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

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EXERCISE YOUR RIGHT TO VOTE!

Below is a post I did on Facebook to my family and relatives on Facebook.

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 I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live:

That thou mayest love the Lord thy God, and that thou mayest obey his voice, and that thou mayest cleave unto him: for he is thy life, and the length of thy days: that thou mayest dwell in the land which the Lord sware unto thy fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give them.

Deuteronomy 30:19, 20

Good morning Shephard Clan.  Please allow me to share something that has been on my heart for some time.  I have noticed many of your comments about your faith and trust in God and how He has been blessing each and every one of you.  Your testimonies are encouraging and that is the reason why I believe your vote should reflect your absolute loyalty to the God you say you love and honor and serve.    We cannot afford to be ‘mouthy’ Christians only to let our Savior and Lord Jesus Christ down or sell Him out just for our perceived comfort.  The way our government is set up this election will have far reaching effects on our lives, our children’s lives, and definitely on our constitutional freedoms and our right of choice for the next hundred years or for the rest of this century.
I will be the first to admit that our choice of candidates leaves much to be desired.  However, we are duty bound to pick the candidate who will best serve and support the Bible and the claims of Jesus Christ on our lives.  We are supposed to fulfill the great commission that Jesus gave to each and every one of His followers. The past eight years have been a hindrance to this.  The body of Christ the church has been under attack under the label of being tolerant or intolerant.  The Constitution has been used to attack our personal freedoms especially if you are a Christian.  Please note it was the JUDAEO-CHRISTIAN laws, ideology, and beliefs that emphasized personal rights and freedoms for all.  These rights were God given rights.  Now under the so called Living Constitution these are no longer God given but have been reduced to what the government will allow you as your rights and the way the high courts interprets the Constitution if they consider your case at all.  Remember you have to have money for even this procedure.  I say all of this because I believe it is time for a definite change. In considering all of what’s at stake Donald Trump would be our best choice.  I know he leaves a whole lot to be desired but I believe he is open for suggestions.  Once he steps into this high office and the pressure hits him I truly believe he will change.  Another thing that is in his favor is he has paid for his own campaign.  That means he does not have a lot of interest groups he has to satisfy.  Unlike Hilary who owes favors to a lot of people that she must pay back. More than likely the present administration was also faced with interests groups who contributed to his campaign budget.  Maybe that is why our needs and interests have not been properly represented during the past eight years.  Although he received the overwhelming majority of our vote, apparently, that was not enough.  I firmly believe this will be the case with the present Democratic candidate.  Hilary has already stated her commitment agenda.  I personally believe we as Christians and also African Americans can’t afford the next four years under a Democratic administration. It is time for a definite change.

I heard a story about a black woman who was a slave in the north.  When she heard parts of the constitution she set out to obtain her freedom because she saw where her enslavement violated the Constitution of the United States.  She ultimately won her freedom based on the merits of the Constitution. Now this same Constitution is being interpreted to the point where personal rights and freedoms are almost non- existent.  If one feels you have used let’s say your freedom of speech you can be sued.  You will then have to go to court to fight such a case.  What common person has the finances to fight such a case?  Our Christian churches are under heavy scrutiny in this area.  At one point Ministers were asked to surrender their written sermons to city officials before they could preach them. All of this was started under this Democratic administration and it will continue as part of their future agenda.

Whoever occupies the White House for the next four years will have the responsibility of picking new Supreme Court Judges.  This is very, very important as these justices serve for a lifetime. Usually when they make a ruling based on their interpretation of the Constitution, it becomes the law of the land.  Such ruling like the right to an abortion— giving a woman the right to terminate her pregnancy if that is her personal desire. The so called Marriage Equality ruling supposedly based on our Constitution was made by this high court and, therefore, became law.  Now the issue is if you have had a sex change what public bathroom you are supposed to use.

The Dred Scott Supreme Court decision along with the 13th Amendment to the Constitution should help all of us take this presidential election in a more serious manner when it comes to choosing new Supreme Court justices.  These choices will not only affect us but our children and grandchildren.  Their future hangs in the balance. It was the 13th amendment that was drawn up to end slavery in the United States.  However, read and pay attention to the clause that talk about being a criminal as it relates to slavery. Think of the prison population here in the United States, currently.  How many of our people were in jail that DNA testing had to prove their innocence after years of incarceration.
The Supreme Court ruled that Dred Scott a slave is still a slave whether in a slave state or a Free State or territory.  They also stated that African-Americans are not and would never be citizens of the United States of America.  Please think about this when you cast your vote.

As always I invite your comments.

 

Lucy Payne
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I WILL BLESS THEM THAT BLESS THEE – PART 2

 

Luke 7 Roman Centurion and his servant

Now when he had ended all his sayings in the audience of the people, he entered into Capernaum.  And a certain centurion’s servant, who was dear unto him, was sick, and ready to die.  And when he heard of Jesus, he sent unto him the elders of the Jews, beseeching him that he would come and heal his servant.  And when they came to Jesus, they besought him instantly, saying, that he was worthy for whom he should do this:  For he loveth our nation, and he hath built us a synagogue.  Then Jesus went with them. And when he was now not far from the house, the centurion sent friends to him, saying unto him, Lord, trouble not thyself: for I am not worthy that thou shouldest enter under my roof:  Wherefore neither thought I myself worthy to come unto thee: but say in a word, and my servant shall be healed.  For I also am a man set under authority, having under me soldiers, and I say unto one, Go, and he goeth; and to another, Come, and he cometh; and to my servant, Do this, and he doeth it.  When Jesus heard these things, he marvelled at him, and turned him about, and said unto the people that followed him, I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel. And they that were sent, returning to the house, found the servant whole that had been sick.              -Luke 7:1-10

Another biblical story that demonstrates this wonderful promise is found in the above book of Luke in the New Testament or covenant.  In this scripture, the history of Israel has changed.  They are no longer under Babylonian dominion but under Roman captivity.  This was a very painful and harsh time in the life of the Nation of Israel.  The people were still looking for their Messiah or king to come forth and deliver them from Roman tyranny.

 

The Lord Jesus Christ was now on the scene. He did many wonderful works and miracles of healings, but His message was different.  He made claims that He was the Son of God, meaning He was equal with God the Father.  With all His power and ability Jesus made no moves against the Romans.  In fact as far as the religious leaders were concerned He broke the Mosaic Laws especially when He performed miracles of healing on the Sabbath day.  There continued to be friction between Jesus and the Jewish religious leaders and elders.  Jesus was not doing what they felt a king of Israel or their Messiah was supposed to do; and therefore; they rejected Him and His message.  They sought to destroy Him and constantly looked for a way to do it.

 

What is interesting to note is that this story is about a slave, a servant.  This servant was very sick and in deep pain.  His master loved him and did not want him to die.  His master was a Roman Centurion who heard about the many wonderful works, miracles, and healings that Jesus performed.  He was afraid to come to Jesus on his own because he was not a Jew. By rights he would be considered an enemy of the Jews because he was a Roman with power and authority over them. Desperate to get help for his servant who he loved, the Centurion went to the Jewish elders in his district that he was responsible for. He asked them to approach Jesus to see if He would come to help his servant.  Although they were at odds with Jesus, the elders approached Him on behalf of the Centurion’s servant.  They stated that the Centurion was worthy of this because he had shown a certain love for the Jewish nation and had built them a synagogue.  Remembering the ancient promise, Jesus immediately started walking to the home of the Roman Centurion.

 

The Roman Centurion knew about power and authority because he exercised his power and authority everyday over the soldiers as well as his servants.  He related this understanding to Jesus recognizing the authority Jesus had.  Still feeling unworthy to ask Jesus to come under his roof he asked Jesus to speak the word only and my servant will live. Needless to say Jesus was astonished at the faith of this Roman Centurion.

 

When the elders got back to the home of the Centurion they found the servant perfectly whole. The love the Centurion had previously shown the Jews by building them a synagogue brought about the healing of his servant. God always honors His word.

 

If we as African Americans in this country hope to get much needed help, it must be supernatural.  God is the only one who can do it.

 

Your comments are most welcome.

 

Lucy

 

BLACK HISTORY MONTH 2016

Black History Month 2016

As I have stated before besides Christmas, Thanksgiving, and Easter; Black History is my favorite time of year. I love to reflect on our many accomplishments not only here in the United States, but also the impact the African American community has made on this entire world.  Because of their labor in building up this country spiritually, politically, and economically, every country on the planet have received some form of progress. 

Initially my plan was to write something daily about our many successes as a people.  But then I decided to just sit and listen to our daily major concerns as a community.

Throughout my blog I have been saying our only hope is in the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob who made the ancient promise to Abraham that He would bless those who blessed him and his descendants and curse all who in turn would curse all who cursed Abraham and his descendants. No one has been a blessing to Abraham and his descendants more than the African American slaves; however, they were never compensated or blessed and recognized in this accomplishment.  Their lack is still our lack as their posterity. To me this one promise is an area of great possibility for us today.

The questions now are: What are the areas of need?  Is there proof that we can rely on the fulfillment of this promise in our day when the actual people who did the work did not receive fulfillment? (Referring to the slaves themselves).

Your comments are welcome.

Lucy Payne

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2016

2016 Resolutions

Here we are 18 days into the New Year.  If you are like so many of us, most of the New Year’s Resolutions have been broken.  We still have the same bills to pay.  In fact, we may have more bills because of our celebration of the holidays.  Anyway, you may find yourself going back to the familiar; sluggishness, depression, full of cares, fear, and anxiety. Remembering what you went through in 2015 may bring about a sense of gloom and doom.  However, there is another way you can choose to look at it. Yes, I have broken all of my New Year’s resolutions.  As usual I still have bills to pay that I don’t know where the money is coming from. While it is true I had a very difficult time during 2015, but at least I lived to see 2016.  Eighteen days later in the New Year I am still breathing.  There has got to be a better hope somewhere for me in 2016.  God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, my plea is reparations/compensations from on High in Jesus Name, Amen.

Your comments are welcome.

Lucy Payne

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REMBERING…

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Put me in remembrance: let us plead together: declare thou, that thou mayest be justified.

(Isaiah 43:26)

Now here comes a descendant of the slave system here in the United States praying to the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob regarding my claim/appeal.  I think myself happy because You have given me the privilege to come before You knowing that You, “THE JUDGE AND JURY OF ALL THE EARTH HAVE AND WILL CONTINUALLY DO RIGHT.”  I come in accordance to Your promise to bless those that bless Abraham and his descendants.  You are God Almighty who made this promise. The slaves here in the United States built up the foundation of this country spiritually, financially, politically, and powerful enough to embrace the Jews, the Nation of Israel, and other descendants of Abraham.   We built the foundation strong enough to bless and embrace this entire world through the labor, personal sacrifice of their dreams, lives, ambitions, etc.  The slaves were never compensated for their enormous contribution.  You have stated “a laborer is worthy of his hire.”  “Thou shalt not muzzle the mouth of the ox that treadeth out the corn.”  Because of this deprivation they were unable to leave an inheritance/compensation to their posterity.   You have stated an inheritance should be left not only to the children, but to the children’s children.  Their deprivation is still our deprivation today under the headings RACISM and INEQUALITY.   They did not receive their blessing as promised.  Please remember You had to bring deliverance to an enslaved people thousands of years ago.  They, too, experienced rigorous bondage and suffered the massive slaughter of their children as a means of birth control.  You had to miraculously deliver them.  No power on earth could accomplish such a task.  Freedom finally came after over 400 years of rigorous servitude.  You made sure they were properly compensated.  You made sure they were in tip-top health.  Above all You gave them Your supernatural divine protection and provisions during their wilderness experience.  Finally, You gave them divine order, purpose, destiny, and a piece of eternal real estate.  It is interesting to note that when You made the original covenant with Abraham, you let Abraham know what would befall his people hundreds of years before it took place.  You single-handedly, miraculously delivered them as You promised Abraham when You initially made the agreement with him.  It was during this time that You promised to curse all who cursed Abraham and his descendants and to bless all who bless Abraham and his descendants.  You are the God who cannot lie.

In like manner, You knew beforehand all that would befall the slaves here in America.  This was not a surprise to You.  You knew about the suffering, the racism, the bigotry and all that it entailed.  You are never without this knowledge.  You, however, needed people who knew how to build a world, a civilization, a nation in all areas because they had this knowledge before the call of Abraham.  There was a need to build up this country quickly to bring relief to the scattered Jewish people because of heavy persecution in Europe, Asia-Minor and other parts of the world.  Here they could come and worship as they chose.  They could also become wealthy in order to bring about the return of the Jews to the Nation of Israel in 1948.  The slaves built this country and were an enormous blessing to the Jewish people in accordance with Your promise to Abraham.  We are, therefore, humbly requesting that You examine our claim/appeal and do according to Your word.  We are also humbly asking for reparations/compensations from on High, in Jesus Name.

OUR RALLYING CRY IS:

REPARATION/COMPENSATION FROM ON HIGH IN JESUS NAME!

Your comments are welcome,

Lucy Payne

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IS THERE NOT A CAUSE?

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There are many who say the African American community is not entitled to any form of restitution or reparations for enslavement.  They conclude that all of the slaves that were involved are dead.  They do not see how this peculiar institution of hundreds of years ago has any effect on their posterity today. They have concluded that our communal dilemmas are of our own making by the choices we have personally made for ourselves.  For example, we live in a democracy based on Judeo-Christian principles of personal freedom and responsibility. A person is responsible for their own attitudes and actions and progress.  If a person chooses to live his or her life in a demoralized manner, that is their choice and they are responsible for the consequences.  Statistics show that at least 70 to 80 percent of the African American children are born out of wedlock to single parent permanent households.  These are basically teenaged girls who are not ready to be parents because they are children themselves.  These households must rely on state welfare to take care of themselves.  This one area causes heavy consequences.  For one the single parent has limited herself for education.  She must now devote herself to child rearing.  She is not able to find gainful employment because of her limited education.  There is a great possibility that her children will follow in her footsteps from generation to generation. Some have noted that during slavery there were more two parent households among the African American community. Hence, slavery cannot be blamed for personal choices and their consequences. 

Violence among African Americans is another area of concern.  Black on black crime is a serious concern.  This cannot be blamed on slavery. 

The house bill entitled 40 Acres and a Mule calls for a study to show how slavery has affected the present day African American community.  This bill is still pending and has been for many years.

Finally, many have concluded that there is no reason for reparation because of the fact that this country went through a civil war that brought emancipation to slaves here in America.  Good people died that we might enjoy the freedoms of this country. What we do with those freedoms is our business.  Some people have stated that they would be willing to engage in another civil war before allowing reparations to the black community based on slavery.  There is just no cause for a black settlement. 

Your comments are welcome.

 

Lucy Payne

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WHAT IS THE PROMISED LAND SCENARIO FOR AFRICAN AMERICANS TODAY?

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I have asked some African Americans this very important question to see if they could answer it.  In looking at our plight here in this country and all that we continually face; what would be our solution that would be satisfactory to all of us?  For example, I have heard it said by many Jewish leaders that if they had a land to go to that they could call their own they would not have been as vulnerable to Adolph Hitler or other worldwide persecutions that they have had to endure.  They needed a land to call their own for the sake of their families, especially their children.  Many Jews are returning to the land of Israel.  Their return is called their (Aliyah).  This land was promised to Abraham and his descendants through Isaac, Abraham’s second son, as an eternal inheritance.  The Jews state that although they have been scattered throughout the world because of their own disobedience to the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, He promised them restoration.  The people that settled in the land had no claim to it.  They were never established as a nation.  Israel under Jewish leadership was previously a nation. Consequently, this is the Jewish answer to their problems, their own land. 

If the same God came to you stating He is in full agreement with our claim of being a blessing to Abraham’s descendants and He wanted to in turn bless us for this according to His word, how would you tell Him to bless us to the complete satisfaction of all African Americans?

Your comments are welcome.

Lucy Payne

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THANKSGIVING, CHRISTMAS, AND NEW YEAR’S CELEBRATIONS

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Looking at this one promise of God’s, as African Americans we should be more thankful and grateful during this holiday season. Our praise to God should reach a much higher level than ever before.  When I look at our many communal problems, these are nothing for Him to solve.  He is the God of His word.  If He promised to bless He means exactly what He says.  We can rest on His word.  We as a people above all others have been more than a blessing to the descendants of Abraham.  We built the foundations of this country strong enough to embrace Abraham’s descendants in every way.  They were faced with severe persecution all over Europe and parts of Asia, etc., because of their religious beliefs.  This country gave them the opportunities needed to gain wealth and practice their religious beliefs without fear.  Our ancestors made all of this possible, not only for the Jews but for all who migrated to this country.  It is my firm belief that there would not be a nation of Israel today had it not been for the African American slave building this powerful country, the United States of America.

As we celebrate this holiday season, let us meditate on this promise with a positive expectant attitude, trusting the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob to honor His word to the descendants of slaves again as He did thousands of years ago.

He is the same God yesterday, today, and forever.  While celebrating let us remember those who are grieving within our community.  The family of the nine year old who was shot; the family of the eight year old and the one year old who were shot, remember the mother who saw her four year old mauled by pit bulls.  Let’s remember Pastor Donnie McClurklin, who has faced some heavy issues during this year.  Let’s make ourselves available to all who are in need in our communities. 

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!  MERRY CHRISTMAS! 

AND LOOK FORWARD TO A MIRACULOUS NEW YEAR!

Lucy Payne

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PROMISED LAND

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Like so many of the slaves, I love the story of how the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, delivered Abraham’s descendants from their Egyptian bondage after 430 years.  God had a special purpose for them.  He made promises to Abraham that only He could fulfill.  Abraham just believed God.  God promised him a very special land for an inheritance forever.  The land that He promised them was a very rich fertile land.  This land was also fully occupied by some very powerful people who worshipped strange gods.  They believed in human sacrifices.  They were known for sacrificing their babies to the gods they chose to worship.  They were fierce warriors living in fortified cities beyond measure.  They were very powerful people.  Only God Almighty could help them defeat these powerful nations and possess the land He had promised to give them.  He showed that He had all power when He delivered them from Egyptian bondage through supernatural means, mainly ten plagues.  He opened up the Red Sea so that they could pass through on dry land.  While in the desert He fed them with Manna from Heaven.  He gave them water from the rock.  He gave them desert quails for meat.  Before they left Egypt they received gold, silver, and other precious stones from the Egyptians for their many years of labor and sacrifice.  Their clothes did not wear out.  Their feet did not swell as they walked through the desert.  There was not a sick or feeble person among them.  He maintained their health and safety.  Through His commandments He brought order into their lives.  The God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob did all of this to build up their faith and trust in Him.  This was needed so that when they came into contact with these powerful nations they would not be afraid.

He is the same God who promised to bless all who blessed Abraham and his descendants.  Because of His track record of supernatural excellence, we as African Americans can rest assuredly on His word that He will honor His promise no matter what the situation.  Your comments are welcome.

Lucy Payne

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