35 minutes | Jan 22nd 2021

S1E124 - Pastor Will Ford on Joshua 4:20-24 and 1 Kings 18:31-32 - “God: The Collector of Memories”

Mark is delighted to welcome Pastor Will Ford to the podcast today. Currently the Director of the Marketplace Leadership Major at Christ For The Nations Institute, in Dallas, Texas, Pastor Ford is also the founder of Hilkiah Ministries. He has been interviewed by CBS, featured on The 700 Club and also in Charisma and many other media outlets, and is known internationally for his family heirloom which he brings with him to the interview today to show and discuss with Mark, pictures of which you can find by visiting The Rabbi’s Husband homepage and Twitter page. The passages Pastor Ford has chosen for today are Joshua 4:20-24 and 1 Kings 18:31-32.   Pastor Ford begins by describing his very special family heirloom, the role it has played in his life and the lives of his ancestors, some examples of the cruelty suffered by slaves, and the connection between Black Christians and the Jewish people. He then shares the fascinating story of a dream he had involving Dr. King, the impact that dream has had upon his life, and how these stories relate to today’s selected passages. Pastor Ford and Mark then explore the notion of God as a collector of memories, what God is saying to America right now, the inspirational story of Robert Russa Moton, and the development of the Pastor’s love of all things Jewish. As is the tradition, our guest concludes with the lessons he has learned about humankind. A highly engaging storyteller, Pastor Will Ford brings to life his family’s history as well as his own journey in the context of the Bible, unearthing the many profound insights to be found within these powerful passages and their very real application to current times in today’s fascinating episode.   Episode Highlights:    ·   Pastor Ford’s very special family heirloom ·   Memorial stones ·   The sections that were removed from slaves’ Bibles ·   An example of the cruelty suffered by slaves ·   The connection between Black Christians and the Jewish people ·   Pastor Ford’s dream involving Dr. King ·   Some of Pastor Ford’s experiences of racism ·   His story regarding the end of slavery and his partnership with Matt Lockett ·   Pastor Ford’s connection of his story with the selected passages ·   God as the collector of memories ·   What God is saying to America right now ·   Robert Russa Moton ·   Dr. King’s dream come true ·   The development of Pastor Ford’s love of all things Jewish ·   His perspective on how to concretize faith these days ·   The non-existence of coincidence ·   The lessons about humankind that Pastor Ford has learned   Quotes:   “Secretly, it was used for prayer.”   “This is what you stand for.”   “They prayed for the freedom of their children and the next generation.”   “They didn’t want him to have a slave last name.”   “William, get rid of your white baggage. You’ve been carrying it for way too long.”   “What color is your baggage?”   “We need each other right now more than ever before.”   “I’ve been thinking about God being the collector.”   “God, please don’t let the Jheri curl come back.”   “Come near to me.”   “He used the memories to be the building block for prayer, for intercession and…to remind God of his covenant with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.”   “What storyline do you want to be a part of, the healing or the hurting, the blessing or the curse?”   “I need to know more about this amazing Jewish faith.”   “We have these artifacts that show our shared history.”   “The word ‘coincidence’ is not in the Hebrew language.”   “We’re just a small snapshot, a microcosm, of what God is doing to heal a lot of the division that is going on right now.”   “The providential hand of God is moving behind the scenes.”   “God loves us more than we can fathom.”   “No one is a mistake.”    Joshua 4:20-24 And Joshua set up in Gilgal the twelve stones they had taken from the Jordan. He charged the Israelites as follows: “In time to come, when your children ask their fathers, ‘What is the meaning of those stones?’ tell your children: ‘Here the Israelites crossed the Jordan on dry land.’ For the LORD your God dried up the waters of the Jordan before you until you crossed, just as the LORD your God did to the Sea of Reeds, which He dried up before us until we crossed. Thus all the peoples of the earth shall know how mighty is the hand of the LORD, and you shall fear the LORD your God always.” https://www.sefaria.org/Joshua.4.20-24?lang=bi   1 Kings 18:31-32 Then Elijah took twelve stones, corresponding to the number of the tribes of the sons of Jacob—to whom the word of the LORD had come: “Israel shall be your name”— and with the stones he built an altar in the name of the LORD. Around the altar he made a trench large enough for two seahs of seed. https://www.sefaria.org/I_Kings.18.31-32?lang=bi&with=all&lang2=en    Links:   The Rabbi’s Husband homepage: The Rabbi's Husband   Mark’s Twitter: Mark Gerson - The Rabbi's Husband (@markgerson)   The Rabbi’s Husband Newsletter contact: daniel@therabbishusband.com

Pastor Will Ford's Story in Words and Pictures

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