1 Peter 4:16 – February 6, 2019

But whoever is made to suffer as a Christian should not be ashamed but glorify God because of the name. 1 Peter 4:16 NABRE      Peter in chapter four of his letter speaks about suffering, how it joins the sufferer to Christ. We read Christians are being persecuted for their belief in Christ by pagan and gentile people. It seems an odd way to fortify and encourage the community of Christians by telling them they will…

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2 Peter 3:9 – January 30, 2019

The Lord does not delay his promise, as some regard “delay,” but he is patient with you, not wishing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance. 2 Peter 3:9 NABRE      Peter wrote this letter with an emphasis on the knowledge of God. Knowing in the biblical sense means much more than knowing a name, it includes an intimate relationship, understanding the truth of the individual, a living participation in the life…

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1 Peter 4:8 – October 28, 2018

Above all, let your love for one another be intense, because love covers a multitude of sins. 1 Peter 4:8 NABRE      Peter is writing this letter to several communities who have become followers of Jesus. He is telling them that they must imitate Jesus. In so doing they will suffer trials and persecution as Jesus did. Peter speaks of Jesus being victorious in suffering, He conquered sin through the cross. Peter exhorts them to do…

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1 Peter 5:7 – October 24, 2018

Cast all your worries upon him because he cares for you. 1 Peter 5:7 NABRE      Peter writes to five regions, that he names at the beginning of the letter, to prepare them for suffering in imitation of Christ. Peter writes telling them they have a new identity in Christ, the new way they should relate to people inside and outside the church and to be ready to undergo affliction for their faith. The quoted verse…

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1 Peter 1:8-9 – October 11, 2018

Although you have not seen him you love him; even though you do not see him now yet believe in him, you rejoice with an indescribable and glorious joy, as you attain the goal of [your] faith, the salvation of your souls. 1 Peter 1:8-9 NABRE      The First Letter of Peter opens with a blessing which is also a proclamation of what is addressed in the letter, namely God’s work. Peter is praising God and…

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