Guest preacher and missionary to the Czech Republic, Adam Cook, looks at the introductory verses of the epistle of 1 Peter. In these few verses, Peter talks about the entire Christian life - from the moment of salvation to eternity future. But the hope that we have in that time does not exempt us from trials and pain. How do we face those times? What is the source of our hope and where is it leading us? As we walk through this life, we are strangers in a strange land, and these verses help us know how to live as representatives of God.
Daniel 3:8-12 " Wherefore at that time certain Chaldeans came near, and accused the Jews.
9 They spake and said to the king Nebuchadnezzar, O king, live for ever.
10 Thou, O king, hast made a decree, that every man that shall hear the sound of the cornet, flute, harp, sackbut, psaltery, and dulcimer, and all kinds of musick, shall fall down and worship the golden image:
11 And whoso falleth not down and worshippeth, that he should be cast into the midst of a burning fiery furnace.
12 There are certain Jews whom thou hast set over the affairs of the province of Babylon, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego; these men, O king, have not regarded thee: they serve not thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up."
Have you considered who might be taken out of here, as the Bride of Christ, while others are rejected? You can't earn salvation but you can definitely earn a full allotment in eternity. For more, please listen to Rise of the Dead and the Living, by David Boxton
There are seasons of life where we go through a crisis of faith and a deep wrestling in our soul regarding the Gospel. God will allow us to wrestle and Jesus gives people the opportunity to wrestle. At the end of the wrestling, there must be a choice made. Will we continue with Jesus or will we turn away? We see wrestling at the end of chapter 6 and it serves as both a warning and an encouragement.
This is a stern warning for those who would be so wicked as to respond to the good done to him by others with acts of evil. And the consequences will effect his entire family and even beyond.
Also Reference: Psalm 35:11-12, James 4:17
From Story to Glory! Acts 6:1-15; 7:1-60 In Stephen's dying moments we are given a glimpse of a man who is still leaning on the Lord. When the hardships of life pile in on you, you can take a lesson from this man. Learn to take a couple of simple steps and it will make your way a little better.Learn to call on God in every situation.Learn to give your burdens to the Lord.One day, this life will be over and we will go into the presence of the Lord. I do not expect Him to stand up when I meet Him. I do expect to bow before Him to give Him my worship and to cast my crowns at His feet. I want to hear Him say, "Well done good and faithful servant." God never wastes the blood of His saints. Saul would one day see the same glory that Stephen saw and would behold the Son of God and hear Him speak! Where does God live? What kind of shape is Gods house in today? Today would be a good day to begin a home improvement project. Are you willing to be all that God wants you to be?
After entering a boat to cross the Sea of Galilee, a storm threatened Jesus and the disciples. Though our faith is challenged when storms arise, we are inspired to place our faith in Jesus. Put your faith in Jesus as you face storms, rather than succumbing to fear. If you are not a believer, put your faith in Jesus for the salvation of your soul.