Statistics vs. God’s Gift


Is There Still A Sound

Going Forth?

March – April 2017 | Issue 3 | Volume 3

Elect Lady

Patricia A. Owens, D.D.


Phillip E. Owens, D.D.


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From the Desk of Bishop Owens

Learn the importance of what it means

to live life to its fullest as Bishop Owens

teaches us to embrace our faith. Eternal

life takes on a brand new meaning as we

number our days.

From the Desk of Bishop Owens

Life Expectancy

Elect Lady’s Corner

Sound Doctrine! Is There Still a Sound Going Forth?


The Power of Music


What Happened to Educational Standards?

Elect Lady’s Corner

Sound the trumpet as Elect Lady Owens

expounds upon the importance of sound

doctrine. Judgement shall first begin at

the household of faith. Will the church be


Kids & Family

Don’t Forget the Family Prayer!


Tight Budget? Is It Still Possible to Eat Healthy?

Food & Recipes

Easy & Yummy Caramel Apple Dump Cake


Making Dreams Come True


Take a journey with Monty Mont as he

and his anointed panel discuss the power

of music. Learn how influential music has

been since the beginning of time, and how

it is able to reach to the very depths of

ones soul.

Brain Games

How Well Do You Know the Christmas Story?

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Bishop Philip E. Owens D.D.

Life expectancy is is the statistical measurement of

the average time a person is expected to live, based

on the year of their birth, their current age and

other demographic factors including whether they

are male or female. According to the data compiled

by the Social Security Administration, a man reaching age 65 today

can expect to live, on average, until age 84.3. A woman turning 65

today can expect to live, on average, until 86.6 years of age. Jesus

said “I have come that they may have life, and that they might have

it more abundantly” (St. John 10:10b KJV). The two keywords in

this verse is “that.” Jesus proclaimed “that” he came to give life, and

“that” they might have it more abundantly. Jesus’s “that” is more

certain than Wikipedia predictions. God’s promise of eternal life

is the reason why we believe and serve our Lord and Savior Jesus

Christ. It is because life is so precious but yet so uncertain that we

embrace the faith that assures us we shall live forever.

~ Believe ~


From Elect Lady’s Corner...




Elect Lady Patricia A. Owens D.D.

Romans 10:14 says: “How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not

believed? and how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? and

how shall they hear without a preacher?” Is there even a sound going out for people

to hear so they can be saved? Or has the church relished itself to a muffled sound

when it comes to sound doctrine? Isaiah 58:1 says: “Cry aloud, spare not, lift up thy

voice like a trumpet, and shew my people their transgression, and the house of Jacob their sins.”

Somebody needs to sound the alarm and make it plain what time it is and how soon the day of the

Lord is approaching. Joel 2:1 says: “Blow ye the trumpet in Zion, and sound an alarm in my holy

mountain; let all the inhabitants of the land tremble: for the day of the Lord cometh, for it is nigh

at hand;”

We must be careful that the true sound of the Word of God is being preached in the pulpit and

demonstrated in our lives. II Corinthians 3:2 says: “Ye are our epistle written in our hearts, known

and read of all men.” Somebody needs to preach and live sound doctrine for people to be really

saved and prepared for the return of Christ. If we preach the truth, which is sound doctrine,

some will receive it because God will always have a remnant. But, there must be a sound going

forth! Men and women of God have a charge from God to preach sound doctrine for they will

be judged. It is not an option but a commandment! Paul said in I Corinthians 9:16: “… woe is

unto me, if I preach not the gospel!” We must not preach to entertain or for fame, but we are

instructed in I Timothy 4:2 to: “Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove,

rebuke, exhort with all long suffering and doctrine.” That doesn’t sound like entertainment! There

is a God-given responsibility on how to handle the word of God and the people of God. Preachers

must not be corrupt or men pleasers because II Timothy 4:3 says: “For the time will come when

they will not endure sound doctrine; (It’s not because they can’t endure, but people choose not to

endure sound doctrine) but after their own lusts heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears.”

We must be careful that sound words are going forth from our lips. People are hearing sounds

from corrupt teachers that cause them to turn away their hearing from the truth. They will grow

weary of sound doctrine and excited by compromising carnal doctrines that pleases the flesh more

than the Spirit. Lust creeps in when you fall away from sound doctrine and the sound of truth is

muffled by the cares and joys of this life. II Thessalonians 2:11 says: “And for this cause God shall

send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie; That they all might be damned who

believe not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.”

Therefore, I adjure you as Mark 4:24 says: “… take heed to what you hear.” Just because it is a

doctrinal sound doesn’t mean it’s a sound of sound doctrine. Make sure the sound you hear is one

that rightly divides the Word of truth. (II Timothy 2:15) Remember, I John 4:1 says: “Beloved,

believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets

are gone out into the world.” Never turn a deaf ear to sound doctrine! Some of us are still

preaching it! Lastly, Galatians 1: 8 says: “But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other

gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.” Henceforth,

we gladly endure the sound of sound doctrine!


If you have been following at all,

you kind of know a little bit about

ole Monty Mont. You know I am in

the music business. I have been a

musician. I have been playing since I

was five... piano, drums, things like

that. I work in my church as a music

minister. Music has always been me.

I took classical lessons coming up, I

was in a band, used to play trumpet,

saxophone... I have always been in

music. My grandmother used to talk

about when I was young, I was always

hitting pots and pans and things like

that. I first want to talk about the

power of music.

On my panel today, Doc is a musician

and has been a musician at our church

for years and he has played on the


drums. T Sizzle is on our praise team

and sings as well. We both write, she

works with a group named Ascension.

If you check on our YouTube channel, I

put a little snippet of them doing some

stuff. So these are not layman, but

these are people that work in music,

and understand music and have been

following music all of their lives as


When I say the power of music,

everybody has some sort of music that

they like. There are a lot of different

types of music. We will probably

not agree on the types of music.

There’s gospel music, there’s country

music, there’s pop and all that stuff...

everybody likes something. The thing

with music is that music can get in

you without you even understanding

it or knowing it. You hardly ever see

commercials that don’t have some sort

of music to them, some sort of jingle.

Like a good neighbor, State Farm is

there... You see how you know it? You

sing it. And there is no way you sat

at home one day and said I am going

to learn the State Farm jingle. That is

a part of advertising. They put things

in you. You know how it is. You’ll get

a song in your head that you don’t

even like. Somebody at work will

start humming... Music is infectious

like that. Music can influence. Music

can drive people to do things. It can

make you feel emotions. So it is very

powerful and I want you guys to talk

from your experience of how the

power of music has affected you.

Doc: First of all, I thank God for the

opportunity to be here. As far as the

power of music affecting me, I can

remember as a little boy just hearing

the melodious sounds and the rhythms.

How did it affect me personally? Like

yourself Monty Mont, I would get pots

and pans and I would try to mimic that

sound, that rhythm that I heard. You

know being three or four years old,

you don’t have a sense of timing yet,

but it activated something in me. I just

believe that music is that melody that

resonates with everyone’s soul, not just

how they feel, not just their intellect.

But it hits them somewhere on the

inside which is the soul.

T Sizzle: I agree with that. Again

giving honor to God and giving honor

to my leadership. Thank you for having

me on the show Monty Mont this is

quite a privilege. Growing up in my

household, my mother was a choir

director for many years, so I grew up

listening and being a part of choir with

her. She was also classically trained,

so she had an opera background and

classical music background as well.

She would always have music playing

in the house and you could hear older

saints say, this child is musical. Some

children are really drawn or prone to

music. It was something very key that

you said... it was on the inside of you.

And really, when you think about that,

we are all made up of body, soul and

spirit. So obviously there is something

very spiritual about music. You can

turn on music for a child in China, you

can turn on music for a child in Africa

or you can turn on music for a child in

Czechoslovakia, they all are going to

pretty much have the same response.

They are all going to start moving as a

reaction. Music is very powerful and

very spiritual.

Monty: It is and I was just about to

hit that point. When a child hears

music, its instinct is to move. They

don’t know the melody, they don’t

know the chorus and things like that.

It is in them. For me with music, it

is amazing. Somebody will say, “Call

me tomorrow” and I will sure enough

forget. But if I hear some music it is

hard for me to forget it. I am the type

of person that if I walk inside the mall,

I hear the music. A lot of people walk

and don’t hear anything. If I walk in any

store the music... I hear it. It’s funny,

I remember there is an artist and her

name is Katy Perry. I heard something

like she sold so many millions. I looked

her up on Wikipedia and I read her

story and was like okay... because I was

like, “Who is this Katy Perry because

I keep hearing her?” I clicked on one

of her songs and I am like, “What does

she do?” When I clicked on her song I

am like, “How do I know this?” Then I

clicked on another one and I was like,

“How do I know this?” It was about five

of her songs and I ain’t never bought

no Katy Perry. At work, they play it

and it is in the air. And I said you know

what... I was like how do I know this

melody? Music can get in and really

influence your mind. People know

you are having a down day, you want

to play your song... for us as believers,

your worship can be so... for me in my

prayer time, it is not the same when

I don’t have music. Not that I don’t

love the Lord, but there are certain

songs for me where I can get lost in the

worship. Not that I can’t pray, I can,

but even with praise, even when I am

in the House of God. When the music

is at a certain level and as a musician

to understand how the music can help

change a service. When the president

is coming, they want to set the tone,

when you watch football on TV, all of

these types of things. And like I said,

people might have different tastes

in music, but they understand the

relevance and the power that music can


Doc: I think that is key, something

you just stated. The power of music.

It is a phenomenon that in sports, a

team could be losing, we have seen

this on all levels, but if a band starts

playing, people start cheering and they

get a certain chant. It brings a certain

momentum, especially if you are the

home team. Wait a minute.... We are

at home. We are not suppose to get

beat down on home court. But even

in secular realms, music sets a mood.

It has a certain power to it, and that’s

why it is so addicting. If you look at

some of the past news reports on some

of the crimes that have taken place in

our society. Many psychologists and

different detectives point back that

what triggered a certain action from

a person of anger to create a crime,

or to commit the crime was the fact

that they heard a lyric with a certain

beat that was stuck in their head and

took over their spirit. It has a power to

it. That is one thing I hear people say

since being saved when you witness

to people is, “What about music?”

It is not cigarettes generally, it is not

drinking, if that is what they are into.

The general question is about music

because it is so powerful.

To be continued...


The World We Live In:

What Happened to Educational Standards?

Written by Paris Fundunburks


live in a world where standards are

getting lower and lower. Elected

officials are not expected to be

above reproach. The sanction of

marriage has become desecrated and is entered into with

little commitment. The church has abandoned the idea

of being a light; looking, sounding, and behaving just like

the world. With all this elimination of standards, it is no

surprise that the education system has immensely lowered

standards for students. Students are graduating without

being able to read, write, or problem solve. Grade inflation

is a reality and students are expected to know what they

should have learned in elementary by the end of high

school. With no standards, education is becoming nothing

but a front. Parents are told that their students are being

prepared for college when they are not even being properly

prepared to become citizens.

According to the National Assessment of Educational

Progress (NAEP) only 35 percent of U.S. 8th graders were

proficient in math by 2011. The most recent calculations

show that the U.S. stands 32nd in math among nations in

the industrialized world. Worldwide ranking is not much

better - the United States stands in 17th for reading. Low

performance of U.S. students is a reference to the low

expectations placed in schools. States are setting their

proficiency bars much lower to excuse students who

are not meeting the standards set by the NAEP. Teachers

are further putting students at a disadvantage by giving

students A’s, making them believe that they are proficient

in subjects such as reading and writing when they are failing

national assessments. Up to 19 public high schools from

Alberta Education and the Calgary Board of Education were

included in a study conducted by Kids Come First. The

study showed students averaging lower scores on their Math

30-1 diploma exams rather than their final class grades.

What does this mean? Students are not being challenged to

learn material, but allowed to pass as they locate the correct

answers. This will hinder students when they attempt to

take standardized tests to get into college.

Due to the lack of standards in education throughout the

years, in May 2010, the ASCD endorsed the Common

Core State Standards Initiative. This initiative was set

to develop common K-12 reading and math standards

designed to prepare students for college and their careers.

Furthermore, students must show a rooted understanding

of concepts, rather than being able to simply identify the

correct answer. This allows for students to be properly

ranked and compared to other students across the nation.

Although these standards have been adopted by numerous

states, schools still need to work to implement these, or

standards like these, in the classroom. Although getting

there will cause students to get fewer A’s at first, they

will learn to work for these grades. In the long run,

implementing higher standards will bring U.S. students up

to par with students across the nation, setting them up for

years of success.

2 Timothy 3:17 So that the man of God may be complete and proficient,

outfitted and thoroughly equipped for every good work.


Works Consulted: |

Written by Rosheka Cabell


2017 progresses, it is not hard to see

that these are some pretty uncertain

times. Political turmoil and the

deception that follows, potential wars,

international unrest, bizarre natural disasters, the rise

of wickedness in high places (i.e. the LBGT movement),

the disregard for God, and the neglect of standards in the

Church all point to the fact that we are closer than ever to

Christ’s return. With all of this unfolding and seemingly

out of our control, are we helpless? Absolutely not! What

can we do? Pray.

Though there are many uncertainties in the world there

are no uncertainties in God’s word! The Bible is full of

scriptures that speak to the importance and power of

prayer. In 2 Chronicles 7:14 God presents a dynamic

promise that if we humble ourselves and pray, He will hear

us, forgive us, and heal our land. Jesus tells us in Matthew

18:19, if just two of us agree in prayer on earth, it will be

done for us by God in Heaven! In the tumultuous times of

the early Church, the saints unified in prayer so fervently,

that God sent an angel to help Peter escape prison and

death (Acts 12, James 5:16)! Ephesians 6:18, Colossians

4:2, and Luke 18:1 all instruct us in the importance of

continual prayer. It’s time-out for just reading about these

and about time to enact them within our families.

Bishop and Elect Lady Owens often recount the many

nights they would kneel at the bedside of their daughter,

gathering the entire family in prayer at the close of

their day. As we see the day of Christ approaching, they

admonished us all to follow suit! Whether you’re a family

of one or ten, dedicate some time (anytime, anywhere)

in your day to commit your family in prayer (2 Timothy

1:12b)! Pray for the Church, the leadership and saints; pray

for the nation, government, and world; pray for those who

don’t know Christ and those in need; pray for friends and

loved ones; pray for each other and pray for yourself! Pray

without ceasing (1 Thessalonians 5:17)!


Tight Budget?

Is It Still Possible to Eat Healthy?

Written by Megan Bass

Is it possible to Eat Healthy on a Tight Budget?

When your on a tight budget you may think to yourself, eating healthy isn’t for me because its just to expensive.

However, healthy eating on a budget is possible, it just takes a game plan and a little creativity.

There are numerous ways to get creative and plan a healthy meal on a tight budget. One of the ways you can shop

on a tight budget, is going to your local grocery store and look to see if they offer a savings card and check the

weekly circular to see what’s on sale. Instead of shopping for groceries based on your weekly meal plan, consider

planning your meals around what’s on sale. Also there are apps that you can download on your phone such as

Ibotta which is a free cash back app that helps you save money and earn cash back on your everyday purchases.

You can always check your local newspaper for coupons to discount your purchases as well.

Another way to save is to cook at home which is a much cheaper option than eating out. When you cook at

home, you can get more value out of your grocery budget by focusing on foods that are high in nutrients like

vegetables. Vegetables are not only high in nutrients but also low on cost if you keep your focus on seasonal

produce. With starch and some cheap protein, you have a complete and nutritious meal for only a dollar or

so. Generally you can feed an entire family of four for the same price as buying food for one or two people at a


Lastly, consider building up your staples products that way when you grocery shop your not purchasing more

staples than food. One way to do this is to purchase staples over time and before you run low or completely out,

stock up.

If you are willing to invest a little time into stretching your budget it will pay off, just as the scripture says in, 2

Corinthians 9:6 ESV whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also

reap bountifully. So with a little practice and a few changes it is possible to eat healthy on a tight budget.


Easy and Yummy

Caramel Apple Dump Cake

Written by Sandra Thompson




As we bend our knees and bow our heads each day to ask

“Give us this day our daily bread” (Matthew 6:11), whether

a single parent or head of household, we need to earnestly

pray for Wisdom (James 1:5) to know how to make our

dollar work when providing for our families. Remembering

the Basic Requirements for a Healthy & Happy Family.

If you can boil water, you CAN cook! The most important

thing to remember, like anything else you want to accomplish,

cooking takes practice.


(Adapted from Pillsbury)


- 11(oz.) pkg. Caramel Bits

- 2/3 c. Evaporated Milk, divided

- Vanilla Cake Mix

- 1 tsp. Cinnamon

- ¼ tsp. Nutmeg

- ¾ c. Butter, melted

- 1 tsp. Vanilla Extract

- 2 (20oz.) can Apple Pie Filling

- Vanilla Ice Cream


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9x13” pan with

cooking spray and set aside.

2. Melt together caramel and 1/3 c. of the evaporated milk

over medium low heat, stirring often until mixture is


3. Mix together cake mix, cinnamon and nutmeg until

fully combined. Then add melted butter, vanilla and

remaining 1/3 c. evaporated milk.

4. Spread half of the cake mixture over the bottom of the

9x13” pan. Bake for 8 minutes.

5. Remove the pan from the oven, spreading pie filling by

spoonful’s over cake mix carefully.

6. Pour caramel mixture over the apples and then drop by

spoonful’s the remaining cake mix.

7. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until the cake browns and

caramel bubbles around the edge of cake.

8. Serve warm with Vanilla Ice Cream.



Making Dreams Come True

Written by Aisha Bowen

Are you full of ideas with no clue how to express them? Satisfy that creative genius on the inside by remodeling your

environment at home, church, or the office!


What is this set before you? A marathon? Nope. Could

it be a sprint? No sireeee! This is a relay race folks!

The reward of crossing the finish line is a dream come

true! So embrace the journey and watch your own

hands accomplish something sure to beat expectations.


Do-it-yourself projects can seem daunting, even

cumbersome at the start. But there are several clearcut

renovation “do’s” and “dont’s” that make the work

of any novice look like a pro!


Determine where the money will go. Don’t be too

rigid with it. Leave a little wiggle room for change.

Experts would say that budgets are formed to keep

the project focused and in control. Keeping a budget

prevents you from breaking the bank and, at the same

time, saves money for those unexpected twists.

remodeling face-lifts like adding new color to the



It helps to do your research ahead of time. Investigate

the best painting process for drying in low moisture

environments, the expert choice for a nail or screw to

mount that wall hanging, or even look up something

that seems silly to learn, like “how to use painter’s


The best part about a relay race is that no one person

bears the load or pressure to finish. Success is on the

shoulders of the entire team. So ask, seek after, and look

for help with your next DIY and have some faith that

your inspired vision will come alive!


A relay has 4 runners that complete a race. Each one

has a specific goal to accomplish. Any renovation, even

for a small bathroom, should have phases that occur

in sequential order. This will maintain safety, keep

standards of permits or building codes, and ensure the

structural integrity of the building.


Don’t be afraid to admit you need a professional

to complete jobs like electrical work or plumbing.

Delegate more technical projects, such as flooring,

to those with an advanced skill set. But keep in mind

that, with simple training, any novice can engage in

From him the whole body, joined and held together by

every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up

in love, as each part does its work.

- Ephesians 4:16 (NIV)



Feed My Sheep

Written by Jordan Norwood

He came, He died, and He rose for you and me! The Resurrection of our Lord and

Savior Jesus Christ is so powerful so make sure to keep His incredible instructions

that He left for us! See how much you remember as we pose questions from one of

the final conversations that Jesus had here on this earth, per John 21. Can you find

all the verses that hold the answers?

1. “After these things Jesus shewed himself again to the disciples at the sea of

_____________ and on this wise shewed he himself.”

2. Didymus is also known as which disciple?

3. According to John 21:4, Where did Jesus stand in the morning?

a. On the shore b. On the sea c. In the boat with the disciples

4. “And he said unto them, 'Cast the net on the ________ ________ of the ship, and ye

shall find.'"

5. After realizing that Jesus was talking with them, what two things did Peter do?

6. According to John 21:11, how many fish did the disciples catch?

7. What question did Jesus ask Peter three times after He was resurrected?



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