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On Dogs, Vomit and Human Nature

2 Peter 2:22 What the true proverb says has happened to them: “The dog returns to its own vomit…” Our dog gets carsick. He is a puker. If he does not throw up in the car, he throws up as soon as he gets out. Then, in an act that is inconceivable to us, he…
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When I Refuse the Cure

2 Peter 2:20,21 If, after they have escaped the defilements of the world through the knowledge of Jesus Christ, they are again entangled in them and overcome, the last state has become worse for them than the first. For it would have been better for them never to have known the way of righteousness… I…
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Let Freedom Ring

2 Peter 2:19 They promise them freedom, but they themselves are slaves of corruption. For whatever overcomes a person, to that he is enslaved. Functional brain imaging has shown how repeated use of a drug (in an addict) actually damages and shuts down the part of the brain that normally inhibits destructive behavior. As it…
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Just Follow Your Dreams…

2 Peter 2:1,2 …There will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies … And many will follow their sensuality, and because of them the way of truth will be blasphemed. Not long ago, while engaged in a conversation with another individual in recovery, I was given this advice. Scott, you…
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A Simple Mind

2 Peter 1:5-10 Make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness, and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love… for if you practice these qualities you will never fall. I find passages like this frustrating. It…
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Blaming God

2 Peter 1:4,5 His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness… so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire. I met a man once, who in the midst of his…
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Liar, Liar

1 Peter 5:8 Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. I realized, when working on this passage, that I give little thought to the devil as I find that I am very capable of my own destruction. My flesh nature is enough of a distraction from God that…
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Real Christians Are Not Anxious

1 Peter 5:7 …Cast all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you. For me, writing a blog on anxiety is a little like writing a blog on motherhood. I may have some observational knowledge, but I just do not know what it is like to live it. What little anxiety I have known…
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The Faith-Killer

1 Peter 5:5 Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility toward one another, for God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble. I imagine that if you only knew me from my writing, you may think me humble. I speak of my defects freely, giving the impression of humility. It is easy enough…
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El Jefe

1 Peter 5:2,3 Shepherd the flock of God that is among you… not for shameful gain… not domineering over those in your charge, but being examples to the flock. When I was a sophomore in high school, I ran for class president as I thought it was a popularity contest and I desired the affirmation…
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