In 1948, the Supreme Court ruled that the University of Oklahoma must admit Ada Lois Sipuel to study law–the first African American woman. But despite being enrolled, she had to sit in an area roped off from the rest of the class. Her faith in Christ and His presence gave her courage to persist. She came full circle in 1992 when the governor appointed her as a member of the school’s Board of Regents. Long ago, God’s presence sustained three Hebrew young men who stood firm in their faith. King Nebuchadnezzar had ordered them to be thrown into a fiery furnace for refusing to bow to a statue that honored him. But the king was shocked when he looked into the furnace. He jumped up in amazement and shouted, “Didn’t we tie up three men and throw them into the furnace?” “Yes, Your Majesty, we certainly did,” they replied. “Look!” the king shouted, “I see four men, unbound, walking around in the fire unharmed! And the fourth looks like a god!” God does not promise to always deliver us from pain or peril, but He guarantees His presence to see His children through all of life’s experiences.

Dr. Melvin E. Banks, Sr.

Dr. Melvin E. Banks, Sr. is the founder and chairman of UMI (Urban Ministries, Inc.). Under his direction, UMI has grown to be a leading publisher of Christian education resources for churches in the African American community. Read More

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