1 Peter 4:12-19 – Rejoicing in Suffering

Dear Christian, as you experience suffering in this life, remind yourself that it is not a reason for complaint, but rather for rejoicing. That may seem counterintuitive, but we can rejoice because our suffering is of benefit to our own soul. Whatever trial we are enduring is only a “slight momentary affliction preparing for us […]

Posted on: January 26, 2017 - 10:00PM

1 Peter 4:7-11 – Living and Loving In Light of The End

Too often, people’s main concern in thinking about the end times is how they can protect themselves. They want to be assured that they wont suffer through the tribulation; or (if they believe they will go through the tribulation) that they can somehow stockpile enough food for themselves; or that they’ll have enough material goods […]

Posted on: January 19, 2017 - 10:00PM

Most cultures—unlike our own—expect suffering as inevitable and see it as a means of strengthening and enriching us. Our secular culture, on the other hand, is perhaps the worst in history at helping its members face suffering. Every other culture says the meaning of life is something beyond this world and life. It may be […]

Posted on: January 12, 2017 - 10:00PM

The Confusion and Controversy of 1 Peter 3:19-20

This past Sunday was an incredibly sweet day for our faith family. Amid the testimonies, baptisms, and new members signing our church covenant, the Lord’s promise in Isaiah 55 continues to show itself true: His word going-out does not return void! Reaching 1 Peter 3:19-20 this week, we noted one scholar’s calculation of 180 different exegetical […]

Posted on: January 11, 2017 - 4:20PM

1 Peter 3:18-22 – Christ Suffered Once For All For You

[Our Father] disciplines us not to teach us how far we have to go to earn the right to be his children, but because we are his children. In his discipline, he is not making us pay the penalty for our sins, but delivering us from the sins for which Christ has already paid the […]

Posted on: January 5, 2017 - 10:00PM

Ending the Year by Loving our Neighbors

How often do we put ourselves in the position to reach out to the lost? If you’re like me, you may not always think tactically about surrounding yourself with the lost. Of course, I don’t simply mean living in close proximity to people. We work with non-believers. We have unbelieving neighbors. We have friends who aren’t believers. Yet we don’t […]

Posted on: January 2, 2017 - 6:05PM