Monday, January 19, 2015

I have a dream

Martin Luther King
"In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams." Acts 2:17 (NIV)

Today we remember the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. a leader of the American civil rights movement, a political activist, and a Baptist minister. In 1964, King became the youngest man to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize (for his work as a peacemaker, promoting Jesus’ teaching of non-violence and equal treatment of all.

King delivered his famous “I Have a Dream” speech to a gathering of over 200,000 people on August 28, 1963 from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial during the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. It was a defining moment of the American Civil Rights Movement.

In these last days King’s words and message still ring true for us and continue to inspire us to dream great dreams for God today and everyday.

… "I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: 'We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.

I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at a table of brotherhood.

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.

Let freedom ring. And when this happens, and when we allow freedom ring — when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God's children — black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics - will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual: "Free at last! Free at last! Thank God Almighty, we are free at last!"

Today we remember and pay homage to the only Christian Pastor to have a National Holiday named after him who followed the non-violent tenets of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Your pastor and partner in ministry,


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