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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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