Partnering 2 Remember, Week 10

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By JANA HENRY|CONTRIBUTOR

Peter finishes his exhortations concerning conduct in relationships by writing to husbands (vs7).  The key instruction regarding a believer’s conduct towards government, masters and husbands is to submit. Now, he instructs husbands to live with their wives in an understanding way, but he starts off with the word “likewise,” indicating that he is suggesting like behavior. The like behavior is summarized in verses 9-12, ending with his oft-repeated charge to “do good.”  Verse 8 is a chiasm (illustrated below), with brotherly love in the middle. Notice the pattern: mind (influences) emotion (promotes) LOVE, (influences) emotion, (informs) mind. Continue reading

Partnering 2 Remember, Week 9

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By JANA HENRY|CONTRIBUTOR

In this section, Peter is talking to the wives. This is the third relationship that Peter lists in which the believer is to “be subject.” Everyone is to be subject to governing authorities (wk7), servants are to be subject to their masters (wk8), and finally, wives are to be subject to their own husbands (wk9). Notice that Peter inserts the word ‘own” to further define “husbands.” Paul does the same thing in his letter to the church in Ephesus. It is interesting to note that not every translation uses the word “own,” and I think that is unfortunate, because wives are not called to submit to anyone else’s husband, but their own. This may seem an obvious point, but when you think of the confusion that the feminist movement has heaped on the culture, I think this modifier helps us to understand the overall idea of submission with the emphasis on the relationship role, and not on male/female relationships across the board. I’ll save the rest of the discussion on that for those who are in the Peter study this year. Continue reading

Partnering 2 Remember, Week 8

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By JANA HENRY|CONTRIBUTOR

In week 8, Peter continues exhorting Christians concerning their attitude and behavior towards outsiders: this time the focus is on the relationship of a servant to a master.  Slavery has been outlawed, and that is a very good thing. These admonitions are still applicable to many modern-day working relationships. Anytime we find ourselves in the employee role, we can apply these exhortations. Continue reading

Partnering 2 Remember, Week 7

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By JANA HENRY|CONTRIBUTOR

Hello again fellow memorizers. A big thank you goes out to Barbaranne for filling in for me these past several weeks! While I haven’t been blogging, I have kept up with the program of memorization [Kept up? More like, zoomed through! BA]. There is nothing like hiding God’s Word in your heart to get you through trying times! God’s Word never returns void and He always accomplishes the purpose for which He sent it. From before the foundation of the world, my Gracious Master and Lord knew that I would need I Peter 1:1-9 rolling around in my head and heart to comfort and sustain me during these past few weeks. If you are struggling with the program, perhaps having a hard time getting it to “stick,” I encourage you with all my might: do not give up! I can think of few things more precious and more worthwhile than hiding God’s Word in your heart. After all, “All flesh is like grass, and all its glory like the flower of the grass. The grass withers and the flower falls, but the Word of the Lord remains forever.”[i] Continue reading

Partnering 2 Remember, 1 Peter, Week 2

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By JANA HENRY|CONTRIBUTOR

Rejoicing with joy inexpressible

Hello Friends! I hope your first week of memorizing has gone well. Are you praising God with Peter for all that God has done, and is doing, to you and for you? Do you see that the living hope is the inheritance and the inheritance is our salvation fully revealed?! The riches of this great salvation given to us have been ringing in my heart and head all week, causing me to rejoice! And that takes us right into week two of hiding I Peter in our hearts. Continue reading

Partnering 2 Remember 1 Peter – Week 1

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By JANA HENRY|CONTRIBUTOR

“I have said these things to you that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart, I have overcome the world.”  John 16:33

Jesus spoke these words to his disciples at the end of his teaching in the upper room, shortly before he was to be arrested and crucified. While he was mostly talking about the persecution the disciples would endure for the sake of following him, his message stands true for all tribulations that come with living in a fallen world. Continue reading

From the Heart, Chapter 9

By JANA HENRY|CONTRIBUTOR

This week we learned that women’s ministry must be based on the sound truth of Scripture. There are too many competing voices in the evangelical world, not to mention the secular world, that are distorting God’s Word. Women’s ministry must aim to ground women in the full-orbed truth of Scripture so that we may grow up in every way in Christ, fulfilling our God given-design as strong “ezers” (helpers) and life-givers rather than hinderers and life-takers. Continue reading