Archive for December, 2012

Build Your Hope On Things Eternal…

Wednesday, December 12th, 2012





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In the Catholic Tradition, a Holy Day of Obligation is a very important day; so important that no attending mass on a Holy Day of Obligation is a very serious sin. Although not Catholic, the 40 Days till MLK 2013: The Holy Day of Inauguration is a very important time of prayer, fasting and repentence.

1. The True Light is Already Shining – 1 John 2:8
2. “Be not overcome with evil; rather overcome evil with good.” Romans 12:21
3. “Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD our God”. Psalm 20:7

Dear Friends, This announcement regarding the Holy Day of Inauguration came to me this week, right while I am currently meditating on why people were so saddened by the November 2012 elections. Our hope comes from God and not horses and chariots or politicians or judges or presidents. So many scriptures keep jumping out while I’m reading and studying and seeking God for “what’s next?” Admittedly, the President of the United States is on a slippery slope, and a majority of voters agreed enough with his agenda to re-elect him and are seemingly sliding along the slope with him in some sort of weird bliss. Doesn’t this mean that those who voted for the President are also responsible for the sorry state that we are in? He is the political leader of this nation, and a majority seems to have voted for him. Yet God is still our refuge and our strength, and a very present help in trouble.

Some of us are groaning and reeling; yet there are many who are turning with greater commitment to 2 Chronicles 7:14, thank goodness. Let’s hate the source of the evil, the devil that is, and not hate and war with each other.

We must continue to pray and seek the Lord. Interestingly enough, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday and the Inauguration of the President are on the same day. Again, we must be praying and seeking the Lord according to 2 Chronicles 7:14.

Actually, January 21, 2013 is another pivotal day in our lives. It is the day of the Birthday Celebration Observance of my uncle, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.; the day before the nefarious 40 year observance of Roe vs. Wade which has allowed for the murder of over 50 million human babies, and President Obama will be sworn in for the second time that day. Let us all pray for mercy, for the dregs of judgment are very bitter. Our country is being judged as are we. Let us pray and ask for forgiveness and forgive each other and just move ahead expecting our God to deliver us!

Want to be blessed during these monumental and tumultuous times? Do something good for someone. Send some Bibles to people who need them. Take back Christmas by singing Christ affirming carols at unexpected places. Help someone have Christmas whose outlook is bleak right now. Read them the Bible accounts of the miracle of Jesus when you deliver their gifts.

Look up and look ahead to God, for surely He alone is able to deliver us!

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Fr. Pavone is named 2013 “Defender of Life”

Wednesday, December 12th, 2012





Priests for Life

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: December 11, 2012

Contact: Leslie Palma
347-286-7277

STATEN ISLAND, NY — Students for Life of America announced today that it will honor Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, with its 2013 Defender of Life award.

The award will be bestowed Jan. 26 during SFLA’s annual National Youth Conference in Bethesda, Md.

“Throughout Father Frank’s ministry he has been a leader, a visionary, and a courageously outspoken voice for the preborn,” the organization said in a statement announcing the award. “His ground-breaking work exposing the true horrors of abortion through images of the aborted child, his countless hours standing and praying outside of abortion facilities offering women in crisis real help, and his great compassion for the women and men left with the heartache of abortion have inspired a generation to enter into the pro-life movement.”

Father Pavone has been the National Director of Priests for Life since 1993. He is also the president of the National Pro-Life Religious Council. The New York native was ordained by Cardinal John J. O’Connor in 1988. After serving five years in parish ministry, the Cardinal released him to do pro-life ministry full-time. He has been involved in the pro-life movement since he was a teenager and attended his first March for Life in D.C.

“I am so honored and so happy to be receiving this award,” Father Pavone said. “We know that youth are not only the future of the pro-life movement, they are vital to its work right now. I have met so many of the Students for Life across America, and they inspire me! Priests for Life and our Youth Outreach Director Bryan Kemper have been working closely with Students for Life and we expect this partnership to grow and flourish.”

To read the full statement from Students for Life, please visit www.studentsforlife.org

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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New Women’s Health Video

Tuesday, December 11th, 2012





Hello friends, please check out my new video at www.africanamericanoutreach.com (on right of the page) on women’s health issues. Also check out the head of Planned Parenthood asking members of Congress to return to their eugenics roots HERE. Finally, please consider how Planned Parenthood mounted a very successful campaign during the elections as reported by the Washington Post. They are very bold in presenting their platforms. We should be so bold. Actually, we should be MORE BOLD!

A very good prolife friend recently observed that in 2012 “we were no match for the synergy created by a president, political party, and abortion groups working in tandem.” Let’s change the game. Watch out for 2013. THE GAME WILL BE ADVANCED!

Let’s be the real voice for women’s health in 2013! Janet Morana is working on a new book and you won’t want to miss this eye opener! Also, if you haven’t read LIFE AT ALL COSTS, put it on a serious to do list for early 2013.






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The Vision Christmas Show

Monday, December 10th, 2012






Here is the first of a few new episodes of The Vision. Check back regularly for upcoming episodes.






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What Has 40 Years of Abortion Done to America?

Tuesday, December 4th, 2012





December 4, 2012

Contact: Allan E. Parker
210-614-7157
info@txjf.org

PRESS ADVISORY AND RELEASE

WHO: Experts Including Women Hurt By Abortion
WHAT: Media Briefing
WHERE: National Press Club in Washington, D.C.
WHEN: December 4, 2012 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
ISSUE: The Impact of Abortion on Women, Families, and Society

Washington, D.C. – On December 4, 2012, at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., an impressive and diverse group of experts and witnesses with personal experience of abortion will present a three hour media briefing and background session on the topic: “What Has 40 Years of Abortion Done to America?”

The purpose of the briefing is to provide access to a broad spectrum of experts, including women hurt by abortion, for news media preparing news stories regarding the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton. All presenters will make their written statements available to be used in any format, without embargo. Presenters will provide evidence, documentation and background material that will assist all reporters in preparing thoughtful analytical pieces that present both sides of the issue of legalized abortion. The event is being hosted by The Justice Foundation.

Operation Outcry is a project of The Justice Foundation and has now collected over 5,200 legally admissible testimonies from women of how their abortion hurt them. Five of these women will present their individual abortion stories showing the diverse range of experiences of abortion and its aftermath. The U.S. Supreme Court has cited Operation Outcry’s testimonies for the proof that “some women come to regret aborting the infant life they once created and sustained…” “Severe depression and loss of esteem can follow.” Gonzales v. Carhart (2007).

Speakers include: (full bios will be available on www.40yearsafterabortion.org by Dec. 4)

“Abortion Hurt Me Personally and Millions of Others” – Carmen Pate (Senior Director of Community in Action with Truth in Action) and Operation Outcry Women Hurt by Abortion- Myra Myers, Rebecca Porter, Julie Thomas and Cindy Collins

“Scientific Evidence That Abortion Hurts Women” – Dr. Martha Shuping, MD, Psychiatrist

“Impact of Abortion on African-American Community” – Dr. Alveda King, National Spokesperson for Silent No More Awareness Campaign

“Impact of Abortion on Women’s Health, Millions of Pre-Term Births” – Dr. Freda McKissic Bush, MD, FACOG practicing OB-GYN in Jackson, Mississippi; Fellow in the American College OB-GYN

“Abortion Causes Breast Cancer” – Dr. Angela Lanfranchi MD FACS, Breast Cancer Surgeon, a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, and certified by the American Board of Surgery; Co-Founder and President of the Breast Cancer Prevention Institute

“Impact of Abortion on Men” – Kevin Burke, Rachel’s Vineyard Licensed social worker; Co-Author of “Redeeming A Father’s Heart-Men Share Powerful Stories of Abortion Loss and Recovery”

“Abortion Has Corrosively Politicized the Supreme Court” – Allan Parker, Attorney and President, The Justice Foundation; Co-Host, “Faces of Abortion” Television Program; former Professor of Law

Jeanneane Maxon, VP of External Affairs and Corporate Counsel for Americans United
for Life;

“40 Years of Abortion Has Politicized Medicine and Science” – Dr. Byron C. Calhoun, MD, FACOG, FACS, MBA; Diplomate Board Certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology in General Obstetrics and Gynecology and in the sub-specialty of Maternal-Fetal Medicine; authored over 70 peer review articles in the Obstetric and Gynecologic literature

“Are We Better Off After 40 Years?” – Georgette Forney, Co-Founder of Silent No More Awareness Campaign

“Promises Unkept: 40 Years of Legal Abortion Has Failed to Lower Child Abuse, Crime, and Out of Wedlock Births” – Michael New, Assist. Professor of Political Science, Master’s degree in Statistics and a doctorate in Political Science from Stanford University in 2002

“Abortion in New York (Abortion Capital USA): Painful Lessons” – Christopher Bell, President, Good Counsel

“Abortion Has Caused Increased Violence Against Women” – Molly White, Founder and Director of Women for Life International – USA

“Abortion’s War on Possibility and the Beauty of Adoption” – Ryan Scott Bomberger, Chief Creative Officer of The Radiance Foundation (exposed the disproportionate impact of abortion in the Black community and the racism of Planned Parenthood; adoptee and adoptive father)






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Four Earth Departures During this Holiday Season – I Remember Each Departed Loved One with Tears and Smiles

Monday, December 3rd, 2012






Mary Ellen Strong: A Mentor and a Friend, Rest in peace dear sister

This holiday season has been especially touching for me. My Aunt Coretta’s brother, Rev. Obie Scott died, and we attended his funeral the day after Thanksgiving. Then I received an email that a dear neighbor of ours had passed. The funeral was a few days ago. Then, I received a call that my mentor was in hospice, and was told to “get ready.” Then a cherished member of my home church died. Four funerals in close proximity, and they were all real honest to goodness home goings!

I’m sharing a news article regarding my mentor, Dr. Mary Ellen Strong. Her first memorial service was last week, the second is this coming weekend.

Mary Ellen Strong, a pioneer in black media and marketing in Milwaukee and Chicago, died Tuesday, November 27, 2012 of heart failure at her California home. She was 91.

Strong had lived in California for several years, where she had worked with various ministries, said her son, Jerrel Jones.

“She was the first in so many things,” he said. “She did have the pioneering spirit.”

Her long and varied career included politics, publishing and marketing. It began with the annual Wisconsin Negro Business directory in 1949.

“It started many things, and was the beginning of my known work,” she said in 1956, when she made an unsuccessful bid for 6th district alderman. In a feature story at the time, she said, “Milwaukee has a great soul. I want to give it body. I think this is the most strategic ward in Milwaukee. I’m in love with it.” It was the same year that Vel Phillips ran for an aldermanic seat and became the first black and the first woman elected to Milwaukee’s Common Council.

Around the same time, Strong founded the Milwaukee Defender, a weekly newspaper in Milwaukee billed as “Wisconsin’s only negro news of and by negroes.” It published until 1961.

“She was a spirit in terms of business and making things happen in Milwaukee,” said Clayborn Benson, founder and director of the Wisconsin Black Historical Society.

Benson called the business directories she produced a comprehensive look at Milwaukee’s black community at the time, covering businesses as well as clubs, civic and social organizations and more. It featured ads for black businesses and businesses that were friendly to blacks, including a national listing of hotels where blacks could “vacation without humiliation,” according to a Wisconsin Historical Society archive listing. The directory published until 1961.

In 1963, Strong started the Milwaukee Courier, part of the Courier chain of newspapers, said her son, who now runs the paper.

In 1972, Courier Communications Corp. bought WNOV, the first black-owned radio station in Wisconsin, Jones said.

By the mid-1960s, Strong had moved to Chicago and was publisher of Black Family magazine in Chicago, had founded her own public relations, marketing and research firm and was director of the marketing and research division of the Chicago Courier.

She also was founder and president of Welcome New Neighbor Service Inc., a nationwide marketing company aimed at black consumers, and worked as a marketing and advertising consultant.

One of eight children, Strong moved to Milwaukee with her family a short time after she was born in Gary, Ind. Her father died when she was young. She attended Milwaukee Public Schools and was the first black person to attend what was then the Milwaukee Business University, according to the 1956 story on her aldermanic bid. She took vocational school classes in the evening, studying everything from speed reading to millinery and real estate law.

The latter would come in handy when she bought a plot of land in Chicago and announced plans to build “a high rise building that will stand tall in the second largest Negro market in America,” according to a 1966 Milwaukee Journal story on her life in Chicago.
She sold the building when she moved to Atlanta, where she became involved in ministry work, her son said.
Her nephew, Monty Shadd, remembers her as “always very busy, always on the go.”

He added, “She was an adventurer. She was a pacesetter, a ground breaker – not only assertive but aggressive. What she did was so radical in some cases. She knew what she wanted, and she went after it.”

Strong was married four times. Her marriage to Jesse Jones ended in divorce, as did her marriage to Lawrence Shadd. In 1970, she married attorney James Strong, who had been a U.S. diplomat to Gambia and worked as a marketing executive with Kellogg Corp. After his death, she married Andrew Gaines of Atlanta, the father and manager of the late singer Donna Summer. He died about five years ago.

For more than 25 years, Strong was involved with ministries – including Abundant Living Family Church in California, Crenshaw Christian Center in Los Angeles, Word of Faith in Detroit and Nashville, Believers Bible Christian Church in Atlanta and others.
Her son said he read a quotation recently that reminded him of his mother. It began, “Work for a cause, not for applause,” he said.
“That’s the way she was. When she left Milwaukee, believe me, Milwaukee had a void.”

Besides her son Jerrel Jones, she is survived by a daughter, Carolyn Wright; two brothers, Leonard Brady of Milwaukee and Walton Brady of El Paso, Texas; 12 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.






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National Call to Action!!!

Saturday, December 1st, 2012






A message from my good friend, Day Gardner

“Take Back Christmas” Project – Even though Mary became an un-wed mother in a very difficult time, God had specific plans for her baby—and He still has specific plans for each and every baby. Therefore, we are organizing participation of a thousand (or more) churches across the Nation to be very deliberate in holding biblical events this coming and every Christmas with heavy focus on the birth of Jesus celebrations.

We are also asking for each church to organize events in public areas such as traditional Christmas caroling hailing the birth of Jesus. We are also providing and producing support pieces on Facebook, Twitter, Email and YouTube videos.

Our hope is less Santa, Frosty and Rudolph—More Jesus!

Alveda and I — after this depressing election season felt it would be great to do something really uplifting and something ALL Christians can support!

Are you interested in helping us take back CHRISTmas?

Part One:
“Flash Mob” Christmas Caroling

We are planning “flash mob (FM) Christmas caroling”. Here’s the thing…songs only about Jesus–NO Frosty, NO Rudolph, NO Santa and NO Christmas tree or chestnut songs.

We are asking the “FM” to sing 10 songs – One verse only “always beginning” with O Come All Ye Faithful ( as a call to action)—”always ending” with Silent Night (to signify the end). (Approx time: 15-20 minutes)

Let’s make it fun!

Ask everyone to wear something red (ex:) a red coat or hat or scarf or gloves–or just carry a red bag!!!

Good thing is — no rehearsals needed!!!
No baby sitters needed!!! Bring the kids!!!

We will provide an email list of ten songs with the words included to the first verse of each song.

We are hoping churches, individuals, family and friends will do one or more of these in different locations in the week leading up to Christmas.

We have other ideas and would like to hear yours–so, are you with us???!!

Merry CHRISTmas!!!!
Day and Alveda






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