President Obama, you are No Dr. Martin L. King, Jr.

Thought provoking article by Agnes Cross-White.

Never in my wildest dream would I have thought that black people or a black man would issue in an era filled with divisiveness, mistrust, and increased hatred among black and white Americans. Even in the turbulence of the 1960s, when the nation for the first time confronted raw hatred and evil perpetrated against us, did we ever see the black rage and rhetoric to the extent we see it today from the White House, to the NAACP, to the streets.

Here is what she had to say.

Shirley Lets Her Hair Hang Down At The NAACP

Just another person who needs to remember the power of the video!!

UPDATE:  From Fox News: “Days after the NAACP clashed with Tea Party members over allegations of racism, a video has surfaced showing an Agriculture Department official regaling an NAACP audience with a story about how she withheld help to a white farmer facing bankruptcy — video that now has forced the official to resign.”

Things That Made Me Go “Hmmmm”…

Acts 1:1-8  ESV

1.  In the first book, O Theophilus, I have dealt with all that Jesus began to do and teach, 2.  until the day when he was taken up, after he had given commands through the Holy Spirit to the apostles whom he had chosen.  3. He presented himself alive to them after his suffering by many proofs, appearing to them during forty days and speaking about the kingdom of God.  4.  And while staying with them he ordered them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the promise of the Father, which, he said, “you heard from me; 5. for John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.”  6. So when they had come together, they asked him, “Lord, will you at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?”  7. He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or seasons that the Father has fixed by his own authority.  8. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”

Now, can anyone explain how the pastor I heard speak on Sunday (not at my home church) turned this into a “How to Grow Your Church” sermon? I was THERE, and I couldn’t make the connection. And, after it was over, the person in charge of this visiting pastor had this to say: “Thank you for that word, Brother XYZ. It called to mind the tomato-less salsa that my wife and I tried….” Not quite the ‘edification’ I was looking for.

Memorial Weekend – 2010

A heartfelt thank you to those families who have shared their soldiers with us.  For those families that have lost ones they love in times of war – loved ones who felt strongly about preserving freedom.  A heartfelt thank you to the memory of those men and women who gave the ultimate sacrifice for liberty – not only their liberty and freedom, but mine also.

The Change That Brings True Hope

Romans 5:1-5   The Complete Jewish Bible

So, since we have come to be considered righteous by God because of our trust (the CHANGE), let us continue to have shalom with God through our Lord, Yeshua the Messiah.  Also through him and on the ground of our trust, we have gained access to this grace in which we stand; so let us boast about the HOPE of experiencing God’s glory.  But not only that, let us also boast in our troubles; because we know that trouble produces endurance, endurance produces character, and character produces HOPE; and this HOPE does not let us down, because God’s love for us has already been poured out in our hearts through the Rauch HaKodesh (Holy Spirit) who has been given to us.

Section 834b of the California Penal Code

image from“(a) Every law enforcement agency in California shall fully cooperate with the United States Immigration and Naturalization Service regarding any person who is arrested if he or she is suspected of being present in the United States in violation of federal immigration laws. (b) With respect to any such person who is arrested, and suspected of being present in the United States in violation of federal immigration laws, every law enforcement agency shall do the following: (1) Attempt to verify the legal status of such person as a citizen of the United States, an alien lawfully admitted as a permanent resident, an alien lawfully admitted for a temporary period of time or as an alien who is present in the United States in violation of immigration laws. The verification process may include, but shall not be limited to, questioning the person regarding his or her date and place of birth, and entry into the United States, and demanding documentation to indicate his or her legal status. (2) Notify the person of his or her apparent status as an alien who is present in the United States in violation of federal immigration laws and inform him or her that, apart from any criminal justice proceedings, he or she must either obtain legal status or leave the United States. (3) Notify the Attorney General of California and the United States Immigration and Naturalization Service of the apparent illegal status and provide any additional information that may be requested by any other public entity. (c) Any legislative, administrative, or other action by a city, county, or other legally authorized local governmental entity with jurisdictional boundaries, or by a law enforcement agency, to prevent or limit the cooperation required by subdivision (a) is expressly prohibited.”

Are you ready to ROFLYAO?