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Posted 7/13/18 at 1:23 PM | Yvonne Perkins

Church Hurt or People Hurt

CHURCH HURT OR PEOPLE HURT?

There is a lot of talk on social media lately about Church Hurt. Initially, I was not going to voice an opinion about this subject. However, I will share this message for those who have experienced hurt in the church. So let us get started.

I recognize that many have been hurt by the religious community. That is nothing new. What is this “church hurt or people hurt”? Let’s say it is when someone you trust or have confidence in betray that trust. Examples:
Pastors, leaders manipulated and/or exploited, members manipulated and/or exploited, children manipulated or exploited by a member of the church, divorce between Christians, ministries destroyed by lies, name is disgraced, work is sabotaged, information shared in confidence is shared, mislead by another and the list goes on and on. Many of us may experience these types of things. What makes it different is that it happen in the place where you thought safety existed. Psalm 41:9 Yea, mine own familiar friend, in whom I trusted, which did eat of my bread, hath lifted up his heel against me.

Christians are not exempt from the trials and tests of life.
Peter 4: 12 think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you:13 But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ's sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy. FULL POST

Posted 7/2/18 at 8:43 AM | Yvonne Perkins

Christians Depression and Shame

In my last blog, I dialogue about depression. This blog will be a continuation of that subject. http://blogs.christianpost.com/prayer/what-is-depression-30057/ First, a quick review of the highlights of that blog. What is depression? First of all, depression does not mean that you are crazy? Depression is real. It is not something you can "snap" out of. Depression is a medical condition, an imbalance in the biochemistry of the brain and it changes your thinking and feeling. IT IS TREATABLE. Successful treatment can be obtained through education, medication, psychotherapy, group counseling, and support

Symptoms of depression include unhappy mood or loss of general interest or contentment. A depressed mood, loss of interest or enjoyment in activities, loss of gain of weight without trying to diet. Sleeping more or less than usual, loss of energy, tiredness, loss of energy, extreme feelings of worthlessness, helpless. guilt, thoughts of suicide and death. A specific plan of suicide.

The question arises Can Christians be depressed? The answer is yes. You are not crazy. You are not demon possessed. Christians and even Pastors can experience depression and or bouts of depression. Some have committed suicide. They were ashamed of their depression and did not seek help. They did not understand the disease of Depression. Remember Depression is a medical condition, an imbalance in the biochemistry of the brain and it changes your thinking and feeling. IT IS A MEDICAL CONDITION. IT IS TREATABLE. FULL POST

Posted 6/22/18 at 8:41 AM | Yvonne Perkins

What Is Depression?

I developed this short therapy session on Depression while working as a Clinical Therapist with inpatient mentally ill clients. I'm saddened upon learning of yet another person committing suicide and I decided to share this writing with you. In the training, I used various powerpoints so I'm going to ask you to imagine that you are sitting in this therapy session.

Do you find yourself asking questions like this: Why do I think like this, why do I feel like this, what is wrong with me? We are going to talk about What is depression? We will discuss symptoms and treatment of depression. First of all, depression does not mean that you are crazy? Depression is real. It is not something you can "snap" out of. Depression is a medical condition, an imbalance in the biochemistry of the brain and it changes your thinking and feeling.

IT IS TREATABLE. Successful treatment can be obtained through education, medication, psychotherapy, group counseling, and support. You are the most important person in your treatment plan. You must educate yourself about depression, its cause, and treatment in order to find the treatment options that will work for you. People ask, can Christians be depressed? Absolutely, we are not immune to the stressors of life, however, our faith will sustain us. Don't deny the reality of your situation. If you are depressed, admit it, face it and learn how to fight it. Reality says I am depressed. Truth says Jesus died to set me free from depression, every sin,, every sickness and by his stripes I am healed. FULL POST

Posted 4/25/18 at 12:15 PM | Yvonne Perkins

Go To Hell

How many times have you heard someone say these words to someone in a fit of anger? How often have you spoken these words to someone? These words sound very harsh and offensive.

Hell as defined by Webster: a place where souls are believed to survive after death 2: the place or state of punishment for the wicked after death: the home of evil spirits 3: a place or condition of misery or wickedness 4: a place or state of great confusion, disorder, or destruction.

Different religious belief depicts hell in many different ways, however, none of them depicts hell as an inviting or preferred place to go. Judaism’s view of hell more closely resembles purgatory. However, the pain the soul experiences is not a physical one. It has been compared to psychological anguish, shame and healing upon reviewing the history of one’s life in a body, and how it wasted opportunities to serve God. http://jewsforjudaism.org/knowledge/articles/belief-in-heaven-is-fundamental-to-judaism/

The Catechism of the Catholic Church states: "The teaching of the Church affirms the existence of hell and its eternity. Immediately after death, the souls of those who die in a state of mortal sin descend into hell, where they suffer the punishments of hell, ‘eternal fire.’ https://www.catholic.com/tract/the-hell-there-is FULL POST

Posted 4/3/18 at 8:44 AM | Yvonne Perkins

Mandatory LGBTQQ Curriculum In Schools

Three weeks ago I learned of two bills being introduced to make it mandatory to teach Kindergartens (5 years old) through 8th grade a curriculum called LGBTQQ. LGBTQQ stands for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Questioning.

The Inclusive Curriculum Bill, SB 3249 and HB 5596, was introduced in February 2018. SB 3249 is a State bill introduced by Heather Stearns Senator of Illinois. She also introduced the Same-Sex bill. HB 5596 is the same or companion bill being introduced by Rep. Anna Moeller of Elgin in the House of Representatives. https://www.equalityillinois.us/2018-legislative-agenda explains the following: This curriculum would get Illinois closer to being a state that tells the whole story of our shared history. An inclusive history will affirm for LGBTQ students that people just like them existed and made significant contributions to society. This inclusive history will also benefit non-LGBTQ students, who would be taught the whole story about the achievements of LGBTQ people and the historical events that impacted all of us

Washington D.C is one of two states where it is mandated to teach the LGBTQQ curriculum. If this bill pass in Illinois it will make Illinois the third state to do so. This is what the curriculum looks like according to this article: http://www.fpiw.org/blog/2016/06/02/washington-schools-to-teach-gender-identity-curriculum-in-kindergarten/ The highlights of the article: As reported by The Daily Caller, the new standards require students to learn about gender identity and expression beginning in kindergarten. FULL POST

Posted 2/23/18 at 8:21 AM | Yvonne Perkins

Awakening Intercession A Conversation (final)

This is the last part of the series “Awakening Intercession - A conversation. This is a review of some of the points we cover last session, the role of the intercessor. Every job description has a set of duties that you are expected to carry out and master. As is it in the natural so it is spiritual.

Jesus the most powerful and Greatest intercessor of all times. He is the head and we are the body. God has not called you to be the lone ranger intercessor. http://blogs.christianpost.com/prayer/awakening-intercession-29819/

We talked about awakening intercession in you. if you are wondering or sensing that God is calling you to intercession, our purpose prayerfully is for God to give you a Rhema word as we talk about the different arena intercessors play a role in. We pray you will gain insight into what your role is and how to be more effective in that role. http://blogs.christianpost.com/prayer/awakening-intercessiona-conversation-29832/

In the third series, we used the illustration of “soup starters’ to demonstrate the application of intercession in different arenas http://blogs.christianpost.com/prayer/awakening-intercession-a-conversation-3-29867/

Levels of intercession/prayer: When a baby first learn to walk, he will fall down and get back up but as times goes on, he gains stability, strength and more mobility. When we first engage in prayer we may not always hit the mark because our understanding of what is required is limited. As we go on to know him, seek his face and allow the Holy Spirit to instruct us we will gain stability, strength, and mobility. FULL POST

Posted 12/28/17 at 8:34 AM | Yvonne Perkins

Awakening Intercession-A Conversation (3)

We are continuing our conversation with Prophetess Nori Moore of Awakening Intercession. It is imperative for your understanding that you read the previous blogs. http://blogs.christianpost.com/prayer/awakening-intercession-29819/ In the first blog we talk about what is intercession and an intercessor.Second blog http://blogs.christianpost.com/prayer/awakening-intercessiona-conversation-29832/ we discussed the character of an intercessor.

In this segment, our focus is the Role of the Intercessor. Every job description has a set of duties that you are expected to carry out and master. As is it in the natural so it is spiritual. The job description of the intercessor instructs us to make supplication, prayers, intercessions, giving of thanks be made for all men, men ought always to pray, and study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed,

To fully understand your job description you must study and learn everything that deals with your job description. You must know what tools or weapons are available to you and how to skillfully use them. You must be consistent and persistent in order to grow in your calling. In the natural, on a job most likely you will have a supervisor who meets with you to provide guidance and assist you in your growth and evaluate your mastery of the necessary skills. Jesus is our intercessor before His Heavenly Father. He is the head and we are the body. God has not called you to be a lone ranger intercessor. You are part of his intercessory team and can not accomplish anything on your own. You must meet daily and often with him to receive instructions and allow the Holy Spirit to guide you every step of the way. FULL POST

Posted 12/11/17 at 8:23 AM | Yvonne Perkins

Awakening Intercession,A conversation (2)

I encourage you to read the first blog on Awakening intercession so you will have the foundation for understanding all future blogs on this subject. However, I will briefly share with you highlights of that blog. Intercession is the act of interceding for another person, a situation or circumstance. An intercessor is one who has responded to the call of God. Intercessors are not easily offended. Intercessors guard their eye gates, ear and mouth gates. They do not gossip nor are they nosey people inquiring about everything in your life when you ask them to pray for you. Intercessors are constantly searching themselves to ensure their life is pleasing to the father, they keep a repenting spirit and a forgiving heart. They are totally dependent on God and believe 100 percent that the word of God is true and effective. Ok, you really must read the previous blog to get an understanding.

Continuing our conversation on the characteristic of an intercessor it is important for you to know and understand that when you accept this call to intercession that Satan will come after you. My mentor, Prophetess Rose Mary Blackwell, train me to know “You will be hit”. Any active soldier in a war can expect the enemy will attack them. You must know that God has given you weapons to fight against the enemy and that none of the weapons formed against you will prosper. Know your weapons i.e. word of God, Blood of Jesus, the sword, fasting and prayers, keys of heaven to bind and loose, allow and forbid, the power of agreement, decree and declare etc. FULL POST

Posted 12/5/17 at 12:08 AM | Yvonne Perkins

Awakening Intercession, A conversation

AWAKENING INTERCESSION

I had the pleasure of being divinely connected with a young woman, Prophetess Nori Moore of Awakening Intercession Ministry. This young lady invited me to connect with her for 3 weeks on Facebook Live to dialogue on Intercession. Well, the enemy fought us technically in every way with one problem after the other. But we preserve. This is an excerpt of information that was shared during those sessions. Because of the length of those sessions, I will post several blogs to cover the subjects. Subject matters: 101 Defining Intercession 2)Characteristic of an intercessor 3)Role of an intercessor and 4)Levels of intercession

Awakening intercession: noun 1.an act or moment of becoming suddenly aware of something: 2)adjective 1.coming into existence or awareness: For example, you may fall asleep at a gathering and someone may play a trick on you while you are in that unconscious state, they may place a hat on your head, or paint your face etc. Because you of asleep, unconscious, you are unaware of what is happening. Upon awakening, you become conscious of what has been done. I am concerned that many intercessors seem to be sleep, unaware of what is going on around them. The goal of these dialogues will be to awaken the intercessor within you. FULL POST

Posted 11/3/17 at 10:03 PM | Yvonne Perkins

A Rhema Word "Be Quiet"

As I sat down to write this blog the spirit of the living God rested on me and begin to speak. It is not often that I make a statement like this. I always seek the face of God and ask for the guidance of the Holy Spirit as I write but this encounter was different. The words were coming quickly and so clearly as if the Holy Spirit was standing next to me dictating what to write. So the first part of this writing will be just as the Holy Spirit gave it to me. The second part that I will share will be my reflections upon reviewing and meditating on what I had written.

I need you to join me in the throne room. I’m giving you an invitation. Did I not say come boldly to the throne of grace, that you may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need? You have so many questions. I have the answers. You ask me to speak but you are not listening. Even as you are asking me to speak your mind is racing to the next question.

Be quiet. Be still. Come into my presence and sit. Let me embrace you. Let me hold you. I am all that you need. I have ordained peace for you. I have a place of rest for you.Remember Mary and her sister, Martha. Luke 10:39 And she had a sister called Mary, who also sat at Jesus' feet, and heard his word.
 40 But Martha was cumbered about with much serving, and came to him, and said, Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? bid her therefore that she help me.41And Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things:42 But one thing is needful. FULL POST

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