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Preserved – Hearts after God’s Heart

As Christians, it is important to have a heart that seeks after God’s heart.  Seeking God’s heart is not based on exterior behavior but interior actions.    Seeking God’s heart is  easier if you had a relationship with him and are able to recognize his voice.   In addition, spending time with God through personal prayer time puts you into a position ... Read More »

Preserved by Purpose: Unrestrained: The Angry Christian

Like many of you, lately I’ve watched in disbelief as politicians have angrily responded to criticism, police officers have displayed explosive moments of deadly rage and citizens have asserted their first amendment rights of free speech to curse and offend others.  Marvin Gaye a few decades ago said that all the trouble in the world made him want to holler ... Read More »

Preserved by Purpose:   Weed Control  

“My mind is my garden. My thoughts are my seeds. My harvest will be either flowers or weeds.”   One  reason why I liked this well-known quote  is because I’d been thinking lately about the impact of  words that I’d spoken to others as well as words that had been spoken to me.   In some cases the words had led to ... Read More »

The Struggle

So My word that comes from My mouth will not return to Me empty, but it will accomplish what I please and will prosper in what I send it to do.”  (Isaiah 55:11) Have you never heard or understood?  Don’t you know that the Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of all the earth?  He never grows faint or ... Read More »

Preserved by Purpose – There’s an APP for that!

Last week, I had a conversation with a friend about how someone she knew brags about using an app instead of going to church.   In fact, this person stated that they preferred to use Twitter and Instagram because of their convenience of being able to read or watch an inspirational message at any time.  Since she was an active churchgoer, ... Read More »

Preserved by Purpose – The Power of Forgiveness

Last week, the world was horrified by the racially motivated shootings at Emmanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina.  For many, the fact that the 21 year old man who confessed to the killings committed them during the sacred time of weekly bible study that he participated in for nearly one hour made the crime even more deplorable.   The nonstop news ... Read More »

Preserved – White is the New Black?

This week, I was hoping write a wonderfully sentimental tribute to how wonderful Daddies are in honor of Father’s Day.. Instead, I’m writing about a woman whose life has fallen apart because she denied who her real father was.  Unless you have been “living under a rock” as the old folks say, you have heard the twisted story of Rachel ... Read More »

Prayer and Worship:  The Relationship, Pt. 1

We know from scripture that two things God requires of us as Christians are prayer and worship. We have been instructed in God’s Word to pray without ceasing (I Thessalonians 5:17). As any true prayer warrior will tell you, prayer is two-way communication between God and the person(s) praying. Too often we deem prayer as only one-way communication, when we ... Read More »

Lose Your Religion

Many of us have heard the expression spoken, usually in anger “She/He almost made me lose my religion!” Or in a temptation scenario when we were just about to give that person a piece of our minds, we’ve used the same words. It all boils down to some situation where we’ve been made so angry or became so agitated that ... Read More »

Preserved – What’s in a Name

What is a simple way to show that you care about somebody?   Buy them something?   Cook a good homemade meal?   These are all good but one way is easier:  learn their name.    I realized this recently when one of my students told me how much he appreciated me trying to learn student names.   He said that it showed I cared. ... Read More »