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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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Following a Trusted Leader Out of Egypt

FIRST WORDS Last week we dealt with the final lesson on Joseph as he died and passed on the inheritance that was spoken to Abraham.  He told his brethren that God was going to visit them even though he would not be present.  This week we are blessed to see once again how God takes care of his own, the infamous story of how the children of Israel sojourned through the Red Sea is the lesson on display, let’s ...

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“The Good Shepard”- Following Good Leaders

John 10: 1-18 Key Verse: “And when he putteth forth his own sheep, he goeth before them, and the sheep follow him: for they know his voice.” – John 10:4 FIRST WORDS… Last week we were blessed to see how Jesus is the sustaining bread of life that every person needs in order to survive.  This week we see Jesus giving us another one of the seven “I Am” statements.  He says, “I Am the Good Shepherd”.  Anyone wh ...

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“Nourishment For Life -The Bread Of Life”

FIRST WORDS... Last weeks lesson showed forth the miraculous work of Jesus through some spittle, clay and a blind man’s obedience.  This week we hear the words that He speaks.  This lesson includes one of the seven “I Am” statements that give us a glimpse of who Jesus really is. LOOKING FOR JESUS (v. 22-25) This lesson opens with the crowd that Jesus fed with the two fish and five loaves of bread.  These pe ...

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