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Atlanta, GA — According to members of the New Birth Missionary Baptist Church family, Bishop Eddie Long has apparently returned after a month-long absence. The senior pastor had announced that he was stepping away from the pulpit to spend time with his family – an attempt to save his marriage with Vanessa Long, who has recently filed for divorce.

Long welcomed the New Year on the eve of 2011 with what appeared to be enthusiasm and vitality – telling his congregation “2012 is here! Shake off the remorse, shake off the depression, shake off the financial burden, start using your hands again and reconstructing!”

“God is more about your future than he was about your past,” he urged at the “Watch Night Service.”

According to website AT2W, Long never mentioned the state of his marriage, but he did cause moments of emotion. The website recalled one incident in particular in which an unemployed woman placed a single dollar on the altar, as people were presenting their offering. After finding out that she was jobless, Long reportedly asked the congregation if anyone could provide her with employment. The bishop also reportedly asked the church’s permission to offer all of the money on the altar to the same woman for a down payment on a house.

Courtesy of www.thebellereport.net

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