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Upcoming Events Here is a listing of the upcoming events at Centennial Olympic Park. Come down and enjoy the fun!3/29/09 ING Georgia Marathon and Half MarathonThe Park hosts the start and finish of the 26.2 mile and 13.1 mile races that travel through Atlanta’s most interesting and historic neighborhoods including the Sweet Auburn District, Inman Park, Midtown and Decatur.4/1/09 Wednesday WindDownKick off Atlanta’s favorite, FREE concert series. Concert starts at 5:30 p.m. in the Southern Company Amphitheater, across from CNN.4/2/09 Music @ NoonDon’t miss the opener of Atlanta’s favorite lunchtime concert series. Concert starts at noon in the Southern Company Amphitheater, across from CNN.
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(BlackDoctor.org) -- Sixty-five percent of American women between the ages of 25 and 45 report having disordered eating behaviors, according to the results of a new survey by SELF Magazine in partnership with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.An additional 10 percent of women report symptoms consistent with eating disorders such as anorexia, bulimia nervosa and binge eating disorder, meaning that a total of 75 percent of all American women endorse some unhealthy thoughts, feelings or behaviors related to food or their bodies.Read the full article by following this link: http://blackdoctor.org/articles.aspx?counter=34317Find out more information on other health topics at: www.blackdoctor.org
HTTP://WWW.SISTASEMPOWEREDBYGODSWORD2009.NING.COMWhat's Your Dream?Do you have a dream? What is it that motivates you to do what you do?In 1867, D.L. Moody took a trip to England. During that trip, Moody sat in apark talking with an evangelist named Henry Varley. Varley looked at Moody andsaid, "The world has yet to see what God will do with and for and through and inand by the man who is fully consecrated to Him." Those words ignited a fire inMoody's soul. He went on to become one of the greatest evangelists and soulwinners in the history of the church.A young divinity student named Martin read the works of Mahatma Gandhi. He wasimpressed by Gandhi's commitment to non-violent social change, and with theresults his work wrought in colonial India. Martin Luther King took thatphilosophy of non-violence and incorporated it into his deeply held Christianconvictions of justice and equality. He became the driving force behind thegreatest cultural shift in the history of the United States.In the early 1900s, motivational author Orison Swett Marden said, "All men whohave achieved great things have been great dreamers."What's your dream?This past week, we honored the legacy of Dr. King, whose words and actionsembodied the aspirations of the American Civil Rights Movement. He was already aliving legend in April, 1968 when he was tragically gunned down in Memphis. Hisinfluence only increased in death as in a very real sense he became a martyr tothe cause of justice for African Americans. The words of his final speech tostriking Memphis sanitation workers became prophetic, as he said, "I may not getthere with you, but we as a people will get to the promised land." 24 hourslater, he was dead.Dr. King's famous "I Have A Dream" speech is undoubtedly one of the mosteffective and important addresses in our nation's history. It is unique in thatit is a deeply personal statement of a very public figure. If you read thecomplete text of the address, he begins by giving an overview of the problem -that the promise of freedom in the Emancipation Proclamation has not yet beenrealized by blacks in America. But King sounded a positive note, saying he wasconfident the situation could and would be changed. He urged his listeners tonot "wallow in the valley of despair" because despite the present difficulties,he still had a dream.Reading through the speech again today, I was struck by the personal passion ofthe man, and how his dream was the singular focus of his efforts, the passionthat motivated and drove him. I was compelled to ask myself, 'what is yourdream?' What is it that fuels my passion? What motivates me to do what I do? Andperhaps more importantly, are the things that I am doing helping to accomplishmy dreams? Am I, to paraphrase Thoreau, moving confidently in the direction ofmy dreams?On a recent Sunday at my home church, we heard the story of Marlon's dream. Inour community there is no park where special needs children can play. Severalyears earlier, Marlon became aware of the need, and he thought it would be niceif there was such a place in our town, but that's as far as it went. Then Godbrought a special needs child into Marlon's family, and what had been a niceidea suddenly became a passion, a dream, and a call to action. To date, Marlon'sefforts have resulted in close to one million dollars being raised to build thepark. Very soon his dream will become a reality, and a huge blessing for specialneeds children and their families in our area.It is still true today: God does great things through people who dream bigdreams. He wants to use you and me to impact our world, to right wrongs, tobring about great change, to bring people into His Kingdom. But first, we mustallow Him to instill in us a dream that sets our souls on fire.What's your dream?
**What the Church Must Do**In John 8:32, Jesus says, "And you shall know the truth, and the truth shallmake you free."When we all know the truth about racism, we will all be free of it. The only waythat the chasm of racism will close is for everyone to understand that we areall one, as God made us.Each segment of society has played and continues to play its part in racism.However, I'm writing about the Church because that is my mission, because theLord Jesus Christ is at the center of my life, and because the Church has playedan important part in perpetuating racism.Some prominent leaders of the Church have supported or have at one time appearedto support racism. Many others have remained silent when the only true Christianresponse is to speak out and act to end it. The Church's role is doubly sinfulbecause not only does it go against God's Word about the different nations ofpeople; it also goes against what Jesus says about the Church.In Matthew 5:13-14, Jesus tells us: "You are the salt of the earth; but if thesalt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing butto be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men. You are the light of the world.A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden."What a responsibility and a privilege to be the salt of the earth and the lightof the world! How miserably the Church has failed until now!When Africans were brought to America as slaves, instead of some churches comingout for the abolition of slavery, the Church as a whole did not throw God'slight on the evil institution to make sure that it ended as quickly as it began.Matthew 25:45 says: "Then He will answer them, saying, 'Assuredly, I say to you,inasmuch as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it toMe."Some Christian leaders have ignored the fact that all of us of every color arepart of the same race, the human race, and that as Christians we are all one inJesus. However, the Scriptures tell us that in Christ, old things pass away andall things become new. This means that anyone who up to now may not have knownGod's teaching against racism can in Christ renounce racist thoughts and waysand become new.I Peter 4:17: For the time has come for judgment to begin at the house of God;and if it begins with us first, what will be the end of those who do not obeythe gospel of God?Let this warning also be an inspiration. If the Church finally becomes the houseof God that it was meant to be and leads the way against racism as it was alwaysmeant to do, it will light the way for everyone else.If the Church takes on its role as the salt of the earth and the light of theworld, and if all Christians everywhere condemn racism as the sin it is, the"huge racial chasm" will finally close.
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Hello all!As we wrap up Black History Month 2009 (who says we can't keep it going?!), I thought I'd share this recent historical first...On February 12, 2009, Captain Rachelle Jones and First Officer Stephanie Brown Grant made history as the first all African- American female flight crew to operate a commercial jet revenue flight.Additionally, the flight's crew included two African-American female flight attendants, Robin Rogers and Diana GallowayThey operated flight 5202 from Atlanta to Nashville and flight 5106 from Nashville back to Atlanta.
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