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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BIRTHDAY/VACATION

“And he [Jesus] said unto them, Come ye yourselves apart into a desert place, and rest a while…” (Mark 6:31)

 

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September is my birthday month.  Feeling tired for some time I decided to take a break from EVERYTHING.  I went to Durham, North Carolina for a two day healing conference. It has been a long time since I have been on a plane— approximately sixteen years. It was an interesting experience to see how the entire flying procedure has changed. Anyway, I am happy to report that I made it through that entire adventure coming and going. I enjoyed the conference very much. I also made new friends who I found out are deeply committed to the claims of Jesus Christ.  One in particular gave me a surprise birthday gift. giftbox I was so overwhelmed with joy and love. We did exchange email addresses. Needless to say, this was the highlight of my trip. I especially enjoyed my motel room. I found myself resting more, mainly due to the absence of my grandchildren jumping in my bed.

I feel everything would have continued on a happy note if I had not turned on the television in my room. Again, I was brought back to the reality of the ills that black people face, and that is the killing of our young men by the police.  Charlotte, North Carolina was in an uproar with rioting and demonstrations over a recent shooting presently under investigation.

Civil Rights Activist and Comedian Mr. Dick Gregory made a very interesting statement. He said when you think of all the black policemen in our nation thousands of black policemen and yet we do not hear of them shooting a white person. We as black people are plagued with this problem all over the nation by policemen shooting black people, in particular black males. Needless to say my heart became troubled again while enjoying my mini vacation. 

It is still my firm belief that our answer to our many problems that we face as African Americans descendants of slaves can only be resolved supernaturally. Many of the problems we face remind me of the Egyptian bondage faced by the descendants of Abraham.  Beforehand, God told Abraham about this stating He would have to deliver them from this bondage. It is the same with us here in America. The God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob will have to bring about our deliverance. In fact, I believe He has already accomplished this. We, however, must learn how to appropriate what He has already accomplished for us based entirely on His promise and grace.

I returned from my vacation reaffirming my commitment to learn just how to appropriate God’s blessing for the benefit of my people.

Your comments are welcome.

Lucy Payne

 

I WILL BLESS THEM THAT BLESS THEE – PART 3

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Acts Chapter Ten – KJV

There was a certain man in Caesarea called Cornelius, a centurion of the band called the Italian band, a devout man, and one that feared God with all his house, which gave much alms to the people, and prayed to God alway.  He saw in a vision evidently about the ninth hour of the day an angel of God coming in to him, and saying unto him, Cornelius. And when he looked on him, he was afraid, and said, What is it, Lord? And he said unto him, Thy prayers and thine alms are come up for a memorial before God. And now send men to Joppa, and call for one Simon, whose surname is Peter: He lodgeth with one Simon a tanner, whose house is by the sea side: he shall tell thee what thou oughtest to do. And when the angel which spake unto Cornelius was departed, he called two of his household servants, and a devout soldier of them that waited on him continually; And when he had declared all these things unto them, he sent them to Joppa. On the morrow, as they went on their journey, and drew nigh unto the city, Peter went up upon the housetop to pray about the sixth hour:  And he became very hungry, and would have eaten: but while they made ready, he fell into a trance,  And saw heaven opened, and a certain vessel descending upon him, as it had been a great sheet knit at the four corners, and let down to the earth:  Wherein were all manner of fourfooted beasts of the earth, and wild beasts, and creeping things, and fowls of the air. And there came a voice to him, Rise, Peter; kill, and eat. But Peter said, Not so, Lord; for I have never eaten any thing that is common or unclean. And the voice spake unto him again the second time, What God hath cleansed, that call not thou common. This was done thrice: and the vessel was received up again into heaven. Now while Peter doubted in himself what this vision which he had seen should mean, behold, the men which were sent from Cornelius had made enquiry for Simon’s house, and stood before the gate, And called, and asked whether Simon, which was surnamed Peter, were lodged there. While Peter thought on the vision, the Spirit said unto him, Behold, three men seek thee. Arise therefore, and get thee down, and go with them, doubting nothing: for I have sent them. Then Peter went down to the men which were sent unto him from Cornelius; and said, Behold, I am he whom ye seek: what is the cause wherefore ye are come? And they said, Cornelius the centurion, a just man, and one that feareth God, and of good report among all the nation of the Jews, was warned from God by an holy angel to send for thee into his house, and to hear words of thee. Then called he them in, and lodged them. And on the morrow Peter went away with them, and certain brethren from Joppa accompanied him. And the morrow after they entered into Caesarea. And Cornelius waited for them, and he had called together his kinsmen and near friends. And as Peter was coming in, Cornelius met him, and fell down at his feet, and worshipped him. But Peter took him up, saying, Stand up; I myself also am a man. And as he talked with him, he went in, and found many that were come together. And he said unto them, Ye know how that it is an unlawful thing for a man that is a Jew to keep company, or come unto one of another nation; but God hath shewed me that I should not call any man common or unclean. Therefore came I unto you without gainsaying, as soon as I was sent for: I ask therefore for what intent ye have sent for me?  And Cornelius said, Four days ago I was fasting until this hour; and at the ninth hour I prayed in my house, and, behold, a man stood before me in bright clothing, And said, Cornelius, thy prayer is heard, and thine alms are had in remembrance in the sight of God. Send therefore to Joppa, and call hither Simon, whose surname is Peter; he is lodged in the house of one Simon a tanner by the sea side: who, when he cometh, shall speak unto thee. Immediately therefore I sent to thee; and thou hast well done that thou art come. Now therefore are we all here present before God, to hear all things that are commanded thee of God. Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons: But in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with him. The word which God sent unto the children of Israel, preaching peace by Jesus Christ: (he is Lord of all:) That word, I say, ye know, which was published throughout all Judaea, and began from Galilee, after the baptism which John preached; How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him. And we are witnesses of all things which he did both in the land of the Jews, and in Jerusalem; whom they slew and hanged on a tree: Him God raised up the third day, and shewed him openly; Not to all the people, but unto witnesses chosen before God, even to us, who did eat and drink with him after he rose from the dead.  And he commanded us to preach unto the people, and to testify that it is he which was ordained of God to be the Judge of quick and dead. To him give all the prophets witness, that through his name whosoever believeth in him shall receive remission of sins. While Peter yet spake these words, the Holy Ghost fell on all them which heard the word.  And they of the circumcision which believed were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because that on the Gentiles also was poured out the gift of the Holy Ghost. For they heard them speak with tongues, and magnify God. Then answered Peter, Can any man forbid water, that these should not be baptized, which have received the Holy Ghost as well as we? And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord. Then prayed they him to tarry certain days.

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This was the promise the God of the universe made to Abraham in Genesis 12:3.  Thus far we have looked at scriptural stories of people who received special attention based on this promise. It is interesting to note they were the most unlikely individuals. In other words they were people who were not Jewish nor were they Abraham’s descendants or particularly religious. They did, however, receive a special blessing because of what they did and how their actions blessed the Jews.

It is interesting to note that at the beginning of church age there were only Jewish people.  In order to get the disciples of Jesus Christ to include non-Jews the God of the Universe gave a special vision to Peter the apostle.  At the same time this God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob gave a special vision to a non-Jew by the name of Cornelius who was a Roman Centurion stationed in Israel who was still under Roman control.

In the 10th chapter of Acts, Cornelius was fasting and praying.  During this time an angel came to him stating God had heard his prayers and seen his abundant alms giving to the Jewish people.  God acknowledged that Cornelius was a devout God-fearing man.

Here again we see the fulfillment of the promise God made to Abraham in Genesis 12:3  God, through His angelic messenger told Cornelius to send for the Apostle Peter to tell him what Cornelius’ inner most being truly longed for.  He desired to know God in a more true and personal way.  He was, however, a Gentile, a non-Jew.  He did not have what was required in order for him to enter in to this type of relationship.  God made all of what he truly desired available to him through a special encounter.  Peter the apostle came to him and presented to Cornelius the only way of salvation through the finished work of Jesus Christ alone referred to as the new birth or being born again.

Again the God of Abraham Isaac and Jacob honored His word/promise.  It is interesting to note that this encounter ushered in a new era.  As stated before, at its inception the church of Jesus Christ contained only Jewish members.  But after Cornelius’ conversion the Jews began to preach the gospel message to Gentiles as well. Today the church of Jesus Christ is mainly made up of non-Jews.

Your comments are more than welcome.

Lucy

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

 

I WILL BLESS THEM THAT BLESS THEE

I will bless them that bless thee

“…I will bless them that bless thee…” – Genesis 12:3

One of the best stories in the Holy Scriptures that illustrates the truth and the reality of the above scripture is found in the book of Jeremiah the prophet chapters 38 and 39.  Jeremiah was called and ordained a prophet of the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob before he was born.  God used him to convey His messages to the nation of Israel; specifically the tribes of Judah and Benjamin.  Jeremiah prophesied that they had broken the original covenant with God by worshipping idols. He further prophesied that they would be conquered by Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon, taken into captivity and their cities destroyed, especially Jerusalem.  The king, princes and other leaders did not like the message Jeremiah was prophesying.  They said he was discouraging the people and weakening the soldiers.  They treated Jeremiah harshly for his message.  The leaders brought in false prophets to say that the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob was pleased with them and that Jeremiah was not prophesying the truth.  

It was not until the King of Babylon; Nebuchadnezzar came with his mighty military and besieged them that they finally believed Jeremiah.  They came to him and asked him for a word from the Lord.  They wanted to hear that God would drive away Babylon and save them.  Jeremiah’s message to them was if they wanted to be saved from death they must surrender to the King of Babylon and their lives and the lives of their children would be spared.  However, if they refused to surrender they would die by the sword, famine and pestilence.  This made the people hate Jeremiah even more.  They were so angry that they took Jeremiah and threw him in a deep pit, which contained mire hoping he would die of starvation, etc.

But there was in the king’s court a black man, an Ethiopian eunuch by the name of Ebedmelech.  He was a slave having no rights at all.  He believed Jeremiah’s prophecies from the beginning and he was terribly afraid. He knew if the King of Babylon would do this to the Jewish citizens, his life was worth next to nothing.  When he heard of what the princes had done to Jeremiah the Lord’s prophet, he went to the king and begged for the life of Jeremiah.  The king told Ebedmelech to take 30 men with him and get some cloths and get him out of the pit. The eunuch did just that, thus saving the life of God’s prophet.

The God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob did not forget what this black man did.  He sent a special message to Ebedmelech via of Jeremiah the prophet stating He understood his fear of the Babylonians in regards to his own personal life. God also said that He would not let anything happen to his life.  He would give him his life as a prey or spoil of war.  He respected Ebedmelech for saving the life of Jeremiah.  Even in the midst of war and cruel actions, God demonstrated His ability to honor His word to a black man, a slave, a nobody.

Your comments are welcome

Lucy Payne

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MY PASSION

 

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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 (a future and a hope.) Then shall ye call upon me and ye shall go and pray unto me and I will hearken unto you. And ye shall seek me and find me when ye shall search for me with all your heart.

-Jeremiah 29:11-13

 And call upon me in the day of trouble, i will deliver thee and thou shalt glorify me.

-Psalms 50:15

 And I will bless them that bless thee…

-Genesis 12:3

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The scriptures above are the foundation of my blog and my passion. I believe that the answer to the African American dilemma past, present, and future are engrained in these verses. Through our enslavement we have been a blessing to the descendants of Abraham, but not just to Abraham’s descendants. We have been more than a blessing to this entire world. We have yet to fully experience and enjoy what we have made possible for so many others.

I believe the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob already has a plan for our deliverance and to our satisfaction. My passion is to see the manifestation of His plan in our everyday lives to our complete satisfaction.  He did it before for a group of slaves who could not deliver themselves.

Your comments are always welcome.

Lucy

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HEY MAN…WHAT’S YOUR PLAN?

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Recently I went to the car dealer to get my car serviced.  While there I began to converse with another customer regarding the candidates for the presidential election.  Like me she was a black woman and expressed her deep concern. She kept saying if we don’t get out and vote we will be in serious trouble. Like so many in our community she was terribly disturbed about the dilemma facing the African American community as a whole, referring to the killing of our people. She kept saying we must get out and vote against this one candidate.

I then asked her a question that I have been asking many African Americans.  If God Almighty came to you because He wanted to help our community, to the complete satisfaction of all that we have faced as a people here in this country, how would you tell Him to help us? The woman looked at me and stated I would tell God to help us be accepted by the content of our character and not by the color of our skin.  Well, after she said that, I wondered how this was supposed to help us.  From what I have been hearing many of the people who were killed by the police had something questionable in their background.  What I have been asking is: “What are your plans for getting our community out of our many dilemmas that we continue to face?”

I recall a statement the Honorable former Mayor of Detroit, Kwame Kilpatrick, made when he took office.  He stated that during the first few weeks of his administration, representatives from the Hispanic and the Arabic communities ask for a meeting with him to discuss their perspective concerns.  Africans Americans are the largest group in Detroit.  To date, no one has come to present their concerns along with a plan of action to be considered.

The God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob had a plan when He approached Abraham in Genesis 12:3. He had a plan when He allowed Joseph to be taken to Egypt as a slave.  He had a plan when He allowed Jacob and the rest of his family go into Egypt.  He knew they would be ill-treated and enslaved. The same God already had a plan of action to bring them out of Egypt at the appointed time.  Through supernatural means He accomplished their freedom.  They came out of bondage with great substance. The slaves that He freed are still a strong force to be reckoned with today. Even amidst prejudice and persecution they are strong.  He is the same God who promised to bless all who were a blessing to Abraham and his posterity.

No one can claim this promise more than the African American descendants of the slave system here.  Through our servitude we have more than blessed them.  God knew about our servitude and what was accomplished. Like the former slaves of old I believe He has a definite plan of blessing that would be considered a complete and satisfactory fulfillment of this promise.

IF HE DID IT BEFORE HE CAN DO IT AGAIN.

I ask you this question: If the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob asked for your input in order to satisfactorily bless our entire community, based on our enslavement what would you advise Him.  What plans do you have?

Now therefore thus saith the Lord of hosts; Consider your ways.
Haggai 1:5

And the Lord answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it.
Habakkuk 2:2

Your comments are more than welcome.

Lucy Payne

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TO VOTE OR NOT TO VOTE

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As I have stated before, this is a presidential election year.  Whoever wins this election will be serving after the historic election of our first black president here in the United States.  The past eight years under the administration of a black man have been heated and full of controversy and gross disrespect.

Now all one hears from the candidates is we must make America great again. How can we restore our country to greatness? Needless to say the voters are full of deep concern and confusion.  Many do not like the candidates running.  They wonder is it worth voting in this election or just a waste of time.

This is especially true in the African America community.  It is a known fact that no matter how much voter support and backing we give a candidate, whether republican or democrat we seemed to be forgotten and/or treated as invisible after the election. Still we are continually told that the only hope we have is to use our vote to make a difference.  Please note I still believe that voting is our duty and privilege.  We are responsible for sharing in the decision-making of our nation. Also to add insult to injury periodically the government must vote on whether or not we will have voting privileges.

In view of this and the problems we continually face within our community I am still convinced that only supernatural help will suffice.  The God of Abraham Isaac and Jacob promised to bless all who blesses Abraham and his descendants.  Our enslavement in this country was indeed a blessing to them.  Now it is our time for supernatural deliverance.

There are it may be so many kinds of voices in the world and none of them is without signification.                                                                        I Corinthians 14:10

Your comments are welcome.

Lucy Payne

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LABOR

The primary factor of any undertaking is labor. You can have as many ideas as you would like but there must be someone to make it a physical reality.  Mr. Webster defines labor as: “The physical and mental activity that provides or produces the goods and services in an economy.”  This one expense can either make or break an undertaking.

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 My grandfather on my mother’s side was born hearing and speech impaired.  He also had a brother who was born the same way.  His mother was born a few years after the Emancipation. When I was a child I loved to see him tell us how he saw Walter Reuther getting the auto workers together to form a powerful union to bargain for better working conditions and other benefits. The way he would sign the words out to us as his grandchildren, left a lasting impression on me.  He talked about the many skirmishes he personally witnessed during this time.  Men fighting for their rights that they felt were due them from the auto companies.  The look on his face gave one the impression that he was reliving this in his mind.  To him the laborer was worth his hire. The auto companies, no doubt, felt this was taking more of their profits and did not like the idea of labor unions.

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My Grandfather – James Shephard 1895 – 1975

I know we all have heard about companies using sweat shops as a better means for labor.  We are also familiar with the term ‘outsourcing’ or sending American jobs overseas for cheaper labor so as to realize larger profits. Enslavement made practices such as these unnecessary.  Slaves were property. They were owned by their masters.  They could breed and have children who would also become slaves.  This was considered the best form of labor.  You owed them nothing.

 After the Emancipation of slavery there was a move to keep the slaves servitude—share cropping, that evil and underhanded way of keeping the slaves subservient; and also the use of Jim Crow laws relegating them to second class citizens.  This nation could not have evolved without the skilled and unskilled labor of the black slave.

 Your comments are welcome.

 Lucy Payne

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Thou shalt not muzzle the ox when he treadeth out the corn.” Deuteronomy 25:4

 And in the same house remain, eating and drinking such things as they give: for the labourer is      worthy of his hire…” Luke 10:7

SAFETY

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Online reference: http://www.prweb.com/releases/2012/12/prweb10281878.htm

The safety of our community is a HUGE issue.  As a people we have experienced so many useless and unnecessary tragedies.  People are being killed within our community at an alarming rate.  In recent past months we have had babies and toddlers shot and killed.  Senior citizens have been killed in their homes and on the street.  Recently, a black woman literally died from multiple stab wounds in broad daylight on the streets of Detroit.  Rumors say that she was screaming for help and trying to protect herself; but to no avail.  She was approximately 50 years of age.  Our young black men are dying from drugs, alcohol, street gang violence, and every other imaginable vice. Some time ago it was reported that an eleven year old girl was walking to school during the early morning hours as was usual for her when a black man grabbed her, took her and sexually abused her.  He told the young child that she should not have been out there by herself.

We seem to be on a continued path of self-destruction, hatred, and degradation.  If there is anything that reminds us of us or anyone that reminds us of ourselves that object and that person is treated or handled in a negative manner. One of the results of this negativity is that the abortion rate is much higher among African Americans when compared to other groups. 

In the Holy Scriptures in the book of Ephesians 6:29 it says, “No man hates his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it.”  The question is how can we stop the violence within our community and bring about an atmosphere of safety to our midst.  When the violence is minimized then we will be empowered to deal with the external issues of racism.

God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob You brought safety and order to a bunch of slaves thousands of years ago. We call upon You now to do the same for our community.  Please extend to us this blessing now in the hour of our need. Please remember how we as African American slaves were a blessing to the descendants of Abraham in accordance to Your promise in Genesis 12:3.  We are in dire need of this supernatural blessing.  No one can do this but You.  Thank You for keeping Your promise to us.

 And he led them on safely, so that they feared not: but the sea overwhelmed their  enemies.

Psalms 78:53 –

 Hold thou me up, and I shall be safe: and I will have respect unto thy statutes continually.

Psalms 119:117 –

Please note I look forward to your comments.

Lucy Payne

Lucy