Reflections

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By JANA HENRY|CONTRIBUTOR

Last week our Women’s Ministry Team met to reflect and share notes on our recent women’s conference, Compassionate Community, with Susan Hunt. The focus of the conference was Biblical Womanhood, as expressed in Titus 2 Spiritual Mothering relationships. As one, we all agree that Susan’s message to us was not only precisely what the local church, but also the Church as a whole desperately needs to hear. We were overwhelmed by the positive response to the conference—and by positive response, I mean women who were starving for this message were brought to feast on the bread of God’s Word and they left nourished, but hungry for more!

The following is the talk given by Jana to open our meeting, based on her own reflections on the conference as they corresponded with her devotional reading in John’s Gospel. We are all excited to see what the Lord will do not only in our own women’s ministry, but in the ministries and churches represented at the conference. May we be willing vessels, believing his promises and carrying out the works for which he has prepared us, firm in our faith, with humility and love for one another. ~Barbaranne Kelly


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Partnering 2 Remember, Week 17

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By JANA HENRY|CONTRIBUTOR

With this passage, 1 Peter 5:8-14, we come to the end of I Peter. Peter finishes his letter to the “elect exiles” warning them about their greatest enemy, who is ultimately behind all suffering for Christ. He exhorts them to remain firm in their faith and encourages them with God’s sure promises. This thought causes him to break out into a doxology of praise.

In his final words, he reveals the courier of his letter and a clue about where he was when the letter was written. He ends with a short exhortation and blessing for all who are in Christ. Continue reading

Partnering 2 Remember, Week 16

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By JANA HENRY|CONTRIBUTOR

After a lengthy exhortation concerning suffering, Peter returns to instructions concerning relationships. This portion deals with those within the church, starting with a charge to his fellow elders and then a call for those who are younger to be subject to their elders, and finally, for all to clothe themselves with humility toward one another. In his commentary on I Peter, RC Sproul writes this about I Peter 5:6, “…in that simple phrase we have a microcosm of the entire Christian life.” I tend to agree with him. What about you? Continue reading

Partnering 2 Remember 1 Peter, Week 15

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By JANA HENRY|CONTRIBUTOR

In week 15, we come to Peter’s final discourse on suffering. It’s interesting that Peter writes back in 3:13, “Now, who is there to harm you if you are zealous for what is good?” And now, in the beginning of this section, he is almost assuring them that suffering will come. At the very minimum, he is telling his readers not be surprised when they do suffer. What caused Peter to go from telling his readers not to worry? His warning to get ready causes a little bit of speculation on the part of commentators, as do many other parts of this letter. Whatever his reasons for writing as he did, Peter’s exhortations concerning suffering have encouraged Christians down through the ages and continue to offer much to gird us up through all types of trials. Continue reading

Partnering 2 Remember 1 Peter, Week 14

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Due to a combination of forces, including but not limited to: visiting grandchildren, sick husbands, ministry responsibilities, and general winter sluggishness, it seems we as a team are moving more slowly and this has affected our writing and posting, but not our dedication, to the blog this week. We offer our sincere apologies and anticipate with humble gratitude your understanding. BK.

by JANA HENRY|CONTRIBUTOR

The opening verse of this week’s memory block is another one of those verses in I Peter which has resulted in various interpretations of what Peter means. No matter our interpretation, we should all live our lives as if “the end of all things” is imminent and heed the imperatives that flow from it. Verses 8 thru 11 are a summary statement of all that Peter has been saying so far. Continue reading

Partnering 2 Remember 1 Peter, week 13

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By JANAHENRY|CONTRIBUTOR

Greetings fellow memorizers! In this week’s passage, Peter wraps up his encouragement to those who suffer for righteousness sake. He reminds them once again that Christ suffered in the flesh, encouraging them to have the same mindset as Christ. He also reminds them that those who malign them for doing good and refusing to join in sinful revelry will have to answer to God for what they have done. Everyone will have to answer to the judge of all men for their deeds. And of course, we know that we are all sinners and deserve death, but Peter reminds us that the gospel has been preached to everyone, even those people who lived long ago that are now dead. According to DA Carson, and it makes sense to me, 4:6 refers back to what Peter was talking about in 3:20.

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