Sing Praises!

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(taken from 1 Peter chapter 2)  ( by Judy Whittaker)

God is worthy of our praise because He has made us, calling us out of darkness into His marvelous light. Therefore, we are required to obey Him by submitting to the laws of the land, honoring all men, including those in authority, and loving one another. Even slaves should be subject to their master, no matter how they are treated, to exemplify what Christ did for us on the cross. He (Jesus) who had no sin, took our sins upon himself and died on the cross in our place. He was beaten and nailed to a tree so that we could be forgiven of our sins and live eternally with God in heaven. We owe Him our life!

We were like stray sheep but if we trust in Jesus He will be our Shepherd who leads us in the way that we should go.

Living Hope

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(Taken from 1 Peter:1)

by Judy Whittaker

Because Jesus was raised from the dead, believers had a “living hope” given by God. Because of His mercy for us, He has reserved in Heaven an “incorruptible inheritance” that no man can take away. To obtain this living hope we have to believe that Jesus died for our sins and was raised up by God. Because we are given this living hope, we should always praise God and bring glory to His name in everything we say and do. We are told to be careful of our thoughts, stay sober, give up our former lusts of the flesh, and set ourselves apart to honor God. Our sins block our path to God, but Christ has blotted them out by the blood he shed for us. He was the perfect sacrifice, ordained before the foundation of the world.

Though we may think we are immortal, our life is like the grass and the flowers that will live in the sun for a while and then wither. Eventually, we will die, but the Word of the Lord will endure forever.