Devotionals

Peacemakers in the Middle East and Our Community

March 26, 2015 | Comment

Daily Advance – Weekly Column - Appeared October 11, 2014   By: Robert W. SmithProfessor of Bible and History, Mid-Atlantic Christian University Blessed are the peacemakers for they will be called sons of God. Matthew 5:9 (NIV) I spent seven weeks in the Middle East this summer working on an archaeological expedition and leading a study tour. The underlying tensions caused by bad economics, political disputes and cultural differences continue to boil. From the dig site in northern Jordan we felt and heard bombs dropped on the town of Dera’a across the border in Syria. From the top of the Tell (mound of occupational debris accumulated over centuries), we could at times see rising plumes of smoke. Later in Jerusalem, we never saw the contrails of rockets from Gaza, but we heard explosions in the night. We did not have to watch the media images of carnage, tears and anger to know that war raged. The tall concrete wall we passed through on the way to Bethlehem and armed checkpoints were poignant reminders of the divisions that exist. One of my Muslim co-workers in Jordan observed that the regional...

 

Lead with Integrity

March 11, 2015 | Comment

Daily Advance – Weekly Column - Appeared September 27, 2014By: Ronnie WoolardProfessor of Bible, Mid-Atlantic Christian University “You know how I lived the whole time I was with you, . . . I served the Lord with great humility and tears, although I was severely tested by the plots of the Jews.” Acts 20:18-19 (NIV)  Near the end of the Revolutionary War, the troops of General Washington were ready to revolt. Even though they had served so bravely and sacrificially for the cause of liberty, Congress had continued to be delinquent in the payment of their wages. Even some of General Washington’s staff officers wanted to march on Congress and demand their pay at bayonet point. Although he shared his troop’s frustrations, General Washington stood resolutely against this idea. He knew that as soon as the military imposed its will on the civil government that everything they had fought for was in danger. However, despite his opposition, the movement grew and finally a meeting was held to plan the march. Washington made a surprise appearance at the meeting and pleaded with his men to abandon their plans. At the conclusion of...

 

God's #1 Pick

February 27, 2015 | Comment

Daily Advance – Weekly Column - Appeared September 20, 2014By: D. Clay PerkinsPresident, Mid-Atlantic Christian University  For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight.  In love he predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will – to the praise of his glorious grace which he has freely given us in the One he loves. Ephesians 1:4-6 (NIV) God chose you. Think about that Biblical truth. You and I have been chosen by God. The decision to do this was made long ago. It was planned. This intentional sovereign act was to allow us to be pleasing to God. He wants us to be holy and blameless in His eyes. You and I are truly blessed. We are first string. We are number one. Personally, I have no clue how that really feels in the world of sports. I come from a family of eight children.  I have four brothers. When the high school coach heard there was another Perkins on the way, he was happy. Some of my brothers were...

 

The Right Path

December 02, 2014 | Comment

Daily Advance – Weekly ColumnBy: Ronnie WoolardProfessor of Bible, Mid-Atlantic Christian University  “There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death.” Proverbs 14:12 (NIV) Decades ago I read an article in a newspaper comparing and contrasting Elvis Presley and Pat Boone. The article noted that they were both Rock and Roll pioneers.  They were both Southerners born just six months apart to parents of modest means but with close family ties. They were both handsome and polite with gifted voices. Both of them became teen idols in the mid-1950s and then went on to successful movie careers. They even lived near each other in California. But these striking similarities ended as they both reached middle age.  Elvis Presley ended up overweight with drug problems and a failed marriage behind him when he died in 1977. By contrast, Pat Boone at the time was still in good shape, preferred milk to marijuana, remained happily married to Shirley, and cherished his relationship with their four daughters and four grandchildren. During an interview some years ago, Boone was asked about their contrasting lifestyles. With...

 

Forgiven

November 19, 2014 | Comment

Daily Advance – Weekly ColumnBy: D. Clay PerkinsPresident, Mid-Atlantic Christian University  Blessed is the one whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered. . . . When I kept silent, my bones wasted away . . . Then I acknowledged my sin to you and did not cover up my iniquity. I said, “I will confess my transgression to the Lord.” And you forgave the guilt of my sin.  Psalm 32:1, 3a, 5 (NIV) She was caught by her older sister. She was smoking a cigarette behind the shed. In her mind she knew she would pay for this. Mom had told her children not to smoke. But to her amazement, her older sister said nothing, absolutely nothing, to Mom. Wow, was her sister really going to keep her secret? As the days passed and Mom was assigning chores, the older sister started using a phrase, “No, Mom, my sister will do that for me.” Then she would look at her younger sister and whisper, “Won’t you, Smoky?” For days on end, her older sister manipulated her. Any time she did not want to do a chore, she would tell Mom...