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Gospel Heritage Conference 2013 Kicks Off in Atlanta This Week

This week, America's premiere Praise & Worship event heads to Atlanta, GA with Dr. Teresa Hairston's Gospel Heritage Conference beginning tomorrow February 14th-16th.

Boasting a bevy of talented, highly qualified icons of praise & worship from nearly every corner of the globe including renowned worship leader and recording artist Dr. Judith Christie McAllister (International President of the Church of God in Christ Music Department), Bishop Hezekiah Walker, Percy Bady, Wess Morgan and host pastor Bishop Paul S. Morton, Sr., this conference is sure to be better than ever.

Find more information on the event, its instructors and what you can benefit by being apart of the three-day experience by clicking on the link below or the image above. Also find below Gospel Heritage President Dr. Teresa Hairston's exclusive interview from the Yolanda Adams Morning Show as she discusses details of what guests can expect and will encounter in this life-changing, power-packed weekend designed entirely for praise & worship of any kind.


Can Faith Be Taken Too Far?

In the nation's heartland, one leader cries out with a radical message of spiritual martyrdom and his desire to "completely destroy institutional Church." Lisa Ling goes inside this new religious movement in the preview below where members claim to hear the voice of God, and explores what the future holds for its followers.

Tune in for this all-new episode of Our America with "Martyrs for Christ?" on Tuesday, February 19th at 10 PM, only on OWN.


Get Brave and Embrace Opportunity

Have you ever encountered a once in a life-time opportunity you knew you could not pass up? Every so often life presents us with opportunities. Such a moment came for a blind and destitute man, named Bartimaeus. He was determined to get near the one person who could meet his need. He knew who Jesus was and had heard of his fame for healing, but until now had no means of making contact with the Son of David, a clear reference and title for the Messiah.

Mark 10: 46-52
As Jesus was leaving Jericho with his disciples and a sizable crowd,
Bartimaeus, a blind man, the son of Timaeus,
sat by the roadside begging.
On hearing that it was Jesus of Nazareth,
he began to cry out and say,
"Jesus, son of David, have pity on me."
And many rebuked him, telling him to be silent.
But he kept calling out all the more, "Son of David, have pity on me."
Jesus stopped and said, "Call him."
So they called the blind man, saying to him,
"Take courage; get up, Jesus is calling you."
He threw aside his cloak, sprang up, and came to Jesus.
Jesus said to him in reply, "What do you want me to do for you?"
The blind man replied to him, "Master, I want to see."
Jesus told him, 'Go your way; your faith has saved you."
Immediately he received his sight
and followed him on the way.

It took a lot of "guts" and persistence for Bartimaeus to get the attention of Jesus over the din of a noisy throng who crowded around Jesus as he made his way out of town. Why was the crowd annoyed with the blind man's persistent shouts? He was disturbing their peace and interrupting Jesus' discourse. It was common for a rabbi to teach as he walked with others. Jesus was on his way to celebrate the Passover in Jerusalem and a band of pilgrims followed him. When the crowd tried to silence the blind man he overpowered them with his emotional outburst and thus caught the attention of Jesus.

This incident reveals something important about how God interacts with us. The blind man was determined to get Jesus' attention and he was persistent in the face of opposition. Jesus could have ignored or rebuffed him because he was disturbing his talk and his audience. Jesus showed that acting was more important than talking. This man was in desperate need and Jesus was ready, not only to empathize with his suffering, but to relieve it as well. A great speaker can command attention and respect, but a man or woman with a helping hand and a big heart is loved more. Jesus commends Bartimaeus for recognizing who he is with the eyes of faith and grants him physical sight as well.


How To Keep Your Tech Savy Child Engaged

Technology is, or can be, a good thing.There is a widespread belief among teachers that students' constant use of digital technology is hampering their attention spans and ability to persevere in the face of challenging tasks. Too much of any one activity makes for a lop-sided child (or adult for that matter).

Give children active games to play that promote focused attention and self control.

Model it–If we're constantly plugged-in, how can we expect them not to be? Turn off your own screens and watch them turn off theirs. Kids need to see us calling people on the phone, meeting friends for lunch, reading books, and exercising without the Wii.

Create Screen-Free Zones– If you are having dinner, unplug. Set up a rule that during dinner time all electronics must be on a charger not with them at the table.

Parents with teenagers glued to the computer wonder if such large amounts of screen time is healthy for growing minds. While there may be no long-term research on the impact of digital technology on children's attention spans and persistence, there is enough evidence to take this issue quite seriously.

Let me know how it works out!


Jackets for Jobs founder to speak at 83rd annual African American History Program

The Elliottorian Business and Professional Women's Clubs will present its 83rd annual African American History Program on Suday, Feb. 24, at the International Institute of Metropolitan Detroit, 111 E. Kirby at John R. Starting time is 3 p.m. The guest speaker will be Allison Vaughn, author, entrepreneur and activist. The program is free and open to the public. Adults and youth are encouraged to attend.

There will be entertainment by violinist Aleah Stallings, and the choral group from St. John's Presbyterian Church, under the direction of Damon DeBose.

Vaughn is an award-winning entrepreneur and co-author of the book "Inspired Style." This sought-after speaker is the founder and and CEO of Jackets for Jobs, Inc., a non-profit organization that provides employment etiquette, career building skills training and professional clothes to people with low-incomes. Since opening its doors in 2000, the organization has assisted more than 14,000 people with employment. The organization has been supported and applauded by ABC's "The View," NBC's "Today" and Oprah Winfrey's O magazine. Jackets for Jobs is proud to have a partnership with and be the charitable arm to TJ Maxx.

Juanita Parnell is the chairperson of the 83rd annual African American History Program, assisted by co-chairs Zelma M. Hughes and Mattie Jones Johnson.

Joyce Law serves as president of the Elliottorian Business and Professional Women's Clubs, Inc.


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