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1 Peter 5:12-14

1 Peter 5;12-14

This past week, I was in the San Francisco Airport and looking for a place for my kids to take a nap. It had been a long day, and we were in the middle of a long lay-over. So my wife and I were walking around trying to find a good spot to put them down when we noticed the Yoga Room. It was a small room set aside for travelers to meditate and relax. It was designed for mome...

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1 Peter 5:5-11

1 Peter 5;5-11

In his autobiography, Benjamin Franklin tells the story of meeting Cotton Mather, the famous New England preacher, at his home. And, as they were leaving through a room with a low ceiling, Mather shouted "Stoop! Stoop!". But it was too late. Benjamin Franklin hit his head against it, which prompted Mather to say: "You are young, and have the world before you; stoop as you ...

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1 Peter 5:1-4

1 Peter 5;1-4

On May 16, 1998, Christopher Sercye was playing basketball with his friends in downtown Chicago when he was shot in the chest. Immediately, his friends rushed him to the hospital and left him outside while they ran in for help. The staff, however, refused to help him because they said it was against protocol to help those outside the hospital. By the time he was finally ru...

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1 Peter 4:17-19

1 Peter 4;17-19

Last week, the Chilliwack Progress covered two sad stories on the front cover. One involved a convicted offender who was asking for parole. The other involved a police officer who was killed in the line of duty. And, in both, people asked the question: "Where is the justice?" "How is this fair?" Suffering always raises questions of justice. It always raises the issue of r...

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1 Peter 4:12-16

1 Peter 4;12-16

To get you thinking about our passage for Sunday, I have a pop quiz for you. How would you finish this sentence? "You can tell someone is a Christian when they __________ ." Some might say: "You can tell someone is a Christian when they profess the name of Christ." After all, the Bible says a lot about making a profession. The problem, however, is that Jesus also says: "Ma...

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1 Peter 4:7-11

1 Peter 4;7-11

The doctrine of end times may be one of the most controversial topics around. It has caused more heartache and confusion than possibly any other subject in the Christian life. For example, in the 1800s, some time between the War of 1812 and the Civil War, a popular preacher appeared in America named William Miller saying that the end was coming. As a result, his followers ...

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1 Peter 4:1-6

1 Peter 4;1-6

On December 17, 1927, the USS S-4 Submarine was running maneuvers off the coast of Massachusetts when it was accidentally hit by a Coast Guard Destroyer. The impact left a 2-foot gash in the hull that could not plugged. So the submarine sank to the bottom of the ocean where it sat for 3 days waiting to be rescued. While it was there, it sent messages to other vessels in th...

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1 Peter 3:19-22

1 Peter 3;19-22

1 Peter 3:19-22 is considered to be one of the most controversial passages in the Bible. Commentators are deeply divided over what it all means, but the overarching message is clear: Jesus is Lord of all. The main point is an encouraging one: there is nothing outside of His control. Are you worried about where our society is headed today? Does the news get you down and af...

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1 Peter 3:18

1 Peter 3;18

A missionary was once asked where God was when an orphan died. To which she replied, "The same place He has always been . . . with the orphan. The better question is: 'Where were you?'" The Bible tells us that God is with us in our suffering. It tells us that He is with the orphan and the widow and First Peter 3 says that He demonstrates this at the cross. First Peter3:18...

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1 Peter 3:13-17

1 Peter 3;13-17

What are you hoping in? Bart Erhman is the James A. Gray Distinguished Professor at the University of North Carolina who abandoned the Christian faith because of the problem of evil. He said that he could not understand how a good God could let people experience so much pain. However, in his book, God's Problem, he went on to state: 'When I fell away from my faith not ju...

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1 Peter 3:8-12

1 Peter 3;8-12

What are you hoping in? Bart Erhman is the James A. Gray Distinguished Professor at the University of North Carolina who abandoned the Christian faith because of the problem of evil. He said that he could not understand how a good God could let people experience so much pain. However, in his book,God's Problem, he went on to state: "When I fell away from my faith not ju...

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1 Peter 3:7

1 Peter 3;7

According to a 2016 study, more British Columbians love their pets than their spouse. To quote the Global News website, "A new poll found that 54% of British Columbians admitted to having days when they loved their dogs more than their spouses. Guess a dog really is 'man's best friend." While that sounds funny, it is actually very sad because it disagrees with Scripture. ...

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1 Peter 3:1-6

1 Peter 3;1-6

According to the latest statistics, four out of ten marriages in Canada end in divorce and, for the first time in history, there are more unmarried adults than married ones. You can add to this that 30 percent of Canadians now live alone, with numbers on the rise. Why is this? Why are people running away from marriage? There are probably a lot of answers to that question ...

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1 Peter 2:21-25

1 Peter 2;21-25

Three little boys once had a contest to see who could walk the straightest line in the snow. To do it, they picked a tree as their final destination and, when they had finished, they noticed that one little boy's tracks were by far the best. So they asked him why and he said, "Because I kept my eyes on the tree. The rest of you guys kept staring at your feet." That is wha...

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1 Peter 2:18-20

1 Peter 2;18-20

According to a recent survey, only 50 percent of Canadians actually enjoy their jobs and, of those who do, many would leave if they had a better offer. The same survey ranked Canada 17 out of 35 countries in job satisfaction, which raises an important question: What do you do when you don't like your job? What do you do when you want to quit and go somewhere else? More to ...

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1 Peter 2:13-17

1 Peter 2;13-17

Bruce Waltke, the former Old Testament Professor from Dallas Theological Seminary, tells the story of the time he was walking in the forest with his daughter and came across a butterfly emerging from a cocoon. As he did so, he thought, "I will just help it out a little bit" and he took out a knife and split part of the shell. When he did so, the creature fell out and died ...

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1 Peter 2:11-12

1 Peter 2;11-12

Why are we starting with a series on suffering?August 18marks my eighth month anniversary at the church and, as I look back on our time together, I cannot help but ask myself, "Why are we starting with a series on suffering? Certainly there must be something more positive to talk about. Why did I pick such a gloomy topic?" Then I remember that we live in an evil world and ...

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1 Peter 2:9-10

1 Peter 2;9-10

In the spring of 2000, James Montgomery Boice, the pastor of Tenth Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia, was diagnosed with liver cancer and only given a short time to live. On May 2 of that same year, he gave the following report to his church: "Should you pray for a miracle? Well, you're free to do that, of course. But my general impression is that the God Who is able to...

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1 Peter 2:4-8

1 Peter 2;4-8

On September 11, 2001, Lieutenant Coronel Brian Birdwell was walking through the U. S. Pentagon when the building was hit by a hijacked plane flown by terrorists. As a result, 60 percent of his body was burned and both of his lungs were seared in the fire. After 6 excruciating surgeries, the doctors gave him a less than one percent chance of survival. But he did survive ...

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1 Peter 2:1-3

1 Peter 2;1-3

Why does God allow suffering and pain? A little boy once swallowed poison and his father called the hospital to see what he should do. They told him to bring the boy into the Emergency Room but keep him awake at all costs. So, as he drove the child in, he kept slapping him to keep him awake. Every time the little boy dozed off, SLAP, SLAP, SLAP. The child thought his fat...

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1 Peter 1:22-25

1 Peter 1;22-25

The first physician to die of AIDS in the United Kingdom was a young Christian who contracted the disease while doing research in Zimbabwe. In the last days of his life, he could not speak but only had enough strength to write the letter "J." His wife did not know what he meant but, after running through a list of medical terms, she finally blurted out "Jesus!" and he no...

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1 Peter 1:17-21

1 Peter 1;17-21

On November 21, 1873, the French ocean liner Ville du Havre was crossing the Atlantic Ocean when it was struck by another ship and began to sink. Within a few minutes, it was completely submerged under water and 226 passengers were killed. Among them, were the four daughters of Horatio G. Spafford, a successful businessman and committed Christian. Upon seeing the spot wher...

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1 Peter 1:13-16

1 Peter 1;13-16

According to the Globe and Mail website, Canadians spend an average of 30 hours per week in front of the television. According to another site, the average child will spend more time watching TV by the time they finish grade school than they will spend talking to their father in their entire lifetime. They will also have consumed about 350,000 commercials by the time they ...

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Christian Hope

Christian Hope

Do you have hope? Two chickens were sitting on a fence one day when one turned to the other and said, "Do you think everyone suffers?" To which the other replied, "No, that's just you. The rest of us are having a great time!" I think it is safe to say that he was wrong. Everyone does suffer. We are not all having a great time but the good news is that we can have hope in t...

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1 Peter 1:10-12

1 Peter 1;10-12

Angels are some of the smartest creatures in all of creation. They are also some of the most holy. They have been with God since the beginning and have been closer to Him than any other being. And Scripture tells us that they love to study salvation. Of all the topics they are interested in, angels love to explore the topic of salvation. 1 Peter 1:12 says that they "long t...

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1 Peter 1:3-9

1 Peter 1;3-9

Providence has been called "The hand of God in the glove of human events." It is the doctrine that God moves and guides and controls the universe. Psalm 115:3 says, "But our God is in the heavens, He does whatever He pleases." Isaiah 46:9-11 says, "I am God, and there is no one like Me, Declaring the end from the beginning...I have planned it, surely I will do it." The pro...

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1 Peter 1:1-2

1 Peter 1;1-2

William Cowper wrote one of the most beloved hymns of all time ("There is a Fountain Filled with Blood") but is little known today because he struggled tremendously with depression. There were times when he could hardly get out of bed and go on with life. In fact, it got so bad that in December of 1763 he tried to kill himself and was admitted into an insane asylum where t...

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The Suffering Church

The Suffering Church - Web

C. S. Lewis was once asked if the righteous suffer. "Why not?" he said. "They are the only ones who can handle it." The Bible is very clear that the righteous suffer alongside the wicked. It minces no words in explaining that believers suffer right alongside non-believers. 2 Timothy 3:12 says, "Indeed, all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will be persecuted." Phili...

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