Relationship Status: Single, Unmarried, No Children

This week a beloved friend of mine came into my office seeking comfort about her life status. She began to say, “I’m not married and I want to have a baby. I have baby fever. I see babies everywhere. My Facebook news feed is full of baby posts. I don’t like my body all the way, and I don’t have the things I want to have.” I listened carefully as I sat behind my desk watching her down caste appearance, thinking to myself, “What? You have it all together. You only need one thing. Ok two. Your licence to practice and Jesus.” She continue to speak, but I interrupted her […]

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My Note to a Brother in Christ

God has been teaching this to me the last few months: to feel the pain and not dismiss it. I tried so hard to run away from pain that I drugged myself with everything I could before I knew Christ. When I met Christ I drugged myself with Him. I was using God instead of allowing Him to heal me. In class we are reading a book and it talks about feeling pain. Now, I see the beauty in pain and suffering. It’s how we grow into being more like Christ. It’s how we learn to love others. Do you remember when we went to eat at Three Arts Club […]

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You are Perfect in Every Way

“Worthless. Worthless! Worthless!! Worthless!!! Worthless!!!! Worthless!!!!!” A tempest of tears stream from my eyes down to my hoodie. I can’t make since of the perfection he listed with such detail: “You are perfect in every way. I love everything about you; the way you think, the way you carry yourself. You are confident and beautiful inside and out. I love your heart, the way you love God, you are obedient to Him and you have compassion for people. I love your smile and your dimples. I love the powerful woman you have become and you’re only going to get better. Damn. You are perfect in every way. You live a […]

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The C.P.D. are More than Police Officers they are System Revolutionists

There’s a system that desecrates. There’s a system to which the childish are slaves. These tumult customs are killing freedom; it’s a philosophy for the dead. We are not blaming anyone; we are all trying to break free. We are not each other’s enemies, although the system works hard to make it so. But, there is a way out. Yes, there is a choice to be made. Choose life to break free from the broken system. Many turn the blind eye and they see them less than worthy, but some have taken notice: On May 10th 2018, the Health and Safety Committee from the Cicero Community made up of heart […]

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The Irving Effect (T.I.E) Movement Inauguration Night: A Night of Healing

I approached the Cicero Stadium with expectancy, as I walked up the stairs to the event I was impacted by the type of music they were playing. They played Christ filled music and I found myself engorged with the Spirit of God; perhaps because I and my prayer team from church had been praying about the event the entire week and the presence of God heavily lingered within me. I stepped into the gymnasium where many young people finished decorating the altar running down the bleachers in which two huge drawings stood. The drawing on the left depicted Christ Jesus, whereas the drawing on the right depicted Mary. A Cross formed […]

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That they May Know the Lord

After the church service my son and I stopped to eat to a nearby restaurant in Rogers Park. Outside of the restaurant on the sidewalk sat a homeless man. I observed him through the large, clear widow as I chatted with my boy; his blue sweeter was torn and his shoes had holes. I told Nico to look over at the man. He asked, “Are we going to help him?” Sure enough, we bought some food for him. We left the restaurant and approached the man. We asked him if we could sit next to him. Without a care in the world He said yes. The man was shaking and he spoke with a […]

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One Woman to Another

When I was done sharing my story an elegant woman approached me. She stated, “You remind me of me. Do you have time for me to share a little about my latest experiences?” I held her hands as a sat near her getting ready to give her my undivided attention. And so she began: I dreamt a sweet-bitter dream last night in which the love of my life and I chatted in the Spirit about God and life. We were filled by each other’s presence. He treated me with such reverence, like a true daughter of the King. He held me in his arms and prayed for me endlessly. Endlessly. […]

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Kingdom Colonizers

While some people fail to answer the calling of God, others have not only answered it, but strive night and day to over come the struggles in the mist of building the ministry the Lord has entrusting to them. Early this year the Lord introduced me to a wonderful ministry and its founders. The ministry is called Kingdom Colonizers. Its founders include Noah Patrice Bessala a Cameroonian pastor and his wife Annabelle Panaligan. Also, Jose Bengonoavomo an Equatorial Guine and his wife Jores Bengonoavomo. Lastly, Yuri Suller and her son Marco Suller. Together, they have answered God’s calling since 2011 when they began doing mission work in many areas in […]

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The Justice Sytem: A Discussion with Pastor Rich Schwoegler

What is Justice? Justice at its core is the ability to fairly judge and/or enforce ruling. In a more profound analysis, justice is to see all people through the eyes of God, thus, enabling us to chastises one another by holding each other accountable of our actions, as God does. This allows us to change things within ourselves that are wrong and that go against God’s nature. Who is Pastor Rich Schwoegler? Pastor Rich Schwoegler served as police officer for 27 years in Milwaukee, WI. Now, he is a Pastor, Chaplain, and one of many critics of our current justice system. His greatest concern is that our system is a […]

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Critical Thinking

In a world so complex, it is important to be able to think critically. This is why we should understand what critical thinking is and why it is relevant. To better understand this phenomena, we interviewed two professionals, each brilliant in their area of expertise. April Bernard, PhD, professor in criminal justice at Chicago State University and Rosario Pesce, PhD, professor in school psychology at Loyola University. What is Critical Thinking? Dr. Bernard and Dr. Pesce agree that critical thinking is the process in which a person improves their quality of thought through analyzing information. It is the artful skill of having a sound mind, self-discipline, and having the ability […]

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