Pastor's Desk


 Rev. Dr. Donald L.  & Mrs. Lurlie Sharp

December 10, 2017

            “We Are Still Transforming Our Families Through God’s Word”

     That’s plain enough, isn't it? You're no longer wandering exiles. This kingdom of faith is now your home country. You're no longer strangers or outsiders. You belong here, with as much right to the name Christian as anyone. God is building a home. He's using us all—irrespective of how we got here—in what he is building.  He used the apostles and prophets for the foundation. Now he's using you, fitting you in brick by brick, stone by stone, with Christ Jesus as the cornerstone that holds all the parts together. We see it taking shape day after day—a holy temple built by God, all of us built into it, a temple in which God is quite at home. Ephesians 2:19-22 (MSG)  
                             

Authentic Relationships

     I see myself as a relational person. This can be good or bad. The good thing is being relational I get an opportunity to participate in meaningful relationship which can be rewarding. The bad thing is quote often I get hurt. However, I am comforted by the fact that Jesus is my enabler. He enables me to overcome any hurts, or disappointments that may arise from broken fellowships.

I realize I am not alone. Millions before and millions after me will experience similar feelings. However, as strange as this may seem there is comfort in our knowing that joy and peace came come out of the healing process. My favorite writer Henri Nouwen wrote. Our life is full of brokenness - broken relationships, broken promises, broken expectations. How can we live with that brokenness without becoming bitter and resentful except by returning again and again to God's faithful presence in our lives. 

It is God’s faithfulness that serves as a sustainer. It is God’s promise that serves as an anchor in those stormy relationships we encounter in life’s journey.

Nouwen also said. Joy does not simply happen to us. We have to choose joy and keep choosing it every day. It is a choice based on the knowledge that we belong to God and have found in God our refuge and our safety and that nothing, not even death, can take God away from us. Joy is the experience of knowing that you are unconditionally loved and that nothing-sickness, failure, emotional distress, oppression, war, or even death-can take that love away....

My greatest desire in life is not to be popular but to be able to develop authentic and meaningful relationships which do not have to be proven or reaffirmed repeatedly.

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Bible Quiz

   

1. How many times does the scripture tell us that the Lord led the Israelites with a pillar of cloud by day and of fire by night? A. 1 B.2 C.  3 D. 4.

2. When Elijah's servant went to look for a cloud the seventh time, he saw one. What did he describe it as to Elijah? A. A man's hand. B. An old man's head. C. A horse's head. D. Great darkness.

3. The psalmist tells us that God maketh the clouds... A. His chambers. B. His chariot. C. His pathway. D. His promise.

4. Ecclesiastes tells us: He that observeth the wind shall not sow; and he that regardeth the clouds... A. shall never see the same pattern twice. B. is wasting his time. C.  hopeth for rain. D. shall not reap.

5. At the transfiguration of Jesus, which of the gospels does not mention that there came a voice out of the cloud, saying, This is my beloved Son: hear him? A. Matthew B. Mark C. Luke D. John

6. The Gospel of Luke tells us that, "Then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with..." A.  the Father and the Holy Spirit, the comforter. B.  the sound of the trumpet. C. all the saints of heaven. D. power and great glory.

7. In the letter to the Hebrews, the writer encourages them, "Wherefore, seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of _____ let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us..." A. heaviness B. glory C. witnesses D. vapor

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Quotable Quotes

 "I do not make any apologies for my manner or personality. I come from a long line of very strong, black African-American women who neither bend nor bow. I haven't had very good modeling in submission". Faye Wattleton

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  Have you ever worried whether there would be enough air for you to breath? How often do you ponder what you would do if the laws of gravity ceased to operate? For some reason, you never worry about the very essential elements you need to stay alive. You trust they will be there, and they are. You trust that your heart will beat, your blood will flow, your lungs will expand and that you will stay firmly planted on the earth. You trust that every organ within you will do exactly as it should. You trust that your body will support you. Why not extend that trust to every areas of your life. Trust that the Creator will provide everything that you need without any effort on your part. All you ever need do is to ask and trust.

Acts of Faith

Iyanla Vanzant

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Comments
albert wilson on 10-28-2017 at 6:23 AM
Pastor's desk for faith inspirational including your quotes and subject themes. .. and course your weekly bible quizzes.
Mary Ann Daniels on 08-31-2017 at 12:15 PM
I always enjoy reading the Pasto"s Desk.This article reminds me of the importance of encouraging others
Albert Wilson on 02-20-2017 at 4:51 PM
Pastor Sharp Your articles are inspiring as well as your bible quiz . Research interacts reading and studying the Holy Bible back in the saddle again. Thank you much.
Alma Bonner on 01-27-2017 at 7:21 PM
Pastor - I really enjoyed your Pastor's Desk. Brought so many memories of how things were and how things still should be. Thank you for reminding me of a slippery slope.
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