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When I’ve asked people what is the number one fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23) they struggle with, I usually am told self-control. Everyone wishes they could take back that destructive thing they said or some action that caused another pain.

Faith and practice/pride and prejudice

As young people growing up in a small town we often visited one another’s churches. While there was broad religious teaching in these mixed groups it was never doctrinaire nor used as a tool to proselytize.

I need no man to teach me

Whenever someone quotes a certain part of 1 John 2:27 (always out of context) to me I know they are using it as a license to interpret the Bible any way they like – twisting the Holy Scriptures to support their false claims.

Fear not, He is with you always

As a clergyman, people often ask me if I am afraid to die, or, conversely, if I really believe all those things I say about death in sermons, particularly at funerals. To the first question the answer is no. However, the process of dying, and certain ways of dying, pain, and all the accoutrements of dying may bother me when I think upon the process of leaving this earth… I don’t want to die, because I am only learning to live more fully. I love life, family, friends, and the Church here on earth, most of all, I love God, and He gave me this life as a gift, so I cherish it. As to question two, do I really believe those things I say about death, the answer is a resounding yes!

A hindered prayer life

How effective are your prayers? Are there certain things that can harm the prayers you pray? All of us want prayers to be answered. Why else would we pray them?

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Grace Temple Missionary Baptist Church , 909 S. Wisconsin St., will hold its 20th recognition program for its pastor and wife, Rev. Amelio and Cynthia Howard, and family Sunday. Rev. Raeshawn Howard, associate minister of Lampkin Chapel Missionary Baptist Church, will be the 11 a.m. guest speaker. Rev. James E. Jones, pastor of Monumental Baptist Church of Elmira, N.Y., will be the 3 p.m. guest speaker.

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New Faith Missionary Baptist Church, 3800 Fir St., will hold its sixth annual church anniversary service Sunday at 3 p.m. Rev. Timothy L. Pratt Sr., pastor of Wheeler Chapel Missionary Baptist Church, will be the guest speaker.

A Tale of Two Cities

All America has been touched by the horrific events that have rocked our nation recently. I am referring particularly to the bombings surrounding the Boston Marathon, and the explosions in a fertilizer plant in West, Texas. Our thoughts and prayers are focused most on those immediately involved who suffered even deeper wounds, physical and emotional — some will be dealing with for the rest of their lives.

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Living Word Baptist Church, 5617 Sulphur Springs Road, will hold its first anniversary program for the pastor and wife, Rev. Terrance Williams and Shaunder Williams, Sunday at 3 p.m. Rev. Donald Agee, pastor of New Morning Star Baptist Church will be the guest speaker.

What Is Righteousness?

What is righteousness? Is it an outdated church word? Does it mean doing the right thing? Is righteousness something you do or is it something you are? Righteousness is literally one's right standing with God. Many people have done many things to be in right standing with God. Rituals, traditions, keeping laws, being morally upright, and doing good things are some of the basic ways people have tried to become righteous in God's eyes.

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St. Luke African Methodist Episcopal Church , 9908 Princeton Pike, will present their annual Choir Concert Sunday at 3 p.m. The special guests will be the New Salem Mass Choir, directed by Clifton Blunt.

To be a friend or fiend?

"You are judged by the company you keep" is an ancient adage that rings of common sense. On the other hand, from the perspective of those who wish to judge others and seek to justify their gossip and half-truth, this can become a wicked mantra.