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Halloween: A long standing tradition

A time for saints not witches and ghosts

Children and adults will vie for first place for the most hideous and ridiculous costumes this Friday, Oct. 31. As part of Halloween, children walk in neighborhoods, making horrible sounds at an attempt to frightened individuals into giving them goodies. This is called “trick or treat.” You give them a treat or you will be tricked. Adults who participate in celebrating this holiday, on the other hand, will strive to give the best party of the year.

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Pastor G.S. Smith: The world is his congregation

ARC’s history and legacy will live on; it’s structured that way

A pastor, who started in the ministry of Jesus Christ six decades ago, was recognized by President Barack Obama via Congresswoman Frederica S. Wilson, last week. That pastor is Gilbert S. Smith, a Miami homegrown answer to the national broadcast evangelists. He and his wife have been the spiritual leaders for more than 43 years. He started in a humble storefront and today the world is his congregation.

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C. Sorrells-Brown: An apostle chosen to serve

Cassie Sorrells was born in Connecticut to the late Pastor Ulysees Sorrells and mother Bertha Sorrells-Kennedy. She attended Connecticut public schools and graduated from Western Connecticut State College, in Danbury with three degrees – an Associate of Science in Afro-American Studies, a Bachelor of Science and a Master’s of Arts in Secondary Education, specializing in English. While attending college, she was selected “Who’s Who Among Afro-American Students.” She also has an Honorary Doctorate in Theology with an earned degree in Religious Studies.

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Giving is a mandate from God

I believe most of you think about money, when you see the word “giving.” But there are so many other ways to give and, this week, we are going to focus on some of them. The secret of true abiding happiness is not receiving, as most people think, it's giving. The Bible says, “It is more blessed to give than to receive.” (Acts 20:35) This is not a theory, it is the truth.

Israel Milton to be honored for his years of dedicated service

Community Action and Human Services Dept. will reunite former employees

An Inaugural Reunion for the Community Action and Human Services Department (CAHSD) will reunite many of the former 1,400 employees and honor one of its own. Today the 37-year-old department employs about 600. The reunion is set for 7 p.m., Friday Oct. 24 at Jungle Island, 1111 Parrot Jungle Trail. The public is cordially invited to attend. Israel Milton, who went to work for human services in 1981 as the Assistant Director, will be honored at the CAHSD Reunion.

Pastor to receive award created in the name of activist Georgia Jones-Ayers

Ronae Cambridge will be honored at the Spirit of Excellence Gala, Awards Banquet

One is a dynamic religious leader of a Liberty City church. Another one dared to be the first Black to run for mayor for Miami-Dade County. Then there is the activist who serves tirelessly to ensure that Black youth get a quality education in the nation's fourth-largest public school system. Pastor Ronae Cambridge, activist Helen Williams and Miami-Dade County School Board Member Dorothy Bendross-Mindingall will be honored for their community service at the Spirit of Excellence Gala and Awards Banquet Oct. 25 at 7 p.m. at the African Heritage Culture Arts Center, at 6161 NW 22nd Ave.

Have faith to keep and promises to fulfill

Have no fear. Have faith and see the promises of God. At II Kings 6:16-17 in the Bible, there is story about a situation that developed because some seminary students had outgrown their dormitory. They asked Elisha, a prophet of God, for permission to build a new dormitory down by the Jordan River, where there were many trees. He gave them permission to build. The students loved Elisha because of his total trust in God and respected his opinion; therefore, he was asked to go with them to select the spot for their new dormitory. When they found the spot, they begin to chop down the trees.

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Pastor of the Week

Minister Henton: A young man fully dedicated to do and fulfill all of God’s will

As a young child, Minister Harrell L. Henton was taught to sing praises and worship to the Lord by his grandfather. “I have been working for the Lord for as long as I can remember,” Henton said. Under the guidance of his grandfather, Robert Holt Sr. and still a youngster, Henton made the grand decision to dedicate his full life to the work of the Lord and his church.

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The church is of God not man

The church’s purpose and needs are clearly identified and addressed in the New Testament. A wide-range of topics are also covered in God’s Word. The subject is introduced in the words of Jesus, “I say unto thee, that thou art Peter and upon this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” (Matt. 16:18)

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Instructive words for us to live by

Christians should incorporate the counsel of God in every facet of their lives. Just as there are “fair-weather friends,” there are “Sunday Christians,” who proclaim to be sanctified on Sunday and maybe on Wednesday night at Bible study. On all the other days, they live like disciples of the devil.

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