September 2001
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Rev. Cornelius R. Wheeler

In the relative calm and security of safe environs, we speak of the power and might of the God we serve.  We recite the stories of how God gave this power to His son, Jesus.  “If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth.”  (Mark 9:23)  “…For verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.”  (Matthew 17:20)  “And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still.  And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm.”  (Mark 4:39)  “And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.”  (Matthew 28:18)

We know these stories like the back of our hands; and derive great strength and inspiration from quoting and referencing them.  But our Christian life is not about quoting and reciting scripture (Oh, that this was all that is required!).  Our belief and trust in Jesus, our Savior, is about converting these tales of power into power.  Our lives make the words of Christ leap from the pages of our Bibles; our lives give the words hands and feet; our lives give the words substance and meaning and significance.  Our lives transform the notions and ideas of life and love in Christ into the very essence of life and love in Christ.  Paul, the great apostle said, “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.”  (2 Timothy 1:7)  Use your power, your love and you sound mind to display the fearlessness of life in Christ.

I am not suggesting that we volunteer to stand before crazed gunmen, but I do propose that we use every opportunity to express the power over evil that God has given us.  “And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, I’ll draw all men unto me.”

Nathasha Brooks-Harris cont.

~Take a trip on public transportation to a mall or to a neighborhood you wouldn’t normally visit. Discretely take notes on everything you see and hear. Choose one interesting person and study her. Create a character profile based on what you see. Note the style of dress, speech pattern, environment, interaction with others, etc. Make up the answers to those things as you write.

~Take the notes from your day trip one step further and look for an interesting, dramatic situation: two lovers fighting, two lovers kissing, an affair on the down low, a exchange of packages etc., and write about it. Play “what if” and twist the situation in every way you can think of and write that down.

~Write down your most vivid or most recent dream. If you can’t remember all of it, be creative and make it up.

~Look at your favorite magazine. Clip out three to five action photos. Create a story based on them.

~Clip out the most outlandish newspaper article and continue writing where the story ends. Write a story based on the article.

The key is to get some words on the paper or computer screen, then go on from there. Let your powers of observation help you to do that and you’ll find that writing will become fun, easier and not such a chore.  

Nathasha Brooks-Harris is the author of Panache, a contemporary romance novel published by Domhan Books. She is also a freelance journalist for several magazines as well as an in-demand writing workshop teacher, book reviewer and editor.

Lee E. Meadows cont.

The ‘professionalizing’ of the African-American amateur sleuth is consistent with the Third Renaissance of the 1980’s and indicative of the ‘mainstreaming’ of African-American professionals. Further enrichment to this category can be seen through such characters as Denver-based bounty hunter C.J Floyd (Greer, 1996), Ex-New York police officer Mali Anderson (Edwards, 1997), Ivy-League Professor of Economics, Nikki Chase (Graham, 1998), Detroit journalist Taylor James (Bowman, 1998), Los Angeles Obstetrician Dr. Rae Duprey (Cuthbert, 1998), and Washington D.C. lawyer Carole Ann Gibson (Mickelbury, 1998).

Lee Meadows attended Michigan State University where he earned a BA in Telecommunications, an MA in Counseling and Adult Development and a Doctorate in Higher Education and Management.  He is the husband to an equally talented wife, Phyllis and they are the parents of a six-year-old son named Garrison.  Visit Lee Meadows’ at to preview the list of African-American Mystery Authors.

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According to a study conducted by the National Foundation for Women Business Owners and IBM, African-American women are one of the fastest growing segments of business owners. The conference takes place on Saturday, October 6, 2001, at Community College of Philadelphia at the Winnet Student Life Building at 17th Street. You can download a registration form at:,  or call  (412) 281-9881 for more details.

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Wanda Moorman cont.

The regular contributors, Reverend Cornelius R. Wheeler, Lee E. Meadows, Lisa R. Cross, Adam Wilson and I would like to express our profound appreciation and gratitude for your readership and interest. I would again like to thank our guests columnists for their insight and helpful hints.


We would like to extend an invitation to aspiring writers and poets to submit your material for possible publication in LitLine.  LitLine is a publication to showcase the talent of non-published writers and poets as well as published writers and poets.  For submission guidelines, please email the publisher/editor.


We look forward to your continued readership and support.  God Bless!

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