A Few Thoughts on 1 John

Christ has no beginning or end. See the literal, yes, but see beyond the literal, too. Yes, John and the others saw, heard, and touched Jesus while He was on the earth, but it was so much more than that. They didn’t just see, hear, and touch a man but the essence of the Christ.…

Sacrifice

Sacrifice was never meant to be easy. If you think it’s easy, I’d challenge you that you’re not truly sacrificing. Pouring out your life for others can be painful and exhausting. Remember also, that pouring your life out for others doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll see them begin to make changes in their lives that benefit…

Thoughts on 1 Peter 5

Leading people on a spiritual journey should be looked at as a beautiful opportunity to serve people, not a job that must be done. If you’re doing it for what you’ll gain, whether money or title, you’re doing it for the wrong reason. Pour your life into people. Be compassionate. Remember, leading is not about…

Thoughts on 1 Peter 4

Live with a Christ centered focus. Set aside the selfish desires that hit everyone at times. Oneness with God is more than a heart change, it is lived out through our everyday lives, evident for all to see. Don’t be frustrated when people ridicule you for living a clean life. They’re not necessarily trying to…

Thoughts on 1 Peter 3

The beginning of this chapter is a good example of reading to get the heart of what’s being said rather than getting caught up on the words. This portion has been used by some to put women down which I don’t at all believe was the intent. Remember that in the society of that time,…

Thoughts on 1 Peter 2

The more you discover your identity in Christ, the less desire you’ll have to act out the old mindsets you used to act upon, including the ‘acceptance by performance’ mindset you may have thought God expected of you. Our oneness in Christ is pictured here with Christ as the living cornerstone and us as living…