Who Is God?
on September 30th, 2020
‘What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important things about us.’A.W. Tozer Welcome to our new series, ‘Who is God?’At first glance this question may seem redundant, unnecessary, or perhaps even irrelevant, or perhaps at times you’ve felt that God is unknowable or far away. Some may ask, ‘is this really worth studying?’ But perhaps it does. How we think about God can infor...  Read More
1 Peter Review
on September 29th, 2020
Once again we have traveled through a book of the New Testament. You may have noticed that this book includes three significant themes, each as relevant to us now as they were to Peter’s first readers. Use this guide to review I Peter. Theme #1  HAVE HOPE We have hope because of the death and resurrection of _________________.  1:3 Because we have this hope, we need not be afraid because our Judge...  Read More
1 Peter 5:6-11
on September 28th, 2020
Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper timehe may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion,seeking someone to devour. Resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same kinds of suffering are being experienced by your brotherhood throug...  Read More
1 Peter 5:1-5
on September 25th, 2020
Read 1 Peter 5:1-5 I love the movie “The Intern”. Robert DeNiro plays an older man who begins an internship for retired folks at a tech startup company run by Anne Hathaway’s character. She is losing a grip on her family and business, and she has a lot to learn as a young person. DeNiro’s character speaks into her life and gives her the tools, and the guts to learn how to run her company and keep ...  Read More
1 Peter 4:15-19
on September 24th, 2020
Read 1 Peter 4:15-19 Whenever we approach Scripture, we face the temptation to allow ourselves to shape the text to what we think to be true. Or, we find ourselves ignoring or moving past the ‘harder’ passages in the Bible. It probably would be much easier to only read and think about the verses that we know and love. Nevertheless, the entirety of God’s Word is relevant to us today because of the ...  Read More
1 Peter 4:12-14
on September 23rd, 2020
Read 1 Peter 4:12-14 People who knew my father before he became ill describe him as a funny, extroverted, devoted family man who loved his job as a county extension agent. I marvel at their descriptions because the dad I grew up with wasn’t the man they knew.The father I knew was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis when he was twenty-nine. Within a few years, he was unable to walk, write, read, cont...  Read More
1 Peter 4:7-11
on September 22nd, 2020
Read 1 Peter 4:7-11 In first grade I was invited to my first big birthday party! I was counting down the days for this party from the first day I got the invite. The night started out with us all going to the movie theater to see Toy Story. After the movie, we were going to head back to Michael’s house for pizza and games. But midway through the movie I had terrible stomach pains. I was able to fi...  Read More
1 Peter 4:1-6
on September 21st, 2020
Read 1 Peter 4:1-6 I don’t remember the child, but I do remember the situation. For some unknown reason, one of my children was throwing a moderately explosive tantrum about who knows what, and I was running out of options. I had tried a number of techniques to calm this raging child, with no success. I had offered a drink of juice, a snack, made attempts at distractions, and even raised my voice ...  Read More
1 Peter 3:17-22
on September 18th, 2020
For it is better to suffer for doing good, if that should be God's will, than for doing evil.For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive in the spirit, in which he went and proclaimed to the spirits in prison, because they formerly did not obey, when God's patience waited in the days of Noa...  Read More
1 Peter 3:13-16
on September 17th, 2020
Read 1 Peter 3:13-16 You are blessed. When we hear this, many of us start to take an inventory of our lives. Well, I do have a nice home. My family is a little messed up, but they love me. I have a steady job. I haven’t had to quarantine in a couple months now. My kids are pretty well behaved. I don’t have to worry about my next meal. As much talk that goes around about this country, I like it her...  Read More
1 Peter 3:8-12
on September 16th, 2020
Read 1 Peter 3:8-12 I believe one of the most difficult commands in all of Scripture is found in 1 Peter 3:9. ‘Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult. On the contrary, repay evil with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing.’ It’s within our human nature to seek revenge when we have been wronged. We want to even the score so that we feel better about...  Read More
1 Peter 3:7
on September 15th, 2020
You husbands likewise, live with your wives in an understanding way,as with a weaker vessel, since she is a woman; and grant her honor as a fellow heirof the grace of life, so that your prayers may not be hindered.  I Peter 3:7 I am really good at ignoring my kids. Kids have a tendency to want to do things over and over again. They plead their case when I have already given them an answer or they ...  Read More