Thursday, April 27, 2017

Pastor’s Corner

By Elder Gerald DeForest Tyler

In this column I want to merely touch upon “The Purpose” of the church building and our bodies and how we’re to treat them. Please note that I said merely touch upon because I certainly cannot exhaust all that I would want to share with you in just one short newspaper column. What’s “The Purpose” of the physical church building, facility, structure or edifice, and why have I chosen to address this issue at this time you might ask? Well, have you taken notice of the stuff that goes on in some of our churches today and how some folk dress for church services, or perhaps it would be better stated if I said don’t dress? It has become downright ridiculous how that so many people today don’t love God enough to fear, respect, and honor him and his house as we should. The church edifice and its sacred sanctuary are dedicated to a holy God for the purpose of rendering holy worship services unto him and for fellowshipping with others of similar or like faith and beliefs. And that’s just my short version of what the church is for. The bottom line is that God is to be worshipped, revered and reverenced there.

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By Elder Gerald DeForest Tyler

Yes, it’s that time of year once again for our children – return to school time. Let me quickly say don’t fret nor regret it. Acquiring a “good quality education” will serve you quite well throughout your lifetime. I yet believe that a good education is the foundation, backbone, and springboard for most of the success that we will have and the good that we will do in this life.

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By Elder Gerald DeForest Tyler

Last week I began writing about “Generational Differences” and how it all plays out over time from culturally diverse, social, religious, and various other perspectives among people. I strongly suggest you read that column once again for continuity purposes as this is the conclusive piece. And for sake of clarity, though the number of years making up a generation varies somewhat, I’m stating here that familial generations in developed countries average between 25 to 30 years. There are numerous generations known to man including several in which we are at least somewhat familiar such as: the Silent Generation, New Silent Generation, Generation Y, Baby-Boomer Generation, Generation X and more. 

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By Elder Gerald DeForest Tyler

I have heard it said throughout my entire adult lifetime that no two people are the exact same, that we’re all different. Haven’t you heard that expression as well? There are so very many differences among people, some good and some not so good. Personally, I’m glad there are certain differences because I wouldn’t want to be like people who are bad people or who have bad behaviors and practices. While I realize that there are no absolutely perfect people living on planet Earth, there are those among us, however, who we can emulate in doing right and good things in this life.

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By Elder Gerald DeForest Tyler

What has love got to do with it you might ask, and the answer is – EVERYTHING! Where has all the love gone? Will somebody please tell me where is the love? And where is the peace? I know where the hate and racism is. It’s all over our national landscape, and sadly and regrettably it’s beginning to manifest itself once again to some extent as it did during the periods of slavery, Jim Crowism, and segregation. There’s an old expression that says we take one step forward and two steps backwards. And I can tell you that’s not a good formula nor practice for making progress here in America nor globally for that matter. “What The World Needs Now Is – Love!”

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By Elder Gerald DeForest Tyler Integrity Is So Very Precious,” if you have it, then don’t lose it at all cost for nothing! I can assure you that it will be awfully difficult to regain or restore as it were. It’s somewhat similar or akin to gaining the whole world while in the process of that actual gaining you lose your precious soul – don’t do it! About this time last month, I also wrote about integrity to some extent, but I did so primarily or most specifically with professional sports competition in mind with regard to teammates being able to trust, rely, and depend upon each other for their various contributions to the game. But here and now in this column, my primary focus is on the concept of integrity in general as we go through life. Continue reading…

By Elder Gerald DeForest Tyler

“Extra! Extra! Extra!” Read all about it – my book titled, “Three in One – The Life and Legacy of Gerald DeForest Tyler: an Educator, Preacher, and Writer is now available online via Amazon.com, eBook, Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million, and in hundreds of other book stores across America. The book is quite an interesting read with its “good, bad, and ugly” text, but the end of the story, or as we sometimes like to say – at the end of the day as it were, God will in fact save people from their sins past, present, and future – period!!!

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By Elder Gerald DeForest Tyler

I trust that you read my previous two parts of this series about major happenings during the month of June 2015. This is the conclusive piece and without repeating anything from my previous columns as a brief introduction, I’m just jumping right back in where I left off last week. I believe history will record it as the largest and perhaps the most tragic “human massacre” perpetrated by one racist white man ever in the City of Charleston, SC. On June 17, 2015, Dylann Roof, a 21-year old white supremacist, went into the “Mother” Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston and shot and killed nine innocent African-American men and women simply because he hated Black folk – and said he wanted to start a “race war” obviously between Blacks and whites. 

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By Elder Gerald DeForest Tyler

Wow! Wow! Wow! What a month June was and didn’t it go out with a big-bang indeed! When one considers the United States Supreme Court’s (hereafter just the Court) landmark rulings; the “Mother” Emanuel 9 human massacre in Charleston, SC; Reverend Clementa Pinckney’s eulogy by the most powerful man in the known world today; and all the Democratic and Republican politicians, clergy, men and women of multiple and diverse ethnic and religious backgrounds who came together in unity for Senator Pinckney’s homegoing service – I would certainly say that June 2015 will become one of the most memorable months in our United States history. There were numerous “Major Historic Happenings In June 2015” which will no doubt have a tremendous impact on the lives of American citizens for many generations yet to come, perhaps even for centuries if God tarries that long.

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By Elder Gerald DeForest Tyler

To be a great leader and finisher in professional sports competition as well as in other professions and various walks of life, one must possess these three character traits: “Integrity, Guts, and Grit.” Merely having knowledge, skills, and abilities is not entirely a complete package for continuous success at the highest level in and of itself. These must be coupled with integrity, guts, and grit for one to be a great leader and finisher on a sustaining basis. Though there have been many good talented and skilled athletes who achieved greatness in life, all of them did not possess genuine integrity, guts, and grit. 

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