Category Archives: 1 Peter

Why Is Baptism Such A Big Deal?

We were going to do a baptism this week, but because the candidate is under self-quarantine until his Covid-19 test comes back, we will attempt to do it next Sunday. But since baptism is on my heart, I thought I’d address why we baptize believers in Christ the way we do.

Let’s Define Baptism

The word “baptism” (along with its variant baptize, baptized, baptisms) occurs some 98 times in the King James text. The Greek word for “baptism” is
βάπτισμα báptisma, {pronounced bap’-tis-mah} as seen in our focal text. Other variants are βαπτισμός baptismós, {pronounced bap-tis-mos’} and βαπτίζω baptízō, {pronounced bap-tid’-zo}. In every case of it’s use, the word “baptize” when used as the Christian ordinance Continue reading

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Pride And Worry Go Away

I particularly want to be near God not just on the mountaintops of life, but also in the valleys. No one knows what tomorrow may bring. The weatherman can give a good guess as to whether it will be rainy or sunny, but only God knows if tomorrow that day will be happy and bright or gloomy and overcast. Continue reading

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The Gift Of God

Is it wrong to give Christmas presents? I don’t think so. I think generosity is a Christian virtue. We shouldn’t let Christmas be just about gift giving, but should let our focus be on Christ. Continue reading

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Suffering For Jesus

If you are following Christ and promoting Him as the only way unto God as He has said you will find yourselves at variance with not only the world, but your own family and maybe with some members of the Church. Jesus knew that the Gospel He was teaching was radical, different from what Judaism had drifted to, and certainly different from what the Roman culture believed. What did the Apostle Paul say? Continue reading

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Being Grace

Jesus gave Himself for you and for me. The day that you realized you were a sinner destined to hell, that you were without God and without hope, that very day you cried out to Jesus the Lord saved you. Continue reading

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Christ Is Our Example

We have sanitized much of what Christ did in our Churches today. Look at the Cross behind me. It is a piece of craftsmanship, pretty to look at. The original Cross was not marked with wood stain and precious metals like silver and gold. It was a tree cobbled together. Continue reading

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Christ Is Precious

Jesus started us all in a Garden called Eden, but surrendered Himself for our sins in a Garden called Gethsemane. Christ made Adam from the dust of the ground, but remakes us from the Blood of His sacrifice. Continue reading

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The King’s Highway

As there are “lines” on the asphalt there are “lines” in every aspect of our lives. Homes are not constructed by without architectural and engineering lines. You can’t just slap something together and call it a house. The lines that supply the power to our homes and this Church follow certain rules in size, order, and arrangement. There are lines that make your cars operate, lines that control your appliances, lines, lines, lines. Continue reading

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Redeemed! How I Love To Proclaim It!

The Bible says two things of every believer in Christ. It says that we are redeemed, and that we are born again. Continue reading

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How To Be Light In The Midst Of Darkness

Hanging loosely around your lower legs the robe could become a tripping hazard if you tried to run or go into battle. So before getting serious in battle you attended your robe. You would pull the robe UP toward your belt so that the robe hung about mid thigh. This was called “girding up the loins” (see 2 Kings 4:29; 9:1). Continue reading

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