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Please permit me space in your paper to comment on the public's response to the recent referendum; and in particular, the church's response. As I listened attentively to the public's response to the resounding no vote in the recent referendum on gaming as was...
Funeral Service for James 'Ricky Purse' Frazer Jr., a resident of Cockburn Close off Bernard Road, will be held on Saturday, 11th June, 2011, at 11 am, at Our Lady Of The Holy Souls Catholic Church, Deveaux Street. Officiating will be Rev. Fr. Alain Laverne, interment will follow in Old Trail Cemetery, Old Trail Road.
Ricky Purse's memories will forever linger in the hearts of His Father, Anthony Frazer; Mother: Retired Nurse Delcina Frazer, Children, James Jr., Jasmine & Jermaine Frazer, Grandchildren, Kanye Jehoshua Kemp "Joshy" & Jada Claudine Frazer, Wife of 22 years and friend after, Crown Sergeant Claudia Frazer, of H.M. Prison, Brothers, Robert Frazer, Cpl. Peter Frazer of Exuma, & Ernest Frazer of West Haven C.T. (Robbie, Bennie & Frenchie); Adopted brothers, Hermis Ferguson, Michael Laing, Allan Strachan, Anthony Richardson, Clayton Miller & Christopher Miller, (H, Pastry, Big Allan, Cracker, Smiley and Lil Chris). Sisters, Gretta Gibson, & Maxine Frazer, Adopted sister, Tafficka Brown, Aunts, Nathalie, Elizabeth, Dorothy, Sister, ClareRolle, Cleora, Cynthia, Jane, Clothilda, Sandra, Myrna, Lillian, Vanria, Uncles, Richard Ambrister, Charles Johnson, Vernal & Patrick Rolle, Philip Gaitor, Nelson Lord, Charles Johnson, William Griffin Sr., & Christopher Miller Sr., of Great Harbour Cay, Grand Aunts, Marie Carey & Corine Adderley, Grand Uncle, Ezekiel Cash of Lower Bogue, Eleuthera, Grand Nieces & Nephews, Asalll, Delecia, Deshanda, Renae, Renaldo Jr., Montel, Lakayla, Sebreonna, Alicia, Crenshaw & Robert 111, Mother-in-law, Firstena Hepburn, Brothers-in-law, Carlos Gibsor:), Eric, William, Charles, George & Michael Hepburn, Sisters-in-law, Veronica, Gaille of West Haven C.T., & Betty Frazer, Margaret McKay, Leonie Buchanan, Brenda Francis Michelle & Cheryl Hepburn, Nieces, Chaurina Lawson of Miami, Monalisa, Alexandria, Rose, Ebony, Tankia, Robinique, Natalia, Alison, Britshe, Aliczia, Carrington Dwainelle, Azariah, Angelique, Erica, Ericiea, Alexis, Colleen, Heather, Melissa, Andrea, Audrey, Nephews, Robert Jr., Asa Jr., Rashard, Renaldo, Antonio, Jason, AbleSeanman Mckello, Rhmad, Dwainard, Lexton Obama, William, Everette, Omar, John, Devonne, Dedrick, Charles Jr., Kevin & Tavarei, Godfather, Leon Griffin, Godchildren, Garrard Williams & Sundae Ferguson, Numerous Cousins, Kimberley Butterfield, Leon, William Jr., Steven, Barry, Andrew, Minerva, Elizabeth, Fredricka, Pamela, Valentino, Taria, Dewitt, Dwight, Donell, Dereck, Clayton Miller, Jermaine, Sean, Corey, Phillip Jr., Devon, Nicola, Crystal, Precious, Latoya, Chartes Jr., Christopher Jr., Demetricia, Ann, Wendy, Glemous, Kathy, Pasha, Amanda, Stephanie, Andrea, Adwina, Shelly, Marco, Toney & Phillip, Felix, Willard, Chris, Father Anselm Russell O.S.B., Hubert, Terrence, Arlington, Rosemund, Millie, Ruth, Violet, Doral, Ena & Jenarosa & Jackie of Lower Bogue, Deloris, Cassie, Cassandra, Madelyn, Madeline, Stephen, Kendal, Lisa Rolle, Roy Colebroke Jr., Godbrothers, Other Relatives & friends, to0 numerous to mention but including, Barry & Andrew. Griffin, Sam Dean, Clifford Cartwright, Alfred Stubbs, Grace of Miramar FI., ' O'Neil Stubbs, Glen Williams, Mr. Rodney Moncur, Mr. Frank Cooper, Larry & Betty, Ralph, Kennie, Big Ethel, Bones Joe Boy, Dave Thurston, Eddie, Jeff Thompson, Blaze Rolle, Mr. Clifford Stubbs & family, Shirley Brown & family, Sarah Jennings & family, The Stubbs, Colebrooke, Gordon, Williams, Burrows, Pauls, Browns, Moncurs, Hepburn, Knowles; Major, Taylor, Rolle, Campbell, Richardson Family, and the entire Black Village Community, Mrs. Betsy Duvalier, Mr. Pratt and the entire staff of Security Department and the entire staff of Sandilands Rehabilitation Centre, Gussy and the comer boys in Fox Hill, Cockbum Close Community, Ms. Alverne King & Mr. Steve Barr, The C.C. Sweeting Class of 1980, Sherryann Heild of West End Grand Bahama, The Staff of H.M. Prison, The Staff of Airport Authority Crash and Rescue Fire Department, Dr. Bonamy and her team, also the Nurses and Staff on Male Medical 2 at P.M.H.
Relatives and friends may pay there last respects at Riverside Funeral Chapel, Market Street and Bimini Avenue on Friday from 10 am until 6 pm and at the Church on Saturday from 10 am until service time.
Funeral Service for Anario Javian Curtis age 25 of Kennsington Gardens who died on April 24th 2012 will be held on Saturday at 11 a.m. at Mt. Nebo Union Baptist Church, Marshall Road off Baillou Hill Road South. Officiating will be Rev. Dr. Charles E. Rolle assisted by Other Ministers. Interment will follow in Woodlawn Gardens, Soldier Road.
He is survived by his Mother: Anne Wallace; his Father & Step-Mother: Emmanuel & Laverne Curtis; Grandmother: Verva Wallace: Sisters: Samantha McIntosh and Idelia Curtis; Brothers: Akeito, Camarie, Jason and Ishmael Curtis; Aunts: Ruby Curtis, Eurice and Emmazell Ferguson, Eunice, Fearlease and Lashan Wallace; Uncles: Merrill and Linville Curtis, Bishop Christopher Ferguson, Calvin, John, Percy and Lester Wallace; Nieces: Jabez and Samia McIntosh, Charlesetta Mathurin and Cha'mel Curtis; Nephew: Adeyen Curtis; Brother-in-law: Garth McIntosh; Sister-in-law: Asternique Curtis; Numerous cousins including: Phicol, Chaneil, Johnita, Patrico, Erica, Demarcio, Davontay, Deniteria, Lester Wallace Jr., KeAndra, Perron Cummings, Euthea, Damian, Dachun and Dashunique Brown, Javal, Lasheca, Jaynique Ferguson, D'Abrelle Deveaux, Chandra, Charan and Chazara Rahnming, Theres, Deandrea, Damon, Crystal, Laverne and Cephas Cooper, Miriam, Inah, Candice, Sherry, Birdie, Wilistene, Sherry, Linville Jr., Linda, Arnette, Randolph, Rodney, Beauford, Trevor, Homer Jr., Charles, Dorlan and Priscilla Curtis, Marvaret, Garin, Dereck, Karen and Anastacia Ferguson, Jackie, Lavenia, Jennifer, Renaldo, Udena, Bebiejoe, Devayne, Iziah, Alex, Kevette, Kaye, Edison, Bennie, Sandy, Kevin, Chavano and Chakera; Godson: Kevin Cunningham Jr., Special Friends: Mrs. Winsome Miller, Alvena Mortimer, Mary Taylor, Eunice Roxbury, Christine Hepburn, Agnes Carey, Mrs. Judith Sherman, Nikito Lewis, Damian Robinson, Elizabeth Grant, Henry Bannister, Stanley Fulford, Travis Cooper, Paul, Lubin, Eggie, Alexandra McKenzie, Daniesha Moss, Danielle Moss, Zorian Munnings, Mrs. Sargeant, Mrs. Pinder, Dino, Calvin and Mr. Collie. Godparents: Jackie and Wellington Woods, Sadie and Fearlease Wallace, Austin Weeks, Eric Sweeting, Madlyn Wells, Muriel Dawkins; Other Relatives & Friends: The Wallace, Bridgewater, Munroe, Moxey, Lockhart, Armbrister, Curling, Hepburn, Maycock, Wilson, Nesbitt Families, Pastor Rolle and The Mt. Nebo Family, The Golden Gates FNM Campaign Team, The National Literacy Staff, Friends at Super Value, Blue Hill Road, The Basketball Friends, The R. M. Bailey Class of 2004 and the Kennsington Gardens and Ragged Island Communities.
Friends may pay their last respects at East Sunrise Mortuary, #36 Rosetta Street, Palmdale from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday and again at the Church from 10 a.m. on Saturday until service time.
Nassau, Bahamas - The
Student Christian Movement (SCM) Bahamas held the opening ceremony of its SCM
retreat at the Church of God of Prophecy, Shirley Street on Thursday, February
23, 2012. The theme for the weekend retreat was "God's Mighty Army Arise -
Mission Possible." More than one hundred students from public and private
schools as well as the College of The Bahamas (C.O.B.) participated in the
the ceremony an all male praise team set the tone of praise, while young people
of all ages sang and prayed openly. Throughout the evening there was a variety
of performances by students from local and visiting Family Island schools. A skit
about young biblical figures who accomplished 'Impossible feats"...
The day will come when everyone will be given the paycheck they truly deserve according to their deeds and actions
And, behold, I come quickly. And my reward is with me to give every man according as his work shall be. - Revelation 22:12
I can recall my youthful years and my Aunt Nerva's husband, Uncle Bruce, going away on the contract to the United States to pick fruits. It was common for Bahamians to be recruited to work on farms. They would stay as long as three years before returning, but monetary allowances were sent back to the labor department for the upkeep of their families.
You barely had any knowledge of when the migrant workers would return. You would go out one day and return home to meet the loved one there. Although there was joy to see them, there was more joy to see the things they brought with them. Uncle Bruce had no problem with his wife sharing what he brought with her sister, Florrie, my mother. Indeed, it is a blessing to receive all that is good.
I feel goose bumps when I think of what the reward that many of us will get, according to the fashion of the days of our lives.
There was a recent report on the level of poverty that exists in The Bahamas that speaks to families in dire need. It cited a lack of housing, food, employment, social mobility, spiritual stability, disdain for knowledge and empowerment. If there is to be a noticeable change in the lives of our people, then we must seriously think of choosing the better life that gives rich and lasting reward, not only here on planet Earth, but our heavenly abode.
The Book of Revelation of Jesus Christ shows his servants things that must shortly come to pass, as given by the angel to John who was banished to the Isle of Patmos for the preaching of the word. This same John bore record of the word of God and of the testimony of Jesus Christ and of all things that he saw.
There are many who shy away from reading The Revelation of Saint John the Divine, but it clearly states that blessed is he that readeth and they that hear the words of this prophecy and keep those things which are written therein, for the time is at hand.
There were strong messages for the churches of Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamos, Thyatira, Philadelphia and Laodicea in Revelation 2:18: "I know thy works and thy labor and thy patience and how thou canst not bear them which are evil. And thou hast tried them which say they are apostles and are not, and hast found them liars. And hast borne and hast patience and, for my name's sake, hast labored and hast not fainted. Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love. But I have a few things against thee, because thou hast there them that hold the doctrine of Balaam, who taught Balac to cast a stumbling block before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed unto idols and to commit fornication. So hast thou also them that hold the doctrine of the Nicolaitans which thing I hate. I know thy works and charity and service and faith and thy patience and thy works, and the last to be more than the first. Notwithstanding, I have a few things against thee, because thou sufferest that woman Jezebel, which calleth herself a prophetess, to teach and to seduce my servants to commit fornication and to eat things sacrificed unto idols.
Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth. Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown.
I know thy works, that thou hast a name, that thou livest and art dead. Be watchful and strengthen the things which remain, that are ready to die, for I have not found thy works perfect before God
I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot; I would thou wert cold or hot. So then, because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spew thee out of my mouth."
In this last chapter and book of the Bible, John is told that these sayings are faithful and true, and the Lord God of the holy prophets sent his angel to show unto his servants the things that must be done. Blessed is he that keepeth the sayings of the prophecy of this book.
The days of our lives come in only two categories. We can either choose to be unjust and filthy in our dealings, or righteous and holy. The day will surely come when, no matter how high, rich, low or poor one may be, each man, woman, boy or girl will be given the paycheck they truly deserve according to their deeds and actions and acceptance or rejection of Jesus the Christ, and it could very well be quickly.
E-mail email@example.com or write to P.O. Box 19725 SS Nassau, Bahamas with your prayer requests, concerns and comments. God's blessings!
For most kids a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.60 is something to "crow" about, but for 15-year-old Selandia Toote, it's a source of embarrassment. Excellence to her means a grade point average that is above the 3.80 mark.
"I think my failure to get above my 3.80 mark is due to my procrastination and not completing my work as well as I should have last semester," said the Queen's College 10th grade student. "It also didn't help that I was transitioning to high school and the work is harder and there are more demands. This is the time I should have been more focused than ever, but I wasn't, so there is no excuse for not achieving above a 3.80 like I usually do. I am working harder to just stay on track and do what I know I should be doing this time around."
Toote is now making the adjustment, and now aspires to not settle for less than the best and has her sights set on achieving a 4.0 GPA. To accomplish this she knows she will have to "pull up her socks" in all of her classes -- particularly Language Arts and Literature, which she considers her weakest subjects. Right now she is even taking extra evening classes to strengthen herself in her weak areas, and tries to be even more focused and creative when doing assignments.
Some people would think Toote is being too hard on herself, taking into consideration the fact that she had the best overall and independent Bahamas Junior Certificate (BJC) results in the country in 2011. She was graded at A in Math, English, Social Studies, Art, Religion, Health Science, General Science and Home Economics and a B in Craft. She still believes she could have done better.
"It was a great feeling to have accomplished what I did for the BJCs. I was surprised when I was told I got the best grades overall in independent schools and the country. It was even nicer to get an award and prizes like $1,000 and a laptop as well, since I never had a personal laptop before, but I try not to focus on that too much. I still have a long road to go if I want to accomplish my dreams. I still need to be focused and really push myself to do even more. It's not good to keep looking at what you did. You still have to keep your eye on the prize and work even harder to achieve all you can at the end, so that is what I am doing," said the overachiever.
Unlike many students who may rely on their parents to push them, Toote believes that the key to her success lies greatly in her own academic independence. She said that at this stage in her education her mother, Edith Toote, a teacher herself, does not heavily assist her in her schoolwork. The high school student said she was made to be responsible for her own successes and failures. The responsible attitude her mother instilled in her, she said, has made her realize how important it is to be self-reliant. If she doesn't accomplish a goal, she said she has no one to blame but herself.
The high school student is keen on finding new strategies to self-motivate herself academically. So far she said her study schedule tactics and incorporation of extra-curricular activities to break up the humdrum existence of schoolwork has worked well for her, keeping her on the honor roll consistently. She was also given the distinction of being named salutatorian of her primary school graduating class in 2008.
As she adjusts to life in high school, young Toote is preparing herself to get ahead academically by preparing to sit the Bahamas General Certificate of Secondary Education (BGCSE) Art exam in eleventh grade.
Despite what she says, Toote is definitely one of the smart kids. While she has set a rigorous course of study for herself, because she says her studies are important, she said for someone like herself, it's also a must that she make time for the extra-curricular activities like soccer, volleyball and softball, which she loves.
She also plays the flute and clarinet, and is a member of the New Testament Baptist Church band, as well as the New Bethlehem Baptist Church Band. She is also a member of the National Youth Orchestra.
Toote is also a member of the Student Christian Movement and the Modern Language Club at her school. A young lady with a "civic bone" in her body, she does work with the Red Cross as well.
She said her extra-curricular activities are a way for her to relax, deal with the pressures of schoolwork and just have fun. Toote said they keep her from being bored or easily distracted. Once she commits to a schedule in which her school and social life are balanced, she said she knows she has to utilize her time wisely, which makes her better at time management.
"I have a lot of things I do, so when I slot in to study, I try not to stray away from that plan. I get the hours in, ensure I understand what I am doing and then move on," said Toote.
She doesn't like a quiet corner to do that studying in either. She likes to study with music playing. She said it makes her calmer and helps her to focus better.
"I know I have to make the most of whatever time I schedule, no matter the activity, and this has worked well for me I believe. The times when my study time is cut back I make up for it, but I don't like to do that. School is still the first priority."
Toote has a pretty packed life, but she said all of her extra activities make her a more well-rounded person.
"I have dreams of being headgirl at my school one day too, so I like it when I have opportunities to be in leadership, which is why I am glad my peers chose me to represent my class (Grade 10 Rogers) on the student representative council. I think it is absolutely important to be as involved in different things as you can be."
Young Toote hopes that her dedication to her schoolwork will earn her the chance to attend Liberty University in Virginia to study art and design, even though she's still uncertain of what she wants to do in life. It is an institution that she likes and knows that her mother would be proud if she attended it.
One lesson young Toote said she has learnt well over the years is that putting God first in life is essential to success. She said being driven by God's will gives a greater academic purpose and opens the mind to unknown possibilities.
"As a student you need to have a focal point. You have to have a reason for what you do because otherwise studying and working so hard doesn't make sense. God is the best focal point to me. He gives you a purpose that you will never lose."
This smart kid also advises other students to remember that time is precious and that tomorrow is closer than they think. She believes it is best to take advantage of whatever comes your way, because assuming it can be done later is a mistaken way of thinking.
While she wants to excel academically, she also has plans to travel the world in her more youthful years, because she said it may be a luxury she may not have later in life. Toote said she never wants to be one of those people that have to imagine, "What if ...?"
"It is important to be open to new things and embrace the world around you. Life does not end in the classroom. It is beyond those walls and it's good to get a taste of it. Education happens everywhere, so I encourage other students to just be adventurous."
(The Freeport News) -The Grand Bahama Christian Council (GBCC) will
be hosting another "Call to Prayer" gathering this Friday in the
With the focus of addressing the many challenges faced by residents
on the island, GBCC vice president Pastor Eddie Victor, said church
leaders and concerned citizens will have an opportunity to join together
to petition God in Prayer to bring about a transformation.
"Over the past decade, Grand Bahamians have experienced unusual
social and economic diversities. Crime has escalated, including
murders, theft, and domestic violence and we are still recovering from
the three major hurricanes..."
Jesus said, "Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God. Trust also in me. In my father's house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. You know the way to the place where I am going."
Thomas said to him, "Lord, we don't know where you are going, so how can we know the way?"
Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the father except through me. If you really knew me, you would know my father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him." (John 14:1-7)
Even though many blind people are able to find their way about, mainly in familiar territory and with special aids, they are better served when someone leads them. The person who leads them serves as their eyes. Consequently, they are protected from walking into dangerous objects.
As we walk through this life, we are like blind people. We cannot see the future, therefore, we often make mistakes, going in the wrong direction.
For this reason, we too need someone to lead us. This is why we need Jesus. He guides us and leads us, bringing hope and comfort to our lives.
In the above text, Jesus speaks words of comfort to his disciples that are also intended for us today. He informs them of his impending departure to prepare a place for them.
His disclosure gave them concern about the future. What would happen to them when their master and friend was no longer around? How would they manage?
His going away was not an earthly mission. He was returning to the place from whence he came. He was going back to the father, to his heavenly kingdom.
Unfortunately, while Jesus was speaking of heavenly things, the disciples were thinking about earthly things. Like the disciples, many Christians are confused and often ask the question, "How can I be sure that I will go to heaven?" Jesus answers this question for all in the text.
The words of this text are quite familiar to many. They are the comforting words that are commonly used at Christian funerals and memorial services.
These words of Jesus to the disciples, serve us well when we experience the loss of loved ones: "I am the way and the truth and the life. No man comes to the father except through me."
Jesus also gives the assurance that as long as we place our faith in him, we are guaranteed eternal life. This life eternal is in heaven. Yes, heaven is guaranteed to all whose faith rests in Jesus the only begotten son.
He assures us and all who believe in him that he will return for his church. His vicarious action on the cross and his return from the grave redeems us and gives us life. Yes, life eternal.
We all encounter obstacles in this life, particularly in the face of tragedy. The evil one constantly throws missiles in our way. He tries to get us to doubt our savior's promise.
Notwithstanding this, we have no need to fear because Jesus is the way. His promise cannot be broken. Nothing and no one can change that. Our salvation is guaranteed.
I pray that you keep your eyes fastened on Jesus Christ. Trust him to deliver you, especially when you experience difficult times or you feel depressed. Be reminded, Jesus is "the way and the truth and the life." He will guide you out of any maze. Amen.
o Rev. Samuel M. Boodle, pastor at The Lutheran Church of Nassau, can be reached at P.O. Box N 4794, Nassau, Bahamas, telephone: 426-9084 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, Website: www.nassaulutheranchurch.org.
Convicted sexual offender Bishop Earl Randolph Fraser apologized to the country for his "pastoral misjudgment" during the launch of his new church, Palms of Victory Kingdom Ministry.
"I take this step further and say to the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, and, indeed, the Christian church that I apologize to you for my pastoral misjudgement which has brought disdain to the body of Christ," Fraser told a crowd at Workers House on Sunday.
"For this I am sorry."
Fraser was convicted in November 2011 of having sex with a dependent.
The Court of Appeal condemned Fraser as a sexual predator who "disgustingly defiled the sanctum of his church" when it upheld his conviction for having sex with the teenage church member who had come to him for counseling.
Fraser was fired as senior pastor of Pilgrim Baptist Church during a meeting of its board of trustees late last year.
During the opening of his new church, Fraser said he will press forward with his life.
"The Punch has punched you out," he said.
"The Guardian didn't guard you. The Tribune was the tribunal, three courts. The Bahamas Press pressed me to pieces. Facebook messed up my face. They said you were finished, but God, despite all that, was going on and blessed me."
He added, "I want to assure you that I am living in the present. I am not looking back. I am pressing forward, so I say to you, let it go."
Fraser was released from prison last November.
He was sentenced to three years in prison.
During Fraser's trial, evidence revealed that he began the illicit affair with the 16-year-old girl shortly after their counseling sessions began in July 2005.
The sexual relationship ended in February 2006, his accuser said.
The girl said she and Fraser had sex on Mondays and Wednesdays on the floor of his office before services, and, occasionally, at his home when his wife was not there.
Police found Fraser's semen on carpet swaths collected from the church office.
Bahamas High Commissioner to CARICOM Picewell Forbes yesterday shied away from discussing recent comments he made in the House of Assembly, where he said he had "some different views" from his boss, Foreign Affairs Minister Fred Mitchell, on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) issues.
During his contribution last Thursday, Forbes said he looks up to Mitchell and described him as a friend and mentor.
Forbes, the MP for South Andros and Mangrove Cay, said despite any discrimination levied against Mitchell, he has done well.
During a recent speech in Trinidad and Tobago, Mitchell said his career continues to suffer because of his support of LGBT rights.
Forbes said while he respects Mitchell's strong views, he too has some strong "moral absolutes".
"And I wanted us to know that at the end of the day we all have those strong views and convictions," Forbes said.
"And therefore, as you put your strong views and those that you find to be discriminatory, I also let you know that I have these very strong views..."
He continued: "The Bahamas is going to be challenged as we continue to look at and assess our constitution and there are those who would like also to see some things done and change in our constitution, and I am challenged as we continue to monitor these developments in our world today, and in some areas me and the member for Fox Hill [are] like night and day and I love and appreciate his counsel, but I also have some very strong views about some things also.
"I still strongly, as he espoused and mentioned the LGBT, I believe in the other side.
"I have my very strong views about what I consider to be the traditional, the nuclear family. I have those strong, strong views and I believe that; I believe in those very, very strongly."
There is renewed focus on Forbes' comments in light of a recent statement from Bahamas Faith Ministries International President Dr. Myles Munroe that Prime Minister Perry Christie should consider replacing Mitchell because he does not "represent the majority of the convictions of the Bahamian people".
Forbes said as the world continues to change, the core values of The Bahamas are being challenged.
He highlighted recent developments with the legalization of marijuana in certain U.S. states and the issue of capital punishment.
Forbes said the country must stand for certain things and "we must stand for those values very strongly".
"Mr. Speaker, as we talk about discrimination, and I'm going to be direct about it; someone told me the other day, 'If you had been a Roman Catholic or an Anglican or a part of the lodge...you would have been further ahead', in no uncertain terms.
"This isn't the first time this has been told to me.
"But I've decided, through it all, that at the end of the day it is important to simply be a Christian.
"I'm a very fallible man. I make mistakes every day, imperfect as I am, but I have those core values that would have been instilled in me as a young man growing up in the Church of God, and I am not going to change those values.
"I am tolerant and open-minded, and I believe God loves all; God cares and sees all, but at the end of day, I still think that there should be some things that make The Bahamas a unique place and a place where God would always want to live."
In the House of Assembly recently, Mitchell defended his position and said when he spoke in Trinidad; he did so as the foreign affairs minister.
In seven days, people around the world will be waking up to tear into beautifully wrapped packages to unveil the surprises they receive for Christmas. And while one pastor and his family will be doing the exact same thing, he wants people to take a step back from the gifts and think about the true meaning of Christmas and what it should really be about.
While the gifts are nice, Pastor Ricardo Miller of Ricardo Miller Children's Ministries, headquartered in Dallas, Texas, said Christmas should also be a time to show love and appreciation.
"People often say that [Christmas is] a time to share with family members and friends. As a children's minister, I believe as we prepare for the holiday season that the time is now for us as adults and parents in our community and throughout the world to use Christmas as a time to love and appreciate the children that God has so graciously blessed us with," he said.
"Yes, hundreds of thousands of children will receive Christmas gifts on Christmas Day, but will they receive the love and attention that they so desperately need?"
According to Miller, love to him means spending time with children.
"Oftentimes, I think our priorities are being misplaced when it comes to the season of Christmas; and oftentimes, the focus is put on gift giving and getting and not the time spent or the appreciation that the season can bring to the family," said Miller.
He does not believe people should shun gift giving, but as they go about giving gifts Miller wants people to remember not to make the gift more important than the time they spend with their children.
Miller arrived in town yesterday to open an office of Ricardo Miller Children's Ministries. This is an organization dedicated to helping children discover their purpose and training adults to be better parents. Because of his beliefs, Miller will depart New Providence on Christmas Eve to ensure that he spends Christmas Day with his family, his wife Isha and son Ricardo Miller Jr., in Texas.
The 38-year-old said as a child growing up on Washington Street, he can recall receiving gifts from his mother and going to the carnival with neighborhood friends on Christmas Day. But as an adult, he found himself questioning who and what Christmas is really for. He arrived at the conclusion that it is for the children to whom love should be shown and time spent.
"This Christmas is not a time for us to send our children to the theaters, the carnival, the church or some other special event. It is a time for us to go along with our children and spend quality time with them, showing them what Christmas is all about. We ought not to make the mistake that past generations have made by not giving children the proper time, encouragement and support they need," he said.
And if the true meaning of the Christmas season is celebrated, Miller said people would not get tired or stop trying to change negativity within a family. As times are definitely changing, he said he wants people to remember to not forget the real reason for the season which should be more about celebrating Christ's birth and celebrating, loving and spending time with the family.
"It's not about the gift - it's about family, love. It's about peace. It's about appreciating those around you while recognizing the king of kings and lord of lords. For a child, love is time," he said.
"In the Bible, David as a boy had the opportunity to defeat a giant. Jeremiah was called, as a boy, to be a prophet. Samuel heard the voice of God as a child.
"All three of these individuals grew up to be responsible, caring and loving individuals because someone took the time to give them instruction and to train them up in the way that they ought to go.
"It has been said that our children are too violent, too promiscuous and too destructive. In many ways, our children are suffering from the lack of social interaction with their parents."
With a major portion of the world's population in their teenage years or younger, Miller said there are endless opportunities to influence the course of history if they are reached in time.
"It is important that the children of this generation understand the significance of family time, sharing love, laughter and personal memories together so that when they are adults they will be able to pass on precious memories and examples of good parenting to their children," he said.
He reminded parents that they would get the best out of their children when they give the best of themselves.
Friday 7th August 2009 6:30 PM
This second annual event has been formed to motivate young people to spread their fire for Christ. When we think of fire it ignites quickly; this is how we as young people should be living for God DAILY. We are the FIRE! Host: Church of God of Prophecy East St What: Music/Arts - Concert Start Time: August 7th at 6:30pm End Time: August 7th at 9:30pm Where: Church of God of Prophecy, East Street Southern Parking Lot, East Street City/Town: Nassau, The Bahamas For more information, contact 242-466-7631 Email: email@example.com
word Christmas itself and the erroneous religious teachings thereof has painted
such an indelible picture in the minds and hearts of many that claims to know
and worship God (Yahweh).
with today's Christmas teaching is that despite the fact; the bible / the word
of God doesn't support such teachings; religious leaders both far and wide
takes great delight in preaching / teaching their Christmas messages.
church-folks / religious-minded folks really don't care about knowing the
truth, especially when such truth is going to disrupt and expose their
religious / traditional beliefs which they hold dearly to their hearts. In
fact, many will diligently search the scriptures to argue, defend and to justify
their religious tradition...
Members of Pilgrim Baptist Temple joined hands and sang with one voice throughout yesterday morning's worship service, a stark contrast to the division observed last week when members voted on whether imprisoned Bishop Earl Randolph Fraser would remain head...
Eleuthera, Bahamas - A
Family Island pastor known for his work with youth and men's ministries
is not sitting quiet when it comes to giving his view on the national
gambling referendum. Gospel music promoter and pastor, Jamie 'DJ
Crunktified' Isaacs is condemning clergymen and churches who are in
support of making gambling legal to Bahamian citizens.
Bahamas is one of the few nations left on planet earth that's still
holding on to it Christian beliefs and Godly principles," said Isaacs
during a recent address. "The reason the Bahamas is still considered a
Christian nation is because of its Constitution that is built on
Christian and Godly principles."
Eleuthera Gospel Promoter and Pastor, Jamie 'DJ Crunktified' Isaacs Encourages Island To Vote No In Gambling Referendum
(Eleuthera, Bahamas) A Family Island pastor known for his work with youth and men’s ministries is not sitting quiet when it comes to giving his view on the national gambling referendum. Gospel music promoter and pastor, Jamie ‘DJ Crunktified’ Isaacs is condemning clergymen and churches who are in support of making gambling legal to Bahamian citizens.
Produce fruits in keeping with repentance. And do not begin to say to yourselves, "We have Abraham as our father. For I tell you that out of these stones God can raise up children for Abraham. The ax is already at the root of the trees, and every tree that does not produce good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire."
Fam Fest a celebration of love!
There is nothing in the world other than music and love that has the power to transform the way we bring people together.
Famfest 2K12 is ultimately proud of the fact that we are able to take music and love and turn it into an unforgettable, uniquely Bahamian experience that celebrates our Lord and King, Jesus Christ. Since 1996, Famfest have attracted thousands upon thousands of excited visitors as this international tourist hotspot has been the platform for many international and local performing artists.
And everyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but anyone who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven. -- Luke 12:10. If a person locks himself away in a room and refuses to eat, he will eventually die. It does not matter how much food is offered to him by another, he has to take the food and eat it.
The following is a press release from Christ Community Church:
Crime and criminality, abuse and other social unrest, are we removed from such happenings? As believers we cannot truly be ‘salt’ and ‘light’ if we distance ourselves from the broader influences of society. God views us as individuals as well as a community. Hence, we are to be intentional in our commitment to praying for and on behalf of our world and local communities, our nation, our city and our people. He is calling us and is concerned about the things that concern us. Are we truly listening? His is a clarion call, “as we come to Him–seeking His face, He comes to us&ndash ...
Memorial Service for Matthew McDonald Butler, age 69 years, of Ernest Street, will be held on Friday, April 27th, 2012 at 10:00 a.m., at St. Matthew's Anglican Church, Church and Shirley Streets. Officiating will be Father Crosley Walkine assisted by Deacon Lynden Douglas. Interment will follow in the Eastern Cemetery, Dowdeswell Street.
Left to cherish his memories are: his children: Janet Butler-Forbes, Sharon Butler-Been, Lisa Ingraham, Anne and Mark Ferguson; fifteen grandchildren: Normieka, Nortashia, Norman Jr. (NJ), and Norkeia Forbes; Shayvonne, Robert Jr. (Bobby), Shanique, Roshawn (Jake), and Sharika Been, Billy-Joe Williams, Trevor Jr. (TJ), Jordan, Phieron and Joel Wilson, and Mark Ferguson Jr.(MJ); four great grandchildren: Felisha Higgs, Nathan Forbes, Ashley and Brianna Been, and Billica Williams; two sons-in-law: Norman Forbes Sr., and Robert Been Sr.; three siblings: Raleigh Sr., Juanita and Basil Butler; five sisters-in-law: Rose, Princess, Winifred, Clementine and Dorothy Butler; one aunt, Elder Halson Butler; several nephews: Kendal, Dr. Raleigh Jr., Craig, Charles, Jerome, Jonathan, Samuel, David, Joseph, Milo III, Godwin, Jevon, Dominic, Damian, Franklyn II, Martin, Pierre, Paul, Dwight, Allan and Bruce Butler; several nieces: Clarice Butler, Denise Butler, Valarie Osbourne, Claudette Butler, Hon. Loretta Butler-Turner, Dr. Faith Butler, Angela Abdallah, Bernadette Butler, Donna Francis, Anastasia Moss, Janice Ramsey, Whitney (Deanne) Brice, Genia Pinder and Juanita and Rochelle Butler; a host of cousins: Justice Ruby Nottage, Dr. Pamela Etuk, Dr. Marcus Bethel, Dr. Paulette Bethel, Michael, Marion, Owen and Chantal Bethel, Alfred Sears, Rev. Dr. Lavinia Stewart and Family, the Watson Family, the Major Family, the Dean Family, the Adderley Family, the Martinborough Family and the Mortimer Family of Long Island; the Butler Family, the Strachan Family and the McKinney Family of Rum Cay and Eleuthera; special friend and confident: Shirley Adderley; numerous other relatives and friends including: Godfrey Eneas and Family, Dr. Eugene Newry and Family, the Fox Family of Wulff Road, Lawyer Harvey Tynes, Anita Ingraham and Family, Gretchen Ferguson and Family, Hensel Ferguson and Family, Bernadette Rolle, Kenya Ward and Family, Tonya Gibbs and Family, Michael LaRose and Sarah of London, England, the Adderley Family of Lincoln Blvd, Noel Munroe, Brandon Ford, Felix Knowles Jr., Stacia Williamson and Family, Janet Hutcheson and Family, Jacqueline Forbes-Foster and Family, Shevaun Stubbs-Bain and Family, Dwight and Kamer Major, Nevertera Thompson and Family, The Christ Community Church Family, The Ministry of Labour and Social Development Staff, The Department of Social Services, Disability Affairs Division Staff, The Bahamas Association for the Physically Disabled (BAPD) Staff, The First Caribbean Bank Staff, St. Matthew's Anglican Church Family, Butler's Bargain Mart Staff, The Flying Dutchman Staff, The George Padmore Institute (GPI), The New Beacon Books of London and many others too numerous to mention.
Arrangements are being handled by Butlers' Funeral Homes and Crematorium, Ernest and York Streets.