Bishop Hezekiah Walker

Posted by Al Hathaway Monday, May 30, 2011 0 comments

Bishop Hezekiah Walker will become the Presiding Prelate of the Pentecostal Churches of Jesus Christ. For every new level, there is a new devil. We need to pray for Bishop Walker and The Pentecostal Churches of Jesus Christ.

Gil Scott Heron

Posted by Al Hathaway Saturday, May 28, 2011 0 comments

Brother Gil Scott Heron joins our celestial angels. He possessed a tremendous spirit and was a creative genius. I remember when he released his book, "The Vulture", while at Johns Hopkins in the 70's. He brought his band later that year to then CCB for a concert. There were about 60 of us in the audience, but he played like he was in a stadium. After that he exploded on the scene with theme conscious music that shaped a generation of activists. I went to see him a few years ago at Blue's Alley in Washington. His body was weakened, but the same spirit of resistant and poetic pride was still there. He was correct. "The Revolution will not be televised," nevertheless, the revolution will go on.

Dirk versus LeBron

Posted by Al Hathaway Friday, May 27, 2011 0 comments

Dirk versus LeBron will be a match-up for the ages. Which do you pick? Dallas Mavericks or Miami Heat? One thing for sure, when the Champion Series begins, don't feel bad if I don't answer my phone.

You Will Need a Sharp Sword

Posted by Al Hathaway Thursday, May 26, 2011 0 comments

"I did not come to bring peace, but a sword." Matthew 10:34


Just like you will have friends, you will also have enemies. While it is good to live in such a way that you don't make enemies; however, if to do, what is right and to believe what is true, it will be a small lost to have a few enemies on earth.

Why?

A friend in heaven is more valuable. Jesus Christ is the great peacemaker; but, before peace, He brings war. Where the light comes, the darkness must retire. Where the truth is, the lie must flee; or, if it abides, there must be a stern conflict, for the truth cannot and will not lower its standard, and the lie must be trampled under foot.

If you follow Christ, you will have all the Hounds of Baskerville barking at your heels. If you seek to live to be found worthy on the judgment day, depend upon it the world will not speak will of you. The one who has the friendship of the world is an enemy of God. Fearless of all consequences, you must do what is right. You will need the courage of a lion to pursue a course which will turn your best friend into your fiercest foe; but for the love of Jesus, you must be courageous.

Follow courageously in your Master's steps, for the walked this rough way before you. It is better to have a brief warfare and eternal rest, then false peace and everlasting torment.

Can papyrus grow?

Posted by Al Hathaway Wednesday, May 25, 2011 0 comments

"Can papyrus grow tall where there is no marsh? Can reeds thrive without water? While still growing and uncut, they wither more quickly than grass. Such is the destiny of all who forget God."

Job 8:11 - 13

How can I live and prosper without a deep and abiding faith in God? Without a moral and spiritual compass, how can one navigate the terrain of our journey?

Life presents so many challenges that it is difficult for me to conceive of life without God. There are too many decisions to make without the guiding light of a Savior, who has my best interest at heart. "He walks with me and talks with me and tells me that I am His own. The joy we share as we tarry there, none other shall ever know."

You cannot live or thrive without God!



Speak Up for Right

Posted by Al Hathaway Tuesday, May 24, 2011 0 comments

"Spoke up for the welfare of all the Jews." Esther 10:3


In life God elevates us for a purpose. The reason you have resources, status, and access to power is to increase the effectiveness of your advocacy for the needs of others. It is tragic to witness persons with "power" in the earth realm who waste it on selfish pursuits. We need a return to advocacy, when people were willing to sacrifice their position for the needs of others. God takes care of you so that you may take care of others. Speak up in your local communities when you see that things are wrong. Speak up in public forum when there is a opportunity to say what is right. Speak up in our schools when you discover that educational resources are inadequate. Speak up when your political officials are off base and there service leaves much to be desired. Speak up within your faith communities when the leadership goes astray.

We have a biblical mandate to speak up for all of God's people. God also requires us to speak against anything and anyone that would do His children any harm.

The Benefits of Walking

Posted by Al Hathaway Monday, May 23, 2011 0 comments

"Continue to [walk] in him." Colossians 2:6


Walking implies action. Our religion is not to be confined to our closet; we must carry it out into a practical world to demonstrate what we believe. If we walk in Christ, then we act as Christ would act; for Christ being in us, our hope, our love, our joy, our life, we are the reflex of the image of Jesus.

Walking signifies progress. Each step takes you closer to your goal - an ultimate relationship with Him.

Walking implies continuance. We must perpetually abide in Him.

Walking communicates your habits.

Don't become lazy in your faith journey.

Take a walk each day. It will strengthen your character.

Dr. Kayliz Oakes

Posted by Al Hathaway Sunday, May 22, 2011 0 comments

Dr. "Kayliz" Oakes is our Women's Day Speaker this morning at Union Baptist Church. She brings to the moment a zest for God and a spiritual presence. Her pastoral counseling background and her academic achievements equip her well for this inspiring moment.


Dr. Oakes says, "the way to change one’s existential circumstances is to choose to change oneself."

Her view is consistent with mine. Change begins on the inside before it is manifested on the outside.

Her view is consistent with scripture. "Greater is He that is in me, than he that is in the world."

To Obey is Better Than Sacrifice

Posted by Al Hathaway Saturday, May 21, 2011 0 comments

"To obey is better than sacrifice." 1 Samuel 15:22


In this text Saul had been commanded to utterly slay the Amalekites and their cattle. Instead of doing us, he preserved the king, and allowed his people to take the best of the oxen and of the sheep. When called to account, he declared that he did it with a view to offer sacrifice to God; but Samuel declared that your idea of sacrifice is no excuse for God's command to obey.

How many times do we rationalize our actions, when they are in direct disobedience to God's commands? How many times have we experienced some difficulty, because we wanted to do it our way instead of God's way?

Life has taught me. I pray it has taught you, that it is between to obey than constantly having to fall on bended knees asking for forgiveness.

Do you split logs?

Posted by Al Hathaway Friday, May 20, 2011 0 comments

"Whoever splits logs may be endangered by them." Ecclesiastes 10:9


Those who oppress the poor and needy as easily as one may split logs of wood, better watch out, a splinter from a tree can kill a woodsman. Taking advantage of those who are defenseless can be hazardousness to your health. The lowly are often the ones who rise up to change systems that are abusive. This text reminds us that taking advantage of others is dangerous business.

Be careful in your daily walk that you do not abuse those who may later be your masters.



Covering your mouth

Posted by Al Hathaway Thursday, May 19, 2011 0 comments

"Death and life are in the power of the tongue:" Proverbs 18:21


There are moments in life when it is better to cover your mouth than to speak evil of someone. The old adage, "loose lips sink ships" is true. Too often our words are not encouraging, but condemning. We need to practice the spirit of praise in our words and love in our phrases. Start first with those persons closes to you. Begin this morning by greeting them, embracing them and telling them that you love them. Continue today dedicated to positive words, thoughts and deed. We can defeat the devil and turn negativity around. I believe that God can do exceedingly and abundantly more than we can ask or think.

You are in God's Hands

Posted by Al Hathaway Wednesday, May 18, 2011 0 comments

"See, I have engraved you on the palm of my hands." Isaiah 49:16


In the pressures of life, it is sometimes easy to think that God has forgotten you or even deserted you. This text should give you encouragement this morning. You have no reason to doubt his love and concern, "See. I have engraved you on the palm of my hands."

He keeps his promises a thousand times. Nevertheless, the next trial we face sometimes causes us to doubt Him.

He never fails. He is never a dry well. He is never a setting sun, a passing meteor; or a melting vapor; and he is not some mirage in the desert.

He is God!

What is significant is that the text reads, "I have engraved you!" It does not say, "I have engraved your name."

See the fullness of God's love. He has engraved your person, your image, your situation, your circumstances, your sins, your temptations, and your weaknesses. Your wants, your works; He has engraved you, everything about you, all that concerns you; He has put you altogether in His hands.

You can never say that God has forsaken or abandoned you when He has engraved you upon the palms of His own hands.

No Weapon!!!!

Posted by Al Hathaway Tuesday, May 17, 2011 0 comments

"And all the children shall be taught of the Lord; and great shall be the peace of thy children. In righteousness shalt thou be established: thou shalt be far from oppression; for thou shalt not fear: and from terror; for it shall not come near thee. Behold, they shall surely gather together, but not by me: whosoever shall gather together against thee shall fall for thy sake. Behold, I have created the smith that bloweth the coals in the fire, and that bringeth forth an instrument for his work; and I have created the waster to destroy. No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgement thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their righteousness is of me, saith the Lord." Isaiah 54: 13 - 17


Someone needs to hear this word this morning, "No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper." Why? You may find yourself under physical, mental and/or spiritual attack. The text informs us that the weapons may be formed. They may even be shot at you. That's alright, because He that is in you, is greater than he that is against you. Stand strong in the midst of any attack, the power of the Living God will protect your mind, body, and spirit.

That's right the word says, "No Weapon!"

Streams flow into Rivers

Posted by Al Hathaway Monday, May 16, 2011 0 comments

"All streams flow into the sea, yet the sea is never full. To the place the streams come from, there they return again." Ecclesiastes 1:7


Everything is on the move; time knows nothing of rest. Tides move the sea. Winds stir the airy ocean, and friction wears the rock, change and death rule everywhere. The sea is not a poor man's storehouse for a wealth of waters, for as by one force the waters flow into it, by another, they are lifted from it. Human beings are born to die; everything is hurry, worry, and scurrying of the spirit. Friend of the unchanging God, what a joy it is to reflect upon your changeless heritage; your sea of bliss which will be forever full, since God Himself shall pour eternal rivers of pleasure into it. We seek an abiding city beyond the skies, and we shall not be disappointed.

Mr. Frank Walker

Posted by Al Hathaway 0 comments

Just a shout out to Mr. Frank Walker; he was in Baltimore yesterday, and shared in the worship experience at Union Baptist Church. He always has a place at our welcome table. I pray that the NFL lockout ends soon, so he may return to the playing field doing what he loves.

The Fountain of Life

Posted by Al Hathaway Sunday, May 15, 2011 0 comments

"With you is the fountain of life." Psalm 36:9


When one is thirsty, only water quenches your thirst. No other drink will do. There is something quintessential about the simple H2O of water that provides the body with all it needs.

When you are spiritually thirsty, where do you go to be satisfied? Do you attempt to quench your thirst with carbonated drinks or alcoholic beverages? In other words, do you seek a substitute for water?

There is no substitute for that which can only come from God. That's why when you find that you are thirst, God is the fountain of life.

"There is a fountain filled with blood. Drawn from Immanuel's veins, and sinners plunged beneath that flood, lose all their guilty stains."

It's Breakfast Time

Posted by Al Hathaway Saturday, May 14, 2011 0 comments

"Jesus said to them, Come and have breakfast." John 21:12


In the hustle and bustle of life, we often fail to sit down for breakfast. We tend to eat on the run or eat very sparingly. Some fail to eat breakfast at all because of their economic reality any meal they eat is a luxury.

Our God wakes us this morning and says, "Come and have breakfast." This marvelous invitation invites us to come near to him. He invites us to sit at the same table, eat the same meal, sit side by side with him, and even lean our head upon his shoulder. Breakfast allows us to be in union with Jesus.

It is also an invitation to fellowship with others who are drawn to this sweet communion. We may differ on a variety of points, but we all have one spiritual appetite; and if we cannot all feel alike, we can all feed alike on the bread of life sent down from heaven. At his breakfast table, we eat one bread and drink from one cup.

“Come and have breakfast” places us near Jesus, in union with the saints, and we gain strength from the food that he feeds us.

Good Morning!

Rev. Eugene H. Peterson

Posted by Al Hathaway Friday, May 13, 2011 0 comments


I spent most of the day with Rev. Eugene H. Peterson. Many of you may know his work. He wrote a contemporary reading of the Bible entitled, "The Message" He is the author of over 36 books and articles. He believes the work of a Pastor as essentially building relational communities. After lunch with him, he held a 4 hour conversation with over 250 people at St. Mary's Seminary.

I'm deeply saddened by the lost of my friend, Frank D. Boston, Jr. We would meet at the Capel's Barber Shop and discuss issues out in the open. The patrons would join in the conversations. Someone would tell a joke, and the whole barber shop would erupt into laughter. He was a consciously political leader. He services were not for personal gain, but for the people. He handled his illness with dignity and grace. Just the other day, I saw him. His state was weakened and he was in a little pain; but his concern was how the work of the church was going?

He was a sharp dresser. This blog is tough to write. He and I go back many years, and our relationship was deep and true.

He will be missed. The atmosphere in Capel's shop will be a little different. However, we will continue to talk politics and laugh. He would have wanted it that way.

Good Bye My Friend. See you in that great getting up morning!!!

God is Carrying You

Posted by Al Hathaway Wednesday, May 11, 2011 0 comments

"He gathers the lambs in his arms and carries them close to His heart." Isaiah 40:11


The Good Shepherd carries his lambs near his heart. That should be an encouraging word for you this morning.

If God is carrying you near his heart it is because he has a tender heart, and any weakness, care or concern you have will melt his heart and results in his compassion. He responds to the needs of those who are weak because he has given his all for you to make you strong. He will care for you because he is responsible for you. That’s why he carries you. You may think that you are going through your difficulties alone. He is carrying you. Without him lifting you up, you would collapse under the pressure of this world. The Good Shepherd is always carrying you!

Check this out! He is carrying you close to his heart. This demonstrates his boundless affection for each of you. Would he place anyone near his heart if he didn’t love them? No! He carries you near his bosom because that is where you will find perfect rest and his sweetest comfort. Isn’t it good to know this morning that you are in the arms of a loving God?

Let the church say, Amen!

Supporting the Future, Preserving the Past

Posted by Al Hathaway Tuesday, May 10, 2011 0 comments

"This is what the Lord Almighty, the God of Israel, says to all those I carried into exile from Jerusalem to Babylon: "Build houses and settle down; plant gardens and eat what they produce. . . Increase in number there; do not decrease. Also seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you into exile. Pray to the Lord for it, because if it prospers, you too will prosper." Jeremiah 29: 4 - 7


Principals of Community Churches for Community Development, Rev. Dr. S. Todd Yeary, Rev. Dr. Arnold Howard, and Rev. Dr. Alvin C. Hathaway, Sr., stood with Mayor Stephanie Rawlings Blake to proclaim that CHAP should do all in its power to stop the stalemate and permit the redevelopment of a significant downtown inner city block to move forward under the development plan The Dawson Company has on the table.

At issue memorializing the 1955 Civil Rights Sit-In held at the former Read's Drug Store. We believe that historic preservation and economic development can co-exist and be compatible. To achieve that goal, compromise is necessary.

Too many people are out of work or marginally employed to further delay projects that can have major impact to Baltimore's economy.

Our advocacy for redeveloping significant projects in Baltimore City is not new. We have been strong advocates for the redevelopment of The State Center Project and have worked to create an Economic Inclusion Plan for that project that will be replicated in this one.

This plan will put people within the affected zip codes and Baltimore City to work. It will ensure that there is an economic opportunity for minority and female owned businesses.

Some of my good friends and colleagues line up on the opposite side and insist that the interior of the former Read's Drugstore should be retained. Yesterday, I walked into the building and the interior of that building is complete destroyed from decades of neglect. Nothing remains worth retaining on the inside of the building. However, I believe we can integrate the historical significance of the Civil Rights movement into the decor of the renovated space. I also believe that we can create dynamic monuments outside and on the Campus of Morgan State University that memorializes the contributions of the students who took the stand to sit at the Read's lunch counter in 1955.

The Jeremiah text I quote above is God's plan for survival and prosperity when the people of Israel was in bondage. He admonished God's people to pray for the peace of the city because as it prospered the His people will proper. God's plan worked for them. I believe God's plan will work for us today.

Live Every Moment of Your Life

Posted by Al Hathaway Monday, May 9, 2011 0 comments

“Then I passed by and …said to you, Live!” Ezekiel 16:6

The word of God speaks to you and me this morning. He says we should live!

If you awaken this morning with any feelings of defeat, God says to you to live. If you need to be pardoned and absolved for what you have done, and you anticipate that condemnation is coming your way; God says to you to live. If you are feeling spiritually dead, this word is for you; God says to live. If your relationship is on its final lap around the track, God says for it to live. Even if you may be at the death's door, the resurrection is assured because even in the Valley of the Shadow of Death, God stills say to live.

The power of God to speak life into dead situations is solely His, but is available to you.

As you begin a new week, choose to live!

Memories of Mother

Posted by Al Hathaway Sunday, May 8, 2011 0 comments

My mother could take something as simple as making waffles and make it an unforgettable experience. She had a secret ingredient she would put into her cooking. As time goes by, I have discovered that her secret ingredient was LOVE.


I will always love my mama. She's my favorite girl. You only get one. You only get one.

Jumping The Broom

Posted by Al Hathaway Saturday, May 7, 2011 0 comments

Last night I took my wife to see, "Jumping The Broom." I recommend it to all who wish to see a good movie. On the Eve of Mother's Day, there were three mother images in the movie. I won't disclose anymore.

However, I do want to reflect upon an essential ingredient I learned from and received from my mother - love.

"The wonder of your great love." Psalm 17:7

When I think about my mother, I truly cannot imagine a moment when her love did not shower over me. It wasn't an uncritical love. The reason why I say uncritical love was that she didn't permit me to get away with mediocrity. Though she allowed me to grow, make mistakes, but always reminded me that I have a home and a place within her heart. That was unconditional love, she was constantly telling me and showing me that her love for me was a reflection of the greater love that God had for me. Another ingredient was that her love was undeniable. I mean from the beginning to her earthly end, I never had a moment of doubt that she didn't love me. She demonstrated to me a greater love. Moments when I couldn't find my way, her love wasn't uncritical. It was unconditional and undeniable.

My thought of my mother leads me directly to the love of God.

That's what Mother's Day means to me. It means that, "I will always love my mother." It also means, "I will always love God."

Why, He gave me a very good mother and for that I thank Him.

Hope Comes from God

Posted by Al Hathaway Friday, May 6, 2011 0 comments

"Remember your word to your servant, for you have given me hope." Psalm 119:49


Whatever your special need may be, you may readily find some promise in the Bible suited for you. Are you becoming faint and feeble because your way is rough and you are weary? Here is the promise - "He gives strength to the weary." When you read this promise, take it to God, and pray to Him to fulfill His own word. Are you seeking after Jesus Christ, and thirsting for closer communion with Him? This promise shines like a star upon you - "Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled."

Keep your faith in God and continuously remind God of His word and His promises, as one of His children, whatever your fears, needs or wants, return to the Lord with the word of God in your heart, head and hand, saying, "Remember, Your word to your servant, for You have given me hope."

Conversations with God

Posted by Al Hathaway Thursday, May 5, 2011 0 comments

During the past few weeks, I have reread a wonderful devotional book, "Conversations with God." This book is a compilation of "Two Centuries of Prayers by African Americans." It was written by James Melvin Washington, Ph.D.

By examining the prayers of our ancestors, I believe you develop a guide that will strengthen one's own prayer life.

Like most people, I find myself caught in the whirlwinds of life: dealing with problems and issues, mostly not my own, but those of others. True ministry leadership places you directly into conversation with people who are seeking a way out of their difficulties or attempting to find answers to life's problems, or they are trying to make sense out of the contradictions they see.

In many instances, I find that persons have not yet discovered the power of prayer. To access the infinite possibilities of prayer, one needs a relationship with God.

This is where I find people have the greatest dilemma. Persons seek a relationship when they have a need, and forgo the relationship when things appear alright.

God desires and demands an ongoing relationship. " In the good times as well as in the bad; whether you are happy or sad", He wants to know that you are in love with Him and desire Him at all times.

This book allows you to access the mind and spirit of persons who had developed prayer lives. It helps one to see that prayer is an ongoing process, and that it is really a conversation. The song would say, "Have a little talk with Jesus."

Allow me to share this prayer by Lewis Ruffin Nichols, "The Soul's Thirst (1895)."

My God I come to Thee,
Thee only would I know,
Thy blood O Let me feel,
And this will comfort me.

I still trust in Thy word,
Oh gracious lamb of God;
Increase my faith in Thee.
And wash me in thy blood.

The word I know is truth
And it can never fail,
All who in Thee confide
Forever will prevail.

Give me the "shield of faith,"
Baptize with righteousness;
The spirit's sword vouchsafe,
My fret, shod Thou with grace.

Walk with me, blessed Lord,
Till life's long journey ends,
Sin and temptation foil
Till Thou the summons send.

And then beyond the flood
On Canaan's blissful shore,
Where saints and angels dwell,
Save me forever more.


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