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DIPLOMATIC NOTES
Targeted action needed

In my last column, I addressed the impact of street life and gang culture on young men, especially young black men, and I promised to delve further into how this

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

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
Committing ourselves to the Lenten period    

“Our Father who art in heaven.” – Matthew 6:9 We are now in the third month of the year 2019 and no one is greeting another with “Happy New Year” -

Powerful but humble

She considers a field and buys it; out of her earnings she plants a vineyard. - Proverbs 31:16 In recognition of International Women’s Day, while we come in many sizes, shapes

God will take care of you

David recovered all that the Amalekites had taken, including his two wives. - 1 Samuel 30:18 Has anything been taken away from you and you are still hoping that one day

Include Jesus in your desires

“I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me.” – Philippians 4:13 The Concise Oxford English Dictionary among a number of definitions for the word “things” describe things as personal

God truly wants to bless us

“Be still, and know that I am God.” – Psalm 46:10 Growing up as children we often heard from our father, more so than our mother, telling us, in no uncertain

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

SAVING GRACE
The Lord will take care of our needs

“The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not be in want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul: he

Love means setting boundaries

“They disciplined us for a little while, as they thought best; but God disciplines us for our good, in order that we may share in his holiness. No discipline seems

Jesus came to give us peace and hope

“On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jewish leaders, Jesus came and stood among

Christ has risen

“On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, the women took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb. They found the stone rolled

God is with us

“The Lord will vindicate his people and relent concerning his servants when he sees their strength is gone and no one is left, slave or free. He will say: Now where

God’s promises are eternal

“This is what the Lord says: He who made a way through the sea, a path through the mighty waters, who drew out the chariots and horses, the army and

Do not blame God for our broken world

Now there were some present at that time who told Jesus about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mixed with their sacrifices. Jesus answered, “Do you think that these Galileans

The unadulterated truth of God’s word is medicine for the soul

But as soon as Jeremiah finished telling all the people everything the Lord had commanded him to say, the priests, the prophets and all the people seized him and said,

Give back to God through your talents, offerings and spreading of the gospel

“When you have entered the land the Lord your God is giving you as an inheritance and have taken possession of it and settled in it, take some of the