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Tara Ross …The First Thanksgiving

On or around this day in 1621, the Pilgrims enjoy a three-day feast! They are grateful for their harvest after a long, hard first year in the New World.

You already know that the Pilgrims fled England because they feared religious persecution. Their voyage on the Mayflower began in September 1620—and it was a rough one!

“In many of these storms the winds were so fierce, and the seas so high, as they could not bear a knot of sail, but were forced to heave to for many days together,” the future Governor of the colony later wrote. “And in one [mighty storm] . . . a strapping young man (called John Howland) was, with a lurch of the ship thrown into the sea; but it pleased God that he caught hold of the ropes which hung overboard.”

Howland was pulled back into the boat and survived!

Can you imagine how grateful the Pilgrims must have been when they finally arrived in America? Almost all of them had made it—including a baby born during the journey! Unfortunately, the Pilgrims would not be as fortunate in the year that followed.

They had arrived in the midst of winter: For months, they would face problems on several fronts. How to build shelters? How to get food? How to nurse the many people who were falling ill during the harsh winter months? How to make peace with local Indian tribes? Some of these tasks they accomplished on their own, but they also owed much to an Indian named Squanto. Fortunately for the Pilgrims, Squanto spoke English. (The skill had not come easily for Squanto, who learned the language because he’d spent time in captivity in England.)

By September 1621, only half of the original 102 Pilgrims had survived, but they’d also learned much about how to live in the New World. They owed a debt of gratitude to Squanto, who taught them how to raise crops in the New England soil and climate. They’d also worked out treaties and were living in peace with many of the local Indian tribes.

As the first harvest came in, the Pilgrims were surely happy to enjoy a feast with their new Indian friends. They shared deer, ducks, and turkey. A recently harvested barley crop meant that it would have been possible to (finally) brew beer at about this time!

For many reasons, the feast was welcome after the long, difficult year. But, despite the good meal and happy times, the overall harvest was not as plentiful as you might imagine. Nor was it plentiful the next year. In fact, the Pilgrims were still really struggling until 1623 when their governor, William Bradford, made an interesting decision.

He changed from a communal system of growing crops to a more private one. Each household was given its own private plot of land. In essence, he changed from a socialist-type system to a more capitalist one.

“[T]hey began to think how they might raise as much corn as they could,” Bradford later explained, “and obtain a better crop than they had done. . . . And so assigned to every family a parcel of land . . . . This had very good success, for it made all hands very industrious, so as much more corn was planted than otherwise would have been . . . . The women now went willingly into the field, and took their little ones with them to set corn; which before would allege weakness and inability . . . .”

Historian Nathaniel Philbrick concludes: “The Pilgrims had stumbled on the power of capitalism.” They still faced struggles in the New World, but they never again faced starvation.

Capitalism! The second half of the Pilgrims’ story, which is rarely discussed these days. Food for thought as you enjoy your Thanksgiving meal. 😉

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

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Interned Japanese American, Medal Of Honor Winner

Interned Japanese American ,  Medal of Honor Winner


On this day in 1944, a Japanese-American soldier puts his life on the line. More than 50 years later, Joe M. Nishimoto would finally be awarded the Medal of Honor for his daring and bravery on this day so long ago.

Nishimoto was a “Nisei”—a second-generation Japanese-American. He was fighting for a country that had already interned him once! He’d been sent to a Japanese relocation center back home in America.

When he was finally able to leave the center, he did the unimaginable: He volunteered to serve the country that had just interned him. He joined the U.S. Army.

So many Japanese-Americans were distrusted by their fellow citizens because of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. And yet they loved their country and fought for her, believing that American ideals of freedom, liberty, and inclusiveness would eventually win the day.

Or maybe some of them just wanted to prove that they were not a part of the evil that took so many lives on that day in December 1941.

In the end, the 442d Regimental Combat Team, an infantry regiment composed almost entirely of Japanese-Americans, would become one of the most decorated regiments in World War II. Twenty-one of its members would earn the Medal of Honor, including Nishimoto.

In mid-October 1944, the 442nd was dispatched to rescue the “Lost Texas Battalion” near the Vosges Mountains in France. It may have been a small miracle that they succeeded, but they did it! Unfortunately, they lost 800 men in their attempt to rescue just over 200 soldiers.

More sacrifices made for a country that was ready to intern them.

In the days following the rescue of the Lost Battalion, the 442nd was tasked with securing even more of the area. Historian C. Douglas Sterner describes the Nisei unit as “pushed beyond any reasonable limits.” For days, they made advances “past the bodies of dead and dying comrades. Each soldier knew it was probably just a matter of time before they met a similar fate.”

Finally, on November 7, Nishimoto had had enough. “The slightly built, mild mannered young infantryman from California,” Sterner describes, “turned into a one-man army.” His actions would break the stalemate that had developed.

First, Nishimoto crawled through a “heavily mined and booby-trapped area,” as his Medal citation describes. Once on the other side, he destroyed an enemy machine gun nest with a grenade. But he wasn’t done yet.

He found a second enemy position and circled it so that he was able to approach it from behind. He attacked it with his submachine gun, killing one enemy combatant and wounding another. When others fled, he pursued them. He killed some and chased others into the forest.

As if that were not enough, he soon found a third machine gun crew and drove them into retreat as well.

Nishimoto survived his one-man battle, but he was killed a week later. He never received the Distinguished Service Cross that he was awarded for these actions. And he never knew that the Cross would be upgraded to a Medal of Honor more than 50 years later.

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Operation Day Of Hope

 OPERATION DAY OF HOPE is this Saturday, November 5th from 9am to 1pm at Gateway Fellowship in Poulsbo. This is a wonderful event for those who can use a hand in any of the following areas:

*Health care screning and foot care
*Hygiene bags, coats and socks
*Family portraits/Photos
*Prayer and Pastorial Care upon request
*Information regarding social service agencies for housing, food,
jobs and much, much more.

The address is 18901 8th Ave NE, Poulsbo
For mor information please call 360-779-5515

Meeting Notice … Kitsap House of Prayer


Come join us as we intercede together for our nation, our churches and much more.

Hope to see you all there!


Kitsap House of Prayer

We are in a time when God is calling a remnant of His people to worship Him in Spirit and in truth. Jesus prophetically described this time to the woman at the well in John 4:23~24, “But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth.” The hour Jesus talked about is happening today. A remnant is gathering in groups small and large, all over the country to pray for their cities, churches, schools, country and leaders as well as many other issues of the day. Now is the hour for Kitsap County to come together and do likewise.

Kitsap County Crusade For Deliverance


Event Details

  • Fri Aug 19 2016 at 06:00 pm
  • Venue Baymont Inn & Suites Bremerton 5640 Kitsap Way, Kitsap County, USA

Supernatural Deliverance Crusade

ALL WHO ARE HUNGRY, WHO ARE WEARY, ALL WHO ARE SICK, COME! Pastors, come and be filled. Missionaries come and be refreshed. Ministry Leaders, come and be encouraged. COME, expecting to receive! Everyone is welcome!!!! If you want more info, have questions email:
There will be 3 sessions. Friday, 8/19 session 1 begins at 6pm and will end at 10pm. Session 2 will begin 8/20 at 10 am and end at 1pm. Session 3 will begin on 8/20 at 6pm and end at 10 pm. The word of God comes to life during his meetings with the dead raised, the lame walking, the deaf ear, barren wombs opened and many other creative miracles. He is known as a “general commander” because of his dynamic prophetic, healing and deliverance gift that is a magnetic force pulling crowds everywhere he goes. Dr. Caecious Lungu was born in a Zambian city of Ndola in the Copper Belt province, Central Africa. He is married to one wife, Doreen Lungu with two beautiful girls, Shalom Lungu and Barniece Lungu. He had an encounter with the Lord Jesus Christ of Nazareth at the age of nine where God commission him as a prophet to this generation. He is the founder of Jesus is the Rock Ministry aka Might of Grace Churches with its headquarter currently in Ndola city, Zambia. His passion to teach and preach the word of God with power and authority in the name of Jesus has healed, cured and delivered many from demonic oppression. His passion to see God’s people made free through preaching of the word of God has enabled him to plant churches all over Zambia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Botswana, Uganda; to mention but a few.

Dean Braxton Sharing His Experience of Heaven

This coming Sunday, July 24th, we have a special speaker, Dean Braxton at The Highway in Silverdale. Brother Braxton was a pastor in Tacoma, Washington when, during a surgery he had a massive heart attack on the table. He was pronounced dead by the doctors. He was dead for 1 hour and 45 minutes and he miraculously prayed back to life. Come hear his testimony of what he saw in Heaven during the time he was dead.

The service starts at 10:30am. Please invite friends who might be interested in hearing Dean’s amazing testimony.

The Highway is located at 2133 NW Nuthatch Way in Silverdale, WA. (Formely Olympic View Assembly of God)   692-2215

Decision America Tour Comes to Olympia

Thousands of Washington citizens attended the Decision For America Rally hosted by Franklin Graham on June 29th . .. Estimated 7000 people showed up to the event .


Franklin Graham is traveling to all 50 states in 2016 to hold prayer rallies, to preach the Gospel, and to challenge believers to take a stand and take action. He is  urging Christians to vote, to live out their faith in every part of their lives, and to pray for our nation just as Nehemiah cried out to God to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem and restore hope to His people. Many  in the Christian community see America at a tipping point in this post Christian season of our young country .


“If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land” (2 Chronicles 7:14).


Today Is National Day Of Prayer

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National Day of Prayer – “Without God, there could be no American form of Government…” -President Dwight Eisenhower, 1955
“In 1775, the Continental Congress proclaimed the first National Day of Prayer

In 1783, the Treaty of Paris officially ended the long, weary Revolutionary War during which a National Day of Prayer had been proclaimed every spring for eight years.”

– President Reagan, January 27, 1983

President Washington declared a National Day of Prayer after the Whiskey Rebellion.

President John Adams declared a two National Days of Prayer and Fasting when France threatened war.

President Madison two National Day of Prayer and a National Day of Prayer and Fasting during the War of 1812.

President Tyler proclaimed a National Day of Prayer and Fasting when President Harrison died in office.

President Taylor declared a National Day of Fasting and Prayer during a cholera epidemic.

President Buchanan declared a National Day of Prayer and Fasting to avert civil strife.

In 1863, Lincoln stated in his National Day of Prayer and Fasting Proclamation:

“The awful calamity of civil war, which now desolates the land, may be but a punishment inflicted upon us for our presumptuous sins…

We have forgotten God. We have forgotten the gracious Hand which preserved us in peace, and multiplied and enriched and strengthened us; and we have vainly imagined, in the deceitfulness of our hearts, that all these blessings were produced by some superior wisdom and virtue of our own.

Intoxicated with unbroken success, we have become too self-sufficient to feel the necessity of redeeming and preserving grace, too proud to pray to the God that made us!

It behooves us then to humble ourselves before the offended Power, to confess our national sins and to pray for clemency and forgiveness.”

When Lincoln was shot, President Andrew Johnson proclaimed a Day of Prayer.

When President McKinley was shot, President Theodore Roosevelt declared a National Day of Prayer.

In 1918, when the U.S. entered World War I, President Wilson proclaimed a National Day of Prayer and Fasting:

“Whereas…in a time of war humbly…to acknowledge our dependence on Almighty God and to implore His aid…

I, Woodrow Wilson, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim…a day of public humiliation, prayer and fasting, and do exhort my fellow-citizens…to pray Almighty God that He may forgive our sins.”

Coolidge declared a National Day of Prayer at the death of Warren Harding.

On December 21, 1941, President Franklin D. Roosevelt stated:

“I have set aside a Day of Prayer, and in that Proclamation I have said: ‘The year 1941 has brought upon our Nation a war of aggression by powers dominated by arrogant rulers whose selfish purpose is to destroy free institutions….

Therefore, I…do hereby appoint the first day of the year 1942 as a Day of Prayer, of asking forgiveness for our shortcomings of the past, of consecration to the tasks of the present, of asking God’s help in days to come.'”

In 1952, President Truman made the National Day of Prayer an annual event, stating:

“In times of national crisis when we are striving to strengthen the foundations of peace…we stand in special need of Divine support.”

President Eisenhower had a Back-to-God Program and put “under God” into the Pledge of Allegiance.

President Nixon had a National Day of Prayer when Apollo 13 had a life-threatening explosion in space.

President Reagan made the National Day of Prayer the first Thursday in May, saying:

“Americans in every generation have turned to their Maker in prayer…

We have acknowledged both our dependence on Almighty God and the help He offers us as individuals and as a Nation…

Now, Therefore, I, Ronald Reagan, President of the United States… do… proclaim MAY 5, 1988, as a National Day of Prayer. I call upon the citizens of our great Nation to gather together on that day in homes and places of worship to pray.”

Get the book PRAYERS AND PRESIDENTS-Inspiring Faith from Leaders of the Past

World War II in Europe ended on VE Day (Victory-in-Europe), MAY 7, 1945.

National Socialist Workers Party emissaries unconditionally surrendered to the Supreme Allied Commander General Dwight Eisenhower at his headquarters in a schoolhouse at Reims, France.

Less than four months later, World War II ended in the Pacific.

In total, an estimated 75 million people died in the War, including 20 million soldiers and 40 million civilians.

Following World War II, the United States and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics emerged as rival superpowers, beginning the Cold War.

Dwight Eisenhower became a Presidential Candidate in the 1952 election.

Addressing the Communist threat, Dwight Eisenhower stated in Virginia’s Religious Herald, January 25, 1952:

“What is our battle against Communism if it is not a fight between anti-God and a belief in the Almighty?…

Communists…have to eliminate God from their system. When God comes, Communism has to go.”

PRAYERS AND PRESIDENTS-Inspiring Faith from Leaders of the Past

Born in Denison, Texas, Eisenhower grew up in Abilene, Kansas, where the Eisenhower Museum is located.

Laying the cornerstone of the Museum, Dwight Eisenhower stated, as recorded in TIME Magazine, June 5, 1952:

“In spite of the…problems we have, I ask you this one question:

If each of us in his own mind would dwell more upon those simple virtues – integrity, courage, self-confidence and unshakable belief in his Bible – would not some of these problems tend to simplify themselves?…

Free government is the political expression of a deeply felt religious faith.”

TIME Magazine published an article titled “Faith of the Candidates,” September 22, 1952, in which Dwight Eisenhower stated:

“You can’t explain free government in any other terms than religious.

The founding fathers had to refer to the Creator in order to make their revolutionary experiment make sense; it was because ‘all men are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights’ that men could dare to be free.”

Dwight Eisenhower was quoted in the TIME Magazine article, “Eisenhower on Communism,” October 13, 1952:

“The Bill of Rights contains no grant of privilege for a group of people to destroy the Bill of Rights.

A group – like the Communist conspiracy – dedicated to the ultimate destruction of all civil liberties, cannot be allowed to claim civil liberties as its privileged sanctuary from which to carry on subversion of the Government.”

Dwight Eisenhower was elected the 34th President by the largest number of votes in history to that date.

On February 7, 1954, President Eisenhower supported the American Legion “Back-to-God” Program, broadcasting from the White House:

“As a former soldier, I am delighted that our veterans are sponsoring a movement to increase our awareness of God in our daily lives.

In battle, they learned a great truth-that there are no atheists in the foxholes. They know that in time of test and trial, we instinctively turn to God for new courage…

Whatever our individual church, whatever our personal creed, our common faith in God is a common bond among us.”

In the next year’s “Back-to-God” Program, February 20, 1955, President Eisenhower stated:

“Without God, there could be no American form of Government, nor an American way of life.

Recognition of the Supreme Being is the first – the most basic – expression of Americanism.”

Three Secular Reasons Why America Should Be Under God

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Keep Locker Rooms Safe… By Autumn Bennett

This country has fallen victim to progressivism on many levels, many vehicles are used to drive this agenda, and one that I have become closely involved with is the transgender movement. It seems on the surface to be about acceptance, or the right to use the bathroom, but as I have delved deeper into these types of issues, it has become clear that it is fundamentally something more.

I am what the transgender community calls “cisgender,” meaning my brain connects with my biological sex. I just call myself a woman.

I am also a lead in a group called Keep Locker Rooms Safe and we are working to repeal an ambiguous rule that was pushed onto the state by a group of unelected bureaucrats without consulting the public. This rule allows anyone to use the restroom of their choice. It prevents anyone from saying anything if a man is in the women’s locker room or bathroom. It restricts speech, and endangers the vulnerable. As open opponents of this rule, we are constantly subjected to threats, hate mail, attempts to discredit us, name calling, bullying, outright slander and accusations of hate toward trans people.

Desiring to cross lines, I spent an afternoon having coffee with two trans individuals who had asked to meet with folks who oppose this rule. I looked forward to hearing their concerns and fears and vice versa. The invite seemed sincere, a true desire to hear the other side, to perhaps come to some understanding of one another.

It wasn’t.

Demands were made of me. I was told that I need to renounce my support of legislators who have worked to repeal the rule (I won’t), I was told that I need to publicly say that transwomen are really women (they aren’t). If these demands were not met, this person insisted that it meant that I hate trans people. (I don’t).

I was told that I do not get to decide on the rights of a minority group (I am African American, ironically), I was told that the rights of the minority supersede the majority.

I was called paranoid, bigoted and transphobic (funny, there I sat with two trans people … pretty phobic, I suppose). I was told my safety does not matter, because, per some statistics a transgender person is supposed to be at greater risk of harm than I. I was told that they are at greater risk of harm than little girls who may be caught unawares in a locker room face to face with a grown man.

I was told that I am hateful because I do not want my child or sisters exposed to the genitals of the opposite sex. How dare I make choices for what I want my Child to be exposed to, and when?

The demands that I validate their reality, their “womanness” made me wonder about why they needed my validation. Is it because they know they are not, nor never can, truly be women?

This experience showed me the crushing narcissism of the trans movement, the dictatorial attitude of the trans agenda. It has nothing to do with going to the bathroom or locker room. It has everything to do with forcing EVERYONE to agree with how someone lives their life, up to and including subjugating my beliefs and comfort level and safety. I was now victim of the ultimate bullying; “if you don’t do or think or say this or agree with me, than you hate me and want to hurt me, so now I can justify hating and hurting you.”

It reaffirmed for me that progressive thought does not allow for freedom or growth or liberty. It is the bullying and hammering of one side demanding that everyone agree with them, their subjective reality, under point of gun. If I do not believe that a man who takes hormones and lives like a woman, is suddenly a woman, I am a bigot. Why must I bend to their will or be damned? Why should I pander to subjective reality? I’m done being bullied.

My position is that you live your life as you please, but if you infringe upon my safety or the safety of others, I draw the line. Where are we, as a country, going to draw the line?

Autumn Bennett,


Celebrate Rev Martin Luther King, Jr.

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“Let us not…satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred.” -Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Martin Luther King, Jr. was born JANUARY 15, 1929.
In 1983, Republican President Ronald Reagan signed the bill to make the 3rd Monday in January a holiday in honor of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., was a Baptist minister like his father and grandfather.

He was pastor of Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery and Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta.
He formed the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.

Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1964.

On April 16, 1963, Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., wrote:
“As the Apostle Paul carried the gospel of Jesus Christ…so am I compelled to carry the gospel…”

King continued:
“One day the South will know that when these disinherited children of God sat down at lunch counters they were standing up for what is best in the American dream and for the most sacred values in our Judeo-Christian heritage.”

Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., as well as Archbishop Desmond Tutu, were influenced by the German church leader Dietrich Bonhoeffer, who resisted Hitler’s National Socialist Workers’ Party.

Bonhoeffer was himself influenced by the Black preacher, Adam Clayton Powell Sr., pastor of Harlem’s Abyssinian Baptist Church, once the largest Protestant church in America.

Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., was also influenced by Henry David Thoreau, who wrote in his book, In Civil Disobedience (1849):
“That government is best which governs least”

Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., attended Booker T. Washington High School in Atlanta, 1942-44.
Booker T. Washington founded Tuskegee Institute in Alabama, and wrote in Up From Slavery (1901):

“I resolved that I would permit no man, no matter what his color might be, to narrow and degrade my soul by making me hate him.
With God’s help, I believe that I have completely rid myself of any ill feeling toward the Southern white man for any wrong that he may have inflicted upon my race…
I pity from the bottom of my heart any individual who is so unfortunate as to get into the habit of holding race prejudice.”
Get the booklet Booker T. Washington – American Hero
Booker T. Washington stated:
“In the sight of God there is no color line, and we want to cultivate a spirit that will make us forget that there is such a line anyway…”
“I have always had the greatest respect for the work of the Salvation Army especially because I have noted that it draws no color line in religion.”

Booker T. Washington wrote in Up From Slavery (1901):
“There is a class of race problem solvers who make a business of keeping the troubles, the wrongs and the hardships of the Negro race before the public…
Some of these people do not want the Negro to lose his grievances because they do not want to lose their jobs… They don’t want the patient to get well…
Great men cultivate love…only little men cherish a spirit of hatred.”

George Washington Carver-His Life and Faith in His Own Words
A professor at Tuskegee was the world renown George Washington Carver, who wrote to Robert Johnson, March 24, 1925:
“Thank God I love humanity; complexion doesn’t interest me one single bit.”

George W. Carver wrote to YMCA official Jack Boyd in Denver, March 1, 1927:
“Keep your hand in that of the Master, walk daily by His side,
so that you may lead others into the realms of true happiness, where a religion of hate, (which poisons both body and soul) will be unknown, having in its place the ‘Golden Rule’ way, which is the ‘Jesus Way’ of life, will reign supreme.”

Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., was influenced by the non-violent methods of India’s Mahatma Gandhi.
Gandhi wrote in his autobiography of an incident on a ship with 800 passengers traveling from India to the Natal Province of South Africa. When some passengers learned that Gandhi was aboard, they grew furious.

As Gandhi was disembarking, they punched him, kicked him, and threw stones at him, but he refused to retaliate and kept walking. He was finally rescued when the wife of the town’s police superintendent opened her parasol and stood between Gandhi and the mob.

Gandhi wrote:
“I hope God will give me the courage and the sense to forgive them and to refrain from bringing them to law.
I have no anger against them. I am only sorry for their ignorance and their narrowness.
I know that they sincerely believe that what they are doing today is right and proper. I have no reason therefore to be angry with them.”

On March 6, 1984, President Ronald Reagan remarked at the annual convention of the National Association of Evangelicals, meeting at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Columbus, Ohio:
“During the civil rights struggles of the fifties and early sixties, millions worked for equality in the name of their Creator.
Civil rights leaders like Dr. Martin Luther King based all their efforts on the claim that black or white, each of us is a child of God. And they stirred our nation to the very depths of its soul.”

On January 20, 1997, Rev. Billy Graham delivered the invocation just prior to the second inauguration of President Bill Clinton, stating:
“Oh, Lord, help us to be reconciled first to you and secondly to each other. May Dr. Martin Luther King‘s dream finally come true for all of us.
Help us to learn our courtesy to our fellow countrymen, that comes from the one who taught us that ‘whatever you want me to do to you, do also to them.’

In proclaiming 1990 the International Year of Bible Reading, President George H.W. Bush stated:
“The historic speeches of Abraham Lincoln and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., provide compelling evidence of the role Scripture played in shaping the struggle against slavery and discrimination.”

On February 16, 2002, Dr. James Dobson addressed 3,500 attendees at the National Religious Broadcaster’s convention:
“Those of you who do feel that the church has no responsibility in the cultural area… Suppose it were…1963, and Martin Luther King is sitting in a Birmingham jail and he is released.
And he goes to a church, yes, a church.
And from that church, he comes out into the streets of Birmingham and marches for civil rights. Do you oppose that? Is that a violation of the separation of church and state?”

In his address at Montgomery, Alabama, December 31, 1955, Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., declared:
“If you will protest courageously, and yet with dignity and Christian love, when the history books are written in future generations, the historians will have to pause and say,
‘There lived a great people-a black people-who injected new meaning and dignity into the veins of civilization.'”

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., said August 28, 1963:
“Now is the time to open the doors of opportunity to all of God’s children…
In the process of gaining our rightful place we must not be guilty of wrongful deeds.
Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred.
We must forever conduct our struggle on the high plane of dignity and discipline. We must not allow our creative protest to degenerate into physical violence.

On April 16, 1963, Rev. King wrote:
“I must make two honest confessions to you, my Christian and Jewish brothers… I stand in the middle of two opposing forces in the Negro community.
One is a force of complacency…
The other force is one of bitterness and hatred, and it comes perilously close to advocating violence.

It is expressed in the various black nationalist groups that are springing up across the nation, the largest and best-known being Elijah Muhammad’s Muslim movement…
This movement is made up of people who have lost faith in America, who have absolutely repudiated Christianity, and who have concluded that the white man is an incorrigible ‘devil.’
I have tried to stand between these two forces, saying that we need emulate neither the ‘do-nothingism’ of the complacent nor the hatred of the black nationalist.
For there is the more excellent way of love and non-violent protest.
I am grateful to God that, through the influence of the Negro church, the way of non-violence became an integral part of our struggle.”

Rev. King proclaimed August 28, 1963:
“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 slaveowners will be able to sit down together at the 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…
I have a dream…where little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls and walk together as sisters and brothers.”  American Minute is a registered trademark. Permission is granted to forward, reprint or duplicate with acknowledgement to