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Evans Promotes Unity as Answer to Community’s Divisiveness
By Cora Jackson-Fossett, Religion Editor
Published May 6, 2020

                        Rev. Dr. Tony Evans (Courtesy photo)

Moving towards unity will destroy the multitude of divisions impacting our homes, community and nation, according to a new book by the Rev. Dr. Tony Evans, the founder and senior pastor of Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship in Dallas.

In “Stronger Together, Weaker Apart,” Evans outlines how the church and believers can play critical roles in healing the fractured parts of society that lead to separation from God.

Explaining his motivation for writing the book, Evans said, “I wanted to just emphasize the principle of unity, which is such a major principle in the Bible, and that God will not work in disunity. When you are in disunity you have uninvited God from all things to heal the brokenness in our land, in our families and in our society and that starts with the church.”

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Through prayers and devotions, Evans provides a blueprint for obtaining “a spiritual unity that transcends to a cultural unity.”

“The goal of prayer is to get God to be involved in our day-to-day realities. But, God will only be involved on His terms, so you can’t invite God into your terms. You can invite God when you’re executing His terms,” Evans said.

“A lot of times prayers are unrelated to His agenda. Therefore, He has no obligation to be involved. So what we’re trying to do is show that prayer, based on unity, works when processes are consistent with the nature and revelation of God,” he stressed.

“Stronger Together, Weaker Apart” also addresses questions such as how to practice unity during forced separation, how to pray for your neighbors who have different views than you, how to lead a life of unity and how to overcome division. In addition, he covers topics like racial reconciliation, political views and theological differences.

“It’s time for us to rise up as the collective body of Christ and call down heaven’s authority into the chaos on earth, in order that we might usher in the light, blessings, and favor that defeat the darkness of the enemy,” insisted Evans.

Evans has been committed to empowering believers throughout his ministry. The author of more than 120 books, booklets and Bible studies, he launched an online learning platform in 2017 to increase Bible literacy in lay people and Christian leaders who cannot afford nor find the time for formal ongoing education.

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He is also the founder and president of The Urban Alternative, chaplain of the NBA’s Dallas Mavericks, the first African American to earn a doctorate of theology from Dallas Theological Seminary, and was named one of the “12 Most Effective Preachers in the English-Speaking World” by Baylor University. His radio broadcast, “The Alternative with Dr. Tony Evans,” is aired daily on more than 1,300 U.S. stations and in more than 130 countries.

To obtain a copy of “Stronger Together, Weaker Apart,” visit tonyevans.org or Amazon.com.

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