Love thy neighbor is a spiritual command that has both interpersonal and nation-state implications, because neither material nor non-material walls make for good neighbors. The spiritual concept neighbor is not constricted by distance, skin-color, walls, wealth, nation-state hood, political party designations or any other socio-economic barriers. Hence, an individual must love his neighbor simply because God loves US. This is why individuals must know that your neighbors are anyone you come in contact with!  The spiritual key to living is learning to love others as an individual loves himself or herself. An acknowledgement of this profound spiritual reality militates against social conflicts. Problems and hellishness occur in relationships interpersonally, institutionally or societally when individuals selfishly fall in love with themselves rather than loving others as they love themselves. A perfect example is the insurrection that occurred on January 6th, 2021. These individuals only love themselves and Trump. God, country and others are not in the equation. Thus, there is no life that is not lived in community, and no community not lived under the reality of God that equal is equal, not equal is more or less equal. This spiritual concept is difficult for ungodly minds to understand.

The concept of loving and understanding who our neighbors are is a spiritually taught and learned civic precept. Neighborliness must be taught and exampled in our families, our churches and our educational institutions as a citizenship requirement. We know that this is not effectively and spiritually being taught because our prisons are overcrowded, and mass murders are frequent occurrences. To come to grips with this reality as Americans, we must spiritually decide what kind of nation-state we desire to be. The decision has already been spiritually made by God. Will someone please inform Christian Right Evangelicals, The GOP, and Donald Trump’s White Nationalists Groups that America constitutionally decided in (1776) what kind of nation we will be based upon The Preamble and the Articles of the Constitution! Will someone please run and tell Trump Loyalists before they destroy themselves that America will never change to what they desire US to be. America will always be a nation-state of the people, by the people, and for the people. This is why every American can sing with great exceptional enthusiasm: “God bless America, Land that I love. Stand beside her through the night with a light from above…”

Jesus had to overcome the graveyard mentalities of the hypocrites of His era. Just as we must overcome the hypocrisy and graveyard mentalities of the GOP and Trump Loyalists: my way or the highway. America, carnal-minded individuals can never become a neighbor to anyone, including themselves: “For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.” (Romans 8: 6-8). Christian Right Hypocrites (Evangelicals), The GOP and Trump Loyalists, “Whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report: if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.” Selah. 

October 16, 2023, HOUSTON, TX – Congressional Candidate Amanda Edwards has raised over $1 million in less than 4 months, a substantial sum that helps bolster the frontrunner status of the former At-Large Houston City Council Member in her bid for U.S. Congress. Edwards raised over $433,000 in Q3 of 2023. This strong Q3 report expands on a successful Q2 where Edwards announced just 11 days after declaring her candidacy that she had raised over $600,000. With over $829,000 in cash-on-hand at the end of the September 30th financial reporting period, Edwards proves again that she is the clear frontrunner in the race. “I am beyond grateful for the strong outpouring of support that will help me to win this race and serve the incredible people of the 18th Congressional District,” said Edwards. “We are at a critical juncture in our nation’s trajectory, and we need to send servant leaders to Congress who can deliver the results the community deserves. The strong support from our supporters will help us to cultivate an 18th Congressional District where everyone in it can thrive.” Edwards said. “Amanda understands the challenges that the hard-working folks of the 18th Congressional District face because she has never lost sight of who she is or where she comes from; she was born and raised right here in the 18th Congressional District of Houston,” said Kathryn McNiel, spokesperson for Edwards’ campaign. Edwards has been endorsed by Higher Heights PAC, Collective PAC, Krimson PAC, and the Brady PAC. She has also been supported by Beto O’Rourke, among many others. About Amanda: Amanda is a native Houstonian, attorney and former At-Large Houston City Council Member. Amanda is a graduate of Eisenhower High School in Aldine ISD. Edwards earned a B.A. from Emory University and a J.D. from Harvard Law School. Edwards practiced law at Vinson & Elkins LLP and Bracewell LLP before entering public service. Edwards is a life-long member of St. Monica Catholic Church in Acres Homes. For more information, please visit www.edwardsforhouston.com

As September 13th rolls around, we extend our warmest birthday wishes to the creative powerhouse, Tyler Perry, a man whose indomitable spirit and groundbreaking work have left an indelible mark on the world of entertainment. With his multifaceted talents as an actor, playwright, screenwriter, producer, and director, Tyler Perry has not only entertained but also inspired audiences worldwide, particularly within the African-American community, where his influence and role have been nothing short of powerful. Born in New Orleans, Louisiana, in 1969, Tyler Perry’s journey to stardom was a path riddled with adversity. Raised in a turbulent household, he found refuge in writing, using it as a therapeutic outlet. This period of introspection gave rise to one of his most iconic creations, Madea, a vivacious, no-nonsense grandmother who would later become a beloved figure in Perry’s works, offering a unique blend of humor and profound life lessons. Despite facing numerous challenges, including rejection and financial struggles, Perry’s determination and unwavering belief in his abilities propelled him forward. In 1992, he staged his first play, “I Know I’ve Been Changed,” which, although met with limited success, was a pivotal moment in his career. Unfazed by initial setbacks, Perry continued to hone his craft, and by 1998, he had successfully produced a string of stage plays that showcased his storytelling prowess.

Calling all teenage student-athletes! If you have dreams of playing college soccer and wish to represent an HBCU, the HBCU ID Camp is your golden opportunity. From 8 am to 5 pm on November 11-12, Houston Sports Park will transform into a hub for aspiring male and female soccer players. Coaches from HBCUs across the nation will be present to evaluate, scout, and offer valuable feedback. Moreover, they might even spot the next soccer prodigy to join their collegiate soccer programs. This camp is not just about honing your soccer skills but also a chance to connect with the HBCU soccer community. You’ll learn the ins and outs of what it takes to excel on the field and in the classroom, which is crucial for a college athlete. The HBCU ID Camp is an excellent platform to network with coaches, learn from experienced athletes, and take the first steps toward your college soccer journey. To secure your spot at this incredible event, don’t forget to register [here](insert registration link). Space is limited to 120 participants, so make sure to reserve your place before it’s too late. It’s time to turn your dreams of playing college soccer into a reality.

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