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Beyond the Suffering Embracing the Legacy of African American Soul Care and Spiritual Direction. Hebrews 12:1-3 “So Great a Cloud of Witnesses”. Addressing the Elephant in the Room. Co-Editors, Not Co-Authors. Co-Editors, Not Co-Authors. My Story/My Calling. My Story/My Calling.

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Beyond the Suffering

Embracing the Legacy of African American

Soul Care and Spiritual Direction

Hebrews 12:1-3

“So Great a Cloud of Witnesses”

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My Story/My Calling

Capital Bible Seminary

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A Gift to and a Gift from

African Americans

Gift From: Value

Gift To: Validate

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Hebrews 12:1-3—Cloud of Witnesses

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders us and the sin that so easily entangles us, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.”

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Surrounded by World Class Spiritual Athletes!

Jon Kitna,

Starting QB,

Detroit Lions

Lovie Smith,

Head Coach,

Chicago Bears

Tony Dungy

Head Coach

Indianapolis Colts

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Surrounded by World Class

African American Spiritual Witnesses

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“Let us throw off hindrances and sin and let us run with perseverance the race set before us”

Entering Historical Hurt

Engaging Historical Hope

Beyond the Suffering

Genesis 16:13

leaving a lasting family legacy
Leaving a Lasting Family Legacy

[i] Johnson, God Struck Me Dead, p. 80.

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Pulling the Rope in Unison

He then explained the object lesson

to his young bride.

“If we pull in life against each other we shall fail, but if we pull together we shall succeed.”

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Pulling the Rope in Unison

“If we pull in life against each other we shall fail, but if we pull together we shall succeed.”

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Honoring the African American Father

“I loved my father.

He was such a good man.

He was a good carpenter and could do anything. My mother just rejoiced in him. . . .

I sometimes think I learned more in my early childhood about how to live

than I have learned since.”

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Honoring the African American Father

All he ever needed to learn,

he learned in his enslaved home from a father whose spirit was never enslaved.

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Honoring the African American Father

“I can testify, from my own painful experience, to the

deep and fond affection

which the slave cherishes in his heart for

his home and its dear ones. . . . (Rev. Thomas Jones)

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Honoring the African American Father

. . . We have no other tie to link us to the human family, but our

fervent love for those who are with us and of us in relations of sympathy and devotedness,

in wrongs and wretchedness” (Reverend Thomas Jones of NC).

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Honoring the African American Father

Hardships do not

make it too hard to love!

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Honoring the African American Mother

Josiah Henson writes of his mother from whom he was separated by slave sale only to be reunited by repurchase

after he had fallen ill.

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Honoring the African American Mother

“She was a good mother to us, a woman of deep piety, anxious above all things to touch our hearts with a sense of religion.

Back with her, I was once more

with my best friendon earth,

and under her care.”

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Mother Wit: Octavia Albert and Charlotte Brooks

“It was in the fall of 1879 that I met Charlotte Brooks.

I have spent hours with her listening to her telling of her sad life of bondage in the cane-fields of Louisiana.”

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Mother Wit: Octavia Albert and Charlotte Brooks

“I tell you, child, religion is good anywhere—at the plow-handle, at the hoe-handle, anywhere.

If you are filled with the love of my Jesus you are happy.”

Brooks taught that trials make us God-dependent. “You see, my child, God will take care of his people. He will hear us when we cry. True, we can’t get any thing to eat sometimes,

buttrials make us pray more.”

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Mother Wit: Octavia Albert and Charlotte Brooks

Brooks also taught that the lack of trials can lead to a slackening of faith.

“I sometimes think my people don’t pray like they used to in slavery. You know when any child of God gets trouble that’s the time to try their faith. Since freedom it seems my people don’t trust the Lord as they used to.

‘Sin is growing bold,

and religion is growing cold.’”

following the north star
Following the North Star
  • In your life and ministry,
  • how could you apply principles from:
  • Venture Smith: Pulling the Rope in Unison?
  • 2. Thomas Jones: Hardships Do Not Make It Too
  • Hard to Love?
  • 3. Octavia Albert: Listening to Sad Stories?
  • 4. Charlotte Brooks: Trials Make Us God-
  • Dependent?
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Founding Fathers: Lemuel Haynes

“Here lies the dust of a poor hell-deserving sinner, who ventured into eternity

trusting wholly on the merits of Christ for salvation. . . .

An Epitaph Worth

Living For

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Founding Fathers: Lemuel Haynes

. . . . In the full belief of the great doctrines he preached while on earth, he invites his children and all who read this, to trust their eternal interest on the same foundation.”

An Epitaph Worth

Living For

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Hebrews 12:2-3Following the Faithful Witness

“Let us fix our eyes on Jesus the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider Him who endured such opposition

from sinful men,

so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.”

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Hebrews 12:2-3—The Faithful Witness

The great cloud of past Christian witnesses ultimately point to the greatest Witness and the greatest reason for enduring suffering—

Jesus Christ!

The result of earthly witness is to point to the Heavenly Witness so that together we will not grow weary and lose heart.

Jesus is the Faithful Witness (Revelation 1:5).

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Hebrews 12:2-3Following the Faithful Witness

Only by fixing our eyes on Jesus

can we move beyond the suffering.

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Founding Fathers: Daniel Payne

Standing his ground and confronting the white authorities on the train, he said to them,

“Before I’ll dishonor my manhood by going into that car, stop your train and put me off.”

[i] Ibid., p. 287.

[ii] Ibid., p. 288.

[iii] Ibid., p. 16.

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Founding Fathers: Daniel Payne

Payne notes that after he left the train, “The guilty conductor looked out and said, ‘Old man, you can get on the platform at the back of the car.’ I replied only by contemptuous silence.” Payne then carried his own luggage, walking a great distance over “a heavy bed of sand” to his next speaking engagement in the deep South. Payne literally walked the talk.

[i] Ibid., p. 287.

[ii] Ibid., p. 288.

[iii] Ibid., p. 16.

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The Rosa Parks of His Day

[i] Ibid., p. 287.

[ii] Ibid., p. 288.

[iii] Ibid., p. 16.

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A Manly Man of God

“I was the child of many prayers.

My father dedicated me to the service of God before I was born,

declaring that if the Lord would give him a son that son should be consecrated to him, and named after the Prophet Daniel.”

[i] Ibid., p. 287.

[ii] Ibid., p. 288.

[iii] Ibid., p. 16.

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Richard Allen: An Artful Soul Physician

“Feeling an engagement of mind for your welfare, I address you with an affectionate sympathy, having been a slave, and as desirous of freedom as any of you; yet the bands of bondage were so strong that no way appeared for my release;

yet at times a hope arose in my heart

that a way would open for it; and when my mind was mercifully visited with the

feeling of the love of God, . . .

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Richard Allen: An Artful Soul Physician

. . . that he would make way for my enlargement; and then these hopes increased, and a confidence arose as a

patient waiting was necessary,

I was sometimes favored with it, at other times I was very impatient. Then the prospect of liberty almost vanquished away, and I was in

darkness and perplexity.”

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Following the North Star
  • In your life and ministry,
  • how could you apply principles from:
  • Lemuel Haynes: An Epitaph Worth Living For?
  • 2. Daniel Alexander Payne: A Manly Man of God?
  • 3. Rev. Richard Allen: An Artful Soul Physician?
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Sisters of the Spirit

[i] Ibid., p. 287.

[ii] Ibid., p. 288.

[iii] Ibid., p. 16.

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Spiritual Friendship

Zilpha Elaw

“If, therefore, there is anything in the soul reviving and thrilling Christian intercourse we have enjoyed together in the Spirit of Christ, and in the holy communion with which we have so frequently met together in the house of God, . . .

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Spiritual Friendship

Zilpha Elaw

. . . mingled our ascending petitions at the throne of grace, unbosomed our spiritual conflicts and trials to one another, and listened with devotional interest

to the messages of gospel mercy, and the unfolding mysteries of divine grace.”

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Identity in Christ

Maria Stewart

“Many think, because your skins are tinged with a sable hue, that you are an inferior race of beings; but God does not consider you as such. He hath formed and fashioned you in his own glorious image, and hath bestowed upon you reason and strong powers of intellect. . . .

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Identity in Christ

Maria Stewart

. . . He hath made you to have dominion over the beasts of the field, the fowls of the air, and the fish of the sea (Genesis 1:26). He hath crowned you with glory and honor; hath made you but a little lower than the angels

(Psalms 8:5).”

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Julia Foote

Biblical Sufferology

“God permits afflictions and persecutions to come upon his chosen people

to answer various ends. . . .

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Julia Foote

Biblical Sufferology

Sometimes for the trial of their faith,

and the exercise of their patience and resignation to His will,

and sometimes to

draw them off from all human dependence, and to

teach them to trust in Him alone.”

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Following the North Star

In your life and ministry,

how could you apply principles from:

1. Zilpha Elaw: Modeling Spiritual Friendship?

2. Maria Stewart: Emphasizing Identity in Christ?

3. Julia Foote: Presenting Biblical Sufferology?

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Following the North Star

“Consider Him who endured such opposition

from sinful men,

so that you will not grow weary and lose heart” (Hebrews 12:3).

Through Christ we move beyond the suffering!

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There Is a Balm in Gilead

There is a balm in Gilead

To make the wounded whole,

There is a balm in Gilead

To heal the sin-sick soul.

There is a balm in Gilead

To make the wounded whole,

There is a balm in Gilead

To heal the sin-sick soul.

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There Is a Balm in Gilead

Sometimes I feel discouraged

And think my work’s in vain,

But then the Holy Spirit

Revives my soul again.

There is a balm in Gilead

To make the wounded whole,

There is a balm in Gilead

To heal the sin-sick soul.

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There Is a Balm in Gilead

If you cannot sing like Peter,

If you cannot preach like Paul,

You can tell the love of Jesus,

And say He died for all.

There is a balm in Gilead

To make the wounded whole,

There is a balm in Gilead

To heal the sin-sick soul (Repeat).

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Beyond the Suffering

Embracing the Legacy of African American

Soul Care and Spiritual Direction

Hebrews 12:1-3

“So Great a Cloud of Witnesses”