Sermon for May 25, 2014
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Came across this article lately and thought it worth sharing. There are a few things I read that I truly hope are wrong, false, lies. This is one of them. I fear it may be true. Sadly, there is no reason to believe that it is not completely accurate. I am preaching from I Peter 1:1-9 on Sunday morning and the title is “Happy Sufferers”. This article makes me very careful not to trivialize the sufferings that God’s children around the world are called to endure. At the same time it amazes me that the things that Peter said in his whole Epistle are not made false by the extreme sufferings of God’s children in the world throughout the church’s history. I Peter is as much for Pakistani Christians as it is for those who suffer less.
Pray for your brothers and sisters around the world today who suffer in horrifying ways. And be faithful to the Gospel today. This, with prayer, it seems to me, is the best way, to stand in solidarity with our family members whose lives are threatened.
1 Peter 1: Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,  to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you,  who by God’s power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.  In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials,  so that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.  Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory,  obtaining the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls.