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January 22, 2013

Church honors Dr. King with service



“At the appropriate time, they transition to king or queen,” he said. ”Each of you are princes and princesses in the Kingdom because of what Christ said.”

But, Williams said, princes and princesses require training before their transition to king or queen.

He quoted 1 Corinthians 13:11, which says: When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put childish ways behind me. Williams asked the congregation to consider whether their thoughts, words and actions are childish. He told them if they’re complaining and not offering solutions they’re not helping to bring about change.

He encouraged everyone to pursue growth in their thoughts, words and actions.

“Complaints blame lives. Examples change lives,” he said.

Everyone can set a positive example and make a difference, much like Martin Luther King Jr., who said “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: What are you doing for others?” and “All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence.”

“There’s a dream ready to burst out of you, a destiny ready to burst out of you,” Williams said. ”Your purpose is to reach that place where dreams become reality.”

Prior to Christopher Williams’ speech, Pastor George Qualley of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church started a history lesson with a presentation on the Emancipation Proclamation and the 13th Amendment.

The Emancipation Proclamation was issued by Pres. Abraham Lincoln in January of 1863, Qualley explained, but had been in the works by a coalition of blacks and whites since September of 1862. Surprising to some people, it freed only slaves held in the rebellious Civil War states and the freedom it promised depended upon a Union victory. The 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, ratified in December 1865, formally abolished slavery in the United States.

Attorney Mary Goss also spoke during the program, describing her childhood in Lee County, Arkansas, named for Confederate General Robert E. Lee. She talked about segregation and voting rights, explaining that the Voting Rights Act of 1965 was key in bringing about civil and political liberties, thanks to King.

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