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Getting to Know Jesus

I am passionate about having “a personal relationship with Jesus.” Jesus has made a way for us to have relationship with him. The life of a disciple is not about grasping the ethical principles embodied in Jesus’ life. To be a follower of Jesus, even in our day and...

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And Now What? (1 Peter 2:1–3)

I don't really have a green thumb (more like a brown thumb!). I would like things to grow around my house, but it seems to be a constant challenge. But I have learned one thing: Growing things need food and water. You put sod down. You hope it will take. You long...

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How Did That Happen? (1 Peter 1:22–25)

When we think about this life that we are invited into through the Gospel, we can find our thoughts turning to just how this new life came to be ours. Think about that for a moment. Did you respond to a message you heard preached? Did you step into this life...

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Loving . . . Because of Who We Are (1 Peter 1:22)

One of the themes that continue to surface in my conversations with others is the difference between living because of who we are and living in a particular way in order to become who we want to be. It might sound like that's straining at wording, but it there is a...

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Living as The Redeemed (1 Peter 1:17–21)

The authors--both the human authors and the Spirit who inspired the Scriptures--are not hesitant to speak of the "fear of God." Whether in Old Testament or New Testament contexts, there is a place to think of the fear of God. It seems that rightly grasping both the...

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Holy . . . Because of Our God (1 Peter 1:15–16)

When we are reading a passage, it is important to keep in mind that how a thing is said (or written) may be as important as what is said (or written). I saw this illustrated in a discussion with a student in a "Reading Scripture" class. We had been working through...

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Because Of . . . Not In Order To (1 Peter 1:13)

On a recent trip, I learned in a tangible (and costly) way of the importance of reading carefully. Having booked a flight and paid for luggage and printed my boarding passes, my wife and I discovered that we were really going to need to take two small bags, not...

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Do I See How Huge? (1 Peter 1:10–12)

As life unfolds around us, we sometimes catch a glimpse of the magnitude of something we initially thought wasn't that big a deal. The small spot on the ceiling; seems to be just a small discoloration . . . until you realize that the roof has a leak. That peculiar...

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Join us for a book signing

     Applying the kind of approach to the Bible that is found in The River’s “Reading Scripture” class and developing themes touched on in the intensive on Jesus’ miracles, Brian has written a book on the miracles of Jesus. Entitled More Than His God Card, this...

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More Joy (1 Peter 1:8)

In 1 Peter 1:8, the apostle wrote about the believing that results in rejoicing that is to characterize those who have come to know Jesus. And I think I know where Peter got this idea. In Jesus’ exchange with his friends (which included Peter) in the upper room...

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