The Faithful Brother

Do you know who Michael Collins is? He piloted the command spacecraft in lunar orbit until Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin returned from their walk on the moon. Michael played a crucial role in this amazing mission but most of us don’t remember his name.

In 1 Peter 5:12 we read: By Silvanus, our faithful brother as I consider him, I have written to you briefly, exhorting and testifying that this is the true grace of God in which you stand. (1 Peter 5:12 NKJV)

Peter was famous but who was Silvanus. He was the ministry companion of Paul for a season and here he is the scribe of Peter’s letter to the church. Not as well known, but very important to the spread of the gospel. He was a faithful brother and servant of the Lord.

Most of us will not be known, but all of us can be a faithful brother or sister in Christ. Who are you serving in the Body of Christ?

Broadcast for August 29, 2014

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Toward the Lord

We raised our hands during worship where I grew up. I was self conscious about it so I would often glance around to see if anyone was looking. I kind of liked it when I was noticed hoping they would think I was very spiritual.

In 1 Peter 5:11 we read: To Him be the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen. (1 Peter 5:11 NKJV)

When you draw attention to yourself, you are drawing it away from the one who deserves it, God. To Him be the glory and dominion. Anything I do to draw attention to myself draws people away from the Lord. We must be sure to point people to Christ in all that we do. It is good to be free in our worship but it is not good when our actions turns eyes away from the Lord and on to us. In all we do let our worship be toward the Lord.

Broadcast for August 28, 2014

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After You Have Suffered For A While

At the end of a long journey, it is so good to get a shower, some sleep, some clean clothes. It is so refreshing after 30 hours on airplanes and buses.

In 1 Peter 5:10 we read: But may the God of all grace, who called us to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a while, perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you. (1 Peter 5:10 NKJV)

Our time here is like a long journey. God has called us to come to Him; has provide the means for entry into His kingdom, through His Son Jesus Christ and on we go. We will suffer along the way. It won’t always be easy or comfortable. But we will be perfected, established, strengthened and settled. We will even get a new robe at the end of the journey. Press on Christian!

Broadcast for August 27, 2014

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The Strength of Suffering

When the people would come up to Jerusalem for the feast days, they traveled in groups. If they attempted the journey alone, they were danger of attack from robbers and even wild animals. But the strength of the group moving together brought them safely to their place.

In 1 Peter 5:9 we read: Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world. (1 Peter 5:9 NKJV)

The devil goes about as a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour, but if we together resist him, steadfast in our faith, he will not succeed. We travel together, we suffer together and there is strength in that that keeps the enemy defeated and powerless. So on we go and remember, stay together.

Broadcast for August 26, 2014

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The Distraction of Division

When the lions go after a herd of animals they are rarely successful unless they can get one of the herd to break away from the group. Then they attack and devour the stray.

In 1 Peter 5:7 we read: Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. (1 Peter 5:8 NKJV)

If we let complaints distract us and divide us, we are prey to the roaring lion waiting to pounce and devour. Division distracts, humility strengthens. We need to stay together and not let our cares divide us. Instead, cast your care on God for He cares for you. The strength of submitting to one another in love is; there are no strays and no food for the hungry lion.

Broadcast for August 25, 2014

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The Complaint Department

Near the cash register was a sign: “Complain Here”. An arrow pointed down to a small circle the size of a dime.The message: don’t complain, we don’t care.

In 1 Peter 5:6 we read: Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you. (1 Peter 5:6-7 NKJV)

There is always some reason to complain, but you can’t be submitted and humble while you are complaining. Constructive ideas may be helpful but in the end you must take your complaints to the complaint department. Cast all our care upon Him, that is all of your concerns and complaints. For He cares for you! God does care, He does hear and He will respond if you will humble yourself to Him and to others. Let Him deal with the problems, you pray and stay humble.

Broadcast for August 22, 2014

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The Value of Submission

It has taken me nearly six decades to learn the value of submission. The very idea goes against the grain and few of us will naturally desire to submit ourselves to another. But God has given us authority both to obey and with which to lead.

In 1 Peter 5 we read: Likewise you younger people, submit yourselves to your elders. Yes, all of you be submissive to one another, and be clothed with humility, for “GOD RESISTS THE PROUD, BUT GIVES GRACE TO THE HUMBLE.” (1 Peter 5:5 NKJV)

Just as a pastor or leader must lead as a servant willingly and eagerly, so must the rest of us submit to their leadership willingly and eagerly. A submitted church, first to God then, appropriately, to one another will be the attractive light that draws in a darkened world. Put on humility, genuine submission and see what God will do in you.

Broadcast for August 21, 2014
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No Faded Glory

It appears that some pastors have a great life. They travel the world, have adoring fans and live quite well. But, if you think the ministry seems glamorous, I can tell you that any attention you may receive here fades quickly. Some may enjoy a large following throughout their ministry and after but almost all would tell you the same, that the praise of men is temporary and unsatisfying.

In 1 Peter 5 we read: and when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that does not fade away. (1 Peter 5:4 NKJV)

The faithful minister will find that the reward is not now but later. If we strive for gain now, we will have loss; but if we eagerly serve the Lord and the people of God, we will receive the crown of glory that is unfading. Glamour is not real but glory is forever. Don’t seek the praise of men but seek the glory of God.

Broadcast for August 20, 2014
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Not as Lords

Do you remember tracing the alphabet letter by letter? After a while you could write the letters without looking because by looking at the letters you had memorized the way to write them.

In 1 Peter 5 we read: nor as being lords over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock; (1 Peter 5:3 NKJV)

The pastor must lead by example. Any instruction you give must be backed up by the life you lead. Those entrusted to you will see how to do it: how to live the faith, to walk the walk, how to share their faith by your example. The leaders of the church are not lords but servants who eagerly live by faith and teach the flock of God how they do it. Your example is more powerful than your best sermon.

Broadcast for August 19, 2014

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Willing And Eager

I was the youngest and I couldn’t wait to be in charge of something. Everybody told me what to do, so I was anxious to have some authority of my own. When I began in the ministry I quickly learned that this was not my role. I wasn’t there to boss people but to serve them.

In 1 Peter 5 we read: Shepherd the flock of God which is among you, serving as overseers, not by compulsion but willingly, not for dishonest gain but eagerly; (1 Peter 5:2 NKJV)

Look at the words: serving, willingly, and eagerly. That sums up the call of the pastor, to serve the flock of God willingly and eagerly. Peter warns not to take this job because someone else wants you too, or because of what you can gain from it but to minister because you want too and because you can’t wait to do so. These mark the faithful servant of God.

Broadcast for August 18, 2014

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