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For all Your blessings this day, we owe You and Your children an attitude of gratitude. Bless others through us and by Your grace at every opportunity according to Your love, wisdom, and omnipotence. Please accept our feeble praise which can never be sufficient for what You have done and are doing for us daily. For the grace of Jesus Christ and His substitutionary sacrifice for our failures, our sins of omission, sins of commission, sins of thought, and thoughts of sin, we owe Him and give to Him our all, now and forever more. Thank you for accepting us as sons and daughters of God and for the gift of life for which we can do nothing to earn. Thank You, thank You, Thank You in and through His love.
Amen. Amen. Amen.
In His Name,
As you consider the messages on this Web Site, talk with your Savior and BE BLESSED.
IF YOU WANT A BLESSING FROM GOD, BE A BLESSING TO OTHERS. Remember, one way to serve Him is by serving others. And when you want to remind Him of your sins and sinfulness, just point out the defects, failures, and past indiscretions of others. As you forgive, you are forgiven and as you forget the sins of others, yours are forgotten.
IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO BE THE CENTER OF GOD'S PROTECTION, MAKE CHRIST THE CENTER OF YOUR LIFE.
As you think, You can . . . by His grace.
OUR GOAL: INTO ALL THE WORLD
THINK ABOUT IT
The children of God must keep their sights on the future which may be very different from the point of view of others - - - others of the world - - - worldly perspectives.
The distant future and the distant past will eventually merge into one and the same. In the distant future, the earth will be new as it was in the distant past. Through the Dark Ages, through Gethsemene, through the Garden of Eden, through the gates of pearl, and finally with Adam and Eve into the earth made new, perfection will exist throughout the universe. Keep your eyes on the prize and on the One who will provide the prize for the ones who accept Him as King of kings and Lord of lords - - - SAVIOR OF THE WORLD !
STATEMENT OF MISSION
To represent Jesus Christ through ministry and service in His Church and in His community, loving as He loved and serving Him through service to others. By preaching and publishing, giving and living, I pray that I make a difference, using whatever influence I can muster, by His grace for today and every day, for those I love, those I know, and those whose path I cross or who read or hear my words.
STATEMENT OF VISION
I envision a Holy Ghost-filled ministry where Christ is the center of my motives, actions, and thoughts and where I value other souls for whom Christ has died as equal in value to my own. My work of speaking, writing, and personal service is to have an impact for today and eternity. I choose to die rather than dishonor my Lord and I accept persecution and suffering with Him as the highest honor which can be extended to me. Evidence of love for my immediate family, my extended family, and the family of God is to be displayed in all my relationships and encounters. I am and shall always be an ambassador, AEP, for Christ.
CLARENCE E. HODGES BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH
Clarence E. Hodges is retired and living in Huntsville, Alabama. He His personal ministries and businesses include a special nursing home ministry, chief executive officer of Character Press and of Love the Children of Huntsville, Alabama.
He is an ordained minister and prior to his retirement, served for ten years at the North American Division of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists as Vice President, as director for the Department of Public Affairs and Religious Liberty, and as President of the North American Religious Liberty Association. Prior to that assignment, he was President of Christian Record Services in Lincoln, Nebraska, which provides educational, recreational, and motivational services for the blind and others with disabilities which affect their abilities to read or hold books. He has done pastoral ministry, youth ministry, and public evangelism. His ministry has been blessed with over 2,000 baptisms including speaking and evangelism in India, West Africa, South Africa, Indonesia, Europe, Philippines, and throughout the United States.
He was a National Urban Fellow at Occidental College and Yale University. Hodges has served as adjunct or visiting professor at several colleges and universities and has served on several institutional boards including 23 years on the Oakwood University Board of Trustees.
He has served as a senior government official in both international affairs and domestic programs in two presidential administrations, has been confirmed twice by the United States Senate for such positions, has served at the White House with collateral executive personnel responsibilities and is pleased with having expanded programs for families and the less fortunate, and having contributed to freedom in South Africa and other parts of the world. He has served and traveled the world as National Director of Community Action, Deputy Assistant Secretary for the United States Department of State and as Commissioner for the Administration for Children, Youth, and Families. His responsibilities have included managing multi-billion dollar budgets and hundreds of thousands of employees and volunteers.
His early years of professional service was in social work and social service administration in city and state governments. He has served in leadership roles in Civil Rights, currently and for most of his adult life. He has been honored for his public and civic service with honorary degrees, schools named in his honor, and scores of awards. He is married to Yvonne and they have four adult children. He has authored 13 books which can be seen at: www.cehodges.com
MAY IT ALWAYS BE ABOUT SERVICE, SERVING AS HE SERVED AND LOVING AS HE LOVES.
POLITICS AND THE U.S.A.
Politics in the U.S. and around the world seems to be in need of reconstruction. One problem of concern is that it has been under reconstruction for the past twelve or more years. And at the top of that concern, it seems to me that the reconstruction has been going in the wrong direction. We would do well to reconstruct the reconstruction. Too many in positions which could be used to improve the quality of life for all Americans, therefore, for all America are more concerned about those who are at the top of our socio-economic system while the middle class, under employed, unemployed, sick, disabled, and the average retiree are ignored as they suffer. America must stop ignoring the needy while enriching the greedy. And for persons who ascend the ladder of success in public office, increasing their net-worth year by year while feeding from public taxes and self-imposed advantagaeous policies, they should be investigated to make sure they are not enriching themselves by using methods not available to the common citizen. Greed by public officials should be a crime and none should be too big for jail.
E.G. White has wisely written, the greatest want of the world is the want of men and women who will not be bought or sold; who in their inmost souls are true and honest; who do not fear to call sin by its right name; men whose conscience is as true to duty as the needle to the pole; men who will stand for the right though the heavens fall. (Education, p. 57)
My counsel to all is to love your enemies and pray for those who lie and cheat in order to get ahead. Their reward is coming. Show them there is a better way to serve the public.
The organized groups of clergy are needed to help clean up America from politics to economics in general. Poverty and wealth have teamed up against middle America. Both need close attention to save the good in each and extinguish that which is destructive. We know the good and the bad and what is needed to strengthen what is good and declare war on that which divides, destroys, discourages, and denies truth, integrity, and goodness.
Isa 56:10-11 10 His watchmen are blind: they are all ignorant, they are all dumb dogs, they cannot bark; sleeping, lying down, loving to slumber. 11 Yea, they are greedy dogs which can never have enough, and they are shepherds that cannot understand: they all look to their own way, every one for his gain, from his quarter. (KJV)
Thank God for His mercy. May He have mercy a little while longer on Planet Earth, especially those who are in positions of responsibility and honor, and those who stand in need of services from those paid to be public servants.
SUGGESTIONS FOR THOSE WHO WISH TO CUT OUR GOVERNMENT DEBT
1. Cut Congress (House and Senate) in half.
2. Take all left-over campaign funds after each general election and place in the government treasury.
3. Place a sur-tax on government employees who have outside income which exceeds 200% of their government income.
4. For persons found guilty of crimes which required federal investigations or other federal expenses, who have resources in excess of $500,000, to pay for those federal expenditures.
5. For persons wishing to serve more than six years in federal elective office, charge a filing fee of $1,000 per year beyond the first six years.