Wednesday, February 22, 2017

February 22, 1 Peter 4:1-11 The end of all things is at hand

That line comes from verse 7, and ever since Christ came there have been preachers saying this. The fact is that we don't know when the end is and it could be today, just be ready. A few thoughts on this, the first verse gives the impression that through suffering in the flesh one will no longer sin. The idea is that one would learn from errors and no do the same thing again. Wish that were true, yet there is some truth to this. Many of the foolish things I used to do I no longer do. Also note the behavior of the pagans, or as Peter calls them the gentiles. "Living in sensuality, passions, drunkenness, orgies, drinking parties, and lawless idolatry". That sounds like today. The fact is that the behavior of man has not and will not change without God. Looking at our current societal acceptance of sexual practices, things that were considered immoral 30 years ago are today the norm. Without God it will continue to decay.

Today's workout, chest shoulders intervals
Step or high knee, push up, climber, shoulder press or Y, windmill, triceps extension

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

February 21, 1 Peter 3:8-22 The reason for the hope in me

The key today is in verse 15 which begins with regard Christ as holy. So what does that mean, certainly God is holy? But I set Christ apart from humanity, he was in fact the God Man, all God and all man at the same time but unlike any other man is not subject to the corruption that lives in all of us. Nearly all worldly religions have a man or prophet as their focus, Christianity has God as our focus. That must be a fundamental part, that Jesus is God in the flesh and holy, seperated from any other man. And He is the reason for the hope in me. All others tell me that I must perform to be accepted but God Himself said I only need to accept Him and He accepts me. 

Today's workout, cardio intervals and 1 mile run
Elbows to knees, climber, box hop, windmill, jump rope

Monday, February 20, 2017

February 20, 1 Peter 3:1-7 Behavior of husbands and wives

I'll not enter into any debate on the subject of submission, a marriage is a union of two people who become one flesh. If I would not do something to intentionally hurt my own hand, why would I do anything to hurt my wife?  Vicki and I have been married for 32 years, when we tell people that we still haven't had our first fight they don't believe us. I won't say that we've never disagreed on anything, just that we talk it out and haven't fought. On valentines day she brought me a bouquet of balloons and a giant cookie with candy bees on it to my work,(I'm an amateur beekeeper). A customer saw the balloons and asked if we were newlyweds, I said yes just 32 years now. Someone else asked what's the secret. We talk, and we treat each other equally with respect. When my kids were in school I told them several times that we all do embarrassing things but no matter what it is or how funny we may think it is, the foolish things we do will never leave the house. That same thing holds true with my wife.  We've both done some pretty dumb things but no-one except us know about it. I think that's how couples should treat each other. There is a section here concerning jewelry and make up, I will voice an opinion on this. I believe the letter is addressing the times and the jewelry and make up were associated more with pagans and prostitutes. I suppose to some extent that can still be the case, I believe that moderation is key. A litle make up and a few accents can make a difference. I think of three anecdotes to this, first there has never been a groom who didn't think he had a beautiful bride. Dr J, Vernon Mcgee once said that if the barn needs painting then paint it. And lastly I once read, although I searched for it today and could not verify if it's true. The actress Billie Burke was married to the producer Florenz Ziegfeld. Ziegfeld interviewed and cast some very beautiful women in his productions, it's said that Billie would wake before him and get all of her make up on so that no matter who he saw she would always be the most beautiful. True or not that's the proper sentiment, and it goes both ways, husbands or wives should have no temptation outside their home.

Today's workout, back-biceps intervals
step or jump rope, pull up, squat, biceps curl, windmill, row.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

February 19, 1 Peter 2:9-25 Be peculiar

I've always liked the King James version of this text, ye are a peculiar people. There aren't too many people more peculiar than I am, but the meaning of words evolve. We're a special people, bought with a great price and the pagans around us should see something different in us. Closing the chapter, submit to authority and honor the emperor. I don't care who anyone voted for, the process is done and we live with our choices until the next cycle. But in all of the demonstrations and protests is there anyone obeying this? We believe that all governments and authority comes from God, so accept that this current administration only serves by His will. Unless we are commanded to specifically violate the laws of God, submit and honor the position.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

February 18, 1 Peter 2:2-8 We're all just rocks

Have you ever thought of yourself as just a rock?  Sometimes I've been called dumb as a rock but never thought of myself as one.  Think about what a rock does, nothing by itself but it can be useful for a lot of things. A tool for some, a weapon for David, part of a strong building, a step across the river. But to be used it must be placed where needed. The difference though between us and rocks is that we resist being placed, or we get up and walk away. When I lived in Europe I saw buildings made of rocks built by the Romans more than 2000 years ago, the rocks weren't all the same shape and size, master builders took what was available and skillfully put them together. Jesus is our master builder, we're all different sized rocks but put together by Him we'll stand for eternity.

Friday, February 17, 2017

February 17, 1 Peter 2:1 Act differently than the world

Just looking at verse 1 I could write a lot on this. These base emotions of slander, envy and deceit are core to every problem in the world. They are also the primary base for nearly every television program, especially the so-called reality shows. And what's even worse than the actors behaving in these ways are the masses of people who find it entertaining. How can you possibly love your neighbor and be deceitful? Christians here in the US are not the majority as so many believe, in fact world-wide Christians are a minority, but even so if just the Christians would stop these things the whole world would change.

Today's workout. full body intervals.
squat, row, hamstring curl, push-up, lunge, biceps curl, T, triceps extension.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

February 16, 1 Peter 1:10-25 Be holy for God is holy

What does it mean to be holy?  To live a pure and sinless life?  I know that some believe a Christian can reach a place where they walk closely with God and no longer sin.  I think that's true but I don't believe it happens while living in these bodies. There will be a time when I am sinless but at that time I will be with Him for eternity. So what it means is to be different, set apart from the rest of the world. Striving to do the right thing in all situations. What should set Christians apart from the world is not a holier than thou attitude but an attitude of apparent love for our neighbors. Our hope is in Christ alone and the love He showed us, it's hard to communicate that love with an attitude of condemnation.

Today's workout, cardio intervals and 1 1/2 mile jog
Elbow to knee, climber, jacks, windmill, squat