by Marvin D. Patterson

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Series: How To Get Through What You Are Going Through
Marvin Patterson
1 Peter 5:7-10

A drunk man who smelled like cheap wine sat down on a subway seat next to a priest. The man's tie was stained, his face was plastered with red lipstick, and a half empty bottle of gin was sticking out of his torn coat pocket. He opened his newspaper and began reading.

After a few minutes the man turned to the priest and asked, ''Say, Father, what causes arthritis?''

''My Son, it's caused by loose living, being with cheap, wicked women, too much alcohol and a contempt for your fellow man.''

''Well, I'll be hornswaggled,'' the drunk muttered, returning to his paper.

The priest, thinking about what he had said, nudged the man and apologized. ''I'm very sorry. I didn't mean to come on so strong. How long have you had arthritis?''

''I don't have it, Father. I was just reading here that the Pope does''.


The big fisherman is drawing to a close in these final verses. He has taught us many things in the previous five chapters, and now he gives us some closing remarks that are geared to helping us get through whatever we are going through. These Christians were going through some very powerful persecution, and they were in the fiery trials of life. So Peter wants to encourage these wounded warriors for Christ. Maybe you are here tonight and you have been hurt or wounded, and you are wondering how to make it through that valley of discouragement or depression. How can we make, and yes, we will make it with the Lord's help. What do we need to do in order to get through all the trials, heartaches, and valleys of life?

One summer night during a severe thunderstorm a mother was tucking her small son into bed. She was about to turn the light off when he asked in a trembling voice, ''Mommy, will you stay with me all night?'' Smiling, the mother gave him a warm, reassuring hug and said tenderly, ...

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