April 30, 2012

Under God's mighty hand

Humble yourselves, therefore, under God's mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time.
1 Peter 5:6

April 29, 2012

Their Faithful Creator

So then, those who suffer according to God's will should commit themselves to their faithful Creator and continue to do good.
1 Peter 4:19

April 28, 2012

Or even as a meddler

If you suffer, it should not be as a murderer or thief or any other kind of criminal, or even as a meddler.
1 Peter 4:15

April 27, 2012

So that you may be overjoyed

But rejoice that you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed.
1 Peter 4:13

April 26, 2012

Be Infants, Be Adults

Brothers, stop thinking like children. In regard to evil be infants, but in your thinking be adults.
1 Corinthians 14:20

April 25, 2012

Disorder vs. Peace

For God is not a God of disorder but of peace.
As in all the congregations of the saints,
1 Corinthians 14:33

April 24, 2012

Transfiguration of your mind

There he was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and his clothes became as white as the light.
Matthew 17:2

After six days Jesus took Peter, James and John with him and led them up a high mountain, where they were all alone. There he was transfigured before them.
Mark 9:2

Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.
Romans 12:2

And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord's glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.
2 Corinthians 3:18

April 23, 2012

In order to fill the whole universe

He who descended is the very one who ascended higher than all the heavens, in order to fill the whole universe.
Ephesians 4:10

April 21, 2012

April 20, 2012

Done with sin

Therefore, since Christ suffered in his body, arm yourselves also with the same attitude, because he who has suffered in his body is done with sin.
1 Peter 4:1

April 19, 2012

Once for All

For Christ died for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive by the Spirit
1 Peter 3:18

Romans 6:10; Hebrews 7:7; 9:12; 9:26; 10:1,2,10; 1 Peter 3:18; Jude 3

April 18, 2012

Better Suffering

It is better, if it is God's will, to suffer for doing good than for doing evil.
1 Peter 3:17

April 17, 2012

Do not fear what they fear

But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed.

Do not fear what they fear; do not be frightened.
1 Peter 3:14

Isaiah 8:12

April 16, 2012

The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous

For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous
and his ears are attentive to their prayer,
but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.”
1 Peter 3:12

Psalm 34:15-16

April 15, 2012

Be Compassionate and Humble

Finally, all of you, live in harmony with one another; be sympathetic, love as brothers, be compassionate and humble.
1 Peter 3:8

April 14, 2012

So that nothing will hinder your prayers

Husbands, in the same way be considerate as you live with your wives, and treat them with respect as the weaker partner and as heirs with you of the gracious gift of life, so that nothing will hinder your prayers.
1 Peter 3:7

April 13, 2012

Unfading Beauty

Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as braided hair and the wearing of gold jewelry and fine clothes. Instead, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God's sight.
1 Peter 3:3-4

April 12, 2012

Without Words

Wives, in the same way be submissive to your husbands so that, if any of them do not believe the word, they may be won over without words by the behavior of their wives, when they see the purity and reverence of your lives.
1 Peter 3:1-2

April 11, 2012

The Shepherd and Overseer of your souls

You were like sheep going astray, but have now returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.
1 Peter 2:25

April 10, 2012

Honor. Love. Fear. Honor.

Honor all people. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the king.
1 Peter 2:17

Warn. Comfort. Uphold. Be patient.
1 Thessalonians 5:14

April 9, 2012

Live as Free Servants

Live as free men, but do not use your freedom as a cover-up for evil; live as servants of God.
1 Peter 2:16

April 8, 2012

Neatly Folded

Simon Peter arrived after him, entered the tomb, observed the linen cloths lying there, and the kerchief used to cover his head not lying with the linen cloths but separate, neatly folded by itself.
John 20:6-7
To understand the significance behind the folded handkerchief, you must have a certain understanding of the Hebrew traditions of that time. The folding of the handkerchief has to do with the relationship between a master and his servant. Every Jewish boy is taught this tradition.

Whenever a servant sets the dinner table for his master, he made sure it was done exactly how his master wanted. After the table was perfectly set, the servant would step out of the room until the master had finished his meal. The servant wouldn't dare touch the table before his master had finished eating.

Once the master had finished his meal, he would get up, wipe his hands, his mouth and his beard, roll up his handkerchief and placed it on the table. In those days, a rolled up handkerchief meant: "I'm finished." If the master got up and left the napkin folded beside his plate, the servant knew better than to touch the table because the folded napkin meant, "I'm not finished; I'll be back!"
HT:
David Goochee, Church in the Wild (35:25)
Jesus' Handkerchief

April 7, 2012

As aliens and strangers in the world

Dear friends, I urge you, as aliens and strangers in the world, to abstain from sinful desires, which war against your soul.
1 Peter 2:11

April 6, 2012

Declare the Praises

You are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.
1 Peter 2:9

April 5, 2012

The Sprinkling

By faith he kept the Passover and the sprinkling of blood, so that the destroyer of the firstborn would not touch the firstborn of Israel.
Hebrews 11:28

In Matthew 26, Jesus just had his last meal with his disciples. Instead of the nice Passover dinner to which they all looked forward, Jesus started saying crazy things about blood and his body being broken. In this radical departure from the ancient Passover ritual, it began to dawn on Jesus' followers that some really bad things were about to happen. Jesus was going to Jerusalem to die.
Steve's Letter, January 2012

April 4, 2012

And Precious to Him

As you come to him, the living Stone—rejected by men but chosen by God and precious to him—you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.
1 Peter 2:4-5

April 3, 2012

Rid Yourselves

Therefore, rid yourselves of all malice and all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and slander of every kind.
1 Peter 2:1

April 2, 2012

All Their Glory

“All men are like grass,
and all their glory is like the flowers of the field;
the grass withers and the flowers fall,
but the word of the Lord stands forever.”

And this is the word that was preached to you.
1 Peter 1:24-25

Isaiah 40:6-8; 1 Peter 1:24-25

April 1, 2012

love one another deeply

Now that you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth so that you have sincere love for your brothers, love one another deeply, from the heart.
1 Peter 1:22