Today: 01.Sep.2014


News, Opinion, Profiles, Investigative Reports

Special to the NNPA from the Houston Forward Times

When life gets really upside down with me spiritually, I get anxious and scattered. If not reminded by those closest to me, I get a gentle nudge from my wife to remember my perceived angst has nothing to with the answers to my problems. God’s already taken care of that. When I eventually calm down (and I always do), most of my current issues are related to time or my perceived lack thereof.

Special to the NNPA from the Dallas Weekly

This past weekend I was supported by friends as I humbly spoke to the male members of a local church at a prayer breakfast and was reminded of how much I was impacted by Mark 2:5. The parable of the paralytic struck me in a way that has never left my consciousness.

Special to the NNPA from The Dallas Weekly

Men, particularly Black men, survive in this natural world, lots of time on instinct, ego, stamina and an unwillingness to submit their wills to that of another man. Almost from birth, we are told we don’t have to take “that” off anyone. It can be difficult to reconcile the dilemma of faith and submission and that of sacrifice and accepting someone else’s will superseding our own.

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — After Mormon church leaders lifted the ban on blacks in the priesthood in 1978, church leaders offered little official explanation for the reasons behind the ban, saying only they received a revelation it was time for the change.

Though I walk in the midst of trouble, You will revive me;
You will stretch out Your hand
Against the wrath of my enemies,
And Your right hand will save me.  Psalm 138:7

When we are beset by troubles on every hand, and it seems that the ways of the wicked will prevail, this scripture can be a source of strength and renewal for those who love the Lord, our God, and who are called according to His purpose.

GUEST SPEAKER: The Honorable Nina Ashenafi‐Richardson, Leon County Court Judge

Date: Saturday, June 28, 2014

Time: 3:00pm

Location: Deeper Life International Ministries

3945 North Monroe Street

Revelation 19:7-8 (KJV)

(7) Let us be glad and rejoice and give Him glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and His wife has made herself ready." (8) And to her it was granted to be arrayed in fine linen, clean and bright, for the fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints.

TOPEKA, Kansas – Yeah, it's true. The Westboro Baptist Church ofTopeka, KS plans to picket Maya Angelou’s funeral. Why? Because she advocated religious tolerance and embraced people everywhere.

DELAND, Fla. – The number of societal issues facing today's world is staggering. With no clear-cut answers, conflicting viewpoints tend to destroy any attempt to create wellbeing for the human race. Fortunately for us, it seems a solution is just around the corner. One author now says the answer for mankind's wellbeing and future lies in studying the past.

R.C. Besteder's Adam is a new look at the Adam of the Bible and a complete analysis of the first human on Earth. Exploring Adam's story and relating it to modern times, Besteder looks to clear up confusion about the man who fathered the human race.

"Today there is mass confusion worldwide on a host of issues that are destroying society and threatening the peace of our world,” Besteder said. “We need to know we are one in Adam.”

The knowledge that everyone descends from Adam gives insight on issues such as family, spirituality, sexuality, racism, abortion, divorce and morals. Besteder believes the human race needs to look back to their origins in order to fix problems in today’s society.

Adam encourages readers to look beyond racism, stamp out violence and pay special attention to family. It helps readers seek the truth and build a more harmonious future for mankind.

"If we want to understand ourselves and what we're to be about, we've got to go back to the beginning when it all started," Besteder said.


You are Descended from Adam! What about Adam?

By R.C. Besteder

ISBN: 978144979851
Available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble and Westbow online bookstore

About the author:

R.C. Besteder has studied the Bible for decades and has read it through more than thirty times. He also has a passion for history and has a degree in history earned while preparing for Christian ministry. His passion for understanding Adam has lead to the constant study of mankind. Besteder has served as an Air Force Chaplain for 21 years and a civilian pastor more than 21 years, working to help others understand the Bible.

ORLANDO, Fl.– Creflo Dollar, pastor, teacher and founder of Creflo Dollar Ministries (CDM), which oversees churches across the country with congregations totaling more than 30,000 members, will culminate his national “Change Experience” convention tour in Orlando Oct. 11.

The Orlando “Change Experience” is free and open to the public. Registration via the ministry’s web site is encouraged. The one-day convention includes three sessions – at 10 a.m., 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Special music will be provided by Arrow Records recording artist and two-time Grammy winner Ann Nesby.

Dollar will be presenting a major gift on behalf of CDM to the Orlando Union Rescue Mission, one of Central Florida’s oldest and largest homeless service providers, now celebrating its 65th anniversary. CDM’s donation to the rescue mission comes at a strategic time, when it will be doubled by matching funds. 

The “Change Experience” convention offers what organizers are calling “inspiring praise and worship and messages based solidly on the Bible, which will empower men and women with a transformative experience.” Messages in three sessions of the convention are designed to bring answers that “change people’s lives and start them on a path free from worry caused by life’s most common problems.”

“Life’s greatest challenges can lead to fear and incapacitation,” said Dollar. “For people willing to seek answers, the application of scriptural knowledge and understanding, coupled with godly wisdom, can bring change, and change leads to freedom.”

The Orlando convention is the culmination of a six city “Change Experience” national tour, including Shreveport, La.; North Charleston, S.C.; Hartford, Conn; Columbus, Ohio; and Pittsburgh. Attendance at each convention ranged from 1,500 to 3,900 people. In each city, a local charity received a substantial donation.

To reserve seats for the Oct. 11 Orlando “Change Experience” free of charge, visit www.creflodollarministries.orgor call (866) 477-7683. The event will be held at the Orange County Convention Center, West Concourse—Chapin Theater, 9800 International Drive.
“I look forward to joining the people of Orlando in experiencing dynamic change,” said Dollar. “Through our time together, a Spirit-led journey awaits those seeking to improve their lives and prevail over current difficulties.”

Creflo Dollar is founder and senior pastor of World Changers Church International (WCCI) in College Park, Ga., which serves more than 30,000 members, and World Changers Church-New York, which hosts over 6,000 worshippers each week, as well as many satellite churches located throughout the U.S. With 30 years in ministry, Dollar is committed to bringing the Good News of Jesus Christ to people all over the world, changing the world one person at a time.

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