Today we are reading 2 Peter 3. In this chapter we read about Peter’s final instructions. The keyword for this chapter is “aux-a-no”. The definition is, “to grow, to advance.” “But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity. Amen.” 2 Peter‬ ‭3:18‬ ‭ESV‬‬ Peter tells of all the destruction to come and warns about scoffers. How does he urge us to prepare? Grow.  Grow in grace and grow in knowledge. How can you grow in grace? How does focusing on God’s grace strengthen your faith? How can we grow in godly knowledge? What area of Scriptures do you read the most? Which area are you least familiar with?  May God give you a hunger to grow in grace and knowledge! Pastor Tim

The Today we are reading 2 Peter 2. In this chapter we read about the danger of teaching contrary to the Bible. The keyword for this chapter is “pseu-do-pro-fay-tays”. The definition is “false prophets. The compound in the word may either mean falsely named, a “sham” or “counterfeit” or it may mean falsely doing the work implied, to speak falsely” “But false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, bringing upon themselves swift destruction.” 2 Peter‬ ‭2:1‬ ‭ESV‬‬ Do false prophets exist today? Anyone who denies the authority and truth of God’s word is a false prophet. How can you make sure you are not a false prophet? Why is it important for us to faithfully teach God’s word? May God guide and guard you in all truth!  Pastor Tim

Today we are reading 2 Peter 1. In this chapter we read about how to be effective in ministry. The keyword for this chapter is “par-eis-fer-o”. The definition is “to bring in alongside of. Used idiomatically with the word “effort” to express the idea of bringing in every effort. We are to bring “into” this relationship “alongside” what God has done every ounce of determination we can muster.” “For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness, and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love. For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they keep you from being ineffective or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.” 2 Peter‬ ‭1:5-8‬ ‭ESV‬‬ Peter urges us to make every effort to add to our faith the seven qualities he lists. What do you do to make every effort? Which of the seven qualities is most lacking in your life (virtue, knowledge, self-control, steadfastness, godliness, brotherly affection and love)? What can you do to increase these qualities? How do they make your ministry effective?  Pastor Tim

Today we are reading 1 Peter 5. In this final chapter we read about the importance of humility as we serve God. The keyword for this chapter is “e-pir-rip-to”. The definition is “to throw something upon something else.” True Christian attitude is not negative self-abandonment or resignation, but involves as the expression of one’s self-humbling the positive and trusting of one’s self and one’s troubles to God. “Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.” 1 Peter‬ ‭5:6-7‬ ‭ESV What anxieties are you casting on Jesus? Do you believe He can help? Do you believe He cares for you? Be at peace. Pastor Tim

Today we are reading 1 Peter 4. In this chapter we read about using the gifts God has given us. The keyword for this chapter is “di-a-ko-ne-o”. The definition is “to serve, to minister”. “As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace:” 1 Peter‬ ‭4:10‬ ‭ESV What gifts have you received from God? It is very important for you to acknowledge that you received your gifts from God.  Now, since He gave you gifts, what does He want you to do with them? You must discover His purpose for the gifts He gave you. How are you using these gifts to serve others? Pastor Tim

Today we are reading 1 Peter 3. In this chapter we read about suffering for righteousness. The keyword for this is “eu-lo-ge-o”. The definition is “to bless”, a literal translation is “to say good”.“Finally, all of you, have unity of mind, sympathy, brotherly love, a tender heart, and a humble mind. Do not repay evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary, bless, for to this you were called, that you may obtain a blessing.” 1 Peter‬ ‭3:8-9‬ ‭When you are mistreated how do you respond? God calls us to bless. When someone hurts you or offends you God calls you to bless. When the driver cuts you off because they are on their cell phone you are to bless.  Make it your goal today and every day to say good at all times. Pastor Tim

Today we are reading 1 Peter 2. In this chapter we read about living as Christians. The keyword for this chapter is “hu-po-tas-so”. The definition is “to be in subjection, to submit one’s self, to be subject to.” “Be subject for the Lord’s sake to every human institution, whether it be to the emperor as supreme, or to governors as sent by him to punish those who do evil and to praise those who do good. For this is the will of God, that by doing good you should put to silence the ignorance of foolish people. Live as people who are free, not using your freedom as a cover-up for evil, but living as servants of God.” 1 Peter‬ ‭2:13-16 Why is it hard for you to submit yourself to someone? Who is the hardest person for you to submit to? What is the result of you submitting yourself?  May God give you a humble spirit.  Pastor Tim

Today we are reading 1 Peter 1. In this chapter Peter writes about the fact we are called to be Holy. The keyword for this chapter is “di-a-noi-a”. The definition is “mind. The word refers to more than the mere intellectual faculties and indicates that which guides and directs conduct. This is a call for the readers to be alert and ready in their whole spiritual and mental attitude.” “Therefore, preparing your minds for action, and being sober-minded, set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. As obedient children, do not be conformed to the passions of your former ignorance, but as he who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, since it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.”” 1 Peter‬ ‭1:13-16‬ what guides and directs your conduct? How do you prepare your mind for spiritual challenges? What can you do to make yourself Holy? May God bless you to search diligently these things!  Pastor Tim

Today we are reading James 5. In this final chapter James encourages us to trust in God’s timing. The keyword for this chapter is “mak-ro-thu-me-o”. The definition is “to patiently endure. The word describes the attitude which can endure delay and bear suffering and never give in.” “Be patient, therefore, brothers, until the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, being patient about it, until it receives the early and the late rains. You also, be patient. Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand.” James‬ ‭5:7-8‬ ‭ESV‬‬ How have you learned to be patient? Has something wonderful happened in your life after a long wait? What are you currently needing to be patient about? May God bless you to be patient as you wait for His next wonderful! Pastor Tim

Today we are reading James 4. In this chapter James speaks against arrogance. The keyword for this chapter is “ta-pei-no-o”. The definition is “to make low, to humble, to humble one’s self.”  “Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will exalt you.” James‬ ‭4:10‬ ‭In this chapter James makes it clear how important humility is to God. How important is humility to you? How many close friends do you have that are arrogant? How does their arrogance hinder your friendship? How do you humble yourself before the Lord? How does being humble bless you? How does your humility bless others? May God give you a spirit of humility so that He will be glorified through you! Pastor Tim