Called to the Contrary

Christian, may we all seek to think, act, and lay our confidence in the ways the Lord has revealed himself for us and that we might live our calling to the contrary.

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A sermon preached on 01-03-18

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1 Peter 3:8-12.

Called to the Contrary

On Palm Sunday of 2017, Christians in Egypt were attacked during their church service by two bombings and another separate attack on a bus full of men, women, and children. 

After a bombing upon a specific group of people, what do you expect to happen?  Retaliation.  Sending an assault team to wipe ISIS out.  Bombing a mosque service. Continue reading “Called to the Contrary”

Suffering and the Son

The suffering of Jesus in the gospel was designed to save us from eternal suffering.

A sermon preached on 11-30-17

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Read 1 Peter 2:18-25.

 The Purpose of Suffering: God’s Glory

What is God’s purpose in suffering?  What does it do?  This is one of those questions that we may be able to grasp the answer for and intellectually understand it, but to actually see it or live it, is another thing.  In 2015, ISIS members were heavily attacking and threatening Christians spread all throughout the Middle East.

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Living as Sojourners

We exist as God’s people, as sojourners on the earth.

A sermon preached on 1 Peter 2:11-17

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Declared and Becoming

Most of our lives are learning how to become and live, with what we already are in our identity.  Take these simple examples:

  • At the age of 18, a boy is now legally identified as a man. And then for the next few decades, this now identified, man, is learning how to live, act, and talk like a man.
  • When you say, ‘I do’ to your spouse, you are legally declared married. And for the next few decades, you also, are learning how to live like a married couple, act within a covenant, and understand what is the life of a married person.

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Seeing Jesus

The issue is not physical sight or intellect, but that of our blindness to Jesus’ value.

A sermon preached on 1 Peter 1:8-12

The Beauty of Faith

A well-known atheist and author, Richard Dawkins (author of The God Delusion), was interviewed by CNN about his views on science and religion.  He was asked the question, “If you were to die and meet God, what would you say to him?”

  • Dawkins says this, “Which god are you? Are you Zeus, Mithras, or Yahweh? And why did you take such great pains to conceal yourself?”

I think some of us have maybe heard the remark that if God would show himself to me, I would believe him, or convert to him, etc.  It almost seems like Dawkins is saying something like that.

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