Archive for November, 2018

Happy Holidays? How Do We Get There?

Thursday, November 22nd, 2018

“Thank God for what we have left!” ~ Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Sr.

As the holidays are upon us, let us be mindful that these next few weeks are beautiful opportunities to express love, grace, encouragement and peace towards others. There are some people, and in some cases someone we know, or even we ourselves are in dire need of a prayer or two this holiday season. Some have lost loved ones and some have lost much to tragedies. Yet there are reasons and opportunities to spread love to others right now. A notion such as this may seem difficult, especially with the brutal mid-terms behind us, and some political runoff elections ahead of us; but let’s just try to be civil to one another.

The concept of civility springs from the word civilis, which in Latin means “citizen.” Civility is impacted by a person’s emotions or lack thereof. If a person is emotionally affected by the negative feedback that they get from other people and react in a psychologically normal manner, then they are defined as civil.

In my everyday circles at home with family, at church, at work and in the communities at large, I work hard to keep the commandment to “love one another.” Another helpful process, which I learned from the “King Family Legacy Code of Nonviolence,” is to communicate differences in a civil manner with the expectation of a “win-win” outcome. Around Thanksgiving Season, I begin to half-jokingly say: “Don’t be guilty of ripping the leg off the turkey” and beating up others with it.” I only say half-jokingly because so many families are divided these days. I know the Bible teaches that relatives with rise up to disagree with others; but does this have to happen in our families?

During the holiday season, there will be plenty of good food to go around. In addition to spending time with family and friends, ministry always joins in efforts to feed the hungry. Then, for the rest of the day, our family makes the rounds from house to house, delivering delicious dishes and good cheer. All of this is good; but without Agape Love at the tables, something is missing. Along with genuine Agape Love, another addition to the meals and festivities should be a “spiritual fruit bowl.”

Galatians 5:22-23 New International Version (NIV)
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law
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Holidays should not be the only time we practice this behavior. We should always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks us to give the reason for the hope that we have. But we must do so with gentleness and respect. Example: Rather than just using our lovely “Jesus is the Reason for The Season,” theme, let’s be ready with some genuine and transparent sayings that explain why we are thankful and why we are looking for Christmas.

We need to interact with both Christians and non-Christians in a respectful way. Jesus did. In John 4, as Jesus talked to the Samaritan woman at the well, Jesus associated with someone who was far from acceptable in Jewish society, and while He fully told her the truth, He did so in a kind, compassionate, and redemptive manner. As apologists we too need to speak truth boldly in the public square, but we need to do so as Christ’s representatives, bearing the fruit of His Spirit (Gal. 5:22–26). This means refraining from insults, name-calling, and excoriation not only in theological discourse but also in political diatribes.

Actually, as Christians, we should not even be involved in political debates and any mean spirited activities; not at Thanksgiving, not at Christmas; not ever. We would be better served to be praying for all of our leaders, and also voting for government God’s way. So, while we are baking the turkeys and wrapping the gifts and all of the beautiful activities ahead of us; let us pray. Please click HERE and HERE for 2 Alveda King Holiday videos.

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As the Dust from the Mid-Term Wars Begins To Settle, Prayer Remains Key

Wednesday, November 14th, 2018

In the aftermath of the mid-term elections, as the dust begins to settle, I keep wondering why Christians would “roll over and play dead” at the polls? Why would Christians “run for cover” rather than fight the good fight of faith at the polls? Why would we go undercover when someone punches us in the gut for standing up for Bible truth?

Then it occurred to me; the weapons of our warfare are not carnal; they are mighty before God. Yes, when we get hit hard, we bleed; but we don’t die. We fight back with love and sound doctrine. We remain loving and forgiving; but we fight back. Listen to my post-election commentary.

Hit me with a lie? I pray, forgive and keep moving. Catch me in a lie? I repent, stop sinning and keep moving. It’s hard to hit a praying target.

Call me a racist? I raise up the shield of Acts 17:26: “Of one blood, God created the Human Race.” We are not Color Blind. We are destined to celebrate ethnic diversity as One Human Race. We are created by God to live and love in spirit and in truth. Don’t vote for sin.

Call me crazy for resisting abortion? I raise up the banner of the gift of choosing life.

Call me a fool for supporting procreation? I stay in the fight, voting for life, praying for life for the generations to come.

Yes I have a “dog in this fight!” I’m fighting for life, liberty and justice for everyone: the child in the womb, the person behind bars, the poor, the sick, the elderly; the enslaved and the free. I’m fighting for economic, social and moral justice for everyone; for safety and security for everyone.

Yet, we must always serve God, not just at church on Sundays. We must also serve God at the polls. Our President is right; “We serve God, not government.”

My vote matters. Yours does too.

Yes, with my vote, I put on my mask first. If I can’t breathe, how can I help you? But I will help you, I will love you. I just need God’s help to help you.

We are “never abandoned by God. We get knocked down, but we are not destroyed.” 2 Corinthians 4:9

Yes, the mid-terms are behind us. Thanksgiving, Christmas and the March for Life are ahead. Then it’s off to the races for 2020 elections.

Please take a moment to pray, thank God for Life, and spend a few tender moments in worship. God bless you.

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Voting Is a Personal Civil Right: Please Vote Now!

Monday, November 5th, 2018

Have you voted yet? If so, I pray you voted for prolife candidates. If not, as an American citizen, don’t miss out on exercising your Civil Right to vote. Many people marched and risked our lives for this freedom to cast our votes.

So, if you haven’t done so yet, please go to the polls tomorrow and vote Prolife. Life is our first Civil Right. A vote for Life strikes a blow to injustice.

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A praying America is a greater America.
A working America is a greater America.
A safe and secure America is a greater America.
A just America is greater America.
Vote Prolife

Why vote Prolife? With one punch of the ballot, one pull of the lever, one click of the mouse, one stroke of a pen; however they do it at your poll; you strike a blow at that three headed monster. We are all one blood/one human race. (Acts 17:26-28)

We must fight and vote for freedom for everyone; for the womb to the tomb.

Did you know that abortion, racism, human trafficking and poverty are all part of the same dirty system? They are part of the three headed swamp monster that’s going down MAGA’s drain.

God’s people perish for lack of knowledge. Know your rights!

Martin Luther King, Jr. once demanded: “Give us the ballot!” Before his death, my beloved mentor, Pastor Allen McNair said: “Don’t Vote for Sin!”

Whatever the outcome tomorrow, do your part. Vote for Life and Pray for America.

Make your vote count. Vote Prolife.

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