Lessons Taught in the Black Panther Movie

Wakanda Forever!

I couldn’t wmag42018coverait to see the movie Black Panther, set in the fictitious land of Wakanda, with a predominately black cast. The movie was so good that I saw it twice. Not only was it an action-packed movie, but it offered several life lessons that I want to share with you in this Special Edition – Press On! Webzine titled “Lessons Taught in the Black Panther Movie.” When you read the articles in this issue, you will see how every character in the movie gave something that the audience can use in life.

The female characters Okoye, Nakia, Shuri, Ramonda, and the Dora Milaje (all-female army) were fierce. Okoye knew the significance of setting boundaries and her love, W’Kabi, realized just how important hers were in “Okoye – Boundaries are Important.” “The Women of Wakanda – Smart, Stunning and Strong” article depict how their characters were celebrated in Wakanda. “Shuri – Technology and Young People,” highlights teenage Shuri’s brilliant use of technology, and how important it is to capture the ideas of young people within your group, organization, or ministry. The poem, “The Invisible Woman,” is a man’s perspective of this type of woman, and what he found out later in life.

Leadership is more than either being hired or elected to a position and “T’Challa – The Strategic Leader” shares what it takes to be a good one. If you are going to face your enemies, you need a strong group of people to help you in battle. The devotional, “M’Baku – Brother, I’ve Got Your Back,” reveals how humility unified leaders to fight a common enemy, who in this case happened to be Erik Killmonger. I share insight about his life as an African-American male living in the United States in “Erik Killmonger – The Product of a Failed Society,” and give tips on how to help our young boys and men cope during today’s times.

Also, a few weeks ago, I started posting entertaining and inspirational quotes on my #MidnightThoughts Facebook page. Go to @pmmidnightthoughts, like the page, and you will access the quotes I post at midnight. And do not forget to order a Black Panther t-shirt that I shared on page three.

Click on Press On! Webzine to download the magazine and thank you for reading and sharing Press On! Webzine. Don’t forget to e-mail me your comments at pmoore@pressonwebzine.com because I love reading them. And don’t worry, if you don’t want me to publish them, I won’t. :>)

Take care and #WakandaForever.


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If God Be For Us?

Sunday, December 4, gospel recording artist Be Be Winans attended First Baptist Church of Glenarden’s 10 a.m. service. Pastor John K. Jenkins, Sr. greeted him and asked him if he would come forth and sing.

Winans started singing “If God Be For Us” and it was as if the lyrics flowed from His mouth to the atmosphere and the Holy Spirit delivered them to me. God was performing spiritual surgery on my heart and mind to heal me of that hint of doubt. I felt like a volcano ready to erupt with praise because God was reassuring me that “If God Be For Us (Me) Who Can Be Against Us (Me)?”

What? You mean what I am looking at does not have power over me? You got it!

As long as I stay in the will of God, He has already conquered it for me! Praise God! And let me tell you after the service, I felt like I could have run home because God had lifted a heavy burden that was weighing me down.

He reminded me to take my eyes off of the situation and keep them focused on Him because He is handling it. So no matter how dreary your situation looks, nothing or no one can stop or hinder your destiny, if I stay living in God’s will.

Click onto the Youtube video,  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NvJTBKwdYoU, to hear him sing the song. And I hope it encourages you like it encouraged me.


“Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified. What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us? He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?” Romans 8:30-32

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Troy Davis – What God Allows

Wednesday, September 21 at 11:08 p.m., Troy Davis was executed in Georgia for murdering Mark MacPhail, an off-duty police officer, in 1989. A crime that he said he was innocent of even during his final hours of life.

According to the article, “Troy Davis Executed: Controversially Convicted Inmate Maintains Innocence Until The End,” Davis said, “Speaking directly to MacPhail’s brother and son, who witnessed the execution, Davis beseeched them to continue to examine the events that night. All I can ask is that you look deep into this case so you can really find the truth” (www.huffingtonpost.com).  

For years there have been many efforts to stop this execution but to no avail. Now left behind are family, friends and those who look on his death as an injustice and ask the question why did God allow this to happen after so many prayers have gone forth?

In our every day lives, how do we deal with bad stuff that happens such as death, sickness or a job loss after we’ve prayed earnestly for God to make it better?

Richard “Mr. Clean” White penned our answer in a song when he wrote, “What God Allows” (www.lyricsmania.com). And the lyrics go like this.

[VERSE 1:]
Accept what God allows
You’re better off anyways
Face the facts and you will never stray
Turn your faith a loose
He’ll bring you out and give you all the proof
So don’t question God, just accept what God allows

[VERSE 2:]
We all go through life asking the question, why?
Why all these burdens, why when loved ones dies
Why do I have to worry, why do I have to cry
When I know Jesus, He’s gonna fix it all by and by

Accept what God allows,
Even when you don’t understand accept every trial
Accept even now, He’ll give you a smile
Put it in his hands, He has a master plan,
Your trial is but a stepping stone
It will lead you Heavenly home


Meditation: “For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.” 1 Corinthians 13:12


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9/11 Tribute – You Didn’t Know That Day Would Be Your Last

Sunday, September 11 marks the 10th Anniversary of 9/11.America and the world will never forget that day. And I dedicate this poem to the memory to the ones who lost their lives and to the family and friends who remain.

9/11 Tribute – You Didn’t Know That Day Would Be Your Last

By Phenola Moore

You didn’t know that day would be your last

Snatched from earth like a vapor dissipating in thin air.

Only cell phone good byes,

a kiss,

hug or just a glance while rushing out the door.

We didn’t know that day would be your last

Watching in terror as the media played the images over and over again.

People running in the streets,


whether we were there or looking at it from our seats.

You didn’t know that day would be your last

But God did and although we may never understand why He allowed it to happen.

Time can heal all wounds.

Never forgotten.

Because you didn’t know that day would be your last.

Click on http://smilebox.com/playBlog/4d6a59324d7a4d784f444d3d0d0a&blogview=true to listen to a snippet of “Come Ye Disconsolate.” 

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Love Expressed For All to See

It’s hard to reveal the real you to the public because it means that you may be opening yourself up to being judged for who you really are. But the late Reginald Sanders and his wife Minister Dawn Sanders didn’t mind revealing their love for one another.

Reginald Sanders passed away suddenly on June 9, 2011. And he will be missed by his family and friends.

I was shocked to hear the news of his death and decided to send Minister Dawn an e-mail expressing my condolences. But as I sat at my computer reflecting on the love that I saw between the two of them, I began to type the poem “Our Love Expressed Between You and Me” that I included in the condolence message that I e-mailed to her.

A few days later, Minister Dawn called and asked whether I would consent to have it printed in Brother Reginald’s homegoing program because she said the poem so vividly captured their relationship in ink. I was so honored and said yes.

Therefore, as I was updating “Reveal the Real You Poetry Collection,” that is available on www.amazon.com, I thought it only befitting to include “Our Love Expressed Between You and Me” poem because the Sanders revealed their real selves to everyone by the way they lovingly looked at each other, how they loved to sit together in church and hold hands. And the fire I saw in their eyes as they smiled at each other.

Additional updates to the “Reveal the Real You Poetry Collection” include the following:

A link that you can click on and download of me reading “A Conversation With Survival” at the end of the poem. And a link that you can click on and download of me reading and singing a snippet at the end of the following poems:

Poem: “Grateful” – Song: “Be Grateful” by the late Bishop Walter Hawkins

Poem: “His Will” – Song: “I Surrender All“

Poem: “I Almost Lost Me” – Song: “I Almost Let Go” by Kurt Carr

Poem: “Let Me In.” – Song: “Let Him In”

Brother Reginald was one of the choir directors of the Combined Choir at the First Baptist Church of Glenarden, Glenarden, Md.And both he and his wife, Minister Dawn Sanders joined the Grace Magazine Ministry staff as Relationship Department writers.


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If the Dream Dies, It Will Be Our Fault

Sunday, October 16, 2011 is the dedicatory celebration of the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial in Washington, DC.  It opened to the public August 22, almost fifty years after “The Great March on Washington,” Wednesday, August 28, 1963, took place.

But what this day will be most remembered for is Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. 17-minute, “I Have a Dream” speech from the Lincoln Memorial. It is noted that, “At the end of the speech, King departed from his prepared text for a partly improvised peroration on the theme of ‘I Have a Dream,’ possibly prompted by Mahalia Jackson’s cry, ‘Tell them about the dream, Martin!’” (www.wikipedia.com) In it he called for racial equality and an end to discrimination.

But it would be a great disservice to Dr. King and the thousands who suffered and died so that we can have the freedoms we experience today, if we didn’t keep the dream alive?

So how can we keep the dream alive?

We can start by sharing our history with this generation. Whether you are African-American or not, the fight for equality crosses all races and it’s important that we tell them so that they will have a greater understanding of our country’s history.

I wasn’t born when Dr. King gave this speech but my ancestors remind me of the struggles they went through during that time at family gatherings and how they depended on God to get them through. Freedoms we have such as attending an amusement park, voting and intermingling with all races in public places was unheard of.

Therefore, if you didn’t live through those times, ask a grandparent, aunt or senior to share their stories with you and your child(ren). You can also educate yourself by reading African-American history books, reading information on appropriate websites or by watching a documentary with your children. And no, your child(ren) may not want to participate but it may be the best education that they will ever receive.

So as thousands from all races participate in the ceremonies this week, attend or view Sunday’s dedication where our first African-American President Barack Obama will be the keynote speaker, let it be more than an event. But a time to thank God for how far He has brought us and to rededicate ourselves to keep the dream alive as we share it with current and future generations.

“And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.” Deuteronomy 6:7

Click on this link to hear or read the “I Have a Dream” speech, http://www.americanrhetoric.com/speeches/mlkihaveadream.htm. And if you would like to make a donation toward the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial, log onto www.mlkmemorial.org.


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A Breathless Moment

“Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away” said the host of the Home Shopping Network as she was explaining Mary J. Blige’s new fragrance “My Life Blossom” by Lisa Price, founder of Carol’s Daughter. She said it is a fragrance that takes you to another place upon application and it literally took her breath away.

Blige is an American singer-songwriter, record producer and actress who was known as the “Queen of Ghetto Love;” and later the Queen of Hip-Hop Soul. And Price began working on the products for her line in the 1980s from kitchen that has blossomed into a thriving mail-order and online business in 1993, followed by the first store opening in Brooklynin 1999.  (www.wikipedia.com).

Now these two women are in business together. They are from different worlds but coming together to create a breathless moment. And that moment is more than introducing the fragrance but the HSN is donating $1 for every one sold on their August 13, 2011 show to support Foundation for the Advancement of Women Now Inc. (FFAWN). This foundation works to empower women in their personal and professional lives (www.ffawn.org).

Immediately I thought to myself am I creating a breathless moment? You know in my writings, an idea, concept, product or even when I sing to the glory of God. What about you? Do you already have something out there or are you working on it? Is it buried so deep within that you’ve almost forgot it or thought it was too bizarre to bring it forth? Or has fear gripped you to the point where you are afraid to bring it forth?

It may mean that you have to partner with someone else in order to get it accomplished. Or you may need to leave where you currently are, in order for God to bring it out of you.

Whatever the case, the world is waiting for you to take their breath away.

What are you waiting for?


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A House Divided Cannot Stand

According to the article, U.S. Credit Downgraded: S&P Reduces Rating To AA+, “The United States has lost its sterling credit rating from Standard & Poor’s.  The credit rating agency on Friday lowered the nation’s AAA rating for the first time since granting it in 1917. The move came less than a week after a gridlocked Congress finally agreed to spending cuts that would reduce the debt by more than $2 trillion – a tumultuous process that contributed to convulsions in financial markets” (www.huffingtonpost.com).

My favorite phrase, “you have done it now” goes out to the Democrats and Republicans for haggling with President Barack Obama over raising the debt ceiling. A house divided cannot stand and our government proved it this week.

If leadership and its members do not come to an agreement, it creates chaos. Yes, they finally came to an agreement but according to the Standard & Poor’s credit rating downgrade, it was too late.

Let me bring it closer to home. An example is that I am the assistant director for First Baptist Church of Glenarden’s women’s magazine, Grace. First Lady Trina Jenkins is the director, Family Life Ministries Department & Women’s Ministry Group and Barbara Holt Streeter is the director. The key to us getting out an issue during every cycle is that we all work in unity along with the members.

Confusion occurs, if I would try to go over their heads or ignore instructions that would create havoc and/or slow down the process. And if leadership didn’t consider my ideas and the members didn’t do their part by trying to adhere to the deadlines.

But as the subordinate, I realize the final decision comes from the head because it is about putting out a magazine that falls in line with the vision of Pastor John K. Jenkins Sr. and First Baptist that will appear to the masses.

That is what happens in the real world. Understanding, working together and respect creates unity. And if these principles are applied in government, it will work there, too. Separate parties (Democrat and Republicans) coming together with President Barack Obama for the good of the people.

Maybe they need to read the Scripture that God gave my pastor for our church this year regarding unity, Psalm 133:1-3? In order for anything to run properly, you have to operate in it.

“Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!” Psalm 133:1


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Our Hair is Beautiful

When I read Oprah’s hair stylist, Andre Walker’s, negative comment about black women’s natural hair, I said to myself, “Walker, you have done it now.” Don’t you know there are two things you don’t talk negatively about to our race and that’s our hair texture and the color of our skin.

In 2011, Walker told Elle Magazine, “Kinky hair can have limited styling options; that’s the only hair type that I suggest altering with professional relaxing.” That statement is ridiculous, to say the least because natural hair has limitless styling options, whether it is wavy, curly or kinky, it can be worn in it’s original state, loc, slicked back, braided, corn rolled, twisted or straight (blow dried or by using another heating device).

Comments like these hit a nerve with black women because our hair issues began during slavery. And we are still battling the good hair/bad hair syndrome in our community, homes and how it is sometimes negatively portrayed in the media.

During slavery we didn’t have time to groom our hair like we did in our homeland. According to Wikipedia’s page regarding Afro-textured hair, “American slaves wore matted and tangled locks, instead of the well maintained, long, thick and healthy tresses worn by their brethren left in Africa. The female slaves wore scarves and handkerchiefs or plaited and braided their hair. And women with long and/or wavy hair were prone to becoming objects of jealousy by the master’s wife and were often forced to cut their hair, making them look less feminine” (www.wikipedia.com).

We went through centuries trying to fit in with the look of mainstream America by using heating devices and all types of chemicals to straighten our hair. But in the late 60’s, some embraced the afro and we had a generation who was now proud to wear their hair in its natural state. It’s been over 50 years since then but some are still hesitant about going natural because they don’t know how their new look is going to be perceived by society.

Oh yes, there are many reasons why we may be sensitive regarding our hair. And we don’t appreciate anyone who tries to put us down or take us back because we’ve made the choice to wear our hair natural.

Because in actuality, whether we choose to wear it natural, relaxed, weaved, corn rolled, twisted, loc, braided, etc. every style option is beautiful because we are “fearfully and wonderfully made” (Psalm 139:14).


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6 Advantages of Freelance Writing Jobs

by Phenola Moore

In the present economy, finding a writing job can be a difficult feat to accomplish. And add to it that during this Internet age, some traditional writing positions have been abolished. Therefore, writers must look at other ways to get work like freelance writing jobs from companies like Flexjob and Blogging Pro. This option can build your portfolio while earning extra money to spend as you wish or save, working your hours, and working from anywhere, which is an introvert dream job.


  1. Build Your Writing Portfolio

To get a writing job, most of the time, you must have writing experience in a specific niche. Freelance writing allows you to navigate through a range of writing assignments until discovering what you like the best. Or you can choose to work various projects all the time because you want the variety by challenging your writing style with every assignment. A writer can steadily add to their portfolio by looking for non-traditional ways to use their writing skills. And the jobs can be added to your resume.


  1. Earn Extra Money

Another benefit is that you can earn extra money. This type of job usually pays per word or article, and you can take on as much work as the amount of money you want to earn. Your business can either be your primary method of income or use it as “fun money” for an expensive purchase or vacation.


  1. Saves You Money

A freelance writer saves money on things that a full-time, out of the home working, an employee must spend like commuting costs, office clothing, and shoes, and food purchases at local cafes and restaurants. You will either save on monthly public transportation costs or the maintenance of your vehicle and gas. Since you can write in your pajamas, your office clothing and shoe purchases can be done away. Your morning coffee purchase at the local café can be replaced with what is available in your pantry.


  1. Work Your Own Hours

Whether you choose to write part-time or full time, you can choose what hours you want to work. And how long you want to devote each day from drafting your document to the finished product. You have 24 hours to decide what hours you want to devote to your writing, and you can set your deadline. The flexibility of freelance writing is endless.


  1. Flexible Workplace Environment

Writing from your remote place of your choice means your commute is as close as your home office.  A perk is that you can also take your work with you wherever you go. You do not have to stop working or deny a job because you are traveling out of the area. And you can work your schedule around your family and other obligations.


  1. Introverts Dream Job

If your personality is shy, quiet, and you work well by yourself, working remote may be a perfect fit. You receive your assignment with little to no interaction with others. And you do not have to worry about attending in-house meetings or social events.


Working freelance writing jobs offers several perks that can give you the freedom and flexibility you are looking for in today’s workforce. To either build your brand while providing income to either sustain your lifestyle or for splurges. All while strengthening your writing skills in the comforts of wherever your pad, pen, or computer resides to add to your resume.


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Coronavirus – God Can Change His Plan


By Phenola Moore

Some ask whether the Coronavirus is God’s judgment upon the world. And the answer is probably yes because, in the Bible, God allowed plagues to riddle the earth as a form of punishment or to bring them back to serving Him. Remember, God is one of love and judgment. Also, in the Bible are instances when God retracted judgment and extended mercy. Amid the Coronavirus, my prayer is that we can ask God to do the same.

But it requires something on our part. As a nation, we have to repent, turn from our wicked ways, and pray that God will stop the pandemic that is rippling through our country. We do not have to accept the predictions that the scientists leading the administration’s fight estimated the virus could kill between 100,000 and 240,000 Americans. Together, we can believe that the number will be much lower because God stops the plague or provides a remedy. Below are several instances in the Bible where God changed his plan.

  1. “And the Lord repented of the evil which he thought to do unto his people” (Exodus 32:14, King James Version).
  2. “Did Hezekiah king of Judah and all Judah put him at all to death? did he not fear the Lord, and besought the Lord, and the Lord repented him of the evil which he had pronounced against them? Thus might we procure great evil against our souls” (Jeremiah 26:19, King James Version).
  3. “The Lord repented for this: It shall not be, saith the Lord” (Amos 7: 3, King James Version).
  4. “And God saw their works, that they turned from their evil way; and God repented of the evil, that he had said that he would do unto them; and he did it not” (Jonah 3:10, King James Version).
  5. “If that nation, against whom I have pronounced, turn from their evil, I will repent of the evil that I thought to do unto them” (Jeremiah 18:8, King James Version).
  6. “Therefore now amend your ways and your doings, and obey the voice of the Lord your God; and the Lord will repent him of the evil that he hath pronounced against you” (Jeremiah 26:36, King James Version).
  7. “If ye will still abide in this land, then will I build you, and not pull you down, and I will plant you, and not pluck you up: for I repent me of the evil that I have done unto you” (Jeremiah 42:10, King James Version).
  8. “And when the angel stretched out his hand upon Jerusalem to destroy it, the Lord repented him of the evil, and said to the angel that destroyed the people, It is enough: stay now thine hand. And the angel of the Lord was by the threshing place of Araunah the Jebusite” (2 Samuel 24:16, King James Version).

Read and meditate on these Scriptures. And collectively, we can believe in prayer that God will heal our land by changing his plan.

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The Day Your World Slowed Down

By Phenola Moore

woman in orange crew neck shirt wearing white face mask

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It may have started with a notion that your job would temporarily close, you were laid off, or your child’s school would close for an extended time. Your life tremendously slowed down, and you are trying to digest it all. Sometimes you feel like panicking. Instead, the key to staying healthy is contentment, reflect on what you are thankful for and to communicate your thoughts and feelings to others.

The culprit to how you are feeling is the effects of the Coronavirus quarantine. As you are confined, contentment is key to reign in your emotions. But that is sometimes easier said than done because of stress. According to Edelstein (2020), on average, 61% of U.S. Adults are Stressed About the Coronavirus. And this is understandable because one or more persons are living in a confined space 24 hours a day. You went from freedom to voluntary confinement. Although you are trying to keep your sanity, truthfully, you are on the brink of a nervous breakdown. But the key ingredient to overcoming the notion of driving yourself crazy is contentment.

Contentment is a word most of us placed on a back burner, thinking it was something that you would have to deal with later in life. Philippians 4:11 reveals, “Not that I speak in respect of want for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.” It does not mean that everything is alright or going your way. It means that you believe that God is going to keep and deliver you out of this season. As my mother used to say, “it won’t always be like this” when either she, one of us, or our family was going through something difficult. And sometimes it seemed like it would never end or lighten up, but it did. Dwell on the positives in your life, and it will keep your thoughts in a safer place.

One way to stay content is by creating a thankful list. Morin (2019) wrote that good health, money, good friends, freedom of religion, your parents, having a partner, and pets are a few of the 60 things she listed. Please note that I am not saying to write a list to trivialize how helpless you may feel, but this is one way to channel your energy another way.

If you feel like you are emotionally going to a dark place, pray to God, talk to a trustworthy person, or seek professional counseling. God is available through prayer whenever you need him. I Peter 5:7 states, “Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.” Although I believe in prayer, there are times when you may need to talk to someone face to face. You may need to vent or to get feedback from that trusted person to keep your emotions in the right place. Finally, embrace complacency, count your blessings, and talk out your feelings with either a trusted person or a professional.

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Coronavirus Versus Church Closures


By Phenola Moore

Some may be upset because churches are closed in place of the Coronavirus, social distancing season we are currently experiencing. But I reflected on something my parents told me about their upbringing growing up in North Carolina. During their youth, their church was open one Sunday a month for service. Although some visited other churches the other Sundays, it was their choice.

The focus of the local church was different back then because it appears that more embraced that the church was within you, not the building. They spent more time with their immediate and extended family members and friends. I remember hearing stories of family members who lived in North Carolina all their lives regularly visiting the sick, elderly, and widows within the community with meals and seeing if they needed anything from the store. You see, their lives were full of family and community, and sharing the Gospel was a physical activity they regularly practiced. They socialized with their church family outside of the church building, so when they gathered that one Sunday a month, it wasn’t a reunion. Instead, it was a time to hear the Word of God corporately and to celebrate.

Fast forward to 2020, and some feel it is almost a sin that their church or churches are closed. It is a building. The church is within us. If it is the Word of God that you are longing for, the Internet is full of sermons. If it is a song, there are so many media outlets that offer every type of Gospel/inspiration music. If it is the fellowship? Because of the social distancing aspect, you must be mindful of those outside your home. Instead, you can reach out to others via phone, Facetime or social media until the restrictions are lifted.

This season is something that hasn’t happened in our lifetimes, and it is different. But a church closing for a Sunday or multiple Sundays is not from the devil. Maybe God is trying to get your attention to slow down long enough to hear from Him. Perhaps he wants you to spend more time with the people you live with, reading the Word of God, praying, or getting your plans together for what He told you to do months ago.

We must learn to adapt to change without dissension. And as Pastor John K. Jenkins, Sr, teaches us at First Baptist Church of Glenarden, consider what your authority asks you to do if it is not illegal, unethical, or immoral.

 Take care. :>) Phenola Moore

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A Christmas Card

This is the time of the year that we celebrate the birth of Jesus and new beginnings. Therefore, I wanted to send you a  virtual card of celebration and wish you all the best during the holidays and the coming year. Click on Merry Christmas & Happy New Year! to view the card.

Take care.


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An Awakening Changed a Ku Klux Klansman’s Life

A few years ago, my former pastor, Bishop L. N. Forbes asked an elderly, white male to stand up at our annual church conference. He said he was preaching at an all-white church and after his sermon, this same man came to him in tears. Bishop Forbes said the man told him that he watched how he showed love to everyone he came in contact with and how his preaching prompted him to accept Jesus as his Savior. Also, the man confessed that he was a member of the Ku Klux Klan (KKK); and prior to his conversion, he hated black people. In a moment, the Holy Spirit stripped away the hate the former KKK member had for black people when Jesus’ love captured his heart.

After the Charlottesville rioting and deaths that transpired over the weekend, the former KKK’s testimony reminded me of the power of God’s love that can change what is deeply rooted in a person’s heart. Bishop T. D. Jakes calls it an awakening. He said, “You are covered with what you came from; but when God opens your eyes, you have an awakening.” In other words, an awakening occurs when God strips the scales off of your eyes and you gain focus. In the case of the Charlottesville rioters, their scales are racism and hate.

In the Bible, Saul had an awakening when God confronted him for persecuting Christians. As recorded in Acts 9:1-2, he was so consumed with the notion that Christians were a threat to Judaism. Therefore, he was driven to hate them without trying to understand them or their new religion. In fact, one of the key elements that usually drives a person to hate another person is that feel their status in life is threatened. Saul continued to persecute Christians until God stopped him on the Damascus Road.

Saul’s encounter with God changed his outlook towards Christians. A bright light shining from Heaven blinded Saul, he fell to the ground as God spoke to him in an audible voice. He said, “Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me?” Acts 9:4. In other words, God was telling Saul that if you try to hurt one of my children, you are fighting against me. After this encounter, Saul was convicted of his wrongdoings, he gave his heart to God and he was able to love those that he used to detest. The scales of hate fell from his eyes as his focus was now on love for all mankind.

Last weekend’s events that transpired in Charlottesville reminded me that a spirit of racism still hovers over the United States. However, God has the power to change a person’s heart, if they allow God’s love to come into their heart, and then they will be able to embrace and love others.




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Stepping Stones to Graduation


By Phenola Moore

Saturday, May 13, 2017, I graduated from the University of Maryland University College (UMUC) with a Bachelors of Arts degree in English and a minor in Journalism. I thank God that He allowed me to get through the process and that He gave me parents and a sister, Cora, who understood that my free time would be at a minimum. I am so grateful that God allowed me to accomplish this great feat. However, obeying the Holy Spirit to volunteer as a writer at First Baptist Church of Glenarden’s Magazine Ministry, Vision, and Grace Magazine gave me the skills and confidence I needed to excel in my writing assignments at UMUC.


During my tenure as a writer for Vision Magazine, President Evelyn Gainous allowed me to flourish as a writer by embracing my article ideas; and the edits I received from Washington Post Columnist Michelle Singletary sharpened my writing skills. I will never forget when Gainous granted me permission to write my first article, “The Evolution of Gospel Music.” I asked her if I could interview First Baptist’s Praise and Worship Artist Stephen Hurd so that I could add a First Baptist touch to the article. Although I was petrified because it was my first interview, my passion for getting the needed information to write a good article superseded my fears. Also, Singletary was an editor for Vision Magazine, and I was assigned to her. She is an excellent editor, and sometimes my draft would come back with extensive edits. Therefore, I had to swallow my pride, and not take it personally because it was about putting out the best article possible. The greatest lesson I learned from Singletary was “less is best,” and I think about this every time I write. The Magazine Ministry was my first encounter regarding writing articles and the experience grew me as a writer.


A few years later, First Lady Trina Jenkins started Grace Magazine where I worked with Director Barbara Holt-Streeter on writing, editing and participating in the publication process. At one of the February Women’s Fellowship, First Lady Jenkins asked for volunteers to serve in several capacities and I began as a writer. I learned everything from avoiding religious jargon in my writings to including a photo that will entice people to read the article. When I took on the positon of editor-in-chief, I gained additional insight regarding the entire publication process. The countless hours (early and late) Holt-Streeter and I spent making sure that the magazine was audience ready served as one of the stepping stones to perfect my writing style.


Although I joined the Magazine Ministry and Grace Magazine Ministry to use my gift of writing to inspire others, working with the leaders and members provoked me to become a better writer. I am grateful that Gainous and First Lady Jenkins took a chance on an unknown writer like me. However, please do not misinterpret my story as one of a writer who joined several ministries for writing experience to use in college. And in turn, I am telling you to do the same. When I joined these ministries, it was the furthest thing from my mind. But I am sharing my story so that you will see the importance of obeying the Holy Spirit; and how God can use your experiences as stepping stones to navigate you through your life-long journey.

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Love Conquers Hate – The Emanuel 9

A traditional white church steeple rising into a clear blue sky in Charleston, South Carolina

A traditional white church steeple rising into a clear blue sky in Charleston, South Carolina

“Love is always stronger than hate,” said Chris Singleton, son of the slain Sharonda Singleton, (http://www.cnn.com/2015/06/18/us/charleston-church-shooting-victims/index.html). On Wednesday, June 17th, 21-year-old Dylann Roof attended Bible study at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church for an hour before he opened fire and killed nine of the attendees, ranging in age from 26 to 87-years-old.

At Roof’s hearing on Friday, June 19th, a survivor and the family members of the deceased were present. They expressed that although what Roof did was horrific, they forgave him. Most people couldn’t believe or understand how they could forgive a person who terrorized and killed their loved ones. However, the family members believed that God’s love can override the evil of hate that was exemplified by Roof.

Pastor Jimmy C. Baldwin, Sr., Shiloh Christian Community Church, Baltimore, Maryland, gave a sermon in which he spoke from Acts 28:3, “And when Paul had gathered a bundle of sticks, and laid them on the fire, there came a viper out of the heat, and fastened on his hand.” Pastor Baldwin’s explanation for this Scripture was that Paul shook the snake off before it could bite, and the venom could poison him. Immediately, the words “I forgive you” spoken by one of the family members echoed in my head as I listened to the sermon. Like Paul, to keep the bite of hate from poisoning their systems, they had to shake it off by asking God to give them the strength to forgive Roof. Otherwise, hate would poison their systems by festering deep down into their hearts and could spring forth later in the form of hatred, bitterness, or even sickness.

To some, granting Roof forgiveness made the family members appear weak. In essence, it takes strength to utter those words after a tragedy. As believers, they are following Jesus’ example when He was crucified on the cross, and said, “Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do” (Luke 23:34). He shared how we must forgive those who trespass against us, too.

Love will always supersede hate because that is the way God created the world. We may not understand why God allows such tragedies to happen, especially to innocent people, but as the hymn writer wrote, “We Will Understand it Better By and By.” ■

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I Know He Loves Me – Dad

by Phenola Moore

I Know He Loves Me


Dad and Phenola

By the way he took care of his family

“Old school” dad

Whose actions speak louder than words

I know he loves me

Working the graveyard shift

In at midnight, out around 7 or 8 a.m.

Sometimes seven days a week

I know he loves me

There isn’t a day that I don’t feel it

Dependable dad

Expressing love the way he knows how

I know he loves me

By the look in his eyes

The smile on his face

And the way he calls my name ■

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