I am black! So what???

https://www.everystudent.com/features/truth.html

https://youtu.be/s04ZFeIpTPU

Why do you stress this “garbage”?

Who said that?

https://sojo.net/articles/faith-action/black-presence-bible-uncovering-hidden-ones

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/05/style/miss-teen-usa-america-black.html

What made him go there?

https://abcnews.go.com/GMA/Culture/south-africas-zozibini-tunzi-named-miss-universe-2019/story?id=67593830

The Kingdom of Aksum in present-day Ethiopia and Eritrea was one of the first Christian countries in the world, having officially adopted Christianity as the state religion in the 4th century. Ethiopia was the only region of Africa to survive the expansion of Islam as a Christian state.

Where did Moses ‘run’ to?

Of these, the largest and oldest is the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church (in Amharic: የኢትዮጵያ ኦርቶዶክስ ተዋሕዶ ቤተክርስትያን Yäityop’ya ortodoks täwahedo bétäkrestyan) an Oriental Orthodox church centered in Ethiopia.

Why do I say this?

Philip and the Ethiopian Eunuch

Now an angel of the Lord said to Philip, “Rise and go toward the south to the road that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.” This is a desert place.  And he rose and went. And there was an Ethiopian, a eunuch, a court official of Candace, queen of the Ethiopians, who was in charge of all her treasure. He had come to Jerusalem to worship  and was returning, seated in his chariot, and he was reading the prophet Isaiah. And the Spirit said to Philip, “Go over and join this chariot.”  So Philip ran to him and heard him reading Isaiah the prophet and asked, “Do you understand what you are reading?”  And he said, “How can I, unless someone guides me?” And he invited Philip to come up and sit with him.Now the passage of the Scripture that he was reading was this:

“Like a sheep he was led to the slaughter
    and like a lamb before its shearer is silent,
    so he opens not his mouth.
In his humiliation justice was denied him.
    Who can describe his generation?
For his life is taken away from the earth.”

And the eunuch said to Philip, “About whom, I ask you, does the prophet say this, about himself or about someone else?”  Then Philip opened his mouth, and beginning with this Scripture he told him the good news about Jesus.  And as they were going along the road they came to some water, and the eunuch said, “See, here is water! What prevents me from being baptized?” And he commanded the chariot to stop, and they both went down into the water, Philip and the eunuch, and he baptized him.  And when they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord carried Philip away, and the eunuch saw him no more, and went on his way rejoicing.  But Philip found himself at Azotus, and as he passed through he preached the gospel to all the towns until he came to Caesarea.

Acts 8:26-40

His-Story? Abraham, known in all religions…1st son? Ishmael!

Hagar soon bore Ishmael, who was the first son of Abraham. God then instructed Abraham to take Hagar and Ishmael to the desert and leave them there. As a loving father Abeaham asked God for his first sons ‘story’. God told Abraham that He would establish his covenant through Isaac, and when Abraham inquired as to Ishmael’s role, God answered that Ishmael has been blessed and that He “will make him fruitful, and will multiply him exceedingly; twelve princes shall he beget, and I will make him a great nation.” (Genesis 17).

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But, let us start from The beginning…The Garden of Eden is considered to be mythological by most scholars. Among those that consider it to have been real, there have been various suggestions for its location: at the head of the Persian Gulf, in southern Mesopotamia (now Iraq) where the Tigris and Euphrates rivers run into the sea; and in Armenia.

According to the Catholic Encyclopedia the Cenacle (the site of the Last Supper) in Jerusalem was the “first Christian church.” Archaeology magazine suggests that the Dura-Europos church in Syria is the oldest surviving church building in the world.

We at times may speak of the abode where the disciples ‘had the last supper’ as the oldest church…

According to the Catholic Encyclopedia the Cenacle (the site of the Last Supper) in Jerusalem was the “first Christian church.” Archaeology magazine suggests that the Dura-Europos church in Syria is the oldest surviving church building in the world.

“When did the Disciples receive the Holy Spirit, on Resurrection Evening within a locked room (John 20:19-23) or on Pentecost when ‘they were all together in one place’ (Acts 2:1-4)?”

I was one of three ministers eating lunch together when this question surfaced and we were face to face with a seeming contradiction. John records in 14:6, 25-26 and 15:26 that the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Truth, would come upon the disciples. He adds in 16:7 the words of Jesus: “I am telling you the truth. It is for your benefit that I go away, because if I don’t go away the Counselor will not come to you. If I go, I will send Him to you.”

Meanwhile, Luke writes how “after” Jesus reiterates His promise to send the Holy Spirit (“… You will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come on you …”, Acts 1:8) and “after” His ascension (“… He was taken up …”, Acts 1:9,10) “then” we have the actual coming of the Holy Spirit (“… they were filled with the Holy Spirit …”, 2:1-4). Why, then, do we read in John 20:21-22: “Jesus said to them again, ‘Peace to you! As the Father has sent Me, I also send you.’ After saying this, He breathed on them (ten of the disciples) and said, ‘Receive the Holy Spirit’”?

What He said and did here was “before” He left and almost 50 days before Pentecost! Is there a conflict between what John and Luke report?

Professor Craig L. Blomberg asks and answers this question in The Apologetics Study Bible’s notes by Holman Bible Publishers (p. 1616): “Is this John’s massively reworked counterpart to Pentecost (Acts 2)? No. Only ten of the disciples were present and nothing ‘spiritual’ happened afterward. They simply went fishing (21:3)”.

Dr. Blomberg goes on to share his explanation and/or reconciliation of John’s account with that of Luke: “More likely, this was a dramatic object lesson or initial bestowal of the Spirit to prepare them for the more dramatic filling that would happen seven weeks later in Jerusalem.”

I am more inclined to agree with Craig Blomberg than Leon Morris, who in his commentary on John writes: “The relation of this gift (of the Holy Spirit, John 20:22) to that made on the day of Pentecost is obscure. Some scholars hold that the two are incompatible.” He then seeks to reconcile the “incompatibility” by referring to the “diversities of gifts but the same Spirit (I Corinthians 12:4)” and ends up proposing that “John tells us of one gift and Luke of another.”

Where do we stand? There is no doubt that John recorded the promises of Jesus about the coming Holy Spirit. And he includes what Jesus said about “leaving” before bestowing the Holy Spirit: “… if I don’t go away the Counselor will not come to you. If I go, I will send Him to you” (16:7). Obviously, he saw no conflict or contradiction in what he later wrote in 20:22: “He breathed on them and said, ‘Receive the Holy Spirit’”! Therefore, I believe we may conclude that Jesus was preparing the disciples for Pentecost when He breathed on them.

Certainly, this was reminiscent of Genesis 2:7, when God breathed the breath of life into man. Here the Resurrected Christ is breathing God’s Spirit into them as an appetizer or foretaste of what was to come when they would be “filled” with His Spirit on Pentecost!

We Christians can take heart in the fact that Christ came not just to live among us (as Jesus lived with the Disciples), suffer with us (as Jesus empathized with the sick and suffering), and die for us (as Jesus sacrificed Himself on the cross), but to live in us through the presence and power of His Holy Spirit! May we sing with our heart, soul, and mind the words of this song Fill Me Now:

Fill Me Now, fill me now, Jesus, come and fill me now; 
Fill me with They hallowed presence – Come, O come and fill me now.

May our daily prayer be that we will be filled with His Spirit, inspiring our thoughts and feelings, empowering our words and actions, and transforming us to being truly Christ-like Christians! May we strive to be able to say with Paul: “I no longer live, but Christ lives in me” (Gal. 2:20). May each of us experience the answer to Paul’s prayer for believers like us: “to know the Messiah’s love that surpasses knowledge, so you may be filled with all the fullness of God” (Ephesians 3:19).

That fullness did not happen for the Disciples in their Resurrection Evening meeting or their Pentecost Gathering. There is more to God’s “coming into our lives” than one event can encompass. Amen!

We have strayed off topic; I simply wanted to note where and when these all started.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caucasian_race

Where did the Caucasian race originate we ask?

History of AustraliaPeople have lived in Australia for over 65,000 years. The first people who arrived in what is now Australia were the Aboriginal people and Torres Strait Islanders… https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/European_Australians

European Australians or “White” Australians are citizens or residents of Australia whose ancestry originates from the peoples of Europe. Since the early 19th century, people of European descent have formed the vast majority of the population in Australia.

White ‘Africans’?

White Africans of European ancestry are descendants of any of the white ethnic groups originating on the European continent. In 1989, there were an estimated 5.6 million white people with European ancestry on the African continent. WikipediaSouth Africa: 4,590,000 (2011)Mozambique: 100,000Nigeria: 100,000Kenya: 50,000Tanzania: 20,000Botswana: 70,000Democratic Republic of the Congo: 60,000

Yes! They are ‘conquerors’. We as a people should unite. Yet, ‘greed’ has ripped us apart.

The Organisation of African Unity was an intergovernmental organization established on 25 May 1963 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, with 32 signatory governments. One of the main heads for OAU’s establishment was Kwame Nkrumah of Ghana. WikipediaFounded: May 25, 1963, Addis Ababa, EthiopiaHeadquarters location: Addis Ababa, EthiopiaCeased operations: July 9, 2002

Subsidiary: African UnionFounders: Malcolm XHaile SelassieKwame Nkrumah

Do we return to the basics? Yes! In fashion it has been done!

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To God be The glory. Let us praise God together for His ALL in our lives, Amen.

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