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Posted 6/10/15 at 8:21 AM | Yvonne Perkins
Luke 18:1 And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint. Jesus tells us to pray. If we pray we will not faint. Yet many believers find it difficult to understand the concept of “ought always to pray. Many use prayer as a last resort or pray only when there is a crisis in their life.
Why believers don’t pray? They don’t understand how to pray. The disciples asked Jesus “teach us to pray”. Jesus gave them the pattern of prayer. Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth. The pattern starts with acknowledgment of who God is and praise for who he is. Then submission to his will. Then petition is presented. Lastly, return to praise. As you meditate on the Lord’s Prayer the pattern will become clearer. (I will cover this subject in another blog)
Why believers don’t pray? They don’t understand what prayer is nor the purpose of prayer. Prayer has many purposes but the most important one is that it allows us to be in communion with our heavenly father. When you are in love with a person you want to talk to them often, to be with them in their presence because it builds intimacy. Daily communion with God increase our ability to know the mind of God, his character, his desires and plans for our lives. FULL POST
Posted 4/22/15 at 11:02 PM | Yvonne Perkins
Well, if you have been following this segment of the Blog “Weather the Storm” this is the final part of this series. I really encourage you to take the time to reread those sections but I will do a quick review.
Weather the Storm tackles a prevalent but seldom acknowledge problem in the body of Christ. The problem is the high number of divorce among our Pastors and leaders. There was a time when the body of Christ and society frowned upon divorce. Now it seems to be too quickly accepted. Nevertheless, the blog was not about pointing fingers or condemning but rather examine the aspects that lead to the breakdown of marriage.
A reoccurring theme was misplaced priorities, ineffective communication and failure to attend to each other’s need. Sometimes there was a lack of accountability that contributed to the problem. Resources were listed to provide encouragement, information and support.
Weather the Storm part two examines the breakdown from the eyes of the “First Lady”. It tells her story, her pain, struggles, self esteem, feeling of loneliest, feeling unloved, unwanted, unfulfilled, disrespected, rejected, insignificant and misunderstood. The saddest part being that most times “Pastor” had not a clue of what was happening with his mate. FULL POST
Posted 4/7/15 at 4:01 PM | Yvonne Perkins
What’s The Problem? The Religious Freedom Restoration Act is nothing new. It was originally passed by Congress and signed by President Clinton in 1993 with OVERWHELMING BIPARTISM SUPPORT. Overwhelming Bipartism support means nearly everyone on both sides (democratic and republicans) supported it. According to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Religious_Freedom_Restoration_Act RELIGIOUS FREEDOM VOTE
This bill passed the house with a voice vote and the Senate voted 97 for it and 3 against it. You can see the list of senators who voted for it at the above reference website. reportedly
What’s The Problem? The purpose of the bill was stated:
A bill to protect the free exercise of religion. In fact when you Google Bill of Rights you will find this statement “The first amendment 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. There were no protests and no one threatening to pull business out of the states etc.
What’ The Problem? In fact, since 1993, 20 states have enacted state RFRA according to http://www.ncsl.org/research/civil-and-criminal-justice/state-rfra-statutes.aspx. Oh, that includes ILLINOIS WHO SIGNED ITS OWN VERSION IN 1998. That is right; the State of Illinois approved and enacted Religious Freedom Restoration Act in 1998. President Obama who was in 1998 Senator Obama voted for it.http://spectator.org/blog/62228/president-obama-voted-rfra-he-didnt Who knew? FULL POST
Posted 2/19/15 at 6:41 AM | Yvonne Perkins
I encourage you to read the two previous blogs to gain understanding of this particular subject. In Weather The Storm, I approached the very difficult and seldom discussed subject of divorce particularly among Pastors and those in ministry. My purpose was not to be judgmental for no one but God can judge matters of the heart. My purpose was to examine different aspects of the breakdown of a relationship in order to better understand it and gain insight on how to pray for the marriages of those in ministry.
It is sad and disheartening to hear about divorce especially among Christians couple and even more so when it is leaders in ministry. One of the problems addressed was Pastors with misplaced or improper placed priorities. Pastors was encouraged to put God first, family and then ministry.
In Weather The Storm part two I shared information on why Pastor’s wives leave. There were several articles including the one from The Marriage Mission blog indicates the following reasons:
• Feeling lonely and abandoned
• Feeling unwanted & undesirable
• Feels husband is indifferent to her
• Feels she does not matter to him
• Left out of major decisions
• Hurt my feeling and never apologize
• Consistently says mean and spiteful things
• Feels he demean her in front of others FULL POST
Posted 2/3/15 at 4:41 PM | Yvonne Perkins
WEATHER THE STORM PART TWO
Previously I approached the difficult and very sensitive subject of divorce among our Pastors, religious leaders and those in ministry. As I stated then and restate here: Matters of the heart are sensitive and no one can judge what another person is experiencing so this is not about judging rather about examining different aspects of the breakdown of a relationship. I want to encourage those who are considering divorce to consider again. SELAH, pause, mediate, and think again. I encourage you to weather the storm which is to say hang in there, wait it out, and hold on until the storm is over.
For those that have not read the original blog on “WEATHER THE STORM” I will first cover some of the key points in that blog:
Divorce a. The legal dissolution of a marriage.b. A court order or other document establishing such dissolution. A separation between things that were once connected or associated.
No one should stay in a situation where domestic violence exist and put them in harm’s way. And yes, domestic violence does exist in the pulpit and among them that confess Christ. No, it is not God’s will for you to be a punching bag for anyone. No, I’m not telling anyone to get a divorce but you need to take steps to ensure your safety. FULL POST
Posted 12/19/14 at 8:02 AM | Yvonne Perkins
For weeks the world headlines has been focused on the social injustice against Blacks as the Grand Jury failed again to indict a White police officer for the death of an unarmed Black man.
Protestors have been taking to the streets almost daily and in growing numbers. The world is watching and Blacks, White, Hispanic etc are willing to come together for a common cause. Various groups are coming together to form these protests.
This is the opportunity for the churches to step up and take the lead. Just marching is not enough. Prayer must take place. The people are hungry for direction. They need a true leader to emerge. This is the church opportunity to open up the doors of the church and point the people to the only one that can comfort and change.
I know someone is saying “pray, you need to do more than pray”. Yes, you need to pray and fast, receive instruction and then act. 2 Chronicles 7:14 KJVIfmypeople, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. Proverbs 3:6 KJVIn all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. Those with an ear to hear God must seek God to receive divine direction to change the course of history. The people are hungry for direction. FULL POST
Posted 11/24/14 at 6:02 PM | Yvonne Perkins
I want to share my thoughts with you on a very touchy subject, DIVORCE particularly among Pastors. My heart is burdened whenever I hear that pastors are getting divorced. It is difficult to understand when two people confessing Christ as their savior and head of their lives come to the conclusion that they can no longer remain married. Matters of the heart are sensitive and no one can judge what another person is experiencing so this is not about judging rather about examining different aspects of the breakdown of a relationship. I want to encourage those who are considering divorce to consider again. SELAH, pause, mediate, and think again. I encourage you to weather the storm which is to say hang in there, wait it out, and hold on until the storm is over.
God honors marriage. Genesis 2:18 KJV And the LORD God said , It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him. He created female to be a helpmate to the man. Genesis 2:24 KJV Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh. Marriage biblically is the union between a man and a woman.
Divorce a. The legal dissolution of a marriage.b. A court order or other document establishing such a dissolution. A separation between things that were once connected or associated. FULL POST
Posted 11/10/14 at 6:13 PM | Yvonne Perkins
The Body of Christ is mourning the passing of Dr. Myles Monroe, his wife Ruth, and others(it has not been verified if the daughter was among that group) who died tragically in a plane crash on 11-9-14. Pastor Monroe and 8 other persons boarded a private jet to fly to Grand Bahama. Munroe, who is the leader of the Bahama Faith Ministries, was expected to join a group of religious leaders, executives, politicians and business leaders at the Global Leadership Forum in Freeport, Grand Bahama on Monday 11-10-14 that he had organized.
The bio on his home page reads: “Dr. Myles Munroe is an internationally renowned bestselling author, lecturer, teacher, life coach, government consultant, and leadership mentor. He has travelled around the world training leaders in business, government, education, sports, media, and religion.
This multi-gifted motivational speaker serves as a business consultant to governments, Fortune 500 companies and corporations, addressing critical issues that affect every aspect of human, professional, leadership, social, and spiritual development.
Dr. Munroe represents his country as the youngest recipient of the Queen's Birthday Honors of the Order of The British Empire (OBE) Award 1998 bestowed by Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth of England, for his spiritual and social contributions to the national development of the Bahamas. He has also been honored by the government of the Bahamas with the Silver Jubilee Award (SJA) for providing twenty-five years of outstanding service to the Bahamas in the category of spiritual, social and religious development. FULL POST
Posted 10/1/14 at 8:56 PM | Yvonne Perkins
WHY DO CHILDREN RUN AWAY
The National Crime Information Center reports “as of December 31, 2013, NCIC contained 84,136 active missing person records. Juveniles under the age of 18 account for 33,849 (40.2 %) of the records and 9,706 (11.5 %) were for juveniles between the ages of 18 and 20. “Every year, more than one million children in the U.S. run away from home. This includes kids as young as 10, however most runaways are between 15 and 17.
No one can accurately describe the fear, pain and anxiety of a caring parent whose child goes missing as a result of running away or abduction. There is an immediate sense of panic and anxiety the moment you realize that you do not know where your child is and fear that they may be in danger. The questions and fears swirl in your mind almost paralyzing you. Although my children have never run away from home; I do know what it feels like to be in a store or other setting and suddenly realize that you don’t see your child. Most parents have probably experienced becoming concerned when your child does not arrive home at the expected time, particularly giving the climate of violence, abductions, rape etc that we live in today. In this article I will offer some concrete steps you can take should you be confronted with this type of situation. In another article I will addressed abductions. FULL POST
Posted 7/28/14 at 7:48 AM | Yvonne Perkins
According to Wikipedia Boko Haram (pronounced [bōːkòː hàrâm]; usually translated as "Western education is a sin"), is a militant Islamist sect based in northern Nigeria and reportedly have connections to Al-Qa'ida This group continues its onslaught of attacks against the village of Nigerian kidnapped girls. They walk into villages kidnapping and killing at will and have kidnapped many others whose stories have not been reported on.
. Eleven parents of the kidnapped girls have died. Seven parents died during a militant attack and four others from heart failure and other illness. Reportedly, one parent went into a coma like state repeating the name of his daughters continuously until he died. This group has released videos making mockery of ‘#bringbackourgirls” by chanting bring back our soldiers.
All of this in spite of the fact that the military knows where the girls are but are afraid that they will all be killed during a rescue attempt. The government is reportedly negotiating on their behalf. A report by MICHELLE FAUL Associated Press states “At least two have died of snake bites, a mediator who was liaising with Boko Haram told AP two months ago. At that time he said at least 20 of the girls were ill - not surprising given that they are probably being held in an area infested with malarial mosquitoes, poisonous snakes and spiders, and relying on unclean water from rivers.” FULL POST