From Slave to Bishop

Who was Richard Allen?  He was America’s first black bishop.  He was born to parents who were slaves. Soon after the family was sold to a Delaware farmer.  Richard faced racism, cruelty and inequality.  He wasn’t educated and anything he wanted to undertake he needed his master’s permission.  His master, in order to pay his …

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Sin is Sin

“O God, you take no pleasure in wickedness; you cannot tolerate the slightest sin” (Psalm 5:4) How many times have you heard someone say, “Oh, God won’t mind. It’s just a little sin.” People feel that as long as they don’t commit the big sins like murder, adultery or stealing, it is okay. God cannot …

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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 …

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Assimilation

Assimilation.  It was something Chaska fought against from the very start.  Much like I tried to fight my attraction and gradual love for him.  We were of different cultures and races.  I always believed that one day after I left college, I would marry a colored man.  Never once did I ever imagine that I would …

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Broken Heart Syndrome

You can die of a broken heart -- it's scientific fact -- and my heart has been breaking since that very first day we met. I can feel it now, aching deep behind my rib cage the way it does every time we're together, beating a desperate rhythm: Love me. Love me. Love me. ― …

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Women of Faith Persecuted

I received this persecution and prayer alert from The Voice of Martyrs Canada.  Imagine your teenage daughter is gang-raped, beaten and her life is threatened because you left Islam?  This is the reality for women who have converted to Christianity.  Their families threaten them, their husbands leave them and they could lose custody of their children.  They …

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God Always Comes Through

One day I learned that a co-worker was going through a hard time.  She was overwhelmed with family problems and stressed out at work.  So overwhelmed was she that she had a headache and tears came to her eyes.  My heart went out to her and as soon as I went back to my desk, …

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