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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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Evangelist Alveda C. King: Remembering the legacy of MLK #MLK50

Wednesday, April 4th, 2018

Today, April 4, 2018, marks the 50th anniversary of the legacy of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. I, and other family members and many friends are prayerfully joining his heirs; Martin III, Dexter, Bernice and granddaughter Yolanda Renee, as well as their spouses; as we all, including The President, commemorate the momentous day. Then, tomorrow we will join the US Park Service in celebrating the newly proclaimed MLK National Historic Park.

Fifty years ago, my “Uncle ML” left this world after being gunned down in a grim assassination. Yet his legacy lives on; not attached to the bullets, but rather pointing to Christ’s victory on the cross.

The number 50 represents Jubilee; a season of grace and freedom. Ultimately Jesus won freedom for everyone. In following Christ, MLK embraced the totality of Agape Love for humanity.

Shortly before his death on April 4, 1968, in his 1967 Christmas sermon, MLK pointed out the foundation of his vision: “And when we truly believe in the sacredness of [the] human personality, we won’t exploit people, we won’t trample over people with the iron feet of oppression, we won’t kill anybody.”

If Uncle MLK were here today, he would likely remind us that we can “live together as brothers [and sisters]; rather than perish together as fools.

I believe that “Uncle ML” and Aunt Coretta would be blessed to know that their three remaining adult children and granddaughter are walking toward a path of not being judged by the color of their skin, but rather to be embraced as beloved members of the one blood human race of Acts 17:26.

By denouncing racism, violence and hurtful human deeds today and in the days ahead; by embracing nonviolent actions of a “One Blood Human Race” with our words and behavior, we can march towards a brighter day. We must agree to “value the human personality” from the womb to the tomb.

Finally, MLK was an imperfect and repentant human being who served a perfect God. Today, I believe my uncle would encourage us all to turn from the glittering and deceptive lights of the world and seek after the truth and light of God.

When we do this, Jubilee will dawn in our lives, and freedom will truly ring.

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America, Get Out of the Toilet!

Tuesday, May 10th, 2016

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In the midst of perhaps the most baffling presidential election America has faced in modern history, morality is caught in the crosshairs. As a man and a woman, the outlier and the insider face off in the battle of the polls, much is at stake. Meanwhile, America seems to be stuck in the toilet.

The current public bathroom debacle is designed to stir emotions and steer the unsuspecting masses away from reason into emotional la-la land. There is so much emotional spin around issues regarding the sanctity of human life and human sexuality that America remains in constant emotional flux while the tirades replace prayer, wisdom and healthy reasoning.

While I commend the now millions of Americans who are joining the protests and signing petitions against the government enforced efforts to use misplaced compassion to help transgender people, more is needed.

In other words, by turning a blind eye to the dearth of perversion within our communities — the sex traffickers, child molesters, adulterers and fornicators, racists, and so many other sin sick souls — and suggesting that allowing everyone to use the same public bathrooms will solve America’s problems, the current government administration, no matter how well intended or ill advised they are, is headed for disaster.

America’s moral dilemma won’t be solved in the public bathrooms of America.

In order to reconcile righteousness and justice in America, more godly intercession is needed. Added to our prayers must be legal strategies to serve and liberate rather than condemn the people.

In the 1950s and 1960s, prayer rallies and peaceful nonviolent protests were coupled with brilliant legal strategies to bring about transformational governance to allow Blacks the right to equal public access to bathrooms, public transportation, fair housing and employment.

That was then. Immutable skin color was the civil rights battle of the 20th century. Clear, plain and simple: One blood, one human race. (Acts 17:26).

This is now. Today the lines are blurred. Sexual preference isn’t the same as immutable skin color. The “how we are born” factor comes into play now. People aren’t so well versed in the “created in the image of God,” yet because of the fallen human nature “we are all born into sin.” Thus the “be born again” factor should be introduced.

Today, from the religious freedom perspective, we also need more legal brilliance. While from the opposite perspective governmental coercion from a bully pulpit decries and tramples the religious freedoms upon which our nation was founded. It’s time for the religious freedom bathroom protesters to “lawyer up.”

We don’t need pugnacious self-piety, self-righteous finger pointing and judgmental sermonizing; we need repentance and genuine pleas for God’s mercy and grace for all of America. And we need good legal strategies.

At the end of the day, forcing people to accept “free for all bathrooms” will not change people’s minds and hearts, nor God’s Word. Violating the civil and human rights of aborted children will not override God’s Word.

“Don’t be misled — you cannot mock the justice of God. You will always harvest what you plant.” Galatians 6:7 NLT

In order to obtain genuine, compassionate — God loves everyone — solutions in this battle between morality and immorality, we need divine compassion and divine intervention which is higher than our flawed justice system. Think about Haman and Queen Esther. God’s law superseded man’s law.

America, it’s praying time!

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Dr. Alveda King: Happy Birthday America! PRAY for AMERICA!

Thursday, July 2nd, 2015

ALVEDA KING ANNOUNCES THE RELEASE OF “PRAY FOR AMERICA”
Song Calls for People to Pray for our Country

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(Nashville, Tenn.) July 02, 2015 – Alveda King, in partnership with Alyak Productions through Heaven Sings Entertainment, announces the release of “Pray for America.” The song is a poignant response to current domestic and world events, calling listeners to a greater respect for human life.

The song had long been on the radar of Alyak Productions founder Eugene Vigil who was waiting for the right time to record it. After sharing it with King, the two decided it was a timely and needed message.

King explains, “In light of the recent turmoil over race-based church shootings, riots in major cities around our country, and global and domestic terrorism, ‘Pray for America’ urges Americans to combat all violence and injustice through prayer– not just in America but around the world.”

Vigil agrees, “My hope for this song is that it will bring people of every ethnicity together to pray for our nation’s leaders, our president, our Supreme Court, our senators and congressmen and women, and all people living in our country…that through prayer we may have a stronger, united America. And through a stronger America, we may achieve a deeper respect for all lives because ALL lives matter.”

“Pray for America” will be released July 3, 2015, via iTunes and Spotify among other digital music outlets.

For updates on “Pray for America” visit Facebook or watch the video at YouTube.

About Dr. Alveda King

As Guardian of the King Family Legacy, Dr. Alveda King is minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, director of African American outreach for Priests for Life, a grateful mother and grandmother. She uses her gifts and talents to glorify God in the earth. She is a former college professor, author, film, stage, radio and music producer, vocalist and songwriter, mentor, stage and screen actress, media pundit, blogger, publisher, Georgia state legislator and presidential appointee. Follow Dr. Alveda King on Twitter: @alvedaCking.

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My Angry Mother

Friday, May 8th, 2015

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My mother was not only angry in 1950. She was pregnant and scared; seeking a D&C. Thank God my Granddaddy Dr. Martin Luther King, Sr. had seen me in a dream in 1947; and he was looking and waiting for me.

Granddaddy and Daddy promised to help Mother through that first unexpected pregnancy. I was born to A. D. and Naomi Ruth Barber King on January 22, 1951.

Over the years, Mother recovered from her anger, finding grace in Jesus Christ.

If my family had followed the abortion friendly path prescribed below, I and my siblings may never have been born.

“Feminist theologian” Kristine Holmgren writes at the Huffington Post: “If you were born before women had access to safe, affordable, accessible abortion, chances are your mother was an angry mother.” She argues that the use of abortion and contraception can eliminate “angry mothers” and concludes, “This Mothers Day, I challenge American women to renew their commitment to responsible, thoughtful motherhood. Let’s protect our liberties, reclaim safe, accessible abortion and contraception as our birthright. This year – let us commit to a new future and a new promise. No more angry mothers.”

During the years of my life, I made some scared and angry decisions, including having two of what was pitched to me as “safe, legal and rare abortions.” Those abortions cost me three lives including my subsequent miscarriage.

“Be angry and sin not!”

Anger is one thing, dead babies are quite another thing altogether. Over the years, I have come to understand that I never needed those abortions and miscarriage. I needed help.

Granddaddy MLK, Sr. rescued me again in 1975. He and my son’s father promised to help me if I wouldn’t abort my next baby. I believed them, thank God.

Planned Parenthood and the entire abortion industry are wrong. Abortion is not a Civil Right. A woman has a right to choose what she does with her body; the baby is not her body.

How can the dream survive if we murder our children?

Please believe me; abortion and harmful contraceptives are dream killers. Abortion doesn’t cure anger; abortion brings death and anguish.

If we really want to help angry mothers and their children, we must offer them love, not abortion.

Choose life.

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Overcoming evil with good…

Friday, April 24th, 2015

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“All that is necessary for evil to succeed is for good men [and women and children] to do nothing.” – Edmund Burke (1729-1797)

She “just didn’t think it was fair”? That’s what actress Jemima Kirke recently said in reference to her child that she aborted years ago in college. She didn’t think it was fair to give birth to a child when she wasn’t ready to be a parent.

Her comments remind me of President Ronald Reagan’s comment, “I’ve noticed that everyone who’s for abortion has already been born.”

We’ve all heard someone say, whether talking about abortion or not, some variation on the sentiment, “It would be wrong to bring a child into this horrible world.” But really, if it’s such a horrible world, why are we so busy pursuing and often finding our own happiness? If the world is so terrible that a child would be better off dead, how is it that the world is an OK or even a great place for us?

The answer, of course, is that when we say it wouldn’t be fair to bring a child into the world, what we really mean is that it wouldn’t be fair to us.

That’s even what’s going on in the rape, incest and human trafficking debates. Since abortion can’t cure any of these evils, is it fair to further victimize the women and their babies with more pain and subsequent death of their babies and maybe themselves? Isn’t it time to speak up and tell the truth?

“Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” Romans 12:21

Let’s talk more about fair and unfair. In Georgia, where I live, a court case has just concluded where “APS 11” school teachers were involved in what’s being called the worst cheating scandal in our nation’s history.

Apparently, since 2005 a number of Atlanta elementary school teachers have provided students the answers to tests or changed the students’ answers on papers so as to improve test scores. By improving test scores, these teachers got raises.

While these educators and their superiors lined their pockets, however, their students were denied a proper education. Children were promoted who couldn’t read and write in accordance with their grade levels. Federal money that could have paid for remedial education for these youngsters was never used because their teachers were lying about their achievement.

Years of high level profiteering may have dulled the consciences of those involved – I don’t know. I wonder, though, how much or even if these teachers and their superiors thought about the students they were using for financial gain. Did they tell themselves that they were helping kids by making them look good on paper? It’s all so unfair.

Several of the teachers are facing jail sentences. A day of reckoning has arrived.

That day always arrives, no matter how much we try to tell ourselves it never will.

When the world comes crashing down on the falsehoods we tell ourselves, we are left facing harsh realities. When it’s all too obvious that we were only thinking of ourselves, the words, “I was only thinking of [fill in the blank],” don’t fly anymore. What a downright frightening place to be.

I don’t mean to point fingers here. All of us, without exception, will face judgment. It may not be in a court of law in Fulton County or in the court of public opinion, but that day is coming and it will come like a thief in the night.

The question we must all consider is, are we ready?

Being ready begins by acknowledging the truth about ourselves.

When we say that it’s not right to bring a child into the world; that the child will face poverty or abuse or whatever, let us examine those statements.

The first truth is that if a woman is pregnant, she has already brought a child into the world. She is already a mother.

Secondly, every single person faces poverty and abuse – obviously, some more than others. Economic or spiritual poverty, physical or mental abuse, or a lack of love are faced by countless numbers of people. All of these things are horrible, but they can be overcome – by love.

We are called to love our neighbors as ourselves. A variation on this is the Golden Rule – to treat others as we would want to be treated. In considering whether to love or destroy an unborn child, let us ask, “If I were that child, would I want a chance at life?” The answer is obvious. Where there’s life, there’s hope.

But if we’ve already made bad decisions, if it’s too late to change what we’ve done, is it too late for us?

It’s never too late for love and forgiveness.

C.S. Lewis wrote that there are no ordinary people. We are all extraordinary, in part, because our souls are immortal. And Lewis reminds us that we will be immortal either in splendor or in horror.

Those immortal in splendor can be those who, like me, have aborted children or, perhaps like convicted teachers, have used children for financial gain. Everybody hasn’t committed these sins; but everyone has many times fallen short of what is right, what is true, what is commanded by God.

Those immortal in splendor, though, will only be those who are eternally forgiven, having humbled themselves, repented, and loved the Lord.

As I continue to read the news every day, there is always another story, actually many stories, about what my Uncle MLK called man’s inhumanity to man. But there are always stories of love and forgiveness as well – We just don’t usually see enough of good news in the media. Yet, if we look hard enough, beyond our selfish needs and problems, we can see that there is still good in the world around us: Because God is good.

Sometimes people forget this. Preachers, politicians, rich business owners, everyday people; we all tend to forget sometimes that we really aren’t running this show. It’s time to give the reins back to God, isn’t it?

God’s love bears fruit in the actions of those once broken and now healing. We have all been born broken – let us desire the Truth and let the healing begin.

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Sexuality and Abortion: Consider “the Others”

Tuesday, April 7th, 2015

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Matt Bowman of the Alliance Defending Freedom asked this question in Townhall.com: What do the gay lobby and abortion have in common?

God said: “Be fruitful and procreate.” From a biblical perspective, both abortion and homosexual sexual unions are deterrents to God’s mandate on the sustainability of the human family. So the battle over who is right and who is wrong rages.

For a moment, let’s put aside all of the legal arguments surrounding whether Christian merchants should be made to participate in same sex weddings. Instead, let’s consider what could be at the core of this controversy – intolerance based upon a lack of understanding.

Basic truths. Everybody, unconditionally, NEEDS love. Many people desire, not necessarily need, sex. The sexual drive is a primal instinct. There is a difference between need and want. In this super hyper-sexual environment we live in, much of it artificially manufactured, people are crossing all types of lines, barriers and boundaries, sometimes without knowing or understanding what is happening. Breaking natural rules not considering consequences. In other words, people are dying for lack of knowledge. Not knowing or agreeing with the purpose of things like marriage and sex. So in the name of lust; divorce, adultery, abortion, clandestine sexual encounters, gender confusion, and human abuse abound. It’s off the chain!

Human beings, in general, have a hard time seeing beyond our own desires. It’s not surprising, then, that a sentiment seems to be growing in our nation that says, “I want what I want and you have to give it to me regardless of any other considerations.”

Yes, that’s a very selfish yet human attitude. Yet can we try and look beyond ourselves to consider other people?

First, let’s look at the question of why a business owner would decline a customer’s money; because it’s not profitable to decline business.

In the case of a baker, photographer, or florist who’s asked to serve same sex couples, some would say such a refusal is based simply on hate.

Yet there has been no major outcry of discrimination against the LGBT community other than in the context of weddings. Indeed, these accused businesses have long served gay customers; some have hired gay employees.

So hatred is not the reason Christians turn down offers of money to participate in gay weddings – love is.

Christ gives His children two commandments – “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength,” and, “Love your neighbor as yourself.” Repeatedly, the Bible instructs us to share our love for God by obeying Christ’s teachings.

Truly if we love God, we share our love by obeying God. And our relationship with our Creator is more important than anything the world can offer – including money.

So how does our love for God conflict with gay marriage?

God’s Word is clear. God ordained marriage between one man and one woman. For a Christian to contradict this teaching by participating in a ceremony that goes against God’s Word would not only be disobedient, it would be to mock God.

When Christian are asked to share our God-given talents to create a cake or floral arrangement or photograph for a gay wedding, it’s important to realize what is being demanded. Because no matter how much a merchant loves his or her customers, he cannot be expected to choose them over the Lord of his life.

Christians are called to love our neighbors – our friends, relatives, acquaintances, and, if we have them, our customers. But there is no one, homosexual, heterosexual, black, white, old or young, whom we can place above God.

“All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.” We all are born into and start out life in the same fallen condition and live in a sin-cursed world. This doesn’t mean that God created any of us humans in our sinful conditions. The sin nature wasn’t and isn’t part of God’s design. Sin, any and all sin, was forced upon us from a hostile interruption in God’s overall loving plan for humanity.

But Christians also know that God has provided a way of escape from sometimes seemingly hopeless situations. God has given us Jesus, who is our hope and our salvation. If we are asked to deny Jesus for a sale or even for the threat of financial and professional ruin, we know what – and Who – is more important. Eternity is a long, long time and God is more than worthy of our love and obedience.

So, if someone is disappointed that a business owner will not serve a wedding because of religious beliefs, let’s hope that more tolerance, more common courtesy, and more respect for that businessperson’s love for God would win the day. Instead of running to the courthouse to file a lawsuit to destroy someone’s business and take his or her house, maybe just walking across the street to another merchant would show grace and tolerance. It’s a two way street.

On the other hand, Christian merchants absolutely must learn to communicate God’s love, grace and truth in a powerful yet love infused manner. Those seeking service from God’s servants must be ready to accept that people who really fear God are genuinely committed to God’s commandments. There is a way to get this across without hate from either side.

Let’s learn to see not just “others,” but brothers and sisters. This is why we fight for the inclusion of the unborn in our culture and in our laws. It is why some work for what my Uncle M.L. called the Beloved Community. And it’s why We pray to for strength to love and respect each other.

We must learn to guard our hearts. I know that as a former victim, there is no satisfaction and no righteousness in making others victims, too. Let freedom ring and agape love prevail!

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An Unplanned “PRAY IN” On My Birthday

Friday, January 30th, 2015

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Last week hundreds of thousands of pro-lifers descended on Washington for the March for Life on January 22, 2015, the anniversary of the court ruling of Roe vs. Wade which made it possible for millions of babies to be killed at the altar of “choice.”

150129 blog image6Every year the march is followed up by women and men of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign giving our testimonies of regretted abortions on the Supreme Court steps. This year there was even a former abortionist, Dr. Anthony Levatino, who regrets performing abortions.

150129 blog image1As I was sitting in front of the Supreme Court that day, my sixty-fourth birthday no less, the back and forth challenges between the pro-abortion protesters on one side and the pro-life marchers on the other side began to heat up. I began thinking of my uncle’s words, “We must learn to live together as brothers [and sisters] or perish as fools;” and I began to pray. As I prayed, I became grieved in my heart, and seemed to be lead by the Spirit of God to walk between the two groups and then lie down in the street with a sanctity of life sign and pray.

150129 blog image5As I walked towards the young people I watched pro-abortion protesters with their white pants splotched with red [paint] “blood” between their legs; some waving coat hangers and hurling profanity into the air, my heart ached and I felt moved to pray for them.

I also prayed for my Pro-Life brothers and sisters who rallied to answer the pro-abortion voices. I thought about God’s Love and how people, not knowing and understanding John 3:16, are perishing for lack of the knowledge of the Love of God.

150129 blog image8Somehow, the image of Dr. Billy Graham and my Uncle MLK preaching ad praying together against racism and segregation in the nineteen fifties fits in here. I’m praying that the racist roots of Margaret Sanger and Planned Parenthood will be broken.

However, I digress. The pro-abortion protesters were shouting for “reproductive rights” not seeming to understand that they were promoting death as a solution. Somehow, I just wanted to take them in my arms and lovingly explain to them, “Don’t you understand that every human person has the same right as you and me, the right to life? And that choice that you are fighting for is the choice to kill a tiny human person? And mothers and dads and everybody suffers from such choices?”

Alveda lying in street at SNMACThere was no room for my voice, there was so much shouting. So, I lay down on the ground and I quietly prayed for God to help us love each other and stop the killing.

Someone shouted, “get off of our property.” I thought about sitting up and explaining that we all had the constitutional right to be there; but I just kept on praying, oh Jesus!

Then, a young man looked down at me and shouted something like “who is that old *!@!#*! African American woman on the ground?” Someone said Dr. Alveda King, niece of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.” He ran away into the crowd.

As the prolife marchers began to gather for the SILENT NO MORE rally, it was time to join #HealingTheShockwavesOfAbortion, so my colleagues pulled me up from the ground, and I walked over to the stage and gave testimony of my regretted abortions before the crowd. The voices of the pro-abortion protesters began to fade. Some were being arrested for acting out.

My “pray in” demonstration was unplanned; stirred by a heart of contrition and compassion. Yet, I will keep praying, whether standing, sitting, kneeling or from the ground, every year that the Lord permits me to and I will continue to pray for all humanity, not just until the day that we abolish abortion in America and around the world; but until God’s love breaks through the stony hearts and HIS glory is revealed.

 

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Dr. Alveda King Reminds Mayor, Fire Chief: “It All Started With An Apple.”

Tuesday, January 13th, 2015

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ATLANTA, GA – The growing controversies surrounding 1st Amendment religious and freedom of speech rights are reaching fever pitch, now in Atlanta between the Mayor and Fire Chief.

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.” -First Amendment to the Constitution.

Dr. Alveda King, Pastoral Associate and Director of African-American Outreach for Priests for Life states: “A current classic example of miscommunication of these truths recently occurred in Atlanta between two beloved and respected leaders: Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed and Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran over the seemingly never ending debate over sexuality”.

1Corinthians 16:13-14 Be on guard. Stand firm in the faith. Be courageous. Be strong. And do everything with love.

These conflicts over religious freedom are not limited to issues of sexuality. For instance, in an ongoing lawsuit against the HHS Mandate, Priests for Life is doing exactly as instructed in 1Corinthians. Not only is it important to stand firm in the faith but we must stand up against the limiting of our 1st Amendment rights. This is especially important when it comes to the harmful effects of contraception, abortion and reproductive rights.

In fact, contraception and abortion have done so much damage to our nation and world that Priests for Life just last week announced a year-long initiative: “Healing the Shockwaves of Abortion.” The initiative seeks to bring healing to everyone impacted by abortion by concentrating on a different segment of the population each month.

“In all matters of conflict, love, dignity, clarity and communication are key, even when viewpoints differ,” added King.

As my uncle, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once said, “We must learn to live together as brothers [and sisters] or perish as fools.”

My father, Rev. A. D. King, speaking from Acts 17:26, said, “We are one blood, one human race.”

“From one blood GOD created all the nations throughout the whole earth. He decided beforehand when they should rise and fall and he determined their boundaries.”

Dr. King has posted a developing commentary: It All Started with an Apple which is available at http://priestsforlife.org/library/5154-and-it-all-started-with-an-apple

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Giftings and Callings

Tuesday, January 6th, 2015

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We are about a week into 2015, and the melee is almost deafening. Yet, in the distance, there is a “still, small voice” calling to us. Yes, the US Congress has a new face so to speak. Yes, America is waking up to the truth that racism still exists in our land. We know that anger and violence are lurking about. Yet, in the distance, there is a voice crying in the wilderness, compelling those who hear to use our “gifts and callings” to make a difference in 2015.

What can we do? We can speak truth to power. We can overcome evil with good. When people complain, offer solutions, not sympathy. When violence threatens, extend the “olive branch” of peace.

If you are a singer, sing a song of peace and love. If you are a dancer, do a peace and love dance. If you are a doctor or a lawyer, represent the poor and heal the sick. Yes, we have price tags on our gifts. After all, you, in most cases, you can’t pay your electric bill with a melody or a foot massage. It takes money to get about in this realm, on the low frequencies of life.

But, if we worry too much about charging for our gifts, natural and spiritual, we could just miss the “love boat.” Don’t be stingy this year. Give and it shall be given unto you. We’re not just talking about money here. We are talking about the unusual generosity of heart and soul. People need love. People need the Lord.

So answer the higher callings of life by sharing the gifts and talents generously (even if you get paid for what you do, and I hope you do; because generally if we don’t work, we don’t eat).

We can pay our bills by charging for our goods and services. Yes, we can, and we should. Yet, we can expect an increase of our “spiritual gifts” if we aren’t stingy in sharing truth and love throughout the year. So answer the highest callings in life by sharing your gifts of love and hope.

My Uncle ML once said: “Everybody can be great, because everyone can serve.” We have a chance to be great this year. March for Life, Walk for Life, MLK Week, Black History Month, Reconciliation Movement, Abortion SHOCKWAVES, so much on my plate in the year ahead. And this isn’t all by any means. How about you?

I just felt like writing something that isn’t political, not deeply intellectual (not that I’m ever truly deeply intellectual nowadays), not spinning in one direction or the other. This is just a moment in time when I’m taking a breath and letting it all out.

HAPPY NEW YEAR.

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