Turn Down the Volume


Posted By on Mar 10, 2021

As I tasted the scrumptious bite of plain boiled potato, I heard the still small voice of the Creator. I did not hear God’s voice speaking when persons suggested, don’t you miss fried chicken, candied yams, mac & cheese, greens, and hot rolls? There was no voice. Nor was there a voice, when offered a homemade slice of apple pie with ice cream. Yet, I heard the voice of God as the plain boiled potato touched my palate. God asked,...

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Back Home Day

Back Home Day


Posted By on Feb 11, 2021

Early in my ministry, I was blessed to shepherd churches that had a Back Home Day or Homecoming Sunday. These Sundays were filled with food, fellowship, and fierce worship. Faithful worship consisting of praying, preaching, singing, and believing in the power of Christ Jesus. Family and Friends come from near and far to bring glory to God, honor faith and family; while reflecting on the firm foundation of grace, faith and mercy which...

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Day by Day: Devotional

Day by Day: Devotional


Posted By on Feb 6, 2021

Psalm 27:13 As we pray and reflect over our lives, both the joy and the pain – we see the image of God. Our God is leading and guiding us each step of the way. Smiling with us in times of joy and carrying our burdens during the storms of life. Can we not see God the Father, who gave us Jesus the Son, who left us the power of the Holy Spirit? Yes, the One and Only True God holds our hand and never lets us go! He heals our heart, body...

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The Essential Worker

The Essential Worker


Posted By on Jan 18, 2021

 “Angels descending bring from above echoes of mercy, whispers of love.”   During a recent health care visit I had the pleasure of having an IV inserted in by physical being. Like many human beings, this is not one of my favorite things. During the process, I began to hum one of my favorite hymns Blessed Assurance. The health care provider asked me, “Do you trust me?” Trust, was my answer. Their reply, “Squeeze my...

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Ride Out the Storm

Ride Out the Storm


Posted By on Mar 26, 2020

This is our second week being physically separated from each other; yet it is our prayer that we become even more spiritually connected. There are only so many Hallmark movies, HGTV, ESPN and westerns that we can watch on television. This is our forty days in the wilderness, our three days in the belly of the whale and our time together on Noah’s Ark. The difference is, we can connect through many mediums. Listening, caring and...

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Learning How to Swim


Posted By on Feb 13, 2020

As a little girl I had swimming lessons at the YMCA. Now, my brother and sister were like fish to water; as for me—I just could not learn to swim. During the process I grasped the concepts of kicking, holding my breath and not going in the deep end – for I might drown. The ability to float, backstroke or even the doggie paddle eluded my mental and physical coordination. I came to believe that I would never swim. To my surprise those...

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by Rev. Dr. Shirlyn H. Brown During a week of needed Sabbath, I find myself being immersed in the power of Sistah Strength. You know the strength that we receive from our mothers, grandmothers, sisters, aunts and friends… That second sight, which can feel your breath before you exhale. That comfort that is there before the hurt. A voice of truth, which tells us about our self -brings the real to the surface. Sista Strength is the love...

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 “Whose side are you on?”


Posted By on Jun 23, 2019

The Messenger: Rev. Tracy B. Payne Sermon Highlights When Moses returned from Mount Sinai and saw people worshiping the golden calf and other idols, he confronted them and threw down their idols. “He stood at the entrance of the camp and said, ‘Whoever is for the LORD, come to me.’” (Exodus 32:26) The Tribe of Levi, men of the priesthood and men of integrity, chose God and stood with Moses. Whenever we are confronted with standards...

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