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Ron Hutchcraft Ministries - Asleep at the Throttle - #5548
I'm convinced that many a man, many a woman, has ended up doing things they never dreamed they would do because fatigue made them vulnerable. That's why it's a spiritual responsibility to get that day off, to turn off the TV, to turn off the lights in your office, to get to bed, to go away for a break, to get your perspective back again. To plan for rest like you plan for work.
Ron Hutchcraft Ministries - Fatal Family Resemblance - #5553
There's a six-letter word that bridges that gap between the person you want to be and the person you are. Here's the word: Savior. That's a rescuer from this spiritual cancer the Bible calls sin. It's not so much the breaking of some religious rules. It's a lot deeper than that. It's the issue of who's really God in your life. So we've made the choice Frank Sinatra sang about, "I'll do it my way." And that's led to thousands of little and big choices that have ignored God's way and made us slaves to the dark side of us. But there's a Savior, and our redeeming has something to do with the shedding of His innocent blood on that cross.
Ron Hutchcraft Ministries - Pulling the Plug On the Scoreboard - #5568
You see the problem is this score keeping thing. We tend to keep score in our relationships, we score up a negative point when someone fails us, or hurts us, or slights us, or in any way blows it. It was Peter who asked Jesus how many times he was expected to not score things someone did against them, to forgive them. Jesus said, "Seventy times seven." Let it go 490 times! By that time, who's counting anymore?
Ron Hutchcraft Ministries - The Bait and the Catch - #5574
Sometimes you'll hear a woman making the all too accurate complaint that "all men care about is the physical." Most women I'm acquainted with are not interested in being a sex object to men, or a thing rather than a person, or body parts rather than a whole person. They want a relationship with men, not a sexual game where they're just another conquest. And that's in line with what God wants.
Ron Hutchcraft Ministries - Show and Tell - #5578
It seems like believers tend to overdo one or the other, doesn't it? Some just "show" Jesus by the way they live and they never "tell." Or others witness real aggressively, they "tell" all the time, but they aren't winning the right to be heard by specializing on good deeds in the lives around them.
Ron Hutchcraft Ministries - The Damaged Wood Miracle - #5596
Now that wood was ready for the dumpster honestly, until the skilled restorer worked on it. The ugly is gone. It's like new. That's exactly what the Master Carpenter from Nazareth does with people - people like you and me. We're all damaged wood. We've got layers of dirt and scarring from years of use. But Jesus restores damaged wood.
Ron Hutchcraft Ministries - Super Bowl Success - #8004
In a world where it’s all about “me”, if you’re the person who’s all about others, you may have more personal influence than anyone else there. Think about it. Are you about you winning, or are you about helping them win? Do you care who gets the credit? Is it about how important you are, or making them feel important?
This introduction to the book of 1 Peter reports on the author, date, place of writing, themes, and outline. From the NIV Study Bible, Introductions.
Ron Hutchcraft Ministries - No Torpedoes in the Harbor - #5299
I wonder if maybe you've gotten so busy, so stressed, so uptight that you've been spilling all over the one you love the most. She gets the meanness that you can't let other people see, and she doesn't deserve it!
What to Do When Life Hurts
When someone hurts us, our first reaction is to hurt them back. In this series from the book of 1 Peter, find out how you can make it through the painful circumstances of life and how having God's Word ingrained in your heart makes all the difference.