Petersburg Church celebrates the life of Martin Luther King Jr.

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PETERSBURG, Va. – On the day the nation paused to see Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at a ceremony Monday in the city where the holiday originated, the keynote speaker reminded his audience that service to others is based on compassion and some divine intervention.

“If the dream is ever to become a reality, we must have love for our fellow man,” Bishop Lanier Twyman told a packed house at the Tabernacle Baptist Church in Petersburg, Virginia. “Our love shouldn’t just be in words. Compassion will rearrange your priorities.”

Twyman drew similarities between King’s civil rights service and the Biblical story of the Good Samaritan who stopped to help a wounded man when priests and others would not. Like King, Twyman said the Samaritan decided that helping the wounded was more important than what he originally planned to do that day.