who care a platform to find people to care for. Whether you desire to counsel others or simply pray for them, Jesus Shared will never deny you the opportunity to shine the light of Christ in this dark and lonely world.

In this day and age of incredible technology, Christians are able to reach out like never before. Jesus Shared seeks to take a hold of the invaluable resource of the Internet and use it for the glory of God and the furthering of His Kingdom. The Church cannot thrive without people who are humble enough to admit their weaknesses and bold enough to find strength in the name of Jesus. The community at Jesus Shared is full of both kinds, and there are many who would testify to that.  



Jesus Shared’s site verse is Matthew 5:3: “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” This entire ministry is living proof that the least of the least are loved by the King and that when we come to Him, together, as equally imperfect human beings, He empowers us. He gives us all that we need to make it in this life and to walk boldly into the next. 



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Monday, August 24, 2015

Building Relationships

Relationship - it's turned into a "four letter word" for some, while others need a label for clarification and comfort. Understanding the importance for proper classification and categorization can help many to see where they need to make adjustments in their lives.

Do you refer to people as your “friend” yet you’ve only known them for 2 weeks?  Do you feel that your cubical mate is your friend or as a co-worker?

Join us as we look at what to call the various relationships in our lives.
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Thursday, August 20, 2015

How Did He Know?

How Did He Know? (HDHK) is a revolutionary app that delivers daily, customized tips to help men become better husbands and partners—and reap the rewards that come from happy, fulfilling relationships.

With the HDHK app, men receive daily tips on how they can best meet their wives’ needs. Using a proprietary algorithm and data you supply about your partner and your relationship, HDHK can anticipate your wife’s needs—before she even knows them! Daily, customized tips will help you understand your wife’s monthly changes—physically and emotionally—and provide you with insight to ‘wow’ her each and every day.

Join us as we speak with the founder Derek Tye.
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Tuesday, July 21, 2015

The Headache of Sports Injuries: Dealing with TBI

In the past ten years it has become clear that the repeated traumatic insults involved in contact sports such as football, baseball and soccer are causing more damage than every originally imagined. Although sports injuries contribute to fatalities infrequently, the leading cause of death from sports-related injuries is traumatic brain injury.

Join us as we find out what you can do to lessen your chance of injury and/or co-survive your injury.
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Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Traumatic Brain Injury and PTSD: Wounded Vets

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain injury (TBI) often coexist because brain injuries are often sustained in traumatic experiences.  The so-called mild traumatic brain injury has been called one of the wars' signature wounds. The shock waves from roadside bombs can ripple through soldiers' brains, causing damage that sometimes leaves no visible scars but may cause lasting mental and physical harm.

JOIN US as we explore the convergence of post-traumatic stress disorder and mild traumatic brain injury in part 2 of our series.
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Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Leadership of Women in Society

Women bring a "certain something" to everything they do - including leadership. Many people stereotypical think that women can not be leaders, however, we know that not to be true. Historically women have been making power moves and changing history since biblical times.

Join us as we talk with Jessica Nevines and how she is showing women how to live to their fullest potential.
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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Author Spotlight: M. Obaseki

Author M. Obaseki was our guest on Modern Living with Dr. Angela, but we thought we'd bring you a little something extra to help you get to know this author. Her book How to be a GREAT Christian Leader: A Workbook for New and Aspiring Leaders in Ministry is available on Amazon.




TELL US ABOUT YOU:
I’m Deconess M. Obaseki (Author M. Obaseki) and I’ve been a practicing born again Christian for the last 25 years. I’m married to a Pastor and serve as the Head of Training and Development in a Pentecostal Ministry and Executive Assistant to a Senior Pastor. 

I am an author, owner of a publishing company and sought after public speaker on Church development, growth and Training needs.


REAL LIFE EXPERIENCES IN MINISTRY AND MY MOTIVATION FOR WRITING THE BOOK:
I’ve been a strong worker and Leader in ministry and I’ve also experienced good and bad leadership practices which have had a positive OR negative effect on church members and the body of Christ. Things usually go wrong starting with the leadership.

My passion is to impart what God has given me (a commission to train and develop workers at all levels right up to leadership) to impact the body of Christ so that we concentrate on the great commission i.e. the saving and winning of souls.

I believe to do this we must start with the Leaders in Ministry who have a direct influence. If a leader is a late time keeper, their workers and staff will be the same remember the children will do what their parents do! Leader gossips their workers will gossip and so on and so forth. The problem is that sometimes leaders don’t see this in themselves and don’t realize their affect on those who are working under them.

So it’s important for leaders to understand their influence and its link with the growth (or not) of the church and the body of Christ.



TELL US ABOUT THE TITLE OF THE BOOK:
The title How to be a GREAT Christian Leader was a very calculated move on my part. There are lots of good even great leadership books which I’ve read particularly by the late Dr Myles Monroe who I greatly admired. BUT I wanted something that addressed very new leaders because so often they find themselves in leadership without knowing what a leader really is.

How to be a GREAT Christian Leader addresses the basic step by step practical things a leader must know in order to be GREAT. It includes an analysis of the 4 main personality types and how that can affect relationships with the people they work with or report to them.


WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE CHAPTER IN THE BOOK?
My favorite chapter in the book is a fantastic 360 degree self-assessment to help the reader understand their own strengths and weaknesses as a leader so they know how their behavior and ideology affects those they are working with.


SO WHAT’S NEXT FOR YOU?
I have the intention of getting an audio recording of How to be a GREAT Christian Leader book made especially for those who drive a lot or are busy but still want the practical help with their leadership approach this book offers. I’m also writing a book especially for Workers in the Vineyard as we speak which will address some of the challenges they go through.




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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Dealing with Sexual Violence in America

Sexual violence is a significant problem in the United States. Sexual violence refers to "sexual activity where consent is not obtained or not given freely."  This form of violence is both a public health and human rights problem; causing both short- and long-term consequences on a women's physical, mental, and sexual and reproductive health.

Sexual violence can occurs in the context of an intimate partnership, within one's family or community structure, or during times of national/political conflict, it is a deeply violating and painful experience for the survivor.
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Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Co-Surviving Traumatic Brain Injury

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) happens when a bump, blow, jolt, or other head injury causes damage to the brain. Every year, millions of people in the U.S. suffer brain injuries. More than half are bad enough that people must go to the hospital. The worst injuries can lead to permanent brain damage or death. Half of all TBIs are from motor vehicle accidents. Military personnel in combat zones are also at risk.

Join us for the 3-part series of looking at TBI in America. We will focus on sports related, military related and general causes of TBI and what you as a family member can do to co-survive this injury.

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Thursday, June 11, 2015

Peri-meno-what?



H. Denise Martin author of "Love Me Through My Season of Change"

As women we go through various stages of growth and change in our lives, one of them being menopause. The upside - we're about to enter into a new stage of life that will bring certain joys and freedoms. The downside - many times we're not told what we should expect and how it will affect our day-to-day lives. We'll, we now have a book that discusses just that!  

Take a moment to visit her website to find out more about this awesome book!

My Years Leading to Menopause

ISBN-978-0990450559
Chronic Fatigue had me confined to my home, insomnia had me restrained to my bed and depression became my closest friend.  Hot flashes disguised a heart attack, night sweats left me in a pool of water and weight gain was out of control.  Through my desperation to find myself, I discovered I was not in this camp alone. 
In fact, it was more popular than I ever imagined; millions of women were on this road with me.  This book I share my research, trial and triumphs and how I survived this season leading to menopause and I trust it will help you just as much.




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Wednesday, June 3, 2015

The Call of Entrepreneurship

Entrepreneurship is the process of starting a business or other organization. An entrepreneur is someone who organizes, manages, and assumes the risks of a business or enterprise. An entrepreneur is an agent of change. But, many owners say, their adventure in entrepreneurship was never completely about making money.

For many who have taken the path of independence it is a lifestyle and way to express one's passion for life and to make a difference in the world in which we live.  Join us as we talk with Kendra Shealey of First Coast Education Services, LLC, as she shares her story of changing lives.


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Sunday, May 31, 2015

Is Sustainability a Christian Virtue?

Years ago as a freshman, I was on the mock trial team. My brother was a star high school football player. I role-played lawyer games at courthouses around the state. Often, the student lawyers would make a game out of objecting to actions and questions of the opposition. The judge would then respond, "overruled" or "sustained."

This week at The High Calling, we're talking about sustainability, which is a relatively new concept. Prior to 1960, something was sustainable if it could be legally defended, like our pretend objections during a mock trial.

Forgive me for being a word nerd: by the mid 1960s and early 1970s, the word sustainable developed a business nuance for healthy economic practices that aimed for long-term sustainable growth rather than short-term profits. Only in the 1980s did the word carry the ecological meaning that many of us hear.

Sustainability is a new concept even in our own culture, but at its essence, it is an awareness of future generations. We want to be good stewards of the resources given to us--ecological, economic, educational, and spiritual.

The biblical parallel might be the consummate human integrity, virtue, and maturity associated with teleios. This is the Greek word New Testament Christians used when they looked to the future and imagined the most perfect outcome. Teleios is the perfect end game: the movie that wraps up in exactly the right way. The court case that delivers the perfect verdict. The perfect play at the end of a football game that wins everything for your team.

Paul reminds the Corinthians how we reach these perfect endings. We reach them through love, and love never fails. It is patient. It is kind. It is the perfect attribute of our perfect God.

Our world needs sustainability--and the higher virtue of love--because our world is not perfect or complete. Most of what we experience, we experience in part. Partial things are useless, but love can distinguish partial things from whole things. Love can recognize what things will become useless in the future and what things will lead us to perfection. When we let love rule, when we love God and love our neighbors, we will live and work in ways that are sustainable for future generations.

BIBLE PASSAGE:

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears.

1 Corinthians 13:4-10

QUESTIONS FOR FURTHER REFLECTION: What comes to mind when you hear the word sustainability? Is this an idea that inspires you or not? Why? Are you living in such a way that will leave the world a better place for future generations?

PRAYER: Dear God, some ideas like sustainability seem to come from a different world than the world of faith. I know that everything is connected and everything matters to you, but the words we use sometimes divide our lives into God things and other things. Help me to hear your desires underneath all the different types of jargon that people use, and help me stay committed to your desires as I go about my daily work. Let me recognize the long timetable of love--loving not only you and my immediate neighbor, but the neighbors I will never see because they are too far away from me in space or in time. I praise you for being a God beyond space and time. Amen.

Article By:
Marcus Goodyear is the acting Editor-in-Chief of The High Calling 
for the H. E. Butt Family Foundation.
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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Hope for Sexual Addicton: Outer Circle Treatment Center


Outer Circle is the newest and most innovative Residential Sex Addiction Treatment Center for Men. Their focus ~ to treat the root causes of addiction!

Outer Circle is committed to providing comprehensive and personalized treatment, by a team of seasoned addiction and trauma specialists.  You will receive a hands on and personalized therapeutic experience, in an environment that is private, safe, comfortable and free of judgement.

Recovery is possible, and the promise of a fulfilling life awaits.

Join us for the interview that could help someone you love with sex addiction, love addiction or compulsive sexual behaviors.
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Thursday, May 21, 2015

Memorial Day Sale Event

It's our 10th annual Memorial Day sales event and we're passing on the savings to you!

Get Buy 3 Get 1 Free or 25% off -- the choice is yours.  Hurry sale ends May 31st. 

Individual counseling, eCounseling, couples therapy, senior and student sessions available.

Click here for coupon.
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Tuesday, May 12, 2015

The Healing Power of Music


An unconventional approach to recovery and coping, music therapy is a field of medicine capturing new attention due to its role in helping those who suffer from a host of ailments from PTSD, Cancer, High Blood Pressure, depression, General Anxiety Disorder, and more.

Join us as we discuss ways that you can incorporate music into your day-to-day routine and benefit from the universal language of music.
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Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Celebrating National Teacher's Day

Everybody who does something good, important, and valuable deserves a day in their honor, right? Well, Teachers certainly are among some of the most deserving. This day honors those hard working, patient and understanding people whom we entrust our children to.

Teachers mold our kids in a positive direction, affecting who they are and who they become - good and bad.  From Kindergarten through college, teachers are there. So let's give 'em their due.
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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Dealing with Borderline Personality Disorder?

Does someone close to you suffer from borderline personality disorder (BPD)? If so, you already know that BPD not only affects those with the diagnosis—it affects everyone who loves them.

Those with BPD have difficulty regulating their emotions and behavior which can take a toll on their spouses, family members, and friends. But there’s hope!

You can’t force folks to get treatment, but you can take steps to improve and stabilize the relationship. Find out how!

BONUS INTERVIEW: Mark Redmond of NutriTutor

SHOW SPONSORS:   Charismatic Central    Roots of Health

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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Mental Health Problems Facing College Students

Cases of mental illness among college students have become a growing problem in our society. As we take a  look at the changes and challenges in today's colleges and universities we discover that more and more students are not seeking the assistance they need to succeed while at school and many illness therefore go untreated.

This episode we will take a look at what is affecting our student mental health and what we can do about it.

SEGMENT MUSIC BY: Bobby Winters Click for more on iTunes
SHOW SPONSORS:  Credit Counselor Brooke English    Roots of Health




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