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Click here to listen to my first interview as an author: Sunday, 1/11/09 on Urban Literary Review (BlogTalkRadio) with L. Martin Johnson Pratt ( @iluvblackwomen on Twitter ).

Click here to listen to my Saturday, 7/11/09 interview with Evangelist Maureen Chen and her co-host Juergen on Kingdom Club on BlogTalkRadio.

Robin Tramble interviewed me on 7/14/09 on the subject "Why Forgiveness Tests Our Faith", during her awesome Dynamic Women of Faith Telesummit. (Recording issues required that the interview be split into two parts - Part II is here.)

My transformation from atheist to born-again Christian minister was fodder for a second 60-minute interview with Evangelist Maureen Chen and co-host Juergen Mair on Kingdom via the BlogTalkRadio network on Saturday, 7/25/09.

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Stepping into the Light: You’re a Christian, what now? is a great primer for the new adult Christian, as well as a devotional and inspiring Christian living guidebook.

Written by Diane L. Harris, the daughter of a South Bronx born Jew and a Jamaican-American ex-Episcopalian Jewish convert, Stepping into the Light is the fearless testimony of a former atheist who admits that while Christian salvation erases the threat of eternal damnation, becoming a Christian is not a magical pill for the ills of life on earth.

Combining curiosity, transparency, a gift for simplifying erudition and a palpable joy, Minister Diane explores the questions for God that inundated her as a “baby believer.”

With clarity and wielding a humble sense of humor, this woman of God leads the way to a down-to-earth relationship with a loving Messiah by answering such important questions as: What’s the meaning of salvation? Who do I become when I’m born again? Do I need to know about spiritual warfare? How is the Old Testament relevant to me as a Christian? What does the New Testament teach? What promises does God have for me? Can I contribute to the kingdom of God?

If you are a Christian, “baby believer” or not, who is asking yourself, “what now?” this book is written for you.

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Entries in betrayal (2)


Faith and Hate

The evil in you
Attempts to flay me
Burrowing the knife of betrayal
Beneath my skin

Yet the stripping you've done
And clever stab wounds
Simply deepen the furrows needed
To receive seeds of increased faith from my Father

He strengthens me
To choose His love
Over the hate with which you fornicate

I must reject
Your angry pain
The Spirit of God leaves me no room for it

Love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness,
Goodness, faith, meekness and temperance
Soothe and overflow my borders

God loves us all

You can't know how sorry I am
That my deflection leaves your heart
As the only remaining target
For what you've unleashed

I pray your bonds are broken
Before it is too late

Your forgiveness is already bought

(Photograph by Claudia Pau)

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Judas was Not the World's Worst Sinner

If you are a Christian, you probably either despise or pity Judas Iscariot. When the "black sheep" apostle's name comes up, people talk about the depth of his sin or wonder how God could have chosen one man to bear so much guilt.

God is often blamed for calling Judas to be the betrayer of Jesus. But, just as God didn't cause Pharaoh's heart to harden against Moses and the Israelites, neither did He cause Judas to sell out Jesus.

Judas' betrayal was not even necessary to end Jesus' earthly ministry. Jesus would have been crucified whether Judas existed or not.

God knew what Judas would do; God did not make him do it. Judas was no more a puppet in God's hands than you or I. As hard as we have to fight human nature to follow God, it's obvious than everyone has free will.

Satan may have entered Judas to influence him, but Satan certainly has no more power over anyone's will than God does. The power God or Satan wields over us is only what we yield.

Judas was not chosen by God to do evil against Christ. I believe Judas was chosen  to walk with Christ in spite of what he would do.

Judas was no worse a sinner than Peter or the rest of the apostles. Sin is sin. Sin is separation from God. The other eleven men separated themselves from God when they abandoned Jesus after His arrest.

I've separated myself from Jesus. So have you.

Judas made a terrible mistake. He was later sorry. His worst mistake was not understanding that he could still be forgiven (and eternally reunited with Jesus), simply by asking. Judas could have sought forgiveness and salvation rather than killing himself after the arrest of Jesus.

Judas was chosen not as an example of worthlessness, as some see him, but as a picture of what happens when we are around Jesus but not truly with Him.

Imagine the power of Judas' testimony had he come to the foot of the cross at Calvary to ask forgiveness. The joy that he and Jesus would have shared may have brought more people to Christ than Peter's words on the day of Pentecost.

But Judas did not ask forgiveness, though he clearly was sorry for what he had done. Instead he tried to escape the pain of his sin and died in an eternal state of sin.

People say Judas was the world's worst sinner, but he wasn't. Sin is sin. He could have been forgiven. So can I. So can you.

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