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SunshineDo you know what the most beautiful diamond in the world looks like in a dark room? Actually, you can't even see it. A diamond has no brilliance or glory of its own. It only shows "its brilliance" when light is shown into it. So, in fact, the diamond has no brilliance; it only has the ability to reflect brilliance. When you shine a bright light into a diamond it displays a glorious spectrum. When laser pointers became a thing back in the 90's I would take the kids into a dark room and shine the laser into Janine's ring. It became a spectacular light show, until the laser was turned off, then there was darkness.

Breaking Silence

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Bible 12 EditedGod had been quiet for a long time. Unlike the rest of the world, the Jewish nation was accustomed to hearing God speak. They heard Him literally at Mount Sinai. It scared them to death ... well, almost; they were so shook up they asked Moses to speak to God for them because they were afraid to hear His voice again. Their forefathers had heard God speak, too. God spoke to Adam, Cain, Noah, Abraham, just to name a few. And God spoke to this nation by various means for a period of about 1,000 years. But at the time we call 1st century B.C. God had not spoken for about 500 years. The world at large was probably not even aware. They had never really been interested in what God had to say. There were times and places when God spoke to non-Jewish people and sometimes they listened. There was that time, for example, when God spoke to the people of Nineveh through Jonah, and they listened. And what about the time that God spoke to Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon through the prophet Daniel. Nebuchadnezzar's response was incredible. But, for the most part the Gentile world had little interest in God.


Shhh! God is Talking!

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bible 5 editedWhen we speak of worship, of what do we think? Singing, praying, sacrificing to God as He has sacrificed to us, communion with the Lord via the Lord's Supper - it is through these means that we prostrate ourselves in humility before our holy God. We usually include "preaching" in our list of "five acts of worship," but do we really see preaching as worship?

Yes! You Can!

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1 Peter 1:1 Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, To the pilgrims [aliens along side; to make oneself at home along side] of the Dispersion in Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia, 2 elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, in sanctification of the Spirit, for obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: Grace to you and peace be multiplied.

The letter of 1 Peter is intended to be a letter of encouragement to struggling Christians. Imagine yourself going through a painful ordeal (emotionally, physically, spiritually).