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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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