Good News - October 2023

PUBLISHER 6 OctOber 2023 Good News • South Florida edition This month we cover feature the 20th Anniversary of the National Christian Foundation of South Florida, known simply as “NCF.” Good News Editor, Shelly Pond covers the ascension, vital growth and importance of those two decades on pages 20 and 21. I’ll let the fascinating story speak for itself. I no longer consider myself a new believer, and my old friends curiously ask me two questions: why? And, am I no longer a Jew? With my new friends I find myself being asked two questions: Do you know Jesus? And, do you know Stephan? I first met NCFSF Co-Founder Stephan Tchividjian sometime in 2011 when I began my Jesus journey through his weekly Bible Study. The lessons have spanned continents as well as the essential ninemonth Lifework Leadership course, and everything in between and after. We have a respectfully close relationship with constant interaction; he usually calls me “Bud” either an endearing southern charm type of thing or he doesn’t remember my name? I sometimes sign my texts “Bud” so as to not confuse him. Stephan, simply put, is the go-to guy. Rarely does anything engage forward movement in our village without the behind-the-scenes prayerful and respectful blessings; after you consult Stephan. Wisdom, grace and respect are the leadership traits of Jesus. In an exhibit of elegant grace, Stephan rarely answers a question directly without first suggesting, “what does that mean to you?” And then the dialogue commences. A trait he credits to lessons learned as a young child when he would exhibit curiosity in discussions with his late grandfather Billy Graham. I was blessed to be baptized by Stephan, a seminal day in my rebirth. After years of passing on many opportunities to be baptized in ocean settings, I considered it my grace to not put an ocean full of fish species in danger, fearing they would wash up dead on shore. Many years ago, my Bible study brothers trekked to my West Broward home pool, a safer confine to witness my baptism. Albeit my fear of the pool water turning black did not occur, a month later my pool did spring a leak in the structure and ficus tree roots did punch through to begin the growth of a tree in the middle of my pool. Of course, they had to dig up my pool deck first to make pool repairs. He is watching me. I’m sure thousands have ”Stephan” memorable moments and stories; events, initiatives, triumphs and very personal family issues. Our region is fortunate to have NCF guided by Co-Founders: Stephan Tchividjian and Brett Stepelton. NCFSF is just one of the many hats Stephan Tchividjian wears: son, nephew, husband, father, grandfather, Pastor, CEO, leader and friend. We get to share his brilliant writing talents as a master storyteller of God’s Word, but none more important than faithful servant. Prayers for another twenty and then another twenty. We are grateful. -Les South Florida Edition • Good News • October 2023 • Volume 25, Issue 7 Advertising: We reach over 110,000 readers each month. 80,000 in print and 30,000 via our online digital edition. Placing an ad in our publication is affordable and effective to help grow your business. Call us today! Distribution: Available in more than 800 locations throughout South Florida. To become a free distribution point for the newspaper, please contact Shelly. The Good News is published by Good News Media Group, LLC, Reproduction in whole or part strictly forbidden without the consent of the publisher. Copyright 2023. All rights reserved. Good News Media Group, LLC. PO Box 670368, Coral Springs, FL 33067 954-564-5378 • Publisher: Leslie J. Feldman Editor: Shelly Pond Advertising & Marketing: Robert “Buddy” Helland Jr. V.P. Sr. Marketing Manager Art Director: Milton McPherson Associate Art Director: Joseph Sammaritano Social Media Manager: Ariel Feldman Editorial Assistant: Eric Solomon Cover Photography: Justus Martin Leslie J. Feldman IN THE WORD . . . . . . . . .8 Franklin Graham: Courts Are Crucial, but God Is Supreme – by Franklin Graham PERSPECTIVE . . . . . . . . .10 Crumbs, Milk and Honey - by Stephan N. Tchividjian MARRIAGE . . . . . . . . . . .12 How Well Do You Know Yourself? - by Lisa May PARENTING . . . . . . . . . .14 Turn Your Family Time Back On – by Dr. Bob Barnes & Torrey Roberts YOU ASK WHY? . . . . . . 16 God’s Glory or My Gain? – by Dr. Tommy Boland FOSTER CARE . . . . . . . . .18 The Power of Collaboration – by Kevin Enders COVER ARTICLE . .20 - 21 National Christian Foundation South Florida Celebrates 20 Years – by Shelly Pond THE CODE . . . . . . . . . . . .22 Make Proper Adjustments – by Dr. O.S. Hawkins GOOD NEWS WANTS TO KNOW . . . . . . . . .24 - 26 What cool existing invention do you wish you had thought of to invent yourself? HEART AND SOUL . . . .28 55 Years of God-Sized Dreams at Palm Beach Atlantic University – by Dr. Debra Schwinn LEGAL Q&A . . . . . . . . . .30 What Should I Consider When Choosing a Contractor? – by William “Bill” C. Davell and Rob Meacham FAITH AND VOCATION . .32 Fruit of the Spirit in the Public School – by Kim Bryan, Ed.D ENCOURAGEMENT . . .34 Blowin’ In The Wind – by Omar Aleman WE GET LETTERS . . . . .36 NEWS . . . . . . . . . . .38 - 40 OUT AND ABOUT . . . .41 CALENDAR . . . . . .42 – 43 Congratulations NCF on Your First 20 On The Cover The National Christian Foundation South Florida marks 20 years with snapshots from significant community events they’ve hosted over the years. Pictured in photos clockwise from upper left: Fort Lauderdale BeachFest in April 2003; the inaugural Class of 2007 for Lifework Leadership; Stephan Tchividjian (right) introduces Elise Warner, of Walmart, during a Lifework Leadership Class; Don Campion, President, Banyan Air Service; Wayne Huizenga, Jr. and Fonda Huizenga; H. Collins Forman, Jr., Jennifer Forman, Eddie Copeland, Nicky Gumbal, Pippa Gumbal, Mindy Caliguire, Laurie Farquhar and UNKN; Eddie Copeland, Pastor Pedro Villegas, Pastor Frank Lopez, Pastor Doug Sauder and Pastor Virgil Sierra at a Church United Event; Dr. Jessica Vera, Ginger Martin, and Wendy Elliott; Mart Green, Hobby Lobby Board Chair; and Tony Evans, Pastor, Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship in Dallas. Photos courtesy NCFSF Baptism (Left to Right) Stephan Tchividjian, Les Feldman, Bob Coy CONTENTS Good News • October • Volume 25 Issue 7