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An Outline Of The First Epistle of Peter

Are things really hopeless in your life?  Listen!  Peter wrote his first letter (epistle) to the scattered and persecuted Christians of Asia Minor, what we today call Turkey.   The word “suffering” occurs at least seventeen times in the five chapters of this little book.   But the real theme is the “living hope” which we believers have amid our hardships.  This hope is not mere wishful thinking that things will get better in our lives.  This hope is a sure…

CHRIST THE KING

Today is the final Sunday of the Christian Church year, sometimes called Christ the King Sunday.   We find ourselves fittingly aware of the last days.  We know the King is coming soon, but we are not given to forecast the day or the hour. For most of us – especially for us Americans – maybe it’s a challenge to identify with Jesus as our King.    After all, we don’t have kings. We live in a republic, a representative sort of…

WWJD?

Some years ago a faddish abbreviation took hold among many Christians.  Pretty soon bumper stickers, bracelets and other trinkets were being marketed with the abbreviation WWJD. The abbreviation stands for:  “What Would Jesus Do?” It’s not a new question.  Christian parents and teachers have long used the question to get children to consider how to behave in any given instance. We rightly teach our children to follow and imitate the Savior’s example.  We don’t want them to follow the crowd.…

“WHEN THE DAY OF EVIL COMES”

In the closing lines of his letter to the Ephesian Christians, Paul encourages us to arm ourselves as soldiers do, to put on “the full armor of God.” Elsewhere he gives similar warnings:  “There will be terrible times in the last days,” and again, “The time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine.  Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want…

FROM THE RAT RACE TO A SOLITARY PLACE

We all talk about the great “rat race” that life can become.  In his book, “Sabbath,” Wayne Muller tells the story of Harvard president Neil Rudenstein.  One morning Rudenstein overslept.  For a perfectionist like him in the midst of a major fund-raising campaign, it was cause for alarm.  After years in a system that rewarded frantic overwork, he was just worn out.   It took a three-month leave of absence, during which he did little more than read, listen to music…

“WE AIN’T SEEN NOTHIN’ YET!”

To the Christians at Rome, the apostle Paul wrote:  “I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.” Paul does not belittle nor deny the sufferings of this present time.  In his epistles, he catalogs his own sufferings for the sake of Christ – beatings, imprisonments, shipwrecks, persecutions and hardships of all kinds. The great heroes of faith listed on the pages of Scripture all have this in common –…

“FEET FIRMLY PLANTED IN MID-AIR”

“I can see that you are full of bitterness and captive to sin,” says Peter to a sorcerer named Simon in this morning’s chapter from Acts. It’s a moral judgment.  Period.  Some things are sinful and some things are not.  Some things are moral and some things are not.  Some things are right and some things are wrong.  If there is no sin, the Son of God entered our world for no good reason and died for even less. Some…

NEVER TALK TO STRANGERS!

Never Talk To Strangers!   By the 1980’s it increasingly became a refrain chanted into the ears of children.  Parents and teachers often read a book by that title to the younger kids. Nobody wants kids to grow up afraid of everyone around them, but they need to know that it’s not always easy to tell the good guys from the bad guys.  Even a bad guy can smile, speak kindly, offer them candy, or ask them to help him find…