Prodigal Son ( A Son Come Home)

“There was a man who had two sons. Not long after that, the younger son got together all he had and set off for a distant country…” –Luke 15:11

My brothers and sisters in Christ, peace and blessings to each and everyone. Today I want to share two true stories that capture the importance of this wonderful parable told to us by Jesus. The first story is that of a young boy who was lost, this boy was sitting on a doorstep sobbing with tears running down his cheeks. A policeman near by heard the boy crying and went over to the boy and asked him why he was crying. The boy said, “I’m lost, please take me home?” The policeman began naming street after street trying to help the boy remember where he lived. The policeman also named shops and hotels in the area with no success. Then the policeman remembered there was a church in the center of town with a large white cross towering over the small town. The policeman pointed to the cross and asked the boy, “Do you live anywhere near that?”

The boy smiled.

“Oh yes, Sir, take me there to the cross and I can find my way home!”

The main message of The Prodigal Son is that , it doesn’t matter how far we stray away from our Heavenly Father, He is always delighted when we turn back to Him. He is always waiting for us with open arms.

The Greek philosopher Aeschylus said, “There is advantage in the wisdom won from pain.” Some of you may ask, what am I saying and how does it relate to these two stories? Well, this second story is painful, as I am a father and I have a son. This story is a story that should be told to every young man who has walked away from his father and given up on him.

There was a man, a good father who loved his son dearly; this man was proud of his son for never getting into trouble and one day the father took his son to the car dealership to buy him his first car. This purchase was to be a high school graduation gift. They drove out to the car dealership early Saturday morning and once on the lot the boy began walking toward the used car section of the lot. The father laughed and asked his son where he was going. The son thought his father was going to buy him a used car. The father said,

“I told you I was going to buy you a car. That means a new car.”

The boy was excited and asked, “Any kind of car I want?”

The father told his son to pick out any car he wanted and the boy picked out a red Mustang convertible. The boy drove the car off the lot to do a test drive alone while his father went into the dealership to do all the paper work for the purchase. A week later, the morning of the son’s graduation the son was excited because he expected that his new car would be in the driveway, it was not. The boy’s father walked out of his bedroom with a wrapped package in his hand. He handed the package to his son and told him this was his graduation present. The son unwrapped the gift paper to find a beautifully made Bible the son was angry that he did not get his car and in disgust he threw the Bible on the floor. And walked out of his father’s house never to return. Some years passed by and the boy continued to hold a severe grudge against his father, for he never called his father, never came to see his father, even though he still had the keys to his father’s house.

I said, he still had the keys to his father’s house. One day his mother called him on the phone and informed him his father had just died from a heart attack. Out of respect for his mother the son agreed to attend his father’s funeral. He had to come back home. He used his key and unlocked the door to his father’s home and when he walked inside his father’s house the fist thing he saw sitting on the table was the Bible his father had tried to give him. Something moved him to pick up the Bible and when he opened up the Bible for the first time, he saw a check, it was a check for the entire cost for the red Mustang he wanted. His father thought enough of him to give him options, let’s say, he may have wanted to purchase another car or something else. The father had given his son the best of all gifts in giving him the Bible.

“The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of God will stand forever.” -Isaiah 40:8 The father never lied to his son, and the father’s love could not be weighed by the son. The love God has for each of us cannot be weighed. Have you opened up this book? The Bible? You should… for it is our Heavenly Father’s God’s gift to each and everyone of us.

Charles Micheaux

Atlanta*

Cleopatra

“I will not be triumphed over.” –Cleopatra

Cleopatra VII of Egypt

Cleopatra is the first Prima Donna the world has ever known, she was a diplomat,naval commander,linguist, and a accomplished writer in addition to being the Queen of Egypt. Her rise to power happened when she became mistress to the great Julius Caesar. It was Caesar who made her Queen of Egypt and during their deep romance the two lovers had a child together, a boy named, Ptolemy XV Caesarion. It ‘s said when Cleopatra was just twenty-one she devised an ingenious plan to meet the famous Roman Emperor-Julius Caesar. Cleopatra had a servant of hers wrap her up in a rug and carry her into Caesar’s private sleeping quarters. The 52-year old Caesar was instantly smitten by Cleopatra. Not long after the birth of their son Julius Caesar was assassinated in Rome by a number of senators. A few years later Cleopatra and Marc Anthony fell in love, they were soon married and Cleopatra gave Marc Anthony three children. In September of 31.B.C. Marc Anthony and Cleopatra chose to fight a crucial battle at sea on different ships, but their entire fleet was defeated, Marc Anthony mistakenly believed Cleopatra had been killed in battle was so distraught he stabbed himself with his own sword and bled to death, but before he actually died he was carried to Cleopatra’s hiding place and when he saw her he took one last gasp of breath and he died in her arms. Shortly after that Cleopatra took her own life by allowing a poison snake to bite her. Although Cleopatra died at age 39 she is remembered as one of the most influential women in history.

Charles Micheaux

Atlanta*

Johnnie Cochran Profile

“I decided I wanted to be a lawyer when I was 11 years of age.”

–Johnnie Cochran

Johnnie Cochran was the most famous trial attorney of the 20th century, he

was born on October 2, 1937 in Shreveport, Louisiana. Many readers may question my statement about Johnnie Cochran being the most famous trial attorney of the 20th century. The O.J. Simpson trial was not only the most watched trial in American history, it also showcased one of the most brilliant legal minds that ever entered a courtroom.

After the O.J. trial Johnnie Cochran became the go-to lawyer for A-list celebrities.Early on in his career as a trial attorney Johnnie Cochran had solidly established a reputation in the black community and it was during the 1970’s he took on a number of high-profile cases that dealt with police brutality.

One of the most remarkable actions taken by Johnnie Cochran is when he arranged a meeting with the owners of the NFL teams and in that meeting he strongly encouraged the owners to hire black head coaches. He smiled as he let them know he was willing to file a class action lawsuit if they did not take action.

They began to hire black head coaches in the National Football League!

In the movie LETHAL WEAPON 4 Chris Rock plays a hard boiled trash talking detective and after he arrest a bad guy, he warns him:

“YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO A LAWYER, IF YOU CAN’T AFFORD ONE, WE’LL PROVIDE YOU WITH ONE, BUT IF YOU GET JOHNNIE COCHRAN, I’LL KILL YA!”

Yes friends, no American lawyer has been so worshiped as the great Johnnie Cochran. Johnnie Cochran died on March 29th 2005 from a brain tumor, he was 67-years old.

Charles Micheaux

Atlanta *

THE GOOD SAMARITAN

“Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another.”–John 4:11

I began my walk with Jesus in 1996 and in 1997 I found myself doing a four-year minister apprenticeship at the Maryland State Penitentiary in Baltimore, Maryland. From all of my many experiences working in various prisons I discovered that there is a greater and much deeper need for agape love among the prison population. These are men who have been shunned and abandoned by their family and society as a whole. Working in a prison environment a preacher, minister, must dig deeper and give so much more of themselves because the pain of many of these men is an inexplicable pain and hopelessness that cannot be weighed.

Sisters and Brothers in Christ, peace and blessings to you all. Today, is the Sabbath Day and I feel blessed beyond measure this afternoon and my hope is that each of you feel blessed too. God loves us!

The Good Samaritan is my favorite story of the Bible because it can apply to the here and now, somewhere there is a man or woman walking in the light of Christ. Today, I would like to tell the true story of such a man; his name is Julio Dias, a special man of God. His profession was that of social worker and one cold winter evening as he was walking to his favorite eatery in New York City a young man walked up to him with a knife and demanded that Mr. Dias turn over his wallet and money. It was a bitterly cold evening and without objection or rancor Julio Dias gave the teenager his wallet and all the cash he had on him. The young mugger walked away counting the money from his victim’s wallet when he heard Julio Dias call out to him. The young mugger was taken aback, he turned around and walked back to the man he had just robbed. Julio Dias took off his winter coat and he gave it to the teenager. The young man was in a state of total disbelief and once he composed himself he asked:

“Why would you offer me your coat after I just robbed you?”

Mr. Dias replied:

“If you are willing to risk your life for a few dollars, I guess you really need the money and I see you don’t even have a winter coat. At least you can be warm.”

The boy smiled.

A serious conversation began between the boy and Mr. Dias and soon respect and human decency took hold of the young teenager. Julio Dias asked the boy if he was hungry and invited the boy to come have dinner with him. The boy accepted the invitation.

“Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another.” –John 4:11

Julio Dias and the boy talked and laughed over dinner and it turned into a wonderful supper on a cold winter night. Soon a waiter came to the table and he gave the bill to Mr. Julio Dias; Mr. Dias began to laugh. The boy was befuddled. Julio Dias had to remind the boy he had no money to pay for the dinner. The boy quickly gave back Mr. Dias wallet with all the money he had stolen. Mr. Dias became serious and he searched the innocent eyes of this 14-year old boy and then he spoke to the boy with a warm and loving tone.

“Here’s twenty dollars, but you have to give me that knife. You are so much better than this and I’m going to help you. Your life is better than trying to rob someone.”

The boy gave Mr. Dias the knife and there was born a friendship; the boy and Mr. Dias left the restaurant together in peace and respect for each other. The good work displayed here by Julio Dias is the light and work that Jesus tells us we should walk in.

In closing, we can all be points of light and grace when we lean into each other with the love of Christ.

Charles Micheaux

Atlanta*

#JusticeForJuliusJones

Am i my brother’s keeper?

“I declare, unequivocally and undeniably, that I am my brother’s keeper; that which affects one of us, affects all of us. We are inextricably connected.”

Reverend John H. Moore

@RevJohnMoore1

The Bible tells us the story of Cain and Abel; “And Cain talked with Abel his brother: and it came to pass, that Cain rose up against his brother Abel, and slew him. And the Lord said to Cain, “Where is thy brother?”

Cain replied, “I know not: Am I my brother’s keeper?” –Genesis 4:8

Brothers and Sisters in Christ, peace and blessings to you all. In the last few days I have had a serious conversation with the great Twitter-Pastor-Reverend John H. Moore and we talked about being our brother’s and our sister’s keeper. Two days I reflected on this concept of empathy and I did wonder is this idea so difficult to understand? These last five years I have embraced this beautiful thing called empathy; empathy for those in distress that I have the power to help. Each morning that God blesses me with the breathe of life I remind myself that my ambition is to walk in the light of Christ and so doing I must be, my brothers keeper. So many claim to love Jesus and to know Him yet they watch a homeless sister rummaging through a garbage can looking for something to eat. They do nothing. James Baldwin said,

“I can’t believe what you say because I see what you do.”

Where is your empathy brother? Those without empathy do not know the love of Jesus. A man, a young man stands at the front door of Walmart asking for change to get something to eat. His clothes are filthy, his hands are caked with dirt, his shoes are thin bare to the sole.

What do you do? Is the distress of this young man somebody else’s problem? Do you walk in the light of Christ? Are you, your brother’s keeper?

I saw a man in great distress, you saw him too! This man was on the ground face down and a policeman had his knee on the neck of my brother and we watched from afar helplessly as the breathe of life was choked out of him. There were many people who stood only a few feet away from George Floyd as his life was being taken from him. Everybody there had a cell phone, all the men there had a cell phone, yet none of them filmed the crime as it was happening. Thank God for this girl, Oh God! This seventeen-year old girl named Danella Frazier, this courageous girl took out her cell phone and she recorded the killer from the start to the finish even though she had been warned to stop filming the killer-Derek Chauvin, she would not stop filming. She did not falter, she did not back down, she did not back away, instead she leaned into her brother in distress. Her spirit proclaimed to all the world:

I AM MY BROTHER’S KEEPER!

I feel so sorry for those men who did not pull out their cell phones, they did NOT lean into our brother faced down on the ground; no they stood there like helpless children. In my mind, they failed the test of being a man.

“A man who does not have something for which he is willing to die is not fit to live.”–Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Darnella Frazier like the noble Rosa Parks has been placed into the history books for all time. This girl, this fearless girl, this empath of spirit now only eighteen-years old has a Pulitzer Prize for being her brother’s keeper.

I tell you the truth, God watches everything we do, He watches how we treat each other and God rewards us accordingly. Darnella Frazier is an inspiration to me from now until the end of days. She best exemplifies the ever present question:

AM I MY BROTHER’S KEEPER?

Let’s lean into each other with the love of Christ.

Charles Micheaux

Atlanta*

Tammie Creed A Star Child Among Us

“Tammie is my bliss. I can and have told her all my everything’s. She’s the guardian of all my truths. To say I love her is a disservice to how high I hold her in my heart.” –Mrs. Brewer

@Usedtobebrewer

Tammie Creed

Tammie Creed is someone I follow on Twitter and she is really a seriously fascinating woman. Her post on Twitter are bold, smart, creative and her quick wit has no equal. I have interviewed Tammie Creed twice and I am still astonished by her genius. During my very first interview with Tammie I asked her a very puzzling question that no one has ever been able to answer.

The question was:

“Why is the word abbreviation such a long word?”

Tammie laughed.

“To remind us how nice short cuts are.”

This woman blew my mind!

Tammie Creed has all the traits and signs of the Indigo Child, some may ask, what is an Indigo Child? Indigo Children are highly intelligent children who are believed to possess special, unusual supernatural traits and abilities. They all possess an enormous capacity for empathy. Tammie Creed has all the traits and then some, because she has a strong intuition, high self value, questions authority, creative mind, change maker, loyal beyond measure to her friends, headstrong and highly spiritual-empath.

These are all the personality traits of an Indigo Child, Native Americans would simply call Tammie Creed a Star Child.

Tammie Creed is perhaps my most cherished inspiration her mind is so sharp and creative and I often lift ideas from her for many of my essays and other writings. Tammie is also my great benefactor here on Twitter as she made a call to action on my behalf and I received over 300 new followers in less than a month.

Tammie Creed is a friend that is a wonderful gift, that we give ourselves.

“Tammie is simply the Best! Beauty, Fire and intelligence!” –Kevin Todd Porter

“Tammie’s friendship, loyalty, and love are among the most beautiful gifts Twitterverse has given me.” –Marianne Smith

Follow Tammie Creed @tlccourville

Charles Micheaux

Atlanta*

Kimberly Craig, a profile of a remarkable woman

“Change starts within ourselves.” –Kimberly Craig

Kimberly Craig

I must acknowledge my dear friend Tammie Creed for introducing me to this remarkable woman Kimberly Craig. Tammie Creed wherever you are, please accept my enormous gratitude for sharing this wonderful gift of a friend.

I have been following Kimberly Craig on Twitter for more than a year now and I find myself going to her Twitter page first thing in the morning to pick up some wonderful motivational message. The messages Kimberly provides each day are so refreshing and makes you think how happy it is to be alive in this moment on this day. I think Kimberly is truly one of the most fascinating points of light on Twitter, this is why I had to ask her to do this interview with me.

You can follow Kimberly on Twitter

@TheEcleticMix1

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Good afternoon, Kimberly, and thank you for granting me this interview today.

First question:

Q.) Where were you on 9/11?

A.) When the unfathomable tragedy of 9/11 began to unfold I was at my doctor’s office for a yearly checkup. The doctor’s along with the staff and patients stood frozen and numb around several TV’s in the office. Like everyone, the evil and devastation of that day will forever be seared into my heart and mind. And with the 9/11 anniversary only a few days away, my heart goes out to the first responders as well as family and friends who lost loved ones. May their memories forever serve as blessings.

Q.) When you find yourself struggling, is there a go-to quote that lifts your spirits?

A.) Actually there are several things that bring comfort depending on the struggle. The Serenity Prayer is one, asking myself what am I supposed to learn from this? A walk exploring the outdoors, or simply sitting in solitude, being out in nature grounds and centers me.

Q.) What’s your relationship with The King Center in Atlanta?

A.) For as far back as I can remember I’ve been drawn to the teachings of Martin Luther King Jr. and his wife Coretta Scott King. The King Center’s continued courage and commitment to create lasting social change through nonviolence made it easy for me to take the pledge, “Be Love” and join the Beloved Community. And may I just say, that Dr. Bernice King is one of my heroes. I follow her on Twitter and everyday she delivers some major truths and wisdom. Love her fiery and courageous spirit!

Q.) What were your favorite subjects in high school?

A.) International Relations and Journalism.

Q.) Who were your heroes as a high school student?

A.) I’ll have to say Mother Teresa, Jane Pittman, Anne Frank, to name a few. My greatest hero was my mother who grew up poor, and raised two daughters as a single parent.

Q.) What is your favorite book?

A. ) I’ve read so many great books throughout the years. Top of my list are The Power of Positive Thinking by Norman Vincent Peale and Leading With Integrity by Pat Williams.

Q.) Can we expect a book from you in 2022?

A.) That’s the goal, I’m working hard to make it happen and when it does I’ll be shouting from the rooftop.

Q.) What’s the best investment you’ve ever made?

A.) The absolute best investment I ever made was taking in my nephew, who was 10 at the time,to raise. Love him, now 32, love him more than anything!

Q.) Do you have a favorite movie?

A.) So many fabulous movies to choose from, Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner, Casablanca, Steel Magnolias, The Color Purple, are only a few.

Q.) If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you live?

A.) Anywhere there’s water you would fine me in my Happy Place.

Q.) If you could have a gigantic billboard anywhere in St. Petersburg, Florida with anything on it, what would it say?

A.) “Be The Change That You Wish To See In The World” –Mahatma Gandhi … … I’d love to see that quote plastered on every billboard in every community to serve as a reminder of our responsibility to take action to create everlasting change. Change starts from within ourselves. So I want to see more love.

Q.) What’s your favorite vacation memory?

A.) Aww, my favorite vacation memory was taking my nephew on his first real vacation in the Bahamas. Watching him experience the wonders of a new world, priceless!

Q.) If I owned a bakery and you came in to purchase a cake and I told you all I had were two cakes. A Lemon cake and a Louisiana Crunch, which one would you purchase?

A.) Well, Charles, while I do enjoy a nice slice of Lemon cake, I’d have to choose the Louisiana Crunch, since I’ve never heard of that, much less tasted it, and being a woman who loves trying new things, bring it on please.

Charles Micheaux

Atlanta*

RAINBOWS…

In Greek mythology, Iris, goddess of the rainbow sent messages from heaven to earth. Rainbows are more than a spectacular mix of colors painted after the rains. Rainbows are God speaking to us, yes, God is reminding us of His promise made to us so long ago. Many are familiar with the biblical story of Noah and the Ark. We are told that God made it rain 150 days and 150 nights there by flooding the whole earth and in doing so all living things would perish in the flood. After this God spoke to Noah and told him of the Rainbow,and then God placed the Rainbow in the sky as a promise to never to flood the earth again.

Today when we behold this marvel in the sky called Rainbow, God is speaking to us and He shows us again His enormous love and beauty, in the Rainbow.

The scientific explanation for Rainbows:

Rainbows are the result of sunlight bending through raindrops. This bending, called refraction, occurs when light passes through the water in the air.

What scientist cannot explain:

It is physically impossible to walk under a Rainbow.

Rainbows literally exist only in the eyes of the observer.

God speaks to us individually and universally and His promise–Rainbow

is too wonderful even for words.

Charles Micheaux

Atlanta*

Lawrence Vinson Jr. Security Consulting

“The phone is the Key to better management of access to doors, gates.” –Lawrence Vinson Jr.

Lawrence Vinson Jr. Security Consultant

Hello friends today I’d like to talk about one of the best security systems networks companies in Atlanta.

The company is Priority Response Systems and Networks, LLC, manged by my friend of nine-years–Lawrence Vinson Jr.

What this company does is create security measures specific to the needs of a home, business, or construction site. Lawrence Vinson Jr. has been in business for 30-years, he started out as an ethernet cable business but after ten-years he transitioned into security monitoring and access control systems.

Client list includes:

1.) Home Depot

2.) Morris Brown College

3.) 4 U Records (Recording Studio)

4.) Nfinity ( International Company)

Priority Response Systems and Networks is one of the fastest growing companies in greater Atlanta and it’s not just business in Atlanta. Nine years ago, my father died right around Christmas time and my mother was living alone in Augusta, Georgia and I realized she would need a good security system now that my father had passed on. I asked friends if any knew of a reputable security company and everyone I spoke with told me to call Lawrence Vinson.

I called Lawrence and told him the situation and I asked him if he could do the job in short order, he told me he could. I called my mother and told her to expect someone from Priority Response Systems and Networks. Lawrence went to Augusta, met my mom and put a wonderful system in that was easy to understand and simple to use. Lawrence Vinson Jr. and I have been friends ever since.

So, If you have security needs for your home or business please consider:

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Priority Response Systems and Networks, LLC

3105 Washington Road

Atlanta, Georgia 30344

Phone: (404) 503-0587

Contact: Lawrence Vinson Jr.

E-mail : Prsnetworks@outlook.com

Our Church is better than that…

“So often the contemporary Church is a weak, ineffectual voice with an uncertain sound. So often it is an archdefender of the statusquo.”-MLK

To my fellow clergy, and friends, brothers and sisters in Christ, peace and blessings be with you all this Sunday morning. I really need to talk about this song–Amazing Grace. I take issue with this song and remained mystified that the black church continues to sing this mess. Has anyone taken the time to find out what the origins of that song? Has anyone closely examined the words of that song?

“How sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me.” –John Newton

Hmmmmmmm… a wretch like me…now, what in the world have I done so awful that I should sing a song and call myself a wretch? A wretch, just think about the actual meaning of the word in relation to you and the good life you live. Well, let’s go to the dictionary and see what the word means.

Wretch- A base or dispicable person.

Is that YOU?

I thought not!

Why did John Newton write the song Amazing Grace?

First, who was John Newton?

John Newton was a slave owner, slave trader, and a rapist of black women slaves he owned. One day John Newton was in a boat at sea and a big storm came in and rocked the boat violently, John Newton thought he was going to die and so he began to seriously pray and asked God to save him. God heard his prayer and saved his life. In return John Newton wrote a personal song to God.

This song Amazing Grace was not a song for us to sing! This song was a song for this one vile human being –John Newton to sing.

So, I do not understand why this song is still sung in any church. I joined the United States Navy when I was 17-years old and the very first time I came home in my dress white uniform my mother was so proud of me and she pleaded with me to go with her to church the following Sunday. Mother reminded me I should wear my navy uniform–dress whites. So, mother and I go to her church and we are quickly handed hymn books. We read from the book and both begin to sing. All is well until we get to that song–Amazing Grace. I am aghast at the lyric I’m reading:

“How sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me.”

I stopped singing and put the hymn book down, church was over for me. On the ride back home mother asked me why I didn’t sing Amazing Grace. I said,

“Mother, I’m just only seventeen-years old, what have I done in my short life that I should call myself a wretch?” There was silence the rest of the way home and the subject was never brought up again. Many years later I would meet Dick Gregory and Dick Gregory was the one who really educated me on what a vile dirt-bag John Newton was.

Today, when I think of a wretch, I’m thinking–Dylnn Roof; the young man who slaughtered nine church members during Bible school service in Charleston, South Carolina.

So I say to my fellow clergy with great passion,

no one in our church should be singing that dreadful song. We are so much better than that.

Peace and Blessings…

Charles Micheaux

Atlanta*