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Content of Character

     On Monday, January 16th, we will celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, just two days after he would have turned 82 years old.  Dr. King was one of the greatest orators of our time.  In his renowned speech, “I Have a Dream,” delivered August 28, 1963, in Washington, D.C., Dr. King stated, “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.”

    Throughout the history of mankind, we have always had the propensity to judge others by what we discern with our five senses – see, hear, smell, touch, etc.  The scripture tells us to “Love our neighbor (others) as ourselves.”  Matthew 19:19  That frees us up to not judge them, but love them.  I believe what we love or hate in others is exactly what we love and hate in ourselves.  We can’t love or hate others without reciprocating the same to ourselves.  The scriptures are clear in this matter:  “Judge not, that ye be not judged for with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged:  and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.”  Matthew 7:1

    In the scriptures when God was anointing a king for the nation, He informed the prophet Samuel that He was not impressed with the outward appearance.  “But the Lord said unto Samuel, ‘Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature:  …The Lord seeth not as man seeth:  for man seeth on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart.’”  I Samuel 16:7

    The content of our character is a matter of what is in our hearts.  Jesus said, “A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things.”  Luke 6:45

    Well, as we see Dr. Martin Luther King was addressing a problem that exists from the beginning of time – when Cain killed his brother, Abel, until today when we hate our brothers and sisters simply because of the color of their skin or because they are different.

    The Fourth Step of the 12 Step Program states, “I make a searching and fearless daily moral inventory of my defect of character.”  We all have character defects, but as we search and root them out without fear or intimidation, our lives will reflect the forgiveness power of God and be allowed to be all that God has created us to be.  King Solomon, another wise man said, “Whatever a man thinketh in his heart, so is he.”  Proverbs 23:7   The content of our character is what is in the heart of each of us.  As we celebrate the legacy and life of Dr. King, we honor him, but most importantly, we honor God by committing to the “Golden Rule” -- “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” 

Have a wonderful holiday and upcoming Black History Month.  God bless you and God bless Bridges of America.

Written By: Father Charles Brown

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Monday, 24 October 2011 11:26

Family Day at Jacksonville Bridge

On Monday September 5, 2011 another successful Family Day was held at the Jacksonville Bridge.  In preparation for the event, inmates created and built a water balloon toss and a bean bag toss.  Approximately 100 inmates and many of their families and children participated in the event.  Staff not scheduled to work also came and joined in the festivities.  There was an array of games and activities designed for family unification and plain old fun.  The karaoke, spoon/egg race, water balloon toss and bean bag toss brought lots of smiles, laughter and joy to the participants, as well as the observers.  The hit of the day was the scavenger hunt.  Everyone seemed to rise to being a super sleuth and figuring it out.  No one left hungry as there was plenty of hot dogs, chips, soda, and snacks for all.  The children each received a snack bag with treats to take home.  A good time was had by all and comments lingered throughout the week on how this was the best family day ever!

Chaplain Robert Brown

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Monday, 17 October 2011 14:49

Father Charles Making A Difference Part II

Last week, we posted the first of a two-part series featuring Fr. Charles Brown that aired on the Youth Central Connection show October, 9 2011.  Here is the second of Father Charles’s conversation with Charles Morse that identifies the major factors on why our mothers, fathers, and children are going to jail or prison at such an alarming rate.

Visist the home of the Young People's Forum and click on the link to watch previous episodes to see Father Charles in the show dated October 9, 2011.


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Monday, 10 October 2011 14:35

Father Charles Making a Difference

On Sunday, October 2, 2011 Father Charles was the featured guest on a locally-produced show called “Youth Central Connection”.  He was interviewed by Charles E. Morse and discussed the trickled-down effect on a family when one of their members goes to jail or prison. Please visit the link below to see part one of a two-part series and see what Father Charles has to say about making a difference in one of the country’s major problems.  Check back here for part two coming soon.

Visist the home of the Young People's Forum and click on the link to watch previous episodes to see Father Charles in the show dated October 2, 2011.

Way to go Father Charles!

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