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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 alwa...

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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 t...

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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 Peter&nbs...

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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 f...

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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 f...

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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 ...

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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? Mo...

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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 18 marks 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 evi...

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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 a...

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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 hop...

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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 “...

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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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Acts 5:1-11

Acts 5;1-11

The word "commitment" has fallen on hard times today. For example, statistics tell us that four out of ten marriages end in divorce, the average person holds up to 15 different jobs, and they move a staggering 12 times before finally settling down somewhere. And Christians are no different. It has been said that the average Christian has two kids, two cars, one house, one ...

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Romans 10:9-10

Romans 10;9-10

Who can join the church? The answer to that question is simple: Christians. Christians can join the church. But how can you tell if someone is a Christian? The answer to that question is simple too: confession. Romans 10:9 says, "That if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved." But what does...

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Who Can Lead the Church

Who Can Lead the Church

Who can lead the church? The famous Methodist preacher, John Wesley once said, "Give me one hundred preachers who fear nothing but sin, and desire nothing but God, and I care not a straw whether they be clergymen or laymen; such alone will shake the gates of hell and set up the kingdom of heaven on Earth." His point was that the right men will always make the right church....

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Matthew 13:24-30

Matthew 13;24-30

Have you ever wondered why the church is so messy? The story is told of a mom who woke her son up on a Sunday morning to tell him it was time for church. He responded by saying that he did not want to go. So she said in response: "But, Honey, you have to go. You are the pastor!" I think we have all experienced that from time-to-time. We have all wanted to stay in bed rathe...

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1 Corinthians 12

1 Corinthians 12

In my studies today, I came across a poem that really summarizes what this Sunday's sermon is all about. It is called "The Perfect Church." "I think that I shall never seeA church that’s all that it should be;A church whose members never strayBeyond the straight and narrow way; A church that has no empty pewsWhose preacher never sings the blues;A chu...

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The Church & the Parachurch

The Church & the Parachurch

Several years ago, a philosophy professor at Northeastern Illinois University contacted several of his fellow professors to ask them what the meaning of life was. Here was their response: "I do not know the meaning of life." "I do not think there is an answer to the question, what is the meaning of life." "I have never found the meaning of life." "I’m afraid the mean...

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Matthew 25:14-46

Matthew 25;14-46

Several years ago, a friend of mine was sitting on a plane next to a missionary and a volunteer from the Bill Gates Foundation. As he listened to them talk about their work in Africa, he realized that they sounded very much the same. They both built wells. They both taught locals how to read and write. They both provided health care, dental care, and counsel. "What’s...

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Peacemakers

Peacemakers

Recently, Lifeway Christian Research did a study where it was found that 37 percent of people who leave churches do so because they cannot get along with other Christians. In other words, they cannot make peace, which is so sad because Matthew 5:9 says: “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God” and 1 Thessalonians 5:13 says: “Liv...

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Sufficient Grace

Sufficient Grace

This week, I heard someone say that God does not give us more than we can bear; He gives us way more than we can bear. Otherwise, we wouldn’t need God. The Bible says the same thing. 2 Corinthians 12:9-10 says: "'My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.' Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of C...

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Matthew 28:18-20

Matthew 28;18-20

Dawson Trotman was the founder of the Navigators and a well-known Evangelist in the mid-1900’s who died while saving a young girl from drowning. He actually held her up while he himself perished under the waves. At his funeral, one of the keynote speakers said: "Dawson died the same way he lived – holding others up." Discipleship is a lot like that; it is the a...

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Matthew 28:19-20

Matthew 28;19-20

“What is the church supposed to be doing? Drop into any local church and you could find several different answers to that question. Some churches want to focus on their music. They want to have the best choir and the best concerts and the best ensembles in town. Others want to focus on their programs. They want to have the most relevant kid’s program and the mo...

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"As White as Snow"

As White as Snow

Snow is one of the prettiest things that God ever created and it reminds us of salvation. Isaiah 1:18 says: "'Come now, and let us reason together,’ says the Lord 'Though your sins are as scarlet, they will be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they will be like wool.’” Through the shed blood of Christ, though you were once scarlet in God...

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1 Corinthians 12:12-13

1 Corinthians 12;12–13

A large denomination once posted a list of typos in their church bulletins that included statements such as: "Ladies, don’t forget the rummage sale. It’s a chance to get rid of those things not worth keeping around the house. Don’t forget your husbands." And "Barbara is having trouble sleeping in the hospital. She requests tapes of Pastor Jack’s ser...

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Foundations of the Church

Foundations of the Church

“According to the Hartford Institute for Religious Research, 40 percent of Americans say that they attend church regularly but only 20 percent actually do. While the numbers vary a little bit, Canadians are in much the same plight. On any given Sunday, eight out of ten choose to stay home instead of going to a place of worship, which makes you wonder: "Who cares?" "I...

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Christian Direction

Christian Direction

Another interesting fact about babies is that they grow. They cannot stay the same. As each day passes, they become bigger and smarter and stronger with time and it is the same way with Christians. So if you are wondering: am I saved? Ask yourself the question: am I growing? John MacArthur says that Christianity is not about perfection; it is about direction. So what is th...

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The Christian Life

The Christian Life

One interesting fact about babies is that they have everything they need from the moment they are born. Hands. Toes. Eyes. Ears. Feet. It is all there and it is the same way with Christians when they are reborn (1 Peter 1:3, 23). We are provided with everything. Faith. Hope. Love. Truth. The Holy Spirit. It is all there and we just need to grow into it (Ephesians 4:14-16)....

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The Sufficiency of Christ

The Sufficiency of Christ

A young child was once asked why Jesus is called "the Word." She said it was because Jesus was all God wanted to say to us and she got it exactly right. If you think about it, Jesus was perfect in every way. He was a prophet, priest, and king (Hebrews 7). He was the way, the truth, and the life (John 14:6). He was the Door (John 10:9), our Shepherd (John 10:11), our Advoca...

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Humbly Trusting

Humbly Trusting

Only crucified men can worship a crucified Messiah (Luke 9:23-25). Only humble men can follow the Son of a carpenter (Philippians 2:1-8). Christianity is not for the proud. People often say that they cannot believe because they are not strong enough when, in reality, it is because they are not weak enough. They are still trusting in themselves. Jesus came to call the dead ...

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The "Present" from Eternity Past

The Present from Eternity Past

It has been said that Mary wrapped the first Christmas present in the manger but we could go a step further and say that God wrapped it in eternity past. First Peter 1:20 says, ‘For He was foreknown before the foundation of the world’ and Acts 2:23 says, ‘He was handed over by God's set plan and foreknowledge.’ In other words, if you are in Christ, ...

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God Is Always with You

God Is Always with You

As Christians, we serve a living God, which means that you can talk to Him any time you want. In the dentist chair. In the office. At school or at home or in traffic. You can talk to God anywhere and everywhere because He is alive. People from other religions can’t do that. They have to go to temples and confess to priests and offer sacrifices before they utter a sin...

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The Gospel of God

The Gospel of God

Romans 5:8 says, “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were sinners, Christ died for us,” which means that Jesus died for bad people. He died for the murderers and the idolaters and the liars. He died for the blasphemous and the covetous and the adulterous. He died for all of those who have sinned and fallen short of the glory of G...

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Christian Love & Forgiveness

Christian Love & Forgiveness

Christians are in the forgiveness business because God is in it too. After all, Jesus did not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance (Luke 5:32). He came to find lost sheep (Luke 15:1-7), lost coins (Luke 15:8-10), and lost people (Luke 15:11-32). He came to serve the blind and the lame and the deaf (Matthew 11:5). He came to heal the brokenhearted and bind ...

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Persevering Christians

Persevering Christians

Sometimes you have to live life one hour at a time because one day at a time is too hard. Charles Spurgeon said that, by perseverance, the snail reached the ark and, by perseverance, Christians will reach Heaven. You cannot get there by leaps and bounds, you have to walk it every day, which means that some days you will go slow. Some days you will have to crawl along on yo...

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