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If you want to know how Chicago got to be the way it is, these are two books you must read:

The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander

Now and then a book comes along that might in time touch the public and educate social commentators, policymakers, and politicians about a glaring wrong that we have been living with that we also somehow don’t know how to face. The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander is such a work”
The New York Review of Books

Family Properties by Beryl Satter

“How the struggle over race and real estate transformed Chicago and urban America.”

FYI, Pass along, if you know someone who may be interested,03/23/2013

08:30 am – 1:00 pm

Boot Camp Mentor Training

 

Chicago Area – For all people who are interested in becoming a faith-based Mentor, this training is for you!

All For One Mentoring Boot Camp

1-day training session for potential mentors (and churches who have mentors) that would like to be a part of our unique program. This will be an informational meeting & general training.

Saturday, March 23rd, from 8:30am to 1pm

The Monument of Faith Evangelistic Church
Apostle R.D. Henton
2750 West Columbus Avenue
Chicago, IL 60652

Email mentoring@afomentoring.com for more information

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Chicago Area Mentor Training at The Monument of Faith Evangelistic Church

 

Crossfire Prayer Cards

Posted: April 13, 2012 in Uncategorized

I’ve added a new element to the Crossfire website. It” called the Crossfire Prayer Card. If you go to the top index on this website, you find a number of pages where you can find information related to this site. Among them you will discover one listed as Prayer Cards.  When you open this page you will find a “weekly” Crossfire Prayer Card. Each card will provide a specific person that can be prayed for that week. I believe that prayer changes things so I would suggest that you open up the PDF and print copies of the prayer card and send them to incarcerated friends and relatives. I’m sending these cards out to guys I know so don’t be shy. I envision these cards being posted on the walls of individual cells; encouraging and guiding the prayers of inmates in a way that will not only help transform their lives, but will help to positively alter the attitude and environment in which they live. And don’t forget, you can also post them around your own homes as a reminder of what your friend or relative is praying for too! Please let me know if you have suggestions for things that can be printed on the prayer cards. Examples of the prayer cards are found below:

Crossfire Prayer Card – Pray for a Guard

Crossfire Prayer Cards – Cellie

Lost Cell Phone

Posted: December 9, 2011 in Uncategorized

Hi everyone.

 This is a short note to let you know that I have lost my cell phone. For the time-being, anyone who wants to contact me should do so on my house phone ay 773.445.7537. Also, for those of you in the area. Our monthly Men’s Breakfast is tomorrow morning from 8 am to 10 am at Daystar School. Its located at 1550 South State Street. Come join us for a great breakfast and better discussion.

Ron

im lookin 4 n old skool jiver nick name ears from da corner of washtenaw n crystal if u get dis holla at email hope 2 hear from u (miguel sierra)

and Miguel:

If you’d like to meet up and talk over coffee or something, give me a holler, OK?

OK, this is how I want you to think about responding to this post. Think about the world and all the goals you’ve set for yourself. What do you want to be? What do you want to accomplish). Where would you like to be and what would you like to be doing in five years?  Write it down. Do you think that the goals, hopes, and/or dreams you’ve just jotted down are possible?  Want to have a car, home, job, wife, or kids? Do you want to have a chance to get a better education or do some travelling? Want to help some other people who are down and out too?  Well, let me tell you this, God puts those dreams in your head, and if God puts those dreams there, it’s because he wants to fulfil those dreams. Not only that, he is able to fulfill them, and much more. If you are a Christian, you worship a God is bigger than anything you can imagine. He is the God “who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us…” (Ephesians 3:20). OK, here’s the kicker. Remember all those goals and dreams you just jotted down? Well God wants to do a lot more than you thought about just then.

A few years ago, I met Anthony.  He was a Spanish Lord from Humboldt Park that I had written to while he was incarcerated in Logan Correctional Center.  Those letters led to us getting together to talk after his release. When we first met, Anthony was sleeping on a backroom floor in another Gs apartment. He didn’t have a whole lot to look forward to at that moment in time.  I remember in one of our first talks, I asked him about what he wanted out of  life. He mentioned that he’d like to have an apartment of his own some day, maybe get his driver’s licence and eventually buy a car. That way, he could drive around the hood and help people he saw in need of help. Well, that was a nice vision, but way too small. Anthony eventually committed his life to Jesus and good things began to happen. Anthony now has an apartment he shares with Amanda and his son Vincent. A second child, a little girl, is on the way! Anthony works 50-60 hours a week and not only has a car, but also has use of a company car. He certainly helps old friends from the hood, but has also traveled to Turkey and Nicaragua. In Turkey he helped on an archaeological excavation and in Nicaragua he worked with the poor and destitute.  God has given Anthony way more than he imagined just two years ago as we sat and talked. On top of that, he’s only 22, so can you imagine what God has in store for him the next 60 years of his life? Way more than he or I can begin to image right now. That prospect is very exciting.

Now translate Anthony’s experience into your life. Go ahead, think about it. God wants to do the same thing for you that he did for Anthony. If you think about the dreams you wrote down and think about how God has expanded Anthony’s vision, you might be able to get an idea of what God will do in YOUR life. The message I want to leave you with here is to think big and never underestimate what God can do in your life. He is the creator of the universe and in control of all things. His ability to do more than you can think or imagine is beyond doubt and displayed in the lives of believers all over the world! So sit down, write down, kneel down, and look up. Jesus is sitting at the right hand of God just waiting to expand your horizons and do more in your life than you can ever imagine. Are you game?

Live in the here and now. Live for the moment. Don’t think about the end of your life, only the now. Smile now, cry later. Those are things I hear from Gs who don’t want to think about the future. I ask about what it means to break God’s laws and they say, “I don’t want to think about that”. I ask them what comes after death and they say,”I don’t want to think about that” . I ask them what’s gonna happen to their kids if they get killed, and they say, “I don’t want to think about that”. Denial like this is like an ostrich that,  seeing a lion coming and sensing danger, sticks his head in the sand so he doesn’t have to see the approaching lion. When a G says,” I don’t want to think about that”, he’s doing the same thing as he ignores the reality of the coming danger. He’s ignoring all the warnings of God, Jesus, and the Biblical prophets because “he doesn’t want to hear that.”  While they all clearly say that while God is love, God is also just and will judge the unrepentant people who have ignored his call to open their hearts to him. These Gs don’t want to hear that, however, because if that’s correct, they’re in big trouble. Everything they’ve believed, said, and done is contrary to what God says he wants us to be.  For the moment, its easy to ignore what Jesus has to say about life after death, but the time is fast approaching when you will stand before Christ and you will no longer be able to ignore him. For some it will be sooner rather than later.  And when you’re standing there, you won’t be able to say “I don’t want to think about that” any more because “that” will be staring you right in the face. No more denying the truth of God. No more denying what he expects from us. No more hiding your head in the sand. No more alternative philosophies that have lied to you and made you look the other way. No more time, period. It’s judgement day and you’re dead meat. Without the saviour, you’re roadkill.

That’s my message to you, pure and simple. Think about it, just sticking your head in the sand because you “don’t want to hear about that” doesn’t mean its not going to happen. God’s judgement is on the way, whether you want to hear about  it or not.  Without Christ, you will be judged and, quite frankly, it will not go well for you. The good news is, however, that Jesus can and will change your life if you take a moment to listen. All you have to do is think about it a little bit and you’ll understand why you need Christ. With the huge mound of sin, transgression, betrayal, and pain you’ve created, it becomes clear that you can’t be rid of that mountain of trash you created by yourself.  You begin to see that the mound is to big for anyone but Jesus. Once this realization hits you between the eyes, however, seriousness of the situation may disarm you to the point where you think you should wait and try to clean up your life before coming to Christ. Don’t be fooled. He wants you and he wants you just the way you are. If you try to clean up from the outside and gradually work inward towards your heart, you’ll fail. You can’t clean yourself up well enough good to make yourself presentable to God. You can’t do enough good things to make him change his mind about judgement. What you need to do is come to Christ, confess your sins, allow Christ into your life, and let him clean you up from the inside out. You need to trust him to do the dirty work, and that’s what he did when he gave his life for you on the cross. He did the dirty work. All you have to do is accept it. So wat up G? Wat u gonna do?  Here’s what the Bible says to those  “that don’t want to hear that.” In the famous Parable of the Sower we read that:

 4 While a large crowd was gathering and people were coming to Jesus from town after town, he told this parable: 5 “A farmer went out to sow his seed. As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path; it was trampled on, and the birds ate it up. 6 Some fell on rocky ground, and when it came up, the plants withered because they had no moisture. 7 Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up with it and choked the plants. 8Still other seed fell on good soil. It came up and yielded a crop, a hundred times more than was sown.”

   When he said this, he called out, “Whoever has ears to hear, let them hear.”

 9 His disciples asked him what this parable meant. 10He said, “The knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of God has been given to you, but to others I speak in parables, so that,

   “‘though seeing, they may not see;
   though hearing, they may not understand.’[a]

   11 “This is the meaning of the parable: The seed is the word of God. 12 Those along the path are the ones who hear, and then the devil comes and takes away the word from their hearts, so that they may not believe and be saved. 13 Those on the rocky ground are the ones who receive the word with joy when they hear it, but they have no root. They believe for a while, but in the time of testing they fall away. 14 The seed that fell among thorns stands for those who hear, but as they go on their way they are choked by life’s worries, riches and pleasures, and they do not mature. 15 But the seed on good soil stands for those with a noble and good heart, who hear the word, retain it, and by persevering produce a crop.

~Luke 8:4-15

The moral here? Don’t ignore the words of the Bible. Don’t stick your head in the sand because the Bible tells us  that the “devil is prowling around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. (I Peter 5:8)” If you refuse to listen to what jesus has to say, you’re like the ostrich with his head in the sand. You will be ignoring the inevitable as that roaring lion pounces on you when you’re least expecting it.

So the next time you’re tempted to say, “I don’t want o hear that,” consider the warning of Jesus when he said,  “Whoever has ears to hear, let them hear.”

Here’s a song for you:

Lecrae – Take Me As I Am: http://vodpod.com/watch/448911-lecrae-take-me-as-i-am

National Gang Symposium

Posted: February 16, 2011 in Uncategorized

Information about the National Gang Symposium can be found at:

http://www.gangsymposium.org/

Smile Now, Cry Later

Posted: February 16, 2011 in Uncategorized

Here’s the song by Preachas in tha Hood. Enjoy. A good message: “Today is the day…”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8NXoQLxNIXs

More Raps from Lecrae

Posted: February 3, 2011 in Rap, Uncategorized

More raps from Lecrae

Crossoverhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fzt0nuXonPc&feature=related

I did it for youhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lakf9ne0W0c&feature=related

Death Storyhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cou5I3jcsRs

After the Music Stopshttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aAVD5Jee8e8&feature=related

Don’t Waste Your Lifehttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7RWEllqh5J0&feature=related

“Studies” back online

Posted: January 31, 2011 in Uncategorized

The “Studies in God’s Word” page that was not working is back up and running. You can download 25  weekly studies  from that page. They are  taken from the One 2 Won Crosstraining Manual of Men at the Cross (http://www.menatthecross.org/). The 25 lessons are laid out here for our readers to utilize on a weekly basis as part of their  personal studies. The Study of God’s WORD remains a critical factor in the transformation of a gang member’s mind and heart. It changes one’s character, as well as his eternal destination. For that reason, Crossfire encourages all its readers to not only continue in their personal study of the Bible, but to join a local fellowship of believers where God’s WORD is shared on a regular basis. To access the 25 lessons, please see the “Studies” page at the top of the Gang Life Chicago Home page. Additional studies are available at the Men at the Cross website.

The images are haunting, fathers and mothers grieving as they bury their sons and daughters because of gang violence. Mourning relatives at funerals and candlelight community vigils fill our television screens and newspaper front pages. Gang violence in America is once again on the rise. Nationwide gang homicides are up an alarming 50 percent since 1999. Serious violent criminals need to be arrested, convicted and locked up. But in order to curb gang violence we must find ways to intervene and offer alternatives to the gang lifestyle in order to save at-risk children before it’s too late. Find out more at:

http://www.nursefamilypartnership.org/assets/PDF/Journals-and-Reports/fight-crime-invest-in-kids-gangreport

Humboldt Park to Peyniryemez

Posted: January 28, 2011 in Uncategorized

This is a Powerpoint slideshow presentation of the trip former Spanish Lord Anthony Orsini took with me to Turkey. Anthony worked on an archaeological excavation with me at Cadir Hoyuk in the central part of the country. He got to see that there is a lot bigger world than what he knew in Humboldt Park. To view the slideshow click on the link below. It will tak a little time for the show to upload and appear so please be patient. Once the show comes up hit the button for “slideshow” and then the button for “from beginning.” This is just a small snippet showing how God works.

Humboldt Park to Peyniryemez

Spaulding and Hirsch Latin Kings with Ron

http://chicagogangs.org/index.php?pr=RESOURCES