When it was time for Austin to graduate from high school, he couldn't imagine crossing the stage without his brother.
Even though Ty didn't attend the same high school, Austin insisted that he share the special day with his brother.
“Everyone has the right to work for a living, to support their families, to buy their own home, to run their own business – these are things everyone should have a right to do,” said the selfless Strabane woman. “People just need to be given opportunities.”
It was a hot Saturday afternoon with the sun doing a harsh number on my skin and my mind trying to seek refuge in something cold or sweet. It was at this junction of decision that the smell of pizza gently filtered into my nose. “Hmmn, that pizza smells so good; can we stop and have a slice I asked?” My fourteen year old son looked at me in disbelief. “Control mommy, control” he whispered in my ears. Although he was right on the money with the emphasis he placed on the word “control”, I bullied him into immediate silence by letting him know that “this hungry mom is an angry mom that can change her mind about taking him shopping.”
I walked around the building twice and didn’t find my son. I alerted security in the recreation facility, which was attached to a large shopping mall, and they began searching in earnest. Thirty minutes went by, and there was no sign of my beloved son. As I walked around, I had been confessing, “Lord, you cannot suffer me to be disgraced; You promised You will never leave or forsake me.”
We all know there are wolves in sheep’s clothing, green snakes under the green grass, and all that glitters is not gold. But for some reason, when it comes to new friends, rather than do our homework, we’re quick to trust them until their true motive is exposed and our heart bleeds from the wound of betrayal. Some people are not that fortunate; the blow they received was so fatal, and they ended up six feet under.
May is a very special month for me. Mothers are honored on Mother’s Day, and I celebrate my birthday on the first day of the month--that should answer any questions about how I got my name. I want to seize this opportunity to wish all mothers a very happy Mother’s Day and congratulate them on the difficult but rewarding role of raising children. For those single men raising children in place of their mother, all I can say is you are blessed. Keep up the good work.
“When you stand in front of Him, who is going to stand behind you?”
That is the question that led to John “Smokey” Reaves' transformation. Though Reaves had it all in the early 1980s—five nightclubs, seven restaurants and other businesses—he still felt a void. However, when a friend posed that question, Reaves began reading his Bible and attending Bible study until conviction occurred. In 1982, he stopped selling alcohol and no sooner closed down all his nightclubs. His decision cost a lot of money, but brought him unsurpassed peace.
In 2006, I was enmeshed in an emotional and mental turmoil that needed divine intervention. When it got to an unbearable level, I was pushed to seek answers from God or continue suffering and smiling. I chose the former as I checked into a hotel room in Desoto, TX and declared a 3 day dry fast.
I love the month of March. It is the manifestation of all the preparation and colorful rebirth of nature--plants, leaves, flowers, and grass. It shows that nature’s preparation for spring is never in vain. In recent times, I’ve been thinking a lot about the process and reward of preparation and what the words “good luck” have to do with it.
If the final knock on the door of your life sounds today, are you truly ready to meet your Maker? Would you be able to say without a shadow of doubt that you maximized your God-given talents and are leaving behind a good legacy for your children’s children? Would you smile at the thought of the many lives you impacted? Or would you immediately fall on your knees in desperation and plead with the Lord to give you another chance to complete the divine assignments you swept under the mat of procrastination?
When Emirates began direct flights from Dallas-Fort Worth to Dubai this past March, I knew a personal trip to this dream destination of mine was bound to take place in the near future. While YouTube videos and stories from family members and friends who’d visited painted a beautiful picture of Dubai, seeing it in person is a totally different ballgame.
Most times, people honor their fathers or the special men in their lives as a result of the positive impact they made on them. I remember my dad for his gentleness, his love for peace and family. He was known to stick his neck out to a fault for family and friends. Anytime there is as little as a discord-related hiccup in the family today, nine out to 10 times someone will say, “If your dad was alive, he would have prevented it.”
Grammy Award-winning singer Priscilla Marie Winans Love, fondly known as CeCe Winans, never imagined being a speaker. She was comfortable in her career as a world-famous gospel artist, and her dreams were to accomplish more in that sphere. An urgent phone call from a friend requesting that she speak at a conference burst the walls of the music bubble she was used to shining in. “CeCe, you have got to speak,” her friend said. “If you don’t speak out, then who’s going to speak out?” This was the turning point--she realized she could impact the lives of many youths from her God-given celebrity platform by speaking and singing. Hence the birth of her annual Always Sisters Forever Brothers Youth Conference in 2005.
I didn’t know what to expect as I traveled to Atlanta, Georgia, to cover the 43rd Annual GMA Dove Awards ceremonyMay_and_Nicole_Muellen_200x155 on April 19. Excitement and anxiety got the better part of me when photographer Kevin Dukes and I pulled up to the Fox Theatre in downtown Atlanta. We managed to find a divinely orchestrated spot on the red carpet as an impressive array of Christian celebrities and gospel artists from all genres filed in. I was thrilled to snag my first interview with a very down-to-earth Nicole C. Mullen, best known for her song Redeemer. I asked her how she feels about her music touching lives. “It is not about me,” she said, “it is about Him and people getting to know Jesus Christ.”
I always anticipate the month of March. Aside from welcoming the warmth that comes with spring and flowers blooming (I hate winter), I consider it my favorite month. It sets in motion a wealth of good memories. My dear mother, darling son, favorite niece, generous uncle, and some great friends were all born in March. Also, some life-changing events took place in this month. So when dusk set on February 29, 2012, my mind and outstretched arms were more than ready to receive and bask in the joy of marching into the next 31 days.
If anyone had predicted a year ago that a group page on Facebook would birth a revolution that has rewritten the history of the Middle East, most of us would have taken it with rolled eyes and a pinch of salt. Who would have imagined Colonel Gaddafi--a fearless man who defied anything in his way—caught shirtless, bleeding, beaten, dragged in the dust and lifeless on video? Or that Osama bin Laden--who caught America unaware on September 11, 2001—would be caught unaware himself 10 years later by the same Americans, then killed on the spot and tossed into the sea in the space of hours?
If you ask me for a man that has lived for 108 years on earth, still standing, preaching from the pulpit without a cane, taking no medication, has all his teeth, hair and vision intact, still travelling locally and internationally, I will gladly present Bishop Otis G. Clark. Known as the world’s oldest evangelist, Clark is quick to clasp his strong historical hands together, display an exuberant grin that defies age and lets you know with bright eyes like that of a kid eyeing a Lollipop “I am trying to keep up with the young folks.”
“Reveal deep and secret things to me about my life, dear Lord!”This was the desperate plea in my heart as I checked into a hotel in DeSoto, Texas, early in the morning of June 22, 2006. I paid for three days but was prepared to stay more. My Bible, a notepad, a bag of toiletries, and a fierce determination to hear from the Lord accompanied me. I declared a three-day dry fast – no food, no water. Like Jacob in the Bible, I wasn’t going to let the Lord go until he blessed me with the solution to the problem I came with.
When Rev. Vernon Fernandes was very ill two months after his birth, his praying grandmother offered him to God. Little did she know what she was staging her family, native country of Tanzania and the world as a whole for. Today, Rev. Vernon Fernandes is the Senior Pastor of Agape World Ministries and founder of the most effective TV station in East Africa. Known as Agape Television Network, it is an inspirational Television Station that offers family programs ranging from children shows to youth talk shows and preaching via TBN. It is located on the spectacular Mbezi Beach in Tanzania and reaches out to 6 million viewers.
James Oladipo Fadele was born on April 5, 1958 to a devout Catholic family in Nigeria. As a child, he used to carry his father's Bible on his head as they went to church on Sundays. There was emphasis on Christian values in his home and Fadele saw himself becoming a Reverend father in the future. His father was a strict disciplinarian and knew the value of education; he encouraged all his children to go to school. Fadele loved school and he excelled in it, especially, in the field of Mathematics. Thus began the foundation for many years of formal education which served him well in his later years.
During a one day visit to Dallas, Texas, Immaculee Illibagiza, an Ambassador of peace, spoke of her transformation after a horrible walk in the valley of the Rwandan genocide in 1994, where in 100 days 800,000 people were slaughtered. It has been called one of the worst genocides in the world - Rwanda's minority tribe was almost wiped out.
The life of Sujo John as of today is full of trips to one mission field or the other sharing his testimony and assuring people of the goodness of the God he serves. God has used his ministry to impact hundreds of thousands of people in North America, South America, Europe, Asia and Africa. To date they have had successful crusades and evangelistic events in United States, Canada, Singapore, India, United Arab Emirates, Finland, Norway, Sweden, France, Switzerland, Ireland, England, Romania, Philippines, Peru and Ghana.
The Binkleys wanted to meet every need they saw. While in Vietnam, an encounter with an â€œenemy became a story of forgiveness.â€ On meeting a man who had lost three sons in the flood of 1999, and had his only surviving son confined to a wheelchair, Bruce\'s eyes began to fill with tears.
Time is fleeting and tomorrow is not guaranteed so what we do today for a loved one may be the only thing that matters. I used to put off what could be done today until the unexpected happened and shattered my system of taking things for granted. The realization of my expensive mistake has prompted my decision to write this article to divert people from stumbling on the same lesson I learnt in a painful way.
Jonathan Butler talks to May Olusola about his Christian walk.
May Olusola: Thank you Mr. Butler for agreeing to let me interview you.
Jonathan Butler: The pleasure is mine
May Olusola: What got you started in the gospel arena?
Rachel found herself thrust into the spotlight the day she accepted the role of "respondent" in the drama called divorce. It was the biggest joke that became the costliest. Leroy and Rachel were married for only two years though they had dated for eight years. From the day after they exchanged vows until the day Leroy filed for divorce, their union was plagued by third party interference. Rachel and Leroy each had their own set of advisers. It was typical of Rachel to pour her feelings to an outsider than in the ears of her helpmate.
A.J Gordon declared that "You can do more than pray after you have prayed, but you can never do more than pray until you have prayed. Prayer is vital in a believer's life as it's the only way in which man being mortal connects with God the immortal." The bible repeatedly admonishes believers to pray.
He is known among his congregation for his powerful anointing for miracles and for saying, "Let somebody shout Hallelujah!" each time he mounts a podium. General Overseer Enoch A. Adeboye is the renowned head pastor of The Redeemed Christian Church of God worldwide based in Lagos, Nigeria.