In like a lamb out like a lamb

Posted by Al Hathaway Friday, March 30, 2012 0 comments

There is a conventional saying, "March comes in like a lamb, it will go out like a lion; or if March comes in like a lion, it will go out like a lamb." In Baltimore March came in like a lamb and is going out like a lamb. This teaches us that old habits can be broken. Old patterns can be changed. Why don't you use this time to break old habits or change old patterns. God is able to do a new thing in you.

A Mother's Faith

Posted by Al Hathaway Thursday, March 29, 2012 0 comments

 "Rizpath daughter of Aiah took sackcloth and spread it out for herself on a rock. From the beginning of the harvest till the rain poured down from the heavens on the bodies, she did not let the birds of the air touch them by day or the wild animals by night." 2 Samuel 21:10

This story illustrates the love of a mother towards her murdered son that empowered her to maintain a prolonged vigil over his body protecting his body from those who would ravage his corpse.  

I pay tribute to the mother of Trayvon Martin, who like Rizpath is protecting her son against the forces that would ravage his body and destroy his memory. She is demonstrating a faith that permits her to endure under the strictest media scrutiny, critique from those who are attempting to protect the Sanford Police Department and Zimmerman, and a confidence that truth will win in the end.  

God will protect her from the scavengers who seek to ravage the memory and legacy of Trayvon Martin.

Rev. Dr. Harold A. Carter, Sr.

Posted by Al Hathaway Tuesday, March 27, 2012 0 comments

"The prayers of the righteous availeth much." Today as my colleagues known as the "Doctors" were having breakfast, in walks The Rev. Dr. Harold A. Carter, Sr., and his daughter. Immediately, we all got up from our places and embraced this prince of a preacher. He is on the mend and was looking good. May all of us keep him in prayer as God restores him to optimal health.

Enjoy Your Children

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The further we move into the spring time season; I'm urging everyone to enjoy their children. If we learned anything from the Trayvon Martin case, it is time is a fleeting thing. "Here today and gone tomorrow!" Therefore, enjoy your children and allow your children to enjoy their youth. Too many children have to grow up to fast and miss the pure joy of childhood and adolescent. 

I must also say we have to create protective environments for our children. They must learn, mature, and develop in wholesome settings. Don't place too much responsibility on them at an early age. As they grow and mature, responsibility will come. 

Take your children to the beach and let them have some fun!

Job like faith

Posted by Al Hathaway Monday, March 26, 2012 0 comments

This statue is on the campus of the Crystal Cathedral and depicts an image of Job. You remember; Job is the biblical character who maintained his faith in the midst of great personal suffering. No one is immune to suffering. Everyone has the capacity to maintain their faith in the midst of suffering. The good news of the Job story is God ability to restore you and to magnify you after your season of suffering. I'm so glad to know that God honors faith when faith honors God. 

In the midst of all you are going through, maintain your faith in God to see you through.  

Hoodie Sunday at Union Baptist Church

Posted by Al Hathaway Sunday, March 25, 2012 0 comments

Throughout America in predominately African-American churches, the wearing of hoods was advocated in support of justice for Trayvon Martin. I fully support all shows of support for justice to be rendered in this matter. 

My appeal to the Youth of Union was to earn academic hoods, not just buy "hoodies". For me achieving academic and career goals in the midst of a society that is hell-bend on your destruction is a laudable goal with lasting benefits.  

My challenge to them and to you is to prepare our youth to wear academic hoods. Obtaining college and career education is the day to day barrier our youth must overcome.  

A mind and a life is a terrible thing to waste!

Rev. Dr. Lester A. McCorn

Posted by Al Hathaway Saturday, March 24, 2012 0 comments

Can you keep a secret?

Tomorrow, Sunday, March 25th,  the Organization's Day Preacher at Union Baptist Church for its 11:00 a.m. service is Rev. Dr. Lester A. McCorn.

He is the Senior Pastor of The Pennsylvania Avenue A.M.E.Zion Church.

Today with President Obama

Posted by Al Hathaway Friday, March 23, 2012 0 comments

Listening to our President speak about dreams, goals, and plans for America today was awesome. President Obama deserves our support. We elected him, but God has called him for such a time as this. It was an honor to be among a select few clergy that had the opportunity to meet him and hear from his senior staff. 

Another term of President Obama will permit him to put the building blocks of a great society in place that will never be torn down. Our children and our future need him for four more years! 

He is our political leader. Where he goes, I go. Who he supports, I support.

Meeting with Senior Staff

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President Obama has requested a contingency of African American Clergy to meet with his senior staff and be briefed on what his administration is doing and how we can work directly with the White House staff. I received an invitation and will attend the all day meeting today, Friday, March 23rd. A person I will be interested in talking with is United States Attorney General Eric Holder regarding the Trayvon Martin case. I'll share with you some of my insights from the meeting tomorrow. 

Living through rough waters!

Posted by Al Hathaway Thursday, March 22, 2012 0 comments

Our lives go to seasonal changes in the tides. Some day’s our waterways are calm, and it appears everything is okay. Then a storm arises, and the waters of our lives become turbulent. If you think and pray deeply, you survived those storms and became stronger.  

I thank God for the waves in life. They remind me of His everlasting potion. 

I saw and heard a cardinal this morning!

Posted by Al Hathaway Wednesday, March 21, 2012 0 comments

My favorite bird is the cardinal. I saw one like this outside my window this morning. The bird was singing a song so beautiful. For a moment, my mind wandered as I heard the sounds of beauty in the air. It's refreshing to know even in the middle of pain and despair in life at the same time God provides you with the opportunity to hear a song if you are willing to listen.

Sing my birds because you remind me there is a God somewhere!

Jesus Loves Children

Posted by Al Hathaway Tuesday, March 20, 2012 0 comments

People need to reread the words of Jesus when he talks about children. He reminds us that children are what make up the Kingdom of Heaven. He also warns us that if anyone does harm to his children, it would be better for that person to tie a rock around their necks and jump into the sea. 

As the Justice Department and the FBI investigate the Trayvon Martin case, may the words of Jesus ring in their hearts, minds and spirits. 

The eyes of heaven are upon them!  

Feed the sheep and lambs of our community

Posted by Al Hathaway Saturday, March 17, 2012 0 comments

Feed my sheep and feed my lambs! 

Jesus employed Peter to feed His sheep and lambs. He also urges us to engage in the nurture and development of all of his creation. 

It is imperative we support the development of the youth within our community. We can't leave their futures to chance!

Feed my sheep and feed my lambs! This is what we are expected to do.

Come Back Home!

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This is a statue image at The Crystal Cathedral. This depicts the Prodigal son coming home to the open hands of his father. 

Aren't you glad the loving arms of God are like that; always ready to welcome you to come back home.

You who are weary come home!

Who will cast the first stone?

Posted by Al Hathaway Friday, March 16, 2012 0 comments

One of the statues on the campus of The Crystal Cathedral, this one depicts Jesus writing in the sand as the men of the town are accusing the woman of adultery. The caption reads: "Let him without sin, cast the first stone."

We too easily accuse others without looking into the mirror of our own transgressions. 

Walking on Water

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This is a shot of one of the statues on the campus of The Crystal Cathedral. It depicts Jesus walking on water. 

The news of Dr. Robert Schuller and his family losing The Crystal Cathedral, who for over 50 years guiding the ministry, is tragic. Their story demonstrates what happens when you take your eyes off of Jesus and focus upon yourself. 

Only Jesus can walk on water; we have to depend upon Him to keep us from falling.

Senator Nathaniel McFadden

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Senator Nathaniel McFadden is one of the most powerful legislators in Annapolis. He is intricately involved in budget negotiations and when he speaks the other Senators listen. He is Speaker Pro Tempore, which means when President Mike Miller is not at the podium chairing the Senate, Mac has the gavel!

Dr. Homer Favor

Posted by Al Hathaway Wednesday, March 14, 2012 0 comments

Dr. Homer Favor is one of the sages of our community. He headed the Urban Studies Institute at Morgan State College, now University in the heydays of the 1960s through the 1980s. He was an outspoken advocate on a local television program, "Look At It This Way." 

His insight and wisdom played a key role in political advancement and the nurturing of a new generation of leaders.  

Always dapper and stylist, he is a blessing to many and to me. 

Community Benefit

Posted by Al Hathaway Monday, March 12, 2012 0 comments

I have the pleasure of chairing the Community Benefits Committee of the Maryland General Hospital. Areas of concern are developing more workforce housing for the employees, expanding access to quality health care, expanding programs within the hospital and in the community for smoking cessation, stopping the spread of HIV/AIDS, and addressing drug and alcohol abuse among school-aged youth within the community.

Please share with me other areas of concern a community hospital should address.

Learning the lesson of endurance

Posted by Al Hathaway Sunday, March 11, 2012 0 comments

Continuing the Lenten Series entitled, "The Cross: Unmerited Suffering is Redemptive." This morning sermon is "Enduring The Cross." Hebrews 12: 1 - 2.

Endurance is defined as "perseverance in the Christian life through all things as sustained by God's grace and mercy."

One must learn to endure in the midst of, in spite of, and because of God's grace and mercy.

Do you have to the power to endure? No! However, when you allow your weakness to get caught up in God's power you will be able "to do all things through Christ that strengthens you."

Endurance is what runners call catching your second wind. The point when you have expended your energy and divine intervention gives you new energy. 

Mr. Frankie Wright in Istanbul

Posted by Al Hathaway Saturday, March 10, 2012 0 comments

Mar 10, 2012; Istanbul, TURKEY; Frankie Wright runs the opening leg on the United States heat-winning 4 x 400m relay that ran 3:07.47 in the morning session of the 2012 IAAF World Indoor Championships at the Atakoy Athletics Arena. Image of Sport

One of my son's, Rodney Williams, is on way to Austin, Texas to attend the SXSW. He is traveling on a bus with his colleagues from Cincinnati, Ohio. On the bus they have these objectives: to create a company, develop a business, to obtain investors, and make a presentation at the SXSW of a winning business concept. 

The SXSW is one of the largest gatherings of its type in the world. It is estimated that over 16,000 people will attend this year. 

The company they have created is called LISNR

We live in a world where the new economy is the organization of ideas into viable businesses. I wish Rodney and his partners much success. 

This is LISNR.
LISNR gives fans backstage access to their favorite artists and music.
LISNR is an app that runs in the background on your mobile device and hears the music you listen to -anywhere you listen to it.  When a LISNR enabled track is picked up, your device notifies you that you’ve unlocked or discovered exclusive content delivered to you directly from your favorite artists.
Examples of LISNR content could be exclusive song downloads, bonus videos, behind the scenes footage, messages from the artist, lyrics or social interactions.
Through this experience, LISNR is able to foster even deeper connections between an artist, their music and their fans.
LISNR users accumulate a score for the amount of content they have discovered and unlocked, and can also purchase backstage passes to unlock even more bonus content on their favorite artists.
Why does this work?  Fans want to connect in a fun and engaging experience with their artists, and artists want to grow and deepen the connection with their fans.  By downloading the LISNR app, consumers have an ability to interact with artists in a way they never have before.
Our customer acquisition model is unique.  Artists are our heroes and our champions.  Let me share with you an example that I think you’ll find interesting.  
Mindless Behavior is an American boy band, best known for the singles “my girl” and “mrs. Right”.  Heard of them?  Probably not.  What’s startling is that  they have 517K followers on Twitter and 1.3 million likes on Facebook.    Additionally, Mindless Behavior has their own app that has been downloaded over 1.2 million times.  There are tons of lesser known artists out there that have millions of fans that follow and download their content.  Imagine the power of an artist like Jay Z or Justin Bieber or Lady Gaga advocating for the download of LISNR.  By downloading the LISNR app, consumers have an ability to interact with artists in a way they never have before.
There are over 6 billion mobile subscribers worldwide.  Almost 87% of the world’s population own a mobile device.  Additionally, Gartner reports that mobile advertising revenue is expected to double over the next 3 years reaching $20 billion dollars by 2015.  Needless to say we’re playing in an awfully big ballpark.
LISNR is free to download, however we make money from consumers in-app purchases like Backstage Passes.  We offer brands the opportunity to “sponsor” exclusive content – charging .02 per UCD.  Our projections show us at breakeven in less than 1 year.

For LISNR, music is just the beginning.  We have plans to enable commercials and even audiobooks.  We see lots of paths to exit, including labels, production companies, media conglomerates and more.  For now, we’ve secured artists for the private beta and will be debuting LISNR at SXSW.

Where's the Fire?

Posted by Al Hathaway Friday, March 9, 2012 0 comments

 I took this picture of a fireplace to illustrate how many people have gifts, skills and talent, but are not using them.

Jesus uses a similiar illustration when he points to the fig tree with leaves, but it has no fruit.

Do not waste your time or talent by not developing, using and producing to the highest ability God has given to you.

Begin today by taking a lesson, learning something new, and discovering a gift you have that has been covered.
Make certain you have fire in your fireplace!

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What Time is It?

Posted by Al Hathaway Wednesday, March 7, 2012 0 comments

The biblical wisdom literature says, “for every time there is a season.”

 In today's world, time is critical to ensuring things get done. A tragedy of our time is how many people waste time doing unproductive things. I understand that "all work and no play make Jack a dull boy." 

The truth of the matter is little work is being done when it comes to effectively using your time to better our society. 

As we continue our journey through the Lenten season, I would suggest all of us use our time more wisely and prudently to make this world a better place for you and me. 

All By Yourself

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Do you ever have moments when you feel all alone? It's an eerie feeling because it can hit you even when you are in a crowd. 

Watching this dog sitting alone under his tree reminded me that you can find comfort even when you are alone.

Why? In the final analysis, you are never really alone.

God promised never to leave us and never to leave us alone. 

Good Deeds

Posted by Al Hathaway Tuesday, March 6, 2012 0 comments

As a Boy Scout we were taught to do a good turn daily. Tyler Perry as titled his new movie, "Good Deeds." This is an appropriate idea to advance during this time in our society. So many people are into meism; that concern for others is on the back burner. What's in it for me is the tone of today? Versus, how do we help someone else? 

Tyler Perry has a built-in market that assures success for his movies. 

My concern is directed towards advancing the title of the movie into a societal value. 

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., says, "The time is always right to do right." Likewise, the moment is always available to you to do a good deed.  

Don't Sleep at the Wheel

Posted by Al Hathaway Monday, March 5, 2012 0 comments

"Let us not be like others, who are asleep." I Thessalonians 5:6

It is dangerous to drive while you are asleep at the wheel. Being tired or dozy is no time to attempt to drive. 

When you are driving you need to be fully alert and aware of what's going on around you. 

Too many people in life are attempting to lead and live while they are asleep. The political discourse in America illustrates the danger of listening to people seeking elections who are obviously asleep at the wheel.  It continues to amaze me how people who speak about trivial things want us to elect them to major positions. They are asleep at the wheel and must think we are to.

When you see people making obvious bad choices in life, you can only conclude they are asleep at the wheel of navigating their own lives. You cannot make a success out of sin. To attempt to do so demonstrate you are asleep at the wheel of life's vehicle.  

To avoid being asleep at the wheel I suggest you take a regular dose of God's word to keep you awake in life.  

Preaching the Cross

Posted by Al Hathaway Sunday, March 4, 2012 0 comments

I begin a four-week series entitled, "The Cross: Unmerited Suffering is Redemptive." Today's sermon is titled: "Preaching the Cross." 

In today's society, the idea of suffering is anathema to most of us. No one seek to suffering. Most will do everything to avoid suffering.  

The question is will you suffer for another? 

That's the paradox of the cross. It's one's willingness to suffer for someone else.  

We all need God's Grace!

Posted by Al Hathaway Saturday, March 3, 2012 0 comments

The constant onslaught of tragic and depressing news is enough to cause one to hunker down and retreat to a safe place of isolation. Why watch the news when all you hear is rumors of wars, natural disasters, political demoniac discourse, child abuse and neglect, and stories of personal weaknesses? Why engage in society when the tempter's snare is being set to trick you, to trap you, or to take you? How is it possible to make it in these terrible times? The words of Paul speak light to your darkness, provides hope in the midst of despair, and shows love when all of life seems unlovable. Paul reminds us; "God's grace is sufficient." 

Strike Up the Band

Posted by Al Hathaway Thursday, March 1, 2012 0 comments

Marching through the streets of Brazil, the children signal the coming festive season. Spring is in the air. It's the first day of March. "In like a lion, out like a lamb. In like a lamb, out like a lion." I heard this saying about March all of my days. This year I believe March has come in like a lamb and it will go out like a lamp.

Strike up the band there is plenty to do to improve our communities.

Give our children summer jobs, and quality recreation centers.

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