Religion

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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Faith Is Still A Verb

by James Washington Special to the NNPA from the Houston Forward Times A minister recently reminded me of something I pray will also benefit you in understanding your walk in faith. The pastor reminded those, who would claim Christ as their own, that being a 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

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How Will You Be Remembered?

by Pastor E. A. Deckard Special to the NNPA from the Houston Forward-Times “With quiet courage and nonnegotiable dignity, Rosa Parks was an activist and a freedom fighter that transformed a nation and confirmed a notion that ordinary people can have an extraordinary effect on 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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One Army Under God?

  (Economist) – The path from leaving Bibles in naval hotel rooms to placing weapons of mass destruction in the hands of religious zealots might seem rather a long one. But Mikey Weinstein, a former US Air Force captain who set up the Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF), argues with passion that both things are undesirable for the 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

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Is Religion Good for Children?

  (Slate) – In the United States, conventional wisdom holds that you should raise your child to be religious. Taking the kids to church is the default; leaving them home requires justification. Push parents to explain why they should pass on their religion—apart from a principled Read More

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Power Up, Power On

by James Washington Special to the NNPA from The Houston Forward-Times I remember reviewing the letters of Paul in bible study. In doing so I was constantly reminded that one cannot look at Paul without really seeing Jesus’ amazing handywork. Now you need to know Read More

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10 Commandments of Fatherhood

by Pastor E.A. Deckard Special to the NNPA from the Houston Forward-Times “Nothing I’ve ever done has given me more joys and rewards than being a father to my children.” ― Bill Cosby Forward Thinkers there have been many so-called wars fought on American soil Read More

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Saving Our Sons

by E.A. Deckard Special to the NNPA from the Houston Forward Times “Defining myself, as opposed to being defined by others, is one of the most difficult challenges I face.” – Carol Moseley-Braun Forward Thinkers today I challenge every single mother and devoted parent to Read More

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Lesson 6: The Strength of Obedience

  by Rev. Manson Johnson Special to the NNPA from the Houston Forward Times 7 Strengths of Christian Believers Bible Fact: God uses a combination of spiritual characteristics to bring Christians to the point to glorify God. The Big Idea:  Growing Christians exhibit more positive spiritual Read More

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Whose Time is it Anyway?

by James Washington Special to the NNPA from the Houston Forward Times When life gets really upside down with me spiritually, I get anxious and scattered. If not reminded by those closest to me, I get a gentle nudge from my wife to remember my Read More