Spiritual Matters

Terrorist kills nine at historic black church in S. Carolina

Terrorist kills nine at historic black church in S. Carolina

| June 23, 2015

CHARLESTON, S.C.—Nine people were killed during a Bible study when a young white man opened fire at a historically black church in Charleston, South Carolina, on June 17. According to reports, 21-year-old Dylann Storm Roof sat for nearly an hour during a traditional Wednesday night prayer meeting at Charleston’s Emanuel African Methodist  Episcopal Church, affectionately […]

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A letter to a son: The privilege and responsibility of your name

A letter to a son: The privilege and responsibility of your name

| June 21, 2015

By the Rev. Anthony Payton Dear Son, It has been my honor to know you as my son. From the moment your mother shared the news of her pregnancy with me, I was convinced that God was giving me a son. While you were in your mother’s womb, I prayed for you daily and have […]

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Let it go, please

Let it go, please

| June 20, 2015

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 oftentimes get reminded of the power of ego (mine), pride […]

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Hope in suffering

Hope in suffering

| June 18, 2015

By the Rev. Lakeya Stewart Have you ever felt like you were suffering in silence? I mean, you felt like no one else could relate to or understand what you were going through. Maybe you confided in your best friend in hopes that they might offer a new perspective on your situation or with the […]

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The Rev. and Mrs. Otha Aden celebrate 50 years of holy matrimony

The Rev. and Mrs. Otha Aden celebrate 50 years of holy matrimony

| June 17, 2015

Information courtesy of the family FORT WAYNE—On June 6, 1965, Otha Lee Aden and Sylvia Kathleen Hines were wed at St. Matthew’s Baptist Church in Williamstown, N.J. On Saturday, June 6, 2015,  the Aden couple celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary at Hall’s Guesthouse, surrounded by family and friends. Members of the wedding party were also […]

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Obituaries: June 17-23 Edition

Obituaries: June 17-23 Edition

| June 17, 2015

  La’Mari Nathaniel Williams, infant son of Kiaira Monique Pratcher and Lionell Cordellro Williams Sr., was stillborn on Saturday, May 30, 2015.  

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Rebuilding our communities: ‘The Call,’ the challenges, the competition

Rebuilding our communities: ‘The Call,’ the challenges, the competition

| June 11, 2015

By Pastor E.A. Deckard Special to the NNPA from the Houston Forward Times “We cannot seek achievement for ourselves and forget about progress and prosperity for our community… Our ambitions must be broad enough to include the aspirations and needs of others, for their sakes and for our own.”—Cesar Chavez Forward Thinkers too much given […]

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Obituaries: June 10-16 Edition

Obituaries: June 10-16 Edition

| June 10, 2015

Marc Duane Washington Sr., 64, of Fort Wayne, died Wednesday, May 20, 2015. Charles A. Suggs, 60, of Lancaster, CA (formerly of Fort Wayne) passed away Saturday May 29, 2015 at Antelope Hospital in Lancaster.

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What’s behind your smile?

What’s behind your smile?

| June 9, 2015

By the Rev. Lakeya Stewart In many cultures, including American culture, a smile can say a lot.  I have seen angry individuals, and I mean angry, melt down and begin to cry in response to a genuine smile from someone who had once been classified as an enemy to them. I wonder what that was […]

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Pastor Karen Staton stepping into ministerial leadership role, encouraging others to accept their ‘calling

Pastor Karen Staton stepping into ministerial leadership role, encouraging others to accept their ‘calling

| June 7, 2015 | Reply

By Genevieve ‘Gena’ Epps Special to Frost Illustrated Women in leadership roles, ministers, evangelists, even pastors take ownership in their leadership roles for many reasons but the ultimate reason is they were called. As I listen to and embrace the words “I was called” I’ve come to the realization we all are called to something […]

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