Tag Archives: Prayer

What to do as the Cultural Train Leaves the Tracks

Sometimes it feels like today’s pop-culture is a slow-motion train wreck flying off the rails, and I often wonder how the early Church dealt with similar circumstances. I’m sure there was plenty of discouragement, but along with inspired letters from … Continue reading

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Scarred Stones

Natural stones need to be cut and chiseled for a proper fit. By contrast, “cultured” stones come from a mold, and have a project-ready uniformity. In a spiritual sense, think about the significance of natural stones versus cultured. Peter described … Continue reading

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The Stuff that Lasts

How much in life is forever? In all honesty, not a whole lot. Peter called the things of this world “perishable”. Of course, he wasn’t calling for people to quit life and just watch the clouds for the Lord’s return, … Continue reading

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Be Holy?

“Hypocrite”, “self-righteous”, and “holier-than-thou” can describe a religious phony. They’re also terms used as weapons to temper the zeal of someone genuinely striving to live right. In both the Old and New Testaments, God says for us to “Be Holy.” … Continue reading

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Girded

These days, telling someone to “gird up their loins” may produce a confused look or worse, but in a biblical sense, the phrase carries significant meaning. In the ancient world, it described a man preparing for action by gathering up … Continue reading

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Wisdom 25.28

“Whoever has no rule over his own spirit is like a city broken down, without walls.” – Proverbs 25:28 NKJV A “life without walls” is one on the defense, never at rest, and prone to impulsive responses. However, one marked … Continue reading

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Death of a Rebellion

Peter was a Galilean; and in first century Hebrew culture, that carried a certain predisposition. Primarily, it described a people with an independent spirit, and rebellious attitude toward subjugation (especially by the gentile Romans). The ancient Hebrew historian Josephus described … Continue reading

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