Intimate Conversation Interview Minister Joseph William Massey
Minister Joseph William Massey, born in Wayne, PA, 7/28/31. B.S. degree in Elementary Ed., 1955 – Former District Scout Executive for the Boy Scouts of America. - Probation Officer for Family Court of Phila., 28 years. Retired May 10, 1987. Licensed Minister at Zion Baptist Church, Ardmore, PA from 7/26/92 to 12/8/08. Currently Assoc. Minister Family Worship Center, 889 N. 66th St., Phila.
Began writing letters in elementary school for school-mates. Renewed writing upon entering college in 1951. Active in writing poetry during work as a probation officer 1958-1987. Continued intermittently since. Now doing creative inspirational works at the Reformed Episcopal Seminary as encouragement for seminarians pursuing the ministry, where I have a certificate in Christian Ministry, May, 2007. Poet Laureate of RES since that date.
Ella: Welcome Minister Massey, describe the book and what you offer the reader.
The Unchanging Majesty of God is a book confirming the presence of God in everything he has created, giving us the impetus to find hope, inspiration and security whenever we happen to look at his glory evident all around us.
Ella: Please finish this sentence: I am Powerful because...
I am Powerful because... I submit to Psalm 32:8, “I will teach you and instruct you in the path you shall go. I will guide you with mine eye.” That eye is the eye of the Holy Spirit, unfailingly guiding my every step.
Ella: Why is it so important to celebrate Black History 365 days a year?
We should celebrate Black History 365 days a year because we need to realize we are an integral part of the history of America. We need to impress upon our young people every day the importance of our past and the injustices we have risen above through our dogged persistence and determination. We dare not minimize, by elimination or ignorance, the importance of the steady, relentless education of our young people about our past in this day when so many are blithely disregarding the pursuit of education as “you tryin’ to be white.” Since when do our Caucasian brothers have a monopoly on intelligence, unless we permit it?
Ella: What makes your book stand out and would entice a reader pick it up?
I believe the introduction will entice anyone to read the contents. When we realize everything God has created is the physical manifestation of his unlimited spiritual presence, we cannot help but examine in the book everything around us which glorifies Him and magnifies our interest in taking more than a casual look at our precious surroundings. We can find in it hope in the time of trial, peace in the time of turmoil, joy in the time of sorrow, refreshment in the dry times of our life, and God in the midst of them all!
Ella: What is the most surprising thing you have learned in creating books?
The most surprising thing about creating books is the fact that it came so easily the more I surrendered every rendering before God, each time he led me to prepare a manuscript.
Ella: What would you say has been your most significant achievement as a writer?
Learning to listen to God. I did it by reading Psalm 46:10, “Be still and know that I am God.” I had been so busy in the enthusiasm of trying to accomplish what he wanted me to do; I did not stop to hear his voice for instruction.
Ella: What advice would you give a new writer?
Go before God in fervent, earnest prayer before you begin any adventure in writing. Ask his guidance and direction. Then quietly allow His spirit to move in your mind, even as you place your words before you.
Ella: Name 3 things that it takes to make a successful author, in your opinion?
1. True inspiration comes from the Lord. First surrender your desire to become a successful author to God. If you remain convinced, then pour yourself out to Him in prayer. Then listen for Him to answer you through your surrendered mind, through circumstances opening up before you, and through people in whom you have complete confidence who will encourage you to continue this marvelous adventure.
2. Write, correct, write, edit and write some more. When you have completed your manuscript, put it down a few days, then read it again. Then have an experienced, open-minded writer proofread it for you and give you an unbiased, critical review.
3. DON’T be discouraged. Do not doubt yourself because you may not immediately find the way. Begin to doubt only if you refuse to keep looking. God Bless!
Ella: How may the readers contact you?
Rev. Joseph William Massey
Blowing Up Barriers Enterprises
301 E. Brown Street, A3
Norristown, PA 19401
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