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Samaritan Community Center

Samaritan Community Center (SCC) has been part of the NWA community since 1989 where they serve the hurting and hungry of NWA.

Samaritan Community Center serves the physical, spiritual, and emotional needs of the community.


Showing God's Love

Have you ever been behind somebody in line who was making a big fuss?

A few weeks ago, I had the privilege of standing within shouting distance of somebody in the grocery store who, I have to admit, was delivering an impressive dressing-down of not just the grocery store she happened to be in, but the larger corporate entity that made up the grocery store chain. She clearly came to fight.

Many minorities in evangelical circles are trying to express that evangelicalism is now dominated by the cultural defaults, political defaults, and social defaults of the majority culture.

My experience and mentorship in predominantly African American church settings had a rich influence on me as a minister of the Gospel. My wife's input from her Jamaican culture helped edify me for ministry. My time spent learning and being mentored in predominantly white spaces has been enriching. Learning about the culture, history, and plight of Native Americans has spiritually impacted me. My time in San Antonio and seeing the communal life of Hispanics reminds of the book of Acts. Having brothers and sisters that love Jesus, but reside in different political camps keeps me aware that no political party in completely congruent with the Gospel. Being raised and mentored by strong women of faith reminds of the value my sister’s bring to the body.


Hard Decisions

“Look for the hardest decision to make. That’s usually the right one.”

I’ll never forget hearing my dad absent-mindedly dropping that truth bomb on me on a quiet car trip. I don’t even remember the context-but I remember the deep clarity it brought me. It’s a motto I’ve frequently fallen back on many times as I’ve gotten older.

If we could have coffee today, I'd say, "Let's talk about gratitude." "In everything give thanks, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you," says 1 Thessalonians 5:18. 

There's one little word in that verse I recently realized makes all the difference. We're to give thanks IN all circumstances, but we're never told to give thanks FOR all circumstances. We live in a fallen, broken world. Spouses leave, diseases ravish. Funerals happen. We are not made for any of this. If something is not from God, we don't have to force ourselves to be thankful for it.

I read a quote just yesterday that made me smile and think. It talked about the universal phenomenon that happens on a merry-go-round. A child rides their carousel horse and every time, without fail, they will wave to their parent as they ride by. And every time, without fail, their parent waves back. 

There are wonderful "All In" times with God when he and we are waving at each other. We smile and say, "I see you, God! I know you were there for me! You are waiting for me, you are delighted with me." 

For many, a college diploma is something that we rarely think about. Maybe it's in a drawer, maybe it hangs on a wall in your office, often its taken for granted. But for the recipients of Single Parent Scholarships a college diploma opens a door to a future that many thought were out of reach for them. Since 1984 hundreds of single moms and dads in Arkansas have obtained their dreams of higher education that has led them to careers that are enabling them to provide for their children. 

If I were a silent voice inside your head helping you to build healthy relationships, you might hear me ask the question, "Do you choose healthy relationships over being right?"

Now there’s an intriguing question. Can the two coexist? I would say the answer is yes and no. If you value relationship more than you value being right, then I would say the answer is a quick yes.  If you don’t, it’s a fast no.

A father and his daughter had a very close relationship and they spent a great deal of time in each other’s company. Then one day, the father noticed a change in his daughter’s behavior. If he suggested they go for a walk, she excused herself from going. If he offered an ice cream treat at a nearby soda shop, she declined the offer, but encouraged him to go on. If he said he was about to drive through the countryside on errands—an activity she had dearly loved—she gave some reason why she couldn’t go.

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