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Posted 8/1/13 at 8:43 AM | Yvonne Perkins

TRAYVON MARTIN'S PARENTS - COURAGE UNDER FIRE

I have followed the story of Trayvon Martin’s murder. I have observed his parents as they endured this challenging season of their lives. As I watched them and read about their struggle, I have often said to myself this is the face of courage under fire. Reportedly, Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin divorced in 1999 when Trayvon was three years old. Despite their divorce, they made a conscientious decision to put aside their differences and to co-parent their child. For fourteen years after the divorce, his parents did their best to ensure that he felt loved, cared for and protected. Together they established rules and guidelines for his life. Together they provided discipline and structure for him.

As a parent, I empathize with their pain for this is any parent’s worst nightmare. I am reminded of Cleopatra Cowley-Pendleton and Nathaniel Pendleton who experience tragedy of their murder child 15-year-old Hadiya Pendleton. Only a parent who has experience this can truly say they share their pain. These parents represent the portrait of courage under fire. They have not had the opportunity to grieve properly for their child privately. Their grief has been open for the world to see. They have carried themselves with grace and dignity throughout this ordeal. they have continued to HONOR THEIR GOD AND TO SHOW THE WORLD THAT HIS GRACE IS SUFFICIENT. FULL POST

Posted 7/16/13 at 7:55 AM | Yvonne Perkins

Call on Me

CALL ON ME. That is what God is saying to his people. The trial of Trayvon Martin is finally over. His parents endured each day of the trial only to hear an unbelievable verdict that left many reeling. OVER 74 people shot and 12 killed over July 4th weekend inChicago. The victims seem to be younger than ever before. Several rape cases in recent days. Children kidnapped and held hostages for years. Mothers are not just afraid to let their children out to play but cannot guarantee their safety even when they are with their children. There is no compassion and no value placed on life. Laws are being passed that not only are ungodly (same sex marriage) but do not make common sense (concealed weapons even in bars). What is this world coming to?

The police are searching for ways to combat rising crime waves and violence. The police, pastors and families are joining to march against violence. People are wondering whom can we turn to?

God is our refuge and strength, a present help in trouble. Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof. Selah (Psalms 46:1-3) FULL POST

Posted 6/4/13 at 8:11 AM | Yvonne Perkins

Warning: Pastors That Support Same Sex & Sin

WARNING: PASTORS THAT SUPPORT SAME SEX MARRIAGE/SIN – THE BLOOD IS ON YOUR HANDS

God has given a mandate to every pastor/shepherd to feed his sheep, warn them of destruction, bind up the brokenhearted, open up blinded eyes, set the captives free, teach the people how to discern righteousness from evil. Isaiah 61:1 and Luke 4:18

God’s instructions to pastors are clear. 2 Tim 4:2 Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. Isaiah 58:1 Cry aloud, spare not, lift up thy voice like a trumpet, and shew my people their transgression, and the house of Jacob their sins.

The pastor position is that of a watchman watching over the souls assigned to him.

Ezekiel 33 Again the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, 2 Son of man, speak to the children of thy people, and say unto them, When I bring the sword upon a land, if the people of the land take a man of their coasts, and set him for their watchman.

As a watchman, you have the responsibility of lives and souls in your hands. Ezekiel 33: 3 If when he seeth the sword come upon the land, he blow the trumpet, and warn the people; 4 Then whosoever heareth the sound of the trumpet, and taketh not warning ; if the sword come , and take him away , his blood shall be upon his own head. 5 He heard the sound of the trumpet, and took not warning; his blood shall be upon him. But he that taketh warning shall deliver his soul. FULL POST

Posted 3/29/13 at 8:15 AM | Yvonne Perkins

Innocent Man Sentenced to Death

INNOCENT MAN SENTENCED TO DEATH. Unfortunately, this statement is true. We may never know how many instances have taken place where an innocent person was found guilty in a court of law and actually put to death before the truth became known.

Can you imagine being on death row knowing that you are innocent? Can you imagine the struggle of the mind to comprehend how you came to be in this place? How could it be that the jurors did not see the flaws in the case, the mistakes that were made? Terrifying to know that the guilty person is out there and worse he knows that you are innocent but is willing for you to take his place, to pay his debt so he may remain free.

Imagine also, that the guards, tortured, spat on and humiliated, and tormented you. Imagine being beaten and tortured to the point that you are unrecognizable to those that love you. Your good name has been disgraced, your good work have been tossed away seemingly for nothing. Imagine even family and friends forsaking you, doubting your innocent, turning and walking away from you. Could you picture yourself asking forgiveness on behalf of those that have done these unspeakable things to you as you take your dying breath? FULL POST

Posted 3/5/13 at 8:30 AM | Yvonne Perkins

President Obama "Wait on the Lord"

President Obama delivered a speech at the National Prayer Breakfast 2011 and stated he is a Christian by choice. Was not raised in church. Came to his Christian faith later in life. "When I wake in the morning, I wait on the Lord, and I ask Him to give me the strength to do right by our country and its people. And when I go to bed at night I wait on the Lord, and I ask Him to forgive me my sins, and look after my family and the American people, and make me an instrument of His will.” (White House Speeches &Briefing)

WAIT ON THE LORD. President Obama statements during a candidate forum on October 26, 2004, Obama was asked to elaborate on his views of gay marriage and said he believes "that marriage is between a man and a woman" and "I don't think marriage is a civil right”. Transcript below.

PONCE: “Mr. Obama, you've said that your religious faiths, your religious faith, dictates that marriage should be between a man and a woman. Would you elaborate on that?”

OBAMA: “Well, what I believe is that marriage is between a man and a woman, but what I also believe is that we have an obligation to make sure that gays and lesbians have the rights of citizenship that afford them visitations to hospitals, that allow them to be, to transfer property between partners, to make certain that they're not discriminated on the job. I think that bundle of rights are absolutely critical.” FULL POST

Posted 1/15/13 at 3:38 PM | Yvonne Perkins

How Can Churches Prevent Sexual Abuse in Their Church?

The Washington (AP) reported on 10-17-12 three female plaintiffs claim in a lawsuit that Sovereign Grace Ministries, covered up allegations of sexual abuse against children. The lawsuit involving Sovereign Grace alleges that: 1) The Church failed to take the necessary steps to ensure the safety of children under its care, such as requiring that pastors be licensed or ordained.2) The Church failed to alert law enforcement authorities, and failed to take any steps whatsoever to protect the children from sexual predation

You can read the lawsuit in its entirety at this link. http://www.brentdetwiler.com/brentdetwilercom/2012/10/18/copy-of-lawsuit-brought-against-sovereign-grace-ministries-e.html.

How can churches prevent sexual abuse in their churches? What is the common theme in churches where the abuse has taken place? We have heard many similar stories of cover up of sexual abuse in the Catholic Church. Unfortunately, this situation occurs in churches of all sizes and all denominations. The common thread between churches where sexual abuse was reported to the church and cover up occurred is simple to see. They fail to protect the child, failed to warn parents of the threat thus allowing more children to be victimized and did not make a report to the police and state agency monitoring these situations. Clergy are mandated reporters which mean that the law requires them to report suspected child/sexual abuse. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mandated_reporter FULL POST

Posted 1/8/13 at 8:29 AM | Yvonne Perkins

21 DAY JOURNEY

I have worked in the counseling field for over 12 years with individuals and families struggling with family problems, emotional problems, and relationship, separation, loss and grieving issues. One of the first things I do is ask each client to make a commitment of journaling for 21 days.

The journaling process has three requirements. The first is to write daily about what you are feeling. Many individuals have problems dealing with their emotions. We become accustomed to hiding our feelings, denying them, keeping them to ourselves. We fear being misunderstood or rejected by others. I will often give them a list of feeling words to help them along. Some examples: happy, hurt, sad, lost, lonely, afraid, unloved, loved, confused, frustrated, angry, comforted, blessed, safe. The journaling is about being truthful and facing whatever confronts you.

The second part is to examine and identify why you feel the way you feel. Often people have no idea of what they are feeling or why they feel the way they do. Their lives are in such turmoil until it feels like a seesaw of emotions, a ball of strings all tangled up. Journaling help you to find answers and identify the root of the problem. What is happening in your life to make you feel that way? When is your first remembrance of having that feeling? What triggers that feeling? How do you react in response to that feeling? FULL POST

Posted 12/25/12 at 5:56 AM | Yvonne Perkins

Fiscal Cliff Be Cast Into the Sea

For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith. Mark 11:23 KJV

I wrote a blog on 9-26-11 "Will the rich help the poor?" The answer to this question becomes clearer each day as we near the "Fiscal Cliff". Let us take a look at the players in this script called The Fiscal Cliff.

The current salary (2011-2012) for rank-and-file members of the House and Senate is $174,000 per year. One-Percenter of the Week: The Senate's median net worth is $2.63 million. The House's is $756, 00.per MSN money.

Nearly half of the members of Congress are millionaires, according to the Center for Responsive Politics (CRP), a Washington watchdog. The median net worth of a U.S. senator was $2.63 million in 2010, the most recent year for which financial data are available. That was up 11% from the year before, says CRP. The median estimated net worth for House members was $756,765.The median net worth of House members almost tripled from 1984 and 2009, while the net worth of Americans declined slightly during the same time, according to the Washington Post and the University of Michigan. FULL POST

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