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Prayer is an issue I’ve often wrestled with. It makes me uncomfortable. When I’m uncomfortable, I hesitate. When I hesitate, I become introspective. When I become introspective, I question myself. I can’t seem to fall into a comfort groove. I don’t seem to have an issue when I pray privately; however, I’m very self-conscious in public prayer. I know it stems from being grateful, grateful for all that I have: my family, my health, business and social. I see so many people in need. I think of the selfish nature of daring to pray for more goodness? I’ve also learned that prayer shouldn’t necessarily be about ourselves; in large part we pray for others, their needs, their desires, their fulfillments. I try to focus on that, but once again, I find it uncomfortable to do it in public. It stems from a long term can do attitude that my nature and background suggest, just get up and get it done. Don’t wait on others. I’m learning humility and grace, but it’s a heavy haul to someone who spent the majority of his life living not to rely on excuses. I live. I learn. I appreciate, and now I emulate those friends I admire, and how they come to grips with the ease of praying to our Father to admit our sins and ask forgiveness. Below is a much more articulate understanding of prayer, why you do it and why we do it. For me and my generation, we’ve lived our lifetime without Google search. We’ve had to rely on much of our own wisdom and hope that we’re good guessers. Since I like to learn, Google search has provided me with fingertip wisdom for which I’m thankful and anticipate fewer scars from daily scrapes, persistent trial and error. Of course, as men, we don’t read the directions that come in the box with advice on how to build things; it slows us down too much… Thank God for emoji’s. ...................................................................... Jesus Prayed Regularly Why did Jesus pray? One reason he prayed was as an example so that we could learn from him. The Gospels are full of references to the prayers of Christ, including these examples: • “After he had dismissed them, he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray” (Matthew 14:23). • “Then Jesus went with his disciples to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to them, ‘Sit here while I go over there and pray'” (Matthew 26:36). • “Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed” (Mark 1:35). • “But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed” (Luke 5:16). • “One of those days Jesus went out to a mountainside to pray, and spent the night praying to God” (Luke 6:12). • “Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up” (Luke 18:1). Prayer is How We Communicate with God Prayer allows us to worship and praise the Lord. It also allows us to offer confession of our sins, which should lead to our genuine repentance. Moreover, prayer grants us the opportunity to present our requests to God. All of these aspects of prayer involve communication with our Creator. He is personal, cares for us, and wants to commune with us through prayer. • ” …if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land” (2 Chronicles 7:14). • Isaiah wrote, “He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint” (Isaiah 40:29-31). • Hebrews 4:15-16 reads, “For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are – yet was without sin. Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.” Prayer is not just about asking for God’s blessings – though we are welcome to do so – but it is about communication with the living God. Without communication, relationships fall apart. So, too, our relationship with God suffers when we do not communicate with Him. The above source material by Robert Velarde was excerpted from Focus on the Family. PUBLISHER 6 JULY 2024 www.goodnewsfl.org Good News • South Florida Edition South Florida Edition • Good News • July 2024 • Volume 26, Issue 4 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 2024. All rights reserved. Good News Media Group, LLC. PO Box 670368, Coral Springs, FL 33067 954-564-5378 • www.goodnewsfl.org Publisher: Leslie J. Feldman [email protected] Editor: Shelly Pond [email protected] Advertising & Marketing: Robert “Buddy” Helland Jr. V.P. Sr. Marketing Manager [email protected] Art Director: Milton McPherson [email protected] Associate Art Director: Joseph Sammaritano [email protected] Social Media Manager: Ariel Feldman [email protected] Editorial Assistant: Eric Solomon [email protected] Cover Photography: Justus Martin [email protected] PERSPECTIVE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8 Nests In Your Hair – by Stephan N. Tchividjian IN THE WORD . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10 Franklin Graham: Don’t Hate God’s Chosen People – by Franklin Graham PARENTING . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12 No Longer a Crisis Parent by – Dr. Bob Barnes and Torrey Roberts HEART AND SOUL . . . . . . . . . .14 Using Servant Leadership as an Antidote to the Campus Culture of Protests – by Dr. Debra Schwinn YOU ASK WHY? . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Opposites Attract– by Dr. Tommy Boland FOSTER CARE . . . . . . . . . . . . . .18 Make Summer Memories – by Tom Lukasik THE CODE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .20 Three Verses for Youth… And the Rest of Us! – by Dr. O.S. Hawkins LEGAL Q&A . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .22 Seven Steps Toward Staying Out of Court – by William “Bill” C. Davell and Paul Lopez GOOD NEWS WANTS TO KNOW . . . . . .24 - 25 Have you ever won a trophy, and would the activity surprise your friends? ENCOURAGEMENT . . . . . . . . .26 Hope Springs Eternal – by Omar Aleman COVER ARTICLE . . . . . . . .28 - 29 Dr. O.S. Hawkins: A Continuing Legacy of Faith in Fort Lauderdale – by Shelly Pond MARRIAGE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 Change - by Lisa May WE GET LETTERS . . . . . . . . . . .32 COMMUNITY NEWS . . . .34 – 40 CALENDAR . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .42 Prayer On The Cover Dr. O.S. Hawkins addresses students at MacGorman Chapel on the campus of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. A Spiritual father to many, Dr. O.S. Hawkins helped lay the foundations of faith in Fort Lauderdale, leading First Baptist Fort Lauderdale, as pastor, for 15 years through a period of revival and growth in the 1980’s. Read the cover article on page 28. Photo Courtesy of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary Leslie J. Feldman CONTENTS Good News • July • Volume 26 Issue 4

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PERSPECTIVE 8 JULY 2024 www.goodnewsfl.org Good News • South Florida Edition Over the past few weeks, we have been reminded of the consequences of sin. We can easily become discouraged or disillusioned when we hear of men and women seduced by sin. One of the ripple effects is that we find ourselves examining our own hearts and actions. My grandmother used to have a saying, “You can’t keep birds from flying over your head, but you can certainly keep them from making nests in your hair.” The imagery was a warning of how sin creeps into our lives. May I illustrate this by telling a story of a friend? My friend James My friend, I will call him James (not his real name), was riding high… everything he touched turned to gold. He had influence, wealth, community, toys, a large family, health…. basically everything. He also really loved God… I mean loved God. He often talked about God like they were best friends. I had never met anyone with that type of experience with God. He loved his work, and he loved doing his work with his people. I must say, I was a little envious of him. I thought of James as a cross between Sean Penn, Johnathan Edwards and Bono. I have learned that no-one can ride the wave of success forever, and you can tell a lot about someone when the “gravy train runs out.” My friend was bound to experience this, and I was really curious as to how he and his family would handle it. Was his relationship with God based upon the blessings God gave him? I mean, seriously, wouldn’t we all love God if we had his life? I am reminded of Horatio Spafford writing the hymn, “It Is Well With My Soul” as he traversed the Atlantic Ocean on a ship, after he had lost his four daughters a few months earlier in a tragic maritime accident, with only his wife surviving. I am also reminded of Job in the Bible… he lost it all but then seemed to not lose faith in God. One day, it happened. It happened I will say that it happened slowly over time as so many things do. James had been intentional about surrounding himself with a great team. These were men and women who were some of the best in their fields. James was not intimated by strong people around him, and, in fact, it was one of the reasons he was so successful. James had built a strong organization and was probably its most valuable asset; however, those around him began to exclude him from some of the firm’s activities. The leadership team’s intentionality was not to show any disrespect; it was simply to not bother him with some of the day-to-day operations. I would say it’s probably one of the greatest fears of any leader, founder and influencer, the loss of relevancy. I think it’s part of the “getting old” process. How do I maintain my influence, though I know that I may not be as relevant as I used to be, and I am ok with that? This is tough. One particular day, James was confronted by his COO regarding an upcoming company trip where they were going to present to a very influential and large client. The opportunity had some large rewards but also some very significant challenges. James’ COO was sent in by the rest of the team to explain to James that they did not want him coming along on this trip. They acknowledged his influence, wisdom and legacy but felt that at this time it was not wise for him to join the meeting. James was livid, and he did not take the decision well. He made it clear that he had the authority to override them, and his COO acknowledged that, but insisted he listen to the team that he had empowered. They wanted his trust. He said he would have to think about it over the next few days. He considered what his trusted advisors had suggested and decided to acquiesce, though he didn’t like it. Sometimes in life we find ourselves having to do the right thing, but we still really struggle with the decision. The right decision is often not the easiest one to make. James was hurt. James was angry. James was sad but mostly James was scared. He felt vulnerable, and he felt like perhaps the horizon of his life was now in sight. Was this the beginning of the end of his dominance, of his blessed life, of his influence? James became increasingly irritable with those around him. He never lost control, but he simply was not himself. He was not laughing very much. He was quiet, withdrawn, seemed more passive than he had been in the past, and it appeared perhaps was losing interest in the things that used to captivate his attention. He had aged and frankly was not good company. I can’t speak for a woman, but I can suggest that when a man seems to lose his virility it does something to him. I feel sorry for James, a little, but honestly, I sort of feel like, “welcome to our world.” He seemed to be taking this decision by his leadership team to exclude him from a meeting to a level that was not his nature. What was going on in James’s life? How was this affecting his life with God? One afternoon she caught his eye. The curiosity opened up an inner conversation that was going on in his head. He felt something he had not felt for a while. He felt a validation. He felt relevant. A look did that? James initially noticed the smile followed by the eyes; they were intent on him, they filled his void, they stirred up a sense of life he had not felt in a long time. I will avoid the gory details, but James was seduced by the idea and used his charm, wealth and power to seduce another. A grave mistake The extreme high of the thrill was followed, days later, by the extreme low of the reality. James’ temporary reprieve was replaced by an aggressive and hard to control anger and shame tethered to overt feeling of being victimized. James’ decision and subsequent behavior cost him more than he could have imagined at the moment of seduction. Time provided a sober reality of his grave mistake, his destructive behavior, the pain his actions cost others and quickly fell into a season of significant despair. He went from believing everything was going his way to now wanting to crawl into a hole and die. James has never fully recovered, and the people in his life have all paid a big price. I do believe James and God are good, but he does revisit a common conversation with Him, a conversation around worth, love, sorrow and the ever-present shoulda-woulda-coulda. James perhaps did not lose his soul, but he did wound it. We are James Ponder on the story of James. The story is familiar because we are all James. King David’s story is reflected above. God promises to protect us as we stay close to Him. The Bible commands us to flee, to humble ourselves and surrender to our Savior. When a bird flies over your head, take notice. When a bird lands on your head with a twig, take action. Stephan N. Tchividjian is the CEO and co-founder of the National Christian Foundation South Florida. Visit southflorida.ncfgiving.com to learn more. Nests In Your Hair - Stephan Tchividjian - CEO and Co-Founder, National Christian Foundation South Florida

10 JULY 2024 www.goodnewsfl.org Good News • South Florida Edition IN THE WORD While I was preaching the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ in Kraków, Poland, this spring, I visited the infamous Auschwitz concentration camp, where 1.3 million people, mostly Jews, were held captive, tortured, raped and murdered almost 80 years ago. Multitudes were gassed to death with cyanide, and their bodies then put into ovens and incinerated. In total, the brutal Nazi regime slaughtered more than 6 million Jews across Europe during the Second World War. Auschwitz made me wonder if mankind has learned a lesson. Could such virulent antisemitism ever erupt again? It didn’t take too long to find out. I had planned to visit some missionary friends in the Middle East following the Festival in Kraków, but those plans were interrupted when airspace in the region was closed in the aftermath of Iran’s April 14 attack on Israel. Iran, a terrorist state, launched more than 300 missiles and drones against Israel. Thanks to defensive assistance from the United States, U.K., and regional forces, most were shot down. Otherwise, many Jewish citizens might have perished — perhaps even more than the 1,200 who died last October when Israel was attacked by Hamas, Iran’s agents on Israel’s border. After returning home, I was stunned to see the surge of raucous anti-Israel demonstrations across this nation. From coast to coast, loud protesters filled streets and took over college campuses, not only claiming to support Palestinians but also raging against Israel. The protesters seemed oblivious to the brutality of Hamas, which butchered men, women and children; decapitated babies; and ripped women’s wombs open in the Oct. 7 raid on Israel. Incredibly, college campuses such as Columbia, NYU, Harvard, MIT and Yale — supposedly where America’s best and brightest are educated — were filled with hateful rants and deadly threats from pro-Hamas supporters. It was hard to fathom, given the fact that radical Islam rules the entire Gaza strip, where women are oppressed and demeaned. Do you suppose the young women who demonstrated so fervently for Hamas would actually want to live under their rule? A poll of Generation Z voters — which encompasses today’s college students — found that nearly half believe Israel’s campaign against Hamas is unjust. Onethird of Gen Z thinks Israel does not have the right to exist as a country. Nowhere was the insanity more evident than at Columbia University in New York City, where hundreds of students camped out on the campus, shutting down the college while occupying a campus building. They shouted obscene and despicable rants, such as: “We are Hamas … Hamas makes us proud, kill another [Jewish] soldier now … Burn Tel-Aviv to the ground.” Clearly, antisemitism — the hatred of Jewish people — has infected much of American culture, and remains as poisonous and prevalent as ever on the global stage. I have no idea if there will ever again be anything on the scale of Auschwitz. I certainly hope not, but we must be ever vigilant. The Bible gives a straightforward answer for those who have so fervently despised the Jews through the centuries. Why does the world hate the Jewish people? I believe it is because God chose them out of all the nations on Earth as His special people in order to bring us a Savior. He didn’t choose the Scots or the Irish or any other people group. As a result, the devil and all his demons do everything they can to destroy the nation of Israel, to destroy the Jewish people. “The Lord did not set His love on you nor choose you because you were more in number than any other people, for you were the least of all peoples; but because the Lord loves you, and because He would keep the oath which He swore to your fathers” (Deuteronomy 7:7-8). Starting with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the Old Testament is the continuing story of God’s dealing with His chosen, covenant people. From Genesis to Malachi, the Bible tells us of Almighty God’s blessing, discipline, chastisement, and unbreakable promises for the often stubborn, sometimes repentant Jewish people. It is the story of their obedience and disobedience, of their kings and prophets, their prosperity and their disgrace. After thousands of years of Jewish history and 400 years of silence following the Prophet Malachi — the last book of the Old Testament — the New Testament is the story of the Gospel, the Good News of the sacrificial death, burial and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ, the Jewish God-Man born to young Jewish parents in the Jewish town of Bethlehem, raised in the Jewish town of Nazareth, and crucified in the Jewish capital of Jerusalem. The Gospel is for every age, and for every person of every nationality — Jew or Gentile — who comes to saving faith in the Person and work of the Lord Jesus Christ. Ethnicity makes no difference. Faith in the sacrificial, substitutionary, atoning work of the cross and Jesus’ glorious resurrection from the tomb is the only thing that matters. Those who receive the Son of God into their hearts through faith are now the true Israel. “But you are a chosen people … Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God” (1 Peter 2:9-10, NIV). Sadly, most of the Jewish leaders of Jesus’ day turned away from the Messiah. They, like every other unregenerate person, rejected the saving work of the Risen Savior, and refused to love “the Way, the Truth and the Life” in whom the world may be saved (John 14:6). This is why we preach the Gospel to as many as we can and as often as we can, that spiritual blindness and deadness to God might be overcome through the preaching of the living Word of God and the supernatural work of the Holy Spirit. We want to see thousands upon thousands enter into the eternal Kingdom of God by His mercy and saving grace. Many have done so already this year through our 10-city Southern Border Tour, and through our global Festivals, and the outreaches my son Will holds around the world. I’m scheduled to preach the Gospel this month in the United Kingdom (Birmingham and Glasgow) and in Naples, Italy, in September. Please be in prayer. Let’s remember, however, that God still has a special place in His heart for His covenant people, and that He promises to bless those who bless Israel and curse those who curse Israel (Genesis 12:3). We know that He has promised to preserve a remnant of believing Jewish people, and that in the End Times many of His people will be gloriously saved, people representing all 12 Jewish tribes. In the meantime, let’s always be careful to “pray for the peace of Jerusalem” (Psalm 122:6). Now more than ever. ©2024 BGEA Unless otherwise specified, Scripture quotations are taken from The Holy Bible, New King James Version. The Scripture quotation marked NIV is taken from The Holy Bible, New International Version. Decision magazine, June 2024; ©2024 Billy Graham Evangelistic Association; used by permission, all rights reserved. Franklin Graham: Don’t Hate God’s Chosen People The Gospel is for every age, and for every person of every nationality — Jew or Gentile — who comes to saving faith in the Person and work of the Lord Jesus Christ.” “ - Franklin Graham - President and CEO Samaritan’s Purse and Billy Graham Evangelistic Association

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12 JULY 2024 www.goodnewsfl.org Good News • South Florida Edition PARENTING When I first arrived at Sheridan House, I spent some time with my predecessor about the duties of the executive director of the ministry. Driving home from the office, I felt somewhat discouraged. It seemed the job description indicated I would have to spend all my available time “putting out fires.” The next six months proved my expectations correct. Feeling like a fireman, I was simply putting out one fire after another without having any time to do prevention work. I began to feel that either I was incompetent, or the job could not be done. An overwhelming task The sense of being overwhelmed is shared by many parents. Without question, the responsibility of training a child is an awesome task. There is probably not a parent to be found anywhere who feels totally adequate at parenting. But it is a responsibility that all parents must accept as a priority in their lives. Almost all parents acknowledge the difficulties involved in dedicating the proper time to parenting. Some parents become so overwhelmed that they back away from parenting and focus on other less demanding responsibilities. For these parents the fires just keep getting bigger and bigger until their crisis intervention style of parenting gives way to disaster in the home, and they completely give up. A parent cannot decide one day to teach everything their children need to learn and then simply step out the next day and accomplish it. That cannot be done no matter how many parents are in a home. Developing a workable, day-to-day plan to train up a child in the way he should go (Proverbs 22:6, KJV) takes time and step-by-step planning. Step by step Years ago I decided that it was a must for me to begin jogging to stay in shape. Now that I look back on it, the real reason I wanted to jog was that it was “the thing to do”— and I certainly wanted to be in vogue. With my motivation all wrong, I began the next day as if I were a jogger. Three miles seemed a reasonable distance for a jogger to run. So I got up at dawn and trotted out the door to join the ranks of joggers. As I turned on to main street, I passed my first half mile, and I began to wonder if that could really have been only a half mile. Later I jogged by the marker I had designated for my first mile. At this point I could no longer feel my feet, and I was gasping for air, but I was determined to push on. I must have become delirious at some point because I do not remember when I turned off to take a short cut back to my house. Half an hour of “jogging” brought me back down my street. When I reached my front lawn, I fell to my hands and knees and threw up just in time for a friend to drive up and ask me what I was doing. Gasping, I replied in a very unfriendly voice, “I’m jogging.” Obviously, my embarrassing story illustrates how not to attempt a life-changing project. It cannot be done all in one day, but instead it takes small steps combined with a long-term commitment. After calling in sick that day, I later learned from a friend that joggers tackle one block at a time! Step 1: Motivation Parenting also begins one block at a time. The first block or step is to check the philosophy of life being exemplified in the home. Does the parent truly place Christ as the top priority and set aside time for family devotions? This is the first and most important aspect to be mastered. I jogged for only a month or so because my motivation had been wrong in the first place. My primary motivation to run had not been out of devotion to God. In fact, I had never even discussed my jogging with God. I was going to jog because it “seemed like the thing to do.” Our contemporary society says as much about developing yourself. “Be number one, rather than spend time developing your children.” Fortunately, the pendulum is starting to swing back toward family values, but parents still have a strong tide to buck. It will take strength and fortitude for you to dedicate yourself to training your children. That strength comes as you seek God’s wisdom and support on a daily basis. A growing faith in Christ and making a relationship with him the top priority — these are the motivating forces that will endure. Step 2: Consistency But how does a parent stop being a crisis parent? First, pray and work hard to develop a suitable plan for your family — one that honors God. Then take the second step and begin parenting in a consistent manner. When one day does not seem to work out right, don’t give up. The next day continue your journey as a parent. Most importantly, dedicate yourself to trying to parent with God as your Motivator. Depend upon Him for encouragement. The journey is accomplished one step at a time, one day after another, hand in hand with your children and the presence of the Lord to lead the way. Visit parentingonpurpose.org for more advice from Dr. Bob Barnes and Torrey Roberts. No Longer a Crisis Parent - Dr. Bob Barnes and Torrey Roberts - Sheridan House Family Ministries

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FOSTER CARE 14 JULY 2024 www.goodnewsfl.org Good News • South Florida Edition Summer ushers in the chance to slow down and really connect with our kids. Now you might be thinking, summer also ushers in challenges with kids’ schedules, trying to find time for vacations, and even our non-stop South Florida heat. But instead of looking into summer feeling overwhelmed, I would challenge you to see the opportunities to make memories that kids will cherish more than you may realize. The little things When my wife Linda and I were foster parents, we learned how the seemingly little things were what made the kids in our home feel the most special. Over the years I’ve reconnected with many of the kids who we cared for, and they often remember a birthday tradition Linda started doing with the kids. It was the 1990’s and we had one of those dot matrix printers and with it she would print, “Happy Amber Day!” Using each child’s name instead of just a generic “Happy Birthday” sign – it felt like such a small thing, but it meant so much. *Amber later told me how she remembered it wasn’t just a regular day, it was “Amber Day,” and it was a memory she carried with her even after she left our home. It didn’t take a big, over-the-top party or a pile of gifts to make them feel loved. It was feeling seen and celebrated that impacted their hearts. The same is true for our biological kids too. Our kids are longing just to be with us as parents. They aren’t longing for an expensive weeklong trip that might be out of your budget this year. In fact, I can remember taking some of the girls Linda and I were fostering to Orlando to enjoy some of the parks one summer. We couldn’t swing the cost of a resort, so instead we opted for a nearby condo with a community pool. We’d oscillate between a day in the park and a day at the community pool, and these girls couldn’t have been happier. We were making memories. We were connecting, playing and having fun. This is what all kids long for, and it’s the way God designed them. God’s Design There’s something for us to learn from remembering that Jesus was once a child in a family. Jesus could have returned to us in so many different ways, but he came to us as a baby who grew to be a kid in an ordinary family. In a unique way, Jesus even had an adopted dad in Joseph. We also know he was part of a spiritual community, and Luke 2:52 tells us, “And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man.” We believe God wants the same things for our kids, regardless of whether they are in foster care, adopted or part of their biological family. Look for ways to connect with your kids this summer and make memories that will build them up into the people God designed them to be. It may not always seem like it but their hearts desire time and connection with you far more than screen time. For kids who are away from their biological families this summer and instead in foster care, we know we have the special opportunity to step into their lives and offer the precious gift of love and connection when they need it most. 4KIDS Foster Families go the extra mile, not just during summer, but all year long to help our kids feel special. It is my prayer for you that you would discover a deeper connection with the kids in your lives – whether they be your children, nieces or nephews, or grandchildren. And that you would also consider how you can support a 4KIDS Foster Family who is bringing love, connection and family memories to kids in need every day. *Names have been changed to protect the identities of the children we serve. Scan for more on Hope, Homes, and Healing. Make Summer Memories - Tom Lukasik - 4KIDS VP of Engagement

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16 JULY 2024 www.goodnewsfl.org Good News • South Florida Edition YOU ASK WHY Opposites Attract! “That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong” (2 Corinthians 12:10). The Lord Jesus Christ is our Savior and our Shepherd . . . our Perfecter and our Protector . . . our Prophet, Priest, and King . . . and He is our Opposite too! He is infinite and we are finite. He is omnipotent and we are weak. He is omniscient and we know very little. He is omnipresent and we are bound by space and time. All that is exactly the way God intended it to be when He formed Adam from the dust of the ground and breathed the breath of life into his nostrils. Our limitations are not a result of the fall; rather, they are simply part of God’s perfect plan for humanity. To be sure, we are made in the image of God, who declared, “Let us make man in our image, in our likeness” (Genesis 1:26), but we are not exactly like God. We see this truth most notably in the limits God assigned to Adam in the Garden when He told Adam not to eat from the forbidden tree (Genesis 2:17). Opposites attract, and thank the Good Lord they do! God never intended for us to be His equal. The grotesque arrogance of the fallen angels who rebelled against God drove them to want to be equal to God. Adam and Eve succumbed to the same desire in the Garden of Eden. Satan, the fallen angel who appeared to our first parents as a shrewd serpent, hissed, “You will be like God” (Genesis 3:5). Tragically, Adam and Eve believed Satan's lie, plunging all creation into the sickening death spiral of sin, and the rest is our unholy history. Equality was not what God had in mind when He created angelic beings in heaven and humanity on earth. There is no more terrible demonstration of sinful rebellion than when we rise up and try to be like God. Make no mistake, the greatest sin of the human race is the sin of trying to overcome the oppositeness between the Creator and the creature. And we all do this every time we try to remove God from the throne of our lives so that we can sit there ourselves. It is our sinful nature that drives us to want to rule and reign as little sovereigns in our self-absorbed, self-centered existence. This never ends well because God will tolerate no rival. Equality with God Listen, there was only one Person in the history of the world who could and did truthfully and rightfully claim equality with God, because there was no oppositeness in Him. “I and the Father are one” (John 10:30). “Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father. Don’t you believe that I am in the Father, and that the Father is in me?” (John 14:9-10). Only the God-Man could make such a claim. Jesus was fully God and fully man (known as the hypostatic union in theological terms, revealing the dual nature of Jesus), equal with the Father in every way. Jesus made that crystal clear in one of His encounters with the religious leaders. When Jesus said, “I tell you the truth, before Abraham was born, I am!” (John 8:58), He unequivocally proclaimed His divinity. In that one majestic sentence, Jesus not only declared that He existed before Abraham, He also claimed for Himself God’s Holy Name – I AM. The religious leaders were so incensed that Jesus claimed equality with God that they were ready to stone Him to death for His blasphemy, stoning being the penalty prescribed under the Law for a mere man claiming to be God. But it was not yet time for Jesus to lay down His life on our behalf, and the raging religious leaders were powerless to take His life from Him. His perfect plan Only when we let God be God will we be able to get on board with the perfect plan He has for our imperfect lives. And in that perfect plan, we learn this overwhelming truth: Opposites Attract! When God in Christ draws us to Himself, the pathway is now open for us to bring our oppositeness to Him that He might apply His ointment: • When we bring our fears, He applies the ointment of His faith. • When we bring our grief, He applies the ointment of His gladness. • When we bring our mourning, He applies the ointment of His rejoicing. • When we bring our doubts, He applies the ointment of His belief. • When we bring our hopelessness, He applies the ointment of His hope. • When we bring our restlessness, He applies the ointment of His rest. • When we bring our weakness, He applies the ointment of His strength. • When we bring our foolishness, He applies the ointment of His wisdom. • When we bring our irritations, He applies the ointment of His patience. • When we bring our discouragements, He applies the ointment of His joy. • When we bring our worries, He applies the ointment of His peace. Jesus Christ is wholly Opposite, wholly Other . . . and I hope you find that truth wholly attractive today and every day as you make your way into glory. I promise, you’ll be glad you did! One final point: If God had not assigned us our limitations and our oppositeness, it is likely we would live within our predetermined zones of comfort and not look forward to the promise of perfection in the new heaven and the new earth (Revelation 21:1). We would not be looking to the future with eager expectation, knowing that the best is yet to come! This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN! Dr. Tommy Boland is senior pastor of Cross Community Church in Deerfield Beach (www.thecrosscc.org). He blogs regularly at tommyboland.com. Rome. The Cappella Sistina (Sistine Chapel) with Creation of Adam, Artist Michelangelo Buonarroti. - Dr. Tommy Boland - Pastor, Cross Community Church

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HEART AND SOUL 18 JULY 2024 www.goodnewsfl.org Good News • South Florida Edition In this reflective piece, originally published in “Minding the Campus” on May 15, 2024, Dr. Gregory Rummo, a chemistry professor at Palm Beach Atlantic University (PBA), shares his experience of taking mission trips to the Peruvian Andes. He has taken this trek 20 times with Wycliffe Bible Translators. Two years ago, Dr. Rummo and a group of PBA students spent time with the Indigenous Quechua people in four remote Andean villages. As their time of fellowship with each village ended, the students handed out Bibles — translated into the Quechua language — to each person. These trips are not mere excursions but engagements that reflect the heart of Christ and the development of true servant leaders. His article reminds us that as followers of Christ, we always have the opportunity to make a real impact. Students traded the comfort of their everyday lives for tents in the rugged landscapes of Peru to share the Good News with remote communities. Dr. Rummo challenges the current campus cultures of protest, advocating instead for a life of service, humility and gratitude. His article emphasizes the unique educational experiences outside traditional classroom settings but also calls for a reorientation toward servant leadership and compassionate engagement. That is what it means to be the hands and feet of Jesus. “But ye shall receive power after the Holy Ghost is come upon you; and ye shall be witnesses unto Me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth” (Acts 1:8). An ‘encampment’ of a different sort As a college professor concerned with the broadening of my students’ compassionate understanding of oppressed people in other parts of the world, I have spent the last several weeks helping to plan an encampment. My students and I will spend our nights in tents that I personally purchased specifically for this event. They were expensive tents — Eureka K2XT Extreme tents — the kind that people who summit Everest take with them. But unlike the puerile nonsense you see playing out on your television screens at places like Columbia University and the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), our student encampment won’t be violent. And it’s not a protest. We’re not protesting anything — although I suppose one could make the case that we’re protesting Satan’s grip on a largely ignored and impoverished people group living in remote villages in the Andes Mountains. Over the past twenty-four years, I have trekked along different circuits through the Peruvian Andes on scripture promotion treks with a group of Wycliffe Bible Translators a total of twenty times. I have come to know and love this group of dedicated, full-time missionaries and evangelists who live in Huaraz, a city of 120,000 nestled in the Callejon de Huaylas, the huge valley that splits the Peruvian Andes into two mountain ranges — the Cordillera Blanca and Negra. This year’s trip will be my twenty-first and fourth such adventure with students since I came to teach at Palm Beach Atlantic University in 2018. Two years ago, during one such trip, shortly after setting up our tents in a field outside a school in the village of Conopa Alta, curious locals began to filter in. A soccer game broke out: It was PBA vs. Peru — at 11,350 feet! (Miraculously, we won!). A group of musicians showed up playing traditional Quechua tunes. We all danced until it was time for dinner, our chef having whipped up an amazing threecourse meal in a tent no larger than 150 square feet. That evening the entire village came out to our campsite to watch “The Jesus Film” in the drafty school building. After the movie, one of the evangelists spoke to the crowd. Another played music on a harp and sang a folk tune in the Quechua’s native language. Finally, it was our turn. I spoke first in Spanish, explaining who we were and why we had come to Peru. Then, one by one, the rest of the group introduced themselves. Two students spoke Spanish. Adelid Yanac, who, along with his wife Rachel, led these treks every year, translated for the rest into Quechua. Then Conopa Alta’s mayor spoke, thanked us for coming, and finally called the names of the adult members from each family, who then picked their way through the crowd to the front of the room and were presented a Bible by one of the students. “¡Qué Dios le bendiga!” (May God bless you!) each of us said as we placed a copy of the Bible into each person’s hands. “¡Muchas gracias!” was the reply, accompanied by joyful expressions on the faces of all. The meeting ended shortly thereafter. Exhausted, we turned in for the night. A repeat performance After breakfast the next morning, we departed on foot for what was to be a seven-hour hike. First, it was down into the valley below us on a steep gravel-strewn trail, then up through a mountain pass approaching 14,000 feet, where we paused — some four hours later — for lunch and to take in the spectacular view. We continued down the other side to the second village on our circuit, Yegua Corral, where we repeated the program that evening. The next day, after another grueling seven-hour walk, we arrived in the village of Carhuacasha, where we repeated the program for a third time and, subsequently, the next evening in the village of Ocshapampa. We gave out approximately 450 Bibles in those four villages to a people group that God loves as much as He loves you and me. The Quechua in these villages had never seen a copy of the Word of God in their own language. In 2023, another group of nine students and I repeated this performance along a different route in the Huaylas Valley. Similar to the trip a year earlier, we visited five villages. On the way back to Huaraz, our bus stopped a half-dozen times at schools in small villages that dotted the highway. We spoke to the teachers and students and gave them Bibles and Bible storybooks. On this trip, we were able to distribute almost 700 Bibles and 100 Bible story books. Countercultural I don’t know what the hell professors in places like Columbia University and UCLA are indoctrinating their students with — and I do not use the term “hell” loosely — but it sure seems like they have ginned up a spirit of victimhood, entitlement and a hatred of America and the West. I want to be countercultural in this regard. I want my students to be heavenlyminded. I want to imbue them with a spirit of humility, gratitude and servant leadership. I want them to want to make a difference in the lives of the people whom God brings into their paths — whether here, in our Jerusalem, so to speak, or in the “uttermost part of the earth.” Dr. Debra A. Schwinn, a physician, researcher and innovator, is president of Palm Beach Atlantic University. (www.pba.edu) - Dr. Gregory Rummo - Using Servant Leadership as an Antidote to the Campus Culture of Protests - Dr. Debra A. Schwinn - Palm Beach Atlantic University President

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THE CODE 20 JULY 2024 www.goodnewsfl.org Good News • South Florida Edition “Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God” (1 Corinthians 10:31 NKJV). Shortly after I Became a follower of Christ at age seventeen, someone told me three very important verses for young believers to know. I distinctively remember immediately writing them in the flyleaf of my Bible. Over those first months of my Christian walk, only God knows how many times I referred to them until they were forever locked in the memory bank of my mind. Over these five decades of Christian living, I have owned dozens of Bibles in all sizes, translations, colors and languages. However, they all have one thing in common. These same three verses are found, written in my own hand, on the flyleaf of each one of them. From time to time in our individual life journeys, we all come to temptation’s corner, that place where we are called to make a decision as to which way we should turn. The tempter is always standing there in the intersection seeking to entice us to make a wrong turn. The three verses highlighted in this short article reveal three very important, even crucial, questions we should ask ourselves as we anticipate which way to turn at one of these inevitable intersections of life. Let’s look at them, learn from them, and write them in the flyleaf of our own Bibles. Can I thank God for it? When we find ourselves at temptation’s corner, we should ask ourselves, “If I go this way, say this thing, or do this deed, then when all is said and done, can I thank God for it?” The Bible says, “In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you” (1 Thessalonians 5:18). We are called upon to give thanks “in everything.” If there is some attitude or action on our part for which we could not give God thanks in the aftermath, then we should avoid it at all costs. Interestingly, we are not called upon to thank God for everything but in everything. Can I do it in Jesus’ name? In Paul’s letter to those at Colossae, he admonished the believers — and us — saying, “Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him” (Colossians 3:17). We are not only to give thanks in all things, but we are to do all things in the name of the Lord Jesus as well. Can you imagine what would happen in our life if we gave serious thought to this issue? It would make a huge difference in what came out of our mouths. It would make a huge difference in what we did. It would make a huge difference in what we watched and in what we read. Can I do it in Jesus’ name? If we would ask ourselves that question when we stand at temptation’s corner, a world of things we say and do might be different. There is one other question, and it finds its roots in our verse at the top of this column. Can I do it for God’s glory? The Bible says, “Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God” (1 Corinthians 10:31). The true believer is motivated by a desire to bring God glory in every facet of life. If we asked ourselves this important question more often, we would not do so many of the things we do or say many of the things we say. None of us is immune to temptation’s corner. In fact, all of us arrive there every single day, several times a day, in one way or another. Stop. Don’t just rush through the intersection or make a hasty wrong turn. Ask yourself three important questions: Can I thank God for it? Can I do it in Jesus’ name? Can I do it for God’s glory? As I type this article on my computer, I am thanking God for that unknown and forgotten individual who so long ago shared these vital verses with me. Keeping them in my mind and in my thoughts has saved me from many wrong turns that I have been tempted to make along the way. I have found out that they are not just verses for youth, but for each of us. Memorize this verse. Meditate on the truth of God’s Word: “In everything give thanks.” “Whatever you do… do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus.” “Whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” And don’t forget to ask yourself — Can I thank God for it? Can I do it in Jesus’ name? Can I do it for God’s glory? Taken from The Joshua Code by O.S. Hawkins. Copyright © 2012 by Dr. O.S. Hawkins. Used by permission of Thomas Nelson. O. S. Hawkins is the chancellor of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He has served pastorates, including the First Baptist Church in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and the First Baptist Church in Dallas, Texas, for more than 25 years. A native of Fort Worth, Texas, he has a BBA from Texas Christian University and his MDiv and Ph.D. from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. For almost a quarter of a century, he served as president of GuideStone Financial Resources, with assets under management of $20 billion, serving 250,000 pastors, church staff members, missionaries, doctors, university professors, and other workers in various Christian organizations with their investment, retirement and benefit service needs. He is the author of more than 40 books and regularly speaks to business groups and churches nationwide. All of the author’s royalties and proceeds from the Code series support Mission:Dignity. You can learn more about Mission:Dignity by visiting MissionDignity.org. - Dr. O.S. Hawkins - Chancellor, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary Three Verses for Youth… And the Rest of Us!

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