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This morning I had the privilege of preaching on 1 Peter 3:1-6. Here is a summary of my sermon in one sentence: The submission of wives to their husbands involves entrusting themselves to God, respectful behavior, developing godly character, and doing what is right.

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God doesn’t need you.

He can do whatever He wants.

Whenever He wants.

Wherever He wants.

However He wants.

And He’ll do it quite well.

He doesn’t need you.

He chooses to use you.

(HT: Jon Acuff)

 

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Christianity is history plus doctrine, fact plus meaning. “Christ died” is history, “for our sins” is doctrine. Without these elements, joined in an absolutely indissoluble union, there is no Christianity.

J. Gresham Machen

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I had the privilege this morning of preaching on 1 Peter 2:21-25. Here is a summary of my sermon in one sentence: Jesus Christ is our suffering, sacrificial Shepherd.

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This morning I had the privilege of preaching on 1 Peter 2:18-20. Here is a summary of my sermon in one sentence: We are to be submissive to our employer, whether good or bad, because it’s acceptable and pleasing to God.

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Do not think you are getting no good from the Bible, merely because you do not see that good day by day. The greatest effects are by no means those which make the most noise, and are most easily observed. The greatest effects are often silent, quiet, and hard to detect at the time they are being produced.

Think of the influence of the moon upon the earth, and of the air upon the human lungs. Remember how silently the dew falls, and how imperceptibly the grass grows. There may be far more doing than you think in your soul by your Bible-reading. (J. C. Ryle, Practical Religion, 136)

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To know that nothing happens in God’s world apart from God’s will may frighten the godless, but it stabilizes the saints.

J.I. Packer

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