I’ve been meaning to mention this in our gatherings… Here is a link to the Revelation study notes that I have referenced during our Sunday teaching series: http://www.enduringword.com/commentaries/66.htm. … Continue reading →
“For, speaking loud boasts of folly, they entice by sensual passions of the flesh those who are barely escaping from those who live in error.” 2 Peter 2:18 (ESV) This verse makes me think of the modern art of “preaching by prancing” which is when the preacher leaves the Bible to roam the stage with his own rambling thoughts. Oratory skills may move the masses to emotion but only the word of God can move a man or women to faith in God. Emotions don’t last, but faith does. Let us be like the Bereans of Acts 17:11 who not only listened to the Apostle Paul’s teaching, but also compared it to Scripture to test the things that he taught!
“Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.” 1 Peter 5:6-7 (ESV) Tough times can be very humbling on their own, but in our tough times we don’t need to lash out at others. It may be natural to blame something or someone for our bad circumstances, but Peter is telling us to stay under God’s hand, just as a small child runs to a parent who comforts them with a protective hand. We can simply cast those hurts to our Lord Jesus and allow Him to change those circumstances, and He will, at the proper time. … Continue reading →
A Takeaway from… “The end of all things is at hand; therefore be self-controlled and sober-minded for the sake of your prayers.” 1 Peter 4:7 (ESV) Our prayer life has a greater value to us as we near the end of time, because of the increase of fearful circumstances about us. Disease, lawlessness, disorder, injustice, and outright evil is testing our faith. These are all calls to prayer, and unless we are finding refuge in communion with our Lord Jesus, we risk being overcome with fear for our future.
A Takeaway from… “With respect to this they are surprised when you do not join them in the same flood of debauchery, and they malign you; but they will give account to him who is ready to judge the living and the dead.” 1 Peter 4:4-5 (ESV) There is an old saying that goes, “Fight fire with fire” but while that works with those who are armed with weapons, it doesn’t always work when the wicked are armed with lies. You can state the truth, but when it comes to responding to an evil rejector of Christ, who has no conscience, your only recourse is leaving them in the hands of God’s judgement and walking away. … Continue reading →