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A Faith Commentary: If God Gave you five minutes to Live by!

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If God gave you five minutes to live by, what would you do in those last moments. Would you try to fulfill any dream that you have always wanted to complete?
Would you spend that time saying goodbye, to your family members? Or would you spend that time traveling finding the worldly exotic pleasures-that made you happy in life? After all was said and done would you wait until the last minute to “get it right with God.” 
 
The Christian Faith dictates, that followers should not wait until the end of their lives to obey, honor, and empower your faith. One reason why we all must react is because no one knows the appointed time the end will come. Much like the corporate manager who puts the junior manager in charge of the office while he is away. As people of faith we must plan for this very important moment at the end of our lives by taking charge of our lives until our leader(God) returns. Tragically, most people don’t prepare for the moment when death catches up to them but God ask us to proceed with eternity in mind.
 
Stories of those who have had a deathbed conversation, show that if you look mostly at elderly people, you will find that they always tend to take the end of days more seriously and are better prepared. In truth none of us know when were going to die, perhaps we’ll live until old age or maybe you’ll die in a tragic car accident tomorrow. (Hope not!)
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If you haven’t done so, make your life right with God Today-Tell him that you are sorry for all sin. Then make every effort to obey him. Regardless of the circumstances. When it’s over all that really matters is what you’ve done.

Key Question: What immediate steps can you take to incorporate these changes right now into your life.

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Burning Bush Moments in Life

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Today, as I think about the many changes that my life has taken, I felt the need to share with my faith audience my platform that has helped me time and time again when learning from the moments in life that things seem dark and hopeless. Fear not because God has given you a plan.
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God doesn’t always speak to any of us in the way we wanted or even expected. If we turn to our bible we know Balaam never imagined hearing from God through the mouth of a donkey (Numbers 22:28) or Mary was very disturbed when Gabriel appeared at her doorstep, as she was to learn of the savior that she was to birth (Luke 1:26-28) also Moses didn’t expect to hear a voice coming from the burning bush in the desert.
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Amazed that the Bush was on fire Moses decided to investigate, and although God made the first move-As a man it was left to Moses to engage, and receive the directions that God was reserving for his life.
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I define the moments as “Burning Bush Moments”-so what about you? can you think about any experience that you would consider a “Burning Bush Moment,” Well, here is the good news- God may be trying to speak to you though any situation in life large, small, good, bad or even something we may think is insignificant.
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Please note that there are times when God’s voice speaks though larger events as well. If we can compare these Moments to television -we would describe these moments as “HD or high definition.” A note from my personal struggle is when I ran from the calling to become a Pastor for many years, God saw fit to humble me to submit because the lives of those around me were effected. For example when my brother passed in 1994 after struggling with a long-term sickness.
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In summary God could be trying to speak to you though any means, TV, radio show, friends, family and more. It is up to all of us to tune our senses into what God is trying to tell us, because “Burning Bush Moments” come in life on a regular basis-while they can show up in many forms-one critical thing that I can guarantee you, they may not always make life easier, but they will always make life more meaningful. (glg)
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MUSIC THAT CHANGED HISTORY Featuring “Donny Hathaway”

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“SOMEDAY WE’LL ALL BE FREE”

Released‎: ‎1973
Recorded‎: ‎1971-1973
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Someday We’ll All Be Free” is a 1973 song by Donny Hathaway from the album Extension of a Man. The song was released as the flipside to the single “Love, Love, Love”. Though the song was only released as an uncharted A-side, it is considered an R&B standard, having been covered by many artists over the years.

The lyrics were written by Edward Howard, for and about the mental pain that Donny Hathaway was experiencing at the time. Edward Howard said:

“What was going through my mind at the time was Donny, because Donny was a very troubled person. I hoped that at some point he would be released from all that he was going through. There was nothing I could do but write something that might be encouraging for him.”

Years later, the song began to be interpreted as being written about black rights, primarily due to Spike Lee featuring it at the end of his biographical film Malcolm X. However, as Howard said:

“A lot of black people have taken the song for some sort of anthem. That’s fine. I didn’t write it for that, though. It doesn’t have that significance for me. I take it with a grain of salt. I’m glad it has some significance.”

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Donny Hathaway himself particularly loved the song and as Eulalah Hathaway stated:

“He loved that song. Donny literally sat in the studio and cried when he heard the playback of his final mix. It’s pretty special when an artist can create something that wipes them out.”

Although the song did not chart, the B-side of the single, “Love, Love Love” peaked at #44 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #16 on the R&B charts

Six years later, Hathaway’s life ended when was found lifeless on the sidewalk below the window of his 15th-floor room in New York’s Essex House hotel. It was reported that he had jumped from his balcony. The glass had been neatly removed from the window and there were no signs of struggle, leading investigators to rule that Hathaway’s death was a suicide. A Brilliant Life that we honor to this day. Donny, yes-It is true, “Someday we’ll all be free.”

 

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One World Honors-Amelia Platts Boynton Robinson-A True Hero!

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Amelia Platts Boynton Robinson (born August 18, 1911) is an American woman who was a leader of the American Civil Rights Movement in Selma, Alabama and a key figure in the 1965 march that became known as Bloody Sunday. In 1984, she became founding vice-president of the Schiller Institute. She was awarded the Martin Luther King, Jr. Freedom Medal in 1990.

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In 1964 and 1965 Boynton worked with Martin Luther King, James Bevel, and others of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) to plan demonstrations for civil and voting rights. While Selma had a population that was 50 percent black, only 300 of the town’s African-American residents were registered as voters in 1965, after thousands had been arrested in protests.By March 1966, after passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, some 11,000 were registered to vote.

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To protest continuing segregation and disenfranchisement of blacks, in early 1965 Amelia Boynton helped organize a march to the state capital of Montgomery, initiated by James Bevel, which took place on March 7, 1965. Led by John Lewis, Hosea Williams and Bob Mants, and including Rosa Parks and others among the marchers the event became known as Bloody Sunday when county and state police stopped the march and beat demonstrators after they left the Edmund Pettus Bridge and crossed into the county. Boynton was beaten unconscious; a photograph of her lying on Edmund Pettus Bridge went around the world.[8] Another short march led by Martin Luther King took place two days later; they turned back. With federal protection and thousands of marchers joining them, a third march reached Montgomery on March 24, entering with 25,000 people.

**More information on Amelia**

http://www.birminghamtimes.com/2015/08/statement-from-the-family-of-dr-amelia-boynton-robinson/

http://www.biography.com/news/black-history-unsung-heroes-amelia-boynton

**Editors Note**

It appears that at 104 years old Dr. Boynton was still appearing at conferences and engagements but unfortunately -few weeks ago, Dr. Amelia Boynton Robinson was hospitalized after suffering a massive stroke.  Presently, she is in stable, but critical condition. I was scheduled to appear with her at the Community Advocates In Action, Inc 4th Annual Youth History Civil Rights and Voter Education Conference for youth organized by Community Advocates in Action. Inc. Instead her Advocate Leon Frazier will appear. Please keep Amelia in your prayers. For more information on the conference contact communityadvocatesinaction@yahoo.com. One World Honors-Amelia Platts Boynton Robinson-A True Hero!

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Press Release: Homan Square and Chicago Violence Conference

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Chicago, Illinois On 3-04-2015 at 9:30 a.m, A Press Conference will be held on the 2nd Floor at Chicago City Hall to discuss Homan Square and the ongoing Chicago Violence. Organizers and Leadership want to send the city a clear message and ask for accountability. The issue according to organizers is mostly centered around the recent Homan Square Facility inquiry followed by the growing sentiment around Greater Chicago that the most marginalized members of our communities are tired of schools being shuttered, clinics being closed, and police violence going unchecked.
 
The organizers will dispute-The Chicago Police Department released fact sheet from this past Sunday disputing claims they operate a secretive facility inside Homan Square on Chicago’s West Side where criminal suspects are denied basic rights.
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As far as The facility that has been at the center of a Guardian investigation that revealed several allegations of unconstitutional abuse and leading to it being termed a “black site” by protestors

Organizers believe that the mayor’s office is critical to answer for this indifference. The cycle of brutality must be broken. This is how real change begins, with truth and accountability.

The organizers will also layout the coalition efforts to move forward, as they gauge support from multiple organizations and national Civil Rights leadership from around the country.

Expected to participate at this conference will be

Gregg L Greer-Freedom First International-SCLC Chicago

Andy Thayer-Gay Liberation Network (Founder)

Tio Hardiman- Violence Interrupters Inc (CEO)

Billy Joe Mills-Attorney Firm Equity Inc

Mark Clements (Statement)

Anonymous Chicago

 

Invited:

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel

Chicago Mayoral Candidate Chuy Garcia

The conference will be held promptly at 9:30 a.m. promptly at City Hall

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To learn more about this event, please contact gregggreer72@gmail.com

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*******Related Articles*******

http://thegrio.com/2015/03/02/anonymous-activists-urge-shutdown-of-homan-squares/

http://abc7chicago.com/news/cpd-releases-fact-sheet-on-homan-square-facility/539346/

http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2015/feb/28/homan-square-protest-chicago-police-black-site

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Today We Celebrate A Great American. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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Dr. King understood that our greatest strength to establishing powerful relationships is to be honest about our greatest weaknesses. We have all been socially conditioned to worry about what others will think and it’s only when we share our failures, our sincere thoughts, and what we don’t know with them is when we grow as a human being.

 

When we connect deeply with people who have struggled, we bridge our world. The truth is that these moments of vulnerability are the very moments that we grow. When we connect deeply with people who have struggled, who are insecure about something, or who have failed because we’ve all been there. Dr. King understood while we all struggle, that it’s not only okay to be vulnerable, it’s crucial.

 

Thank You, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

We celebrate You!

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Use Your “B.R.A.I.N.S” My Proven Strategy for “Effective” Social Justice Campaigns

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Build

We should always be ready to explain and understand the use of creativity and timing to “Build” momentum. PR and media will always help move the cause forward, and galvanize hundreds. Highly Promote your mission and mission Statement.

Revolutionize

Understand the economy of the action and how success requires winning decisive engagements quickly. In this section, we must keep in mind successful campaigns require limiting the cost of competition and conflict and maximizing that cost to your opposition. This knowledge will provide your cause with “change”-This is the heart of a “Revolutionary” effort.

 Assessment

Prior to starting a detailed “Assessment” and Planning- explore and checklist the fundamental factors including the opposing leadership and management also the major elements that determine the outcome of your engagement. By thinking, assessing and comparing these points, we can better calculate our chances of victory. Habitual deviation from these calculations will ensure failure via improper action. Stress to your team that your effort is a very grave matter and must not be commenced without due consideration.

Intelligence

“Intelligence.” Focus on the importance of developing good information sources, and what specified types of intelligence sources are needed. Know how to best manage each of them. Always select someone in the leadership to continue a consistent flow of information.

 Note

“Note” the disposition of the Campaign know the importance of defending existing position until the end of the campaign a beyond. Throughout the campaign, we must recognize, note and look for strategic opportunities, and in addition we must not create opportunities for the enemy.

Strategy

“Strategic”  When you (group) attack always define the main source of strength is unity, not size, and discuss all factors that would be needed to succeed in your campaign. In order of importance, these critical factors are Attack, Strategy, Alliances, opposition, and location.

 

 

 

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