Introduction 1 John 2: 9-11 NIV states, “Anyone who claims to be in the light but hates a brother or sister is still in the darkness. Anyone who loves their brother and sister lives in the light, and there is nothing in them to make them stumble. But anyone who hates a brother or sister is in the darkness […]
A Soul Searching History Lesson: Change is in The Eye of The Beholder (Part 3)
The Civil Rights Act of 1964 As I listened to Mrs. Jefferson’s accounts of 1963, I wanted to skip the parts of history that made me uncomfortable. You know the parts that I’m referring to, right? The parts that include Commissioner Bull Conner giving orders to his police department to use firehoses and attack dogs […]
A Soul Searching History Lesson: The Year of 1963 (Part 2)
“It was a pivotal time for the Civil Rights Movement. It was also a turning for the worst in my life. It was the year my eyes were opened to the real reason for the differences I experienced growing up. This was the time I allowed the anger and the hatred to enter my heart,” Patricia Jefferson said.
A Soul Searching History Lesson: Growing up in Birmingham, Alabama (Part 1)
Mrs. Patricia Jefferson was born on February 10, 1948 in Birmingham, Alabama. According to Mrs. Jefferson, the city was divided because of segregation; however, she did not truly understand what was happening in their city until her teen years.
Forgiveness Matters- Part 3 Commentary: “Encourage Yourself”
Last week, as we wrapped up the Forgiveness Matters series, we discussed Saul and Barnabas. In summary, when Saul went to Jerusalem to escape the ones trying to kill him, he tried to connect with the other disciplines but they were ultimately afraid of him. After all, he was known for imprisoning Christians and ultimately […]
Forgiveness Matters- Part 3 Freedom is Connected to Unity
As we prepare to wrap up this series about forgiveness, I feel as if our Father is leading me to share what happened after Saul accepted his call into the ministry. (Of course, you can read all about it in the book of Acts, and you should definitely go to the Father with any questions […]
Forgiveness Matters- Part 2 Saul is Waiting
As Stephen was being stoned to death, he prayed, “Do not hold this sin against them.” In the meantime, a man named Saul stood nearby and watched as they stoned Stephen to death. (The definition of stoning is a method of capital punishment where a group throws stones at a person until the subject dies […]
FORGIVENESS MATTERS-PART 1 COMMENTARY: WHERE IS STEPHEN?
Last week, God placed it on my heart to ask, “Where are the Stephens in the world?” “Where are the people, who will honor Him and trust in Him during racial tension?” “Where are the people who will pray for the discriminators?” “Who will go to our Father on their behalf?” Where are the people […]
Forgiveness Matters- Part 1
By: Nicole C Schroeder I recently read an article about a district that apologized to the African American students in their community for years of racial discrimination, but a prominent leader in that community questioned the sincerity of the apology. As I reflected on the article, God downloaded this thought into my spirit: Our response […]
. . .God Prepares A Table
When God prepares a table for you in the presence of your enemies, it might not go exactly how you envisioned it. Well, at least that was my experience, so let me start from the beginning… Years ago, I identified my enemies as people who commit racist acts, regardless of their race, and I waged […]
My First Blog
When God whispered in my spirit to write and publish my blogs every Tuesday at 5:00P.M., He also whispered in my spirit to disable comments. Of course, I didn’t understand why he would ask me to do something like that because I recently read an article that said, “Comments add value to blogs because it […]