Deeper Dive Episode 3: "Don’t Steal Your Grandma’s TV"
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Deeper Dive Theme: Reggie C, Elijah and Ahkeem discuss allowing God to break the generational cycles of sins/curses in your life
Episode Title: Don’t Steal Your Grandma’s TV
Host: Reggie C
Guests: Elijah Campbell & Ahkeem Darden
Key text: https://www.bible.com/bible/59/ROM.12.1-2.esv
Date: May 22, 2019
Elijah's Sermon Podcast: https://soundcloud.com/plantationsda/just-fair-episode-5-dont-steal-your-grandmas-tv
Deeper Dive Questions to Elijah:
Why did you choose the title for your sermon? Is it hard to talk about generational curses (especially the single parenthood statistics)? Expand on the long term impact on the children of single parents Everyone respects their grandmother. Weren't you afraid that the church would loose respect for you when they found out that you cursed out your grandma? Does pride lead to repeating generational curses? How does the Pastors enable you to be so brutally honest with the congregation? Why did you throw Ahkeem under the bus in the sermon? How did your friends view you before and after the sermon? What would you say to young people who are going through struggles? Did this bring you closer to your mom?
Deeper Dive Questions to Ahkeem:
What's Different About the Youth Preaching Program at Plantation? Why did you become a mentor for Elijah? Why were you excited about the mentorship program? Did Ahkeem know he was going to be thrown under the bus? What is the most staggering single parenthood statistic?
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As the oldest of seven children, Ahkeem grew up in a family with a strong heritage and history in New Brunswick, New Jersey. His father served as a missionary across Africa, Europe and the Caribbean building churches before he passed away when Ahkeem was eleven. With a mother who served her family as a homemaker Ahkeem and his six siblings had a challenging upbringing. However, the children grew up to be very successful personally, professionally and spiritually.
Transitioning into the workforce after his educational pursuits was the next phase of Ahkeem’s life journey. Ahkeem spent fifteen years working in corporate America as a marketing coordinator and direct mail manager before he transitioned to become a VP of sales and marketing. He is currently a marketing consultant to the some of the world’s largest organizations to validate, automate and optimize marketing efforts.
Ahkeem was the first in his family to get a college education with degrees in International Business and Marketing. After his college career, Ahkeem went on to receive his Master’s of Business Administration with a concentration Marketing.
Ahkeem is actively involved in his church community serving as an elder at Plantation SDA Church and the music ministry leader.
Ahkeem travels locally and internationally ministering and singing for the glory of God, and for the edification of those who need an encouraging message from the Lord.
Elijah Campbell was born in Miami, FL on December 19, 2001 via forceps when his heart rate dropped too low from having the umbilical cord wrapped around his neck. He also aspirated amniotic fluid and had shoulder dystocia which resulted in him being in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit for 10 days in order to receive treatment and recover. Elijah was raised as a Seventh-Day Adventist Christian by his mom, Bertha Campbell and his grandmother, Tracy Campbell. From Pre-K to 3rd grade Elijah attended Sierra Norwood, a Christian school but it was not until 7th grade when he began to attend Miami Union Academy that he finally decided to give his life to Christ. Elijah and his mom began to attend Plantation SDA Church around 2013 and on May 23rd, 2015 Elijah was baptized into the Plantation SDA church family. Elijah currently attends Greater Miami Adventist Academy where he is completing his Junior year and he is involved in the film, sound, youth and men’s ministry at church. He has a passion for acting and singing and wants to be famous one day. Joining the pastoral mentorship program for Elijah has been a spiritual journey in itself and Elder Ahkeem Darden has been a great mentor and friend. Elijah hopes his story can inspire others to break their own cycles of sin and give their life to Christ and accept Him as their personal Lord and Savior.