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About Dr. Erwin K. Thomas
(Dfurstane) - "Devotees for universal rights stand tall after natural Enlightenment."
In 1978 Thomas earned the PhD degree in International Journalism and Broadcasting from the School of Journalism, University of Missouri - Columbia. After 28 years at SUNY - Oswego, University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee, and Norfolk State University, VA, he retired as a professor and graduate coordinator from the Department of Mass Communications & Journalism. He was vice president of the Institute for Learning in Retirement (ILR) at Old Dominion University, Virginia Beach, VA, and is a member of the Association for Education for Journalism in Mass Communication (AEJMC) Religion Media Interest Group.
Thomas has published nine books. One of the earliest is entitled, Mass Media in 2025 with Brown H. Carpenter (Greenwood Press); a biography, Life's Passages: From Guyana to America, novel Guyana's Seawall Girl (2018), and Heaven Bound (2019) with CreateSpace Independent Platform. He has participated in book festivals at Virginia's Beach Central Library, Norfolk Public Library, Suffolk Literary Festival, and Williamsburg Book Festival. Thomas is married to Mary Barta Thomas - a retired librarian, and they are the parents of Matthew J. Thomas, of Charlottesville, VA. They are life-long members of the Church of the Holy Apostles in Virginia Beach - an ecumenical community of Episcopalians and Roman Catholics, where he had served on the Vestry Council, was a Eucharistic Minister, and editor of the church's Facebook page.
A Weekly Encounter: 52 Meditations of Hope joins inspirational quotations by world-renowned personalities from throughout history with Bible verses to offer a year’s worth of thought-provoking weekly meditations.
With quotes from world leaders such as Thomas Jefferson, thinkers such as Aristotle and Confucius, and countless other writers, philosophers, religious leaders, social activists, and sports stars, the individuals quoted represent diverse cultures, national origins, creeds, and historical periods. Interestingly, the quotations show that, whether secular or spiritual, these iconic figures have often meditated on the magnanimity of the Creator.
With this book, their words will encourage thoughtful meditation on various related ideas within each of the fifty-two “Thought of the Week” meditation topics based on biblical verse.
In addition to the weekly meditations, a list of carefully selected readings is provided for further exploration of the concepts presented.
This easy-to-use book is organized into nine thematic chapters, which can be read in any order. And while the chapters look at issues such the church, love, light, and joy, the focus of the book is to offer hope in the message of Jesus Christ’s resurrection and salvation.
This one-of-a-kind devotional enables enthusiasts to reflect on the grandiose nature of a loving Savior. In 16 chapters these affirmations bring believers closer to their God. These reflections will help them contemplate their Creator, his majestic creation, and identify the dangers of worshiping earthly idols. Many will savor freedom’s consequences, and delight in the diverse gifts of earth, wind, water, and fire.
Family members who continue to pray for God’s guidance will triumph. The Holy Spirit lets them know when and how to use their talents. In all we do, we should never envy other believers who have greater gifts than us. It’s wise to understand that everyone’s gift is just as special and important. God continues blessing us when we are content with our gifts. These are seen as fulfilling his purposes when and wherever they are used.
The Gospels assure us that we will have at least one gift through the Holy Spirit. But some people are amazingly truly gifted. We should use our abilities in the service to God by helping loved ones, friends, and families in our communities. These acts aren’t necessarily easy, but may come with suffering, setbacks, and unexpected victories. Our gifts though are of different forms. Some of these are great while others small. But it’s always good to remember that in the eyes of God each gift is essential. Whether big or small we ought to praise and give thanks to his precious name for them. As his ultimate reward God will grant us the greatest gift of all – eternal life, because he first loved us.
Outstanding national and international figures who are blessed by being recipients of Christ’s gifts, glorify his omnipotence, and embrace his everlasting love. Each chapter concludes with scriptural verses reflecting God’s wonderful promises.
In this devotional is a wide selection of topics which is uniquely organized to peak its readers' interests. It is one of a kind, are construed as prayers, meant for believers' keys of faith to open, and explore. These meditations not only do homage to biblical verses which support their concepts, but glorify the grandeur of God, by the national and international personalities, who in their own words have reflected on the grandiose and omniscient nature of their creator. These individuals who are from different nations, regions, and cultures of the world, include religious and civil rights leaders, philosophers, humanitarians, presidents, first ladies, entrepreneurs, businessmen, sports figures, scientists, anthropologists, psychologists, artists, and many more.
Keys of Faith follows A Weekly Encounter: Fifty-Two Meditations of Hope (2015) which explored the depths of hope when giving praise and thanks to our gracious Lord and Savior Jesus Christ—who has so abundantly blessed us, in many indescribable ways.