The church has good reasons for submitting to man’s authority. Peter begins with the admonition to resist strong desires that are not in line with God’s will. Fleshly lusts cover a broad spectrum of potential sins! An important consideration, given all of this, is, “Why?” Why should we struggle so to abstain, rather than indulge?
The redeemed are precious to God though rejected by men. So far in 1 Peter, the message has been clear that we are sojourners here. As those who do not belong, we can at times be (or feel) rejected of men. But, the text will help us to see just how precious we are to God.
Like babies desire milk, believers desire the Word. Most of us read the Bible. We long to know it, to grow in it, to mature in our Christian walk. However, before Peter even gets to this, he remarks that we must lay some things aside.
As part of the same family, Christians are to love one another. The only folks we really wound, Are those we love the best. We flatter those we scarcely know; We please the fleeting guest, And deal full many a thoughtless blow, To those we love the best.
The complexities in the details of Jesus’ last night teach us that God has a plan. His dealings with Judas, the betrayer, show us patience, meekness, and kindness. Through the last supper we come to know the great truths of: Vicarious Atonement, A New Covenant, Remission, & Eternal Security.
Christmas is God’s Gift! We were in darkness, God gave His Son, Light has come. The greatest gift you will ever receive is the true gift of Christmas — to be born again. This is the very thing that makes Christmas merry.
We are saved by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone–not works! Nothing we can do can get us into salvation. To think so is to trust in self rather than Christ. Salvation is by grace alone. All we must do is take the gift God puts in our hand—and thank Him.
The just payment for human sinning is to die or keep on dying. God’s gift is eternal life. Eternal life is to know Him. This is accomplished through Jesus Christ our Lord! The chief end of man is to glorify God and to enjoy Him forever.
In the book fo Zechariah we learn that no matter the prophecy, the outcome is always Jesus! God reveals here that He is not finished with His people, He would provide for them a second chance. Listen to Zechariah – God’s Future for His People.
The purpose of Haggai’s ministry was to awaken the lazy people and encourage them in finishing God’s temple.It was easy to get the work started when they first arrived because everyone was dedicated and enthusiastic.But after months of trial and opposition, the work lagged and finally stopped.As we consider the book of Haggai today, let’s see how the things he points out then can also be a hindrance to us now.
The message of Haggai is — Don’t be lazy.Consider your ways: are you putting yourself ahead of God, do you dwell in the past instead of the future? Remember, God has chosen you and will bless you: Confess your sins and have faith.
Throughout church and biblical history there have been many instances of reformation. Sadly, at some of these times it was a reformation of all but the heart. The book of Zephaniah teaches that we need a Great Reformation, a revival of the heart.