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A Lesson from the Past

I hope that you are off to a great year. First, I want to remind you that greatness is not the absence of adversity. Greatness is deeply rooted in our faith that God is God in spite of circumstances. It is such faith that empowers the greatness of your day.

Secondly, I’ve been thinking about the importance of scripture in everyday life. There is no denying that we are living through difficult times. If we focus on what’s in the news, we would live in fear and even depression. Each day, I find solace in prayer and meditation on the Word of God.

African American Slave history inspires us to integrate scripture and spirituality in our everyday life. For them and for us scripture is not simply words on a page. The Word becomes flesh when we learn how the principles of scripture interweave the story of our lives.

For example, the Spiritual, “I Got a Home in that Rock:”

I got a home in that rock, well, don’t you see?

Way between the earth and sky

I thought I heard my Savior cry

Well-a poor Lazarus poor as I

When he died he had a home on high

He had a home in that rock don’t you see?

The rich man died and lived so well

When he died he had a home in Hell

He had no home in that rock, well, don’t you see?

God gave Noah the rainbow sign

No more water but the fire next time

He had a home in that rock, well, don’t you see?

You better get a home in that rock, don’t you see?

May this week be a prayerful week while we rediscover our home in that rock with Lazarus.

Consider the following passage from Psalm 27:11–14 as words for meditation.

Teach me your way, O LORD,
and lead me on a level path
because of my enemies.

Give me not up to the will of my adversaries;
for false witnesses have risen against me,
and they breathe out violence.

I believe that I shall look
upon the goodness of the LORD
in the land of the living!

Wait for the LORD;
be strong, and let your heart take courage;
wait for the LORD!

Grace and peace,

Dr. Antipas
January 9, 2017


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Category: Living the Faith, Winter 2017

About the Author: Antipas L. Harris, D.Min. (Boston University), S.T.M. (Yale University Divinity School), M.Div. (Emory University), was appointed as the founding dean of the Urban Renewal Center in Norfolk, Virginia in the Spring of 2017. He is the Criminal Justice System Director for the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference (NHCLC), president of the Global Institute for Empowerment & Leadership Development, known as GIELD, and he serves as the Director of TheUrbanCircle.Net, a relational network of urban ministries and churches. He has additional experience as an educator, academic lecturer, itinerant preacher, pastor, youth director, motivational speaker, and Christian musician. He is the author of Holy Spirit, Holy Living: A Practical Theology of Holiness for Twenty-first Century Churches (Wipf & Stock, 2013) and Unstoppable Success: 7 Ways to Flourish in Your Boundless Potential (High Bridge Books, 2014). | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

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