I have to admit to you that growing up as a child, I was nowhere near being a student of the Bible, even though I was surrounded by what I now know were the best kind of Christians. They were the love-filled, family-kind of Christians. 

I wish this was original but it isn’t. Back when we could assemble in church, I was blessed to hear the pastor try to address the fears many of us might have going through these tough times with the economy and the uncertainty that permeates the world today.

I have often thought, heard and to some degree concluded that Jesus was killed because He dared to stand up and speak truth to power. He and many of His followers, convicted by their beliefs, professed and preached that the ruling religious law of the day, although large and in charge, was c…

It must be hard for many of us to realize we’re in the middle of a battlefield. Satan wants me as a victory trophy, while God invites me to be a living testament to His eternal love. I don’t remember ever being so popular or valuable as to be the prize in such a high-stakes game of life and …

    The danger of taking this life for granted is not knowing or understanding how precious I am to the Lord and how relentless Satan is at using this world to destroy my relationship with the Almighty. I understand Satan wants to embarrass, humiliate and, like a scorned lover, hurt the Lord. Wh…

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      Rodrick Burton, pastor of New Northside Baptist Church, and church member Leah Clyburn walked through the church’s North Point neighborhood handing out free masks for its residents on August 29. The St. Louis County Health Department gave 100,000 masks to African-American congregations in th…

      A colleague asked me if I thought God heard some prayers while he gave a deaf ear to others. My answer was succinctly, “Absolutely.” I believe God answers prayers (when and how He wants to, of course) when they are sincerely offered up to Him out of a belief that He truly can answer them.

      God's covenant is an agreement, a promise between us and Him. If you have lived any at all, you've had people make promises to you that they had no intentions of keeping, failed miserably while trying to keep or didn't care whether they kept or not. You may even be a promise breaker rather t…

      One of the harder things for me to accept is the fact that worry has no place in God’s kingdom of believers. I’ve been told everything from worry being unchristian, to it actually being a sin. It’s difficult for me not get overly concerned at times about a lot of things in life that I have n…

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      Bishop Elijah H. Hankerson III knows that some local pastors are preparing to open the doors of their churches now that public health orders to control the COVID-19 pandemic have been lifted in St. Louis city and county. (He also knows that some local pastors defied the law and medical advic…