Happy Hour?

Posted by Al Hathaway Friday, July 31, 2009 0 comments

As Friday approaches I remember a end of the work week ritual called, "Happy Hour."


Happy Hour was when the local tavern would offer discount drinks, 2 for 1, or some inducement to come to their establishment and consume alcoholic beverages for a period of time at that reduced rate. Many people would gather and there would be a sense of merriment and relief that the work week had ended and now was the time to party - "party over here, party over there."

It's been many moons since I have attended a "Happy Hour" event. Nevertheless, I was intrigued by yesterday's "Backyard Summit" on the East lawn of the White House between President Obama, Vice-President Biden, Professor Gates, and Sargent Crowley. The Cambridge arrest of Professor Gates by Sargent Crowley had drawn international attention and comments where made by President Obama at a news conference that drew criticism and increased the intrigue. To diffuse the matter the President's advisers needed an end game and therefore devised the "Happy Hour" now known as the "Backyard Summit." It is interesting to note that drinking beer on the East Lawn by two citizens with the President and Vice-President of the United States as a public gesture makes little sense as to the best use of our nation's leaders time. But in a world of news events and public relations stunts, this was a coup de grace.

I hope Professor Gates and Sargent Crowley enjoyed their "Happy Hour." I don't believe they will every get another.

Tribute to Bishop Knoche

Posted by Al Hathaway Thursday, July 30, 2009 0 comments

Within the African American faith community we have had an amazing increase in the number of Bishops. Some have been elected by denominational bodies of long standing and others have been appointed by clergy associations. The Lutheran faith community elects Bishops to serve geographic areas. Baltimore is in an area that has been served for the past years by Bishop "Jerry" Knoche.

This giant of a man is a true ecumenical clergyman. He worked tirelessly within a denomination that was steadily losing its relevancy to a diverse inner city population and who was in a downward spin of not only losing congregants, but also losing valuable inner city church property. Critics would say the the German originated faith perspectives of Martin Luther does not related to the Afro centric or Latino needs of a diverse population.


Bishop Knoche did not believe that and was embarking on a program to increase the diversity of his clergy and his congregants. I had the opportunity to meet, break bread, and benefit from his wisdom and wise counsel. He is a colleague who understood the importance of having a broad circle of collaborators and confidants.

In his retirement from the office of Bishop he will be missed.
As a Man of God he will be remembered.

Baltimore's Godfather

Posted by Al Hathaway Wednesday, July 29, 2009 0 comments

Anyone who understands the community dynamics of Baltimore knows that Mr. John Paterakis, Sr., is our political godfather. His story of hard work, ingenuity, and entrepreneurship is a model of the Horatio Alger's story. Anyone who has eaten a McDonald's burger has bit into one of his bread rolls.


He is someone who has pulled himself up by his bootstraps. His ability to develop and create an international organization from his Baltimore base speaks volumes to his visionary gifts and abilities. Everyone knows that he is unselfish. Many persons have been the beneficiary of his largess.

As a man of respect he leveraged his resources to create a vision of Harbor East that rivals any upscale community in the world. He saw the potential of water views, commerce, and job creation in a portion of the city that people had relegated to the back burners. Native Baltimoreans know that when you needed a summer job or an opportunity to get a job you went to H & S Bakery and there was always something to do that provided income for your family. His discount bread store provided staples for many people for many years. These things he didn't have to do, but as Baltimore's Godfather he could never turn his back on those in need.

From a perspective of "street creditability" to indict Mr. Paterakis on so minor a charge is disrespectful and somewhat shocking.

I know that their are legions of persons who can testify in a first hand way to the generosity of this gentleman and the depths of his hometown roots.

Get me a Lawyer

Posted by Al Hathaway Tuesday, July 28, 2009 0 comments

On Saturday, July 28th and 29th, law school graduates who are seeking to be admitted to the Maryland State Bar will be at the Baltimore Convention Center taking a grueling two day test of a little less than 12 total hours designed to demonstrate their understanding of the law and its procedures.


Most of these students will have spent at least 7 years of their college life preparing for this moment: 4 years of undergraduate study and 3 years of law school.

In a time when people are seeking quick fixes and the easy way, persons interested in pursuing a legal career have to demonstrate a capacity to analyze, interpret, make decisions, write, and read far beyond what is required for many people. That's good to know that the legal professional you may need one day has met a standard that has been set very high. During their practise they are required to take continuing educational credits to insure that their legal skills are enhanced and not diminished.

If you where to view the applicants you would be proud to discover that many minorities are represented and that the audience is as diverse as America.

We need a percentage of our population to be knowledgeable and expert in legal matters. Far too few lawyers are available to communities that are the most vulnerable to the violation of their basic rights.

I believe that every student of public education should complete a course of study prior to graduation from High School that introduces them to basic legal concepts and The U.S. Constitution to enable them to function as a full legally knowledgeable citizen in American life.

My best wishes to all of the applicants for the Maryland State Bar examination.

Phenomenal Woman

Posted by Al Hathaway Sunday, July 26, 2009 0 comments



We will celebrate the life of Ms. Effie Sarah James on Thursday, July 30, 2009. She lived 104 years with vigor and zest. Her wisdom and experiences caused her to be sought out for advice and counsel. She had a keen mind and an ability to remember the details of life, much like a Griot. Born October 15, 1904, she was an eye witness to two world wars, the great depression, the civil rights movement, the assasinations of key national leaders, Korean, Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan conflicts, the Lindenburg, Sputnik, Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., and President Barrack Obama. What a wonderful time period for change and improvement! She was an eye witness to it all.


During a time when youth people are dying too soon, it is uplifting to know that in our midst are elders whose character stand the test of time and whose service provides all an example of what it means to be a Christian.

The old song would say, "that I promised him that I would serve him until I die."

Ms. Effie Sarah James honored her promise and now she has earned her reward.

Revive Us Again

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In the battle to sway our youth from the dead ends streets and lifestyles that lead nowhere, attempts are being made all across the country to reach out to young people to avoid gang life and criminal activity. An article describing the attempt of a local church to hold a meeting for young people who had been arrested and sent to juvenile detention and where now out on the streets to appeal to them not to get arrested again and to show them positive alternatives. Unfortunately the articles states that "of the 28 youth that the meeting was designed for, none came." On the surface this would seem depressing. On the surface this would seem futile to seek to save youth people who are lost.


But, isn't that the purpose of the salvation message of Jesus Christ that he comes to save the lost and will not stop until they are found."

We can never give up on our youth. Regardless of how difficult it may seem.

I remember an old song that will encourage you.

"We praise Thee, O God, for the son of Thy love, For Jesus who died and is now gone above.
Hallelujah, Thine the glory! Hallelujah, amen! Hallelujah, Thine the glory! Revive us again.

We praise Thee, O God, for Thy Spirit of light, Who has shown us our Savior and scattered our night.
Hallelujah, Thine the glory! Hallelujah, amen! Hallelujah, Thine the glory! Revive us again.

All glory and praise to the Lamb that was slain, Who has borne all our sins and has cleansed every stain.
Hallelujah, Thine the glory! Hallelujah, amen! Hallelujah, Thine the glory! Revive us again.

Revive us again-fill each heart with Thy love; May each soul be rekindled with fire from above. Hallelujah, Thine the glory! Hallelujah, amen! Hallelujah, Thine the glory! Revive us again."

A Gift of Writing and Reading

Posted by Al Hathaway Saturday, July 25, 2009 0 comments

The literary world is shocked by the sudden death of E. Lynn Harris. You don't have to go far to see his work on display in places where you would shop for grocery or pharmacy items. He was in the mainstream. He was an accomplished author whose name was proudly written in raised bold letters stretched across the tops of his books.


If you are unaware of Brother Harris is it because you have lost the gift of reading. In this world of telecommunications that is a diminishing gift - taking time to read. Not watch, not listen, but to read a book, a novel, or a poem!

Reading is a mental exercise that stretches the mind to imagine and the heart to feel. It requires a quiet place and concentration. Precious commodities in this world of hustle and bustle.

Many thanks to E. Lynn Harris for using his gift of writing and prompted us to appreciate the gift of reading.

Thou Shall Not Steal

Posted by Al Hathaway Friday, July 24, 2009 0 comments

There are some stories that are so outrageous that we must address them. The recent arrest of New Jersey political, religious and business people speak to the extent of corruption in the public arena. The effects of Bernard Madoff's crimnal activities will be felt for a long time.


Our governmental enforcement agencies are hard pressed to ferret out all of the stealing and crime ridden systems in our country.

How is it that we have lost moral integrity in the public arena? Why do we permit corruption to be the order of the day? Is it that the human species is susceptible to greed and unable to avoid its powerful appeal?

One of the basic commandments is that "thou shall not steal."

Until we practice what we preach, youth all over America will fall prey to this awful sin.

God Made Women Too!

Posted by Al Hathaway Thursday, July 23, 2009 0 comments

Former President Jimmy Carter has expressed his decision to withdraw from The Southern Baptist Convention over their views on women. It staggers the imagination that archaic views attributed to slanted biblical interpretation still exist. Seeking to "proof text" biblical literature to justify distorted viewpoints is best left to the uneducated and uninformed who still depend on gasoline lamps for their evening light.


If a loving God made man, wouldn't the same loving God make woman. Medical understanding would indicate that we are born equally male and female until the genetic system God designed makes the distinction in the uterus. Some people are born with both gender designations. Some are born with one gender designation, but the other gender tendency.

Indeed, we are fearfully and wonderfully made.

Shortsightedness and discrimination causes some to view life through a lens of destruction and differences.

Congratulations, President Carter for the boldness to take a principled stand against a religious denomination's biased opinion of women.

Academic Achievement

Posted by Al Hathaway Wednesday, July 22, 2009 0 comments

Who thinks about school in the middle of the summer season?

The parents and students who understand that when you maximize your summers by studying, reading, and exploring; you increase your chances of success in the school year. In the pursuit of education there is really no breaks, no vacation, no let down; education and academic achievement is a lifelong pursuit.

The old adage that "you can't teach an old dog new tricks" does not apply to the young minds we have to mold and the skills sets our youth need to develop. Information in the world is moving at an accelerated pace, such that, students now need to know how to access information, verify what they have accessed, and interpret what they have acquired. Those skills must be coupled with the tradition reading, writing and arithmetic.

Make certain that you include in your child's program incentives for achieving good grades, special trips for classroom success, and a special wall in your home for their citations and certificates.

Make academic achievement the gold standard in your home.

Our children are too valuable to be left behind.

Somethings Don't Make Sense

Posted by Al Hathaway Tuesday, July 21, 2009 0 comments

The recent arrest of Henry Louis Gates Jr in front of his house after officers answered a call that two black men with backpacks where breaking into a house doesn't make sense. The Cambridge community is populated by well known intellectuals who are attached to the major universities of that community - none greater than Harvard University.


How is it that an officer after identifying that this distinguished African American Professor was locked outside of his own house would dare escalate the encounter to the point that he would arrest Dr. Gates? It doesn't make sense!

African American males are too frequently accosted by police officers who use the power of their badge to justify what appears to be harassment. The legal process protects the officers by allowing them to arrest first and ask questions later.

This time truth will prevail because Dr. Gates is represented by Professor Charles J. Ogletree, a legal giant of our times.

"Truth forever on the scaffold, Wrong forever on the throne,-
Yet that scaffold sways the future, and, behind the dim unknown,
Standeth God within the shadow, keeping watch above his own."

Man on the Moon

Posted by Al Hathaway Monday, July 20, 2009 0 comments

40 years is a long period of time. Biblically its a significant period of time: 40 years in the the Hebrew people wandered in the wilderness, 40 days of preparation and temptation for Jesus Christ. Today marks 40 years since man set foot on the moon. President Kennedy had set what seemed to be an impossible goal and all eyes were glued to watch this historic occasion.

40 years ago, America was a different place; racism was still blatant in America, violence or non-violence as a means of protest was hotly debated within the African American community, Malcolm X, Martin Luther King, John F. Kennedy where all murdered and gone. We had so called conquered outer space, but had failed at understanding inner space. The Vietnam war was still raging and political turmoil was on the rise.

40 years later what have we learned?

Very little, when viewed from the lens of educating inner city children, when assessing health care disparities, when measuring the digital divide, when analyzing the widening income gap between Blacks and Whites, when depicting the tragedy of racial incarceration rates, or when you determine the unemployment rates in inner city America. Truly we have done very little.

When you think about the tremendous efforts of Mahatma Gandhi and Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to promote peace or Mother Theresa to promote caring for one another. We have missed the mark that their visions described.

Nevertheless, the Psalmist said it right: "Where shall I go from your Spirit? Or where shall I flee from your presence? If I ascend to heaven, you are there! If I make my bed in Sheol, you are there! If I take the wings of the morning and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, even there your hand shall lead me, and your right hand shall hold me." Psalm 139: 7 - 10 (ESV)

World Leadership

Posted by Al Hathaway Sunday, July 19, 2009 0 comments

Who would believe that a native African could become a world leader while in prison? For 27 years, Nelson Mandela struck fear in the hearts of those who supported apartheid, and brought hope to those whose worked for it to end.



His reach was legendary. His inner strength was profound. The world viewed his march from the Robbin Island prison with awe and anticipation. People wonder what would he look like after all of those years. He emerged as a dignified man with a regal air and a servant's heart. We can only thank God for placing in our time and space a man who we know and love as President Nelson Mandela.


We celebrate his 91st birthday with the world watching, waiting and wondering will the movement for freedom every end.

As long as God is on the throne the moral arc of the universe will always tilt to freedom and justice.

Most Trusted Man in America

Posted by Al Hathaway Saturday, July 18, 2009 0 comments

A brief mention on the passing of Walter Cronkite, who is remembered as the "most trusted man in America." Like most people of the television era, he was thrust down our throats by his constant presence as a news anchor on CBS. He was a communicator who told the news of the day to our community and America. Unfortunately, he was the face of an industry that denied opportunity and coverage to the issues and concerns of Black America.


It was the powerful oratory of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the brutality of the reactions to the Civil Rights workers that forced America to be confronted by its racism daily portrayed on the television screens of the world. This contradiction created the climate for change. Mr. Cronkite had to report what was obvious. Man's inhumanity to man was on the front pages of the news media of his day.



I remember Mr. Cronkite as a professional who performed his job within the confinds of his cultural upbringing. For that his family and friends should be thankful, he did his job well. He can now rest in peace.

Strange Fruit

Posted by Al Hathaway Friday, July 17, 2009 0 comments

On Friday, July 17, 2009 in Baltimore, MD on the corner of Pennsylvania and Lafayette Avenues, The City of Baltimore will dedicate a new model of a statue honoring Billie Holiday. The location is fitting because much of her early work in Baltimore was associated to the Royal Theatre which once stood across the street.


Billie Holiday is an iconic figure memorialized by Diana Ross in the Motown film depicting her life. Her phasing and melodious voice is still vivid in the minds of many as she sang protest songs, love songs, and ballads. One can almost see the sparks fly as Mr. Louis McKay, played by Billy Dee Williams, steps onto the set with the electricity of a love affair that was debonair and diabolical at the same time. Billie Holiday's greatness was tempered by her self-inflicted inability to cope with her problems.


I commend the City of Baltimore and the artist James Earl Reid for pressing the struggle to depict Billie Holiday in manner that accurately tells the story of her and her times. Indeed when one looks at the deprivation in the community where she presently stands, we are reminded that the strange fruit of yesteryear has produced strange fruit indeed.

Signs of Hope

Posted by Al Hathaway Thursday, July 16, 2009 0 comments

President Obama swept into office under the rubric, "The Audacity of Hope." His very presence signaled a change. His speeches were powerful testimonies to visionary thinking. The day of his election saw people: young and old; black, brown, yellow, and white; rich and poor; inner city and rural; blue state and red state; join into an electoral revolution that some thought would change this country forever. We all anticipated that hope was on the horizon.


Do the signs of hope still exist? Do you see the evidence of change creeping into your life, or community? Is hope just a distant dream with the reality of living nightmares so pressing that hope is diminished? Ever time you hear President Obama or see President Obama he oozes with confidence and demonstrates the possibility of hope. Are the voices of the naysayers drowning out this promise - that hope is on the way?

I have learned that the words of the hymn are true,"that my hope is built on nothing less than Jesus' blood and righteousness. I dare that trust the sweetest frame, but wholly lean on Jesus' name. On Christ the solid rock I stand all over ground is sinking sand."

The hope for this age as has been for all ages is in the blessedness of Jesus Christ.

NAACP at 100 yrs Old

Posted by Al Hathaway Wednesday, July 15, 2009 0 comments

The NAACP is celebrating its 100 yr anniversary. Questions abound about its relevancy in modern times. Many wonder if its best days are in the past. I would argue that there is a valid role for the NAACP that should not be overlooked. First, it is the repository of a glorious history of struggle and advancement that included multitudes of people. Second, it was the vehicle through which the African American community learned to win legal battles and fully use the Constitution in the liberation struggle on its behalf. Third, it was and is an effective training ground for leadership. Fourth, its membership dues are relatively inexpensive. Fifth, its all we have.


If you are not yet a member you should join, get active, and involve all of our children in this outstanding organization. It's effectiveness and relevance is truly determined by the people who participate.

What are you thinking about today?

Posted by Al Hathaway Tuesday, July 14, 2009 0 comments

Computers have become a significant tool for communication in our society and world today. We are inundated with information, some valuable and some junk. I appreciate the capacity of my email system to capture "spam" also known as junk mail.

Wouldn't it be a delight to have that same capacity in our lives to have a repository to collect the junk that we potentially could hear or see in a waste bin to avoid it invading our space.

The Apostle Paul understood that idea long ago when he reminded us, "to think on those things that are lovely, to think on those things that are pure, to think on those those that are of good report."


You are what you think!

Be Happy!

Posted by Al Hathaway Sunday, July 12, 2009 0 comments


Bobby McFerrin - Don't Worry, Be Happy


Sometimes when the work week begins, whistle a simply song. Here's one from the archives you may remember. "Don't worry be happy" by Bobby McFerrin. Learn how to appreciate the simply pleasures of life. We live lives that are too complex. God is still good! He cares for the lilies of the fields and the birds of the air. Our God will take care of you!

Enlarge My Territory

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The Summer Sizzler Sermon Series continues with the scripture reading from I Chronicles 4: 9 - 10, commonly known as the Prayer of Jabez. When Bruce Wilkinson released his book of the same name; there was a movement throughout the country with people saying for God to "Bless Them, Indeed". Some perceived that the blessing would be immediate and as a result given the economic misfortune of our times the movement has subsided and people are just trying to survive instead of prosper.

I think some people see prosperity as being measured by things that one has. I would submit that prosperity is living in the abounding love of God. Therefore, this morning as I mount the sacred place; my sermon will focus upon enlarging one's territory as the purpose of prayer to insure that generations unborn experience the blessedness of your faith in God.

Church Picnic

Posted by Al Hathaway Saturday, July 11, 2009 0 comments


If you have never had the experience of attending and sharing in a church picnic, I wish I could take you today with me to Patapsco State Park in Baltimore, Md. The Union Baptist Church is having a picnic.



Food, fun, and fellowship is the order of the day.

I've been in the gym working out for the past three months so I can wear clothes that fit and participate like I am in shape. You know the youth will challenge me to volleyball, softball, or Frisbee throwing. The saints will be doing the "electric slide."

Recreation is an essential aspect of enjoying the faith community and reflecting God's will for us to live the abundant life.

Live life at the Timber Line

Posted by Al Hathaway Friday, July 10, 2009 0 comments

In life you have low points and high points, Dr. Howard Thurman challenges us to live life at "the timber line. " Those who have seen mountains know that when you view a mountain with trees upon it; the view will appear that the tops of the trees are touching the sky.


Dr. Thurman was suggesting to us by saying to live life at "the timber line," that we should live life at the point where we are always touching God.

To get to "the timber line" in life take the "stairway to heaven."


Faith Through Fire

Posted by Al Hathaway Thursday, July 9, 2009 0 comments

On Wednesday, July 1, 2009 the Historic Bethel A.M.E. Church in Baltimore, Maryland, whose Senior Pastor is Rev. Dr. Frank Madison Reid, III, church steeple was struck by lightening causing it to be condemned because of fire and water damage and unable to be used for worship services.


Offering to help were Union Baptist Church and Temple Oheb Shalom.

Union Baptist Church held an ecumenical prayer service and offered its sanctuary for weddings and funerals. Temple Oheb Shalom offered their temple for Bethel to hold its Sunday services through Labor Day.

God used the fire to demonstrate his power and presence across denominational lines and community cultures. What seemed to be a tragedy was God's opportunity to publicly illustrate "faith through fire."

We cannot control the events of life, but we can exercise self-control through our faith. Faith that will move mountains. Faith that will calm angry seas. Faith that will restore life to dead situations. We all need to demonstrate faith through fire in our lives.

Dealing with Fear

Posted by Al Hathaway Wednesday, July 8, 2009 0 comments

Just a quick word of encouragment for those who face mid-week blues. Live life fearlessly. I don't mean to live life reckously. I mean live life fearless as Jesus Christ commands: "Fear Not" For indeed He is with us, even until the end of the world. Rebuke the naysayers who would have you afraid of your neighbor, your community, the economy and the world.


I glad that President Obama has reduced the talk about terrorists, because the very idea of terrorist creates a climate of terror.

All people fear terror!

If you have an increase level of fear, then you have a mimimal level of faith.

Faith conteracts fear!

Live life faithfully and fearlessly supported by God's word!

Three Keys to a Daily Walk

Posted by Al Hathaway Tuesday, July 7, 2009 0 comments

Many persons have asked me the question, "how do you maintain consistency in your daily walk with God?"

I direct you to Genesis 6:9 (NIV) "Noah was a righteous man, blameless among the people of his time, and he walked with God."

Three keys are found in this text: 1. One must have a prayerful walk with God: learn how to "have a little talk with Jesus and to tell him all about your troubles. He will hear your faintest cry and he will answer by and by." 2. One must have a personal walk with God: "and he walks with me and he talks with me and he tells me that I am his own and the joy we share as we tarry there, none other has ever known." 3. One must have a perpetual walk with God: "when you place your hand to the plow, you can never turn back and be fit for the Kingdom of God."




Three keys to a daily walk with God: it must be prayerful, it must be personal, and it must be perpetual.

Have a blessed day!

Practice Contentment

Posted by Al Hathaway Monday, July 6, 2009 0 comments

Sometimes it seems as if life is out of control. The onslaught of negative news, the awful economy, the challenges of political leadership and in the midst of all of that we have our own issues. Can our souls find peace in this turmoil?


Paul instructs us to "be content" whether we are up or down - be content.

This week I will strive to practice the spiritual discipline of contentment.

How to Pray with Power!

Posted by Al Hathaway Sunday, July 5, 2009 0 comments

Sunday, July 5th begins the Summer Sizzler Sermon Series at Union Baptist Church. The overall theme is "How to Pray with Power!" Our initial focus will be on addressing the dark side of our personality that inhibits our total praise of God and love for human kind. As we initiate this life changing sermon series, I invite each of you to join with me in a sweet hour of prayer. My prayer for each of you is that the illumining light of God's love shower you now and forever more. Let the church say, "Amen!"

No Need to Complain!

Posted by Al Hathaway Saturday, July 4, 2009 0 comments

Do you complain or do you address your situation? Everyone has mountains, valleys, and rivers in their life. Our ancestors faced unbelievable obstacles with an undying faith that God would make a way somehow. How is it that some of us have lost our bearings and angrily produce a litany of complaints about what is wrong without any attempt to make things right?

Complaining creates stress and anguish.

Prayer and meditation produces comfort and peace.

Live life without complaining!

God has been too good to you and me!

Your Place Matters

Posted by Al Hathaway Friday, July 3, 2009 0 comments

The place where you live matters!

What happened to the days when everyone in the neighborhood knew one another? When the children would come out on the steps (after they have scrubbed then) and sit, play jacks, hop scotch, or just talk. Have we forgotten the essence of community and communication. Don't you long for the days when everyone would have fun at an old fashion, "block party?" Don't you long once again for music with lyrics that make sense and instill a spirit of hope?
We must remember that "place matters!" Where one lives is significant and important in the fabric of our society and world. We are important, you are important and your community is necessary in the building of a better world.

Come on everybody, let's dance in the streets once again!

Where is Your Faith

Posted by Al Hathaway Thursday, July 2, 2009 0 comments

Life constantly presents issues. Issues are the moments in one's life that cause you to pause and wonder has everyone gone crazy but you. Or have you gone crazy and why are your continuing to deal with a matter, a person or a situation.

When it seems that the weight of the world is upon your shoulders, that's when you need a rock to stand upon. No one can carry the burdens of life by themselves. The Bible says that we should "cast our cares upon him because he cares for us."

The real challenge in life is a faith challenge. Where is your faith when confronted by life's issues? Where do you place your hope? Do you say without a shadow of a doubt "that you will trust in the Lord until you die!" Where is your faith?

I pray that you discover the power of prayer and God's unwavering ability to answer!

Mid-Week Vitamin

Posted by Al Hathaway Wednesday, July 1, 2009 0 comments

Have you every found a need to renew your strength and therefore took your vitamins? Sometimes your energy does run low, your vitality seems sapped, and your battery runs down. What do you do to restore your power? I've learn to plug into the power source. To connect to the ultimate power source means that you understand that (1) your need restoration (2) your power is low (3) your have the ability to connect (4) you are thankful that the source of power is available. Just surrender your sense of self-sufficiency to God and he will renew your strength.

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