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Come Learn About God in Your Everyday World

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God’s Design

1 Peter 3 Since marriage is God’s design it might be a good thing to stop and look into His book for what He wants us to know about this topic. Husbands and wives are God’s design, they are one of a kind and they are made to match Him. “in the image of God He created them.” Together they are “fellow heirs of the grace of life.” Peter writes “in the same way” meaning as Christ submitted, so husbands are to submit to God in the same way He did. Peter gives the husbands two simple directives: “treat” and “show.” He is to treat and show his wife honor…
Read More

Ladies Day Today

1Peter 3 Let your beauty be “the inner person of the heart, the lasting beauty of a gentle and tranquil spirit, which is precious in God’s sight.” Although written to first-century women married to “disobedient husbands” this quality of one’s inner beauty should be as valid a desire and goal for all women---married or single or divorced or widowed. So gals let’s talk about this quality for a minute. Peter specifically notes that a woman with these qualities is “holy” which takes us back to chapter 1: “like the Holy One who called you, become holy yourselves in all of your conduct,” which then takes us back to chapter 3 where it says “holy women long ago adorned themselves in this way.”…
Read More

The Battle is in the Mind

1 Peter 3 Peter is writing to believers who are facing persecution. They are facing trials for their faith.  They face hatred and evil insults from others and the sinful heart of man is revealed. Today we are seeing this hatred in real life; it is all around us. It is in our news, in our communities, and yes even in our families. We must stop and ask: How shall we respond? Beloved, whether or not you or I are facing persecution or evil behavior from others, the truth remains. We “MUST” Be Christ-followers and Christ-examples. Peter leaves no stone unturned when he says “Finally ALL of you….you “MUST” be…
Read More

Perplexed by Sarah? Read on….

1Peter 3 Sarah is a woman of many twists and turns. We find her in Genesis, Galatians and then in Hebrews. She called Abraham ‘lord,’ which Peter recalls. He also reminds the wives, to whom he is speaking, that like Sarah’s condition, nothing is too hard for God when we do what is good and have no fear in doing so. As a subordinate to Abraham and considered inferior in her culture, she remains a steadfast picture of faith, obedience, and submission. But, who was she really? As the wife of Abraham, she was externally beautiful; perhaps arrayed with jewels and braided hair. Or perhaps it was her inner beauty, gentleness…
Read More

Candid Camera Week

1Peter 3 “Candid Camera Week” Candid Camera was a TV show which often caught people in the various acts set up to catch their reactions. When revealed there were howls of laughter at being spoofed but in real life, we are all on Candid Camera to the world and our character and our attitudes are being revealed. If caught what would it see? Does it see “one who wants to love life and see good days? Does it see a tongue that spews forth slander and deceit?” Peter reminded the believers under trial that they were to get rid of these last behaviors. Jesus reminded his followers that what spews…
Read More

This Walk is “Crazy Hard!”

1Peter 3 This is crazy hard! said one author after reading vs 8/9 of this chapter!  How can I be all of these things to those inside and outside my community? Jesus never said life as a believer would be an easy road and especially so when he said if we want to follow him we must be ready to pick up our cross daily. That means we must put “us” aside and put Jesus first. Peter learned that lesson. Yes, the Christian walk is sometimes “crazy hard” but as he sums up this section on submission he says “finally ALL of you” leaving no stone unturned. We are now…
Read More

Group Think OR God Think?

1 Peter 3:13 Peter asked the persecuted believers to ponder this question:  “For who is going to harm you if you are devoted to what is good?” But many want to understand: How can God allow believers to be so harmed? The first step, which Brian Seagraves reminds us in his recent podcast, is to get the details. What is the harm they are referring to? What have they done that proves their devotion? What is their standard? Is it God’s standard?   These types of questions may cause a time of being uncomfortable but they are needed and necessary because many people are just rehearsing what they hear and are…
Read More

God’s Firewall of Protection

1 Peter 3 Jesus lived a mere 33 yrs more or less. He went about doing good, healing and raising people from the dead. But in the end, all of the good he did was seemingly washed away by men’s hatred, bigotry and a denial of who he was. Peter is writing to believers who are facing trials and persecution. How do they and we understand his words:  “For who is going to harm you if you are devoted to what is good?” 1 Peter 3:13  when they see what happened to Christ? Or how about what Paul asked: “Who will separate us from the love of Christ?” [Rom 8:35] How…
Read More

Spiritual Swindlers or Not?

Today's thoughts from 1Peter 3: Today, if you are on any mailing list, Facebook feed or part of the social media frenzy you have probably gotten plea letters to pray as well as their solicitation for monies. We need to be wise as we read these because there are spiritual swindlers everywhere. So take heed. The question is how do we practically assist in times of need?  Let’s take a leaf out of Peter and Paul’s letters to help us navigate these waters. Peter’s advice and counsel are apropos for today there are many across our globe, like Asia Bibi as she sits in a squalid prison in Pakistan or…
Read More

God’s Design

1 Peter 3 Since marriage is God’s design it might be a good thing to stop and look into His book for what He wants us to know about this topic. Husbands and wives are God’s design, they are one of a kind and they are made to match Him. “in the image of God He created them.” Together they are “fellow heirs of the grace of life.” Peter writes “in the same way” meaning as Christ submitted, so husbands are to submit to God in the same way He did. Peter gives the husbands two simple directives: “treat” and “show.” He is to treat and show his wife honor…
Read More

Ladies Day Today

1Peter 3 Let your beauty be “the inner person of the heart, the lasting beauty of a gentle and tranquil spirit, which is precious in God’s sight.” Although written to first-century women married to “disobedient husbands” this quality of one’s inner beauty should be as valid a desire and goal for all women---married or single or divorced or widowed. So gals let’s talk about this quality for a minute. Peter specifically notes that a woman with these qualities is “holy” which takes us back to chapter 1: “like the Holy One who called you, become holy yourselves in all of your conduct,” which then takes us back to chapter 3 where it says “holy women long ago adorned themselves in this way.”…
Read More

The Battle is in the Mind

1 Peter 3 Peter is writing to believers who are facing persecution. They are facing trials for their faith.  They face hatred and evil insults from others and the sinful heart of man is revealed. Today we are seeing this hatred in real life; it is all around us. It is in our news, in our communities, and yes even in our families. We must stop and ask: How shall we respond? Beloved, whether or not you or I are facing persecution or evil behavior from others, the truth remains. We “MUST” Be Christ-followers and Christ-examples. Peter leaves no stone unturned when he says “Finally ALL of you….you “MUST” be…
Read More

Perplexed by Sarah? Read on….

1Peter 3 Sarah is a woman of many twists and turns. We find her in Genesis, Galatians and then in Hebrews. She called Abraham ‘lord,’ which Peter recalls. He also reminds the wives, to whom he is speaking, that like Sarah’s condition, nothing is too hard for God when we do what is good and have no fear in doing so. As a subordinate to Abraham and considered inferior in her culture, she remains a steadfast picture of faith, obedience, and submission. But, who was she really? As the wife of Abraham, she was externally beautiful; perhaps arrayed with jewels and braided hair. Or perhaps it was her inner beauty, gentleness…
Read More

Candid Camera Week

1Peter 3 “Candid Camera Week” Candid Camera was a TV show which often caught people in the various acts set up to catch their reactions. When revealed there were howls of laughter at being spoofed but in real life, we are all on Candid Camera to the world and our character and our attitudes are being revealed. If caught what would it see? Does it see “one who wants to love life and see good days? Does it see a tongue that spews forth slander and deceit?” Peter reminded the believers under trial that they were to get rid of these last behaviors. Jesus reminded his followers that what spews…
Read More

This Walk is “Crazy Hard!”

1Peter 3 This is crazy hard! said one author after reading vs 8/9 of this chapter!  How can I be all of these things to those inside and outside my community? Jesus never said life as a believer would be an easy road and especially so when he said if we want to follow him we must be ready to pick up our cross daily. That means we must put “us” aside and put Jesus first. Peter learned that lesson. Yes, the Christian walk is sometimes “crazy hard” but as he sums up this section on submission he says “finally ALL of you” leaving no stone unturned. We are now…
Read More

Group Think OR God Think?

1 Peter 3:13 Peter asked the persecuted believers to ponder this question:  “For who is going to harm you if you are devoted to what is good?” But many want to understand: How can God allow believers to be so harmed? The first step, which Brian Seagraves reminds us in his recent podcast, is to get the details. What is the harm they are referring to? What have they done that proves their devotion? What is their standard? Is it God’s standard?   These types of questions may cause a time of being uncomfortable but they are needed and necessary because many people are just rehearsing what they hear and are…
Read More

God’s Firewall of Protection

1 Peter 3 Jesus lived a mere 33 yrs more or less. He went about doing good, healing and raising people from the dead. But in the end, all of the good he did was seemingly washed away by men’s hatred, bigotry and a denial of who he was. Peter is writing to believers who are facing trials and persecution. How do they and we understand his words:  “For who is going to harm you if you are devoted to what is good?” 1 Peter 3:13  when they see what happened to Christ? Or how about what Paul asked: “Who will separate us from the love of Christ?” [Rom 8:35] How…
Read More

Spiritual Swindlers or Not?

Today's thoughts from 1Peter 3: Today, if you are on any mailing list, Facebook feed or part of the social media frenzy you have probably gotten plea letters to pray as well as their solicitation for monies. We need to be wise as we read these because there are spiritual swindlers everywhere. So take heed. The question is how do we practically assist in times of need?  Let’s take a leaf out of Peter and Paul’s letters to help us navigate these waters. Peter’s advice and counsel are apropos for today there are many across our globe, like Asia Bibi as she sits in a squalid prison in Pakistan or…
Read More

God’s Design

1 Peter 3 Since marriage is God’s design it might be a good thing to stop and look into His book for what He wants us to know about this topic. Husbands and wives are God’s design, they are one of a kind and they are made to match Him. “in the image of God He created them.” Together they are “fellow heirs of the grace of life.” Peter writes “in the same way” meaning as Christ submitted, so husbands are to submit to God in the same way He did. Peter gives the husbands two simple directives: “treat” and “show.” He is to treat and show his wife honor…
Read More

Ladies Day Today

1Peter 3 Let your beauty be “the inner person of the heart, the lasting beauty of a gentle and tranquil spirit, which is precious in God’s sight.” Although written to first-century women married to “disobedient husbands” this quality of one’s inner beauty should be as valid a desire and goal for all women---married or single or divorced or widowed. So gals let’s talk about this quality for a minute. Peter specifically notes that a woman with these qualities is “holy” which takes us back to chapter 1: “like the Holy One who called you, become holy yourselves in all of your conduct,” which then takes us back to chapter 3 where it says “holy women long ago adorned themselves in this way.”…
Read More

The Battle is in the Mind

1 Peter 3 Peter is writing to believers who are facing persecution. They are facing trials for their faith.  They face hatred and evil insults from others and the sinful heart of man is revealed. Today we are seeing this hatred in real life; it is all around us. It is in our news, in our communities, and yes even in our families. We must stop and ask: How shall we respond? Beloved, whether or not you or I are facing persecution or evil behavior from others, the truth remains. We “MUST” Be Christ-followers and Christ-examples. Peter leaves no stone unturned when he says “Finally ALL of you….you “MUST” be…
Read More

Perplexed by Sarah? Read on….

1Peter 3 Sarah is a woman of many twists and turns. We find her in Genesis, Galatians and then in Hebrews. She called Abraham ‘lord,’ which Peter recalls. He also reminds the wives, to whom he is speaking, that like Sarah’s condition, nothing is too hard for God when we do what is good and have no fear in doing so. As a subordinate to Abraham and considered inferior in her culture, she remains a steadfast picture of faith, obedience, and submission. But, who was she really? As the wife of Abraham, she was externally beautiful; perhaps arrayed with jewels and braided hair. Or perhaps it was her inner beauty, gentleness…
Read More

Candid Camera Week

1Peter 3 “Candid Camera Week” Candid Camera was a TV show which often caught people in the various acts set up to catch their reactions. When revealed there were howls of laughter at being spoofed but in real life, we are all on Candid Camera to the world and our character and our attitudes are being revealed. If caught what would it see? Does it see “one who wants to love life and see good days? Does it see a tongue that spews forth slander and deceit?” Peter reminded the believers under trial that they were to get rid of these last behaviors. Jesus reminded his followers that what spews…
Read More

This Walk is “Crazy Hard!”

1Peter 3 This is crazy hard! said one author after reading vs 8/9 of this chapter!  How can I be all of these things to those inside and outside my community? Jesus never said life as a believer would be an easy road and especially so when he said if we want to follow him we must be ready to pick up our cross daily. That means we must put “us” aside and put Jesus first. Peter learned that lesson. Yes, the Christian walk is sometimes “crazy hard” but as he sums up this section on submission he says “finally ALL of you” leaving no stone unturned. We are now…
Read More

Group Think OR God Think?

1 Peter 3:13 Peter asked the persecuted believers to ponder this question:  “For who is going to harm you if you are devoted to what is good?” But many want to understand: How can God allow believers to be so harmed? The first step, which Brian Seagraves reminds us in his recent podcast, is to get the details. What is the harm they are referring to? What have they done that proves their devotion? What is their standard? Is it God’s standard?   These types of questions may cause a time of being uncomfortable but they are needed and necessary because many people are just rehearsing what they hear and are…
Read More

God’s Firewall of Protection

1 Peter 3 Jesus lived a mere 33 yrs more or less. He went about doing good, healing and raising people from the dead. But in the end, all of the good he did was seemingly washed away by men’s hatred, bigotry and a denial of who he was. Peter is writing to believers who are facing trials and persecution. How do they and we understand his words:  “For who is going to harm you if you are devoted to what is good?” 1 Peter 3:13  when they see what happened to Christ? Or how about what Paul asked: “Who will separate us from the love of Christ?” [Rom 8:35] How…
Read More

Spiritual Swindlers or Not?

Today's thoughts from 1Peter 3: Today, if you are on any mailing list, Facebook feed or part of the social media frenzy you have probably gotten plea letters to pray as well as their solicitation for monies. We need to be wise as we read these because there are spiritual swindlers everywhere. So take heed. The question is how do we practically assist in times of need?  Let’s take a leaf out of Peter and Paul’s letters to help us navigate these waters. Peter’s advice and counsel are apropos for today there are many across our globe, like Asia Bibi as she sits in a squalid prison in Pakistan or…
Read More

God’s Design

1 Peter 3 Since marriage is God’s design it might be a good thing to stop and look into His book for what He wants us to know about this topic. Husbands and wives are God’s design, they are one of a kind and they are made to match Him. “in the image of God He created them.” Together they are “fellow heirs of the grace of life.” Peter writes “in the same way” meaning as Christ submitted, so husbands are to submit to God in the same way He did. Peter gives the husbands two simple directives: “treat” and “show.” He is to treat and show his wife honor…
Read More

Ladies Day Today

1Peter 3 Let your beauty be “the inner person of the heart, the lasting beauty of a gentle and tranquil spirit, which is precious in God’s sight.” Although written to first-century women married to “disobedient husbands” this quality of one’s inner beauty should be as valid a desire and goal for all women---married or single or divorced or widowed. So gals let’s talk about this quality for a minute. Peter specifically notes that a woman with these qualities is “holy” which takes us back to chapter 1: “like the Holy One who called you, become holy yourselves in all of your conduct,” which then takes us back to chapter 3 where it says “holy women long ago adorned themselves in this way.”…
Read More

The Battle is in the Mind

1 Peter 3 Peter is writing to believers who are facing persecution. They are facing trials for their faith.  They face hatred and evil insults from others and the sinful heart of man is revealed. Today we are seeing this hatred in real life; it is all around us. It is in our news, in our communities, and yes even in our families. We must stop and ask: How shall we respond? Beloved, whether or not you or I are facing persecution or evil behavior from others, the truth remains. We “MUST” Be Christ-followers and Christ-examples. Peter leaves no stone unturned when he says “Finally ALL of you….you “MUST” be…
Read More

Perplexed by Sarah? Read on….

1Peter 3 Sarah is a woman of many twists and turns. We find her in Genesis, Galatians and then in Hebrews. She called Abraham ‘lord,’ which Peter recalls. He also reminds the wives, to whom he is speaking, that like Sarah’s condition, nothing is too hard for God when we do what is good and have no fear in doing so. As a subordinate to Abraham and considered inferior in her culture, she remains a steadfast picture of faith, obedience, and submission. But, who was she really? As the wife of Abraham, she was externally beautiful; perhaps arrayed with jewels and braided hair. Or perhaps it was her inner beauty, gentleness…
Read More

Candid Camera Week

1Peter 3 “Candid Camera Week” Candid Camera was a TV show which often caught people in the various acts set up to catch their reactions. When revealed there were howls of laughter at being spoofed but in real life, we are all on Candid Camera to the world and our character and our attitudes are being revealed. If caught what would it see? Does it see “one who wants to love life and see good days? Does it see a tongue that spews forth slander and deceit?” Peter reminded the believers under trial that they were to get rid of these last behaviors. Jesus reminded his followers that what spews…
Read More

This Walk is “Crazy Hard!”

1Peter 3 This is crazy hard! said one author after reading vs 8/9 of this chapter!  How can I be all of these things to those inside and outside my community? Jesus never said life as a believer would be an easy road and especially so when he said if we want to follow him we must be ready to pick up our cross daily. That means we must put “us” aside and put Jesus first. Peter learned that lesson. Yes, the Christian walk is sometimes “crazy hard” but as he sums up this section on submission he says “finally ALL of you” leaving no stone unturned. We are now…
Read More

Group Think OR God Think?

1 Peter 3:13 Peter asked the persecuted believers to ponder this question:  “For who is going to harm you if you are devoted to what is good?” But many want to understand: How can God allow believers to be so harmed? The first step, which Brian Seagraves reminds us in his recent podcast, is to get the details. What is the harm they are referring to? What have they done that proves their devotion? What is their standard? Is it God’s standard?   These types of questions may cause a time of being uncomfortable but they are needed and necessary because many people are just rehearsing what they hear and are…
Read More

God’s Firewall of Protection

1 Peter 3 Jesus lived a mere 33 yrs more or less. He went about doing good, healing and raising people from the dead. But in the end, all of the good he did was seemingly washed away by men’s hatred, bigotry and a denial of who he was. Peter is writing to believers who are facing trials and persecution. How do they and we understand his words:  “For who is going to harm you if you are devoted to what is good?” 1 Peter 3:13  when they see what happened to Christ? Or how about what Paul asked: “Who will separate us from the love of Christ?” [Rom 8:35] How…
Read More

Spiritual Swindlers or Not?

Today's thoughts from 1Peter 3: Today, if you are on any mailing list, Facebook feed or part of the social media frenzy you have probably gotten plea letters to pray as well as their solicitation for monies. We need to be wise as we read these because there are spiritual swindlers everywhere. So take heed. The question is how do we practically assist in times of need?  Let’s take a leaf out of Peter and Paul’s letters to help us navigate these waters. Peter’s advice and counsel are apropos for today there are many across our globe, like Asia Bibi as she sits in a squalid prison in Pakistan or…
Read More

God’s Design

1 Peter 3 Since marriage is God’s design it might be a good thing to stop and look into His book for what He wants us to know about this topic. Husbands and wives are God’s design, they are one of a kind and they are made to match Him. “in the image of God He created them.” Together they are “fellow heirs of the grace of life.” Peter writes “in the same way” meaning as Christ submitted, so husbands are to submit to God in the same way He did. Peter gives the husbands two simple directives: “treat” and “show.” He is to treat and show his wife honor…
Read More

Ladies Day Today

1Peter 3 Let your beauty be “the inner person of the heart, the lasting beauty of a gentle and tranquil spirit, which is precious in God’s sight.” Although written to first-century women married to “disobedient husbands” this quality of one’s inner beauty should be as valid a desire and goal for all women---married or single or divorced or widowed. So gals let’s talk about this quality for a minute. Peter specifically notes that a woman with these qualities is “holy” which takes us back to chapter 1: “like the Holy One who called you, become holy yourselves in all of your conduct,” which then takes us back to chapter 3 where it says “holy women long ago adorned themselves in this way.”…
Read More

The Battle is in the Mind

1 Peter 3 Peter is writing to believers who are facing persecution. They are facing trials for their faith.  They face hatred and evil insults from others and the sinful heart of man is revealed. Today we are seeing this hatred in real life; it is all around us. It is in our news, in our communities, and yes even in our families. We must stop and ask: How shall we respond? Beloved, whether or not you or I are facing persecution or evil behavior from others, the truth remains. We “MUST” Be Christ-followers and Christ-examples. Peter leaves no stone unturned when he says “Finally ALL of you….you “MUST” be…
Read More

Perplexed by Sarah? Read on….

1Peter 3 Sarah is a woman of many twists and turns. We find her in Genesis, Galatians and then in Hebrews. She called Abraham ‘lord,’ which Peter recalls. He also reminds the wives, to whom he is speaking, that like Sarah’s condition, nothing is too hard for God when we do what is good and have no fear in doing so. As a subordinate to Abraham and considered inferior in her culture, she remains a steadfast picture of faith, obedience, and submission. But, who was she really? As the wife of Abraham, she was externally beautiful; perhaps arrayed with jewels and braided hair. Or perhaps it was her inner beauty, gentleness…
Read More

Candid Camera Week

1Peter 3 “Candid Camera Week” Candid Camera was a TV show which often caught people in the various acts set up to catch their reactions. When revealed there were howls of laughter at being spoofed but in real life, we are all on Candid Camera to the world and our character and our attitudes are being revealed. If caught what would it see? Does it see “one who wants to love life and see good days? Does it see a tongue that spews forth slander and deceit?” Peter reminded the believers under trial that they were to get rid of these last behaviors. Jesus reminded his followers that what spews…
Read More

This Walk is “Crazy Hard!”

1Peter 3 This is crazy hard! said one author after reading vs 8/9 of this chapter!  How can I be all of these things to those inside and outside my community? Jesus never said life as a believer would be an easy road and especially so when he said if we want to follow him we must be ready to pick up our cross daily. That means we must put “us” aside and put Jesus first. Peter learned that lesson. Yes, the Christian walk is sometimes “crazy hard” but as he sums up this section on submission he says “finally ALL of you” leaving no stone unturned. We are now…
Read More

Group Think OR God Think?

1 Peter 3:13 Peter asked the persecuted believers to ponder this question:  “For who is going to harm you if you are devoted to what is good?” But many want to understand: How can God allow believers to be so harmed? The first step, which Brian Seagraves reminds us in his recent podcast, is to get the details. What is the harm they are referring to? What have they done that proves their devotion? What is their standard? Is it God’s standard?   These types of questions may cause a time of being uncomfortable but they are needed and necessary because many people are just rehearsing what they hear and are…
Read More

God’s Firewall of Protection

1 Peter 3 Jesus lived a mere 33 yrs more or less. He went about doing good, healing and raising people from the dead. But in the end, all of the good he did was seemingly washed away by men’s hatred, bigotry and a denial of who he was. Peter is writing to believers who are facing trials and persecution. How do they and we understand his words:  “For who is going to harm you if you are devoted to what is good?” 1 Peter 3:13  when they see what happened to Christ? Or how about what Paul asked: “Who will separate us from the love of Christ?” [Rom 8:35] How…
Read More

Spiritual Swindlers or Not?

Today's thoughts from 1Peter 3: Today, if you are on any mailing list, Facebook feed or part of the social media frenzy you have probably gotten plea letters to pray as well as their solicitation for monies. We need to be wise as we read these because there are spiritual swindlers everywhere. So take heed. The question is how do we practically assist in times of need?  Let’s take a leaf out of Peter and Paul’s letters to help us navigate these waters. Peter’s advice and counsel are apropos for today there are many across our globe, like Asia Bibi as she sits in a squalid prison in Pakistan or…
Read More

God’s Design

1 Peter 3 Since marriage is God’s design it might be a good thing to stop and look into His book for what He wants us to know about this topic. Husbands and wives are God’s design, they are one of a kind and they are made to match Him. “in the image of God He created them.” Together they are “fellow heirs of the grace of life.” Peter writes “in the same way” meaning as Christ submitted, so husbands are to submit to God in the same way He did. Peter gives the husbands two simple directives: “treat” and “show.” He is to treat and show his wife honor…
Read More

Ladies Day Today

1Peter 3 Let your beauty be “the inner person of the heart, the lasting beauty of a gentle and tranquil spirit, which is precious in God’s sight.” Although written to first-century women married to “disobedient husbands” this quality of one’s inner beauty should be as valid a desire and goal for all women---married or single or divorced or widowed. So gals let’s talk about this quality for a minute. Peter specifically notes that a woman with these qualities is “holy” which takes us back to chapter 1: “like the Holy One who called you, become holy yourselves in all of your conduct,” which then takes us back to chapter 3 where it says “holy women long ago adorned themselves in this way.”…
Read More

The Battle is in the Mind

1 Peter 3 Peter is writing to believers who are facing persecution. They are facing trials for their faith.  They face hatred and evil insults from others and the sinful heart of man is revealed. Today we are seeing this hatred in real life; it is all around us. It is in our news, in our communities, and yes even in our families. We must stop and ask: How shall we respond? Beloved, whether or not you or I are facing persecution or evil behavior from others, the truth remains. We “MUST” Be Christ-followers and Christ-examples. Peter leaves no stone unturned when he says “Finally ALL of you….you “MUST” be…
Read More

Perplexed by Sarah? Read on….

1Peter 3 Sarah is a woman of many twists and turns. We find her in Genesis, Galatians and then in Hebrews. She called Abraham ‘lord,’ which Peter recalls. He also reminds the wives, to whom he is speaking, that like Sarah’s condition, nothing is too hard for God when we do what is good and have no fear in doing so. As a subordinate to Abraham and considered inferior in her culture, she remains a steadfast picture of faith, obedience, and submission. But, who was she really? As the wife of Abraham, she was externally beautiful; perhaps arrayed with jewels and braided hair. Or perhaps it was her inner beauty, gentleness…
Read More

Candid Camera Week

1Peter 3 “Candid Camera Week” Candid Camera was a TV show which often caught people in the various acts set up to catch their reactions. When revealed there were howls of laughter at being spoofed but in real life, we are all on Candid Camera to the world and our character and our attitudes are being revealed. If caught what would it see? Does it see “one who wants to love life and see good days? Does it see a tongue that spews forth slander and deceit?” Peter reminded the believers under trial that they were to get rid of these last behaviors. Jesus reminded his followers that what spews…
Read More

This Walk is “Crazy Hard!”

1Peter 3 This is crazy hard! said one author after reading vs 8/9 of this chapter!  How can I be all of these things to those inside and outside my community? Jesus never said life as a believer would be an easy road and especially so when he said if we want to follow him we must be ready to pick up our cross daily. That means we must put “us” aside and put Jesus first. Peter learned that lesson. Yes, the Christian walk is sometimes “crazy hard” but as he sums up this section on submission he says “finally ALL of you” leaving no stone unturned. We are now…
Read More

Group Think OR God Think?

1 Peter 3:13 Peter asked the persecuted believers to ponder this question:  “For who is going to harm you if you are devoted to what is good?” But many want to understand: How can God allow believers to be so harmed? The first step, which Brian Seagraves reminds us in his recent podcast, is to get the details. What is the harm they are referring to? What have they done that proves their devotion? What is their standard? Is it God’s standard?   These types of questions may cause a time of being uncomfortable but they are needed and necessary because many people are just rehearsing what they hear and are…
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God’s Firewall of Protection

1 Peter 3 Jesus lived a mere 33 yrs more or less. He went about doing good, healing and raising people from the dead. But in the end, all of the good he did was seemingly washed away by men’s hatred, bigotry and a denial of who he was. Peter is writing to believers who are facing trials and persecution. How do they and we understand his words:  “For who is going to harm you if you are devoted to what is good?” 1 Peter 3:13  when they see what happened to Christ? Or how about what Paul asked: “Who will separate us from the love of Christ?” [Rom 8:35] How…
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Spiritual Swindlers or Not?

Today's thoughts from 1Peter 3: Today, if you are on any mailing list, Facebook feed or part of the social media frenzy you have probably gotten plea letters to pray as well as their solicitation for monies. We need to be wise as we read these because there are spiritual swindlers everywhere. So take heed. The question is how do we practically assist in times of need?  Let’s take a leaf out of Peter and Paul’s letters to help us navigate these waters. Peter’s advice and counsel are apropos for today there are many across our globe, like Asia Bibi as she sits in a squalid prison in Pakistan or…
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God’s Design

1 Peter 3 Since marriage is God’s design it might be a good thing to stop and look into His book for what He wants us to know about this topic. Husbands and wives are God’s design, they are one of a kind and they are made to match Him. “in the image of God He created them.” Together they are “fellow heirs of the grace of life.” Peter writes “in the same way” meaning as Christ submitted, so husbands are to submit to God in the same way He did. Peter gives the husbands two simple directives: “treat” and “show.” He is to treat and show his wife honor…
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Ladies Day Today

1Peter 3 Let your beauty be “the inner person of the heart, the lasting beauty of a gentle and tranquil spirit, which is precious in God’s sight.” Although written to first-century women married to “disobedient husbands” this quality of one’s inner beauty should be as valid a desire and goal for all women---married or single or divorced or widowed. So gals let’s talk about this quality for a minute. Peter specifically notes that a woman with these qualities is “holy” which takes us back to chapter 1: “like the Holy One who called you, become holy yourselves in all of your conduct,” which then takes us back to chapter 3 where it says “holy women long ago adorned themselves in this way.”…
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The Battle is in the Mind

1 Peter 3 Peter is writing to believers who are facing persecution. They are facing trials for their faith.  They face hatred and evil insults from others and the sinful heart of man is revealed. Today we are seeing this hatred in real life; it is all around us. It is in our news, in our communities, and yes even in our families. We must stop and ask: How shall we respond? Beloved, whether or not you or I are facing persecution or evil behavior from others, the truth remains. We “MUST” Be Christ-followers and Christ-examples. Peter leaves no stone unturned when he says “Finally ALL of you….you “MUST” be…
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Perplexed by Sarah? Read on….

1Peter 3 Sarah is a woman of many twists and turns. We find her in Genesis, Galatians and then in Hebrews. She called Abraham ‘lord,’ which Peter recalls. He also reminds the wives, to whom he is speaking, that like Sarah’s condition, nothing is too hard for God when we do what is good and have no fear in doing so. As a subordinate to Abraham and considered inferior in her culture, she remains a steadfast picture of faith, obedience, and submission. But, who was she really? As the wife of Abraham, she was externally beautiful; perhaps arrayed with jewels and braided hair. Or perhaps it was her inner beauty, gentleness…
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Candid Camera Week

1Peter 3 “Candid Camera Week” Candid Camera was a TV show which often caught people in the various acts set up to catch their reactions. When revealed there were howls of laughter at being spoofed but in real life, we are all on Candid Camera to the world and our character and our attitudes are being revealed. If caught what would it see? Does it see “one who wants to love life and see good days? Does it see a tongue that spews forth slander and deceit?” Peter reminded the believers under trial that they were to get rid of these last behaviors. Jesus reminded his followers that what spews…
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This Walk is “Crazy Hard!”

1Peter 3 This is crazy hard! said one author after reading vs 8/9 of this chapter!  How can I be all of these things to those inside and outside my community? Jesus never said life as a believer would be an easy road and especially so when he said if we want to follow him we must be ready to pick up our cross daily. That means we must put “us” aside and put Jesus first. Peter learned that lesson. Yes, the Christian walk is sometimes “crazy hard” but as he sums up this section on submission he says “finally ALL of you” leaving no stone unturned. We are now…
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Group Think OR God Think?

1 Peter 3:13 Peter asked the persecuted believers to ponder this question:  “For who is going to harm you if you are devoted to what is good?” But many want to understand: How can God allow believers to be so harmed? The first step, which Brian Seagraves reminds us in his recent podcast, is to get the details. What is the harm they are referring to? What have they done that proves their devotion? What is their standard? Is it God’s standard?   These types of questions may cause a time of being uncomfortable but they are needed and necessary because many people are just rehearsing what they hear and are…
Read More

God’s Firewall of Protection

1 Peter 3 Jesus lived a mere 33 yrs more or less. He went about doing good, healing and raising people from the dead. But in the end, all of the good he did was seemingly washed away by men’s hatred, bigotry and a denial of who he was. Peter is writing to believers who are facing trials and persecution. How do they and we understand his words:  “For who is going to harm you if you are devoted to what is good?” 1 Peter 3:13  when they see what happened to Christ? Or how about what Paul asked: “Who will separate us from the love of Christ?” [Rom 8:35] How…
Read More

Spiritual Swindlers or Not?

Today's thoughts from 1Peter 3: Today, if you are on any mailing list, Facebook feed or part of the social media frenzy you have probably gotten plea letters to pray as well as their solicitation for monies. We need to be wise as we read these because there are spiritual swindlers everywhere. So take heed. The question is how do we practically assist in times of need?  Let’s take a leaf out of Peter and Paul’s letters to help us navigate these waters. Peter’s advice and counsel are apropos for today there are many across our globe, like Asia Bibi as she sits in a squalid prison in Pakistan or…
Read More

God’s Design

1 Peter 3 Since marriage is God’s design it might be a good thing to stop and look into His book for what He wants us to know about this topic. Husbands and wives are God’s design, they are one of a kind and they are made to match Him. “in the image of God He created them.” Together they are “fellow heirs of the grace of life.” Peter writes “in the same way” meaning as Christ submitted, so husbands are to submit to God in the same way He did. Peter gives the husbands two simple directives: “treat” and “show.” He is to treat and show his wife honor…
Read More

Ladies Day Today

1Peter 3 Let your beauty be “the inner person of the heart, the lasting beauty of a gentle and tranquil spirit, which is precious in God’s sight.” Although written to first-century women married to “disobedient husbands” this quality of one’s inner beauty should be as valid a desire and goal for all women---married or single or divorced or widowed. So gals let’s talk about this quality for a minute. Peter specifically notes that a woman with these qualities is “holy” which takes us back to chapter 1: “like the Holy One who called you, become holy yourselves in all of your conduct,” which then takes us back to chapter 3 where it says “holy women long ago adorned themselves in this way.”…
Read More

The Battle is in the Mind

1 Peter 3 Peter is writing to believers who are facing persecution. They are facing trials for their faith.  They face hatred and evil insults from others and the sinful heart of man is revealed. Today we are seeing this hatred in real life; it is all around us. It is in our news, in our communities, and yes even in our families. We must stop and ask: How shall we respond? Beloved, whether or not you or I are facing persecution or evil behavior from others, the truth remains. We “MUST” Be Christ-followers and Christ-examples. Peter leaves no stone unturned when he says “Finally ALL of you….you “MUST” be…
Read More

Perplexed by Sarah? Read on….

1Peter 3 Sarah is a woman of many twists and turns. We find her in Genesis, Galatians and then in Hebrews. She called Abraham ‘lord,’ which Peter recalls. He also reminds the wives, to whom he is speaking, that like Sarah’s condition, nothing is too hard for God when we do what is good and have no fear in doing so. As a subordinate to Abraham and considered inferior in her culture, she remains a steadfast picture of faith, obedience, and submission. But, who was she really? As the wife of Abraham, she was externally beautiful; perhaps arrayed with jewels and braided hair. Or perhaps it was her inner beauty, gentleness…
Read More

Candid Camera Week

1Peter 3 “Candid Camera Week” Candid Camera was a TV show which often caught people in the various acts set up to catch their reactions. When revealed there were howls of laughter at being spoofed but in real life, we are all on Candid Camera to the world and our character and our attitudes are being revealed. If caught what would it see? Does it see “one who wants to love life and see good days? Does it see a tongue that spews forth slander and deceit?” Peter reminded the believers under trial that they were to get rid of these last behaviors. Jesus reminded his followers that what spews…
Read More

This Walk is “Crazy Hard!”

1Peter 3 This is crazy hard! said one author after reading vs 8/9 of this chapter!  How can I be all of these things to those inside and outside my community? Jesus never said life as a believer would be an easy road and especially so when he said if we want to follow him we must be ready to pick up our cross daily. That means we must put “us” aside and put Jesus first. Peter learned that lesson. Yes, the Christian walk is sometimes “crazy hard” but as he sums up this section on submission he says “finally ALL of you” leaving no stone unturned. We are now…
Read More

Group Think OR God Think?

1 Peter 3:13 Peter asked the persecuted believers to ponder this question:  “For who is going to harm you if you are devoted to what is good?” But many want to understand: How can God allow believers to be so harmed? The first step, which Brian Seagraves reminds us in his recent podcast, is to get the details. What is the harm they are referring to? What have they done that proves their devotion? What is their standard? Is it God’s standard?   These types of questions may cause a time of being uncomfortable but they are needed and necessary because many people are just rehearsing what they hear and are…
Read More

God’s Firewall of Protection

1 Peter 3 Jesus lived a mere 33 yrs more or less. He went about doing good, healing and raising people from the dead. But in the end, all of the good he did was seemingly washed away by men’s hatred, bigotry and a denial of who he was. Peter is writing to believers who are facing trials and persecution. How do they and we understand his words:  “For who is going to harm you if you are devoted to what is good?” 1 Peter 3:13  when they see what happened to Christ? Or how about what Paul asked: “Who will separate us from the love of Christ?” [Rom 8:35] How…
Read More

Spiritual Swindlers or Not?

Today's thoughts from 1Peter 3: Today, if you are on any mailing list, Facebook feed or part of the social media frenzy you have probably gotten plea letters to pray as well as their solicitation for monies. We need to be wise as we read these because there are spiritual swindlers everywhere. So take heed. The question is how do we practically assist in times of need?  Let’s take a leaf out of Peter and Paul’s letters to help us navigate these waters. Peter’s advice and counsel are apropos for today there are many across our globe, like Asia Bibi as she sits in a squalid prison in Pakistan or…
Read More

God’s Design

1 Peter 3 Since marriage is God’s design it might be a good thing to stop and look into His book for what He wants us to know about this topic. Husbands and wives are God’s design, they are one of a kind and they are made to match Him. “in the image of God He created them.” Together they are “fellow heirs of the grace of life.” Peter writes “in the same way” meaning as Christ submitted, so husbands are to submit to God in the same way He did. Peter gives the husbands two simple directives: “treat” and “show.” He is to treat and show his wife honor…
Read More

Ladies Day Today

1Peter 3 Let your beauty be “the inner person of the heart, the lasting beauty of a gentle and tranquil spirit, which is precious in God’s sight.” Although written to first-century women married to “disobedient husbands” this quality of one’s inner beauty should be as valid a desire and goal for all women---married or single or divorced or widowed. So gals let’s talk about this quality for a minute. Peter specifically notes that a woman with these qualities is “holy” which takes us back to chapter 1: “like the Holy One who called you, become holy yourselves in all of your conduct,” which then takes us back to chapter 3 where it says “holy women long ago adorned themselves in this way.”…
Read More

The Battle is in the Mind

1 Peter 3 Peter is writing to believers who are facing persecution. They are facing trials for their faith.  They face hatred and evil insults from others and the sinful heart of man is revealed. Today we are seeing this hatred in real life; it is all around us. It is in our news, in our communities, and yes even in our families. We must stop and ask: How shall we respond? Beloved, whether or not you or I are facing persecution or evil behavior from others, the truth remains. We “MUST” Be Christ-followers and Christ-examples. Peter leaves no stone unturned when he says “Finally ALL of you….you “MUST” be…
Read More

Perplexed by Sarah? Read on….

1Peter 3 Sarah is a woman of many twists and turns. We find her in Genesis, Galatians and then in Hebrews. She called Abraham ‘lord,’ which Peter recalls. He also reminds the wives, to whom he is speaking, that like Sarah’s condition, nothing is too hard for God when we do what is good and have no fear in doing so. As a subordinate to Abraham and considered inferior in her culture, she remains a steadfast picture of faith, obedience, and submission. But, who was she really? As the wife of Abraham, she was externally beautiful; perhaps arrayed with jewels and braided hair. Or perhaps it was her inner beauty, gentleness…
Read More

Candid Camera Week

1Peter 3 “Candid Camera Week” Candid Camera was a TV show which often caught people in the various acts set up to catch their reactions. When revealed there were howls of laughter at being spoofed but in real life, we are all on Candid Camera to the world and our character and our attitudes are being revealed. If caught what would it see? Does it see “one who wants to love life and see good days? Does it see a tongue that spews forth slander and deceit?” Peter reminded the believers under trial that they were to get rid of these last behaviors. Jesus reminded his followers that what spews…
Read More

This Walk is “Crazy Hard!”

1Peter 3 This is crazy hard! said one author after reading vs 8/9 of this chapter!  How can I be all of these things to those inside and outside my community? Jesus never said life as a believer would be an easy road and especially so when he said if we want to follow him we must be ready to pick up our cross daily. That means we must put “us” aside and put Jesus first. Peter learned that lesson. Yes, the Christian walk is sometimes “crazy hard” but as he sums up this section on submission he says “finally ALL of you” leaving no stone unturned. We are now…
Read More

Group Think OR God Think?

1 Peter 3:13 Peter asked the persecuted believers to ponder this question:  “For who is going to harm you if you are devoted to what is good?” But many want to understand: How can God allow believers to be so harmed? The first step, which Brian Seagraves reminds us in his recent podcast, is to get the details. What is the harm they are referring to? What have they done that proves their devotion? What is their standard? Is it God’s standard?   These types of questions may cause a time of being uncomfortable but they are needed and necessary because many people are just rehearsing what they hear and are…
Read More

God’s Firewall of Protection

1 Peter 3 Jesus lived a mere 33 yrs more or less. He went about doing good, healing and raising people from the dead. But in the end, all of the good he did was seemingly washed away by men’s hatred, bigotry and a denial of who he was. Peter is writing to believers who are facing trials and persecution. How do they and we understand his words:  “For who is going to harm you if you are devoted to what is good?” 1 Peter 3:13  when they see what happened to Christ? Or how about what Paul asked: “Who will separate us from the love of Christ?” [Rom 8:35] How…
Read More

Spiritual Swindlers or Not?

Today's thoughts from 1Peter 3: Today, if you are on any mailing list, Facebook feed or part of the social media frenzy you have probably gotten plea letters to pray as well as their solicitation for monies. We need to be wise as we read these because there are spiritual swindlers everywhere. So take heed. The question is how do we practically assist in times of need?  Let’s take a leaf out of Peter and Paul’s letters to help us navigate these waters. Peter’s advice and counsel are apropos for today there are many across our globe, like Asia Bibi as she sits in a squalid prison in Pakistan or…
Read More

God’s Design

1 Peter 3 Since marriage is God’s design it might be a good thing to stop and look into His book for what He wants us to know about this topic. Husbands and wives are God’s design, they are one of a kind and they are made to match Him. “in the image of God He created them.” Together they are “fellow heirs of the grace of life.” Peter writes “in the same way” meaning as Christ submitted, so husbands are to submit to God in the same way He did. Peter gives the husbands two simple directives: “treat” and “show.” He is to treat and show his wife honor…
Read More

Ladies Day Today

1Peter 3 Let your beauty be “the inner person of the heart, the lasting beauty of a gentle and tranquil spirit, which is precious in God’s sight.” Although written to first-century women married to “disobedient husbands” this quality of one’s inner beauty should be as valid a desire and goal for all women---married or single or divorced or widowed. So gals let’s talk about this quality for a minute. Peter specifically notes that a woman with these qualities is “holy” which takes us back to chapter 1: “like the Holy One who called you, become holy yourselves in all of your conduct,” which then takes us back to chapter 3 where it says “holy women long ago adorned themselves in this way.”…
Read More

The Battle is in the Mind

1 Peter 3 Peter is writing to believers who are facing persecution. They are facing trials for their faith.  They face hatred and evil insults from others and the sinful heart of man is revealed. Today we are seeing this hatred in real life; it is all around us. It is in our news, in our communities, and yes even in our families. We must stop and ask: How shall we respond? Beloved, whether or not you or I are facing persecution or evil behavior from others, the truth remains. We “MUST” Be Christ-followers and Christ-examples. Peter leaves no stone unturned when he says “Finally ALL of you….you “MUST” be…
Read More

Perplexed by Sarah? Read on….

1Peter 3 Sarah is a woman of many twists and turns. We find her in Genesis, Galatians and then in Hebrews. She called Abraham ‘lord,’ which Peter recalls. He also reminds the wives, to whom he is speaking, that like Sarah’s condition, nothing is too hard for God when we do what is good and have no fear in doing so. As a subordinate to Abraham and considered inferior in her culture, she remains a steadfast picture of faith, obedience, and submission. But, who was she really? As the wife of Abraham, she was externally beautiful; perhaps arrayed with jewels and braided hair. Or perhaps it was her inner beauty, gentleness…
Read More

Candid Camera Week

1Peter 3 “Candid Camera Week” Candid Camera was a TV show which often caught people in the various acts set up to catch their reactions. When revealed there were howls of laughter at being spoofed but in real life, we are all on Candid Camera to the world and our character and our attitudes are being revealed. If caught what would it see? Does it see “one who wants to love life and see good days? Does it see a tongue that spews forth slander and deceit?” Peter reminded the believers under trial that they were to get rid of these last behaviors. Jesus reminded his followers that what spews…
Read More

This Walk is “Crazy Hard!”

1Peter 3 This is crazy hard! said one author after reading vs 8/9 of this chapter!  How can I be all of these things to those inside and outside my community? Jesus never said life as a believer would be an easy road and especially so when he said if we want to follow him we must be ready to pick up our cross daily. That means we must put “us” aside and put Jesus first. Peter learned that lesson. Yes, the Christian walk is sometimes “crazy hard” but as he sums up this section on submission he says “finally ALL of you” leaving no stone unturned. We are now…
Read More

Group Think OR God Think?

1 Peter 3:13 Peter asked the persecuted believers to ponder this question:  “For who is going to harm you if you are devoted to what is good?” But many want to understand: How can God allow believers to be so harmed? The first step, which Brian Seagraves reminds us in his recent podcast, is to get the details. What is the harm they are referring to? What have they done that proves their devotion? What is their standard? Is it God’s standard?   These types of questions may cause a time of being uncomfortable but they are needed and necessary because many people are just rehearsing what they hear and are…
Read More

God’s Firewall of Protection

1 Peter 3 Jesus lived a mere 33 yrs more or less. He went about doing good, healing and raising people from the dead. But in the end, all of the good he did was seemingly washed away by men’s hatred, bigotry and a denial of who he was. Peter is writing to believers who are facing trials and persecution. How do they and we understand his words:  “For who is going to harm you if you are devoted to what is good?” 1 Peter 3:13  when they see what happened to Christ? Or how about what Paul asked: “Who will separate us from the love of Christ?” [Rom 8:35] How…
Read More

Spiritual Swindlers or Not?

Today's thoughts from 1Peter 3: Today, if you are on any mailing list, Facebook feed or part of the social media frenzy you have probably gotten plea letters to pray as well as their solicitation for monies. We need to be wise as we read these because there are spiritual swindlers everywhere. So take heed. The question is how do we practically assist in times of need?  Let’s take a leaf out of Peter and Paul’s letters to help us navigate these waters. Peter’s advice and counsel are apropos for today there are many across our globe, like Asia Bibi as she sits in a squalid prison in Pakistan or…
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