When his life was threatened, Elijah ran for the desert. Maybe he thought no one would find him there. Maybe he thought the idea of dying by dehydration and starvation would be better than getting killed by the Queen. Scripture doesn’t tell us what he was thinking, other than that he wanted out.
Just like you don’t start a building project without finding out how much it will cost, Jesus tells his disciples to count the cost of following him.
After speaking to those under authority, Peter turns for the first time to someone IN authority: husbands.
62 percent of Americans admit they are more anxious right now than they were a year ago. So where do we go for hope?
Enigo Mentoya in “The Princess Bride” said, “there’s not a lot of money in revenge.” Yet Hollywood would disagree. We love a good revenge story! Yet if we follow the example of Jesus, he shows us a different way to handle injustice.
Kids playing often tell a friend, “you’re not the boss of me!” when a friend wants them to do something they don’t want to do. This message addresses that attitude when it comes to civil authority. Do we, armed with our identity in Christ, get a pass when it comes to obeying authorities here on earth?
When a stone mason begins building, he or she starts with one stone from which all the other stones are laid. As God is building believers into a spiritual house, there is one stone from which all the others derive purpose and significance.
Now that you have this marvelous gift of grace, the good news of Jesus, how do you live as a newborn child of God?
A baby contributes nothing to their own birth, and is fully dependent on his/her parents to guard them and provide for them as they grow toward maturity. In 1 Peter, the apostle writes that our spiritual birth looks very similar. In this message, we look at how Peter makes those connections.
If you've ever been to a foreign country, or been picked last for a game, or been left out of a text chat, you know what it's like to feel like you don't belong. As Christians, we are called to participate with Jesus in a world that is not our home. This message kicks off our series on 1 Peter.