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1 Peter 5:5-11

1 Peter 5;5-11

In his autobiography, Benjamin Franklin tells the story of meeting Cotton Mather, the famous New England preacher, at his home. And, as they were leaving through a room with a low ceiling, Mather shouted “Stoop! Stoop!”. But it was too late. Benjamin Franklin hit his head against it, which prompted Mather to say: “You are young, and have the world before ...

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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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