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Straight Outta Grace

by Pastor E.A. Deckard Special to the NNPA from the Houston Forward Times “What gives me the most hope every day is God’s grace; knowing that his grace is going to give me the strength for whatever I face, knowing that nothing is a surprise Read More

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The Devil is a Bully

by James Washington Special to the NNPA from The Dallas Weekly Right now I’m between bible study classes. In the United Methodist Church, of which I’m not a member, the rather rigid curriculum is called Disciple Class. I’ve completed Disciple I, II and III and am Read More

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Vision 4

by Pastor E.A. Deckard Special to the NNPA from the Houston Forward Times “Don’t underestimate the power of a vision. McDonald’s founder, Ray Kroc, pictured his empire long before it existed, and he saw how to get there. He invented the company motto — ‘Quality, service, Read More

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Vision 3

by Pastor E.A. Deckard Special to the NNPA from the Houston Forward Times Forward Thinkers, before I began this week’s Forward Thinking article, I would like to pause and pray for the families of Valerie and Dwayne Jackson along with their six children Nathaniel (13), Read More

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Good Fruit Needs to Ripen

by James Washington Special to the NNPA from The Dallas Weekly As someone who came to Christ as an adult, I’m challenged from time to time as ministers and bible study leaders and others of faith, talk about the process of becoming a mature Christian. Read More

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Blessed Be You

By James Washington Special to the NNPA from The Dallas Weekly The more I travel life looking towards the eternal and not the physical, the notion of blessings gives me pause to think just how miraculous they are. If we’re not careful, life will steal Read More

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Help Wanted Personals Ad

by James Washington Special to the NNPA from The Dallas Weekly Let’s be real. How many people have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ? How about a personal relationship with the Almighty or, perhaps a personal experience with the Holy Spirit? Many of us can Read More

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Power

By Pastor E.A. Deckard Special to the NNPA from the Houston Forward Times “The great question of our time is, ‘Will we be motivated by materialistic philosophy or by spiritual power?’’ ~ Billy Graham Forward Thinkers, Curtis Jackson “aka” 50 Cent, the Executive Producer of Read More

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Power

By Pastor E.A. Deckard Special to the NNPA from the Houston Forward Times “From my perspective, I absolutely believe in a greater spiritual power, far greater than I am, from which I have derived strength in moments of sadness or fear. That’s what I believe, Read More

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God’s Got Your Back

By James Washington Special to the NNPA from the Houston Forward Times A while back, I heard Bishop T.D. Jakes of the Potter’s House preach a sermon that really caught my attention and resonates with me all the time. He reminded those in the audience Read More

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Power

By Pastor E.A. Deckard Special to the NNPA from the Houston Forward Times “Every man builds his world in his own image. He has the power to choose, but no power to escape the necessity of choice.” – Ayn Rand “The only way to predict the Read More

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‘LAG’: Look At God

by Pastor E.A. Deckard Special to the NNPA from the Houston Forward Times Forward Thinkers, we all have heard the bible says, “So as a man thinks so is he” but the reality is most of our thoughts are created by what we see. What Read More

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LESSON 26: The Book of Revelation

By Rev. Manson B. Johnson Special to the NNPA from the Houston Forward Times A CHRISTIAN LIFE CONNECTION SERIES “DEVELOPING MY NEW LIFE RELATIONSHIPS: The Book Of Revelation” Bible Fact: The Book of Revelation is given by Jesus and written by John to strengthen our hope Read More

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Let It Go, Please

By James Washington Special to the NNPA from the Houston Forward Times Today is truly a day that the Lord has made and it’s apparent to me that as the world gets more and more complicated, the Word of God gets easier to understand. I Read More

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LESSON 26: The Book of Revelation

by Rev. Manson B. Johnson Special to the NNPA from the Houston Forward Times A CHRISTIAN LIFE CONNECTION SERIES “DEVELOPING MY NEW LIFE RELATIONSHIPS: The Book Of Revelation” Bible Fact: The Book of Revelation is given by Jesus and written by John to strengthen our hope Read More

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Lesson 25: The Book of Revelation

  by Rev. Manson B. Johnson Special to the NNPA from the Houston Forward Times A CHRISTIAN LIFE CONNECTION SERIES “DEVELOPING MY NEW LIFE RELATIONSHIPS: The Book Of Revelation” Bible Fact: The Book of Revelation is given by Jesus and written by John to strengthen our Read More

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Lesson 25: Book of Revelation

  by Manson B. Johnson Special to the NNPA from the Houston Forward Times A CHRISTIAN LIFE CONNECTION SERIES “DEVELOPING MY NEW LIFE RELATIONSHIPS: The Book Of Revelation” Bible Fact: The Book of Revelation is given by Jesus and written by John to strengthen our Read More

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Get Lost

By James Washington Special to the NNPA from the Houston Forward Times There are several universal principles in life that nobody can refute. The opposite of hot is cold. If you know good, you have to acknowledge evil. For every up, there is a down. Read More

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Maturity Matters

by James Washington Special to the NNPA from the Houston Forward Times As someone who has come to Christ as a hopefully mature adult, I’m challenged from time to time as ministers and bible study leaders and others of faith talk about the process of Read More

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Lesson 24: The Book of Revelation

by Rev. Manson B. Johnson Special to the NNPA from the Houston Forward Times A CHRISTIAN LIFE CONNECTION SERIES “DEVELOPING MY NEW LIFE RELATIONSHIPS: The Book of Revelation” Bible Fact: The Book of Revelation is given by Jesus and written by John to strengthen our hope Read More

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Yeah, I Love You Too

by James Washington Special to the NNPA from the Houston Forward Times I just had an experience that had me look up this previously written column. I was losing my mind as in my Christianity in the midst of going off on someone whom I Read More

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Forgiven and Forgive

by James Washington Special to the NNPA from the Houston Forward Times I am re-reading a book that I highly recommend by Beth Moore, Jesus, the One and Only. It reminds me rather vigorously that forgiveness is still a critical concept in the life of Read More

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Spritually Speaking

  by James Washington Special to the NNPA from the Houston Forward Times I am re-reading a book that I highly recommend by Beth Moore, Jesus, the One and Only. It reminds me rather vigorously that forgiveness is still a critical concept in the life of Read More

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Drop and Give Me 20

by James Washington Special to the NNPA from the Houston Forward Times There is a perspective prevalent in our faith that our suffering is an integral part of God’s plan to ready us for the struggle of spreading the good news of Jesus Christ. Depending Read More

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FOG (Favor Of God): Part 3

by Pastor E.A. Deckard Special to the NNPA from the Houston Forward Times “Don’t put too much trust on your education level, girlfriend, boyfriend, wife, husband, bank account, because they will fail you. Only put your 100% trust on God, you will succeed!” ― Werley Read More

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Again, Let it Go. Please

by James Washington Special to the NNPA from the Houston Forward Times I am trying again to internalize that today is the day the Lord has made. Don’t complicate it. The more complicated the world seems, the simpler it is to understand God’s Word. I’m Read More

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Do I Live?

by James Washington Special to the NNPA from the Houston Forward Times I once believed that finding one’s way to salvation was a lifelong struggle filled with pitfalls and potholes strategically placed to trip you up in an effort to deny you your rightful place in Read More

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The Favor of the Lord

by Pastor E. A. Deckard Special to the NNPA from the Houston Forward Times “God can cause opportunity to find you. He has unexpected blessings where you suddenly meet the right person, or suddenly your health improves, or suddenly you’re able to pay off your Read More