Gangs in the Church

Is the Church Standing Between You and the Cross? When I was pregnant with my first son, life was beautiful. I loved being pregnant. People showed me favor everywhere I went. I’d get extra helpings of food and free ice cream. People opened doors for me and strangers would start conversations with me and share their stories tips about childbirth. No matter how many horror […]

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Walking with God

Everyone has a story- The Christian life is full of them. If you’re like me and have been a Christian for a long time, then you are quite familiar with the challenges of being immersed into a culture that is counter to what we believe. If you are a new Christian, welcome to this wonderful journey of exploration, and the resounding love of God as […]

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Take Up Your Mantle

The World Is Waiting Elisha Didn’t Realize It, But He Was Ready “So Elijah departed from there and found Elisha the son of Shaphat, while he was plowing with twelve pairs of oxen before him, and he with the twelfth, and Elijah passed over to him and threw his mantle on him.”- I Kings 19:19 When I decided to return to college, a few years […]

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Why Can’t I Forgive You? By Linda Nelson One Sunday after service, I was waiting in line to register for an upcoming event when my sister walked up. We started talking about something when out of my peripheral vision I saw a hand waving and then I heard a Snap! Snap! I turned my full attention to the lady behind the counter, snapping her fingers […]

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5 Things You Need do to Stop the Assault on Your Identify

By Linda Nelson There is a carefully crafted, sustained battle challenging what God has declared about you; Here’s what you need to do to stop it. “In the third year of the reign of Jehoiakim, Nebuchadnezzar, the king of Babylon, came to Jerusalem and besieged it. And Nebuchadnezzar instructed his servant to bring some of the children of Israel and some of Judah’s descendants to […]

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Sidney Petty’s Courageous Fight for Life

By Linda Nelson While many 23 year-olds are spending their summer days taking a well-deserved break from college classes, or spending carefree days hanging out with friends or attending family gatherings, Sydney Petty is preparing for her next round of immunotherapy and praying that this one will be the treatment that jump starts her body’s immune system into fighting the cancerous tumors that have invaded […]

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God’s Unending Kingdom

By Linda Nelson I am a black woman who doesn’t hate President Trump. Don’t get me wrong, I am perplexed and many times dismayed by the comments and actions that bring into question his intentions and character, but the reality is that despite all odds, Donald Trump now sits in the White House as President of the United States. In many ways his presidency is […]

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Matt Bell: Out of Heroin and Helping Others

Story by Linda Nelson What do you think of when you hear the phrase “heroin addict”?  Perhaps you won’t picture someone who desperately wants to live but doesn’t know how. And most likely you won’t envision a person who has climbed out of the lowest imaginable places in order to break free from a life of dependence, mend a shattered life, heal broken relationships and […]

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The Case for Diplomacy

Story by Linda Nelson In the middle of international tensions, global divisions and an impending re-structured immigration law, the American Cultural Exchange Service’s (ACES), secondary program serves as an undercurrent for international reconciliation, global diplomacy and cultural understanding. Through its efforts, the nonprofit organization- which operates through the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and the U.S. Department of State- and the generosity of local […]

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Race in the Kingdom

By Linda Nelson Race- A class or kind of people unified by shared interests, habits or characteristics -Merriam Webster- The black life is unlike any other existence. It doesn’t matter how many black people you know or have married into your family- the experience of being black is shared only by other blacks. On the inside, black skin is merely an adornment that contributes to […]

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