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No Ways Tired

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This morning I went through the program for this Sunday evening’s Black History Celebration just to prepare myself for my part and to get a feel for how the program will flow. I was familiar with most of the songs, readings and other elements. There was one song listed I wasn’t familiar with, so I […]

The First Black Baptist Church in America

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We’re all aware of the powerful tradition of preaching and teaching in black Baptist churches  This has been one of the major forces shaping American culture throughout its existence. In preparation for Black History Month, I decided to learn as much as I could about how this spiritual movement started. Boy, did I get an […]

STILL WE RISE – Black History Celebration

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 10, 2017 Pastor Tyrone Skinner to Speak at Altadena Baptist for Black History Celebration ALTADENA, CA — The 33rd Annual Black History Celebration will be held at Altadena Baptist Church [ABC] in Altadena, California at 5:00 p.m. on February 19, 2017. All are welcome to attend. Prominent speakers join local artists […]

What, Me Worry?

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My main project today (Tuesday) was to write a Messenger article. I got some other minor tasks out of the way, and then my concentration was focused on coming up with an idea. My mind kept moving from one subject to another. I thought of Bible verses that popped into my consciousness, but nothing seemed […]

Water, Water, Everywhere!

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“Water, water everywhere, but not a drop to drink.” This is a quote from “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner,” written by English poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge in 1798. That line kept coming to me the past two weeks when we were dealing with constant rains. It echoed loudest and clearest in my mind the […]

Taking Selfies

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One of the most interesting advantages of having a smartphone is the ability to take high quality photos any time and anywhere. The most popular current fad application of this is the taking of selfies. For those of you older dudes who are smartphone ignorant, a selfie is a photo taken of your own face […]

The Worst Proverb Ever

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“Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words can never hurt me.” I don’t know whether my mother taught it to me or whether I learned it from some of the neighborhood kids, but this proverbial saying was my childhood go-to position whenever someone said something mean to me. Repeating these words brought me […]

Poor Orphan Penny

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I noticed a penny lying in our driveway several weeks ago. I’ve probably walked by it a hundred times since then. On four or five different occasions, the penny caught my eye, but I never picked it up. I remember that one of those times I considered reaching down for it, but I decided it […]

The Little Silver Tree Family

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My father finally fulfilled his dream of operating a hardware store when I was fifteen years old. He named it “Hawthorne Hardware” (check out the photo above). During the next few years, the life of every family member revolved around the struggle to start a small business from scratch. My father had to have a full […]

Love Came Down at Christmas

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Christina Rossetti (1830-1894) shares my December 5 birthday, but she beat me to it by 106 years. She was one of the most well-know Victorian poets, and she wrote frequently and passionately about her faith journey. Two of her poems have become part of our Christmas tradition. The one has provided the lyrics for  the […]