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Graduation from United Bible College Newark NJ 1995 (fr Left Evangelist Marlene Simmons, Brother R. Boswell, Evangelist Regina Gainer & Nurse Geraldine Wade of Holy Temple COGIC TomsRiver NJ.
Graduation from United Bible College Newark NJ 1995 (fr left Evangelist Marlene Simmons, Brother R. Boswell, Evangelist Regina Gainer & Nurse Geraldine Wade of Holy Temple COGIC TomsRiver NJ.

Endure: is from two Greek words Hupo-meno, Hupo (under) Meno (remain)

To remain under or bear experience within a certain time or authority.



1)  2 Timothy 2:5-6, 8, 10, 12 KJV

5    And if a man also strive for masteries, yet is he not crowned, except he strive lawfully.

6    The husbandman that laboureth must be first partaker of the fruits.

8    Remember that Jesus Christ of the seed of David was raised from the dead according

    to my gospel:

10 Therefore I endure all things for the elect’s sakes that they may also obtain the

    salvation which is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory.

12 If we suffer, we shall also reign with him: if we deny him, he also will deny us:


Bible opened to Proverbs Source: Christian Concepts @
Source: Christian Concepts,

POV  (Point of View)  

Something earned has a greater intrinsic value

than that which is acquired illegally.

Verse 6: Paul took pointers from Jesus by using parables (an earthly story with a heavenly meaning) in his letter to Timothy. [FYI: The Husbandman is translated into Farmer in NIV Bibles (commonly used by Gospel writers; John 15: 1 I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman.) also see the Wicked Husbandman Matthew 21: 33, Mark 12:1)]

Verse 8: Identified Christ and told how Jesus was raised from the dead (after the worse of trials, the excruciating pain upon facing Golgotha.  Yet, He endured by carrying the cross up to Golgotha (place of the skull) Mt. 27:32, Luke. 23:26, John. 19:17.  He clung to the old rugged cross bearing its weight after being stripped, tortured spit upon and ridiculed; when just a week earlier the people were singing “Hosanna, blessed be the rock”, and probably saying something like “He’s a jolly good fellow that nobody can deny” Yet Jesus endured saying, “O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless, not as I will, but as thou, wilt” (Mt 26:39).  What endurance!

Verses 10, 12 (see Heroes of Faith)




Endurance (to stand, tolerate and continue)

Exemplified in the Bible can be seen by the

HEROES OF FAITH as mentioned in (2) Hebrews 11: 4 – 33

  • Abel offered a more excellence sacrifice
  • Enoch, had this testimony, that he pleased God
  • Noah moved with fear,
  • Abraham obeyed/Sarah received strength
  • Isaac blessed his sons/ Joseph blessed his son
  • Moses mother hid him/Moses chose rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season (v. 25).


Many in the Bible didn’t endure:

  • Vashti, Esther 1:12,
  • the Rich Young Ruler (RYR), Matt. 19:16
  • Judas, John 18:5, etc.


3) Galatians 4:9

But now, after that ye have known God or rather are known of God, how turn ye again to the weak and beggarly elements where ye desire again to be in bondage.”


Paul refers to soldiers (verse 3) while encamped in battle who must be single minded and withstands hardship, rain, cold and fear of the enemy because of the commitment to the people he’s fighting for.  As a Saints of the Most High, The People of God should endure through the fear of God/ the reverence of the Lord.


Paul also refers to athletics whom the author (Charles Stanley) says eating, sleeping and socializing is regimented so that on the day of the event perform will be at an optimal level. (Muscles gain stamina muscles have memory)


Jesus, Paul and other Gospel writers use the farmer motif often (as mention earlier).

Farmers depend on the elements to receive a good harvest with great weather conditions a good harvest can be received however when catastrophe hits a whole season of work can go unrewarded.  Nevertheless, the elements are only a resource of the grace of God and not to be observed as a source of prosperity as observed by heathens in their various blood sacrifices to terrestrial deities.




4) Hebrews 12:1


Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us

Great Cloud of Witnesses

  • Ensamples are written in the Bible as ensigns for our spiritual development. “Obey God and leave the consequences to Him” Charles Stanley.

Every Weight & Sin (contrast)

  • Sin is specific (singular)
  • Weight is an encumbrance (plural and maybe mixed with unknown hindrances) and is more subtle and not as easy to see.  An enemy may be fought strategically if you know his tactics but a hidden enemy (encumbrances) are harder to fight.  Yet, Satan’s tactics never change and the Saints are not ignorance to his devices.  Though the phrase is not in the Bible it remains principally a reality that the best trick Satan has is to convince men, women, boys and girls that he doesn’t exist. Therefore, the Word of God is indispensable. Its illuminating qualities lights our path and exposes Satan as we endure the race set before us.
Study Guide for Charles Stanley, Handbook for Christian Living: ENDURANCE  (pg 314)
Study Guide for Charles Stanley, Handbook for Christian Living: ENDURANCE (pg 314)

Post Study for Bible Scholars:

Compare and Contrast: the Work of God (John) and the Works of the Devil (I John).


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Leonard S. Thomas (1986)  Delivered commencement speech bleow to the graduating class of 2010 at our alma mater Lakewood High School.  Mr.  Thomas served as the Lakewood Board Of Education from 2001- 2011.
Leonard S. Thomas (1986)
Delivered commencement speech below to the graduating class of 2010 at our alma mater, Lakewood High School. Mr. Thomas served as the Lakewood Board Of Education from 2001- 2011.
  • I am confident that the doors of opportunity will open to those who continue to strive for excellence.  


  • a great life is ahead for those who continually persist toward the way of life that they desire. 


  • many heart-felt desires that have been dreams, Dreamt as children are now ready to be put to the test.


  • it is time to show and prove.  (pause)


  • you are now to go forth into a world that has opportunity and advancement-clothed in the not so attractive garments of diligence and hard work. 


  • with Patience and steadfastness the doors of opportunity will swing open when you least expect. 


  • I challenge you to be prepared to walk through those doors with the intent of blazing innovative ways to make this world a better place.  


  • In whatever field you enter strive for excellence.  


  • Chart a plan and stick to it. 


  • Leonard Sr. pictured with sons Justin (L) and Jalen (R).
    Leonard Sr. pictured with sons Justin (L) and Jalen (R).

    Continue to Prepare yourself through effort, education and experience. 


  • Difficulties today present themselves in society that neither my generation nor the generations before me had to deal with.  


  • Implanted in you are the answers that society is waiting for. 


  • I challenge you to break the mold of the status quo and to create answers that feed solutions to the forever changing problems may arise.  


  • I grant and bestow upon you good speed before you are dispersed through-out this great nation and through out our planet. 


  • never forget your teachers  opinions and your mentors whose insight help forge your way of thinking and more importantly never forget those parents & guardians who supported and watched over you through-out your early development also the friendships you’ve made that will be a continual source of strength to you in the future. 


  • You are special because your time is now: our future leaders of america.


  • I salute you for your achievement


  • Congratulations: L. H. S. class of 2010

Len, we’ve been through a lot,

I am not even sure if I will last to become what is expected, but I am sending you what you requested, thanks for the honor of the task. 

It makes my heart feels good that I have you as a best friend and that

you are confident in my abilities to produce vital points for your speech.

 I enjoyed you and el please think of me and keep me in your prayers as you are consistently in mine.  


                                      YOUR BEST FRIEND

                                      AND BROTHER FOR LIFE,    Reggie

FORWARD Centurion Warrior

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Pastor Ellis Bush and Mother Juanita Bush of Troy AL
Pastor Ellis Bush and Mother Juanita Bush of Troy AL

Serious students of the Bible are always searching for deeper and better understandings of God’s workings.  In this search, it soon becomes evident that in salvation-history there is another player in the drama being played out between God and Man.  The search for better insights into God’s nature and his plan for man is made much more complicated by an Adversary, the Devil.  He is known by many names, just as is God.  Just as God’s names reveal His nature and His ways of working with man and for man, the Devil’s many names reveal his ways of working against God and man.

     The mystery of it all becomes even more mystifying by the fact that the Adversary has already been defeated.  What then is all about and why does the Father permit him to continue his mischief?

     This study by my good friend and colleague, Reginald Boswell, will help us unravel some of the mystery.  As we gain insight, we will become increasingly better at recognizing our Enemy along the way.  This is essential if we are to stand strong against him.

     Some sections of this work are written allegorically.  This approach is fascinating, intensifying the scope and significance of the cosmic drama reminiscent of John’s writings in Revelation.

     After this, the message becomes personal and pastoral.  It speaks to my journey, my issues, and my aspirations.  It speaks to my need to “watch and pray”.

Dr. Ellis M. Bush, Pastor

Calvary Baptist Church

Troy, Ala.