by Marvin D. Patterson

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

The story is told of a man from the east coast who had always dreamed of owning a cattle ranch and had finally saved enough money to buy his dream spread in Wyoming. His best friend flew out to visit and asked, “So, what’s the name of your ranch?” His buddy told him that he and his wife had had a really hard time coming up with a name that they liked. Since he and his wife couldn’t agree on what to call the ranch they settled on this name, “The Double R Lazy L Triple Horseshoe Bar-7 Lucky Diamond Ranch.” His friend was really impressed and then asked, “So where are all the cows?” The new rancher replied, “We had quite a few…but none of them survived the branding”

A man went to see his doctor in a state of high anxiety. "Doctor," he said, "you have to help me. I'm dying. Everywhere I touch it hurts. I touch my head and it hurts. I touch my leg and it hurts. I touch my stomach and it hurts. I touch my chest and it hurts. You have to help me, Doc, everything hurts."

The doctor gave him a complete examination. "Mr. Smith," he said, "I have good news and bad news for you. The good news is you are not dying. The bad news is you have a broken finger." (David Holdaway, Kincardinshire, Scotland;


We go back into the time of this writing, and we find that Nero is on the throne of Rome. On July 19, AD 64, Rome burned for three days, and supposedly Nero played the fiddle. He was consumed with building, and it was said that he is the cause of the fires of Rome, and that he burned the city because he wanted to rebuild Rome into a greater city. The soldiers of Nero stopped some who tried to put out the fires, and so most of the populance believed their Emperor burned the most famous city in history.

Nero had to place the blame on someone, so he chose to blame the Christians for burn ...

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