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Thursday, August 8th, 2019

President and First Lady Trump at National Day of Prayer 2019

“Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.” Philippians 4:8

Our hearts go out and our prayers go up for the victims in America’s most recent tragedies. Perhaps the most comforting compliment to President and First Lady Trump’s outreach to the families of the victims of the recent massacres in Ohio and Texas is the appeal of a young boy who asks Americans to respond to the horrendous violence by performing 22 acts of kindness to those around us.

Meanwhile, in comparison, comments made by former Congressman Beto O’Rourke, and former Vice President Joe Biden, both accusing President Trump of being a white supremacist are untimely and unseemly.

Biden and his compatriots are not being truthful. Here are seven instances where President Trump denounces White Supremacy.

Biden and his compatriots support immoral baby killers including Planned Parenthood and the abortion lobby.

Race baiters fail to mention that George Wallace apologized. It was a reaching-out moment of reconciliation, of Wallace’s asking for – and receiving – forgiveness. In a statement read for him – he was too ill to speak – Wallace told those in the crowd who had marched 30 years ago: “Much has transpired since those days. A great deal has been lost and a great deal gained, and here we are. My message to you today is, welcome to Montgomery. May your message be heard. May your lessons never be forgotten.”

Fake News refuses to cover President Trump’s accomplishments including fighting for The Unborn, criminal justice reform, aid to HBCUs,. Meanwhile they ignore Biden’s part in incarceration of hundreds of thousands of Blacks.

Shame on Biden and his compatriots. Race baiting while POTUS and FLOTUS pay respect to the grieving. PRAY FOR AMERICA.

“Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.” Romans 12:21

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Monday, September 22nd, 2014

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There is lots of information regarding ISIS and these types of things. Prayer is the key, of course. Human efforts cannot save us. Only Jesus can. Of course we must be prudent, and God will guide us through. Salvation of the people is the most important assignment; including prayer for the Muslims who are Isaac’s brothers, and are Abraham’s sons also. This family feud between them must end. God blessed them as well, but their anger and Satan’s deceptions keep them deluded from their own blessings. Isaac is the covenant child; but God never abandoned Ishmael. God promised to bless him too! The Muslims are our deluded brothers and sisters. Let us pray that we not be held captive by the delusion that God doesn’t want them saved. The love of I Corinthians 13 must guide us. It never fails! If they can just stop fighting, they’ll realize there are more than enough blessings for us all. GOD LOVES US ALL!


Abraham’s Two Children (Galatians 4:21-31 NLT)

“Tell me, you who want to live under the law, do you know what the law actually says? The Scriptures say that Abraham had two sons, one from his slave wife and one from his freeborn wife. The son of the slave wife was born in a human attempt to bring about the fulfillment of God’s promise. But the son of the freeborn wife was born as God’s own fulfillment of his promise.

These two women serve as an illustration of God’s two covenants. The first woman, Hagar, represents Mount Sinai where people received the law that enslaved them. And now Jerusalem is just like Mount Sinai in Arabia, because she and her children live in slavery to the law. But the other woman, Sarah, represents the heavenly Jerusalem. She is the free woman, and she is our mother. As Isaiah said,

“Rejoice, O childless woman,
you who have never given birth!
Break into a joyful shout,
you who have never been in labor!
For the desolate woman now has more children
than the woman who lives with her husband!”

And you, dear brothers and sisters, are children of the promise, just like Isaac. But you are now being persecuted by those who want you to keep the law, just as Ishmael, the child born by human effort, persecuted Isaac, the child born by the power of the Spirit.

But what do the Scriptures say about that? “Get rid of the slave and her son, for the son of the slave woman will not share the inheritance with the free woman’s son.” So, dear brothers and sisters, we are not children of the slave woman; we are children of the free woman.”

Most importantly, we are children of God in Christ Jesus. May Holy Spirit help us to see and hear!

Dr. Alveda C. King is an evangelist and author of the popular book KING RULES. She grew up in the civil rights movement led by her uncle, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and her father Rev. A. D. King. She is a pastoral associate and director of African-American Outreach for Priests for Life and Gospel of Life Ministries. Her family home in Birmingham, AL., was bombed, as was her father’s church office in Louisville, KY. Alveda herself was jailed during the open housing movement. Read more reports from Dr. Alveda C. King.

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Last Night I Was On A Prayer Call With About 500 People

Thursday, January 9th, 2014

“And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.” Matthew 25:40

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Last night I was on a prayer call with about 500 people. Everyone who prayed was agreeing that there is a “wealth transfer” and that God is bringing resources into His Kingdom for a “new awakening” that will lead to a great revival. Yes, there is a “great awakening” underfoot, and we need to be a part of this “Movement!”

Sometime between midnight and this morning, I had a dream. A little girl asked her mother to teach her about Jesus. The mother called me and asked for videos and books that she could use to teach her daughter. I thought that I had some stored away in some chests in my home, but the demand was so urgent that I decided to go to a warehouse and quickly get some materials. Alas, the warehouse was nearly empty.

At the warehouse was a woman who I usually turned to for resources such as those that were useful for my prolife work. But the little girl wasn’t asking about my usual themes of why abortion is bad, why we need to end abortion and those types of issues. Of course, this issue is still a primary message, yet prime among prime is the demand the little one was making. Tell me about Jesus!

Finally my friend in the warehouse found a box with books suitable for a child to read about Jesus, God, the Kingdom and to meet the awakening demand of the little child.

“And a little child shall lead them.” Isaiah 11:6

Interestingly enough, just before the prayer call, I had briefly attended a gathering where a friend of mine had asked me this: “Are you still singing?” Thankfully I was able to respond that I am working on a new music project, and will even be singing a “new song” on the project myself.

Soon after that, I went for a late dinner and then returned to my room for the prayer call. On the call, amidst all of the declarations was a message from a woman saying that we must increase our obedience and worship. She urged us to join together right on that call and begin to praise and worship God. She sang a spontaneous song, someone blew the shofar, and the 500 people on that called joined in praising God. Please don’t think that praise and worship are limited to song and music. While they are both an integral part of the process, the fruit of our lips, our deeds and actions, our obedience are what praise and worship are all about. Faith in God, working through His Love, Prayer, generosity are all a part of the Spirit and Truth worship experience!

“…The hour comes, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeks such to worship him. God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.” John 4:23-24

Today I will be attending to prolife ministry. Again, this is a vital part of my life. The sanctity of human life, indeed all life is under siege and I am called into this battle for the seed of our children, our generations. Yet, I can’t forget that a little three year old girl is depending on me to get the news of Jesus, of the Gospel to her.

Is your storeroom empty? Are there dreams and songs and books and witty inventions inside of you that are waiting to get out and be used to add to the multiplication, the wealth transfer which is so needed to bring life to a dying world and a hungry and thirsty generation? There is an old song, PEOPLE NEED THE LORD. The message of the song isn’t old, it is timeless.

In a few days, on January 20, 2014 many will celebrate the 85th Birthday of my uncle, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Two days later, on January 22, my Birthday, I’ll be inviting you to join me for The National Memorial for the Unborn Prayer Service in Washington, DC. Yet while many will remark about how 50 years ago MLK received the Nobel Peace Prize, or how long the battle against Roe VS Wade has been raging, I’ll be remembering that empty warehouse and that little girl who is hungry for the Gospel, for an abundant life.

By the way, three years ago, that little girl’s mother wanted to abort her. I promised her mother back then that if she would keep the baby, I’d be there to help her. Another young woman called me about the same time that I was renewing my promise by agreeing to get those resources to them. She reminded me of a similar promise I made to her nearly five years ago when she agreed not to abort her child.

To make a long story short, I promised this young mother who now has four children (the youngest still in her womb) that I will bring her to church this weekend. It will be a sacrifice in my busy life, but along with diapers and milk for her babies, they all need Jesus.

Yes, you are hearing from Evangelist Alveda King now. This message will grow over the next several months and I pray that you will pray with me.

Let’s pray that God will advance our message of the Sanctity of Human Life everywhere, from conception or fertilization until natural death, and everything between.

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@PreachersOfLA Exclusive Interview

Friday, September 13th, 2013


Friends, here’s an exclusive interview just for you. Just returned from a preview of the upcoming controversial reality show Preachers of L.A. Just in is an exclusive with Bishop and First Lady Ron Gibson and preview host Darlene McCoy. The show has great evangelistic potential even though it faces backlash from the traditional church community. The show airs on Oxygen October 9 at 10 pm est. I don’t know if they will tackle some of the hardline issues such as abortion or God’s plan for procreation, but I do know that they are all lifting up the name of Jesus. Let’s pray that God will use the show to win souls for Jesus! Amen for now!

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God Can Change Racist’s and Abortionist’s Hearts

Monday, June 24th, 2013

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Praise GOD! I will be a Wall of HOLY GHOST FIRE ALL AROUND YOU SAITH THE LORD. Zechariah 2:5. Shout Alleluia if you believe!!!

In a recent correspondence with my friend Day Gardner, we are remarking on what God is doing to stir up the faithful. As the battle for life rages, we are praying for more victories. The news is encouraging! Please allow me to share some of our exchange with you.

Yes Day, the Holy Ghost Fire keeps raining on us! For example, as Father Frank Pavone continues to call leaders, laypersons and people at large to attention as seen on Fox News, we are sure to see more and more courage enacted from our spiritual leaders. In an open letter he is calling out House Speaker Nancy Pelosi with the world watching. Watch the Fox & Friends video HERE.

Remember our challenge to former Speaker Pelosi a while back? How Nancy Pelosi literally ran from us when she saw us sitting on the front row of the ceremony that day!

As to Father Terry, and you, Dr. Johnny and Pastor Broden, I say rain on. Wish I could have been there with you to help slay the three headed beast of racism, reproductive genocide and sexual perversion.

I saw Fr. Terry’s passion in the pictures from the press conference, and I applaud him for his dedication to the unborn. I also understand that Cardinal DiNardo is a defender of the unborn himself. So in keeping with the philosophy of encouraging all pro-lifers to remember that while methods may differ we are all in the same battle, let’s pray for them both. We need them and we all need each other.

By the way Day, on their radio show this week, our colleagues Wil and Meeke Addison asked for a take on the latest Paula Deen story about alleged racist remarks. I explained how I learned a long time ago when racist Governor George Wallace had a change of heart that since all have sinned and fallen short of God’s glory, there is room at the cross for everyone. I met Paula by the way, and she and her family were very gracious and down to earth that day.

Did I ever tell you about how God moved on the heart of the Georgia Legislature to pass the King Holiday Bill? I only bring this up to remind us that God can use us to help prick the ice and change the hearts of racists and yes, abortionists.

Georgia House Speaker Tom Murphy (2nd from right) with (left to right) Mrs. Alveda King Beal (state rep. 28th Dist.), Rev. Martin L. King Senior, Dr. Benjamin Mayes, and Coretta Scott King. They game to try to persuade Murphy to declare Martin Luther King. Jr. Birthday a state holiday. He said no. Photo taken January 8, 1979. (BILL MAHAN/AJC staff)

Georgia House Speaker Tom Murphy (2nd from right) with (left to right) Mrs. Alveda King Beal (state rep. 28th Dist.), Rev. Martin L. King Senior, Dr. Benjamin Mayes, and Coretta Scott King. They game to try to persuade Murphy to declare Martin Luther King. Jr. Birthday a state holiday. He said no. Photo taken January 8, 1979. (BILL MAHAN/AJC staff)

When I was a State Legislator in Georgia from the 28th House District in the 70’s and 80’s, I was told that the MLK Holiday Bill couldn’t pass, and would never come out of committee to the floor. Hosea Williams and I were the primary sponsors of the Bill. I wasn’t even born again back then, but I was a bit like David I guess, and a bit like my Dad A. D. and Uncle M. L. in that I knew that God was bigger than those legislators and officials. When my colleagues balled up the copies of the bill, threw them in spittoons and spit tobacco juice on them in front of my face, I forgave them and kept praying. I asked my granddaddy, Daddy King and Aunt Coretta to come to the Capitol for a visit. Finally after much prayer, I requested a private meeting with House Speaker Tom Murphy; considered by some to be a noted segregationist/racist at one time in Georgia’s history. The meeting was miraculously granted, and as I sat before him in tears actually, (I was young back then, and cried more easily than I do today) I asked him to explain why his stance was fair. He said something like, “Miss Alveda, I can’t promise you that the bill will pass, but it will go to the floor.” The bill went to the floor and the rest is history.

Can I take credit for the passage of the Bill? Can any human? Of course not. It was an act of GOD! As in the case of Rosa Parks, MLK, and any servant of God, our Creator could have used a rock or a donkey/ass to deliver His message; whether it be to end racism or abortion or even the stand for natural procreative marriage. It just takes faith, love and obedience to be used as a “voice crying out in the wilderness.”

So my friends, I hope you’ve enjoyed what a conversation between pro-life friends looks and sounds like. Day and I are in this fight together as we all are. While we don’t always agree, we always agree to listen, pray and love each other. We often say that we shall overcome abortion as in the Spirit of God, we pray for Rain and continue to march on until victory is won!

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Stand Up, Stand Down

Friday, June 21st, 2013

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We have prayed, we have acted. God has allowed a historical bill to pass. Yes! GOD has allowed this! Give God the Glory! Stand up for Jesus, stand down from pride of life and human goals and accomplishments!

No more judgments and accusing and hurt feelings on any front! Let brotherly and sisterly love abide. LOVE NEVER FAILS! 1 Corinthians 13:8.

Bless the no exceptions camp. Bless the incremental camp. Bless the gays. Bless the straights. Bless the Christians, the Jews, the Muslims, and yes the Atheists, and everyone else not in this limited, pitiful and repentant diatribe. Lord please have mercy on us. We have ALL sinned and fallen short of your grace and glory. We need you!

Bless The Lord oh my soul, and all that is within me (Psalm 103). Brothers and Sisters: Depart from accusing each other. Love each other.

After reading blogs, tweets, texts and so many perspectives regarding the victories among us, the words of this song keep resonating:

“Lately I’ve been winning battles left and right, But even winners can get wounded in the fight. People say that I’m amazing, Strong beyond my years. But they don’t see inside of me I’m hiding all the tears.

“Unafraid because his armour is the best, But even soldiers need a quiet place to rest. People say that I’m amazing, Never face retreat But they don’t see the enemies That lay me at His feet …

“Deep inside this armor, the warrior is a child… (of GOD)

Peter told them, “God shows no favoritism.” Acts 10:34

Friends, I once was pro-choice, pro-abortion. Love won me over, God’s love, not legislation, not condemnation. WE MUST NOT FIGHT EACH OTHER. STOP DEFENDING AGENDAS!

I am crying today that GOD will help us depart from strife and confusion and to be able to do what HE leads each of us to do without second guessing each others’ actions and motives.

“For GOD so loved the world that Abba Creator gave His only begotten Son Jesus Christ, that whosoever believes on Jesus will not perish but shall have ever lasting life.” John 3:16

Friends, may we find more room in our hearts for God’s love, then share His love generously with others!

GOD in us will see us through.

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Knife Control?

Thursday, April 11th, 2013

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For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds; – 2 Corinthians 10:4

On Tuesday a young college student in Texas went on a violent stabbing spree wounding 14 students at the CyFair campus of Lone Star College near Houston.

Was he exercising a weird type of gun control, by selecting a knife as his weapon of choice? Or maybe he wasn’t interested in killing with a gun but rather wanted to use a knife because of his fantasies of stabbing people to death since he was in elementary school as he told detectives.

Again, the call for gun control after the Sandy Hook murders is not the answer to controlling violence as I wrote in an article (copy below) in January but the true and only way to control violence is to change people’s hearts and minds. The government can regulate weapons to death (no pun intended) but until people’s hearts and minds are changed, people will always find a way to murder each other.

Case in point: Dylan Andrew Quick, the suspect in the Texas stabbings. Had he been more skilled, he could have actually killed someone. According to an FBI report, in 2011 13.4% of all murders in the United States were by knives and other cutting instruments.

This doesn’t even speak to the sanctioned murdering that is occurring in towns and cities all across America in abortion mills. And they’re using our tax dollars to do it.

Dylan stabbed 14 people but didn’t kill anyone. Adam Lanza, the Sandy Hook shooter, shot and killed 26 people, 20 children and 6 adults. I believe the outrage of the Sandy Hook shooting spree was the result of so many young children being killed, and rightly so. But where is the outrage over the 3,500-4,000 babies being killed every single day by doctors that have supposedly taken an oath to do no harm.

These doctors in abortion mills do not wield a gun; they don’t wield a knife. Their weapons of “choice” (again, no pun intended) are the forceps, a cannula, and a curette.

The Bible says, “You shall not murder.” – Exodus 20:13. And even if you aren’t religious or don’t believe in God, all countries have laws against murder.

At the National Prayer Breakfast in 1994, Mother Teresa of Calcutta said of abortion, “And if we accept that a mother can kill even her own child, how can we tell other people not to kill one another?

Hearts and minds, that’s what we need to work on changing. We can only do that if we turn to God.

People Wield Guns, Jesus Heals

By Alveda King
January 14, 2013

Then Simon Peter, who had a sword, drew it and struck the high priest’s servant, cutting off his right ear. (The servant’s name was Malchus.) Jesus commanded Peter, “Put your sword away! Shall I not drink the cup the Father has given me?” – John 18:10-11

We live in a fallen world, a seemingly nonsensical world.

It’s a world where people hold inviolate a “constitutional right” that doesn’t appear in the Constitution in order to permit abortion violence, yet are ready to trample upon a right that explicitly appears in the Constitution in order to try to stop gun violence.

There is no conceivable gun control law that could have stopped the horror of Sandy Hook – at least nothing short of confiscation. And confiscation would involve the government entering people’s homes without permission – a clear violation of the Fourth Amendment’s bar against unreasonable searches and seizures, not to mention the Second Amendment’s right to bear arms.

Still, people want to “do something.” I would suggest that we’re looking in the wrong place when we look at guns.

I know the horror of violence. Like many, I have lived through its trauma. I lost my uncle and grandmother to gun violence. But I also lost my father under suspicious circumstances that had nothing to do with guns. I lost childhood playmates not to guns, but to a bomb. My own house in Birmingham, in fact, was firebombed while I was in it 50 years ago.

The year 2013 will mark several significant landmark anniversaries including 150 years since the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation, 100 years since the formation of the Federal Reserve System, 50 years since the MLK ‘I HAVE A DREAM SPEECH’, and the 40th year landmine Supreme Court Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion in America. This will surely be a year of transition and there is a need for a deep spiritual awakening.

Life has taught me that anger and hate are not constrained by taking away a weapon. The civil rights era proved that baseball bats, lead pipes, and ropes are lethal when in the hands of evil men. Terrorists have proven that fertilizer, nails, and airplanes kill more effectively than guns. The weapon is not the problem. The problem is inside the human being who wants to kill.

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Remembering Uncle M. L.: Alveda King reflects on the death of the Dreamer

Thursday, April 4th, 2013

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Forty-five years ago today, my Uncle M.L., the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. was murdered by an assassin’s bullet. Sometimes I wonder what life would be like if that shot had never been fired; what our nation would be like if that bullet had missed. Many are the times I wish he were here.

But though Uncle M.L. is no longer with us on earth, his voice lives on in the words he used to change our nation in the cause of justice.

We are a more just society today because of Martin Luther King, Jr. Not because he brought new ideas into the public consciousness, but because he reminded us of fundamental, eternal truths – truths that needed to be restated and lived out. He once asked and answered this question: “How does one determine whether a law is just or unjust?” He went on to explain:

“A just law is a man-made code that squares with the moral law or the law of God. An unjust law is a code that is out of harmony with the moral law. To put it in the terms of St. Thomas Aquinas: ‘An unjust law is a human law that is not rooted in eternal law and natural law.” Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

These timeless truths must be restated again today.

Remember Reverend Martin Luther King – let us not forget that he was an ordained Baptist minister and preacher of the Word of God – taught that we are to respect the law. But he also taught that there is a law higher than man’s. There are no commands more deserving of obedience than God’s.

Those commands caused Uncle M. L. to look beyond city ordinances, state statutes, or even federal law for guidance. He believed that those ordinances, statutes, and laws were to be respected, but that they were to be weighed against God’s law or what some would term natural law to determine if they were just.

The same is true today. But some still look to themselves to determine right and wrong.

We are told by the Obama administration that it is “unjust” that women should have to buy their own birth control pills, so everyone else must reach into their pockets to pay for them.

We are told by abortion advocates that it is “unjust” that some women cannot afford to abort their babies, so tax dollars must be used to finance the killing of those children.

We are told by same-sex “marriage” advocates that it is “unjust” that men cannot marry other men and women cannot marry other women, so 2,000 years of wisdom must be abandoned.

And yet, the Bible tells us that human life is sacred. We are thereby to choose life over abortion. The Bible teaches us that natural marriage between one man and one woman is part of the procreative process. We are thereby compelled to choose holy and procreative matrimony.

In forgetting our heritage, in distancing ourselves from God’s moral rules, we are doing Uncle M. L. a disservice, and we are in danger of coming face to face with disaster. So, in remembering Uncle M. L. today, I urge America and the world to remember that he was a servant of God who, though imperfect, tried to point people to the truth.

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Seven Last Words of Jesus on the Cross

Thursday, March 28th, 2013


Jesus Christ made seven final statements during his last hours on the cross. These phrases are held dear by followers of Christ because they offer a glimpse into the depth of his suffering to accomplish redemption. Recorded in the Gospels between the time of his crucifixion and his death, they reveal his divinity as well as his humanity. As much as possible, given the approximate sequence of events as portrayed in the Gospels, these seven last words of Jesus are presented here in chronological order.

1) Jesus Speaks to the Father

Luke 23:34
Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” (NIV)

In the midst of his excruciating suffering, the heart of Jesus was focused on others rather than himself. Here we see the nature of his love—unconditional and divine.

2) Jesus Speaks to the Criminal on the Cross

Luke 23:43
“I tell you the truth, today you will be with me in paradise.” (NIV)

One of the criminals who was crucified with Christ, had recognized who Jesus was and expressed faith in him as Savior. Here we see grace poured out through faith, as Jesus assured the dying man of his forgiveness and eternal salvation.

3) Jesus Speaks to Mary and John

John 19:26-27
When Jesus saw his mother there, and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby, he said to his mother, “Dear woman, here is your son,” and to the disciple, “Here is your mother.” (NIV)

Jesus, looking down from the cross, was still filled with the concerns of a son for the earthly needs of his mother. None of his brothers were there to care for her, so he gave this task to the Apostle John. Here we clearly see Christ’s humanity.

4) Jesus Cries Out to the Father

Matthew 27:46 (also Mark 15:34)
And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?” that is, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?” (NKJV)

In the darkest hours of his suffering, Jesus cried out the opening words of Psalm 22. And although much has been suggested regarding the meaning of this phrase, it was quite apparent the agony Christ felt as he expressed separation from God. Here we see the Father turning way from the Son as Jesus bore the full weight of our sin.

5) Jesus is Thirsty

John 19:28
Jesus knew that everything was now finished, and to fulfill the Scriptures he said, “I am thirsty.” (NLT)

Jesus refused the initial drink of vinegar, gall and myrrh (Matthew 27:34 and Mark 15:23) offered to alleviate his suffering. But here, several hours later, we see Jesus fulfilling the messianic prophecy found in Psalm 69:21.

6) It is Finished

John 19:30
… he said, “It is finished!” (NLT)

Jesus knew he was suffering the crucifixion for a purpose. Earlier he had said in John 10:18 of his life, “No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down and authority to take it up again. This command I received from my Father.” (NIV) These three words were packed with meaning, for what was finished here was not only Christ’s earthly life, not only his suffering and dying, not only the payment for sin and the redemption of the world—but the very reason and purpose he came to earth was finished. His final act of obedience was complete. The Scriptures had been fulfilled.

7) Jesus’ Last Words

Luke 23:46
Jesus called out with a loud voice, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.” When he had said this, he breathed his last. (NIV)

Here Jesus closes with the words of Psalm 31:5, speaking to the Father. We see his complete trust in the Father. Jesus entered death in the same way he lived each day of his life, offering up his life as the perfect sacrifice and placing himself in God’s hands.

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Loving the Unwanted

Monday, March 11th, 2013

God_order_my_stepsFor the past few days, I have been restless, often waking from dreaming with the burdens of the aborted unborn and the victims of sex selection abortions and sex trafficking on my heart. Then seemingly out of nowhere, I felt, not heard a whisper in my spirit: “Alveda, let God order your steps.”

“The steps of the godly are directed by the LORD. He delights in every detail of their lives.” Psalms 37:23 (NLT)

I allowed myself time to fully wake up and then I asked myself: “Self, are you allowing God to order your steps?” The answer surprised me. I realized that while sometimes I do allow God to order my steps, this isn’t always the case. I realized too that God wanted me to actually love those whose cause I’ve been championing, really love them.

Oh, I have loved the concept of the victims of sex trafficking and those who die by abortion. I often shed a tear when I remember my beloved aborted and miscarried children, Phillip, Jessica and Raphael (named by my son for his favorite Ninja Turtle many years ago.) You can read about my testimony online at How Can the Dream Survive if We Murder the Children.

Yet, I had to take a moment to reflect on how deep my love goes. Oh, I give my money and my energy in fighting in the Pro-Life and Pro-Natural Family Movement. People even admire me for being what some call a “champion for the unborn.” I am grateful for their encouragement, and yet, I believe that God wants something more from me. He wants me to give Him all of my love. Only then can I truly say that I am loving the unwanted.

Have you ever felt unwanted, or known someone who is unwanted? Depending on our answer, this is where we must start to reorder our lives and our steps and learn to love the unwanted God’s way. There is one category of those who seem to be unwanted that we can start to love today; the victims of sex trafficking.

One hundred fifty years ago, President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation declaring that slaves held in Confederate territory were free men and women. One hundred fifty years later, children in every part of the country still face the degradation and hopelessness of the practice President Lincoln sought to end.

Some may not know it, but sex trafficking is as old as time. We can find accounts across history, even in the Bible. Today, it’s called human trafficking, but the crime is essentially the same – treating people like property.

Ezekiel 28:5 By thy great wisdom and by thy traffick hast thou increased thy riches, and thine heart is lifted up because of thy riches.

By interpretation, the Bible is speaking of man’s inhumanity to man. It’s not just criminals, though, who engage in man’s ongoing inhumanity to man.

For the last 40 years and even earlier in some states, many of our judges and lawmakers have treated people like property. They’ve held babies in the womb to be like chattel, possessions to be discarded or destroyed, with their mothers cast as owners.

These officials, along with the abortion industry itself, feign ignorance of the unborn child’s humanity. They blind themselves to the horror of what they allow and what they do in order to enhance their power and increase their riches.

Those who enslave our teenagers and pre-teens today make no such pretenses. They can’t because the children they exploit are plainly visible – visible, that is, until they disappear into a world where, just as hundreds and thousands of years ago, human flesh is a commodity and hope is something to be crushed.

AloneBut just like those who earn their livelihoods by mutilating unborn babies, human traffickers ply their trade for money, lots of money. Whether it’s selling girls and boys into sex slavery, sweat shops, or renegade armies, they profit financially from their iniquity.

Meanwhile, many of us look away.

The whole concept of human trafficking, like abortion, is so terrible and depressing that most of us just don’t want to think about it. It’s easy to avoid the subject because, like abortion, its victims are for the most part unseen. But it’s these little ones whom we must consider.

The Book of James tells us that we are to visit orphans and widows in their distress. This is because those who are alone are the most vulnerable. The fatherless, not unlike the rest of us, desperately need Christ’s love and our love. Yet, it’s this need that oppressors are all too often more willing and eager to recognize. It’s this need that oppressors seek to exploit.

We must step in first, or more accurately, we must actually allow God to direct our steps as we step in.

As one who wears three vocational hats: Minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, Director of African American Outreach for Priests for Life and Founder of King for America, I have been fighting not just abortion, but also human trafficking for decades. Taking on the battle against human trafficking, obviously, means helping to free those who have been entrapped, enticed, or kidnapped into worlds few of us can even imagine. It also means going after the perpetrators of this evil.

I’ve learned, though, that there’s a key component that’s equally important. Stopping human traffickers is not just a reactive effort, it’s also proactive. It involves loving those who are at risk. It starts with our own attitudes and practices.

Worldwide there are an estimated 27 million people being held captive in modern day slavery. Before they were enslaved, these victims were literally or figuratively orphans. Perhaps their parents died or went to prison. Maybe they ran away from abuse. They might have even been kidnapped or sold into bondage by a drug addicted parent. Whatever the case, they likely felt alone, desperate for a way to survive in a world where it seemed that no one acknowledged their existence.

Many were unwanted by those who were supposed to love them, but profitible to those who were without love. Others were just torn away from the sanctuary of home.

I Corinthians 13:8 – Love never fails.

We can’t stop all evil in this fallen world, but we can fight it in our own neck of the woods with love. Love never ends. Love can save lives.

Love declares that there is no such thing as an unwanted child.

The child deemed unwanted is more likely to be killed in the womb by those who want to profit from his death or lured into a life of slavery by those who want to profit from her body. Being unwanted means that someone is more concerned with himself than with his child; it results in being dehumanized.

All too often, the soulful default mode is selfishness. It’s natural. It’s human. But it must be overcome if we are to spare our children and our society from the evils of human trafficking and abortion. And the one sure way to overcome it is with the love of the Overcomer, our Lord.

With love, children are adopted, not aborted. With love, children are cherished, not abused. With love, there is less room for the oppressor because his hunting grounds are smaller.

There is much to be done to set the captives of human trafficking free. But we can act to prevent more children from being ensnared. We don’t have to wait for someone to pass a law or start a movement, although there are efforts to join.

We simply need to see no child as unwanted. We need to focus on others, rather than ourselves, and be open to visiting orphans – that is, be open to wanting the “unwanted,” helping the child in need. And it can start with just one. One life loved can make all the difference.

After all, One life changed all the world.

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