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. 

Undeserved

Grace is the unmerited favor of God. God is rich in mercy because he does not give us what we deserve. He withholds his wrath and judgment because He is a merciful God. Grace is the opposite side of the coin. It is receiving what we don't deserve. 

It is the lavishing of his love. 
It is reconciling us with himself. 
It is the bestowing of the Spirit. 
It is the giving of gifts. 
It is the protection of the armor. 
It is the hope of His coming. 
it is the preparation of a mansion. 
It is the wiping away of our tears. 
It is the deliverance from evil. 
It is making a way in temptation. 
It is the provision of our daily bread. 
It is the forgiveness of sin.
It is the world overcome.
It is the defeat of satan.
It is the compassion for the down trodden.
It is the father to the fatherless.
It is the sanctifying of our souls.
It is the the way, truth, and life.
It is the healing of our infirmities. 
It is the answers to our prayers.
It is the community of believers.
It is the encouragement of the saints.
It is the bearing of our burdens.
It is the ransom of His Son!

If God is rich in Mercy, its wealth pales in comparison to his Grace. He withholds one thing and delivers so much more. He displays his grace daily, and we are as undeserving. We are sinful and faithless; proud and ungrateful; obnoxious and uncaring; oblivious and unconcerned. Daily we struggle to remain on the straight and narrow path, and daily God displays his grace.

The scripture says that all good gifts come from the Father and that in trials he works them for good, for our sake and his glory. These, and much more, are the daily graces we receive. When we count our blessings we are brought back into focus for the wonderful relationship we have in Christ. 

We were saved by his grace, we are being saved by his grace, we will be saved by his unmerited favor.  I'm just saying...