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Overcoming Injustice with a New Attitude

ZERO VICTIM MENTALITY

James grew up on the south side of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, where Black people lived. He attended a Black church and Black school until the third grade. In 1983, the school system began to integrate and he was transferred to a White school on the north side of town. The school itself was considerably nicer than his previous one, with fresh paint and new carpet. His teacher, a Black woman named Mrs. Pitts, was one of the most elegant women James had ever seen. She had perfect posture, was articulate, professional, and a good friend of James’ grandmother. “She encouraged me as a student, but seemed to hold me to a higher standard than my white peers,” he recalls.

She also encouraged James to take part in extra-curricular activities, like student patrol and math team, and even provided transportation when needed. Mrs. Pitts celebrated the best in people and wrote the names of kids on the board each week who were doing well in their school work and behavior. One day James thought, “I am as smart as any other student in the classroom, boy or girl, Black or white,” and his mentality changed from that point on. James realized the color of his skin and growing up on the Black side of town held no connection with his ability to succeed in school or in life. “I was able to process what it meant to succeed among white students who were obviously more privileged than me, and had access to more resources than I did.” 

That third grade experience became the basis for James’ zero victim teaching today. “By learning to successfully control your mentality, the way you see and experience life will change. You sit in the driver’s seat. It is time to realize your life will not change until you decide to change it.” As a Black man, James agrees there are important lessons to be learned from the past, but rehearsing the pain of the past will never help you step into the purpose of your glorious future.

In the summer of 2020, James’ zero victim message came to national prominence. Jacob Blake, Jr., the son of a long-time member of James’ church, Julia Jackson, had been shot seven times in the back by the Kenosha, Wisconsin police. Julia asked James to open the family press conference with words of faith, some of which were:  

“Three kinds of law that govern a nation: spiritual law, moral law, and civil law. Most are only familiar with civil law and unfamiliar with the ramifications of spiritual and moral law. When these spiritual and moral foundations are destroyed, societies implode, people hurt each other. So, we’re calling our nation back to faith in God. Despite our differences, every citizen of America can agree that we indeed have a monumental problem in our nation, a problem that people created, but people are incapable of solving. And often, as we tell our church, we have a sin problem and not just a skin problem.” 

A few days later, James received a call from President Trump, inviting him and Sharon to participate in the Presidential Roundtable discussion in Kenosha. Since then, the Wards have been featured on national and international media, proclaiming their message of prayer, racial healing, reconciliation, and transformative revival in America. As for Jacob, he survived the shooting, is doing well, and rededicated his life to the Lord.

A NEW IDEOLOGY 

James believes that some of the beliefs of 19th-century philosopher Karl Marx have re-emerged in our day in new clothing, now termed cultural Marxism. “It includes everything from CRT (critical race theory) to DEI (diversity, equity, and inclusion),” he says, “and results in racial division and a threat to our democracy.” The Heritage Foundation summarizes cultural Marxism this way:

“The United States has successfully confronted Marxist attempts to derail it from its historic path of liberty and order. The multifaceted effort to defeat the enemy, generally referred to as the Cold War, concentrated many of the best minds in the country. In 1991, when the Soviet Union dissolved, many Americans and others around the globe justifiably believed that communism had been defeated. However, American Marxists, making use of the complacency that victory often produces, have gained more influence than ever before. Cloaking their goals under the pretense of social justice, they now seek to dismantle the foundations of the American republic by rewriting history; reintroducing racism; creating privileged classes; and determining what can be said in public discourse, the military, and houses of worship. Unless Marxist thought is defeated again, today’s cultural Marxists will achieve what the Soviet Union never could: the subjugation of the United States to a totalitarian, soul-destroying ideology.”

Aligning with those ideas, James says that cultural Marxism pits the oppressed against the oppressor, seeking what is thought to be social justice rather than biblical justice. The former, he says, comes from a human perspective and subjective judgment as to what’s right and fair. The latter, of course, derives from God Himself, the source and author of divine justice. What’s needed, James believes, is for the Church to be educated on a right, biblical perspective of true justice, and for families to “raise their children like Daniel and his friends,” i.e. to be in Babylon, without Babylon being in them.”

To purchase James Ward Jr.'s book, Zero Victim, please visit James' website: www.JamesEWardJr.com. You can also watch Insight with Pastor Ward at: www.TLNMedia.com.
      
  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Love Knows No Bounds - A Grandmother's Sacrifice

Toon is a single parent who’s been raising her son, Photo, and her great niece, Gorya, who calls her grandma. “When Grandma hugs me, I feel warm inside,” said Gorya. “She cooks food for me. Photo teaches me to read and helps me with my homework. I like helping Grandma!”  

To provide for the children, Toon sells food, which takes eight long hours every day to prepare. Sadly, after everything is sold, she only earned about $3 profit. “It was a difficult process because I didn’t have the right equipment. I could only make a small amount of shredded pork by hand per day,” said Toon. 

That made it tough for her to feed the children. They often went hungry. “Sometimes, Grandma cooked a little egg fried rice,” said Gorya. “I asked her if she wanted some, but she said no, it was all for me and Photo.”  

“Even if I went hungry, seeing the children eat made me happy,” said Grandma. “I love them more than I love myself. Every day we prayed that God would take care of us and makes our lives better.”

Then CBN’s Orphan’s Promise sponsored an after-school program at their church. Toon signed the children up. There, kids receive help with homework, watch CBN’s Superbook, and eat healthy meals.

Orphan’s Promise also gave them emergency food, along with equipment and supplies so Toon could expand her business. Now, instead of cooking for eight hours, it only takes me two or three hours! I receive so many orders. I now sell four times the amount that I used to! 

Toon’s business is running so smoothly that she was able to add a part time job helping with kids on a school bus. She said her income has tripled, and her children no longer go hungry. “Our home is filled with joy!” declared Toon. “Thank you to Orphan’s Promise for giving me the chance to grow my business. You made our lives so much better.”  

“I’m very happy! Now, I don’t have to worry about food anymore. Thank you for helping our family!” added Gorya with a smile.  
 

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Sydney McLaughlin-Levrone Shares Greatest Hurdle

She’s the world’s fastest 400 Meter hurdler and a two-time Olympic gold-medalist. In 2016, at only sixteen-years old, Sydney Mclaughlin-Levrone became the youngest person in nearly 40 years, to make the women’s Olympic track team.

Will Dawson: "When did you know that you were, not just good, but maybe even great?"

Sydney McLaughlin-Levrone: "I started running when I was six, and I think it's kind of hard to tell when you're that young. You know, you're just running for the fun of wanting to run. But I think it wasn't until I got to high school coming into now freshman year, my first race was an indoor 300. And I actually won the race against some seniors. And I think that's when it kind of hit me that, “Wow! Maybe I can actually, you know, hang with these girls!”

She did more than hang with them. Sydney quickly became the best hurdler in the country, qualifying for the 2016 Olympic games in Rio. In spite of all the accolades and success, Sydney was struggling.

Dawson: "From an early age as a runner, anxiety and fear plagued you. Where did that come from?"

McLaughlin-Levrone: "I think anxiety and fear, for me, it kind of just came from my desire to want to be perfect in all things. And the reality is that nobody can do that. And I think for me, that was a constant battle internally of, 'how do I get as close to perfect as possible in a world where you can't control your circumstances or what happens to you all the time?' For me, it constantly left me in a state of fear. And especially on the track, racing against other people who are as good, if not better. That was a constant battle of, 'am I enough? Will I ever be enough, or will I ever measure up to the standard that I have for myself and that other people have for me?'”

Sydney did not medal at the Olympic games in Rio and returned home for her senior year of high school. The reception wasn’t what she expected.

“I remember receiving messages on Instagram and people saying stuff like, ‘You made it all the way to the Olympics not to get a medal,’ but I just knew from that point on I was like, ‘I need to figure out how to deal with this fear because I can't keep living like this.'"

Her next big hurdle was qualifying for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. In 2019, she competed in the world championships in Doha, Qatar. For Sydney, anything short of 1st place would be unacceptable. As a perfectionist, her 2nd place finish, was heartbreaking.

“Being able to make it all the way there on the world stage and still come up short, I think was just devastating for me. I still couldn't understand what all the fear was, all the anxiety, how to handle it . . .”

Sydney grew up in a Christian home, though she never fully trusted God. The loss and growing anxiety forced her to cry out to him. “'God, I need you. There’s no way I'm going to heal from all of this unless it's with you.’ And so during COVID, that was when I truly started seeking Him. He was very gracious during that time to reveal Himself to me. And it was reading Colossians 3 that flipped a switch for me in terms of my thinking and just kind of how I saw everything. It just made the whole gospel make sense and I can't tell you what it was about it, but the lens in which I viewed life had truly switched and understanding like that in and of myself. I have nothing to offer God, but it is just the righteousness of Jesus covering my life based upon my faith that is presentable before Him.”

Though Sydney had come up short in the world championships, she had still qualified for the 2020 games in Tokyo. While there, with a new focus on God, she set a new world record, taking home gold in the 4 x 400 relay and the 400 meter hurdles.

Dawson: "When you crossed the finish line, what were the emotions?"

McLaughlin-Levrone: "Relief, praise, thankfulness, excitement, disbelief, all those different things at once. But truly, just like, 'Thank you God, for hearing my prayers and answering them and just being being kind to me.' I think that's the number one thing. Every time I cross the line is like, 'God, you have not failed me. Even when I lose, I still win because I learn and You still prune me and guide me and sustain me.' And yeah, the girl who once used to cross the line and still feel empty inside, I now have joy, even in the midst of any circumstance."

Today Sydney is training for this year’s Olympic games in Paris. Win or lose, she has a new purpose. In her new book, Far Beyond Gold, Sydney discusses her battle with anxiety, fear, and letting go of her striving for perfection, and simply running the race set before her.

“Just knowing that I'm running with that purpose of achieving the goal and the goal is not gold medals like the book says, it's 'far beyond gold.’ It's achieving salvation, which is already mine in Jesus, but obviously running the race of the Christian life well."

And even on the track before races, that's what I'm reminding myself of, is setting my mind on the things above, knowing that the Lord is looking down on my life right now and me wanting to honor Him, and He is glorified in that. And so, it just became a joyful way of experiencing life and living life and it was way better than I was thinking before.”
 

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God's Promise is that He Will Show Up

Chet recalls, “The doctor comes in to me and he says, ‘You need to go on a ventilator.’ He said, ‘If you don't go on a ventilator, you're gonna die.’” In August, 2021, Chet Chaffin and his wife, Renae, were having a great time on their 2,000 mile cross country retirement trip - horseback riding, going to the beach, and visiting family and friends. Then they reached Oregon. Renae remembers, “Chet was shaking so bad that he was just shivering and cold and miserable. He was having a hard time breathing and coughing.”

The Chaffin’s cut their trip short and went home. By the time they arrived Chet’s health had worsened. Chet shares, “And I was trying to get my air to my lungs to expand. And it's just like they wouldn't expand. I couldn't get any air in. Oh, it is terrifying.”

Two days later, Chet was admitted to the Clermont Mercy Hospital ICU with COVID pneumonia. Renae says, “And the doctor said to him, ‘Chet, you have two choices. You go on the ventilator or you're gonna die.’ And the doctor left. And he said, ‘Renea, I am scared.’ And I said, ‘I'm scared too.’” Chet says, “It seems like every story that you hear of people being on the ventilator, they don't come off the ventilator. They wind up dying. And I didn't want to die.”

Because of COVID protocols, Renae went home and asked everyone to join her in praying for her husband. Renae shares, “And I sent out over 200 emails and asked for prayer for my husband. I looked up scripture on healing. And the one that stuck in my mind was, 'I will send My word and My word will heal you of all your diseases.' And I would repeat that daily.”

Chet and Renae’s pastor, Daniel Lawson, and church elder, Mike Meyer, came to Chet’s room to pray. Chet recalls, “Before he came into the room to do this, I looked outside the door and I saw the Lord standing outside my door. Not as I see a man, but as I see the love of God, the aura of God, the brightness of His glory, His love is what I saw. At that point, I said, live or die, I belong to the Lord.”

Pastor Daniel Lawson shares, “I told Chet, I said, ‘We're going to anoint your head.’ And Chet said, ‘Anoint my hands and my feet too.’ And we prayed and we rebuked the sickness, the disease, the infirmity in the name of Jesus Christ. I knew Chet was fine no matter what anybody said.”

Renae called everyday so Chet could hear her voice. After 5 days, COVID protocols were lifted and Renae was allowed to visit her husband who was now in a medically induced coma. She took advantage of the 15 minutes she was given. Renae shares, “I started praying. I started rubbing his feet, I started rubbing his hands. I touched his face. I wanted him to know that I was there, because that touch is so important.”

Over the coming weeks Chet endured multiple complications including a hole in his lung and internal bleeding. For two weeks the staff tried several times to wean him from the ventilator but every time they tried Chet would struggle to breathe. They had to sedate him with additional meds to keep him calm. Renae says, “I was scared because I knew that he wasn't getting oxygen. And I said, 'well, I'm worried about brain damage.' And I came in the living room and I shouted. I said, ‘God, I know You're gonna bring him home.’ And he said, in this calm voice, and this peace went over me. And he said, ‘then why are you doubting Me?’ And I said, ’I won't doubt you.’”

The next day, a nurse called. They found Chet’s ventilator tube had been pulled out and he was breathing on his own. As Chet was still in a medically induced coma, no one could explain how it happened. Finally, they brought Chet out of sedation successfully. Tests showed Chet had no brain damage.

Chet recalls, “I know that I woke up because God let me wake up because God healed me and took care of me in that hospital room.” Renae shares, “I was just saying, 'thank you God for that, because You answered another prayer.'”

On October 20th after 27 days in the hospital, Chet was released and sent to a physical therapy facility. There he would have to renew his cognitive abilities and regain his strength and mobility in his arms and legs. He even had to re-learn how to feed himself. They expected his stay to last up to two months. It lasted nine days. Chet says, “God began to heal me. From that point, I began to be able to stand up. I began to strengthen myself. I began to walk around the room.”

At his follow up with his pulmonologist, Chet remembers the doctor’s response. Chet remembers, “He said, ‘You know, this is just amazing. This is just amazing.’ And he said, ‘Chet, you are a miracle.’ And I'm like, ‘amen. I am.’”

Pastor Daniel Lawson shares, “I see Chet as this mighty tool, this wonderful testimony to the truth of what God can do and that God is still alive.”

Chet has defied all of the doctor’s odds and even has regained his long-term memory. He and his family know he is a miracle because of the healing power of Jesus through prayer.

Renae says, “I believe with all my heart that Chet lived because of faithfulness, because of prayer, and because God wants to use him to bring people to Christ.”

Chet says, “There's no limit to what God can't do or can do. He will come in and He will heal. That's God's promise.”
 

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