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Preserved – Rock God’s Promises: Choices and Changes

  As a child and now as an adult woman, something I’ve always admired about my Daddy is that he always keeps his promises.    If he says he’s going to do something, it’s done.   If fact, even before I could tell time, I remember as I child that I always knew it was 5 pm or dinner time because that …

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Let the Church Say Amen by Shewanda Riley

With the death January 8th of Grammy award winning musician Andrae Crouch, many people posted on social their favorite songs by the legendary gospel music artist.   For some of us, it was being urged to return back to Christ by the transformative lyrics of “Take Me Back.”    Or you might have sung a 45 minute version of “Can’t Nobody Do …

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Preserved by Purpose: New Year’s Visions 2015

“All vision begins with light.” I’ve seen this phrase in my eye doctor’s office every year for the last 10 years and honestly never paid much attention to it.   Yet last year when I looked at these words as I waited to pick up my contact lenses, I thought, “That’s so true and not just for our natural sight but …

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Holiday Blessings

Preserved by Purpose:   Holiday Blessings Between Black Friday shopping, Cyber Monday sales and holiday get togethers, what some call the most wonderful time of the year can end up being the most stressful time of the year.   Even though many of us look forward to the holidays because of its promises of joy and relaxation, the reality for some …

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Preserved by Purpose – Single, Saved and Selfish?

“I think that if you are single, God has nothing to with it. It’s because you are too selfish to do the work to be in a relationship.” As a listened to this comment a few years ago, all I could do was look at the telephone in amazement.  I’d heard these kinds of sentiments before but not put quite …

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Preserved – It’s Your Fault You’re Single!

“Does the black church keep black women single?” Before I even had a chance to read the article on CNN.com a few years ago, I’d already decided the answer was no.   I remember my response to this article like it was yesterday: the answer was a definite “no!”      I read the article with great interest because a few times I’d …

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Preserved – The Voice of the Flesh

If we are honest with ourselves, all of us struggle with wanting to do things that seem satisfying at the time, but often leave a bittersweet aftertaste. I think about the warnings I got from my parents as a child not to overeat. Of course, thinking as an 8 year old I knew what was best for me, I ignored …

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