Reginald Cooper, who is an alumnus of Wiley College and fire chief of Marshall, Texas, and Apostle Herman L. Murray Jr., who serves as pastor of the Full Gospel Holy Temple Church in Dallas, Texas, were recognized as the 2016 Wiley College Men of Strength during a Luncheon February 23 in Pemberton Gymnasium.
In accepting their awards, both men gave praise to God as their source of strength to persist to achieve goals in their lives.
"Before all of my accomplishments, there was God," said Chief Cooper. "So, to be a man of strength means to be a man of God because God is strength." Cooper said his role as a man of God requires that he acknowledge his blessings by giving back. "Throughout the journey of life, we learn that God gives us blessings with expectations," he said. " Nothing is given for free because we are called to love one another and serve God. Blessings mean nothing unless I live my life to do good."
Apostle Murray echoed Chief Cooper's comments in accepting his award as a 2016 Man of Strength, telling those gathered to always remember the source of their blessings. Serving as the speaker for Tuesday's special Men of Strength chapel service just before the luncheon, Apostle Murray told students they must build their whole lives on the word of God.
"The bible is still the moral and spiritual foundation of any great society, " he said. "It is more than just stories. It contains principles that can sustain us for our whole lives."
Apostle Murray told students that turning to God when he was in College helped him emerge from the depression he suffered after the death of his father. He said that experience helped shape and mold him as a man of God and a man of strength. "I started reading the bible and the clouds starting rolling back, and the sun began to shine again," he said. "That's why we need to build our lives on the foundation of God. Even when storms come, God can give you peace that surpasses all understanding."