An excellent servant of Christ Jesus is absorbed in trying to become a model of godliness. This takes maximum effort, especially when discouragement and disappointment threatens to brings you down. Yet, an excellent servant of Christ Jesus understands that there is no greater privilege than to serve the Lord and His people. That is why an excellent servant is willing to labor to the point of exhaustion, no matter how many discouragements and difficulties he/she may face.

Be honest, have you been truly striving to be an excellent servant/minister of Christ Jesus lately?

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Reforming education in America is our topic in this segment of Vocal Point. Dr. Gary Wolfram is a professor of economics at Hillsdale College in Michigan. Recently he wrote a piece for edweek.com (which focuses on educational issues) on the importance of school choice—especially for poor, inner city children. The article is called: “Make Public Education a Market Economy—Not a Socialist One.” The subtitle says: “Introducing charter schools will allow us to reclaim the true purpose of education in a democratic society.” Gary Wolfram joins Jerry Newcombe on Vocal Point to discuss badly needed educational reform. www.hillsdale.edu.

His twitter handle is @gary_wolfram

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The theme for this segment is making 2018 a healthier year. With the onset of a new year, it’s easy to think about resolutions and goals and turning over a new leaf. Christian author and talk host Damon Davis, author of the new book “God Cures: 21 Days to Look Good, Live Great and Love Well.” IN that book, Davis notes, “While there are certainly some very clear things to try and avoid pertaining to diet, exercise, prayer, meditation, and exploring and discovering happiness through hobbies and joy through Jesus, this book is more about things we can do to improve our condition without becoming religious about it and completely restricting all the little things that give us pleasure in life.” Davis Damon joins Jerry Newcombe on Vocal Point to discuss making it a healthy and happy new year. www.godcuresbook.com

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Conservatives have long bemoaned the problem of “judicial activism”—where judges legislate from the bench, rather than adjudicate. It would be as if referees at the baseball games were to go out on the field and actually play ball. Judicial activism brought us Dred Scot—which helped spark the Civil War, the removal of prayer in the public schools, abortion on demand, taking down the Ten Commandments in public places, same-sex marriage, and so on. President Lincoln, who eschewed judicial tyranny, said, “if the policy of the Government upon vital questions affecting the whole people is to be irrevocably fixed by decisions of the Supreme Court…the people will have ceased to be their own rulers.” Attorney Gordon Dieterle is a member of the judicial nominating commission for Palm Beach County. Gordon Dieterle joins Jerry Newcombe on Vocal Point to discuss judicial tyranny. www.feamanlaw.com

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