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The Will Power to Stand After A Bad Start

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

“Just as we develop our physical muscles through overcoming opposition – such as lifting weights – we develop our character muscles by overcoming challenges and adversity.” -Stephen Covey

“The evil influence of Satan would destroy any hope we have in overcoming our mistakes. He would have us feel that we are lost and that there is no hope. In contrast, Jesus reaches down to us to lift us up.” -James E. Faust

Forward Thinkers, Hollywood writers spend millions of dollars creating movie scripts about people overcoming difficult beginnings and pulling out last minute victories in the face of adversity. I could save Hollywood millions of dollars and eliminate the creative thinking departments because, I know hundreds of people whom have had to overcome bad starts and stand with the will power to keep going till they won. Matter of fact, chances are you have had to overcome some bad starts yourself as you read this article today.

Forward Thinkers, today I will encourage you through this “Forward Thinking” article to release the will power to stand after a bad start.

2 Corinthians 4:8-9 King James Version (KJV)

8 We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed;

Forward Thinkers, Paul reminds us that no matter what we are going through or dealing with we will not be defeated because we’re on the winning team. The fact that we’re on a winning team gives us confidence to keep believing things will turn around in our favor. Forward Thinkers, it is very important that you connect to the right team.

Forward Thinkers, Paul encourages us to have the will power to stand even after a bad start because, we are connected to Jesus. There is no defeat in Jesus; examine His track record. Jesus always comes out on top. Forward Thinkers, there have been times where things looked impossible until Jesus showed up and performed the “impossible”. Forward Thinkers, remember in order to guarantee yourself a victory, never go into a battle without connecting to Jesus first.

Forward Thinkers, Paul often quotes the Prophet Isaiah from the Old Testaments; “keep the New Testament church encouraged through difficult times”. Forward Thinkers, the key to will power is faith and faith only comes through the Word of God.

Forward Thinkers, worry, fear, and doubt have never produced “faith”; but worry, fear, and doubt can produce defeat in the face of adversity.

Forward Thinkers, when we are dealing with difficult situations that is not the time to run from God but this is the perfect time to run to God. There is nothing new under the sun; everything we are experiencing today, there is a solution and a word of encouragement found in the Word of God.

Forward Thinkers, Paul quotes Isaiah (Isaiah 28:16) “So this is what the Sovereign LORD says: “See, I lay a stone in Zion, a tested stone, a precious cornerstone for a sure foundation; the one who relies on it will never be stricken with panic.” In Romans 9:33, as it is written: “See, I lay in Zion a stone that causes people to stumble and a rock that makes them fall, and the one who believes in him will never be put to shame.”

Forward Thinkers, do you see the power in trusting God? Did you notice that those who trust God will operate with will power to stand after a bad start? Paul reminds us that the Prophet Isaiah gives us three powerful outcomes produced from trusting God.

  1. We will never be put to shame
  2. We will never panic under pressure
  3. We will never be disappointed

Forward Thinkers, I don’t know about you but I think this is great news and a winning formula.

Forward Thinkers, the question is where is your faith? Psalm 20:7 “Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD our God.” It is very important we understand the value of placing our faith in the Creator and not in the creation.

Isaiah 40:29-31 New International Version (NIV)

29 He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. 30 Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; 31 but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint

Forward Thinkers, we may experience a bad start causing us to become weary and weak but if we keep our faith in the Lord we will end up with wings and soar to victory.

Forward Thinkers, Russell Wilson, the winning Super Bowl quarterback last year, had a terrible start last week in a game to determine if his team would make this year’s Super Bowl. Wilson threw 4 interceptions and his team was down 16-0 to the Green Bay Packers. He led his team to a remarkable comeback victory and threw the winning touchdown in overtime and despite his bad start he is going back to the Super Bowl. Once again, I remind you, it is not where you start but where you finish that matters most.

Forward Thinkers, one of Russell Wilson’s teammates made the following statement after the comeback victory, “I feel like our team story is full of adversity and pushing through it and that’s what showed up today.”

Side Note: Many fans, wearing Seattle Seahawks jerseys, left the game early while the team was still losing. Some fans were still in the parking lot when the team started making its incredible come back but they were denied re-entry to the stadium after they heard the roar of the fans that remained faithful and stayed in the stadium. Notice only those who kept the faith witnessed the comeback.

Forward Thinkers, when experiencing a bad start remember these four stages of dealing with a bad start.

Sold Out: In the bible we see both Jesus and Joseph were sold out by people close to them but remember Forward Thinkers, what the enemy thought would defeat them, God turned around for their good. Forward Thinkers, you may get sold out by those around you but keep the faith, God will turn your enemies into your footstool.

Left Out: There are also records in the bible of both King David and Paul being left out and viewed as unworthy but remember, no one can cancel the anointing God has on your life. Forward Thinkers, it’s the anointing attached to the assignment that keeps you from being defeated after a bad start.

Counted Out: Both Jesus and Lazarus were counted out and given up on after it appeared their lives were over but if we keep watching we will see that they both got back up and won. Forward Thinkers, many may count you out after a bad start but make sure you’re not one of the many.

Walk Out: The fans of the Seattle Seahawks football team, and the butcher and the baker from the bible in jail with Joseph all walked out on them after a bad start but God promises He will never leave us. Forward Thinkers, once again we must put our faith in God and not in man.

Russell Wilson said after the game when he was down and experiencing a bad start he remained calm because he knew what was inside of him made him more than a conqueror. In conclusion today Forward Thinkers, I need you to remember after a bad start that what is inside of you is enough for you to still win.

Pastor E. A. Deckard is the Senior Pastor/Founder of the Green House International Church located, 16711 Ella Blvd. Houston, Texas, 77090. 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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SDA Churches Join Outreach Efforts to Find Solutions to Upsurge of Violence

the Northern California Conference of Seventh Day Adventists (SDA) held their annual Convocation at Grand Avenue Seventh Day Adventist Church in Oakland. Seven hundred people came together in celebration and worship. The theme was “Embracing Change.”

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From left to right: Pastor Raymond Lankford, Elder Busayo Alabi, Pastor Damon Washington, Sister Rose Robinson, Pastor Garrett Anderson, Pastor Edwin Brown, Pastor Willie Johnson, Pastor Virgil Childs.
From left to right: Pastor Raymond Lankford, Elder Busayo Alabi, Pastor Damon Washington, Sister Rose Robinson, Pastor Garrett Anderson, Pastor Edwin Brown, Pastor Willie Johnson, Pastor Virgil Childs.

By Post Staff

On Oct. 8, the Northern California Conference of Seventh Day Adventists (SDA) held their annual Convocation at Grand Avenue Seventh Day Adventist Church in Oakland. Seven hundred people came together in celebration and worship. The theme was “Embracing Change.” The guest speaker was Dr. Myron Edmonds, who pastors in Cleveland, Ohio. He spoke about how Christ wasn’t a traditionalist, and the work isn’t being done because some in the church don’t wish to change and they tend to demonize new ideas.

Throughout the day, the Mobile Medical Health Van operated by Immanuel Temple Seventh Day Adventist Church out of Oakland sat in front of the church and provided health screenings and community resource information to the general public. The Medical Van, which was gifted to the church by Pastor Raymond Lankford of Healthy Communities, has provided free health care services throughout Alameda County for the last few years. The prayer of Pastor Damon Washington of Immanuel Temple Church, who was ordained during the afternoon program, is for their health ministry to partner with the other providers like OPIC and Oakland Workforce Agencies and to combat the ongoing health disparities and violence within the city and beyond.

They have pledged to work with the Chaplains, the OPIC and the Formerly Incarcerated Giving Back, who want to make amends for the damages they have done to harm Oakland.

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Amos C. Brown Fellowship to Ghana Begins

The students come from colleges and universities throughout the United States. Leaders from the NAACP and the Church of Jesus Christ are traveling with the students. NAACP leaders include President Derrick Johnson and the fellowship’s namesake, the renowned civil rights leader and NAACP board member the Rev. Dr. Amos C. Brown of Third Baptist Church of San Francisco. From the Church of Latter Day Saints are Elders Jack N. Gerard and Matthew S. Holland of the Seventy, along with their wives, as well as the Africa West Area Presidency.

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Students with the Amos C. Brown Fellowship to Ghana visit the Jubilee House in Accra on Aug. 2, 2022.
Students with the Amos C. Brown Fellowship to Ghana visit the Jubilee House in Accra on Aug. 2, 2022.

This trip is a collaboration between the NAACP and the Mormon Church

Forty-three students are in Ghana for 10 days to experience Ghanaian culture, learn about their ancestral heritage and become ambassadors of racial harmony.

This group — part of the first Amos C. Brown Fellowship to Ghana — is the fruit of a collaboration between the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

In June 2021, Church President Russell M. Nelson pledged $250,000 for this fellowship. This and other initiatives the two organizations are engaged in, President Nelson said, “represent an ongoing desire of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to teach and live the two great commandments — to love God and neighbor.”

The students come from colleges and universities throughout the United States. Leaders from the NAACP and the Church of Jesus Christ are traveling with the students. NAACP leaders include President Derrick Johnson and the fellowship’s namesake, the renowned civil rights leader and NAACP board member the Rev. Dr. Amos C. Brown of Third Baptist Church of San Francisco. From the Church of Latter Day Saints are Elders Jack N. Gerard and Matthew S. Holland of the Seventy, along with their wives, as well as the Africa West Area Presidency.

“Welcome to Ghana. We’re so grateful that you are here,” said the Church’s new Africa West Area President Elder S. Gifford Nielsen on Monday night during a welcome dinner. “I was listening very closely to the opening prayer. And there was a plea for light. And the way that you find light is to connect hearts. And so, in the next 10 days, to all of our fellowship students, and to our leaders and anybody else who has any part of this, as we connect hearts, get out of our comfort zone just a little bit, we’re going to have an even more amazing experience.”

The Rev. Dr. Brown said, “Words fall far too short for me to define and convey to you the significance of what we are doing.” He added that “this momentous occasion is not about one man. This embodies what a dream team has brought to pass.”

In interviews after the dinner, several students talked about why they wanted to go on this trip.

“[I thought this fellowship] would be a great opportunity for me to get out of my comfort zone, to see outside the American lens, to see what it would be like to not be a minority for once,” said Lauren George, a student at San Francisco University. “I thought that would be a life-changing experience that is necessary for me, because in my field of work, I want to be able to be as innovative as possible.”

Carter Martindale of Utah said, “the purpose of the fellowship, of talking about how we can better address racial divides, how we can better love our neighbor as we love ourselves, is really important just in general in America.”

This report is from the newsroom of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

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Groundbreaking Ceremony for the St. John Missionary Baptist Church Family Life Center

The Family Life Center, a vision of Dr. Kevin B. Hall, pastor of St. John Missionary Baptist Church, is one of many he has for the City of Richmond. It is a multi-million-dollar project the church is undertaking without plans to borrow additional funding. Future visions of St. John and Pastor Hall include shelter for the homeless, affordable housing for seniors and temporary housing for the formerly incarcerated as part of a re-entry program.

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Deacon Edward Kimble, Cory Holloway, Deacon Art Johnson, Pastor Kevin B. Hall, Kaliyah Hall, Richmond City Councilman Demnlus Johnson and Deacon Steve Porter. Photo by: Joe L. Fisher
Deacon Edward Kimble, Cory Holloway, Deacon Art Johnson, Pastor Kevin B. Hall, Kaliyah Hall, Richmond City Councilman Demnlus Johnson and Deacon Steve Porter. Photo by: Joe L. Fisher

By Peggy Alexander

Dr. Kevin B. Hall, pastor of St. John Missionary Baptist Church, and church leaders were joined by Richmond City Council members, congregants, and residents of Richmond’s Iron Triangle community to celebrate the official groundbreaking of the St. John Family Life Center at 29 Eight St. on July 16.

The Family Life Center, a vision of Pastor Hall’s, is one of many he has for the City of Richmond. It is a multi-million-dollar project the church is undertaking without plans to borrow additional funding. Future visions of St. John and Pastor Hall include shelter for the homeless, affordable housing for seniors and temporary housing for the formerly incarcerated as part of a re-entry program.

“The Family Life Center will be adjacent to the current sanctuary at the North Campus, which will consist of a gymnasium, game room (for the youth), and weight room.” It will be a positive, safe space for community members and congregants to have fun and fellowship. Also, an additional parking lot will be across the street from the St. John Family Life Center. The estimated completion time is 12 to 18 months.

The official groundbreaking ceremony was conducted by the following church leaders, youth and council members: Pastor Hall; deacons Arthur Johnson, Edward Kimball, and Steven Porter; trustee Sister Corry Holloway; Audio-Visual Youth Ministry member Kaliyah Hall, granddaughter of Pastor Hall; and Richmond City Councilmember Demnlus Johnson.

In the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, earth was shoveled three times in unison by the participants. Many were in attendance at the morning ceremony.

St John is one church located in two communities (662 S. 52nd St. and 29 Eighth St.). Our goal is to share the love of God by evangelizing the sinner and equipping the Saints who are edifying and enjoying one another, to exalt the Savior. Please come worship with us.

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