July 17, 2020

“So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom.”

Psalm 90:12

This week, I read the obituary and discovered I WAS IN IT! Well, almost.

While casually scanning the “Life Stories” section of Focus magazine, Andrews University’s alumni quarterly, I saw the...

July 12, 2020

“In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, on the seventeenth day of the second month—on that day all the springs of the great deep burst forth, and the floodgates of the heavens were opened. And rain fell on the earth forty days and forty nights.” Genesis 7:11-12, NIV...

July 4, 2020

“Yet He did not leave Himself without witness, for He did good by giving you rains from heaven and fruitful seasons, satisfying your hearts with food and gladness.” Acts 14:17, ESV

When I was a young boy, I had a habit of letting the water run while brushing my teeth. I...

July 1, 2020

"Does the rain have a father? Who fathers the drops of dew?”

Job 38:28

Well, I ended up running through the rain from my front door to the car door. Sitting with wet hands and damp pants, I paused to pray for safe traveling mercies. Less than 5 minutes later, the rain st...

June 19, 2020

"In their hearts humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps.” Proverbs 16:9

I was dressed and ready to go. The bright, sunny day and I had a date. Who could ask for better weather on errand day? Not me! First, I’d stop by the store to purchase a coup...

June 8, 2020

God used the preaching ministry of Elder Walter L. Pearson, Jr. to further clarify and sensitize me to His call on my life. For several years, I admired him from a distance, hearing him speak on television and in person. Later, after I’d completed seminary, I would hav...

May 12, 2020

What is your favorite “Momma’s Meal”? That meal only your mother can cook. The one you request whenever the opportunity presents itself. The one no one else can match. The one that makes you want to shout, dance, and clap your hands. Can you smell it? Can you taste it?...

December 17, 2019

Fall is in full swing and as the holidays rapidly approach, I am reminded of this fact of life: seasons change. For some, this is the most wonderful time of year. For others, it is anything but wonderful. Perhaps this is what the wise King Solomon had in mind when he w...

May 17, 2019

On Friday May 10, 2019, I was honored to serve as the consecration speaker for the graduating class of 2019 at my alma mater Oakwood University. The Lord blessed this homecoming experience. I wanted to capture the sentiments of my reflection on the moment in a letter t...

July 25, 2018

I'm turning 30 this year!

As I look back over my life, I've been blessed to grow up in a loving home, meet great people, and travel to some pretty awesome places. I have also endured hurts, grown apart from people, and been in a tough spot or two. What I'm trying to say...

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