RACE, RACISM AND PREJUDICE: WHAT GOD WOULD HAVE US KNOW

Racism is actions, practices or beliefs, or social or political systems that consider different races to be ranked as inherently superior or inferior to each other, based on presumed shared inheritable traits, abilities, or qualities. It may also hold that members of different races should be treated differently. While most conceptualizations of racism include the notion of "race based discrimination," the exact definition is controversial both because there is little scholarly agreement about the meaning of the concept "race" and because there is also little agreement about what does and does not constitute discrimination.

RACIAL DISCRIMINATION: This is judging and stereotyping someone because of their race. This becomes RACISM when that judgment is used to hinder them from politics, jobs and used in the social systems that make a just society.

RACE: Ethnicity based on language or color of the skin. RACIAL SUPERIORITY: When a race considers itself superior to the other and uses that as a way to dominate others.

RACIAL PROFILING: "Racial profiling" refers to the targeting of particular individuals by law enforcement authorities based not on their behavior, but rather their personal characteristics. It is generally used to encompass more than simply an individual's race. As used in this report, it encompasses race, ethnicity, national origin, and religion—and means the impermissible use by law enforcement authorities of these personal characteristics, to any degree, in determining which individuals to stop, detain, question, or subject to other law enforcement activities. Two points should be emphasized in connection with this definition.

TWO CELEBRATIONS: FATHER’S DAY & IOC 13th ANNIVERSARY

Here at IOC, June is our month to celebrate. First of all, we celebrate our Father God and all the fathers in the house. The word father means "source.” Fathers are the source of seed and DNA Of a family. The foundation of a strong nation is built on the backs of strong families. The truth is that without fathers being present and engaged, families are dysfunctional.

Here are the top 10 reasons why fathers are important:
1. Fathers forge families.
2. Fathers provide the seed and DNA that shapes all of us.
3. Fathers give affirmation to build confidence, self-esteem and break timidity.
4. Fathers give allowance to make mistakes and explore new things in an atmosphere of safety.
5. Fathers give acceptance that heals the woundedness of their children.
6. Fathers give discipline to instill character and mold strong children.
7. Fathers protect like a holy warrior so that the family feels safe and secure emotionally and spiritually.
8. Fathers are priests of the house that adequately represents the Father God with his lifestyle and example of Godliness.
9. Fathers blaze the trail, set the pace and lead the charge for their families.
10. Fathers provide and prophesy blessings over their family so that destiny is fulfilled.

You are not a failed father. You are the man that God is counting on to be the father of a great family just as Abraham was a father of a great nation.

Happy Father's Day!
Pastor Charles

FAITH FOR HEALING with Pastor Charles Karuku

What is faith? (Heb 11:1)   Where does faith come from? (Rom 10:17)

THE BASIC FUNDAMENTALS OF FAITH

-The just shall live by faith: Faith is a way of living. (Heb 10:38)

-All things are possible with those who believe. (Mark 9:23)

-Faith is the victory that overcomes the world; faith is the key to victory. (1 John 5:4)

-Without faith it is impossible to please God. (Heb 11:6)

-God is moved only by faith. God is not moved by the need or by the tears. And he said to her,

“Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace.”

-Faith brings salvation and everything other blessing of God: Faith is the master key and the currency of exchange to receive from God.

 

FEAR NOT FOR GOD IS WITH US

The world is full of uncertainties. The political turmoil, wars, rumors of wars. Our lives are constantly under the impulses of the ups and downs. Unless we are truly anchored in the Lord, our hearts can begin to waver in the midst of the fear of what if.....In the midst of all these issues, we need to have a strong anchor where our hearts are stable and steadfast. Jesus calls us to let our hearts not be troubled.

Fear is a misplaced faith. It is when we build our lives on sinking sand and not on a solid rock. Fear does the same thing as faith would doand is a sign of shadows of death. It is like looking at the dashboard of a vehicle. It is a sign that your faith is low, anxiety high and patience low. That is the time to begin to build your faith and starve your doubts to death.

Fear does not add even a small piece of hair on your head. Jesus asked the question: Why worry?? God did not give us a spirit of fear. Fear is of the devil. FEAR is False Evidence Appearing Real. It is just a lie. Satan uses fear to intimidate.

MAKING A COMEBACK FROM A SETBACK

COURAGE UNDER FIRE
"I still got a fight in me"

In 2006 in Tucson, Arizona, Tim Boyle watched as a Chevrolet Camaro hit an 18-year-old Kyle Holtrust. The car pinned Holtrust, still alive, underneath. Boyle ran to the scene of the accident and lifted the Camaro off the teenager, while the driver of the car pulled him to safety.

In 1982, in Lawrenceville, Georgia, Angela Cavallo lifted a 1964 Chevrolet Impala from her son, Tony, after it fell off the jacks that had held it up while he worked underneath the car. Mrs. Cavallo lifted the car high enough and long enough for two neighbors to replace the jacks and pull Tony from beneath the car.

Marie "Bootsy" Payton was cutting her lawn in High Island, Texas when her riding mower got away from her. Payton's young granddaughter, Evie, tried to stop the mower, but was knocked underneath the still-running machine. Payton reached the mower and easily tossed it off her granddaughter, limiting Evie's injuries to four severed toes. Curious, Payton later tried to lift the mower again and found she couldn't move it.