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”)
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.)