The Philadelphia Starbucks Incident: A Teachable Moment If We Won't Be Silent.




The foolish action of calling the police on two Black men was isolated at that Philadelphia Starbucks location. It was the decision of ONE Starbucks employee, but typical of the response of SOME white folks who overreact to the presence of African Americans (Listen to the 911 call).
1) Police should not be in the business of arresting people "on-demand" who are not committing a crime. They should have refused to arrest them. The police do not work for Starbucks!
2) The two young men handled the situation as well as could be expected being embarrassed in front of people by being wrongly arrested. I too would have been disgusted and angry, but calm.
3) In the video, one white customer (see photo) is seen and heard  defending the black men. Every person in that room should have been defending the honor and innocence of those men!
Great example: White customer using his privilege
to defend the honor of two black men

4) The person(s) who called the police should offer a personal apology to the men or be fired.
5) Note that ethnic/racial prejudice and racism continue to rear its ugly head--even as people insist that everything is "better."
6) I'm not going to boycott Starbucks, but I am going to protest the unneeded action of the police and the EPIDEMIC OF SILENCE of some white folks in that location (and in society) who should have spoken out against this action with one voice (as well as speak out on other matters).
7) If everyone used their privilege to help/defend others--and not be silent-- a lot of this foolishness would not happen.
8) Educate people in your spheres of influence about prejudice. It is not black folks' job to educate white folks––or visa versa. We don't need "racial" meetings and forums. We already know what to do. Use your voice to speak into these matters! Educate your children, family members, associates, and friends how to behave.
Ephesians 4:15, "But, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head—Christ"

How to Release the Greater One Within You (Video & Audio)




1 John 4:4 You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world. 

One of the most important realities of life is knowing who you are, what you have, and to Whom you belong. John wrote, “You are of God…” There can be no clearer statement of identity. The greater One within you is your new nature in Christ! 

This reality makes you an overcomer and causes you to always rise above "them," which is not specific people, but everything that represents the "world." The "world," is human nature apart from, and in opposition to, God. 

This teaching was recorded on Sunday, April 15 will inform and inspire you!

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"Resurrection Grace & Light: This Changed Everything!" (Video)


Watch the teaching, "Resurrection Grace & Light: This Changed Everything!" Jesus’ resurrection was not only a life-saving, death-defeating past event, it is a life-transforming present power! In this teaching, learn how to know and walk in resurrection power. The word resurrection literally means, “to cause to stand up.” In this teaching, I will use examples from history and from the science of the “electromagnetic spectrum” (light) to explain how God expands your spectrum of ability, blessing, and effectiveness. Subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, Podbean & TuneIn using the links below: iTunes - https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/firm-foundation-with-bryan-hudson/id81271386?mt=2 PodBean - https://bryanhudson.podbean.com TuneIn - https://tunein.com/podcasts/Self-Development/Firm-Foundation-with-Bryan-Hudson-p1088629/

Jesus Resurrection and Grace: This Changed Everything!




Acts 4:33, And with great power the apostles gave witness to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. And great grace was upon them all.

Grace is God's favor and bountiful benefits for your life. This changes everything!

Grace is your greatest provision. God's grace is the power that caused Jesus to rise from the dead after suffering and dying for your sins and mine. Think about the greatness of the power that raised Him from the dead! That same power is available to you!

The root meaning for the Bible Greek word for "resurrection" is anastasis. This word literally means "to cause to stand up." After taking our sins to the cross and carrying our sins to the grave through death, He rose from the dead. He "stood up" for you and me, providing forgiveness, peace, joy and a new life with God.

Along with this new life comes the promise of helping you to stand up when the circumstances of life have knocked you down. The same grace/power that raised Christ from the dead is available today to raise you up in your challenges! (Romans 8:11)

Rejoice! Everything has changed in your favor!

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How to Stay Encouraged...The Grace of Encouragement


Joshua 1:9, Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.

Encouragement can help you in extraordinary ways. The grace of encouragement can help you empower others. 

After the death of the great leader Moses, when the Lord spoke to Joshua, he didn’t talk about resources, strategy, and knowledge. He spoke about courage and the importance of guarding against discouragement. The Lord encouraged Joshua. In the book of Deuteronomy, there is the record of the words that Moses spoke to the people of Israel to remind them of their legacy and purpose. In the midst of that discourse was this remarkable statement;
“But commission Joshua, and encourage and strengthen him, for he will lead this people across and will cause them to inherit the land that you will see.” (Deuteronomy 3:28)

Notice the importance of encouraging a man who had the capacity to lead others to a better place. Joshua was that man and his “commissioning” came through the grace and power of encouragement.

The Hebrew root definition for the word encourage means, “To fasten upon.” Other definitions of the word include: Strengthen, prevail, harden, become strong, be courageous, be firm, grow firm, be resolute Other uses of Old Testament Hebrew word “chazaq” include: strong (48x), repair (47x), hold (37x), strengthened (28x), strengthen (14x), harden (13x), prevail (10x), encourage (9x), take (9x), courage (8x), 

The New Testament Greek word, paraklesis for encourage means:  To urge forward, persuade, an exhortation; A calling to one's aid. 
(From the compound word: para, "by the side," and kaleo, "to call")

But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. (Isaiah 40:31)

Encouragement inspires hope. Hope in the Lord renews strength. Strength causes you to soar, run, and walk victoriously.

 When you are encouraged in the Lord, you become inspired to do extraordinary things! Joshua, will all of his ability, could not have succeeded without encouragement. The same is true for you and me. A assignment from God is very empowering, but we has people thrive on divine motivation and participation/partnership with others. 

And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching. (Hebrews 10:24-25 )

Encouraging others is very important to their success! So go “spur” on another person toward love and good deeds! Do it today!

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