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Hopeful Intentionality—Toward Enemies (Part 2)

Hopeful Intentionality—Toward Enemies (Part 2)

Throughout this section on hopeful intentionality, Peter has emphasised the need to “abstain from the passions of the flesh” and to “keep your conduct among the Gentiles honourable” (2:11–12). “The passions of the flesh” teach us to respond to opposition in kind,...
Wickedness, not Wideness

Wickedness, not Wideness

Every year, BibleGateway.com—the world’s most visited Christian website—publishes a list of the most read Bible verses on its website. The list always includes a number of familiar Bible verses (Proverbs 3:5–6; Psalm 23:4; 1 Corinthians 13:4; Romans 12:1–2;...
Putting the Gospel to Work

Putting the Gospel to Work

Throughout his ministry, Jesus corrected kingdom misconceptions. His disciples failed to understand that some things must happen in order to secure the kingdom. A part of what must happen is that the citizens of the kingdom must work to see it come. As he approached...
An Infinite Willingness

An Infinite Willingness

Jesus was never afraid to speak the truth or do what was right, even if it meant offending people. On Friday, we saw that he was invited to a banquet at a leading Pharisee’s house (Luke 14:1–6), where he immediately offended the religious leaders by healing on the...