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Black People…we don’t know REAL racism

The Black Community today DOES NOT know what REAL racism, REAL oppression feels like.  You see, we have NEVER been breed, as a business strategy; only to have our children torn from our hands and sold to the highest bidder.  We have never had chains wrapped around our necks and arms; then forced to work from sun up to sun down picking cotton for someone else’s pockets.  We have never had to get up and move to the back of the bus.  We have never had to drink from the dirty water fountain.

We have never experienced these things because of the price paid by those who have come before us.  To them, we have a debt to repay.  A debt that can only be repaid by a worthy life – living a life of worth. 

We are victors and NOT victims.  We are the inheritors of a great inheritance.  Black people, we have a debt to repay…

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Supreme Court decides on gay marriage

My heart is somewhat heavy today.  There’s so much chaos, confusion, and division all around us.  Every topic, every issue, is so magnified that it’s difficult to know what to focus on.  It’s what the Word of God calls “birth pangs.”

If you’re a mom, you know what I mean when I say “birth pangs.”  Initially, it feels a little uncomfortable – pressure in your back, maybe, that intensifies with every ticking minute.  Before you know it, you have no control over anything; the contractions are hitting you like concentrated waves one right after another, right after another.  (more…)

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Who REALLY ends up paying the cost to raise minimum wage?

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Who really ends up paying the cost to raise minimum wage? 

Do those receiving an increase in their pay, due to an increase in minimum wage, actually benefit from the pay increase?  When we raise minimum wage, are we ultimately hurting the ones we say we want to help? 

Asking, “Who really ends up paying the cost?” is a legitimate question.  A pay increase is a real cost.  It’s not fictional, it’s not imaginary; it’s a real, tangible cost.  Someone has to pay for that.  (more…)

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How many Americans are REALLY living on minimum wage?

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How many Americans are really living on a minimum wage?

The narrative we’re hearing by those who support an increase in minimum wage is, “people need a living wage” and “people cannot live on the current minimum wage.”

How many people are struggling to make a living on minimum wage? (more…)

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Is raising minimum wage an effective way to reduce poverty?

 

I lived all of my childhood hovering somewhere between ‘at or below’ the poverty line.  One can only imagine the lack and the hardship that comes along with such a subsistence living.  At points in time, my brothers and I barely had enough to eat, while oftentimes not having proper clothing to wear.  I remember several times when my grandmother asked me to accompany her in the garden.  I thought she just wanted to spend quality time with me, I never knew that it was for survival. (more…)

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TUNE IN tomorrow morning @ 6:20am CST to Moody Radio 90.1FM

Join me tomorrow morning, Friday, March 13th, at 6:20am CST on Moody Radio 90.1FM.  I will be joining Karl and June to discuss “if raising the minimum wage is an effective way to reduce poverty?”

What say you?  Is “raising the minimum wage the MOST effective anti-poverty strategy” we have today? 

You can listen to the broadcast online, as well.  Click here to LISTEN LIVE .

Please pray for me.  Ask God to give me the right words so I can fearlessly speak Truth.  God bless…

Karl and June Mornings

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Slaves in America…the new normal?

Do you get the feeling that we (Americans) are increasingly coming under subjugation whileWar-Peace Gas-Guage under the appearance that normal life is being maintained?

Creating such a psuedo normal was a key strategy of Hitler’s Nazi dominance.

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Ignorance is bliss…until you fall into a ditch…

You know the old adage, “Ignorance is bliss.” I can’t help but admit, there are times when I find myself envious of thedeer in headlights ignorant. You know, those with their heads either in the sand or up in the clouds. Those with that “deer in the headlights look” when you mention the Eurozone, the IMF, the ERA, pro-life concerns,  the importance of securing the family unit, our  $18 trillion debt and counting, ISISI/ISISL, troika, China’s dominance, turmoil in the Middle East, the dangers of our new relations with Iran and deteriorating relations with Israel, the underhanded intentional division of Ferguson, and on and on.

It is a burden to be so aware of so much. It can be downright paralyzing to be so informed about the plots and schemes that are being hatched in the dark and swallowed whole by a gullible society.

So, I confess, ignorance is bliss….for a season, that is, until you fall into a ditch. As the psalmist said, “…my feet had almost slipped; I had nearly lost my foothold, for I envied the arrogant when I saw the prosperity of the wicked…” I thought,  “Surely in vain I have kept my heart pure and have washed my hands in innocence. I tried to understand all this, it troubled me deeply till I entered the sanctuary of God; then I understood their final destiny.”image of wisdom

“You know the times [in which we are living]. It’s time for you to wake up. Our salvation is nearer now than when we first became believers.”

God bless…

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Fired for his faith…

Meet Kelvin CochranAlliance Defending Freedom logo

Kelvin Cochran dedicated over 30 years of his life to fighting fires and protecting the communities in which he’s lived and worked. After being born into extreme poverty in Shreveport, Louisiana, Kelvin knew he wanted more out of life. At the age of five he watched firemen fight a fire that had started in his neighbor’s house and determined that he wanted to be a firefighter. He got his start in his hometown and worked his way up the ranks, being appointed Fire Chief for the City of Atlanta in 2008. His exemplary service record drew the attention of President Obama, who in 2009 appointed Kelvin as the U.S. Fire Administrator for the United States Fire Administration, the highest office in the profession. After the city “begged” him to return, Kelvin resumed his post as Atlanta Fire Chief in 2010.

Kelvin is actively involved at Elizabeth Baptist Church, where he is a deacon and leads a men’s Bible study. Inspired by his faith, Chief Cochran wrote “Who Told You That You Were Naked?” a book which details the state of man since the fall of Adam in the Book of Genesis. The takeaway of his book is that only in Christ can men be rescued from their fallen condition and fulfill their purpose as husbands and fathers.  click to read more and to help…

Case Overview

Chief Cochran’s book, “Who Told You That You Were Naked?” briefly discusses the clear biblical teaching that sex is reserved for marriage between a man and a woman. The mere statement of this well-known Christian belief, in a book written for men’s Bible study in his off-time, drew the ire of people seeking to redefine marriage who claim that Kelvin, in his official capacity as fire chief, shouldn’t be able to keep his job because his thoughts and beliefs don’t conform to theirs.

The City of Atlanta initially suspended Chief Cochran for 30 days without pay and ordered that he undergo sensitivity training. An investigation revealed that he had not discriminated against anyone, but at the end of his suspension he was fired. Through their actions, the City of Atlanta is saying that Chief Cochran’s biblical values and speech are not only less important than those of people who disagree with the Bible on the topic of sex and marriage, they are punishable by termination.

Alliance Defending Freedom represents Chief Cochran in a suit filed against the City of Atlanta in federal court to vindicate his rights, including his rights to free speech and freedom of religion.

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  • The freedom of people who adhere to a biblical faith to even be employed
  • The ability of the government to punish Americans for speech, thoughts, and beliefs that the government decides are “unacceptable”

The Big Picture

Faith is not reserved for pastors and chaplains, and the free exercise of religion doesn’t mean that people may only be faithful within the walls of their churches. And yet, Chief Cochran is one of a growing number of people who are being punished simply for being a person of faith. Public officials continue to demand tolerance but refuse to tolerate the views of Christians.

If a fire chief with over 30 years of distinguished service can be fired for his faith, what’s next? Who’s next?

 

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Supreme Court Justices tip their hand FOR Same-Sex Marriage…

Brace yourself.  Same-sex marriage is about to become the law of the land.  As pointed out by Justice Clarence Thomas andsupreme-court-justices Justice Antonin Scalia, by their recent decision to no longer block the temporary ban on same-sex marriages in Alabama, ‘…the justices essentially were admitting what they would decide, EVEN BEFORE ARGUMENTS, expected in April, are heard in a pending dispute over same-sex marriage.

Allow me to refresh your memory.  As you may recall, way back in July 2013 (my, how time flies), the U.S. Supreme Court, in a 5-4 decision, held that Section 3[v] of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which defines marriage for federal purposes as the union of one man and one woman, was unconstitutional.  I spoke to several constitutional attorneys back then and listened to even more speak on the impact of this decision.  Most, if not all, focused primarily on the point that the decision does NOT force states to legalize same-sex “marriage.”  Instead, the decision now compels the federal government (i.e., taxpayers) to provide federal benefits to homosexual couples who have “married” in states that have legalized same-sex “marriage.”  They focused on the states having autonomy to decide for themselves – which we now know is a farce.

I said it then and I say it once more, what the Justices were really providing was a “stay of execution” for one of the two sides, on this important topic, to win the mind of this culture on the subject of homosexuality.  Then, at a later time, as they see the wind changing in one direction or the other, they will decide on the constitutionality of same-sex “marriage.” 

Well, that time is upon us.  It is suspected they will hear arguments in April. 

It is my opinion, that we have lost the battle for the mind of our culture.  At least in the minds of our Justices, we have. 

Again, Justice Thomas said last week’s decision by the Justices to do nothing, “may well be seen as a signal of the court’s intended resolution.” Showing the Justices lack of respect for the authority of the state, Justice Thomas said, “I would have shown the people of Alabama the respect they deserve and preserved the status quo while the court resolves this important constitutional question.”

What is this all about?  In short, start praying and start speaking Truth with your lips and not your ‘little light’ alone.  We are in a battle for the mind and heart of our culture. Speak Truth

 

Scottish Reformation leader John Knox was an outspoken critic of Catholic ruler Mary, Queen of Scots. Knox said he was a “watchman” over both the nation and the church, and was “bound in conscience to blow the trumpet publicly” when danger threatened church or state.

 

We are not all “watchmen” on the wall.  But, we are all bound to speak Truth, to stand for Truth, share Truth.  Truth is not optional.  Truth is not intolerant.  Truth WAS the foundation of this great country. 

 

Be determined to share Truth today.  God bless…

 

Choose to learn more:

What if they find the ‘Gay-Gene’?  Should Christians then accept it?

Can Christianity and the Homosexual AGENDA Co-exist? 

Slavery, Same-Sex “Marriage”, & Civil Rights

Homosexuality & the Bible:  Rob Bell vs. Andrew Wilson

I’m not “Picking” on Gay People…but…

Video:  Our Interviews with Elected Officials at Defend Marriage Lobby Day in Springfield, Illinois

Why homosexual ‘marriage’ signals the end of heterosexual rights, Greg Quinlan is President of Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays & Gays (PFOX) and Executive Director of Equality and Justice For All