Category Archives: gratitude

Colorful race adventures

This Thanksgiving Day I am thankful for my interracial adventures and my new book about them. Read about my adventures crossing the color-line: * selling black history books door-to-door in a race riot; * getting a haircut from Oprah’s dad; … Continue reading

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Alive inside? Experiencing the joy of internal life!

Are you alive inside? Are you experiencing the joys of internal life? Devoid of internal life, chaos resides inside and inner chaos creates chaos everywhere you go. However, when you connect with and cultivate inner life, there is an ongoing release … Continue reading

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My 21st Century Psalm (King David Style)

I recently attended a prayer and fasting retreat sponsored by the Kentucky and Tennessee Division of The Salvation Army and was challenged to write a psalm.  So I did.  Here it is: Psalm of Steve #1 Nothing comes from nothing, … Continue reading

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What Saved My Infant Daughter’s Life?

I woke up very grateful this morning, remembering when my infant daughter was saved from my carelessness and absent-mindedness.  I lifted her and her car seat out of the back seat of our car and set her down on the … Continue reading

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Unconditional Will Wow You!

Unconditional, a new movie staring Lynn Collins and Michael Ealy, is based on events in the life of Joe Bradford, affectionately known as Papa Joe by the people whose lives he has changed in the projects of Nashville, Tennessee.  It is a … Continue reading

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In This Busy World, Perhaps We Need To SLO Down . . .

In this busy world, perhaps we need to SLO down. S — Stop. L — Listen to God. O — Obey what He says.

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Why Is Depression Rampant In America

Why is depression rampant in America, a country known for freedom and prosperity? Perhaps the answer is in this quotation . . . “Many people look out into a meaningless world in which there is no afterlife, where all their … Continue reading

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Sometimes I Think I’m Very Wealthy

A few days ago I began to realize how wealthy I am.  However, it is not a wealth that Forbes magazine will recognize. Nevertheless, if the world’s billionaires knew how much peace, contentment, excitement, clear conscience, joy, and sweet, moment-by-moment companionship with … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, Berry Street!

We are celebrating our 4th birthday today at The Salvation Army Berry Street Worship Center in Nashville, Tennessee. Thank You, Lord, for 4 years of seeing You transform, disciple, and work through a diverse group of amazing people and for … Continue reading

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News Flash: Planet Earth invaded by its Creator, not with the force of justice and judgment; but with mercy, love, humility. The Creator comes in human flesh, not in a royal palace, but in an animal stable — not with a demonstration of His power and authority, but subject to the circumstances of a Babe born under questionable conditions to a poor mother. Yet 20 centuries later, the world slows down, work stops, families gather on the day set aside to remember that God invasion. One Babe began a movement that continues to our time — a movement that has made millions of men and women better than they would have been without beholding the Christ. Transformed by Jesus, by God in the flesh — made new, set free, personally invaded by the Spirit, now rejoicing, not in stuff, and tinsel, and traditions both religious and secular; but rejoicing in relationship with the Babe, now the Lord, Savior, Master!

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