Devotionals

Prayer

September 01, 2014 | Comment

Daily Advance – Weekly Column By D. Clay Perkins, Ph.D. President – Mid-Atlantic Christian University I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers. Ephesians 1:16 (NIV) For this reason I kneel before the father. Ephesians 3:14 (NIV) … that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. Ephesians 3:19b (NIV) What do you pray for? If you are like most of us, your prayer list consists of those who are sick, those who need a job, those who are in some current struggle, etc. These are good things to pray for, but are they the best things to pray for? Now, do not misunderstand – if I am sick, please pray for me. If I need a job, I need your prayers. However, such needs are but temporary. I am increasingly convinced that the church today does not know how to pray properly. Prayer is not our getting something out of God. Prayer is God’s getting something out of us. He desires our love, our trust, our total dependence on Him. We need only to look...

 

Diversity

August 29, 2014 | Comment

Daily Advance – Weekly Column By D. Clay Perkins, Ph.D. President, Mid-Atlantic Christian University The body is a unit, though it is made up of many parts; and though all its parts are many, they form one body. So it is with Christ.  1 Corinthians 12:12 (NIV) “Variety is the spice of life,” we have often heard. In contrast, another axiom may feel more comfortable for many of us: “Birds of a feather flock together.” Just look at the chaos we know as a banana split. There may be comfort in that same old vanilla cone, but there is often more joy in diversity like a banana split. Higher education once taught us that the world was flat. Now we know better. Higher education, in the field of Sociology, has taught us that America should be a great melting pot. With all due respect, that thought is also wrong. Humanity shines best when one celebrates the diversity found around the corner and around the globe. A society good for all citizens is better represented by a stew pot, and not a melting pot. When Momma made beef stew, those carrots were much better after...