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While All Not Endorsing, We Should All Be Praying and Voting

Tuesday, August 30th, 2016
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In 2007, during the Presidential elections of the United States, I endorsed my last candidate, Governor Sam Brownback. When he left the campaign, I was about to endorse another candidate, Governor Mike Huckabee. Just as I was about to press the “send” button on the release, I was impressed to read my Bible. During those moments, it was as if God was speaking to my heart. “Stop endorsing, and start praying.”

Having been elected to office in the Georgia House of Representatives during the 1970’s and 1980’s, I understood the importance of political endorsements. I still do. So, for many years, especially since the time that God impressed me to pray for all candidates, and vote for the platforms that are closest to my heart and His Word, I have been voting prolife and pro-America. Messages like the sanctity of life, reconciliation of the one blood, the one human race; the sanctity of procreative monogamous; social economic justice; equal education rights; constitutional rights, and so much more continues to resonate in my heart as I prepare to vote.

This year, during this important election, with a clear conscience, I am honoring my commitment to God to spend more time in prayer, rather than endorsing any candidates. Some are texting and posting that this is lack of courage. Believe me, it takes quite a bit of courage to stand up to the pressure of not endorsing, even to the point of being called a coward. However, I still love everyone, and I still love America.

I encourage you to view the video of Pastor Will Bates of Living Faith Christian Church in Baton Rouge, and my video at Fox Business News.

Pastor Bates and I have something in common; he took his daughter to her first protest, my daddy Rev. A. D. King took me to mine; The Children’s March in Birmingham, Alabama. I have been peacefully protesting every since.

I pledge allegiance to the Kingdom of God, with a burning desire to be that city/nation on a hill, shining light to the world. I sing our National Anthem with gratitude, believing for that day when we can truly be one nation under God. May God bless us all!

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Priests for Life leading prayer efforts in advance of Election Day

Wednesday, August 10th, 2016

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Date: August 10, 2016

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NEW YORK — With less than 100 days to go before the presidential election, Priests for Life is leading and participating in numerous prayer efforts to beg God’s help in steering the United States off its pro-death trajectory.

Priests for Life founded the Vote Pro-Life Coalition, a wide-ranging group of national ministries working together to advance non-partisan activities to help pro-life voters engage the electoral process in an informed and responsible way.
Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, also has written “An Election Prayer for Life” (www.ElectionPrayer.com) and is asking people to pray it daily between now and Nov. 8, Election Day.

“To believers, prayer campaigns aren’t seen as passive activities that likely won’t bear fruit,” Father Pavone said. “Prayer is the foundation of everything we do in the pro-life movement, and we will not be successful in turning our nation around without it.”

Priests for Life also supports the first-ever Novena for Our Nation, a 54-day prayer event that will begin Aug. 15 and culminate with a Rosary Rally in Washington, D.C., on October 7. Priests for Life Pastoral Associate Father Stephen Imbarrato – the “Protest Priest” — is on the organizing committee for this initiative and will speak at the closing day Rosary Rally in front of the U.S. Capitol.

“We just witnessed a political convention where a woman was cheered for saying she had an abortion, and the most abortion-friendly political platform in our history was adopted,” Father Imbarrato said. “Clearly we are a nation in need of healing.”

Priests for Life is also asking believers to join the organization in praying an Assumption Novena that began Aug. 7 and concludes Aug. 15, the Feast of the Assumption.

“The world needs the Assumption,” Father Pavone said. “Mary’s share in Christ’s victory, body and soul, over death, is a sign of the ultimate victory of life in which we are all called to share.”

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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America, Get Out of the Toilet!

Tuesday, May 10th, 2016

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In the midst of perhaps the most baffling presidential election America has faced in modern history, morality is caught in the crosshairs. As a man and a woman, the outlier and the insider face off in the battle of the polls, much is at stake. Meanwhile, America seems to be stuck in the toilet.

The current public bathroom debacle is designed to stir emotions and steer the unsuspecting masses away from reason into emotional la-la land. There is so much emotional spin around issues regarding the sanctity of human life and human sexuality that America remains in constant emotional flux while the tirades replace prayer, wisdom and healthy reasoning.

While I commend the now millions of Americans who are joining the protests and signing petitions against the government enforced efforts to use misplaced compassion to help transgender people, more is needed.

In other words, by turning a blind eye to the dearth of perversion within our communities — the sex traffickers, child molesters, adulterers and fornicators, racists, and so many other sin sick souls — and suggesting that allowing everyone to use the same public bathrooms will solve America’s problems, the current government administration, no matter how well intended or ill advised they are, is headed for disaster.

America’s moral dilemma won’t be solved in the public bathrooms of America.

In order to reconcile righteousness and justice in America, more godly intercession is needed. Added to our prayers must be legal strategies to serve and liberate rather than condemn the people.

In the 1950s and 1960s, prayer rallies and peaceful nonviolent protests were coupled with brilliant legal strategies to bring about transformational governance to allow Blacks the right to equal public access to bathrooms, public transportation, fair housing and employment.

That was then. Immutable skin color was the civil rights battle of the 20th century. Clear, plain and simple: One blood, one human race. (Acts 17:26).

This is now. Today the lines are blurred. Sexual preference isn’t the same as immutable skin color. The “how we are born” factor comes into play now. People aren’t so well versed in the “created in the image of God,” yet because of the fallen human nature “we are all born into sin.” Thus the “be born again” factor should be introduced.

Today, from the religious freedom perspective, we also need more legal brilliance. While from the opposite perspective governmental coercion from a bully pulpit decries and tramples the religious freedoms upon which our nation was founded. It’s time for the religious freedom bathroom protesters to “lawyer up.”

We don’t need pugnacious self-piety, self-righteous finger pointing and judgmental sermonizing; we need repentance and genuine pleas for God’s mercy and grace for all of America. And we need good legal strategies.

At the end of the day, forcing people to accept “free for all bathrooms” will not change people’s minds and hearts, nor God’s Word. Violating the civil and human rights of aborted children will not override God’s Word.

“Don’t be misled — you cannot mock the justice of God. You will always harvest what you plant.” Galatians 6:7 NLT

In order to obtain genuine, compassionate — God loves everyone — solutions in this battle between morality and immorality, we need divine compassion and divine intervention which is higher than our flawed justice system. Think about Haman and Queen Esther. God’s law superseded man’s law.

America, it’s praying time!

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UnitedCryDC16, AzusaNow Raise the Bar in New Jubilee Prayer Wave

Thursday, April 14th, 2016

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The year 2016 is a mega “Bible Jubilee” year. The increasing number of prayer rallies, meetings and conference phone calls crying out to God in repentance and seeking revival, reconciliation and renewal are impacting every aspect of our lives.

The prayer segment for racial reconciliation led by The Reconciled Church in Washington, DC on April 9, 2016 was very impactful.

The two powerful 4/9/16 rallies raised the bar for the cultural transformation needed to bring about more waves of evangelism which will surely impact the battle for the culture of abundant life.

Please review the links below regarding a remarkable prayer weekend last week.

http://www.christianpost.com/news/evangelicals-repent-prayer-america-unitedcry-dc16-azusa-now-ronnie-floyd-anne-graham-lotz-161403/

http://www.priestsforlife.org/africanamerican/reconciled-church-prayer-united-cry-2016.pdf

2016 Jubilee Prayer Mantle (Audio)

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Election Update – Emotions, Media Bias, Pray

Thursday, April 7th, 2016

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Yesterday in The Daily Beast and other “news” outlets, Mr. Donald Trump was falsely accused of “blowing off” the pro life movement by cancelling or reneging on an invitation to speak to pro life leaders.

This is not true. I was at the meeting, and Mr. Trump did not reject any invitation. There was no meeting with Mr. Trump scheduled in the first place.

I personally have met Mr. Trump and have spoken with his staff and supporters on a regular basis, and find them very open to pro life discussions. I remain saddened by the “winner take all by any means necessary” affront that is being promulgated in this election season.

As a Christian Evangelist, I no longer endorse political candidates. I am called to pray for everyone, including all leaders.

“The first thing I want you to do is pray. Pray every way you know how, for everyone you know. Pray especially for rulers and their governments to rule well so we can be quietly about our business of living simply, in humble contemplation. This is the way our Savior God wants us to live.” – 1 Timothy 2:1-3 MSG

While I sometimes privately offer support and advice to various candidates, In this election I urge Americans to pray and repent; and vote responsibly; and to not indulge in emotional mudslinging and lies.

Day Gardner, who has endorsed Mr. Trump was at the meeting in question, and has this to say regarding the scandalous lies about Mr. Trump blowing off pro life leaders yesterday:

“Day Gardner, President, National Black Pro-Life Union: Today’s article put out by Daily Beast about Trump blowing off a meeting with pro-lifers is unreal. It didn’t happen. How do I know? I was in that meeting. Donald Trump was not on the agenda and had no commitment to participate in any way in that meeting.”

According to Fr. Frank Pavone, who was at the meeting in question, he said this is what happened:

“Our organization reaches out to candidates regularly. Many of these conversations are off the record. But in fairness, let me make clear that Mr. Trump did not break any commitments to speak to me or any gathering I organize. On the contrary, I have had very friendly and fruitful interactions with him and members of his team and look forward to continuing that dynamic.”

Gardner went on to say: “This is an inside hatchet job of epic proportions from person(s) who will go to any lengths to blackball Donald Trump.

“For those who want to look the other way when dirt is flying, check your rear view mirrors. This is just another dirty ploy to eat away at Trump’s voters.

“America can be great again if we can get the liars who are attacking him off the road.”

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Supreme Court to Argue Priests for Life Case March 23

Monday, February 1st, 2016

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Prayer Rally set in Front of Court

Priests for Life will be in the US Supreme Court for oral arguments on Wednesday, March 23 in the case of Priests for Life vs. HHS. On that day, Priests for Life will hold a prayer rally in front of the steps of the Supreme Court, and invites all who are in favor of life and religious freedom to join them.

There will be prayers, speeches, and educational talks regarding what is happening in this case, and various church leaders, politicians, Presidential candidates, and pro-life leaders are being invited to take part in the rally.

Leading up to the oral arguments, and then leading up to the decision which is expected in June, Priests for Life invites all to take part in the prayer campaign against the HHS mandate, found at www.PrayerCampaign.org.

Six other similar cases have been consolidated by the high court with the Priests for Life case. Among the unique elements of the Priests for Life case is the fact that the entire mission and purpose of the organization is to end abortion, while the HHS mandate tries to force the plaintiffs into helping the government expand abortion. Moreover, in the Priests for Life case, there are three personal plaintiffs in addition to the organization itself: Fr. Frank Pavone, Janet Morana, and the niece of Martin Luther King Jr., Dr. Alveda King, who serves fulltime as Director of African-American Outreach for Priests for Life.

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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Inspirational Singer Tony Melendez to Perform at Jan. 22 National Memorial for the Pre-Born

Tuesday, January 12th, 2016

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Date: January 12, 2016

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — In 1962, those fighting for the legalization of abortion rallied around a children’s television host from Arizona who had taken pills her husband brought back from Europe. The pills were the now-infamous thalidomide, a drug that impacted the development of children in the womb, causing thousands to be born with missing or shortened limbs. The woman became a cause célèbre, and eventually flew to Sweden to end the life of her unborn child.

That same year, and with no fanfare, a young woman in Nicaragua who had been prescribed thalidomide for morning sickness gave birth to a son with no arms. Fitted with prosthetic limbs as a child, at 10 he would shake them off for good because he was more comfortable using his feet.

That child was Tony Melendez, a guitarist and songwriter who for more than 30 years has been inspiring audiences around the nation and world with his talent, his faith, and his witness.

Melendez will perform Jan. 22 during the 22nd annual National Memorial for the Pre-Born and Their Mothers and Fathers at Constitution Hall in D.C. The interdenominational prayer service takes place every year on the morning of the March for Life, from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m.

“Tony played for Pope John Paul II and sang the National Anthem to open a World Series game,” noted Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life and President of the National Pro-Life Religious Council, sponsors of the prayer service. “He is married and a father. Where other people might have seen limits, he saw only opportunity. He is the perfect person to remind our audience – and the world – that every human life has dignity and purpose.”

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback will attend the National Memorial to accept the National Pro-Life Recognition Award on behalf of all the citizens of Kansas and their legislators. Kansas was the first state to pass a law to protect unborn children from dismemberment abortion.

The National Memorial is the premier prayer event marking the tragic commemoration of Roe vs. Wade. For those who wish, there will be a Catholic Mass at 7:30 a.m. Doors open at 7 a.m. Admission is free, no tickets are required, and large groups are welcome.

Organizations co-sponsoring the National Memorial with the National Pro-Life Religious Council and Priests for Life include: American Values, Jubilee Campaign Law of Life Project, Life Issues Institute, Americans United for Life, National Institute of Family and Life Advocates (NIFLA), Alliance Defending Freedom and Catholics Called to Witness.

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; Bradley Mattes, President and 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, and Rich Bott, President and CEO, Bott Radio Network.

Constitution Hall is at 1776 D Street NW, at 17th Street. For more information about the National Memorial, go to 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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Open letter to President Obama

Monday, January 11th, 2016

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Dear President Obama, my prayers are with you as I write this letter today. I’m praying that the heart of this message breaks through all political filters to that secret place that even Presidents go in times of need.

Sir, you recently tweeted: “If there’s even one thing we can do, if there’s just one life we can save—we’ve got an obligation to try.” Your appeal seemed to be directed at gun control. Yet, the one life chord is vibrating on a frequency that embraces not just victims of gun violence, but even reaching the innocent lives in the womb.

Many people often try to marginalize the sanctity of life voice. Yet, I would appeal to you to consider that death by forceps or bullets is death all the same:

““I have sinned by betraying innocent blood.” They said, “What is that to us? See to it yourself.”” – Matthew 27:4 ESV

Sir, we are trying to “see to it,” to see an end to senseless violence in every corridor.

Dear President Obama, in the Bible there have been great kings and rulers. Some served God, some did not. In many cases some of these rulers came to know and serve God because of prayerful people within their courts and cabinets. I’m sure you have such voices around you.

In your recent gun control speech you spoke of Zaevion, a high school student, and his heroism as he dove on top of three girls to shield them from the bullets. And he was shot in the head. And the girls were spared. He gave his life to save theirs. You also rightly quoted John 15:16, “Greater love hath no man than this that a man lay down his life for his friends.” To lay down one’s life for a friend takes an extremely selfless act, something we don’t hear about too often.

You said, “Every single year, more than 30,000 Americans have their lives cut short by guns — 30,000. Suicides. Domestic violence. Gang shootouts. Accidents. Hundreds of thousands of Americans have lost brothers and sisters, or buried their own children. Many have had to learn to live with a disability, or learned to live without the love of their life.”

Violence is defined in Merriam-Webster as “the use of physical force so to harm someone, to damage property, etc.”

Violence can take many forms. Gun violence is one of those forms. Knife violence is another. Fist violence another; and word violence too. Bomb violence is another. And abortion violence is yet another.

As you spoke and began to tear up, I could see the compassion you have for those who are senselessly killed by guns. I believe that many Americans feel the same way you do, not only for gun violence but for any type of violence. Americans mourned the lives lost to the Boston bombers. We mourned those killed at the twin towers on 9/11.

According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), in 2013 there were a total of 41,149 deaths by suicide of which 21,175 were by guns. That means that 19,974 suicides occurred by other means such as suffocation, poisoning, etc. Additionally, in 2011 there were 836,000 emergency department visits for self-inflicted injuries. Although not broken down by types of injuries, I would venture to say that many of them were not due to gun shots.

Although we do need certain legislation regarding gun sales and safety the focus needs to be more on violence control and not excessive gun control.

Violence is due to hatred, or malice people may have towards others for whatever reason. It could be due to skin color, or someone having something that someone else has, or someone not believing what we believe. Whatever the reason the solution is the same: LOVE.

We must change the dialogue from “we’re against something” to “we’re for something.” In this case we must be for love – love of our fellow human being, love of life, love of self!

The Bible advises and teaches us that we should never rail against rulers and leaders in authority; rather we are to pray for our leaders, which I do. There are many words you have spoken over the years of your presidency; some which ring with compassion.

As you may know, I am a pro-life activist. I am concerned about all human lives. I write to you today because, like you and so many other Americans, I am concerned over the growing violence in America. But I am also concerned over the millions of lives lost to the violence of abortion.

Mother Teresa once said, “I feel that the greatest destroyer of peace today is abortion, because it is a war against the child, a direct killing of the innocent child, murder by the mother herself.”

I’m writing today to appeal to your compassion for those lost to violent acts and I ask you to consider that what our world needs is not just gun control but violence control. We need to turn to LOVE for the answer.

I do not want to politicize the issue of guns or abortion and that’s why I’m inviting you to step out of the political arena and invite you to step into the arena of principles and moral values. The arena where we can change the world through LOVE and PEACE!

Voices

You gave life voice
To sing sweet psalms.

Life sings of degradation.

You gave life ears to hear
your music

Life listens to pagan drums.

Life has many voices Lord.
We need to only listen.

Of all the voices in my life
Yours is sweetest.

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Praying for Those in Authority

Friday, December 18th, 2015

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“Pray for kings and all who are in authority [high positions], that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way.” 1 Timothy 2:2

Just a week away from Christmas, on December 17, 2015 in the “wee hours of the morning,” what Jesus described in Mark 1:35 as “a great while before day,” I had a dream. The Williams-King Family Legacy births “dreamers” in every generation. MLK is the most famous member of our legacy. Yet, for example, Daddy King’s prophetic dreams, one of which included seeing me three years before my conception in 1950, saved and redirected many lives during his lifetime.

In 2007 for instance, I had a dream of Senator Barack Hussein Obama, which led me to understand that he would become President of the United States. Well, on December 17, 2015 I dreamed again of the President. The audio of the dream is a “rough draft” coming awake from sleep.

What is resonating from this dream is the reality that America must turn away from “king making”, and president making, and politician making practices, and ask God to heal and save our land. In the “new” dream about the President, my broken heart needed mending. Why I was in a place where Mr. Obama was part of this dream, God only knows.

“Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.” Ephesians 4:32
. Remember, expressing love for one another and having good manners will take you far.

I have learned to pray for all leaders, regardless of faith denominations, religious affiliations, political persuasions, socio-economic status, whatever — with the same “heart cry;” that God would touch them and guide them, whether I think they deserve it or not. After all, none of us deserved Jesus, and look at the John 3:16 gift that God grants to every human being!

Think about it. Just looking at the Republican Presidential Election field, there are several leaders who have offered themselves as candidates. Among themselves, like anyone, they each have strengths and weaknesses. What is needed as people consider voting for them, is regardless of whichever ranks as a favorite, voters need to understand that destroying the reputation of one in order to promote the chances of another is a nasty, worldly way of thinking. We can have our “favorites” and vote for them. Yet we should be mindful to remain positive about others, just in case our chosen candidates don’t win. In the battle over ideology, we should be prepared to support our values over our favorite personalities. This isn’t a talent show or a beauty contest. There’s so much at stake. Prayer is better than subterfuge.

Please let me share a prayer with you right now: “Heavenly Father, bless every soul who sees, reads, hears or otherwise touches this message today. During this Christmas season, let not one feel lonely. If there is a celebration with friends and family; or a little corner of their world with just them and You, let Your Love always prevail against the gates of hell for them. Thank You for Your love towards us, Your Creation. In Jesus Name, Amen.

Merry Christmas

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God’s Love Trumps Human Laws: Prayers for America and our World

Tuesday, October 27th, 2015

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During reflections and prayers for our nation and our world, in the midst of all the domestic and global upheaval, we need to remember that God’s love and natural law trumps human nature and common law. #Godslovematters.

“Leave your fatherless children; I will keep them alive; and let your widows trust in me.” For thus says the Lord: “If those who did not deserve to drink the cup must drink it, will you go unpunished? You shall not go unpunished, but you must drink.” – Jeremiah 49:11-12 ESV

In the midst of Planned Parenthood scandals, Black Lives Matter furor, global religious wars and unrest, and so much turmoil everywhere, let’s turn to Acts 17:26 – of one blood we are one human race, and as such should love each other as brothers and sisters.

Please view links after reading MLK words below. For present day relevance please include [persons] wherever “men” are noted. Thank you.

“In the spirit of the founding fathers of our nation and in the spirit of the Declaration of Independence, I would like to use as a subject from which to preach: “The American Dream.”” Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. July 4, 1965

“It wouldn’t take us long to discover the substance of that dream. It is found in those majestic words of the Declaration of Independence, words lifted to cosmic proportions: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by God, Creator, with certain inalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.” This is a dream. It’s a great dream.

“The first saying we notice in this dream is an amazing universalism. It doesn’t say “some men,” it says “all men.” It doesn’t say “all white men,” it says “all men,” which includes black men. It does not say “all Gentiles,” it says “all men,” [persons] which includes Jews. It doesn’t say “all Protestants,” it says “all men,” which includes Catholics. (Yes, sir) It doesn’t even say “all theists and believers,” it says “all men,” which includes humanists and agnostics.

“Then that dream goes on to say another thing that ultimately distinguishes our nation and our form of government from any totalitarian system in the world. It says that each of us has certain basic rights that are neither derived from or conferred by the state. In order to discover where they came from, it is necessary to move back behind the dim mist of eternity. They are God-given, gifts from His hands. Never before in the history of the world has a sociopolitical document expressed in such profound, eloquent, and unequivocal language the dignity and the worth of human personality. The American dream reminds us, and we should think about it anew on this Independence Day, that every man [person] is an heir of the legacy of dignity and worth.”

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You might also enjoy this tribute to my Mother, Mrs. Naomi King.

And finally, “Let not your heart faint, and be not fearful at the report heard in the land, when a report comes in one year and afterward a report in another year, and violence is in the land, and ruler is against ruler.” – Jeremiah 51:46 ESV

Please pray for America.

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