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“Dream Big” We are all God’s Children

By: Pastor Ron Winston Zion Rock Missionary Baptist Church Greetings my brothers and sisters.   I Thank God in advance for you taking the time out of your schedule to receive this message on Thinking Big. Several months ago, the Lord laid it on my heart to teach the people on Thinking Big, Talking Big and Dreaming Big.  One writer said, if you’re going to think, why not think big! Every human creature God m ...

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Pastor Ronald’s 14Th Year Anniversary

Pastor Ronald Watkins recently celebrated his 14 year anniversary as pastor of Abundant Life Faith Ministries. Pastor Ronald Watkins grew up in Chicago, Illinois in a Christian home.  He attended church faithfully under the leadership of his father the late Reverend Dr. Grady Watkins of Greater New Macedonia MB Church on the Westside of Chicago.  Under that influence, Pastor Ronald Watkins accepted Jesus Ch ...

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“Put Down the Guns and Pick up the Cause”: Peace and Unity Rally

Leaders and young people came together to put down the guns and pick up the cause:  “Peace in the ‘Hood”.  Recently at the Allison Foundation Community Center, 4540 W. Washington ave., Rep. Derrick Smith hosted the rally that promoted peace and discussed the importance of unity, and community togetherness can benefit children and young adults.  Also in attendance was Congressman Danny K. Davis, alongside su ...

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Father Pfleger to haters: “I will not surrender”

By Chinta Strausberg Father Michael L. Pfleger Sunday told his haters he would not be intimidated by the hate messages he has been receiving in the form of e-mails, calls and faxes because of his strong stand against George Zimmerman who was acquitted for murdering 17-year-old unarmed Trayvon Martin and his call for justice. Standing his ground, Pfleger, who had posted on his Facebook page a request to pray ...

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60 Pastors Adopt Strategy to Reduce City Violence

On Tuesday, July 10, 2012, The Leaders Network, a clergy-based disaster relief and social justice advocacy organization, held an emergency coalition meeting with 60 ministers and pastors from different communities and cultures to strategize how the faith  community can respond to the escalating violence in Chicago neighborhoods. The meeting was held at the Greater St. John Bible Church located on 1256 N. Wa ...

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Samuel Administers Justice-Rescued

Key Verse: “And Samuel spake unto all the house of Israel, saying, If ye do return unto the Lord with all your hearts, then put away the strange gods and Ashtaroth from among you, and prepare your hearts unto the Lord, and serve him only: and he will deliver you out of the hand of the Philistines.” (1 Samuel 7:3)   FIRST WORDS… This week’s lesson comes on the heels of our Independence Day celebration, ...

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Making A Fresh Start- Celebrating Jubilee

Key Verse: “And ye shall hallow the fiftieth year, and proclaim liberty throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof: it shall be a jubilee unto you; and ye shall return every man unto his possession, and ye shall return every man unto his family.” -Leviticus 25:10 FIRST WORDS… As we have made our way to the Torah, this week we find ourselves studying the book of Leviticus where we find this les ...

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‘The Church”, Community and Economic Impact

By Carlee McCullough Special to the NNPA from the Tri-State Defender For many years, African-American churches have been the catalysts of change in society. Churches have pushed the envelope as it relates to spiritual and social issues. Given their collective money, political power and expertise, churches continue to be in a unique position to impact the community from an economic perspective. The challenge ...

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Living As God’s Just People –Acting With Compassion

FIRST WORDS… This week’s lesson comes on the heels of us being taught to be just and practice justice as God’s people.  We are to practice the principles that have been laid before us in order to bring glory to God.  This week our lesson challenges us to be selfless and have compassion on one another as God would have us to. TREATING OTHERS RIGHT (v. 9-16) The first outline of this lesson teaches us how to ...

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Street Culture vs. Churches Power

By Bankole Thompson Special to the NNPA from the Michigan Chronicle The Rev. Marvin Winans’ remark, “I refuse to be afraid of us,” in the wake of the robbery attack on him by four young Black men at a neighborhood gas station on Linwood and Davison, carries a moral truth. is a statement deeply rooted in the belief that we cannot throw our children away or become prisoners in our own communities, afraid to g ...

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