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The Will Power to Stand with Patience

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

“If you believe indeed in the Lord Jesus for the salvation of your soul, if you walk uprightly and do not regard iniquity in your heart, if you continue to wait patiently, and believingly upon God; then answers will surely be given to your prayers.”- George Muller

“Our patience will achieve more than our force.”- Edmund Burke

Patience (or forbearing) is the state of endurance under difficult circumstances, which can mean persevering in the face of delay or provocation without acting on annoyance/anger in a negative way; or exhibiting forbearance when under strain, especially when faced with longer-term difficulties. Forward Thinkers, patience is the level of endurance one can take before negativity takes over. Forward Thinkers, it is also used to refer to the character trait of being steadfast.

Forward Thinkers, at the beginning of the college football season, Cardale Jones was the third team quarterback for the Ohio State Buckeyes. He patiently waited for his chance to play and finally at the end of the season he led the team to three straight wins including the college football championship game. At 6’5″ and 250 lbs. everyone assumed Cardale Jones would leave college early and turn pro but he made a decision to stay in school and get better. Forward Thinkers, only time will tell if his decision was good or bad but, no one can question the fact that this young man has the will power to stand with patience.

Forward Thinkers, if you believe God for greater favor this season you must realize that a trusting attitude and a patient attitude are major principles to receiving from God. When you let go and learn to trust God, it releases peace in your life. When you trust God, you’re able to be more patient; patience is not just about waiting for something… it’s about how you are waiting and your attitude while you’re waiting.

1 Samuel 13:8-14 The Message

8 He waited seven days, the time set by Samuel. Samuel failed to show up at Gilgal, and the soldiers were slipping away, right and left. 9-10 So Saul took charge: “Bring me the burnt offering and the peace offerings!” He went ahead and sacrificed the burnt offering. No sooner had he done it than Samuel showed up! Saul greeted him. 11-12 Samuel said, “What on earth are you doing?”

Saul answered, “When I saw I was losing my army from under me, and that you hadn’t come when you said you would, and that the Philistines were poised at Micmash, I said, ‘The Philistines are about to come down on me in Gilgal, and I haven’t yet come before God asking for his help.’ So I took things into my own hands, and sacrificed the burnt offering.”

13-14 “That was a fool thing to do,” Samuel said to Saul. “If you had kept the appointment that your God commanded, by now God would have set a firm and lasting foundation under your kingly rule over Israel. As it is, your kingly rule is already falling to pieces. God is out looking for your replacement right now. This time he’ll do the choosing. When he finds him, he’ll appoint him leader of his people. And all because you didn’t keep your appointment with God!”

Forward Thinkers, at first Saul waited but, time kept moving without him seeing any results and he became impatient. Forward Thinkers, in my travels across this country, I often experience flight delays and there is nothing more frustrating than sitting around in an airport waiting for takeoff. I finally realized the delays were in my favor because, weather conditions or mechanical problems could have caused the flight to experience some difficulties which could have potentially created major problems. I learned to stop watching the clock and find something enjoyable to do until the new takeoff time has been announced.

Forward Thinkers, as I look at the entire text (1 Samuel 13) I realize the situation was critical and fear had taken over in the military forces being led by Saul. Saul allowed the fear of others to cause him to be overcome with fear. When you are facing critical situations in life don’t allow the fear of others to cause you to become fearful. I have discovered when things look bad to reflect on testimonies of victory from my past.

Forward Thinkers, Saul panicked and became impatient then he made a foolish decision based on fear and doubt. We can’t allow ourselves to be led by fear and doubt because fear and doubt will keep us stuck in a negative place. Saul made a decision during a time of fear and doubt and that decision led him to experiencing negative results from God. Remember, your decisions are directly connected to your final destiny.

Forward Thinkers, Saul allowed the situation to overcome his level of faith. Forward Thinkers, during difficult times we learn a lot about ourselves. “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”- Martin Luther King, Jr.

  1. Lack of faith—faith is like gas in your car when you run out you stop moving
  2. Level of trust in God—never forget your ‘won’t He do it?’ stories
  3. Lean on own understanding mind set—smart enough to let go and let God

Vs. 13: You acted foolishly. God was getting ready to release greater favor into your life.

Forward Thinkers, verse thirteen speaks directly to how important our decision making is in regards to us receiving from God. We all know many talented and gifted people who are struggling in life because their poor decisions keep them stuck in negative places. At the end of the day, God blessed us all with some degree of talent but, we must operate with sound wisdom to maximize our talent and opportunities.

Forward Thinkers, at some point in our lives we must stop looking to blame others and focus on becoming better decision makers.

Vs. 14: But you forfeited and now God is looking to replace you (Man after God’s own heart).

Forward Thinkers, in verse fourteen, I discovered three qualities of patience which God is seeking from us in order to release greater favor in our lives.

1. Praise with Patience

Forward Thinkers, remember Paul and Silas were jailed for serving God but they had the patience to continue praising God in a negative place and God caused their situation to turn around.

2. Hold on to the Promise with Patience

Forward Thinkers, Abraham was given a promise from God but the manifestation of that promise took years. Abraham remained patient and God blessed him greatly. Forward Thinkers, we must hold on no matter what things look like.

3. Pray with Patience

Forward Thinkers, in the bible Paul prayed three times for God to move on his behalf but God did not respond in the fashion Paul desired. Paul remained patient and declared God’s grace and mercy was good enough for him.

Forward Thinkers, in conclusion, Jesus had the will power to stand and remain patient during a very difficult trial. Jesus was being a perfect example for us to follow when he became impatient when the pain and pressure of the situation grew but Jesus quickly came to the conclusion to remain patient under pressure. Forward Thinkers, Jesus declared to God let your will be done.

Forward Thinkers, Jesus stayed on the cross with patience because He kept the big picture in mind.

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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