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Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Ministers and Movements

A Call to Conscience: The Landmark Speeches of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr."Oppressed people cannot remain oppressed forever."- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Ministers have been involved in social movements for years.  I pray that many clergy who ponder and contemplate the political and social justice arena see the dire need for more ministerial influence over the matters of society today.

Expect A Miracle, My Life and MinistryLook at the YMCA, Salvation Army, and similar organizations that were launched on Christian principles.  The Temperance Movement had faithful forces such as Billy Sunday and the American Tract Society behind its work to outlaw alcohol.  Look at the work of evangelists like Billy Graham and Oral Roberts to spread the Good News as well as start schools, missionary field work, and other ventures beyond simply preaching from town to town and from tent to tent.  Look at the SCLC and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Rev. Jesse Jackson and Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth and their work with the Civil Rights Movement.
Billy Sunday, Home Run to Heaven (Sowers)
Eyes on The Prize: America's Civil Rights Years 1954-1965The church needs to see where it is being called to serve today.  We need to find where God wants to use us and discover how the new wine will pour out from the new wineskins.  Pray for God to guide today's ministry leaders in a way that will lead today's people for the change that God has in store for them.

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