Beyond the Walls

Mark 1:41 (KJV)
41  And Jesus, moved with compassion, put forth his hand, and touched him, and saith unto him, I will; be thou clean.

If we are going to help someone who is suffering we need to get beyond the 4 walls of the church.

Jesus went where the hurting lived, worked, and socialized. Jesus understood their pain.

people today need a touch from another brother or sister!

Education— Why It Matters? Dr. Danielle M. Grier

As a young black girl growing up in Shelby, North Carolina on Grice Street, Davis Road, and the Meadows Apartments, I held on to many dreams written down in journals with flower drawings in the margins. Dreams to one day become a poet and create cards like the beautiful Hallmark cards I saw on the store shelves. These were the kinds of thoughts that filled many pages of my journals over the years. Thanks to praying grandmothers, supporting parents, and many encouraging mentors, I held onto these types of aspirations and never stopped believing.

Let me introduce myself. By the grace of God, I am Dr. Danielle Mauney Grier, daughter of Tim Mauney and Saundra Banks. I have always had a drive for knowledge and a desire to learn something new. I live by the words life-long learner because I truly believe that there is always something “else” to master. But, I did not develop this attitude on my own.

It starts in the home. Learning and education begins with you—the parent. Whether it is indirectly or directly, you are teaching your children at home daily. Right now, in the midst of this at home situation, your child is learning how to react to the ‘unknowns’ and the uncertainty of things. But, even when we don’t know what tomorrow holds, we know who holds tomorrow. But, that is a conversation for another time.

Education is key for your child because it will and can prepare them for so many opportunities. My education at Gardner Webb University has afforded me the ability to educate the minds of many young people for more than 13 years. In my current role, as a curriculum technology coordinator and PST coordinator, I am able to work closely with some of the best educators in Cleveland County while also advocating for students during PST (problem solving team) meetings. And this is only the beginning!

One of my favorite quotes, by Rita Pierson is: Every child deserves a champion: an adult who will never give up on them, who understands the power of connection, and insists they become the best they can possibly be. During my life, I have been blessed with connections like this from amazing people like Mrs. Tropzie McCluney, Dr. Cindy McKinney, and Mrs. Wyonella Gardner.

Education for me has been a lifeline. At times, it was my safe haven, but it has always been a way for me to move forward and learn so many new things. Whether you are trying to help your child with phonics, Eureka math, chemistry, or learning how to count from 1-50, confidence is going to be key. Continue to encourage them and assist them when and if you can. Education is so much more than just passing a test or earning a certificate; it is a way of life. Education aids in our boys and girls having the opportunity to compete for jobs in the future, participate in decision making and critical thinking processes, and leading longer, healthier lives. For these reasons and many more, it is imperative that we make education a priority. And it does take a village. So, I encourage you to seek resources (i.e. mentors, tutors, shadowing opportunities) for your child in order to help them on this life journey. Be encouraged!

Education Matters Tannelaine Wilson

My name is Tannelaine Wilson and I am a high school educator.  I started my education in my parent’s home watching Reading Rainbow and Sesame Street.  My mother ensured I had plenty of books, crayons, pencils, learning coloring books, reading books, and board games.  Despite my parents never graduating from high school, they ensured all six of their children earned a high school diploma.  Quitting school was not an option in our home.

I began my formal education in the public school system of Bessemer City, North Carolina. During high school, I was dual enrolled at Gaston College and earned my North Carolina Real Estate Certification.  As a pregnant teenager, I enrolled at Gaston College earning an Associates in Applied Science. Then as a single mother,I enrolled in Belmont Abbey College and earned a Bachelors of Arts.  Next, I received a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix, a Marketing & Business Certification from North Carolina State University, and Masters of Executive Leadership from Gardner Webb University.   In 2016, I founded Community Preparatory Academy, a non-profit organization with a mission to prioritize parental education and network with community stakeholders to address disparities. I currently serve as a subcommittee leader for Pathways for Prosperity K-12 Focus Group and Board Member of the Cape Fear Committee on African American Heritage.

As a child, my maternal grandmother, Geneva Partlow told me to reach past the stars.  Later, Mrs. Tweety Stewart, my seventh grade English told me that I could change things once I grew up and that winners never quit.  Last year one of my mentors told me to strive to be better than I was the day before and my only competition was myself. My Spiritual Father, Reverend William Thompson reminded me that everyone that changed the world encountered difficulty but it didn’t stop them.  

It truly takes a village to raise a child.  Parent involvement, words of affirmation, love, encouragement, support, and inspiration matters.  Informal education is just as important as a formal education.  The foundation that you give to a child matters.  Humans are like flash drives.  All of our experiences download into our subconscious and impact our development.  What happens when a child is not given the tools to be successful?  As a veteran educator, I have witnessed the effects of children suffering and sometimes meeting their demise due to adult problems.  As parents, under no circumstances should children carry our burdens.  It is not a child’s choice to come into this world.  For this reason, it is our responsibility to ensure our children are prepared to learn, lead, and love one another.  

Our beloved Malcolm X stated, “Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today.”  In 1965, Brother Malcom X was telling us that education matters.  Today, I am stating that education matters.  How many changes have you witnessed during your lifetime?  Jobs, medicine, technology, processes, and simply the way we live continues to change.  Our children must be educated and prepared to ensure their existence.  We must think generational.  Today, reflect over the generations in your family.  What is the pattern in your family?  What can you do to change it?  Until today, you may have not recognized your role in your family’s legacy.  However, when we know better,  we must do better.

Why does education matter? William Thompson

Why should parents get actively involved in their children’s education?

My name is William Thompson and I am a product of Jefferson High School York, Alamance College Graham, Gaston College Gastonia, Sacred Heart College, Belmont, Mid Atlantic College, Rock Hill, and Emmanuel Bible College.

I am retired from Daimler Trucks North America after 25 years in supervision and a retired Baptist minister after 47 years.

This is a heart filled cry for parents to take an active interest in the education of their children. Help your child with his or her future today.

I want to say my quality of life has been one that has allowed me to enjoy a wonder life journey. I owe it all to my faith in God and seeking to obtain an education that would fuel the journey.

Without my faith I would have settle for a lesser life journey. I wanted to share not my faith today which is strong and rooted in God but why I think education matters.

Education fosters decision making skills and critical thinking. Children who attend school are taught about values, morals, and ways to solve problems. With the ability to make important decisions and consider all possibilities, children will no doubt be more successful in their personal and professional lives.

The more education you acquire, the higher your income is likely to be and the less likely you are to experience unemployment. A study in 2017 shows a comparison. Weekly earning power………..

Less than a high school diploma             $520

High school diploma, no college              $712

Some college, no degree                              $774

Associate degree                                           $836

Bachelor’s degree                                         $1173

Master’s degree                                             $1401

Although education is not a guarantee that a child will not end up in prison but statistic show that it is an indicator. Neither is church affiliation will keep a child out of prison.

The most recent report conducted nationally by the U.S. Department of Justice about the educational backgrounds of prisoners was in 2003. This national report states that of all incarcerated citizens in the United States; about 65 percent had not received a high school diploma, with just over 41 percent having dropped out and 23 percent obtaining a GED. Almost 23 percent had obtained just a high school diploma and 13 percent had gotten a postsecondary education.

Education has been proving to be a better lane out of poverty than putting all hope in a NFL or NBA career.

Words to live by………







Parents there is nothing in this world we love more than our children, so now is the time to get involved in their future by help them complete an education cycle.

Step one is graduate high school with all the tools to be prepared to live life to the fullest.

Throughout my life I have had great journey to serve and I give God all the glory:

  • Board of Directors Patrick Senior Center in Kings Mountain
  • Foundation of Carolinas – Cleveland County
  • First and third vice-moderator of the Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Association.
  • Moderator of Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Association for four years.
  • The Cleveland County DSS board of Directors
  • Cleveland County Board of Elections
  • Board of Directors for Communities in Schools
  • Board of Directors United Way of Cleveland County
  • Board of Directors Hospice of Cleveland County
  • We Build People for Christ
  • Board of Director for the State of NC DSS and President
  • Board of Directors Cleveland County YMCA
  • Board of Directors for the Alliance of Health Cleveland County 
  • Obesity Prevention Advisory Council,
  • Board of Trustees Cleveland Community College of Shelby, North Carolina
  • Board of Directors Minority Health Council of Cleveland County
  • The Jesus Video project of Cleveland County
  • The Children of Cleveland County
  • The Homelessness Task Force of Cleveland County
  • Earthen Vessels of Kings Mountain
  • Board for C.O.R.E. of Cleveland County
  • President of Kings Mountain Crisis Ministry

Ready to Change Mark. 1:14-22

Mark makes quick changes of direction compared to Matthew and Luke. {From the Baptism, the wilderness, John the Baptist to Jesus.}

The shift from John the Baptist as the main character to Jesus came swiftly. As believer the life message is to learn when to:

  1. Step back
  2. Step aside
  3. Step away

To allow someone else to come step forward. Just because you have lead to a certain point does not meant it is your role to finish.

Moses to Joshua nor Elijah to Elisa. Now John the Baptist or Jesus Christ.

As a pastor of a church for 32 years with many accomplishment when the time was up I had to pray for God to give me the strength to release that church to another person and know that it was his season now.

Mark 1:14-22 (KJV)
14  Now after that John was put in prison, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God,

John had to Deceased so Jesus might Increase

The people were ready for Jesus and they flocked to hear John this wilderness preacher.

There had been no God-sent prophets for 400 years, since the days of Malachi (who wrote the last book of the Old Testament).

Anticipation was growing that the Messiah prophesied in the Old Testament, would soon come.

The purpose of John’s preaching was to prepare people to accept Jesus as God’s Son.

Once John had completed his assignment he had to step aside, step away, and step back. He went to prison for all his good preaching. And Jesus stepped up

15  And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel.

Ecclesiastes 3:1-6 (KJV)
1  To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:
2  A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;
3  A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;
4  A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
5  A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
6  A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;

Ecclesiastes 3:6-8 (KJV)
7  A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
8  A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.

Believe the Gospel

The lowest level of belief occurs when we come to understand something without letting it affect how we live. The demons have this kind of belief. They believe God exists but will not turn from their unrighteous conduct (James 2:19). 

The kind of belief Jesus urges us to have is a commitment that is clearly demonstrated by the way we live. Jesus was asking the people of the first century—and us today—to comprehend His message, trust it and act accordingly.

To “believe in the gospel,” as Jesus instructed us to do, includes having the knowledge that He is the prophesied Messiah, repenting of our sins and then continuing to live in obedience to God’s law. The belief Jesus advocated was not only a matter of knowledge.

16  Now as he walked by the sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and Andrew his brother casting a net into the sea: for they were fishers.

17  And Jesus said unto them, Come ye after me, and I will make you to become fishers of men.
18  And straightway they forsook their nets, and followed him.

{Following Jesus mean we have to leave some things behind”}

  1. Bad attitude
  2. Un-forgiveness
  3. Character and Habits that does not mirror the image of Christ
  4.  Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these;
  5. Adultery,
  6. fornication,
  7. uncleanness,
  8. lasciviousness,
  9. Idolatry,
  10. witchcraft,
  11. hatred,
  12. variance,
  13. Ambition
  14. anger,
  15. strife,
  16. seditions,
  17. heresies,  

19  And when he had gone a little further thence, he saw James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, who also were in the ship mending their nets.

{making preparation for the next day}

{Preparing to be successful in the world}

20  And straightway he called them: and they left their father Zebedee in the ship with the hired servants, and went after him.

This was an unusual call? Was this a call to:




A call to Salvation

Romans 10:9-10 (KJV)
9  That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
10  For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

Matthew 22:3 (KJV)
3  And sent forth his servants to call them that were bidden to the wedding: and they would not come.

A call to Sanctification

1 Thessalonians 5:23 (KJV)
23  And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

John 17:19 (KJV)
19  And for their sakes I sanctify myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth.

A call to Serve

Romans 12:6-8 (KJV)
6  Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, whether prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion of faith;
7  Or ministry, let us wait on our ministering: or he that teacheth, on teaching;
8  Or he that exhorteth, on exhortation: he that giveth, let him do it with simplicity; he that ruleth, with diligence; he that sheweth mercy, with cheerfulness.

Ephesians 4:7 (KJV)
7  But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ.

After trying to answer the question from the mind of a theologian the mind of faith said no this was a call for all three.

Salvation, Sanctification and Serves.

Discipleship is prominent in Mark’s Gospel.

Jesus’ call would pose two questions in the minds of Mark’s readers:

  1. “Who is this One who calls?” and
  2. “What does it mean to follow Him?”

Mark gave them an answer in his Gospel.   

Discipleship is the expected norm for all who believe the gospel and not the exception to those who are called.

In Christianity, disciple primarily refers to a dedicated follower of Jesus.

This term is found in the New Testament only in the Gospels and Acts. In the ancient world, a disciple is a follower or adherent of a teacher.

It is not the same as being a student in the modern sense.

The discipleship process includes:

  • Transformation and repentance, making God your priority (Mark 8:34-38)
  • Learning the written word of God and living by it with commitment (John 8:31-32)
  • Loving, edifying, and serving others as God leads (1 John 3:11-16)
  • Focusing on living righteously, being fruitful (John 15:7-10, Galatians 5:22)
  • Accountability with godly authority (Hebrews 13:17)

Foundational Values of Discipleship are:

  • Evangelism (sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ) (Matthew 28:18-20)
  • Being changed by renewing your mind (Romans 12:2)
  • Worshipping God in all you do (Romans 12:1)
  • Serving God toward His purpose (Romans 1:9)
  • Demonstrating to the world the Power given us by the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 12:7-11; 2 Peter 1:3-8)

Disciples don’t make excuses to avoid commitment:

Luke 14:

  • I just bought some land
  • I just bought some oxen
  • I just got married

Luke 14:21 (KJV)
21  So that servant came, and shewed his lord these things. Then the master of the house being angry said to his servant, Go out quickly into the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in hither the poor, and the maimed, and the halt, and the blind.  

The Gospel has urgency to it for it is God’s work and we must be about our father’s business today.

Are you ready to go to work for the master? Are you will to be a disciple of the Lord?

Changes are Coming

William Thompson Ministries will be making a directional change.

For the past two years the ministry has been reaching out to churches and other groups. The new direction of this ministry will be reaching out to individuals to help them better their lives and their individual ministry.

Our goals will be to Equip believer on how to be effective with an active ministry, that is result driven with measurable results. A ministry that will Engage with people.

1 Samuel 2:35 (KJV)
35  And I will raise me up a faithful priest, that shall do according to that which is in mine heart and in my mind: and I will build him a sure house; and he shall walk before mine anointed for ever.

What is the new approach: William Thompson Ministries will now be a mentorship program. A person’s mentor is someone who gives them help and advice over a period of time, especially help and advice related to their calling to serve our God.

  • Principle 1: Consultant. This is the most obvious role for a mentor to play.
  • Principle 2: Counselor. Listen. …
  • principle 3: Cheerleader. In addition to giving constructive feedback and advice that a mentor can give, I will also provide support and enthusiasm.

In other words I got your back if you need a mentor.

Does socialization make a difference?

Hebrews 10:25 (KJV)
Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.

The word of God gives us understanding to why social gathering is important.

First, it is important to God

Secondly, it is important to your wellbeing

Thirdly, it makes this world a better place

When it comes to the senior population church gathering meet an abundance of needs.

The Health Benefits of Older Adult Socialization

Older adults with a fulfilling social life tend to avoid many of the physical, cognitive and emotional difficulties that seniors who are isolated encounter. There are a number of important ways that socialization can improve senior health, as explained by LiveStrong

  • Reduced stress. Older adults who are socially active handle stress better. This leads to important increases in cardiovascular health and an improved immune system. 
  • Longer lifespan. High levels of socialization in seniors help increase longevity. 
  • More fitness. Older adults with diverse social supports are more likely to exercise regularly, which leads to a host of physical, mental and cognitive benefits. 
  • Reduced risk of depression. Consistent socialization reduces the likelihood that seniors will experience the depression caused by isolation and loneliness. 
  • Less anxiety. Similarly, senior socialization reduces levels of anxiety as well. 
  • Greater self-esteem. Socialization helps seniors maintain their self-esteem and sense of worth. 

The Cognitive Benefits of Senior Socialization

(such as thinking, reasoning, movement skills, and remembering)

Just as importantly, socialization can provide a tremendous boost to a senior’s cognitive health as well. Positive social interactions on a consistent basis help keep seniors stimulated, mentally sharp and intellectually engaged. 

Not surprisingly, the improvements in these cognitive areas can help prevent general cognitive decline, including memory loss, Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. Importantly, when these social interactions include exercise groups, the benefits of both are increased significantly. 

As you can see, the upshot of all this is that healthy socialization leads to an increase in the quality of life seniors experience on a daily basis. Now let’s have a look at some of the obstacles to socialization that seniors often face. 

6 Ways Seniors Can Cultivate a Healthy Social Life

For many older adults, continued socialization doesn’t happen on its own. Strategies, commitment and diligence are often required. Here are 6 ways that seniors and their loved ones can cultivate a healthy social life: 

  • Build and maintain positive relationships with grandchildren
  • Do volunteer work (this has the added benefit of keeping us busy and engaged during retirement). 
  • Take advantage of community resources such as senior centers, religious organizations and the events at independent and assisted living facilities. 
  • Organize social activities on your own and include seniors who might be experiencing isolation or loneliness. 
  • Help maintain a sense of purpose by caring for a pet, church attendance or the pursuit of hobbies and interests. 
  • Loves ones: Ensure that older adults have adequate transportation to and from social activities. 

Five Reasons Why Having a Social Life is Significant

Social distancing has become a new by-word in the past few days. The banning of large gatherings, including churches, and the closing of many establishments where people gather are common. Empty shelves at the grocery store are a normal sight. And there is the expectation that things will get worse before they begin to improve.

So I say to children, nieces, nephews, grandchildren do as much as you can to keep your older love ones active.

As a young adult there are reasons for socialization.

1. It provides a balance

Your future career will be your livelihood, so doing well in school will always be a priority. But it is also important to take a break from doing work and have a night fulfilled with fun and making memories. Having a social life does not mean that you have to neglect your academics. It is a matter of knowing how to balance both.

2. Forms good relationships

Meeting new people is a part of life. Every person that you encounter, serves a purpose in your life. Whether you know what that purpose is or not, it really does not matter. You meet them for a reason. Since being a pastor, I have formed life-long friendships and professional relationships with my other pastors. By forming this great bonds with people it is preparing for the work force of the “real world” where am going to serve.

3. Expands your brand

For the the field of communications specifically, your name is your brand and your brand is everything. It is what separates you from everyone else. When building your brand, remember to educate yourself on how you can be your most marketable self. By having a social life you are already prepared. Since your life has balance, and you have formed good relationships these social skills can bleed into the professional world. By this time you will be a pro, because of your experience.

4. Connects you to humanity (social awareness)

Serving God through others, you were a well-rounded individual.  One of the mistake that most individual make is spent too much time trying to reach a level of education at the cost of not having a social life.

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5. Broaden your horizons

Having a social life increase your knowledge and helps you become more worldly. Traveling, dining and exploring other cultures with family or friends helps you think and learn more about yourself and others. By seeing other cultures or religions that are not your norm it broaden your horizons.

Having a social life early broadens your horizons, connects you to humanity, helps expand your brand, aids you with forming good relationships and overall assists with placing balance in your life.

Part V: What brings about hard-heartedness?

BIBLE READING: Hebrews 3:7-19

KEY BIBLE VERSE: That is why the Holy Spirit says, “Today you must listen to his voice. Don’t harden your hearts against him as Israel did when they rebelled, when they tested God’s patience in the wilderness.” (Hebrews 3:7-8)

Hard-heartedness is the result of failing to obey God’s Word. In many places, the Bible warns us not to “harden” our hearts. This means stubbornly setting ourselves against God so that we are no longer able to turn to him for forgiveness.

The Israelites became hard-hearted when they disobeyed God’s command to conquer the Promised Land (“when they rebelled,” see Numbers 13; 14; 20; and Psalm 95). Be careful to obey God’s Word, and do not allow your heart to become hardened.

We must put forth a conscious effort to listen to what God is saying.

There is a difference between hearing and listening. The main difference is that hear is to receive or to become aware of a sound through your ears whereas listen means to make a conscious effort to perceive the sound. The difference between hear and listen is similar to that of see and watch.

Hear – Meaning and Usage

We use hear to say simply that a sound came to our ears. Here, we do not make an effort to receive or understand the sound; we are not paying attention or waiting for the sound. So hear means simply to become aware of a sound.  We always hear sounds, noises and voices around us, but we don’t actively pay attention to them.

Hebrews 3:15 (KJV)
15  While it is said, Today if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts, as in the provocation.

1 Samuel 3:10 (KJV)
10  And the LORD came, and stood, and called as at other times, Samuel, Samuel. Then Samuel answered, Speak; for thy servant heareth.

Part IV: What brings about hard-heartedness?

BIBLE READING: Mark 8:10-21

KEY BIBLE VERSE: Jesus knew what they were thinking, so he said, “Why are you so worried about having no food? Won’t you ever learn or understand? Are your hearts too hard to take it in? ‘You have eyes—can’t you see? You have ears—can’t you hear?’ Don’t you remember anything at all?” (Mark 8:17-18)

Hard-heartedness is the result of persistent resistance to God. The Pharisees had tried to explain away Jesus’ previous miracles by claiming they were done by luck, coincidence, or evil power.

Here they demanded a sign from heaven—something only God could do. Jesus refused their demand because he knew that even this kind of miracle would not convince them.

They had already decided not to believe. Hearts can become so hard that even the most convincing facts and demonstrations will not change them.

Pastors, Prophets, Teachers, Bishops, and Elders need for God to open their eyes to what God is doing. I understand what a stimulus does but when it is a God thing the efforts of man become useless.

God has sent the signs already to us Hosea 4:6 spoke of.
6  My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.

His people need not fear. Just as the three Hebrew boys said:

Daniel 3:17-18 (KJV)
17  If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of thine hand, O king.
18  But if not, be it known unto thee, O king, that we will not serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up.

 Not my will but thy will be done!