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Posted 11/18/11 at 11:48 AM | Yvonne Perkins
I encourage you to read "Salvation Made Simple" if you have not read it at this point. I will briefly highlight some of the major points of that piece for you. Many view salvation as something that is mysterious, vague, hard to grasp and difficult to understand. It is not. Salvation is a simple process involving six simple steps: acknowledge, repent, forsake, confess, believe, and accept.
I will give you some simple definitions for the words we will be using. The word salvation is defined as deliverance from the power or penalty of sin. Acknowledge is to admit to be true. SIN any thing that violates or goes against the word of God. REPENT: To be godly sorry means that I am sorry about the things that I have done and willing to change my ways. CONFESS: Admit, own up to, and reveal. FORSAKE; Quit, give up, leave entirely alone. BELIEVE: Rely on, to have faith and confidence in. ACCEPT: Take, receive, welcome, and claim. Again, I encourage you to go back and read the entire piece on "Salvation made simple" to have a clear understanding of this discussion.
John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. God gave his son, Jesus as the gift to the world, to you that you may receive salvation. To receive the gift of salvation you must acknowledge, repent, confess, forsake, believe, and accept Jesus. It is that simple. FULL POST
Posted 10/24/11 at 8:33 AM | Yvonne Perkins
Receiving salvation is not a complicated process. There are six simple steps to receiving salvation. They are acknowledge, repent, confess, forsake, believe, and accept. Salvation is defined as: preservation or deliverance from danger, evil, or difficulty b) a source, means, or cause of such salvation. 2a) deliverance from the power or penalty of sin.
ACKNOWLEDGE; is to admit to be true. Admit that you are a sinner and need a savior. You cannot save yourself. God sent his son, Jesus to pay the penalty for sin and to secure your salvation. Romans 3:23 for all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.
SIN: Any thing that violates or goes against the word of God. This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would. But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law. Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, Envying, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God. (Gal. 5:16-21, KJV). FULL POST
Posted 9/26/11 at 8:28 AM | Yvonne Perkins
2 Samuel 12:4 MSG
"One day a traveler dropped in on the rich man. He was too stingy to take an animal from his own herds or flocks to make a meal for his visitor, so he took the poor man's lamb and prepared a meal to set before his guest."
I wonder how difficult it will be for those in Congress to vote on behalf of the little man and lift the burden off the poor. President Obama has proposed something rather outrageous to them. He challenges them to pay at least the same amount of tax as the "middle class aka working poor" That choice would not be so difficult if it did not affect half of those in Congress who are millionaires. I wonder how many lobbyists will lobby against this bill, oh, surely those that have millions to do so will.
I wonder how many millionaires not just in Congress but millionaires would take one month's salary and donate it to help that are in need? I wonder if they had to change place with "middle class" and live on middle class salary for one month if their heart would change towards the middle class.
I wonder how many of those that vote against the health plan has health coverage for their families. Do any of their families members go without medicine, or cannot afford to see a Doctor when they are ill. Has any one in their families found themselves in a situation where they were unable to pay the hospital bills or were denied medical access? I wonder if any of Congress has seen a family member go to the county and wait for hours to see a doctor and receive a prescription that they can not get filled because there is no money? FULL POST
Posted 8/31/11 at 5:51 PM | Yvonne Perkins
ASK, SEEK, KNOCK AND WAIT
Luke 11:9-10 And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find knock, and it shall be opened unto you. 10 For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened
Let us look briefly at the definitions for ask, seek, knock, and wait. Ask is to put a question to, request information about, to try to get by using words. Seek is to go in search of, try to find or discover by looking for or to go to. Knock is to strike a sounding blow with the fist, knuckles, or anything hard, especially on a door, window, or the like, as in seeking admittance, calling attention, or giving a signal: to knock on the door before entering. Wait is to to remain inactive or in a state of repose, as until something expected 'happens (often followed by for, until, or until): to wait for the bus to arrive ;( of things) to be available or in readiness: A letter is waiting for you.
Jesus instruct us to ask, seek and knock and gives assurance that when you ask you shall receive, seek you shall find, knock and it shall be opened unto you. In the next verse he uses the words asketh, seeketh, knocketh. When you see "eth" on the end of the word, it means to do so continually. FULL POST
Posted 7/21/11 at 9:27 AM | Yvonne Perkins
Job 22:28 Thou shalt also decree a thing, and it shall be established unto thee: and the light shall shine upon thy ways. We have often heard and read this passage of scripture but have you meditated on the meaning of this powerful word.
According to the dictionary decree is defined as a rule of law issued by a head of state i.e. president according to a certain procedures. It has the force of the law. In biblical times, the King had the authority to make decrees. The decree was a written document and would be very specific and clear about that subject matter. It was law and had to be carried out according to the King's wishes and failure to obey the decree was punishable.
The word established means: to set up on a firm or permanent basis, to achieve permanent acceptance or recognition for, to show, reveal to be true based upon the facts.
Now, let look at the definition for declare. Declare to make known or state clearly, especially in explicit or formal terms: to declare one's position in a controversy. 2.to announce officially; proclaim: to declare a state of emergency; to declare a winner.3. To state emphatically to show, reveal, or manifest: the heavens declare the glory of God FULL POST
Posted 6/21/11 at 8:30 AM | Yvonne Perkins
Blood transfusion is a medical treatment that replaces blood lost through injury, surgery, or disease. The blood goes through a tube from a bag to an intravenous (IV) catheter and into your vein. Blood transfusions are necessary when there is an illness that causes bleeding, destroy blood cells, or needed because of injury or major surgery. Medical research confirms that life is in the blood. There are different opinions about the length of time a person can live without blood. Some believe it is as little as 1 minute while other suggest as long as 5 minutes. The point is you will not live long without blood.
Leviticus 17:11 11 For the life of a creature is in the blood, and I have given it to you to make atonement for yourselves on the altar; it is the blood that makes atonement for one's life. Jesus stated John 6:53 Jesus said to them, "I tell you the truth, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. 54 Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day.
When a person receives a blood transfusion, he has a new opportunity for life, for healing to take place in his body. He will be able to continue to live but this is a physical change. His nature, thoughts, desires and motives are not changed because of this blood transfusion. FULL POST
Posted 5/31/11 at 5:27 PM | Yvonne Perkins
JOEL 2:17 Let the priests, the ministers of the LORD, weep between the porch and the altar, and let them say , Spare thy people, O LORD, and give not thine heritage to reproach, that the heathen should rule over them: wherefore should they say among the people, Where is their God?
Our nation is in trouble, the people are in trouble and the land needs healing. The nation is being shaken by earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, floods and tornados. It seems that we are facing one tragedy after another. Unusual occurrences are happening as evidenced by these headlines: Sep 16, 2010 ... Thousands more dead fish have turned up in Plaquemines Parish, the second large such kill in the area in the past few days, January 2011 200 cows found dead, and January 2, 2011 thousands of birds fall out of the sky dead. Yet the definition of marriage is being rewritten, the definition of family is being rewritten in a way that defies the law that God establish for a union to be between man and woman, male and female. Abortions are daily occurrences; our youth are being slaughter on the streets. Who will weep for the people?
Let the priests weep. Priest is defined as a person ordained to act as a mediator between God and man in administering the sacraments, preaching, blessing, guiding, etc. The priests are the ministers of the Lord. Their role is to before God on behalf of the people to offer up atonement for the sins of the people. FULL POST
Posted 5/5/11 at 11:41 PM | Yvonne Perkins
Psalms 33:12 declares, "Blessed is the nation whose God is the lord. the people whom he has chosen for his own inheritance. On April 29, 2011 President Obama did as other Presidents before him has done "Proclaim a National Day of Prayer. The official proclamation as posted on the White House site is as follows:
For Immediate Release
April 29, 2011
Presidential Proclamation--National Day of Prayer
Throughout our history, Americans have turned to prayer for strength, inspiration, and solidarity.
Prayer has played an important role in the American story and in shaping our Nation's leaders. President Abraham Lincoln once said, "I have been driven many times upon my knees by the overwhelming conviction that I had nowhere else to go. My own wisdom and that of all about me seemed insufficient for the day." The late Codetta Scott King recounted a particularly difficult night, during the Montgomery bus boycott, when her husband, the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., received a threatening phone call and prayed at the kitchen table, saying, "Lord, I have nothing left. I have nothing left. I have come to the point where I can't face it alone." Dr. King said, in that moment of prayer, he was filled with a sense of comfort and resolve, which his wife credited as a turning point in the civil rights movement. FULL POST
Posted 3/31/11 at 8:31 AM | Yvonne Perkins
Acts 27: 23 For there stood by me this night the angel of God, whose I am , and whom I serve , 24 Saying , Fear not, Paul; thou must be brought before Caesar: and, lo , God hath given thee all them that sail with thee. 25 Wherefore, sirs, be of good cheer: for I believe God, that it shall be even as it was told me.
What a powerful statement "Wherefore, sirs, be of good cheer: for I believe God, that it shall be even as it was told me". Paul was a prisoner speaking to the one who held him in captivity in the middle of an ocean, caught up in a storm that threatened to tear the boat to pieces in any given moment. Be of good cheer? Did he understand what was happening, did he feel the ship being tossed about, did he see the look of terror on the captain's face, and did he hear the sound of hopelessness and despair in their voices as they try to figure out what to do?
Yes, he understood. He even warned them not to leave port; he knew the danger that waited. He felt the ship being tossed backward and forward like a toy in the middle of the ocean, he saw them throwing things overboard to lighten the load. Oh, yes he heard the desperation and saw the despair.
Paul had a visitation from God, his God and he was confident in knowing that he knew beyond a shadow of doubt that he belonged to God and was a servant of the most high. He had heard from heaven and was given assurance about his future and those who was with him. "Fear not, Paul; thou must be brought before Caesar: and, lo, God hath given thee all them that sail with thee." FULL POST
Posted 3/2/11 at 3:03 PM | Yvonne Perkins
Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. Phil 4:8. I have found that when you meditate on God's word that his word will minister to you. It is not sufficient to just read the word of God and lay it aside. Sometimes it is helpful to read a passage over and over again and have an open mind and heart to allow that word to fall upon good soil. Let us continue to look at faith that changes reality.
Faith as defined in the dictionary is: Confidence belief in the truth, value of trustworthiness of a person, idea of thing. 2. Belief that is not based on logical proof or material evidence. 3. Belief in God or in the doctrines or teachings of religion. Hebrew 11:1 defines faith, Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Hebrews 11:6 states: But without faith, it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. FULL POST