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Pastor E.A. Deckard

By Pastor E.A. Deckard
Special to the NNPA from the Houston Forward Times

“Every man builds his world in his own image. He has the power to choose, but no power to escape the necessity of choice.” – Ayn Rand

“The only way to predict the future is to have power to shape the future.” – Eric Hoffer

Forward Thinkers, every year Forbes magazine releases a list of the world’s most powerful people. This year Barack Obama, President of United States, dropped to 2nd to Vladimir Putin, President of Russia, and Pope Francis finishing 4th, with Bill Gates, Founder of Microsoft also appearing in the top 10.

Forward Thinkers, I believe some of the most powerful people in the world are the people who are called Christians and not just called Christian but those operating in the image of Christ.

We were given power at the creation and God restored our power after the resurrection but unfortunately, many of us have become distracted and allowed the enemy to rob us of our power. Forward Thinkers, this month through the series “POWER” I’m going to coach and encourage you to take your power back.

Power Statement I:

I have strength for all things in him that gives me power. Philippians 4:13

Forward Thinkers, somewhere the church has forgotten where our power comes from. I remember growing up in the Baptist church where they used to sing this song that said ‘this joy I have the world didn’t give it to me and the world can’t take it away” and they would keep repeating that stanza with different phases and there was this one sweet old saint that would cry out ‘this power that I have the world didn’t give it to me and the world can’t take it away.’

Forward Thinkers, Paul boldly states that he has strength and he is not bragging but rather encouraging all believers that they too have strength. In Paul’s teachings, you can often see he spent lots of time studying the Prophet Isaiah. Isaiah 40:29. “The Lord gives strength to the weary and increases power of the weak”.

Forward Thinkers, my spirit instantly leaped over this prophecy because Isaiah didn’t declare the Lord would give us power but increase our power. In order to receive increase in power you must already have possession of power. Yes, you already have power and it’s time to tap into the things of God and receive a power surge.

Forward Thinkers, we are wired to win, prosper, conquer, rule, and dominate but we must turn on the power switch. Your house is wired with electricity but the power switch must be flipped on in order for the power to come on.

Genesis 1:27-28 The Message (MSG)

26-28 God spoke: “Let us make human beings in our image, make them

reflecting our nature So they can be responsible for the fish in the sea, the birds in the air, the cattle,

And, yes, Earth itself, and every animal that moves on the face of Earth.”God created human beings; he created them godlike,

Reflecting God’s nature.

He created them male and female.

God blessed them: “Prosper! Reproduce! Fill Earth! Take charge! Be responsible for fish in the sea and birds in the air,

for every living thing that moves on the face of Earth.”

Forward Thinkers, when God created us, he intended for us to rule this earth with power and authority; have you ever meditated over how God describes us in the creation? God himself says we are created in His image, he says we have His nature; He even says we are godlike with a little “g”. Then he commands us to take charge of the earth. God created us to praise Him and our reward for praising Him is that he grants us the position of Power Agents on planet earth.

Forward Thinkers, it’s time to regain our power. God says we should be like him inside and out; being in the image of God means we should look like God when people see us and having God’s nature means we should be thinking and acting like God. God walked with power and God spoke with power. God said and it became. Forward Thinkers, what are our words producing?

Forward Thinkers, God created us with the power to represent him in every area of life. There is not a place on planet earth we should not have power over. The problem is not with the Supreme Court; the real problem is we are not operating in a position of power outside the four walls of the church.

Isaiah 9:6 “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”

Forward Thinkers, the government is supposed to be sitting on the shoulders of Jesus receiving wise counsel but we get so distracted trying to fit in and being politically correct we put masking tape over the mouth of Jesus.

In 1963 90% of Americans called themselves Christians yet 7 Supreme Court judges (2 did not vote) were able to vote prayer out of public schools and this year 83% of Americans (318.9 million) call themselves Christians yet to a vote of 5-4 the Supreme Court voted to change God’s definition of marriage. Forward Thinkers, there has to be a major power shift in America because “in God we trust” is now a joke.

Satan is so excited this season because he used to be an angel and was very close to God until he started tripping and wanting to be God with a big G and lost his position. Forward Thinkers, ever since Satan lost his spot he has been determined to jack us from our spot of power. Adam and Eve were in a position of power and authority but they became distracted by Satan and made a set of decisions (destiny is decision driven) costing them their position of power.

There is good news Forward Thinkers. Jesus came to restore our power. A man once called the church and said his power had been disconnected and he didn’t have enough to restore his power. We contacted the power company and made the payment for him but before restoring his power the power company asked me to verify that we were giving authorization for this payment to be credited to his account. Forward Thinkers, the man was not there with me at time of payment or authorization of payment but he soon called me and said thank you my power has been restored.

Forward Thinkers, it’s time we start thanking Jesus for restoring our power because there is power in the name of Jesus. He paid the cost long before we showed up to restore our power.

Forward Thinkers, I’m close with Jeremiah 10:6; No one is like you, LORD, you are great, and your name is mighty in power. Today we must decide to turn to Jesus and praise Him for restoring our power and understand that’s the greatest freedom known to man.

Pastor E. A. Deckard is the Senior Pastor/Founder of the Green House International Church now located, in both Houston, Texas, and the Woodlands, Texas. To contact Pastor Deckard for speaking engagements contact him at pr.ghic@gmail.com or the church website www.ghic.net.

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Culturally Deprived or Entitled

We all are contributors to the greater being, through exercising our God-like characteristics. God doesn’t create the issues — God shows up with the solution to issues. So, as we practice His characteristics, we then will demand and experience all of what we are asking for today.

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Our solutions to our current plights can be simple actions of kindness, forgiveness and empathy.
Our solutions to our current plights can be simple actions of kindness, forgiveness and empathy.

These are questions that we must ask ourselves as a country, city, state and community. We all have become victims of one or the other’s perspective. As a people, the current social climate, has stripped away our core values and sensitivities to properly acknowledge life’s differences. Life itself would have no spice, if it was all constructed with the same images, narratives, hopes, challenges, geography or gender. God’s presence would lose it purpose, behind our definition of social-cultural equalities. Everything can not be the same, but the differences can be a significant part of the whole.

Maybe our real issues are living inside of ourselves, as we look outside of ourselves to find our social and emotional purpose. Culturally, we often credit those voices that have large constituencies or media profiles, instead of those that have a fearless passion for the truth. Let’s not look to judge these efforts, but to hold ourselves accountable to our own truth that is aligned with God’s truth. Within this effort , I think we will emotionally land in a place, that we can start to heal.

Once we can embrace our cultural truths without jealousy, embarrassment, insecurities , bias and most important without fear. We can start to transform our social-emotional challenges. The solutions to our current plights , can be simple actions of kindness, love , empathy, forgiveness without judgement and acknowledging the love for humanity. These are God like social practices.

Let’s remember our greatest competition is our attempt to reach our own potential. It’s not looking to the left and the right, or seeing black and white, but looking comfortably within. This allows for a great collective outcome, because its our unique gifts, that contributes to life’s whole. We all are contributors to the greater being.. God doesn’t create the issues, man’s fears and bruises do. So, as we practice God’s characteristics, we will see a social emotional transformation occur. A culture of spiritual inclusion.

The real intention to deploy emotional equality is beyond the “Color Code” , gender biases, social -economic redlining or the constitutional governance of humanity. It’s simplifying the re-engineering of the processes that blocks the social transparencies of truth.to be realized.

Now which side do we sit on is the question to ask ourselves, are we culturally deprived or are we entitled? The acknowledgement of truth starts with you.

 

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COMMENTARY: Want God’s Best: Trust and Rest

NNPA NEWSWIRE — When we trust in ourselves, it’s easy to make bad decisions and even do things that go against God and what’s best for ourselves. The challenge of being tired and weary is that we don’t always make the best choices. What would happen when we know that we are tired and worn out, if we went to God instead of doubting, complaining, or taking things into our own hands to solve?

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“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28) Trust and rest go together. We must believe that God is able to give to do this for us, but it is contingent upon our willingness to surrender. (Photo: iStockphoto / NNPA)
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28) Trust and rest go together. We must believe that God is able to give to do this for us, but it is contingent upon our willingness to surrender. (Photo: iStockphoto / NNPA)

Faithful Utterances

By Dr. Froswa Booker-Drew | Texas Metro News

I’m so looking forward to my weekends. During the State Fair of Texas, my colleagues and I work seven days a week for almost a month. I don’t think you realize how precious something is until you have less of it, or it’s gone. Long work hours can leave you tired, irritable, and yearning for sleep. Although it’s temporary and something I was prepared for, it doesn’t remove what you experience physically, mentally, and emotionally. I think that’s the case for our lives. I think we realize that life will be hard and filled with challenges. We know that with our heads but when it happens, our hearts, emotions and even our bodies don’t often align.

We know the pain we endure is temporary but at the moment, the pain supersedes everything. It is so easy to complain and whine about our circumstances because of how we feel versus what we know to be true. We know God is able and yet, we will doubt God’s ability to make things happen for us. We know that God is the Creator of heaven and earth and yet, we act as if God is not in control. We know that God cares for us but when something happens to us that is not what we expected, we believe that God forgot about us or is punishing us. It’s easy to begin to place more confidence in ourselves than in God. When I focus solely on what is in front of me, I can miss all the things that are going on around me.

I can find myself sad about a situation without seeing God’s goodness and the multiple blessings around me. Trusting my limited vision has set me up for disappointment. The Bible tells us that there are consequences in solely depending on ourselves and our limited vision. “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. Be not wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and turn away from evil. It will be healing to your flesh and refreshment to your bones.” (Proverbs 3:5-8) When we trust God’s plan, put God first, we can rest in knowing that God will make things work out not because of our wisdom but knowing that God’s plan is greater than our own.

When we trust in ourselves, it’s easy to make bad decisions and even do things that go against God and what’s best for ourselves. The challenge of being tired and weary is that we don’t always make the best choices. What would happen when we know that we are tired and worn out, if we went to God instead of doubting, complaining, or taking things into our own hands to solve? The part of this scripture that isn’t emphasized is that there is a healing and rest that takes places when we trust God. I don’t think we equate trusting God to rest and healing. Doubt is often the result of disappointments that happen repeatedly causing anxiety.

Can I really trust God with taking care of this for me? Just as there is a physical exhaustion, we can become mentally and emotionally exhausted affecting our relationship with others and with God. God knows the importance of physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual rest. It is a matter of trusting God to be our source of replenishment when our tanks are low, and we can’t go further.

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28) Trust and rest go together. We must believe that God is able to give to do this for us, but it is contingent upon our willingness to surrender. “Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.” (Psalm 91:1-2) Trusting God is necessary for our rest. This has been such a difficult season for so many of us. We can not allow the pain of the past to rob us of the possibilities of our purpose.

If God repeatedly shares the importance of rest, there are lessons for us to know that it is a part of our journey if we truly want to experience God’s best for our lives. “There remains, then, a Sabbath-rest for the people of God; for anyone who enters God’s rest also rests from their works, just as God did from his.” (Hebrews 4:9-10). Want God’s best? Trust God and Rest.

Dr. Froswa’ Booker-Drew is the Founder and CEO of Soulstice Consultancy, Specializing as a Partnership Broker and Leadership Expert for companies and organizations to thrive with measurable and meaningful impact. She also is the VP of Community Affairs and Strategic Alliances for the State Fair of Texas.

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Taylor Memorial United Methodist Church Serving West Oakland for 100 Years

In 1968, the church became a United Methodist Church by denominational merger. Taylor Church has continued to grow in its membership and service to the Greater Bay Area Community. 

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Taylor Memorial United Methodist Church is celebrating its 100th anniversary this month.

Taylor Memorial Episcopal Church was the first African American church of its denomination in Northern California. The Charter granted on Oct. 29, 1921, was the direct result of years of prayer, sacrifice, and determination by the 22 founders.

These devout men and women from throughout the United States had come to Oakland seeking a better life for themselves and those who were to follow.

The impact that Taylor church had upon the community is a testament to the Founders’ hard work and religious status in Oakland, the state, and the nation.

In 1968, the church became a United Methodist Church by denominational merger. Taylor Church has continued to grow in its membership and service to the Greater Bay Area Community.

Throughout its many years of service, Taylor has been blessed to have spiritually uplifting pastors, dedicated Christian members, and outstanding religious services and programs.

Taylor Church is still located on its original site at 1188 12th St. in West Oakland. The church is named for Bishop Williams Taylor, one of the first missionaries to Africa. The Founders, 11 men and 11 women, had originally named the church the “Bishop Jones Literary Society.”

The first minister of Taylor Church was the Rev. Albert L. Scott. To date, Taylor Church has had 11 ordained, highly qualified, and deeply religious ministers.

They have provided excellent leadership and many effective programs.

Taylor’s dedicated membership of approximately 400 persons is a cross-section of persons from all walks of life. Most of the present members have supported the church with their tithes, prayers, and talents. Taylor Church is currently led by the inspirational and dedicated Pastor Rev. Anthony Jenkins, Sr.

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