FBC SS Personal Study Guide (PSG) Fall 2016 “1 & 2 Peter” #235

From the the link  print pages 4-10 for August 29-September 4 Bible study for 9/4 Lesson.    FallDailyDevotional2016web

#1 1 Peter 1:1-12 “A Living Hope” Jesus resurrection gives believers a living hope 9/4/2106

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Daily Living and Decision-Making #234

Four prerequisites for effective decision-making:

1. Do God’s will as known from His Bible and without focusing on comfort, happiness, materialism, fulfillment, etc in our life. Note from the scripture below as the will of God is described as “your sanctification”, “doing service, as to the Lord”, “giving thanks in everything”, “do what is pleasing in His sight”, “doing right”, “no longer lusting for the things of men”, “keeping His commandments which are not burdensome”, etc.

 a. 1 Thessalonians 4: For this is the will of God, your sanctification; [being transformed into the image of Jesus Christ]  

b.  Ephesians 6: 5be obedient to those who are your masters according to the flesh, 6 doing the will of God 7doing service, as to the Lord, and not to men, NKJV       

c. 1 Thessalonians 5: 18 in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

d. Hebrews 13: 20 Now the God of peace,…21 equip you in every good thing to do His will, working in us that which is pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ,                            

e. 1 Peter 2: 15 For such is the will of God that by doing right you may silence the ignorance of foolish men.                                                                                                      

f. 1 Peter 4:  so as to live the rest of the time in the flesh no longer for the lusts of men, but for the will of God.                                                                                             

g. I John 5: For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments; and His commandments are not burdensome.

h. Psalms 40:  I delight to do Your will, O my God; Your Law is within my heart.”                                                                                                              

i. Romans 12: 1 …I urge you to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God; Do not be conformed to this age, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may discern what is the good, pleasing, and perfect will of God. HCSB

j. 1 Corinthians 1: Paul, called as an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God,     

k. James 4: 15 …you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and also do this or that.”                                                                                                      

l. Psalm 37: Do not fret because of evildoers,… Trust in the Lord and do goodDelight yourself in the Lord; Rest in the Lord and wait patiently for HimDo not fret …, Cease from anger and forsake wrathDo not fret;

m. Mark 12: 30 and you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ 31,… ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’                                                                                                  

n. Matthew 28 : 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations,  20 …and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”                                                                                       

o. Matthew 5: “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.

 2. Avail yourself of wisdom for guidance from the Bible, the Holy Spirit and mind of Christ:

a. Psalms 119:105 Your word is a lamp to my feet And a light to my path.

b. 1 Corinthians 6: 19 Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own? 20 For you have been bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body.                                       

c. 1 Corinthians 2: 12 Now we have received…the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God. 16 …But we have the mind of Christ.

 3. Use the Sound Mind Principle with continuous prayer for guidance:

2 Timothy 1:7 For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. 1 Thessalonians 5: 17 pray without ceasing;

4. Replace anger and fear with faith by thanking God in all circumstances:
a. 1 Thessalonians 5: 16 Rejoice always; 18in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

b. Philippians 4:4-7 4 Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice! 6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God

c. Habakkuk 3: 18 … I will rejoice in the God of my salvation.  19 The Lord God is my strength,

5. Decision-making in a life following prerequisite principles 1-4.

a. Develop a long term “Life Vision or Purpose” that will be used for as a guide in decision making or plans for the future. This should be short. My vision in 1950 was 4 words, 7  words in 1986 and 32 words in 2015/16.

b. A decision between alternatives. Develop criteria for assessment. Rate each alternative for each criteria. This may include research, consultations with others and careful thought. Total the ratings for each alternative. These totals should help in finalizing your decision between alternatives. In this and future steps it is absolutely necessary to be disciplined by keeping careful notes of the entire process.

c. A yes or no answer to one question or opportunity. Develop pro’s and con’s in 2 columns for the question and then rate these similar to b. above. Many if not most one issue questions may actually have undeveloped alternatives available.

d. Problem Solving. Recognize difference between fact & problem. Define the problem, Develop alternative solutions. Select best solution. Implement that solution. Then continuingly Review progress, Revise strategies & action steps if appropriate and Refocus energy.

 I have over 10 posts on my blog related to this subject. Go to “Life Vision” https://thehlukejourney.wordpress.com/2015/01/09/life-vision-102/ for the first post and then at the bottom in “tags” click on “Life Vision” for posts like “How to Lead When You’re Not in Charge”, “The Problem Solving Cycle”, “The Tyranny of Urgency”, “In a a pit with a lion-How to survive and thrive when opportunity roars”, ” When unsure, just take the next logical step by faith”, etc.

Henry Luke August 29, 2106

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What the Bible says about Pride # 233

Proverbs 6: 16 These six things the Lord hates,Yes, seven are an abomination to Him: 17 A proud look, A lying tongue, Hands that shed innocent blood, 18 A heart that devises wicked plans, Feet that are swift in running to evil, 19 A false witness who speaks lies, And one who sows discord among brethren. NKJV

Proverbs 16:5 Everyone who is proud in heart is an abomination to the LORD; Assuredly, he will not be unpunished [All NASB except as noted]

Proverbs 21:24 Proud,” “Haughty,” “Scoffer,” are his names, Who acts with insolent pride.

Proverbs 11:2 When pride comes, then comes dishonor, But with the humble is wisdom.

Proverbs 15:25 The LORD will tear down the house of the proud, But He will establish the boundary of the widow.

Proverbs 29:23 A man’s pride will bring him low, But a humble spirit will obtain honor.

2 Chronicles 26:16 But when he [King Uzziah] became strong, his heart was so proud that he acted corruptly, and he was unfaithful to the LORD his God, for he entered the temple of the LORD to burn incense on the altar of incense.

[The bible also says about King Uzziah- 2 Chronicles 26: He did right in the sight of the Lord according to all that his father Amaziah had done. He continued to seek God…and as long as he sought the Lord, God prospered him. 19 But Uzziah, with a censer in his hand for burning incense, was enraged; and while he was enraged with the priests, the leprosy broke out on his forehead before the priests in the house of the Lord, beside the altar of incense. 20 … and he himself also hastened to get out because the Lord had smitten him. 21 King Uzziah was a leper to the day of his death; and he lived in a separate house, being a leper, for he was cut off from the house of the Lord.] [Uzziah was one of few “good” kings of Judah & Israel]

2 Chronicles 32:25 But Hezekiah gave no return for the benefit he received, because his heart was proud; therefore wrath came on him and on Judah and Jerusalem.

[The Bible says about King Hezekiah- 2 Chronicles 28: Hezekiah became king… He did right in the sight of the Lord, according to all that his father David had done.] [Hezekiah was one of few “good” kings of Judah & Israel]

Isaiah 16:6 We have heard of the pride of Moab, an excessive pride; Even of his arrogance, pride, and fury; His idle boasts are false.

Deuteronomy 8:14 then your heart will become proud and you will forget the LORD your God who brought you out from the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery.

Psalm 10:2 In pride the wicked hotly pursue the afflicted; Let them be caught in the plots which they have devised.

Psalm 73:6 Therefore pride is their necklace; The garment of violence covers them.

Psalm 31:23 O love the LORD, all you His godly ones! The LORD preserves the faithful And fully recompenses the proud doer.

Habakkuk 2:4-5 “Behold, as for the proud one, His soul is not right within him; But the righteous will live by his faith.

Job 40:11-12 “Pour out the over flowings of your anger, And look on everyone who is proud, and make him low. “Look on everyone who is proud, and humble him, And tread down the wicked where they stand.

Isaiah 2:11-12 The proud look of man will be abased And the loftiness of man will be humbled, And the LORD alone will be exalted in that day. For the LORD of hosts will have a day of reckoning Against everyone who is proud and lofty And against everyone who is lifted up, That he may be abased.

Isaiah 13:11 Thus I will punish the world for its evil And the wicked for their iniquity; I will also put an end to the arrogance of the proud And abase the haughtiness of the ruthless.

Zephaniah 3:11 “In that day you will feel no shame Because of all your deeds By which you have rebelled against Me; For then I will remove from your midst Your proud, exulting ones, And you will never again be haughty On My holy mountain.

Luke 1:51-52 “He has done mighty deeds with His arm; He has scattered those who were proud in the thoughts of their heart. “He has brought down rulers from their thrones, And has exalted those who were humble.

Arrogance-offensive display of superiority or self-importance; overbearing pride

Jeremiah 49:16 “As for the terror of you, The arrogance of your heart has deceived you, O you who live in the clefts of the rock, Who occupy the height of the hill Though you make your nest as high as an eagle’s, I will bring you down from there,” declares the LORD.

Psalm 119:85 The arrogant have dug pits for me, Men who are not in accord with Your law.

Psalm 119:51 The arrogant utterly deride me, Yet I do not turn aside from Your law.

Malachi 4:1 “For behold, the day is coming, burning like a furnace; and all the arrogant and every evildoer will be chaff; and the day that is coming will set them ablaze,” says the LORD of hosts, “so that it will leave them neither root nor branch.”

Exodus 14:28 The waters returned and covered the chariots and the horsemen, even Pharaoh’s entire army that had gone into the sea after them; not even one of them remained.

Nehemiah 9:10 “Then You performed signs and wonders against Pharaoh, Against all his servants and all the people of his land; For You knew that they acted arrogantly toward them, And made a name for Yourself as it is this day.

Henry Luke August 18, 2016





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2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.


Colossians 1:27 To whom God willed to make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.


Romans 8:1 Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.


Romans 8:16 The Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are children of God.


Romans 8:17 And if children, heirs also, heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him so that we may also be glorified with Him. 


1 Corinthians 3:16 Do you know that you are a temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?


Ephesians 3:12 In whom we have boldness and confident access through faith in Him.


Ephesians 1:13(b) Having also believed, you were sealed in Him with the Holy Spirit of promise.


John 15:15 No longer do I call you servants, for a servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I heard from My Father I have made known to you. NKJV 


Acts 1:8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth

  [Scripture from NASB except as noted] 

 Henry Luke August 14, 2016

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Article from ISIS 8/2016 magazine “Why We Hate You & Why We Fight You.”#231

Joel Rosenbergs summary of  80+ pages  in August 2016  ISIS slick magazine outlining their goals.  The 4 pages “Why We Hate You & Why We Fight You.” (p. 30)  is very compelling.  For his entire post  and link to the magazine click here: https://flashtrafficblog.wordpress.com/2016/08/11/three-reasons-the-next-president-and-hisher-advisors-and-you-should-carefully-study-the-latest-issue-of-the-isis-magazine-dabiq/

“”What emerges over eighty-some pages is this: ISIS leaders are calling on Christians around the world to renounce the Gospel and embrace their version of Islam or face slaughter at the hands of jihadists today, and ultimate annihilation by Jesus tomorrow, followed by a sentence to eternal damnation in the fires of Hell.


Finally, I commend to your attention an article titled, “Why We Hate You & Why We Fight You.” (p. 30)  Consider a few excerpts:

  1. “We hate you, first and foremost, because you are disbelievers; you reject the Oneness of Allah — whether you realize it or not — by making partners for Him in worship, you blaspheme Him, claiming that He has a son, you fabricate lies against his prophets and messengers, and you indulge in all manner of devilish practices….
  2. “We hate you because of your secular, liberal, societies permit the very things that Allah has prohibited….
  3. “In the case of the atheist fringe, we hate you and wage war against you because you disbelieve the existence of your Lord and Creator….
  4. “We hate you for your crimes against Islam and wage war against you to punish you for your transgressions against our religion….
  5. “We hate you for the crimes against the Muslims….
  6. “We hate you for invading our lands and fight you to repel you and drive you out….” (p. 31-32)

The article concludes by stating clearly and unequivocally that ISIS will not stop killing until every person on earth is a Muslim they way they define Islam.

“[E]ven if you [infidels] were to stop bombing us, imprisoning us, torturing us, vilifying us and usurping our lands,” note the authors, “we would continue to hate you because our primary reason for hating you will not cease until you embrace Islam.” (p. 33)

“The fact is we wage — and continue to escalate — a calculated war that the West thought it had ended several years ago. We continue dragging you further into a swamp you thought you had escaped only to realize that you’re stuck in its murky waters.”

The ISIS leaders explain that, at best, the world of infidels can obtain a “temporary truce” by surrendering to the caliphate and paying the slave tax known as the “jizyah.” But in the end, they are explicit in their objectives: they won’t be deterred from conquering and slaughtering until every man, woman on child is a Muslim of the ISIS brand.””

Link to 8/2016 ISIS Magazine: http://www.clarionproject.org/factsheets-files/islamic-state-magazine-dabiq-fifteen-breaking-the-cross.pdf

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Gifts of God by His Greater Grace # 230

Gifts of God by grace  to the disciples who abide in Jesus, controlled daily by the Holy Spirit and out of love obeys God’s commandments accepting that His commandments are not burdensome.

  1. Peace with God at salvation then peace of God which surpasses all comprehension
  1. Purity
  1. Power from God who created the universe and holds it together available to disciples
  1. Promises from God
  1. Perseverance in the midst of trials, tribulation, trouble, persecution, temptations, etc
  1. Patience to wait on God’s timeline even for 25 years like David and 17 years like Joseph
  1. Protection from our 3 enemies-our flesh, the world system and satan
  1. Provision of needs not wants
  1. Prosperity-fruit of the Spirit–Love, Joy, Peace; Patience, Kindness, Goodness; Faithfulness, Gentleness, Self-control [the Spirit given ability to control self]
  1. Prayer-access to God the Father through the believers High Priest Jesus Christ
  1. Poverty of spirit, humility from God’s greater grace
  1. Prudence-wisdom, discreetness, carefulness
  1. Providence-understanding that God is in control

14. Put off the old self of anger and bitterness and put on the new self with your position in Christ. For My Position in Christ click below: https://thehlukejourney.wordpress.com/2016/08/14/my-position-in-christ-232/

Henry Luke August 13, 2016

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The Fine Art of Friendship #229

Ten powerful principles to help you develop the skills, sensitivities and qualities of the fine art of friendship. These 10 short principle statements  will change your life. Click here: The Fine Art of Friendship

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From: “The Fine Art of Friendship–Building and maintaining quality relationships”     by Ted W. Engstrom– Available from Amazon.com in limited quanties


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