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DIPLOMATIC NOTES
Finding the good

This past week we all watched in horror the catastrophic devastation caused by Hurricane Dorian. We have never witnessed anything like this in The Bahamas; it tore our souls. The

After the storm

The unpleasant truth about life is that storms will come. Storms in multiple varieties – sometimes it is physical, sometimes it is spiritual, sometimes it may be financial – but storms are

Jay-Z, the NFL and change

An interesting development took place recently in the United States – in a surprise move, rapper and businessman Jay-Z’s Roc Nation Sports will work with the league on social justice

Formulate your plan

One of the pressing issues for most Bahamians this summer is the issue of load shedding (scheduled power outages). To say the least, it has been a painful experience. While

Focus on the fathers

The year is 2019 and the statistical landscape is, to put it mildly, less than encouraging. As a society we have a problem with fathers, or should I say the

Leadership challenges

The Bahamas today, like most nations of the world, is facing a leadership challenge. Some would call it a leadership crisis, but I prefer the term challenge. There are national

Principles of building a nation

Just a few weeks ago, The Bahamas celebrated its 46th birthday as a nation. But now, where do we stand? Who are we as a people? Where are we headed? From

Conflicts of interest and integrity

One global issue that never goes away is that of integrity, and companion issues like conflict of interest. Wherever power exists there is temptation to use access to power for

The incredible challenge of doing business in The Bahamas

One of the most complicated propositions of life in The Bahamas is operating in the business arena. On the surface, it may seem straightforward, but what I have discovered is

LET'S TALK ABOUT IT
The nation mourns

Today my heart is heavy as I think about the loss of life, personal injuries and great devastation caused by Hurricane Dorian. This will be a hurricane that every resident

Learn to forgive

In the minds of far too many people, forgiveness seems to be an ugly, despicable beast that one must be afraid of or avoid at all costs. This “beast” is

School rules for parents

The new school year is upon us. Parents, are you ready? Preparing for the new school year can be stressful for many parents. The purchasing of school supplies, shoes, socks, uniforms,

Hurting men

In this column, I address male woundedness that results in their sexual exploitation of women. Dr. Peter Rutter, author of “Sex in the Forbidden Zone”, states: “Masculine woundedness is an

What kind of husband are you?

Last week you read in this column about the five kinds of wives. Since then, I have received a number of requests to present the different kinds of husbands. That

What kind of wife are you?

Do you realize that we have at least five kinds of wives? Wives can be as troublesome and sweet as husbands. We cannot blame all of the vice in the

How to select a life-long partner

Question: I have been in many relationships with girls, and each time I think, this could be the one. But every time I start thinking that, the relationship goes sour.

Do not put your child’s grades on social media

I have noticed something that during recent years has become one of my concerns – it is how freely parents display their children’s end-of-term school grades, and sometimes the actual report

The age confusion

Having sex and driving a motor vehicle both demand a lot of energy and responsibility. Which one do you believe demands the greatest responsibility and accountability? I pose this question

ALONG LIFE'S ROAD
Dorian is a test to both saints and sinners

“The Lord is good, a strong hold in the day of trouble; and He knoweth them that trust in Him.” – Nahum 1:7 I was up at 4 a.m. to meet

It is prayer time

“And Samuel said, Gather all Israel to Mizpeh, and I will pray for you unto the Lord.” – I Samuel 7:5 An old Negro spiritual reads: “If we ever needed the Lord

Lean on God

“Then Moses cried out to the Lord, and the Lord showed him a piece of wood. He threw it into the water, and the water became fit to drink.” –

Be specific in prayers

“Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven.” –

Be generous and ready to share

“Timothy, guard what has been entrusted to your care. Turn away from godless chatter and the opposing ideas of what is falsely called knowledge, which some have professed and in

Be generous and ready to share

“Timothy, guard what has been entrusted to your care. Turn away from godless chatter and the opposing ideas of what is falsely called knowledge, which some have professed and in

Go out and spread the message    

“For all this I considered in my heart even to declare all this, that the righteous, and the wise, and their works, are in the hand of God: no man

Hindrances to prayer 

“Therefore, brothers and sisters, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus.” – Hebrews 10:19 One of the lines of a hymn on prayer

Train up a child in the way he should go

“Remember your Creator in the days of your youth, before the days of trouble come and the years approach when you will say, “I find no pleasure in them.” –

SAVING GRACE
We display our love for God through support for the needy

“See, I set before you today life and prosperity, death and destruction. For I command you today to love the Lord your God, to walk in His ways, and to

Give hope to our brothers and sisters

“Keep on loving one another as brothers and sisters. Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing

It still takes much courage to be a Christian

“Do you think I came to bring peace on earth? No, I tell you, but division. From now on there will be five in one family divided against each other,

Believe and trust God

“Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. This is what the ancients were commended for. “…By faith Abel offered God a

Do not neglect assisting family or the poor

“Then he said to them, ‘Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of his possessions.’ “And he told them this

Go before God, and make your requests for his blessings

“Then Jesus said to them, ‘Suppose one of you have a friend, and you go to him at midnight and say, friend, lend me three loaves of bread; a friend

Jesus is life

“As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. She had a sister called Mary,

God calls us to show love and kindness

On one occasion, an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?” “What is written in the Law?” he

Stay in the game

“The seventy-two returned with joy and said, ‘Lord, even the demons submit to us in your name.’ “He replied, ‘I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. … However, do not