What to do if you are Stopped by Law Enforcement

Your Rights:

  • You have the right to remain silent.  IF you wish to exercise that right, say so out loud.
  • You have the right to refuse to consent to a search of yourself, your car or your home.
  • If you are not under arrest, you have the right to calmly leave.
  • You have the right to a lawyer if you are arrested.  Ask for one immediately
  • Regardless of your immigration or citizenship status, you have constitutional rights.

Your Responsibilities

  • Do stay calm and be polite
  • Do not interfere with or obstruct the police
  • Do not lie or give false documents
  • Do prepare yourself and your family in case you are arrested.
  • Do remember the details of the encounter
  • Do file a written complaint or call your local ACLU if you feel your rights have been Violated.
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Faith is a Decision

Faith is a decision, it is not an emotion or a feeling.  Faith is praising God even in a state of pain or inner turmoil. Faith is only mastered once it’s tried in fire, and after the fire burns out your faith is still there.  You will never understand the cost of God’s favor on your life until your faith has been tested.

Do you or I really have faith? Will we serve God when He tells us no? Will we still be singing His praises if our love one dies, spouse walks away with no explanation, we lose our job, we are betrayed? Will we still quote scripture, when we do everything right and it still turns out wrong? Can I stand on His promises even when Heaven is silent?

These are true teachings of Christ.  He never promised us a life filled with rainbows, happiness, and puppies. He did promise us, a cross to bear and suffering. I think we as followers of Christ, has mislead a generation until a false sense of Christianity. Christianity is a religion of suffering and overcoming and persevering even under immense hardship. Our reward was never promised on this side of Heaven. The book of Hebrews speaks of people, followers of the one true God who died in Faith, who died without the promises of God fulfilled in their earthly lifetime.  I too have realized that I have been bamboozled into believing in a fraudulent form of Christianity.  I have to remind myself that I have surrendered my life to a suffering Christ. If my Lord and Savior suffered why do I feel surprised when I wake up in tears.

Stepping into Faith

Faith is a combination of believing or not believing, doing or not doing something, just because God said it and I believe it.  Faith can be classified as both brilliant and dumb all at the same time. Faith is the epidemy of stupidity. The very definition of insanity.   When you are being led by faith there is an inner drive or knowing, that this what I am supposed to do even though I don’t know exactly what or why I am doing what I am doing, I just do it.  Faith is action and sometime Faith is static. Sometimes Faith is not doing what you want to do because for some reason your internal guidance is going crazy. Its a feeling in the pit of your stomach, a gnawing feeling, telling you to be quiet and hold. still.  Stepping into faith can make your peers look at you differently.  Faith can make people you love, shun you.  Faith can lead you into a place of deep depression, because Faith can stripped all you thought you knew, love, or had, away from you.

  • Faith is lonely. Faith is what separates the chickens from the eagles.  Both the chickens and the eagles are birds. Both have wings.  What separates the two is when they where just chicks, the eagle’s mother pushed the baby eagles out of the nest. The baby eagles had two choices fly or die. The baby chickens wasn’t given a choice, no other chickens are out flying so there was no push.

I grew up in a chicken environment. I was always told what I couldn’t do, what I couldn’t have. I didn’t accomplish much because I didn’t believe I could do much. That all changed once I meant Jesus. Church don’t tell the whole story. I realize there are plenty of people who go to church but not a lot of people know God. God doesn’t have any chicken children. If you are really God’s child you have two options fly or die. God pushes us into greatness.  He makes us go farther, we go from Faith to Faith and from Glory to Glory. There are no wimps in God’s army. Throughout writings of the New Testament Jesus reveals to us that God is not moved by our tears, pain, or conditions. God is concern with what you believe.  When Jesus meant the paralysed man who laid by a pool for almost four decades, Jesus didn’t comfort or consoled the man.  He basically gave the man two options pick up your bed and walk or lay in your pain and die.

Faith is what pleases God. If you have Faith and a belief that with God you can do anything, than you can do anything. Faith is what is what sustains you. Faith is what makes you keep fighting, when every one else leaves the battlefield. Faith makes you praise God in sadness. Faith is being ridiculed for over a 100 years, while building an arc for rain, when you or anyone else you know, doesn’t have the slightest clue what rain is, because it had never rained before.

 

 

 

 

Pastoral Anniversary

On Sunday, June 26, 2016, at 12 p.m. we at Friendship Missionary Baptist Church, will be celebrating Pastor David and First Lady Altoria Daniels, 11th Pastoral Anniversary.  All are invited to attend.

Happy Father’s Day

Fathers are important! Sometimes it seems that we forget to really honor the men in our lives.  To my earthly father, thank you.  For years I was angry at you because you chose not to acknowledge me as your daughter. But on this father’s days I choose to forgive, to thank you for doing the best you could with what you had.   You taught me many valuable lessons, you made me independent, strong, an ambitious.

To all my stand in fathers I salute you today.  In a world full of fatherless children, thank you for being fathers to not only your own children, but also being a father to the fatherless. So to Clyde Foster, Donald Watkins, W.J. Sharpless, Reed Fox worth, and Pastor David Daniels I honor you today.

And to my Heavenly Father, I am speechless, because there is nothing I can write that even begin to express the depths of the love, honor, an appreciation that I have towards you.  I stand in awe of you.

So to all the fathers and stand in fathers, thank you, we appreciate you, and we honor you this day. 

Cancellations

The Choir trip scheduled for Saturday, June 11, 2016 has been cancelled.  Also, the Annual Choir Day scheduled for June 12, 2016 has been cancelled.

I AM STILL GOD’S CHILD

Lord God give me the grace to just stand.  Sometimes it seems that I can’t tell my days from my nights. If the wind don’t cease, and the storms continue brew, help me to know that You are still with me.  Help to realize that I am not in this Hell by myself.  Help me to realize when it feels like I am drowning in the abyss of depression, that I am really being held up by your right hand.  When the people I love hate me without a cause, help me to remember that I am still your child. When I am sad, when I am broke, when I am lonely, when I feel like I  am in this thing by myself I am still your child.  My feelings, circumstances, situations, nor my conditions change my position, I am still God’s child.  I may be penniless or even friendliness, but I am still God’s child.

Wednesday’s Night Bible Study

The next two weeks,Wednesday’s Night Bible Studies are cancelled, April 27, 2016 and May 4, 2016, respectively. Hopefully, Wednesday’s Night Bible Study, will resume May 11, 2016.