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. 

What The? There Goes The Nation!

     “The decision (to revoke citizenship), they said, ‘is intended to punish them for expressing peaceful dissent and thereby intimidate others from exercising their right to freedom of expression.’” 
The above quote is from Aljazeera in regard to a small country in the Middle East.  I read it this morning as I was reflecting on the results of yesterday’s elections.  As disappointing as the results are for conservatives like me, I am reminded again of the honor it is to belong to a free democratic country.  We are free to express our discontent, and it has been expressed widely this morning.  We are free to vote in or out our representatives if we don’t like how they govern.  We are free to petition and protest without fear of having our citizenship revoked.  Some believe that these rights are in danger as a result of a liberal president and an agenda that tastes like socialism.  We will find out in the next four years.

     As citizens of the United States, we have the privilege, honor, and obligation to participate in our government.  We can run for government, like my friend Paul Tittl (he won), in order to make a difference. We can speak up on issues we believe are important.  We can attempt to persuade, through a civil discourse of ideas, others to our point of view.  

     As citizens of the Kingdom of God we are to honor those in authority, pray for our leaders, and give respect to those who govern over us (1 Pet. 2:13-14, 1 Tim. 2:1-2, Romans 13).  Peter and Paul wrote under one of the most corrupt, immoral, and violent governments in history.  Yet, unlike Paul and Peter we belong to a participatory government and can work to change what we don’t like.

     As citizens of the Kingdom of God the way in which we approach civil discourse will be different than our opponents.  Where we will show grace, they will show hate (reading responses to Govern Huckabee’s blog I found it interesting that those who disagreed with him were often angry and vile).  Where we will offer truth, they will deny its existence.  Where we will offer forgiveness, they will harbor resentment.  Where we will stand for righteousness, they will fight for personal pleasure and sin. 

     As citizens of the Kingdom of God we are participants with the Holy Spirit as a restraining factor in a nation who is moving away from God.  Listening to a sermon by John MacArthur this morning, I am reminded again that God’s patience with a sinning nation is limited, and He will give it over to its lusts until their abandonment is complete.  

     As citizens of the Kingdom of God we have a choice.  We can do nothing and guarantee that darkness will prevail, or we can pursue righteousness through the declaration of the gospel until all who will believe become a part of God’s Kingdom.  I’m just saying…