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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 8, 2001, New Braunfels, Texas Page 8A HliRALDZlUTUNG December 2001 RELIGION Contact Features Editor Betty Taylor at 6259144 A new spin on the spirit of the season I would not have believed it if I had not seen it with my own two What I saw must be true not only because it was on Christ ian television but also because thousands of peo ple seemed to believe thanks to a revelation to a preacher in people up to their eyeballs in debt are not to blame for their financial According to this bombastic ballooned credit card bal ances are the result of something bigger and stronger than even Red Apple The according to the is a demonic force called The Spirit of This spiritual while present throughout the cal endar is perhaps the most influential and domi nating at this time of The Spirit of Debt rears its ugly but deceitfully rationalizing head during the Christmas shopping Before the New Year millions of unsus pecting consumers will have been hogtied and bound by this unseen force in our What a relief to people that have more plastic than paper in their Knowing they are not responsible for wearing out the magnetic strip on their credit card frees them from the inevitable cloud of Christmas cheer from greeting cards in December need not fade when pay ment fear arrives with the bills in Humans cannot be the only victims of the Spirit of This force must also affect When this spirit controls ones spend ing money that belongs to God will un doubtedly be funneled in directions that can appear noble and necessary gifts and but are TIM JUDKINS in black holes of financial The Spirit of Debt excuses people from their obligation to give God a tenth of then income a staple characteristic of a true follower of Jesus When those pesky church pledge cards come Christians can claim victimization by a spiritual power that appears to be more power ful and attractive than God there appears to be hope for those wallowing in the debt induced by this debilitating According to the TV people can send him a copy of their credit along with a financial gift to support his and he will burn them during a wor ship By doing he the indebted indi vidual will be free of the Spirit of Debt and as sumedly the actual debt as well This must work because the television pictures show thousands of victim ized people acknowledging the convenient scapegoat for their financial reckless ness and responding to his his superior revelation has replaced Biblical responsi I wonder if either this preacher or the Spirit of Debt will deal with the col lection Tim Judkinstopic this Sunday at the Contemp orary Service of First Protestant Church is Ready to Speaker talks on spiritual healing Joni the Holiday Inn on Overtoil Interstate a First Church of speaker on Scientist will host the spiritual based on Mary Baker Eddys Science and will pre sent a pro For call 620 gram at 3 5300 or visit and Sunday at OVERTON JUNG There are some books you cant put ristian Science Reading Room 137 East WH Street Now TX 78180 Phone 8306251781 10am 2pm Science and Health Tree of Life welcomes new staff BY DANA BRENNAN JONES AND BETTY TAYLOR Tree of Life Fellowship Church recently welcomed two new members to its Julie Deader is the New Christian education direc tor and Brian Bessey is the youth and college and career Beader moved to New Braunfels to accept her new position which became official Beader has been involved in childrens ministries since She was born and raised in After graduat ing from high she immediately joined the I just wanted to serve my Beader After two years in the Beader said she felt the calling to minis ter and attended the Rhema Bible Training Center in Broken Ive been doing chil drens ministries ever she Her last childrens min istry before coming to New Braunfels was in As the Christian Education Beader will oversee the department that covers ages birth through ele mentaryage The department includes any where from 200 to 300 Beader said an uncle who also served in the Army and as a chil drens pastor had a lot to do with her decisions in Its childrens min istries something that Ive tried to walk away from but Its a passion that burns he Beader said she was interested in ministering to the whole child and helping adults see the importance of ministering Its like that line from the movie Touve Got Beader There is a line that says What you read as a child defines who you become as an Bessey said it was God that led him and his new bride to move to New Braunfels from and become the youth and college and career pastor at Tree of Life Fellowship Bessey obtained his bachelors degree from Oral Roberts University in pastoral Christian min istries in After grad he worked part time and in internships until he obtained his full time position at Tree of We want to do five Bessey Worship the con nect with other grow in the love oth ers through God and reach out to others for Bessey achieves these goals with regular meet ings geared toward specif JESSIE Julie is the new Christian education director at Tree of Life Fellowship Brian Bessey is the new youth and college and career ic age groups and through special The high school group meets on Wednesday junior high school on Sunday and the college and career group every other Mission trips are planned in the For each age group we have a Bessey Its a studentled wor Students play instru guitars and We go into a time of teach ing with bible or topic look at the Bible and scripture and inter pret and apply towards today especially on issues that teens deal What it means to have a relationship with the Although he is not a cer tified Bessey says he has given oneon one counseling to some of the groups I love Ill give them counseling in areas which they may have con Bessey Topping the list of con cerns for which he has given counseling are home and family alcohol and life As Christians were in this he The youth ministry pro grams have about 100 members who attend the 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