Archive for November, 2012

Looking Ahead to Next Year

Monday, November 19th, 2012

The year 2013 will mark the 40th commemoration of Roe V. Wade and the 50th Anniversary of the “I Have a Dream” speech.

Interestingly enough we’re just now celebrating the 50th anniversary of the James Bond movie series as well. Yours truly happened to have gone to see the latest Bond movie, Skyfall, and I found it poignant and current.

I also note that in many of the television programs now and things like that, we had a brief cycle where you had the question of abortion and a woman’s right to choose come up in the music, movies and television programming,

And now the homosexual agenda is kind of prevalent with men saying that they’re married to men and women saying they’re married to women.

So, my question now becomes, “Where do we go from here in 2013?

Certainly we have an actual obligation and we should take it up joyfully and energetically to continue to advance the message of life and the message of natural family values which includes marriage between one man and one woman, good education for our children, and lifestyles for those that we love being chaste and living lives that express agape love.

If you look at the book of Revelations in the Bible, we are living in the end times and we should be preparing ourselves. But our message of eternity, salvation, and love of Jesus Christ should continue to be front and center in our messaging. And so our end goal should be, not only to be convincing people to appreciate the sanctity of life and not abort babies and to support natural family planning and marriage, but to accept Jesus Christ as the loving Lord who desires to bless us all.

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African American Outreach Prayer

Friday, November 16th, 2012

ABBA Father, dear Creator God,

In your Word you command us to pray

For all who serve you in public office,

That we may lead peaceful lives.

We intercede for those in the offices of

President of the United States,

In the Congressional Black Caucus,

And in federal, state, county and local offices.

We ask for a new outpouring of your Spirit,

The Spirit of truth and life,

The Spirit of repentance and conversion,

The Spirit of courage and grace;

Let peace and love abound,

For ourselves and for those holding political offices.

May we be instruments of Your Holy Spirit

And witnesses of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

In which alone we find hope for our nation and the world.

We ask this in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

-Written by Father Frank Pavone and Dr. Alveda King

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Beware of the Subtleties of the Evil One

Thursday, November 15th, 2012

Have you taken your children or grandchildren to see Wreck-It Ralph, the latest Disney movie released November 2, 2012?

I haven’t seen the film but my assistant took his granddaughter to see it this past weekend. After watching the movie it almost made him swear off movies. Or at lease go see the movie ahead of time before he takes his granddaughter to see another movie.

Kid’s movies should be made for kids. No innuendos, no bad language, no sexually suggestive material. Let the kids be kids. They will grow up fast enough. But I guess Disney doesn’t feel that way. They are trying to indoctrinate them at the earliest age possible.

If you haven’t heard of the movie, it’s about the characters of arcade video games, in particular, Wreck-It Ralph from the game Fix-It Felix. Ralph is the bad guy in the game and he is tired of being the bad guy. All he does is wreck the building and Felix comes behind him and fixes it for which he receives a medal. Ralph is tired of being the bad guy and wants to be a good guy so he can get a medal.

The movie is pretty good but for one particular scene. It’s very subtle and most people probably saw nothing wrong with it. But it’s there and every parent and grandparent needs to watch out for it.

In the movie all the bad guys get together for what looks like an ‘AA’ style support group. In this group sitting next to Ralph is a red colored character with horns that Ralph calls ‘Satan’ who quickly corrects him and says his name is ‘Sateen’ [my own spelling of how he says it]. The implication, I believe, is that, like the other video game bad guy characters, Satan is, as one of the characters says, “Ralph[Satan], you’re a bad guy but this doesn’t mean you are a BAD GUY.”

They close out the meeting with the Bad Guy Affirmation, including Satan – I am BAD, and that’s GOOD. I will never be GOOD, and that’s not BAD. There’s no one I’d rather be than ME.

With these type of subtle indoctrination our children are being steered towards a dangerous path; a path of destruction of their souls.

The bible warns, “Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who
put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for
sweet and sweet for bitter.” Isaiah 5:20

This type of indoctrination is what leads people to choosing an evil like abortion and calling it a good choice. The killing of an unborn child is never a good.

So, if you do go see the movie, make sure you talk with your children and grandchildren about this scene. Don’t assume that they aren’t paying attention. Use it as a teaching moment. Teach them that evil is always BAD. Teach them that Satan, regardless of what he may call himself, is always BAD and EVIL and that he is NOT GOOD.

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Traveling and Encouraged

Wednesday, November 14th, 2012

As I have been getting out and meeting with many people since the election I am encouraged, especially by the youth. They have so many good questions and are so full of life and they will be the generation that abolishes abortion.

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If We Could All Take Flight…

Tuesday, November 13th, 2012

Okay. I can’t get the new movie FLIGHT starring Denzel Washington out of my awareness. Why? I’m beginning to wonder if the movie isn’t prophetic in a strange kind of way. As in America is headed for a big CRASH if we don’t wake up! Let’s face it. My first response to FLIGHT was valid, too much substance abuse, too much profanity, too much nudity, too many cursory glances of religion without compassion. Of course there is a whole lot more of all of that stuff going on in the real world, and believe me, it is too much!

However, the flight attendant who survived the crash and introduced her son to the captain at the funeral of his girlfriend was a bright spot in the movie. The other bright spot was the hindsight looking forward of the captain (Denzel) talking to fellow inmates.

Mr. Washington, actor nonpareil portrayed such a convincing role that I find myself almost asking the captains on the multitudinous flights I continue to board if they are drunk or high on drugs. A few days ago, one captain was lamenting to his senior flight attendant – with a wry look on his face – saying “these kind of movies always make it hard for us.” I remember saying to myself, you got that right!

Now, Mr. Washington displayed his naked posterior anatomy on screen. I know that isn’t all that shocking to many people these days; you can stumble across far worse on late night TV and cable if you’re not taking precautions with your remote control. But honestly, did we have to see that? I guess one could argue that Mr. Washington is trying to tell us to wake up, that things are really bad when someone can appear in court drunk and high on drugs and almost get away with a crime if he or she has some really good lawyers and financial backers and doesn’t have a conscience.

I am really about to wish and maybe even pray that Mr. Denzel Washington and some other brave, courageous and conscience stricken actors will take another look at what’s happening to babies and their mothers; all too many being slaughtered by abortion. Can we put that on the big screens of the world, and then have a “Come to Jesus” moment?

I almost didn’t write this one my friends, but it is often said that writing is cathartic. Does America need a purging agent? Oh my!

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Remembering Our Veterans

Monday, November 12th, 2012

Today we remember all the veterans who have served in the military and fought for the freedom we enjoy today. We pray for all those living and deceased veterans of past and current conflicts. We also remember and pray for those who have returned broken in body or spirit.

Yesterday at my church, Believers’ Bible Christian Church in Atlanta, we remembered and thanked our veterans for their service.

In addition to our veterans, we want to also pray for all those men and women who are currently serving in the military. God bless everyone.

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Lawsuits Against HHS Mandate Continue With Obama Re-Election

Friday, November 9th, 2012

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: November 9, 2012

Contact: Leslie Palma
347-286-7277

STATEN ISLAND, NY — Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, welcomed news that the first lawsuit filed against the Obama administration’s HHS mandate will be heard by a federal appeals court.

The suit, brought by Belmont Abbey College in North Carolina, will be heard Dec. 14 by the U.S. Court of Appeal for the District of Columbia.

Priests for Life’s lawsuit, filed in February, was the fourth of some 30 actions that challenge the constitutionality of the mandate.

“A different outcome on Election Day, followed by the elimination of this mandate, would have resolved the problems these lawsuits seek to correct. Now, however, they are more important than ever,” said Father Pavone. “This administration is on a collision course with the Catholic Church, and with anyone who treasures the religious liberty guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution. It’s encouraging that the Court of Appeals has decided to hear the Belmont Abbey suit, and I’m confident Priests for Life’s suit also will have its day in court and that we will prevail.

“Meanwhile, we invite all citizens to express their solidarity with us by signing the “Citizens’ Amicus Brief” at www.priestsforlife.org/hhsmandate/amicus-brief.aspx.”

Priests for Life is the nation’s largest Catholic pro-life organization dedicated to ending abortion and euthanasia. For more information, visit www.priestsforlife.org.

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Ignoring African Americans’ and women‘s voices will not win elections.

Friday, November 9th, 2012

The Republican Party did not do justice to the appeals from African Americans and women who said, “Let our voices be heard during this election.” It seems that there was very little understanding that not knowing how to talk about rape and incest in cases of abortions and not looking at the women’s viewpoints did not help and then not including the African American’s voices in the election efforts did not help win the election.

The African American community reached out continually but there were no significant meetings between the national black pro-life community and the Party.

Also, there were many in the African American community who were concerned with the issue of natural marriage and our voices were not able to resonate with the Party.

And then you had the Senatorial or the Congressional candidates who were running for office and they were not able to articulate the woman’s viewpoint regarding rape and incest and the abortion issue and how abortion harms women.

Then too, the deaths of women including black women by abortion that should have been a factor or feature that should have caused women to take another look during this election cycle were overlooked.

So African Americans who were primed to not vote God’s way because if natural marriage were ignored. Many Christians regardless of ethnicity ended up in the same boat.

Obviously there is a serious disconnect or misconnect. Now what?

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Working With Dr. Day Gardner

Thursday, November 8th, 2012

I just wanted to tell you about my good friend, Dr. Day Gardner. We have been working together for many years and have been particularlly busy as of late. We are both members of the National Black Prolife Coalition along with many other Black leaders where we contributed to the book, LIFE AT ALL COSTS, An Anthology of Voices From 21st Century Black Prolife Leaders. We have been working on a new campaign, Could Have Been Me, for the elections cycle. We have also been involved with a new organization, www.GodSaid.org trying to encourage people to follow God’s ways.

Also, be sure to visit her website at National Black Pro-Life Union.

I am so blessed to have such a good friend in Day!

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Where Do We Go From Here

Wednesday, November 7th, 2012

More deeply into the word of God!

While preaching one of his favorite sermons, “The Drum Major Instinct,” at Ebenezer Baptist Church, Atlanta, Georgia, on February 4, 1968, Martin Luther King, Jr. offered this prayer as an expression of his growing sense of Christian duty and accountability. He was under increasing pressure because of his statements against the Vietnam War, his attacks on the capitalistic system and ethic, and his efforts on behalf of the Memphis sanitation workers and the Poor People’s Campaign. King had exactly two months to live, and this sermon would ultimately be heard as his eulogy on April 9, 1968.

“On Your Right or Your Left Side”

Yes, Jesus, I want to be on your right or your left side, not for any selfish reason. I want to be on your right side or your left side, not in terms of some political kingdom or ambition. But I just want to be there in love and in justice and in truth and in commitment to others, so we can make of this old world a new world.

Psalm 23

A psalm of David.

The LORD is my shepherd, I lack nothing.
He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters,
he refreshes my soul.
He guides me along the right paths
for his name’s sake.
Even though I walk
through the darkest valley,
I will fear no evil,
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
they comfort me.

You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.
Surely your goodness and love will follow me
all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the LORD
forever.

Make sure to join us for a National Webcast regarding the election results tonight from 9-10 p.m. ET. Two men known for their political insight as well as their understanding of the Church and the pro-life cause will join us: Dr. Deal Hudson and Deacon Keith Fournier. Sign up to participate in the webcast at www.ElectionWebcast.org.

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