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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…

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Central Baptist Church feeds the hungry even in this period of social distancing. Every Tuesday between 12 noon and 1 p.m., free lunches are given to whomever shows up. “We look forward to serving the community, and this is a small way of doing just that,” the church stated. Central Baptist …

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I remember working with a young man who had been incarcerated for a short while and he, by his testimony, got a lot closer to God during this trial in his life. He says prison is indeed, the devil’s playground, if there ever was one. Due to his attempt to walk with God, he claimed to be unde…

The road to spiritual salvation is sometimes so obvious, so apparent that we just miss it. Like most of Jesus’ message, it doesn’t seem possible that by simply changing ones’ outlook, the kingdom is yours.

Have you ever wondered how a lawyer feels who knows his or her client is guilty of a crime, but is able to get that person off based on a legal technicality? According to our legal system, the person is innocent. But actually, morally, that person is as guilty as, shall we say, sin. 

Have you ever wondered how a lawyer feels who knows his or her client is guilty of a crime, but is able to get that person off based on a legal technicality? According to our legal system, the person is innocent. But actually, morally, that person is as guilty as, shall we say, sin. 

Sometimes I have the audacity to think that I know just what it takes to guarantee salvation, only to discover with minimal soul searching how wrong I really have been. Time and time again I’m reminded that I had nothing to do with my own salvation. No matter how hard I try, I cannot earn my…

I’ve discovered more about people I thought I knew after being saved than I ever thought possible before I was saved. My analogy is that I saw the world and my friends as old black-and-white movies. Now they come across in Technicolor and Surround Sound. It seems that being kindred spirits i…

Haven’t we all been taught at one time or another that it is far better to give than to receive? Christian or not, kindness and goodwill are thought to be wonderful attributes of all of God’s people. Forgiveness and mercy are considered staples of the Christian diet. The result, we believe, …

Growing up I was never a student of the Bible even though I grew up surrounded by the best kind of Christians there were: the love-filled family kind. I am now being constantly moved by the Holy Spirit, I hope, to see the simplicity in the scripture I now study. As such, I am finding myself …