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. 

Gaining The Prize Can Be Hazardous

I just read an article about a man who won one million dollars in the Illinois state lottery.  The day after his golden parachute opened someone poisoned him with arsenic.   He wasn’t going to over indulge himself with his newfound fortune. He was going to be responsible, pay off debt and invest in his small business.  But the greed, that so easily consumes us, moved someone to act in violence.

            The Apostle Paul encourages us to press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus (Phil. 3:14).   The prize of eternal and abundant life is worth trading all the riches of the world, but there are hazards to obtaining this prize: 1) The world’s hate, 2) sin that entangles, 3) self-righteousness, and 4) legalism to name a few.  If we are to live victoriously we need to prepare ourselves for the inevitable struggle. 

            I just recently installed a spice rack in our kitchen (it was a group effort with two of my sons).  There use to be a built in ironing board in the wall.  The finished product doesn’t look too bad, but to get there we had to do a lot of preparation before the finished paint could be applied.  My oldest son, Joshua, took a hammer and screwdriver to the internal components of the ironing board.  It wasn’t easy, the old mechanisms were securely entrenched, and needed a lot of sledging to get them lose.  He ran out of time to finish the project before his family had to return home.  Over Christmas my youngest son, David, took up the banner.  With all the old components out of the way, his task was to fill in the crevices and ‘wounds’, and then sand down the rough edges.  It was a mess!  There was so much wood dust all over the kitchen that Rebecca and I had to wash the walls, the counters, and sweep and mop the floors. We are still finding dust in crevices.  After David installed the new shelves, I put on a fresh coat of paint.  It looks wonderful!

            When God brings us into his family the work isn’t complete.  In fact, there is a lot of hammering and sanding that needs to take place, and it is often messy.  The Spirit of God in us, working to bring about his will in our lives, and though he is doing the work it is a cooperative effort.  There are things that we must do to prepare ourselves for his work.  We need to surrender, submit, and serve.  

            By surrendering we acknowledge that we are sinners in need of a savior, and that God, in Christ, is the only avenue for redemption.  By submitting we acknowledge that God’s ways are best, His laws are right, and whether it makes sense or not, His glory is our greatest happiness.  By serving we acknowledge that we are not our own and the grace we have received is to be turned outward and extended to others.  We serve by loving and caring for others.  We serve by learning and leading.  We serve by reaching out with the gospel of Christ. 

            None of this is easy.  It fights against our old nature.  But greater is He who is in us, then he who is in the world.  Living a life of victory in Christ is ours by promise, and when we prepare our selves, God works in us to make us complete in Him.  I’m just saying….