I was watching T.V. last night and they was talking about N.A.A.C.P. As I listen the term Colored People got my attention.

What I am confused about is which is the right term to use, Colored People, Black, African American, People of Colored?

I know that the term Negro is no longer in used, that is I think it is not in use.

Let’s examine some terms.

Black American or Black People as a race is a term used only in North Amarica.
This term was used to reflect slavery used by U.S.A. and Canada.
There are those of South and Central America who didn’t know that they was Black, that is been Black as a race until they came to the U.S.

Colored People, what is a colored person and People of Color?

All races have people of different color even among the Europeans.

African American, anyone who are born in Africa and become a legel part of the U.S. is a African American.

Black is a color not a race and not all who is of African descent is black in color.
Not all who say that they is of the Black Race is black in color.

Again I ask, what is the right term to use?

And the Lord repented of the evil he thought to do to his people

For years the scripture written above as stated in the book of Exodus 32:14 had constantly been in the forefront of my mind.
I can not express the number of times which saints had stated that God do not repent.

One meaning of repent is, to change one’s mind and regret the original decision.

Within scriptures you will find numbers of scriptures where God had changed his mined or repented.

In Exodus 32:9-13 God and Moses had a conversation. God wanted to destory his people for thier rebelous act but because of Moses interceeding for the people in Exodus 32:14, So the Lord changed his mind (repented) about the terrible disaster he had threatened to bring on his people.

Now check this out, here we see a man confronting an all might God and getting him to change his mind from doing a terrible thing.

In Isaiah 45:11, Thus said the Lord, the Holy One of Israel, and his Maker, Ask me of the things to come concerning my sons, snd concerning the work of my hands command ye me.

Moses simpley used God’s own words to persuade him not to destory his people.

Just think, we have the means within us to hault God’s plan to carry out something. We can hault his plans to do good of bad.
Now we must keep in mind of Moses life style before God.

Even though Moses persuaded God from destoreing his people but because of his own sin he did not persuaded God to let him enter into the promise land.

And God sent an angel to destroy Jerusalem. But as the angel was doing so, the Lord saw it and relented concerning the disaster and said to the angel who was destorying the people, “Enough! Withdraw your hand.” The angel of the Lord was then standing at the threshing floor of Araunah the Jebusite. 1 chronicles 21:15

Read the whole story concering what is written above.You will find that do to David’s sin all this came about. Even though what Daivd to stop God’s action he could not persuade God to allow his child to live.

We know the story of Hezekiah how God added 15 more years to his life after he at first said that he will died. Isaiah 38:1-5

God at first instructed David to build the temple but lated he prohibited him from doing so, read 1 Chronicles chapters 17, 22, and 28.

God is not man, that he should lie, or a son of man, that he should change his mind. Has he said, and will he not do it? Or has he spoken, and will he not fulfill it? Numbers 23:19.

There are many other scriptures that mention about God changed his mind.
I know that God can not lie. I also know that God is not a man.
I do know that God had changed his mind or repented of something which he was about to do.

Please, someone explain to me so that I can understand Numbers 23:29 in it’s fullest.

What’s in a name?

I truly believed that if a person understands who they are it will help them accomplish more in life.
Today the world is full of labels. To often a person is defined by the label they wear whether giving to them of they chose the label themselves.
This label could allow people to know what type a person you are. This label could be given to you by something you did whether good of bad.

A name is a type of label which a person have to wear all their lives ( in most cases ).
The name that is given a person should reflect what you hope that person would be in life.

My parents whether they knew it or not gave me a good name, Maso Melvin.
Maso is Italian which means twin. Maso is a short form of the name Tomaso which in Aramaic Thomas, in Hebrew Thomas means twin.

Twin have different meaning, two of the meanings are a pair and couple. I might as well add these also, counterpart and match as to be match with.

Melvin means chief or leader, and strong friend.

Turnage means Thor.
Thor is a mythology god of thunder, god of strength and god of war.

When I was a teenager I went to apply for a job and got it. I couldn’t start work because I didn’t have a social security number.
I had to go to the courthouse to get a birth certificate to take to the social security office.
At the courthouse I had problem getting a birth certificate because of the spelling of my mother first name was unsure.
The way my mother spelled it was not on record the way they they had it on record.

They found a Maco with the spelling of her first name and they told me that they could make the correction in the name but it will take two weeks. Because of the job I had waiting for me I told the lady give me the name Maco because I needed the job now that was waiting for me.
I got the job but after about a week and a half I lost the job because I got sick.

The name Maco means manual, God with us.

When I did a study of my name I understood in a better light of my relationship with God.

As Thomas I was the doubting Thomas mention in the bible who didn’t believed when he was told of the rising Saver.

The name I took as Maco I believe was no accident. Until I was thirty seven I hated the name of God and Jesus.
I didn’t believed that there was a God. As manual God was letting me know that he believed in me when I didn’t believed in him.

As Melvin God had purpose for me to be a leader, to be chief among men.

After I became saved God showed me along with other things that I will be a pastor.

God is my strong friend and you can’t find none better.

The name Thor I will use it’s characteristic to speak about the only true living God.

The God of thunder, when God speaks the whole earth shakes as with a mighty thunder.

The God of strength, in my time of weakness I put on the strength of God.

The God of war, in the mist of battle I win as long as I don’t fight using my own strength. I tell God that this is your fight and all I have to do is to fight the good fight of faith and he will send forth his waring spirit.

Again, a name and what we are label with is very important.

Pharisees Spirit Con’t

I am writing this in response to a request for more detail on the subject above.
We all know the story of the blind man whom Jesus heal standing before the Pharisees with his parents.
The blind man did’t know Jesus but he knew that he was heal of his blindness.
As he stood before the Pharisees explaining to them a trueth, he was once blind and now he can see. They did not recieved the truth from him and tried to prevent others from recieving turth.
One day the truth himself stood before them looking at them. We all know what the Pharisees did to the truth.

There is a well known pastor who is teaching the people that the law of tithing is not for the church today.
He used truth according to the bible and he came under fire Because of truth.
Those who would not recieve truth spoke to others and informed them not to recieve the truth put forth by this pastor.

I mention that the Jewish who keeps the law do not tithe because there is no temple to give the tithes to. If they understand that tithes is not for today, what wrong with the church?

Works mention by Paul and James explaind

That which Paul and James speaks of concerning works had confused me for years.
I had conclued some time back it was because of who thier letter was address to.
Paul is writing to the Gentile church while James is writing to the Jewish church.
Acts 21:25, As touching the Gentiles which believe, we have written and concuded that they observe no such thing, save only that they keep themselves from things offered to idols, and from blood, and from strangled, and from fornication.
James, you might say is the head over the whole church. He been in the position which he held issured a ruling to the Gentile church that they don’t have to follow all the rules as the Jewish church follow.
Paul being the head of the Gentile church but still reporting to James wrote as pertaining to the law of Christ while James wrote as pertaining to the Jewish church because there were some Jewish who still believed in keeping the law of Moses.
I found writing by Felix Just, S.J.,PH.D. title Paul & James on Faith & Works

Receiving a tax break

I recently read something congerning tithling in compareing the Jewish tithes and the tithes we give.
The tithes which the Jewish gave they didn’t recieved anything back at the end of the year and we do.
As I was thinking on this today I begain to think that in essence we are just using the church as a tax break.
We who do tithe give thoughout the year will file it on our tax forms and expect to recieve something back from that we had tithed.
Answer me this, since the Jewish did not received anything back at the end of the year and we do, are we giving a true tithe?
Keep in mind that a tithes for the Jewish was things grown and animals.
Offering that we give is a true offering because we don’t recieved anything back at the end of the year.
If you truly be leave that tithes is a commandment for the church and you file what you gave at the end of the year, answer me this, isn’t that a way of robbing God?
If you truly beleive that you are under commandment to tithe stop filling what you give at the end of the year. If you do this then and only then you will convience me that you are following the law of tithing.

Touching and agreeing

Have anyone had come to you and asked for prayer and you asked them what is your prayer request and they say I just want prayer.
In Matthew 18:19, Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them.
Agree, means to consent ( agreeing together).
Touch, to relate to
That they shall ask, note that it states that , they shall ask
When you ask someone for prayer the person you are asking should know what you desire for the prayer to be effected.
How else can someone know what to ask God for on your behalf?
When you wish for someone to pray for you, you should find someone you trust and confide in them and then the person praying for you words will have substance.
Of course there are those who can’t speak and perhaps can’t write, then we must be in tune to the Holy Spirit and pray as he leaves you.