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The Rev. Dr. Kenneth L. Samuel

The Rev. Dr. Kenneth L. Samuel is pastor of Victory for the World Church (United Church of Christ) in Stone Mountain, GA.

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The Rev. Dr. Kenneth L. Samuel is pastor of Victory for the World Church (United Church of Christ) in Stone Mountain, GA.

He is a native of Darlington, South Carolina; one of four children born to Mr. & Mrs. Bessie and Albert Samuel, Sr. He has been the recipient of many scholastic and civic honors, including A Better Chance Scholarship, which allowed him to attend high school at the prestigious Delbarton School in Morristown, New Jersey.

He graduated in 1978 from Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut with a Bachelor of Arts degree in American History. He continued his academic pursuit by matriculating at the Candler School of Theology of Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, where he received the Benjamin E. Mays Theological Fellowship Award among others. In 1981, he received his Master of Divinity Degree. In 1996, he received the Doctor of Ministry Degree from the United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio. His theological focus is in the field of homiletics and social ethics.

Dr. Samuel is an adjunct professor in the Religion and Philosophy Department at Clark Atlanta University, and has served as a Teaching Assistant in homiletics at the Candler School of Theology, Emory University. Dr. Samuel is the author of Solomon's Success: Four Essential Keys to Leadership.

Dr. Samuel was licensed as a Minister of the Gospel on his 23rd birthday, August 5, 1979, at the historic Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, Georgia, under the pastorate of the Reverend Doctor Joseph L. Roberts, Jr., and Pastor Emeritus, Dr. Martin Luther King, Sr. He was ordained in 1982.

His many community involvements have included service in the following civic organizations:

-The DeKalb County NAACP, Governor
-Appointment to the Georgia Council On Adult Literacy, Governor
-Appointment to the Georgia
-Commission For Service and Volunteerism
-The Citizens Panel Review Board of DeKalb Juvenile Court
-Volunteer Chaplain of the DeKalb County Jail
-A Southern Regional Chaplain of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
-Leadership Dekalb, trustee

Dr. Samuel and Victory are leading contributors to the United Negro College Fund, and Dr. Samuel leads the campaign for UNCF Church Contributions in metro Atlanta. Dr. Samuel is also a member of the Alexis de Tocqueville Society of the United Way of Metro Atlanta. Dr. Samuel is politically active and has been elected as a Georgia delegate to the last four Democratic National Conventions.

In March of 1987, Dr. Samuel organized the Victory for the World Church which has dual standing as an independent Baptist Church, and an active congregation of the United Church of Christ. Situated in a growing eastern suburb of Atlanta called Stone Mountain, the Victory Church seeks to address the total needs of the total person through a broad array of ministries and services which promote the spiritual development, educational enhancement, physical fitness and social empowerment of every child of God regardless of race, gender, culture, class or sexual orientation. In 2002, Dr. Samuel and the Victory Church completed construction on a 3000 seat Worship Center, replete with classrooms, offices, a library, a bookstore, a recording studio and a 500 seat Fellowship Hall. In addition, the Kenneth L. Samuel (KLS) Community Life Center houses a full court gymnasium, additional classrooms, offices and a computer lab. The 25 acre Victory campus also houses the Victory Christian Academy which serves grades K3 through 4th grade, and the Victory Annex and trailers which are used for counseling and community outreach.

Dr. Samuel is married to the  former Ms. Sherry Nichols. They are the proud parents of one daughter, Kendalle Marye, and they reside in Lithonia, Georgia.


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Kenneth L. Samuel: Blessed

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"Israel reached out his right hand and put it on Ephraim's head, though he was the younger, and crossing his arms, he put his left hand on Manasseh's head, even though Manasseh was the firstborn..... So he put Ephraim ahead of Manasseh." - Genesis 48:14,20



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Kenneth L. Samuel: Possessing What's Ours

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"The Lord said to Moses, 'Send men to explore the land of Canaan, which I am giving to the Israelites...
Then Caleb silenced the people before Moses and said. 'We should go up and take possession of the land, for we can certainly do it.'" - Numbers 13:1,30



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October 25, 2017

Kenneth L. Samuel: Lord of Liberation

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Liberation Theology is a lens through which God is understood and related to as the Divine Being who sets us free from the sins of every kind of oppression. This understanding of God is especially vital to persons who have historically and systemically experienced bondage… even bondage that has been sanctioned by the church.
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September 29, 2017

Kenneth L. Samuel: Somebody Say Something

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National Geographic reports that the world's newest religion is no religion. The 'nones' (the religiously non-affiliated) now make up almost a quarter of the U.S. population. In the past decade, U.S. nones have overtaken Catholics, mainline Protestants and all followers of non-Christian faiths.
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September 17, 2017

Kenneth L. Samuel: Light from the Least

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When thick, palpable, complete darkness descended upon the Egyptians, I wonder why none of them seemed to notice that the Children of Israel had light. Perhaps Egypt's plague of darkness was really a plague of arrogance - a stubborn refusal to look for light among the people to whom the Egyptians felt superior.
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September 02, 2017

Kenneth L. Samuel: Too Much of What We Want

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Upon their exodus out of Egyptian slavery, God instructed the Hebrews to abandon the worship of idols their parents engaged in while they were in bondage, and to direct their devotions toward the one God who had heard their pleas and secured their liberation. But according to Ezekiel, they clung to the idolatrous practices of their parents.
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May 13, 2017

Kenneth L. Samuel: Making an Entrance

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Recently, I went to court to settle a landlord-tenant dispute. The judge referred the case to arbitration. I entered the arbitration room armed with details that supported my claim and pretty much convinced that a mutual settlement was not possible. The arbiter entered the room and stated that after reviewing the case, she believed that a mutual settlement could be reached. 'Yeah . . . right!' I thought to myself sarcastically.
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April 27, 2017

Kenneth L. Samuel: Facing Injustice

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Even as John reveals to us the Christ who is utterly victorious over death, hell and the grave, John will not allow us to deny the truth of Jesus' death nor to escape our responsibility for Jesus' suffering.
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April 04, 2017

Kenneth L. Samuel: Can You Stand Success?

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There is a certain discipline that guides us through our struggles in life. Disciplines of study mark the student in pursuit of a degree. Disciplines of romance and affection guide the paramour in pursuit of a partner. Disciplines of practice and performance direct the athlete in pursuit of a championship.
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April 02, 2017

Kenneth L. Samuel: Religion Without the Rules

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A consciousness and a community without the moral safeguards and guidelines of a clearly defined religious order frightened me. Much of my fear stemmed from a deep distrust of my own basic instincts.
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March 15, 2017

Kenneth L. Samuel: The Mercy Seat

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The disastrous events of 1 Chronicles 21 begin with an ill-fated decision by King David to take a census of the Israeli troops. God was displeased because Israel's strength was not in a number; it was in a name—the name of the Lord God.
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March 05, 2017

Kenneth L. Samuel: Made to Rest

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The image of the Energizer Bunny is cute when applied to batteries, but quite dangerous when applied to living creatures.
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February 10, 2017

Kenneth L. Samuel: 'Got Your ID?'

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Self-appointed messiahs are prevalent everywhere. The pressing questions are always 'Who's the imposter . . . and who's the fake?'
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January 29, 2017

Kenneth L. Samuel: Exposing Darkness

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According to philosopher Edmund Burke, the only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is that good people do nothing. Corruption can only thrive in contexts of silent acquiescence.
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January 15, 2017

Kenneth L. Samuel: Affirmation

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According to Matthew's gospel, before Jesus performed any miracles . . . before he interceded on behalf of the weak and the afflicted . . . before he offered himself as a ransom for the sins of many . . . Jesus was affirmed by God.
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January 07, 2017

Kenneth L. Samuel: What Are You Teaching Today?

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We all know that some of the greatest lessons in life are not given by those designated as teachers. The great lessons in life are not confined to classrooms and lecture halls. The Christians at Colossae, a city in S.W. Asia Minor, were admonished to teach one another in word and deed.
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December 16, 2016

Kenneth L. Samuel: Belonging

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Who can bear going through life with no place to call home? Who can bear the status of being a permanent alien? Who can bear the agony of displacement perpetually?
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November 30, 2016

Kenneth L. Samuel: What's Your Story?

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I love story-telling. Especially group story-telling, when one person in the group begins a story and each person in the group continues the story based on the narrative of the previous story teller.
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November 12, 2016

Kenneth L. Samuel: Think Like a Woman

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'Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man' is the title of Steve Harvey's best-selling romance guide. The book purports that if women are to get what they want from men, they must deal with men on men's terms.
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November 02, 2016

Kenneth L. Samuel: Trivia Take Over

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The Olympic Games this summer should have remained focused on the astounding performances of the athletes and on the resiliency of the country that struggled to overcome a host of odds to even host the Games. But for a disturbing period, the spotlight was stolen by the fabrications of one athlete who concocted trumped up charges against the Brazilian police.
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October 16, 2016

Kenneth L. Samuel: Heights of Humility

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And God raised us up... and seated us in the heavenly realms... In order that in the coming ages God might show the incomparable riches of God's grace... - Ephesians 2:6-7 (Excerpts)
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September 21, 2016

Kenneth L. Samuel: Refuge, Not Retreat

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'In the Lord I take refuge. How then can you say to me: Flee like a bird to your mountain... When the foundations are being destroyed, what can the righteous do?' - Psalm 11:1,3 (NIV Excerpts) Almost daily now, our sensitivities and sensibilities are being assaulted with cascading reports of gun violence and human massacre, here and abroad.

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September 15, 2016

Kenneth L. Samuel: Too Much of What We Want

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Upon their exodus out of Egyptian slavery, God instructed the Hebrews to abandon the idolatrous religious rituals practiced by their parents while they were in bondage, and to direct their devotions toward the One God who had heard their pleas and secured their liberation. But according to Ezekiel, the Hebrews clung to the idolatrous practices of their parents.
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August 12, 2016

Kenneth L. Samuel: The Works of Your Own Hands

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Is there a worse feeling than coming to despise that which was brought about by your own making?
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July 23, 2016

Kenneth L. Samuel: God Without Godliness

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Unrealized potential is the ongoing lament of life. To die needing something that was within your grasp. To live under the weight of a problem that you could have developed the courage and the capacity to solve. To go through life without ever realizing who you were created to be.
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July 12, 2016

Kenneth L. Samuel: The Wrong Kind of Fire

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In grade school I had a teacher who was so concerned with neatness and accuracy that she wouldn't allow the boys to enter her classroom without a shirt and tie and without having our shirts neatly tucked into our pants. And on more than a few occasions, she would glance at my written work and tell me to do it over because the margins weren't quite right.
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July 08, 2016

Kenneth L. Samuel: "Climate Change"

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Saul never threw a stone at Stephen, but he gave consent to Stephen's murder by holding the coats of Stephen's assailants and by offering no conscientious objection.
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June 25, 2016

Kenneth L. Samuel: Medicine, but No Cure

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We have health facilities in just about every city. Why then are people still sick and suffering? Churches, synagogues, mosques and other faith communities are prevalent throughout most regions. Why then are so many living without hope and spiritual support?
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May 12, 2016

Kenneth L. Samuel: Judgment

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I know it's not a very liberal or progressive notion. I know it doesn't jibe with the belief that all of our sins, evils and injustices are nullified by the grace and agape love of God. But I still can't bring myself to believe that a life dedicated to love and justice is essentially no different than a life fostered by bigotry and violence.
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May 01, 2016

Kenneth L. Samuel: We All Have Our Moments

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I totally understand the push to live in the moment. To totally show up in real time is always needful. But at times, we've all been consumed by moments of anger, regret, sorrow and anguish. And sometimes these moments last for weeks, months and years.
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April 27, 2016

Kenneth L. Samuel: Life and Liberty

The Rev. Dr. Kenneth L. Samuel (UCC)

Our approach to the tomb of the one who took back all of his power by refusing to succumb to the forces of death and despair never really gets old. Confidence in God's desire to give life through death and life despite death is an assurance that we can never get enough of.
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April 12, 2016

Kenneth L. Samuel: God Still Rules

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Rage and rulership are not often mentioned in the same sentence. Outrageous situations give us the sinking feeling that no one is in control.
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April 01, 2016

Kenneth Samuel: Made to Rest

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The image of the Energizer Bunny is cute when applied to batteries, but quite dangerous when applied to living creatures.
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March 20, 2016

Kenneth L. Samuel: Prison Perspectives

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A Prophet finds himself in the midst of Jewish exiles in ancient Babylon. In exile, the prophet sees vistas of angels and hears a voice of judgement that will immediately chastise and eventually restore his nation.
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March 15, 2016

Kenneth Samuel: Do You Really Have to Ask?

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Is it just me, or do you also find yourself irritated when people ask questions with apparently obvious answers?
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March 03, 2016

Kenneth Samuel: Only the Pure in Heart

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I grew up in a church where it was of utmost importance to keep the differences between the sacred and the secular very clear.
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February 25, 2016

Kenneth Samuel: I Promise

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We all know that promises are only as good as the persons who make them, but there is another side to promise-keeping. Those to whom promises are made must keep faith in the promise as well.
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January 27, 2016

Kenneth Samuel: How Can I Forget?

The Rev. Dr. Kenneth L. Samuel (UCC)

It is said that people often forget what you say to them, but people never forget how you make them feel. Words are powerfully impactful, but only inasmuch as they convey our deepest convictions, sentiments and devotions. Words are often forgotten, but the feelings they convey last a lifetime.
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January 20, 2016

Kenneth Samuel: Back Home, but Not the Same

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After the fall of Jerusalem in 587 B.C., the prophet, Ezekiel issued a clarion call for the return to Israel of the Jewish exiles, who had been captive in ancient Babylon for some 70 years. You can imagine the great anticipation and the great relief that consumed the Jews as they prepared to go back home after decades of displacement in foreign lands.
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December 13, 2015

Kenneth L. Samuel: Our Dwelling Place

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I will never forget the last Sunday I worshipped as a member at the church I attended during the three years of my seminary education. The historic Ebenezer Baptist Church of Atlanta, Georgia, had become my home away from home, my refuge from the grind of academic rigor, and my place of safety amidst the hazards of theological deconstruction and reconstruction.
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November 20, 2015

Kenneth L. Samuel: Who Knows?

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So much of popular religion seems so formulaic. The most popular religions are the ones that promote a certain set of scriptures, messages, symbols, rules, codes and even 'secrets' as the key to unleashing the blessings of divine favor.
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November 08, 2015

Kenneth L. Samuel: Care for the Incarcerated

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As many people know, the stigma and alienation of incarceration remains even after the prison sentence has been served. That's a particular concern for the U.S., which is only 5% of the world population, but harbors 25% of the world's prisoners.
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October 13, 2015

Kenneth L. Samuel: Is There a Heart in the Treasury?

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What we love says a lot about who we are. And since we usually spend our money on the things we love, our financial statements are really statements of self-disclosure. They reveal our true priorities, our true values and our true delights.
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September 03, 2015

Kenneth L. Samuel: Don't Gather All the Grapes

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In our concerns over balanced budgets and fiscal accountability, how well are we planning to accommodate those who just arrived in our midst; those, who for countless reasons didn't feel welcomed until very recently; or those whose names were for so long either omitted or deleted from the invitation list; or those who got lost and just made it in?
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August 28, 2015

Kenneth L. Samuel: Can I Live Here?

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Sacred sites are preserved and revered because they help us to feel closer to God, and yet the Psalmist informs us that we can be no closer to God than the values we uphold in our everyday lives.
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August 01, 2015

Kenneth Samuel: All of My Needs, Already Supplied

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You've probably heard it said that you should never go to the grocery store when you're hungry, because if you do you'll end up buying a whole lot of things that look good to you, but that you really don't need.
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July 26, 2015

Kenneth Samuel: A Rock That Is Higher Than I

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We all know that the only way to get better at anything in life is to engage a challenge. Yet, when it comes to the contests of life that really matter, we often find ourselves clinging to the plateaus of our own abilities and accomplishments.
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July 17, 2015

Kenneth L. Samuel: Drawn Out to Draw Others

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Is there any connection between the debacles from which God saves us, and the duties to which God calls us? So often, the deliverance from tragedy and trouble in our lives ends only with relief; but that sense of relief is not always translated into a sense of responsibility.
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July 07, 2015

Kenneth Samuel: I Got the Message

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So many things can keep us distracted in church. The temperature is too hot or too cold. A child is playing under the pews or in the aisle. An insect is flying about. The cell phone won't stop vibrating and texts and pics won't stop coming.
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June 25, 2015

Kenneth Samuel: Just Checking

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In my early years of ministry, I thought that charisma and the 'charismata' (gifts of the Spirit) all operated through the spontaneous, unpredictable, unplanned movement of the Holy Spirit.
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June 18, 2015

Dr. Kenneth Samuel: A 'Grown Folks' Conversation'

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The eleventh chapter of Deuteronomy is a grown folks’ conversation. It is addressed to those who had lived through Israel’s forty-year exodus out of Egypt and entrance into the Promised Land, when the children of Israel had seen the Lord do many great things.
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June 06, 2015

Kenneth Samuel: Another Reason to Rejoice

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It's wonderful to see God's goodness manifested through the natural splendor of creation, and in the progressive courses of human history and even through the gradual maturity of our own personal development. But it's just as wonderful to see the goodness of God personified in the people with whom we live every day.
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May 29, 2015

Kenneth Samuel: Sing a New Song

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As people of faith, we often look to the classic hymns and anthems of the Church to inform and enhance our worship celebrations. There is a certain 'blessed assurance' that embraces us when we sing the songs bequeathed to us by our fore-parents and fore-runners of the faith.
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May 19, 2015

Kenneth Samuel: Persecution and Progress

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The church I serve is located in Stone Mountain, Georgia—one of the last places in which I thought I'd ever be found.
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May 09, 2015

Kenneth Samuel: Like a Breath of Fresh Air

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The realm of God is often depicted as a lion and a lamb lying down together. In the dog eat dog world we live in, this image is so refreshingly different from what we're accustomed to that it startles our imagination and beckons the hope that lies still within us.
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April 19, 2015

Kenneth Samuel: Another Question, Please!

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In various forms, the same question has reverberated throughout human history: Who will show us better times? Who will bring us the good that we seek? Who will deliver us into brighter days?
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April 10, 2015

Kenneth Samuel: I'm Back!

The Rev. Dr. Kenneth L. Samuel (UCC)

Some of us are old enough to remember the TV series, 'Dark Shadows.' I was most fascinated by the lead character, Barnabas Collins. No matter what was done to kill Barnabas Collins, he kept on coming back.
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March 25, 2015

Kenneth Samuel: Can I Get a Witness?

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The narratives of the Bible take on texture, taste and smell when they intersect with our own narratives. The stories of God's interactions with the characters of the Bible become real for us when we see our experiences reflected in the text.
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March 18, 2015

Kenneth Samuel: All Things Are Yours

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Our world is full of difficult choices - most of which are starkly presented to us as either/or choices. You know the drill: To choose one thing presumably means that we have to reject something else.
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March 03, 2015

Kenneth Samuel: Good Morning

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I think I've been hearing the refrain of Psalm 30:5 all of my life. I've heard it proclaimed with powerful conviction from the pulpit and I've heard it beautifully intoned in the melodies of gospel songs and anthems.
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February 22, 2015

Kenneth Samuel: Envy

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I don't know about you, but I find the commandment that forbids covetousness to be the most challenging commandment of all.
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February 18, 2015

Kenneth Samuel: Ashes to Ashes, Dust to Dust

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On this Ash Wednesday we are mindful of the ashes from which we were created. With egos in check, we are keenly cognizant of our weaknesses and frailties. And we are humbly grateful for the wondrous mixture of dust and divinity that God has formed in each of us.
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February 14, 2015

Kenneth Samuel: Patience

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Patience. None of us really like it. It often has to be forced upon us while we seethe and simmer. Yet, consider the consequences of living with the lack of it.
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January 30, 2015

Kenneth Samuel: Off to Great Places

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According to Dr. Suess, our journeys to exciting places and wondrous sites will inevitably lead us to the place of self-encounter.
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January 09, 2015

Kenneth Samuel: No, Not Alone

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The deaths of Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, Eric Garner and others, followed by the non-indictment or acquittal of those who killed them, have unleashed a firestorm of protests throughout our nation.
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January 08, 2015

Kenneth Samuel: Will You Join Me?

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Admiring people for what they do is one thing. Actually joining them is something else. The world is full of compliments. But very few (if any) who give the compliments will become comrades.
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December 28, 2014

Kenneth Samuel: They Were With Us the Whole Time

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The names of the twelve apostles of Christ are made known throughout the gospel narratives. Their actions, confessions, mistakes and interactions with Jesus are vividly portrayed. And yet, beside the notable names of the apostles we know, there were some others . . .not noted, but still present in the shadows.
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December 16, 2014

Kenneth Samuel: Dominion

The Rev. Dr. Kenneth L. Samuel (UCC)

I got my license to drive when I was seventeen. I couldn't wait to sit in the driver's seat, with no one in the car to nag me about speed limits and stop signs and yellow lights and passing pedestrians. I was interested in speed, and I thought that once I got my license, I would be in control. I considered driving to be a right, not a privilege.
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December 07, 2014

Kenneth Samuel: Keep Watching

The Rev. Dr. Kenneth L. Samuel (UCC)

When I was in grade school, I could hardly wait to rush home after school to see the latest episode of 'Batman.' I'm talking the classic Batman played by Adam West, with Eartha Kitt as Catwoman.
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November 16, 2014

Kenneth Samuel: Not Creeds But Deeds

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Have you noticed that the people who have the most to say about the orthodoxy or correctness of Christian doctrine are often not the people who actually do the work of Christ?
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October 26, 2014

Kenneth Samuel: Somebody's Watching You

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I've heard it said that integrity is who we are when no one is watching. While I certainly concur with this statement, I also recognize that in a world of ubiquitous cameras, microphones and internet access, there is hardly a time or place when no one is watching.
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October 19, 2014

Kenneth Samuel: Specificity

The Rev. Dr. Kenneth L. Samuel (UCC)

When the Apostle Paul stood before Felix, the Roman governor of ancient Palestine, he was accused of troublemaking and inciting riots among the Jewish people. In his defense, Paul argues that his beliefs and religious practices are very much in line with his accusers.
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October 04, 2014

Kenneth Samuel: Making the Right Entrance

The Rev. Dr. Kenneth L. Samuel (UCC)

The attitude or mindset with which we enter any conversation is crucial. To a great degree, the success of any contract or covenant is determined by the degree of openness to compromise and the degree of willingness to cooperate that we bring to these enterprises.
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September 28, 2014

Kenneth Samuel: Ready for Refinement

The Rev. Dr. Kenneth L. Samuel (UCC)

This summer I had the privilege of visiting Mount Rushmore—the magnificent monument to American ideals etched into the stunning Black Hills of South Dakota. Mount Rushmore is as much a testimonial to human perseverance as it is a memorial to the four esteemed presidents it memorializes.
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September 23, 2014

Kenneth Samuel: Humanity Restored

The Rev. Dr. Kenneth L. Samuel (UCC)

As I write this devotional I, along with millions of admirers around the globe, am moved by the announcement of the death of Robin Williams. Investigators have identified suicide as the probable cause of death.
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September 13, 2014

Kenneth Samuel: Music and Misery

The Rev. Dr. Kenneth L. Samuel (UCC)

Most psychotherapists and pastoral care advisors would agree that the most daunting aspect of counseling is getting persons to actually identify and name the source of their distresses. Uncovering the root causes of our emotional and psychological pain requires us to go places that we'd rather avoid and stay much longer than we usually intend.
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August 26, 2014

Kenneth Samuel: Honoring Our Fore-Parents . . . And Remembering Their Sins

The Rev. Dr. Kenneth L. Samuel (UCC)

There is a certain sacredness that some people attach to antiquity. Many believe that just about any kind of well-established historicity deserves to be recognized and respected by all.
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August 22, 2014

Kenneth Samuel: Think Like a Woman

The Rev. Dr. Kenneth L. Samuel (UCC)

Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man is the title of Steve Harvey's best-selling romance guide. The book claims that if women are to get what they want from men, they must deal with men on men's terms.
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July 18, 2014

Kenneth Samuel: Full Responsibility

The Rev. Dr. Kenneth L. Samuel (UCC)

By now, I'm sure you've noticed that when things go well, people like to talk about what 'we did.' And when things go wrong, what 'we did' quickly becomes what 'you did' or what someone else did.
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June 18, 2014

Kenneth Samuel: After the Argument

The Rev. Dr. Kenneth L. Samuel (UCC)

We all know that arguments can go too far at times, especially when both parties are passionately invested in their perspectives. But the intensity of an argument is not only fueled by how much we care about a particular perspective; it is also fueled by how much we care about the person with whom we are arguing.
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June 12, 2014

Kenneth Samuel: Justice and Equity

The Rev. Dr. Kenneth L. Samuel (UCC)

One might think that the first order of business for a king would be to protect and preserve the class system of hierarchical nobility that supports his reign. But the reign of God is a reign that establishes equal value upon the life of every person.
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May 29, 2014

Kenneth Samuel: The Long Way Around

The Rev. Dr. Kenneth L. Samuel (UCC)

One of my seminary professors, Dr. Fred Craddock, used to tell us that the greatest distance in life is the distance between head and heart. There is indeed a great distance between what we know cognitively in our heads and what we know viscerally in our hearts. I think it's the basic difference between knowledge and instinct.
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May 11, 2014

Kenneth Samuel: Kindness

The Rev. Dr. Kenneth L. Samuel (UCC)

One hot afternoon, three strangers stood near Abraham's tent. Abraham could have treated them as suspected enemies; he could have harassed them, shunned them or even tried to ignore them. Instead, Abraham opened his heart and his home to the three strangers - offering them water, food and refreshment.
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April 09, 2014

Kenneth Samuel: Knowing and Understanding

The Rev. Dr. Kenneth L. Samuel (UCC)

The disciples of Jesus had knowledge of Scriptures concerning the Messiah - the Promised One sent from God. But even with their knowledge, they had problems actually applying what they knew to the life, death and resurrection of Jesus in real time.
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March 25, 2014

Kenneth Samuel: Older, and Sometimes Wiser

The Rev. Dr. Kenneth L. Samuel (UCC)

So many of our hopes and dreams for the future are fastened upon the young. We look to youth and young ideas to lead us out of the quagmires of jaded routines and parochial paradigms.
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March 08, 2014

Kenneth Samuel: Thinking about Direction

The Rev. Dr. Kenneth L. Samuel (UCC)

When I stop being distracted enough to really think about where I'm going and the direction I'm travelling, I do much better. Life is more than a journey. Life is a journey in the right direction.
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February 20, 2014

Kenneth Samuel: Envy

The Rev. Dr. Kenneth L. Samuel (UCC)

I don't know about you, but I find the commandment that forbids covetousness to be the most challenging commandment of all.
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February 16, 2014

Kenneth Samuel: It's an Inside Job

The Rev. Dr. Kenneth L. Samuel (UCC)

Aside from our religious affiliations and activities, what do our relationships with others reveal about our spiritual condition?
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January 15, 2014

Kenneth Samuel: God Still Rules

The Rev. Dr. Kenneth L. Samuel (UCC)

Rage and rulership are not often viewed as being very compatible. Raging situations can make us feel that no one is in control.
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December 31, 2013

Kenneth Samuel: The Planet In Praise

The Rev. Dr. Kenneth L. Samuel (UCC)

Make no mistake about it, the entire earth is a declaration of God's awesome power to create and sustain life with wondrous beauty and fathomless splendor.
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December 19, 2013

Kenneth Samuel: Greatness Lives Among Us

The Rev. Dr. Kenneth L. Samuel (UCC)

The classic movie 'It's a Wonderful Life' is a modern parable about how we often fail to recognize and appreciate the awesome value of where we live and what we have and what we do.
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December 11, 2013

Kenneth Samuel: Family Reunion

The Rev. Dr. Kenneth L. Samuel (UCC)

Ever notice how difficult it is to think about the seasons of Advent and Christmas without thinking about your family? Even if we are unable to or have no plans to be with family members during this special season, we still reminisce and often relish the ties that bind us to our families.
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October 29, 2013

Kenneth Samuel: Principles and Practices

The Rev. Dr. Kenneth L. Samuel (UCC)

'The Hunger Games' is one of the most captivating movies I've ever seen (and I'm anxiously anticipating the sequel). The great irony of the film is that in a society that is aesthetically beautiful, technologically advanced, highly sophisticated and socially proper, children are sacrificed for sport.
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October 06, 2013

Kenneth Samuel: Somebody Ought to Say Something

The Rev. Dr. Kenneth L. Samuel (UCC)

How many times in any given day are we assaulted by bad news? Seems like we can barely recover from one depressing declaration before we are confronted by another.
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September 29, 2013

Kenneth Samuel: Deep Devotion

The Rev. Dr. Kenneth L. Samuel (UCC)

The Tyler Perry Studios are located about 15 miles from my church in metro-Atlanta. I know several people, including some church members who are or who have been employed at Tyler Perry Studios in various capacities—from actors to extras and technicians, etc. I've often said that if I could get Tyler Perry to tithe (10% of his income) to my church just one time, we'd have no more financial worries.
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September 17, 2013

Kenneth Samuel: Only One Vengeance

The Rev. Dr. Kenneth L. Samuel (UCC)

People of faith are quite varied in our responses as to how the United States should respond to the atrocities of chemical weapons unleashed on the people of Syria, allegedly under the direction of President Bashad al-Assad.
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August 29, 2013

Kenneth Samuel: How Do You Know?

The Rev. Dr. Kenneth L. Samuel (UCC)

Every now and then someone will ask me: 'How do you know that you've been called to be a minister of the gospel?' Sometimes I answer in the words of Howard Thurman: 'I learned to follow the grain in my own wood.'
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August 18, 2013

Kenneth Samuel: Is There a Heart in the Treasury?

The Rev. Dr. Kenneth L. Samuel (UCC)

The price of a thing does not necessarily reveal its value. But the things we value are things that we are willing to pay any price to attain and to maintain.
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August 07, 2013

Kenneth Samuel: A River Runs Through It

The Rev. Dr. Kenneth L. Samuel (UCC)

Our destinies are not so much determined by our anguish in the desert as they are by the renewal we experience down by the riverside.
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July 21, 2013

Kenneth Samuel: Excuse the Mess

The Rev. Dr. Kenneth L. Samuel (UCC)

When democracy works right, it's messy. Justice always seems to travel down tumultuous roads of stops and starts; pain and progress; exhilaration and exasperation.
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July 10, 2013

Kenneth Samuel: A Rock That Is Higher Than I

The Rev. Dr. Kenneth L. Samuel (UCC)

We all know that the only way to get better at anything in life is to engage a challenge. Yet, when it comes to the contests of life that really matter, we often find ourselves clinging to the plateaus of our own abilities and accomplishments.
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July 01, 2013

Kenneth Samuel: Can You Remember?

The Rev. Dr. Kenneth L. Samuel (UCC)

Standing on the plateaus of the status quo, we often fail to remember the struggles and the strife we endured to get there. This failure to remember is often the thing that disconnects us from the lives of others who are still struggling for inclusion and enfranchisement.
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June 14, 2013

Kenneth Samuel: Omissions

The Rev. Dr. Kenneth L. Samuel (UCC)

At an early age I was taught that there are sins of commission – the wrong that we do; and there are sins of omission – the good that we fail to do. In my life I've discovered that it's much easier to refrain from doing the wrong things than it is to commit to doing the right things.
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June 07, 2013

Kenneth Samuel: Don't Gather All the Grapes (Lev. 19:10)

The Rev. Dr. Kenneth L. Samuel (UCC)

These days, there is a certain tyranny that accompanies utmost efficiency and accountability. When every single seat on every single flight is booked, those on standby are always left stranded. When every slice of bread is sold to those who can buy it, those who can't afford it are left wanting. When every minute of the day is planned and prescribed, there is no time for unexpected interventions of the Holy Spirit.
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May 29, 2013

Kenneth Samuel: Dominion

The Rev. Dr. Kenneth L. Samuel (UCC)

We often fail to appreciate that which God has given us dominion over. Psalm 8:3-6 sheds some light.
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May 18, 2013

Kenneth Samuel: Their Eyes Were Watching God

The Rev. Dr. Kenneth L. Samuel (UCC)

In Zora Neale Hurston's moving novel, Their Eyes Were Watching God, the two main characters are trapped in a Florida monsoon. As blistering lightning flashes and ravaging waters rage all around them, they find themselves completely spent, completely exhausted and completely helpless. They can no longer see rhyme or reason. In the vortex of the terrible storm, their eyes were watching only God.
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April 16, 2013

Dr. Kenneth Samuel: Pray for Peace

The Rev. Dr. Kenneth L. Samuel (UCC)

Jerusalem is a holy place for Jews, Christians and Muslims around the globe. People in every corner of the world are deeply concerned and invested in the peace of Jerusalem. Some of them are religious; some of them are not.
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April 04, 2013

Dr. Kenneth Samuel: Facing Injustice

The Rev. Dr. Kenneth L. Samuel (UCC)

Even in the celebration of our victories, there must be a sobering accountability for our ethical behavior. This is the reason why the injustices of the past are never really behind us.
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March 26, 2013

Dr. Kenneth Samuel: Show and Tell

The Rev. Dr. Kenneth L. Samuel (UCC)

At a certain point in his life, the only thing that rivaled the popularity of Jesus and his message in the Jerusalem vicinity was a living manifestation of Jesus' power and a living illustration of Jesus' message. According to John's gospel, the power and the proclamation of Jesus were manifested and illustrated in the resurrection of Jesus' friend, Lazarus.
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March 14, 2013

Dr. Kenneth Samuel: Free at Last

The Rev. Dr. Kenneth L. Samuel (UCC)

It's one thing to be released from an abuse or an imprisonment; it's quite another thing to be free from it.
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March 07, 2013

Kenneth Samuel: Misleading Signs

The Rev. Dr. Kenneth L. Samuel (UCC)

It's really up to each of us to work to ensure that the signs and symbols that announce us truly reflect the deeds and content that define us.
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March 01, 2013

Kenneth Samuel: I Promise

The Rev. Dr. Kenneth L. Samuel (UCC)

We all know that promises are only as good as the persons who make them, but there is another side to promise-keeping. Those to whom promises are made must keep faith in the promise as well.
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February 07, 2013

Dr. Kenneth Samuel: Dealing with Obstinacy

The Rev. Dr. Kenneth L. Samuel (UCC)

One of the things I love about the Gospel of Christ is that it can never be compelled by force. The gospel can only be received by virtue of its ability to convince, convict and convert the hearts of free-thinking individuals. This makes the gospel compelling but never compulsory.
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February 03, 2013

Kenneth Samuel: Perfection in Perspective

The Rev. Dr. Kenneth L. Samuel (UCC)

There is a certain Don Quixote in each of us. Who among us isn't on a quest to preserve and prolong the best of our experiences? And are we not engaged in perpetual campaigns to discover, recover or maintain our imaginings of the "perfect" – be it in family, finance or social function?
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January 27, 2013

Kenneth Samuel: Got the Answer?

The Rev. Dr. Kenneth L. Samuel (UCC)

According to Romans, the will of God is not determined by easy recitations and catechisms. The will of God must be proven. The will of God must be tried and tested. The will of God must be examined and discussed. The will of God must be discerned.
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January 17, 2013

Kenneth Samuel: Waters of Affirmation

The Rev. Dr. Kenneth L. Samuel (UCC)

To be baptized into our affirmation by God at the outset of a new year or a new initiative is a powerful thing. It lets the student know on the first day of class that she is already affirmed as competent and capable of academic excellence.
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January 08, 2013

Kenneth Samuel: Let's Start at the Beginning

The Rev. Dr. Kenneth L. Samuel (UCC)

The New Year gives us an opportunity to do some things differently. The wise writer of Proverbs begins with one simple but often neglected insight: "The fear or the reverence of God is the beginning of knowledge." The wisdom here has to do with how we begin.
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December 22, 2012

Dr. Kenneth Samuel: A More Generous Generosity

The Rev. Dr. Kenneth L. Samuel (UCC)

Most of us are accustomed to giving out of our abundance. We give away only what we can comfortably afford to give away. Yet, it's not the example of giving out of one's abundance, but giving out of one's own need that the Apostle Paul lifts up for Christian emulation.
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December 06, 2012

Dr. Kenneth Samuel: Larger Than Life Visions

The Rev. Dr. Kenneth L. Samuel (UCC)

In this devotional on Psalm 132, Dr. Ken Samuel writes, There is nothing as powerful as a passion or vision that inspires and drives our every waking moment. Life can be quite tedious and tasteless without someone or something to live for.
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November 20, 2012

Kenneth Samuel: What a Reward!

The Rev. Dr. Kenneth L. Samuel (UCC)

It has been said that we are not so much punished for our sins as we are punished by our sins.
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November 09, 2012

Kenneth Samuel: When It Matters Most

The Rev. Dr. Kenneth L. Samuel (UCC)

I wonder what kind of new life could be generated in the world if the church became a living testimony to the gospel truth that love given should never be governed by the expectations of love received. I wonder what relationships in my own life could be rescued from despair if I sought more earnestly to love others the way Christ loves me.
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October 28, 2012

Dr. Kenneth Samuel: Not In My Lifetime

The Rev. Dr. Kenneth L. Samuel (UCC)

I think every generation possesses a certain degree of self-indulgence. The Baby Boomers, of which I'm a part, have certainly reveled in our preoccupations with avant-garde fashion, sexual revolution, status-quo demonization, music protest and drug abuse. But when does one generation's present indulgence become the next generation's inherited curse?
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October 18, 2012

Dr. Kenneth Samuel: We All Have Our Moments

The Rev. Dr. Kenneth L. Samuel (UCC)

People who contend daily for the integrity of their faith understand, better than anyone else, that faith can never be completely separated from moments of deep, dark, desperate despair.
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October 11, 2012

Dr. Kenneth Samuel: Born Yesterday

The Rev. Dr. Kenneth L. Samuel (UCC)

Wisdom is usually regarded as a product of longevity and associated with old age and antiquity. But maybe the babies that were born yesterday have more to offer us than a sentimental sense of pristine innocence.
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October 01, 2012

Kenneth Samuel: Money and Value

The Rev. Dr. Kenneth L. Samuel (UCC)

We don't often admit it, but how we spend our money says a lot about what we value in life. Cash transactions and credit card accounts do say something about character. Jesus puts it even more directly when he says that wherever our treasures are, our hearts are there also.
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September 16, 2012

Dr. Kenneth Samuel: Moving the Heart of God

The Rev. Dr. Kenneth L. Samuel (UCC)

I can't speak for everyone, but for most of my life I believed that the providential will of God was settled and fixed for eternity. I believed that there is absolutely nothing I could ever do to change or to move the heart of God.
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August 30, 2012

Dr. Kenneth Samuel: A Knock at Midnight

The Rev. Dr. Kenneth L. Samuel (UCC)

What strikes me the most about this parable in Luke 11:5-8 is the audacity of faith expressed by the man who has the nerve to knock on a neighbor's door at midnight – not because of a personal crisis, but to provide hospitality for a friend. Who does that?
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August 23, 2012

Kenneth Samuel: Somebody Ought to Say Something

The Rev. Dr. Kenneth L. Samuel (UCC)

In the midst of cascading deficits, constant debacles and continuous depressions, the Psalmist declares that there is Good News, which every believer in God ought to be talking about.
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August 11, 2012

Dr. Kenneth Samuel: Made in America?

The Rev. Dr. Kenneth L. Samuel (UCC)

Is it just me, or does it seem that the outsourcing of American manufacturing jobs only becomes a prominent issue during elections?
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July 23, 2012

Dr. Kenneth Samuel: Voyage to Intimacy

The Rev. Dr. Kenneth L. Samuel (UCC)

It's easier to explore the unknown than it is to re-examine the inner dimensions of life toward which we have become so complacent.
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July 17, 2012

Kenneth Samuel: Ownership

The Rev. Dr. Kenneth L. Samuel (UCC)

In these days of economic stagnation, public school crises and health care debates, it is extremely difficult to find any person or entity willing to step up to the plate and take full ownership and responsibility.
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July 10, 2012

Dr. Kenneth Samuel: Jesus, Amazed!

The Rev. Dr. Kenneth L. Samuel (UCC)

Have you ever wondered if the Amazing Grace could ever be amazed? What could possibly cause Emanuel, God with us, to ever be astounded, taken aback, startled or amazed?
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June 17, 2012

Dr. Kenneth Samuel: Are You With Me?

The Rev. Dr. Kenneth L. Samuel (UCC)

According to the gospel, Christ came not to bring peace (the absence of tension), but a sword (the presence of principled conflict). As a result, he made lots of enemies.
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June 09, 2012

Kenneth Samuel: Almighty Purpose

The Rev. Dr. Kenneth L. Samuel (UCC)

I can't speak for everyone, but I cannot imagine a greater living hell than that of going through life without a purpose.
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June 02, 2012

Ken Samuel: In the Last Days

The Rev. Dr. Kenneth L. Samuel (UCC)

Not all prophesies about the "End Time" are full of dread. Isaiah gives us a vision of the last days that actually gives us reason to rejoice about the changing times.
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The Rev. Dr. Kenneth L. Samuel - Day1 Podcast Extra - 2006

The Rev. Dr. Kenneth L. Samuel (UCC)

In this Day1 Podcast Extra, the Rev. Dr. Kenneth L. Samuel, pastor of Victory for the World Church (United Church of Christ) in Stone Mountain, Georgia, shares his personal insights and experiences of preaching at the 2006 Festival of Homiletics.

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April 24, 2005

Jesus and Rejection

The Rev. Dr. Kenneth L. Samuel (UCC)

The Rev. Dr. Kenneth L. Samuel is pastor of Victory for the World Church (United Church of Christ) in Stone Mountain, GA.

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March 06, 2005

The God Who Leaves No One Behind

The Rev. Dr. Kenneth L. Samuel (UCC)

The Rev. Dr. Kenneth L. Samuel is pastor of Victory for the World Church (United Church of Christ) in Stone Mountain, GA.

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January 30, 2005

Love Supreme

The Rev. Dr. Kenneth L. Samuel (UCC)

Dr. Samuel is pastor of Victory United Church of Christ in Stone Mountain, Georgia.