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In our 31 Day Focus Challenge, trust me, I have wanted to slack off a few things. I have felt the tug of my flesh whispering, “Oh, you can do it later..” It’s a battle of the mind but I promise I am winning!! With my vision set before me, I realize, I can’t afford to get off track. Too much to do. My advice on this day is for us not to be ships without sails. If we are going somewhere, we must raise the sail of vision so that it can be visible for us and all around us. I am determined not too just drift in this season. I’m not going to be tossed to and fro by the winds of life. Instead, I’m holding steady to God and to His principles. I am holding on to the vision He gave me and to the promises He made me. Things are happening for us even though it’s a press. Don’t let the wind and waves mess you up. You are on a journey. Set your sail. Hold on to your vision, and your compass too. We need the Holy Spirit to help us get there. Every step of the way and everyday we need God’s help. Keep us on course, Lord!! Keep us focused!!! Our vision awaits!! 31 Days of Focus. Stay on track.

-Tara Alexander

It’s not too late to join us!!! #31DayFocusChallenge

Try This: Take 31 Minutes for 31 Days to do something that can possibly benefit you for a lifetime!!

Join us from July 1st-31st as we take time to focus on our vision, discipline our lives, develop new habits and renew our minds! There is so much distraction in this world that we feel the need to get back on track by spending quality time obeying what God has for each of us to do. Pray about what you need to do this month to help you get your focus or maintain your focus.

We’re challenging our church family and our friends to be a part of this time of renewal with us. Some are fasting from certain foods, some are abstaining from certain music, others are focusing on exercising just 31 minutes a day, some of us are even spending less time on other things to get into the word. This is going to be exciting!! Just pray about what you can do to make a change for the better and get you back on track to success!!

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Last night I visited my friend’s church. Pastor Laurie is a powerful, talented and creative woman that I have known for more than 16 years now. (She’s getting older not me). What’s amazing about our friendship is that we have both grown so much in these years. Little did we know that both of us were called to ministry. (Still pinching myself!) God is soooo faithful to use ordinary women like us to lead His people.

I am so inspired by my sister. Pastor Laurie Adams is the real deal. She loves God and she loves the people she serves. When I look at her, I am so encouraged that God could use me to do even a piece of the great work she is doing. I don’t feel anything but love when I’m around her and her family. I am talking about a real sisterhood in ministry. She shares ideas and even allows me to use her ideas at our ministry. There is no competitive undertone between us because we understand that we are on the same team. Voice of Truth -LaPlace, LA (Pastor Laurie’s church) and Champion Church (where I lead) are a part of the larger body of Christ. When they win, we win!!

My prayer is that we have more of these type of relationships. Ministry without godliness is really not ministry at all. The root of thing determines the fruit of a thing. It is sad to say that some of us are only experiencing partial victories because we allow the enemy to place seeds and weeds of division in our minds. Just imagine what would happen if we would check and correct ourselves in this area. Imagine the effect of us really working as a body. Functioning to glory of God. Sharing resources. Each joint supplying the other. God would be greater glorified if we would have the faith to believe that unity is possible and the humility to repent and uproot anything the devil has planted in us.

Thank God for Pastor Laurie Adams and her wonderful church family. Thank God for everything I have learned from her. My life is so enriched because I have her as a sister and a friend.

-Tara Alexander, Pastor
http://www.ChampionChurchNola.com

Fly Cover 2This week has been so amazing. I’ve gone from Russia, to New York and now to Violet, Louisiana to share in a celebration with Pastor Henry Ballard and First Lady Zina Ballard at Christian Fellowship FWC– 5816 E. Judge Perez Dr., Violet, LA 70092. I am so excited about being a part of this service. Bishop Derek Triplett will be ministering the word! Don’t miss it!!

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Fly Cover 2So excited about our trip to Russia. Through the Louisiana Culture Project, Tara Alexander and her band will travel to share the gospel in song in Moscow. The concert is just one of many by Louisiana artist. For More go to: http://www.louisianacultureproject.com. Tara’s music is available at iTunes, Amazon and other digital outlets. Stay connected on Facebook, Twitter for more music and inspiration!

By Tara Alexander

As we’ve been delving into the awesome message of grace, I can’t help but be encouraged. God is so loving that He would not only give us an assignment, but He gives us the divine enablement to get the assignment done.

Though I am personally encouraged, my prayer is that others would be the same. I am looking constantly into the eyes of beautiful believers who feel as if God has them in over their heads. And He does. He actually wants us to depend on Him. Being in over our heads is what makes grace so amazing. When you realize that you need Him, you have won the battle in your mind. While others are running away from God, we must run to God. In Him we live and move and have our being. We can do ALL things THROUGH CHRIST. Not through the banker, or the doctor or the therapist. God can use them all but ultimately strengthening comes from the Strength Giver. Power belongs to God!

In this season, my encouragement is for you to connect with this hope. Join us in reading Ephesians. 2:8-9, James 4:6, 2 Corinthians 9:8, 1 Corinthians 15:10

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What has God assigned you to do? Do you think you have what it takes? Remember God gives us grace for the assignment. Join us LIVE Mon-Fri at 12noon (c) for Daily Inspiration at 530.881.1300 Access 771685# or Replay ALL Day at 530.881.1399

Opportunity in Disguise

OPPORTUNITY IN DISGUISE
By Tara Alexander
As a Pastor, I hear it all the time. In fact, I get to see both sides of the coin. Many of us wonder why is God taking so long to move in our lives but in all actuality, God is not the problem. The problem is that we’re taking too long to notice and to obey. I love the quote Sis. Kim shared with us in a bible study. Thomas Edison hit the nail on the head, when he said “opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.” Could it be that opportunity is available but it comes with the price of work? Jesus said the harvest is plentiful but the laborers are few. Then He said pray that the Lord of the Harvest will send forth laborers. That’s what we’ve been praying for. We’ve been praying for workers. People who understand that faith without works is dead. People who understand that harvest time is work time. Though the opportunity is making us work, the end result will be the counting of the spoil. We will reap if we faint not. Like the song says, “I just can’t give up now. I’ve come too far from where I started from”. If the blessing comes with work attached then bring it on. I want everything God has for me. As long as God is my boss, I know the payoff will be exceedingly, abundantly above all I ask or think. Take inventory in your life, is your opportunity disguised? Could it be that the work you’re avoiding is your big opportunity? Prepare yourself because opportunity is already here! Opportunity to be used of God. Opportunity to be a blessing. Opportunity to feed the hungry, clothe the naked, encourage the hurting. It’s all over the place. And the king, He is a real good employer. The pay is abundant! And the benefit package exceeds far more than money. The peace surpasses all understanding and the opportunity for joy is unspeakable. And yes, you will get your hands dirty but you will get a cleansed heart and a renewed spirit. It’s just a part of what we get for working for the King. If we honor Him first, everything else will be added unto us. * For More Information  About Helping the Community Log On to: www.championchurchnola.com

Fly Cover 2By J. Russell

Well-Respected Drummer, Jeffery “Jelly Bean” Alexander, steps from behind the drums and into the producer’s chair to present his wife, Tara Alexander,  in a New EP that is coupled with both heart and soul. Jeffery & Tara along with bassist, Donald Ramsey, produced the 5-track performance with a stellar line-up of musicians that breathed life into the singer/songwriter’s project. Donald pairs up with Tara vocally on the title track and gives a warmth and depth of musical ability and arrangement that he is most credited for. Listeners hear the soul of a professional with the heart of passion. Tara’s inspirational delivery gives great credit to her New Orleans musical roots. She is an uptown girl who let’s the influence of Jazz, Gospel and R&B come out with each line. She is no newcomer to the music scene as her 20+ year discography & career highlights include a diverse group of artists & performances including Harry Connick, Jr., Cinderella’s Heartbreak Station, Good Morning America, NFL’s SuperBowl Saturday Night,  IMAX Theatre’s Movie & Soundtrack Hurricane on the Bayou, Gospel Hit – Where There’s a Will, There’s a Way, Marva Wright, Irma Thomas, Nancy Wilson, Dave Brubeck, Gladys Knight, etc. Her international experience also includes gracing stages of festivals and venues in  Paris, Germany, Ascona, Switzerland, Brazil, Italy and the British Virgin Islands. Tara’s new project, Fly,  was released for digital download and is AVAILABLE NOW on   iTunes, Amazon and CD Baby!  Jeffery’s decision to produce this project was to let new audiences hear the diversity and delivery of Tara Alexander’s ability to write and sing songs that entertain the ear and simultaneously encourage the spirit! Stay connected to Facebook, Twitter and more for live events and performances! For Booking/Media Please Contact: Jade Brown Russell  504.638.1624 or email at  info@taraalexander.com  www.taraalexander.com

Fly Cover 2By J. Russell

Well-Respected Drummer, Jeffery “Jelly Bean” Alexander, steps from behind the drums and into the producer’s chair to present his wife, Tara Alexander,  in a New EP that is coupled with both heart and soul. Jeffery & Tara along with bassist, Donald Ramsey, produced the 5-track performance with a stellar line-up of musicians that breathed life into the singer/songwriter’s project. Donald pairs up with Tara vocally on the title track and gives a warmth and depth of musical ability and arrangement that he is most credited for. Listeners hear the soul of a professional with the heart of passion. Tara’s inspirational delivery gives great credit to her New Orleans musical roots. She is an uptown girl who let’s the influence of Jazz, Gospel and R&B come out with each line. She is no newcomer to the music scene as her 20+ year discography & career highlights include a diverse group of artists & performances including Harry Connick, Jr., Cinderella’s Heartbreak Station, Good Morning America, NFL’s SuperBowl Saturday Night,  IMAX Theatre’s Movie & Soundtrack Hurricane on the Bayou, Gospel Hit – Where There’s a Will, There’s a Way, Marva Wright, Irma Thomas, Nancy Wilson, Dave Brubeck, Gladys Knight, etc. Her international experience also includes gracing stages of festivals and venues in  Paris, Germany, Ascona, Switzerland, Brazil, Italy and the British Virgin Islands. Tara’s new project, Fly,  was released for digital download and is AVAILABLE NOW on   iTunes, Amazon and CD Baby!  Jeffery’s decision to produce this project was to let new audiences hear the diversity and delivery of Tara Alexander’s ability to write and sing songs that entertain the ear and simultaneously encourage the spirit! Stay connected to Facebook, Twitter and more for live events and performances! For Booking/Media Please Contact: Jade Brown Russell  504.638.1624 or email at  info@taraalexander.com  www.taraalexander.com