Our Daily Bread Ministries Releases Special Edition Devotional Literature Honoring the Black Experience…

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When I rededicated my life to Jesus Christ about 20 years ago after being baptized as a teenager, I was on the hunt for Christian materials that would help me to learn about God. The daily devotional entries by Our Daily Bread Ministries were probably the first devotional materials that I read. I appreciated the entries because they were short but encompassed the breadth of the Bible in everyday situations. I eventually included different devotional literature in my reading to expand my repertoire, but I still consider Our Daily Bread devotional literature to be the bedrock in daily devotional literature. In fact, I’m not the only who thinks so. Millions of people throughout the world read Our Daily Bread devotionals, and they are provided for FREE!

That’s why I was excited to learn that Our Daily Bread published a Black Church devotional edition This Far By Faith: Legacies of the Black Church in 2018. And now, Our Daily Bread is back with TWO special editions – Oh Freedom: Celebrating Legacies of the Black Church and Marching Forward: HBCUs Stories! See below to read descriptions about these exciting special editions!

Oh Freedom: Celebrating Legacies of the Black Church

“It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery” (Galatians 5:1).

Psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit have encouraged many to put their trust in God. Speaking to the hearts of all who follow after God’s love, this special edition offers the poetry of freedom songs through soulful responses of people of African descent. Find hope and encouragement that will remind you of God’s faithfulness and the freedom He offers now and forever through Christ.

And your girl has an entry in Oh Freedom! See below…

 

Also, Oh Freedom has an inspirational playlist that you can listen to as you read! This playlist includes songs such as Ledisi’s “If You Don’t Mind,” Koryn Hawthorne’s “Won’t He Do It?” and Kirk Franklin’s “Love Theory.”

Marching Forward: HBCUs Stories with Reflections from Our Daily Bread

“Know therefore that the Lord your God is God; he is the faithful God, keeping his covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love him and keep his commandments.” (Deuteronomy 7:9)

We invite you to praise God with us on this journey through Scripture and the stories of faith rooted in Historically Black Colleges and Universities. See how the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob is the God of our forefathers and foremothers. Experience the encouragement God continues to provide to all who put their hope in Jesus Christ.

My writer friend Lisa Crayton has two entries in this special edition. See the photo below for one entry…

Also, Marching Forward has an inspirational playlist which includes “Showing Off” by Kierra Sheard featuring Sir the Baptist, “Purpose Over Pleasure” by Jonathan Traylor and “Trouble Won’t Last” by Keyondra Lockett.

These special editions are the result of the work of Joyce Dinkins, a publishing leader with Our Daily Bread Ministries. Ms. Dinkins helps to develop products for diverse African-American entities and audiences as well as for general markets.  Both Lisa and I connected with Ms. Dinkins at a Publishing in Color Conference in 2018! Publishing in Color conferences foster relationships between writers of color and representatives from the spiritual publishing industry. For more information about this conference, go to publishingincolor.com.

To order Oh Freedom: Celebrating Legacies of the Black Church and Marching Forward: HBCUs Stories which are awesome resources for churches during Black History Month and FREE, go to ourdailybread.org. 

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BET ‘Sunday Best’ Season 10 Auditions To Be Held in Atlanta on Saturday!

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Returning to BET Network’s for season 10 is America’s most inspirational singing competition, “Sunday Best.” The well-established gospel show welcomes back Grammy Award®-winning music legend Kirk Franklin as host. Returning for the second consecutive year as judges are gospel songstress and host of “Get Up Mornings,” Erica Campbell, and Grammy-Award® nominated artists Kelly Price and Jonathan McReynolds.

Season 10 open call auditions will be held Saturday, February 15th in Atlanta, GA at The House of Hope (4650 Flat Shoals Parkway, Decatur, GA 30034; registration 6am-11am). Atlanta auditions will be filmed for television. Aspiring contestants should be age 18+ and should prepare to sing a song from the list below:

  1. Amazing Grace
  2. Blessed Assurance
  3. Have Thine Own Way, Lord
  4. His Eye is On The Sparrow
  5. I Need Thee Every Hour
  6. I Surrender All
  7. It Is Well With My Soul
  8. Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee
  9. Love Lifted Me
  10. Mary, Don’t You Weep
  11. Nothing But the Blood of Jesus
  12. O Come, All Ye Faithful (O Come Let Us Adore Him)
  13. Oh, How I Love Jesus
  14. Pass Me Not, O Gentle Savior
  15. Tis So Sweet To Trust In Jesus
  16. What A Friend We Have In Jesus

Jesse Collins, CEO of Jesse Collins Entertainment (BET Awards, The New Edition Story), and Dionne Harmon (The Bobby Brown Story, Hip Hop Squares) serve as executive producers of season ten of Sunday Best along with executive producer and showrunner Jeannae Rouzan-Clay (Dear Mama, Black Girls Rock!), and Torrence Glenn (Celebration Of Gospel, Trumpet Awards) is co-executive producer.

For updates and more information about “Sunday Best”, please visit BET.com/SundayBest. Join the conversation on social media by logging on to our social media platforms using the hashtag: #BETSundayBest.

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Pastor of Dr. King Jr.’s Church, Atlanta’s Ebenezer Baptist Church, Enters Senate Race…

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Last week, I posted that I heard that Rev. Dr. Raphael Warnock, pastor of Atlanta’s Ebenezer Baptist Church, where the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was once the pastor, was thinking of running for the U.S. Senate. And politicos have been wondering that if he did run, would he leave the pulpit. As of today, Pastor Warnock has confirmed that “yes,” he is running, but “no,” he is not leaving the pulpit…

Here’s a video in which he makes the announcement!

And below is why he is running according to his website WarnockForGeorgia.com:

Reverend Raphael Warnock grew up in Kayton Homes public housing in Savannah. The family was short on money, but long on faith, love and humor. Raphael and his eleven brothers and sisters were taught the meaning of hard work.Reverend Warnock’s father was a veteran, a small businessman, and a preacher. He spent the week hauling old cars to the local steel yard, and on Sundays he preached at a local church. Reverend Warnock’s mother grew up in Waycross, where she spent summers picking tobacco and cotton, and still lives in Savannah today. She worked hard to raise Raphael and his siblings to know that they could do anything they put their mind to.When he enrolled at Morehouse College, Reverend Warnock didn’t know how he would pay the full tuition. With the help of low-interest student loans and Pell Grants Raphael graduated, earned a Ph.D., and was ordained in the ministry. Fourteen years ago, he was chosen to serve as Senior Pastor at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, the former pulpit of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. He was the youngest pastor selected to serve in that leadership role at the historic church.

Reverend Warnock believes his impact does not stop at the church door, and has been an advocate to expand health care coverage and to ensure hardworking Georgians can make a living wage.

As Senator, Reverend Warnock will bring to Washington the concerns of struggling Georgia families who wonder why no one is looking out for them. He will focus on fighting for quality, affordable health care, for the dignity of working people who are paid too little as our government works more for Wall Street, and to make sure every voice is heard.

If you would like to know more about Pastor Warnock’s campaign, join his campaign team or donate to his campaign, go to WarnockForGeorgia.com.

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