Daniel Whyte III wrote in the introduction of his new book, 7 Keys to the God-Blessed Life that, “Many people talk about living a blessed life or a fulfilled life. What they mean is something more than just success — that is, something more than just having plenty of money, having prominence, and having all your needs supplied. This desire refers to something deeper and more meaningful. Even though many people who speak of such a life may not know exactly what they are yearning for, I believe that this kind of life, which I call the God-blessed life, is when you are in the center of God’s will, you are accomplishing His purpose for your life, and you are content with where He has placed you.” Continue reading
Thanks and Yes isn’t as much a book about giving thanks as it is about living thankfully. Not the words of thanks which are cheap and usually insincere, but the attitudes and the actions, the thoughts and the behaviors, the intentions and the perceptions. This type of gratitude is what helps us to determine whether we look and live on the bright side of every encounter in life. Continue reading
Over the past few years, America has experienced some of its toughest days — politically, economically, socially, and especially spiritually. Church attendance and baptisms in many denominations are on the decline. More and more people are classifying themselves as having no religious beliefs. The global wave of terrorism has still not abated. And then we have the killings and attempted killings of police and the wave of hostility that has come against law enforcement in this country. We are for the blue and the black. Also, the killing of young black men by police has seized headlines again and again over the past few years, sparking protests, riots, and more violence. In the president’s hometown of Chicago, over 700 people have been murdered. And millions of people remain unemployed. While it is easy to accentuate the negative in every situation, Thanksgiving is the time to seek out the good, accentuate the positive and be grateful. Continue reading
The Bible reveals four spirits that are driven by Satan that are especially dangerous for Christians, or anybody for that matter, to have. These spirits are manifested in the lives of four characters in the Bible — two in the Old Testament and two in the New Testament. Continue reading
I am the daughter, granddaughter and great-granddaughter of preachers. In high school, college and post-grad I held ministry leadership positions. I attend an evangelical church. But this election cycle I’ve been deeply ashamed of the American evangelical church at large. And because the majority of white evangelicals — 81 percent of that constituency, according to exit polls— supported Donald Trump that shame will extend long after Election Day, thanks to the ramifications of their support not only for women, immigrants and people of color, but for the church itself. I count myself a follower of Christ and always will. I love the church. But I believe the majority of white evangelicals and their leaders, barring a few, have failed not only the U.S., but failed the collective flock in the stance they took. I believe they have lost a generation and, as they say in the church, “lost their witness” to future generations.