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Proven by fire

A continuing look at the Apostle Peter's first letter. 1 Peter 1:5-7


1 Peter 1:5-7 RV (the chosen of God) who by the power of God are guarded through faith unto a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. (6) Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, ye have been put to grief in manifold temptations, (7) that the proof of your faith, being more precious than gold that perishes though it is proved by fire, might be found unto praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ: 
One of the internal conflicts I have had, was with the concept of tribulation.
I have found myself directing my sarcasm at an imaginary voice which was whining about their tribulations because they could not get a new racing propeller for their boat (I have actually known a person like this).



Let's set something straight. Tribulation traditionally implies that you are about to be imprisoned or killed, have your home burned to the ground, and your family vi…

Driven by Mercy

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Having watched way to much television (it was our babysitter) I have seen numerous concepts of an omnipotent individual, authority, representative of a god, and most have been evil. These characterizations pushed people around at their whim, treating them as disposable puppets. Domineering characters like this are willing to do anything to the people beneath them, for the masses are meaningless to them outside of what they can provide. I am sure that some have not experienced television, yet have tyrannical rulers over them, acting just like that. Not surprising then where we get our views of God, and how he acts, when all we have is nightmarish examples that strip us of hope.
One of the things that jumps to mind as I write, is the background surrounding Noah. Scripture tells us that the world was filled with violence. Genesis 6:5 AMP The Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination and intention of all human thinking was o…