Ted & Anne Smith (elder/retired pastor) share some things they have “learned along the way.”
Peter’s finale to his letter to the church ends with a warning about the devil, so let’s talk about the devil.
“Not lording it over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock.”
Judgment beings in God’s house. But so does mercy, love and truth. What begins in refining judgment ends in redeeming grace.
“We are coming to the end of all things, so be serious and keep your wits about you in order to pray more forcefully.”
If we resent what God rightly demands from us as covenantal partners, we will resent God.
’Suffering’ by resisting sin even at the cost of being mocked or persecuted is a small price to pay in exchange for living in the goodness that God has offered…