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Why All Lives Matter

Monday, March 23rd, 2015
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According to the U.S. Justice Department, what fueled part of the underlying unrest that exploded in Ferguson, Missouri was that the police there were regarded not so much as officers of the peace, but officers of the fleece.

It seems that certain city officials came to regard the Ferguson police department as revenue collectors. If the city needed more money, the police were allegedly instructed to issue more tickets. And not just a ticket here or a ticket there, but as many as possible. According to the DOJ report, “Officers sometimes write six, eight, or, in at least one instance, fourteen citations for a single encounter.”

It seems that in many instances African Americans are more likely to be pulled over, more likely to be ticketed, and much more likely to be arrested. In the words of Niger Innis of Restore the Dream, blacks become “low hanging fruit” – an easy and lucrative source of income for the city government.

Blacks are among the first and most targeted.

But Ferguson is only one among many such cities where the victims pay with their wallets, and sometimes their lives. Accordingly I’m reminded that African Americans have for years been “low hanging fruit” in another endemic money-making scheme that is nationwide; where victims pay with their wallets and their babies’ lives.

The abortion industry is Ferguson writ large.

In 2013, Ferguson collected $2.63 million in fines and fees from local residents. For the fiscal year 2013-14, Planned Parenthood, which performs about one third of the nation’s abortions, took in $1.3 billion; 41 percent of that from taxpayers.

Ferguson’s population is a little over 21,000. Planned Parenthood alone eliminated about 16 Fergusons from our population last year alone.

And just like Ferguson, Planned Parenthood systematically targets minorities.

According to the Guttmacher Institute, named for the late Alan Guttmacher, a former president of Planned Parenthood, black women are three-to-five times more likely than white women to have abortions, depending on which year’s statistics you’re examining. Hispanic women are twice as likely.

Planned Parenthood will say that this is explainable. Low income women have more abortions. They suggest that it’s just coincidental that low income women are disproportionately Black or Hispanic.

What’s not even remotely explainable, however, is what Planned Parenthood – in a Black History Month press release this year – euphemistically calls its “complicated history.”

This “complicated history” begins with Planned Parenthood’s founder, Margaret Sanger. This is a woman whose life’s mission was to ensure that there be fewer children from what she called “the unfit.”

Whom did she deem “the unfit”? Well, Margaret Sanger had no problem addressing a Ku Klux Klan rally. She wrote that “the aboriginal Australian, the lowest known species of the human family, [is] just a step higher than the chimpanzee in brain development.” And she developed “the Negro Project,” the goal of which was to reduce the Black population.

Oh, but Planned Parenthood will explain that all this is nothing compared to the “good” that Margaret Sanger accomplished by championing birth control. Whenever I hear this, I’m reminded that Planned Parenthood likes to tell people that we should ignore the 330,000 babies it kills every year because it does pap smears and hands out condoms and harmful chemical and surgical birth deterrents as well.

The nation’s largest abortion chain also likes to say that whatever its past was, it is not racist today. Really?

In 2008, seven Planned Parenthood offices around the country were called and offered donations for the express purpose of aborting black babies. The caller would make statements such as, “There are way too many blacks in America.” In every instance, Planned Parenthood was willing to take the donor’s money, sometimes enthusiastically.

According to Protecting Black Life, 79 percent of all abortion clinics are located in or near minority neighborhoods. Two of Planned Parenthood’s most recent high profile building projects in New Orleans and El Centro, California, are in areas of high minority populations.

Just more coincidence, I suppose abortion supporters would say.

Here’s another “coincidence.” The Department of Justice’s report on Ferguson states that the city’s “law enforcement practices are shaped by [its] focus on revenue rather than by public safety needs.” Abby Johnson, a former Planned Parenthood clinic director, declares that her facility had abortion quotas that it needed to fill for budgetary reasons. In both instances, money was the motivating force at work. Public service was secondary, if not a pretense.

Ferguson is on the way to being reformed. Officials have resigned and been replaced. Practices are being revamped. But the abortion industry continues in its discriminatory, deadly practices. Every day, 3,000 babies lives, over 1,000 of them African American, are ended in America before we can hear their cries.

Black lives do matter. All lives matter — in Ferguson, in Florida, in New York, and in the wombs of all of the mothers in America. No longer will we look the other way at Ferguson’s practices– mirrored across the nation — and ignore the injustices, imbalances and symptoms that are being uncovered. No more.

And just as Ferguson’s wrongs are being corrected, I believe that abortion will one day be overcome as well. Then it’s inevitable that we will face the profound, simple truth – all lives matter.

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HAPPY NEW YEAR FROM DR. ALVEDA KING

Wednesday, December 31st, 2014

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Yes Sheriff Clark, I agree. My New Year’s Affirmation: Black Lives, All Lives Matter

Friends, this is the very last day of 2014. What a tumultuous yet victorious year it has been. What with Ferguson, Staten Island, Isis, Rumors of Wars, Untold Greed, Poverty and Lack. Oh my goodness! Yet all is not lost! As I declare this truth, and while I have some “New Year’s Resolutions,” I also have some “New Year’s Affirmations.”

First, I affirm that Jesus is truly Lord! For me that’s self explanatory.

141231 blog imageASecond, Black lives matter; all lives matter. In the midst of the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner, the notorious Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest and most wealthy abortion provider, picked up the slogan, BLACK LIVES MATTER. The resounding outcry of outrage against their hypocrisy is still resonating. How can PPH help slaughter over 55 million babies legally, with nearly 1/3 of their victims being Black babies, and then proclaim that Black lives matter?

Yes, much attention has been given to this mantra this year. Most recently a bold affirmation from Milwaukee Sheriff David Clarke, an African American law official, told CNN: “When I hear these things – that Black lives matter, the only people who really believe that statement are American police officers who go into American ghettos every day to keep people from killing each other…. Look, the abortions? If Black lives – if they really mattered, that’s where the outrage would be that’s where we’d see protests….” He also tweeted to a New York Times reporter, “If only these faux protesters were asked by media about all the black on black killing or black babies aborted in US every year.”

Yes Sheriff Clark. Thank you for speaking truth to power!

141231 blog image3My friends and colleagues, Janet Morana and Kevin Burke, LSW, blogged about a recent article in Rolling Stone Magazine where Nicki Minaj’s shares that she had an abortion. It’s too bad she didn’t have some help that may have resulted in her having her baby because her baby’s life matters. You can read their blog HERE.

Friends, there is much work ahead of us as we put 2014 behind us. Let’s pray together and get ready!

For starters, please pray for us and join us early in 2015:

DC on January 8, 2015 for “Shockwaves” Kick-Off www.silentnomoreawareness.com
Atlanta, MLK Week January 12-19, 2015 at www.thekingcenter.org
Dallas, TX on January 15, 2015 at www.thereconciledchurch.org
DC on January 21, 2015 for prolife youth rally at www.priestsforlife.org/marchforlife/
DC in January on January 22, 2015 at www.nationalprayerservice.com and www.silentnomoreawareness.com
Issues4Life Foundation Day, January 23, 2015 and Walk for Life January 24, 2015 at http://www.issues4life.org/events.html

Friends, I have other resolutions and affirmations and you will be hearing from me throughout the year. For updates on events and schedules, check out www.africanamericanoutreach.com, www.restorethedream2015.com, www.alvedacelesteking.com and www.kingrulesbook.com during the year regarding how together we can make a difference in the coming days. God bless you and HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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Nobel Peace Then and Now…

Thursday, December 11th, 2014

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May God bless the 2014 winners of the Nobel Peace Prize, Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi. Both are to be commended for their fearless fight for the rights of children.

My Uncle, MLK received the Nobel Peace Prize 50 years ago in 1964 for his nonviolent campaign for human justice. Uncle ML resisted injustice and sought solutions through Christian prayer and nonviolent protests.

Many today acknowledge injustice in the world’s judicial systems. In some cases, “the haves” guilty or not can buy their way out of some legal charges; whereas the “have nots” whether innocent or not can’t afford good lawyers.

The recent grand jury decisions in Ferguson and New York have sparked protests adding fuel to the fire in these two cities along with many others throughout the United States.

A major difference between the protests of the 20th century Civil Rights Movement and these violent protests in many cities today is the shortage of fervent prayer.

Whereas Martin Luther King, Jr. respected the laws and law officers in his day while still disagreeing with the discrimination many of today’s protesters have no respect for police officers even to the point of putting a bounty on their heads. One video shows a woman passing by a camera and then returning just to scream, “F*** the police.”

What a far cry from the MLK Nobel Peace Prize speech:

“After contemplation, I conclude that this award which I receive on behalf of that movement is a profound recognition that nonviolence is the answer to the crucial political and moral question of our time—the need for man to overcome oppression and violence without resorting to violence and oppression.” MLK 1964

Through prayer and perseverance Uncle ML and the faithful were successful in getting Civil Rights Laws passed using nonviolent means. Today’s protesters are alienating many of their supporters because of the looting and arson.

Additionally, many protesters keep chanting Hands Up – Don’t Shoot, a phrase taken from what Dorian Johnson, Michael Brown’s friend, told police as he witnessed the incident between police officer Darren Wilson and Michael Brown.

This chant along with “no justice no peace” tends to inflame emotions rather than to promote a goal of peaceful nonviolent conflict resolution. Jesus said: “Blessed are the peacemakers.” I believe that my Daddy, AD King, Granddaddy King and Uncle ML, all followers of Christ, left us good examples of walking in faith, hope, peace and love. I write about their examples in my book KING RULES. There are some other mantras in the “tweet” chapter.

Now some useful mantras are: Know Peace – Know Justice, Pants Up – Don’t Loot and Hands Up – Don’t Abort. Why bring abortion into the equation? Well, along with Black on Black crime and questionable deaths by law enforcement, Blacks are dying by abortion at alarming rates.

The injustice of abortion is killing over 1,300 black babies every single day. Now the question should be: Millions of babies are dying. Where is the outcry? Where are their lawyers? Where is the justice?

Like Uncle ML during his lifetime, the 2014 Nobel Laureates are advocates for children. Let us now pray for peace on earth, for life, for children, for family, our nation and the world. For Christmas, for our families. For Christ.

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Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Trayvon Martin: Tragic Deaths, Ending Trail of Tears and Fears

Thursday, December 4th, 2014

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When a society is revenue driven, minorities can be seen as “low hanging fruit” in a quota system from writing traffic tickets to arrest warrants. It’s not so much about skin color as it is about economics.” – Niger Innis, www.restorethedream2015.com

Regardless of which side of the scenarios you are on, many would admit that the deaths of these and so many more young men, are very tragic.

So much is being said by so many already that I pray only to participate by adding even more clarity and peaceful solutions to the puzzle. With all the interviews and articles/blogs surrounding the whole Michael Brown/Darren Wilson and now Eric Garner situations, let’s include more prayer in all the discussions.

The media is portraying two-sided issues; those who agree with the grand jury’s decisions and support the law enforcement systems; and those who disagree with the decisions in support of the dead youths; hoping to make “tragic heroes” of our dead brothers.

Because, like it or not, these young people are someone’s “dearly departed,” and in God’s eyes, they are our brothers. As the old song goes; “he ain’t heavy; he’s my brothers.”

The media schedules guests from one side or the other and allow the contenders to go at each other. Conflict sells stories and hooks audiences. Many media outlets have agendas and they skew the questions in hopes of spinning the discussion in one direction or the other.

We are often asked to comment on this person or that person and what their motives might be. Yet rather than judge or accuse which leads to strife, we all need to work towards the same goal of PEACE. This concept leads us to Mathew 5:9, “Blessed are the peacemakers, For they shall be called sons of God.”

Now, as to erstwhile tragic heroes:

Aristotle’s definition is playing out across our nation.

He defines a tragic hero as having certain characteristics, among them being:

1) Flaw or error of judgment (hamartia).

2) A reversal of fortune (peripeteia) brought about because of the hero’s error in judgment.

3) The discovery or recognition that the reversal was brought about by the hero’s own actions (anagnorisis). Surely Michael had to have known that his encounter with former Officer Wilson was a direct result of his action to rob the convenient store and confront the officer.

4) Excessive Pride (hubris). Only God knows the state of the hearts of the dead or the living.

5) The character’s fate must be greater than deserved. Certainly Michael’s, Eric’s, and Trayvon’s are tragic.

Depending on what side you’re on will determine if you think these young people fit the definition of tragic heroes or not.

In our society some put certain people on pedestals and look up to them. We view them as heroes or idols because they’re famous, rich, good as a particular sport, good at playing the piano or just plain powerful.

For me, there is only One who deserves to be a hero who is flawless and without blemish; God. As in three in One; God the Father, Son and Spirit. Jesus Christ. So Jesus is my Hero.

Are there people in society who live lives as virtuously as humanly possible that we can all look to and strive to be like them? Of course there are.

But we need to look at what makes them virtuous. Certainly it’s not the amount of money they make, it’s not because they hold a high office in business or government, or because they possess a God-given talent at sports or in playing a musical instrument.

Nor is it because misfortunes propel them to the media forefront. No, what makes a person virtuous is what they do with what God has given them. You don’t have to be rich or powerful to be virtuous. You can affect those around you no matter how small your circle of influence is.

There is still a third aspect of this situation that needs discussing. I’m talking about prayer.

I know people in Ferguson, NY and Florida are praying because I have contact through the prayer networks. I, and many others, have prayed with many in these communities. We encouraged people to pray for peace first and justice will follow. But I’m not hearing or reading much about prayer in the media.

Maybe because covering meetings like the 21 day tent meeting in Ferguson at www.thefergusonresponse.com; or the “2014 Evening of Prayer for Our City & The Urban World” hosted by Bishop Raphael Green and other ministers and leaders in Ferguson; or the many prayer encounters with www.restirethedream2015.com isn’t “sexy” news?

What we all need to do is step back a little from our emotions and biases and reflect on “What Would Jesus Do” As my Uncle Martin said, “We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.” Brothers and sister, I fear we will perish as fools unless we pray and ask for guidance from Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

While writing this blog, the grand jury voted not to file criminal charges against the police officer in the case of Eric Garner who died in New York in July when a white police officer put Garner, a black man, in a chokehold during an arrest,. Again people will protest and hopefully it won’t become violent.

So what will the race baiters and emotion stirrers come up with next. Will “hands up; don’t shoot” become “hands up; don’t choke?” I guess asking for “pants up; don’t loot” won’t go over so well with some of the protestors.

In Eric’s case as in the Michael Brown case, and Trayvon Martin case, now more people are dead, adding to the numbers of youth dead by racism, same race murders and other causes. Whatever the cause, it is all a tragedy. But the greater tragedy is the overall lack of respect for all human life.

Recently Pope Frances said: “As religious leaders, we are obliged to denounce all violations against human dignity and human rights. Human life, a gift of God the Creator, possesses a sacred character. As such, any violence which seeks religious justification warrants the strongest condemnation because the Omnipotent is the God of life and peace. The world expects those who claim to adore God to be men and women of peace who are capable of living as brothers and sisters, regardless of ethnic, religious, cultural or ideological differences.” [Emphasis added]

I would add that not only religious leaders but all Christians are obligated to denounce all violence against human dignity and human rights. All life is precious and does matter.

The hashtag #BlackLivesMatter has been cleverly used by many in this debate. Even Planned Parenthood jumped in with their tweets that they supported Ferguson and used the hashtag. I responded that all Black lives matter, even the ones in the wombs of their mothers. With over 1,000 Black babies being aborted every single day, where are the protests over their lives. And what about the Black lives being lost in cities like Chicago. Do their lives matter? Of course they do but I don’t see protests over their lives. Are they any less deserving than Michael Brown. I think not.

If we work on ourselves, our own biases, our own prejudices, our own shortcomings, and drop to our knees and repent for our own wrongdoings and ask for forgiveness, then we, the human, one blood, race, not separate races, will begin to see real change that can stop the killing, stop the looting, stop the racism.

Finally, please check out this message from Minister Jonathan Gentry at:

http://www.glennbeck.com/2014/12/01/the-most-powerful-six-minutes-of-truth-glenn-has-ever-seen

Then revisit the lyrics of “We Don’t Need Another Hero” with Tina Turner.

Out of the ruins
Out from the wreckage
Can’t make the same mistake this time
We are the children
The last generation
We are the ones they left behind…

I agree, we don’t need another hero. We have Jesus. Now let’s get busy about the business of reaching the hopeless, jobless and dreamless; addressing their fears, meeting their needs, drying their tears. Herein lie our solutions.

Praying for Peace and Love.

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“America, we are better than this!”

Tuesday, November 25th, 2014

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Last summer, God revealed a message to me just before the tragic death of Michael Brown. “Alveda, tell the people of the world this: You don’t have to live this way. You are better than this.” Weeks later Michael Brown was killed in Ferguson.

Yesterday, my friend Bishop Harry Jackson, world leader and Pentecostal Pastor of Hope Christian Center spoke to our nation with these words: “America, we are better than this.” The message is very clear. God values our lives, all of our lives. These words came just after a powerful “2014 Evening of Prayer for Our City & The Urban World” hosted by Bishop Raphael Green and other ministers and leaders in Ferguson.

Bishop Jackson; Niger Innis, National Spokesperson for Congress on Racial Equality (CORE), Executive Director of TheTeaParty.net, and Founder of www.restorethedream2015.com; and I are part of a growing coalition of socially and ethnically blended preachers and civil rights leaders who are leading the charge to promote peaceful solutions to the systemic issues that are at the root of explosive eruptions across our nation. Right now, the spotlight is on Ferguson, MO where a grand jury comprised of the peers (Blacks and Whites) of Michael Brown and Darren Wilson failed to indict Officer Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown.

Niger writes:

“A form of justice prevailed in Ferguson. Yet larger issues must be addressed by us all, together as a nation. The evidence has been examined and reexamined, undoubtedly with an understanding of the unique importance of the outcome. Yet we must understand that this is not just a decision on the perceived tensions between law enforcement and the Black community. This is not the final say on the value of Black men’s lives, of indeed all human lives. This is even bigger than the decision on the actions of police officer Darren Wilson.

“Yes, all of us must step aside and look at the facts; we must discuss and react to this decision passionately, but respectfully.

“There are broader issues that have been brought to light in Ferguson that must be addressed by our entire nation in Red and Yellow, Black and White. It is important that our law enforcement community protects and serves the people with integrity and decency. It is also crucial that when this occurs, the community sees law enforcement as allies.

“The homicide rate among African-American men is far too high. Yet another somewhat confusing mitigating factor is that over 90% of the deaths of Black males come at the hands of other Black men, not White police officers. Are those Black lives worth less than those taken by Whites?

In the weeks and months ahead, Americans and our leaders must focus on addressing these issues in a thoughtful and inclusive manner.”

“America, we are better than this,” says my friend Bishop Harry Jackson, world leader and Pentecostal Pastor of Hope Christian Center.

America, we are truly better than this. Michael’s memory deserves better than this. Michael stole cigarettes. This was a crime. Yet, we have elected at least two presidents who admitted to smoking illegal marijuana in their youth. A crime is a crime. How do we know how Michael’s life may have turned out? Tragically we will never know.

America, we are at a crossed road. Will we settle for burned out cities or will we pray for an arising of hope?

Michael Brown’s parents are calling for peace and justice. We can best honor Michael by agreeing with his parents.

We are reminded: “Don’t repay evil for evil. Don’t retaliate with insults when people insult you. Instead, pay them back with a blessing. That is what God has called you to do, and he will grant you his blessing. (1 Peter 3:9 NLT)

Again, peers, including several Blacks in a unanimous vote found that reasonable doubt might prevent the Prosecutor from gaining a conviction of Officer Wilson.

Looking back, I can’t help wondering what might have happened if Officer Wilson had waited for backup before engaging Michael? Tragically we will never know…

Perhaps the words of my Uncle ML, my Daddy, and most importantly our Heavenly Father best describe a solution for peace, not only in Ferguson, but for the world:

“After contemplation, I conclude that this award which I receive on behalf of that movement is a profound recognition that nonviolence is the answer to the crucial political and moral question of our time – the need for man to overcome oppression and violence without resorting to violence and oppression.” Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Excerpt from NPPA Ceremony (1964)

“Martin Luther King, Jr. is a symbol of a movement that holds peace and agape love at its core. May this Nobel Peace Prize honor his sacrifice and humility; and ever remind us of what can only be achieved through faith and God’s grace.” Rev. Alfred Daniel Williams King, Sr. “Brother to the Dreamer” (1964)

I am amazed that after 50 years, Uncle ML’s words are not only a page out of history, they are as relevant today as they were 50 years ago.

Not only are we still grappling with racial strife; what Uncle ML aptly described as “man’s inhumanity to man” has escalated in Century 21 to mirror “the days of Noah;” with abortion, sexual immorality, unholy war, greed, violence, much assault on God’s people running rampant.

We need a move from The Lord, in Ferguson, in America, in the world. So let’s call on our Creator and our Father God, our Lord Jesus, God’s Lamb, and Holy Spirit to help us. We Love YOU LORD! YOU LOVE US BEST!

“For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him. (John 3:16-17 NLT)

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The Weekend Before Thanksgiving 2014

Monday, November 24th, 2014

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I truly never imagined this “exceedingly and abundantly above all” weekend that God has bestowed to us who love Him! It’s 12:37 pm and I’m on the way home from St. Louis. The Ferguson verdict is expected at any moment now.

In preparation, last night I attended, sang and spoke among many of God’s warriors such as Dred Scott descendant Lynn Jackson, Bible publisher Albert Calaway, worship leader Kent Henry, and prophetic evangelist/revivalist JT Thomas.

We were hosted by Bishop and Pastor Raphael Green and their “prayer council” at the Green’s Metro Christian Worship Center where our friend and Prolife activist Connie Eller attends. The “Evening of Prayer and Worship 2014″ for Ferguson, America and the world was moderated by powerful national spiritual leader Bishop Harry Jackson.

Words cannot describe the powerful prayers, worship and testimonies that came forth. More will be posted on line soon.

Just before this stop in Ferguson, I was in Plymouth, MA for America’s Hometown Thanksgiving Weekend, where the US Air Force “Tops In Blue” and many others inspired the people. Native Americans, African Americans, Black people, White people, Protestants, Catholics, Gentiles, Jews, we were all there celebrating together. We sang to God together… “Thank You Lord!”

Below is an excerpt of remarks from the road:

Nobel Peace Prize

“Sooner or later all the people of the world will have to discover a way to live together in peace …

After contemplation, I conclude that this award which I receive on behalf of that movement is a profound recognition that nonviolence is the answer to the crucial political and moral question of our time – the need for man to overcome oppression and violence without resorting to violence and oppression.” Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Excerpt from NPPA Ceremony (1964)

“Martin Luther King, Jr. is a symbol of a movement that holds peace and agape love at its core. May this Nobel Peace Prize honor his sacrifice and humility; and ever remind us of what can only be achieved through faith and God’s grace.” Rev. Alfred Daniel Williams King, Sr. “Brother to the Dreamer” (1964)

As we consider the magnitude and significance of the timing and strategy of bestowing upon my uncle, MLK the Alfred Nobel Peace Prize in 1964, I am amazed that after 50 years, Uncle ML’s words are not only a page out of history, they are as relevant today as they were 50 years ago.

Not only are we still grappling with racial strife; what Uncle ML aptly described as “man’s inhumanity to man” has escalated in Century 21 to mirror “the days of Noah.” Abortion, sexual immorality, unholy war, greed, violence, much assault on God’s people.

We need a move from The Lord, in Ferguson, in America, in the world. So tonight we gather to call on our Creator and our Father God, our Lord Jesus, God’s Lamb, and Holy Spirit to help us. We Love YOU LORD!

YOU LOVE US BEST!

“For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him. (John 3:16-17 NLT)

Friends, no matter what happens this week or in the days ahead, stay close to God in prayer. Thank God for His love, and share it wherever you go.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Looking Towards Ferguson: Heart Heavy Yet Hopeful

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

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It seems that I will be in Ferguson soon. Two of my MLK cousins and many friends preceded me. We have all been in prayer for many days. I don’t know if you read my earlier blogs and reports, but the message was consistent from the beginning… Know Peace, Know Justice.

I’ve put together a couple of graphics that begin to approach how one can be burdened with a heavy heart, yet hopeful at the same time. I know that justice is called for. My heart grieves with the families who have lost their children at this time. Many reports are flooding in from around the nation and land from families whose tragedies aren’t “on the news”, yet they are weeping all the same.

A dear friend has lost a niece and her baby, who were killed and their bodies burned in a family dispute. How devastating.

Some people won’t understand why I include the families of Michael Brown, Trayvon Martin, Sean Bell, James Foley, LaKisha Wilson, Tonya Reaves, my friend’s burned relatives, and all who are victims of human trafficking, war, poverty, and on and on and on in the same prayer. This isn’t a time for accusing people. This is a time for repenting, forgiving and seeking peace so that justice can prevail.

Please take a look and listen to a song my assistant Eugene brought to my attention, along with a scripture my publicist brought to me this week.

“See that none render unto any one evil for evil; but always follow after that which is good, one toward another, and toward all…And may the God of peace keep us pure…

#knowpeaceknowjustice

God bless you. You pray for me and I will surely pray for you. Peace and Love. Grieving but believing, Alveda.

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