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Butch Hardman’s great-grandchildren wishing him a happy birthday.
June is a very special month for me. First, my mother was born in June, and I have experienced many blessings in the month of June. I have a goddaughter named June, which is a blessing to have her as my chosen daughter.
Juneteenth is observed in the month of June, and I am pleased to acknowledge and to share a significant moment in our nation’s history with some of you who may not be aware and some of you who are aware and need to be reminded. It will afford an opportunity for us to learn from the past and improve on the future. People of every race and ethnicity can benefit from thinking about what Juneteenth is all about. It does not have to become any kind of issue.
The Juneteenth holiday was established in 2021 by the Biden administration. The reason for the holiday has been celebrated since June 19, 1865, the day Major General Gordon Granger of the Union Army issued an order that all slaves in Texas be freed.
U.S. President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863. That document did not fully end the practice of chattel slavery in the United States. It granted freedom to all slaves held in the states of the confederacy. It would take two and a half years for that proclamation to be enforced in the state of Texas.
However, Juneteenth as a federal holiday is not recognized by some. Praise be to God for the Biden administration, who did not allow differences of opinion to break real true history. I want to thank Mr. and Mrs. Spencer Hardy and Pastor Jonathan Yarboro for the enlightenment of my knowledge on Juneteenth.
On June 10, 2023, Abraham Seed Ministries held its annual Healing and Deliverance Conference at Rockford First Baptist Church. It was a blast, starting out with Brother Jim Hopkins and company blowing the shofar. Praise and worship were by Minister LeBron Spradley, and the welcome was done by 7-year-old Kelseigh C. Sims.
The word of God came from two powerful evangelists, Dominica Jones from Mount Carmel Community Church in Duncanville, with the subject “Yet will I trust Him” from the book of Job, and Evangelist Sondra Moon Williams from Reconnect Worship Assembly in Montgomery, with the subject “Trust His Timing” from the book of Habakkuk. Those two ladies did what they came to do. It was a great conference on a blessed Saturday morning.
Happy birthday to my vanilla cupcake, Butch Hardman; Aaron Riggins and to all June babies. Happy heavenly birthday to Pastor Earlie Leonard and my nephew Terry Johnson Davis.
Home-going service for a nice young man, Kedric Hollenquest, who always talked about God, was held Saturday, June 24, at Rockford First Baptist. Pastor Stanford Benson did a wonderful eulogy like never before from the book of Luke. “Help me” was his title. Our prayers and condolences go to the Hollenquest and Matthews’ families.
Prayer list: Wayne Weeks, Cathy Dennis, Joyce Taylor, and all preachers.
“A man is not ready to live if he is not ready to die.”
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