Weekly Sermon
Delivered By
Dr. E. G. Sherman, Jr
Delivered On
January 6, 2019 at 10:45 AM
After the Crossover

“… I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee. Be strong and of good courage…  Joshua 1:5-6
The Time Ball has been dropped in The Big Apple; the old year of
2018 has passed; the new year of 2019 commenced a few day ago;
humankind is amidst celebrations; resolutions are being made, and
countless activities will and are being implemented. Collectively, the impacts
of these events will be felt as humanity encounters the Crossover into 2019.
Amidst of the festivities of today and a few more days to come, human
kind must recognize and acknowledge that 2019 mirrored the poetic
expression of ‘the best of times and the worst of times; it was a time of
international strife, slaughters, human enslavement, terrorism – both on
the international and domestic scenes, police brutality, street violence,
and numerous other assaults of humankind against innocent persons.
In this regard, we find ourselves as mere children of history, blessed by the
Almighty God who spared our life to witness this first day of the New Year.
As the excitement of greeting the New Year of 2019, we must be ever
mindful of the responsibilities, challenges, and problems
that will confront us in the days, months, and years ahead.  Our sermon, in
this connection, will address some aspects of the Christian approach to the
New Year and life in general.  It has been entitled, After the Crossover. The
sermon is designed to remind us of the following facts about the New Year:

1. Life must continue, 2. Decisions must be made, and 3. Actions must be
Prior to establishing the biblical foundation for the sermon, attention will
be directed to two related considerations – the first of which is the term, Cross-
over. This word generally denotes shifting from one location to another, a
drastic change in attitude, or the embracing of a new position contrary that
is contrary to the former stance. To change from being a sinner to accepting
Christ as Savior – is an example of a crossover. The second consideration, in this background glance, is that of the
“Psychological let down” effect of reaching a milestone; this conditions is
also known as the “Post success syndrome”. Essentially, these terms are
used to describe a condition that often follows the euphoria, of great
excitement, from having  attained a goal, or experienced a long awaited
event. Psychologists have repeatedly documents negative consequences
that followed the thrill  of having witnessed an unusual event. Examples
include college students feeling lost after graduation, working people becoming
depressed after retirement, and wealthy people feeling insignificant after having
completed a multi million dollar transactions. Hopefully, we are so filled with
a positive self-esteem and anchored by Christian principles that we can with-
stand the pressures from graduation, working, and financial success.
Against this brief treatment of post psychological reaction, let us now
turn attention to the Crossover from 2018 to 2019. It was quite enjoyable to
view the year 2019 celebrations as held in various parts of the world. Now that
the crowds have dispersed, the cleanup is in progress, post New Years parties
are being held, football will continue to consume much of the television time,
but tomorrow is back to work for most employees.
With respect to the New Century, our concern must be that of how
shall we respond to the diversified opportunities and challenges of the
year 2019.  Essentially, the questions can be stated in the question format –
What Shall We Do After the Crossover?
It is herein submitted that we are some what like the Israelites when
Joshua assumed leadership. That group had wandered in the Wilderness for
forty years; Moses – their leader had died; God had appointed Joshua to lead
the children to the Promised Land. As noted in our text, God spoke to Joshua
and assured him that he would be with Joshua; he also challenged Joshua to
be strong and to remind the Children of Israel to obey the law.
While accepting God at his word, Joshua was still confronted by a major
problem; it was the river of Jordan that lay between them and Canaan. That
problem was somewhat like the Washington, Democratic and Republican,
Confrontations. Although the so called 99% might well “shutter and grow sick
at heart, I call upon us to remember that God, in his own time and by his will
provides a leader to direct the believers. Just as he provided Joshua to lead
the Israelite across Jordan, he has already someone to lead us in the
crossover. As recorded in the Third Chapter of Joshua, the Divine Order was
issued. Under Joshua’ leadership, the plan was followed and the
Israelite successfully crossed over Jordan. But that accomplishment was the
beginning of numerous problems that the Children of Israel would face. Hence,
there was much work for them to perform After the Crossover.
Although many years separate our time from the era of Joshua, there
are nonetheless many principles that continue to have relevancy for survival
After the Crossover. These principles are found in the fourth and fifth
chapters of Joshua. Three of them will be analyzed to aid us in our experiences
After the Crossover into the year 2019

1. Select a memorial ( Joshua 4:3 ). A memorial can be either an object
or a ceremony; it is used to recall memories of past experiences. Often
memorials are held a past of worship services, but they can also assume
materialistic forms such as monuments, buildings, coins, books, and many
other objects. God’s instruction to Joshua was that of having a man from each
tribe to select a stone (object) from the bottom of Jordan and keep it as a
testimony of how God allowed the Israelites to crossover Jordan. God’s
intent was to promote family continuity regarding His divine role in human
affairs. From this call for a memorial, we can see the need for some object
or idea to remind us and our families of what we did on the night of New
Years Eve; we can maintain photos of activities; we can even take this
worship bulletin as a testimony that we were in worship the First Sunday
in the New Year.
2. We must prepare for New Challenges. Generally, the word challenge
is used to denote a situation that is new, complicated, and causes some
reservation about one’s ability to subdue it. The Israelites, in this regard, had
a major challenge after the Crossover; it is recorded in Joshua 5:11-12. The
challenge was that of having to eat new food in a strange land for the Bible
says that manna continued not. To a large extent, our destiny as African
Americans will be greatly impacted by the New Century. Just yesterday, the
Albany Herald featured an article on implementing new admission standards
for state supported colleges. Sadly, ASU is lagging behind the other non-
historically black institutions. Beloved we must make a concerted effort to
get our sons and daughters prepared for admission to higher educations;
this is an urgent need because higher education continues to be the surest
channel by which we can reasonable expect to achieve upward mobility.
Other manna options that will be curtailed after the crossover include:
welfare benefits, entitlement programs, student loans, and benefits anchored
employment opportunities. Beloved we can hardly afford to feast on merely
living to witness the 21st Century; rather, we must boldly press our claim
with educational preparation, Christian dedication, and Positive Self-Esteem.
3. Recognize the presence of the Unseen Captain. Amidst turbulent
times, it is quite easy to be anxiety ridden.  Such was the case of Joshua after
the crossover: a new food was required, new enemies awaited them, and doubt
permeated the Israelite. As Joshua viewed the formidable walls of Jericho,
he lifted up his eyes, and looked, and behold, there stood a man over against
him with a sword drawn in his hand: and Joshua went unto him, and said
unto him,   Art thou for us, or for our adversaries? And he said, Nay: but
a captain of the host of the Lord I am come… Beloved, After the Crossover,
let us continue to be led the Captain of the Lord…Solid Rock…

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