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U.S. President Barack Obama claps after giving a farewell address at McCormick Place in Chicago
U.S. President Barack Obama claps after giving a farewell address at McCormick Place in Chicago. (REUTERS/John Gress)

"Reach for the moon. Even if you miss, you'll land in the stars!"

These words appear on a sign outside a nearby elementary school. They apply to President Obama's presidency as he departs.

To be respectful, objective and thorough in evaluating eight years of Obama in office, this commentary is a little lengthier since a breezy, superficial treatment doesn't serve us or Mr. Obama well. Let's begin.

Barack Obama believes his presidency has been a success. Speaking recently before a sea of "standing o" supporters in Chicago, he beamed as he rehearsed what he views as his landmark achievements: Iran accord; recession "recovery"; outreach to Cuba; Bin Laden capture; ObamaCare; and, "unleashing the longest stretch of job creation in our history."

He used his rhetorical skills to also highlight climate change advances; "race relations better than they were 10, 20 or 30 years ago;" and "healthcare costs rising at the slowest rate in 50 years."

His farewell address was longer than that of Reagan, Clinton and G.W. Bush combined. He referenced himself 75 times. He tearfully concluded, assuring us that "America is a better, stronger place" igniting the throngs to shout along with him, "Yes we can! Yes we did! Yes we can!"

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A wonderful interview with Founder and Director Aaron Perry of Radiance Ministries. We discuss the beginnings of the ministry and Aaron's personal testimony and How God began to use him at a very early age and healed him at even a younger age. The future of the ministry and the heart of the hope to share Christ around the world.

We are a group longing to see a young generation begin to walk in the presence of Christ and radiate His light among the lost. Creating a culture to release His presence wherever he or she goes; releasing life, love, and power!

Our desire is to awaken the hearts of every believer with the power of the Gospel of Jesus, through training, activation, and equipping of biblical teachings. An important part of making disciples is the empowerment of the Holy Spirit and activating the gifts inside of every Christian. 

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Gary Wilkerson is the President of World Challenge, an international mission organization that was founded by his father, David Wilkerson. He is also the Lead Pastor of The Springs Church, which he launched in 2009 with a handful of people and the church is rapidly growing by God's grace. He has traveled nationally and internationally at conferences and conducted mission ventures such as church planting, starting orphanages, clinics, feeding programs among the poorest of the poor and the most unreached people of the earth. Gary and his wife Kelly have four children and live in Colorado Springs, CO.

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Anna Pirkl is a Licensed Marital and Family Therapist, CCAPP RADT-1 and Registered Art Therapist. In 2005 she began her journey into the field of helping professionals as a volunteer for Free Arts for Abused Children.. She now specializes in addiction and recovery work, complex trauma, and anxiety. Anna uses a variety of therapeutic tools and approaches to assist her clients, such as Mindfulness Practices, Cognitive Behavioral, Educational and Psychodynamic. Anna’s overall approach is grounded in a Humanistic philosophy.

 

 

 

 

 

  • Beach Cities Prevention Community Counsel Meetings

http://www.southbayfamiliesconnected.org/events/2016/2/24/beach-cities-prevention-community-council-meeting

 

  • Resource for Understanding and building Teenage Girl’s Self Esteem

Reviving Ophelia: Saving the Selves of Adolescent Girls Paperback by Mary Pipher

 

 

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ONE OF THE MOST COMMON NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS IS TO IMPROVE ONE’S FINANCIAL STATE. A 2015 PEW SURVEY ON AMERICAN FAMILY FINANCES  REVEALED 33% OF AMERICANS HAVE ZERO SAVINGS! DO WE DARE DISCLOSE THE AVERAGE AMOUNT OF DEBT UNDER WHICH MOST AMERICANS, INCLUDING CHRISTIANS, LIVE?

HERE’S THE DEAL: SAVING MONEY AND BREAKING FREE FROM DEBT COMES FROM HEALTHY HABITS AGREED UPON AND ADHERED TO FAITHFULLY. JESUS SAID REGARDING WEALTH, “SO IF YOU HAVE NOT BEEN FAITHFUL IN THE UNRIGHTEOUS WEALTH, WHO WILL COMMIT TO YOUR TRUST THE TRUE RICHES?” (LK.16:11).

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Zeke Vidaurri is a host of the radio show “It’s Talk Time”.  He is an important figure in the Los Angeles community involved in public affairs, urban planning and community relations working alongside many top Elected officials as a consultant and advisor.

 

Website: www.twilighttalkradio.com/its-talk-time

Facebook: www.facebook.com/groups/228489220664151/

 

Aurelio Mattucci As the founder of a local business-networking group called the Unified Small Business Alliance with over 2000 members and the owner of Mattucci Real Estate Company with over 60 agents.  He’s also a huge community and neighborhood advocate currently serving as City of Torrance Social Service Commission and he’s been quoted as “a force to be reckoned with

 

LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/aurelio-mattucci-2697346

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/unifiedsba/?fref=ts

 

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Finding and fulfilling your God-given destiny is not a matter of chance but choice. You have to make quality decisions on a consistent basis to enter into the unique plan of God for your life.

Fulfilling your destiny is not automatic but begins when you're rooted in the reality that God has a custom-designed destiny for your life. "Your eyes saw me uninformed, yet in your book all my days were written, before any of them came into being (Ps. 139:16).

 

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Our guest is Howard Barker, a Community Liaison at Clear Recovery Center. He works to educate the public and raise awareness surrounding addiction and health and wellness in the community. He works with local schools, awareness groups and health focused organizations to promote healthy living and help provide a solution to addiction.

His love is working with adolescents and young adults, and is passionate about spreading information about health and recovery based on his own experiences. He has worked with and spoken at various schools throughout the South Bay and San Diego, presented in Town Hall meetings as an expert panelist, and works to educate about recovery through online blogging.  

Website: www.ClearRecoveryCenter.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/ClearRecoveryCenter

Wellness Magazine: http://sbbcwellness.com

Email: Howard@ClearRecoveryCenter.com

 

 

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Joni and Friends' Irresistible Church E-book Series Teaches Churches to Build 'Pathways to Belonging' 
Series Tops Amazon's Social Issues and Special Needs Categories
 
AGOURA HILLS, Calif., Dec. 13, 2016 – Following the recent release of the fourth book in the Irresistible Churchseries by Joni and Friends, "Call Me Friend," the group has announced the availability of book number five, "Pathways to Belonging." This resource will help churches build a flexible, adaptable disability ministry, incorporating both a buddy program and stand-alone classrooms should that be a better fit. As with the previous books in the series, it is available as a free Kindle download on Amazon.com, BarnesandNoble.com and other online bookstores.
 
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"The Son of God became
     man to enable men to
    become the sons of God."
                            C.S. Lewis

Amidst the sentimental and somewhat silly mixture of "Santa," "Rudolph," and "Frosty" songs we'll encounter this busy week before Christmas, how many of us will take advantage of this season to simply tell people about Jesus? There really is no better time during the course of the entire year to do it!
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“Drug addiction has become virtually an epidemic in cities

and towns, rural and urban, across America.”

    Franklin Graham, Decision Magazine Dec. 2016

After the tumultuous election, actor Tommy Chong consoled himself by celebrating Californians’ vote to legalize marijuana for recreational use. “Thank God pot is legal now, so we have something that can get us through the next four years!”

Amidst the startling Trump upset, multitudes missed the advancement of marijuana legalization in America. Now residents in Washington, Oregon, California, Nevada, Colorado, Massachusetts, Maine and D.C. can all get blasted! Additionally, Arkansas, Florida and North Dakota approved “medical marijuana”, usually the first step towards legalizing weed for recreational use.

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Interview with Nicole Jansen:  WANT to understand why your spouse and kids behave the way they do?

 

The DiSC personality assessment is used for discussion of people’s behavioral differences.  It provides a common language that parents can use to better understand themselves, family members and adapt their behaviors with everyone.

 

Our guest is Nicole Jansen, a Human Behavior Specialist, Strategic Intervention Coach, DISC Personality Expert, the founder of Discover The Edge and has her own podcast called Leaders of Transformation.

 

Get more information about Nicole, her products at services at:

 

www.DiscoverTheEdge.com

 

Business FB Page: https://www.facebook.com/discovertheedge

Personal FB Page: https://www.facebook.com/nicolejanseninc

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/nicolejansen

Twitter: @DiscoverTheEdge

Instagram: NicoleJansen7

YouTube: DiscoverTheEdge

Online Personality Assessments For Adults, Teens and Children: http://www.discovertheedge.com/products/behavior-assessments/  (prices range from $12.95 - $69.95)

My Leaders Of Transformation Podcast – Find us on iTunes, Stitcher or via our podcast website at www.leadersoftransformation.com

 

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Learn how to think beyond the system of standardized testing. Find out how you can better prepare your child for overcoming its pitfalls, challenges and imperfections. 
 
Our guest is Victor Solis, director of Initia Education, he and his team provide academic success coaching to students struggling with time management by teaching them proven systems that empower them to thrive in school and life.
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What is anger? What's going on inside of us when it happens and how can we teach ourselves and our kids to regulate anger? Learn how parent anger can impact kids and practical things that can be done to help children understand their own anger...and the uncontrolled anger of others in their environment.
 
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OUR PURPOSE

TO INTRODUCE YOU TO THE RAW STORIES OF REAL PEOPLE WHO LOST ALL REASON BEFORE ULTIMATELY FINDING THE TRUE MEANING OF LIFE. WE ENCOURAGE YOU NOT ONLY TO LISTEN TO THE STORIES BUT TO SHARE THE STORIES WITH OTHERS WHO MAY BE FIGHTING SIMILAR BATTLES.

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The purpose of The Darkest Hour is to introduce you to others, who have climbed out of their ditch and found the true meaning of life. We encourage you, to not only listen to these stories, but to share these stories with others who may be fighting similar battles.

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Franklin Shares an exclusive with us about a new film coming out in Aprl 2017, that you are going to want to hear and make sure you go and watch...So, You will want to listen in on this one.

Franklin Santagate has been named vice president of outreach for Pure Flix

Santagate will be responsible to develop and implement the strategies for church and ministry engagement with the objective of expanding the Pure Flix reach and impact both domestically and internationally. He will oversee the growth and operations of regional teams poised to increase group ticket sales.

Santagate recently served as director for the nonprofit Marketplace Network in Modesto, California.

Pure Flix & NHCLC Join Forces to Increase
Hispanic Presence in Film Industry
 
Global partnership aligns vision, influence, assets & resources
to develop faith & family media
 
DALLAS, Nov. 7, 2016 – During a Facebook Live event on Friday, Nov. 4, Pure Flix COO Steve Fedyski and Vice President of Global Strategic Alliances Franklin Santagate, announced with Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference (NHCLC)/CONEL, a formal partnership between the No. 1 Christian production studio in the world, Pure Flix, and the world's largest Hispanic Christian organization, NHCLC.
 

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Although Latinos purchase 25 percent of all movie tickets sold, recent studies show that Latino community is one of the least represented population segments in speaking roles in film and television; in 2015, there was only one Latino-centric film released by a major studio.
 
"Hispanics engage movies more than any other ethnic group in America; however, there is this issue with the content and depictions of the Latino community that has not been well-represented," said Rev. Rodriguez. "We aren't all gang bangers. We're not all narco-traffickers from Latin America. We are God-fearing, hard-working people. This alliance will expose our community and engage us in a way we've never been able to before."
 
The organizations have committed to a long-term exclusive strategic alliance for five years that aligns common vision, influence, assets and resources to develop faith and family media. Pure Flix and NHCLC hope that this partnership increases the presence of Hispanic themes, actors, directors and stories in the film and entertainment industry.
 
One key aspect of the partnership will develop internships for Latinos seeking to learn all aspects of the industry.
 
"We want people that have the core values and the love and hope of Christ infiltrated all through the industry because then that transformed leader or individual will be a transformation agent in the culture," said Fedyski. 
 
Additionally,initiatives included in this alliance are:
  • Casting Latinos in the film industry in more prominent and meaningful roles;
  • Carefully assessing cultural references and plot lines in films to ensure the portrayal of the Latino population is accurately depicted, respectful, and free form stereotypes and stigma; and
  • Increasing the content readily available for the Spanish-speaking community on PureFlix.com. 
For full details and an archived version of the Facebook Live video, visit. https://www.facebook.com/PureFlix/videos/1497412636942009/.
 
Pure Flix is a Christian movie studio that produces, distributes and acquires Christ-centered movies with a vision to influence the global culture for Christ through media, and a mission to be the world leader in producing and distributing faith and family media. For additional information, visit http://pureflixstudio.com/about-us/.
 
NHCLC/CONEL serves as a representative voice for the more than 100 million Hispanic Evangelicals assembled in over 40,000 U.S. churches and hundreds of thousands of additional congregations spread worldwide throughout the Spanish-speaking diaspora. For additional information, visit http://www.nhclc.org.
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We talk with Guy Hatcher about his book entittled "Your Future Reflection, How to Create a Legacy Beyond Money" a powerful book not just about estate planning and the importance of it, but also, leaving a heritage and how to move into what God is calling your family into and for what purpose. Find out more by going to the website here and begin your Family Core Value Assessment.

www.guyhatcher.com

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Another wonderful interview with Dr. Tom Phillips of the Billy Graham Association, author of the new book "Jesus Now Awakening" This is a must have book for your library and to know that God is doing something now, not just in America but around the world. Please share with others..They need to hear this.

 

https://www.facebook.com/jesusnowtomphillips/ 

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I speak with Dr. Doug Stringer on his new book "Leadership Awakening" as we discuss the different aspects of leaderships, how it is derived, what does God say about leadership and how do people move into such roles within their church and communities.

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Kneeling bedside at 2 a.m. after election results were in, I tearfully thanked God and gave Him the glory for what just happened. The final text I received said it poignantly: "It feels like the thawing in Narnia when springtime returned." 

Indulge me for a moment to describe it in dramatic yet honest terms. I, like multitudes, was euphoric and found sleep extremely challenging! May this unprecedented event remain aglow on the photographic plate of our minds to encourage us for years to come. 

We literally witnessed a modern day political miracle. This was, without question, an astonishing once-in-a-lifetime occurrence. I still have to pinch myself that I'm not dreaming! 

"Whoa, Larry! Aren't you getting a bit carried away?" 

Not at all! And in case you retired early or decided to avoid the evening's developments for whatever the reason, allow me to highlight five aspects of Nov. 8, 2016, that will forever remain in the annals of political history as absolutely phenomenal. 

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What if you felt called to do something that seemed like a completely impossible undertaking given the limited amount of time and resources you had?

Texas-based custom home builder, Dan Wallrath experienced this first hand in 2005 when asked to help a stranger who needed his home remodeled so he and his wife could take care of their son, a U.S. Marine Core Lance Cpl. who had sustained severe head injuries from an IED explosion while serving his first tour of duty in Iraq. Without the funds, and with no real plan, Dan said yes to this desperate father, completing the family’s home renovations a few months later.

Soon after, Operation FINALLY HOME was born as a 501C3 nonprofit organization with a mission to build homes for wounded, ill or injured veterans, surviving spouses and their families.

Building Hope: What Happens When God Changes Our Plans to Accomplish His is the story of Dan’s journey as he followed his call to serve America’s military heroes, starting with a team of one and growing to lead one of the nation’s most respected non-profit organizations serving U.S. veterans. This inspirational memoir reveals how stepping out in faith turned into a lifetime commitment to build homes for those who have sacrificed while wearing America’s uniform in defense of our freedoms and our way of life.

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There's something about the word "No" that feels subversively "off" or flawed - especially when it’s used too often with children and teens. Learn the impact this word has on your child's developing brain as well as how it makes them think, feel and perceive themselves and their abilities. Discover useful alternatives, which promote empowerment instead of limitations. For more parenting information on this subject check out these links.  How to Tell My Child No...Without Saying No"Developing The Conscious Child".

 

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"And now, the end is near

And so I face the final curtain

My friend, I'll say it clear

I'll state my case, of which I'm certain."

 

So sang Frank Sinatra in his classic song, "My Way." Closing arguments were submitted then came the verdict.

 

This is where America is at as the end is near for Election 2016.

 

CBS News said, "82% of Americans are disgusted with the presidential campaign." I opine the political situation is the result of the reckoning of eight years of incompetent, deceptive and uncooperative leadership that has brought us to a breaking point and this epochal moment.

I offer the following, fully aware that Trump's "Make America Great Again," pro-growth, reform agenda is laden with his glaring personal flaws. But as the Wall Street Journal stated in their editorial Saturday (11/5/16), "The case for Donald Trump is political disruption. A broken Washington needs to be shaken up and refocused on the public good, and who better to do it than an outsider beholden to neither political party?"

 

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So where are we at this juncture in the road? No matter how distasteful the process has been, every Christian must help foster a turnaround before it's too late.

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As frustrating as it can be, there are many opportunities that lay hidden within the mayhem of sibling rivalry. Much can be revealed from these interactions that, like a sign post, point the way towards improved interactions....and solutions! 
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John believes that so many “Christians” are caught up in the election because they are living life with a 70-80 year perspective, instead living life with an eternal perspective.  “When you live life with eternal goals, your whole focus changes…you start make decisions differently, pursue things differently, your interest become different,” says John. John believe that it’s all about getting your focus right…aligning with the King and His Kingdom who is eternal and never changes.

 

“Driven By Eternity” book excerpt:

To capture the best view of eternity, we must look at God Himself. He is not limited in power, knowledge, wisdom, understanding, or glory—just to name a few. He is self-existent; forever He was and forever He will be God. He is called the “Everlasting Father” (Isaiah 9:6).

 

He is called the “King of eternity” (1 Timothy 1:17 AMP). All that is eternal is found in Him; in fact, eternity itself is found in Him. All that is outside of Him is temporal and will change.

 

No matter how good, noble, powerful, or enduring it may seem…it will eventually cease. Even the earth and universe will change, but He will not:

 

“Lord, in the beginning you laid the foundation of the earth, and the heavens are the work of your hands. Even they will perish, but you remain forever. They will wear out like old clothing. You will roll them up like an old coat.” (Hebrews 1:10–12 NLT)

 

Not only will He never cease, but He remains eternally the same. Scripture declares:

 

“All flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of the grass. The grass withers, and its flower falls away, but the word of the Lord endures forever. Now this is the word which by the gospel was preached to you.” (1 Peter 1:24–25)

 

God is eternal; therefore, what He speaks is eternal. He cannot lie, nor can what He says be broken. If it weren’t so, then all would collapse into utter darkness, for He is light and upholds all things by His Word. There can never be a change to what He says, or else He would no longer be eternal. That is a sure foundation upon which we can build our lives.

 

www.drivenbyeternity.com

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Motivation and perseverance are fundamentals to human success. However, there are times when walking away and letting go are appropriate actions too. Learn the differences of each and how to effectively guide your child to regulate their own levels of motivation and inspiration.
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Do we truly paying attention to the things we say or do to our kids? If not, one thing is for certain - they are!  So often parents spend more time being mindful of their children's behaviors over their own. When parents aren't fully aware and conscious of their own behaviors, much of what they say and do can be in congruent - causing confusion and mistrust within their children and teens. Find out how you can clean and clear up some of the most common mixed messages that parents often convey.

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