One in eight women will be diagnosed with Breast Cancer. That means we all know someone who is fighting this. We can help. I want to help. Through my website and links to my music, I am donating 100% of my talent through the proceeds from the sale of my music to The National Breast Cancer Foundation. We can help together. My downloads are just $0.99 per song. This helps my music get out there and raise funds for a cause that I deeply believe in. It's a win! Will you join me in this fight?
ABOUT BREAST CANCER
Breast cancer is a type of cancer where cells in the breast tissue divide and grow without normal control. It is a widespread and random disease, striking women and men of all ages and races. It is the most prevalent cancer in the world today, with about 1.3 million people diagnosed annually. The exact cause of the disease is unknown, and at this time, there is no cure.
But there is hope. Thanks to heightened awareness, early detection through screening, improved treatment methods and increased access to breast health services, people have a grerater chance of survival than ever before.
Thursday, December 5, 2013
Tuesday, October 1, 2013
Discontent for life on earth brings on a hunger for heaven. How does God get a hold of our attention? By gracing us with a deep dissatisfaction with unhappiness here. The only real tragedy then is to be prematurely satisfied and content with being strangers in this strange land.
If this is not our real home, then how can we be truly happy here? We are not supposed to be happy here. We are "like foreigners and strangers in this world" (1 Peter 2:11)
Take a wild animal out of it's natural environment. Bring them into the the big city lights.Their suffering begins with capture. Are they happy? Do you give them tons of cash? A nice car to drive around in? Maybe a martini and a good book? Do we dress them in fancy clothes and people skinned boots?
Of course not. Then how would we make them happy? You would put them back in their natural environment. They would never be happy in the city simply because they were not made for it. And you will never be happy on earth because you were not made for either. You will have certain aspects and bouts with joy. Even catch a glimpse of light. You will know many moments or even days of peace. But they just will not compare to the joy, peace and happiness that lies ahead. God says the very least in heaven is in no comparison to the very least on earth. Sounds like He agrees!
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
The origins of the 1994 Rwandan genocide are complex and the ethnic divisions in Rwanda between the Hutus and the Tutsis are longstanding. Tribal polarization exploded after the assassination of President Juvenal Habyarimana, who was a Hutu, and in a period of one hundred days, more than 800,000 people were systematically and violently murdered.
In the midst of this killing, Father Ubald Rugirangoga, a Catholic priest whose Tutsi father had been murdered in the 1962 overthrow of the Rwandan government and who had been himself threatened
by fellow seminarians in the 1980's, was forced to flee first to his bishop's residence and then to the Congo in return for a promise by the Hutus not to harm the people of his parish. As soon as he left, the Hutu members of his large parish betrayed this promise and brutally murdered approximately 45,000 Tutsi members of his parish. More than 80 members of his immediate and extended family, including his mother, were exterminated within the first two weeks of the massacre.
Before fleeing, Father Ubald promised his bishop that he would return to bring healing to his people. The massacre finally ended when the Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF) regained power, but grief-stricken survivors were left bewildered by the intensity of the evil that had been unleashed in their country. Survivors of all ethnic groups experienced profound guilt: guilt for killing, guilt for surviving, guilt for not doing enough to prevent or mitigate the conflicts. Many sought revenge, but as has been said, "There is no revenge so complete as forgiveness."
Father Ubald spent many months in prayer and his tears filled a river before he made his way to Lourdes, France. It was there, as he meditated on the stations of the Cross, that he heard God tell him to release his sorrows and "pick up his cross." God filled his heart with a forgiveness that can only come from God. Subsequently, he met with and forgave the mayor of his town, who was the man who ordered the murder of Father Ubald's own mother. Father Ubald took responsibility for that man's children, treating them as his own and even paying for their schooling.
Father Ubald is a man who radiates the purity of God's grace and preached on forgiveness and reconciliation. He has built a center in Rwanda, called The Secret Of Peace which will minister to the people of Rwanda and the surrounding areas.
As Jesus called out for forgiveness for the people responsible for his death, this act of forgiveness from a man is a resemblance of the nature of God. Who can we not forgive?