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Life Lessons: Meet, Encourage, and Trust

Oct 15, 2021 Vonyee K. Carrington

One of my friends presented an idea to form a group to study God’s word and pray for each other. She came up with this idea after nine long months during a worldwide pandemic. Previously, we met when we all lived in North Carolina. I have been studying the book of Hebrews with this same group of friends.

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Let's Do It!

Oct 07, 2021 Evelyn Collins

This memory reminds me that the choices we make have the potential to transform the future. Like the word in Isaiah 40:31 says,"But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength. They will soar high  on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint." Also, our love and hope can change those around us. Also, our love and hope can change those around us.  Last, we should seek every opportunity to spread the love of Christ to those we meet along the way as we trust God like the words in Romans 15:13 (NIV): “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with  hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”

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God Never Fails!

Oct 01, 2021 Taylor Wehri

This prayer only grew stronger. The next morning, we drove Griselda and the kids back to their “home”. This was the moment that wrecked me. The moment when I realized that poverty is more than a word. We journeyed down a winding dirt road, stones crackled under the tires as we approached an abandoned hospital, and sure enough, this was the place they called home. Windows busted out, they lived in the tiny vacant hospital rooms, with around 40 other family members and children. I opened the car door with little Kevin asleep in my arms and I looked down at his precious face and in that moment I knew something had to be done. I couldn’t live with myself knowing this beautiful, perfect child would be sleeping with bugs, and sharing a twin sized bed with his mom and sister.

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The Feed

Sep 24, 2021 Arianna Dunn

The main feature of Facebook is the News Feed. The news feed displays stories and posts from your friends and family. The more you interact with someone, the more likely you are to see their posts. Essentially, the News Feed will “feed” you information based on your likes and preferences.

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Christlike in Social Media

Sep 17, 2021 Shai Johnson

Make the most of every opportunity in these evil days:” These days, especially with the pandemic and people staying away from each other socially, technology has become the way to keep connected. Because of my medical condition and low immune system, I am completing my bachelor’s online, attending church online, and communicating with my friends online. It may not be ideal, but I am making the most of every opportunity these days, like many of us.

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Author Spotlight on: Penny Cooke

Sep 10, 2021 Katherine Hutchinson-Hayes

It took about six years to write my book, Pursuing Prayer – Being Effective in a Busy World, but that was a lot due to life circumstances that kept getting in the way – you know, just some small stuff like a few medical issues and finding out I had an autoimmune disease, both my parents’ medical issues and deaths, my husband’s open-heart surgery (with complications), and a hurricane that resulted in a flood that required all our floors to be replaced. I guess the enemy does not like when we write about things like prayer!

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Our goal

Sep 03, 2021 Evelyn Collins

  My daughter and family load into the SUV to take my grandson to his Lacrosse game. Arriving at the field, we find a place to sit and watch the game. This sport is fast-paced like football and soccer.  However, my knowledge is limited; I know players carry and pass a ball towards the goal with a stick. The stick has a net to scoop and throw the ball. The sport requires participants to move quickly to avoid opponents, plus they need great endurance.

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Author Spotlight on: Corey Stumne

Aug 27, 2021 Katherine Hutchinson-Hayes

I met Corey Stumne at a writer's critique group we both attend. I loved that he is unassuming, down-to-earth, and personable. When I discovered he was a pastor, I was delighted! He appeared to be the type of person who people could relate to despite his job title. In other words, his personality is inviting rather than off-putting. This is a highly desirable characteristic of a pastor. Corey is also a tennis coach, a husband, and a father to two small children. I'm pleased to introduce you to the author of: The Man called Messiah. 

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Don't Do It For The Recognition

Aug 20, 2021 Arianna Dunn

Initially, I was fixated on recognition and accolades from my leadership team. Recognition at the time was where I placed my value. However, doing my job for recognition gave me an empty feeling. One day, I wrote the following statement on a sticky note by my desk: Don’t do it for the recognition.

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Being Selfless Ain’t Easy!

Aug 12, 2021 Vonyee Carrington

What is selflessness? According to Cambridge Dictionary, the definition of selflessness is this; “caring more about what other people need or want than about what you yourself need or want.”  My prayer since I became a Christian has been “Lord Jesus, let them see You not me.”   You see, I am single and live alone most of the year.  The only person I need to be concerned with is—me. 

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God’s Team

Aug 06, 2021 Crystal Johnson

When we look at examples like that of the Team USA athletes playing basketball, it takes everyone working together to get the best outcome possible for the team. Even if one is actually better than the other, it takes all players doing their part in their positions, to be successful. In taking a closer look at basketball, there are five positions to be played during the game. However, despite someone being a good shooter doesn’t mean they should negate the other players and always take that shot.

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Author Spotlight on: Angel Murchison

Jul 30, 2021 Katherine Hutchinson-Hayes

Angel Murchison is also the founder of Healing Waters Women’s Ministry. It’s Angel’s desire to bring women all across this globe to the same healing waters she experienced, the healing waters of Jesus Christ. She believes God has a purpose and a plan for every life and prayer is vital to transforming our lives.

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There’s Food At Home

Jul 23, 2021 Arianna Dunn

I have sought value in relationships and my career. I have sought strength within myself, or through the compliments of others. I have sought peace through isolation, and hope through my own might.

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Let Him Guide You!

Jul 15, 2021 Shai Johnson

In my travels through life, I’ve ventured down good roads, had detours, and also taken some rough roads. The move to Florida has been challenging, but I keep hearing the conversation that my dad had with my mom; “God doesn’t always put us in a place to learn the good of it, sometimes he wants us to learn from the bad. “What”…learn from the bad? But I learned that when things are going bad, I need to put my Hope and Trust in the Lord.

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The Lesson of the Storm

Jul 09, 2021 Katherine Hutchinson-Hayes

​Watching the scene in my yard helped me notice there’s so much more to a storm. They teach us to prepare, to withstand, and to appreciate the aftermath of the rain. In the same way there is more to our God. When we take this into account, we don’t claim to understand everything about God but we know much of what we experience as Christians has purpose.

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Traveling in Faith

Jul 02, 2021 Sharique Ellison

As soon as I stepped of the plane, it was a winter wonderland! It was cold and snow filled. The snow was supposedly unexpected from the weather forecast. I rented a small car, and this was a mistake because I had to learn how to maneuver through the snow in this little vehicle for the first time. I had gotten my driver’s license in Florida so this was a task I was not use to! The first house I went to was my grandfather’s and he was thrilled to see me after all these years. I was nervous but also happy to see that the house was exactly as I remembered. A little familiarity to calm my nerves with seeing my family after being away for so long. I got to Canada at 1 am and we ended up talking through the morning hours! I ended up having the same experience with my grandmother. I would walk the streets and have flashbacks as a child in this country I was born in. It felt foreign and familiar all at the same time. I have so much family I wish I could’ve seen but 4 days went by so fast. Before I left, I was already planning my next three trips that year.

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Daughter of the Forgiven- Make Peace with your Mistakes

Jun 25, 2021 Katherine Hutchinson-Hayes

When I was seventeen years old, I made a mistake I’ve never forgotten. This mistake, however, was one of many that I made that helped me become the woman I am today. I learned more from that mistake because I grew spiritually to regret my decisions, asked God for forgiveness, and then changed my behavior. Although I had peace with God regarding my mistakes, I’d always felt burdened because I’d kept certain things away from my mother. Year after year, I kept feeling God pressing me to confide in her. There was a problem. She was perfect in my eyes and she believed the best about me. I stubbornly continued to avoid the conversation.

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Unmerited

Jun 18, 2021 Arianna Dunn

I have been contemplating this concept of earning our statuses and income as it relates to work. I feel like I am constantly proving myself to companies to show my value and worth. Earning is based on what we seemingly deserve. The problem with this is, as humans, we inevitably fall short. We are imperfect, and merit does not measure the heart, our intent, or our imperfections. Merit is data driven.

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Struggling with A Ball of Yarn

Jun 11, 2021 Vonyee K. Carrington

I started working on the yarn but found the yarn more difficult than other yarns.  The fibers were not wrapped together as with other yarns that I had used.  These fibers were connected side by side on a string.  The single fibers acted like barbs and were easily tangled.  I had only crafted a small triangle when I hit a huge snag.  The yarn was tangled.  It was wrapped and twisted in on itself.  I thought “I don’t want to cut this yarn.” I knew that I could unravel the knots and twists.

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How Do You Measure Your Success?

Jun 04, 2021 Crystal Johnson

Just like we would read and do what was required of us from an employee handbook, the same thing is required of us by God. Just think about the success God can give us by reading and following the directions in his “employee handbook”—the Bible. He’s the all-powerful one who gives us the success we need.

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Meet Monae Blackwood: An Interview with Youth Phenomenon Artist/Book Illustrator

May 28, 2021 Katherine Hutchinson-Hayes

To become a better artist you have to always believe in yourself and never give up! If something isn't working the way you want it to just whisper to yourself “i got this!” Also listen to your parents because your parents see a vision that you might not always see because I was hesitant at first to open up my own business but my mother believed in me.

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 A Healthy MIND, BODY, and SOUL

May 21, 2021 Sharon Johnson

In recent times, I decided to attend counseling. My favorite scripture justifying this level of self-care is James 2: 26, because the word instructs me to exercise my faith. When I feel defensive or weak I say to myself, “God is here for me, but he also created people I can depend on in times of need.” I often forget that I need to apply that same thinking to my physical and spiritual health as well. Learning to love the skin I’m in has been a long process–with the help of the Lord, I’m getting through it. As I’ve been on this journey, I’ve learned to embrace the parts of me I’ve typically rejected. I’m working to be increasingly accountable and take ownership for my habits and choices, as these past few months have been a real eye opener for me.

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Dear God—Am I Good Enough?

May 13, 2021 Shai Johnson

As a young person who has hopes of being married someday, being accepted the way you are is important and brings paralyzing doubts to my mind. Then the Lord put these words in my spirit: “Your mind is healthy. It’s not your shape, hair, or other things that make you beautiful. It’s your love for me and the way you show my love toward others.” I’m not saying I don’t still struggle, but God’s affirming words in the Bible and in my spirit make all the difference in letting me know, I am good enough.

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Healed!

May 07, 2021 Sharique Ellison

Sometimes healing happens instantly, and sometimes it happens over time. It all happens in God's divine timing, and when it happens, it allows us to see God’s grace shine in our own weaknesses. I think the disbelief of the ability for someone to be healed entirely is a part of the reason this is often preached but rarely seen. No faith from a believer quenches the Holy Spirits' ability to move on the earth. The lack of belief in God's words also quenches the Holy Spirits' ability to move on earth (Matthew 4:4). Ladies and gentlemen, it’s time we start to walk in the fullness of our authority. And believe me when I tell you, I’m preaching to myself!

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Yikes! So Many Things To Worry About...

Apr 30, 2021 Katherine Hutchinson-Hayes

There're so many things to worry about.  We worry about finding a decent job and then when we do we worry about keeping it.  We worry about our children and their safety (even when they're adults).  We worry about road rage, terrorists, police brutality, our finances, if we can trust the government, who we elect for the presidency, going to the movies, the mall, getting on a plane or going to the beach (even the sharks seem to be turning on us). We worry about hurricanes, earthquakes, volcanoes, aging, being too young, not measuring up, speaking in public, our health, and that inescapable thing called death.

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