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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A Fellow Elder

There is a problem in the church today: We are personality centered instead of Christ centered. The appeal of a charismatic speaker or leader draws a crowd and that becomes the mark of success for a ministry.

In 1 Peter 5 we read: The elders who are among you I exhort, I who am a fellow elder and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, and also a partaker of the glory that will be revealed: (1 Peter 5:1 NKJV)

The Apostle Peter, one of the twelve disciples, one of the three of Jesus’ inner circle of disciples, simply calls himself a fellow elder. He witnessed and participated in the suffering of Christ and looked forward to be a partaker of the glory to be revealed. He called out to the leaders of the church to draw near and hear what he had to say. Peter was certainly a personality but he wasn’t seeking personal glory.

We would do well to follow Peter’s example and to hear what Peter had to say.

Broadcast for August 15, 2014

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Separation Anxiety

Have you ever suffered separation anxiety? I remember the terror of being dropped of at school on that first day and how terrible I felt that my mother was leaving me with strangers. Then I dropped my kids off to their first day of school and they also experienced this fear.

In 1 Peter 4 we read: Therefore let those who suffer according to the will of God commit their souls to Him in doing good, as to a faithful Creator. (1 Peter 4:19 NKJV)

The good news for us is that if we do suffer according to the will of God, there is not separation to be anxious about. God is still with us and will never leave us or forsake us. In the midst of persecution, trials and troubles we can commit our soul to Him without fear knowing that even if we die yet in Christ we live.

Broadcast for August 14, 2014
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Scarcely Saved

There is nothing that better illustrates the grace of God than the sinfulness of man.

In 1 Peter 4 we read: Now “If the righteous one is scarcely saved, Where will the ungodly and the sinner appear?” (I Peter 4:18 NKJV)

The righteous are scarcely saved. What a thought that those who live right and are good persons will barely make it to heaven. But the truth is that no one is righteous except those declared so by God. When we believe in God and in His Son Jesus, God forgives our sin and declares us righteous. If our entrance into heaven were dependent on our own goodness, no one would be saved.

So where will the ungodly and sinner appear? Because each one has rejected God, they will appear in the final judgment. The only hope of salvation is in Jesus Christ. Trust Him today.

Broadcast for August 13, 2014
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