Pastor's Desk


Rev. Dr. Donald L.  Sharp

May 20, 2018

            “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)  

                             

Education

 We are now in that time of the year which I enjoy. It is graduation time. As most of you know I am a fierce proponent of education. As I often look at the history of African Americans and how this country has and still tries to dissuade, discourage educating us at every level of life. For example Anti-literacy laws were a natural extension of the slave code system, preventing the enslaved black population from learning how to read in any form. This was important for obvious reasons: Making it illegal for black people to learn to read and write reinforced the notion that Africans were inferior to whites.

While those laws are no longer on the books , so to speak, we still find many of our people who fell into the notion that getting an education was not necessary thereby assigning themselves to the lower social and economic stratosphere of life where just getting by becomes a way of life.

I am not sure what happened but somewhere getting a good education no longer became a life goal. Unfortunately, this is being passed on to each generation. As I look at today’s African American families each generation has failed to achieve the educational level of the previous generation. However, I am always happy to see or read where some young lady or young man took the initiative to not let past mistakes hinder them from getting a college degree thereby enabling them to have a better chance of achieving a degree of economic stability.

Noted writer Carter G. Woodson, in his book, The Mis-Education of the Negro wrote; “History shows that it does not matter who is in power or what revolutionary forces take over the government, those who have not learned to do for themselves and have to depend solely on others never obtain any more rights or privileges in the end than they had in the beginning.”

While I rejoice as I see many of our young men and women who persevered and obtained their college degrees at every level. I lament that far too many have chosen another journey that leads to nowhere.

 

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Bible Quiz

   

1. Jesus said, "A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. By this shall _____ if ye have love one to another." A. ye enter at the strait gate B. all men know that ye are my disciples C. ye fulfill all the law and the commandments D. many be brought to faith and repentance.

2. Jesus said, "This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you. Greater love hath no man than this, that a man _____" A. lay down his life for his friends. B. share his food with the poor. C. wash the feet of his friends. D. pray for his friends when they need him.

3. To the Romans Paul wrote: "Be kindly affectional one to another with brotherly love; in honor _____ one another; Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord." A. blessing B. baptizing C. preferring D. referring to

4. The writer to the Hebrews said, "Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;) And let us consider one another to _____ Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching." A. pray for the sick so that they may be healed. B. bless and honor one another. C. provoke unto love and to good works. D. provide for the necessity of the saints.

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Quotable Quotes

"My mother said I must always be intolerant of ignorance but understanding of illiteracy. That some people, unable to go to school, were more educated and more intelligent than college professors."~ Maya Angelou

 

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Life is a struggle, and very often we tend to settle for less than our dreams. We do not realize our potential but stop far short of it. As a result, we hear the nagging voice inside ourselves, the guilty voice that tells us we have failed. It’s a demoralizing force that makes us question our talents, our ability, our drive—in fact, our very worthiness as human beings.

Realize that it is never, never too late to go for your dreams. Our achievements at fifty-two are as precious as those at twenty-two, if not more precious. We need to appraise our unique abilities and determine how we can best put them to use.—Eric V. Copage

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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