YOUR PROMISE


Many of us stay in the wilderness of life because we believe it’s our destiny to struggle. Just constant struggle! There’s a greater life after each great test, a period of peace until the next time of struggle which, in turn, will bring about growth. Just like there is a spring, summer, fall, and winter, there are seasons of life. Each season has purpose, and it’s unavoidable. There’s a Joshua spirit in you, not to only see the promise, but to possess your promise.

Some keys to your promise

1. Pray to God for direction: ask, seek, and knock.
• Ask Him. Make prayers, all types of prayer petitions, to His courts. Make prayers of supplication and thanksgiving.
• Seek Him. Seek the Word of God. The answer is in His Word. Ground yourself in scripture. There’s a biblical example of your problem as well as your solution in the Word of God.
• Knock! Knock! Knock and don’t stop knocking until God answers you. Rest in Him and renew your strength as you wait.

2. Be obedient and faithful in your journey.
• A vision and plan will come.
• Write it down or record it. Make it plain.
• Study it; it will continue to speak.
• Without vision, you surely will perish.

3. Don’t mistake opposition for being wrong.
• Opposition is to be expected.
• Fight through it.
• Make adjustments; it is how you grow stronger.

4. Don’t quit.
• Get back up.
• Your timetable is your own and is between you and God.

5. Your world must be framed by the Word of God.
By faith, it shall be done!

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Black Boy


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Why do they seem to hate me so much? What does this world have against me?

I am strong. My skin is dark, but my soul is bright, and so is my spirit. My mind is unmatched; there’s nothing I can’t do.

No matter how much you hate me, my hope exceeds your hate.Your systematic approach to kill me won’t win; I will overcome and adapt. I will restore divine order and get back on themountaintop. It is my destiny; I have from now until the end of time.

I was in the thought of God before the foundations of the world. It may be as if I’m last. But, I know in the end, I will be first. I’m strong and courageous.

You will no longer arrest my development; you will no longer imprison my mind with false reality. You will no longer relegate me to your images. You…

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Why does America HATE ME?


Why do they seem to hate me so much? What does this world have against me?

I am strong. My skin is dark, but my soul is bright, and so is my spirit. My mind is unmatched; there’s nothing I can’t do.

No matter how much you hate me, my hope exceeds your hate.Your systematic approach to kill me won’t win; I will overcome and adapt. I will restore divine order and get back on themountaintop. It is my destiny; I have from now until the end of time.

I was in the thought of God before the foundations of the world. It may be as if I’m last. But, I know in the end, I will be first. I’m strong and courageous.

You will no longer arrest my development; you will no longer imprison my mind with false reality. You will no longer relegate me to your images. You won’t tell me you don’t need me; you can’t survive without me. You won’t tell me that I am my past.You won’t raise me to be my mother. You won’t birth me without a father.

You will not kill this black boy. I will not ask your permission to be a black boy. I shall live and not die!

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We can do “Better”


How do we attack issues in our community?

Here’s my seven “Betters Plan”

Better community schools
Schools that have a holistic approach to educating urban youth., it’s not just about academics

Better jobs (living wages) support minority business development

Better church outreach
Strategic spiritual outreach that includes a 5 fold ministry approach

Better men (mentoring)
You gotta go to the street where people are hurting the most,,

Better housing policy (the concentration of poverty in one area or areas stunts the growth of a community people who are perpetually living in crisis..

Better parenting .. Needs to be a cultural shift.. Schools and other community organizations have to be apart in teaching new skills

Better public transportation
How do people get to better paying jobs without viable community transportation?

This could be the eighth and most important better.. We need “Better Community Leadership” our community leadership is exclusive and not inclusive..

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New Hope Academy Charter School Graduation 2014


I wish the class of 2014 the best!

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Evil Thrives In Indifference


isiahanderson:

A couple of years ago I wrote this it is clear to me that we can not forget that Hope is stronger then evil. Stand up!

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EVIL THRIVES IN INDIFFERENCE

First they came for the communists,
and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a communist.

Then they came for the trade unionists,
and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a trade unionist.

Then they came for the Jews,
and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a Jew.

Then they came for me,
and there was no one left to speak out for me.

Martin Niemoller

When I read this quote, I think of the challenges that are facing my organization and my community. What I’m seeing are community leaders who will not take a stand. They’ll say, “I support you but I want to stay neutral. It’s a political issue, and I don’t want to get in the middle.”

No, it’s not a political issue; it’s a civil rights issue. For generations, our nation’s urban children have been undereducated. As…

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Dreaming is an Art


Dreaming is an Art

How do you DREAM?

“As a man thinketh, so is he.”
Dreams start with a thought. Dreams are a powerful tool. Your thoughts become your words, your words become your actions, and your actions shape your life.

There’s scripture in the bible that says “without vision the people will perish.” So, without a dream (direction) you will surely die. It will be a quiet death, but death none-the-less. Do you know how many cures and inventions that have never come to life because people don’t dream. Sadly, often times, dreaming is not even encouraged. Well consider yourself encouraged today.

Dreams are not fantasies. It is important that you don’t confuse the two. When your dreams becomes a fantasy you need a new dream. Let me give you an example.
I ran track in high school and my dream at the time was to be like decorated Olympian, Carl Lewis. I wasn’t getting any faster as I progressed through my track career and that reality kicked in around my junior year in high school. Being the next Carl Lewis was becoming less of a dream and more of a fantasy. If I would have continued to think I was going to be the next Carl Lewis, I would have just been living in a fantasy world, wasting a lot of time while moving further away from my true destiny.
So, I locked in on my second dream of becoming a 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Army. I was a leader in JROTC, second in command of the Corps of cadets, and I got accepted into a military academy that had an early commissioning program. I later received my commission and was on my way to achieving my dream. My dream was 2nd Lieutenant. My destiny was becoming a leader. Following my dreams led me to my true destiny.

Sometimes your dreams will out-live you. Dr. Martin Luther King’s “I Have A Dream” speech comes to mind. Dr. King was a prophetic dreamer who dreamed of a society that didn’t exist at the time. He died before it became a reality. In my opinion, his dream stayed alive for one reason only. His dream was written. His dream was documented. His dream was memorialized. If you have a dream and it’s not written down, it’s just a fantasy. It has no chance of coming to life.

Some people dream about what they see others doing. I call that dreaming from the outside in. Limiting their dreams to what’s acceptable in society. I want you to dream from the inside out. I want you to dream from the depths of your soul.

I want you to dream like Langston Hughes tells us in his poem, “Dreams:”

Dreams
Hold fast to dreams
For if dreams die
Life is a broken-winged bird
That cannot fly.
Hold fast to dreams
For when dreams go
Life is a barren field
Frozen with snow.

Is your life a barren field, frozen with snow? We live in communities that are barren fields. There’s no hope because there are no dreamers. A lot of fighters, but not enough dreamers. Will you be one? Will you dream?

So let’s recap

1. Dreams start with thoughts, but can become your life if you write your dreams and take the actions needed to build them
2. Dreams are not fantasies. Dreams have to be memorialized, write them down.
3. Dream from the inside-out, don’t base them on societies influence.
4. People who don’t dream are limited by culture, race, sex, religion, and economics. Dreamers have no limits.

Thomas Edison dreamed of using light like no other man had thought before.

Steve Jobs envisioned creating innovative technology. His dream will impact millions for generations to come.

The slave dreamed of his freedom. I am the hope of the slave. My dream has led me to the freedom I have today.

So I encourage you to DREAM today!
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