Missed Opportunity…Not

“I knew it was a mistake letting him run off to Africa like that.” “Whom are you talking about, Mother?” “Hank.  He called his mother yesterday.” “Oh.  How’s he doing?” “Never mind that.  It’s your fault, you know.” “What’s my fault?” “That he’s fallen for some African girl half his age.” Ashley stared at her.  …

The Face-Off

Nita was on her way to Mayfaire shopping mall when she ran into Angie. Great, she thought to herself. So much for this being the perfect day. Her grip tightened on the handle of her handbag as she watched the young woman approach. "Hello, Angie," she greeted her when she reached her. Angie walked up …

Communication

Do you find it difficult to talk things out with your husband when you have issues? Do you keep things to yourself and hope that they get better? What happens when you have an argument or disagreement? Do you blow up at him or give him the silent treatment? James 1:19 offers this advice: “So …

The Long-haired Pastor

Whenever people find out that I'm a  pastor, they look at me in disbelief.  I guess it's the long hair.  I always tell them that how you look on the outside isn't what matters it's what's on the inside.  And then I tell them the story about the prophet Samuel going to the house of …

Where to Spend Christmas

"What made you change your mind about having sex on the Sabbath?" Joel asked her one Sunday afternoon. "I prayed about it." She didn't tell him that she had asked her co-worker, Diana for advice. He would have a problem with her sharing something so personal with another person. "Is it going to be a …

Pregnant

I was still stunned. I couldn't believe it. I was pregnant. I did the Clear-blue pregnancy test while my grandmother was out. I was so nervous waiting for the results and when I saw it, I stared at it for a long time before I shoved the stuff into the pocket of my jeans. My …

The Other Woman

Tae watched Clare and her date, a tall, attractive older African American man. Jealousy clawed at his insides. He was there alone. Wen had broken off their engagement. He had followed Clare's advice and had come clean with her. Wen was devastated. "So, all those times when we were having sex, it wasn't with me …

True Love

He tried to concentrate on his work but he couldn’t.  Her words kept playing over and over in his mind.  He couldn’t ignore the flavor of truth which was in them.  She was right.  He acted as if he were ashamed of their relationship.  How could he say that he loved her but at the …

Can’t Deny Love

Rehoboam was back in Toronto and staying with Rehka, a cousin on his mother's side because she lived close to the nursing home. When he showed up at the nursing home the following day to visit his ailing grandmother, Tamar was already there. She was sitting beside the bed, holding her hand. Her heart skipped …

Adina and Asriel Hook Up

Adina was walking down the sidewalk when she spotted Asriel coming in her direction. It was the first time she was seeing him since his break up with Linda. "Are you going to preach to me about forgiveness?" he asked dryly. "I know you're bitter towards your father and that's understandable." "It's good to know …

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