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Why Communion Was Made for Imperfect People (with Pastor James Lavender)

July 25, 2023
00:00 52:13
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On this day, I have the pleasure and honor to have a conversation with one of my good friends from way back. We attended the Naval Academy together.  We were youngins, full of ourselves, maxing out in the weight room, and terrorizing Annapolis and Washington DC. Yes, we had BIG FUN! He went from Midshipman, to Surface Warfare Officer, to Pastor. Yes! Pastor, James Arthur Lavender! Hallelujah! Congratulations, my man!

Pastor James grew up in the church, but did not fully understand Christianity until he was in his 30’s. Well, that was a long time ago and much has changed. In 2014, James attended the Rhema Bible College in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma.  He was ordained in Northern Virginia, and since 2015, Pastor’s Word of Grace Christian Church in Herndon, VA. Along his journey James was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, but of course that did not stop him. Praise God, James is all good.  He and is wife, Catherine, married in 2015 and are of one accord. Their love and devotion to Christ, and to each other overflows into their congregation, the community, and the rest of the world. Please join me in a warm welcome for Pastor James Arthur Lavender. 

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Billy Yancey is an African American entrepreneur and has been in the fitness industry for over 28 years. He is the creator and driving force behind the leading fitness technology company, ANABO Exercise and Nutrition. Anabo was established in 2004 and, at 18 years in business, Billy holds the distinction as the longest-running African American gym owner in Virginia Beach.

With Anabo, Billy brings a pioneering approach to fitness and health to the Coastal Virginia area and beyond with his personalized and timed technique. As a business owner, Billy remained confident and resolute in spite of two divorces, two bankruptcies and the mayhem of the COVID pandemic, and has emerged with a thriving enterprise.

He has produced two books. Rocket Fuel, aimed at helping people battle through adversity, especially young adults, and Anabo Nutrition, a step-by-step guide to achieving excellent health using foundational processes. Billy is currently developing a mobile application for Anabo’s fitness levels with his team and will soon launch a vodcast called “Rocket Fuel: Talent Will Only Get You So Far.”
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