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Peace, Peace

They have treated the wounds of my people carelessly saying, “Peace, peace,” when there is no peace! -Jeremiah 6:14

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This is not of God

Our hearts go out to those who have lost their lives due to bigotry. This is not of God no matter which side of the fence you’re on or the race of the person whose lives are been taken. But it is my humble opinion, that it will not stop unless all people are regarded

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Psalm 11:5

“The Lord tests the righteous and the wicked and his soul hates the lover of violence” – Psalm 11:5   We bless God for the powerful message preached this past Sunday by Rev. Troy Underwood. Lord knows we needed to be reminded during these times of “Lord, God, Where Can I Go?”, that God hears

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Scriptures

Greetings, allow me to share some of my favorite scriptures:   2 Chronicles 20:12 “O our God, will you not execute judgment upon them? For we are powerless against this great multitude that is coming against us. We do not know what to do, but our eyes are on you”. John 11:40 “Did I not

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The Institution of the Lord’s Supper

26 While they were eating, Jesus took a loaf of bread, and after blessing it he broke it, gave it to the disciples, and said, “Take, eat; this is my body.” 27 Then he took a cup, and after giving thanks he gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you; 28 for this is my blood of

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Mass Incarceration of Black and Brown People

The United Church of Christ is calling on faith communities to focus during the month of June on the criminal justice system and the mass incarceration of black and brown people. Arrest Rates (per 100,000 Juveniles) 2013 WhiteBlack All delinquent offenses32.273.8Person5.118.3Violent Offenses1.15.8Simple Assault4.012.5Property Offenses9.323.5Property Crime Index7.119.4Other property2.24.1Drug law violations4.16.0Public order offenses13.626.0 Frederick Douglas said, “It’s

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Happy Father’s Day

Do you remember when people used to wear red if their parents were alive or white if they weren’t on Mother’s Day and Father’s Day? For seventy-eight years I was able to wear red and then my father went home to be with the Lord. I have good memories of my father who happened to

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Dreams

I recently read the following quote outside a teacher’s classroom door: “If your dreams don’t scare you, they aren’t big enough” – Muhammad Ali Yours Because He’s Risen in my Faith!

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Luke 22

Peace and Greetings, Read the Words of Jesus in Luke 22: 13 They left and found things just as Jesus had told them. So they prepared the Passover. 14 When the hour came, Jesus and his apostles reclined at the table. 15 And he said to them, “I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover

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Language

Nelson Mandela said, “If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart”. This reminds of something our Father in Heaven said through the prophet Jeremiah, “I will give them a heart to know that I

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Thank You

37 Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; 38 therefore ask the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.” (Matthew 9) The harvest is truly plentiful, but those committed to working the harvest so that it won’t go to waste is few. Jesus

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Seven Principles of Faith

Several months ago in Bible Study, one of our members led us through an understanding of the “Seven Principles of Faith”. These were based on the story of Joshua and the crossing of the Jordan River (Joshua 3). For those weren’t present that night or just for a refresher; please allow me to share them.

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Dear Mama

Dear Mama “…I can always depend on my mama. And when it seems that I’m hopeless, you say the words that can get me back in focus. When I was sick as a little kid, to keep me happy there’s no limit to the things you did. And all my childhood memories; are full of

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Luke 22 (The Message Translation)

  14-16 When it was time, he sat down, all the apostles with him, and said, “You’ve no idea how much I have looked forward to eating this Passover meal with you before I enter my time of suffering. It’s the last one I’ll eat until we all eat it together in the kingdom of God.”

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When 2 or 3 are Gathered in Your Name

Almighty God, who has given grace at this time with one accord to make our common supplications unto you and does promise that when 2 or 3 are gathered in Your Name, you will grant their requests. Fulfill now the desires and petitions of our family and friends as may be most expedient for them;

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The Great Teacher Inspires

Peace and Greetings, “The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires”. – William Ward This quote seems to solely relate to school teachers. Yet at second glance, it could pertain to parents, Christians or anyone in position to impart knowledge or be an example. How many of

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Do You Want To Be Made Well?

Peace and Greetings, Last week during Bible Study, we discussed John 5:1-15. This is the story of a man who had been ill for 38 years; found his way to a healing pool; yet couldn’t get in the pool. This unnamed man was in position to be healed. But this unnamed man told Jesus that

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Yours Because He’s Risen!

Peace and Greetings, Read the Words of Jesus in Luke 22: 13 They left and found things just as Jesus had told them. So they prepared the Passover. 14 When the hour came, Jesus and his apostles reclined at the table. 15 And he said to them, “I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover

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Another Plan

Peace and Greetings, This past Sunday in a message entitled, “Hosanna Moments and Crucifying Times”, we attempted to explore the dream route that begins with excitement and sometimes has moments of wondering. However, we found much to get excited about in Luke 19: 28-40. The people of Jesus’ time had dreams of being on top

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Opportunity In Unexpected Places

Peace and Greetings, I recently saw a billboard sponsored by an investment company and their motto is applicable to other areas besides financial. It reads, “Opportunity is found in the most unexpected places. You just have to know where to look”. The time between Palm Sunday and Resurrection Sunday is most definitely a time of

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Proverbs 10:22

Peace and Greetings, “The Blessings of the Lord makes rich and God adds no sorrow with it” (Proverbs 10:22). Some days I have to recite this to myself over and over again. Just reading it gives me strength on those days that I don’t feel rich and sorrow has camped out on my doorstep. However,

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The Passover

Peace and Greetings, Read the Words of Jesus in Luke 22: 13 They left and found things just as Jesus had told them. So they prepared the Passover. 14 When the hour came, Jesus and his apostles reclined at the table. 15 And he said to them, “I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover

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Voter Apathy

Peace and Greetings, During one of our maiden services I wrote something about voter apathy. It is that time again and we as the people with much to lose must shake off that belief that it can’t get better and cast our vote. Allow me to share a few specific reasons why March 15th should

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The Goodness of Jesus

Peace and Greetings, We wake up each morning to the goodness of Jesus. We also wake up each morning knowing our neighbor just might be having a difficult time. Maybe that challenging time has parked itself on your doorstep. If that’s your story; I’d like to share three things I pray will bless you. First,

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Hidden Treasures

Peace and Greetings, I’d like to remind us of a prayer in our devotion, “The Big Secret of Giving: Hidden Treasures in Life and Church”. Eternal God, in whose providence we live, by whose wisdom we are guided, under whose judgment we stand, and by whose mercy we are forgiven, we praise you for the

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The Passover

Peace and Greetings, Read the Words of Jesus in Luke 22: 13 They left and found things just as Jesus had told them. So they prepared the Passover. 14 When the hour came, Jesus and his apostles reclined at the table. 15 And he said to them, “I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover

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Get The Word Out

Peace and Greetings, Did you know that you might be the only Bible someone reads? What does your Bible say to them? Did you also know your might invitation to church might be in just a nick of time? There are many souls in need of saving-just ask. During Jesus time word of mouth was

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Life’s Abundance Does Not Consist of Possessions

In Luke 12, beginning in the 16th verse we read, “Then he told them a parable: “The land of a rich man produced abundantly. 17 And he thought to himself, ‘What should I do, for I have no place to store my crops?’ 18 Then he said, ‘I will do this: I will pull down

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Deacons in Training

Saturday, January 9, 2016, Grace United Church of Christ began its first Deacon in Training (DIT)class. Please help me in holding these called to the Diaconate in fervent prayer: Juanita Burgess Marva Campbell-Pruitt Terence Lake Margaret Polk Andrea Swift “Arise, shine; for thy light is come and the glory of the Lord is risen upon

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