Monthly Archives: January 2020

10AM 1/26/20 “Trials To Smiles” 1 Peter 4

Our first reaction to a heavy trial is to think something strange is happening to us. We don’t understand why God’s people have to suffer. So we wonder, if God loves me so much, why does He allow me to suffer?  (1 Peter 4)    –   When I love someone, I want to save them from suffering. That’s why we often spoil our children. In protecting them from the consequences of their actions, we actually cause them to get more rebellious.   God Loves us, but “Whom the Lord loves He chastens” (Heb.12). While others might “get away” with some things, God won’t let us get away with it because we are His children, and the trials are one way that God disciplines & purifies His children. Chuck Smith 1927-2013

10AM 1/19/20 “Being A Blessing” – 1 Peter 3

Are you studying the Bible to be a blessing to others? I pray you are also studying for yourself to rightly divide God’s Word! As you study His Word, the Holy Spirit prepares your heart so you will be able to give anyone who asks the reason for the hope that is in you. You can tell people why you have hope, when the world is hopeless (1 Peter 3) !    You should be able to give people a Biblical reason for the hope that you have in Jesus Christ, and to tell them about the Kingdom of God that will soon come to earth when Jesus establishes His Kingdom here.  The importance of studying and knowing the Bible is to be able to explain not just what you believe, but why you believe it”.  Pastor Chuck Smith 1927-2013

10AM 1/12/20 – “Out of Darkness Into His Light” – 1 Peter 2

God sees Christians as a nation with this peculiar hall-mark; that you are “a holy nation.” This is the true token of your nationality that you are “holiness unto the Lord,” “a peculiar people” belonging to God alone, marked off from the rest of mankind as peculiarly his. You are not to be as other men, you are “a peculiar people.” Your road is not the broad one where many go, it is the narrow one which few find, your happiness is not worldly pleasure, but pleasures at the right hand of God which are for evermore. – You are “a peculiar people”; to be witnesses of the praises & virtues of Jesus Christ, not only to know them, but to make them known to others. Beloved, how far are you doing this? I put the question personally to each one of you, for you were chosen by God on purpose that you “should shew forth the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light”.   Spurgeon 1850

10AM 1/5/20 -” The Hope of God’s Elect” 1 Peter 1

How beautifully Peter obeys his Master’s command to “strengthen your brothers.” This is the same Peter who once began to sink in the storm, and now is helping others to stand. This is that same Peter who denied his Master 3 times. But Peter begins his letter by introducing himself as “an apostle of Jesus Christ.” God worked wonders in Peter’s life by His Grace! No wonder Peter writes to others, “Grace to you, & peace, be multiplied.” Truly, this is a blessing, beyond all comparison; that we have been begotten again by God the Father to a “Living Hope” (1 Peter 1.             Our 1st birth brought us into sin & sorrow, but our 2nd birth brings us into purity & joy. We were born to die; now we are born never to die, “begotten again” unto a life that shall remain in us forevermore, a life which shall even penetrate these mortal bodies, & make them immortal, “by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.”