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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. 

In Case Of Fire – Four Ways To Be Prepared

With all the natural disaster occurring regularly it is good advice to be prepared for every contingency. On disaster that few think will ever happen to them is a home fire. Living in Dallas we experienced our first home fire disaster. It wasn’t our home but the one across the street. As it went up in flames the heat was extraordinary. We watched from inside our apartment and had to step away from the windows because they were so hot. So here are four tips in the event of fire:

1. As much as possible purchase fire retardant clothing. No one wants to look like those movies where the guy is running from the building waving his arms frantically while flames extend to the sky.

2. Fully immerse yourself in water. This is not a daily event though showers are a good hygiene activity. If there is a fire fully immerse yourself in water so that as you move out of the house your fire retardant clothing won’t combust into flames.

3. Wear oxygen and breath deeply. Of course who has a bottle of oxygen lying around in case of a fire. If one is not available lay close to the floor and just under the smoke. Most deaths are caused by smoke inhalation.

4. This one is preventative, have proper equipment stored in the house. This includes but is not limited to a smoke alarm (and don’t use the batteries for the kids toys), fire extinguisher (good for putting out the guy in the movie), and make sure you have an escape plan.

Putting these few tips into place will help protect you in case of a house fire. Of course there are worse fires then those in homes. There are chemical fires, fires on airplanes (while flying), and of course the big fire of them all HELL. Wouldn’t it be great if there were steps to protect against that one! Wait, there is and here are just a few hints:

1. Fire Retardant Clothing: Zechariah 3:4b. “See, I have taken your iniquity away from you and will clothe you with festal robes.” When we accept Jesus as our savior His righteousness becomes our clothing and God no longer judges us for our sin.

2. Fully Immerse Yourself In Water: 1Pet. 3:21 “Corresponding to that, baptism now saves you — not the removal of dirt from the flesh, but an appeal to God for a good conscience — through the resurrection of Jesus Christ” When we are baptized by water we are identifying ourselves with the cause of Christ. When we are baptized by the Holy Spirit we are brought into the family of God because of the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

3. Wear Oxygen and Breathe Deeply Acts 17:25 “He Himself gives to all people life and breath and all things”. The Father has breathed into us the breath of life and as we are dependent on Him we receive eternal blessings.

4: Proper Equipment: Like a smoke alarm prayer helps us to be alert and aware of the devils schemes (1 Peter 5:8); Fire extinguishers are good for earthly fires but to extinguish the flaming arrows of the devil we need something a lot more effective – the shield of faith (Eph 6:16); and finally a good escape route is essential to avoid dying in a fire and to avoid eternal flames everyone should trust the Lord who always gives a way of escape when temptation comes (1 Cor 10:13).

There you have it four good tips. Of course if you think the fire will never come you will be caught unprepared and most likely be consumed. I’m just saying…..