2017 July / August Issue

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Stop Violence

Violence tore at the fabric of a friendship—where can they go for healing?


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After the massacre in “Mother Emmanuel” AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina, these friends had to find another sacred place to heal—somewhere within the bonds of love.

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12  HARD PRAYERS HAVE CONSEQUENCES
by Hugh Carrington /
God’s promise for those who pray for leaders.


13 SEVEN WAYS TO GET ALONG WITH CHURCH FOLK
by Tammy Darling /
When conflict emerges among believers, it doesn’t have to divide.


14 SCARS THAT HURT A LIFETIME
by Claudio and Pamela Consuegra /
How to begin to repair the damage caused by domestic violence.


15 PEACEMAKERS
by John Devine /
Why sending in “the feds” won’t heal the violence, and how you can really help.


16 AFFIRMATIONS FOR A POWERFUL LIFE
by Mabel Dunbar /
Violence takes a toll on one’s humanity; pray and heal knowing these truths.


18 A LITTLE HELP FROM MY FRIENDS
by David Person /
After the attack on Emmanuel AME Church, three friends grieve and heal together.


20 GLORY!
by Lucas Lee Johnson II /
James Settles spent years in the streets until the Holy Spirit arrested him.


22 IMPRISONED
by H. Jean Wright /
Little light filters through the window in the “hole,” but God’s hope lights up the place.

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4   ELEVATION
by Phillip McGuire Wesley /
Media That Takes You Higher

5   GUEST EDITORIAL
by R. Clifford Jones / Stop the violence

6   EYE ON THE TIMES
by Kingsley Palmer / Christophe Ringer / current news & views

8  OPTIMAL HEALTH
by Donna Green Goodman / Save Some for Later

12  RELATIONSHIP Rx
by Willie and Elaine Oliver / This Marriage is Ruining My Spiritual Life—Can I Get Out?

22  MYTH BUSTERS
by Donald L. McPhaull / To Love Jesus Is to Live Jesus

24  FUTURECAST
by Carlton Byrd / Love Letter #6 Thou Shalt Not Kill

26 THE EXPERIENCE
by Ellen G. White / Blessing the Children

28 THE EXPERIENCE BIBLE STUDY
by Rashad Burden / What About the Children?

30 TWITTERVERSES & FAITHBOTS
by Debra McKinney Cuardo / Moral Wit from the Internet

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