Sunday, September 26, 2010
Even so, we will never forget that You rescued us from the power of darkness, and re-established us in the kingdom of Your beloved Son, that is, in the kingdom of light. For it is by Your Son alone that we have been redeemed and have had our sins forgiven.
Darkness has no power over us. We believed Your Word and sang Your praises. May we never forget Your works and always seek Your counsel. We will remember Your name Lord God, our Savior, Who has done great things for us and loved us with a great love. Awesome are You. Lord! Wondrous are your works.
So everybody lift your hands up, lift your hands up, lift your hands up! He is worthy of praise.
(Excerpt from Psalm 106, Colossians 1)
Thursday, September 23, 2010
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
I was blessed with the opportunity to go to the Dallas Cowboys/Chicago Bears game (wherein the Bears won 27-20) with my virtual little brother, Aaron Williams, and his wife and spent time with other friends in the Dallas area.
I was invited, able to sit on and participate in a panel discussion on alternatives to sending our youth and young adults to adult prisons, designed to kick off a Campaign for Youth Justice Project (http://forjmo.blogspot.com/) in the state of Missouri.
But... I've also had an "old friend" threaten me and attempt to extort me for $30,000 + dollars.
This life of mine is blessed...bitter sweet, but blessed.
2 Corinthians 4:7-9
7~But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. 8~We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; 9~persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Thursday, September 16, 2010
Tuesday, September 7, 2010
Stephen Hawking, the famed British theoretical physicist and cosmologist from the University of Cambridge, is considered to be a very bright person. If that's the case, why would Hawking make the terrible error of seeking to explain away the existence of God? Hawking apparently forgot that believing in God is an act of faith. In fact, not believing in God is also an act of faith.
Monday, September 6, 2010
I saw your story and I wanted to tell you that your strength, determination and solid commitment to be a better person even when people were persecuting you, well...its life changing. Your story gave me strength and hope that bad things can turn into blessings. I know God has a purpose for everything and I know there is a reason I am sick right now. Maybe it is to give others encouragement and show them how to be strong. I don't know but when I saw your story, I had to see if you were on Facebook and send you this message.
You inspired a soul half a globe away to keep the faith and have hope. I wanted to thank you and send you my sincerest wishes of joy and a heart felt thank you. I would be honored to call you a friend if you need one.
Take care and God Bless ♥
Kristy C Franco
Saturday, September 4, 2010
Breaking News!!!!!!!!! Sarah Palin sneezed today. We'll update this story as more information becomes available.
Meanwhile, in unrelated news, innocent people are in prison and a 7.0 magnitude earthquake has rocked Christchurch, New Zealand. Stay tuned for further updates.
Friday, September 3, 2010
To watch the televised version of this story, click the following link. http://www.kfvs12.com/Global/story.asp?S=13076159
Two and a half years after the 17-year-old took his own life behind bars, McClard's creating a new statewide campaign to keep teens out of adult prisons.
She shows me the group logo, FORJ.
"What you see is Families and Friends Organizing for Reform of Juvenile Justice. But personally, for me, it's for Jon," McClard explained.
The longtime teacher resigned last spring to dedicate herself full time to the effort.
"I feel like Missouri has a pretty good juvenile justice system already, but there's kids like Jonathon that slip through the cracks and we end up losing them," she explained. "And so, I really think that I need a statewide campaign to educate the general public on what exactly happens to kids."
As she reached out to other parents of incarcerated teens, McClard decided to send an email to a man who lived that experience--Josh Kezer.
"I knew that he would understand what it was like to be in that situation where you have no control whatsoever over what's going to happen to you," McClard said. "Your family has no control."
"Our kids, I know it sounds cliche, but they're our future," Kezer said during a phone interview on Tuesday from Columbia. "So, why not want to help them? And when Tracy brought this to me, you know, I want to get involved."
"Naturally, whenever someone calls me regarding an issue, regarding children, and the need to reach out to them and have an effect on their lives, I am always willing to listen," Kezer continued. "But, when Tracy made her issue clear to me, it caused me to listen a little bit closer because we're talking about children still that, it's a section of our children that is often forgotten about and cast to the side because they're kids that for whatever reason have gone south. They've done something that they should not have and we then stop placing value on them."
A year and a half after being released from prison for a crime he didn't commit, Kezer says he's still getting used to balancing his new freedom with a newfound responsibility to help others. But, he says, it would be a waste not to help, especially with children in need.
"Why can't our schools try to work with one another, with the teachers, with the parents, with the local churches to give more guidance to our kids rather than you know just waiting for them to explode and then send them to prison and throw them away like trash?" Kezer asked. "I think our children deserve more than that from us."
"I think that we can start right now by educating our kids about the dangers of criminality. We can start right now by educating our kids about the benefits of living a law-abiding life, about the benefits of being compassionate and patient. We can start teaching our kids about wisdom," Kezer said.
Both Kezer and McClard accept and embrace the public attention that comes with their experiences in the system, good and bad. Back at her office, McClard realizes adding Kezer to the campaign adds not only a new perspective, but a new avenue to reach more people.
"Putting both of our names together brings the media in, gets our message out," McClard said. "And the wider our message is, the more people we can reach, the better off we are."
Kezer will join McClard at the official kick off of FORJ Tuesday, September 21 at Centenary Methodist Church in Cape Girardeau.
McClard and Kezer will field questions, along with Scott County Sheriff Rick Walter and a St. Louis father whose son also died behind bars. More information on the campaign can be found at www.forj-mo.org.
Kezer says he also welcomes invitations from local schools to speak to young people about making the right decisions and staying on the right path. Kezer can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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