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December 16 - Morning

"Dear friends, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that has come on you to test you, as though
something strange were happening to you. But
rejoice inasmuch as you participate in the
sufferings of Christ, so that you may be
overjoyed when his glory is revealed."

- First Peter 4:12-13

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The Familiar Fiery Ordeal

Peter has addressed his readers concerning living holy lives before God and respectful lives among man. But, all our efforts to be good, righteous, kind, and respectful people will not prevent
“the fiery ordeal that has come on you to test you.”

Many Christians think they can avoid persecution and conflict in this age, in fact, some groups
of believers act as though a “fiery ordeal” is a sign of immaturity or the lack of Christian character.  Since even Christ himself was crucified, Peter says that we “participate in the sufferings of Christ.”
It was the religious crowd, not the world, which came against Jesus. First Peter 3:14 says, “even
if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. ‘Do not fear their threats; do not be
frightened.’ ” But, even with this knowledge we need to be reminded “do not be surprised at
the fiery ordeal that has come on you to test you as though something strange were
happening to you.”

Demonstrating the character of Christ and a Christ-like attitude will cause you to “participate
in the sufferings of Christ!” In the face of this ordeal and rejection Peter tells us to “rejoice,”
because we will be overjoyed when his glory is revealed.”

  Christian Quote from Church History
"I would love to see churches start using their Web sites
to present video profiles
of people within their congregations so that the average person could get a sense of what the life of the church (not the organization, but the people - the true church) is really like."
- Frank Johnson
Something to Ponder??

Tertullian, a Christian lawyer, began to write around 196 AD in his preferred language of the Roman legal system, Latin, instead of the preferred language of Greek philosophers, which was Greek. With this language he cut through the obstacles in the Greek language such as the divinity of Christ and the doctrine of the Trinity. With two words from the Roman courts Tertullian used the Latin substantia which we translate as "substance" to say God is one substance, but three persons. The word legal term substantia did not refer to "material" but to "property rights." Thus, the "territory" or "turf" or the "essence" of God is possessed by three "persons." Likewise the word "persons" also is a Roman legal term from the Latin persona which referred to a party in a legal action. Thus, legally in the Latin, a legal party of three could all possess the same territory. Tertullian also rejected the class of Christians called bishops and priest that had arisen to a professional class to administer the church. He believed in the priesthood of each believer, which was a doctrine that would be ignored for 1,300 years.

(Tertullian's writings online here)

Hebrew and Greek Word Study   Facts and Information


Qeren (Hb) - Horn (Eng) - qeren is the Hebrew word for a musical instrument or the horn of an animal. The metaphorical meaning of qeren is that of rays of light or waves of sound spreading out. Because of this qeren became a word that pictured expanding strength and spreading power.

  In Acts 5:37 Luke records Gamaliel mentioning Judas the Galilean leading a revolt druing the days of the census. Josephus also writes about Judas of Galilee as the leader of a Jewish revolt instigated during the time of the census of Quirinius. (here and see Josephus Book XVIII, chapter 1, verse 6 here)
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Do I consider every conflict, fiery trial and rejection a sign of immaturity or lack of Christ-like character? Am I surprised when people are opposed to the Christian way of life?
I will not be surprised by the negative reaction, and I will not let rejection
define what is Truth and what is the character of Christ.

"A wise man's heart guides his mouth, and his lips promote instruction."
- Proverbs 16:23

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Nehemiah's Wall in Jerusalem 445 BC

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