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It takes a Village!

Wilmington, DE- We need each other’s help and we need to realize one of the things that bonds us together is supporting each other.  

Oftentimes the team playing at home has the advantage because of the support from the crowd.  Also, the cheerleaders help to boost the morale of all who are present.  It is nice to have H.E.L.P. and to be intelligent enough to know a brick is a brick, but with other bricks it is a structure.  Whether it is the Librarian, Police officer, Crossing Guard, Neighbor, Store owner, Bus driver, Teacher or  homemaker, the circle must promote a networking system based on honesty and trust.  The gap between our children and the adults will close when WE start being a better example of how a safe and clean community operates.  We must hold each other accountable and correct our mistakes in hopes of restoring  the peace.  

“Feed my sheep” John 21:15-17

Wilmington, DE-- In the above, Jesus was talking to Peter and that was an instruction.  The word “My” is a possessive pronoun that is defined as belonging to, or associated with the speaker.  Most Ministers, Preachers or Theology Teachers vow to follow the above by sharing the word of God with people in their congregation. This week in America, Thanksgiving is an annual national holiday marked by religious observances and a traditional meal including turkey.  The holiday commemorates a harvest festival celebrated by the Pilgrims in 1621, and is held in the US on the fourth Thursday in November.  A similar holiday is held in Canada, usually on the second Monday in October.  However we should strive to be thankful EVERYDAY for divine favors or goodness.  

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As we approach this holiday season some people have plans to travel to spend time with family and friends.  

Some other people do not have anyone to share the holidays with and suffer from depression in which a percentage of them commit suicide.  In some cases if we trace back what led up to the event, the lack of forgiving is at the root.  Oftentimes the individual they needed to forgive is themselves.


 Here are three steps that may be helpful:

1.  Talk and Look at the situation carefully

2.  Weigh the different scenarios that could play out depending on your next action 

3.  Make the necessary adjustments

The above will give you more confidence to deal with other unpleasant events or people and at the same time build your self-esteem.  Forgive Yourself!  

Read more at Scoop USA Media, December 7, 2018

The Power in Trusting

The Bible states that you 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 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 whom to trust? We must learn how to depend on God to tap into the awesome power of Trust.

Read more at Scoop USA Media, Wilmington News December 14, 2018. 

Still here!

Wilmimgton, DE-Why does it seem as though some of us are rushing death by our actions or inactions? We can not become frustrated with the challenges of life and live our lives without a girdle or any boundaries.  The restrictions can come as law, moral conduct or godly behavior, but are automatically designed to preserve one’s life.  For example, when you purchase a vehicle we must put the proper fuel in it so the engine will run efficiently.  What is the proper food for our body? Our mind? We are all alive because of God’s Mercy!  The word mercy is defined as compassion or forgiveness shown toward someone whom it is within one’s power to punish or harm. How many times have we had a near death experience? What was it that saved you? MERCY!

Read more on Scoop USA Media, December 28, 2018. 

Awaken nature

I am happy that we are able to continue on into 2019 and this topic will set the tone for what I hope to accomplish in writing this year.  What am I talking about? Well, we know how to survive, but I want us to learn how to live and live according to our nature.  What? Even though God made us in His image and after His likeness, most of us are not reflecting God.  The word nature is defined as the basic or inherent features of something, especially when seen as characteristic of it.  Another definition is an inner force (such as instinct, appetite, desire) or the sum of such forces in an individual.  Now that we have a clearer view of the word nature, maybe you can understand why I choose it as the first title of 2019. 

Read more on Scoop USA Media, January 4, 2019. 

JANUARY - FEBRUARY 2019

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Come ooonnn... Debt Free!

Some people put their trust in the rolling of dice to get out of physical debt, but ofttimes they leave their money at the game table.  Every now and then, one person may win to encourage others to keep on playing because they could be the next winner.  Games of chance should be looked at as such, a Game that you may or may not win.  Please do not use your rent money, mortgage money, light or gas bill money…etc. to play a game that does not have 100% guarantee on your money, which would put your family in more distress if lost.  Remember, everyone playing the game wants to win!  

Read more, Scoop USA Media, January 18, 2019

Black Love

Wilmington, DE- Where is the Love in our community? Yes, you can see it here and there, but over all it’s absence.  We must start effecting a change in our community especially those of  you who have information to share that will improve what is currently going on.  When we starting loving properly again, we will not  kill each other or steal from each other. The abuse will cease and our children can grow up without being taken or assaulted.  Where are the elders that have been in the process of becoming married (becoming one) for 35 years or more? No cheating! No abuse! These couples should share how are they doing it? Love should be the agenda for our family and to help improve our community, but it helps when we have examples before us to follow.

Read more, Scoop USA, January 25, 2019

The power of Compromising

Wilmington, DE- Please do not think that if a person compromises its a sign of weakness or that the other side won.  How many people have compromised or sufficed when it came to your children? Your career? For your spouse? When you love something or someone, you will find that compromising is necessary to accomplish the over all goal.  Pride and ego are not the standard in a relationship.  The standard for a women was laid out in Proverbs 31:10-31 which is often referred to as The Capable Woman.  In verses 25-27 it states, “Strength and honor are her clothing; and she shall rejoice in time to come.  She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness.  She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness.”  The word idleness is defined as a state of inaction; inactivity.  Most women are always doing something, the question is are we getting our desired results?

Read more, Scoop USA Newspaper, February 1, 2019

The danger in procastinating

Wilmington, DE- To procrastinate is defined as to delay or postpone action; put off doing something. Some moments we cannot get back and as result, find ourselves with some regrets. My father called me on Friday, January 23, 2015 at 1:39 p.m., I did not answer and he left a voicemail. I was working and very busy, I told myself that I would call him on Monday before I start work, but he died before I could call him. That is a moment that is gone forever. I have learned to stop putting things off because tomorrow is not promised to anyone. Although I still have the last few voicemails my father left me, thanks to the feature that iPhone’s have in which you can undelete voicemails, it does not replace him. Please call your love one’s today! Don’t be afraid to tell them you love them! Yes, love is a verb and requires action, but it does feel good to hear the words sometimes. My dad always ended our conversations or voicemails with I love you. I focus on what he, my mother, grandparents taught me and I am striving to make their many sacrifices for me to not be in vain. I thank God for my parents and grandparents.

Read more, Scoop USA Media, February 8, 2019

Getting rid of the shadow

Wilmington, DE-The 23rd Psalm it says, “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.”  Currently, I live in the Delaware Valley in Wilmington, Delaware.  Let us look at the beginning part of the verse in which we must understand certain words before we continue.  First, the word valley is defined as a low area of land between hills or mountains, typically with a river or stream flowing through it.  Second, the word shadow is defined as a dark area or shape produced by a body coming between rays of light and a surface.  Finally, the word death is defined as the action or fact of dying or being killed; the end of the life of a person or organism.  So when we read this verse again after refreshing our minds with the definitions, the valley of the shadow of death is a place and people that is not reflecting God.  In 1 John 1:5 it says, “ This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.”  

Read More, Scoop USA Media, February 15, 2019

Problem solving

We must solve our problems. The word problem is defined as a matter or situation regarded as unwelcome or harmful and needing to be dealt with and overcome. We have community problems, family problems, health problems and/or individual problems that we must began to address. Please do not think there is no solution because there is. We must make the necessary connections to deal with our situation that is disturbing our peace of mind.

Read More, Scoop USA Media, February 22, 2019

MARCH - APRIL 2019

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God wants “YOU”

Yes, God wants his people to recognize and submit to his instructions. In the Bible it says, “If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” This Bible verse is full of instructions, but gives us a picture of the benefit for following the word of God. The first thing that stands out to me is that God has a name. What is the name of God? The word name is defined as a word or set of words by which a person, animal, place, or thing is known, addressed, or referred to. In Genesis 2:20 it says, “And Adam gave names to all cattle, and to the fowl of the air, and to every beast of the field; but for Adam there was not found an help meet for him.” A dog, looks for another dog, a cat looks for another cat and a bird looks for another bird to do what? Do the animals that we were given dominion over, have more intelligence then men and women? God said, “ Be fruitful and multiply…” that is one of the two reasons for a man having hopefully a wife. When you love someone, it is natural to want to reproduce them. That is a bond in which some take for granted, to be able to reproduce a god while being obedient to God command’s power within itself. The challenge is to live with purpose and seek the necessary information to accomplish His objective. God wants “You.”

Read More, Scoop USA Media, March 1, 2019

Wooing God!

Wilmington-The word woo means to seek the favor, support, custom of or try to gain the love of (someone), especially with a view to marriage.  If we were going out on a date with God, where would you take Him? What would you wear? What would you talk about? Now for the man, if your daughter or niece was going out with God, what advice would you give her? The word advice is defined as guidance or recommendations offered with regard to prudent future action.  Would you be nervous? Just imagine, you are going out with someone that knows what you are thinking.  How do you feel now?

Read More, Scoop USA Media, March 8, 2019

Wooing God (Part 2)

I got several people giving me positive feedback from the article last week, so I decided to continue with the same topic “Wooing God.” Let us revisit the definition of wooing which means, “To seek the favor, support, or try to gain the love of someone.” Notice the “ing” at the end of woo which lets us know that it is on going. The Bible says, “God is Love.” How will you get the attention of God? What would you say? What would you do? Offer? How long would you try to get the attention of God? Please do not say God loves everybody because He does not love Satan or hypocrites. God have given us a chance to come out of our rebellion, deviation, self-hatred and ignorance, but His mercy will not last forever. Through this wooing process, we must remain steadfast and willing to rid ourselves of anything that will put us in jeopardy of losing the favor and support of God.

Read More, Scoop USA Media, March 15, 2019

Thou shall not kill, the 5th of the 10 Commandments

Wilmington- My prayers go out to anyone who has lost a family member from senseless murder. Over all, people do not seem to respect the word of God, but claim to be children of God, The Believers, Christians, Muslims…etc. whatever title or label we personally choose to embrace, our actions go contrary to what is written.

Now, if we were true to the label or title that we wear most of the killing would STOP! We must start helping people in our community see the value of their lives and others. Sometimes people are being killed by accident in random shootings or “being in the wrong place, at the wrong time,” and we are losing our future. What are we willing to do to work with lawmakers and business owners to create more opportunities to reduce some of our social situations such as drug addiction, unemployment, family counseling, etc. so we can began to heal as a whole. Can a person who is hungry really deny their hunger?

Read More, Scoop USA Media, March 22, 2019

Happy

Are you happy? The dictionary defined as a feeling of pleasure, joy over a particular thing or contentment with a person. This is a good place to be in to accomplish the many tasks at hand. We should want to surround ourselves with people that are also happy. People say, “Water seeks its own level” so with that in mind, scan your environment now. How can you reproduce what you see in our community? Do you want others that you know to be happy? If you answered yes, what can you do to assist them immediately? The Bible says, “Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.” According to this verse, if we truly want happiness for our family and friends, with the help of God, we can make it a reality.

Read More, Scoop USA Media, March 29, 2019

When two or three gather…

Wilmington, DE - The Bible says, “ For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.” On Saturday, June 30, 2019 at Walt’s Chicken in Wilmington, Delaware, Socializing With A Purpose SWAP, Inc. hosted its second quarterly meeting. The agenda for this luncheon focused on one of the Hopes of SWAP which states, “To Create A Networking System That Is Based on Honesty and Trust.” Oftentimes we do not trust each other and that makes doing business almost impossible. Also, we must learn again to be able to take people at their word by being honest. My grandmother used to say, “Say what you mean and mean what you say.” I must say, to see what I had in my mind come into fruition, with a positive and productive interaction among the Women, was a piece of heaven on Earth. We do care about each other when we are put in a nourishing environment. The next invitation only luncheon for SWAP, God willing is scheduled for June.

Read More, Scoop USA Media, April 5, 2019

APRIL - MAY 2019

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When two or three gather…Part II

Wilmington, DE- The Bible says, “ For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.” On Saturday, June 30, 2019 at Walt’s Chicken in Wilmington, Delaware, Socializing With A Purpose (SWAP, Inc.) will host its second quarterly meeting. The agenda for this luncheon will focus on one of the Hopes of SWAP which states, “To Create A Networking System That Is Based on Honesty and Trust.”

Oftentimes we do not trust each other and that makes doing business almost impossible. Also, we must learn again to be able to take people at their word by being honest. My grandmother used to say, “Say what you mean and mean what you say.” I must say, to see what I had in my mind come into fruition, with a positive and productive interaction among the Women, was a piece of heaven on Earth. We do care about each other when we are put in a nourishing environment. The next invitation only luncheon for SWAP, God willing is schedule for June.

Entertaining strangers

Wilmington, DE- The word stranger according to the dictionary is defined as a person whom one does not know or with whom one is not familiar. In the Bible it says, “Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unaware.” Oftentimes we do not see the value in ourselves not to mention one another, so we can mishandle a person without blinking an eye. One of the problems we have in our families, our communities, our country and the world is the lack of mutual respect. The connection we have with the Creator is not even a thought in the minds of many people. This detachment to The Giver of Life has the world, the country, our communities and our families devoid of appearing civilized.

Read More, Scoop USA Media, April 19, 2019

Good people do suffer

Wilmington, DE- The word suffer is defined as an experience or subjected to something bad or unpleasant according to the dictionary. The Bible says, “In fact, everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted,” so do not think because you join a Church or Mosque that all your problems will be solved. Some of us, may think if we go more and do everything right, we will not have any misfortune, but this is one way God gets us to rely totally on Him.

How would we know God was a healer if we were never sick? Now for some people, the test maybe for the love one left behind after someone dies. To loose someone that you love is very, very, very hurtful and you wish nobody you love dies, but that is not the system that God set-up. Everyone that is born will die at some point of their life, but until then live life with purpose and get a support system which makes the suffering a little more bareable.

Read More, Scoop USA Media, April 26, 2019

Ignorance is Dangerous

The word ignorant is defined as lacking knowledge, information or awareness about a particular thing.  We all are ignorant to something, but we should always be seeking to learn more.  The Bible says, “ My people are destroyed from the lack of knowledge”.  Do we ask questions when we do not know or understand something? Do we go get a book on the subject? Okay, do we Google it? How can we perform our daily functions and we do not have the knowledge to improve our condition by the information we posses.  Have you noticed that most products keep with instructions? Do we read the labels before using a product? What about the warning label? We must continue to network with each other so we can learn from each other.  Oftentimes, someone you know have the answer or someone they are acquainted with have the answer, but we cannot connect to that information having a closed mouth.  They say, “ A close mouth do not get fed”. 

Read More, Scoop USA Media, May 3, 2019

Prescription of Fasting

Wilmington, DE - Fasting is when one voluntarily abstains from any food or drink. Most religions have some form of fasting that is practiced in one way or another, to observe their belief system. In the Bible it says, “Moses was there with the LORD forty days and forty nights without eating bread or drinking water. And he wrote on the tablets the words of the covenantthe Ten Commandments.” I am not suggesting that we do what Moses did, but we need to tap in to the power of fasting. Most people have fasted in some form at least once in their life time, but what would happen if we do it on a regular basis? Once a month or once a year for 30 days? A person has to be disciplined to deny yourself food and drink for a specified period of time. Throughout the Bible praying and fasting went hand in hand when someone or a group was trying to get a blessing from God. It is something about denying yourself that is absolute power. In the Bible it says, “Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me.”

Read More, Scoop USA Media, May 10, 2019

The Journey back to God

According to the dictionary, the word journey is defined as a traveling from one place to another, usually taking a rather long time. We may think because we go to Church every week or a Mosque every week that we are with God already. Sometimes because we think we have arrived, we stop trying to get there. Listen, until we are in 100% submission to God, we still have a ways to go on this journey back to God. The Bible says, “So be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect,” that is our instruction, that is our goal so until we are perfect, we have work to do on Self. We as individuals may have a different set of shortcomings to deal with, but we must know that it is possible to reflect God even with our little light. As we grow in understanding, faith and submission to God, our light will become brighter, and brighter by each day. We need a good support system to accomplish the said above. It is very important to come together with like-minded people. We must be able to see the God potential in another person, so we will respect our differences and unify while learning another side of God. The Bible talks about “The Coat of Many Colors,” I see it as different minded people coming together we are a coat, apart we are just a piece of fabric.

Read More, Scoop USA Media, May 17, 2019

MAY - JUNE 2019

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A spirit to serve

In the Bible it says, “The greatest among you will be your servant.”  We have to be willing to service your family, your community and your nation.  Yes, we all have things to do, but some of our time must be given to people that need our HELP.  Developing a spirit to serve is easy if you are striving to be Christ like.  Ask yourself, what would God want me to do today? How do God want me to spend my money? Who does God want me to help today? Where would my time, energy, wisdom, talent, skills, etcetera best be utilize today? We must go out into the highways and byways just like Jesus to began for some people and continue for others people, serving our community to make it BETTER.  How will you know when you have a spirit to serve? When you can serve when nobody is looking, you are not getting paid to do it and you enjoy helping.  You may even see it as “fun” like me.  Also, you are constantly thinking of other things you can do next.  

Read More, Scoop USA Media, May 24, 2019

A Common Denominator

We must find the common denominators in each situation in our life so we can unify with people.  In the Bible Jesus states, “And if a house be divided against itself, that house cannot stand”.  If we want to be more obedient to the word of God, let us revisit some of the things that most persons want.  Most people want money, good homes, a nice job or business, a nice car, our family safe, love, respect and an environment that will help maintain the above.  Everything we do of good, is to do BETTER!  It is natural for you to want to improve.  Think about it, you do not enroll in a class and have an expectation of getting a “C” or “D” grade.  Most rational people want an “A” grade when taking a class, and strive to be a good student.  Learning to do fractions in school was training us to find the least common denominator in our lives so that our Family, our Community and our Nation would become whole when implemented.  When we start the dialog with different individuals, you will see the similarities and this will give you the courage to reach out with others.  Sometimes the answer is within the person that we have not connected with yet and as the saying goes, “So close, but so far apart”

Read More, Scoop USA Media, May 31, 2019

God’s Grace

Wilmington, DE- The word grace according to Merriam- Webster is defined as an unmerited divine assistance of God given to humans for their regeneration or sanctification. In the Bible it says, “Let us praise God for his glorious grace, for the free gift he gave us in his dear Son!” How many of us look at God’s grace as a gift? Have you really thought about how would life be without the grace of God? He is the one that can give you the full weight of our mistake or extend grace, that is who we should be focused on submitting to. How many times has God gotten you and I through a difficult situation? Countless! From the air that we breathe to the different systems and organs in the body, exemplifies His grace. Notice the definition uses the word ‘unmerited,’ according to the dictionary unmerited is defined as not adequately earned or deserved. What have we done to earn the air we breathe, the water we drink and bathe, lungs, kidneys, heart, brain legs, arms, eyes, ears…etcetera? God’s grace is all around us, how does one began to show gratitude?

Read More, Scoop USA Media, June 7, 2019

A Vision Working

The Bible says, “Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.” On June 9, 2019, SWAP incorporated (Socializing With A Purpose) hosted its third quarterly meeting at Walt’s Chicken on Miller Road in Wilmington, Delaware. We had a wonderful time and the food was delicious. The part of the vision that I will share is to have women coming together that will support and network with each other. This is an invitation only event with a goal of 25 participants, we had 18. Every meeting, different women come, but the food and spirit remains the same. Everyone must have a vision and work your vision to bring about the desired goal. This truly builds your faith in God because you see His hand working in your life. Its a moment of happiness, but we must continue to bring about other visions. Please keep a vision ahead of you and ask God to help you because we are trying to live. The next one God willing, will be held in September.

Read More, Scoop USA Media, June 14, 2019

God's Favor

How important is it to you to have God’s favor? Have you ever even thought about it? The Webster dictionary defines favor as an act of kindness beyond what is due or usual.  Another definition from Webster is having the approval, support, or liking for someone or something.  Now, let me ask again, how important is it to you to have God’s favor? The Bible says, “ My son, do not forget my teaching, but keep my commands in your heart, for they will prolong your life many years and bring you peace and prosperity.  Let love and faithfulness never leave you, bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart.  Then you will win favor and a good name in the sight of God and man.”  When we strive to live by God’s commands, we enjoy His favor.  My grandmother would say, “What you put out, you get back.”  The Bible says, “ You reap what you sow.”  No matter how you choose to word it, the principle is the same.  If we do not want something happening to us then we should not do it to others.  Which brings to mind to golden rule, “Do unto others, as you would have them do unto you.”  

Read More, Scoop USA Media, June 21, 2019

I have other Sheep

 

The Bible says, “I have other sheep that are not of this fold…” The word other according to Webster means used to refer to a person or thing that is different or distinct from one already mentioned or known about. Sometimes the way Bishops, Pastors, Elders, Ministers… etcetera deliver their message suggests there is only one way and one people that is in the favor of God.

Why do people want exclusivity when it comes to religion? Now if we look even closer to any Church, Organization or Mosque there exists different categories like Believers, Disbelievers, Hypocrites or Agents. Knowing that, the Believers should what to come together with other Believers striving to help people and improve the community in which they reside. This will require you to work with other people, to get the goal/objective completed. The Bible says in Ephesians 4:11, “And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelist; and some, pastors and teachers.” Another Bible reference is 3 John 1:8 says, “We therefore ought to receive such, that we might be fellow helpers to the truth.” The last one to validate the point is Hebrews 10:24 that says, “And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works.” I love working with the people of God period.

Read More, Scoop USA Media, June 28, 2019

JULY 2019

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Your testimony

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?

Read More, Scoop USA Media Digital, July 5, 2019

Say the Words

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.  


Read More, Scoop USA Media, July 12, 2019

Which Role are we playing?

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!


Read more Allegra Muhammad, Scoop USA Media, July 19, 2019, page 14

Peace Be Unto You (As-Salaam Alaikum)

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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Results are Necessary

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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Not Just Talk

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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