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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
Posted 6/23/14 at 8:29 AM | Yvonne Perkins
REJECTION: The definition of rejection: the act or process of rejecting. the state of being rejected something or someone that is rejected. Reject is defined as: to refuse to have, take, recognize, etc. 2. to refuse to grant 3. to refuse to accept someone or something.
I venture to say that every person has experience the feeling of rejection at some point in their lives. It is not a good feeling. No one enjoys the process of being rejected. A spirit of rejection indicates that the person feels unworthy of receiving any good thing and incapable of doing anything of worth, unloved, unwanted, abandoned, not accepted, pushed away, helpless, overlooked, and passed over. Rejection can have a lifelong impact on an individual. Rejection can come in many forms and reveals itself in various ways.
HOW IT COMES INTO EXISTENCE: Rejection can start in the womb. A teenager who is unmarried and pregnant, someone who is pregnant as a result of rape or incest, a married woman who experience an unplanned pregnancy at a time when she is establishing her career or have other ambitions, a pregnancy as a result of unfaithfulness, a mother who has consider or attempted abortion. Evangelist Angie Ray testified that her youngest child Kimberly Ray was unwanted to the point that Angie jumped off of steps and even took medication that she thought would cause an abortion. Later as an evangelist and while conducting a deliverance service she heard her daughter Kimberly begin to say in a voice that was almost unrecognizable to her “you didn’t want me” She had never told Kim this. She labored with Kim until she was released from the spirit of rejection. FULL POST
Posted 4/23/14 at 8:05 AM | Yvonne Perkins
Webster defines resurrection as:the event told about in the Bible in which Jesus Christ returned to life after his death 2)the resurrection : the event told about in the Bible in which dead people will be brought back to life before the day of final judgment 3: the act of causing something that had ended or been forgotten or lost to exist again, to be used again, etc.
Resurrection: the event told about in the Bible in which Jesus Christ returned to life after his death. Each year all around the world people celebrate the resurrection of Jesus. Bible tells us resurrection of Christ took place three days after His crucifixion
(Matthew 28:1; Mark 16:2,9; Luke 24:1; John 20:1,19).
Resurrection: the event told about in the Bible in which dead people will be brought back to life before the day of final judgment. Still today, some believe and some do not believe in the resurrection. It is good to know that the word of God is true and truth and does not change because you believe or don’t believe. Jesus said unto Martha, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live John 11:25.Acts 23:6 KJV But when Paul perceived that the one part were Sadducees, and the other Pharisees, he cried out in the council, Men and brethren, I am a Pharisee, the son of a Pharisee: of the hope and resurrection of the dead I am called in question.
Resurrection: the act of causing something that had ended or been forgotten or lost to exist again, to be used again, etc. As a young child, I loved to write poems. As I grew into adulthood, I lost the desire to carry out that activity. Then one day after experiencing a wonderful spirit filled service at my church the desire to write returned. I went home after that service and wrote a song “Holy”. I continue to write songs inspired by the word of God, meditations and reflections on scriptures, on experiences in my life, about things I saw around me etc. You can say that the gift of writing was “resurrected” in me. Many times, we have dreams, aspirations, gifts, talents that have been lost, forgotten or no longer exist. Sometimes these things are lost because we neglected to properly care for them, to cultivate or guard them. Whatever the reason that we “lost” the gift, desire etc. we can go to our heavenly father and ask for resurrection of that gift.
SPEAK THE ANSWER NOT THE PROBLEM. THE ANSWER IS THE WORD OF GOD. Heavenly father we come to you in the name of your son, Jesus asking that you cover us with the BLOOD OF JESUS. We repent for being careless with the gifts that you have given to us. We ask that you lay your hands upon us and stirred up the gifts within us. We desire to use our talents and gifts for your glory. Resurrect the dreams, hopes, ideas, creativity in us again. Revive, restore and quicken us that we can be all that you want us to be, to do those things that you have ordained us to do. Shut the mouths of those that spoke curses into our lives telling us that we would never be, never accomplish the things we set out to do. Shut the mouths of the dreams snatchers, the spiritual abortionist, and the one that comes to sabotage our destiny. We bind up low self-esteem, fear, spiritual intimidations. We loose hope, assurance in you, strength, might, holy boldness to carry out your will in our lives. We thank you and we receive all of your promises and walk into the prophetic destiny you have ordained for us. We thank you for perfecting all things that concerns us. We submit to your will and your purpose in our lives. All power belongs to you.