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  2. 3. James 1:19-20 "My dear brothers, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, for man's anger does not bring about the righteous life that God desires."
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  4. You seem to love her very much. That's everything, which I think you know. I'm very sorry to hear all of this, padawanbeck84. I will continue to say prayers. Please keep me/us posted. Not about me when I say my good thing is that I care. 💙
  5. 8 WAYS NELSON MANDELA CHANGED THE WORLD Today marks Nelson Mandela’s 100th birthday, and we’re joining people around the world who are celebrating the life, achievements, and legacy of the former South African leader. Mandela’s impact on his people, his country, and the world as a whole has been far too vast to measure, though it has also been too important to leave untried. Here are eight ways Nelson Mandela used his life to change the world forever. 1. FROM THE BEGINNING, MANDELA KNEW THAT A SINGLE PERSON COULD BE A CATALYST FOR CHANGE. HE WASN’T AFRAID TO BE THAT CATALYST. “THERE IS NO PASSION TO BE FOUND PLAYING SMALL - IN SETTLING FOR A LIFE THAT IS LESS THAN THE ONE YOU ARE CAPABLE OF LIVING.” Mandela was born in 1918 in a small village in the Transkei, then a British territory in what is now South Africa. He would go on to lead a nation, change lives, and inspire countless people along the way. While he was only one man, Mandela shaped a better world through his own initiative. Mandela formed and joined many organizations and alliances during his lifetime and continues to be a symbol of the power that one individual has to make a difference. Almost every personal and professional road he traveled—whether that road meant establishing the first black law firm in South Africa, forming the African National Congress Youth League, or refusing a pardon due to continued injustice—was a brave and powerful example of the long journey to freedom. As Mandela put it, “There is no passion to be found playing small - in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.” 2. HE REFUSED TO GIVE UP ON HIS CAUSE AND HIS COUNTRY. Fewer images in history are more powerful than that of Nelson Mandela, fist raised in a dignified grey suit, walking after his release from 27 years of imprisonment. Mandela was only 44 years old when he was given a life sentence by the apartheid regime for his leadership of the African National Congress, an organization outlawed by the government for its anti-apartheid actions and positions. Mandela was first arrested on treason charges just four years after starting South Africa’s first black law firm and working with others calling for a nonracial state in the country. He would later be acquitted of these charges, only to be arrested yet again in 1962 for his work as a leader within the African National Congress. 3. MANDELA SET AN EXAMPLE OF DEDICATION, COURAGE, AND SACRIFICE FOR ALL. “YOUR FREEDOM AND MINE CANNOT BE SEPARATED.” During his trial, Mandela refused to defend himself in order to not legitimize the charges levied against him. In 1985, the government offered to release Mandela under the conditions that he would not engage in political activities once free. Nelson refused. "I cannot and will not give any undertaking at a time when I and you, the people, are not free," he said. "Your freedom and mine cannot be separated." 4. HE KNEW THAT HIS STRUGGLE WAS HIS PEOPLE’S, AS HIS PEOPLE’S STRUGGLE WAS HIS. BUT MANDELA OPENED THAT STRUGGLE AND HIS MESSAGE OF JUSTICE TO THE WORLD. In the mid-1980s, the world slowly awakened to the suffering of South Africans under apartheid rule. And while Mandela suffered behind bars, his message had never been louder. As anti-apartheid rallies grew, so did awareness of Mandela’s struggle for freedom for black South Africans. His message was so powerful that a protest song named “Free Nelson Mandela,” written and performed by the ska band The Special AKA after attending such a rally, became a top ten hit in the UK, and a legendary anthem worldwide. Mandela’s message was one of peace, justice and freedom, an inclusive campaign that all people could support. He set the precedent for messaging and rallying for future activists to come. 5. HE SET UP A FOUNDATION IN ORDER TO SECURE THAT HIS WORK FOR JUSTICE AND PEACE COULD CONTINUE. Founded in 1999, the Nelson Mandela Foundation is the legacy that Mandela has left behind. The organization focuses on what was central to Mandela’s work: justice, dialogue, and social cohesion. Just as Mandela did so successfully in South Africa, the foundation “aims to use the history, experience, values, vision and leadership of its Founder to provide a non-partisan platform for public discourse on important social issues, and in doing so, to contribute to policy decision-making.” The foundation hopes that by providing people and politics with the relevant tools, the public can have informed discussions that lead to justice and freedom for all. 6. MANDELA DELIVERED A GROUNDBREAKING SPEECH FOR THE FIGHT AGAINST HIV/AIDS AT A CRUCIAL TIME FOR SOUTH AFRICANS. In 2000, a quarter of South African citizens between the ages of 15- and 45-years old tested positive for HIV/AIDS. In a time and place with four million infected people and incalculable stigma, Nelson Mandela called for bold new measures to be taken in the fight against AIDS. While he regretted not doing enough while he was in office, Nelson Mandela single-handedly set a new agenda for the future fight against HIV/AIDS with a groundbreaking speech in 2000 at an International AIDS conference in Durban. Combined with his public meeting with the revolutionary South African HIV/AIDS activist Zackie Achmat in 2002 and his relentless engagement with the fight through the later years of his life, Nelson Mandela was a devoted advocate for HIV+ South Africans all the way up until his death in 2013. 7. HE UNDERSTOOD THAT WHILE IT IS IMPORTANT TO FORGIVE, HISTORY MUST NEVER FORGET ITS TROUBLED PAST. Nelson Mandela sought remembrance, rather than revenge, in response to injustices under Apartheid rule. He understood that the key to moving forward as a nation was understanding and learning from its troubled past. That’s why one of Mandela’s first actions as president of South Africa was to set up a Committee for Truth and Reconciliation, a governmental agency dedicated to investigating crimes committed under apartheid from 1960 to 1994. The program is a beacon for human rights volition investigators everywhere, and stands as a shining example as a guide for healing from past atrocities and unifying divided peoples. 8. MANDELA CHANNELED HIS CHILDHOOD LESSONS OF UBUNTU, AND GAVE THOSE VALUES TO THE WORLD. “HE NOT ONLY EMBODIED UBUNTU, HE TAUGHT MILLIONS TO FIND THAT TRUTH WITHIN THEMSELVES.” — BARACK OBAMA At his core, this was Nelson Mandela’s mission, and its story goes back all the way to his days as a child in that small African village. Ubuntu is the Xhosa idea that there is a oneness to all people. An impenetrable tie that binds us all to one another. A principle stating that conflict amongst people is temporary, only a brief diversion from the natural order of our true nature as human beings: togetherness. Mandela took this belief to heart, and with it shaped the world around him, believing that strength will overcome strife and refusing to be cynical. As Barack Obama said during Mandela’s eulogy: “Ubuntu, a word that captures Mandela’s greatest gift: His recognition that we are all bound together in ways that are invisible to the eye; that there is a oneness to humanity; that we achieve ourselves by sharing ourselves with others, and caring for those around us. . . . He not only embodied Ubuntu, he taught millions to find that truth within themselves.” July 18, 2018
  6. Today is #MandelaDay! We're celebrating the life, achievements & legacy of the former South African leader. http://bit.ly/2NZsdoT
  7. Happy Birthday to one of our favorite (RED) Ambassadors, Kristen Bell! Thank you for everything you do in the fight to #endAIDS. 🎂
  8. 0 CULTURE 3 things you can do to celebrate Nelson Mandela Day! 17 July 2019 8:59AM UTC | By: JANE EAGLES ADD YOUR NAME Sign now: we demand more action in the fight against AIDS EmailSign Share on Facebook Save on Facebook Share on Twitter Share by Email Today we celebrate the legacy of one of the greatest leaders of the 20th century: Nelson Mandela! In the later years of his life, Mandela spoke publicly and passionately about the fight against AIDS. He also took concrete action for change running campaigns dedicated to fighting AIDS. Mandela was convinced that ending the stigma that surrounded HIV and providing access to antiretrovirals (ARV) were solutions to combating the disease and saving lives. So, we thought, what better way to honour Mandela’s legacy than continuing to transform these words into action? Join us in sharing Mandela’s words and continuing his fight to end AIDS! Here are three things you can do to get involved: 1. #StepUpTheFight against AIDS. Nelson Mandela said, “History will surely judge us harshly if we do not respond with all the energy and resources that we can bring to bear in the fight against HIV/AIDS.” Honour his legacy by adding your name to our petition and show your commitment to ending HIV/AIDS for good. 2. Send a message. To change the world, we need to work together. To do that, we need you to spread the word about how we’re amping up the fight to end AIDS. Click here to amplify our call to action! 3. Learn more about the powerful fund aiming to end AIDS. Since 2002, The Global Fund to fight AIDS, TB, and Malaria has helped slash deaths from these diseases by a third! This innovative partnership backs brave frontline nurses and doctors and the latest technologies to help people fight back against these killer diseases. Read more here about the incredible work they’re doing around the world. BONUS: Find out what superhero you are! Just like the Global Fund, our powerful crew of life-saving heroes work in all kinds of different ways to fight for a better world. Are you ready to find out which of these superheroes you’re most like? Click here to take our quiz! Sign now: we demand more action in the fight against AIDS Dear government and business leaders, We're urging you to show ambition in ending AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria. This is a fight we can win – but only if we all do our part. I’m in, are you? Please fully finance the Global Fund to help save another 16 million lives and bring us closer to eliminating these diseases for good.
  9. Nelson Mandela did tremendous work in the fight against AIDS, but there’s more to be done. This#MandelaDay, keep his legacy alive by taking action to #StepUpTheFight: bit.ly/30svGBM
  10. 45060 - Counting after a productive rehearsal!
  11. Thank you. In my sister's case, they think the seizures might be a symptom of another condition, which is frightening. It's bad enough now - the seizures are affecting her mental health and even memory. It terrifies me that if she has a really bad one, she could end up brain damaged or something. I had epilepsy when I was younger - but in my case it was the absence kind where I just blanked out for a few seconds each time. To most people it looked like I just wasn't listening. That was scary enough as I could never remember what had happened in those seconds. Luckily my teachers at school were understanding - I had an information card to carry with me which helped. In this case, my sister's been having these seizures for years and even medication isn't solving them. It scares the living daylights out of me and I can't do much to help.
  12. Thank God for AC.  

  13. I listened to Zooropa a couple times last night! 👏 Unknown Caller is my choice for today.
  14. I'm very sorry. I have a friend with epilepsy who has suffered a lot. They got it under control-not without some hitches but she has not had a seizure for a long time. Pleas for healing shall be sent up into our universe.
  15. 45, 059 - Morning counting with my cup of tea
  16. You can't tell me that over 6 months after it was announced no one who is working on this knows the tracklist. They know. Even if they don't have a guaranted date of when these will begin shipping they surely know the contents. So why not announce that, and just say "shipping is expected to begin shortly" (i.e. during August). At the moment the silence is deafening and no one seems willing to stick their head above the parapet and comment.
  17. Romans 8:26 English Standard Version (ESV) 26 Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words.
  18. Zooropa bluer kind of white version
  19. yep, like I said this is one of the best gifts they are offering. The vinyls are useless to me and they always seem a cheap way out of giving something substantial. I like the idea of giving full concerts downloads. They have all that audio sitting in some vault. Share with fans and create cool packages that later they can sell at a price that can make a profit. I love U2 but feel the membership should be able to offer way more than they do.
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