Week 16: Humble Suffering

1 Peter 5:5-14

Focused Text: 1 Peter 5:6-7


Anxiety is debilitating.  Whether it seizes us daily or relatively infrequently, we have all at some point felt the immense power that anxiety possesses in strangling our joy.  In the moment, unless conditioned to respond in a godly manner, we will tend to feel overwhelmed and defeated by anxiety.

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Week 12: Suffering in the Flesh


1 Peter 4:1-6

Focused Text: 1 Peter 4:1-2


According to Peter, we have two simple options when it comes to how we live our lives.  We either take up arms in the battle against our sin, intent on living in God’s will, or we raise a white flag of surrender and give in to the desires of our sin nature.  These two choices are not equal in the quality of life they produce—one is rooted in obedience and the other in disobedience.  But how do we move forward in obedience?

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Week 1: Living in Light of Reality

1 Peter 1:1-12

Focused Text: 1 Peter 1:3-9

We live in a world of uncertainty.  Circumstances constantly change, sometimes for better and other times for worse.  However, as believers, Peter reminds us of God’s past, current, and future work in our lives, all of which provides us with a solid foundation for joyful living.

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The Joys of Suffering

My daughter was born September 16th, 2013. Eight days later my wife was dying. Due to complications from the birth, my wife Sarah developed two very aggressive infections that had gone septic (the infections entered her bloodstream and had spread throughout her body). We didn’t know this as she was being rushed by ambulance to the hospital. What we did know was that her heart rate was dangerously high, her blood pressure fatally low, and that she didn’t have much time.

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