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“The Aspirin Age”

Posted: July 1, 2017 in Uncategorized

“Whoever dubbed our times ‘The Aspirin Age’ didn’t miss it very far.  It is correct to assume there has never been a more stress-ridden society than ours. For many, gone are the days of enjoying bubbling brooks along winding pathways or taking long strolls near the beach. The relaxed bike ride through the local park has been replaced with the roar of a motorcycle whipping through busy traffic. The easy-come, easy-go lifestyle of the farm has been preempted by a hectic urban family going in six directions…existing on instant dinners, shouting matches, strained relationships, too little sleep, and too much tension.

“Add financial setbacks, failure at school, unanswered letters, obesity, loneliness, a ringing telephone, unplanned pregnancies, fear of cancer, misunderstanding, materialism, alcoholism, drugs, and an occasional death; then subtract the support of the family unit, divide by dozens of opinions, multiply by 365 days a year, and you have the makings of madness.  Stress has become a way of life; it is the rule rather than the exception.” – Chuck Swindoll, Stress Factures. p. 15

Wow!  Does this describe your life right now? If so, perhaps you need to get aside and spend some time alone with God through His Word and some God honoring music.  You may need to be assured of the fact that He is in control of everything. He will put an end to all evil one of these days. He will be exalted among the nations and in the earth when He comes back to rule and reign for 1,000 years (Revelation 20:1-7). All this may happen much sooner than you realize.  Until then, a Christian can/should realize that He is both with us and indwells us (John 14:17).  He can/should be our refuge during the storms of life.  Do you have a noisy heart right now?  Read Psalms 23 and 46.

Do you know the Lord Jesus Christ as your personal Savior?  He died for all our sins…and rose again bodily from the dead on the third day.  By one act of faith you can be transferred out of the devil’s family into God’s forever family.

If you aren’t sure that you will go immediately into the presence of the Lord at the time of your death, we’d be happy to show you from Scripture how you can have assurance of your salvation right now (Romans 8:16; 1 John 5:13).

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 As some of you already know, we are moving?  On April 8th we received an e-mail from the owners of the house in which we have been residing for the last eleven years, stating that they would like to move back to Paso Robles and live in their house.  It came as quite a surprise to us. We need to be out of the house by May 31st.  We’ve had a good relationship with them over the years and appreciate their letting us stay in their house.  It was an answer to our prayers when we got to Paso Robles to pastor the church here.  We’ve tried our best to take good care of their house.

After much prayer and seeking the will of the Lord for our lives, we also decided to resign from the church, effective May 28th, 2017, and move back to Minnesota, Lord willing, where our children and grandchildren live.

We feel a lot like Abraham and Sarah did when God told him to leave Ur and go to a land that He would show him.  He obeyed God and went while trusting the Lord to lead him and supply his needs.  I’m about the same age as he was, but he also lived much longer than I believe I will.  Thankfully we have the same God that he had, and He has promised never to leave or forsake us.

Looks Are Deceiving

            While our oldest son has offered to let us stay in his home for a while when we get there, we desire to find a place of our own in the Twin Cities area.  We got on the Internet and found a house that we thought would be ideal for our needs at this time. We even put money down for a background check.  But not feeling completely at ease about it, we asked our children to go to an open house to check things out for us.

To their surprise, when they entered the house, there was a very strong smell of incense.  Our daughter could hardly breathe.  When they went into one of the bed rooms, they discovered a prayer room with a rug on the floor and a large picture of an individual to whom they prayed apparently.  So that house was out of the picture.

We have another issue in that my wife is very allergic to some animals and I have some breathing challenges too.  So please pray for us as we seek to find a place that will meet our needs.  When the days become hectic and stressful, we remind ourselves of our need to trust the Lord one day at a time and moment by moment.

Support

            With my resignation from the church, our income from it will also cease.  The mission with which we have been associated will allow us to receive support from those who desire to help us financially.  We don’t ask for nor solicit financial support from unbelievers.

I would like to do some supply preaching in churches if the Lord should open up some doors for us. I also have some other things that I’d like to do in the next chapter of my life.  There is still much work that needs to be done for God while we are here on earth.  We believe the Lord’s return is very near.  Perhaps Today!

Prayers

            We would appreciate your prayers for us during this challenging time of our lives.  God’s grace has been and always will be sufficient for our everyday needs.  He is a great God and the One in whom we trust.  We’d like to hear from you. Let us know how we can pray for you too.

Kelsey and Janet Pietsch

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1 Peter 5:12-14

Some Christians serve God in the “limelight” while others work behind the scenes in the “shadows.” But each member in the Body of Christ plays an important role in the growth of the Church. Christ, who is the One and only Head and Mediator of the true Church (Ephesians 4:5; 1 Timothy 2:5), cannot say to the feet, “I have no need of you” (1 Corinthians 12:21). He gave a spiritual gift to each New Testament believer at the time of his/her salvation (1 Peter 4:10). Each believer is needed for the Body of Christ to function well. Some of the members in the Body have already graduated to heaven. But many of us are still here on earth with some work to do (Ephesians 2:10; John 15:16). Are we doing it for the glory of God and the good of others (1 Corinthians 10:31; Galatians 6:10)?

Assistants. The Apostle Peter wanted to acknowledge those who had assisted him in the work of the Lord. He appreciated those who served with him in the ministry and was desirous that other believers recognize them for their service to God and others (1 Thessalonians 5:12; Hebrews 13:7, 17). He also wanted them/us to know that “…God is not unjust to forget your work and labor of love which you have shown toward His name, in that you have ministered to the saints, and do minister” (Hebrews 6:10). Eventually we will reap what we sow (Galatians 6:7).

Silvanus (Silas). He was a travel companion with the Apostle Paul on his second missionary journey (Acts 15:40). He and Paul were Roman citizens and yet were unjustly beaten in Philippi (Acts 16:37) for casting a demon out of a young girl who had been proclaiming, “These men are the servants of the Most High God, who proclaim to us [a] way of salvation” (Acts 16:17). No, Jesus wasn’t/isn’t one of many ways to God. He is the only way (John 14:6). After leaving Philippi and Thessalonica, Silas remained in Berea for awhile to help the new believers there (Acts 17:10-15). Peter considered him to be a faithful brother in the Lord (1 Peter 5:12). He seems to have been either the secretary or the messenger who took Peter’s letter to the suffering believers in Asia Minor (Turkey).

She Who Is In Babylon. The identity of this person is not known. Babylon may be a code word for Rome, but we can’t be sure. Believers are in the world but not of the present world system (John 15:19; 17:16). We are to let our words be seasoned with salt (Colossians 4:6) and to act as lights in the darkness (Ephesians 5:8).

John Mark. He was a travel companion with Paul and Barnabas on their first missionary journey (Acts 12:25). But when the way got hard, Mark deserted them and went back to Jerusalem where his mother had a home in which some believers met (Acts 12:12;13:13). We don’t know what reaction the believers there had or what they thought of Mark. When it came time for Paul and Barnabas to go on their second missionary journey, Barnabas wanted to take his cousin, Mark (Colossians 4:10) with them again, but Paul refused. He seemed to be more concerned about the work, whereas Barnabas was concerned about the worker. Paul and Barnabas split up over the issue of John Mark. Barnabas took Mark with him and they went back to Cyprus to minister there where he once owned some property that he sold and gave the money for the benefit of the suffering saints in Jerusalem (Acts 4:32-37).

Silent Years. Mark was pretty much out of the picture until Paul requested that he come to see him in prison just before he was beheaded (2 Timothy 4:11). No doubt Peter had had a good influence on Mark to whom he passed on much information about Jesus’ ministry. In fact, Mark was instrumental in writing one of the Gospels where Jesus is presented as the “Servant of the Lord” (Isaiah 42:1-21; 49:1-7; 52:13-53:12; Mark 10:45).

Profile. Whether you’re a “high profile” person in the “limelight” or one in the “shadows,” every Christian plays a vital role within the Body of Christ (1 Corinthians 12). If you are a true Christian, do you know which one is your spiritual gift? Do you know which gifts were temporary and which ones are extant (1 Corinthians 13:8-13)? They need to be used with love (1 Corinthians 13; Galatians 5:13) for edification of the Body and for the glory of God. When Christians fail God, they can be restored as Peter and Mark were.  Do you feel like a failure?  Would you like help from God’s Word? Ask for it. When Christians assemble together (Hebrews 10:24, 25), we should greet each other cordially with a “kiss of love” (“holy handshake”) and extend peace to those who are in Christ Jesus (1 Peter 5:14; See Romans 12:18). If you’re a believer, are you thankful that you can attend the assembly meetings? Do you attend them merely to be blessed, or to bless others too?

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John 8:41-48

“Sticks and stones may break my bones but names and faces can’t hurt me”? You have to be kidding. Do you really believe this? You probably can recall incidents in your life when you were put down and humiliated with a nasty slur by someone else. Perhaps it related to your race, face, or place in society. Kids can be extremely cruel, but so can adults who should know not to do this. Do you recall such incidents? Did you want to retaliate against the person who hurt you? Maybe you actually did.

Names And Faces

As they ran out of logical responses to Jesus and His claims to be the God-man, which He backed up with many sign miracles, the hypocritical, religious scribes and Pharisees began to attack His person. This is known as “ad hominem.” They began to boil over with rage toward Him and were intent on killing Him (John 5:18; 7:7; 15:18, 25). With their snide remarks they accused Him of being an illegitimate, demon possessed, half breed (John 8:41-48). In doing so they besmirched the character of God the Father too.

They didn’t know or want to believe that He was born of the virgin, Mary and that He was indeed the promised Messiah/Christ. Instead of ascribing His miracles to the power of God, they attributed them to the devil. This was an unforgivable sin that cannot be committed today (Matthew 12:31). The only unforgivable sin today is to die physically without believing on the Lord Jesus Christ as your personal Savior (John 16:9; 3:18, 36).

Sticks And Stones

When the hour that had been predetermined by the Godhead had come (Ephesians 1:11; Galatians 4:4), and after Judas had betrayed Him (Matthew 27:3), Jesus allowed Himself to be taken by wicked men and abused.  He was crucified in accordance with the prophecies that were made concerning Him (John 10:11-18; See Isaiah 52:13-53:12). He could have called ten thousand angels to rescue Him if He had wanted to do so (Matthew 26:53).  But instead He volunteered to lay down His life and die for our sins and pay they debt that we owed to God (1 Peter 3:18; Romans 6:23).

The Roman soldiers, who hated the Jews, beat Jesus mercilessly (Matthew 27:26). He was forced to carry His own heavy, rugged cross to Calvary where He was hanged naked on it. To make things worse, God the Father forsook Him from noon until 3 P.M. (Matthew 27:46) because He couldn’t look with approval upon His Son who was bearing our sins (1 Peter 2:24). He suffered all alone until His fellowship with the Father was restored just before He died physically when He said, “It is finished” (John 19:30). After being dead in the tomb for three days, He rose again bodily and made multiple appearances to over 500 witnesses over 40 days before ascending gradually, publicly, literally back to heaven from where He had come (1 Corinthians 15:1-8; Acts 1:9-11).

Gracious Offer

In the midst of all these false accusations and cutting remarks against Him, Jesus offered eternal life to any and all who would believe on Him alone for their deliverance from hell to heaven (John 8:52). The scribes and Pharisees misunderstood His words about death. As a general rule, all of us are going to die (Hebrews 9:27). But there have been and will be exceptions to this rule. Enoch and Elijah were transported from this life into another realm of existence outside of time without dying physically (Genesis 5:24; 2 Kings 2:11). These two men serve as examples of a whole generation of true Christians who will be caught up to meet the Lord in the air without dying first. Obviously, many people don’t believe Jesus’ or the Apostle Paul’s words concerning this event (John 14:1-3; 1 Corinthians 15:51, 52; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18). Are you one of them? The Apostle Peter predicted that scoffers would come mocking such a thought (2 Peter 3:3). Do you believe or doubt this prediction referred to as “The Rapture”?

Suffering

Expect it. “All [Christians] who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution” (2 Timothy 3:12). Spirit filled Stephen, who was a deacon in the early church, was stoned to death by religious hypocrites (Acts 7:58). The Apostle James was put to death by wicked King Herod (Acts 12:2). The Apostle Paul suffered more for the cause of Christ than all the other Apostles (2 Corinthians 11:23-12:10). Once he was even stoned to death but was resuscitated back to life (Acts 14:19, 20). The early Christians suffered greatly for holding on to their faith (Acts 8:1ff; Revelation 2:10).

Application

None of us can suffer as Jesus did and die for the sins of other people. But we can/should be willing to lay down our lives for the sake of those who will believe on Christ for their salvation (2 Timothy 2:10). The Apostle Paul wrote, “…the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us” (Romans 8:18). Those Christians who have a part in leading others to Christ for salvation will receive the “Crown of Rejoicing” (1 Thessalonians 2:19, 20). When all whom the Father has given to the Son have come to Him, Jesus will come back for His Bride, the true Church (John 6:37; 14:1-3).

Questions

Will you be in that number? Have you placed your faith in the Lord Jesus Christ alone who died for your sins…and rose again bodily on the third day? Do you have assurance of your salvation (1 John 5:13)? Are you growing spiritually and doing the will of God for your life (2 Peter 3:18)? Are you telling others how they can be saved too (Acts 1:8)?  Are you a “convenient Christian” or a “committed Christian”?  Do you need some spiritual help?

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1 Peter 1:10-12

What consistently brings you the most joy and happiness in your life? Is it your family, your friends, your possessions, or maybe your job/career? Maybe you’re honest enough to say, “I don’t have much joy or happiness in my life.” – S. Cole.  Are you easily disappointed, discouraged, and do you sometimes doubt God and His Word? God knows all about our tendencies and our weaknesses. He has a way for us to overcome these temptations that could lead us into our sinning against God (Ephesians 6:10-17; 1 Corinthians 10:13).

Relief. When we are suffering physically, emotionally, or spiritually, it’s nice to receive some relief from the pain. The believer in Christ needs to know that “God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in time of trouble” (Psalm 46:1). If you’re not a believer yet, we’d like to introduce Him to you and tell you what He’s done for us and what He can do for you. The believers to whom the Apostle Peter wrote found comfort from the Lord through his pen.

Greatness. When we, as Christians, stop to think about the greatness of our God and the salvation He’s provided for us through the sacrifice that Jesus made to secure it for us, we can only say “Thank You Lord.”  We don’t deserve the salvation and a home in heaven that God has provided for all mankind (John 3:16; 1 Timothy 4:10; 1 John 2:2). His provision for mankind doesn’t mean that everyone will eventually go to heaven.  We don’t believe in “Universalism.”  Some people hate God and don’t want to spend eternity with Him and His children (Psalm 2; Revelation 16:11).  

Darkness. Most people love darkness rather than light (John 3:19) and refuse to acknowledge God’s existence and power that can be seen in nature (Psalm 19:1; Romans 1:20). When presented with the Gospel, most people refuse to believe that they can have eternal life simply by believing in/on Christ through this message. They want to have a part in their salvation and earn their way to heaven. But it can’t be done (Ephesians 2:8, 9; Titus 3:5) lest anyone should boast.

Grace/Faith/Christ. Our deliverance from hell to heaven is all of grace (undeserved favor), and not of our good works (Ephesians 2:8, 9; Titus 3:5; Isaiah 64:6). It is also by faith alone in the Christ of the Scriptures alone, and not the Christ of the cults or other religions (Matthew 24:5; 2 Corinthians 11:4). Are you trusting in the wrong Christ to save you?

Gospel. The Good News we must believe to be saved is that Christ died for our sins, was buried for three days, and then rose again bodily on the third day. His resurrection was validated by over 500 witnesses on ten different occasions over 40 days (1 Corinthians 15:1-8).

Secure. When a person places his faith in Christ alone to save him, he is saved once and for all and can’t lose his salvation (John 10:28, 29; Ephesians 1:13; 4:30). Instantly we are delivered from the penalty of sin (Romans 8:1; Ephesians 2:8). We are also being delivered from the power of sin over our lives (Romans 6:14). We must utilize God’s provisions for us to defeat the temptations that come from the devil, our own sin nature, and the present world system. When a believer dies physically or when the Rapture takes place, he will be delivered from the presence of sin (Romans 8:23; 1 John 3:2).

Mystery. The Old Testament prophets had difficulty understanding how the Messiah could be both a conquering King and a suffering Savior (Isaiah 53:1-12; 61:1-3; 1 Peter 1:10-12). Even the elect angels desire to learn more of the wisdom and ways of God (Isaiah 55:8, 9) and to understand the roles of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit in a person’s salvation (John 3:33-336; Titus 3:5).

Future. Throughout the ages of eternity believers will continue to learn more and more about God’s marvelous plan of salvation (Ephesians 2:7). In the meantime we need to keep trusting our great God.  The [justified ones] shall live by faith” (Romans 1:17). Are you living this way?

Trials. The hardships and troubles of this life are inevitable. But, believe it or not, they are for the believer’s good and for the glory and praise of God (1 Peter 1:7). However, the crowns, praise, and rewards we receive at the Bema Seat Judgment for Christians will depend on our properly motivated service to God (1 Corinthians 4:5; 13) and our responses to trials and tests. We won’t be rewarded if we violate God’s rules (2 Timothy 2:5; Romans 3:8).  We have “potential years” and “actual years.”  Willful acts of defiance and rebellion toward God and His Word may result in a Christian’s premature. physical death (Acts 5:1-10; 1 Corinthians 11:30; James 5:19, 20; 1 John 5:15).

Help. A spiritually maturing believer can help a fellow Christian who is caught in a trespass with a bad attitude and keep him from engaging in an act of sin that could bring disaster into his life (Galatians 6:1). We are to speak the truth in love (Ephesians 4:15). What about using your pen to write a note to edify someone (1 John 2:1)? Will you be an encourager like Barnabas was to Paul after his conversion (Acts 11:25; See 2 Corinthians 1:3, 4)?

O give me a church where folks in the lurch are encouraged then healed from above; where seldom is heard a discouraging word, and the truth is modeled in love.” – C. Swindoll.

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Do you ever struggle with disappointment (Job 3:3, 10), discouragement (Job 19:7-12), and doubt God and His Word (Genesis 3:1)? Are you tempted to act independently of God (Isaiah 14:14; Luke 4:1-13) and think you can handle things on your own? Think again (John 15:5; Acts 17:28). Do you ever freeze up and get afraid or timid (2 Timothy 1:7; Luke 22:31-33) when you try to share your faith with others? Are you tempted to be proud (1 Timothy 3:6) of your own accomplishments rather than giving the credit to God (1 Corinthians 10:31)? Are you short with others who have wronged you? Do you ever have a bitter, unforgiving spirit (Hebrews 12:15; 2 Corinthians 2:10, 11)? Are you tempted to take/steal (Ephesians 4:27, 28) from others what doesn’t belong to you? Do you ever lie or twist the truth (Acts 5:4-6)? Are you busy with the things that you want to do but when it comes to spiritual matters and doing God’s will, are you spiritually lazy? Do you ever gossip or engage in tale bearing? Are you a busy body (1 Timothy 5:13-15)? Are you tempted to use filthy, inappropriate speech from time to time ((Ephesians 4:29)?

All these temptations that come from the devil are designed to interrupt your relationship with God and keep you, as a Christian, from doing the things that God wants you to do (Ephesians 2:10; 1 Peter 4:10). But God has provided a defense against these fiery darts (Ephesians 6:16). The armor of God needs to be put on mentally each time we are attacked so that we don’t end up being defeated by the devil or his angels/demons (Ephesians 6:10-17). Do you know how to use these pieces of the armor to defend yourself? Could you share this information with other believers who may be struggling with a bad attitude that could lead to sinful conduct (2 Timothy 2:2)? What are you doing to bear other people’s burdens (Galatians 6:1-5)? Do you know the difference between the temptations that come from the devil/demons and those that come from your own sin nature (Galatians 5:21, 22) and the ones that come from the present world system (1 John 2:15-17; 1 Corinthians 7:31; Genesis 4:16-26)? There are different ways to counteract these three sources of temptations.

Satan is God’s enemy and wants to destroy God’s people and Bible believing local churches. But your faithful attendance at such a church each week can enable you and others to be strengthened through the teaching of the Word of God. Are you teachable and willing to change (2 Timothy 2:2, 15; 3:16, 17)? Are you edifying others (1 Thessalonians 5:11)?

And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much more as you see the Day [Rapture] approaching” (Hebrews 10:24, 25). Perhaps Today! Are you ready? If not, ask for help! We have “God’s Simple Plan Of Salvation” in 24 languages on our website: http://www.kelseypeach.com.

Blessed is the man who endures temptation; for when he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him” (James 1:12). How much do you love God and His people?

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1 Peter 1:1

“The world has yet to see what God can do with a man fully consecrated to him. By God’s help, I aim to be that man.” – D. L. Moody. If you’re a true Christian who appreciates your salvation, have you presented to your body to God as a living sacrifice (Romans 12:1, 2)? Are you afraid that if you did this He might send you to some place you didn’t want to go or do something you didn’t feel qualified to do?

When I was much younger, my life revolved around playing sports until God changed the direction of my life by allowing me to have a back injury. Eventually this led to my doing what I’m doing today and loving it. I didn’t go to college and seminary to become a Pastor. I just wanted to learn how to live a meaningful life. You and I may not ever be significant in the eyes of the world, but the only One whom we really need to please is God (2 Corinthians 5:9). Jesus laid down His sinless life so we could be saved (John 10:15; Hebrews 4:15). Have you placed your faith in Him alone to save you? If so, are you continuing to live with an attitude of faith (Romans 1:17)?

Glory. Throughout history God has used and will continue to use people for His honor and glory. Even the wrath of man shall praise Him (Psalm 76:10). Joseph’s brothers meant evil against him, but God meant if for good (Genesis 50:20). God raised up Pharaoh so that His power might be demonstrated to this idolatrous, rebellious monarch and to the proud Egyptians (Exodus 9:16; Romans 9:17). No one can overthrow God and thwart His decree (Ephesians 1:11). Don’t try. You will lose. In the end, “every knee shall bow and every tongue will confess that Jesus is Lord [God-man] to the glory of God the Father” (Philippians 2:9-11). We will all face Jesus as the Judge someday (John 5:22; Hebrews 9:27).

Peter. This Apostle was, in many ways, like a lot of us. He was introduced to Jesus by his brother Andrew (John 1:41). He was a successful fisherman (Mark 4:18) and he was a married man (Matthew 8:14). But when he met Jesus, his life was transformed. Let’s take a look at this man who had a great impact on the world. He was –

Impulsive/Presumptuous. It seems like he often spoke without thinking first. Once, while he and the other disciples were crossing the Sea of Galilee at night, Jesus came walking to them on the water. They thought He was a ghost. When Jesus told them to be of good cheer and that it was He, Peter wanted the Lord to command him to come to Him by walking on the water. Peter did. But when he saw that the wind was boisterous, he was afraid and began to sink. So he called out to the Lord and Jesus stretched out His hand and caught him (Matthew 14:28). On another occasion Peter, James, and John accompanied Jesus up the Mount of Transfiguration. They were given a preview of things to come when Christ would come back to earth to rule as the King of kings, and Lord of lords (Revelation 19:16; See Isaiah 9:6, 7). Jesus was transfigured before them and Moses and Elijah appeared with Jesus. Without much thought, Peter blurted out and said, “Lord, it is good for us to be here; if You wish, let us make here three tabernacles: one for You, one for Moses, and one for Elijah” (Matthew 17:4ff). Why did Jesus tell them not to tell others about the vision they had just seen until He had risen from the dead? Why did Jesus postpone the setting up of His kingdom on earth (Matthew 23:37-39; John 1:11; 19:6)?

Tenderhearted/Affectionate. Before going to the cross to die for our sins…and rise again from the dead, Jesus told His disciples that all of them would forsake Him. Peter claimed that he would never do that (Mark 14:27-31; Luke 22:33, 34). But then he did deny Jesus and went out and wept bitterly (Mathew 26:75). Thinking that he was totally useless, Peter went back to fishing until Jesus made an appearance to him and offered him another chance. When Jesus asked Peter if he loved Him, Peter could only say “Yes, Lord, You know that I [have a fond affection] for You” (John 21:3, 15-17). Peter didn’t use the same Greek word for love (agape) that Jesus did. But Jesus instructed him to feed His lambs and sheep. Do you feel washed up and useless at times? Do you have un-confessed sins in your life? If need be, confess your known sins to God (1 John 1:9) and to others if necessary (James 5:16). Then claim His promise to forgive you and move on in life. Make yourself available to God to use you as He chooses (2 Timothy 2:19-26; Isaiah 6:8). He knows where we are and may choose to use us for His glory, not ours.

Contradictory/Agreeable. Peter was loyal to the Lord and wanted Him to set up His kingdom on earth quickly (See Daniel 2:44, 45; Matthew 6:10; Acts 1:6, 7). When Jesus told the disciples that He would need to go to the cross first, Peter rebuked Jesus for talking that way. Then the Lord rebuked the devil who was using Peter to try to thwart God’s plan of salvation for all mankind (Matthew 16:21-23). On another occasion when Jesus wanted to wash Peter’s feet, he said, “You shall never wash my feet.” But Jesus responded, “If I do not wash you, you have no part with Me” (John 13:8). When Jesus said this, Peter wanted Jesus to give him a complete bath. Jesus said that wasn’t necessary. The point He was trying to make was that we only need a full cleansing from sin at the point of salvation. We can only be saved once. But when we sin as Christians, we need to confess them to God so our family fellowship can be restored when we walk in the light as He is in the light (1 John 1:3-10). Don’t confuse judicial forgiveness (Romans 8:1; Ephesians 1:7) with family forgiveness (1 John 1:9).

Insightful/Dull. When Jesus asked His disciples what others were saying about Him, they told Him that some people thought He was John the Baptist, or Elijah, or Jeremiah. When Jesus asked them what they (His disciples) thought of Him, Peter answered and said, “You are the Christ [Messiah], the Son of the living God” (Matthew 16:16). This is what a person had to believe before Christ’s death and bodily resurrection if he/she wanted to be saved (See John 20:31; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4; Acts 16:31). On another occasion Peter acknowledged the difficulty of some of the things Jesus said (John 6:60-69). He also said this about some of the Apostle Paul’s writings (2 Peter 3:15, 16).

Timid/Bold. While Jesus was being unjustly tried by the religious leaders, Peter was asked if he was Jesus’ disciple. He vehemently denied three times that he knew Jesus (Mark 14:67-71). But after he was restored to the Lord, he preached a powerful sermon to thousands of Jewish people on the Day of Pentecost and many believed on Christ and were saved (Acts 2:14ff; 4:19, 20; 5:29). Truly his life was transformed. Our lives, as Christians, can be changed too if we yield our bodies to God as a living sacrifice (Romans 12:1, 2; 1 Peter 3:15). These are not preconditions for salvation as some “Lordship for salvation” teachers proclaim. We’re save by grace alone, through faith alone, in the Christ of the Scriptures alone. Our salvation is not of works lest anyone should boast (Ephesians 2:8, 9).

Healer/Miracle Worker. As an Apostle, Peter had the ability to perform miracles (Mark 16:15-17). He healed a man who had been lame since he was born (Acts 3:7). He rebuked Ananias and Sapphira for lying to the Holy Spirit about the sale of their property which led to their premature death (Acts 5:5, 10). Many sick people were brought to Peter for healing. If his shadow passed over them, they were healed (Acts 5:15). He healed a man that had been bed ridden for eight years and who was paralyzed (Acts 9:34). He also resuscitated Dorcas back to life (Acts 9:40). We believe that these temporary spiritual gifts are not being given out to believers today (1 Corinthians 13:8-10). Do you know which ones are still extant? (See “Bible Basics” on our website for more information.)

Useful. The Lord used an ignorant fisherman like Peter to bring glory to God and for others to come to learn about the true and living God (Acts 4:12). He loves to use those of us whom the world considers to be foolish, weak, base, and despised to confound those who think of themselves as being wise, mighty, and noble (1 Corinthians 1:26-31). If you’re a true Christian, would you like to be useful to God? You can be. If you’re not a Christian, why not “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ right now as the One who died for your sins…and rose again bodily on the third day” (Acts 16:31; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4)? By one act of faith you can/will be saved.

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