I'm Just Saying

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. 

When Things Go Wrong

Spiritual growth is our goal, but as with most things, growing in our spiritual life takes hard work and discipline.  What was meant to be natural in the beginning has become a chore.  Why is that, why, after a beautiful beginning, has the condition of the world become so desperately far from God?
Last week I mentioned that in the beginning God was the source of all creation, man was created for a relationship with God and people, each of us has a role, and God is the boss.  However, all that changed the moment Adam and Eve turned God’s program upside down.  The forbidden fruit in the garden wasn’t to deny Adam and Eve of anything, but rather a test of their resolve to trust in God’s goodness.  The serpent (we know him as Satan) placed a question in their mind, is God good?  If he were, the serpent queried, why would he withhold anything from you?  As soon as Adam and Eve stepped outside of God’s set boundaries they set into motion a consequence that has affected us ever since.

God as the source.  The serpent tempted Adam and Eve to be like God, to be the source of their own knowledge, the source of their own moral choices, and the source of what they could or could not do.  In that instance they said they didn’t need God.
Relationships.  Man was made for a relationship with God and with people.  Their choice severed that relationship.  No longer would their relationship with God be the same.  There was now a barrier between them, but it also impacted Adam and Eve’s relationship.  They began to blame, accuse, and foster distrust.  God’s curse was a mirror of what was to happen when people didn’t live according God’s plan. 

Roles.  God had given roles to man and woman that created order and satisfaction.  After their sin those roles no longer were a joy but a burden.  Women would be subject to their husband, and they would continually try to usurp man’s responsibility to lead.  It would be a constant strain.  God’s role as head of the home would be replaced by lusts, possessions, and power.
God is boss.  The fall into sin did cause man to feel guilt over their, confession, and repentance.  Instead man, in his arrogance, has pushed God away, thinking that his own way is best.  Meaning, purpose, contentment, peace satisfaction, joy, and happiness are sought everywhere but within the framework God’s law, rather in his effort.

What was meant for good has been turned upside down.  All one has to do is look around and see the devastation that permeates the world.  Wars, immorality, abuse, broken marriages, homosexuality, self-indulgence, hatred, and greed are not the exception but the rule when sin reigns. 

From our perspective we hope that we would have made a different decision than Adam and Eve.  Yet, each day we chose the same course as our forbearers.  We need something, someone, who can return us to a state that would allow us to chose a different course.  There is hope, God has not left us alone, He, in His grace, has made a way.  I’m just saying….