Strong Pastor Counseled a Raider in Transition and Other Professional Athletes
Damali Binta – Dec 24, 2016
Some men are considered bull-headed when they follow an inner voice and help those who others are slow to buttress. Years ago, when an Oakland Raider was making a transition from pro football to regular life experiences, Dr. Charles Lewis Jackson understood the challenges. He helped several athletes including J. R. Richard. An article in the archives says:
"It has been a long, hard fall for Richard. The 6-foot-8-inch, 240-pound right-hander was one of baseball's most dominating pitchers when he played for the Houston Astros from 1971-80. He was also among the highest-paid players of his time, earning $850,000 per year. That all ended July 30, 1980, when he had a stroke that knocked him out of baseball."
Years ago, Dr. Charles Lewis Jackson was bold enough to reach out and help J. R. Richard. He did the same for Warren Wells by giving Wells a chance to play basketball with other athletes in the gym that the church built next to the santuary. Wells also either worked or volunteered at the church giving talks to others about his career. He attended the church during that era. He prayed there.
A Houston Chronicle artlce called Dr. Jackson a bull of a preacher because he had his own mind and he took the risk of helping those former professional athletes (including Warren Wells) who were overlooked by some. Now, Dr. Jackson has passed away, but the memories and gratitude of what he did for others will be remembered for years to come.
The last talk Wells had with Dr. Jackson was on August 18, 2015 when Damali put her phone on speaker and asked Dr. Jackson to pray for Warren Wells and to thank God for his recovery from disappointments and heartbreaks which plagued him for years. The meeting preceded Wells participation in the Texas Southern University Homecoming in 2015. The invitation to be a part of the homecoming celebration was a sign that others recognized the great progress Wells has made, with the love and support of his family helping him along the way. Dr. Jackson helped Damali follow through on Wells' request for her to write about Wells' life and career, and the pastor prayed for Damali as she traveled back and forth from Houston to Beaumont to interview Warren and to encourage him to maintain hope that he will be recognized for his contributions to professional football and to acknowledge those in his immediate circle who constantly stood by him.
This tribute is shared with the public and Raider Nation because it may teach us how to navigate life when others seek to crush, control and abbreviate the testimony of our work. It is included below:
Re-Positioned: God’s Mouthpiece’s Sound Resounds!
Why do you grow weary when you remember great men of God who sounded out the Word of God for your redemption and salvation? Don’t you know that they believe what they preach: For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believeth in Him shall not perish but will have everlasting life.
Dr. Charles Lewis Jackson’s sound resounds in my eargate, in my soul for he taught us with power, clarity and wisdom. A strong shepherd who watched over those under his care, discerning danger and praying without ceasing for their growth from babes in Christ to men and women of integrity in their walk with the Lord.
Men of power are often misunderstood for their vision of excellence stretches far beyond the shortsightedness of ordinary people. Their vision causes discomfort and just as discomfort precedes stages of healing so, too, discomfort often comes before healing of the soul. As a pastor indicated in a Remembrance Service on December 18, 2016, the fruit preserves are prepared, contained and stored in a smokehouse, and at an appropriate time, they are removed and used to feed the family. So, when we feel the pain and heartbreak of separation, it is like putting us in a smokehouse so that at the appropriate time we can come forth sweeter than we were before the separation and pain occurred.
Ministries that have been enriched by the impartations of Dr. Jackson are to become sweeter than before because Dr. Jackson is re-positioned and perfected with Jesus Christ. Therefore, we are empowered and uplifted for we know that the man of God preached a Word that is rigorous, sound and perfect in its integrity to position us for the attainment and completion of a legacy of power and poignancy in sharing the Word of God.
Dr. Jackson heard from God and built a dome shaped church near the area of Houston where gentrification is shuffling residents to other neighborhoods. The edifice stands tall as a symbol of a ministry that has touched lives through television, radio, print ministries, international travels with leaders in America and Africa, and conversations with governors, congressional and legislative leaders in the United States.
Yesterday, I sat in a safe place and felt the presence of the Holy Spirit. The Lord told me to attend three services. Let’s just say there was one for the Father, one for the Son and one for the Holy Spirit. The first, and second were instructive and powerful. The third service was celebratory and symphonic, and the choirs sounded out songs like angels in a heavenly choir.
I fell into a deep sleep when I arrived home in Southwest Houston. Three calls were on my phone and one of them was to tell me of the good news of Dr. Charles Lewis Jackson’s promotion and elevation beyond the terrestrial to the heavenly dimensions. One sermon Dr. Jackson preached was “Knowledge beyond Intellect.” Now, he is in a place where knowledge has no boundaries and the circumference is infinite, spanning all that became manifest by the sound of God’s Word.
He will be remembered as the man with the powerful hands, the man with the voice of a trumpet, and the content of a sage, the man with the eyes of an eagle who could see deep and far in the spiritual realm, the man with the force of a lion, the compassion of a lamb, the fragrance of a rose and the flow of a lily which bows and bends to the winds and breezes that move us in life.
God’s mouthpiece is amplified by his proteges, those who he licensed and ordained in the ministry of Jesus Christ. His vibrations of varied frequencies in the ministries and lives he touched will blend together to form a symphonic sound of the Word of God throughout the United States and world.
Let us remember his voice:
Isaiah 40:28-31King James Version (KJV)
28 Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching of his understanding.
29 He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength.
30 Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall:
31 But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.
Thank you Dr. Charles Lewis Jackson for teaching many of us to help others and to remember that our strength comes from above!
Reverend Professor Jacqueline Brannon Giles (Mama Raider/Damali Binta)
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