Confessions

I sat there in the confessional booth wondering if I was committing blasphemy. I was a priest, yes but I was also a man and I was doing something which the Bible says only God should be doing--forgiving sins. The only people I should be forgiving are those who have wronged me. That's what it …

Loneliness

Turn to me and be gracious to me, for I am lonely and afflicted - Psalm 25:16, NASB At some point in our lives, we may have experienced loneliness. I experienced after losing both my parents and my son within months of each other in 2019. Although I had loved ones and friends who sent …

An Unlikely Preacher

I was a highly intelligent child at 3 and at 9, I joined the Congregational Church.  Soon after, I started preaching on Sundays. I’m not sure why folks were so surprised and objected when in 1850, I completed a theological course or why the same professors who allowed me to preach, refused to license me …

Elizabeth Cady Stanton

“The bible and the church have been the greatest stumbling block in the way of women's emancipation.” It was this quote by Elizabeth Cady Stanton which prompted me to write this post about her.  She came from a Presbytarian background.  It began early in her life when she attended Troy Female Seminary. Charles Grandison Finney, one of …

The Thirst

Photo by Marie Gail Stratford She was dying of thirst.  Her throat felt dry.  She stared longingly at her water bottle.  It sat there, tantalizing her.  She wanted to get it but was afraid of causing a distraction.  The pastor was giving his sermon.  It was a good one but she was only half-listening to …

A Powerful Force

He watched her as she knelt in the pew.  Fortunately the church was empty.  If anyone else had been there, they would have disapproved of the way she was dressed. Personally, he was happy to see her there.  After losing her fiance and son in a horrific boat accident, she had stopped coming to church.  …

The Unknown God

“Men of Athens, I perceive that in all things you are very religious;  for as I was passing through and considering the objects of your worship, I even found an altar with this inscription:  TO THE UNKNOWN GOD..." - Acts 17:22, 23 One of my favorite sermons of the apostle Paul's was the one he …

Rashida’s World/Timeless #writephoto

  She ran to the stone.  It was her escape from her world.  She always made sure she was alone before she clung to its sides, said the words and was transported to another world—a world where slavery didn’t exist.  One of these days, she would remain there and never return to her life as …

Baby in Dumpster

When my father and my mother forsake me, Then the LORD will take care of me - Psalm 27:10 For most parents, it is love at first sight when they see their newborn.  Not so for baby Jansi.  When her father saw her, instead of feeling love toward her, he felt shame.  As he looked …

I Will Lift My Eyes

This evening I listened to a beautiful song of praise by Karen Davis.  I used to play this song every Friday evening because it put me in the mood for worship.  Watch the video. It sometimes brings tears to my eyes when I sing this song.  Jesus is worthy of our praise and adoration for …

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