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A Life-Giving Touch of Kindness

Life is short.

People are fragile. So very, very fragile.

We who have committed our lives to a Gentle Jesus should of all people be a cascade of kindness to others.

As you are about to hear in this PODCAST, that is Peter’s message to you and me today.

Pretty basic. In a perfect world (which ours is not), this should not even need to be said.

But sadly, it does need to be said. And we need to be reminded that…

Life is short.

People are fragile.

We who have committed our lives to a Gentle Jesus should of all people be a cascade of kindness to others.

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God bless you richly as you listen.

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“The God of All Comfort”

Artwork of my dear friend, Udi. http://www.blueandwhiteart.com

It is the single saddest day on the Jewish calendar.

As you are about to hear in this PODCAST, that statement, purposely given with the present tense “is,” is true today.

It was equally true for Peter’s original Jewish readers.

One day each year, indelibly imprinted on the collective psyches of our Jewish friends then and now.

“It is today as it was then.”

A day which reads in English, “the ninth day of the month of Av” (usually around our month of August).

In Hebrew it is called, Tisha B’Av.

If we don’t understand what this day is all about, we will not understand what the closing verses of 1 Peter 1 are all about. For Peter’s original readers. And for us!

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Family Matters

There is a play-on-words in 1 Peter 1:22.

As you will hear in this PODCAST, an insightful play-on-words that we miss to our peril.

Coming as it does from Peter’s pen, I can assure you that this play-on-words is most-intentional. Pregnant with meaning poignantly personal to Peter, and to us as well.

This play-on-words is a bit of a pun—not humorous at all, but serious in the extreme—that goes straight to the heart of what it means to be committed-Christ-follower now, today, in our current Christian culture.

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Redeemed! How I Love to Proclaim It.

It is one of the most beautiful words to appear anywhere in the Bible.

So beautiful, as you will hear in this PODCAST, that the biblical writers invoke this word one hundred one times.

Peter will employ it in 1 Peter 1:18 when he writes these 3 amazing words:

“You were redeemed.”

That is a declarative sentence, causing us to ask, What’s the picture??? The biblical picture of redemption.

I’ll give you a hint: It all has to do with one of the so-called Minor Prophets. Minor in terms of his book’s length; MAJOR in terms of its message.

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This Little Light of Mine

Courtesy of WorshipHouse Kids.

What does it mean to “be holy”?

As you are about to hear in this PODCAST, the answer is remarkably simple and practical. So simple and practical that you don’t need a seminary degree to understand this.

And yet, were I a betting man, I would be willing to wager that “be holy” means something vastly different than many of us have been led to believe it means.

You, my friend, are in for a treat!

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Etched in Stone

Of all of the things that Peter could have told his unsettled refugee readers, why in the world would he challenge them to “Be holy”?

Oh my friends, as you are about to hear in this PODCAST, the answer may just blow your mind.

Seriously.

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“Prone to Leave the God I Love”

What you are about to hear in this PODCAST is Peter’s most powerful appeal. One born in Peter’s greatest failure.

It is true that our most powerful life-message comes not out of our spectacular successes, but rather out of our epic failures.

So be encouraged.

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The Prophets Spoke (Boy, did they ever!)

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Peter wrote that the prophets…

“…searched intently and with the greatest care, trying to find out the time and circumstances (of the predicted) sufferings of the Messiah and the glories that would follow.”

That time had now come. And as you are about to hear in this PODCAST, it was amazing!

Last week, we made the point that the portrait of Jesus painted in the Old Testament, by the Old Testament prophets, was dramatically detailed and stunningly complete. Just reading the Old Testament leaves the reader with nothing left to the imagination as far as Jesus is concerned.

Oh sure. The New Testament adds a bit of color here, some contours there. Think of the Old Testament as a black & white photo of Jesus in contrast to a New Testament color image—vivid color at that!

The New Testament is not so much new revelation about Jesus—His incarnation, ministry, crucifixion, resurrection—as it is a magnifying glass that allows us to see a bit more detail that was already there on the canvas of Old Testament.

So we are now going to unveil for you that Old Testament canvas, allowing you to see it in all its prophetic glory.

Imagine a blank canvas before you. With each biblical brushstroke, a bit more of the portrait will gradually emerge. Are you ready?

We’ll start with this stunner, right out of the gate.

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A Most-Prophet-able Study (Pun Intended)

As you are about to hear in this PODCAST, eight times in only three verses—1 Peter 1:10-12—Peter draws our focused-attention to “the Prophets.” Referring, of course, to the Old Testament Prophets.

Individuals—many of whom paid for their prophecies literally with their lives.

Individuals to whom we owe our heritage as committed followers of Jesus.

Individuals who painted a stunningly complete portrait of exactly who Jesus is centuries before a certain baby boy was born in Bethlehem.

Individuals worthy of our time and attention.

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God’s Triumph Out of Tamar’s Tragedy

If you want to watch in wonder as God brings beauty out of someone’s ashes, you’ve come to the right PODCAST.

Her name was Tamar. And oh what a story she has to tell.

Another talk from my Hartland High School Camp this past summer.

(1 Peter in HD will resume next week!)

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