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    December 31 Standing on the Promises

    In 1886, Russell Kelso Carter penned the words to this famous hymn. Carter drew his inspiration from 1 Peter 1:12 and 2 Peter 1:3-4 along with several other verses. 1 Standing on the promises of Christ my king, through eternal ages let his praises ring; glory in the highest, I...
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    December 30 His Promised Gift

    Most important of all, continue to show deep love for each other, for love covers a multitude of sins. 1 Peter‬ 4:8‬ NLT‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ I recall a time when I lied to a dear friend to save my pride. I felt my reputation was at stake. Over time, the weight of...
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    December 29 Christmas Gifts

    God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another. 1 Peter 4:10 NIV Peter tells us that God has promised each one of us a special spiritual gift, and I love recalling the way my grandson discovered...
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    December 28 The Donut Heist

    For in Scripture it says: “See, I lay a stone in Zion, a chosen and precious cornerstone, and the one who trusts in him will never be put to shame.” 1 Peter 1:6 NIV Daddy had promised me, his three-year-old daughter, a donut when we went to do last minute...
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    December 27 The Invitation

    According to His great mercy, He has caused us to be born again to a living hope…1 Peter 1:3b ESV Neil and I are standing at the back of the church, he with one boy and I with the other. People keep turning around and glaring. The butterflies in my...
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    December 26 Out of Darkness into Light

    But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. I Peter 2:9 NIV As I write this today, September 11th, I am reminded of...
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    December 25 Promises! Promises!

    Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you. 1 Peter 5:7 NIV Remember all those playground promises? “I promise to be your friend forever.” “I’ll let you go first if you promise to share your candy with me.” “If I tell you a secret, will you promise...
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    December 24 Christ, our Hope

    “It is by His great mercy that we have been born again, because God raised Jesus Christ from the dead. Now we live with great expectation…” 1 Peter 1:3b NLT As a missionary’s kid, I grew up among the Native Canadian Indians. On Christmas day, we had a small tree...
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    December 23 Against All Odds

    Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ …1 Peter 1:3 NAS In August 1914, Ernest Shackleton set out for his third expedition to...
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    December 22 The Joy of Gifts

    As each one has received a special gift, employ it in serving one another as good stewards of the manifold grace of God. 1 Peter 4:10 NAS Because of my dad’s religion, our family did not exchange Christmas presents for most of my childhood. I never understood using religion to...