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Dec 11, 2017

There is no I in Humble

12 10 I Peter 5:5-6 Humility is serving others, putting them first.  It begins with being humble before God.  Peter gives an admonition to young men (and really to all) to submit to the leaders of the church.  In their wisdom they will help guide the church through difficult times.  God’s grace is extended to the […]

Dec 4, 2017

A Shepherd’s Compass

12 03 I Peter 5:1-4 A compass helps provide direction as you set course for some predetermined destination.  Peter provides a compass heading for elders to help their respective churches undergoing persecution to navigate through the challenges.  An elder has a lot of responsibility to shoulder the many cares of his congregation.  He must do so […]

Nov 27, 2017

Our Hallelujah Chorus

11 26 Psalm 145:1-21 Thinking back over this past year, for what are you giving God thanks and praise?  In this Psalm written be David, he unwraps four things he is thankful for.  Read through the Psalm and see if you can resonate with him the same thanksgiving.  In this Psalm David gives praise for God’s […]

Nov 20, 2017

Persecution Has A Path

11 19 I Peter 4:12-19 Peter’s words at first don’t seem to be very comforting or encouraging.  Expect persecution.  There will be judgment.  Taking a closer look at these final remarks on persecution they are affirming.  Affirming in the sense that persecution is a tell-tale sign you belong to Christ.  Jesus said if He was persecuted […]

Nov 13, 2017

A Call to Act – For God’s Glory

11 12 I Peter 4:10-11 In the middle of a text on persecution Peter encourages believers to exercise their spiritual gift for the benefit of each other and for the glory of God.  Some questions arise then.  Do you know what your spiritual gift is and if so are you using it?  If you know what […]

Nov 6, 2017

The Tie That Binds

11 05 I Peter 4:7-9 Times of difficulty like persecution can be times of chaos and panic.  They can be times of hand wringing and confusion.  Peter provides some advice for Christians to counteract those feelings.  In these verses persecution is a call to urgent preparation, earnest prayer and specific practices.  In such times we should […]

Oct 31, 2017

To Arms

10 29 I Peter 4:1-6 To prepare us for times of persecution, Peter gives five important pieces of armor to put on or arm ourselves with so that we can endure.  We are to learn from Christ’s attitude, live for God’s will, leave our past life, lay aside vengeance, and latch hold of our victory.  The foundation […]

Oct 24, 2017

It’s Out of This World Spectacular

10 22 I Peter 3:22 Heaven, it is the home of Christ and the hope of the Christian.  Christ has gone there to prepare a place for us who by faith have trusted in Him for salvation.  It is there for us, yet how many of us really long for it?  Are we too tied down […]

Oct 2, 2017

A Pledge of Purpose

10 01 I Peter 3:21 To encourage his audience, Peter challenges them to stand up with an action that would show the world that they were followers of Christ.  Baptism was not only a way to show others by outward expression that an inward change had taken place, it also demonstrated a commitment to obey the commandments of […]

Sep 25, 2017

It’s a Matter of Interpretation

09 24 I Peter 3:19-20 Scholars consider this passage to be one of the most controversial in the New Testament.  Yet we can discover some truth in it that draws us to consider Christ once again.  Two compelling truths emerge.  The first is that Christ died for us to bring us to God.  There is only […]