How can we persevere in the face of setbacks? How can we take a chance to discover what lies beyond the obstacles we're facing? Life is indeed unpredictable. We never know when adversity will strike. In a blink of an eye, the things you were enjoying at the moment can turn into a nightmare.
How can we persevere in the face of setbacks? How can we take a chance to discover what lies beyond the obstacles we're facing?
Life is indeed unpredictable. We never know when adversity will strike. In a blink of an eye, the things you were enjoying at the moment can turn into a nightmare. Thus, we naturally get discouraged when confronted with troubles, adversities, or conditions that make our lives uncomfortable.
However, we must realize that we can still find a glimmer of hope even amidst our worst circumstances. There will always be something held in reserve for each of us. Consequently, we cannot see those great opportunities because we dwell too much on rejection, failure, and unfavorable circumstances. Recognize that there are certain things over which we have no control. We must learn to trust God and His judgments since He understands what we genuinely require and how much we can handle. Let us strive to live with no regrets of yesterday's opportunities, leaving no room for doubts and embracing God's plan. Therefore, when bombarded by negative thoughts and self-doubt, take a leap of faith and believe God can take good care of everything. As our guest speaker claimed, "God will never tell you to do something that will lead to your destruction."
Pastor Wesley Thompson is a loving husband, father, educator, author, activist, chaplain, political candidate, pastor, and faithful man of God. He is a native of Florence, Alabama. He is the senior pastor and teacher at Bethel Colbert Missionary Baptist Church and previously served as a youth pastor and interim pastor in his eleven years of ministry. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in political science from the University of North Alabama and a master's of divinity degree from Mercer University. He is pursuing a doctor of ministry degree from the Interdenominational Theological Center. He has worked as a college admissions recruiter and adjunct professor. He is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., NAACP, the Academy of Preachers, and various community service organizations. He is married to Le'Tanndra Thompson, and they have one son, Miles Thompson.
In this special episode with Pastor Wesley Thompson, we'll learn about the inspiring life of a man of God who encountered an unfavorable situation in life that made him stronger and closer to God. Be captivated as we discover how a young pastor handled his life's most challenging decisions to take care of his pregnant wife as she faced a tragic health crisis.
"God is never going to tell you to go somewhere in which it's going to lead to failure." – Pastor Wesley Thompson
(00:00:00) Introduction + Episode Snippet
(00:00:38) Introducing our special guest, Wesley Thompson
(00:02:11) You can make something positive out of a negative situation.
(00:02:39) The Bethel Colbert Missionary Baptist Church
(00:05:13) The Passing of the torch
(00:07:56) The question of "Am I enough?"
(00:08:35) Trusting the will of God.
(00:10:16) In Sickness and In Health: A Story of Love, Strength, and Faith
(00:12:47) How did Pastor Thompson overcome his family's most challenging situation? (00:16:11) God will take care of everything.
(00:17:08) How God works in such a mysterious way
(00:19:10) Trust God through it all.
(00:19:54) Difficult moments reveal how much you love your significant other.
(00:21:19) Moving from Atlanta to North Alabama: Was it by choice or force?
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(00:27:02) God knows what we truly need.
(00:27:32) There's no testimony without a test.
(00:28:41) The dream of Dr. Martin Luther King: What does it mean to Pastor Thompson?
(00:29:20) Nothing can hinder someone from thriving but himself.
(00:31:17) The Political aspirations: There's joy in doing something you love.
(00:32:57) What did Pastor Thompson learn from losing the election?
(00:33:39) There are blessings to simply trying.
(00:34:47) Final TimeOut with Pastor Wesley Thompson: How would you encourage a person who fears failure and is afraid of taking the first step toward a goal?
(00:36:22) Take a leap of faith and discover what lies beyond the depths.
(00:37:21) God will never lead you to a place of failure.
(00:38:13) Connect with Pastor Wesley Thompson.
"You never know what's going to give you that spark that you're looking for at times." – Dr. Derrick Burgess
"In every bad situation, there's something good you can pull out of it if you try." – Pastor Wesley Thompson
"God reminded me that our ways and our thoughts are not his, and he pulled a surprise on me." – Pastor Wesley Thompson
"No matter how successful, accomplished or educated a person is, there's always that thought in the back of your head where you will ask yourself, am I that enough?" – Pastor Wesley Thompson
"The experience that I went through personally was my preparation to be able to take on." – Pastor Wesley Thompson
"We truly believe that we can't love our wives any more than what we do. But through that experience, it opened my eyes to another layer of love that I have for my wife that I didn't know existed." – Pastor Wesley Thompson
"Women are putting themselves in danger to have a baby, and that's something that is overlooked many times." – Dr. Derrick Burgess
"We make plans, but then God laughs at those because he knows what we truly need versus what we feel we need at times." – Dr. Derrick Burgess
"When we're in the moment of that depression, sadness, and frustration of just not knowing what in the world is going on, God is building a testimony for us." – Pastor Wesley Thompson
"There's no testimony without a test." – Pastor Wesley Thompson
"Everybody should be able to look back on their life and say, I'm glad I did instead of, I wish I would have." – Pastor Wesley Thompson
"No matter what it is, there's no age limit on when you can do it." – Pastor Wesley Thompson
"If you don't fail many times, you're not going to learn and grow." – Dr. Derrick Burgess
"You never know until you do it." – Pastor Wesley Thompson
"You will never give yourself a chance to discover what lies beyond out there in the deep until you go out there." – Pastor Wesley Thompson
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Wesley Thompson is a Husband, Father, Pastor, Chaplain, Author, Educator and Community Activist. A native of Florence, Alabama, he is a 2010 graduate of the University of North Alabama where he received a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Political Science and Minor in Philosophy/Religion. He received a Master of Divinity degree with a concentration in Congregational Ministry from Mercer University in 2014. While at Mercer University, he received the school's prestigious John R. Claypool Preaching Award and also the Ollie Key Leadership Award.
Wesley serves as the proud Senior Pastor/Teacher of the Bethel Colbert Missionary Baptist Church in Leighton, Alabama. Under Pastor Thompson's 5 years of leadership, Bethel Colbert has flourished in spirit and in membership, striving to be used by God to Save Souls, Change Lives, and Transform Communities. He also works at Amedisys Hospice as a Chaplain.
He has received various awards for education and community service, and has given much time advocating for justice and equality through organizations such as the NAACP(Vice-President/Religion Affairs Chairperson), Crossroads Community Outreach(Member of Board of Directors), Muscle Shoals District Missionary Baptist Association(1st Vice Moderator), Common Ground Shoals (Board Of Directors Chairperson), and Project Say Something. He is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
He most recently ran as the Democrat nominee for the office of Alabama State House Representative District 3, where he was able to engage and educate a wide range of young and new voters about important political issues that impact their lives and communities.
Wesley is married to his college sweetheart Mrs. Le’Tanndra Thompson, and they have three sons. Miles, Bradley, and Jeremiah.
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