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Pastor Marshall: There is no distance with God

From Miami to Naples, God is there

The Redeemed Community Church of Naples (RCCON), now at 512 11th St. N., in Naples, Fla. was founded and organized in Liberty City 19 years ago by Reverend Sterling Kevin Marshall. He was led to the Lord as a child by Pastor Katrina Forbes in central Miami at Now Faith Deliverance Tabernacle (NFDT). At the age 19, Marshall was ordained and licensed, by Pastor Forbes, a minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and certified to perform all homiletical ceremonies “that pastors in the Christian religion were licensed to do,” Marshall said.

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Pastor of the Week: Local pastor reared in the way by grandmother

Benjamin H. Parrott’s heads the congregation at Christian Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church

Benjamin H. Parrott is the senior pastor of Christian Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church. The church, located at 8100 NW 17 Ave., will begin its 48th Anniversary Celebration on Saturday, June 27 at 5 p.m. The opening group will be the Brothers Quartet who are described as being “a singing sensation, out of Broward County,” by the masses who have heard them in concert. Parrott was born to the parentage of Athalie Parrott and was nurtured and raised by his devoted, maternal, grandmother, Ruby E. Parrott, who decided at his birth, to not let the statistics on young Black boys or the standards set by too many be the ones she would allow her grandson to follow.

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Meet Deja Mashack, she's exceptional

Student graduates from high school and technical college in the same week

Deja Mashack at age 14 had to leave all of her friends in Austell, Ga., (a suburb of Atlanta) where she was born and reared, and moved to Fort Lauderdale, with her parents, Baron and Denise Mashack. Her father had just become the new pastor of the Fifteenth Avenue Church of God in Fort Lauderdale. Being away from the friends she grew up with and finding herself in unfamiliar surroundings, Deja threw herself into her studies. After one year at Renaissance Middle School in Miramar, she went on to spend the next four years at Everglades High School. Making friends wasn't easy for Deja. She was a homebody and a bookworm. However, in the diverse landscape at Everglades High, Deja found acceptance and new friends.

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Members proud of Pastor Leonard Shaw

'Committed, dedicated, has integrity and sincere' are words used to describe this pastor

The leadership group at Miami Revival Tabernacle Assembly Church of God (RTAG) take seriously the responsibilities that have been given them by the members of the church. They work at keeping the respect and commitment those duties entail. RTAG’s leadership consist of: Elder Arnold Montgomery, Deacon Keith Coke, Elder Albert Cannon; Deaconesses Sabrina Wright Jones, Rosanna Johnson, Joy T. Talley and Jennifer Montgomery; they are very involved and dedicated individuals. Words used by the board to describe the senior pastor, Reverend Leonard Shaw, include: committed, dedicated, has integrity and sincere. “These are not just words to us,” said Montgomery, the chairman of the Board at RTAG and the

Alicia Voltaire sells lemonade for cancer cure

Help raise $8,000 to help eradicate Neuroblastoma cancer in children

Seven-year-old Alicia Voltaire enjoys dancing, singing, skating, writing short stories and reading and wants to be a veterinarian. In the meantime, this child has joined the fight against childhood cancer.  About a month ago, Alicia's teacher, Jeannette D'Amour at North Dade Center for Modern Languages, introduced the story of a young girl named Alex and her fight against Neuroblastoma cancer. Since that day, Alicia hounded her mother about starting a lemonade stand, so that she could raise money to help kids with cancer.  

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Pastor John F. White: Prepared to lead people by example

Church gives thousands in tithes back to people in the Miami-Dade community

John F. White is a visionary who has allowed God to lead in his life, including his education, marriage and life’s work. He is married to Maria Mallory White, who is also a minister of the gospel of Jesus, a mother, and an entrepreneur. That union has produced two sons: John F. “Trey” III and Joseph Christian “Joey,” who they refer to as being “their gifts from God.” Pastor John and Reverend Maria have prepared themselves to lead God’s people as far as they are willing to follow.

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Pastor Tuff teaches that holiness is right

Her mission is to restore and strengthen families

Pastor Dr. Gina Inga Tuff is a third generation Tuff (by marriage) to pastor the Church of Deliverance Through the Blood of Jesus (CDTBJ). Currently, the church has two locations, one in Opa-locka at 13700 NW 19th Ave., Suite 14, and the other in Jasper, Fla. at 7437 SW Country Rd. 143. CDTBJ was founded by Pastor Pearlie Tuff in 1982. Her son, Bishop Freddy L. Tuff Sr. became the pastor until his wife, Gina Inga was ordained to preach the gospel in 1993.

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Let not fear consume you

Fear no man, fear only the Lord

To be alive in 2015 could be a scary time for some. It is a time when too many individuals fear just getting out of bed each morning. For those of you who are not in this predicament, try to imagine how fear can hamper you from merely attempting: To walk from your home to your car without the fear of becoming the victim of a drive-by shooting; Blowing your horn at someone who cuts you off in traffic, without fearing that that person just might shoot you; Thinking that your young son, or teenage daughter, on their usual route to or from school, could be snatched up by a sex-offender and taken away from you;

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‘Marriage, It’s Not Physical, It’s Spiritual (Holy)’

Alicia F. Rooks now believes and says she knows that when two people go into the God-ordained institution of marriage, both individuals will have first taken the time to develop a personal relationship with the Lord. Rooks’ first book, “Marriage, It’s Not Physical, It’s Spiritual (Holy)” says in detail: “When we are united by God, we will have done our homework and know without a shadow of doubt that the common denominator, in the relationship, is their love for first, the Lord, and then for each other.”

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‘God has given me a unique way to connect’

Pastor of the Week

Cedon Saintil Jr. was born Nov. 15, 1976 in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. His family migrated to the U.S. in 1981. Saintil was enrolled for a short period of time at Miami Edison Senior High School, where his newly found friends gave him several nicknames, including Ced, CJ, and Don. He was then transferred to Miami Jackson Senior High, from which he graduated and went on to earn degrees in Medical Technology and Criminal Justice.

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