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Is Oklahoma businessman Carlos Morrison the beard growth industry’s best kept secret?

DON’T FEAR DA BEARD 

MAKING MAJOR MOVES — Tulsa, Oklahoma entrepreneur Carlos Morrison ceremoniously launched Ebony Rise For Men in 2016, a credible product that was created primarily for men who struggle with beard growth and basic skin care regimes.

DALLAS — In case you don’t know him, Carlos Morrison would like to introduce himself.

A resident of Tulsa, Oklahoma, Morrison, 32, earlier this year was deemed a keynote entrepreneur through Black Upstart.
In addition, he was named Oklahoma 40-and-under 40 in Business & Marketing in 2018, during which he successfully created business profits for hundreds of individuals that same year.

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As if those notable accolades aren’t enough to turn heads, Morrison ceremoniously launched Ebony Rise For Men in 2016, a credible product that was created primarily for men who struggle with beard growth and basic skin care regimes.

Specifically created for ethnic men ages ranging in ages 18 to 65 — most notably those with coarse, curly, or oily facial hair — Morrison’s Ebony Rise For Men can customarily be applied virtually every day, thus growing consumers’ beard up to as much as two-to-four inches, as mentioned at https://ebonyriseformen.com/erlg.

Having joined Russell Brunson’s Inner Circle in 2015, Morrison told Making Headline News during a weekend interview that he deemed it especially necessary to start his own business, in large part because of numerous failed attempts to grow his beard.


“I created (Ebony Rise For Men), because I was unable to grow facial hair and, after becoming bald, I wanted something to keep up with my look,” said Morrison, whose fledging business venture is supported mightily by a gallery of supporters, most notably his wife, Chephon Morrison.


When all else failed, Carlos Morrison acknowledged, it was time he aggressively step out on faith by strategically executing the unlikely trend of, well…stepping out of faith.

Specifically created for ethnic men ages ranging in ages 18 to 65 — most notably those with coarse, curly, or oily facial hair — Morrison’s Ebony Rise For Men can customarily be applied virtually every day, thus growing consumers’ beard up to as much as two-to-four inches, as mentioned at https://ebonyriseformen.com/erlg.

Much to his delight, it wasn’t long thereafter that miraculously Morrison came up with a project that, to his credit, is making a strong case to have what this young entrepreneur hopes is a global impact.

It seems he’s well on his way to reaching such a milestone.

“I tried many products, but still struggled with patches and dryness,” Morrison, a licensed CDL Class A truck driver, explained.

Not to be outdone, though, this entrepreneurship guru had gone as far as to implement the essential result, a trend he didn’t shy away from until he reaped the favorable results he so desperately sought.


LET’S RISE UP

“(My products) have been used by individuals across the U.S. and in the Bahamas and Mexico,” Morrison said. “The purpose is to help men feel more confident and to help them take care of their beards the proper way with natural products manufactured in the U.S.”

“I looked up ingredients that would solve issues and formulated an oil with those ingredients that promoted hair growth,” Morrison, a former Marketing student at the University of Illinois at Springfield, recalled.

And the rest, as they say, was history.

When all else failed, Carlos Morrison acknowledged, it was time he aggressively step out on faith by strategically executing the unlikely trend of, well, stepping out of faith.

Fortunately for Morrison, Ebony Rise For Men has been on the rise for three years. And counting.

Interestingly, Morrison’s invention is steadily making its presence felt, particularly outside of the United States.

“(My products) have been used by individuals across the U.S. and in the Bahamas and Mexico,” Morrison said. “The purpose is to help men feel more confident and to help them take care of their beards the proper way with natural products manufactured in the U.S.

“I tried many products, but still struggled with patches and dryness,” Morrison, a licensed CDL Class A truck driver, explained.

“My goal is to inspire men of color who really needed a product designed specifically them that they can have a great routine that produces amazing results.”

To his credit, he’s doing just that, all the while having a constant global impact in the process.


For more information on Tulsa, Oklahoma-area Businessman Carlos Morrison of Ebony Rise For Men, connect with him via email at: myebonyrise@gmail.com. Also, following him on Instagram at: EbonyRiseOnline.


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Dallas/Fort Worth author Chrystal Castillo witnesses a glimpse of God’s glory through her new book


We then that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak, and not to please ourselves. (Romans 15:1 KJV)


AFFIRMATION OF FAITH 

PURPOSED FOR PAIN — A book that was officially released in early-May, Dallas/Fort Worth-author Chrystal D. Castillio spent the past couple of years assembling a book she admittedly wrote during what was a was “a very difficult season” of her life.

LEWISVILLE, Texas — Chrystal Castillo is certainly one of a kind, is surely a unique, godly woman in her own right.

Consider, for instance, how Castillo is appropriately described in her brief bio on her personal website.

As mentioned at https://www.chryscastillo.com/, Castillo has been widely deemed a “catalyst,” or someone who doesn’t blend in with cultures or trends, but aims to cause reactions in environments that would change the conditions of the energy, mindsets, and lifestyles of those around her.

How befitting for a Christian-based author, who also doesn’t shy away from the notion that it is because of the abundant life that Christ came to give us that will, in turn, provide us with the spiritual — and natural — affirmation we need to possess and savor a victorious life.


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ROUND OF APPLAUSE — Castillo’s readers, meanwhile, are grateful of the notion that she obeyed God’s Voice and elected to write “Affirmed,” which is already generating favorable reviews.

“It is the Word of God that affirms us,” Castillo told Making Headline News this week.

Given such an intriguing and thought-provoking analogy undoubtedly rings true, according to this accomplished writer, that practically sums up why she thought it necessary to compose the book, entitled, “Affirmed,” a spiritually-empowering project that is just a few weeks removed from its much-anticipated release.


“When we know His truth, we can speak to the noises of our fears, insecurities,  lies, idols, etc.,” said Castillo, explaining her divine purpose for writing a book that has resulted in her making her authorship debut. “Speaking His truth over those noises shatters the voice, the power, and effectiveness of the sound that we hear.”


A book that was officially released in early-May, Castillio spent the past couple of years assembling a book she admittedly wrote during what was a was “a very difficult season” of her life.

But God…Who has the power to affirm us throughout His matchless, life-changing Word, a God Who had ultimately provided this devout woman of faith with some much-needed spiritual relief, particularly during her time in the wilderness.

“A lady at my church would speak life to me every Sunday morning,” said Castillo, recalling the awe-inspiring events that greatly fueled her desire to write her new book. “She was speaking God’s word over my life.”

Ironically and much to Castillo’s delight, such a weekly trend would ultimately inspire her to steadfastly speak life over her seemingly unfavorable situations.

“At one point, I decided to start study God’s word and speak over my own life,” Castillo, a native of Tulsa, Oklahoma, said. “God took me through a season of learning how the word affirms us. The lady at church was affirming with the truth of God’s word and didn’t even realize that she was helping me silence the noise I was hearing.”

So what exactly was the adversary saying to this Christian-oriented author?

“(He was saying) you’re not a great mom….you’re not enough,” Castillo recalled. “Every Sunday, she would tell me an affirmation and it helped me keep pressing.”

And, to her credit, such affirmations had eventually given way to her birthing “Affirmed,” a book she emphasized was created as strategic way to inspire others through the illustration of God’s Word, most notably through writing.

“I love analogies, and in my book, I use them to illustrate God’s Word,” Castillo’s said. “It is clear to me that God has gifted me in this way. I enjoy seeing other people inspired, encouraged, and empowered through the Word of God.”

Castillo’s readers, meanwhile, are grateful of the notion that she obeyed God’s Voice and elected to write “Affirmed,” which is already generating favorable reviews.

“So far, I have had people tell me that they now understand how to speak back to the noise, using the Word of God,” said Castillo, adding that “Affirmed” will be comprised of a three-part series and that plans are in the works to co-author a devotional book with her husband (Orlando Castillo).

Also, Castillo acknowledged that she’s open to accepting speaking engagements, during which she would discuss at length her book and, most importantly, encourage the masses in the process.


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IN HER OWN WORDS —– “I love analogies, and in my book, I use them to illustrate God’s Word,” Castillo’s said. “It is clear to me that God has gifted me in this way. I enjoy seeing other people inspired, encouraged, and empowered through the Word of God.”

Just like that big-hearted fellow church member had done for her.

All things considered, Castillo has deemed it essential to count her blessings daily — to re-affirm that which God has blessed her.

“I am married with two handsome boys,” Castillo said. “I serve on the prayer team for woman’s ministry at my church (One Community Church). I enjoy working on freelance writing projects. I am also very passionate about encouraging other authors to push through their writing journey.”

All of which explains why she’s certainly one of a kind, is surely a unique, godly woman in her own right.


For more information about Dallas/Fort Worth-area Author Chrystal D. Castillo, or to schedule her for a public appearance, connect with her via social media at: Twitter: @Chrys_Castillo

Facebook: @Chryscastillobooks

Instagram: @Chrys_castillobooks

Also, send email to: chryscastillo@yahoo.com.


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Andre Johnson is the award-winning Founder and Publisher for Making Headline News. A 2000 graduate of the University of Memphis School of Journalism and a former staff reporter of sports for the Memphis Commercial Appeal newspaper, Johnson covers the NBA Southwest Division from Dallas, Texas. To reach Johnson, send email to andre@makingheadlinenews.com or to memphisgraduate@yahoo.com. Also, follow him on Twitter @AJ_Journalist.

Tulsa-area Pastor Haniqua Hill to host her inaugural The Dressed In Love Experience conference March 15-17


MAKING HEADLINE NEWS WELCOMES PASTOR HANIQUA HILL


Pastor Haniqua Hill’s reputation is such that she routinely demonstrates having a heart for people.

To her credit, that is amongst the reasons Hill is going to great lengths to share with the masses a faith-based event that figures to help advance the kingdom unlike never before.


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“This event is open to all within the U. S.,” Hill, a Tulsa, Oklahoma-area minister, told Making Headline News this week.

Pastor and Jamal Natasha Miller

Widely known also as an accomplished motivational speaker and entrepreneur, Hill will host the inaugural The Dressed In Love Experience from March 15-17 at the Cox Business Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Powered by the slogan, “You’ve Never Done Dating Like This Before,” this three-day event will take place at 100 Civic Center in Tulsa and is organized by Hill in conjunction with Above The Rock Church, the institution she founded.

Pastor Carrington and Ashley Brown

A conference that is available exclusively to singles, Hill and Co.’s chief objectives include, among other things, bringing awareness to interpersonal relational skills, relationship enhancing, etc.

“We believe (this conference) will help in building healthy long-term relationships to decrease the divorce rate and increase the act of marriage throughout the communities,” said Hill, explaining the purpose for her inaugural conference.

Hill’s The Dressed In Love Experience will be highlighted by six featured married couples (or speakers), each whom will share of their wealth of knowledge through marriage and relationship building.

Kevin and Melissa Fredericks

The speakers during Hill’s The Dressed In Love Experience are:

  • Pastor Jamal and businesswoman Natasha Miller, the co-creators of The One University. The Millers’ exclusive membership program is comprised of more than 4,000 members for single men and women, who aspire to prepare themselves for marriage. Interestingly, the Millers are widely known for their Facebook love story that was originally posted on YouTube and had ultimately gone viral.

  • Pastor Carrington and businesswoman Ashley Brown, the co-creators of Ashley’s YouTube channel entitled, “AshleyEmpowers.” Also, this couple host what is known as the “8:02 GAMETIME,” during which they customarily discuss a variety of pertinent issues and concerns, particularly as it relates to dating and marriage.

  • Comedian Kevin and author Melissa Fredericks of KevOnStage and The Love Hour. The Fredericks are widely known for having co-authored the written document entitled, “25 Tips For A Healthy Marriage.”

  • Pastor Calvin and businesswoman Tiffany Appleton of GodFamilyWorks.com. The Appletons co-authored a pair books: “From Sarah’s Daughter To Hagar’s Servant” and the “GodFamilyWorks Marriage Mentorship Manual.”

  • Pastors Jerry and Tanisha Flowers the co-founders of Redefined TV. Interestingly, the Flowers have produced several online devotionals and are also co-founders and co-creators of “Wife Academy” and “The Return Of Kings For Men” and,

  • Tobias and Briana Jackson of Memphis. A Dallas/Fort Worth-area life coach couple who met on social media while simultaneously building careers in Business Development and Network Marketing, Tobias Jackson has been ministering prophetically for more than two decades. His wife, meanwhile, serves as an international business funding specialist, as well as a credit repair maven.

Also, during The Dressed In Love Experience, there will be a black tie dinner for which Hill refers to as “the single hopefuls.” During this part of the conference, attendees will be allowed to meet and interact with other singles in a different element, Hill said.

Pastor Calvin and Tiffany Appleton

“We will conduct a panel discussion with other married couples, (during which they will explain) how they did it God’s way and provide tips and tricks on making their marriage last,” Hill said.

On March 16, a workshop will take place, during which the featured guests will discuss with the masses the importance of loving yourself first. In addition, Hill said three of her guest couples will give attendees some hands on tools to dating, communicating, and personal skills.

Pastor Jerry and Tanisha Flowers

Later that day, the event will resume with a group outing, during which attendees will be afforded the golden opportunity to date each other and, according to Hill, “just have an overall good time.”

Hill’s inaugural The Dressed In Love Experience will culminate with attendees attending a morning worship service that will be geared toward singles.

Tobias and Briana Jackson

A certified life coach and motivational speaker, Hill is a graduate of Oral Roberts University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Ministry and Leadership.


For more information on Pastor Haniqua Hill’s inaugural The Dressed In Love Experience, log on to: https://abovetherockchurch.ticketspice.com/the-dressed-in-love-experience, or connect with her via Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/nikki.hill.961. Also, send email to: abovetherockchurch@gmail.com.


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Andre Johnson is the award-winning Founder and Publisher for Making Headline News. A 2000 graduate of the University of Memphis School of Journalism and a former staff reporter of sports for the Memphis Commercial Appeal newspaper, Johnson covers the NBA Southwest Division from Dallas, Texas. To reach Johnson, send email to andre@makingheadlinenews.com or to memphisgraduate@yahoo.com. Also, follow him on Twitter @AJ_Journalist.

Mid-South author Racheal E. Jackson’s prophecy, end time book is a pivotal reminder of God’s strategic plans for His children

Brothers and sisters, we do not want you to be uninformed about those who sleep in death, so that you do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope. For we believe that Jesus died and rose again, and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him. According to the Lord’s word, we tell you that we who are still alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep. For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. Therefore encourage one another with these words. (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 NIV)


MEMPHIS — For what it’s worth, Racheal E. Jackson’s faith walk can be appropriately summed up in one single sentence.

That is, she undoubtedly has heaven on her mind.

To grasp a thorough concept of this notion, look no further than Jackson’s immeasurable spiritual body of work, a trend that, to her credit, has been highlighted by an awe-inspiring endeavor that figures to advance the kingdom for years to come.

GOD’S LEADING LADY LEADING — A devout minister in her own right, Racheal E. Jackson the mastermind behind the book entitled, “Understanding Bible Prophecy And End Time Events: Bible Prophecy Made Easy.”

A devout minister in her own right, Jackson is the mastermind behind the book entitled, “Understanding Bible Prophecy And End Time Events: Bible Prophecy Made Easy.”

“World events are so chaotic today, causing heightened interest and fear of eschatological events among non-Christians, as well as Christians, leaving them fearful and searching for answers,” Jackson told Making Headline News this week. “The scriptures are not silent about the future of our world, and the events leading to the end of this age. God has revealed His plan for us through His prophetic pages of His book: The Bible.”

And, to her distinctly unique credit, Jackson deemed it essential some four years to steadfastly assume the monumental task of revealing God’s strategic plan for His people, courtesy of an informative and spiritually gut-checking written document designed to empower mankind to — for a lack of better words — assess the overall landscape of its life.


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A book that is comprised of 82 pages in length, it’s safe to assume that Jackson’s “Understanding Bible Prophecy And End Time Events: Bible Prophecy Made Easy” has been dubbed a constant page-turner since its much-anticipated release in October 2014.

And, though her book is a little more than four years removed from making its presence on the market, this brilliant and talent Christian writer doesn’t shy away from the notion that not only can her four-year-old book reignite a buzz amongst her reading audience but, most importantly, it could surely achieve the purpose for which she was assigned to assemble it.

That is, her compelling book is destined to serve as a spiritual GPS system, of sorts, for helping steer people to Christ.

“This book is written so that the average person can understand Bible prophecy and end time events,” said a spokesperson for Jackson’s book at Amazon.com. “The scriptures are basic scriptures to study so that you can share the good news of Jesus Christ to a dying world. I pray that this book bless you and encourage you in the Lord.”

So far, so good for Jackson, who needed somewhere in the neighborhood of two years to assemble her first book, one that’s suitable for Bible study and conducting seminars, in large part because of the three primary questions that customarily arise, she acknowledged.

ON GOD’S BATTLEFIELD — Jackson deemed it essential some four years to steadfastly assume the monumental task of revealing God’s plan for His people, courtesy of an informative and spiritually gut-checking written document designed to empower mankind to — for a lack of better words — assess the overall landscape of its life.

Such thought-provoking inquiries are:

  • How can I understand and relate to subject matter offered by various prophetic teachers?
  • Is the book of Revelation literal or symbolic, and how can I comprehend and interpret its meaning?
  • Where can I find this information in the Bible on my own?

As Jackson is swift to point out, these questions essentially are what fueled her spiritual drive to compose “Understanding Bible Prophecy And End Time Events: Bible Prophecy Made Easy.”

Or, according to her forthright heads up, “To make Bible prophecy easier to understand,” Jackson said without hesitation. “The content of this handbook is modest in length and information. However, it is designed for ease of readability and review.”

Interestingly, Jackson’s book features an assortment of visual aids, most notably charts, maps, and other compelling and eye-catching images, all of which are designed to offer what she describes as a variety of graphic support to the visual learner.


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CREATING A BODY OF GLOBAL BUZZ — Although her book is a little more than four years removed since making its presence on the market, this brilliant and talent Christian writer doesn’t shy away from the notion that not only can her four-year-old book reignite a buzz amongst her reading audience but, most importantly, it could surely achieve the purpose for which she was assigned to assemble it.

Having announced that other books are on the horizon, Jackson emphasized that her divine message for writing her prophecy and end times book is a pivotal reminder, whereby she’s assuring people that God is in total control of the chaotic events that are presently happening in our world — particularly during what many Biblical historians have deemed “the last of the last and evil days.”

“(This book) is erasing fear and filling us with joy and excitement as we look forward to the plans that God has in store for His children,” Jackson, a longtime member of Memphis’ Faith Temple Ministries Church of God In Christ, said. “I feel so honored that God has given me the ministry gift of teaching His precious word with a concentration in Eschatology.”

All the while having a heaven on her mind in the process.

For more information about Mid-South-area Author Racheal E. Jackson, or to schedule her for a public appearance, a book signing or speaking engagement, call Faith Temple Ministries Church of God In Christ at 901.398.1136, or connect with her via Facebook under: Racheal Jackson. Also, send email to: rachealjackson2@gmail.com.


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Andre Johnson is the award-winning Founder and Publisher for Making Headline News. A 2000 graduate of the University of Memphis School of Journalism and a former staff reporter of sports for the Memphis Commercial Appeal newspaper, Johnson covers the NBA Southwest Division from Dallas, Texas. To reach Johnson, send email to andre@makingheadlinenews.com or to memphisgraduate@yahoo.com. Also, follow him on Twitter @AJ_Journalist.

Texas author Annie Ezell’s empowering book helping others ‘see their potential through pain’


MAKING HEADLINE NEWS WELCOMES LADY ANNIE EZELL  


Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. (Proverbs 3:5-6 KJV)


DALLAS — Long before Annie Ezell became the First Lady of Latter Rain Church of God In Christ in nearby Sherman, Texas, God had strategically introduced her to an awe-inspiring vision, one that essentially unfolded nearly four decades ago.

“The vision of me becoming an author started to form when I was in my 20’s,” Ezell told Making Headline News this week. “It was difficult to take the first step or know where to begin, but I knew it was a long-term goal.”

Indeed it was.

And so it came to pass sometime in 2012 that Ezell began to diligently work her vision as a newcomer to this ever-so-popular world of authorship, a trend that was culminated approximately two years later when she witnessed her compelling finished project that is entitled, “Making Decisions Is Not Always Easy: A Memoir Of Unspoken Words.”

GOD’S LEADING FIRST LADY — And so it came to pass sometime in 2012 that Sherman, Texas author Annie Ezell began to diligently work her vision as a newcomer to ever-so-popular world of authorship, a trend that was culminated approximately two years when she witnessed her finished project that is entitled, “Making Decisions Is Not Always Easy: A Memoir Of Unspoken Words.”

A spiritually-enhancing written document that is comprised of 72 pages in length, Ezell’s “Making Decisions Is Not Always Easy: A Memoir Of Unspoken Words” was officially released in March 2014 and, much to her delight, has become a fixture throughout the Body of Christ.

“This memoir is a reminder that better days are ahead if you make the right decisions,” said a spokesperson for Ezell’s book in a detailed breakdown of her work at Amazon.com. “For Annie Ezell, making the right decisions only came through patience, prayer, and learning from her experiences. Life events from a young child into adulthood have conditioned her to help guide others through difficult decisions.

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MASSIVE KINGDOM IMPACT — A spiritually-enhancing written document is comprised of 72 pages in length, Ezell’s “Making Decisions Is Not Always Easy: A Memoir Of Unspoken Words” was officially released in March 2014 and has become a fixture throughout the Body of Christ.

“Her wisdom comes from spiritual guidance and obedience to her calling to encourage others to not give up when they are faced with a difficult situation. Her appearance doesn’t tell the story: Open the cover to discover the truth about her life.”

As Ezell, 60, eloquently explained, she had always sensed that she would eventually find her way to the ideal platform to share of her assortment of testimonies, as God’s manual encourages us, according to Psalm 105:1.

Now that it all has come to pass, she doesn’t shy away from the notion that, well, He was there all the time (as the classic gospel song goes).

“I always wanted to tell my story, but I had some reserve, because of the layers of pain it would evoke,” Ezell, a native of Haworth, Oklahoma, said. “This particular publication came later after the experience of losing my mother. I wanted others to understand that when they are faced with difficult decisions, there is a system to defeating self-doubt and pain.”

Interestingly, Ezell will be afforded the golden opportunity to promote her book and share of her testimonies as the keynote speaker on October 13 during a Women’s Conference.

Accompanied by the theme, “Forgiven But Not Healed (Matthew 6:14-15),” this assembly will take place at the United Way Building, located at 713 East Brockett Street in Sherman, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. CST.

As for ways in which her book is synonymous to the purpose for which God created her, Ezell emphasized, among other things, that her reading audience should look no further than her solid, relentless faith walk.

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GOD’S MYSTICAL UNION — A product of the Church of God In Christ under the leadership of Superintendent F. T. Pratt Sr. Which — “He taught me the value of a Christian life,” Ezell said — Ezell and husband, Pastor James Ezell (the couple will be celebrating 40 years of marriage on December 31) had ultimately raised their children under similar Christian standards, teaching them morals, empathy, respect, and workmanship, among other things.

“This book is a part of my purpose by allowing me to testify and be a witness of faith, obedience, and victory. It became my platform for speaking to women of all status. It also built my confidence that led me to develop the Forgiven But Not Healed as a Women’s Ministry.” — Lady Annie Ezell 


Widely known as a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, friend, and counselor, Ezell founded her Forgiven But Not Healed ministry two years ago. Initially, it started as a small women’s ministry that was centered mostly on Q&A sessions.

“We (would) gather and have open discussion about salvation and forgiveness on a monthly basis, helping women through their pained experiences and quest to forgiveness,” Ezell said her ministry, which has evolved into more of a spiritual movement, of sorts. “This year will be the first conference inviting attendees from the sessions and is open to the public.”

A product of the historic Church of God In Christ under the leadership of Superintendent F. T. Pratt Sr. Which — “He taught me the value of a Christian life,” Ezell said — Ezell and husband, Pastor James Ezell (the couple will be celebrating 40 years of marriage on December 31) had ultimately raised their children under similar Christian standards, teaching them morals, empathy, respect, and workmanship, among other things.

Prior to their appointment as spiritual leaders, Latter Rain was guided by Elder Clevester and Gladys Johnson

“The support from my husband, children, and spiritual leaders has pushed me to be a virtuous woman, having faith and praying fervently for my family,” Lady Ezell said.

The feedback that has been generated since her book’s release has been favorable.

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DESTINY STEPS — Widely known as a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, friend, and counselor, Ezell founded her Forgiven But Not Healed ministry two year ago. Initially, it started as a small women’s ministry that was centered mostly on Q&A sessions.

“My audience has found this book to be a comforting reference during hard times,” Lady Ezell said. “Men and women comment on their similar experiences and positive encouragement as they are faced with difficult times. It has given hope and spiritual uplift for many.

“I’m inspired to continue writing for women audiences and helping them see their potential through the pain,” conditioned Lady Ezell, a mother of four and grandmother of four who has announced that other books are presently in the works. “I’ve prayed for wisdom and God has shaped my heart and mind to be accepting of others and have the patience to meet them where they are in their journey with Christ.”

Just as out Savior has encouraged us to. 

For more information about Sherman, Texas-based Author Annie Ezell, or to schedule her for a public appearance, a book signing or speaking engagement, connect with her via Facebook under: Annie Ezell. Also, send email to: info@ezelllegacygroup.com.


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SALUTE TO MOTHER’S DAY: Tulsa-area Pastor Barbara Vincent recognized for her ‘footsteps of grace and virtue’ by her daughter

WELL DESERVED FLOWERS — Tiffany Donald, just as she’s done for as long as she can recall, on Saturday afternoon paid homage to her beloved mother, Pastor Barbara Vincent, in beautifully alluring fashion, thus providing her life’s featured individual with flowers, of sorts, while she yet has breath in her body.

For Tiffany Donald, a typical Saturday afternoon is one that mostly involves her engaging in what she describes as “multitasking.”

This weekend is no exception.

Still, despite all of the things and activities about which Donald was engrossed, she made certain to do the one very thing that topped her list.

“I just had it delivered to her in case she decides to wear it tomorrow,” Donald told Making Headline News in its annual Salute To Mother’s Day Tributes. “It’s a suit. Oh my God! She hollered and said, ‘It’s beautiful!’”

And just like that, Donald — just as she’s done for as long as she can recall — paid homage to her beloved mother, Pastor Barbara Vincent, in beautifully alluring fashion, thus providing her life’s featured individual with flowers, of sorts, while she yet has breath in her body.

It’s Mother’s Day weekend, which means it is only befitting that Donald’s weekend multitasking would involve pausing periodically to celebrate her mother.

“My mother is an extraordinary woman of faith, elegance, and virtue,” Donald said. “She exemplifies a real woman. She is a woman of grace, love, and acceptance for all who come in contact with her. This woman is a phenomenal cook, homemaker, and a compassionate leader.”

To her distinct credit, Vincent — the mother of five biological children and an adopted son — has been the spiritual glue, of sorts, that has kept the historic Fellowship Church strongly connected as a positive beacon of light in the Tulsa, Oklahoma community.

To her distinct credit, Vincent — the mother of five biological children and an adopted son — has been the spiritual glue, of sorts, that has kept the historic Fellowship Church strongly connected as a positive beacon of light in the Tulsa, Oklahoma community.

Located at 570 North Denver Avenue, Fellowship Church was founded by Vincent’s husband, Bishop John Vincent, who died in May 2013.

A mother of five, Donald, along with her children and a few of siblings are very much active in helping her mother continue her husband’s rich legacy, particularly as it pertains to advancing the kingdom through the longstanding ministry he founded.

Donald’s oldest sibling, Terry Vincent, is the Senior Pastor of Restoration Of Faith Fellowship Church in Arlington, Texas. Her second oldest brother, Keith Vincent, is the Senior Pastor of Greater Compassion Ministries in Nashville.

“The most impacting thing she’s done for me is allowing me time become the woman God has ordained me to be through her example of example,” said Donald, who’s also an accomplished author as the mastermind behind the book, “Provoked To Purpose,” her debut book that is designed to inspire and empower a downtrodden, oppressed people to never neglect the purpose for which God created them.

IN HER OWN WORDS TO MOM — “The most impacting thing she’s done for me is allowing me time become the woman God has ordained me to be through her example of example,” said Donald, who’s also an accomplished author as the mastermind behind the book, “Provoked To Purpose,” her debut book that is designed to inspire and empower a downtrodden, oppressed people to never neglect the purpose for which God created them.

All of which practically sums up why this time of year undoubtedly is a special one for Donald whom, given how congested her itinerary was on Saturday, is no stranger to multitasking.

Only this time around, her laundry list of things was highlighted by shipping her mother’s gift so that it would arrive to her address in time for Mother’s Day.

Given her mother’s cheerful reaction, it’s safe to assume it is a gift she’s destined to put to good use, probably much sooner than later.

“I carry her legacy by walking in her footsteps of grace and virtue,” Donald said. “I’m training my children as she trained my siblings and me to love God and others genuinely.

“Thanks, mom, for being strong, courageous and tenacious for Christ and your family. We love you,” Donald added.

All while engaging in her customary Saturday afternoon multitasking.

 

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Oklahoma-based author Tiffany Donald’s “Provoked To Purpose” empowering the masses ‘not to terminate their destiny’

“Therefore I say unto you, what things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.” (Mark 11:24)

 

TULSA, Oklahoma — Clearly, there is a valid reason why the above passage is one by which Tiffany Donald has adopted as her favorite.

Come to think of it, there are a variety of reasons why such a familiar Biblical verse is prevalent to her daily living.

Take, for instance, how some 11 years ago, when Donald — who was married at the time — had bolted her native establishment of Tulsa, Oklahoma and relocated to Michigan and Indiana during which her estranged husband suggested that they separate. Consequently, she relocated to the Dallas/Fort Worth area.

DESTINY STEPS — Today, unlike never before, the tumultuous events that transpired a little more than a decade ago evidently have blossomed into a dramatic comeback for the ages for Tulsa, Oklahoma-area author Tiffany Donald, a rising author whom God anointed to compose “Provoked to Purpose,” her debut book that’s designed to inspire and empower a downtrodden, oppressed people to never neglect the purpose for which God created them.

Hampered by a slew of unfavorable circumstances that had ultimately given way to a broken marriage, Donald, a mother of five, recalled the days during which she was left to do what a devoted woman of faith was taught — press and navigate and persevere through life’s greatest of adversities.

Consequently, the destruction of her marriage eventually gave way to her having to uproot in Texas and move back to nearby Tulsa.

Surely, while her faith appeared bleak and she seemed on shaky ground, it was the solid, unyielding support of her family that greatly fueled her desire to, you know, say whatsoever she desired.

And so it came to pass what apparently was a rather thorough, redefining chapter in the life of a preacher’s kid whom, to her credit, managed to put her tumultuous encounters where they belong.

Behind her.

THE FAB FIVEHampered by a slew of unfavorable circumstances that had ultimately given way to a broken marriage, Donald, a mother of five, recalled the days by which she was left to do what a devoted woman of faith was taught — press and navigate and persevere through life’s greatest of adversities. And so it came to pass what was apparently a rather thorough, redefining chapter in the life of a preacher’s kid whom, to her credit, managed to put her tumultuous encounters where they belong.
Behind her.

Today, unlike never before, what transpired a little more than a decade ago evidently has blossomed into a dramatic comeback for the ages for Donald, a Tulsa Central High School alum and rising author whom God anointed to compose “Provoked To Purpose,” her debut book that’s designed to inspire and empower a downtrodden, oppressed people to never neglect the purpose for which God created them.

A book in which she acquired the endorsements of her father, the late John Vincent, and her mother, Evangelist Barbara Vincent, and a host of family members and well-wishers, Donald has already fielded three speaking engagements, and the possibility exists that she will be offered more.

In essence, Donald’s book, as she explained this week during an exclusive interview with Making Headline News, is a real-life story designed to reach the hurting, abused, neglected and the rejected men and women of our society.

“Many obstacles occur and are inevitable, but if one keeps pushing into purpose they will not terminate their destiny,” said Donald, sounding as confident and assertive as she’s been in quite some time.

According to Donald, God had given her the vision to write her book months after it was apparent that her marriage was headed for divorce.

WE ARE FAMILYFortunately for Donald, the daughter of the late Bishop John Vincent, a renowned Tulsa-area pastor who died in May 2013, several individuals with whom she’s established close ties have inquired about her book, which is available for presale.

Approximately 10 years later, she began composing her book, but not before arguably the grandest turning point occurred right before her very eyes.

Her son, Princeton Donald, a freshman at Oral Roberts University, was responsible for coming up with the title for the book — another chapter, of sorts, to a life of an up-and-coming author whom, because of the divine calling on her life, has been infused with the light of the Holy Spirit to share her story in such a way that it will draw others to Christ.

Besides, in case you forgot, this is a story about being provoked to purpose.

“I thought I was finished (writing the book) in September 2016, but the Lord saw fit for me to continue writing and adding more details to my story,” Donald explained. “My divine message is to keep pushing through the obstacles of life until you meet purpose.”

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A book that is comprised of eight chapters and is accompanied by a journal, a section for note-taking, a crossword puzzle, and overall rating scale, “Provoked To Purpose” is currently in the final publishing stages and is expected to be officially released in the coming months.

Fortunately for Donald, the daughter of the late Bishop John Vincent, a renowned Tulsa-area pastor who died in May 2013, several individuals with whom she’s established close ties have inquired about her book, which is available for presale.

“Many are interested in the book, because they have observed some challenges in my life and they are interested in knowing the steps I took to overcome them,” said Donald, adding that plans are underway to begin a sequel for her latest project and that her next manuscript is currently in the works.

A book in which she acquired the endorsements of her father, her mother, Pastor Barbara Vincent, and a host of family members and well-wishers, Donald has already fielded three speaking engagements, and the possibility exists that she will be offered more.

Besides, in case you forgot, this is a story about being provoked to purpose.

“My message for every reader is to pursue purpose, so you won’t abort your destiny,” Donald said. “Obstacles are inevitable and reaching your destiny is influential with purpose.”

This, after all, practically sums up why the above passage is prevalent to her daily living.

 

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SALUTE TO MOTHER’S DAY: Tulsa-area Pastor Barbara Vincent recognized for her ‘footsteps of grace and virtue’ by her daughter



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Oral Roberts University student Princeton Donald preparing for once-in-a-lifetime trip to Brazil to spread the Gospel

PRINCETON UNIVERSITYSince making the lofty transition from Tulsa’s Will Rogers College High School to Oral Roberts, an interdenominational, Christian-based, comprehensive liberal arts university that is comprised of approximately 4,000 students, Princeton Donald has been nothing short of impression, particularly as it pertains to becoming acclimated to the hustle and bustle as a college newcomer. Donald is among several ORU students who are planning to partake in a missions trip to Brazil in May, a once-in-a-lifetime journey that will greatly afford this grandson of a longtime Gospel preacher to put on his immeasurable spiritual gifts on display.

TULSA, Oklahoma — Princeton Donald has been enrolled at Oral Roberts University for a little more than a semester.

To his distinct credit, no one has to remind him to embrace the gratuities and benefits that college life customarily offers.

“I am convinced that you don’t have to wait until you are highly increased in age to make a difference,” Donald, 18, told Making Headline News this week. “I believe I can do it now.”

Since making the lofty transition from Tulsa’s Will Rogers College High School to Oral Roberts — an interdenominational, Christian-based, comprehensive liberal arts university that is comprised of approximately 4,000 students — Donald has been nothing short of impression, particularly as it pertains to becoming acclimated to the hustle and bustle as a college newcomer.

For starters, not only has this freshman International Business major found his niche as an aspiring singer, musician, and preacher, but he’s also devising ways to become resourceful in this ever-so-competitive business industry, a trend that could benefit him mightily by the time he completes his undergraduate studies.

MOTHERLY LOVE — As Donald (pictured with his mother, Tiffany Donald) prepares for this much-anticipated trip to the South of Border, he’s hopeful family, friends and loved ones would be willing to aid him in clearing arguably the biggest hurdle as it pertains to joining his peers on this unique journey.
That is, he must raise $3,600, which is the total the cost for the trip, and he has assembled a GoFundMe account, where donations can be made.

Donald is among several ORU students who are planning to partake in a missions trip to Brazil in May, a once-in-a-lifetime journey that will greatly afford the grandson of a longtime Gospel preacher to put on his immeasurable spiritual gifts on display.

Widely known as “Prince,” Donald is the grandson of the late Bishop John Vincent, Jr., a prominent Tulsa-based pastor who died in May 2013.

During the missions trip, Donald emphasized, among other things, that his primary objective would be to migrate to the less progressive areas of South America to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ. In addition, he would seek to “educate the uneducated,” he said, thus bring a renewed sense of hope to what he describes as a depressed people.

“That is the reason I preach, I sing, I play, I love, and I desire to go to on this missions trip to Brazil,” said Donald, who was practically born in Tulsa’s historic Fellowship Church located at 570 North Denver Avenue — the church his grandfather founded — where he is still very much actively involved in a variety of ministries. “And I want to begin to make a difference now.”

As Donald prepares for this much-anticipated trip to the South of the Border, he’s hopeful family, friends and loved ones would be willing to aid him in clearing arguably the biggest hurdle as it pertains to joining his peers on this unique journey.

That is, he must raise $3,600, which is the total cost for the trip, and he has assembled a GoFundMe account, where donations can be made.

UNIVERSAL IMPACTDuring the missions trip, Donald emphazied that his primary objective would be to migrate to the less progressive areas of South America to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ. In addition, he would seek to “educate the uneducated,” he said, thus bring a renewed sense of hope to what he describes as a depressed people.

Surely, with God, all things are possible — a familiar, yet life-enhancing passage for which Donald has appropriately adopted during his quest to engage in an experience of a lifetime.

“I am sending letters, contacting people by phone, alerting people through social media, and through the (advertisement) of my GoFundMe account,” Donald said.

By and large, while mission trips of this magnitude doesn’t come around very often, for a youngster who’s already fulfilling his long-awaited vision of preaching the Gospel within the walls of his grandfather’s church, Donald acknowledged this journey undoubtedly is for a worthy cause.

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“With my major pertaining to International Business, it will allow me to see the (world from a different) perspective, as well as (see) the needs of the people of (Brazil) so that I can properly do business…which I feel is only successful when the consumers’ needs are met,” Donald explained.

In the meantime, with the missions trip scheduled to take place in approximately four months, Donald realizes that while there is enough time to generate the funding for the trip, he still has no time to waste.

In a nutshell, he’s approaching this once-in-a-life-time journey much like his fervent approach to college life — head on.

“My biggest supporters are those who are unselfish and have a vision of unity,” Donald said. “The people that will really support me are those who want to see the world progress. Those who believe that just having plenty for themselves (won’t offer support). Most importantly, (my supporters would be) those who want to make an impact. Also, with my major being International Business and Ministry, I also am looking forward in obtaining my (doctorate degree) in Ministry to further the kingdom of God.”

In essence, he seems to already be in his element, something about which in all likelihood has prompted his grandfather to look down from the heavens and display his signature smile.



EDITOR’S NOTE: If you are an entrepreneur, business owner, producer, author, athlete, musician, barber, life coach, motivational speaker, cosmetologist, tax preparer, model, or pastor/minister who is seeking exposure and would like to share your story with an in-depth news feature, call Reporter Andre Johnson at 901-690-6587 or Facebook message him under “Andre T. Johnson” for details.

Andre Johnson is Founder and Publisher for Making Headline News. A 2000 graduate of the University of Memphis School of Journalism and a former staff reporter the the Memphis Commercial Appeal newspaper, Johnson covers the NBA Southwest Division from Dallas, Texas. To reach Johnson, send an email to memphisgraduate@yahoo.com. Also, follow him on Twitter @AJ_Journalist.

Dallas’ Bishop Robert Nichols, Jr. enjoying historic River of Life Church’s continuous growth with God, his Helper, leading the way

PURE RESILIENCYLong before he discovered his sudden illness, Bishop Robert Nichols, Jr. knew beyond a shadow of a doubt that his steps were strategically ordered by the Lord.
For starters, preaching the Gospel was practically in his DNA, considering he was born to then-Pastor Robert and Carolyn Nichols, Sr. and was raised as product of the historic Church of God In Christ. Add to the fact that even when he accepted his much-anticipated calling that required him to leave his beloved local church, Dallas’ Christ Holy Temple COGIC, and establish River of Life Church in December 1998, and it’s no wonder the enemy customarily was commanded to flee amid his occasional attacks upon a thriving pastor who has become a fixture to Dallas/Fort Worth and the surrounding areas.

DESOTO, Texas — At 2:42 p.m. on Wednesday, a little less than five hours before his congregation’s midweek worship service, Bishop Robert Nichols, Jr. made his way to his office, exemplifying a rather spirited, cheerful disposition.

Never mind that during his brief commute, he endured a flat tire in the wake of a cloudburst, accompanied by nearly sub-freezing temperatures.

All things considered, there was Nichols, Jr., entering his office adjacent to his church’s newly renovated sanctuary, displaying his customary signature smile, that same grin that’s seen and embraced and admired by a gallery of his members virtually every time the doors of his church are open.

How to explain his resolute temperament on what was an otherwise gloomy, overcast Hump Day afternoon?

“The bad can’t be that bad if it’s all going to work out for my good,” said Nichols, Jr., following such a dauntless declaration by reciting the words to Romans 8:28. “It doesn’t matter what goes on in my life, I know it’s going to work out for my good.”

By and large, staying positive and assessing unfavorable situations and circumstances from God’s perspective have seemingly served as a featured theme, of sorts, throughout the flourishing pastoral tenure of Nichols, Jr., the Founder and Senior Pastor of River of Life Church in DeSoto, Texas.

THE ROMANS 8:28 FACTORBy and large, staying positive and assessing unfavorable situations and circumstances from God’s perspective have seemingly served as a common theme, of sorts, throughout the flourishing pastoral tenure of Nichols, Jr., the Founder and Senior Pastor of River of Life Church in DeSoto, Texas.

From the day he effectively sold out to Almighty God at the age of 17, to when he appropriately solicited the blessings of his father and answered his divine calling by establishing his church nearly two decades ago, Nichols, Jr. can greatly attest that when submitting solely unto God — or stepping into the River, if you will — one will surely enter Canaan, as he eloquently acknowledged during an exclusive interview with Making Headline News.

 

JUST TWO WORDSIt all started at 10103 Garland Road in Dallas, where a young Nichols, Jr. paid witness to his ministry’s much-anticipated inception by way of his responding to God’s voice with a simple “Yes, Lord!”

“The Lord said, ‘If I promised you Canaan, you can’t die in the wilderness,’” said Nichols, Jr., recalling the tumultuous, potentially life-threatening events surrounding his cancer diagnosis in July 2008.

Long before he discovered his sudden illness, Nichols knew beyond a shadow of a doubt that his steps were strategically ordered by the Lord.

For starters, preaching the Gospel was practically in his DNA, considering he was born to Bishop Robert and Carolyn Nichols, Sr. and was raised as a product of the historic Church of God In Christ.

Add to the fact that even when he accepted his much-anticipated calling that required him to leave his beloved local church, Dallas’ Christ Holy Temple COGIC, and establish River of Life Church in December 1998, and it’s no wonder the enemy customarily was commanded to flee amid his occasional attacks upon a thriving pastor who has become a fixture to Dallas/Fort Worth and the surrounding areas.

PREACH, BISHOP! To Nichols, Jr.’s credit, coupled with the divine calling upon his life, River of Life Church has grown immensely from approximately 10 members when it was founded to currently more than 400-plus worshipers. A little more than one month removed since its latest move, River of Life is still expanding, considering its 600-seat sanctuary is nearly filled to capacity during its two Sunday power-packed morning worship services that are customarily highlighted by Nichols, Jr.’s extravagant, unorthodox style of preaching.

“I’ve been given this second chance and I have this new perspective (on life),” said Nichols, Jr., explaining a tear-jerking dream he encountered while recovering from his 1998 surgery in which doctors removed his left kidney after discovering a seven centimeter mass of cancer. “I’ve got my fire back…that passion. Had it not been for those kidney stones, I never would have discovered that cancer.”

Most importantly, had it not been for Nichols, Jr. having obeyed the voice of God, particularly when even the harshest of critics and naysayers predicted his ministry would be short-lived, chances are a plethora of souls would have been lost, possibly destined for an eternal hell.

And so it came to pass the long-awaited birthing of River of Life Church, a continuous, rapidly growing institution that has become the beacon of light for which God predestined it to be.

Located at 335 South Parks Drive in the heart of DeSoto — and roughly 25 minutes from downtown Dallas — River of Life relocated from its nearby Hampton Road establishment to its current location in December, just weeks after purchasing what is now a 35,000-plus square feet, newly-renovated campus.

TEXAS SIZE IMPACTFrom the day he effectively sold out to Almighty God at the age of 17, to when he appropriately solicited the blessings of his father and answered his divine calling by establishing his church nearly two decades ago, Nichols, Jr. can greatly attest that when submitting solely unto God — or stepping into the River, if you will — one will surely enter Canaan, as he eloquently acknowledged during an exclusive interview with Making Headline News.

“I can’t think of anything else that was the biggest highlight of 2016,” said Nichols, Jr., whose church’s new location was dedicated by his father, the recently installed and consecrated Prelate of the Texas East Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction of COGIC.

More than anything else, Nichols, Jr. acknowledged, his father’s unyielding guidance, wisdom, and occasional tough love approach have benefited him mightily since the inception of his ministry.

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“He inspired me to remain faithful and committed to God, because I’ve watched his stability to stay true to God,” Nichols, Jr. said. “And it was also an honor to have my father to dedicate our church to preach on that day. Since I was seven years old, he’s been a mentor and a spiritual father.”

To Nichols, Jr.’s credit, coupled with the divine calling upon his life, River of Life Church has grown immensely from approximately 10 members when it was founded to currently more than 400-plus worshippers.

A little more than one month removed since its latest move, River of Life is still expanding, considering its 600-seat sanctuary is nearly filled to capacity during its two Sunday power-packed morning worship services that are customarily highlighted by Nichols, Jr.’s extravagant, unorthodox style of preaching.

It all started at 10103 Garland Road in Dallas, where a young Nichols, Jr. paid witness to his ministry’s much-anticipated inception by way of his responding to God’s voice with a simple “Yes, Lord!”

WE ARE FAMILYBishop Nichols, Jr. pictured with his children: LaDestiny, LaMiracle, and Robert Nichols III.

Two years had passed. Still, God kept the dialogue going with His man servant.

In actuality, it was a rather intimate, heart-to-heart conversation that continued at a shopping center in nearby Mesquite, Texas, during which River of Life held worship services for the next three years.

As usual, Nichols Jr. was all ears.

Heck, he had no choice but to listen and pay attention. Plus, he knew better.

TRUE VISIONARY“The vision will be able to be fulfilled (here),” Nichols, Jr., exhibiting his customary smile, said of his church’s latest transition.”

“God asked me a question: ‘Why did the brook dry up with Elijah?’ Nichols, Jr., a Dallas Justin F. Kimball High School alum and a divorced father of three, explained. “And I said, ‘You commanded a widow to sustain him.’”

And just like that, Nichols, Jr. sensed his ministerial stint in Mesquite had come to an apparent unceremonious end.

“At that point, (God) let me know that the brook had dried up and it was time to move,” Nichols, Jr. recalled while reciting the words to Ephesians 3:20, his favorite Biblical verse. “I knew that it would be a challenge. But we had become stagnant. We were stabilized, but we weren’t growing.”

Upon relocating to their Hampton venue, Nichols, Jr. and his congregation sensed another move essentially was a foregone conclusion, given the church’s constant growth.

FATHERLY LOVEMore than anything else, Nichols, Jr. acknowledged, his father’s unyielding guidance, wisdom, and occasional tough love approach and have benefited him mightily since the inception of his ministry.

Then in November 2016, River of Life acquired the property at 335 South Parks, where the necessary renovations and upgrades had immediately begun.

“The vision will be able to be fulfilled (here),” Nichols, Jr., exhibiting his customary smile, said of his church’s latest transition.

A move that has appropriately come to pass, in large part because he deemed it essential nearly two decades ago to obey the voice of God by — you guessed it — stepping into The River.

A move that considering how he has pressed and navigated and risen above life’s toughest of circumstances during his notable pastoral tenure, his ability to defy the odds is valid proof that Nichols, Jr. didn’t merely squander his God-mandated vision of spreading the gospel.

DREAM CHASER“While recovering from surgery, I dreamed I was walking through a cemetery and I saw this tombstone,” Nichols, Jr., sitting on the edge of his chair, explained. “And it had two words on it and I was hoping it didn’t say Robert Nichols. And when I got close to it, it read: WASTED POTENTIAL. Don’t ever go to the grave with wasted potential. Don’t go to the grave without fulfilling your potential.”

Talk about having a Texas-size impact in the Body of Christ — this after his Creator orchestrated on his behalf a dramatic comeback for the ages.

“That was my epiphany moment,” said Nichols, Jr., reminiscing on how he emphatically beat cancer. “That was a moment my whole life flashed before my eyes in that season. It gave my life perspective and purpose.”

That life-altering moment was also accompanied by a memorable dream, one Nichols, Jr. doesn’t shy away from sharing.

He brought it up again this week, telling of what sounded like a real life experience.

INCREASING FAITHTo Nichols, Jr.’s credit, coupled with the divine calling upon his life, River of Life Church has grown immensely from approximately 10 members when it was founded to currently more than 400-plus worshippers.

“While recovering from surgery, I dreamed I was walking through a cemetery and I saw this tombstone,” Nichols, Jr., sitting on the edge of his chair, explained. “And it had two words on it and I was hoping it didn’t say Robert Nichols. And when I got close to it, it read: WASTED POTENTIAL. Don’t ever go to the grave with wasted potential. Don’t go to the grave without fulfilling your potential.”

Fortunately for him, he has managed to steadfastly fulfill his potential, in large part because never has he allowed the figurative flat tires of life to spiritually deflate the purpose for which God created him.


 

“RIVER OF LIFE CHURCH’S VISION”

It is the dream … 

Of a place where the hurting, depressed, frustrated and confused can find love, acceptance, help, hope, forgiveness, guidance, and encouragement.

It is the dream …

Of sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ with the thousands of residents of DeSoto, Texas and the surrounding communities.

It is the dream …

Of welcoming more than 1,000 members in the following of our church family – loving, learning, laughing and living together in harmony.

It is the dream …

Of equipping every believer for a significant ministry by helping them discover the gifts and talents God gave them.

It is the dream …

Of global outreach by sending and supporting career missionaries through the world, and through a global television ministry.

It is the dream …



EDITOR’S NOTE: If you are a pastor or minister, entrepreneur, business owner, producer, author, athlete, musician, barber, life coach, motivational speaker, cosmetologist, tax preparer, or model who is seeking exposure and would like to share your story with an in-depth news feature, call Reporter Andre Johnson at 901-690-6587 or Facebook message him under “Andre T. Johnson” for details.

Andre Johnson is founder and publisher of Making Headline News. A 2000 graduate of the University of Memphis School of Journalism and former sports reporter for the Memphis Commercial Appeal newspaper, Johnson is the former chief adjutant to Elder Andrew Jackson, Sr. of Faith Temple Ministries Church of God In Christ. Based in Dallas, Texas, Johnson covers the NBA Southwest Division. To reach Johnson, call him at 901-690-6587 or send email to memphisgraduate@yahoo.com. Also, follow him on Twitter @AJ_Journalist.