When Life Isn't Fair (25 of 27) by Jim Henry

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Jim Henry, Pastor
First Baptist Church
3701 L. B. McLeod Road
Orlando, Florida 32805-6691
Reprinted from Radio Program, "WE BELIEVE1
Program #224, CT 404012

I PETER SERIES, PT. XXVII
"When Life Isn't Fair"
I Peter 4:12-19

12 Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery
ordeal among you, which comes upon you for
your testing, as though some strange thing
were happening to you;
13 but to the degree that you share the
sufferings of Christ, keep on rejoicing; so
that also at the revelation of His glory, you
may rejoice with exultation.
14 If you are reviled for the name of
Christ, you are blessed, because the Spirit
of glory and of God rests upon you.
15 By no means let any of you suffer as a
murderer, or thief, or evildoer, or a
troublesome meddler,
16 but if anyone suffers as a Christian, let
him not feel ashamed, but in that name let
him glorify God.
17 For it is time for judgment to begin with
the household of God; and if it begins with
us first, what will be the outcome for those
who do not obey the gospel of God?
18 AND IF IT IS WITH DIFFICULTY THAT THE
RIGHTEOUS IS SAVED, WHAT WILL BECOME OF THE
GODLESS MAN AND THE S -NER.
19 Therefore, let :-hose also who suffer
according to the w1ll of God entrust their
souls to a faithful Creator in doing what is
right.
Many of you have seen Sandy Duncan on television. Sandy is from
Tyler, Texas, and she tells about wanting to be elected cheerleader
in Junior high school. She wanted that so bad, and just knew she was
going to get it, so she practiced and- practiced, and -worked so hard.
Finally the day came for tryouts. She was takiLng ballet lessons and
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was very acrobatic, and knew all the cheers and thought she had a
tremendous showing, and for sure she would get to be a cheerleader.
She knew this meant instant popularity, fame and friends, and how
important that was in junior and senior high school.
They went back to their rooms to wait for the announcement of the
winners. ...


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