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Dr. Paul Perkins

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For an author writing is as necessary as breathing. They don't write for money or to court literary fame, but because they believe they have something to say. It matters not that anyone will read or listen, the words must be written, and if in the process someone is blessed -- all the more wonderful

Dr. Perkins has written for a long time, but only recently has sought to publish his work and venture into new genres. He believes in education, finally earning his doctorate at the age of 55. He believes that learning never ends, giving fodder to the imagination and breathing life into the characters on his page. His hope is to continue telling stories for a new generation of readers and aspiring authors.

Dr. Perkins' first novel is "Centurion: From glory to glory", but is not his first book. He has written "Legacy to my sons", "The Lost Shepherd", "The prayer of a transformed life", "The Cost", and a verity of Christian Youth Devotionals. 

Obama’s Birth Certificate Released!

“Birthers” (those who have doubted the authenticity of President Obama’s birth certificate) have been raising doubts to the legitimacy of the Obama Presidency. Was he born in the US? Does he have a legitimate birth certificate? Does he really have a right to be president? Well, finally, the president has released the long form of his birth certificate! Now we really know for sure!
Why is this an important issue, or is it? The short answer is that if he isn’t a citizen then his whole presidency is illegitimate and it is the greatest con ever perpetrated on the U.S. Citizenry. To me it has never been an issue. I guess I trusted those who vetted him when he first put his name into run for president. The question has finally been put to rest.
You know, as believers, who have been born again, the authenticity of our new birth is often brought into question. Legalistic Christians look at our lives and doubt our new birth because we don’t conform to their view of how we should dress, behave, speak, or worship. Someone recently was looking at some old pictures of me and was surprised because I ride a motorcycle and play paintball. Certainly pastors don’t engage in such activities. Then there are the liberal Christians who wonder if we are really born again because we believe that God allows people who do not chose Him in this life to spend eternity apart from Him in the next life. Hell isn’t a nice place and a loving God, surely, wouldn’t allow people to go there.
Is it possible for me to quiet the dissenters; the doubters; the ‘birthers’? I can’t produce spiritual birth certificate right now. Let me explain. This is the definition of a birth certificate: An official document issued to record a person's birth, including such identifying data as name, gender, date of birth, place of birth, and parentage. So this is how my spiritual birth certificate reads:

•Name: Rev. 2:17 ‘To him who overcomes…I will give him a white stone,and a new name written on the stone which no one knows but he who receives it.

•Date: 2Cor. 6:2 Behold, now is “THE ACCEPTABLE TIME,” behold, now is “THE DAY OF SALVATION” — (Fall of 1975)

•Gender: Gal. 3:28 “….there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.”

•Place: Rom. 6:23 “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (1st Baptist Church of Lutz, Florida).

•Parentage: Romans 8:16 “The Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are children of God,”

•Seal: Eph. 1:13 “In Him, you also, after listening to the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation — having also believed, you were sealed in Him with the Holy Spirit of promise.”

This might not satisfy some but the letter of authenticity isn’t written on paper but on the hearts of those who have come to faith because of our testimony, ( 2Cor. 3:2 You are our letter, written in our hearts, known and read by all men; being manifested that you are a letter of Christ, cared for by us, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts.) As we live the reality of our new birth its authenticity is revealed in how we live for Christ, walk in the Spirit, produce His fruits, and endure until the end. Whew! I’m glad that is finally settled.