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Want to be free? Be the Shepherd of your thoughts

Want to be free? Be the Shepherd of your thoughts

Dear Lucy: It's the 4th of July already and when I think about freedom, all I want is to be debt free. I know I'm not the only one who wants this. Sure, I live in America, home of the brave, land of the free. But I'm not feeling it.

– Looking for my freedom

Dear Freedom Hunter: Happy Fourth of July. I feel you. Debt can be overwhelming and it is relative. Owing anything at all to anybody can be devastating for some people, even if they have money. Owing more than you earn can also be tough. Or just living on the financial edge all the time can make for a scary life. When this happens, feelings of bravery and freedom are hard to get to.

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Zacardi Cortez jams ‘1 On 1’ radio smash

Zacardi Cortez jams ‘1 On 1’ radio smash

In 2012, Zacardi Cortez made a big splash with his best-selling debut CD "Zacardi Cortez: The Introduction" (Worldwide Music Inc.). The album peaked at #2 on Billboard's Top Gospel Albums chart and earned him a Stellar Award nomination.

After a brief recording hiatus, Cortez is back in the studio and has recorded a soulful new song now playing on the gospel and urban AC radio airwaves. The piano ballad "1 on 1" was sent to radio programmers last week.

The song anchors the latest installment in the Gospel Mix CD series Worldwide Music, Inc. CEO Kerry Douglas. The new 30-track set, "Kerry Douglas Presents Gospel Mix VI," releases August 20, 2013. It boasts tracks by Tamela Mann, Ruben Studdard, Ted Winn, James Fortune & FIYA, Bryan Wilson, Earnest Pugh, Keith "Wonderboy" Johnson, Evelyn Turrentine-Agee and a host of up-and-coming artists.

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Readings on tap for new entry into Christian fiction market

Readings on tap for new entry into Christian fiction market

"In The Shadows of Bliss" – a new entry in the Christian fiction market – begins in the land of Bliss, a heavenly construct where souls grow to fruition. They stay there until being born brings them to earth, where the "foibles and twists of life challenge us to fight human temptation and earn our rightful return to a state of Bliss."

First-time author Alisa Lynn tells the story of Wesley, a pure soul soon to embark on a surprising journey of discovery and adventure. Her intro tour kicks off in Memphis with advance public readings arranged by custom publishing imprint marketer Heritage Publishing, a Nashville-based firm.

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Learn from steppingstone job before leaving

Learn from steppingstone job before leaving

LIVING THE LIFE I LOVE: Dear Lucy: The title of your column is "Living the Life You Love." Well, I'm not exactly loving my life right now. I feel like I am struggling every day just to go to a job I don't like, working with people I don't like, doing work I don't like. I have been searching for a new job for months with no success. I want to just go home and get on welfare or something!

—GoingHome

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Farrakhan: Strive to act and live ‘more like Christ’

Farrakhan: Strive to act and live ‘more like Christ’

CHICAGO – The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan typically speaks to standing room only crowds in large arenas and auditoriums, with his words beamed across the globe via Internet webcast.

Although he had just finished speaking several times in Detroit, he found time to deliver a message May 19 at the small, humble, yet spirited More Like Christ Christian Fellowship Church led by former R&B recording artist the Rev. Mitty Collier.

Rev. Collier introduced the Minister by describing how she was impacted by the documentary of his life she viewed during the May 11 screening at Mosque Maryam. She advised them to get to know people for themselves, instead of relying on what others say about a person.

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  • Written by Ashahed M. Muhammad/NNPA News Service

5 steps to cure ‘comparison fever’

5 steps to cure ‘comparison fever’

Dear Lucy: I went to an event recently and ran into a person who used to work with me. She has now become an executive in a company in a great city; she showed me pictures of her new home, cars and was just bubbling with excitement about her success. She wasn't bragging, she was sharing because I was her mentor in the past. She talked about her next goal of finding a husband and starting a family. I was correctly cordial and conversational with her, but on my way home I realized that I was downright jealous of her success compared to mine. I have a job that I actually enjoy but something about her story just made me feel so bad. I am so sick over how I really feel about this. I don't want to feel like this.

– Jealous One

Dear Jealous One: Lighten up on yourself. You are just suffering from "comparison fever." It makes you all hot, sweaty, nervous, sometimes angry, sad, defeated and pitiful and emotionally distraught. I guess that's why Paul admonished us to be careful "not to compare ourselves among ourselves!"

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Poll: America losing its religion

Poll: America losing its religion

Washington – More than three in four of Americans say religion is losing its influence in the United States, according to a new survey, the highest such percentage in more than 40 years. A nearly identical percentage says that trend bodes ill for the country.

"It may be happening, but Americans don't like it," Frank Newport, Gallup's editor in chief, said of religion's waning influence. "It is clear that a lot of Americans don't think this is a good state of affairs."

According to the Gallup survey released Wednesday, 77 percent of Americans say religion is losing its influence. Since 1957, when the question was first asked, Americans' perception of religion's power has never been lower.

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  • Written by Dan Merica/CNN

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