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DIPLOMATIC NOTES
Changing a toxic culture

As a young man growing up in The Bahamas, like many others, I became attracted to the allure of what you would call the gangster lifestyle. It’s difficult even for

Why pay tithes?

One topic that is sure to stir up debate is the subject of paying of tithes. It is a subject that engenders confusion and mistrust, but should it be this

Recognizing hysteria and hyperbole

There is an almost constant chatter in The Bahamas regarding WTO. It is something that should generate conversation and debate, but it appears that we may have moved from intelligent

Christian leaders and character

Over the years there have been multiple incidents of Christian leaders caught in adulterous relationships and other character-related issues. At times the response of the non-Christian public has been that

A better way of living

Someone once asked me how do I know that being a Christian is a better way of living. They began to recite abuses and stories of hypocrisy to explain that

Do not squander the freedom we have achieved 

On January 10th, The Bahamas celebrated Majority Rule Day commemorating the date in 1967 when for the first time, the majority of the Bahamian population was properly represented. As history

Maximize time

Time is interesting. Without time being divided into periods, a bad year continues on forever with no way of dismissing it or putting it behind. With times and dates and

We need relief and we need it now    

In examining the major issues facing The Bahamas at or near the top of the list must be affordable power. This is not a new issue, but it is a

A wrong that should be righted

One of the more intriguing debates in recent times has been the debate about reparations. In order to address the issue, we must begin in Africa and examine the slave

LET'S TALK ABOUT IT
We must become wise users of technologies    

Technology has provided great benefits to us over the past decades. The television, telephone, and computer have certainly lightened the load and provided wholesome avenues for information, learning, and entertainment.

Religion and mental health

About two years ago I came across an article by Dr. Ayomide Adebayo, a Nigerian medical doctor specializing in mental health, entitled “I’m Christian and I don’t Believe Mental Illness

Are you an abusive partner?

There are many people who are being abused in their relationships but who are not aware what abuse is. In the same way, some people are abusive and think they

Be a friend, make a friend

There are 20 days to National Friendship Day in The Bahamas, to be celebrated on Wednesday, November 28. Everyone is invited to celebrate this day by being kind and friendly

Love makes a difference – not  buildings

Wherever you travel in The Bahamas there is a church building. We are saturated with churches in our country. Shouldn’t that be a sign of a healthy nation? Yes, but

Submission goes both ways

Based on my research and experience, I’ve discovered that the number one ingredient for keeping a marriage or any other romantic relationship healthy is humility – the attitude, ability, and

The real reason people get divorced

The majority of individuals who get divorced in The Bahamas on the grounds of cruelty do so because of emotional exhaustion and pain due to years of complaint and frustration

Grounds for divorce

In The Bahamas the actual grounds for divorce make the divorce process or the need to separate from one’s partner very painful and difficult. Thus, some individuals have to remain

The real reasons couples stay together or divorce

After working with thousands of couples in marital therapy sessions and seminars conducted over 24 hours I’ve discovered some things that are fascinating, profound, but bittersweet that all married individuals

ALONG LIFE'S ROAD
Seek God’s face

“Escape for your life. Do not look back or stop anywhere in the valley. Escape to the hills, lest you be swept away.” – Genesis 19:17 I was born through Gibbs

True and faithful

And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people.” How many

He loves and cares for you

“Come to me, all you that labor and are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”  – Matthew 11:28 Every person that is alive has a void to be

The Lord protects the faithful

“For thou art my rock and my fortress; therefore for thy name’s sake lead me, and guide me.” – Psalm 31:3 It is amazing how we have let stress, cares and

Hold fast to faith

“They have left the straight path and have lost their way.” – 2 Peter 2:15 The days of map reading while traveling abroad are over. Today it is easier to navigate

Holding church for the incomparable Aretha Franklin

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable - if anything is excellent or praiseworthy –

It is well

Run now, I pray thee, to meet her, and say unto her, Is it well with thee? Is it well with thy husband? Is it well with the child? And

God will be the final judge

Son of man, stand up on your feet, and I will speak to you.” - Ezekiel 2:1 There is no doubt in my mind and the minds of many that we

The destruction of families

Wine is a mocker and beer a brawler, whoever is led astray by them is not wise. — Proverbs 20:1 The initial divine plan for the creation of human beings was

SAVING GRACE
Jesus will take us through

As he was praying, the appearance of his face changed, and his clothes became as bright as a flash of lightning. Two men, Moses and Elijah, appeared in glorious splendor,

Through our prayers we give reverence to God

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of

God keeps his promises

This is what the Lord says: “Cursed is the one who trusts in man, who draws strength from mere flesh and whose heart turns away from the Lord. That person

Live by God’s standard

When Peter came to Antioch, I opposed him to his face, because he stood condemned. For before certain men came from Jesus, he used to eat with the Gentiles. But

When God calls he has prepared the way

The word of the Lord came to me, saying, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you

You are God’s mouthpiece, proclaim the Gospel

They read from the Book of the Law of God, making it clear and giving the meaning so that the people understand what was being read. Then Nehemiah the governor, Ezra

The Lord is counting on you

For Zion’s sake I will not keep silent, for Jerusalem’s sake I will not remain quiet, till her vindication shines out like the dawn, her salvation like a blazing torch.

Baptism is God’s way of giving us a path back to him

“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

Patience is a virtue of God

“Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you