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4 Ways to Grow Closer to God in 2021

Last year was a year of hard lessons learned! It forced us to slow down, taught stock of our lives, and evaluate what was truly essential. However, today as we embrace a new year and prepare for a new season, let’s talk about 5 ways to help you establish healthy...

Start Fresh Start Strong

Every new year presents a new opportunity for a fresh start! We have the chance to make different choices in order to experience the changes that we desire. Now, while we don’t know what tomorrow holds, we can be very confident in the One who keeps today and holds...

A New Year But What’s New?

As 2020 comes to a close, much conversation has been had about bringing the year to an end as quick as possible. Who could blame anyone for taking this approach after all that we have endured? Normally, the new year brings with it a sense of optimism as we embrace the...

No Turning Back…

  The story of Lot's wife sums up all too well the important lesson God was trying to teach regarding SELF. His instructions to Lot were to flee Sodom and Gomorrah and not look back, literally. However, Lot’s wife was so absorbed in all that she left that she...

Thankful for 2020?

When recalling the year of 2020, being thankful can prove difficult when the narrative has been death, distance, division and the difficulties that accompany them. This is a time when it seems that good news is in short supply and truth is relative. How does one give...

In 2020, What Should I Be Thankful for?

  The euphonic ancestor, Mya Angelou once stated, “Be present in all things and thankful for all things”. The other day in preparation to enter into the season of Thanksgiving, I asked one of my children considering all that has transpired in the year 2020, what...

I Choose Jesus.

I know this may not be a popular piece, but as a pastor, I am fully convicted that one of my assignments is in a sense “prophetic” ... That is to “inflict the comfortable and to comfort the afflicted.” The oracles of God must be declared without thought to personal...

The Contagion of Hope

As we continue to contend with the greatest crisis to hit our globe since any of us has been alive, I want to take a look at prayer and its potential for helping us to cope. Many times, when we approach the subject of prayer, it is a means of asking God in order to...

4 Ways to Finish 2020 Strong!

1.  Invest Time in Talking to God   If Prayer can be defined in its most basic sense as, having a conversation with God (about any and everything). Then who better to talk to about all of the woes and sorrows due to this pitiful pandemic than God? Who better to draw...

COURAGE IN CHAOS

Chaos, a state of disorder and confusion. Sounds like much of what we’re living in today huh? With very little hope of things changing for the better any time soon. How does one even begin to exercise courage when our world is in such disarray? Yet, these current...

What to Do While We Wait?

Not long ago, as I was listening to a segment on NPR, I heard a report that detailed the data of the economic damage done by the COVID-19. It spoke with specificity regarding the industries that had been hit the hardest. The story stated that the overwhelming majority...

Parenting in a Pandemic

As a parent of three, I have found myself overwhelmed at times and pushed to the limit in regard to the challenges I have faced in managing my own children. Whether it’s trying to manage their distance learning and their educational development, or dealing with the...

Dealing with Distancing

There is no denying that everything going on in the world is pretty unsettling. Families have been forced to stay inside and figure out how to make things work like – school, childcare, and jobs. People are pinching pennies to pay bills. And everyone, everywhere MUST...

The Death of a King

As it is not new news by now, the death of Hollywood megastar, Chadwick Boseman sent shockwaves through the nation (in particular many African American communities) last week. A relatively young man (age 43) who appeared to be in peak condition and at the top of his...