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Be web-3“’Passing,’ this breaking away from all that [is] familiar to take one’s chances in another environment, not entirely strange, perhaps, but certainly not entirely friendly.”

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tn Online Giving wide tWhat do you do with your tithe and offering if you happen to miss a Sabbath service?  Bring it the following week?  There aren’t any official studies to prove it, but many authors believe that you're likely to "forget" to make that contribution.  There are ways that you can avoid this happening to you, especially as we're in the middle of summer and people are enjoying vacations.

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imageFellow-citizens; above your national, tumultuous joy, I hear the mournful wail of millions! Whose chains, heavy and grievous yesterday, are, today, rendered more intolerable by the jubilee shouts that reach them. If I do forget, if I do not faithfully remember those bleeding children of sorrow this day, ‘may my right hand forget her cunning, and may my tongue cleave to the roof of my mouth!’ To forget them, to pass lightly over their wrongs, and to chime in with the popular theme, would be treason most scandalous and shocking, and would make me a reproach before God and the world. My subject, then fellow-citizens, is AMERICAN SLAVERY.”

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tn spinningYesterday, I decided I would take a spinning class.  People have been spinning for years and I’ve never done it, so this would be my chance [spinning:  an indoor cycling class with various phases (warm-up, sprints, hills, cool-down, etc.) led by an instructor].

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A Person Driven Life std rejoice t fbDear members:

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portland-tram-closeup-smallMy job sent me to Portland for some meetings, and I decided to take in some of the city's sights on the evening before we started working.  One of the things that was recommended on all the "things to do in Portland" sites I visited was the Portland aerial tram.  This tram would take you up to a high point and allow you to see the city panoramically displayed below you.

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tn OvercomingSecretFears wide t nvI was particularly disturbed by the actions of one of my recent customers.  I pride myself on being gentle and compassionate in my dental practice and people often remark on how relaxed and homelike an atmosphere they sense when they come in.  So Patient Patty’s (not her real name) behavior was a little shocking.

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tn secret hearts wideIt was consummated at conception. At first I was resistant. I couldn’t get over the fact that I was bound to this relationship without my consent. As time went by I realized that our love was real. Whenever I was stressed, we’d escape the fiery furnace of life and cuddle under the stars. Whenever I was depressed, we’d laugh until the rising of the sun and setting down of the same. Whenever I felt forgotten, our love reminded me that I was remembered. Whenever I felt rejected, our love told me that I was chosen. Whenever I felt angry, our love would bring me peace. And whenever I felt unloved, our union erased all doubt. I never thought I’d give up Jesse’s love.  

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tn r-ratedThe Oscars have come and gone. Hollywood continues to do its thing: art imitating life, they say. In reality, it’s not that simple: some movies have an agenda beyond pure entertainment; many movies are pure fantasy, divorced from any conceivable reality; and ultimately, Hollywood is a for-profit enterprise.

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tn A Person Driven Life std confession tWe took a break from our Person Driven Life series to celebrate our African, African American and West Indian cultures, as well as our church’s history.  This week we return to our regularly scheduled program, resuming our study of the book Steps to Christ in an attempt to emulate the most impressive, yet enigmatic person in the history of the world – Jesus Christ.

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tn tough times wide t nvAny member of Metro church will tell you that our family is made up of people from very different cultures. Even those of us of African descent know that a Nigerian is different from a Ghanaian, is different from a Guyanese, is different from a Jamaican, is different from a New Yorker, is different from a Floridian.

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tn happy valentines day wide t NVLet's face it!  Many married men have little to no game, or, the once-revered game is utterly rusty.  Truth be told, but for your significant other's faith and belief system, you'd still be in perpetual bachelor status.  Add a couple of children to the mix, and these men have gotten even slacker in the spouse appreciation department.  Now, you're facing Valentine's Day - the most blatantly manufactured holiday on the calendar year.  Your knee-jerk reaction is to order some overpriced flowers, find a baby-sitter and take the missus out to dinner.  (By the way, if you already spent the money at FTD.com, I cannot help you there; you could have simply gone to Trader Joes).  I’m here to suggest that instead of taking your beloved to Ruby Tuesday or Applebees, you elevate your game a bit and take her to a real restaurant.  Who knows, she may be so impressed she'll be singing her own kosher version of Beyonce's Drunk in Love (off the Martinelli's, of course).

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Freedom Fright tAn Arab chief tells a story of a spy who was captured and then sentenced to death by a general in the Persian army. This general had the strange custom of giving condemned criminals a choice between the firing squad and the big, black door. As the moment for execution drew near, the spy was brought to the Persian general, who asked the question, “What will it be: the firing squad or the big, black door?”

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tn cry-of-the-oppressed std t nvYesterday, I found out that I am a slave owner.  69 slaves work for me.  What???? I'm black!  My ancestors were slaves!  I've seen Roots and 12 Years A Slave!!  How can I even remotely be involved in anything having to do with slavery???  And wait a minute - wasn't slavery abolished hundreds of years ago?  How could there be slaves anywhere for me to own?

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tn eyes wide open t ntThis evening I went into my Pocket and read the article "20 Things the Poor Really Do Every Day" on Ben Irwin's blog.  It was written in response to an article on Dave Ramsey's blog - "20 Things the Rich Do Every Day".  I loved Mr. Irwin's article.  I should let you know up front that I'm a graduate - twice - of Dave Ramsey's Financial Peace University.  I now teach a small group when we offer the class here at Metro.  We practice several of his recommendations at home.  I am an accountability partner for at least two friends. I, for the most part, agree with what he says.  But I was disappointed by the what-the-rich-do article.  Especially this line that Mr. Ramsey used in the comments that he appended to the list after, apparently, all hell broke loose when the blog was first published:  This list simply says your choices cause results. You reap what you sow.

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tn A Person Driven Life grey std tAccording to popular Christian thought, the most basic questions everyone faces in life are: “Why am I here? What is my purpose?”  While we may agree with this to varying degrees, I believe these questions are only answered after we’ve been properly introduced to the Person that put us here – the One who watched us as we were being formed in utter seclusion, and woven together in the dark of the womb. (Psalm 139:15 NLT). That person is Jesus the Christ, “the one through whom God created everything”.  Since “everything has been created through him and for him” (Colossians 1:16 NLT), who better to answer those questions?

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The other day my friend Kim and I exchanged the following messages via text:

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tn give me more time tChristmas is just a few days away and I’m sure that many of you, like me, haven’t yet purchased any Christmas gifts.  Yes – you can admit it; I won’t judge you!  J  Being late is something I’ve struggled with for the past few years, and it’s something I want to really get a handle on in 2014.  I thought, though, that before I turn over this new leaf and become Ms. On-Time, I’d take a few minutes and share (tongue-in-cheek) some tips that I’ve noticed are helpful when you’re late to a meeting.  Yes, yes – obviously the first thing you should do is be on time.  But…for those rare instances when traffic, the children, your stockings, or something else keeps you back, you might find these useful.

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taleka-blogDecember 16 update:

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tn tale of two people[One sunny summer day, outside Jericho; names have been changed to protect the innocent.  I admit to freely stealing from Pastor Johns' “38 Years a Slave” sermon]

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