The Marietta 40 Days team is on fire! It was great joining the group and my colleague Catherine Davis for an evening of prayer, praise, serious questions and information gathering. Pictures available at Priests for Life Frontlines
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“Ants are creatures of little strength, yet they store up their food in the summer…” Proverbs 30:25
People often ask me what I do when I’m not out speaking, or teaching, or preaching, or prolife crusading… Well, today, I considered the ant. And the beetle. And the roses. And my mama. Also, I do washing, cooking, cleaning, and just plain ordinary tasks. I also work on improving relationships with those around me. Just thought you’d like to see some (EXTRA)ordinary pictures of God’s handiwork. And get a peek at my ordinary life. Much love from 1 Corinthians 13.
“The warning against the wastefulness of the prodigal is followed by a warning as emphatic against the wastefulness of sloth. The point of comparison with the ant is not so much the foresight of the insect as its unwearied activity during the appointed season, rebuking man’s inaction at a special crisis Proverbs 6:4. In Proverbs 30:25, the storing, provident habit of the ant is noticed.” Barnes Commentary on the Bible
Speaking of having foresight during prayerfully unwearied activity in the prolife struggle, let us not be slothful in the things of God; Faith, Hope and Love!
Have a blessed week!!!
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: November 14, 2011
Contact: Andre Kim
Washington, DC – Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, applauded the vote this afternoon of the US Bishops to include in the United States liturgical calendar the Feast of Blessed John Paul II on October 22. After this action is approved by Rome, Churches in the United States will have the option of using the special prayers at Mass written in honor of John Paul II each year on October 22.
Fr. Pavone said, “This is a special blessing for our people, because it gives them yet another opportunity to honor the man whom many of us call the Pope of Life. A liturgical feast day is an occasion to ask for the intercession of the one who is honored, to reflect on his teachings, and to resolve to imitate his example.
“Pope John Paul II, whom I was privileged to know and under whom I worked on pro-life issues at the Vatican, has left the Church the most comprehensive and compelling body of pro-life teachings in our history. Moreover, his example of unwavering dedication to speaking up for the weakest among us – the children still in the womb – and for challenging public authority to protect them, is an example we all need more than ever. As the battle for life intensifies, we also need his intercession more than ever. Once this new liturgical feast is approved by Rome, Priests for Life will promote it vigorously within the parishes and other Catholic institutions across the United States.”
Priests for Life is the nation’s largest Catholic pro-life organization dedicated to ending abortion and euthanasia. For more information, visit Priests for Life.
They will be discussing Day’s recent press release, which can be found at http://christiannewswire.com/news/7655418186.html
Day Gardner of National Black Pro-Life Union Agrees with Herman Cain, Planned Parenthood is ‘Planned Genocide’
Contact: Maggie, 410-760-3326, email@example.com
WASHINGTON, Nov. 4, 2011 /Christian Newswire/ — The following is submitted by Day Gardner of the National Black Pro-Life Union:
The ’60s were an incredible time for black people. We were truly united in breaking down color barriers and the walls of inequality. We demanded our right to life and liberty and we pursued happiness. America opened her doors. While some of those doors flung open with ease — most had to be pried open with a crowbar or destroyed by a battering ram.
In pursuit of the American Dream we didn’t even notice the black hole of abortion swallowing us up — butchering black babies by the millions. Even our clergy and community leaders became blinded by the money, greed and political power that dangled in front of them. Black doctors, lawyers, educators, movie stars and business owners — looked to own the “Huxtable” life style of bigger houses, powerful titles, and flashier cars.
Hallelujah! We weren’t slaves anymore, we weren’t second class citizens anymore, but we weren’t “average” Americans either — instead we became a sought after voting block. We were so blinded by the bling of our own selfishness that we never even noticed that not everybody boarded the freedom train.
Our so-called black leaders even side-stepped Martin Luther King’s “Dream” for America — they focused on becoming self important demi-gods and didn’t care who they had to step on or how many little bodies had to be crushed to get there. Even members of the clergy turned their backs on the truth of God to satisfy their own appetite for massive churches preaching hollow God-less messages of live for today, garner wealth today — kill your child today — if he’s in your way, it’s okay!
According to the Bible children are “wealth.” According to God’s word children are a “heritage” and a “reward” and a “gift!”
The truth is Planned Parenthood’s founder, Margaret Sanger initiated the Negro Project in 1939. She hired black ministers and community leaders to sell abortion and sterilization to black congregations and neighborhoods in order to keep in her words, “human weeds” from growing — to eliminate us as a people. Black ministers back then bought in to her idea hook, line and sinker — and indeed, we have sunk — to the very depths of hell.
Today Planned Parenthood’s business model is still the same. Planned Parenthood still hires blacks to be the “delivery boy” with the message that if you are pregnant and young, single or poor the only answer is to kill your child. They say to hell with what God wants for you and His precious “gift” — kill that baby!
The Alan Gutmacher Institute which is the research arm of Planned Parenthood admits that more than 75% of all abortion clinics are purposefully placed in black/minority neighborhoods. Planned Parenthood workers have been caught on tape salivating … ready to receive money donated to specifically kill black babies.
Former black leader and Presidential hopeful Rev. Jesse Jackson once spoke adamantly and passionately about the un-Godly act of abortion. He stated: “Life is the highest human good not on its own naturalistic merits, but because life is supernatural, a gift from God.” He went on to say, “It takes three to make a baby: a man, a woman and the Holy Spirit.” He was a powerhouse — until he ran for President in 1984 — deciding that his political aspirations were much more important than the lives of babies and even more important than his relationship with the God he once served. Like Judas, he betrayed the innocent for 30 pieces of silver.
Enter Herman Cain. For the first time in a very long time we are seeing a different kind of candidate. He is fearless in that he is not shying away from difficult questions or issues. Planned Parenthood is a billion dollar abortion chain that has had a genocidal impact on the black community and Cain is not afraid to say so. Children are denied their most basic human right — which is the right to life; a right which our ancestors so proudly worked for, marched for and many of them died for.
Herman Cain realizes every American is an important and a vital piece of the fabric that makes this country great. Herman Cain is on the freedom train. He is a courageous business man — with a plan for all of America and I want that in a president.
By Dr. Alveda King
For yours truly, one of the most memorable parts of the long-awaited event was a visit to the MLK Construction Trailer, where my mother, Mrs. Naomi Ruth Barber King, wife of my dad, slain civil rights strategist Rev. A. D. King joined other family members in placing items in the MLK Memorial Time Capsule. Mother placed the METAMORPHISIS video complete with the photo of her signature Blue Monarch Butterfly on the front. Mother is called the “Butterfly Queen.” She also included a copy of The Beloved Community Letter, and a copy of my book HOW CAN THE DREAM SURVIVE, with foreword by Father Frank Pavone.
After the Time Capsule, we continued on to REDEEM THE DREAM roundtable discussion at the FRC building near Capitol Hill. Prolife speakers and members of the national community gathered to discuss the state of the prolife movement in America. Peggy Hartshorn of Heartbeat International, Dean Nelson of Care-Net, Day Gardner of National Black Pro-Life Union, Walter Hoye of Issues4Life Institute, and local DC area Pastor John Peyton led the supercharged discussion. Other members of the National Black Pro-life Coalition, Mrs. Naomi King, and other community activists were also in attendance. Then there was a Heartbeat International “Meet and Greet” and the evening ended with a MLK Dedication Gala.
On the morning of the 10/16/11 MLK Dedication Ceremony there were the usual anti-life, anti-family tinged speeches from the Old Guard Civil Rights Community; Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton and others. In a surprising turn of events, there was an unforgettable moment in human history; President Obama laid aside the political gauntlet to simply remember Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. as a man who dedicated his life in service to humanity. I really appreciated the gesture, and President Obama is in my prayers.
His speech, which he delivered in the presence of his wife, children, their grandmother; members of the King Family, and all gathered on that day to remember God’s prophet Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was poignant and subdued. First Lady Michelle Obama was there at his side as he stepped to the podium. The Obama family came to show their respect. Their daughters and their grandmother were on the front row watching. This was, after all, a very historic day.
As is always the case, Michelle was poised and lovely. I know that I will be stepping on a sacred cow when I say that she is every bit the fashion pacesetter that Jackie Kennedy was, but it’s true. Her sweater dress was just beautiful.
As President Obama spoke, I reflected on the man and his mission. President Obama sought and won the office of United States President. When he took office, he grasped the rein s of an unruly beast… a rebellious, idolatrous and greedy America… a nation out of control in so many ways.
As one who has been elected to and also appointed to public office, having served in those two capacities once as a Democrat and once as a Republican, I can understand and sympathize with the challenges, the trials and temptations elected and appointed officials face. When special interest lobbies pay into campaign coffers out of deep pockets, the challenges get harder. Do we vote and lead according to our faith or according to our need for campaign dollars. That is a serious question. Many of those who spoke at the MLK Dedication may be faced with these tough questions. Many of the speakers who had their noses buried in speeches written for them or motivated by special interest agents were possibly saying what their financial backers wanted to hear, while struggling with their consciences over the force of compromise. Pray for them. And be ready to vote your convictions, not out of a sense of misplaced loyalty, but vote your values in the hope that you can help to turn the tide back to God’s righteous justice, and pray for deliverance from God’s judgment. I say this because we can make no bones about it, the August 28, 2011 Dedication, in the face of an earthquake, a hurricane and other signs from God all had to do with God’s judgment. Pray for our leaders, including our President.
God wasn’t in the earthquake, or the wind of the hurricane. We must listen for that “still small voice.”
The loudest voices our President hears today are the lobbyists with their megaphones and mega-bucks as they promote population control, abortion, assaults on procreative marriage and family, massive and crippling co-dependent spending policies, and more. Sadly, where the President should be hearing and experiencing God’s Agape love and Christian prayers and subsequently being convinced that there is a way to help America without endorsing the murder of our innocents, he is receiving strong condemnation. This has nothing to do with politics. It’s just that we should vote our Christian convictions, but we should never be hateful to others in the process. Love and votes are not the same thing. I will vote for pro-life, pro-marriage and family candidates, but I will not cease to pray for our opposition, that God will bless them and touch their hearts.
I have been a guest at the White House five times now. The first time was for a reception when President Reagan signed the King Holiday Bill. The second time was for a visit with President Clinton’s education staff. Three and four were during the Bush administration; one for a roundtable meeting with the President and Black leaders, the next was a private tour where I even saw the Oval Office and the door to the “Situation Room.” On visit five, along with my mother, daughter, brother and a whole host of King family members I accepted an invitation to a White House Reception after the MLK Dedication ceremonies. As we walked along the hallways to the suite where the MLK Reception was being held, it was very memorable to see photographs of the Obamas mixed in among the photos of past presidents. In the rooms we passed, there were classic portraits of other Presidents and First Ladies. It was memorable, to say the least.
Once we arrived to the reception, it was very apparent that the “Old Guard” many of whom were in attendance, including some Congressional Black Caucus Members, were surprised to see me there. Their uneasiness was palatable; you could cut it with a knife. After all, I was in “sacred” territory as far as they were concerned. This President is their President, and conservatives are not welcome in their circles. Oh well…
The White House Maitre ’D visited the table where I was seated, and said that it was an honor to have the King Family in attendance. I was invited to take a picture with President and First Lady Obama. She had taken off her sweater, and was in her classic and well toned sleeveless sheath which was really more bell shaped, with fantastic tucks from the waist down. The persimmon color was flattering. As I stood between the couple – who by the way seemed to be well at ease with each other, complete with banter and smiles – I looked to my left and right and remarked… You are really tall people. They both chuckled and the photographer snapped the photo.
I know that President John F. Kennedy and First Lady Jackie Kennedy were from Boston, not Camelot. And the Obamas are from Chicago, not Zanzibar, but this experience was like Camelot meets Zanzibar, with the magic and mystery of both legends coming together in the White House only for those few hours. I did not forget for even one moment the serious issues facing our nation. I didn’t lose sight of my convictions while I was walking the corridors of the White House.
Did any of this experience cloud my views on voting? Of course not. Come 2012, I will still vote pro-life and procreative marriage and family. This is just a chronicle of events surrounding the dedication of a monument built to honor my uncle.
After the earthquake and hurricane caused the postponement of the previously scheduled August dedication ceremonies, the park is finally officially dedicated. In the afterglow of the pomp and circumstance of the site, the MLK quotes on the 450 foot wall surrounding the Mountain of Despair and Stone of Hope continues to receive scrutiny and praises from visitors.
“This missed opportunity to carve GOD’s Name on the wall still presents another opportunity. In the Old Testament, God carved His commandments on stone and gave them to Moses to give to God’s people. For many, MLK is known as a modern day Moses, a prophet of God. Today, God carves His Word not on stones, but in the hearts of those who believe and receive His Word.
Many people don’t know that Uncle M. L. was a preacher of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. It stands to reason that they have never heard of his devotion to Jesus Christ and his message of God’s agape love. I wasn’t consulted on the design of the site. Had I been, I would have asked for GOD’s name to be visible there. Still I see this as a teaching moment, an opportunity to encourage people to read King’s sermons.”
My Aunt Christine King Farris, the children of Martin and Coretta and much of the extended family all feel a certain way about all of this. We miss him. He was a gift to the world, and we lost a beloved family member. Aunt Christine says it best: “My brother wouldn’t have wanted all of the fanfare. He wouldn’t have wanted a statue and all of this. We are grateful for your love and support, but M. L. was a humble man.” I would add that he was a humble man, imperfect as humans tend to be. Yet, he loved and served a perfect God!
During the pre-dedication tour, I asked why the name of God wasn’t inscribed in some of the quotes. I was told that the effort was to be global and universal in scope and that the hope was that people would depart the site wanting to know more about Uncle M. L. Remember, in the Old Testament, God carved His Word on stones. Today, His Word is inscribed in the human heart. I don’t see this as a politically correct versus spiritually aware type of issue even though this is a spiritual battle. And earnest prayers can turn the tide. Along without prayers I see this as an opportunity to witness the love of God and to invite people to read Uncle M. L.’s sermons and learn of his ministry.
As to my vote and President Obama, I prefer “policy over politics.” I generally don’t endorse candidates anymore. I believe just after I endorsed Sam Brownback in his presidential bid, God directed me to “stop endorsing and start praying.” Since then, I have prayed for the success of many friends who have “thrown their hats in the ring.” It is a blessing to vote for and support friends who are candidates, though. Most recently, my good friend Herman Cain is a candidate. I am praying for his success.
My political views are different from the President’s in that I am pro-life and support procreative marriage, while President Obama supports programs that seem to favor anti-life efforts, with Planned Parenthood being at the top of the list. So I will surely cast my vote in the coming election on the life side.
One final question: Do we condemn them or win them? The ultimate goal isn’t political office; it is reaching everyone with God’s love. Vote our values, love our enemies, bless those we encounter… I Corinthians 13:8 says it best. Love never fails. What would Jesus do? God bless…
Dr. Fred Shuttlesworth http://bit.ly/olbdwR
was a giant among Servant Christian Leaders. When our home was bombed in Birmingham, Alabaman in 1963, Dr. Shuttlesworth was a source of comfort and encouragement to our family. My father, Rev. A. D. King worked very closely with Dr. Fred. The staunch and courageous preacher and Civil Rights Giant is credited as being part of the coalition that gave us the “Ten Commandments of the Civil Rights Movement.” http://bit.ly/aVfBpz. He will be sorely missed.
Julia Holcomb’s voice still rings with the soft and melodic tones of a sixteen year old girl. That’s how old she was when she met rock star Steven Tyler at a concert. Their first encounter led her on a path that would end up in pain, and later in the redemption at the feet of Jesus. Now, Julia is “Silent No More!” Praise the Lord!
I learned of Julia shortly after Steven Tyler announced his desire to be a good father while he was judging “American Idol” last season. I was touched by Steven’s words, thinking how there had to me more to his story than the world knew at the time. Some of his daughters were in the audience, and I reflected how Steven’s beautiful Lord of the Rings star Liv Tyler looked like him. Within a few days, I was reading of Steven’s post abortion testimony in his book, how when he encouraged his young girlfriend to abort their son. His heart wrenching words when he saw the body of their son, “Jesus, what have I done?” wrung my post abortive heart. http://www.priestsforlife.org/africanamerican/blog/index.php/american-idol-again-steven-tyler-has-an-abortion-story-to-tell
When our very own Kevin Burke of Rachel’s Vineyard wrote an article about Steven and the pain that fathers experience after abortion, the baby’s mother, Steven’s former fiancé, Julia Holcomb wrote to Kevin. She regretted the abortion, and was willing to share her story.
Now, you won’t want to miss this compelling and redeeming testimony. Please share Julia’s story with your network.
Isaiah 54:1-5 “Sing o barren woman, you who never bore a child; burst into song, shout for joy, you who were never in labor; because more are the of the desolate woman than of her who has a husband says the Lord… For you maker is your first husband…”
At a recent African American Summit hosted by Care-Net, UNPLANNED Author Abby Johnson answered some tough questions about artificial birth control methods and abortion. Abby talked about her own infertility due to side affects of chemical birth control methods, as well as her abortions.
Abortion is often used as a means of birth control, and is in fact the ultimate form of birth control, resulting in the violent death of a baby who is snatched from the sanctuary of his or her mother’s womb. Barren women suffer these events in painful secrecy until the day comes when they can be silent no more and break the bonds of pain. Once the silence is broken and the healing comes, then victory follows.
Like Abby, I have suffered side effects from chemical birth control methods and my abortions. Read about how this barren, bitter and broken woman became blessed to be silent no more at “how can the dream survive if we murder the children?”
Wow! My friend DB told me to go and see the movie THE GRACE CARD, a must see. He was so right! Wow! From the beginning throughout, it was poignant, compelling, telling, enlightening, soul stirring, and I haven’t told you yet how I really feel about the movie (smile).
I won’t give the plot away, because you really need to see the movie. I will mention that my Uncle M. L. (Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.) was quoted in the movie. From childhood, I grew up knowing that there is only one race on the planet, the “human” race. By Dad, A. D. and Uncle M. L. taught about the “World House” where a “Beloved Community” lived together in agape lovea and peace. The World House is right there in THE GRACE CARD. Please go and see it.
Once again, Christian movie makers have proven that people will go to the theaters to see wholesome movies! FACING THE GIANTS, FIREPROOF, and now GRACE CARD are the most recent on the list of must sees. Coming next is COURAGEOUS, make sure you see that too. Also, there are so many more, including those that are addressing the life issue.
Support these movies. Take your friends and family and your church and the whole neighborhood.