*Since his controversial sexual misconduct lawsuit came to fruition, Bishop Eddie Long had not preached a sermon on the pulpit until the issue came to a settlement.This Sunday, he preached his first bit of Bible teachings.

Congregants at New Birth Missionary Baptist Church welcomed Long with applause and cheers when he took the stage at the 8 a.m. service Sunday, reports The Christian Post.com.

Just two days prior, on Friday, May 27, the lawsuits brought by four young men alleging Long of coercing them into sexual relationships were officially dismissed “with prejudice.”

Lawyers for both sides have given no details on the settlement other than to confirm that the lawsuits have been resolved.

Long did not address the allegations or the settlement during his address Sunday but his congregation did sing a praise song on “moving forward.”

The bishop preached from John 7:38-39, regarding the blood and water that comes from the Lord.

He said the blood is for the forgiveness of sins that comes from Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross while the water is the celebration of life.

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