After a careful study of Jonah 3:8, I have come up with the following paraphrase: “Those who embrace lying vanities forsake the Mercy (Lovingkindness) of God.” God does not forsake you; you forsake God’s Mercy! What is a lying vanity? Anything that “exalts itself against the knowledge of God.” (II Corinthians 10: 5) Whenever we embrace any thought or accusation that exalts itself against the knowledge of God we forsake the Mercy (Lovingkindness) of God! That’s why II Corinthians 10:5 exhorts us to “bring every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ.”

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I met her in the fall of 1995, shortly after I moved to Virginia Beach. When she found out that I had a ministry on Sexual Abuse and Prevention she told me that she knew from personal experience how desperately the Church needs this type of ministry. Recently she shared her testimony with me, and, with her permission, I’ve put it in this month’s newsletter. To preserve her privacy, I’ll call her Janie.

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An E-mail Sent To A Local Pastor Who Had Proclaimed “We’re Not Comfortable Addressing This Issue . . .”   God’s Beloved:   I realize that God has given me a zeal for a ministry that most of the saints do not share; in fact, it is very unpopular in most church circles. More than…

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Memories, the very word inspires both secular and sacred songs. At Church on Sunday Mornings God’s children sing Precious Memories, and who can forget Dean Martin crooning, Memories Are Made Of This?   Derived from the Latin word memorare, Webster defines memory as the power, act, or process of recalling to mind facts or experiences.…

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There’s something about the word “new” that fills me with anticipation. The word “new” implies that it hasn’t been messed up. A New Year somehow seems to hold the promise of a new start with a different ending. A new car is supposedly mechanically perfect and it’s body unblemished. A good used car, no matter…

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To understand why I classify Racism and Discrimination as a form of abuse, we must revisit the definition God gave me of abuse years ago. I was addressing a group of doctors, telling them of a Domestic Violence Shelter that had recently opened in our community when one of them asked me to define abuse.…

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Through circumstances beyond my control, and too complicated to try to explain, I was forced to take a prolonged leave of absence. God made known to me that He wanted me to expound on the love that He has for all of humanity upon.   God reveals in Hebrews 11:6 that without faith it is…

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She had an assault charge pending against her husband. Despite a court order that had prohibited him from having contact with her, he had come to her residence, and in a fit of rage had choked her with his bare hands. She literally feared for her life.   The police had records of his previous…

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The church was small; only around 70 people were present, including the youth. The elementary school age children were seated on the floor around the altar as I ministered to them through music and humor on Sexual Abuse & Prevention.   There was a woman with a five-year-old daughter visiting that evening whose family had…

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