PASTOR JAMES Z. RANSOM
“Leaving a Deposit for the
The motivation of From the Heart Church Ministries is love. One of the ways we demonstrate our love is by leaving a deposit for the next generation. This responsibility belongs to all Christians. Today, in our society, most people live only thinking about themselves. But preserving self has no part in our motivation to love. If we are going to be excellent (which we have defined as being the best we can be and doing the best we can do in Christ), then we must give ourselves to the next generation.
Love compels us to leave something in the earth that will help preserve the next generation. While there is nothing wrong with leaving material possessions, we want to ensure that we put them in a position to raise their productivity in the will of God and the productivity of others. We want to leave the next generation something that is going to help protect them, keep them safe from destruction and the trickery of satan. We must leave the next generation the faith. The faith can do something that money cannot do. The faith can keep you righteous in an unrighteous world.
In 2 Timothy 1:5, Apostle Paul was assured that Timothy, a young pastor, would be able to face the perilous times he was living in because his Christian grandmother and mother had deposited the faith in him. God has given us responsibility to pass on the true, unfeigned faith to the next generation. But, we cannot give to others what we do not have. Let’s demonstrate our love for the next generation by ensuring that we live according to the faith.
(From Bible Study series “The Requirements of Excellence”)
“Father of Black History Month”
Carter G. Woodson was born on December 19, 1875, in New Canton, Virginia, to Anna Eliza Riddle Woodson and James Woodson. He was the fourth of seven children, and worked as a sharecropper and a miner to help his family. He started high school in his late teens, and completed the four-year course of study in less than two years. He received his bachelor’s and master’s from the University of Chicago and went on to receive a doctorate from Harvard University in 1912—becoming the second African American to earn a Ph.D. from the prestigious institution, after W.E.B. Du Bois. After finishing his education, Woodson dedicated himself to the field of African-American history, working to make sure that the subject was taught in schools and studied by scholars. For his efforts, Woodson is often called the “Father of Black History.”
Woodson also formed the African-American-owned Associated Publishers Press in 1921 and would go on to write more than a dozen books, including Mis-Education of the Negro (1933) which has become regularly course adopted by college institutions.
Woodson lobbied schools and organizations to participate in a special program to encourage the study of African-American history, which began in February 1926 with Negro History Week. The program was later expanded and renamed Black History Month. (Woodson had chosen February for the initial weeklong celebration to honor the birth months of abolitionist Frederick Douglass and President Abraham Lincoln.)
The Mis-Education of the Negro Quotes from Carter G. Woodson
“If you can control a man’s thinking you do not have to worry about his action. When you determine what a man shall think you do not have to concern yourself about what he will do. If you make a man feel that he is inferior, you do not have to compel him to accept an inferior status, for he will seek it himself. If you make a man think that he is justly an outcast, you do not have to order him to the back door. He will go without being told; and if there is no back door, his very nature will demand one.”
“History shows that it does not matter who is in power or what revolutionary forces take over the government, those who have not learned to do for themselves and have to depend solely on others never obtain any more rights or privileges in the end than they had in the beginning.”
“No man knows what he can do until he tries.”
“In the schools of business administration Negroes are trained exclusively in the psychology and economics of Wall Street and are, therefore, made to despise the opportunities to run ice wagons, push banana carts, and sell peanuts among their own people. Foreigners, who have not studied economics but have studied Negroes, take up this business and grow rich.”
“It has been said that the Negroes do not connect morals with religion. The historian would like to know what race or nation does such a thing. Certainly the whites with whom the Negroes have come into contact have not done so.”
“No people can go forward when the majority of those who should know better have chosen to go backward, but this is exactly what most of our misleaders do.”
“Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave, I am the dream and the hope of the slave. I rise. I rise. I rise.” – Maya Angelou
“If it’s wrong for 13-year-old inner-city girls to have babies without the benefit of marriage, it’s wrong for rich celebrities, and we ought to stop putting them on the cover of People magazine.” – Marian Wright Edelman