Devotionals

We Are at War

October 30, 2014 | Comment

Daily Advance – Weekly ColumnBy: D. Clay PerkinsPresident, Mid-Atlantic Christian University  Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God … that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should.  Ephesians 5:10-13a, 20b (NIV) If you are seeking to live a spiritual life, do not be naïve: we are at war. We are in a spiritual battle. As we win battles, we can boldly tell others about the love of God. Three stories from my life remind me we are in a spiritual battle. The first story is a memory of going to a funeral years ago. The deceased was the spouse of a woman in the church I served. I had never met the man; he never came to church with his wife. He never cared for...

 

Do Unto Others

October 24, 2014 | Comment

Daily Advance – Weekly ColumnBy: Cherl Luton, Ph.D.Director of Teacher Education, Assistant Professor of Education, Mid-Atlantic Christian University The Golden Rule  “Do to others whatever you would like them to do to you. This is the essence of all that is taught in the law and the prophets.” Mathew 7:12 (NLT)   As last minute vacations are squeezed into final days of summer breaks, and thoughts begin to drift toward preparations for a new school year, I’m reminded of many first days of school. I’ll never forget the excitement of being an elementary school student—wondering who my teacher would be and hoping that he or she would like me. After all, everyone wants to be treated with kindness. Many years later I would be overwhelmed with excitement each August as I prepared for a classroom full of new students. Like so many other classroom teachers, I would spend many days setting up the classroom, and planning lessons and activities that would both delight my students and prepare them for lifelong learning. Most importantly, I wanted to be sure my students felt loved, respected, and valued. Students of all ages want to...

 

Q&A

October 06, 2014 | Comment

By: Clay PerkinsPresident, Mid-Atlantic Christian University     “Why are you searching for me?” he asked. “Didn’t you know I had to be in my Father’s house?” (Jesus) Luke 2:49 (NIV) He said to them, “Why are you troubled, and why do doubts rise in your minds?” (Jesus) Luke 24:38 (NIV) It has always amazed me that Jesus asked a lot questions. He often answered questions with a question. Why did he not just give a straight and simple answer? Would that have been better? Certainly, a clear answer, and not a question, would have given better clarity. The scriptures quoted above are two instances when Jesus answered a question with a question from the Gospel of Luke. In the first example, Jesus was answering his parents, who were likely quite annoyed with him since he had just caused them to be very anxious. Rather than answering their appropriate question, Jesus asked them a couple of questions. The second example occurred when Jesus’ disciples were likely speechless. They were confused, startled, scared, and were thinking, “Is this a ghost?” They were not quite sure what to think or what...

 

Immeasurably More

September 24, 2014 | Comment

Daily Advance – Weekly ColumnBy D. Clay Perkins, Ph.D.President – Mid-Atlantic Christian University   Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work in us.  Ephesians 3:20 (NIV) More. We live in a “more” society. We all want more. We really like more of this or more of that. If we have a boat, we want a bigger boat. If we have a job, we want a better paying job. If an investment is earning a single digit return, we want a double digit return. If our business is growing, we want it to grow more. If we have a good cell phone, we want the one that is coming out next month. Our spiritual leaders often remind us that “more” envy is evil. They appropriately suggest that we should learn to be satisfied with our lives. Like Paul, we should learn “to be content whatever the circumstances” (Philippians 4:11). But alongside that contentment, we also realize that we are in partnership with “him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine” (Ephesians 3:20). I like...

 

Grief

September 01, 2014 | Comment

Daily Advance – Weekly Column By D. Clay Perkins, Ph.D. President, Mid-Atlantic Christian University My comfort in my suffering is this: Your promise preserves my life. Psalm 119:50 (NIV) You will increase my honor and comfort me once more. Psalm 71:21 (NIV) She was very close to her mother. Her family was large, with seven siblings, yet she had a special relationship with her mother. Then her mother died unexpectedly. Grief is never a quick process. This is especially true when the grieving is over someone you love so much. It is without end, until that special day. For Christians, grief is unique – it is pain confused by faith. Faith calls us to know what we hope for and to be certain of what we do not see. (See Hebrews 11:1.) Often we need to see the nail prints. We need to see that which cannot be seen. She thought her prayer was one without faith, a prayer of a doubter. She prayed, “Lord, I want a rose!” Yellow roses were her mother’s favorite. So she asked God, “If Mom is okay, and I know she is, send me...