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Monday January 25

Pastor Godwin

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1 Peter 1:22-25 "Having purified your souls by your obedience to the truth for a sincere brotherly love, love one another earnestly from a pure heart, since you have been born again, not of perishable seed but of imperishable, through the living and abiding word of God; for“All flesh is like grass and all its glory like the flower of grass.The grass withers, and the flower falls, but the word of the Lord remains forever.”ESV

All flesh is like the grass and it's glory like a flower. When I arrived this morning the rose bush out front is blooming. There are buds, flowers and withered flowers on it. Peter uses just that to help us understand something, nothing that breaths lives forever. Yes plants breath, just not like us. The grass tell us life is short. That you and I need to appreciate every moment we have with our family, our friends and with God's church. We need to value life and live it to the glory of God. The flowers tell us just what Solomon found, without the Lord life is vanity. Your born, you mature and maybe gain a lot of things. Maybe hold high positions or excel at some sport. Then you wither, fall off and by and large are forgotten. That's cruel, no that's life without Jesus. With Jesus you still wither but then you are reborn, made new and are a joint heir with Jesus with Heaven as your eternal home. There you know everyone and everyone knows you but best of all you get to walk with God. As God's flower, you don't really bloom until you reach Heaven and then you are in bloom forever glorifying not yourself but Jesus.




Tuesday January 26

Pastor Godwin

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1 Peter 1:22-25 "Having purified your souls by your obedience to the truth for a sincere brotherly love, love one another earnestly from a pure heart, since you have been born again, not of perishable seed but of imperishable, through the living and abiding word of God; for “All flesh is like grass and all its glory like the flower of grass. The grass withers, and the flower falls, but the word of the Lord remains forever.”ESV

But the word of the remains forever. I have had some tell me that the bible is out dated and there are those who say it's just stories made up by men. What their really saying is that the bible bible doesn't reflect the change that has occurred in society. That it needs to be rewritten to reflect the views of this culture. 

If the bible did that it would be rewritten about every six months. The reality is that God doesn't change, that He alone is God there fore the Bible doesn't ever change because He wrote it through man's hands. Just because it says something is sin while the culture says it's okay doesn't mean the bible needs to change ---------------------------------------. Well you finish the sentence.




Wednesday January 20

Pastor Godwin

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1 Peter 1:17-19 "And if you call on him as Father who judges impartially according to each one's deeds, conduct yourselves with fear throughout the time of your exile, knowing that you were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your forefathers, not with perishable things such as silver or gold, but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without blemish or spot."ESV

Peter taking those and us, back to the temple where the sacrifice had to be without blemish or spot and thus reminding us that the only sacrifice that would satisfy for ever was that of the perfect Lamb of God, Jesus. It is only His blood the washes us white as snow and removes our sin as far as the east is from the west. God looks at us, His children, through the blood of Jesus not through our works, so stop trying to earn forgiveness and just receive it.  




Thursday January 21

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1 Peter 1:20 "He was foreknown before the foundation of the world but was made manifest in the last times for the sake of you"ESV

Jesus has always been. He did not come into being in Bethlehem but was there with God in creation. That birth date we celibate at Christmas was not Jesus' beginning but was the day He was manifested to us. Jesus came and took on flesh and lived with us, mankind, and He did that for you.

 




Friday January 22

Pastor Godwin

1 Peter 1:20-21 "He was foreknown before the foundation of the world but was made manifest in the last times for the sake of you who through him are believers in God, who raised him from the dead and gave him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God."ESV

We say our faith and hope is in Jesus but this says it's in God. How can that be both? Because everything comes through Jesus. Everything that was created was created through Jesus and thus everything that comes back to God has to go through Jesus. Our Hope and Faith is in Jesus and because Jesus is God and was sent by God Our Hope and Faith is in God the Father. Remember the teaching of Jesus that He and His Father are one and that if you believe in the Father you have to believe in the Son because they are one. As a matter of fact we could say our faith and hope are in God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit because they are one and to believe in one is to believe in all. Let me ask you this; is your faith and hope in this world or is it in God? The world and everything in it is going to end, God never ends.




Saturday January 23

Pastor Godwin

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1 Peter 1:22 "Having purified your souls by your obedience to the truth for a sincere brotherly love, love one another earnestly from a pure heart"ESV

Purified your souls by you obedience sounds a lot like works but in fact it is Grace. This is not obedience to the Levitical law this is obedience to believing in and receiving Jesus as your savior. It is only the blood of Jesus that purifies our souls and nothing else. We are to be obedient to the law but that's out of love for Jesus and wanting to honor Him with our lives. The truth is Jesus and our love for one another comes through and by Him as our savior and Lord.




Sunday January 24

Pastor Godwin

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1 Peter 1:22-23 "Having purified your souls by your obedience to the truth for a sincere brotherly love, love one another earnestly from a pure heart, since you have been born again, not of perishable seed but of imperishable, through the living and abiding word of God;"ESV

" Not by perishable seed but of imperishable" We are not born again by the seed of man, we were the first time and so we were born into sin and it's curse. But when we placed our faith and surrendered our will to Jesus we are made new and this time it's not from man, thus it's not perishable but imperishable. "Who ever lives and believes in Me (Jesus) shall never die" we will live forever with Jesus. We as children of God as alive by the blood of Jesus whom was not born of the seed of man but by the power of God through a virgin named Mary. That's the imperishable that makes us new and thus born again. We are born unto death but through Jesus we are reborn unto Life. Amen, Be It So




 
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