These past weeks we have listened to and chanted the verses of The Farewell Discourse of Jesus as recounted in the Gospel of John. 

Simply stated, I cannot over-emphasize the critical nature of listening to the building of authentic relationships.

Recently my wife and I, along with our son and daughter-in-law, participated in another one of those escape room experiences in which you try to find clues and solve puzzles in order to get out of a locked room. 

Christianity has long been involved in evangelization – spreading the Word of God to cultures that seemed to the Church to be bereft of the true God.

Somewhere between 627 B.C. and 586 B.C., the Hebrew prophet, Jeremiah who wrote words that he claimed were directly from God, wrote: “The human heart is the most deceitful of all things, and desperately wicked. Who really knows how bad it is?” (Jeremiah 17:9, NLT).

Allow me to lead you to a wonderful work of The Creator that is not as evident about us as the flashy wildflowers such as periwinkles, violets, and dandelions.

So how do we come to love ourselves and overcome our feelings of inadequacy, inferiority and worthlessness?

The Good News that is God within us was delivered a long time ago and is within every person born into this world.

Recently the Atlanta Braves called up a young player who had been doing very well in their minor league system to join the major league club. His arrival seems to have sparked a fire in the whole team.


There is a spot on I-20 East in Atlanta where the exit for I-85 and I-75 is located. That spot – THAT spot – has been the scene of some of our more heated disagreements.

A survey was once conducted over the country in which two questions were asked. First, are you worried about anything? Second, if so, what?

In a couple of weeks, along with numerous others, she will reach the monumental milestone of becoming a high school graduate.

Not long ago I purchased a new car. It so happened that the salesman who helped me with this transaction was a Muslim. When he found out I was a Christian minister, he was anxious for us to talk about religious matters.

This past week saw the start of Ramadan, the 28-day holy period in which Muslims around the world will fast from both food and water from sunup to sundown.

One of Mama’s constraint refrains was, “None of y’uns realize how much I do for this family. When I’m gone, y’all will all realize it.”

Isaiah the prophet reminds us of how we can live wisely and well in the midst of continuous strain (tensions).

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