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God On Wall Street – Why Focus On Wealth Creation

By Pastor Curtis
O. Robinson, Sr.

But you shall remember the Lord your God, for it is He who is giving you power to make wealth, that He may confirm his covenant which He swore to your fathers, as it is this day. –Deuteronomy 8:18 (NAS)

Earlier this week, President Barrack Obama held a town hall meeting that was televised on a few news channels, and, of course, the number one topic was jobs for this sluggish economy.
It does appear that the economy is starting to gain some traction, and I believe that these areas of movement will present themselves in a new paradigm going forward. The Gross Domestic Product (GDP) increased at an annual rate of 1.6 percent in the second quarter of 2010. Corporate profits for the second quarter increased $72.7 billion compared to an increase of $148.4 billion in the first quarter of this fiscal year.
You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to understand that corporations are loading up with cash in their coffers. That’s pretty good considering that you could have bought me with two wooden nickels if you would have told me that Bear Stearns and Lehman Brothers were going to file bankruptcy. So it appears that the rotation is moving forward and not backward; or is it? Read more

Christian Groups Send Trauma Kits to Haiti

Haiti, the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere with over 80 percent of its people living in abject poverty, is still traumatized just eight months after a devastating earthquake that killed more than 250,000,
Only 28,000 of the 1.5 million people displaced by the earthquake have moved to safe transitional housing, and 40,000 more children will die this year from diseases caused by malnutrition. Crime is rising, and desperate people see little hope for recovery. The crisis is not over.
As a response to quake and its aftermath, the David C. Cook organization donated more than 9,000 Haiti Trauma Kits this spring to any community group that could place the kit into the hands of church leaders in Haiti. Read more

Acts Full Gospel Church Promotes Health Awareness

By Carla Thomas

Healthy Temple Director Debra Hutchinson and Ethnic Health Institute Chairperson Dr. Frank E Staggers, Sr., at Acts Full Gospel Church.

The Ethnic Health Institute (EHI) of Alta Bates Summit Medical Center and the US Public Health Service of San Francisco recently unveiled the first health kiosk at Oakland’s Acts Full Gospel Church of God In Christ.
The kiosk is part of a unique pilot program designed to deliver vital health information through community churches. Located in the church lobby, the machine allows users to access information on health prevention, awareness and education.
“For a long time we viewed the church as a gateway to the African American population, and generally we do festivals, concerts and other functions. So we developed a kiosk similar to an ATM machine or an airport boarding pass kiosk,” explained Ethnic Health Institute Chairperson Dr. Frank E. Staggers, Sr..
“It’s a good way for people to be aware of risk factors and recognizing the signs of disease and access the information immediately,” said EHI director Joyce J. Gray.   Read more

Woman Struggles to Survive Domestic Violence

Part 4
By Dion Evans,
Religion Editor

As we began to recount last week, Shaunte´s horrifying experiences put a face on struggle of a woman to survive domestic violence.  This is a true story – the names were changed to protect the guilty and the innocent.
“I was accused so much of sleeping around until I was afraid to look at other people or touch (hug) them,” Shaunte said.  “I was told how to dress and I felt as though I was in a concentration camp.”
Notice, in seeking maximum power and control, the perpetrator tries to undermine the very mind of the victim.  In this case, the perpetrator told lies to “cause” the victim to alter her behavior without being guilty of the crime. Read more

Word Assembly’s Carnival

By Dion Evans,
Religion Editor

WORD OLYMPICS: On the left are members from Word Assembly representing East and Downtown Oakland led by Bishop Keith Clark (center left). On the right are members from Word Assembly representing Tracy and Antioch led by Pastor Randy McRae (center right). Bishop Keith Clark’s team won the best of three.

Bishop Keith Clark, General Overseer of Word Assembly Churches hosted a “Carnival Style” festival last Saturday in Joaquin Miller Park in Oakland.
The festive event featured food, fun and entertainment, children’s jumpers, health screening and chiropractic services, a Jamba Juice booth, board games, field events, dance lines and Word’s first-ever Olympics.
Bishop Clark introduced David Jackson, owner of Western Christian Books and Café, who explained the day’s itinerary. Read more

Confronting Domestic Violence

By Dion Evans,
Religion Editor

What does Domestic Violence look like?  As shared in an earlier column, many experts believe it to be an issue of one seeking power and control over the life of another person who is a “love interest” or a spouse.  Here is the face ofr domestic violence in the form of a survivor’s testimony.
“(It) Started when I was 18 years old,” said the woman who I will call Shaunte.  “We already knew each other, got into a relationship, but that was the part of him I had never met.” Read more

Marching for Peace in Brookfield

By Dion Evans,
Religion Editor

The family of Elliott Noble is on a memorial march in the Brookfield neighborhood in East Oakland. Here they are marching Westbound on Edes Avenue towards Ira Jinkins Recreation Center.

It was December 2005 when SF Chronicle staff writer Henry K. Lee wrote an article highlighting the life and mission of Venus Noble, mother of two sons who were simultaneously shot, one killed on the scene, at Richmond Parkway in Richmond.
The eldest brother, Larrie Noble Jr., survived two shots to the head, but the younger brother, Elliot Noble, 20 years old at the time, was fatally shot as they prepared to attend a vigil for death row inmate Stanley Tookie Williams.
“It was a case of mistaken identity, but today we plan to memorialize my brother who would have turned 25 years old, ” according to Larrie, who wrote on Facebook that Elliott would have celebrated his birthday on Aug. 19. Read more

Opinion Domestic Violence and the Church

By Dion Evans,
Religion Editor

Sometimes before there are any visible manifestations of domestic violence, there is the manifestation of power and control.
What potential role does the church play in the manipulation of that power and control?
I believe church leadership must counsel according to the teachings of the Bible.
But what happens when a person in the relationship seeks to “use the Scriptures” to obtain power and control over a spouse or significant other?
In some instances the church is failing in its oversight of how the interpretations are applied within the relationship, thus setting up potential domestic abuse as a result of misinterpretation.
Once Scriptures are misinterpreted, and by default, misapplied, the couple is left vulnerable to at least eight identifiable behaviors that can lead to domestic violence.
First, the use of intimidation: this can be done by looks or gestures.  Second, emotional abuse: this can be done by calling one out of their names or seeking to make them believe they are guilty of something.
Third, Isolation: this can be done by controlling whom the person sees or where he or she can go. Fourth, minimizing, denying and blaming: this can be done by making light of manifested abuse, shifting abuses blame.  Fifth, by using children: this can be done by threatening to take the children away from the spouse.
Sixth, male privilege: this can be done by the man seeking to treat the woman like a servant or defining himself as a king.  Seventh, economic abuse: this is done by withholding money or not allowing access to family income.  Eighth, coercion and threats: this can be done by threatening to leave (even suicide) or threatening to report the other person to some government agency.
Any one of these eight issues is the groundwork for power and control.  Once someone within the relationship seeks to live beyond his or her control or power, the person may use physical or sexual violence to maintain that position.

Domestic Violence and the Church: What Are the Answers?

By Dion Evans,
Religion Editor

Did you know domestic violence affects one in four women over the course of a lifetime?  Did you know that children often mimic those same behaviors because they’ve witnessed Domestic Violence in their own homes?
Did you know that some women who leave a violent relationship will soon enter into a new relationship that will have the same outcome?  And did you know that some men who go to jail for domestic violence were first hit by a woman.? Read more

Zion Tabernacle Rocks and “Rolls”

By Dion Evans,
Religion Editor

“Bounce! Rock, Skate!  Roll, Bounce,” is the song that avid roller skaters typically move to, but on Sunday, thanks to Zion Tabernacle Baptist Church in Oakland, Bay Area skate lovers were bouncing to the latest Gospel Music tunes from Fred Hammond, Vicki Winans, Mary Mary, Kirk Franklin and others as they hosted Gospel Skate night.
Gospel Comedian J-Redd, Earnest Larkin of Ambassadors for Christ Choir and Charmaine Domino of Magic Fingers Hair Salon and Barber were some of the noted guests who skated. Tinka Blackmond, Sunday Morning DJ on KMEL’s (FM106) Gospel Show joined in the promotion of the event.
Coordinator, Rev. Bernard Emerson, son of Zion Tabernacles’ Senior Pastor, Bishop Alonzo Emerson said, ““We just wanted to have something fun for the young people and that’s why I am out here with skates on.  This gives them something else to do and allows them to know they can be young, saved and have fun.”
McGee Avenue Baptist won the night’s prize for the church that brought the most paid skaters – 28 people, mostly youth ranging from ages 6 to 19 years.  Lewis, further stated, “I think it is good that youth groups interact with other youth from different churches and are able to serve and fellowship with one another while having fun.” Read more

Dr. Lavance Lee,70

LaVance Lee

Lavance died July 16, after a brief  illness.
Lavance Lee was born to Lubertha Garner and Jessie James Lee on March 30, 1940 in Winterville, Mississippi. He was the oldest child of two children.
He graduated from East High School in Cleveland, Ohio and moved to live with his uncle ElRoy Glass in Chicago, Illinois.
His musician step-father influenced him to play the alto saxophone, flute, kalimba, tin whistle, English horn and other instruments with professional musicians. He also recorded and composed Jazz music.
He was an Air Force pilot and taught young pilots how to properly eject from aircraft.
He earned a BA, MA and a PhD  in Philosophy and Rhetoric from UC Berkeley from 1970 thru1981. Lavance taught for over 25 years in the Oakland Public Schools. Read more

Two Beloved Pastors Passed

By Dion Evans,
Religion Editor

Dr. Willie James Smith

Dr. Willie James Smith was scheduled to preach at a church in Natchez, Mississippi on Sunday morning July 11.  When he did not arrive as scheduled, the youth pastor was sent to the hotel to check on him.  Hotel staff opened the room to discover Dr. Smith dead in bed.
Smith served as the Pastor of Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church before relocating to San Diego to serve as Pastor of the Calvary Baptist Church.  Dr. Smith, FROM Greenville, Mississippi, was a 1977 graduate of Bishop College in Dallas, TX.  He leaves his wife, Toni Smith and his children  Willie Jr., Kelli and Kristian. Read more

81 Never Looked This Good Nor Praised So Great

Bishop Ernestine C. Reems celebrates her 81st Birthday

By Dion Evans, Religion Editor

Bishop Ernestine Reems (left) outshined them all wearing a stunning aqua-brown dress with flawless makeup and accessories with Vickie Winans – who looked stellar in her black dress suit with a diamond studded cross around her neck. Photos by Dion Evans.

The place was packed!  A Bay Area legend, Bishop Ernestine C. Reems – founder of the Center of Hope Community Church (8411 MacArthur Blvd, Oakland) was being celebrated for her 81st birthday.  Rather than being celebrated Bishop Reems used the occasion to celebrate Jesus Christ and set the atmosphere for attendees to be saved by the Blood.
From the start of the celebration, Wednesday Night – featuring Vickie Winans, to the close of the celebration, Sunday – featuring the preaching of Pastor Donnie McClurkin, Bay Area residents were treated to some of gospels music’s most notable personalities.
During Wednesday’s service, Pastor Brondon (son of Bishop Ernestine Reems) and Maria Reems (Wife of Pastor Brondon) served as hosts.  The service was a fusion of musical, media shorts, preaching, dancing and giving.  Pastor Brondon shared a video from a sermon preached by Bishop Darrell Hines entitled WILL THE REAL CHURCH IDENTIFY ITSELF.  During his provocative, yet hilarious, sermon he expounded on holiness not being a denomination, religion or church.  Bishop Hines stated, “Holiness is an identity.”  Although he was viewed via video, projected on TV screens, the congregation worshipped as if he were preaching live. Read more

Post, Radio Broadcast “Issues After Dark”

Reverend Dion Evans (above), hosts radio program. KGO TV’s Carolyn Tyler (right) interviews Evans, at (left) Post features Editor Carla Thomas stands in front of Espresso Gourmet Cafe that featured Grant “passover” posters. The same business was saved from damage by rioters by Post photographer Gene Hazzard  while Post staff cars were burning in last year’s melee.

Reverend Dion Evans (above), hosts radio program. KGO TV’s Carolyn Tyler (right) interviews Evans, at (left) Post features Editor Carla Thomas stands in front of Espresso Gourmet Cafe that featured Grant “passover” posters. The same business was saved from damage by rioters by Post photographer Gene Hazzard while Post staff cars were burning in last year’s melee.

By Paul Cobb

Dion Evans, CEO of the Religazine Media Group (RMG) and Religion Editor for the Oakland Post, built an outdoor radio studio at 17th and Franklin Street to allow demonstrators an opportunity to react peacefully to the verdict of ex-BART Police Officer Johannes Mehserle.  He wanted to broadcast peace messages from “Ground Zero.”
Although mainstream media provided overwhelming coverage of the “rioting” and “looting” – a few covered the collaboration between Religazine Media Group, Western Christian Books and Café, the Post Newspaper and radio stations KDIA (AM1640), KDYA (AM1190) and KFAX (AM1100).  This collaboration became known as the Ground Zero Collaboration for Peace.
Evans received a text message from David Jackson, Business Owner of Western Christian Books and Café (1618 Franklin Street, Oakland) which requested that he build his radio station outside the doors of his business. Jackson, in effort to reduce fear, named his business “Shiloh: A Place of Peace.” Read more

CityTeam Ministries’ Breakfast of Champions Unites Families

By Dion Evans,
Religion Editor

A large crowd turned out for the Breakfast of Champions event sponsored by CityTeam Ministries of Oakland last week.

Would you believe that a fundraising event had to change venues one week prior to its date?  YES!  This was the case for the Breakfast of Champions event sponsored by CityTeam Ministries of Oakland.
City Director, Chris Williams, stated, “The event grew so well that we had to ask servant B.K.Woodson to help us relocate to the Bay Area Community Church (BACC) at 8th and Clay streets.”
Anette Boulware, CityTeam Assistant Administrator and Volunteer Coordinator, said the volunteers responded and performed well under short notice. “Many of the volunteers are CityTeam residents and they knew what to do and in the end, prayer made the difference.”
Pastor David Kiteley, President of the Pastors of Oakland organization reserved two tables in support of CityTeam.  Christian Comedian Rick Eichorn and his son Matt provided comic relief and encouraged the attendees to keep trying and to never give up. Read more

Hope Magazine for Christian Women

Hope for Women (Hope), a new Christian lifestyle magazine that celebrates the diversity of women of faith launched its print publication and new Web site this week.
Hope is an independent general-interest magazine targeted at a diverse audience of Christian women,says Publisher Angelia L. White. She said, “Hope unites all women of faith regardless of their culture, age or roles in life.”
For more information, visit http://www.hopeforwomenmag.com

Residents Speak Out on Church Shooting

By Lee Hubbard

Rev. George Brown

Two brothers who were shot in a Richmond church this past Sunday, are now assisting Richmond police officers in the case.
The church shooting, which has sparked national media interest, took place after three young black men in hooded black sweatshirts began shooting two young church patrons at the New Gethsemane Church of God in Christ at 2100 Roosevelt Street in Central Richmond.
The hooded young men, walked in the church and up and down an aisle during the church service.  They then left the church, with one of the young men returning back into the church, shooting a gun, which hit two teenagers sitting in the back pews.  As the shots rang out,  the congregants sought refuge behind the pews. The shooters rapidly fled the scene.
The injured  teenagers were rushed to the hospital with non-lethal injuries. One was shot in the arm , the other in the shoulder.
“This could have been a lot worse,” said Sgt. Bisa French. He reported that Richmond police now have leads on two of the suspects who are believed to be in their late teens or early 20s.
Churches, which have historically been considered “holy ground” or places that are off-limits during street mayhem., now have been rudely violated.  Houses of worship and their leaders have been traditionally accorded the covering graces of the biblical phrase “touch not thine annointed and do thy prophet (nor his sanctuary) no harm..”But with this latest shooting, many Richmond activists are questioning if this stands true today, as they questioned the callousness of the crime. One minister said this “shooting reminds us of the church mafia-like killings of the Godfather movie. My God who would have thought that Gethsemane would be the scene of a horror movie.”
“Being a minister, we have to remember what type of battle we are involved in,” said George Brown, a preacher and community activist with Totally Lead Ministries, a non-profit that does street ministering in Richmond. “The devil found someone who was on his team and they did his work, so the location really didn’t matter.”

Rev. Andre Shumake Sr.

Brown lost his son to a street shooting in Richmond July 6 of last year, so news of the church shooting touched him.  He said the black community has to go back to the basics.
“We as ministers and pastors, have to step up and be involved with the community,” continued Brown.  “We have to show young men more love.”
The Reverend Wynford Williams of the All Nations Church of God in Christ in North Richmond agreed with Brown that churches need to do more outreach to black youth on the streets. He added that the shooting also points to a generational problem within the black community.
“Nowadays we are dealing with youth who were latch-key kids, as parents have to work more and more to keep a roof over there heads,” said Williams.  “We are also dealing with kids who were born as drug babies.  While the church needs to do more, things can’t be fixed by the church by itself.  It takes parents, community people and city involvement.”
While the police look for the suspects, there has been talk of retaliation on the shooters.  But Richmond pastors are trying to prevent this violent response to the church shootings.
“These young people are so angry,” said the Reverend Andre Shumake Sr., president of the Richmond Improvement Association, a coalition of 80 church congregations, helping to plan an anti-violence rally on March 6.  “We’re trying to say, no – that’s not the correct way to respond.”

Morris Legrande Jazzes Up DMC

By Dion Evans

Religion Editor

Luajuana (left) and Morris LeGrande shared a special Valentine’s Kiss during the LOVE and BASKETBALL CONCERT sponsored by Tinka of KMEL’s World Hit Gospel Show and Floyd Entertainment. .

Tinka, celebrity and modest radio show host of KMEL’s Sunday morning “World Hit Gospel Show” held an event on Valentine’s Day – LOVE AND BASKETBALL.  Tinka, a huge basketball fan, created the perfect event for people who both like sports and cherish Valentine’s Day festivities.  The event featured the comedy of Dennis Gaxiola and the Smooth Jazz of Morris LeGrande, a native of Oakland.
LeGrande shared during the concert how he fell in love with his wife and what his first kiss was like when he knew he was falling in love with her.  “It was electric!  We admitted to one another that we were beginning to fall in love with one another.”  LeGrande gave out complimentary CDs of his latest musical project to those couples who had been successfully married for at least 30 years.  As many as seven couples acknowledged they had been.  One couple, known to Morris LeGrande, acknowledged they’d been married for over 50 years.  The audience cheered and praised God for such an awesome example of commitment.
As the Smooth Jazz filled the air, Morris LeGrande and his band held an entertaining competition  with the audience using the childhood toy – kazoo.  While many did not know how to operate the toy instrument–LeGrande highlighted the abilities of those willing to showcase their skills.
Following the entertaining display, LeGrande stated, “Its time for me to get a little serious for a moment.”  He began to share his undeniable testimony of Jesus Christ.  He stated, “I am not ashamed to say the name Jesus Christ.  Without Jesus Christ I would not be here today.”  Some attendees returning to their seats seemed caught off guard by the testimony.  They‘d departed listening to the sounds of smooth jazz and returned to a period of praise and worship.  LeGrande subsequently sang, “Jesus, Jesus, Jesus – there’s just something about that name.”
Sharing the stage for the LOVE AND BASKETBALL party was J-Redd local Bay Area comedian and BET’s Comic View comedian– Dennis Gaxiola; born in Berkeley , CA and also featured in Paul Rodriguez’s LATIN ALL-STARS OF COMEDY.  Gaxiola had the audience laughing in their seats as he told comedic stories about his father; a former boxer turned preacher.  He shared, “If my father was preaching too long, we would ring a bell and he would go sit down in the corner.”  Gaxiola, also an unashamed Christian, shared how he once needed tequila while performing on the stage but, “now I just have a little of water.”
Following the Comedy and Concert – a large screen was lowered for attendees to watch the remainder of the NBA All-Star Game.  Tinka announced, “This is the beginning of a new entertaining company I am launching – FLOYD ENTERTAINMENT.”  Tinka will be unveiling more entertainment events in the future.  Stay tuned.

“Booked” for Support

Community asked to give
financial support to Marcus Books

Yahasantewaa Williams proudly holds up the book which she purchased after the Marcus Community meeting on the first day of Black History Month.

Yahasantewaa Williams proudly holds up the book which she purchased after the Marcus Community meeting on the first day of Black History Month.

Two young supporters of Marcus Books. Photo by Gene Hazzard.

Two young supporters of Marcus Books. Photo by Gene Hazzard.

By Lee Hubbard

A cross section of people from all over Northern California showed up in Oakland at Marcus Book store Monday night to discuss ways to keep the oldest black bookstore in the country open.
Conducted by Oakland Post Publisher Paul Cobb, the history and legacy of the store was discussed as patrons walked in and out buying books. Many of the attendees volunteered to help spread the word to their friends, neighbors, churches and social groups. “We must use all methods of marketing, but more importantly, this is an opportunity to structure internet marketing and promotions campaign as well”, said Wil Ussery, who lives in San Francisco.
Ussery also proposed a multi-level strategy involving refinancing, creation of a foundation and securing investors as ways to bring more revenue the black book store.
“We have to convert communication about what’s going on at Marcus books, into support for the store within the community,” said Walter Riley, an Oakland attorney who was able to return home safely from the recent Haitian earthquake. Riley also explained how individuals could contribute to their favorite non-profit tax-exempt organization to encourage them to purchase books for their libraries. He also asked the attendees to have their churches, temples and mosques purchase books for their libraries.
Rev. Dion Evans, religious broadcaster for KFAX’s “Issues after Dark” radio program said he will use his program to promote faith-based community for the store.
The store has been at the center of black literary and black cultural life across the country. But the recent economic downturn along with the advent of the large discount book stores and the decline in black book sales over the last few years, helped to shrink the sales of the business.
Some of the ideas bantered about at the Monday meeting included having organized fieldtrips of students to visit the stores in San Francisco and Oakland to buy books, get various political and social organizations involved in buying books as a group purchase, have collegiate and high school departments buy books, and encourage fundraising efforts to help fortify the stores finances.
Douglass Coleman, an Oakland based black activist, wrote a check for $1,250 dollars to Marcus Books. He said that Marcus has had an everlasting impact on his life and he was giving back to help the store when it is in need.
“This store is an important institution to the African American community,” said Coleman. “A light is turned on in your head, when you come into this place.”
Alona Clifton, a former Peralta College Board member and Vice President of the Oakland chapter of Bay Area Woman Organized for Political Action, said she is going to organize her group to hold a series of meetings at the Oakland Marcus Books location and encourage its members to shop at the store for books, cards, calendars, posters and children’s books.
Clifton said she would help lead the effort to help coordinate the 1,500 various Black interdenominational houses of worship, in the nine bay area counties, “to buy and order books through Marcus for the youth in their churches,” said Clifton. “They need to develop libraries for their children. Marcus Books Store needs to be a conduit to provide books to Black children who need them.”
Sylvester Brooks, a member of the Associated Real Property Brokers, a group of black realtors, said he would help to spread the word through his association.
“Through our newsletter, I will help inform our members about the plight of Marcus Books,” said Brooks. “We will make a donation through our legal fund to buy books. To give back to the community that helped to support us.”
For more information on how to join the campaign to save Marcus Books contact Paul Cobb or Maxine Ussery at the Post (510) 287-8200.

WORDS 2 LIVE BY LAUNCHES ON KFAX AM1100 “THE SPIRIT OF THE BAY”

Bishop Keith Clark

Bishop Keith Clark

By Dion Evans,
Religion Editor

Monday, February 1, 2010 was a historical day in the ministry of Bishop Keith Lee Clark as his radio broadcast – WORDS 2 LIVE BY – began airing daily on KFAX Radio. Bishop Clark is a featured guest on THE WORLD HIT GOSPEL SHOW hosted by Tinka on KMEL’s 106.1 FM station. Every fourth Sunday he shares contemporary and practical perspectives on varied issues related to faith.
On Wednesday, September 16, 2009 Bishop Keith Clark began airing sermons and lessons on the radio show ISSUES AFTER DARK, also airing on KFAX weeknights from 9:30 pm to 11:30 pm PST. Clark found immediate success and is now being touted as a ‘must listen to’ preacher. His books and CDs are in high demand.
JoAnn Carr, Words 2 Live By team member, shares thoughts regarding the newest broadcast, “People should expect to hear the Word, rightly divided and where you live.” Tracy Freeman, Words 2 Live By’s inaugural sermon announcer on KFAX stated, “Bishop Clark shares the Word in a practical, yet meaningful way – many questions people have will receive answers.” Rounding out the Words 2 Live By Team is Trina Taplin, “In the coming months, people of God will gain a greater understanding of God’s Word.” Taplin goes on to share, “Bishop Clark is very transparent in his delivery, electrifying and biblically accurate.”
The Words 2 Live By Radio Ministry’s first week of airing included sermons addressing husbands and wives. The sermons were entitled: HOW A HUSBAND SHOULD LOVE HIS WIFE and HOW A WIFE SUBMITS TO HER HUSBAND. Each broadcast is professionally mastered and available for purchase by visiting the Words 2 Live By website at www.w2lb.org. Words 2 Live By is also on Facebook. To send a Friend Request, visit – www.facebook.com/words2liveby.
Tune in each weekday afternoon at 2:00pm PST for the Words 2 Live By Radio Broadcast on KFAX. On February 12, 2010 Bishop Keith Clark will begin a lesson on SEVEN WAYS TO KNOW YOU ARE IN A BAD RELATIONSHIP. To listen online visit, www.kfax.com (click listen live) or tune into your radio AM1100 “The Spirit of the Bay.”

“A Pact With the Devil?” What the…

By Dion Evans,
Religion Editor

Pat Robertson, founder of the Christian Broadcast Network (CBN) and host of one of America’s longest running religious broadcasts – the 700 Club – has recently made comments regarding the devastation of the Republic of Haiti; a 7.0 earthquake that has, to recent date, claimed the lives of over 50,000 and is threatening to claim, as predicted by the President of Haiti, more than 200,000 lives.
None of this mattered when the microphone was set before the mouth of a man who claims to be a representative of Christ. Pat Robertson has stated that the devastating earthquake which has hit Haiti was the result of God’s judgment upon the country due to a “pact with the devil” made by its Haitian slaves in the 1700’s. What!? The founder of a 50 year old “Christian Broadcasting” organization pointed down and wagged his finger as if to shame a people – who are, at the present, enduring the most devastating natural disaster in human history.
Desiring to wrap my mind around these comments, I sought out Bay Area pastors to lend their voices to respond to the comments made by Pat Robertson. Here are some of their responses:
Bishop Frank Pinkard – EVERGREEN BAPTIST CHURCH, Oakland – “He is a false prophet and an ungodly man. He is a Conservative Christian racist.”
Rev. Dr. Walter Humphrey, MORIAH CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP, Oakland – “If that be the case then God have mercy on England for the Middle Passage. The blood of those Africans like the blood of Abel cries for vengeance.”
Pastor Gary Golden, FOOTHILL MISSIONARY BAPTIST CHURCH, Oakland – “Pat Robertson’s statement is offensive, ill-timed and racially charged. It is sad that this kind of backward thinking is still tolerated in these days.”
Rev. Dr. MT Thompson, BERKELEY MT. ZION BAPTIST CHURCH, Pastor Emeritus – “I am disturbed in my spirit beyond measure. To live in an age where religious leaders, publically, present our God – Jehovah, my God – as an average character of revenge. Any religious leader that stoops to the level of presenting God with the concept of a revengeful character and acting in the law of retribution, even if people have sinned, needs to be dismissed from any power of public communication. How dare any man seek to reduce my God to a level of being just a man who holds accounts to get even – even if sin has been committed.”
Pastor Tim Royal, HALCYON BAPTIST CHURCH, San Leandro – “Unbelievable that a Christian world share an urban legend as if it were fact. I am very disturbed by the fact that Christian organizations like Samaritan’s Purse are risking life and limb to glorify Christ and this man has smeared HIS name.
Pastor Jerry Blackmon, FIRST NEW JERUSALEM MISSIONARY BAPTIST CHURCH, Oakland, “No one can assume God’s judgment because no one knows the mind of God. All we can do is pray and give aid in support of the Haitians. Show love and not judgment.”