Happy Birthday - Adaria!

Posted by Al Hathaway Thursday, June 28, 2012 0 comments

One of the special days in anyone's life is the day of their birth. Birthday days signify the moment God blessed you to enter a world of endless possibilities. It connotes the special day when parents and family joined in celebration of a beautiful bundle of joy. 


Today, June 28th, my darling daughter, Adaria was born. What joy, excitement, intrigue, surprises, tension, teasing, talent, beauty, expense, intellect, scholarship, dialogue, danger, and love she has brought to our family. I, thank God, for allowing us to have such a wonderful personality as a gift from Him.

Adaria, enjoy the essence of today, live life to its fullest, accept no boundaries, screen your friends, and follow your passions that utilize the gifts God has given to you. 


Summer Sizzler Sermon Series

Posted by Al Hathaway Wednesday, June 27, 2012 0 comments

 It's here! Beginning Sunday, July 1, 2012 through August 26, 2012, our Sunday Service will be one hour of power beginning at 10:00 a.m. The Summer Sizzler Sermon Series, a nine week series of sermons, will focus on aspects and provide insights into "Living God's Promises." Make Union Baptist Church your change of pace place and enjoy, be enlightened, and enriched by these sermon messages that are designed to impact your life in a positive way. 

Are you ready to live God's promises? 

A Prayer for Healing

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"Thus saith the Lord, the God of David thy father, I have heard thy prayer, I have seen thy tears: behold, I will heal thee:" 2 Kings 20: 5


Returning home from my trip overseas, I have been confronted with a wave of people who are ill and diseased. Their conditions range in intensity and complexity. Many are seniors whose bodies have been weakened and for them, recovery is difficult. Some are in intensive care and in need of a healing miracle. 

I'm reminded by today's meditative scripture that God has the power to heal. Through his healing power, God can extend one's life.

What's pristine clear is God has a state of being higher than healing and that is wholeness. Wholeness is that state where you find yourself content knowing that God is with you at every phase of your journey.  

I firmly believe all of life and every moment of life is a testimony of God's grace. Therefore, God shares with us the formula for healing and wholeness. First be sincere in your prayers, be sacred in your tears, and behold (intensely glaze) as God heals your mind, body and soul. 

On Returning Home

Posted by Al Hathaway Monday, June 25, 2012 0 comments


After spending a week away from home in a foreign country, I welcomed sleeping a night in my own bed in my home. While travel is educational and entertaining, home is the place of safety, serenity, and succor. As I reflected on the awesome events of last week, I think about the bountifulness goodness of God. His presence is felt around the world, as well as in your heart; testimonies to His grace, power and mercy evident everywhere.

On another note, we live in a multi-cultural world. It's a world of diversity and of mutuality. In America, our race consciousness is heightened by our phobias and insecurities. We overcompensate for our inadequacies by ostracizing other people. We need to grow up; our dial points to our racist tendencies to our demise. We are a world of nations; we are known by our nationalities.

Within each nationality, you will find a rainbow of colors, cultures, personalities and body types, why in America is everything viewed through the lens of color.

We are in a worldwide class debate; will the rich and wealthy contribute more to the well-being of its country's citizens? Will person become more industrious and work for the necessities of life? Can the governments of the world afford to expand its safety net of services? Will mistakes, greed, and incompetence ruin the world's economy? Will the people of the world live to their highest potential and eliminate poverty and war? Will we come to a place of mutual respect based upon the character of the individual? 

It's good to return home with an expanded understanding of the greatness of God.

Have you ever experienced "Delight?"

Posted by Al Hathaway Saturday, June 16, 2012 0 comments

"Delight yourself in the Lord." Psalm 37:4


The overarching characteristic of one's relationship with God should be a delight. Delightfulness is the state of perpetual joy, peace and happiness. Delight is as Paul describes the state of being, "whether abased or abounded, I've learned to be content in the Lord." Delight permits one in the midst of a trial or tribulation, "to encourage yourself in the Lord." Delight makes service fulfilling even when those who you serve do not reciprocate your affection. Delight is connected to faith. It propels one to continue to fight the good fight and to finish the course. Delight is what causes one to love God with all their heart, mind and spirit. As the close of the first half of the year ends, "delight yourself in the Lord," and the end of the year will be better than its beginning. 

My Father Knows The Father

Posted by Al Hathaway Thursday, June 14, 2012 0 comments

The events of the past few weeks has deepen by understanding of the meaning of Father's Day. I'm preparing a heart felt message that I pray will address the spiritual connectedness a father should have with his family and with God.

The scripture reference is Proverbs 3: 1 - 6. The sermon title is "My Father Knows The Father."

Hint: examine the relationship between David and Solomon.

A Standing Ovation!

Posted by Al Hathaway Tuesday, June 12, 2012 0 comments


Do you remember the song by The Dells, "Give Your Baby a Standing Ovation"? The idea is that you would pay tribute to "your baby" by standing and applauding. It was a feel-good song, but it had a deep meaning. In life, you should pay tribute periodically to your special someone. It's so easy to take for granted the one who is close to you and make the assumption that what they do will always be done because they are always near. Life creates chasms. Life has its points of separation. Enjoy and cherish the moments and times you spend with you special someone. 

At a deeper level, enjoy the presence of God in your life and take the time to give Him a standing ovation in tribute to the love, He so willingly shares and gives to you everyday.    

Back to the White House again!

Posted by Al Hathaway Monday, June 11, 2012 0 comments

The Eisenhower Executive Office Building is a part of the White House. Going to a high level meeting with senior staff of the White House today to discuss community and school partnerships. I'm a delegate in the Baltimore Team. Since President Obama has been in office, I have had the pleasure of participating in six meetings at the White House. If a preacher such as I have from Baltimore has visited the White House six times, President Obama has definitely opened up the White House to the people. I'm certain one of the ordinary people of America. Forgot to mention, I serve an extraordinary God!

Good Man with Good Steps

Posted by Al Hathaway Sunday, June 10, 2012 0 comments

"The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord: and he delighteth in his way." Psalms 37:23

Paying tribute to my father , Mr. Charles A. Hathaway. He is a good man who has taken good steps in his walk with God. He is a father who has given to his children, grandchildren and all whose journey has crossed his path, an unconditional love.

He is a Christian in all his ways. He is kind, joyful and patience.

His faithfulness to God has caused God to be faithful to him for almost 90 years.

He is fighting the good fight. He is keeping the faith!

Proclaimers Place Paris

Posted by Al Hathaway Saturday, June 9, 2012 0 comments

Just received my study materials for the upcoming Proclaimers Place Paris, June 19 - 22, 2012. We will meet at the American University in Paris. www.aup.edu. Our study sessions will be lead by the world famous, Rev. Dr. Joel Gregory. A lot to learn in preparation for this amazing opportunity. Integrated into our study will be visits to some of the iconic sites in the city.


Persons that understand African-American history would know that Frederick Douglass was the first African American appointed as a United States Marshal for the District of Columbia (D.C.). 

Did you know that there is an African American who holds the distinction of being appointed U.S. Marshal by two different Presidents from different parties to two different jurisdictions?

That person is Retired U.S. Marshal George K. McKinney. He was appointed to be the U.S. Marshal for Washington, D.C. by President Nixon, a Republican.  He was later appointed by President Bill Clinton to be the U.S. Marshal for Maryland, a Democrat. . 

An interesting footnote, he delivered the subpoena from Judge Sirica to President Nixon for his Watergate activities; President Nixon, as mentioned above, appointed him to the post.  

Samuel Coleridge-Taylor

Posted by Al Hathaway Friday, June 8, 2012 0 comments

I had the honor of being the commencement speaker for the 2012 Class of The Historic Samuel Coleridge Taylor Elementary School today.

The school is name for Samuel Coleridge Taylor. "Samuel Coleridge Taylor was born on August 15, 1875 in Holborn, England ( a suburb of London). His father, Daniel Hughes Taylor, was a native of Sierra Leone, and his mother was English. Daniel Taylor came to England to study medicine.

As a child Coleridge-Taylor studied violin and sang in the choir of St. George's Church, Croydon. At the age of fifteen he as admitted by Sir George Grove to the Royal College of Music as a violin student. While at the Royal College his interest in composition grew.

Some of Samuel Coleridge-Taylor's greatest works date from these early years. His most famous work is perhaps the trilogy based upon the poems of the Cambridge, Massachusetts native, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.

In the United States Coleridge-Taylor's music and work inspired the establishment of the Coleridge-Taylor Choral Society. This was a choral society in Washington, DC composed of some 200 African American singers for the purpose of performing Coleridge'Taylor's works. This society sponsored Samuel Coleridge Taylor's first visit to the United States where he conducted them in a concert at Constitution Hall.

The impact of his work and his person is further witnessed by his association with both Booker T. Washington and W.E.B. DuBois. An introduction to Coleridge-Taylor's Twenty-four Negro Melodies was written by Booker T. Washington. His admiration and respect for Coleridge Taylor's work is a reflection of the pride and admiration felt by many African-Americans.

The great esteem by which Coleridge-Taylor's life and work was held by African Americans is evidenced even today by two American schools bearing his name: in Louisville, Kentucky, The Samuel Coleridge-Taylor Elementary School (established in 1911 as a school for 'colored' children and named for the composer in 1913), and in Baltimore, Maryland, The Samuel Coleridge-Taylor Elementary School (Public School No. 122) established in 1926 as the first elementary school built for 'colored' children in Baltimore."

http://cambridgechorus.org/docs/comps/SC-Taylor.html

A Fantastic Hotel

Posted by Al Hathaway Thursday, June 7, 2012 0 comments


I had a business meeting in Washington, D.C. earlier this week. I stayed in the Grand Hyatt Hotel. It is a fabulous hotel with room rates beginning at $700 per night. The accommodations were first class, and my view of the atrium was stunning. As I enjoyed this outstanding five-star facility, I realized that my stay was temporary. No matter, how much I may have wished; I was there for a short period of time.

Isn't that the nature of life? No matter how fabulous or dim your accommodations may be; you are only here for a short period of time.  
Therefore, I hold to the promise of Jesus that there is a place prepared for me. It is so because He told you and me.

Facing Life's Storms

Posted by Al Hathaway Tuesday, June 5, 2012 1 comments


One of the realities of life is that you will experience storms. If you understood the natures of storms, I believe that knowledge will help you through your storms. What storms do is produce an enormous increase is winds. The winds basically have three purposes: head winds, cross winds, and tail winds. 

Headwinds are from storms that you must face head on. You see the storm clouds darken. You heard the thunder roaring. You see the lightening flashing. You feel the wind blasts increase. You feel the rain turn into a downpour. Storms that produce headwinds are unavoidable they come directly at you. 

Cross winds come from unexpected storms that come into your life. One day it is sunny and bright, and before you know it you are in a storm and faced with cross winds. Cross winds seek to knock you off track, make you change direction, and stop you in your path. Cross winds are ferocious because of their unexpectedness. Cross winds are also unavoidable.

Finally, you will have storms in your life that produce tail winds. Interesting these storms help you go to another level of grace, and they inform you about the depths of God's mercy and love. These storms that generate tail winds are designed to carry you through a period in your life when you are powerless, but you still make progress. Tail winds carry you beyond your own strength and abilities. These are the storms that make you instead of break you.  

One think is true no matter which storm you may face in your life. God promises to be with you in your storm. The truth is: He carries you, protects you and sustains you through any storm.  

When you are facing the storms of life always remember, but God!

The storm would have destroyed you, but God!

The storm would have altered your life, but God!

The storm changed my life, thanks by to God!

Honor Your Father

Posted by Al Hathaway Sunday, June 3, 2012 0 comments


We are a few weeks away from Father's Day. Like the King family picture that is posted, I have a picture of my father and my son with me. Three generations of Hathaway's in one place at one time is something to be thankful. I wonder as I look at my son, if I had the same command and presence my father had with me. My son is fortunate to be able to interact with his grandfather. I learned so much from my father; I am blessed, he can  transfer his knowledge directly to my son unfiltered by my account. My son developed a love for mathematics. Long before we popularized STEM, my father, a math major at North Carolina A&T, was flashing multiplication tables in front of my son when he was 1 years old. By 2, my son could  recite his times tables up to twelve and could easily go further if requested. All of this and more was learned at his grandfather's knee. He learned how to plant and tend to a garden from his grandfather. If left to learn gardening from me, he would be horticulturally challenged. As we approach Father's Day, I am thankful for my grandfather, and that I am a father to his grandson. 

Winning the War for Your Spirit

Posted by Al Hathaway Friday, June 1, 2012 0 comments

"For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places." Ephesians 6: 12


Everyone finds themselves in a battle against principalities, powers, darkness and wickedness. No one is immune from an attack on one's spirit. The objective of an attack is to steal your joy, to muffle your hope, and to cause you to give up fighting. 

As we enter  the second half of 2012, keep the faith, fight the good fight, and you will discover that God is on your side!

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