2019 July / August Issue

CHILD OF AFRICA


What 400 Years Has Done to Our Faith

FEATURES

11 Managing Your Debt
by Ruthven Phillip /
Part four in our series of six to stabilize shaky finances.

12 Exchanging The Truth For A Lie In These Perilous Times
by Ifeoma Kwesi /
Will Womanism and ancestral rites restore the visibility and power of black women?

14 Getting to Know The Hebrew Israelites
by Keith A. Burton /
How the “problem of the color line” spawned today’s black nationalist religious practices.

18 What Good Is A White Privilege Conference?
by Gary Collins /
The truth discovered may surprise you.

20 Round Trip: Going Back to Find Your Destiny
by Anthonye Perkins /
This coming of age program seeks to reconnect urban youth with their destiny.

22 Your Personal PR Toolkit
by Douglas Morgan /
What to do when there’s mud on your name. Prepare for your comeback.

28 The Gold Standard
by Donald L. McPhaull /
Inconsistent application of the law of love finds no place in scripture.

FAVORITES

4 ELEVATION
by Phillip McGuire Wesley /
Media That Takes You Higher

5 EDITORIAL
by Carmela Monk Crawford /
legacy, privilege and the wealth gap

6 EYE ON THE TIMES
by Jackson Doggette /
Politics of Prayer • Reparations; • Religious Bias

8 OPTIMAL HEALTH
by Donna Green Goodman /
But, I’m Allergic!

10 RELATIONSHIP Rx
by Willie and Elaine Oliver /
Keeping up with them

24 FUTURECAST
by Carlton P. Byrd /
Carrying someone else’s curseion

26 THE EXPERIENCE
by Ellen G. White /
Jesus Respected and Responded to People Not in His “Circle”

27 THE EXPERIENCE BIBLE STUDY
by Rashad Burden /
Wrong Place. Wrong Time. Wrong People.

30 POWER PLAY
by Danielle Barnard /
Hagar: The Woman Who “named” God




Recovery Principle: Become A Little Child Again

Message Magazine’s Online Devotional for Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Today’s Scripture Focus: Mark 10:13-16

sin recovery planWe are focusing on sin recovery principle number one of 12: “We admit that we are powerless against sin and thus we cannot manage our lives without God’s miraculous intervention.”

I am among many whose childhood memories are not exactly pleasant. While I will not say that all was bad, there were enough things that happened in my family life and growing up in one of the worst cities in the U.S. at that time that I wish never happened. Old scars are not easily healed. I have experienced difficulties, violence, trauma, and drama. I have been dejected, rejected, disappointed, and undervalued. At the times I was naturally most vulnerable, I suffered the most.

I know I am neither unique nor alone in this. Many of you have dark memories you wish to forget. Yet, interestingly, Jesus taught that we should become as little children if we want to enter His kingdom. I assure you He did not mean to drag us back to the bad memories we cannot control. Neither is He suggesting He wants to necessarily capitalize on the great memories so many others have from their childhood times.

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Jesus said we should receive the kingdom as little children. Think: what is the childlike reception that Jesus loves so much?

What exactly is it like to be a child, which is worthy of our emulation? Children are vulnerable. We should not hide from God. We should be open and honest even with that which we deem is shameful. He’s a safe place. Children are dependent. We must put our full trust in God, recognizing that we need Him for even our most basic blessings like breathing and being able to function in society (not to mention our sanity). Children are trusting. Generally, when a child wants something, they have no expectation of being rejected. This is why they are constantly asking for stuff. In their minds, it’s almost a foregone conclusion that every desirable thing in the store should be theirs. Should we not trust that God will give us every good and perfect gift? Children forgive quickly. This is why they can have skirmishes at school with one another, and one little thing changes in the dynamic, and suddenly they are best friends again. Should we not also be forgiving when others offend us? Children are quick to call for help when they are frightened or in pain. How quickly do you call upon the Lord when you are in trouble? I think you get the point. God wants us to be humble, vulnerable, and actively reliant upon Him.

If we assume the desirable traits and innocent trust of children, we will admit to ourselves that our strength comes from God and we can do nothing without His aid.