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Psalm 50:6 (NLT) Then let the heavens proclaim his justice, for God himself will be the judge. Interlude.

The long, hot days of August come to a close as I reflect on the grief and terror experienced around the world and in America by innocent people. Somehow, this month can’t be all about me and my personal world because God opened my eyes and heart to the hatred and evil of humankind.
Terrorism against any group, anywhere in the world, is evil whether it’s political or is conducted by organizations that are supposed to protect the citizens of America. We saw images of an innocent journalist, women and children harmed across the world. We saw how racism reared its ugly head in our own back yard with the killing of a young black man. I came of age in the era of desegregation and it feels like we've lost ground.
I’m particularly appalled at the ignorance of some Christians who are hypocrites when it comes to loving your brother as yourself. These hypocrites do not understand what minorities in America deal with. They incite hate in their congregations and circle of people who look like themselves. More than likely, they have no friends of other races, economic status, etc. You can bet their circles and churches only include people of the same race. Of course, they invite “token” minorities to join them for the sake of reputation.  In fact, they probably feel like they do their share when they go on cushy mission trips across the world to “help those less fortunate.” Or they send donations to “feed the children” so they feel better about themselves. They might also volunteer to feed the homeless or sponsor a “needy” family at Christmas. That’s called HYPOCRITE!
There. August has been a long, hot month and so many people are suffering. We can’t just be quiet and go on with our own cushy lives.  

Injustice has reawakened the activist in me.  
Matthew 5:7  Blessed are the merciful—they will be shown mercy.

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These are a few of my favorite Scriptures. I cannot live my life without God and his word. I keep a 3x5 wire bound note diary of verses that pop off the pages of my Bibles. This helps me in case I need to comfort someone with a specific verse. Start your own collection!


Comfort

Psalm 119:76 Comfort me with your love, as you promised me, your servant.
Job 4:4 Your words have comforted those who fell, and you have strengthened those who could not stand.
Strength

Psalm 18:1 I love you, LORD. You give me strength.
Psalm 29:11 The Lord gives his people strength. The Lord blesses them with peace.
Psalm 118:14 The Lord gives me strength and a song. He has saved me.
Isaiah 40:29 The LORD gives strength to those who are weary.
Deuteronomy 33:27 The eternal God is your shelter, and his everlasting arms support you.
1 Corinthians 15:58 … don’t let anyone move you off the foundation of your faith.
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Resources for citizen activists in Houston

Houston - we have a problem
I confess that before the 2016 presidential election, I wasn’t interested or concerned about participating in government or politics.  
That changed on Nov. 8, 2016.  
It’s now painfully clear how important it is to know what our elected politicians are doing on local, state and national levels. It’s time to shake ourselves out of complacency. We must be involved in directing our basic American rights, our policing, our healthcare, our financial lives and more. Our families depend on us.
The best way to do this is to get to know your elected officials and to vote.
Consider running for office or supporting someone you think has the gifts to be a politician. Our families are in crisis, our healthcare is in crisis, immigrant families are in danger and law enforcement may not be serving the interests of people of color   We need people who serve the interests of the majority of our communities
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