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As we ended our study of the book of Luke last month, Jesus had just ascended into heaven and left his disciples behind (empowered by his Spirit) to continue the work of establishing the early church. Now we fast-forward about thirty years to consider the two epistles that Paul wrote to Timothy. Churches had been […]

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Although it is likely early in November when you are reading this, signs that Christmas is on its way are already all around you. Retail stores that you enter are probably decked out in Christmas decor and holiday sale signs. Advertisements everywhere encourage you to hurry up and start your Christmas shopping before it is […]

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At the time he wrote this epistle, Peter knew that his death was imminent. He was imprisoned in Rome awaiting execution for his faith. Knowing that this would likely be his last letter to these beloved believers, Peter does not try to teach them anything new, but rather earnestly endeavors to remind the Christians in […]

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Both Peter and the recipients of his first epistle were no strangers to suffering. The believers in Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia (now modern-day Turkey) in AD 62–63 were living under the tyrannical authority of the Roman government. Their lives could change dramatically at any moment based on the whim of the current emperor. […]

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