Being rape isn’t nothing to laugh at all. There were several series that Iylvana Vanzant touched on about men being raped when they were a child by their family members. There were this one guy Eugene, not only he was raped by his teacher when he was 12 years old but he was raped again when he was in the Military. He is so traumatized about what happened to him. I applaud Iylvana finally said that she isn’t a therapist and refer Eugene to a licensed therapist deals with Mental Health. There were a guy on Facebook who is a Bishop of a Church, had the nerve to say before they were rape that they were gay and they wanted that to happen. I told that person that was the ignorant thing that I ever heard and you should be ashamed of yourself. NOBODY DOESN’T WANT TO BE RAPE OR DOESN’T DESERVE IT HAPPENED TO THEM. Also to the Parents, if your child tells you that they were touch inappropriate, please believe them and don’t tell them it is their fault or called them names such as faggott and hoe. It is time to break the stigma about men being rape and the shame.
Title: Ephesians: Understanding God’s Purpose For The Church
Author: Gregory Brown
Publisher: BTG Publishing
About The Author:
Greg Brown earned his MA in religion and MA in teaching from Trinity International University, a MRE from Liberty University, and a PhD in theology from Louisiana Baptist University. He has served over thirteen years in pastoral ministry and currently serves as chaplain and visiting professor at Handong Global University, pastor at Handong International Congregation, and as a Navy Reserve chaplain.
Greg married his lovely wife Tara Jayne in 2006, and they have one daughter, Saiyah Grace. He enjoys going on dates with his wife, playing with his daughter, reading, writing, studying in coffee shops, working out, and following the NBA and UFC. His pursuit in life, simply stated, is “to know God and to be found faithful by Him.” To connect with Greg, please follow at http://www.pgregbrown.com.
About This Book
The content of the sequence is affluent. My prayer is that God’s word will guide the readers experience growth in their faith to be strong. In case you are in preparation for Bible Study, hearing a sermon, or simply needed to dive submersion into an intimate application in the Word of God. “Ephesians: Understanding God’s Purpose For The Church” is a great tools for a better understanding about the Book of Ephesians. Discerning the equitable examination to challenge and how to go about responding them is fundamental to learning in any subject matter. The author make evident this beyond shadow of doubt. I found “Ephesians: Understanding God’s Purpose For The Church” in three words to be Supplementary, Ecclesiastical, and Sincerely Valuable. I truly prescribe “Ephesians: Understanding God’s Purpose For The Church” for anyone pursuing for a better understanding about God’s Word in Ephesians.
This composition of the Book of Ephesians is tremendous helpful to the disciples of Christ that are serious about the Word of God. Reverend Matthew Hagee mentioned, “The Word of God is alive and powerful! It will set you free, comfort you, heal you, and feed your soul!” AM Brewster mentioned, “If the Word of God were a treasure map, I believe more people would read it. This proves they have no idea what unspeakable riches it holds.” Victor Hugo mentioned, The Word is the Verb and The Verb is God.” The Word of God is so powerful and we need it on a daily basis. Thank God for Greg Brown allowing the Holy Spirit guide the pen in the purpose to create a Bible Study Class in the format in writings of Ephesians. This Book of Ephesians is an anointed insights into God’s truth available to the readers through the pen of Greg Brown. In my opinion, I believe this book bears the hallmarks of a marvelous Bible enlightenment. The conclusion of uncompromising Bible Study and comprehensive progressive application to the lives of the readers.
For us capable of truly worship Him, we must know The Word of God. We also must have knowledge of the theology. If we don’t know either of them, then we can’t truly worship Him because we don’t know Him. In order that the thesis of this outstanding study guide. This outstanding Study Guide will guide you to grasp knowledge of God’s Word. This is another great way of spending devotional time with the Lord. Truly, the Word of God is the Gospel truth, it is easy to read but it is difficult to digest, challenging and penetrate profound. This is definitely not a superficial examination of the message but a thorough explanation of nearly without exception verse. The Church is not a building but the Church are in me like it should be in you. I am not just attending Church to be seen but get my spiritual surgery through The Word of God. We are God’s Beloved Children, citizens and heirs for the Kingdom of God. We also soldiers that are in God’s Army to fight in a spiritual war. The Word of God is the best weapon to fight the spiritual war. We should be willing to learn to live accordingly to God’s Word. Even though this study guide is a Bible study Guide, but it is a great tools for guidance in a small groups discussion or private study at home. I believe that this Study Guide will be used in Many Churches Bible Study because many sermons today that are being preached lack this depth of knowledge. That’s why it is important for you read the Bible for yourself so you will have a better understanding. And you definitely wants a better understanding of the Word of God for yourself. I am looking forward to read more books by Mr. Gregory Brown.
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SISFI and The Suicide Institute breaks down the “Process of #Suicide from Ideation to Completion” with warning signs, symptoms, red flags, early and crisis intervention for prevention and postvention. Most people think of suicide as death, and only hear the word when someone kills themself, but there’s much more to suicide than the life ending by death, there is a process of experiences that involves so much more about the life of the person before choosing to end it by death. Let’s take a closer and deeper look into these things.
Most people truly find satisfaction, happiness and joy in their life and so as they live and breathe it they feel a sense of fulfillment, accomplishment and purpose. Most times we never think of anything going bad or wrong and so the bliss of happiness is what sustains our wellness and sense of purpose, pride, ego and self-worth. Then, unbeknownst to us, one day, a life disruption occurs and the happiness, peace, safety and comfort we had and felt is now being lost as a result of that disruption, and we have no control over it so we start slipping into deep emotional pain, crisis and despair. We also have to factor in preexisting conditions the person is already challenged with such as mental illness, trauma, abuse and some form of affliction that makes coping with this new life disruption even harder.
As the crisis develops, we start feeling like the world is on our shoulders and it’s hard to bear the weight of the challenges that starts to develop from the disruption. Here comes the emotional pain as the thoughts of now needing help, support, resources, Love, attention, comfort, hope and peace of mind are hard realities and needs our heart and mind is consumed by. So we start reaching out for help, support and resources by talking with people, making phone calls to providers and agencies, and anywhere that may have some kind of answer to the challenges we are facing. Sometimes in reaching out for help, the person may use subliminal messages to talk about their pain in third person or referring to a friend or family member being in that state. This is often out of fear of how people will think and feel about them being in that state. No one wants to be judged or labeled, especially in times of crisis, despair and emotional pain.
Depending on how effective and impactful the effort of seeking help results in, the person is either moving back to a state of happiness and peace within self, or, the emotional pain increases because of the lack of effective support and resources that can help them. Keeping in mind that by simply reaching out for help, one becomes vulnerable to the systems and people they open up and reach out to, and while in a state of vulnerability, they are fragile on top of and along with being/feeling broken by the life disruption. Often, the effort of seeking help can be more traumatizing, retraumatizing, victimizing and revictimizing than the life disruption we are facing and so a very sensitive humane approach is needed to meet those in despair for early intervention. As the emotional pain increases, so does hopelessness, frustration and other mental health challenges such as addiction, grief, abuse, depression, anger, violence and more at-risk behaviors. This is when self-medication becomes a serious risk and things like alcohol and drugs, opioids are introduced in an effort to help ease the emotional pain and be able to sleep at nights, or simply get some rest. At this stage, this is now crisis mode and effective intervention here is critical and requires specialized help.
Now the emotional pain becomes hard realities the person has to face which can cause one to question themselves, their beliefs, their self-worth, their purpose, if/how they fit into life, and if life is worth living. These realities starts to affect intimate relationships, family life, social status, their effective functionality on the job and other aspects of life on various levels. Sometimes the realities themselves are much harder than the pain being felt and so while they get lost in the impacts of what is happening in and around them, the emotional pain is eating away at their subconscious in ways that they may not realize (in many cases) that are self-harming and so they start breaking away from loved ones and friends, and the emotional pain turns to physical and so they are feeling it on many levels they can’t manage of understand.
With all that’s happening, the hard realities of uncontrollable physical and emotional pains, the person starts withdrawing themselves and struggle with loneliness, isolation, regrets, shame, guilt, fear and other self-esteem challenges. This loneliness isn’t one that is always seen as down and depressed, it can also be masked as happiness, contentment and joy because they care coming to peace with their plan to end the pain. Often we misconstrue the expressions we see in people because we associate laughter with happiness and sad faces with depression and pain. People mask their pain very well so you just don’t know who is truly hurting, and who you see that seems to be hurting may just be really good at releasing emotions and so not in emotional pain, just experiencing some levels of unhappiness. Unhappiness doesn’t always mean someone is in emotional pain, it could just be a situational state at the moment.
Now that the pain is reaching unbearable limits, and the heart, mind, body, soul and spirit can no longer sustain itself, the heartbroken, mind shattered, tormented spirit chooses to end their pain by death. This choice has options depending on gender, age, access to means and how one feels comfortable completing the need. Hanging, overdose and drowning are often methods used most frequently. In most cases, the person may share their thoughts about self-harm and dying with someone but was not taken seriously or given the kind of Love and support needed to help them overcome the emotions. Males complete suicide more, but females attempt more.
In every stage of the suicide process, there are red flags that signaled something is/was wrong and that help is needed. Sometimes we miss the red flags because we misconstrue what we are seeing and hearing from the person. There are The earlier we can effectively assist in the crisis stages prevents progression of getting worse and makes early intervention more successful. If we wait for things to progress to a hopeless stage then it takes much more work, efforts, Love, resources and support to get out of crisis stage. Crisis intervention adds more complications and challenges to the effort of helping people in pain and so we pray that when we meet people experiencing emotional pain they are in an early stage that the efforts to assist will be easier, more effective and viable.
Some people will go from the life disruption to completing suicide because they may have experienced trauma and hardships before and don’t want to go through it again, so as soon as the life disruption occurs, they choose to end their life before the deep emotional pains, disappointments, rejections, abuse, retraumatization and revictimization reoccurs. Some people lose themselves in the experience of the life disruption like sexual trauma/rape, domestic violence, broken heart from broken intimate relationship, loss of a pet, loss of social status, loss of employment.
Suicide is an experience of immeasurable emotional pain, hurt and danger; not just end of life. Suicide Prevention is everyone’s business 24/7s. Every breath the person takes is either easing their pain, or adding to it. We all have parts to play in helping those who are struggling and suffering with/from emotional pain, abuse, addiction, depression, trauma and despair. If one of us is hurting, we should all be hurting. You don’t have to be a mental health “professional” to help, support, encourage hope and speak life into someone who is experiencing emotional pain and wanting to die. Anyone with empathy and a willing heart in some stages of this process can be the light of hope, peace, Love and sustenance for the person. Focus on being present to allow them to express their pain so their heart and mind can be relieved of it.
— How do we end up in Emotional Pain/Crisis/Distress?
~ Life changes/challenges beyond our control such as Health, Employment, Homelessness, Divorce/Separation, Relationships (family and Intimate)
~ Death- Loss of loved one(s), pet, and how they died
~ Bullying (Physical and/or Verbal)
~ Unable to define/identify self, purpose in life
~ Religious conflicts with self, beliefs and social status
~ Impacts of disasters (self, manmade and natural)
~ Moving from a place of comfort to discomfort
~ Lack of Love, empathy, support and companionship
~ Abuse (sexual, physical, verbal, virtual, psychological)
~ Loss of control over one’s life and circumstances
~ Victimized, violated, traumatized and used
— Some Subliminal Messages of Emotional Pain, Depression and Suicide
~ I don’t want to keep living like this
~ I can’t continue living like this
~ I can’t live without him/her
~ I’m tired of this life
~ Why do I have to suffer like this
~ Nobody cares about me
~ Why can’t I be accepted as I am
~ No one understands how I feel
~ They will be better off without me
~ What’s the purpose of living
~ I’m tired of being a burden
~ I’m hurting beyond reason/control
~ It will all end soon/tomorrow
~ The pain is unbearable
~ I don’t want to ever wake up
~ I just want to fall asleep and stay asleep
~ I feel unworthy. Who am I, and why am I even here
— Here are tips on How To Help Someone In Emotional Pain/Crisis.
These tips will help to alleviate and address the emotional distress someone is experiencing or fear is coming upon them. They help assess their state of safety (physical and emotional) and if needed refer/connect them to professional help services. If you can’t help them connect them to another support resource/lifeline. You can’t help someone who doesn’t want to be helped so don’t stress over not being able to help. Just do your best to help.
~ Listen carefully and nonjudgmentally; it is their reality, not yours
~ Let them talk about feelings, hurt, wanting to die. You’ll hear reasons to live
~ They are not crazy (although may sound that way to you)
~ Never make promises you can’t keep. A promise increases anxiety, false hope
~ Everyone reacts to distress differently. Understand and respect how they do
~ Don’t threaten with hospitalization (can create more distress)
~ Don’t threaten with police/cops (fear of police can force them to self-harm)
~ Don’t use religion to scare (God says/will, it’s a sin, you’re going to hell)
~ Don’t speak down to them. Encourage hope, speak of Love and compassion
~ Don’t compare your lifetime to theirs
~~ What you went through may be similar but with different impacts
~~ If asked about your experience, share, but maintain focus on him/her
~ Move them away from area of threat/discomfort
~ Go for a walk. Find a safe place/space where they can feel more comfortable
~ Encourage positive thoughts, if even 3 things they can reflect on daily
~ Connect them with support resources/groups/hotlines
~ Do not mention stressors (you should know them if you listened carefully)
~ People who make them uncomfortable, angry, sad, frustrated
~ Circumstances that created panic, grief and loss
~ Check up on and in with them periodically to see how they are doing. Stay connected
For more information and resources about emotional pain, depression, suicide, trauma healing and recovery please visit our website at sisfi.org. Please feel free to share this information as I pray it will help bring clarity, understanding and learning to all.
~Brett A. Scudder
Suicide Attempt Survivor
President/Chairman and Crisis/Behavioral Intervention and Response Director/Trainer of SISFI, The Suicide Institute and NYC The Suicide Council
The September issue of Change Gospel Magazine is here. On the front cover is Sherwin Gardner. Please check out my article about the book, “Keys To The Kingdom” by Minister KeishanScott on Pages 20 and 21. To read these and many other articles go to http://www.changesoe.com 1.when you get to the website, scroll down a bit until you see this Months issue of the Magazine. 2. Click on the Magazine and it will then open. 3. After it opens, go to the LOWER RIGHT CORNER of the page and click, the pages will turn. If you are using your phone or tablet, then click on the PDF and scroll up or down the view the Magazine Thank you. We Love you guys.
Empower Message from Patrick Weaver. Something we need to think about and put it into action.
Your head will stop hurting when you stop letting people live in your head rent free. This is a non-factor headache, and you don’t have time to be giving non-factors the right and the privilege to decide how you’re going to feel, if you’re going to have peace, if you’re going to get rest. Your oil is too precious to be wasted, and your tears are for watering faith seeds, not dead things. Don’t let the devil play you, “If God be for you, who can be against you” (Romans 8:31).
If you or you know someone that are going through with Depression or other Mental Health Obstacles then please reach out for help. This hotline number is one of the reasons why I am still here. Let’s Break the Stigma and the Shame. Also please do not judge at all.Your judgment is not helping, it is actually making that person feel worst. #ThisPostMaySaveSomebodyLifeToday
Title: Never Gonna Be The Same
Author: Gomer Joseph
Publisher: Gomer Joseph
About The Author:
Gomer Joseph is a Business Major at Bob Jones University. Never Gonna Be The Same is the first book he published. Not only is he an author, but he writes and produces a YouTube cartoon comedy series titled Remember What’s Important.
About This Book
Never Gonna Be The Same Book Review
The only thing I have to mentioned is Gomer Joseph created a Christian Book that is so powerful concerning a family secret. Gomer Joseph put the focus on some real issues about when individuals get angry at God. In the consequences of that anger, it can caused a turbelence in the life of that angry person. “Never Gonna Be The Same” was about learning to use the power of forgiveness. The theme of this narrative in one word is “Reconciliation”. I appreciate the facts, that prayers shared throughout in the book of “Never Gonna Be The Same” were so refreshing and powerful. In addition to the sharing the Word of God with others was enunciate forth with a substantial family surroundings. The prayers shared throughout “Never Gonna Be The Same” abide extremely compelling directed towards me.
The character of Chris who is a young man who having a difficult times after finding out a family secret about him. In life we can relates with Chris dealing with the struggles of a family secret which is a big lies. Often times we get angry with God when the storms of life is raging. I was truly impressed about the way the Characters still kept their faith in God and shows the love towards each other til the end. Gomer Joseph really allows the Holy Spirit to anoints the pen to created a powerful written story. Spectacular Characters sketch prevails sure-enough realistic. It also kept the readers like myself to guess how the story will concludes at the end. I found “Never Gonna Be The Same” well-written with a great narrative mentioned about love and forgiveness. Anybody who read this Christian narrative will be inspired about the Characters of Jonathan and Chris whose bonds changed when a family secret was exposed.
Gomer Joseph did an awesome tasks of showcasing contrasting Characters and their issues. Their particular issues we’re exhausting but I was empower by their footsteps toward forgiveness and revival or rebirth. “Never Gonna Be The Same” shows an outstanding manifestation of faith with works. As a consequence, the importance of having a personal relationship with God. Thanks to Gomer Joseph for writing a tremendous Christian Story about a Haitian Family.
Title: Spiritual GPS God Promised Solutions
Author: Oliver T. Reid
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing Platform
Numbers of Pages: 62
About The Author:
Apostle Oliver T. Reid called into the ministry in his youth, is a powerfully anointed and dynamic man of God. Known to be a remnant preacher and a testament to these times, Apostle Reid flows with a global prophetic mandate with God’s signs and wonders following. A man of many gifts and talents, he walks in the office of Pastor, Prophet, Evangelist and Teacher, and most affectionately knows him as “Apostle.” As a trailblazer, stalwart, and international apostle Reid has a passion to see the body restored, sinner’s saved, and broken hearts mended. Apostle Reid has served in numerous capacities, among them, Campus Minister at Winston Salem State University from 1996-1999. In 1996, Apostle Reid founded Youth with a Fire Ministries (YWAF) in North and South Carolina and in 2005 he established Seated International Ministries, where he served as Senior Pastor. Apostle Reid served as Assistant Pastor of Grace Tabernacle Deliverance Ministries Inc. for 10 years. Apostle Reid launched OTR Ministries International in 2009 to consolidate his multiple resource networks. Prophet Reid has over 20 years of extensive ministerial experience. A native of Charlotte, North Carolina, Apostle Reid is happily married to Miatta Reid and a proud father. He is a graduate of Winston Salem State University with a BA/BS degree in History and Sociology. Apostle Reid obtained a Bachelors as well as a Master’s Degree in Theology from Life Christian University. He is presently in pursuit of his Doctor of Ministry in Theology degree from Life Christian University. Apostle Reid has used God’s blessings and favor upon his life in the marketplace, as Founder of ECKLESIA Professional Development Center in 2001 and Founder of M.I.N.D. Consulting firm in 2007, providing mental health and consulting services. He is also a seasoned Consultant, Trainer, Motivational Speaker, Writer, and Poet. His first book, DON’T PRESS FAST FORWARD, was released in 2010. His next four widely anticipated books: Spiritual GPS, Your Ministry Is Not Impossible, Nine Keys To Keeping A Vision Fresh, and Words From The Low Place are due to be released in the near future. Using his God given passion to teach, Apostle Reid has developed a series of explosive empowerment workshops and conferences.
About This Book
Spiritual GPS (GOD PROMISED SOLUTIONS)
DAILY QUOTES TO NAVIGATE THROUGH LIFE’S HIGHWAY Volume 1
Just like our daily commutes life’s highway is filled with winding turns, unexpected delays, breakdowns, and unfortunately accidents. We can start off in our minds envisioning a well thought out plan to get us to our desired destination only to later find that road is closed or under construction. Oftentimes our fondest shortcuts lead us into major traffic jams. It is a proven fact that we map out our lives by identifying the familiar streets marking the crossroads that we are accustom to. You may be asking where I’m going with this and all I can say is stay along for the ride and keep your mental, emotional, and spiritual seat-belts fastened
Spiritual GPS God Promised Solutions Book Review
“Spiritual GPS” is a powerful devotional to add to your reading list. While I was reading this powerful devotional; I found it to be a great read for the purpose of encouragement. Pastor Oliver T. Reid created “Spiritual GPS” for the purpose to Minister and empower the readers during the storm in their lives. I believe this is the perfect book that I can read during my time of peace and meditation. The Word of God is the powerful tool that spoken through Pastor Reid from the book cover until the last page.
Pastor Oliver T. Reid allows God to guide the pen to releasing the messages to the readers. That releasing power of the messages that provides the light at the end of our tunnels when the cares of individuals beating us down. “Spiritual GPS” provides the readers with tools on how to make a commitment with God. The Spiritual GPS will helps to move beyond the obstacles from our past so we can successfully received God’s promises to us.
The GPS challenges us to be open for a solution or a change. On a daily basis God has a spiritual road filled with His signs and directions to guide us to find the right path through our lives. We have that internal navigation systems(The Holy Spirit) inside of us as a believer of Christ. The Holy Spirit is a masterpiece to direct our path and guide to God’s spiritual destination. God never wanted us to be left behind or confused on the spiritual highway. In my opinion, I truly believe God require us to arrive or end up at His desired residence on time. The Word of God gives us roadside assistance when we need it. God can dissolve the problems with His Solutions. That images I can imagine God is the road. God is the way, the truth and the life. Jesus Christ is that spiritual brige to lead us to the other side. During our darkness and in the midst of the storms, Jesus Christ is the light at the end of the tunnel. I recommend you to read “Spiritual GPS” to expand your relationship with God and also to have faith. I am looking forward to read more books by this Man of God.
Title: You Said One Thing,,,,God Said Differently
Author: Jonathan Wesley
Publisher: Godchild Productions
Number of Pages: 114
About The Author
Jonathan Wesley was born on September 12, 1989 in Newark, NJ. Before he was ever formed in his mother’s womb, he had a strong calling on his life. The Lord’s presence was evident in him at a very young age. Even though he tried to run for many years, he learned through trial and error that he was not going to be fulfilled as long as long as he continued to run from God. Through the test and trials of life. Jonathan Wesley is a true example of resilience and servant leadership. Mr. Wesley overcomes each trial, tribulations and tragedy with grace that allows him the opportunity to so into others who will endure the same things that he has.
Jonathan Wesley holds a B.A. in Sociology, M.Ed in Education, Certificate in Pastoral Counseling and is currently pursuing a M.Div from Emory University Candler School of Theology with the desire to pursue doctoral student after the completion of this degree. He loves education and believes strongly that with knowledge comes much power and accountability. Not only is he an educator , he is also an artist, public speaker, spiritual coach, Minister,higher education professional and social Advocate. He understands that he renders his services in a spirit of excellent and achievement. He teaches on spirituality, life development, leadership, education, and other topics which have proven to be a success in the lives of those which he has come in contact with. At his age, he has accomplished a lot and contributes his success to God, family, friends and supporters.
About This Book
Basically, I want to mentioned that Jonathan Wesley written an Inspiring Motivationally Book that God was the narrator of this story talking about Terrell. “You Said One Thing,,,,God Said Another Thing” is one of those books that will challenges you to take a look in the mirror.
Jonathan Wesley allows God to direct the pens to write an inspiring book “You Said One Thing,,,But God Said Differently: Silencing the Unauthorized Voices &Living Your Authentic Life”. Jonathan’s aspiration through his writing, plentiful of wisdom and communication with individuals that people have the determination to become delivered, healed and set free. He wants the readers to have the understanding that they can have a personal relationship with God despite the fact what society inform them.
Jonathan Wesley isn’t your average person but he believes firmly in discipline what delivers in his sermon. He does that with a moment on living the trueness. He believes that everybody should accept and essentially their authenticity in order to experience true healing and deliverance. He lives by the Psalm, “If I Can Help Somebody as I Pass Along Than My Living Will Not Be In Vain”.