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Series: Points Of Pondering For The Pilgrim's Progress
I Peter 1: 18-25
I. Reclaim Some Important Treasures
A) Our Redemption Is Incomparable
B) Our Redemption Is Incorruptible
C) Our Redemption Is Inconceivable
II. Recall Some Inspiring Truths
A) Purified By The Blood
1. Precious Blood
2. Perfect Blood
B) Preserved By The Birth
C) Progressed By The Blessing
1. How To Live Our Lives
2. How To Love Others
III. Refuse Some Improper Trash
A) Empty Out The Trash Of Complaining
B) Empty Out The Trash Of Criticism
C) Empty Out The Trash Of Condoning
We live in a pondering society. From politicians to school kids, each is pondering their future, their feelings and their friends. Travelers are pondering over directions, sweethearts are pondering marriage, and on and on we go. Webster defines "ponder" as "to weigh mentally, consider carefully, to meditate, deliberate and reflect". This little word sure packs a wallop of a definition. This word pondering, according to it's definition, can have a tremendous impact upon those who act it out. Illustration:
It is said of Abraham Lincoln, that as he was rummaging in a barrel of trash outside his store in Salem, that he came upon a copy of a commentary. Over the next several months he would read and ponder the thoughts set forth in the book. This pondering is also said to have played a major role in establishing the aims and ambitions of the man who would change American history.
The word pondering is used in the Bible several times and in various ways. Proverbs 21:2 "every way of a man is right in his own eyes, but the Lord pondereth the heart". Proverbs 4:26 "ponder the path of thy feet". Now we know that it is a good spiritual thing to ponder over our ways. Luke 2:19 "But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart". I would think that the greatest example of pondering would hav ...
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