“He ALWAYS Shows His Mercy!”

I will simply say that if you want to know what it should look like to be a committed follower of Jesus, This.Is.It.

In this PODCAST, you will hear the Apostle Peter highlight what is IMHO the attribute of God most often overlooked.

My preparation for this message was for me life-changing. As you hear this message, may it be a blessing in your life as well.

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God bless you richly as you listen.

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THE Titanic Tug of War

Snowpocalypse 2019 has hit the PNW. Which means that out of concern for the safety of our precious Safe Haven people, we encouraged each one to stay home, be safe, and be warm and cozy.

But despair not, my friends. I dug through our massive archives–5 years back, to be accurate–to pull out one of the most helpful PODCASTS I’ve ever done.

So many answers to so many of your questions will be made crystal clear as you listen.

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Enjoy, and be blessed.

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Like a City Set on a Hill

I don’t usually give you the takeaway of a lesson up front, preferring to spring it on you at some point unexpected in each lesson.

But as you are about to hear in this PODCAST, given the fact that there are two takeaways tonight, I’ll give them to you upfront, at the very beginning.

Takeaway #1. You really are some-one and some-thing special.

Takeaway #2. Jesus truly is gentle, and His burden really is light.

Meaning that we have one singular sublime and simple purpose.

Meaning that victorious, effective, God-pleasing Christian living is not difficult, nor is it complicated.

If you are ever tempted to feel as though the Christian life is a heavy burden, then this is for you!

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God bless you richly as you listen.

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Identity Crisis

Picture courtesy of chabad.org

God’s timing is perfect!!!

As you are about to hear in this PODCAST, this passage for me (and I have no doubt for some of you) has come at just the right time. Let me explain.

Simply put, for some time I have been experiencing something of identity crisis. I have been haunted by this one question:

“Where do I fit?”

When it comes to this whole Christian scene, our contemporary Christian culture, at the risk of sounding overly maudlin—a great word that means self-pitying, tearfully sentimental—I honestly don’t know where I fit anymore.

Well, thanks to Peter, that’s not true any more!!!

I now know exactly where I fit. And soon, so shall you!!!

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God bless you richly as you listen.

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The Wall That Wails No More

Here’s the thing: As you are about to hear in this PODCAST, at precisely 6:13 this past Monday morning, I had an epiphany.

Fact is, between last Saturday night and Monday morning, I was stymied by one perplexing question:

“Here in 1 Peter 2, why in the world didn’t Peter use the word for stones that is his name? Petros?”

Or to put that another way,

“Why did Peter here in 1 Peter 2 use the word for stones, Lithos?

They are, after all, synonyms—Petros and Lithos—at least in English. Both are translated “stone.” So why didn’t Peter refer to himself—and to you and me—as a Petros? Why a Lithos?

Oh, my friends, the answer to that question is breathtakingly beautiful. Beautiful indeed.

As are you!

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God bless you richly as you listen.

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How Firm a Foundation!!!

Rendering of Caesarea Philippi courtesy of Chris Edmondson

You are in for a real treat, I do believe.

As you are about to hear in this week’s PODCAST, it’s one of the most basic principles of proper biblical interpretation, the ground rule of hermeneutics.

Ready? Here it is: “The Bible is the best commentary on itself.”

Ever heard that before? Well, you’re going to get a classic example of that rock-solid (pun intended) truism right now.

Let’s start with this: Peter, it seems, was obsessed with  stones and rocks. And that for a very good reason.

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God bless you richly as you listen.

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The Jesus No One Can Ignore

Peter heard it.

Peter heard it as Jesus taught it.

Matthew referred to it as “this parable.”

As you are about to hear in this PODCAST, as Jesus taught “this parable,” He effectively signed His own death warrant.

After “this parable,” nothing would ever be the same again.

It certainly left a lasting and indelible impression on the mind and heart of Peter.

May it leave a lasting and indelible impression on our minds and hearts as well.

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God bless you richly as you listen.

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The Man Who Failed, BUT was Not a Failure (and Neither are You!)

His name was John Mark. A man of whom the world was not worthy.

But as you are about to hear in this PODCAST, he was a man in whom the Apostle Paul saw no worth.

None.

Zero.

Nada.

But here’s the thing: He may have had no worth to Paul, but John Mark had infinite worth to God.

Paul would not use him, but God certainly did.

Spectacularly.

Ever feel as though you have little to no worth? Guess again.

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God bless you richly as you listen.

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The Salvation-Song of Simeon

He is the unsung hero of the Christmas story.

Courtesy of leesbird.com

In a classic case of gross understatement, may I say that Simeon was a most-remarkable individual. In this PODCAST, you will hear his inspiring story in his own voice.

A truly unforgettable Christmas meditation—one that not only looks back to the way things were, but forward to your bright and beautiful future as things soon will be!

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God bless you richly as you listen.

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LIVING Stones!

Lifeless Stones. Photo courtesy of secrets-of-stonehenge-tours.co.uk

In 1 Peter 2:5a (NLT), Peter painted this amazing picture. Speaking of you and me, he wrote,

“And you are living stones that God is building into his spiritual temple.”

Living stones. As you are about to hear in the PODCAST, Peter may have been an uneducated fisherman. But he was inarguably the master of the metaphor.

Last week, he referred to us as “priests”—a metaphor rich with a wealth of meaning once we understand the role of priests throughout the biblical narrative.

For this week, “living stones.” What a meaningful metaphor that is—“living stones.”

As we are about to learn, this is perfect for us to consider as we close out 2018—a year that has dealt with most of us in a remarkably unkind way. The challenges we have faced, the trials we have endured, the obstacles we have overcome… And yet, and yet, like “living stones,” you are still standing. And for that, I applaud you!

Now to the point at hand: Does anything strike you about Peter’s reference to “living stones”?

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God bless you richly as you listen.

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