Leslie Brown III was born in Bronx, N.Y. Since his father, Leslie Jr. was in the military, the Brown family lived in numerous countries and cities, including Panama and Germany. The family eventually ended up in Sioux City, Iowa. Brown attended Briar Clift University in Iowa and majored in Pastoral Ministry. He was “called” into the ministry at the age of 20 while still a member of Mount Zion M.B. Church.
Throughout the Bible, we find that God wants only the best for our lives and those in our households. He tells us if we seek him first, we can ask him for anything and it will not be denied. He knows that when we get to have a personal relationship with him, our requests won’t be for silly things that he will get no glory out of our having. God wants the whole family to serve him, not just one or two members. He also wants men to be men. In Matthew 6:24, Jesus says, “No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon (the devil).” This scripture not only applies to men; it also applies to women and children.
A sincere relationship with the Lord
Sarah A. Person is the founder and senior Pastor of Tabernacle of Deliverance Praise and Worship Center. She is a native of Picalune, Mississippi and is the proud mother of four children, 14 grandchildren and one great-grand child. Person accepted the Lord as her personal Savior in 1974 and happily says, “I have never done anything that I am more proud of. Having a sincere relationship with the Lord is the best thing that can happen to anyone. For you see, when there is a true relationship with the Lord, you can ask whatever you want and it shall be given to you. You know why? When there is a true relationship with the Lord, you will not ask for stupid things.”
Sharing Hope Empowerment and Reaction (SHEAR), a nonprofit organization, Angel Tree Prison Ministry and Love Over Violence and Evil (LOVE.) have partnered together for their second annual Christmas in the Village Toy Giveaway. This fun-filled event will take place on Dec. 20 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the Koinonia Worship Center and Village, 4900 W. Hallandale Beach Blvd. in West Park to help families needing assistance for Christmas in South Florida.
Veronica Y. Morning-Morrison, 56, is a native Miamian. She is single and the mother of Immanuel Dejon Morrison. She graduated from Miami Central Senior High School, class of 1975 and from Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia, May 20, 1979, with a major in Sociology and a minor in Secondary Education. She has been a licensed, ordained minister for more than 33 years at Lively Stones for Jesus Ministries, (LSJM) Inc. 835 NW 119th St. She has also served as the administrator and community activist for LSJM since 1982.
President Abraham Lincoln’s speech concerning slavery and Mark 3:25 both share a point: a house divided against itself cannot stand. It is also true that seven things that can divide a house are hated by God: “A proud look, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked imagination, feet that run swiftly to mischief, a false witness that speaks lies, and he that sows discord among the brethrens” (Proverbs 6:16-19). One of the greatest things that Christians – not mimics, but true Christians – have going for themselves is unity.
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.
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.
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.
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.