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Interview with Play-write -Alvin Malcolm DanielsTwenty Eight Years In Film and Media * The Man Behind The Message

Love Respect Gratitude

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Solutions Justice Praise Family Vision Worship Community Righteousness Joy Strength Effort Faith Forgiveness

All Witches Don’t Wear Hats

Cornerstones For Life-Acknowledges Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The Content of Character

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“There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.”
Galatians 3:28 New International Version (NIV)

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E Magazine welcomes you to the first issue of 2014! We are excited to bring you

articles that address “The Content of Our Character” and the purpose and value of our lives. We hope that something will be conveyed through this written word ministry that will change your life and ignite God-vision at a soul level. May God continue to bless your path and keep your spirit strong!

M. Handy Editor and Chief COOTW E MAGAZINE

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Cornerstones for LifeAcknowledging Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Pg. 5-6

Alvin Malcolm Daniels The Man Behind The Message Pg. 11

COOTW E MAGAZINE JANUARY MOVIE PICK Pg. 8

Warm Hearty Recipe Pg. 10

At The Bank Pg. 9

A Call To Supernatural Wholeness Pg. 20

The Follower Pg. 9

When The Preaching Stops Pg. 21

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Teen Talk Pg. 29

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Cornerstones for Life

“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.”
Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Reverend, Dr. Martin Luther King
Born January 15, 1929 ~ Assassinated April 4, 1968

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Thank you, Dr. King for being the cornerstone of our awareness for our civil rights. You literally activated “activism” in and through a nation. Because of you, we are socially, emotionally, economically and spiritually empowered! The content of our character has been enriched, rewritten, newly formatted, and pulsates with purpose! COOTW E MAGAZINE, believes that your steps were well ordered in The Lord, and effect change not only in African Americans, but every American and Religious Denomination. You, Sir were, and are a cornerstone for the character of generations to come! Rest well Dr. /Minister King. 6
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In 2012, the blockbuster hit, Hunger Games was released to a spellbound audience, who hungered for a different type of heroin. If there were ever a movie that defined depth of character, this film fits the bill. Lead character, 16 year old, Katniss Everdeen, played by Jennifer Lawrence, resides in a town where food and comfort are scarce. And, as if that weren’t enough, she feels compelled to take her little sisters place in a mandatory kill or be killed game that is televised as sports-like entertainment. In perfectly timed progression, we watch the dauntless character emerge as she throws herself into the custody of those collecting the opponents… It is plain to see that she is no longer her own, but has become the incorporation of what lies ahead. This film allows us to grow with Katniss, level upon impending level. …For she is not only a fierce warrior, she has a heart for people underlined with faith and integrity…. Director: Gary Ross Writers: Gary Ross (screenplay), Suzanne Collins(screenplay) Stars: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth | See full cast and crew » Sequel: The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

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The Follower

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As we stand in line at 'The Bank' ready to cash in our “Wilderness” for our “Walk” across the Jordan, we can barely comprehend the exchange taking place.

A separation from the old pattern of doing things, somehow integrates with the new way, of how things will be done. It is a place of eager anticipation, release and acceptance. For even if we can't swim, there is the longing to jump into our Jordan and somehow navigate to the other side. But down deep, grafted in our spirits is the lesson of The Wilderness… The reminder that mere emotions can lead us astray. …Reminding us that it is the road map of the Word that keeps us purposefilled, focused and on track. It was the re-shaping of our will that has brought us to this crossover, called The Bank. It is at “The Bank” where transactions of pain-staking investment, heart breaking sacrifice and purpose rendering pressures are cashed in for The Promises of God. It is here, we remember our Deuteronomy 29:5 testimony of somehow, always having shoes, clothes, lights, gas, and transportation that never got old, went off and seemed to make it. When you put the pedal to the metal of your mind, you realized the average man/woman would not even be standing here, had not GOD kept them. Now, there is a multitude behind us and the possibility of drowning, before us... With non-negotiable convictions we realize that it isn’t our ability to walk, that will carry us across. …No, it is observation of, and obedience to the voice we have been hearing over our 40 year old journey. It is the word written, prophesied, and engrafted that will cause the flow of our doubts, worries and fears to part, as we step across… This is M. Handy-Not only wishing, but prophesying a Happy New Year!
Photo by Isac Goulart

Psycho in the mind But to the public eye She’s perfectly fine One of a kind But in reality It’s one big disguise Crafted out of lies and if you stripped it all away the real her resides That you never knew survived. Because all she did was hide and she wasn’t satisfied Acceptance is the key but I guess she never knew So instead every day she’d put on the costume Perform things never expected to do Following mimicking it became sickening Made to be a leader when your life began So if you’re not the missing piece why try so hard to fit in? -Sydney Valentine

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Old Fashioned Beef Stew ~ To keep you warm this winter….
This is a very basic beef stew. It’s easy, delicious and inexpensive to make. While there are hundreds of variations of this traditional recipe, it’s hard to improve on this version’s savory and comforting goodness. Serves: 12 Prep Time: 30 minutes Cook Time: 1 hour, 30 minute Total Time: 2 hours Ingredients: 3 lbs boneless chuck roast, cut into 2-inch pieces 3 tbsp vegetable oil 2 tsp salt 1 tbsp freshly ground pepper 2 yellow onions, cut into 1-inch chunks 1/4 cup flour 3 cloves garlic, minced 1 cup red wine 3 cups beef broth 1/2 tsp dried rosemary 1 bay leaf 1/2 tsp dried thyme 4 carrots, peeled, cut into 1-inch slices 2 stalks celery, cut into 1-inch slices 3 large russet potatoes, peeled and cut in eighths fresh parsley to garnish (optional)

Preparation: On medium-high heat, add the vegetable oil to a large heavy pot (one that has a tight fitting lid). When it begins to smoke slightly, add the beef and brown very well. Do in batches if necessary. Add the salt and pepper as the beef browns. Once browned, remove the beef with a slotted spoon set aside. Add the onions and sauté for about 5 minutes, until softened. Reduce heat to medium-low, and add the flour and cook for 2 minutes stirring often. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute. Add wine and deglaze the pan, scraping any brown bits stuck to the bottom of the pan. The flour will start to thicken the wine as it comes to a simmer. Simmer wine for 5 minutes, and then add the broth, bay leaves, thyme, rosemary, and the beef. Bring back to a gentle simmer, cover and cook on very low for about 1 hour. Add potatoes, carrots, and celery, and simmer covered for another 30 minutes or until the meat and vegetables are tender. Taste and adjust seasoning. Turn off heat and let sit for 15 minutes before serving. Garnish with the fresh parsley if desired. This is best made the day before if possible, for even better flavor. About.com American Food 10

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Alvin Malcolm Daniels is a full-fledged activist infused with God-vision that moves in the “now”!

Alvin Malcolm Daniels- Play-Write - Professor - Minister in Media…

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Underneath the sincere humbleness of his “thank you-s” and heart-felt appreciations, lies a pipeline of confidence-strengthintegrity, and know-how. It is also safe to surmise that Alvin Malcolm Daniels is a full-fledged activist infused with God-vision that moves in the “now”! …When most people are “talking” a good game- Alvin Daniels actually delves in and “plays”! The Chicago native is a twenty eight year veteran of film and media production, with a Master’s Degree in Education from Robert Morris University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications from Boston University. He is the author of three books: Hallelujah, God is in control and There's No Substitute For A Foot Stomping, Home Cooking, God Fearing Mother Like Mine and God Said It, I Believe It and That's Enough. In addition to this list of achievements, we will add the Congressional Medal of Honor, received by Alvin in his second year of college. He received the medal in recognition of his writing, public speaking and community service efforts. Mr. Daniels points out that he is the first college athlete to have ever received such an honor. Early on, while working at Chicago State University, Alvin was invited to accompany a team of educators from The International States Program, on an assignment to South Africa. His job as film maker, was to document the journey. After four trips, the journey finally yielded an award winning documentary, entitled, “Bridging the Education Divide”. At present, the visionary and owner of Halsted Media Works can proudly lay claim to a wide range of completed projects, and some very special ones, that are feverishly in the making. A fine example would be his new stage play, “A Mans Gotta Do What A Mans Gotta Do” – which debuted November 2013 to a standing-roomonly crowd and will return February 8th and 9th, 2014. What makes finite the summation of Alvin’s gifts and talents, is his passion found in developing the vision and media skill of others. He is a seasoned professional with a hands-on touch that causes visionaries to seek him out.. However, at his nucleus, and to his credit is the spirit of a die-hard Christian, whose roots are planted not only in the church house, but in good solid ministry. He is the Grandson of powerful minister, Reverend, Dr. H. B. Brady and son of Reverend, Dr. Princella Brady Lee of Victory Cathedral Faith Church .

Before even speaking with the creator of the acclaimed stage play, Preachers Kids: The Untold Stories, his accolades and accomplishments weighed heavily on my palate…. There were so many layers to explore, I didn’t quite know how to approach the man, or the article. …And then The Holy Spirit reminded me that, “it’s all about purpose”. Mr. Daniels is not just some list of cosmetic

achievements-He is a man rooted in purpose and grounded in the “love” of a focused mission. Wrapped within the folds of his legacy is the priceless mentoring of his grandfather’s sermons, and his dad’s rich advice. Perhaps these morsels are what transitioned him from majoring in business to mastering communications. Never the less, it is quite evident that Alvin Malcolm Daniels, loves what he does,

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and that he is someone you should know. …Finally done playing phone tag, Alvin Daniels and I connected for what was to be an interesting interview… He was more than ready to share his story, or at the risk of sounding mellow dramatic-“his journey” with COOTW E Magazine. Needless to say, I was all ears…. Alvin Malcolm Daniels- … “After I graduated,” He said in an easy tone, “… I came back to Chicago, where I started working at Daily College for WYCC-Channel 20. –At the same time, my granddad had this huge building over on 83rd and Halsted… I mean, just a big empty building with buses and grease and rats and…” He pauses. “Just a bunch of old stuff in there. And he said, “Hey, make something happen!” “So I called two of my partners. One went to Northwestern and one went to Alabama State University… One was an actor-The other was in audio, and I’m the TV guy… And we just started producing things from commercials to short films to rap videos to TV shows….. Halsted Media Works, Inc. was born.” COOTW- “I understand that you are a professor as well.” Alvin Malcolm Daniels- ….Yes-during that time, I began to develop a love for teaching what I did…. So I packaged what I did as a ten week course that I could teach anywhere…. The course was called “Exploring The Media Experience”. …Where I would go into foundations and different schools and teach young people the craft of filmmaking. COOTW- “Wow! That’s pretty amazing! But what’s most impressive to me about everything you just said, is that when you graduated, you said, and I quote, “I just did it!” –You just “did it”actually owned who you were as a film maker-as a teacher and you dived in and did it”! Alvin Malcolm Daniels-“It’s interesting” -his voice rising to a new level of recollection. “… that you would say that, because with my last play in motion (Preachers Kids: The Untold Stories), I had already started on my next piece and I was going through a serious illness…. I know I’m jumping ahead….” COOTW- That’s ok… Alvin Malcolm Daniels-… People were like, hey man, don’t you wanna rest? And I was like, hey, tomorrows not promised… While God gives me life in my body, I’m going to use every minute to do what I do-because when I do what I do, I don’t feel pain, I don’t feel anger, I don’t feel any negative vibe-It’s all positive. …And I think that’s what I try to impress upon students as I teach at Chicago State- “Find your passion”-He says with a rising conviction!…. My dad always said, “If you love your work, you’ll never work a day in your life” I think that’s what I do… I love my work, so I never “work a day in my life”. And I thinks that’s all a part of a -it’s gotta be done now- mentality, because tomorrow is not promised. ..And it’s not that you’re rushing what you’re doing; it’s saying “hey God, thank you for this gift”. I’m not going to waste time haggling with people… There’s an old saying, that too many chefs spoil the meal…

“…because when I do what I do, I don’t feel pain, I don’t feel anger, I don’t feel any negative vibe…”

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I’m sure doing that with your e magazine-if you went to five or six different people and said, “hey, what do you think about me doing this or that” everybody is going to give you a different reason of why you shouldn’t! COOTW- Yes, you are right! Alvin Malcolm Daniels- So you have to find your conviction and rock and roll with it! That’s what I’ve always done… I don’t call it haste-I call it “not wasting time.” Time is the most important commodity that you have. …You can make some more kids, you can make some more money-but you can’t make no more time!

Alvin Malcolm DanielsEvery once in a while, my mom (Reverend Princella Brady Lee) has me bring the message, and on yesterday the message was, “I owe God a praise”. … Because we owe Him a debt, and in owing that debt, we will never pay that debt… The only thing that He requires is that we witness to people about His goodness and that we praise Him.... For everything that I have, I owe Him praise.

COOTW COOTW“Time is the most important – Because of Amen! the sincerity commodity that you have…” I’ve and read that you produced two film conviction that rings through shorts, entitled Smoke Screens and Hiding Places. Smoke Screens is his words, I can’t help but said to have garnered rave reviews at the Hollywood Film pause and then pace my Festival… Is that correct? questions. Alvin Malcolm Daniels- “Correct”, he says emphatically. The other “My God, you are so film, Hiding Places, was a finalist at the Siskel and Ebert film humble… Are you a pastor?” Festival, here in Chicago. ..And it’s kind of funny that you talk about that, because I look at life in terms of stages… So the whole Alvin Malcolm Daniels- I poetry piece (the book: Hallelujah, God Is In Control) is the early wouldn’t call myself a part of my career. And, then the whole film-making piece-because Pastor…. I’m a minister, but I was so blown away with just the whole art of film-making… And my ministry is media. Yet, I now I’m just in a totally different area of my life. …So, I look at life feel that any Christian that in stages, and that was a very exciting time. …To be recognized by God has blessed should be people for what you do, is awesome! But my biggest blessing, or able to get up and talk about my Oscar is when people call me up and ask, “How much do you the goodness of The Lord. charge?” Now, you may not be T. D. Jakes or Joel Osteen, but you COOTW- I begin to laugh out loud, because I definitely can relate… should be able to get up and Alvin Malcolm Daniels- … How much do you charge, he continues? talk about the goodness of That’s the blessing- to wake up every day and have someone ask, The Lord. I just think the “How much do you charge- In bad or good times?” So, I am whole ministry piece in blessed beyond blessed! terms of pastoring or speaking is just in my DNA… COOTW- Yes you are! Because it comes from way back with my grandfatherContinued on pg. 16

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Now my mother’s a minister, my dad was a minister, I have uncles who are ministers… So there’s ministry all around me. And I do feel like I’m a minister, but I’m not called into the formal ministry of being a pastor- but I do feel like I am a minister and my ministry is my media… Many people might see a movie, they might see a play, but they might not ever go to church, but if there’s some message I can give them in some piece of media that I’ve done then I feel that my living is not in vain…

you in the way He would have you to go. So I think that’s the biggest difference. I feel like religion killed Jesus. Religion said, He can’t be healing people on The Sabbath-but a blind man doesn’t care if you heal him on Monday, COOTW- Do you feel Tuesday, Many people might see a movie, they like you’ve been called Wednesday, to the world? might see a play, but they might not ThursdaySunday…. He Alvin Malcolm Danielsever go to church! But if there’s some just wants to Yeah-Just to proclaim message I can give them in some piece be healed! the goodness of The But, again, Lord! There’s a lot of of media that I’ve done then I feel that religion killed hurting people out my living is not in vain… Jesus, but here… They need to spirituality allows you to hear the good news of the gospel. And it’s not so much beating connect with the things you people over the head with- “You need to go to church! You need should be doing in life that to read your bible!”- It’s because, the life that you’re living is agree with The Savior. because you don’t have a foundation; you don’t have an anchor. And we talk about this all the time in church…. “Just because COOTW- Wow! That is you’re Christian, you’re not problem free-It means you have a blatantly honest, and I twenty-four hour problem solver”. That is the biggest difference. appreciate that more than what you know! COOTW- That’s right! That’s a true perspective! Now, although your parents have played a huge role in who you are professionally and the ministry you express, how would you say your message at large, differs from theirs and why? Alvin Malcolm Daniels- Growing up, we were taught, religion is everything… My uncle used to tell my granddad that, “I can’t go to church, I have homework.” And my granddad would reply, “Bring your homework to church. So that’s all that life centered around, was church. So the biggest difference is that I was able to get away and see a different way of living-So I don’t look at religion as being “dogmatic”-I look at it as being a large component of life-But I feel like you have to have a balance and it’s ok to do other things outside of going to church. So I think that that is the biggest difference, that you really need a balance in life… And that there’s a difference in religion and spirituality…. Religion can be very dogmatic in that it dictates “right or wrong-true or false-this is the way it is”… Spirituality is a way of living and connecting with your source, your spirit (the man upstairs) who will lead you and guide 16 We Are Ministry In A Magazine Alvin Malcolm Daniels- As a preacher’s kid, one of my greatest experiences was to go away to school- I saw a whole nother world out there…. His voice seeming to trail off in the memory… And that world told me, “It’s ok to do other things. Your foundation won’t allow you to go too far away from where you need to go-I don’t think it makes me a black sheep-It makes me Alvin… And I’m ok with that….. I’m at peace with that.
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humor in the church. …And I mean, quite often, without the humor, I would of gone crazy by this point… COOTW- Wow… I believe this will be so poignant for so many people…. Alvin Malcolm Daniels…That’s why I bring in characters like, Deacon Pray Too Long- based on a guy named Brother Curtis, at my grandfather’s church- And when I say this guy would literally talk to God on Sunday, like he hadn’t talked to God all week…. COOTW- Laughing… Alvin Malcolm Daniels-… I mean that! This guy would go at it! But there’s humor in that, he says with a resonating chime. I’m not poking fun at him, that’s just who he was! Sister Elway was Sister Tell It All. She’d tell all your business- but you didn’t hear it from her! And my latest character is Sister Off Keys… Everyone knows Sister Off Keys. She sings in a key only Jesus can understand! COOTW- I am dying laughing… Alvin Malcolm DanielsEverybody knows her! …Now I don’t have Denzel, I don’t have Angela Bassett, I don’t have Deniro-But everybody knows my characters. Continued on pg. 26

COOTW- At this point, I am an Alvin Malcolm Daniels fan because of his ability to keep it real and relate to the average man. However, we must continue... Is it important to you that people be able to look at these intense scenarios in The Preachers Kids: The Untold Stories, and share in your humor…? Or, more to the point is it important to you that people be able to see outside of the spiritual intensity that goes on in church? Alvin Malcolm Daniels- Oh yeah! The bible says that laughter is merriment for the soul. And I think that some people are just so dogmatic and into being rigid and serious-in such a way, they miss out on life. And I think what I try to do with Preachers Kids: The Untold Stories, is show that there’s seriousness but there’s also

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A Call To Supernatural Wholeness
The GOD we serve is unlimited and lacks nothing! His very nature is one of wholeness and completion. When you stop to think about the intricate pattern of our physical form, and how it lacks nothing in sufficiency, you get a glimpse of how poetically brilliant GOD truly is. We are GODS spiritual vehicle's in motion that lack no good thing in Christ! Why would GOD deposit HIS spirit inside a vessel that lacks restorative capabilities? Everything about GOD is alive. HIS very breath, IS LIFE! The Spirit of God has made me; the breath of the Almighty gives me life. New International Version (©1984) Job 33:4 If the very dust/ molecular structures/Adams of the earth had capacity to heed the voice of GOD, to form human vessels and unwrap the elements... Is the same dust not capable of hearing HIS voice NOW?! ...speak the word only, and my servant shall be healed... Matthew 8:8 FOR... Jesus Christ-(THE WORD-THE CALL) is the same yesterday and today and forever... Hebrews 13:8 Our body is CALLED to life and with every birth and rebirth, we respond physically and spiritually. The gulf between THE CALL and The Response, is our ability to receive the truth that our very body is intimate with GOD and knows HIS CALL. Our bodies are a structured testament of our very cells being alive and cognizant of GOD. If not so, how could the laying on of hands, be of any effect? How could the dead arise when JESUS called out, “WITH A LOUD VOICE”? It is because the rich life of GOD in us hears THE CALL of OUR FATHER The Spirit of God has made me; the breath of the Almighty gives me life. New International Version (©1984) Job 33:4 But we have this wealth in vessels of earth, so that it may be seen that the power comes not from us but from God; Corinthians 4:7

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I look at a near empty building as the last congregants leave the sanctuary. The preaching has stopped. Hugs and handshakes and even some tears have congratulated me for simply opening my mouth and allowing the Lord to speak to His people. I can still hear the organ and drums in my spirit from over an hour ago. I sit back in my chair now getting soaked as my wet robe reflects the profusely dripped sweat of mere moments earlier. My chest still beats accelerated from its normal rhythm. My hands are now clammy as I grip my bible and moist towel. Its almost quiet now and the deafening silence accentuates my mood as my body starts to slow down. The Holy Ghost had been in complete control throughout the worship service. There had been a complete Holy Ghost take-over of my person for the last hour or so. Souls were saved, reclaimed, delivered while illnesses had been rebuked and bodies were healed… Encouragement and empowerment had prevailed through the Blood of Jesus during the alter service. Now the preaching had stopped and He has given ‘me’ back to me, temporarily or so I wearily think. I go to my study and plop into my leather swivel recliner. I reach for several more dry towels as I begin to remove my robe. I could turn on some soft music but that will come later as will food and much need water and juice. I feel my human physical weakness slowly increase. I hear the silence calling me into a deep inner reflection. I hear and I obey. The Lord whispers, "I have blessed you in this time and season to bless others"....I get up and practically stumble to the mirror. I look at the beads of sweat still nesting on my forehead. I look at the salt and pepper beard and wavy but thinning and graying hair. I look frail and haggard. “The preaching has stopped”. I shake my head and marvel. I marvel at how the Lord can take such an imperfect creature and perform a perfect work. I wonder as tears well in my eyes how can He take a man with so many personal issues and reach the masses with a powerful and anointed message of love and faith. I wonder again and again until I finally wonder...Why me? What had I done to merit this great sober and important task? I was full of questions because the preaching had stopped and I am what is left. The Word in me has settled in me and waits again for the unction of the Holy Ghost to come out of this lowly spirit. Whispers of "Thank you Lord" flow out of my heart and my mouth, eventually as I dry 21 We Are Ministry In A Magazine

off. I dress and wrap my soggy clothes in plastic. I put my bible in my brief case and pause for a surge of strength to finish what I'm doing. The preaching has stopped and a few people wait outside the edifice for me. I straighten out a few things on my desk. I glance at the awards, certificates, and diplomas that line the wall. I consider them to be more decoration than anything useful. My eyes target an old second hand picture that one of my deaconesses got me for my birthday. It portrays a storm tossed ship with dark clouds and pummeling rain... That picture is my life because storm after storm I yet continue to brave the waters and navigating the course of the life that has been given me. I have taken on water and have needed damage control many times and yet I'm seaworthy. There are newer and fresher vessels in God's fleet but He hasn't decommissioned me yet. I utter a "thank you Jesus". I am barely able to pick up my briefcase and bag of clothes. I turn in the doorway hunting for my keys to lock my office. Jesus whispers, "I will always be the Captain of your soul." He is already building on the next sermon. I guess the preaching never stops…
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Sometimes It Takes Generations Of Ministry To Birth One Thing That Will Change the World. Keep Preaching…

Isaiah 9:6
King James Bible For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.

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Coming Out Of The Wilderness E Magazine for The Content of Character January/February 2014 is a spirit that practices the All Witches Witchcraft religion of usury, manipulation, control, and dominion. It operates through men, women and children, indiscriminately, at an emotional (or soul-ish) level. The seed of its conception is rebellion against Gods order and authority. It also has a full, working knowledge of Gods unfailing principles and how they operate- such as how “faith (undeviating focus/belief, meditations and repetitions)” must produce results”! It “knows” that through the supernatural (unseen things or the spirit realm), the natural laws (or course) of the universe can be bent. In such scenarios, the universe is forced to yield unlawful crops of knowledge, power and wealth. Such manifestations (of the craft) persuade others to use such alternative actions (practices) that only produce short lived results, because their Psalms 119:133, steps were not ordered in the Lord.

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However, it would be wise to consider that all witches don’t wear hats and loose black clothing. Some cannot be discerned by outward appearance or wicked smiles. Most times it is only by The Spirit of Almighty God that this spirit can be discerned… For it has become almost common place in man to give way to its presence. We have become so carnal in our desires that we have allowed the spirit of witchcraft to seek out, pursue, and render our (so called) “good” to us, in ways that have nothing to do with God.

Biblically, such conduits of the craft are referred to as familiar spirits (The dead that communicate to the living), wizards (practitioners of magic), soothsayers (One who claims to be able to foretell events or predict the future in a soothing manner-seer), witches (a woman who is thought to have magic powers.), Deuteronomy 18:10 sorcerers (Use of supernatural powers over others through the assistance of spirits.),diviners (the practice of attempting to foretell or discover hidden knowledge through occult or supernatural means), those who interpret omens and ones who sacrifice their own children by fire. Note: Every Seer and Prophetic gift is not processed, and therefore is subject to
spiritual influences outside of God. In ministry, submission to God is crucial because people often rely on the word of God that is being conveyed from the pulpit (prophet).

Recognize Your Enemy and How He Functions…
Godly gifts of discernment, prayer, and faith that beget spiritual breakthrough, cause Kingdom results that magnify Gods power. Witchcraft does not. Its only purpose is to rule (be in control, over-ride and dominate), so that the perfect will and outcome of God may be scattered and/or delayed. These outcomes can be seen throughout the world as never ending wars, starvation, homelessness, sex trade operations, wastefulness, corporate annihilations, etc… Its characteristic trait is the avoidance of solutions that benefit wholeness. It has a “me” mentality fueled by emotion.
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As stated before, the craft has its roots in our Luke 1:51, emotions; its perverted umbilical cord is connected to the spirit realm of hells womb, birthing the desires of satan into the lives of mankind. On the governing level of the craft, unholy mantels are passed down from generation to generation through repetitive behavior and words that misshape and gnarl righteousness. This rite of passage can only come to an end by the sacrificial Blood of Jesus Christ and its delivering power.

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1 Samuel 15:23 (KJV) For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft

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Depression Wanting To Give Up Fatigue Loss of Personal Identity and Self Esteem Depression and fatigue can follow as the controller-like Jezebel, gives abnormal attention to those it desires to manipulate. * With this information, light is shed so that deliberate prayer can go forth to identify and break the yokes of bondage. God never meant for us to lean on an alternate power or Jesus would have never said in Matthew 4:4 “Man shall not live by bread (that which nourishes and/or satisfies only the body/flesh) alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.” Because HIS words and His will created an unshakable foundation or blueprint of predestination. A foundation that man needs to maintain within himself to go from “Glory to Glory” or from Kingdom revelation to Kingdom revelation…. Ephesians 1:4-5 “even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In

On the contrary, Galatians 5:22 tells us that The Fruit of The Holy Spirit is: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness and faithfulness. The Holy Spirit, furthermore comes to guide, teach, comfort and destroy yokes of blinding bondage that keep us in destructive cycles of self-centeredness.
.Witchcraft can only operate effectively when we feel truth and

righteousness aren’t working toward our designated outcome and we need a taste of alternative power. If we are latent sheep (lambs and shepherds without the Acts 20:28 power over our own flesh) then we can be subject to every Second Corinthian, “high thing that exalteth itself against God”! This is the point when we take matters into our own hands and attempt to manipulate space, time, substance and people. The Proverbs 3:5-6, warning bells of “not leaning to our own understanding, and submitting our ways to God” are drowned out by a stubborn and willful need to manifest outcomes that don’t line up with the plans of GOD (thus delaying learned lessons and Promised Land progressions). Tangible results from forced manifestations may cause one to believe that they have a power apart from God or that they, themselves “are” God. In the interim, chaos ensues and we become bereft slaves to our own vain glory. Ask yourself-Who has truly ever benefited from selfish manipulation? Has the end result led to a debilitating stagnation, or a progressive outpour? In conclusion, although you may not knowingly practice, or prosper from the craft, you can be the object of its assignment or shrouded by its intent. Apostolic Teacher, Jonas Clark notes tell-tale signs of witchcraft activity and/or attacks in his article, HOW WITCHCRAFT SPIRITS ATTACK. Below is a compiled list of symptoms gathered from the article, that he associates with demonic attacks. The Power of Words or Controlling Actions Unleashed on its Victim.   Separates and Isolates its Victims from Friends and Family Strong Confusion

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love he predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will,” How then, could man’s Philippians 2:3 vain glory ever get us to this destination?

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Alvin Malcolm Daniels- …And that’s what draws people into what I do. COOTW- So something that everybody can relate to-that “aha” moment, if you’ve been raised in the church… Alvin Malcolm Daniels- Exactly-That’s right! COOTW-Is giving back to the community important to you and why? Alvin Malcolm Daniels- Yes. Because, I feel that is part of our commission as Christians. –Beginning to pace his words for clarity…When I say I want a treasure chest, that’s so I can expand my ministry to help other people to see the goodness of The Lord-So if I can expand my treasure chest, then I can make bigger films and take my plays to greater distribution… And all that’s going to do is bless other people so that they can bless The Kingdom. That’s our commission… To I don’t teach “media”, I teach witness and give praise to God with whatever talent He has given us! And that’s all I strive to do. COOTW- My God… It doesn’t get any better than that…rok0woierk090943o20q3-o1k03o4 Are you equally as passionate about teaching the facets of media as you are being engaged in the process? Alvin Malcolm Daniels- I think, even more so because I teach “power”. I don’t teach “media”, I teach power! With the power that they learn in my media class they can change the world! It’s just that simple! It’s just that simple-He repeats with added fervor! A play can change the world! A T.V. show can change the world! It’s all about trying to make your voice be heard. …And even if you don’t change the world, it’s important to let your voice be heard. If you can help one kid go down the right path, then you’ve accomplished your goal-So, yes, I am even more passionate about teaching… These kids don’t realize that the internet has equalized the playing field. COOTW- How so? Alvin Malcolm Daniels-You don’t have to wait on a TV. Executive to say, “Hey, you’re good enough-I’m gonna put your show on. You don’t have to wait for a distribution company… You can put your stuff on the internet and receive three or four million hits and film companies will come looking for you! You can make money off the internet with your product… Once again, it’s all about learning 26 We Are Ministry In A Magazine

power, “The Power of The Media” and using it toward God’s glory and to your edification. God don’t mind you getting paid, cause you gotta eat! COOTW- Right-True… Alvin Malcolm Daniels- So why not “love” what you’re getting paid for? I think that is what’s the matter with the world today… So many people hate getting up in the morning. They’re thinking I gotta get up in the morning and go to that power! same old, dry job, that God told you to quit five years ago to do something else that is more enriching. ..And we get stuck in that rut because it’s very comfortable. If you look at Jesus’ ministryHis whole ministry was about making people uncomfortable… COOTW- I find myself shouting “Yes!-Yes!” to the truth that he is readily sharing. Alvin Malcolm Daniels-That was His whole ministry, he says, drawing from a heightened conviction! He didn’t go into the church for praise and worship! He went in, letting folks know, you aint gone be up in here money changing in the house of The Lord! He made people
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Alvin Malcolm Daniels cont. - …very uncomfortable. But in making them very uncomfortable he dropped into their senses, that this is the right way to do things… And this is what we’re charged with. …Just bring light to the world. COOTW-What are you currently working on?

mothers give us a lot of sage advice and sage wisdom and it’s not until we’re older that things come back. Like, “You know, Mama used to say that” or “Mama told me that

Alvin Malcolm Daniels-Well right now, I’m working on expanding COOTW”. –Right. Preachers Kids: The Untold Stories. …So, what was once a play is now a T.V. show that you will start seeing on different cable Alvin Malcolm Daniels- So outlets. This will begin in January. I’m also working on expanding basically what it’s doing is the stage play link to avail ourselves to the different organizations impressing upon our younger requesting the play as a fund-raiser. I’m expanding on the DVD generation, that when going into major momma A Mans Gotta Do What A Mans Gotta Do, is about distribution so speaks, you that it will reach need to how we as men, in our haste “to be men”, and do retail chains such listen… And what men do,-we often leave God out of the as Target Stores…. if you can’t, equation. And I’ve branched you need to out to another write it realm of plays that speak to different issues… I think I mentioned down-because you might not earlier that I was ill, but didn’t expound, that I had a major bout need it now, but on down with prostate cancer, and during that time God had me write a the line, you’re gonna say, play entitled, A Man’s Gotta Do What A Man’s Gotta Do. And Momma told me that. basically, what it is, is a look at men, and how in our haste “to be …Momma told me not to go men” and do what men do,-we quite often leave God out of the in that direction-Momma equation. told me not to take up with that type of person-Momma COOTW- Jesus… told me my life would be cool if I went down this Alvin Malcolm Daniels- That is why the world is in the shape that particular path… It doesn’t it’s in now… The piece speaks to men getting back to God and have to be Momma-It can be living more fulfilled lives. Also, when I was away for two weeks, I any female who has had a wrote another play-When Momma Speaks You Betta Write It major influence on your life. Down! COOTW-Laughter-Whoa! The title is self-explanatory! Oh-MyGoodness! Alvin Malcolm Daniels- That’s coming out in May. COOTW-You wanna tell me a little bit about it? Alvin Malcolm Daniels-… My grandfather-he had so many words of wisdom-and one thing he always said was, when somebody hands you a map, take that map, because you might not be in the wilderness today, but someday you might need that map to get out of the wilderness. …So why’d I say that? As we’re growing up, COOTW-That his home-I can’t wait. I want to bring my children to see that. In coming to a close, If you could alter someone’s path from stagnation to purpose with a few simple words, what would they be?

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Alvin Malcolm Daniels-Effortlessly, he says, “Just do it now-period!” Just do it now! Once you have connected with spirit, God does not waste time giving you your assignment. Period, he says emphatically! Once, you have connected with your spirit and your inner man, God gives you an assignment. The power comes when you begin to hear God. See, you’re trying to analyze the what, the where, the when, the how-like where shall I do this, or how shall I do this… And the only thing you need to know is “who” gave you the assignment. I heard this the other day on Arsenio-“Don’t get caught up in the details-Just get started on what God told you to do. And that would be my sage advice“Just do it now”! Connect with spirit, and “Just do it now”! COOTW- That’s powerful! I felt it all through my toes! Laughing! Thank you Mr. Daniels for your time and this wonderful opportunity. For further information about Alvin Malcolm Daniels and upcoming events and performances, please visit
www.amenzone.org or call 312-256-5717 Tickets for the February 8th and 9th performance of A Mans Gotta Do What A Mans Gotta Do are on sale now!

“Your Call Is Greater Than Your Fall!”

This is M. Handy for COOTW E MAGAZINE

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COOTW E MAGAZINE brings a forum for teens, by teens that highlights and addresses real, teen issues. All published posts are anonymous due to the personal nature of some scenarios, and the consideration of our contributors. Racism? Welcome to TEEN TALK
Poor treatment of or violence against people because of their race. : The belief that some races of people are better than others...

What Does Racism Means To You? And have you ever had a personal experience with Racism?

TEEN TALK would love to hear from teens everywhere, who w a n t to share issues and don’t mind feedback. Please keep in mind that we do not print foul or disrespectful submissions. We are here to support one another, and share our thoughts and feelings. Send all submissions labeled “Teen Talk” to: COOTWLITERARY WORKS@GMAIL.COM Submissions are chosen on a monthly base and are not guaranteed for publication. Thank you for reading ~ TEEN Talk
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To me, to live in this generation and only to KNOW about it is very scary and awkward for both races. For Example: Black Teens tend to feel awkward when another person of a different race clutches his/her bag. *This is basically pointing out that they are judging the African American teen as another statistic. What I've witnessed, White Teens tend to feel scared when African Americans are being rude or teasing them because of what happened in the past. *African American Teens are Basically Blaming this generation of white teens for something that they did not do nor witness. I'm not saying that these events happens all the time but it still happens at least 2 out of 10 times. There are still states in the United States that African Americans are afraid to go, because of the high rate of racism that's still there…

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When the word “racism” hits my ears, I automatically think, separation… Being judged not by your personality; not by your works, but by the color, shaded on your skin. Racism to me is where the opposite race acts as if they’ve known you for a while, and now they look down on you, or at you, only with a simple glance. Racism carries with it a pocket full of mental and physical bullying. Sometimes, I really like to believe it’s our media brainwashing us… Like how they exaggerate about how certain races act. And this strongly impresses our society. Some people find it funny to watch. I once experienced racism when my friends and I were downtown. There were about twelve of us-We were walking along a bridge, causing no disruption to anyone, when we noticed a couple of another race, not too far away. The boyfriend pushed his girlfriend in front of him as if he were trying to protect her. And then they quickly strolled away. In their minds, they thought we were trying to harm them…

Racism to me, is when I see someone disrespecting someone else because they are a different race. I sometimes see people look at someone else as if they are contagious-All because they are a different color. I see everyone as the same, because that’s how God made them. I can’t get jealous or mad at someone because they don’t look like me. I don’t think its right to dislike a person because of their skin color. One time I experienced racism when I was at the movie theater. When I was at the theater, I sat next to a woman who was of a different race than me. When I sat next to her she glanced at me and then began leaning in the opposite direction. After a while she decided to switch sears with her daughter for the rest of the movie. I felt it was unnecessary for her to do what she did

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What Does Racism Means To You? And have you ever had a personal experience with Racism? Cont.

Racism is a learned behavior by different ethnicities toward others. Racism is when someone is judged by the color of their skin or religion. You judge because of the stories you’ve heard, movies you’ve seen, or simply, because you are taught to hate. I believe racism rooted from the time of Christ, but escalated during the time of slavery. The blacks were spat on, beaten, raped, hung, and brutally tortured-because we were considered dirty, unworthy, and a disgrace to humanity. Even if an African American was qualified, decent, and well presented, they are still considered animals to racist people. I can remember a time when I went downtown for an interview at a shoe store. I was well groomed from head to toe. I had the knowledge and skills to do the job-I arrived at the interview thirty minutes early. I let the representative know who I was and why I was there. He didn’t look pleased at all. … I suppose my looks didn’t match the voice from the phone. I was told to kill some time until my interview. I did, but I came back ten minutes early and decided to just wait. When I got there, a young lady (white) sat next to me and the Rep asked her was she there for an interview, and then he politely told her to follow him, and she was taken to the back .Fifteen minutes went by and she came out with a look of splendor on her face and he had the same expression. By that time I was boiling and wanted to act out. But I didn’t. I stayed to complete the reason I was there. More people started to come in. …And there were a few of my same race and I began to feel more at ease. We were all taken, (as a group) into a small office to be interviewed. I felt that that was unfair, but it was a way for them to kill eight birds with one stone. We were asked questions like, “Why do you think you should be chosen? And “How did you hear about us? We all answered the questions but the majority of the non-colored were asked more personal questions, like-“What’s your experience? What’s your highest level of education?” At that moment, I knew the people who were targeted. I was told, “Thanks for coming” and to wait for a call. …A call that I never received. I felt that it was unfair-but expected…

Is Racism A Learned Behavior?

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TEEN TALK!
What’s your solution?

I think we should come together as a nation and stop making comedy of such a tragedy

One way to solve racism is to cut down all the joking from our media

I think racism would be solved with world peace… That’s only if everyone could love each other for who they are….

Although my situation was sad in itself, I feel that as if we as a race (and other races that are targeted) come together in prayer to strip the spirit of hatred and judgment from the earth…. I feel that only God can do that, but we have to want the change…

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Living In The Shadows Isn’t So Bad…

He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
Psalms 91:1

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