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‘The Father Effect’ allows indie filmmaker to reshape his life

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"The Father Effect"

By Tonya Andris
Inside The Pew

Four years ago, John Finch was a broken man. Today, he is a changed man all because he forgave his father."The Father Effect"

When Finch was 11 years old, his father committed suicide. For decades, Finch didn’t understand how to handle life like a man because he didn’t have a male figure in the home to guide him. This loss came to an end when God intervened.

Finch said a friend brought to Finch’s attention that he had some unresolved issues with his father’s death that led to his scattered view of what it is to be a man.

Based on this experience, Finch said he created The Perfect Father. He said the nonprofit organization exists to create awareness in fathers and realize their impact in what they say and do as dads.

To emphasize the role father’s play in the lives of children, Finch created a documentary based on his personal trials, “The Father Effect.”

“The movie came out of my own life story,” said the husband and father of three girls. “I never understood the full impact until a few years ago. I bought into what societyJohn Finch wants for a man.

“Essentially my problems were rooted in anger for my father. I had this father wound and I need to take care of that. I had to practice forgiveness and understand the power of that. Until I forgave my dad, I could not be the man, the husband, and father that God wanted to me.”

The first 30 minutes of the film is Finch’s story and testimony. The remainder of the film showcases counselors, pastors, and ordinary people discussing the importance of a father’s presence in the lives of children. Interviews from John Eldridge, best-selling author “Wild At Heart And Fathered By God” and Meg Meeker, author of “Strong Fathers Strong Daughters” are included in the documentary.

“I feel that other men needed to hear these stories,” the Denton resident said. “Most men don’t understand the power and influence they have as a men. When someone experiences this, you are going to have a wound, whether you are man or a woman.

Finch said the organization is in the process of completing the full-length film, but additional funds are need to make the full-length version a reality.

The documentary’s filming process has helped Finch become more appreciative of his family and his daughters.

“I walk in a daily awareness,” he said.

To view the short film, visit Vimeo or the movie’s YouTube Channel.  Learn more about The Perfect Father and “The Father Effect” at http://www.theperfectfather.org/.

Austin marketing company to help 500 Texas nonprofits with web hosting

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By Jacob Trimmer
Inside The Pew

Is your nonprofit in need of funds for web hosting? Fahrenheit Marketing in Austin might be able to meet the need.

Ricardo Casas, CEO of the Web design firm, recently announced his company will underwrite Web hosting for 500 charities through its FahrenHosting program.

The deadline to register for the program is Jan. 31.

“We wanted to make a small difference for a lot of organizations that serve our community. Having a website is vital for almost every charity now, but paying for Web hosting is yet another yearly expense for nonprofits that are trying to find the best use for every dollar they receive,” Casas said. “We chose to do this because we wanted to make keeping a website a little easier for nonprofit organizations that serve our state.”

Casas said if less than 500 nonprofits apply, all will receive Web hosting for a year. If more than 500 nonprofits apply, the staff will narrow the field based on the nonprofit’s need and scope.

To qualify for the program, organizations must currently have a functioning website, serve Texas in whole or in part, be a registered 501 (c) 3, and be willing to mention Fahrenheit Marketing as the Web host sponsor.

Casas said organizations can register for the FahrenHosting program by filing out the contact form at http://www.fahrenheitmarketing.com/contact-us/.

In addition, Fahrenheit Marketing is offering a $50,000 Web design grant to one lucky Austin charity. To register for the grant program for Austin-based nonprofits, visit www.fahrenheitmarketing.com/fahrengrant. The winner of the grant will be picked by the Fahrenheit staff and selection will be based on applicant need, reach and focus of the applicant, and how fun the project looks.

The FahrenHosting program won’t require nonprofit organizations to switch hosting services, but will instead pay for the hosting through whichever service the charity currently uses.

For more information on Fahrenheit Marketing, visit www.fahrenheitmarketing.com.

Emanuel and The Mainline Ministries to host free tutoring in Dallas area

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By Tonya Whitaker
Inside The Pew

For the second year in a row, Access! Remedial Tutoring, a program of Emanuel and The Mainline Ministries, will hold free tutoring sessions for economically disadvantaged K-8 students in the Dallas metroplex school districts of Plano and Frisco.

Pastor Grelan Muse Sr., founder of Emanuel and The Mainline Ministries, Inside The Pew, and Pew Talk Radio, said last summer five students took part in the two-month program, which was held at a Plano-area library.

“Students in the program will have access (hence the name) to volunteer tutors with the appropriate education in the subjects they tutor. For instance, math tutors possess engineering, computer science, or math degrees,” he said.

“We want to have people who understand the subjects 100 percent because we don’t want to confuse students; we want to help them to become competent. Grades aside, have the desire to see students achieve success in the classroom.”

Tutoring sessions begin Monday, Oct. 15, and are scheduled for 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. For tutoring locations, to become a tutor, or to enroll a child in the program email Muse at texasedaccess@yahoo.com.

Spaces are limited for sessions; therefore, Muse suggests contacting her as soon as possible to secure a spot. Volunteers who are 17 and younger must receive parental permission to tutor, and all tutors 18 and older must undergo a criminal background and character reference checks.

To qualify for K-8 tutoring services, candidates must fall into one of the following categories:

  • Be a student in a Title I campus as defined by the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001
  • Have a family income that does not exceed the Department of Health and Human Services poverty guidelines for family size
  • Qualify for free or reduced lunch, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly Food Stamp Program), Medicaid, Women, Infants and Children (WIC), Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF), Supplemental Security Income (SSI), subsidized housing (Section 8)
  • Receive court-ordered child support through the Texas Attorney General’s Office

Visit www.accesstutoring.org to learn more about this program.

Emanuel and The Mainline Ministries is a tax-exempt charity founded by Muse in 1998 in Maringouin, La.

Texas Wesleyan, Northwood, SAGU join Sooner Athletic Conference

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By Jacob Trimmer
Inside The Pew

Texas Wesleyan University, Northwood University, and Southwestern Assemblies of God University are on the move.

The three Christian-based universities– all longtime members of the Red River Athletic Conference – are among four universities slated to join Sooner Athletic Conference beginning in the 2013-14 academic year.

Also joining the SAC is Southwestern Christian University in Bethany, Okla.

The announcement was made jointly by the schools’ presidents – Texas Wesleyan’s Frederick G. Slabach, SAGU’s Kermit Bridges, and Northwood’s Kevin Fegan on Sept. 18

Texas Wesleyan, located in Fort Worth, as well as Cedar Hill’s Northwood and Waxahachie’s SAGU, have enjoyed their tenure with RRAC, but are looking forward to what the new relationship will offer, Slabach said.

“This move isn’t just about joining a more competitive conference,” Slabach said. “The closer proximity of other conference schools gives our student-athletes the benefit of spending more time in class and less time on the road.”

Having 10 schools in the SAC — which is based in Oklahoma City — means the conference will be able to advance two teams out of the conference to post-season competitions.

“The competitive environment in the Sooner is demanding,” Slabach said.  “But we look forward to the challenge.”

SAC Commissioner John Hudson said the conference is delighted with the additions of these three great institutions and believes the move creates one of the strongest conferences in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA).

“These are exciting times in the conference,” Hudson said during the press conference. “Expansion into the Metroplex area is great for the Sooner Athletic Conference and brings Northwood, Texas Wesleyan, and Southwestern Assemblies into the NAIA’s premier league.”

Current SAC schools are John Brown in Siloam Springs, Ark.; Mid-America Christian in Oklahoma City; Oklahoma Baptist and St. Gregory’s in Shawnee, Okla., Wayland Baptist in Plainview, Texas; and the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma, in Chickasha, Okla.

38 companies honored as ‘Best Christian Workplaces’

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By Tonya Whitaker
Inside The Pew

Apartment Life CEO Stan Dobbs recently received some good news. Fortunately, for nine out of the past 10 years, he has received this good news.

“It has become common place around here,” Dobbs said with pride.

The Hurst, Texas, company – founded in 2000 – was one of 38 companies in the United States and Canada named the Best Christian Workplaces Institute’s Best Christian Workplaces list.

Apartment Life is not the only Texas business to make the list. 89.3 KSBJ, a contemporary Christian radio station in Humble, is also honored.

“We are ecstatic that we have been able to provide a workplace for people who believe and love the Lord,” Dobbs said. “BCWI is a great tool to assess how you are doing in terms of providing a Christian culture in the work environment.”

Through its CARES program, Dobb’s company partners with apartment management companies to create community building strategies within complexes. The teams, which include couples and singles who are professed Christians, reside in apartment complexes to specifically bring people together and make a difference in the lives’ of the residents. Dobbs said the company works with 350 complexes nationwide and 120 throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex.

BCWI, which began in 2002, is an independent, non-profit research organization that surveys employees of Christian organizations to determine how well they are doing. The confidential questionnaire asks about job satisfaction, commitment, Christian witness, the effectiveness of supervisors and management, personal growth and development, teamwork, communications, along with pay and benefits.

Al Lopus, president of BCWI, said these organizations exemplify best workplaces because they create healthy environments that engage their employees in a fun and meaningful way while making a difference for their communities

“We salute the leaders of this year’s Best Christian Workplaces for their intentional efforts to create healthy, flourishing environments for their staff. These courageous leaders pursue the high calling of being a faithful steward of their staff as well as those they serve, in good times and bad.”

The program conducts surveys in U.S., Canada and Australia. All participating organizations have a stated Christian mission and/or values. The 2012 list includes:

American Bible Society – New York, N.Y.

Apartment Life – Hurst, Texas

Ben Lippen School – Columbia, S.C.

Beulah Alliance Church – Edmonton, Alberta

Briarcrest Christian School – Memphis, Tenn.

Calvary Church – Grand Rapids, Mich.

CapinCrouse LLP – Greenwood, Ind.

CCO (Coalition for Christian Outreach)- Pittsburgh

Christian Family Care – Phoenix

Christian Leadership Alliance – San Clemente, Calif.

Church Web Works – Renton, Wash.
Community Bible Study – Colorado Springs, Colo.

Compassion Canada – London, Ontario

Concordia Publishing House – St. Louis

English Language Institute/China – Ft. Collins, Colo.

Focus on the Family (Canada) Association – Langley, B.C.

Free Will Baptist Bible College – Nashville

Grace University – Omaha, Neb.

Heritage Christian Academy – Overland Park, Kan.

HOPE International – Lancaster, Penn.

Joni & Friends – Agoura Hills, Calif.

KSBJ – Humble, Texas

Lake Ann Camp – Lake Ann, Mich.

Logos Bible Software – Bellingham, Wash.

Lutheran Church Canada, Alberta/BC District – Edmonton, Alberta

MOPS International – Denver

Olivet Nazarene University -Bourbonnais, Ill.

Phoenix Seminary – Phoenix

Samaritan Ministries – Peoria, Ill.

Santa Fe Christian Schools – Solana Beach, Calif.

SpringHill Camps – Evart, Mich.

The Navigators – Colorado Springs, Colo.

Third Millennium Ministries – Orlando, Fla.

Upward Sports – Spartanburg, S.C.

Wheaton Academy – West Chicago

Whitworth University – Spokane, Wash.

Willow Creek Community Church -Chicago

World Harvest Mission – Jenkintown, Penn.

Truli Media Group allows all to seek, find, and share

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By Janey DeMeo
Special to ASSIST News Service

BEVERLY HILLS, CA (ANS) — Michael Jay Solomon, creator of www.truli.net, is a genius with a global vision to further God’s Kingdom. Truly!

Solomon, co-founder of Telepictures Corp., the largest U.S. television syndication company and one of the largest international distribution companies, has used his five decades of experience to create www.truli.net — a unique and powerful product that can change lives all over the world.

truli is a safe cyberspace community providing family-friendly entertainment, spiritual education and personal growth programming — an online hub for Christians to interact with like-minded people and share wholesome, faith-based content. And it is free.

truli is unique. It is the only Christian social community of its kind inasmuch as it provides a jam-packed media library containing wholesome entertainment, inspirational input and spiritual education — all topically categorized-and all just a click away. truli provides the Christian community easy access to sermons, music, concerts, movies, comedy and IPTV [Internet Protocol Television] programs with assurance that the content is wholesome.

When I asked Solomon how www.truli.net came about, he replied, “I’ve been a content distributor all my life, providing the largest distribution of TV product-content for over 40 years . . .” (President of Lorimar Telepictures Corp., President of Warner Bros. International Television, founder of Solomon Entertainment Enterprises, are among his many achievements.)

He went on to say, “I wanted to take advantage of 21st Century technology — especially because, as the world gets more difficult, people are turning to spirituality. There are 6-7 million evangelicals and I wanted to focus on the evangelical community. So I created technology that could provide content that is spiritually satisfying.”

When asked how truli works, Solomon responded, “Church sermons and education material will be stored on truli.net under categories and topics, optimizing search engine results.”

He explained how, for example, kids are often touched by a motivational message they hear at camp. But years later the power of the message has worn off and they backslide. “Eighty percent of kids who grow up in a Christian environment fall away in adulthood,” he explained. “If they could relocate that same message online, it might help reignite the spark.”

www.truli.net is not only a free service. It is also user-friendly sign-in, log on etc. — and opens endless opportunities for those bringing a message of truth to gain exposure – whether their product is in sermon form, music, video, written material, or whatever. www.truli.net users can upload their content and share it with the entire truli community. Imagine the possibilities for blossoming garage bands!

But that’s not all. Solomon, who is a pioneer and master in USA media product and content placement, explains that truli.net “will also focus on overseas.”

Imagine the global impact! People from all over the world will be able to access sermons and other Christian content in their own language. And people with wholesome content to offer will be able to share it in their own language for others to benefit. Sounds a bit like Acts 2 all over again — only reaching everywhere at one time.

One of truli’s many cool features is the “Amen” button (instead of “like” as in Facebook). Another facet is that ministries can have their own “donate” button on the site (with a small contribution taken for admin), which helps with fundraising and support. “This gives them a larger opportunity,” says Solomon.

With all of Solomon’s years of expertise and wealth of knowledge (hmm, sounds like the Bible again), what does he take away from truli?

“It’s about doing something good,” he said. “Something satisfying. www.truli.net is a product the whole family can enjoy.”

And the whole world can profit.

You’ve come too far, don’t give up now!

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Editor’s note: The views expressed in this column are those of the author and do not reflect the thoughts of Inside The Pew staff.

By Phyllis Jenkins
Special to Inside The Pew

You’ve Come Too Far- Don’t Give Up, Now! This was the theme for our 2012 Powerful Journey Women’s Conference held on June 23 in Shreveport, La.

During my time of sharing, I encouraged the attendees to see their situations through the I’s of Christ and not through the I’s of others.

Why? Because when you see your situation through the I’s of others, you can easily lose your focus and direction. For example, God has given you a dream or an assignment and you can’t wait to get started. So you begin sharing your assignment or your dreams with others. But one by one, they make statements such as: Girl, I don’t see you doing that are you sure you heard from God? Or another might say, “The last time I tried to do something like that I fell flat on my face.” I, I, I…Before you know it, you find yourself asking the question, “God am I to move forward with this dream, with this assignment that You gave to me? The answer is a resounding, “YES.” If God gave it to you, He is more than able to fulfill it. Read I Thessalonians 5:24 – “The one who calls you is faithful, and He will do it.” Remember: The One Who gave you the dream or assignment is the Great I AM. See your dreams through His I’s.

Prayer: Father, forgive me for not following the dream that You gave to me. I’m Re-claiming it! I’ve Re-focused! and today I will make steps toward fulfilling it.  In the Powerful Name of Jesus, I Pray. Amen.

If you were blessed, inspired, encouraged & motivated by this ‘PowerLifts For The Soul’ Moment; please send your comments to phyllis@phyllisjenkins.com.

Over-comer, Believer, Dreamer, & Encourager are just a few words that describe Phyllis Jenkins. She is the founder and president of the Powerful Journey Organization, where she empowers women to live a balanced life by helping them: Find their Passion- Focus on What Matters Most and Flourish in their Calling. Phyllis is also the publisher of the Powerful Journey, an online magazine.  She inspires, equips and enlightens audiences of all ages through her practical and powerful presentations. With her captivating energy, she offers strategies which will fuel your Journey with Purpose, Preparation and Perseverance. Phyllis is confident of this, that He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus (Philippians 1:6 (NIV).

The old man is gone. A new man appears.

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By Grelan Muse Sr.
Inside The Pew

Going to church on Sunday as a kid was always interesting. My family and I used to attend an old wooden church which sat on the hill in Amite, La. We did not have central air to keep us cool, only a box fan. Service got going at 11 a.m. and the time we shared with the Lord and in fellowship with each other was priceless. The only heat that went on at our church was the fire the congregation showed for the Lord.

The old saints would rejoice and all we had was one big drum and a few tambourines to work with. We clapped our hands and sang praises to the Lord such as Payday is Coming After While and It’s Gonna Rain. Then, the spirit of God encompassed us. The young people had to get up and testify as well. We were so happy to do so and tell how good God had been to us that week. I could feel the power moving all around me and others in the room. As a teenager, I didn’t understand everything that was going on, but I knew it was the anointing that destroyed the yoke, and, at that time, the anointing had broken down the strong holds of the enemy. We were so enthralled with the spirit the physical conditions of the church were no longer a concern.

Now I can appreciate what was happening within my congregation. The Bible says we all were born into sin. The experience of falling in love with Jesus Christ and the power of the Holy Ghost and being born again in the spirit separates us from sin. Once we allow the Holy Spirit to enter our minds and heart, we can live the life Jesus lived. At this point we are free, and we graciously allow the Holy Ghost to come into our lives. This is why you see adults and teenagers crying like babies because there is no more sin in their lives; they are new creatures in Jesus Christ. We are babes in God’s sight (1 Corinthians 3:1, KJV).

My experience reminds me of the story in Acts 2:1-4 when the Holy Spirit comes at Pentecost: “And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance” (KJV).

The old man is gone, and a new man is here. The scripture shows the importance of letting the new spirit come in. I can see God working even as I write this column. I encourage those who have allowed the eternal flame to fizzle out to rekindle it. I pray the Holy Ghost will move in your life once again and bring you closer to the One who loves dearly loves you.

Grelan Muse Sr. is founder of Inside The Pew (@pewnews) and Emanuel and The Mainline Ministries . Email responses to this column to pewnews@aol.com. Follow Pastor Muse on Twitter @gremuse.

 

Ask LaVonne: From sad and lonely, to overcomer and joyful

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La Vonne Earl

Dear La Vonne,
I have recently lost my husband eight months ago, and I am so lonely and sad. I feel tired most of the time.

I am also so sick of people telling me to just get over it! I feel like no one understands me and at times I am ready to die.

Will I ever be OK again?

Dear Overcomer,
I will call you an overcomer because that is who you have been created to be. First of all yes, you will be okay, and not only will you be okay you will be great!  You have the opportunity in this life to not only overcome your own circumstances, but when you are ready, you will begin to help others that have experienced great loss as well. I am so sorry for your loss. No one could quite possibly understand the way you might like them to. The good news is that we have a God that is acquainted with grief (Isaiah 53:3, NIV). He understands us better than we understand ourselves. He knows our suffering and sees every tear that falls. He is our deliverer, and He will deliver you!

Everyone in this life will experience loss to one degree or another. We cannot compare ourselves to others, nor can we quite possibly understand their pain, since we cannot measure or see pain, the best we can do is offer our compassion and comfort. The key for you will be to allow others to comfort you. To realize that they are simply doing and offering the best they have to give out of love. My suggestion would be for you to get involved in a godly, grief, support group. I know that they offer them at Saddleback Church. They have also just started a grief worship service.

As hard as it may be,  discipline yourself to have  a little bit of a schedule. Require yourself to have a routine, even when you do not feel like it. Getting out of the house and connecting with others is the best thing for depression and it will boost your energy. I know it can feel like you are dying and quite possibly this will be the last thing you will want to do, this is why I say you must require it from yourself. The more disciplined you are, the faster your recovery will be.

The enemy loves to take this opportunity of grief and use it to destroy your life. Do not let him! You must continue to fight the battle of the mind. Although mourning the loss of the loved one is painful, it does not need to destroy your life. This will be an opportunity to let your faith shine through. Use this opportunity to show the world that the enemy has not won!

1. Call upon the Holy Spirit for power. 2 Corinthians 13:4.

2. Believe, Declare and Act upon the truth of God’s Word and Promises. 2 Peter 1:4

3. Proclaim what you desire. (Peace, happiness, joy, love, comfort) Romans 4:17

4. Stay in the present. I have a little trick I like to call “Blink, Blink, What Do I See.” This is like a mind reprogram. Blink your eyes two times and then ask yourself what you see. It could be the green leaves, the road sign, children laughing, a color of a shirt, etc. This helps you to stay in the NOW, right where God wants you so He can speak to you.

You have a great life ahead of you! Get started mapping out your plan to be the overcomer you were created to be!

Do you have a question for LaVonne Earl? Send her an email at Lavonne@YourKingdomInheritance.com. Visit her website at www.yourkingdominheritance.com. Rich blessings!