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David Perkins

Contributor since: Sep 10, 2007

David's church

The Jesus Christ Said Radio Ministry

Fort Worth Texas , 76137

About David Perkins

Education: After the Marine Corps I went on the air to become a DJ. I got off the air to return to "normalcy" and went back to school to become a computer programmer. After attending the University of Houston I began that career, but after retiring, my calling -which has been lifelong and ignored by me- became so strong, I had to go back on the air to preach.

Comment to those looking at my sermons: Listen to them, don’t read them. That’s the difference between studying a map and actually experiencing the road!

Sermon or series that made a difference: Don’t all sermons make a difference in someone’s life? Anyway, go to my website, if you care to and see if there’s anything there that would make a difference. I suppose my unorthodox preaching is listened to either with horror or delight. I’ll let someone else tell you the difference it’s made in thier lives. For my life, I can tell I’m happier and feel more complete than I’ve ever felt in my life.

One of my favorite illustrations: Remember that the name of my ministry is "Jesus Christ Said." I love to end my radio broadcast with "And be good to one another. That’s what Jesus Christ Said!"

Family: My wife Pat, the public schools kindergarten teacher, and I are the parents of three grown children and four (soon to be five) grandchildren. Plus two dogs.

What my parents think of my sermons: Both are deceased. But I believe they’re pleased.

What my spouse (really) thinks of my sermons: She always tells me "Your best ever." But then she says that when I cook for us, sooooooo.

Best advice given to me about preaching: The book "A pratical guide to sermon preparation" by Jerry Vines said "God makes the man, the man makes the sermon." This greatly relieved me, since God has been working on me for so long, something good must have "rubbed off." Also, my preacher, Dr. Jerry Chism, at my home church (Arlington Heights UMC in Fort Worth) told me that if I didn’t preach as a lay person, when he did my eulogy, he knew I’d be very sad.

Books that have had an impact: So many books I’ve read in my life, I can’t boil it down to one or even a short list. Every book is like a visit with a friend.

Hobbies: Birdwatching. Traveling (limited by money.) cooking (and eating)

If I could Preach one more time, I would say...: Oh, I’ll preach a lot of one more times, if God allows me.

Something funny that happened while preaching: A little woman in a wheel chair that while I preach at the nursing home -which of course has all kinds of denominations- , keeps rolling her wheel chair around in circles. It doesn’t distract me at all (I guess I’m so focused on the word.) BUT, my wife calls her "our holy roller."

What I want on my tombstone: Send me, Lord