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II Peter 2:18-22 “Immaturity”

What protects us from sin’s deceitfulness and leads us into the way of righteousness? Tonight, we will finish Peter’s warning to and description of false teachers. The conclusion of this passage is a clear call to maturity and an exposure of immaturity. Peter teaches that false teachers are not those without knowledge, but rather they...

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Blog: Purim–Details Not Destiny

Tomorrow, at sundown, marks the Jewish celebration of Purim, two days to remember and celebrate the deliverance of the Jews from the hands of the Persian Viceroy Haman as detailed in the book of Esther. It’s a time to gather, to remember Purim and to pray for the protection and peace of Israel. Part of...

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II Peter 2:9-17 “Spots”

In II Peter chapter 2, we see Peter’s clear and descriptive teaching about false teachers in the church. It’s not Peter’s aim to cause fear in the church or to bring condemnation on the false teachers, he’s working to teach the church of God’s power to deliver and to warn the false teachers of God’s...

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Blog: A Lenten Awakening 2019

Tomorrow begins this year’s Lenten season. Lent is simply the 40 plus days between “Ash Wednesday” and Resurrection Sunday. The purpose of the season is supposed to be personal and corporate preparation to rightly celebrate the resurrection of Christ. It’s often a time of prayer, doing penance, repentance of sins and self-denial. To some it...

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II Peter 2:4-11 “Destruction and Deliverance”

II Peter chapter 2 is almost completely about false teachers. Peter gives warnings about them, he reveals who they are and how they operate, and he promises that they will be judged to the point of destruction. If we aren’t careful, it can be a chapter that sounds fearful or hopeless, but in the middle...

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II Peter 1:16-21 “False Teachers”

In the first chapter of his second letter, Peter established that there was nothing more important or more powerful than our knowledge, our correct, true, intimate knowledge of Jesus. Peter said that he knew Jesus by experience, but then wrote that even more sure than his experience with Jesus is the witness of the Word...

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II Peter 1:16-21 “A Surer Confirmation”

In a time when the validity of Jesus’ testimony was being questioned, when those who followed Him were being mocked as fools and the events of His life disregarded as myths, fables and fairy tales, Peter established two witnesses as evidence, his experience and God’s Word. Today we live in a culture that disregards Jesus...

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II Peter 1:12-15 “Reminded”

The first 11 verses of Peter’s second letter have been a call to recognize that everything we need, the multiplication of grace and peace, the power for holy living, the strength to stand and the promise to never stumble are all found in intimate, continual, and correct knowledge of Jesus. The more we know Christ,...