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“The whole family was filled with joy, because they had come to believe in God.” – Acts 16:34
You can take courage – together
Church makes youth purity top priority
relationship with God for a relationship
ust admit it, the times we live in are,
well, a bit nerve racking! You will, at
with a man is settling for a cheap imitation,”
times, be fearful, frightened and scared
RED HOT “Six years ago the Lord placed a heavy
said Sandino. A goal of the conference is
to death. God knew you would. Three
desire on our hearts to reach the youth in
to encourage young women “not to settle
times in the New Testament, Jesus uses
our cities with the message of purity!” said
for anything less than a God-loving and
the phrase. “Take Courage!” (Matt. 14:27,
Sammy Sandino, youth pastor of Calvary
Jesus-reflecting man, who will not replace
Mark 6:51, Acts 23:11) I love that picture. It
Chapel San Diego. Out of that desire has
God but will come alongside her to
is like courage is something you can pick
been born an annual purity conference
encourage her to walk with God.”
up at the local Walmart! So go — take it!
for young men or women, alternating
Admission is $20 and includes continental
God wants you to have it. tower; the righteous run to it and are safe …
years, where youth from all over southern
breakfast and lunch. The main sessions and
To help you take courage, in my newest for their Defender is strong; he will take up
California, and even Arizona, come and
workshops, which are designed to give
book, Woman of Courage: Step Into God’s their case against you.
learn God’s standards for sexual purity.
simple, practical steps for victory in their
Adventure for Your Life, I have strung Finally, ______________be strong in the
“Pure Desire” is this year’s conference
battle for purity, will cover topics such as:
together a few verses on courage. One of Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full
for the young women. It will be held on
God as our desire, forgiveness and recovery
the most powerful things you can do for armor of God so that you can take your stand
Saturday, May 16 at Calvary Chapel San
from mistakes, growing in friendship with
your marriage is to pray, out loud, for one against the devil’s schemes. And the God of
Diego, 1771 E. Palomar St., Chula Vista,
Christ, and identifying what is worth living
another —especially when you are feeling all grace, who called you to his eternal glory
8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. It is open to girls 13 and
for and what is worthless.
tenative, vulnerable, or anxious. Just fill in in Christ, after you have suffered a little while,
above and moms are encouraged to attend
The theme verse is Psalm 73:25 “Whom
your spouse’s name in the blanks the next will himself restore you and make you strong,
with their daughters.
have I in heaven but You? And there is none
time he or she needs a little courage, then firm and steadfast. . . . . In all these things we
“The conference will teach our young
upon earth that I desire besides You.”
pray over your mate. It is a gift that doesn’t are more than conquerors through him who
women that no man can love them the
Contact Sandino for group rates at (619)
cost a thing — but it is priceless! loved us. (Joshua 1:9; Deut. 31:8; Ezra 10:4;
way God can, and that exchanging their
421-1100, or
Have I not commanded you, ________? Be Joshua 1:7; Psalm 31:2; 61:3; 140:7; Proverbs
strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do 18:10; 23:11; Eph. 6:10-11; 1 Peter 5:10; 1
‘Fireproofing’ marriages . . .
not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will John 2:14; Rom. 8:37)
be with you, _________, wherever you go. The Now, take courage, then step into the
Continued from page 1 with the Georgia-centered producers of
Lord himself goes before you, ___________ and canoe of God’s adequacy and hold on for
couple” you see at church. June led Miriam the movie.
will be with you; he will never leave you nor the ride of your life, let his love carry you
to the Lord, and now she was active in But the Gathrights didn’t see how
forsake you, _________. Do not be afraid; do down river to your adventure! Together,
ministry. So, imagine everyone’s shock at they could stay together, let alone share
not be discouraged. Rise up; ___________this you, God and your mate make a winning
New Song when the Gathrights reported at church. “Our marriage had exploded
matter is in your hands. We will support you, team!
how God was healing their hopeless before he asked us,” said June, describing
so take courage and do it. Be strong and very o
marriage. the anger and resentment. Their little son
courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my Pam Farrel and Bill are speakers, and co-
The two were so honest that they feared begged them not to yell at each other, and
servant Moses gave you; do not turn from authors of over 25 books including best-selling
rejection. But they got only positive when he saw them embrace, asked, “Do
it to the right or to the left, that you may be Men are like Waffles, Women are like
responses. A lot of people were in tears. you love each other again?”
successful wherever you go. Turn your ear to Spaghetti. For more on the STEP method to
Each week since, people tell the two how It seemed the couples’ trials worsened,
me, ___________ come quickly to my rescue; achieve an adventure for God, order Woman
much they appreciate their transparency, and they did not want to share. Even after
be my rock of refuge, a strong fortress to save of Confidence or attend the Woman of
and offer to pray for them. they did, positive responses at church did
me. For you have been my refuge, a strong Confidence Adventure evening on May 11.
Seed had also asked the Gathrights to not stop negative reactions at home. The
tower against the foe. O Sovereign Lord, my Everyone who purchases the book through www.
see the Fireproof movie, read The Love Dare relationship got more strained, with more
strong deliverer, who shields my head in the gains free
book, and report to the church. This was anger, tension and inhibitions.
day of battle. The name of the Lord is a strong entry to the May 11 event.
during a six-week small group series using But June, after 20 years of being a
“Fireproof” Christian, finally understood what
curriculum, Ephesians 5:28-33 means. He asked Miriam
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w i t h t h e June had been unemployed for four years.
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