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. 

Why I Love The Church: Part Three

The pews were hard, with no back, the only cool air was a breeze that blew through an opening where a window should have been, and the humidity was so thick it made it hard to breathe.  Yet, when the man up front began to play his guitar the voices of those in attendance rang through the little town.  We had been in Monterey, Mexico, to help build small churches in surrounding villages.  The pastor stood to preach, and though we couldn’t understand what he said we knew that he preached the God’s word.

            I have had the opportunity to worship with people in Macau, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Mexico, Greece, Bahrain, and Turkey and they all had one thing in common, they were believers in Jesus.  There is something refreshing to fellowship with people of like faith, and comforting to know that we had Christ as our common bond.

            For most of the twentieth century the greatest missionary effort came from the Untied States.  After World War II Christians fell in love with people they had met during the war and felt God’s call to spend the rest of their lives sharing the gospel.  My wife’s parents were such people.  My father-in-law was stationed in Morocco, North Africa, and after the war he returned to be a part of God’s plan to bring the gospel to the world.  Yet, the fervor of the early part of the century waned, and churches in the United States sent fewer and fewer missionaries.  But God’s plan would not be thwarted. Jesus said that the gates of hell would not prevail over her 

            Today there are now more missionaries coming from Asia than the United States.  God has raised up His church in one place to fill the deficiencies of the church in others.  This is the pattern of history, and He will continue to do so until Christ returns.  The church is His bride, and through her He has chosen to bring the gospel.  The Church is made up of individuals called to follow and live in community with one another.  The church collective is the vehicle through which God has chosen to bring the message of the gospel.  It is a mixture of individual and collective effort.

            There has been tension in the U.S. between para-church and church ministries.  Organizations outside the church sprung up because individuals felt the church was not fulfilling its responsibilities.  The answer, however, is not the para-church; it has not been called to bear witness to the truth.  We must never abandon the church with all its flaws for something that God has not called to be His means of proclaiming His grace.

Eph 3:10 “so that the manifold wisdom of God might now be made known through the church to the rulers and the authorities in the heavenly places. 11 This was in accordance with the eternal purpose which He carried out in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

             Paul was a minister of the gospel, chosen by God, sent and supported by the church.  His goal was to share the good news with individuals and establish churches where the grace of God could be lived out.  We must not abandon her for something else.  We can try to do it on our own, and we might see fruit from our efforts, but individual effort has never been the plan of God.  I Love The Church because it is God’s chosen instrument to make known to the world His love and grace. I’m just saying… (Continued).