Archive for February, 2012

Lift Every Voice and Sing

Wednesday, February 29th, 2012

As we come to the end of “Black History Month,” it seems fitting to share the lyrics to the “Negro National Anthem” written by James Weldon Johnson as a poem to honor Booker T. Washington. Later, James’ brother John set the poetry to music. When I was a little girl in the 20th century, we sang the song at school, church and other public events, and sometimes at home. The song isn’t just poetic, it is prophetic, in that it is timeless, and while written out of the pain of the “Negro” experience, it is also relevant today and is meaningful for the babies in the womb today – all babies – not just African American babies. The stony road being trod, and the bitter chastening rod refer to human slavery and the oppression of Blacks, but the babies are suffering oppression today. I pray that you will enjoy the song, and maybe listen to it on youtube. Let us all march on till victory is won for all, born and unborn!

LIFT EVERY VOICE AND SING

Lift every voice and sing, till earth and heaven ring,
Ring with the harmonies of liberty;
Let our rejoicing rise, high as the list’ning skies,
Let it resound loud as the rolling sea.
Sing a song full of the faith
that the dark past has taught us,
Sing a song full of the hope
that the present has brought us;
Facing the rising sun of our new day begun,
Let us march on till victory is won.

Stony the road we trod, bitter the chast’ning rod,
Felt in the days when hope unborn had died;
Yet with a steady beat, have not our weary feet,
Come to the place for which our fathers sighed?
We have come over a way
that with tears has been watered.
We have come, treading our path
thro’ the blood of the slaughtered,
Out from a gloomy past, till now we stand at last
Where the white gleam
of our bright star is cast.

God of our weary years, God of our silent tears,
Thou Who has brought us thus far on the way;
Thou Who hast by Thy might, led us into the light,
Keep us forever in the path, we pray.
Lest our feet stray from the places
Our God where we met Thee,
Lest our hearts drunk with the wine of the world
we forget Thee;
Shadowed beneath Thy hand
May we forever stand,
True to our God,
True to our native land.

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U.S. Citizens Sign On to “Amicus Brief” in Support of Lawsuit Against ObamaCare

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

Staten Island, NY — Priests for Life, a New York-based international pro-life organization of Catholic clergy and laity, today announced that any and all U.S. citizens who are opposed to the unjust HHS mandate can sign on to a Citizens “Amicus Brief” in support of the organization’s lawsuit against the Obama Administration.

The lawsuit, Priests for Life v. Sebelius, seeks to permanently block the implementation of the HHS mandate that imposes clear violations of conscience upon any and all citizens who morally object to abortion and contraception.

“Since the HHS mandate directly affects every U.S. citizen through compulsory funding of contraception and abortion-inducing drugs and devices, this effort gives everyone a chance to let their voice be heard if they oppose the mandate,” says Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life.

Father Pavone elaborates: “Through various forms of compulsion, the HHS mandate forces all citizens to either pay for abortion-causing pills…promote them…or be penalized if citizens choose not to comply with these audacious dictatorial decrees. Americans will have no say in the matter if the HHS ruling isn’t repealed, rescinded, or rejected.”

One part of the lawsuit addresses the “forced speech” aspect of the controversial Health and Human Services mandate. According to the HHS regulations, virtually all U.S. employers will not only be forced to pay for 100% of an employee’s prescription for abortion-causing drugs, but also be forced to instruct the employee on how to obtain these morally-objectionable prescriptions and get them for free.

“This falls under the forbidden rubric of ‘forced speech’ – a corollary violation of every citizen’s right to free speech under the Constitution,” says lead attorney Charles LiMandri. Priests for Life is seeking injunctive relief from this unconstitutional decree, and inviting all concerned U.S. citizens to join them by signing on to the Citizens “Amicus Brief.”

Priests for Life has made it possible for everyone to sign on to the Citizens “Amicus Brief” with just the click of a mouse button by going to repealtheabortionmandate.com.

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Join Us in Saying a Lenten Prayer for Life

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

As we make our Lenten journey, I invite you to join with me and thousands of others in a Lenten Prayer for Life. You can find it here.

Lent is a season in which we prepare to celebrate Christ’s total victory over death, and our share in His life by baptism. Death was not part of God’s original plan for us. Scripture says that God created all things that they may have life, and that He does not rejoice in the destruction of the living.

Standing with Christ in His new life means standing against whatever destroys life.

The Lenten prayer for life renews us in our commitment to be the People of Life. It can be prayed each day by families, school classes, parishes, and individuals.

Download the Lenten prayer for life at priestsforlife.org.

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Love Never Fails

Monday, February 27th, 2012

Often, people ask me the most impactful message my Uncle Martin Luther (M.L.) made that touched my life. His message of universal Agape Love has always resonated for me. When I ask people what basic requirements people have to sustain life, generally the answer is food, shelter, water and clothing; not necessarily in that order. When I explain that these basic elements are necessary, there is one essential that is often overlooked: LOVE. Notice that the point here is Agape Love, not eros (sex and romance), not even philia (affection, friendship). Now abides faith, hope and love; the greatest of these is AGAPE (LOVE) – God’s love.

Babies are conceived/fertilized in the process of human acts that bring sperms and eggs together. Sometimes, these are acts involved in expression of romantic love, but not always. Even so – whether eros, philia or agape are involved or not – the babies, once conceived and fertilized, are persons, human beings. Some people even suggest that abortion is an act of love and mercy, because in their minds abortions rescue babies from possible lives of sickness or poverty, etc. Well, the fruit of such thinking can nurture some unexpected outcomes. For example, what about the people who kill people after they are born because they can’t feed them, or clothe them? Where does it ever end?

In the midst of a controversial lecture series recently, I made the point that AGAPE LOVE is the primary human element that is often missing in life. When you get a moment, check out a report from that visit here.

Have a great and blessed week!

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Doonby: Polarizing ending in Texas-set thriller will have you talking long after you see it

Friday, February 24th, 2012

By DAVID MARTINDALE, Special Contributor

Published: 23 February 2012 10:22 PM

Doonby is an ambitious little independent picture with two things that make it memorable.

First there’s leading man John Schneider, who delivers a winning performance as Sam Doonby, a likable drifter with a knack for being in the right place at the right time.

Then there’s the ending, which plays like a Rorschach test: You’ll be able to tell a lot about the moviegoers and their beliefs based on their reactions. Some will think the ending is profound and powerful. Others will find it preachy and infuriating. No middle ground.

Sam Doonby steps off a bus in Smithville, Texas, and instantly makes many friends and a few enemies. He tends bar and plays guitar at the local watering hole. He makes the women swoon. He becomes a hero after he saves a baby from being crushed by a runaway truck. He wins the heart of a beautiful girl.

For a guy who claims he’s a nobody, he makes quite an impression. Then he vanishes as suddenly as he arrived — and the people in town find a huge void in their lives without him.

It’s a good-looking film with a sly story line and a supporting cast of familiar faces: Ernie Hudson, Robert Davi, Jennifer O’Neill and Joe Estevez (Martin Sheen’s look-alike brother).

Behind the scenes, there’s also a fascinating story of stunt casting: Norma McCorvey, who made headlines in 1973 as the abortion-seeking plaintiff in the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade case, has a small role, in which she urges a young woman not to terminate her pregnancy. As coincidence would have it, after the filmmakers decided to shoot in Smithville (southeast of Austin), they discovered that McCorvey lived in that very town.

But ultimately, it’s the polarizing ending that will have moviegoers talking long after they see it.

David Martindale is an Arlington freelance writer.

DOONBY - Directed by Peter Mackenzie. PG-13 (some violence, sexual situations, and drinking). 96 mins

Now playing in Dallas, TX and Chattanooga, TN. For more information on Doonby click HERE

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Prayer and Worship with 40 Days for Life

Thursday, February 23rd, 2012

Prayer is at the top of the list for overcoming abortion. Take a moment to worship with these prayer warriors in Orlando, Florida.

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EACH MOMENT IN A DAY HAS IT’S OWN VALUE

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012

BE CAREFUL

When God wants to bless you, He sends a person in your life.

When the devil wants to destroy you, he sends a person in your life.


How can we tell the difference? By knowing your people connections.

Your success depends on the quality of people you are connected to, and there are two types of people you’ll come in contact with throughout your lifetime:

1) Those who add and multiply, making you more than you are;

2) And those who subtract and divide, thereby devaluing you.

Never allow people into your life without knowing their agenda.

Find out where they came from and why they want to be connected to you.

When a person is in your life and your life is declining, they are not a God connection!

A healthy connection will protect your self-worth even when you’re experiencing a season of pain
or struggling with a failure in your life.

A true God connection will never abandon his assignment until you reach your full potential! Stay Blessed & have an Awesome God inspiring week.

Father, in the name of Jesus Christ the Son of the Living God, I pray you open doors for the person who shared this with me as well as those I am sending it to. Only you can open doors no man can close and for that we honour you today.

Thank you for the open doors of life, health, strength, prosperity in my soul, wisdom, wealth, and love. Also, thank you for closing the doors of death, sickness, weakness, despair, poverty, and bitterness. We love you today Lord and give you all the glory and all the praise. I seal this prayer in Jesus’ name, Amen!!!

If you need God to open a door, pray this prayer for the person who shared it with you and for those you are sharing it with. Believe in your heart and you shall receive what God has for you.

I need a door opened…

But even if you do not need God to open some doors for you, pass it on anyway.

MOTIVES

We really need to consider our motives and the motives of others as we enter into personal and professional relationships.

Many times we have good motives and we enter into a relationship with someone because they say that they too want to help others. And like a Trojan horse, we open the gates of our lives or our organizations to them only to find out that we had been lied to and they weren’t exactly who they say they were. Sure they do just enough good so that we continue to partner with them and we let ourselves be deceived about the harm they are doing. We don’t want to believe that such evil can exist. We don’t want to admit that we are participating in that evil by association. It’s easier on our conscience to deny that any evil is being done.

Organizations like Komen for the Cure, Girl Scouts of America, United Way, The Congressional Black Caucus, the NAACP, and Catholic Campaign for Human Development have formed such partnerships with organizations involved in the abortion industry. A recent media frenzy ensued when Komen tried to separate itself form Planned Parenthood such that, due to bully tactics on Planned Parenthood’s part, the partnership seems to still be intact. We encourage these and other organizations to re-evaluate their partnerships and break ties with those that devalue them.

To admit that we made a mistake is a difficult thing to do for anyone. Pride is a powerful vice. We all make mistakes. Admitting that a relationship or partnership is not a good one is the first step to overcoming pride and healing ourselves and our country.

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Fetus: What They Think I Am

Monday, February 20th, 2012

By Bryan Kemper and Andy Moore

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Jennifer O’Neill Named Christan Women in Media Award Winner

Monday, February 20th, 2012

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Staten Island, NY – Jennifer O’Neill, actress, author, and spokesperson for the Silent No More Awareness Campaign, has been selected by Christian Women in Media to receive its 2012 Excellence in Communications Award.

Ms. O’Neill, the star of over 30 movies, has for years spoken on behalf of the women and men of the SNMAC, giving her testimony about the abortion she had while in her early twenties and the aftermath of pain and depression she suffered. With this award, she joins leaders such as Joni Eareckson Tada, Anne Graham Lotz, Janet Parshall, and Vonette Bright in being acknowledged by Christian Women in Media for excellence in national media.

“Jennifer O’Neill has always been recognized as one of the world’s most beautiful and talented women,” stated SNMAC co-founder Janet Morana. “This award honors not just her abilities as a communicator, but also her compassion borne of faith. Jennifer is Silent No More because her love for God and her neighbor compel her to speak to and for the victims of the abortion industry.”

“I know this award is important not only to Jennifer, but also to the thousands of Silent No More women and men who have joined her in sharing their abortion testimonies,” added Georgette Forney, another SNMAC co-founder. “Her story is powerful because it dramatically expresses what so many across America have experienced – that the reason for having an abortion fades with time, the pain of an abortion does not.”

Fr. Frank Pavone, Pastoral Director of SNMAC and National Director of Priests for Life, in commenting on the award said, “Jennifer O’Neill’s message resonates not because she’s a celebrity, but because she honestly shares the raw human pain of abortion and the amazing healing of Christ. She could easily spend her days enjoying the fruits of material success, but instead casts aside comfort in service to others. Christian Women in Media has made an outstanding selection.”

Since the launching of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign in 2003, 5,487 women and men have shared their testimonies publicly at over 1,029 gatherings in 48 states and ten countries where more than 110,830 attendees have heard the truth about abortion’s negative aftereffects. More than 10,100 people representing 67 countries are registered to be Silent No More. Raising awareness about the hurtful aftermath of abortion and the help that is available to cope with the pain are two of the Campaign’s goals. The Campaign has over 1,430 testimonies posted here, with over 147 that are shared via video! An additional 2,314 women and 298 men who have not joined the Campaign have registered their regret.

The Silent No More Awareness Campaign is a joint project of Anglicans for Life and Priests for Life. For more information, please visit our website: www.SilentNoMoreAwareness.org

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BLUE SKIES AND BUTTERFLIES by EARTHA SIMS, NAOMI KING AND ALVEDA KING

Saturday, February 18th, 2012

An A. D. King Foundation Production – www.adkingfoundation.com

Naomi Barber King leads a life of grace and compassion in a world where unsung heroines go unnoticed by many, while touching lives and changing hearts in the highways and byways of communities in need of love. Born on November 17, 1931 to a single mother, Bessie Barber Bailey, Naomi was raised as “an only child” in a sheltered and protected environment. Naomi’s mother was a domestic worker who gave her daughter the best in nurture, clothing, education and spiritual development. Naomi was educated in Atlanta public schools. She was a notable student, winning awards for writing and music. She was active in church and community projects, and was popular and respected by her peers. he also worked part time as a print and runway model. Naomi attended Spelman College in Atlanta for one year prior to her marriage to A. D. Williams King, Sr., youngest son of Martin Luther, Sr. and Alberta King. She later attended the University of Alabama where she studied interior design.

During their marriage, A. D. accepted “the call” to ministry, following in the footsteps of his grandfather, Rev. A. D. Williams, his father, Dr. Martin Luther King, Sr., and his brother, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. As the wife of a prominent minister, who promptly joined his brother in the Civil Rights Struggle, Naomi blossomed as a mother of five. She advanced in her ministry as first lady of the prominent churches, Mt. Vernon First Baptist in Newnan, GA; First Baptist Ensley, Birmingham, ALA, Zion Baptist Church in Louisville, KY, and Ebenezer Baptists Church in Atlanta, GA, where her husband ministered during his lifetime.

“First Lady,” as Naomi was affectionately called by the faithful flocks, assisted her husband, Dr. Alfred Daniel Williams King “first and foremost by helping to raise our children.” Her mastery of the social graces cause this trend setter to be remembered and sought after for her cooking, A-1 hostess presentations, and event planning. Along with being the anchor in the home while her husband “risked his life to fight for the freedom of the oppressed,” Naomi also sang at concerts to raise funds for the “Movement,” served as a “Women’s Day Speaker” at churches to which she was invited, and organized “teas and prayer circle activities” which helped to stabilize the communities. A. D. and “Neenie” shared a life of trials and triumphs, which she fondly remembers as “a love story.” Dr. A. D. King was a “victim of the racism of the times. Working closely with his brother, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, A. D.’s home and church were bombed, and he experienced many death threats. His death remains an unsolved mystery.” Naomi King is currently a consulting producer for a theatrical documentary and feature film regarding the life and legacy of her heroic husband.

Her professional accomplishments include Citizens Trust Bank, Bank of Louisville, interior decorating and design, managing the King Center gift shop, and serving as a “devoted and privileged traveling companion to my sister-in-law, Mrs. Coretta Scott King.” Mrs. King holds awards and special recognition, such as recipient of the S. C. L. C. Rosa Parks Award, King for America Truth Finder Award, featured in the AARP documentary “Voices of Civil Rights, and holds memberships in NAACP, SCLC, Priests for Life, Women of SCLC, SCLC Women, and American Bridge Association. She is a recognized author and is noted for her devotion to her God, her family and her church.

Mrs. King is the mother of Dr. Alveda King, Alfred King (deceased), Rev. Derek King, Darlene King (deceased), and Rev. Vernon King. She is currently grandmother of 16 (5 deceased); and great grandmother of 6. She is a lifelong member of Ebenezer Baptist Church. “I love the Lord with all of my heart, soul, body and mind – when troubles rise, I hasten to His throne where I find safety and peace in His loving arms! Amen and Amen.”

EARTHA SIMS has an extensive commitment and involvement with Gospel, Jazz, and R&B music recordings, and performances, including concert stages andcabarets nationally and internationally. She is a gifted Actress & Vocalist, Assistant Manager and Artist USO and European Tours, Manager/Director/Playwright/Lyricist/Instructor, Founder & First President of Alpha Gamma Omicron Theatre HonorSociety, APO, and Event Planner.

Eartha was born in Atlanta, Georgia to a musically literate AWARD WINNING and PERFORMING family, AND SINCE THE AGE OF FIVE HAS RECORDED AND PERFORMED ON STAGE WITH GREATS LIKE AL GREEN, ISAAC HAYES, THE ATLANTA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA WITH MR. ROBERT SHAW, THE S.O.S. BAND, ARISTA RECORDS, MOTOWN AND MANY OTHERS. She attended the internationally known Spelman College as a Vocal Music major and graduated from Kennesaw State University with a B.A. in Theatre Performance Studies and Musical Theatre.

EARTHA’S TRAINING FROM THE INTERNATIONALLY KNOWN SPELMAN COLLEGE GLEE CLUB AND KENNESAW STATE UNIVERSITY INTENSIFIED HER ARTISTRY IN PERFORMANCES SUCH AS DUKE ELLINGTON’S SOPHISTICATED LADIES AND MANY MORE MUSICAL THEATRE PERFORMANCES.EARTHA SIMS HAS CHOREOGRAPHED, performed, and co-managed THE EURO-SUPREMES, THE SOUND OF THE SUPREMES, AND THE DIVAS OF MOTOWN FOR TEN YEARS TRAVELING EUROPE AND ASIA. AFTER RECEIVING HER B.A. IN Theatre Performance Studies and MUSICAL THEATRE, SHE IS NOW PRODUCING PLAYS and Independent Short Films LOCALLY IN THE ATLANTA AREA.

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