The Wall Mirage

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Walls may work temporarily in keeping people out, but it will never work in keeping prosperity within. Walls are self imposed sanctions. Keeping people out has never equated to keeping peace within. History teaches us that walls serve as accelerators to internal chaos. History further instructs that bridge building, not walls, create both peace and prosperity. A voice we never want to hear, America, “Tear Down That Wall.”

 

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Inherent in a Wall is the Inflammation of Hate

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Hate inflames on both sides of a wall regardless of who builds it.

Walls generate division, exclusiveness, and strife. Minorities more than the majority are keenly sensitive to the detriments and ills of a wall. It is historically evident that no sustainable good will ever come from building a wall.

Walls kill, not on one side, but on both sides. History is replete with people and nations falling into a tempting mirage of wall building. Let’s hope that the “shining city on the hill”, America, avoids this fate.

 

A Oneness Pentecostal – Making a Difference

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It is true that Oneness Pentecostalism is a quandary to a lot of people. But where one finds Oneness influence there appears to be direct correlation to positive growth.

Ethiopia is the second-most populous country in Sub-Saharan Africa with a population of 99.4 million, and population growth rate of 2.5% in 2015. One of the world’s oldest civilizations, Ethiopia is also one of the world’s poorest countries. The country’s per capita income of $590 is substantially lower than the regional average (Gross National Income, Atlas Method). The government aspires to reach lower-middle income status over the next decade.

 

The economy has experienced strong and broad based growth over the past decade, averaging 10.8% per year in 2003/04 – 2014/15 compared to the regional average of 5.4%. Expansion of the services and agricultural sectors account for most of this growth, while manufacturing sector performance was relatively modest. Private consumption and public investment explain demand side growth with the latter assuming an increasingly important role in recent years.

 

Economic growth brought with it positive trends in poverty reduction, in both urban and rural areas. While 55.3% of Ethiopians lived in extreme poverty in 2000, by 2011, this figure was reduced to 33.5% as measured by the international poverty line, of less than $1.90 per day.

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Oneness Pentecostalism, a religious movement that spawned between 1898-1906 with a handful of faithful followers, now has over 30 million members.

 

There is a glaring divide between Oneness and other forms of Pentecostalism, in that Oneness holds the dogma of the Oneness of God, and not a three-part God, better known as the Trinity; three Gods in one – God, the Father, God the Son, and God the Holyspirit. Oneness teaches that God is not divided into three Gods, but rather he is One; “Hear that the Lord your God is One.” (KJV)

 

 Like the first century Christians, the Oneness Movement started out as a small band of men and women. Largely centered in Indianapolis, Indiana, the small movement had a group of passionate leaders committed to its first century Jewish founder, Jesus of Nazareth. The early Oneness movement leaders included Frank Ewart, Glenn Cook, Garfield T. Haywood, Iranian-born Assyrian Andrew D. Urshan, and Howard A. Goss.

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Also, mirroring its 30 AD founders, the Oneness Pentecostal movement centered on a charismatic Leader, Garfield Thomas Haywood. According to Talmadge L. French in his book, “Early Interracial Oneness Pentecostalism (2014), the African American Leader, Garfield T. Haywood was its primary architect and figures most prominently into the movements history, not only as one of its leading proponents, but as its central interracial voice, as well as its most renowned leader.

 

From its obscure beginnings the flourishing movement has spread globally and have entered a mainstream of spiritual, political influence. President Bill Clinton, the 42nd President of the United States acknowledges to coming under the influence of the Oneness Pentecostal movement, during some of his most tumultuous times, and claims to have been greatly affected by the engagement.

 

The Prime Minister of Ethiopia, Africa, Hailemariam Desalegn, is a Oneness Pentecostal believer.

 

“Hailemariam is from the Wolayta ethnic group of Ethiopia, an Omotic community which forms the principal population group in Ethiopia’s Southern Nations, Nationalities, and People’s Region. His family belongs to the Apostolic Church of Ethiopia, a Oneness Pentecostal denomination that is not part of mainstream Ethiopian Protestant Christianity (Pentay), which believes in Trinitarianism.”

 

Ethiopia is the largest African Nation in terms of population (102,374,044) and has all the potential to be a great Nation. Let us pray that a Oneness raised leader can make a difference.

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Kingdom Initiatives – A message from the UPCI regarding the Orlando tragedy.

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STANDING STRONG FOR ONENESS.

 

Today we are deeply saddened by the violent massacre in Orlando which resulted in dozens of injuries and at least fifty deaths. We are praying for the victims, their families, and the city of Orlando. The UPCI deplores all terrorism. We must remain vigilant against all forms of terrorism and pray for the safety and security of our country.

 

Our post expressed sadness and condolences on the occasion of a massive loss of human life, which we consider sacred. We also expressed our absolute disapproval of all forms of terrorism. Such mass killings are never justified. While this horrible event took place at a gay bar, this fact does not change our position in any way.

 

Of course, as Christians, we believe that God’s plan for marriage is one man and woman who make a lifelong commitment and that the sexual relationship is ordained exclusively for marriage (Genesis 2:24; Leviticus 18:22; Matthew 19:3–6; Romans 1:26–27; I Corinthians 6:9–10). We also unconditionally love all people, recognize universal equality under the law, and support civil rights for all people, including individuals who identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender. Jesus taught his followers to “love your neighbor as yourself” (Mark 12:31 NKJV). He also challenged them, “do to others what you would have them do to you” (Matthew 7:31 NIV). The “neighbor” and the “others” are not qualified as being only those who share Christians’ commitment to Christian beliefs and practices. Indeed, Jesus even challenged his hearers to “love your enemies” (Matthew 5:44 NKJV). After all this is what Jesus has done for the whole world. Paul reminds us that “when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son” (Romans 5:10 NKJV). We oppose discrimination based on a person’s identity while affirming everyone’s religious freedom to endorse or not to endorse specific choices and lifestyles.

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UPCI, Heritage of inclusiveness and diversity.

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Kingdom Initiatives – Changing the World!  

Community Policing. Changing mindsets is necessary. Where is the faith community on this?

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Kingdom Initiatives – Fearless Church

A scared world needs a fearless church! A troubled WORLD needs a

fearless CHURCH…   ~Pastor Jay Jones

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Being Ellington Ellis – “Fruitful Dialogue…Doubting Thomas or Scientific Thomas?”

Doubting Thomas or Scientific Thomas? Either way he exclaimed, “My Lord and my God. We report, you decide

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Sometimes silence nets renewed and or additional intelligence. Which means hearing gleans information and different perspectives.

And then there is this. “The oldest, and still the most powerful, teaching tactic for fostering critical thinking is Socratic teaching. In Socratic teaching we focus on giving students questions, not answers. We model an inquiring, probing mind by continually probing into the subject with questions. Fortunately, the abilities we gain by focusing on the elements of reasoning in a disciplined and self-assessing way, and the logical relationships that result from such disciplined thought, prepare us for Socratic questioning.

Don’t forget the process is fostered in RESPECT! Selah!

Here’s an interesting read 

Being Ellington Ellis – “When you value self,”

When you value self, you are good to self; that is good. Demanding respect, however, never gets respect; even if you think you’re getting it, you’re not. Further, lecturing someone on how you want to be treated does not appear to be the answer, either. Again, people respond in kind. Treat people how you want to be treated is useful. “He who has friends, must first show himself friendly.” She who has respect, must first SHOW herself respectful. ~Ellington L. Ellis~

All Lives MATTER! AstroTurf versus Grass Roots

ASTROTURF movements will brownout. GRASS ROOT movements live infinitely.

King was killed not because he sloganeered “Black Lives Matter” to the contrary, it was because he preached ALL LIVES MATTER. Many times it’s not what you say, it is HOW you say it. Divisive words serve no sustainable, and little functional purpose in society. The King movement never died, because it was never manufactured