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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


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


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

Posted 12/16/12 at 8:42 PM | Yvonne Perkins

Praying for Conn. victims and others

Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted, Matt 5:4. President Obama spoke the sentiments of the hearts of many as he stated "Our hearts are broken today. Each time I learn the news I react not as a president, but as anyone else would -- as a parent. And that was especially true today." As a mother and grandmother, I cannot begin to imagine the heartbreak these families are experiencing. Our hearts are broken for each victim, child and adult touched by this senseless violence.

On the same day of this tragedy there was another event in China: A knife-wielding man injured 22 children and one adult outside a primary school in central China as students were arriving for classes Friday, police said, the latest in a series of periodic rampage attacks at Chinese schools and kindergartens per Associated Press. Our families expecially our children are under attack.

It is unimaginable to think that something like this could happen did happen. We cannot begin to understand the pain that they are feeling, the bewildment of it all. We pray that each family will be surrounded with those professions who can assist them in walking through the stages of grief: Denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance. We pray for the Lanza family as well who are also dealing with the death of the mother, the shame of having a member of your family do the unthinkable.

As a therapist accustomed to assisting families and children develop coping skills to deal with grief, separation and loss I offer these observations. Each person will deal with grief differently and at different times. Parents, your first responsiblity is to take care of yourselves. Yes, your self. In order to meet the needs of the children and others in your family, you must take care of yourself. Set aside time for you to weep, read, write, listen to inspiration songs do what you need to do to be healthy. POUR OUT YOUR HEARTS TO GOD. TRUST HIM TO COMFORT YOU. HE IS THERE TO HELP YOU. Husbands and wives take care of each other. You need to grieve indiviudally but also as a family. It is ok for your children to see you cry because that is what we do when we experience grief but assure them things will get better. You must know that as difficult as this moment is THIS TOO SHALL PASS. IT WILL NOT ALWAYS BE LIKE THIS.

Children particulary have less capacity to express their feelings and symptoms of grief can include regression i.e. wetting the bed, thumb sucking. They may exhibit isolation, aggression, anger and increase irritability. They may want to talk or they may not want to. You must observe and know your child. Art is a great way to help children cope. Keep them supplied with paper, crayons etc and encourage them to draw how they feel. Use the teddy bear or their favorite toys to help them talk. Give hugs and reassurance of your love for them. PRAY WITH YOUR CHILDREN. YOU MAY NOT KNOW HOW TO ANSWER THEIR QUESTIONS BUT ASSURE THEM THAT GOD LOVES THEM AND WILL HELP THE FAMILY GET THROUGH THIS.

Therefore, for these families we send to them the word of hope, comfort and peace that is found in the word of God. We pray that they will not turn to alcohol, drugs, or violence. We pray that instead they will turn to the only one who is able to see them through this. We pray that they will not focus on tomorrow but ask God to give them strength to get through each day one hour at a time. Please know that people across the nations are praying for each of you.

Jo­seph M. Scriv­en, 1855.wrote this song "What a Friend we have in Jesus, all our sins and griefs to bear! What a privilege to carry everything to God in prayer! O what peace we often forfeit, O what needless pain we bear, All because we do not carry everything to God in prayer."



Posted 11/28/12 at 8:34 AM | Yvonne Perkins


On Monday, November 27, early afternoon shots rang out at the conclusion of the funeral service for a 32-year-old man who was reportedly a Chicago gang member. The two men were shot as women, men and children began leaving the service. Chaos erupted as parents and children started running for their lives. Sorrow quickly turned to panic and disbelief.

Mary Sistrunk, the mother of the 21-year-old Sherman Miller told reporters her son called her 8:15 that morning. "He said, 'Mama, they're gonna kill me.' I said, 'They're gonna kill you where you lay your head? You need to leave from there and get God in your life.'" He was killed several hours later. I can only pray that in between the time, he spoke with his mother and he attended that funeral that he repented of his sins and ask God to save him.

Ezekiel 18:4 KJV Behold, all souls are mine; as the soul of the father, so also the soul of the son is mine: the soul that sinneth, it shall die .Deuteronomy 30:19 KJV I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live. FULL POST

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