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Emancipation

Emancipation:

The Language of the Slaves

"There are so many languages spoken here. It seems to me that around forty or so dialects are spoken on a regular basis. English, of course, is the official language and then there is "the language of the slaves." If one is not a slave, you will not understand our language. It is a language of a broken, tattered people; a language sometimes only conveyed through eye contact. Yet, one knows what the other is saying. It is a strong language; a language rarely deciphered by the wealthy, the rich or the sheltered. No, you learn this language – you master the phonetics --while the sun beats you down and drains the life out of you."

Emancipation, narrated by Boaz, is the story of the awakening of the human soul. Click here to read the second installment in full.


A Long Way From Home

Excerpts from Reverend Thomas' fictional book appear below.
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Excerpts:

Envisioned Freedom

Denise, like the prodigal son, was eager to vacate the family nest and begin her journey as an adult. She would be eighteen years old soon, and she had been planning her birthday for months. Denise had been contemplating and envisioning her "freedom." She thought of freedom as getting away from Mom and Dad and being on her own. So many teens are seduced this way. Life is hard and often the "realness" of life is camouflaged by television, lies, and suggestions of friends. Parents' warnings often fade to the background once a teenager has his or her mind made up.

Denise believed that she knew all about life and was in control of her destiny. There would be no curfew, no rules to abide by, no more church, and no one to answer to.

Satisfaction in Suffering

William finally made it home and frantically entered the door and rushed into Denise's room. She was all packed and sitting on her bed. Her face was filled with sternness and an uncompromising expression. It would seem that she had rehearsed this moment—that she had predicted William's response, anticipated and even longed for the hurt, which flushed in his frightful face. With each word that William poured forth in anguish and desperation, Denise felt gratified, justified. She felt satisfaction in his suffering. She was delighted as Denise looked still-faced into William's tear-filled eyes. She seemed to be without feelings. Denise poured forth with a mocking, bitter spirit. It was too hard to watch. Her eyes were all aglow, not with joy but with revenge, anger, and hostility. She displayed this arrogance as William emptied himself at her feet.

How Did the Light Get Broken?

They questioned one another about how the back light could have been broken. They arrived at a local hardware store, purchased some items, and returned to the van only to find that the trunk was left opened once again. They each looked with fear into the eyes of the other and jumped in the van and raced back to the abandoned apartment building. Without saying one word to the other, they both knew what the other was thinking—the last few hours, the door being left unlocked, the trunk left unlocked, the back light broken and finally, being stopped by the cops. Something wasn't adding up.

They exited the half-parked van and ran into the apartment building. They raced to the place where they thought they had left Denise. It was like the last few miles of a long, long race, with the finish line in view. One man ran and pushed the other man, who then fell to the floor with both eyes focused toward the room where Denise had been held captive. The other man, panting, full of fear, anxious, and now flushed with anger, pushed through the door and ran toward what seemed to be a body covered by a worn, dust-filled blanket. As he swiftly threw the blanket back, his mind raced with the possibilities of imprisonment and even the charge of murder. The cover came unpeeled in his hands, as it moved at the horrified man's forceful command. His eyes stared down toward the image. The other man still lay fearfully on the floor, near the entrance. The man on the floor knew that bad or good would be determined by the next words from that room.

She was gone!

 

Pastor's Corner

"Look and Live"

See Jesus Christ as He was taken from hall to hall from station to station. Look at the mockers and those who took pleasure in His trial and crucifixion. Look at the onlookers who came to see "just another man" be crucified. Look at those scoffers as they voiced "He saved others, now let's see if He can save Himself." Yes, look ever so closely at those men who put the nails into His hands and those nails that pierced His feet. Draw even closer and see those men who gambled for His garments. Look at the one who pierced Him in the side. Look at Jesus' matted hair. Look up NOW into His face. "Yes" look into that face and see life. Look and live. Look and live. Look and live.

Isaiah 53:1-5 Who hath believed our report? And to whom is the arm of the Lord revealed? For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him there is no beauty that we should desire him. He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not. Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.

After beating and dragging Him before His accusers, one after another, they took Him up to a place called Calvary. There, they placed your Lord and my Saviour upon the cross. Can't you see that He is no different than that serpent that was given for the people in Moses' day? He is no different than the serpent, if people would look, they would have life. We too must look at Jesus, our serpent on the wood yes, He is our sacrifice He's our spotless Lamb for all of humanity.

Can't You See?

Look and live. Look at Jesus Christ in all of His glory. Can't you see all that was done for you? My God, look today. Look and live. Look and receive strength. Look and become a new person. Many passed Him by as He was there on the cross and have wondered, "What is this all about?" "What meaneth this? What's the point? Why take the time?" "If He is the Son of God, let Him come down from there. Why, He saved others, but it appears He lacks the power to save Himself."

Child of God, nothing is what is seems. It seemed as if they had Him when they nailed His hands and feet to that wooden pole. It seemed as if there was no hope. It seemed as if Jesus was just another man an ordinary man. They thought nothing of piercing Him in the side. Hebrews 9:22 And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission.

Hebrews 10:4-7 For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins. Wherefore when he cometh into the world, he saith, sacrifice and offering thou wouldest not, but a body hast thou prepared me: In burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin thou hast had no pleasure. Then said I, lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of me,) to do thy will, O God.

Look up to Calvary's hill today. We will all have to meet our Maker. The footprints of Jesus are already marking the sand and His appearance is so near nearer than we know. Some have stated that once you die that's it that's the end of it. Child of God believe not every spirit but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world. I John 4:1.

Luke 12:4-5 And I say unto you my friends, be not afraid of them that kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do. But I will forewarn you whom ye shall fear: fear him, which after he hath killed hath power to cast into hell; yea, I say unto you, fear him.

Just think, it was such a dark, dark day when Christ, our serpent, died on that pole. He gave all. God the Father couldn't even bear to look upon Him. Not because of a lack of love for His only Son but because Jesus bore our sins and God could not and will not tolerate sin. He will not tolerate sin in this life nor the one to come. Jesus, His only begotten Son -- God the Father had to turn away from Him. God the Father had to turn away or maybe all of humanity would have been destroyed. God turned from the sin that his Son decided to bear for each one of us so that we could live. Look and Live. Look and Live.

Jesus, being wrapped in a body of flesh, began to cry out to His Father. The Father with whom He had shared such fellowship. He began to cry from His innermost being "Father, why hast thou forsaken me?" Oh, how the angels must have cried that day. I am sure millions and millions of angels cried that day. He bore the sins of the entire world that day. He made the greatest sacrifice that would ever be made for a human being for all mankind. Because Jesus Christ went through all of that, you can look and live today. You can be all that God desires for you today. You can look and live. You don't have to remain the same. Just by giving your heart, even now, God will be able to move for you. The spirit of Lord will help you, even now, to give your heart to Jesus. Give your heart to that same Jesus that gave all for you and you too will began, maybe for the very first time, to live.

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