Daily Archives: January 16, 2023

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Message of Character

Today is a holiday. It’s M. L. King, day recognizing and celebrating the life and legacy of slain civil rights leader, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Since we haven’t written anything on ThePreachersWord for several years about King, I though you all would enjoy this bonus post with several of his famous quotes that speak to the issue of character.

It seems an application of these concepts would go a long way toward solving some of our social, cultural and racial divisions today.

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“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.”

Everyone recognizes this famous quote from Martin Luther King’s “I have a dream” speech which was delivered 53 years ago this year on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C.

Although Martin Luther King, Jr. was born on January 15th, yesterday was the national holiday, which was signed into law by President Reagan in 1986, that honors the slain civil rights leader. In honor of Dr. King federal offices were closed, tributes were offered, and TV specials chronicled his life and legacy.

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Embrace Change

The late author Howard Hendricks and long time professor at Dallas Theological Seminary once wrote that people go through three stages when faced with change:

1. Resistance to change.
2. Tolerant to change.
3. Embrace change.

As an observer of the human condition it seems that most people remain in stage one. Some are able to accept stage two. And fewer yet actually move to stage three and  embrace change. Continue reading

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