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McGee: God always has the last say

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By Terry E. McGee Sr.
Inside The Pew

Throughout our lives, we will have endless encounters with Satan. But one thing that we must understand is that our faith and our Savior give us power over Satan. There are two ways he can have any power over us is: one, we have to give it to him, or, two, God has to give him permission. Normally God does not give him permission, but in the case of Job, He did. Job 1:1 reads, “There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job; and that man was blameless and upright, and one who feared God and shunned evil” (NIV).

But the special permission was given in this case because God knew Job was a man of his own heart and no matter what circumstances came to Job; he would still serve God without question or doubt! Satan thought that he could get Job to doubt and question God.

“Then the Lord said to Satan, “Have you considered My servant Job, that there is none like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, one who fears God and shuns evil?’ So Satan answered the Lord and said, ‘Does Job fear God for nothing? Have you not made a hedge around him, around his household, and around all that he has on every side? You have blessed the work of his hands, and his possessions have increased in the land. But now, stretch out Your hand and touch all that he has, and he will surely curse You to Your face!’ And the Lord said to Satan, ‘Behold, all that he has is in your power; only do not lay a hand on his person.’ So Satan went out from the presence of the Lord” Job 1: 8-12 (NIV).

Satan bought turmoil after turmoil, eventually killing Job’s children. But Job stood firm, and never questioned God for the test and trials that became his life. Instead he said “naked I came and naked I shall leave!” What this means is when he was born, he had nothing and when he dies, he cannot take anything or anyone with him.

Birth and death is something we will all do alone. It does not matter if you were born a twin or die in a mass death scene. The one other thing we will do alone is have a face-to-face meeting with God when that great day comes. At the end of that conversation, one of two things will be said: “Go forth and claim your crown, for you have finished the race,” meaning eternal life in heaven with God and his faithful servants, or you will hear “Depart from me, as I know you NOT”! This means when there was life in you here on earth, God was not glorified in your words and or actions! There is the ultimate penalty for this, which is spending eternity in hell, where you will be tormented daily!

I encourage you to read the entire book of Job. In times when you may question the motives of God, just remember this story of how sometimes God “allows” things to happen, but He is still in control!

Little Elm resident Terry McGee serves as host of the “Simply Inspiring Show” Mondays 5-7 p.m. CST on the Fishbowl Network. Connect with Terry on Twitter and on Facebook.

 

ROC Crew Ministries fight homelessness in Dallas-Fort Worth

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By Tonya Whitaker
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PLANO, Texas – On Aug. 11, visitors to a Sonic location on Coit Road in Plano were not greeted to their normal roller-skating carhops. Instead, the guests were greeted by tireless workers for the homeless in Dallas and Tarrant counties.

Members of Restoring Our Communities (ROC) Crew Ministries and the Women’s House in Pleasant Grove spent most of the day delivering meals and offering condiments to guest so others who are less fortunate than themselves can get out of their situation.

The purpose of the organization is to assist families to get acclimated back into society, said founder Richard Allen Calvert.

Founded in 2002 by Calvert, an ordained AME minister, the Garland ministry began as an organization to help homeless men. However, due to the recent influx of homeless children and women, Calvert said the organization now assists families.

The ROC Crew has also partnered with other nonprofit organizations in the area, including Restoration Ministries in Fort Worth, Arlington Missions, Dallas International Street Church, and The Bridge.

The organization’s largest project is its Spiritual Enrichment And Life Development (SEALD) program. Based out of Crandall, the two-year program teaches homeless men how to transition out of their situation and into the work world.

“We teach stewardship and job skills where they can become skilled laborers when they get back into society, he said.

“We also offer peer-to-peer mentoring and, above all, discipleship as Jesus Christ told us to do,” said Calvert, who on the ministerial staff of All Nations Fellowship in Garland.

Calvert said after six months, the program participants’ transition out of the shelter and into off-site housing.

In addition to SEALD, the crew takes part in outreach programs in the community. ROC Crew partnered with Restoration Ministries of Fort Worth to hold a back-to-school party at West Point Pines Apartments in Fort Worth. Calvert said the Aug. 25 event is an extension of the Thanksgiving donations the crew provides to the residents of the apartment complex.

“There is a big need for financial resources to help the homeless,” Calvert said. “It is our responsibility to help them because they cannot help themselves.”

Calvert said he had no problem serving as a Sonic carhop on this hot Saturday. The cause is worthy to him and the others who joined him.

“We have gotten creative and intuitive with this, but we are intentional in our purpose,” he said.

To learn more about The ROC Crew Ministries, contact Calvert at 214-282-3273 or find them on Facebook and Twitter @MinistryRocCrew.

You gotta believe because God’s will is always executed!

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By Terry McGee
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Sometimes I sit back and marvel at the flawlessness of God’s plan! How well executed it is, although at times we struggle to understand it when the rain and trials of life come to plague us. But, I have come to understand His will is different than mine, and His will is always executed. I think back to the times in my life when I should have died. The answer always comes back the same. I have a lot of work I have to do for the Lord, and until I finish what He gave me to do I will sustain and I will trust Him.

I often think back to the story Joseph in Genesis, beginning with chapter 37, when Joseph’s brothers wanted to kill him. Their plan was for him to die, but one spoke against it and instead they threw him in a pit. And as his brothers ate that day, they decided to sell Joseph to strangers and tell their father he was attacked and killed by an animal.

See prior to this, Joseph shared some dreams with his brothers that had them bowing before him. They disliked his dreams and hatred settled in.

Sometimes what God shares with us individually is for us individually. If we tell the wrong people about our dreams or passions, they may not be receptive to it and may try to sabotage it. But we serve a mighty God!!

Eventually, Joseph rose to power in Egypt and he was “the man”! He still received dreams from God and revealed that after seven years of plenty, it was going to be followed by seven years of famine. So basically Egypt was ready for the famine when it arose.

Now Joseph’s family was suffering as they had no knowledge of the famine. Like everyone else, Joseph had to journey to Egypt, were it was known by all that they had plenty.

Joseph’s brothers had no idea that Joseph was the individual in charge there. They just wanted to plead their case to buy food from the person in charge. So as they approached him, they bowed before him to ask to purchase food. So, the dream Joseph had come to fruition.

What the brothers meant for bad, God turned to good. And even more so, God put Joseph in a position to help his family. This is why I don’t question God! I just trust him! Oh but God….!

McGee hosts Simply Inspiring Show, a gospel music/motivational program featuring guests of all backgrounds to share their inspiring stories, introducing new music/new artists, promoting new talent in all industries, and empowering our listeners to excel in accomplishing their goals. Terry’s story originates from the accomplishment of being a former business owner (McGee Networks Plus), co-writing a motivational book,“Multiple Streams of Determination” with some of the best minds in the country, such as Johnny Wimbrey, Les Brown, Matt Morris, Jim Rohn and Marc Accetta. Born in Rockford, Ill., but now residing in Little Elm, Texas, he has a wife, Pamela, and four children: Cortney, Brittney, Erica, and Terry Jr.

 

Instead of feeling powerless, draw on your faith for strength

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By Terry E. McGee
Special to Inside The Pew

Sometimes as we go along our day, we tend to become frustrated with what is happening in our lives. We lose sight that God is still in charge! We have let ourselves get caught up in this microwave world we now live in and want to force issues. When the truth of the matter is that all we need is faith.

Hebrews 11:1 says, “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen” (King James Version).

With faith all things are possible, as with the women who had the issue of blood in Mark 5:25. She believed that if she could just touch the hem of Jesus garment, she would be healed! So that is what she did, and instantly she was healed from an illness that she had for 12 years, an illness no doctor could give her relief from.

You see there was no power in the hem; the healing power was her faith. She knew this was a man who had performed many of miracles and nothing was impossible for Him. Just a touch was all she needed. Jesus responded by saying to his disciples “someone has touched me!” They were somewhat surprised because they were in the midst of a crowd. But, Jesus told them He felt the power leave Him.

Just as it was back then, faith still works for us now. Faith will lead some men to believe the impossible can be obtained. God did not intend for any of us to struggle. We just happened to be thrust into circumstances we had no control of when we were born. But here is the saving grace; we have the power within to change any circumstance! We just have to have the faith in Him to make the change.

In the book I co-authored, Multiple Streams of Determination, there are several stories of success from meager beginnings. You do have a say so in your future! As Jesus said unto them, “have faith in God … what things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them” Mark 11:22, 24 (KJV).

McGee hosts Simply Inspiring Show (http://www.facebook.com/Simply.Inspiring.With.Terry.McGee), a gospel music/motivational program featuring guests of all backgrounds to share their inspiring stories, introducing new music/new artists, promoting new talent in all industries, and empowering our listeners to excel in accomplishing their goals. Terry’s story originates from the accomplishment of being a former business owner (McGee Networks Plus), co-writing a motivational book, “Multiple Streams of Determination” with some of the best minds in the country, such as Johnny Wimbrey, Les Brown, Matt Morris, Jim Rohn and Marc Accetta. Born in Rockford, Ill., but now residing in Little Elm, Texas, he has a wife, Pamela, and four children: Cortney, Brittney, Erica, and Terry Jr.

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.

ScriptureArt debuts clothing line inspired by Josh Hamilton

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By Tonya Whitaker
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Josh Hamilton fans can now share their love for Christ and the Texas Rangers all-star outfielder everywhere they go.

ScriptureArt, a provider of Christian gifts, home décor, and clothing, has created a line of clothing inspired by the life and testimony of Hamilton.

The Hamilton Tee Shirt Collectionis now available for purchase on ScriptureArt’s website, according to the company’s co-founder, Kelly Shiley.

“Josh has been amazingly transparent and out front about his struggles and about how his faith has helped him overcome them,” Shiley said. “His input was instrumental in helping us create designs that express that faith and dependence on God in authentic and graphically compelling ways.”

Hamilton, an outspoken Christian, has publicly acknowledged his struggles with drug and alcohol addiction. This revelation, however, has not dampened his popularity. With 4.2 million votes, the 2010 Major League Baseball Most Valuable Player was the top vote-getter for the 2012 MLB All-Star Game.

He and his wife, Katie, who is also co-founder of ScriptureArt, have four daughters.

The t-shirts – with styles for men, women, and children – feature inspirational slogans such as “iBelieve,” “Believe This,” (the “T” resembles a cross), and “Play Hard, Pray Harder.”

Based in Raleigh, N.C. and Dallas, Texas, ScriptureArt was co-founded by the Josh Hamilton’s wife, Katie, and Shiley in July 2011 with a mission to develop high quality products and designs which inspire others to develop a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ.

Shiley said the company will showcase Hamilton’s line of inspirational clothing and many other creations at the AmericasMart trade show, from July 11-18 in Atlanta, Ga. Their booth (no. 1111) can be found in building 3, floor 5.

“We’re doubly excited to now be able to bring the Hamilton line of clothes and our other exclusive creations to the trade at wholesale pricing for the first time,” Shiley said.

Christian events calendar for July 9

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In Lewisville, Texas: Youth Enjoying Salvation (Y.E.S.) Ministries of Denton will host is first Born 2 Be Free conference and concert on Saturday, July 14 beginning at 9 a.m. at Macedonia Ministries, 702 S. Mill St. in Lewisville. Youth and young adults, ages 13-29, are invited to attend. Event is free and meals provided, but pre-registration is required. Day sessions and workshops include music, praise dance/step, spoken work/rap and sign language. The concert begins at 6 p.m. at the Medical Center Lewisville Grand Theatre. The event will feature the Born2BFree Conference choir and dance, mime, and step teams, and Christian and gospel artists.

In Fort Worth, Texas: The Fort Worth Christian Women’s Connection will hold a “Young at Heart” luncheon honoring mothers, daughters, and granddaughters from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, July 18 at Mira Vista Country Club, 6600 Mira Vista Blvd., in Fort Worth. Guest entertainment is Jana Fick and Girls N Grace Dolls. Cost is $17 for adults and $9 for children ages 5 to 12. Free childcare will be provided by Christ Church, 5301 Alta Mesa, in Fort Worth. Deadline for reservations for the luncheon and childcare is July 13. Call Patsy at 817-232-0106 or email fortworthwomensconnection@yahoo.com for reservations.

In Port Arthur, Texas: The Port Arthur Christian Women will hold its luncheon titled “A Million Dollar Look on a Ten Dollar Budget” beginning at 11:45 a.m. on July 13 at the Pompano Club, LeChambre Room, 330 Twin City Highway, Port Neches. The cost of lunch is $15 per person. Christine Rothchild from Katy, Texas, is the guest speaker. Her theme will be “How to dress like a million bucks without spending it.” Reservations are essential for the luncheon and for the nursery, if needed, and may be made by calling Donna at 722-0951 or Mary at 962-5571 by Tuesday, July 10.

In Port Arthur, Texas: St. Paul United Methodist Church, 821 Freeman Ave. in Port Arthur, will hold Vacation Bible School from 5 to 7 p.m. on Monday, July 16 to Friday, July 20 at the church. Join them for a week long summer adventure for ages 1 to 100 as they “Go Fishin’ Deep for God’s Word Finding Heavenly Treasures,” through this opportunity for fellowship, discipleship and praise. Classes are held in the education building of the church. Call 409-985-9977 to schedule transportation.

In Katy, Texas: The Katy Christian Women’s Connection will hold a prayer coffee and fellowship meeting from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, July 12 at La Madelaine’s, 23322 Mercantile Parkway, in Katy. Betty Fancher is the guest speaker. Bring a friend and don’t forget to bring your Bible! Plan to arrive 30 minutes before the prayer coffee begins for breakfast and fellowship; the prayer coffee will begin promptly at 10 a.m. RSVP to Nancy at 281-232-8338.

A fourth of Ju-lye I’ll never forget

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By Rick Marschall
Special to ASSIST News Service

Swartz Creek, Mich. – A number of years ago I was working on a book, a three-part biography of rock ‘n’ roll pioneer Jerry Lee Lewis, evangelist Jimmy Swaggart, and country music superstar Mickey Gilley, who all are first cousins to each other. A friend offered me his unused condo in Montgomery, Texas, to get away for research and writing one summer. Since Lewis lived in Mississippi, Swaggart in Louisiana, and Gilley in nearby Pasadena, Texas, it made geographical sense.

Once settled, I took out the Yellow Pages to chart the location of Assembly of God churches for all the weeks ahead, intent on visiting as many as I could. East Texas was in every way new to me, and I wanted to experience everything I could. I was born in New York City… you get the picture.

Well, the first church I visited was in Cut and Shoot, Texas. That’s the town’s name; you can look it up. A small, white frame AG church was my first stop that summer… and I never visited another. For one thing — coincidence? — I learned that a member of the tiny congregation was the widow of a man who had pastored the AG church in Ferriday, La., the small town FOUR HOURS AWAY where, and when, those three cousins grew up in its pews. She knew them all, and their families, and had great stories. Beyond that, the pastor of the church in Cut and Shoot, Charles Wigley, had gone to Bible College in Waxahachie, Texas, with Jerry Lee Lewis and played in a band with him, until Jerry Lee got kicked out. Some more great stories.

But there was more than that kept me there for that summer. In that white-frame church and that tiny congregation, it was, um, obvious in three minutes that I was not from East Texas. Yet I was treated like family as if they all had known me three decades. It was the Sunday before July 4, and a fellow named Dave Gilbert asked me if I’d like to go to his farm for the Fourth where a bunch of people were just going to get together and “do some visitin’.”

On the Fourth I bought the biggest watermelon I could find as my contribution to the get-together. Well, there were dozens and dozens of folks. I couldn’t tell which was family and who were friends, because everybody acted like family. When folks from East Texas ask, “How ARE you?” they really mean it. There were several monstrous barbecue smokers with chimneys, all slow-cooking beef brisket. (Every region brags about its barbecue traditions, but I’ll still fight anyone who doesn’t claim low-heat, slow-smoked, no sauce, East-Texas BBQ as the best) There was visitin,’ after all; there were delicious side dishes; there was softball and volleyball and kids dirt-biking; and breaks for sweet tea and spontaneous singing of patriotic songs.

I sat back in a folding chair, and I thought, “THIS is America.”

As the sun set, the same food came out again — smoked brisket galore; all the side dishes; and desserts of all sorts. Better than the first time. Then the Gilberts cleared the porch of their house. People brought instruments out of their cars and trucks. Folks tuned their guitars; some microphones and amps were set up; chairs and blankets dotted the lawn. Dave Gilbert and his brothers, I learned, sang gospel music semi-professionally in the area. Pastor Wigley and his saxophone, later in the summer, opened for Gold City Quartet at a local concert. But everyone else sang, too. In some churches, in some parts of America, you’re just expected to sing solo every once in a while. You’re not only expected to — you WANT to. So into the evening, as the sun went down and the moon came up over those farms and fields, everyone at that picnic sang, together or solo or in duets or quartets. Spontaneously, mostly. Far into the night, exuberantly with smiles, or heartfelt with tears, singing unto the Lord.

I sat back in a folding chair, and I thought, “THIS is Heaven.”

Recently I came across a video that very closely captures the music, and the feeling — the fellowship — of that evening. A wooden ranch house, a barbecue picnic just ended, a campfire, and singers spontaneously worshiping, joining in, clapping, and “taking choruses.” There were cameras at this one, this video, but it took this city boy back to that Fourth of Ju-lye, finding himself amongst a brand-new family, the greatest barbecue I ever tasted before or since… and the sweetest songs I know.

Rick Marschall is the author of 65 books and hundreds of magazine articles in many fields, from popular culture. He is recipient of the 2008 “Christian Writer of the Year” award from the Greater Philadelphia Writer’s Conference, and produces a weekly e-mail devotional, “Monday Morning Music Ministry.” His e-mail address is: RickMarschall@gmail.com.


Building better relationships for stronger marriages

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By Donald Lee
Special to Inside The Pew

With the divorce rate – roughly 50 percent of marriages in the United States – continuing to threaten the family unit, we must do everything we can to reverse the abysmal pattern many homes are falling into.

The best way to combat this epidemic is to lay down the foundation for a wholesome home by sharing the biblically based, yet practical, principles that lead to changed attitudes toward self and relationships. And it is for this reason that I am teaming up with a fellow Christian author, Dr. Aimee (pronounced I-may) Colbert, to host the Christian Couples Conference in the Fort Worth area on July 7 at Grace Church, 4740 Western Center Blvd., in Haltom City. There’ll be two sessions, one from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and the other from 5 to 8 p.m.

The conference is free.

“The purpose of the conference is to help each individual, married or not, to increase his or her emotional intelligence and self-awareness,” said Colbert, an evangelist, faith-based counselor and author of the upcoming book, “Reality Check: Relationships.”

“I hope that attendees come to a better understanding of themselves, get answers and go forward with a passion to change and a new perspective on love,” Colbert said. “It’s not only for couples. It’s for couples and anyone seeking to be married some day.”

The idea is to reinforce the need for individuals to understand themselves, to have a healthy appreciation of their own self-worth and discern whether someone else has the wholesome spirit that is needed to best complement them. Strong relationships are built on wisdom and humility. And they thrive when those entering into them have genuine, sincere hearts rooted in the spirit of giving.

When someone approaches a relationship with the mindset of seeing what they can add to that relationship to help make the other person’s life easier, better, that produces a powerful connection, one that reflects the attributes of God. But when someone enters into relationships with a “gimme” attitude, always seeking to make withdrawals from the other person’s heart and rarely (if ever) making deposits, then that not only strains the relationship, but it gradually tears down the other person.

So, we want to stress that people have a health attitude toward themselves. A person can’t be sufficiently good to someone else if he (or she) has a negative view of himself (or herself).

Topics Colbert and I will cover at the conference include: “Twenty Questions You Must Ask Your Mate Before You Get Married”; “Twenty Signs That He/She is Not the One”; “Are You Addicted to Bad Relationships?”; and “Evaluating Your Expectations in Your Relationship,” just to name a few.

The conference will be recorded on CD and some video. The content will be available following the conference.

“The conference will be very eye-opening,” Colbert says. “Couples and singles should come prepared to learn. They should invite as many people as they possibly can, as we will be sharing information that they will probably never hear anywhere else. This will be a life-changing event in their lives.”

For more information about the free conference, including registration, visit http://www.christiancouplesconference.com.

Donald Lee is founder-pastor of Kingdom Living Christian Center in Dallas and co-author of “Married to Commitment,” the powerful Xulon Press-published book on relationships. To order “Married to Commitment” online, visit http://www.xulonpress.com. Follow Lee on Twitter at @donaldj_lee. Dr. Aimee Colbert also is on Twitter at @aimeetweets4u. The first chapter of Dr. Colbert’s book, “Reality Check,” already is available for download from the conference’s Web site. Also, call in to their Blogtalk radio show at 1 p.m. (Central Standard Time) every Saturday by calling (646) 652-4405. Lee’s and Colbert’s e-mail addresses are pastordonjlee@yahoo.com and aimee­_colbert@yahoo.com, respectively.

Catholic music icons unite for special concert in Dallas

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Catholic music’s most celebrated composers – Steve Angrisano, Curtis Stephan, and Dan Schutte –  will take the stage at 7 p.m. on June 15 in Dallas for the first concert of the Age to Age: Generations of Faith Tour.

Leaving labels of youth, contemporary and liturgical behind, the tour aims to unite Catholics across generations to praise God and express a shared faith.

“Curtis, Dan and Steve, have been formed by the church at different seasons of her history; however, they share something in common – the faith that has been passed down to them,” said Laure Krupp, OCP’s manager of events. “That same story is true of Catholic communities everywhere. Though tastes in musical styles might vary, we are share in the same baptism and love for our God. That’s what we’re celebrating. That’s idea behind the Age to Age Tour.”

All three composers, men of deep faith, share a mutual respect and admiration for their craft.

Having grown up singing Schutte’s music, Texas native and OCP composer Curtis Stephan explains, “Dan writes the kind of music I want to write. Every time I sing something like ‘City of God’ or ‘Here I Am, Lord,’ I think how relevant and powerful it is, from the day it was written to today. When music is relevant, it’s timeless.”

“You can see in people’s faces that Steve’s music really touches them. He truly ministers to people,” said composer Dan Schutte.

The first concert of the Age to Age: Generations of Faith Tour will take place at St. Ann’s Catholic Church, 180 Samuel Blvd., in Coppell, Texas. Tickets are $10 and are available at www.ocp.org/agetoagetour or at the event. Additional tour dates are slated for July 25 in Pittsburgh, Pa., and Oct. 20 and Portland, Ore.