Charles Stanley – Faith Barriers

 

Exodus 3:10-22, Exodus 4:1-17

God enables us to carry out His plan for our life. When we fall short of accomplishing the goals He has set for us, it is not because He in some way failed to provide the necessary equipping. Instead, failure is usually the result of an obstacle within our heart—an attitude that short-circuits our faith. As a result, the flow of God’s power is hindered, and we cannot become the person He desires us to be.

Moses is a dramatic illustration of the disruptive potential of faith barriers. Called to one of the greatest missions in all of Scripture, the future leader responded with excuses for why he should not obey.

Excuses for disobedience haven’t changed much since Moses’ encounter with the burning bush. He tried to hide behind the same faith barriers that believers cite today: poor self-image (Ex. 3:11-12), ignorance about God (Ex. 3:13-21), self-doubt (Ex. 4:1-9), feelings of inadequacy (Ex 4:10-11), and fear of failure (Ex. 4:12-13). Each time he protested that the Lord had asked the wrong person—a slow-tongued shepherd of slavery lineage, who murdered a man and became a fugitive—God responded with a firm, persuasive rebuttal.

The theme of God’s answers is something all believers need to understand, just as Moses finally did—namely, that when we are called to serve, our strength, skill, and wisdom do not matter. Rather, it is the Lord who does the work through us. He doesn’t seek out the most qualified person for a particular job but instead calls men and women who are willing to surrender themselves to Him. When His strength works through their weakness, it is obvious that only God could have achieved the result.

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Our Daily Bread — All Welcome!

Read: Luke 5:27-32

Bible in a Year: Isaiah 41-42; 1 Thessalonians 1

I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance. —Luke 5:32

The much-prayed-for film night at the church youth club had finally arrived. Posters had been displayed all around the village and pizzas were warming in the oven. Steve, the youth pastor, hoped that the film—about gang members in New York who were brought face-to-face with the claims of Jesus by a young pastor—would bring new recruits to the club.

But he hadn’t realized that a key football match was being shown on television that evening, so attendance was much smaller than he had hoped for. Sighing inwardly, he was about to dim the lights and begin the film when five leather-clad members of the local motorbike club came in. Steve went pale.

The leader of the group, who was known as TDog, nodded in Steve’s direction. “It’s free and for everyone, right?” he said. Steve opened his mouth to say, “Youth club members only” when TDog bent down and picked up a bracelet with the letters WWJD (What Would Jesus Do) stamped on it. “This yours, mate?” he asked. Steve nodded, hot with embarrassment, and waited while the new guests found a seat.

Have you ever been in Steve’s situation? You long to share the good news about Jesus, but you have a mental list of the “right” people who would be acceptable? Jesus was often criticized by the religious authorities for the company He kept. But He welcomed those everyone else avoided, because He knew they needed Him most (Luke 5:31-32). —Marion Stroud

Lord, please help me to see people through Your eyes of love and to welcome all those You bring into my life.

A heart that is open to Christ will be open to those He loves.

INSIGHT: In ancient Israel, tax collectors were considered traitors to their country because they were employees of the occupying Roman force. To make matters worse, some tax collectors demanded more tax than required from their fellow citizens. Thus Jesus’s choice of a “traitor” as one of His closest followers would have seemed strange, to put it mildly. Yet when the religious leaders confronted Jesus, His defense was not only logical but revealed the depth of His love and mission. “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick” (Luke 5:31). Jesus wasn’t applauding the religious leaders while condemning the depravity of Levi. Instead He was placing everyone on the same level. All need the love and healing He offers. J.R. Hudberg

 

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Ravi Zacharias Ministry – I Fled Him

I believe one of the most profound poems ever written was penned by an Englishman named Frances Thompson. Thompson was a genius, but he became a drug addict and was on the run for many years. Towards the later part of his life he wrote the magnificent masterpiece he called “The Hound of Heaven.” The poem describes God as the persistent hound who, with loving feet, follows and follows until he catches up with this person who is trying to run and flee from him. Writes Thompson:

“I fled Him, down the nights and down the days;

I fled Him, down the arches of the years;

I fled him down the labyrinthine ways

Of my own mind; and in the midst of tears

I hid from Him, and under running laughter.

Up vistaed hopes I sped;

And shot, precipitated,

Adown Titanic glooms of chasmed fears,

From those strong Feet that followed, followed after.”

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John MacArthur – Strength for Today – Alive in Christ

 

“Therefore we have been buried with Him through baptism into death, in order that as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life” (Romans 6:4).

Union with Christ means participation in His death, burial, and resurrection.

Believers are united with Christ not only in His life, but also in His death. When believers come to faith in Christ, they symbolically share in His death, dying to sin in order to live to God (Rom. 6:10-11).

That reality has profound implications. Having died to the old life of sin and been raised to share new life in Christ, believers cannot continue in the same old patterns of sin. They now live in an entirely different realm. Those who die in Christ live in Christ. In the words of the great nineteenth-century theologian Charles Hodge, “There can be no participation in Christ’s life without a participation in his death, and we cannot enjoy the benefits of his death unless we are partakers of the power of his life. We must be reconciled to God in order to be holy, and we cannot be reconciled without thereby becoming holy.”

As a result, believers cannot help but “walk in newness of life.” Walk describes daily spiritual conduct. Believers have a new direction in life; they no longer live like they did before they were saved (1 Peter 4:3-4).

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Wisdom Hunters – Increase Our Faith! 

The apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith!”  And the Lord said, “If you had faith like a grain of mustard seed, you could say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it would obey you. Luke 17:5-6

Have you ever found the journey of discipleship to be a great challenge? If so, take heart, you’re on the right path! When Jesus’ apostles asked him to increase their faith, it wasn’t because they were unfaithful or turning away from the way of Jesus. No, their prayer for increased faith is precisely a sign that they were beginning to understand the true nature of what Jesus was asking of them.

This prayer from the apostles comes immediately after Jesus asks them to do a hard thing: forgive those who have hurt you. I believe these early disciples fully understood that Jesus was asking them to do hard things and as a result realized that in and of themselves they were hopelessly inadequate for the task. This was true in their day, and it is equally true in ours.

There are times in your life when Jesus will ask you to do very hard things. You may have to endure an uninvited physical ailment. You may have to sacrifice comfort and personal fulfillment in the service of God’s Kingdom. You may be asked to live in close, meaningful relationships with people who are a source of consistent conflict and interpersonal challenge. The list could go on and on. Jesus knows these are challenging situations. He isn’t surprised by them or trying to sugar coat it. Yet, his response in Luke’s gospel is profound. Jesus fully acknowledges the difficulty and yet says faith makes the impossible possible.

As seemingly impossible as it is to uproot a mulberry tree simply with your words, so too will the presence of faith give you the strength and ability to encounter God’s grace and love in any and every situation. As we seek God’s wisdom for our lives, we must be willing to see the countless ways that Jesus is inviting us into a deeper walk with him, even though this depth may be challenging and uncomfortable. As such, we must join our hearts with the apostles and boldly pray, “Lord, increase our faith!”

Prayer: Father, increase our faith that we may faithfully follow you wherever you may lead us, always trusting in your good and faithful care. Amen.

Application: What hard thing is Jesus asking you to do today?

Related Readings: Psalm 23; Matthew 7:13-14; Galatians 5:25, 6:14; Hebrews 11

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Today’s Turning Point with David Jeremiah – Revive Us Again

Will You not revive us again, that Your people may rejoice in You?

Psalm 85:6

Recommended Reading

Psalm 85 and 86

When reports of the 1857 American revival reached overseas, the Presbyterian Synod of Ireland sent two men to investigate. They returned with stories that created great hunger for revival among the Irish. In answer to that hunger, a revival broke out and 1859 became known as “God’s Year of Grace” across the Irish nation.

“One after another were gloriously saved in homes and in schoolhouses. People opened the windows so that those outside and around the buildings could hear the prayer and praise inside. Careless sinners broke down and wept like children. Drunkards were awed into solemn silence. Often people did not go to bed for two or three nights. Passersby heard people crying aloud for mercy inside their houses, calling out to God in prayer, or singing hymns and songs. Business almost came to a standstill… Prayer meetings in private homes were held at all hours of the day and night… The faces of the new converts beamed with such joy that the newly saved were easily identified.”1

Oh, that God would send such a revival to our lands today! Let’s make this our daily prayer: “Lord, revive us again!”

Revival starts with a handful of praying people who develop an insatiable burden to plead with heaven for revival, as in Psalm 85:6: “Will You not revive us again…?”

David Jeremiah

1Wesley Duewel, Revival Fire (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1995), 139-140.

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Joyce Meyer – Live Victoriously through Moderation

 

Let your moderation be known unto all men. —Philippians 4:5 KJV

God demonstrates our need for balance through the great varieties of foods He made available to us. We need some of all of it, but not all of any of it. If we overdo anything, it is just as bad as underdoing it.

Some people think, If it is a good thing, then more of a good thing ought to be better. But that is not necessarily true. Too much or too little can both be big problems. Balance is the key to powerful, victorious living. Ask God to show you how to stay in balance today.

From the book Starting Your Day Right by Joyce Meyer.

 

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Girlfriends in God – What Happens When Love Leads

 

Today’s Truth

My dear brothers, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, for man’s anger does not bring about the righteous life that God desires.

James 1:19-20

Friend To Friend

“I’m a terrible mom!” Do you ever say these words?

I do.

And I did that day… the day several years ago when I was working in my office, minding my own business, when out of now where my son threw a paper airplane at the back of my head… on purpose.

Not one to normally welcome an air attack, I gritted my teeth, gave him the stern “mom voice,” and asked him to stop messing around. I told him I needed some private time so I could get some work done.

He agreed, and turned to leave.

Then he jumped around and threw it at me again!

Let me tell you, my grace-o-meter was reading pretty low at this point. I barked like an angry dog. “What in the world do you think you are doing? I just told you that I needed to be left alone so I can get some work done! Stop it, Preston!”

“But mom, there’s a message on the plane,” he tenderly replied. “Read it.”

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Campus Crusade for Christ; Bill Bright – Path of Blessing

“You know these things – now do them! That is the path of blessing” (John 13:17).

These words of Jesus are as binding on us who follow Him today as they were on the disciples who actually heard Him speak them.

You will remember the setting. Jesus had just washed the feet of His disciples as an example of servanthood that He wanted them to observe and to learn. And that is the lesson we do well to ponder: service for others.

Except for the good we can do others, in the power and with the enabling of God’s Holy Spirit, what really is the purpose of our being left here on earth? And miracle of miracles, when we do that which is right – serve others, in Christ’s name – our own personal problems seem minor and relatively unimportant.

Loneliness and depression have their quickest cure in the realm of helping others. No matter what our problem – physical, spiritual, or material – it is quite likely we can find others whose plights are worse. By giving of ourselves in their behalf, we forget about our own troubles, which are usually resolved in the process.

Simple, is it not, that we are to do those things the Lord commands us to do? When we read and study His Word, we can find our just what they are.

Bible Reading: John 13:12-16

TODAY’S ACTION POINT: I will not be content with just admiring the example Jesus has set before us, but will seek to obey His commands to be a doer if the Word as well.

 

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Ray Stedman – The Wrong Way to Right Wrongs

Read: 1 Corinthians 6:1-11

If any of you has a dispute with another, do you dare to take it before the ungodly for judgment instead of before the Lord’s people? Or do you not know that the Lord’s people will judge the world? And if you are to judge the world, are you not competent to judge trivial cases? Do you not know that we will judge angels? How much more the things of this life! 1 Corinthians 6:1-3

The apostle does not use the word stupid here, but his implication is that these people are very foolish for doing what they are doing. They were obviously engaging in lawsuits, dragging them before the Roman courts, and having all their quarrels and dirty linen washed in public and settled by a secular court. This, the apostle says, is foolish, and he has two reasons for implying this.

First, he implies that it is an act of audacious boldness: Dare any one of you having a grievance against his brother take it to a law court to settle? His clear implication is that this is an audacious act; it is an outrageous act; it is a bold, daring thing to do. Paul implies that, of course, by the word he uses — that one who does such is uncaring; he has reached the point where he does not care what anybody thinks or feels and he is acting regardless of the injuries that may be done to others. Paul then suggests, in the two questions he asks, that anybody who does such a thing is really an ignorant person: Do you not know that the church is going to judge the world, and do not you know that the church is going to judge angels?

These questions he asks imply a certain degree of knowledge that the Corinthians ought to have had. Do you not know, he says, that the saints will judge the world? Surely he is referring to those passages both in the Gospels and in the Epistles where we are clearly told that when the Lord returns the saints are going to share the throne of judgment with him. We are to rule and to reign with Christ, entering into judgment with him. We are not told whether we are all assigned a little throne to sit on, and have a certain number of people come to us, or whether we divide up according to the alphabet. We are, however, to enter into the mind and heart of God as he examines the motives and hearts, the thoughts and innermost desires and urges of men. In Chapter 4, remember, Paul said that we are not to judge before the Lord who will examine the motives, the hidden things of the heart. But we are learning how to do that, and that is the point Paul is raising here. He does not mean to put down the systems of justice that were practiced in that day or any day. Paul admired and honored Roman law — he himself called upon it for defense on occasion — but he is saying that human law by its very nature has to deal with trivial, superficial things, with actions, and not with urges and deep, hidden motives.

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Words of Hope – Daily Devotional – The State’s Place

Read: Colossians 1:15-23

For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities . . . (v. 16)

Governments do a lot of good. Today I mailed a letter, which will be delivered courtesy of my government. I also deposited my paycheck, which is only worth anything because my government backs the currency and enforces the contracts between my employers, my bank, and me. But governments also destroy people. Time and again, I have met prisoners who were deeply convinced, not only that they committed a crime for which they must repent, but that they were subhuman garbage, unworthy of decent treatment. They learned this from the government that houses them, that wields godlike power over their moment-to-moment existence, and that, often enough, turns a blind eye when they are abused, raped, or exploited while incarcerated.

The Rome that held Paul captive was an empire of unprecedented power in the ancient world. For Paul, a prisoner, to remember and assert that it existed for Christ, the Word by whom and for whom all things were created, was utterly radical. Jesus reminds us of the state’s true size. It is subordinate to him; it exists to glorify him. When the state stops doing so—when, for example, it abuses the image of God, including those images of God who live in prison—Christians have a duty to push back.

Prayer:

Lord, for our sake you became a prisoner. Needle our conscience until we demand prison conditions not wholly unfit for you.

Author: Phil Christman

 

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Greg Laurie – A Word to Singles

I am saying this for your benefit, not to place restrictions on you. I want you to do whatever will help you serve the Lord best, with as few distractions as possible.—1 Corinthians 7:35

Is it better to be single or to be married? There are actually advantages and disadvantages to both, but let me take a moment to address singles today.

When you are married, you make a commitment that is to be taken seriously. We are told in 1 Corinthians 7:32–33, “An unmarried man can spend his time doing the Lord’s work and thinking how to please him. But a married man has to think about his earthly responsibilities and how to please his wife.”

Paul is not saying it is a bad thing to be married. He is saying when you are married you have to think of someone besides yourself. A husband has to think about how to please his wife. A wife has to think about how to please her husband. That doesn’t mean you can’t still please the Lord. But it does mean that now you have limitations in your life that you did not have before.

When you are single, you are mobile. In many ways, you are free. That is good. Use your mobility for God’s glory. Use your extra time to serve and grow closer to Him.

What you don’t want to do is get into a relationship with a nonbeliever because you are impatient. We are told in 2 Corinthians 6:14–15, “Don’t team up with those who are unbelievers. How can righteousness be a partner with wickedness? How can light live with darkness? What harmony can there be between Christ and the devil? How can a believer be a partner with an unbeliever?”

Here is what happens when couples are not matched up spiritually. In most cases, the believer is not going to pull the nonbeliever up to faith; the nonbeliever is going to pull the believer down.

So, if you are a single Christian, wait on the Lord for the person He is going to bring to you. Start praying for them today. Pray for wisdom to discern the right person and the right moment.

James Dobson said it well: “Don’t marry the person you think you can live with. Marry only the individual you think you can’t live without.”

 

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Kids 4 Truth International – God Loved First

“We love him, because he first loved us.” (1 John 4:19)

Have your mom and dad ever told you that they “love you more” than you could ever love them, or that they have loved you longer? If so, they are probably right. You cannot even remember knowing your parents when you were first born, or – some of you – when you were first adopted, and you are probably still learning how to love them rightly. Your parents loved you first. They brought you into their home, and you belong to them. You are learning to respond to them with love in return. But they will always be the ones who loved you first, not the other way around.

Who “invented” love? Who created it? 1 John 4 reminds us that God did. God IS love. He is the Source of perfect love. And He loves people even when they are not lovable! Could a human being ever think up on his own the idea of God’s love? No. Could we ever earn God’s love? No. Could we keep loving others if it were not for God’s help and what He has done in loving us first – before we were even able to love Him?

What are your thoughts when you remember that God is the Source of all love, and that He chose to love you when you were unlovely and unloving?

It makes the tears run down one’s cheeks to think that we should have an interest in that decree and council of the Almighty Three, when every one that should be blood-bought had its name inscribed in God’s eternal book. Come, soul, I bid thee now exercise thy wings a little, and see if this does not make thee love God. He thought of thee before thou hadst a being. When as yet the sun and the moon were not, – when the sun, the moon, and the stars slept in the mind of God, like unborn forests in an acorn cup, when the old sea was not yet born, long ere this infant world lay in its swaddling bands of mist, then God had inscribed thy name upon the heart and upon the hands of Christ indelibly, to remain for ever. And does not this make thee love God?
~ Charles Haddon Spurgeon

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The Navigators – Jerry Bridges – Holiness Day by Day Devotional – Incredible Inheritance

Today’s Scripture: Ephesians 3:8

“To me . . . this grace was given, to preach to the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ.”

Years ago our pastor told about a southern plantation owner who left a $50,000 inheritance (perhaps equivalent to half a million dollars today) to a former slave who’d served him faithfully all his life. The estate’s lawyer duly notified the old man and told him the money was deposited at a local bank.

Weeks went by, and the former slave never called for any of his inheritance. Finally, the banker called him in and told him again he had $50,000 available to draw on at any time. “Sir,” the old man replied, “do you think I can have fifty cents to buy a sack of cornmeal?&quot.

That story illustrates the plight of many Christians today. Paul wrote of preaching “the unsearchable riches of Christ” (Ephesians 3:8) —referring not to financial wealth but to the glorious truths of the gospel. It’s as if each of us has $50,000 available in the gospel, yet most of us are hoping we can squeeze out fifty cents’ worth. We don’t understand the riches of the Gospel any more than the former slave understood his inheritance.

Suppose also that the slave was not only poverty-stricken but also deep in debt for back rent. With his inheritance, he could not only pay off the debt but also buy his house. His inheritance far surpasses his debt. This is the truth of the Gospel. We owe an enormous spiritual debt to God; there’s no way we can repay it. The gospel tells us Jesus Christ paid our debt, but it also tells us far more: We’re no longer enemies and objects of God’s wrath. We’re now his sons and daughters, heirs with Christ to all his unsearchable riches. This is the good news of the Gospel.

 

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The Navigators – Leroy Eims – Daily Discipleship Devotional – Words of Life

 

Today’s Scripture: Genesis 48-50

These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and…when you lie down and when you get up. – Deuteronomy 6:6-7

Do you like flattery, or would you rather have someone shoot straight with you? Maybe your answer is, “Well, I’d like them to shoot straight, but not too straight.” The truth is sometimes hard to take.

Genesis 48-50 shows us Jacob, the ancient patriarch, gathering his sons to his side and shooting straight by giving each of them a word from God. Jacob did not hesitate to tell his sons the truth, even though, in some cases, it was not pleasant and, I’m sure, not easy to do. He is an Old Testament example of the New Testament words of Paul urging us to speak the truth in love.

Today there is such a mad scramble to protect a person’s self-image that often the truth of the matter gets compromised. But in the Scriptures we see ourselves as we really are in the context of God’s love and holiness.

May we lead our families into the Word and daily expose them to the truths found in Scripture. Who can know the impact it will have on their lives?

Prayer

Lord, so often I make time for everything else but reading Your Word and listening to Your voice. Help me to put You first in my life and to lead my family by the light of Your Word. Amen.

To Ponder

What better thing can I do than encourage my family to hunger for the eternal Word of God?

 

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BreakPoint – No Pooh-Poohing Biblical History: The Lachish Latrine

The late Chuck Colson was known for many things: his role in the Watergate scandal, his subsequent conversion to Christ; his work with prisoners around the world, and his efforts in promoting a Christian worldview.

But to his closest associates, Chuck was also known for his sense of humor. He loved practical jokes, and as odd as this sounds, jokes about bathroom mishaps—the kind of potty humor made famous by humorist Dave Barry.

So for this and many other reasons, I really wish Chuck were around to deliver this particular commentary.

You see, archaeologists from the Israel Antiquities Authority, digging in the remains of what was once the biblical city of Tel Lachish, made a startling discovery that confirmed the biblical text in a most startling way: They found an ancient toilet.

To fully appreciate the significance of the find, we need to go back in time to the eighth century before Christ. King Hezekiah, one of only a handful of post-Davidic kings that earns the Bible’s seal of approval, initiated series of reforms aimed at eradicating syncretism in Judah.

At the heart of these reform efforts was eliminating what the Bible called “high places” or bamot in Hebrew. These were cultic sites containing an altar, usually located, as the English name suggests, on a hill or a ridge.

While ostensibly dedicated to the worship of YHWH, over time the sites, and the worship that occurred at them, became syncretistic: pagan deities were honored alongside YHWH. Thus we are told that asherim, or “Asherah Poles,” cultic objects dedicated to the worship of the Canaanite goddess of fertility, were erected at these sites.

Hezekiah was commended because “He removed the high places, smashed the sacred stones and cut down the Asherah poles.”

And that brings me back to the discovery at Tel Lachish. Archaeologists found a “large room that appears to have been a shrine. The room contained two four-horned altars, whose horns had been intentionally damaged.” Excavation leader Sa’ar Ganor “believes that the destroyed altars corroborate biblical references to King Hezekiah’s reforms: his efforts to centralize worship in Jerusalem and abolish it elsewhere.”

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Moody Global Ministries – Today in the Word – SALVATION LIVING: BLESSING OTHERS

Read 1 PETER 3:8–12

Social media has intensified the scope of public insults. While politicians and celebrities have traded public barbs for centuries, today millions of followers on Facebook or Instagram can follow the barrage of insults in real time. Some websites have started lists such as “Top Ten Twitter Wars!” or “The Ten Most Epic Celebrity Twitter Fights!”

Our natural reaction when attacked is to strike back. We want to win the Twitter war. We want to have the last word. We want to hurt the other guy worse than he hurt us. Our text for today challenges us to the standard of salvation living instead. All of us— both the most and the least powerful in our society—should live in a way that follows the example of Jesus and blesses others (v. 8).

First, the community of believers should be characterized by love, humility, compassion, and harmony. As Peter will discuss in much of the rest of this letter, Christians will encounter opposition from others. All the more important, then, that hostility, pride, and discord be rooted out from the church. We are called to emulate the character of Christ, and these qualities of love and humility are essential for Christian community to support one another and be a witness to the world.

Next, Peter addresses the Christian response to attacks from those outside the church. New Testament scholars describe these insults as “weapons typically employed in . . . publicly shaming and discrediting those who are different or regarded as one’s competitors.” Peter draws from Psalm 34 to remind believers that the ultimate audience for their speech is the Lord, not their accusers (vv. 10–12). Instead of responding with insults to defend their honor, believers should respond with a blessing, knowing that God will hear and defend them.

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Winning a battle of insults is worth less than inheriting the blessing of God (v. 9). As a way to help form your heart and mind toward love and humility, consider committing verses 10 through 12 to memory. This process of memorizing and meditating on Scripture can remind us to focus on the Lord, not our opponents.

 

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Denison Forum – WHAT AMERICA DOESN’T UNDERSTAND ABOUT TIM TEBOW

Tim Tebow is making headlines yet again. He was signing autographs on Tuesday after playing in a minor league baseball game when he saw a fan having what appeared to be a seizure. Tebow talked and prayed with him until paramedics arrived, then promised to check on him later. “God bless you, buddy,” he said. As Tebow headed for the team bus, fans saluted him. “That was class,” one said.

ESPN has more on the story this morning, quoting Tebow’s explanation for his actions: “People are what’s important. And an opportunity to help someone is more important than anything that I could have possibly done on a baseball diamond that day.”

Why is America so fascinated with Tim Tebow?

Part of the answer is his prodigious athletic talent. He was the first college sophomore to win the Heisman Trophy. He led the University of Florida to two national titles in three years. As quarterback of the Denver Broncos, he led his team to its first AFC West title and playoff game since 2005.

After limited playing time with three other NFL teams, he announced this year that he would pursue baseball. On the first pitch of his first game as a professional baseball player, he hit a home run. The video went viral immediately.

Part of the answer is his public faith. During college games, he often wore biblical references on his “eye black,” the paint many players wear to help shield their eyes from the sun. When he wore “John 3:16” for one game, the verse became the highest-ranked Google search term over the next twenty-four hours, generating 90 million searches. His custom of kneeling in prayer on the sideline became a national phenomenon. His commitment to remaining a virgin until marriage generated national headlines.

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