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DIPLOMATIC NOTES
Three keys to prepare for a successful new year

Every January, much of the world goes through the same exercise - we reflect on the past year and resolve to do better in the new year. It’s a time

Marijuana law considerations

Recently, reports surfaced of preliminary recommendations on the legalization and decriminalization of marijuana. The recommendations are said to be as follows: decriminalization for up to one ounce; expungement of records

Maximizing Christmas

Every year, billions of people look forward to what we call Christmas. This season is like no other season. There are many holidays during the year, but nothing rivals Christmas.

The gospel in the digital age

The world has rapidly changed in the past few years. In fact, it is said that in the last 20 years, there have been more advances in technology than the

An ill-fated, but very common journey

As I write this article today, I am reminded of the uneven journey I took to get to my destiny and because of it I empathize with young men today

Sometimes revivals happen with unlikely sparks

Over the past year, hip-hop artist Kanye West has amazed both the hip-hop and the Christian communities with his very vocal and public proclamations of his faith. He has always

Replacing God

An interesting development is taking place around the world but particularly in major western countries. While many have made it a point of not wanting references to God in their

View global warming as a global warning to change and become more proactive

Man is incredible in his capacity to create, develop and exploit the environment to his advantage. The Bible tells us that we are created in the image and likeness of

The church shines in adversity

A relative of mine passed on an interesting message to me about post-hurricane relief. The message was about us having a big church building and not doing anything for hurricane

LET'S TALK ABOUT IT
32 secrets for a spicy marriage

Today, I thought I would share what I discovered healthy couples do to keep the spark in their marriage. I call this “Brennen’s 32 Secrets for a Spicy Marriage”. Here is

Children need fathers physically and emotionally

It is a new year and many children and teenagers are missing their fathers in their lives. I am not only talking about those children who do not know their

Mental health professionals are trained to guide you through difficulties

This is a new year for the fulfillment of dreams and the development of new opportunities. However, there will be some who will be stagnated because of emotional challenges. They

Preparing for divorce

The marriage vow “for better or for worse” suggests that marriage involves a commitment to a positive adjustment. Mental health professionals reflect the view that divorce should also involve the

Love is a verb

In 2012, musician John Mayer released an album with the song “Love is a Verb.” Here are some of the words: “Love is a verb/It ain’t a thing/It’s not something

What makes a man?

We still haven’t settled in our minds what really makes a man. There are many different views. I have discovered that the most common definition of a man describes a

Seven days to National Friendship Day

National Friendship Day is just seven days away, on Wednesday, November 27. It is a day designed to remind us about the importance of being kind, courteous and friendly to

The countdown is on to National Friendship Day

Dear readers, the most exciting day of the year is approaching in 21 days - National Friendship Day, Wednesday, November 27. I invite you to mark this on your calendar.

Sensible freedom: Let’s honor and show understanding toward each other

I humbly believe that I have the right to share my views as a Christian with anyone. However, it is wrong for me to impose my beliefs on people. My

ALONG LIFE'S ROAD
God gave mankind dominance over the earth

“Does he who fashioned the ear not hear? Does he who formed the eye not see? Does he who disciplines nations not punish? Does he who teaches mankind lack knowledge?

Lift up a standard

“Pass through, pass through the gates! Prepare the way for the people. Build up, build up the highway! Remove the stones. Raise a banner for the nations.” - Isaiah 62:10 At

We are truly blessed

“If you fully obey the Lord your God and carefully follow all his commands I give you today, the Lord your God will set you high above all the nations

Peace – perfect peace

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” –

Believe in the child turned savior

“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,

We are to be examples of kindness, purity and love

“And drank the same spiritual drink; for they drank from the spiritual rock that accompanied them, and that rock was Christ.” – 1 Corinthians 10:4 How quickly the days of 2019

Being thankful

“O give thanks unto the Lord for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.” – Psalm 107:1 Today, Thanksgiving Day in America is about the biggest of celebrations as it

Encourage the youth

“Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity.” –

God knows your troubles

“Speak tenderly to Jerusalem, and proclaim to her that her hard service has been completed, that her sin has been paid for, that she has received from the Lord’s hand

SAVING GRACE
We are God’s mouthpiece to the world

The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world! This is the one I meant

God’s love is ours for eternity

“What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? By no means! We are those who have died to sin; how can we live

Share what the Lord has blessed you with

“‘Now, Lord my God, you have made your servant king in place of my father David. But I am only a little child and do not know how to carry

Love your fellow men as yourself

Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know

Go and tell the story

“And when John had heard in prison about the works of Christ, he sent two of his disciples and said to Him, ‘Are You the Coming One, or do we

The message of Advent

“If there be among you a poor man of one of thy brethren within any of thy gates in thy land which the Lord thy God giveth thee, thou shalt

Proclaim the unadulterated truth of God’s word

“As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. For in the days before the flood, people were eating

Christ is the image of the invisible God

“For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.

Continue to proclaim the gospel

“Some of his disciples were remarking about how the temple was adorned with beautiful stones and with gifts dedicated to God. But Jesus said, ‘As for what you see here,