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2018 Festival of Homiletics - Washington, DC

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Remembering Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Image Credit: Martin Luther King, Jr. by Digital Collections on Flickr

Take some time today to listen to and reflect on Dr. King's I Have a Dream Speech, which can be watched here. 

Remember his life and his legacy. Some of his most famous quotes can be found below: 

“We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.”

"Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.” 

“Faith is taking the first step even when you can't see the whole staircase.” 

"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” 

“If you can't fly then run, if you can't run then walk, if you can't walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.” 

“Everybody can be great...because anybody can serve. You don't have to have a college degree to serve. You don't have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.” 

"Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” 

Now there is a final reason I think that Jesus says, "Love your enemies." It is this: that love has within it a redemptive power. And there is a power there that eventually transforms individuals. Just keep being friendly to that person. Just keep loving them, and they can’t stand it too long. Oh, they react in many ways in the beginning. They react with guilt feelings, and sometimes they’ll hate you a little more at that transition period, but just keep loving them. And by the power of your love they will break down under the load. That’s love, you see. It is redemptive, and this is why Jesus says love. There’s something about love that builds up and is creative. There is something about hate that tears down and is destructive. So love your enemies."

“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."

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