Religion

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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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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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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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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No Limits

by James Washington Special to the NNPA from the Houston Forward Times You know, it has been several years since I started writing this column and it has evolved into being a great source of humility and spiritual guidance for me. The blessing of this […read more]

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Cash and Carry Please

by James Washington Special to the NNPA from the Houston Forward-Times I have recently been getting an education about prayer. Be it my bible study class or Sunday sermon, or simply a saint trying to answer my questions about the power of prayer. I’m finding […read more]

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How Strange Are You?

by James Washington Special to the NNPA from the Houston Forward-Times When you take a hard look at the Bible, you see some things that really register. For instance, in scripture it’s understood that God uses people in the strangest ways. I guess what I’m […read more]

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Fall Forward

by Pastor E.A. Deckard Special to the NNPA from the Houston Forward Times “A lot of emotional stress that people go through, some people figure out a way to handle it. They have a strong enough support system to keep going and keep moving forward. […read more]

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‘Sudden Shift’

by Pastor E. A. Deckard Special to the NNPA from the Houston Forward Times “When things go wrong as they sometimes will; When the road you’re trudging seems all uphill; When the funds are low, and the debts are high And you want to smile, […read more]

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Real Walk, Real Talk

by James Washington Special to the NNPA from the Houston Forward-Times I once took a bible study class called, “Taking the Word into the World.” The premise was that those of us with a Christian belief system should be doing something, acting in some way […read more]

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Doing A New Thing

by Pastor E.A. Deckard Special to the NNPA from The Houston Forward-Times “Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no […read more]

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No Pain. No Gain.

by James Washington Special to the NNPA from the Houston Forward-Times There is a perspective in our faith that many subscribe to and it is that our challenges are an integral part of God’s plan to ready us for the struggle of spreading the good […read more]