Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Hunger, Homelessness Still Major Challenges in U.S. Cities

Hunger, Homelessness Still Major Challenges in U.S. Cities
Mayors Issue Annual Report on Hunger, Homelessness in 27 Major Cities
WASHINGTON -- The issues of hunger and homelessness still remain major challenges in U.S. cities according to a U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) report on the status of Hunger and Homelessness in 27 cities in America (listed below) that was released today by the U.S. Conference of Mayors on a news conference call.
For more than a quarter century, The Conference of Mayors has documented the magnitude of the issues of hunger and homelessness in our nation’s cities, as well as efforts cities are making to address these challenges.
 “While there is currently an historic effort to restore America’s economy, the effects of hunger and homelessness are clearly evident in America’s cities and urban centers. This is why mayors have been so proactive in supporting and encouraging local food programs and why federal programs like the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (food stamps) are so critical,” said Asheville, NC Mayor Terry Bellamy who chairs the USCM Hunger and Homelessness Task Force and participated in the press conference call. “The ‘food stamp’ program is an integral safety net for hungry families in our cities. Mayors want to ensure that the recent cuts made to the food stamp program are restored; and we support the Administration’s efforts in this regard. With respect to addressing homelessness, collaboration is essential. Asheville has seen a decrease in chronic homelessness due to a strong collaborative effort between local government and community partners through the implementation of the Housing First model.”
Every city surveyed reported that requests for emergency food assistance increased by an average of 24 percent across the cities over the past year. Among those requesting emergency food service, 56 percent were families and 30 percent were employed. When asked to report on the three main causes of hunger, respondents cited unemployment, housing costs and low wages.
Over the next year, 56 percent of surveyed cities expect a moderate decrease in resources for providing emergency food assistance; and another 8 percent expect a substantial decrease. In fact, cities most frequently cited increasing demand and decreasing resources, particularly related to federal and state budget problems, as the biggest challenge to addressing hunger in the coming year.
To combat hunger, many cities have instituted programs to address the challenge over the long term. Examples of successful initiatives include providing needy children with back-packs filled with non-perishable food in Asheville; a program that matches food cupboards with local gardeners to provide participants with locally-grown fresh produce in Philadelphia; and a comprehensive program in Los Angeles to raise community awareness about food stamp benefits, help people to determine eligibility and assist individuals in navigating through the application process.
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, whose city was included in the study said, “This year’s survey makes it clear that even working families are increasingly at risk for hunger and homelessness as a result of the crippled economy and rising unemployment. As mayors, it is our responsibility to create effective local programs and strengthen federal partnerships to help those in need.”
In the area of homelessness, the number of unaccompanied individuals experiencing homelessness over the past year increased by two percent in the surveyed cities, and the number of families experiencing homelessness increased by an average of 9 percent.
For families, unemployment was the leading cause of homelessness in the surveyed cities; for individuals it was the lack of affordable housing.
Across the surveyed cities, an average of 27 percent of homeless persons needing assistance did not receive it because of a lack of resources. When asked about the outlook for next year, officials were not optimistic: in 72 percent of the surveyed cities they expect the number of homeless families to increase, and officials in 77 percent of the cities expect the number of homeless individuals to increase as a result of a decrease in resources to provide emergency shelter.
In the survey report, twenty-four of the surveyed cities described programs that have been effective in addressing problems of homelessness in their communities. Many of these cited HUD’s Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program as the source of their funds for these programs.
“This report highlights the many factors that contribute to the issues of hunger and homelessness,” said Burnsville, MN Mayor Elizabeth Kautz, who is the President of the U.S. Conference of Mayors. “Although the report surveys 27 cities, it mirrors what is happening nationally. At a time when the poverty rate is at a record high, and in many cities unemployment is in double-digits, mayors cannot handle these challenges alone. We need all levels of government, as well as the private sector, to partner with us to assist growing numbers in our communities.”
U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan, who was also featured on the call, spoke about the Administration’s efforts on the national level to combat these issues. “Each year, the U.S. Conference of Mayors’ report helps us understand the state of homelessness in our communities, as well as how communities are responding,” said HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan. “It also reveals how communities are using new tools like the Obama Administration’s Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-housing Program—or ‘HPRP’—to meet increasing need. Last year’s report found that HPRP is ‘fundamentally changing’ the way cities respond to homelessness and with this year’s new report, we see how it is changing. For instance, Cleveland is using HPRP funds to create a “Central Intake” system – helping the community not only manage the available beds and services more effectively but also ensure that households are finding permanent housing as quickly as possible.”
Prepared by City Policy Associates, the report contains individual profiles for each city in the survey including the median household income, the metro unemployment rate, the monthly foreclosure rate, the percentage of people in the city who fall below in the poverty line and contact information for specific service providers. The report is based on data collected from The U.S. Conference of Mayors Hunger and Homelessness Information Questionnaire, completed by cities that reported on persons receiving food and shelter services over a one-year period from September 2009 to August 2010. A copy of the report and survey questionnaire can be downloaded at The Conference of Mayors website at An audio file of the press conference call will be available at on Wednesday, December 22nd.
The 27 participating cities in this survey are members of The U.S. Conference of Mayors Task Force on Hunger and Homelessness and include the following:
[Table Omitted]
The U.S. Conference of Mayors is the official nonpartisan organization of cities with populations of 30,000 or more. There are 1,139 such cities in the country today, each represented in the Conference by its chief elected official, the Mayor.
Copyright Business Wire 2010

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Monday, December 13, 2010


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    THE last 2 weeks we have been setting up the foundation to understand who we are in CHRIST. We still have 4 to go and toady the next guide line in the seris is to: FOLLOW CHRIST, To recap we are taking our text from Matthew 16:24-27. The first was to Deny Myself, The 2nd was to pick up the cross and now today we must Follow Christ!
    Seeking to overcomeself by self effort is a hopeless struggle. self will never cast out sel, because an independent self which is motivated by the flesh still wants to be GOD. We must follow CHRISt by being led by the Holy Spirit:Down the path of deathto the Old nature we had in ADAm,into the new nature we now have in CHRISt."we who are living are constantly being handed over to death for JESUS' sake that the life of JESUS may also be manifested in our mortal flesh"(2nd corthians 4:11)
      This may sound like a dismal path to walk,but I assure you that IT IS NOT!!!!!! It is a tremendous experience to be known by the great Shepard and to follow him as His sheep. (1 John 10:27). (Step12 A.A>). The Fact that we are led by the Spirit of GOD,even when it results in death to Self, Is our assurance of Sonship( Romans 8:14) We are not designed to function Independently of GOD. Only When we are dependent on HIM and intent on FOLLOWING CHRIST are we complete and Free to Prove that the will of GOD is Good and acceptable and perfect(Romans12;2)
The bondage breaker, Neil Anderson
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Saturday, December 11, 2010

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Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Monday, December 6, 2010

2nd guideline for freedom in christ

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Pick Up your Cross Daily

The Cross we are to pick up daily is not our own croos but the cross of CHRIST. Paul wrote,"I have been crucified in Christ;and it is no longer I who live, but Christ that lives inme; and the life whicch I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the SON of GOD, who loved me and Gave Himself up for me" (Galations 2:20). His cross provided forgiveness from what I have done and deliverence from what I was. I am forgivenBECAUSE hw DIED IN MY PLACE; i AM DELIVERED BECAUSE i died with him! i AM BOTH JUSTIFIED AND POSITIONALLY SANCTIFIED AS A RESULT OF THE CROSS.
To pick up the cross daily means to acknowledge every day that I belong to GOD. I have been purchased by the blood of THE LORD JESUS CHRIST(1 Peter 1:18-19). When I pick up the cross I affirm that my Identity is not based in my physical existence but in my relationship with GOD. I am a child of GOD(1John 3:1-3). My life is IN CHRIST, Because HE is my LIFE(Colosians 3:3,4). I am starting to see that it is all about CHRIST and not about me. STEP 2 came to believe a power greater than my self can restore me to sanity.
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Friday, December 3, 2010

Guidelines for Freedom in CHRIST

This is the first of six basic guidelines to be a disciple of Christ and overcome the bondage in Which we Dwell
24 Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.25 For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it.26 For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?27 For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels; and then he shall reward every man according to his works.28 Verily I say unto you, There be some standing here, which shall not taste of death, till they see the Son of man coming in his kingdom.
This passage is the central message of all four Gospels. It is self- sufficiency that is holding back revival. We are trying to do Gods work in our way with our resources and we cannot. There are six guidelines here in this set of verses. They are the foundational Guidelines for those who want to be free from the bondage of this worldly system.
1.       Deny yourself:
Denying self is not the same thing as self denial. Every student, athlete, and cult member practices self-denial, restricting themselves from the things that stop them from achieving their Goals. The ultimate Goal of this kind of self denial is self promotion; Which is pride in a subtle way, trying to gain recognition for things WE do.
 To deny self is to deny self rule. Dying to self is the primary battle of life. Jesus does not enter that battle; he has already won it at the cross. HE occupies the throne and offers to share it with us. But for some reason we want to be King and rule in our own lives. Until we deny ourselves that which was never meant to be; our wanting to be in control, to play GOD with our lives, we will never live in freedom or in peace with GOD and ourselves.
 We were not designed to function separate from GOD neither was our soul designed to function as master. No one can serve 2 masters (Matthew 6:24). When we deny ourselves We invite God to take the Throne in our life, To occupy what is right fully his, So that we may function as people Spiritually alive IN CHRIST. Denying ourselves is essential to spiritual freedom.
Next week we will look at the second guideline… Pick up your cross daily
                                                                                        Paraphrased from the bondage breaker

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Monday, November 29, 2010

Working Poor

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Working Poor

One of the most common misconceptions is the assumption that if someone is hungry, that means they do not have a job and are living on the streets. What most people don’t understand is that anyone can experience hunger. It is a silent epidemic that affects more than 49 million Americans.

According to the US Census Bureau, in 2008, 19 million people lived in working-poor families. This translates into nearly 9 percent of all American families living below 100 percent of poverty have at least one family member working. i In fact, 36 percent of client households served by the Feeding America network have one or more adults working. ii
Working Poor Facts
  • Female-headed households were more than twice as likely to be among the working poor than male-headed households in 2008. iii
  • Married-couple families with children under 18 were almost 5 times as likely as families without children to be among the working poor in 2008. iii
  • Among families with at least one member working at least half a year, families with children were 4 times more likely than families without children to live in poverty in 2008.iii
  • According to a survey on hunger and homelessness conducted by the United States Conference of Mayors, 92% of cities participating in the survey cited unemployment as one of three major causes of hunger in their city. iv
  • Thirty-nine percent of all adult clients served by Feeding America have completed high school or equivalent degree with no further education beyond high school. ii
  • Thirty-four percent of all client households served by Feeding America have had to choose between paying for food and paying for medicine or medical care.ii

  • Sixty-five percent of working families that received SNAP were single-parent families. v

i U.S. Census Bureau, Current Population Survey, 2009 Annual Social and Economic Supplement (POV 10).
ii Rhoda Cohen, J., Mabli, F., Potter, Z., Zhao.Hunger In America 2010. Feeding America. February 2010.
iii U.S. Department of Labor, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. A Profile of the Working Poor, 2007.
iv The U.S. Conference of Mayors,  2008  Hunger and Homelessness Survey. December 2008.
v Urban Institute, Sheila R. Zedlewski, E. Mon. Many Low-income Working Families Turn To The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program For Help. August 2009.
vi Urban Institute, Gregory Acs, P. Loprest. Who Are Low-Income Working Families?

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Luke 4:39

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Luke 4:39

(39) So He stood over her and rebuked the fever, and it left her. And immediately she arose and served them.
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When Jesus went into the room where the elderly lady lay, Luke writes, "He stood over her and rebuked her fever," another detail Matthew and Mark omit. Was he addressing some hostile power? On another occasion, He rebuked the raging wind and water to end a storm on the Sea of Galilee (Luke 8:24). "Rebuked" in this verse is the same word used in Luke 4:35 and Mark 1:25, where Jesus "rebuked" the demon during the exorcism in the synagogue. The word means "to censure or admonish." When Jesus rebuked something, evil was present, and His example instructs us that evil must be condemned if real healing is to occur.
There are times when the solutions to our problems may require rebuke or strong admonition. No one enjoys being on the receiving end of a rebuke, yet if sin has caused the problem, it must be rebuked before repentance can happen. In a larger sense, the world desires peace, but few are willing to punish evil. The attitude toward evil today is not that of condemnation but of toleration.
Even so, not all sickness is caused by sin (John 11:4). At times, God permits sickness to provide an opportunity to bring glory to Himself and His Son.
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Friday, November 26, 2010

patterns of the Flesh

James 1:13-15

(13) Let no one say when he is tempted, "I am tempted by God"; for God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He Himself tempt anyone. (14) But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed. (15) Then, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death.
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This pattern of producing sin began in the Garden of Eden when Satan tempted Adam and Eve by stimulating their desire for the forbidden fruit. From that small beginning, sin entered and blossomed. It is easily seen that every problem produced by immorality, whether individual or national, is caused by allowing temptation to develop into sin. Sin is illicit desire brought to fruition, and everybody from peasant to king is subject to wrong desires.
From the beginning of time, it seems to have been a human instinct to blame others for our sins, just as Adam and Eve did in the Garden. James sternly rebukes that view. God does not cause sin and neither do things. Sin would be helpless if there were nothing in man to which it could appeal. Sin’s appeal is to human nature’s self-centeredness, which then builds through our desires. If a man desires long enough and intensely enough, the consequence—action—is inevitable.
It is because we desire our own way that we dishonor our parents and murder; because we desire a thing, we steal; because we desire being well thought of, we lie. Illicit desire can be nourished, stifled, or by the grace of God, eliminated. If one gives himself to Christ by submitting entirely to God, there is little or no time or place left for evil desire.
The tenth commandment pierces through surface Christianity, truly revealing whether a person has surrendered his will to God or not. The spiritual requirements for keeping this commandment are in some ways more rigid than any other because they pierce right through to the thoughts.

John W. Ritenbaugh
From  The Tenth Commandment

Related Topics:
Blaming Others
Desire, Inordinate
Evil Desire
Illicit Desires
Satan as the Tempter
Tenth Commandment
The Tenth Commandment

Commentary copyright © 1992-2010 Church of the Great God
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Friday, October 29, 2010

Important Product recall


The Maker of all human beings (GOD) is recalling all units manufactured, regardless of make or year, due to a serious defect in the primary and central component of the heart.This is due to a malfunction in the original prototype units code named Adam and Eve, resulting in the reproduction of the same defect in all subsequent units. This defect has been technically termed "Sub-sequential Internal Non-Morality," or more commonly known as S.I.N., as it is primarily expressed.
Some of the symptoms include:
1. Loss of direction
2. Foul vocal emissions
3. Amnesia of origin
4. Lack of peace and joy
5. Selfish or violent behavior
6. Depression or confusion in the mental component
7. Fearfulness
8. Idolatry
9. Rebellion
The Manufacturer, who is neither liable nor at fault for this defect, is providing factory-authorized repair and service free of charge to correct this defect.

The Repair Technician, JESUS , has most generously offered to bear the entire burden of the staggering cost of these repairs. There is no additional fee required.

The number to call for repair in all areas is:
Once connected, please upload your burden of SIN through the REPENTANCE procedure.

Next, download ATONEMENT from the Repair Technician, Jesus, into the heart component.
No matter how big or small the SIN defect is, Jesus will replace it with:
1. Love
2. Joy 
3. Peace
4. Patience
5. Kindness
6. Goodness
7. Faithfulness
8. Gentleness
9. Self control
Please see the operating manual, the B.I.B.L.E. (Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth) for further details on the use of these fixes.
WARNING: Continuing to operate the human being unit without correction voids any manufacturer warranties, exposing the unit to dangers and problems too numerous to list and will result in the human unit being permanently impounded.

For free emergency service, call on JESUS .
DANGER: The human being units not responding to this recall action will have to be scrapped in the furnace. The SIN defect will not be permitted to enter Heaven so as to prevent contamination of that facility. Thank you for your attention!

P.S. Please assist where possible by notifying others of this important recall notice, and you may contact the Father any time by 'Knee mail'!
Because He Lives!
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Wednesday, August 4, 2010

.we are what we eat

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August 4
The Power ofthe Word
In the beginning was the word. -John 1:1
A woman in relatively good health underwent dilation and curettage (D&C) surgery. After her operation, however, Sally was not recovering, and each day she sank deeper into the abyss. Medical professionals were at a loss, since all tests revealed she was physically healthy. Finally, someone suggested hypnosis. During her session, it was discovered that under surgery Sally had heard one of the members of the operating team ask her doctor, "Do you think she'll make it?"
The doctor answered, "No way-I give her a few days at the most." What Sally didn't realize was that the conversation was about another patient. Although Sally's conscious mind was asleep, her subconscious heard every word and, not knowing the bigger picture, she accepted the statement as true about herself and went on to manifest the picture her subconscious had adopted. Sally's hypnotic regression assisted her to realize this was not her prognosis, and she recovered.
The subconscious is the part of our mind that manufactures our experience. Psychologists tell us that the subconscious cannot distinguish between imagination and reality. If you hold an image in mind long enough and feel it as if it is real, you can manifest it. This is the essence of creative visualization, as well as self-fulfilling prophecy. If we think or worry about something enough, we may draw that experience to ourselves. We can use the same principle to bring us what we want. Hold in mind images of the life you desire, and refuse to feed thoughts of what you do not wish. Watch your words. Be careful what you say to little children (or the little child in adults). for children emotionally absorb ideas even if they are said in jest or the heat of an angry moment. Feed your mind and heart with the most positive, energetic, and enlivening ideas and feelings you can imagine. Then you will live not in the world that is cast upon you, but the one you choose.
Help me to feed myself and others with soul-nourishing thoughts and feelings.
I speak the word of love, and it is manifested.
This meditation is an excerpt from Alan Cohen's meditation book, A Deep Breath of Life.
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Tuesday, August 3, 2010


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Our real purpose is to fit ourselves to be of maximum service to God
and the people about us.

It is clear that God's plan for me is expressed through love. God loved
me enough to take me from alleys and jails so that I could be made a
useful participant in His world. My response is to love all of His
children through service and by example. I ask God to help me imitate
His love for me through my love for others.
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Saturday, July 3, 2010

overcomers outreach

OVERCOMERS OUTREACH is a fellowship of men and women who have been affected either directly or indirectly by the abuse of any mood-altering chemical or compulsive behavior. We believe that as we look to a loving God for help, and put into practice those principles for living which He has given in His Word, we shall find both the Strength and freedom we need to live productive and happy lives. We strongly believe that our “higher power” is Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.
Our five fold purpose, based directly upon the Word of God is set forth as follows: (1) To provide fellowship in recovery (2) To be and to live reconciled to God and His Family (3) To gain a better understanding of alcohol and mood-altering chemicals And the disease of addiction (4) To be built up and strengthened in our faith in Christ (5) To render dedicated service to others who once suffered as we once suffered.
`We hold no corporate opinions concerning politics, race, philosophy, science, or any other matter no immediately bearing upon our recovery. While we do believe that Jesus is the Christ, the resurrected and living Son of God, we hold no corporate view concerning denominational preference.
We practice the suggested 12-Step recovery program of Alcoholics Anonymous, Al-Anon and other 12 Step groups because we believe these to be the practical Application of these life changing principles which are so clearly set forth in the Scriptures.
We welcome anyone who has a desire to stay clean and sober; anyone who has a desire To rise above the pain and turmoil engendered by the addiction of a loved one; anyone Wishing to break the bondage of compulsive behavior; anyone who is not oppose to Our general method of recovery. We are here to share our experience, strength and Hope with one another. The loving support and genuine caring of fellow members, Coupled with daily prayer and the reading of Scripture, prepares us to experience Total serenity in Christ, no matter what our outward circumstances might be. Attendance at additional 12 Step groups is encouraged. We are dedicated to the Principles of anonymity and confidentiality. We guard the anonymity and confidences of other members zealously. Nothing said in these discussions will leave this room in any form. Gossip has no place among us, nor will we share theses discussions with Outside prayer lists.
Our common welfare must come first. Our leaders are chosen not to govern but to serve. There is only one authority in our group—Jesus Christ, as He expresses His love among us.

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daily reflections


Being still inexperienced and having just made conscious
contact with God, it is not probable that we are going to
be inspired at all times.

Some say that experience is the best teacher, but I believe
that experience is the only teacher. I have been able to
learn of God's love for me only by the experience of my
dependence on that love. At first I could not be sure of
His direction in my life, but now I see that if I am to be
bold enough to ask for His guidance, I must act as if He
has provided it. I frequently ask God to help me remember
that He has a path for me.
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