Stephon Ferguson
Stephon Ferguson

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"We're caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. For some strange reason I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be. This is the way the world is made. This is the interrelated structure of reality."
At the very beginning of the last speech Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered, the day before his death, he responds to the imagination of standing next to God and taking a look at human history since the beginning of time. God turns to King and asks him if he could live in any period of history, what period would that be.  King mentions several great periods but focuses on one - the now - the period in which he was living and witnessing CHANGE...

At age 17 I signed the dotted line to enter the military and serve this country.  Two days after graduating high school, at age 18, it was  official. I was on a plane from Raleigh to Dallas Texas. Later stationed at Fort Bragg, I knew that I could be called at any moment to be ready to deploy anywhere in the world within an 18 hours notice...  From the social realm, we all have not only a civil but a moral responsibilty in responding to the call to serve and protect our communties..

You've heard it quite often... People are always talking about their "Due Season". This means their breakthrough, their harvests, their blessings. The American Heritage dictionary defines the word in this context as fitting or appropriate; sufficient or adequate; expected or scheduled. But today I want to talk about the season we‘re all in right now, DO SEASON!  DO as in perform or execute, fulfill or complete, produce, put in action, exert...
Fayetteville Mayor Tony Chavonne says he envisions the local faith community coming together as The Church of Fayetteville "Were looking for ways that people of common interest can come together and make things happen; where we can set aside potential differences and focus on something in common. It's a big part of this city's life right now, an important part." 

How do you not come back motivated from a Les Brown Speaker Training Seminar?  If there was any lag in motivation on my part since its recent peak during President Barack Obama's inauguration, this past weekend sure made up for it. It's not very often you get the opportunity to enjoy the sunshine of Orlando and at the same time a full moon of knowledge and wisdom with stars in the...

At the very beginning of the speech King responds to the imagination of standing next to God and taking a look at human history since the beginning of time. God turns to King and asks him if he could live in any period of history, what period would that be. King takes his mind to several including Mount Olympus and the great Greek Philosophers. But there was a greater period of history he would like to live in. 

Rev. Ed Richardson, D.Min., has been appointed Director of Pastoral Care for Cape Fear Valley Health System. Richardson has directed hospital Pastoral Care programs for more than 25 years and has been Board Certified by the Association of Professional Chaplains for 20 years.

One night a father and his son were on a camping trip. The little boy soon noticed these bugs flying around that looked like they had little light bulbs in them. Curious, the boy asked his father what was making them light up. Not knowing himself, the father said to his son, "it's that stuff they got in 'em. In many ways we as believers are much like fireflies, what we called lightning bugs. Light production in fireflies is due to a type of chemical reaction..

She was poised and seemed to be very calm about two hours before she was to sing the National Anthem while sharing the stage with presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton. As continues its series on highlighting the youth of this community, we spoke with 16 year old Javana Singletary, who is a member of Parks Chapel Freewill Baptist Church, and were able to capture her experience on video.
On the eve of Barack Obama being elected the next president of the United States of America, we attended the Freewill Baptist Conference at its Headquarters B in Fayetteville. Rev. Brian R. Thompson was the speaker. An AME Zion Pastor was the speaker for the opening night of a Freewill Batpist's weeklong conference. In his sermon, Rev. Thompson talked about the difference between church minded folk and those who are Kingdom minded.
Mr. Ashley Rozier II is the NC Community Health Disparities Coordinator for Persons of African Descent and Founder & Director of the Cape  Fear Regional Bureau For Community Action. Inc. He originated the statewide AIDS Sunday Concept in North Carolina. This event brings together, statewide, spiritual leaders of the local communities for HIV/AIDS awareness.

He has outlined a concrete agenda that addresses every concern anyone has or will ever have. He's got a healthcare plan that's literally out of this world and promises eternal life. He has an excellent plan to end the war; the war in our minds, the war in our homes, in our marriages, in our finances, in our everyday situations. He understands that his soldiers are on the battlefield of life fighting the enemy everyday.

Love is the essence of all humanity. It cures all ills and in its truest form is the root of greatness. Dr. King spoke of love as being the substance in which we should all live by; the substance in which we are commanded by God to live by. As he often related love to the love of God, one of the most difficult verses of the Bible King found himself trying to explain was the verse that talks about loving your enemies. And people would ask him about it all the time.
Simon Temple AME Zion Church made a very wise decision when they chose to hold their Easter Services at Cumberland County's Crown Center. More than 15-hundred people attended the celebration "Resurrection Sunday". Pastor Rev. Brian R. Thomspon delivered a very powerful message. It was a great  morning of worship and fellowship...  Watch the Video!
Over the past year has thoroughly searched the world-wide web and found that out of the 500 or so churches in the Greater Fayetteville area, only about 15-percent have a website or easily accesible presence on the web. And of this 15-percent, less than half had updated information. In today's society, if you are to truly meet the needs of the people and reach the masses, you must be visible online.

On Easter Sunday many local churches joined together to collect a special offering for the homeless. Hosted by the WIDU Wake Up Team, every church was invited to participate. The 1600 WIDU WAKE UP Pastors Coalition also encourages church congregations in the community to show compassion to the homeless by donating items.

The Fayetteville Metropolitan Housing Authority has been approved for a $20 million HOPE VI grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, HUD.  The grant will support the redevelopment of two public housing developments, Campbell Terrace and Delona Gardens, with modern housing that reflects the architecture of Fayetteville...

As we commemorate the 40th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s death, has put together a video surrounding his last moments on earth. There were several events held around the world in observance of this day. Locally, the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Committee sponsored a Memorial Service commemorating the anniversary. It was held at the foot of the Dr. King Statue in the MLK Memorial Park.

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