What Is Enough Faith?

The entirety of life is a faith-journey. This is why righteous individuals live by faith. Thus, the Bible declares that: “If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.” Because: “faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. For by it the elders obtained a good report.” Houston as well as most large cities in America are experiencing a decline in faith in our families and churches which has brought us this far. Houston; especially Black Houstonians, we are plagued by a lack of faith in our political leaders, and it is not getting better it is getting worse. Therefore, as we move forward in our life’s journey toward GOD, we seem to have spiritually forgotten: “Let all things be done decently and in order.” No doubt about it, this does not have to be said; just look around at our homes, neighborhoods, churches, schools, and most assuredly at our political leaders. This question must be asked time and time again: what is enough FAITH? Know this: “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”  In these spiritually turbulent times of trials and tribulations we do not have the faith of a mustard seed to: “Be sober, be vigilant, because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about seeking whom he may devour: whom resist stedfast in the faith.”

It is difficult to rear children with good examples in our families, because too many families are one-parent, and our churches are not providing the necessary spiritual leadership examples to the bridge the void. Moreover, public schools are not providing positive examples of leadership discipline and educational commitment to help our children become successful. It is a shameful disgrace that too many of our political leaders are victimized by PMS (power, money and sex) and are being criminally investigated: shame, shame, shame.

Without faith in God and an abiding respect for each other, we are headed for the eternal bonfire. When individuals seek political offices, they ask voters for the privilege of serving as a demonstration of confidence in their leadership ability to promote universal good. Time and time again voters have witnessed immoral conduct unbecoming of the offices they serve. Consequently, the leadership trust factor is violated in the Black community, individualistic particularism becomes the order of the day, and with every criminal indictment of political leaders the moral leadership structure of the community is eroded. We must return to what we know to be THE TRUTH: we walk by faith and not by sight. We need a monthlong faith journey for all Houstonians, because we know: “That God gave the word: great was the company of those that published it.” (Psalm 68:11). The Afro-American News is honored and takes pride in publishing this clarion call: Houston Get Right With God! Because: “Without faith it is impossible to please him: For he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” (Hebrews 11: 6). Amen.

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As September 13th rolls around, we extend our warmest birthday wishes to the creative powerhouse, Tyler Perry, a man whose indomitable spirit and groundbreaking work have left an indelible mark on the world of entertainment. With his multifaceted talents as an actor, playwright, screenwriter, producer, and director, Tyler Perry has not only entertained but also inspired audiences worldwide, particularly within the African-American community, where his influence and role have been nothing short of powerful. Born in New Orleans, Louisiana, in 1969, Tyler Perry’s journey to stardom was a path riddled with adversity. Raised in a turbulent household, he found refuge in writing, using it as a therapeutic outlet. This period of introspection gave rise to one of his most iconic creations, Madea, a vivacious, no-nonsense grandmother who would later become a beloved figure in Perry’s works, offering a unique blend of humor and profound life lessons. Despite facing numerous challenges, including rejection and financial struggles, Perry’s determination and unwavering belief in his abilities propelled him forward. In 1992, he staged his first play, “I Know I’ve Been Changed,” which, although met with limited success, was a pivotal moment in his career. Unfazed by initial setbacks, Perry continued to hone his craft, and by 1998, he had successfully produced a string of stage plays that showcased his storytelling prowess.

Calling all teenage student-athletes! If you have dreams of playing college soccer and wish to represent an HBCU, the HBCU ID Camp is your golden opportunity. From 8 am to 5 pm on November 11-12, Houston Sports Park will transform into a hub for aspiring male and female soccer players. Coaches from HBCUs across the nation will be present to evaluate, scout, and offer valuable feedback. Moreover, they might even spot the next soccer prodigy to join their collegiate soccer programs. This camp is not just about honing your soccer skills but also a chance to connect with the HBCU soccer community. You’ll learn the ins and outs of what it takes to excel on the field and in the classroom, which is crucial for a college athlete. The HBCU ID Camp is an excellent platform to network with coaches, learn from experienced athletes, and take the first steps toward your college soccer journey. To secure your spot at this incredible event, don’t forget to register [here](insert registration link). Space is limited to 120 participants, so make sure to reserve your place before it’s too late. It’s time to turn your dreams of playing college soccer into a reality.

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