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Hopelessness and despair are marks to define this generation. Despite the discoveries in science and progress made that rival every other generation, there is still something missing. Meaning for life, the reason to live has been extracted while the focus is placed upon survival alone. Philosophical discussions on meaning are usually ignored because they require a level of thinking that can be depressing if the pursuit is not in the direction of concrete answers.   When I was in high school, I had a coach that required us to excel in sports. I was one of the worse basketball players on the team. The coach knowing that I was in the ministry asked me to sit in his office and write down my philosophy. I didn’t even know what the word philosophy meant at the time, but I wrote down every thought that came to mind. It was then that I discovered something about myself. I wanted real answers to questions that were deeply imbedded into my soul. I was aware that there was more to me than what I was then able to express, but somehow, I needed to get what was in me out there for others to…

The earthquake in Haiti was a wakeup call to the world. The question on the mind and lips of many is, can something like that really happen? And since it happened there, could it happen here? Hundreds of thousands of lives were lost as the result of an event that only took a few minutes to occur. The tragedy of Haiti has made such an impact upon the world that relief is pouring in from every sector of the globe. To see images of recently orphaned children whose future was already bleak because of the adverse poverty of the nation merely escalated the cause. Graphic pictures leapt off the screen and into our lives when we faced the relatives of the victims a few days ago. What could we tell them? As Haitian pastors living in Atlanta gathered together at our request to tell their stories, we could feel their pain. Although they were away from the scene, from their families, and their native land, their hearts were there. How many of their family and friends, who bade them farewell when they embarked upon the journey to America, saw them for the very last time? And unfortunately, there is the…

As each year ends, I prayerfully seek the Lord for a theme for the New Year. The New Year provides new opportunities for us. Whatever happened previously has now been registered as history. The record of the past is now complete; yet the future awaits us as a blank page to be written upon. Next year, the reflections will involve the decisions that we are presently making. Our daily decisions will determine whether there will be victories to celebrate or defeats to lament. I believe that our focus will determine our outcome. We can look around and see the devastation of a failed economy, the moral collapse of this generation, spiritual and political compromises that violate the Constitution and our creeds. It signals to those who are attempting to hold things together that the standard must come from a higher and a different Source. Jesus proclaimed as His inaugural address that the “Kingdom is near.” Each message heard provides an opportunity. Think about the opportunities that have now translated into regrets. If we had the power to turn the clock backwards to that exact period when the chance for change was provided, I am certain that none would reject cashing…

“To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven” (Eccl 3:1) But have you considered the truth that there is a purpose within times and seasons? Every occurrence is purposeful and not accidental nor is it coincidental.  The reason for the purpose of occurrences remains as the secret things of God. They are hidden in Jesus Christ and only those who are in pursuit of knowing Him will ever come to know the purpose for life and all that comprise of it. This may appear to be strange language to an individual who has never considered God as all knowing and all powerful. They are often too busy trying to discover the purpose for life in the things around them or the things that they are able to do. There remains a deep longing within the hearts of those who seek satisfaction through things and the pursuit of knowledge. They often will misinterpret the constant longing for more of the same until their pursuit and purpose becomes an endless circle. John on the Isle of Patmos received this revelation of Jesus Christ: You are worthy, O Lord, To receive glory and honor and power; For You created all…