Ivan G Thompson

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Author Profile

Ivan G Thompson

Ivan Thompson is the CEO of Launch Productions. He is a singer/songwriter, actor, author, business consultant, and inventor. He is a retired Air Force officer with five adult children. Ivan’s books have garnered rave reviews and are available on most major retailer websites. Ivan has published multiple Christian titles and two exceptional books about diversity in the Air Force, a fitness book, and a book to help new writers become published authors. Several of Ivan’s books are also available in Spanish. Most of Ivan’s titles are also available as audiobooks on Audible.com. Ivan has over 25 years of consulting senior military and civilian leaders. He has conducted senior leadership off-sites, strategic planning sessions, and served as the Deputy Director of the Defense Business Practice Implementation Board. As the Deputy, he helped facilitate and lead Task Groups for the Secretary of Defense comprised of senior DoD civilians and retired and active Fortune 500 CEOs. Ivan was most recently a member of the national touring cast of The Color Purple.

Books

You Should Distractions & Detours to Divine Destiny

You Should Distractions & Detours to Divine Destiny

Christian Books & Bibles

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Book Bubbles from You Should Distractions & Detours to Divine Destiny

Getting Off Track: People-pleasing

People-pleaser. At one point, that must have been my middle name or secret alias. Many times, this personality flaw has led me off the path towards the plan of God for my life. This chapter talks about how we can get off track, and this quote zeros in on "people-pleasing": I also put people-pleasing in the category of things we do by ourselves to get off track. People-pleasing, though similar to yielding to someone else’s “you should,” implies that we are leaning forward or initiating an effort vs. someone taking action to offer advice to us. The results of people-pleasing: paralysis, getting off track, are still the same as listening to the wrong “you shoulds”: “What Will People Think? Perfectionists are very sensitive to what others think of them and they often try so hard to please so many people that they lose themselves. What I mean is that in an effort to please others, they rarely follow their own heart and do what is pleasing to them or to God. Some people are addicted to approval. They cannot feel peaceful unless they believe everyone is pleased with them…The only way to avoid criticism is to do nothing, say nothing and be nothing…The need to be popular can make you neurotic and steal your destiny.” (Meyer, 2013)

Purpose/Call: Getting Back on Track

In this book bubble, I share an excerpt from the book related to getting back on track. It's so easy to get off the trail that leads to our God-ordained destiny. But our God is so loving and so gracious that He always lovingly leads us back! “What happens when despite all the clues you get from God, you go off track? How do you get back on track? ‘If you have lost your way, pull over to the side of the road and ask for directions. God has the power to provide arrows pointing back to our proper route. As the Psalmist tells us, ‘He restoreth my soul…’ (Psalm 23:3 KJV). If you are not sure that your decisions are lining up with your destiny, then listen to the voice of God. He will speak in your soul and He will restore it.’” (Jakes, 1990)

Free for 5 Days

I am making the e-book version of my book, “You Should— Distraction and Detours to Divine Destiny” available for FREE for 5 days on Amazon. It is available now thru Sep 23rd. Download it and enjoy this weekend! Just go to the Amazon link and click on the e-book. The price for the e-book will be $0 for the entire 5-day promotional period. The excerpt provided in this book bubble talks about how “well-meaning” people close to us can get us off track as it pertains to God’s destiny for our lives. My latest book, “The Air Force’s Black Pilot Training Experience” will also be available for FREE during the same time period.

You Should Defined - Spanish

You Should will soon be available in Spanish! Look for it on Amazon later this month! Looking for Spanish speaking reviewers to receive the Spanish translation for free in exchange for a review. ¡Usted Debería estar disponible en español! ¡Búscalo en Amazon más adelante este mes! Buscando revisores de habla hispana para recibir la traducción al español de forma gratuita a cambio de una revisión.

You Should Spanish Version

"You Should" will soon be available in Spanish! The translation is complete. I am looking for Spanish speaking reviewers to critique the translation. Anyone who is interested in receiving a copy of the book in Spanish for free in exchange for their comments should contact me directly on Facebook or Twitter. "You Should" pronto estará disponible en español. La traducción esta completa. Estoy buscando revisores que hablen español para criticar la traducción. Cualquiera que esté interesado en recibir una copia del libro en español de forma gratuita a cambio de sus comentarios debe contactarme directamente en Facebook o Twitter.

Perfect Gift for the Season

The end of the year is often the time when we reflect on our goals and what we accomplished. This often leads to New Year’s resolutions and new ventures and perhaps even a change in careers. “You Should” is the perfect gift for anyone you know that is considering a change in direction, anyone who is seeking purpose or a greater sense of fulfillment in their life. There are so many secular TV programs where the host gives advice on what we should do with our lives. Social media is overflowing with people shooting out their opinions on how to deal with the challenges we face in life. On top of that, we have family members, friends and other well-meaning people that are all too ready to tell us what we “should” do when we are seeking direction for our lives. The fundamental premise outlined in “You Should” is that God is the divine architect of our lives and if we want to be on the right path to our destiny then we must seek him so that He might reveal to us the blueprint He created for our lives. “You Should” is available in paperback, e-book and audio book formats to suit the style of the dad you’re shopping for. Preview it for free on Amazon or Audible today!

Audio Book Preface

This is an audio sample from "You Should" the audio book. This sample is located on Soundcloud.com Paste this link into your browser to listen: http://bit.ly/2tiBMbD The audio book is available for sale on Amazon.com or ACX.com

AUDIO BOOK

I am so excited to announce that the audio book version of "You Should Distractions and Detours to Divine Destiny" is now available on Audible, Amazon, ACX.com, etc. LISTEN TO THE FREE AUDIO PREVIEW TODAY!

You Should and Our Kids

Parents have so much impact on their kids as they are trying to find their life's purpose, pursue their dreams, make career determinations, etc. It is a tremendous responsibility. We have so much influence in their lives, whether it seems like they are listening or not. As parents we have to be ever so sensitive to the Holy Spirit as we offer our advice. Just because they are our offspring does not relieve us of the responsibility of seeking God's face before we give them guidance on the path that they should pursue with their lives. Our opinions are just that in the sight of God. They may have absolutely no resemblance whatsoever to the plan and call of God for our child's life. THIS BOOK IS FOR SALE, CLICK "website" UNDER AUTHOR PHOTO.

MLM-X Principle

This is an excerpt from the chapter entitled "My Story". It deals with an issue that all too many of us have faced at one time: when someone tries to fit you into their vision of who they think you should be. For illustration purposes, I the very familiar example of multi-level marketers and how they try to squeeze you into the vision of their business or company. THIS BOOK IS FOR SALE, CLICK "website" UNDER AUTHOR PHOTO.

Biblical

A lot of time is spent in the book giving biblical examples of “you shoulds”. In this bubble the concept of well-meaning people is discussed. There are numerous scriptural examples of well-meaning, sincere people giving advice that falls way short or is even in direct contradiction to the plan and purpose of God. Sincerity is not a good measuring stick for Godly advice when it comes to your purpose and destiny. The only good measuring stick is how a well a person is dialed into the plan and purpose of God for you. THIS BOOK IS FOR SALE, CLICK "website" UNDER AUTHOR PHOTO.

You Should Defined

I don’t know if we really take notice of how many times we get advice for our decisions and the directions of our lives. The daytime talk shows are flooded with advice on what we “should do”. The premise of this book is that only the Divine Engineer has the blueprint for your life. Everyone else’s “you should” must be examined carefully to see how it measures up with what God has revealed to you about your purpose, path, destiny. THIS BOOK IS FOR SALE, CLICK "website" UNDER AUTHOR PHOTO.

You Should Introduction

The introduction sets up the whole premise of the book which is that we are all seeking our purpose, our reason to be and in the midst of that search we encounter people who have an opinion or advice about what we should do. That opinion is their “you should” for us. Depending on the person’s degree of influence over us that “you should” may sway us significantly in our decisions. THIS BOOK IS FOR SALE, CLICK "website" UNDER AUTHOR PHOTO.

The Air Force's Black Pilot State of the Union

The Air Force's Black Pilot State of the Union

Politics & Social Sciences

This book is the third in a series of books that focus on diversity in the Air Force, primarily in the pilot ranks. The first book in the series is titled “The Air Force’s Black Ceiling,” and its sequel is titled “The Air Force’s Black Pilot Training Experience.” Although this book is written to stand alone, reading the previous two books on this topic will give the reader a much richer experience. This book will have a different tone than the previous books. It will have a different tone for several reasons. The first book in the series was written mostly with research that I conducted during my Air Force career. The second book focused more heavily on the experience of African Americans in pilot training. This book is being written nearly eleven years after I retired and during a period of racial and social upheaval, the likes of which I have never seen. It was impossible to write about diversity and the “state of the union” inside the Air Force’s gates without touching on the “state of the union” outside them. I will also, as I have done in previous books, take time to pay tribute and honor to African American Air Force leaders, past and present, to enlighten the reader on the rich leadership heritage of African American officers and on the paths they took to obtain the success that they achieved.

Book Bubbles from The Air Force's Black Pilot State of the Union

What's This Book About?

This book is the third in a series of books that focus on diversity in the Air Force, primarily in the pilot ranks. The first book in the series is titled “The Air Force’s Black Ceiling,” and its sequel is titled “The Air Force’s Black Pilot Training Experience.” Both these books are available in e-book, paperback, and hardcover on Amazon. Black Ceiling is also available on Audible. In this book bubble, I have shared the Table of Contents. The hope is to give the reader an idea of what I have written over 450 pages about. The purpose of this book bubble is to whet the reader's appetite, if you will. If you have read either of the previous two books, you will love this book. However, this book has been written to stand alone. To facilitate that effort, I quote extensively from the previous two books. Enjoy! Get your copy today!

Available Now on Amazon!

This is a chapter in my newest book on diversity, equity and inclusion in the Air Force. This is the third book in the series. Because my books have focused on diversity in the pilot and senior officer ranks they have focused heavily on black men. This chapter focuses on black women aviators and senior officers in the Air Force. As the author I learned so much! I hope that military historians and African American history enthusiasts will enjoy reading it as much as l did compiling the research!

The Air Force: A Family Business?

This book is currently at the editor’s, and I hope to publish it before the end of September. This book is the third in a series of books on diversity in the Air Force. The other two books, “The Air Force’s Black Ceiling” and “The Air Force’s Black Pilot Training Experience,” are available on Amazon. “Black Ceiling is also available on Audible. In this draft chapter, I explore how the Air Force is like a family business. Specifically, I show how, during my career and most certainly during the early years of the Air Force and the military overall, the success of one family member most likely contributed to the success of other family members who came along afterward.

The "Lack Of Minority Talent" Argument

In previous books, I have made the case that prior exposure to flight training is a greater predictor of success in pilot training than SAT scores, GPA, class standing, etc. Numerous studies that the Air Force has paid for to try explain away the differences in success rates for minority and non-minority pilots by using these measures. The academic qualifications, lack of “quality” minority talent arguments have also been used as a blanket to lay on top of other differences between minority and non-minority student pilots going through Air Force pilot training: lack of role models and same-race peers, lack of supporting culture, unconscious bias, and discrimination. Nearly every study concludes with “if only we could be better at recruiting the top minority talent,” where “top” is equated with SAT/GPA. On the surface, it seems to make sense. Perhaps that’s why the Air Force keeps paying for studies that keep saying it. In this chapter excerpt, I show in great detail why this premise should be abandoned.

Clustering Minority Pilot Training Students

In this draft chapter, I call on the Air Force to “cluster” minority students vs. scattering them across training classes. Though I have advocated this in two previous books, it’s not my idea. The Air Force has done this three times since 1960. I refer to the Air Force’s Racial Disparity Review published in December 2020. The Air Force found “varying degrees of disparity were identified in apprehensions, criminal investigations, military justice, administrative separations, placement into occupational career fields, certain promotion rates, officer and civilian professional military educational development and some leadership opportunities.” In this chapter, I ask why wouldn’t we expect to see these same disparities in pilot training? I also cite Air Force sanctioned research that shows that these disparities have shown up in pilot training and one of the recommended solutions was clustering.

Black Military Fathers and Generals

In this chapter I share some of the rich history of Air Force general officers whose fathers served in the military. It's a striking pattern and certainly is no coincidence. I believe that being a military "brat" actually gives some of our career officers an advantage that is hard to quantify or qualify but easy to identify in the results. This book will be available later this summer.

Air Force's Black Pilot "State of the Union"

This book is the third in a series of books that focus on diversity in the Air Force, primarily in the pilot ranks. The first book in the series is titled “The Air Force’s Black Ceiling,” and its sequel is titled “The Air Force’s Black Pilot Training Experience.” This book has been written to stand alone. To facilitate that effort, I will quote extensively from the previous two books. However, reading the previous books in the series will give the reader a much richer experience. This book will have a different tone than the previous books. It will have a different tone for several reasons. The first book in the series was written mostly with research that I conducted during my Air Force career. The second book focused more heavily on the experience of African Americans in pilot training. This book is being written nearly eleven years after I retired and during a period of racial and social upheaval, the likes of which I have never seen. It was impossible to write about diversity and the “state of the union” inside the Air Force’s gates without touching on the “state of the union” outside them.

Now Available in Hardcover!

"The Air Force's Black Pilot State of the Union" is now available in hardcover! This book is the third in a series of books that focus on diversity in the Air Force, primarily in the pilot ranks. The title of first book in the series is “The Air Force’s Black Ceiling,” and its sequel is titled “The Air Force’s Black Pilot Training Experience.” Although this book is written to stand alone, reading the previous two books on this topic will give the reader a much richer experience. "Black Ceiling" is available on Amazon/Audible. "Black Pilot" is available on Amazon. In this chapter I share the "backstory" on how Colonel Charles E. McGee was promoted to Brigadier General. It's a story of faith, perseverance and teamwork. Enjoy!

Coming This Summer!

This is the third book in a series of books on diversity in the pilot and leadership ranks of the United States Air Force. The first book in the series "The Air Force's Black Ceiling" is available on Amazon and Audible. "The Air Force's Black Pilot Training Experience" is available on Amazon. This book will be available on Amazon this summer.

A Tsunami of Sadness

A Tsunami of Sadness

Religion & Spirituality

This book is for anyone that struggles with depression, mood swings, recurring sadness, panic attacks, feelings of despair and helplessness, those who are distraught, those who have experienced so much pain that they have stopped feeling and shut down, and those who have had thoughts of taking their own life. This book is also for people who have someone in their family circle, circle of friends, co-workers, perhaps even neighbors, workout buddies, etc. who seem to have either had a sudden shift in their behavior or have had lingering emotional problems.

Book Bubbles from A Tsunami of Sadness

50% Off In Honor of Suicide Prevention Month

September 2021 is Suicide prevention month. I am a person who has experienced suicidal thoughts and got help. As the author of "A Tsunami of Sadness," I am glad to be able to encourage others to get help. I am also happy to encourage the loved ones, friends, and co-workers of those who need help. "A Tsunami of Sadness" is my personal story of dealing with depression and suicidal thoughts. It is both a spiritual and practical book, as the help I needed came from both sources. I have made the e-book version 50% off, or $2.99, on Amazon, from 16 - 23 September. GET IT for yourself or GIFT IT for someone you love.

"The Sorrows of Death"

Psalm 18:4 King James Bible The sorrows of death compassed me, and the floods of ungodly men made me afraid. Psalm 18:4 Berean Study Bible The cords of death encompassed me; the torrents of chaos overwhelmed me. Psalm 18:4 New Living Translation The ropes of death entangled me; floods of destruction swept over me. This past week I was in a bad place. I’ve been diagnosed with depression and have moments or periods in which it sweeps over my soul like a Tsunami, totally submerging me and violently capsizing my emotional life. I tried twice unsuccessfully to get in touch with a mental health professional through the VA. Ultimately, it was an encouraging sermon from my pastor that was able to get me on top of the wave, if you will. David refers to a type of heaviness or depression that feels like being surrounded by the “sorrows of death,” or “entangled” by “the ropes of death” with waves/floods/torrents of chaos or destruction sweeping over you. Imagine feeling surrounded by, tied up by death while also being overwhelmed with chaos. I felt brief moments of that last week. At the time, it seemed related to finances and loneliness. I look back on it now, and I know it was spiritual. A spiritual malady requires a spiritual remedy.

Now Available on Audiobook!

“A Tsunami of Sadness” is now available on Audible! So many people are struggling with depression, sadness, and loneliness. This book might be the help they need to get through a difficult time. Free codes for this book can be obtained by emailing me at ivan.arizona@yahoo.com. The free codes can only be used for this book. Please put “Tsunami” in the subject line. The e-book and print versions of the book are available on Amazon.

Tis the Season for Sadness

“Holiday Depression (from Healthline.com) Holidays are supposed to be a time of joy and celebration, but for some people they are anything but. Depression may occur at any time of the year, but the stress and anxiety during the months of November and December may cause even those who are usually content to experience loneliness and a lack of fulfilment. Why Is Depression So Common During the Holidays? Social Isolation Social isolation is one of the biggest predictors of depression, especially during the holidays… Some people may have a small social circle or a lack opportunities for socialization. People who have feelings of disconnectedness often avoid social interactions at holiday time. Unfortunately, withdrawing often makes the feelings of loneliness and symptoms of depression worse. One of the best ways to deal with social isolation is to reach out to friends or family for support. You can also try talking to a therapist… Grieving During the Holidays Some people may be keenly aware of the loss of a loved one during the holiday season.” One remedy proposed above is gathering with family which could be deadly during COVID so we can see how a person might feel more trapped in 2020. I think this book is perfectly timed for the holidays. Available now on Amazon. Soon on Audible!

Be Supportive

Skip Bayless of Fox Sports has come under fire for criticizing Dak Prescott. Dak is the quarterback of the Dallas Cowboys, and he recently shared how he was already dealing with COVID-19 related depression when his older brother committed suicide. Bayless’ criticism was that he should have kept it to himself because it might make him look weak in front of the team and hurt the team’s overall performance. Bayless’ criticism upset me so much that I was inspired to write a short book about my own struggle with depression and suicidal thoughts. As I was writing, however, I had to face the fact that I had criticized another professional athlete, Paul George, who had bravely shared his struggle with COVID-19 related depression. Though my criticism was voiced only briefly in my heart, it was hypocrisy. No one who has struggled with mental health issues as much as I have should criticize someone who is coming forth for help. I share my own hypocrisy in hopes that others will not make the same mistake. Discouraging someone from sharing their struggle with mental health issues could cost someone their life. Yesterday was the official end of National Suicide Prevention Week, but in these stressful times, I feel like this topic is always relevant.

COVID-19 Related Depression

I have struggled with depression most of my life. The quarantine-induced isolation and loneliness and grief related to COVID-19 deaths of people I loved and admired have made it worse at times. I tried to capture all of the ways, spiritual and secular, that I have successfully used to combat depression in this book. It is available in e-book, paperback (on Amazon), and audio (Audible).

A Tsunami of Sadness

I wanted to write a short book on depression in response to recent media coverage of the suicide of Dak Prescott's brother. Dak Prescott is the quarterback of the Dallas Cowboys. He recently made public his struggle with COVID-19 related depression. A depression that was made worse when his brother committed suicide. Skip Bayless of Fox Sports, criticized him for sharing his struggle publicly, associating it with weakness. Skip Bayless’ ideas about mental health are a throwback to a time when men were “supposed” to hide or stuff their emotions. Recently those kinds of sentiments have been called “toxic masculinity.’ Embracing this mindset could prove fatal, especially for African American men like Dak: 1) African Americans’ depressive occurrences are more disabling, persistent, and resistant to treatment than those experienced by Whites. 2) Suicide is the third leading cause of death among African Americans ages 15 to 24. 3) African Americans are 20 percent more likely to have serious psychological distress than Whites are. 4) African American men are four times more likely to die by suicide than African American women are. 5) Less than half of all Americans with a mental disorder get the treatment that they need. But the proportion of African Americans who need mental health treatment and get it is only half that of Whites

The Making of A Great America Made in the Image of TRUMP

The Making of A Great America Made in the Image of TRUMP

Religion & Spirituality

This book is the third volume in “The Making of a Great America” series. The first book in the series, “The Making of a Great America Where the Founding Fathers and the Church Fell Short,” is more of a historical account of the handling of racism by political and religious leaders from the Founding Fathers to the present. The second book, “The Making of a Great America Uprooting the Spirit of Racism,” explores more of racism's spiritual aspects and ties racism in America to specific manifestations and faces. It has a heavy emphasis on the roots of racism within America’s system of policing. This book primarily targets the evangelical community and its direct and indirect support of racism. In it, I share what it’s like as a born-again Christian and life-long black Republican voter to be forced to reconcile support of my party, my faith, and their tolerance of racism directed at people of color. This book will also help the reader understand that the divide that exists between black and white evangelicals is historical, persistent, and very much centered on issues of race. This book, as did the books before it, asserts that unless the leaders of the evangelical body of Christ, currently white evangelicals, do not shift their attitudes and stance on matters of race that they will lose their mantle of leadership in America. As the mantle shifts to other leaders in the body of Christ, a spiritual vacuum will be created that will harm the Christian witness in America and around the world.

Book Bubbles from The Making of A Great America Made in the Image of TRUMP

Is Condoning Racism Moral Failure?

“Racial and ethnic hostility is the foremost social problem facing our world today…Racism—in the world and in the church—is one of the greatest barriers to world evangelization…Racial and ethnic hatred is a sin, and we need to label it as such.” Billy Graham… What if racism, espousing racism, tolerating racism, endorsing people who support racism, was considered a moral failure?...What if we treated the sins of racism and division like that today? What if we considered them moral failure and required even leaders, as Aaron and Miriam were, to openly repent and go through a restoration process? I have witnessed several religious leaders go through this public repentance and restoration process, usually for some kind of sexual misconduct. I have never seen it for the sins of racism and division. When I say division, I mean sowing or supporting the sowing of seeds of division along racial lines. “Matt Gaetz Says Lloyd Austin 'Might Be the Stupidest Person' to Ever Serve in Presidential Cabinet” Newsweek-Jason-Lemon-08/2/2021 President Trump made it ok for leaders to make public, bigoted statements about Mexicans, African-Americans, Muslims, Asians. The oldest racial slur against African-Americans deals with their intelligence. Trump is gone, but Representative Gaetz is copying behavior that should be denounced as strongly as any other moral failure.

The Census and God's Vision for America

Washington-Post-Vanessa-Williams-08-13-2021 “The demographic shifts that have roiled political and cultural debates in the United States during the past several years came into sharper focus Thursday with the release of race and ethnic breakdowns from the 2020 Census. For the first time since the first census in 1790, the number of people who identify solely as White was smaller and their share of the population dipped below 60 percent. At the same time, people of color make up a majority of the populations in six states plus D.C. and are now the majority of the U.S. population under the age of 18, at 52.7 percent. The battles over how we talk about the history of America — and who gets to write its future — will likely intensify in the coming years, as the meaning of terms “majority” and “minority” are challenged by groups competing for political, economic and cultural power.” I believe America is moving closer to God’s vision, a multi-ethnic nation reflecting His glory in the earth. As we move toward that vision, I see great potential for conflict as people in the growing minority assert themselves in shaping America’s political, economic, and cultural systems while the existing majority tries to maintain control of them. Without God’s help, how can America survive such a great shift?

Exalting God's Vision for America

I believe we are guilty of exalting the Founding Fathers' vision of America above God's vision for America. The indirect and undesirable consequence of this has been the exalting of a vision of what I have called a "new Europe" for Europeans. In my first book, "The Making of a Great America Where The Founding Fathers and the Church Fell Short," I detail how the Founding Fathers looked with disdain upon the Irish. Even the Germans and Eastern Europeans were considered undesirable immigrants. A new Europe for Western Europeans was never God's plan for America. I believe God wants America to be a reflection of Heaven: "After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb…" Rev 7:9 The Founding Father's vision of America, though a great start, was limited, too limited. God's vision includes Native Americans, Africans, Asians, Hispanics, Eastern Europeans, Indians, Arab nations, "people from all tribes, peoples, and languages." Our famed documents, the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and our symbols such as the Statue of Liberty seemed to embrace these ideals but were only limited by the Founding Father's desire to extend them as far as God had envisioned.

What Makes America Great?

The greatness of America is not the Founding Fathers. The greatness of America is not the diversity of her ethnicities. It’s not even found in her many freedoms and liberties. It’s not found solely in her gorgeous landscapes from sea to shining sea. I believe in 202,1 we have forgotten that God made America great despite areas of shortsightedness pertaining to race and equality in the Founding Fathers. We have forgotten that God is the only force strong enough to unite a nation that would be torn apart across ethnic lines without Him. God is the only person with motives so pure that He can lead us away from the selfishness, greed, and favoritism that would cause us to restrict or impinge upon the liberties of one race to increase the liberties afforded to our own. God handcrafted America’s shores, mountain landscapes, deserts, beaches, hills, fields, rivers, lakes, and streams. He made every blooming flower and tree and all the creatures that find their home here. He is the only one that can and should be given credit for the greatness that is America! He is the only one that can carry her to the destiny that He envisioned. Trusting in anyone else, giving full credit to anyone else, is at best ingratitude and at worst idolatry.

The Sad Politics of Covid Spread

A second explanation for the new divergence between more and less vaccinated places is the Delta variant. It appears to be making vaccination even more valuable. The vaccines are effective against Delta, sharply reducing the chances of infection and nearly eliminating any chance of serious illness. For unvaccinated people, however, Delta is significantly more contagious than earlier variants. Missouri offers the clearest example. Over the past week, it has reported more new Covid cases per capita than any other state, and they are concentrated in rural areas that have low vaccination rates, as Charles Gaba, a health care analyst, has noted. In the parts of the state with high vaccination rates — like the metro areas of Kansas City, St. Louis and Columbia — the number of new cases remains very low. Red America’s problem There is a political angle to these trends, of course. The places with the lowest vaccination rates tend to be heavily Republican. In an average U.S. county that voted for Donald Trump, only 34 percent of people are fully vaccinated, according to New York Times data. In an average country that voted for Joe Biden, the share is 45 percent (and the share that has received at least one shot is higher). David Leonhardt-New-York-Times-06/28/2021

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Trump and the DOJ - New Revelations

“The new details laid out in hundreds of pages of emails and other documents released Tuesday by the House Oversight and Reform Committee show how far Trump and his allies were willing to go in their attempts to use the Justice Department to overturn Biden’s win… The endeavor involved the White House chief of staff and an outside attorney, who peppered department officials with requests that they said came on behalf of Trump himself to investigate baseless claims of election fraud. Their efforts intensified in the days before Congress was set to formally recognize the election results Jan. 6 — and culminated in an Oval Office showdown Jan. 3. Though the Justice Department took actions before and after the election that critics have alleged were designed to benefit Trump, neither then-Attorney General William P. Barr nor Rosen publicly backed the president’s claims that fraud altered the election results. …The department did examine some claims, and top officials forwarded some of the material from Trump allies to U.S. attorneys in Michigan and Pennsylvania. But they resisted the push to file a case with the Supreme Court... Ultimately, Trump’s pressure campaign seemed to resonate more with his supporters who came to D.C. to protest Jan. 6 — and then violently overran the U.S. Capitol — than with those in his own Justice Department.” https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/interactive/2021/trump-justice-department-2020-election/?utm_campaign=wp_post_most&utm_medium=email&utm_source=newsletter&wpisrc=nl_most&carta-url=https://s2.washingtonpost.com/car-ln-tr/33c214f/60cb74919d2fdae30282c2c8/5cc736b9ae7e8a3cc449e598/12/72/60cb74919d2fdae30282c2c8

Whitewashing the History of America

Washington-Post-05/04/2021-Sierra Teller Ornelas Santorum..“We came here and created a blank slate, we birthed a nation from nothing,” and “there isn’t much Native American culture in American culture.” Washington-Post-05/07/2021-Vanessa-Williams “Members of Congress and former president Donald Trump, as well as conservative commentators and scholars, vehemently argued that slavery was not a defining characteristic of the country. And the White people who founded the country were not racist…much of their ire has been directed at the 1619 Project, the New York Times’ award-winning collection of stories, essays and images that examined how slavery and Black Americans’ historical fight for freedom shaped the country’s founding.” I used to be a Rick Santorum fan and was displeased when the Republican party dismissed him as part of the radical-Religious-Right. Santorum’s comments mesh with the current narrative being championed by Republicans that only white people contributed to America’s greatness. Equally disgusting is the attempt to erase the massacres of Native Americans and slavery. Was this part of the Republican party’s platform all along, and I just didn’t know it? Was I so focused on defeating abortion and “Christian values” that I couldn’t see this disturbing undercurrent of white nationalism? Thank God for President Trump. I said it. Thank God he unearthed hidden sentiments among many in the party whose flag I carried proudly for decades.

Liz Cheney Standing in the Breach?

Washington Post Op-Ed 05/06/2021 “Liz Cheney, a Republican, represents Wyoming’s at-large congressional district in the U.S. House… (Her quote) ‘In public statements again this week, former president Donald Trump has repeated his claims that the 2020 election was a fraud and was stolen. His message: I am still the rightful president, and President Biden is illegitimate. Trump repeats these words now with full knowledge that exactly this type of language provoked violence on Jan. 6. And, as the Justice Department and multiple federal judges have suggested, there is good reason to believe that Trump’s language can provoke violence again. Trump is seeking to unravel critical elements of our constitutional structure that make democracy work — confidence in the result of elections and the rule of law. No other American president has ever done this. The Republican Party is at a turning point, and Republicans must decide whether we are going to choose truth and fidelity to the Constitution. In the immediate wake of the violence of Jan. 6, almost all of us knew the gravity and the cause of what had just happened — we had witnessed it firsthand…’”

Carrying the Torch for a Trumpian America

Washington-Post-April-17-2021 Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene on Saturday tried to distance herself from a document published by Punchbowl News that purportedly outlined the goals of a new “America First Caucus” being formed by Greene and other hard-right GOP lawmakers… “America First policies will save this country for all of us, our children, and ultimately the world,” Greene tweeted. Trump’s “America First” agenda was characterized by a nationalist approach to issues such as immigration, trade and foreign policy… In a section on immigration, the document describes the United States as a place with “uniquely Anglo-Saxon political traditions”… House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.)…“America is built on the idea that we are all created equal and success is earned through honest, hard work. It isn’t built on identity, race, or religion,” McCarthy tweeted. “The Republican Party is the party of Lincoln & the party of more opportunity for all Americans — not nativist dog whistles.” Rep. Liz Cheney (Wyo.)…and Rep. Adam Kinzinger (Ill.), one of Trump’s most vocal critics within the GOP, also denounced what the caucus stood for. “Republicans believe in equal opportunity, freedom, and justice for all. We teach our children the values of tolerance, decency and moral courage,” Cheney tweeted. “Racism, nativism, and anti-Semitism are evil. History teaches we all have an obligation to confront & reject such malicious hate.”

Trump-Ducey Maskless Reckless Senseless

This is an April 1, 2021, Tucson Weekly headline, "Gov. Ducey is lifting restrictions just as Arizona was getting a handle on COVID and his decision will prolong this misery. This is a July 8, 2020, Arizona Republic headline, "Arizona is now No. 1 in the world for coronavirus but some Arizonans say it's no big deal." This is a December 30, 2020 Arizona Republic headline, "Slow rollout of vaccine in Arizona leads frustrated governor to intervene." This is a March 5, 2021 headline from the Phoenix Business Journal, "Arizona businesses, restaurants can reopen at 100% occupancy, Ducey orders." It is incomprehensible that if you were once the "world leader" in COVID cases and had a slow vaccine rollout that you'd be one of the first states to lift mask restrictions and fling the doors 100% open for all businesses. I voted for Governor Ducey. I applauded him for standing up against President Trump's push to alter Arizona's election results. But his clinging to the Trump model on mask wear has been and continues to be deadly and irresponsible. As a former Republican, I am appalled that this last vestige of Trump machismo is still putting the lives of Arizonans at risk. Remember Trump's admiration of Putin riding shirtless on a horse? That's what going maskless is. Reckless bravado. #Duceyreckless

Trump "I have done more for black people..."

Washington Post By Laura Reiley March 25, 2021 at 7:00 a.m. EDT A tiny fraction of the Trump administration’s coronavirus relief for American farmers — just 0.1 percent of the overall package — went to Black farmers, according to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, who was confirmed in February with strong bipartisan support for a second stint in the role. In an interview with The Washington Post, Vilsack for the first time noted the extent to which the Trump administration’s response to the coronavirus pandemic exacerbated existing disparities across the American economy. The distribution of coronavirus relief increased those gaps, he said. Black farmers received only $20.8 million of nearly $26 billion in two rounds of payments under the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program announced by the Trump administration last April, he said. “We saw 99 percent of the money going to White farmers and 1 percent going to socially disadvantaged farmers and if you break that down to how much went to Black farmers, it’s 0.1 percent,” he said. “Look at it another way: The top 10 percent of farmers in the country received 60 percent of the value of the covid payments. And the bottom 10 percent received 0.26 percent.” Of the 3.4 million farmers in the United States today, only 45,000 — 1.3 percent — are Black…”

"Senator" Warnock Fights for Voting Rights

(Washington Post) Jennifer Rubin 3/18/21 “…Warnock… adds moral and intellectual heft to the body. During his maiden speech on the Senate floor on Wednesday, he delivered a devastating indictment of Republican efforts to restrict African Americans’ access to the ballot. Using the cadence and energy honed as a pastor, he recalled that ‘just a few months after [Rep. John Lewis’s] death, there are those in the Georgia legislature, some who even dare to praise his name, that are now trying to get rid of Sunday ‘souls to the polls,’ making it a crime for people who pray together to get on a bus together in order to vote together.’ He continued, ‘Make no mistake, this is democracy in reverse. Rather than voters being able to pick the politicians, the politicians are trying to cherry-pick their voters. I say this cannot stand.’ Warnock was unsparing in his description of ‘Jim Crow in new clothes,’ which amounts to ‘a massive and unabashed assault on voting rights and voter access unlike anything we have seen since the Jim Crow era.’ He decried that the win-at-any-cost mentality puts ‘craven lust for power’ ahead of democracy…‘It is a contradiction to say we must protect minority rights in the Senate, while refusing to protect minority rights in the society,’ he said.”

Minority Christian Leaders 2 Blame for Biden?

The comment below was posted by a Christian leader that I admire. It upset me because minority Christian leaders, like him, didn’t take this strong of a stand against the Republican party when it condoned hatred against Mexicans, blamed Asians for the Kung-flu, said systemic racism against black people didn’t exist in America’s police system and co-opted white supremacist groups. How many tens of thousands of people died because Republicans would not support mask-wearing during COVID? As a lifelong Republican voter, I value many of the things he values, but he must realize his prior silence led us here. How many black Christian voters “defected” to Biden because of the silence of these leaders? “I want the black and brown and white believers who celebrated and voted for this man to get ready. You placed race and color above Christianity, sexuality, life, religious liberty, the church and even the family! Being brainwashed by fear and CNN. For what? Derelict party loyalty to a godless, christ mocking party and agenda because of tweets, and arguments with reporters. Because you were TRAINED to hate and follow the sentiment of sinners. From a wicked media exposed time and again as being the DNC’ propagandist arm. When will we listen?? America has entered the Era of the Judges, Judgement, and divine Justice!”

A Call for Reflection: 2022 & 2024 Elections

“The Making of a Great America: Made in the Image of Trump” is now available on Audible! I have free codes to obtain this book on Audible. This book is the third in a series on the subject of former President Trump and MAGA. In the first book, I wrote that I could understand why many Republicans may have voted for Trump vs. Hillary Clinton. As a lifelong Republican voter, I faced this same dilemma. Though I did not vote for Donald Trump in 2016, I called for those who did to reflect on their choice for 2020. Over 74 million people, many of them fellow Christians, eagerly endorsed support for Trump’s vision for America beyond 2020. This book explains that continued support and serves as a call for reflection on the 2022 and 2024 elections. In the first two books, I challenged Republican and Christian leaders to find candidates who represented their traditional values and distance themselves from MAGA. This book more forcefully makes those same pleas. This book also repeats my belief that I have stated in each previous book that if the leaders of the Church do not separate themselves from the white nationalist underpinnings of MAGA, God will raise up new leaders who will.

Trump The Greatest Threat to Ending Abortion

As a lifelong opponent of abortion and nearly a lifelong Republican voter, I can say that President Trump has been a wrecking ball to the Republican Party. Conservative stalwart Ralph Reed said, “There has never been anyone who has defended us and who has fought for us, who we have loved more than Donald J. Trump.” I beg to differ. Even before Trump supporters stormed the Capitol, the former president had offended and driven away droves of loyal Republican party voters. His embrace of white nationalism started the exodus. When President Trump told an angry mob to walk down the road and stop the certification of the electoral college results, I believe many more Republicans could not fathom that the party that produced presidents like Reagan and the Bushs, and candidates like Dole and McCain had sunk to be associated with absolute anarchy. The election results had been in some cases (Georgia) recounted by hand twice, held up in over 50 court cases, including the Supreme Court, validated by the US Attorney General and even the Vice President himself. Singlehandedly, President Trump has done more to cause voters to consider voting against the Republican party, its candidates, and its conservative-values-based platform than anything else. His attempt to run in 2024 would only do more damage.

Who is Responsible for the Insurrection?

Kevin McCarthy Says “Everybody Across This Country” Is Responsible for the Capitol Insurrection (Mother Jones Magazine Jan 23, 2021) “‘Everybody across this country has some responsibility.’ That’s what the House minority leader offered to Greta Van Susteren after she questioned, according to HuffPost in an interview set to air on Sunday, whether he had contradicted himself on Thursday by asserting that Donald Trump had not provoked the Jan. 6 riot. The remark appeared to reverse McCarthy’s statements immediately following the Jan. 6 attack that Trump was at least partly to blame for the violence.” Though McCarthy intended this statement to deflect responsibility from President Trump, he was actually somewhat right. Every Republican leader, on a national or local level, who has supported “Stop the Steal,” or the notion that millions of votes were switched, despite three recounts in Georgia, one by hand, is responsible for the Capitol Insurrection. Every TV personality that kept the lie alive, every person that retweeted the lie, or posted it on Facebook, is in part responsible for stirring up the mob that cost three Capitol policemen their lives and nearly resulted in harm to the highest elected officials in the land. As a nearly life-long Republican voter, I’m ashamed that Republicans will vote to acquit President Trump, but it’s really an acquittal of themselves.

Trump's Vision of America - Insurrection

I was embarrassed by a Senator from my home state of Missouri, Josh Hawley, who continued to spread the president’s lie of wide-scale, massive election fraud that would have changed his loss into a “landslide win,” even after the US Capitol had been attacked and people had lost their lives. I have been writing on this subject for over two years, and it has manifested in three books. The worst of what I feared and wrote about manifested itself last night. I felt like I needed to respond. I felt led to ask people to pray. I felt led to share some things from the three books as a prayer focus. I wrote three books saying that the only power stronger than racism and division is the power of the Lord Jesus Christ. I have been so burdened that I felt compelled to write these books even though I was afraid of what people might say. Now I know I wasn’t offbase. But I want to hear pastors, specifically white pastors and national evangelical leaders, saying the same things. I want to hear them finally denounce the baser parts of what the president stands for, and as I heard so many times yesterday, “speak truth to power.”

Franklin Graham's "Greatness" Excludes Racism

“…I am grateful…to God…grateful for a president who defended the lives of the unborn,… grateful for a president who nominated conservative judges to the Supreme Court and to our federal courts; grateful for a president who built the strongest economy in 70 years with the lowest unemployment rate in 50 years before the pandemic; grateful for a president who strengthened and supported our military; grateful for a president who stood against “the swamp” and the corruption in Washington; grateful for a president who supported law and order and defended our police. I’m grateful for a president and a vice president who recognized the importance of prayer and were not ashamed of the name of Jesus Christ….It is unfortunate that many people got confused and made the election about personalities rather than the policies of the candidates. President Trump will go down in history as one of the great presidents of our nation, bringing peace and prosperity to millions here in the U.S…” Franklin Graham’s quote above pits “policies” vs. “personalities.” There is no “confusion” about the president making racism a matter of “policy” by endorsing the Proud Boys and Confederate symbols. It saddens me that racism/divisiveness can be reduced to a “personality” flaw. This book addresses the Church’s unwillingness to make racism a moral issue.

The Church is Its Own Worst Enemy

As a pro-lifer I want to stand with Franklin Graham’s Twitter quotes about abortion: “@PPFA calls GA Democratic Senate Candidate Reverend Warnock a champion for reproductive rights. Truthfully translated, that means Raphael Warnock champions the killing of babies in the safety of a mother’s womb through abortion…Candidate Warnock also said he supports “reproductive justice.” Justice? What an ironic term to use. Abortion represents the most significant INJUSTICE of our time—genocide of entire masses of babies. This isn’t just a political issue, it’s a moral & a biblical issue.” Graham’s willingness, however, to whitewash the President’s divisiveness, racism, and corruption destroy his credibility, damage the pro-life cause, and his witness for Christ. Graham Facebook: “… I am grateful…to God that for the last four years He gave us a president who protected our religious liberties; grateful for a president who defended the lives of the unborn…for a president who stood against “the swamp” and the corruption in Washington; grateful for a president who supported law and order and defended our police…for a president and a vice president who recognized the importance of prayer and were not ashamed of the name of Jesus Christ. President Trump will go down in history as one of the great presidents of our nation, bringing peace and prosperity to millions here in the U.S….”

Evangelist Beth Moore On "Trumpism"

“Living Proof” evangelist Beth Moore, wife of Keith Moore recently tweeted the quote below. I felt it captured the same sentiments expressed in a chapter from my latest book entitled “An Unqualified Savior.” This book is available on Amazon. “I do not believe these are days for mincing words. I’m 63 1/2 years old & I have never seen anything in these United States of America I found more astonishingly seductive & dangerous to the saints of God than Trumpism. This Christian nationalism is not of God. Move back from it. Fellow leaders, we will be held responsible for remaining passive in this day of seduction to save our own skin while the saints we’ve been entrusted to serve are being seduced, manipulated, USED and stirred up into a lather of zeal devoid of the Holy Spirit for political gain. And, God help us, we don’t turn from Trumpism to Bidenism. We do not worship flesh and blood. We do not place our faith in mortals. We are the church of the living God. We can’t sanctify idolatry by labeling a leader our Cyrus. We need no Cyrus. We have a king. His name is Jesus.”

Drinking the Trump "Kool-Aid"

“In another sign of the lingering unrest over President Donald Trump's election loss, an Arizona group sent the National Archives in Washington, D.C., notarized documents last week intended to deliver, wrongly, the state's 11 electoral votes for him. …a group that claimed to represent the "sovereign citizens of the Great State of Arizona" submitted signed papers casting votes for what they want: a second term for Trump… Mesa resident Lori Osiecki, 62, helped create a facsimile of the "certificate of ascertainment" that is submitted to formally cast each state's electoral votes as part of an effort to prevent what she views as the fraudulent theft of the election.” I’ve lived in Arizona for 11 years. Never would I have believed that such craziness was possible. A group protesting election “fraud” delivers notarized “fraudulent” electoral college ballots! One representative called herself “conservative.” Conservative Republican used to mean “Christian.” In my book, I call President Trump’s effect on his followers “drinking the Kool-Aid.” It’s an effect that is stronger than just resonating with Republican or “Christian” values. It’s deeply connected to deeper matters of racial identity and views on racial hierarchy. The power of this connection has caused Trump followers, even Christian leaders, to take actions in the name of conservatism or even Christianity—but it’s really just the Kool-Aid.

Now Available in Paperback

My book “The Making of A Great America Made in the Image of Trump,” became available on Amazon in paperback! This is the third volume in The Making of A Great America series. All of them are available on Amazon. Volume I is also available on Audible. All of the books/volumes are great gift ideas, especially for the Christian interested in exploring racism in America. These three volumes explore racism in politics and the Church from the Founding Fathers to the present. In this book bubble, I highlight the power of racial identity as one aspect of how president Trump resonates with his followers. I highlight that for his followers, Trump is a person that looks like him, thinks like them and champions things they feel strongly about.

Available Now On Amazon!

On the same day that the electoral college will formally cast its ballots and usher in our new president, my book “The Making of A Great America Made in the Image of Trump,” became available on Amazon as an e-book! It will be available in paperback later today or tomorrow. This is the third volume in The Making of A Great America series. All of them are available on Amazon. Volume I is also available on Audible. All of the books/volumes are great gift ideas, especially for the Christian interested in exploring racism in America. These three volumes explore racism in politics and the Church from the Founding Fathers to the present.

Republicans & Christians: Hoax enablers?

We are living in previously unimaginable times in terms of the history of American democracy. A sitting U.S. president has refused to concede after losing every court challenge and being told by his hand-picked attorney general that his claims are baseless. Moreover, the president has used the power of the Oval Office and the fringe elements of his base to try to coerce elected officials in several states to throw out ballots, refuse to certify election results, and redesignate electoral ballots. Fear of retribution of an outgoing president and his base has led Republican leaders at all levels to forfeit their integrity and side with the president in his ever-expanding lie that the election was stolen. This pattern of compromise with the president started when he was allowed to label Russian interference in the 2016 elections a hoax. It emboldened him to label the impeachment based on his admitted wrongdoing in Ukraine a hoax. Then the Coronavirus became a hoax to harm the president, even though he was recorded as admitting to its potential severity. So, it is a big stretch for him to call his election loss a hoax? I am at a loss for words for the conduct of Republican leaders, but as a Christian, I am more disturbed by the enablement of the Church.

It's Time to Call the Election Over

This book is the third volume in “The Making of a Great America” series. The first book in the series, “The Making of a Great America Where the Founding Fathers and the Church Fell Short,” is more of a historical account of the handling of racism by political and religious leaders from the Founding Fathers to the present. The second book, “The Making of a Great America Uprooting the Spirit of Racism,” explores more of racism's spiritual aspects and ties racism in America to specific manifestations and faces. It has a heavy emphasis on the roots of racism within America’s system of policing. This book primarily targets the evangelical community and its direct and indirect support of racism. In it, I share what it’s like as a born-again Christian and life-long black Republican voter to be forced to reconcile support of my party, my faith, and their tolerance of racism directed at people of color. In this book bubble, I call on Republican and evangelical leaders to quit supporting election fraud notions and call the election over to prevent possible violence.

Pastor Raphael Warnock

“(CNN)His opponent calls Rev. Raphael Warnock an unpatriotic radical… But there's another, little-known pastor who inspired Warnock…Critics never seem to mention him… This pastor was a Black World War II veteran who flew an American flag in front of his house, hung portraits of American presidents on his walls and led a church that recited the pledge of allegiance before every Sunday morning worship. This man was Warnock's father, the late Rev. Jonathan Warnock…a Pentecostal pastor who salvaged abandoned cars while raising 12 kids in a public housing project with his wife, the Rev. Verlene Warnock… After the war ended, he boarded a public bus in his Army uniform to return home…’The bus driver asked him to remove himself to another seat so that a teenage White boy could sit down,’ says Valencia Warnock King, one of the late pastor's daughters. The elder Warnock moved from his bus seat, but he never forgot the episode. He salvaged a ‘For Whites Only’ sign and kept the Jim Crow relic in his house. And he told the story of that bus ride to his children repeatedly as the years passed… ‘He said we gotta address these things because we love this country and we ought to fight for things that are right,’ she says.”

Introducing the 3rd Volume in the MGA Series

This book is the third volume in “The Making of a Great America” series. The target release date is Christmas Day 2020.The first book in the series, “The Making of a Great America Where the Founding Fathers and the Church Fell Short,” is more of a historical account of the handling of racism by political and religious leaders from the Founding Fathers to the present. The second book, “The Making of a Great America Uprooting the Spirit of Racism,” explores more of racism's spiritual aspects and ties racism in America to specific manifestations and faces. It has a heavy emphasis on the roots of racism within America’s system of policing. The e-book version of Vol II, is available for FREE on Amazon from Sat 11/28 thru Wed 12/2. Mark your calendar!

Promesas de Curación de la Biblia : 16 Cartas para Mamá

Promesas de Curación de la Biblia : 16 Cartas para Mamá

Este libro está lleno de versículos bíblicos sobre la curación. Es una recopilación de cartas escritas a mi madre para fomentar su fe en el área de la curación. Este libro es para cualquier persona que esté enferma o esté orando por alguien que esté enfermo.

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The Bible Promises of Healing 16 Letters for Mom

The Bible Promises of Healing 16 Letters for Mom

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This is a book of letters that detail the Bible’s promises for healing. Though this book is dedicated to and written for my Mom Earnestine, it will assist anyone who has a desire to learn what the Bible says about healing. This book is filled with Scriptures on healing and addresses many of the questions that arise when the topic of healing comes up. A person searching for Biblical answers on healing could easily find themselves scouring books and getting caught between dueling theologians. This book attempts to simplify what the Scriptures say without detracting from the absolute certainty that the Bible is the written Word of God. This book also tackles the most common questions about healing but again in a way that doesn’t require a seminary degree to digest. It is a must-read for anyone who believes in the power of God to heal as described in the Scriptures. It will also be a great gift for anyone who is searching for Scriptures, Bible promises related to healing, as they try to overcome illness.

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Have You "Proved" Your Faith

1 Samuel 17:39 (KJV) “And David girded his sword upon his armour, and he assayed to go; for he had not proved it. And David said unto Saul, I cannot go with these; for I have not proved them. And David put them off him.” 1 Samuel 17:34-36 NASB) 34 But David said to Saul, “Your servant was tending his father’s sheep. When a lion or a bear came and took a sheep from the flock, 35 I went out after it and attacked it, and rescued the sheep from its mouth; and when it rose up against me, I grabbed it by its mane and struck it and killed it. 36 Your servant has killed both the lion and the bear; and this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, since he has defied the armies of the living God.” As it pertains to COVID-19 and resistance to the vaccine, I believe many Christians are trying to use their faith in areas where they haven’t “proven” it. They’ve never proven their faith in receiving healing for minor ailments/diseases, but they want to test it against a life-threatening disease (COVID-19). David proved his skill with the slingshot with the lion and bear before he stood in faith against Goliath. This e-book is FREE on Amazon Aug 25th-29th! (English-and-Spanish)

Testing Positive for COVID-19

I visited my godfamily last weekend. On Monday, I tested positive for COVID-19. I was very surprised because I was vaccinated in April. My first concern was my godfamily. My godkids’ father died from COVID-19 last year. I was very concerned that I might have infected the vaccinated/unvaccinated members of their families. They all took rapid tests and will take tests again today/Monday. None of them are showing any symptoms. Glory to God! I was so focused on my godfamily that I stopped focusing on my healing. I believed the vaccine would keep me from becoming deathly ill, and I was taking meds night and day and doubling up on orange juice and soups. But I wasn’t actively resisting/praying against the symptoms I was having (fatigue, headaches, chills/sweats). About the same time, my symptoms started to worsen, and I felt a tinge of despair. I realized that the enemy was going to make me sicker if I did not resist him. I came against the virus in prayer, made my confessions, and then began to act in faith by doing things I would do if I weren’t sick. I shampooed the carpets, mopped the floors, did some editing on my book. I had the faith to resist the virus but wasn’t actively using it!

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What About the COVID-19 Vaccine?

My Instagram-Post: I just took the 1st Pfizer vaccine for #COVID-19. One of the privileges of being over 55! I have lost people that I love and admire to this horrible virus. I have still more people that I love and admire that have not been vaccinated. This is my attempt to encourage people to do everything they can to stay COVID-19 FREE! FRIEND’s RESPONSE: The best way to do that sir is to stay prayed up. the vaccine goes completely against what we believe as Christians. MY RESPONSE: I'm sorry you feel that way. We all have benefitted from what Proverbs calls witty inventions. I'm a little older than you so I had mumps, measles and chicken pocks. I'm sure you were vaccinated against these things at birth. My mom had rheumatic fever as a child. In her day kids had to deal with polio. It is a misinterpretation of the Bible to say that God is against medicine. Especially medicine that saves lives, medicine that God allowed/helped to be invented to fight the devil, the author of sickness and disease, who comes to steal, kill and destroy. I believe in faith healing and have received healing from prayer and medicine. And for those who know nothing about faith, Thank God for medicine.

Why Not Believe for a Miracle?

The Holy Spirit pointed out to me that Jesus never considered it too late to pray for someone. In two instances, Jesus raised people from the dead. "Terminal" is a modern word that wasn't in Jesus' vocabulary. Today when we say someone is terminal, we usually start thinking hospice/death/funerals. Miracles is a Bible word, not a word in a medical journal. I believe that miracles are a work of the Holy Spirit that we should pray for even if we don’t understand why they don’t always come to pass. John 14:12 “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.” Matt 10:8 Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give. Acts 6:8 And Stephen, full of faith and power, did great wonders and miracles among the people. Acts 8:6 And the people with one accord gave heed unto those things which Philip spake, hearing and seeing the miracles which he did. 1 Cor 12:28 And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues.

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It's Like Eating Spiritual Rat Poison

Proverbs 18:21(NKJV) says, “Death and life are in the power of the tongue, And those who love it will eat its fruit.” “The tongue can bring death or life; those who love to talk will reap the consequences.” (NLT) Many of us think of this as it pertains to the words that we speak. Often we don’t think about the words of others. Fewer still consider the words of a preacher. Proverbs 4:23 says to “guard”/“keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.” What if the preacher says things contrary to the Word of God? We can’t let the traditions of men/error into our hearts. There are “consequences” for the words we let into our hearts, whether we say them or allow ourselves to receive them. A tradition I have heard a lot this year is that a loved one was “healed in death”/received their healing in Heaven. It sounds comforting on earth but has no scriptural precedent. Can you imagine Jesus/the apostles telling someone they were going to receive their healing in Heaven? You can’t because it’s not in the Bible. It’s the “traditions of men,” and it’s spiritual rat poison for someone believing for healing on earth. We can’t let these things stay in our hearts no matter the source.

The Traditions of Men

Today I heard this at a Zoom funeral: “She was healed in death. I told you I was going to heal her; I just didn’t tell you how I was going to heal her.” I had to turn off the service. I have heard this saying now for a 10-year-old who died of diabetes-related causes, a dear friend who died of COVID-19 related causes, and one other person that was dear to me. Nowhere do you find Jesus or the Apostles telling someone their loved one was “healed in death.” The Scriptures squarely place Jesus and death as enemies. Why is this such a prevalent saying when there IS ABSOLUTELY NO SCRIPTURAL EVIDENCE FOR IT? 1 Cor 15:25-26 says, “For He must reign until He has put all His enemies under His feet. The last enemy to be destroyed is death.” Heb 2:14-15 “Now since the children have flesh and blood, He too shared in their humanity, so that by His death He might destroy him who holds the power of death, that is, the devil, and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death. John 10:10 (NIV) “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”

The Lord's Compassion F.F. Bosworth

Quotes from “Christ the Healer” by F.F. Bosworth one of the best books on healing: “The Lord is gracious, and full of compassion; slow to anger, and of great mercy. The Lord is good to all: and His tender mercies are over all His works. Ps 145: 8-9. In the study of the Lord’s compassion, we have, to my mind, a complete revelation of the Lord’s willingness to heal. During His earthly ministry He was everywhere moved with compassion, and healed all “them that had need of healing.”…In the Scriptures, “compassion” and “mercy” mean the same. The Hebrew noun rachamin, is translated both “mercy” and “compassion.” The Greek verb, eleeo, is translated “have mercy” and “have compassion”.. God is not anything so much as He is Love…Modern theology magnifies the power of God more than it magnifies His compassion… But the Bible reverses this, and magnifies His willingness to use His power more than it does the power itself. In no place does the Bible says that “God is power,” but it does say that “God is love.” It is not faith in God’s power that secures His blessings, but faith in His love and His will…“The Lord is gracious,” meaning, “He is disposed to show favors.”…we hear everywhere, the Lord is able instead of “the Lord is gracious.”

Don't Tempt God, Close the Door

In the wilderness, the devil tempted Jesus to throw himself down saying, that the angels would protect Him. Jesus countered with “shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.” The lesson in this is that though we have angels to protect us, we should not “put the Lord to the test” to prove it, it could cost us our lives. Ezek 13:2, “Son of man, prophesy against the prophets of Israel, who are prophesying, and say to those who prophesy from their own hearts: ‘Hear the word of the LORD!’” (Jer 23:25-26) I believe that there are many who have been led to confront the coronavirus without a mask by political/religious leaders who are prophesying “out of their own hearts” vs. the leading of the Holy Ghost. For some pastors, this has resulted in their own deaths. Jesus did not open the door to the devil by testing the Lord’s ability to rescue him from death/harm; neither should we. By faith, Jesus slept during a hurricane and walked through a crowd that wanted to throw Him off a cliff but at the leading of the Holy Ghost, not of men. The difference between tempting God and walking in bold faith is the leading of the Holy Ghost. Tempting God opens the door to harm/death.

Have "faith" but put on your mask!

Acts 19:11 "And God was doing extraordinary miracles by the hands of Paul, 12 so that even handkerchiefs or aprons that had touched his skin were carried away to the sick, and their diseases left them and the evil spirits came out of them. 13 Then some of the itinerant Jewish exorcists undertook to invoke the name of the Lord Jesus over those who had evil spirits, saying, 'I adjure you by the Jesus whom Paul proclaims.' 14 Seven sons of a Jewish high priest named Sceva were doing this. 15 But the evil spirit answered them, 'Jesus I know, and Paul I recognize, but who are you?' 16 And the man in whom was the evil spirit leaped on them, mastered all of them and overpowered them, so that they fled out of that house naked and wounded." With the sons of Sceva we see a principle of dealing with the demonic that applies to healing: we must be led of the Holy Ghost, not the example/faith of someone else or in an area where we have no proven spiritual success. In this book bubble I exhort the reader to follow the doctor’s advice, especially if they have no track record of using their faith to obtain healing. P.S. wearing a mask is not a lack of faith!

God's "Will" for Healing

I quote F.F. Bosworth’s “Christ the Healer” below. It is the most comprehensive Christian book on the subject of healing that I have ever seen. His 1973 book should be in every Christian library! If his book is too hard to digest at first, read my book and then reread his. “The Psalmist David, in his time, understood healing to be a universal privilege. In the 86th Psalm he says, ‘For thou, Lord, art good…plenteous in mercy unto all them that call upon Thee.’ We shall see, in the following sermon, that healing was one of the most prominent mercies throughout the Scriptures, and that the sick, in the New Testament, asked for ‘mercy’ when seeking healing from Christ; for God’s mercy covers man’s physical, as well as spiritual nature. Therefore, Jesus according to the Old Testament promise, showed that He was ‘plenteous in mercy,’ by healing not some, but all who came to Him. Again, in the 103rd Psalm, we see that David believed that the mercy of healing was as universal a privilege as the mercy of forgiveness. He calls upon his soul to bless God, ‘Who forgiveth all thine iniquities, Who health all thy diseases.’ ‘Who healeth all’ is as permanent as ‘Who forgiveth all,’ for the identical language is used with reference to both mercies.”

Do You Have an Open Door to Sickness?

There are many ways Scripture says we “open the door to the devil” for sickness. Let’s start with COVID-19. I’m a teacher. We teach kids to cough into their elbow/bicep to stop passing common colds, yet in a global pandemic, people are refusing to wear masks?! 1 Cor 10:9 says, “We should not test Christ, as some of them did, and were killed by snakes.” Luke 4:9-10 says, “Then the devil led Him to Jerusalem and set Him on the pinnacle of the temple. “If You are the Son of God,” he said, “throw Yourself down from here. For it is written: ‘He will command His angels concerning You to guard You carefully…” Yes, God can heal you if you catch COVID-19. My dad/stepmom had it and never had symptoms! My 79-year-old dad has diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, etc.! The point is, though, that you can’t allow the devil to trick you into not wearing a mask and testing God. On the flip side, we can’t be paralyzed with fear as though the God of the universe can’t protect us or heal us. We must have balance. Finally, with all the riots and hate speech on TV and social media, we can’t allow hatred and unforgiveness to pollute our hearts, they are the devil’s open doors.

Building Up Your Faith for Healing

As I have gotten older, I have seen so many people get attacked by cancer and other terrible maladies. I wrote “The Bible Promises of Healing” at the direction of the Holy Spirit for one of my moms who was battling multiple diseases. One of the things that I have observed is that if you wait to study what the Bible says about healing until you get seriously ill, it might be too late. I’m not trying to inspire fear. I am saying, however, that by waiting to renew your mind with the Word of God on healing, you may have to fight two battles at once: overcome any erroneous beliefs about healing and deal with increasingly worsening symptoms. I am currently reading a book entitled “Christ the Healer” by F. F. Bosworth. Bosworth is a great giant of the Christian faith from a generation ago. I did not have this resource when I wrote this book. I hope that even if you don’t buy my book that you will consider buying F. F. Bosworth’s book and read it at least once. I believe it could be life-changing, even life-saving. “Christ the Healer” and my book “The Bible Promises of Healing” are both available on Amazon and Audible.

Christ The Healer

This is the most unlikely sales pitch you may ever here for a book: I do not care if you buy my book or one of the books written by these great men of faith. But get the truth of the Word of God into your heart or to share with a sick loved one. I believe so strongly in this that I have pledged to make a version of my book available for free to anyone who cannot afford to buy it on Amazon as an e-book or paperback or on Audible as an audiobook.

Give the Comfort of Scripture

Do you know someone who is battling an extended illness and would enjoy the comfort of the Scriptures? "The Bible Promises of Healing" is full of Scriptures and biblical encouragement related to healing, health, recovery from sickness. It is available in print, e-book and audio so that it can go anywhere and be used whenever needed. The Bible says that faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God. Get this resource to help loved ones and friends strengthen their faith!

FREE eBOOK PROMOTION!

FREE eBOOK PROMOTION! Today, Sep 10th I have begun a 5-day FREE offer of “The Bible Promises of Healing.” I believe so strongly in the book, that I am giving it away. It normally sells on Amazon for $9.99. I recommend this book to anyone who is struggling with a chronic illness or terminal illness. If you're looking for scriptures to share with someone who is struggling in this area, this book will help as a reference for scriptures on healing. If you know someone that needs the book now you can send it to them for FREE.

Available on Audible in May!

Many people who believe in the Bible as a source of strength often don't know where to look in their Bible for Scriptures related to healing. This book is an excellent resource. It's concise but it's packed full of Scriptures and explanations of those Scriptures. The book also walks through common misconceptions related to healing and the Bible. The book even contains a healing "checklist" that highlights on one page many of the ways the Bible says that healing can be obtained (laying on of hands, prayer of agreement, anointing with oil, etc.) If you know anyone who is open to the truths of Scripture and is battling illness, this book is for them. In May it will be available in all formats e-book, print and audibook. Preview it free today on Amazon!

Faith and the Doctor

This chapter deals with the role of the doctor and medications in our healing. It is an important chapter in this book. It’s so important that people understand that going to the doctor is not an act of unbelief or sign of weak faith. It’s especially important for the reader of this book to understand that since the focus of the book is primarily on using our faith to receive healing. The doctor is an important part of that equation. Since I wrote this book, I had an experience in the mountains near the Grand Canyon in which I became dehydrated and contracted rhabdomyolysis. “Rhabdo” as the nurse refers to it comes as a result of injury or overexertion and the damage to the muscles releases muscle protein into the bloodstream and can severely damage the kidneys. I thank God for doctors who could rapidly and accurately diagnose a condition that I have never heard of. I thank God for medical technology and discoveries that made the treatment relatively simple. I also thank God for what have learned in the Scriptures that I could believe that the healing would be rapid and complete. This description of how I dealt with “rhabdo” is the same approach to healing that I intended to convey throughout this book.

Grace for Healing

The question of whether you deserve to be healed seems like a trick question, but it is not. Though the answer is simple, the answer you believe in your heart could be the difference between sickness and health, life and death. None of deserves salvation but we don’t hesitate to receive the grace for salvation promised in Ephesians 2:8-9. However, when it comes to healing we forget that the same grace that made salvation possible, makes healing possible. The same Person who made salvation possible, made healing possible. The same God that loved us enough to save us and give us eternal life, loved us enough to provide for our healing.

The Bible Promises of Healing

This is a book of letters that detail the Bible’s promises for healing. Though this book is dedicated to and written for my Mom Earnestine, it will assist anyone who has a desire to learn what the Bible says about healing. This book is filled with Scriptures on healing and addresses many of the questions that arise when the topic of healing comes up. A person searching for Biblical answers on healing could easily find themselves scouring books and getting caught between dueling theologians. This book attempts to simplify what the Scriptures say without detracting from the absolute certainty that the Bible is the written Word of God. This book also tackles the most common questions about healing but again in a way that doesn’t require a seminary degree to digest. It is a must-read for anyone who believes in the power of God to heal as described in the Scriptures. It will also be a great gift for anyone who is searching for Scriptures, Bible promises related to healing, as they try to overcome illness.

What's This Book About?

This is a book of letters that detail the Bible’s promises for healing. Though this book is dedicated to and written for my Mom Earnestine, it will assist anyone who has a desire to learn what the Bible says about healing. This book is filled with Scriptures on healing and addresses many of the questions that arise when the topic of healing comes up. A person searching for Biblical answers on healing could easily find themselves scouring books and getting caught between dueling theologians. This book attempts to simplify what the Scriptures say without detracting from the absolute certainty that the Bible is the written Word of God. This book also tackles the most common questions about healing but again in a way that doesn’t require a seminary degree to digest. It is a must-read for anyone who believes in the power of God to heal as described in the Scriptures. It will also be a great gift for anyone who is searching for Scriptures, Bible promises related to healing, as they try to overcome illness.

The Making of a Great America Where the Church and the Founding Fathers Fell Short

The Making of a Great America Where the Church and the Founding Fathers Fell Short

Religion & Spirituality

"Make America Great Again" has quickly become one of the most divisive phrases in our nation. It most certainly begs the questions when was America great, what things made it great, and what things need to be done to restore its greatness? The answers to the questions above have driven me back to study the Founding Fathers' vision of America and what they set out to achieve. I am a born-again Christian. As such, I share the belief that America's greatness is inextricably connected to its foundational aim, as expressed in the pledge of allegiance, to be "one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all." I know that for non-Christians, these words may have a myriad of interpretations. This book is not written for them. This book is written for those who profess the lordship of Jesus Christ and acknowledge the inerrant doctrinal authority of the Bible: 2 Tim 3:16 (NKJV) "All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, 2 Pet 1:16, 20-21 (NKJV) "For we did not follow cunningly devised fables when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of His majesty…knowing this first, that no prophecy of Scripture is of any private interpretation, for prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit. I believe that the Scriptural principles reflected in the pledge of allegiance were valid long before it was created and are still relevant today. As I study the Founding Father's application of these principles; however, I believe that they did not go far enough in their pursuit of the tenets of liberty and justice for all. Though these Founding Fathers were great visionaries, likely the greatest visionaries our country has ever known, their revelation of God's plan for our nation was incomplete. I will show in this book how the Founding Fathers had difficulty extending the application of these principles outside themselves (British settlers). They had difficulty extending these principles to native Americans, enslaved Africans and even to other European immigrants (Irish, German, etc.) Why would I go to the trouble of pointing this out? I do so to point out that many of the issues that we are dealing with today (division along racial lines, racism, distrust of immigrants) are not new issues. Ecclesiastes 1:9 (NKJV) says, "That which has been is what will be, that which is done is what will be done, and there is nothing new under the sun." The central point of this book is that America will never achieve the greatness that God envisioned if today's leaders in government and the church make the same mistakes as the leaders of America at the time of the Founding Fathers.

Book Bubbles from The Making of a Great America Where the Church and the Founding Fathers Fell Short

Christians Railing on "Revisionist History?"

Today I received several letters from charitable/Christian organizations that I financially support. I was drawn to a letter from one organization that I have only been supporting for a few years. I hadn’t read much about what they were doing in a while. I had also increased my giving to them recently in response to a call for help. As I scanned the letter, I was initially impressed with some of the work they were doing, amounts they’d raised, and their growth. Then I noticed that most of the people in the pictures were white. I tried to shrug it off, but they had a lot of pictures. Almost all the students and faculty were white with the exception of two Asian students. In an era where organizations at least try to portray diversity, it was a little discouraging. It's discouraging as a black man because it’s as if their vision doesn’t include people that look like me. As I read more of the letter, I saw this: “Our students…are being bombarded with conflicting images, revisionist history…” There it was. A Christian organization that I support boldly joining the political narrative that an accurate depiction of slavery and its after-effects on black people in America is “revisionist history.” My heart sank. My giving will too.

A Changing America Needs Jesus Christ

Washington-Post-Vanessa-Williams-08-13-2021 “The demographic shifts that have roiled political and cultural debates in the United States during the past several years came into sharper focus Thursday with the release of race and ethnic breakdowns from the 2020 Census. For the first time since the first census in 1790, the number of people who identify solely as White was smaller and their share of the population dipped below 60 percent. At the same time, people of color make up a majority of the populations in six states plus D.C. and are now the majority of the U.S. population under the age of 18, at 52.7 percent. The battles over how we talk about the history of America — and who gets to write its future — will likely intensify in the coming years, as the meaning of terms “majority” and “minority” are challenged by groups competing for political, economic and cultural power.” I don’t believe America can survive the coming upheaval of its shift from a majority white nation to a majority ethnic one without Jesus Christ. Just in the last year, we have seen attacks on the U.S. Capitol and the electoral college process and a growing fight to write slavery and its after-effects out of America’s history. Without God’s help, I can only see it getting worse.

The Greatness of America

The greatness of America is not the Founding Fathers. The greatness of America is not the diversity of her ethnicities. It’s not even found in her many freedoms and liberties. It’s not found solely in her gorgeous landscapes from sea to shining sea. I believe in 202,1 we have forgotten that God made America great despite areas of shortsightedness pertaining to race and equality in the Founding Fathers. We have forgotten that God is the only force strong enough to unite a nation that would be torn apart across ethnic lines without Him. God is the only person with motives so pure that He can lead us away from the selfishness, greed, and favoritism that would cause us to restrict or impinge upon the liberties of one race to increase the liberties afforded to our own. God handcrafted America’s shores, mountain landscapes, deserts, beaches, hills, fields, rivers, lakes, and streams. He made every blooming flower and tree and all the creatures that find their home here. He is the only one that can and should be given credit for the greatness that is America! He is the only one that can carry her to the destiny that He envisioned. Trusting in anyone else, giving full credit to anyone else, is at best ingratitude and at worst idolatry.

Critical Race Theory or Critical Omissions

I could have titled this book “The 1619 Project” or “Critical Race Theory.” It’s the first in a series of three books about America’s historical treatment of blacks from slavery to the present. I also discuss the historical treatment of Native Americans, Mexican and Asian immigrants. Further, I discuss racism in the Church, such as how the great Azusa revival failed to have God’s desired impact because many spirit-filled white leaders couldn’t worship with minorities under the leading of the Holy Ghost. There were consequences, ramifications for failure to respond to God’s attempt at racial unity in 1906, just as there are consequences and residual effects in 2021 of slavery, Jim Crow, denial of voting, employment, housing and other rights. That’s not “rewriting history” it’s just history America doesn’t want to face. What's behind The 1619 Project controversy? https://www.k12dive.com/news/whats-behind-the-1619-project-controversy/594965/ “Iowa, South Dakota, Missouri, Arkansas and Mississippi — have introduced legislation that would prohibit schools from teaching The 1619 Project or cut funding from those that do. The ongoing long-form journalism project…explores the impact of slavery and contributions of Black Americans to the formation and growth of the United States…Trump said at a White House conference in September that the project ‘rewrites American history to teach our children that we were founded on the principle of oppression, not freedom.’"

Lincoln Freed the Slaves but Chose Immigrants

What makes the great leaders of the Bible so compelling is seeing their faults as well as their triumphs: Abraham’s lie, David’s adultery, Moses’ anger. Somehow however we want to make the Founding Fathers above sin, specifically the sin of race-based-slavery in America. Washington-Post-Arelis R. Hernández-and-Griff Witte-06/02/21 …Their plans would impose restrictions on how teachers discuss current events, bar students from receiving course credit for civic engagement and, in the words of advocates, restore the role of “traditional history” to its rightful place of primacy by emphasizing the nation’s noble ideals, rather than its centuries-long record of failing to live up to them… “We should be teaching American history,” Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton (R)… In Idaho, legislators have passed a law that would allow the state to withhold funding from schools that fail to heed their guidance on how to teach about slavery. Similar bills are under consideration in other states, and 20 Republican attorneys general recently wrote to the Biden administration demanding an end to support for critical race theory in schools nationwide. “It’s based on false history when they try to look back and denigrate the Founding Fathers, denigrate the American Revolution,” Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R)… “If we have to play whack-a-mole all over this state, stopping this critical race theory, we will do it.”

NEWSFLASH! Slavery Wasn't Racist

I recently watched a CNN special on “Black Wall Street” about the massacre of at least 100 black people in Greenwood, Oklahoma. I’d researched it and wrote about it in one of my books. But during the special, I learned that the Indians who were forcibly marched during “The Trail of Tears” took their slaves with them. That’s how so many blacks in Oklahoma became landowners after the Civil War. When the war was over, these Indian Tribes, who fought on the side of the Confederacy, were given lands. The emancipated slaves were too. I NEVER knew that. We weren’t taught in school that Indians owned slaves or that black slaves were on “The Trail of Tears.” So you can imagine my disgust when I saw this headline: “Texas bill to ban teaching of critical race theory puts teachers on front lines of culture war over how history is taught.” There’s a push in a lot of Republican-led states like FL, TX, etc., to separate the Founding Fathers from slavery, slavery from racism, and race from post-slavery denials of voting rights, lynchings, segregation. As a life-long Republican voter, I emphasized Republican. More and more, the party has identified itself with vile things like this and the Proud Boys, etc. How can slavery based on skin color not be racist?

Liz Cheney Served Up on the Altar of Trump

Today is a sad day in the history of America’s government, specifically the Republican party. Today Congressman Liz Cheney, a staunch conservative and daughter of a two-time Republican Vice-President, will be voted out of her leadership position. Why? Because she dared to tell the truth: that Donald Trump did not win re-election. She is not saying something that former Attorney General Matt Barr, federal courts, and the Supreme Court haven’t said. How did the party that stood for “family-values-and-faith” become associated with dishonesty and corruption? How did the Republican Party become synonymous with nearly everything wrong in politics the past five years: separating immigrant families from their children, working with foreign governments to investigate political rivals, standing against wearing masks, white nationalism, saying racism has ceased to exist, trying to steal an election by asking elected officials “to find votes,” and inciting insurrection at the US Capitol? The answer? Extreme, undying loyalty to one man over the party’s own principles. Senator Lindsey Graham says the party can’t move on without a twice-impeached former president who incited insurrection and illegally tried to overturn a democratic election. Liz Cheney says the party should move on and is being ripped apart by the party and its propaganda arm, Fox News. The Republican party has put power over principles and integrity. It’s shameful.

Rick Santorum: "Bargain Basement Mitt Romney"

Washington-Post-05/04/2021 Opinion by Sierra Teller Ornelas “Santorum, a former senator and twice-failed candidate for the Republican presidential nomination, told attendees at the Standing Up for Faith and Freedom Conference, “We came here and created a blank slate, we birthed a nation from nothing,” and “there isn’t much Native American culture in American culture.” When faced with Santorum’s unchecked ignorance, my first instinct is to dispel this hurtful narrative, and rattle off all the ways my people have shaped the foundation and survival of these United States. First of all: land. Having it stolen wasn’t our choice, but it’s at the top of my list. Then, I don’t know, a template for our democracy — something Santorum ignored twice — and women in leadership roles? Cotton, tobacco, potatoes, tomatoes, chocolate and sports such as football and lacrosse? Art movements, astronomy, architecture, nautical navigation and technologies so advanced they were pretty much considered magic by the first non-Native Americans to see them? But others have already done so eloquently, and honestly why must we pause to litigate our entire culture’s humanity every time some bargain basement Mitt Romney with a microphone tries to erase us? Santorum is not an outlier. Many Americans feel the way he does about the origins of this country.”

Liz Cheney Welcome to "Romney Island"

In 2019 I was dismayed that I could find only one Republican who’d stand up to the things that President Trump was doing at the time. Mitt Romney was on a lonely island of character and courage speaking about wrongdoing that led to President Trump’s first impeachment. Liz Cheney has joined Mitt Romney on his island of courage and character. Even as a sea of Republican sharks circle the island determined to strip her of her leadership position and unseat her in Wyoming. Here are her comments from a 05/05/201-Washington-Post-Op-Ed: “While embracing or ignoring Trump’s statements might seem attractive to some for fundraising and political purposes, that approach will do profound long-term damage to our party and our country. Trump has never expressed remorse or regret for the attack of Jan. 6 and now suggests that our elections, and our legal and constitutional system, cannot be trusted to do the will of the people… Finally, we Republicans need to stand for genuinely conservative principles, and steer away from the dangerous and anti-democratic Trump cult of personality. History is watching. Our children are watching. We must be brave enough to defend the basic principles that underpin and protect our freedom and our democratic process. I am committed to doing that, no matter what the short-term political consequences might be.”

Am I Being Too Hard on Senator Tim Scott?

In three books, I have admitted that I voted for a Republican president in nearly every election, starting with Reagan. I left the ballot blank instead of voting for Romney and voted for Hillary Clinton instead of Donald Trump. I was one of those “black Republicans.” I like black Senator Tim Scott cited family values and my faith as support for my voting choices. In Senator Scott’s rebuttal to President Biden’s address to Congress, he talked about President Biden being “divisive.” I couldn’t believe it. I wanted to identify with him because he was black, for his stance on police reform, and because of his faith. But I couldn’t. Right or wrong I tweeted, “@TimScottSC Sir I'm watching you give a Republican response. I voted Republican in every election but 2016. Your credibility is greatly diminished because I didn't hear you speak out against the most racist and divisive leader I have known in 56 years of life. #credibilty #none” In three books, I ask the question aren’t racism and division sins? The Church has never come to terms with this (slavery, segregation, Trumpian-white-nationalism). I have black children, black and brown godchildren, President Trump’s conduct became a threat to our family values, perhaps even their physical well-being. Am I being too hard on Senator Scott? On the Church? No.

Didn't Black People Know "Guilty" Was Coming?

Some white people may be wondering why black people are rejoicing over the George Floyd verdict. America’s history is jam-packed with instances of the courts backing police brutality. The judges have long been part of “the system” in systemic racism. NY-TIMES-April-5th-2021 “President Biden last week named 11 people he plans to nominate to serve on federal courts, more than any recent president this early in his term. Nine are women, three are Black women and one would become the country’s first Muslim federal judge… So far, what distinguishes Biden’s nominees from his predecessors’? Federal judicial nominees have typically been somebody from the U.S. attorney’s office, a local prosecutor or a partner in a law firm. But after Trump put 220-some judges on there — many of them very conservative, most of them white males and some of them with very little legal experience... The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, in Chicago, has a totally white lineup of judges. So Biden picked Candace Jackson-Akiwumi, who is a Black woman and a former federal public defender. Public defenders see the federal courts from another side — from the perspective of the defendant. That’s a big change. I think Biden wanted to make a statement about the kinds of judges he wants: people with different life and legal experiences.”

Hatred of Asians is Older Than You Think

One of the most surprising things that I discovered in writing this book is that hatred against Asians in the United States predates immigration laws. In fact, there was a long period in US history where Chinese people were not allowed to apply for citizenship. This targeted demographic restriction started with the passage of the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 and wasn’t repealed until 1952!. In 1907 the “Gentleman’s Agreement” was signed between the US and Japan. As a result of that agreement, Japanese emigration to the United States was limited to certain categories of business and professional men. The same argument that has been used most recently against Mexican immigrants, “they’re stealing our jobs,” was erroneously used against both Japanese and Chinese immigrants. Regardless of whether it was the 1800s, 1900s, or present-day, racism is the root. One of the main spiritual points of this book is that racism was poured right into America's foundation as it was being built as a nation. We must resist the urge to see it as something new, something particular to the times we are living in. Only then can we begin to make real progress in extending the freedoms and liberties that the Founding Fathers envisioned to ALL Americans.

Georgia SB202: Election Security or Racism?

I prayed for Georgia Gov Kemp and Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger when President Trump tried to steal the election there. They courageously stood up to Trump when he told them to “find 11,780” votes. Now Gov. Kemp has led the way to sign a voting law (SB 202) that Georgia State Sen. John Albers “called a measure to enhance voting access.” SB 202: “imposing limits on the use of mobile polling places and drop boxes; raising voter identification requirements for casting absentee ballots; barring state officials from mailing unsolicited absentee ballots to voters; and preventing voter mobilization groups from sending absentee ballot applications to voters or returning their completed applications.” Election security seems to be the objective until you look closer “the measure, supposedly to prevent undue influence, outlaws providing food or drinks to voters waiting to exercise their democratic rights.” In Georgia, you can hand a snack to a friend waiting in line to buy concert tickets or to a homeless person, but it is now against the law to hand someone water standing in a line to vote, a line that will now be made longer because of new restrictions. This is what systemic racism looks like in 2021. We cannot keep denying its existence. Quotes from Washington Post (Michelle Au) March 27, 2021

Raise Up Righteous Men and Women

In this excerpt, I cite the courage of the men and women who had the courage to confront President Trump’s improper call to Ukraine. Arizona Governor Ducey and the Georgia Secretary of State showed similar courage when President Trump made improper calls to them to change vote tallies. In this excerpt, I said, “I believe that the "authority" outlined in Chapter 13 of Romans doesn't stop at the three branches of government. It also extends to government agencies.” I also said, “My prayer is that God, in His mercy, will continue to raise up righteous men and women in authority with the courage to confront the President, amidst the vast sea of men and women in authority in the government and in the Church, who are afraid to.” I wrote this before the Senate voted on President Trump’s first impeachment. Here as we sit waiting on a second vote, following a second impeachment, my prayer is the same. My prayer is that God will raise up men at the local level to bring President Trump to justice even though Republican Senators will again lack the courage to execute their authority to convict President Trump for inciting a mob that cost three Capitol policemen their lives and put the lives of the Vice President and members of Congress in danger.

An Appeal to White America

This chapter is entitled “White People We Need Your Help.” Now more than ever, people of color need your help. Watching media coverage over the past month, we see an obvious duality in America. We see that if you’re a rich white criminal or if you know a rich white person, you can get a pardon by the president, no matter the severity of your crime. If you’re a rich white President, his white lawyer, or a newly-elected white Congressman, you can incite a riot and have nearly every white Republican in Congress fight to ensure you face no consequences. That’s not the worst of it. We saw that you could be white from any walk of life and be confident that it is your “right” to storm the US capitol. Further, you can have Tucker Carlson/Fox News complain because you are labeled a “white supremacist.” Yet, in this book, I show that if you’re black, you can be shot in the back while running, even walking away from a minor crime or during a traffic violation. White America, we need you to speak out. We need you to say this is wrong. It's not about politics, about Republicans or Democrats. Eliminating duality is about fairness and American values, and the constitutional principles of justice, equity, and truth.

Re-election Fears Make Republicans Cowards

In 2019 Colin Powell said Republicans’ re-election fears made them afraid to confront Trump. These Washington Post quotes and the cowardice Republican leaders displayed during the 2nd impeachment vote show that this is still true. “In recent weeks, Trump has entertained the idea of creating a third party, called the Patriot Party, and instructed his aides to prepare election challenges to lawmakers who crossed him in the final weeks in office… Multiple people in Trump’s orbit, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss private conversations, say Trump has told people that the third-party threat gives him leverage to prevent Republican senators from voting to convict him during the Senate impeachment trial. Trump advisers also say they plan to recruit opposing primary candidates and commission polling next week in districts of targeted lawmakers.” “Those 10 [Republican] colleagues who voted to impeach all have to know there’s a decent chance they lose their jobs next year,” says Joe Walsh, a former Illinois congressman…” “The GOP appears more eager for retribution against Republicans who upheld their oaths of office than against a president who violated it. All 10 of the House Republicans who voted to impeach Trump are now facing a backlash at home, with local party organizations scolding them for disloyalty and primary challengers lining up against them.”

Fake Patriotism

It’s plain to most everyone that President Trump’s “patriotism” is fake. His MAGA version of patriotism has been a shroud to promote his own self-serving ambitions and white nationalism. Here’s a national anthem lyric: “Whose broad stripes and bright stars through the perilous fight O'er the ramparts we watched, were so gallantly streaming?” “What are ramparts: the embankments that were part of the fort's defense. gallantly: in a heroic or brave manner. streaming: this describes the flag waving in the wind.” (Grammarlyblog.com) Trump supporters have perverted the meaning of America’s most revered anthem and symbol. Our flag was made into a symbol of armed insurrection as it was flown by rioters attacking the very fortress of American democracy. Instead of flying America’s flag in a heroic manner, a cowardly Trump supporter, embedded in a mob, beat Capitol a police officer with a flagpole attached to the American flag. Trump supporters carried it alongside the Confederate flag, exalting the symbol of our nation’s greatest insurrection. The president’s response to this mob who attacked the Capitol, threatened the lives of Congressmen/Senators and chanted “hang Mike Pence?” He called them “patriots.” This is the same president that vehemently attacked black athletes for kneeling before the flag during the national anthem, calling them “son of a bitches” who should be “fired.”

Cries of Regret in America

At publication on February 1st, 2020, I wrote “cries of regret have already begun to ring out in America over the choice that has been made in President Trump, and his term is not over yet.” Later his reckless urgings such as “LIBERATE Michigan” and “STOP the STEAL” would result in armed protesters at Michigan’s capitol and a plot to kidnap the governor as well as an insurrection at our nation’s capital. COVID-19: 373K Dead. Washington Post: RUCKER: So, Bob, from January 28th, when the president learned how severe the threat of this virus was…the president was insisting to the public that it was no big deal…It wasn't going to be a real threat to the United States…Did they try to get the president to do more or to level with the American people, or were they also in denial? WOODWARD: I think there was denial across the board. And Trump…he's a one-man band. He's going to do what he wants to do on impulse--or information he has. And so, he's a bulldozer to the staff and, quite frankly, to the country…this is one of the problems of the Trump presidency, that he doesn't build a team, he doesn't plan. He doesn't sit down and say, "How are we going to tackle things like the pandemic?"

Pray Against Racism and Division in America

I woke up early to see the end of the electoral college certification. It was so important to me to see that President Trump’s attempt at insurrection had failed. I have been writing on this subject for over two years, and it has manifested in three books. The worst of what I feared and wrote about manifested itself last night. I felt like I needed to respond. I felt led to ask people to pray. I felt led to share some things from the three books as a prayer focus. I wrote in MGA Vol III, “The only force proven strong enough to tear America apart is racism.” In three books, I have tried to show that the real force, the real spirit, underlying the power of MAGA is racism. It is the fuel that secretly motivates people to come across the country, attack the police, break into the houses of Congress, and even lose their lives. You may say it's “Trumpism,” but the truth is that you cannot separate Trumpism from racism. I wrote three books saying that the only power stronger than racism and division is the power of the Lord Jesus Christ. My prayer has always been that eyes would finally be opened. Hopefully, yesterday’s tragic and totally avoidable events will help do that.

President Contradicts Pompeo

NEW-YORK-TIMES “Hours after Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told a conservative radio show host that ‘we can say pretty clearly that it was the Russians’ behind the vast hack of the federal government and American industry, he was contradicted on Saturday by President Trump, who sought to muddy the intelligence findings… Defying the conclusions of experts inside and outside the government who say the attack was a cybersecurity breach on a scale Washington has never experienced, Mr. Trump also played down the severity of the hack, saying ‘everything is well under control,’ insisting that the news media has exaggerated the damage and suggesting, with no evidence, that the real issue was whether the election results had been compromised…With 30 days left in office, Mr. Trump’s dismissive statements made clear there would be no serious effort by his administration to punish Russia for the hack,” I believe in my lifetime it will be shown that President Trump’s efforts to deny Russian interference in the 2016 elections, refusal to investigate Russian bounties on U.S. soldiers, refusal to turn over tax records detailing his business dealings with Russia and downplaying this latest Russian cyber-attack are all connected. I believe there is a connection far greater than collusion. I believe it is the reason he’s fought so hard to stay in office.

Pray for Local "Authorities"

First of all, then, I urge that petitions, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgiving be offered for everyone—for kings and all those in authority—so that we may lead tranquil and quiet lives in all godliness and dignity. This is good and pleasing in the sight of God our Savior-1 Tim 2:2 In this excerpt, I talked about our democracy & praying for all three branches of government. Recently I was praying for the Supreme Court that they’d do the right thing in terms of the presidential election. This prayer should include lower-level judges, state attorney generals, etc. We have allowed President Trump to become bigger than his office and exceed the established balance of powers. I didn’t vote for him, but if he wins, I’ll acknowledge him as the majority's choice. However, he cannot be allowed to win by cheating the process: keep counting in AZ where I’m behind but stop counting everywhere I had a lead on election night. As a military man, I have voted absentee most of my life. To assert that the process has suddenly become suspect is beyond ridiculous and resembles third-world or communist corruption. We need to pray that the local authorities do their job despite intimidation and that the rightful winner, Republican or Democrat, is determined by the ballots cast by the American people.

An Urgent Call to Prayer

I am a Christian, yet I have been battling anxiety and loss of sleep about the election. I’m worried that President Trump won’t concede on election night if he loses and will pull a never-before-seen stunt to try to invalidate the results. I’m currently driving to NY and was worried about driving through TX because I saw Trump supporters in TX tried to run a Biden team bus off the road. Then I saw where the president continued his pattern of encouraging these white supremacist thugs at his rallies and chastised the FBI for investigating the incident. Trump supporters also blocked highways in NY/NJ. I looked up Psalm 91, 27, 34, and 23 and read phrases like: “He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust,” “For in the time of trouble he shall hide me in his pavilion: in the secret of his tabernacle shall he hide me,” “I sought the LORD, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears,” “He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul.” I’m urging Americans not just to vote but to pray. This is no ordinary election--no ordinary time. I believe the president will try to turn America upside down.

Race: America's Greatest Point Of Instability

God help us if President Trump is “the least racist person” in ANY room. The president: told two black congresswomen to go back to Africa, called black/brown nations “shithole” countries and said we should seek more immigrants from “Norway,” stirred racist birther rumors about President Obama/Senator Harris, told white farmers that Puerto Ricans recovering from the worst natural disaster in decades were taking “their” money, called Mexicans “killers/rapists/thugs,” held a police reform summit in Dallas but didn’t invite the black police chief, county sheriff or district attorney, fondly referred to Confederate symbols/monuments as part of America’s “great heritage,” encouraged white people (McCloskeys in St. Louis, Kyle Rittenhouse) to take up arms against peaceful protesters, dismissed the FBI’s assessment that white nationalism was the greatest threat to America’s domestic security, told white nationalists to “stand by.” Who believes that a president who ceased racial sensitivity training in the Federal government, said systematic racism doesn’t exist and that George Floyd’s death was the result of a “few bad apples,” will do anything to bring true police reform? America’s greatest assets are its democracy, faith in God, and “melting pot.” The greatest threat to American stability has always been race, not the economy or abortion. As such, President Trump is the most destabilizing person in ANY room--including the White House.

A Call for Reflection

I have written two books on racism in America and the Church. As we sprint toward the election, the message in both books is that from his candidacy to the present, President Trump’s greatest appeal has never been his record of public or military service nor his life-long status as a champion against abortion. Additionally, we’ve always known that the president's “success” as a businessman has been more bluster/bravado than reality. And all Republican presidents nominate conservative judges. So what made Donald Trump leap forward as a candidate? Hatred of Mexicans. It was later cleaned up/repackaged as “keeping our borders safe” and “Making America Great Again.” The success of that led to including hatred of Muslims and black athletes kneeling in protest. As a career military man, it was particularly appalling that a man who used his wealth to dodge Vietnam service would become an oracle for respecting America’s military. Calling kneeling black athletes “sons-of-bitches” fit neatly within MAGA’s branding and further stirred up racial hatred. Since then, the president has stirred up hatred towards Asians for the “Chinese”/”Kung-flu” and shown support for Confederate monuments/symbols and white nationalists. As candidate and president, his greatest success/appeal remains the same. These books highlight racism in America & the Oval Office but also the Church’s consistent, hidden complicity with all of it.

Donald Trump's Enduring Appeal

Donald Trump is a bad apple. No president from F.D.R. to the present, has been caught up in more scandals over what he has done or said: admittingly using a foreign government to investigate a political rival, failure to condemn America’s greatest rival for interfering with our elections, paying off prostitutes, having top handpicked associates go to prison, covering up his personal finances, calling Mexicans rapists and murders, calling protesting black athletes “sons of bitches,” attacking Senator McCain’s POW status while he was dying of brain cancer, calling Barbara Bush “nasty,” being wrong about the “15 people” who would die from COVID-19, firing the Attorney General, key members of the State Department and Inspector Generals, overriding whistleblower protections in a matter where he later admitted he said the things that were reported, using tear gas on peaceful protesters for a photo op, not giving the American people a full explanation of the intelligence that showed Russia put bounties on American troops, for incendiary rage tweeting, telling white nationalists to “standby,” for implying that the coronavirus was akin to the flu and people could somehow gut it out while he received drug treatments not available to the American public. President Trump’s only lasting appeal is his MAGA/white nationalist rhetoric. Sadly, his appeal along these lines also resides in the Church.

Slavery Changed the Shape Of Washington DC

The issue of slavery was a major factor in Virginia’s successful bid to take back lands originally designated to be part of the District of Columbia. It was called “retrocession”: “Transfer to the District of Columbia meant that residents in Alexandria lost their Virginia citizenship. Starting with the election of 1802, Alexandrians were not allowed to vote for members of Congress, or for president starting in 1804…The white political leaders in Alexandria feared that Congress might outlaw the slave trade within the boundaries of the Federal district. In the 1840's, the town was a major slave market…The worst-case scenario for Virginia slaveowners was the prospect that slavery would be banned in the District of Columbia, including Alexandria County and the town. Slaves might be able to escape simply walking across a political boundary with no physical barriers…In the House of Representatives, Congressman R. M. T. Hunter led the effort…Congress was busy debating the status of Texas and the war with Mexico, so Hunter kept the retrocession debate low-key and avoided discussion of the slavery issue. He focused on how voters had been disenfranchised and how Alexandria had been damaged economically, by inclusion within the District of Columbia. Another segment of the population also opposed retrocession, though they could not vote…free blacks in Alexandria…15% of the population.” (http://www.virginiaplaces.org/boundaries/retrocession.html)

The President's Incendiary Words

In this book bubble, I call attention to the president’s pattern of speaking incendiary words and then denying any responsibility for his followers' actions. It is a pattern that he continued in the presidential debate as he told the white nationalist group “The Proud Boys” to “stand back and stand by.” His words have resurfaced again as the FBI foiled a plot to kidnap the Governor of Michigan: Conservative groups have criticized Whitmer for her attempts to control the coronavirus by restricting normal activities. In April, President Trump tweeted, “LIBERATE MICHIGAN!”… Since May, more than 50 people have driven vehicles into peaceful protesters. Armed protesters shut down the Michigan legislature in May…The American right today has a bigger violence problem than the American left. Of the 42 killings by political extremists last year, right-wing extremists committed 38… Trump, for his part, has encouraged violence against protesters at his rallies and has often refused to condemn violent white-supremacist groups, including during last week’s debate. Whitmer, speaking after the arrests yesterday, cited that debate: “Hate groups heard the president’s words not as a rebuke, but as a rallying cry, a call to action,” she said. The Detroit News reported that some of the plot’s conspirators met during a Second Amendment rally at the Michigan State Capitol in June.

The Church's Stand on Masks

I have really struggled this year as a Christian. My church was the most ethnically diverse that I have ever attended. The senior pastor and most senior leaders are white. After the George Floyd incident, I started to become a little uneasy with my church as the things being said from the pulpit seemed to parrot the Republican party platform. A few months ago, my church seemed to take the president’s stand on masks and later started having services without masks or social distancing. It seemed that we had gotten so close to the president that we followed his policy on masks and social distancing like it was a prophetic word. This was very difficult for me because my dad had coronavirus, and today there will be a memorial service for one of my dearest friends who also went to a church that did not wear masks. The senior pastor’s wife at that church, when confronted with the state law to wear masks in church services said it was “Biden’s law.” I have already started praying for the president and the first lady. I pray that neither will have a very difficult time with COVID-19. But I am also hoping that many of the president’s followers, including people at my church, would begin to reexamine their use of masks.

The Church Cannot Remain Silent

In last night’s debate, President Trump refused to denounce white nationalism. In this book and the sequel, “Uprooting the Spirit of Racism,” I call upon the Church, the body of Christ, to distance itself from the racist comments, stances, and actions of the president. I am not surprised that during the debate, the president told a white hate group to “stand back and stand by,” implying that he needed their help to deal with antifa. I am, however, deeply saddened, even grieved, as an African American born-again believer in Jesus Christ. I am grieved that the most powerful Christian leaders in America, many of them white, have made their Republican loyalties and their loyalty to President Trump greater than their loyalty to the Scriptural principles of love and equality. As a person who has voted Republican in every election but one, I can understand equating the Republican party's platform with Christian values. However, I cannot understand, nor can I support any Christian leader who can condemn a Democratic candidate for his views on abortion and family values while supporting a Republican candidate who openly espouses racism and division. The Church’s failure to condemn racism and division is hypocrisy and only supports the notion that they are not sins.

489 Generals and Admirals Endorse Biden

NATIONAL SECURITY LEADERS FOR BIDEN We are 489 retired Generals, Admirals, Senior Noncommissioned Officers, Ambassadors and Senior Civilian National Security Officials supporting Joe Biden for President. AN OPEN LETTER TO AMERICA September 24, 2020 To Our Fellow Citizens: We are former public servants who have devoted our careers, and in many cases risked our lives, for the United States. We are generals, admirals, senior noncommissioned officers, ambassadors, and senior civilian national security leaders. We are Republicans, Democrats, and Independents. We love our country. Unfortunately, we also fear for it. The COVID-19 pandemic has proven America needs principled, wise, and responsible leadership. America needs a President who understands, as President Harry S. Truman said, that “the buck stops here.” The next president will inherit a nation – and a world – in turmoil. The current President has demonstrated he is not equal to the enormous responsibilities of his office; he cannot rise to meet challenges large or small. Thanks to his disdainful attitude and his failures, our allies no longer trust or respect us, and our enemies no longer fear us. Climate change continues unabated, as does North Korea’s nuclear program. The president has ceded influence to a Russian adversary who puts bounties on the heads of American military personnel, and his trade war against China has only harmed America’s farmers and manufacturers.

Lying About Attacks on John McCain

People who were fans of Senator John McCain as I was will never forget what President Trump said about him as a POW: "John McCain is not a 'war hero.' He is a war hero because he was captured. I like people who weren't captured, let me tell you." The president is under fire now about other comments he reportedly made about Senator McCain and other veterans. In my book "The Making of Great America Where the Founding Fathers and the Church Fell Short," I call out the president for his attacks on Senator McCain, and I also call out the Republican party for not banding together to rebuke the president. In this book, I also talk about how the president was selected as the party's nominee under the "Any Republican Will Do" philosophy vs. the criteria used to select previous nominees. Past Republican presidents and candidates served our nation's military honorably, held public office, and had a different level of class and gravitas.

A Letter from a Birmingham Jail

I felt we would be supported by the white church. I felt that the white ministers, priests and rabbis of the South would be among our strongest allies. Instead, some have been outright opponents, refusing to understand the freedom movement and misrepresenting its leaders; all too many others have been more cautious than courageous and have remained silent behind the anesthetizing security of stained-glass windows. … I have watched white churchmen stand on the sideline and mouth pious irrelevancies and sanctimonious trivialities. In the midst of a mighty struggle to rid our nation of racial and economic injustice, I have heard many ministers say: "Those are social issues…” So often the contemporary church is a weak, ineffectual voice with an uncertain sound. So often it is an archdefender of the status quo. Far from being disturbed by the presence of the church, the power structure of the average community is consoled by the church's silent--and often even vocal--sanction of things as they are. But the judgment of God is upon the church as never before. If today's church does not recapture the sacrificial spirit of the early church, it will lose its authenticity, forfeit the loyalty of millions, and be dismissed as an irrelevant social club with no meaning for the twentieth century. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Republican National Security Advisers 4 Biden

More than 70 former Republican national security officials, including some former members of the Trump administration, came out in support of Joe Biden's bid for president Thursday, according to an open letter: (See https://www.defendingdemocracytogether.org/national-security/) "We are profoundly concerned about the course of our nation under the leadership of Donald Trump," the officials wrote. "Through his actions and his rhetoric, Trump has demonstrated that he lacks the character and competence to lead this nation and has engaged in corrupt behavior that renders him unfit to serve as President." "Donald Trump has gravely damaged America's role as a world leader," the first point in the letter says. Other items include declarations that Trump is "unfit to lead during a national crisis," "solicited foreign influence," "aligned himself with dictators," "disparaged our armed forces, intelligence agencies, and diplomats," "undermined the rule of law," "dishonored the office of the presidency," "divided our nation," "attacked and vilified immigrants" and "imperiled America's security." "While we – like all Americans – had hoped that Donald Trump would govern wisely, he has disappointed millions of voters who put their faith in him and has demonstrated that he is dangerously unfit to serve another term. In contrast, we believe Joe Biden has the character, experience, and temperament to lead this nation," the letter reads.

Lincoln Project.us and RVAT.org

I was talking to my mom and somehow, we got on the subject of politics. I told her that I didn’t vote for Barack Obama, I voted for McCain. My mom was so stunned she asked me again. I told her that I didn’t vote for him primarily because of his views on abortion. She asked me, “so you didn’t vote for him either time?” I said no. She still couldn’t believe it. She said she had never met a black person who didn’t vote for Obama. When my sister heard of it, she jokingly referenced a “Key and Peele” skit on “Meeting of the Black Republicans.” I just watched it and it was funny. In this book bubble from the chapter in my book entitled “Will Any Republican Do” I talk about the Republican party’s shift away from a core set of guiding principles to a win the election, “any Republican will do” mentality. I now support “RVAT” Republicans Voting Against Trump and the Lincoln Project: The Lincoln Project is an American political action committee formed in late 2019 by several current and former Republicans. The goal of the committee is to prevent the re-election of Donald Trump in the 2020 presidential election and defeat his supporters in the United States Senate. See: Rvat.org & lincolnproject.us

President Trump's New "birther" Low

President Trump on Thursday encouraged a racist conspiracy theory that is rampant among some of his followers: that Senator Kamala Harris, the Democratic vice-presidential running mate born in California, is not eligible for the vice presidency or presidency because her parents were immigrants… “I heard it today that she doesn’t meet the requirements,” Mr. Trump said. “I have no idea if that’s right,” he added. “I would have thought, I would have assumed, that the Democrats would have checked that out before she gets chosen to run for vice president.” This is a new “birther conspiracy” low, worse than the birther conspiracy that President Trump helped support against President Obama. President Obama was born in Hawaii, but the conspiracy that President Trump stirred up was the need to see the birth certificate to prove that he was born in the United States. To me, the issue is deeper. The issue here is that because Senator’s parents are Jamaican and Indian immigrants, immigrants whose skin is black and brown, that it makes them a lower class of immigrants than immigrants who are white. In my book, I devote an entire chapter to America’s history of valuing some immigrants over others simply based on their country of origin and not over their talent, education, and potential contribution to the nation.

"NASTY"

Yesterday President Trump commented on Kamala Harris’ selection as Vice President Biden’s running mate he dwelt on how “nasty” she was. Of all the people to use the word “nasty.” The president called Barbara Bush “nasty.” This was the man that attacked POW Senator John McCain on his deathbed and beyond and attacked Democratic Rep. Debbie Dingell shortly after her husband died. She told the president, “her husband would have been ‘thrilled’ by the respect shown for him during his funeral and ‘he's looking down’ on the ceremonies.” (Caroline Kelly and Allie Malloy, CNN December 19, 2019). The president later said publicly, “maybe he’s looking up.” (CNN) The president may have a short memory, but I hope that Americans do not. As an African American, I am offended by the president’s comments. Many times in media, the strong black female is portrayed as something negative, often as a “B-word.” This double standard is hard to stomach from the “nastiest” presidents I have seen in my 55 years. In his comments, he also referred to Senator Elizabeth Warren as “Pocahontas.” We can’t say “Redskins,” but we can call a United States Senator “Pocahontas?” How have we, the voting constituency of America, allowed the Office of the President of the United States to sink to such a contemptible low?

Encroachment Upon the Balance of Powers

The quote below is from my book “The Making of a Great America Where the Founding Fathers and the Church Fells Short.” George Washington’s quote shows the Founding Fathers’ great wisdom regarding the concept of the balance of powers. ‘Recently, however, it seems that the American people have forgotten that we don't have just one national leader, like a king… We have a president and three branches of government that are a check and balance to each other. Our three branches of government and the American concept of Democracy reflect the incredible foresight and wisdom of the Founding Fathers. We should pray for all of the branches of government in America, as they are all are part of God's established authority as outlined in Romans 13: Rom 13:1-3 (NIV) ‘Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. Consequently, whoever rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves. For rulers hold no terror for those who do right, but for those who do wrong. Do you want to be free from fear of the one in authority? Then do what is right and you will be commended.’’”

Foreign Influence and America

This is a reverse book bubble. The quote below is from my book, bubble quotes are from George Washington on foreign influence: “We know that the Russians tampered with our elections as if we were a third-world country. Who knew before it happened that it was possible for a foreign country to affect the election results of the most powerful nation on Earth? Remember the "hanging chads" in Florida? Do you remember the questions of unfairness that seemed to linger over the Bush-Gore results, when President Bush's brother, Jeb Bush, governor of Florida, appeared to have some possible impact on the outcome of how chads were dealt with? There are still some Democrats talking about how Bush "stole the election." On a scale galactically greater in magnitude, the Russians tampered with US election results, and Republican leaders have helped downplay it's impact because it helped the "any Republican will do" candidate win and further discussion of it might diminish his chance of winning again in the future. Since the election, we know that the President joked publicly with Vladimir Putin about not tampering with the next election. And far more gravely, we understand that the President and members of his staff have sought the aid of a foreign government (Ukraine) to affect the outcome of the 2020 elections.”

Prayers for Supreme Court Answered

Recently I posted a prayer for the Supreme Court and its decision on balance of powers related to this book excerpt. Prayers answered: The Supreme Court on Thursday rejected President Trump’s assertion that he enjoys absolute immunity from investigation while in office, allowing a New York prosecutor to pursue a subpoena of the president’s private and business financial records. In a separate case, the court sent a fight over congressional subpoenas for the material back to lower courts because of “significant separation of powers concerns.” Since both cases involve more work at the lower level, it seems unlikely the records would be available to the public before the election. Combined, the decisions offer the court’s most detailed examination of presidential power and congressional authority in decades, and Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. wrote for the majority in both 7-to-2 decisions. The court seemed to avoid some tough questions in an attempt to achieve greater agreement. All members of the court rejected a sweeping claim of immunity promoted by the president and his lawyers. “In our judicial system, ‘the public has a right to every man’s evidence,’ ” Roberts wrote in the New York case, citing an ancient maxim. “Since the earliest days of the Republic, ‘every man’ has included the President of the United States.”

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In this chapter, I say, “The President of the United States has a box of matches, and our country is on fire,” I also talk about the president’s incendiary remarks about Latin Americans. When I thought of the president, the word foment came to mind. Fo·ment: instigate or stir up (an undesirable or violent sentiment or course of action). "they accused him of fomenting political unrest." In·sti·gate: 1) incite someone to do something, especially something bad. Incite: encourage or stir up (violent or unlawful behavior); 2) "the offense of inciting racial hatred," urge or persuade (someone) to act in a violent or unlawful way. The president's team selected Tulsa, OK, the site of one of the largest post-slavery massacres of black people in U.S. history, as a rally site and originally scheduled "Juneteenth" as the rally date. The president claimed not to know the significance of the date and made no mention of the infamous Rosewood massacre. The president is planning a rally in Jacksonville on Aug 27th, the anniversary of the largest attack on black people in Jacksonville history, known as "Ax Handle Saturday." In 1960, 200 white people ended a sit-in in by chasing the participants and beating them through the streets with bats and ax handles while the police did nothing. President Trump, Foment, Incite, Instigate, Repeat.

Free e-book offer July 3rd-7th

We are about to celebrate the 4th of July, the 244th anniversary of America’s Independence. Today I thought of that celebration from a different viewpoint. While the Founding Fathers were celebrating the building of a new democracy for white immigrant “Americans,” they also were beginning to build the institution of slavery for future African Americans. The Founding Fathers wrote these iconic words: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” They wrote these words while envisioning prosperity and freedom in an America that did not include the indigenous people, the Indians, the actual “native-born” Americans. Eleven years later the Founding Fathers adopted the three-fifths compromise: “Three-fifths compromise, compromise agreement between delegates from the Northern and the Southern states at the United States Constitutional Convention (1787) that three-fifths of the slave population would be counted for determining direct taxation and representation in the House of Representatives.” I talk about compromises made in government and in the church in my book “The Making of a Great America Where the Founding Fathers and the Church Fell Short.” The e-book version of this book is free on Amazon July 3rd-7th.

Don't be Hoodwinked aka Stay Woke

The president called today a "great day", "a great day for George Floyd" and said we can't let things like this happen. He said, "Equal justice under the law must mean that every American receives equal treatment in every encounter with law enforcement regardless of race…Hopefully #GeorgeFloyd is looking down right now & saying this is a great thing that's happening for our country…in terms of equality." Just days ago, he invoked images of the 1960s when he said he'd use "vicious dogs" and active-duty troops on protesters. Is it possible that the president could hoodwink white America into thinking some great change has happened? The president didn't introduce new legislation dealing with the use of deadly force on unarmed men or launch a federal commission to study similar cases. It's my opinion that the leaders of the Christian right are in the front of the hoodwinked line. In my book, I say that this mostly white body of men and women, currently hold the "mantle of Christian leadership" in America. Will white church leaders cosign the outlandish "great day" in America sentiments before George Floyd's murdered body even goes into the ground? There should be no alliance of the Church with this type of racist hypocrisy, even if it comes from the President of the United States.

Pray for the Supreme Court

We must pray as the Supreme Court decides on three cases involving the President, that it strikes the right balance between the ability to investigate potential criminal wrongdoing by a sitting US President and the Executive Branch’s authority. Their decisions will affect the future balance of powers between our three branches of government. Washington Post: Ann E. Marimow and Robert Barnes May 12, 2020 …What are the cases? …All involve Trump’s effort to stop his longtime accounting firm and two banks from handing over his financial information… How did the cases reach the Supreme Court? …Trump was on the losing side of a series of lower-court decisions. Judges in New York and Washington, D.C., rejected the president’s sweeping assertions of executive power and upheld the investigative powers of Congress and local prosecutors... Why did House Democrats subpoena Trump's accounting firm and banks? …Unlike past presidents, Trump has refused to make public his tax returns. ….Michael Cohen…alleged the Trump Organization exaggerated its assets to obtain better terms from its lenders and insurers. Two committees also subpoenaed Capital One and Deutsche Bank as part of their investigation into Russian money laundering and potential foreign influence involving Trump. Why is a New York prosecutor trying to obtain similar information? …Cyrus Vance Jr…. wants to know if any state laws were also broken.

Praying for All Our Leaders During COVID-19

Proverbs 11:14 (NKJV) says, “Where there is no counsel, the people fall; But in the multitude of counselors there is safety.” During the COVID-19 pandemic, there is so much commentary on what the President did wrong or right, but we need to be focusing our prayers on more than just the President. In my book, “The Making of a Great America, Where the Church and the Founding Fathers Fell Short,” I break down what it means to “pray for all who are in authority.” 1 Timothy 2:2 (NKJV) says, “I exhort, then, first of all, there be made supplications, prayers, intercessions, thanksgivings, for all men: for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence.” At the time when each state is deciding whether to reopen or not based on the conditions in that state, we need to be praying for governors, state legislators, mayors, in addition to the President and Congress. No one person has the wisdom to create the appropriate response to the COVID-19 crisis. Only God has that kind of wisdom and we need to pray that our leaders and even the scientific community have insight from God to make the right decisions for the country at the pivotal time.

Black vs. White Evangelical Perceptions

Washington Post Sarah Pulliam Bailey April 16, 2020 Rev. R. Albert Mohler Jr., president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary… plans to vote for President Trump in the fall, a reversal of his position in 2016 when… he called Trump “the Great Evangelical Embarrassment,” and noted that “leaders are held to a much higher standard, and continued public arguments that offer cover for Donald Trump are now not only implausible but excruciating.” … In Oct 2016 Mohler asked “Is it worth destroying our moral credibility to support someone who is beneath the baseline level of human decency?” Mohler argued…that conservative Christians should vote based on a party’s view on abortion, Supreme Court nominees…Mohler said he began to believe that Trump would…nominate judges who would overturn Roe v. Wade… Trump has also appointed Mohler’s son-in-law Riley Barnes, a senior adviser in the State Department… Dwight McKissic, a black Southern Baptist pastor who leads Cornerstone Baptist Church in Arlington, Tx., who has been vocal about his opposition to Trump as well as the denomination’s history of — and continuing problems with — racism, said he would no longer recommend Mohler’s seminary to black students. “It shows you’re tone deaf or you don’t care about the sensitivities of the majority of African Americans who find Donald Trump a repulsive personality and politician,”…

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Judgment Begins With the Church

1 Peter 4:17 “For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begins at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?” I listened to the news and heard the President considering totally “exonerating” Roger Stone. I understand that the President is now calling Russia’s interference in the 2016 elections “misinformation.” It’s easy to be alarmed and unnerved by the president’s ever-boldening assault on the balance of powers and the construct of American democracy envisioned by the Founding Fathers. However, the Bible says that judgment has to happen first at the church. The church has been a key asset and accomplice in allowing the President’s actions to go unchecked. The church has acquiesced to a position of subservience to a political party’s platform. It has abdicated its position of leadership and put its microphone on mute while the president’s misconduct expands unchecked. In the eyesight of God, the church will be held responsible first. It is unscriptural to think that God would intervene and judge the president’s conduct without first judging one of the president’s chief enablers.

Balance of Powers

Have you ever been in a situation where you say, am I the only one seeing this? Today I saw this tweet from the president, “The President has never asked me to do anything in a criminal case.” A.G. Barr This doesn’t mean that I do not have, as President, the legal right to do so, I do, but I have so far chosen not to!” The president is going after the Attorney General in a case involving his former associate (clear conflict of interest). What’s worse is the case is tied to the Russian interference in which the president had help defeating his political rival. This week the President retaliated against a military man who testified against him when he was caught seeking the help of another foreign government to go after another political rival. The president went public with the name of the whistle-blower, told members of his cabinet not to respond to subpoenas, and today I read that the president is meeting with the Governor of New York to try to turn off the state’s investigations into his private businesses. It seems he is trying to bring a Putin-style government to America, and nobody cares. The Founding Fathers created three branches of government with a balance of powers. Before our very eyes the president is dismantling it.

A Call for Reflection

This is a chapter from my recently published book, "The Making of a Great America Where the Founding Fathers and the Church Fell Short." In this chapter I ask readers to reflect on the upcoming election. The target audience for this book is a group of people that I have identified with most of my entire life, born-again Christian who vote Republican. This book is available as an e-book and in paperback on Amazon.

Available in Print/e-book 1 Feb!

My newest book is now available in print and e-book on Amazon. I believe it is a very timely book. It is a book for Christians that addresses racism in the church and our nation from the time of the Founding Fathers to the present. It also addresses current issues like immigration and the impeachment proceedings from the viewpoint of Scripture. If you're struggling with what the church's response to these issues should be, this is the book for you. Order your copy today!

This Book Is Available for Preorder

This book is available for pre-order now and is in final processing and will be available on Amazon for regular purchase on or before Feb 1st. For those of you who like to read the end of a book first to see how it ends...I have included a portion of the Conclusion and the closing prayer. This was a powerful book for me as an author and I'm believing for a powerful impact for my readers. It may not be a pleasant book as the issues involved are very sensitive. However, I believe this book is needed for this time in our nation. The topics in the book need to be discussed, prayed over and discussed and prayed over again. When need our Christian leaders to take these topics to forums and the airwaves. My hope is that this book plays some small part making that happen..

Who Needs 40 Acres and a Mule

The treatment of African-Americans after the Civil War ended is not one of the finer moments in American history. As an African-American, I was taught in school that the Civil War freed the slaves and that it was somehow the start of something better for African-Americans. A closer look, however, reveals that American leaders were more interested in preserving the Union than in the well-being of former slaves. The Founding Fathers legacy bore the stain of slavery. Lincoln and the leaders of the mid to late 1800s fell short in preparing the newly freed slaves to successfully enter into the freedom that the Civil War obtained. This book will be available Feb 2020.

Immigration and Anne Frank

Here is the latest book bubble from my upcoming book “The Making of a Great America Where the Founding Fathers and the Church Fell Short.” In this excerpt I talk about how US immigration policies played a role in the death of Anne Frank. This book is available for pre-order now on Amazon. Click “website” to go to the pre-order link. Order your copy today!

Prayer for Those In Authority

In this draft chapter of my book, I propose a concept of praying for "those in authority" (2 Tim 2:2) that is different than what you may have ever heard. We have all heard prayers in which we pray for the president, the members of the Supreme Court, and Congress. In this chapter, I point out that "authority" extends to all portions of our government. That is not an unfamiliar concept. Many of us have prayed for the local police officers, as we should. Rom 13:1-3 (NIV) however, says "let everyone be subject to the governing authorities" and that, whoever rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves." In the light of this Scripture, I have been praying that if President Trump was guilty of wrongdoing, and rebelling against God-ordained authority, that God would raise up authorities to check him. At the time, I thought that it would be just members of Congress. As I was writing this chapter, the "whistle-blower" came on the scene. I saw this as an answer to prayer. Since that time, so many courageous men and women in authority have come forward to challenge presidential wrongdoing. I also see their efforts as an answer to prayer.

The "Evil Empire"

Today is the 30th anniversary of the “opening of the Berlin Wall, an event that confirmed the collapse of Communism in Eastern Europe and heralded the eventual end of the Cold War." (National Review) On Aug. 13, 1961, "the government encircled West Berlin with barbed wire that was later replaced with cinder blocks and, eventually, 13-foot-tall concrete slabs. The wall was fortified with army guards, minefields, chain fences and other obstacles to prevent East Germans from fleeing. The nearly 27-mile-long barricade stood until Nov. 9, 1989, when East Germany opened its borders. (Stanford News Nov 6, 2019) Today I watched the video clip of President Reagan asking Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev to tear down the Berlin wall. https://wapo.st/2NWivEp I was 2nd lieutenant in the Air Force on Jun 12, 1987, when this speech was given. It was a remarkable day in American history and the history of democracy. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo praised Reagan for his bold defense of freedom, telling a gathering of politicians, diplomats, donors, and others that the former president "courageously denounced the greatest threat to that freedom, the Soviet Empire, the Evil Empire." (CBN.com) In my book excerpt below, I share my utter disbelief in the current administration's coziness with a communist nation that was "the Evil Empire" 30 short years ago.

Any Republican Will Do

In this draft chapter of my book, I discuss what I believe is a shift in the ideology used to select candidates for the Republican nomination for President. I discuss the consequences for that shift, and I call on political and religious leaders to abandon the “any Republican Will Do” mantra and reflect on the qualities that the Republican nominee for President should have. This chapter makes parallels between Presidents Nixon and Trump, provides a Scriptural framework under which to view the authority of the President, and contains a particularly unique perspective on praying for the President and our governmental authorities.

God's Wisdom Needed During COVID-19

In many areas of life, even in politics, we search for a champion to save us. Americans have said if only we had a black president, a female, a businessman, a Republican, a Democrat, all of our problems would be solved. It’s idolatrous, foolish and sets us up for failure. No one person has the wisdom to solve the COVID-19 crisis. Only God does. We need to pray that our leaders and scientists have insight from God to make the right decisions at this pivotal time. Part of the problem is the president repeatedly referring to himself as a “genius,” as if he could somehow solve the nation’s complex problems by himself. The greater blame, however, falls on the American public, especially Christians, who should know better than to trust in man more than God. Proverbs 21:1 says, “The king’s heart is in the hand of the Lord, Like the rivers of water; He turns it wherever He wishes.” We need to pray that leaders at every level respond to the Holy Spirit’s leading as we pray to God for them. These leaders may not recognize what they are sensing in their hearts is God. They may refer to it as a “gut feel” or “hunch,” but God has the power to direct our leaders in response to our prayers!

Azusa's Lost Revelation

This is one of the most crucial chapters in this book. I believe that America, specifically the body of Christ in America, missed a key turn at a crossroads that was the Azusa revival in 1906. I believe that before we can change the racial climate in America, we must first change the racial climate in the body of Christ. Moreover, I believe that there is a key revelation that was lost at Azusa that must be recovered if the church is to lead the way in modeling unity among the races achieve the greatness that God envisioned for America.

Our Love is as Fierce As Our Anger

This has been the most difficult chapter of the book for me to draft so far. I struggled with how to uphold the 1 Cor 13: 1 tenet of love “Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal,” while sharing the feelings of anger in my heart over the church’s tolerance of racism. I believe the church has allowed a resurgence of racism and division to become the new status quo. I believe that just as the church speaks out against the preservation of the family and the unborn, it should also speak out against racism and division and its propagation even from the highest levels of our government. I am stunned that racism and division don’t seem to be deemed by the church as sins anymore. Moreover, it seems that the purveyors of its evils have been given a pass by the church if they wave the banner against other sins that are deemed more serious. The Bible talks about how in the last days, even the very elect could be deceived. I believe that in terms of racial division, this last day deception has already engulfed America and worse, many of its religious leaders.

Trump Perceptions: Black vs. White Christians

Two days ago, I arrived in South Carolina on a national tour with a musical. There was a Trump rally being held at an adjacent venue. As we pulled up on the bus, I saw lots of white people in MAGA attire walking toward the convention center. They looked normal enough, men, women and children, families. But it didn’t feel like a “family” atmosphere to me. I began to become unsettled. When we entered our hotel, there was red MAGA stuff everywhere. We’d been warned that the rally was there and to avoid confrontation. I’m 6 ft tall and 228 pounds, but I began to feel unsafe. Not like I was in any physical danger, but in my spirit, I felt threatened and uneasy. It was if they had more of a right to be there than I did. I have experienced the very tangible yet unspoken “you’re not welcome” of racism in my life--this wasn’t like that. These people weren’t throwing icy stares or hateful looks—but they were happily going to support someone who has said some of the most hateful things I have heard in my generation. In this book I have tried to capture why as a black Christian I feel differently about MAGA and the president than some of my white Christian friends.

Our Country is Full

The president has said, "our country is full." His sentiments are echoed in the looming ICE round-ups, his detention center policies, "emergency" executive orders to "build a wall," his efforts to locate illegal immigrants via the census and his remarks about immigrants from countries he has deemed as less than desirable. Most glaringly his true intentions are evident in the lack of relief efforts or even military assistance to countries like El Salvador and Honduras, whose citizens walk for months to get to America to escape persecution in their own country. Rather than spend money to help stop gangs and improve conditions in the countries that these immigrants are fleeing, the president would rather spend billions on a wall to keep them out or on transportation to send them back into the conditions they escaped from. These type sentiments aren't new in our nation. They point back to a darker time in America when legislation was passed that established an immigrant hierarchy based on race. Ironically, the president is a part of an immigrant rags-to-riches success story that contradicts everything he publicly espouses. I talk about that in this draft chapter of my upcoming book.

Illegal Immigrant Round-up

"It starts on Sunday and they're going to take people out and they're going to bring them back to their countries," Trump told reporters at the White House on Friday. "We are focused on criminals as much as we can before we do anything else." USA Today July 14, 2019 Nationwide raids by immigration officials have begun today. These ICE raids, similar to “Operation Wetback” during the Eisenhower administration, will round-up illegal immigrants and take “take them back to their countries.” As the raids are taking place, Americans should prayerfully consider what is really at the root of this roundup? An article in the USA Today says “the president's hardline stance is aimed at bolstering his support among conservatives who make up his base.” While that may be true, I think you have to go back and look at what the President has previously said about immigration. Last year in profane terms, the President questioned why we needed more immigrants from places like Haiti, Africa, and why we wouldn’t instead seek more immigrants from Norway. This book bubble takes a look back in history and shows that the President’s stance represents an immigrant hierarchy where desirability is based primarily on race and not how much the immigrant can contribute to American society.

Celebrating American Virtues

The Statue of Liberty is one of America’s most iconic and enduring symbols. These words are inscribed on her and have been a global beacon of hope: “Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!” Sadly, millions of Americans whose ancestors came to America seeking a better life for their families seek to close the door tight behind them. They repeat history by harboring the same ugly sentiments against today’s immigrants that were used against their ancestors. Recently a woman tweeted that immigrants who don’t like the much-publicized poor conditions at the border facilities should just go back where they came from. Throughout history, immigrants have come to America to escape famine, war, persecution, and to build a better life. Today’s immigrants are no different. History shows that the British felt the same way about poor German, Irish, and other immigrants. However, there were no immigration laws or quotas to restrict their entry. The first immigration station did not open on Ellis Island, in the shadow of Lady Liberty, until 1892. Between 1880 and 1920, over 20 million immigrants from Southern, Eastern, and Central Europe arrived in the US.

We'll Minister to You Over There

This is a draft chapter from a new book I am writing called “The Making of a Great America: Where the Founding Fathers and the Church Fell Short.” In this chapter, I share the anguish of supporting national policies that are in direct conflict with the missionary work of my church and the religious, charitable organizations that I financially support. In some cases, our national policies have even contributed to worsening or exacerbating the conditions in countries that I support both in prayer and financially.

Introduction

This is the introduction to a draft chapter from a new book I am writing called “The Making of a Great America: Where the Founding Fathers and the Church Fell Short.” In this book, I walk through the history of our great nation and view how matters of race have been handled from the Founding Fathers to the present. This journey through history examines how matters of race were handled by politicians and how they were handled by the church. Sadly, throughout the history of the church in America, there has often been no significant difference between the body of Christ-at-large in America and the views of the political leaders at that time. This book is an exhortation to Christians, to Christian leaders, to change the narrative, to change the responses, the sentiments in their hearts, in order to pass tests on race and unity that previous generations of leaders, both political and religious, have failed.

Let's Pass the Test

This is a draft chapter from a new book I am writing called “The Making of a Great America: Where the Founding Fathers and the Church Fell Short.” In this book, I walk through the history of our great nation and view how matters of race have been handled from the Founding Fathers to the present. This journey through history examines how matters of race were handled by politicians and how they were handled by the church. Sadly, throughout the history of the church in America, there has often been no significant difference between the body of Christ-at-large in America and the views of the political leaders at that time. This book is an exhortation to Christians, to Christian leaders, to change the narrative, to change the responses, the sentiments in their hearts, in order to pass tests on race and unity that previous generations of leaders, both political and religious, have failed.

Operation "Wetback"

This is a draft chapter from a new book I am writing called “The Making of a Great America: Where the Founding Fathers and the Church Fell Short.” Two of the big topics in this book are division along racial lines and immigration. These are areas in which our country, despite its greatness, has struggled to deal with successfully since the time of the Founding Fathers. This book examines these topics from the time of America’s emergence as a nation to the present. This particular chapter focuses more on the present day because it deals with the headline-snatching topic of immigration. This book is a controversial book, and this is a controversial chapter. The intent of the controversial discussion is not to stir up arguments and division; we could flip between Fox vs. CNN and get that. This book is written to force the individual reader to search their own hearts and to seek God in terms of the proper response to issues that have persistently been at the center of what does or doesn’t “Make America Great.”

Increasing Your Skills and Abilities In Any Area

Increasing Your Skills and Abilities In Any Area

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A Biblical approach to increasing skills and abilities needed to do any assigned task. THIS BOOK IS COMPLETE & CURRENTLY FOR SALE. Click

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A Life-Changing Career-Altering Revelation

The revelation that God can give us skills for work changed my life: Daniel 1: 17 As for these four children, God gave them knowledge and skill in all learning and wisdom: and Daniel had understanding in all visions and dreams. Exd 31:3 “And I have filled him with the Spirit of God, in wisdom, in understanding, in knowledge, and in all manner of workmanship, Exd 31:4 “to design artistic works, to work in gold, in silver, in bronze, Exd 31:5 “in cutting jewels for setting, in carving wood, and to work in all manner of workmanship. Exd 31:6 “And I, indeed I, have appointed with him Aholiab the son of Ahisamach, of the tribe of Dan; and I have put wisdom in the hearts of all the gifted artisans, that they may make all that I have commanded you: Exd 35:35 “He has filled them with skill to do all kinds of work as engravers, designers, embroiderers in blue, purple and scarlet yarn and fine linen, and weavers—all of them skilled workers and designers.” Exd 36:1 “So Bezalel, Oholiab and every skilled person to whom the LORD has given skill and ability to know how to carry out all the work of constructing the sanctuary are to do the work just as the LORD has commanded.”

How to Increase Your Skills In Any Area

I have written/published 17 books since 2016. And I will publish two more before the end of September. A friend messaged me recently and asked me about my book writing process. Here’s part of our conversation. Friend: “May I ask? How do you write books so fast?” My response: “I wrote a book on that, lol. ‘Increasing Your Skills in Every Area...’. Short answer. The grace of God. And God gives us skills and abilities to do the things that He calls us to do. But these gifts aren't static. They can increase. Daniel's ability to interpret dreams grew from the first dream to interpreting the handwriting on the wall to being entrusted with end-time prophecies that we still haven't figured out. Joseph's gift of administration grew from running a household to running an entire prison to overseeing the affairs of the nation of Egypt. Your gift grows as you move into greater depths of the call of God on your life and as you ask in faith for greater grace, skill, and wisdom, to do the greater things He calls you to do.”

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Why This Book Is Important

It's not enough to understand that God can increase your skills and abilities in any area. You must also understand what increased skills and abilities will do for you and God and His work on the earth. Armed with that understanding, I believe you will have the motivation needed to dive into the Scriptures contained in this book and apply them by faith until you see yourself operating with increased skills. THIS BOOK IS FOR SALE, CLICK "website" UNDER AUTHOR PHOTO.

What This Book is About

“Increasing Your Skills In Any Area” is a very brief e-book but loaded with valuable spiritual truths. The revelation that I obtained from Scripture about how to increase my skills in any area where I have to work has put my life on a different trajectory. On its simplest level, it's an application of the grace and manifest favor of God to the area where you are assigned to work. To leave it at that level, however, would put you at risk of not gaining enough of the revelation to begin to apply by faith the spiritual principles in this book until they produced a tangible increase in your skills, no matter what work you do. THIS BOOK IS FOR SALE, CLICK "website" UNDER AUTHOR PHOTO.

The Air Force's Black Pilot Training Experience

The Air Force's Black Pilot Training Experience

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“The Air Force’s Black Pilot Training Experience” highlights the unique experiences of black pilots in Air Force pilot training. The purpose of the book is to give the reader insight into these experiences, propose changes to the Air Force’s conduct of Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training (SUPT) and to show how the Air Force’s inability to produce more black pilots directly contributes to the lack of diversity in its senior-most leadership levels. This book is a sequel to “The Air Force’s Black Ceiling” and builds on its insights. As a sequel, the book exhorts the Air Force to continue and even expand its efforts to increase diversity in its senior-most positions. The book’s final chapter is a call for the Air Force to expedite its staffing and approval of the honorary promotion to Brigadier General for famed Tuskegee Airmen Colonel Charles McGee. Col McGee is the only person in Air Force history to fly over 100 combat missions in WWII, Korea and Vietnam (409 total). He is a three-time squadron commander (two flying squadrons), a chief of maintenance for a fighter wing, a base commander, and the first African American to command a stateside wing after desegregation. Col McGee is also a highly decorated combat leader whose decorations include the Legion of Merit with Oak Leaf Cluster, Distinguished Flying Cross with Two Clusters, Bronze Star, and Air Medal with 25 Clusters.

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Lt Col Robert Ashby Passes Away

Lt Col Robert Ashby, an Original Tuskegee Airman, passed away this weekend. I met him in Phoenix through my association with the Archer-Ragsdale Tuskegee Airmen Chapter. I guess I worked in the chapter with him for about eight years or so. He was a gracious, pleasant, kind, articulate, humble yet unashamedly proud man. He was forthright and spoke and acted in accordance with his convictions. He honored me with an interview for my book, “The Air Force’s Black Pilot Training Experience.” He shared his pilot training experiences with me. As I reread the interview, it brought warm thoughts of him to my heart and reminded me of the man that he was. He was extremely active in the Phoenix and surrounding areas, even into his nineties. Truly he was a member of “America's Greatest Generation.” I am privileged to be able to share that interview as a tribute to his enduring legacy.

Is Air Force Pilot Diversity a "Crisis"?

I saw a Military.com article dated 10/20/20 that the Air Force is considering retraining Weapons Systems Officers (WSOs) to be B-21 pilots. I have always wondered if all the people who washed out of USAF pilot training were just not "cut out" for flying, irredeemable. I have wondered if there were people who weren’t deemed “unsafe” but who maybe needed more time to grasp what was flowing out of the firehose than their classmates. I have always wondered why the Air Force didn’t look back into this group of people that it already had made a significant investment in. I see this as an amazing opportunity for diversity. Am I wrong? If we are just opening up the gates to fill future B-21 Bomber slots, why not open it up to those who passed significant portions of pilot training that still desire to be pilots? Why not identify some minority pilots that were on the fence that might deserve a relook? Every effort should be taken to carefully transition the WSOs into careers in which they can still be successful/get promoted. But at the same time, the Air Force is already predicting a future shortage that they could be targeting for greater diversity? Which is the greater crisis? Pilot diversity or retraining displaced WSOs?

TwoNess

“One ever feels his twoness, -- an American, a Negro; two souls, two thoughts, two unreconciled strivings; two warring ideals in one dark body, whose strength alone keeps it from being torn asunder.” ― W.E.B. DuBois, The Souls of Black Folk One of the concepts that I tried to capture in "The Air Force's Black Pilot Training Experience" was what noted author W.E.B. DuBois termed "twoness" in 1903--the simultaneous navigation of black culture and majority culture. I tried to show that black pilot training students struggle with twoness in addition to the rigors of pilot training. One of the references I used was “The Unchosen Me: Race, Gender, and Identity among Black Women in College by Rachelle Winkle-Wagner.” It is an outstanding piece of research! I could have quoted the whole book. I found a link to excerpts of it while going through some things this morning. It’s a wonderful read even if you only have time to read the first four or five pages. https://lnkd.in/gJk6Vzz

No More Studies-Low-Hanging Fruit

In this segment of the book, I identify several things that the Senior Leadership of the Air Force can take action on in the near term to affect pilot diversity. To its credit, the Air Force has taken action on some of these things. However, I do not believe the Air Force has made any of these actions a permanent part of its Planning, Programming and Budgeting efforts. As a result, they are no more than the diversity “experiments” it has conducted as far back as the Tuskegee Experiment in the 1940s. There is a very old saying that says, “put your money where your mouth is.” More recently, Cuba Gooding Jr. made the expression “show me the money famous.” The Air Force is “on the clock” to match its money with its diversity statements.

The Air Force Knows the Answer

A key revelation from researching “The Air Force’s Black Ceiling” and “The Air Force’s Black Pilot Training Experience” was that the Tuskegee Airmen benefited from being in a conducive culture. Albeit because of discrimination, they had black role models, black peers, and were in a subculture in which they could be both military and distinctively African American. It was a natural jump then for me to assume that if that type of conducive subculture or ecosystem could be replicated, that it might benefit African Americans in pilot training today. I later discovered that the Air Force experimented twice in the 1970s with replicating a portion of the Tuskegee “experiment.” Twice the Air Force “clustered” black student and instructor pilots together and had unprecedented success as measured in washout rates. The sad news is that once the Air Force discovered that creating a conducive culture for black student pilots was a success, it abandoned the “experiment” and its success and later spent tens, perhaps even hundreds of millions of dollars on diversity studies rather than changing the construct of pilot training. The Tuskegee “experiment” proved that creating a conducive culture for minorities enhances their success. The Air Force proved it again empirically in the 1970s. Yet the Air Force steadfastly refuses to resurrect something it knows works. Why?

Surveys of Black Air Force Pilots

“The Air Force’s Black Pilot Training Experience” is now available in hardcover! One of my favorite parts of the book is the survey responses/interviews in Appendix A. It contains responses from 25 black pilots, male and female, across seven decades of pilot training. The earliest interview is from a Tuskegee Airman; the most recent is from a 2017 student. In honor of Black History Month I have included the entire Appendix. Someone asked me recently what I hoped to accomplish with my research. One of the things that I hoped to accomplish with this book and its predecessor, “The Air Force’s Black Ceiling,” is that the Air Force would make changes to the conduct and culture of Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training. These books have helped get the Air Force to invest in aviation training for minority youth and to support Tuskegee Airman Col Charles McGee’s honorary promotion to general. However, the Air Force remains resistant to making changes to the conduct and culture of pilot training, even though I show in both books how it has successfully experimented with these changes in the past. Unfortunately, I don’t believe the Air Force has a large enough incentive to invest in diversity to this degree.

Clustering of Minority Pilots in Training

The Air Force’s biggest failure in conducting pilot training is not in fighting overt discrimination but in its unwillingness to acknowledge that it’s pilot training construct is not conducive for minority students. In both my books on the subject, I advocate the clustering of minority students together to create a supportive culture within the pilot training culture. Black students are frequently the only black person in their pilot training class. As a result, they have no same-race peers or role models. It’s even worse for black females as there aren’t very many females in pilot training, and survey feedback shows that many non-minority females have not embraced their black female fellow students as peers. Minority students also battle the unspoken but very prevalent notion that black students historically haven’t done well in pilot training, and they often are forced to carry the burden of “representing” their entire race. Although the Tuskegee Airmen, the greatest group of black pilots ever assembled, were clustered together, and even though the Air Force did two amazingly successful clustering experiments in the ‘70s, it still refuses to make clustering permanent. Why? They don’t see the need. It’s a discrimination that says because we can’t see that you’re experiencing something different from us, that it doesn’t exist, and we won’t invest the resources for your success.

Advice for Future Pilots

I got some very encouraging feedback from someone who is using my book to encourage students to take flight training in high school to set them up for success in the future. He also gives scholarships to help students afford flight training. Here’s our conversation: Ozzie Ross Thanks Ivan. Your book has been a tremendous help in me getting my message out to the kids. Ivan Thompson Are you serious? Wow? In what way? Ozzie Ross In your book, The Air Force’s Black Pilot Training Experience, you talked about the black pilots that had some type of former training in aviation that helped a number of them through the process. I’m trying to get kids that wants to get into the aviation industry to get started early and they will have a small advantage if they got their private pilot licenses prior to graduating from high school. My organization Aviation Dream Weavers is about providing scholarships to qualified applicants to help them with the cost of achieving this goal. Ivan Thompson ... It really encourages me that someone is using something from the book to make a difference in this area! Good on you and your organization for providing the resources to put students in the air! THAT'S SO AWESOME!!!

Black Officers from Other Services

My name is Ivan Thompson, and I have written two books about the experience of black pilots in the Air Force. The first book was entitled “The Air Force’s Black Ceiling,” and it’s focus dealt with the career trajectories of black pilots and their inability to crack the ceiling of the Air Force’s most coveted senior positions. The second book, “The Air Force’s Black Pilot Training Experience” focuses more narrowly on the experiences of black men and women in the Air Force’s undergraduate pilot training programs. The two are intricately connected because in the Air Force becoming a pilot, particularly a fighter pilot (equivalent to Army Combat Arms), is the first step to get on the launching pad towards the Air Force’s most coveted leadership and command positions. I am interested in learning if the experiences of Naval/Marine and Army pilots/Combat Arms officers are similar.

Interview With A Tuskegee Airmen

It’s Black History Month. For lovers of the military, what better way to celebrate Black History Month than to look back at the heroism of black men and women in the US Armed Forces. In my book the “Air Force’s Black Ceiling I detail the historical challenges that black officers faced in reaching the Air Force’s highest ranks. In the sequel, “The Air Force’s Black Pilot Training Experience,” I feature nearly 30 interviews of black pilots--men and women. These interviews span most of the history of the Air Force’s existence. I feature interviews from student pilots from the 1940s to 2017. The fascinating thing I found in these interviews were the similarities that exist across the decades in how they felt about things like being the only black person, having few black leaders, the prejudice and isolation they experienced, or the need to do more in order to succeed than their non-minority counterparts. In this book bubble, I share an interview that I did with Lt Col Robert Ashby, an original Tuskegee Airman. There were so many aspects of the Tuskegee Airman experience that I’d never heard of before our interview. I hope you will enjoy learning about these things too. Both books are available on Amazon. The Air Force’s Black Ceiling is also available on Audible.

The Importance of Same Race Role Models

“The Air Force’s Black Pilot Training Experience” contains interviews with nearly 30 pilots from the Tuskegee Airman era up through 2017. It is one of the most fascinating aspects of this book and its research. The pilot training experiences of these African American men and women are sincere and compelling. The interview/survey responses of actual pilots help the book to step away from the theoretical and the empirical into what black pilots actually experienced in Air Force undergraduate pilot training. Most importantly it shifts the focus off the tired and untrue mantra that “if we only had more qualified minority pilot candidates” to the more important issues of creating a conducive/supportive culture, unconscious bias and the importance of same-race peers and role models.

Free e-book Offer

Today is September 18th. It’s my birthday and the Air Force’s birthday! In honor of our birthdays, I am making the e-book version of my latest book, “The Air Force’s Black Pilot Training Experience” available for FREE for 5 days on Amazon. It will be available tomorrow Sep 19th-Sep 23rd. Download it and enjoy this weekend! Just go to the Amazon link and click on the e-book. The price for the e-book will be $0 for the entire 5-day promotional period. The excerpt provided in this book bubble features survey responses from 26 black pilots from the Tuskegee era to 2017. My Christian title “You Should” will also be available for FREE during the same time period.

The First Review is in!

I am so honored to share this first review of my book, "The Air Force's Black Pilot Training Experience." It is the sequel to my very first book, "The Air Force's Black Ceiling." The review is from Lieutenant Colonel Robert Ashby, an original Tuskegee Airman. Lt Col Ashby’s story and his inputs are featured prominently throughout this book, so his feedback was significant to me. His pilot training experience is one of 26 stories of African American pilots, male and female, who went through pilot training from 1945 up through 2017. Even though the experiences captured span 70 years, there are fascinating similarities! If you are a lover of military history, if you are interested in learning about what minority pilots experience in pilot training, if you want a glimpse of what it is like to be both minority and female in a white male dominated environment or if you ever wondered why there aren’t more black pilots in the Air Force, this book is for you! Find out for yourself, preview it for free today on Amazon!

The Concept of Two-Ness

The e-book version of "The Air Force's Black Pilot Training Experience" is now available on Amazon for only $9.99. Preview it for FREE today! "Two-ness is of particular concern when considering the success of black pilots in SUPT. Black students enter SUPT in such small numbers that it's often a radical cultural shift from the environment in which they grew up or went to college. I tried to describe in “Black Ceiling” the cultural impacts on black students in pilot training. In the concept of two-ness, I have found a better way to portray what many black students experience in SUPT."

It's Published!

I’m so excited to announce that “The Air Force’s Black Pilot Training Experience” has been published! It is available in paperback on Amazon. It is the sequel to “The Air Force’s Black Ceiling” which is also available on Amazon in paperback and e-book form and as an audiobook on Audible. One of the greatest differences between “Black Ceiling” and this book is that it features the pilot training experiences of 26 black male and female pilots, from the 1940s to 2017. These stories are fascinating and support the rest of the book’s calls for changes to the conduct and construct of the Air Force’s Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training (SUPT). Since it is the sequel to “Black Ceiling” it also exhorts the Air Force to continue its work in the area of increasing the diversity of its senior-most leadership ranks.

Diversity and "Window Dressing"

Window dressing. Google definition: an adroit but superficial or actually misleading presentation of something, designed to create a favorable impression. "the government's effort has amounted to little more than window dressing" Window dressing was the word that came to me when I saw the Sep 19, 2019, Popular Mechanics article entitled “The Air Force Names Its New Jet After the Tuskegee Airmen,” written by Kyle Mizokami. I pulled these words out: “The U.S. Air Force officially designated the service’s new jet trainer the "T-7A Red Hawk." The name celebrates the pilots of the 332nd Fighter Group of World War II… The jet is also named in honor of the Curtiss P-40 Warhawk fighter, flown by the African American 99th Fighter Squadron. The jet will replace the T-38 Talon in Air Force service.” It deeply bothers me that the Air Force would name it’s new jet trainer aircraft after the Tuskegee Airmen while at the same time resisting the changes needed to produce more black fighter pilots. The best way to preserve the Tuskegee Airmen legacy is to produce more black fighter pilots not paint aircraft tails red. In this chapter, I ask the question does the Air Force really want more black pilots?

It's A Sequel

Great gift ideas for the military members of your family! “The Air Force’s Black Ceiling” and its sequel “The Air Force’s Black Pilot Training Experience,” share rare insights into the Air Force’s diversity practices since its inception as a separate Service. While the focus is the Air Force, the insights are transferable to the other military services as well. This book brings to the forefront the stories of African American Air Force leaders and pilots that have been lost in traditional historical accounts. This book is a must-have for students of military history, African American history, and aviation history. Get your copies today on Amazon today! “The Air Force’s Black Ceiling” is also available on Audible.

Support for Colonel Charles E. McGee

BREAKING NEWS: In a previous update, I stated that Senator Chris Van Hollen (MD) recommended that original Tuskegee Airman, Col Charles McGee’s promotion recommendation be attached to the FY 20 NDAA (military budget authorization) legislation as an amendment. It was approved as an amendment in the House version of the NDAA legislation. This effort was sponsored by Congressman Anthony Brown (MD). On that approval path, the House and Senate versions of the NDAA still needed to be reconciled, with the hope that the promotion recommendation would be included in the final legislation expected by the Fall of 2019. Recently, however, Senator Van Hollen introduced a stand-alone bill as an option for Col McGee’s honorary promotion. The Senate has approved this bill! Now we need the House to approve it and ultimately the President. This is exciting news! How can you help? Contact your representative in the House to encourage them to help pass the bill and keep the effort in your prayers until it crosses the finish line!

Gen. Charles Q. Brown 1st Black Service Chief

General Charles Q. Brown has been confirmed as our next Air Force Chief of Staff and America's 1st black service Chief. I have written two books on diversity in the Air Force that feature part of General Brown's story ("The Air Force's Black Ceiling" and "The Air Force's Black Pilot Training Experience"). In both books, I talk about a path to the Air Force's highest ranks. In these books, I show how most black officers have not been allowed to take the steps on the path, the ladder, that would make them competitive for the Air Force's senior-most paths. In my writing, I show these steps, and I detail General Brown's career as he progressed along this historic path. The point that I make in the books is that if talented minorities are allowed to be on the path, to fill critical positions and demonstrate their leadership at the highest levels, that they could break through what previously has been a "black ceiling" in the Air Force.

25 Bible Verses for Dads

25 Bible Verses for Dads

Religion & Spirituality

It is my hope that the fathers who read this book will be stirred by the Spirit of God to a renewed sense of dedication, focus, and resolve as it pertains to the call on their lives as fathers. I pray that every father that reads this book will be inspired in some way, be changed in some positive way and that generations will be impacted as of result of fathers reading and applying what they find in this book. I believe that book was given to me by the Holy Spirit. I pray that the spiritual eyes and ears of its readers would be opened. I pray that their hearts would be prepared, fertile, good ground for this seed of the Word that will be sown into it.

Book Bubbles from 25 Bible Verses for Dads

Free e-book offer! Jul 23rd-25th

Get this free e-book devotional for a dad you know! This is an awesome devotional for dads of any age filled with Scriptures and questions for reflection. It is free on Amazon from Friday Jul 23rd through Sunday Jul 25th! Get a copy for that special dad you know! Act quickly while it is FREE!! A great resource for any Christian library!

Be the Spiritual "Batman" of Your Home

In this excerpt from the book I talk about the father’s spiritual role in the home. I use the image of Batman atop a skyscraper watching over, protecting the city. I also use the image of a man lying prostrate on his face. The combination of both pictures I believe is needed to portray the picture the Lord desires of fathers as it pertains to their role in the home. I hope you enjoy this sneak peek into the book! It is available on Amazon and Audible and is also the perfect gift for any dad you know!

Men, Expand Your Circle

Men, as you read this excerpt, I challenge you to open up your heart, your wallet, your home, your calendar, and your prayers to the fatherless children that God has put in your circle of influence. It will be a challenge. They might not act like your kids. They might not have manners, self-discipline, goals, healthy habits, good self-esteem, or good hygiene (lol)-- that's where you come in. You don't even have to have kids of your own. If you are a godly man, a stable man, you have all you need. I know Father's Day has passed, but I challenge every man reading this to expand your circle. Look to gather up the young men and women in your community, in "our communities" and help bring them up. You may not be perfect but having them around you and trying to be a "role model" for them will push you to be better. It will pull you out of selfishness and self-centeredness and at the same time, be a blessing to them and their mom. Make a difference in your community, in your neighborhood, and be a Father to the fatherless in this next year.

Free e-book offer for only 5 days!

The e-book version of my book, “25 Essential Bible Verses for Dads” is available for FREE for on Amazon until Oct 14th. Download it and enjoy this weekend! Just click the Amazon link below. The price for the e-book will be $0 during the promotional period. https://amzn.to/2C9sCkX

Give Dad a Devotional

Looking for an inexpensive gift for a dad that you know? “25 Essential Bible Verses for Dads” is just what you’re looking for. This devotional will be a great tool to help dads of any age reflect on scriptures that pertain to issues that dads deal with. The devotional is packed with scripture but is written in such a way as not to be overly hard to digest spiritually. The devotional also contains questions for reflection that will challenge, inspire and encourage the reader to be the best father he can be. The book is available in paperback, e-book and audio book formats to suit the style of the dad you’re shopping for. Preview it for free on Amazon or Audible today!

Audio Book Sample

God has really blessed me with some awesome voice over artists! Steven Gannett is the latest awesome voice talent that I have worked with. Here is a sample of his work on my latest audio book that should be published before the end of the month. Enjoy! The book is already available on AMAZON in paperback and as an ebook. Type this URL into your browser to listen to the sample: http://bit.ly/2vaRDsc or look me up on Soundcloud.com at https://soundcloud.com/thompsoi

The

Mal 4:6 (NKJV) “And he will turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the hearts of the children to their fathers…” This passage from the book of Malachi refers to the Lord sending the prophet Elijah to turn hearts of fathers back to their children. It is my sincere hope that something in this book will turn the hearts of fathers who read it, back to their children. It is my hope that the fathers who read this book will be stirred by the Spirit of God to a renewed sense of dedication, focus, and resolve as it pertains to the call on their lives as fathers. I pray that every father that reads this book will be inspired in some way, be changed in some positive way and that generations will be impacted as of result of fathers reading and applying what they find in this book. I believe that book was given to me by the Holy Spirit. I pray that the spiritual eyes and ears of its readers would be opened. I pray that their hearts would be prepared, fertile, good ground for this seed of the Word that will be sown into it. In Jesus’ Name Amen.

The Great Love of the Father

Mal 4:6 (NKJV) “And he will turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the hearts of the children to their fathers…” This passage from the book of Malachi refers to the Lord sending the prophet Elijah to turn hearts of fathers back to their children. It is my sincere hope that something in this book will turn the hearts of fathers who read it, back to their children. It is my hope that the fathers who read this book will be stirred by the Spirit of God to a renewed sense of dedication, focus, and resolve as it pertains to the call on their lives as fathers. I pray that every father that reads this book will be inspired in some way, be changed in some positive way and that generations will be impacted as of result of fathers reading and applying what they find in this book. I believe that book was given to me by the Holy Spirit. I pray that the spiritual eyes and ears of its readers would be opened. I pray that their hearts would be prepared, fertile, good ground for this seed of the Word that will be sown into it. In Jesus’ Name Amen.

Don't Be Stingy With Your Praise

Mal 4:6 (NKJV) “And he will turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the hearts of the children to their fathers…” This passage from the book of Malachi refers to the Lord sending the prophet Elijah to turn hearts of fathers back to their children. It is my sincere hope that something in this book will turn the hearts of fathers who read it, back to their children. It is my hope that the fathers who read this book will be stirred by the Spirit of God to a renewed sense of dedication, focus, and resolve as it pertains to the call on their lives as fathers. I pray that every father that reads this book will be inspired in some way, be changed in some positive way and that generations will be impacted as of result of fathers reading and applying what they find in this book. I believe that book was given to me by the Holy Spirit. I pray that the spiritual eyes and ears of its readers would be opened. I pray that their hearts would be prepared, fertile, good ground for this seed of the Word that will be sown into it. In Jesus’ Name Amen.

Fathering the Fatherless

Mal 4:6 (NKJV) “And he will turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the hearts of the children to their fathers…” This passage from the book of Malachi refers to the Lord sending the prophet Elijah to turn hearts of fathers back to their children. It is my sincere hope that something in this book will turn the hearts of fathers who read it, back to their children. It is my hope that the fathers who read this book will be stirred by the Spirit of God to a renewed sense of dedication, focus, and resolve as it pertains to the call on their lives as fathers. I pray that every father that reads this book will be inspired in some way, be changed in some positive way and that generations will be impacted as of result of fathers reading and applying what they find in this book. I believe that book was given to me by the Holy Spirit. I pray that the spiritual eyes and ears of its readers would be opened. I pray that their hearts would be prepared, fertile, good ground for this seed of the Word that will be sown into it. In Jesus’ Name Amen.

The Making of A Great America Uprooting the Spirit of Racism

Religion & Spirituality

This book is a sequel to “The Making of A Great America Where the Founding Fathers and the Church Fell Short.” In this book I assert that the first step to uprooting the spirit of racism is acknowledging its existence and continued operation as part of Satan’s plan in the earth “to steal, kill and to destroy.” The spirit of racism can no longer be denied or winked at in ignorance by the body of Christ. I believe acquiescence to the spirit of racism is America’s defining sin from the time of the Founding Fathers to the present day. I have dedicated this book to exposing the manifestation, the operation of the spirit of racism in America with the aim of uprooting it. My prayer is that Christians in America who have been blinded to its operation will stand against it in prayer, in word and in deed. Although this book is available in paperback, I have included links to very powerful video clips. If the reader doesn’t view the clips in conjunction with the text, the intended impact will be greatly diminished. It was one thing to mentally assent to the death or an unarmed man or child, or the death of a person in a routine traffic stop. This book provides links to footage of these types of things and as such is not recommended for young teens without parental supervision.

Book Bubbles from The Making of A Great America Uprooting the Spirit of Racism

Mass Graves and America's "History"

The Greenwood Massacre is American history. The kind of history some want to stay hidden. History recorded 26 blacks dead. But the oral history of survivors has led to the recent discovery of mass graves. The remains were initially found in October when authorities were excavating the Black section of Oaklawn Cemetery as part of the investigation into a search for mass graves that may be connected to the massacre… In June, after the excavation was resumed, scientists discovered 35 coffins in the unmarked mass grave… Last July, Tulsa officials began digging for mass graves. The first “test excavation” ended without finding human remains, but the city expanded its search. On June 1, the 100th anniversary of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre, the city expanded its search for mass graves in Oaklawn and a new pit was excavated in another section of the cemetery. The remains were found in a section of the cemetery called “Original 18,” where officials believe the bodies of 18 Black massacre victims who had been listed on a funeral home ledger were buried in unmarked graves. State Archaeologist Kary Stackelbeck said Friday that this phase of the excavation is now complete. She said no grave markers existed at the site and no records indicated that bodies had been buried there. DeNeen L. Brown-Washington-Post-06/26/2021

It Wasn't About Trump

In this book, I point out that racism is a spirit. A spirit being. I assert that it is one of the prevalent principalities over America. I believe that its primary assignment, in concert with the spirit of division, is to keep America, even the body of Christ in America, divided across racial lines. In this book, I talk about the tremendous spiritual power of unity, especially in the body of Christ. Many people have made Donald Trump the face of racism and division. I have written three books in which I don’t hesitate to identify his contributions to America’s division across ethnic/racial lines. But President Trump is out of the Oval Office. Though his influence is still felt across Republican Party politics, his national influence has greatly diminished. But racism and division remain. These forces have new expressions in efforts to erase from America’s history the connections between slavery, Jim Crow, and the denial of Civil Rights to poverty and inequity and in concerted efforts to restrict/block the ways the primary ways that black and brown people voted in the last national election. Even in the recent controversy in the Southern Baptist Convention, we see these two agents at work. Racism and division are supernatural forces that we will always have to acknowledge, resist, and battle.

107-Year-Old Survivor of Tulsa Race Riot

Washington-Post-DeNeen L. Brown-05/19/21 “She’d just turned 7 when a White mob descended on her all-Black neighborhood in a murderous rage. ‘It’s hard to talk about it,’ said Viola Fletcher, now 107 and one of the last living survivors of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre. ‘I’m still aware of seeing people shooting and running and being killed … and seeing smoke and airplanes flying and a messenger going to the neighborhood saying, ‘Let’s get all the Black people to leave town,’ because they were being killed by the White people.’ A century later, as Tulsa prepares to mark the 100th anniversary of the massacre, she’s still bearing witness to one of the worst episodes of racial violence in American history. On Wednesday, Fletcher and her 100-year-old brother, Hughes ‘Uncle Red’ Vann Ellis, testified before a House Judiciary subcommittee about their push for reparations. Fletcher, Ellis and another massacre survivor, Lessie Benningfield Randle, now 106, are lead plaintiffs in a reparations lawsuit filed last year against the City of Tulsa, the County of Tulsa, the State of Oklahoma and the Tulsa Chamber of Commerce. The lawsuit argues Oklahoma and Tulsa are responsible for what happened during the massacre, which historians believe left as many as 300 Black people dead, 10,000 homeless and the all-Black community of Greenwood destroyed.”

The End of Legalized Abortion?

New-York-Times-David Leonhardt-05/19/21 “…For nearly 50 years, public opinion has had only a limited effect on abortion policy. The Roe v. Wade decision, which the Supreme Court issued in 1973, established a constitutional right to abortion in many situations and struck down restrictions in dozens of states. But now that the court has agreed to hear a case that could lead to the overturning of Roe, voters and legislators may soon again be determining abortion laws, state by state… Americans’ views on abortion are sufficiently complex… …A pro-Roe majority…Polls consistently show that a majority of Americans — 60 percent to 70 percent, in recent polls by both Gallup and Pew — say they do not want the Supreme Court to overturn Roe. Similarly, close to 60 percent of Americans say they favor abortion access in either all or most circumstances… …and a pro-restriction majority…The most confounding aspect of public opinion is a contradiction between Americans’ views on Roe itself and their views on specific abortion policies: Even as most people say they support the ruling, most also say they favor restrictions that Roe does not permit. Roe, for example, allows only limited restrictions on abortion during the second trimester, mostly involving a mother’s health. But less than 30 percent of Americans say that abortion should ‘generally be legal’ in the second trimester…”

Did You Have to Shoot to Kill?

Minority kids are more likely to be killed by police than adults. Moreover, shot while running away. Help me understand. Was the child/minor a murder or armed robbery suspect? How does running justify an officer taking a minor’s life? I’m 56. I grew up watching cop shows like “Baretta,”“Kojack,” etc. Most times, the cop chased down the unarmed man/kid and subdued him. George-Floyd-type-street-justice is killing someone for a crime that wouldn’t warrant capital punishment if caught/convicted/sentenced. Washington-Post-Kimberly-Kindy-05/14/21 “…I started digging into our Fatal Force database to see how often children are dying by police gunfire…I immediately knew readers would be alarmed that more than 100 children have been shot and killed by police since 2015. Children who were racial minorities were dying by police gunfire at a significantly higher rate than adults who were racial minorities. Children were also more likely to die as they attempted to run away from police. The recent shootings have triggered renewed calls for changes in police training so officers are better equipped to handle tense encounters with children. This haunting quote comes from Dearrea King, the grandmother of 13-year-old Tyre King, who died in a police shooting in 2016: “These kids are running away because they are afraid. They are trying to get someplace safe because they do not trust the police.”

Police Officer Fired for STOPPING Chokehold

Harvard-Law-Today-April-20-2021 “In 2006, former Buffalo Police Officer Cariol Horne intervened to stop a fellow officer who was using a chokehold against a handcuffed Black man, Neal Mack. An internal investigation found that Horne violated police policy and offered her a four-day suspension. Horne, a 19-year-veteran of the force, refused and insisted on a public hearing, and in 2008, months before her pension vested, she was fired… Harvard Law School Professors, Ronald S. Sullivan Jr. ’94 and Intisar A. Rabb took Horne’s case…team included…W. Neil Eggleston, who served as White House Counsel to President Barack Obama…and Kamran S. Bajwa…they argued the court should reach back in time and vindicate Horne, and the judge agreed. He vacated a 2010 court judgment that affirmed Horne’s firing, annulled the factual findings by which she was fired, retroactively reinstated her to the force from 2008-2010 so that she was entitled to her full pension, and ordered the city to grant her back pay and benefits. Noting that the city last fall passed Cariol’s Law, which makes it a crime for police officers to fail to intervene when a fellow officer uses excessive force and protects them when they do intervene, Judge Dennis Ward wrote, ‘The City of Buffalo has recognized the error and has acknowledged the need to undo an injustice from the past.’”

"23andMe" and my "Ethnic" Identity

Racism is stupid. As Christians, we are taught that we are all brothers in Christ. It’s a nice sentiment, but we still more readily identify with our visible, fleshly outward adornment than our new identities in Christ. It is the function of the spirit of error and the devil to get us to focus on the part of us that won’t last rather than on our spiritual identity. The brotherhood of humanity became more real to me recently when I got my DNA results from “23andMe.” I am a 56-year-old, medium-brown-skinned black man and have always thought of myself as a “black” man. My parents and grandparents are black, even though my maternal grandfather was extremely fair. According to 23andMe, I am 65.6% “Sub-Saharan-African,” of that 25.8% Nigerian. What was shocking to me was that I am 32.3% “European” (29% British and Irish), and I am 2% East Asian and American Indian (1.1 Native American, and .9% “Chinese & Southeast Asian).” I discovered that many of my fourth “cousins” are blond-haired white people! It gave me a laugh! I could spiral off into hatred for the historical reasons for my DNA results, but I choose to see it as confirmation that we all have a choice to look to a greater, more eternal identity in Christ!

Racism is a spirit Not a Political Party

There has been a backlash against Senator Tim Scott for saying America is not a racist nation. The point is that racism is a spirit, and it's not just going to go away, and it's not working in just one political party. I do believe that racism had a resurgence under President Trump, what I call in my book/audiobook, “The Making of a Great America Made in the Image of Trump,” a “revival of racism. President Trump, however, is not the origin of racism, and therefore, his departure won’t fix it. Tim Scott referred to racism as America's “original sin” vs. an entity, a living spiritual being. While it is true that America can repent of her original sin, every new generation of Americans must be vigilant to guard their hearts against the encroachment and influence of the spirit of racism, the agent of the ever-present adversary, Satan himself. I believe that's why this revival of racism was possible because some people thought it ended with the Civil Rights movement or a black president, a black vice president, etc., vs. accepting the Scriptural premise that racism will not be put down until the enemy himself, and all his cohorts are put down at the return of Jesus Christ.

"There Will Be More George Floyds"

“There are no laws that require you to show your ID, even to a cop…Nearly half of the states in America have so-called "stop-and-identify laws." Under these laws, police can legally require a person to reveal their identity if the police have a "reasonable suspicion" that the person has committed a crime. Still, if a cop stops you, just ask if you are under arrest. If they say no, you are not required by law to tell them who you are or show them identification. Walk away because you're legally free to go.” https://people.howstuffworks.com/does-us-require-citizens-carry-id.htm I’m overwhelmed. I just watched a harmless unarmed 26-year-old brown man die in George-Floyd fashion. “The footage released Tuesday shows Mario Arenales Gonzalez becoming unresponsive while officers in Alameda, Calif., restrain him after encountering him with alcohol containers in a park April 19...” Washington-Post-Apr-28 The officers could have asked him to leave but instead asked for an ID, and because he didn’t have one, they tried to handcuff him. They couldn’t properly handcuff him, so they pinned him face down in the ground while they kept trying. He was never violent. At one point, one officer (hearing-him-gasping) said, “you think we should turn him on his side?” The other officer says “no,” insisting they keep him face down. Moments later, Mario became unresponsive and died.

George Floyd's Death in Contrast

There is a cartoon circulating where a police officer asks a black child, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” The child responds and says, “alive.” There are so many pictures of George Floyd’s face on social media right now. Still, the image of George Floyd is not as powerful in its message without the contrasting image of the Trump supporters who stormed the Capitol. Even as we have had recent shootings of unarmed youth running or walking away from the police, the significance of those shootings is lessened unless you compare them to white insurgents attacking the police with flag poles, hockey sticks, and chemical sprays. Take note of the incident below: Washington-Post-Apr-21-2021 “…an anonymous donor sent $25 to the legal fund of Kyle Rittenhouse, an 18-year-old charged with fatally shooting two men at a protest last summer, along with a note of support proclaiming, “You’ve done nothing wrong.” Last week, a data breach revealed exactly who had sent that message and money, according to a report by the Guardian: Norfolk Police Lt. William K. Kelly. Now, the city of Norfolk has fired Kelly, formerly the No. 2 official in the Norfolk Police Department’s internal affairs division…” The deaths of black and brown people must be considered alongside whites' treatment to grasp the full impact.

The Blood of Black Men "Cries Out"

Quote from this book: “Some of the most shocking deaths of African Americans at the hands of police have occurred during traffic stops, encouraged by the war on drugs.” Police stopped Daunte Wright for an air freshener, THEN discovered an open warrant, and “mistakenly” shoot vs. taser him. Why aren’t more Christians grieving over the continued “shedding of innocent blood.” NYTimes-4-11-21 “Chief Tim Gannon of the Brooklyn Center Police Department said an officer had shot the man on Sunday afternoon after pulling his car over for a traffic violation and discovering that the driver had a warrant out for his arrest. As the police tried to detain the man, he stepped back into his car, at which point an officer shot him… …a judge issued it/(warrant) earlier this month when Mr. Wright missed a court appearance. He was facing two misdemeanor charges after Minneapolis police said he had carried a pistol without a permit and had run away from officers last June. Mr. Wright’s mother…told reporters that her son…called her as he was being pulled over. “He said they pulled him over because he had air fresheners hanging from his rearview mirror,” Minnesota officials said the police officer who fatally shot a Black man at a traffic stop did so accidentally, and meant to fire a Taser instead.” ABSENCE-OF-DUE-PROCESS=DETENTION-APPREHENSION-EXECUTION

Traffic Stops and the "War on Drugs"

I’m all shaken up. I just watched the video where an active-duty Army Lieutenant was pepper-sprayed while in uniform. It was the result of improper escalation by a cop at a traffic stop. Though the cop was fired, the stop could have turned deadly as it has for so many black/brown men (Google Daunte Wright). It made no difference that the cop was brown as he treated the black/brown officer like he was black. When the Lieutenant told him that he was a veteran, the officer said he was too, but when the cop looked at his uniform, he guessed several enlisted ranks. What veteran doesn’t know the difference between an LT and a corporal? One who is looking at his skin color vs. his rank. In this chapter, I said that: “Some of the most shocking deaths of African Americans at the hands of police have occurred during traffic stops, encouraged by the war on drugs.” I also make it clear that one major piece of systemic racism is the systematic targeting of black/brown people in traffic stops as part of the war on drugs. Now that marijuana is becoming legal in more and more places, shouldn’t the systems put in place by the war on drugs keep pace? See video of LT Caron Nazario: abcn.ws/3tdYD34

Deadly Driving: Driving with an Air Freshener

Several days ago, I was getting my car detailed, and I was looking at things to buy for the car. I finally bought a hands-free holder for my cell phone. I looked at the Christmas tree air fresheners and remembered this story from my book about a case in Arizona where I used to live and decided against it. Days later, a black man in Minnesota was stopped for having one of these, and it cost him his life. The distinction of “black man” is important. It is part of a systemic relationship or pattern of policing that black people face. How many of my white friends have to think twice about buying an air freshener because of the negative attention that it might attract from the police. It is part of the systemic disparities that the Trump administration said did not exist. It is precisely because the Trump administration said that these systemic differences did not exist that a young man could lose his life in the same state, in the same community where George Floyd died. The tremendous outpouring in support of George Floyd’s death means nothing if the underlying systems of how police view and treat black people, black motorists, does not change.

Angry Black Man Defense for Chauvin

Derek Chauvin is the former Minneapolis police officer charged in the death of George Floyd. Washington Post Robin Givhan, Senior critic-at-large March 30, 2021 “Defense attorney Eric Nelson has made anger central to his argument for Chauvin’s acquittal. In his version of events, the anger of the growing crowd on the street that May afternoon distracted Chauvin from the man he had pinned under his knee. Floyd, who had been accused of circulating a counterfeit $20 bill, was in Chauvin’s custody, which meant that he was also in his care. But the crowd — that dangerous, unruly mob, according to Nelson — had distracted Chauvin so that he could not attend to Floyd’s well-being. He could only concern himself with his detainment… The defense’s narrative makes use of one of the culture’s most damaging and enduring stereotypes about Black men — and women, too. These people ooze anger, and Black anger is inherently menacing. It isn’t justified or understandable or controlled, even when it is all of those things. It most certainly is not righteous. And when it rises, it must be tamped down, defused and crushed.”

Is Voting Rights A "Spiritual" Matter?

Is the new voting rights legislation in Georgia about election security or disproportionately restricting voting access to people of color? SB 202: “imposing limits on the use of mobile polling places and drop boxes; raising voter identification requirements for casting absentee ballots; barring state officials from mailing unsolicited absentee ballots to voters; and preventing voter mobilization groups from sending absentee ballot applications to voters or returning their completed applications.” Consider how the bill got done: “As expected, the bill passed along party lines. Gov. Brian Kemp, also a Republican, signed it into law about an hour later…Signings on important bills are often done publicly, with some fanfare, alongside key legislators and in front of the public and the news media. This piece of legislation was signed behind closed doors… A Democratic House representative, Park Cannon, was arrested after she knocked on the governor’s office door, asking to be allowed to watch a bill-signing ceremony affecting the lives of so many Georgians…I could hear the shouts, the footfalls, and watched as she was roughly escorted out of the building. Cameras swarmed, and colleagues and bystanders screamed, demanding to know why she was being arrested. Cannon was charged with two felony offenses…“for obstructing law enforcement and preventing or disrupting General Assembly sessions or other meetings of members.” Quotes-from-Washington-Post-(Michelle Au) 03/27/2021

COVID-19 and Hate Crimes Against Asians

(NY Times) “Name-calling, shunning and assault were among the nearly 3,800 hate incidents reported against Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders nationwide over the last year, according to Stop AAPI Hate… The report was released the same day that eight people, six of them Asian, were fatally shot at three Atlanta-area massage parlors. Stop AAPI Hate called the shootings ‘an unspeakable tragedy’ for the victims’ families and an Asian-American community that has ‘been reeling from high levels of racist attacks.’… The incidents…mostly verbal harassment and name-calling, or about 68 percent of those reported, while shunning, or the deliberate avoidance of Asian-Americans, composed about 20 percent. About 11 percent of the reports involved physical assault... Activists and elected officials say attacks were fueled early in the pandemic by former President Donald J. Trump, who frequently used racist language to refer to the coronavirus. …some of the people who reported hate incidents said they were spat at or coughed on. One person, a Pacific Islander, reported that while speaking Chamorro at a Dallas mall a woman coughed and said, ‘You and your people are the reason why we have corona.’ She then said, ‘Go sail a boat back to your island,’… Chinese people composed the largest ethnic group (42.2 percent) that reported experiencing hate events, followed by Koreans, Vietnamese and Filipinos.”

Tucker Carlson Highly Rated Misogynist

Tucker Carlson has become the poster-child for the wave of white male supremacy ushered in by President Trump. His broadcasts have routinely painted minorities in a bad light. Unfortunately, he also has a history of demeaning women. His most recent misogynistic comments about women serving in the Armed Forces can be seen in the quote below. I don’t fault Tucker Carlson, though. He’s just an opportunist. President Trump made misogyny and white nationalism popular again. Listening to Carlson echo the former president’s sentiments is like watching Archie Bunker on “All In the Family” again. However, more disturbing than that are the millions in the body of Christ, who have an appetite for this type of horrible programming. “…Carlson complained, "Pregnant women are going to fight our wars. While China's military becomes more masculine as it has assembled the world's largest navy, our military needs to become -- as Joe Biden says -- more feminine." Carlson, who has no background in military service, made the comments the day after President Joe Biden announced the nomination of two female generals for promotion to four-star commands. Their promotions were delayed in the previous administration over fears that any nominations other than white men would trigger an objection from Trump, according to reporting from The New York Times.” (Military.com)

Tucker Carlson Defends Capitol Attack

Erik Wemple Washington Post Let us hope the tried-and-true viewers of “Tucker Carlson Tonight” did not tune in to watch FBI Director Christopher A. Wray deliver testimony before the Senate on Tuesday. If they had, they might have walked away confused. “The attackers on Jan. 6 included a number … of what we would call militia violent extremism. And we have had some already arrested who we would put in the category of racially motivated violent extremism, white, as well,”… Now listen to Tucker Carlson: “Whatever you thought about what happened yesterday, what was racist about it? Well, nothing, of course. There’s nothing racist about it,” …“they’re not some, you know, creepy, androgynous blogger who shows up to burn things down. They’re like, kind of solid Americans, and they’re deeply frustrated.” …“You can judge for yourself what happened last Wednesday in Washington. Rarely has an event been filmed from more angles than that was. You know what that was, and you also know what it wasn’t. It was not an act of racism. It was not an insurrection. It wasn’t an armed invasion by a brigade of dangerous white supremacists. It wasn’t. Those are lies.” … “There is no evidence that white supremacists are responsible for what happened on Jan. 6 — that’s a lie.”

American Skin

I watched a preview for “American Skin.” In the movie, the lead character’s son, KJ, is holding a cell phone filming their stop by the police. The officer shoots and kills KJ, and the legal system found no basis to file charges. Although this is a fictional account, it’s not unlike many of the actual accounts in this book. KJ’s dad takes matters into his own hands, kidnaps the officer, and sets up a trial. The emotions I experienced just watching the preview were so powerful that it was almost overwhelming. I think many black people have imagined similar responses. That’s what makes the movie so compelling and so scary. A little over four years ago, a black man killed five Dallas police officers in response to two high-profile killings of black men--Alton Sterling and Philano Castile. Dr. King said his nonviolent actions prevented more militant reactions. My fear is that if the white Church and my former Republican party keep condemning peaceful protests or, more recently, trying to equate BLM protests to the mob attack on the Capitol, that more militant black voices will emerge. Their rise will be facilitated by a politicized Church that stood silently by while black men and women continued to die wrongfully and without accountability at the hands of the police.

Death Sentence 4 Jaywalking While Black

I was doing research for a new book and stumbled upon a 9/23/2020 account of a black man being shot to death for jaywalking in Orange County, CA. The officers targeted him for jaywalking, initiated an unnecessary confrontation. When he resisted, they tried to force him back onto the sidewalk, and in the tussle, they shot him to death. I have heard of jaywalking tickets in California. Jaywalking is the norm in New York. So it's hard to comprehend why two armed officers would make it such a big deal that they had to force a man to the ground and initiate a conflict that cost him his life. I wrote this book to highlight these events and for myself to learn. The narrative on how black people experience the police won’t change until police reform is complete. George Floyd caught people’s attention outside the black community, but once the uproar faded, the clamor for police reform did as well. Part of this was President Trump’s doing by labeling it the work of “a few bad apples” vs. the systemic way the police officers are trained to engage black people. Think back to a white mob storming the Capitol. Now think about the “crime” of jaywalking while black.

How A Black Child Experienced "The Police"

Washington Post Feb 3: “Last week, police officers in Rochester, N.Y., responded to a call of ‘family trouble.’ The source of the trouble was a Black girl, who had said she wanted to kill herself and her mother. The officers on the scene handcuffed the girl and put her in a squad car. Screaming, the girl begged not to be pepper-sprayed and refused to swing her feet into the vehicle. ‘You’re acting like a child,’ the officers told her — to which she responded, ‘I am a child.’ Reaching an impasse, the police pepper-sprayed her and slammed the car door shut. ‘Unbelievable,’ one of them said. The girl was 9 years old. For an officer to look at a 9-year-old girl and fail to see her as a child is, sadly, consistent with our research, which has shown that adults view Black girls as young as age 5 as less innocent and more like adults than White girls of the same age, and needing less protection and nurturing. Scholars and researchers say the perspective is based in stereotypes of Black women as threatening and aggressive, which are projected onto Black girls. This difference in perception, this blindness to the innocence of a Black child, is not just unfeeling. It is rooted in dehumanization.”

Dr. King Quotes

In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., I'd like to share words from him that I have included in this book.

“Deep State and Antifa”

Each day we hear more details about the insurrectionists at the Capitol. The mob included people from many walks of life: a newly-elected state legislator, members of the Armed Services, off-duty police officers, a CEO, lawyer, real estate agent, an adjunct college professor, a construction worker, etc. Often we’ve heard the president talk about “deep state” actors and Antifa as operatives trying to subvert/overthrow the government. All this despite the FBI telling the president that white nationalist groups were the greatest threat to America’s domestic security. The FBI was right. Moreover, these white nationalist operatives exist at every level of society. The president himself led these deep state MAGA operatives as he attempted to overthrow our government. After the election fraud hoax failed in every court, including the US Supreme Court, and before the Trump-appointed US Attorney General, the president resorted to coercion and intimidation, calling elected officials in Michigan, Arizona, and Georgia to change election outcomes. When that failed, his Hail-Mary, last-ditch effort was to unleash, like an angry dog, his own deep state operatives, on the full Congress and Vice President who were assembled at the US Capitol to certify the electoral college vote. The true deep state threats have been operating in the open all along.

White Supremacy: A Return to Lawlessness

“At a rally just before the violent raid, Trump urged his supporters to walk down to the Capitol, where Congress was meeting to certify Joe Biden’s electoral college victory, and ‘fight like hell’ to ‘take back our country’…Trump’s rhetoric and policies have emboldened racist white nationalists to be more vocal and visible, but they’ve always been a part of America’s political culture and institutions, as some African American scholars, activists and journalists have tried to remind us, based on a history of violence by white supremacists: Rosewood, Fla., Tulsa and Wilmington, N.C., not to mention of hundreds of individual lynchings in the decades after slavery.” (Vanessa Williams-Washington Post) As I read this article, I was reminded that the hallmarks of white supremacist activity in the U.S. are violence and immunity from the law. White supremacists were America’s first domestic terrorists. Their legacy includes the formation of the hooded Ku Klux Klan. They were successful in their efforts to overturn the election results of America’s post-slavery Reconstruction government. Their reign of domestic terror includes thousands of lynchings, mob attacks, massacres, and now an attack on the U.S. Capitol. The only difference is that now, under the Trump administration, they are so comfortable they feel they don’t have to wear hoods to hide their identity.

Elementary School Lessons

I was a teacher/substitute for nine years. Because I’m a 6ft tall, 220-pound black man, I was often asked to help with discipline matters. I’ve been involved in a wide range of disciplinary scenarios. Here’s a plausible elementary school scenario: an eighth-grader brings a knife to school near the end of the school year. Here’s an unlikely disciplinary result: because it’s the end of the school year, the student is not expelled and is allowed to remain on the campus with a severe verbal admonishment. This outcome is unlikely because who knows if the kid might bring the knife again? It’s an unthinkable safety risk. We don’t question the reasonableness of this for elementary school discipline, but we question whether an adult whose inflammatory urgings resulted in death, a national security breach, and international embarrassment should be seriously disciplined? Don’t we, as parents/educators, believe discipline is a deterrent to repeat actions? In our scenario, though the offending student is leaving for high school, we want the incident logged in his school and criminal records. Possession of heroin, cocaine, and any narcotic drug weighing eight ounces or more is a class A-1 felony that carries a possible sentence of up to 20 years. A felon’s record follows him forever. Why shouldn’t the president have a “forever” punishment?

"Stand Back and Standby"- Insurrection

Yesterday I was glued to the TV from 1 pm to 2 am. I woke up early to see the end of the electoral college certification. It was so important to me to see that President Trump’s attempt at insurrection had failed. There is a division in America that has always existed. Millions of Americans have been deceived into thinking this division is about Republicans and Democrats. I wrote in MGA Vol III, “The only force proven strong enough to tear America apart is racism.” The real spirit, or underlying the power of MAGA is racism. It is the fuel that secretly motivates people to come across the country, attack the police, break into the houses of Congress, and even lose their lives. You may say it's “Trumpism,” but the truth is that you cannot separate Trumpism from racism. Look at the demographic of yesterday’s crowds and the symbols they were carrying. You may say they weren’t all Proud Boys carrying confederate flags into the Capitol’s rotunda. But they were complicit with those who were. It’s time for everyone who claims to be a Trump supporter but not a racist to stand apart and not be complicit with those who most definitely are. You’re so close we can’t tell you apart. We can’t see or hear the difference.

Officer Who Shot Jacob Blake Not Charged

(Washington-Post) KENOSHA, Wis. — A Kenosha police officer will face no criminal charges for shooting Jacob Blake seven times in the back, an incident that touched off several days of intense protests against police and later unraveled into violent and deadly street clashes between demonstrators. Kenosha County District Attorney Michael Graveley announced in a Tuesday news conference that his office would not seek charges against Rusten Sheskey, the 31-year-old Kenosha police officer who has been on administrative leave pending an investigation by the Wisconsin Department of Justice since the Aug. 23 shooting, which Blake survived. Blake, who witnesses said had been trying to break up an argument between two women, was shot as he walked back toward his vehicle. In his written report, Graveley said Blake was armed with an open knife he was holding in his right hand. In this book bubble, I refer to Jacob Blake as unarmed. The knife can’t be seen in the video, but Blake makes no threatening moves towards the officers. He was shot seven times in the back at extremely close range in an obvious use of excessive force. Like George Floyd, Blake was not innocent, but both received excessive deadly force responses, and in both cases, initially, no officers were charged. This is the “systemic racism” that the president says doesn’t exist.

Remembering "Mom Stein"

The past few days, I have been missing Earnestine Anderson, “Mom Stein.” She passed away last January, shortly before her birthday. She was a precious gift of God in my life. She was my second mom, and I loved her dearly. Her relationship with my Dad brought her into my life at around age 13. At around age 21, she and my Dad broke up, but I wrote her a handwritten letter of adoption. In this letter of adoption, I extended to her all rights and privileges of being my mom. I included part of the amazing story of how she helped raise her other seven siblings in this book. I have trimmed back part of the chapter to focus on her life story. Would you please help me as I remember her life by taking a moment to read part of her life story?

BLM, Abortion & Systemic Racism

The Church has moved more aggressively against abortion than on racism. For the most part, the Church is an ardent opponent of abortion but is silent or undecided about whether systemic racism still exists in America. The Church’s less aggressive stance on racism is significant because racism in America is older than the Constitution. Racism goes back to 1619, when the first slave ship arrived at Jamestown, Virginia. Racism predates America’s foundational value statements and, in many ways, still overshadows them. If there were an outcry from the Church against racism on par with its stand on abortion, there would be no way a sitting president in 2020 could sympathize with the Proud Boys. There would be no way that a president who enjoys overwhelming evangelical support could share fond sentiments about confederate symbols, tell black Congresswomen born in the U.S. to go back to Africa, etc. Someone may say abortion is a life and death issue! In this book bubble, I point out that racism is too. I’m not talking about the distant history of thousands-dying-on-slave-ships racism, or dying-as-slaves racism, or untold-deaths-in-lynchings-racism, or even disproportionate-death-by-mass-incarceration-and-capital-punishment-racism. I’m talking about modern-day-innocent-death-at-the-hands-of-the-police via a systematic approach towards a group of people based on race. When will the Church look at this type of death as worthy of its attention?

Election Fraud Has Always Existed

This excerpt from cbsnews.com reminds us that “election fraud” was common in the U.S. during my parents’ generation. Black voters were outright denied the right to vote, or other barriers were placed in their way. #literacytest #votersuppression #polltax #Georgiarunoff “Washington — A federal judge in Georgia on Monday blocked two Georgia counties from removing more than 4,000 registered voters from their rolls and preventing them from casting a regular ballot in the January 5 runoff elections, which will determine which party controls the Senate… ‘Failure to grant the injunctive relief could result in eligible voters being denied the right to vote, voters who would otherwise exercise their constitutional right to vote being intimidated or discouraged from doing so, or eligible voters being forced to go to extraordinary lengths during the holiday season and ongoing Covid-19 pandemic to prove that they are eligible to vote,’ she said. ‘While the court acknowledges that an injunction may burden defendants in their role managing the ongoing election, the harm to voters whose right to vote is wrongfully impeded or denied is far greater.’… The legal battle stemmed from a coordinated effort spearheaded by True the Vote, a conservative group, that worked with voters across all of Georgia's 159 counties to challenge the eligibility of more than 364,000 voters in all.”

New Body Cam Footage: Ahmaud Arbery

I recently had a stressful experience in my apartment. The local “weed man” was in the foyer yelling profanity and threatening two young women/one man upstairs. When I saw through the peephole that he tried to go upstairs and escalate the confrontation, I called the police. I stepped into the foyer and told him that I’d called the police and asked him to “just leave.” I guess they just drove by, which emboldened him to come back and beat on my door and threaten me. I called the police again. In less than ten minutes, five police officers showed up. I was EXTREMELY grateful. Even though this book examines police brutality, I am NOT in favor of “defunding the police.” However, there must be a balance. I spent 28 years in a military uniform. We have a code of conduct/accountability. The uniform alone, however, does not guarantee integrity and perfect behavior. New bodycam footage shows police did not immediately offer medical assistance to Ahmaud Arberry as he lay dying. He was shot, vigilante-style by three men, while jogging. Perhaps because Ahmaud was black or because one of the shooters was a white former law enforcement officer, the true victim was ignored. If it weren’t for local protests, these three men wouldn’t have even been arrested.

Police and HBCU Partnership

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — With Gov. Mike Parson’s signature, Lincoln University will officially become the first historically Black college and university (HBCU) to house its own police academy next year. “At a time when law enforcement agencies are working to attract more diverse officers and create agencies that look more like their communities, Lincoln University presented an ambitious plan for a law enforcement training center that could have far-reaching impacts on recruiting more minorities to policing,” Parson said before signing the university’s basic training center license Tuesday. …Parson said he hoped other HBCUs in Missouri and across the country would follow suit. There are more than 660 police training academies across the U.S., with about half hosted by colleges, according to Department of Safety (DPS) Director Sandy Karsten. “Lincoln University is ahead of the class,” President Jerald Jones Woolfolk told The Missouri Times. “We are so excited to be the first HBCU to host a police academy in the country. In the article above, we see one of the small things that can be done to help reduce the existence of unconscious bias and systemic racism in the police force. This book doesn’t condemn police officers as racists but highlights discriminatory, targeted parts of America’s policing system that produces unequal outcomes.

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NOT "The Least Racist Person" in the Room

God help us if President Trump is “the least racist person” in ANY room. The president: told two black congresswomen to go back to Africa, called black/brown nations “shithole” countries and said we should seek more immigrants from “Norway,” stirred racist birther rumors about President Obama/Senator Harris, told white farmers that Puerto Ricans recovering from the worst natural disaster in decades were taking “their” money, called Mexicans “killers/rapists/thugs,” held a police reform summit in Dallas but didn’t invite the black police chief, county sheriff or district attorney, fondly referred to Confederate symbols/monuments as part of America’s “great heritage,” encouraged white people (McCloskeys in St. Louis, Kyle Rittenhouse) to take up arms against peaceful protesters, dismissed the FBI’s assessment that white nationalism was the greatest threat to America’s domestic security, told white nationalists to “stand by.” Who believes that a president who ceased racial sensitivity training in the Federal government, said systematic racism doesn’t exist and that George Floyd’s death was the result of a “few bad apples,” will do anything to bring true police reform? America’s greatest assets are its democracy, faith in God, and “melting pot.” The greatest threat to American stability has always been race, not the economy or abortion. As such, President Trump is the most destabilizing person in ANY room--including the White House.

The Church MUST Stand Apart from Racism

I have written two books on racism in America and the Church. As we sprint toward the election, the message in both books is that from his candidacy to the present, President Trump’s greatest appeal has never been his record of public or military service nor his life-long status as a champion against abortion. Additionally, we’ve always known that the president's “success” as a businessman has been more bluster/bravado than reality. And all Republican presidents nominate conservative judges. So what made Donald Trump leap forward as a candidate? Hatred of Mexicans. It was later cleaned up/repackaged as “keeping our borders safe” and “Making America Great Again.” The success of that led to including hatred of Muslims and black athletes kneeling in protest. As a career military man, it was particularly appalling that a man who used his wealth to dodge Vietnam service would become an oracle for respecting America’s military. Calling kneeling black athletes “sons-of-bitches” fit neatly within MAGA’s branding and further stirred up racial hatred. Since then, the president has stirred up hatred towards Asians for the “Chinese”/”Kung-flu” and shown support for Confederate monuments/symbols and white nationalists. As candidate and president, his greatest success/appeal remains the same. These books highlight racism in America & the Oval Office but also the Church’s consistent, hidden complicity with all of it.

President Trump's Secret Appeal to the Church

I have written two books on racism in America. Unfortunately, in each book, I have had to address the involvement of the president. In the first book, I said it’s hard to determine whether someone is racist, but it was easy to show that President Trump was divisive, especially along racial lines. It has been disheartening as an African American Republican to see that racist ideologies were still being embraced by so many Americans/”Republicans.” It has been even more discouraging as a Christian to see these ideologies embraced by the Church. I can only reference the presidents in my lifetime and those of my parents. It’s not hard to show that President Trump is more divisive and more associated with scandal than any president from FDR to the present. From failure to condemn Russia’s tampering with our elections, having so many top associates go to prison, hiding his personal finances, being impeached for asking Ukraine to investigate a political rival, paying off prostitutes, being wrong about the “15 people” who would die from COVID-19, incendiary rage tweeting, Russian bounties on US troops, etc. President Trump’s only lasting appeal has been his MAGA/white nationalist rhetoric. I blame the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ for succumbing to his appeal along these lines and continuing to do so in secret.

You Can't Find Racism If You Aren't Looking

In this book bubble, I show that the President made a show of police reform in Dallas by hosting a meeting but not inviting the city’s key law enforcement officials--who were all black. How easy is it to conclude that systemic racism doesn’t exist, as Vice President Pence did in last night’s debate when you don’t talk to anyone affected by it, even the black law enforcement officials!? Another incident following that pattern occurred recently: “US District Judge John Bates…ruled on Thursday that Attorney General William Barr had violated the law in how he chose the members of a law enforcement group commissioned by President Donald Trump to investigate and make recommendations on the state of the criminal justice system…The NAACP Legal Defense Fund filed a lawsuit in April against Barr, the Justice Department, and the commission, charging that they were violating the Federal Advisory Committee Act by holding closed-door meetings and omitting people in urban communities that will be affected by their recommendations…‘Especially in 2020, when racial justice and civil rights issues involving law enforcement have erupted across the nation, one may legitimately question whether it is sound policy to have a group with little diversity of experience examine, behind closed doors, the sensitive issues facing law enforcement and the criminal justice system in America today,’ Bates wrote.”

Vice President Pence on Systemic Racism

I was very disappointed with Vice President Pence as I watched last night’s debate. I am a Christian and very much pro-life. I’d imagined it would be the ultimate accomplishment to hear a US Vice President say he was pro-life. It was almost as if the “Church” finally got someone into a position of power. But the same person who was a champion for the unborn's rights said systemic racism no longer existed in America. He sided with the Grand Jury in the Breonna Taylor case but ignored the myriad other cases I cite in this book. The Vice President also sided with the President by denouncing looting and riots (acts mainly attributed to black people) and said nothing of the acts of violence of white militia groups whose acts have led to multiple deaths. The Director of the FBI has said these groups are the greatest threat to America’s domestic security. Today, the FBI announced that it thwarted an attempt by such a group to kidnap the Governor of Michigan. It’s as if there is a divide between the “white” and “black” Church that pits abortion/law-&-order against system racism and police brutality to the point where to gain victories for the one; there is a willingness to ignore the other.

Drinking the Trump Koolaide

After George Floyd’s death, it was very difficult for me to go to church. I’m black, but the racial/ethnic diversity at church was the greatest I’d seen anywhere. The leadership, however, is predominately white. At church, I almost felt like I was listening to Fox News than hearing the Word of God. There was more emphasis from the pulpit about stopping the protests than the system of policing that triggered the protests. In my previous book “The Making of a Great America Where The Founding Fathers and the Church Fell Short,” I talked about the “hyper-politicization of the Church” and the Church becoming a “Republican PAC.” Even after a few COVID outbreaks, we pressed ahead with having services with no masks or social distancing. I called it drinking the Trump Koolaide. If the president says, there is no virus threat, so be it. This troubled me as my dad had contracted COVID-19, and a dear friend died from it. My friend attended a church that ignored state laws on masks and social distancing. The pastor’s wife called the mask mandate “Biden’s law.” I am praying for the president and the first lady, that neither would have a tough time with the virus. But I’m also hoping his followers and the leaders at my church, will reconsider wearing masks.

Stand Back and Stand By

“Asked by Wallace and Biden to condemn white supremacy, Trump said “Sure” but then declined to do so. Biden named the Proud Boys, a far-right group, and Trump replied: “Proud Boys? Stand back and stand by…Somebody’s got to do something about antifa and the left.” The group celebrated his response online and began using the phrase, ‘Stand back and stand by.’” Last night the president told white nationalist groups to “stand back and stand by.” In the quote below from “Uprooting the Spirit of Racism,” I talk about how armed white nationalists are permitted to show up at protests as if they were official augmentees of the police: ‘Going forward, we need to seriously reconsider the permissiveness with which we are allowing armed paramilitaries to roam the streets of our nation’s towns and cities, as if this is normal,’ Gardiner said. ‘There’s nothing normal about this. We don’t want to be living in a war zone.” (Christoper Mathias, 2020) The president repeatedly challenged Vice President Biden on the use of the National Guard to restore “order.” Why does the President of the United States, who can mobilize the National Guard and even bring in components of the Army, need the help of white hate groups like the Proud Boys “to do something about antifa and the left?” He doesn’t.

Failure to Condemn White Nationalism

In “Uprooting the Spirit of Racism,” I referred to an FBI report stating violence caused by white nationalist groups was a far greater threat to America’s domestic security than Antifa or BLM protesters. Vice President Biden cited that report from the FBI last night in the first presidential debate. President Trump said that the FBI was wrong and that Antifa was the greater threat. Then the unthinkable happened. When the president was challenged to denounce white nationalism and white nationalist groups, he hesitated. When he was pressed by the debate moderator and Vice President Biden, here’s what happened: “Asked by Wallace and Biden to condemn white supremacy, Trump said “Sure” but then declined to do so. Biden named the Proud Boys, a far-right group, and Trump replied: “Proud Boys? Stand back and stand by…Somebody’s got to do something about antifa and the left.” The group celebrated his response online and began using the phrase, ‘Stand back and stand by.’” In both volumes of my “The Making of Great America” series, I ask if racism and division are sins. I challenge the Church to examine whether it is willing to continue to gloss over these sins as if it cannot denounce these sins while still supporting the president. I believe the Church’s failure has helped racism spread in America.

My Experience With The Police

This is a chapter from my newest book, “Uprooting the Spirit of Racism.” It is a sequel to my book, “The Making of a Great America Where the Founding Fathers and the Church Fell Short.” Both the e-book and the paperback are available now on Amazon! In this book bubble, I share how my years at a military Academy and 24 years in the Air Force shielded me from many of the types of negative interactions other black men have had with the police. It was because I had a different life experience as a black man in my late teens, and as an adult, that I was ignorant of the pervasive differences that black men and women experience as they deal with the police. I did not become aware of many of those differences until I began researching this book. I have been both enlightened and heartbroken, furious, yet resolute. This book is my contribution to resolving the disparity that is evident between black America and white America in terms of how they experience the police. I was thinking just yesterday that some of the people that helped hold segregation firmly in place for my parents are still alive, yet somehow people want to believe that the racism that they espoused has died off before them.

Racism in America's System of Policing

NBC-News•September-24-2020-Janelle-Griffith-and-Adam-Reiss “The Louisville…Metro Police Department is looking into a derogatory email…that said people who are part of antifa and the Black Lives Matter movement are ‘punks’ who are not important… The email was written by Maj. Bridget Hallahan: ‘I know it is hard to keep our thoughts and opinions to ourselves sometimes, especially when we, as a whole or as an individual, become the target of people in the public who criticize what we do without even knowing the facts…These ANTIFA and BLM people, especially the ones who just jumped on the bandwagon 'yesterday' because they became 'woke' (insert eye roll here), do not deserve a second glance or thought from us," it…Our little pinky toenails have more character, morals, and ethics, than these punks have in their entire body…Do not stoop to their level. Do not respond to them. If we do, we only validate what they did. Don't make them important, because they are not. They will be the ones washing our cars, cashing us out at the Walmart, or living in their parents' basement playing "Call-of-Duty" for their entire life…people just don't like being told what to do or what not to do by police.’ Major Hallahan’s words show not only racism but sincere belief in the no-knock-warrant “system of policing. That killed Breonna Taylor

Breonna Taylor and The War on Drugs

No One Killed Breonna Her death was simply collateral damage in an act of self-defense. That’s effectively what a grand jury ruled Wednesday, choosing not to bring charges against any Louisville police officers for the death of 26-year-old Breonna Taylor in March. The ruling sparked fresh protests. One officer was charged — for endangering the lives of Taylor’s neighbors. Is this justice? An article on Carlos Watson’s website said, “No One Killed Breonna.” In essence, it meant that none of the officers involved in her death would be charged. I wondered if some white people might be wondering, “why are black people rioting again?” These might be the same people that say that systemic racism “doesn’t exist” in our justice system. Even the Air Force recently concluded that systemic racism exists in its justice system. What does systemic racism mean? It means that different people experience different outcomes, results from the system primarily based on race. The numbers prove it over and over. Racism, however, overrides the facts, the evidence. Racism blinds you from truths that anyone not influenced by it would see. We will continue to have lopsided, inequitable results from the American legal justice system until we acknowledge that systemic racism has infected it or, more accurately from a historical perspective, still exists in it. This book is Available-now-on-Amazon.

What's This Book About?

“The Making of A Great America Uprooting the Spirit of Racism” will be available in paperback and as an e-book in the next 8 days! Stay tuned! The e-book is available for pre-order now. I highly recommend the e-book version because portions of the book are designed to be a visual experience. You won’t experience those segments of the book as powerfully if you don’t watch the videos. For the paperback reader, I have recreated titles for each of the key internet links so that you can quickly and easily type them in your phone or laptop as you read so that you don’t lose this critical aspect of the book. I have also included a “Link Legend” that puts the titles of these easy to use link titles all in one place so that you can simply type them in at your leisure and walk through the visual elements of the book. The footage is raw, gripping, and jarring. It needs to be. The footage captures the very real consequences of racism in America that the enemy would love to stay hidden and downplayed. I don’t recommend watching the hours of footage contained in these links all at once. The emotional and spiritual effects could be overwhelming.

The Blood Cries Out

This is a draft chapter from my book “The Making of a Great America Uprooting the Spirit of Racism.” It is a sequel to “The Making of a Great America Where the Founding Fathers and the Church Fell Short.” The e-book version is available for purchase now on Amazon and will be available Sep 25th. The paperback will be available by Sep 30th. In this chapter, I compare how Abel’s innocent blood cried out to God to how the blood of the innocent cries out to God today. There are many Scriptures that warn of the consequences to the nation that lightly regards or does not atone for the shedding of innocent blood. The twist in this chapter is the connection between the shedding of innocent blood and racism in America.

Civil War in America

I never knew that the young who murdered nine people at a Charleston, South Carolina church was doing so in hopes of igniting a race war, America’s next Civil War. Further, before I started writing this book, I never knew that he had plans to attack more churches and that there were other groups working to do the same thing, provoke armed conflict between blacks and whites that will escalate into a civil war. That is what I have written about in this draft chapter of my book, “The Making of A Great America Uprooting the Spirit of Racism.” The e-book version of this book is available for pre-order now on Amazon and will be available in paperback by the end of the month. “The 21-year-old accused of killing nine black churchgoers in Charleston, South Carolina, had been “planning something like that for six months,” his roommate has revealed, as friends recalled Dylann Roof’s tirades against African Americans “taking over the world” and his desire to ignite “a civil war.”

Fomenting Racism: The Church's Response?

The e-book version of this book is available for pre-order on Amazon and will be available on September 25th. The paperback version of the book will be available by September 30th. In this book, I call on the Church to recognize that the president had already gone too far with his support of the McCloskeys, who drew and pointed weapons at unarmed protesters, then did the unthinkable by offering positive comments about Kyle Rittenhouse’s killing of two people. The president, as he has in the past, risks inciting more violence. While I don’t think the president will likely not change his approach, his campaign strategy, it is time that the Church distances itself from the president’s incendiary comments that may cost more lives.

Officer Friendly & Resistance

This book bubble talks about the systematic abuse of force by police officers. Often the use of force by police is triggered by any resistance, no matter how subtle to their authority. There are many examples of this. George Floyd resisted being put into the police car. The Jacob Blake case is another terrible, deadly example of this. From what every angle of available footage shows, Jacob Blake’s walking away from the police triggered an officer with 17 years of service to shoot him at point-blank range seven times in the back. He was unarmed. He wasn’t fighting the police. There were at least two police officers that could have tackled him and prevented him from getting into his vehicle. My point in this chapter is to show that something systemic, something regular, something predictable happens when this terrible mixture occurs: any form of resistance (even unarmed), police, and being black.

At Point Blank Range

This is an excerpt from my upcoming book, “Uprooting the Spirit of Racism.” It is a sequel to my book, “The Making of a Great America Where the Founding Fathers and the Church Fell Short.” The e-book version is available for preorder now on Amazon. The paperback will be available for sale on September 20th.

Black and White Perceptions of the Police

This is an excerpt from my upcoming book, “Uprooting the Spirit of Racism.” It is a sequel to my book, “The Making of a Great America Where the Founding Fathers and the Church Fell Short.” The e-book version is available for pre-order now on Amazon. The paperback will be available for sale on September 20th. This chapter of the book explores the differences in the ways black and white people experience the police and attributes the different perceptions of the police to the different ways black and white people experience the police.

A Different "American" History

A few days ago, I had a conversation with my dad about his experience growing up, specifically, living on the land of a sharecropper. That led to a conversation today with one of my moms about her experience growing up in Mississippi in the 1950s. I could never have imagined the things that “Mom Stein” relayed to me. They seemed unbelievable, so unbelievable that when I got off the phone, I immediately started doing research. That research and my conversation with Mom Stein led to me drafting a partial chapter for my new book, “The Making of A Great America Uprooting the Spirit of Racism.” In this chapter, I mix anecdotal and historical accounts of “peonage” or debt slavery and accounts of forced slavery in America that occurred well into the 1950s. Please also explore this link: https://bit.ly/slavery1950s The e-book version of this book is available for preorder now. It will be available for sale in paperback form in mid-September.

America's Spiritual House

This is an excerpt from my upcoming book, "Uprooting the Spirit of Racism." This book is available for preorder on Amazon. This book is a sequel to the book "The Making of a Great America Where the Founding Fathers and the Church Fell Short," which is available on Amazon and Audible. In this segment, I go through great lengths in this chapter to identify racism as a spiritual issue, a work of the devil vs. merely a cultural issue, or a socioeconomic or political problem. All of these elements have to be addressed to combat racism in America, but they will not be successful in the long-run if no spiritual remedy is sought.

Speak the Truth in Love

Dealing with the subject of racism is very difficult. In this chapter from the book I share how I will attempt to tackle this subject. Namely by "speaking the truth in love." This book is available for preorder on Amazon and is the sequel to "The Making of a Great America Where the Church and the Founding Fathers Fell Short (also available on Amazon and Audible).

Available for Preorder on Amazon

This bubble gives insight into the birth of two books. In 2016 our nation was going through a time very similar to the time we are in now. There were several police shootings that had the black community both grieving and up in arms. Yet unlike 2020, with death of George Floyd, there was little support outside the black community or in the church. In this chapter I talk about how we, this nations, has come full circle from where we were four years ago. This book is a sequel to "The Making of a Great America" (which is available on Amazon, Kindle, and Audible). This book will be published in September but is available for preorder now.

Available Now for Preorder on Amazon!

My newest book, “The Making of A Great America Uprooting the Spirit of Racism” is available for preorder now on Amazon! This book is the sequel to “The Making of a Great America Where the Founding Fathers and the Church Fell Short.” This book will be published in September.

Life Saving The Importance of Hearing the Voice of God

Life Saving The Importance of Hearing the Voice of God

Lifesaving talks about how to hear the voice of God through our relationship with the Holy Spirit. It is both a book of Biblical instruction and testimony. It is jam-packed with Scriptures for the reader’s personal study. It takes a complex question, how to hear the voice of God, and answers it in simple, easy to understand terms backed by Scripture. It is an excellent book for new Christians and anyone who has asked the question, does God still speak today?

Book Bubbles from Life Saving The Importance of Hearing the Voice of God

Free e-book Offer!

So, Easter is that time when many people do the “religious thing” and go to church, mass, etc. As it pertains to religion, however, many people have heard the phrase, “it’s not about religion; it’s about a relationship with God.” But what does that mean? I believe it means two-way communication, fellowship, and intimacy. I believe it is learning how to hear the voice of God through the Holy Spirit in your heart. Many, many people, even “born-again” Christians, say that they are not sure that they have ever heard the voice of God. That’s why I wrote this book. I am making the e-book version of it free from Wed Apr 7th – Apr 11th. Like the tax prep commercial FREE, FREE-FREE, FREE. Do you want to know what the Bible says about a relationship with God and hearing His voice? In this book I share some of my experiences, even a life-saving experience with hearing the voice of God. Get the e-book free this week! It’s a quick read. You can finish it this weekend. I believe it might change your life!

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This book is a great book for new Christians who are learning to hear the voice of God, the inward witness of the Holy Spirit. The book is packed with scripture and testimonies yet is written at a level that doesn't require a theology degree to understand. It is an absolute must for new Christians and is also a good tool for evangelism. It is available now on Amazon!

Ivan's Christian Book Titles

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Ivan's Christian Book Titles

Christian Books & Bibles

Listing of all the Christian book titles that I have published.

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Audible Titles for Everyone

Do you like audiobooks? If you’re an audible subscriber like me, then you regularly like to listen to new books as your driving, walking, exercising, cleaning the house, etc. I have 12 audiobook titles. You want a devotional for dad? I got it. You want some scriptural encouragement for the workplace? I got it. Do you have a loved one or friend who needs to listen to an audiobook filled with Scriptures on healing? I’ve got that one too. What about Biblical encouragement for your finances, for a young man’s self-confidence, an audiobook on fighting depression, books on discovering purpose, destiny, and next steps in the call of God on your life? I have them all in one place. I also have audiobooks on tougher subjects like matters of race in the Church and in the military as well. I even have audiobooks on how to become a published author in which I share my secrets to publishing 17 books in less than six years. Preview my titles on Audible for free today!

Codes for FREE Audiobooks

FREE OFFER! Do you like audiobooks? Are you an Audible subscriber? I have a number of titles on Audible. I have free Audible codes for the Christian titles listed below. You can only use an audiobook’s free code to obtain that audiobook. If possible, I’d like you to leave a review and if you enjoyed the book, have your friends request free codes for the book. You can request free codes by e-mailing at ivan.arizona@yahoo.com. “Financial Testimonies: Stories of God's Favor, Grace and Provision,” “The Bible Promises of Healing: 16 Letters for Mom,” “Finding Next: A Book of Divine Seasons,” “The Making of a Great America: Where the Founding Fathers and the Church Fell Short,” and “Usted Debería: Distracciones Y Desvíos Del Destino Divino (“You Should Distraction and Detours to Divine Destiny” Spanish Edition)

100,000 Bubble Views!

I’m celebrating over 100,000 Bubble Views on the Bublish Platform! Over 100,000 people have viewed excerpts or “book bubbles” from my 15 Titles on Amazon/Audible (several additional titles also available in Spanish). I am so grateful for the exposure that the Bublish platform (Bublish.com) has given me. Bublish has been an invaluable stand-alone marketing tool as Bublish tweets my book bubbles to their large online audience. In addition to Bublish’s marketing efforts, I use my Bublish links on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, etc. The exposure on Bublish has been the key factor in my ability to sell several thousand books since I started to use the platform. I highly recommend it!

Give a Meaningful Gift This Year!

Black Friday 2019 is already upon us and Cyber Monday is only a few days away. With all of the gift ideas fighting for your attention, it is so easy just to buy something because it is on sale. This Christmas maybe it would be better to just take a moment and consider a different kind of stocking stuffer for a loved one, neighbor or coworker than you have in the past. Can you even remember the gifts your coworkers or neighbors gave you last year? Give a gift that they will remember. Give a gift that will have lasting impact. Please consider the gift of a good Christian book as you’re out online cyber-shopping. All of my titles are very reasonably priced and available on Amazon. And the best part, the Amazon elves take care of the delivery!

FREE AUDIOBOOKS

Black Friday audiobook deals! What a great gift for yourself! A FREE audiobook! Check out my audiobook titles on Audible https://adbl.co/2SGtd3q, find one you like, then email me: ivansbooks@yahoo.com, I will send you a FREE code for use on Audible! *Hurry! While codes last!

Coming in August!

Coming in August! ‘Finding Next' the audiobook! Listen to the 1st 15 mins here by typing the following into your browser: https://t.co/EmheK7x6Qp

Christian e-books & Audiobooks!

Searching for last-minute, inexpensive gift ideas for loved ones? Missed the deadline to get something sent in the mail? Give the gift of Audible! Send a Christian e-book! A Christian audiobook or e-book is a perfect way to give inspiration during the Holiday season! Click "website" in this book bubble or search for me on Amazon or Audible.

Financial Testimonies Stories of God's Favor, Grace and Provision

Financial Testimonies Stories of God's Favor, Grace and Provision

Christian Books & Bibles

Financial Testimonies is a collection of praise reports from my journal and posts from a Facebook page that I began to use to share testimonies of God’s favor, grace, and provision. Originally I only envisioned passing down these testimonies to my children. Later I began to share them in a Facebook Group composed of a group of church members. Then I began to share them with other friends and family. The feedback was so good that I decided to share them with the world. The purpose of these testimonies is to inspire people to “excel in this grace of giving (2 Cor 8:7)” and to learn how to receive the harvest of seed sown that is promised in Scripture. Embedded in many of the testimonies is a lesson, a roadmap, if you will, as to what I did to receive what I received. If I only succeeded in sharing with you how I was blessed, I would consider this book a failure. This book is only a success if people can learn from what I did and get the same results!

Book Bubbles from Financial Testimonies Stories of God's Favor, Grace and Provision

Debt and Stewardship

I have been doing my taxes and deliberating on selling my home in Phoenix. As a result, I took an in-depth look at all of my debts. I created a spreadsheet listing each creditor, balance, monthly payment, monthly interest accrued, and interest rate. I was blown away by how much I pay in interest each month and by the interest rates on some accounts. What it showed me was that I had become complacent, even numb to the fact that so much of what I made was going to pay off debt. I’m not even including my car or home. My old Pastor, Sean Moore, used to talk about not having to “believe God for a miracle each month to pay your bills.” In my book, I talked about a balance between using your faith for finances and being a good steward. I have done the list-all-your-debts exercise many times, but I hadn’t done it recently. And not focusing on my debts is a form of poor stewardship! How can I truly believe God to be debt-free if I don’t know how much I owe? How can I develop a strategy to become debt-free if I don’t know which credit accounts have the highest interest rates? My vision of being debt-free, of future wealth, must include debt accounting/reduction.

Stewardship

This book bubble talks about some of my own personal stewardship failures. Yes, failures. The vast majority of this book is about using faith to receive the promised return, the harvest of seeds sown into the good ground of the kingdom of God. But stewardship is an equally important principle in Scripture. Some of the time, the reason we aren’t more prosperous is that we aren’t effectively managing what we have: savings, paying off debt, not running up credit cards, budgeting, etc. I remember reading someone’s commentary on Malachi 3, the part where it says that the Lord will “rebuke the devourer” for our sake. The person said sometimes we are the “devourer.” We devour the blessing of the Lord on impulse purchases, racking up debt and just not planning how we will spend our money. We waste blessings by not expending them based on godly priorities. I highly recommend Dave Ramsey’s “Financial Peace University” as a resource. We are blessed by the harvest from the seeds we sow and by effective stewardship. It can’t be only sowing and reaping (supernatural) and it can’t only be savings and paying off debt (natural). There must be a balance.

FREE For 5 days! Mar 27th-31st!

In recent days I have seen a lot of things on social media encouraging people to trust God as it pertains to their finances. So, I have decided to make my book “Financial Testimonies, Stories of God’s Favor Grace and Provision” available for free as an e-book for 5 days: Mar 27th thru the 31st. This book is filled with Scriptures that will encourage your faith in the area of God’s provision for your finances. What makes it unique though is that it is filled with testimonies of how God has met my needs over and over in big ways and small ways. I wrote the book because I know that I am not special. I knew that whatever God had done for me He would do for others. I hoped that if I shared my testimonies in a book that it would stir others to use their faith to obtain the same type of testimonies. The e-book is FREE for 5 days but if you’d like to sow/be a blessing to me you can buy the paperback version on Amazon or the audiobook on Audible. Please share the free e-book offer with everyone that you think could use the blessing of Scriptural encouragement in this area. Share it while it is still FREE!! Hurry offer ends Mar 31st!

Now Available as an Audiobook!

For a limited time, I have FREE Audible codes for my new audiobook, "Financial Testimonies, Stories of God's Favor, Grace and Provision." This book is for anyone who wants to learn more about what the Bible says about giving and receiving. This book is for anyone who needs encouragement in their faith in the area of receiving God's promised help with our finances. This book is for those who may be confused because they have heard so many negative things about "the prosperity gospel." This book is simply a book of financial testimonies and the Scriptures that I stood on. They are stories of faith and the grace and mercy of God. The sole purpose of this book is to encourage the listener. Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God. Your faith will be built up as you listen to the Scriptures and testimonies in this book! You may also discover some practical things that may help in the application of familiar Scriptural truths. Claim your free audiobook on Audible by messaging me for a code. The free code can only be used for this title on Audible.

Dealing with Worry

I spent 28 years in a blue uniform, four as a cadet, and 24 as an Air Force officer. Since I retired, I have been able to pursue dreams as an author and as an actor/performer. This is an excerpt from my newest book, “Financial Testimonies: Stories of God's Favor, Grace and Provision.” The book is a collection of journal-like entries, testimonies of the goodness of God in my life. In this excerpt, I share how worry is a form of fear and was keeping me from taking a faith step and taking an acting job in Los Angeles. On paper, financially, it didn’t make sense. But I felt the leading of the Holy Spirit to take the step. This entry was written in June of 2019. I took the step in June, and when the musical ended in July, the director asked me if I would be interested in a larger production in Long Island, NY. I took that job, and before it ended, I landed an audition in New York for The Color Purple national tour. Three days after my Long Island production ended, I was a member of the Color Purple cast! That one faith step in LA led to the Long Island job and national tour. Overcoming worry was the first step! Available on Amazon!

The Joy of Giving

For sale now as an e-book, “Financial Testimonies” is a simple book composed of journal entries and posts from a Facebook page. The purpose of the book is to inspire and build hope in the area of finances. So many are discouraged in this area. The Bible says that the “overcame him,” the enemy, “by the blood of the lamb and the word of their testimony.” It is my sincere hope that the testimonies in this book will inspire those who are struggling to receive the manifested promises of God in this area. I share Bible principles about giving, receiving, and stewardship. I share my testimonies and trials. Most of all, I share the revelation that God loves us and that He wants to help us in this area. God is a good Father and by “faith and patience” we can “inherit” the precious “promises” that He has made to us in this area. Deliverance from lack and financial bondage are simply one of the manifestations of the love of God. Though this book is about me, it is not for me. I would consider this book a failure if the reader only celebrated what God has done in my life and did not get the revelation that God wants to do the same for them!

Flashback to 2015

Financial Testimonies is a collection of praise reports from my journal and posts from a Facebook page that I began to use to share testimonies of God’s favor, grace, and provision. Originally I only envisioned passing down these testimonies to my children. Later I began to share them in a Facebook Group composed of a group of church members. Then I began to share them with other friends and family. The feedback was so good that I decided to share them with the world. In this book bubble, I share the specifics of some of the amazing harvests that I received in 2015 that were directly related to the Holy Spirit unction to increase my giving and to stand in agreement with the prophetic words that had been given to the congregation for the season that we were in.

Giving and Favor

The purpose of “Financial Testimonies” is to inspire people to “excel in this grace of giving (2 Cor 8:7)” and to learn how to receive the harvest of seed sown that is promised in Scripture. Embedded in many of the testimonies or journal entries is a lesson, a roadmap, if you will, as to what I did to receive what I received. In this particular book bubble,, I share what the Holy Spirit shared with me in the Scriptures as it pertains to giving and obtaining the favor of God. This book will be coming out soon!

Passing Money Tests

I have had the great privilege of sitting under so many great men and women of God. One of those men was Dr. Michael A. Freeman of Spirit of Faith Christian Center in Temple Hills, MD. I learned so much from him about being a giver and sowing into the kingdom. I also learned principles about receiving the harvest on seeds sown. Sowing and harvests are inseparably connected in that I can’t continue to sow into the kingdom of God if I don’t continue to receive a harvest. I believe some people have been discouraged about not seeing the fruit of their giving. What they may be missing is the Scriptural foundation that is necessary to build their faith in this area and some examples of how to put the principles into practice. That’s what Dr. Mike did for me. He gave me excellent teaching, and then he gave me the “how to” in laymen’s terms. In this book bubble, I attempt to pass on one of the key “how to’s” that I learned from him. It is entitled “Passing Money Tests.” It is one of the most fundamental keys to success in “excelling in the grace of giving” as described by the Apostle Paul in 2 Cor 8:7. Enjoy! This book is coming soon!

Overcoming Disappointment

Financial Testimonies is a collection of praise reports from my journal and posts from a Facebook page that I began to use to share testimonies of God’s favor, grace, and provision. Originally I only envisioned passing down these testimonies to my children. Later I began to share them in a Facebook Group composed of a group of church members. Then I began to share them with other friends and family. The feedback was so good that I decided to share them with the world. The purpose of these testimonies is to inspire people to “excel in this grace of giving (2 Cor 8:7)” and to learn how to receive the harvest of seed sown that is promised in Scripture. Embedded in many of the testimonies is a lesson, a roadmap, if you will, as to what I did to receive what I received. If I only succeeded in sharing with you how I was blessed, I would consider this book a failure. This book is only a success if people can learn from what I did and get the same results!

Finding Next

Finding Next

Christian Books & Bibles

Every day we flip pages on the calendars of our lives as we move through various seasons en route to either fulfilling or coming short of the destiny God has ordained for us. “Finding Next” is a book about the divine seasons that you may pass through enroute to fulfilling God’s destiny for your life. It is the companion book to another book I have written entitled “You Should Distractions & Detours to Divine Destiny.

Book Bubbles from Finding Next

Obedience the Key to Hearing Your "Next"

In this book bubble, I talk about how our disobedience can keep us from hearing our “Next.” Often we are so concerned about getting God’s wisdom for our next season, next move, etc. The problem is that God often withholds His guidance for our next when we haven’t done what He told us last. In my own life, the pandemic has produced a myriad of questions about what steps to take next. I have been in a near state of despair recently because I wasn’t hearing clearly from God. In re-reading my own words from a book I published years ago, I realized that I couldn’t hear instructions for my “next” season because I was unwilling to the things God told me to do for the season that I am currently in. This book is available on Amazon and Audible.

Prophesying Out of Their Own Hearts

In “Finding Next,” I talk about the prophetic and the Bible phrase “men prophesy out of their own hearts.” I think it will help those wondering why Trump victory “prophecies” didn’t come to pass. (Newsweek) Minister Prophesies Trump Comeback, Says 'God Hates' Biden Support of Equality Act, Abortion Rights BY BENJAMIN FEARNOW ON 11/8/20 Christian "prophets" and ministers across the U.S. are following up on their nearly unanimous prophecies proclaiming President Donald Trump would "without question" win re-election. But with Joe Biden now named President-elect, church leaders are either apologizing or doubling down and predicting a Trump comeback led by the Supreme Court and Baby Boomers. Several evangelical and Christian church leaders, including televangelist Pat Robertson, White House spiritual adviser Paula White and First Baptist Church Pastor Robert Jeffress, all made bold predictions about a sweeping Trump victory in the presidential election. Those hopes were dashed Saturday as nearly every major news outlet declared Biden the winner, prompting a scrambled effort among many so-called "prophets" to explain their glaring error in interpreting God. Update: Bethel Church's Kris Vallotton has since deleted his Instagram apology for getting the election wrong. All of the self-proclaimed Christian leaders who prophesied Trump's win reiterated that their incorrect message doesn't mean they are "false prophets," urging their followers to "keep trust in the prophets."

Now Available on Audible!

“Finding Next” is now an audiobook! It is available on Audible. It is also available on Amazon.com as a paperback and e-book. This book is for any person who is considering a “next” in their life: next career move, college choice, whether it’s the right time to pursue a dream or to stay put. It is a must for every Christian library. It is a must for anyone in mid-life crisis or who feels that they have been on the wrong path and is seeking direction from God on how to to get on the right track towards fulfillment and destiny. “Finding Next” will help any reader to identify what “season” of their life they are in and how to take season appropriate, season-specific actions.

Finding Next Has Been Published!

My newest book “Finding Next” is now available on Amazon.com as a paperback and e-book! Each day we flip pages on the calendars of our lives as we move through various seasons en route to either fulfilling or coming short of the destiny God has ordained for us. “Finding Next” is a book about the divine seasons that you may pass through en route to fulfilling God’s destiny for your life. It is the companion book to another book I have written entitled “You Should Distractions & Detours to Divine Destiny."

Should I Stay or Should I Go

I am making the e-book version of my book, “Finding Next” available for FREE for 5 days on Amazon from Oct 3rd-7th. Download it and enjoy this weekend! Just go to its Amazon link and click on the e-book. The price for the e-book will be $0 for the entire 5-day promotional period. I started writing this book in response to my observations of two young men. Both young men were Christians. Both men were men of prayer. Yet both men were in turmoil over which road to take regarding the next step in their careers. As I watched them, I felt I had some things to say that could help. I knew the answer was clarity from God. I knew that the Holy Spirit leads us into all truth and only speaks to us what He has heard from the Father. This book is the response to the questions the two young men were seeking answers for.

Understanding Due Season

I am making the e-book version of my book, “Finding Next” available for FREE for 5 days on Amazon from Oct 3rd-7th. Download it and enjoy this weekend! Just go to its Amazon link and click on the e-book. The price for the e-book will be $0 for the entire 5-day promotional period. The excerpt provided in this book bubble talks about "due season" and some very common misconceptions of what it means. Further I talk about the seasons and actions that precede "due season." A greater understanding of these seasons and actions will help to ensure that you successfully reach your due season!

There's Always A Next

In this chapter from “Finding Next” I address people that do see a next, don’t have a vision for what they should be striving for, aiming at. Recently I have been straining to see a “next” for myself. It was troubling because I pride myself on being visionary. I also have the regular habit of setting 90-day goals and pushing myself to accomplish things in every area of my life. I was hindered greatly in this last round of goal-setting because I couldn’t “see” anything. I didn’t have a solid sense of “next.” I typed some goals up but I knew something was missing. There was nothing in the list of goals that I found compelling or that gripped me. Today I found out that I couldn’t see because part of me didn’t want to see. Pastor Bob Yandian said, “The seasons change whether you want them to or not. Winners take the memory of the old season with them they don't try to hold onto an old season.” When I read this the Holy Spirit helped me to realize that I was trying to “hold onto an old season.” Even though I recently had a glimpse of a new season,fear was making me try to hold onto my current season of comfort and predictability.

Audio Sample

My book "Finding Next" is currently in development but you can hear an audio sample at https://soundcloud.com/thompsoi/finding-next-first-fifteen-minutes

Types of Seasons

"Finding Next" is a book about the divine seasons that you may pass through en route to fulfilling God’s destiny for your life. I have also written a book entitled "You Should Distractions and Detours to Divine Destiny". This book focuses on helping you find your destiny and ideally should be read prior to reading this book. The premise of “You Should” is that God, the Divine Architect of the universe, has created each of us for a distinct purpose in the earth. Preview “You Should” for free on Amazon or Audible.com! In this chapter, I discuss types of seasons in our lives based on Ecclesiastes chapter 3. A season is a discernible period of time along the path of our life’s destiny in which actions must be taken or refrained from to keep us in line with and on track with God’s divine plan and timetable for our life. I believe what makes seasons divine is being in tune with the specific guidance, direction, and a plan of action that God gives in a specific period of time in our lives. One of the major themes of this book is that just as natural seasons differ, that the seasons of our lives differ, and to have success in any given season you have to perform season-appropriate, season-specific actions.

25 Essential Bible Verses for Christian Business Leaders

Christian Books & Bibles

I am writing this book to help Christian leaders in the workplace. I want to share how I applied foundational management principles that I found in the Bible to bring me success in the workplace. This journal is intended to be a tool to serve you as a Christian leader to help you grow in wisdom and grow in your ability to use the scriptures and the leading of the Holy Spirit to guide you to success in whatever leadership position in which you find yourself. I have called it a journal because it is my hope that certain entries will cause you to take pause and reflect on your leadership style, your approach to certain things and take a few notes that will help you to become more successful.

Book Bubbles from 25 Essential Bible Verses for Christian Business Leaders

Celebrating 600 Audiobooks Sold!

This was my first audiobook title on Audible and is far and away my best selling audiobook! The English version of this audiobook has accounted for 33% of my sales and the Spanish version has accounted for nearly another 33%. Preview it on Audible for free today! It is also available as an e-book and in paperback on Amazon in English and Spanish.

Check Out The Reviews!

John Sammon https://s2.netgalley.com/book/106953/review/382319 5 out of 5 stars What a great book, more people in management roles CEO's and other upper management as well as us regular people need to read this book, it has a lot of good scripture and good thoughts to ponder and reflect on in our own lives and careers. There are some days I get lazy or I get mad but I have to take a moment and realize I'm doing this for God, not for man. I love the fact the all scripture is KJV of the Bible, I have the e-book version which makes it easy to reference it while at work or when I need some encouragement, it doesn't replace your Bible, but this is a handy tool to have with you. CT Rocks https://s2.netgalley.com/book/ 106953/review/366011 4 out of 5 stars This book is short but contains nuggets of wisdom that are succinct and direct to the point. It provides good material for leadership meetings with small group leaders. Some of the insights are commonplace (especially among committed disciples) but this does not take away from the usefulness of the insights. Besides, leadership principles are always worth reiterating and emphasizing. I enjoyed reading this during my train rides. I have taken notes and will share these insights to my team of leaders.

Servant Leadership

The first time I heard the term servant leadership was years ago when I was studying for my Master’s Degree at Regent University. It was presented as the style of leadership that Jesus practiced. Jesus said “And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant” (Matthew 20:27 KJV), and “he that is greatest among you shall be your servant. (Matthew 23:11 KJV)” In scripture we see Jesus wash the disciple's feet. This type of humility, however, is not the model for leadership today. In fact, we are taught the opposite. As leaders, we are taught that our people work for us, we have a staff to serve us, that we deserve to be treated better than people that are “lower than us” on an organizational, pay or another scale. This excerpt challenges us to think about what would happen if we, using Jesus as our role model, really decided to serve the people that were on our team? What would it look like if we flipped our entitlement to be served into an obligation to use our status to nurture and care for, “serve” those placed within our realm of responsibility?

Godly Wisdom and Leadership

It is possible to get wisdom, insight, direction from God. This is an essential tenet, an underlying premise of this book. As Christian leaders, we should have a decided edge over anyone who does not have an intimate relationship with God. We see this edge in the lives of Bible greats like Joseph, Daniel, and Esther. But have the stories of these great men and women become just that, stories in the Bible but not relevant as it pertains to the complex workplace issues and leadership of today? Specifically, as it pertains to your leadership inventory, your management arsenal, does the wisdom of God have a place? If you don’t think you can rely on the wisdom of God as you lead, the passages in this chapter of the book, provoke you to ask yourself why not?

Make Way for Superstars

This excerpt from the Journal deals with making room for the exceptional talent in organizations. How do we know who they are? How do we make room for them to shine without upsetting their peers and their bosses? How do we challenge them enough to keep their interest and keep them on board?

Dealing With a Difficult or “evil” Boss

What you think you are about to read in this segment as a solution for how to deal with a difficult boss might not be what you expected…This is a biblical leadership journal so don’t expect anything but an answer grounded in scripture. Somehow instantly it may run through your mind that “scriptural” is synonymous with less effective. If that thought ran through your mind, as it did mine, you have to capture it and examine it and ask yourself why a scripture-based approach to this type of problem or any other workplace problem would be less effective than what you could come up with on your own. Perhaps more than anyone else, Christian leaders must develop the practice of seeking answers to problems in the Bible. As Christian leaders, we must cultivate the habit of looking to scriptures and the leadership of Holy Spirit in addition to whatever lies in our bag of experiences, training, etc.

Usted Deberia

Usted Deberia

Christian Books & Bibles

Este libro fue escrito para ayudar a cualquiera que esté tratando de descubrir el propósito que Dios y avanzar en él, a pesar de la oposición de voces contrapuestas conocidas como los “usted debería”. Los “usted debería” a menudo provienen de personas bien intencionadas en nuestras vidas. Personas como nuestros padres, entrenadores, maestros, líderes religiosos, hermanos y amigos. Este libro es para jóvenes que buscan el propósito de su vida. Este libro es para padres de jóvenes que intentan descubrir su propósito. Este libro también es para cualquiera que esté considerando un cambio de carrera. Finalmente, es para las personas que se han dado cuenta de que han estado en el camino equivocado, tal vez siguiendo los “usted debería” de otras personas versus el plan de Dios para su vida.

Book Bubbles from Usted Deberia

Audiolibro Cristiano en Español

Audiolibro Cristiano en Español Please listen to a sample from the audiobook “You Should, Distractions and Detours to Divine Destiny.” This book is available on Audible.com. It is also available, in Spanish, as an e-book and in print, on Amazon.com. Please type the information in the link below into your browser to listen to an audio sample. Escuche una muestra del audiolibro "Debe, distracciones y desvíos al destino divino". Este libro está disponible en Audible.com. También está disponible, en español, como un libro electrónico y en forma impresa, en Amazon.com. Escriba la información en el siguiente enlace en su navegador para escuchar una muestra de audio. https://adbl.co/2m9tmkm

Free e-book! Libros Gratis!

My e-book “Usted Deberia” is FREE on Amazon until Oct 22nd! Find the book on my Amazon author page or click the link on this page and the Amazon price will be $0. ¡Mi libro electrónico “Usted Deberia” es GRATUITO en Amazon hasta el 22 de octubre! Encuentre el libro en mi página de autor de Amazon o haga clic en el enlace de esta página y el precio de Amazon será de $ 0.

Coming soon! ¡Próximamente!

I have a new audiobook in production! It is the Spanish audio version of "You Should," narrated by Miguel Rodriguez. Do you speak Spanish? Take a listen by typing the following into your browser: https://bit.ly/2NcWqUw ¡Tengo un nuevo audiolibro en producción! Es la versión de audio en español de "You Should", narrada por Miguel Rodríguez. ¿Hablas español? Escuche escribiendo lo siguiente en su navegador: https://bit.ly/2NcWqUw

Usted Deberia Definición

Todos nosotros en algún momento hemos tenido problemas con las preguntas sobre qué se supone que debo hacer con mi vida, estoy haciendo lo que se supone que debo hacer con mi vida, ¿cuál es mi propósito? ¿Estoy desperdiciando mi vida? Desafortunadamente, al tratar de responder esas preguntas, estamos rodeados por un mar de simpatizantes y detractores cuyas voces hacen que sea aún más difícil escuchar las respuestas a estas preguntas. De hecho, tratar de confiar en esas voces es el enfoque equivocado por completo. La premisa fundamental de este libro es que Dios tiene un propósito único para ti y debes acudir a Él para obtener claridad y dirección. Todas las otras voces, cuando se alinean con lo que Dios les dice, son grandes cumplidos. Cuando no lo hacen, pueden convertirse en distracciones significativas, incluso obstáculos para discernir y alcanzar el destino que Dios planeó para ustedes desde la fundación del mundo.

Usted Deberia

Todos nosotros en algún momento hemos tenido problemas con las preguntas sobre qué se supone que debo hacer con mi vida, estoy haciendo lo que se supone que debo hacer con mi vida, ¿cuál es mi propósito? ¿Estoy desperdiciando mi vida? Desafortunadamente, al tratar de responder esas preguntas, estamos rodeados por un mar de simpatizantes y detractores cuyas voces hacen que sea aún más difícil escuchar las respuestas a estas preguntas. De hecho, tratar de confiar en esas voces es el enfoque equivocado por completo. La premisa fundamental de este libro es que Dios tiene un propósito único para ti y debes acudir a Él para obtener claridad y dirección. Todas las otras voces, cuando se alinean con lo que Dios les dice, son grandes cumplidos. Cuando no lo hacen, pueden convertirse en distracciones significativas, incluso obstáculos para discernir y alcanzar el destino que Dios planeó para ustedes desde la fundación del mundo.

First Responders: A Revelation of the Love of Jesus

First Responders: A Revelation of the Love of Jesus

Religion & Spirituality

In this book, I examine Jesus’ first response to some of the people that He encountered who were in some form of sin, namely the woman at the well and the woman caught in adultery. I also share how Jesus repeats those same principles of “first response” in His telling of the parable of the prodigal son. I compare Jesus’ response to the types of responses that I received as a “prodigal” trying to return home to a right relationship with the Father. Further, I examine how I have also failed to extend the proper first response to others who were in a condition of woundedness and sin. This book is a quick read, but it contains a powerful revelation of love that I hope that you won’t miss.

Book Bubbles from First Responders: A Revelation of the Love of Jesus

The Father Love of God

I was talking to a good friend recently about how I love my kids. It led to a discussion of how I treat them even when they have failed to treat me as I would like. I told my friend that, “God has shown me that in the way that He loves me. He doesn't see me as the sum of my mistakes, poor choices, and outright sins. He sees as me as His son and loves me to a better lifestyle. He believes the best in me until it manifests.” Those are the types of sentiments expressed in “First Responders.” It’s a short book on the revelation of how much God loves me, us. It is available on Amazon and Audible. Preview for free today! Click "website" to purchase.

Now Available in Audio!

First Responders is now available on Audible! This is my first audiobook of 2019! I really believe that the listener/reader of this book will come to a deeper revelation of the love of Jesus and will also be compelled to look at how they extend that love to others. 300 audiobooks sold and counting! Come see what the buzz surrounding these audiobooks is all about! Listen to a sample free today on Audible.

Free Mini-book This week!

My new mini-book "First Responders: A Revelation of the Love of Jesus" is available as an ebook for FREE on Amazon now thru Sep 7th 2018. Get your copy today! Please share!

Discovering Destiny Package

Working Title: Discovering Destiny Package

This Book Is In Development

Discovering Destiny Package

Christian Books & Bibles

One of the great cravings of our hearts is to discover our purpose, what we were put on earth to accomplish. An equally intense desire is to start moving toward the fulfillment of that purpose. As Christians, we believe that God, the creator, is the author of our purpose. We believe that as we seek Him, He will reveal our purpose to us. Fulfillment of our God-ordained purpose gives us a sense that we are living meaningful lives.

Rough-Cut Book Bubbles from Discovering Destiny Package

Discovering Destiny Package

I am promoting two books together in what I am calling the “Discovering Destiny” package. I refer to it as a package as I believe the revelation in the first book flows into the second book, almost like a sequel. I believe the combined effect of the two books is so significant, so powerful that they should be marketed together. The first book is entitled “You Should, Distractions and Detours to Divine Destiny.” Its focus is on discovering your purpose. The title of the second book is “Finding Next, A Book of Divine Seasons.” Its focus is tapping into the leading and direction of God, through the Holy Spirit, during the seasons of life that we pass through en route to fulfilling our destiny. I’m calling these two books together the “Discovering Destiny” package. It is the perfect gift for anyone, including yourself, who is struggling with questions about purpose, divine destiny, next steps, the leading of the Holy Spirit, the call of God on their lives, etc. Both these books are available on Amazon in English in paperback, e-book, and audio (Audible). “You Should” is also available in all three media in Spanish! Order your “Discovering Destiny” package today!

Letters to Build a Young Man's Confidence

Christian Books & Bibles

These are actual letters written to a young man encouraging him to build his confidence in the Lord versus buying into worldly definitions of confidence such as self-confidence, bravado, or moxie. The letter are filled with Scriptural encouragement.

Book Bubbles from Letters to Build a Young Man's Confidence

Free e-book offer, 5 days only!

My e-book “Letters to Build a Young Man’s Confidence” is FREE on Amazon through Oct 29th! Enjoy! Click the Amazon links in this book bubble, or the link below, the price will be $0: https://amzn.to/2ShZhuh .

Devotional for Young Men

Looking for a good devotional for a young man that you know? Perhaps a nephew, a godson or young man at church? “Letters to Build a Young Man’s Confidence” is a devotional written to inspire young men as they seek to grow in their relationship with Christ. It’s easy to read but is full of scriptural admonitions and encouragement for the reader. A lot of young men struggle with confidence. Today’s media outlets teach them to seek to build confidence in so many of the wrong ways. This book reinforces that fact that our greatest source of confidence is found in our relationship with God, what He says in His word and in what His word says about us. A young person might not read a paperback book but might read the e-book version or listen to the audio book version on his phone. Therefore, you can buy this book in paperback, e-book and audio book formats on Amazon and send it to the special young men in your life. Preview it for free on Amazon today!

AUDIOBOOK NOW FOR SALE!

My latest audiobook is now for sale! Preview for free on Amazon.com! Also available on Audible.com and ACX.com. Letters to Build a Young Man's Confidence are actual letters written to a young man to inspire him to seek his confidence in God. These letters encourage the young man to reject secular definitions of confidence, like self-confidence, bravado, moxie in favor of a total reliance upon God and His strength. The letters are full of Scriptures related to confidence.

AUDIO BOOK SAMPLE

God has really blessed me with some awesome voice over artists! Miguel Rodriguez is helping to bring “Letters to Build a Young Man’s Confidence” to life. Here’s an audio sample of the audio book that should be released in early September. Enjoy! The book is already available on Amazon as an e-book and a paperback. Type this URL into your browser to listen to the sample http://bit.ly/2hExXZe or look me up on Soundcloud at https://soundcloud.com/thompspoi

Journaling God's Faithfulness

THIS BOOK IS AVAILABLE NOW FOR PRE-ORDER ON AMAZON, CLICK “WEBSITE” IN THE LEFT CORNER. “Letters to Build a Young Man's Confidence” are actual letters written to a young man to inspire him to seek his confidence in God. These letters encourage the young man to reject secular definitions of confidence, like self-confidence, bravado, moxie in favor of a total reliance upon God and His strength. The letters are full of Scriptures related to confidence. In this letter, I give my young friend some practical advice. Specifically, I advise him to keep a journal of God’s faithfulness. I share with him from my experience that it is easy to forget at times how many times and in how many ways God has come through for me. I tell him that journaling not only helps me to remember and be grateful for the faithfulness of God. More importantly, I share that the journal entries serve as “an arsenal of testimonies” to use against the devil when he shows up yet again to say that God won’t come through in some area of my life.

The Antidote to Losing Heart

THIS BOOK IS AVAILABLE NOW FOR PRE-ORDER ON AMAZON, CLICK “WEBSITE” IN THE LEFT CORNER. “Letters to Build a Young Man's Confidence” are actual letters written to a young man to inspire him to seek his confidence in God. These letters encourage the young man to reject secular definitions of confidence, like self-confidence, bravado, moxie in favor of a total reliance upon God and His strength. The letters are full of Scriptures related to confidence. In this letter, I talk about a very serious issue, losing heart. The scripture also calls it “fainting.” It is also similar to the Bible word “heaviness.” It is synonymous with a severe loss of confidence, hope. I specifically focus on the loss of confidence that is the result of the devil “piling on” in some area of our life and making our problems seem insurmountable. Then I share the antidote, filling your heart, spirit up with the Word of God, specifically Scriptures about the goodness of God.

The Secret of Joshua's Victories

THIS BOOK IS AVAILABLE NOW FOR PRE-ORDER ON AMAZON, CLICK “WEBSITE” IN THE LEFT CORNER. “Letters to Build a Young Man's Confidence” are actual letters written to a young man to inspire him to seek his confidence in God. These letters encourage the young man to reject secular definitions of confidence, like self-confidence, bravado, moxie in favor of a total reliance upon God and His strength. The letters are full of Scriptures related to confidence. In this letter, I talk about one of my Bible heroes, Joshua. I share that I consider him to be the greatest general of all time. I share that the secret of Joshua’s victories was listening to God. I then highlight that Joshua’s only defeat came as a result of failing to consult God and putting more confidence in his previous victories, the advice of his men and his estimation of his enemy’s capabilities.

God Looks At the Heart

THIS BOOK IS AVAILABLE NOW FOR PRE-ORDER ON AMAZON, CLICK “WEBSITE” IN THE LEFT CORNER. "Letters to Build a Young Man's Confidence" are actual letters written to a young man to inspire him to seek his confidence in God. These letters encourage the young man to reject secular definitions of confidence, like self-confidence, bravado, moxie in favor of a total reliance upon God and His strength. The letters are full of Scriptures related to confidence. In this letter, I tell my young friend that God values what’s going on in a man’s heart more than any other attribute a man may possess.

No Grandma It's an e-book

Education & Reference

The aim of this book is to give you the benefit of my experience. It is not the only experience. There are many valid paths to publishing a book. I do however think the path that I have found is a very good one. I feel so passionately about my publication strategies and the reasons I selected them that I have written this book. It is my sincere hope that this book will help you to be a more skilled publisher of books, whether you are a new author or seasoned author. If you are a new author, you will find a lot of valuable tools and effective strategies to aid you in the publication of your first book. For the new author, though, one of the most valuable things I will share are mindsets, which if you embrace them, will help you avoid pitfalls. These mindsets may even help you leapfrog more seasoned authors in building the skills needed to publish your future books. If you are a seasoned author, some of the things that I will say in this book will raise your eyebrows. If these things cause you to at least critically review the way you have always approached publication, then I have been successful.

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Over 30,000 Views!

Since I started using Bublish three years ago, there have been over 30,153 views of my book “bubbles” excerpts. Of those, 2,065 went on to see my profile containing my other book titles and bubbles. Finally, out of that number 1,054 made what appears to be purchase decisions (Bublish software can’t positively confirm all sales). What a tool! To have tens of thousands of views of my material for less than $100 a year. Bublish is a big part of the reason that I have print, e-book and audiobook revenue every month! Check out Bublish today. #Bublish #booksales #passiveincomestream #authors

100% Return on Audiobook Sales!

Are you an author? If so have you released an audio version of your book? If not, why not? Lack of know how? Cost? I recently passed the 200 audiobooks sold milestone. Creating an audiobook with Amazon’s ACX is easy! Moreover, one of the smallest concerns in producing an audiobook is the cost. ACX has a royalty share program that allows you to produce an audiobook for just cost of creating the cover of the audiobook. If you have produced a print version of your book converting the file into the audiobook file dimensions is relatively inexpensive. To state it another way my cost of entry into the audiobook market for each of my audiobooks has been the price of changing the graphic file to meet the audiobook industry standard dimensions. Each month for nearly the past two years I get royalty checks from Audible! I sell books nearly every day—most recently every day. The return on investment is nearly 100%. In some cases, it has cost me $10 or less to convert the graphic I used for the print or e-book version of my book into the Audible format. What are you waiting on?

AUDIOBOOK

This book is available now in print, as an e-book and as an audiobook. You can preview the paperback for free on Amazon.com, you can also listen to a free audio sample by typing this link into your browser: http://amzn.to/2tr7T9e

Publication Strategy #6

THIS BOOK IS AVAILABLE NOW FOR PRE-ORDER ON AMAZON, CLICK “WEBSITE” IN THE LEFT CORNER. My strategy has been to rapidly produce quality content and then use the content to sustain marketing, and ultimately increase sales. I am aware that the predominant approach, is to build up your following first, through blogging, etc. and then feed new content to that audience. In 2017 I published five eBooks, one in Spanish. Three of those books have been published in print versions, with one in Spanish. I have also published three audio-books, one in Spanish, with a fourth in production. I have published books across genres (Christian, Health and Fitness and Military Diversity). Finally, I am on track to publish three more books this summer, and will then shift my efforts towards the marketing of my completed products, translation of more content into Spanish and other languages and creating more audio versions of my books. While I have sold hundreds of print, electronic and audio versions of my books, it is my hope that as I increase the number of published items in my catalog that a synergistic effect will occur triggering an exponential increase in sales of my books.

Publication Strategy #7

THIS BOOK IS AVAILABLE NOW FOR PREORDER ON AMAZON, CLICK “WEBSITE” IN THE LEFT CORNER. My strategy has been to rapidly produce quality content and then use the content to sustain marketing, and ultimately increase sales. I am aware that the predominant approach, is to build up your following first, through blogging, etc. and then feed new content to that audience. In 2017 I published five eBooks, one in Spanish. Three of those books have been published in print versions, with one in Spanish. I have also published three audiobooks, one in Spanish, with a fourth in production. I have published books across genres (Christian, Health and Fitness and Military Diversity). Finally, I am on track to publish three more books this summer, and will then shift my efforts towards the marketing of my completed products, translation of more content into Spanish and other languages and creating more audio versions of my books. While I have sold hundreds of print, electronic and audio versions of my books, it is my hope that as I increase the number of published items in my catalog that a synergistic effect will occur triggering an exponential increase in sales of my books.

What Is A Book?

THIS BOOK IS AVAILABLE NOW FOR PREORDER ON AMAZON. CLICK "WEBSITE" IN THE LEFT HAND CORNER OF THIS BUBBLE. In the very first chapter of my book, I challenge the very definition of the word “book.” This is similar to the section of the book where I attack myths on writing and publishing books. However addressing the definition of the word book is a little more profound. We accept definitions. No one challenges a definition. That’s precisely the point. If I had not challenged the definition of “book,” I would not have published two of the books because they were two short. I would not have published another book because it’s primarily filled with YouTube links. I would not have published five e-books, one in Spanish. Finally, I would not have published three audiobooks, one in Spanish, with a fourth in production. I would have let the definitions of “book” restrict me, narrow my creativity, keep me stuck in an unproductive paradigm.

Publication Strategy #3

THIS BOOK IS AVAILABLE NOW FOR PRE-ORDER ON AMAZON. CLICK “WEBSITE” IN THE LEFT CORNER. My strategy has been to rapidly produce quality content and then use the content to sustain marketing, and ultimately increase sales. I am aware that the predominant approach, is to build up your following first, through blogging, etc. and then feed new content to that audience. In 2017 I published five eBooks, one in Spanish. Three of those books have been published in print versions, with one in Spanish. I have also published three audio books, one in Spanish, with a fourth in production. I have published books across genres (Christian, Health and Fitness and Military Diversity). Finally, I am on track to publish three more books this summer, and will then shift my efforts towards the marketing of my completed products, translation of more content into Spanish and other languages and creating more audio versions of my books. While I have sold hundreds of print, electronic and audio versions of my books, it is my hope that as I increase the number of published items in my catalog that a synergistic effect will occur triggering an exponential increase in sales of my books.

Free e-book offer, 5 days only!

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(AUDIOBOOK) 25 Essential Bible Verses for Christian Business Leaders

Christian Books & Bibles

I am writing this book to help Christian leaders in the workplace. I want to share how I applied foundational management principles that I found in the Bible to bring me success in the workplace. This journal is intended to be a tool to serve you as a Christian leader to help you grow in wisdom and grow in your ability to use the scriptures and the leading of the Holy Spirit to guide you to success in whatever leadership position in which you find yourself. I have called it a journal because it is my hope that certain entries will cause you to take pause and reflect on your leadership style, your approach to certain things and take a few notes that will help you to become more successful. THIS BOOK IS FOR SALE, CLICK "website" UNDER AUTHOR PHOTO IN ANY BOOK BUBBLE.

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Godly Wisdom for the Workplace

Early on in my work-life (military for me) I wondered if there was a way to take lessons that I Iearned from the Bible and apply them, use them in practical ways on the job. I saw principles like delegation, being learned by Moses. I saw how Joseph used his gift of administration in incredible ways. And more importantly, I knew that if God could keep the universe in play, while still attending to my individual needs, that He could certainly help me with the little bit of responsibility that I had on my job. In my core, I knew that with the wisdom of the Bible and the help of the Holy Spirit, that I should be able to do better on my job than I could do all by myself. That is what “25 Essential Bible Verses for Christian Business Leaders” is all about. I wrote it to share how I practically applied Scripture at work. It will be a help for anyone who also believes that with the help of God they can do “great exploits” at work. I believe in it so much that I made it available in e-book, paperback, and audio, both in English and Spanish. Preview it for free today on Amazon!

Great Gift For the Working Dad!

Perfect gift idea for Dad! Give dad a book that help strengthen his faith in the workplace or in his place of business. This book is now available in print, as an e-book and audiobook. And it is available in all formats in both English and Spanish! 25 Essential Bible Verses is for anyone who has wanted to find a way to tie their faith and work life, business life together. This book walks you through the biblical underpinnings of many common leadership practices. This book is like the 16-point inspection you get on your car. It helps you check your management practices and leadership style against the standards Scripture sets for leaders. It’s also a reflective journal that forces you to ask questions about your leadership practices and results. It’s the perfect gift for any leader, future leader or business person. Take a free sneak peek on Amazon today! Click “website” in the upper left corner to purchase the paperback version. E-book and audio book versions, in English and in Spanish, are available on Amazon or in other book bubbles on this page.

Give the Gift of a Devotional

Give a devotional as a gift! “25 Essential Bible Verses for Christian Business Leaders” is the perfect gift for Christians in the workplace. The paperback and e-book versions are perfect for a quick bit of inspiration at work during a break and the audio book version is the perfect way to set the atmosphere for the ride to work. Preview it for free on Amazon or Audible today!

My Best-Selling Audiobook!

Thanks for your support of "25 Essential Bible Verses for Christian Business Leaders," it is my best selling audiobook! The Spanish version of the audiobook is also available on Audible. "25 Essential Bible Verses for Christian Business Leaders" is for any Christian in the workplace and is also available on Amazon as an e-book and in print. Please also see the spin-off book "25 Bible Verses for Dads" on the same retail websites (Audible and Amazon). THIS AUDIO BOOK IS FOR SALE, CLICK "website" UNDER AUTHOR PHOTO.

Godly Wisdom and Leadership

It is possible to get wisdom, insight, direction from God. This is one of the most essential tenets, underlying premises of this book. As Christian leaders, we should have a decided edge over anyone who does not have an intimate relationship with God. We see this edge in the lives of Bible greats like Joseph, Daniel, and Esther. But have the stories of these great men and women become just that, stories in the Bible but not relevant as it pertains to the complex workplace issues and leadership of today? Specifically, as it pertains to your leadership inventory, your management arsenal, does the wisdom of God have a place? If you don’t think you can rely on the wisdom of God as you lead, the passages in this chapter of the book, provoke you to ask yourself why not? THIS AUDIO BOOK IS FOR SALE, CLICK "website" UNDER AUTHOR PHOTO.

Leadership Character Traits

In this segment of the Journal the reader is challenged to consider that compassion is part of the character, the necessary leadership traits of any good leader. In the reflection portion the reader is challenged to thoroughly examine himself or herself regarding their level of compassion. THIS AUDIO BOOK IS FOR SALE, CLICK "website" UNDER AUTHOR PHOTO.

Godly Wisdom for the Workplace

25 Essential Bible Verses for Christian Business Leaders is the perfect devotional for Christians in the workplace. The devotionals can provide a quick inspirational boost on a break or encouragement before a tough day at work. This book is also a great resource for those looking for Bible answers for common workplace issues. 25 Essential Bible Verses for Christian Business Leaders is available in print, e-book and audio, in both English and Spanish, on Amazon and Audible. Preview it FREE today!

Make Way for Superstars

This excerpt from the Journal deals with making room for the exceptional talent in organizations. How do we know who they are? How do we make room for them to shine without upsetting their peers and their bosses? How do we challenge them enough to keep their interest and keep them on board? THIS AUDIO BOOK IS FOR SALE, CLICK "website" UNDER AUTHOR PHOTO.

My Dad's Stories Big and Small

My Dad's Stories Big and Small

Biographies & Memoirs

For about 40 years I have been listening to my dad’s “stories.” I have many of them memorized. My siblings and I joke with each other about our favorite stories. I believe that I have part of my inspiration to become a writer came in part from my dad. I have been urging him for decades to write his stories down and to put them in a book. In 2007 I asked my dad just send me what you have. He sent me a small collection of stories, but it didn’t even scratch the surface of the stories he has in his collection. I had given up on him writing a book and just wanted the stories to preserve his legacy with my children. Well, on Father’s Day 2017 I started compiling the stories that he’d sent I had in a book. I have waited until now, December 18, 2017, for my dad to give me the last of his stories. I decided for his Christmas present to just take what I had and publish it!

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Driver Instructor Story

In 2017 I decided to take my dad's collection of handwritten stories and make them into a book. I had been urging my dad for decades to make his stories into a book. After publishing multiple books myself I developed the expertise to publish the book myself. This book is a sampling of some of my favorite stories from my dad. Some of my dad's stories are humorous, others heart-warming and some just a reflection of the times in which he grew up. The driver instructor story is a fun one that I hope you enjoy!

25 Essential Bible Verses for Christian Business Leaders

25 Essential Bible Verses for Christian Business Leaders

I am writing this book to help Christian leaders in the workplace. I want to share how I applied foundational management principles that I found in the Bible to bring me success in the workplace. This journal is intended to be a tool to serve you as a Christian leader. To help you grow in wisdom and grow in your ability to use the scriptures and the leading of the Holy Spirit to guide you to success in whatever leadership position in which you find yourself. I have called it a journal because it is my hope that certain entries will cause you to take pause and reflect on your leadership style, your approach to certain things, and take a few notes that will help you to become more successful.

Book Bubbles from 25 Essential Bible Verses for Christian Business Leaders

Give the gift of a Devotional

Give a devotional as a gift! “25 Essential Bible Verses for Christian Business Leaders” is the perfect gift for Christians in the workplace. The paperback and e-book versions are perfect for a quick bit of inspiration at work during a break and the audio book version is the perfect way to set the atmosphere for the ride to work. Preview it for free on Amazon or Audible today!

Now Available in Print!

This book is now available in print and as an e-book and audiobook in both English and Spanish! It is a great resource for anyone who wants to study bible verses related to leadership! Click “website” in the upper left corner to purchase the paperback version. E-book and audiobook versions, in English and in Spanish, are available on Amazon or in other book bubbles on this page.

My Dad's Stories Big and Small

Working Title: My Dad's Stories Big and Small

This Book Is In Development

My Dad's Stories Big and Small

For about 40 years I have been listening to my dad’s “stories.” I have many of them memorized. My siblings and I joke with each other about our favorite stories. I believe that my inspiration to become a writer came in part from my dad. I have been urging him for decades to write his stories down and to put them in a book. In 2007 I asked my dad just send me what you have. He sent me a small collection of stories, but it didn’t even scratch the surface of the stories he has in his collection. I had given up on him writing a book and just wanted the stories to preserve his legacy with my children. Well, It’s Father’s Day 2017, and I decided today to take the stories that I had and make them into a book. In the two years, I have written seven books, and I understand the process. I will help my dad make his book a reality!

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Dealing With Life

For about 40 years I have been listening to my dad’s “stories.” I have many of them memorized. My siblings and I joke with each other about our favorite stories. I believe that my inspiration to become a writer came in part from my dad. I have been urging him for decades to write his stories down and to put them in a book. In 2007 I asked my dad just send me what you have. He sent me a small collection of stories, but it didn’t even scratch the surface of the stories he has in his collection. I had given up on him writing a book and just wanted the stories to preserve his legacy with my children. Well, It’s Father’s Day 2017, and I decided today to take the stories that I had and make them into a book. In the two years, I have written seven books, and I understand the process. I will help my dad make his book a reality!

Spiritual Stories

For about 40 years I have been listening to my dad’s “stories.” I have many of them memorized. My siblings and I joke with each other about our favorite stories. I believe that my inspiration to become a writer came in part from my dad. I have been urging him for decades to write his stories down and to put them in a book. In 2007 I asked my dad just send me what you have. He sent me a small collection of stories, but it didn’t even scratch the surface of the stories he has in his collection. I had given up on him writing a book and just wanted the stories to preserve his legacy with my children. Well, It’s Father’s Day 2017, and I decided today to take the stories that I had and make them into a book. In the two years, I have written seven books, and I understand the process. I will help my dad make his book a reality!

My Dad's Humorous Stories

For about 40 years I have been listening to my dad’s “stories.” I have many of them memorized. My siblings and I joke with each other about our favorite stories. I believe that my inspiration to become a writer came in part from my dad. I have been urging him for decades to write his stories down and to put them in a book. In 2007 I asked my dad just send me what you have. He sent me a small collection of stories, but it didn’t even scratch the surface of the stories he has in his collection. I had given up on him writing a book and just wanted the stories to preserve his legacy with my children. Well, It’s Father’s Day 2017, and I decided today to take the stories that I had and make them into a book. In the two years, I have written seven books, and I understand the process. I will help my dad make his book a reality!

(AUDIO ESPAÑOLA) 25 Versículos Esenciales de la Biblia para Líderes de Negocios Cristianos

(AUDIO ESPAÑOLA) 25 Versículos Esenciales de la Biblia para Líderes de Negocios Cristianos

Christian Books & Bibles

Visión para el Diario Reflexivo Estoy escribiendo este libro para ayudar a los líderes cristianos en su lugar de trabajo. Quiero compartir cómo apliqué principios fundamentales de administración que encontré en la Biblia para tener éxito en el lugar de trabajo. Esta publicación pretende ser una herramienta que le ayude como líder cristiano a crecer en sabiduría y crecer en su habilidad para usar las escrituras y la guía del Espíritu Santo, para guiarlo hacia el éxito en cualquier posición de liderazgo en la cual usted se encuentre. Lo he llamado diario porque es mi esperanza que ciertas anotaciones le harán tomar una pausa y reflexionar sobre su estilo de liderazgo, su enfoque hacia ciertas cosas y tomar algunas notas que le ayudarán a tener más éxito. El aspecto interesante que he encontrado sobre las anotaciones de diario es que usted puede darse ánimos cada vez que lo desee, volviendo a leer algo que usted recibió previamente mientras reflexiona sobre algo que le impresionó o lo golpeó de cierta manera. Cuando usted relee una anotación, también puede ver lo que pensaba acerca de un determinado tema en un cierto punto de su crecimiento como líder y darse cuenta si está progresando. Sus anotaciones de diario entonces le servirán como desafío, para animarlo, para empujarlo a ser un mejor líder. Sus anotaciones también pueden servirle como base para sesiones breves de enseñanza mientras usted ayuda a entrenar a los líderes que están bajo su dirección a que a su vez ellos también se conviertan en mejores líderes.

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Spanish Audio Version

This is the SPANISH AUDIO version of my book "25 Essential Bible Verses for Christian Business Leaders". It is for sale now. Please click "website" under the author's name. Esta es la versión AUDIO ESPAÑOLA de mi libro "25 Versículos Esenciales de la Biblia para Líderes de Negocios Cristianos". Está a la venta ahora. Haga clic en "sitio web" bajo el nombre del autor.

Fit@50

Health, Fitness & Dieting

Fit@50 is a motivational tool for men over 50. It is a series of YouTube videos and other items that will encourage men over 50 to stay fit, to eat healthily, to have a youthful mentality and a positive outlook on life after 50. It is not intended to be prescriptive in the sense of medical or nutritional advice per se. Everyone who is interested in maintaining a healthy lifestyle should first start with their team of health advisors (physician, dietician, physical therapist) to understand their current state of health and limitations—especially if they have not been maintaining the habit of physical fitness/healthy diet. THIS BOOK IS FOR SALE, CLICK "website" UNDER AUTHOR PHOTO IN ANY BOOK BUBBLE.

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Free e-book offer, 5 days only!

My e-book “Fit@50” is FREE on Amazon through Oct 29th! Enjoy! Click the Amazon link in this book bubble or below, the price will be $0: https://amzn.to/2PgDoNz

Moderation vs. Cheating

The topic of this chapter is moderation. Moderation what an evil word! Moderation means eating in small quantities, eating under control. In this chapter I share some small tips that I have learned to help me stay within the limits that I have set for myself yet still enjoy the food that I enjoy. THIS BOOK IS FOR SALE, CLICK "website" UNDER AUTHOR PHOTO.

Fit@50 Are You The Enabler

Have you ever watched one of those shows where they do what’s called an intervention? All the significant people in a person's life show up. The person is somebody addicted to alcohol, drugs typically. Maybe even addicted to being overweight. All the people show up, and they try to confront the person and tell them hey you have a problem, we love you, we want to help you. Inevitably in every one of these situations, there's a person called the enabler. There's a person that's unwittingly helping this person to stay in their addiction. THIS BOOK IS FOR SALE, CLICK "website" UNDER AUTHOR PHOTO.

25 Versículos Esenciales de la Biblia Para Líderes de Negocios Cristianos

Religion & Spirituality

Visión para el Diario Reflexivo Estoy escribiendo este libro para ayudar a los líderes cristianos en su lugar de trabajo. Quiero compartir cómo apliqué principios fundamentales de administración que encontré en la Biblia para tener éxito en el lugar de trabajo. Esta publicación pretende ser una herramienta que le ayude como líder cristiano a crecer en sabiduría y crecer en su habilidad para usar las escrituras y la guía del Espíritu Santo, para guiarlo hacia el éxito en cualquier posición de liderazgo en la cual usted se encuentre. Lo he llamado diario porque es mi esperanza que ciertas anotaciones le harán tomar una pausa y reflexionar sobre su estilo de liderazgo, su enfoque hacia ciertas cosas y tomar algunas notas que le ayudarán a tener más éxito.

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New Spanish Version

This is the Spanish version of my book "25 Essential Bible Verses for Christian Business Leaders". Please share it with your Spanish-speaking friends. The Spanish audio version of the book is also available now. THIS BOOK IS AVAILABLE NOW. TO PURCHASE CLICK "website" UNDER THE AUTHOR PHOTO.

The Air Force’s Black Ceiling

Politics & Social Sciences

The "Air Force's Black Ceiling" is a view of diversity in the Air Force from one man's over 28 years in the Air Force. This view begins with his perspectives and insights as an Air Force Academy cadet and continues with his progression through company and field grade ranks. It also includes special insights gained while serving on the Secretary of Defense's Diversity Task Force as the Deputy Director of the Defense Business Practice Implementation Board. The author's view of diversity has been bolstered by face to face interviews with five former African American Air Force four-star generals and numerous current and former African American generals in the Air Force and the Army. The author's views are also influenced by numerous discussions with former graduates of the US Air Force Academy, his work with the Tuskegee Airmen chapters and his own detailed research into the biographies of former Air Force Chiefs of Staff and former Strategic, Tactical and Air Combat Command Commanders. The title might imply that the "Black Ceiling" has been put in place on purpose by senior Air Force leaders... the reader will find out that isn't the case. The reader however will find out that there are very distinct remnants of an intricate system of exclusionary development practices, cultural practices, stereotypes and biases that have served to keep the ceiling in place for African American men throughout the Air Force's existence.

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Amazon Review "The Air Force's Black Ceiling"

Amazon-Review-11/2/2020 I found this book to be insightful, informative, well-researched, and full of lessons to be learned and paths to be followed. He makes it plain that the lack of senior generals of non-minority status in the Air Force is a matter of what can only be called neglect of talent and a lack of vision. The purge of approximately 1000 very qualified Tuskegee Airmen fighter pilots helped set the stage for the dearth of Black fighter pilots afterwards. His arguments are as strong as his logic. He clearly demonstrates why diversity of opinion, based on different experiences and outlook, can lead to positive change. This book should be required reading for Air Force officers, particularly those in important policy making decisions. I can't stress enough that this book is very important. It breaks down the facts in convincing detail. He is clearly an expert of the career progression of senior USAF officers. I am glad to see that his push for the promotion of Colonel Charles E. McGee has borne fruit--he was in fact promoted to Brigadier General. I hope this book leads to the record being set straight on his many accomplishments. It is never too late to correct the records, and to try to right the wrongs. Very glad that I read this book.

Own "the Ugly" in the Air Force's Past

In my upcoming book, “The Making of A Great America Uprooting the Spirit of Racism,” I offer this thought on the fact that George Washington owned slaves: “I believe it is the unwillingness of certain segments of white America to tell the whole story of America’s journey that prevents non-white Americans from looking at our heritage in the same celebratory way. I’m not talking about excusing away the fact that the Founding Fathers had slaves because that’s just the way it was at that time in the world. The would be the same as excusing away Jim Crow, or segregation or today’s battle with unequal treatment by the police. Only by owning up to the ugly parts of our American heritage and more specifically the heritage of our leaders, can we defeat racism and keep it from remerging century after century, morphing into different forms and expressions. This can’t be done by calling the Confederate monuments ‘great and beautiful.’” General Wilbur Creech would be on the Air Force’s Mount Rushmore as the greatest commander of Tactical Air Command for “the greatest success model for producing general officers.” However, the model “excluded minorities” and “systematically, disproportionately, and dramatically drew down” black fighter pilots with combat experience.” Because the Air Force hasn’t owned the “ugly” it continues to repeat its failures.

The Reviews Are In, 5 Stars!

A review of “The Air Force’s Black Ceiling” from one of the Air Force’s two black fighter pilot females! Here is the review Christina “Thumper” Hopper: “I just finished reading this book, and I highly recommend it! It is available on Kindle and Audible. I mostly listened to it on Audible while driving to and from work and finished it in about a week. It was so well researched and an easy read for anyone interested in diversity and inclusion within the Air Force. 5 out of 5 stars Compelling Answers to a Historic Problem! “Thompson paints a thorough and compelling landscape of the problem of diversity in the Air Force and provides actionable solutions to move the organization in a more inclusive direction! As a black female fighter pilot, it provided me with answers and data to explain what I have experienced and seen in my last two decades of service to my country. This is a must-read for anyone who is serious about tackling the problem of diversity.

How Much Progress Has Actually Been Made?

Today, I have the distinct honor of being part of an online forum whose topic is diversity in the military and the airlines. One of the questions that popped up to me was how much progress the Air Force had made since I published the book, “The Air Force’s Black Ceiling” in 2015? Specifically, as of the date of the book’s publishing, the Air Force hadn’t had a black fighter wing commander since 1993 and had never had a black commander of any of what I refer to as it’s “premier” wings. The reason that is significant is that there is most definitely a path to success in the Air Force. Most officers that achieve the Air Force’s most prestigious positions, specifically four-star command of flying forces and Air Force Chief of Staff, have one thing in common, command of a prestigious fighter wing in the CONUS. This book bubble gives a peek at the Air Force’s history in that regard. For those not familiar with my books, I do not downgrade the significance of three and four-star leadership of support commands. I only attempt to highlight what the Air Force highlights in the selection of its senior-most leaders.

Now Available on Audible!

I’m so excited! “The Air Force’s Black Ceiling” is now available as an audiobook! I’ve been waiting on this for two years, thanks Eric Kirkless for all your hard voice over work! This is a great gift for: students of military or Air Force history, students of military aviation, students of African American history, military members that you may be mentoring and career-minded military members. Preview it for free on Audible today!

The Great "Black Out"

This excerpt is one of the most controversial segments of my book and one of the most telling regarding the Air Force’s fighter pilot demographic. When I first saw the numbers in 2003, I didn’t fully grasp their significance. I saw that in 1978 the total number of black fighter pilots was drawn down from 1,391 to 372. I saw that the number of black fighter pilot Lieutenant Colonels was drawn down from 153 to 29 and that the number of black Colonels was drawn down from 79 to 11 and none were promoted further. What I didn’t see until I wrote the book was even more staggering. I didn’t notice that the drastic drawdown of black fighter pilots almost exactly coincided with General Wilbur Creech’s assumption of Tactical Air Command. He presided over the drawdown. I didn’t notice at the time how disproportionate the drawdown was. The number of white fighter pilots was drawn down from 11,724 to 11,526, 198 pilots, less than 2%. The number of black fighter pilots again was from 1,391 to 372, 1,019 pilots, 73%. It was a delicate thing to point out that General Creech presided over this drawn down. If there were a Mount Rushmore for the Air Force, his face would be on it. However, there is no escaping the truth.

The Air Force’s Black Pilot Training Experience

I am writing a new book, “The Air Force’s Black Pilot Training Experience,” that focuses on the experiences of black pilots in Air Force pilot training. This book will build on insights gathered for “The Air Force’s Black Ceiling” and include the experiences of black pilots dating from Tuskegee era pilots to the present. Pilot training falls under the purview of “Air Education and Training Command.” In this bubble, I discuss a multicultural approach to education and training, a concept that has been broadly implemented in the civilian sector as far back as the 1980s. I found no evidence that the Air Force has ever considered that its pilot training curriculum should be tailored to suit a multicultural student population vs. a one-size-fits-all curriculum that has proved to be more successful for non-minorities than for minorities. Finally, for my new book I intend to research whether black pilots have a greater success rate in civilian pilot training institutions. It is my belief that if the success rate is statistically greater, that it will because the civilian pilot training institutions placed a greater value on one of the key factors outlined in “The Air Force’s Black Ceiling.” Those key factors are culture, role models, cultivating/providing prior flight time, multicultural education, minimizing the effects of tokenism, or increasing the motivation.

Door Opening vs. Reverse Discrimination

This excerpt goes into the very sensitive area of “reverse discrimination”. In the previous segment of the book, I went into great detail discussing how doors were opened for some of the military’s greatest generals: McArthur, Eisenhower, and Marshall. The purpose was to set up the contrast for a discussion of how door opening is viewed for minority officers. From the majority vantage point often door opening for minorities is often viewed as affirmative action or reverse discrimination, with all the negative related underpinnings, and not related to qualifications, experience or potential. From a minority vantage point when doors are opened for the majority, it is often perceived as “the good ole boy” network and not based on qualifications, experience or potential. These perceptions still exist today and need to be addressed if the Air Force is to continue to strive to stay ahead of the rest of society on issues related to diversity.

Growing Up In An Air Force With Few Black Pilots

This bubble reveals the target audience for this book. That audience is my USAFA classmates who have grown up to be the three and now four-star leaders of the Air Force. They will be the ones who shape the diversity landscape of the Air Force of 2020 with their values and decisions. My hope is that something in this book will impact them in a positive way to bring about positive and lasting changes in the diversity of the fighter pilot landscape of the Air Force.

Lack of Diversity or Racism? A Vantage Point Issue

My pastor’s sermon today helped me see this book in a different light. I looked at this book as a book primarily about diversity. It’s more than that. From an African American standpoint often a lack of diversity is synonymous with racism. I’m not sure from a white American standpoint that it is. White Americans may see the lack of diversity as “a problem we need to fix” either through more effective recruiting and marketing, etc. The Air Force has always praised itself as being a forerunner on social issues, setting the example, leading the way for the rest of American society on matters such as race relations and integration. I think that as the Air Force continues to make real progress in the diversity of its senior ranks, it will heal often unspoken, but very real divisions and misgivings within its ranks and can once again make the claim that it is ahead of the rest of American society on matters of race.

America's Newest 100 Year Old General!

Yesterday President Trump signed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) into law. The act included honorary promotions for Lt Col Dick Cole and Col Charles E. McGee. Lt Col Cole was the last living member of the famed Doolittle Raiders who led the daring air raids on Tokyo in 1942. Lt Col passed away last year at the age of 103 and was posthumously promoted to the rank of Colonel. Col McGee will be pin on the rank of Brigadier General at the spry young age of 100! It was my great honor to use the power of the pen to help get these actions approved. I devoted an entire chapter in both “The Air Force’s Black Ceiling” and “The Air Force’s Black Pilot Training Experience” to detail Col McGee’s outstanding career make the case for his promotion. Please also read Col McGee’s personal story by purchasing his book “Tuskegee Airman The Biography of Charles E. McGee Air Force Fighter Combat Record Holder” (4th edition). These books detail the career of the only person in Air Force history to fly over 100 combat missions in WWII, Korea, and Vietnam—409 total combat missions. Col McGee was also an original Tuskegee Airman and the first African American to be a Wing Commander in the Continental United States.

The Failure of The Creech System

In 2003 I was serving as the Deputy Director of the Defense Business Board. The person leading the diversity study was trying to force the focus of our study on the number of college-educated blacks in the population in 2003 to get answers for the lack of black generals in 2003. I said no that to understand what we have now you have to go back 25 years because it takes about that long to make a one-star general. So I got permission to collect data from the Air Force on fighter pilots from 1978 to 2003. What I found blew me away. I discovered that in 1978 a tremendously disproportionate drawdown of minority fighter pilots occurred. It is my assertion that it, more than the number of college-educated blacks, or the success of minority recruitment programs, is the single greatest reason for the lack of black fighter pilot generals in the Air Force today, The greatest aggregation of black, combat-tested fighter pilots since the Tuskegee Airmen was wiped out in a drawdown that disproportionately targeted minorities. Years later I discovered that this drawdown coincided with the start of the Gen Wilbur Creech administration.

What do we mean by "black ceiling"?

The chapter explains the title of the book and sets up the rest of the book. It is critical that the reader understands that although black men have enjoyed great success in the Air Force that there are also many areas still in 2016 where black men have experienced very little success. The area that this book focuses on is the lack of success that black men have had as fighter pilots in the Air Force. Specifically, the lack of success blacks have had in becoming fighter pilots and then attaining general officer ranks and then being placed in command of fighter and bomber forces. Black men are still experiencing many firsts in this last area as recently as 2015. That is extremely discouraging considering the success of the Tuskegee Airmen in the 1940s.

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