Wives | June 6, 2020 standard

1 Pet 3:5–6 3:5 For in the same way the holy women who hoped in God long ago adorned themselves by being subject to their husbands, 6 like Sarah who obeyed Abraham, calling him lord. You become her children when you do what is good and have no fear in doing so.     One thought:   Depending on a persons situation – this can be a very hard passage. Wives are called to respect their husbands – but this is not the same as accepting abuse. Please – if you are being abused in any form, seek help.     Three questions:   See that the absolutely principle here is hope in God. Marriage is messy here on earth, ...

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New Accessories | June 5, 2020 standard

1 Pet 3:3–4   3:3 Let your beauty not be external – the braiding of hair and wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes – 4 but the inner person of the heart, the lasting beauty of a gentle and tranquil spirit, which is precious in God’s sight.     One thought:   So many of us struggle or are at least tempted in the area of body image – how desperately we need to change our desire to that of inner beauty that pleases God     Three questions:   This passage is directed at women but I think we can all relate. Look at Ephesians 4:22-24, Colossians 3:9-10.   How do you feel about your inner person? What ...

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Sacrifice for Salvation | June 4, 2020 standard

1 Pet 3:1–2 3:1 In the same way, wives, be subject to your own husbands. Then, even if some are disobedient to the word, they will be won over without a word by the way you live, 2 when they see your pure and reverent conduct.   One thought:   What would you be willing to sacrifice/surrender in order to see someone saved? Some power, some time/energy…     Three questions:   Why do we react to words like submit do you think?   Do you believe hard people can be won over to Christ?   How does this apply to you? You may not be a wife of an unbelieving husband?     Prayer:   Give thanks for Jesus ...

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Consider Others | June 3, 2020 standard

1 Pet 3:1–7 3:1 In the same way, wives, be subject to your own husbands. Then, even if some are disobedient to the word, they will be won over without a word by the way you live, 2 when they see your pure and reverent conduct. 3 Let your beauty not be external – the braiding of hair and wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes – 4 but the inner person of the heart, the lasting beauty of a gentle and tranquil spirit, which is precious in God’s sight. 5 For in the same way the holy women who hoped in God long ago adorned themselves by being subject to their husbands, 6 like Sarah who obeyed Abraham, calling ...

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True Repentance | June 2, 2020 standard

Psalm 6 6:1 For the music director, to be accompanied by stringed instruments, according to the sheminith style; a psalm of David. Lord, do not rebuke me in your anger! Do not discipline me in your raging fury! 2 Have mercy on me, Lord, for I am frail! Heal me, Lord, for my bones are shaking! 3 I am absolutely terrified, and you, Lord – how long will this continue? 4 Relent, Lord, rescue me! Deliver me because of your faithfulness! 5 For no one remembers you in the realm of death, In Sheol who gives you thanks? 6 I am exhausted as I groan; all night long I drench my bed in tears; my tears saturate the cushion beneath ...

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Kingly Rewards | June 1, 2020 standard

Psalm 5 5:1 For the music director, to be accompanied by wind instruments; a psalm of David. Listen to what I say, Lord!Carefully consider my complaint! 2 Pay attention to my cry for help, my king and my God, for I am praying to you! 3 Lord, in the morning you will hear me; in the morning I will present my case to you and then wait expectantly for an answer. 4 Certainly you are not a God who approves of evil; evil people cannot dwell with you. 5 Arrogant people cannot stand in your presence; you hate all who behave wickedly. 6 You destroy liars; the Lord despises violent and deceitful people. 7 But as for me, because of ...

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The Wandering Wounded | May 31, 2020 standard

1 Pet 2:24–25 2:24 He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we may cease from sinning and live for righteousness. By his wounds you were healed. 25 For you were going astray like sheep but now you have turned back to the shepherd and guardian of your souls.   One thought:   We were like sheep doomed to die, lost, bleeding and broken, with no hope of finding safety.     Three questions:   What do you think Peter (quoting Isaiah) means – by His wounds you were healed? Healed from what?     Do you see yourself as lost outside of Christ?     Reflect on your sinful nature and what your life might ...

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