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DIPLOMATIC NOTES
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

Sow a seed of hope during adversity and reap a harvest of joy

This past week I had the opportunity to be on the ground in Freeport, Grand Bahama, and to experience firsthand the result of the devastating Hurricane Dorian. To say the

Lessons from Hurricane Dorian

Every life experience is an opportunity. Some experiences are trials, some are defeats, some are victories – but no matter what the experience is, there is always a lesson and an

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

LET'S TALK ABOUT IT
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

Let’s make peace and not war on National Friendship Day

National Friendship Day in The Bahamas will be celebrated on Wednesday, November 27. It’s a day for everyone to go out of their way to be kind, helpful, respectful and

Sensationalizing pain through social media

Dear readers, what I am writing about today is very painful to even think about. I am becoming more and more upset with how many are using social media to

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

ALONG LIFE'S ROAD
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

Show me a penny

“Show me a denarius. Whose image and inscription are on it?” – Luke 20:24 As Jesus looked up, he saw the rich putting their gifts into the temple treasury. He also

Are we building or demolishing?

“Remember your leaders, who spoke the word of God to you. Consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate their faith.” – Hebrews 13:7 With the overriding of historical

A time of restoration

“‘Then you will know which way to go, since you have never been this way before. But keep a distance of about two thousand cubits between you and the ark;

Time for us to be a righteous nation

“Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in

God’s eyes are on us

“Do not deprive one another, except perhaps by agreement for a limited time, that you may devote yourselves to prayer; but then come together again, so that Satan may not

We have been devastated but not forsaken

“Go through, go through the gates; prepare the way of the people; cast up, cast up the highway; gather out the stones; Lift up a standard for the people.” –

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

SAVING GRACE
Hold fast to God’s unchanging word

“But we ought always to thank God for you, brothers and sisters loved by the Lord, because God chose you as first fruits to be saved through the sanctifying work of

The Beatitudes are blessings, not laws

“Now when Jesus saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside and sat down. His disciples came to him, and he began to teach them. He said: Blessed are the poor

We serve a gracious God

“But now the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the law, although the Law and the Prophets bear witness to it – the righteousness of God through faith

Be persistent in prayer life

Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up. He said: “In a certain town there was a judge who

Be thankful for God’s blessings 

“Now on his way to Jerusalem, Jesus traveled along the border between Samaria and Galilee. As he was going into a village, ten men who had leprosy met him. They

We need to have faith

“If your brother or sister sins against you, rebuke them; and if they repent, forgive them. Even if they sin against you seven times in a day and seven times

The humblest Christians are the best Christians

“At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, ‘Who, then, is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?’ “He called a little child and had him stand among them.

Take advantage of opportunities to evangelize

“Jesus told his disciples: ‘There was a rich man whose manager was accused of wasting his possessions. So he called him in and asked him, ‘What is this I hear

God’s word will always lead us safely home

“Then Jesus told them this parable: ‘Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Does he not leave the ninety-nine in the open country and