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A little bit of history

A few historical sights around Montgomery, Alabama, and a few Thursday doors:

While this home looks interesting, what I thought interesting was that the two upstairs doors are working and having usable balconies.  Considering the age of the home, that’s rare.

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According to historical records, the building (current image) below is the location that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. planned the Montgomery Bus Boycott.

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This building (a current image), “Located at High and Jackson streets, the four-story Ben Moore offered lodging, a safe place for meetings and a vibrant social life free from the bigotry and hostilities of the Southern white racism of the 1950s and ’60s. Even today in the basement is an evocative barbershop full of civil rights-era news pictures and portraits, including one of its most famous customers, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., when he lived in the now-restored parsonage just yards up Jackson Street.” (http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/travel/hotels/2004-04-19-ben-moore_x.htm)

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Right across the street from/next to the Ben Moore Hotel…(also a current image)

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This is just a few doors down from that building, an amazing house or building, which I couldn’t yet find anything about.  I know that major remodeling was started a few years ago, and so much work was done I expected to see it fully restored to its former glory.  But that seemed to stop suddenly, and at this level of remodel in the photo, it actually looks much better than it did.  I also could not find out anything online about ‘Metro’, the last image below, I’ll have to ask around to find out.

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Unknowing

-On the narrow road-

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Is it possible that followers of Christ will never face persecution?  Is it possible that things will just remain quiet and calm, for all?  It actually is not quiet and calm for followers of Christ, and we have been told that it would not be so.  In the United States, our level of peacefulness is directly related to the order kept in check by government in general, together with the principles that our nation is founded upon.  We only have ‘lasting’ peace because it has been in the best interest of all.  While this system that we use here works, it is as susceptible to corruption and upset as any system.  Pray that the peace of God remain in this land, by remaining in the hearts of men and women.

Speak

But you, son of man, do not be afraid of them or their words, though briers and thorns are beside you and you live among scorpions.  Don’t be afraid of their words or be discouraged by [the look on] their faces, for they are a rebellious house.  But speak My words to them whether they listen or refuse [to listen], for they are rebellious.

Ezekiel 2:6-7

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 Love isn’t warm feelings, instead it’s an attitude that reveals itself in an action.  We can demonstrate Christ’s love by helping others-even when not convenient, by giving-even when it hurts, by devoting energy to others’ welfare-rather than our own, by taking hurt-and not complaining or fighting back, by telling others about what Christ did-even if they reject or hate us for it.  This is tough love-tough for the giver.  This is the reason why people notice it, and how people will know that we are following Jesus.  It’s so tough that a man cannot do any of this on his own, but only via a supernatural source-the Holy Spirit.

Free

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He then rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant, and sat down.  And the eyes of everyone in the synagogue were fixed on Him.  He began by saying to them, “Today as you listen, this Scripture has been fulfilled.”  

Luke 4:20-21

 

A song that I think fits the theme of these verses, of this indescribable freedom that God has offered to mankind, is a song by For King and Country titled, Run Wild.  I just mentioned the song in a comment on another blog and realized while working on editing this one, that the lyrics are fitting.  Give it a listen if you have time-I think you’ll be encouraged.  I’ve posted the lyrics below.

Link to YouTube video: Run Wild

Lyrics:

Run Wild [feat. Andy Mineo]
(Luke Smallbone / Joel Smallbone / Matt Hales / Tedd Tjornhom / Andy Mineo)

Are the walls to lock you in or to keep others away
And if the doors were to be opened would you leave or would you stay

The comfort of your misery you cherish dearly, you cherish dearly
And you haven’t started dreaming ’cause you’re still fast asleep, you’re fast asleep

But don’t you want to
Run wild, live free
Love strong, you and me

You’re a lion full of power who forgot how to roar
You’re an eagle full of beauty but you can’t seem to soar

Will you return to the garden where you were first made whole
Will you turn to the one who can liberate your soul

Don’t you want to
Run wild, live free
Love strong, you and me
Run wild, live free
Love strong

To every soul locked in a cage
In the prison of your past mistakes
No, there’s no time left to waste
Yeah, you can make your great escape
We’re made to run wild, run wild, run wild
We’re made to run wild, run wild, run wild

Run forest, all depends what direction
Some people run from fear, some from their own reflection
Some people run their mouth, some people run their house
Ruling with the heart of a tyrant
Some people run their block, bust shots with a 4-4-5 and
That’s the environment, how we were raised
Living like lions but trapped in a cage
Back to a imago day with the blood of a king and the heart of a slave
Don’t you wanna run

And if your soul’s locked in a cage
You can make your great escape
We’re made to run wild, live free
Love strong, you and me

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