FIFTY YEAR CELEBRATION OF THE REUNIFICATION OF JERUSALEM

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Aerial view of Jerusalem the Holy City

 And it shall come to pass in that day, that I will seek to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem.

Zechariah 12:9

  Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: they shall prosper that love thee.

Psalms 122:6

Not only are the Israeli people celebrating 69 years of the rebirth of their nation, but this month they are commemorating 50 years of reunification of the city of Jerusalem.  The original event happened during the six-day war in June, 1967. The Jews were fighting Egypt, Syria, Jordan, and Iran. The result was a complete victory for the Jewish people. 

They took great care while fighting in Jerusalem because they did not want to destroy any parts of the Holy City. They wanted to regain all of Jerusalem because in prior times it was their capital.  King David conquered the city from the Jebusites and made it the capital of Israel during his 40-year reign. The city was destroyed in A.D.70 by the Romans and the inhabitants were scattered.

Interestingly, Jerusalem is the Holy City for the three dominant beliefs: Christianity, Judaism, and Muslim.

The United States have been the main ally of Israel even before this country’s inception continually. Through our enslavement the African American community made all of this possible.

The Jews have maintained that if they had had their own land, there would not have been concentration camps. They would have had some place to go. They mean to hold on to this land by any means necessary.

CONGRATULATIONS ISRAEL

Your comments are welcome

Lucy

Lucy Payne

HAPPY 69TH BIRTHDAY TO THE NATION OF ISRAEL

 

And said, I beseech thee, O Lord God of heaven, the great and terrible God, that keepeth covenant and mercy for them that love him and observe his commandments:  Let thine ear now be attentive, and thine eyes open, that thou mayest hear the prayer of thy servant, which I pray before thee now, day and night, for the children of Israel thy servants, and confess the sins of the children of Israel, which we have sinned against thee: both I and my father’s house have sinned. We have dealt very corruptly against thee, and have not kept the commandments, nor the statutes, nor the judgments, which thou commandedst thy servant Moses. Remember, I beseech thee, the word that thou commandedst thy servant Moses, saying, If ye transgress, I will scatter you abroad among the nations: But if ye turn unto me, and keep my commandments, and do them; though there were of you cast out unto the uttermost part of the heaven, yet will I gather them from thence, and will bring them unto the place that I have chosen to set my name there.

Nehemiah 1:5-9

 When I have brought them again from the people, and gathered them out of their enemies’ lands, and am sanctified in them in the sight of many nations;  Then shall they know that I am the Lord their God, which caused them to be led into captivity among the heathen: but I have gathered them unto their own land, and have left none of them any more there. Neither will I hide my face any more from them: for I have poured out my spirit upon the house of Israel, saith the Lord God.

Ezekiel 39:27-29

 This month the nation of Israel is celebrating its 69th year of nationalism or should I say re-nationalism if there is such a term. After over 2,000 years in exile the Jews in May of 1948 became a nation again as the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob promised He would do. Jews from the entire world are finally going back to the land they said their God gave them by helping them defeat the former inhabitants or the Canaanite or Amorite tribes who are descendants of Noah’s son Ham.

While they were seeking nationalism they had the backing of the United States. They have continually relied on this country for support in various areas in their attempt to remain a nation. America has been there for Israel. President Truman openly congratulated the nation on the day of its rebirth; thus causing other nations to respond positively to them.

The other countries surrounding the new nation vehemently opposed them and have been at war with them since its inception. In spite of all of this, the Nation of Israel has been helped by this country from its rebirth to the present.

Recently, former President Obama had been a great help to Israel by helping to build the IRON DOME SYSTEM giving the Jews greater protection against missile attacks from surrounding nations and terrorist groups who are opposed to them.

As I have stated before, this country could not have helped the Jews if it were not for the African Americans who built this country’s foundations via enslavement. We made freedoms available to them; freedoms that are still not available to us because of racial hatred. God has promised to bless all who are a blessing to Abraham and his posterity. No one, in my opinion, can measure up to the sacrifice made by the African American community who has blessed Israel and also the world.

AS STATED BEFORE HAPPY 69TH BIRTHDAY ISRAEL.

Your comments are welcome.

Lucy

Lucy Payne

BLACK HISTORY REVISITED

Deuteronomy Chapter 11 verses 18 and 19

 Therefore shall ye lay up these my words in your heart and in your soul, and bind them for a sign upon your hand, that they may be as frontlets between your eyes. And ye shall teach them your children, speaking of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.

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I love it when it is Black History time.  To me it is a time for us to celebrate our many accomplishments as African Americans—the good and the not so good.  We need this time to evaluate our goals and directions.  We need to evaluate and determine what our strategies should be for future accomplishments.  

 More than anything we need to take the time to make sure our children know their history.  We need to make it a topic of continual discussion.  If we neglect to teach our children their history someone else will use their ignorance to their own advantage and our children’s disadvantage.  This is what the God of Abraham Isaac and Jacob meant when He instructed the nation of Israel to be diligent in making their history, laws, beliefs, etc. known not only to themselves but to their children on a daily basis.

 Please note Genesis chapter 18 verses 18 and 19 which states:

 “Seeing that Abraham shall surely become a great and mighty nation, and all the nations of the earth shall be blessed in him? For I know him, that he will command his children and his household after him, and they shall keep the way of the Lord, to do justice and judgment; that the Lord may bring upon Abraham that which he hath spoken of him.”

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My main focus is on our American enslavement.  I know this is a hard and bitter subject; but I believe that embodied in this cruel and unjust experience is a wealth of blessings that may revolutionize our lives today. We as African American slaves by building this country built a foundation for the nation of Israel and also the world.  These are the true so called (founding fathers) of America. As stated before we, as well as they, have never had the privilege of enjoying the fruit of our labor and ultimate sacrifice.

 The God of Abraham Isaac and Jacob made a covenant promise of special blessings that we seek to experience and enjoy, all because  our enslavement have been a blessing to the Jewish people more than to any other people.

 Your comments are welcome.

Lucy PayneLucy

 

PROPHESY/PROPHECY

Jeremiah chapter 29 verse 11 – For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.”

I remember asking my Sunday school teacher how I could find out what the will of God was for my life. I had a certain love for the Lord Jesus and I was more than grateful for my salvation. I wanted to know more about how one could find out God’s perfect will for his or her life. My Sunday school teacher told me to read my Bible more and trust the Holy Spirit to lead and guide me by opening and closing areas in my life. My teacher emphasized the importance of having an attitude and a committed heart and a willingness to obey the Lord by allowing Him to direct you in every area of your life. You must surrender your life to Him completely.

Later in my life a minister pointed out about prophesy. Have you received a word of prophesy over your life. This minister stated he was having a particular serious problem that generated deep concern and doubt. To help him during this time the Lord reminded him of prophesy that was spoken over his life. This gave him the direction that he needed to pursue in answer to his dilemma. This proved to be the right steps to take.

As I thought about this I remember prophesy that was spoken to me years ago in my early twenties. I was taking a seminar. When I got the chance to speak to the seminar leader, I focused on the problems of the black community because of slavery. His response was, “Well slavery was just the white man’s sin.” Then he asked me my name. I told him, “Lucy.”  He said your name means light or bright. Maybe God wants you to be a light to your people as to the truth of His word. At first I felt he was just pushing me off; but my passion has grown even more over the years.  I want Godly answers to what we have had to face past, present, and future.

It is truly my burning desire to bring help, hope, and physical changes to our community for the better. I desire changes that cannot be taken away.

When the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob delivered the Jews from their Egyptian enslavement it was complete. As long as they were obedient to God they were protected and prospered.

This same God that promised to bless Abraham promised to bless all who are a blessing to Abraham and his descendants. I say this emphatically— no one in all the earth has blessed his descendants more than the African American community through our ancestral enslavement. They were never compensated for this. We who are their descendants have a claim before the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob who made the promise. It is my firm belief that He, above all, wants to make this promise a physical reality.

As usual your comments are welcome

Lucy,

PASSIONATE ABOUT AFRICAN AMERICAN PROBLEMS AND SOLUTIONS

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OVER 400 YEARS AND CLIMBING!

Jesus saith unto them, My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work.

St. John 4:34

  And there are also many other things which Jesus did, the which, if they should be written every one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that should be written. Amen.

St. John 21:25

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What are you passionate about in your life?  What do you care about to the point that you focus on it day and night? What do you want to accomplish in your lifetime? What are you willing to commit to fervently for the rest of your life to experience its success?

Growing up in the Payne home was not a good experience.  My parents argued and fought all the time.  We were very poor and our home was full of sickness.  I had Asthma very badly.  It was hard for my father to find and keep employment.  We were on Welfare, which was degrading and dehumanizing.

My father was a very abusive man to his children and his wife. On top of all this we experienced the destruction of our home by fire.  Even now when I think of this I get terribly emotional.  My parents were not at home and our lives were saved by my oldest sister. She was not asleep and she got all of us safely out of the house.

In the midst of all of this, there was one thing my parents made all of their children do—go to church and school.  No matter how raggedy our clothes were or how many holes were in our shoes, we had to go. Church and school were mandatory.

I loved the Bible stories about Jesus and how much He loved me in spite of everything.  Now I understand why the Gospel is supposed to be preached to the poor and downtrodden. The Gospel brings about a supernatural hope.  It creates faith over what you see, feel, hear or experience. It brings about an honest and true belief in your heart and imagination that all things are attainable no matter your situation.

Even now, as I look at the plight that we as African Americans continually face, I am convinced that our physical, emotional, spiritual, and economic salvation have already been accomplished in Jesus.  He has already made specific arrangements for all our needs according to His promise found in Genesis 12:3. But, like any benefit we must learn how to receive what has already been provided and use it wisely for our individual and collective betterment.

When the God of eternity made this promise to Abraham, I believe He also had our African American community in mind.  He knew that our enslavement would bring about enormous prosperity to the Jews and the rest of the world via this country. As I look at the various issues facing our community my passionate desire is to see this promise materialize in our everyday lives. 

Your comments are welcome.

Lucy Payne

Lucy

 

 

 

THE OBAMA LEGACY!

The God of Israel said, the Rock of Israel spake to me, He that ruleth over men must be just, ruling in the fear of God.  – II Samuel 23:3

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Since I retired, I try not to listen to the news or focus on the many issues facing our world. My favorite programs are the classic westerns, GUNSMOKE, CHEYENNE, and THE LONE RANGER.  I do listen to a lot of the religious programs and that about sums it up. I call myself living stress free.  However, after retiring from State of Michigan in 2002 I landed a position as a Housing Addiction Counselor for the DETROIT RESCUE MISSION in 2005. It is strange how God moves. For 37 years I worked with women and children in poverty.  Afterwards I started working with men in poverty and degradation.

It was during this time that I got my first glimpse of Senator Barack Obama. I believe I was at the doctor’s office and the news on the television showed the Senator making a speech in Germany. Tens of thousands of people all over Germany and Europe came to see him and welcomed him as though he had already won the American election. They seemed to already embrace him as the leader of the free world and its allies.  I was truly amazed.  While at the Ministry we had numerous discussions about him during his campaign. During our motivational sessions I noticed that even then Senator Obama became an overwhelming inspiration to the residents especially the African American male; as he encouraged them to work harder on their own personal lives for the betterment.  Most of the residents came to us for a letter showing they lived in the neighborhood so that they could vote and be a part of the making of history i.e. the election of a black man to the highest position in the world. Before his inauguration it seemed like the whole world was holding its breath looking to him as the savior of the world coming to set up his earthly kingdom as prophesied in the Holy Scriptures.

During the Hilary campaign President Obama encouraged all voters, mainly African Americans to cast their vote for Hilary Rodman Clinton.  He implied that she was the best candidate and that she would continue what he had accomplished during his eight-year tenure. His passage of the Affordable Care Act making medical available to all, and his continuation of women’s rights over their own bodies, also what he termed marriage equality, then his tolerant policy, and immigration, etc. was what he emphasized as his legacy to be continued for the betterment of America. 

In my opinion, President Obama was treated in a most disrespectful manner throughout his eight-year tenure. During many of his speeches he was called a liar, etc. He was disrespected by the evangelicals who blamed the abortion issue on him. He was referred to as the most immoral President.  Many church leaders refused to even pray for him in their service because they did not like him from his inception as president. Many people in other countries could not believe the way he was treated. They said their rulers would have the guilty parties killed, no questions asked. Many top military people refused to serve under him and he had to dismiss them.  Some just retired from active duty rather than have a black man as Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces. This is also true of people he put in special cabinet positions— they too would find some way to turn on him. It has been said that his life has been threatened more than any other presidents. His family has been ridiculed and insulted. It is my understanding that his wife as first lady had to handle problems with staff in the White House so as to maintain the highest standards in concert with the highest political office in the world.

During his first years in office he had more of a democratic congress making it possible for him to get the affordable medical program started.  He was also instrumental in continuing the abortion issue for women and the marriage equality and the tolerant issues. The mid-elections proved disastrous for the democratic congress. Many lost their jobs because they supported the President.  He was now faced with a republican congress. But, this did not deter him from doing his job.  He continued to make decisions and do his job as he saw it. President Obama received continued criticism to the point that it became apparent to all other countries that the citizens of the United States racial status were off the chain although he was highly respected in many other countries. During all of this, President Obama never used or complained about racial discrimination.  He continuously made it his business to do his job no matter what. He used his position’s authority wisely. In an effort to stop him from doing his job other branches of government refused to do what they were supposed to do under the Constitution. They began to break the law in order to stop him from operating within the framework of the law. His racist haters under the slogan of making America great again in the eyes of other nations around the world sullied our country’s image. However, they have almost immortalized him as the one and only President of the United States of America.

In my opinion the Obama Legacy centers on the way he handled himself during his two terms in office. He kept his family intact. There were no scandals. Coming into the presidency his slate was clean and wholesome.  He did his homework by properly educating himself.  He was strictly a married family man. His wife was equally educated and exemplified virtue. President Obama did not saddle himself with a lot of youthful cumbersome baggage while preparing for success. He had a goal.

To me he was and will always be an example to our African American young generation.

Presidents have come and presidents will go but there will be only one President of the United States— Barack H. Obama.

It should be noted that our African American enslavement made a President Barack Obama possible. Although he is not a descendant of our enslavement, like so many he is a product.

 

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THIS IS THE OBAMA LEGACY.

Your comments are welcome

 

Lucy

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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And David was greatly distressed; for the people spake of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and for his daughters: but David encouraged himself in the Lord his God.

I Samuel 30:6

 Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me? hope in God: for I shall yet praise him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God.

Psalms 43:5

New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day can be a very hard and trying time. While it is good to know that you have been granted another year on God’s calendar, it can render you severely depressed if you have had a very hard and trying year prior to the new one.  So many times you just cannot see yourself enduring another year or you just do not have strength of mind to proceed further.

2016 was a very trying time for the American people as a whole because it was a presidential election year.  In my opinion all of the candidates were substandard and did not have answers to the problems that we as a nation are facing. Ultimately, and in my opinion, we had to make a choice between the lowest form of political filth and greed. Voters had to take courage and choose between the lesser of two evils.  Many decided not to participate at all. All are wondering what the next four years will produce under this new administration.  This concern on top of any other personal burdens is enough to bring about a deep depression.

I remember some time ago when I felt overwhelmed and I happened to mentioned it in a passing conversation.  I will never forget the response I received because the person knew that I believed in Jesus and had shared my faith and testimony openly. I was severely raked over the coals. What’s wrong with the faith that you say you have in Jesus. You say you are born again and have the Holy Ghost. You say Jesus can take care of you. Well what’s wrong now? Being depressed and now having to deal with this lack of compassion brings about a deep feeling of guilt and failure as a Christian on top of your depression. I believe that is why we have so many passive Christians. Instead of making disciples of all nations we keep our Savior personal.

Anyway for New Year’s I decided to reflect on all the positives that happened in 2016. This made me feel a little better. I then began to think of some goals that I wanted to accomplish for 2017. I started to come up with a plan in order to accomplish these goals. During this time two scriptures came to mind about facing depression. David and his men came back home and found that their wives and children had been carried off by the enemy. They had just come from fighting one battle and were too severely exhausted to go any further. David’s men wanted to kill him because of this situation. The scripture pointed out that DAVID DID NOT LOOK TO ANY MAN FOR HELP BUT HE ENCOURAGED HIMSELF IN THE LORD HIS GOD. HE ENQUIRED OF GOD FOR COUNSEL AS TO A PLAN OF ACTION. Following God’s leading David took as many men that he could and they were empowered to get all their families back and more. David not only returned everything to each man but he also shared equally all that was gained. He experienced depression and anxiety but instead of relying on man he embraced God even more than before.

As I meditated on these two scriptures and started to read the Bible I began to take heart. I began to think about the verse of scripture that I have been so passionate about: And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed. (Genesis 12:3). This passage contains a Godly promise that I believe holds the answer to many of the problems we as African Americans face in this country.  Just as David encouraged himself in God and obtained the victory needed. I believe this promise makes this same God available to us for victory. Happy New Year!

Your comments are welcome.

Lucy

Lucy Payne

CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION IN RETROSPECT

And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.

~~Luke 2:10-11

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By the time Christmas 2016 came I found myself in a much better spirit.  The more I meditate on this scripture it becomes overwhelmingly apparent that we need the Savior.  Even when we have done our best in life there is always a feeling of insufficiency or lack. Something always seems to be missing. There is an emptiness that seems to stay with you. At least this is my experience.

I was very young when I reached out to Jesus for His salvation. I believe I was about 8 or 9 years old.  Anyway, putting my childlike faith and trust in the fact that Jesus came into this world to be my Savior I came to the front of my church and accepted Jesus as my own personal Savior from my sin nature and also the fact that I found myself practicing sin as a result. I asked Him to become the Lord or Boss of my entire life. I know this does not mean that I am a perfect Christian; but I am trusting in Jesus’ righteousness and His perfection.

Even now 60 years later as I look back on my life I can say Jesus has been faithful to me, for me, and through me. I am thankful that I committed my life to Him at a young age. He has kept me out of the many pitfalls that so many young people get trapped in and as a result mess up their lives.

I enjoyed this Christmas because I spent a lot of time reflecting on what I was able to accomplish because of the Lord Jesus Christ. I especially thank Him because I still have hope for my life in Him. In essence Jesus was born to save me from my sin and give me a future hope.

This is why that promise He made to Abraham means so much to me. We as African Americans have a lively hope in this one promise.

Your comments are welcome.

Lucy

Lucy Payne

THE THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY IN RETROSPECT

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“In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.”

(I Thessalonians 5:18)

 “…neither were [they] thankful…”

(Romans 1:21)

This year my Thanksgiving celebration seemed very hard and trying.  I went through the motions of holiday preparation but my spirit was very heavy and full of deep future concerns. When I looked on Facebook and other social medias I could tell that I was not the only one feeling this way.

Cares comes to all of us especially in the African American community.  It seems like before you can take care of one thing successfully another pops up.  We as a community can never really exhale.  We seem to function on continual shortness of breath. Yes, somehow we continue to survive.  I don’t know about you but I am tired of just surviving.  In the midst of it all I desire to be victorious even if everything is against me. Let me be for myself by doing what is necessary to keep an atmosphere of success mentally and emotionally regardless of the situation.

The above scripture is something that God pointed out to me. “In everything give thanks for this is the will of God…”  Many times I find myself saying “Thank you” anyway. It’s not easy; and it does not mean your situation changes immediately. But it seems to put some control back in my hands or it may give me a thought on how to pray about my situation.

Many times I reflect on just how the slaves were able to endure over four hundred years of rigor. They had to create their own hope mentally and emotionally with some type of positive expectation.  If they could do this we should be able to be overcomers. I am sure God has granted us this ability also. I still see this one promise as our avenue of blessing.  We must learn the proper way of drawing from this account, which God has already prepared for the African American community.  He is a God who keeps His word. So, let’s cheer up!

Your comments are welcome

Lucy Payne

Lucy

THE DAY AFTER

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“Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me? hope in God: for I shall yet praise him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God.”

This election has been a horrible experience for all Americans.  I was looking on Facebook and many have equated the entire campaign and election to how we as a nation felt on 9/11.  The only thing that is different is the date is now 11/9.   To me 9/11 was a wakeup call for all of us as Americans.  I remember going into work that morning.  Nearly everyone in the office had strange looks on their faces.  My worker said a plane just accidentally flew into one of the twin towers in New York City.  She had a small television in her office and other workers were standing around watching.  I remember going over to her desk.  I looked at the television and saw a second plane fly into the second tower.  I remember saying that is not an accident this act was deliberate. My initial reaction to all of this was fear for my children whom I had just dropped off at school.  Were they in harm’s way? Should I leave work and get them out of school? How much food and water do I have at home? Do I need some dog food for Trixie and Raoul? How much money do I have in the bank? Should I draw it all out and let my bills bounce? How much charcoal do I have at home so that I can cook outdoors if the need arises due to a nationwide energy failure? What about candles or lanterns used for outdoors?  Finally, should I rush out a buy a gun to protect my family although I am fearful of guns? Which is the lesser of the two evils?

I again experienced this same fear and rampant emotionalism on 11/9 the day after the election. Even now I still deep concern.  I have noticed that many in the African American community who voted for this president-elect have had to justify why they cast such a vote knowing the type of person the president-elect appeared to be from his campaign. Many of these have been branded as enemies or betrayers within our ranks. I also found out that the other candidate received the most popular votes; more than the president-elect.  Then, too, we have found out that a large number of votes were suppressed or not counted, and there were threats to voters by many of the hate groups.  Knowing the so-called friendship that this president-elect has with the Russian leader sometimes you wonder did he secretly have them hack our election computer system in his favor.  After all it was stated he made a jester for them to hack our system to find the lost emails of his opponent during his campaign.  It does make you wonder what the real deal is; and where do you go from here or what can you do about this mess.

It is interesting to note that for weeks after 9/11 the churches all over the nation were packed.  Recently on Facebook everyone seemed to be talking about relying on God due to the 11/9 after the election results.  All you saw on Facebook was God is still in control.  It is good that we do know where to turn. Needless, to say there is still so much discouragement and depression in the African American community. When you consider what we have had to face or have been continually subjected to, no matter who’s in office you can understand our deep concern and our vulnerability.

One of the things I love about the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob is that no matter how hopeless the situation or how desperate the need He will and has always founded a means of deliverance for His people.  In fact when you read about the enslavement of the Jewish people in Egypt God told Abraham this would happen and that He, their God would deliver them.  He also promised to bless those who blessed His people. He is the God of His word no matter what and He has the power to deliver.

Your comments are always welcome.

Lucy

Lucy Payne