Pastor's Desk

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

March 18, 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)  


Compulsive Behavior

  The other day while sitting in the clinic a man came and sat next to me. He was breathing quite heavily. His friend asked him how he was doing. His reply was he had COPD which is chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. One of the leading causes of this disease comes from smoking. His friend asked if he was still smoking, his reply was yes. I began to think how this man could still engage in this kind of compulsive and destructive behavior knowing what the result would be.

As I thought about this I began to think about the behavior of some people in the church, myself included. I came to the conclusion that a considerable amount of our behavior is compulsive and unrestrained. Compulsive behavior is the twin sister of obsession and it will do whatever it takes to gratify the obsession even though the person intellectually knows that their actions will bring harm to themselves and/or others around them. I am of the opinion that there are many contributing factors which feeds compulsive behavior. But for the sake of today’s edification I would like to share four which are, Power: a longing for influence or recognition. Control: a longing to have everything go according to my plan. Comfort: a longing for pleasure. Approval: a longing to be accepted or desired.

I would like to end this with a quote from noted writer Eric Geiger, His power is greater. His control is perfect. His comfort is satisfying. And His approval is eternal. There is no god like our God.



Bible Quiz


1. Which Old Testament prophet did an angel tell that travel would increase at the end of time? A. Amos B. Ezekiel C.  Daniel D. Hosea

2. The apostle Jude, in his short letter, reminded the church that in the last days there would be mockers who... A. would murder those without a voice. B. would walk after their own ungodly lusts. C. would blaspheme the name of Almighty God. D. would break covenants that they made with each other.

3. In the time of the great tribulation, one third of the world's population will die. What will be the response of the people who are left? A. They will repent and turn to God. B. They will seek for the truth but it will be too late. C. They will explain the events as an ecological disaster. D. They will not repent.

4. In the second letter that Paul wrote to Timothy he said, "People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power." How did he say we should relate to people like that? A.  Have nothing to do with them. B. Take them before the chief priests and elders for judgment. C. Invite to your house for a meal so that they can observe how to live properly. D.  Make friends with them and look for the chance to share the gospel with them.



Quotable Quotes

"For Africa to me ... is more than a glamorous fact. It is a historical truth. No man can know where he is going unless he knows exactly where he has been and exactly how he arrived at his present place." -

Maya Angelou



As you look around the community, society, the world, you probably see many things you would like to change, Injustice, inequality, hatred and poverty probably disturb you. You may be angered by the lack of respect and insensitivity to people and their needs. You want to speak out and sometimes strike out to make the changes happen, but don’t that God works from the inside out. You must first look within yourself to eliminate the fear, the anger, the imbalance in your life. Then and only then can you move forward to create peacefully and powerfully the changes needed in the world.

Iyanla Vanzant


















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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