SERIES – Growing Healthy Relationships
1 Peter 1:13 NASB
Therefore, prepare your minds for action, keep sober in spirit, fix your hope completely on the grace to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.
1 Peter 1:3 KJV
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,
1 Peter 1:3 MSG
What a God we have! And how fortunate we are to have him, this Father of our Master Jesus! Because Jesus was raised from the dead, we’ve been given a brand-new life and have everything to live for,
Things that motivate us to prepare our minds for action:
- The belief you have a MIND worth PREPARING.
BOOK – Democracy in Black
America is suffering from the value gap.
Dr. Eddie Glaude
Professor, Princeton University
Teaching in the religion department &
the Department of African American Studies
America’s vertical order of respectability:
An institution is an organized group of people that come together for the purpose of establishing a certain set of values, norms, histories and modes of behavior. Once established these values, norms, histories and modes of behavior are preserved, celebrated and passed down trans-generationally for purpose of socialization. Institutions give people a script of who they are, how they are to behave and what is expected of them.
Kevin W. Cosby
The five historic Black institutions: CHURCH, FAMILY, SCHOOL, MEDIA, BUSINESS
We threw out the baby of black institutions with the dirty water of segregation. It’s time to go and find the baby we threw out.
- There is ACTION worth PURSUING
BOOK – The Education of Blacks in the South 1860-1935,
From 1865 to 1915, Blacks went from 5% literacy to 75% literacy. It was the FASTEST rate of literacy of any people group in American History.
James D. Anderson
Professor of History, U of IL
Factories are coming back but WORKERS are not. Workers are being replaced by ROBOTS and MACHINES.
The Book: The Coming Jobs War by Jim Clifton:
- 7 Billion PEOPLE in the world
- 5 Billion ADULTS in the world
- 3 Billion people in the world looking for GOOD JOBS
- There are 1.2 Billion good PAYING JOBS
- There is a 1.8 Billion good JOB SHORTFALL
In 1965, there were fewer than 9 million Latinos in the United States.
By 2013, the number had soared to 54 million.
The Asian population has grown from 2 million to 18 million during the same period.
There are 46 million blacks in America today.
Oligopoly is when only a few have a monopoly on a PRODUCT or SERVICE.
How to prepare for action:
Anytime a person is ANSWERING more questions than they are ASKING, their growth has slowed down.