When Ridiculed # 255

Believers honor God by faithfulness through persecution. 1 Peter 4:12-19                             


1. Do not be surprised at the fiery trials of persecution instead rejoice;

2. because the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you.

3. When suffering in the name of Christ while doing good, do not be ashamed but glorify God.

4. In these troubling times God may be [1] punishing those who reject Him and His people and/or [2] purging the people who falsely profess to be Christians so His true church will be revealed. The blood of the saints may be the seed for revival.

5. Scripture Memory verse: 1 Peter 4:19 let those who suffer according to God’s will entrust  their souls to a faithful Creator while doing good. ESV

For all 1 Peter memory verses: https://thehlukejourney.wordpress.com/2016/09/21/1st-2nd-peter-memory-verses-242/

For these scriptures turned into a prayer click below: https://thehlukejourney.wordpress.com/2016/10/21/prayer-from-1st-peter-and-related-passages-for-times-of-suffering-and-fiery-trials-254/

6. We can entrust our lives to God because: “a. God alone is sovereign over creation & preservation of the universe, over governments, over individual lives, etc.; however each individual is not released from responsibility for their actions. b. God is good. c. Our path has been marked by examples in the Bible & history, d. Trust is a decision.”

From The Peacemaker by Ken Sande Chapter 3 “Trust In the Lord and do Good”

This  book has been part of my personal Bible study for several months. It is full of scripture and I have found that in His scripture God is serious about our living in peace. See link for outline and scripture for chapter 3. https://thehlukejourney.wordpress.com/2016/10/13/scripture-for-the-peacemaker-by-ken-sande-251/

For the complete lesson click here: 10-23-2016-when-ridiculed-1-peter-4_12-19

Henry Luke October 23, 2016





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Prayer from 1st Peter and related passages for time’s of suffering and fiery trials #254

I greatly rejoice, even though now for a little while I have been distressed by various trials. So that the proof of my faith, even though tested by fire, may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the return of Jesus Christ.1   After I have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace, who called me to His eternal glory in Christ, will Himself perfect, confirm, strengthen and establish me.2

 It is written, you shall be holy, for I am holy.3  Your word is a lamp to my feet for today and a light to my path for the future.4  My faith increases from reading, understanding and applying the word of Christ.8  As a living stone, I am being built up as part of a spiritual house for a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.  Holy Spirit help me keep my behavior excellent among  unbelievers, so that in the thing in which they slander me as an evildoer, they may because of observing my good deeds, glorify God in the day of their salvation.10

Help me as a person called by the name of Jesus, to humble myself, pray, seek the presence of God and turn from their wicked ways. Then You promise to hear from heaven, and forgive their sin and heal their land.11  By your grace I will trust in the Lord with all my heart and I will not lean on my own understanding. In all my ways I will acknowledge God, and He will make my paths straight.  I will not be wise in my own eyes; instead I will reverence God and turn away from evil.12

Help me to be agreeable, be sympathetic, be loving, be compassionate, and be humble. That goes for me all the time, no exceptions, no retaliation and no sharp-tongued sarcasm. Instead, bless—that’s my job, to bless. I’ll be a blessing and also get a blessing.13  Let no unwholesome word proceed from my mouth, but only such a word as is good for edification according to the need of the moment, so that it will give grace to those who hear.  Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from me, along with all malice.  Let me be kind to others, tender-hearted, forgiving others, just as God in Christ also has forgiven me. Let me not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom I was sealed for the day of redemption.  14

 Set apart Jesus Christ as Lord and Master in my life! Help me always be ready to make a defense to everyone who asks me to give an account for the hope that is in me, yet with gentleness and reverence.15    I know that my body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in me, whom I have from God, and that I am not my own?16 Jesus help me be controlled by the Spirit continually;17 and give me the fruit of the Spirit love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.18

The end of all things is near; therefore, help me to be of sound judgment and sober spirit for the purpose of prayer.  Above all, I will strive by God’s greater grace19 to keep fervent in my love for others, because love covers a multitude of sins. 20

Notes: 1–1 Peter 1:6-7; 2–1 Peter 5:10; 3–1 Peter 1:16; 4– Psalms 119:105; 5-7– not used; 8– Romans 10:17; 9– 1 Peter 2:5; 10– 1 Peter 2: 12; 11–  2 Chronicles 7:14; 12– Proverbs 3:5-7; 13– 1 Peter 3:8-9; 14– Ephesians 4: 29-32; 15– 1 Peter 3:15; 16– 1 Corinthians 6:19; 17– Ephesians 5:19b; 18– Galatians 5:22-23a; 19– James 4:6a; 20– 1 Peter 4:7-8

Click for these verses:https://thehlukejourney.wordpress.com/2016/09/21/1st-2nd-peter-memory-verses-242/

Henry Luke October 21, 2016







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Building Our Faith  

Believers mature both personally and as a community through God’s grace. 

1 Peter 2:1-10                                        


  1. Put off the things of this world and be Holy

2. Hunger and thirst for the word of God and grow spiritually

  1. Recognize that we are part of the spiritual house of God and dwell in unity
  1. We are priests serving our High Priest Jesus Christ, Who provides the believer direct access to God the Father
  1. I am a member of the family of God
  1. I have a special responsibility to proclaim Jesus Christ to a lost world with my life and words
  1.  Memorize 1 Peter 2: you also, as living stones, are being built up as aspiritual house for a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. 
  1. What acceptable spiritual sacrifices am I consistently offering to God through Jesus Christ?

For complete 9/18/2016 lesson click here: 9-18-2016-building-our-faith-1-peter-2_1-10

Henry Luke 9/18/2016

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Equipped to Live #252

Believers honor God by sharing His hope with others & by loving others in all circumstances 1 Peter 4:1-11                                


  1. The end times are near, disciples should redeem the time in prayer and love. For a current end times analysis: https://thehlukejourney.wordpress.com/2014/07/20/are-current-events-an-indication-the-end-times-are-near-50/
  2. Be good stewards of God’s manifold grace, because of the sacrifice of Christ.
  3. Everyone we come into contact with is headed to one of two eternal destinations–heaven or hell. Be ready to proclaim the gospel as directed by the Holy Spirit. Everyone can use the “Red Cards”. Keep a good supply along with “Got Life” or other booklets. Ask for guidance of the Holy Spirit every day and follow His lead.
  4. Come to the Wednesday night dinner at FBC at 5:00 pm and see a multitude of young adult parents and their children. You can volunteer on Sunday morning or evening or Wednesday night or disciple their parents. Go here in 1st step to volunteer: http://www.fbcjax.com/files/uploads/BackgroundScreeningFormsPacket.pdf
  5. Finish Strong! Why?
  6. Consider ways our Bible study group can hold each other accountable in light of God’s future judgment of disciples in heaven & the lost in hell.
  7. Memorize 1 Peter 4:7-8 7The end of all things is near; therefore, be of sound judgment and sober spirit for the purpose of prayer. 8Above all, keep fervent in your love for one another, because love covers a multitude of sins.                                                                                                                                                                                                           For complete lesson click here: 10-16-2016-equipped-to-live-1-peter-4_1-11                                                                                                                                                                                     Henry Luke October 16, 2016
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Peacemakeing # 251

The Peacemaker by Ken Sande

Ken Sande has written a tremendous book on living in peace. Sande a lawyer “is passionate about bringing the life-changing power of God’s peacemaking principles to people around the world.”

As a result the book is full of scripture,  some with the scripture but many references in the book without the scripture. I like the use of scripture, but would like it to be immediately available for my benefit and to the people I am going through the book with.

Therefore I have added the scripture referenced in the book. Sometimes I may have added scripture that is in the book, but stopped after chapter 1 and maybe chapter 2. The scripture is shown in the outline from the book and page numbers so the reader can readily move back and forth between the book and scripture.

I hope you will be blessed by this book and the scripture will be helpful to you.  The book is recommended by one of my pastors Dr. Heath Lambert Associate Pastor / Executive Pastor of Discipleship and Community Life at First Baptist Church Jacksonville, Florida.

The book is one of eight Dr Lambert recommends for Paul’s and Naomi’s as they meet problems in One2Won discipleship training. The book would be excellent as a follow up to the first One2Won book.  I have already used three of the books in this link: books-and-scripture-recommend-by-dr-lambert-for-6-problemsdoc

A link to each chapter in The Peacemaker is below. Chapters will be added as I study through the book with 2 other Pauls.

Henry Luke October 13, 2016




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 Feasts of the Lord #250

In 1461 BC God established seven Feasts that the people of Israel were to celebrate each year. The Isrealites were in the wilderness after the deliverance from Egypt.

These seven annual feasts of the Lord not only had spiritual value to the Israelites who observed them but also gave prophetic witness to God’s great redemptive work as it would unfold throughout history.

Seven Feasts of Leviticus 23. 

  1. Passover, 2. Unleavened Bread, 3. Firstfruits, 4. Pentecost, 5. Trumpets, 6. Day of Atonement, 7. Tabernacles. 

For a brief description of each Feast click here: feasts-of-the-lord

Henry Luke October 10,2016

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 Always Ready # 249

 1 Peter 3:13-22                               

Believers honor God by sharing His hope with others


  1. All believers in Jesus Christ expect opposition.
  2. Believers serve God by faith and not trusting in results.
  3. We can be encouraged because we are identified with Christ’s victory by grace. Romans 6:5-7; 1 Corinthians 5:17                                                                                                        4. Baptism is important for the new believer because it is an act of obedience as a believer. It identifies the new believer with Christ’s death, burial and resurrection.     5. Jesus Christ is the only Saviour, and the lost world needs to hear His Gospel.               6. Believers, be ready to tell someone your experience of salvation and how they can be saved.                                                                                                                                                   7. This begins with daily prayer “to be filled with the Spirit”, “abiding in the word”, asking God to fulfill His promisesIn your seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed, because you have obeyed My voice.”;  “The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance.” and prayer for obedience to His great commission in Acts 1:8 and Matthew 28:18-20:
  1. Memorize 1 Peter 3:15 but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts a, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence;  [aset apart Jesus Christ as Lord and Master in your life!]

For complete lesson click here 10-9-2016-always-ready-1-peter-3_13-22

Henry Luke October 9, 2016

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