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1 Peter 1:1

Ok, I'm going to try and take a different angle on the blog for a few weeks.  I've started reading through 1 Peter and I'm going to focus on sharing my thoughts about it.  There may be a few comments about life in general, but I'm wanting to stay focused.  Why?

Well, let's look at 1 Peter 1:1 to start with: "Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ,"  and then he goes on to address the specific audience. I'll touch on that in a different post.

Peter had a great many things he could have worried about.  The Roman Empire wasn't exactly godly.  There were problems among churches and church leaders.  There were economic issues and other problems.

Yet he identifies himself first and foremost as "an apostle of Jesus Christ."  I want to be more like that.  I have allowed myself to spend a lot of time catching up and trying to stay current on SBC issues, American Christianity issues, and politics.

And I'm tired.  Really.  It's been too much of a distraction from what's important.  And I'm not convincing anyone, am I?  Not likely.  So, I want to focus on what matters most: being a representative of the Lord Jesus Christ.  Will I refrain from all political, social, or conventional commentary?  No way.  There are things that we need to deal with in our lives, both individually and corporately.

Rather, I'm wanting to look to the Word of God first, then come to the blog.  It will make for better days for me, and make me a better person.  Hopefully that means a better blog reading experience for you, my faithful reader. 

Thanks for reading!

 

Doug

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