by Marvin D. Patterson

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The Fiery Trial - Part 2 (2 of 2)
Series: Peter’s Instruction When Suffering
Marvin Patterson
1 Peter 4:12-19

I'm not saying that the sermon was boring, but...

"I hope you didn't take it personally, Reverend," an embarrassed woman said after a church service, "when my husband walked out during your sermon."

"I did find it rather disconcerting," the preacher replied.

"It's not a reflection on you, sir," insisted the church goer. "Arthur has been walking in his sleep ever since he was a child.

A young preacher recently came upon a farmer working in his field.

Being concerned about the farmer's soul the preacher asked the man, "Are you laboring in the vineyard of the Lord my good man?"

Not even looking at the preacher and continuing his work the farmer replied, "Naw, these are soybeans."

"You don't understand," said the preacher. "Are you lost?"

"Naw! I've lived here all my life," answered the farmer.

"Are you prepared for the resurrection?" the frustrated preacher asked.

This caught the farmer's attention and he asked, "When's it gonna be?"

Thinking he had accomplished something the young preacher replied, "It could be today, tomorrow, or the next day."

Taking a handkerchief from his back pocket and wiping his brow, the farmer remarked, "Well, don't mention it to my wife. She don't get out much and she'll wanna go all three days."

Peter is writing this Epistle to Christian brothers and sisters who are suffering for Christ! This is around 64 AD, and Nero has burned the ancient City of Rome to the ground so that he can rebuild it even greater. He had to have a scapegoat, so he blamed the Christians for this action because they preached that God would burn up the heavens and the earth. And so began a 200 year period of persecution for the church of Jesus Christ! Many Christians were thrown to the wild animals and torn limb from limb. Others were covered with animal skins to entice these wild animals to eat them alive. ...

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