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The Passage That Peter NEVER Should Have Had to Pen.

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So why DID Peter have to write this?

As you are about to hear in this PODCAST, why do we need to read and heed this?

We’ve hit a milestone in our 1 Peter in HD series. This marks the halfway point. 2 1/2 chapters down; 2 1/2 chapters to go!

Four times in 2 1/2 chapters, Peter makes this heartfelt plea. He does so for a very good reason.

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God bless you richly as you listen.

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If Clichés Could Kill You

As you will hear in this PODCAST, there is a myth so commonly taught that it has almost become cliché. So universal is this teaching that if I echoed it in this message, very few would even question it.

Yet, it is one of the most exhaustingly exasperating, or self-exalting teachings we could ever hear.

And in that sense, it can often be diabolically defeating for any Christian. Perhaps even for you.

Give this a listen, and see what you think.

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God bless you richly as you listen.

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“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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Gentle Shepherd

Jesus-Good-Shepherd-guides-meLast week, I introduced you ever-so-briefly to the subject of shepherds. This because Jesus drew our attention to all-things sheep-and-shepherd-related when He defined Himself by saying, “I AM the door (gate) of the sheep.”

This week, in this PODCAST, we’ll discover together exactly what Jesus meant when He identified Himself as the “door of the sheep.”

The important point to remember from last week is this: Life for the shepherd was and is unpredictable and oh-so-difficult.

You might remember that when his or her world is rocked by undeserved trauma of some sort, a shepherd will never ask the question of God, “Why?” Or “Why me?” It is a given that life in the desert is tough, and that problems are the norm.

Shepherds “get it” — that in this world of ours, bad things do indeed happen. Bad things do indeed happen to good people. We live in a world where, as but one example, men are born blind. And as Jesus made crystal-clear in John 9, it has nothing to do with the man’s sins, or his parents’ for that matter, as assumed by the disciples who asked Jesus about that very thing.

In the thinking of a shepherd, the evidence of the blessing of God in someone’s life is NOT the absence of problems or pain. The evidence of God’s blessing is His peace-giving presence that shepherds us through our problems and pain.

As Peter (who knew his fair share of suffering and pain) completely understood, Jesus is and ever will be our “Shepherd, the Guardian of our souls.” (1 Peter 2:25) A shepherd who guards our souls not from trouble, but while we are in the midst of trouble — undeserved, unpredictable, oh-so-difficult problems and personal pain.

Given all of that, what then did Jesus mean when He identified Himself as the “door of the sheep”? More than you can possibly imagine.

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