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1. In Job 1:21 Job shows his humbleness. How does he do this?
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email@example.com tips, clipping coupons, as well as advice from experts on Answer: He says all he has belongs to the Lord.
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Mary Stevens; National Sales Manager • Develop a “Listing” of all Christian-Owned Businesses. shall I return thither; the Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away;
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Nolan Melonson; Houston, TX Job 6:24 “Teach me, and I will hold my tongue: and cause me to under-
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stand wherein I have erred.”
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Penney Carlton; Nashville,TN to persuade those who are currently attending a church 3. In Chapter 9, Job admits he’s guilty of doing something – what is it?
firstname.lastname@example.org that preaches Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord to move to
(315) 807-7692 another church. We are not church hoppers ourselves: we Answer: Justification
Ray Allen Rougeaux; Dallas, TX are rooted. Job 9:20 “If I justify myself, mine own mouth shall condemn me: if I say, I
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• The CSN offers each local church in the areas we serve the
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4. Who does Job say will end up better in the long run?
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Derrick Singleton • Free distribution of the publication. Righteous means free from sin.
Chauncy Latigue • We also offer local Christian Churches the opportunity to
Claude Highfield purchase Ads (of any size available) in the Christian Star 5. Who does Job say he is afraid of?
Laura Washington News, and these ads may be designed to encourage un-
Michelle Abshire churched readers to visit their place of worship. Answer: God
At the end of the day, we just want to be obedient to the Holy Job 23:15 “Therefore am I troubled at his presence: when I consider, I
am afraid of him.” Job was a wise man as it says in Psalm 111:10 “The
Pamela S. Thibodeaux Spirit and serve God!
fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.”
Rolland Soileau CSN paper is new and innovative with its new concept of help-
Tim Andreas ing the community. Christians are called to help; we are called
6. What is worth more than rubies?
La Familia Resource Center to help the poor, the struggling, those barely hanging on, and
Rose Thomas any and everyone within our reach in need of help. We offer Answer: wisdom
Lake Charles Convention Center this paper FREE to the public and FREE to the churches to Job 28:18 “No mention shall be made of coral, or of pearls for the price
Mary Stevens utilize this as a tool to reach out to those who may be seeking of wisdom is above rubies.” Some people think that wisdom is a result
Agnes O. Amos to learn more about God and His goodness. of old age. However, this is not true...grey hair is a result of old age. Wis-
Pastor Jerry Snider We at CSN extend a genuine concern for the mind, body, and dom comes as stated earlier, by fearing God. When one fears God, they
Scott Ewing spirit of our readers and will work tirelessly to ensure that we listen to him, and the they learn and will start to gain wisdom.
Bob Holmes bring to you information and advertisers that adhere to the
same. CSN is about Christians Helping All People! We seek to 7. Job says we shouldn’t rejoice in material things; what should we
Rev. E.J. Kemper III Be our Brother’s Keeper and Loving our Neighbors as Thy Self.
Michele Stagg Woods Therefore, we are working with companies to bring you the Answer: God
R. Jane Guillory discounts and coupons you need in one place for necessary Job had a lot and he lost a lot. However, when he learned not to rely
items that you consume or utilize every day. It requires time on material things, and to rejoice in them, his life started to get better.
Distribution Managers: and the participation of the community for large corporations When he learned to rejoice in God, he had all he needed.
Derrick Singleton: Louisiana to offer their savings to us, so I pray that you will stand with
Nolan Melonson: Houston, Texas Christian Star News until we are established and rooted. If you 8. Job does recieve patience, is he given back what he lost?
Ray Allen Rougeau: Dallas, Texas are a small Christian business, even a $50 business card ad will
help sustain us until we can get National Support for our area. Answer: Yes, and twice as much
Disclaimer: Stand for what you believe in. Job 42:10 “And the Lord turned the captivity of Job, when he prayed for
The entire contents of this paper are copyright- his friends: also the Lord gave Job twice as much as he had before.” Job’s
We are here to add to, build and assist the churches with their
ed February 2009 by Christian Star Newspaper. story shows what can happen when you don’t trust in the Lord and what
All rights reserved. Material in this publication vision to serve God and prepare souls for the harvest. I offer can happen as a result of really trusting in the Lord.
may not be reproduced in any form without my radio ministry Bent But Not Broken to the different minis-
the expressed written consent of the publisher. tries as they wish to share their vision, their testimony and to
9. What is the last word of Job in the King James Version of the Holy
announce upcoming events as a free service. This is my offer-
Christian Star Newspaper is not responsible for Bible?
any claims made by advertisers. The views and
ing to God. I wish to give to the Body of Christ. I am blessed to
opinions expressed herein do not necessarily be a blessing! Answer: patience
reflect the publisher. Thanks for taking the time to be your brother’s keeper and The correct answer was days.
ensuring that they too get the same savings as I am offering Job 42:17 “So Job died, being old and full of days.” Job lived a good and
you. God bless you and may the seeds you sow reap 1000-fold full life when he died. I hope you enjoyed learning a little about this man
in the same year in Jesus name we pray. Amen! and the book that has his name.
Christian Star Issue 6 June 2009
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Lighthouse Baptist Church 615-953-1357 Day Spring Pentecostal Church 214-391-7552
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Christian Star Issue 6 June 2009
Stay ahead in June The Journey of a Christian Job Seeker This journal and its testimony were born out of fif-
teen months of an intense job search, over a thou-
By Derrick Singleton sand résumés distributed, and more than six failed
Conquering Your Emotions and Your Fears
Through Life’s Trials interviews. Thirteen months of the search occurred
Fruits and veggies while I was in a job, and two months of the search
• Start any of the warm weather vegetables took place after I was out of a job. The search
(Corn, Beans, Peppers, Egg Plant, Toma- The purpose of this journal is to influence the way
you respond to a crisis, be it an employment crisis, began in September 2007 from a sincere belief that
toes, Squash, Pumpkins, etc.) as soon as the Lord placed in my heart and confirmed through
possible. financial crisis, marital crisis, or any other type of
difficult situation. Through it, you can discover prophetic messages that I was to change jobs. I
• Tap your tomatoe plants to encourage pol- fully expected blessing and promotion, but what it
lination; water every day and start feeding how to conquer your emotions and fears in life’s
trials and tribulations, as well as how to anchor initially led to was grief, hopelessness, and despair.
them weekly once fruits set.
• Protect your fruit from the birds with net- yourself in the hands of God to keep you strong,
bold, and moving forward. As I pondered the fact of not having a testimony in
ting. my job search, the Lord dropped in my spirit that
• After natural fruit drop in late June, thin the testimony was not in His giving me a job right
fruits on apple, pear, peach, and apricot In all our journeys, we journey as people of God,
never alone. If you are fortunate, your brothers and away, because He was surely able to do that, had
trees carefully to produce larger, better He so desired. The testimony, rather, was in His
fruit. Peach trees need 50 to 75 leaves per sisters walk with you; but always, always, God
walks with you. Through this journal may you taking me through an experience that would teach
fruit to manufacture food for both fruit me to hold on in the testing of my faith so that oth-
production and tree maintenance. Apple see that He is truly the guide. He makes the path
straight and the hills flat for those who trust in His ers would see this and glorify His name. And from
trees need 30 to 40 leaves per fruit. this kind of testimony, they could be encouraged as
• Continue thinning your vegetable seedlings wisdom and mercy.
they went through their own dark times.
to provide ample room for growth.
• Mound the soil up around your potato From this journal, may you take away a special
word or thought, see yourself in my words if you Author: Agnes .O. Amos
plants. It does no harm to the plant if the For more information on how to order this book
soil covers the stem. Tubers near the sur- despair, and find strength in the Word of God to
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Christian Star Issue 6 June 2009
C. WORLD- church grew by hundreds in the first years.
The little white building on College Manor
Civic Center.” I remember Rev. John Bos-
man, upon leaving Lake Charles, walking up
watch out – maybe even dancing!
rocked on its piers because of the praise to me in a restaurant and saying, “You are I don’t just preach. Preaching alone has
I played the piano naturally. To this day I that was in the hearts of the pastors - now going to need more parking. You do not not changed our world. If it had, all of our
have played with the best and know that transferred to the hearts of the people. have enough space for what God has placed churches would be full. I still have a few
the gift that I have is a God-given ability. inside of you.” empty seats – and I am big enough to say it.
Everything has happened in 3’s I do speak a Monday word not just a Sunday
Naturally, I have worshipped all of my life. God also used Bishop Tudor Bismark on word. The church has become experts
Growing up in the Pentecostal church, wor- We were there three years when God di- more than one occasion to speak into my at preaching to the choir. I have been in
ship and singing were the most important rected me to purchase the Cinema 6 build- life. It was at this time that I could see the choir since I was five, so I am tired
things in my life. They obviously did not ing in Lake Charles. God has a sense of hu- every prophesy coming to pass. Perry of people preaching to the choir. I reach
hurt me because I am still using them for mor because as a Pentecostal boy I would Gaspard told me that God had put me on for those who should be in the choir but
God’s glory and now thousands of people never have set foot in a theater. Now I was his heart for the past three years and that because of some circumstances have ended
every week are being changed by the pow- leading a group of people as I was being led for those three years he had been watching up in places that most preachers cannot or
erful gift that God placed in my life. by the Holy Spirit, and we were purchasing me. (Again, God used the number “3” in maybe better said, will not go. My goal is to
a building that initially the realtor said they my life.) Through a miraculous transition, preach and practice love because ultimately
My wife, Hope, and I met when we were would not sell to me. God can do anything! Christian World purchased the campus it’s the only thing that works. If love won’t
just 16 years old. (Beware of 16 year old We grew so fast in the first two months of at 200l E.Gauthier Road and for the first do it, nothing else will. It’s the same in any
boys who show up to talk to your daughter. being in the theater that we went to two time moved into a facility that was built for language including the Hebrew and the
They just might be your future son-in-law.) morning services. I would just get through growth, vision, and revival. With a 3,400- Greek!
She was beautiful then and even more now. with one service - still be praying and seat auditorium and so much potential, I
I was smitten. But there was something ministering to people in the altar, then let knew that we were walking into a miracle. Our mission at Christian World is to love
deeper that brought us together. We were out for a five minute break - only to return people to Jesus Christ. I have been asked
more mature than most 16 year olds that to the podium to take my place behind the For the first time we have a facility that by the religious folks what we do once we
we knew and were around. There was a keyboard and start all over again. I would was built for the revival in my heart. Is it love people to Christ. What they are really
call on our lives and we were aware of it give everything that I had in me! about buildings? No, it’s about people and asking is if we are into cloning. Do we try to
even then. Our faith was our foundation that’s why the building came to me. I am a make them all alike - all look the same, talk
and singing together in worship was again I know what it feels like to give birth to a lover of people. Buildings do not demand the same, dress the same, and believe the
an obvious reason why God wanted us dream. I also know that there is a differ- people – people demand buildings. We same? Of course not, that would be wast-
together. ence in God’s dream and something that we had the people and the vision. We came to ing our God- given individuality, gifts and
just dream up. We are living God’s dream Lake Charles with a God vision! I have lived expressions. We know that love changes
Hope came from a wonderful family. She for us and for the people of Southwest and taught Word of Faith. Everything that our heart and our heart is what God has
had grandmothers and grandfathers who Louisiana. I am a multicultural pastor - a big we have today came from the spoken Word always been after.
literally named the streets and painted the city dreamer. I like entertainment, the best that I have lived and imparted to others.
first street signs on the Louisiana Pentecos- restaurants, shopping, culture and variety. I We must always confess the positive and re- I believe the Gospel is Good News and
tal Campgrounds in Tioga, Louisiana. Her live believing that pledge that you will never experience a
grandmother had served many pastors and if you are going worship opportunity at Christian World
helped them to start new churches and to think at all, you that will not be a good experience. For the
remained faithful through every transition may as well think Lord is GOOD! We have many avenues of
to see them become successful houses of big. reaching our city with the Gospel of Jesus.
worship. On her mother’s side, there was Sunday is just the first day of the week.
the gift of song. I remember in Monday through Saturday is equally im-
one of my argu- portant to us in showing this city that Jesus
Our earliest memories were that of singing ments with God loves. Take time to visit christianworld.cc
around the piano. One of the highlights of about this city and see all of the ministries that are avail-
us being together when we started dat- saying, “God I able each week.
ing was that people would ask us to sing just don’t see it
together everywhere we went. there.” I remem- This fall we will celebrate 10 years of min-
ber hearing the istry. God put it in my heart that this year
We were married in 1989 and by the grace voice of the Lord was our year for Harvest. We are reaping
of God celebrated 20 years of marriage speak to me so now and know that the best is yet to come.
this January. It seems almost unbelievable emphatically. He It really feels good to not be the new kids
because when we look in the mirror we still said, “Jerry it’s on the block anymore. All of those who
expect to see 16 year old faces! not there because said it would never work have had to move
you’re not there.” on to somebody else, for what God starts,
After we were married, we served in music When I accepted God finishes.
ministry in our local church while going to my place and
school and working. We accepted our first my call to Lake Hope and I came up from old time Pen-
full-time ministry position in the summer of Charles it literally tecostal preachers. It will take more
1991. opened up revival than a Red Sea or anything else that the
for our ministry devil would try to dream up to stop us.
I believe that you have to serve faith- here, as well as for many other churches member to never despise small beginnings! We aren’t new to any of it. We are sea-
fully before you will ever be trusted with that absolutely would not be here if Hope soned and know that we are in the right
your own Vision. We did exactly that. and I had not answered God’s call to come This is a part of who we are. I am not place at the right time. We will see 10,000
We served three visionary pastors which home. ashamed of the miraculous favor of God on worship at Christian World. I preached it
required us to move from our home in Lake my life. When we moved to Gauthier Road, when we had 10 in attendance. Some left
Charles to Baton Rouge. From Baton Rouge Nothing about our ministry is average. the church doubled in one week. After two because they thought I was crazy. Guess
we moved to Sacramento, California, back Nothing about Christian World has been years, those who remain are a part of the what? They are back. It’s amazing what a
to Louisiana and then to Austin, Texas. normal. The most astounding thing to me is powerful ministry and vision that God gave few seats will do in helping people to see
that people still try to get us to explain the to me when I was serving another pastor in bigger. I never feel like it’s big because
Through the moves and changes, I knew growth and the blessings by what we did. Sacramento, California. once again, our current building is not big
that God was calling me to start a church in They want me to say, “Well, I did this – and enough for the revival that is inside of me.
Louisiana. then I did this.” Certainly everything has a Today, Christian World is a diverse house I preached it with just as much passion and
process – but when all is said and done, I made up of all peoples. On a regular basis I compassion when we had 10 as I do today
After two years in Austin, Hope and I was only obedient. am asked, “Pastor Jerry, how did you get all with thousands listening. Today through
returned to Lake Charles willing to do of those people to come to your church?” our vision and mission we are touching and
whatever God required of us. I think that The biggest test of my obedience came What they really mean is how do red, changing our world! If God has done all of
He will use all of our circumstances to speak in 2006 when I received a call from Perry yellow, black and white people put aside this in the first 9 ½ years, I can’t wait to see
to us. I came back to Lake Charles with the Gaspard, Pastor of Abundant Life Fellow- their differences and worship together on what the next 9 will hold.
feeling of, “I can’t believe I am back where ship. He wanted to meet with me to discuss Sundays? Statistics state that 10 am on
I started.” Even though I was back in the an undisclosed matter. I did not return his Sundays is still the most segregated time in Dream your dreams! Live your dreams!
same city, I was not at all the same boy. call for a month because God told me that America. That may speak for America, but Just make sure that they are God’s and not
Now a man with a mission, I started to look I was moving to the church building where not for Christian World. Sundays at 10 am your own. There are some people who
for property. God gave us such tremendous Perry pastored on Gauthier Road. I had is one of the most exciting and integrated have blamed God for things that He was
favor because we were in His divine will. been preaching to the church for months times for us at 2001 E. Gauthier Road! never responsible for. If it’s God’s, it will be
that we were moving to the Lake Charles There are thousands of people who now blessed. There will be abundant fruit on
Civic Center. The reason I was saying this come together, celebrating our differences the tree.
I learned that the finger of God never points was because - here we were again – three and uniting our voices. We are part of a city There is a misconception about Harvest
where the hand of God won’t provide. years later in a building that was no longer that is changing. We have been part of the time for many people. You may feel that it
large enough for the revival that was in us! change and will continue to be a voice of is a season that you are going to kick back
We bought property with no money - only I told the congregation that if Joel Osteen influence. and rest, but you are going to find me out in
faith. We stepped into our God destiny and could buy the Compaq Center in Houston, the field everyday, picking what is ripe and
in October of 1999 we established Christian we could buy the Civic Center. That seems When our worship team steps out to sing watering what is not yet mature.
World. God was our obvious partner and so funny today because I remember stand- on Sundays, I am still behind the keyboard.
when anything or anyone tried to oppose ing for the first time in the sanctuary at The praise and worship is so powerful that Christian World is here for the Harvest!
the mission and vision that God placed in Gauthier Road, looking around and saying you will not be able to stand still. You will
our hearts, He only blessed us more. The to the church, “This is sure nicer than the find yourself moving, clapping and – better PG.7