So Many Tears

by Stan Goodenough

“The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon Me,
Because the LORD has anointed Me
To preach good tidings to the poor;
He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted,
To proclaim liberty to the captives,
And the opening of the prison to those who are bound;
To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD,
And the day of vengeance of our God;
To comfort all who mourn,
To console those who mourn in Zion,
To give them beauty for ashes,
The oil of joy for mourning,
The garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness;
That they may be called trees of righteousness,
The planting of the LORD, that He may be glorified.”
(Isaiah 61:1-3)
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The Color of Character

by Bill Wilson

On August 28, 1963, Baptist minister Martin Luther King, Jr., stood on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC and proclaimed: “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.” This is a very Christian principle. In Acts 10, the Apostle Peter received a vision from the Lord that showed him “What God has cleansed, that call not thou common.” This means what Peter said in Acts 10:34, “Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons.” The fiery words used these days to describe leadership in government are often characterized as racist, when in effect they are born of truth.
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