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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:

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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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Host Committee Announced for National Prayer Service

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014

PriestsForLife

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: December 2, 2014

Contact: Leslie Palma
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WASHINGTON, D.C. — Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, announced today the formation of a Host Committee for the National Memorial for the Preborn and their Mothers and Fathers, to be held on Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015 in Washington, D.C. to mourn 42nd years since Roe vs. Wade and to recommit to the task of ending abortion.

“I am grateful to these friends and colleagues of mine who are joining our organizers and sponsoring organizations in inviting activists, pastors and their congregations from around the country to come together in prayer and worship on this momentous occasion,” Fr. Pavone stated. “We want to have one of the largest expressions ever of communal repentance and fervent intercession for an end to abortion in our nation.”

Serving on the Host Committee are:

Tony Perkins, President, Family Research Council
Gary Bauer, President, American Values
Archbishop Craig W. Bates, Patriarch of the International Communion of the Charismatic Episcopal Church
Ernie Ohlhoff, National Right to Life Committee
Alveda King, Director of African-American Outreach, Priests for Life
Brad Mattes, CEO, Life Issues Institute
Charmaine Yoest, Ph. D., President and CEO, Americans United for Life
Alan Sears, President, CEO, and General Counsel, Alliance Defending Freedom
Dick and Sherley Bott, Bott Radio Network
Rich Bott, President and CEO, Bott Radio Network

“Nothing could delight the heart of God more than his children coming together to pray on behalf of those who have no voice and so are victims of the worse holocaust known to man,” said Archbishop Bates. “The united prayers of God’s children will do more to end abortion and heal the wounds caused by abortion than any other form of political or social action. Prayer touches the heart of Jesus our King.”

Mr. Sears also stressed the importance of people of faith coming together to pray for the unborn.

“Every January 22nd, we mourn the loss of the millions of our brothers and sisters who have been denied their unalienable right to life. The National Memorial for the Preborn and Their Mothers and Fathers allows all of us to come together in unity to pray for a day when this will be no more, and every life will once again be welcomed and affirmed,” he said. “I strongly encourage all who care passionately about the sanctity of human life is take part in this celebration of life.”

The prayer service is organized by The National Pro-Life Religious Council, The National Pro-Life Center on Capitol Hill, Faith and Action and Priests for Life. Co-sponsoring organizations include: American Values; Jubilee Campaign Law of Life Project ; Life Issues Institute; Americans United for Life; National Institute of Family and Life Advocates, and Alliance Defending Freedom .

“The National Memorial for the Pre-Born and Their Mothers and Fathers provides an opportunity for all those who cherish life to come together and take a few moments to remember the victims of abortion — both preborn children and their mothers and fathers,” said Dr. Yoest. “What better way to embark upon another year of defending life?”

The National Memorial will take place at Constitution Hall in Washington, DC, 1776 D St., NW (18th and D St) on the morning of Thursday, January 22, 2015 (the day of the annual March for Life), from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. For the convenience of Catholics planning to attend, Mass will be celebrated at 7:30 a.m.

For more details, see www.NationalPrayerService.com

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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Make Plans Now to Attend Nation’s Premiere Pro-Life Prayer Service

Wednesday, November 12th, 2014

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Date: November 12, 2014

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National Memorial for the Preborn is on morning of March for Life

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The best way to begin the March for Life is with prayer, and for the last 20 years, the best place to pray has been at the National Memorial for the Preborn and Their Mothers and Fathers, an interfaith service of worship, preaching and song sponsored by the National Pro-Life Religious Council (NPRC), Faith and Action, Priests for Life, and other religious groups.

The 2015 National Memorial will take place from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. on Jan. 22 – the morning of the March for Life – at DAR Constitution Hall, 1776 D Street NW, at 18th Street.

“The National Memorial is the nation’s premiere pro-life prayer event, bringing nearly a hundred clergy and thousands of laity together from dozens of denominations to pray for an end to abortion,” said NPRC President Father Frank Pavone. “Few things bring the followers of Christ together more effectively across denominational lines than the pro-life effort. This event gives collective witness to our society that we stand together on the biblical historic teaching on the sanctity of life and that we stand together in the trenches to actually achieve that victory in practice.”

The prayer service, organized by the NRPC, the National Pro-Life Center on Capitol Hill, Faith and Action, Priests for Life and Gospel of Life Ministries, is free and open to the public. Tickets are not required and because of the size of the historic and beautiful Constitution Hall, the event is perfect for large groups.

For the convenience of Catholics in attendance, Mass will be celebrated at 7:30 a.m. For information, go to NationalPrayerService.com

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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From Jeremiah to Ferguson: A Road Trip Report

Monday, October 27th, 2014

In September 2014 I accepted an invitation from Niger Innis of The Congress on Racial Equality (CORE) to join him in launching a new initiative, www.restorethedream2014.com. After prayer and consideration, I took a week off from work to join Niger on what has turned out to be a whirlwind tour of revelation and mind boggling transformation of hearts and communities. What is our message?

Jobs – Let the PEOPLE work!

Life – Let the PEOPLE live long and prosper!

Family – Let the PEOPLE [SPIRIT, SOUL and BODY] heal!

Education – Let the PEOPLE know.

Security – Let the PEOPLE pray.

THE WORD – “Let my PEOPLE go!”

WE ARE THE PEOPLE!!!

Pray for Peace and Justice!

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From October 20-25, 2014, we were on the road. Interestingly my daily Bible readings in the book of Jeremiah along with other scriptures have provided a very powerful and reliable “road map” for us to follow along the way.

In this report, I won’t be able to record the names of all of the great and powerful leaders and community members whom we have either met for the first time or reconnected with. They are great men and women in our network, and it would be a slight not to acknowledge them, if not by name, then at least by the spirit in which their contributions are received.

Here follows a condensed schedule of events. More will follow in the days to come. An unlikely coalition of conservatives and liberals are coming together in a way that only God can orchestrate. In some ways, Niger and I have agreed that he will take the “political” lead while I prayerfully focus on the spiritual aspects of the campaign. That doesn’t mean that Niger doesn’t pray and that I don’t vote; of course we are united in our efforts. We each just do what we do best, while working on the road with Communications Director Joel, and publicists Dianne and Ruth from Brimstone Services. What a team God has provided. And special thanks to all of our constant prayer partners; we wouldn’t want to try to do this without your help! God bless everyone!

Psalms 96: 2-4 Sing to the Lord; praise his name. Each day proclaim the good news that he saves. Publish his glorious deeds among the nations. Tell everyone about the amazing things he does. Great is the Lord! He is most worthy of praise! He is to be feared above all gods.

In a fearful and yet hopeful way, we have embarked on this quest. It is not an impossible dream, and against all odds, we are moving forward; crying out for mercy in the midst of judgment…

2 Timothy 4: 1-5 (New Living Translation) I solemnly urge you in the presence of God and Christ Jesus, who will someday judge the living and the dead when he appears to set up his Kingdom: Preach the word of God. Be prepared, whether the time is favorable or not. Patiently correct, rebuke, and encourage your people with good teaching. For a time is coming when people will no longer listen to sound and wholesome teaching. They will follow their own desires and will look for teachers who will tell them whatever their itching ears want to hear. They will reject the truth and chase after myths. But you should keep a clear mind in every situation. Don’t be afraid of suffering for the Lord. Work at telling others the Good News, and fully carry out the ministry God has given you.

Our team could tell you that the only thing that has held us together during this journey has been the presence of God. There were a few times that I became very “rattled” and they were concerned. We found ourselves seeking God with all of our hearts.

Psalms 94:17-19 “Unless the Lord had helped me, I would soon have settled in the silence of the grave. I cried out – I am slipping! – but your unfailing love, O Lord, supported me. When doubts filled my mind, your comfort gave me renewed hope and cheer.”

While reading reports from righteous co-warriors on the road, I found myself asking:

Psalms 94:20-22 “Can unjust leaders claim that God is on their side – leaders whose decrees permit injustice? They gang up against the righteous and condemn the innocent to death. But the Lord is our fortress; our God is the mighty rock where we hide!”

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Along the way, people started calling us, telling us that they were praying Psalms 91 with us! We were comforted by the promises of God from the Old Testament, and from Jesus in the New Testament, that He would never leave us or forsake us!

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Exodus 3:11-13 But Moses said to God, “Who am I, that I should go to Pharaoh, and that I should bring the sons of Israel out of Egypt?” And He said, “Certainly I will be with you, and this shall be the sign to you that it is I who have sent you: when you have brought the people out of Egypt, you shall worship God at this mountain.” Then Moses said to God, “Behold, I am going to the sons of Israel, and I will say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you.’ Now they may say to me, ‘What is His name?’ What shall I say to them?

My Uncle ML (Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.) is often called a “Black Moses.” We know that Moses went to his mountaintop, and so did Uncle ML. I must admit that I sometimes feel like Moses may have felt; asking God “who am I that I should go across America proclaiming Jubilee? And God responds to me and to you as well: “I will be with you!”

Well, on October 20, 2014 a group of valiant warriors met at the MLK Mountaintop Memorial in DC and a new journey began. You can meet the growing company of leaders at our new website. God promises to be with us, and we ask you to join us at www.restorethedream2014.com .

Friends, not only did God bless us at the DC Press Conference and launch of restorethedream2014.com; at the media blitz in New York City; and at a powerful voter education/prayer meeting in North Carolina with Dr. Johnny Hunter, Pastor P. L. Wooden, Bishop E. W. Jackson, and other powerful leaders; we kept going.

We went on to Ferguson, MO where our first stop was a “Tent Meeting” with The Ferguson Response headed up by longtime friend, JT (Jonathan Tremaine) Thomas and other Christian leaders. We arrived on Day 19 of the meetings, where the testimonies of healings, deliverances and salvation from the 21 Day Long Tent Meeting were overflowing throughout the Ferguson community.

The next day we joined Dr. A. Wayne Jones and other powerful spiritual leaders of the AAHMO Embassy Collaborative for a prayerful briefing regarding the state of Ferguson. We departed their company for hopeful conversations with local officials including the mayor, police chief and a feisty state legislator.

On the tour, we experienced many Prophetic Prayer Meetings where we prayed with men, women and children from various spiritual, ethnic, political and socio-economic backgrounds. When our journey began, I had been reading Jeremiah for days. When we joined Dr. Jones in Ferguson, it was revealed that all of the women ministers at that meeting had been studying the book of Jeremiah simultaneously. Together, we prayed over Jeremiah 44:19 and repented for the spirit of rebellion among women.

As we were winding to a close, Niger was invited to speak to a Men’s Prayer Group on Friday evening. His message was well received. Then finally, on Saturday, October 25, 2014, there was the 21st Day of the Ferguson Response Tent Meeting, where Jonathan hosted a panel which included our friend Lynne Jackson, the great-granddaughter of the historical liberator Dred Scott. It was truly a blessing for Niger, Wayne Dupree and I to follow her on the panel; and later to meet Pastor Elchel Johnson, Pastor of Inspiring You Christian Church and Uncle of Michael Brown. He gave a very powerful prayer at the Tent Meeting, which he had attended throughout.

All in all, this was an incredible tour bringing a message of faith, hope, love and unity to a hurting world. Please stay tuned and pray with us as we all see how God is answering the united prayer in response to 2 Chronicles 7:14 and indeed all of the sincere and fervent prayers of the saints that are bombarding Heaven during this time of trouble and yet hope and promise. God bless you until next time.

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Iraq, Michael Brown, Robin Williams: It’s Praying Time America!

Friday, August 15th, 2014

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A few days ago, I attended THE FAMILY LEADERSHIP SUMMIT 2014 in Iowa. The privilege of addressing the crowd, and signing my newest book KING RULES was superseded by the awesome honor of being among genuine Christians who are committed to humbling ourselves in prayer that God will heal our land.

I came away encouraged, bearing Bob Vander Plaats’ new book IF 7:14. I’ve been setting my clock at 7:14 (2 Chronicles 7:14) twice daily and crying out to God for our nation, for my family, and for myself. Oh, if only I could have stayed up on that mountaintop, where GOD’s mighty presence enveloped us and gave us hope. Yet, like Moses, we must come down again, into a lost and dying world that needs the Light and Love of Christ.

As I left Iowa, I didn’t know what was ahead of me. I came home to startling and somewhat saddening reports of the death of yet another young Black male, Michael Brown; Robin “Popeye” Williams death by suicide; and the escalating Iraq crisis. Added to these reports, are some personal “issues” that are requiring a double strong dose of faith and love to overcome in my own life.

In the midst of these challenges, my heart was positively wrenched by the news that in the midst of the family’s grief, Robin William’s daughter, Zelda, has been bullied off of social media while in the throes of the grief that she and her family and much of the world are experiencing regarding Robin’s unfortunate suicide.

Added to Zelda’s dilemma are the attacks on my friend and fellow Priests for Life Pastoral Associate Kevin Burke who wrote about Robin’s loss of a child to abortion in the 1970’s. Kevin accurately pointed out that abortion can cause depression not only to the mother, but to the father of an aborted child. Now Kevin has been attacked for daring to point out an obvious secret. Abortion hurts and kills people; babies, mothers and fathers alike. Kevin and I, along with all of our prolife colleagues, share an occupational hazard. We are often accused of “seeing abortion behind every tree.” Ouch. The truth often hurts.

I didn’t make matters easy for the critics when I said that like the death of Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown’s death is yet another late, late term abortion in that when young people are killed, their dreams are aborted. Added to this bombshell is my observation that visits from personalities like Rev. Al Sharpton to Ferguson often add salt to the wounds, rather than bring the healing we so desperately need.

The American dilemma goes far beyond human personalities and our reactions to such. The crisis of the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO isn’t about whether or not the Rev. Al Sharpton did or did not stop the violence. However, I agree with Sheriff David Clark, Jr. of Milwaukee. Perhaps Rev. Sharpton doesn’t have the skills to calm the raging beast. Perhaps he’s afraid that if he asks the people to calm down and they don’t, his reputation will be damaged. Now the President has called for calm. Will the people hear his voice? At any rate, this situation in Ferguson, the situation in Iraq, the loss of Robin “Popeye” Williams, and all the human dilemmas that have us all atremble will only be settled by God, who will always have the final say. It’s all about faith, hope, and the greatest love humans will ever know. It’s praying time America!

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Fr. Pavone: Preaching Against Abortion is Neither Judgmental Nor Political

Saturday, January 18th, 2014

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Date: January 17, 2014

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NEW YORK, NY — Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, issued the following statement today in preparation for the observance of Sanctity of Life Sunday on Jan. 19.

“It’s been 30 years since President Ronald Reagan designated Jan. 22, 1984, as Sanctity of Human Life Day, to coincide what was then the 11th anniversary of the tragic and unjust Roe v. Wade decision. So many Churches, of all denominations, continue to mark the third Sunday of January as Sanctity of Human Life Sunday.

“Today we remind every pastor in America that preaching against abortion does not mean we are judgmental, nor does it mean we are political. It simply means we stand with the weakest, most marginalized members of our society, the children still in the womb, and we stand ready to help their moms and dads welcome new life, despite the fears they may have.

“We at Priests for Life and Gospel of Life Ministries are happy to provide resources for preaching at www.ProLifePreaching.com and for prayer at www.PrayerCampaign.org,” Fr. Pavone concluded.

The premier prayer event marking this month of prayer and preaching on abortion will be held on Wednesday, January 22 in Constitution Hall in Washington, DC, and Fr. Pavone will deliver the sermon. See www.NationalPrayerService.com for details.

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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Sometimes Father Frank comes to my church…

Friday, January 17th, 2014

Jeremiah 29:11-13

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.

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Dear Friends,

As my January update I’d like to invite you to a couple of very special events in Atlanta if you’re going to be in the area. If not, please call and ask your friends to come. We’ll be seeking the will and heart of God in Atlanta and DC as we remember the legacy of my uncle, Dr. MLK and also during the March for Life.

On Friday, January 17, 2014, some of my very dear friends will be gifting us with a special concert. Atlanta, GA – The Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Social Change invites us to Join The King Center and a concerto of partners on Friday, January 17, 2014 for “A Tribute to the Movement: Messages in the Music.” Admission is free.

The event begins at 8:00pm at Historic Ebenezer Baptist Church, Horizon Sanctuary. Come and celebrate with King Center. Inc., The Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site, The King Family Legacy Foundation, The MLK March Committee, Awspire Entertainment Group and Historic Ebenezer Baptist Church in a special event acknowledging Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s journey of Civil Rights in America and his 50 year legacy as a recipient of the 1964 Nobel Peace Prize.

The lineup with MC Twanda Black of KISS-104 includes famed gospel singer Lydia Pace, Grammy Award Winner Vernessa Mitchell, Dance Makers of Atlanta, MLK Re enactor Stephon Ferguson, Apostle Darryl Winston and Inner Court, Jean Childs Young Dance Troup, Jarrett Ellis, Michael Barnes, Alexis Cierra, Kathy Bertrand, Teresa Olison, Chosen Vessels Dance Company, God’s Girls, Rev. Ben Marshall, David Hammond, Farris Watkins, FLY and Sam Collier, and renowned organist Dr. Gregory McPhearson.

I wish everyone could and would attend. It promises to be a blessing!

Then, on Sunday, January 19, 2014, Father Frank Pavone, my boss will be preaching at my church in Atlanta, GA. Believers’ Bible Christian Church, 3689 Campbellton Road, SW, Atlanta, GA 30331. And then the next day, he will join our family at the MLK Commemorative Service, then it’s on to DC for the National Prayer Service and the March for Life.

Again, I hope to see you along the way. If you can’t make it, check us out on line at www.priestsforlife.org for up to the minute reports on the March for Life events.

God bless you! Alveda

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Religious Leaders to Demand Right to Practice Religion: Annual Prayer Service for the Unborn Will Serve as Rallying Cry for Life and Freedom

Tuesday, January 14th, 2014

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Date: January 14, 2014

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Clergy members from dozens of denominations will gather here on Wednesday, Jan. 22, to demand an immediate end to the government assault on the unborn, their mothers and fathers, and on religious freedom.

“We are issuing a call for life and the religious freedom to defend it,” said Father Frank Pavone, President of the National Pro-Life Religious Council, which, along with other groups, will host the 20th annual National Memorial for the Pre-Born and Their Mothers and Fathers from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at DAR Constitution Hall.

“For decades, we have been protesting the government’s removal of protection for the unborn. That is why we hold this prayer service in the nation’s capital,” said Father Pavone. “And it is not surprising that a government willing to deny life will also be eventually willing to deny freedom. In the midst of this seat of government power, we will stand up in unity and affirm both life and freedom.”

Priests for Life, of which Father Pavone is also National Director, filed the fourth of more than 80 lawsuits against the “HHS mandate” that says employers must provide free contraception, abortifacient drugs and sterilization services to their employees. After a D.C. court ruled against Priests for Life, an emergency injunction was granted on New Year’s Eve that will protect Priests for Life from the mandate while the case is on appeal.

The National Memorial for the Pre-Born, held annually on the morning of the March for Life, brings together clergy and their congregations from across denominational lines. The event is the nation’s principal prayer service on the occasion of the anniversary of Roe vs. Wade, which legalized abortion throughout pregnancy and throughout the 50 states.

“For many years we have been crying out for justice for the babies in the womb and for their mothers who are harmed by abortion,” said Dr. Alveda King, full-time director of African-American Outreach for Priests for Life, a niece of Martin Luther King Jr. and a plaintiff in the ministry’s lawsuit. “To force us to participate in a mandate that is totally opposed to everything we believe in would be very egregious to me.”

Among the co-sponsors of the event are Tony Perkins of Family Research Council, and Gary Bauer of American Values. Among the clergy leading prayers will be Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, a leader of the nationwide Hispanic evangelical movement.”

The National Memorial is free and open to the public. Large groups can easily be accommodated. Catholics have the option of attending Mass at 7:30 a.m. in the same venue, located at 1776 D St, at 18th Street NW. For information, go to NationalPrayerService.com.

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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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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Make Plans to Start March for Life Day at the National Memorial for the Pre-Born

Monday, January 6th, 2014

Priests for Life

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: January 6, 2014

Contact: Leslie Palma
347-286-7277

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Jan. 22 is the most important day on the calendar for the pro-life movement, as we mourn the tragic anniversary of Roe v. Wade and solidify strategies for the upcoming year during the March for Life.

This year also marks the 20th National Memorial for the Pre-Born and Their Mothers and Fathers, the nation’s premiere ecumenical pro-life prayer service, which will take place from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Jan. 22 in the DAR Constitution Hall.

Sponsored by the National Pro-Life Religious Council (NPRC) and several other national groups, the service of preaching and song brings together clergy from dozens of denominations, all united in the cause of saving the unborn.

“Everything we do on behalf of the unborn begins and ends with prayer,” said Father Frank Pavone, President of the NPRC and keynote speaker at the event. “And to pray together, across denominational lines, shows one of the most powerful dynamics uniting the Body of Christ: to stand with Christ is to stand with life, and therefore to stand against whatever destroys it.”

Brad Mattes, CEO of the Life Issues Institute, will be honored with the National Pro-Life Recognition Award, given annually by the NPRC during the service.

Sponsoring organizations for the service that grows each year include the National Pro-Life Center on Capitol Hill, Faith and Action, Priests for Life, Gospel of Life Ministries and National Pro-Life Radio.

Serving on the Host Committee for the service are Tony Perkins, President of the Family Research Council; Gary Bauer, President of American Values; Dick and Shirley Bott of Bott Radio Network; Rich Bott, President and CEO of Bott Radio Network; Bob Reccord, Executive Director of the Council for National Policy; Alan Sears of Alliance Defending Freedom; Alveda King, Director of African-American Outreach for Priests for Life; Brad Mattes, CEO of Life Issues Institute; Charmaine Yoest, Ph. D., President and CEO of Americans United for Life; Pastor Luke J. Robinson, Director of Voice of Truth and Life Ministries; Pastor, Quinn Chapel of the A.M.E. Church; Austin Ruse of Catholic Family & Human Rights Institute; Archbishop Craig W. Bates, Patriarch of the International Communion of the Charismatic Episcopal Church, and Ernie Ohlhoff, National Right to Life Committee.

“As we gather for this prayer service this year, we will also issue a strong call for religious liberty in America,” Father Pavone said. “Those who oppose our stand for life increasingly oppose our freedom to take that stand. Now it is time to unite more strongly than ever for both life and freedom!” Priests for Life recently won an injunction against the unjust HHS mandate that would require employers to provide health insurance coverage for practices they find morally objectionable.
The National Memorial will be preceded by a Catholic Mass at 7:30 a.m. in the same venue. The service is free and open to the public. DAR Constitution Hall is at 1776 D. St NW, at 18th Street in Washington, D.C. For more information, go to NationalPrayerService.com

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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