There is something very attractive about someone that does what they said they would do. The Bible says, “Even so faith, if it has no works, is dead, being by itself. (James 2:17) We that confess with our mouth that we are striving to follow the word of God, should be foremost in the application of such word. The dictionary defines work as an activity involving mental or physical effort done in order to achieve a purpose or result. How do you work your faith?
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How many years have you been doing what you do? Have you improved? If yes, great! If no, this article may help motivate you to reevaluate what you need to change in order to improve your standard of living. We cannot afford to keep doing the same things year, after year, after year and hoping for change. One of the definitions for insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result. In order to get a different result, we must do something different! Some people want to further their education, do it.
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Would you rather focus on being right or striving to be happy? Can you have both? Why do some people have a need to be right? Have you ever known someone that would push their point and push their point until you literally had to walk away? Why is it so important for people to be around people that think like them? Why do some people reject people that have a different opinion or viewpoint?
It is funny that when you think about the different schools of religious thought, they can all point to scriptures (in the same book) that seem to justify their point of view. Could what is right for one person, be wrong for another?
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According to Webster’s dictionary it defines the word means as money, financial resources, wealth, resources, and capability. We have to learn to live within our means. They use to say, “Stop trying to keep up with the Jones’s,” but the reality is that’s what most people try to do. Why do so many people desire to keep up with what others buy? Why do you have to have the latest cellphone? Why do you have to get the latest gym shoes? Is something wrong with your current cellphone? Are your current gym shoes worn out? Now if you can afford what you buy, good; but if you can not this is a quick way to stress yourself out. Why put undue pressure on yourself for an item that depreciates as soon as you walk out the door? I am not talking about some gym shoes that are a collectors item, I am talking about the shoes you plan to wear soon when new styles come out almost monthly, and this could put a damper in the budget. What budget? The budget that every household should have special when your funds are limited.
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According to Webster's dictionary, the word essential is defined as absolutely necessary; extremely important. Our children are essential! We need to continue to protect them, strive to provide them with the best education, and make sure their community is clean.
During this pandemic, we have gotten a chance to see what is really important and what is really necessary for our survival. This brings us back to our offspring. We must go beyond providing food, clothing, and shelter so the next generation will be prepared to receive the baton. If your child is not learning in the school they attend, they should be able to go elsewhere. The money should follow the student because the money is for the student. If a child is being homeschooled, the money should go to the parents. If the child goes to a charter school, the charter school should get the money. If the child goes to a public school outside their distinct, that school where the child is should get the money.
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The word protocol is defined according to Webster’s dictionary as” the official procedure or system of rules governing affairs of state or diplomatic occasions.” The second definition is “the accepted or established code of procedure or behavior in any group, organization, or situation.”
Before we interact with a Church of a different denomination, a Masjid of a different school of thought, any different organization, or any different group, we need to know what they believe in, their customs, and who you should address in the interaction so that you will have a more harmonious experience.
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Let us strive to make decisions based on facts and not from our emotions. We need to reason and make decisions following the word of God. How do you mail a letter? I am not trying to be funny, but what happened to placing a stamp on a letter and sticking it outside the mail slot or mailbox so the stamp can be seen by the mail carrier? Some people have the mailbox where you raise the red flag when you have mail inside that needs to be pickup by the mail carrier. What is with the hype about removing mailboxes? The United States Postal Service (USPS) has been removing mailboxes for years. Also, the USPS has been losing money for years and this is something that needs to be fixed. What business do you know can lose millions of dollars and still be operating?
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Are you an Independent Thinker?
The title of this article may make some smile, some chuckle, and some wonder what’s coming next. However, I choose this topic so we can realize our reality of being on stage.
What? Yes, we are all on a stage, but one of the questions we must ask next is “did you know that?” Do you believe that? How do you feel about that?
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The foundation of a healthy nation is bible, business and badge. The nation needs to govern by the Bible is if wants to be successful. A nation cannot dismiss the word of God and then think it will be successful if it does not do what He says.
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In the Holy Qur’an it says, “And the parable of those who disbelieve is as the parable of one who calls out to that which hears no more than a call and a cry. Deaf, dumb, blind, so they have no sense.” (2:171) We must overcome being blind, deaf and dumb to ourselves, God (Allah) and the enemy of God (Allah). The enemy of God (Allah) tells us to do the opposite of what the word of God (Allah) says and if we follow them, we are disbelievers. We are all ignorant to something, but when you do not know, do you ask questions? The Bible says, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear!” We need to read, study and apply the word of God (Allah) so we will start coming out of being blind, deaf and dumb.
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This will be the last article for now on envy and hopefully the information shared has helped thus far in correcting our improper thoughts/actions toward others. Also, we must pray and ask God (Allah) to protect us from the envier when he or she envies. The last two chapters in the Holy Qur’an are looked to for seeking refuge, one in which says: “The Dawn (Surah 113) In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Mericful.
Say: I seek refuge in the Lord of the dawn, From the evil of that which He has created, And from the evil of intense darkness, when it comes, And from the evil of those who case (evil suggestions) in firm resolutions, And from the evil of the envier when he envies.”
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Keep your eyes on God (Allah) and you will survive the envier. Shine your mirror so you can see what gift God has given you to make Him known through you.
We really need to deal with any envy in ourselves, in our families and in our communities so that we as a whole will become better and more unified. Minister Farrakhan has taught that whatever problem you may have in a Mosque, that is what you teach on until it is out of there. We as a whole have a serious problem with envy and we must not just talk about it, but expose it whenever it peeps its ugly head. Also, we need to know how to survive an attack by an envious person or group while continuing the assignment in which God (Allah) has given us.
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The next few articles will deal with some aspect of envy. This is a personal issue that I am dealing with and I know I am not the only one. So I hope that what is shared will strengthen those that may be experiencing this on top of the Pandemic and to encourage others to find their gifts that God has given them to rid themselves of being envious. According to Webster’s dictionary the word envy is defined as a feeling of discontented or resentful longing aroused by someone else’s possessions, qualities, or luck. How does an envious person look? How does an envious person act? What drives an envious person?
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The Bible says, “And David was greatly distressed; for the people spake of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and for his daughters: but David encouraged himself in the LORD his God.” (1 Samuel 30:6) Sometimes the support you need, the kind word that would be good to hear, or the pleasant sight of cohesion is not present; you must encourage yourself in your willingness to obey God. Yes, you are going against the grain, but the Bible says, “What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?” (Roman 8:31)
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Where are the Saints’? Did the Saints’ sit down? Our communities and the people that we have in our sphere of influence, need the kind and encouraging words from your mouth. Other people may need a meal, but whatever the need is, we must service the people of God anyway we can safely.
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WILMINGTON— The title is shocking and so is the current situation in Urban cities. I really want to know who would kill God? Most people will say, “I will not kill God,” but the sad actions of some bear witness that they do. The Bible says, “I have said, Ye are gods; and all of you are children of the most High” (Psalm 82:6) Minister Farrakhan has said we should not refer to any women as a b…(which is a pregnant female dog), but learn to respect and protect our women. Sometimes our words do hurt people and continues to erode the trust and respect necessary in any civilized society that is trying to follow God’s laws.
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Why can’t I use My own eyes? If anyone from the three categories above get sick, I will not say, we sick, I will say they are sick. Our ancestors use to take on the mindset of the slave owner that ran the plantation in which they were the property of. Does that behavior or relationship exist today?
Some people funded the plantations, some people relied on the products coming from the plantations to keep their business going, some people funded the ships to get more slaves (they called it cargo or property) from the Continent of Africa, but whatever role people played, they remain liable even today by how they view black peoples’ freedom to use their own eyes. The foundation of the slave owners and slaves’ relationship is what will bring the world, in particular America, to ruin.
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I do not like window shopping! I like to try on and see how that piece of clothing or pair of shoes will look on me. Some things look better on the mannequin or someone else than they look on you. I need to feel the material and sometimes read the care label because dry clean only is something that affects my decision whether or not to buy. The dry clean only means every time I wear the item; I have to get it dry cleaned which is another expense. However, if it is for work, religious services or a special occasion, the dry clean only will protect my investment and the piece of clothing will usually last for years unless I give it away or there is a change in my sizes.
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Growing up, some of us were told about a boogeyman, mostly by older siblings that were trying to scare you so that you would go to sleep, not go in the basement or just leave them alone.
According to Webster’s dictionary, the boogeyman is an imaginary evil spirit, referred to typically to frighten children.
What are you still afraid of today?
What are you afraid of hearing?
What are you afraid of seeing?
What are you afraid of experiencing?
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The word goal according to Webster’s dictionary is defined as, an observable and measurable end result— having one or more objectives by a group or a person to be achieved within a more or less fixed timeframe. What is the end goal? The goal must be clearly stated so that any outsiders, potential supporter or sponsor can clearly see the desired result and make a decision as to how they wish to proceed now that they have the actual facts from a recognized representative of the group or person. As you may be aware, starting a business or an organization with little money and no help is very challenging, but one must keep their eyes on the end goal. Virtue to the fact that you have a goal, you will meet opposition immediately, but please realize that critics, haters, naysayers...etc. have value. Oftentimes they end up with egg on theirs faces in which deepen the hatred, but stay focused on meeting and overcoming the next phrase necessary to complete the task at hand.
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I am grateful for all the men and women that have helped in some form or fashion during this pandemic and beyond. It takes special people to care for others, to protect others and support others even at the expense of themselves.
We do have some people who care and share with even total strangers, but with all their efforts some lives are still lost and some people still suffer. However, f not for them the suffering and death toll would be much more.
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Most human beings want God's love and His respect but often fall short of the marker themselves. People have been saying, “Black lives matter”, “Blue Lives Matter” and “All Lives Matter”, but I have yet to hear someone besides myself say, “God’s Law Matters.”
Over the years people have said, “Don’t put the cart before the horse” Trying to live without acknowledging God’s law will leave your efforts fruitless. How can a person want respect and disrespect God? How can you think that a person will obey the law of the land and disobey God’s law openly without pause? If we really want to restore balance, then the criteria that are found in the word of God must be the standard in which we measure our actions and put on the table to produce real change.
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I really dislike it when a person tries to hold you to a standard which they are not striving to uphold. Does a person really have to walk in your shoes to understand how you feel?
What about a person that can empathize? The more a person strives to have an active relationship with God (Allah), the greater one can feel empathy.
According to Webster's dictionary, the word hypocrisy is defined as the practice of claiming to have moral standards or beliefs to which one's behavior does not conform, pretense. In the Bible, “Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what is says. Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror.” (James 1:22-23).
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Imagine a neighborhood, a community, a city, a state without people to enforce the law and help keep order.
Who would obey a stop sign? Who would not exceed the speed limit? Who would not drive drunk? Who would text and drive? Who would wear their seatbelt?
Now those are related to driving, but let us look at some under areas like rapes, child abuse cases, domestic violence, robberies, shootings, stabbings, gang activities, selling drugs...etc or other things people what to do to other people or property, who would help the victims?
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According to Webster’s dictionary, the word rebellion is defined as “an act of violent or open resistance to an established government or ruler.” Another definition for rebellion is “open, armed, and usually unsuccessful defiance of or resistance to an established government.” Over the years, there have been different people, different places and various circumstances that have rebelled in one way or another. However, the rebellion did not alleviate the problem.
The Protestants were the first established group to break off from the Catholic church, but it still had rules and regulations. Every civilized society has rules and regulations with persons in place to enforce said orders. In the Bible it says, “Obey the government, for God is the One who has put it there. There is no government anywhere that God has not placed in power. So those who refuse to obey the law of the land are refusing to obey God, and punishment will follow.” (Romans 13:1-2) In the Nation of Islam, we are taught that things happen by God’s active or permissive will. We obey those in authority over us as long as it does not conflict with our religion. The word of God should be the standard by which governments rule, but when there is rebellion against God’s law, that society will decline fast until it returns to God’s order. The standard of God is truth so when you walk away from God’s standard, you are feeding on fear as I stated in the last article.
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Fear is not the diet of a Believer in God (Allah). The Bible says, “You shall have no other gods before Me.” (Exodus 20:3) Will you allow fear to be your diet? Why are we following other than God’s word? The Bible says, “And he spake a parable to them: Can the blind lead the blind? Will they not both fall into the ditch?” (Luke 6:39) If what you are saying is contrary to the word of God, you are blind to the truth of Him. We should not continue to disrespect God and think that He will bless us for our rebellion. We should only fear God (Allah) and disappointing Him by not keeping His laws and commandments.
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Growing up, it was nice to play checkers, but when you get introduced to chess now the game compared to life, begins. In the game of chess, one must learn how the pieces move and learn to see four to five moves ahead to beat your opponent. In the game of chess, you have one king, one queen, two rooks, two bishops, two knights and eight pawns to try to defeat your opponent.
Personally, I like the movement of the queen because it moves to any number of vacant squared in any direction including forward, backward, right, left, diagonally and in a straight line; but the goal is check-mating the king.
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Coming up, various people in my family would say, “Be careful what you ask for because you just might get it,” but what were they trying to tell me? I took it as when you ask for something be specific. A preacher once told a story of how this woman prayed for years that her husband would stop hitting her and stop drinking. After years of praying, her husband was killed in an accident coming home from work. The lady cried out asking God why? Why? Why would you (God) take my husband as she fell into the Preacher’s arms? The Preacher responded, remember your prayer, you asked God to stop your husband from hitting you and from drinking? She replied, Yes. Did you say that you wanted to continue living with Him (your Husband)? She replied, No. He said, God answered your prayer.
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All across the nation, we have witnessed the outcry of thousands for justice as it relates to the death of our family member, George Floyd and the many other individuals that have lost their lives to police brutality without someone being held accountable. The unrest appears to be built-up anger and frustration at the unwillingness of the Criminal Justice Department to apply the law equally, even if it is against a white police officer.
I must admit that there is some good use for social media. Without those videos being circulated on the various platforms, the criminal activity would have remained under the cover of darkness. The pain of losing another human being that was unarmed again tore the bandage placed on the gunshot wound of injustice which now is infected. The statement, 'You today, Me tomorrow' is something most black and minority people can relate to and if change does not happen, our fears will become our reality.
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I am Black and I am dependent on God (Allah) to guide my thoughts and actions. We are in a society that is full of political games in which turns me off. The Bible says, “No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other; you will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and be enslaved to money.” (Matthew 6:24) How can someone promise things to people on both sides? Either you are for abortion or not!
Either you are for the death penalty or not! Either you live by the word of God including His laws and rules or you don’t! Either you think that homosexual is an abomination or not! Either you think thou shall not commit adultery or not! Either you think that Blacks are super predators or not! Either you think that people should be enslaved or not! Are you a racist? Are you a bigot? Are you a thief? Are you a liar? Are you slanderer? Backstabber? Do you stand up for truth or go along to get along or stay alive? Do you think liquor stores are essential? Do you think cannabis stores are essential?
Do you think Houses of Worship are essential? Do you think someone spitting on someone for going the wrong way in another store aisle is proper? What about the police putting their knee on the neck of a handcuffed man that later died?
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The Bible says, 'For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess that I am God.' (Romans 14:11) When you think of the story of Pharaoh, he confessed there is no God (Allah), but God (Allah) while he was drowning. I do not want to wait until death is in front of me to embrace God (Allah). I would rather bow down now and submit while I can still enjoy living.
Most people are going through something right now that requires them to pray for help and guidance from God (Allah), but we need to show Him gratitude by learning from the experience. We should bow down every day, if physically possible, to seek counsel, guidance and to strengthen your faith. This pandemic has brought out the best and worst in people, but be it the will of God (Allah), we will survive.
Have you been acquainted with some aspects of yourself? Is it good? Bad? Is it something you need to work on? Have you prayed and asked God (Allah) to assist you? If so, nice, but if not please do. How would you feel if you were in a one-sided relationship? Would you like it? Most people would not like a one-sided relationship, so let's not be guilty of such by bowing down every day.
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According to the Oxford dictionary, Martial Law is defined as military government, involving the suspension of ordinary law. Currently, in some areas of the country, the ordinary rights of law-abiding citizens have been suspended and the timeline of the suspension has been getting extended without just cause.
Where did this welfare mentality come from? Who among you wants to wait in line for food to be given to you; or the mail carrier to bring you a check? The Bible says, “Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead” (James 2:17) so we need to work to receive our daily bread.
In some cases, you may need help from the government, but most healthy people should want to work and show thyself approved. Not being able to cut your grass, plant seeds for a garden, go fishing, walk on a beach, or open your business following the social distancing guidelines, is something that should concern us all. People may say that it is not the military, but it is the police or some form of law enforcement that is really treating healthy people as prisoners. We need to look at the facts to see if the decisions by current leadership, that will change when they come up for reelection, are justified based on facts. The chart below has highlighted some of the places that seem to be irrational.
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The Bible quotes Jesus saying, “He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.” (John 8:7) I have heard the above title over the years being used in various situations, but mostly when a Minister was preaching on judging others. The current political climate as it relates to COVID-19, depending on the severity of your immediate location, is somewhat chaotic. There is always room for improvement when we are not dealing with perfection and keeping in mind that hindsight is always 20/20. The word hindsight according to Webster’s dictionary is defined as understanding of a situation or event only after it has happened or developed.
One thing we as a whole must strive to control is throwing rocks at people that we disagree with or feel made a mistake handling a matter. One way people become wise is by making mistakes and learning from them. We must study the different experiences and information to see how we could have done it better. Please try to be mindful because the Bible says, “Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. (Galatians 6:7) There is a saying, “Most people can’t take their own medicine” so we need to keep that in mind before we throw a rock. I am not saying, not to offer constructive criticism, but make sure you also have a suggestion and be willing to help get it done.
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The words of the title of this article were drilled down into me in my youth. We need to always be grateful for what God gives us like air, food, water, not to mention our health, skills, talents. We must strive for our actions to reflect Him. Why would God give us more if we are disrespecting what He has given us so far? Why would God continue to accept our disrespect of His laws and rule without any consequences after thousands of years of extending mercy? In the word of God, we read of what the consequences suffered by those who came before us when they rejected the various Prophets. The people Jonah spoke to were the only ones who received a grace period when they rejected him.
When you get an opportunity, go to noi.org and listen to the Sunday lecture dated May 10, 2020, so you can hear a special prayer from the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan towards the end of the lecture entitled The Essential Power of Prayer by Minister Ishmael Muhammad.
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In recent days, the pressure of balancing our lives, COVID-19 and our livelihood have put us in the valley of decisions.
The differences of opinions from the various local government, state government, federal officials, doctors, scientists and media have caused some people to be confused. As we listen to the different reports and stories going on all across the country, and are social distancing, wearing mask and whatever we need to do to stay safe, other people are experiencing other hardships as it relates to paying their bills. The word livelihood according to the Webster’s dictionary is defined as a means of securing the necessities of life. I have heard different people say, “Today’s wealth is health” and COVID-19 and other aliments or diseases have robbed us blind.
As of May 6, 2020, 193 Delawareans have now died due to complications from COVID-19 while 2,008 have recovered according to www.delaware.gov website. Looking at the definition of livelihood, we need money to pay our bills and buy food in which are necessities to make one feel secure physically. However, our life means nothing without the freedom to exercise our will that God (Allah) has given us and we just only surrender that will to God (Allah).
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The 1st Amendment states, 'Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.' This was part of the Bill of Rights that was added to the Constitution on December 15, 1791, according to the ducksters.com website.
As I watch the protest, watch the news coverage and watch some videos on YouTube, I am very concerned about how people are acting, how people are being treated, how things are being reported, and how things are being muted out on YouTube.
The other day I was watching a video by Minister Farrakhan recorded in Grand Rapids, MI last year. When The Minister got to the part when he was talking about the Bible and God calling homosexually an abomination, the sound went mute and then started after he was done with that part of the lecture. I have watched the lecture about 20 times or more so that was something done recently. A man of God and anyone striving to follow the word of God should be able to discuss things that are clearly stated in the Bible. The Bible says, 'You shall not lie with a male as with a woman. It is an abomination.' (Leviticus 18:22). However, in that same lecture Minister Farrakhan addressed a lot of other sins and bad behaviors that we need to correct. Some people do not go to Church, Mosque, Temple, or Synagogue, but according to the 1st Amendment, if you choose to go, you have that freedom.
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There is nothing wrong with wanting to look nice daily. But when you put that above safety, and all other responsibilities, that's a problem. There is nothing wrong with sharing your accomplishments, but when you lose any sense of regard for other's achievements and the role they played in helping you along the way, that's the poison that erodes the very fiber of an individual that is infected with vanity.
According to Webster's dictionary, the word vanity is defined as 'excessive pride in or admiration of one's own appearance or achievements.' In the Bible it says, 'Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised.' (Proverbs 31:30) We must learn to recognize that whatever gift(s) we have, God gave it to us.
Yes, you are beautiful if you are striving to be obedient to God. It is the heart of an individual that reveals whom you are dealing with, not the shell that we oftentimes think defines the individual. Minister Farrakhan said, 'All is vanity.' When you and I do things for recognition or praise, that is vanity. When we think our money, accomplishments, or fame should be recognized and that it makes us better than others that do not have it yet, that is vanity. I like to dress, but I realize the clothes do not make me, God is making me, and I am trying to represent Him when I dress.
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We need to practice thinking five times before we speak. They say, 'When you open up your mouth your mind is on display' and that tells you a lot about who is talking to you. We need to clean up our thoughts. Study the word of God and this will start the process of cleaning up our language.
They say, 'Everything starts in the mind' and this is our problem as a whole nation. The King James Bible says, 'Ye stiff-necked and uncircumcised in heart and ears, ye do always resist the Holy Ghost: as your fathers did, so do ye.' (Acts 7:51). The New Living Translation says, 'You stubborn people! You are heathen at heart and deaf to the truth. Must you forever resist the Holy Spirit? That is what your ancestors did, and so do you!' (Acts 7:51).
We must continue to resist being disobedient to God's word. We must continue to deal with thoughts that we have in which would not be pleasing to God. Some of the unrighteous thoughts you can correct today, but others may have hidden behind unbalanced reasoning that you created as a way to survive. I will give some examples of this paired with the desire to resist being disobedient to God's word, we can begin ridding ourselves of these traits that impede us from being used by God as a good example in our Family, Community, and Nation.
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According to the Webster Dictionary, the word normal is defined as conforming to a standard; usual, typical, or expected. Growing up in Detroit, Michigan it was normal to travel into Canada if only for a change of scenery and you just needed your Identification such as an I.D. card or Driver's license. After 9/11, the normal became needing a passport to travel into Canada. When we experience life-changing situations, we must adjust and embrace a new normal.
They say, change is good, but I say if the change is rooted in Truth and that is what God would approve of then the change is good. The goal is still to submit to the will of God and that will require a new mind. The King James Bible says, "And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God." (Romans 12:2). The New Living Translation says, "Don't copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God's will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect." (Romans 12:2).
In a lot of situations, politics seems to be what drives some Churches, some Mosques, some Temple, some social groups, some organizations, some businesses, and some institutions but this behavior needs to stop. Choosing someone to hold a position based on how much money they give, how much money they have, who they know, who they are connected to is selling the seat to the highest bidder and the beginning deterioration of those groups. What about the guiding principles in the by-laws? We need a new mind that will not succumb to the status quo. According to Webster's dictionary, the word status quo is defined as the existing situation, especially regarding social or political issues. We must rid every place that remembers God of the mindset of pay to play. That normal must go.
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The Bible says, "Where there is no vision, the people perish; but he that keepers the law, happy is he." (Proverbs 29:18)
In my opinion, the forest here is the bigger picture which is obeying God's law. We as a country and the whole world is dealing with something that shows who you are. Many people have been touched by this virus and unfortunately, it has claimed the lives of many. As of April 6, 2020, I have lost an Uncle and a Cousin by marriage to Covid-19.
We want to do what we want to do without regard for the fact that our choices impact other people and can cost someone their life. Really? The rules are there for a reason and a season. We must learn to see the forest, see the bigger picture. You must see that Covid-19 is bigger than what you want to do. Please social distance, wash your hands, clean your homes daily and follow the rules so that you can be a part of the solution and not the problem.
In the quiet of your room or personal space, who are you? What trees in your life have blinded you to the law of God? Please take this time to do some introspection and be willing, to be honest. Then make the necessary adjustments to improve. According to Webster's dictionary, the word introspection means self-examination, analyzing yourself, and your actions while considering your motivations. What is really in your mind? How are you feeling? What do you have to do to start changing and improving today? We must clean up our behavior and get rid of the negative thoughts that weaken our immune system.
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First, I pray that all is well under these extreme, but necessary, stay-at-home orders that have changed our daily activities. Hopefully, we are striving to make the best out of this circumstance by connecting with our love ones once again. God willing, we will come out of this even greater by our families being united by sacrifice and love.
The tail of something is sometimes the part we might think is not significant therefore often overlooked. The tail according to Webster’s dictionary is defined as the hindmost part of an animal, especially when prolonged beyond the rest of the body, such as the flexible extension of the backbone in a vertebrate. The Bible says, “And his tail swept away a third of the stars of heaven and threw them to the earth. And the dragon stood before the woman who was about to give birth so that when she gave birth he might devour her child. (Revelation 12:4). We must learn to pay attention to every part of a situation and not just what you deem as the threat.
The killer whale is known to use its tails to stun the prey to avoid chasing the fish and injury. According to nature.com, the researchers estimate that a whale could theoretically stun between 10 and 47 fish with one blow, although the actual number is likely to be about 16. The stunned fish are then eaten one by one. You may ask, what does this have to do with me? I want us to realize that the tail is there for a reason and it does have a function, but the above Bible verse says, the dragon took out a third of the stars of heaven, who is a star? Famous people? Wise people? Leaders? Believers? You only can defeat what you can identify as an enemy! Do not try to befriend the dragon that is dragging your spirit down and waiting for the moment to destroy you. We must watch out for the tail!
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One would have to be totally disconnected from society not to be aware of the pandemic that a large part of the world is currently going through. The coronavirus (covid-19) has affected our daily norms and is deeply stressing most countries economically.
The Bible says, “All these are the beginning of sorrows.” (Matthew 24:8) The last book in the Bible is called Revelation. God willing, for the next few weeks I want to pull from Revelation so we will begin to deal with what God says about what is called the last days.
This is something people have talked about for years, but if one day is like a thousand years to God, according to the Bible then how long have we been in it? Most people do not like to talk about things that test you to no end, but that is a part of the equation of life. Some of the sorrows can be allowed if we learn to submit to God’s word that contains His instructions and guidance. If a person talks to you about God’s word, you should be able to find it in the scriptures. The words should give you hope, but you do realize some things are necessary to correct rebellion in society.
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In the book of Genesis in the Bible there was a snake that framed God’s admonishment into, “You will not certainly die,”... “For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God,”.
Why is it that we get instructions from God, but yet we are still open to listen to others and what they have to say about God’s instructions? It is rebellion from without that we must deal with to justify us calling ourselves the children of God.
The word rebellion is defined as according to Webster’s dictionary is an act or process of openly resisting authority or control of an established government or ruler. Now we must realize that our rebellion has consequences and we may not be able to strive the punishment or chastisement of the sin committed.
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Wilmington, DE—The title was a movie that came out in 1997 that is one of the movies that really displays how much power the media and government really has over what the public thinks. How many movies or television shows have you seen where it appeared to be one person that did it, but turned out to someone totally different? How many times have we been told to get ready for a storm coming and nothing happened? How many stories have you heard in the news that said one thing, but turns out they were wrong?
In the movie, “Wag The Dog” a story with made up television reporting to take the focus off of the scandal going on with The President. The people involved were sworn to secrecy , but the media did not investigate one piece of information and had most of the Nation supporting and believing a lie. The Bible says, “And the truth shall set you free.” (John 8:32) But we should also read the verse before that which states, “So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed him, If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples.” (John 8:31) See if we continue to pass on the lies, and validate the lies by not correcting them, then I ask are we following the example of Jesus? Are we being wagged?
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Wilmimgton, Most of us know the break down of the word assume, but most people find themselves doing just that, why? Why does it seem to be easy to assume instead of getting the facts? How many argu-
ments have you had because you assume what somebody told you was true? The word assume according to the Web- ster’s dictionary is defined as suppose to be the case, with- out proof. The Bible says, “You shall not bear a false report; do not join your hand with a wicked man to be a malicious witness.” (Exodus 23:1) The Holy Qur’an says, “O you who believe, if an unrighteousness man brings you news, look carefully into it, lest you harm a people in ig- norance, then be sorry for what you did.” (The Apartments 49:6)
How many stories are we familiar with of someone hurt- ing and killing someone for a false report? The emotions that a person feels, without the facts have caused many wrong decisions to play out and have damaged many lives. We have to learn to check our emotions and not let some instigator get you to act without the facts. A lot of times, things can be cleared up with asking the right question(s) and calming down so that reason can return. I remember coming up and some adults use to say, “Think five times before you speak or act,” what happened to doing that? See people assume that their perception of the situation is true, but sometimes when you sleep on it (taking time to calm down) you look at the same situation differently. We cannot allow nobody to occupy space in our minds other than God.
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This is what America recognizes as Black History Month, but everyday that we are blessed to see, should be a day we learn something about self and our ancestors. We must study our history, implement our findings today and bring into fruition what our ancestors suffered and died for. When a person can grow to think about someone other than themselves (your immediate family), that is the beginning of a great future. Love is what makes one sacrifice their personal goal to accomplish the over all goal for the whole of humanity.
The title of this article is Who Will Take The Baton? I ask that after speaking with numerous youth over this pastweekend and the response varied depending of the individual, but all had a sense of hope for their future. The Bible says, “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:11) The Holy Qur’an says, “Allah imposes not on any soul a duty beyond its scope. For it, is that which it earns (of good), and against it that which it works (of evil). Our Lord, punish us not if we forget or make a mistake. Our Lord, do not lay on us a burden as Thou didst lay on those before us. Our Lord, impose not on us (afflictions) which we have not the strength to bear. And pardon us! And grant us protection! And have mercy on us! Thou art our Patron, so grant us victory over the disbelieving people.” (2:286) I ask again, who will take the baton?
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God is the greatest Teacher! Over the years, people of different races, different economic groups, different locations, different political parties, different sexes ... have claimed to recognize God as their source of everything.
How can we continue to proclaim God with our mouths, but our actions are screaming something opposite of God and His way? How can someone place their hand on the Bible swearing “To tell the truth and nothing but the truth so help me God” and go totally against the book in which their hand is placed?
The Bible says, “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD.” (Isaiah 55:8) The word of God has scriptures which we should strive to read and apply to our lives first, then others. That is the standard! We should thank God for His mercy and grace daily. Thank Him for the sun that warms us, the water we drink and bathe in, the Air we breathe, the Food we eat...etc. there is much to give the greatest Teacher thanks for, but time and space does not allow. The point is to give credit where credit is due. All credit and praise belong to God! God went a step further giving us what I liken to Tutors.
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I pray that you are having a productive day and living your life in hopes to be pleasing to God by following His instructions spelled out in His word.
I thought it would be helpful to point out the difference in praying and preying. The word prey according to Webster’s dictionary is defined as an animal that is hunted and killed by another for food. The Bible says, “See that there be no one who shall lead you away as a prey through philosophy and vain deceit, according to the teaching of men, according to the elements of the world, and not according to Christ.” (Colossians 2:8)
Please dismiss those cartoon images from years ago which depicted Satan. Just like God, Satan uses men and women that are willing to be used to rebel against God. This is the daily fight and the daily struggle that we all have to face and must make a choice as to which one we will serve. Most people would like to think they are already serving God, but it really depends on your daily thoughts and actions being measured by what is written. If we do not know the characteristics of a Saint or Satan, we may be blurring the lines which will cause major doubt and uncertainties of the person.
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When I speak of God’s Temple, I am not talking about brick, wood or stone buildings. Some of the buildings are beautiful, but the real house of God is you. How are we taking care of His temple? How can we improve our maintenance of ourselves? The Bible says, “Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies. (1Corinthians 6:19-20) What types of foods do you eat? Should you be eating them? Do you exercise? Do you study the word of God? Do you pray daily? Do you drink clean water? How often do you cook your own food? How many books do you have in your kitchen on nutrition? We want to treat our Temple’s better in 2020 if we want to honor God.
Please remember everything has a place! We must learn to be organized and our homes should reflect what’s in our mind. The closets, drawers, cabinets...etc. should be organized and we should know where everything in our home is. Try to put the likes with the likes, for example: sock drawer or glasses in one cabinet or a coat closet...etc. I think you get the point because disorganization does not appear being clean. The Bible says, “But all things must be done properly and in an orderly manner. (1 Corinthians 14:40) Coming up, how were you taught to wash the dishes? What did you wash first? Do you still wash that first today?
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According to Webster’s dictionary, the word productive is defined as achieving or producing a significant amount or result. For the most part, when you see someone doing something of good, most people are attracted to that person. The Bible says, “Commit thy works unto the Lord and thy thoughts shall be established.” (Proverb 16:3) This week, we lost a star among stars, Kobe Bryant, his daughter and seven others in a tragic accident that shocked a large part of the country. My prayers are for the families, the friends, the fans and others that words really cannot express the void felt by many. I did not know Brother Kobe personally, but I felt the pain as though I did. He was very productive and that is attractive in which connects you to the God within that person. All greatness comes from God and that is the part of himself he shares with those persons willing to receive him. The Bible says, “And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men.” (Colossians 3:23)
The Bible says, “Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise; which having no guide, overseer, or ruler, provideth her meat in the summer, and gathereth her food in the harvest.” (Proverbs 6:6-8) Have you ever noticed when you see an ant, it is always moving and moving with other ants? Have you ever witnessed the ants carrying a piece of food? We most learn to work like the ant in a collective matter to accomplish the collective goal. The Bible says, “When two or three are gather...” our working together will attract others, but more importantly it will invite God in. What is a collective goal that you can get behind? Please strive to find it this coming week and start working with your Brothers and Sisters to get the task done. Will we let an ant out work us?
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Now, now, I’m not talking about you getting up exercising physically although your body would thank you. I want us to start handling life situations with less anxiety, stress or anger. When we practice being flexible like wheat, the imbalanced environment in which we live will not effect your health. They say that stress is one of the leading causes of heart attacks and strokes. We must find a way to deal with situations that may raise our blood pressure.
Please stretch your mind! The verb definition of stretch is to be made or be capable of being made longer or wider without tearing or breaking. Before any physical exercise, you are encouraged to stretch. Stretching physically reduces cramping, nourishes your muscles and improves coordination. People have said we have to learn to think outside the box.
What is The Box? Who created The Box? Who runs The Box? The Bible says we become new by the renewing of our mind. What’s wrong with the old mind? We should strive to communicate with The Supreme Being first thing in the morning. Next, read something that will focus you on being pleasing to The Supreme Being. Finally, plan out your day with the objective of being pleasing to The Supreme Being. The Bible says, “Don’t you know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and who was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourselves but to God!” We have to focus on The Example and keep the standard at the center to obtain balance. Let’s try it for one week and then give your testimony.
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The following words are for people who believe in the Bible being the word of God. The Bible says, “Let this mind be in you, the same that it is in Christ Jesus.” The Bible says, “God says, Be and it is” so when you read the Bible, it's the word backed up by action that we must embrace. The action can be interrupted as good or bad by the reader, but change will happen when applied. The Bible says, “God’s word without return to Him void.” The Bible says, “Its life or death in the tongue.” The word of God gives us direction for our life if we read and apply the principle stated. The Bible says, “Faith without work is dead.” The Bible says, “He rewards every man according to his work.”
In the Bible one example was when God gave three different people, three different amounts of talents, but the response of God differed with each person. God took the one talent from the man that buried his and gave it to the one with ten, why? See if you and I refuse to work our faith, to use our skills to do better, to not reflect Him, to not help others, the Bible says, “A rock will cry out instead.” The above Bible verses should not be foreign to you, if you have been going to a Church service or a Mosque service or a Synagogue service for some time, but I just wanted to remind us of the many words of God we do know.
What is the antidote? The antidote is much different from just being familiar with the word of God or applying the parts we agree with. The Bible say, “Behold, I make all things new.” The Bible says, “We were born in sin and shaped in iniquity.” The word iniquity according to Webster’s dictionary is immoral or grossly unfair behavior. Have you ever been to a pottery class? If so, there is a specific object that the class is instructed to make. A bowl is a bowl, a vase is a vase, but what do the enemies of God have in mind when shaping the laws and rules of the land that have us oppose our Creator? Why is it so challenging to have a religious conversation, but you can talk freely about any low down topic without little backlash?
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Wilmington, DE-Now that this year has started, I want to begin going deeper and deeper in hopes to evolve even higher during the course of the next twelve months. I plan to strive to set and meet goals monthly and hopefully you will join me in this journey so we will live in purpose. This topic came to mind when I started setting goals for this month because we tend to talk ourselves out of/and allow others to discourage us when striving to be an achiever.
According to Webster’s dictionary the word propaganda is defined as information, especially of a biased or misleading nature, used to promote or publicize a particular political cause or point of view.
Now looking at the Cambridge dictionary it states that propaganda is information or ideas that are spread by an organized group or government to influence people’s opinions, esp. by not giving all the facts or by secretly emphasizing only one way of looking at the facts.
Please do not let people hold your past against you to try to strangle your desire to improve. The Bible says, “If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first.” (John 15:18) I want God to be pleased with my words and my actions. People that are striving to submit to the word of God, we are family in faith. The words coming from the believing family should be quoting what thus saith the Lord. The Bible says, “I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.” (Philippians 4:13) Please say this Bible verse daily!
Write down some monthly goals and begin working on them. Completing the first one, will give you the confidence to continue. I will share one of my monthly goals that I accomplished this past Sunday; which was making my husband a bean pie. It was my first time making bean pies and several people that I let taste them all concurred “That is a good bean pie!” I did make one mistake and that was filling them up to much, so I had to scoop some of the mixture out which spilled on the crust making it very dark, but apparently that did not affect the taste.
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Wilmington, DE- There is a saying, “When the fools learn the game, the players have to disperse.” According to Webster’s dictionary, the word disperse means to thin out or cause to thin out and disappear. Another definition is to go or cause to go in different directions or to different destinations.
The Bible says, “Therefore be careful how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise, making the most of your time, because the days are evil. So then do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.” (Ephesians 5:15-17) Many years ago, the fool was a means of entertainment for the elite. Have you noticed when a magical trick is being performed, a large part of the act depends on creating an allusion. We must learn to pay attention to what is being said and what is being done so we will not be fooled.
The quote above, “When the fools learn the game, the players have to disperse” is something I heard in my middle twenties that caused me to strive to use the word of God as my guide. There are many things that I do not know, but if I put my trust in God he will direct my path. General order number one says, “Take charge of this post and all temple property in view.” My post is my life! I have a responsibility to read and study to improve myself to be a better person. I have to study Black history and become acquainted with other people’s history to be able to identify the different characters in the Bible or Holy Qur’an. The Bible says, “And the Lord shall make thee the head, and not the tail; and thou shalt be above only, and thou shalt not be beneath; if that thou hearken unto the commandments of the Lord thy God, which I command thee this day, to observe and to do them.” (Deuteronomy 28:13) Please remember how many were killed and kept from reading the Bible. Now we can read it in North America for the most part, but what changed the rulers mind?
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Wilmington, DE- The Bible states that We should “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” Proverbs 3:5-6 The word trust is defined as a firm belief in the reliability, truth, ability, or strength of someone or something. When we look it some of the synonyms for trust they are: confidence, belief, faith, certainty, assurance.
* Who was the first person in which you remember trusting? Why?
* Do you remember when that Trust was broken? Why?
* How old were you when you became familiar with the above Bible verse?
* Did that change your view of who to trust?
We must learn how to depend on God to tap into the awesome power of Trust.
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The word Liberation according to Webster’s dictionary is the act of setting someone free from imprisonment, slavery, or oppression; release. Another definition is freedom from limits on thought or behavior. All too often people seem to think that we are free just because we are not in physical chains. The challenge to become mentally and spiritually free is something that we have aborted as a whole. I heard Minister Farrakhan say something to the effect of when you think that you are what you are not then you stop striving to achieve the goal. For example: when you say you are married. What does “ed” mean? The verb suffix or adjective suffix according to Webster’s dictionary is used to form the past tense and past participle of regular verbs. The proper verb suffix or adjective suffix is “ing.”
We are not free mentally or spiritually! Yes, we have come along way, but we still have a long way to go to be totally liberated. Notice in the definition it mentioned the word oppression. We must continue to work toward truly being free on all levels from anything that impedes our free will in relationship to the word of God. The Bible says, “You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love. For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: Love your neighbor as yourself.” Galatians 5:13-14 When we can be seen as truly equal and not through the lens of racism or sexism then we can stop striving for liberation.
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Wilmington, DE - Why do people have a problem when you make another choice? Why do people have a difficult time accepting your choice when it is different from theirs? Have you ever heard of people fighting because their child was riding the bench? Have you ever heard of people getting upset because you have on a different team’s jersey? Some people like McDonald’s, some people like Burger King, some people make their own burger, some people are vegetarian, some people are vegan, but why do some people get offended when you have a different choice then them?
We must learn to respect a person’s choice without displaying unacceptable behavior that can lead to assault and/or battery. According to Webster’s dictionary, the word bias is defined as a cause to feel or show inclination or prejudice for or against someone or something. The Bible says, “So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever you want.” (Galatians 5:16-17) The spirit must be a key factor in our decision making if we desire to be pleasing to God!
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Wilmington, DE-As I was talking and observing people for the last few weeks, I began to wonder, what happened to our “Home Training?” Our parents and grandparents let you know how you were going to act or talk when you left the house. The Bible says, “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” (Proverbs 22:6) Coming up during the 70’s and 80’s in Detroit for me, was a totally different experience than childhood rearing in recent years. The family structure, including your extended family, took a more active role and had more influence of reinforcing our “Home training.” There was still a moral compass which was the standard that you did not try to buck. The family would meet and come up with a solution that would restore a sense of normalcy for the whole. The Bible says, “Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Carefully consider what is right in the eyes of everybody.” (Romans 12:17)
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The word cult according to Webster’s dictionary has various means such as: a system of religious veneration and devotion directed toward a particular figure or object; a relatively small group of people having religious beliefs or practices regarded by others as strange or sinister; a misplaced or excessive admiration for a particular person or thing; a person or thing that is popular or fashionable, especially among a particular section of society.
When looking in a thesaurus at the word cult you see some of the following: sect, denomination, church, faith, belief, persuasion, affiliation, movement, group, body, faction or clique in which can be startling to individuals that just attending their Church or Mosque. Sometimes a label like cult is put on our choices or our affiliations with faith that can damage the integrity and reputation repelling others from associating with the group. Remember the saying, “Watch the one that carries the bone,” what is the intention of the person(s) that is brought this to your attention? Why do they care? Please consider the source! What is their agenda? Hmm, they thought a lot of the Prophets and Jesus were strange!
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How many times has food gone bad in your refrigerator? How did it look? How did it smell? I know you threw it in the trash, right?
The expiration date is so important to check even before you purchase food items. Several times I have been in different grocery stores and the food items I was looking at had expired. I took the expired item or items to the customer service desk so that no one else would pick them up. Please consider when you plan on using the item to see if the expiration date works for your meal planning. Also, make sure to check the label to see if it requires refrigeration after opening. One of my goals is to eat as fresh as possible. An another goal is to grow my food as much as possible. We need food to survive, but eating expired food can be hurtful and in some cases can poison you. The expiration date is there for a reason!
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This past weekend was just amazing in Chester Pennsylvania. On Saturday, November 9, 2019 the theme was “The Rich History of Islam in Chester” in which three Masjid's and members of the Nation of Islam came together. The attendees fellowshipped, testified and broke bread with their Muslim family.
On that day, the spirit of love and respect were felt in the beautifully decorated auditorium at The Leake Center. The participants also were able to view some of the archives from years prior to 1975. On Sunday, November 10, 2019, the lecture was entitled “If The Civilized Man Fails To Perform His Duty What Must Be Done?” delivered by Student Minister Carlos Muhammad of Muhammad Mosque No. 6 located in Baltimore, Maryland. Brother Carlos showed a video entitled “Minister For Black Souls” which highlighted some of Minister Louis Farrakhan’s work in New York City. This is a rare film that had not been seen in over 47 years according to the flyer. When you can link the past (history) with the present (current); one begins to close the gap between our elders and the children who secure our future. We must run our part of the race and before passing the baton, inform your relief of what you have done, so they can pick up where you left off. The relief should not have to figure out what you did, because in that we risk them judging us and trying to improve what is now out of time.
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Domestic violence is a real and serious problem that too many women suffer from the hands of someone declaring to love them. How do you see love? What does love feel like? What does love look like?
The word love according to Webster’s dictionary is defined as an intense feeling of deep affection. Does love hurt? Why? How? Do you see your value? Do you feel lovable? How do you demonstrate self love? How much longer can you, a family member or a friend take the physical abuse not to mention the verbal abuse from their spouse?
We must ask and answer some tough questions to plan our next move to a more peaceful and secure environment that is really governed by Love. You are not a punching bag! You do have value! You do desire love! There is HELP! Do not feel embarrassed or feel ashamed and know it is not your fault. The person abusing you has a problem, a warped sense of showing love. The word warped according to Webster’s dictionary is to cause to become abnormal or strange; have a distorting effect on. Moving forward, please promise yourself that you will not be anyone’s punching bag. The Bible says, “Husbands, love your wives and do not be bitter against them.” (Colossians 3:19) We must develop an intense feeling of deep affection for yourself.
We must also recognize the signs of physical abuse to better assist ourselves, family members and friends that may be currently dealing with this real and serious problem. These are some physical signs according to HealthyPlace.com website:
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On Friday, October 25, 2019 while delivering The Scoop newspaper to the P.A.L. (Police Athletic League) center in Wilmington, Delaware, I noticed some of the staff had on pink shirts. I asked what was the occasion and they stated it’s in support of Breast Cancer Awareness month. They decided to “Paint the P.A.L. Pink” by wearing matching t-shirts. Also, like always there are informational tables about Breast Cancer and various other health issues, different programs, events and scheduled activities that you can participate or support. The people looked beautiful and to see people coming together to support such a worthy cause demanded my attention and me capturing the moment.
Sometimes we need a reminder to do what we need to do for ourselves and loved ones, but the awareness must be on a regular basis. In October a lot of light is shed on breast cancer which affects a lot of people, both women and men. Here are some of the symptoms and signs according to Inspira Health website:
Nipple discharge (other than breast milk)
Nipple inversion (turning inward)
Pain in the breast or nipple
Redness, scaliness or thickening of the nipple or breast skin
Swelling of all or part of a breast (even if no distinct lump is felt)
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Wilmington, DE--Do you see yourself as a winner? The word win according to Webster’s dictionary, is a noun, defined as a successful result in a contest, conflict, bet, or other endeavor; a victory. The Bible says, “Similarly, anyone who competes as an athlete does not receive the victor’s crown except by competing according to the rules.” 2 Timothy 2:5.
Saturday, September 28, 2019 some of us watched the boxing match between Errol Spence (IBF title) vs. Shawn Porter (WBC title). It was one of the best fights I have witnessed in a long while. Both fighters did well, but the reality is someone wins and someone loses. Neither individual went into the fight thinking they were going to lose, that is not the attitude of a winner. A winner thinks they are going to be victorious. However, looking at retired fighters only two had a perfect record in which is Rocky Marciano (49-0-0) and Floyd Mayweather Jr., (50-0-0) so we cannot get excited over winning one battle, we must continue to prepare for the next one while striving for perfection. Errol Spence won the fight and now holds the IBF title and WBC title with a record of 26-0-21KOs. Congratulations!
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When you see or hear something that is not right, say something or do something. When? Immediately, because not saying something or doing something is the same as: you being part of the problem. Your failure to speak up or act may save a child some pain or even death.
Some of our children are faced with bullies on a daily, weekly and/or monthly basis and do not know how to handle the situations. It is a shame that children and adults give people a hard time just because that person looks different, thinks different, dresses different, talks different…etc., but oftentimes it is rooted in envy, jealousy, low self-esteem, immaturity or hatred in which none of those justifies disrespectful language or actions. Whether a child is in school, around the neighborhood or involved in some activity/program, they should be free to discover themselves while following the rules and regulations appropriate for that environment.
Our children should be free to be a child and enjoy their childhood as well as the various systems of learning without being bullied. If we do not correct the behavior of the bully, that (bully) person in the future may become a supervisor, manager, police officer…etc. ill affecting people on a whole new level. In the Holy Qu’ran it says, “Allah (God) loves not the aggressor”(2:190) We must learn to settle our differences in a civilized way. You may need a mediator when you bring all parties together. The goal should be to restore the peace with minimum damage to all parties. There is enough room in this world where two people who do not get along, can coexist. Our children must know that we care and are willing to be active in their lives as well as others. Please say something, do something, now!
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Wilmington, DE--On October 14, 2019, I participated in cleaning several areas in Chester, Pennsylvania in which was spearheaded Rasheedah C. Lee. I asked Ms. Lee what motivated you to bring women together to clean up the trash in different areas of Chester? How long have you been doing this? Ms. Lee replied, “I begun giving an encouraging word in a city that is so full of plight to encourage and uplift the women. I wanted to let the women know that, no matter where you live, what has happened to you, what’s happening around you, you can make a difference. I try to be the salt of the earth that Jesus talks about. Being the light of the World, I learned that preaching in the four walls is great, but action makes the difference. So I decided one day to stop talking and start cleaning. My mother always said cleanliness is next to godliness.” I enjoyed participating with the clean up and wanted to know when the next one will be. At the end, we agreed to do every Monday morning until the snow comes. It is so nice to connect with other women that not only share your passion, and are willing to take action. I had fun!
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Wilmington, DE--Most individuals have learned to adapt to the environment in which they function daily. We have learned to suffer in silence and sometimes blame others for our inability or reluctance to deal with past hurts and pains that have occupied our minds for years. Why do we do what we do? Why do we say what we say? How many of us are still affected by something that happened to us years ago? Rape? Physical Abuse? Verbal Abuse? Accident? An Operation? If we have not dealt with the traumatic issues that happen to us, there is a great chance that we are living in a prison in the mind that is hindering us from reaching our full potential.
We must find a way to heal, not just exist, but to wake up each day with enthusiasm. The word enthusiasm is defined according to the Webster’s dictionary as intense and eager enjoyment, interest, or approval. Do you awake feeling amazing? Are you looking forward to making someone’s day? Are you ready to justify your existence by living according to your purpose? See when I say, removing the mask, I am not talking about the make-up you may put on, I am talking about the acceptable face we put on not to alarm society. For example, when people say, “How are you doing?” Do they really what to know? Most of the time, the response is fine. Most people say, “Good morning” and the response is “Good morning,” but is it really good or it is the acceptable thing to say? If you think about it, you can name several different questions or statements in which you know the response before anything is said. This kind of behavior makes wearing the mask a social norm.
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The word battling according to the Webster’s dictionary is defined as to fight; to try hard to achieve something in a difficult situation. Now when we look at the word salvation according to the Webster’s dictionary its preservation or deliverance from harm, ruin, or loss. Another definition is deliverance from sin and its consequences, believed by Christians to be brought about by faith in Christ. This is worth living and fighting for, but I have some questions, who are you fighting? What are you fighting? Where? How? The why should be within the definition for salvation in which states, “Preservation or deliverance from harm, ruin, or loss.” Please remember what they say, “Anything worth having, is worth fighting for.” The Bible puts it like this, “For the one in authority is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for rulers do not bear the sword for no reason. They are God’s servants, agents of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer.” Romans 13:4
Can you remember times when you decided to do something or say something and then a voice from within said don’t do that or don’t say that? Who won? Did we listen to that part of us that God has shared with you and I? Or do we ignore that voice only to regret it later? We must fight to do the right thing or say the right thing! The standard has been given to us, but we must follow Him (Jesus) to be successful in pleasing God. Sometimes you may have to rebuke yourself by saying, “Get thee behind me Satan” which is a quote from Matthew 16:23. We must go to war with any thought that goes against the will of God. Please pray and ask God to guide your words, your thoughts and your actions because you (without Him) do not know what to say, do or think. We need God to direct us 24/7, period. Remember, Satan is always trying to get you back on his team, but the Bible says, “Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.”
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On Sunday, September 15, 2019 from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. the shops of 3209 Miller Road Wilmington, DE 19802 had a Customer Appreciation Day that was simply beautiful. I really enjoyed myself and could feel the love from all that were presented. For Stitch and Sew Fabrics, LNA Beauty Salon, Hot Spot Pizza, Authentic Tailoring Services, QB’s Salon II and Hair Central Salon, Inc. to show love not only to their customers, but to the community at large is what all businesses should do within the community in which they operate. They had free food, music, dancing and some of the those who were in Wilmington stopped by to enjoy the festivities. Also, I was able to meet some people that I am looking forward to working with on future endeavors. Thank you for giving out flowers while we live.
We are in need of our support! We are in need of our smile! Who is the We? Whoever is trying to provide a good or service that helps us, our family, our community become and function better is the We. All of us are affected by the businesses in our community, the laws governing our community and the people that reside in our community so We must support the positive things to drive out the negative things. There are people in our community that are trying to help other people and that have information that can help you, but We must learn to network. When is the last time you met someone new in our community? When is the last time you socialized/attended a community event? Who can you give flowers to today? Please remember, the flower can be physical or it could come in a different form like a compliment. The point is, just receive them and give them out daily. Our life will be amazing!
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The practical application of the word of God is the only way to change our condition. If a person wants to learn how to play the piano, they must practice. If a person wants to learn how to cook, they must practice. If a person wants to learn how to speak a foreign language, they must practice. Yes, the first step in most cases of playing the piano is learning to identify the notes. Yes, the first step in learning how to cook, in most cases is learning to clean your utensils, pots, keeping the environment clean and how to avoid cross contamination. Have you noticed in most cookbooks. it just gives recipes? The last of the examples above, is learning a foreign language, in most cases, you start learning the alphabet. Notice I said in most cases, some people can hear music and play it, some people can hear a foreign language and speak it, and some people can watch someone cook and learn; but whatever the method, we must practice to get better.
Now, what would be the first step in learning how to be a reflection of God? The Bible says, “He made you in His image and after His likeness.” So if you can respect that, what would be the first step in learning to reflect God 100%? I humbly submit to you that we must learn what our Purpose is in life and strive to practice God’s word by working according to that word, until we reach perfection.
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One should be able to look at your activities or listen to your conversations and hear your testimony. How you feel about life, what you are doing with your life and your level of submission to the word of God. There is a saying, “When you open up your mouth, your mind is on display.” When we look at someone, not judging, but identifying, we should see a reflection on God (Allah).
According to Webster the word testimony is defined as a public recounting of a religious conversion or experience. Also, they define it as evidence or proof provided by the existence or appearance of something. In the Bible in Matthew 10:32 says, “Therefore everyone who confesses Me before men, I will also confess him before My Father who is in heaven.” Please remember, nobody can argue with your testimony. Are you giving your testimony yet?
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Why is it such a challenge to let people know you love them. Our lives should have things and people around that we love and that love us. So much is going on in society today and we cannot continue to allow our fear of being hurt or disappointed, hinder us from embracing God’s act of love. If you do not learn to love, subconsciously you will not learn to love yourself and think you are worthy of being saved. How many times have you refused to accept Gods forgiveness? How many times did you have the opportunity to truly forgive, but did not take it? If once, then we still have work to do! We must change our language with ourselves and love ones to change our perception of the reality in which we live. Words are very, very, very powerful and the Bible talks about that boneless object having life and death in it, some call it the two-edge sword. The Bible says, “For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.” Today, find someone to say, “I love you “ to and do a good deed for a stranger.
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In the word of God there are various roles in which one can and do play on a daily basis either willingly or unwillingly. In this article we want to point out a few and based on the description and function we will be able to decide if we want to change our current role. In the word of God there is The Believer, The Disbeliever, The Hypocrite, and The Agent of Satan, so the following will explore some of the identifiers and functions that we can weigh and change our activity if need be. I know you may think that you are a Believer so there is no need to read further, but the desired title or category is not enough to go on. Our actions must coincide with the perception we have of ourselves. Yes, improving and being pleasing to God is the ultimate goal, but if we are not playing our role properly then how can or when will we change for the better? For example, if you are going out for the Star role, one must be familiar of that characters part so when you go for the audition you will not look silly doing the supporting actors role instead. Now just relax, having a peaceful environment will help as we go through this personal journey to gauge ourselves on the role we are currently playing. The bright side is that if you are reading this article, we still have time to switch roles. We all have the potential to play the STAR!
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Words are powerful, especially how you start or end any conversation. When you are communicating with someone, you want to get your point across and the other person has that same desire, but how do you start the conversation? How do you end the conversation? The topic on the floor this week is looking at the above greetings of As-Salaam Alaikum (Peace Be Unto You), in which is a prayer, and seeing how it may help set a tone that will allow the individuals to have a more harmonious interaction. However, the individuals must also realize who they are communicating with and that individual’s value. Whatever is about to come out of your mouth should not break the individual’s peace, the actions should not break the individual’s peace. Having this type of understanding would prevent one from robbing one another, raping one another or killing one another.
The word peace according to the Webster’s dictionary is defined as freedom from disturbance. When an individual is not at peace, one tends to make decisions on emotions, how they feel. Not being at peace an individual tends to act on their emotions, at that present time. How many people have said something or did something out of emotions and later had nothing but regret? We must learn how to communicate with one another and must importantly, who are we talking with? The following are some examples in the Bible that may help us embrace greetings that will set the tone of the interaction.
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Wilmington, DE-The Bible says, “Faith without work is dead.” The word work according to Webster’s dictionary is defined as an activity involving mental or physical effort done in order to achieve a purpose or result. We may throw around different phrases or slogans to convey a point, but what does “Faith without work is dead” really mean? The following scriptures site a similar view of the above Bible verse that may help us gauge the context of work better.
You see that faith was working with his works, and as a result of the works, faith was perfected; James 2:22
You see that a man is justified by works and not by faith alone. James 2:24
What use is it, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but he has no works? Can that faith save him? James 2:14
Instruct them to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share 1 Timothy 6:18
I do not know about you, but what stuck out the me is it is plural (works). The word works paints a picture of different activities done to achieve a desired result. The end product or what we perceived as such, oftentimes required a series of activities that took time. We may call or embrace our concept of God and strive to carry out our Belief, but we must recognize that faith is required for the unknown. We move out and work according to that system of belief, but it should not be limited to Friday’s, Saturday’s or Sunday’s. Our work is everyday and all day if we are striving toward justifying our existence and seeing results are necessary. How long would you exercise without seeing results? How long would you study without seeing results? How long would you practice Faith without seeing results?
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According to Webster’s dictionary the word talk is defined as to speak in order to give information or express ideas or feelings; converse or communicate by spoken words. How many people did you talk to today? This week? This month? This year? Did the communication bring some results? Or were you just talking? Now if that was the intended goal you expressing yourself that’s great, but if you were sharing ideas to produce something, we must follow up the communication with action. The Bible says, “But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. James 1:22
People have been listening to people talk for many, many, many, many years and sometimes we see results, but we must realize people are watching our actions or the lack there of. I have noticed that when you start doing somethings, people begin to trust you, help you, support you, and tell people about what you are doing. A doer is attractive to people that respect you for your work, you are enough and you strive to make your word bond. My grandmother used to say, “Silence is golden” because it was not the words that were needed, but the person’s actions. The Bible says, “But I tell you that everyone will have to give account on the day of judgment for every empty word they have spoken.” Matthew 12:36 Our word is only empty when there is no result from that communication. Remember, God said, “Be and it is.”
The Bible says, “Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute.” Proverbs 31:8 The word destitute according to Webster’s dictionary means without the basic necessities of life. That is why I strive to help children because most at present cannot supply their basic needs. Yes, the parents/guardians are responsible for providing, but sometimes they, you, and we need help. I will speak and follow up with action to demonstrate I do care. I will continue to strive to obey the word of God to the best of my ability to speak through action.
On August 4, 2019, Socializing With A Purpose (SWAP) Inc. hosted a back to school celebration and a school supply giveaway at Kingswood Community Center. The children were grateful and appeared to have a wonderful time picking out their school supplies.
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As 2019-2020 school year begins, let us quickly review how to be a good student. First, the word student is defined according to Webster’s dictionary as a person who is studying at a school or college. Another definition is a person who takes an interest in a particular subject. The last definition denoting someone who is studying in order to enter a particular profession.
When you are taking a class, if the best grade is an A, then that is the goal. People do not go into a class expecting to fell. A good student is on time, a good student pays attention to the Teacher/Instructor, a good student asks questions when they do not understand, a good student does their homework, a good student does their class work and follows the rules and regulations of not just the Teacher/Instructor, but the school, college, institution, organization…etc. itself. If we really think about it either we are a Teacher or a Student most of the day.
So the children in our community should see good examples of a good student or good teacher all around them and will be more respectful when we are respecting them as well. We must learn how to communicate with someone you are teaching, maybe just thinking about how would you want to be treated. Please remember, one of the ways children and people learn is to mimic.
The word mimic according to Webster’s dictionary as a person skilled in imitating the voice, mannerisms, or movements of others in an entertaining way. In the Bible it says, “Day to day pours out speech, and night to night reveals knowledge.” Psalm 19:2 So we must be good teachers as well!
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