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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. the SCLC First President
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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.

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The Necessity for Urban Christian Leadership. Part 2

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By Gregg L Greer, Editor for One World

In today’s modern age-The growing need for Urban Christian Leadership has emerged out of the reality of the poor, and the downtrodden, in our society and in communities across the world. The poor live in their sad existence seven days each week and 24 hours a day-change must come! If we would just imagine for a second the correlation between poverty and lack of leadership in urban communities across the country-Then we could more or less address the core issues more efficiently and perhaps we could say if we had “more” of solid leadership to represent us, then our state of wellness might change possibly overnight.

Book release 10-31-2014

The Need for Urban Christian Leadership. Book release 10-31-2014
The Need for Urban Christian Leadership. Book release 10-31-2014

 

The series is an excerpt from the book the “The Necessity of Urban Christian Leadership.” Which is written by Pastor Gregg L. Greer and the sponsor is the Urban Christian leadership Institute. This book is our opening season effort that means to address the serious need for leadership in every community around the world, overall our concern is to address the Urban Christian Leadership quality or lack of;

Philippians 2:3-4 “Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.” (NKJV)

Most people understand that our desire for satisfaction always dictates the direction of our lives–whether it be the hunger of our stomachs, the desire for material wealth or prestige, or the longings of our spirits for God. But for Christian Communities around the world, the hunger for anything outside of the will and direction of God can be an enemy. While our hunger for God–and Him alone–is the only thing that will always bring life’s victory overall. If we are to understand the issue that affects our leadership, we must understand how to 1) first Recognize the core of the problem, and 2) secondly we need to understand why, the problem with leadership exist, one rational to consider is people’s “questionable,” Hunger for change.  

Recognize and Resolve the problem!

Let’s be very honest: In many churches around the world the pipeline for “Salvation,” within the church is not the same thing as a pipeline that breeds and multiplies leaders. These are two different things. In truth, you need both-Followers and Leaders! Currently, most churches have only one-thus our communities truly do not have a conduit for leadership. If we are to consider helping one another then we must make a commitment to live our lives in search of Justice, and Truth everyday. May I offer just to make one simple suggestion-Make a Resolution? Commit to change today!

Plan of SalvationEvery year, As I have grown wiser in recognizing the will of God and I won’t partake in New Year’s resolutions anymore, if I can help it. For my direction, I now try to do that which God wills me to do everyday! – Ecclesiastes 5:18, which is to relax and enjoy the life He has given! Remembering this life is but a vapor and things staying cleaned are less than that.

The main question that we must answer is what sort of resolutions with God would you want to make? What would God endorse? To answer those questions quickly – any resolution that sees eye to eye with his (God) word (His will) is the type God wants you to make. In the rest of this I will answer those questions with some down to earth humor and of course Biblical insights.

 Hunger for Change

Matthew 5:6

Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.

 

If one is a true Christian leader he must seek vision from God within the community and then being given the holy power to execute that vision — I call this “Our biblical marching orders.” That’s the birthright of every Christian…to hear the calling of the “Heavenly,” Father. But, in the way we handle our leadership, suddenly it’s set up whereas only the select and the elite few in our church-who are given this privilege. And let’s be clear: Our ego has a lot to do with this.

Independence in the church and community must be taught, People must take a stand and commit change. understand God doesn’t mind at all if you want to –, walk 20 miles a day, go back to college, learn to play the banjo, read all of 3000 of the T.D Jakes book collection in one night, if you paint your house that pink color you have always loved, stand outside in your underwear while drinking sassafras tea in the rain (I hope not!) or, even dance the night away to the 50’s oldies and so on. In truth our independent thought helps us all in our effort to evangelize the world.

Yet, we must always be mindful that, physical things have worth but godliness or godly living has the only value needed to improve our present life circumstance as well as for our life in eternity. Hello! for some that would be a wow principal concerning godly living! Here are a few items one must consider;

  • We do not seek a single virtue of justice or rectitude toward others. The essence of Godly Living, for us (Christians) is state of harmony within your mind heart and soul; that is the seed out of which all single righteous virtues may grow.
  • We should not merely a desire to be righteous-ignoring the world at large. As people of Faith, God’s love must be shared with all even (Non Believers).
  • If there is a desire for merely for doing righteous things, but not for being righteous-then our effort is devoid!

 

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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Speech: March 13, 1968

   Have I Done Enough?” Dr. King’s Legacy Forces everyone one of us to Ask Ourselves!

My Question;  Can you take to heart the following words Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  spoke just four days before he was gunned down ?? “First, we are challenged to develop a world perspective. No individual can live alone, no nation can live alone, and anyone who feels that he can live alone is sleeping through a revolution.

“One day we will have to stand before the God of history and we will talk in terms of things we’ve done. Yes, we will be able to say we built gargantuan bridges to span the seas, we built gigantic buildings to kiss the skies. Yes, we made our submarines to penetrate oceanic depths.

We brought into being many other things with our scientific and technological power.

It seems that I can hear the God of history saying:

 ‘That was not enough!

 But I was hungry, and ye fed me not. I was naked, and ye clothed me not. I was devoid of a decent sanitary house to live in, and ye provided no shelter for me. And consequently, you cannot enter the kingdom of greatness. If ye do it unto the least of these, my brethren, ye do it unto me.’

 That’s the question we are facing to this day today

  In Summary!

I fear some are not hungry for righteousness, but for the only for rewards of righteousness. Worldly goods cannot fill the soul of a man. Intellectual attainment cannot. Goodness will satisfy. There is no condition where we cannot be satisfied in the enjoyment of righteousness. Goodness does not forsake a man.righteousness-defined

Being a disciple means being a learner of all the things Jesus was — and we know Jesus did multiply leaders. Scripture outlines truly practical models for church leadership you can learn to put into practice in your own context to begin identifying, training, and releasing kingdom leaders to do God’s work in the world. I’ve done it and I’ve seen other people do it all over the world. It can be done and done with incredible results.

The necessity for Urban Christian Leadership or any good leadership is deeply felt and needed around the world. This need starts with a special condition of the mind,  and, an indication of a healthy, spiritual life which all people of faith must learn to receive-Post Haste!

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http://fulleryouthinstitute.org/articles/unlocking-the-keys-to-indigenous-urban-leadership

http://www.christianpost.com/news/christians-must-create-a-culture-of-accountability-for-their-pastors-church-leadership-126279/

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Is Today’s Church Failing to get the message out!

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For over 100 years now we the church has been sending out missionaries to be pastors of churches, and thus God’s order has been reversed. Our methods as a “Church,” have not been scriptural. Hence, the world is majorly still evangelized in spite of all our efforts

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On April 8, 2014 Civil Rights Leaders and Organizations in Florida and California will unite in effort to “Restore the Balance of Justice” to Communities.

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Break the Grip of Shame Rally  Tuesday, April 8, 2014 -- Florida State Capitol (Waller Park)
Break the Grip of Shame Rally
Tuesday, April 8, 2014 — Florida State Capitol (Waller Park)

By Gregg L. Greer, One World, Editor

Multiple Civil Rights, Faith based organizations and Social Justice coalitions are coming together in a “Multi National” cooperative on April 8, 2014 to begin the work in Restoring the Balance of Justice,” to communities across the country.

On Tuesday April 8, 2014 at 9:30 am hundreds are expected at both the State Capitol’s of Florida and The California State Capitol as “sister rallies” to “take a stand,” and to question, also combat the senseless and growing community violence and as they are also in opposition of national level laws-that are negatively affecting communities. Their concern is centered but against issues ranging on everything from Immigration Violence to Police Brutality and everything in between.

 

On Tuesday April 8, 2014-Hundreds are expected at both the State Capitol's of Florida and The California State Capitol as "sister rallies" to "take a stand,"
On Tuesday April 8, 2014-Hundreds are expected at both the State Capitol’s of Florida and The California State Capitol as “sister rallies” to “take a stand.”

 

In both state’s Florida and California coalitions agree and see that the growing need for “Urban Leadership,” has emerged out of the reality of the poor, and the downtrodden and the negative effects are widespread in communities across the country for citizens who have to live in their existence seven days each week and 24 hours a day. The coalitions also believe that they could more or less address the core issues more efficiently and perhaps if they had “more” solid leadership to represent and advocate, them, also they urge that the “state of wellness,” may change, both nationally and worldwide.

Break The Grip of Shame Rally-Tuesday April 8, 2014
Break The Grip of Shame Rally-Tuesday April 8, 2014

In Florida on April 8, 2014 at 9:30 a.m On the Anniversary of the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, an unarmed black teen, by a Hispanic neighborhood watch captain has prompted a global effort to combat Florida’s controversial law.
Stand Your Ground.

The theme is “BREAK THE GRIP of Shame,” because in Florida The number of questionable cases is increasing, mostly defense attorneys are using “Stand Your Ground” or sometimes referred as (S.Y.G) in ways state legislators never envisioned. It (S.Y.G) has been invoked in dozens of cases with minor or no injuries. For example, It has also been used by a self-described “vampire” in Pinellas County, a Miami man arrested with a single marijuana cigarette, a Fort Myers homeowner who shot a bear and a West Palm Beach jogger who beat a “Jack Russell” Terrier to death.

People often go free under “Stand Your Ground” in cases that seem to make a mockery of what lawmakers intended. One man killed two unarmed people and walked out of jail. Another shot a man as he lay on the ground. Others went free after shooting their victims in the back. In nearly a third of the cases, the Times analyzed, defendants initiated the fight, shot an unarmed person or pursued their victim — and still went free.

Human Rights Leaders from around the State of Florida have been invited to participate in a multinational protest rally against, Stand Your Ground, and Police brutality starting in Florida with calls to hundreds of students from FAMU, Florida State University, Tallahassee Community College and joined members of the Latino, Arabic, and labor protection communities to answer the call to protest at the Florida Capitol in Tallahassee on April 8, 2014 this effort will be joined by similar efforts from around this country.

 

In a recent interview Reverend Reginald Gundy Florida State President from the Southern

Florida "S.C.L.C" is one of the major organizations participating on the Break the Grip of Shame Rally
The Florida “S.C.L.C” is one of the major organizations participating on the Break the Grip of Shame Rally

Christian Leadership Conference went on to call Florida possibly the last “Birmingham” of the South,” he continued, saying that it may be time to put “boots on the ground,” which might mean going after the economic system in the state, though he did not specify how that might happen.

The march is also had a strong emphasis on Community Violence against women, and immigrants. Example due to the rising amount of hate crimes against undocumented immigrants in Florida directed against Hispanics, Arab, and Muslims for the fourth consecutive year is particularly noteworthy and worrisome because the number of hate crimes committed against other racial, ethnic, and religious groups has over the same period shown either no increase or a decrease.

According to Gregg L. Greer the Florida Rally lead organizer, “The toxic environment in Florida and abroad, in which hateful rhetoric targets immigrants and women-while the number of hate crimes against Hispanics and others perceived to be immigrants steadily increases, This has caused an of heightened sense of fear in communities around the country.”

Immigrant rights are high on the agenda
Immigrant rights are high on the agenda

 

“We want to build a layer of protection, around immigrants, because we know that many are a target, and also they do not readily call for “police services because of their immigrant status.” Women are usually targeted due to domestic violence issues,: All must be combated, because they prevent us from being effective in communities across the country.

Starting April 8, 2014 9:30am State Capital at (WALLER PARK) 500 Duval Street, Tallahassee, Florida 32399-Across from the Supreme Court

Florida must “Break the Grip of Shame.” !!!

For more information on the Break the Grip of Shame Rally! Freedom First International, and the effort to stop “Stand Your Ground” email-freedom1stsclc.gg@gmail.com or call (855) 612-7771 and leave a message.

For Florida All event information and can be found on https://www.facebook.com/events/712321675457991/

 

In California on April 8, 2014 at 10:00 am p.s.t Families United March on State Capital Sacramento

Over 21 families, are asking to California Attorney General Kamlia D. Harris, 32nd Attorney General of the State of California to review the "Policemen's Bill of Rights" and police policy due to the rising use of excessive force by citizen murders.
Over 21 families, are asking to California Attorney General Kamlia D. Harris, 32nd Attorney General of the State of California to review the “Policemen’s Bill of Rights” and police policy due to the rising use of excessive force by citizen murders.

The  State Capitol in Sacramento, California  for the United Families of California at the fifth annual Victims’ Rights March is a call to action for victims and their supporters to come together as they do every year on the steps of the California State Capitol to have their voices heard by their elected officials. This event is not considered a memorial, but rather a rally in which we encourage victims to visit their legislator’s offices and let them know how you feel about public safety issues. The California Coalitions and one of the leading organizers is the Oscar Grant Foundation,  and their Executive Director: Cephus ‘Uncle Bobby’ Johnson and will be joined by over 21 families of victims murdered by Police and most of the “Police Brutality” murders are in question and have current investigations.  for more information you may visit the following links https://www.facebook.com/events/155737031274252/

Oscar Grat Foundation, and joined by over 21 families of victims murdered by Police and most of the "Police Brutality" murders. http://www.oscargrantfoundation.com/
Oscar Grant Foundation, will be joined by over 21 families of victims murdered by Police and most of the “Police Brutality” murders.
http://www.oscargrantfoundation.com/

California fights the Police Bill of Rights

Over 21 families, are asking to California Attorney General Kamlia D. Harris, 32nd Attorney General of the State of California to repeal the “Policemen’s Bill of Rights” police policy due to the rising excessive “force”  citizen murders. They believe that officials are ignoring the fact that in California “Police brutality” there is a persistent problem.. The coalitions are calling this effect “State sponsored violence.”

One of the focal points of their agenda is in opposition-to those who know of the “Thin Blue Line,” think that this standard is “extremely,” questionable and is a code that compels a bad police or bad group of police to obey their own makeshift set of laws binding only to themselves.” “They are becoming like a “Gang,” states, according to one observer. While many Family foundations are leading the charge (too many to list)

One notable case was the case of Oscar Grant III (above, right) who was fatally shot by BART (Metro Train) police officer Johannes Mehserle in Oakland, California, in the early morning hours of New Year’s Day 2009.Officer Johannes Mehserle and another officer were restraining Grant, who was lying face down and allegedly resisting arrest. Officer Mehserle stood and, according to his attorney, said: “Get back, I am gonna tase him. Then Mehserle drew his gun and shot Grant once in the back. During his court testimony, Mehserle said that Grant then exclaimed, “You shot me! Grant was unarmed; he was pronounced dead the next morning at Highland Hospital in Oakland. Grant’s Death and the incident are the basis of the 2013 film Fruitvale Station. Fruitvale Station” followed the last 24 hours of the life of Oscar Grant (Michael B. Jordan). The Oscar Grant Foundation has continued to work tirelessly for “just”  cause the effort includes this rally. Go to view the following links for more information on the march.

For more information on the California Rally! go to http://www.oscargrantfoundation.com  or https://www.facebook.com/events/155737031274252 to sign up for the event.

For questions and event information  email the oscargrantfoundation@gmail.com 

 

Fruitvale Station" followed the last 24 hours of the life of Oscar Grant (Michael B. Jordan)
Fruitvale Station” followed the last 24 hours of the life of Oscar Grant (Michael B. Jordan). The Oscar Grant Foundation has continued to work tirelessly for “just”  cause.

The Growing need for Urban Leadership In today’s modern age-The growing need for Urban Christian Leadership has emerged out of the reality of the poor, and the downtrodden, in our society and in communities across the world who live in their existence seven days each week and 24 hours a day. If we would just imagine for a second the correlation between poverty and lack of leadership in Urban Communities across the country-Then we could more or less address the core issues more efficiently and perhaps we could say if we had “more” of solid leadership to represent us, then our state of wellness might change.

What you can do to support this cause!

What can we as concern citizens, block club leaders and others do to stop violence? One thought is to be informed, find out what is out there, get involved. In FLORIDA and CALIFORNIA, theses organizations are partnering with other leadership/communicate about Violence Prevention in communities as a first step to educate everyone. (example, above)

Dr. King Later in the “Letter from a Birmingham Jail,” stated, “law and order exist for the purpose of establishing justice and that when they fail in this purpose they become the dangerously structured dams that block the flow of social progress.” 

 

"Letter from a Birmingham Jail  April  16,1963
“Letter from a Birmingham Jail
April 16,1963

It is time to stop the onslaught. .. That is destroying our children and our communities. It’s time to help each other build communities at which point each of our kids, teens, and adults can seem sheltered and secure from crime,

We all must make the decision to:

•identify and raise consciousness of violence in all its forms;

•challenge the societal norm that violence is a normal part of life;

•help people own both the problem and the solutions, shifting the focus of action from the streets to the home and community;

•influence people to choose specific actions and behaviors that work and are positive, healthy and peaceful;

•encourage individuals to reduce violence; and;

•create a culture of peace, hope and trust by living this way to teach by example

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(The Hate that Hate Made!)-American Conservative Evangelicals are backing Uganda’s Death Laws against Gays?

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 (The Hate that Hate Made) By Gregg Greer, Editor

American Evangelist have recently been in the news for their direct financing and millions of dollars in support of Ugandan Government activities including backing and destructive support of the Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Bill (often called the “Kill the Gays bill,”) which mandates a death penalty and life imprisonment clause as a legislative proposal that would broaden the criminalization of same-sex relations in Uganda domestically, and further includes provisions for Ugandans who engage in same-sex relations outside of Uganda, asserting that they may be extradited for punishment back to Uganda, and includes penalties for individuals, companies, media organizations, or non-governmental organizations that just know of gay people or support LGBT rights.

In January, this year-a Documentary called The Gospel Truth, Filmed by Rodger Ross, with Reverend Kapya Kaoma, a minister who spend years studying the relationship between American Conservatives and Africa discusses the widely maintained viewpoint of American Christian missionary groups asserted that homosexuality is a direct threat to the cohesion of African families and warned Uganda is in danger of being “dragged back to the dark and evil days of Idi Amin. In the documentary, The American House of Prayer was filmed. Disturbingly, One Minister Jo Anna Watson, of Touching Hearts International Ministries, lead service by referring to the Ugandan locals stating, “They miss a Fatherly heart of Love because they haven’t been fathered properly,” help them close the door to sexual immorality and perversion.?

Ugandan LGBT Children could also face death under the bill.

Some of the most concerning provisions of the original bill required teachers and parents to report LGBT children or face penalties, banned landlords from providing lodging to any LGBT individuals and added the death penalty for aggravated Homosexuality (Which includes, among other things, being a serial Offender). The UK newspaper The Guardian has said that the bill confirms the country’s status as “unjust and infamous”, calling the law a “wretched piece of legislation,” London-based newspaper The Times also criticized the proposed law and the BBC for sponsoring a debate titled “Should homosexuals face execution?”

Mike Huckabee at the Southern Baptist Convention

 Southern Baptist Convention
Southern Baptist Convention

The same sentiments are echoed thought our Conservative Christian World for example; When Mike Huckabee delivered a politically charged speech at the annual Southern Baptist Convention meeting, telling attendees that holy matrimony will be twisted into a perversion and formed into an unholy pretzel  As a result of same-sex marriage. Huckabee went on to criticize the armed forces and the Boy Scouts for becoming test labs for social experiments and Jason Collins, whom he mockingly called a hero for announcing his sexual proclivities. Baptist Press, the media arm of the SBC, further reports that Huckabee urged pastors to speak out against the ungodly and unholy Culture and put the Republican Party on notice in case they ease off on issues like the sanctity of life and the holiness of marriage. The future of abortion rights, Huckabee said, would determine whether or not our civilization will survive as a country and if our nation will stand or fall. “Jesus is talking about good food, biblical food,” Huckabee noted, lamenting “we are living in a time of biblical ignorance.” “People who attend church, especially young people, have an extraordinary lack of biblical depth,” he said. “According to recent surveys, the kids who grow up in our evangelical churches do not really know God.

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The documentary also, films an Evangelistic session that shows a Ugandan crowd chanting “those who are ready to Kill homosexuals, hands up!”

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While many of the many of the missionaries are doing Good work, the preconceived notion that the Ugandan and African locals are “uncivilized,” and “unholy,” Is assisting in a cultural war, in addition to the negative propaganda against the African populations that may lead to further the destruction within the communities that the missionaries visit. For the locals-this dangerous ideology, and a very harmful, ideology that has to be corrected.

In closing-You can’t preach hate and not accept responsibility for the way that hate is manifested.Gay rights activists protest outside Uganda House in Trafalgar Square in London