Written by Irvin L. Rozier

I had a dream this morning at 2:30...I awoke and wrote it down. Dr. Young,repparttar pastor of our First Baptist church, invited me to preach. As I was going up torepparttar 125387 pulpit, he handed me a letter from Dr. Martin, a foreign missionary whorepparttar 125388 church sponsored. The church lights were dimmed and a faint light shone onrepparttar 125389 report..so faint I could barely read it. I asked Dr. Young if he wanted me to readrepparttar 125390 report and he said yes. The writing was illegible and I could not make sense out of it. I looked up and toldrepparttar 125391 audience to bear with me, this "Doctor" writing was hard to read. The Lord wanted me to go on withrepparttar 125392 message so I said, "O, well,repparttar 125393 Lord's will be done".

Then I began to preachrepparttar 125394 messagerepparttar 125395 Lord had given me. I said "Inrepparttar 125396 beginning, God created everything. He isrepparttar 125397 Creator!" Then I said, "God created prayer." As I begin to speak on prayer,repparttar 125398 members ofrepparttar 125399 church got up and started walking out byrepparttar 125400 droves. Dr. Young was embarrassed by this andrepparttar 125401 look on his face said "Oh, I hope I didn't make them mad by asking you to preach." He looked like he was torn between wanting me to preach about prayer and pleasingrepparttar 125402 crowd.

I said torepparttar 125403 crowd, "Where are y'all going?" They paid no attention to me and kept filing out. Only one man,repparttar 125404 Vice President of our local bank, turned to me and said "I don't know what is wrong with these people; they need to hear that message on prayer."

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly: How Do You Change the World?

Written by Dorene Lehavi

Recently, I saw an exhibition of paintings by a very talented artist. He clearly has a social conscience and his depictions ofrepparttar pain and misery of disenfranchised and minority people are so vivid and real you can't help but feelrepparttar 125386 pain in viewingrepparttar 125387 paintings. The artist is a warm, friendly, humble man whom I approached with a question, "does he ever paint another side of life?" He seemed interested in engaging in a conversation about it and frankly I was surprised at myself for even approaching him. I have never considered myself either knowledgeable or beyond too shy to talk about art to an artist this way. But, I felt compelled and in hindsight I know why. As a ‘60's activist and an angry idealist, I would have wanted his pictures out there inrepparttar 125388 face of those whom I and he blamed forrepparttar 125389 social injustices he expressed so people would realize and wake up. Well, decades later, I now know that doesn't work. I felt very stronglyrepparttar 125390 pain of his pictures, couldn't view them for long, and also knew if he wanted people to buy them and take them home, he'd have a very small audience. I asked if he'd consider using his brilliant artistic ability to inspire by painting beauty. I was surprised at what I was saying, because I have obviously metamorphosed from who I was inrepparttar 125391 past. About a year ago, I decided thatrepparttar 125392 11:00 p.m. news was not a good pre-bedtime story and stopped watching it. If you look closely you will note thatrepparttar 125393 “stories” are not necessarily chosen for their importance and useful information, but for entertainment and sensationalism. I can honestly say, my sense of well being has improved. When I watchedrepparttar 125394 11:00 p.m. news, my anxiety level heightened and with that I foolishly tried to begin a restful night's sleep.

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