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Traveling & Thinking out Loud with the People's Pastor Sunday, April 16th, 2023

We had our typical morning routine with the Basketball players, prayer, and Sunday Service.

My Sermon topic was where there is no vision, the people perish.

In my sermon I remembered a couple of quotes “the work without vision is drudgery. Then there is the quote from Benjamin E. Mays, former President of Morehouse college once said,” the tragedy of life doesn’t lie in not reaching your goal. The tragedy of life is having no goal to reach. It isn’t a calamity to die with dreams unfulfilled, but it is certainly a calamity not to dream. It is not a disaster to be unable to capture your ideal, but it is a disaster to have no ideals to capture.” What this quote teaches us is that we are here to have a vision. It is our God-likeness to not only have a vision but to have the creative energy to realize the vision. The societies in which we live may so stifle us from the cradle to the grave that the only thoughts we can have is how to survive from day to day. You tell me what is your vision of life and I can substantially say who you are and where you’re headed.

The story of Tupac Shakur comes to mind whenever I think, or preach about visions, ideals, goals of life, etc. He once told me that when he wanted to achieve an objective he would draw/ find a picture and put it over his bed, he would not sleep in the bed. He would sleep on the floor, bathroom, couch, chair anywhere but on the bed. He would stare at the picture everyday. When he was finished I said to him “ Hey Pac, I didn’t know you were into metaphysical theology.” He responded, “Pastor, I don't know what you’re talking about.” He had stumbled upon a universal principle, that if you have a vision and your consuming desire is to achieve that vision, that goal, that ideal. And you are prepared to do anything and everything to achieve that vision. Either you will be drawn to all that is necessary to help you achieve the objective or things will be drawn to you making the dream a reality. In any event a rendezvous will occur, you will be drawn to it or it will be drawn to you.

I said to the people, how much are you willing to pay for your vision? Anything worth achieving will come with a price tag. Remember a dream without work is a daydream.

I posted the second part of the

Seven Lessons The Resurrection Of Jesus Christ Teaches! Part Two Part one I posted three lessons and I promised I would address the other four at a later date, that date has come. Following are the four lessons:

Lesson four: The Authorization to Authorize; After the Resurrection Jesus said to His disciples “I have been given all authority in heaven and earth. Therefore go make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things I taught you. In this lesson, Jesus places upon the disciples the responsibility to spread the gospel (good news)

Lesson five: With you to the end! In the conversation Jesus had with His disciples, He assured them that He would be with them till the end. Matt.28:18-20

Lesson six: The promise of the Holy Spirit.

Jesus instructed His disciples not to leave Jerusalem until they were baptized with the Holy Spirit and they were to be witnesses about Him in Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria and to the utter most part of the world. Acts 1: 6-8. In this lesson, again Jesus emphasizes He is placing upon the disciples to live and teach what He had lived and taught.

Lesson Seven: Jesus is coming again. Acts: 9–12.

These seven lessons, I believe, captures the true story of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ.

May God in the name of Jesus the Anointed bless all who read and empower us to: Save the Planet, Save the People.


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