Bible Study: 1st & 2nd Peter

An 8-week Love God Greatly study...

How, as followers of Christ, can we stand strong in a world filled with persecution, hardships, suffering, division and false-teaching? God’s Word has the answers! The books of 1 & 2 Peter address these very issues – not only identifying them as real and present dangers – but also practically empowering and equipping weary believers to rise up, suffer well, and press on because of the hope that lives within us!

Week 8 – These Are The Last Days

Welcome to our last week of our 1 & 2 Peter. This has been a wonderful study that has challenged us and hopefully grown us. Peter has had a lot of hard things to say in this letter, but in chapter 3 he begins to switches gears and starts off by addressing his...

read more

No longer a slave…

Breathe, Whitney... A single drop of sweat trickled down my forehead as I inhaled the thick, cigarette smoke-filled air. The hallway that led to the gate was dark and hot, and I could feel the temperature in my face rising. "Why have you brought me here, Lord?"...

read more

Protecting Ourselves Against False Teachers

  From its birth to present day false teachers have troubled the Church. Paul warned Timothy about Hymenaeus and Philetus; who “concerning the truth have erred” and whose words were spreading like gangrene (2 Tim. 2:16-18). And John, in 1 Jn. 2:22, talks about...

read more

Week 7- The Profile of a False Teacher

Counterfeits and false teachers are nothing new; Satan is the “great imitator” (2 Cor.11:13-15), and has been hard at work since he deceived Eve in the garden. (Gen. 3:1-7; 2 Cor. 11:1-4) In the Old Testament, Jeremiah and Ezekiel had to deal with false prophets in...

read more

Protecting the Truth

The Apostle Peter had a heart for the church, especially for those suffering. You can see this in his first letter. His concern for the church led him to shift gears a bit in 2 Peter to focus on false teachers and dangerous theology. Peter isn’t some angry heresy...

read more

The Importance of Living a Life of Gratitude

Part of living a life of gratitude is remembering what has been done for us. We are cleansed from our past… choices we wish we had never made… places we wish we had never went to… words we wish we had never said… Oh friends, we have been forgiven much. May we never...

read more

Do you question God’s power? Here’s why…

Soon after our engagement, my husband and I began pre-martial counseling with our pastor. One of our very first assignments was to choose a Scripture passage to memorize that would be a lifetime foundation of truth for our marriage. After much seeking and praying...

read more

Grace In Suffering

And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you. To him be the dominion forever and ever. Amen. 1 Peter 5:10-11 We have come to the end of...

read more

You Are Not Unseen

There are days I need to be reminded that my life is in His hands. Days when I need to slow down, pray up, and concentrate on the truth of God’s Word because the fact of the matter is, my life, my children’s lives, my family and friends lives… they are all in His...

read more

Week 5: The Making of a Good Shepherd

Week 5 Video: (Click here to watch the video..from Rome!) As I stood in front of St. Peter’s church in Rome, I couldn’t help but get overcome with love for our Lord. I took in the sights, the sounds… the hustle and bustle of people moving, walking, chattering all...

read more

You Have A Gift

Growing up I never felt like I had any special talents. There was nothing that I excelled at. I wasn’t into sports, academically I was average, at home I was a bit messy. I’m not crafty or super outgoing.  For years I had no idea what “spiritual gift” God had given...

read more

Swimming In The Baptismal

"and this water symbolizes baptism that now saves you also—not the removal of dirt from the body but the pledge of a clear conscience toward God. It saves you by the resurrection of Jesus Christ, who has gone into heaven and is at God’s right hand—with angels,...

read more

Jesus, let it begin with me…

Here was my experience while perusing through social media last week: Negative post. Complaining post. Dividing post.  Argumentative post. I am not even kidding... one right after the other - from basic stuff like the weather, to edgy political rants that went on and...

read more

Week 3 – Help For The Hurting Wife

Likewise, wives, be subject to your own husbands, so that even if some do not obey the word, they may be won without a word by the conduct of their wives, 2 when they see your respectful and pure conduct. 1 Peter 3:1-2 Welcome to week 3 of our study! We have come to a...

read more

Feeling misunderstood? Look to the cross…

I felt so misunderstood. I had retraced my words. Evaluated my intentions and searched my heart. I had begged Jesus that if there was any wicked way in me, he would bring it to light and lead me to repentance. Now even with the best of intentions, plenty of times I...

read more

When We Are Called to Suffer and Submit

Suffering and submitting. Two words many Christians don’t like to talk about… including me. Yet here in verses 11-12, Peter encourages us - like a good friend - to keep our focus in the midst of the suffering. To live lives that glorify God. Sometimes God allows the...

read more

The Mark Of A True Believer

I was super excited when I found out that we were going to be studying 1 & 2 Peter together because my hubby just finished preaching through 1 Peter. Since I have a poor memory I am hopeful that this  study will cement into my brain the things I have learned. So...

read more

Preparing our minds to suffer well…

She came to visit me over Christmas - her sweet voice as gentle and patient as always. What a joy it was to catch up late into the night as we took turns snuggling her newest baby girl. I smile at how our now twenty year-old friendship began: I was a college student,...

read more

1 & 2 Peter: Week 1-Monday- Our Inheritance

I remember my grandma - Nana, as I loved to call her - talking to my mom about the importance of leaving an inheritance to her children and grandchildren one late evening when I was in high school. As a teenager, I remember thinking how silly that sounded. Why should...

read more

An Introduction to 1 & 2 Peter

I am really looking forward to this new study through 1 & 2 Peter, and am excited that you have decided to join us! Here is a little background on Peter and the amazing transformation God did in his life. Originally Peter’s name was Simon, but Jesus changed it to...

read more